It was also the year that more than 800 people in East Asia died from the effects of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and 50 million people in the northeastern section of the United States and southeast Canada saw their power knocked out by a cascading blackout.
The Concorde made its last commercial flight, the United States started the “Do Not Call” registry to help consumers avoid annoying telemarketers, and Apple launched iTunes.
The self-proclaimed “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson, was arrested on a slew of child-molestation charges, and a show tiger attacked and severely injured Roy Horn of the Las Vegas act “Siegfried and Roy.”
The entertainment world lost both Johnny Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, as well as Katharine Hepburn, Bob Hope, Gregory Peck and Fred Rogers of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
“The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Finding Nemo” and “Mystic River” were among the popular movies in 2003. The music industry was strong as well, with releases from Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Coldplay, Norah Jones, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, 50 Cent and Clay Aiken.
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