2003 in History – What happened in year 2003

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.

Know what happened in 2003:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
08 January Turkish 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 January After 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.
13 July French DGSE personnel aborted an operation to rescue Colombianpolitician Íngrid Betancourt from the Revolutionary Armed Forces ofColombia, causing a political scandal when details were leaked to thepress six days later.
14 July In an effort to discredit U.S. Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, whohad written an article critical of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, WashingtonPost columnist Robert Novak revealed that Wilson's wife Valerie Plamewas a CIA 'operative'.
14 November Astronomers Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L.Rabinowitz discovered the trans-Neptunian object 90377 Sedna (artist'simpression pictured).
14 September Kumba Ialá, the President of Guinea-Bissau, was deposed in abloodless coup.
19 AugustA Hamas suicide bomber killed 23 people and wounded over 130others on a crowded public bus in the Shmuel HaNavi quarter inJerusalem.
27 AugustThe planet Mars made its closest approach to Earth in nearly60,000 years-55,758,006 kilometres (34,646,419 mi).
27 AugustThe first round of six-party talks to find a peacefulresolution to the security concerns as a result of the North Koreannuclear weapons program opened.
28 MayAs a result of criticism of his conduct, Peter Hollingworthresigned from his post as Governor-General of Australia.
05 NovemberAmerican serial killer Gary Ridgway pleaded guilty to 48 countsof first degree murder.
14 NovemberAstronomers Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L.Rabinowitz discovered the trans-Neptunian object 90377 Sedna.
18 NovemberWith its ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health,the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court made the state the first in theU.S. to legalize same-sex marriage.
03 OctoberRoy Horn of the American entertainment duo of Siegfried & Roywas mauled by a tiger during a performance at The Mirage hotel andcasino resort on the Las Vegas Strip.
04 OctoberA suicide bomber killed 21 people and injured more than 50others inside the Maxim restaurant in Haifa, Israel.
15 OctoberChinese space program-Shenzhou 5, China's first manned spacemission, was launched, carrying astronaut Yang Liwei.
05 AugustA suicide bomber detonated a car bomb outside the lobby of theJW Marriott Hotel in Setiabudi, South Jakarta, Indonesia, killing twelvepeople and injuring 150.
19 AugustA Hamas suicide bomber killed 23 people and wounded over 130others on a crowded public bus in the Shmuel HaNavi quarter inJerusalem.
27 AugustThe first round of six-party talks to find a peacefulresolution to the security concerns as a result of the North Koreannuclear weapons program opened.
13 JulyFrench DGSE personnel aborted an operation to rescue Colombianpolitician Íngrid Betancourt from the Revolutionary Armed Forces ofColombia, causing a political scandal when details were leaked to thepress six days later.
14 JulyIn an effort to discredit U.S. Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, whohad written an article critical of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, WashingtonPost columnist Robert Novak revealed that Wilson's wife Valerie Plamewas a CIA 'operative'.
02 MaySpurred on by the Indian Union Muslim League, a mob of IndianMuslims killed eight Hindu Arayan fishermen in Kerala.
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.
09 AprilInvasion of Iraq-Coalition forces captured Baghdad and thestatue of Saddam Hussein in Firdos Square was toppled.
28 March Invasion 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.
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.
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.
27 JanuaryThe first selections for the National Recording Registry wereannounced by the U.S. Library of Congress.


List of famous birthdays in the year 2003:

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

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