August 12, 2003

August 12, 2003, was a Tuesday. It was 20 years, 9 months, and 6 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On This Day

What happened on this day?

What happened on August 12, 2003?

  • Football: Manchester United sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Sporting CP.
  • 50 Cent releases the single P.I.M.P.
Fictional events

Fictional event

August 12, 2003 relates to a fictional event in a movie, book, game, or television series.

  • Inside Man (2006): A gang takes control of the Manhattan Trust Bank in New York.
Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on August 12, 2003:

  • United States: "Crazy In Love" by Beyonce
  • United Kingdom: "Breathe" by Blu Cantrell

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 12, 2003

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Crazy In Love - Beyonce Featuring Jay Z
  • Right Thurr - Chingy
  • Rock Wit U (Awww Baby) - Ashanti
  • Magic Stick - Lil' Kim Featuring 50 Cent
  • Unwell - Matchbox Twenty
Play the top songs from 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.

Top movie at the box office

The movie "S.W.A.T." was at the top of the box office on this day.


This date was 7,585 days ago. Approximately 253 months have passed. It was the 224th day of 2003, in week 33. The decade was the 2000s. People born on this day are currently 20 years old and belong to the Gen-Z generation. We have gone through approximately 84 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to August 12, 2003

Ready for a walk down memory lane?

It is Tuesday, August 12, 2003. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. The summer of 2003 is in full swing. The weather is warm, and the evenings are brighter than usual. Most schools and colleges are now finished until August or September.

In America, the song "Crazy In Love" by Beyonce is at the top of the singles charts, while "Breathe" by Blu Cantrell is the number-one song in the UK. George W. Bush Jnr. is the President of the United States, and the movie S.W.A.T. is at the top of the box office. Tony Blair is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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. People are using a software program called LimeWire to share music, software, and videos. Unfortunately, it is also a haven for computer viruses. Smartphones don't exist yet. There are no Androids or iPhones.

Cameras on phones are quickly becoming the norm. However, 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. Internet users are using MSN Messenger and AIM to chat with each other online.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Charles Bronson, John Ritter, Johnny Cash, and Robert Kardashian would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The King of Queens", "Will & Grace", "24", and "The Wire". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4", "Ratchet & Clank", "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past", and "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Friends", "7th Heaven", "Bear in the Big Blue House", and "My Wife and Kids". Popular toys at the moment include HitClips audio player, the PlayStation 2, Spider-Man Dual Action Web Blaster, and KG Racer automites.


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on August 12, 2003.

  • Schwarzenegger runs for Governor.

    Schwarzenegger runs for Governor

    In August 2003, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would be running for Governor of California.
  • Flash Mob.

    Flash Mob

    From mid-2003 onward, the term "flash mob" became popular. The phrase was used to describe organized groups of people who suddenly began dancing together in public places.
  • The Da Vinci Code.

    The Da Vinci Code

    Dan Brown's thriller novel "The Da Vinci Code" was released in March 2003. The book became a huge commercial success, selling more than 80 million copies.
  • 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" was listed as the Time Person of the Year in 2003. This is a nod to 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.
  • Best soccer players.

    Best soccer players

    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.
  • Bushisms.


    There were books, websites, and posters dedicated to "Bushisms", which were verbal mishaps by US President George W. Bush. Example: "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
  • 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

    Camera phones started becoming increasingly common in 2003 and 2004. However, their picture quality was pixelated and blurry.
  • Ugg boots.

    Ugg boots

    Sheepskin-lined kicks called "Ugg boots" were in style. Celebrities such as Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Kate Moss, Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton helped popularize the craze.
  • Landline phones begin to die out.

    Landline phones begin to die out

    The popularity of house telephones was starting to decline due to the rise of personal cellphones.
  • Internet usage increases dramatically.

    Internet usage increases dramatically

    From about 2002 onward, Internet usage increased dramatically across the world. Faster broadband networks were being rolled out, allowing users to download and stream their favorite music and videos. It was around this time that social networks became a thing.
  • The Internet begins to hurt music stores.

