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



In The News -

President Bush begins a weeklong trip to Europe. In Berlin, he urged unity on the war on terror. 

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. 

vladimir putin visas for russians may 22 2002 timeline mrpopculturePresident Vladimir V. Putin is against European Union plans to require visas for Russians crossing EU countries on their way to and from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. This is an area that once belonged to Germany – and Russia has fears it may lose it. 

At St. Petersburg, Russia – George Bush and Vladimir Putin call for Pakistan and India to avoid escalating their conflict into open war.  

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. 

 FBI Director Bob Mueller says that in the weeks prior to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the FBI missed red flags in Arizona and Minnesota that could have led to the hijackers. 

donald rumsfeld heading to Pakistan may 2002 mrpopculturePresident Bush announces he is sending Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to the region as India and Pakistan move ever so close to war. 

Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) – also wants an independent commission to investigate government intelligence failures preceding Sept. 11. 

A passerby discovers Chandra Levy’s remains on a wooded slope in a remote area of Washington’s Rock Creek Park. She has been identified and cause of death is still pending. 

The Bush Administration has denied pilots’ rights to carry guns in their cockpits. They believe sky marshals are better matched against hijackers. 

A China Airlines jet carrying 225 on board from Taipei to Hong Kong crashed into the Taiwan Strait – killing 225.  

San Antonio - A gunman shot his way into a credit union and held two employees hostage for eight hours before surrendering after what police called a bungled robbery. 

The White House says the government will pay $235 million to cancel oil and gas leases off of Florida and the Everglades. 

Not a good week for climbers on Mt. Rainier and Mt. Hood – where a total of 6 climbers are dead after an accident.   

The FBI issues a new warning that terrorists may be interested in using small planes to carry out suicide attacks. 

About 1,200 attend a tribute to Chandra Levy in Modesto. The Washington intern had been missing for 13 months, until her remains were found this week.  

Oklahoma – a barge slams into an Interstate 40 bridge at Webbers Falls – knocking a 500-ft span into the Arkansas River and 12 are believed dead after their cars went into the water. 

Hundreds gather at the western Pennsylvania field where united Airlines Flight 93 crashed after an apparent struggle with passengers and hijackers. 

Hundreds of people gather in Albuquerque to bless two steel beams from the collapsed World Trade Center that will be used in rebuilding a church bell tower in the city’s historic neighborhood. 

Budapest - Timea Faludi – on the first day of her murder trial (aka the nurse “Black Angel,”) claimed she killed at least 30 patients in her care over a period of nine months. She did so with lethal doses of drugs and claimed she administered the drugs to relieve the patient’s pain, not to intentionally kill them. 

 Passing – Author Carolyn Keene – creator of the “Nancy Drew” series. She was 96.


Business/Economy News – May 22, 2002 

Merrill Lynch agreed to pay $100 million in fines to settle charges of misleading stock advice.


Sports News – May 22, 2002

Barry Bonds hits his 583rd homer – tying Mark McGuire for fifth place overall.


Technology News – May 22, 2002

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. 


Music News – May 22, 2002

the eminem show internet piracy issue may 22 2002 timeline mrpopculture Piracy of the album “The Eminem Show” causes early release this week. Lots of the cuts have been showing up on the Internet. 

Madonna makes her London stage debut in “Up for Grabs.”


Television News – May 22, 2002

 All networks break-in - to mark the end of the World Trade Center cleanup – in a short, mostly silent ceremony.  

Ozzy Osbourne will keep his Beverly Hills mansion open for 20 additional episodes of “The Osbournes” as seen on MTV. 

New on ABC – Reality show “Mole II.” 

Roller Coasters - Don’t miss the Discovery Channel’s “Top 10 - Coasters 2002.” 

jack black on nbc snl may 22 2002 timeline tv mrpopcultureOn “Saturday Night Live” – Jack Black with musical guests the Strokes.  

This week was the final installment of “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” 

On CBS – “Rockin’ for the USA” a musical salute to U.S. troops. Look for Celine Dion, Marc Anthony and Cuba Gooding Jr. Taped aboard the USS Harry S. Truman in Florida. 

Friday night television listings – week of May 22, 2002

CBS – Funny Flubs and Screw-Ups VII, First Monday, 48 Hours, David Letterman

NBC – NBA Basketball, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien

ABC – 2002 World stunt Awards, 20/20, Nightline

Fox – Dark Angel, X-Files

WB – Sabrina-The Teenage Witch, Raising dad, Reba, Maybe It’s Me

VH1 – It’s Only Rock and Roll

MTV – MTV Cribs, ET on MTV, Music in High Places

UPN – What About Your Friends: Weekend Get-Away – stars Keshia Knight Pulliam.


Top Movies – May 22, 2002 –

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones


Spider Man


About a Boy


A New Guy

Changing Lanes

Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron

The Scorpion King 

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