Year 2003 {Baby Book & Journal Filler}

2003 Year In Review. Major Events, World Leaders, Cost of Living, and Popular Culture for the year 2003.

Welcome to the year 2003!

Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 2003. I hope this helps you with the baby book, time capsule, or commemorative project you’re working on. The blog post is fairly long, so if you don’t feel like writing down all the information check out the printable options.

Affiliate links have been incorporated into this post to provide you with further information about trends and popular items during this period of time. 

Printables for 2003:

2003 Newspaper  /  2003 Blog Post PDF


Research Contributor: Kate Muller

2003 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):

Gallon of Milk~ $2.76 (Bureau of Labor Statistics
Dozen Eggs (Large, Grade A)~ $1.24 (Bureau of Labor Statistics
Loaf of bread~ $1.00 (Bureau of Labor Statistics
U.S. Postage Stamp~ $.37 (
New Car Price~ $30,481  (
Regular Unleaded Gallon of Gas~ $1.59 (Bureau of Labor Statistics
Movie Ticket~ $6.03 (
Federal Minimum Wage: $5.15 (
Median Household Income: $43,318 (
Median sales price of new house~ $189,500 (


2003 Top Celebrities:

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Jennifer Lopez
Ben Affleck
Tom Cruise
Penélope Cruz
Jennifer Aniston
Brad Pitt
Jessica Simpson
Nick Lachey
Cameron Diaz
Justin Timberlake
Gwyneth Paltrow
Demi Moore
Ashton Kutcher
Mary‐Kate & Ashley Olsen
Eva Mendes
Matt Damon
Angelina Jolie
Britney Spears
Colin Farrell
Jack Black
Keira Knightley
Johnny Depp
Orlando Bloom
Halle Berry
Sean “P.Diddy” Combs
Hillary Duff
Paris Hilton
Nicole Richie
Julia Roberts
Nicole Kidman
George Clooney
Catherine Zeta‐Jones
Hugh Jackman
Salma Hayek
Daniel Day‐Lewis
Queen Latifah
Leonardo DiCaprio
Jennifer Garner
Kate Hudson
Reese Witherspoon
Norah Jones


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2003 Top Athletes:

Tiger Woods
Venus Williams
Serena Williams
Michael Vick
Lance Armstrong
Michael Schumacher
Michael Phelps
Tim Duncan
Yao Ming
Roger Federer


2003 Top Sporting Events:

Super Bowl: Tampa Bay Buccaneers won 48-21 over the Oakland Raiders.
Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip
The Kentucky Derby: Funny Cide
The Masters: Mike Weir
NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs won series 4-2 against New Jersey Nets
Wimbledon: Gentlemen’s singles: Roger Federer Ladies’ Singles: Serena Williams
World Cup: Germany won 2-1 against Sweden
World Series: Florida Marlins won series 4-2 against New York Yankees


2003 Top Songs:

Lose Yourself ~ Eminem
Bump, Bump, Bump ~ B2K & P. Diddy
All I Have ~ Jennifer Lopez Featuring LL Cool J
In Da Club ~ 50 Cent
Get Busy ~ Sean Paul
21 Questions ~ 50 Cent Featuring Nate Dogg
This Is The Night ~ Clay Aiken
Crazy In Love ~ Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z
Shake Ya Tailfeather ~ Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee
Baby Boy ~ Beyonce Featuring Sean Paul
Stand Up ~ Ludacris Featuring Shawnna
Hey Ya! ~ OutKast


2003 Top Television Shows:

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Law & Order
American Idol
Two and a Half Men
The Simpsons
Sesame Street
Everybody Loves Raymond
One Tree Hill
The West Wing
America’s Next Top Model
Dead Like Me
South Park
The Bachelor
Dexter’s Laboratory
The Daily Show
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Sopranos
Family Guy
Star Trek: Enterprise
Sex and the City
The Simple Life


2003 Top Movies:

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Finding Nemo
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The Matrix Reloaded
Bruce Almighty
X2: X-Men United
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
The Matrix Revolutions
Cheaper by the Dozen
Bad Boys II
Anger Management
Bringing Down the House
2 Fast 2 Furious
Something’s Gotta Give
Spy Kids 3D: Game Over
The Last Samurai
Freaky Friday
Scary Movie 3
The Italian Job
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
American Wedding


