2003 Fun Facts, Trivia, and History

Updated on September 4, 2019
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This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2003.
This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2003.

History Facts From the Year 2003

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2003? For openers, President Bush signed the CAN-SPAM Act into law, the Department of Homeland Security began operating, and the space shuttle Columbia exploded over Texas. President Bush eliminated steel tariffs, California governor Gray Davis was ousted in a recall vote, and the average college graduate had $18,630 in student loan debt.

In 2003, President Bush signed the third-largest tax cut in U.S. history, the national “Do Not Call List” went live, and Toyota overtook Chrysler for the number three spot in U.S. car sales. Hurricane Isabel left six million people in the U.S. without power, a major power blackout darkened portions of the U.S. and Canada, and 393 tornadoes were reported in 19 states in a week.

Back in 2003, Apple launched iTunes, Microsoft released the final edition of FrontPage, and the social bookmarking site Del.icio.us came online. LinkedIn and WordPress were both launched, Yahoo was the most popular website, and Skype was founded. Landlines were quickly becoming obsolete, Walmart was America’s biggest company, and Starbucks had 7,225 locations worldwide.

In 2003, inflation was at a 37-year low of 1.3%, unemployment was 6.0%, and the retail price for a gallon of gas averaged $1.59. Thomas English Muffins were $1.99 for a 12-pack, blueberries were $1.99 per pint, and Hellman’s Mayonnaise was $1.99 for a 32-ounce jar. A 2003 Ford Ranger cost $8,995.00, Bounty Paper Towels were $7.99 for a 12-roll pack, and Tide Liquid Laundry Detergent was $5.99 for a 100-ounce jug.

Back in 2003, the average life expectancy in the U.S. was 77.5 years, frosted lip gloss and lace-up jeans were all the rage, and sliders and fruit smoothies were crowd-pleasers. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS) was the most popular television show, In Da Club was number one on the charts for two months, and comedian Bob Hope died at the age of 100.

Here are some more fast history facts from 2003: the cost of a Super Bowl ad was $2,100,000, professional basketball player Michael Jordan retired, and Beyblades and Bionicles were popular Christmas gifts. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the Super Bowl champs, the Florida Marlins won the World Series, and the New Jersey Devils clinched the Stanley Cup.

On the international stage, Britain and France sweltered in record heat, the Concorde made its last commercial flight, and Paul Martin replaced Jean Chrétien as Prime Minister of Canada. The London congestion charge was implemented, the last Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the production line in Mexico, and Sweden rejected adopting the Euro in a referendum.

Famous people in the news back in 2003 included George W. Bush, Hu Jintao, Saddam Hussein, Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paul Martin, Peter Agre, Clive Granger, Robert F. Engle, Mother Teresa, Serena Williams, Lance Armstrong, Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Eminem, Britney Spears, J. K. Rowling, Michael Jordan, Barry Bonds, and Roger Federer.

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts, cool trivia, and history from the year 2003. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, books, cars, interesting foods, sports facts, fashion fads, and other pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 2000s-themed trivia quiz.

Table of Contents

For your convenience, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Retail Prices in the Year 2003
  2. History Facts From the USA

  3. International News
  4. Random Sports Facts
  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
  6. Bestselling Books
  7. Ten Most Popular Movies
  8. Entries Into the National Film Registry
  9. 2003/2004’s Most Popular Television Shows (According to Nielsen)
  10. Cool Pop Music Artists
  11. Number One Music Hits for the Year
  12. Popular Foods and Beverages
  13. Famous People in the News
  14. Well-Known People Who Died
  15. America’s Biggest Companies
  16. Retailers from 2003 That No Longer Exist
  17. Companies and Brands Established

Apple launched iTunes in 2003.
Apple launched iTunes in 2003.

