Dateline: Week Of November 22, 2001 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
As Alliance forces move into their stronghold of Kunduz, hundreds of defectors pour out of that city and surrender.
A 94-year-old Connecticut woman becomes the fifth to die of anthrax.
U.S. forces identify possible labs for weapons of mass destruction in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan - Hundreds of U.S. Marines land in the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar.
The Pentagon discloses they are focusing the search for Osama bin Laden and Taliban leaders on two areas of Afghanistan.
President Bush said that Iraq and other nations that develop weapons of mass destruction ‘will be held accountable.”
Juma Namangani – an Islamic militant leader who was a key ally of Osama bin Laden – has been killed in northern Afghanistan.
A jury in Boston refuses defense arguments that cross dressing Dr. Richard Sharpe was insane when he used a high-powered rifle to kill his wife.
President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld rally the troops at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky – where Bush was and Rumsfeld went to Polk Air Force Base and Ft. Bragg.
Palestinian militant and a top Hamas official – Mahmoud Abu Hanoud, dies after an Israeli missile hit his taxi. He was on the country’s top-10 most wanted list.
Taiwanese police uncovered a ring of copyright pirates and found 100,000 video compact discs, including copies of the new movie, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”
Police arrest three students at New Bedford High School in Massachusetts on charges of allegedly plotting a Columbine-style massacre at their high school.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the assisted-suicide activist sentenced in 1999 to 10 to 25 years in prison for the videotaped killing of a terminally ill Michigan man, has been denied an appeal of his murder conviction and request for a new trial.
Deadly thunderstorms swept across the lower Mississippi valley, flattening homes and poultry farms and ripping down power lines, At least 12 deaths were blamed on the storms and dozens of people were injured.
President Bush and his family spend Thanksgiving at Camp David.
Passing – Mary Kay – founder of the giant cosmetics firm. She was 83.
President Bush defends his plans to let military tribunals try suspected terrorists and let law enforcement officials question thousands of foreigners in the United states, characterizing them as necessary steps during war.
Ahmed Omar Abdel Rahman – a top Al Qaeda operative who is the son of an extremist Muslim cleric – is captured.
During prison uprising - Johnny “Mike" Spann – a covert CIA officer who was collecting intelligence during a Taliban prisoner interrogation becomes the first American killed in combat in the Afghan war.
Health News – November 22, 2001
Eli Lilly & Co. wins FDA approval for Xigris – a drug for severe sepsis.
Technology News – November 22, 2001
AOL ends three magazines – On magazine, Asiaweek and Family Life.
Music News – November 22, 2001
On PBS – American Masters presents “Good Rockin’ Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records.”
Actress Kate Winslet releases her first single – “What If.” It’s available in England.
Passing - O.C. Smith (65) – best known for the 1968 hit, “Little Green Apples."
Double CD “The Concert For New York City” is released. It was the Oct 20 concert at Madison Square Garden featuring Paul McCartney, the Who, David Bowie, Elton John, destiny’s Child and Billy Joel.
Garth Books performs live before thousands of sailors on the flight deck of the USS Enterprise.
Passing – George Harrison (58) – lead guitarist for the Beatles. He died at the home of a friend after a lengthy battle with cancer. With him, his wife, Olivia and son Dhani.
Television News – November 22, 2001
Jim Carey guests on Oprah Winfrey’s show this week.
Also – Muhammad Ali and Will Smith appear on Oprah’s show.
E! True Hollywood Story – Mariah Carey.
Barbara Walters interviews President and Mrs Bush and gets a tour of the White House on “20/20” this week.
Despite “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire” – ABC ends the November sweeps month in fourth place.
At the 75th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – seen, a giant Statue of Liberty float. Coverage on NBC-TV with Katie Couric, Matt Lauer and Al Roker.
Cristina Saralegui is leaving her Univision talkshow “El Show de Chrstina” after 12 years. The final show will air December 14.
Top Movies – November 22, 2001
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Life as a House.