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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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: AFC beats NFC 45-23
  • Feb 2 53rd NHL All-Star Game: West beats East 6-5 at Sunrise, Florida
  • 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: West beats East 155-145 (2 OT) at Atlanta
  • 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 (133.87 MPH)
  • Feb 17 The London Congestion Charge scheme begins.
  • 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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer & Pianist Norah Jones
Singer & Pianist
Norah Jones
  • Feb 23 49th National Film Awards (India): "Dweepa" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Feb 23 56th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Pianist" Best Film, Roman Polanski Best Director
  • 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 Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actor Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Michael P. Anderson - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1959)
  • Feb 1 David Brown - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1956)
  • Feb 1 Kalpana Chawla - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)
  • Feb 1 Laurel Clark - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)
  • Feb 1 Rick D. Husband - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1957)
  • Feb 1 Willie McCool - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)
  • Feb 1 Ilan Ramon - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1954)
  • Feb 1 Mongo Santamaria, Cuban percussionist and band leader (b. 1922)
  • Feb 2 Lou Harrison, American composer (Rapunzel), dies 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 10 Edgar de Evia, American photographer (b. 1910)
  • Feb 10 Curt Hennig, American professional wrestler (b. 1959)
  • Feb 10 Clark MacGregor, United States Congressman from Minnesota (b. 1922)
  • 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 (b. 1930)
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

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

  • Feb 14 Johnny Longden, English jockey (b. 1907)
  • Feb 16 Eleanor "Sis" Daley, wife of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley (b. 1907)
  • Feb 18 Isser Harel, Israeli Mossad leader (b. 1912)
  • Feb 19 Johnny PayCheck, American country singer/songwriter (b. 1938)
  • 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, Scottish football player and coach (b. 1947)
  • 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 fro an overdose at 47
  • Feb 24 John Edward Christopher Hill, English historian (b. 1912)
  • Feb 24 Bernard Loiseau, French chef (b. 1951)
  • Feb 25 Tom O'Higgins, Irish Chief Justice (b. 1916)
  • Feb 25 Alberto Sordi, Italian actor (b. 1920)
  • Feb 26 Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver, dies at 74
  • Feb 27 John Lanchbery, English composer (b. 1923)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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)