Dateline: Week Of February 1, 2004 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Suicide bombers strike again – at celebrations in northern Iraq – as 2 separate blasts kill 56.
Primaries - John Kerry wins in Arizona, Missouri and three others. John Edwards wins South Carolina and Wesley Cark wins in Oklahoma. Sen. Joe Lieberman has quit the race.
President Bush has created a bipartisan commission to investigate the prewar intelligence on Iraq.
White House officials says the Democratic assertion that President Bush was AWOL from his Vietnam-era service is “outrageous and baseless.”
The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts rules that same-sex couples can marry. And it all begins May 17.
A suicide bombing in the Moscow subway during rush hour kills at least 25.
Sarasota County - The missing Florida sixth-grader – Carlie Brucia (11) is found slain in a church parking lot – not far from where she was abducted. She had been walking home after a slumber party when Joseph Smith – an unemployed auto mechanic, approached her, took by the arm and led her away. The whole abduction was caught by a camera – and replayed on television stations in an Amber alert.
French and British authorities cancel seven flights to and from the United states after they were warned by the U.S. on reports indicating that Al Qaeda terrorists might target the flights.
The fallout from the Super bowl halftime show continues as media outlets take another look at potential fines over profanity and nudity.
Toyota says it will set up a U.S. banking operation as part of its plans to triple its earnings – and has the go ahead.
Passing – Don “Hard Boiled” Haggerty – wrestler and stuntman. He was 78.
Sports News – January 1, 2004 -
The NFL – the lone holdout against a youth movement in sports – loses an antitrust suit and must now open its doors to younger players.
Super Bowl action – A dance routine goes – wrong between Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake in what was termed as a costume failure – Jackson’s right breast was exposed for two seconds.
Super Bowl XXVIII – New England 32 and North Carolina – 29. A great game. Tom Brady gets MVP. ON CBS-TV – Phil Simms and Greg Gumbel called the action from Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Music News - February 1, 2004 -
Also on the Super Bowl halftime show – Nelly and Kid Rock.
Television News- February 1, 2004 -
No, MTV will not be airing, “The Making of the AOL Superbowl Half-Time Show.” The channel announced the program weeks before the Super Bowl, and before the controversial Janet Jackson breast scene.
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek escapes serious injury after he fell asleep at the wheel of his pickup truck in central California.
Maria Shriver announces she is leaving her NBC news job.
Stung by the outrage of the Janet Jackson breast incident, CBS says it is taking no chances and will use an enhanced delay during its Sunday telecast of the Grammy Awards.
President Bush appears on “Meet the Press” and discussed his thinking on the war on terror.
More than 200,000 complaints about Janet Jackson’s breast-baring performance is a new record for the FCC. That beat the 80,000 complaints that came after reality TV star Nicole Richie of “The Simple Life” used a curse word on the 2003 Billboard Music Award.
Top TV Ratings/TV Guide – February 1, 2004 -
Super Bowl XXVIII on CBS – 89.79 million viewers
Super Bowl Post Game – 58.96
Survivor All-Stars – 23.80
American Idol on Tuesday – 29.63
American Idol on Wednesday – 28.32
Friends – 20.82
CSI – 20.10
The Apprentice – 18.88
Fear Factor – 17.80
Without a Trace – 17.48
Will & Grace – 17.26
Top Movies – February 1, 2004 –
You Got Served
Along Came Polly
The Butterfly Effect
Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King
The Perfect Score
Win a Date With Ted Hamilton
Cheaper by the Dozen.