On This Day

What Happened in May 2003

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended" on board the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of California

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • May 3 New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain collapses.
  • May 3 129th Kentucky Derby: Jose Santos aboard Funny Cide wins in 2:01.19
  • May 7 Arsenal thrash Southampton, 6-1 at Highbury to start Gunners' amazing English Premier League record 49-game unbeaten streak; ends 24 October, 2004 with 2-0 defeat at Manchester United
  • May 10 The May 2003 tornado outbreak sequence takes place.
  • May 12 The Riyadh compound bombings, carried out by Al Qaeda, kill 26
  • May 12 Fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers bring the Texas Legislature to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan
  • May 16 In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in terrorist attacks
  • May 16 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Minnesota Wild, 4 games to 0
  • May 16 Calcutta high court rules Calcutta does not have a birthday and that British East India employee Job Charnock is not the city's founder as previously claimed
  • May 17 128th Preakness: Jose Santos aboard Funny Cide wins in 1:55.61
  • May 17 English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (73,726): Arsenal beats Southampton, 1-0; Robert Pires scores 38' winner for Gunners' 9th title

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

May 20 The reality series "America's Next Top Model", created by Tyra Banks, debuts on UPN

Supwemodel & Actress Tyra Banks
Supwemodel & Actress
Tyra Banks

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May 20 Laureus World Sports Awards, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco: Sportsman: Lance Armstrong (rescinded); Sportswoman: Serena Williams; Team: Brazil Men's National Football team

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • May 21 An earthquake hits northern Algeria killing more than 2,000 people.
  • May 21 38th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney win
  • May 22 In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.
  • May 23 The Euro exceeds its initial trading value as it hits $1.18 for the first time since its introduction in 1999
  • May 23 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Ottawa Senators, 4 games to 3
  • May 24 48th Eurovision Song Contest: Sertab Erener for Turkey wins singing "Everyway That I Can" in Riga
  • May 24 Super Rugby Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Auckland Blues beat defending champion Canterbury Crusaders, 21-17 for their 3rd title
  • May 25 Néstor Kirchner becomes President of Argentina after defeating Carlos Menem. He is the first elected President since the economic crisis.
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Gil de Ferran wins in 3:11:56.989 (251.526 km/h)
  • May 25 56th Cannes Film Festival: "Elephant" directed by Gus Van Sant wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 26 Only three days after a previous record, Sherpa Lakpa Gelu climbs Mount Everest in 10 hours 56 minutes. The tourism ministry of Nepal confirms this record in July that year.
  • May 28 Peter Hollingworth becomes the first Governor-General of Australia to resign his office as a result of criticism of his conduct

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May 28 Patrick Roy officially announces his retirement from the NHL

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • May 28 11th UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Juventus (0-0, 3-2 on penalties) at Manchester

Film release premierFilm Release

May 30 "Finding Nemo", directed by Andrew Stanton and starring Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres is released in the US and Canada

Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian and TV Star
Ellen DeGeneres

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

May 3 "Friends" actor Matt LeBlanc (35) weds former model Melissa McKnight (38) at a private estate overlooking Anini Beach in Kilauea, Hawaii

LoveWedding of Interest

May 4 One of the best cricketer Rahul Dravid (30) weds surgeon Vijeta Pendharkar in Bangladore, India

Cricketer Rahul Dravid
Cricketer
Rahul Dravid
  • May 10 "Broadway" singer-actress Carol Channing (82) weds Harry Kullijian at Big Valley Grace Community Church in Modesto, California
  • May 10 Fashion designer Shoshanna Lonstein (28) weds investment analyst Joshua Gruss at the Metropolitan Club in New York City

LoveWedding of Interest

May 10 "Ocean's Eleven" director and producer Steven Soderbergh (40) weds former fashion model Jules Asner (35) in Manhattan, New York

LoveWedding of Interest

May 13 NBA star Dennis Rodman (42) weds Michelle Moyer in a small civil ceremony in Newport Beach, California