1. Retail Prices in the Year 2003

These facts from the American retail industry have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Library in Whippany, NJ:

Automobiles (new):

  1. Ford Ranger: $8,995.00

  2. Honda Accord LX Sedan: $18,665.00

  3. Mazda Protege CX Sedan: $11,495.00

Automobiles (used):

  1. 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier: $9,990.00

  2. 1997 Cadillac Seville: $15,500.00

  3. 1990 Toyota Camry: $15,500.00

Clothing:

  1. Juniors tee shirts (brand not specified): $12.99 each

  2. Men’s sport shirts (Alfi): $14.99 apiece

  3. Men’s tee shirts (Hanes): 2.99 each

  4. Sneakers (Easy Spirit): $39.99-$69.99 a pair

  5. Women’s bathing suits (Macy’s): $10.00-$61.00 apiece

  6. Women’s blouses and slacks (Charter Club): $12.99-$39.99 each

  7. Women’s spring and summer suits (brand not specified): $79.99-$99.99 apiece

Food & beverages:

  1. Beef (London broil): $1.99 per pound

  2. Blueberries: $1.99 per pint

  3. Cantaloupes: 99 cents each

  4. Cherries (Washington state): $1.99 per pound

  5. Coffee (Chock Full O’Nuts): $3.99 for a 30-ounce can

  6. English muffins (Thomas): $1.99 per 12-pack

  7. Fish (Atlantic salmon steak): $3.99 per pound

  8. Ham (Boar’s Head deluxe): $5.99 per pound

  9. Iced tea mix (brand not specified): $2.99 for a 24-ounce container

  10. Ketchup (Heinz): 99 cents for a 24-ounce bottle

  11. Mayonnaise (Hellman’s): $1.99 for a 32-ounce jar

  12. Peaches: 99 cents per pound

  13. Soda (Pepsi): $2.50 for a 12-pack of 12-ounce cans

  14. Strawberries: $5.00 for a two-pound container

  15. Tuna (Bumblebee solid white): 99 cents for a six-ounce can

  16. Turkey breast (Pilgrim’s Pride): $2.99 per pound

  17. Yogurt (Dannon): $4.99 for 12 containers

Furniture:

  1. Bed (Grove Park, queen-size): $799.00

  2. Carpet (textured loop): $1.19 per square foot

  3. Chair set (Bassett): $999.00

  4. Cocktail table (Bassett): $299.00

  5. Sofa (Bassett): $799.00

Lawn & garden equipment:

  1. Grill (Char Broil, 40,000 BTU, gas): $249.00

  2. Hose (“Roll-a-Hose”): $15.79

  3. Lawn mower (Toro, 16 HP): $1,899.00

Household goods:

  1. Air conditioner (GoldStar, 5,200 BTU): $85.00

  2. Bed linens (“Bed in a Bag” complete set): $39.98

  3. Freezer (GE, seven cubic feet): $169.97

  4. Fruit jars (Mason, quart-size): 88 cents each

  5. Laundry soap (Tide Liquid): $5.99 for a 100-ounce container

  6. Microwave (GE Spacesaver, nine cubic feet): $349.00

  7. Paint (American Tradition): $13.97 per gallon

  8. Paper towels (Bounty): $7.99 per 12-roll pack

  9. Refrigerator (Frigidaire, 20.5-cubic feet): $499.97

Sliders were a crowd-pleaser in 2003.
Sliders were a crowd-pleaser in 2003.

2. History Facts From the USA

  1. In 2003, the U.S. population was 291 million.
  2. George W. Bush was President of the United States and Richard Cheney was Vice-President.
  3. Federal spending was $2,158 billion and the U.S. debt was $6,783 billion.
  4. Unemployment averaged 6.0%.
  5. Inflation was at a 37-year low of 1.3% and interest rates were at a 45-year low of 1%.
  6. The average cost of a new house was $246,300.00.
  7. The median income was $45,016.00.
  8. A first-class stamp cost $0.37.
  9. The retail price for a gallon of gas averaged $1.83.

