20 things about 2003
20 facts, 4 pictures, and a video
Science and stuff
-A severe weather outbreak caused more tornadoes than any week in U.S. history. 393 tornadoes were reported in 19 states.
-Hurricane Isabel claims 40 lives and leaves six million people without power
-Italy suffers a near countrywide blackout when electricity supplies fail
-The Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates over Texas upon reentry, killing all seven astronauts onboard.
-Human Genome Project successfully completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to 99.99% accuracy.
-The birth of Prometea, the first cloned horse by Italian scientists.
-The space probe Galileo makes a fiery dive into Jupiter's atmosphere.
-Concorde makes its last commercial flight, bringing the era of airliner supersonic travel to a close, at least for the time being (picture)
Cars and trucks and things that go
-Toyota overtakes Chrysler to get the number three slot in US Car Sales.
-Harley Davidson motorcycles 100 year anniversary
Pop culture and polotics
-Jay Z was the top artist.
-George W. Bush was the president.
-The Iraq war and Balochistan conflict started
-The new United States Department of Homeland Security began operation.
-Americans rename "French Fries" to "Freedom Fries" in protest to France's stand on Iraq