On This Day

What Happened on July 5, 2003

Historical Events

  • French driver S├ębastien Bourdais wins first-ever night road-course event in Champ Car history on Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport layout

Historic DiscoverySARS Outbreak

SARS is declared "contained" by the WHO after affecting 26 countries and resulting in 774 deaths

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The SARS virus, known technically as SARS-CoV (coronavirus). First appearing in China in 2002, the disease spread to 29 countries before it was stopped.
The SARS virus, known technically as SARS-CoV (coronavirus). First appearing in China in 2002, the disease spread to 29 countries before it was stopped.
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Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams successfully defends her title beating older sister Venus 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

"Dawson's Creek" actor James Van Der Beek (26) weds actress Heather Ann McComb (26) at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Actress Elizabeth Banks (29) weds sportswriter and producer Max Handelman (30) at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills

Actress and Director Elizabeth Banks
Actress and Director
Elizabeth Banks
  • TV personality Debbie Matenopoulos (28) weds Lions Gate Entertainment president Jay Faires at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles, California

Famous Deaths

  • Roman Lyashenko, Russian ice hockey player, dies at 24
2003 Highlights

About July 5, 2003

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 17 years, 4 months and 21 days
Leap Year: No

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