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Dateline: Week Of March 8, 2003 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Tech & Fascinating Facts


In The News -

Russia and France say they would veto a resolution authorizing war against Iraq. The U.S., Britain, and Spain were still unable to muster a majority of the council members to back a March 17 deadline for Iraq to disarm, or face war. Iraq has asked that chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix to Baghdad on March 17 – America’s deadline. 

An Army Black Hawk helicopter with 13 on board crashes during a training mission at Ft. Drum in New York.  All perished. 

The Air Force drops a 21,000-pound bomb on a Florida test range. It’s the largest non-nuclear bomb ever created.    

elizabeth smart found alive march 2003Utah - Elizabeth Smart – the 15-year-old abducted from her bedroom nine years ago – is found alive. Apparently, she was abducted by a drifter (Brian David Mitchell) who worked for the Smart family for a short time – and a woman. 


Entertainment News – March 8, 2003

Actor Christopher Reeve undergoes experimental surgery that many enable him to breather without a respirator for the first time since he broke his neck in a 1995 horse-back riding accident. 

Trends – sales of television shows on DVD are brisk and are now considered the fastest growing segment of the home entertainment business – generating almost $1 billion a year in sales.

SAG Awards – Daniel Day Lewis is best male actor for “Gangs of New York.”

Renee Zellweger gets best female actor for “Chicago.” 


Music News – March 8, 2003 –

A jury in S. California says that Michael Jackson must pay a concert promoter $5.3 million for backing out of two New Year’s Eve concerts in 1999. 

china bans four rolling stones songs touring march 2003The Chinese government won’t let the Rolling Stones perform four of their library songs during the band’s mainland shows. No “Honky Tonk Woman,” “Brown Sugar,” “Let’s Spend the Night Together” or “Beast of Burden” for Shanghai audiences in April! 


Television News - March 8, 2003 - 

HBO files a $100 million counter suit against James Gandolfini – who has sued to leave “The Sopranos.’ 

howard stern sues abc-tv are you hot march 2003Howard Stern sues ABC-TV – alleging their new show – “Are You Hot? The Search for America’s Sexiest People” is a rip-off of a bit he does on his morning radio show. He says some of the features are obvious – and even more so – the show has hired Scott Einziger and Jackie Martling – who were associated with his show in the past. 

ABC launches a 24-hour online news service called “ABC News Live.” 

Second time around - “American Idol” is up 30% from this time last year. 

On Wednesday night – the first “TV Land Awards.” John Ritter hosts. 

CNN cancels its 9-year-old “TalkBack Live.” The show, hosted by Arthel Neville, was abruptly canceled.


Top TV Shows/TV Guide – March 8, 2003 –

Survivor: Amazon – 23.33

CSI – 22.88

American Idol on Tuesday -  18.68

American Idol on Wednesday – 17.96

60 Minutes – 17.00

Everybody Loves Raymond – 16.76

Fear Factor – 16.30

Friends – (9pm – 15.57

Law & Order: Criminal Intent – 14.96

Still Standing – CBS

simpsons tv ratings march 8 2003The Simpsons – 14.43

Law & Order – 14.38

CSI: Miami – 14.20

Oliver Beene – 13.79

My Big Fat Greek Life – 13.34

Friends – 13.26

Without a Trace – 13.19

24 – 13.15

Law &Order: SVU – 13.09

King of Queens – 12.87

Yes, Dear – 12.66

60 Minutes II – 12.22

Frasier – 12.09

Becker – 1.74

Malcolm in the Middle – 11.73

Meet my Folks – 11.32

Law & Order SVU on Saturday – 11.28

I’m a Celebrity on Wednesday – 10.95

Star Search – 10.91

8 Simple Rules – 10.74


Top Movies – March 8, 2003  –

Bringing Down the House

Tears of the Sun

Old School


How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Cradle 2 the Grave


The Jungle Book 2

Shanghai Knights

Life of David Gale.  

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