March 2003 calendar

March 2003

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in March 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 March 2003?


  • 01 Mar 2003 The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the United States Customs Service, and the United States Secret Service move to the United States Department of Homeland Security.
  • 02 Mar 2003 Four North Korean fighter jets intercept a United States reconnaissance plane over international waters in the Sea of Japan
  • 03 Mar 2003 Under intense American pressure, Turkey indicates that its Parliament will consider a second vote on whether to allow U.S. troops to use Turkish bases for a military attack on Iraq.
  • 04 Mar 2003 Reports of a new security vulnerability in sendmail have been circulating, together with proof-of-concept exploit code. This raises fears of an imminent new Internet worm problem, unless existing vulnerable implementations are patched in time.
  • 05 Mar 2003 The Supreme Court of the United States, by a 5-4 margin, upholds California's "three strikes and you're out" law.
  • 06 Mar 2003 Britain: Abdullah el-Faisal is jailed for nine years for urging Islamists to kill non-believers, Americans, Hindus and Jews.
  • 07 Mar 2003 ''Pravda'' reports that Georgia intends to seek UN Security Council approval to use military force against Abkhazia.
  • 08 Mar 2003 An oil refinery and an oil pipeline are attacked in the northeastern Indian province of Assam. The United Liberation Front of Asom separatist group claims responsibility and according to regional newspapers threatens more such attacks.
  • 09 Mar 2003 ''ArabNews'' reports that Saddam Hussein demanded that the UN Security Council lift the ampquotembargo against Iraqampquot, denounce the United States and the United Kingdom as ampquotliarsampquot, strip Israel of weapons of mass destruction and force Israel to withdraw from ampquotPalestine and occupied Arab landampquot.
  • 10 Mar 2003 Iraq disarmament crisis: The White House press secretary, paraphrasing the President, stated ''ampquotIf the United Nations fails to act, that means the United Nations will not be the international body that disarms Saddam Hussein. Another international body will disarm Saddam Hussein.ampquot''
  • 11 Mar 2003 After 20 years of delay, the Brazilian government fulfilled its legal commitment to demarcate the lands of the Awá tribe.
  • 12 Mar 2003 Zoran ?in?ic, Prime Minister of Serbia, is assassinated in Belgrade.
  • 13 Mar 2003 Human evolution: The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human have been found in Italy.
  • 14 Mar 2003 Osiel Cárdenas, suspected leader of a Mexican drug cartel, is arrested in Matamoros, Tamaulipas.
  • 15 Mar 2003 The World Health Organization issues warnings about an atypical pneumonia of unknown cause, dubbed severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). It was first found in Asia and appears to have originated in Hong Kong. There are fears that unless measures are taken to control SARS, it may become epidemic.
  • 16 Mar 2003 The leaders of the United States, Britain, Portugal, and Spain meet at a summit in the Azores Islands. U.S. President Bush calls March 17 the "moment of truth", meaning that the "coalition of the willing" will make its final effort to extract a resolution from the U.N. Security Council, giving Iraq an ultimatum to disarm immediately or be disarmed by force.
  • 17 Mar 2003 U.S. President George W. Bush gives an ultimatum: Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and his sons must either leave Iraq, or face military action at a time of the U.S.'s choosing.
  • 18 Mar 2003 FBI agents raid the corporate headquarters of HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama on suspicion of massive corporate fraud led by the company's top executives.
  • 19 Mar 2003 US President George Bush's 48-hour mandate for President Saddam Hussein and his sons to exit from Iraq expires. The first American cruise missiles and stealth bombers strike targets in Baghdad.
  • 20 Mar 2003 2003 invasion of Iraq: In the early hours of the morning, the United States and three other countries begin military operations in Iraq.
  • 21 Mar 2003 An Illinois court ordered the tobacco company Philip Morris to pay for misleading consumers with the word ampquotlight.ampquot The company appeals.
  • 22 Mar 2003 The United States and the United Kingdom begin their "shock and awe" campaign, with a massive air strike on military targets in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • 23 Mar 2003 In Nasiriyah, Iraq, 11 soldiers of the 507th Maintenance Company as well as 18 U.S. Marines are killed during the first major conflict of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 654 Iraqi combatants are also killed.
  • 24 Mar 2003 The Arab League votes 21-1 in favor of a resolution demanding the immediate and unconditional removal of U.S. and British soldiers from Iraq.
  • 25 Mar 2003 SARS: Ontario declares a public health emergency. Anyone who was at Scarborough Grace Hospital in the past 10 days is to be isolated at home.
  • 26 Mar 2003 UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says that American and allied troops in Iraq must be used to provide humanitarian aid to Iraqis whilst the security situation is so unstable (BBC)
  • 27 Mar 2003 Richard Perle resigned as chairman of the U.S. Defense Policy Board, but agreed to remain a board member.
  • 28 Mar 2003 In a friendly fire incident, two A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft from the United States Idaho Air National Guard's 190th Fighter Squadron attack British tanks participating in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, killing British soldier Matty Hull.
  • 29 Mar 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome: Dr. Carlo Urbani, a WHO expert on communicable diseases and the physician who first identified the outbreak, dies of the disease in Thailand. He had been infected in Vietnam.
  • 30 Mar 2003 Meigs Field Airport in Chicago, Illinois is demolished overnight.
  • 31 Mar 2003 In Japan, farm minister Tadamori Oshima resigns.

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A Mighty Wind

A Mighty Wind

Release year: 2003

Directed by: Christopher Guest

Starring: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer



Release year: 2003

Directed by: Ron Underwood

Starring: Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross

Country: United States of America

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Release year: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Davis

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Tim Blake Nelson

Country: United States of America


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2nd Chance by James Patterson, Andrew Gross

2nd Chance


A brutal madman sprays bullets into a crowd of children leaving a San Francisco church. Miraculously-or was it intentionally?-only one person dies. Then an elderly black woman is hung.

Body of Lies by Iris Johansen

Body of Lies


Eve Duncan, the signature character of #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen, thought her past was long buried. Until she finds herself tracking a killer so deceptive he leaves no trace behind—except for his victims.

The Cottage by Danielle Steel

The Cottage


In her fifty-fourth bestselling novel, Danielle Steel weaves a compelling story of fame and friendship, charmed lives and private struggles...and of three very different men whose lives converge and collide at

By The Light Of The Moon by Dean Koontz

By The Light Of The Moon


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER On the road, on a hot Arizona night, Dylan O’Conner is overpowered by a stranger who injects him with an unknown substance.

Dating Game by Danielle Steel

Dating Game


In her 57th bestselling novel, Danielle Steel brilliantly chronicles the roller-coaster ride of dating the second time around—and tells a captivating story of the surprises one woman encounters when