On This Day

What Happened in June 2003

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 The People's Republic of China begins filling the reservoir behind the Three Gorges Dam
  • Jun 2 Europe launches its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency's Mars Express probe launches from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan.

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jun 3 Danielle Steel’s novel “Sunset in St. Tropez” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • Jun 5 A severe heat wave across Pakistan and India reaches its peak, as temperatures exceed 50°C (122°F) in the region
  • Jun 7 135th Belmont: Jerry Bailey aboard Empire Maker wins in 2:28.26
  • Jun 7 French Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Belgian final, Justine Henin-Hardenne outclasses Kim Clijsters 6-0, 6-4 for her 1st of 7 Grand Slam singles titles
  • Jun 8 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Sweden's Annika Sörenstam wins in a playoff over Grace Park of South Korea with a par on the first sudden death hole
  • Jun 8 57th Tony Awards: Hairspray & Take Me Out win
  • Jun 8 French Open Men's Tennis: Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero claims his lone major title; beats Dutchman Martin Verkerk 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
  • Jun 8 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Aronimink GC, PA: John Jacobs wins his only Champions Tour major title with a 2 stroke margin to runner-up Bobby Wadkins
  • Jun 9 Stanley Cup Final, Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, NJ: New Jersey Devils beat Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 3-0 for 4-3 series win

Historic DiscoverySpirit Rover Begins Mars Mission

Jun 10 The Spirit Rover is launched, beginning NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission
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The first color image compiled by photos from the Spirit rover - at the time the highest quality photo taken on another planet
The first color image compiled by photos from the Spirit rover - at the time the highest quality photo taken on another planet

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 10 "Wicked", starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, officially opens at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Actress/Singer
Idina Menzel

Cricket's T20 is Born. Howzat!?Cricket's T20 is Born. Howzat!?

Jun 13 English county cricket teams play the 1st official Twenty20 matches
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Legendary cricketer WG Grace plays forward with his typical straight bat in 1878
Legendary cricketer WG Grace plays forward with his typical straight bat in 1878
  • Jun 15 57th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat New Jersey Nets, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 15 US Open Men's Golf, Olympia Fields CC: American Jim Furyk wins his only major title by 3 from Stephen Leaney of Australia

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jun 17 Moneyball, a book about the 2003 Oakland Athletics baseball team and GM Billy Beane's sabermetric approach, inspired by Bill James, is published

Baseball Writer and Statistician Bill James
Baseball Writer and Statistician
Bill James

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 18 Google launches AdSense, a program that enables website publishers to serve ads targeted to the specific content of their individual web pages, many of which like On This Day (then HistoryOrb.com) go on to start their own publishing businesses

CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki
CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jun 21 "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" the 5th book of the series by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide in English

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 23 Barry Bonds steals second base against the LA Dodgers, becoming the first player in MLB history to have 500 career homers and 500 steals

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Jun 26 The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 26 NBA Draft: St. Vincent–St. Mary HS (Akron, Ohio) small forward LeBron James first pick by Cleveland Cavaliers

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • Jun 27 The United States National Do Not Call Registry, formed to combat unwanted telemarketing calls and administered by the Federal Trade Commission, enrolls almost three-quarters of a million phone numbers on its first day.

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 28 "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl", directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, premieres at Disneyland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 29 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Inverness Club: Bruce Lietzke wins by 2 strokes from Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 7 "Sidewalks of New York" actor-director Edward Burns (34) weds Calvin Klein model Christy Turlington (32) at St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church in San Francisco, California

Supermodel Christy Turlington
Supermodel
Christy Turlington
  • Jun 7 "Dawson's Creek" actor Kerr Smith (31) weds actress Harmoni Everett (28) at The La Quinta Resort and Club in Palm Springs, California
  • Jun 8 "The Sopranos" actor Dominic Chianese (72) weds United Nations conference planner Jane Pittson (56) in Manhattan

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 22 Actor Adam Sandler (36) weds actress-model Jackie Titone (28) at Dick Clark's oceanfront in Malibu, California

  • Jun 28 Colombian American actor John Leguizamo (42) weds estate planner Justine Maurer (35) on a Catholic-Jewish ceremony in New York

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 29 Actress Emma Thompson (44) weds actor Greg Wise (37) in Loch Eck, Scotland

