This article covers the latest news and events in September of 2003.
Monday September 1, 2003
- Aachen / Germany : The Aachen Peace Prize 2003 is awarded to the Israelis Reuven Moskovitz and Nabila Espanioly and the German Initiative Religious for Peace (IOF).
- Paris / France : In the debate about the abolition of a public holiday, the government proposes that the public holiday to be abolished should be declared as Labor Day for the elderly . This is happening against the background of an extreme heat wave that has claimed numerous lives in France, particularly among the elderly.
- Paris / France : UNESCO declares the “ 21 Danzig Demands ” a World Heritage Site . In 1980, the demands preceded the public approval of an independent trade union called “ Solidarność ” in the People's Republic of Poland , which was the first time a Communist Party renounced control of all mass organizations in its state.
Tuesday September 2, 2003
- Berlin / Germany : The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan is visiting Germany. The main topic is likely to be the EU-accession of the European-Asian border region. Meanwhile, Amnesty International has again criticized Turkey's human rights violations.
Wednesday September 3, 2003
- Gaza City / Palestinian Territories : Compared to the television station CNN declared Palestinian President Yasser Arafat that he the peace plan, the so-called roadmap sees as a failure. In his opinion, the fault is the Israeli military actions and also the disinterest of the USA .
- Gorleben / Germany : opponents of nuclear power from Germany and France occupy the exploration mine to test nuclear waste disposal. You are calling for a meeting with Environment Minister Jürgen Trittin . The squatters are brought back to the surface by the police after about ten hours .
- Iraq : The first Polish troops arrive in Iraq. They are supposed to relieve the US and British troops in securing peace in the country.
Thursday September 4, 2003
- China : Tropical cyclone Dujuan killed 38 people and injured nearly 1,000 in southern China. The north, on the other hand, suffers from flooding. After a dam burst near the city of Weinan , 100,000 people have to leave their villages. 38 people are killed, 34 are initially still missing.
- Germany : Johannes Rau does not want to run for a second term as German Federal President .
- Kansas City / United States : US President George W. Bush of the Republican Party opens the campaign for the presidential election in November 2004 with a speech on economic policy, in which he promotes his tax cut and predicts the creation of more jobs.
- North Korea : North Korean head of state Kim Jong-il is unanimously elected by parliament as chairman of the National Defense Commission.
- Palestinian Territories : An Israeli is shot dead by Palestinians in Jenin in the West Bank that morning .
- Vienna / Austria : The Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel with the German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer opened an exhibition with works of art by Albrecht Dürer in the Palais of the Albertina . 200 works can be seen, the majority of them paintings and watercolors . Loans come from the Germanisches Nationalmuseum ( Nuremberg ) , among others .
Friday 5th September 2003
- Atlantic : Hurricane Fabian rages on the Bermuda Islands until late at night. 4 people are missing, they are presumably dead. The storm causes great damage, half of the islanders are without electricity. With wind speeds of up to 213 km / h, 'Fabian' is the strongest tropical cyclone in decades. On Sunday he weakens and moves towards Newfoundland.
- Haifa / Israel : The researchers Eli Biham the Technion (Technical University of Israel) has a vulnerability in the encryption of GSM - mobile phones discovered. This makes it possible to listen to them.
Saturday 6th September 2003
- New York / United States : The United States urges the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution against Iran for violating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty . A corresponding draft is to be presented at the conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency beginning on Monday . With the resolution, Washington wants to urge Iran to "cooperate fully" and accuses the government in Tehran of researching the construction of nuclear weapons.
- Palestinian Territories : Palestinian political leader Mahmoud Abbas has submitted a resignation to President Yasser Arafat . This accepted it. This was preceded by a power struggle between the two.
- Taipei / Taiwan : Around 150,000 Taiwanese people demonstrated in the capital Taipei to change the name of their country. So far it is called the Republic of China and claims the whole of China. The protesters consider the republic to be a thing of the past and the claim to the mainland to be obsolete and plead for a name change to Taiwan. Taiwan is not recognized internationally.
- Venice / Italy : At the 60th Venice International Film Festival , the film The Return by Russian director Andrei Swjaginzew was awarded the Leone d'Oro .
Sunday September 7, 2003
- Aachen / Germany : The church world peace meeting takes place in Aachen .
- Macedonia : In the north of the state there are police firefights with Albanian rebels . Several members of the ' Albanian National Army ' die .
- New York / United States : Andy Roddick wins the final of the US Open tennis tournament against Juan Carlos Ferrero in Flushing Meadows.
