Historical Events for Year 2003
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Jan 12th - 29th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)
Jan 13th - Rock musician Pete Townshend of The Who was arrested in London on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. He was later cleared.
Jan 13th - 30th American Music Awards: Sheryl Crow & Eminem win
Jan 16th - The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.
Jan 17th - 8th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Chicago wins Best Film
Jan 18th - A bushfire kills 4 people and destroys more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia.
Jan 19th - AFC Championship Game: Oakland Raiders beat Tennessee Titans 41-24
Jan 19th - NFC Championship Game: Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Philadelphia Eagles 27-10
Jan 19th - 60th Golden Globes: The Hours, Jack Nicholson, & Nicole Kidman win
Jan 22nd - Last successful contact with the spacecraft Pioneer 10, one of the most distant man-made objects.
Jan 23rd - Final communication between Earth and Pioneer 10
Actor Jack Nicholson Jan 24th - The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.
Jan 26th - Super Bowl XXXVII: Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Oakland Raiders, 48-21 at the Qualcomm Stadium MVP: Dexter Jackson, Tampa Bay, S
Jan 26th - 91st Men's Australian Open: Andre Agassi beats Rainer Schuttler (6-2, 6-2, 6-1)
Jan 26th - 91st Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (7-6, 3-6, 6-4)
Jan 29th - Sally Clark cleared of murdering her 2 sons after more than 3 years of prison in what was a life sentence
Jan 30th - Belgium legally recognizes same-sex marriage.
Jan 30th - Richard Reid sentenced to life in prison for attempting to bomb an American Airlines flight with 197 on board
Tennis Player Serena Williams Jan 31st - The Waterfall rail accident occurs near Waterfall, New South Wales, Australia.
Feb 1st - Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
Feb 2nd - 53rd NHL All-Star Game: West beats East 6-5 at Sunrise, Florida
Feb 2nd - Jennifer Lopez starts a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All I Have'
Feb 2nd - Russian pop girl duo Tatu start a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All The Things She Said'
Feb 2nd - NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 45-23
Feb 4th - The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution.
Feb 9th - 52nd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 155-145 (2 OT) at Atlanta
Feb 10th - France and Belgium break the NATO procedure of silent approval concerning the timing of protective measures for Turkey in case of a possible war with Iraq.
Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez Feb 15th - An estimated 6-11 million people around the world take to the streets to protest against war with Iraq
Feb 16th - 45th Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip wins (133.87 MPH)
Feb 17th - The London Congestion Charge scheme begins.
Feb 18th - Comet C/2002 V1 (NEAT) makes perihelion, seen by SOHO.
Feb 18th - Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea.
Feb 20th - During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the club ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 300 others.
Feb 21st - Bill Maher's political talk show "Real Time with Bill Maher" debuts on HBO
Feb 23rd - 45th Grammy Awards: Don't Know Why, Norah Jones wins
Feb 27th - Former Bosnian Serb leader Biljana Plavsic is sentenced by the U.N. tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, to 11 years in prison
Feb 27th - Rowan Williams is enthroned as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury.
Singer & Pianist Norah Jones Mar 1st - Management of the United States Customs Service and the United States Secret Service move to the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Mar 1st - 17th Soul Train Music Awards: LL Cool J, Mariah Carey & Nelly win
Mar 2nd - The first International Symposium on Taiwan Sign Language Linguistics is held at Chung Cheng University.
Mar 2nd - America's Cup: Alinghi defeats Team New Zealand 5-0 to win in Auckland
Mar 5th - In Haifa, 17 Israeli civilians are killed by a Hamas suicide bomb in the Haifa bus 37 massacre.
Mar 11th - The International Criminal Court holds its inaugural session in The Hague.
Mar 12th - Zoran Đinđić, Prime Minister of Serbia, is assassinated in Belgrade.
Mar 12th - Elizabeth Smart, was found after having been missing for 9 months.
Actor and Rapper LL Cool J Mar 13th - Human evolution: The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human have been found in Italy.
Mar 14th - Start of weekend of protests against war in Iraq that are attended by millions
Mar 15th - Hu Jintao takes over presidency for the People's Republic of China.
Mar 16th - The largest coordinated worldwide vigil takes place, as part of the global protests against Iraq war.
Mar 17th - British Cabinet Minister Robin Cook, resigns over government plans for the war with Iraq.
Mar 18th - FBI agents raid the corporate headquarters of HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama on suspicion of massive corporate fraud led by the company's top executives.
Mar 18th - British Sign Language is recognised as an official British language.
Mar 19th - Invasion of Iraq by American and British led coalition begins without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion
Mar 22nd - 23rd Golden Raspberry Awards: Swept Away wins
Mar 23rd - In Nasiriyah, Iraq, 11 soldiers of the 507th Maintenance Company as well as 18 U.S. Marines are killed during the first major conflict of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Actress Nicole Kidman Mar 23rd - 75th Academy Awards - "Chicago," Adrien Brody & Nicole Kidman win
Mar 24th - The Arab League votes 21-1 in favor of a resolution demanding the immediate and unconditional removal of U.S. and British soldiers from Iraq.
