On This Day

What Happened on August 11, 2003

Historical Events

  • A heat wave in Paris results in temperatures rising to 112°F (44° C), leaving about 144 people dead.
  • Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.

Famous Deaths

  • Armand Borel, Swiss mathematician (b. 1923)
  • Diana Mitford, English biographer, famous beauty, wife of Oswald Mosley and one of the Mitford sisters, dies at 93

Person of interestHerb Brooks

Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach, dies in a car accident at 66

Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks
Ice Hockey Player & Coach
Herb Brooks

2003 Highlights

About August 11, 2003

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 17 years, 2 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Leo