29th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)
Rock musician Pete Townshend of The Who was arrested in London on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. He was later cleared.
30th American Music Award: Sheryl Crow & Eminem win
The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.
A bushfire kills 4 people and destroys more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia.
Last successful contact with the spacecraft Pioneer 10, one of the most distant man-made objects.
Final communication between Earth and Pioneer 10
The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.
Super Bowl XXXVII: Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Oakland Raiders, 48-21 at the Qualcomm Stadium MVP: Dexter Jackson, Tampa Bay, S
Belgium legally recognizes same-sex marriage.
The Waterfall rail accident occurs near Waterfall, New South Wales, Australia.
Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
Jennifer Lopez starts a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All I Have'
Russian pop girl duo Tatu start a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All The Things She Said'
NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 45-23
The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution.
France and Belgium break the NATO procedure of silent approval concerning the timing of protective measures for Turkey in case of a possible war with Iraq.
An estimated eleven million people around the world take to the streets to protest against the looming war with Iraq
Michael Waltrip wins motor racing's Daytona 500 after rain stops the race for a second time at lap 109
The London Congestion Charge scheme begins.
Comet C/2002 V1 (NEAT) makes perihelion, seen by SOHO.
Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea.
During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the club ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 300 others.
Bill Maher's political talk show "Real Time with Bill Maher" debuts on HBO
45th Grammy Awards: Don't Know Why, Norah Jones wins
Former Bosnian Serb leader Biljana Plavsic is sentenced by the U.N. tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, to 11 years in prison
Rowan Williams is enthroned as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury in the Anglican church.
Management of the United States Customs Service and the United States Secret Service move to the United States Department of Homeland Security.
17th Soul Train Music Awards: LL Cool J, Mariah Carey & Nelly win
The first International Symposium on Taiwan Sign Language Linguistics is held at Chung Cheng University.
In Haifa, 17 Israeli civilians are killed by a Hamas suicide bomb in the Haifa bus 37 massacre.
The International Criminal Court holds its inaugural session in The Hague.
Zoran Đinđić, Prime Minister of Serbia, is assassinated in Belgrade.
Elizabeth Smart, was found after having been missing for 9 months.
Human evolution: The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human have been found in Italy.
Start of weekend of protests against war in Iraq that are attended by millions
Hu Jintao takes over presidency for the People's Republic of China.
The largest coordinated worldwide vigil takes place, as part of the global protests against Iraq war.
British Cabinet Minister Robin Cook, resigns over government plans for the war with Iraq.
FBI agents raid the corporate headquarters of HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama on suspicion of massive corporate fraud led by the company's top executives.
British Sign Language is recognised as an official British language.
Invasion of Iraq by American and British led coalition begins without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion
23rd Golden Raspberry Awards: Swept Away wins
In Nasiriyah, Iraq, 11 soldiers of the 507th Maintenance Company as well as 18 U.S. Marines are killed during the first major conflict of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
75th Academy Awards - "Chicago," Adrien Brody & Nicole Kidman win
The Arab League votes 21-1 in favor of a resolution demanding the immediate and unconditional removal of U.S. and British soldiers from Iraq.
In a "friendly fire" incident, two A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft from the United States Idaho Air National Guard's 190th Fighter Squadron attack British tanks participating in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, killing British soldier Matty Hull.
18th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
U.S. troops capture Baghdad; Saddam Hussein's regime falls two days later.
37th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride wins
Baghdad falls to U.S. forces ending the invasion of Iraqi but resulting in widespread looting
67th Golf Masters Championship: Mike Weir wins, shooting a 281
The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%.
U.S. troops in Baghdad capture Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner the Achille Lauro in 1985.
The Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union.
Patrick Roy plays his final career NHL game
Beijing closes all schools for two weeks because of the SARS virus.
Andre Agassi recaptures the world no. 1 ranking to become the oldest top-ranked male in the history of the ATP rankings (33 years, 13 days)
2003 invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended" on board the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of California.
New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain collapses.
129th Kentucky Derby: Jose Santos aboard Funny Cide wins in 2:01.19
The May 2003 tornado outbreak sequence takes place.
The Riyadh compound bombings, carried out by Al Qaeda, kill 26.
Fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers bring the Texas Legislature to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan.
In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in the Casablanca terrorist attacks.
The reality series "America's Next Top Model", created by Tyra Banks, debuts on UPN
An earthquake hits northern Algeria killing more than 2,000 people.
38th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney wins
In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.
The Euro exceeds its initial trading value as it hits $1.18 for the first time since its introduction in 1999.
Néstor Kirchner becomes President of Argentina after defeating Carlos Menem. He is the first elected President since the economic crisis.
Indianapolis 500: Gil de Ferran wins in 3:11:56.989 (251.526 km/h)
Only three days after a previous record, Sherpa Lakpa Gelu climbs Mount Everest in 10 hours 56 minutes. The tourism ministry of Nepal confirms this record in July that year.
