May 2003 in History

Events in History

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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 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 21 An earthquake hits northern Algeria killing more than 2,000 people.
  • May 23 The Euro exceeds its initial trading value as it hits $1.18 for the first time since its introduction in 1999.
  • May 25 NĂ©stor Kirchner becomes President of Argentina after defeating Carlos Menem. He is the first elected President since the economic crisis.
  • 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.

Weddings in History

  • May 10 Fashion designer Shoshanna Lonstein (28) weds investment analyst Joshua Gruss at the Metropolitan Club in New York City

Deaths in History

  • May 5 Walter Sisulu, South African activist (b. 1912)
  • May 9 Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator from Louisiana (b. 1918)
  • May 12 Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French UN High Commissioner for Refugees (b. 1933)
  • May 15 George Francis, British gangster (b. 1940)
  • May 16 Mark McCormack, American businessman (b. 1930)
  • May 17 Frank "Pop" Ivy, American and Canadian football coach (b. 1916)
  • May 18 Barb Tarbox, Canadian anti-smoking crusader (b. 1961)
  • May 21 Frank D. White, American politician (b. 1933)
  • May 22 Ousmane Zongo, BurkinabĂ© shooting victim
  • May 26 Kathleen Winsor, American writer (b. 1919)
  • May 28 Oleg Makarov, cosmonaut (b. 1933)
  • May 28 Ilya Prigogine, Russian-born physicist and chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (b. 1917)