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Dateline: Week Of January 1, 2004 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts



In The News -

hussein capture update jan 2004More 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.” 

pat roberston news - jan 2004Religious 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 son holding trouble jan 2004Steve 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 –

ipod apple news january 2004Apple 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  –

springsteen top grossing 2003Bruce 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 60 minutes appearance jan 2004Michael 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

Cold Mountain


Mona Lisa Smile

Peter Pan

The Last Samurai

Calender Girls

Bad Santa

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