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Dateline: Week Of May 8, 2001 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts 


In The News -

timothy mcveigh execution postponed may 2001 timeline mrpopcultureLawyers for Timothy J. McVeigh say they are launching an investigation into new FBI files and will need another postponement in his execution to complete their review. 

Later – Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft postponed the execution of Timothy McVeigh until next month. 

Macedonia said it killed 30 ethnic Albanian guerrillas in heavy bombardment of rebel-held villages. 

President Bush asserts that free trade can protect workers and the environment abroad. 

President Bush calls for a “new kind of conservation” that saves power through tax incentives and energy-efficient technology. 

Pilots strike Lufthansa for 24 hours, grounding 65,000 passengers. Employees seek raises of up to 35%. 

The FDA approves the first in a new class of designer cancer drugs. The drug is Gleevec – also known as ST1571. 

A stampede at a soccer match between two of Ghana’s leading teams leaves 50 dead Africa’s fourth soccer disaster in a month. 

 First Lady Laura Bush called on veterans to continue their service to the nation by becoming teachers. 

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld announces a command restructuring for protecting satellites. 

California has new blackouts due to its power shortage – the first since March. 

A man who rambled and said “stuff that made no sense” stabbed four children at an elementary school in Anchorage before he was subdued by police. All four are in serious condition. The man is Jason Pritchard of Anchorage. 


Sports News – May 8, 2001

Allen Iverson sinks a three-point basket with 2:21 remaining to break the final tie – and the Philadelphia 76ers defeat the Toronto Raptors 84-79. 

Quarterback Michael Vick signs a six-year $62-million contract with the Atlanta Falcons – the richest deal for a rookie in league history.


Entertainment News – May 8, 2001

Passing – Perry Como – one of the most beloved crooners of all time. He sold over 100 million records over his time. He was 87. 

Jennifer Lopez’ “Angel Eyes” opens this weekend. She plays a police officer. 

Passing – Actress Deborah Walley (57) of beach movies fame. 

woody allen sues producer may 2001 trivia timeline mrpopcultureWoody Allen sues longtime friend and producer Jean Doumanian for cheating him out of unspecified earnings from his last eight movies. 


Music News – May 8, 2001

 36th Annual CMA Awards - Toby Keith gets top male vocalist of the year and top album for “How Do You Like Me Know?” The Dixie Chicks got entertainer of the year. Keith Urban and Jamie O’Neal won top new male and female artists. Brooks & Dunn – best vocal duo. 

Coup – The MTV Movie Awards will feature Christina Agullera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink and the Dave Matthews Band. All but Dave Matthews will perform “Lady Marmalade” from the Moulin rouge movie.


Top Hit Albums – May 8, 2001  

Popstars – Eden’s Crush

Survivor – Destiny’s Child

All for You – Janet Jackson

Trouble in Shangri-la – Stevie Nicks

2pac rap music billboard chart may 8, 2001 trivia timeline mrpopcultureUntil The End Of Time – 2pac

Hotshot – Shaggy

Set This Circus Down – Tim McGraw

No Angel – Dido

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 Television News – May 8, 2001

On the season finale of “Becker” – a story involving a malpractice suite against Becker. 

Must See TV Season Finales – With a special one-hour “Friends,” a special one-hour “Will & Grace,” and on “ER” – the most  shocking moment of the year comes at the very end! Thursday night on NBC. 

On “Saturday Night Live” – Lara Flynn Boyle with musical guest Bon Jovi. 

Sopranos - Don’t miss the final two episodes of the season. On HBO. 

Fox-TV files suit saying that CBS’s “Survivor” is not based on reality. Executive producer Mark Burnett has admitted to reenacting some portions of “Survivor” at one point using body doubles to re-create a scene. 

The “Survivor” finale drew 36.35 million viewers. 

Thursday night television listings/TV Guide – Week Of May 8, 2001

CBS – Survivor: Back from the Outback, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, David Letterman

NBC- Friends, Weakest Link, Will & Grace, Just Shoot Me, ER – Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien

ABC – Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Prime Time Thursday, Nightline

Fox – Surprise Wedding 2

WB – Gilmore Girls, Charmed

UPN – WWF Smackdown!

PBS – Mystery!, Ancestors in the Americas

 MTV – How to Live Large, MTV Cribs, MTV20 A Hip Hop History, Def Jam Uncensored

michael jackson video thriller #1 on vh1 may 2001 trivia timeline mrpopcultureVH1 – 100 Greatest Videos (#1 is Thriller by Michael Jackson).


On Jay Leno – Calista Flockhart and the Black Crowes.


Top Movies – May 8, 2001

The Mummy Returns

Bridget Jones’ Diary


Along Came a Spider


Crocodile Dundee in L.A.

The Forsaken

Town & Country

Spy Kids

Joe Dirt 

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