Dateline: Week Of May 22, 2004 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
A new treaty with the U.S. ensures Britain will speed-up extradition for radical cleric Abu Hamza al Masri – who is accused in a U.S. indictment of aiding terrorist plots in the U.S. and Yemen.
Rumblings as leaders both parties warn that the U.S. occupation in Iraq is headed for failure – but President Bush is standing firm.
Iyad Allawi – a secular Shiite Muslim is named to become prime minister of Iraq – by the U.S.-appointed Iraqi governing Council in a surprise move.
Islamic militants attack two oil industry compounds in eastern Saudi Arabia – killing 16.
The deaths of some 37 detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan have so far, left eight unresolved homicides and other investigations.
A jury in Oklahoma convicts Terry L. Nichols of 161 state murder counts.
The death toll from tropical storms in the Caribbean may have killed as many as 500 people – most of them in the Haitian-Dominican Republic border.
“Death With Dignity Law” - A federal appeals court rule backs Oregon’s suicide law – and said that Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft had exceeded his authority to block it.
Address to the nation – President Bush says he has a plan to turn Iraqi chaos into stability and democracy. This as there’s talk of more and more concern that the war is failing over there.
Iraq - Fundamentalist cleric Muqtada Sadr offers a peace plan in Najaf – that will hopefully will end fighting between his militia and American troops.
John Kerry begins outlining his strategy for protecting the nation from terrorism, saying President Bush had “made America less safe than we should be in a dangerous world.”
A roof of a terminal at Charles de Gaulle Airport outside of Paris falls, killing five.
Passing – Puerto Rican Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan – world’s oldest person. She was 114 years old.
Oil passes $41 a barrel.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is dropping new organic food guidelines that allowed limited use of pesticides and antibiotics and drew criticism from some consumer groups and organic farmers.
Toys R Us sues Amazon.com Inc claiming the Internet retailer was violating an exclusivity agreement by allowing other merchants to sell toys, games and baby items on its website. Toys R Us says it had exclusive rights to sell toys, games and baby products on Amazon.
Pat Tillman – who gave up a professional football career to become an Army Ranger – was likely killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan last month.
The U.S. Anti-doping Agency presents evidence to Olympic track star Marion Jones suggesting that she committed doping infractions, evidence her lawyer says is unconvincing.
Royal wedding in Spain – as Princess Letizia of Asturias and Crown Prince Felipe tie the knot and she’s now queen of Spain.
Music News – May 22, 2004 -
MTV will chronicle Ashlee Simpson’s recording and launching of her upcoming debut album in “Ashlee” on June 16.
Phish says they will break up after their summer tour in August.
Over 31 million saw Fantasia Barrino sing her way to a title on “American Idol” beating-out Diana DeGarmo.
Some top albums – week of May 22, 2004 -
You Are the Quarry – Morrissey
New Found Glory – Catalyst
Confessions – Usher
So-Called Chaos – Alanis Morissette
D12 World – D12
The Reason – Hoobastank
Tical O: The Prequel – Method Man
Television News – May 22, 2004 -
On “Saturday Night Live” – Host Ben Afflect with musical guest N.E.R.D.
“American Idol” creator Simon Fuller is teaming up with Dick Clark Productions to re-start “American Bandstand.” Fuller’s version will entail more live performances as well as a DJ.
Wednesday night television listings - week of May 22, 2004 -
CBS – 39th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, David Letterman
NBC – Law & Order, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien
ABC - My Wife and Kids, the Bachelor, Super Millionaire, Nightline
PBS – Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire, Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose
Fox – American Idol
UPN – Star Trek: Enterprise, The Eddie Guerrero Story
WB – Movie
Comedy Central – Mad TV, Last Comic Standing, South Park
CMA Awards – From Las Vegas with host Reba McIntyre. Look for Martina McBride, Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry, Lonestar, George Strait, Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, Alabama, Alan Jackson , Shania Twain, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts and more.
Tavis Smiley – Bill Cosby.
David Letterman – Mandy Moore.
Jay Leno – Charles Barkley.
Top Movies - May 22, 2004 -
Man on Fire
Breakin’ All the Rules
13 Going on 30
New York Minute
Kill Bill Vol. 2
Super Size Me.