Dateline: Week Of April 15, 2001 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Demonstrators disrupt the opening of the Quebec summit as 34 heads of state gather including President Bush.
The Federal Reserve Board trims benchmark interest rate half-a-point to 4.5%.
All 24 are released - The crew of the Navy Surveillance plane held in China for some 11 days, are back on home soil.
A Connecticut judge rules that Michael Skakel must stand trial in the 1975 trial of Martha Moxley.
Israel takes back Palestinian land on the Gaza Strip, but 18 hours, withdraws and reverses.
The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that the mother of a murdered cross-dressing young woman whose story inspired the movie, “Boys Don’t Cry” deserves more compensation for her daughter’s death. A lower court had erred, said the judge, in awarding only $17,361 to JoAnn Brandon for official negligence in the death of the daughter.
British musician Paul McCartney pushed for the worldwide eradication of land mines during a meeting with Secretary of State Colin Powell. Paul was in Washington with girlfriend Heather, who heads a charity campaign that provides limbs for victims of wars around the globe. McCartney said – “We have a really good meeting and Gen. Powell was very helpful.”
President Bush announces that the U.S. will sign a global treaty to ban 12 lethal chemicals.
The parents of two teens who carried out the Columbine High School massacre and two men who furnished them weapons have agreed to pay 42.65 million to victims in a partial settlement. The parents of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold have agreed to pay $1.6 million to the victims to be covered by their insurance carriers.
Passing – Carolyn Payton – the first black and first woman to head Peace Corps. She was 75.
Sports News – April 15, 2001
It’s the San Francisco demons and the Los Angeles Xtreme in the first XFL Championship game. On NBC-TV Saturday.
Vince McMahon says the XFL will return next year, but not on NBC. He says he’d like to have the games played on Sunday instead of Saturday. NBC averaged a 3.3 national rating for the 10 regular season XFL telecasts. Last Saturday, the XFL got only a 1.8 rating – a playoff game between the Demons and Orlando Rage.
Passing – Jack Elway – father of John Elway. He was 69.
Some best selling books – April 15, 2001
My Dream of You – Nuala O’Faolain
Dreamcatcher – Stephen King
The Bonesetter’s Daughter – Amy Tan
Who moved my Cheese? - Spencer Johnson
Seabiscuit – Laura Hillenbrand
More than a Game – Phil Jackson and Charley Rosen
Fast Food Nation – Eric Scholosser
Entertainment News – April 15, 2001
Broadway’s “The Producers” – as the show’s producers raise tickets rates to $100 for top tickets. The show just opened at Manhattan’s St. James Theater and there is a big demand for tickets!
Passing – Director Michael Ritchie. He was 62.
Engaged – Sarah Michelle Gellar to Freddie Prince Jr.
Music News – April 15, 2001
Passing – Joey Ramone – lead singer of the Ramones. He was only 49 and died from lymphoma. He was born Jeffrey Hyman. The band released more than a dozen albums – and only two cracked the national Top 100, but nonetheless, their influence was incredible.
Jailed Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight – in his first full on camera interview – catch him on BET’s “Suge Knight: The BET Interview.”
Rapper Jay-Z and three others are arrested outside a Manhattan nightclub and held on weapon’s charges.
Rod Stewart – The Human Tour.
Top Pop Hits – April 15, 2001
Get Over Yourself – Eden’s Bush
Missing You – Case
Stranger in my Home – Tamla
Look at Us – Sarina Paris
What Would You do – City High
Blow Wow – Lil’ Bow Wow
Could it Be – Jaheim
Bizounce – Olivia
Request Line – Black Eyed Peas
Television News – April 15, 2001
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is moving from the WB to UPN in a deal with $2.3 million per episode.
NBC’s new “Weakest Link” debuted to about 15.1 million viewers.
Top Movies – April 15, 2001
Along Came a Spider
Bridge Jones’ Diary
Jose and the Pussycats
Pokemon 3: The Movie
Enemy of the Gates
Someone Like You.