2003 in the United Kingdom

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Events from the year 2003 in the United Kingdom.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • January – Toyota launches an all-new Avensis to be built at TMUK.
  • 10 January – Ian Carr, a 27-year-old banned driver with a total of 89 previous convictions (including causing death by dangerous driving), admits causing the death by dangerous driving of a six-year-old girl in Ashington, Northumberland – a crime which sparks widespread public and media outrage across Britain.[1]
  • 25 January – Central line underground train crashes into the tunnel wall at Chancery Lane tube station in London, injuring 34 people.
  • 29 January – Sally Clark, a 38-year-old former solicitor from Cheshire, is released from prison after the Court of Appeal clears her of murdering her two sons, who are believed to have suffered sudden infant death syndrome.[2]
  • 30 January – Richard Colvin Reid, the so-called "shoe bomber", is sentenced to life imprisonment by a United States court.[3]
  • 31 January – One of the longest prison sentences ever issued in a British court for a motoring offence is handed down on killer driver Ian Carr, who received a nine-and-a-half-year sentence for causing death by dangerous driving – his second conviction for the crime in 12 years.[4]

February[edit]

March[edit]

  • 12 March – Iraq disarmament crisis: British prime minister Tony Blair proposes an amendment to the possible 18th U.N. resolution, which would call for Iraq to meet certain benchmarks to prove that it was disarming. The amendment is immediately rejected by France, who promises to veto any new resolution.
  • 20 March – 2003 Iraq war: Land troops from United Kingdom join troops from the United States, Australia and Poland in the invasion of Iraq.
  • 22 March – Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from Royal Navy submarines take part in a massive air and missile strike on military targets in Baghdad.

April[edit]

  • 6 April – British forces capture the city of Basra during the Iraq war.
  • 9 April – The Iraq war effort is given a major boost when a statue of Saddam Hussein is toppled in Baghdad and it is confirmed that Hussein's rule has ended.[2]
  • 29 April – Tony Blair holds a one-day summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin mocks Britain's and America's failure to locate weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.[5]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

  • 2 July – Chelsea F.C. are bought by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich for £150million from current chairman Ken Bates, 21 years after he bought the club for £1.[10]
  • 15 July – David Kelly appears before the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee to answer questions over the information he had given to Andrew Gilligan.
  • 18 July – David Kelly is found dead near his home in Oxfordshire — police suspect that he committed suicide.[11]
  • 20 July – The BBC confirms that Dr David Kelly, found dead from suspected suicide two days ago, was the main source for a controversial report that sparked a deep rift with the government.[12]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Undated[edit]

  • Sales of the DVD home video format take the largest share of the UK home video market for the first time. The format, which was first launched in the UK in June 1998, accounted for more than 70% of home video sales this year, as the VHS format's popularity falls and many new titles are not released on it.[30]
  • New car sales reach a record high this year of nearly 2.6 million, with the Ford Focus enjoying its fifth successive year as Britain's most popular new car. BMW sales also reach a record high, with the BMW 3 Series managing well over 60,000 sales as Britain's ninth best selling car. Sales of Vauxhall, Peugeot, Renault and Volkswagen cars remain strong as well, while Nissan also enjoys a rise in sales largely due to the popularity of its new version of the Micra.

Publications[edit]

Births[edit]

Full date unknown[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Killer driver's 89 convictions". BBC News. 10 January 2003. Retrieved 2013-03-23. 
  2. ^ "2003: Solicitor cleared of killing sons". BBC News. 29 January 2003. Archived from the original on 1 February 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "2003: 'Shoe bomber' jailed for life". BBC News. 30 January 2003. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  4. ^ "Driver who killed girl after life ban is jailed for nine years". The Independent (London). 31 January 2003. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 653–656. ISBN 0-304-35730-8. 
  6. ^ "Charles Clarke Welcomes Margaret Hodge as Minister for Children" (Press release). Department for Children, Schools and Families. 13 June 2003. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Matches Played 13 June 2003". Cricinfo. 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c Penguin Pocket on This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0. 
  9. ^ "Poll tracker". BBC. 2010. Archived from the original on 1 February 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Russian businessman buys Chelsea". BBC News. 2 July 2003. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "2003: Missing Iraq expert – body found". BBC News. 18 July 2003. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  12. ^ "BBC admits Kelly was 'main source'". BBC News. 20 July 2003. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  13. ^ "Hutton inquiry begins". BBC News. 1 August 2003. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  14. ^ "2003: Britain swelters in record heat". BBC News. 10 August 2003. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  15. ^ McGuinness, Ross (16 March 2009). "Metro". p. 30. 
  16. ^ "2003: End of an era for Concorde". BBC News. 24 October 2003. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  17. ^ "2003: Tory Party leader resigns". BBC News. 29 October 2003. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  18. ^ "2003: Royal baby born prematurely". BBC News. 8 November 2003. Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
  19. ^ "Tories' Davis backs death penalty". BBC News. 16 November 2003. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  20. ^ "2003: High security as Bush visits UK". BBC News. 18 November 2003. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  21. ^ "2003: British targets bombed in Istanbul". BBC News. 20 November 2003. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  22. ^ "2003: England win Rugby World Cup". BBC News. 22 November 2003. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  23. ^ "The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2003". Retrieved 27 January 2008. 
  24. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physics 2003". Retrieved 27 January 2008. 
  25. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2003". Retrieved 27 January 2008. 
  26. ^ "2003: Mother cleared of murdering babies". BBC News. 10 December 2003. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  27. ^ "Finding CPR/HICP Date". Office for National Statistics. 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  28. ^ "2003: Ian Huntley guilty of Soham murders". BBC News. 17 December 2003. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  29. ^ "Blunkett launches Huntley inquiry". BBC News. 17 December 2003. Retrieved 18 March 2009. 
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