Timeline of 2003 April - June
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2003 Apr 1, In
the 14th day of Operation Iraqi Freedom American soldiers on the
road to Baghdad fought bloody street-to-street battles with
militants loyal to Saddam Hussein. The US opened the assault on
Karbala. US cluster bombs reportedly killed 11 civilians in Hilla.
(AP, 4/1/03)(WSJ, 4/2/03, p.A1)(SFC, 4/3/03,
2003 Apr 1, Pfc. Jessica Lynch
(19), part of the 507th Maintenance Company captured on Mar 23, was
rescued in a U.S. commando raid on an Iraqi hospital in Nasiriyah.
11 bodies were also recovered and 8 were identified as US personnel.
It was later reported that Iraqi troops had already left the
hospital. Later in the year Rick Bragg authored "I Am A Soldier,
Too," an account of the Lynch story. About the same time Mohammed
Odeh al-Rehaief and Jeff Coplon authored "Because Each Life Is
Precious." Rehaief, a former Iraqi lawyer, disclosed Lynch's
location to US forces and provided detailed information prior to her
(AP, 4/2/03)(SFC, 5/29/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 11/14/03,
2003 Apr 1, In the second
hijacking of a Cuban plane in as many weeks, a hijacker claiming to
have two grenades surrendered an hour after forcing the aircraft to
land in Florida with 32 people aboard. Adermis Wilson Gonzalez was
convicted of air piracy and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
(AP, 4/2/03)(AP, 3/24/14)
2003 Apr 1, A cloned Javan
banteng was born by a beef cow in Iowa. Only 3-5,000 cattle-like
bantengs remained worldwide.
(SFC, 4/8/03, p.A3)
2003 Apr 1, Air Canada filed
for bankruptcy protection.
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R9)
2003 Apr 1, Congo's government
agreed to a power-sharing deal with rebel groups.
2003 Apr 1, Seven EU nations,
Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland, Ireland, Portugal and
Belgium, said they oppose a proposal by larger countries for a new
permanent European Union presidency.
2003 Apr 1, In Hong Kong Leslie
Cheung, Chinese pop singer and movie star, jumped to his death at
the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
(NW, 3/17/03, p.58)
2003 Apr 1, In India members of
the Hmar Peoples Convention attacked a cluster of villages in
southern Assam state's Cachar district, burning huts and took 28
villagers as hostages. 22 farmers were later found shot dead.
2003 Apr 1, In Jordan
authorities said they had foiled two recent Iraqi terror plots,
including one by Iraqi diplomats allegedly planning to contaminate
water supplies to Jordanian and US troops on Jordan's desert border
2003 Apr 1, In Nigeria the
12-day rampage by Ijaw extremists has cut the normal oil output of 2
million barrels a day by 40 percent. Nigeria is the fifth-biggest
supplier of US oil imports.
2003 Apr 2, In the 15th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom American forces crossed the Tigris River in
the drive toward the Iraqi capital and destroyed the Baghdad
Division of Iraq's Republican Guard. Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff, supported the war plan along with Defense
Sec. Donald Rumsfeld against criticism. US Marines took Numaniya, a
city of 80,000. American forces fought their way to within sight of
the Baghdad skyline; Iraqi soldiers discarded their military
uniforms by the roadside to hide their identity.
(SFC, 4/2/03, p.A1)(SFC, 4/4/03, p.W1)(AP,
2003 Apr 2, A US B-52 bomber
dropped 2 new CBU-105 bombs on the first 30 vehicles of an Iraqi
armored convoy approaching a small American reconnaissance unit. The
bombs each released 10 submunitions, each of which ejected 4 disks
that used infra-red scanners to locate the vehicles. Soldiers in the
remaining 70 vehicles surrendered immediately.
(Econ, 1/30/10, p.88)
2003 Apr 2, A Navy F/A-18C
Hornet after his fighter jet went down during a bombing run over
Karbala. In 2004 it was reported that the jet was shot down by an
Army Patriot missile. 7 US Army soldiers were killed when their
Black Hawk helicopter was shot down.
(AP, 4/3/03)(SFC, 4/3/03, p.A1)(SFC, 12/11/04,
2003 Apr 2, Polish troops
fighting with the US-led coalition in Iraq reported encountering
many Iraqi combatants in civilian clothes.
2003 Apr 2, Saddam Hussein
declared that "victory is at hand," and issued a new statement
urging Iraqis to fight on and defend their towns according to a
broadcast on Iraqi satellite television.
2003 Apr 2, Mirko Sarovic, a
Bosnian Serb who was the chairman of the country's three-member
multiethnic presidency, resigned after being implicated in a local
company's violation of the UN arms embargo against Iraq.
2003 Apr 2, Burundi said
Ethiopia, Mozambique and South Africa will send 3,500 peacekeepers
to enforce a truce ending nearly 10 years of civil war.
2003 Apr 2, Guatemala City
police raided the house of a suspected drug lord and found $14
million in cash.
(SFC, 4/4/03, p.A18)
2003 Apr 2, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir the chief of the largest militant group
was killed in a shootout with police in the strife-torn Himalayan
2003 Apr 2, Israeli forces
raided Gaza and 6 Palestinians were killed.
(SFC, 4/3/03, p.A12)(WSJ, 4/3/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 2, The Japanese
government said a Japanese whaling fleet killed 400 minke whales
during a five-month scientific expedition in Antarctic waters.
2003 Apr 2, In Mexico 9 people
were found tortured and killed near the border city of Nuevo Laredo
in apparent drug-related violence.
2003 Apr 2, In the southern
Philippine city of Davao a bomb exploded near a bustling wharf, and
killed 16 people including two children.
(AP, 4/3/03)(SFC, 4/3/03, p.A11)
2003 Apr 2, The UN health
agency advised travelers to avoid going to Hong Kong and the Chinese
province of Guangdong because of the deadly outbreak of SARS.
2003 Apr 2, Vietnam's PM Phan
Van Khai spoke with Thich Huyen Quang, the leader of a banned
Buddhist church, about religious freedoms. Quang has been under
house arrest in 1982.
2003 Apr 3, Moving with a sense
of wartime urgency, the House and Senate separately agreed to give
President Bush nearly $80 billion to carry out the battle against
Iraq and meet the threat of terrorism.
2003 Apr 3, In the 16th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom US Marines and infantry moved with
surprising speed toward Baghdad. Central Command said there was
"increasing evidence" that Saddam Hussein's regime had lost control
of its fighting forces. US troop casualty totaled: 51 dead, 16
missing and 7 captured. A power blackout in Baghdad coincided with
heavy artillery fire. US forces attacked Saddam Int'l. Airport.
(AP, 4/3/03)(SFC, 4/4/03, p.W1)(SSFC, 5/4/03,
2003 Apr 3, US Sec. of State
Colin Powell assured NATO allies and the EU that the Bush
administration seeks a partnership with the United Nations for the
reconstruction of post-war Iraq.
2003 Apr 3, The International
Monetary Fund warned that the US housing market, after two years of
record sales over and strong increases in home prices, could be
headed for a fall.
2003 Apr 3, It was reported
that Alzheimer's symptoms were slowed by the drug memantine.
(WSJ, 4/3/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 3, Afghan militia
soldiers and 2-day blistering airstrikes by US-led coalition planes
killed eight suspected Taliban fighters in the southern mountains.
2003 Apr 3, In Chechnya a bus
was blown apart by a remote-controlled mine, killing at least six
2003 Apr 3, The Colombia
government said it is handing over about 14,000 acres of farmland
seized from drug traffickers to poor farmers, marking Pres. Alvaro
Uribe's first effort at agrarian reform. Efforts to cancel the
property rights of drug traffickers were to be stepped up along with
the transfer of some 750,000 acres of their property to peasants.
(AP, 4/3/03)(WSJ, 4/4/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 3, Cuban security
forces arrested the hijackers of a passenger ferry, rescuing nearly
2003 Apr 3, French air traffic
controllers, postal workers and other public employees brought much
of the country to a halt with a one-day strike over government plans
to overhaul the pension system.
2003 Apr 3, German Chancellor
Gerhard Schroder said he hoped for a quick victory by US and British
forces in Iraq.
(WSJ, 4/4/03, p.A7)
2003 Apr 3, Haiti's government
officially sanctioned voodoo as a religion, allowing practitioners
to begin performing ceremonies from baptisms to marriages with legal
(AP, 4/10/03)(AP, 2/11/04)
2003 Apr 3, A car exploded at a
US checkpoint in western Iraq, killing 3 coalition soldiers, a
pregnant woman and the car's driver. Banditry and plundering were
reported across the countryside. Atlantic magazine editor Michael
Kelly (46), became the first American journalist to be killed while
covering the war when his Army Humvee came under fire and rolled
into a canal.
(WSJ, 4/3/03, p.A1)(AP, 4/4/03)(AP, 4/3/08)
2003 Apr 3, In northeastern
Congo 966 people were killed in attacks by armed militants on
villages in Ituri province. UN investigators later discovered some
20 mass graves in the region.
2003 Apr 3, Israeli forces
evicted some 1,500-3,000 Palestinian men from their homes in the
Tulkarem Refugee Camp and told them to stay out for 3 days. Several
Palestinians were killed in Gaza and West Bank raids.
(SFC, 4/4/03, p.A8)(WSJ, 4/4/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 3, Ivory Coast's
insurgents ended their boycott of a new unity government and urged
the international community to help make it work.
2003 Apr 3, Peru's Congress
voted to create a Senate and return to a bicameral legislature, a
decade after former Pres. Fujimori shut down the two houses in his
so-called self coup.
2003 Apr 3, Serbia and
Montenegro became a member of the Council of Europe.
2003 Apr 3, In Spain a female
doctor described as mentally unbalanced stabbed several people at a
Madrid hospital, killing a colleague and a patient and wounding six
2003 Apr 3, Venezuela’s
government fired 828 more employees from Petroleos de Venezuela
(PDVSA), the state oil monopoly, for participating in a two-month
strike to oust Pres. Chavez. PDVSA lost many of its most experienced
and best-qualified employees. Altogether Chavez fired some 18,000
employees of PDVSA this year and many of them soon found work
(AP, 4/4/03)(Econ, 8/12/06, p.56)(Econ, 7/19/14,
2003 Apr 4, Pres. Bush issued
an executive order giving federal health officials power to
quarantine anyone suspected of being infected with SARS. The disease
had spread to 17 countries killing at least 90 people and infected
(SFC, 4/5/03, p.A1)(SSFC, 4/6/03, p.A9)
2003 Apr 4, On the 17th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom thousands of Iraqis fled Baghdad as US
forces seized the international airport to the west and armored
convoys pressed in from the south. Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray
Smith was killed in the battle. In 2005 Pres. Bush awarded him the
1st US Medal of Honor of the Iraq campaign. A Marine unit found
concentrations of cyanide and mustard-gas agents in the Euphrates
River near Nasiriyah.
(AP, 4/4/03)(SFC, 4/5/05, p.A3)(WSJ, 4/7/03,
2003 Apr 4, Peter Arnett, fired
by NBC earlier this week for giving an interview to state-run Iraqi
television, began reporting for pan-Arab satellite channel
Al-Arabiya. Atlantic Monthly journalist Michael Kelley was killed in
a Humvee accident near Baghdad.
(AP, 4/5/03)(SSFC, 5/4/03, p.C3)
2003 Apr 4, Six more moons were
reported to have been found orbiting Jupiter, pushing to 58 the
total number of known natural satellites of the solar system's
2003 Apr 4, Dr. Russell R.
Monroe (82), neurologist and authority on brain mechanisms, genius
and criminal behavior, died. His books included "Creative
Brainstorms: The Relationship Between Madness and Genius."
(SFC, 4/9/03, p.A28)
2003 Apr 4, In Algeria 8
Austrian tourists were reported missing. Searchers using camels and
helicopters equipped with heat-seeking sensors were already scouring
the Sahara Desert for 21 tourists, mostly Germans, who vanished in
Algeria over the past six weeks.
(AP, 4/4/03)(SSFC, 4/6/03, p.A8)
2003 Apr 4, In northeastern
Bangladesh a river boat carrying more than 170 people capsized,
killing 79 people, including 49 children.
(AP, 4/4/03)(AP, 4/7/03)
2003 Apr 4, In southern Brazil
2 buses crashed head-on during heavy rains, killing 18 people and
injuring seven others.
2003 Apr 4, Chinese experts in
hard-hit Guangdong province told the scientists they have found a
rare form of airborne chlamydia in some of their SARS patients,
raising the possibility that more than one germ may be involved.
Other Chinese cases suggest the disease might be passed by touching
something tainted by a sick person's mucous or saliva.
2003 Apr 4, A standoff between
Cuban troops and the hijackers of a small ferry who had tried to
sail to Florida ended as soldiers stormed the boat and hostages
jumped overboard to safety.
2003 Apr 4, Israeli troops
uncovered an explosives lab and arrested Anwar Alian (22), a senior
Islamic Jihad militant, during a sweep of Tulkarem.
(SFC, 4/5/03, p.A9)
2003 Apr 4, Mexican police over
the last 2 days arrested 9 members of the powerful Juarez Cartel
during raids across the country.
2003 Apr 5, In the 18th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom US 3rd Infantry troops entered Baghdad for
the first time. Coalition troops took several objectives surrounding
the capital in the north and northwest. US warplanes hit Iraqi
positions near the commercial center of Mosul. Up to 3,000 Iraqi
fighters were killed as American armored vehicles moved into
(AP, 4/5/03)(AP, 4/6/03)(SSFC, 4/6/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 5, Ali Hassan al-Majid
(king of spades), Saddam Hussein’s 1st cousin and dubbed "Chemical
Ali" by opponents for ordering a 1988 poison gas attack that killed
thousands of Kurds, was killed by an airstrike on his house in
(AP, 4/7/03)(SFC, 4/26/03, A14)
2003 Apr 5, The Belgian Senate
approved a measure gutting a 1993 war crimes law.
2003 Apr 5, Croatian police
have arrested Ivica Rajic (45), a Bosnian Croat long sought by the
UN war crimes tribunal, for allegedly carrying out atrocities
against Muslim civilians during the Bosnian war.
2003 Apr 5, In East Timor Jose
Cardosa Fereira, senior militia leader, was found guilty of murder,
rape and torture of civilians in East Timor who supported the
territory's 1999 independence from Indonesia. He was sentenced to 12
2003 Apr 5, A prison riot in
northern Honduras left 86 prisoners dead and dozens more injured at
the 1,600-inmate El Porvenir prison outside of La Ceiba. Soldiers
and police searched for escaped inmates. Honduras' 26 prisons were
built to house 5,500 inmates but are crammed with 13,000 prisoners.
In 2008 a court sentenced 22 soldiers and police to a combined 740
years in prison for the massacre. In 2008 a Honduran court sentenced
Dimas Antonio Benitez, a former prison official, to 1,051 years in
jail for the deaths in the prison massacre.
(AP, 4/6/03)(SFC, 4/7/03, p.A8)(AP, 6/4/08)(AP,
2003 Apr 5, In Israel Brian
Avery (23), a peace activist from Albuquerque, NM, was wounded when
Israeli troops opened fire in Jenin.
(SSFC, 4/6/03, p.A8)
2003 Apr 5, In the southern
Philippines two bombings killed two people and wounded eight.
2003 Apr 5, Uganda Army troops
killed at least 30 LRA rebels in the northern Pader and Gulu
districts, days after a three-week cease-fire expired.
2003 Apr 6, In the 19th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom 18 Kurdish fighters were killed and 45
wounded in northern Iraq when a US warplane mistakenly bombed a
convoy. The 1st US transport plane landed at Baghdad Airport.
(AP, 4/6/03)(SFC, 4/7/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/7/03,
2003 Apr 6, US forces near
Baghdad reportedly found a weapons cache of around 20 medium-range
Rockets, BM-21 missiles, equipped with sarin and mustard gas and
"ready to fire." David Bloom (39), NBC correspondent, died of a
pulmonary embolism south of Baghdad.
(AP, 4/7/03)(SFC, 4/7/03, p.A26)
2003 Apr 6, Ahmed Chalabi,
Iraqi exile leader, was airlifted by the US along with 700 "freedom
fighters" to southern Iraq to join coalition troops and form the
nucleus of a new national army.
(AP, 4/6/03)(WSJ, 4/8/03, p.A10)
2003 Apr 6, A convoy of Russian
diplomats, including the ambassador, came under fire as the group
was evacuating Baghdad.
2003 Apr 6, The Int'l Committee
of the Red Cross said the number of casualties in Baghdad is so high
that hospitals have stopped counting the number of people treated.
2003 Apr 6, Babatunde Olatunji,
Nigerian drummer, died at the Esalen Inst. in Big Sur, Ca. He
pioneered African music in the US with his 1959 album "Drums of
(SFC, 4/9/03, p.A31)
2003 Apr 6, Afghan officials
announced a plan to disarm, demobilize and reintegrate an estimated
100,000 fighters over the next 3 years.
(SFC, 4/7/03, p.A3)
2003 Apr 6, Police in Chechnya
said they had discovered four graves filled with disfigured bodies,
many of them with their heads and arms cut off. Pro-Moscow Chechen
policeman Ruslan Visarigov was killed by a mine near his home in the
Shelkovskaya district. Rebels killed 4 servicemen and wounded 10
others in attacks over the past 24 hours.
(AP, 4/6/03)(AP, 4/7/03)
2003 Apr 6, In eastern China a
fire roared through a food processing plant, killing 21 workers.
2003 Apr 6, Indian troops
killed Fayaz Ahmad Khan, a top commander of Harkat-ul Mujahedeen, a
Kashmiri guerrilla group that is suspected in the 1995 abduction of
six Western tourists and a 1999 airliner hijacking.
2003 Apr 6, Israeli troops in
the Gaza Strip killed a Hamas gunman and a 14-year-old boy.
(SFC, 4/7/03, p.A8)
2003 Apr 6, In Capetown, SA,
Roxanne Dickson (5) became the 7th child to die from gang violence
in the last month. Some 280 gangs operated in Western Cape, a
province of about 3 million people, 5 percent of whom are believed
to belong to gangs.
2003 Apr 7, Syracuse beat
Kansas 81-78 in the NCAA Basketball finals.
(SFC, 4/8/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 7, Pulitzer Prize
winners included Jeffrey Eugenides for fiction (Middlesex); Rick
Atkinson for history (An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa
(1942-1943); and Samantha Power for general nonfiction (A Problem
from Hell: American and the Age of Genocide”). The Boston Globe won
the Pulitzer Prize for public service for its coverage of the priest
sex abuse scandal.
(SFC, 4/8/03, p.A2)(AP, 4/7/08)
2003 Apr 7, The US Supreme
Court voted 6-3 to uphold a 50-year-old Virginia law making it a
crime to burn a cross as an act of intimidation.
2003 Apr 7, Jewelry valued at
$4.5 million was stolen from the Lang Estate and Jewelry store on
Union Square in SF. 2 men were later arrested. In 2006 Troy Smith
(44) was convicted in the robbery and faced 35 years to life in
prison. His brother Dino Smith (48) and George Turner (46) were
convicted in 2005. The robbers entered on a Sunday night and forced
employees to open the safes the next morning and escaped with 1,300
pieces of jewelry.
(SFC, 12/21/04, p.B3)(SFC, 11/1/06, p.B7)(SFC,
2003 Apr 7, In the 20th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom US forces in tanks and armored vehicles
stormed into the center of Baghdad, seizing Saddam Hussein's Sijood
and Republican palaces. As many as 5 marines were killed. Many
Iraqis died in constant suicidal attacks. It was later speculated
that the US and the Baath regime arranged a secret deal (safqua) to
hand over Baghdad.
(AP, 4/7/03)(SFC, 4/7/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/8/03,
p.A1)(SSFC, 4/20/03, p.D3)
2003 Apr 7, A US warplane
dropped 4 precision-guided 2,000-pound JDAMs and left a smoking
crater 60 feet deep in the upscale al-Mansour section of western
Baghdad, where Saddam Hussein was believed to have been in a meeting
with top officials.
(AP, 4/8/03)(SFC, 4/8/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 7, Capt. Harry
Alexander Hornbuckle on the road to Baghdad led 80 US soldiers
against 300 Iraqi and Syrian fighters. 200 enemy were killed with no
(WSJ, 11/11/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 7, The SF Chronicle
ran a $45,000 full-page ad that called for the impeachment of Pres.
Bush. Former US Attorney Gen'l. Ramsey Clark led the ad sponsors.
(SFC, 4/8/03, p.A12)
2003 Apr 7, Juan Emeterio
Rivas, Colombia radio journalist for station Calor Estereo,
was shot and killed by gunmen after he told his police body guards
to take time off. Rivas' body and that of an engineering student
were discovered in a rural area outside Barrancabermeja. Julio Cesar
Ardila, the mayor of Barrancabermeja, was later charged with
ordering the murder. He was among three men convicted in the murder
of Jose Emeterio Rivas. In 2009 Ardila was sentenced to 28 years in
prison for ordering the murder.
(AP, 4/7/03)(AP, 7/12/03)(AP, 1/22/09)
2003 Apr 7, Cuba handed down
sentences of 15-27 years to the 1st 7 of 80 recently rounded
dissidents. Activists of Oswaldo Paya’s Christian Liberation
Movement made up more than two-thirds of those arrested. In response
the EU imposed diplomatic sanctions and Cuban officials boycotted
embassy functions in what came to be called the “cocktail war.” The
sanctions were suspended in 2005 and lifted in 2008.
(AP, 4/8/03)(Econ, 12/17/05, p.38)(Econ, 6/28/08,
2003 Apr 7, Cecile de Brunhoff
(99), the inspiration for Babar the elephant whose adventures
captivated generations of children, died in Paris. She first
invented the tale of a little elephant as a bedtime story for her
boys in 1931. They in turn told their father, painter Jean de
Brunhoff, who illustrated the story and filled in details.
2003 Apr 7, Ahmad Chalabi, head
of the exiled Iraqi National Congress, returned to Iraq.
(SSFC, 5/4/03, p.C3)
2003 Apr 7, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed a Palestinian man who approached the fence of a
Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip overnight. In Tulkarem, Israeli
troops arrested Maslama Thabet, a member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs'
2003 Apr 7, Mexico said it
would prepay $3.84 billion in the last outstanding Brady par bonds.
They originally totaled $34 billion.
(WSJ, 4/9/03, p.A10)
2003 Apr 7, In the northern
Siberian republic of Yakutia a fire engulfed an old wooden school,
killing 21 students and a teacher.
2003 Apr 8, Connecticut won its
second straight NCAA women's basketball championship, defeating
2003 Apr 8, In the 21st day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom George W. Bush and Tony Blair met in
Northern Ireland and endorsed a "vital role" for the United Nations
when fighting ends in Iraq.
2003 Apr 8, The US Dept. of
Homeland Security announced $100 million in grants to 7 major US
(SFC, 4/9/03, p.A3)
2003 Apr 8, Kidnapper-rapist
John Jamelske, was arrested. He had imprisoned 5 women and girls,
one after another, as sex slaves inside a makeshift dungeon in his
DeWitt, NY, home.
2003 Apr 8, In Ohio a Dassault
Aviation Falcon 20 crashed short of the runway at Toledo Express
Airport and 3 people were killed.
(SFC, 4/9/03, p.A3)
2003 Apr 8, An American
warplane mistakenly bombed a house, killing 11 civilians near
Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan.
(AP, 4/9/03)(SFC, 4/9/03, p.A1)(SFC, 4/9/03,
2003 Apr 8, In Burundi battles
started between the Tutsi-dominated army and the rebel Forces for
the Defense of Democracy, or FDD, after the army tried to intercept
insurgents moving into Gitega province. More than 6,000 people fled
their homes in response.
2003 Apr 8, In Chechnya a
Russian armored personnel carrier hit a land mine in Grozny and
exploded, killing two soldiers and injuring several others.
2003 Apr 8, A jobless man died
in a southern Czech village after setting himself on fire in the
sixth case of self-immolation in recent weeks.
2003 Apr 8, Twenty-two European
countries submitted a proposed resolution to the UN's top human
rights body accusing Russia of grave rights violations in the
breakaway republic of Chechnya.
2003 Apr 8, Indonesia police
and the military in Aceh killed nine people.
2003 Apr 8, A US errant rocket
struck in Iran near the Iraqi border and killed a 13-year-old boy.
(SFC, 4/9/03, p.A21)
2003 Apr 8, In Iraq 2 cameramen
and one other journalist were killed and at least 3 others wounded
when an American tank hit the Hotel Palestine where they were
staying. An Al-Jazeera journalist was killed by US fire. In 2005 a
Spanish judge issued an arrest warrant for the 3-member US tank
crew, for the death of Jose Couso, who worked for the Spanish
television network Telecinco. Khalid Ibrahim Sa'id, Iraqi physicist,
was killed in Baghdad by a US tank crew as he rode in a car to check
on his home. British forces began establishing the first post-war
administration, putting a local sheik into power in the southern
city of Basra. Looting erupted shortly after their troops took
control of the city. A US warplane was shot down near Baghdad. US
forces seized Rasheed military airport.