Peter Hollingworth becomes the first Governor-General of Australia to resign his office as a result of criticism of his conduct.
Patrick Roy officially announces his retirement from the NHL
The People's Republic of China begins filling the reservoir behind the Three Gorges Dam.
Europe launches its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency's Mars Express probe launches from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan.
A severe heat wave across Pakistan and India reaches its peak, as temperatures exceed 50°C (122°F) in the region.
135th Belmont: Jerry Bailey aboard Empire Maker wins in 2:28.26
57th Tony Awards: Hairspray & Take Me Out win
49th LPGA Championship won by Annika Sörenstam
The Spirit Rover is launched, beginning NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission.
"Wicked", starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, officially opens at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco
57th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat New Jersey Nets, 4 games to 2
103rd US Golf Open: Jim Furyk shoots a 272 at Olympia Fields CC IL
Moneyball, a book about the 2003 Oakland Athletics baseball team and GM Billy Beane's sabermetric approach, inspired by Bill James, is published
Google launches AdSense, a program that enables website publishers to serve ads targeted to the specific content of their individual web pages, many of which like HistoryOrb.com go on to start their own publishing businesses
Barry Bonds steals second base against the Los Angeles Dodgers, becoming the first player in MLB history to have 500 career home runs and 500 career steals
The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.
The United States National Do Not Call Registry, formed to combat unwanted telemarketing calls and administered by the Federal Trade Commission, enrolls almost three-quarters of a million phone numbers on its first day.
Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy, insults German MP Martin Schulz by calling him a "kapo" during a session of the European Parliament.
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is arrested for sexual assault
SARS is declared to be contained by the WHO.
The 70-meter Eupatoria Planetary Radar sends a METI message Cosmic Call 2 to 5 stars: Hip 4872, HD 245409, 55 Cancri, HD 10307 and 47 Ursae Majoris that will arrive to these stars in 2036, 2040, 2044, 2044 and 2049 respectively.
110th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (4-6 6-4 6-2)
117th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats M Philippoussis (7-6 6-2 7-6)
The United Communist Party of Armenia is formed.
Sudan Airways Flight 39, with 116 people on board, crashes in Sudan; the only survivor is a two-year-old boy who subsequently dies as a result of his injuries.
A Neoplan bus, owned by Kowloon Motor Bus, collides with a truck, falls off a bridge on Tuen Mun Road, Hong Kong, and plunges into the underlying valley, killing 21 people. This is the deadliest traffic accident to date in Hong Kong.
AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.
74th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-6 at U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago
11th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Serena Williams win
France: Sixteen people are injured after two bombs explode outside a tax office in Nice.
132nd British Golf Open: Ben Curtis shoots a 283 at Royal St George's Golf Club
Members of 101st Airborne of the United States, aided by Special Forces, attack a compound in Iraq, killing Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay, along with Mustapha Hussein, Qusay's 14-year old son, and a bodyguard.
A group of 321 Filipino armed soldiers called "Magdalo" took over the Oakwood Premier Ayala Center in Makati City to show the Filipino people the alleged corruption of the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration
The last 'old style' Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line in Mexico
A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.
The highest temperature ever recorded in the UK - 38.5°C (101.3°F) in Kent . It is the first time the UK has recorded a temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand.
A heat wave in Paris results in temperatures rising to 112°F (44° C), leaving about 144 people dead.
NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.
Widescale power blackout in the northeast United States and Canada.
U.S. Representative from South Dakota Bill Janklow hits and kills a motorcyclist with his car at a rural intersection near Trent, South Dakota; he will eventually be convicted of manslaughter and will resign from Congress.
85th PGA Championship: Shaun Micheel shoots a 276 at Oak Hill Country Club
A Hamas planned suicide attack on a bus in Jerusalem kills 23 Israelis, 7 of them children in the Jerusalem bus 2 massacre.
A car-bomb attack on United Nations headquarters in Iraq kills the agency's top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 other employees.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended after refusing to comply with a federal court order to remove a rock inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the Alabama Supreme Court building.
The Tli Cho land claims agreement is signed between the Dogrib First Nations and the Canadian federal government in Rae-Edzo (now called Behchoko).
The Columbia Accident Investigation Board releases its final reports on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing 34,646,418 miles (55,758,005 km) distant.
An electricity blackout cuts off power to around 500,000 people living in south east England and brings 60% of London's underground rail network to a halt.
20th MTV Awards: Missy Elliott, Beyoncé f/ Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake wins
Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, the Shia Muslim leader in Iraq, is assassinated in a terrorist bombing, along with nearly 100 worshippers as they leave a mosque in Najaf.
Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh dies after being assaulted and fatally wounded on September 10.
The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety enters into effect.
In Fallujah, US forces mistakenly shoot and kill eight Iraqi police officers.
