January 2003 calendar

January 2003

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 2003?


  • 01 Jan 2003 The first day in the Gregorian Calendar is the beginning of the year
  • 02 Jan 2003 To oversee the cease-fire between President Laurent Gbagbo's government and the main rebel group, the Patriotic Movement of the Ivory Coast, the first 49 of the 1,264 West African peacekeepers arrived in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire. September 19th 2002 saw the start of rebellion against Gbagbo's government. The Economic Community of West African States, (ECOWAS), agreed to send peacekeepers September 29. The EECOWAS peacekeepers join 2,500 French troops. Rebel groups occupy the
  • 03 Jan 2003 The 108th United States Congress is sworn in, including incoming freshmen Senators Saxby Chambliss (Republican-Georgia), Lindsey Graham (Republican-South Carolina), John Sununu (Republican-New Hampshire), Lamar Alexander (Republican-Tennessee), Elizabeth Dole (Republican-North Carolina), Norm Coleman (Republican-Minnesota), and Mark Pryor (Democrat-Arkansas).
  • 04 Jan 2003 U.S. plans to invade Iraq: Turkey’s Milliyet newspaper published an image showing tanks at an airport that it claimed was the former Bamerni airbase in Kurdish-controlled north Iraq. This report may be the first proof of a NATO military presence inside Iraq, if true.
  • 05 Jan 2003 Seven suspects were arrested by police in connection to the Wood Green ricin plot.
  • 07 Jan 2003 With a Republican Senate majority, the US Congress meets
  • 08 Jan 2003 All 21 passengers on board US Airways Express Flight 5481 are killed when it crashes at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • 09 Jan 2003 UN Chief Weapons Inspector Hans Blix, and International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohammed El Baradei present a report to UN Security Council. They say that progress on the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is ampquotinching forwardampquot but that a more ampquotpro-activeampquot stance is required from the Iraqi government.
  • 10 Jan 2003 Illinois Governor George Ryan commutes death sentences for 167 Illinois death row inmates based on the Jon Burge scandal.
  • 11 Jan 2003 Clonaid, a controversial organization that claims it created a human-clone, was ordered by a U.S. court to disclose the identity and location of the alleged cloned child.
  • 12 Jan 2003 If the US continues to challenge North Korea, it is threatened that the US will disappear in an ampquotsea full of fireampquot.
  • 13 Jan 2003 War on Terrorism - Six more suspects were taken into custody in Bournemouth, England as part of an investigation into the London discovery of ricin. The total number of people arrested now stands at eleven.
  • 14 Jan 2003 War on Terrorism. Three more suspects were arrested in Manchester, England in connection to the investigation into the London-based ricin. However, it appears that the raid was originally carried out in pursuit of an investigation into immigration. Stephen Oake, a Special Branch officer of police, was fatally wounded in the stabbing incident. Three other officers sustained injuries, one serious. The total number of people arrested now stands at fourteen.
  • 15 Jan 2003 The United States Supreme Court allows the extension of copyright terms in the U.S.
  • 16 Jan 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia launches for its last mission, STS-107. Columbia was destroyed 16 days later upon re-entry.
  • 17 Jan 2003 A United States Senate subcommittee unanimously recommends Tom Ridge to be confirmed by full Senate as the head of the new United States Department of Homeland Security, which is due to start operations on January 24.
  • 18 Jan 2003 A bushfire in Canberra kills four people and damages more than 500 homes.
  • 19 Jan 2003 Beverley Hills hosts the Golden Globe Awards. Martin Scorsese is named Best Director of ''Gangs of New York.' Three awards are given to ''Chicago.
  • 20 Jan 2003 British police raided the Finsbury Park mosque, Finsbury Park in London, England as part of an investigation into the hunt for poison ricin. Seven men were arrested for living in the mosque. A replica firearm, tear gas, and stun gun were also reported to have been found on the premises.
  • 21 Jan 2003 Colima in Mexico is struck by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake, which kills 29 people and leaves approximately 10,000 homeless.
  • 22 Jan 2003 The RIAA is a lobbying organization for the music industry. Hilary Rosen will be leaving the position of head at the end 2003. Rosen gained notoriety online for her tireless efforts to stop the proliferation of copyrighted MP3 files on peer-to–peer file-sharing networks like Kazaa and Napster. According to reports, the RIAA members are dissatisfied with Rosen's near complete failure to accomplish this goal.
  • 23 Jan 2003 Last communication between Pioneer 10 and Earth.
  • 24 Jan 2003 Officially, the new United States Department of Homeland Security goes into operation.
  • 25 Jan 2003 2003 Invasion in Iraq: A group left London, England to travel to Baghdad, Iraq to act as human shields and prevent the U.S.-led coalition troops bombing certain areas.
  • 27 Jan 2003 The Library of Congress announces the first selections for National Recording Registry.
  • 28 Jan 2003 A temporary, three-year income tax was passed in Oregon by 54% of voters. 44% voted for it. This resulted in the first state police layoffs since 1931. Other actions included cuts in many local school districts.
  • 29 Jan 2003 The Space Shuttle Columbia 'Columbia' crashes during reentry over Texas at the end of the STS-107 mission. All 7 astronauts aboard were killed.
  • 30 Jan 2003 The Letter of the Eight is a statement by the leaders of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Portugal and Romania, which shows support for the United States' plan to invade Iraq.
  • 31 Jan 2003 Waterfall, New South Wales, Australia: The Waterfall rail accident occurred near Waterfall.
  • 08 Jan 2003 Turkish Airlines Flight 634 crashes near Diyarbakır Airport, Turkey, killing the entire crew and 70 of the 75 passengers.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Lose Yourselfyoutube
  2. - Bump, Bump, Bump
  3. - Work It
  4. - Beautiful
  5. - Air Force Ones

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Leave Right Now
  2. - Sound Of The Underground
  3. - Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)
  4. - I'm Your Man
  5. - Changes


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 2003?

Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan

Crossroads of Twilight


The Wheel of Time(r), now in development for TV! Since its 1990 debut, The Wheel of Time(r), by Robert Jordan has captured millions of readers across the globe with its originality and captivating characters.

Common Nonsense by Andy Rooney

Common Nonsense


Andy Rooney, the best-selling author of My War and Sincerely is straight-talking and full of big laughs. Andy Rooney's Sunday night observations on 60 Minutes have become an American institution. They influence the way Americans think and feel about America.

The Right Man by David Frum

The Right Man


The Right Man is the first insider account of a historic Bush White House year, written by the president speechwriter who coined the phrase "axis of evil".

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 …

Answered Prayers by Danielle Steel

Answered Prayers


The 56th bestseller by Danielle Steel is about friendship and family. It's about one woman's struggle for freedom from her past, and the man who helped her succeed.