  10. Here are the sticker prices for three best-selling 2003 cars: a Ford Ranger cost $8,995.00, a Honda Accord LX Sedan was $18,665.00, and a Mazda Protege CX Sedan cost $11,495.00.
  11. On January 24, the Department of Homeland Security began operating. Both the U.S. Customs Service and the U.S. Secret Service were moved to the newly-formed department.
  12. On February 1, the space shuttle Columbia exploded over Texas and killed all seven astronauts aboard. History.com reveals that “An investigation later determined the catastrophe was caused by a piece of foam insulation that broke off the shuttle’s propellant tank and damaged the edge of the shuttle’s left wing. The Columbia disaster was the second tragedy in the history of the space shuttle program, after the space shuttle Challenger broke apart shortly after launch in 1986 and all seven astronauts on board perished.”
  13. On March 3, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that information and pictures about sex offenders could be posted online.
  14. In May, Apple launched iTunes and sold one million songs during the first week. Apple CEO Steve Jobs observed: “In less than one week we’ve broken every record and [have] become the largest online music company in the world. Apple has created the first complete solution for the digital music age--you can purchase your favorite music online at the iTunes Music Store, mix your favorite tracks into playlists with iTunes, and take your entire music collection with you everywhere with the super-slim new iPods.”
  15. On May 1, President Bush announced that major combat in Iraq was over.
  16. During the period from May 4-10, 393 tornadoes were reported in 19 states in the Great Plains, Midwest, and Mid-South.
  17. On May 28, President Bush signed the third-largest tax cut package in U.S. history. Investopedia declares that the Bush tax cuts were “a series of temporary income tax relief measures enacted by President George W. Bush in 2001 and 2003. The tax cuts lowered federal income tax rates for everyone, decreased the marriage penalty, lowered capital gains taxes, lowered the tax rate on dividend income, increased the child tax credit, eliminated the phaseout on personal exemptions for higher-income taxpayers, eliminated the phaseout on itemized deductions, and eliminated the estate tax.”
  18. On June 27, the national “Do Not Call List” went live. It provided American consumers with an opportunity to limit telemarketing calls. CNN.com reports that by 5:00 P.M. EDT that day, “more than 730,000 phone numbers had been registered. . . . Officials said they expect 60 million people to register eventually.”
  19. In August, Toyota overtook Chrysler for the number three spot in U.S. car sales.
  20. On August 14, a wide-scale power blackout darkened portions of the northeast U.S. and Canada that affected over 50 million people.
  21. On August 29, the “pizza bomber” bank robbery--one of the most bizarre bank heists in U.S. history--unfolded on upper Peach Street in Erie, PA. A pizza delivery man identified as Brian Wells robbed a PNC bank with a bomb strapped to him. Before the bomb detonated and killed him instantly, Wells told authorities that “a group of people accosted him and forced him to carry out the robbery.”
  22. In September, Hurricane Isabel left six million people in the U.S. without power.
  23. On September 8, the music industry began to sue “swappers.” According to Money.CNN.com, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) “filed 261 lawsuits against people it claims have illegally downloaded and distributed copyrighted music, stepping up its attack against online music piracy.”
  24. On October 7, Democratic California governor Gray Davis was ousted in a recall vote, and Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected in his place.
  25. On October 15, a Staten Island ferry collided with a pier at the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island, killing 11 people and injuring 43.
  26. On October 26, the Cedar Fire--the second-largest fire in Californian history--killed 15 people, consumed 250,000 acres, and destroyed over 2,000 homes in the San Diego area.
  27. On November 5, the Bush administration signed legislation for post-war reconstruction of Iraq.
  28. On December 4, President Bush eliminated steel tariffs.

3. International News

  1. In his State of the Union address on January 28, President Bush announced that he was ready to attack Iraq.

  2. On February 17, London’s “congestion charging scheme” was implemented and required motorists to pay a fiver to enter the city centre. According to BBC News, “The scheme designed to alleviate traffic gridlock in London is the most ambitious ever undertaken by a capital city and its success is being watched closely by cities across the UK.”

