On This Day

Events in History in January 2003

  • Jan 16 The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrates 16 days later on re-entry.
  • Jan 18 A bushfire kills 4 people and destroys more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia.
  • Jan 22 Last successful contact with NASA spacecraft Pioneer 10, one of the most distant man-made objects
  • Jan 23 Final communication between Earth and NASA space probe Pioneer 10
  • Jan 24 The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation
  • Jan 29 Sally Clark cleared of murdering her 2 sons after more than 3 years of prison in what was a life sentence
  • Jan 30 Belgium legally recognizes same-sex marriage.
  • Jan 30 Richard Reid sentenced to life in prison for attempting to bomb an American Airlines flight with 197 on board
  • Jan 31 The Waterfall rail accident occurs near Waterfall, New South Wales, Australia.