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New Show: "American Idol: Search For A Superstar

Whitney Houston Interviewed By Diane Sawyer

Year 2002 In News Headlines And Information

Queen Mother Elizabeth Passes

DC Sniper Arrested

Roman Catholic Church Boston Trouble

Year 2002  In Technology News And Information

Apple Unveils G4 iMac Computer

Year 2002 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

Top Movie 2002

Top Pop Hit Music Single 2002

Year Of Enron & Other Financial Scandals

 

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"How You Remind Me' - Nickelback

yasmine bleeth sentenced january 2002 facts history timeline January -   "Fear Factor” – the NBC summer hit – is back starting this week... On HBO – Six all new episodes of “Sex and the City”... Passing – TV director and writer David Swift. He was 82... Newsman Bill Tush is leaving CNN – after some 28 years. He began before it was CNN  – back when it was WTCG-TV – Channel 17 in Atlanta... Ryan Seacrest ushered in the New Year on Fox-TV’s “America’s Party: Live From Las Vegas with the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Sugar Ray and Ja Rule. .. Passing – Avery Schreiber (66) – half the comedy team of “Burns and Schreiber”... Music news - Another hip-hop summit – this one will be held in Los Angeles Feb. 13 and 14. Look for Suge Knight, Dr. Dre and others... Actress Yasmine Bleeth is sentenced to two years’ probation on a cocaine possession charge. … Engaged – Charlie Sheen to Denise Richards. … CNN hires former Fox Sports Net anchor Keith Olberman as a contributing editor to “NewsNight With Aaron Brown… Jennifer Lopez has four films due for release within the next two years: The Chambermaid, a romantic comedy; Enough , a drama in which she plays an abused wife; Gigli – a crime drama and thriller Tick Tock… Rush Limbaugh says he was able to hear his show for the first time in three or four months…

American Music Awards - Alicia Keys Winner In Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist Award 

winona ryder pleads not guilty february 2002 facts history timeline mrpopcultureFebruary - Actress Winona Ryder pleads not guilty to felony charges of shiplifting $4,760 in merchandise from a Beverly Hills department store and of possessing a controlled substance... Mary J. Blige – “No More Drama Tour”...

U2 Performs on The Super Bowl Halftime Show

Barbara Walters interviews Celine Dion on “20/20” this week. The singer says she is back after a two-year hiatus! 

 

rod stewart february 2002 facts timeline mrpopculture imageMore February - OMG! Niles proposes on this week’s “Frasier.”...Colin Powell will do a chat on MTV.... Dick Clark reaches an agreement to sell his television production firm to a group of private investors for $140 million. The company produces his annual “Rockin New Years’ show as well as the Golden Globe Awards among others…. Rod Stewart  - long associated with Warner Music, flips to J records – a new label from industry vet Clive Davis... Elton John says the music industry is the pits – and is churning out “average and mediocre” bands. He also doesn’t like videos and says if he were in charge – they’d all go away so we could all listen to music again... Don’t miss The Grammy Awards on CBS-TV. Host Jon Stewart with performances by U2, Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews band, ‘N Sync, Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss... Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther and Jack Tempchin file suit – saying they are owed $millions for Eagles songs such as “Take It Easy,” “Best of My Love” and “Already Gone”...She’s hot – In only a year, Disney’s Lizzie McGuire is suddenly a valuable franchise. This week – the Lizzie McGuire fashion doll and gift line debuts. Also, look for two Lizzie novels to be followed by a book series. Lizzie will also be on the packages of Oscar Mayer Lunchables and soon – a new Lizzie McGuire movie. The show debuted January of last year... She’s played by 14-year-old Hilary Duff. 

44th annual Grammy Awards - Some Winners:

Record of the Year – “Walk On” – U2…

Song Of The Year - "Fallin'" - Alicia Keys

Best Country Song - "The Lucky One" - Alicia Krauss

anna nicole smith awarded march 2002 timeline image mrpopcultureMarch - Single sales totaled 31 million - down a whopping 41% since 2000. Record companies say singles aren’t made for many of the most popular songs because they are unprofitable… Paul McCartney and his band will begin to tour. The “Driving USA Tour” kicks off April 1 in Oakland…. “The Osbournes” with Ozzy and family debut on MTV…. Anna Nicole Smith is awarded nearly $89 million from her late husband’s estate as a judge found that she was not driven by greed, but truly loved her 90-year-old Texas millionaire who was her husband…. Talkshow Sally Jessy Raphael is canceled after almost two decades…. Tommy Smith – former keyboard player for the Backstreet Boys, is suing the group for his cut for two songs on their “Black and Blue” album. Smith says he co-wrote “The Answer to our Life” with Nick Carter and “Time” with Brian Littrell and Guy Walker…

74th annual Academy Awards - Some Winners:

Best picture – “A Beautiful Mind”

Best actor - Denzel Washington - "Training Day"

Best actress - Halley Berry - "Monster's Ball"

More March -  Chris Cornell quits “Rage Against the Machine.” Cornell use to be with Soundgarden. … Alan Freed’s ashes are now part of the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame…

"Ain't It Funny" - Jennifer Lopez/Ja Rule

Top albums this week in 2002:

Songs in A Minor – Alicia Keys

Under Rug Swept – Alanis Morissette

O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack

Fever- Kylie Minogue

Drive – Alan Jackson

J to The L-01 The Remixes – Jennifer Lopez

(Hybrid Theory) – Linkin Park

Living Proof – Cher

Word of Mouf – Ludacris

U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind

Creed – Weathered

Grammy Nominees 2002

Acoustic Soul – Andia.arie

Built From Scratch - X-Ecutioners

8701 – Usher

Silver Side Up – Nickelback

Missundaztood – Pink

ozzy osbourne year 2002 news music trivia   mrpopculture photoApril -   Don’t miss Britney Spears’ “Dream Within A Dream” tour...Dr. Dre says he no longer wants to act. This third album, “Detox,” he says will be a hip-hop musical – but Dre says he prefers to be behind the scenes...Alton McDonald – former associate of Marion “Suge” Knight is gunned down(dead) at a Compton (Los Angeles) gas station… MSNBC confirms that it has hired retired daytime talk host Phil Donahue for a weeknight show… Top second banana Ed McMahon sues his insurance company for $20 million – and says he gets sick by toxic mold….. Touring – “Ozzfest” starring Ozzy Osbourne… Passing - Robert Urich dies of cancer. He was 55.  Actor Robert Bake and his bodyguard are arrested in the shooting death of the actor’s wife last May outside a restaurant in Los Angeles…  Beverly Hills home - Top second banana Ed McMahon sues his insurance company for $20 million – and says he gets sick by toxic mold. He says the mold spread after contractors sealing up water damage from a broken pipe botched the job... For $100,000 - Eminem settles a civil lawsuit after he pulled an unloaded gun and hit a man in the head and face outside a Michigan bar... Ellen DeGeneres will host her own syndicated talk show beginning in 2003... Louis Rukeyser joins CNBC for “Louis Rukeyser’s Wall Street.” It begins April 19... Like Oprah – the “Today” show will launch a monthly book club. Look for it in June... Looks like “The Osbournes” is a hit. The show, which debuted on March 5 – looks at the daily lives of Ozzy, manager-wife Sharon and their teen children and nanny... Passing - Layne Staley - Alice in Chains lead singer. He was only 34…. Rapper R. Kelly has canceled his upcoming tour. He’s got some problems and is accused of having sex with minors…. Passing - Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes from the r&b group TLC - dies in a car crash in Honduras. She was 30…

"Foolish" - Ashanti

bill o'reilly radio show debuts may 2002 history trivia image timeline mrpopcultureMay - VH1 presents “100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders”…The Honeymooners 50th Anniversary Celebration” on CBS-TV this week... Debuts this week – Bill O’Reilly’s new national radio show... Britney Spears and ‘N Sync’s Justin Timberlake are back together. She’s in the middle of her “Dream Within a Dream” tour….Passing - Long time Los Angeles news anchor Jerry Dunphy (80)... The X-Files are about to shut down, but not without the return of David Duchovny as FBI Agent Fox Mulder. Fans are anticipating the Fox and Scully will ride off together....  Anthony Michael Hall – best known as a teen movie star back in the 1990’s – gets a TV series. USA will air “The Dead Zone”…  Top of the TV Ratings – “Friends” on NBC-TV…

"I Need A Girl" - P. Diddy 

June - Michael Jackson becomes the latest pop star to go after his old record company - and does so with Sony Corp, accusing them of questionable accounting practices. He is bringing in attorney Johnny Cochran… Rapper R. Kelly is arrested in Florida as authorities in Chicago announce an indictment of 21 counts of child pornography stemming from a home video….

