John Howard and Mark Latham were in the middle of an election campaign. Howard would go on to be elected to a 4th term in October and would serve as Prime Minister for a further three years
George W Bush would be elected to a second term as US President in November
The highest selling mobile phone was the Nokia 2600. It had a colour screen, which was revolutionary at the time, but didn’t have a camera or Bluetooth. The first iPhone would not be released for another three years
Global warming received its first ever magazine front page, in Businessweek magazine
Amy Winehouse released her debut album
Facebook has been online for 6 months but was only open to Harvard students. It would not be open to the general public for another 18 months.
Twitter would not be launched for another two years. Instagram would not be launched for another six years
I was in the middle of my university degree, living at home, dating a nice girl (or so I thought), and blissfully unaware of an impending explosive break-up which was to occur three years later. I’m now about to purchase my third house with my lovely wife and our two children, having now been in the full-time workforce for 12 years
And finally…the first series of ‘The Apprentice’ has just finished airing, and Donald Trump was one of the most popular celebrities in the world
I started my law degree that year, together with my first of six years working in a telecommunications provider’s retail outlet. I am now long ago graduated and in my eighth year in the full-time workforce.
We did beat Melbourne in a real average game. After finishing 8th. And as I recall we also won a final from 8th the previous year. Moral of the story: we’ve been average for two years longer than we even thought