- Palestinian Territories : Israeli attack helicopters shelled the house of Abdel Salam Abu Musa , a leading Hamas member. According to the Israeli military , the house is said to have been used as a weapons depot. Eleven people, including 3 children, are injured.
Monday September 8, 2003
- Palestinian Territories : The previous President of the Palestinian Parliament Ahmad Qurai has accepted his nomination for Prime Minister. The United States and the European Union supported his nomination. Qurai calls on Israel to stop targeted killings and house demolitions.
Tuesday September 9, 2003
- Germany : Martin Wiese , a leader of the neo-Nazis in Bavaria , and four other people are arrested. On the night of November 9th, they planned an explosive attack on the construction site of a Jewish community center, which will be visited later that day by Federal President Johannes Rau , Edmund Stoiber and Paul Spiegel on the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone.
- Jakarta / Indonesia : Eleven people die and 149 are injured when a car bomb explodes in front of the Australian embassy .
- Cairo / Egypt : Iraq's provisional government council receives a seat in the Arab League ; the Iraqi seat there has been vacant since the fall of Saddam Hussein's government .
Wednesday September 10, 2003
- Cancún / Mexico : The 5th WTO Ministerial Conference opens.
- Gaza / Palestinian Territories : A rocket is fired from an Israeli fighter plane at the house of the leading Hamas activist Mahmud al-Zahar in Gaza. Az-Zahar survives the attack with minor injuries, his son and a bodyguard are killed.
- Stockholm / Sweden : The Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh is assassinated . A man stabs her with a knife. In response, the government is suspending the campaign for the introduction of the euro .
Thursday September 11, 2003
- Brussels / Belgium : The European Union regards the Palestinian movement Hamas from now on without reservation as a terrorist organization .
- Frankfurt am Main / Germany : The International Motor Show is officially opened. Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder is among the guests
- Israel , Palestinian Territories : The Israeli government decides to expel Yasser Arafat . This announced resistance to the decision. Criticism was also voiced internationally.
- Sweden : Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh dies as a result of a knife attack that was carried out on her the day before.
- The International Protocol on Biosafety enters into force.
Friday September 12, 2003
- Germany : In a collision between a car and a train, the two occupants of the car are killed on Saturday night in Saxony-Anhalt . The driver of the car had ignored the closed half-barrier.
- South Korea : The tropical cyclone Maemi devastated the south of the country on Saturday night. 33 people are killed, another 14 are initially still missing.
Saturday September 13, 2003
- Germany : The German Interior Minister Otto Schily accused the US - government in an interview breach of international law in the anti terror fight before. He criticizes the detention and conviction of suspects under the rule of law . He expressed the hope that a thought process would begin in the United States that would remedy this situation.
- North Korea : The controversial Nyŏngbyŏn nuclear facility will be shut down , according to US intelligence reports.
Sunday September 14, 2003
- Bratislava / Slovakia : Pope John Paul II beatified two victims of communist rule, a bishop and a religious, on his current trip abroad. Over 200,000 people attended the ceremony.
- Düsseldorf / Germany : Düsseldorf Airport is closed due to bomb threats . Incoming flights were diverted to Cologne-Bonn .
- Guinea-Bissau : There is another military coup in Guinea-Bissau.
- Israel : The Israeli Deputy Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, suggests that Yasser Arafat's murder or isolation in prison is an alternative to the planned deportation . Israel's decision to expel Arafat has led to international criticism, and Arafat himself has announced resistance.
- Riga / Estonia : In a referendum , 67% of the Estonian population decide to join the European Union .
- Stockholm / Sweden : In a referendum , the Swedish population votes 54.6 percent against the introduction of the euro .
- The negotiations of the World Trade Organization in Cancun , Mexico have failed. Representatives of the developing countries are calling for agricultural subsidies to be dismantled , and the industrialized countries want to remove trade barriers for industrial products.
Monday September 15, 2003
- Berlin / Germany : Federal Interior Minister Otto Schily speaks of a growing danger from right-wing extremism following the uncovered attack plans against a Munich Jewish center.
- Ingushetia / Russia : A car bomb that explodes in front of the Ingushetian headquarters of the Russian secret service FSB kills 3 people and injures over 20.
Tuesday September 16, 2003
- Nagoya / Japan : A hostage situation in the Japanese Nagoya ends with an explosion that triggers the perpetrator. He dies himself and 2 of his hostages. There were 23 injured, mostly bystanders. The hostage taker committed the deed at the courier company to collect outstanding wages.
- New York / United States : The United Nations is celebrating September 16 as International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer . With this, the organization wants to draw attention to the continuing decline in the ozone layer , which can be traced back to human behavior.
