What Happened in October 2003

Historical Events

  • 3rd Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy is attacked by one of the shows tigers, canceling the show for good.
  • 4th Maxim restaurant suicide bombing in Haifa, Israel: 21 Israelis, Jews and Arabs, are killed, and 51 others wounded.

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7th American gubernatorial recall election is held in California. Governor Gray Davis is recalled and Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes governor.

Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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8th Peter Agre and Roderick MacKinnon win the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discoveries concerning channels in cell membranes

Molecular biologist Peter Agre
Molecular biologist
Peter Agre

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12th 54th Formula One WDC: Michael Schumacher wins by two points

Formula 1 Racing Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Michael Schumacher

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14th Fan Steve Bartman deflects the ball away from Chicago Cubs outfielder Moises Alou. Cubs give up eight runs in the inning and lose to the Marlins 8-3, and the Bartman incident is seen as the turning point in the series

MLB Outfielder Moises Alou
MLB Outfielder
Moises Alou
  • 15th China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission.
  • 15th The Staten Island Ferry boat Andrew J. Barberi collides with a pier at the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island, killing 11 people and injuring 43.
  • 15th MLB National League Championship: Florida Marlins beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 3
  • 16th MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3
  • 17th The pinnacle was fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, a 101-floor skyscraper in Taipei, allowing it to surpass the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur by 50 meters (165 feet) and become the World's tallest highrise.
  • 17th Eunuchs in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh float the political party Jiti Jitayi Politics.
  • 18th Bolivian Gas War: President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, is forced to resign and leave Bolivia

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19th Mother Teresa of Calcutta is beatified by Pope John Paul II.

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 21st Images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in its discovery by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz.
  • 24th Concorde makes its last commercial flight.
  • 25th MLB World Series: Florida Marlins defeat New York Yankees to win 4-2
  • 25th 15th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 27-25 in Chestnut Hill
  • 26th The Cedar Fire, the second-largest fire in California history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acres (1,000 km²), and destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego.

Film release premierFilm Premier

30th "Wicked" premieres on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth,

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Actress/Singer
Idina Menzel
  • 31st A bankruptcy court approves MCI's reorganization plans, essentially clearing the telecommunications company to exit bankruptcy.
  • 31st Mahathir bin Mohamad resigns as Prime Minister of Malaysia and is replaced by Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, marking an end to Mahathir's 22 years in power.

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31st Bethany Hamilton, aged 13, while surfing has her arm bitten of by a shark in Hawaii

Professional Surfer Bethany Hamilton
Professional Surfer
Bethany Hamilton

Famous Weddings

  • 11th American Pie star Alyson Hannigan (29) weds Angel's Alexis Denisof (37) at the Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, California
  • 11th "The West Wing" actress Annabeth Gish (32) weds former "The X-Files" stunt man Wade Allen at The Sea Ranch Lodge
  • 12th Actor Danny Nucci (35) weds actress Paula Marshall (39) in Los Angeles

Famous Deaths

  • 2nd John T. Dunlop, U.S. Secretary of Labor (b. 1914)
  • 3rd Florence Stanley, American actress (b. 1924)
  • 3rd William Steig, American cartoonist and children's author (b. 1907)
  • 4th Sid McMath, American politician (b. 1912)
  • 5th Denis Quilley, English actor (b. 1927)
  • 5th Dan Snyder, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1978)
  • 5th Timothy Treadwell, American bear enthusiast featured in Grizzly Man (b. 1957)
  • 6th Timothy Treadwell, American environmentalist (b. 1957)
  • 7th Izzy Asper, Canadian tax lawyer (b. 1932)
  • 7th Arthur Berger, American composer (b. 1912)
  • 7th Wally George, American conservative TV commentator (b. 1931)
  • 10th Eugene Istomin, American pianist (b. 1925)
  • 11th Franklyn Perring, English Botanist, dies of cancer at 76
  • 12th Jim Cairns, Australian politician (b. 1914)
  • 12th Joan Kroc, American philanthropist (b. 1928)
  • 12th Willie Shoemaker, American jockey (b. 1931)
  • 13th Bertram Brockhouse, Canadian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
  • 14th Patrick Dalzel-Job, English soldier and inspiration for James Bond (b. 1913)
  • 15th Ben Metcalfe, Canadian environmental activist (b. 1919)
  • 15th Bertram N. Brockhouse, Canadian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • 16th Avni Arbas, Turkish artist (b. 1919)
  • 16th Stu Hart, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1915)
  • 16th László Papp, Hungarian boxer (b. 1926)
  • 18th Preston Smith, Governor of Texas (b. 1912)
  • 18th Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Spanish writer (b. 1939)
  • 19th Alija Izetbegović, President of Bosnia-Herzegovina (b. 1925)
  • 19th Margaret Murie, American conservationist (b. 1902)
  • 19th Michael Hegstrand, American professional wrestler (b. 1960)
  • 20th Jack Elam, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 20th Miodrag Petrović, Serbian actor (b. 1924)
  • 21st Fred Berry, American actor (b. 1951)
  • 21st Luis A. Ferré, Governor of Puerto Rico (b. 1940)
  • 21st Louise Day Hicks, American politician (b. 1916)
  • 21st Elliott Smith, American musician (b. 1969)
  • 23rd Soong May-ling, wife of the President of the Republic of China Chiang Kai-shek (b. 1897)
  • 23rd Tony Capstick, English actor, comedian, and musician (b. 1944)
  • 24th Rosie Nix Adams, Stepdaughter of Johnny Cash (b. 1958)
  • 24th Ross Taylor [Robert Murray Taylor], Scottish transplant surgeon who pioneered kidney transplantations in the U.K., dies from cancer of the stomach at 70
  • 27th Rod Roddy, American television announcer (b. 1937)
  • 29th Hal Clement [Harry Clement Stubbs], American sci-fi writer (Mission of Gravity), dies at 81
  • 29th Franco Corelli, Italian tenor, dies after suffering on stroke at 82
  • 31st Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Indian singer (b. 1908)
  • 31st Richard Neustadt, American political historian (b. 1919)