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2003
2003
was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2003rd year of the Common Era
Common Era
(CE) and Anno Domini
Anno Domini
(AD) designations, the 3rd year of the 3rd millennium, the 3rd year of the 21st century, and the 4th year of the 2000s decade. 2003
2003
was designated the:

International Year of freshwater.[1]

Contents

1 Events

1.1 January 1.2 February 1.3 March 1.4 April 1.5 May 1.6 June 1.7 July 1.8 August 1.9 September 1.10 October 1.11 November 1.12 December

2 Births 3 Deaths

3.1 January 3.2 February 3.3 March 3.4 April 3.5 May 3.6 June 3.7 July 3.8 August 3.9 September 3.10 October 3.11 November 3.12 December

4 Nobel Prizes 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Events[edit] January[edit]

January 11 – Illinois Governor George Ryan
George Ryan
commutes the death sentences of 167 prisoners on Illinois's death row based on the Jon Burge scandal.[2][3] January 22 – The last signal from NASA's Pioneer 10
Pioneer 10
spacecraft is received, some 7.6 billion miles from Earth.[4] January 30 Belgium
Belgium
legally recognizes same-sex marriage, becoming the second country in the world to do so.[5]

February[edit]

February 1 – At the conclusion of the STS-107
STS-107
mission, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry over Texas, killing all seven astronauts on board.[6] February 4 – The leaders of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia reconstitute the country into a loose state-union between Montenegro and Serbia, marking an end to the 85 year old Yugoslav state.[7] February 15 – Millions of people worldwide take part in massive anti-war protests before the United States and its allies invade Iraq.[8] February 26 – The War in Darfur
War in Darfur
begins after rebel groups rise up against the Sudanese government.[9] February 27 – Former Bosnian Serb leader Biljana Plavšić
Biljana Plavšić
is sentenced by the U.N. ICTY to 11 years in prison for war crimes committed during the Bosnian War.[10]

March[edit]

March 8 Malta
Malta
approves joining the European Union
European Union
in a referendum.[11] March 12

Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić
Zoran Đinđić
is assassinated in Belgrade by a sniper.[12] The World Health Organization
World Health Organization
issues a global alert on severe acute respiratory syndrome when it spreads to Hong Kong
Hong Kong
and Vietnam
Vietnam
after originating in China.[13]

March 20 – The Iraq War
Iraq War
begins with the invasion of Iraq
Iraq
by the U.S. and allied forces.[14] March 23 Slovenia
Slovenia
approves joining the European Union
European Union
and NATO
NATO
in a referendum.[15]

April[edit]

April 9 – U.S. forces seize control of Baghdad, ending the regime of Saddam Hussein.[14] April 12 Hungary
Hungary
approves joining the European Union
European Union
in a referendum.[16] April 14 – The Human Genome Project
Human Genome Project
is completed, with 99% of the human genome sequenced to 99.99% accuracy.[17] April 29 – The United States announces the withdrawal of troops stationed in Saudi Arabia, and the redeployment of some at the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.[18]

May[edit]

May 11

Benvenuto Cellini's Cellini Salt Cellar
Cellini Salt Cellar
table sculpture is stolen from the Kunsthistorisches Museum
Kunsthistorisches Museum
in Vienna.[19] Lithuania
Lithuania
approves joining the European Union
European Union
in a referendum.[20]

May 12 – In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, over 30 people are killed in multiple bombings at a housing compound, mostly foreign expatriates.[21] May 17 Slovakia
Slovakia
approves joining the European Union
European Union
in a referendum.[22] May 23 – Dewey, the first deer cloned by scientists at Texas
Texas
A&M University, is born.[23] May 28 – Prometea, the first horse cloned by Italian scientists, is born.[24]

June[edit]

