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January 1, 2003 A 17-year old woman walks into the Douglasville, Georgia, police station and reports that she had been forced to have sex with a group of teenagers at a nearby hotel. Police return to the hotel room, find a group of males and evidence of sexual activity including a videotape of the incident.
  Genarlow Wilson
January 5, 2003 Atlanta Falcons beat the Packers at Green Bay, 27-7
  Falcons postseason, 2003
January 11, 2003 The Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl dreams are smashed by the Philadelphia Eagles, 20-6.
  Atlanta Falcons
  Falcons postseason, 2003
January 13, 2003 Sonny Perdue's inauguration as governor of Georgia
  Sonny Perdue
January 17, 2003 Singer Bobby Brown turns himself in after violating the conditions of bond stemming from a 1999 drunk driving charge. Brown was sentenced to 8 days in jail, 240 hours of community service and a fine of 2,600 dollars.
January 28, 2003 Ted Turner resigns as Vice-Chairman of AOL Time-Warner
  Ted Turner
February 2, 2003 Danny Heatley wins MVP honors at the National Hockey League All-Star game. His incredible performance included four goals.
  Atlanta Thrashers
February 6, 2003 James Oglethorpe statue on Augusta Common dedicated
  James Oglethorpe
February 9, 2003 The NBA All-Star Game is held at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia
February 23, 2003 India.Arie (Stone Mountain), Alan Jackson (Newnan) and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra are among those honored at this year's Grammy Awards
February 27, 2003 Tony Cole makes charges of academic fraud in the University of Georgia basketball program on ESPN
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
  Vince Dooley
  Coach Jim Harrick suspended
February 27, 2003 Bomb found in post office in Blairsville, GA
March 10, 2003 University of Georgia suspended basketball coach Jim Harrick.
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
  Vince Dooley
  Coach Jim Harrick suspended
  UGA sexual assault
March 20, 2003 Tornadoes strike Mitchell and Worth Counties
  Worth County, Georgia
  Mitchell County, Georgia
  Tornadoes strike Camilla and Bridgeboro
  Georgia Tornadoes
March 23, 2003 Ronald D. Young, Jr. of Lithia Springs is shot down during heavy fighting in central Iraq
  Ronald D. Young, Jr.
March 24, 2003 The grisly discovery of a decapitated nun's body in a parking lot in Virginia Beach, Virginia led police to Adrian O. Robinson at a local Burger King. Robinson has been charged with killing his father in Hamilton, Georgia, and abducting two nuns. The second nun was found in Robinson's motel room uninjured.
March 25, 2003 Larry Eugene Moon, convicted of murdering Ricky Callahan who entered a Catoosa County store to buy aspirin for his wife in 1984, is put to death by lethal injection.
  Catoosa County, Georgia
April 2, 2003 Winners of the George Foster Peabody Awards were announced by the University of Georgia's Henry Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Among the locally important awards:
  • "Terror on Tape," CNN Productions, Atlanta; examination of training videos made by al-Qaida members.
  • "Door to Door," TNT starring William H. Macy in the true story of Bill Porter who battled cerebral palsy. Macy also co-wrote the script

  Peabody Awards
April 9, 2003 University of Georgia, Athens hires Dennis Felton to replace former coach Jim Harrick, who left the school following a scandal
  Coach Jim Harrick suspended
April 13, 2003 Former POW's arrive at Ramstein Air Force Base
  Ronald D. Young, Jr.
April 13, 2003 Chief Warrant Officer Ronald D. Young, Jr. is freed by Marines who rescued the downed Apache helicopter pilot from his Iraqi captors a few miles south of Tikrit, Iraq
  Ronald D. Young, Jr.
April 19, 2003 Ron Young is reunited with his family at Fort Bliss, Texas
  Ronald D. Young, Jr.
April 20, 2003 Ron Young enjoys a church service with President George W. Bush at Fort Hood, Texas
  Ronald D. Young, Jr.
April 21, 2003 U.S. Supreme Court upholds Carl Issac's death sentence
  Alday family murders
April 25, 2003 Supercell thunderstorms rake Polk, Paulding, Cobb, North Fulton and Dekalb County in north Georgia as well as Stewart, Marion, Webster, Sumter, and Dooly County in the south during the late afternoon and evening hours. Dade County also suffered some damage.
  Webster County, Georgia
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Fulton County, Georgia
April 29, 2003 Just before 5 a.m. a moderate earthquake, rated 4.9 on the Richter Scale, shook most of the northwest corner of Georgia, south to Atlanta. The epicenter was located in Menlo, Georgia, about 37 miles south of Chattanooga.
  Earthquakes that have struck Georgia
May 2, 2003 Strong thunderstorms brought rain, high-speed winds and damaging hail to a wide portion of the state. Only the extreme northeast and southeast sections were spared.
May 6, 2003 Coke re-introduces the "neon spectacular" to Peachtree Street in Atlanta. For 32 years the neon spectacular hung at Peachtree and Pryor Streets in downtown, next to Margaret Mitchell Park. When the city turned the park into a ball field, Coke removed the sign.
  Coca-Cola
May 6, 2003 The man who orchestrated the Alday Family murders, Carl Isaacs, is put to death by lethal injection. At the time he had been on death row longer than any other person.
  Alday family murders
May 6, 2003 Strong storms move through north Georgia. Among the counties hardest hit are Floyd, Walker, Catoosa, Gordon, Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Dekalb, Clarke, Barrow and Elbert County.
