April 7, 2016

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What Was The World Like When 'American Idol' First Aired?

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Kevin Winter/ImageDirect/FOX

- Tobey Maguire had just debuted—and set box office records—in Spider-Man

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Mike Pont/Getty Images

- The No. 1 song in the country was “Foolish” by Ashanti

- A 20-year-old Britney Spears was four months removed from the box office bomb Crossroads

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Paramount Pictures

- People were still freaking out over the violence in Grand Theft Auto III

- Maddie Ziegler was a few months away from being born

- The Star Wars everyone was talking about was the one where Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman make googly eyes at each other a lot

- Shaq and Kobe were about to win their last championship together

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Andrew D.Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images

- The world was getting ready for the third and final Austin Powers film

Maroon 5 hadn’t released its first album yet

- The first Bonnaroo hadn’t been held yet

- The final episodes of Ally McBeal, Dharma & Greg and Felicity had just aired

- Angelina Jolie was about to file for divorce from Billy Bob Thornton

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SGranitz/WireImage

- The Nanny Diaries was first published

- The world had just started watching Ozzy Osbourne and his family be weird, adorable and weirdly adorable on The Osbournes

- Mel Gibson was still cool, M. Night Shyamalan was still cool, and they made a movie, Signs, that was pretty cool

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