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March 17th, 2003.

March 17th, 2003, was a Monday. It was day 76 of 2003. The decade was the 2000s.

19 years, 10 months and 10 days have passed since March 17th, 2003.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Pisces.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on March 17th, 2003.

  • The US advises UN weapon inspectors to pull out of Iraq.
  • The first episode of the hidden camera TV show "Punk'd" is aired.
Song charts

Top songs.

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on March 17th, 2003.

  • United States: In Da Club - 50 Cent
  • United Kingdom: Spirit In The Sky - Gareth Gates

The Billboard Hot 100 on March 17th, 2003.

A list of songs that were dominating the music charts on this date.

  • In Da Club - 50 Cent
  • All I Have - Jennifer Lopez Featuring LL Cool J
  • Mesmerize - Ja Rule Featuring Ashanti
  • Miss You - Aaliyah
  • Cry Me A River - Justin Timberlake
Play the top singles from the year 2003.
A Spotify playlist of songs from 2003. Take a trip back to the peak days of 50 Cent, Beyoncé, Sean Paul and the Black Eyed Peas.
Cradle 2 the Grave

Top movie.

The movie "Cradle 2 the Grave" was at the top of the Box Office on this day.

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I have to say 20 years on, freedom fries has to be one of the dumbest things we have ever called fries which I believe originated in Belgium.
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Take me back to March 17th, 2003!

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is March 17th, 2003, and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Pisces. Spring has arrived and the days have become longer.

It's St. Patrick's Day, which means that a sizeable amount of people are spending their day in bars. Parades are being held in major cities throughout the world. In America, the song In Da Club by 50 Cent is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Spirit In The Sky by Gareth Gates is the number one hit song.

George W. Bush Jnr. is currently the President of the United States, and the movie Cradle 2 the Grave is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, Tony Blair is the current Prime Minister. In technology news, more and more people are beginning to gain access to the Internet. Internet speeds are increasing and MP3 sharing is beginning to threaten the existence of music stores.

A popular software program called LimeWire is currently being used by many people to share music, software and videos. It is also a haven for computer viruses. Cameras on phones are beginning to become more and more popular. Although the photographs that they take are still lacking in quality. It's 2003, so the music charts are being dominated by the likes of 50 Cent, R. Kelly, Sean Paul, 3 Doors Down, Nelly, Evanescence, Chingy and Beyonce.

An American restaurant owner has recently attracted media attention by renaming "French Fries" as "Freedom Fries". This was in response to France's opposition to the invasion of Iraq. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Barry White, Bob Hope, Charles Bronson and John Ritter would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "King of the Hill", "Alias", "Smallville" and "The Wire".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Medieval: Total War", "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City", "Ratchet & Clank" and "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Johnny Bravo", "The Powerpuff Girls", "Static Shock" and "The Cramp Twins". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Gogo's Crazy Bones, HitClips audio player, the Xbox and the Nintendo GameCube.

News

News topics, nostalgic fads, and pop culture events.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on March 17th, 2003.

  • Freedom Fries.

    Freedom Fries.

    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.

  • Coldplay - "Clocks"

    Coldplay - "Clocks"

    "Clocks" by Coldplay would go on to win a Grammy for 2003's Record of the Year.

  • 2003 in music.

    2003 in music.

    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.

  • The highest paid celebrities in 2003.

    The highest paid celebrities in 2003.

    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.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 2003?

    Who were the best NBA players in 2003?

    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.

  • Time Person of the Year 2003.

    Time Person of the Year 2003.

    "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.

  • Halle Berry.

    Halle Berry.

    American actress Halle Berry was listed as FHM's sexiest woman in 2003.

  • 2003 in movies.

    2003 in movies.

    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.

  • Who were the best football players in 2003?

    Who were the best football players in 2003?

    In 2003, the best soccer players were Pavel NedvÄ›d, 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.

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

    "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2003.

  • The rise of camera phones.

    The rise of camera phones.

    In 2003 and 2004, camera phones started to become more and more popular around the world.

  • Iraq War build-up.

    Iraq War build-up.

    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.

  • The SARS epidemic.

    The SARS epidemic.

    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.

  • Landline phones begin to die out.

    Landline phones begin to die out.

    During this period, landline phones started to decline. This was due to the rise of personal cell phones.

  • Internet usage increases dramatically.

    Internet usage increases dramatically.

    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.

  • The Internet begins to hurt music stores.

    The Internet begins to hurt music stores.

    In the early-to-mid 2000s, 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 & the Xbox.

    The PlayStation 2 & the Xbox.

    The PlayStation 2 and the original Xbox were competing with one another during this time.

  • Nokia games such as Bounce.

    Nokia games such as Bounce.

    During this period, you might have been playing simple mobile games such as Nokia's "Bounce", which was first released in July of 2001.

  • MSN Messenger.

    MSN Messenger.

    During this period of time, a lot of people were using MSN Messenger to chat with their friends online.

  • DVDs begin to replace VCR tapes.

    DVDs begin to replace VCR tapes.

    In the first half of the 2000s, 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.