(AP, 4/8/03)(AP, 4/9/03)(SFC, 4/9/03, p.A1)(AP,
10/19/05)(SSFC, 11/9/03, p.A14)(SSFC, 5/4/03, p.C3)(SSFC, 3/6/11,
2003 Apr 8, Khalid Ibrahim
Sa'id, Iraqi physicist, was killed in Baghdad by a US tank crew as
he rode in a car to check on his home.
(SSFC, 11/9/03, p.A14)
2003 Apr 8, In Iraq British
forces began establishing the first post-war administration, putting
a local sheik into power in the southern city of Basra. Looting
erupted shortly after their troops took control of the city. A US
warplane was shot down near Baghdad. US forces seized Rasheed
(AP, 4/8/03)(SSFC, 5/4/03, p.C3)
2003 Apr 8, An Israeli AH-64
Apache helicopter fired a missile at a car in Gaza City after
sundown, killing at least 6 people, including Saed Arabeed, a
Palestinian militant, and 2 boys aged 4 and 15.
(AP, 4/8/03)(SFC, 4/9/03, p.A3)
2003 Apr 9, In the 22nd day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom US commanders declared Saddam Hussein's rule
over Baghdad over and jubilant crowds swarmed into the streets here,
dancing, looting, cheering and bringing down images of the Iraqi
leader. No more than 150 Iraqis gathered in Farbus Square to watch
American Marines, not Iraqis, pull down a statue of Hussein.
(AP, 4/9/03)(SFC, 4/10/03, p.A1)(AP, 4/16/03)
2003 Apr 9, The US said it will
move its main military base in South Korea out of the capital as
soon as possible.
2003 Apr 9, James Smith (59), a
senior FBI counterintelligence agent, was arrested in LA along with
Katrina Leung (49), prominent venture capitalist, for the alleged
theft and transfer of a classified defense document to the Chinese
government. In 2004 Smith pleaded guilty failing to disclose his
2-year sexual relationship with Leung.
(SFC, 4/10/03, p.A9)(NW, 4/21/03, p.6)(SFC,
2003 Apr 9, A large shipment of
African rodents, including Gambian rats, dormice and sun squirrels,
arrived in Dallas aboard a commercial flight from Ghana. An
"unusually large number of sick and dead animals." Some of the
larger animals had consumed the smaller ones. African rodents
imported as pets caused a monkeypox outbreak in the Midwest that
sickened dozens of adults and children with a virus related to
2003 Apr 9, China closed the
People's Armed Police Hospital in Beijing due to SARS.
(SFC, 4/26/03, A3)
2003 Apr 9, The European
Union's parliament ratified a historic expansion, making it nearly
certain that 10 mostly eastern European countries will join the bloc
2003 Apr 9, Israeli forces in
the Gaza Strip killed 5 Palestinians following rocket fire on
(SFC, 4/10/03, p.A10)
2003 Apr 9, In Geneva
inventions from around the planet were presented during the world's
largest inventions fair.
(AP, 4/10/03)(SFC, 4/10/03, p.A2)
2003 Apr 9, Abraham Zabludovsky
(78), Polish-born Mexican architect, died. His projects included the
Rufino Tamayo Museum in Mexico City.
(SFC, 4/11/03, p.A28)
2003 Apr 10, The US House
passed a bill creating a national Amber Alert system and
strengthening child pornography laws.
2003 Apr 10, Eva Narcissus
Boyd, the singer known as "Little Eva," died in Kinston, N.C.
2003 Apr 10, Iraqi television
aired videotaped greetings from President Bush and British Prime
Minister Tony Blair.
2003 Apr 10, In the 23rd day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom US and Kurdish troops seized oil-rich Kirkuk
without a fight and held a second city within their grasp as
opposition forces crumbled in northern Iraq. Looting in Baghdad
prompted orders for US Marines to crack down on thieves. Over 40
suicide vests were found in a Baghdad school. Looting in Kirkuk
stripped the North Oil Co. facilities and pumping of 850,000 barrels
a day ceased.
(AP, 4/10/03)(SFC, 4/11/03, p.A1)(SSFC, 4/13/03,
p.W8)(SSFC, 4/20/03, p.A3)
2003 Apr 10, In Najaf clerics
Haider al-Kadar, a widely hated loyalist of Saddam, and Abdul Majid
al-Khoei, a high-ranking Shiite cleric and son of one of the
religion's most prominent spiritual leaders, were hacked to death at
the shrine of Imam Ali by a crowd during a meeting of
reconciliation. Majid al-Khoei had been give as much as $13 million
by the CIA to cultivate supporters.
(AP, 4/10/03)(SFC, 5/2/03, p.A14)
2003 Apr 10, Aid workers fled a
north Afghan town after factional fighting killed at least 13
(WSJ, 4/11/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 10, In Colombia the
body of Eudaldo Diaz, mayor of the Sucre state town of El Roble, was
found tortured and killed. Former Sucre Gov. Salvador Arana was
convicted in 2009 of masterminding the murder. He is serving a
40-year prison term. In 2011 fugitive Colombian paramilitary warlord
Rodrigo Mercado was convicted in absentia of kidnapping and killing
2003 Apr 10, In Estonia Juhan
Parts, a 36-year-old former auditor, took over as prime minister,
becoming Europe's youngest leader.
2003 Apr 10, An Israeli missile
strike in Gaza City killed Mahmoud Zatme, an Islamic Jihad
commander, and injured 12 bystanders. In Tulkarem Israeli troops
fired on a car carrying members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. The
driver was killed and 4 others were injured. 2 gunmen shot 2 Israeli
soldier dead in the Jordan Valley and were themselves killed.
(SFC, 4/11/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/11/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 10, In Dagestan,
Russia, a fire killed 28 deaf children in a boarding school in
Makhachkala. Fires in Russia killed some 50 people a day, i.e.
18,000 a year.
(AP, 4/10/03)(SFC, 4/11/03, p.A3)
2003 Apr 11, US Congress
approved a $2.2 trillion budget with Vice pres. Cheney casting the
tie-breaking vote. It limited a tax cut to half of what Pres. Bush
(SFC, 4/12/03, p.A3)
2003 Apr 11, In the 24th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom the northern city of Mosul fell into US and
Kurdish hands after an entire corps of the Iraqi army surrendered.
The Pentagon said no major military forces remain in the country.
Defense Sec. Rumsfeld called Iraqi looting and chaos a natural
"untidiness" that accompanies the transition from tyranny to
freedom. The US military issued a most-wanted list in the form of a
deck of 55 cards.
(AP, 4/11/03)(SFC, 4/12/03, p.A10)(SSFC, 5/4/03,
2003 Apr 11, Amnesty
International said at least 1,526 people were executed worldwide
last year, with 80 percent of all known executions carried out in
China (1,060), Iran (113) and the United States (71).
2003 Apr 11, NATO-led
peacekeepers in Bosnia arrested Naser Oric (35), a Bosnian Muslim
wanted by the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal and flew him to The
Hague. He was the wartime army commander in the eastern Bosnian town
of Srebrenica. In 2006 Oric was acquitted of direct involvement in
the murder of prisoners in the early years of the 1992-95 Bosnia
war. But the court found he had closed his eyes to their
mistreatment and failed to punish their killers. He was sentenced to
2 years and then ordered to be released since he has been in jail
for more than three years.
(AP, 4/11/03)(AP, 6/30/06)
2003 Apr 11, Cambodia and
Thailand agreed to resume full diplomatic relations, which were
suspended after anti-Thai riots shook Cambodia's capital in January.
2003 Apr 11, Fidel Castro's
government executed three men who hijacked a ferry by firing squad
in a chilling message to anyone else who tries to commandeer a boat
or plane to the United States.
2003 Apr 11, Israeli troops
critically wounded Thomas Hurndall (21), a British peace activist,
as he tried to remove 2 children from a line of fire outside the
Rafah refugee camp. Hurndall died after 9 months in a vegetative
state. In 2005 an Israeli military court convicted an Israeli
soldier of manslaughter in the killing Hurndall.
(SFC, 4/12/03, p.A6)(AP, 1/14/04)(AP, 6/27/05)
2003 Apr 11, In southern Japan
an explosion ripped through a fireworks factory, killing seven
people and injuring four others.
2003 Apr 11, The leaders of
Russia, France and Germany gathered for a summit that was expected
to push for the United Nations to play the leading role after the
end of hostilities in Iraq.
2003 Apr 11, In Uganda hundreds
of Pokot tribesmen from Kenya attacked villages in eastern Uganda,
killing more than 30 people. Victims were members of the Sabiny
2003 Apr 11, In Yemen 10
suspects in the bombing of the US destroyer Cole escaped from
(SFC, 4/12/03, p.A3)
2003 Apr 11, The Venezuela
government of Hugo Chavez and his opponents agreed to a plan for a
referendum on his presidency, and the chief of state pledged to
leave office if he loses.
2003 Apr 12, The US Congress
approved almost $79 billion to pay for the war in Iraq.
(SSFC, 4/13/03, p.A3)
2003 Apr 12, Finance officials
from the seven richest industrial countries, meeting in Washington,
agreed to support a new UN Security Council resolution as part of a
global effort to rebuild Iraq and promised to begin talks on
reducing Iraq's massive foreign debt burden.
2003 Apr 12, In the 25th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom US officials said 1,200 police and judicial
officers will go to Iraq to help restore order. In western Iraq, US
forces stopped a busload of men who had $630,000 in cash and a
letter offering rewards for killing American soldiers. Baghdad
Museum lost some 50,000 artifacts after 48 hours of looting. Unesco
later reported 150,000 items lost with a combined value in the
billions. It was later reported that losses were minimal and that
curators had put away most valuables into vaults before the war
(AP, 4/12/03)(SSFC, 4/13/03, p.W1)(WSJ, 4/16/03,
p.B1)(WSJ, 6/12/03, p.D8)
2003 Apr 12, Lt. Gen. Amer
al-Saadi (7 of diamonds), Saddam Hussein's science adviser,
surrendered to US military authorities. He insisted Iraq had no
weapons of mass destruction and that the invasion was unjustified.
2003 Apr 12, Rescued POW
Jessica Lynch returned to the United States after treatment at a
U.S. military hospital in Germany.
2003 Apr 12, Women's activists
took their fight against the all-male Augusta National as close as
they could get to the Masters tournament.
2003 Apr 12, In eastern
Afghanistan a car packed with explosives exploded, killing four
people who apparently were planning a terrorist attack.
2003 Apr 12, In northern
Bangladesh up to 100 people were reported missing after a ferry
capsized in the Nagchinni River. Searchers recovered the bodies of
victims, bringing the death toll to 16.
2003 Apr 12, Belgium's Prince
Laurent married English-born commoner Claire Coombs in an elaborate
2003 Apr 12, Canada reported 3
more deaths from the deadly SARS virus, lifting the national toll to
13. 274 probable or suspect cases have been reported across Canada,
up from 266. Canadian scientists reported that they had broken the
genetic code of the SARS virus.
(AP, 4/13/03)(SFC, 4/14/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 12, In San Pedro Sula,
northern Honduras, gunmen opened fire on a restaurant killing 11
people and wounding 7 others in what police said appeared to be a
dispute between rival drug gangs.
2003 Apr 12, Some 83.8% of
voters in Hungary agreed to be part of the historic eastward
expansion of the European Union.
2003 Apr 12, Malta held
parliamentary elections. PM Eddie Fenech Adami won and said his
nation will go ahead with European Union membership.
2003 Apr 12, Mexican army
troops manning a roadblock near the Arizona border seized a truck
packed with more than four tons of marijuana.
2003 Apr 12, In Nigeria
parliamentary elections took place for 469 seats in the House and
Senate. 61 million voters were registered. The ruling party led
legislative elections, but violence accompanying voting in the
oil-rich south left at least two dozen people dead.
(WSJ, 4/11/03, p.A1)(SSFC, 4/13/03, p.A8)(AP,
2003 Apr 12, North Korea hinted
it could accept US demands for multilateral talks to discuss the
communist country's suspected nuclear weapons program.
2003 Apr 13, In Columbus, Ohio,
a fire at a student-rented house left 5 people dead.
(SFC, 4/14/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 13, The environmental
Goldman Prize winners included Pedro Arroyo-Agudo (Spain); Von
Hernandez (Philippines); Odigha Odigha (Nigeria); Eileen Wani
Wingfield and Eileen Kampakuta (Australia); Julia Bonds (US); Maria
Elena Foronda Farro (Peru).
(SFC, 4/14/03, p.A3)
2003 Apr 13, Mike Weir became
the first Canadian to win the Masters after the first sudden-death
playoff in 13 years.
2003 Apr 13, In northern Greece
a bus carrying high school students crashed on a mountain road,
killing 21 people and injuring about 30 others.
2003 Apr 13, In the 26th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom US troops pushed into Tikrit. Army engineers
worked to help restore electricity in Baghdad. US-led forces
announced the capture of Watban Ibrahim Hasan, a half-brother of and
adviser to Saddam Hussein. After three weeks of captivity, seven US
POW's, including Army Specialist Shoshana Johnson, were released by
Iraqi troops near Tikrit, Iraq.
2003 Apr 13, Israel's PM Ariel
Sharon in a published interview said Israel will hand over some
Jewish settlements for peace, but the Palestinians must give up
their demand that refugees be allowed to return to their former
2003 Apr 13, In the southern
Philippines some 40 Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters attacked
soldiers in Barira. The firefight left 12 guerrillas and possibly 3
(SFC, 4/15/03, p.A5)
2003 Apr 14, In the 27th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom US troops poured into Saddam Hussein's
hometown of Tikrit and fought pockets of hard-core defenders. Iraqis
and US troops began jointly patrolling the streets of Baghdad to
quell the lawlessness. US commandos in Baghdad captured Abul Abbas,
the leader of the violent Palestinian group that killed an American
on the hijacked cruise liner Achille Lauro in 1985. Abbas died in
2004 while in US custody.
(AP, 4/14/03)(AP, 4/15/03)(AP, 4/14/04)
2003 Apr 14, In New Orleans a
gunman with an AK-47 shot a killed one boy (15) at the John
McDonough High School. 3 teenage girls were wounded. 4 suspects were
arrested in the gang-related shooting.
(SFC, 4/15/03, p.A4)
2003 Apr 14, Scientists
reported that the human genome map was finished with an accuracy of
nearly 100% following 13 years of work.
(WSJ, 4/15/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 14, The US EPA
launched an investigation into perfluorooctanoic acid, an ingredient
in teflon, for possible health risks to humans.
(SFC, 4/15/03, p.A5)
2003 Apr 14, The US followed
the lead of 14 European countries and lifted a travel ban imposed
last November on the president and seven top ministers of Belarus
over alleged human rights violations in the former Soviet republic.
2003 Apr 14, A boat off the
coast of the Dominican Republic loaded with more than 100 Haitian
migrants struck a reef and capsized after drifting nearly a week,
killing 4 passengers.
2003 Apr 14, In Finland 3
political parties agreed to form a center-left government led by
2003 Apr 14, In eastern India
Communist guerrillas staged two separate attacks on police, killing
2003 Apr 14, Four Islamic
militants were convicted in a deadly bombing outside the U.S.
Consulate in Pakistan.
2003 Apr 14, Sierra Leone began
holding truth commission public hearings across the nation.
2003 Apr 14, In Somaliland
elections incumbent Dahir Riyaleh Kahin was re-elected president of
the breakaway republic by 80 votes. The opposition candidate said he
would not accept the results.
2003 Apr 15, Baseball umpire
Laz Diaz was attacked by a fan during a game between the Kansas City
Royals and Chicago White Sox; the fan, Eric Dybas, was later
sentenced to six months in jail and 30 months probation.
2003 Apr 15, US and Canadian
officials announced the disruption of a major methamphetamine supply
system. An 18-month investigation netted 67 arrests.
(WSJ, 4/16/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 15, Theodore Weiss
(b.1916), poet and teacher at Princeton, died. He and his wife had
edited the Quarterly Review of Literature for nearly 60 years.
(SFC, 4/21/03, p.B5)
2003 Apr 15, In Chechnya 16
people, mostly female construction workers, were killed last week in
a bus explosion. The incident was not reported until Apr 21.
2003 Apr 15, Finnish lawmakers
appointed Anneli Jaatteenmaki the country's first female prime
minister, making Finland the only state in Europe with women as
president and premier.
2003 Apr 15, US forces about
this time cut off oil flow from Iraq to Syria. Oil flow had reached
130,000 barrels a day providing both countries over $10 million a
month in profits.
(SFC, 4/11/03, p.A18)
2003 Apr 15, In the 28th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom selected Iraqi leaders met with retired US
Lt. Gen. Jay Garner to shape a new government with 13 goals, the 1st
being "Iraq must be democratic." Secretary of State Colin Powell
said the United States has no plans to go to war with Syria. Looters
and arsonists ransacked and gutted Iraq's National Library and the
principal Islamic library. Marines came under fire while seizing an
airstrip on the outskirts of Tikrit. 7 Iraqis died when American
troops opened fire to keep an angry crowd from storming a government
complex in Mosul. US troops in Baghdad arrested Abul Abbas, head of
the Palestinian terrorist group that attacked the Italian cruise
ship Achille Lauro in 1985.
(AP, 4/15/03)(SFC, 4/16/03, p.A1, A16)(AP,
4/15/04)(SSFC, 5/4/03, p.C3)
2003 Apr 15, US forces signed a
cease-fire agreement with the People's Mujahedeen (Mujahedeen
Khalq), a designated terrorist organization. The Iranian group had
an estimated 10,000 members and was led by a woman.
(SFC, 4/29/03, A10)
2003 Apr 15,
Israeli-Palestinian clashes in Gaza and the West Bank left 6 people
(SFC, 4/16/03, p.A7)
2003 Apr 15, Slovakia Pres.
Rudolf Schuster signed an accession document committing Slovakia to
joining NATO, the next-to-last step on the long road to membership
in the military alliance.
2003 Apr 16, During a visit to
a fighter jet factory in St. Louis, President Bush called for
lifting economic sanctions against Iraq as commanders of both the
U.S. military and the reconstruction effort prepared to move into
2003 Apr 16, The Bush
administration lowered the terror alert level from orange to yellow.
(SFC, 4/17/03, p.A3)
2003 Apr 16, Michael Jordan
played his last NBA game with the Washington Wizards, who lost to
the Philadelphia 76ers, 107-87.
2003 Apr 16, In the 29th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom Shooting in Mosul killed three people and
wounded at least 11 and some Iraqis blamed US troops. War casualties
totaled 121 US soldiers with 16 from friendly fire; 31 British
troops with at least 4 from friendly fire; at least 3,160 Iraqi
soldiers dead along with over 1,250 Iraqi civilians.
(AP, 4/16/03)(WSJ, 4/16/03, p.A8)
2003 Apr 16, Colorado
Republican Gov. Bill Owens signed a law that established the 1st
state school voucher program.
(SFC, 4/17/03, p.A10)
2003 Apr 16, NATO agreed to
take command of the UN peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan. The NATO
stabilization force soon started in Kabul and then spread across the
(AP, 4/16/03)(Econ, 3/28/09, p.69)
2003 Apr 16, In Afghanistan
Romanian troops found a large stash of weapons. Two caves there were
stuffed with thousands of rockets and more than 1.25 million rounds
2003 Apr 16, In Jahangir,
Brazil, 4 young men were killed by police in the Borel shantytown on
Rio's poor north side. The community was unanimous that they were
not gang members and had no involvement in crime. More than 800
civilians died from police bullets in Rio during the first eight
months of this year. In 2006 Capt. Marcos Duarte Ramalho was the
third police officer to stand trial and the first to be convicted in
connection with the killings. Two more officers awaited trial for
(AP, 11/10/03)(AP, 10/20/06)
2003 Apr 16, US, Chinese and
North Korean officials announced talks in Beijing to try to resolve
standoff over North's nuclear program.
2003 Apr 16, Leaders of 25
European nations gathered in Athens to sign treaties sweeping away
the 20th century's Iron Curtain divide. The 10 new EU members will
formally join May 1, 2004 following ratification of treaties.
2003 Apr 16, SARS deaths
totaled some 154 with at least 3,412 affected in 22 countries. A
World Health Organization team disclosed that there were unreported
cases of the SARS virus in Beijing's military hospitals and that
investigators have been barred from releasing details.
(SFC, 4/16/03, p.A3)(AP, 4/17/03)
2003 Apr 16, Greek Cypriots
signed a treaty to join the European Union.
(SSFC, 4/27/03, A6)
2003 Apr 16, Scientists
announced that the US military sprayed roughly 1.8 million more
gallons of dioxin-containing herbicides like Agent Orange in Vietnam
(1961-1971) then had been previously estimated. 3,181 villages were
sprayed directly with herbicides. "At least 2.1 million but perhaps
as many as 4.8 million people would have been present during the
2003 Apr 17, Denver police
reached an agreement with the ACLU to end the practice of keeping
files on protesters.
(SFC, 4/18/03, p.A7)
2003 Apr 17, Bechtel was
awarded a contract for up to $680 million to rebuild Iraqi
(SFC, 4/18/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 17, It was reported
that scientists had linked a single gene mutation to the
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome that makes children age
(SFC, 4/17/03, p.A8)
2003 Apr 17, Dr. Robert C.
Atkins (72), cardiologist, died in NYC from a fall on ice. In 1972
he published his weight loss plan "Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution,"
which allowed patients to eat fat but restricted carbohydrates. A
medical report in 2004 said Atkins weighed 258 pounds at his death
and that he had a history of congestive heart failure. Atkins
weighed 195 pounds when he fell on ice, but gained some 63 pounds
from fluids during efforts to revive him.
(SFC, 4/18/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/10/04, p.D1)(WSJ,
2003 Apr 17, Sir William Gunn
(89), a sheep farmer who took over his family's flock as a teenager
and rose to become one of the most powerful men in Australian
2003 Apr 17, Sir J. Paul Getty
Jr. (70), reclusive American-born billionaire philanthropist and art
lover who became a British citizen late in life, died in London.
2003 Apr 17, Graham Stuart
Thomas (94), who reintroduced many forgotten plants to British and
American gardens, died. His books included "Old Shrub Roses" and the
meticulously illustrated "The Garden Through the Year."
2003 Apr 17, In central Cuba a
bus and a semi truck collided on a highway, killing at least 30
people and injuring 71.
2003 Apr 17, John Latsis
(b.1910), the last of Greece's shipping billionaires from the
post-war boom years, died. His staggering wealth was used to aid the
needy and gain access to world leaders.
(AP, 4/17/03)(SFC, 4/18/03, p.A24)
2003 Apr 17, India reported it
1st case of SARS.
(WSJ, 4/18/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 17, In the 30th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom American forces released more than 900 Iraqi
prisoners, beginning the process of sorting through the thousands
detained in the war. Coalition forces still held 6,850 prisoners.
The Bush administration planned to send in a 1,000-man team to
search for weapons of mass destruction. US Special Forces captured
Barzan Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti (5 of clubs), a half brother of
Saddam Hussein. He was 3rd the list of 55 former Iraqi officials
wanted by the US. The US Mobile Exploitation Team Alpha (MET Alpha)
found an Iraqi scientist who led them to sites that contained
precursors for a banned toxic agent. A riot broke out at a Baghdad
bank after thieves blew a hole in the vault and dropped children in
to bring out fistfuls of cash. US troops calmed the situation by
arresting the thieves and removed $4 million in US dollars for
(AP, 4/17/03)(AP, 4/18/03)(WSJ, 4/17/03,
p.A3)(SFC, 4/18/03, p.A12)(SFC, 4/21/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 17, The Ivory Coast
new unity government held its first Cabinet meeting with newly
sworn-in rebel ministers, even as the rebels accused the government
of new attacks.
2003 Apr 17, A Dutch
veterinarian (57) died from avian influenza 2 days after working on
a farm where animals were infected with the bird flu. He was
believed to be the 1st victim of the current epidemic.
(WSJ, 4/21/03, p.A10)
2003 Apr 17, Sergei Yushenkov
(52), co-chairman of the Liberal Russia Party, was shot to death in
front of his home in Moscow.
(SFC, 4/18/03, p.A6)
2003 Apr 17, Rafiq Jwaijatti
(81), a former Syrian ambassador to the US and a renowned Syrian
literary figure, died in Paris.
2003 Apr 18, Scott Peterson was
arrested in San Diego for the death of his wife, Laci, who was eight
months pregnant when she vanished on Christmas Eve. Genetic testing
proved that two bodies found Apr 13-14 near the SF Bay Berkeley
Marina were Laci Peterson and her baby. [see Dec 24, 2002]
(AP, 4/19/03)(SFC, 4/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 18, Burt Rutan,
aircraft designer, unveiled SpaceShipOne, a rocket-powered
spacecraft. He hoped to win the $10 million 1996 X Prize, offered
for the 1st private launch of 3-people to an altitude of 62.5 miles
twice in 2 weeks.
(SFC, 4/19/03, p.A2)
2003 Apr 18, In the Florida
Keys at least 28 pilot whales stranded themselves and 5 were
(SFC, 4/19/03, p.A4)
2003 Apr 18, Iraqi opposition
leader Ahmad Chalabi said he expects an Iraqi interim authority to
take over most government functions from the U.S. military in "a
matter of weeks rather than months." Protesters marched in Baghdad
denouncing US presence. Kurds were reported expelling Arab families
from towns and villages where they had lived decades ago.
