January 10: British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell arrested for drunk driving in Hawaii, apologizes but says he won't resign.
January 13: U.S. State Department nuclear weapons expert Simon Dodge tells intelligence colleagues via e-mail that the Iraq-Niger uranium deal story is "probably a hoax."
January 14: Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi Jun'ichiro visits Yasukuni Shrine.
January 14-February 25: Trial of Russian Navy Reserve Officer Islam Sheikh-Ahmedovich Hasuhanov. Sentenced to 12 years in strict regime labour colony by Supreme Court of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alanya.
January 28: George W. Bush utters the infamous 16 words in his State of the Union Address. Includes update on each of the rogue states. One-fourth of the text of the speech is devoted to Iraq.
January: Democratic Governor of Maine John Balducci takes office and faces a current budget shortfall of $50 million and an expected revenue gap of $1 billion over the next two year period.
February 1: Space shuttle Columbia disintegrates over Texas, killing all seven astronauts. America is still paying the price for Pres. Nixon's disastrous decision to build the space shuttle to promote near Earth space commerce rather than establish a permanent manned base on the moon and a send a manned mission to Mars.
February 2-3: NASA extends search for shuttle remains.
March 12: WHO issues global alert about Severe Respiratory Syndrome or SARS.
March 15: WHO issues emergency travel advisory because of the Severe Respiratory Syndrome or SARS outbreak.
March 16: Finland conducts parliamentary election.
March 16: Peace activist Rachel Corrie is deliberately killed by being crushed to death by an Israeli Defense Forces bulldozer as she protested against the destruction of Palestinian homes. On August 28, 2012 an Israeli court will compound the injustice by ruling it "accidental."
March 16: Vice President Richard "Dick" Cheney states on Meet the Press that, "We believe that Saddam Hussain has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons."
March 17: U.S. President George W. Bush delivers his "cowboy" ultimatum to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq within 48 hours or else face attack.
March 19: U.S. declares war against Iraq, the war begins at 5:30 AM Baghdad time (9:30 PM EST). Canada, France, Germany, Russia and China refuse to participate.
March 21: Aerial bombardment of Baghdad and other Iraqi cities begins. The campaign is publicized in advance by the Pentagon as an overwhelming barrage meant to instill "shock and awe."
March 23: 12 members of U.S. Army's 507th Ordnance Maintenance Company captured by Iraqi troops.
March 23: Patriot missiel battery shoots down U.S. Navy Hornet fighter, killing its pilot.
March 30: U.S. Marine and Army units launch first attack on Iraqi Republican Guard units 65 miles outside Baghdad. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld shrugs off criticism the U.S. has not deployed sufficient numbers ground troops in Iraq. As is so often the case with neo-conservative policy decisison his decisions will be seen as correct in the short term but disastrous over the long term.
April: Argentinian lawyer Luis Moreno Ocampo is elected the first prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.
April 2: U.S. Special forces stage a "rescue" of Pfc. Jessica Lynch from a hospital in Nasiriya. She was one of 12 members of the 507th Ordnance Maintenance Company captured on March 23. See D.W. Griffiths Birth of a Nation for the racial subtext of this PR event.
April 3: U.S. forces seize control of Saddam International Airport, changing the airport's name to Baghdad International Airport.
April 5: WHO reports that SARS cases exceed 2,400.
April 9: Baghdad "falls" to U.S. forces in the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. Saddam Hussein's Iraqi government collapses and U.S. military appears to take control of Baghdad. Some institutions are guarded, others not.
April 11: International Solidarity Movement activist Tom Hurndall is shot in the head by the Israeli Army while he attempts to shield Palestinian children.
April 19: Striking Nigerian oil workers take 97 foreign workers hostage on four offshore drilling rigs.
April 19: French Interior Minister Nicholas Sarkozy rebukes Muslim women for wearing veils for their national identity card photos in a speech at le Bourget hall in Seine-Saint-Denis.
April 19: 12 more die from SARS in Hong Kong.
April 21: U.S. Gen. Jay Garner moves to Baghdad and takes over as miltiary governor.
April 23: WHO increases SARS travel warnings in China.
April 29: Nervous U.S. troops fire on largely peaceful demonstration against their presence in Falluja, Iraq. Marks the beginnigns of the Sunni Iraqi resistance.
May 1: George W. Bush dons a flight suit with amusingly conspicuous codpiece, rides a fighter plane onto the deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln off the coast of San Diego, and, under the banner of Mission Accomplished, declares "Major combat operations are over" in the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.
May 12: L. Paul Bremer III replaces Gen. Jay Garner as governor of Iraq. He begins hiring a small army of inexperienced Young Republicans most of whom had never been out of the U.S. to reconstruct and democratize Iraq.
May 13: Powerless and illegitimate new provisional government, the Iraqi Governing Council, is established by Paul Bremer.
May 21: Barbados conducts parliamentary election.
May 31: Peter MacKay is elected the new leader of the Progressive Conservative Party at the party's convention in Toronto, Ontario.
June 3: NDP wins power again in Manitoba, taking 35 seats. Conservatives get 20 seats and Liberals only two.
June 9: New Brunswick's Conservative premier barely wins re-election victory, with 28 seats for the Conservatives, 26 for Liberals and only one for NDP.
June 18: Testifying about Iraq, Paul Wolfowitz tells the House Armed Services Committee that, "There's a guerrilla war there." However he reassures them that the insurgency does not have popular support. So Wolfowitz, nothing to worry about, correct?
June 23: Scooter Libby tells New York Times reporter Judith Miller that Joseph Wilson's wifr, Valerie Plame, "might work for the CIA."
June 25: Gen. John P. Abizaid comments that it is "perplexing" that no WMDs have been found in Iraq but then expressed confidence that a new group of miltiary investigators would solve this mystery. He also comments that a large number of U.S. troops will be needed "for a while." Source: Eric Schmitt. "Further Attacks on Allies Predicted by U.S. General." The New York Times. June 26, 2006. A14.
July 6: Joseph Wilson publishes op-ed in the New York Times: "What I Didn't Find in Africa."
July 17: British PM Tony Blair makes an impresively poor prediction when he addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress. He denounces critics of the war in Iraq, saying that history would look kindly on it, even if weapons of mass destruction were not found.
July 18: Second Bush administration agrees to suspend threat of secret military hearings against 9 Britons being held at Guantanamo Bay Naval base pending further negotiations.
July 25: Russian Army Col. Budanov, commander of 160 Tank Regiment, sentenced to 10 years in strict regime labour colony.
July 27: Cambodia conducts parliamentary election.
September: Japanese rightists plant a "bomb-like" device in the garage of Deputy Foreign Minister Tanaka Hitoshi, Japan's chief negotiator with North Korea.
September 1: European states formally establish the Galileo Joint Undretaking (GJU).
September 6: Israeli cabinet approves assassination of Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin.
September 10: Cancun Round, or Fifth Ministerial of the WTO begins.
September 11: Respected Swedish foreign minister and a prominent campaigner for Sweden adopting the euro, Anna Lindh, dies after being stabbed while shopping in Stockholm.
September 14: Vice President Richard "Dick" Cheney states on Meet the Press admits that he "misspoke" when he stated flatly that, "We believe that Saddam Hussain has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons." The manly response would have been to admit that he lied.