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2003

The year 2003 went down in history as the international year of fresh water as well as the European year of Disability.

2003

The movie Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was the highest grossing film of the year starring Elijah Wood as Frodo and Sean Astin as Sam. Get Rich or Die Tryin’ by 50 Cent was the best selling album of 2001.

The World Health Organization declared SARS a threat to global health on March 12. In the eight months later, SARS had killed roughly 775 in 29 countries, putting a threat to globalization regarding public health. On July 5, WHO announced that, the transmission of SARS from person to person had ceased.

In the evening of August 14, 21 power plants shut down in three minutes affecting over fifty million people in New York, Detroit, and Cleveland in the USA and Toronto and Ottawa in Canada. The power plants were able to resume transmission after two hours, but certain parts of the Northeast were in the dark for more than a day. Businesses, hospitals, commuter trains, airports, cellar telephone services were some of the sectors affected by the outage. The problem was poor line maintenance by FirstEnergy, a power company in Ohio.

On October 7, 2003, movie star and former Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger became the governor of California. Schwarzenegger was part of the 135 people on the ballot, and after 11 weeks of campaigning, he replaced Gray Davis as the governor of the most populous state in the USA with the fifth largest economy in the world. Born in Thal in Austria on July 30, 1947, Schwarzenegger became a USA citizen in 1983. He beat his closest rival with over 1 million votes.

After the USA invaded Iraq in March 2003, the USA military captured Saddam Hussein 12 days before Christmas. Libya under the leadership of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi agreed to shut down its weapons of mass destruction programs.

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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released this year ?

The Recruit

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

Starring: Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan

Country: United States

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Old School

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Starring: Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell

Country: United States

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Wrong Turn

Directed by: Rob Schmidt

Starring: Eliza Dushku, Jeremy Sisto, Emmanuelle Chriqui

Country: United States

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Hulk

Directed by: Ang Lee

Starring: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott

Country: United States

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Books

Which were the most popular books released in 2003 ?

The Lovely Bones

By: Alice Sebold

Susie Salmon speaks to us from heaven, because she was murdered when she was 14 years old by a man who lived in the same neighbourhood.

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Stupid White Men

By: Michael Moore

Now with more than three million copies sold, Oscar-winning filmmaker and political activist Michael Moore's bestseller "Stupid White Men" tells you everything you need to know about how the great and

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The King of Torts

By: John Grisham

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe Office of the Public Defender is not known as a training ground for bright young litigators.

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The Devil Wears Prada

By: Lauren Weisberger

From the author of REVENGE WEARS PRADA, a delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses.

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Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 2003 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Joshua
  4. Matthew
  5. Andrew
  6. Ethan
  7. Joseph
  8. Daniel
  9. Christopher
  10. Anthony
Top #10 female names
  1. Emily
  2. Emma
  3. Madison
  4. Hannah
  5. Olivia
  6. Abigail
  7. Alexis
  8. Ashley
  9. Elizabeth
  10. Samantha

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