  • Wallpaper is quickly dying off.

    Wallpaper is quickly dying off.

    During the early 2000s, 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.

  • Floppy disks are being phased out.

    Floppy disks are being phased out.

    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.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 19 years, 10 months and 10 days have passed since March 17th, 2003.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 12 of 2003.
  • Leap Year: 2003 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on March 17th, 2003 will be 19 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 2003 belong to the Generation Z generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 1047859200.
Events

Around this time.

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around March 17th, 2003.

  • February 15th, 2003: More than 10 million people take part in global protests against the prospect of a war in Iraq.
  • February 19th, 2003: 275 members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard are killed when an Iranian military Ilyushin Il-76 crashes into a mountain near Kerman in Iran.
  • February 20th, 2003: 100 people are killed after a fire breaks out at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island.
  • February 22nd, 2003: Boxing: Mike Tyson defeats Clifford Etienne.
  • February 25th, 2003: Eminem releases his single "Sing for the Moment".
  • February 26th, 2003: The War in Darfur begins.
  • February 26th, 2003: News of the SARS outbreak in China begins to go public.
  • February 27th, 2003: TV host Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers) passes away at the age of 74.
  • March 4th, 2003: Sean Paul releases his single "Get Busy".
  • March 4th, 2003: 50 Cent releases the song "21 Questions".
  • March 5th, 2003: 17 Israeli civilians are killed after the Haifa bus 37 suicide bombing.
  • March 12th, 2003: Elizabeth Smart is found alive in Sandy, Utah nine months after being kidnapped.
  • March 16th, 2003: American activist Rachel Corrie is killed by an IDF bulldozer in a combat zone in the Gaza Strip.
  • This date: March 17th, 2003
  • March 18th, 2003: Dan Brown publishes his mystery novel "The Da Vinci Code.".
  • March 20th, 2003: The Iraq War begins after coalition forces launch an air strike on the Presidential Palace in Baghdad.
  • March 21st, 2003: Iraq War: Coalition forces begin a ground invasion of Iraq.
  • March 22nd, 2003: Social networking site Friendster is founded.
  • March 30th, 2003: WrestleMania XIX: Brock Lesnar defeats Kurt Angle at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington.
  • April 1st, 2003: Computer manufacturer Dell announces that it will no longer be supporting floppy disks on some of its products.
  • April 3rd, 2003: Iraq War: Coalition forces reach the capital Baghdad.
  • April 7th, 2003: Evanescence release their single "Bring Me to Life".
  • April 9th, 2003: Iraq War: A statue of Saddam Hussein is destroyed in Firdos Square in Baghdad.
  • April 9th, 2003: Iraq War: Coalition forces seize control of Baghdad.
  • April 13th, 2003: 21 students are killed when a bus is involved in a serious road collision near Vale of Tempe, Greece.
  • April 14th, 2003: The body of missing woman Laci Peterson is discovered in San Francisco Bay.
  • April 15th, 2003: Iraq War: U.S. forces take control of Tikrit.
  • April 16th, 2003: Michael Jordan plays his last professional basketball game.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on March 17th, 2003, will have the star sign Pisces.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 2003 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: March 17th, 2003 falls under the Wolf.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of March will have the birthstone Aquamarine.
  • Birth flower (March): The Daffodil and the Jonqui.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on March 17th, 2003.

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Photos of early 2000s fashion.

Photographs of early 2000s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of early 2000s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows in 2003.

Television shows that people were watching in March, 2003.

TV shows from March, 2003.

Punk'd
Punk'd
Hidden camera / prank TV show created by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg.

Without a Trace
Without a Trace
TV show about the FBI's Missing Persons Squad.

CSI: Miami
CSI: Miami
Miami-based spin-off of the popular CSI franchise, starring Lieutenant Horatio Caine.

8 Simple Rules
8 Simple Rules
Starring John Ritter, Kaley Cuoco and Katey Sagal.

The Wire
The Wire
American crime drama that is centered around Baltimore.

The Shield
The Shield
Police drama.

24
24
Action drama about a counterterrorism agent called Jack Bauer.

Smallville
Smallville
TV show based on the Superman story.

Scrubs
Scrubs
Comedy show about a new group of medical students.

Alias
Alias
Spy action drama.

Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
Prequel to the original Star Trek series.

Home Movies
Home Movies
Adult animated sitcom.

The Office (UK version).
The Office (UK version).
Starring Ricky Gervais.

Fear Factor
Fear Factor
American stunt/dare game show.

Boston Public
Boston Public
Drama series about a fictional public school called Winslow High School.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Starring William Petersen as Gil Grissom.

Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
Comedy-drama starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel.

Andromeda
Andromeda
Sci-fi TV series.

Malcolm in the Middle
Malcolm in the Middle
TV show about a dysfunctional family and their genius son.

Angel
Angel
Spin-off show of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".

The West Wing
The West Wing
Political drama.

Futurama
Futurama
Animated series.

The Sopranos
The Sopranos
Crime drama about the life of a New Jersey mobster.

