Historical Events in May 2003

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May 1 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.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • May 3 New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain collapses.
  • May 3 129th Kentucky Derby: Jose Santos aboard Funny Cide wins in 2:01.19
  • May 10 The May 2003 tornado outbreak sequence takes place.
  • May 12 The Riyadh compound bombings, carried out by Al Qaeda, kill 26.
  • May 12 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 16 In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in the Casablanca terrorist attacks.
  • May 16 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Minnesota Wild, 4 games to 0
  • May 17 128th Preakness: Jose Santos aboard Funny Cide wins in 1:55.61

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May 20 The reality series "America's Next Top Model", created by Tyra Banks, debuts on UPN

Supwemodel & Actress Tyra Banks
Supwemodel & Actress
Tyra Banks
  • May 21 An earthquake hits northern Algeria killing more than 2,000 people.
  • May 21 38th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney win
  • May 22 In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.
  • May 23 The Euro exceeds its initial trading value as it hits $1.18 for the first time since its introduction in 1999.
  • May 23 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Ottawa Senators, 4 games to 3
  • May 24 48th Eurovision Song Contest: Sertab Erener for Turkey wins singing "Everyway That I Can" in Riga
  • May 25 Néstor Kirchner becomes President of Argentina after defeating Carlos Menem. He is the first elected President since the economic crisis.
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Gil de Ferran wins in 3:11:56.989 (251.526 km/h)
  • May 25 56th Cannes Film Festival: "Elephant" directed by Gus Van Sant wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 26 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 28 Peter Hollingworth becomes the first Governor-General of Australia to resign his office as a result of criticism of his conduct.

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May 28 Patrick Roy officially announces his retirement from the NHL

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • May 28 11th UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Juventus (0-0, 3-2 on penalties) at Manchester

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May 30 "Finding Nemo", directed by Andrew Stanton and starring Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres is released in the US and Canada

Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian and TV Star
Ellen DeGeneres