• July 1 - In Hong Kong, 500,000 people march to protest Hong Kong Basic Law Article 23, which redefined treason controversially.

  • July 5 - SARS is declared to be contained by WHO.

  • July 5 - Double suicide bombing at a Moscow rock concert kills the female attackers and 15 other people.

  • July 15 - AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation.

  • August 2 - The United Nations authorizes an international peacekeeping force for Liberia.
  • August 14 - A widespread power outage affects northeast United States and Canada.

  • August 25 - 52 killed in two bomb blasts in Mumbai, India.

  • November 18 - Goodridge et al. v. Department of Public Health rules anti-same-sex marriage laws unconstitutional in Massachusetts.

  • December 5 - A suicide bombing on commuter train in southern Russia kills 44 people. President Vladimir Putin condemns the attack as a bid to destabilize the country two days before Parliamentary elections.

  • December 13 - Saddam Hussein, former President of Iraq, is captured in Tikrit by the U.S. 4th Infantry Division.

  • December 17 - The 100th birthday of aviation.

  • December 22 - Parmalat is first accused of falsifying accounts to the tune of USD $5 billion, later admitted by founder Calisto Tanzi; observers call it "Europe's Enron".

  • December 24 - At the request of the U.S. Embassy in Paris, the French Government orders Air France to cancel several flights between France and the U.S., in response to terrorist concerns.

  • December 24 - The Spanish police thwarts an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 PM on Christmas Eve inside Madrid's busy Chamartín Station.

  • December 26, 2003 - A massive earthquake devastates southeastern Iran. Over 40,000 people are reported to have been killed in the city of Bam.

  • 2003 - The number of people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide reaches 40 million total, of which 2.5 million are children.

  • January 22, 2004 - The European Union bans the import of poultry from Thailand as bird flu spreads throughout Southeast Asia.

  • February 1 - A stampede during the hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, kills 251 pilgrims.

  • February 3 - The CIA admits that there was no imminent threat from weapons of mass destruction before the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

  • February 10 - At least 50 people are killed in a car bomb attack on a police recruitment centre south of Baghdad.

  • February 10 - The French National Assembly votes to pass a law banning religious items and clothing from schools.

  • February 12 - The City and County of San Francisco begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as an act of civil disobedience.

  • February 13 - Scientists in South Korea announce the cloning of 30 human embryos.

  • February 29 - Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns as president of Haiti. The chief justice of the Haitian Supreme Court, Boniface Alexandre, is sworn in as interim president.

  • March 2 - John Kerry effectively clinches the 2004 U.S. Democratic Party presidential nomination, by winning nine out of 10 "Super Tuesday" primaries and caucuses.

  • March 2 - NASA announces that the Mars rover MER-B (Opportunity) has confirmed that the area of Mars they landed in was once drenched in water.

  • March 10 - Five British men are released from detention at Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay land at RAF Brize Norton. Four are immediately arrested for questioning.

  • March 11 - Simultaneous explosions on rush hour trains in Madrid kill 190 people. In the following days, millions of protesters take to the streets of Spanish cities against terrorism.

  • March 14 - The Spanish parliamentary elections of 2004 take place. The incumbent government, led by José María Aznar, is defeated by the Socialist José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, whose party opposed Spain's participation in the invasion of Iraq. The next day, the new government announces that it will withdraw Spain's 1,300 troops from Iraq.

  • March 19 - The United Nations launches a corruption investigation due to the scandal over its Iraqi Oil for Food program.

  • March 22 - Palestinians protest in the streets after an Israeli helicopter gunship fires a missile at the entourage of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in Gaza City, killing the sheikh and 7 others.

  • March 31 - Four American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA are killed and their bodies mutilated after being ambushed in Fallujah, Iraq.

  • April 3 - A bomb explosion in a Madrid flat kills a Spanish policeman and five terrorists suspected of responsibility for the Madrid train bombings on March 11.

  • April 4 - Serious fighting breaks out in Najaf, Sadr City, and Basra in Iraq as Shiia insurgents supporting Muqtada al-Sadr rise against coalition forces.

  • April 8 - The Sudanese government and two rebel groups, in an attempt to resolve the Darfur conflict, sign a ceasefire agreement.

  • April 17 - Israeli helicopters fire missiles at a convoy of vechiles in the Gaza Strip, killing the Gaza leader of Hamas, Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi.

  • April 22 - Two trains carrying explosives and fuel collide in the North Korean town of Ryongchon, killing 161 people, injuring 1,300 and destroying thousands of homes.

  • April 22 - The last coal mine in France closes, ending nearly 300 years of coal mining.

  • April 28 - Abuse of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq is revealed on the television show 60 Minutes II.

  • May 1 - The largest expansion to date of the European Union takes place, extending the Union by 10 member-states: Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Malta and Cyprus.

  • May 13 - In India, the Congress Party wins a surprise victory in the elections to the Lok Sabha.

  • May 17 - Massachusetts legalizes same-sex marriage in compliance with a ruling from the state's Supreme Judicial Court (Goodridge et al. v. Department of Public Health).

  • May 30 - Thousands of people in Hong Kong take to the streets to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

  • June 6 - The 60th anniversary of D-Day is remembered in Normandy.

  • June 11 - The national funeral service for former U.S. president Ronald Reagan is held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

  • June 16 - The 9/11 Commission (officially called the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks) issues an initial report of its findings.

  • June 21 - SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.

  • June 28 - The U.S.-led coalition occupying Iraq transfers sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government.

Prizes 2003-2004

  • Nobel Prize for Literature: J. M. Coetzee
  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
  • Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Nilo Cruz, Anna in the Tropics
  • Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Paul Muldoon, Moy Sand and Gravel

Source for world timeline: www.wikipedia.org. Source for internet timeline: Hobbes' Internet Timeline 7.0

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