November 2003 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 4 The most powerful solar flare as observed by satellite instrumentation is recorded.
  • Nov 4 Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy becomes the first person indicted under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. He was eventually acquitted.
  • Nov 9 A suicide-terrorist attack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, kills 17 people.
  • Nov 12 With 501 km/h (311 mph) Shanghai Transrapid sets up a new world record for commercial railway systems.
  • Nov 12 Iraq war: In Nasiriya, Iraq, at least 23 people, among them the first Italian casualties of the 2003 Iraq war are killed in a suicide bomb attack on an Italian police base.
  • Nov 15 The first day of the 2003 Istanbul Bombings takes place, to be followed by additional bombings on November 20.
  • Nov 18 The congress of the Communist Party of Indian Union (Marxist-Leninist) decides to merge the party into Kanu Sanyal's CPI(ML).
  • Nov 18 In England, the Local Government Act 2003, repealing controversial anti-gay amendment Section 28, becomes effective
  • Nov 18 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules the state's ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional; the legislature fails to act within the mandated 180 days, and on May 17, 2004, Massachusetts becomes the first US state to legalize same-sex marriage
  • Nov 20 After the November 15 bombings, a second day of the 2003 Istanbul Bombings occurs in Istanbul, Turkey, destroying the Turkish head office of HSBC Bank AS and the British consulate.
  • Nov 22 In Tbilisi, Georgia, opponents of President Eduard Shevardnadze seize the parliament building and demand the president's resignation.
  • Nov 23 Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze resigns following weeks of mass protests over flawed elections.
  • Nov 26 Concorde makes its last ever flight over Bristol, England.

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 8 Lady Louise Windsor, British royal

Deaths in History

  • Nov 2 Frank McCloskey, American politician (b. 1939)
  • Nov 3 Rasul Gamzatov, Russian poet (b. 1923)
  • Nov 4 Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (b. 1923)
  • Nov 4 Charles Causley, Cornish writer and poet (b. 1917)
  • Nov 8 C. Z. Guest, American socialite (b. 1920)
  • Nov 9 Gordon Onslow Ford, English painter (b. 1912)
  • Nov 9 Binod Bihari Verma, Indian Maithili literateur (b.1937)
  • Nov 10 Canaan Banana, first President of Zimbabwe (b. 1936)
  • Nov 12 Cameron Duncan, New Zealand director (b. 1986)
  • Nov 15 Laurence Tisch, American businessman (b. 1923)
  • Nov 16 Bettina Goislard, French relief worker (b. 1974)
  • Nov 20 Loris Azzaro, French fashion designer (b. 1933)
  • Nov 20 David Dacko, first President of the Central African Republic (b. 1930)
  • Nov 20 Eugene Kleiner, American entrepreneur (b. 1923)
  • Nov 20 Roger Short, British Consulate General (b. 1944)
  • Nov 24 Floquet de Neu, Ecuato Guinean albino gorilla (b. 1964)
  • Nov 24 Anthony Hollis, British High Court Judge, dies at 76
  • Nov 26 Stefan Wul, French writer (b. 1922)
  • Nov 28 Antonia Forest, British children's author (b. 1915)