Dateline: Week Of August 22, 2001 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Israel assassinates longtime Arafat associate Mustafa Zibri, setting off fighting in the West Bank.
Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic was warned that he could lose jail privileges after he gave an unauthorized interview to Fox television. He’s at the U.N. detention unit in the Hauge, where he is awaiting trial for alleged war crimes against ethnic Albanians in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo in 1999.
Health and Human Service secretary Tommy Thompson says that a slowing economy prevents the Bush Administration from its commitment to extend health insurance coverage to the some of the 39 million uninsured in this country.
KFOR (Kosvo Force in action) - NATO-led peacekeepers in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo said they had fought and apprehended five suspected ethnic Albanian guerrillas and detained 48 others crossing the border from Macedonia.
Thierry Devaux – a French stuntman – and a para glider protesting the use of land mines – gets hung up on the Statue of Liberty’s torch and is rescued. He was wrapped around the torch, in danger and in peril. Devaux wanted to bungee jump from the torch. He circled the statue several times in his motorized paraglider when its orange parachute got caught. He actually got impatient with the slow rescue – and later, never thanked anybody.
Lt. Col Dragan Jokie – a Bosnian Serb army officer pleads not guilty at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in the Hague to charges of murdering Muslims in a U.N.-declared “safe area” in 1995.
Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC) announces that he is ending his career and will not run for re-election.
The Federal Reserve Board cuts interest rates for the seventh time this year – now down to 3.5%.
The Israeli army pulls out of the West Bank town of Beit Jala – under pressure from the U.S. and Europe.
The Dow retreats – under 10,000 for the first time in five months.
The European Central Bank gives a sneak peak of the new euro common currency as the Jan. 1 switch nears.
President Bush braced for a busy first autumn in office, a season of visits from world leaders and a potentially bruising fight with Congress over budge priorities.
Unkrainian immigrant Nikolay Soltys – accused killer in six slayings is caught.
Interviewed with ABC’s Connie Chung, Rep Gary Condit said he shared a “very close” relationship with Chandra Levy but had nothing to do with her disappearance.
Fascinating Facts – August 22, 2001
Target says that Kmart’s “Dare to Compare” ads are misleading because 74% of the time – it’s wrong.
Technology News – August 22, 2001
Microsoft Corp releases Windows XP to PC makers and will be in stores on October 25.
Toyota Motor Corp shows off its fie passenger FCHV-4 – all electric fuel cell vehicle. It goes 95mph and has a range of 155 miles.
The filing of formal charges against Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov, accused of violating copyright law is delayed. Working for Russian company ElcomSoft, he did the crucial work on a software program that cracks open the encryption on 3-book files made by Adobe Systems.
AOL is laying-off 11% of its workforce or 1,700 people.
Sports News – August 22, 2001
Serena Williams advances in the U.S. Open, defeating Anca Barna of Germany.
Barry Bonds hits homer #55 for the season as the Giants beat the Expos 10-5.
Music News – August 22, 2001
R&B singer Aaliyah (Haughton) (22) is dead in the Bahamas after her charter plane crashed after takeoff from Marsh Harbour. Seven others are dead. After the Cessna 402 took off, it traveled about 200 feet then crashed into marshy land. Aaliyah’s star was rising as she also was slated to co-star in the sequel to “The Matrix.” She was married to R. Kelly.
Passing – Betty Everett – who had a string of hits including 1964’s “Shoop Shoop Song.” She was 61.
The Dixie Chicks are suing Sony Corp accusing them of engaging in “systematic thievery” to swindle recording artists out of royalty earnings. They say Sony underreported more than $4 million in sales and overcharging for company services.
At the Source Hip Hop Music Awards – Nelly and OutKast take home top awards – Nelly for best new artists. OutKast own the best artist award for a group and best liver performer award. Jay-Z got best solo artist and Ja Rule with Best single for “Put It on Me.”
Veteran “Soul Train” host Don Cornelius says that MTV is violating antirust laws by restricting artists who perform on its Video Music Awards. The channel has a policy that any artist appearing the on show can not appear anywhere else for 30 days prior – or MTV won’t play their videos. WOW!
Engaged – Country singer Wynonna Judd to D.R. Roach – her road manager for 10 years.
The Backstreet Boys are back on the road to finish their world tour on the return the member J.J. McLean who was in rehab for 30 days.
On HBO this week – Madonna Live!
Catch MTV’s solute to singer Aaliyah – the singer who was recently killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas.
Soul Train Awards: Jill Scott gets entertainer of the year and the late singer Aaliyah has the evening dedicated to her at the 7th Annual Soul Train Awards.
The pilot of the ill-fated Bahamas flight that killed pop star Aaliyah did not have federal authorization to fly the plane and had been in court on a crack cocaine possession charge 12 days before the crash. The plane apparently was over its maximum takeoff weight.
Top Music Albums – August 22, 2001
Celebrity – N Sync
Songs in A Minor – Alicia Keys
Now That’s What I Call Music Vol. 7
8701 – Usher
Hybrid theory – Linkin Park
Eternal – Isley Brothers
American Pie Soundtrack
J. Lo – Jennifer Lopez
Duces ‘N Trayz – Snoop Dogg
Television News – August 22, 2001
Passing – Character actor Kathleen Freeman. She was 78.
Candice Bergen is now an occasional reporter for NBC’s “Today” show.
E! airs “Aaliyah: A Life Cut Short” this week.
Oprah Winfrey guests on “Larry King Live.”
Top Movies – August 22, 2001
Rush Hour 2
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
American Pie 2
The Princess Diaries
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars
Planet of the Apes