2003 Trivia, History and Fun Facts

2003 Pop Culture History

Quick Facts from 2003:

  • World Changing Event: Myspace.com was launched.
  • The Top Song was Hey Ya! by OutKast
  • Influential Songs include: Unwell by Matchbox Twenty, Concrete Angel by Martina McBride, Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes, and Dance With My Father by Luthor Vandross
  • The Movies to Watch include Finding Nemo, Gods and Generals, Bruce Almighty, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Elf
  • People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive: Johnny Depp
  • Notable books include: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Price of Boar’s Head deluxe ham in 2003: $5.99/pound
    Price of a movie ticket: $6.00
    Land O Lakes butter, 1 pound: $1.49
  • US 666, once a spur route of the decommissioned US Route 66, was changed to US 491, a spur of US Route 191, due to concerns using the number 666 for a road.
  • The Funny Guy was: Dane Cook
    The Funnier Guy was: Dave Chappelle
  • The Conversation: The United States Department of Homeland Security and what it would mean for average Americans.
Top Ten Baby Names of 2003:
Emily, Emma, Madison, Hannah, Olivia, Jacob, Michael, Joshua, Matthew, Andrew
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Gisele Bündchen, Eva Mendez, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Kidman, Julia Stiles, Lucy, Liu, Brittany Murphy, Jennifer Lopez, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Pamela Anderson, Scarlett Johansson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Britney Spears, Kate Hudson, Beyonce, Julia Roberts, Selma Blair, Cameron Diaz, Hilary Swank, Renee Zellweger, Keira Knightley, Jessica Simpson, Denise Richards
The Heartthrob(s):
Brad Pitt, Jude Law, Heath Ledger, Hugh Grant, David Beckham, Ben Affleck, Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp, Julian McMahon, Justin Timberlake, Adam Brody

“The Quotes:”
“Where do buffalo wings come from? Chickens or buffaloes?”
-Jessica Simpson, on her Newlyweds reality show.

“He’s just not that into you.”
-Jack Berger, Sex In The City

Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year:
The American Soldier
Miss America:
Erika Harold (Urbana, IL)
Miss USA:
Susie Castillo (Massachusetts)

The Scandals:
Angelina Jolie kissed her brother, James Haven, rather passionately at the Oscars. James claimed it was a quick peck, just caught at the wrong second.

Paris Hilton’s sex tape, with then-boyfriend Rick Salomon, One Night In Paris, was released.

New York Times reporter Jayson Blair resigned after being confronted with evidence of fabricating quotes and details in at least 36 articles.

Natalie Maines, the lead singer for the Dixie Chicks, told a London crowd that “we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is From Texas.”

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh entered rehab for addiction to prescription drugs oxycodone and hydrocodone. This may have led to his hearing loss. (the radio talk show host is essentially deaf)

Michael Jackson was alleged to have engaged in sexual activities with a teenage boy (again).

Madonna Kissed Britney Spears at the VMAs

Beloved TV Star Sudden Death:
John Ritter, age 54

HERO – 13 year old Surfer Bethany Hamilton jumped right back on a surfboard after getting patched up from her shark-bite, which took her left arm. A 2011 film, Soul Surfer, starring AnnaSophia Robb, was made about her life.

HERO – Aron Ralston – while canyoneering in Utah, he was forced to amputate his right arm with a dull knife in order to free himself from a boulder. A 2011 film, 127 Hours, starring James Franco, was made about the adventure.

HERO – Elizabeth Smart was found alive, 9 months after she was kidnapped. She has become an activist, working with Sexual Predator Legislation and the AMBER Alert system, and she spoke after the signing of the Adam Walsh Act. A TV movie about the ordeal, The Elizabeth Smart Story, was shown on CBS.

Pop Culture Facts:
Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King won 11 Oscars, winning every category it was in. For this reason, many consider it to be the greatest film of all time. Several books have been written regarding the making of the Lord of the Rings film series.

