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Dateline: Week Of October 15, 2002 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts 



In The News -

saddam hussein grants amnesty political prisoners oct 15 2002 timeline mrpopcultureIraq - 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. 


Business News/Enron News – October 15, 2002 

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. 


Technology News – October 15, 2002

Adapters that allow owners of Sony’s Playstation 2 to connect to the Internet are selling briskly. Price is around $40. 


Some bestselling books – October 15, 2002

Blessings – Ann Quindlen

The Murder Book – Jonathan Kellerman

stephen king best seller buick 8 october 2002 trivia timeline mrpopcultureFrom a Buick 8 – Stephen King

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

Leadership – Rudolph W. Giuliani

Sandy Koufax – Jane Leavy

The Perricone Prescription – Nicholas Perricone

Longitudes and Attitudes – Thomas L. Friedman


Music News – October 15, 2002

tom petty last DJ tour october 15 2002 trivia timeline mrpopcultureTom Petty and the Heartbreakers “The Last DJ Tour.”

 Wow – sales of 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.


Top Pop Hits – October 15, 2002

Dilemma – Nelly fea. Kelly Rowland

kelly clarkson music billboard chart oct 2002 trivia timeline mrpopcultureA Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson

Hey Ma – Cam’ron fea. Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey & Toya

Gangsta’ Lovin’ – Eve fea. Alicia Keys

Complicated – Avril Lavigne

One Last Breath – Creed

Work It – Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott

Cleanin’ Out My Closet – Eminem

Move B***H – Ludacris fea. Mystikal & Infamous 2.0

I Need a Girl (Part Two) – P. Diddy & Ginuwine, fea. Loon, Marie Winens & Tommy Ruggeri

Underneath it all – No Doubt fea. Lady Saw

Like I Love You – Justin Timberlake

Sk8er Bo! – Avril Lavigne

LL Cool J music billboard chart oct 2002 trivia timeline mrpopcultureLuv U Better – LL Cool J

If I Could Go! – Angie Martinez fea. Lil’ Mo & Sacario

Happy – Ashanti

Trade It All – Fabolous fea. P. Diddy & Jagged Edge

Lose Yourself – Eminem

I Care 4 U – Aaliyah

Hot in Herre – Nelly

Nothin’ – N.O.R.E.

Baby – Ashanti

A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton

Goodbye to You – Michelle Branch

Just Like a Pill - Pink


Top Music Albums – October 15, 2002

Xzibit – Man vs. Machine

 Elvis: 30 #1 Hits – Elvis Presley

American Idol: Greatest Moments soundtrack

Forty Licks – Rolling Stones

Let Go – Avril Lavigne

dixie chicks music billoard chart oct 15 2002 trivia timeline mrpopcultureHome – Dixie Chicks

Nellyville – Nelly

Believe – Disturbed

Voyage to India – India.arie

Twisted Angel – Leann Rimes

The Young and the Hopeless – Good Charlotte

Sea Change – Beck

Ludacris Presents Disturbing the Peace: Golden Grain

Up – Peter Gabriel

Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

Live in Paris – Diana Kroll

Floetic – Floetry

Unleashed – Toby Keith

ashanti music billboard chart oct 15 2002 trivia timeline mrpopcultureAshanti – Ashanti

The Lost Tapes – Nas

Now 10

 Universal Soldier – Pastor Troy

Missundaztood – Pink

Lord Willin’ – Clipse

Room For Squares – John Mayer

Brown Sugar soundtrack

A Rush of Blood to the Head – Coldplay


 Top Modern Rock Music/Tracks – October 15, 2002

You Know You’re Right – Nirvana

Aerials – System of a Down

Prayer – Disturbed

All My Life – Foo Fighters

pearl jam music billboard chart oct 15 2002 trivia timeline mrpopcultureI Am Mine – Pearl Jam

Bother –Stone Sour fea. Corey Taylor

By the Way – Red Hot Chili Peppers

She Hates Me – Puddle of Mudd



Top Country Music/Hits – October 15, 2002

Beautiful Mess – Diamond Rio

Somebody Like You –Keith Urban

alan jackson music billboard chart oct 15 2002 trivia timeline mrpopcultureWork in Progress – Alan Jackson

Where Would You Be – Martina McBride

American Child – Phil Vassar

The Impossible – Joe Nichols

Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo – Tracy Byrd

My Town – Montgomery Gentry

Whose Your Daddy? – Toby Keith

Landslide – Dixie Chicks

The Good Stuff – Kenny Chesney

These Days – Rascal Flatts


Top DVD Sales/Rentals – October 15, 2002

Panic Room

Big Fat Liar

Murder By Numbers in widescreen

Monsters, Inc.

Grease in widescreen

Blade 2


Monday night television listings – October 15, 2002

CBS – King of Queens, Yes Dear, Everybody Loves Raymond, CSI: Miami, David Letterman

NBC – Fear Factor, Third Watch, Crossing Jordan, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien

ABC – Monday night Football

Fox – Boston Public, girls club

WB – 7th Heaven, Everwood

Upn – The Parkers, One-on-One, Girlfriends, Half and Half

PBS – Antiques Roadshow

VH1 – Bad Boys and the Woman Who Love Them

MTV – Ghost Ship Special, MTV Cribs, Making the Band II


Television news – October 15, 2002

roseann barr new tv series trivia timeline oct 2002 mrpopcultureRoseanne will star in another series for ABC – another sitcom. Look for it next summer. 

The ongoing Washington-area sniper story boosts CNN’s ratings by 100,000 or more viewers.


Top Movies – October 15, 2002

Swept Away

Red Dragon

Sweet Home Alabama

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

The Rules of Attraction

Knockaround Guys

Brown Sugar

The Tuxedo

Pokemon 4Ever

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