Dateline: Week Of March 22, 2001 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertiainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Energy crisis in California as that state’s PUC is suckered into raising rates to customers – 46% more! This is because of deregulation and companies like Enron who sucked power out of the state for resale. California now says wholesale electricity suppliers have overcharged it - to the sum of $5.5 billion.
Another crisis – this one in Britain with fog-and-mouth disease – has cut economic devastation through its farming and tourism industries in the five weeks since it first appeared.
Another school shooting near San Diego… this time an 18-year-old male opened fire at San Diego high school, wounding five. It was ended by a police officer that just happened to be on campus.
Overboard?? - In New Jersey – Two second-graders playing cops and robbers with a paper gun were charged with making terrorist threats. The district has a zero-tolerance policy.
Yugoslavia - Special police storm deposed Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic’s mansion – after the government announced he was under arrest.
Israeli helicopters strike the headquarters of PLO leader Yasser Arafat’s security forces
A 16-year-old high school student at Lew Wallace High in Gary (Indiana) is shot to death by a former student. He was waiting for school to open. The victim was Neal Boyd IV.
India becomes the second country (besides China) to hit the billion-people mark.
Health News – March 22, 2001
The FDA approves a wristwatch-like device for adult diabetics that checks blood sugar levels every 20 minutes – automatically.
Sports News – March 22, 2001
Major League Baseball will end its free broadcasts over the Web and enters a three-year deal with RealNetworks. You’ll have to pay a subscription.
Entertainment/Celebrity News – March 22, 2001
Year 2001/73rd Annual Academy Awards – some winners –
Best picture – “Gladiator
Best actor – Russell Crowe – “Gladiator”
Best actress – Julia Roberts – “Erin Brockovich”
Best supporting actor – “Benicio Del Toro
Best supporting actress – Marcia Gay Harden
Radio news –
MTV’s Carson Daly launches the radio show- “Most Requested” for hit stations.
Music News – March 22, 2001
Sean “Puffy” Combs agrees to his first sit-down interview since his acquittal and it’ll be with MTV.
Madonna will launch an international tour – her first such even in eight years.
Sean “Puffy” Combs record label – “Bad Boy” scores its highest hit so far – with a group called 112 and their new album called Part III.
Top Music Albums – March 22, 2001
Everyday – Dave Matthews Band
The Professional 2 – DJ Clue
No Angel – Dido
Ghetto Love – Jaheim
Reptile – Eric Clapton
Just Push Play – Aerosmith
Hotshot – Shaggy
Greatest Hits _ Lenny Kravitz
The Last Meal – Snoop Dogg
Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – March 22, 2001
Academy Awards (ABC) – 42.94 million viewers
Oscar Countdown (ABC) – 28.87
Survivor II: 24 Days – 22.93
Who Wants to be a Millionaire on Tuesday – 21.02
Millionaire on Thursday – 19.39
Everybody Loves Raymond – 19.07
Friends – 18.14
Law & Order – 18.06
Barbara Walters – 17.85
Millionaire on Friday – 18.64
Becker – 16.06
The Weber Show – 14.61
Law & Order: SVU – 14.30
King of Queens – 14.29
Will & Grace – 14.14
The West Wing – 14.11
Yes, dear – 13.87
Primetime Thursday – 13.48
Judging Amy – 13.355
NYPD Blue – 13.32
Television News – March 22, 2001
Tavis Smiley is indeed, leaving BET and the nightly talk show.
Jerry Seinfeld guests on David Letterman’s show this week. He has another American Express commercial debuting this week.
Tony Randall and Jack Klugman guest on Larry King’s CNN talkshow.
On “Saturday Night Live” – Kate Hudson with musical guest Radiohead.
Matthew Perry is back to work on “Friends” after he had checked into a drug rehab center.
Passing – William Hanna – half the TV cartoon team of “Hanna-Barbara.” He was 90.
No more - The Dr Laura Schlessinger television show ceases production this week. It’ll air through May, then some reruns – but no more new shows.
New on Nickelodeon – “The Fairly Oddparents” and “Invader ZIM.”
Rosie O’Donnell says she will end her daytime show in 2002.
Top Movies – March 22, 2001
Enemy at the Gates
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
See Spot Run
Say It Isn’t So.