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 The Dutch dispensaries will be the first to offer cannabis prescription drugs.
  • 02 Sep 2003 Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaeda leader, says his organization is involved in ampquot''serious project''ampquot and that his priority it to use biological weapons against America. Al Qaeda could already possess such weapons and may be looking for ways to transport them and launch them.
  • 03 Sep 2003 Hubble Ultra Deep Field is launched by the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • 04 Sep 2003 Anna Lindh, the Swedish foreign minister, is attacked in a Stockholm department shop and killed the next day.
  • 05 Sep 2003 Tung Cheehwa, the leader of Hong Kong, announces that he will postpone plans to amend a highly unpopular security bill. This bill had sparked huge public protests and would have given the government broad powers to prosecute vaguely-defined threats to national security.
  • 06 Sep 2003 Johns Hopkins researchers have retracted all findings from a widely cited study that claimed extensive and permanent brain damage was caused by Ecstasy. All but one of the animal participants in the study were not given Ecstasy due to a labelling error on experimental drug vials. Instead, they were given the drug d–methamphetamine.
  • 07 Sep 2003 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Ariel Sharon, Israel's Prime Minister, declares that Hamas leaders have been "marked for deathampquot. This statement comes after Israel failed to kill Hamas' top-ranking Hamas members with a 550-pound bomb that was dropped on an apartment in Gaza City.
  • 08 Sep 2003 "Occupation in Iraq": President Bush declares Iraq the ampquotcentral frontampquot of the war against terror and asks Congress to pay for reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • 09 Sep 2003 After a stroke that occurred in a Chicago hotel room, Governor Frank O'Bannon (Indiana) falls into a coma. Acting governor is Lieutenant Governor Joe Kernan.
  • 10 Sep 2003 Anna Lindh, the Swedish Foreign Minister, is attacked while shopping at a mall for clothes without any bodyguards.
  • 11 Sep 2003 Actor John Ritter, 54, is hospitalized after suffering a heart attack that was previously unknown.
  • 12 Sep 2003 After Libya accepted responsibility for the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 bombing, the United Nations lifted sanctions on Libya.
  • 13 Sep 2003 Frank O'Bannon, the Indiana Governor, dies following a stroke that occurred on September 8, in Chicago (Illinois). Joe Kernan is elected the 48th Governor of Indiana.
  • 14 Sep 2003 Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, the top American commander in Iraq, authorizes a variety of new interrogation techniques, including demeaning dogs, exploiting their fear, sensory overload, sensory deprivation and stress positions.
  • 15 Sep 2003 China officially acknowledges that it transferred guard duties along China-North Korea border from the police force to the army. Although the government doesn't report the actual number of troops deployed in force, independent media estimates place it at 150,000.
  • 16 Sep 2003 WNBA Finals - The Detroit Shock defeated the Los Angeles Sparks, 83 to 78, in Game three to win the series, two games to one and the WNBA world championship.
  • 17 Sep 2003 NASA claims that capsules similar in design to those used for the Apollo program will be considered as replacements for the Space Shuttle.
  • 18 Sep 2003 International Atomic Energy Agency. Iranian officials signal that they are not going to follow a resolution by the United Nations' nuclear watchdog. It gave Tehran until next month to disclose its atomic program. 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 Japan's Peace Bell to mark International Day of Peace. He warns that terrorist attacks and weapons of mass destruction are one of the greatest threats to peace, while others see poverty, disease and civil war as the most serious.
  • 20 Sep 2003 Conflict between Israel and Palestine: Israel claims that the United Nations resolution regarding Yasser Alafat (passed with 133-4 votes with 15 abstentions), is meaningless. It is only an advisory and is not legally binding. Israel says that the Palestinians should concentrate their efforts on fighting terrorism. Israel insists on a new government being established by the incoming Palestinian Prime Minister.
  • 21 Sep 2003 Galileo's mission is ended by sending the probe into Jupiter’s atmosphere. It is then crushed by the pressure at lower altitudes.
  • 22 Sep 2003 David Hempleman Adams becomes the first person in open-air, wicker basket hot air balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 23 Sep 2003 California recall: A United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit panel of 11 judges overturns a previous ruling of a panel of three and reinstates October 7, as the date for the California gubernatorial election recall election. The original decision was made by the American Civil Liberties Union. They will not appeal it to the Supreme Court.
  • 24 Sep 2003 Swedish police have arrested a new suspect in Anna Lindh's murder. Per-Olof Svensson has been removed from the list of suspects.
  • 25 Sep 2003 Terrorism FBI investigates Hamas-linked "criminal enterprises" associated with Hamas, a radical Islamic group that has claimed responsibility for several bombings in Israel. Hamas declares that it will not join other Palestinian groups in the proposed cease-fire or the next Palestinian government. Sheik Ahmed Yassin stated that the enemy is continuing to kill, invade, and settle.
  • 26 Sep 2003 Medicine: A British man received an experimental treatment that stopped the progression of Creutzfeldt Jakob disease-related brain damage.
  • 27 Sep 2003 Launch of Smart 1 satellite.
  • 28 Sep 2003 Nuclear Weapons: Iran remains defiant about nuclear program. Iran declares that it will not abandon its nuclear program, including uranium enrichment. The International Atomic Energy Agency gave Iran until October 31st to prove that it does not have a secret nuclear weapons program. They also told Iran to stop enrichment activities. Iran says international pressure won't stop it from pursuing its nuclear plans.
  • 29 Sep 2003 After being the first Briton to accept an ampquothonour killingampquot, Abdalla Yones was convicted for murdering his daughter, Heshu Yones.
  • 30 Sep 2003 Air France and KLM have completed their merger.
  • 06 Sep 2003 Mahmoud Abbas resigns from his position of Palestinian Prime Minister.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Shake Ya Tailfeather
  2. - Crazy In Love
  3. - Right Thurr
  4. - Baby Boy
  5. - P.I.M.P.

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Where Is The Love?
  2. - White Flag
  3. - Are You Ready For Love
  4. - Baby Boy
  5. - Breathe


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in September 2003?

The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen

The Sinner


The scene of bone-chilling carnage at the chapel of Our Lady of Divine Light is not something that even New England's winters can match.

Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson

Benjamin Franklin


Walter Isaacson, the bestselling author of Einstein & Steve Jobs, shares his authoritative and fascinating full-scale biography. He explains how America's most interesting founders have helped to define its national identity. Benjamin

The Lord Is My Shepherd by Harold S. Kushner

The Lord Is My Shepherd


Rabbi Harold Kushner believes the Twenty-third Psalm, which is perhaps the most cherished and treasured chapter in the Bible, offers spiritual riches that can transform a person's lives.

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Namesake


Jhumpa's Interpreter Of Maladies made Jhumpa Lahiri a renowned young writer. These stories are among the few debut works.

The Case For Israel by Alan Dershowitz

The Case For Israel


The Case for Israel is an indefatigable defense of Israel's rights that is supported by undisputed evidence. This passionately examines the claims and criticisms of Israel by its accusers and opponents.