August 2003 calendar

August 2003

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 2003.
The US president was George W. Bush (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Tony Blair (Labour), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on August 2003: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 2003?


  • 01 Aug 2003 North Korea agrees to multilateral talks in its nuclear standoff with Japan, South Korea, Russia, The United States, and the People's Republic of China.
  • 02 Aug 2003 The ''Daily Telegraph'' in the United Kingdom claims attempts by the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) to destroy allegedly important documents about its treatment of BBC source Dr. David Kelly in the weeks before his suicide were foiled by a security guard, who found the documents scheduled for destruction and called the police. The MoD insists the documents were not that important but will now be preserved and supplied to the Hutton Inquiry into the Kelly case.
  • 03 Aug 2003 At least 52 people have died in a series of explosions in northern Pakistan (BBC).
  • 04 Aug 2003 Construction workers of Qiqihar, Heilongjiang Province, People's Republic of China accidentally dig out five Japanese mustard gas bombs from the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945). Two of the bombs are damaged, and the gas poisons 43 (one died 19 days later). Japan a week later accepts responsibility and sends doctors and compensation to China.
  • 05 Aug 2003 A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.
  • 06 Aug 2003 2003 California recall: Arnold Schwarzenegger announces he will run for Governor of California in the recall election of Gray Davis.
  • 07 Aug 2003 2003 California recall: Republican Darrell Issa, the person behind the effort of recall election of Gray Davis, quickly and without warning dropped out of the gubernatorial race.
  • 08 Aug 2003 Hezbollah, a militant Lebanese group backed by Syria and Iran, fires artillery toward Israeli border posts, drawing return fire. It was the first such exchange in eight months. AP story
  • 09 Aug 2003 A historic heat wave continues to afflict Europe and is expected to continue for another week. Spain and Portugal are particularly hard hit forest fires in Portugal are declared a national disaster, with damages estimated at . Other fires are reported on Majorca and in the Canary Islands. Temperatures of 49 °C are recorded in Andalusia. Scotland records its highest temperature in history, 32.9 °C (91.2 °F) at Greycrook, near Newtown St. Boswells, Borders, the previous record had stood since
  • 10 Aug 2003 The highest temperature ever recorded in the United Kingdom : 38.5 ?C (101.3 ?F) in Kent. It is the first time the United Kingdom has recorded a temperature over 100 ?F (38 ?C).
  • 11 Aug 2003 NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.
  • 12 Aug 2003 War on Terrorism: An exclusive BBC report says a joint United States, Russia and United Kingdom ampquotstingampquot halted a plot to shoot down Air Force One using an Igla surface to air missile. According to the BBC, the plot, initially unearthed by the Russians, led President Vladimir Putin to request that an FBI agent go to St. Petersburg, where the agent posed as an Islamic extremist and met the British arms dealer supplying the missile. The missile was shipped from St. Peterburg to
  • 13 Aug 2003 Ivan Jovović and Bogdan Bukomirić, both 16 years old, from Goraždevac near Peć die after two attackers fired AK-47s on a group of children from Goraždevac who were bathing in the river Bistrica. Four children were injured in the attack, two of which are in critical condition. UNMIK and KFOR claimed that they transferred one of them, Marko Bogićević, to Belgrade, but he is actually in a German military hospital at Prizren, against his parents' wishes. An Italian KFOR patrol refused to lend fuel
  • 14 Aug 2003 US intelligence officer Captain William Ponce contacts fellow officers in Iraq, informing them that a colonel has indicated prisoners need to be "broken", to gather information to prevent further attacks on American soldiers.
  • 15 Aug 2003 Oil price increases since 2003: Global oil production begins a 4-year plateau (and subsequent decline) in the face of rising demand, causing new price increases.
  • 16 Aug 2003 Major blackout: Power is now restored in New York City, Toronto, and most of Ottawa. Authorities warn of possible future disruptions and advise conservation as work continues to restore power to the entire grid. Theories as to the cause of the event, meanwhile, are becoming more substantial and coherent
  • 17 Aug 2003 Major blackout: investigators now believe the blackout began in Ohio. FirstEnergy Corporation, which services people in the state, released a statement Saturday that three of its transmission lines tripped off at Unit 5 of their Eastlake Plant hours before the blackout, and may have been its cause.
  • 18 Aug 2003 War on Terrorism: Arab television airs an audio tape allegedly from al Qaeda official Abdel Rahman al-Najdi saying Osama bin Laden and Taliban chief Mullah Omar are alive. The tape advocates Muslims to commit terroristic acts and fight the Coalition forces in Iraq.
  • 19 Aug 2003 A car-bomb attack on United Nations headquarters in Iraq kills the agency's top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 other employees.
  • 20 Aug 2003 War on Terrorism – Canal Hotel: US officials comment terror group linked to al Qaeda, Ansar al-Islam, is emerging as a top suspect in the U.N. headquarters bombing in Baghdad. ampquotIt's part of a global war against terrorism that was officially declared on us on September 11. It's quite clear we do have terrorists inside Iraq now.ampquot
  • 21 Aug 2003 Occupation of Iraq: General Ali Hassan al-Majid (Chemical Ali) is reportedly captured in Iraq. He had previously been reported dead. August 21082003133538.asp
  • 22 Aug 2003 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.
  • 23 Aug 2003 In an unprecedented move, the British government submit thousands of official documents (many of which would not normally be seen by the public for 30 years) to the Hutton Inquiry, and publication on the Internet.
  • 24 Aug 2003 Hurricane Ignacio approaches the coast of Baja California. Harbours and airports close and low-lying areas are evacuated.
  • 25 Aug 2003 The Tli Cho land claims agreement is signed between the Dogrib First Nations and the Canadian federal government in Rae-Edzo (now called Behchoko).
  • 26 Aug 2003 The Columbia Accident Investigation Board releases its final reports on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
  • 27 Aug 2003 Bank robber Brian Douglas Wells is killed when a time bomb around his neck explodes, allegedly in an act of betrayal by his co-conspirators.
  • 28 Aug 2003 In the USA, Brian Douglas Wells wears a time bomb explosive fastened to his neck, and dies. The event stands out as the most bizarre event in the history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • 29 Aug 2003 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.
  • 30 Aug 2003 Software patents: After protests, the European Parliament has postponed its decision about legality of patents on software in the European Union from September 1 to September 22.
  • 31 Aug 2003 Tens of thousands of people turn out in Baghdad for the funeral procession of the murdered Shia Muslim leader Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim.

