Dateline: Week Of July 22, 2003 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
The U.S. military storm a luxury home after a six-hour siege in the city of Mosul and out of it – Saddam Hussein’s sons are killed – Uday and Qusay.
10 of Saddam Hussein’s bodyguards have been captured by the U.S. military and hopefully – information can be gleaned on Hussein’s whereabouts.
Muklis Yunos – an Islamic militant admits to police in Manila – that he plotted to attack the Philippine presidential palace using Arab suicide bombers.
Vice President Dick Cheney said that it would have been “irresponsible in the extreme” to ignore U.S. intelligence warnings that Saddam Hussein was reconstituting Iraq’s nuclear program.
President Bush orders the U.S. Navy to take positions off the coast – outside of war-torn Liberia. No action will be taken – yet. The area has seen it’s most bloody violence in recent days. Meanwhile – other international intervention is taking place as Nigeria announces it is sending their first battalion of peacekeepers.
Federal authorities detained the pilot of a small plane who mistakenly flew over President Bush’s motorcade as he left a speaking venue in Philadelphia. The man violated a 30-mile no-fly zone around the president.
Celebrations In West Virginia – Yellow Ribbons everywhere – Jessica Lynch – whose captivity and rescue made her the first war hero in Iraq – returns home.
Homeland Security warns that Al Qaeda may attempt new suicide hijackings.
President Bush refused to declassify sections of the Sept. 11 congressional report. The sections link Saudi Arabia to suicide hijackers.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel vowed to continue building a fence between Jewish and Palestinian communities.
Brooklyn city councilman James Davis – is shot dead by Othniel Askew – a frustrated contender for his council seat.
Health News – July 22, 2003
The FDA approves growth hormone Humatrobe – for abnormally short children.
Business News - July 22, 2003 -
General Motors says it will sell its Saturn cars – struggling in the marketplace – on QVC! The channel is seen by mostly woman and 60% of Saturn buyers are woman.
Celebrity News/Obitruary – July 22, 2003
Passing – Superstar Bob Hope – probably the greatest comedian of them all. He was 100. Said President Bush – “The nation has lost a great citizen…” Hope gave so much to the U.S. military in this country – and gave so many his Christmas holidays to perform overseas for U.S. troops. Nobody has come close.
President Bush ordered flags on all government buildings to half-staff on the day of Hope’s funeral.
Technology News July 22, 2003
Napster will return – but this time – no free file sharing – a site to purchase music. Meanwhile – buymusic begins selling downloadable songs this week.
Music News - July 22, 2003 –
On the WB’s “Smash” – Beyonce, Bow Wow, Trapt, Queens of Wilshi. Jessica Biel hosts. On the WB! But wait – next week – Chingy and Simple Plan
Passing – The one, the only Sam Phillips – who launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and many others with his “Sun” record company. He was 80.
Some top albums – week of July 22, 2003
Band Boys II soundtrack
Chingy – Jackpot
Strays – Jane’s Addiction
Moodring – Mya
Dangerously in Love – Beyonce
Fallen - Evanescence
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
Evolver - 311
Get Rich or Die Tryin’ = 50 Cent
Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross
Chapter II - Ashanti
Television News – July 22, 2003
Bravo will feature a six-part series – “Boy Meets Boy” – the first gay dating show on television. Its “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” is the channel’s most popular program.
Oprah Winfrey is on top of the list – on VH1’s “200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons” – another clip compendium. Superman came in second. Elvis Presley #3.
Top Movies – July 22, 2003
Spy Kids 3D-Game Over
Pirates of the Caribbean
Bad Boys 2
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Legally Blonde 2
28 Days Later
How to Deal.