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 is now known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, U.S. President George W. Bush announces that all major combat operations in Iraq are over.
  • 02 May 2003 The Monkeyman supervillain hoax starts in Tunbridge Wells (Kent, UK).
  • 03 May 2003 After heavy rain, the Old Man of the Mountain is a rock formation in New Hampshire.
  • 04 May 2003 Top Thrill Dragster, the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world, opens in Cedar Point, Ohio.
  • 05 May 2003 Boeing releases a drawing of its ''airplanes of the future'', and invites the public to participate in a contest to name it.
  • 06 May 2003 Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Edward, Earl and Sophie, Countess, of Wessex, are expecting their first child. The child is due to be born May 6, 2003. He or she will be Queen ElizabethnbspII's seventh grandchild and Prince Philip, Duke d'Edinburgh's seventh.
  • 07 May 2003 U.S. Customs agents in Iraq have recovered nearly 40,000 manuscripts as well 700 artifacts from the National Museum of Iraq. Some looters returned items with promises of reward and amnesty. Many items reported as missing were actually hidden in secret storage vaults at this museum before the war broke out.
  • 08 May 2003 A train collision near Siofok in Hungary kills 30 German tourists and the driver of a tourist coach. Twelve people are hurt. The majority of the victims were from Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein.
  • 09 May 2003 After a door opened on a plane travelling from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo to Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of the Congo), 129 people are believed to have been killed. After the incident, the victims were taken from the plane and returned to Kinshasa. The identity of the airline that the plane belonged to is not known, but the logo of Ukrainian Cargo Airlines appears on the plane.
  • 10 May 2003 Finland reports the first confirmed case of SARS. Turku University Hospital is treating a man who visited Toronto.
  • 11 May 2003 Benvenuto Cellini's "Saliera" is taken from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
  • 12 May 2003 Al Qaeda carried out the Riyadh bombings that killed 26 people.
  • 13 May 2003 A new 20-dollar note has been released by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing of the Treasury Department of the United States. It is intended to counter the technological advancements of counterfeiters. It is anticipated that the note will begin circulation in fall 2003, five years after the last $20 note was issued in 1998. In 2004 and 2005, new designs will be released for the $50 and $100 bills. The main change in the new currency design comes in the color. It is the first U.S. coin since 19
  • 14 May 2003 DARPA's Information Processing Technology Office invites bids to the LifeLog project. This is an ambitious effort to create a huge searchable computer database. It ampquotan ontology-based subsystem that captures, stores and makes available the flow of one individual's experiences in and interactions with other people. 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 Pana-Wave Laboratory is a Japanese cult that predicts the date at which an encounter with an unknown planet will result in the death of most humankind.
  • 16 May 2003 Terrorist attacks in Casablanca, Morocco result in 33 civilian deaths and over 100 injuries.
  • 17 May 2003 Pen Hadow is the first person to solo walk from Canada to North Pole without any help.
  • 18 May 2003 Andrew Meldrum, a reporter for 'The Guardian', is being deported. He has been covering Zimbabwe for 23 years.
  • 19 May 2003 Ari Fleischer, White House spokesperson, announces that he will be stepping down in the summer. He cited his desire to spend more time with his wife and to work in private industry as reasons.
  • 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{Christine Todd-Whitman announced that she will be resigning her position as Administrator at the United States Environmental Protection AgencyCite document
  • 21 May 2003 Two rooms are damaged when an explosion takes place at Yale University's Sterling Law School Building, New Haven, Connecticut. Joint Terrorism Task Force investigators respond. No injuries reported. Officials believe that the explosion was caused a pipe bomb.
  • 22 May 2003 2003 occupation of Iraq: Senators question Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz about the U.S.-led occupation in Iraq.
  • 23 May 2003 Dewey is the first deer to be cloned at Texas A&M University.
  • 24 May 2003 Lafayette Parish police release details about a suspect in the Baton Rouge Serial Killer investigation.
  • 25 May 2003 After arriving in Miami at 05:00, the SS Norway (or old SS France) is badly damaged in a boiler explosion that killed 7 and injures 17. NCL announces that she will not sail again as a commercial ocean-liner a few weeks later.
  • 26 May 2003 The plane carrying the Ukrainian YAk-42 crew crashed in northeast Turkey near Trabzon killing all on board. It was carrying 12 crew members and 62 Spanish soldiers who were returning from six months of peacekeeping 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 is the first Governor General of Australia to resign after being criticised for 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's animated Disney-Pixar feature movie Finding Nemo is released to American theaters. American theater ticket sales total US$340 millions. Theater ticket sales worldwide: US$850 millions
  • 31 May 2003 Eric Rudolph is being held in Murphy, North Carolina.
  • 01 May 2003 Invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, on board the USSĀ  (off the coast of California), U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended".
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Music charts

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

  1. - In Da Club
  2. - Get Busyyoutube
  3. - 21 Questions
  4. - Ignition
  5. - I Know What You Want

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Make Luv
  2. - Ignition Remix
  3. - Spirit In The Sky
  4. - Loneliness
  5. - In Da Club


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 2003?

Krakatoa by Simon Winchester



Simon Winchester is the New York Times bestseller author of The Professor and the Madman. He examines the legend of the 1883 annihilation of Krakatoa's volcano-island. This was followed by an enormous tsunami

The Sinister Pig by Tony Hillerman

The Sinister Pig


Sergeant Jim Chee, Navajo Tribal Police, is disturbed by the discovery of a nameless corpse just within his jurisdiction at the Jicarilla Apache natural gaz field.

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

Shutter Island


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Engaging the Enemy by Nora Roberts

Engaging the Enemy


This duo of her early full-length novels, A Will and a Way and Boundary Lines, is the number one New York Times bestseller author. It features a captivating combination of sensuality and charismatic characters.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code


PREMIUM MASS Market Edition #1 Worldwide Bestseller - More Than 80 Million Copies Sold. The Da Vinci Code is an extraordinary reading experience that millions around the world have discovered.