February 2003 calendar

February 2003

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of February 2003?


  • 01 Feb 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia explodes during reentry into Earth's atmosphere. All seven astronauts aboard are killed.
  • 02 Feb 2003 Without an elected successor, President Vaclav Havel's term in Czech Republic ends.
  • 03 Feb 2003 Phil Spector, a record producer, was arrested as part of an investigation into the shooting death of a woman aged 40 in Los Angeles. According to press reports, the woman is identified as Lana Clarkson.
  • 04 Feb 2003 Officially, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia becomes Serbia and Montenegro.
  • 05 Feb 2003 The U.S. Secretaryof State Colin Powell addresses United Nations Security Council about Iraq. He gives evidence that Iraq tried to hide weapons of mass destruction from inspectors.
  • 06 Feb 2003 Seven more arrests were made in the United Kingdom under the Terrorism Act 2000 during raids in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester.
  • 07 Feb 2003 The Center for Public Interest is a United States nonprofit watchdog organization. It obtained a draft of John Ashcroft's Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003. Also known as ampquotthe Patriot Act, it was leaked to the Center for Public Interest. The legislation, if passed, would give the United States unprecedented secret surveillance powers, and severely limit judicial review.
  • 08 Feb 2003 The UK government issued sections of a "dodgy dossier" that purported to contain the most recent British intelligence on Iraq. These were cited by Tony Blair, Colin Powell, and others as proof for the necessity for war. They were copied without permission from several sources, including Jane's Intelligence Review and a 12-year old doctoral thesis of an American student. These had been published in the US journal Middle East Review of International.
  • 09 Feb 2003 India's largest ever vaccination program is launched by the Government. It will inoculate children against Polio within six days.
  • 10 Feb 2003 France and Belgium have broken the NATO procedure for silent approval regarding the timing of protection measures for Turkey in the event of war with Iraq.
  • 11 Feb 2003 The public was notified of the 2002 Academy Award nominees (''Oscar")
  • 12 Feb 2003 After reports that al-Qaeda agents might have smuggled in surface-to-air weapons into Britain, the British government deployed troops to Heathrow Airport.
  • 13 Feb 2003 A small plane crashes in southern Colombia. FARC guerillas take three Americans hostage after killing one American and a Colombian soldier. FARC claims that they are CIA agents, while the US claims that they are defense contractors.
  • 14 Feb 2003 Four former members of the Symbionese Liberation army were sentenced for the 1975 murder by Myrna Opsahl in a Carmichael bank robbery.
  • 15 Feb 2003 Protests against the Iraq War are held in more than 600 cities around the world. This is the largest ever peace demonstration, with an estimated 8 million to 30,000,000 people participating.
  • 16 Feb 2003 Iraq has found a missile that is larger than the UN sanctioned limit.
  • 17 Feb 2003 The London Congestion Charge Scheme is now in effect.
  • 18 Feb 2003 Nearly 200 people were killed in the Daegu subway explosion in South Korea.
  • 19 Feb 2003 2003 Iran Ilyushin Il-76 Crash: 302 members from Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards were onboard a military plane that crashed in the mountains of southeastern Iran, killing all. The cause of the crash was not investigated by the government. The plane was traveling from Zahedan (on the Pakistani border) to Kerman, approximately 500 miles southeast Tehran.
  • 20 Feb 2003 A pyrotechnics show set the club ablaze during a Great White concert at West Warwick, Rhode Island. It killed 100 people and injured over 200 more.
  • 21 Feb 2003 Michael Jordan scores 43 points for Washington Wizards against the New Jersey Nets. He is the first player older than 40 to score more than 40 points in a single game and leads the Wizards to an 89 to 86 victory.
  • 22 Feb 2003 Jesica Santillan was critically ill after she received donor organs from the wrong blood type during a heart transplant. She is now off life support and declared brain dead following a second heart transplant.
  • 23 Feb 2003 The 45th Grammy Awards ceremony takes place in New York City. Norah Jones, a newcomer, wins eight Grammy Awards including Record of the year, Album of the year, Song of the year, and Best New Artist.
  • 24 Feb 2003 Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles sold a 1943 D copper Lincoln cent graded MS64 by PCGS for US$212,000. This is a record-setting sale for any small cent.
  • 25 Feb 2003 US plans to invade Iraq. The United States, Britain, and Spain present to UN Security Council a highly anticipated second resolution that states that Iraq has failed to seize the last opportunityampquot to disarm. However, it does not contain deadlines or a threat of military force. France, Germany and Russia counter-propose a proposal calling for peaceful disarmament via further inspections. James Guckert (actually Jeff Gannon), is a time reporter who signs in at White
  • 26 Feb 2003 American businessman, Carlo Urbani, is admitted to Vietnam France Hospital in Hanoi with the first case of SARS. Carlo Urbani, a WHO doctor, reports this unusually contagious disease.
  • 27 Feb 2003 Former leader of Bosnian Serbs, Biljana Plavsic, is sentenced by The Hague, Netherlands U.N. Tribunal to 11 years imprisonment
  • 28 Feb 2003 Jean Chretien, Canada's prime Minister, stated that he believes regime change is dangerous and should not be allowed to lead to an invasion of Iraq. He also indicated that international pressure should only focus on disarmament.
  • 01 Feb 2003 Space Shuttle disintegrated during the reentry of mission STS-107 into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Bump, Bump, Bump
  2. - All I Have
  3. - Beautiful
  4. - Mesmerize
  5. - In Da Club

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Sound Of The Underground
  2. - All The Things She Said
  3. - Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)
  4. - Stole
  5. - Lose Yourselfyoutube


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in February 2003?

Prey by Michael Crichton



An experiment in the Nevada desert has gone horribly sour. A cloud of nanoparticles--micro-robots--has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining, self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns through experience.

The Perfect Lover by Stephanie Laurens

The Perfect Lover


Never say that Cynster males can't accept the unassailable truth of a successful marriage.

The Arraignment by Steve Martini

The Arraignment


We will soon have more information about this title from Penguin USA.

The Conquerors by Michael Beschloss

The Conquerors


The Conquerors is a book by one of America's most revered historians. It tells the story of one of America’s most important war stories, World War II. Franklin Roosevelt, Harry, and later Harry were among the Allied soldiers who fought …

Stupid White Men by Michael Moore

Stupid White Men


With more than 3 million copies sold, Michael Moore, Oscar-winning filmmaker as well as political activist, has written a bestseller called "Stupid White Men". It tells everything you need about the great and how they got there.