(AP, 4/18/03)(SFC, 4/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr 18, Samir Abd al-Aziz
al-Najim (4 of clubs), a senior leader of the shattered Baath party,
was handed over to US forces overnight by Iraqi Kurds near the
northern city of Mosul. US troops in Baghdad uncovered numerous
boxes of UC currency estimated at $650 million.
(AP, 4/18/03)(SFC, 4/19/03, p.A10)
2003 Apr 18, Videotape was shot
by a Minnesota television crew traveling with U.S. troops in Iraq
when they first opened the bunkers at the Al-Qaqaa munitions base
nine days after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The tape shows what
appears to be high explosives still in barrels and bearing the
markings of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
2003 Apr 18, Iraqi police
captured Hikmat Ibrahim al-Azzawi (8 of diamonds), a deputy prime
minister and number 45 on an American list of the 55 most wanted
2003 Apr 18, North Korea said
it was ready to begin reprocessing more than 8,000 spent nuclear
fuel rods. US experts said it will give the communist state enough
plutonium to make several atomic bombs.
(AP, 4/18/03)(SFC, 4/19/03, p.A3)
2003 Apr 18, At least 13
Filipino devotees were nailed to wooden crosses north of Manila in
an annual Good Friday re-enactment of Jesus Christ's crucifixion.
2003 Apr 18, Poland signed a
deal to buy 48 US-made F-16 jet fighters for $3.5 billion, the
biggest defense contract by a former Soviet bloc country since the
end of the Cold War.
2003 Apr 18, The IMF approved
the release of $701 million in loans to Turkey, part of an $18
billion package approved in Feb 2002.
(SFC, 4/19/03, p.A12)
2003 Apr 18, In north central
Venezuela a fight between inmates wielding homemade knives and
machetes left 11 dead and 40 injured inside a maximum security
2003 Apr 19, In northeast
Pennsylvania Hadley Bilger (13) was abducted by her uncle after he
shot and killed her parents. Bilger was released the next day and
Robert Lee Hixson (42) surrendered to police.
(AP, 4/20/03)(SFC, 4/21/03, p.A3)
2003 Apr 19, US forces captured
Abd al-Khaliq Abd al-Ghafar (4 of hearts), Saddam's scientific
2003 Apr 19, In Brazil a
tourist schooner with 64 people on board sank in a canal east of Rio
de Janeiro, killing at least 11 people.
2003 Apr 19, In Burundi a
mortar shell apparently fired from rebel positions in the hills
northwest of Bujumbura crashed into a house, killing three children
and wounding a woman and another child. The latest fighting has
forced 50,000 people to flee their homes.
2003 Apr 19, Cameroon was
reported to have banned gorilla, chimpanzee and elephant meat from
its restaurants with prison terms and fines up to $16,000 for
violations. Extermination of the animals in a decade was feared if
hunting was not stopped.
(SFC, 4/19/03, p.B6)
2003 Apr 19, In Colombian
rebels kidnapped eight people on Mucura Island.
2003 Apr 19, Hong Kong reported
12 SARS patients died in a single day. Malaysia banned workers from
Vietnam, which considered sealing its border with China due to the
2003 Apr 19, India's prime
minister acknowledged the government had manipulated elections in
Indian-controlled Kashmir and promised residents it would not be
2003 Apr 19, The Israeli army
killed 5 Palestinians and wounded around 70, many of them civilians,
in a raid on the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. Near the West
Bank city of Qalqilya, soldiers shot dead a Palestinian who threw a
petrol bomb at them.
2003 Apr 19, Nazeh Darwazeh
(45), a cameraman with Associated Press TV News, was killed while
covering skirmishes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians who
were throwing rocks and firebombs. He died of a bullet wound to the
head and Palestinian witnesses said he was shot by an Israeli
2003 Apr 19, In Nigeria
elections Pres. Olusegun Obasanjo, a former military ruler turned
civilian statesman, sought a second term against some 20 other
candidates. Obasanjo won 62% of 42 million votes. Opponents
denounced the elections as fraudulent and claimed serious rigging in
16 of 36 states.
(AP, 4/21/03)(WSJ, 4/22/03, A1)(Econ,
2003 Apr 19, Striking Nigerian
oil workers took about 100 foreign workers hostage on several
offshore oil installations.
2003 Apr 19, A Pakistani
helicopter flying over tribal areas in southern Pakistan came under
fire from the ground, injuring three US officials and four Pakistani
2003 cApr 19, In Sierra Leone
an international war crimes tribunal indicted Augustine Gbao, a
former rebel battlefield commander in the decade-long civil war
declared over in 2002. He was the 8th person indicted by the special
2003 Apr 20, An Australian navy
vessel boarded a North Korean ship off Sydney and charged it with
involvement in a $48 million heroin shipment to Victoria.
(WSJ, 4/22/03, A1)
2003 Apr 20, After reporting a
nearly tenfold increase in SARS cases in the capital, China
announced the sacking of its top health official and the capital's
mayor from key Communist Party positions. The number of infections
in Beijing soared from 37 to 346.
2003 Apr 20, Chechen rebels
opened fire on Russian troops, killing 7 soldiers and wounding 7
2003 Apr 20, In Colombia the
army said it killed 16 members of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia) in eastern Antioquia state.
2003 Apr 20, It was reported
that the US planned a long-term military relationship with the
emerging government in Iraq to include access to military bases in
the region. US Army forces took control of Baghdad from the Marines
in a changing of the guard that thinned the military presence in the
capital. Celebrating Easter, the Reverend Emmanuel Delly, a longtime
Iraqi bishop, pleaded for safeguards against the persecution of
Christians in the new Iraq.
(SSFC, 4/20/03, p.A3)(AP, 4/20/04)
2003 Apr 20, Jamal Mustafa
Abdallah Sultan al-Tikriti (9 of clubs), son-in-law to Saddam
Hussein and former deputy head of Iraq's tribal affairs office, left
Syria and surrendered to members of the Iraqi National Congress.
2003 Apr 20, In southern
Kyrgyzstan a landslide swept through a village, killing 38 people.
2003 Apr 20, In northern Laos
gunmen opened fire at a bus, killing at least 12 people and injuring
30 others, in an attack officials with the communist government
blamed on Hmong rebels.
2003 Apr 21, The Coalition
Provisional Authority (CPA) was established as the temporary
governing body of Iraq. Retired Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, Pres. Bush’s
appointed post-war administrator, arrived in Baghdad. His priority
was to restore basic services such as water and electricity.
(AP, 4/21/03)(WSJ, 4/19/04, p.A14)
2003 Apr 21, In San Francisco
charges were filed against Marcus Armstrong, former information
systems manager for the Dept. of Building Inspection, for bribes of
close to $450,000. City attorney Dennis Herrera had filed fraud and
kickback charges against Government Computer Sales and
Armstrong in February. Cobra Solutions and TeleCon were added to the
suit in April. On Feb 15, 2012, a SF jury awarded the city $24,000
in damages against Cobra Solutions and TeleCon.
(SFC, 4/22/03)(SFC, 2/14/12, p.A7)(SFC, 2/16/12,
2003 Apr 21, In the Boston
marathon Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya won for the men (2:10:11) and
Svetlana Zakharova of Russia won for the women (2:25:20).
(WSJ, 4/22/03, A1)
2003 Apr 21, In Cleveland
Amanda Berry (16) went missing. In 2013 she and two other kidnapped
women were found alive in a residential area just south of downtown.
3 brothers were arrested.
2003 Apr 21, AOL Time Warner
sold its 50% stake in Comedy Central to Viacom for about $1.2 bil.
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R9)
2003 Apr 21, Ninone Simone
(b.1933), dubbed the high priestess of soul, died in France. She was
born as Eunice Waymon in Tryon, NC., and had her 1st hit in 1959
with "I Loves You, Porgy." In 1992 Simone had authored her own
memoir: “I Put a Spell on You.” In 2010 Nadine Cohodas authored
“Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone.”
(SFC, 4/22/03, A21)(AP, 4/21/08)(SSFC, 2/14/10,
2003 Apr 21, Luis Moreno Ocampo
of Argentina, currently a visiting professor at Harvard Law School,
was elected as the chief prosecutor of the world's first permanent
war crimes tribunal, headquartered in The Hague.
2003 Apr 21, In Bangladesh two
ferry boats capsized during tropical storms on different rivers, and
hundreds of people were missing. MV Mitali, went down in the
Buriganga River, and the ML Majlishpur ferry, carrying about 90
members of a wedding party, capsized in the Meghna River.
2003 Apr 21, State-run media in
China reported the government had dismissed Beijing's mayor
following the disclosure of a steep increase in SARS cases in the
2003 Apr 21, China (13) and
Hong Kong (6) reported 19 new deaths from SARS.
(SFC, 4/22/03, A3)
2003 Apr 21, Estonia was
reported to rank No. 2 in Internet banking and 3rd in e-government.
(SFC, 4/21/03, p.E3)
2003 Apr 21, Muhammad Hamza
al-Zubaydi (queen of spades), was captured by the Iraqi opposition.
He was known as Saddam's "Shiite Thug" for his role in Iraq's bloody
suppression of the Shiite Muslim uprising of 1991.
(AP, 4/22/03)(SFC, 4/26/03, A14)
2003 Apr 21, In Uruapan,
western Mexico, gunmen disguised as police killed six members of a
family in a suspected drug gang dispute.
2003 Apr 22, President Bush
announced he would nominate Alan Greenspan for a fifth term as
Federal Reserve chairman.
2003 Apr 22, A new study
reported that tea boosts the body's defenses against infections.
L-theonine in black tea is broken down in the liver to ethylamine, a
molecule that primes the response of the immune system.
2003 Apr 22 American soldiers
in Baghdad found $112 million sealed inside 7 animal kennels.
(SFC, 4/23/03, A12)
2003 Apr 22, Felice Bryant
(77), bluegrass song writer, died in Gatlinburg, Tenn.. She and her
late husband wrote such tunes as "Bye Bye Love" and other Everly
Brothers hits and "Rocky Top" (1968).
(SFC, 4/23/03, A21)(AP, 4/22/08)
2003 Apr 22, France proposed
that the UN suspend economic sanctions against Iraq, but continue to
operate the oil-for-food program.
(SFC, 4/23/03, A8)
2003 Apr 22, Hundreds of
thousands of Shiite pilgrims marched to the holy shrine in Karbala,
where Hussein, the grandson of Muhammad, was killed in the 7th
century Battle of Karbala between a small group of his followers and
the Umayyad Army.
2003 Apr 22, In Kashmir a bomb
exploded beside a rural road, killing five people and injuring 12
others, as former Indian Home Secretary N.N. Vohra made a weeklong
visit to the state to explore the possibility of talks with
2003 Apr 22, In Senegal nearly
a million people traveled to Touba, the hometown of 19th-century
religious leader Sheikh Ahmadou Bamba. Fearing his growing
influence, the French exiled Bamba in 1895 to their other colonial
holdings in West Africa. Bamba returned to Touba in 1902 to launch
and guide one of Senegal's main Muslim brotherhoods, the Mourides,
until his death in 1927.
2003 Apr 23, American Airlines
reported a $1-billion first-quarter loss.
2003 Apr 23, US forces captured
4 more former Iraqi government officials, including 3 on the top
wanted list: Muzahim Sa'b Hassan al-Tikriti (queen of diamonds),
Gen. Zuhayr Talib Abd al-Sattar al-Naqib (7 of hearts), and Muhammad
Mahdi al-Salih (6 of hearts).
(SFC, 4/24/03, A14)(SFC, 4/26/03, A14)
2003 Apr 23, Guy Mountfort,
ornithologist and co-founder of the World Wildlife Fund (1961),
died. His books included "Portrait Of A Wilderness" (1958), "The
Vanishing Jungle" (1969), "Saving The Tiger" (1981) and "Rare Birds
Of The World" (1988).
2003 Apr 23, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban fighters attacked a government office with
rockets and automatic weapons, setting off a four-hour shootout that
left two Afghan soldiers and three assailants dead.
2003 Apr 23, U.S. negotiators
met with North Korean and Chinese representatives in Beijing for the
first three-way meeting by the governments since the Korean War.
2003 Apr 23, Beijing closed all
its primary and secondary schools until at least May 7 due to the
(SFC, 4/23/03, A16)
2003 Apr 23, A Chinese fuel
tanker, "Daqing 767" carrying a 1000 tons of oil, sank and 3 crew
members were missing after the vessel collided in heavy fog with
another ship off China's southeastern coast.
2003 Apr 23, Colombia and
Venezuela agreed Wednesday to build a $120 million pipeline to
deliver natural gas to northeastern Colombia and western Venezuela.
2003 Apr 23, In Cyprus Turkish
Cypriot leaders lifted travel restrictions across the 1974 buffer
zone separating the Greek and Turk sides.
(SSFC, 4/27/03, A6)
2003 Apr 23, Paris police
arrested 28 airport workers for allegedly stealing digital cameras,
perfumes, jewelry, clothing and other goods from the bags of
2003 Apr 23, A mudslide in
western Guatemala killed seven people and left more than a dozen
2003 Apr 23, In northern Uganda
rebels waging a 16-year insurgency attacked two villages and
abducted more than 180 people.
2003 Apr 23, The WHO added
Toronto to its list of places to avoid due to SARS. Global health
officials warned travelers to avoid Beijing and Toronto, where they
might get the SARS virus and export it to new locations.
(SFC, 4/24/03, A1)(AP, 4/23/04)
2003 Apr 23, In Zimbabwe many
banks, factories and stores were forced to close as workers stayed
off the job to protest a government increase gasoline prices.
2003 Apr 24, A new Cesar Chavez
stamp was issued by the US postal service.
(SFC, 4/25/03, A27)
2003 Apr 24, In Red Lion, Pa.
James Shetts (14), a student armed with at least two handguns,
fatally shot Eugene Segro (51), his school principal, in a crowded
cafeteria before killing himself.
(Reuters, 4/24/03)(SFC, 4/25/03, A7)
2003 Apr 24, Canada banned cod
fishing off the Atlantic provinces and Quebec due to the collapse of
(SFC, 4/25/03, A8)
2003 Apr 24, China shut down a
major hospital in Beijing and put more than 2,000 employees under
observation for severe acute respiratory syndrome. The global death
toll from SARS surpassed 260
2003 Apr 24, In Congo at least
60 members of the Lendu tribe were killed by the rival Hema in the
Ituri region near the Uganda border. The attack was ordered by Hema
militia leader Chief Yves Kahwa Mandro. The Lendu then killed about
60 Hema who were fleeing to Uganda to escape ongoing violence.
2003 Apr 24, Iceland opened a
filling station for hydrogen-powered vehicles.
2003 Apr 24, Tariq Aziz (8 of
spades), Iraqi deputy prime minister, surrendered to US forces.
(AP, 4/25/03)(SFC, 4/25/03, A1)
2003 Apr 24, Japanese
scientists reported that a new vitamin that plays an important role
in fertility in mice and may have a similar function in humans. They
said Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ), a substance discovered in 1979,
can be categorized as a vitamin.
2003 Apr 24, A Palestinian
suicide bomber killed Alexander Kostyuk (23), a security guard, in a
rush-hour attack at an Israeli train station. Israeli forces on
patrol killed 2 Palestinians in Qarawat Bani Zeid.
(AP, 4/24/03)(SFC, 4/25/03, A3)
2003 Apr 24, In the Turks and
Caicos Islands the governing party narrowly held on to power in
elections, giving Chief Minister Derek Taylor an unprecedented third
2003 Apr 25, The Pentagon
announced that Army Secretary Thomas White, whose tenure as civilian
chief of the military's largest service was marked by tensions with
his boss, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, was leaving office.
2003 Apr 25, Georgia lawmakers
voted to scrap the Dixie cross from the state's flag.
2003 Apr 25, Nuclear talks in
Beijing ended after U.S. officials said North Korea claimed to have
nuclear weapons and might test, export or use them.
2003 Apr 25, Beijing reported
180 new SARS infections and 5 deaths. Some 2,000 people at the
People's and Ditan Hospitals were quarantined.
(SFC, 4/26/03, A3)
2003 Apr 25, Farouk Hijazi, who
once helped run Saddam Hussein's intelligence service and was linked
to al-Qaida, was delivered by Syria to US forces.
(AP, 4/25/03)(SFC, 4/26/03, A1)
2003 Apr 25, Fighters from
Sierra Leone and Liberia killed rebel leader Sgt. Felix Doh near the
town of Gbinta, in western Ivory Coast.
2003 Apr 25, In the northern
state of Kashmir a powerful explosion ripped through a courthouse,
killing three people and injuring 34.
2003 Apr 25, A Pakistani army
helicopter crashed into a mountain in northern Pakistan, killing all
13 military personnel on board.
2003 Apr 25, The Philippines
reported its first deaths from SARS; Taiwan authorities quarantined
over 1,100 doctors, nurses and patients in a hospital and Asian
health chiefs met on ways to tackle the deadly flu-like disease.
2003 Apr 25, In South Africa
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the fiery anti-apartheid leader and
ex-wife of former President Nelson Mandela, was sentenced to four
years in prison for her conviction on fraud and theft charges.
2003 Apr 25, UN agencies
reported that malaria kills 3,000 children a day in Africa and robs
the continent of millions of dollars in lost productivity, even
though the disease could be controlled with nets costing $5 and
other simple measures.
2003 Apr 26, Charlton Heston
(78), diagnosed with symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, made his last
appearance as president of the National Rifle Association during a
convention in Orlando, Fla., where he briefly thanked the
membership. Kayne Robinson took over. In 2006 Emilie Raymond
authored “From My Cold, Dead Hands: Charlton Heston and American
(SSFC, 4/27/03, A8)(AP, 4/26/04)(WSJ, 9/2/06,
2003 Apr 26, In Washington
state Crystal Brame (35), the wife of Tacoma Police Chief David
Brame (44), was in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the
head after being shot by her husband, who then turned the gun on
2003 Apr 26, It was reported
that a methillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) had begun
infecting healthy people through skin contact.
(SFC, 4/26/03, B8)
2003 Apr 26, David Lavender
(93), American Western historian, died in Ojai, Ca. His books
included "The Great Persuader," a biography of railroad magnate
Collis P. Huntington (1970).
(SFC, 4/28/03, B4)
2003 Apr 26, Health ministers
from across east Asia came up with a joint plan to fight SARS during
a meeting, and hundreds of medical workers in Beijing were forced to
sleep in their offices because of hospital-wide quarantines. The
death toll climbed to 122 and a new 1,000-bed Beijing hospital was
built in 5 days.
(AP, 4/26/03)(SSFC, 4/27/03, A1)
2003 Apr 26, A Colombian school
teacher was found shot to death, days after she was kidnapped,
allegedly by leftist rebels who sought to force her father to kill
an enemy fighter.
2003 Apr 26, In Iraq attackers
fired into an ammunition dump guarded by Americans on Baghdad's
southeastern outskirts, setting off thunderous explosions that
killed at least six Iraqis and wounded four. As many as 40 were
(AP, 4/26/03)(SSFC, 4/27/03, A18)
2003 Apr 26, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir a car bombing and ensuing gunbattle at the
offices of state-run radio and television killed 3 suspected Islamic
militants and 2 soldiers. A boat carrying 30 schoolchildren capsized
in a mountain waterway in Kashmir, drowning at least three, police
said. 21 other children were missing.
2003 Apr 26, Russia launched a
Soyuz rocket carrying American astronaut Edward Lu and Russian
cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko to keep the int’l. space station
operating while Shuttle flights are suspended.
(WSJ, 4/28/03, A1)(AP, 4/26/08)
2003 Apr 26, In Sri Lanka
Bastiampillai Deogupillai (86), a former bishop of the troubled
northern city of Jaffna, has died. Deogupillai had aided tens of
thousands of people during Sri Lanka's 19-year civil war.
2003 Apr 27, Kevin Millwood
pitched his first career no-hitter to lead the Philadelphia Phillies
over the San Francisco Giants 1-0.
2003 Apr 27, Peter Stone (73),
screen and stage writer died in New York.
2003 Apr 27, In Argentina
former President Carlos Menem (72) finished first in presidential
elections but failed to win an outright victory in his comeback bid,
setting up a runoff vote with Nestor Kirchner, governor of
(AP, 4/28/03)(SFC, 4/28/03, A3)
2003 Apr 27, In China's central
Hunan province a wagon overturned and tumbled into a gully, killing
16 people and injuring seven others. In Beijing theaters, cafes and
karaoke bars were closed as 126 new SARS cases were reported. Total
confirmed cases in China rose to 2,914 with 131 deaths. 26 of
China's 31 provinces were infected.
(AP, 4/27/03)(WSJ, 4/28/03, A1)(SFC, 4/28/03, A1)
2003 Apr 27, Lt. Gen. Hossam
Mohammed Amin al-Yasin (6 of clubs), chief Iraqi liaison with UN
weapons inspectors, surrendered to US forces.
2003 Apr 27, The U.S. military
arrested the self-anointed mayor of Baghdad, Mohammed Mohsen
al-Zubaidi, reflecting U.S. determination to brook no interlopers in
its effort to build a consensus for administering Iraq.
2003 Apr 27, In Indonesia a
bomb ripped through a crowded terminal at Jakarta's main airport,
wounding 11 people and sending hundreds of passengers fleeing from
2003 Apr 27, In Paraguay
elections were held for a successor to Pres. Luis Gonzalez Macchi, a
former Senate leader appointed president in March 1999 after the
resignation of Raul Cubas amid a political crisis stemming from the
assassination of the country's vice president. Colorado Party leader
Nicanor Duarte (49) extended his party's 55-year grip on power,
winning a presidential election by handily defeating two challengers
seeking to tap building anger over the country's deepening economic
(AP, 4/26/03)(AP, 4/28/03)(SFC, 4/28/03, A12)
2003 Apr 27, In Yemen
parliamentary elections for 301 seats were marred by gunfights that
wounded at least 15 people.
(SFC, 4/28/03, A12)
2003 Apr 28, US soldiers opened
fire on Iraqis at a nighttime demonstration against the American
presence here after people shot at them with automatic rifles. The
director of the local hospital said 13 people were killed and 75
injured. Amer Mohammed Rashid (6 of spades), known to UN weapons
inspectors as the "Missile Man" and ranked 47th on the US
most-wanted list of 55 members of Saddam's inner circle,
2003 Apr 28, The US moved an
air operation center from Saudi Arabia to Qatar.
2003 Apr 28, The United States
pledged $4 million to help keep peacekeepers in the Ivory Coast in
addition to the $5 million it has already given to ECOWAS.
2003 Apr 28, Ten of the largest
US Wall Street firms agreed to pay $1.4 billion to settle government
charges involving abuse of investors during the late 1990s. Details
of the settlement, which called for one of the largest penalties
ever levied by securities regulators, will change the way major
investment firms do business.
(SFC, 4/29/03, A1)
2003 Apr 28, In San Francisco
Steve Jobs raised the curtain on the iTunes Music store.
(SSFC, 4/28/13, p.D1)
2003 Apr 28, An environmental
group reported that chemical perchlorate, the explosive ingredient
in rocket fuel, was found in samples of lettuce traced to growers in
southern California or Arizona. The Bush administration had already
imposed a gag order on the EPA from publicly discussing perchlorate
(SFC, 4/28/03, A1)(WSJ, 4/28/03, A3)
2003 Apr 28, Scientists
reported the discovery of a type of mouse that appears to the have a
genetic resistance to cancer.
2003 Apr 28, In Colombia Rafael
Rojas, a 20-year veteran of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of
Colombia (FARC) and the commander of the group's 46th Front,
surrendered and urged his former comrades to do the same.
2003 Apr 28, On Saddam
Hussein's 66th birthday, some 300 prominent Iraqis met in Baghdad
under US direction to convene a national conference to create an
(SFC, 4/29/03, A1)(AP, 4/28/04)
2003 Apr 28, Japan’s Nikkei 225
stock prices hit bottom more than a decade after they first started
(Econ, 10/18/08, p.86)(http://tinyurl.com/6d5bz8)
2003 Apr 28, The Soyuz space
capsule carrying a U.S.-Russian space crew docked with the
international space station.
2003 Apr 28, Ukraine's Pres.
Leonid Kuchma signed a bill prohibiting media censorship amid claims
by journalists that his administration is meddling in their work.
2003 Apr 29, Pres. Bush
embraced a plan for a $15 billion AIDS initiative that included
money for groups that promote birth control and abortion.
(SFC, 4/29/03, A3)
2003 Apr 29, The US said it
would withdraw all combat forces from Saudi Arabia.
(SFC, 4/29/03, A14)
2003 Apr 29, The governor of
Virginia signed a tough antispam law that called for prison and
(WSJ, 4/30/03, A1)
2003 Apr 29, Tyco Corp.
reported some $1.2 billion in fresh accounting problems on top of
some $265-325 million reported in March. [See Sep 29]
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R9)
2003 Apr 29, The World Health
Organization ended its warning that travelers avoid Toronto, Canada.
