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Dateline: Week Of April 8, 2002 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts



In The News -

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. 

chavez resigns president Venezuela april 2002 timeline mrpopcultureHugo 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.


Technology News – April 8, 2002 -   

Yahoo reports its sixth consecutive quarterly loss. Reason – online advertising is much weaker. 

bob pittman back at aol april 2002 timeline mrpopcultureBarry Schuler is out and Bob Pittman is back in charge at AOL!


Some best-selling books – April 8, 2002  

Everything Is Eventual – Stephen King

2nd Change – James Patterson

Widow’s Walk – Robert R. Parker

Atonement – Ian McEwen

Self Matters – Phillip C. McGraw

The Natural – Joe Klein

Who Moved My Cheese? – Spencer Johnson

Stupid White Men.. And Other Sorry Excuses For the State of the Nation – Michael Moore


Entertainment News – April 8, 2002

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. 

Music news – Touring – “Ozzfest” starring Ozzy Osbourne. 

Frank Sinatra Jr. will sing his dad’s songs at the MGM Grand (Las Vegas) next month. 

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.


Television News – April 8, 2002

Ellen DeGeneres will host her own syndicated talk show beginning in 2003. 

louis rukeyser joins cnbc april 2002 timeline mrpopcultureLouis 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.


Wednesday night television listings – week of April 8, 2002

CBS – 60 Minutes II, The Amazing race 2, 48 Hours, David Letterman

NBC – Ed, West Wing, Law & Order, Jay Leno, Tonight Show

ABC – My Wife and Kids, George Lopez, Drew Carey, Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central), Downtown, Nightline

Fox – That ‘80’s Show, Grounded for Life, Bernie Mac, Greg the Bunny

WB – Dawson’s Creek, Felicity

UPN – Enterprise, Wolf Lake 


On David Letterman – Sandra Bullock and Sheryl Crow. 

On Jay Leno – Mira Sorvino, Michael Essay and Drowning Pool.  

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