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What Events Happened in 2003

  • The new United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation
  • United States plans for an invasion of Iraq due to an imminent threat from weapons of mass destruction
  • The United States and the United Kingdom start with their shock and awe campaign with a massive air strikes on military targets in Baghdad before the invasion of Iraq by Land Forces.
  • Saddam Hussein, former President of Iraq, is captured in Tikrit by the U.S. 4th Infantry Division.
  • A major severe weather outbreak spawned more tornadoes than any week in U.S. history. 393 tornadoes were reported in 19 states
  • Earthquake in Boumerdès region of northern Algeria - 2,200 killed
  • Lance Armstrong wins his fifth Tour De France
  • Do Not Call List starts providing consumers with an opportunity to limit telemarketing calls.
  • Armed undercover "sky marshals" are used on Aircraft to prevent terrorist attacks following 9/11
  • Americans rename "French Fries" to "Freedom Fries" in protest to France's stand on Iraq
  • The last old-style Volkswagen Beetle rolls off its production line in Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
  • The highest temperature ever recorded in the UK - 38.5°C (101.3°F) at Brogdale near Faversham in Kent
  • Voters recall Governor Gray Davis from office and elect Arnold Schwarzenegger to succeed him.
  • The wanted terrorist Abul Abbas is captured in Baghdad
  • Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch is amongst those captured US Troops free her 9 days later
  • A massive earthquake devastates southeastern Iran. Over 40,000 killed
  • Dafur Rebels begin attacking Sudanese government targets, bringing a swift military and police campaign to Darfur causing millions to flee their homes.
  • President George W. Bush on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln announces major combat in Iraq is over

Popular Culture 2003

  • The ABC's 20/20 airs the controversial Granada Television documentary Living with Michael Jackson
  • Michael Jackson is booked on suspicion of multiple counts of child molestation ( later acquitted )
  • JK Rowling's fifth Harry Potter book "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" is released

Popular Films

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Finding Nemo
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Bruce Almighty
  • The Last Samurai
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • X2: X-Men United
  • Bad Boys II
  • Lost in Translation

Popular Musicians

  • Amanda Perez
  • Elton John
  • Beyoncé
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Travis
  • David Gray
  • Limp Bizkit
  • Evanescence
  • Coldplay
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Hilary Duff
  • Norah Jones
  • blink-182
  • Pink
  • Shania Twain
  • Madonna
  • Avril Lavigne
  • 50 Cent
  • Clay Aiken
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Stereophonics
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Blur
  • Ashanti
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Eminem
  • Nelly
  • P. Diddy

Technology 2003

  • The Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates over Texas upon reentry, killing all seven astronauts onboard.
  • The highly infectious disease SARS ( Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome ) spreads from China, Singapore and Vietnam, Worldwide nearly 9,000 People are effected in 15 countries and over 800 die from the effects.
  • Human Genome Project successfully completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to 99.99% accuracy.
  • Secretary of State Colin Powell urges the U.N. Security Council to move against Iraq due to possession of weapons of mass destruction
  • In the biggest blackout in the history of the north America some 50 million people in the northeastern states of US and southern Canada lose power.
  • The birth of Prometea, the first cloned horse by Italian scientists.
  • The space probe Galileo makes a fiery dive into Jupiter's atmosphere it was launched in 1989 and is one of the most successful NASA Projects.
  • Justice Roy Moore, is suspended when he refused to take down the Ten Commandments from an Alabama state justice building.
  • Concorde makes its last commercial flight, bringing the era of airliner supersonic travel to a close, at least for the time being
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected Governor of California
  • Libya agrees to give Up Chemical Weapons
  • Saddam Hussein is captured by U.S. forces
  • Concerns continue to grow over possible Asian bird flu outbreak also known as avian influenza.

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