2003 Apr 29, China reported 9
more deaths and more than 200 new SARS cases, most of them in the
2003 Apr 29, In Colombia the
high court has stripped President Alvaro Uribe of the emergency
powers he assumed last year to battle leftist rebels.
2003 Apr 29, Croatian wartime
army chief Janko Bobetko (84), hailed at home as a hero of Croatia's
1991 struggle for independence but charged with war crimes by a UN
2003 Apr 29, The leaders of
France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg, all critics of the U.S.-led
war on Iraq, agreed to beef up their military cooperation in an
effort to make Europe's defense less reliant on the US.
2003 Apr 29, Indian troops
raided a base of suspected Islamic militants in Kashmir, sparking a
firefight that lasted more than five hours and resulted in 17
2003 Apr 29, Pakistani police
arrested six men linked to al-Qaida, including a Yemeni man, Tawfiq
Attash Khallad (Waleed bin Attash), wanted in connection with the
Sept. 11 attacks and the bombing of the USS Cole.
(AP, 4/30/03)(WSJ, 5/1/03, A1)(AP, 4/29/04)
2003 Apr 29, The Palestinian
parliament approved Mahmoud Abbas as prime minister, clearing the
final obstacle to the launch of a U.S.-backed "road map" to peace.
2003 Apr 29, A Palestinian
suicide bombing killed 3 Israelis in a crowded Tel Aviv nightclub.
The bomber, Asif Hanif (21), grew up in Britain. A 2nd bomber
(AP, 4/30/03)(SFC, 5/2/03, p.A8)
2003 Apr 29, Qataris voted on
their first permanent constitution.
2003 Apr 30, Donald Rumsfeld
visited Iraq and hailed its liberation. US soldiers fired on
anti-American protesters in the city of Fallujah; the mayor said two
people were killed and 14 wounded.
(AP, 4/30/03)(SFC, 5/1/03, A1)
2003 Apr 30, The U.S. Navy
withdrew from its disputed Vieques bombing range in Puerto Rico,
prompting celebrations by islanders.
2003 Apr 30, Burundi's Tutsi
minority handed over the presidency to Domitien Ndayizeye of the
Hutu majority as part of the peace process aimed at ending 9 1/2
years of civil war.
2003 Apr 30, In Israel some
700,000 workers closed down public services in an open-ended strike
to protest proposed spending cuts and mass firings.
(SFC, 5/1/03, A9)
2003 Apr 30, US Ambassador Dan
Kurtzer met with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to present him
with an internationally backed Mideast peace plan, that envisioned
Palestinian statehood within three years. Mediators presented
Israeli and Palestinian leaders with a new Middle East "road map," a
U.S.-backed blueprint for ending 31 months of violence and
establishing a Palestinian state.
(AP, 4/30/03)(AP, 4/30/04)
2003 Apr 30, Mahmoud Abbas took
office as Palestinian prime minister.
2003 Apr 30, Libyan Foreign
Minister Abdel Rahman Shalqam said his government accepted
responsibility for the 1998 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over
(SFC, 5/1/03, A7)
2003 Apr 30, North Korea was
reported to be a country with 1.17 million military personnel, the
world's 5th largest. Its air force had more than 1,700 aircraft and
the navy more than 800 ships. In March Gen. Leon J. LaPorte said
"North Korea maintains a substantial chemical weapons stockpile and
a production capability that threatens both our military forces and
civilian population centers in South Korea and Japan." In addition,
he said, North Korea has the capability "to develop, produce and
potentially weaponize biological warfare agents."
2003 Apr 30, South and North
Korea agreed in Cabinet-level talks to peacefully resolve the
nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula.
2003 Apr, The new magazine
"Believer" published its 1st issue from 826 Valencia, SF, part of
the Dave Eggers publishing family. The storefront featured a Pirate
Supply Store to conform with commercial zoning requirements.
The backend featured tutoring services for school kids.
(SSFM, 7/13/03, p.11)(SFC, 3/1/08, p.C2)
2003 Apr, Apple Corp. launched
its iTunes music store to provide downloadable music for its iPod.
Downloads were offered at 99 cents per track.
(Econ, 7/8/06, p.70)(Econ, 11/14/09, p.18)
2003 Apr, A $4 million Peace
Palace opened at the Univ. of Kentucky paid for by a local
businessman. The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi pushed followers to build 200
similar palaces across the US and 3,000 worldwide.
(SFC, 5/10/03, p.A1)
2003 Apr, Google acquired
Applied Semantics. The AdSense name was originally used by Applied
Semantics, a competitive offering to AdSense. The name was adopted
by Google after Google acquired Applied Semantics.
2003 Apr, Officials at the
Iraqi Embassy in Prague handed over weapons to Czech authorities.
Iraqi spies had used a diplomatic vehicle to smuggle in the weapons
for an attack on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. The weapons
included an RPG-7 anti-tank missile, six machine guns and
2003 Apr, Ali Shahin Brisam,
general director of irrigation for Nasiriya, ordered the demolition
of one dam and opened regulators in others to return water to the
dried marshlands of southern Iraq. After 8 months marsh recovery
jumped from about 7% of their original size to about 16%.
(SSFC, 12/28/03, p.A6)
2003 Apr, Amrat Cola was
launched in Pakistan.
(SFC, 6/27/03, p.D1)
2003 May 1, Pres. Bush,
standing on the USS Abraham Lincoln, a Navy aircraft carrier in San
Diego, announced that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended."
Bush landed on the carrier in a Navy S-3B jet and spoke below a
banner that read “Mission Accomplished.”
(SFC, 5/2/03, p.A1)(SSFC, 4/11/04, p.A22)(WSJ,
2003 May 1, Sec. of Defense
Rumsfeld visited Afghanistan and declared most of the nation secure.
He said the 9,000 US soldiers there were engaged mainly in
(WSJ, 5/2/03, p.A1)
2003 May 1, The US Navy
withdrew from Vieques Island, Costa Rica.
2003 May 1, In Utah climber
Aron Ralston (27) amputated his own arm to escape from a canyon
where he was pinned by a boulder.
(SFC, 5/2/03, p.A18)
2003 May 1, A female homicide
victim, Jane Doe, was found near a garbage bin at a restaurant in
Castro Valley, Ca. She was buried Sep 17 as "Unknown child of God.
Female, 12-17..." In 2006 police using DNA identified the girl as
Yesenia Nungaray (16) and said she was from Yahualica, Mexico.
(SFC, 9/18/03, p.A1)(SFC, 12/9/06, p.B1)(SFC,
2003 May 1, Flooding hit
northwestern Argentina and at least 13 people were killed and 50,000
driven from their homes.
2003 May 1, The Australian
stock market began trade in Australia's first-ever listed brothel,
The Daily Planet. Shares began trading at 31 cents. Heidi Fleiss was
on hand to promote the enterprise and her new book, "Pandering."
2003 May 1, The British Joint
Terrorism Analysis Center (JTAC) began operations.
(Econ, 3/19/05, p.33)
2003 May 1, Thousands of people
in Indonesia, South Korea and the Philippines celebrated May Day by
protesting for higher wages, better hours and political change.
2003 May 1, Three top members
of Saddam Hussein's ousted regime: Mizban Khadr Hadi (military
commander), Abdel Tawab Mullah Huweish (director of the Office
of Military Industrialization and a deputy prime minister in charge
of arms procurement), and Taha Muhie-eldin Marouf (a Kurd who served
as one of two ceremonial vice presidents), were captured.
2003 May 1, Israeli troops
raided a Hamas stronghold and exchanged fire with dozens of masked
gunmen. At least 13 Palestinians were killed, including two boys
ages 2 and 13. 2 Palestinian militants were killed in the West Bank.
(AP, 5/1/03)(SFC, 5/2/03, p.A8)
2003 May 1, In South Africa a
bus believed to be carrying about 90 people plunged into a reservoir
in South Africa. 10 survivors were rescued outside the town of
Bethlehem. 51 people were killed.
2003 May 1, A 6.4 magnitude
earthquake rumbled through southeastern Turkey. 177 people were
killed and 390 injured including 80 students were trapped in the
debris of their school dormitory in Bingol.
(AP, 5/1/03)(SFC, 5/1/03, A16)(SFC, 5/2/03,
2003 May 2, A US official
warned that the US is ready to sacrifice the free flow of trade with
Canada if necessary to respond to a planned Canadian
decriminalization of marijuana.
2003 May 2, A federal court
struck down most of the new campaign finance law's ban on the use of
large corporate and union contributions by political parties.
However, the Supreme Court later ruled that rooting out corruption,
or even the appearance of it, justified limitations on the free
speech and free spending of contributors, candidates and political
2003 May 2, The US jobless rate
was reported at 6%, an 8-year high.
(SFC, 5/3/03, p.B1)
2003 May 2, China reported an
accident on a diesel-powered submarine that killed all 70 sailors
2003 May 2, James Miller (34),
a British journalist filming a documentary in the southern
Palestinian city of Rafah, was shot and killed during an exchange of
fire between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians. In 2006 a British
jury ruled that the shooting was an act of murder.
(AP, 5/2/04)(AP, 4/6/06)
2003 May 2, India and Pakistan
agreed to hold talks and restore diplomatic and air links.
(WSJ, 5/5/03, p.A1)
2003 May 2, Striking Nigerian
oil workers released the first of hundreds of people they have held
for days on oil rigs as part of an agreement to free all the
2003 May 2, In Papua New Guinea
a landslide buried a meeting hall under mud and debris, killing at
least eight people as they listened to election results.
2003 May 2, In eastern Sicily
Giuseppe Leotta (42), a disgruntled worker, opened fire with a
handgun in the Aci Castello town hall, killing 5 people. He fled and
then killed himself.
2003 May 2, In Taiwan 11 more
cases of SARS were confirmed with 5 new deaths. Confirmed cases
totaled 100 with the death toll at 8. Mutations of the virus were
(SFC, 5/3/03, p.A7)
2003 May 2, Chuwit Kamolvisit,
A sex club operator in Thailand, was arrested for unlawfully
demolishing a downtown Bangkok block housing scores of bars and
shops to make way for another massage parlor, the Taj Mahal. He soon
claimed to have spent about $289,156 each month in payoffs to
2003 May 2, In Vietnam an aging
Russian-made bus, carrying more than 40 passengers, burst into
flames. 6 people died and 70 were badly burned. Flammable cargo was
2003 May 3, In the Kentucky
Derby Jose Santos rode Funny Cide to victory.
(WSJ, 5/13/03, p.A1)
2003 May 3, President Bush told
a news conference in Crawford, Texas, it was a matter of when — not
if — weapons of mass destruction would be found in Iraq.
2003 May 3, The New Hampshire
granite symbol called the "Old Man of the Mountain," 1,200 feet
above I-93 (65 miles north of Concord), collapsed overnight into
(SSFC, 5/4/03, p.A4)
2003 May 3, Suzy Parker (69),
model and actress, died in Montecito, Calif.
2003 May 3, The US picked a new
head of Iraq's Health Ministry on Saturday, a Baath Party member,
whose appointment was so critical that US officials designated the
announcement "Public Notice No. 1."
2003 May 3, In Baghdad, Iraq,
schools re-opened for the 1st time since the start of war.
(SSFC, 5/4/03, p.A11)
2003 May 3, In Cotonou, Benin,
16 people died in a late night concert stampede at the gates of the
nation's Friendship Stadium.
2003 May 3, It was reported
that British researchers had shown that fish feel pain.
(SFC, 5/3/03, p.B8)
2003 May 3, An apartment
building collapsed in Cairo, killing 7 people with at least 5 more
reported missing in the rubble.
2003 May 3, The Ethiopian
drought was reported to be the worst in 2 decades with millions of
people forced to stand in line each day for food.
(SFC, 5/3/03, p.B8)
2003 May 3, It was reported
that half of Germany's bee colonies failed to survive the winter due
to a mite that began spreading from Southeast Asia about 90 years
(SFC, 5/3/03, p.B8)
2003 May 3, In far eastern
Russia a transport helicopter crashed as it returned from dropping
water on a forest fire, killing all 12 people on board.
2003 May 3, Pope John Paul II
began a whirlwind visit to Madrid, Spain. He urged hundreds of
thousands of young people outside Madrid to be "artisans of peace."
2003 May 4, In Glenbrook, Ill.,
senior girls of Glenbrook North High engaged in a "powder puff"
football game with junior girls that turned into a hazing melee that
was caught on video and shown on national TV. Several seniors were
later suspended for 10 days. A Civil Suit was later filed on behalf
of 3 of the juniors girls.
(SFC, 5/13/03, p.A4)
2003 May 4, New lab studies
reported that the SARS virus can survive outside an infected body
for hours to days.
(SSFC, 5/4/03, p.A1)
2003 May 4, Idaho Gem, the 1st
cloned mule, was born at the Univ. of Idaho.
(SFC, 5/30/03, p.A2)
2003 May 4, Swarms of violent
thunderstorms and tornadoes crashed through the nation's midsection,
killing at least 30 people in Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee. 8
people were missing in Pierce City, Mo.
2003 May 4, In eastern
Bangladesh a tropical storm flattened hundreds of flimsy huts in
several villages, killing 19 people.
2003 May 4, Huda Salih Mahdi
Ammash (49), a top biological weapons scientist and among the top 55
most wanted members of Saddam Hussein's fallen regime, was taken
2003 May 4, Police in Baghdad,
Iraq, returned to work in force.
2003 May 4, In Ivory Coast a
new cease-fire agreement took effect, just hours after rebels
accused government forces of fresh attacks.
2003 May 4, In Kenya floods
caused by two weeks of heavy rain have washed out roads and
submerged entire villages, killing at least 30 people and forcing
thousands from their homes.
2003 May 4, In the Philippines
Muslim guerrillas attacked the town of Siocon in the southern
province of Zamboanga del Norte, and took hostages as they withdrew
from fighting that killed at least 22 people.
2003 May 4, A Soyuz spacecraft
safely delivered a three-man, US-Russian crew to Earth in the first
landing since the Columbia space shuttle disaster.
2003 May 4, In Spain Pope John
Paul II proclaimed five new saints and urged Spaniards to emulate
them. They included: Pedro Poveda, a priest killed in 1936; Angela
de la Cruz, who founded the Sisters of the Company of the Cross;
Genoveva Torres, who founded the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and of
the Holy Angels; Maravillas de Jesus, who founded convents for the
Order of Barefoot Carmelites, and Jose Maria Rubio, a Jesuit priest.
2003 May 5, Tornadoes across
Missouri, Kansas and Tennessee left at least 40 people dead.
Tornado-packed storms flattened communities in four Midwestern
states, killing 19 people.
(SFC, 5/6/03, p.A3)(AP, 5/5/04)
2003 May 5, In Algeria Ahmed
Ouyahia began a 2nd term as Prime Minister and held that position
until May 24, 2006.
2003 May 5, China said
there were 160 new infections and 9 new deaths, similar to totals in
the past several days. It has now recorded 4,280 cases, the bulk of
the world's total. Beijing closed its schools for another 2 weeks.
(AP, 5/5/03)(WSJ, 5/5/03, p.A1)
2003 May 5, In Colombia rebels
killed Guillermo Gaviria, a state governor, Gilberto Echeverri, a
former defense minister and 8 other hostages as army troops tried to
rescue them; three hostages survived. In 2008 a court sentenced 9
rebel leaders in absentia to 40 years in prison for the killings.
(SFC, 5/6/03, p.A3)(AP, 4/9/08)
2003 May 5, Hong Kong reported
three more SARS deaths, for a total of 187, and 8 new infections. In
Singapore SARS has killed 26 of the 203 people infected, a fatality
rate of 12.8 percent, more than double the global average.
2003 May 5, In Indonesia singer
Inul Daratista's (24) grinding moves to Indonesia's "Dangdut" folk
music have made her a celebrity in a matter of weeks. Religious
conservatives demanded that she be banned from the stage.
2003 May 5, Pakistan will get
rid of its nuclear arsenal if rival India does as well, a Pakistani
Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
2003 May 5, In South Africa
Walter Sisulu (b.1912), anti-apartheid hero, died. He brought Nelson
Mandela into the ANC and together with Oliver Tambo formed the ANC
Youth League in 1944.
2003 May 6, President Bush
lifted Clinton-era sanctions (1993-1998) against Angola's UNITA
rebels, citing the end of a quarter-century of civil war.
2003 May 6, White House budget
chief Mitchell Daniels announced his resignation.
2003 May 6, Florida Senator Bob
Graham launched his campaign for the Democratic presidential
nomination by accusing President Bush of retreating from the war on
terrorism to "settle old scores" between the Bush family and Iraq's
2003 May 6, Kmart Corporation
emerged from bankruptcy after more than 15 months of Chapter 11
2003 May 6, Six Algerian
soldiers were killed when suspected Islamic fighters bombed their
vehicle and sprayed the survivors with gunfire.
2003 May 6, In northeastern
India suspected separatist guerrillas killed 19 Bengali settlers in
2003 May 6, Ghazi Hammud, Baath
regional chairman in the Kut district, was put in custody. He is No.
32 on Central Command's list of the 55 most-wanted members of
2003 May 6, The Liberian
government announced that Sam Bockerie (39), a guerrilla RUF leader,
was killed in a shootout with Liberian soldiers.
(SFC, 5/7/03, p.A1)
2003 May 6, Saudi authorities
seized a weapons cache and foiled plans by suspected terrorists. At
least 19 men were sought.
(SFC, 5/8/03, p.A1)
2003 May 6, It was reported
that AIDS in Zambia had cut the average life expectancy to 33 years
from 44 a decade ago. One in 5 adults was reported to have HIV.
(WSJ, 5/6/03, p.A1)
2003 May 7, President Bush
ordered U.S. sanctions against Iraq lifted, allowing U.S.
humanitarian aid and remittances to flow into Iraq.
2003 May 7, The White House
announced President Bush had chosen New Mexico oilman Colin R.
McMillan to be secretary of the Navy and Air Force Secretary James
Roche to replace the dismissed secretary of the Army, Thomas White.
However, McMillan died an apparent suicide the following July, while
Roche's nomination was held up in Congress.
2003 May 7, It was reported
that scientists had altered a common cold virus to destroy a common
brain tumor in mice.
(WSJ, 5/7/03, p.D7)
2003 May 7, In Afghanistan
Habibullah, a Muslim cleric close to U.S.-backed President Hamid
Karzai, was killed outside a mosque in the village of Kalacha.
2003 May 7, In Israel a Hamas
militant was killed when a bomb exploded in his West Bank apartment.
In northern Gaza a Hamas member was killed near a Jewish settlement.
In the southern Gaza Strip a Palestinian toddler was killed from
(SFC, 5/8/03, p.A17)
2003 May 7, In northeastern
India assailants killed 10 sleeping villagers and wounded six others
in the second attack blamed on separatist guerrillas in two days.
2003 May 8, The US Senate
unanimously endorsed adding to NATO seven former communist nations:
Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and
2003 May 8, The US House
International Relations Committee narrowly approved the measure
saying that any accord on immigration issues with Mexico should
include an agreement to allow U.S. companies to invest in the state
oil company Pemex. The measure is a nonbinding "sense of Congress"
amendment and still needed to be approved by both houses of
2003 May 8, A federal grand
jury indicted Chinese-born California socialite Katrina Leung on
charges that she'd illegally taken, copied and kept secret documents
obtained from an FBI agent. A federal judge later dismissed the case
against Leung, rebuking prosecutors for misconduct.
2003 May 8, Halliburton Corp.,
already under fire over accusations that its White house ties helped
win a major Iraqi oil contract, has admitted that a subsidiary paid
a multi-million dollar bribe to a Nigerian tax official.
2003 May 8, In Oklahoma a
tornado swept through Oklahoma City and flattened hundreds of homes.
At least 104 people were injured.
(SFC, 5/8/03, p.A10)
2003 May 8, The Michigan
Wolverines were barred from the next postseason and put on three and
a-half years' probation by the NCAA for a booster's payments to
players dating to the Fab Five era.
2003 May 8, Elizabeth Neuffer
(46), an award-winning reporter for The Boston Globe, died in a car
accident in Iraq.
2003 May 8, Rival tribal
fighters battled for control of a northeastern Congolese town,
killing at least 21 people and forcing thousands to flee. Fighters
of the Union of Congolese Patriots, a rebel group dominated by Hema
tribesmen, had attacked Bunia in a bid to seize its airport
2003 May 8, A Russian-built
cargo plane lost a back door ramp over Congo, hurling more than 100
Congolese soldiers and their families to their deaths.
(Reuters, 5/9/03)(AP, 5/8/04)
2003 May 8, In Honduras 2
gunmen with automatic weapons fatally shot Arnulfo Gutierrez (62),
an honorary Belgian consul as he drove his car in San Pedro Sula.
His wife was kidnapped March 18 as she left a San Pedro Sula beauty
2003 May 8, In Hungary a
passenger train collided with a double-decker bus, slicing the bus
in two. At least 30 people were killed, all German tourists on the
2003 May 8, Israeli helicopters
fired 3 missiles at a car in northern Gaza, killing a senior Hamas
2003 May 9, The US and its
allies asked the UN Security Council to legitimize their occupation
of Iraq and sought permission to use revenue from the world's
second-largest oil reserves to rebuild the war-battered country.
2003 May 9, The Republican-led
House approved 222-203 a $550 billion tax cut package.
2003 May 9, The Fizzer computer
virus began circulating aided by its ability to propagate through
the Kazaa file sharing network.
(WSJ, 5/13/03, p.D3)
2003 May 9, In Cleveland, Ohio,
Biswanath Halder (62), a camouflage-clad gunman, fired hundreds of
rounds as he roamed the halls of the Case Western Univ. Weatherhead
School of management, killing Norman Wallace (30), of Youngstown and
wounding others. He was arrested after a 7-hour standoff. Halder was
later convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 5/10/03, p.A3)(SSFC, 5/11/03, p.A1)(AP,
2003 May 9, In Tyler, Texas,
Deanna LaJune Laney (38) bludgeoned to death her 2 sons Joshua (8)
and Luke (6). A toddler was in critical condition. In 2004 a jury
found Laney legally insane.
(SFC, 5/13/03, p.A6)(AP, 4/4/04)
2003 May 9, Russell Long
(b.1918), U.S. senator from Louisiana, died. He was 1st elected to
the senate in 1948 and served for over 32 years.
(HN, 11/3/98)(SFC, 5/10/03, p.A13)
2003 May 9, In northern Iraq 3
U.S. soldiers were killed when their helicopter crashed into the
2003 May 9, Japan launched a
rocket carrying the Muses-C probe, which planned to make contact
with asteroid 1998 SF36 in June of 2005.
(SFC, 5/10/03, p.A7)
2003 May 9, Spain's highest
court barred nearly 1,500 Basque nationalists from running in
municipal elections, calling them camouflaged members of the
outlawed party Batasuna.
2003 May 10, The New York Times
announced on its Web site that one of its reporters, Jayson Blair,
had "committed frequent acts of journalistic fraud," according to an
investigation conducted by the paper.
2003 May 10, A Brazilian police
SWAT team killed eight men in a shootout as they raided a shantytown
looking for drug traffickers.
2003 May 10, Colombia rebels in
overnight attacks bombed a reservoir and energy towers, killing 3
security guards and cutting water to Cali and power to Buenaventura.
2003 May 10, In northeastern
Congo tribal militias battled for control of Bunia, killing at least
2003 May 10, Iceland voters
re-elected David Oddsson, Europe's longest serving prime minister
supporting his conservative economic policies rather than the
progressive spending plans of the former Reykjavik mayor.
2003 May 10, In northern India
a fire raged through a garment factory, killing at least 12 people
and injuring 70 others.
2003 May 10, The leader of
Iraq's largest Shiite Muslim group, Ayatollah Mohammad Baqir
al-Hakim, returned triumphantly to his U.S.-occupied homeland after
two decades in Iranian exile.
2003 May 10, Lithuanians began
casting ballots in a two-day referendum that could allow this nation
of 3.5 million people to become the first ex-Soviet republic to vote
itself into the EU.
2003 May 10, In the Philippines
a bomb exploded at a crowded market in a southern Koronadal city,
killing at least 9 people with 41 injured. Abu Sayyaf claimed
2003 May 11, The United States
declared Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's Baath Party dead.
2003 May 11, The Burundi army
killed 23 Hutu rebels during fighting in central Burundi, but the
insurgents claimed the dead were civilians.
2003 May 11, Anson Carter
scored at 13:49 of overtime to give Canada a 3-2 victory over Sweden
and win its first world ice hockey championship since 1997.
2003 May 11, In Lithuania's
2-day referendum to join the European Union 91 percent voted in
favor of joining, while 9 percent voted "no." Election officials
said more 64 percent of the nation's 2.7 million registered voters
cast ballots over two days of voting this weekend. The country will
become the first former Soviet republic to vote itself into the EU
(AP, 5/11/03)(AP, 5/12/03)
2003 May 11, Montenegro held
its 3rd presidential election in six months and former prime
minister Filip Vujanovic, who favors independence from Serbia, won a
landslide victory. He promised to hold a referendum in 3 years on
whether to split with Serbia.
