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  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Tuesday Jan 7, 2003
    Kobe Bryant

    NBA record for three-pointers

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Tuesday Jan 7, 2003

    He set an NBA record for three-pointers in a game on January 7, 2003, when he made 12 against the Seattle SuperSonics.




  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Sunday Jan 19, 2003
    Kobe Bryant

    Bryants' first child

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Sunday Jan 19, 2003

    Bryants' first child was born in January 2003. The birth resulted in a reconciliation between Bryant and his parents.




  • U.S.
    Wednesday Jan 29, 2003
    Xerox

    SEC filed a complaint against Xerox's auditors, KPMG

    U.S.
    Wednesday Jan 29, 2003

    On January 29, 2003, the SEC filed a complaint against Xerox's auditors, KPMG, alleging four partners in the "Big Five" accounting firm permitted Xerox to "cook the books" to fill a $3 billion "gap" in revenue and $1.4 billion "gap" in pre-tax earnings. In April 2005 KPMG settled with the SEC by paying a US$22.48 million fine. Meanwhile, Xerox paid a civil penalty of $10 million. As part of the settlement, KPMG neither admits nor denies wrongdoings.




  • Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.
    Thursday Jan 30, 2003
    Dwayne Johnson

    The Rock Returned

    Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.
    Thursday Jan 30, 2003

    The Rock returned on the January 30, 2003 episode of SmackDown! to set up another match with Hulk Hogan at No Way Out.




  • Seattle, Washington, U.S.
    Sunday Mar 30, 2003
    Dwayne Johnson

    WrestleMania XIX

    Seattle, Washington, U.S.
    Sunday Mar 30, 2003

    After failing to win a number one contendership for the World Heavyweight Championship, The Rock went into another program with Stone Cold Steve Austin. This led to a match at WrestleMania XIX, which called back to their previous two WrestleMania encounters, both of which Austin had won.




  • Seattle, Washington, U.S.
    Monday Mar 31, 2003
    Dwayne Johnson

    The Rock Appreciation Night

    Seattle, Washington, U.S.
    Monday Mar 31, 2003

    The next night, Raw was billed as "The Rock Appreciation Night", in honor of his victory over Austin. That night, he was attacked by a debuting Goldberg.




  • Miami, Florida, U.S.
    Friday Apr 11, 2003
    Michael Jordan

    23 no more in Miami Heat

    Miami, Florida, U.S.
    Friday Apr 11, 2003

    The Miami Heat retired the number 23 jersey on April 11, 2003, even though Jordan never played for the team.


  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Wednesday Apr 16, 2003
    Michael Jordan

    Final Match

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Wednesday Apr 16, 2003

    Jordan played in his final NBA game on April 16, 2003, in Philadelphia.


  • Beijing, China
    Friday Apr 25, 2003
    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS Spreading through China: Closing entertainment venues

    Beijing, China
    Friday Apr 25, 2003

    On April 26–27, Chinese authorities closed down theatres, discos, and other entertainment venues in Beijing as the death toll in Beijing continued to rise, threatening to become the worst-hit area of the country


  • Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Sunday Apr 27, 2003
    Dwayne Johnson

    Backlash (2003)

    Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Sunday Apr 27, 2003

    At Backlash, Goldberg defeated The Rock, who then briefly left WWE to film Walking Tall.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Wednesday May 7, 2003
    Michael Jordan

    Fired

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Wednesday May 7, 2003

    On May 7, 2003, Wizards owner Abe Pollin fired Jordan as the team's president of basketball operations. Jordan later stated that he felt betrayed, and that if he had known he would be fired upon retiring he never would have come back to play for the Wizards.


  • United States
    Tuesday May 27, 2003
    Angelina Jolie

    Second Divorce

    United States
    Tuesday May 27, 2003

    Jolie and Thornton abruptly separated in 2002, and their divorce was finalized on May 27, 2003. When asked about the sudden dissolution of their marriage, Jolie stated, "It took me by surprise, too, because overnight, we totally changed. I think one day we had just nothing in common. And it's scary but ... I think it can happen when you get involved and you don't know yourself yet."


  • U.S.
    Thursday Jun 5, 2003
    Xerox

    Six Xerox senior executives accused of securities fraud settled their issues with the SEC and neither admitted nor denied wrongdoing

    U.S.
    Thursday Jun 5, 2003

    In response to the SEC's complaint, Xerox Corporation neither admitted nor denied wrongdoing. It agreed to pay a $10 million penalty and to restate its financial results for the years 1997 through 2000. On June 5, 2003, six Xerox senior executives accused of securities fraud settled their issues with the SEC and neither admitted nor denied wrongdoing. They agreed to pay $22 million in penalties, disgorgement, and interest. The company received approval to settle the securities lawsuit in 2008.


  • Palo Alto, California, U.S.
    Tuesday Jul 1, 2003
    Tesla, Inc.

    Tesla founded

    Palo Alto, California, U.S.
    Tuesday Jul 1, 2003

    Tesla was founded in July 2003, by engineers Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, under the name Tesla Motors. The company's name is a tribute to engineer Nikola Tesla.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Sep 11, 2003
    September 11 (9/11) Attacks

    2,833 Applications

    U.S.
    Thursday Sep 11, 2003

    By the deadline for victim's compensation on September 11, 2003, 2,833 applications had been received from the families of those who were killed.


  • United States
    Friday Oct 24, 2003
    Angelina Jolie

    Beyond Borders

    United States
    Friday Oct 24, 2003

    Her next film was Beyond Borders, released on 24 October 2003, in which she portrayed a socialite who joins an aid worker played by Clive Owen.


  • Cheveland, Ohio, U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 29, 2003
    LeBron James

    Debut

    Cheveland, Ohio, U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 29, 2003

    James was selected by his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, as the first overall pick of the 2003 NBA draft.


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