October 2003 calendar

October 2003

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 2003?


  • 01 Oct 2003 South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun reiterates offer to the United States to consider a request for South Korean participation in Multi-National Force - Iraq in exchange for ampquotpositiveampquot movement to resolve the standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
  • 02 Oct 2003 North Korea claims that it has already processedampquot 8,000 fuelrods from its Yongbyon nuclear plant north of Pyongyang. It is also using the plutonium obtained during the process to create atomic bombs in order to increase its nuclear capability for nuclear deterrent force. Choe Su Hon, Vice Foreign Minister, claims this is an attempt to protect the country's territory.
  • 03 Oct 2003 Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy gets attacked by one the show's tigers. The show was cancelled until 2009 when the tigers rejoined Roy, the tiger who mauled Roy six years ago.
  • 04 Oct 2003 Conflict between Israel and Palestine: A suicide bomber from Palestinian causes havoc in a Haifa beach restaurant. She kills at least 19 people, wounds at least two dozen others, and leaves at least six of them seriously injured. Hours later, Israeli helicopter gunships strike back at targets in Gaza City or Central Gaza.
  • 05 Oct 2003 Maher Arar was reported to have been released from a Syrian prison. Over a year ago, the US deported the Canadian engineer to Syria as he was changing planes in New York. He will arrive in Montreal on the next afternoon.
  • 06 Oct 2003 2004 U.S. Democratic Primary: Senator Bob Graham announces, on "Larry King Live", that he will be ending his 2004 presidential campaign.
  • 07 Oct 2003 California Governor Gray Davis is recalled by voters. They also elect Arnold Schwarzenegger as his successor.
  • 08 Oct 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Roderick McKinnon and Peter Agre share the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discoveries about aquaporins in cell membranes.
  • 09 Oct 2003 The Mission: Space attraction opens at Walt Disney World's Epcot. It cost US$150million to build.
  • 10 Oct 2003 Nobel Prize: Shirin Ebadi (Iran human rights lawyer) is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 11 Oct 2003 Conflict between Israel and Palestine: Israeli troops withdraw from Gaza. Israel will continue to destroy tunnels. Although the Israeli army claims it has discovered three tunnels within the camp, no weapons have been located. One Palestinian teenager was shot to death, and 10 homes were destroyed and power and water facilities damaged. Palestinian militants wanted to smuggle missiles with shoulder-fired launchers from Egypt that could be used against tanks and helicopters as well as fighter jet
  • 12 Oct 2003 China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission.
  • 13 Oct 2003 2003 occupation of Iraq: A new UN draft resolution is being circulated. It aims to get international aid. This resolution establishes a deadline for the first steps, even if they are only temporary, towards restoring Iraqi sovereignty. It gives the Iraqi Governing Council until December 15, to create a timeline for writing a constitution, and holding elections. Bush's administration proposes that United Nations recognize Iraqi Governing Council, a unit that 'ampquotwill embody.
  • 14 Oct 2003 Religion: RTE's Prime Time's current affairs programme reports on Cahal Daly's refusal to hear allegations from students that he had engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with Monsignor Micheal Leedwith, the head of St Patrick's College Maynooth, Ireland's largest seminary. According to the TV programme, Daly became aggressive and told students to "go back and pray." According to the TV program, Daly and his predecessor, Cardinal Tomas O Fiaich were
  • 15 Oct 2003 After one of its ferries collided with a pier, the 2003 Staten Island Ferry accident leaves 11 dead.
  • 16 Oct 2003 Occupation in Iraq: A new US resolution regarding Iraq was unanimously approved by the UN Security Council. Russia, Germany, and France support the resolution but won't provide troops or funds. Surveys show that troops serving in Iraq are not feeling well.
  • 17 Oct 2003 The Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada is removed from office. This ends the conflict over bolivian natural gas and he flees to America.
  • 18 Oct 2003 Bolivian Gas War: President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada is forced to resign.
  • 19 Oct 2003 Pope John Paul II beatifies Mother Teresa.
  • 20 Oct 2003 Jean Chretien, Canadian Prime Minister, indicates that Vladimir Putin indicated during an informal meeting that he was open to signing the Kyoto Protocol. Russia must sign the protocol in order for it to become law.
  • 21 Oct 2003 Photographs of dwarf planet Eris were taken by Chad Trujillo and Michael E. Brown. They are used to document its discovery by David L. Rabinowitz and David L. Rabinowitz.
  • 22 Oct 2003 India: India launches peace initiative to normalize relations with Pakistan Talks are only possible if Islamabad ends its cross-border terrorist initiatives in Kashmir.
  • 23 Oct 2003 Luis A. Ferre (third Democratically Elected Governor, Puerto Rico) dies at the age of 99.
  • 24 Oct 2003 Concorde's last commercial flight is completed. This marks the end of the age of supersonic airline travel.
  • 25 Oct 2003 The Cedar Fire starts in San Diego County. It burns 280,000 acres (1.100 km2), 2,232 homes, and kills 14.
  • 26 Oct 2003 The Cedar Fire, which is the second-largest wildfire in California history, causes 15 deaths and burns 250,000 acres (1,050 km). It also destroys more than 2,200 homes in San Diego.
  • 27 Oct 2003 Occupation in Iraq: Over 40 people are killed and more than 200 injured in coordinated bomb attacks against the Red Cross compound in Baghdad and several local police stations. George W. Bush stated that the bombings were an indication of insurgent desperation.
  • 28 Oct 2003 Economics: The United States Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unaffected at today's meeting. It stated that rates would remain low for a long time.
  • 29 Oct 2003 Medicine: Risperdal Consta (Risperidone long acting injection) has been approved by the US FDA for schizophrenia treatment. It is approved in many other countries but the FDA has approved it as the first antipsychotic drug that is long-acting and atypical.
  • 30 Oct 2003 Two-hour-long terror scare at Washington's Capitol follows the use of a plastic toy gun as part of Halloween costumes.
  • 31 Oct 2003 MCI's restructuring plans are approved by a bankruptcy court, which allows the company to declare bankruptcy.
  • 01 Oct 2003 The popular and controversial English-language imageboard 4chan is launched.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Baby Boy
  2. - Shake Ya Tailfeather
  3. - Get Low
  4. - Stand Up
  5. - Right Thurr

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Where Is The Love?
  2. - White Flag
  3. - I Believe In A Thing Called Love
  4. - Are You Ready For Love
  5. - Sweet Dreams My LA Ex


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 2003?

Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Living History


Author of the Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller "What Happened the Phenomenal #1 Worldwide BestselleraEUR".

The Burning Tigris by Peter Balakian

The Burning Tigris


Peter Balakian's A History of International Human Rights & Forgotten Heroes is a national bestseller that tells the story of the Armenian massacres.

A Series of Unfortunate Events No. 10: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket

A Series of Unfortunate Events No. 10: The Slippery Slope


Violet and Klaus attempt to follow their sister Violet, who is being held captive by Count Olaf while driving up the mountain in a fast car. They must first stop the caravan that is hurtling over a cliff.

A Short History Of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

A Short History Of Nearly Everything


One Summer is the bestselling book by One Summer, one of the most loved writers in the world. He embarks on his final journey to the most difficult and mysterious questions science has ever attempted to answer.

Treason by Ann Coulter



"Liberals' loyalty towards the United States is not allowed to be a topic of political debate." What is the problem with the relative patriotism between the two parties?