(AP, 5/11/03)(AP, 5/12/03)(WSJ, 5/13/03, p.A1)
2003 May 11, A Palestinian
gunmen killed an Israeli motorist in the West Bank and Israeli
troops raided a Palestinian town. Palestinian leaders put
aside reservations to parts of the US-developed plan for peace and
PM Mahmoud Abbas said Israel was ready to get started on it.
2003 May 12, Fifty-nine Texas
Democrats fled to a Holiday Inn in Oklahoma to thwart a Republican
drive to redraw the state's congressional districts.
2003 May 12, Chicago and
Seattle launched 5-day homeland security drills costing an estimated
(USAT, 5/13/03, p.3A)(WSJ, 5/13/03, p.A1)
2003 May 12, L. Paul Bremer,
the new American civilian administrator, took over the task of
piecing Iraq together. He replaced retired Army Lt. Gen. Jay Garner.
In 2006 Bremmer with Malcolm McConnell authored “My Year in Iraq.”
(AP, 5/12/03)(WSJ, 1/13/06, p.P10)
2003 May 12, US officials said
Rihab Rashid Taha, called "Dr. Germ" for her work with germ warfare
agents, was reported to be in coalition custody. Ibrahim Ahmad Abd
al Sattar Muhammad, No. 11 on the most-wanted list, was also
reported in custody.
(USAT, 5/13/03, p.11A)
2003 May 12, Prince Sadruddin
Aga Khan (70), a wealthy philanthropist who held a string of top UN
humanitarian posts and was the uncle of the spiritual leader of the
Ismaili sect of Shiite Islam, died in Boston. Khan served as the UN
High Commissioner for Refugees (1965-1977).
(AP, 5/13/03)(SFC, 5/15/03, p.A21)
2003 May 12, In Brazil some
1,000 other landless farmers knocked down the barbed-wire fences
surrounding the Tres Marias ranch in southern Brazil, evicted its
owner and claimed the land for themselves. 90 percent of the
Brazil's land was owned by just 20 percent of the people, while the
poorest 40 percent of the population held just 1 percent.
2003 May 12, A British
government doctor reported that the brains of at least 20,000
people, many of them depressed or mentally ill when they died, were
removed without their families' consent from 1970-1999.
(AP, 5/12/03)(USAT, 5/13/03, p.10A)
2003 May 12, In Toronto,
Canada, Holly Jones (10) disappeared after she walked a friend home
in broad daylight. Less than 24 hours later, a man found some
of the girl's remains in a gym bag off Ward's Island in Lake
Ontario. More body parts were found some distance away on the
mainland. Michael Briere (35) was arrested for the murder on Jun 20.
2003 May 12, In northern
Chechnya a truck bomb ripped through a government compound, killing
60 people and wounding some 300 others.
(AP, 5/13/03)(WSJ, 5/19/03, p.A1)
2003 May 12, Haiti agreed to
cut spending and stabilize its currency in a deal with the
International Monetary Fund.
2003 May 12, Israel sealed the
Gaza Strip, imposing the most sweeping restrictions in years, and
its troops killed three Palestinians in clashes there.
2003 May 12, The UN Security
Council tentatively agreed to send peacekeepers to the Ivory Coast
to help enforce an agreement aimed at ending nine months of civil
2003 May 12, The Kurdish
regional parliament in Erbil declared Apr 9, the date of the fall of
Baghdad to US forces, as a national holiday.
(USAT, 5/13/03, p.11A)
2003 May 12, North Korea
declared that the 1992 agreement with South Korea to keep the Korean
Peninsula free of nuclear weapons was nullified, citing a "sinister"
2003 May 12, In Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia, multiple, simultaneous suicide car bombings at 3 foreign
compounds killed 26 people, including 9 US citizens. The next day
Saudi authorities linked Khaled Jehani (29) head of a 19-member
al-Qaida team to the carnage. Ali Abd al-Rahman al-Faqasi al-Ghamdi,
a senior al Qaeda figure, surrendered Jun 26. On Jan 8, 2004, 8
accomplices were arrested in Switzerland.
(SFC, 5/14/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/14/03, p.A1)(SFC,
6/27/03, p.A16)(SFC, 1/10/04, p.A3)(AP, 5/12/08)
2003 May 13, The US government
unveiled a new $20 bill with color added to help thwart
counterfeiters. $130 million of counterfeit US money was estimated
to be circulating globally. It began circulating in October.
(USAT, 5/13/03, p.1B)(SFC, 10/10/03, p.A1)
2003 May 13, A judge ruled that
Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols should stand trial
in state court on 160 counts of first-degree murder. Nichols was
later found guilty on 161 counts; the 161st count was for the fetus
of a pregnant victim. Nichols was sentenced to life in prison.
2003 May 13, Kathleen
Aiello-Loreck (49), a mother of 3 from Antioch, Ca., was killed
during a lunchtime stroll along the Contra Costa Canal Regional
Trail in Concord. The next day John Kahler (32), who lived nearby,
threw himself off the Golden Gate Bridge. On Sep 22 police in
Indiana arrested Robert Ward Frazier (39) for the murder based on
DNA evidence. On June 21, 2006, a jury convicted Frazier of murder,
rape and sodomy. A judge sentenced Frazier to death on Dec 15, 2006.
(SFC, 5/21/03, p.A15)(SFC, 9/26/03, p.A1)(SFC,
6/22/06, p.B1)(SFC, 12/16/06, p.B3)
2003 May 13, Algerian army
commandos freed 17 European tourists kidnapped in the Sahara Desert
by an al-Qaeda-linked terror group, the Salafist Group for Preaching
and Combat. 9 captors were killed and 15 hostages remained.
(AP, 5/14/03)(Econ, 9/3/05, p.44)
2003 May 13, It was reported
that coca production in Bolivia was on the rise due in part to a
failed US-supported crop-substitution program.
(WSJ, 5/13/03, p.A1)
2003 May 13, In eastern China a
gas explosion ripped through a coal mine, killing at least 63 miners
and leaving 23 others missing 1,500 feet underground.
2003 May 13, L. Paul Bremer,
the new US administrator in Iraq, reportedly authorized troops to
shoot looters on sight. Rumsfeld said muscle would be used to stop
(SFC, 5/14/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 5/15/03, p.A1)
2003 May 13, South Korea's
military deployed soldiers and trucks to the world's third-busiest
port to alleviate a crippling five-day truckers' strike.
2003 May 14, Pres. Bush met for
the first time with South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun; both
leaders said they were united in seeking a Korean peninsula free of
2003 May 14, In Texas Victoria
County Sheriff's deputies found 17 people dead in and around a
tractor-trailer rig at a South Texas truck stop. Another died at
hospital. The victims were illegal immigrants. In 2006 a Texas jury
convicted 3 US citizens for the suffocation of 19 smuggled
immigrants in an airtight truck. In 2007 truck driver Tyrone
Williams (36) was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the
smuggling. In 2008 the last of 14 people indicted in the smuggling
pleaded guilty. In 2010 Octavio Torres-Ortega was sentenced to 14
years in prison for his role in the smuggling operation. In 2011
Williams was resentenced to nearly 34 years after a federal appeals
court overturned the multiple life sentences he had received.
(WSJ, 5/15/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/9/06, p.A1)(SFC,
1/19/07, p.A3)(SFC, 4/15/08, p.A3)(SFC, 6/8/10, p.A5)(SFC, 1/25/11,
2003 May 14, Dave DeBusschere
(62), basketball Hall-of-Famer, died in New York.
2003 May 14, Robert Stack (84),
the tough-guy hero of TV's "Untouchables" (1959-1963), died. His
film debut was in 1939 with "First Love."
2003 May 14, Dame Wendy Hiller
(90), actress, died in Beaconsfield, England.
2003 May 14, In Argentina
Carlos Menem withdrew from the presidential elections making Nestor
Kirchner, governor of Santa Cruz province, the new president-elect.
(SFC, 5/15/03, p.A12)
2003 May 14, A Belgian attorney
filed suit against US Gen. Tommy Franks and Col. Brian P. McCoy for
war crimes in the war in Iraq. The use of some 1,500 cluster bombs
in Iraq was part of the suit.
(SFC, 5/15/03, p.A6)
2003 May 14, In Chechnya a
female suicide attacker killed 18 people at a funeral service in an
apparent attempt on the life of the Moscow-backed chief
administrator (Akhmad Kadyrov).
2003 May 14, In Iraq villagers
pulled body after body from a mass grave in Mahaweel, exhuming the
remains of up to 3,000 people they suspect were killed during the
1991 Shiite revolt against Saddam Hussein's regime.
2003 May 14, An Israeli
helicopter fired a missile into a crowd in a refugee camp in the
Gaza Strip, wounding 30 people and killed three Palestinian
policemen, after 10 Israeli soldiers were wounded nearby in a mortar
2003 May 14, In Italy Premier
Silvio Berlusconi inaugurated the ambitious $4 billion "Moses"
project to ease the flooding in Venice. Construction soon began on a
breakwater for Venice to prevent high tides from entering its
(AP, 5/15/03)(Econ, 9/27/03, p.80)
2003 May 15, The three-year
championship reign of the Los Angeles Lakers came to a decisive end
as the San Antonio Spurs overpowered the Lakers 110-82 to win the
Western Conference semifinal series 4 games to 2.
2003 May 15, Emergency
officials rushed to a series of mock catastrophes in the Chicago
area on the busiest day of a national weeklong exercise.
2003 May 15, Runaway Texas
Democrats boarded two buses and returned home after a self-imposed
weeklong exile in Oklahoma that succeeded in killing a redistricting
bill they opposed.
2003 May 15, San Francisco
attorney Stephen Joseph withdrew his recent suit against Kraft Inc.
to stop the sale of Oreo cookies. He was satisfied with the media
attention on the high trans fat content in the cookies and other
(SFC, 5/15/03, p.A3)
2003 May 15, Scott S. Sheppard
of the Univ. of Hawaii reported 43 more moons around Jupiter and
said he expects to find 50 more. The total number of Jupiter moons
(SFC, 5/15/03, p.A9)
2003 May 15, June Carter Cash
(73), the Grammy-winning scion of one of country music's pioneering
families and the wife of Johnny Cash, died of complications from
2003 May 15, Britain cancelled
all flights to and from Kenya following US warnings of a possible
(SFC, 5/16/03, p.A12)
2003 May 15, China threatened
possible execution or jail sentences for people who cause death or
injury by deliberately spreading SARS.
(WSJ, 5/16/03, p.A1)
2003 May 15, Fleeing Congo
civilians jammed roads out of Bunia by the thousands, trying to
escape rival ethnic militias battling for control with mortars and
2003 May 15, The Dominican
government took control of the Caribbean nation's oldest and most
respected newspaper and seized 70 radio and four television stations
after Ramon Baez, banker and media baron, was charged with bank
(AP, 5/15/03)(WSJ, 6/30/03, p.A1)
2003 May 15, French Foreign
Minister Dominique de Villepin said in an interview that France
wants "lies and calumny" published in both the U.S. and British
press to stop.
2003 May 15, The economies of
Germany, Netherlands and Italy contracted during the first three
months of 2003 as the European Union as a whole showed no growth for
the first time in almost two years.
2003 May 15, In northern India
a fire engulfed the rear three coaches of a moving express train,
killing at least 39 passengers and injuring 20 others.
2003 May 15, The Development
Fund for Iraq was established to fund reconstruction projects with
Iraqi oil revenue.
(WSJ, 10/28/03, p.A4)
2003 May 15, US Army forces
stormed into a village near the northern city of Tikrit before dawn,
seizing more than 260 prisoners, including one man on the
most-wanted list of former Iraqi officials.
2003 May 15, Israeli troops
killed 5 people including 3 youths during a raid at Beit Hanoun
aimed to stop Palestinian fighters from firing rockets into Israel.
(SFC, 5/16/03, p.A10)
2003 May 15, In Karachi,
Pakistan, a series of explosions shook 18 Shell gas stations,
slightly injuring four employees.
2003 May 16, President Bush
launched his re-election campaign.
2003 May 16, The US Senate
committed $15 billion to fight global AIDS. Congress approved the
President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In his Jan 28,
State of the Union address Pres. George W. Bush had made a
commitment to substantially increase US support for addressing
2003 May 16, Bosnia signed an
agreement with the United States on Friday that exempts Americans
from prosecution by a new international criminal court.
2003 May 16, In northeastern
Congo rival tribes fighting signed a cease-fire. There were over 100
confirmed killings and evidence of cannibalism.
(AP, 5/16/03)(SFC, 5/20/03, p.A8)
2003 May 16, Slovak voters
began a two-day referendum to reaffirm their nation's top foreign
policy goal to be membership in the European Union.
2003 May 16, In Morocco suicide
attackers set 5 nearly simultaneous explosions in the heart of
Casablanca, killing 33 people and a dozen suicide bombers at a
Jewish community center, the Belgian consulate, a Spanish social
club and a major hotel. The attackers all came from the shantytown
of Carriere Thomas. In 2007 a Paris court convicted eight people of
supporting the suicide bombers.
(AP, 5/17/04)(SFCM, 3/27/05, p.10)(AP, 7/12/07)
2003 May 17, Funny Cide ran
away from the field in the Preakness, two weeks after winning the
Kentucky Derby. However, Funny Cide came up short at the Belmont
Stakes, finishing third.
2003 May 17, In G-8 talks at a
Normandy resort the United States secured a commitment from the
world's wealthiest nations and Russia not to demand that Iraq begin
paying off its huge debts before 2005. The Paris Club's 19 members,
which include the US, are alone believed to be owed an estimated $26
billion, not including interest accrued on the debt, most of which
dates from the 1970s.
2003 May 17, In southern China
heavy rainstorms caused flooding killing 45 people and causing
millions of dollars in damage to homes and crops.
2003 May 17, A German tour bus
overturned on a French highway in heavy rain, killing at least 28 of
the 74 people on board.
2003 May 17, In Iraq US forces
arrested Kamal Mustafa Abdallah Sultan al-Tikriti, former secretary
of the Republican Guard (listed as No. 10 and the queen of clubs).
Univ. students and teachers returned to their campuses.
(SSFC, 5/18/03, p.A12)
2003 May 17, A Palestinian
suicide bomber blew himself up in the West Bank city of Hebron,
killing an Israeli man and his pregnant wife.
2003 May 17, Slovaks in a 2-day
plebiscite voted to join the European Union. About 92 percent of
voters approved EU membership, with a turnout of some 52 percent.
2003 May 17, In south-central
Sri Lanka flash floods and landslides killed at least 300 people and
drove some 150,000 people from their homes.
(WSJ, 5/19/03, p.A1)(AP, 5/21/03)
2003 May 17, Turkish Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will open its doors next
week to Greek Cypriot tourists, signaling an end to a decades-long
2003 May 17, Cardinal Giovanni
Battista Re acknowledged that Pope John Paul II was suffering from
2003 May 18, "Les Miserables"
closed on Broadway after more than 16 years and 6,680 performances.
2003 May 18, The US in a
surprise reversal announced support for an int'l. treaty to combat
tobacco use around the globe.
(SFC, 5/19/03, p.A1)
2003 May 18, It was reported
that many California community state pension expenses will soon
exceed 40% of the public safety payroll.
(SSFC, 5/18/03, p.D3)
2003 May 18, Belgium held
parliamentary elections. PM Guy Verhofstadt and his center-left
coalition of free-market liberals and socialists. The Greens
suffered a huge defeat in both Dutch-speaking Flanders and Wallonia.
The socialists scored even stronger gains than their liberal
2003 May 18, In northeastern
Congo the savagely killed bodies of 2 UN military observers were
found after having been reported missing for several days.
2003 May 18, Ecuadorian
anti-drug agents seized three tons of cocaine in one of the nation's
largest drug seizures ever. In Oct 2001 police seized 3.2 tons in
2003 May 18, In Indonesia 2
days of talks between separatist rebels and government officials
ended with no agreement on how to salvage a faltering peace pact and
avert war in the resource-rich province of Aceh. Pres. Sukarnoputri
singed a decree authorizing 6 months of martial law and ordered
30,000 government troops to crush the 5,000 Aceh rebels.
(AP, 5/18/03)(SFC, 5/21/03, p.A3)
2003 May 18, In Kirkuk, Iraq, a
weekend of Arab-Kurdish violence left at least 11 people dead and a
U.S. soldier wounded.
2003 May 18, A Hamas suicide
bomber killed seven passengers on a Jerusalem bus, while a second
bomber blew himself up on the city's outskirts. Israeli PM Ariel
Sharon postponed a trip to Washington. Israeli troops in the Gaza
Strip shot and killed a Palestinian man. On June 3, 2010, Steve
Averbach (44), who had been hit by shrapnel on the bus and paralyzed
from the neck down, died as a result of complications from his
(AP, 5/18/03)(AP, 6/4/10)
2003 May 18, In the Philippines
the Manila Water Co dumped large doses of the disinfectant into a
reservoir serving the eastern part of the capital after the young
man fell into an aqueduct while picking fruit.
2003 May 18, Swiss voters
agreed to modernize their armed forces, overhaul the country's civil
defense and keep nuclear energy.
2003 May 18, Taiwan reported a
record 36 new cases of SARS and 3 deaths.
(SFC, 5/19/03, p.A3)
2003 May 18, In the Vatican
Pope John Paul II celebrated his 83rd birthday.
2003 May 19, The US Supreme
Court dealt a defeat to the drug industry, ruling 6-3 that a state
may try to force companies to lower prices on prescription
medications for the poor and uninsured.
2003 May 19, In central Iraq 4
US Marines on a resupply mission were killed when their Ch-46
Sea-Knight helicopter crashed into a canal and a fifth drowned
trying to save them.
2003 May 19, It was reported
that a loose affiliation of people worked to coordinate Internet
attacks on span generators. E-mail marketer Optinrealbig.com was one
of those targeted.
(WSJ, 5/19/03, p.A1)
2003 May 19, MCI agreed to pay
investors $500 million to settle fraud charges that it acquired in
its merger with WorldCom.
(WSJ, 5/20/03, p.A1)
2003 May 19, In France more
than 300,000 protesters marched in anger over government pension
reforms and striking teachers prevented students from taking part of
their high-school graduation exams.
2003 May 19, Indonesian war
planes attacked a rebel base and troops parachuted into restive Aceh
province as the military launched a major offensive just hours after
peace talks broke down and the president imposed martial law.
2003 May 19, A Palestinian
riding a bicycle blew himself up near an Israeli army jeep. A female
suicide bomber detonated at the entrance to a shopping mall in Afula
and killed 3 others in the 5th suicide bombing in 48 hours.
(SFC, 5/20/03, p.A1)(AP, 5/19/04)
2003 May 20, The TV show "Buffy
the Vampire Slayer" had its finale. Set in the fictional California
town of Sunnydale, "Buffy" depicted high school as a literal Hell.
The TV series began in 1997 based on a 1992 movie.
2003 May 20, The Bush
administration raised the terrorism alert level to orange on and
called for increased security nationwide.
2003 May 20, The United States
banned all beef imports from Canada after a lone case of mad cow
disease was discovered in the heart of Canada's cattle country.
2003 May 20, Afghan governors
signed an agreement with President Hamid Karzai to pay vital customs
revenues to the central government. Karzai had threatened to resign
due to lack of revenue payments.
(AP, 5/20/03)(WSJ, 5/20/03, p.A1)
2003 May 20, Canadian
agriculture officials said that it took 15 weeks -- from Jan. 31 to
May 16 -- before a battery of tests ordered on a sickly, underweight
cow that had been deemed unfit for human consumption proved it had
mad cow disease. In 2004 investigators identified 68 British cattle
as the probable source of Canada's mad cow cases.
(AP, 5/20/03)(WSJ, 3/22/04, p.A1)
2003 May 20, In northern China
a powerful gas explosion at the Yongtai mine, an unlicensed coal
mine, killed 25 miners. On May 23 flooding in a coal mine in central
China trapped 15 miners,
2003 May 20, Indonesian troops
killed or captured dozens of insurgents in its northwestern province
of Aceh, the 2nd day of a major offensive aimed at destroying a
2003 May 20, Malaysia launched
its government sponsored BioValley complex at a cost of $150
million. In 2005 the journal Nature reported it as a failed project.
2003 May 20, The first of more
than 12,000 Somali Bantus awaiting resettlement set out for the US,
leaving at long last the refugee camps where most have lived for a
2003 May 21, Ruben Studdard
edged Clay Aiken to win the second "American Idol" competition on
2003 May 21, Christie Whitman
(56), former New Jersey governor, announced her resignation as chief
of the Environmental Protective Agency.
(SFC, 5/22/03, p.A1)
2003 May 21, In Algeria a 6.7
earthquake struck near Algiers. More than 2,200 people were killed
and thousands injured. Thenia, 40 miles east of Algiers, was worst
(SFC, 5/22/03, p.A1)(AP, 5/25/03)(SFC, 5/27/03,
2003 May 21, American troops
guarding the US Embassy in Kabul shot and killed four Afghan
soldiers, apparently mistaking them for assailants.
2003 May 21, In Barbados PM
Owen Arthur's governing Labor Party won elections in a landslide
victory that secured the party 23 seats in the legislature. The
opposition Democratic Labor Party won seven seats in the 30-seat
2003 May 21, In northeastern
Congo the death toll from more than a week of tribal fighting rose
to 280 people.
2003 May 21, In Iraq US forces
captured Aziz Saleh Numan, former Baath regional command chairman
for west Baghdad. He was No. 8 on the most wanted list.
(SFC, 5/23/03, p.A20)
2003 May 21, Israeli troops
shot to death 2 Palestinians including a mother of 8 during a clash
at the West Bank village of Qarawat Bani Zeid.
(SFC, 5/22/03, p.A3)
2003 May 21, In Myanmar bombs
exploded on the border with Thailand, killing four people.
2003 May 21, The Mexican
Justice Department said that 258 women had been killed since 1993 in
2003 May 21, NATO's 19 nations
agreed unanimously to start planning to help Poland lead a
multinational peacekeeping force in Iraq.
2003 May 21, Taiwan reported 35
new cases of SARS for a total of 418 with 52 deaths.
(SFC, 5/22/03, p.A3)
2003 May 22, Annika Sorenstam
became the first woman since Babe Didrikson Zaharias in 1945 to tee
off against the men on the pro tour, playing in the first round of
the Colonial golf tournament in Fort Worth, Texas. Sorenstam missed
the cut the next day by four shots.
2003 May 22, LeBron James, high
school basketball star, agreed to a deal with Nike worth more than
2003 May 22, Maryland Gov.
Robert Ehrlich signed a bill that reduced criminal penalties for
seriously ill people who smoke marijuana to a maximum $100 and no
(SFC, 5/23/03, p.A5)o
2003 May 22, NASA released the
1st photo of Earth taken from Mars, 86 million miles away. The
record distance was a 1990 shot by Voyager 1 from 4 billion miles.
(WSJ, 5/23/03, p.A1)
2003 May 22, In Colombia
Government troops killed at least 29 rebels in a two-day battle in
2003 May 22, Iceland PM David
Oddsson announced that he will step down in September 2004 in favor
of the current foreign minister, who leads the other party in his
2003 May 22, The UN Security
Council overwhelmingly approved an end to 13-year-old sanctions
against Iraq and gave the United States and Britain extraordinary
powers to run the country and its lucrative oil industry. Security
Council Resolution 1483 identified the US and Britain as “occupying
powers” in Iraq.
(AP, 5/22/03)(Econ, 4/19/08, p.102)
2003 May 23, Golfer Annika
Sorenstam failed to make the 36-hole cut at the PGA Tour in Fort
Worth, Texas, missing the cut by four strokes. She was the first
woman to play in a PGA Tour event in 58 years.
2003 May 23, The US Congress
gave its final approval to $330 billion in new tax cuts for
families, investors and businesses. Congress passed a $350 billion,
10-year tax cut.
(AP, 5/23/03)(WSJ, 11/3/04, p.A6)
2003 May 23, US defense
officials reported that American troops had confiscated gold bars
valued at $34 million from a truck in northern Iraq.
2003 May 23, Another travel
alert for Toronto, Canada, was issued following the report of 20
possible new cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
2003 May 23, Researchers from
China and Hong Kong identified a coronavirus in 3 wild mammals, palm
civets, a raccoon dog and a ferret badger, sold in the live-animal
food markets of South China.
(SFC, 5/24/03, p.A1)
2003 May 23, In India officials
reported that a heat wave in southern Indian has killed at least 198
people in the past eight days.
2003 May 23, Israel's PM Ariel
Sharon agreed to work with a US-backed peace plan to end 32 months
of fighting and to set up a Palestinian state.
2003 May 23, The Democratic
Party in the Dutch Caribbean territory of St. Maarten won
legislative elections, winning support for its platform of working
with the regional government before seeking independence from the
2003 May 24, The $16 million
Nevada Museum of Art opened in Reno.
(SFC, 5/27/03, p.D2)
2003 May 24, In Las Vegas Chris
Moneymaker (27), an accountant, walked away with $2.5 million and
the title of champion in the 34th annual World Series of Poker.
2003 May 24, Furious crowds
hurled debris and insults at Algeria's president Abdelaziz
Bouteflika when he visited a town devastated by a deadly earthquake.
2003 May 24, Ontario health
officials said they were monitoring 33 people for the deadly SARS
virus with another 500 in quarantine and warned that the number of
suspected cases could grow in coming days.
