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


In The News

Tribal fighters battle their way toward a suspected mountain hideout of Osama bin Laden. The Pentagon says a bomb was dropped on the cave complex in Afghanistan, where it’s believed he is hiding. 

The Bush administration releases a videotape that shows a smiling Osama bin Laden recounting his role in the Sept. 11 attacks. He said that many of the hijackers knew only that they’d been dispatched on a mission of “martyrdom” and then recounted early radio reports of the attacks. “I was thinking that the fire from the gas I the plane would melt the iron structure of the building and collapse the area where the plane and all the floors above it only. This is all that we hoped for,” said bin Laden.

A federal grand jury charges Zacarias Moussaoul – a Frenchman of Moroccan decent with conspiring to kill and maim thousands of Americans in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. He was being on immigration violations in Minnesota.

Unemployment hits a six-year high of 5.7%.

Pat Flounders – a widow from the World Trade Center attacks, kills herself in her family’s dream house. She had been despondent seen her husband’s death on September 11.

Overall ad spending during the first nine months of the year fell by 7.8% to $68.8 billion.


Technology News – December 8, 2001

The FCC approves area codes for pagers and cell phones. The action is aimed at slowing the costly and disruptive nationwide explosion of area codes.

Israel cut ties with Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat after a Bus ambush in Jerusalem killed 10 people.


Business News – December 8, 2001

Toyota says it will begin sales of its battery-powered RAV4 electric vehicle in February.

The Fed cuts its benchmark interest rate a quarter of a point to a low of 1.75%.

Enron Update

Enron Corp. lays out its plan to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy within a year at a meeting with its largest unsecured creditors.


Sports News – December 8, 2001

Former Dallas Cowboy offensive lineman Nate Newton is arrested at Dallas on charges of carrying at least 175 pounds of marijuana in his car. It’s his second such arrest in six weeks.


Music news – December 8, 2001

The Ramones, Talking Heads, Isaac Hayes and Tom Petty are getting into the rock ‘n roll hall of fame.


Television news – December 8, 2001

CNN cancels “Burden of Proof” and “NewsSite,” although – both have been off the air since September 11.

Tuesday night television listings/TV Guide – December 8, 2001

CBS – JAG, The Guardian, Judging Amy, Late Show

NBC – Emeril, Three Sisters, Frasier, Scrubs, dateline NBC, Tonight, Conan O’Brien

ABC – Dharma, Spin City, NYPD Blue, Philly, Nightline

Fox – That 70’s Show, Undeclared – 24

UPN – Buffy, Rosewell

WB  - Gilmore Girls, Smallville

 E! – E! True Hollywood Story, Bathing Brooke, Howard Stern


On the Late Show – Mariah Carey sings.

On the Tonight Show – Hugh Jackman, Jerry Rice. Alicia Keys sings.


Top Movies – December 8, 2001

Oceans’ Eleven

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Behind Enemy Lines

Monsters, Inc.

Spy Game

Black Knight

Shallow Hal

Out Cold


Domestic Disturbance

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