New Show Debuts On Fox-TV - "American Idol - Search For A Superstar"... Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman co-host. It's kind of like the old, "Star Search." 

marilyn manson warner sexual misconduct june 2002 music timelinePassing - Dee Dee Ramone - a founding member of the Ramones. He was 49…  For the first time since 1963, there are no British acts in the national 100 songs…. Rocker Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner)  is charged with sexual misconduct for allegedly gyrating against a security guard at a Michigan concert... Elvis Presley is back on top – in the U.K with a #1 record – “A Little Less Conversation” from 1968... R. Kelly – heard on WGCI-FM Chicago – pleads his case over the air. He’s facing 21 felony counts of child pornography... Brandy becomes a mom – and hubby Robert Smith is delighted at their new baby girl... The Dixie Chicks sign a new pact with Sony ending their feud... Robert Plant’s “Dreamland” tour 2002...Singer Brandy is getting her own reality series on MTV. Look for “Diary Presents: Brandy Special Deliver”… Marry - Paul McCartney to Heather Mills in Scotland… Rocker Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner)  is charged with sexual misconduct for allegedly gyrating against a security guard at a Michigan concert…

"Hot In Herre" - Nelly

 phil donahue july 2002 facts history talk tv timelineJuly In Kentucky – hundreds attend the funeral for Rosemary Clooney... Sharon Osbourne – wife of Ozzy undergoes surgery for a treatable form of cancer... Singer Alanis Morissette sues the operator of Alanis.net, claiming that it sells various goods without her authorization. The suit claims that operator Russell Smith is a “notorious, repeat-offender cybersquatter. He claims he never used the name, likeness or anything else associated with her.... Christopher Reeve will appear in three ABC-TV specials that document his efforts to walk again... Phil Donahue is back with a new talkshow – on MSNBC (America’s Newschannel)... Bill Clinton will be one of several panelists taking questions from young adults on MTV’s “Staying Alive: A Global Youth Forum on HIV/AIDS.”... Madonna will make a cameo appearance in the latest James Bond movie – “Die Another Day”… Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Billy Bob Thornton…

"American Idol" Progress So Far...

 

anna nicole smith year 2002 trivia news   mrpopculture image August Hot Couple - People Magazine wins the bidding over rival Us – and will pay $75,000 for nine pictures of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck…. E!’s “Anna Nicole Show” drew 4.1 million viewers….Justin Timberlake of ‘N Sync will give his first solo performance. Look for him at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards next week... NBC does a Dateline special “Elvis! Long Live the King” followed by a 1957 Presley movie – “Loving You.” on Saturday of this week... VH1 presents “Notorious B.I.G.”... A public service announcement cut by Sean “Puffy” Combs tells listeners to get involved with the campaign season.... Courtney Love and Universal Music settle a breach-of-contract suit brought on by  her... Simon Fuller  - producer of “American Idol” – is moving in on his show’s trend and will produce 13 episodes of “Supergirl”…. American Idol’s audience is up 20% from a week earlier as over 15 million caught the show. Looks like it’s a hit…Radio - WNEW-FM (New York) shock jocks Opie and Anthony - off the air all week after a stunt in which a couple were charged with having sex during Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. In an update, the pair is fired by the station for the stunt…. . MTV Video Music Awards - Eminem’s “Without Me” walks off with best video of the year as well as the awards for best male video

"Dilemma" - Nelly fea. Kelly Rowland

September - Kelly Clarkson wins FOX-TV’s “American Idol” with Justin Guarini as runner up. It’s the first “American Idol” and it looks like from the ratings, they’ll be another…

Kelly Clarkson Wins American Idol (Search For A Superstar) 2002

lizzie mcguire september 2002 disney channel history facts timelineMore September - Rapper Snoop Dogg announces he is abstaining from marijuana and alcohol….  The Disney Channel says it is dropping its vintage programming and replacing it with hipper fare. No more “Vault Disney.” Disney wants to invest in new programs for younger viewers. This may stem from the success of “Lizzie McGuire” which debuted January of last year….

Lizzie McGuire Episode From January 2002

More September - FOX-TV scores its first-ever weekly ratings victory without the benefit of sports or special programming with its assured hit - “American Idol”… Nickelodeon’s “All That” – a sort of “Saturday Night Live” begins its eighth season and in the cast – 11-year-old Jamie Spears – sister of Britney…MTV says it will not air a video called “Gotta Give the Peeps What They Want” by Public Enemy until they edit out a line advocating the release of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Ja-Mal – a death row inmate....

"A Moment Like This" - Kelly Clarkson

penn and teller october 2002 facts rio las vegas timeline mrpopculture photoOctober - Penn & Teller sign a multimillion-dollar contract to appear six nights a week at the Rio in Las Vegas…Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers “The Last DJ Tour”... Wow – sales of music singles are down 63% from this time last year!..New York’s Supreme Court rules (reverses a lower court decision) that The Ronnettes can’t collect movie and advertisement royalty rights to music they recorded for Phil Spector. They were seeking $3 million – and got lower courts to say yes...Passing – Ray Conniff (85) whose easy listening albums sold in the millions...  Seen on MTV – Madonna and her husband – Guy Ritchie in a 30-minute special promoting their new movie – “Swept Away”…

Trailer For Madonna's New Movie - "Swept Away"

michael jackson invites military to ranch never-never 2002 october image mrtimelineMore October - Actress Terri Garr announces she has multiple sclerosis. She has had symptoms for 19 years…. Michael Jackson invites over 200 military personnel from a nearby Air Force base to his Neverland ranch in Santa Barbara….. 

Jam Master Jay, part of Run DMC, is shot and killed. He was shot once in the head. His real name – Jason Mizell – and he was married with three children…. 

Goodbye Jason Mizell of Run DMC

Inaugural MTV Video Music Awards Latin America – Shikira wins five awards

kurt kobain diaries  year 2002 trivia music news   mrpopculture pictureMore October - Alan Jackson takes home his second entertainer-of-the-year award and four other honors at the annual Country Music Assn. Awards. He was also named male vocalist of the year, won album of the year for “Drive,” and song and single of the year for “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)”….

howard stern producer november 2002 facts history timelineNovember - Howard Stern is turning movie producer. His first project will be a remake of the 1981 teen comedy “Porky’s.” Stern also wants to remake 1979’s “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School... CBS sues ABC from airing a “Survivor” knockoff show called “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here”... Angie Martinez, who was to join original judges Paula Abdul, Simon Crowell and Randy Jackson for “American Idol” – quits after the first auditions. “It became too uncomfortable for me to tell someone else to give up on their dream,” said the rapper/DJ...  Don’t miss Dick Clark’s “The Other Half” – the male answer to “The View.” With Dick Clark, Danny Bonaduce, Mario Lopez and Dorian Gregory... Passing – Jonathan Harris (87) – best known as Dr. Zachary Smith in the 1960’s sci-fi show – “Lost in Space....”George Harrison left nearly $155 million in his will... 8,000 fans gather at Royal Albert Hall to pay tribute to George Harrison to see Michael Palin, Eric Clapton, Dhani Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Gary Brooker, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney...

"Lose Yourself" - Eminem

faith hill nbc special november 2002 music timelineNovember - The Backstreet Boys have filed a $100-million breach-of-contract suit against Zombia Music Group because they procrastinated in releasing their latest record... Tupac’s back – with a new 2-CD set released this week – “Better Days”...  Thursday night on NBC – “Faith Hill” gets her own special – as it takes a look at the conception and recording of “Cry.

Faith Hill NBC-TV Special

That’s followed by “Elvis Lives” with Tom Petty, Bono, Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews and Britney Spears – as they sing Elvis songs...

NBC-TV "Elvis Lives" Special

jay-z hot career december 2002 rap music timeline historyMore November - Rapper Jay-Z is on fire – with seven platinum albums and an empire that includes the Rocawear clothing line and Roc-a-Fella Records... Pilot - Snoop Dogg hosts a half-hour show called “Dogg Fizzle Televizzle,”” Snoop will mix sketch comedy with music and man-on-the-street bits. On the pilot, he’ll try out for the Oakland raiders, spoof nursery rhymes and work undercover at Arby’s... Kurt Cobain’s diaries are published in a new book called “Journals,” which duplicates 274 pages of his personal writings from the late 1980’s through 1994… Dick Clark’s “The Other Half” - the male answer to “The View.” With Dick Clark, Danny Bonaduce, Mario Lopez and Dorian Gregory…  Guns ‘N Roses World Tour 2002…. . Infinity Radio is now syndicating David Letterman’s top 10 list… . Nicolas Cage files for divorce from Lisa Marie Presley after three months of marriage….The rest of “Run D.M.C.” are calling it quits after the death of Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell. Rappers Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniel said they decided to retire from touring and recording because Mizell was irreplaceable... Sharon Osbourne says she’s calling it quits after this season of MTV’s top-rated “The Osbournes." … “The cameras are here all the time, so it’s a little invasive now. When you’re sick, you know, you want to be on your own.” Ms. Osbourne has colon cancer. 

