On This Day

What Happened on February 1, 2003

Historical Events

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

Famous Deaths

  • David Brown, American astronaut & member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 46
  • David M. Brown, U.S. Navy Captain & NASA astronaut, dies at 46
  • Ilan Ramon, Israeli astronaut & member of STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 48
  • 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
  • Laurel Clark, American astronaut and member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 41
  • Michael P. Anderson, American astronaut & member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 43
  • Mongo Santamaria, Cuban percussionist & band leader, dies at 85
  • Rick D. Husband, American astronaut & member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 45
  • Willie McCool, American astronaut & member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 41
2003 Highlights

About February 1, 2003

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 17 years, 8 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

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