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.

But much more happened on March 2003: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of March 2003?


  • 01 Mar 2003 The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the United States Customs Service are now part of the United States Department of Homeland Security.
  • 02 Mar 2003 Over international waters in the Sea of Japan, four North Korean fighter jets intercepted a United States reconnaissance aircraft.
  • 03 Mar 2003 Turkey has indicated that it will vote again on whether the United States can use Turkish bases to launch a military attack against Iraq under intense American pressure.
  • 04 Mar 2003 There have been reports of a new security flaw in sendmail. If existing vulnerable implementations of the Internet worm are not patched, this raises concerns about an imminent new problem.
  • 05 Mar 2003 The United States Supreme Court affirmed California's "three strikes or you're out” law by a 5-4 margin.
  • 06 Mar 2003 Britain: Abdullah el-Faisal was sentenced to nine years imprisonment for urging Islamists not to kill Americans, Hindus, or Jews.
  • 07 Mar 2003 "Pravda" reports that Georgia plans to apply for UN Security Council approval in order to use military force to combat Abkhazia.
  • 08 Mar 2003 In northeastern India, Assam, an oil refinery was attacked and an oil pipeline was destroyed. According to local newspapers, the United Liberation Front of Asom separatist group claimed responsibility and threatens with more attacks.
  • 09 Mar 2003 "ArabNews" reports that Saddam Hussein requested that the UN Security Council lift its ampquotembargo on Iraqampquot. He also denounced the United States of America and the United Kingdom as "liarsampquot. He demanded that Israel be forced to withdraw from Palestine and the occupied Arab Landampquot.
  • 10 Mar 2003 Saddam Hussein will be disarmed by another international body. Saddam Hussein will be disarmed by another international body.
  • 11 Mar 2003 After twenty years of delays, the Brazilian government finally fulfilled its legal obligation to demarcate the lands belonging to the Awa tribe.
  • 12 Mar 2003 In Belgrade, Zoran?inic, the Prime Minister of Serbia is assassinated.
  • 13 Mar 2003 Evolution of human beings: A journal Nature reports that 350,000 year-old footprints belonging to an upright-walking person were found in Italy.
  • 14 Mar 2003 Osiel Cardenas is a suspected leader of a Mexican drug cartel and was arrested in Matamoros (Tamaulipas).
  • 15 Mar 2003 The World Health Organization has issued warnings about severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), an atypical form of pneumonia. This virus was first discovered in Asia, and it appears to have originated from Hong Kong. It is possible that it could become an epidemic if SARS cannot be controlled.
  • 16 Mar 2003 At a summit held in the Azores Islands, the leaders of Spain, Britain, Portugal and the United States meet. The U.S. President Bush calls March 17 "the moment of truth" meaning that the "coalition for the willing" will attempt to get a resolution from U.N. Security Council. This would give Iraq the ultimatum to either disarm immediately or to be disarmed by force.
  • 17 Mar 2003 U.S. President George W. Bush has given an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein's sons: Either leave Iraq or take military action at the time of their choosing.
  • 18 Mar 2003 FBI agents raided the Birmingham headquarters of HealthSouth Corporation, Alabama to investigate allegations of corporate fraud by top executives.
  • 19 Mar 2003 The 48-hour mandate by President George Bush to President Saddam Hussein's sons for their exit from Iraq has expired. Baghdad is the first target of American stealth bombers and cruise missiles.
  • 20 Mar 2003 2003 invasion of Iraq: The United States and three other nations begin military operations in Iraq at dawn.
  • 21 Mar 2003 A court in Illinois ordered Philip Morris to pay damages for misleading consumers by using the word "light". The company appealed.
  • 22 Mar 2003 The United States and Britain begin "shock-and-awe" campaigns with an air strike that targets military targets in Baghdad.
  • 23 Mar 2003 11 soldiers from the 507th Maintenance Company and 18 U.S Marines die in Nasiriyah, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom's first major conflict. 654 Iraqi soldiers are also killed.
  • 24 Mar 2003 The Arab League votes 21-1 for a resolution calling for the unconditional and immediate withdrawal of U.S. soldiers from Iraq.
  • 25 Mar 2003 SARS: Ontario declares a public health emergency. Anybody who has been at Scarborough Grace Hospital within the last 10 days will be taken home.
  • 26 Mar 2003 UN Secretary General Kofi Ann says that the United States and its allies must remain in Iraq to provide humanitarian assistance to Iraqis, even though security is extremely unstable.
  • 27 Mar 2003 Richard Perle, the chairman of U.S. Defense Policy Board resigned but agreed to continue as a member of the board.
  • 28 Mar 2003 Two A-10 Thunderbolt II attack planes from the United States Idaho Air National Guard's 190th Fighter Squadron attacked British tanks as part of the 2003 invasion in Iraq. This incident resulted in the death of Matty Hull, a British soldier.
  • 29 Mar 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome: Dr. Carlo Urbani (a WHO expert on communicable disease and the doctor who first recognized the outbreak in Thailand), dies from the disease. He was infected in Vietnam.
  • 30 Mar 2003 Overnight, Meigs Field Airport is in Chicago, Illinois was demolished.
  • 31 Mar 2003 In Japan, farm minister Tadamori Oshima resigns.
  • 01 Mar 2003 Management of the United States Customs Service and the United States Secret Service move to the United States Department of Homeland Security.
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Music charts

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

  1. - All I Have
  2. - In Da Club
  3. - Ignition
  4. - Mesmerize
  5. - Bump, Bump, Bump

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - All The Things She Said
  2. - Beautiful
  3. - Stole
  4. - Spirit In The Sky
  5. - Cry Me A River


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in March 2003?

Tatooine Ghost by Troy Denning

Tatooine Ghost


Han Solo and Leia organa are the stars of the show. As the New York Times bestseller Star, astonishing revelations from the past play an important role in shaping the future.

Dating Game by Danielle Steel

Dating Game


Danielle Steel's 57th bestseller is a brilliant account of the roller-coaster ride that is dating second time around. It also tells a compelling story about the unexpected encounters one woman has.

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.

Liberty by Stephen Coonts



Stephen Coonts, a New York Times bestseller, delivers another riveting thriller starring Jake Grafton, CIA Director and Tommy Carmellini, his right-hand man.

2nd Chance by James Patterson, Andrew Gross

2nd Chance


A madman shoots at a crowd of children who are leaving a San Francisco Church. Miraculously, or was it intentional?-only one person is killed. An elderly black woman is then hanged.