Whitney Houston Interviewd By Diane Sawyer

whitney houston december 2002 interview facts history timeline December - Video game sales should hit $12 billion in revenue for 2002…. Whitney Houston appears on ABC’s “Primetime: Special Edition” with Diane Sawyer."Ms. Houston said she apologizes for things such as canceled concert dates….. David Lee Roth files a suit against members of Van Halen, alleging that Eddie, Alex and Michael Anthony diverted royalties and breached their fiduciary duty to him…..  In Los Angeles - KIIS-FM conducts its annual Jingle Ball with: Kylie Minogue, Destiny’s Child, Mariah Carey, Nick Carter, Justin Timberlake, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Osbourne (Ozzie’s daughter), Paul Oakenfold…. The Sopranos ends its season on HBO – with 12.5 million viewers tuning into Sunday’s extended season finale. Arrested this week - Marion “Suge” Knight says his arrest for parole violations this week are bogus and that authorities want him to talk about homicides he knows nothing about... Britney Spears’ “Britney Brands Inc.” files suit claiming that Skechers U.S.A. ran ads for Spears’ brand of skates only when the skates she endorses – and receives royalties for – weren’t for sale, causing consumers to purchase Skechers’ skates instead. But Skechers says Spears is the one who breached to contract by failing to approve designs and manufacturers for skating clothing and other accessories... John Walsh– host of “America’s Most Wanted” says he is helping Elizabeth Smart’s family look for a man who once worked for them who they believe had something to do with Elizabeth’s abduction... Billy Bush – who appears as a correspondent for “Access Hollywood” will host a revival of “Let’s Make A Deal.” Bush is a cousin of President Bush.... Passing – Joe Strummer – founder of The Clash. He was 50…

Rock The Casbah - The Clash (Goodbye Joe Strummer)

The Year 2002 In News Headlines And Information

CNN Headline News - January 1, 2002

January 1 - U.S. warplanes pound a military compound in eastern Afghanistan where intelligence reports – Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network was regrouping... Green Beret Nathan Chapman is the first U.S. serviceman to die in Afghanistan – in three months of warfare... The 15-year-old student pilot who crashed his plane into a Tampa skyscraper left a brief handwritten note, suggesting he was inspired by the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The note sympathized with Osama bin Laden... Thirteen more bodies are recovered at the World Trade Center site. Ten were firefighters in what was the main lobby of one of the towers... Sen. Eduardo Duhaide is named Argentina’s fifth president in less than two weeks... AOL says it has repaired a major security hole in its Instant Messenger – that allowed hackers to take control of user’s computers... 7,000 police officers were on hand along with half-a-million people to welcome the new year at Times Square. Some officers carried radiation... detection equipment... Auto industry 2001 - Light trucks outsell passenger cars for the first time...

January 8 -   President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan – in an address to his nation, pledges to dismantle the structure of extremism in mosques and religious schools that breed violence... U.S. soldiers capture 14 suspected Al Qaeda fighters at the Zhawar Kili al Badr cave and bunker complex in Afghanistan... The Justice Department launches a criminal probe of Enron – a probe into illegal acts by the firm and its officers... Enron Corp has asked a top Treasury Department official for help in securing a much-needed loan from the company’s bankers. Congress is looking into any political connections... More Enron – it’s reported this week that an accounting firm said it had destroyed a significant number of documents related to Enron’s audit. The firm is Anderson... President Bush signs into law a revision of federal education policy. It offers flexibility to school officials for accountability and gives states more freedom in spending federal dollars.. Passing – Cyrus Vance - Secretary of State under President Carter. He was 84... A judge says that Microsoft Corp’s $1-billion plan to settle more than 100 consumer antitrust lawsuits was rejected because it’s not enough money... Ford says it will cut 35,000 jobs and close five North American factories and discontinue four models – including the Lincoln Continental... Passing – Dave Thomas (69) – founder of Wendy’s hamburger chain... Paris - Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent announces his retirement... Del Taco Inc says it is expanding – and will open 120 new locations!

enron year 2002 news update trivia timeline  mrpopculture imageJanuary 15 - A generation after their alleged crime, William and Emily Harris and Sara Jane Olson, co-survivors of the 1970’s Symbionese Liberation Army are arrested and charged with murdering a Sacramento-area church volunteer during a 1975 bank robbery A fourth member, Michael Bortin is arrested on similar charge… February 1 - The Justice Department asks the president’s staff to preserve all Enron-related documents including e-mails. … President Bush puts terrorist nations on notice saying, “they better get their house in order” and that the U.S. may not be the sole target of terrorists…. Queen Elizabeth II marks 50 years as Britain’s queen mother….  CIA chief George Tenet says that even though Al Qaeda is badly damaged but still plans further attacks against American and its allies…

January 22 - Vice President Dick Cheney defends the administration’s handling of the collapse of Enron Corp, saying the White House has handled the Enron case properly... President Bush says he is “very, very disappointed” in Yasser Arafat and declares that he does indeed, foster terror... On the road – Former President Clinton will be hitting the road more – all to raise money for Democrats!.. Donald Rumsfeld denies that Al Qaeda suspects are being treated inhumanely at a makeshift military prison in Cuba... Kenneth Lay is ousted as chairman and chief executive of Enron Corp... President Bush said he would seek $10.7 billion in new funds to bolster security along America’s borers and its shorelines... Secretary of State Colin Powell asks President Bush to ensure that international rules of war govern the treatment of 460 suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters who were captured in Afghanistan...  J. Clifford Baxter, former vice chairman of Enron is found shot dead in his car, an apparent suicide. He was one of five high-ranking Enron executives identified in a whistle-blower’s letter as objecting to accounting maneuvers that pushed the company into bankruptcy... Senior Anderson accounting firm executives tell Congress that fired partner David Duncan destroyed (shredded) potentially revealing Enron documents to keep them away from federal prosecutors... Thomas Junta is sentenced from six to ten years in prison for beating another father – costing to death at a Boston ice rink... President Bush vowed to extend the terrorism campaign to Iraq, Iran and North Korea and called for expanded national volunteer service.. The General Accounting Office – announces that it would sue the White House for refusing to reveal the inner workings of Vice President Dick Cheney’s energy task force... President Bush calls the Enron situation “a corporate government issue… not a political issue” and declares his administration had provided no help to the now bankrupt company... Noelle Bush, daughter of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush – is arrested as she tried to buy an anti-anxiety drug with a fake prescription....

 

ABC Nightly News w/Peter Jennings - January 21, 2002

February 1 - The Justice Department asks the president’s staff to preserve all Enron-related documents including e-mails... President Bush puts terrorist nations on notice saying, “they better get their house in order” and that the U.S. may not be the al qaeda george tenet february 2002 timeline facts historysole target of terrorists... Queen Elizabeth II marks 50 years as Britain’s queen mother... CIA chief George Tenet says that even though Al Qaeda is badly damaged but still plans further attacks against American and its allies... Chinese authorities sentence sentenced Xu Zerong – a Hong Kong based historian to 13 years in prison. Three years of his sentence were for illegally selling books on the mainland... Insider trading? - Four Enron executives including CFO Andrew Fastow and CE Jeffrey Skillng – sold their Enron stock as bad news began hitting the public... John McCain undergoes successful surgery to remove a small melanoma from his nose... A Superior Court judge in California orders William and Emily Harris held on $1 million bail each in the bloody 1975 SLA bank robbery near Sacramento... CNN airs excerpts of an October interview with Osama bin laden – but Al Jazeera is ticked-off CNN aired the video and is severing its affiliation ties with them... Wed – Crown prince Willem-Alexander and Maxima Zorreguieta in Amsterdam....

CBS News - New Enron Charges

February 8 - President Bush says the United States will apply the rules of the Geneva Conventions to Taliban soldiers captured during he war in Afghanistan, but members of Al Qaeda will not get the same recognition. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld asks for an investigation into allegations that a group of Afghans mistakenly taken prisoner by U.S. Special Forces troops was beaten and mistreated...  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveils a budget filled with dramatic cutbacks deferred dreams and “pain all around” in the wake of the Sept 11 terrorist attacks... The trial of Slobodan Milosevic – the former Yugoslav leader accused in the 1990’s slaughter in the Balkans begins in the Hague... President Bush sets a goal of cutting the use of illegal drugs in the United states by 10% over two years and 25% over five years as he unveiled a national drug control strategy...

