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Dateline: Week Of April 15, 2003 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Tech & Fascinating Facts



In The News -

president bush saddam hussein is no more april 2003President Bush declares, “The regime of Saddam Hussein is no more.” Earlier – U.S. Marines captured Tikrit – the final target of the war. 

Thousands of demonstrators pour into the streets of Baghdad and demand an Islamic state and protest U.S. presence. 

President Bush urges the U.N. Security Council to lift sanctions on Iraq that have been in place for a number of years. “Now that Iraq is liberated, the United Nations should lift economic sanctions on that country.” 

The Bush administration says the chances of a terrorist attack had declined as the war in Iraq is winding down. 

SARS update – China says it has 118 deaths and about 340 patients – far more than they were reporting. 

The Bush administration will dispatch hundreds more investigators to search for those missing chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in Iraq. 

President Bush celebrates Easter at Crawford, Texas and meets with two just-returned Iraq POW’s. 

U.S. Special Forces have captured Barsan Ibrahim Hasan – a half brother of Saddam Hussein. 


Business/Economy News – April 15, 2003 -


The Nasdaq hits a three-month high – closing at 1,425.50.  

Worldwide sales of surgical gel Gynecare Intergel are suspended pending investigation of reports of pain, repeat operations and three deaths among women. 

Hilton Hotel Corp agrees to give online travel service Expedia Inc access to its central reservation system in a two-year partnership. In return, Expedia has promised not to undercut Hilton’s process and agreed to cuts its commissions to the hotel operator. Expedia had been charging a 28% commission for each sale of hotel room – and will charge Hilton 18%. 

starbucks purchases seattle coffee april 2003Starbucks says it will purchase rival Seattle Coffee Co for $72 million. 

Mayor Michael Bloomberg of NY announces a $44 billion budget plan. Targeting $1 billion in cuts. 

Passing – Writer/author Tom King. He was 39.


Technology News – April 15, 2003

Apple profits plunge – in second quarter earnings.


Sports News – April 15, 2003

There will be a WNBA season – no cancellation as players reach agreement on a five-year labor contract. 

The Oakland Raiders ask a judge to prevent the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers from wearing their uniforms for games in California due to trademark violations. The Panthers have black and silver uniforms (same as Raiders) and the Buccaneers – well that’s another story. Their logo is similar to the Raiders, they believe.


Music News – April 15, 2003 

On VH1 this week – “Living with Michael Jackson.” 

 lisa marie presley debut album april 2003Also on VH1 this week – Lisa Marie Presley. She has a new album out – actually – her debut album – “To Whom it Many Concern.” Check it out.


Top Pop Hits – April 15, 2003 –

Ignition – R. Kelly

In Da Club – 50 Cent

Miss You – Aaliyah

Picture – Kid Rock fea. Sheryl Crow or Allison Moorer

When I’m Gone – 3 Doors down

Excuse me Miss – Jay-Z

All I Have – Jennifer Lopez fea. LL Cool J

Beautiful – Snoop Dogg fea. Pharrell & Uncle Charlie Wilson

Get Busy – Sean Paul

I ’m With You – Avril Lavigne

I Know What You want – Busta Rhymes & Mariah Carey fea. The Flipmode Squad

Gossip Folks – Miss “Misdemeanor” Elliott fea. Ludacris

Hell Yeah – Ginuwine fea. Baby

21 Questions – 50 Cent fea. Nate Dogg

I Can – Nas

Rock Your Body – Justin Timberlake

Beautiful – Christina Aguilera

Can’t Let You Go – Fabolous fea. Mike Shorey &Lil’ Mo

The Jump Off – Lil’ Kim fea. Mr. Cheeks

Cry Me A River – Justin Timberlake

Have You Forgotten? – Daryl Worley

Mesmerize – Ja Rule fea. Ashanti

Angel – Amanda Perez

Bump, Bump, Bump  B2K & P. Diddy

No Letting Go – Wayne Wonder

Bring Me To Life – Evanescence fea. Paul McCoy


Top Music Albums – April 15, 2003 -

Meteora – Linkin Park

Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ – 50 Cent

celine dion music april 2003One Heart – Celine Dion

Now 12

Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

Very Best of Cher

U Turn – Brian McKnight

Chicago soundtrack

Fallen – Evanescence

Chocolate Factory – R. Kelly

Diplomatic Immunity - Cam’Ron Present the Diplomats

Cocky – Kid Rock

Dutty Rock – Sean Paul

Street Deams – Fabolous

Let ‘Em Burn – Hot Boys

Pandemonium!  B2K

Home – Dixie Chicks

La Bella Mafia – Lil’ Kim

Home – Dixie Chicks

8 Mile soundtrack


A Rush of Blood to the Head – Coldplay

The Eminem Show – Eminem

Let Go – Avril Lavigne

The Young and the Hopeless – Good Charlotte

Room For Squares – John Mayer

Kidz Bop Kids – Kidz Bop 3

Away From the Sun – 3 Doors down

Sing The Sorrow - AFI 

Room for Squares – John Mayer


Top Country Music/Hits – April 15, 2003 –

Brokenheartsville – Joe Nichols

Have You Forgotten? – Darryl Worley

She’s My Kind of Rain – Tim McGraw

alan jackson music april 2003That’d Be Alright – Alan Jackson

Big Star – Kenny Chesney

Raining on Sunday – Keith Urban

Concrete Angel – Martina McBride

I Believe – Diamond Rio

Man to Man – Gary Allan

19 Somethin’ – Mark Wills


Top Kid’s DVD’s – April 15, 2003

Pokemon 4Ever

Charlotte’s Web 2: Wilbur’s Great Adventure

Baby Neptune

Bob the Builder: The Nights of Fix-A-Lot

Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire

Meet Strawberry Shortcake

Spring for Strawberry Shortcake

Belle’s Magical World


Top DVD Sales/Rentals – April 15, 2003

Inspector Gadget 2

8 Mile



The Ring

My Big Fat Greek Wedding


Osbournes: The First Season


Television News – April 15, 2003

Don’t miss “Extreme Machines” on the Learning Channel this week. 

Somehow, VH1 – in its quest to put everything into clip compendiums, has come up with the “50 Sexiest Video Moments” and “100 Most Shocking Moments in Rock & Roll.” 

TNN – The National Network will change its name to Spike TV: the first network for men.  


Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – April 15, 2003

csi tv ratings april 2003CSI - 26.45

American Idol on Tuesday – 20.13

American Idol on Wednesday – 19.17

Survivor: Amazon – 19.08

NCAA Basketball Championship – 18.57

Without a Trace –17.54

Cher: Farewell Tour – 16.57

Friends – 14.94



Top Movies – April 15, 2003

Anger Management


Malibu’s Most Wanted

Bulletproof Monk

Phone Booth

What a Girl Wants

Bringing Down the House

A Man Apart


House of 1000 Corpses

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