The year 2003 went down in history as the international year of fresh water as well as the European year of Disability.
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.
Which were the most popular movies released this year ?
Which were the top hits of 2003 ?
Top #10 songs in the USA
Top #10 songs in the UK
- R Kelly - Ignition Remix
- The Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love?
- Justin Timberlake - Cry Me A River
- Evanescence - Bring Me To Life
- Junior Senior - Move Your Feet
- Blu Cantrell featuring Sean Paul - Breathe
- Tatu - All The Things She Said
- Gareth Gates & The Kumars - Spirit In The Sky
- Dido - White Flag
- David Sneddon - Stop Living The Lie
Which were the most popular books released in 2003 ?
Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 2003 in the USA ?
Top #10 male names
Top #10 female names
What happened in each day of 2003
Click on the dates below to find out what the world looked like in each day of 2003