Britain - The Queen's youngest sister - Princess Margaret, dies in her sleep. 

Federal energy regulars expand an investigation beyond Enron Corp to determine whether any companies used their market power to drive up electricity prices in the west last year... Smoke and dust from the destroyed World Trade Center buildings is exposing resident of the area to some of the highest levels of air pollution ever studied.  Fires smoldering in the rubble turned glass, concrete and computer equipment into aerosol fallout that was far more intense and persistent than expected, said a study... Enron Chief Accounting officer Richard Causey and Chief Risk Officer Richard Buy – both criticized for failing to oversee the energy giant’s complex partnerships are negotiating their exit from the company. Both say they will answer criticisms... 

February 15 - President Bush decides that Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as the burial ground for the nation’s radioactive nuclear waste. Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn is all that happy and sues to block the action... Interim Afghan Prime Minister Hamid Karzal promises to take “every measure to guarantee security in this battered nation”... In Japan – President Bush meets with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and they gather for a several sessions... President Bush sets out on a three-nation Asia trip. He’ll be visiting South Korea, Japan and China... In South Korea - President Bush endorses South Korean President Kim Dae Jung’s vision of a united Korean peninsula and assures him that the U.S. won’t invade North Korea... Georgia state officials say it will take at least eight months and a ton of money to recover and identify the hundreds of bodies they expect to find at the Tri-State Crematory. So far the number of corpses found on the 16-acre grounds is 242... Employees, whose retirement finds have been decimated by the Enron collapse, are moving forward with a class-action suit against the company. The move was approved by a federal judge. 

February 22 - A federal judge orders the U.S. Department of energy to release documents of secret U.S. energy policy meetings – documents Dick Cheney didn’t want released... The death of Wall St. Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is confirmed – he has been killed by his terrorist captors. A video tape showed him being shot by pistol to the head... President Bush calls for an end to religious persecution in China – just after 24 hours after President Jiang Zemin asserted that “religious faiths are protected by out constitution”... Massachusetts - A judge sentences defrocked Roman Catholic priest John Geoghan to nine years in prison for touching a 10 year-old boy at a community swimming pool...The Dow tops 10,000, influenced by hot home sales.    

March 1 - Palestinian gunmen open fire on motorists waiting at an Israeli military roadblock in the West Bank and a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded orthodox neighborhood in the heart of Jerusalem, killing a total of 19 Israelis... Afghanistan – U.S. bombers hammer Al Queda positions in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan for a second day... Doctors in Saudi Arabia have perfected the first human uterus transplant, which produced two menstrual periods before it failed and had to be removed... A federal appeals court overturns the convictions of three New York City police officers in the 1997 beating and brutalization of Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant... Enron - A  federal judge says there was evidence J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. had extended a “disguised loan” to Enron Corp. which could prevent Morgan from collecting on nearly billion in surety bonds. 

March 8 - After much Congressional debate – the House passes a stimulus bill – stripped-down – but it should help bolster the economy... A suicide bomber kills 12 at a Jerusalem café... President Bush begins what he calls – the second phase of the counter-terrorism war promising, “a sustained campaign… anywhere in the world”... Vice President Dick Cheney arrives in the Middle East at Jordan with his anti-terror message... Israel invades the West Bank at Ramallah, detaining hundreds of men in the heart of PLO land... Thought control - A new device, described by the publication “Nature” says a brain implant allowed a monkey to control a computer cursor by thought alone. The implant was the size of an M&M candy... Unemployment falls to 5.5%.

tipper gore will not run for senate march 2002 facts history mrpopculture timelineMarch 15 - Vice President Dick Cheney meets with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Jerusalem and Cheney convinces him to pull back his troops and hopefully a ceasefire between Israel and Pakistan... Criminal indictment - Anderson accounting is indicted by federal prosecutors for wholesale destruction of tons of Enron documents... Senate passes - President Bush says he will sign the passed campaign reform bill. The bill stops channels of funding – almost $500 million... Whitewater officially ends as the independent counsel rules that there was insufficient evidence that Bill Clinton and Hillary did anything illegal or profited from a savings and loan which went under... President Bush visits Ft. Bragg on a tour. He rallied the troops and asked for support for his defense spending request... Andrea Pia Yates is sentenced to life in prison. A jury spared the life of the Houston woman – who is mentally ill and who drowned her five children in the bathtub... Tipper Gore changes her mind and will not run for her husband’s old Senate seat from Tennessee...

March 22 - For the first time, the Pope speaks about his church’s sex abuse scandals, declaring that guilty priests have succumbed to “the most grievous forms” of evil and brought “brave scandal” to the Roman Catholic …. President Bush signs legislation overhauling campaign fund-raising rules…..

Passing – Queen Mother - Queen Elizabeth – the oldest member of Britain’s millennium-old monarchy. She was 101… This follows the death of her daughter - Princess Margaret - in February. 

 April 1 -The Israeli army launches and continues their assault on Ramallah. Palestinian gunmen hill 10 compatriots accusing them of collaborating with the Jewish state... President Bush demands that Israel withdraw from the Palestinian cities in the West Bank, “without delay.” Meanwhile fighting continues in Ramallah and Secretary of State Colin Powell is headed to the area... WorldCom – that nation’s #2 long distance company is laying-off 3,700 at its Internet side... In Arizona – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio – the nation’s toughest sheriff who put inmates in tents and pink underwear – ends weeks of speculation by saying he won’t run for governor. He says he wants to remain sheriff... Oil futures close above $42.7 – a 6 month high!... Walt-Mart Stores becomes the #1 business and tops Fortune magazine annual 500 list. Exxon-Mobil is second. General Motors is third.  …

April 8 - Britain and the world mourn the death of Queen Mother Elizabeth at a funeral at Westminster Abbey attended by more than 2,000 people... Space shuttle Atlantis thunders into orbit with a new part for the international space station – a latticework equipped with a rail car and track... Israel will not withdraw from the West Bank cities it recently invaded because violence continues... Hugo Chavez resigns as president of Venezuela and is placed under arrest... Finally – From his own mouth – Yasser Arafat condemns terrorism carried out against civilians, as he is just about to meet with Colin L. Powell. Powell had originally canceled their meeting after a Palestinian woman blew herself up at a Jerusalem marketplace – killing six. Powell is on a peace mission and was meeting with Israeli leaders (first) when the event occurred... Shooting rampage in Dover Township, NJ as Edward Lutes shoots six people – five are dead. He then turned the gun on himself... Secretary of State Colin L. Powell is greeted on the first leg of his high-stakes Mideast mission in Morocco... Iraq suspends oil exports to protest Israeli military actions in West Bank...

colin powell year 2002 news trivia history   mrpopculture photoApril 15 - Colin Powell leaves the Middle East after a 10-day peace mission. Little progress was made between Israel and the Arab world. The Senate blocks oil and gas drilling at the Artic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. It’s a defeat for President Bush. ….The House votes to permanently keep President Bush’s tax cut plan - a 10-year plan…

 April 23 - After three days - Bill Gates completes testifying in the Microsoft Corp. antitrust trial. At Vatican City - U.S. Roman Catholic cardinals call for steps making it easier to defrock priests guilty of sexual abuse. …The U.S. economy snaps back from recession and grows at a 5.8% annual rate during the first three months of 2002….

