On This Day

October 2003 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 3 Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy is attacked by one of the shows tigers, canceling the show for good.
  • Oct 4 Maxim restaurant suicide bombing in Haifa, Israel: 21 Israelis, Jews and Arabs, are killed, and 51 others wounded.
  • Oct 4 Trainer Bobby Frankel saddles Sightseek to victory in the Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park; Frankel's 23rd Grade I stakes winner of the year, breaking D. Wayne Lukas' 1987 record of 22

Nobel Prize

Oct 8 Peter Agre and Roderick MacKinnon win the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discoveries concerning channels in cell membranes

Nobel Prize

Oct 8 Clive Granger and Robert F. Engle awarded Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences “for methods of analyzing economic time series with time-varying volatility (ARCH)”

Nobel Prize

Oct 10 Shirin Ebadi is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her significant and pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, making her the 1st Iranian Muslim women to receive the prize

  • Oct 15 China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission
  • Oct 15 The Staten Island Ferry boat Andrew J. Barberi collides with a pier at the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island, killing 11 people and injuring 43.
  • Oct 17 Pinnacle fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, a 101-floor skyscraper in Taipei, allowing it to surpass the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur by 50 meters (165 feet) to become World's tallest high-rise
  • Oct 17 Eunuchs in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh float the political party Jiti Jitayi Politics.
  • Oct 18 Bolivian Gas War: President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, is forced to resign and leave Bolivia
  • Oct 21 Images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in its discovery by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz.
  • Oct 24 Concorde makes its last commercial flight

Music Concert

Oct 24 Walt Disney Concert Hall, new home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, designed by Frank Gehry, opens in downtown Los Angeles, California

  • Oct 26 The Cedar Fire, the second-largest fire in Californian history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acres (1,000 km²), destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego
  • Oct 31 A bankruptcy court approves MCI's reorganization plans, essentially clearing the telecommunications company to exit bankruptcy

Appointment of Interest

Oct 31 Mahathir Mohamad resigns as Prime Minister of Malaysia and is replaced by Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, marking an end to Mahathir's 22 years in power


Weddings in History

  • Oct 11 American Pie star Alyson Hannigan (29) weds Angel's Alexis Denisof (37) at the Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, California

Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 John T. Dunlop, U.S. Secretary of Labor (b. 1914)
  • Oct 3 William Steig, American cartoonist (The New Yorker, 1930-2003) and children's author (Shrek!; Sylvester and the Magic Pebble; Doctor De Soto), dies at 95 [1]
  • Oct 4 Sid McMath, American politician (b. 1912)
  • Oct 6 Timothy Treadwell, American environmentalist (Grizzly Man), dies mauled and eaten by bears in Katmai National Park, Alaska at 46
  • Oct 7 Izzy Asper, Canadian tax lawyer (b. 1932)
  • Oct 7 Wally George, American conservative TV commentator, dies at 71
  • Oct 7 Henry Herbert, 17th Earl of Pembroke, English peer and director (Emily), dies at 64
  • Oct 11 Franklyn Perring, English botanist (co-author of Atlas of the British Flora, 1962), dies of cancer at 76
  • Oct 12 Jim Cairns, Australian politician (b. 1914)
  • Oct 13 Bertram Brockhouse, Canadian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
  • Oct 15 Ben Metcalfe, Canadian environmental activist (helped found Greenpeace), dies at 83
  • Oct 15 Bertram N. Brockhouse, Canadian physicist, (1994 Nobel Prize for Physics for neutron spectroscopy), dies at 85
  • Oct 16 Avni Arbas, Turkish artist (b. 1919)
  • Oct 18 Preston Smith, 40th Governor of Texas, dies at 91
  • Oct 18 Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Spanish writer (b. 1939)
  • Oct 19 Alija Izetbegović, President of Bosnia-Herzegovina (b. 1925)
  • Oct 19 Margaret Murie, American conservationist (b. 1902)
  • Oct 21 Luis A. Ferré, Puerto Rican industrialist and politician (Governor of Puerto Rico, 1969-73), dies at 99
  • Oct 21 Louise Day Hicks, American politician (b. 1916)

Soong Mei-ling

Oct 23 Soong Mei-ling [Madame Chiang Kai-shek], Chinese political figure and First Lady of the Republic of China (1948-75), dies at 106

  • Oct 24 Rosie Nix Adams, Stepdaughter of Johnny Cash (b. 1958)
  • Oct 24 Ross Taylor [Robert Murray Taylor], Scottish transplant surgeon who pioneered kidney transplantations in the U.K., dies from cancer of the stomach at 70
  • Oct 29 Hal Clement [Harry Clement Stubbs], American sci-fi writer (Mission of Gravity), dies at 81
  • Oct 31 Richard Neustadt, American political historian (b. 1919)