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 hussein captured news  timeline   dec 15 2003  mrpopcultureSaddam Hussein has been captured – but the news is actually old – as the White sat on it for 16 hours. Hussein – looked like a ragged soldier as he came out of a dirt hole at a farmhouse near Tikirt in Iraq. 

Iraqi’s interim leaders, urge insurgents to end their attacks and “take advantage of a spirit of forgiveness.” 

Libya says it will end its nuclear, biological and chemical arms programs and allow inspectors to come in and verify such action. 

A federal grand jury indicts former Illinois Gov George Ryan on extension corruption charges such as taking gifts and money in exchange for favors. 

The SEC approves an overhaul of the New York Stock Exchange and will split the jobs of the chief executive and chairman to avoid either one from having too much power. 

Jailed Saddam Hussein is cooperating with the U.S. military – and some of his information has led to additional arrests. Meanwhile, President Bush vowed to involve Iraqis in a public trial, and bid Hussein “good riddance." 

 In Seattle -Green River killer Gary Leon Ridgway – apologizing for killing 48 women – is given life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

A jury convicts Lee Boyd Malvo of murder in the famed DC-area sniper spree – acting as John Allen Muhammad’s accomplice during the rampage that saw 10 dead. 

Secretary of State Colin Powell has surgery to remove a cancerous prostate gland. He should be OK. 

michael jackson charged child molestation   dec 15 2003  mrpopcultureProsecutors near Santa Barbara, CA formally charge Michael Jackson with seven felony counts of child molestation. 

Martha Stewart failed to pay almost $39,000 in maintenance charges on her New York condominium, leading the company that manages the building to file a lien against her. 

Former U.S. Rep. Gary Condit sues the National Enquirer and other tabloids for $209 million alleging they had falsely connected with the 2001 murder of federal intern Chandra Levy. 

Albert A. Gore III – the son of Al Gore, is charged with marijuana possession and arrested after he was stopped for driving a vehicle without its headlights on.

 

Business News – December 15, 2003 

Dial Corp – makers of Dial Soap is being sold to German company Henkel. 

 

Sports News – December 15, 2003 

The Baltimore Orioles sign free agent short stop Miguel Tejada to a six-year $72-million contract. 

 

Technology News – December 15, 2003 

RealNetworks sues Microsoft because is says they illegally bundled Media Player with Windows. 

The FCC gives a go-ahead for News Corp’s $6.6-billion takeover of DirectTV. 

itunes timeline   25 million sales   december 2003  mrpopcultureWow – Apple says its ITunes music store has sold 25 million songs in less than eight months. That’s good news. CD sales are expected to drop an additional 9% this year. Apple was smart – in October – it opened  the ITunes music store to those using Windows. Before, it was only accessible only to people with Apple Macintosh computers.

 

Entertainment News – December 15, 2003 –

Passing – Actress -Madlyn Rhue (68). 

Passing – Actress/singer Jeanne Crain. She was 78.

 

Music News – December 15, 2003 

Sean Combs is set to make his Broadway acting debut in a revival of “A Raisin in the Sun.” 

A NY judge stops hip-hop magazine the “Source” from distributing a CD of unreleased material from Eminem because if contains not-so-nice lyrics about black girls.  

Madonna says she is backing Gen Wesley Clark for President. 

Ozzy Osbourne is still on a ventilator after his Dec 8 all-terrain vehicle accident in England. 

Passing – Renowned fiddler Johnny Cunningham (46). 

wynonna loses drivers license   timeline   dec 15 2003  mrpopcultureCountry Wynonna Judd loses her driver’s license for a year – plus gets 200 hours of community service after being found guilty of drunken driving in Tennessee. 

Newer rival to MTV – “Fuse” – now just seven months old. 

Lauryn Hill – in Vatican City criticizes the Catholic Church about priests who have abused children.

 

More Madonna News – December 15, 2003

Fed up – the singer featured tape loops with a profane admonishment to people trying to download cuts from her new “American Life” album. They thought they were getting real songs. That ticked off someone – because her website got hacked with a not-so-kind message scrawled across the front page. Another website – featuring amateur types – took her raw tracks and made dummy Madonna recordings. 