May 1 -  Father Paul Shanley – a former Boston Roman Catholic priest, is arrested on three counts of raping a child... Documents from Enron show how it manipulated the California power crisis – as shortages led to higher prices... Six pipe bombs placed in mailboxes explode in rural communities in Iowa and Illinois. Five are injured.... Nobel Peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyl is freed. She had been under house arrest by Myanmar’s military rulers and can now leave her home without restrictions... A million people march through the streets of France against Jean-Marie Le Pen – the far-right candidate challenging incumbent President Jacques Chirac in a runoff election... Israel ends hits month-long siege of Yasser Arafat’s headquarters in the West Bank... Paul Allen will sell his 5.9% stake in USA Networks Inc for $568.7 million to raise money to buy cable systems...President Bush gives reporters a look at life inside the Bush White House…. On hand with reporters – Ozzy Osbourne!... Documents from Enron show how it manipulated the California power crisis – as shortages led to higher prices…

May 8 - Treaty completed - The United States and Russia agree to cut their nuclear arsenals by two-thirds over the next decade. President Bush said the action “will liquidate the legacy of the Cold War”…  FBI spy Robert Philip Hanssen is ordered to send the rest of his life in prison for selling the Russians reams of valuable state secrets…. President Bush signs a $190-billion farm bill guaranteeing higher subsidies to growers in Midwestern and Southern states where key political races will decide which party controls Congress next year…

May 15 - The Bush Administration denies airline pilots permission to carry guns in the cockpit, angering pilots who had sought that authority. The White House believes sky marshals are better matched against air hijackers

May 22 - New York ends the search for bodies and human remains at the World Trade Center in a ceremony ending the cleanup. 1,721 people were never found. 2,823 were killed in the New York attacks… In Russia - President Bush and Russian President Vladimir V. Putin sign a nuclear arms treaty – calling for 2/3’rds deactivation of each country’s arsenal within 10 years…

george w bush year 2002 news trivia history  mrpopculture imageJune 1 -  President Bush says that America must take “preemptive action” against the worst terrorist threats “before they emerge” and must confront evil-doers “in any dark corner of the world.”… U.S. intelligence officials identify a mastermind of the Sept. 11  attacks – a Kuwaiti named Khalid Shaikh Mohammed - a top Bin Laden officer

President Bush Addresses The Nation - War On Terror

 June 8 -  Priest sex abuse - Opening a meeting of the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops in Dallas, Bishop Wilton Gregory offers “the most profound apology” for derelict leadership and promised to enact tough reform measures… June 15 - The Supreme Court says there will be no more executions to murderers who are mentally retarded…. President Bush – out in the South Lawn – and urges Americans to exercise more.  The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops approve their first national policy to oust all priests from public ministry who molest minors…

June 15 - July 4th attacks? As the FBI said it was girding for possible attacks on that day... The firm of Arthur Alexander is found guilty of obstruction in the probe of Enron officials... Saudi Arabia says it has broken up an Al Qaeda cell – that they were planning to use missiles and explosives to attack targets there... Suicide bomber in Jerusalem #1 – in a bus and 14 are dead... A suicide bomber in Jerusalem slides by police – and seven are killed when he exploded. Earlier, Israel said it would seize Palestinian-controlled land – and remain until terrorism is halted.... The Supreme Court says there will be no more executions to murderers who are mentally retarded... President Bush – out in the South Lawn – and urges Americans to exercise more... The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops approve their first national policy to oust all priests from public ministry who molest minors... Angered - The White House says that unnamed congressional sources compromised national security by leaking sensitive intelligence information... New York City’s new budget adds $1.50 to a pack of cigarettes! Also jacked up – fees on cell phones and fines for parking tickets – all-in-all – to raise an additional $400 million. 

 June 22 - The Supreme Court opens the door for the use of taxpayer money to send students to church schools and ruled that Ohio’s use of vouchers does not violate the Constitution’s ban on establishment of religion… President Bush says it’s outrageous – in the revelations of massive accounting improprieties by yet another company – WorldCom and promises a full investigation. It’s found that the company inflated its books by $3.9 billion.. . . United Airlines – damaged by the slump in air travel since Sept. 11 – applies for a $1.8 billion federal loan guarantee. … Passing – Famed columnist Ann Landers . She was 83. She did it for 46 years…

July 1 - A 41-year-old Egyptian immigrant walks into Los Angeles international Airport and kills two at the El Al ticket counter and the FBI is searching for a motive... An Israeli tank shelled a house in the West bank city of Nablus – killing suspected Hamas bomb maker Mohammed Tahir... Secretary of State Colin L. Powell is awarded the 2002 Philadelphia Liberty Medal for his leadership in the war on terrorism, his efforts in the Middle East and his concern for human rights... The United Nations will continue its missions in Bosnia for at least 12 more days... A federal jury rejected claims from a former Democratic National Committee secretary that she was defamed by Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy. Ida Wells sued Liddy, claiming he falsely accused her of procuring prostitutes for the DNC as part of his theory that the 1972 Watergate break-in was not abut gathering political intelligence... Dozens of Afghan civilians are killed during U.S. air strikes in Afghanistan.

john ashcroft sleep cells july facts history 2002 timeline July 8 - A scale model of a Japanese supersonic jetliner exploded shortly after it was launched on the back of a booster rocket and crashed into the central Australian desert... Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft tells Congress that Al Qaeda has underground sleeper cells in this country and is trying to smuggle more in – by having them pose as ordinary citizens... The U.N. Security Council grants American peacekeepers a renewable one-year exemption from prosecution or investigation by the new international Criminal Court... Auto news – New J.D. Power survey places Saturn on top of the list for customer satisfaction – ending Toyota’s five-year run... Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and his estranged wife, Donna Hanover end their 16-year marriage with an out-of-court settlement worth $6.8 million for her... Getting sued - Vice President Dick Cheney and the oil service business he once led – alleging fraudulent accounting practices by the company. The company is Halliburton Co. This announced just after President Bush urged tougher laws for corporate fraud – pledging of ending the days of “cooking the books.’

 July 15 - John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to taking up arms as a soldier in the Taliban army and agrees to cooperate with the U.S. government in its efforts to capture and prosecute terrorists… The Dow drops 390 points or 4.6%. The market was shaken by the wave of corporate financial scandals this year, the threat of more terrorist attacks and uncertainty over the strength of the economic recovery…

 July 23 -  Adelphia cable founder John Rigas and his two sons are arrested and accused of looting that company and treating it as their own bank – in yet another Wall St. scandal…. WorldCom Inc – the second largest long distance phone company, files for bankruptcy protection, brought on in part, by its accounting scandal…. A string of wife killings has occurred at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina – as 4 army wives have been slain in two weeks – all separate incidences. So far, two husbands of committed suicide…

 August 1 - Federal authorities arrest Former WorldCom Chief Financial Officer Scott Sullivan and former Controller David Myers. They were part of a scheme to hide expenses to make the company look like they had bigger profits….

August 8 - American Airlines unveils a major overhaul – cutting 7000 jobs and its flight schedule will be trimmed. Meanwhile rival US Airways files for bankruptcy protection this week, but flights will not be interrupted…. WorldCom Inc says its accounting is worst that revealed. It has uncovered an additional $3.3 billion in faulty accounting dating to 1999

August 15 - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf grants himself sweeping powers such as extending his term in office and the right to disband Parliament... Osama bin laden personally ordered the assassination of Afghan opposition leader Ahmed Shah Masoud, days before the Sept. 11 attacks – according to a senior Taliban official... A San Diego jury convicts neighbor David Westerfield of kidnapping and murdering 7-year-old Danielle van Dam... War - Chechen rebels shoot down a huge helicopter carrying 85 Russian solders. The copter was an MI-26... Out of 600 terrorism suspects now being held at Guantanamo Bay, Intelligence says so far, none have been linked to Al Qaeda... Martha Stewart turns over 1,000 pages of notes, phone records and e-mail to a congressional panel investigating whether she had inside information when she sold share of ImClone Systems Inc... Wisconsin authorities orders 25,000 deer killed in order to control a mysterious wildlife disease... An FBI lab analysis of clothing found with former federal intern Chandra Levy’s remains provided no clues about her killer’s identity... Smith Barney telecommunications stock analyst Jack Grubman resigns after tainted stock recommendations –but not after receiving a severance package totaling $13.2 million.  

michael skakel year 2002 news trivia history  mrpopculture imageAugust 23 - Michael Skakel is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the October 1975 murder of his 15-year-old female friend/neighbor. Skakel (41) was convicted in June of fatally bludgeoning and stabbing Martha Moxley … In Utah, polygamist Tom Green is sentenced to spend five years to life in prison for a child rape that occurred when he took a 13-year-old girl as his “spiritual” wife more than a dozen years ago…. Vice President Dick Cheney spells out the Bush administration’s rationale for ousting Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. He said he believed that the dictator will add the nuclear bomb “fairly soon: to his arsenal of weapons of mass destruction”….

