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Dateline: Week Of March 15, 2001 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

The Dow falls below 10,000 as the Blue-Chip sector loses some 900 points in four days. Much of it has to do with the downgrading of 19 Japanese banks, due to a myriad of bad loans. 

Saudi commandos burst through the doors and windows of a hijacked Russian jetliner as it sat on the runway in the city of Medina. More than 100 passengers are freed, but three are dead – a flight attendant, a passenger and a teenage terrorist. 

The Federal Reserve cuts short-term interest rates to 5% - from 5 1/2 %. It’s the third half-point reduction of the year.

The California Zephyr, heading from Chicago to Emeryville California derails in Brooks Iowa, killing one and injuring 90.

The population of New York City hits 8 million – the highest population in its more than three-century history. The exact number – 8,008,278.


Technology News – March 15, 2001

Real Networks says it plans to expand its fledgling games Web site into a comprehensive service for game developers, making a wide selection of their works available to consumers for downloading or playing online.

Recently, hundreds of thousands of e-mails sent by Earthlink customers to AOL accounts were rejected and lost over at least 10 days. The companies say now it is resolved, and initially, AOL said software designed to prevent spam was at fault.


Entertainment/Celebrity News – March 15, 2001

Passing – John Phillips (65) – leader of the 1960’s pop group “Mamas and Papas” of heart failure.

Passing – Glenn Hughes (50) – the leather-clad biker of the “Village People” of lung cancer.

Passing – actress Ann Southern (92).


Top syndicated television shows – March 15, 2001

Wheel of Fortune


 Entertainment Tonight

Oprah Winfrey

Judge Judy




Live! With Regis

Hollywood Squares

Judge Joe Brown

Jerry Springer



Drew Carey


Warner Brothers  Vol 31 and 32


Top Television Shows/Ratings – March 15, 2001

Survivor II – 28.46

Millionaire (Sunday) – 21.30

Friends – 20.84

The Practice – 19.72

Law & Order – 18.7

Millionaire (Tuesday) – 17.27

The West Wing – 17.17

Everybody Loves Raymond – 16.87

Will & Grace – 16.84

 Millionaire (Thursday – 16.26

The Weber Show – 16.24

Millionaire (Friday) – 15.66

60 Minutes – 15.40

Just Shoot Me – 14.73

Yes, Dear – 14.56

Simpsons – 14.31

NYPD Blue – 14.30

King of Queens – 13.94

Providence – 13.80

Gideon’s Crossing – 15.59

Touched by an Angles – 13.51

ER – 13.40

JAG – 13.30

Movie - Bailey’s Mistake – 13.00

Malcolm in the Middle – 13.90

20/20 (Friday) -  12.81

Columbo: Too Many Notes – 12.52

Primetime Thursday – 12.30

Dharma & Greg – 12.27

Frasier – 12.12

Movie – Some of My Best Friends – 12.07

Dateline  NBC (Tuesday) – 11.45

Dateline NBC (Friday) – 11.33

Law & Order: SVU – 11.00

That ‘70’s Sow – 10.75

Dark Angel – 10.69

60 Minutes II – 10.52

Three Sisters – 10.49

Drew Carey – 10.38

Titus – 10.28

America’s Most Wanted – 10.02


Saturday night television listings/TV Guide – week of March 15, 2001

CBS – NCAA Basketball, Nash Bridges, The District

NBC – XFL Football

ABC – Movie – “Waterworld”

Fox – Cops, Cops, America’s Most Wanted

WB – Movie - “Days of Thunder”

PBS – The Irish Tenors Ellis Island

Nick At Night – Hey Arnold, Rugrats, SponeBob Squarepants, Amanda


Television news – March 15, 2001

Bill O’ Reilly, anchor of Fox news Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” signs a new six-year contract worth an estimated $4 million annually. Under the deal, O’Reilly has an option for a radio show.

The World Wresting Federation’s “Smackdown!” is the top-rated show on UPN.

The Extreme Football League (XFL) is in the ratings dumper. Last week’s game scored only a 2.1 rating on NBC.


Music news – March 15, 2001

Bon Jovi will be the wedding music at a mass 75-couple ceremony in Las Vegas next month at the Graceland Wedding Chapel.

