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Dateline: Week Of June 1, 2002 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

With fears of war in South Asia, the U.S. urges more than 60,000 Americans to leave India immediately.

President Bush, under pressure from Congress proposes creating a Cabinet-level department to oversee homeland defense.

President Bush says that America must take “preemptive action” against the worst terrorist threats “before they emerge” and must confront evil-doers “in any dark corner of the world.”

U.S. intelligence officials identify a mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks – a Kuwaiti named Khalid Shaikh Mohammed – a top Bin Laden officer.

At least 14 are dead after a car packed with explosives blows up along a crowded bus in Jerusalem.

House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt backs President Bush’s call for the ouster of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein but accuses the administration of lacking an “appropriate sense of urgency” in strengthening homeland defenses.

 In Britain – Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 50 years on the throne as she and her husband, Prince Philip; greet a crowd gathered at Windsor Castle.


Economy/Business News – June 1, 2002

Mortgage rates edge down to a six-year low – 6.76% on average.

Wendy’s International Inc. says they have agreed to buy the parent company of Baja Fresh Mexican Grill for $275 million in cash.


Sports News – June 1, 2002

Unheard of – but the United States defeats Portugal to win the World Cup.


Technology News – June 1, 2002

Netscape releases Netscape 7 for download.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – June 1, 2002

Columbia Pictures buys feature film rights to the Internet comic strip “Shrink!” for Jennifer Lopez to produce and star in, as a superhero psychiatrist.

Passing – Media Mogul Lew Wasserman – Ex MCA chief. He was 89.

Some 2002 Tony Award Winners –

Best play – “The Goat or Who is Sylvia?”

Best Musical – “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

Leading actor – Alan Bates, “Fortune’s Fool.”

Leading actress – Lindsay Duncan, “Private Lives.”


Music News – June 1, 2002

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson becomes the latest pop star to go after his old record company – and does so with Sony Corp, accusing them of questionable accounting practices. He is bringing in attorney Johnny Cochran to launch an initiative to fight unfair contracts in the recording industry. 

Rapper R. Kelly is arrested in Florida as authorities in Chicago announce an indictment of 21 counts of child pornography stemming from a home video.

Passing – Dee Dee Ramone – a founding member of the Ramones. He was 49 of a possible drug overdose. He was born Douglas Colvin. His death comes 14 months after the Ramones most famous member – Joey Ramone – died of cancer.

Bruce Springsteen says he and the E Street Band have completed their first full album together since “Born in the U.S.A” in 1984. The album is set for release in July 30. 

For the first time since 1963, there are no British acts in the national 100 songs! The highest % of British acts on the national charges was back in 1986 with 32% with such bands as Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys and Simple Minds. 


Television news – June 1, 2002

Louis Rukeyser moves to CNBC with the new “Louis Rukeyser’s Wall Street” after 32 years with PBS.

NBC sends Brian Williams will be traveling to New Delhi for a series of reports on the tensions between India and Pakistan and will air on NBC’s “Nightly News” this week.

CBS won’t show a TV ad by brokerage firm Charles Schwab Corp. that draws a sleazy picture of Wall Street stock brokerages at a time the industry is fending of charges o abusive sales practices.

Passing – Freeman King – actor and comedian. He was 59.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – June 1, 2002

Sunday Lakers-Kings Basketball (CBS) – 23.80

CSI – 17.22

Lakers-Kings on Friday – 16.64

Lakers-Kings on Tuesday – 14.59

Everybody Loves Raymond – 14.43

Becker – 12.47

 Friends – 10.70

Primetime Thursday – 10.57

Price is Right: Air Force – 10.30

Celtics-Nets Basketball – 9.91

Yes, Dear – 9.85

King of Queens – 9.46

Will & Grace – 9.43

Judging Amy – 9.32

Frasier – 9/30

The Guardian – 9.09 

Family Law – 9.09

JAG – 9.09


Top Movies – June 1, 2002

The Sum of All Fears

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones

Spider Man From Yesterday Undercover Brother

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron



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