September 1 - President Bush launches a diplomatic offensive and places phone calls to the leaders of China, France and Russia in an appeal for collaboration in dealing with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein…

September 8 - President Bush challenges the United Nations to join the U.S. in a drive to oust President Saddam Hussein of Iraq. He said America would be alone if necessary…

donald rumsfeld facts history september 2002 trivia timeline mrpopcultureSeptember 15 -  Five alleged Al Qaeda soldiers appear in a federal courthouse in Buffalo where a judge entered a not guilty plea for each on charges of conspiring to provide material support and resources to a terrorist organization... A House-Senate panel report says the nation’s intelligence agencies failed to heed warnings as far back as the mid-1990’s – that Al Qaeda wanted to focus more on targets in the United States using  weapons and aircraft... Tough stuff - President Bush asks Congress to authorize sweeping powers – including the use of force to disarm Iraq and possibly oust the government in Baghdad. He also warned the United Nations that Washington would act if the world body fails to ensure that Iraq surrenders any weapons of mass destruction... Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tarik Aziz said that Baghdad would let U.N. weapons inspectors return only under a comprehensive deal that would prevent a U.S. attack and lift crippling 12-year-old sanctions... The FBI is questioning Ramzi Binalshibh – the man believed the lead coordinator of the Sept. 11 attacks – in Pakistan... A sixth man from the Buffalo area – Mukhtar Al-Bakri is charged with supporting terrorism after admitting traveling to Afghanistan and learning how to use assault weapons at an Al Qaeda training camp... President Bush describes a foreign policy vision – which emphasizes a need for preemptive attacks on terrorists and regimes whose weapons of mass destruction pose a threat to the U.S...  Donald Rumsfeld – testifying before the House Armed Services Committee – told lawmakers that Iraq poses a great threat to global stability and that the U.N. has ample evidence to take forceful action against the regime of Saddam Hussein... Israel – Another Palestinian suicide bomber strikes – this time on a passenger bus in Tel Aviv – killing five... Albert Gore III (19) gets ticketed for allegedly driving under the influence near a military base in Virginia... Goodbye Janet – Janet Reno concedes defeat in the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Florida and now has no political plans... 

September 23 - A Sudanese pilot is taken into custody here in the U.S. for suspicious behavior... A commission of doctors and scientists wants to remind those who take aspirin and ibuprofen – that they can cause internal bleeding and kidney damage. Some consumers take more than is recommended... Nationwide - Jack-in-the-Box says it wants to add 300 restaurants a year. It’s  now operating in 17 states – but wants to expand nationwide... President Bush asks Congress to authorize sweeping powers – including the use of force to disarm Iraq and possibly oust the government in Baghdad. He also warned the United Nations that Washington would act if the world body fails to ensure that Iraq surrenders any weapons of mass destruction… 

October 1 - Sniper (s) at work - Five people are shot to death – in random killings in the Washington D.C. area. … Philip Morris is ordered to pay $28 billion in punitive damages to a 64-year-old woman with lung cancer. It’s the largest punitive award to an individual in history – but PM is expected to appeal it. …. Iraq agrees to allow inspections of areas except presidential sites – to assess whether it is developing weapons of mass destruction…

October 8 - President Bush addresses the nation on TV and radio. He detailed Iraq’s progress in developing chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, the country’s links to terrorists and Hussein’s crimes against his people…Congress approves a measure to authorize the use of military force against Iraq…Washington-area sniper strikes again – the 10th in as many days. This time – a deadly one – Kenneth Bridges – founder of a self-help organization for African Americans.  The slaying occurred at a gas station…

Murder Spree In Washington DC

October 15  -  Iraq - Saddam Hussein grants amnesty to thousands of political prisoners and criminals... North Korea admits it pursued a secret nuclear weapons deal... Al Qaeda is blamed for the car bombing that killed 188 in Bali (Indonesia) and home grown terrorists... Roman Catholic church leaders in the U.S. will continue their zero tolerance abuse policy against sexually abusive priests... Arab League secretary General Amr Moussa said that Arab states would not take part in any U.S. led attack in Iraq and warned that it is dangerous to underestimate anti-U.S sentiments in the region... Crude oil pushes past $30 a barrel after war fears... President Bush campaigns for two republicans in Georgia – as one seeks to unseat an incumbent governor... In Florida - Noell Bush – President Bush’s niece, is sentenced to a 10-day jail term for violating the terms of her court-ordered drug rehab program... Sniper spree in Washington D.C. area claims its 11th murder victim. The FBI says it has more clues... More Enron - Timothy Belden – once Enron’s chief energy trader admits he had a hand in manipulating the energy market in Enron’s favor, leading to California’s power crisis. He’ll forfeit $2.1 million in “criminally derived” compensation” from Enron...The ongoing Washington-area sniper story boosts CNN’s ratings by 100,000 or more viewers. 

dc sniper john allen year 2002 news history  mrpopculture imageOctober 22 - DC area sniper arrested – As police arrest 41-year-old John Allen Muhammad and a 17-year-old youth – Lee Body Malvo. Muhammad was once an Army sharpshooter. … More than 100,000 demonstrators march around the White House to protest President Bush’s stance on Iraq. …

Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) is killed in a plane crash in Minnesota – his home state. He is among 8 dead including his wife and daughter…

ABC News DC Snipers

November 1 - Officials in Europe say they believe there is no link between Al Qaeda and Iraq – this as the Bush administration prepares for a possible military action in Iraq... A federal judge hands Microsoft a legal victory by approving most provisions of a controversial antitrust settlement with the Justice Department – freeing them from the threat of crippling sanctions... An earthquake near Campobasso, Italy kills 20 children. The magnitude was 5.4... Elections - President Bush’s political muscle helped propel the Republicans to take charge of Congress and the Senate... A missile from a CIA surveillance aircraft over Yemen kills six suspected Al Qaeda operatives. The vehicle was unmanned... Robert Burkholder (83) – a Roman Catholic priest who admitted molesting at least a dozen boys gong as far back as the 1940’s, pleads no contest to sexual conduct with a 13-year-old boy...  Martha Stewart Living says its third-quarter profit plunged and warned for a fourth-quarter shortfall as it struggles to hang on to readers and advertisers amid the insider-trading scandal embroiling its namesake founder....

November 8 - The House passes the Homeland Security Bill and is now headed to the Senate... Iraq accepts a new U.N. resolution – that it will unconditionally receive monitors to prove it has no weapons of mass destruction...  A federal appeals court rules that Gennifer Flowers may pursue a libel and conspiracy case against Clinton’s wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and two former top residential aides – including George Stephanopoulos... Al Gore is back as makes a cartoon appearance (voice) on Fox-TV’s “Futurama”... A judge says that Noell Bush – Gov. Jeb bush’s daughter was “on track" with drug treatment two weeks after being released from jail... Sara Jane Olson, William Harris, Michael Borlin and Emily Montague – for former SLA (radical) members plead guilty in California to the murder of a mother of four during a suburban bank robbery... Dead last - Lloyd Scott finishes the New York City marathon a full 121 hours after the starting gun was fired.  The winner was Rodgers Rop who completed the route in 2:08:07... 

osama bin laden still alive november 2002 facts history timelineNovember 15 - Homeland legislation - The Senate passes reorganization of the federal government to meet the threat of terrorism… A court rules that the FBI has broad power to wiretap the phones and secretly search the computers and homes of individuals who can be linked to foreign terrorists…. Intelligence officials conclude that Osama bin Laden is still alive. This after a tape broadcast on an Arab television network…

November 22 - U.S. authorities say they have captured Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri – a top Al Qaeda leader who allegedly masterminded the 2000 attack on the USS Cole and is suspect in the bombing of two U.S. Embassies in east Africa... Tens of thousands cheer President Bush at a speech in Bucharest – ending his visit to Europe... Russian President Vladimir Putin cautions President Bush to show patience with Iraq and raised thorny questions about whether some U.s. Allies such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan may be as much of a global threat as Iraq... The Israeli army clamps down the city of Bethlehem after a bus attack... Investigators in Kenya have detained 12 people for interrogation and searched for clues in the hotel bombing that killed 15... President Bush names Henry A. Kissinger – chairman of an independent commission that will investigate last year’s terrorist attacks... Opposition leaders announce that they would call a nationwide strike Dec. 2 to force Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to resign or agree to an immediate referendum on his rule... Disney cancels the next voyage of a cruise ship after dozens of people got a flu-like stomach illness, the ship’s second successive voyage on which passengers got sick... Microscopic spheres that shrink uterine fibroid growths and save women from more extensive surgery have been approved by the FDA... At least 215 people were killed as 12,000 left homeless in four days of rioting in Nigeria sparked by the Miss World pageant – so says the Red Cross... Space shuttle Endeavour streaked into orbit after weeks of delay, carrying a new space crew to relieve those on at space station... 

