What Happened in January 2003

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 89th Rose Bowl: #8 Oklahoma beats #7 Washington State, 34-14
  • Jan 1 69th Sugar Bowl: #4 Georgia beats #16 Florida State, 26-13
  • Jan 2 69th Orange Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #3 Iowa, 38-17
  • Jan 3 5th BCS National Championship: #2 Ohio State beats #1 Miami, 31-24, at 32nd Fiesta Bowl
  • Jan 7 "In Da Club" single is released by 50 Cent (MTV Video Music Award Best Rap Video and Best New Artist 2003, Billboard Song of the Year 2003)

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 12 29th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

Actress Jennifer Aniston
Actress
Jennifer Aniston
Actress Julia Roberts
Actress
Julia Roberts
Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 Rock musician Pete Townshend of The Who was arrested in London on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. He was later cleared.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 13 30th American Music Awards: Sheryl Crow & Eminem win

Rapper Eminem
Rapper
Eminem
Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow
Singer-songwriter
Sheryl Crow
  • Jan 16 The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.
  • Jan 17 8th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Chicago wins Best Film
  • Jan 18 A bushfire kills 4 people and destroys more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia.
  • Jan 19 AFC Championship Game: Oakland Raiders beat Tennessee Titans 41-24
  • Jan 19 NFC Championship Game: Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Philadelphia Eagles 27-10

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 19 60th Golden Globes: The Hours, Jack Nicholson, & Nicole Kidman win

  • Jan 22 Last successful contact with NASA spacecraft Pioneer 10, one of the most distant man-made objects
  • Jan 23 Final communication between Earth and NASA space probe Pioneer 10
  • Jan 24 The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation
  • Jan 26 Super Bowl XXXVII: Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Oakland Raiders, 48-21 at the Qualcomm Stadium MVP: Dexter Jackson, Tampa Bay, S

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 26 91st Men's Australian Open: Andre Agassi beats Rainer Schuttler (6-2, 6-2, 6-1)

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • Jan 26 91st Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (7-6, 3-6, 6-4)
  • Jan 26 19th Sundance Film Festival: "American Splendor", directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 29 Sally Clark cleared of murdering her 2 sons after more than 3 years of prison in what was a life sentence
  • Jan 30 Belgium legally recognizes same-sex marriage.
  • Jan 30 Richard Reid sentenced to life in prison for attempting to bomb an American Airlines flight with 197 on board
  • Jan 31 The Waterfall rail accident occurs near Waterfall, New South Wales, Australia.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 26 Robby Novak [Kid President], American internet personality (YouTube), born in Henderson, Tennessee

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 1 "Lord of The Rings" actress Miranda Otto (35) weds actor Peter O'Brien (44) at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia
  • Jan 1 "A Beautiful Mind" actress Jennifer Connelly (32) weds actor Paul Bettany in Scotland
  • Jan 3 Actress Emily Mortimer (31) weds actor Alessandro Nivola (30) in Chilterns, Buckinghamshire

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 11 "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" actor Taye Diggs (32) weds broadway actress Idina Menzel (31) at Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Actress/Singer
Idina Menzel
  • Jan 11 "The Sixth Sense" actress-singer Toni Collette (30) weds musician Dave Galafassi in a Buddhist ceremony near Sydney, Australia

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Joe Foss, American fighter ace (Medal of Honor-1943) and politician, dies at 87
  • Jan 1 F. William Free, American advertising executive (b. 1928)
  • Jan 1 Cyril Shaps, British actor, producer and voice artist (The Pianist), dies at 79
  • Jan 2 Eric Jupp, British-Australian pianist, composer, arranger (b. 1922)
  • Jan 3 Sid Gillman, American football coach, dies at 91
  • Jan 4 Sabine Ulibarri, Mexican American writer (b. 1919)
  • Jan 4 Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese-born violinist (b. 1923)
  • Jan 4 Conrad Hall, Tahitian-American cinematographer, dies at 76
  • Jan 5 Massimo Girotti, Italian actor (Last Tango in Paris, In the Name of the Law), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • Jan 5 Roy Jenkins, British politician (b. 1920)
  • Jan 5 Doreen Carwithen, British composer, widow of William Alwyn (b. 1922)
  • Jan 5 Jean Kerr, Irish-American novelist (Please Don't Eat the Daisies), dies at 80
  • Jan 8 Ron Goodwin, British composer and conductor (b. 1925)
  • Jan 9 Will McDonough, American sports journalist (b. 1935)
  • Jan 11 Richard Simmons, American actor (Sergeant Preston of the Yukon), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • Jan 11 Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (The Naked Childhood), dies at 77
  • Jan 11 Mickey Finn, English drummer (T. Rex) (b. 1947)
  • Jan 11 William Joseph Russo, American composer, dies at 74
  • Jan 12 Dean Amadon, American ornithologist, dies at 90
  • Jan 12 Kinji Fukasaku, Japanese director (b. 1930)
  • Jan 12 Leopoldo Galtieri, dictator of Argentina (b. 1926)

Person of interestMaurice Gibb

Jan 12 Maurice Gibb, guitarist of the Bee Gees, dies of cardiac arrest at 53

Guitarist of the Bee Gees Maurice Gibb
Guitarist of the Bee Gees
Maurice Gibb
  • Jan 12 Allan Nunn May, English physicist and Soviet spy (b. 1911)
  • Jan 13 Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)
  • Jan 14 Koloman Sokol, Slovak painter (b. 1902)
  • Jan 15 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter, dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Richard Wainwright, English politician, Liberal MP for Colne Valley (1966–70), dies at 84
  • Jan 16 Henryk Czyz, Polish composer and musician, dies at 79
  • Jan 17 Richard Crenna, American actor (Rambo, Summer Rental, Sand Pebbles), dies at 76
  • Jan 17 Balint Vazsonyi, Hingarian pianist (b. 1936)
  • Jan 18 Edward "The Sheik" Farhat, American professional wrestler (b. 1926)
  • Jan 18 Gavin Lyall, British author (Conduct of Major Maxim, The Secret Servant), dies of cancer at 70
  • Jan 19 Françoise Giroud, French writer and journalist (b. 1916)
  • Jan 20 Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist (NINA, NY Times), dies at 99
  • Jan 20 Nedra Volz, American actress (b. 1908)
  • Jan 20 Bill Werbeniuk, Canadian snooker player (b. 1947)
  • Jan 21 Paul Haines, American-born Canadian poet (b. 1933)
  • Jan 22 Bill Mauldin, American cartoonist famous for his World War II cartoons depicting American soldiers (Pulitzer-1945, 59), dies of Alzheimer's disease and a bathtub scalding at 81
  • Jan 23 Nell Carter, American singer and actress (b. 1948)
  • Jan 24 Gianni Agnelli, Italian auto executive (b. 1921)
  • Jan 25 Samuel Weems, Arkansas judge (b. 1936)
  • Jan 26 Valeriy Brumel, Soviet Olympic athlete (b. 1942)
  • Jan 26 Hugh Trevor-Roper, English historian (The Last Days of Hitler), dies at 89
  • Jan 26 George Younger, 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie, British politician (b. 1931)
  • Jan 27 Henryk Jabłoński, President of Poland (b. 1909)
  • Jan 27 Louis Archambault, Quebec sculptor (b. 1915)
  • Jan 29 Frank Moss, American politician (b. 1911)
  • Jan 31 Michael Ogden, British barrister and judge (Ogden Tables), dies at 76