Dateline: Week Of February 1, 2003 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Summit at the White House – President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair warn that their patience with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and the weapons inspections process in running out and urge the United Nations to act quickly.
The Bush administration proposes increasing the tax breaks on savings by crating three tax-protected accounts that will replace mainstays such as IRA’s and 401K’s.
Just 16 minutes from touchdown - The space shuttle Columbia disintegrates in a roar and flashes of light over East Texas, killing all seven of its astronauts and scattering chunks of metal and machinery across two states. NASA says they do not yet know what destroyed the craft.
Later, NASA suspects insulating tiles on Columbia’s left wing.
A somber President Bush tells the nation: "This day has brought terrible news and great sadness to our country... The Columbia is lost; there are no survivors." Despite the major setback, the President reassured Americans that the space program would continue: "The cause in which they died will continue... Our journey into space will go on."
North Korea - Deputy secretary of State Richard Armitage promises for the first time that the Bush administration would hold direct talks with the regime in Pyongyang.
Secretary of State Colin Powell charges that Saddam Hussein has devised elaborate schemes to conceal weapons of mass destruction and warns that the time for international action to disarm Iraq is drawing closer.
Saying Saddam Hussein “will be stopped,” President Bush challenges the United Nations to quickly pass a touch second resolution ensuring Iraq’s disarmament by force if necessary.
Music news – February 1, 2003
Michael Jackson lashes out at a documentary he helped make for British TV, saying he would never abuse children. In the film, shot over months, Jackson admitted sharing a bed with children at his Neverland ranch. The program, “Living With Michael Jackson,” was shown in Britain on Monday, and then aired on Thursday over ABC-TV in the States.
“Today I feel more betrayed than perhaps ever before, that someone who had got to know my children, my staff and me, whom I let into my heart and told the truth, could then sacrifice the trust I placed in hi and produce this terrible and unfair program,” said Jackson.
Phil Spector is arrested on suspicion of murder after an actress by the name of Lana Clarkson was found shot to death in his home near Los Angeles.
John Densmore – co-founder and drummer of the legendary Doors, files suit against band members Robbie Krieger and Ray Manzarek charging that a tour organized by the pair represents a breach of contract and trademark infringement. The filing cites misleading advertising and promotion of the new group as the Doors without the consent of Densmore and the estates of Jim Morrison and his widow Pam Courson.
Television news – February 1, 2003
Dawson’s Creek – the show most associated with the early WB network, has its two-hour finale on May 14.
A popular cable show these days is “Trading Spaces” a remodeling show in which neighbors impose their decorating tastes on neighbors. It’s on TLC.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – February 1, 2003
CSI – 27.47
American Idol on Wednesday – 26.01
Friends – 25.82
American Idol on Tuesday – 24.11
ER – 21.89
Joe Millionaire – 20.34
Scrubs – 17.25
Everybody Loves Raymond – 17.20
CSI: Miami – 16.87
Without a Trace – 16.59
Will & Grace – 15.77
State of the Union Analysis – 15.56
Law and Order: SVU – 15.50
The Simpsons – 15.37
Simpsons #2 – 15.32
Law & Order: Criminal Intent – 15.26
Fear Factor – 15.00
Star Search – 14.89
The Bachelorette – 14.03
Top Movies - February 1, 2003
Final Destination 2
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Catch Me If You Can