December 1 - Turkey offers the U.S. its bases in a potential war against Iraq... The Bush Administration wants the United Nations to conduct more aggressive weapons searches in Iraq... Economic advisers out - President Bush ousts Treasury strom thurmond 100 birthday december 2002 facts history senate timelineSecretary Paul H. O’Neill and Lawrence B. Lindsey...  Strom Thurmond – the nation’s oldest and longest-serving senator – reaches his 100th birthday this week and his birthday is celebrated by friends, Supreme Court justices and leaders of the Senate... Lawmakers vote to begin impeachment hearings against President Luis Gonzalez Macchi, deepening political and economic turmoil in Paraguay... A federal panel rejects a $1.8-billion government loan guarantee for United Airlines and that may mean a bankruptcy filing... President Bush speaks at a rally in Louisiana for the Republican challenger in a Senate runoff – Suzanne Haik Terrell... Alcohol-related crashes in the U.S. that resulted in death have fallen significantly in the last 20 years with the largest decreases involving drivers under age 21, according to federal health officials... An FBI report released this week says the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty rose from 51 in 2000 to 142 last year with 72 of those killed in the Sept. 11 attacks alone... At Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii – Remains believed to be those of U.S. servicemen killed in Laos and Vietnam were returned to U.S. soil. One of the remains many be those of James McGovern – who became known for his daring exploits in China and Southeast Asia 50 years ago... Israel kills Mustafa Sabah – a Palestinian militant blamed for making bombs that blew up three battle tanks – leaving seven soldiers dead... In Boston – newly released church documents reveal cases from homosexual rape, drug abuse by priests and molestation of girls as the Roman Catholic church abuse scandal keeps growing...   Weekly radio address – President Bush called on Americans to take time during the holiday season to help those less fortunate through volunteer work at soup kitchens or visiting the sick at hospitals... A fire at the Goajira nightclub and disco in Caracas, Venezuela kills 47... A study released by Harvard University’s Center for risk Analysis estimates that the death toll from crashes caused by drivers talking on their cell phones appears to be rising significantly – now 2,600 deaths a year in such crashes... New Jersey - Passengers on a Greyhound bus panicked, and called 911 when the bus driver told them he was taking them “to the Taliban” after some criticized his meandering route. He was trying to get to his destination through side streets when passengers began making fun of him. That’s when he spoke the line. All of a sudden – police were everywhere – passengers were ordered to get off the bush with their hands in the air.. The FTC sues Mark Nutritionals – makers of “Body Solutions” heard on the radio for “false and unsubstantiated” claims that its products would produce weight loss without diet or exercise. The commercials are heard on major radio stations – and pitched by radio talent. 

December 8 - President Bush says he will make small pox vaccination available to all Americans with military and health care personnel first in line. In Boston – Cardinal Bernard Law resigns as archbishop of the Boston Archdiocese over his church’s year-old sex scandal… Mayor Michael Bloomberg of NY reaches an agreement with his City Council on a compromise measure that would ban smoking in nearly every bar and restaurant. You’ll be able to light up – “outside”…Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld talks to U.S. troops on a base in Qatar. “You are what stands between our people… and an evil that cannot be appeased”... President Bush publicly scolds incoming Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott for remarks that seemed to endorse segregation. Lott praised the 1948 presidential campaign of Sen. Strom Thurmond that promoted segregation. Bush told an audience in Philadelphia – “Any suggestion that a segregated past was acceptable or positive is offensive and it is wrong”...The United States proposes that U.N. inspectors adopt a strategy of summoning key Iraqi scientists individually and in groups of as large as 50 to multiple interviews both in and outside Iraq....

December 15 - U.N. experts say Iraq has failed to prove that it has no weapons of mass destruction. Meantime, Secretary of State Colin Powell asserts that a consensus is emerging at the U.N. Security Council that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein failed to come clean on his weapons of mass destruction programs in the arms declaration that Baghdad recently submitted…. 

December 23 - President Saddam Hussen said that U.N weapons inspections, if fair, would expose American “lies” and prove that Iraq is free of weapons of mass destruction... China releases activist Xu Wenli – who spent 16 of the last 21 years in prison... North Korea has broken seals and disabled monitoring devices on a previously mothballed nuclear reactor. This according to the International Atomic Energy Agency... Snow hits upstate NY into New England and at least 23 are dead. 103 miles of the New York State Thruway were closed down because plows couldn’t keep up with the storm... Three generations of the Bush family exchanged presents that sat down for a brunch of pancakes and waffles. More holiday - President Bush flies to his ranch in Central Texas after spending five days at Camp David... Powerball winner steps up and he’s W. Virginia contractor Andrew Whittaker who won $314.9 million... The Pentagon orders 25,000 troops to the Persian Gulf – adding to the 57,000 troops ready to strike Iran... A commuter plane carrying Ukrainian and Russian aerospace scientists crashed in central Iran killing all 46 on board... Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and his wife were hospitalized after fainting at home. Both Daleys experienced “fairly violent” vomiting and diarrhea and were being treated for dehydration...

 

Wal-Mart pulls a pregnant version of Midge the doll, Barbie’s oldest friend. The pregnant version of Midge, which pops out a curled-up baby when her belly, attached by a magnet, is opened – was pulled due to customer complaints... Preservationists are cleaning and photographing hundreds of burned, battered and twisted World Trade Center relics at an isolated airport hangar to create a catalog for museum curators and memorial planners worldwide... Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton led democrats in making political hay out of the loss of federal aid for hundreds of thousands of unemployed workers as nearly 800,000 unemployed Americans saw their federal jobless benefits end this week... The FDA gives FluMist – a novel flu vaccine sprayed in the nose – conditional approval... He’s hot – menswear designer Pierre Lafaurie... Three female whistle-blowers are Time magazine’s Persons of the Year for 2002. They are Coleen Rowley, Cynthia Cooper and Sherron Watkins... The company that claims to have created the world’s first cloned human says the baby, nicknamed “Eve,” is coming to the United States this week. The child’s mother is American – but that’s all the information given.

Year 2002  In Technology News And Information

aol year 2002 tech news history trivia  mrpopculture  imageJanuary - AOL says it has repaired a major security hole in its Instant Messenger – that allowed hackers to take control of user’s computers…. Napster re-launches – but this time – as a subscription service that pays for music and deters piracy. The launch is by invitation trial only and limited to 20,000 participants who will receive the service for free…. Gateway Inc – the nation’s fourth-largest computer maker – announces it will eliminate 2,250 jobs and close 19 stores and several offices. … Steve Wozniak has plans to create new wireless devices to help with a new company – Wheels of Deus – to help “everyday people track everyday things”…. Amazon.com reports its first-ever profit in its seven year history! It cleared 45 million or 1 cent a share…

February -  Apple unveils the new iMac G4. The most expensive model sells for $1,799 has 256 megs of Ram, 60-gig hard drive and a SuperDrive which burns CD’s and DVD’s!.. So far, XM Satellite Radio has signed up 30,000 subscribers. Anaylists believe it’ll need about 6 million to break even...  WorldCom Inc – the beleaguered telecommunications giant says that fourth-quarter profit plunged 64% and that 2002 results will be lower than expected.... Comcast promises to stop recording the Web browsing activities of its 1 million high-speed Internet subscribers.

New Apple G4 iMac

March - Hewlett Packard will take-over Compaq Computer Corp to create the world’s largest maker of personal computers…

April - Wylie Gustafson - a cowboy-singer-poet who yodels, is accusing Yahoo of using his signature vocalization in its yodeling commercials. Gustafson was paid $590 to record the “Yahoo” some six years ago, and says the network now owes him $5 million for all the usage

May - Sony Corp slashes the price of its Playstation 2 video game console by a third. This to more compete with Nintendo and Microsoft…. EBay Inc begins digitally confirming the identify of sellers. The process, developed by VeriSign Inc – matches user information against several national databases….  Microsoft says it plans to spend millions of dollars building a worldwide network that will let games play over the Internet. The new service will be called X-Box Live… Sony Music says it has planted a “poisoned pellet” of software in the European version of Celine Dion’s latest CD - “A New Day Has Come.” Those who attempt to make copies of the disc risk having the optical drives of PC’s crash and in some cases, permanently freeze… Evolution Robotics unveils its ER1 – the first household robot that can perform helpful tasks. The $500 device can perform 99 distinct behaviors – grab things from the kitchen, greet visitors, find car keys and snap photos…. A FIRST – Maverick becomes the first record company to release an mp-3 from an unreleased CD. The single is a remixed version of “Earth” by Meshell Ndegocello.” The Mp-3 version will sell for 99cents….

netscape year 2002 tech news history photo  mrpopculture June - Netscape releases Netscape 7 for download….

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More June - Yahoo unveils its first overhaul in five years, hoping their new look will better serve visitors. The redesigned home page highlights Yahoo promotions and affiliated sites. It had to do something - it’s revenue has been in a free fall for the past five quarters. The top search engines - Yahoo with about 80 million visitors per month…. MSN - about 77 million….. AOL - 51 million…. Terry Lycos - 40 million…. Netscape home page - 12 million…. Coming into play – Flat panel LCD monitors for computers. They’re still expensive – about $850 for a 17-inch screen.  15 inchers go for about $400… .  AOL is now selling mp-3 music at 99cents a pop. It’s a three-month experiment. The files are – unprotected…

July - Listen.com becomes the first online music service authorized to offer songs on demand from the five major record companies…. EBay says it will acquire online payment service PayPal in a $1.5-billion stock swap…

August - Microsoft Corp. says it will start sharing code for its Windows operating system – primarily for code writers…

September – PC’s without Windows - Sun Microsystems announces that it intends to sell a line of desktop machines running Linux and other open-source programs….