2003 Top Books:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ~ J.K. Rowling
The Da Vinci Code ~ Dan Brown
The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss ~ Arthur Agatston
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them ~ Al Franken
The Secret Life of Bees ~ Sue Monk Kidd
The Five People You Meet in Heaven ~ Mitch Albom
Life of Pi ~ Yann Martel
A Short History of Nearly Everything ~ Bill Bryson
The King of Torts ~ John Grisham
Living History ~ Hillary Rodham Clinton
The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom ~ Dr. Phil McGraw


2003 Top Fashion and Trends:

(Google & Wikipedia)
Trucker hats
Low-rise jeans
Velour tracksuits
Yoga pants
Tube tops
Cargo shorts
Capri pants
Hoop earrings
Jelly bracelets
Aviator sunglasses
Denim jackets
Boho dresses
Black nail polish
Light wash boot cut jeans
Adidas sneakers
Converse All Stars


2003 World Population:

6,381,185,114 and counting…


2003 World Leaders:

President of the United States: George W. Bush
Prime Minister of Canada: Chrétien then Martin
President of China: Hu Jintao
Emperor of Japan: Akihito
President of Germany: Johannes Rau
President of Russia: Vladimir Putin
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom: Tony Blair
Pope of Vatican City: Pope John Paul II
President of France: Jacques Chirac
President of India: A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
President of Israel: Moshe Katsav
United States Secretary of State: Colin Powell
Secretary-General of the United Nations: Kofi Annan


2003 Major Events:

January 5 – Police in London arrest 7 suspects in connection with the 2002 Wood Green ricin plot.
January 8 – US Airways Express Flight 5481 crashes at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, killing all 21 people aboard.
January 16 – STS-107: Space Shuttle Columbia is launched on its last flight.
January 24 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security established.
January 30 – Belgium legally recognizes same-sex marriage.
February 1 – At the conclusion of the STS-107 mission, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry over Texas, killing all 7 astronauts on board.
February 9 – The War in Darfur begins.
February 20 – The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island, claims the lives of 100 people.
March 1 – Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the September 11 Attacks, is arrested by CIA and ISI officials at a home in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
March 12 – Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić is assassinated in Belgrade.
March 19 – The Iraq War begins with the invasion of Iraq by the U.S. and allied forces.
April 9 – U.S. forces seize control of Baghdad, ending the regime of Saddam Hussein.
April 29 – The United States announces the withdrawal of troops stationed in Saudi Arabia, and the redeployment of some at the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.
May 1 – United States President George W. Bush gives a speech announcing the end of major combat operations in the Iraq War.
May 21 – An earthquake in the Boumerdès region of northern Algeria kills 2,200.
June 23 – Grutter v. Bollinger: The Supreme Court of the United States upholds affirmative action in university admissions.
July 8 – Sudan Airways Flight 139, with 117 people on board, crashes in Sudan; the only survivor is a 2-year-old child.
July 14 – Plame affair: Washington Post columnist Robert Novak publishes the name of Valerie Plame, blowing her cover as a CIA operative.
July 18 – The Convention on the Future of Europe finishes its work and proposes the first European Constitution.
July 22 – Uday and Qusay Hussein, sons of Saddam Hussein, are killed by the U.S. military in Iraq, after being tipped off by an informant.
July 23 – Operation Warrior Sweep is the first major military deployment of the Afghan National Army.
August 11 – NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.
August 14 – The Northeast blackout of 2003 cuts power to an estimated 10 million people in Ontario, Canada, and 45 million people in eight U.S. states.
September 4 – Europe’s busiest shopping centre, the Bullring in Birmingham, is officially opened by Sir Albert Bore.
September 15 – The ELN kidnaps 8 foreign tourists in the Ciudad Perdida in Colombia; they demand a human rights investigation and release the last hostages 3 months later.
October 24 – The Concorde makes its last commercial flight, bringing the era of airliner supersonic travel to a close.
November 18 – With its ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court makes the state the first in the United States to legalize same-sex marriage.
December 1 – The use of hand-held cell phones while driving is outlawed in the United Kingdom.
December 13 – Saddam Hussein, former President of Iraq, is captured in Tikrit by the U.S. 4th Infantry Division.
December 20 – Libya admits to building a nuclear bomb.
December 22 – Parmalat is first accused of falsifying accounts to the tune of USD $5 billion, later admitted by founder Calisto Tanzi; observers call it “Europe’s Enron”.
December 23 – The World Tourism Organization becomes a specialized agency of the United Nations.
December 26 – A massive earthquake devastates southeastern Iran; over 40,000 people are reported killed in the city of Bam.
December 31 – British Airways Flight 223, a Boeing 747–400 flying from London Heathrow to Washington Dulles, is escorted into Dulles Airport by F-16 fighter jets, after intelligence reports of terrorists trying to board the jet and use it in a terrorist attack.


