What Happened in October 2003

Historical Events

  • Oct 3 Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy is attacked by one of the shows tigers, canceling the show for good.
  • Oct 4 Maxim restaurant suicide bombing in Haifa, Israel: 21 Israelis, Jews and Arabs, are killed, and 51 others wounded.

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Oct 7 American gubernatorial recall election is held in California. Governor Gray Davis is recalled and Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes governor.

Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Oct 8 Peter Agre and Roderick MacKinnon win the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discoveries concerning channels in cell membranes

Molecular biologist Peter Agre
Molecular biologist
Peter Agre

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Oct 8 Clive Granger and Robert F. Engle awarded Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences “for methods of analyzing economic time series with time-varying volatility (ARCH)”

Economist Clive Granger
Clive Granger
Economist Robert F. Engle
Robert F. Engle

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Oct 12 54th Formula One WDC: Michael Schumacher wins by two points

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher

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Oct 14 Fan Steve Bartman deflects the ball away from Chicago Cubs outfielder Moises Alou. Cubs give up eight runs in the inning and lose to the Marlins 8-3, and the Bartman incident is seen as the turning point in the series

MLB Outfielder Moises Alou
MLB Outfielder
Moises Alou
  • Oct 15 China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission.
  • Oct 15 The Staten Island Ferry boat Andrew J. Barberi collides with a pier at the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island, killing 11 people and injuring 43.
  • Oct 15 MLB National League Championship: Florida Marlins beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 16 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 17 The pinnacle was fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, a 101-floor skyscraper in Taipei, allowing it to surpass the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur by 50 meters (165 feet) and become the World's tallest highrise.
  • Oct 17 Eunuchs in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh float the political party Jiti Jitayi Politics.
  • Oct 18 Bolivian Gas War: President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, is forced to resign and leave Bolivia

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Oct 19 Mother Teresa of Calcutta is beatified by Pope John Paul II

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Oct 21 Images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in its discovery by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz.
  • Oct 24 Concorde makes its last commercial flight
  • Oct 25 MLB World Series: Florida Marlins defeat New York Yankees to win 4-2
  • Oct 25 15th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 27-25 in Chestnut Hill
  • Oct 26 The Cedar Fire, the second-largest fire in Californian history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acres (1,000 km²), destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego

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Oct 30 "Wicked" premieres on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel
  • Oct 31 A bankruptcy court approves MCI's reorganization plans, essentially clearing the telecommunications company to exit bankruptcy.
  • Oct 31 Mahathir bin Mohamad resigns as Prime Minister of Malaysia and is replaced by Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, marking an end to Mahathir's 22 years in power.

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Oct 31 Bethany Hamilton, aged 13, has her arm bitten off by a shark while surfing in Hawaii

Professional Surfer Bethany Hamilton
Professional Surfer
Bethany Hamilton

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 11 American Pie star Alyson Hannigan (29) weds Angel's Alexis Denisof (37) at the Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, California
  • Oct 11 "The West Wing" actress Annabeth Gish (32) weds former "The X-Files" stunt man Wade Allen at The Sea Ranch Lodge
  • Oct 12 Actor Danny Nucci (35) weds actress Paula Marshall (39) in Los Angeles

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 John T. Dunlop, U.S. Secretary of Labor (b. 1914)
  • Oct 3 Florence Stanley, American actress (b. 1924)
  • Oct 3 William Steig, American cartoonist and children's author (Shrek!, Doctor De Soto), dies at 95
  • Oct 4 Sid McMath, American politician (b. 1912)
  • Oct 5 Denis Quilley, English actor (b. 1927)
  • Oct 5 Dan Snyder, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1978)
  • Oct 5 Timothy Treadwell, American bear enthusiast featured in Grizzly Man (b. 1957)
  • Oct 6 Timothy Treadwell, American environmentalist (b. 1957)
  • Oct 7 Izzy Asper, Canadian tax lawyer (b. 1932)
  • Oct 7 Arthur Berger, American composer (b. 1912)
  • Oct 7 Wally George, American conservative TV commentator (b. 1931)
  • Oct 10 Eugene Istomin, American pianist (b. 1925)
  • Oct 11 Franklyn Perring, English Botanist, dies of cancer at 76
  • Oct 12 Jim Cairns, Australian politician (b. 1914)
  • Oct 12 Joan Kroc, American philanthropist (b. 1928)
  • Oct 12 Willie Shoemaker, American jockey (b. 1931)
  • Oct 13 Bertram Brockhouse, Canadian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
  • Oct 14 Patrick Dalzel-Job, English soldier and inspiration for James Bond (b. 1913)
  • Oct 15 Ben Metcalfe, Canadian environmental activist (b. 1919)
  • Oct 15 Bertram N. Brockhouse, Canadian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • Oct 16 Avni Arbas, Turkish artist (b. 1919)
  • Oct 16 Stu Hart, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1915)
  • Oct 16 László Papp, Hungarian boxer (b. 1926)
  • Oct 18 Preston Smith, Governor of Texas (b. 1912)
  • Oct 18 Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Spanish writer (b. 1939)
  • Oct 19 Alija Izetbegović, President of Bosnia-Herzegovina (b. 1925)
  • Oct 19 Margaret Murie, American conservationist (b. 1902)
  • Oct 19 Michael Hegstrand, American professional wrestler (b. 1960)
  • Oct 20 Jack Elam, American actor (The Dakotas, East Street, Rio Lobo), dies at 82
  • Oct 20 Miodrag Petrović, Serbian actor (b. 1924)
  • Oct 21 Fred Berry, American actor (b. 1951)
  • Oct 21 Luis A. Ferré, Puerto Rican industrialist and politician (Governor of Puerto Rico, 1969-73), dies at 99
  • Oct 21 Louise Day Hicks, American politician (b. 1916)
  • Oct 21 Elliott Smith, American musician (b. 1969)

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Oct 23 Soong Mei-ling [Madame Chiang Kai-shek], Chinese political figure and First Lady of the Republic of China (1948-75), dies at 106

Chinese Political Leader and First Lady of the Republic of China Soong Mei-ling
Chinese Political Leader and First Lady of the Republic of China
Soong Mei-ling
  • Oct 23 Tony Capstick, English actor, comedian, and musician (b. 1944)
  • Oct 24 Rosie Nix Adams, Stepdaughter of Johnny Cash (b. 1958)
  • Oct 24 Ross Taylor [Robert Murray Taylor], Scottish transplant surgeon who pioneered kidney transplantations in the U.K., dies from cancer of the stomach at 70
  • Oct 27 Rod Roddy, American television announcer (b. 1937)
  • Oct 29 Hal Clement [Harry Clement Stubbs], American sci-fi writer (Mission of Gravity), dies at 81
  • Oct 29 Franco Corelli, Italian tenor, dies after suffering on stroke at 82
  • Oct 31 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Indian singer (b. 1908)
  • Oct 31 Richard Neustadt, American political historian (b. 1919)