On This Day

November 2003 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 4 The most powerful solar flare as observed by satellite instrumentation is recorded.
  • Nov 4 Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy becomes the first person indicted under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. He was eventually acquitted.
  • Nov 9 A suicide-terrorist attack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, kills 17 people.
  • Nov 12 With 501 km/h (311 mph) Shanghai Transrapid sets up a new world record for commercial railway systems.
  • Nov 12 Iraq war: In Nasiriya, Iraq, at least 23 people, among them the first Italian casualties of the 2003 Iraq war are killed in a suicide bomb attack on an Italian police base.
  • Nov 15 First day of the Istanbul Bombings takes place, followed by additional bombings on November 20th
  • Nov 18 The congress of the Communist Party of Indian Union (Marxist-Leninist) decides to merge the party into Kanu Sanyal's CPI(ML).
  • Nov 18 In England, the Local Government Act 2003, repealing controversial anti-gay amendment Section 28, becomes effective
  • Nov 18 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules the state's ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional
  • Nov 20 After the November 15 bombings, a second day of the 2003 Istanbul Bombings occurs in Istanbul, Turkey, destroying the Turkish head office of HSBC Bank AS and the British consulate.

Historic Event

Nov 22 In Tbilisi, Georgia, opponents of President Eduard Shevardnadze seize the parliament building and demand the president's resignation

President of Georgia and Soviet Diplomat Eduard Shevardnadze
President of Georgia and Soviet Diplomat
Eduard Shevardnadze
  • Nov 23 Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze resigns following weeks of mass protests over flawed elections
  • Nov 26 India accepts Pakistan's offer of a ceasefire in Kashmir
  • Nov 26 Supersonic airplane the Concorde makes its last ever flight, returning to Bristol, England.

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 8 Lady Louise Windsor, British royal, born in Surrey, England

Deaths in History

  • Nov 2 Frank McCloskey, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana (1983-95), dies at 64
  • Nov 3 Rasul Gamzatov, Russian poet (b. 1923)
  • Nov 4 Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (deeply engaged with issues that were central to the visual arts), dies at 89
  • Nov 4 Charles Causley, Cornish writer and poet (b. 1917)
  • Nov 8 C. Z. Guest, American socialite (b. 1920)
  • Nov 9 Gordon Onslow Ford, English painter (b. 1912)
  • Nov 9 Binod Bihari Verma, Indian Maithili literateur (b.1937)
  • Nov 10 Canaan Banana, 1st President of Zimbabwe (1980-87), dies of cancer at 67
  • Nov 15 Laurence Tisch, American businessman (b. 1923)
  • Nov 16 Bettina Goislard, French relief worker (b. 1974)
  • Nov 20 Loris Azzaro, French fashion designer (b. 1933)
  • Nov 20 David Dacko, first President of the Central African Republic (b. 1930)
  • Nov 20 Eugene Kleiner, American entrepreneur (b. 1923)
  • Nov 20 Roger Short, British Consulate General (b. 1944)
  • Nov 24 Floquet de Neu, Ecuato Guinean albino gorilla (b. 1964)
  • Nov 24 Anthony Hollis, British High Court Judge, dies at 76
  • Nov 26 Stefan Wul, French sci-fi author (The Temple of the Past), dies at 81
  • Nov 28 Antonia Forest [Patricia Giulia Caulfield Kate Rubinstein], British children's author (The Marlows), dies at 88