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The year of 2003 . . . 

  • The Department of Homeland Security began operating. Both the U.S. Customs Service and the U.S. Secret Service were moved to the newly formed department.
  • Apple launched iTunes and sold one million songs during the first week.
  • Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Song, Best Visual Effects, and Best Costume Design.
  • Voters recall Governor Gray Davis from office and elect Arnold Schwarzenegger to succeed him.
  • Basketball legend Michael Jordan retired.
  • Inflation was at a 37-year low of 1.3%, unemployment was 6.0%, and the retail price for a gallon of gas averaged $1.59.
  • A first-class stamp cost $0.37.
  • On March 19, the United States and Great Britain launched a war against Iraq.
  • Wimbledon (men/women) winners were Roger Federer/Serena Williams.
  • Popular baby names were Jacob, Aiden, Ethan, Matthew, Emily, Emma, Madison, and Hannah.
  • On May 5, American business and employment-oriented service LinkedIn was launched.
  • The Devil In the White City by Erik Larson was released.
  • Died . . . Johnny Cash, country music singer and songwriter, and Fred Rogers, host of the Emmy Award-winning children’s show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
  • In December the Motorola Razr was introduced to the market. Flip-phones!!!
  • On January 3, Greta Thunberg, Swedish climate activist, was born.
  • Myspace.com was launched.
  • “He’s just not that into you.” -Jack Berger, Sex In The City.
  • Every program was installed on your computer. “The cloud”????
  • Landlines still essential . . . with answering machines.
  • Meigs Field closed after having large X-shaped gouges dug into the runway surface by bulldozers in the middle of the night.
  • February 17, the E2 nightclub stampede occurred.
  • June 29, the Chicago balcony collapsed.
  • People magazine’s sexiest man alive was Johnny Depp.
  • The top song was Hey Ya! by OutKast.
  • The funny guy was Dane Cook. The funnier guy was Dave Chappelle.
  • March 28, Jesse White approved and placed on record the articles of incorporation of Topiarius

Sources:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorola_Razr
  • https://hobbylark.com/party-games/Positively-iTunes-Fun-Facts-Info-About-the-Year-2003
  • https://popculturemadness.com / PCM /2003/2003-trivia-history-and-fun-facts/

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