Mar 28th - In a "friendly fire" incident, two A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft from the United States Idaho Air National Guard's 190th Fighter Squadron attack British tanks participating in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, killing British soldier Matty Hull.
Apr 5th - 18th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
Apr 5th - 156th Grand National: Barry Geraghty aboard Monty's Pass wins
Apr 7th - U.S. troops capture Baghdad; Saddam Hussein's regime falls two days later.
Apr 7th - 37th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride wins
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein Apr 7th - 65th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Syracuse beats Kansas 81-78
Apr 8th - 22nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee 73-68
Apr 9th - Baghdad falls to U.S. forces ending the invasion of Iraqi but resulting in widespread looting
Apr 13th - 67th Golf Masters Championship: Mike Weir wins, shooting a 281
Apr 14th - The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%.
Apr 14th - U.S. troops in Baghdad capture Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner the Achille Lauro in 1985.
Apr 16th - The Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union.
Apr 21st - 107th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:10:11 and Svetlana Zakharova of Russia 1st woman in 2:25:19
NHL Goalie and Head Coach Patrick Roy Apr 22nd - Patrick Roy plays his final career NHL game
Apr 23rd - Beijing closes all schools for two weeks because of the SARS virus.
Apr 26th - 2003 NFL Draft: Carson Palmer from USC first pick by Cincinnati Bengals
Apr 28th - Andre Agassi recaptures the world no. 1 ranking to become the oldest top-ranked male in the history of the ATP rankings (33 years, 13 days)
May 1st - 2003 invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended" on board the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of California.
May 3rd - New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain collapses.
May 3rd - 129th Kentucky Derby: Jose Santos aboard Funny Cide wins in 2:01.19
May 10th - The May 2003 tornado outbreak sequence takes place.
May 12th - The Riyadh compound bombings, carried out by Al Qaeda, kill 26.
43rd US President George W. Bush May 12th - Fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers bring the Texas Legislature to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan.
May 16th - In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in the Casablanca terrorist attacks.
May 16th - NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Minnesota Wild, 4 games to 0
May 17th - 129th Preakness: Jose Santos aboard Funny Cide wins in 1:55.61
May 20th - The reality series "America's Next Top Model", created by Tyra Banks, debuts on UPN
May 21st - An earthquake hits northern Algeria killing more than 2,000 people.
May 21st - 38th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney win
May 22nd - In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.
Supwemodel/Actress Tyra Banks May 23rd - The Euro exceeds its initial trading value as it hits $1.18 for the first time since its introduction in 1999.
May 23rd - NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Ottawa Senators, 4 games to 3
May 25th - Néstor Kirchner becomes President of Argentina after defeating Carlos Menem. He is the first elected President since the economic crisis.
May 25th - Indianapolis 500: Gil de Ferran wins in 3:11:56.989 (251.526 km/h)
May 26th - Only three days after a previous record, Sherpa Lakpa Gelu climbs Mount Everest in 10 hours 56 minutes. The tourism ministry of Nepal confirms this record in July that year.
May 28th - Peter Hollingworth becomes the first Governor-General of Australia to resign his office as a result of criticism of his conduct.
May 28th - Patrick Roy officially announces his retirement from the NHL
May 28th - UEFA Champions League: Milan of Italy beat Juventus of Italy 3-2 on penalties in Manchester
Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres May 30th - "Finding Nemo", directed by Andrew Stanton and starring Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres is released in the US and Canada
Jun 1st - The People's Republic of China begins filling the reservoir behind the Three Gorges Dam.
Jun 2nd - Europe launches its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency's Mars Express probe launches from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan.
Jun 5th - A severe heat wave across Pakistan and India reaches its peak, as temperatures exceed 50°C (122°F) in the region.
Jun 7th - 135th Belmont: Jerry Bailey aboard Empire Maker wins in 2:28.26
Jun 8th - 57th Tony Awards: Hairspray & Take Me Out win
Jun 8th - 49th LPGA Championship won by Annika Sörenstam
Jun 8th - 102nd Men's French Open: Juan Carlos Ferrero beats Martin Verkerk (6-1, 6-3, 6-2)
Jun 8th - 102nd Women's French Open: Justine Henin-Hardenne beats Kim Clijsters (6-0, 6-4)
Jun 9th - Stanley Cup: New Jersey Devils defeat first time finalists Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 4-3
Jun 10th - The Spirit Rover is launched, beginning NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission.
