10 Most Fascinating Events

From Britney's engagement to Lance Armstrong's record Tour de France win, take a peek at the people who made summer sizzle. By Serena Kappes

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MOST ENGAGING

MOST ENGAGING
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"I'm feeling everything," Britney Spears, 22, said about proposing marriage to boyfriend Kevin Federline, 26, in June on a flight from Ireland to New York, during her Onyx Hotel tour (cut short when she injured her knee). The singer, already a stepmom-to-be to Federline's 2-year-old daughter, Kori, became one again in July when his ex-girlfriend, actress Shar Jackson, gave birth to their second child, son Kaleb. Britney gave a preview of herself dressed as a bride in her recent "My Prerogative" video.

02 of 10

MOST TRAUMATIC TRANSITIONS

MOST TRAUMATIC TRANSITIONS
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Just days after her June 7 graduation from Campbell Hall high school, Mary-Kate Olsen was admitted to a Salt Lake City eating disorder clinic, where she spent her 18th birthday on June 13 (left). On July 24, she emerged looking far healthier, and went on to make her first public appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 29 (right). Days later the teen star broke up with her boyfriend of nine months, David Katzenberg, then moved East to begin her freshman year at New York University with twin Ashley.

03 of 10

MOST EXPERIENCED BLUSHING BRIDE

MOST EXPERIENCED BLUSHING BRIDE
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On June 5, Jennifer Lopez tried out the third-time's-a-charm theory when she wed salsa singer Marc Anthony in a small Beverly Hills ceremony, just five days after his divorce from former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres. There was no glamorous honeymoon for the couple, both 35, who have kept mum in the press about their relationship: Just two days after the wedding, Lopez was back on the L.A. set of her upcoming comedy Monster-in-Law.

04 of 10

MOST SUCCESSFUL CONFESSIONS

MOST SUCCESSFUL CONFESSIONS
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Why shouldn't Usher smile? The RampB singer's album Confessions has gone platinum several times over, and his 28-city U.S. tour (launched Aug. 5) is largely sold-out. He scored four honors (including best RampB artist) at the Aug. 11 Teen Choice Awards, and he took home two Moonmen (including the prize for best male video for his hit "Yeah!") at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 29. "I don't believe in good luck, I believe in blessings," says Usher, 25.

05 of 10

HIGHEST CARDIAC ALERT

HIGHEST CARDIAC ALERT
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The success Bill Clinton was enjoying around his memoir, My Life (which has sold almost 2 million copies since its June 22 release), was cut short Sept. 3 when he went to Northern Westchester Hospital near his Chappaqua, N.Y., home complaining of fatigue and chest pains. The next day, he checked into New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery on Sept. 6. Doctors said the 58-year-old former President, who was released from the hospital Sept. 10, had more than 90 percent blockage in several arteries and narrowly escaped a heart attack.

06 of 10

MOST DRAMATIC SISTER ACT

MOST DRAMATIC SISTER ACT
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It's been an eventful summer in the Hilton household. First, Simple Life star Paris, 23, appeared in public July 29 with mysterious bruises on her arms, a week after the demise of her relationship with Backstreet Boy Nick Carter (he denied any involvement). Then, on Aug. 4, the Hollywood Hills home she shares with sister Nicky, 20, was burglarized. On Aug. 11, Paris's prized Chihuahua, Tinkerbell, went missing, only to be recovered a week later. Through it all, the hotel heiress launched a jewelry line, released a book and served as a bridesmaid at Nicky's Aug. 15 Las Vegas wedding to Todd Meister, 33.

07 of 10

FASTEST RE-CYCLER

FASTEST RE-CYCLER
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Lance Armstrong, 32, cycled his way into legend July 25, winning his record sixth consecutive Tour de France. "To win six – it's very hard to find the words," he said. Cheering him on was rocker girlfriend Sheryl Crow, 42, whose finish-line kiss with Armstrong was described by one French sportswriter as "fiery, impetuous and nearly unending."

08 of 10

MOST SENSATIONAL DOCU-DRAMA

MOST SENSATIONAL DOCU-DRAMA
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Michael Moore's George W. Bush-bashing Fahrenheit 9/11 made history in its June 25 opening weekend, raking in $21.8 million and dominating the box office – the first such success for a documentary. The film, which examines the Bush presidency and the Sept. 11 fallout, has earned $118 million to date.

09 of 10

MOST COMPLICATED ROUTINE

MOST COMPLICATED ROUTINE
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Olympic fever hit its pitch on Aug. 18, when 21-year-old Paul Hamm became the first American to win gold in the men's all-around gymnastics competition, taking the prize by the closest margin ever after recovering from a disastrous vault dismount that sent him careening into the judges' table. But the South Korean team protested gymnast Yang Tae Young's (right, with South Korean Kim Dae Eun) bronze medal, arguing that he was robbed of greater glory by a scoring error. Despite still-persisting controversy, Hamm recently told reporters, "It's pretty much a closed issue."

10 of 10

HOTTEST TEEN QUEEN

HOTTEST TEEN QUEEN
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Turning 18 on July 2 wasn't the only highlight in Lindsay Lohan's summer: Besides receiving a promise ring from her beau, That '70s Show's Wilmer Valderrama, 24, she raised her asking price to more than $7 million per film (she's got at least five in the works, including the Disney remake of Herbie: Fully Loaded), ruled the Teen Choice Awards and began working on a rock album set for an early 2005 release.

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