May 2003 calendar

May 2003

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 2003?


  • 01 May 2003 2003 invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the ''Mission Accomplished'' speech, on board the USS Abraham Lincoln (off the coast of California), U.S. President George W. Bush declares that ''major combat operations in Iraq have ended''.
  • 02 May 2003 The Monkeyman superhero hoax begins in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK.
  • 03 May 2003 The Old Man of the Mountain, a rock formation in New Hampshire, USA, crumbles after heavy rain.
  • 04 May 2003 Top Thrill Dragster opens in Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio as the world's tallest, fastest roller coaster.
  • 05 May 2003 Boeing unveils a drawing of a proposed ''airplane of the future'' and launches a public contest to name the aircraft.
  • 06 May 2003 Buckingham Palace announces that Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex are expecting their first child. The child, due to be born on May 6, 2003. He or she will be the seventh grandchild of Queen ElizabethnbspII and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
  • 07 May 2003 Nearly 40,000 manuscripts and 700 artifacts belonging to the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad are recovered by U.S. Customs agents working with museum experts in Iraq. Some looters had returned items after promises of rewards and amnesty, and many items previously reported missing had actually been hidden in secret storage vaults at the museum prior to the outbreak of war.
  • 08 May 2003 30 German passengers and the driver of a tourist bus are killed by a train collision at a railroad crossing near Siofok, Hungary. 12 people are injured. Most of the passengers came from Lower Saxony or Schleswig-Holstein.
  • 09 May 2003 As many as 129 are feared dead after a door opens on a plane flying from Kinshasa to Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The victims were sucked from the plane, which returned to Kinshasa after the incident. Although the airline to which the plane belongs to is unknown, the plane involved in the tragedy has a logo of Ukrainian Cargo Airlines.
  • 10 May 2003 The first confirmed SARS case is reported in Finland. A man who had been visiting Toronto is now being treated at Turku University Hospital.
  • 11 May 2003 Benvenuto Cellini's ''Saliera'' is stolen from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.
  • 12 May 2003 The Riyadh compound bombings, carried out by Al Qaeda, kill 26 people.
  • 13 May 2003 The Bureau of Engraving and Printing of the Treasury Department of the United States releases a new 20 dollar note, aimed at defeating the technological advances of counterfeiters. The note is expected to begin circulating in the fall of 2003 which is five years since the last $20 note was released in 1998. New designs for the $50 and $100 notes will follow in 2004 and 2005. The most distinctive change in the new currency design is in color. It is the first U.S. currency since 1905 to
  • 14 May 2003 DARPA's Information Processing Technology Office solicits bids for the LifeLog project, an extremely ambitious effort to create a massive searchable computer database, ampquotan ontology-based (sub)system that captures, stores, and makes accessible the flow of one person's experience in and interactions with the worldnbsp... The objectivenbsp... is to be able to trace the 'threads' of an individual's life in terms of events, states, and relationshipsampquot.,
  • 15 May 2003 The date predicted by Pana-Wave Laboratory, a Japanese cult, on which a close encounter with an unknown planet would result in the extinction of most of humankind.
  • 16 May 2003 In Casablanca, Morocco, 33 civilians are killed and more than 100 people are injured in the Casablanca terrorist attacks.
  • 17 May 2003 Pen Hadow becomes the first person to walk alone, without any outside help, from Canada to the North Pole.
  • 18 May 2003 ''The Guardian'' reporter Andrew Meldrum, the last foreign journalist in Zimbabwe, is forcibly deported after covering the country for the last 23 years.
  • 19 May 2003 White House spokesman Ari Fleischer announces he will resign from his job in the summer, citing his desire to see his new wife more and to work in the private sector as reasons for his decision.
  • 20 May 2003 Christine Todd-Whitman announces that on June 27 she will resign her position as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency{{Cite document
  • 21 May 2003 An explosion occurs inside the Yale University's Sterling Law School Building in New Haven, Connecticut, damaging two rooms. Investigators from the Joint Terrorism Task Force respond. No injuries reported. Authorities strongly believe the explosion was caused by a pipe bomb.
  • 22 May 2003 2003 occupation of Iraq: Senators grill Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz on the status of the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq.
  • 23 May 2003 Dewey, the first deer cloned by scientists at Texas A&M University, is born.
  • 24 May 2003 Police in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, release information on a new suspect in the Baton Rouge Serial Killer case.
  • 25 May 2003 After docking in Miami at 05:00, the ''SS Norway'' (old ''SS France'') is severely damaged by a boiler explosion at 06:30, that kills 7, and injures 17 crew members. A few weeks later it is announced by NCL that she will never sail again as a commercial ocean liner.
  • 26 May 2003 A Ukrainian YAk-42 plane crashes in northeast Turkey, near the city of Trabzon, killing all aboard. The plane carried 12 crew-members and 62 Spanish soldiers returning from a six-month peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan.
  • 27 May 2003 Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon states that the ampquotoccupationampquot of Palestinian territories is ampquota terrible thing for Israel and for the Palestiniansampquot and ampquotcan't continue endlessly.ampquot Sharon's phraseology prompts shock from many in Israel, leading to a clarification that by ampquotoccupation,ampquot Sharon meant control of millions of Palestinian lives rather than actual physical occupation of land.
  • 28 May 2003 Peter Hollingworth becomes the first Governor-General of Australia to resign his office as a result of criticism of his conduct.
  • 29 May 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia disaster: NASA officials release experimental findings proving that the insulation known to have hit the leading edge of ''Columbia''ampnowikiamp'amp/nowikiamps left wing could have created a gap in between protective heat panels.
  • 30 May 2003 Disney releases the animated Disney-Pixar feature film Finding Nemo to theaters in the USA. American theater ticket sales: US$340 million. Worldwide theater ticket sales: US$850 million.
  • 31 May 2003 Eric Rudolph, suspected in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in 1996, is captured in Murphy, North Carolina.

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Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2

Directed by: Brad Bird

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner

The Truman Show

The Truman Show

Directed by: Peter Weir

Starring: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich

Country: United States of America

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Country: United States of America

Day for Night

Day for Night

Directed by: François Truffaut

Starring: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud, François Truffaut, Valentina Cortese

Country: United States of America

The Celebration

The Celebration

Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg

Starring: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Paprika Steen


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No Second Chance by Harlan Coben

No Second Chance


When the first bullet hit my chest, I thought of my daughter... Dr. Marc Seidman has been shot twice, his wife has been murdered, and his six-month-old daughter has been kidnapped.

Stupid White Men by Michael Moore

Stupid White Men


Now with more than three million copies sold, Oscar-winning filmmaker and political activist Michael Moore's bestseller "Stupid White Men" tells you everything you need to know about how the great and

Krakatoa by Simon Winchester



Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman, examines the legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa, which was followed by an immense tsunami

Engaging the Enemy by Nora Roberts

Engaging the Enemy


The number one New York Times bestselling author offers an irresistible combination of sensuality and charismatic characters in this duo of her earlier hard-to-find full-length novels: A Will and a Way and Boundary Lines.

A Cold Heart by Jonathan Kellerman

A Cold Heart


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis summons his friend psychologist-sleuth Alex Delaware to a trendy gallery where a promising young artist has been brutally garroted on the