Historical Events in March 2003

  • Mar 1 Management of the United States Customs Service and the United States Secret Service move to the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 1 17th Soul Train Music Awards: LL Cool J, Mariah Carey & Nelly win

Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J
Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
  • Mar 2 The first International Symposium on Taiwan Sign Language Linguistics is held at Chung Cheng University.
  • Mar 2 America's Cup: Alinghi defeats Team New Zealand 5-0 to win in Auckland
  • Mar 5 In Haifa, 17 Israeli civilians are killed by a Hamas suicide bomb in the Haifa bus 37 massacre.
  • Mar 8 34th NAACP Image Awards: "Antwone Fisher" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Mar 11 The International Criminal Court holds its inaugural session in The Hague.
  • Mar 12 Zoran Đinđić, Prime Minister of Serbia, is assassinated in Belgrade.
  • Mar 12 Elizabeth Smart, was found after having been missing for 9 months.
  • Mar 13 Human evolution: The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human have been found in Italy.
  • Mar 14 Start of weekend of protests against war in Iraq that are attended by millions
  • Mar 15 Hu Jintao takes over presidency for the People's Republic of China.
  • Mar 15 24th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Pittsburgh beats Connecticut, 74-56
  • Mar 16 The largest coordinated worldwide vigil takes place, as part of the global protests against Iraq war.
  • Mar 16 50th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #12 Duke beats NC State, 84-77
  • Mar 16 44th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Mississippi State, 64-57
  • Mar 17 British Cabinet Minister Robin Cook, resigns over government plans for the war with Iraq.
  • Mar 18 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 18 British Sign Language is recognised as an official British language.
  • Mar 19 Invasion of Iraq by American and British led coalition begins without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion
  • Mar 22 23rd Golden Raspberry Awards: Swept Away wins
  • Mar 23 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.

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 23 75th Academy Awards: "Chicago," Adrien Brody & Nicole Kidman win

Actress Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
  • Mar 24 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 28 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.