September 2003 calendar

September 2003

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of September 2003?


  • 01 Sep 2003 Dutch dispensaries are to become the first in the world to offer cannabis as a prescription drug. (BBC)
  • 02 Sep 2003 Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden says that his organization is working on ampquot''serious projects''ampquot, and that his priority is to use biological weapons against the United States. Al Qaeda may already have such weapons, and be seeking means to transport and launch them.
  • 03 Sep 2003 The Hubble Space Telescope starts Hubble Ultra Deep Field.
  • 04 Sep 2003 Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh is stabbed in a Stockholm department store and dies the next day.
  • 05 Sep 2003 Hong Kong's leader Tung Chee-hwa announces that he will indefinitely postpone plans for an extremely unpopular security bill which sparked massive public protests and would have granted the government broad powers to prosecute vaguely defined threats to national security.
  • 06 Sep 2003 Johns Hopkins researchers retract all results of a frequently cited study which claimed that extensive and permanent brain damage occurred after just a single dose of Ecstasy. Due to a labelling mistake on the experimental drug vials, all but one of the animals involved in the study were not actually given Ecstasy at all, but were instead given the drug d-methamphetamine.
  • 07 Sep 2003 Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon declares that Hamas leaders are ampquotmarked for deathampquot and will not have a moment's rest, after Israel failed in an attempt to kill the top-ranking members of Hamas with a 550-pound bomb dropped on a Gaza City apartment.
  • 08 Sep 2003 ''Occupation of Iraq'': Declaring Iraq to be the ampquotcentral frontampquot in the war against terrorism, President Bush asks Congress for to help pay for the reconstruction of Iraq as well as Afghanistan.
  • 09 Sep 2003 Governor Frank O'Bannon of Indiana lapses into a coma following an operation after the governor suffered a stroke in a Chicago hotel room. Lieutenant Governor Joe Kernan becomes acting governor.
  • 10 Sep 2003 The Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh is stabbed while shopping for clothes at a mall without bodyguards.
  • 11 Sep 2003 Actor John Ritter is stricken by a previously undiagnosed heart problem during the taping of the TV sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, dying in hospital at age 54.
  • 12 Sep 2003 The United Nations lifts sanctions against Libya after that country agreed to accept responsibility and recompense the families of victims in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
  • 13 Sep 2003 Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon dies after suffering a stroke on September 8 in Chicago, Illinois. Joe Kernan, the Lieutenant Governor, is sworn in as Indiana's 48th Governor.
  • 14 Sep 2003 Top American commander in Iraq Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez authorizes a wide range of new interrogation procedures, including deliberate humiliation, exploiting fear of dogs, sensory deprivation, sensory overload, and stress positions.
  • 15 Sep 2003 China formally acknowledges that it has transferred guard duties along the China – North Korea border from the police to the army. The government does not formally report the number of troops deployed, however independent media estimate place it at 150,000.
  • 16 Sep 2003 WNBA Finals: The Detroit Shock defeat the Los Angeles Sparks, 83–78 in Game three, to win the series two games to one, and the WNBA's world championship.
  • 17 Sep 2003 NASA says that capsules similar to those used in the Apollo program are among the options considered as replacements to the Space Shuttle.
  • 18 Sep 2003 International Atomic Energy Agency: Iranian officials give signals that they do not intend to comply with a resolution passed by the United Nations's nuclear watchdog giving Tehran until the end of next month to come clean on its atomic programme. Parliamentary speaker Mehdi Karrubi, a close ally of President Mohammad Khatami, said the IAEA resolution was ampquotpoliticalampquot and that ampquotthe Iranian people will not accept giving in to the logic of force.ampquot
  • 19 Sep 2003 Peace: United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan rings the Japanese Peace Bell, marking International Day of Peace at United Nations Headquarters in New York, cautioning that for some, the direst threat to peace was terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, while for others it was poverty, disease, deprivation, and civil war.
  • 20 Sep 2003 Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Israel says that the United Nations resolution on Yasser Arafat (passed 133–4 with 15 abstentions) ampquotis meaningless. It is only a declaration and not legally binding.ampquot Yasser Arafat states it is of the ampquotutmost importanceampquot as a sign of international support for the Palestinians. Israel states Palestinians should focus their energy on fighting terrorism. Israel also insists that a new government being formed by incoming Palestinian Prime
  • 21 Sep 2003 Galileo mission is terminated by sending the probe into Jupiter's atmosphere, where it is crushed by the pressure at the lower altitudes.
  • 22 Sep 2003 David Hempleman-Adams becomes the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open-air, wicker-basket hot air balloon.
  • 23 Sep 2003 California recall: An 11-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overturns the earlier ruling of a three-judge panel and reinstates October 7 as the date of the California gubernatorial recall election. The American Civil Liberties Union, whose suit was responsible for the original decision, will not appeal to the Supreme Court.
  • 24 Sep 2003 Swedish police arrests a new suspect in the murder of Anna Lindh. Per-Olof Svensson is no longer a suspect and has been released.
  • 25 Sep 2003 Terrorism: FBI probes Hamas-linked 'criminal enterprises' associated with the radical Islamic group Hamas that has taken responsibility for a string of bombings in Israel. Hamas also declares the organization would not participate with other Palestinian groups in a proposed cease-fire nor join the next Palestinian government. Sheik Ahmed Yassin states ampquotthe enemy is continuing his aggression, killing, and settlement activities.ampquot
  • 26 Sep 2003 Medicine: An experimental treatment given to a British man has halted the progress of brain damage caused by Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
  • 27 Sep 2003 Smart 1 satellite is launched.
  • 28 Sep 2003 Nuclear Weapons: Iran remains defiant about nuclear program. Iran states it will not give up its nuclear program (including uranium enrichment). The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have given Iran until October 31 to prove it has no secret nuclear arms program and told it to halt enrichment activities. Iran states international pressure will not deter its nuclear plans.
  • 29 Sep 2003 Abdalla Yones, who was convicted of murder for killing his daughter, Heshu Yones, for dating a Christian, is sentenced to life in prison after becoming the first person in Britain to admit an ampquothonour killingampquot.
  • 30 Sep 2003 Air France and KLM are completing their merger.

