On This Day

What Happened in February 2003

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 Jennifer Lopez starts a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All I Have'

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • Feb 2 Russian pop girl duo Tatu start a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All The Things She Said'
  • Feb 2 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 45-23; MVP: Ricky Williams, Miami Dolphins, RB
  • Feb 2 53rd NHL All-Star Game, Office Depot Centre, Sunrise, FL: West beats East, 6-5; MVP: Danny Heatley, Atlanta Thrashers, LW
  • Feb 4 The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution.
  • Feb 6 53rd Berlin International Film Festival: "In This World" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 6 50 Cent releases his album “Get Rich or Die Trying’” (2003 Billboard Album of the Year)
  • Feb 9 52nd NBA All-Star Game, Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA: West beats East, 155-145 (2 OT); MVP: Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves, F
  • Feb 10 France and Belgium break the NATO procedure of silent approval concerning the timing of protective measures for Turkey in case of a possible war with Iraq.
  • Feb 15 An estimated 6-11 million people around the world take to the streets to protest against war with Iraq
  • Feb 16 45th Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip wins for the second time in 3 years; race ends after 109 laps when rain pours on the track
  • Feb 17 The London Congestion Charge scheme begins in London, England
  • Feb 18 Comet C/2002 V1 (NEAT) makes perihelion, seen by SOHO.
  • Feb 18 Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea
  • Feb 20 During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the club ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 300 others.

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Feb 21 Bill Maher's political talk show "Real Time with Bill Maher" debuts on HBO

Political Commentator and Comedian Bill Maher
Political Commentator and Comedian
Bill Maher
  • Feb 22 Pakistani pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar bowls the fastest ball recorded in cricket history at 100.2 mph (161.3 km/h)

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Feb 23 45th Grammy Awards: Don't Know Why, Norah Jones wins

Singer and Pianist Norah Jones
Singer and Pianist
Norah Jones
  • Feb 23 49th National Film Awards (India): "Dweepa" wins the Golden Lotus

Film tv awardsBAFTA Awards

Feb 23 56th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Pianist" Best Film, Roman Polanski Best Director

Film Director Roman Polanski
Film Director
Roman Polanski
  • Feb 27 Former Bosnian Serb leader Biljana Plavsic is sentenced by the U.N. tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, to 11 years in prison
  • Feb 27 Rowan Williams is enthroned as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury.

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 20 Atthaya Thitikul, Thai golfer (youngest female winner in pro event), born in Ratchaburi, Thailand
  • Feb 20 Olivia Rodrigo, American actress and singer (Driver's License), born in Temecula, California

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 23 Actor Paul Rudd (33) weds publicist Julie Yaeger

