20 events that occurred in 2003


  • Jan 23rd Final communication between Earth and Pioneer 10

  • Jan 24th The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.

  • Jan 26th Super Bowl XXXVII: Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Oakland Raiders, 48-21 at the Qualcomm Stadium MVP: Dexter Jackson, Tampa Bay, S

  • 1st 89th Rose Bowl: #8 Oklahoma beats #7 Washington State, 34-14

  • 1st 69th Sugar Bowl: #4 Georgia beats #16 Florida State, 26-13

  • 2nd 69th Orange Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #3 Iowa, 38-17

  • 3rd 5th BCS National Championship: #2 Ohio State beats #1 Miami, 31-24, at 32nd Fiesta Bowl

  • Jan 16th The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.

  • Jan 17th 8th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Chicago wins Best Film

  • Jan 18th A bushfire kills 4 people and destroys more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia.

  • Jan 19th AFC Championship Game: Oakland Raiders beat Tennessee Titans 41-24

  • Jan 30th Belgium legally recognizes same-sex marriage.

  • Jan 30th Richard Reid sentenced to life in prison for attempting to bomb an American Airlines flight with 197 on board

  • Jan 31st The Waterfall rail accident occurs near Waterfall, New South Wales, Australia.

  • Feb 1st Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing allFeb 9th 52nd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 155-145 (2 OT) at Atlanta

  • Feb 10th France and Belgium break the NATO procedure of silent approval concerning the timing of protective measures for Turkey in case of a possible war with Iraq.

  • Feb 15th An estimated 6-11 million people around the world take to the streets to protest against war with Iraq

  • Feb 16th 45th Daytona 500: Michael Watrip wins (133.87 MPH)

  • Feb 17th The London Congestion Charge scheme begins.

  • Feb 18th Comet C/2002 V1 (NEAT) makes perihelion, seen by SOHO.

  • seven astronauts aboard.
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