Steven Bartman, sitting in Section 4, Row 8, Seat 113 of the stands at Wrigley Field, reached for and deflected a foul ball that Cubs left fielder Moises Alou was trying to catch. The Florida Marlins won the game and the chance to be in the World Series.By all reports, Steven is a decent guy, and still a Cubs fan. A film, featuring Kevin James, was proposed.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 2003: $2,100,000

The Human Genome Project that mapped the structure of DNA and all the specific information that it contained completed its work.

NOT a Surprise:
Liza Minelli and David Gest divorced after their 2002 marriage
The Habits:
Wearing Chandelier Earrings
Wearing Monogrammed Shirts and Coats while carrying monogrammed bags
Wearing Uggs with Cargo pants
The Disaster:
On Feb 1, Space Shuttle Columbia broke up while re-entering Earth’s atmosphere. William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, Ilan Ramon, Kalpana Chawla, David M. Brown, Laurel Clark and Commander Rick D. Husband all died in the disaster
2003 Toys inducted to the National Toy Hall of Fame:
Alphabet Blocks, Checkers
1st appearances & 2003’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Beyblades, Bionicle, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Flavas dolls, Barbie as Supergirl, Barbie as Wonder Woman
Best Film Oscar Winner:
Chicago (Presented in 2003)
2003 Entries to The National Film Registry:
Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman (released in 1974)
Atlantic City (released in 1980)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (released in 1969)
The Chechahcos (released in 1924)
Dickson Experimental Sound Film (released in 1894/95)
Film Portrait 
(released in 1972)
Fox Movietone News: Jenkins Orphanage Band 
(released in 1928)
Gold Diggers of 
(released in 1933)
The Hunters (released in 1957)
Matrimony’s Speed Limit (released in 1913)
Medium Cool (released in 1969)
National Velvet (released in 1944)
Naughty Marietta (released in 1935)
Nostalgia (released in 1971)
One Froggy Evening (released in 1956)
Patton (released in 1970)
Princess Nicotine; or, The Smoke Fairy (released in 1909)
Show People (released in 1928)
The Son of the Sheik (released in 1926)
Tarzan and His Mate (released in 1934)
Tin Toy (released in 1988)
The Wedding March (released in 1928)
White Heat (released in 1949)
Young Frankenstein (released in 1974)
Young Mr. Lincoln (released in 1939)
The Big Movies: (according to boxofficemojo)
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

Broadway Show – Avenue Q (Musical) Opened on July 31, 2003 and Closed: September 13, 2009

Broadway Show – Wicked (Musical) Opened on October 30, 2003

2003 Most Popular TV shows:
1. American Idol (Fox)
2. CSI (CBS)
3. Survivor: All Stars (CBS)
4. Friends (NBC)
5. Survivor: Pearl Islands (CBS)
6. The Apprentice (NBC)
7. ER (NBC)
8. CSI: Miami (CBS)
9. Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)
10. Without a Trace (CBS)

2003 Billboard Number One Songs:
November 9, 2002- January 31, 2003:
Lose Yourself – Eminem

February 1February 7:
Bump, Bump, Bump – B2K featuring P. Diddy

February 8March 7:
All I Have – Jennifer Lopez featuring L.L. Cool J

March 8May 9:
In Da Club – 50 Cent

May 10May 30:
Get Busy – Sean Paul

May 31June 27:
21 Questions – 50 Cent featuring Nate Dogg

June 28 – July 11:
This Is The Night – Clay Aiken

July 12 – September 5:
Crazy In Love – Beyonce featuring Jay-Z

September 6 – October 3:
Shake Ya Tailfeather – Nelly/P. Diddy/Murphy Lee

October 4 – December 5:
Baby Boy – Beyonce featuring Sean Paul

December 6 – December 12:
Stand Up – Ludacris featuring Shawnna

December 13, 2004 – February 13, 2003:
Hey Ya! – OutKast

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