    The Internet begins to hurt music stores

    MP3 sharing on the Internet became extremely common in the early-to-mid 2000s. MP3 players were taking over, and portable CD players such as the "Discman" were being phased out. As downloads surged, it became increasingly obvious that most music stores would not survive the onslaught of the new digital age.
  • The PlayStation 2 & the Xbox.

    The PlayStation 2 & the Xbox

    The PlayStation 2 and the original Xbox were competing with one another.
  • 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 2001.
  • MSN Messenger and AIM.

    MSN Messenger and AIM

    People were using MSN Messenger and AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) to chat with their friends online.
  • DVDs are replacing VCR tapes.

    DVDs are replacing VCR tapes

    DVDs were starting to replace VCR tapes. As a result, you no longer had to rewind your tapes before you brought them back to the rental store.
  • Wallpaper is quickly dying off.

    Wallpaper is quickly dying off

    Wallpaper was quickly disappearing from people's homes during the early 2000s. By this stage, minimalist interior design trends were in vogue, and many people had already made the switch to using paint.
  • Floppy disks are being phased out.

    Floppy disks are being phased out

    The floppy disk was being phased out by this point, as the emergence of the CD-RW and faster Internet speeds had made it somewhat redundant.
  • CD folders and disc towers.

    CD folders and disc towers

    People were using CD folders and disc towers to store their music collections and PlayStation games. CD folders were particularly useful if you wanted to switch between different albums while driving.

Personality traits

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on August 12, 2003.

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What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to August 12, 2003.

  • July 15, 2003: The domain name for social networking website Bebo is first registered.
  • July 16, 2003: Cuban-American singer Celia Cruz passes away at the age of 77.
  • July 17, 2003: British weapons expert David Kelly commits suicide.
  • July 18, 2003:
    • The movie Bad Boys II (2003) is released.
    • NBA star Kobe Bryant is formally charged with sexual assault.
  • July 21, 2003: Soccer: Irish winger Damien Duff signs for Chelsea.
  • July 22, 2003: Uday and Qusay Hussein are killed by the U.S. military in Iraq.
  • July 25, 2003: Cameron Stout wins the 4th season of the reality TV series "Big Brother" (UK).
  • July 26, 2003: The remains of Long Island serial killer victim Jessica Taylor are discovered in Manorville, New York.
  • July 27, 2003: Comedian Bob Hope passes away.
  • July 30, 2003: The last Volkswagen Beetle is produced.
  • August 1, 2003:
    • Numa Numa: Moldovan pop group O-Zone release their single "Dragostea Din Tei".
    • MySpace is founded.
    • The film "American Pie 3: The Wedding" is released.
    • The first episode of "My Life as a Teenage Robot" is aired on Nickelodeon.
  • August 3, 2003: Beyonce and Sean Paul team up to release the single "Baby Boy".
  • August 6, 2003: Arnold Schwarzenegger announces his candidacy for the Governor of California.
  • This date: August 12, 2003
  • August 14, 2003: The Northeast blackout of 2003 occurs.
  • August 16, 2003:
    • Football: Cristiano Ronaldo makes his debut for Manchester United.
    • Former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin dies in exile.
  • August 18, 2003: One-year-old Zachary Turner is murdered by his mother in Newfoundland, Canada.
  • August 19, 2003:
    • The first episode of "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica" is aired on MTV.
    • 24 people die after a Hamas suicide bomber detonates himself on a bus in the Shmuel HaNavi quarter of Jerusalem.
  • August 25, 2003:
    • Outkast release the single "Hey Ya!".
    • Kelis releases the song "Milkshake".
  • August 26, 2003: Soccer: Hernán Crespo signs for English side Chelsea.
  • August 27, 2003: The fighting video game "Soulcalibur II" is released.
  • August 28, 2003:
    • 2003 MTV VMAs: Fans are shocked when Madonna and Britney Spears kiss on stage.
    • Missy Elliott's "Work It" wins Video of the Year at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.
    • Bizarre crime: American pizza delivery man Brian Wells is murdered by an collar bomb that is locked to his neck.
  • August 29, 2003: Skype is released.
  • August 30, 2003: Actor Charles Bronson passes away at the age of 81.
  • August 31, 2003: The remains of Jean McConville are found 31 years after she was murdered by the IRA.
  • September 1, 2003: A looped animation of Badgers singing "Badger, Badger, Badger" is published by British animator Jonti Picking.
  • September 5, 2003: American illusionist David Blaine begins his glass box stunt by the River Thames in London.
  • September 8, 2003:
    • Linkin Park release their new single "Numb".
    • The Ellen DeGeneres Show makes its debut.
  • September 10, 2003: Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh is fatally stabbed in Stockholm.
  • September 11, 2003:
    • Making a Murderer: Steven Avery is released from prison after a wrongful conviction.
    • Cesc Fàbregas joins Arsenal's youth academy.
    • American actor John Ritter dies from an aortic dissection.
    • Steam is launched by Valve.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 12, 2003, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • 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: August 12, 2003 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Early 2000s fashion