2003 May 24, British actress
Rachel Kempson, matriarch of the Redgrave acting dynasty, died in
Millbrook, N.Y., four days short of her 93rd birthday.
2003 May 24, In China Chen
Yongfeng (20), was arrested in Wenzhou on charges of killing and
dismembering 10 people, who had made their living picking through
2003 May 24, In Colombia Capt.
Leonardo Moore disappeared while driving from Bogota to the southern
city of Cali. He was freed in 2007 following a skirmish with ELN
2003 May 24, In Iran some 130
reformist lawmakers called on Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
to accept democratic reforms for the ruling establishment to
2003 May 24, Coalition forces
captured two more wanted Iraqis: Sayf al-Din al-Mashadani, No. 46 on
the list and Sad Abd al-Majid al-Faysal, No. 55.
2003 May 24, The U.S.-led
coalition ordered Iraqis to give up their weapons by mid-June.
2003 May 24, Israeli troops
shot and killed a Palestinian man near Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza.
2003 May 24, The 48th edition
of the annual Eurovision Song Contest and took place in Riga,
Latvia. Turkey's pop divas Sertab Erener, came first in the contest
and the 2004 edition was then held in Istanbul.
2003 May 24, Malaysia PM
Mahathir Mohamad met with Brunei's 29th Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah to address the issue of the Kikeh oil find off
(WSJ, 6/27/03, p.A11)(SSFC, 6/28/03, p.C6)
2003 May 24, In Peru 19 Latin
American leaders ended the 17th summit of the Group of Rio nations
by promising to curb corruption and poverty, which they said
undermine democratic rule in the region as does terrorism.
2003 May 25, Gil de Ferran won
the Indianapolis 500.
2003 May 25, In Miami an
explosion on the cruise ship SS Norway, formerly the SS France,
killed 4 boiler-room crew members.
(SFC, 5/26/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 5/27/03, p.A1)
2003 May 25, A Boeing 727
chartered by an Angolan company vanished on a flight to either
Burkina Faso, South Africa, Libya or Nigeria.
2003 May 25, Nestor Kirchner
took office as Argentina's sixth president in 18 months.
2003 May 25, Armenians went to
the polls to select a parliament.
2003 May 25, Canada health
officials reported that SARS had killed three more people in
2003 May 25, In the film
festival at Cannes, France, "Elephant" by Gus Van Sant won the Palme
d'Or. It was loosely based on the Columbine school shooting. The
Turkish film "Uzak" won the 2nd place Grand Prize. "At Five in the
Afternoon" by Samira Makhmalbaf of Iran won the jury prize.
(SFC, 5/26/03, p.D2)
2003 May 25, In France at least
300,000 workers marched through the streets of Paris to protest
government plans to reform the pension system.
2003 May 25, Israel's Cabinet
approved a US-backed Middle East peace plan, recognizing for the
first time the Palestinians' right to establish an independent state
in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
2003 May 25, In Moldova the
Communist Party consolidated its hold on power in this former Soviet
republic, winning over 47 percent of contested posts for mayor and
other municipal offices. The Communists, who came to power in 2001,
were led by Pres. Vladimir Voronin.
2003 May 25, In the Philippines
a passenger ferry collided with a larger boat and sank at the mouth
of Manila Bay. At least 23 people were killed and 198 were rescued.
2003 May 25, In Spain PM Jose
Maria Aznar's party held its ground in city and regional elections.
2003 May 26, FBI and state
police issued fugitive and murder warrants for Derrick Todd Lee, a
prime suspect in the killings of 5 women in south Louisiana.
(SFC, 5/27/03, p.A3)(AP, 5/28/03)
2003 May 26, The World Health
Organization (WHO) said it would put Canada's business capital
Toronto back on the list of areas where SARS is spreading.
2003 May 26, China's Pres. Hu
Jintao arrived in Moscow for talks with Pres. Putin.
(SFC, 5/27/03, p.A12)
2003 May 26, In Ecuador 9
renegade Huaorani killed 26 members of the Tagaeri tribe. They
justified the massacre as payback for a 1993 murder. Huaorani elders
pardoned all attackers. Loggers were suspected as influencing the
(AP, 5/29/03)(SFC, 9/3/04, p.W1)
2003 May 26, PM Sharon said
Israel must end its occupation of Palestinian lands. Sharon declared
in a speech to his Likud Party that he was determined to reach a
peace deal and end 36 years of rule over the Palestinians.
(SFC, 5/27/03, p.A1)(AP, 5/26/08)
2003 May 26, A 7.0 earthquake
hit Japan's main island of Honshu. At least 54 people were injured.
(SFC, 5/27/03, p.A3)
2003 May 26, Thomas R. Odhiambo
(72), the Kenyan scientist who founded an int'l insect research
center renowned for giving African farmers low-cost solutions for
pest control, died. He founded the African Academy of Sciences
2003 May 26, Rwandans voted in
the country's first constitutional referendum. It was overwhelmingly
2003 May 26, An airplane
carrying 62 Spanish peacekeepers crashed into a mountain in
northeastern Turkey while making its third attempt to land in thick
fog. All 75 people aboard were killed. The Yak-42 was chartered from
a Ukrainian company. On Jan 11, 2016, Spain's defense ministry took
political responsibility for the crash.
(AP, 5/26/03)(WSJ, 5/27/03, p.A1)(AFP, 1/11/17)
2003 May 27, Derrick Todd Lee,
a suspected serial killer of women in Louisiana, was arrested in
2003 May 27, A study was
released that showed women who took hormones for years ran a higher
risk of Alzheimer's or other types of dementia.
2003 May 27, Colombia police
arrested Saul Nieto, known by the nom de guerre "Ezequiel." He was
in charge of a group of urban fighters of the National Liberation
Army, or ELN, in Medellin. 10 other rebels were also detained.
2003 May 27, In southern India
officials reported that a deadly heat wave has killed at least 430
people in the past two weeks.
2003 May 27, In India strong
winds and pounding rain toppled a Ferris wheel at a temple festival
in Tamil Nadu state, killing 12 people and injuring more than 20
2003 May 27, In Iraq a US
weapons-inspection team arrived at Al Qaqaa weapons site and found
that the IAEA seals were broken and the high explosives missing. Two
Iraqis shot and killed two American soldiers in Fallujah, a hotbed
of support for Saddam Hussein.
(WSJ, 10/27/04, p.A3)(AP, 5/27/08)
2003 May 27, Israeli troops
shot and killed a 16-year-old Palestinian boy and critically wounded
two children, ages 7 and 9, during confrontations.
2003 May 27, In Peru Pres.
Alejandro Toledo declared a 30-day state of emergency and authorized
the military to clear strikers from Peru's major highways.
2003 May 28, Pres. Bush signed
a tax cut into law. It was the 3rd cut in 3 years and included a cut
in the rates on capital gains and dividends, breaks for small
businesses and funds for state governments. It was valued at $350
billion over 10 years. The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation
Act of 2003 delivered substantial tax relief to 136 million American
2003 May 28, Actress Martha
Scott (90) died in Southern California.
2003 May 28, Amnesty
International released a report saying the U.S.-led war on terror
had made the world a more dangerous and repressive place, a finding
dismissed by Washington as "without merit."
2003 May 28, Prometea, the
world's 1st cloned horse, was born in Cremona, Italy.
(SFC, 8/7/03, p.A2)
2003 May 28, Bangladesh
authorized police to shoot at will as part of its anti-crime
campaign, after reporting more than 350 deaths to gang violence in
the past two months.
2003 May 28, In Canada SARS
killed two more people in Toronto and concern about the deadly virus
shut down a Toronto-area high school.
2003 May 28, China’s President
Hu Jintao called for a "multipolar world" and a strategic
partnership with Russia to counter US dominance, and oil executives
signed a preliminary deal for pipeline to carry Siberian oil to
2003 May 28, Pakistani police
arrested about three dozen opposition lawmakers from a provincial
assembly during two protests against constitutional changes made by
Pakistan's president to increase his power.
2003 May 28, In the southern
Philippines Muslim rebels declared a cease-fire and gave the
government 10 days to meet their demands or face renewed fighting.
2003 May 28, Russia confirmed
its first case of SARS on the border with China in a major
embarrassment for visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao.
2003 May 28, Russia's upper
house of parliament ratified a landmark nuclear deal with the United
States that slashes both nation's nuclear arsenals by two-thirds.
2003 May 29, President Bush, in
a wide-ranging interview with reporters at the White House, repeated
his defense of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, and hinted that relations
with France remained scarred over its opposition to the war.
2003 May 29, AOL Time Warner
and Microsoft announced a settlement in their battle over Internet
browsers, with the software giant paying AOL $750 million.
2003 May 29, Scientists
reported the discovery of a "master gene" in stem cells.
(SFC, 5/30/03, p.A5)
2003 May 29, The BBC, aired a
radio piece by journalist Andrew Gilligan quoting an anonymous
official accusing the government of inflating claims about Iraqi
weapons. David Kelly was later identified as the source and
committed suicide Jul 17.
(AP, 7/23/03)(Econ, 1/31/04, p.54)
2003 May 29, US forces in Iraq
numbered some 200,000. An extended stay was expected.
(SFC, 5/29/03, p.A12)
2003 May 29, Tropical Storm
Linfa moved northeast of the Philippines toward Japan on Thursday
after leaving at least 25 people dead and more than 8,000 displaced
following five days of heavy rains and flooding.
2003 May 30, President Bush
began a 6-nation tour in Krakow, Poland, and brought personal thanks
to the country for standing up as a wartime ally in Iraq.
(AP, 5/30/03)(SFC, 5/31/03, p.A14)
2003 May 30, The US government
lowered the terrorist threat level from orange to yellow.
(SFC, 5/31/03, p.A3)
2003 May 30, A rebel ambush and
other attacks killed five Russian soldiers and wounded 11 others in
and around the breakaway republic of Chechnya.
2003 May 30, In Myanmar a
pro-government drunken mob of some 3,000 ambushed a 400-person
convoy carrying Aung San Suu Kyi and members of her National League
for Democracy. At least 70 people were killed.
(SFC, 6/12/03, p.A6)(SFC, 7/5/03, p.A16)
2003 May 30, In northern Spain
ETA committed its final fatal attack. A car bomb, placed by Basque
separatists, killed two police officers in Sanguesa in northern
(AP, 5/30/03)(AP, 3/22/06)
2003 May 30, The U.N. Security
Council unanimously authorized the deployment of a French-led
international force in northeastern Congo, the scene of ethnic
2003 May 31, President Bush
visited the site of the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau
in Poland as he challenged allies to overcome their bitterness and
mistrust over the Iraq war and unite in the struggle against
2003 May 31, Eric Rudolph, the
longtime fugitive charged in the 1996 Olympic Park bombing and in
attacks at an abortion clinic and a gay nightclub, was arrested in
the mountains of North Carolina.
2003 May 31, American forces
arrested 15 members of Saddam Hussein's banned Baath Party as they
met at a police college in Baghdad.
2003 May 31, Toronto reported
more cases of SARS and said the disease may have caused the deaths
of four people at a hospital on the edge of the city.
2003 May 31, A Chinese
freighter sank in the Baltic Sea. It carried 66,000 tons of
fertilizer and leaked over 55,270 gallons of diesel oil. Some 38,000
gallons were recovered.
(SFC, 6/3/03, p.A3)
2003 May 31, Air France planned
to ground its last 5 Concorde airplanes. The Air France Concorde,
the world's fastest and most luxurious passenger jet, flew from New
York to Paris for the last time.
(SFC, 4/11/03, p.B5)(AP, 5/30/03)(SSFC, 6/1/03,
2003 May 31, Clashes between
Philippine troops and Muslim separatist guerrillas left at least 23
dead, just days before a 10-day unilateral cease-fire was set to
2003 May 31, Russia officially
premiered the reborn Amber Room as part of the 300th anniversary of
(SFC, 5/31/03, p.A2)
2003 May 31, In St. Petersburg,
Russia, Japanese PM Junichiro Koizumi and Hu Jintao, the new
president of China, agreed in a summit to work at defusing tensions
over North Korea.
2003 May 31, Singapore was
taken off the list of SARS countries.
(SSFC, 6/1/03, p.A3)
2003 May, Disney online was
launched. By 2005 it was the number-one kids' and family
entertainment destination attracting more than 12 million unique
visitors each month.
(Econ, 11/5/05, p.72)(http://tinyurl.com/7ojnc)
2003 May, Freecycle, a global
recycling phenomenon started operating in Arizona. By 2008 it had
grown to more than 4 million members in more than 4,100 cities. It
boasted of keeping more than 300 million tons of trash out of
landfills every day and inspired imitators.
2003 May, In China’s Jingbian
County, Shaanxi province, authorities moved to confiscate some 1,600
privately held oil wells following orders from the central
government. Tens of thousands of investors had stakes in over 4,000
oil wells valued at about $850 million. A county-run company took
over oil production and in 2005 struck a deal with Yanchang, a
regional state-owned company to assume control.
(Econ, 8/4/12, p.39)
2003 May, Ethiopia began a $220
million relocation program for some 2 million people, who otherwise
faced starvation. It was part of a $3.2 billion rescue plan financed
by the government and donor groups to reverse dependency on int’l.
(SFC, 7/19/04, p.A1)
2003 May, Germany published its
voluntary corporate governance code.
(Econ, 12/10/05, p.72)
2003 May, Munich, Germany,
ousted Microsoft from 14,000 government computers in favor of Linux.
(Econ, 9/13/03, p.59)
2003 May, Police in
Tegucigalpa, Honduras, found the dismembered body of Martha Isabel
Moncada (28) in 2 suitcases. In 2007 Andrew Gole (49) of Long
Island, NY, was sentenced to 38 years in prison for killing and
dismembering his Honduran wife.
2003 May, Alleged British
mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners took place at an aid camp near
Basra, Iraq. Photographs of prisoner abuse were made public in 2004.
In 2005 court martial proceedings began. In 2006 3 British soldiers
were cleared of manslaughter charges in the death of Ahmad Jabbar
Kareem (15), who drowned in the Shatt al-Basra canal in Basra.
(Econ, 1/22/05, p.51)(AP, 6/6/06)
2003 May, In Iraq a Jewish
archive was found when US troops looking for weapons of mass
destruction got a tip to check out the basement of a building of the
Mukhabarat, Saddam's secret police. In a flooded basement they found
books, photos and papers floated in the murky water. Accumulated
over the years were photos, parchments and cases to hold Torah
scrolls; a Jewish religious book published in 1568; 50 copies of a
children's primer in Hebrew and Arabic; books in Arabic and English,
books printed in Baghdad, Warsaw and Venice, the lost heritage of
what was once one of the largest Jewish communities in the Middle
East, dating to the 6th century B.C. The collection was saved and
soon taken to the US for preservation.
2003 May, In Italy construction
began on a breakwater for Venice to prevent high tides from entering
(Econ, 9/27/03, p.80)
2003 Jun 1, President Bush
arrived in France from St. Petersburg and had a smile and firm
handshake for this year's Group of Eight nations summit host, French
Pres. Jacques Chirac.
(AP, 6/1/03)(SFC, 6/2/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 1, Thousands of
protesters blocked highways and bridges, set fire to barricades and
drew volleys of tear gas and rubber pellets from anti-riot police
near the Group of Eight summit in the French town of Evian. Leaders
pledged billions of dollars to fight AIDS and hunger on the opening
day of their summit.
2003 Jun 1, Genentech reported
that its drug Avastin lengthened survival time for colon cancer
patients. In 2004 the FDA approved it as a colorectal cancer
treatment. In 2007 researches said it could improve the treatment of
(SFC, 6/2/03, p.A1)(SSFC, 6/3/07, p.G1)
2003 Jun 1, UC Berkeley
researchers revealed a new laboratory method for manufacturing the
anti-malarial drug, artemisinin.
(SFC, 6/2/03, p.A11)
2003 Jun 1, China began filling
the reservoir behind its gargantuan Three Gorges Dam, a major step
toward completion of the world's largest hydroelectric project.
2003 Jun 1, India officials
reported that a heat wave in southern Indian has killed at least
1000 people in the past 3 weeks.
2003 Jun 1, The Israeli
military eased travel restrictions and allowed thousands of
Palestinian workers to enter the country in an effort to lower
tensions and build goodwill.
2003 Jun 1, Myanmar's military
junta closed universities and shut down offices of pro-democracy
leader Ang San Suu Kyi's party, after she and some of her key aides
2003 Jun 1, In Pakistan the
Islamist-ruled Northwest Frontier province passed legislation to
adopt Shariah as the supreme law. A day earlier 5-times-a-day prayer
was made compulsory.
(SFC, 6/3/03, p.A8)
2003 Jun 1, In southern
Pakistan a motorboat taking people on a sightseeing trip sank in a
lake, killing at least 26 people.
2003 Jun 1, Togo's Pres.
Gnassingbe Eyadema, Africa's longest reigning ruler, faced
elections. Togo's per capita income fell from $600 in the 1980s to
less than $300 in 2003.
2003 Jun 2, President Bush,
visiting the Middle East, pledged to work unstintingly for the goal
of Israel and a Palestinian state living side by side without
2003 Jun 2, The FCC eased media
ownership rules and allowed companies to own both a newspaper and a
broadcast station in the same market.
(SFC, 6/3/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/3/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 2, PeopleSoft
announced an agreement to buy J.D. Edwards for $1.7 billion.
(SFC, 12/14/04, p.D1)
2003 Jun 2, PipeVine Inc., a
firm that handled over $100 million in donations, shut down and said
it did not have enough money to pay owed funds to nonprofit
organizations. The SF firm later acknowledged that is had spent some
of the money on its own salaries and other operating expenses.
Accounting problems dated back 2 years.
(SFC, 6/4/03, p.A1)(SFC, 6/5/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 2, Felix de Weldon
(b.1907), Austria-born American sculptor, died in Virginia. His most
famous piece is the Marine Corps War Memorial at Arlington cemetery
of five U.S. Marines and one sailor raising the flag of the United
States on Iwo Jima during World War Two.
2003 Jun 2, In Denmark Thorkild
Grosboel, a Lutheran minister, was suspended for saying that God
doesn't exist and there is no eternal life. Lutheran pastors in
Denmark are employed by the state and bishops cannot fire them.
(AP, 6/3/03)(Econ, 6/28/03, p.55)
2003 Jun 2, Europe's space
agency launched a mars probe from Kazakhstan.
(WSJ, 6/3/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 2, Thousands of sacked
Iraqi soldiers marched on the U.S.-led administration and threatened
to launch suicide attacks on American troops in Baghdad unless they
were paid wages and compensation.
2003 Jun 2, In Evian, France,
world leaders projected confidence that they will turn around their
weak economies and pledged joint cooperation on a host of global
issues from terrorism to the need for a coordinated effort to
2003 Jun 2, North Korea said it
has nuclear arms.
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R10)
2003 Jun 3, Sammy Sosa was
ejected in the first inning of Chicago's 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay
Devil Rays after umpires found cork in his shattered bat.
2003 Jun 3, John Hickenlooper
(b.1952) was elected mayor of Denver.
2003 Jun 3, Eric Robert Rudolph
pleaded innocent in a deadly 1998 abortion clinic bombing in
2003 Jun 3, Jurors in Detroit
convicted Abdel-Ilah Elmardoudi and Karim Koubriti of supporting
planned terrorist strikes. Their case began 6 days after the Sep 11,
(SFC, 6/4/03, p.A3)
2003 Jun 3, In Egypt Arab
leaders met with President Bush as he plunged into the labyrinth of
Mideast peace talks. They pledged to fight terror and violence and
called on Israel to "rebuild trust and restore normal Palestinian
2003 Jun 3, The G-8 in Evian,
France, issued closing statements. These included: confidence in the
global economic future; they put North Korea and Iran on notice that
member countries will not stand by and let them acquire nuclear
weapons; they committed to further improve cooperation with African
nations to lift the world's poorest continent out of civil war,
disease and poverty; and adopted a plan to help halve the number of
people without access to clean water and sanitation by 2015.
2003 Jun 3, Miss Dominican
Republic, 18-year-old Amelia Vega, was crowned in Panama City,
Panama, as Miss Universe 2003.
2003 Jun 3, Israel released
about 100 prisoners, a goodwill gesture ahead of a Mideast peace
summit with U.S. President George W. Bush.
2003 Jun 3, Police in Nairobi,
Kenya, said a landlord's thugs had hacked 9 people to death in a
campaign to drive out shanty tenants and raise rents.
(WSJ, 6/4/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 3, In Peru thousands
of trade unionists and striking teachers marched through downtown
Lima in defiance of a state of emergency that put the armed forces
in charge of maintaining order.
2003 Jun 3, In Spain a head-on
train collision near Chinchilla in Albacete province left at least
11 people dead and another 16 missing.
2003 Jun 3, In Togo security
forces arrested opposition leaders and beat their followers, moving
out in force to quell protests of an election the military ruler
claimed to be winning.
2003 Jun 3, In Zimbabwe a
general strike shut down much of the already crippled economy, and
security forces prevented efforts to organize massive street
protests against Pres. Mugabe.
2003 Jun 4, Pres. Bush held
meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers, hoping to
advance a Middle East peace plan after winning new support from top
2003 Jun 4, Martha Stewart
stepped down as head of her media empire, hours after she was
charged with a 9-count federal indictment in a stock trading
scandal. Stewart was convicted in March, 2004, of lying about why
she'd sold her shares of ImClone Systems stock in 2001, just before
the stock price plunged.
(SFC, 6/5/03, p.A1)(AP, 6/4/04)
2003 Jun 4, Palm Inc. said it
would buy rival Handspring in a stock deal valued at $195 mil.
(SFC, 6/5/03, p.B1)(WSJ, 6/5/03, p.B1)
2003 Jun 4, The Pews Ocean
Commission said US waters are so stressed by pollution and
overfishing that drastic federal intervention is required.
(SFC, 6/5/03, p.A8)(WSJ, 6/5/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 4, Corey Marques
Jasmin (20), an airman at Travis Air Force Base, robbed an adult
book store in Fairfield, Ca. Hours later he killed two homeless
women, Otilia Carrington (48) and Ricksehlla Harrison (29). In 2008
a state appeals court upheld his life sentence without parole.
(SFC, 9/27/08, p.B2)
2003 Jun 4, Delmar E. Brown
(84), renowned fly fisherman, died in Watsonville, Ca. He invented
the Del Brown Crab Fly and held a record-setting catch of a tarpon
15 times the test of his line.
(SSFC, 6/8/03, p.A29)
2003 Jun 4, In Afghanistan 40
Taliban suspects were killed in one of the deadliest exchanges
between Taliban and government troops since the hardline religious
regime was overthrown in late 2001. 7 government soldiers also died
in the nine hours of fighting in three villages north of Spinboldak,
near the border with Pakistan.
2003 Jun 4, In Jordan Israeli
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pledged to dismantle illegal settlements
in Palestinian areas, while the new Palestinian leader renounced all
terrorism against Israel. Both steps were sought by President Bush
as he brought the two sides together in a bid to advance Middle East
2003 Jun 4, In Laos 2 European
journalists and an American were arrested on murder charges. Belgian
photojournalist Thierry Falise and French cameraman Vincent Reynaud
were arrested with an American of Hmong origin for allegedly helping
"bandits" kill a security official in the remote northeastern
village of Khai.
2003 Jun 4, In Nepal King
Gyanendra appointed a pro-monarchist Wednesday as Nepal's new PM.
Surya Bahadur Thapa replaces Lokendra Bahadur Chand, who resigned
2003 Jun 4, A UN-backed war
crimes court indicted Liberian Pres. Charles Taylor, accusing him of
"the greatest responsibility" in the vicious 10-year civil war in
neighboring Sierra Leone.
2003 Jun 4, The Peruvian
government failed to meet wage demands by striking teachers, who
vowed to extend a 24-day walkout that triggered nationwide protests
and prompted President Alejandro Toledo to declare a state of
2003 Jun 4, The UN Security
Council agreed to end a ban on the export of so-called "blood
diamonds" from Sierra Leone because of government efforts to control
the diamond industry.
2003 Jun 4,Togo President Gen.
Gnassingbe Eyadema, was declared winner of questioned presidential
2003 Jun 4, In Vietnam Truong
Van Cam, reputed underworld boss, was found guilty of 7 crimes. 154
alleged associates included high-ranking government officials. He
was sentenced to death the next day.
(SFC, 6/5/03, p.A3)
2003 Jun 5, Speaking to U.S.
soldiers in Qatar, President Bush argued the U.S.-led invasion of
Iraq was justified and pledged that "we'll reveal the truth" on
Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.
2003 Jun 5, The United States
agreed to pull its ground troops away from the Demilitarized Zone
separating North and South Korea.
2003 Jun 5, In NYC Howell
Raines, NY Times executive editor, resigned along with Gerald M.
Boyd, managing editor, due to their handling of inaccurate stories
by recently released reporter Jason Blair.
(WSJ, 6/6/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 5, Pope John Paul II
began his landmark 100th foreign pilgrimage with a five-day,
five-city tour of Croatia.
