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


In The News

China permits U.S. officials to meet for the third time with crewmembers of an American spy plane stranded on an island in the South China Sea, but demands that the U.S. issue an apology for the midair collision that brought the aircraft down. 

After 11 days in Chinese detention - all 24 crew members of a U.S. spy plane safely back on American soil, Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, tells a news conference that the Chinese F-8 fighter pilot was solely responsible for the accident.

President Bush unveils a $1.96-trillion budget that trims hundreds of programs and boosts discretionary spending 4%.

Seven same-sex couples file suit to be allowed to marry in Massachusetts, less than two weeks after four gay couples exchanged wedding vows in the Netherlands.  

Speaking of the Netherlands, the Dutch Senate OK’s a law allowing terminally ill patient’s right to suicide and a doctor’s immunity from prosecution for assisting.  This makes the Dutch government the first to fully legalize euthanasia.


Sports News – April 8, 2001

Troy Aikman says goodbye to the NFL at a news conference. The three-time Super Bowl champ has suffered four concussions in his last 20 starts, giving him 10 in his career and has a degenerative back problem. Aikman is 34.

Tiger Woods wins his second Masters at August. He shot a 16-under-par 272 and finished two strokes ahead of David Duval.

Passing – Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Stargell, who led the Pittsburgh Pirates to two World Series titles. He was 61… of a stroke.


Technology News – April 8, 2001

NBC is closing its NBCi Internet site, NBC put more than $100 million in cash and assets into NBCi after combining NBC.com, the Xoom.com commerce site and Snap.com Web search site several years ago.

Yahoo says it will close its X-rated online store and block merchants from selling adult-oriented material on the world’s leading Internet site.

Yahoo posts a first-quarter loss and says it will let-go 12% of its work force.

U.S. district Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of San Francisco tells Napster that its efforts to block copyright violations were “disgraceful,” and warned she might order the online song-sharing system to shut down. She says she won’t act until a newly appointed technical expert reviews the situation.

Amazon.com says its first-quarter loss would be smaller than Wall Street had expected. The company says it lost less than $255=million in the first three months of the year, an improvement from its $308-million loss a year earlier.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – April 8, 2001

 Actor Steve Buscemi (43) is treated at a local Wilmington, NC hospital after he was allegedly attacked by a knife-wielding 21-year-old Wilmington man. Also arrested in the bar melee was actor Vince Vaughn (31) and screenwriter Scott Rosenberg (37).  All were in the area to shoot a movie called “Domestic Disturbances,” which stars John Travolta.

Marry – Actress Drew Barrymore to comedian Tom Green.

Stella McCartney – daughter of Linda and Paul McCartney is getting her own designer label from the Gucci Group. She was with the French house of Chloe, which she was hired to revive in 1997. “I’m incredibly excited by the decision.” Ms. McCartney rocketed to stardom on fringed rock ‘n’ roll dresses and glam t-shirts embraced by famous friends such as Liv Tyler and Chrissie Hynde.

Passing – British entertainer/comedian Harry Secombe. He was 79. 

Mamma Mia On Broadway 

Making music is the star of Broadway’s “Mamma Mia” – Louise Pitre. The musical features 22 ABBA songs.


Music news – April 8, 2001

Movie debut - Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst will appear in “Runts,” a movie about a high school outcast.

The late Tupack Shakur’s fourth post-humous album, “Until the End of Time,” enters #1 on the national sales charts.

Carol Dennis – former backup singer for Bo Dylan reveals that the two were secretly married from 1986 to 1992 and had a daughter together. She called him “a wonderful and active father.” The daughter is now 15.


Top Pop Hit Music – April 8, 2001

Get Over Yourself – Eden’s Crush

All for You – Janet Jackson

Stranger In My House – Tamia

Missing You – Case

Bizounce – Olivia

 Request Line – Black eye Peas

Look at Us – Sarina Paris

It’s Over Now – 112

Bow Wow – Lil’ Bow Wow

What Would You Do - - City High


Top Music Albums – April 8, 2001

Life – Ginuwine

Now… Vol. 6 – Various artists

Until the End of Time – 2Pac

Part III – 112

Hotshot – Shaggy

Everyday – Dave Matthews band

Live in New York – Bruce Springs & The E Street Band

Hybrid Theory – Linkin Park

Greatest Hits – Lenny Kravitz

No Angel – Dido


Tuesday night television listings/TV Guide – week of April 8, 2001  

CBS – JAG, 60 Minutes II Judging Amy, Late Show, Late Late Show

NBC – Fitzgeralds, Frasier, Three Sisters, Dateline NBC, Tonight, Conan O’Brien

ABC – Who wants To Be a Millionaire, Dharma and Greg, what About Joan, NYPD Blue, Nightline, Politically Incorrect

UPN -  Movie-Interview With A Vampire

Fox – That 70’s Show, Boot Camp

WB – Buffy, Angel

MTV – Making the Band, TRI


Three Sisters – Alone at last as Steven sends the sisters to a spa for Bee’s birthday.

Late Show – Renee Zellweger and musical guest Stephen Malkmus

 Conan O’Brien – Damon Wayans, Dave Attell.


Top Movies- April 8, 2001

Spy Kids

Along Came a Spider


Pokemon 3: The Movie

Someone Like You


Enemy at the Gates

The Brothers

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon



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