Photographs of early 2000s fashion and hairstyles.

Early 2000s fashion

Television shows

TV series on August 12, 2003

TV audiences were watching the following shows on August 12, 2003:

TV shows from August 2003.

The O.C.
The O.C.
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Without a Trace
Without a Trace
CSI: Miami
CSI: Miami
8 Simple Rules
8 Simple Rules
The Wire
The Wire
The Shield
The Shield
The Osbournes
The Osbournes

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 August 12, 2003

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

My Life as a Teenage Robot
My Life as a Teenage Robot
Teen Titans
Teen Titans
All Grown Up! (Rugrats)
All Grown Up! (Rugrats)

That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Jimmy Neutron
Jimmy Neutron
Kim Possible
Kim Possible
The Proud Family
The Proud Family
The Cramp Twins
The Cramp Twins
Invader Zim
Invader Zim
The Fairly OddParents
The Fairly OddParents

Popular toys and games in 2003

Toys and games that were popular in 2003:

Lamaze Octotunes
Lamaze Octotunes
Kasey the Kinderbot
Kasey the Kinderbot
Barbie B-Book Laptop
Barbie B-Book Laptop
Bionicle LEGO
Bionicle LEGO
Cranium Cadoo
Cranium Cadoo
Bratz Stylin' Salon 'N' Spa
Bratz Stylin' Salon 'N' Spa
LEGO Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets
LEGO Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets
Playmobil Airport
Playmobil Airport
FurReal Friends
FurReal Friends
KG Racer automites
KG Racer automites
Spider-Man Dual Action Web Blaster
Spider-Man Dual Action Web Blaster
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in August 2003.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2003
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne 2003
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow 2003
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Championship Manager 4 2003
Championship Manager 4
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2002
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 2002
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
Ratchet & Clank 2002
Ratchet & Clank
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
FIFA Football 2003
FIFA Football 2003
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 2002
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 2002
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
Unreal Tournament 2003 2002
Unreal Tournament 2003

Were you born on August 12, 2003?

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 August 12, 2009, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on August 12.

Yvette Nicole Brown

Yvette Nicole Brown

Born on August 12, 1971
She turned 32 on this day in 2003.

Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury

Born on August 12, 1988
He turned 15 on this day in 2003.

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli

Italian soccer player
Born on August 12, 1990
He turned 13 on this day in 2003.

Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne

English model
Born on August 12, 1992
She turned 11 on this day in 2003.

Matthijs De Ligt

Matthijs De Ligt

Soccer player
Born on August 12, 1999
He turned 4 on this day in 2003.

Dixie D'Amelio

Dixie D'Amelio

Social media personality
Born on August 12, 2001
She turned 2 on this day in 2003.


US President

George W. Bush Jnr. was the President of the United States on August 12, 2003.


UK Prime Minister

Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 12, 2003 was most likely conceived around November 19, 2002.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 12, 2003 is close to May 4, 2004.

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Stats for August 12, 2003


Here are some interesting statistics about August 12, 2003:

  • 7,585 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,083 weeks have passed.
  • 655,344,000 seconds have passed since August 12, 2003.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 764,568,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 338,157,504,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 109,224,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 56,359,584 steps. That's roughly 25,049 miles.
  • 7,864,128 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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