- Pforzheim / Germany : A 24-year-old man kills a woman in a mail-order company in a rampage and injures three other people and himself. He committed the act with a samurai sword, which was an exhibit at this mail-order company.
Wednesday September 17, 2003
- New York / United States : The USA vetoed a resolution against the expulsion of Yasser Arafat from Israel .
- Stockholm / Sweden : Anna Lindh's alleged murderer is arrested in a restaurant in Stockholm.
Thursday September 18, 2003
- United States : Tropical cyclone Isabel devastates the east coast of the United States. 29 people die.
- Gerhard Schröder and Jacques Chirac agree on a joint growth initiative. According to the International Monetary Fund , the recession in Germany will hamper growth in the entire eurozone . The IMF forecasts zero growth for Germany this year and 1.5% growth for 2004. However, the reforms of Agenda 2010 are praised . The IMF predicts a boom for the world economy .
Friday September 19, 2003
- Baghdad / Iraq : Sultan Haschim Ahmad, Defense Minister under Saddam Hussein , faces the coalition forces.
Saturday 20th September 2003
- Iraq : Shiite politician Akila al-Hashimi is seriously injured in an attack . She is a member of the US- appointed Iraqi Board of Directors. 3 US soldiers die in further attacks.
- Latvia : In a referendum, 67% of the voters vote in favor of the country joining the European Union . At the same time, the head of government Einars Repše was withdrawn from trust by one of the coalition parties.
- Maldives : Riots erupt in the Maldives after a prisoner is killed in a prison revolt. Relatives blame the death on the police. Government buildings and 2 police stations are set on fire.
- Paris / France : The Middle Rhine Valley is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO .
- Tel Aviv / Israel : 10,000 Israelis demonstrate in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv for the withdrawal of the army from the Palestinian territories . The Ariel Sharon government has been criticized for its intransigence. The politics of strength prevent a peace solution.
Sunday September 21, 2003
- Los Angeles / United States : At the 55th Emmy TV award ceremony , u. a. Actors Doris Roberts and Brad Garrett received awards for their appearances on the sitcom Everyone Loves Raymond . It's the fourth Emmy for Roberts and the second for Garrett. Everybody Loves Raymond is also honored as "Outstanding Series" in the Comedy category.
- Munich / Germany : In the state elections in Bavaria , the CSU received 60.7% of the vote. The SPD slips to 19.6%, the Greens receive 7.7%. The Free Voters and the FDP fail to enter the state parliament. The CSU is the first party in post-war Germany to achieve a 2/3 majority in a state parliament.
- Solar system : The Jupiter probe Galileo ends its 14-year mission by being steered into the Jupiter atmosphere and burned up there.
Monday September 22, 2003
- Baghdad / Iraq : A car bomb explodes in front of the UN headquarters in Baghdad. The assassin and a police officer are killed, 11 people are injured.
Tuesday September 23, 2003
- Denmark , Sweden : In Denmark and the south of Sweden, the power goes out for several hours.
- Germany : The battery manufacturer Ansmann AG is fined because it has agreed minimum prices with Ebay dealers.
- Iraq : The by the US used Iraqi Governing Council bans Arab TV stations Al Jazeera and al-Arabiya , the official record for the next 2 weeks. The broadcasters reportedly report too negatively about the US occupation and are a communication platform for the disempowered regime.
- The US has approved the controversial Israeli barriers along the West Bank border. The wall is supposed to protect against Palestinian suicide bombers . Part of the West Bank is included in order to protect illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory. The land required for the construction is expropriated.
Wednesday September 24, 2003
- Bern / Switzerland : According to researchers from the Geographical Institute of the University of Bern, last summer ( 2003 ) was the warmest in 500 years. Likewise, the decade from 1994 to 2003 was the warmest decade.
- Karlsruhe / Germany : The Federal Constitutional Court decides in the so-called headscarf dispute that wearing a headscarf in class is not prohibited by law.
- Palestinian Territories : Israeli soldiers kill four Palestinians on Thursday night . Israeli troops enter a refugee camp in Gaza and shoot two men. Another two people die in an exchange of fire in Hebron in the West Bank , and 6 Israelis are injured. During the course of the day, a 15-year-old Palestinian was shot dead in heavy fighting near the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip . At least 14 other people are injured.
- Sweden : The previous suspect in the murder case Anna Lindh is surprisingly released. The suspicion against him has been dispelled, the police said. Instead, a new suspect is arrested.
Thursday September 25, 2003
- Baghdad / Iraq : The Iraqi politician Akila al-Hashimi dies of her serious injuries. She was assassinated on September 20th .