June 8 Poland
Poland
approves joining the European Union
European Union
in a referendum.[25] June 14 – The Czech Republic
Czech Republic
approves joining the European Union
European Union
in a referendum.[26] June 30 – Warring parties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo sign a peace accord, bringing an end to the Second Congo War, which left millions dead.[27]

July[edit]

July 5 Severe acute respiratory syndrome
Severe acute respiratory syndrome
is declared to be contained by the World Health Organization.[28] July 6 – The 70-meter Eupatoria Planetary Radar sends a METI message Cosmic Call 2
Cosmic Call 2
to 5 stars: Hip 4872, HD 245409, 55 Cancri, HD 10307
HD 10307
and 47 Ursae Majoris, that will arrive at these stars in 2036, 2040, May 2044, September 2044 and 2049 respectively.[29] July 18 – The Convention on the Future of Europe
Convention on the Future of Europe
finishes its work and proposes the first European Constitution.[30] July 24 – The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands, led by Australia, begins after ethnic violence engulfs the island country.[31]

August[edit]

August 11

The Second Liberian Civil War
Second Liberian Civil War
comes to an end after President Charles Taylor resigns and flees the country.[32] NATO
NATO
takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.[33]

August 25 – The Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.[34] August 27

Mars
Mars
makes its closest approach to Earth
Earth
in over 60,000 years.[35] The first six-party talks, involving South and North Korea, the United States, China, Japan and Russia, convene to find a peaceful resolution to the security concerns of the North Korean nuclear weapons program.[36]

September[edit]

September 4 – Europe's busiest shopping centre, the Bull Ring in Birmingham, is officially opened.[37] September 14 Estonia
Estonia
approves joining the European Union
European Union
in a referendum.[38] September 15 – ELN rebels kidnap eight foreign tourists at Ciudad Perdida, Colombia, being freed 100 days later following negotiations with the Colombian government.[39] September 20 Latvia
Latvia
approves joining the European Union
European Union
in a referendum.[40] September 24 – The Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
starts the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field, making 800 exposures, until January 16, 2004.[41] September 27 – SMART-1, a European Space Agency
European Space Agency
satellite and Europe's first mission to the moon, is launched.[42]

October[edit]

October 5 – Israeli warplanes strike alleged Islamic jihad bases inside Syrian territory, the first Israeli attack on the country since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.[43] October 15 China
China
launches Shenzhou 5, their first manned spaceflight.[44] October 24 Concorde
Concorde
makes its last commercial flight, bringing the era of airliner supersonic travel to a close.[45]

November[edit]

November 12 – A suicide bombing at an Italian military police headquarters in Nasiriyah, Iraq, kills 17 Italian military police officers and nine Iraqi civilians.[46] November 23 – Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze
Eduard Shevardnadze
resigns after widespread protests engulf the country following a disputed parliamentary election.[47] November 26 – The supersonic passenger jet, Concorde, makes its last ever flight from Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Airport
in London to Bristol Filton Airport.[48][49]

December[edit]

December 13 – Saddam Hussein, former President of Iraq, is captured in the small town of Ad-Dawr
Ad-Dawr
by the U.S. Army.[50] December 19 – Libya agrees to eliminate all of its materials, equipment, and programs aimed at producing weapons of mass destruction.[51] December 23

The World Tourism Organization
World Tourism Organization
becomes a specialized agency of the United Nations.[52] Petro China
China
Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai County, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.[53]

December 26
December 26
– The 6.6 Mw Bam earthquake shakes southeastern Iran with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), killing an estimated 30,000 people.[54] December 29 – The last known speaker of the Akkala Sami language dies, rendering it extinct.[55]

Births[edit]

Polina Bogusevich

Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange

January 23 – Apollinariia Panfilova, Russian pair skater March 7 – Polina Kostiukovich, Russian pair skater July 4 – Polina Bogusevich, Russian singer August 20 – Prince Gabriel of Belgium August 24 – Alena Kostornaia, Russian figure skater August 28 – Quvenzhané Wallis, American actress November 8 – Lady Louise Windsor, British royalty December 7 – Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange

Deaths[edit] Main article: Deaths in 2003 January[edit]

Leopoldo Galtieri

Maurice Gibb

January 11 – Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (b. 1925) January 12

Leopoldo Galtieri, 44th President of Argentina (b. 1926) Maurice Gibb, British musician (b. 1949)

January 15 – Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter (b. 1915) January 17 – Richard Crenna, American actor (b. 1926) January 24 – Gianni Agnelli, Italian auto executive (b. 1921) January 26 – Valeriy Brumel, Soviet Olympic athlete (b. 1942) January 27 – Henryk Jabłoński, 5th President of the Polish People's Republic (b. 1909)

February[edit]

Wolfgang Larrazábal

February 1

Michael P. Anderson, American astronaut (b. 1959) David M. Brown, American astronaut (b. 1956) Kalpana Chawla, American astronaut (b. 1962) Laurel Clark, American astronaut (b. 1961) Rick Husband, American astronaut (b. 1957) William McCool, American astronaut (b. 1961) Ilan Ramon, Israeli fighter pilot and astronaut (b. 1954)

February 2
February 2
– Lou Harrison, American composer (b. 1917) February 3 – Lana Clarkson, American actress and fashion model (b. 1962) February 10 – Curt Hennig, American professional wrestler (b. 1958) February 15 – Francisque Ravony, 7th Prime Minister of Madagascar (b. 1942) February 20 – Maurice Blanchot, French philosopher and writer (b. 1907) February 27

Wolfgang Larrazábal, Venezuelan naval officer and politician, 52nd President of Venezuela (b. 1911) Fred Rogers, American television personality (b. 1928)

February 28 – Fidel Sánchez Hernández, 45th President of El Salvador (b. 1917)

March[edit]

Zoran Đinđić

Michael Jeter

March 9 – Bernard Dowiyogo, 7-Time President of Nauru (b. 1946) March 12

Zoran Đinđić, 6th Prime Minister of Serbia
Serbia
(b. 1952) Howard Fast, American novelist (b. 1914) Lynne Thigpen, American actress (b. 1948)

March 14 – Amanda Davis, American writer and teacher (b. 1971) March 22 – Milton George Henschel, American Jehovah's Witnesses leader (b. 1920) March 29 – Carlo Urbani, Italian physician (b. 1956) March 30 – Michael Jeter, American actor (b. 1952)

April[edit]

Nina Simone

April 1 – Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong
Hong Kong
singer and actor (b. 1956) April 2 – Edwin Starr, American soul singer (b. 1942) April 9 – Jorge Oteiza, Spanish painter (b. 1908) April 11 – Cecil Howard Green, British-American geophysicist and businessman (b. 1900) April 20

Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1976) Bernard Katz, German-British Nobel biophysicist (b. 1911)

April 21 – Nina Simone, American singer (b. 1933) April 30

Possum Bourne, New Zealand rally car driver (b. 1956) Lionel G. Wilson, American voice actor (b. 1924)

May[edit]

Miss Elizabeth

May 1 – Miss Elizabeth, American professional wrestling valet (b. 1960) May 11 – Noel Redding, English musician (b. 1946) May 14

Wendy Hiller, English actress (b. 1912) Robert Stack, American actor (b. 1919)

May 15

June Carter Cash, American singer (b. 1929) Constantin Dăscălescu, Prime Minister of Romania (b. 1923) Rik Van Steenbergen, Belgian cyclist (b. 1924)

May 27 – Luciano Berio, Italian composer (b. 1925) May 28 – Ilya Prigogine, Russian-Belgian Nobel physicist and chemist (b. 1917)

June[edit]

Gregory Peck

Katharine Hepburn

June 7 – Trevor Goddard, English actor (b. 1962) June 10 – Bernard Williams, English philosopher (b. 1929) June 12 – Gregory Peck, American actor (b. 1916) June 15