 

Top Pop recording artists of 2003 –

 50 cent trivia  top recording artist 2003  timeline   dec 15  mrpopculture 50 Cent, R. Kelly, Sean Paul, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce Knowles, Norah Jones, 3 Doors Down, Avril Lavigne, Shania Twain, Jay-Z, Eminem, Matchbox twenty, Jennifer Lopez, Ashanti, Dixine Chicks, Aaliyah, John Mayer, Miss “Misdemeanor” Elliott, Chingy, Linkin Park, Evanescence, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Fabolous, Nelly, Kid Rock, Santana, Kelly Clarkson.

 

Hot DVD’s Sales/Rentals – December 15, 2003

 The Santa Clause 2

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Extended version

Lara Croft Tomb Rider: Cradle of Life

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

 

Top Pop Hits – December 15, 2003 –

The Way You Move – OutKast fea. Sleepy Brown

Hey Ya! – OutKast

Stand Up – Ludacris fea. Shawnna

Baby Boy – Beyonce fea. Sean Paul

Milkshake – Kelis

Step in the name of Love – R. Kelly

Here Without You – 3 Doors Down

Holidae In – Chingy fea. Ludacris & Snoop Dogg

Walked Outta Heaven – Jagged Edge

Get Low – Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz fea. Ying Yang Twins

Damni – YoungBloodZ fea. Lil Jon

Stunt 101 – G-Unit

It’s My Life – No Doubt

alicia keys billboard charts music   dec 15 2003 timeline  mrpopcultureYou Don’t Know My Name – Alicia Keys

Suga Suga – Baby Bash fea. Frankie J.

Wat Da Hook Gon Be – Murphy Lee fea. Jermaine Dupri

Someday – Nickelback

Change Clothes – Jay-Z

Runnin (Dying to Live) – Tupac fea. The Notorious B.i.G.

Bright Lights – matchbox twenty

Harder to Breathe – Maroon5

Read Your Mind - Avant

 

Top Music Albums – December 15, 2003

The Black Album – Jay-Z

Metamorphosis – Hilary Duff

Shock ‘n Y’all – Toby Keith

Now 14

Speakerboxxx/the Love Below – OutKast

In the Zone – Britney Spears

josh groban billboard charts music  dec 15 2003  timeline trivia   mrpopcultureCloser – Josh Groban

Take a Look in the Mirror – Korn

Closer – G-Unit

Blink-182

Da Derrty Versions – The Reinvention – Nelly

Measure of a Man – Clay Aiken

This is Not A Test! – Missy Elliott

Best of Sheryl Crow

Let it Be… Naked – The Beatles

Tupac: Resurrection – Soundtrack

Life on Display – Puddle of Mudd

The Great American Songbook Vol. II – Rod Stewart

Afterglow – Sarah McLachlan

Chicken ‘N’ Beer – Ludacris

Now That’s What I Call Christmas 2

Harry for the Holidays – Harry Connick Jr.

Kid Rock – Kid Rock

 

Top Country Hits - December 15, 2003

 george strait billboard music chart  dec 15 2003 music trivia  timeline  mrpopcultureCowboys Like Us – George Strait

I Love This Bar – Toby Keith

There Goes My Life – Kenny Chesney

Wave on Wave – Pat Green

Hell Yeah – Montgomery Gentry

Chicks Dig It – Chris Cagle

You Can’t Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl – Brooks & Dunn

Walking in Memphis – Lonestar

I Melt – Rascal Flatts

 

Saturday night television listings – week of December 15, 2003

CBS – Robbie The Reindeer in Hooves of Fire, Robie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe, Hack, The District

NBC – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Movie), Fear Factor, Saturday Night Live

ABC – A Marry Mickey Celebration, The Santa Clause

Fox  Cops, America’s Most Wanted: America Fights Back

VH1 – Top Fashion Moments of 2003, Driven, Behind the Music (Britney Spears), Fabulous Life Of… 

Driven – Jessica Simpson.

 

Top Movies – December 15, 2003 –

Something’s Gotta Give

The Last Samurai

Stuck on You

Love Don’t Cost a Thing

The Haunted Mansion

Bad Santa

Elf

Honey

Dr. Suess’ the Cat in the Hat

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