March 16th, 2003, was a Sunday. It was day 75 of 2003. The decade was the 2000s.
18 years, 7 months and 5 days have passed since March 16th, 2003.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Pisces.
What happened on March 16th, 2003?
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on March 16th, 2003.
The movie "Cradle 2 the Grave" was at the top of the box office on March 16th, 2003.
Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on March 16th, 2003.
France's opposition to the Invasion of Iraq proved to be unpopular with many Americans. In February of 2003, a Cubbie's restaurant owner attracted media attention when he decided to rename "French Fries" to "Freedom Fries". The following month, Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, Bob Ney, enacted the same change-of-name in the lunchrooms of Capitol Hill. Several US restaurants followed suit, resulting in widespread media attention.
"Clocks" by Coldplay would go on to win a Grammy for 2003's Record of the Year.
Popular music artists in 2003 included Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, Ja Rule, 50 Cent, Missy Elliott, R. Kelly, Sean Paul, Evanescence, Beyoncé, Matchbox Twenty, Chingy, The Black Eyed Peas, Pharrell Williams, Outkast, Ashanti and Kelis.
According to Forbes, the highest paid celebrities in 2003 were Jennifer Aniston, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Tiger Woods, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Lopez, Paul McCartney, Ben Affleck, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks and The Rolling Stones.
In 2003, the best NBA players were Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Webber, Ben Wallace, Jason Kidd, Allen Iverson, Paul Pierce, Jamal Mashburn, Jermaine O'Neal, Stephon Marbury and Steve Nash.
"The American soldier" is listed as the Time Person of the Year for 2003. This is a nod towards the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan.
American actress Halle Berry was listed as FHM's sexiest woman in 2003.
Movies released in 2003 included The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Finding Nemo, The Matrix Reloaded, Bruce Almighty, The Last Samurai, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, The Matrix Revolutions, X2, Bad Boys II, Hulk, Thirteen, School of Rock and Kill Bill: Volume 1.
In 2003, the best soccer players were Pavel Nedvěd, Thierry Henry, Paolo Maldini, Andriy Shevchenko, Zinedine Zidane, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Raúl, Roberto Carlos, Gianluigi Buffon and David Beckham.
"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2003.
In 2003 and 2004, camera phones started to become more and more popular around the world.
At the start of 2003, the possibility of a US-led invasion of Iraq was becoming more and more likely. Anti-war protests sprung up around the world as war drew closer. In February of 2003, US Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence to the United Nations that Saddam was hiding unconventional weapons. In March, the US advised UN weapons inspectors to leave Baghdad.
A viral respiratory disease called SARS broke out in South China in November of 2002. Over 8,000 cases of the virus were detected and 774 deaths were reported in 37 countries.
During this period, landline phones started to decline. This was due to the rise of personal cell phones.
From about 2002 onward, Internet usage increased dramatically across the entire world. Faster broadband networks were being rolled out, allowing users to download and stream their favorite music and videos. Social networks also started to blow up in popularity.
In the early-to-mid "noughties", MP3 sharing on the Internet became more and more popular. MP3 players were taking over and portable CD players such as the "Discman" were declining in popularity. During this period, it became increasingly obvious that most music stores would not survive the onslaught of the digital age.
The PlayStation 2 and the original Xbox were competing with one another during this time.
During this period, you might have been playing simple mobile games such as Nokia's "Bounce", which was first released in July of 2001.
During this period of time, a lot of people were using MSN Messenger to chat with their friends online.
In the first half of the noughties, DVDs started to replace the older VCR tapes. As a result, people no longer had to rewind their tapes before bringing them back to the rental store.
During the early noughties, wallpaper was quickly disappearing from people's homes. By this stage, minimalist interior design trends were in vogue and many people had already made the switchover to using paint.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the floppy disk was phased out. The emergence of the CD-RW and faster Internet speeds made the diskette redundant.
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2003 saw the introduction of cars such as the Ford F-Series (eleventh generation), the Chrysler Crossfire, the Toyota Prius (XW20), the Volkswagen Golf Mk5, the BMW X3 and the Mazda 3.
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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Action-adventure game that was released for the Game Boy Advance.
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
Stealth shooter game.
Ratchet & Clank
3D platform game.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
The fourth game in the series.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4
The fourth installment in the series.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
Racing game that was released on the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
Unreal Tournament 2003
FPS game developed by Epic Games and Digital Extremes.
Life simulation game that was released on the Nintendo Gamecube.
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven
First installment in the Mafia game series.
Medieval: Total War
War strategy game.
Medal of Honor: Frontline
World War II game.
RPG published by Square Enix.
MMORPG published by Jagex.
Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on March 16th.
Historical weather information for March 16th, 2003.
George W. Bush Jnr. was the President of the United States on March 16th, 2003.
Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on March 16th, 2003.
Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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