Actress Emma Thompson
Actress
Emma Thompson

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Johnny Hopp, American baseball outfielder, first baseman (MLB All-Star 1946; World Series 1942, 44, 50, 51; St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 86
  • Jun 2 Fred Blassie, American professional wrestler (b. 1918)
  • Jun 3 Felix de Weldon, Austrian-American sculptor (Marine Corps War Memorial), dies at 96
  • Jun 5 Jürgen Möllemann, German politician (b. 1945)
  • Jun 5 Manuel Rosenthal, French composer and conductor (b. 1904)
  • Jun 6 Ken Grimwood, American writer (b. 1944)
  • Jun 6 Dave Rowberry, English rocker (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun), dies at 62
  • Jun 6 Tom Jackson, British union leader (Post Office), dies at 78
  • Jun 7 Trevor Goddard, English actor (b. 1962)
  • Jun 8 Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (BDO World Champion 1978), dies at 63
  • Jun 10 Donald Regan, Chief of Staff and U.S. Treasury Secretary (b. 1918)
  • Jun 10 Bernard Williams, English moral philosopher, dies at 73
  • Jun 10 Dr Phil Williams, Welsh politician and scientist (b. 1939)
  • Jun 10 Sylvius Gerald Marie Rozendal, Premier of Netherland's Antilles, dies at 74
  • Jun 11 David Brinkley, American NBC news anchor (The Huntley-Brinkley Report), dies at 82
  • Jun 11 William Marshall, American actor, director, and opera singer (Blacula, Scream Blacula Scream), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 78

Person of interestGregory Peck

Jun 12 Gregory Peck, American actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, MacArthur), dies of bronchopneumonia at 87

  • Jun 13 Malik Meraj Khalid, Former caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1916)
  • Jun 13 Robin Russell, 14th Duke of Bedford, English peer (Woburn Abbey, Country House TV series) dies at 63
  • Jun 14 Dale Whittington, American racing driver (b. 1959)
  • Jun 15 Hume Cronyn, Canadian actor (World According to Garp, Cocoon), dies at 91
  • Jun 16 Pierre Bourgault, French Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • Jun 16 Georg Henrik von Wright, Finnish-Swedish philosopher (b. 1916)
  • Jun 18 Larry Doby, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (1st African-American in AL, Cleveland Indians), dies of cancer at 79
  • Jun 19 Laura Sadler, English actress (b. 1980)
  • Jun 20 Bob Stump, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, dies at 76
  • Jun 21 Roger Neilson, Canadian ice hockey coach (b. 1934)
  • Jun 21 Leon Uris, American novelist (Exodus, QB VII, Battle Cry), dies at 78
  • Jun 21 Jason Moran, Australian criminal (b. 1967)
  • Jun 22 John Stokes, British MP (C), dies at 85
  • Jun 22 Wassil Bykau, Belarusian writer, dies at 79
  • Jun 23 Maynard Jackson, Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia (b. 1938)
  • Jun 23 Doug Ring, Australian cricketer (Australian leggie of the late 40's early 50's), dies at 84
  • Jun 24 Vladimir Garin, Russian actor (b. 1987)
  • Jun 25 Lester Maddox, American businessman, one-time segregationist and Governor of Georgia (b. 1915)
  • Jun 26 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon soccer midfielder (62 caps; collapsed during international match, died; Lens, West Ham, Lyon), dies of heart failure at 28
  • Jun 26 Denver Randleman, U.S. Army Seargent (b. 1920)
  • Jun 26 Strom Thurmond, U.S. Senator (Sen-D/R-SC), dies at 100
  • Jun 26 Sir Dennis Thatcher MBE, husband of Margaret Thatcher (b. 1915)
  • Jun 27 David Newman, American filmmaker (b. 1937)
  • Jun 28 Wim Slijkhuis, Dutch athlete (b. 1923)

Person of interestKatharine Hepburn

Jun 29 Katharine Hepburn, American actress (Adam's Rib, On Golden Pond), dies of natural causes at 96

  • Jun 30 Buddy Hackett, American comic (b. 1924)
  • Jun 30 Robert McCloskey, American children's book writer and illustrator (Make Way For Ducklings), dies at 88