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Dateline: Week Of March 22, 2002 In News, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts



In The News -

In Peru – President Bush promotes trade as he meets with Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo. Also discussed, drugs and terrorism. 

An earthquake levels a district capital in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan – killing 1,200. 

arafat no arab summit march 2002 news timeline mrpopcultureYasser Arafat says he would not attend a key Arab summit, blaming Ariel Sharon because he ignored pleas by the U.S. and instead, set severe conditions for the summit. 

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 church. 

A Palestinian carrying a suitcase of explosives blew-up inside a Jerusalem hotel dining hall packed with those gathering for Passover Seder. 19 are dead. 

President Bush signs legislation overhauling campaign fund-raising rules. 

From Crawford, Texas – President Bush breaks his silence on the Middle East crisis, asking Israel to follow “a path to peace” while demanding Yasser Arafat make his opposition to terrorism clear. 

Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld promises a “fair and impartial” system of military tribunals for those detained in the war on terrorism. 

 Passing – Queen Elizabeth – the oldest member of Britain’s millennium-old monarchy. She was 101. 

Serbia could begin arresting war crimes suspects within days, its prime minister said, stressing he has little choice if it wants to avoid punishing sanctions and international isolation. 

Israeli commandos make their way into Yasser Arafat’s compound in Ramallah and he’s cornered. Arafat takes cover from fire and vows not to be taken alive.  

American farmers will plant more genetically engineered crops this year, including one-third of the corn on U.S. soil shrugging off international resistance to biotech food. 

kirk kekorian pay wife legal bills news timeline march 2002 mrpopcultureMGM mogul Kirk Kerkorian is ordered to pay $250,000 to cover his former wife’s legal fees arising from their child support court battle. 

A Miami judge gives British Mogul Krishna Maharaj – convicted of a double murder – gets life in prison. He was supposed to fry in the electric chair.  

In St. Petersburg Russia – a naval chief hailed the sailors killed aboard the Kursk as heroes who had prevented atomic disaster as Russia laid to rest the last of the bodies recovered from the submarine’s wreck. 


Health News – March 22, 2002

The FDA warns that Kava – a popular dietary supplement – carries a risk of severe liver damage.


Technology News – March 22, 2002 

AOL says it is taking a $54-billion write-down – reflecting a steep decline in the value of assets it purchased last year. 


Entertainment News – March 22, 2002 – 

The 2002 Academy Awards held this week – some winners:

Best picture – “A Beautiful Mind”

 Best actor – Denzel Washington – “Training Day”

hale berry best actress academy award 2002 timeline mrpopcultureBest actress – Halle Berry – “Monster’s Ball

Best director – Ron Howard – “A Beautiful Mind”

Best supporting actor – Jim Broadbent – “Iris”

Best supporting actress – Jennifer Connelly – “A Beautiful Mind” 



Music News – March 22, 2002

Chris Cornell quits “Rage Against the Machine.” Cornell use to be with Soundgarden. He replaced Zack de la Rocha just 10 months ago.  

Urn - Alan Freed’s ashes are now part of the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame.  

laurn hill unplugged album march 2002 music mrpopcultureAnother “Unplugged” album – look for “Lauryn Hill Unplugged” in May – her first new collection since her 1998 solo debut “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” 

16th annual Soul Train Awards – taped this week as Alicia Keys gets best R&B/soul or rap new artist for “Fallin,” and best R&B/soul female album for “Songs in A Minor.” And – she received best female entertainer of the year. Other winners – The Isley Brothers. 

David Bowie announces he is now with Columbia Records. His first album in three years – “Heathen” will be out June 11.  

On A&E this week – “Clint Black Live by Request.” Saturday night! 


Radio News – March 22, 2002

Sid Rosenberg – a sports anchor on the Don Imus radio show, bragged on air that he received DirectTV by way of a hacked security card and DirectTV has responded – and is suing him. 

Making noise – Talkshow host Phil Hendrie – whose show is a total put-on – as all his guests – are – Phil in voice disguise. He’s syndicated to 89 stations. Very unique and totally funny!


Celebrity Obituaries – March 22, 2002  

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.


Television News – March 22, 2002

CBS says go-ahead for a fifth season of “Survivor.” 

“Big names… Big Questions… Unexpected Answers. On the Record with Bob Costas – on HBO. 

george lopez show debuts abc-tv march 2002 timeline mrpopcultureABC debuts “The George Lopez Show” this week. 

Louis Rukeyser is off “Wall St. Week” after hosting the show for 32 years. He was ticked that Maryland Public TV wanted to limit this role and bring in Fortune Magazine as a partner. 

Bush request - Oprah Winfrey says she will not join a U.S. delegation to tour Afghanistan’s schools, saying she’s busy with her TV show. 

On VH1 – “Late Night With Zach” a hip talk-variety show for teens and young adults. Host is Zach Galifianakis. 

Look for this new book – “Brought To You in Living Color: 75 Years of Great Moments in Television & radio from NBC.”


Tuesday night television listings - week of March 22, 2002

CBS – JAG, The Guardian, Judging Amy, David Letterman

NBC – Frasier, Watching Ellie, Frasier, Scrubs, Dateline NBC, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien

ABC – Dharma & Greg, Spin City, NYPD Blue, The Court, Nightline

Fox – That ‘70’s Show, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, 24

WB – Gilmore Girls, Smallville

UPN – Buffy, As If, the Random Years

VH1 – Late World With Zach, Never Mind the buzzcocks, Deeper, Driven, TV Movments


Deeper – No Doubt talks about touring with U2. 

Driven – Jennifer Lopez is featured.

 David Letterman – Danny DeVito, Shannon McNally. 

Jay Leno – Jodie Foster and Janet Reno.


Top Movies – March 22, 2002  

Blade 2

Ice Age



Resident Evil

We Were Soldiers

The Time Machine

Sorority Boys

A Beautiful Mind

40 Days and 40 Nights

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