Dateline: Week Of December 22, 2002 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Music, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
President Saddam Hussein said that U.N weapons inspections, if fair, would expose American “lies” and prove that Iraq is free of weapons of mass destruction.
China releases activist Xu Wenli – who spent 16 of the last 21 years in prison.
North Korea has broken seals and disabled monitoring devices on a previously mothballed nuclear reactor. This according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Snow hits upstate NY into New England and at least 23 are dead. 103 miles of the New York State Thruway were closed down because plows couldn’t keep up with the storm.
Three generations of the Bush family exchanged presents that sat down for a brunch of pancakes and waffles. More holiday - President Bush flies to his ranch in Central Texas after spending five days at Camp David.
Powerball winner steps up and he’s W. Virginia contractor Andrew Whittaker who won $314.9 million.
The Pentagon orders 25,000 troops to the Persian Gulf – adding to the 57,000 troops ready to strike Iran.
A commuter plane carrying Ukrainian and Russian aerospace scientists crashed in central Iran killing all 46 on board.
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and his wife were hospitalized after fainting at home. Both Daleys experienced “fairly violent” vomiting and diarrhea and were being treated for dehydration.
Wal-Mart pulls a pregnant version of Midge the doll, Barbie’s oldest friend. The pregnant version of Midge, which pops out a curled-up baby when her belly, attached by a magnet, is opened – was pulled due to customer complaints.
Preservationists are cleaning and photographing hundreds of burned, battered and twisted World Trade Center relics at an isolated airport hangar to create a catalog for museum curators and memorial planners worldwide.
Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton led democrats in making political hay out of the loss of federal aid for hundreds of thousands of unemployed workers as nearly 800,000 unemployed Americans saw their federal jobless benefits end this week.
The FDA gives FluMist – a novel flu vaccine sprayed in the nose – conditional approval.
Fascinating Facts - December 22, 2002
He’s hot – menswear designer Pierre Lafaurie.
Three female whistle-blowers are Time magazine’s Persons of the Year for 2002. They are Coleen Rowley, Cynthia Cooper and Sherron Watkins.
The company that claims to have created the world’s first cloned human says the baby, nicknamed “eve,” is coming to the United States this week. The child’s mother is American – but that’s all the information given.
Economy News – December 22, 2002
2002 was the biggest year (so far) for corporate chapter 11 bankruptcy filings – at $368 billion.
Sports News – December 22, 2002
The New York Yankees sign Roger Clemens to a $10.1-million single year contract.
Marry – Basketball superstar Shaq O’Neal to Shaunie Nelson.
Technology News – December 22, 2002
A federal judge rules that Microsoft Corp. must distribute Sun’s Java programming language with Windows.
Music News - December 22, 2002
Arrested this week - Marion “Suge” Knight says his arrest for parole violations this week are bogus and that authorities want him to talk about homicides he knows nothing about.
Britney Spears’ “Britney Brands Inc.” files suit claiming that Skechers U.S.A. ran ads for Spears’ brand of skates only when the skates she endorses – and receives royalties for – weren’t for sale, causing consumers to purchase Skechers’ skates instead. But Skechers says Spears is the one who breached to contract by failing to approve designs and manufacturers for skating clothing and other accessories.
Passing – Joe Strummer – founder of The Clash. He was 50.
Television News – December 22, 2002
John Walsh– host of “America’s Most Wanted” says he is helping Elizabeth Smart’s family look for a man who once worked for them who they believe had something to do with Elizabeth’s abduction.
Billy Bush – who appears as a correspondent for “Access Hollywood” will host a revival of “Let’s Make A Deal.” Bush is a cousin of President Bush.
The cast of “Friends” will stay together for a 10th season, but that will probably be it.
2002 New Year’s Eve Music Television –
Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve
Jay Leno – Snoop Dogg
(Christmas) Wednesday night television listings – December 25, 2002
CBS – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Christmas Secret, David Letterman
NBC – Sarah Hughes: A Life in Balance, West Wing, Law & Order, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien
ABC – NBA Basketball, Nightline
Fox – Movie
UPN – Enterprise, The Twilight Zone
WB – Sabrina, Greetings from Tucson, Reba, Jamie Kennedy Experiment
VH1 – Elvis Lives, Movie-This Is Elvis
The Christmas Secret – Stars Richard Thomas.
Top Movies – December 22, 2002
Catch Me if You Can
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Two Weeks Notice
Maid in Manhattan
Gangs of New York
The Wild Thornberrys Movie
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Hot Chick
Die Another Day.