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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of July 2003?


Events

  • 01 Jul 2003 Over 500,000 people protested against efforts to pass anti-sedition legislation in Hong Kong.
  • 02 Jul 2003 Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy, insults German MP Martin Schulz by calling him a ''kapo'' during a session of the European Parliament.
  • 03 Jul 2003 The World Meteorological Organisation publishes a report stating that recent extreme weather conditions around the world may mark changes in global climate caused by global warming. (News.independent.co.uk)
  • 04 Jul 2003 A Shia Muslim mosque in Quetta, Pakistan, is stormed by armed attackers, killing at least 32 worshippers and wounding 52. (The Guardian)
  • 05 Jul 2003 Second Chechen War: At least 16 people are killed and 40 injured by two female suicide bombers in an attack at Krylya, a popular music festival, at the Tushino airfield near Moscow. The Russian authorities blame an on-going terrorism campaign by Chechen rebels; the Chechen government denies any connection to the attacks. (BBC)
  • 06 Jul 2003 The 70-metre Eupatoria Planetary Radar sends a METI message (Cosmic Call 2) to 5 stars: Hip 4872, HD 245409, 55 Cancri (HD 75732), HD 10307 and 47 Ursae Majoris (HD 95128). The messages will arrive to these stars in 2036, 2040, 2044 and 2049 respectively.
  • 07 Jul 2003 MSNBC fires conservative talk show host Michael Savage for making several anti-gay remarks towards a prank caller posing as a homosexual. Savage, who was angered by aggressive personal attacks made by ampquotEast Coast Bobampquot, the prank caller, stated that the caller ampquotshould only get AIDS and dieampquot. Gay rights group GLAAD applauds the decision to fire Savage.
  • 08 Jul 2003 A worker at a Lockheed Martin aircraft parts factory in Meridian, Mississippi, shoots 13 co-workers, killing five, before committing suicide. Investigators are unsure of the motive. (Washington Post)
  • 09 Jul 2003 The ferry MV Nasrin-1 capsizes and sinks near Chandpore in Bangladesh. The whereabouts of most of the approximately 700 passengers is unknown.
  • 10 Jul 2003 A Neoplan bus, owned by Kowloon Motor Bus, collides with a truck, falls off a bridge on Tuen Mun Road, Hong Kong, and plunges into the underlying valley, killing 21 people. This is the deadliest traffic accident to date in Hong Kong.
  • 11 Jul 2003 Zahra Kazemi, an Iranian-born Canadian journalist, dies of injuries received from a beating while in Iranian custody. She had been arrested on June 23 while taking photographs outside an Iranian prison. Her death sparks a furor between Canada and Iran over the disposition of her body and the punishment of her killers, and among international free speech groups concerned with freedom of the press in Iran.
  • 12 Jul 2003 The intelligence service of the United States says that the CIA's head, George Tenet, accepted George W. Bush's speech in January, which included wrong information of Iraq's plans to buy uranium from Africa.
  • 13 Jul 2003 A national governing council meets for the first time in Baghdad, as US troops launch a new assault on anti-coalition elements.
  • 14 Jul 2003 Washington Post columnist Robert Novak publishes the name of Valerie Plame, blowing her cover as a US Central Intelligence Agency operative. The Central Intelligence Agency leak scandal begins.
  • 15 Jul 2003 AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.
  • 16 Jul 2003 Seán Ó Muireagáin, a Northern Irish journalist, arrested by Israel and held for five days without legal representation in a case of mistaken identity, is released and leaves Israel. The affair causes considerable embarrassment to the Israeli and British secret services, the former having arrested Ó Mureagáin on the advice of the latter, who claimed incorrectly that he was a Real IRA man with the same name. In the confused aftermath, the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman suggests that Ó
  • 17 Jul 2003 Same-sex marriage in Canada: the federal government releases its draft bill to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples while protecting the rights of clergy not to perform marriages that run counter to their religious beliefs. The government will seek a reference from the Supreme Court of Canada to ensure the bill is constitutional.
  • 18 Jul 2003 U.S. Basketball: Eagle County, Colorado District Attorney Mark Hurlbert announces that Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has been charged with one count of felony sexual assault, stemming from a June 30 incident at a gated resort involving a 19-year-old woman.
  • 19 Jul 2003 The US Iraqi Governing Council announces that it has failed to select a new Iraqi President.
  • 20 Jul 2003 France: Sixteen people are injured after two bombs explode outside a tax office in Nice.
  • 21 Jul 2003 Eleven support towers on Kinzua Bridge collapse after being hit by an F-1 tornado.
  • 22 Jul 2003 Members of 101st Airborne of the United States, aided by Special Forces, attack a compound in Iraq, killing Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay, along with Mustapha Hussein, Qusay's 14-year old son, and a bodyguard.
  • 23 Jul 2003 ''Die Zeit'', a German newspaper, publishes an opinion poll which claims that almost one in three Germans under the age of 30 believe the United States government ampquotcould have ordered the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon itselfampquot. 1000 people took part in the survey.
  • 24 Jul 2003 The United States' provisional authority in Iraq releases photos of what are presumably the dead bodies of Uday and Qusay Hussein in an attempt to show the Iraqi people proof that the two were actually killed in a U.S. military operation.
  • 25 Jul 2003 United States swimmer Michael Phelps breaks world records in the butterfly and individual medley at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona to become the first man ever to break two world records for swimming on a single day. (BBC)
  • 26 Jul 2003 The electorate of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma approves a new constitution redesignating the tribe quotCherokee Nationquot without quotof Oklahomaquot and specifically disenfranchising the Cherokee Freedmen.
  • 27 Jul 2003 Comedian Bob Hope dies in his sleep
  • 28 Jul 2003 The United Nations Security Council appoints Harri Holkeri to head the temporary civilian administration UNMIK in Kosovo.
  • 30 Jul 2003 In Mexico, the last 'old style' Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line.

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Movies

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The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

Country: United States of America

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Country: United States of America

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

Directed by: Kundan Shah

Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Bhakti Barve, Satish Shah

Die Hard

Die Hard

Directed by: John McTiernan

Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Country: United States of America

Akira

Akira

Directed by: Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Starring: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshô Genda

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in July 2003?
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Trading Up by Candace Bushnell

Trading Up

By:

With a brilliant comic voice as well as Jane Austen's penchant for social satire, Candace Bushnell, who with Sex and the City changed forever how we view New York City, female

Dead Ringer by Lisa Scottoline

Dead Ringer

By:

Bennie Rosato is fighting the battle of her life -- against her own twin. The action starts innocently enough, with a stolen wallet, but in no time events escalate and the

Treason by Ann Coulter

Treason

By:

“Liberals’ loyalty to the United States is off-limits as a subject of political debate. Why is the relative patriotism of the two parties the only issue that is out of bounds

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

By:

When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn't happen.

Johnny Angel by Danielle Steel

Johnny Angel

By:

In her fifty-eighth bestselling novel, Danielle Steel tells the breathtaking story of a mother’s love and a son’s gift, of the tragedy that nearly destroyed a family...and