December 5, 2003

December 5, 2003, was a Friday. It was 20 years, 6 months, and 14 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on December 5, 2003?

  • Coldplay singer Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow are married.
Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 5, 2003:

  • United States: "Stand Up" by Ludacris
  • United Kingdom: "Leave Right Now" by Will Young

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 5, 2003

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

  • Baby Boy - Beyonce Featuring Sean Paul
  • Stand Up - Ludacris Featuring Shawnna
  • Hey Ya! - OutKast
  • Holidae In - Chingy Featuring Ludacris & Snoop Dogg
  • The Way You Move - OutKast Featuring Sleepy Brown
Play the top singles 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.
The Last Samurai

Top movie at the box office

The movie "The Last Samurai" was at the top of the box office on December 5, 2003.


This date occurred 7,503 days ago. Approximately 250 months have passed. It was the 339th day of 2003, in week 49. The decade was the 2000s. There were only 26 days left in the year. People who were born on December 5, 2003, are now 20 years old and belong to the Gen-Z generation. The Earth has experienced 83 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to December 5, 2003

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is December 5, 2003, and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. Many people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The Christmas season of 2003 has begun. In America, the song "Stand Up" by Ludacris is at the top of the singles charts, while "Leave Right Now" by Will Young is the number-one song in the UK. George W. Bush Jnr. is the President of the United States, and the movie The Last Samurai is at the top of the box office.

Tony Blair is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "The West Wing", "Gilmore Girls", "The Osbournes", and "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service". 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. A flash animation of badgers singing "badger, badger, badger" has become a viral hit on the Internet. The animation, which loops indefinitely, was published by British animator Jonti Picking in September 2003.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Pat Tillman, Ronald Reagan, Ray Charles, and Marlon Brando would all still be alive. People are playing video games such as "Medieval: Total War", "Unreal Tournament 2003", "The Simpsons Hit & Run", and "Pro Evolution Soccer 3". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Rugrats", "Friends", "Bear in the Big Blue House", and "Bob the Builder".

Children are playing with toys such as Bratz dolls, Lamaze Octotunes, Justice League Figures, and VideoNow (portable player).


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on December 5, 2003.

  • Christmas 2003 has begun.

    Christmas 2003 has begun

    The Christmas holiday season of 2003 had just begun. Retailers were starting to play festive music, and decorations were beginning to spring up.
  • Michael Jackson is arrested.

    Michael Jackson is arrested

    On November 20th, 2003, pop legend Michael Jackson was arrested by police in California and charged with "lewd or lascivious acts" with a child younger than 14. His arrest took place two days after the authorities searched his home at the Neverland Ranch.
  • 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 NedvÄ›d, 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

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around December 5, 2003.

  • November 5, 2003:
    • The Matrix Revolutions (2003) is released.
    • Serial killer Gary Ridgway pleads guilty to 48 murders.
    • Soham murders: The trial of Ian Huntley for the murders of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells begins at the Old Bailey in London.
  • November 6, 2003: WWE wrestler Crash Holly (Michael Lockwood) commits suicide.
  • November 7, 2003: The Christmas movie Elf (2003) is released in cinemas.
  • November 11, 2003: The final episode of the animated TV series "The Angry Beavers" is aired on Nickelodeon.
  • November 12, 2003: 1990s teen actor Jonathan Brandis commits suicide.
  • November 14, 2003: Love Actually (2003) is released.
  • November 16, 2003: Football: Lionel Messi makes his debut for Barcelona.
  • November 17, 2003:
    • The game "Need for Speed: Underground" is released.
    • Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes the 38th Governor of California.
    • Westlife release their song "Mandy".
  • November 18, 2003: Massachusetts becomes the first US state to legalize same-sex marriage.
  • November 22, 2003:
    • England win the 2003 Rugby World Cup after beating Australia 20-17.
    • Model Carmen Electra and Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro are married.
  • November 26, 2003:
    • Rapper Soulja Slim is shot dead in New Orleans, Louisiana.
    • The film "Bad Santa", starring Billy Bob Thornton, is released in movie theaters.
  • November 28, 2003: Tunisian singer Thekra is murdered by her husband in Cairo, Egypt.
  • This date: December 5, 2003
  • December 12, 2003: Paul Martin becomes the new Prime Minister of Canada.
  • December 13, 2003: Saddam Hussein is captured by American forces in Tikrit.
  • December 14, 2003:
    • US forces confirm that they have captured former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
    • Pamela Holopainen (22) goes missing in Timmins, Canada.
  • December 17, 2003:
    • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) is released.
    • Soham murders: Ian Huntley is found guilty of the murders of Holly Marie Wells and Jessica Aimee Chapman.
  • December 18, 2003:
    • Michael Jackson is charged with seven counts of child molestation.
    • Serial killer Gary Ridgway is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
  • December 22, 2003:
    • Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved is awarded the 2003 Ballon d'Or.
    • NBA: Isiah Thomas becomes the New York Knicks President of Basketball Operations.
  • December 26, 2003: A massive earthquake hits southeastern Iran. Over 40 thousand people are reportedly killed in the Iranian city of Bam.
  • January 3, 2004: 148 people die when Flash Airlines Flight 604 crashes into the Red Sea shortly after takeoff.
  • January 4, 2004: The social networking website Facebook is officially launched.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 5, 2003, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • 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 4.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 5, 2003 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