  Gwinnett County, Georgia
  Fulton County, Georgia
  Bartow County, Georgia
  Catoosa County, Georgia
  Catoosa County, Georgia
  Gordon County, Georgia
  Walker County, Georgia
  Floyd County, Georgia
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Cherokee County, Georgia
  Clarke County, Georgia
May 7, 2003 Internet Service Provider Earthlink wins a $16 million suit in Atlanta District Court against The Buffalo Spammer, a 36 year-old hack who lives with his mother in a run-down neighborhood in New York.
May 8, 2003 New Georgia state flag adopted
May 15, 2003 The Matrix Reloaded world premiere is at the Cannes Film Festival
  Laurence Fishborne
May 31, 2003 Eric Rudolph is captured in Murphy, NC.
  Eric Rudolph and the Atlanta Area bombings
May 31, 2003 A railroad turntable in Dick Dowdy Park, Summerville, is dedicated.
  Chattooga County, Georgia
June 2, 2003 Emmanuel Hammond, convicted murderer of Julie Love, files his first appeal at the federal level. He will file 6 more appeals at the federal level.
  Murder of Julie Love
June 13, 2003 Dumb and Dumberer, a "prequel" to Dumb and Dumber is released. It was filmed in Marietta and Atlanta
  Marietta, GA
  Movies filmed in Georgia
June 23, 2003 Maynard Jackson dies, Washington, D. C.
June 24, 2003 Lester Maddox, 87, a segregationist who governed Georgia as a moderate Democrat, died in an Atlanta hospice as a result of a fall.
  Lester Maddox
June 26, 2003 In Georgia v. Ashcroft the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the goal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act was to create a society where "race no longer mattered," and that the Democratic Georgia redistricting plan of 2000 violated that tenet.
July 22, 2003 Atlanta radio personality "Skinny" Bobby Harper dies of cancer. He was the inspiration for the Dr. Johnny Fever character on the hit TV show, WKRP in Cincinnati.
July 23, 2003 UGA library burns causing an estimate $1.5 million in fire damage. Books on each of the 9 floors suffered varying degrees of smoke damage.
August 12, 2003 Statue of Warren Spahn unveiled at Turner Field
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
August 23, 2003 Booth Western Art Museum opens, Cartersville, Georgia
September 1, 2003 Gwinnett County Judge David M. Fuller resigns following an investigative report by Fox 5 News
  David M. Fuller
  Gwinnett County, Georgia
September 8, 2003 Georgia Lottery Corporation annouces it has accepted Rebecca Paul's resignation.
  Georgia Lottery
September 10, 2003 Atlanta's Piedmont Park begins planning an expansion into 53 acres of undeveloped land the city purchased with the original park
  Piedmont Park
September 11, 2003 Ardena Carter, a Georgia Southern College student is last seen leaving her apartment in Stateboro, Georgia. The 24-year old Masters candidate was 6 months pregnant at the time.
  Ardena Carter
September 18, 2003 Friends report Ardena Carter missing
  Ardena Carter
September 23, 2003 OutKast releases "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" including the hit single "The Way You Move"
  OutKast
September 29, 2003 Danny Heatley and Dan Snyder are involved in a high-speed car crash on Lenox Road in Atlanta. Healy and Snyder are members of the Atlanta Thrashers hockey team.
  Atlanta Thrashers
October 1, 2003 OutKast's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" becomes the top-selling album in the United States
  OutKast
October 5, 2003 Atlanta Braves lose the National League Division Championship series 3-2 to the Chicago Cubs
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
October 5, 2003 Atlanta Thrashers player Dan Snyder died from injuries sustained when teammate Danny Heatley hit a brick pillar on Lenox Road
  Atlanta Thrashers
October 24, 2003 Ben Bernanke is confirmed to a full term on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors
  Ben Bernanke
November 1, 2003 In the bloodiest day ever recorded, 26 teenagers died in traffic accidents in the United States (normal is 10). At 8:46 p.m. on SR 60 near Gainesville, Georgia, Ryan David Wagner, 19, of Gainesville died when the 1992 Honda Accord he was riding in, driven by James Lee Thigpen, ran off a road, down an embankment and rolled over before hitting a tree.
November 5, 2003 Dernell Stenson is found murdered following a night out with friends. The Cincinnati Reds rookie was killed as he tryed to escape four men who were hijacking his SUV.
November 10, 2003 Barry Larkin and Ken Griffey Jr. joined friends and family in LaGrange, Georgia, paying their last respect to Cincinnati Reds rookie Dernell Stenson, who had been killed the week before.
November 11, 2003 Stephen Cooke of Roswell, Georgia, arrived at Georgia Lottery headquarters with one winning ticket and realized that he purchased another tickets with the same combination. He walked away with 26 million dollars
  Georgia Lottery
December 7, 2003 Whitney Houston calls the Alpharetta Police Department to report that her husband, Bobby Brown, had hit her.
  Whitney Houston
  Whitney Houston hit by Bobby Brown
December 7, 2003 Hunters find the body of Ardena Carter on the grounds of Fort Benning, Georgia, about 4 miles west of Cusseta in Chattahoochee County. The cause of death has been ruled a homicide.
  Ardena Carter
December 8, 2003 The U. S. Supreme Court refused to intervene in a lawsuit over the OutKast song Rosa Parks
  OutKast
December 10, 2003 Police talk with Bobby Brown about the attack on his wife Whitney Houston earlier in the week
  Whitney Houston
  Whitney Houston hit by Bobby Brown
December 11, 2003 Death penalty requested in the Eric Rudolph case by Attorney-General John Ashcroft
  Eric Rudolph and the Atlanta Area bombings
December 18, 2003 Margaret DeFrancisco Named President/CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation. DeFrancisco had been running the New York Lottery for four years.
  Georgia Lottery
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