  3. On March 19, the United States and Great Britain launched a war against Iraq.

  4. On April 9, Baghdad fell to U.S. troops.

  5. On April 23, Beijing closed all schools for two weeks because of the SARS virus. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is a viral disease that was first reported in Asia in February 2003.

  6. On May 1, the United States announced an end to combat operations in Iraq.

  7. On July 5, SARS was declared "contained" by the WHO.

  8. On July 30, the last Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the production line in Puebla, Mexico.

  9. In August, Britain sweltered in record heat. The highest temperature ever registered in the UK--38.5°C (101.3°F)--was recorded in Gravesend, Kent. BBC News reported that “Britain's hottest day since records began in 1875 came at the end of a fortnight of weather more normally associated with southern Europe. The previous high of 37.1C 98.8F was topped first at Heathrow with 37.9C 100.2F and then trounced at Gravesend with 38.1C 100.6F.”

  10. France also suffered a heat wave in August when temperatures soared as high as 104°F and killed nearly 5,000 people.

  11. On August 11, NATO took over command of the peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan.

  12. On August 19, a suicide bombing destroyed the UN headquarters in Baghdad.

  13. On September 14, Sweden rejected adopting the Euro in a referendum.

  14. On September 14, Estonia approved joining the European Union in a referendum.

  15. On November 26, the Concorde made its last commercial flight. EDN.com confirms that “Turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner Concorde made its final flight, soaring over Bristol, England, on November 26, 2003, and ending 27 years of service. Scheduled flights began on January 21, 1976, on the London–Bahrain and Paris–Rio routes. The United States had originally banned flights due to citizen protests regarding noise pollution and sonic booms, but lifted that ban in May 1976.”

  16. On December 12, Paul Martin replaced Jean Chrétien as Prime Minister of Canada.

  17. On December 13, Saddam Hussein, former President of Iraq, was captured by U.S. forces.

4. Random Sports Facts

This information has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  • World Series Champions - Florida Marlins
  • Super Bowl XXXVII Champions - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • NBA Champions - San Antonio Spurs
  • Stanley Cup Champs - New Jersey Devils
  • NCAA Basketball Champions - Syracuse
  • NCAA Football Champions - USC
  • U.S. Open Golf - Jim Furyk
  • U.S. Tennis (men/women) - Andy Roddick/Kim Clijsters
  • Wimbledon (men/women) - Roger Federer/Serena Williams
  • Kentucky Derby - Funny Cide

LinkedIn was launched in 2003.
LinkedIn was launched in 2003.

5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  1. In 2003, popular baby names were Jacob, Aiden, Ethan, Matthew, Emily, Emma, Madison, and Hannah.
  2. Favorite Christmas gifts included Barbie as Supergirl, Barbie as Wonder Woman, Beyblades, Bionicle, Game Boy Advance SP, and Yu-Gi-Oh.
  3. Popular video games that year were Beyond Good & Evil, Call of Duty, Enter the Matrix, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (video game), Need for Speed: Underground, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, Simpsons Hit and Run, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Tony Hawk's Underground, Jak II, Manhunt, Medal of Honor: Rising Sun, Silent Hill 3, Pirates of the Caribbean, and True Crime: Streets of LA.
  4. Erika Harold (Illinois) was crowned Miss America.
  5. Susie Castillo (Massachusetts) was crowned Miss USA.
  6. Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was the American soldier.
  7. The cost of a Super Bowl ad was $2,100,000.
  8. Fashion trends in 2003 included airbrushed shirts, butterfly clips, frosted lip gloss, halter tops, jeans with no back pockets, lace-up jeans, low-rise jeans, popcorn shirts, rhinestones, studded belts, tattoo choker necklaces, and trucker hats.
  9. Alphabet blocks and checkers were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
  10. Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Song, Best Visual Effects, and Best Costume Design.
  11. In 2003, newbie was slang for someone who is inexperienced.
  12. A McJob referred to "a low-paying job that requires little skill and provides little opportunity for advancement.”
  13. Flexitarian was slang for “a vegetarian who occasionally eats meat.”
  14. A must-buy and must-have both referred to a highly desirable product or service that you just couldn’t do without.
  15. By the same token, a must-read was “a piece of writing that should or must be read.”
  16. Finally, a must-see referred to a highly-desirable place or event that you just had to see for yourself.
  17. Microsoft released FrontPage 2003, which was the last edition of the website creation software. (FrontPage was part of Microsoft Office Suite from 1997 to 2003.)