Actress/Singer Idina Menzel Jun 10th - "Wicked", starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, officially opens at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco
Jun 15th - 57th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat New Jersey Nets, 4 games to 2
Jun 15th - 103rd US Golf Open: Jim Furyk shoots a 272 at Olympia Fields CC IL
Jun 17th - Moneyball, a book about the 2003 Oakland Athletics baseball team and GM Billy Beane's sabermetric approach, inspired by Bill James, is published
Jun 18th - Google launches AdSense, a program that enables website publishers to serve ads targeted to the specific content of their individual web pages, many of which like HistoryOrb.com go on to start their own publishing businesses
Jun 21st - "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" the 5th book of the series by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide in English
Jun 23rd - Barry Bonds steals second base against the Los Angeles Dodgers, becoming the first player in MLB history to have 500 career home runs and 500 career steals
MLB Legend Barry Bonds Jun 26th - The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.
Jun 27th - The United States National Do Not Call Registry, formed to combat unwanted telemarketing calls and administered by the Federal Trade Commission, enrolls almost three-quarters of a million phone numbers on its first day.
Jun 28th - "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl", directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Kiera Knightley and Orlando Bloom, premieres at Disneyland
Jul 1st - Aerobie Pro thrown by Erin Hemmings sets world record for longest throw at 1,333 feet (406.3 meters) at Fort Funston
Jul 2nd - Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy, insults German MP Martin Schulz by calling him a "kapo" during a session of the European Parliament.
Jul 4th - Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is arrested for sexual assault
NBA Guard Kobe Bryant Jul 5th - SARS is declared to be contained by the WHO.
Jul 6th - The 70-meter Eupatoria Planetary Radar sends a METI message Cosmic Call 2 to 5 stars: Hip 4872, HD 245409, 55 Cancri, HD 10307 and 47 Ursae Majoris that will arrive to these stars in 2036, 2040, 2044, 2044 and 2049 respectively.
Jul 6th - 110th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (4-6 6-4 6-2)
Jul 6th - 117th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats M Philippoussis (7-6 6-2 7-6)
Jul 7th - The United Communist Party of Armenia is formed.
Jul 8th - Sudan Airways Flight 39, with 116 people on board, crashes in Sudan; the only survivor is a two-year-old boy who subsequently dies as a result of his injuries.
Tennis Player Roger Federer Jul 10th - A Neoplan bus, owned by Kowloon Motor Bus, collides with a truck, falls off a bridge on Tuen Mun Road, Hong Kong, and plunges into the underlying valley, killing 21 people. This is the deadliest traffic accident to date in Hong Kong.
Jul 15th - AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.
Jul 15th - 74th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-6 at U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago
Jul 16th - 11th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Serena Williams win
Jul 20th - France: Sixteen people are injured after two bombs explode outside a tax office in Nice.
Jul 20th - 132nd British Golf Open: Ben Curtis shoots a 283 at Royal St George's Golf Club
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong Jul 22nd - Members of 101st Airborne of the United States, aided by Special Forces, attack a compound in Iraq, killing Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay, along with Mustapha Hussein, Qusay's 14-year old son, and a bodyguard.
Jul 27th - A group of 321 Filipino armed soldiers called "Magdalo" took over the Oakwood Premier Ayala Center in Makati City to show the Filipino people the alleged corruption of the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration
Jul 30th - The last 'old style' Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line in Mexico
Aug 5th - A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.
Aug 10th - The highest temperature ever recorded in the UK - 38.5°C (101.3°F) in Kent . It is the first time the UK has recorded a temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Aug 11th - Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand.
14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Aug 11th - A heat wave in Paris results in temperatures rising to 112°F (44° C), leaving about 144 people dead.
Aug 11th - NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.
Aug 14th - Widescale power blackout in the northeast United States and Canada.
Aug 16th - U.S. Representative from South Dakota Bill Janklow hits and kills a motorcyclist with his car at a rural intersection near Trent, South Dakota; he will eventually be convicted of manslaughter and will resign from Congress.
Aug 17th - 85th PGA Championship: Shaun Micheel shoots a 276 at Oak Hill Country Club
Aug 19th - A Hamas planned suicide attack on a bus in Jerusalem kills 23 Israelis, 7 of them children
Aug 19th - A car-bomb attack on United Nations headquarters in Iraq kills the agency's top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 other employees.
Aug 22nd - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended after refusing to comply with a federal court order to remove a rock inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the Alabama Supreme Court building.
Aug 23rd - 9th World Championships in Athletics open at Saint-Denis, France
Aug 25th - The Tli Cho land claims agreement is signed between the Dogrib First Nations and the Canadian federal government in Rae-Edzo (now called Behchoko).
Aug 26th - The Columbia Accident Investigation Board releases its final reports on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
Aug 27th - Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing 34,646,418 miles (55,758,005 km) distant.
Aug 28th - An electricity blackout cuts off power to around 500,000 people living in south east England and brings 60% of London's underground rail network to a halt.