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2003 Historical Event(s)
- January 10, 2003 – Illinois Governor George Ryan commutes the death sentences of 167 prisoners on Illinois’ death row based on the Jon Burge scandal.
- February 1, 2003 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Sheep in Chinese astrology.
- March 1, 2003 – Management of the United States Customs Service and the United States Secret Service move to the United States Department of Homeland Security.
- March 28, 2003 – In a friendly fire incident, two A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft from the United States Idaho Air National Guard’s 190th Fighter Squadron attack British tanks participating in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, killing British soldier Matty Hull.
- April 25, 2003 – The Human Genome Project comes to an end two and a half years earlier than expected.
- July 10, 2003 – A Neoplan bus, owned by Kowloon Motor Bus, collides with a truck, falls off a bridge on Tuen Mun Road, Hong Kong, and plunges into the underlying valley, killing 21 people. This is the deadliest traffic accident to date in Hong Kong.
- August 14, 2003 – Widescale power blackout in the northeast United States and Canada.
- September 12, 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.
- October 31, 2003 – Mahathir bin Mohamad resigns as Prime Minister of Malaysia and is replaced by Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, marking an end to Mahathir’s 22 years in power.
- November 14, 2003 – Astronomers Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz discover 90377 Sedna, a Trans-Neptunian object.
Who Were Born On 2003?
- April 16, 2003 – Alina Foley, American actress
- June 24, 2003 – Marcus Fiesel, American murder victim (d. 2006)
- October 1, 2003 – Charlotte Cleverley-Bisman, New Zealander quadruple amputee
- October 16, 2003 – Princess Kritika of Nepal, daughter of Crown Prince Paras
- November 8, 2003 – Lady Louise Windsor, British royal
- December 7, 2003 – Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands