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



In The News - 

President Bush said there was no proof tying Saddam Hussein to the Sept. 11 attacks, but said the President: “There’s no question that Saddam Hussein had Al Qaeda ties.” 

A Spanish judge has indicted Osama bin Laden and 34 other terror suspects on terrorism charges – alleging that operatives in Spain played a role in the Sept. 11 attacks. 

osama bin laden new audio tape september 2003 mrpopculture.comA new audiotape that sounds like Saddam Hussein calls on Iraqis to escalate their attacks on U.S.-led occupation using every means possible. 

A new Iraqi army debuts – 750 strong and growing. It’s the first battalion trained by the U.S. – and the first to have its own officers… Secretary of State Colin Powell is in Iraq this week and will meet with emerging Iraqi leaders to discuss the next phase of their transition. 

Hurricane Isabel – now in Canada – is blamed for 18 deaths between the Carolinas to the mid-Atlantic states.  

 Aqila Hashimi – a member of Iraq’s Governing Council is seriously wounded  by a gunman – who ambushed her. 

Latvians vote overwhelmingly to join the European Union, but the government was thrown into turmoil when one party bolted the ruling coalition. 

A U.S. soldier shoots dead a rare Bengal tiger at the Baghdad Zoo after the animal injured another soldier who was trying to feed it through the cage bars. The tiger bit his finger off, so the other soldier shot it dead. 

In Bosnia-Herzegovina – Thousands of Bosnians and their guest of honor – Bill Clinton – dedicate the first official memorial to the more then 7,000 victims of the bloodiest atrocity in Europe since WWII. 

Democratic presidential hopeful Wesley Clark said that he would never have voted for war in Iraq – 24 hours after he told reporters he probably would have supported the congressional resolution authorizing the U.S. to invade.  

Chris Lehane resigns as communications director for Sen. John F. Kerry’s campaign, Kerry is considered by many to have fallen behind Howard Dean as the Democrat front-runner for President. 

Violating its own privacy policy, JetBlue Airways gave 5 million passenger itineraries to a Defense department contractor that used the information as part of a study seeking ways to identify high risk airline customers. 

Calvin Willis – a Louisiana man, gets released from the state penitentiary after spending about 25 years behind bars. DNA evidence now concludes he did not commit the crime – a rape on a 10-year-old girl. 

The House votes to permanently ban all taxes on Internet access and nine states must repeal existing access taxes.  

Passing – Garner Ted Armstrong – known as the voice of “The World Tomorrow.” He was 73.  

Consumer prices were up .3% in August – thanks to an uptick at the gasoline pump.  

dick cheney news economy sept 2003Vice President Dick Cheney said that the United States had “turned the corner” to economic recovery and he expected gross domestic product growth next year to be 4% or better. 

Murder suspect -  Aaron Michael Hammer – a member of the Los Angeles Crips – is arrested in connection with the shooting murder of Yetunde Price – eldest sister of Serena and Venus Williams. 

Richard Grasso – NYSE Chairman steps down over a growing outcry over his $140-million compensation package. 


Business/Economy News – September 15, 2003

AOL Time Warner is no more – as of this week – AOL is dumped – and now it’s just plain Time Warner. 

Sears, Roebuck & Co. buys the Structure name from Limited Brands for $10 million. Sears wants to develop a men’s line of clothing under the name.  

bill gates foundation news poor high schools sept 2003Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates announces that his foundation will donate $51 million to create 67 small academically rigorous public high schools in poor neighborhoods.  


Entertainment /Celebrity News – September 15, 2003

 Comedian Margaret Cho has a new line of clothes for full-figured woman – a line called “High Class Cho.” 

20th-Century Fox Film Corp. and Paramount Pictures Corp sue Tritton Technologies because they’ve been distributing a software program that cracks the technology used to prevent copying of movies. 

Passing – Actor/singer Sheb Wolley (82).


Music News – September 15, 2003

Rapper Eminem is sued by a 70-year-old grandmother for allegedly using a clip from a composition by her late husband – Ronald Stein on a song called “Pigs Go Home.” On it, Stein is not listed as the composer. 

Apple is releasing “Let It Be” – in its original form before Phil Spector mixed the version we all know. 

Pop culture phenom Hilary Duff – September 2003

Already on TV, movies, books and clothes and now – recording artist as she’s #1 on the pop album harts with “Metamorphosis.” Look for her Hawaii concert to air on the WB next week!


