In 2009, after two trials (the first ended in a mistrial), he's found guilty of second-degree murder.
At a Rhode Island nightclub, 100 people are killed when a fire breaks out during a Great White concert.
On the eve of the Iraq War, Dixie Chick, Texan, and American hero Natalie Maines informs a British crowd: "We're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas." Backlash, and a feud with uber-patriotic fellow country star Toby Keith who had a 2002 hit with "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)" ensues.
Madonna smooches Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards. Oh my god, you guys!
Johnny Cash goes to meet the Ghost Riders in the Sky. Two years after his death, Walk the Line gives him Hollywood biopic treatment; Reese Witherspoon picks up an Oscar for portraying June Carter, who died just months before her husband.
Michael Jackson is arrested for child molestation, not long after the broadcast of Martin Bashir's fairly skeevy Living with Michael Jackson interviews.
Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica debuts. (Spoiler: they get divorced in 2006!)
Janet Jackson. Superbowl. Boob.
Dave Chappelle's Lil John imitation became the imitation you loved to imitate. Whuuut?
Look out, brah! A bus belonging to the Dave Matthews Band dumps 800 pounds of shit off a Chicago bridge and onto a tour boat.
Ashlee Simpson pulls a Milli Vanilli on Saturday Night Live.
Heavy metal guitarist Dimebag Darrell shot to death while performing in Columbus, Ohio.
YouTube is born.
Michael Jackson found not guilty. Dove Lady celebrates.
"George Bush doesn't care about black people." Kanye West, during NBC's live "Concert for Hurricane Relief."
High School Musical airs. Sequels, worldwide fame for even lesser cast members, and nude photo scandals await.
Three 6 Mafia win an Oscar for Hustle and Flow jam "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," which they perform live at the ceremony as fossilized Academy members gape in confusion.
Over a quarter of a million people download "Hips Don't Lie" in its first week online, despite the fact that the Shakira track is so utterly inescapable it's incredible anyone would choose to listen to it during any spare moments when it wasn't playing already.
Amy Winehouse releases Back to Black (Island Records); the would-be retro pop queen's career screeches to a halt after various addictions take hold. For the next few years, Winehouse's downfall is gleefully chronicled and circulated by paparazzi worldwide.
American Idol also-ran Jennifer Hudson wins an Oscar for her supporting performance in Dreamgirls. The gracious Hudson somehow keeps the phrase "In your face, Simon!" out of her acceptance speech.
Britney Spears. Clippers. Hair. (Chris. Crocker.)
The Sopranos airs its last episode. Journey's "Don't Stop Believin" becomes a new-old sensation.
Radiohead self-release In Rainbows, allowing customers to determine their own price for the album's download.
Jamie Lynn Spears, 16-year-old sister of Britney, announces she's knocked up.