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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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 2003?


Events

  • 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 to ampquothave already processedampquot 8,000 fuel rods from its Yongbyon nuclear reactor north of Pyongyang and is using the plutonium extracted during the process to make atomic bombs to boost its nuclear capabilities for nuclear deterrent force. Citing a ampquothostile policyampquot by the United States, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Su Hon states this is a means to safeguard the country's territory.
  • 03 Oct 2003 Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy is attacked by one of the show's tigers, canceling the show until 2009, when they rejoined the tiger that mauled Roy just six years earlier.
  • 04 Oct 2003 Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A Palestinian suicide bomber blows herself up in a crowded beach restaurant in the northern Israeli port city of Haifa, killing at least 19 people and wounding about two dozen, at least six seriously. Hours later Israeli helicopter gunships retaliate by attacking targets in Gaza City and Central Gaza.
  • 05 Oct 2003 Maher Arar is reported to have been freed from a Syrian jail. The Canadian engineer was deported to Syria by the United States as he changed planes in New York, over a year ago. He will arrive in Montreal the following afternoon.
  • 06 Oct 2003 2004 U.S. Democratic Primaries: Senator Bob Graham announces on ''Larry King Live'' that he is ending his 2004 presidential campaign.
  • 07 Oct 2003 Voters recall California Governor Gray Davis from office and elect actor Arnold Schwarzenegger to succeed him.
  • 08 Oct 2003 Nobel Prize: The Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded jointly to Peter Agre and Roderick MacKinnon for discoveries concerning aquaporins and ion channels in cell membranes.
  • 09 Oct 2003 The Mission: Space attraction opens in Epcot at Walt Disney World in Florida. The attraction cost US$150 million to build.
  • 10 Oct 2003 Nobel Prize: Shirin Ebadi, Iranian human rights lawyer, is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 11 Oct 2003 Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Israeli troops pull back in Gaza. Israel will continue to demolish tunnels. The Israeli army states it discovers three tunnels in the camp, but no weapons have been found. A Palestinian teenager is shot dead and up to 10 homes were demolished and water and electricity facilities were hit. Palestinian militants were seeking to smuggle from Egypt shoulder-fired missiles that could be used against tanks, helicopters, and fighter jets.
  • 12 Oct 2003 China launches Shenzhou 5, their first manned space mission.
  • 13 Oct 2003 2003 occupation of Iraq: New draft resolution being circulated at UN aims at getting international aid. The resolution sets a deadline for initial steps, if only for a transitional step, toward restoring Iraqi sovereignty, giving the Iraqi Governing Council until December 15 to develop a timetable for writing a constitution and holding elections. The Bush administration proposes that the United Nations recognize the Iraqi Governing Council as a unit that ''ampquotwill embody the
  • 14 Oct 2003 Religion: RTÉ's ''Prime Time'' current affairs programme reports that Cahal Daly, Bishop of Down and Conor, refused to accept allegations passed on to him by students of improper sexual conduct by Monsignor Micheal Ledwith, then head of St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Ireland's major seminary. According to the programme Daly became aggressive, telling students ampquotgo back and say your prayersampquot. The TV programme confirms that Daly, and his predecessor, Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich, were
  • 15 Oct 2003 The 2003 Staten Island Ferry crash kills 11 after one of its ferries slams into a pier.
  • 16 Oct 2003 Occupation of Iraq: The UN Security Council unanimously approves a new US resolution on Iraq. Russia, Germany and France back the resolution but will not provide troops or money. A survey indicates poor morale amongst the US troops serving in Iraq.
  • 17 Oct 2003 Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada is ousted from office, ending the bolivian gas conflict, and flees to the United States.
  • 18 Oct 2003 Bolivian Gas War: President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, is forced to resign and leave Bolivia.
  • 19 Oct 2003 Mother Teresa is beatified by Pope John Paul II.
  • 20 Oct 2003 Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien indicates that during an informal meeting between him and Vladimir Putin, the Russian president indicated that he was tentatively in favour of signing the Kyoto Protocol. Russia's signature is absolutely necessary for the protocol to acquire the force of law.
  • 21 Oct 2003 Images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in documenting its discovery by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz.
  • 22 Oct 2003 India: India launches a peace initiative to normalise relations with Pakistan. Formal talks are conditional on Islamabad ending Kashmiri cross-border terrorism initiatives.
  • 23 Oct 2003 Luis A. Ferré, the third Democratically Elected Governor of Puerto Rico, dies at age 99.
  • 24 Oct 2003 The Concorde makes its last commercial flight, bringing the era of airliner supersonic travel to a close, at least for the time being.
  • 25 Oct 2003 The Cedar Fire begins in San Diego County, burning 280,000 acres (1,100 square km), 2,232 homes and killing 14.
  • 26 Oct 2003 The Cedar Fire, the second-largest fire in California history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acres (1,000 km?), and destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego.
  • 27 Oct 2003 Occupation of Iraq: More than 40 people are killed and over 200 are injured in a wave of coordinated bomb attacks on the Red Cross compound and several local police stations in Baghdad. George W. Bush states that the bombings are a sign of desperation by the insurgents.
  • 28 Oct 2003 Economics: The United States Federal Reserve leaves its key interest rate unchanged at today's meeting, saying that rates will be kept low for a considerable period.
  • 29 Oct 2003 Medicine: The US FDA approves Risperdal Consta (Risperidone long-acting injection) for the treatment of schizophrenia. Although already approved in several other countries, it is the first long-acting, atypical antipsychotic medication to be approved by the FDA.
  • 30 Oct 2003 A plastic toy gun, used as part of a Halloween costume, sparks a two-hour-long terrorism scare at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • 31 Oct 2003 A bankruptcy court approves MCI's reorganization plans, essentially clearing the telecommunications company to exit bankruptcy.

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American History X

American History X

Directed by: Tony Kaye

Starring: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Lien

Country: United States of America

Autumn Sonata

Autumn Sonata

Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Lena Nyman, Halvar Björk

Country: United States of America

Tangerines

Tangerines

Directed by: Zaza Urushadze

Starring: Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo Nüganen, Giorgi Nakashidze, Misha Meskhi

Show People

Show People

Directed by: King Vidor

Starring: Marion Davies, William Haines, Dell Henderson, Paul Ralli

Country: United States of America

The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter

Directed by: Anthony Harvey

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle

Country: United States of America

Books

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Lord John And The Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon

Lord John And The Private Matter

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The year is 1757. On a clear morning in mid-June, Lord John Grey emerges from London’s Beefsteak Club, his mind in turmoil.

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right by Al Franken

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

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Al Franken, "one of our savviest satirists" ( People), takes on the issues, the politicians, and the pundits in one of the most anticipated books of the year.

Last Car To Elysian Fields by James Lee Burke

Last Car To Elysian Fields

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Sheriff Dave Robicheaux returns to New Orleans in this intense, atmospheric entry in the New York Times bestselling series by “America’s best novelist” James Lee Burke (The Denver Post)For Dave Robicheaux,

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet In Heaven

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A specially produced paperback edition--with flaps--of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller, that has sold more than six million copies in hardcover Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at …

Persecution by David Limbaugh

Persecution

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In this New York Times bestseller, David Limbaugh exposes the liberal hypocrisy of promoting political correctness while discriminating against Christianity. From the elimination of school prayer to the eradication of the