Early 2000s fashion

Photographs of early 2000s fashion and hairstyles.

Early 2000s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in December 2003

Television shows that people were watching in December 2003:

TV shows from December 2003.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Arrested Development
Arrested Development
Room Raiders
Room Raiders
Cold Case
Cold Case
One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill
Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men
Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica
Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica
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

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

Cartoons and children's TV shows in December 2003

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill
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

Toys in 2003

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

Mighty Beanz
Mighty Beanz
Ello Creation System
Ello Creation System
Easy-Bake Real Meal
Easy-Bake Real Meal
VideoNow (portable player)
VideoNow (portable player)
Gogo My Walkin Pup
Gogo My Walkin Pup
Namco TV Games
Namco TV Games
Bulls Eye Ball
Bulls Eye Ball
Justice League Figures
Justice League Figures
LEGO Clikits
LEGO Clikits
Hokey Pokey Elmo
Hokey Pokey Elmo
Lamaze Octotunes
Lamaze Octotunes
Kasey the Kinderbot
Kasey the Kinderbot
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in December 2003.

Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne 2003
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
Project Gotham Racing 2 2003
Project Gotham Racing 2
Manhunt 2003
Need for Speed: Underground 2003
Need for Speed: Underground
Beyond Good & Evil 2003
Beyond Good & Evil
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando 2003
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2003
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
True Crime: Streets of LA 2003
True Crime: Streets of LA
Call of Duty 2003
Call of Duty
Tony Hawk's Underground 2003
Tony Hawk's Underground
FIFA Football 2004 2003
FIFA Football 2004
SSX 3 2003

Were you born on December 5, 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 December 5, 2009, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on December 5.

Walt Disney

Walt Disney

Business magnate Deceased
Born on December 5, 1901
He was not alive on this date.

Little Richard

Little Richard

Musician Deceased
Born on December 5, 1932
He turned 71 on this day in 2003.

Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ronnie O'Sullivan

English snooker player
Born on December 5, 1975
He turned 28 on this day in 2003.

Frankie Muniz

Frankie Muniz

Born on December 5, 1985
He turned 18 on this day in 2003.

Ross Bagley

Ross Bagley

Born on December 5, 1988
He turned 15 on this day in 2003.

Jules LeBlanc

Jules LeBlanc

American YouTuber
Born on December 5, 2004
She was born exactly one year after this date.


US President

George W. Bush Jnr. was the President of the United States on December 5, 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 December 5, 2003 was most likely conceived around March 14, 2003.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 5, 2003 is close to August 27, 2004.

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Stats for December 5, 2003


Here are some interesting statistics about December 5, 2003:

  • 7,503 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,071 weeks have passed.
  • 648,255,600 seconds have passed since December 5, 2003.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 756,298,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 334,499,889,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 108,042,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 55,749,982 steps. That's roughly 24,778 miles.
  • 7,779,067 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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