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Release year: 2003

Directed by: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima

Starring: Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed, Glenn Close

Country: United States of America

Runaway Jury

Runaway Jury

Release year: 2003

Directed by: Gary Fleder

Starring: John Cusack, Rachel Weisz, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman

Cowboys & Angels

Cowboys & Angels

Release year: 2003

Directed by: David Gleeson

Starring: Michael Legge, Allen Leech, Amy Shiels, David Murray

Grumpy Old Men

Grumpy Old Men

Release year: 2003

Directed by: Donald Petrie

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith

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The Teeth Of The Tiger by Tom Clancy

The Teeth Of The Tiger


A man named Mohammed sits in a café in Vienna, about to propose a deal to a Colombian. Mohammed has a strong network of agents and sympathizers throughout Europe and the Middle East, and the Colombian has an equally strong …

Treason by Ann Coulter



“Liberals’ loyalty to the United States is off-limits as a subject of political debate. Why is the relative patriotism of the two parties the only issue that is out of bounds

Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg

Kate Remembered


For seven decades Katharine Hepburn played a leading role in the popular culture of the twentieth century - reigning as an admired actress, a beloved movie star, and a treasured icon

No Graves As Yet by Anne Perry

No Graves As Yet


Through Anne Perry’s magnificent Victorian novels, millions of readers have enjoyed the pleasures and intrigue of a bygone age. Now, with the debut of an extraordinary new series, this New York

Under The Banner Of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

Under The Banner Of Heaven


Jon Krakauer’s literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. He now shifts his focus from extremes of physical adventure to extremes of religious belief within