Dateline: Week Of January 1, 2004 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
More Iraqis have come forward after the capture of Saddam Hussein with information on detail and structure.
A car bomb goes off outside a Baghdad restaurant – and five are dead.
Indian and Pakistan agree to begin peace talks – hopefully ending two years of confrontation. They’ll be held next month.
NASA’s Spirit rover touches down on Mars – right where scientists wanted it to land and the first images sent back have been described as “stunning.”
National convention - Delegates in Afghanistan agree on a constitution – moving the country closer to democratic elections.
Britain cancels more overseas flights based on intelligence reports on terrorism.
The Spirit rover sends back the clearest pictures of Mars ever – better than previous Viking and Pathfinder missions.
A charter jet with mainly French tourists crashes into the Red Sea minutes after takeoff from Sharm El Sheik Egypt. 148 perished.
President Bush, shooting five quail on a bird hunting trip in Texas, said that 2004 “is going to be a great year for this country.”
Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson said he believed God has told him President Bush would be re-elected in a “blowout” in November.
Tens of thousands take to Hong Kong’s streets to support democracy and “people power.”
An avalanche crashed down onto a mountainside cabin, filling the home with snow and killing a couple as they slept.
Fascinating Facts – January 1, 2004 -
Steve Irwin – “The Crocodile Hunter” handfed a 13-foot crocodile while holding his infant son, drawing from viewers and the promise of a government investigation. Irwin says he was in complete control of the croc.
Howard Dean knows how to raise money with over $40 million raised last year. No one else came close.
Ann Rice says that “Blood Canticle” is her final book about vampires and witches.
Sports News – January 1, 2004 -
Passing – Former pitcher Tug McGraw (59) – died of brain cancer.
Pete Rose publicly admits (for the first time) he bet on baseball games in which he managed.
Bowl games –
Sugar – Louisiana State - 21 Oklahoma – 14
Orange - Miami - 16 Florida State – 14
Rose – USC – 28 Michigan – 14.
Technology News – January 1, 2004 –
Apple introduces a smaller, cheaper iPod – the iPod Mini. It has a memory of 4 gigs – or about 1000 songs and sells for $249.
EBay is raising its listing fees. The increases will run as much as 45% for the highest-priced auction items – but the average should be around 9%. It’s the first price raise since 2001.
Entertainment News – January 1, 2004
Movie ticket sales were off 5% in 2003 as the industry did $9.2 billion in business.
Music News – January 1, 2004 –
Bruce Springsteen was to top-grossing concert tour of 2003 – totaling $132.8 million. 50 Cent – at #2 – did $125 million.
Britney Spears marries childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander in Las Vegas. The bride wore jeans and a baseball cap.
CBS denies that it paid Michael Jackson a special fee in exchange for the interview he granted to Ed Bradley and “60 Minutes.”
Some top albums – January 1, 2004
The Diary of Alicia Keys –
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below – Outkast
In the Zone – Britney Spears
Metamorphosis – Hilary Duff
Now That’s What I Call Music Vol. 14
Television News – January 1, 2004 –
Michael Jackson appears on “60 Minutes” – Jackson said he has been mistreated while in custody – that sheriff’s dislocated a shoulder and his arm injured by deputies. He also said he had been locked for 45 minutes in a jail bathroom with feces smeared on the walls, floor and ceiling.
Top Movies – January 1, 2004 –
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Cheaper by the Dozen
Something’s Gotta Give
Mona Lisa Smile
The Last Samurai