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April 2003 in History

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 7 U.S. troops capture Baghdad; Saddam Hussein's regime falls two days later.

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein

IraqInvasion of Iraq

Apr 9 Baghdad falls to U.S. forces, ending the invasion of Iraq, but resulting in widespread looting

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US troops in a sandstorm during the invasion of Iraq in 2003
US troops in a sandstorm during the invasion of Iraq in 2003
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  • Apr 14 The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%
  • Apr 14 U.S. troops in Baghdad capture Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner the Achille Lauro in 1985
  • Apr 16 Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union

Historic DiscoverySARS Outbreak

Apr 23 Beijing closes all schools for two weeks because of the SARS virus

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The SARS virus, known technically as SARS-CoV (coronavirus). First appearing in China in 2002, the disease spread to 29 countries before it was stopped.
The SARS virus, known technically as SARS-CoV (coronavirus). First appearing in China in 2002, the disease spread to 29 countries before it was stopped.
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Birthdays in History

  • Apr 29 Maud Behn, Princess of Norway

Weddings in History

  • Apr 12 Prince Laurent of Belgium (39) weds land surveyor Claire Coombs (29) in Brussels, Belgium

Deaths in History

  • Apr 3 Michael Kelly, American journalist (b. 1957)
  • Apr 5 Arthur Knight, CEO (Courtaulds), dies at 86
  • Apr 6 David Bloom, American reporter (b. 1963)
  • Apr 6 Gerald Emmett Cardinal Carter, Canadian religious figure (b. 1912)
  • Apr 7 Cecile de Brunhoff, French storyteller (b. 1903)
  • Apr 7 David Greene, British television director (b. 1921)
  • Apr 11 Cecil Howard Green, British geophysicist and businessman (b. 1900)
  • Apr 12 Cecil H. Green, American manufacturer (b. 1900)
  • Apr 15 Reg Bundy, British performer, dies at 56
  • Apr 16 Graham Stuart Thomas, English author and garden designer (b. 1909)
  • Apr 17 Robert Atkins, American dietician (b. 1930)
  • Apr 17 John Paul Getty Jr., American-born British oil magnate and billionaire (Getty Oil), dies of a chest infection at 70
  • Apr 17 Yiannis Latsis, Greek shipping tycoon, dies at 92
  • Apr 18 Edgar F. Codd, English-American computer scientist who contributed to the theory and practice of database management systems, dies at 79
  • Apr 20 Bernard Katz, German-born Australian biophysicist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1970), dies at 82
  • Apr 22 Martha Griffiths, U.S. Congresswoman, dies at 91
  • Apr 23 James H. Critchfield, American C.I.A. officer, dies at 86
  • Apr 23 Fernand Fonssagrives, French photographer, dies at 92
  • Apr 26 Rosemary Brown, Canadian politician, dies at 85
  • Apr 26 Max Nicholson, Irish environmentalist, dies at 98
  • Apr 26 Peter Stone, American writer, dies at 73
  • Apr 27 Piet Roozenburg, Dutch World champion checker player (1948, 51, 52, 55), dies at 78
  • Apr 30 Mark Berger, University of Kentucky professor (b. 1955)