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Major Events of 2003

2003 (Roman Numerals: MMIII) was the 3rd year of the 21st century. 2003 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Wednesday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 2003.
News Events of 2003

US, Britain, Australia and Poland invade Iraq. Saddam Hussein toppled.

Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured by United States forces.

Saddam Hussein

Concorde makes last commercial flight.


The Space Shuttle Columbia is destroyed during re-entry into the atmosphere.

China launches Shenzhou 5, their first manned space mission.

Michael Jackson is arrested by police on charges of child molestation (he is later acquitted on all charges).

Michael Jackson

Human Genome Project completed.

SCO Group sues IBM for $1 billion (later upped to $3 billion, then $5 billion) for alleged intellectual property infringements in Linux.


A referendum in Sweden results in a vote against joining the euro currency zone.


US Department of Homeland Security begins operations.

International Criminal Court begins operations in The Hague.

London Congestion Charge scheme introduced.

Sports in 2003
2003 Was Designated As
  • International Year of Freshwater

  • European Disability Year

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