The United Nations lifts sanctions against Libya after that country agreed to accept responsibility and recompense the families of victims in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
In a referendum Sweden rejects adopting the Euro.
Estonia approves joining the European Union in a referendum.
The United Kingdom's Local Government Act 2003, repealing controversial Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988, receives Royal Assent.
Maldives civil unrest: the death of prisoner Hassan Evan Naseem sparks a day of rioting in Malé.
A referendum is held in Latvia to decide the country's accession to the European Union.
Galileo mission terminated by sending the probe into Jupiter's atmosphere, where it is crushed by the pressure at the lower altitudes.
55th Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Everybody Loves Raymond, James Gandolfini & Edie Falco wins
David Hempleman-Adams becomes the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open-air, wicker-basket hot air balloon.
A magnitude-8.0 earthquake strikes just offshore of Hokkaidō, Japan.
Actress Halle Berry announces her separation from second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet
Smart 1 satellite is launched.
Hurricane Juan makes landfall in Nova Scotia.
Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy is attacked by one of the shows tigers, canceling the show for good.
Maxim restaurant suicide bombing in Haifa, Israel: 21 Israelis, Jews and Arabs, are killed, and 51 others wounded.
Gray Davis is recalled as Governor of California, three years before the official end of his office term. Film star Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected Governor.
Peter Agre and Roderick MacKinnon win the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discoveries concerning channels in cell membranes
Fan Steve Bartman deflects the ball away from Chicago Cubs outfielder Moises Alou. Cubs give up eight runs in the inning and lose to the Marlins 8-3, and the Bartman incident is seen as the turning point in the series
China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission.
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.
The pinnacle was 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) and become the World's tallest highrise.
Eunuchs in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh float the political party Jiti Jitayi Politics.
Bolivian Gas War: President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, is forced to resign and leave Bolivia.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta is beatified by Pope John Paul II.
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.
Concorde makes its last commercial flight.
The Cedar Fire, the second-largest fire in California history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acres (1,000 km²), and destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego.
"Wicked" premieres on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth,
A bankruptcy court approves MCI's reorganization plans, essentially clearing the telecommunications company to exit bankruptcy.
Mahathir bin 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.
Panajot Pano is selected as the Golden Player of Albania by the Football Association of Albania as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee
Grant Fuhr is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame
Pat LaFontaine is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame
The most powerful solar flare as observed by satellite instrumentation is recorded.
Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy becomes the first person indicted under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. He was eventually acquitted.
37th Country Music Association Award: Alan Jackson & Martina McBride wins
A suicide-terrorist attack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, kills 17 people.
With 501 km/h (311 mph) Shanghai Transrapid sets up a new world record for commercial railway systems.
Iraq war: In Nasiriya, Iraq, at least 23 people, among them the first Italian casualties of the 2003 Iraq war are killed in a suicide bomb attack on an Italian police base.
The first day of the 2003 Istanbul Bombings takes place, to be followed by additional bombings on November 20.
91st CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 34-22
Lionel Messi makes his official debut for FC Barcelona
Britney Spears, at 21 years old, becomes the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
The congress of the Communist Party of Indian Union (Marxist-Leninist) decides to merge the party into Kanu Sanyal's CPI(ML).
In England, the Local Government Act 2003, repealing controversial anti-gay amendment Section 28, becomes effective
After the November 15 bombings, a second day of the 2003 Istanbul Bombings occurs in Istanbul, Turkey, destroying the Turkish head office of HSBC Bank AS and the British consulate.
In Tbilisi, Georgia, opponents of President Eduard Shevardnadze seize the parliament building and demand the president's resignation.
Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze resigns following weeks of mass protests over flawed elections.
Concorde makes its last ever flight over Bristol, England.
92nd Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Melbourne (3-1)
The Conservative Party of Canada is officially recognized after the merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.
A blast in the center of Moscow kills six people and wounds several more.
Joe Sakic scores his 500th career goal at Vancouver
Paul Martin becomes the Prime Minister of Canada
Jean Chretien formally resigns as the Prime Minister of Canada
Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit (see Operation Red Dawn).
President of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf narrowly escapes an assassination attempt.
President George W. Bush announces the capture of Saddam Hussein.
The Soham murder trial ends at the Old Bailey in London, with Ian Huntley found guilty of two counts of murder. His girlfriend Maxine Carr is found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
SpaceShipOne flight 11P, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first supersonic flight.
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits near San Simeon, California.
The New York Knicks hire Isiah Thomas as President of Basketball Operations
PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.
Spanish police thwart an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 p.m. inside Madrid's busy Chamartín Station.
The ill-fated Beagle 2 probe which was released from the Mars Express Spacecraft on December 19, disappears shortly before its scheduled landing.
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake devastates southeast Iranian city of Bam, killing tens of thousands and destroying the citadel of Arg-é Bam.
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft recuses himself and his office from the Plame affair.
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