September 2003 in History

Events in History

  • 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.

Lockerbie Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103

Sep 12 United Nations lifts sanctions against Libya after it agrees to accept responsibility and compensate the families of victims in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103

  • Sep 14 Estonia approves joining the European Union in a referendum.
  • Sep 14 Sweden rejects adopting the Euro in a referendum
  • 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
  • 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 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 29 Hurricane Juan makes landfall in Nova Scotia.

Deaths in History

  • Sep 1 Terry Frost, British artist, dies at 87
  • Sep 3 Paul Jennings Hill, American anti-abortion murderer (b. 1954)
  • Sep 3 Rudolf Leiding, German auto executive and 3rd postwar chairman of Volkswagen, dies at 88
  • Sep 5 C. H. Sisson, British author (Christopher Homm), dies at 89
  • Sep 5 Moe Biller, American labor union officer (AFL-CIO, Postal Workers), dies at 87
  • Sep 6 Mohammad Oraz, Iranian mountain climber (b. 1969)
  • Sep 7 Great Antonio [Antonio Barichievich], Croatian-Canadian strongman and eccentric, dies at 77

Edward TellerEdward Teller (1908-2003)

Sep 9 Hungarian-American physicist, father of the Hydrogen bomb (Manhattan Project), dies at 95

  • Sep 9 Thomas Allibone, English physicist (Manhattan Project, high-voltage particle acceleration), dies at 99
  • Sep 11 Anna Lindh, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, assassinated shopping in Stockholm at 46
  • Sep 13 Frank O'Bannon, American politician (Governor of Indiana, 1997-2003), dies of a stroke at 73(
  • Sep 14 Yetunde Price, half-sister of Venus and Serena Williams (b. 1972)
  • Sep 15 Josef Hirsal, Czech novelist (b. 1920)
  • Sep 18 Bob Mitchell, British politician (b. 1927)
  • Sep 18 Emil Fackenheim, German Holocaust survivor and philosopher (b. 1916)
  • Sep 20 Lord Williams of Mostyn, Welsh barrister, politician, and Lord President of the Council, dies at 62
  • Sep 20 Simon Muzenda, Zimbabwean politician (1st Vice-President of Zimbabwe), dies at 80
  • Sep 22 Hugo Young, British journalist (The Guardian), dies at 64
  • Sep 23 Yuri Senkevich, Russian TV anchorman (b. 1937)
  • Sep 25 Aquila al-Hashimi, Iraqi politician (b. 1953)
  • Sep 25 Edward Said, Palestinian-American literary critic, dies at 67
  • Sep 25 Franco Modigliani, Italian-American economist (1985 Nobel Prize for Economics), dies at 85
  • Sep 25 Herb Gardner, American playwright (b. 1934)
  • Sep 28 George Odlum, Saint Lucian politician (b. 1934)
  • Sep 30 Robert Kardashian, Armenian-American lawyer, dies of cancer at 59
  • Sep 30 Yusuf Bey, American Black Muslim leader (Nation of Islam), dies of cancer at 67