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 of Iraq:: The firefight in which more than 50 Iraqis are reported killed is now thought to have been an attempted currency heist. One GI is killed Monday in fighting west of Baghdad.
  • 02 Dec 2003 Venezuelan opposition leaders claim to have gathered enough petition signatures to force a referendum to recall President Hugo Chávez; in response, the government alleges the four-day signature drive was tainted by "massive fraud".
  • 03 Dec 2003 Deng Pufang, Sérgio Vieira de Mello, the Plaza de Mayo Grandmothers and others are announced as the winners of the UN human rights prizes, which are awarded every 5 years.
  • 04 Dec 2003 Polish Prime Minister Leszek Miller is injured in a helicopter crash outside Warsaw.
  • 05 Dec 2003 Suicide bombers blow up a morning rush-hour commuter train in Russia's Northern Caucasus, on the border with Chechnya; at least 40 people are killed.
  • 06 Dec 2003 Australian Democrats leader Andrew Bartlett stands aside after allegedly assaulting Liberal Jeannie Ferris on the floor of Parliament.
  • 07 Dec 2003 The Conservative Party of Canada is officially recognized after the merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.
  • 08 Dec 2003 The Aso Rock Declaration is issued at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, outlining the Commonwealth's priority objectives.
  • 09 Dec 2003 A blast in the center of Moscow kills six people and wounds several more.
  • 10 Dec 2003 Western leaders are criticised at the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva.
  • 11 Dec 2003 Spamming: Virginia indicts two men (one arrested) on felony charges for violating state laws on bulk e-mail solicitations.
  • 12 Dec 2003 A plot by militants linked to Al Qaeda to blow up the United Kingdom embassy in Yemen is foiled.
  • 13 Dec 2003 Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit (see Operation Red Dawn).
  • 14 Dec 2003 President of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf narrowly escapes an assassination attempt.
  • 15 Dec 2003 Wesley Clark concludes his first day of closed-door testimony against Slobodan Milošević at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
  • 16 Dec 2003 President George W. Bush signs the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 into law. The law establishes the United States' first national standards for the sending of commercial e-mail and requires the Federal Trade Commission to enforce its provisions.
  • 17 Dec 2003 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.
  • 18 Dec 2003 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.
  • 19 Dec 2003 Italian dairy company Parmalat declared a 3.96 billion euro hole in its accounts when the amount held by Cayman Islands-based unit, Bonlat Financing Corporation, was declared false by Bank of America.
  • 20 Dec 2003 Libya admits to building a nuclear bomb.
  • 21 Dec 2003 "The American Soldier" is named as TIME magazine's "Person of the Year". The periodical's editors chose the anonymous soldier to represent the 1.4 million men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces.
  • 22 Dec 2003 An earthquake shakes up California, killing two people.
  • 23 Dec 2003 PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai County, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.
  • 24 Dec 2003 A BSE (mad cow disease) outbreak in Washington State is announced. Several countries including Brazil, Australia and Taiwan ban the import of beef from the United States of America.
  • 25 Dec 2003 Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf survives a suicide bomber attack on his motorcade, the second attempt to assassinate him in two weeks.
  • 26 Dec 2003 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake devastates southeast Iranian city of Bam, killing tens of thousands and destroying the citadel of Arg-e Bam.
  • 27 Dec 2003 The estimate of the number of dead in the Bam earthquake increases to 40,000, according to the provincial governor. Iran has refused earthquake aid from Israel.
  • 28 Dec 2003 Serbian parliamentary election, 2003: Serbia holds a parliamentary election. The Serbian Radical Party wins 81 seats in the 250-seat parliament.
  • 29 Dec 2003 The last known speaker of Akkala Sami dies, rendering the language extinct.
  • 30 Dec 2003 The European Union is investigating a series of parcel bombs targeting the European Central Bank in Frankfurt and Europol headquarters at The Hague. Investigators state that it is too early to draw any connections between these bombs and the letter bomb sent two days ago to the Bologna home of Romano Prodi, the head of the European Commission.
  • 31 Dec 2003 In Taiwan, President Chen Shui-bian signs a law that allows referendums to be held. The People's Republic of China condemns this.

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Once Upon a Time in the West

Once Upon a Time in the West

Directed by: Sergio Leone

Starring: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Country: United States of America

Do Bigha Zamin

Do Bigha Zamin

Directed by: Bimal Roy

Starring: Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Rattan Kumar, Murad

The Sting

The Sting

Directed by: George Roy Hill

Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning

Country: United States of America

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey

Country: United States of America

Prithvi Vallabh

Prithvi Vallabh

Directed by: Sohrab Modi

Starring: Sadiq Ali, Durga Khote, Leela Mishra, Sohrab Modi


Which were the most popular books released in December 2003?
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The Hornet'S Nest by Jimmy Carter

The Hornet'S Nest


The first work of fiction by a President of the United States -- a sweeping novel of the American South and the War of Independence In his ambitious and deeply

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

In An Uncertain World


Robert Rubin was sworn in as the seventieth U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in January 1995 in a brisk ceremony attended only by his wife and a few colleagues.

Key of Knowledge by Nora Roberts

Key of Knowledge


#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts unlocks the dreams of a woman on a quest for the truth in her second Key Trilogy novel.

Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell

Blow Fly


A cold case turns red-hot when a death-row inmate renews his acquaintance with Dr. Kay Scarpetta in this “utterly chilling” (Entertainment Weekly) #1 New York Times bestseller.Settling

Safe Harbour by Danielle Steel

Safe Harbour


In her fifty-ninth bestselling novel, Danielle Steel tells an unforgettable story of survival...of how two people who lost everything find hope...and