MTV and VH1 simultaneously debut Madonna’s latest video “What It Feels Like For A Girl.” The reason – they deem it too violent for repeated airings.

Rapper Sean “Puffy” Combs is acquitted of weapon possession and attempted bribery charges in a case stemming from a 1999 shooting at a crowded Manhattan dance club. “I am just so grateful today. I feel blessed. Right now, I just want to go and be with my kids,” said Combs.

 K-Ci of K-Ci & Jojo is charged with 23 counts of indecent exposure and one count of lewd conduct for allegedly exposing himself at a KIIS-FM (Los Angeles) Jingle Ball concert in December. The singer was performing when he allegedly pulled down his trousers and underwear, exposing himself to the 4,000-member audience.


Top music albums – March 15, 2001

Everyday – Dave Matthews Band

Hotshot – Shaggy

DJ Clue – DJ Clue

Mista Don’t Play Everythangs Workin – Project Pat

No Angel – Dido

The Beatles

Save the Last Dance – Soundtrack

Rule 3:36 – Ja Rule

World Wrestling Federation: WWF The Music Volume 5 – Jim Johnston

Greatest Hits – Lenny Kravitz

My World, My Way – Silkk the Shocker

The Gift Of Game – Crazy Town

O Brother Where Art Thou? – Soundtrack

Back For the First Time – Ludacris

All that You Can’t Leave Behind – U2

Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water – Limp Bizkit

J.Lo – Jennifer Lopez

Who Is Jill Scott? – Jill Scott


Top Pop Music Tracks – March  15, 2001

Butterfly – Crazy Town

Again – Lenny Kravitz

Stutter – Joe with Mystikal

Love Don’t Cost A Thing – Jennifer Lopez

Angel – Shaggy with Rayvon

Don’t Telll Me – Madonna

It wasn’t me – Shaggy with Ricard Ducent

Put it On Me – Ja Rule with Lil’ Mo & Vita

Crazy – K-Ci & Jojo

If You’re Gone – Matchbox Twenty

Nobody Wants to Be Lonely – Ricky Martin with Christina Aguilera

All For You  - Janet (Jackson)

Thank You –Dido

I Hope You Dance  - Lee Ann Womack

Jaded – Aerosmith

The Way You Love Me – Faith Hill

Crazy For This Girl – Evan and Jaron


Top Modern Rock Tracks – March 15, 2001

South Side – Moby with Gwen Stefani

Drive – Incubus

Outside – Aaron Lewis of Staind with Fred Durst

I did it – Dave Matthews Band

Yellow – Coldplay

One Step Closer – Linkin Park

Hanging By A Moment – Lifehouse

Walk On – U2

Hemorrhage (In My Hands) – Fuel

Duck and Run – 3 Doors Down

Awake – Godsmack

Want You Bad – Offspring


Top Pop Music Hits in Britain – March 15, 2001

It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy

Whole Again – Atomic Kitten

Ms. Jackson – Outkast

Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus

Always Come Back to Your Love – Samantha Mumba

So Why So Sad – Manic Street Preachers

Found that Soul – Manic Street Preachers

Here With Me – Dido

Paradise – Kaci


Top Country Music Tracks – March 15, 2001

You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like this – Toby Keith

One More Day – Diamond Rio

Ashes By Now – Lee Ann Womack

But For the Grace of God – Keith urban

Burn – Joe Dee Messina

It’s A Great Day To Be Alive – Travis Tritt

If y Heart had Wings – Faith Hill

There Is No Arizona – Jamie O’Neal

Don’t Happen Twice – Kenny Chesney

Wild Horses – Garth Brooks


Top Rap Music Tracks – March 15, 2001

Promise – Jagged Edge

It’s Over Now – 112

Put It On Me – Ja Rule

Could It Be – Jaheim

Stutter – Joe with Mystikal

It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy with Rikrok Ducent

Love – Musiq Soulchild

Danger (Been So Long) – Mystikal with Nivea

Southern Hospitality – Ludacris

After Party – Koffee Brown

Heard It All Before – Sunshine Anderson

A Long Walk – Jill Scott


Top Movies – March 15, 2001

Exit Wounds

Enemy at the Gates

The Mexican

See Spot Run

15 Minutes

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Down to earth




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