Historical Events in September 2003

  • Sep 6 US Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Belgian final Justine Henin-Hardenne wins her first US title; beats Kim Clijsters 7-5, 6-1

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 7 Farm Aid 16 held in Columbus, Ohio; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Hootie & the Blowfish, Sheryl Crow, Brooks & Dunn, and Daniel Lanois [1]

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 7 US Open Men's Tennis: American Andy Roddick wins his only career Grand Slam title; beats Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain 6-3, 7-6, 6-3

  • Sep 11 Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh dies after being assaulted and fatally wounded on September 10.
  • Sep 11 The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety enters into effect.
  • Sep 12 In Fallujah, US forces mistakenly shoot and kill eight Iraqi police officers.
  • Sep 12 The United Nations lifts sanctions against Libya after that country agreed to accept responsibility and recompense the families of victims in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
  • Sep 13 28th Toronto International Film Festival: "Zatoichi" directed by Takeshi Kitano wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 13 British rock singer Mike Smith (Dave Clark Five) fractures spine falling while trying to enter his home after locking himself out, becomes permanently paralyzed from the waist down
  • Sep 14 Baltimore running back Jamal Lewis sets the NFL single-game rushing record when he runs for 295 yards and 2 touchdowns on 30 carries in the Ravens 33-13 victory over Cleveland
  • Sep 14 Estonia approves joining the European Union in a referendum.

Solheim Cup

Sep 14 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Barsebäck G & CC: Europe regains Cup; after Catriona Matthew beat Rosie Jones 3 & 1 to clinch, amid controversy 4 of 5 remaining matches are conceded for final score of 17½-10½

  • Sep 14 Sweden rejects adopting the Euro in a referendum

Album Release

Sep 15 ISO/Columbia Records releases David Bowie's 23rd studio album, "Reality"; he supports it with what becomes his final concert tour

Music History

Sep 17 Billy Corgan presents his poetry at the Art Institute of Chicago's Rubloff Auditorium

  • Sep 18 The United Kingdom's Local Government Act 2003, repealing controversial Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988, receives Royal Assent
  • Sep 20 A referendum is held in Latvia to decide the country's accession to the European Union
  • Sep 20 Maldives civil unrest: the death of prisoner Hassan Evan Naseem sparks a day of rioting in Malé

Emmy Awards

Sep 21 55th Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Everybody Loves Raymond, James Gandolfini & Edie Falco wins

  • Sep 21 Galileo mission terminated by sending the probe into Jupiter's atmosphere, where it is crushed by the pressure at the lower altitudes
  • Sep 22 David Hempleman-Adams becomes the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open-air, wicker-basket hot air balloon.
  • Sep 23 Crime drama "NCIS" starring Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherley, Pauley Perrette and David McCallum premieres on CBS in the US
  • Sep 25 A magnitude-8.0 earthquake strikes just offshore of Hokkaidō, Japan.
  • Sep 27 Smart 1 satellite is launched by the European Space Agency from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, for a moon orbit.
  • Sep 28 Final game played at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, Atlanta Braves defeat Phillies, 5-2
  • Sep 29 Hurricane Juan makes landfall in Nova Scotia.