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  • Brazil
    Wednesday Jan 1, 2003

    Lula da Silva

    A President

    Brazil
    Wednesday Jan 1, 2003

    He became a president in 2003.




  • China
    Sunday Jan 5, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    A new infection with SARS is confirmed in China

    China
    Sunday Jan 5, 2003

    China confirmed that the case reported in December was a case of wild source SARS.




  • 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.




  • Guangzhou, China
    Friday Jan 31, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    The first international spreaded

    Guangzhou, China
    Friday Jan 31, 2003

    The first super-spreader, Zhou Zuofen would bring the disease to the international stage. He checked in to the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital in Guangzhou on January 31. This was the same hospital where Liu Jianlun was treating the disease. The virus was soon spread to nearby hospitals while Liu would later spread the disease to Hong Kong.


  • Siirt, Turkey
    Sunday Feb 9, 2003

    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

    2003 New Election

    Siirt, Turkey
    Sunday Feb 9, 2003

    In December 2002, the Supreme Election Board canceled the general election results from Siirt due to voting irregularities and scheduled a new election for 9 February 2003. By this time, party leader Erdoğan was able to run for parliament due to a legal change made possible by the opposition Republican People's Party. The AKP duly listed Erdoğan as a candidate for the rescheduled election, which he won, becoming Prime Minister after Gül handed over the post.


  • Hong Kong, China
    Friday Feb 21, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    Hong Kong Spread: First Patient Liu Jianlun

    Hong Kong, China
    Friday Feb 21, 2003

    Liu Jianlun, Hong Kong's first patient, checked into the Metropole Hotel on February 21, with a room on the ninth floor, specifically room 911. Even though he was already feeling somewhat ill he visited with his family and travelled around Hong Kong.


  • Toronto, Canada
    Sunday Feb 23, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS reaches Canda

    Toronto, Canada
    Sunday Feb 23, 2003

    An elderly woman, Kwan Sui-Chu returned to Toronto from Hong Kong after being infected by Liu Jianlun at the Metropole Hotel. She died at home on March 5, after infecting her son Tse Chi Kwai, who spread the disease at Scarborough Grace Hospital and then he also died.


  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Sunday Feb 23, 2003

    Dwayne Johnson

    No Way Out (2003)

    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Sunday Feb 23, 2003

    The Rock defeated Hogan at No Way Out before assigning himself to the Raw brand.


  • Taipei, Taiwan
    Tuesday Feb 25, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    Spreading though Taiwan

    Taipei, Taiwan
    Tuesday Feb 25, 2003

    On February 25, a businessman who had travelled in Hong Kong and the Guangdong Province returned home to Taipei. This marked the beginning of the outbreak on Taiwan.


  • Vietnam
    Wednesday Feb 26, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS Spread in Vietnam: First Patient

    Vietnam
    Wednesday Feb 26, 2003

    The virus was carried to Hanoi, Vietnam by a fellow guest on the Metropole's ninth floor. A Chinese-American resident of Shanghai, Johnny Chen, had roomed across the hall from Liu at the Metropole. He travelled on to Hanoi, fell ill there, and on February 26, was admitted to the French Hospital of Hanoi where he infected at least 38 of the staff there.


  • Rawalpindi, Pakistan
    Saturday Mar 1, 2003

    September 11 (9/11) Attacks

    Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Was Arrested

    Rawalpindi, Pakistan
    Saturday Mar 1, 2003

    Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was arrested on March 1, 2003, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, by Pakistani security officials working with the CIA. He was then held at multiple CIA secret prisons and Guantanamo Bay where he was interrogated and tortured with methods including waterboarding.


  • Novena, Singapore
    Saturday Mar 1, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    Spreading to Singapore

    Novena, Singapore
    Saturday Mar 1, 2003

    On March 1, 26-year-old Esther Mok was admitted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital after visiting Hong Kong, starting the Singapore outbreak. She recovered as various family members died.


  • Hong Kong, China
    Tuesday Mar 4, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    Hong Kong: consequences on medical staff

    Hong Kong, China
    Tuesday Mar 4, 2003

    On March 4, a 27-year-old Hong Kong man who had visited a guest in Metropole (on the ninth floor) 11 days earlier was admitted to Prince of Wales Hospital. At least 99 hospital workers (including 17 medical students) were infected while treating him.


  • Kwong Wah Hospital, Hong Kong, China
    Tuesday Mar 4, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS Spread in Hong Kong: First Patient

    Kwong Wah Hospital, Hong Kong, China
    Tuesday Mar 4, 2003

    Liu Jianlun died in the intensive care Unit at Kwong Wah Hospital after being held in the hospital for around 10 days.


  • Hanoi, Vietnam
    Wednesday Mar 5, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS identification Carlo Urbani

    Hanoi, Vietnam
    Wednesday Mar 5, 2003

    Carlo Urbani, a WHO infectious disease specialist, was among the staff who examined Chen. Urbani observed that other hospital staff were already becoming ill and realized that he was dealing with a new and dangerous disease. His diagnosis was clear: this was an unusual case of an “unknown contagious disease”. Responding to the gravity of the situation, Dr Urbani alerted WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.


  • Hanoi, Vietnam
    Tuesday Mar 11, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS Containing in Vietnam: Hanoi French Hospital stops admission

    Hanoi, Vietnam
    Tuesday Mar 11, 2003

    Hanoi French Hospital didn't accept new patients starting from March 11, but it only kept its own infected staff.


  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Wednesday Mar 12, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    WHO: First Global alert.

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Wednesday Mar 12, 2003

    On March 12, WHO issued a global alert about a new infectious disease of unknown origin in both Vietnam and Hong Kong.


  • Hong Kong, China
    Thursday Mar 13, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS Spread in Vietnam: First Patient

    Hong Kong, China
    Thursday Mar 13, 2003

    Johnny Chen was then evacuated to Hong Kong, he died on March 13.


  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Saturday Mar 15, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    WHO: Intense Global Health alert

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Saturday Mar 15, 2003

    On March 15, WHO issued a heightened global health alert about mysterious pneumonia with a case definition of SARS after cases in Singapore and Canada were also identified. The alert included a rare emergency travel advisory to international travellers, healthcare professionals, and health authorities.


  • Naples, Italy
    Wednesday Mar 19, 2003

    John Forbes Nash Jr.: A Beautiful Mind

    Honorary in Economics

    Naples, Italy
    Wednesday Mar 19, 2003

    Nash received an honorary degree in economics from the University of Naples Federico II on March 19, 2003


  • Iraq
    Thursday Mar 20, 2003

    George W. Bush

    Iraq invasion

    Iraq
    Thursday Mar 20, 2003

    More than 20 nations (most notably the United Kingdom), designated the "coalition of the willing" joined the United States in invading Iraq. They launched the invasion on March 20, 2003. The Iraqi military was quickly defeated.


  • Chechnya, Russia
    Sunday Mar 23, 2003

    Second Chechen War

    New Chechen constitution was passed in a referendum

    Chechnya, Russia
    Sunday Mar 23, 2003

    On 23 March 2003, a new Chechen constitution was passed in a referendum.


  • Singapore
    Thursday Mar 27, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    Singapore: Educational classes cancellation

    Singapore
    Thursday Mar 27, 2003

    The Ministry of Education of Singapore announced that all primary schools, secondary schools, and junior colleges were to be shut until April 6, 2003.


  • Hong Kong, China
    Thursday Mar 27, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    Hong Kong: Educational classes cancellation

    Hong Kong, China
    Thursday Mar 27, 2003

    On March 27, Hong Kong Education and Manpower Bureau announced the class cancellation of all educational institutions.


  • Bangkok, Thailand
    Friday Mar 28, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    Carlo Urbani death

    Bangkok, Thailand
    Friday Mar 28, 2003

    During a flight to Bangkok to attend a conference, Dr Urbani developed symptoms of SARS. He died of complication related to SARS on 29 March 2003 – a public health hero.


  • Iraq
    Saturday Mar 29, 2003

    United Nations

    United States invaded Iraq

    Iraq
    Saturday Mar 29, 2003

    In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq despite failing to pass a UN Security Council resolution for authorization, prompting a new round of questioning of the organization's effectiveness.


  • Hong Kong, China
    Sunday Mar 30, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    Hong Kong: Massive Building outbreak!

    Hong Kong, China
    Sunday Mar 30, 2003

    On March 30, Hong Kong authorities quarantined estate E of the Amoy Gardens Apartment due to a massive (200+ cases) outbreak in the building.


  • 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.


  • Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday Apr 1, 2003

    Alan Turing

    Turing's work at Bletchley Park was named an IEEE Milestone

    Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday Apr 1, 2003

    On 1 April 2003, Turing's work at Bletchley Park was named an IEEE Milestone.


  • Chechnya, Russia
    Wednesday Apr 2, 2003

    Second Chechen War

    The 2003 Constitution granted the Chechen Republic a significant degree of autonomy

    Chechnya, Russia
    Wednesday Apr 2, 2003

    The 2003 Constitution granted the Chechen Republic a significant degree of autonomy, but still tied it firmly to Russia and Moscow's rule, and went into force on 2 April 2003.


  • Guangdong, China
    Wednesday Apr 2, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS: Chinese outbreak status

    Guangdong, China
    Wednesday Apr 2, 2003

    On April 2, Chinese medical officials began reporting the status of the SARS outbreak. China's southern Guangdong province reported 361 new infections and 9 new deaths, increasing the total Mainland China figures previously reported at end-February.


  • China
    Friday Apr 4, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS Spreading through China: Releasing Data

    China
    Friday Apr 4, 2003

    A Chinese health specialist admitted at a press conference of not informing the public early enough about the outbreak. The PRC Health Minister also claimed that the disease has been under control in most parts of mainland China. He also released the names of seven drugs which he claimed to be effective in curing SARS.


  • Singapore
    Friday Apr 4, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS Spreading through Singapore: School Closure Extension

    Singapore
    Friday Apr 4, 2003

    On April 5, the Singapore government announced that school closures would be extended. Junior colleges were to reopen on April 9, secondary schools would reopen on April 14 and primary schools and pre-schools would reopen on April 16.


  • Manila, Philippines
    Sunday Apr 6, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS reaches Manila Philippines

    Manila, Philippines
    Sunday Apr 6, 2003

    On April 6, a SARS case was found in Manila (the capital city of the Philippines), a person who had returned from Hong Kong.


  • Hong Kong, China
    Tuesday Apr 8, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS Spreading through Hong Kong: So far!

    Hong Kong, China
    Tuesday Apr 8, 2003

    On April 8, SARS started to plague the Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate near Amoy Gardens in Kowloon. Hong Kong health officials warned that SARS had spread so far domestically and abroad that it was here to stay.


  • Hong Kong, China
    Wednesday Apr 9, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS Spreading through Hong Kong: James Salisbury (American's Death)

    Hong Kong, China
    Wednesday Apr 9, 2003

    On April 9, James Earl Salisbury died of SARS at a hospital in Hong Kong. An American Mormon and a teacher at Shenzhen Polytechnic. He had been sick for approximately one month before his death, but he was originally diagnosed with pneumonia. His son Michael "Mickey" Salisbury was with him in China and also contracted the disease, but he survived it. Salisbury's death led to more open admissions by the Chinese government about the spread of SARS.


  • 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.


  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Friday Apr 11, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS Spreading by global air confirmation

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Friday Apr 11, 2003

    On April 11, the World Health Organization issued a global health alert for SARS as it became clear the disease was being spread by global air travel.


  • Hanoi, Vietnam
    Friday Apr 11, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS Containing in Vietnam: Hanoi French Hospital shutting

    Hanoi, Vietnam
    Friday Apr 11, 2003

    Hanoi French Hospital shut its doors completely after the last patient's death on April 12.


  • British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver, Canada
    Saturday Apr 12, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    Breaking Genetic code of the virus

    British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver, Canada
    Saturday Apr 12, 2003

    On April 12, Marco Marra, director of the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, which is part of the British Columbia Cancer Agency, announced that scientists at his centre had broken the genetic code of the virus suspected of causing the disease.


  • Toronto, Canada
    Saturday Apr 12, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS New infections in Canda

    Toronto, Canada
    Saturday Apr 12, 2003

    In Toronto, three more people died of SARS, bringing the Canadian death toll to 13.


  • 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.


  • Dinner, a village near Bangalore, India
    Wednesday Apr 16, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS reaches India

    Dinner, a village near Bangalore, India
    Wednesday Apr 16, 2003

    On April 16, Doctors were surprised to discover the occurrence of at least two cases of SARS in Dinner, a village near Bangalore, India.


  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Wednesday Apr 16, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    The virus has a name SARS

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Wednesday Apr 16, 2003

    On April 16, the WHO issued a press release stating that the coronavirus identified by a number of laboratories was the official cause of SARS. The virus was officially named the SARS virus ( The Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus )


  • China
    Sunday Apr 20, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS spreading through China: More transparency

    China
    Sunday Apr 20, 2003

    On April 20, Beijing's mayor and the health minister of the PRCwere replaced respectively by Wang Qishan and the former deputy health minister Gao Qiang. In the news conference chaired by Gao Qiang several hours earlier, the PRC admitted that in Beijing there were more than 300 cases, as opposed to the previous figure of only 37.


  • Hong Kong, China
    Tuesday Apr 22, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    Hong Kong: Schools reopening

    Hong Kong, China
    Tuesday Apr 22, 2003

    On April 22, schools, in Hong Kong, started to reopen in stages.


  • Beijing, China
    Wednesday Apr 23, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS spreading through Beijing: Schools closure

    Beijing, China
    Wednesday Apr 23, 2003

    On April 23, Beijing announced that all primary and secondary schools would be closed for two weeks. A few days before, some colleges in Peking University had been closed because some students had been infected.


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