Becker
Becker
TV show about a grumpy doctor called Dr. John Becker.

Charmed
Charmed
TV series about a group of sisters that are witches.

Will & Grace
Will & Grace
TV series.

The King of Queens
The King of Queens
Comedy TV show starring Kevin James.

Cars in 2003.

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.

Cars in 2003.

Children TV shows

Kids' TV shows on March 17th, 2003.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 2003.

That's So Raven
That's So Raven

Jimmy Neutron
Jimmy Neutron

Kim Possible
Kim Possible

The Cramp Twins
The Cramp Twins

The Fairly OddParents
The Fairly OddParents

My Wife and Kids
My Wife and Kids

Lizzie McGuire
Lizzie McGuire

Grounded for Life
Grounded for Life

As Told by Ginger
As Told by Ginger

Static Shock
Static Shock

Malcolm in the Middle
Malcolm in the Middle

Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids
Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids

Rocket Power
Rocket Power

Dora the Explorer
Dora the Explorer

SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants

Ed, Edd n Eddy
Ed, Edd n Eddy

Bob the Builder
Bob the Builder

The Powerpuff Girls
The Powerpuff Girls

The Wild Thornberrys
The Wild Thornberrys

That '70s Show
That '70s Show

CatDog
CatDog

Dawson's Creek
Dawson's Creek

Bear in the Big Blue House
Bear in the Big Blue House

Pokemon
Pokemon

Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Sabrina the Teenage Witch

7th Heaven
7th Heaven

Little Bear
Little Bear

Johnny Bravo
Johnny Bravo

Dexter's Laboratory
Dexter's Laboratory

Friends
Friends

Rugrats
Rugrats

Toys

Popular toys and games in 2003.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 2003.

Beyblades (spinning top toys)
Beyblades (spinning top toys)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game
Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game

The Nintendo GameCube
The Nintendo GameCube

The Xbox
The Xbox

The Game Boy Advance
The Game Boy Advance

Bratz dolls
Bratz dolls

The PlayStation 2
The PlayStation 2

HitClips audio player
HitClips audio player

Finger skateboards
Finger skateboards

Betty Spaghetty (doll)
Betty Spaghetty (doll)

Gogo's Crazy Bones
Gogo's Crazy Bones

Video games

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing in March of 2003.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2002
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 2002
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
Stealth shooter game.

Ratchet & Clank 2002
Ratchet & Clank
3D platform game.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
The fourth game in the series.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 2002
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4
The fourth installment in the series.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 2002
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
Racing game that was released on the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

Unreal Tournament 2003 2002
Unreal Tournament 2003
FPS game developed by Epic Games and Digital Extremes.

Animal Crossing 2002
Animal Crossing
Life simulation game that was released on the Nintendo Gamecube.

Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven 2002
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven
First installment in the Mafia game series.

Medieval: Total War 2002
Medieval: Total War
War strategy game.

Battlefield 1942 2002
Battlefield 1942
First-person shooter.

Medal of Honor: Frontline 2002
Medal of Honor: Frontline
World War II game.

Kingdom Hearts 2002
Kingdom Hearts
RPG published by Square Enix.

RuneScape 2001
RuneScape
MMORPG published by Jagex.

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 2003.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out March 17th, 2009, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on March 17th.

Nat King Cole

Singer. Deceased
Born on March 17th, 1919
He was not alive on this date.

John Wayne Gacy

Serial killer. Deceased
Born on March 17th, 1942
He was not alive on this date.

Kurt Russell

Actor.
Born on March 17th, 1951
He turned 52 on this day in 2003.

Rob Lowe

Actor.
Born on March 17th, 1964
He turned 39 on this day in 2003.

Test

Wrestler. Deceased
Born on March 17th, 1975
He turned 28 on this day in 2003.

Stephen Gately

Irish singer. Deceased
Born on March 17th, 1976
He turned 27 on this day in 2003.

Rob Kardashian

TV personality.
Born on March 17th, 1987
He turned 16 on this day in 2003.

Holidays

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 17th of March.

  • St. Patrick's Day
Weather details

Weather on March 17th, 2003.

Historical weather information for March 17th, 2003.

  • Dublin, Ireland: It was 12.4 degrees Celsius. It was a dry day. It was a sunny day.
  • New York, USA: Temperature: 50.9 degrees Fahrenheit. 10.5 degrees Celsius. Fog was reported. Precipitation: 0cm.
  • London, England: Temperature: 7.67 degrees Celsius.
USA

US President.

George W. Bush Jnr. was the President of the United States on March 17th, 2003.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on March 17th, 2003 was most likely conceived around June 24th, 2002.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on March 17th, 2003 is close to December 8th, 2003.

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Stats for March 17th, 2003

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about March 17th, 2003.

  • A total of 7,256 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,036 weeks have passed.
  • 626,918,400 seconds have passed since the March 17th, 2003.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 731,404,800 times.
  • Since March 17th, 2003, the Earth has travelled approximately 323,489,894,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 104,486,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 53,914,982 steps. That's about 23,962 miles!
  • Since this date, 7,523,021 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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