June 2003 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 The People's Republic of China begins filling the reservoir behind the Three Gorges Dam.
  • Jun 2 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 5 A severe heat wave across Pakistan and India reaches its peak, as temperatures exceed 50°C (122°F) in the region.
  • Jun 8 57th Tony Awards: Hairspray & Take Me Out win
  • Jun 10 The Spirit Rover is launched, beginning NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission.
  • Jun 18 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

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Jun 21 "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" the 5th book of the series by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide in English

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • Jun 26 The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.
  • Jun 27 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.

Deaths in History

  • Jun 3 Felix de Weldon, Austrian sculptor (b. 1907)
  • Jun 5 Jürgen Möllemann, German politician (b. 1945)
  • Jun 6 Ken Grimwood, American writer (b. 1944)
  • Jun 8 Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (b. 1940)
  • Jun 10 Donald Regan, Chief of Staff and U.S. Treasury Secretary (b. 1918)
  • Jun 10 Bernard Williams, English philosopher (b. 1929)
  • Jun 10 Dr Phil Williams, Welsh politician and scientist (b. 1939)
  • Jun 11 David Brinkley, American television reporter (b. 1920)
  • Jun 13 Malik Meraj Khalid, Former caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1916)
  • Jun 16 Pierre Bourgault, French Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • Jun 16 Georg Henrik von Wright, Finnish-Swedish philosopher (b. 1916)
  • Jun 20 Bob Stump, American politician (b. 1927)
  • Jun 21 Leon Uris, American writer (b. 1924)
  • Jun 21 Jason Moran, Australian criminal (b. 1967)
  • Jun 22 John Stokes, British MP (C), dies at 85
  • Jun 22 Wassil Bykau, Belarusian writer, dies at 79
  • Jun 23 Maynard Jackson, Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia (b. 1938)
  • Jun 25 Lester Maddox, American businessman, one-time segregationist and Governor of Georgia (b. 1915)
  • Jun 26 Denver Randleman, U.S. Army Seargent (b. 1920)
  • Jun 26 Strom Thurmond, U.S. Senator (b. 1902)
  • Jun 26 Sir Dennis Thatcher MBE, husband of Margaret Thatcher (b. 1915)
  • Jun 30 Buddy Hackett, American comic (b. 1924)
  • Jun 30 Robert McCloskey, American children's book writer and illustrator (b. 1915)