  18. The 10 most popular websites were Yahoo, AOL, MSN, Microsoft, eBay, Google, Go.com, Netscape, WindowsMedia, and Weather.com.
  19. Favorite web browsers included Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Opera, and Mozilla Navigator. (Please note that Mozilla Firefox was not released until 2004.)
  20. In 2003, 5-hour Energy was introduced into the marketplace.
  21. Basketball legend Michael Jordan retired. He played for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards for 15 seasons.
  22. On January 7, Apple unveiled the web browser Safari. Apple.com tells us that “Safari’s highly-tuned rendering engine loads pages over three times faster than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer for the Mac and runs Javascript over twice as fast.”
  23. On January 25, the SQL Slammer worm spread across the Internet and dramatically slowed down web traffic. According to ComputerHope.com, SQL Slammer became the fastest spreading worm in history after infecting hundreds of thousands of computers in less than three hours.
  24. On May 5, American business and employment-oriented service LinkedIn was launched.
  25. On May 27, content management system WordPress.org was released.
  26. During the summer of 2003, Thriftbooks, a web-based, used-book retailer, went online.
  27. On July 1, Tesla Motors, an American company that designs and manufactures electric cars, was founded.
  28. In August, Skype, a communication platform that can be used between computers, tablets, and mobile devices, was launched. TechWalla.com reports that “The service garnered 10,000 users on its first day and over a million in just months. Auction portal eBay purchased the service in 2005. That marriage of cultures was never successful, and in 2011, tech giant Microsoft purchased the company from eBay.”
  29. In September, social bookmarking site Del.icio.us went live.
  30. In October, Adobe Photoshop CS (8.0) was released.
  31. On November 24, Time Warner agreed to sell its music business, Warner Music Group, for $2.6 billion in cash “to investors led by Edgar Bronfman Jr., whose bid to get back into the music business also will give him a chance to rebuild his family's wealth.”
  32. On December 16, President Bush signed The Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography And Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act into law. According to George W. Bush’s Fact Sheet, CAN-SPAM established “a framework of administrative, civil, and criminal tools to help America's consumers, businesses, and families combat unsolicited commercial e-mail, known as spam.”

In 2003, landlines were quickly becoming obsolete.
In 2003, landlines were quickly becoming obsolete.

6. Bestselling Books

This book trivia has been made available courtesy of PublishersWeekly.com.

  1. The Savage Nation by Michael Savage

  2. What Should I Do With My Life? by Po Bronson

  3. The Devil In the White City by Erik Larson

  4. Leap of Faith by Queen Noor

  5. An Unfinished Life by Robert Dallek

  6. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton

  7. Kate Remembered by Scott A. Berg

  8. Lies (And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them) by Al Franken

  9. Who's Looking Out For You? by Bill O'Reilly

  10. Dude, Where's My Country? by Michael Moore

  11. A Royal Duty by Paul Burrell

  12. I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story by Rick Bragg

7. Ten Most Popular Movies

This film news has been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com:

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

  2. Finding Nemo

  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

  4. The Matrix Reloaded

  5. Bruce Almighty

  6. X2: X-Men United

  7. Elf

  8. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

  9. The Matrix Revolutions

  10. Cheaper By The Dozen

8. Entries Into the National Film Registry

This film trivia has been made available courtesy of the Library of Congress.