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman
  • May 18 Actress Rena Sofer (34) weds director and producer Sanford Bookstaver (29) in Malibu, California

LoveWedding of Interest

May 22 Actor and comedian Kevin Hart (23) weds Torrei Hart

Comedian and Actor Kevin Hart
Comedian and Actor
Kevin Hart

LoveWedding of Interest

May 24 Oscar winning-actress Kate Winslet (27) weds director Sam Mendes (36) in Anguilla Island

Actress Kate Winslet
Actress
Kate Winslet
Film Director Sam Mendes
Film Director
Sam Mendes
  • May 24 Actor and film director Kenneth Branagh (42) weds film art director Lindsay Brunnock in a secret ceremony

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 27 Actress Angelina Jolie (26) divorces actor Billy Bob Thornton (47) due to irreconcilable differences


Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Miss Elizabeth [Hulette], pro wrestling valet (Randy Savage), dies of overdose at 42
  • May 1 Wim van Est, Dutch road cyclist (3 x stage winner Tour de France), dies at 80
  • May 3 Suzy Parker, American model and actress (Chamber of Horrors), dies at 69
  • May 5 Walter Sisulu, South African activist (b. 1912)
  • May 5 David Lewin, American composer, dies at 69
  • May 6 Art Houtteman, baseball player (b. 1927)
  • May 9 Russell B. Long, American politician (Sen-D-LA, 1948-86), dies at 84
  • May 10 Milan Vukcevich, Yugoslavian chemist and a grandmaster of chess problem composition, dies at 66
  • May 11 Noel Redding, English bassist (The Jimi Hendrix Experience), dies at 57
  • May 11 Ernie Toshack, Australian cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 47 wickets), dies at 88
  • May 12 Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French UN High Commissioner for Refugees (b. 1933)
  • May 12 Michael Richardson, British investment banker and advisor to Margaret Thatcher known as "Mr Privatisation", dies at 78
NBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschere
NBA Forward and MLB Player
Dave DeBusschere
  • May 14 Wendy Hiller, English actress (Major Barbara, David Copperfield), dies at 90
  • May 14 Robert Stack, American actor (The Untouchables, Unsolved Mysteries, Written on the Wind), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • May 14 William Jackson [Pepper LaBeija], American drag queen and fashion designer, dies of a heart attack at 54

Person of interestJune Carter Cash

May 15 June Carter Cash, American musician and singer dies aged 73

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • May 15 George Francis, British gangster (b. 1940)
  • May 16 Mark McCormack, American businessman (b. 1930)
  • May 17 Frank "Pop" Ivy, American and Canadian football coach (b. 1916)
  • May 18 Anna Santisteban, Puerto Rican beauty contest organizer, dies at 89
  • May 18 Barb Tarbox, Canadian anti-smoking crusader, dies at 42
  • May 21 Frank D. White, American politician (b. 1933)
  • May 21 Alejandro de Tomaso, Argentine-Italian racing driver and car manufacturer, dies at 74
  • May 22 Ousmane Zongo, Burkinabé shooting victim
  • May 23 Jean Yanne, French actor and director (b. 1933)
  • May 23 Csaba Szabo. Hungarian composer, dies at 67
  • May 24 Rachel Kempson, English actress (b. 1910)
  • May 25 Jeremy Michael Ward, American musician (The Mars Volta) (b. 1976)
  • May 26 Kathleen Winsor, American writer (b. 1919)
  • May 26 Gerald S. Hawkins, English-American astronomer (archaeoastronomy), dies at 75
  • May 27 Luciano Berio, Italian composer (Chemins), dies at 77
  • May 28 Oleg Makarov, cosmonaut (b. 1933)
  • May 28 Martha Scott, American actress (The Ten Commandments, Our Town, Ben-Hur), dies of natural causes at 90
  • May 28 Ilya Prigogine, Russian-born physicist and chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (b. 1917)
  • May 29 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer, dies at 30
  • May 30 Mickie Most, English record producer (b. 1938)