Dateline: Week Of June 8, 2003 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
President Bush says he is convinced that Iraq had an illegal arms program.
Many arrests - American forces hunting for Baath Party officials round-up 400 suspects and illegal weapons.
A suicide attacker in a rush-hour city bus in Jerusalem kills 16.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld threatens to withhold further funding for a new NATO alliance headquarters in Brussels because of a Belgian law that allows foreign leaders to be tried for war crimes.
New cases of the SARS disease worldwide have dropped to seven a day – down from an average of 149 cases a day in early May.
Two Toronto men were wed in North America’s first legal gay marriage after an Ontario appeals court ruled that the heterosexual definition of matrimony was unconstitutional.
The FBI begins to drain a bond in Maryland – a pond that they believe contains discarded evidence connected with their Anthrax investigation.
Passing – Donald T. Regan – former treasury secretary and chief of staff for president Regan. He was 84.
Sports News – June 8, 2003
Anaheim wins! - The Ducks beat the Jersey Devils to win the Stanley Cup!
Technology News – June 8, 2003
Wow – Amazon.com posts an audio clip of the latest Harry Potter book – “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” The book is set to be released June 20.
Wal-Mart announces a low-priced DVD rental program that will compete with Netflix.
Looks like Apple’s ITunes may get some competition, as Yahoo, Microsoft, Amazon and AOL want to launch downloadable music sites.
Entertainment News – June 8, 2003
Passing – Actor Gregory Peck. He was 87.
Music News – June 8, 2003
Sony chooses Bob Dylan as the first artist featured on its new audio format – Super Audio CD, releasing 15 of his albums in the format – which can be heard in surround sound. Release date is August 19.
Some top albums – week of June 8, 2003
St. Anger –Metallica
O304 – Jewel
Get Rich or Die Tryin’ – 50 Cent
2 Fast 2 Furious – soundtrack
Fallon - Evanescence
“Tonight’s The Night” – a musical featuring the music of Rod Stewart – will open on London’s West End this fall.
Television News – June 8, 2003
Don’t miss a new reality show starring gameshow host Chuck Woolery – “Chuck Woolery: Naturally Stoned” on the game Show channel. Chuck currently emcees “Lingo” on the channel.
Passing – Network newsman David Brinkley. He was 82.
Jane Pauley is set to host a daytime syndicated talkshow.
ESPN producing a drama series?? Yes – and it’s called “Playmakers” – set to debut August 26.
“American Juniors” – an “American-Idol” spinoff – also seen of Fox, gets a decent rating – 11.94 million viewers. The show features young performers and their parents against each other.
Barbara Walters interviews Sen. Hillary Clinton. The interview talked about Clinton’s memoirs and comments about her husband’s affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Found dead in his home – “JAG” actor Trevor Goddard. Possible suicide. He was 37.
On the Disney Channel this Friday – the Even Stevens Movie.
Top Movies – June 8, 2003
2 Fast 2 Furious
The Italian Job
The Matrix Reloaded
X2: X-Men United
Bend It Like Beckham.