2003 in History – What happened in year 2003

✅ Published on April 10th, 2009 in 21st Century in History

In history, year 2003 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 2003.

Top Historical Events of the Year 2003 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
01 januaryThe Japanese team Oklahoma Sooners won victory over the American team Washington State Cougars in Rose Bowl on 1st January.
05 januaryLondon police arrested six people in conjunction with analleged terrorist plot to release ricin on the London Underground,although only one was eventually convicted.
08 januaryTurkish Airlines Flight 634 crashed in extensive fog during final approach to Diyarbakir Airport in Turkey, leaving only five survivors out of 80 people on board.
10 januaryAfter Chicago police detective Jon Burge was discovered to have forced confessions from more than 200 suspects, Governor of Illinois George Ryan commuted the death sentences of 167 prisoners and pardoned four more.
22 januaryThe United Nations reports that there is no link between al Qaeda and Iraq.
22 januaryThere has been a major bomb attack in Beit Lid Israel by Palestinian. This caused 21-22 people death.
27 januaryThe first selections for the National Recording Registry wereannounced by the U.S. Library of Congress.
28 januaryPresident George W. Bush in his state of the union address stated that Saddam Hussian had tried to acquire significant quantities of uranium from Africa.
15 februaryIn one of the largest anti-war rallies in history, millionsaround the world in approximately 800 cities took part in protestsagainst the impending invasion of Iraq.
17 februaryThe London congestion charge, a fee that is levied on motoriststravelling within designated parts of Central London, came intooperation.
18 februaryArsonist set a fire in a railway station in Daegu, South Korea, Nearly 200 were killed in the incident.
19 februaryThe Iranian Revolutionary Guard military flight crashes into the Sirach Mountains. 275 people were killed in the disaster.
20 februaryFire at the Station rock club in Rode Island kills nearly 100 people on February 2003.
23 february45th Grammy Awards, Norah Jones and John Mayer win major awards.
28 februaryUnited Nations chief weapons inspector Hans Blik said that there was no evidence that Iraq had any weapons of mass destruction.
06 marchAround 103 people were killed in the spot due to the crash of Air Algrie Flight at Tamanrasset Airport in Algeria.
16 marchAmerican peace activist Rachel Corrie was crushed to death byan Israel Defense Forces armored bulldozer in Rafah as she wasprotesting the demolition of a house.
28 marchInvasion of Iraq-In a friendly fire incident, two members ofthe United States Air Force attacked the United Kingdom's Blues andRoyals of the Household Cavalry, killing one and injuring five Britishsoldiers.
09 aprilInvasion of Iraq Coalition forces captured Baghdad and the statue of Saddam Hussein in Firdos Square was toppled .
14 aprilThe completion of the Human Genome Project was announced.
01 mayOn 1 May 2003, US President George W. Bush landed on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, in a Lockheed S-3 Viking where he announced the end of major combat operations in the Iraq War.
02 maySpurred on by the Indian Union Muslim League, a mob of Indian Muslims killed eight Hindu Aryan fishermen in Kerala.
22 maySwedish professional golfer Annika Sorenstam became the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event in Fort Worth, Texas on May 22, 2003 since 1945 Los Angeles Open which was qualified by Babe Zaharias.
22 maySwedish golfer Annika Sörenstam became the first woman to playin a PGA Tour event in 58 years.
28 mayAs a result of criticism of his conduct, Peter Hollingworthresigned from his post as Governor-General of Australia.
02 juneEurope launches its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency's Mars Express probe launches from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan. Mars Express is a space exploration mission being conducted by the European Space Agency (ESA). The Mars Express mission is exploring the planet Mars, and is the first planetary mission attempted by the agency. "Express" originally referred to the speed and efficiency with which the spacecraft was designed and built.
10 juneSpirit rover was launched by NASA for Mission Mars. It was the beginning of mars expedition program conducted by the space agency NASA of USA. Spirit rover was a robotic vehicle sent to surface of mars for collecting information and became the first to land on surface of Planet Mars.
20 juneThe Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) is an American non-profit and charitable organization headquartered in San Francisco, California, that operates many wikis. The foundation is mostly known for hosting Wikipedia, an Internet encyclopaedia which ranks in the top-ten most-visited websites worldwide. The organization was founded by Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, as a way to fund Wikipedia and its sister projects through non-profit means.
06 julyMETI message was sent to five stars in universe which were many light years away from earth. This message was sent in order to search extra terrestrial life in the universe. This message was recognized as silence breaker in universe. The message is expected to reach the destination till 2036.
07 julyMars exploration-B rover was launched into space. The launch was done using delta-2 rocket. It was an unmanned robotic rover which landed on the surface of planet mars. It is still in active state and gathering information from mars.

Famous birthdays in the year 2003:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
28 AugustQuvenzhané Wallis / Actress / United States of America
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