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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.

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 2003?


Events

  • 01 Jan 2003 The first day of the year in the Gregorian calendar
  • 02 Jan 2003 The first 49 of a promised 1,264 West African peacekeepers arrive at Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, to help supervise the cease-fire between the government of President Laurent Gbagbo and the main rebel group, the Patriotic Movement of the Ivory Coast. Rebellion against the Gbagbo government began September 19, 2002. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) agreed to send peacekeepers on September 29. The EECOWAS peacekeepers will join 2,500 French forces. 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. plan to invade Iraq: Turkey's Milliyet newspaper published a picture showing tanks at an airstrip that it said was the disused Bamerni air base inside Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq. If this report is true, this may be the first evidence of a NATO military presence in Iraq.
  • 05 Jan 2003 Police arrest seven suspects in connection with Wood Green ricin plot.
  • 07 Jan 2003 US Congress convenes, with Republican Senate majority (51-48-1 independent)
  • 08 Jan 2003 US Airways Express Flight 5481 crashes at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, killing all 21 people aboard.
  • 09 Jan 2003 UN Chief Weapons Inspector Hans Blix and International Atomic Energy Agency head Mohammed El Baradei give a report to the United Nations 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 the death sentences of 167 prisoners on Illinois' death row based on the Jon Burge scandal.
  • 11 Jan 2003 A U.S. court ordered the controversial organization Clonaid, which claims that it produced a human clone, to reveal the identity and whereabouts of the alleged cloned baby.
  • 12 Jan 2003 North Korea threatens that the US will vanish in a ampquotsea of fireampquot if it continues to challenge North Korea.
  • 13 Jan 2003 War on Terrorism: Six more suspects were arrested in Bournemouth in England in connection with the investigation into ricin found in London. This brings the total of those arrested to eleven.
  • 14 Jan 2003 War on Terrorism: Three more suspects have been arrested in Manchester in England in connection with the investigation into ricin found in London, although it now appears as though the raid was initially carried out as the pursuance of an investigation into immigration issues. A Special Branch police officer, Stephen Oake, was fatally stabbed during the arrests, and three other officers were also injured, one seriously. This brings the total of those arrested to fourteen.
  • 15 Jan 2003 The Supreme Court of the United States allows the extension of copyright terms in the U.S.
  • 16 Jan 2003 The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.
  • 17 Jan 2003 Tom Ridge is unanimously recommended by a United States Senate subcommittee to be confirmed by the full Senate as head of the new United States Department of Homeland Security which is scheduled to begin operation on January 24. (RealAudio stream)
  • 18 Jan 2003 A bushfire kills 4 people and destroys more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia.
  • 19 Jan 2003 The Golden Globe awards are held in Beverley Hills. Martin Scorsese wins Best Director for ''Gangs of New York''. ''Chicago'' wins three awards.
  • 20 Jan 2003 Finsbury Park mosque in Finsbury Park, London, England, often associated with Islamic extremism, was raided by British police in an investigation related to the hunt for the poison ricin. Seven men who were apparently living at the mosque were arrested, and a replica firearm, tear gas and a stun gun were reported as having been found on the premises.
  • 21 Jan 2003 A 7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes the Mexican state of Colima, killing 29 and leaving approximately 10,000 people homeless.
  • 22 Jan 2003 The RIAA, a music industry lobbying group, announces that Hilary Rosen will step down as head of the organization at the end of 2003. Rosen achieved notoriety on the Internet for her prolific efforts to halt the spread of copyrighted MP3 recordings on peer-to-peer file sharing networks such as Napster and Kazaa. Reports indicate that the members of the RIAA are unhappy with Rosen's nearly total failure to achieve this goal.
  • 23 Jan 2003 Final communication between Earth and Pioneer 10.
  • 24 Jan 2003 The new United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.
  • 25 Jan 2003 2003 Invasion of Iraq: A group of people left London, England, for Baghdad, Iraq, to serve as human shields to prevent the U.S.-led coalition troops from bombing certain locations.
  • 27 Jan 2003 The first selections for the National Recording Registry are announced by the Library of Congress.
  • 28 Jan 2003 An election in the state of Oregon to pass a temporary three-year income tax failed with 54% of the votes voting against and 44% voting for. This forced the first layoffs in the Oregon State Police since its creation in 1931, and other actions including cutbacks in many of the local school districts.
  • 29 Jan 2003 At the conclusion of the ''STS-107'' mission, the Space Shuttle ''Columbia'' disintegrates during reentry over Texas, killing all 7 astronauts on board.
  • 30 Jan 2003 The leaders of Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania and the Spain release a statement, The Letter of the Eight, demonstrating support for the United States' plans to invade Iraq.
  • 31 Jan 2003 The Waterfall rail accident occurs near Waterfall, New South Wales, Australia.

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Movies

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Good Bye Lenin!

Good Bye Lenin!

Release year: 2003

Directed by: Wolfgang Becker

Starring: Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, Florian Lukas

The Life of David Gale

The Life of David Gale

Release year: 2003

Directed by: Alan Parker

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Cleo King

My Life Without Me

My Life Without Me

Release year: 2003

Directed by: Isabel Coixet

Starring: Sarah Polley, Scott Speedman, Mark Ruffalo, Leonor Watling

I'm Not Scared

I'm Not Scared

Release year: 2003

Directed by: Gabriele Salvatores

Starring: Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Dino Abbrescia, Giorgio Careccia, Riccardo Zinna

Books

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Portrait of a Killer by Patricia Cornwell

Portrait of a Killer

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The best-selling novelist turns her attention to the real-life, century-old series of crimes that terrorized London in the 1880s, drawing on meticulous research, state-of-the art forensic science, and insights into the criminal mind to reveal the true identity of the …

Leadership by Rudolph W. Giuliani with Ken Kurson

Leadership

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Rudolph Giuliani demonstrates how the leadership skills he practices can be employed successfully by anyone who has to run anything. Opens with a gripping account of Giuliani's immediate reaction to the September 11 attacks, including a narrow escape from the …

A Long Way From Home by Tom Brokaw

A Long Way From Home

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In A Long Way from Home, Tom Brokaw describes his childhood and youth in South Dakota, and the people and places in the American heartland of the 1940s and 1950s that

Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan

Crossroads of Twilight

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Now in development for TV!Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time® by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.The

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

The Hours

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A daring, deeply affecting third novel by the author of A Home at the End of the World and Flesh and Blood. In The Hours, Michael Cunningham, widely praised as one of the most gifted writers of his generation, draws …