2003 Pop Culture:

-ABC’s 20/20 airs the controversial Granada Television documentary Living with Michael Jackson.
-Keiko the Orca, made famous by the “Free Willy” movies, dies.
-The Recording Industry Association of America (or RIAA) files copyright lawsuits against Internet users for trading songs online.
-Apple launches ITunes, which becomes a major success selling 10 million songs within 4 months of launch
-A white tiger attacks Roy Horn of the duo “Siegfried & Roy” leaving him partially paralyzed.
-Michael Jackson is booked on suspicion of multiple counts of child molestation (later acquitted).
-JK Rowling’s fifth Harry Potter book “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” is released.


2003 Technology and Science:

Cell phones:
Motorola A760, flip phone with camera
Nokia 1100
Nokia 3100/3120
Nokia 3200/3220
Nokia 2100
Samsung SGH-E700
Nokia N-Gage
Nokia 6600
Tablets & Readers:
None yet
Online Social Communities:
The first version of MP4 format was revised and replaced by MPEG-4 Part 14: MP4 file format (ISO/IEC 14496-14:2003).
Apple released QuickTime 6.3, 6.4, and 6.5.
Windows Media Player 9 Series released.
Nintendo releases the Game Boy Advance SP, an enhanced version of its popular Game Boy Advance handheld game console.
Nintendo’s Famicom (NES) and Super Famicom (SNES) are officially axed from production worldwide.
First PlayStation Portable prototype shown by Sony.
Nintendo states that its next generation console will be fully compatible with GameCube.
Eve Online was released in North America and Europe.
Popular Game Consoles:
Game Boy Advance
Nintendo GameCube
PlayStation 2
Microsoft Windows


2003 Major Science & Technology Events:

-Intel releases the Pentium M microprocessor.
January 23 – The last signal is received from NASA’s Pioneer 10 spacecraft, some 7.5 billion miles from Earth.
February 1 – At the conclusion of the STS-107 mission, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry over Texas, killing all 7 astronauts on board.
February 26 – An American businessman is admitted to the Vietnam France Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam, with the first identified case of SARS. WHO doctor Carlo Urbani reports the unusual, highly contagious disease to WHO. Both the businessman and doctor later die of the disease.
March – The world’s first digital camera with an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display is released by Kodak.
April 14 – The Human Genome Project is completed, with 99% of the human genome sequenced to 99.99% accuracy.
May 4 – May 10 – A major severe weather outbreak spawns more tornadoes than any week in U.S. history; 393 tornadoes are reported in 19 states.
May 23 – Dewey, the first deer cloned by scientists at Texas A&M University, is born.
July 5 – SARS is declared to be contained by the World Health Organization.
July 30 – The last old-style Volkswagen Beetle rolls off its production line in Puebla, Puebla, Mexico.
August 14 – The Northeast blackout of 2003 cuts power to an estimated 10 million people in Ontario, Canada, and 45 million people in eight U.S. states.
August 22 – A rocket explosion kills 21 at the Brazilian rocket complex in Alcântara, Brazil, due to the premature ignition of a solid rocket booster.
August 25 – The Spitzer Space Telescope is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, during Delta II.
August 27 – Perihelic opposition: Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in over 50,000 years.
September 3 – The Hubble Space Telescope starts Hubble Ultra-Deep Field.
September 27 – Smart 1, a European Space Agency satellite, is launched from French Guiana.
October 15 – China launches Shenzhou 5, their first manned space mission.
October 24 – The Concorde makes its last commercial flight, bringing the era of airliner supersonic travel to a close.
November 9 – A lunar eclipse is seen in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Central Asia.
November 23 – A total solar eclipse is seen over Antarctica.
December 17 – SpaceShipOne, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first rocket-powered flight, the first privately-built craft to ever achieve supersonic flight.
December 26 – A massive earthquake devastates southeastern Iran; over 40,000 people are reported killed in the city of Bam.

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