December 2003 calendar

December 2003

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 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 December 2003: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 2003?


  • 01 Dec 2003 Occupation in Iraq: A firefight that saw more than 50 Iraqis killed is now believed to have been a currency heist. One GI was killed in fighting westwards Baghdad on Monday.
  • 02 Dec 2003 Venezuelan opposition leaders claim they have collected enough signatures to trigger a referendum to recall President Hugo Chavez. The government counters that the signature drive took place over four days and was corrupted by "massive fraud".
  • 03 Dec 2003 The UN human rights prizes are given every five years to Deng Pufang and Sergio Vieira de Mello.
  • 04 Dec 2003 Polish Prime Minister Leszek Müller is hurt in a helicopter accident outside Warsaw.
  • 05 Dec 2003 At least 40 people are killed when suicide bombers explode a commuter train at Moscow's Northern Caucasus border with Chechnya.
  • 06 Dec 2003 After allegedly assaulting Liberal Jeannie Feris, Andrew Bartlett, leader of the Australian Democrats, steps aside.
  • 07 Dec 2003 After the merger of the Canadian Alliance with the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, the Conservative Party of Canada has been officially recognized.
  • 08 Dec 2003 At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting the Aso Rock Declaration was issued, which outlines the Commonwealth's priorities.
  • 09 Dec 2003 Six people are killed and several others injured in a blast that occurred in Moscow's center.
  • 10 Dec 2003 At the World Summit on the Information Society, Geneva, Western leaders are criticized.
  • 11 Dec 2003 Spamming: Virginia indicts one man and two men on felony charges of violating state laws regarding bulk e-mail solicitations.
  • 12 Dec 2003 An Al Qaeda plot to attack the United Kingdom Embassy in Yemen by militants is foiled.
  • 13 Dec 2003 Saddam Hussein, former President of Iraq, is being held near Tikrit (see Operation Red Dawn).
  • 14 Dec 2003 Pervez Musharaf, President of Pakistan, narrowly escapes assassination attempts
  • 15 Dec 2003 Wesley Clark finishes his first day of closed-door testimony in opposition to Slobodan Milosevic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
  • 16 Dec 2003 President George W. Bush signs into law the CAN-SPAM Act 2003. This law establishes the first national standards in the United States for sending commercial e-mails and directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enforce its provisions.
  • 17 Dec 2003 Ian Huntley was found guilty of two murder charges in the Soham murder trial. Maxine Carr, his girlfriend, is found guilty for perverting justice.
  • 18 Dec 2003 The Soham Murder Trial is over at London's Old Bailey. Ian Huntley was found guilty of two murder counts. Maxine Carr, his girlfriend, is found guilty for perverting justice.
  • 19 Dec 2003 Parmalat, an Italian dairy company, declared a 3.96 Billion Euro hole in its accounts after the Bonlat Financing Corporation (a Cayman Islands-based unit) was declared false.
  • 20 Dec 2003 Libya admits to having built a nuclear bomb.
  • 21 Dec 2003 TIME magazine's "Persona of the Year" is "The American Soldier". Editors of TIME magazine chose an anonymous soldier to represent the nearly 1.4 million Americans serving in the Armed Forces.
  • 22 Dec 2003 California is shaken by an earthquake, killing two.
  • 23 Dec 2003 Explosion of the natural gas field PetroChina Chuandongbei, Guoqiao Kai County, Chongqing China, killing at most 234.
  • 24 Dec 2003 An outbreak of mad cow disease (BSE) in Washington State has been announced. Many countries, including Australia, Taiwan, and Brazil have banned beef imports from the United States of America.
  • 25 Dec 2003 Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan, survives a suicide bomber attack against his motorcade. This was the second attempt at assassinating him within two weeks.
  • 26 Dec 2003 Bam, a southeast Iranian city struck by a magnitude 6.6 earthquake, kills tens of thousands and destroys the citadel at Arg-e Bam.
  • 27 Dec 2003 According to the provincial governor, the death toll from the Bam earthquake has risen to 40,000. Iran refused to accept earthquake aid from Israel.
  • 28 Dec 2003 Serbian parliamentary elections, 2003: Serbia holds an election for a parliamentary seat. The 81 seats won by the Serbian Radical Party in the 250-seat parliament are for them.
  • 29 Dec 2003 Akkala Sami's last speaker dies, making the language extinct.
  • 30 Dec 2003 The European Union is currently investigating a string of bombings that targeted the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, and Europol Headquarters at The Hague. Investigators say it is too soon to make any connections between these bombs, and the letter bomb that was sent to Romano Prodi's Bologna home two days ago.
  • 31 Dec 2003 Taiwan's President Chen Shuibian signs a law allowing referendums. This is condemned by the People's Republic of China.
  • 07 Dec 2003 The Conservative Party of Canada is officially registered, following the merger of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in December 2003?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Stand Up
  2. - Hey Ya!youtube
  3. - The Way You Move
  4. - Baby Boy
  5. - Milkshake

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Leave Right Now
  2. - Shut Up
  3. - I'm Your Man
  4. - Changes
  5. - Say It Isn't So


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 2003?

In An Uncertain World by Robert E. Rubin and Jacob Weisberg

In An Uncertain World


Robert Rubin was inducted as the seventh U.S. Treasury Secretary in January 1995. It was a brief ceremony attended by his wife and some colleagues.

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Skipping Christmas


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERImagine a Christmas without any presents. There will be no Christmas crowds, office parties, fruitcakes or unwanted gifts, and no crowded malls. This is exactly what Luther Krank and Nora Krank had in mind when they …

Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon

Shepherds Abiding


The beloved eighth book in the Mitford series by the best-selling author of Somebody Safe with Somebody Good. Millions of Americans consider Mitford their favorite home-away from-home.

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right by Al Franken

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right


Al Franken, "one our most savviest humorists" ( People), tackles the issues, politicians and pundits in one the most anticipated books this year.

The Hornet'S Nest by Jimmy Carter

The Hornet'S Nest


This is the first fiction work by a President of America -- a novel of the American South, the War of Independence and other important events.