July 2003 calendar

July 2003

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of July 2003?


  • 01 Jul 2003 Over 500,000 people protest against efforts to pass anti-sedition legislation in Hong Kong.
  • 02 Jul 2003 Silvio Berlusconi is the Prime Minister of Italy and insulted Martin Schulz, a German MP, during a session at the European Parliament.
  • 03 Jul 2003 The World Meteorological Organisation has published a report that states that extreme weather conditions in recent years may indicate changes in the global climate.
  • 04 Jul 2003 Armed attackers storm a Shia Muslim mosque at Quetta, Pakistan. At least 32 worshippers are killed and 52 are injured.
  • 05 Jul 2003 Second Chechen War: A pair of female suicide bombers attack Krylya, an event that celebrates popular music, at the Tushino airport near Moscow. At least 16 people were killed and 40 others were injured in the attack. Russian authorities accuse Chechen rebels of a continuing terrorism campaign; the Chechen government denied any connection.
  • 06 Jul 2003 The Eupatoria Planetary Radar 70 meters tall sends a METI (Cosmic Call 2) message to 5 stars: Hip 4872 (HD 245409), 55 Cancri (HD 757732), HD 10303, HD 10307, HD 10307, and 47 Ursae Minoris (HD 95128). These messages will reach these stars in 2036 to 2040, 2044, 2044, and 2049, respectively.
  • 07 Jul 2003 MSNBC fired conservative talk show host Michael Savage after he made several anti-gay comments towards a prankcaller who claimed to be a homosexual. Savage was upset by the prank calling by ampquotEast Coast Bobampquot and stated that the caller "should only get AIDS or dieampquot. GLAAD, a gay rights group, applauds Savage's firing.
  • 08 Jul 2003 One Lockheed Martin worker in Meridian, Mississippi shoots his coworkers and kills five before taking his own life. Investigators are not sure what the motive was.
  • 09 Jul 2003 Near Chandpore, Bangladesh, the ferry MV Nasrin-1 capssizes and sinks. It is not known where most of the 700 passengers are.
  • 10 Jul 2003 Kowloon Motor Bus' Neoplan bus collides with a truck and falls off a bridge in Hong Kong. It plunges into the valley below, killing 21 people. This is the worst traffic accident in Hong Kong.
  • 11 Jul 2003 Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi, Iranian-born, has died from injuries sustained during a beating in Iranian custody. On June 23, she was taking photos outside an Iranian prison. Her death sparked a row between Canada and Iran over her body's disposition and the punishment of her murderers. It also sparked outrage among international free speech groups concerned about freedom of expression in Iran.
  • 12 Jul 2003 According to the intelligence service of the United States, George Tenet, the head of the CIA, has accepted George W. Bush’s January speech, which contained incorrect information about Iraq's plans for buying uranium from Africa.
  • 13 Jul 2003 As the US military launches a new offensive against anti-coalition elements, a national governing council meets in Baghdad for the first time.
  • 14 Jul 2003 Robert Novak, a Washington Post columnist, publishes Valerie Plame's name. He claims she is an operative of the US Central Intelligence Agency. Leakage scandal at the Central Intelligence Agency begins.
  • 15 Jul 2003 AOL Time Warner dissolves Netscape Communications Corporation. On the same day, Mozilla Foundation is founded.
  • 16 Jul 2003 Sean O Muireagain is a journalist from Northern Ireland. He was detained by Israel for five days and then released after being represented in a case involving mistaken identity. This scandal causes great embarrassment for the British and Israeli secret services. O Mureagain was arrested by Israel on the advice of British Secret Service, who incorrectly claimed that he was a Real IRA member with the same name. The confused aftermath led to the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman suggesting that O
  • 17 Jul 2003 Canada's same-sex marriage: The federal government has released its draft bill for extending marriage rights to gay couples. It also protects the rights of clergy to not perform marriages that are against their religious beliefs. To ensure that the bill is legal, the government will request a reference from Canada's Supreme Court.
  • 18 Jul 2003 U.S. Basketball: Eagle County. Colorado District Attorney Mark Hurlbert announced that Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers' star, has been charged with one count felony sexual assault in relation to an incident that occurred at a gated resort on June 30, involving a 19 year-old girl.
  • 19 Jul 2003 The US Iraqi Governing Council announced that it failed to choose a new Iraqi president.
  • 20 Jul 2003 France: Two bombs explode in front of a Nice tax office, injuring sixteen people.
  • 21 Jul 2003 After being struck by an F-1 tornado, eleven support towers at Kinzua Bridge were destroyed.
  • 22 Jul 2003 Special Forces assisted the 101st Airborne United States to attack a compound, killing Saddam Hussein’s sons Uday, Qusay and Mustapha Hussein. Qusay's 14 year old son and bodyguard, Qusay, was also killed.
  • 23 Jul 2003 A poll published by German newspaper "Die Zeit" claims that nearly one third of Germans under 30 believe that the United States government could have ordered the September 11 attacks against the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon. The survey was completed by 1000 participants.
  • 24 Jul 2003 In an effort to prove that Uday and Qusay Hussein were killed in a U.S. military operation, the United States released photos from Iraq's provisional authority.
  • 25 Jul 2003 The United States swimmer Michael Phelps sets world records in the individual and butterfly medleys at the World Swimming Championships Barcelona. He is the first person to ever break two world records in swimming in a single day.
  • 26 Jul 2003 The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma elects a new constitution that redesignates the tribe quotCherokee Nationquot, without quotof Oklahomaquot, and specifically disenfranchises the Cherokee Freedmen.
  • 27 Jul 2003 Bob Hope, comedian, dies in his sleep
  • 28 Jul 2003 Harri Holkeri is appointed by the United Nations Security Council to lead UNMIK's temporary civilian administration.
  • 30 Jul 2003 Mexico's last Volkswagen Beetle 'old-style' rolls off the assembly line.
  • 06 Jul 2003 The 70-metre Yevpatoria Planetary Radar sends a METI message (Cosmic Call 2) to five 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.
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Music charts

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

  1. - This Is The Night
  2. - Crazy In Love
  3. - Flying Without Wings
  4. - Magic Stick
  5. - Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Bring Me To Life
  2. - Crazy In Love
  3. - Ignition Remix
  4. - I Know What You Want
  5. - Fast Food Song


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in July 2003?

Beyond Belief by Elaine Pagels

Beyond Belief


Elaine Pagels, the world-renowned religion scholar, continues her groundbreaking analysis of the earliest Christian texts in Beyond Belief. She argues for both an ongoing assessment and questioning of religious doctrine.

The King of Torts by John Grisham

The King of Torts


The public defender's office is not well-known as a place to train bright young litigators. Clay Carter, who has been in the office for too long, hopes to have a better job at a real law firm.

Johnny Angel by Danielle Steel

Johnny Angel


Danielle Steel's fifty-eighth bestseller tells the amazing story of a mother and her son's gift. It is also about the tragedy that almost destroyed a family.

White Death by Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos

White Death


New York Times Bestseller Kurt Austin is a hero of the new millennium. He leads NUMA's special assignment team and faces the threat now

Charlie Wilson'S War by George Crile

Charlie Wilson'S War


Although it is well-known that the U.S. supported the Afghans against the Soviet Union in war, this operation was a covert operation that may have been the largest and most dangerous.