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Dateline: Week Of January 1, 2002 In News, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts



In The News -

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. 

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. 

Some bowl games –

Cotton – Oklahoma – 10  Arkansas – 3


Technology News – January 1, 2002

aol news trivia timeline january 2002 mrpopcultureAOL says it has repaired a major security hole in its Instant Messenger – that allowed hackers to take control of user’s computers. 


Entertainment News – January 1, 2002 

Passing – Catya Sassoon – model-turned actress daughter of famed hairstylist Vidal Sassoon. She was 33. 

Passing – Julia Phillips (57) – first woman to win a best picture Oscar for “The Sting.” She was the author of “You’ll Never Eat Lunch In This Town Again.” 

Passing – Actress Eileen Heckart (82). 

Marry –  Author J.K. Rowling (36) to Dr. Neil Murray (30).


Television News – Jaunary 1, 2002

“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 new year fox-tv 2002 trivia timeline mrpopculture.comRyan 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. 


Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – January 1, 2012

CSI – 19.18

Survivor: Africa – 18.92

Friends – 16.47

60 Minutes – 16.22

Law & Order – 13.99

Monday Night Football – 13.68

Law & Order: SVU – 12.64

west wing nielson ratings january 1 2002 trivia news timeline mrpopcultureThe West Wing – 12.07

Erasier – 11.47

Will & Grace – 11.41

60 Minutes II – 11.16

Inside Schwartz – 10.69

ER – 10.66

America’s Funniest Home Videos – 10.59

The Simpsons – 10.57

Primetime Thursday – 10.51

Who Wants to be A Millionaire on Thursday – 1047

The Agency – 10.40


Top Movies – January 1, 2003

A Beautiful Mind

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

Joe Somebody


The Majestic

Kate and Leopold

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

In The Bedroom


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