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2003
January 24th
The new United States Department of Homeland Security officially began operation.
January 25th
An international group of volunteers left London and headed for Baghdad to act as voluntary human shields, in the hope their presence would help to avert a U.S. invasion.
January 30th

The leaders of Britain, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Denmark, and the Czech Republic released a statement that demonstrated support for the US plan for an invasion of Iraq.
February 1st
NASA's Space shuttle 'Columbia' STS-107 was destroyed killing all astronauts during its re-entry to Earth. Contact was lost around 9.00am (2.00pm GMT).
February 1st
In Northern Ireland, the protestant UDA Belfast leader John Gregg was killed by a loyalist faction.
February 5th
The U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell addressed the United Nations Security Council with spy satellite photographs on Iraq's WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction).
February 15th
Global protests against the Iraq war erupted with more than ten million people protest in over 600 cities worldwide, the largest war protest to take place before the war occurred.
February 20th
In the United States, the Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island claimed the lives of 100 people, the fourth deadliest nightclub fire in United States history.
March 1st
The United Arab Emirates called for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to step down to avoid war. The sentiment was later echoed by other Middle Eastern countries, Bahrain and Kuwait.
March 1st
The Turkish parliament vetoed the access of the U.S troops to airbases in Turkey in order to attack Iraq from the north. The Bush administration started working on the B Plan, namely attacking Iraq from the south, through the Persian Gulf.
March 1st
The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the United States Customs Service, and the United States Secret Service moved to the United States Department of Homeland Security.
March 1st
The authorities in Pakistan captured Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, along with money man Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi.
March 10th
Jacques Chirac announced that France would veto any United Nations Security Council resolution.
March 11th
Iraqi fighters threatened two U.S. U-2 surveillance planes, flying missions for U.N. weapons inspectors, which forced them to abort their mission and they returned to base.
March 12th
In Serbia, Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic was assassinated in Belgrade.
March 12th
WHO (World Health Organisation) issued a global alert on the SARS disease.
March 12th
British prime minister Tony Blair proposed an amendment to the possible 18th U.N. resolution, which would call for Iraq to meet certain benchmarks to prove that it was disarming. The amendment was immediately rejected by France, who had promised to veto any new resolution.
March 15th
Hu Jintao replaced Jiang Zemin and became President of the People's Republic of China.
March 16th
The leaders of the United States, Britain, Portugal, and Spain met at a summit in the Azores Islands. U.S. President Bush Jr. called Monday, March 17th, the "moment of Truth", meaning that the "coalition of the willing" would make its final effort to extract a resolution from the U.N. Security Council that would give Iraq an ultimatum to disarm immediately or to be disarmed by force.
March 17th
U.S. President George W. Bush Jr. gave an ultimatum to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and his sons must either leave Iraq, or face military action at a time of the U.S.'s choosing.
March 18th
President Bush announced that all diplomats and press should leave Iraq. He warned Saddam Hussien and his sons that they have forty eight hours to leave Iraq.
March 19th
The f irst American bombs were dropped on Baghdad, Iraq. President Saddam Hussein and his sons did not comply with President Bush's 48 hour mandate which demanded their exit from Iraq.
March 20th
Gulf War II. Iraq was invaded by US led coalition including Britain, supported by other countries including Australia, Poland, Spain and Portugal. Operation Iraqi Freedom was an operation of regime change.
March 22nd
The United States and the United Kingdom began their 'shock and awe' campaign with a massive air strike on military targets in Baghdad.
March 29th
The WHO (World Health Organisation) Doctor Carlo Urbani, who first identified SARS, died of the disease.
April 3rd
A passenger bus hit a remote-controlled land mine in the Chechen capital, which killed 8 people.
April 3rd
U.S. forces seized control of Saddam International Airport, and changed the airport's name to Baghdad International Airport.
April 9th
U.S. forces seized control of Baghdad, which ended the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Saddam Hussein's power collapsed and he fled to avoid capture from the advancing US troops.
April 9th
Saddam Hussein's statue was pulled down in the centre of Baghdad by American troops and Iraqi citizens. It symbolised the collapse of the Hussein regime.
April 17th
The Stevens Report concluded that members of the RUC and British Army cooperated with the UDA in the killings of Catholics in Northern Ireland.
April 21st
Retired U.S. Army General Jay Garner became the Interim Civil Administrator of Iraq.
May 1st
US President George Bush Jr. announced the end of the hostilities in Iraq on board the US aircraft carrier the USS Abraham Lincoln.
May 12th
Suicide truck-bomb attack killed 60 people at a government compound in northern Chechnya.
May 12th
In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26 people were killed in the Riyadh Compound Bombings.
May 14th
A female suicide bomber detonated explosives strapped to her waist in crowd of thousands of Muslim pilgrims in Chechnya. The blast killed 18 people in.
May 16th
In Casablanca, Morocco, North Africa, 33 civilians were killed and more than 100 people injured in the Casablanca terrorist attacks.
May 23rd
In the United States, the birth of Dewey, the first cloned deer by scientists at Texas A&M University.
May 26th
A draft of the proposed European constitution was unveiled.
May 28th
In Italy, the birth of Prometea, the first cloned horse by Italian scientists.
May 31st
In the United States, Eric Rudolph, the suspected person to have carried out the Centennial Olympic Park bombing was captured in North Carolina behind a Save-A-Lot store.
June 4th
In the United States, Martha Stewart and her broker were indicted for using privileged investment information and then obstructing a federal investigation. Stewart also resigned as chairperson and chief executive officer of Martha Stewart Living.
June 5th
A female suicide bomber detonated a bomb near a bus carrying soldiers and civilians to a military airfield in Mozdok, a major staging point for Russian troops in Chechnya. 16 people were killed.
July 5th
SARS was declared to be contained by WHO (World Health Organisation).
July 5th
Chechnya rebels committed a double suicide bombing at a Moscow rock concert. The attack killed the female attackers and 15 people.
July 7th
In England, Canon Jeffrey John, the first would-be gay bishop in the Church of England, withdrew his acceptance of the post of The Bishop of Reading after discussions with the church leaders.
July 10th
A Russian security agent died in Moscow while trying to defuse a bomb a woman had tried to carry into a cafe on central Moscow's main street.
July 14th
CIA leak scandal began when U.S. columnist Robert Novak published the name of Valerie Plame, which blew her cover as a CIA operative.
July 18th
In England, the body of Dr. David Kelly, a scientist at the MOD (Ministry of Defence), was found a few miles from his home. He had committed suicide. The incident led to the Hutton inquiry.
July 22nd
American troops surrounded and killed Uday and Qusay Hussein, sons of the deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
July 23rd
'Operation Warrior Sweep' was the first major military deployment of the Afghan National Army.
August 1st
A Suicide bomber rammed a truck filled with explosives into a military hospital near Chechnya. The blast killed 50 people, including Russian troops that were wounded in .
August 2nd
The United Nations authorised an international peacekeeping force for Liberia.
August 10th
The highest temperature ever recorded in the Britain - At Heathrow marked the first spot to reach 100 degrees in the Britain. The highest temperature was recorded at Brogdale near Faversham in Kent, 38.5°C (101.3°F). It was the first time that Britain had recorded a temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
August 11th
NATO took over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54 year history.
August 22nd
In Alcântara 21 people were killed at the Brazilian rocket complex due to a premature ignition of a solid rocket booster.
September 5th
A Roller coaster accident at Disneyland theme park killed one and injured 10 people.
September 9th
US physicist Edward Teller died. Born in 1908 in Hungary. He worked on the Manhattan Project during WWII, and was known as the 'Father' of the Hydrogen bomb.
September 10th
Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh was stabbed in a Stockholm department store and died the following day.
September 14th
In a referendum the people of Estonia approved and voted for joining the European Union.
September 16th
Two suicide bombers drove a truck laden with explosives into a government security services building near Chechnya. The truck bomb killed three people and injured 25.
September 27th
The European Space Agency probe, Smart 1 was launched.
October 7th
In California voters recalled Governor Gray Davis from office and elected Hollywood film star Arnold Schwarzenegger to succeed him.
October 14th
The Florida Marlins defeated the Chicago Cubs in Game 6 of Major League Baseball's National League Championship Series. The game was remembered for Cubs fan Steve Bartman interfering with a foul ball which could have helped Chicago win the game and the series. The Marlins went on to win the World Series.
October 15th
The People's Republic of China launched Shenzhou 5, their first manned space mission.
October 24th
Concorde made its last commercial flight, bringing the end of an era of commercial supersonic travel.
November 12th
In Nasiriya, Iraq, 23 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on an Italian police base. It was the first Italian casualties of the 2003 Iraq war.
November 15th
Al-Qaida claimed responsibility for two car bombs that exploded simultaneously in Istanbul, Turkey, targeting two synagogues. The blasts killed 25 people and injured nearly 300.
November 18th
US President George W. Bush Jr. made a state visit to London in the midst of massive demonstrations.
November 20th
Several bombs exploded and destroyed the Turkish head office of HSBC Holdings and the British consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
November 20th
The 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson was arrested by police on charges of child molestation in California, USA.
November 22nd
England won the Rugby Union World Cup by defeating Australia 20-17 after extra time, in Syndey Australia.
November 23rd
Georgian Rose Revolution ended with an overwhelming victory. President Eduard Shevardnadze resigned following weeks of mass protests by demonstrators over fraudulent elections.
November 24th