2003 Jun 5, In Liberia deputy
ministers Isaac Nuhan Vaye and John Winpoe Yormie were arrested
about the same time that Pres. Taylor announced that a coup plot had
been uncovered. Vaye and Yormie were later reported killed.
(SFC, 7/16/03, p.A12)
2003 Jun 5, A bomber attacked a
bus near a Russian military air base near Chechnya on Thursday,
killing herself and at least 16 others.
2003 Jun 5, Thailand's
Constitutional Court ruled that Thai women will no longer be
required to take their husband's family name when they marry.
2003 Jun 6, A federal appeals
court ruled that cell phone users can keep their telephone numbers
when they change their phone companies.
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R10)
2003 Jun 6, The US government
reported the unemployment rate had hit a nine-year high of 6.1
percent the previous month.
2003 Jun 6, Already the holder
of U.S. rights to the Olympics through 2008, NBC secured the
contracts for the 2010 and 2012 games for $2.2 billion.
2004 Jun 6, Oracle issued a
$5.1 billion hostile takeover bid for PeopleSoft at $16 per share.
(SFC, 12/14/04, p.D1)
2003 Jun 6, In California a
small plane plunged into an apartment building near Hollywood,
sending the three-story structure into flames within minutes and
killing at least two people.
2003 Jun 6, Chile became the
first South American country to sign a free trade agreement with the
(AP, 6/7/03)(WSJ, 6/6/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 6, In southern China a
coach bus drove off a highway and plunged into a river, killing 12
2003 Jun 6, French strikers
disrupted train and bus service and sanitation workers dumped
garbage in the street in the 4th day of a nationwide protest against
government plans to reform pensions.
2003 Jun 6, Monsoon rains
arrived in India's northeast, bringing hope for relief from a
grueling heat wave that has killed nearly 1,400 people nationwide in
the past 3 weeks.
2003 Jun 6, An Iraqi prisoner
(52) of war was found dead at a camp run by the 1st Marine Division
near Nasiriyah. On Oct 8 Marine reservists stationed at Camp
Pendleton were charged in connection with his death.
2003 Jun 6, In Balastrera,
Mexico, a landslide followed by the blast of a ruptured gas pipeline
hit a truck-stop town between Mexico City and Veracruz. 15 people
were missing from the area.
2003 Jun 6, The Netherlands
said it will send 1,100 peacekeepers to southern Iraq to join the
British-led multinational stabilization force.
2003 Jun 6, In southern New
Zealand a twin-engine plane crashed in dense fog, killing eight
people and injuring two others.
2003 Jun 6, Russia's parliament
approved an amnesty for Chechen rebels who agree to disarm. Pres.
Vladimir Putin presented the move as a major step toward peace.
2003 Jun 6, In Yemen an
explosion close to a military base killed 3 people. The blast was
caused by a missile that blew up in the Beir Ahmed district of the
southern port city of Aden.
2003 Jun 6, Zimbabwe police
arrested Morgan Tsvangirai, the main opposition leader, and charged
him with treason as hundreds of security forces took control of the
2003 Jun 7, At the Belmont
Stakes Empire Maker caught Funny Cide on the far turn and beat him
soundly. The defeat left thoroughbred racing still longing for its
first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
2003 Jun 7, In a national
first, New Hampshire Episcopalians elected the Reverend V. Gene
Robinson, an openly gay man, as their next bishop.
2003 Jun 7, A virus related to
smallpox that has never been detected in the Western Hemisphere may
be the cause of a mysterious disease spreading from pet prairie dogs
to people across the upper Midwest.
2003 Jun 7, In Afghanistan a
car packed with explosives pulled up to a bus carrying German
peacekeepers in Kabul and detonated, killing four and a teenage
Afghan bystander. More than two dozen were wounded in the first
fatal attack on the international force.
2003 Jun 7, In Chechnya a
fierce battle between rebels and Russian troops raged into its
second day, leaving six servicemen dead.
2003 Jun 7, In southern China
13 school children were reported missing after their ferry sank in
rapids on the Qingshui River in Guizhou province.
2003 Jun 7, Justine
Henin-Hardenne beat Kim Clijsters 6-0, 6-4 at the French Open, in
the first all-Belgian Grand Slam final.
2003 Jun 7, In Germany a new
law allowed stores to stay open 4 extra hours to 8 p.m.
2003 Jun 7, In northern Laos
suspected insurgents ambushed a bus, killing six people and wounding
2003 Jun 7, The Saudi interior
minister linked last month's Riyadh bombings to the al-Qaida terror
network in an interview, and his ministry identified 12 of the
2003 Jun 7, In eastern Turkey a
passenger bus slammed into a wall at the entrance of a tunnel,
killing 27 people and injuring 33.
2003 Jun 8, "Hairspray" took
firm hold of the Tony Awards, collecting eight prizes, including
best musical. Brian Dennehy and Vanessa Redgrave won best actor and
actress for their roles in "Long Day's Journey into Night." The best
play was "Take Me Out," Richard Greenberg's play about a gay
(AP, 6/9/03)(SFC, 6/9/03, p.D9)
2003 Jun 8, A coalition of US
mayors meeting in Denver asked federal officials to bypass state
governments and give them the money they needed to beef up homeland
2003 Jun 8, Annika Sorenstam
won the LPGA Championship for her 5th major title. Spain's Juan
Carlos Ferrero won the French Open men's final over Martin Verkerk.
2003 Jun 8, George Foreman was
inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
2003 Jun 8, Toronto reported
two more SARS deaths, raising the Canadian toll from the deadly
respiratory illness to 33.
2003 Jun 8, In Chechnya the
deputy director of the region's natural gas network was shot and
killed in his home.
2003 Jun 8, China began
building one of the world's longest bridges. The 22-mile, $1.4
billion bridge across Hangzhou Bay, linking Shanghai to the port of
Ningbo, was set for completion in 2009.
(AP, 6/9/03)(SFC, 7/9/03, p.A16)
2003 Jun 8, In Germany storms
left 10 people dead.
(WSJ, 6/10/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 8, In Quetta,
Pakistan, near the Afghan border 2 gunmen on motorcycles sprayed a
group of policemen with machine-gun fire, killing at least 11
officers and wounding 9.
2003 Jun 8, Three Palestinians
disguised as Israeli military sneaked into an army post and killed 4
soldiers before being killed by troops in the first major attack on
Israelis since last week's Mideast summit. Another Israeli soldier
was killed in Hebron. 6 Palestinians died in the violence.
(AP, 6/8/03)(SFC, 6/9/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 8, Poland ended a
two-day referendum to join the EU. 76% of the 59.6% turnout voted in
(AP, 6/9/03)(SFC, 6/9/03, p.A7)
2003 Jun 8, In Barcelona,
Spain, more than 7,000 people gathered at daybreak and shed their
clothes to take part in artist Spencer Tunick's largest work yet, an
installation featuring a sea of nude bodies covering a central
2003 Jun 9, Hillary Clinton's
memoir "Living History" was released.
(SFC, 6/9/03, p.A2)
2003 Jun 9, The New Jersey
Devils won the Stanley Cup, defeating the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3-0
in Game 7.
2003 Jun 9, Freddie Mac, a US
government-sponsored mortgage company, ousted 3 top officials. The
4th largest US financial company had assets of $722 billion at the
end of 2002. Leland Brendsel, CEO, was given a severance package
valued at $24 million.
(WSJ, 6/10/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/12/03, p.A3)
2003 Jun 9, Japan pledged $1
billion in aid to help rebuild war-torn Sri Lanka as a major donor
conference opened in Tokyo. $2 billion in aid was pledged but
without the participation of the country's Tamil rebels.
2003 Jun 9, As rebels bore down
on the capital of Liberia, French helicopters rescued more than 500
Americans, Europeans and other foreigners.
2003 Jun 9, In Mauritania heavy
explosions shook Nouakchott, the capital of the Arab-dominated west
African nation for a 2nd day as Pres. Maaouya Sid'ahmed Ould Taya,
the pro-Western leader, battled a coup attempt. Army officers were
reported to be angry over a campaign against Islamic extremists.
Pres. Maaouya Sid'Ahmed Ould Taya said the government had regained
(AP, 6/9/03)(WSJ, 6/9/03, p.A1)(SFC, 6/9/03,
2003 Jun 10, The archdiocese of
Louisville, Ky., settled a sexual abuse case with some 250 alleged
victims for $25.7 million.
(SFC, 6/11/03, p.A3)
2003 Jun 10, Samuel Waksal
(55), founder of ImClone Systems, was sentenced to 7 years in prison
and ordered to pay $4.3 million for insider trading that engulfed
family members and friend Martha Stewart.
(SFC, 6/12/03, p.B1)
2003 Jun 10, In NY state John
Jamelske (68) pleaded guilty to holding 5 women captive as sex
slaves in a bunker at his home in Syracuse.
(SFC, 6/11/03, p.A3)
2003 Jun 10, NASA launched a
Mars Exploration Rover named Spirit, the 1st of 2. Spirit arrived on
Mars in January 2004.
(WSJ, 6/11/03, p.A1)(SFC, 6/12/03, p.A1)(AP,
2003 Jun 10, Donald Regan (84),
former Treasury secretary and chief of staff to Pres. Reagan who was
ousted in during the Iran-Contra infighting, died in Va.
(WSJ, 6/11/03, p.A1)(SFC, 6/12/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 10, Bernard Williams
(73), moral philosopher, died in Oxford. His books included:
"Utilitarianism: For and Against" (1973), "Ethics and the Limits of
Philosophy" (1985), "Shame and Necessity" (1993), and "Truth and
Truthfulness" (2002). He coined the term "moral luck."
(SSFC, 6/15/03, p.A27)(Econ, 6/28/03, p.83)
2003 Jun 10, Toronto, Canada,
issued North America's 1st full marriage licenses to same sex
couples after a judge knocked down Canada's legal definition of
marriage, the union of a man and a woman, as a violation of the
country's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
(SFC, 6/11/03, p.A7)
2003 Jun 10, In Iran riot
police and hard-line vigilantes clashed with teenage demonstrators
who denounced supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
2003 Jun 10, In Iraq US forces
launched Operation Peninsula Strike aimed at rounding up Hussein
loyalists around Thuluya, 45 miles north of Baghdad.
(SFC, 6/12/03, p.A7)
2003 Jun 10, An AP tally of
civilian deaths in Iraq totaled at least 3,240, with 1,896 dead in
Baghdad. Allied deaths were 205 from Mar 20-Apr 20.
(WSJ, 6/11/03, p.A1)(SFC, 6/11/03, p.A3)
2003 Jun 10, Israel launched a
rocket attack in Gaza and wounded Abdel Aziz Rantisi, a Hamas
spokesman. Israeli counterfire to Hamas rockets killed 3
Palestinians. Israel succeeded in killing Rantisi in April 2004.
(WSJ, 6/11/03, p.A1)(AP, 6/11/03)
2003 Jun 11, Houston's Roy
Oswalt, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and
Billy Wagner combined for the first no-hitter against the New York
Yankees in 45 years, winning 8-0.
2003 Jun 11, The US military
launched a massive operation to crush opposition north of Baghdad
and captured nearly 400 suspected Saddam Hussein loyalists in a bid
to end daily attacks against American soldiers.
2003 Jun 11, Patrick James
Dennehy (21), a Baylor Univ. basketball player, disappeared in Waco,
Texas, and was feared to have been killed by team mates. Carlton
Dotson (21) later confessed to the slaying and was arrested in
Maryland on Jul 21. Dennehy's body was found Jul 25. In 2005 Dotson
was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
(SSFC, 6/28/03, p.A25)(SFC, 7/22/03, p.A1)(SSFC,
7/27/03, p.A1)(SFC, 6/16/05, p.B5)
2003 Jun 11, David Brinkley
(b.1920), TV news pioneer, died in Houston.
(SFC, 6/13/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 11, The Canadian
government said that gay marriages performed in the central province
of Ontario over the last two days were legal for now but refused to
rule out taking measures later to invalidate them.
2003 Jun 11, Kazakhstan's PM
Imangali Tasmagambetov resigned after a prolonged battle with
parliament over a land reform bill that would allow private land
ownership in the former Soviet republic.
(AP, 6/11/03)(Econ, 6/28/03, p.40)
2003 Jun 11, A Palestinian blew
himself up on a Jerusalem bus and killed 16 other people. Israel
retaliated with 2 rocket strikes that killed 11 Palestinians in Gaza
(AP, 6/11/03)(AP, 6/11/08)
2003 Jun 11, Poland's finance
minister quit in a power struggle over economic reforms. Grzegorz
Kolodko was the 11th minister, and the second finance minister, to
quit Miller's 20-month-old left-leaning administration.
2003 Jun 12, Lewis “Scooter”
Libby, chief of staff to VP Dick Cheney, 1st learned of CIA officer
Valery Plame in a conversation with VP Cheney. In 2005 Libby told a
Grand Jury that he was authorized to disclose information about the
National Intelligence Estimate to the press by his superiors.
(SFC, 10/25/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/10/06, p.A3)
2003 Jun 12, Air France turned
the oldest of its Concordes over to the Smithsonian Institution in
2003 Jun 12, EndoVascular
Tech., a unit of Guidant Corp., pleaded guilty for failure to report
malfunctions of their Ancure Endograft system and was ordered to pay
$92.4 million in civil and criminal penalties. Some 2,628
malfunctions between 1999 and 2001 had not been reported.
(SFC, 6/17/03, p.A1)(SFC, 10/17/03, p.A25)
2003 Jun 12, Gregory Peck
(b.1916), film actor, died in Los Angeles at age 87. His many films
included "Moby Dick" and "To Kill a Mockingbird."
(SFC, 6/13/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 12, A US helicopter
gunship was shot down in western Iraq, just hours after US fighter
jets bombed "a terrorist training camp" in central Iraq. US troops
stormed through Sunni Muslim towns, seeking Saddam Hussein loyalists
in one of the biggest American military assaults since the war
(AP, 6/12/03)(AP, 6/12/08)
2003 Jun 12, Israeli
helicopters fired rockets at two cars carrying Hamas activists in
Gaza killing seven people, including a young child, and wounding
29. The first strike killed two low-level Hamas activists,
ages 22 and 24, from a unit that guards city streets.
2003 Jun 12, The first-ever
Mexican freedom of information law took effect, designed to expose
the government and its once guarded records and secrets to greater
2003 Jun 12, In Peru teachers
went back to work after a month long strike that grew to include
protests by farmers and government workers and led President
Alejandro Toledo to impose emergency measures.
2003 Jun 12, Puerto Rico police
arrested more than 1,000 people during a major anti-drug operation.
2003 Jun 12, A container ship
ran aground off the coast of Singapore and leaked 165 tons of fuel
oil into the sea.
2003 Jun 13, Philip Giordano,
former 3-term mayor of Waterbury, Conn., was sentenced to 37 years
in federal prison for having oral sex with 2 young girls while in
(SFC, 6/14/03, p.A3)
2003 Jun 13, Wisconsin state
officials reported that probable 18 cases of monkeypox all came from
one prairie dog.
(SFC, 6/14/03, p.A6)
2003 Jun 13, Richard Armitage,
Deputy Sec. of State, told Bob Woodward about CIA operative Valerie
Plame. Woodward testified to this in 2007 during the Scooter Libby
(SFC, 2/13/07, p.A3)
2003 Jun 13, US forces killed
27 Iraqi fighters in a ground and air pursuit after the Iraqis
attacked an American tank patrol north of Baghdad, bringing the
opposition death toll in four days of skirmishes to about 100. Five
Iraqi civilians were shot by American troops who apparently mistook
them for militants fleeing after attacking a US tank patrol.
Hundreds of pro-cleric militants and security forces in Tehran
clashed with Iranians throughout the capital.
(AP, 6/13/03)(AP, 6/14/03)(AP, 6/13/08)
2003 Jun 13, Scientists
reported that the new hydrogen fuel cell technology could lead to
greater destruction of the ozone layer that protects Earth from
cancer-causing ultraviolet rays.
2003 Jun 13, Belgium's foreign
minister said the country has already amended its war crimes laws to
avoid politically inspired lawsuits against US officials.
2003 Jun 13-14, Czechs voted in
a two-day referendum on whether their country of 10 million should
join the European Union. They voted overwhelmingly to join the
European Union. 77.33% of voters approved the measure, while 22.67
voted no. Turnout was 55.21 percent.
(AP, 6/13/03)(AP, 6/14/03)(AP, 6/15/03)
2003 Jun 13, European Union
delegates agreed on a draft constitution that details how the
coalition of nations will be run as it adds new members and evolves
into what many hope will be a world power to rival the United
2003 Jun 13, In Iran
anti-government demonstrations took place for the third night in
2003 Jun 13, Israel decided to
target top Hamas leaders, including founder Sheik Ahmed, saying it
would strike political as well as military leaders who targeted
Israel with terrorism. An Israeli helicopter attack killed one Hamas
member and injured 22 Palestinians including 8 children.
(SFC, 6/14/03, p.A1)(AP, 6/13/08)
2003 Jun 13, In Thailand Narong
Penaman (44) was arrested with as much as 66 pounds of radioactive
cesium-137 for sale.
(SFC, 6/14/03, p.A3)
2003 Jun 14, Off the northern
Oregon coast a large wave flipped over Taki-Tooo, a charter fishing
boat carrying 19 people, killing at least nine; eight survived by
swimming to shore.
2003 Jun 14, A car driven by
Phoenix Bishop Thomas O'Brien struck and killed pedestrian Jim Reed;
O'Brien was later convicted of leaving the scene of an accident and
sentenced to probation.
2003 Jun 14, A Colombia air
force commander said leftist rebel camps were bombarded and that an
estimated 67 insurgents were killed in southern Meta and Cauca
2003 Jun 14, French troops
leading an international force engaged in a firefight with gunmen
for the first time in their mission to stabilize the northeastern
Congolese town of Bunia.
2003 Jun 14, Iran's hard-line
judiciary arrested "scores" of pro-clergy militants, including a
vigilante leader, over attacks on a Tehran student dormitory sparked
by attacks on pro-reform supporters.
2003 Jun 14, North and South
Korea connected railways at their heavily armed border in a symbolic
ceremony linking the two countries for the first time in more than a
half-century. North Korea still had 7 miles of tracks to complete
before trains could run.
(AP, 6/14/03)(SSFC, 6/15/03, p.A14)
2003 Jun 14, In eastern Uganda
a minivan bus plunged into a swamp and sank, killing 18 passengers.
2003 Jan 15, The San Antonio
Spurs beat the New Jersey Nets 88-77 in game 6 to win the NBA
(SFC, 6/16/03, p.C1)
2003 Jun 15, Golfer Jim Furyk
won the U.S. Open.
2003 Jun 15, Scientists
reported that nearly 1,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises drown
every day after becoming tangled in fishing nets and other
2003 Jun 15, Hume Cronyn (91),
stage and film star, died in Fairfield, Conn.
(SFC, 6/17/03, p.A21)
2003 Jun 15, With a deadline
passed for Iraqis to hand in heavy weapons, U.S. forces fanned out
across Iraq to seize arms and put down potential foes.
2003 Jun 15, The Saudi
government said it foiled "an imminent terrorist" attack with an
overnight raid on a bomb-filled, booby-trapped apartment in the holy
city of Mecca that left five suspects and two security agents dead.
2003 Jun 15, Suspected Tamil
Tiger rebels killed a Tamil politician opposed to them, fueling
tensions a day after the murder of another politician and an ocean
battle between government and rebels forces.
2003 Jun 16, A divided US
Supreme Court said the government can force medication on mentally
ill criminal defendants only in the rarest of circumstances.
2003 Jun 16, Thomas J. O'Brien
(67), the Roman Catholic bishop of Phoenix, was arrested in
connection with a fatal hit and run accident 2 days earlier. In 2004
O'Brien was sentenced to 4 years probation.
(SFC, 6/17/03, p.A14)(WSJ, 3/29/04, p.A1)
2003 Jun 16, Twelve people sent
to prison as the result of a Tulia, Texas, drug bust were released
on bail by a judge who said they'd been railroaded by an undercover
agent. A total of 35 people were later pardoned by Texas Governor
2003 Jun 16, The 100th
anniversary of the founding of Ford Motor Co. Douglas Brinkley
authored "Wheels for the World," a history of the company.
(WSJ, 4/25/03, W6)
2003 Jun 16, Scientists
reported that they've identified a flawed gene that appears to
promote manic-depression, or bipolar disorder.
2003 Jun 16, Erica Young (16)
and Uchenna Okeigwe (22) were murdered in Richmond, Ca. In 2007
Kimiko Kimio Wilson (22) was sentenced to life in prison for their
murder and the attempted murder of Sheianna Babcock.
2003 Jun 16, The Association of
Southeast Asian Nations urged Myanmar's military government to free
pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
2003 Jun 16, In Colombia Pres.
Alvaro Uribe helped deploy the nation's latest weapon in a nearly
40-year civil war, sending 10,000 peasant soldiers back to their
villages to confront rebels and paramilitary fighters.
2003 Jun 16, In England Steve
Gough began a naked 847-mile trek Land's End to John 0'Groats at
Scotland's north end.
(SFC, 8/19/03, p.A11)
2003 Jun 16, In southern India
a coal mine collapsed with at least 17 miners feared killed.
2003 Jun 16, In Indonesia a
passenger train slammed into a minibus carrying wedding guests,
killing at least 15 people.
2003 Jun 16, Abid Hamid Mahmud
al-Tikriti, No. 4 on the wanted list, surrendered at a private home
in Tikrit following informants' tips. Nearby US soldiers found two
boxes, each counting $4 million in bundled hundred-dollar bills,
along with hundreds of pieces of jewelry, a sniper rifle and two
pounds of plastic explosive.
(AP, 6/19/03)(SFC, 6/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 16, An explosion
collapsed the ceiling in the Ziminka mine in the town of
Prokopyevsk, one of central Siberia's oldest coal mines, killing 11
miners and trapping 4 others, who were later rescued.
(AP, 6/17/03)(AP, 6/18/03)
2003 Jun 17, A US federal
appeals court ruled the government properly withheld names and other
details about hundreds of foreigners who were detained in the months
after the Sept. 11 attacks.
2003 Jun 17, The US Justice
Department issued a directive banning routine racial and ethnic
profiling at all 70 federal agencies with law enforcement powers.
2003 Jun 17, English soccer
star David Beckham was sold to Real Madrid by Manchester United for
a $41 million transfer fee.
2003 Jun 17, The Extractive
Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) was formed at a conference
in London as a global standard for dealings in oil, gas and mining.
By 2016 the EITI Standard was implemented in 51 countries.
2003 Jun 17, Ivory Coast army
and rebel forces agreed to pull their forces back from battle
positions, strengthening a cease-fire in the former French colony.
2003 Jun 17, Jordanians voted
for a new parliament, six years after the previous one was
dissolved. Allies of King Abdullah II won more than half of the
seats in Jordan's parliamentary elections. Jordan's parliament,
unlike many Arab legislatures, can block bills and dismiss a prime
minister and his Cabinet.
(AP, 6/17/03)(AP, 6/18/03)
2003 Jun 17, Liberia's
President Charles Taylor pledged to yield power as part of a
cease-fire with rebels, but his government quickly hedged on the
2003 Jun 17, Peruvian
investigators dramatically increased their estimate of the death
toll from a two-decade fight against Shining Path rebels, saying
they now believe between 40,000 and 60,000 people perished or
disappeared from 1980-1990s.
2003 Jun 17, Romania's
government acknowledged that its former leaders deported and
exterminated Romanian Jews during World War II.
2003 Jun 17, The Virgin
Islands Party was swept from power after spending 17 years at the
helm, according to final election results.
2003 Jun 18, Andrew Luster
(39), a convicted rapist and heir to the Max Factor fortune, was
arrested after 5 months on the run. He was picked up by Mexican
police in Puerto Vallarta as he scuffled with bounty hunters who had
trailed him from California.
(AP, 6/18/03)(SFC, 8/16/03, p.A3)
2003 Jun 18, The Mercury Policy
Project reported that 1/3 of albacore tuna contained levels of toxic
mercury exceeding a federally recommended dose for women of
(SFC, 6/19/03, p.A10)
2003 Jun 18, Larry Doby (70),
baseball Hall-of-Famer who broke the American League's color barrier
in 1947, died in Montclair, N.J.
2003 Jun 18, In Finland PM
Anneli Jaatteenki resigned amid accusations that she lied about
sensitive political information during her election campaign.
(SFC, 6/19/03, p.A14)
2003 Jun 18, A demonstration by
former Iraqi army officers demanding back pay turned violent after
an American soldier fired into the crowd. 2 Iraqis were killed. One
American was killed in a drive-by shooting in south Baghdad.
(SFC, 6/19/03, p.A16)
2003 Jun 18, Japan began
counting the homeless. It estimated the homeless population at
25,000 compared to 600,000 in the US.
(WSJ, 6/18/03, p.A1)(Econ, 10/18/08, p.86)
2003 Jun 18, Israel agreed to
curb its "track-and-kill" operations against Palestinian militants
in a deal struck with US officials to help them salvage a new peace
plan torn by violence.
2003 Jun 19, The FBI put
cosmetics heir Andrew Luster aboard a plane in Mexico and flew him
back to California, five months after he'd been convicted in
absentia of drugging and raping three women.
