On This Day

June 2003 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 The People's Republic of China begins filling the reservoir behind the Three Gorges Dam
  • Jun 2 Europe launches its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency's Mars Express probe launches from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan.

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jun 3 Danielle Steel’s novel “Sunset in St. Tropez” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • Jun 5 A severe heat wave across Pakistan and India reaches its peak, as temperatures exceed 50°C (122°F) in the region
  • Jun 8 57th Tony Awards: Hairspray & Take Me Out win
  • Jun 8 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Aronimink GC, PA: John Jacobs wins his only Champions Tour major title with a 2 stroke margin to runner-up Bobby Wadkins

Historic DiscoverySpirit Rover Begins Mars Mission

Jun 10 The Spirit Rover is launched, beginning NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission

Learn More
The first color image compiled by photos from the Spirit rover - at the time the highest quality photo taken on another planet
The first color image compiled by photos from the Spirit rover - at the time the highest quality photo taken on another planet
Learn More

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jun 21 "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" the 5th book of the series by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide in English

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling
  • Jun 26 The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.
  • Jun 27 The United States National Do Not Call Registry, formed to combat unwanted telemarketing calls and administered by the Federal Trade Commission, enrolls almost three-quarters of a million phone numbers on its first day.

Deaths in History

  • Jun 3 Felix de Weldon, Austrian-American sculptor (Marine Corps War Memorial), dies at 96
  • Jun 5 Jürgen Möllemann, German politician, German Vice Chancellor (1992-3), dies in a parachuting accident at 57
  • Jun 6 Ken Grimwood, American writer (b. 1944)
  • Jun 6 Tom Jackson, British union leader (Post Office), dies at 78
  • Jun 10 Donald Regan, Chief of Staff and U.S. Treasury Secretary (b. 1918)
  • Jun 10 Bernard Williams, English moral philosopher, dies at 73
  • Jun 10 Dr Phil Williams, Welsh politician and scientist (b. 1939)
  • Jun 10 Sylvius Gerald Marie Rozendal, Premier of Netherlands Antilles, dies at 74
  • Jun 13 Malik Meraj Khalid, Former caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1916)
  • Jun 13 Robin Russell, 14th Duke of Bedford, English peer (Woburn Abbey, Country House TV series) dies at 63
  • Jun 16 Pierre Bourgault, French Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • Jun 16 Georg Henrik von Wright, Finnish-Swedish philosopher (b. 1916)
  • Jun 20 Bob Stump, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, dies at 76
  • Jun 21 Leon Uris, American novelist (Exodus, QB VII, Battle Cry), dies at 78
  • Jun 21 Jason Moran, Australian criminal (b. 1967)
  • Jun 22 John Stokes, British MP (C), dies at 85
  • Jun 22 Wassil Bykau, Belarusian writer, dies at 79
  • Jun 23 Maynard Jackson, Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia (b. 1938)
  • Jun 25 Lester Maddox, American businessman, one-time segregationist and Governor of Georgia (b. 1915)
  • Jun 26 Denver Randleman, U.S. Army Seargent (b. 1920)
  • Jun 26 Strom Thurmond, U.S. Senator (Sen-D/R-SC), dies at 100
  • Jun 26 Sir Dennis Thatcher MBE, husband of Margaret Thatcher (b. 1915)
  • Jun 30 Buddy Hackett, American comic (b. 1924)
  • Jun 30 Robert McCloskey, American children's book writer and illustrator (Make Way For Ducklings), dies at 88