The High Court in Glasgow imposed a minimum sentence of 27 years for Al Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21st 1988.
December 1st
In Britain, the use of hand-held mobile telephones phones while driving was made illegal.
December 5th
Suicide bombing on commuter train in southern Russia killed 44 people. President Vladimir Putin condemned the attack as bid to destabilise the country two days before the parliamentary elections.
December 7th
Parliamentary elections was held in Russia.
December 9th
In Russia, a female suicide bomber killed herself outside Moscow's National Hotel, across from the Kremlin and Red Square. The attack killed 5 bystanders.
December
12th - 13th
Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. 4th Infantry Division. Hussein was found in a 'spiderhole' on a farmhouse outside his home town of Tikrit, Iraq, in an operation called 'Red Dawn'.
December 18th
The Soham Murder Trial ended at the Old Bailey in London with Ian Huntley found guilty of two counts of murder. His girlfriend, Maxine Carr was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
December 20th
Libya admited that it was building a nuclear bomb.
December 24th
A BSE outbreak in Washington State was announced. Several countries including Brazil, Australia and Taiwan placed a ban on the import of American beef.
December 24th
At the request of the US Embassy in Paris, the French Government ordered Air France to cancel several flights between France and the US in response to terrorist concerns.
December 24th
The Spanish police thwarted an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 PM on Christmas Eve inside Madrid's busy Chamartín Station.
December 25th
Britain's Beagle 2 probe was scheduled to land on Mars, but went silent. It was believed that it crashed.
December 25th
The President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, escaped the second assassination attempt in two weeks.
December 26th
A massive earthquake devastated south eastern Iran. Over 40,000 people were reported to have been killed in the city of Bam.
 

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