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Dateline: Week Of January 1, 2003 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment,Tech & Fascinating Facts



In The News -

President Bush spends New Year’s at his Crawford ranch. 

At Ft. Hood in Texas – President Bush tells troops there to be prepared for possible war against Iraq. He said they would be fighting, “not to conquer… but to liberate’ if Saddam Hussein does not comply with U.N. demands to get rid of his weapons of mass destruction. 

Another storm - A snowstorm hits the Northeast with about 2 feet falling in New England.  

Two separate suicide bombers go off in Tel Aviv – killing a total of 23. 

North Korea is given another chance by the U.N. nuclear agency to defuse its decision to resume its nuclear weapons program. Earlier, president Bush said the dispute “can be resolved peacefully through diplomacy.” 

trent lott new position senate rules committee jan 2003 Pushed from his position as Republican leader, Sen. Trent Lott will take over as chairman of the Senate Rules Committee when he returns to Washington next week. He says he feels no “vengeance in my heart” against the senators who called for his removal. 

Luiz inacio Lula da Silva is inaugurated President of Brazil. He’s the country’s first elected leftist president. 

Weekly radio address – President Bush announces he would seek a 4-billin increase in federal spending for poor children. 

A federal judge rejected Richard Reid’s request to keep a radio in his hail cell after the U.S. government argued that giving such a device to the convicted shoe bomber posed a national security risk – that it might prompt him to send messages to the outside world.  

Iowa - A pickup truck crammed with suspected illegal immigrants slams into a tractor-trailer on I-80 – killing all nine in the smaller truck. 

Sports News – January 1, 2003 - 

Some Bowl Games - 

Orange – USC 38  Iowa 17

Sugar – Georgia 26  Florida State 13

Cotton – texas 35  Louisiana State 20

Rose – Oklahoma 34  Washington State 14


Music News – January 1, 2003 - 

Top money making artists for 2002 in concert and album sales –

Eminem – $156.3

Paul McCartney - $113.7

rolling stones 2002 gross Rolling Stones - $107.4

Dave Matthews Band - $87.4 million

Cher – $80.1 million

Creed – 476.8 million

Nelly - $74.9 million

Bruce Springsteen and the E Band - $66 million

Alan Jackson - $65.9 million

Billy Joel and Elton John – $65.5 million 

Rap record label Murder Inc. – home of Ja Rule and Ashanti is raided by a federal task force. They’re looking for owner Irv Gotti (nee Irving Lorenzo) and possible financial ties with Kenneth McGriff – a convicted head of a Queens, NY drug gang called the Supreme Team.   

rapper 50 cent arrested january 1 2003Rapper 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) was arrested after police found two guns inside a car parked outside a Manhattan nightclub. 

Diana Ross is charged with drunk driving in Arizona after her car was seen serving. She had a blood alcohol level over .15%.


Television News – January 1, 2003 –

On CBS-TV – “All New Star Search Live” – Arsenio Hall. 

New on Fox-TV – beginning this week “Joe Millionaire.” 

CBS emerges as TV ratings winner – 14 weeks this season. 

This Sunday on CBS – “The Crooked E – The Unshredded Truth About Enron.”  


Top Movies – January 1 2003  –

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Catch Me if You Can

Two Weeks Notice

Maid in Manhattan

About Schmidt

Gangs of New York

The Wild Thornberrys Movie



Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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