Historical Events in December 2003

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Dec 1 "The Return of the King", 3rd and final film in the Lord of the Rings series, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in Wellington, New Zealand

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Elijah Wood
Actor
Elijah Wood
Actor Ian McKellen
Actor
Ian McKellen
  • Dec 6 12th SEC Championship Game: #3 LSU beats #5 Georgia, 34-13
  • Dec 6 8th Big 12 Championship Game: #13 Kansas State beats #1 Oklahoma, 35-7
  • Dec 7 The Conservative Party of Canada is officially recognized after the merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.
  • Dec 9 A blast in the center of Moscow kills six people and wounds several more.

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Dec 11 Joe Sakic scores his 500th career goal at Vancouver

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic

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Dec 12 Paul Martin becomes the Prime Minister of Canada

21st Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin
21st Prime Minister of Canada
Paul Martin

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Dec 12 Jean Chretien formally resigns as the Prime Minister of Canada

20th Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien
20th Prime Minister of Canada
Jean Chretien

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Dec 13 Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit, during Operation Red Dawn by US forces

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • Dec 13 69th Heisman Trophy Award: Jason White, Oklahoma (QB)
  • Dec 14 President of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf narrowly escapes an assassination attempt.
  • Dec 14 President George W. Bush announces the capture of Saddam Hussein.
  • Dec 17 The Soham murder trial ends at the Old Bailey in London, with Ian Huntley found guilty of two counts of murder. His girlfriend Maxine Carr is found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
  • Dec 17 SpaceShipOne flight 11P, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first supersonic flight
  • Dec 17 "The Return of the King" 3rd Lord of the Ring films is released. Makes US$72 million opening weekend, 2nd film to gross over 1 billion worldwide.
  • Dec 22 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits near San Simeon, California.

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Dec 22 The New York Knicks hire Isiah Thomas as President of Basketball Operations

NBA Point Guard and Head Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Head Coach
Isiah Thomas
  • Dec 23 PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.
  • Dec 24 Spanish police thwart an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 p.m. inside Madrid's busy Chamart√≠n Station.
  • Dec 25 The ill-fated Beagle 2 probe which was released from the Mars Express Spacecraft on December 19, disappears shortly before its scheduled landing.
  • Dec 26 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake devastates southeast Iranian city of Bam, killing tens of thousands and destroying the citadel of Arg-√© Bam.
  • Dec 29 50th National Film Awards (India): "Mondo Meyer Upakhyan" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Dec 30 U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft recuses himself and his office from the Plame affair.