- Baquba / Iraq : In Baquba north of Baghdad , a grenade kills seven Iraqis and injures 13 others. A security guard had already been killed in an attack on a hotel.
- Israel : 27 fighter pilots of the Israeli army, led by Brigadier General Jiftach Spector, declare that they have refused so-called "targeted killings". They also refuse to do this in the future. Some 140 Palestinian militants and over 100 civilians have been killed in "targeted killings" in recent years .
- Nigeria : A Nigerian appeals court overturns decision to stone Amina Lawal , who had a child out of wedlock, to death under Sharia law .
- Paris / France : The French government presents official figures on the victims of the heat wave: 14,802 people have died as a result of the heat this summer. Most recently, around 6,000 people died as a result of a warm summer in 1976.
Friday September 26, 2003
- Berlin / Germany : The German Bundestag passes the GKV Modernization Act (GMG) drafted by almost all parties with the votes of the SPD, Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen and CDU . The FDP parliamentary group as well as the two PDS members voted against the bill.
- Hokkaidō / Japan : The northern Japanese island of Hokkaidō is shaken by two severe earthquakes in quick succession in the early morning. The earthquakes have a magnitude of 8 and 7 on the Richter scale. About 400 people are injured. More than 40,000 people are evacuated before an impending tsunami ; however, the wave only reaches a height of about 2 meters.
- Magdeburg / Germany : The world's largest child pornography ring, in which Germany was the starting point, is blown up. A total of 26,500 people in 166 countries were suspected in the so-called "Operation Marcy". After the operation was over, the leading State Criminal Police Office of Saxony-Anhalt in Magdeburg identified over 800 German suspects, seven of whom were currently sexual abusers. In many other countries, thousands of consumers were identified and convicted.
- Negohot / Palestinian Territories : Palestinian Islamic Jihadist attackers storm an apartment in the Jewish settlement on Israeli New Year's Day and kill a seven-month-old baby and a 27-year-old man, the child's parents are wounded. The perpetrators are then shot by Israeli security forces.
Saturday September 27, 2003
- China : A 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near Xinjiang .
- Kourou / French Guiana : From Kourou launches Smart-1 , the first lunar probe of the European Space Agency , on board a launcher type the Ariane 5 .
- There are mass protests against the war in Iraq around the world. In London , 20,000 people take to the streets at the largest event of its kind.
Sunday September 28, 2003
- Berlin / Germany : The Kenyan Paul Tergat sets a new world record in the marathon . In the Berlin Marathon , he completed the 42.195 km in 2 hours 4 minutes 55 seconds and thus undercuts Khalid Khannouchi's record from 2002 by 43 seconds.
- Bissau / Guinea-Bissau : The military leadership appoints businessman Henrique Pereira Rosa as the new head of state.
- Innsbruck / Austria : The election to the Tyrolean Landtag gives the Tyrolean People's Party (part of the ÖVP ) an absolute majority of the seats in the Landhaus .
- Italy : About a week after the power outage in southern Sweden , three people in Italy die in a power outage that began around 3:30 a.m.
- Sankt Goarshausen / Germany : The passenger ship MS Loreley of the Cologne-Düsseldorfer Rheinschifffahrtsgesellschaft (KD) runs aground near the Loreley rock . 40 passengers are injured, three of them seriously. The Rhein leads as a result of the drought currently a historic low tide, the water levels are the lowest since records began. The Harald Schmidt Show was recorded on the ship almost 10 days before .
- Toronto / Canada : The 72-year-old Canadian Ed Whitlock completed the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in two hours 59 minutes 9 seconds. Never before has a person over seventy stayed under three hours in a marathon with electronic timing.
- Vatican City : Pope John Paul II appoints 30 new cardinals . A 31st cardinal is appointed in pectore , i.e. H. his identity remains secret until further notice.
Monday September 29, 2003
- Iran : During the investigation of the Iranian nuclear program , UN inspectors find traces of highly enriched uranium suitable for nuclear weapons on the premises of the Kalaye Electric Company near Tehran . The EU warns Iran of economic consequences if it does not cooperate with the international community. Britain is calling on Iran to make it clear that it does not seek nuclear weapons.
- Roissy-en-France / France : The airline Air France announces that there are no more obstacles in the way of its merger with the Dutch airline KLM .
Tuesday September 30, 2003
- Moscow / Russia : At a climate conference told President Vladimir Putin that Russia not signed the Kyoto Protocol to the Framework Convention United Nations on Climate Change to reduce greenhouse gas - emissions could afford was to clear the deal how the earth bring benefits.
- Nekrolog September 2003 for deaths that month
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