  1. Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman (1974)
  2. Atlantic City (1980)
  3. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  4. Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894/95)
  5. Film Portrait (1972)
  6. Fox Movietone News: Jenkins Orphanage Band (1928)
  7. Gold Diggers of (1933)
  8. Matrimony’s Speed Limit (1913)
  9. Medium Cool (1969)
  10. National Velvet (1944)
  11. Naughty Marietta (1935)
  12. Nostalgia (1971)
  13. One Froggy Evening (1956)
  14. Patton (1970)
  15. Princess Nicotine; or, The Smoke Fairy (1909)
  16. Show People (1928)
  17. Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
  18. The Chechahcos (1924)
  19. The Hunters (1957)
  20. The Son of the Sheik (1926)
  21. The Wedding March (1928)
  22. Tin Toy (1988)
  23. White Heat (1949)
  24. Young Frankenstein (1974)
  25. Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" was the most popular film of 2003. It also won 11 Oscars including Best Picture.
"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" was the most popular film of 2003. It also won 11 Oscars including Best Picture.

9. 2003/2004’s Most Popular Television Shows (According to Nielsen)

  1. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)

  2. American Idol (FOX)

  3. Friends (NBC)

  4. The Apprentice (NBC)

  5. ER (NBC)

  6. Survivor (CBS)

  7. CSI: Miami (CBS)

  8. Monday Night Football (ABC)

  9. Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)

  10. Without a Trace (CBS)

10. Cool Pop Music Artists

These fun facts and trivia from 2003 have been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

Ashanti, Beyonce, Busta Rhymes, Chingy, Christina Aguilera, Clay Aiken, Evanescence, 50 Cent, Fabolous, Jason Mraz, Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, Kid Rock, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, Lil Kim, Ludacris, Maroon 5, Nelly, Outkast, P. Diddy, Pharrell, Pink, R. Kelly, Sean Paul, Snoop Dogg, 3 Doors Down, and Ying Yang Twins

11. Number One Music Hits for the Year

These fun facts have been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us. Generally suitable for all age groups, music trivia questions and answers are a welcome addition to any party game.

  • November 9, 2002 - January 31, 2003: Eminem - Lose Yourself
  • February 1, 2003 - February 7, 2003: B2K featuring P. Diddy - Bump, Bump, Bump
  • February 8, 2003 - March 7, 2003: Jennifer Lopez featuring LL Cool J - All I Have
  • March 8, 2003 - May 9, 2003: 50 Cent - In Da Club
  • May 10, 2003 - May 30, 2003: Sean Paul - Get Busy
  • May 31, 2003 - June 27, 2003: 50 Cent featuring Nate Dogg - 21 Questions
  • June 28, 2003 - July 11, 2003: Clay Aiken - This Is the Night
  • July 12, 2003 - September 5, 2003: Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z - Crazy in Love
  • September 6, 2003 - October 3, 2003: Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee - Shake Ya Tailfeather
  • October 4, 2003 - December 5, 2003: Beyoncé featuring Sean Paul - Baby Boy
  • December 6, 2003 - December 12, 2003: Ludacris featuring Shawnna - Stand Up
  • December 13, 2003 - February 13, 2004: Outkast - Hey Ya!

12. Popular Foods and Beverages

These fun facts and trivia from 2003 have been made available courtesy of TheKitchn.com.

  • Bacon
  • Brown butter pasta
  • Coffee and tea
  • Creme brûlée
  • Cupcakes and mini-cupcakes
  • Favorite flavors back in 2003 included bacon, blueberry, cranberry, ginger, hibiscus, mint, pomegranate, and wasabi.
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Giant hunks of meat (from Atkins diet)
  • Olive and truffle oils
  • Planters Cheez Balls
  • Sliders
  • Superfruits such as pomegranates and blueberries
  • Sushi
  • Whole grains

Planters Cheez Balls were another crowd-pleaser in 2003.
Planters Cheez Balls were another crowd-pleaser in 2003.