Hot Pop Hits – September 15, 2003

Right Thurr – Chingy

Crazy in Love – Beyonce fea. Jay-Z

Shake Ya Tailfeather – Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee

Into You – Fabolous fea. Tamia or Ashanti

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

Where is the Love? – Black Eyed Peas

P.I.M.P. – 50 Cent

Frontin’ – Pharrell fea. Jay-Z

matchbox twenty music sept 2003Unwell – Matchbox Twenty

Can’t Hold Us down – Christina Aguilera fea. Lil’ Kim

Never Leave You – Uh Ooh, Uh Ooh! – Lumidoo

My Love is Like… Mya

Drift Away – Uncle Kracker fea. Dobie Gray

Let’s Get Down – Bow Wow fea. Baby

The Remedy (I Won’t Worry) – Jason Mraz

In Those Jeans – Ginuwine

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffet

Calling All Angels – Train

Damni – YoungBloodZ fea. Lil Jon

Why Don’t You & I – Santana fea. Alex Band/Chad Kroeger

Thoia Thoing – R. Kelly


Hot Music Albums – September 15, 2003  

Metamorphosis – Hilary Duff

Love & Life – Mary J. Blige

Neptunes Present … Clones

Greatest Hits Vol. 2 – Alan Jackson

Dangerously in Love – Beyonce

Drankin’ Patnaz – Youngbloodz

Bad Boys II soundtrack

Fallen – Evanescence

Jackpot – Chingy

Get Rich or Die Tryin’ – 50 Cent

coldplay music sept 2003A Rush of Blood to the Head – Coldplay

Bow Wow: Unleashed

Wooden Leather – Nappy Roots

The Wind – Warren Zevon

Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

Trap Muzik – T.I.

Lizzie McGuire Movie soundtrack

Meteora – Linkin Park

Kings of Crunk – Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz

Away From the Sun – 3 Doors Down

From Me to U – Juelz Santana

Now 13

Up! – Shania Twain

The Young and the Hopeless – Good Charlotte

Stripped – Christina Aguilera

A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar – Dashboard Confidential

Chapter II – Ashanti


Top Country Hits/Music – September 15, 2003

dierks bently music sept 2003What Was I Thinkin’ – Dierks Bentley

No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems – Kenney Chesney

It’s Five O’clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffet

Real Good Man – Tim McGraw

Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacy’s Song) – Buddy Jewell

Red Dirt Road – Brooks & Dunn

Celebrity – Brad Paisley

Forever and For Always – Shania Twain

A Few Questions – Clay Walker

Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me – Keith Urban

Tough Little Boys – Gary Allan

This One’s For the Girls – Martina McBride

My Front Porch Lookin’ In - Lonestar



Television News – September 15, 2003


Sunday night – the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Fox. Hosting – Garry Shandling, Ellen DeGeneres, Conan O’Brien, Jon Stewart, Wanda Sykes.  

ABC presents “John Ritter: Life of Laughter” a tribute to the actor. 

ABC says it will continue production of “8 Simple Rules” despite the death of its star – John Ritter. 

President Bush sits down with Brit Hume for an interview on Fox News Channel. On Monday. 

 jessica lynch interview diana sawyer sept 2003Nice score – as ABC’s Diane Sawyer wins the first TV interview with former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch. It’ll air in November.  

Arnold Schwarzenegger – who’s making a run for governor in California – appears on the Oprah Winfrey show. He says he’s a family man – who’s concerned about the fate of California. 




Top/Hot DVDs Sales/Rentals – September 15, 2003


Lizzie McGuire Movie

Bringing Down the House

House of 1,000 Corpses

Cradle 2 The Grave

Head of the state


Bowling for Columbine


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

Monday Night Football – 19.44

CSI – 15.83

NFL Monday Showcase – 15.30

whoopi goldberg tv show ratings sept 2003Whoopi – 15.14

Happy Family – 14.67

60 Minutes – 13.34

For Love or Money 2 – 12.27

Without a Trace – 11.99

Dateline NBC on Friday – 11.68

Everybody Loves Raymond – 11.43


Top Movies – September 15, 2003

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Matchstick Men

Cabin Fever

Dickie Roberts (Former) Child Star

Pirates of the Caribbean

Freaky Friday

Jeepers Creepers 2

Open range



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