October 2003 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 3 Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy is attacked by one of the shows tigers, canceling the show for good.
  • Oct 4 Maxim restaurant suicide bombing in Haifa, Israel: 21 Israelis, Jews and Arabs, are killed, and 51 others wounded.

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Oct 8 Peter Agre and Roderick MacKinnon win the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discoveries concerning channels in cell membranes

Molecular biologist Peter Agre
Molecular biologist
Peter Agre
  • Oct 15 China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission.
  • Oct 15 The Staten Island Ferry boat Andrew J. Barberi collides with a pier at the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island, killing 11 people and injuring 43.
  • Oct 17 The pinnacle was fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, a 101-floor skyscraper in Taipei, allowing it to surpass the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur by 50 meters (165 feet) and become the World's tallest highrise.
  • Oct 17 Eunuchs in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh float the political party Jiti Jitayi Politics.
  • Oct 18 Bolivian Gas War: President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, is forced to resign and leave Bolivia

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Oct 19 Mother Teresa of Calcutta is beatified by Pope John Paul II.

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Oct 21 Images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in its discovery by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz.
  • Oct 24 Concorde makes its last commercial flight.
  • Oct 26 The Cedar Fire, the second-largest fire in California history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acres (1,000 km²), and destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego.
  • Oct 31 A bankruptcy court approves MCI's reorganization plans, essentially clearing the telecommunications company to exit bankruptcy.
  • Oct 31 Mahathir bin Mohamad resigns as Prime Minister of Malaysia and is replaced by Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, marking an end to Mahathir's 22 years in power.

Weddings in History

  • Oct 11 American Pie star Alyson Hannigan (29) weds Angel's Alexis Denisof (37) at the Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, California

Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 John T. Dunlop, U.S. Secretary of Labor (b. 1914)
  • Oct 3 William Steig, American cartoonist and children's author (b. 1907)
  • Oct 4 Sid McMath, American politician (b. 1912)
  • Oct 5 Timothy Treadwell, American bear enthusiast featured in Grizzly Man (b. 1957)
  • Oct 6 Timothy Treadwell, American environmentalist (b. 1957)
  • Oct 7 Izzy Asper, Canadian tax lawyer (b. 1932)
  • Oct 7 Wally George, American conservative TV commentator (b. 1931)
  • Oct 11 Franklyn Perring, English Botanist, dies of cancer at 76
  • Oct 12 Jim Cairns, Australian politician (b. 1914)
  • Oct 12 Joan Kroc, American philanthropist (b. 1928)
  • Oct 13 Bertram Brockhouse, Canadian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
  • Oct 15 Ben Metcalfe, Canadian environmental activist (b. 1919)
  • Oct 15 Bertram N. Brockhouse, Canadian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • Oct 16 Avni Arbas, Turkish artist (b. 1919)
  • Oct 18 Preston Smith, Governor of Texas (b. 1912)
  • Oct 18 Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Spanish writer (b. 1939)
  • Oct 19 Alija Izetbegović, President of Bosnia-Herzegovina (b. 1925)
  • Oct 19 Margaret Murie, American conservationist (b. 1902)
  • Oct 21 Luis A. Ferré, Governor of Puerto Rico (b. 1940)
  • Oct 21 Louise Day Hicks, American politician (b. 1916)
  • Oct 23 Soong May-ling, wife of the President of the Republic of China Chiang Kai-shek (b. 1897)
  • Oct 24 Rosie Nix Adams, Stepdaughter of Johnny Cash (b. 1958)
  • Oct 24 Ross Taylor [Robert Murray Taylor], Scottish transplant surgeon who pioneered kidney transplantations in the U.K., dies from cancer of the stomach at 70
  • Oct 29 Hal Clement [Harry Clement Stubbs], American sci-fi writer (Mission of Gravity), dies at 81
  • Oct 31 Richard Neustadt, American political historian (b. 1919)