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Historical Events in February 2003

  • Feb 1 Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 Jennifer Lopez starts a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All I Have'

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • Feb 2 Russian pop girl duo Tatu start a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All The Things She Said'
  • Feb 2 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 45-23; MVP: Ricky Williams, Miami Dolphins, RB
  • Feb 2 53rd NHL All-Star Game, Office Depot Centre, Sunrise, FL: West beats East, 6-5; MVP: Danny Heatley, Atlanta Thrashers, LW
  • Feb 4 The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution.
  • Feb 6 53rd Berlin International Film Festival: "In This World" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 6 50 Cent releases his album “Get Rich or Die Trying’” (2003 Billboard Album of the Year)
  • Feb 9 52nd NBA All-Star Game, Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA: West beats East, 155-145 (2 OT); MVP: Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves, F
  • Feb 10 France and Belgium break the NATO procedure of silent approval concerning the timing of protective measures for Turkey in case of a possible war with Iraq.
  • Feb 15 An estimated 6-11 million people around the world take to the streets to protest against war with Iraq
  • Feb 16 45th Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip wins for the second time in 3 years; race ends after 109 laps when rain pours on the track
  • Feb 17 The London Congestion Charge scheme begins.
  • Feb 18 Comet C/2002 V1 (NEAT) makes perihelion, seen by SOHO.
  • Feb 18 Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea
  • Feb 20 During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the club ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 300 others.

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Feb 21 Bill Maher's political talk show "Real Time with Bill Maher" debuts on HBO

Political Commentator and Comedian Bill Maher
Political Commentator and Comedian
Bill Maher
  • Feb 22 Pakistani pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar bowls the fastest ball recorded in cricket history at 100.2 mph (161.3 km/h)

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Feb 23 45th Grammy Awards: Don't Know Why, Norah Jones wins

Singer and Pianist Norah Jones
Singer and Pianist
Norah Jones
  • Feb 23 49th National Film Awards (India): "Dweepa" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Feb 23 56th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Pianist" Best Film, Roman Polanski Best Director
  • Feb 27 Former Bosnian Serb leader Biljana Plavsic is sentenced by the U.N. tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, to 11 years in prison
  • Feb 27 Rowan Williams is enthroned as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury.