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- January 1 – Pascal Couchepin becomes President of the Confederation in Switzerland.
- February 1 – Space Shuttle Columbia was destroyed during re-entry. All seven astronauts on board died.
- February 4 the Hindu minority of Bnagladesh declare the sovereign state of Bangabhumi, recognised by UNPO.
- July 10 – Wikibooks, a project of the Wikimedia Foundation, was created.
- October 30 – Wicked has its first show at the Gershwin Theatre in Broadway.
Nobel prize winners
- Chemistry – Peter Agre
- Chemistry – Roderick MacKinnon
- Economics – Robert F. Engle III
- Economics – Clive W.J. Granger
- Literature – J. M. Coetzee
- Medicine – Paul C. Lauterbur
- Medicine – Sir Peter Mansfield
- Peace – Shirin Ebadi
- Physics – Alexei A. Abrikosov
- Physics – Vitaly L. Ginzburg
- Physics – Anthony J. Leggett
- January 12 – Maurice Gibb, British musician (Bee Gees) (b. 1949)
- January 17 - Richard Crenna, American actor (b. 1926)
- January 20 – Al Hirschfeld, American cartoonist (b. 1903)
- February 1 – Crew of Space Shuttle Columbia: Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, Ilan Ramon, Kalpana Chawla, David M. Brown, Laurel Clark
- February 27 – Fred Rogers, American children's television host (b. 1928)
- June 12 – Gregory Peck, American actor (b. 1916)
- June 26 – Strom Thurmond, U.S. Senator (b. 1902)
- June 29 – Katharine Hepburn, American actress (b. 1907)
- July 25 – John Schlesinger, English movie director (b. 1926)
- August 16 – Idi Amin, Ugandan dictator
- September 12 – Johnny Cash, American singer and guitarist (b. 1932)
- September 23 – Shawn Lane, American musician
- Brother Bear
- Cheaper by the Dozen
- The Cunning Little Vixen, animated version of Leoš Janáček's opera by BBC – (movie only mentioned in article)
- Finding Nemo – Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
- Kill Bill Vol. 1
- Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, directed by Peter Jackson – Academy, Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for Best Picture
- Monster, starring Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
2003 Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.