Actor Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Michael P. Anderson, American astronaut & member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 43
  • Feb 1 David Brown, American astronaut & member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 46
  • Feb 1 Kalpana Chawla, American astronaut (STS 87) and the first woman of Indian descent to go to space, dies in Space Shuttle Columbia disaster at 40
  • Feb 1 Laurel Clark, American astronaut and member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 41
  • Feb 1 Rick D. Husband, American astronaut & member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 45
  • Feb 1 Willie McCool, American astronaut & member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 41
  • Feb 1 Ilan Ramon, Israeli astronaut & member of STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 48
  • Feb 1 Mongo Santamaria, Cuban percussionist & band leader, dies at 85
  • Feb 1 David M. Brown, U.S. Navy Captain & NASA astronaut, dies at 46
  • Feb 2 Lou Harrison, American composer (La Koro Sutro), dies of a heart attack at 85
  • Feb 3 Lana Clarkson, American actress (b. 1962)
  • Feb 4 Charlie Biddle, Canadian jazz bassist (b. 1926)
  • Feb 4 Benyoucef Ben Khedda, Algerian politician (b. 1920)
  • Feb 4 André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (b. 1931)
  • Feb 5 Helge Boes, American Central Intelligence Agency officer
  • Feb 7 Augusto Monterroso, Guatemalan author (b. 1921)
  • Feb 7 John Reading, Mayor of Oakland, California (b. 1917)
  • Feb 9 Vera Ralston [Věra Helena Hrubá], Czech figure skater and actress (Dakota, Accused of Murder), dies of cancer at 83
  • Feb 10 Edgar de Evia, Mexican-American photographer, dies at 92
  • Feb 10 Curt Hennig, American professional wrestler, dies at 44
  • Feb 10 Clark MacGregor, American Republican politician (involved in Watergate), dies at 80
  • Feb 10 Al Ruffo, Mayor of San Jose, California (b. 1908)
  • Feb 10 Ron Ziegler, White House press secretary to Richard Nixon (b. 1939)
  • Feb 10 Bengt Edlén, Swedish Astrophysicist who specialized in spectroscopy and discovered the source of unidentified emission lines in solar spectrum, dies at 86
  • Feb 12 Vali Myers, Australian painter, dies at 72
  • Feb 13 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer (b. 1926)
  • Feb 13 Axel Jensen, Norwegian author (b. 1932)
  • Feb 13 Walt Rostow, U.S. government official (b. 1916)
  • Feb 13 Stacy Keach, Sr., American actor (Pretty Woman, The Parallax View), dies at 88

Person of interestDolly the Sheep

Feb 14 Dolly the Sheep, first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell dies young from a progressive lung disease aged 6

  • Feb 14 Johnny Longden, Canadian Racing Hall of Fame jockey/trainer (1943 Triple Crown on Count Fleet), dies of a stroke at 96
  • Feb 16 Eleanor "Sis" Daley, wife of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley, dies of a stroke at 95
  • Feb 17 Frank Thistlethwaite, English academic and Vice Chancellor (University of East Anglia), dies at 87
  • Feb 18 Isser Harel, Israeli Mossad leader (b. 1912)
  • Feb 19 Johnny Paycheck [Donald Lytle], American country singer (Take This Job and Shove It), dies after contracting emphysema and asthma at 64
  • Feb 20 Maurice Blanchot, French author (b. 1907)
  • Feb 20 Orville Freeman, American politician (b. 1918)
  • Feb 20 Mushaf Ali Mir, Pakistani Chief of the Air Staff (b. 1947)
  • Feb 20 Harry Jacunski, American football player
  • Feb 20 Ty Longley, American guitarist (Great White) (b. 1971)
  • Feb 21 Eddie Thomson, Australian soccer coach (Socceroos 1990-96), dies of cancer at 55
  • Feb 22 Daniel Taradash, American screenwriter (b. 1913)
  • Feb 23 Robert K. Merton, American sociologist (b. 1910)
  • Feb 23 Howard "Howie" Epstein, American bass guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), dies from an overdose at 47
  • Feb 23 Robert K. Meston, American sociologist (functionalism), dies at 92
  • Feb 24 John Edward Christopher Hill, English historian (b. 1912)
  • Feb 24 Bernard Loiseau, French chef (b. 1951)
  • Feb 24 Walter Scharf, American film composer, dies at 92
  • Feb 25 Tom O'Higgins, Irish Chief Justice (b. 1916)
  • Feb 25 Alberto Sordi, Italian actor (Miser, Taxi Driver in NY, Me and Caterina), dies of cancer at 82
  • Feb 26 Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver, dies at 74
  • Feb 27 John Lanchbery, English composer (b. 1923)

Person of interestFred Rogers

Feb 27 Fred Rogers, host of TV's "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" dies at age 74

TV Host Fred Rogers
TV Host
Fred Rogers
  • Feb 28 Chris Brasher, English athlete (b. 1928)
  • Feb 28 Fidel Sánchez Hernández, President of El Salvador (b. 1917)
  • Feb 28 Roger Michael Needham, British cryptographer (b. 1935)
  • Feb 28 Rudolf Kingslake, Lens designer, and Engineer (b. 1903)