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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.

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of February 2003?


Events

  • 01 Feb 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
  • 02 Feb 2003 The term of Czech Republic President Václav Havel ends without an elected successor to fill the position.
  • 03 Feb 2003 Record producer Phil Spector was arrested in relation to an investigation into the fatal shooting of a 40-year-old woman in Los Angeles. Press reports identify the woman as the actress Lana Clarkson.
  • 04 Feb 2003 The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed to Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution.
  • 05 Feb 2003 U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell addresses the United Nations Security Council on Iraq, giving evidence of Iraq's efforts to conceal weapons of mass destruction from inspectors.
  • 06 Feb 2003 In the United Kingdom, seven more arrests have been made under the Terrorism Act 2000 in raids in the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester.
  • 07 Feb 2003 The Center for Public Interest, a United States nonprofit watchdog group, obtained a leaked draft version of John Ashcroft's proposed Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003, also known as ampquotthe Patriot Act IIampquot. If enacted, the legislation would grant the United States government unprecedented secret internal surveillance powers and sharply curtail judicial review of such surveillance,
  • 08 Feb 2003 Sections of a 'dodgy dossier' issued by the UK government, which purported to present the latest British intelligence about Iraq, and which had been cited by Tony Blair and Colin Powell as evidence for the need for war, were criticized as plagiarisms. They had been copied without permission from a number of sources including ''Jane's Intelligence Review'' and a 12-year-old doctoral thesis of a Californian student that had been published in the US journal ''Middle East Review of International
  • 09 Feb 2003 The Indian Government begins it largest ever vaccination program. It aims to inoculate children against polio within six days. (BBC)
  • 10 Feb 2003 France and Belgium break the NATO procedure of silent approval concerning the timing of protective measures for Turkey in case of a possible war with Iraq.
  • 11 Feb 2003 The 2002 nominees for the Academy Award (''Oscar'') were announced to the public.
  • 12 Feb 2003 The British government deploys troops around Heathrow airport after reports that al-Qaeda agents may have smuggled surface-to-air missiles into Britain.
  • 13 Feb 2003 A small airplane crashes in southern Colombia. FARC guerillas kill one American and a Colombian army sergeant, and take three Americans hostage. FARC claims they are CIA agents; the US government claims they are defense contractors.
  • 14 Feb 2003 Four ex-Symbionese Liberation Army members were sentenced to prison for the 1975 murder of Myrna Opsahl during a bank robbery in Carmichael, California.
  • 15 Feb 2003 Protests against the Iraq war take place in over 600 cities worldwide. It is estimated that between 8 million to 30 million people participate, making this the largest peace demonstration in history.
  • 16 Feb 2003 A missile larger than allowed by UN sanction rules has been found in Iraq (BBC)
  • 17 Feb 2003 The London Congestion Charge scheme begins.
  • 18 Feb 2003 Nearly 200 people die in the Daegu subway fire in South Korea.
  • 19 Feb 2003 2003 Iran Ilyushin Il-76 crash: A military plane carrying 302 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards crashed in the mountains of southeastern Iran killing all on board. The government did not go into the possible cause of the crash. The plane was en route from Zahedan, on the Pakistan border, to Kerman, about 500 miles southeast of Tehran.
  • 20 Feb 2003 During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the club ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 200 others.
  • 21 Feb 2003 Michael Jordan makes NBA history when he scores 43 points for the Washington Wizards versus the New Jersey Nets, becoming the first player over 40 years old to score 40 or more points in a game, and leading the Wizards to an 89–86 win.
  • 22 Feb 2003 Jesica Santillan, who was made critically ill after receiving donor organs of the wrong blood type in a medical accident during a heart-lung transplant, is taken off life support after being declared brain dead after a second heart-lung transplant operation.
  • 23 Feb 2003 The 45th Grammy Awards ceremony is held in New York City, dominated by newcomer Norah Jones receiving eight 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 sells a 1943-D copper Lincoln cent graded MS-64 by PCGS for US$212,750, a record for any small cent.
  • 25 Feb 2003 US plan to invade Iraq: The United States, Britain and Spain present to the UN Security Council a much-anticipated second resolution stating that Iraq ampquothas failed to take the final opportunityampquot to disarm, but does not include deadlines or an explicit threat of military force. Meanwhile, France, Germany, and Russia offer a counter-proposal calling for peaceful disarmament through further inspections. Sometime reporter Jeff Gannon, actual name James Guckert, signs in at the White
  • 26 Feb 2003 An American businessman is admitted to the Vietnam France Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam with the first identified case of SARS. WHO doctor Carlo Urbani reports the unusual highly contagious disease to WHO.
  • 27 Feb 2003 Former Bosnian Serb leader Biljana Plavšić is sentenced by the U.N. tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, to 11 years in prison.
  • 28 Feb 2003 Canada's prime minister Jean Chrétien indicates that he believes that regime change is a dangerous goal for an invasion of Iraq, and that disarmament only should be the goal of international pressure.

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Movies

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I Remember Mama

I Remember Mama

Directed by: George Stevens

Starring: Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes, Oskar Homolka, Philip Dorn

Country: United States of America

The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski

Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi

Country: United States of America

The Patsy

The Patsy

Directed by: King Vidor

Starring: Marion Davies, Orville Caldwell, Marie Dressler, Lawrence Gray

Country: United States of America

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban

Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

Starring: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans

Country: United States of America

Books

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Kingdom Of Fear by Hunter S. Thompson

Kingdom Of Fear

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The Gonzo memoir from one of the most influential voices in American literature, Kingdom of Fear traces the course of Hunter S.

The Summons by John Grisham

The Summons

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Ray Atlee is a professor of law at the University of Virginia. He's forty-three, newly single, and still enduring the aftershocks of a surprise divorce. He has a younger brother, Forrest, who redefines the notion of a family's black sheep.And

Bush at War by Bob Woodward

Bush at War

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Bush at War reveals in stunning detail how an untested president with a sweeping vision for remaking the world and war cabinet members often at odds with each other responded to the September 11 terrorist attacks and prepared to confront …

Stupid White Men by Michael Moore

Stupid White Men

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Now with more than three million copies sold, Oscar-winning filmmaker and political activist Michael Moore's bestseller "Stupid White Men" tells you everything you need to know about how the great and

The First Law by John Lescroart

The First Law

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Prodded by his father, Glitsky asks the new homicide lieutenant about the case, but the brass tells him in no uncertain terms to stay out of it.