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Dateline: Week Of August 22, 2003 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Tech & Fascinating Facts



In The News -

arafat restore troups news august 2003Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat calls on militant groups to restore their truce, but only if Israel stopped hunting down their leaders. Hamas doesn’t like that idea. 

President Bush tours the fire-ravaged Cascade Mountains in Oregon. 

Republicans in the Senate say more troops are needed in Iraq to get the job done. 

Unable to find Saddam Hussein’s stockpile of chemical and biological weapons – U.S. intelligence launches an effort to determine of they were victims of bogus Iraqi defectors who planted misleading information.  

howard dean launches campaign aug 2003Democrat Howard Dean launches a $1 million television ad campaign in six early voting states, promising to take his surging presidential bid nationwide.  

 (Chicago) Salvador Tapia – fired from his job at an auto parts company – returns to that location and shoots six former co-workers, killing them all. 

NASA ends its Columbia shuttle disaster investigation – and that the foam debris destroyed the spacecraft. The foam debris – about 1.67 pounds, punched a hole in the leading edge, which allowed superheated gases to burn up the wing’s internal structure during reentry into the atmosphere. 

Hamas vows to target every Israeli for the assassination Ismail abu Shanab whose car was hit by a helicopter-fired missile. 

In a speech to Veterans, National security advisor Condoleezza Rice acknowledged that ‘democracy is not easy” and urged patience following last week’s deadly bombings in Jerusalem and Baghdad. 

Convicted pedophile priest John Geoghan – whose prosecution launched the pedophile scandal in the Roman Catholic Church – is strangled to death in prison by a fellow inmate. 

Two car bombs rock New Delhi – killing 45. 

Former media magnate Vladimir Gusinsky is arrested in Greece on a 2-year-old International warrant charging him with fraud and money laundering in Russia. 

The nation’s violent and property crime rate dropped to a 30-year-low last year. There were about 23 million crime victims – down slightly from the year before and far below the 44 million recorded when studies began in 1973. 

Hurricane Ignacio hits Baja California’s Sur coast as 6,000 flee. 

A car bomb explodes at Najaf Iraq – a Shiite stronghold – killing 90. 

President Bush ends a month’s vacation at Crawford.


Business/Economy News – August 22, 2003 

Sears says it is closing three Great Indoors home appliance and furnishings stores. 

Look for Honda to become the first automaker to mass market a vehicle that runs on natural gas – the Civic GX and will go on sale next year.


Radio News – August 22, 2003 -

 Coming – An all comedy radio network – All Comedy radio, headed by radio vet Michael O’Shea.  


Technology News – August 22, 2003 

Yahoo announces that it is partnering with “Entertainment Tonight.” Yahoo will take over the show’s web site, sell its ad space and stream video clips of interviews and outtakes. 


Sports News  – August 22, 2003

U.S. Open (Tennis) – Pete Sampras wins, and announces his retirement. 

lebron james coke-cola endorsement deal august 2003Coke-Cola signs a six-year endorsement deal with Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James. 

Passing – Bobby Bonds (57) – father of Barry Bonds and the first in the majors to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in a season.


Entertainment news – August 22, 2003

Passing – Jinx Falkenburg (84) – former model and radio/TV talk co-host with her ex-husband Tex McCrary.


Music News – August 22, 2003

Ozzy Osbourne sings “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at a Cubs-Dodgers game in Chicago. 

michael jackson opens neverland ranch visitors august 2003Michael Jackson says he will open his Neverland Ranch to the public for a day – next month. It’ll be by invitation only.  

MTV Video Music Awards – Britney Spears and Madonna kiss during the opening number. Chris Rock hosted. 

On VH1 – “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.” 

Some hot albums – week of August 22, 2003

Neptunes Present…. Clones – Neptunes

Bow Wow: Unleashed – Bow Wow

Greatest Hits Volume Ii – Alan Jackson

Chicago – Soundtrack


Television News – August 22, 2003

brad garrett back to everybody loves raymond aug 2003Brad Garret – co-star of “Everybody Loves Raymond” – ends a contract dispute and is back to work. 

This week on “Comedy Central Presents” – Tracy Smith. 

On MTV – “Newlyweds: Nick Lachey & Jessica Simpson.”





Top Movies – August 22, 2003

Freddy vs. Jason


Open Range

Freaky Friday

The Medallion

Pirates of the Caribbean


Uptown Girls

American Wedding

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