2003 in history

2003 in history

Here are some light-hearted facts about 2003, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 2003.

I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 2003 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 2003 in Britain too.

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2003

  • Concorde made its last commercial flight from New York to London.

  • 'Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' won 11 Oscars winning every category it was in.

  • MySpace was launched.

  • Love Actually, Bruce Almighty, Hulk, Holes and School of Rock were released - good for audio

  • Mythbusters, Peep Show and Little Britain were shown for the first time - good for audio

  • The Panel, NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) and Nip/Tuck were new on TV.

  • Finding Nemo was released.

  • The last episode of Brookside aired.

  • Google launches AdSense, a program that places targeted adverts on websites, and is now used all over the internet.

  • A summer heatwave hit the UK and a new record temperature was set: 38.5o in Faversham, Kent. Roads melted and rails buckled. It was more mild in Ireland, with temperatures only slightly above average.

  • Meg Ryan gave a notorious interview with Michael Parkinson where she gave one word answers to Parkinson.

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of California.

  • David Beckham's hairband became a new fashion accessory.

  • The iTunes store opened. There was still some suspicion about whether anyone would use it. They sold 10 million songs within four months.

  • Madonna kissed Brittney Spears at the VMAs.

  • Text messaging was taken over and adults were asking whether this new 'teenage language' would replace normal speak.

  • The Spire of Dublin on O'Connell Street was officially completed. It is officially called the Monument of Light and is on the site of the former Nelson's Pillar. It was supposed to be self-cleaning, but still has to be cleaned.

  • The Irish TV series Cabin Fever was due to run for eight weeks, but was cancelled when the ship being used for it sank near Donegal.

  • Over 7000 athletes from 160 countries took part in the Special Olympics in Ireland. The event was opened by the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, in Croke Park.


While these facts about 2003 have been checked against third-party sources (and have been used on air before!), they are provided in good faith to inspire your research and no guarantee is made about their accuracy or their uniqueness.

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I write about media, exploring, heavy machinery and lists. I produce radio with an attitude accurately described as "amusingly surly".

I don't pretend to be anything close to a big player in the media industry. I'd like to think that's an advantage. Instead I try to remain well-read and approach things from a considered viewpoint, even if I absolutely hate the way the industry is going.

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