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Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

Directed by: Kundan Shah

Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Bhakti Barve, Satish Shah

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Starring: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham

Country: United States of America



Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo

Country: United States of America

Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday

Directed by: William Wyler

Starring: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power

Country: United States of America

Dead Man's Gold

Dead Man's Gold

Directed by: Ray Taylor

Starring: Lash La Rue, Al St. John, Peggy Stewart, Terry Frost


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Seizure by Robin Cook



The New York Times bestseller is now in paperback. Power, religion, and bioscience collide in the new novel from the master of the medical thriller.

Under The Banner Of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

Under The Banner Of Heaven


Jon Krakauer’s literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. He now shifts his focus from extremes of physical adventure to extremes of religious belief within

Beachcomber by Karen Robards



From New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards comes a thrilling new novel of suspense and steamy seaside sensuality set in North Carolina's Outer Banks, where a serial killer combs

Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution by Robert C. Atkins

Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution


The #1 New York Times bestseller featuring the Atkins Nutritional Approach™— a celebrity-favorite diet perfect for losing weight before your wedding or to bounce back into shape post-baby, or if you just want to look and feel your best—includes delicious …

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani

Lucia, Lucia


Set in the glittering, vibrant New York City of 1950, Lucia, Lucia is the enthralling story of a passionate, determined young woman whose decision to follow her heart changes her life