13. Famous People in the News

  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger - Former Governor of California

  2. Bill Maher - Political commentator and comedian

  3. Britney Spears - American singer and songwriter

  4. Clive Granger - British economist

  5. Danielle Steel - American novelist

  6. Ellen DeGeneres - Comedian and TV star

  7. George H. W. Bush - 41st U.S. President

  8. George W. Bush - 43rd U.S. President

  9. Gray Davis - Former Governor of California

  10. Hu Jintao - Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

  11. J.K. Rowling - British novelist

  12. Jennifer Lopez - Singer and actress

  13. Julia Roberts - American actress

  14. Lance Armstrong - American professional road racing cyclist

  15. Mariah Carey - Singer

  16. Martina Navratilova - Tennis player

  17. Mel Gibson - American actor and film director

  18. Mother Teresa - Roman Catholic nun and missionary

  19. Paul Martin - Ice hockey defenseman

  20. Peter Agre - American physician

  21. Robert F. Engle - American statistician

  22. Roger Federer - Tennis player

  23. Saddam Hussein - Former President of Iraq

  24. Serena Williams - Tennis player

  25. Tyra Banks - Supermodel and actress

14. Well-Known People Who Died

  • Robert Atkins - Cardiologist who implemented the low-carbohydrate Atkins diet

  • Johnny Cash - Country music singer and songwriter

  • June Carter Cash - Country music singer and songwriter

  • Althea Gibson - Professional tennis player

  • Katharine Hepburn - Film, stage, and television actress

  • Gregory Hines - Actor

  • Al Hirschfeld - Graphic artist famous for his caricature of theatre personalities

  • Bob Hope - Legendary comedian

  • Elia Kazan - Theatre and film director

  • Daniel Patrick Moynihan - Politician and sociologist

  • Gregory Peck - Oscar-winning actor

  • George Plimpton - Writer, editor, and actor

  • Leni Riefenstahl - German documentary filmmaker

  • John Ritter - Actor

  • Fred Rogers - Host of the Emmy Award-winning children's show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

  • Carol Shields - Novelist and poet

  • Strom Thurmond - the longest-serving U.S. Senator in history

  • John Schlesinger - British film director

  • Sérgio Vieira de Mello - Brazilian diplomat

Everybody Loves Raymond was a popular television show in 2003.
Everybody Loves Raymond was a popular television show in 2003.

15. America’s Biggest Companies

This corporate news has been made available courtesy of Archive.Fortune.com:

  1. Walmart

  2. General Motors

  3. Exxon Mobil

  4. Ford Motor

  5. General Electric

  6. Citigroup

  7. Chevron Texaco

  8. IBM

  9. American International Group

  10. Verizon Communications

16. Retailers From 2003 That No Longer Exist

  1. Blockbuster Video

  2. Borders

  3. Circuit City

  4. Compaq Computers

  5. Concorde (supersonic passenger airliner)

  6. Discovery Channel Store

  7. eToys.com

  8. Ford Mercury

  9. Ford Saturn

  10. GM Oldsmobile

  11. GM Pontiac

  12. MSN Messenger

  13. Minolta

  14. Natural Wonders

  15. Polaroid

  16. Radio Shack

  17. Saab (Swedish automaker)

  18. Sam Goody

  19. Sharper Image

  20. Steve & Barry's

  21. Tower Records

  22. Waldenbooks

  23. Wang Laboratories

17. Companies and Brands Established

  1. Acer Records

  2. Almost Skateboards

  3. Chitika (search-targeted advertising company)

  4. Digital Chocolate (video game company)

  5. Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand

  6. Mobile Edge (laptop bag company)

  7. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (London-based travel publisher)

  8. Ready at Dawn (video game developer)

  9. Sugar Sugar, Inc. (confectionery manufacturer and retailer)

  10. True (online dating service)

  11. Voices.com (job-search website)

  12. WingStreet (restaurant chain specializing in chicken)

Skype was launched in 2003. It keeps the world talking by enabling video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, and the Xbox.
Skype was launched in 2003. It keeps the world talking by enabling video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, and the Xbox.

© 2018 Gregory DeVictor

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