On This Day

What Happened on December 17, 2003

Historical Events

  • "The Return of the King" 3rd Lord of the Ring films is released. Makes US$72 million opening weekend, 2nd film to gross over 1 billion worldwide.
  • SpaceShipOne flight 11P, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first supersonic flight
  • The Soham murder trial ends at the Old Bailey in London, with Ian Huntley found guilty of two counts of murder. His girlfriend Maxine Carr is found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Famous Deaths

  • Brian Lee, father of Wikipedia user, James Lee (b. 1948)
  • David Smith, English cricket fast-medium bowler (5 Tests), dies at 69
  • Ed Devereaux, Australian actor (b. 1925)

Otto Graham

Otto Graham, NFL Quarterback, dies of a heart aneurysm at 82

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham

2003 Highlights

About December 17, 2003

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 17 years, 10 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

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