What happened in 2003, including pop culture, awards, and top news. (2023)

Human genome project

The human genome project will conclude in April. Scientists from all over the world have succeeded in sequencing around 99% of the human genome. They identified more than 20,000 individual genes and base pairs that make up the basic structure of human DNA. The project started in1990and was a collaborative global effort led by the National Institutes of Health. Upon completion, scientists hoped the research would help understand how certain diseases could be predicted and cured in the future.

United States - Columbia space shuttle disaster

The Columbia Space Shuttle disaster occurs onFebruary 1st. NASA's STS-107 mission carried seven crew members (Rick Husband, William McCool, David Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Michael Anderson, Laurel Clark and Ilan Ramon) into space where they conducted 16 days of science experiments. The Columbia broke up on re-entry, tragically killing everyone on board. The disaster was likely caused by damage to the left wing during takeoff when a piece of foam hit the wing. After the disaster, NASA's space shuttle program was suspended for two years while they investigated the disaster and tried to improve the program.

United Kingdom – Ronaldo's Manchester United debut

Portuguese football sensation Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, made his Premier League debut for Manchester UnitedAugustat the age of 18. Ronaldo played at Manchester United until 2009, when he left the Premier League to join La Liga as a striker for Real Madrid, earning a record-breaking €94million. Considered by many to be one of the greatest footballers of all time, he has won more than 20 trophies and holds dozens of records, including most goals in all UEFA competitions and becoming the first player to score 100 goals in the UEFA Champions League. League.

World - last Concorde flight

The last Concorde flight took place in November. The Concorde was a high-end supersonic aircraft that flew at twice the speed of sound. The first flight of the Concorde took place1969and regular flights began1976. Round-trip tickets cost thousands of dollars, and the service was mostly used by wealthy customers. After a tragic Concorde accident in 2000 and the11. September, 2001 terrorist attacks, the demand for the service dropped and they closed the service due to low passenger numbers.

Outer Space: Oldest exoplanets found

1. NASA confirms discovery of one of the oldest known exoplanets, PSR B1620-26 b.

2. The planet, nicknamed "Methuselah" was believed to be about 12.7 billion years old and about 12,400 light years from Earth.

3. Originally found in1993but its status was not officially confirmed until 10 years later with the help of the Hubble telescope.

4. Astronomers determined that it was the first confirmed planet with a circumbinary orbit (around a pulsar and a white dwarf) and the first in a globular cluster.

5. They also found that the exoplanet has about 2.6 times the mass of Jupiter and takes about 100 years to complete its orbit.

ESA launches SMART-1

The European Space Agency (ESA) will launch the SMART-1 (Small Missions Advanced Research in Technology-1) spacecraft in September. The unmanned satellite was launched from a site in Kourou, French Guiana. This was ESA's first mission to the moon and the spacecraft was in orbit around the moon for about three years. He conducted several experiments measuring the chemical and mineral elements visible on the lunar surface and solar activity. It crashed intentionally onto the lunar surface after 2,890 orbits.

China-Shenzhen 5

China launched Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission, in October 2003. The Shenzhou 5 mission carried China's first astronaut, Yang Liwei, who was a pilot. The flight lasted just over 21 hours and landed successfully in Inner Mongolia. Achieving this feat made China the third nation, after the Soviet Union (Russia) and the United States, to launch its own human spaceflight.

Department of Homeland Security

The new United StatesDepartment of Homeland Securityofficially start working

US invasion plan for Iraq

USA plansProInvasion of Iraqdue to an imminent threat of weapons of mass destruction

Shock and Awe Campaign

The United States and the United Kingdom begin theirsShock and Awe Campaignwith massive airstrikes on military targets in Baghdad before the invasion ofIrakby the ground forces.

Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein, former President of IraqCaughtin Tikrit by the US 4th Infantry Division

EE. UU. 393 Tornados

A major outbreak of severe weather spawned more tornadoes than any week in US history.393 tornadoes were reported in 19 states

Earthquake in Algeria

earthquakein the Boumerdès region ofNorthern Algeria- 2.200 Muertos

Francia Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrongwins his fifth Tour de France

no call log

The Do-Not-Call list starts by providing consumers27. Junewith the ability to limit telemarketing calls.

Sky Marshals

Armed undercover "sky marshals" are deployed on airplanes to prevent terrorist attacks after 9/11.

freedom fries

Americans change their name from "French Fries" to "Freedom Fries" to protest France's stance on Iraq


Toyota overtakes Chrysler for third place in US auto sales.

Johannes Mohammed

Ex-soldier John Muhammad convicted of Washington sniper shooting

Cost of Living 2003

how much things cost in 2003

Median new home cost$246.300,00

average median income$45.016,00

costs a gallon of gas1,83 $

Pop Culture 2003

ABC's 20/20 will air the controversial Granada Television documentary Living with Michael Jackson

Keiko, the orca made famous by the Free Willy movies, dies

The Recording Industry Association of America (or RIAA) files copyright lawsuits against Internet users for selling songs online

Apple launches iTunes, which becomes a huge hit within 4 months of launch, selling 10 million songs.

