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



In The News -

In Ireland – Tony Blair and President Bush say that the U.N. would play “A vital  role” in reconstruction of Iraq, but Bush prefers a U.S.-led coalition. 

Fall of Baghdad – As crowds dance in the streets. “Victory! We are Free! Thank you President Bush,” yelled a crowd. Earlier – a U.S. warplane dropped four bunker-busting bombs on a meeting on a house and sources say it could have killed Saddam Hussein and his sons (it did not). 

U.S. and Kurdish forces take back the northern city of Kirkuk. 

donald rumsfeld tide is turning fall of iraq april 2003Donald Rumsfeld opened a Pentagon briefing – announcing that “the tide is turning.’ “We are seeing history unfold, events that will shape the course of a country, the fate of a people and potentially the future of the region.’ “Saddam Hussein is now taking his rightful place alongside Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Ceausescu in the pantheon of failed, brutal dictators and the Iraqi people are well on their way to freedom.” 

A mob storms Iraq’s holiest Shiite Muslim shrine  - killing religious leader Abdel Majid Khoei – who was dragged wounded through neighboring streets before being stabbed. Khoei was known to have had a pro-U.S. stance on the war. 

U.S. Marines take the last stronghold of Saddam Hussein’s regime – at Tikrit. Earlier, they had taken Mosul. This after chaos was restored in Baghdad. Suddam Hussein’s scientific adviser – has been detained. 

President Bush declares that Saddam Hussein is “no longer in power” – his first remarks since the fall of Baghdad. 

SARS update – Hong Kong reports another 5 deaths. So far, 3,000 have been infected worldwide, most in Asia.  

 A judge cleared the way for an appeals court to decide whether President Bush had the authority to designate U.S. citizen Jose Padilla as an enemy combatant and let him be questioned indefinitely in an alleged Al Qaeda plot to set off a radio-active dirty bomb. 


Fascinating Facts – April 8, 2003

Florida - Joe Francis – who is behind those “Girls Gone Wild” tapes – faces sex and drug-related charges after parents complained to police that he told minors to lie about their age on camera. He is charged with drug trafficking and racketeering related to prostitution. 


Sports News – April 8, 2003 –

darryl strawberry released from prison april 2003Darryl Strawberry is released from prison after 11 months. He was released from Gainsville Correctional institution after serving 11 months of an 18-month prison sentence on violating probation on cocaine possession charges. 

Justine Henin-Hardenne defeats Serena Williams – ending her winning streak at Charleston, SC for the family Circle Cup title. 


Technology News – April 8, 2003 

Fraud on the Internet rose sharply in 2002 – with over 48,000 complaints. The most common complaint – auction fraud. 

Yahoo made another profit – the fourth consecutive quarter to do so. This time – $46.7 million.  It was a money loser until the past year.  


Music News – April 8, 2003 – 

cher farewell concert on tv april 2003Cher’s “Farwell Concert” on NBC-TV drew a nice audience – 16.6 million viewers.

Some top albums – week of April 8, 2003 

One Heart – Celine Dion

Meteors – Linkin Park

Elephant – White Stripes

Now 12

Chicago – soundtrack

Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

Get Rich or Die Tryin’ – 50 Cent

Very Best of Cher

Sing the Sorrow – AFI 


Entertainment news – April 8, 2003 -  

 Don’t miss “House of 10000 Corpses.” From Rob Zombie. 

angelina jolie money to wildlife sanctuary april 2003Angelina Jolie will commit $5 million over the next 15 years to set up a wildife sanctuary in Cambodia.


Top TV Shows/Ratings /TV Guide – April 8, 2003  

CSI – 26.37

American Idol on Tuesday – 21.21

Friends – 20.79

American Idol on Wednesday – 20.33

Survivor: Amazon – 19.80

ER – 18.93

Everybody Loves Raymond – 18.65

CSI: Miami – 16.97

Law &Order: SVU – 15.85

Law & Order – Criminal Intent – 15.59

Law & Order – 15.47

Scrubs – 15.29

Still Standing – 15.21

Will & Grace – 15.04

 Wanda at Large – 13.88


Top Movies – April 8, 2003

Anger Management

Phone Booth

What a Girl Wants

Bringing down the House

A Man Apart

Head of State

House of 1000 Corpses


The Core


Agent Cody Banks

Piglet’s Big Movie

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