October - Adapters that allow owners of Sony’s Playstation 2 to connect to the Internet are selling briskly. Price is around $40….  Online sales of music plummet 25% from the same period last year. Many say it has to do with free, online music swapping networks such as Kazaa and Morpheus…

November - Microsoft Corp. says that display maker ViewSonic Corp. will begin selling a potable flat-panel screen that can be taken off the desk and used to operat e a computer via a wireless link.... 

December - A federal judge rules that Microsoft Corp. must distribute Sun’s Java programming language with Windows…AOL lays off 300 workers and plans to eliminate several hundred more next year under a cost cutting move...  Teaming with RealNetworks - Starz Encore Group unveils movies on demand from the Internet... AOL lays down a recovery plan – saying online ad revenue may drop as much as 50% - but premium services should bolster its recovery... Disney has a new online game – its first – that can accommodate thousands of players – “Toontown.”

Year 2002 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

dave thomas wendys  year 2002  trivia mrpopculture imageJanuary - Passing – Julia Phillips (57) – first woman to win a best picture Oscar for “The Sting”…. Mike Tyson issues an apology for initiating a brawl that ended a news conference before it even started. Also this week – The Nevada State Athletic Commission rejects Mike Tyson’s depiction of himself as a victim and turns down his request for a boxing license.    Passing – Dave Thomas (69) – founder of Wendy’s hamburger chain… Passing - actress Carrie Hamilton (38) – whose struggle with drugs led her mother (Carol Burnett) to go public with the ordeal (of cancer)… Passing – Peggy Lee. She was 81…

 

February -  In Super Bowl 36 - big upset as the New England Patriots (underdogs) defeat the St. Louis Rams 20-17 - the first time New England's won a Super Bowl. Game MVP goes to New England Quarterback Tom Brady...  The 2002 Olympic Winter Games open at Salt Lake City. 18 members of the 1980 men’s U.S. hockey team lit the Olympic caldron. “On behalf of a proud, determined and grateful nation, I declare open the games of Salt Lake City, celebrating the Winter Olympic Games,” said President Bush....  Kelly Clark of Vermont gets the first gold medal for the U.S. by winning the women’s halfpipe… Ward Burton wins the Daytona 500. …. Passing - Pioneering newscaster Howard K. Smith. He was 87…. Passing – Famed cartoonist Chuck Jones (Bugs Bunny). He was 89…NBC is getting decent reviews for its Winter Olympics coverage and good ratings. Closing ceremony drew an impressive 22.3 rating – 33% share....  

March - The Disney Store no more - Disney says it will turn its retail chain into two stores. Disney Play stores will target 3 to 10- year-olds and the other outlets will be called Disney Kids at Home - aimed at parents and will stock bed and bath products, apparel and home furnishings…  Leaving Fox Sorts - John Madden is going into the Monday Night Football booth on ABC-TV. He’ll be teamed solely with Al Michaels. Booted are Dennis Miller, after being with the broadcasts for two years: Don Fouts and Eric Dickerson…. Shirley Jones files for divorce from comedian Marty Ingels to whom she’s been married for 25 years…. Passing – Dudley Moore (66) comic actor… Passing – The one, the only Milton Berle. He was 93….. Passing – Famed movie director Billy Wilder. He was 91…. NCAA Men’s Basketball – Maryland 64 Indiana 52! The champs!..

 April - Starbucks Corp says it has agreed to pay as much as $18 million for those cheated out of overtime pay…. Tiger Woods wins his third Masters with a three-shot victory over Retief Goosen…. Passing - Ruth Handler - the co-founder of Mattel and who created the Barbie doll. She was 85…. Passing - Linda Boreman (53) - better-known as X-rated star Linda Lovelace of “Deep Throat” fame

bill o'reilly year 2002 radio news media history  mrpopculture imageMay - LA Laker legend Jerry West takes over as president of NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies…. Debuts  – Bill O’Reilly’s new national radio show… For the second straight year, Helio Castroneves wins the Indy 500... There was an accident...

 

June -  Stanley Cup - Detroit Red Wings defeat the Carolina Hurricanes in five games... Unheard of - but the United States defeats Portugal to win the World Cup… Passing - Media Mogul Lew Wasserman - Ex MCA chief. He was 89…. Tiger Woods wins the U.S. Open and he’s the first to also win the Masters in the same year….  The National Hockey League takes over the financially troubled Buffalo Sabers…. NBA Championship - The Los Angeles Lakers sweep the New Jersey Nets - four straight games. Shaq O'Neill gets game MVP... Passing – All-time great sportscaster Jack Buck – known for his broadcasts in St. Louis. …. Pitcher Darryl Kile of the St. Louis Cardinals is found dead in his Chicago hotel room. He was only 33…. Passing – Rosemary Clooney – pop singer of the 1950’s. She was 74… Passing – John Entwistle (57) bass player of The Who…

July Baseball hall-of-famer Ted Williams. He was 83…. Auto news – New J.D. Power survey places Saturn on top of the list for customer satisfaction – ending Toyota’s five-year run…. Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and his estranged wife, Donna Hanover end their 16-year marriage with an out-of-court settlement worth $6.8 million for her….  August - Martha Stewart turns over 1,000 pages of notes, phone records and e-mail to a congressional panel investigating whether she had inside information when she sold share of ImClone Systems Inc.

al dunlap year 2002 business news trivia history  mrpopculture photoSeptember - Former SunBeam Corp. Chief Executive Al Dunlap - also known as Chainsaw Al for cutting thousands of jobs in the 1990’s before the appliance maker filed for bankruptcy reorganization, will pay $500,000 to settle  charges he used accounting techniques that hid Sunbeam’s financial problems… U.S. Open as Serena Williams defeats her older sister - and two-time defending champion - Venus Williams. It’s her third consecutive Grand Slam title - matching Steffi Graf’s run in 1996Oscar de la Hoya retains his World Boxing Council 154-pound championship after beating Fernando Vargas…..   Passing – Actor James Gregory (90)…

October - A home fire takes the life of actress Teresa Graves… Jerry Falwell apologized for calling the prophet Muhammad a terrorist, saying he meant no disrespect to “any sincere, law abiding Muslim”…. Passing – Ray Conniff (85) whose easy listening albums sold in the millions…..  New era as the NBA will show more games on cable than regular TV. Most of it is on TNT and ESPN and some games will be on ABC…

World Series - The Anaheim Angeles Defeat the San Francisco Giants 4 games to 3...

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 November - Passing – Musician Johnny Griffith (keyboardist) – one of the Motown Funk Brothers. He was 66…. Merlin Santana – who planed “Romeo” on The Steve Harvey Show – is shot to death in South Los Angeles. He was 26….Actor Jeffrey Jones is arrested on suspicion of abusing a teen boy. He’s best-known for portraying the principal in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”…. Actor Paul Reubens is arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of obscene material improperly depicting a child….  Tony Stewart wins the NASCAR Winston Cup championship by placing 18th-place – good enough to beat Mark Martin. It’s his first stock car title... Tiger Woods Grand Slam of Golf continues, as he wins his fifth consecutive at Poipu Beach, Hawaii…

December - The New York Yankees sign Roger Clemens to a $10.1-million single year contract... Marry – Basketball superstar Shaq O’Neal to Shaunie Nelson... The FTC sues Mark Nutritionals – makers of “Body Solutions” heard on the radio for “false and unsubstantiated” claims that its products would produce weight loss without diet or exercise… USC’s Carson Palmer gets a Heisman Trophy... Passing – Actor Glenn Quinn (32) had roles in “Roseanne” on Buffy spinoff – “Angel”Roone Arledge – who changed the way sports was presented on television. He spent four decades at ABC, first as ABC Sports president, then as president of ABC news. He was 71… Wal-Mart pulls a pregnant version of Midge the doll, Barbie’s oldest friend. The pregnant version of Midge, which pops out a curled-up baby when her belly, attached by a magnet, is opened – was pulled due to customer complaints… The company that claims to have created the world’s first cloned human says the baby, nicknamed “Eve,” is coming to the United States this week. The child’s mother is American – but that’s all the information given…. The New York Yankees sign Roger Clemens to a $10.1-million single year contract…

 

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