July 6, 2022

2003 (MMIII) in the Gregorian calendar was a year without a shooting day that began on a Wednesday. Graz was elected European Capital of Culture for 2003. UN freshwater year.


First quarter

January 16 - The Columbia space shuttle is launched. January 30 - Belgium approves same-sex marriage. February 1 - The space shuttle "Columbia" disintegrates over Texas, on its way back to Earth. All seven astronauts on board die. February 15 - People in 600 cities around the world (estimated at 10-15 million) protest against a US-led war against Iraq. February 21 - Over 100 spectators die in a fire during a concert with the rock band Great White. March 11 - The International Criminal Court is established in The Hague. March 12 - The World Health Organization is sending out a global warning about the outbreak of SARS. Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić is killed in an assassination attempt in Belgrade. March 13 - Human development: The journal Nature reports on the discovery of 350,000-year-old footprints in Italy showing a human being walking upright. March 15 - Hú Jǐntāo takes over as President of the People's Republic of China. March 16 - The Rachel Corrie case: An Israeli military bulldozer is involved in an incident that kills the American peace activist. The largest concerted worldwide demonstration against the war in Iraq is being carried out. March 17 - Iraq war: US President George W. Bush gives Iraqi Saddam Hussein 48 hours to surrender in a televised speech. March 19th - One man dies and four are injured in a blast accident in Namsos. Iraq war: US launches "surgical" attacks with cruise missiles and bombers. March 20 - Iraq war: Massive bomb and rocket attacks on Iraq.

Second quarter

April 3 - Serbia and Montenegro become members of the Council of Europe. April 7 - Iraq war: British forces occupy Basra Iraq war: US forces arrive in Baghdad. April 9 - Iraq war: Iraq's military defense begins to collapse. US forces occupy central Baghdad April 14 - Iraq War: US announces the end of all major military operations in Iraq April 28 - Iraq war: Crowds of approx. 200 break the curfew and gather outside a local school in Fallujah. This eventually develops into a clash with American troops in which 15 civilians are killed by the American soldiers. May 1 - US President George W. Bush declares that major combat operations in Iraq have ended. May 21 - An earthquake shakes northern Algeria. Over 2,000 people die. June 2 - ESA's space probe Mars Express is launched. June 20 - The Wikimedia Foundation is publicly announced. The Norwegian employee-owned IT company Kantega is founded.

Third quarter

July 4 - The new dog law is announced in Norway. July 10 - Wikipedia's sister project Wikibooks is created July 15 - The World Health Organization declares the SARS epidemic under control July 22 - Iraq war: US special forces storm a building in Iraq, killing Saddam Hussein's two sons Uday and Qusay, as well as Qusay's 14-year-old son Mustapha Hussein and a bodyguard. July 30 - The latest copy of the Volkswagen Bubble rolls out of the Puebla factory in Mexico, in the color "Aqarius Blue". August 19 - A bomb blast near the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. 21 perish and 160 are injured. August 25 - Spitzer Space Telescope launches. August 29 - A shrine in the city of Najaf is hit by a bomb, 85 people are killed here, including Shia mullah Muhammad Baqr Hakim. al-Zarqawi is believed to be behind the attack. September 12 - Johnny Cash dies (71 years old), after many years of suffering and substance abuse.

Fourth quarter

October 7 - Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected California governor in a recall. October 15 - China launches its first manned spaceflight, the Shenzhou 5 spacecraft with Taikonaut Yang Liw