Hume Cronyn, Canadian actor (b. 1911) Kaiser Matanzima, 1st President of Transkei (b. 1915)

June 19 – Laura Sadler, English actress (b. 1980) June 21

Leon Uris, American writer (b. 1924) Piet Dankert, Dutch politician (b. 1934)

June 22 – Vasil Bykaŭ, Belarusian novelist (b. 1924) June 26

Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroonian footballer (b. 1975) Strom Thurmond, American politician (b. 1902)

June 29 – Katharine Hepburn, American actress (b. 1907) June 30 − Buddy Hackett, American comedian and actor (b. 1924)

July[edit]

Barry White

Bob Hope

July 1 – Nǃxau ǂToma, Namibian actor (b. 1944) July 4 – Barry White, American singer (b. 1944) July 6 – Buddy Ebsen, American actor and dancer (b. 1908) July 7
July 7
– Tomiko Suzuki, Japanese voice actress (b. 1956) July 12 – Benny Carter, American musician (b. 1907) July 13 – Compay Segundo, Cuban musician (b. 1907) July 15 – Roberto Bolaño, Chilean writer (b. 1953) July 16 – Celia Cruz, Cuban singer (b. 1925) July 17 – Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist and harpsichordist (b. 1914) July 22

Uday Hussein, Iraqi paramilitary leader (b. 1964) Qusay Hussein, Iraqi politician (b. 1966)

July 25

Erik Brann, American musician (b. 1950) John Schlesinger, English film director (b. 1926)

July 27 – Bob Hope, English-American comedian and actor (b. 1903) July 28 – Greg Guidry, American singer-songwriter (b. 1954) July 30 – Sam Phillips, American record producer (b. 1923)

August[edit]

Idi Amin

August 1 – Marie Trintignant, French actress (b. 1962) August 4 – Frederick Chapman Robbins, American Nobel pediatrician and virologist (b. 1916) August 9 – Gregory Hines, American dancer and actor (b. 1946) August 14 – Helmut Rahn, German footballer (b. 1929) August 16 – Idi Amin, 3rd President of Uganda (b. c. 1923–28) August 19

Sérgio Vieira de Mello, Brazilian diplomat (b. 1948) Carlos Roberto Reina, 60th President of Honduras (b. 1926)

August 21 – Wesley Willis, American musician (b. 1963) August 29 – Vladimír Vašíček, Czech painter (b. 1919) August 30 – Charles Bronson, American actor (b. 1921)

September[edit]

John Ritter

Johnny Cash

Robert Palmer

Elia Kazan

September 2 – Ptolemy Reid, 2nd Prime Minister of Guyana (b. 1912) September 7 – Warren Zevon, American singer (b. 1947) September 8

Jaclyn Linetsky, Canadian actress and voice actress (b. 1986) Leni Riefenstahl, German film director (b. 1902)

September 9 – Edward Teller, Hungarian-American physicist (b. 1908) September 11

Anna Lindh, Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1957) John Ritter, American actor (b. 1948)

September 12 – Johnny Cash, American singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1932) September 19 – Slim Dusty, Australian country singer (b. 1927) September 22 − Gordon Jump, American actor (b. 1932) September 25

Franco Modigliani, Italian-American Nobel economist (b. 1918) Edward Said, Palestinian-American literary critic (b. 1935)

September 26

Shawn Lane, American musician (b. 1963) Robert Palmer, English singer (b. 1949)

September 27 – Donald O'Connor, American actor, singer, and dancer (b. 1925) September 28

Althea Gibson, American tennis player (b. 1927) Elia Kazan, Greek-American director (b. 1909)

September 30 – Robert Kardashian, American attorney and businessman (b. 1944)

October[edit]

Bertram Brockhouse

Alija Izetbegović

October 2 – Otto Günsche, German adjutant of Adolf Hitler (b. 1917) October 5

Neil Postman, American educator, media theorist, and cultural critic (b. 1931) Dan Snyder, Canadian hockey player (b. 1978) Timothy Treadwell, American environmentalist and filmmaker (b. 1957)

October 12
October 12
– Jim Cairns, Australian politician (b. 1914) October 13 – Bertram Brockhouse, Canadian Nobel physicist (b. 1918) October 14 – Moktar Ould Daddah, 1st President of Mauritania
President of Mauritania
(b. 1924) October 16

Stu Hart, Canadian wrestling promoter (b. 1915) László Papp, Hungarian boxer (b. 1926)

October 17 – Janice Rule, American actress (b. 1931) October 19 – Alija Izetbegović, 1st President of Bosnia and Herzegovina (b. 1925) October 20 – Jack Elam, American actor (b. 1918) October 21

Fred Berry, American actor (b. 1951) Elliott Smith, American musician (b. 1969)

October 22 – Tony Renna, American race car driver (b. 1976) October 23 – Soong Mei-ling, First Lady of China
China
(b. 1898) October 24 – Veikko Hakulinen, Finnish cross-country skier (b. 1925) October 27 – Rod Roddy, American television announcer (b. 1937) October 29

Hal Clement, American writer (b. 1922) Franco Corelli, Italian opera tenor (b. 1921)

November[edit]

Eduardo Palomo

Penny Singleton

November 3 – Rasul Gamzatov, poet (b. 1923) November 5 – Bobby Hatfield, American singer (b. 1940) November 6

Crash Holly, American wrestler (b. 1971) Eduardo Palomo, Mexican actor (b. 1962)

November 9 – Art Carney, American actor (b. 1918) November 10 – Canaan Banana, 1st President of Zimbabwe (b. 1936) November 12

Jonathan Brandis, American actor (b. 1976) Cameron Duncan, New Zealand director and writer (b. 1986) Penny Singleton, American actress (b. 1908)

November 14 – Gene Anthony Ray, American actor (b. 1962) November 18

Patricia Broderick, American playwright and painter (b. 1925) Michael Kamen, American composer (b. 1948)

November 20 – David Dacko, 1st President of the Central African Republic (b. 1930) November 26 – Soulja Slim, American rapper (b. 1977) November 27 – Marjorie Reeves, British historian, educationalist (b. 1905) November 30 – Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer (b. 1905)

December[edit]

Heydar Aliyev

December 3

Sita Ram Goel, Indian historian, publisher and author (b. 1921) David Hemmings, English actor (b. 1941)

December 6 – Carlos Manuel Arana Osorio, 30th President of Guatemala (b. 1918) December 8 – Rubén González, Cuban pianist (b. 1919) December 11 – Ahmadou Kourouma, Ivorian writer (b. 1927) December 12 – Heydar Aliyev, 3rd President of Azerbaijan (b. 1923) December 14 – Jeanne Crain, American actress (b. 1925) December 19 – Hope Lange, American actress (b. 1933) December 23 – Kriangsak Chamanan, 15th Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1917) December 27

Alan Bates, English actor (b. 1934) Iván Calderón, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1962) Pete Alvarado, American animator and comic book artist (b. 1920)

December 29 – Earl Hindman, American actor (b. 1942) December 30 – Anita Mui, Hong Kong
Hong Kong
singer (b. 1963)

Nobel Prizes[edit]

Chemistry – Peter Agre, Roderick MacKinnon Economics – Robert F. Engle, Clive W. J. Granger Literature – John Maxwell Coetzee Peace – Shirin Ebadi Physics – Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, Vitaly Lazarevich Ginzburg, Anthony James Leggett Physiology or Medicine – Paul Lauterbur, Peter Mansfield

See also[edit]

2000s portal

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External links[edit]

2003
2003
Year in Review – comprehensive listing of 2003
2003
reviews and lists 2003
2003
Year-End Google Zeitgeist – Google's Yearly List of Major Events and Top Searc

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