A white tiger attacks Roy Horn of the duo "Siegfried & Roy", leaving him partially paralyzed

Michael Jackson charged with suspected multiple child abuse (later clarified)

JK Rowling's fifth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is published

popular movies

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Find Nemo

Matrix Reloaded

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Bruce Almighty

The Last Samurai

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

The Matrix Revolutions

X2: X-Men United

Bad Boys II

Lost in translation

Popular musicians

Amanda Perez

Elton John


Christina Aguilera


david grade

Flabby Bizkit



Sheryl Crow

Hilary Duff

Norah Jones

Blink 182


Shania Twain


Avril Lavigne

50 Cent

Arcilla Aiken

Kylie Minogue


Kelly Clarkson



Justin Timberlake

Fleetwood Mac



P Diddy

100 years of Harley Davidson

Tens of thousands of Harley owners gather in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to celebrate 100 years of Harley-Davidson Motor Cycles.

Volkswagen Beetle

Isnewest old style Volkswagen Beetleperformed in Puebla, Puebla, Mexico by Band

Nationwide power outage in Italy

Italy suffers a blackout almost across the country when the electricity supply goes out

The hottest temperature ever recorded in Britain

Ishottest temperature ever recorded in Britain-38,5 °C (101,3 °F) in Brogdale bei Faversham in Kent

car bombing in Iraq

A car bomb blast in Iraq's holy city of Najaf has killed nearly 100 people, including a prominent Shia Muslim politician, Ayatollah Hakim.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Voters remove Governor Gray Davis from office and voteArnold Schwarzeneggerhappen to him.

Car bombs in India

Two large car bombs explode in a crowded area of ​​Mumbai, killing 50 and injuring nearly 150.

Irak Abu Abbas

The wanted terrorist Abu Abbas is arrested in Baghdad

Army soldier. Jessica Lynch

Army soldier. Jessica Lynch is one of the captured US troops who release them 9 days later

Earthquake in Iran

a mighty oneearthquakerockSoutheast Iran. More than 40,000 dead

Francia hello from the heat

In France, a 104-degree heatwave kills about 5,000 people

Darfur rebels in Sudan

Darfur rebels begin attacking Sudanese government targets, bringing a rapid military and police campaign into Darfur, driving millions to flee.

President George W Bush

President George W. Bush announces on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln that the major fighting in Iraq is overMay 1

US interest rates

US interest rates at 45-year record low of 1% and core inflation at 37-year record low of 1.3%

Juez Roy Moore

Judge Roy Moore is suspended for refusing to tear down the Ten Commandments from an Alabama courthouse.

Hurricane Isabella

Hurricane Isabel claims 40 lives and leaves six million people without power


The Kyoto Protocol threatens to fail after the international climate conference in Moscow

Terrorist attack in Iraq

Terrorists bomb the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad

terrorist turkey

Al Qaeda terrorists drive two trucks full of explosives and bombs into the Bet Israel and Neve Shalom synagogues in Istanbul, Turkey, killing 27

Suicide bombers in Turkey

A suicide bomb attack targeting British interests in the Turkish city of Istanbul has killed 27 and wounded 400

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Technology 2003

IsSpace Shuttle from Colombiadisintegrates on re-entry over Texas, killing all seven astronauts on board.

highly contagious diseaseSARS(Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)extends from China, Singapore and VietnamAlmost 9,000 people in 15 countries are affected worldwide and more than 800 die as a result.

Human genome projectsuccessfully completed with99% of the human genomesequenced with 99.99% accuracy.

Secretary of State Colin Powell urges the UN Security Council to take action against Iraq over its possession of weapons of mass destruction

insidemajor power outageinsideStoryIn North America, around 50 million people in the northeastern United States and southern Canada are without power.

IsBirth of Promethea, thefirst cloned horseby Italian scientists.

the spacecraftGalileiPlunging fiery into Jupiter's atmosphere, it was launched in 1989 and is one of NASA's most successful projects.

Concordedoes hislast commercial flight, bringing the era of supersonic aircraft to an end, at least for the time being.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected governor of California

Libya agrees to renounce chemical weapons

Saddam Hussein is captured by US forces

Concerns about a possible outbreak of avian influenza, also known as bird flu, in Asia continue to grow.

Top politicians in the world 2003

Australian Prime MinisterJuan Howard

President of BrazilFernando Henrique Cardoso Bis zum 1. Januar

President of BrazilLuiz Inácio Lula da Silva Seit de 1. Januar

Prime Minister of CanadaJean Chrétien until December 12

Prime Minister of CanadaPaul Martin of December 12th

China President of the People's Republic of ChinaJiang Zemin by March 23

China President of the People's Republic of ChinaSeit Hu JintaoThis day in history March 23rd

France's PresidentJacques Chirac

Chancellor of GermanyGerhard Schröder

Indian Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee

Prime Minister of ItalySilvio Berlusconi

Prime Minister of JapanJunichiro Koizumi

President of MexicoVicente Fuchs

Russia/Soviet Union General Secretary of the CPSUWladimir Putin

President of the State of South AfricaThabo Mbeki - The Best of Thabo Mbeki

President of the United StatesGeorge W. Bush

British Prime MinisterTony Blair

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