December 31st, 2003, was a Wednesday. It was day 365 of 2003. The decade was the 2000s.
18 years, 8 months and 26 days have passed since December 31st, 2003.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.
On December 31st, 2003, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK.
The following singles were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The top "Box Office" movie on this date was the film "Return of the King".
These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on December 31st, 2003.
At this time, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" was being played in movie theaters. The movie went on to gross over $1.1 billion dollars.
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 authorities had searched his home at the Neverland Ranch.
From mid-2003 onward, the term "flash mob" became popular. The phrase was used to describe groups of people who suddenly organised in public places in order to dance or carry out another seemingly-pointless act.
Dan Brown's thriller novel "The Da Vinci Code" was a huge commercial success during this period. The book, which was released in March of 2003, sold around 80 million copies.
"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.
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 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 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 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.
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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News stories and other events that happened around December 31st, 2003.
Zodiac and birthstone information.
Television shows that people were watching in December, 2003.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Reality TV show in which houses are renovated during a one-week period.
American sitcom starring Michael Cera.
Crime series about a fictional Philadelphia Police Department division that specializes in investigating cold cases.
One Tree Hill
Set in the fictional town of Tree Hill in North Carolina.
Two and a Half Men
Starring Charlie Sheen.
Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica
Reality series about the marriage of Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson.
Teen drama sitcom.
Hidden camera / prank TV show created by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg.
Without a Trace
TV show about the FBI's Missing Persons Squad.
Miami-based spin-off of the popular CSI franchise, starring Lieutenant Horatio Caine.
8 Simple Rules
Starring John Ritter, Kaley Cuoco and Katey Sagal.
American crime drama that is centered around Baltimore.
Action drama about a counterterrorism agent called Jack Bauer.
TV show based on the Superman story.
Comedy show about a new group of medical students.
Spy action drama.
Star Trek: Enterprise
Prequel to the original Star Trek series.
Adult animated sitcom.
American stunt/dare game show.
Drama series about a fictional public school called Winslow High School.
Sci-fi TV series.
Malcolm in the Middle
TV show about a dysfunctional family and their genius son.
Spin-off show of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".
The West Wing
Crime drama about the life of a New Jersey mobster.
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.
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 2003.
One Tree Hill
My Life as a Teenage Robot
That's So Raven
The Cramp Twins
The Fairly OddParents
My Wife and Kids
Grounded for Life
As Told by Ginger
Malcolm in the Middle
Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids
Dora the Explorer
Ed, Edd n Eddy
Bob the Builder
The Powerpuff Girls
The Wild Thornberrys
That '70s Show
Bear in the Big Blue House
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 2003.
VideoNow (portable player)
Beyblades (spinning top toys)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game
The Game Boy Advance
The PlayStation 2
HitClips audio player
Betty Spaghetty (doll)
Gogo's Crazy Bones
Popular video games that people were playing in December of 2003.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Action-adventure game based on the film of the same name.
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
Third-person shooter game.
Project Gotham Racing 2
Racing game that was released for the Xbox.
Controversial stealth-based survival horror game.
Need for Speed: Underground
Car racing game.
Beyond Good & Evil
Action-adventure video game.
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
The second installment in the series.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Action-adventure game that was published by Ubisoft.
True Crime: Streets of LA
Open world adventure game that was released on the PlayStation 2.
Call of Duty
FPS game that was set in World War 2.
Tony Hawk's Underground
The fifth entry in the series.
Pro Evolution Soccer 3
The Simpsons Hit & Run
Animated car game that was based on The Simpsons.
Fighting game that was released on a number of different consoles.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
RPG game based on the Star Wars movie series.
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Released for the Game Boy Advance.
Championship Manager 4
Football management game.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Action-adventure game that was released for the Game Boy Advance.
Ratchet & Clank
3D platform game.
Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on December 31st.
National holidays and famous events that fall on the 31st of December.
Historical weather information for December 31st, 2003.
George W. Bush Jnr. was the President of the United States on December 31st, 2003.
Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 31st, 2003.
Bertie Ahern was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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