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Encyclopedia > April 10, 2003

April 10, 2003

  • United States Green Berets and Kurdish fighters enter the city of Kirkuk in Iraq with little resistance. Turkey and U.S., in separate statements, say they will not allow the Kurds to occupy the city. [1], [2]
  • British Airways and Air France simultaneously announce that they will retire the supersonic Concorde aircraft later this year. Passenger numbers had never recovered following a crash that killed 113 in 2000. [3] In response, Sir Richard Branson offers to buy British Airways' Concordes for £1 for the use of his Virgin Atlantic Airlines. BA dismisses the offer as a stunt and indicates that the planes will go to air museums. [4]
  • A fire destroys a boarding school for the deaf in Makhachkala, Russia, killing 28 children, aged 8 to 14. About 100 other children suffer burns and smoke inhalation, 39 of which are in serious condition. [5]
April 10 is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (101st in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The green beret is the official headgear of the Royal Marine Commandos, the United States Army Special Forces (Green Berets) and the Royal Swedish Amphibious Corps. ... Kurds are one of the Iranian peoples and speak Kurdish, a north-Western Iranian language related to Persian. ... Kirkuk (Kurdish: Kerkûk, Arabic:كركوك ;originally the Assyrian city of Arrapha) is an ancient city in Iraq, sitting near the Hasa River on the ruins of a 5,000-year-old settlement. ... British Airways is the largest airline of the United Kingdom. ... Air France Boeing 747 Air France (Compagnie Nationale Air France) is a subsidiary of Air France-KLM. Before the take-over of KLM, it was essentially the national airline of France, employing 71,654 people (at January 2005). ... The Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde supersonic transport (SST) was one of only two models of supersonic passenger airliners to have seen commercial service. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Sir Richard Branson during the announcement of the Virgin Express airline which would compete with Ryanair and EasyJet. ... Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. ... A large bonfire. ... A boarding school is a self-contained educational total institution where students not only study but where some or all students may live. ... The word deaf, can have very different meanings based on the background of the person speaking or the context in which the word is used. ... Makhachkala (Russian: Махачкала́) is a city in Russia, the capital of the Republic of Dagestan. ...

 
 

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