2003 Jun 19, Federal
authorities said an Ohio truck driver who met Osama bin Laden and
admitted plots against trains and Brooklyn Bridge had pleaded guilty
to felony charges.
2003 Jun 19, The U.S. Air Force
dropped manslaughter and aggravated assault charges against two
fighter pilots who'd mistakenly bombed Canadian soldiers in
Afghanistan in 2002. One pilot was waiting trial on a charge of
dereliction of duty.
2003 Jun 19, In Arizona a
wildfire burned up to 250 homes on Mount Lemon, north of Tucson.
(SFC, 6/20/03, p.A3)
2003 Jun 19, Thousands of
Colombians marched on the presidential palace to defend their jobs
against what they described as a drive to turn the country's public
services into multinational corporations.
2003 Jun 19, The Congolese
government and two rebel factions agreed to halt fighting in an
eastern region and pull back from newly occupied areas, hours after
a battle for a key town there killed dozens of people.
2003 Jun 19, European leaders
gathered at a secluded Greek seaside resort for a three-day summit
to discuss Middle East peace, illegal immigration, and the
contentious draft of a first-ever European Union constitution.
2003 Jun 19, A team of
Australian researchers reported that bananas and taro were
cultivated ion the highlands of Papua New Guinea as long as 7,000
2003 Jun 19, In France more
Iranians set themselves on fire to protest a crackdown on an
Iraq-based anti-Tehran group. Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the
People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, was among 150 people
detained in a sweep of their European headquarters in suburban Paris
by hundreds of masked police this month. Most of those detained were
let go. In 2011 French investigators dropped terror charges against
24 members of the group.
(WSJ, 6/20/03, p.A1)(AP, 5/12/11)
2003 Jun 19, In Iraq The
special "Task Force 20" commando team was joined in the convoy
operation by an AC-130 gunship and other air support, attacking by
ground and air along a known escape and smuggling route near the
western city of Qaim.
(AP, 6/24/03)(SFC, 6/25/03, p.A18)
2003 Jun 19, An Israeli
shopkeeper was killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber.
(WSJ, 6/20/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 19, In northeastern
Nigeria 30 miles north of the city of Umuahia, fuel gushing from a
vandalized pipeline exploded, killed at least 105 villagers as they
2003 Jun 20, President Bush
named Scott McClellan his new press secretary, succeeding Ari
2003 Jun 20, Pres. Bush and
Brazil's Pres. Lula da Silva said that relations between the two
nations remain on track despite sharp disagreements over Iraq and
some trade issues.
2003 Jun 20, Secretary of State
Colin Powell met separately with the leaders of Israel and the
Palestinian Authority, praising the Israelis for efforts toward an
eventual peace settlement and urging speed on the Palestinians.
2003 Jun 20, Gov. Davis
announced that car license fees would triple as of Oct. 1 and
Finance Director Steve Peace said California was now operating off
of borrowed money.
(SFC, 6/21/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 20, General Motors
Corp. said it will sell about $13 billion of bonds, one of the
largest corporate debt offerings ever, to help shore up its U.S.
pension plan which ended last year under funded by $19.3 billion.
Standard & Poor's 500 companies had a combined deficit of about
$239 billion and growing, an all-time high.
2003 Jun 20, In Los Angeles
County 31 train cars broke loose and rolled over 30 miles before
workers forced a derailing at Commerce.
(SFC, 6/21/03, p.A3)
2003 Jun 20, Wildfires fueled
by high winds burned 250 homes in southern Arizona.
2003 Jun 20, In China Guangdong
health officials reported 211 encephalitis cases with 18 children
killed. 100,000 children were vaccinated as a precaution.
(SFC, 6/21/03, p.A5)
2003 Jun 20, China said it will
move 42,000 soldiers to civilian jobs this year as part of efforts
to shrink the world's largest military.
2003 Jun 20, A 31-nation
conference in Germany agreed to expand efforts to combat terrorist
financing and money laundering. The Financial Action Task Force
issued a 40-point program to keep international law enforcement
abreast of criminals' increasingly sophisticated efforts to conceal
illegal money flows.
2003 Jun 20, In Iran student
protests against Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spread to at least 8 other
(SFC, 6/21/03, p.A8)
2003 Jun 20, Kazakhstan's
parliament passed a bill allowing private ownership of land for the
first time in this vast former Soviet republic.
2003 Jun 20, In Latvia Vaira
Vike-Freiberga easily won a second term as president.
2003 Jun 20, In Liberia Pres.
Charles Taylor renounced his peace pledge to cede power and
announced that he will serve to the January 2004 end of his term —
and might run again.
2003 Jun 20, Singapore launched
an automated commuter train system, filling a gap in the city's
2003 Jun 20, A boat carrying
some 250 people toward Italy sank off the Tunisian coast, killing at
least 50 people. The boat's occupants were all thought to be illegal
(AP, 6/20/03)(AP, 6/22/03)
2003 Jun 20, In central Turkey
a student dormitory at an Islamic school exploded and collapsed,
killing 10 students.
2003 Jun 20, Morgan Tsvangirai
(51), Zimbabwe's opposition leader, was released on bail after two
weeks in jail on treason charges. He said he will not stop putting
pressure on Pres. Robert Mugabe (79).
2003 Jun 21, Lennox Lewis
retained his heavyweight title after a cut stopped Vitali Klitschko
after six brawling rounds in Los Angeles.
2003 Jun 21, Ten weeks after
the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, President Bush offered a
broadly positive status report on the U.S. mission in Iraq in his
weekly radio address.
2003 Jun 21, J.K. Rowling's 5th
Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," went
(SFC, 6/21/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 21, George Axelrod
(b.1922), playwright, died in Los Angeles. His plays included "The
Seven Year Itch" (1952).
(SSFC, 6/22/03, p.A27)
2003 Jun 21, Leon Uris (78),
author, died on New York's Shelter Island. His books included
"Battle Cry" (1953), the best-selling "Exodus" (1958) and "Mila 18"
(AP, 6/24/03)(SFC, 6/25/03, p.A25)
2003 Jun 21, In Afghanistan
Abdul Wali (28), a detainee held at a US base, died following 2 days
of interrogation. In 2004 David A. Passaro, former Army Ranger, was
charged with assault in connection to Wali’s death. In 2006 Passaro,
a former CIA contractor, was convicted in North Carolina of
assaulting Abdul Wali with a metal flashlight. In 2007 Passaro was
sentenced to 8 ½ years in prison.
(SFC, 6/18/04, p.A1)(SFC, 8/18/06, p.A5)(SFC,
2003 Jun 21, China's Xinhua
News Agency reported that archaeologists in western China had
discovered five earthenware jars of 2,000-year-old rice wine in an
ancient Han dynasty tomb (206BCE-25CE), and its bouquet was still
strong enough to perk up the nose.
2003 Jun 21, Chancellor Gerhard
Schroeder appealed for a swift end to three weeks of union strikes
demanding a shorter work week in formerly communist eastern Germany,
warning of further damage to the already weak economy.
2003 Jun 21, The Israeli army
killed Abdullah Kawasme, a local Hamas leader, in the West Bank town
(AP, 6/22/03)(SSFC, 6/22/03, p.A9)
2003 Jun 22, It was reported
that Elko, Nevada, besieged by Mormon crickets (shield-backed
katydids), had spent $56,000 for 18 tons of the pesticide carbaryl
to stop the infestation. The 4-year Nevada plague, the worst in 5
decades, had missed Elko until this year.
(SSFC, 6/22/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 22, Vasil Bykov (79),
one of the best-known and most talented writers in Belarus and a
harsh critic of its authoritarian leader, died. His books about
World War II — including "Sign of Misfortune," "Alpine Ballad" and
"Sotnikov" were required reading for all Belarusian school children.
2003 Jun 22, The Belgian
government agreed on changes to narrow a war crimes law and prevent
complaints against foreign leaders that have provoked vehement
criticism from the US.
2003 Jun 22, In Sao Paulo,
Brazil, some 800,000 danced their way through one of the world's
biggest gay pride parades.
2003 Jun 22, In Djibouti an
explosion caused by a bomb dropped from a B-52 killed a U.S. Marine
and wounded eight U.S. service members during a training exercise.
(AP, 6/22/03)(WSJ, 6/24/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 22, Greece seized a
Comoros-flagged cargo ship that wandered the Mediterranean Sea with
750 tons of explosives on board. The Baltic Sky set off from Gabes,
Tunisia, last month with the explosives and 8,000 detonators and
fuses destined for Sudan.
2003 Jun 22, In western India a
passenger train hit boulders spilled on the track by a landslide,
causing four cars to derail and killing 51 people.
(AP, 6/23/03)(AP, 6/24/03)
2003 Jun 22, Iraq returned to
world oil markets with its first crude oil exports since the
U.S.-led invasion. A fuel pipeline exploded and caught fire west of
Baghdad, a possible act of sabotage that sent flames high into the
2003 Jun 22, Thousands of
workers at South Korea's oldest bank ended a five-day strike by
agreeing to a deal that guaranteed wage hikes and job security.
Workers objected to the sale of the state bank to Shinhan Financial
(AP, 6/22/03)(Econ, 6/28/03, p.71)
2003 Jun 22, Russian private
television station whose critical reporting had irritated the
Kremlin was taken off the air and replaced by a state-run sports
2003 Jun 22, Tajiks voted on
changes to their constitution that would allow President Emomali
Rakhmonov to potentially stay in power for another 17 years. An
overwhelming majority of voters approved the constitutional change.
(AP, 6/22/03)(AP, 6/23/03)
2003 Jun 23, Former Vermont
Gov. Howard Dean announced that he's running for president.
(WSJ, 6/23/03, p.A4)
2003 Jun 23, The US Supreme
Court, in Grutter v. Bollinger, upheld a University of Mich. law
school admissions policy that gave minorities an edge, ruling 6-3
that race can be one of many factors that colleges consider when
selecting their students. A point system for undergraduate admission
was ruled unconstitutional.
(AP, 6/23/03)(WSJ, 6/24/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 23, The US Supreme
Court ruled that Congress can require libraries to install filters
on computers to screen out pornography.
(SFC, 6/24/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 23, Judith Miller,
reporter for the NY Times, met with Lewis “Scooter” Libby, chief of
staff for VP Dick Cheney, who gave her information about CIA
operative Valery Plame. Reporter Bob Woodward also spoke with Libby
on this day and on June 27 and in 2005 testified that Libby made no
mention of Plame. Woodward did say another senior government
official told him about Plame and her role in the CIA in mid-June.
(SFC, 10/22/05, p.A3)(SFC, 11/17/05, p.A3)(WSJ,
2003 Jun 23, Apple Computer
Inc. introduced new Macintosh computers that use its "G5"
microprocessor, a design by IBM Corp. that can handle twice as much
data at once as traditional PC microchips.
2003 Jun 23, The WSJ reported
that General Motors had launched a $13 billion debt offering to
shore up its pension funds. Strong demand pushed it to $17 billion,
the largest ever by a US company.
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R10)
2003 Jun 23, Idec
Pharmaceuticals Corp. said it agreed to acquire Biogen Inc. in a
$6.79 billion stock-for-stock transaction. The deal would create the
world's 3rd largest biotech company.
(AP, 6/23/03)(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R10)
2003 Jun 23, The US-led civil
administrators announced the creation of a new Iraqi army.
2003 Jun 23, Maynard Jackson
Jr. (65), former black mayor of Atlanta (1973-1993), died.
(SFC, 6/24/03, p.A21)
2003 Jun 23, The head of the
IMF met with Argentina's new government, opening a 2-day visit to
hear how Pres. Kirchner plans to confront the country's worst
economic crisis in history.
2003 Jun 23, The World Health
Organization removed Hong Kong from its list of SARS-infected areas.
2003 Jun 23, India's PM Atal
Bihari Vajpayee, making the first visit to China by a leader of his
nation in a decade, told his Premier Wen Jiabao that he hoped for
friendship and trust between the nuclear-armed former rivals.
2003 Jun 23, In Iran Zahra
Kazemi (54), a Montreal-based journalist, was detained after taking
pictures of Tehran's notorious Evin prison. She died Jul 11 of brain
hemorrhage from inflicted blows. Iran later admitted that she was
murdered while under police custody. Her family sought $14 million
in damages, but a 1985 Canadian law held that foreign states are
immune from the jurisdiction of Canadian courts.
(AP, 7/13/03)(SFC, 7/17/03, p.A7)(WSJ, 7/31/03,
p.A1)(SSFC, 12/6/09, p.A26)
2003 Jun 23, The main rebel
group in Liberia said it was pulling out of peace talks and accused
the top peace mediator of allowing Pres. Taylor to renege on a
promise to step down. Swiss authorities ordered a freeze on
any bank accounts of Pres. Charles Taylor, so war crimes prosecutors
can search for possible illegal diamond profits linked to West
2003 Jun 24, Pres. Bush met
with Pakistan's Pres. Musharraf and promised a $3 billion aid
package that did no included F-16s.
(WSJ, 6/25/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 24, The WHO lifted its
warning against travel to Beijing due to SARS.
(SFC, 6/25/03, p.A7)
2003 Jun 24, In central
Colombia the bullet-riddled bodies of industrialist Helmut
Bickenbach (68) and his wife Doris Gil (65), Miss Columbia (1957),
were found by an army patrol lying in a ditch, with their hands
bound. They had been kidnapped 6 months earlier.
2003 Jun 24, Finland's
parliament elected Matti Vanhanen as PM.
(SFC, 6/25/03, p.A3)
2003 Jun 24, An Air France
Concorde bound for a German museum landed in Germany.
2003 Jun 24, In Majar al-Kabir,
Iraq, British troops in the Shiite south killed 4 Iraqis in a
gunbattle. In response a 400-strong Iraqi mob descended on the
police station and murdered 6 British troops. 8 suspects were later
detained. One was released in 2009 and cases against 5 were dropped
in 2010. Two suspects were held for trial. On Oct 10, 2010, a
Baghdad court cleared two Iraqi men accused of taking part in the
(WSJ, 6/25/03, p.A1)(BS, 6/26/03, 12A)(AP,
2003 Jun 24, Israel arrested
more than 130 Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron,
targeting Hamas as the Palestinian government awaited word on
whether the Islamic militant group would agree to a cease-fire.
2003 Jun 24, Pres. Vladimir
Putin flew to London to be feted as the guest of Queen Elizabeth II
in the first state visit by a Russian leader to Britain since Czar
Alexander II in 1874.
2003 Jun 25, The US Federal
Reserve cut short-term interest rates by one-quarter percent. The
new 1% rate was the lowest since 1958.
(BS, 6/26/03, 1A)
2003 Jun 25, The music industry
threatened to sue hundreds of individual computer users who were
illegally sharing music files online.
2003 Jun 25, Lester Maddox
(87), segregationist and former Georgia governor (1967-1970), died
(BS, 6/26/03, 5A)(AP, 6/25/08)
2003 Jun 25, An Australian
military spokesman said the army will kill as many as 15,000
kangaroos to keep a southeastern army base from being overgrazed.
2003 Jun 25, The Malaysia
Parliament passed a post secondary school National Service Bill to
encourage nation building by integrating participants in a state-run
(Econ, 10/23/04, p.44)
2003 Jun 25, Three Palestinian
militant groups agreed to halt attacks on Israel for 3 months.
(BS, 6/26/03, 1A)
2003 Jun 25, Yemeni troops
killed at least 6 Islamic militants during an attack on a mountain
hideout following failed negotiations.
(SFC, 6/26/03, p.A10)
2003 Jun 26, The US Supreme
court, in Lawrence v. Texas, struck down a Texas sodomy law and
proclaimed that gay Americans have a right to private sexual
relations. The court ruled 6-3 that laws prohibiting sexual acts
between members of the same sex are unconstitutional. In 2012 Dale
Carpenter authored “Flagrant conduct: The Story of Lawrence v.
p.A1)(SSFC, 3/18/12, p.F1)
2003 Jun 26, The US Supreme
court ruled that a provision of the 1994 California penal code that
extended the statute of limitations for child molestation was
(SFC, 6/27/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 26, A jury in Fort
Worth, Texas, convicted former nurse's aide Chante Mallard of murder
for hitting a homeless man with her car, driving home with his
mangled body jammed in the windshield and leaving him to die in her
garage. Mallard was later sentenced to 50 years in prison.
(AP, 6/26/04)(AP, 6/26/08)
2003 Jun 26, Strom Thurmond
(1902-2003), former South Carolina Senator, died at 100.
(SFC, 6/27/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/27/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 26, Researchers said
the Amazon rain forest is disappearing at an increasing rate, mainly
because of a growing appetite for farm land.
2003 Jun 26, The 24th annual
Montreal Jazz Festival opened. By Jul 6 it had drawn some 1.7
(WSJ, 7/10/03, p.D8)
2003 Jun 26, Canada's health
ministry approved a "safe injection site" for illegal drug users in
Vancouver. After 5 years it was found that only about 500 of the
city’s 8,000 addicts used the Insite program on a daily basis and
that there was no decrease in HIV cases.
(SFC, 6/27/03, p.D1)(Econ, 8/9/08, p.37)
2003 Jun 26, Sir Denis Thatcher
(88), husband of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher,
died in London.
2003 Jun 26, In Monrovia,
Liberia, 3 days of rocket and mortar fire left at least 200
(SFC, 6/27/03, p.A17)
2003 Jun 27, The American
public poured an avalanche of discontent into the new national
do-not-call list, registering over 735,000 phone numbers on the 1st
(AP, 6/28/03)(SFC, 6/28/03,
2003 Jun 27, The Central
African Republic's former PM fled after being granted asylum in
France, ending five months holed up in the French Embassy after a
2003 Jun 27, In India thousands
of fish in the Gomati River died when monsoon rains sent a huge
overflow of untreated sewage into the water, causing a drastic drop
in oxygen levels. The fish were already ailing from the persistent
flow of untreated sewage. A cleanup was important because Lucknow's
2 million people depend on the river for drinking water.
2003 Jun 27, Israeli and
Palestinian leaders agreed for Israel to begin withdrawing forces
from areas of the Gaza Strip and returning security control to
Palestinian officers. In 33 months of the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict, 2,414 people have been killed on the Palestinian side and
806 on the Israeli side.
(AP, 6/27/03)(SFC, 6/28/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 28, The Mississippi
River Museum and Aquarium opened in Dubuque, Iowa.
(SSFC, 9/14/03, p.C12)
2003 Jun 28, After days of
intense searching by ground and air, U.S. forces found the bodies of
two soldiers missing north of Baghdad, as the toll of American dead
since the start of war topped the grim milestone of 200.
2003 Jun 28, An Islamic Jihad
leader announced that the group accepted a conditional three-month
halt to attacks on Israelis — the first open confirmation of the
deal from a militant leader.
2003 Jun 28, Two suspected
Islamic militants stormed an army camp in Kashmir, killing 12
soldiers before being slain themselves.
2003 Jun 28, West African
leaders promised to deploy a peace force of at least 5,000 troops to
warring Liberia after a cease-fire has been reached, and said France
had offered soldiers and logistical support.
2003 Jun 28, Malawi's army was
deployed to quell violent riots after demonstrators attacked an
American children's charity and several churches to protest the
removal of five Muslim foreign nationals suspected of working for
2003 Jun 29, SF held its 33rd
annual SF Gay Pride parade on Market St.
(SSFC, 6/28/03, p.A2)
2003 Jun 29, In Chicago a
wooden third-floor porch packed with dozens of friends in their
early 20s collapsed, killing 12 people as it pancaked onto porches
2003 Jun 29, Joseph Parker
(30), a bagger at Albertson's in Irvine, Ca.,, killed 2 people with
a sword before police fatally shot him.
(SFC, 6/30/03, p.B4)
2003 Jun 29, Bernard A.
Goldhirsh (b.1940), founder of Inc. Magazine, died of brain cancer.
He sold Inc. after his diagnosis in 2000 and gave $20 million to his
employees and put $50 million into the Goldhirsh Foundation.
2003 Jun 29, Katharine Hepburn
(b.1907), film actress, died at Old Saybrook, Conn. Her Oscars were
for "Morning Glory" (1933); "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967);
"The Lion in Winter" (1968); and "On Golden Pond" (1981). Her books
included "Me: Stories from My Life" (1991). In 2006 William J. Mann
authored “Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn.”
(AP, 6/30/03)(SFC, 6/30/03, p.A11)(SFC, 10/5/06,
2003 Jun 29, In Bangladesh
monsoon floods claimed 45 lives in the past four days, washing away
many houses and displacing thousands of villagers.
2003 Jun 29, Warring sides in
Congo agreed on the formation of a unified military.
2003 Jun 29, German Chancellor
Gerhard Schroeder announced a plan to bring forward tax cuts worth
about $20.6 billion, a move that could inject new life into Europe's
2003 Jun 29, Hong Kong and
China signed a free-trade agreement, the Closer Economic Partnership
(AP, 6/29/03)(Econ, 6/30/07, SR p.11)
2003 Jun 29, In Iraq US forces
launched a massive operation to crush insurgents and capture senior
figures from the ousted regime.
2003 Jun 29, The militant Hamas
and Islamic Jihad groups agreed to suspend attacks against Israel
for three months.
2003 Jun 29, Transportation
across South Korea was disrupted as railway workers opposed to a
government privatization plan went on strike for a second day.
2003 Jun 30, Buddy Hackett
(78), comedian and film actor born as Leonard Hacker, died in
Malibu, Ca. His films included "The Music Man" (1962).
(SFC, 7/1/03, p.A2)(SSFC, 12/28/03, p.E9)(AP,
2003 Jun 30, Joseph P. Overton
(b.1960), a Senior Vice President of the Mackinac Center for Public
Policy, died from injuries suffered in crash while piloting an
ultralight aircraft near Caro, Michigan. He had described an
approach to identifying which ideas define the domain of
acceptability within a democracy's possible governmental policies.
The Overton window, also known as the window of discourse, is the
range of ideas tolerated in public discourse.
2003 Jun 30, In Algeria a
military plane slammed into a house west of the capital, killing at
least 12 people, including women and children on the ground.
2003 Jun 30, In Chechnya armed
thieves opened fire on a crowd of Chechen villagers as they were
collecting unemployment benefits, killing four and wounding at least
2003 Jun 30, American troops
detained the U.S.-appointed mayor of Najaf, Iraq, accusing him of
kidnapping and corruption.
2003 Jun 30, In Iraq 10 people
died in a masque blast in Fallujah. US military later said the blast
was due to an accident during a "bomb manufacturing class." US
ground commanders said there was no evidence of a bomb factory and
residents blamed a US war plane.
(WSJ, 7/2/03, p.A1)(SFC, 7/2/03, p.A14)(SFC,
7/3/03, p.A10)(SFC, 7/4/03, p.A17)
2003 Jun 30, Israeli and
Palestinian commanders shook hands, bulldozers dismantled
checkpoints and Palestinian traffic flowed freely in the Gaza Strip.
A Palestinian shooting killed a Romanian truck driver in the West
2003 Jun 30, Ivory Coast Rebels
announced that they were suspending participation in the
power-sharing government, accusing the government of violating an
agreement ending nine months of civil war.
2003 Jun 30, A Laotian court
sentenced two European journalists and an American pastor to 15
years in jail for the slaying of a village security official. They
were released Jul 9.
(AP, 6/30/03)(AP, 7/9/03)
2003 Jun 30, In Nigeria a
general strike called to protest massive fuel-price increases
paralyzed the major cities. Police fired tear gas to break up mobs
of banner-waving workers and roving armed gangs.
2003 Jun 30, Pakistan's new
ambassador to India arrived to take up his post, saying his country
was ready to restore normal ties with its nuclear rival after a gap
of 18 months.
2003 Jun 30, Beatriz Merino
(55), Peru's first female PM debuted, pledging to bring discipline
and austerity to the beleaguered government amid hopes her
appointment will help salvage Alejandro Toledo's presidency.
2003 Jun 30, In Moscow an
investigation of 700 police officers of the criminal Investigation
Dept. began as "Operation Werewolves" continued into a 2nd week.
(SFC, 7/3/03, p.A14)
2003 Jun 30, Foreign ministers
from 16 South Pacific nations endorsed a plan to send more than
2,000 troops and police to impose civil order in the Solomon
Islands. The military component of the Regional Assistance Mission
to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) ended in 2013.
(AP, 7/3/03)(Econ, 7/20/13, p.39)
2003 Jun, China began a new
$15.7 billion investment fund as an alternative to its dilapidated
(WSJ, 8/26/03, p.C1)
2003 Jun, Libya announced it
was breaking off diplomatic ties with Iraq and closing its embassy
shortly after the US-led invasion of the country earlier this year.
2003 Jun, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali
(22), a US citizen, was arrested in Medina as Saudi authorities were
investigating a wave of bombings. He was convicted in 2005 in a
Virginia federal court of conspiring with Al-Qaida. In 2008 a
federal appeals court upheld the conviction, but ordered a new
sentencing hearing. In 2009 he was sentenced to life in prison for
plotting to kill Pres. George W. Bush.
(SFC, 11/23/05, p.A14)(SFC, 6/7/08, p.A3)(SFC,
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