Dateline: Week Of June 15, 2004 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
The Pentagon announces that Gen. George W. Casey – a four-star general – will replace Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez as the top U.S. military commander in Iraq.
The Supreme Court rules that “God” will stay in the pledge of allegiance.
A letter from a man identifying himself as a Saudi friend of U.S. hostage Paul Johnson Jr. urged the abductors to spare Johnson’s life and said killing would violate Islamic law. Johnson’s captors said in a videotape and written statement that they would kill him unless Saudi authorities released al Qaeda prisoners within 72 hours.
Islamist radicals behead Paul Johnson – a New Jersey native. Photos of the decapitated man have been posted on of their websites.
Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said the U.S. missile attack n the city of Fallouja that killed 22 hit its intended target and he defends it.
A car bomb explodes in a crowd outside an Iraqi army recruiting center in Baghdad – 18 are dead.
The Olympic torch arrived in New York and began a 34-mile tour across the city, which recently was named as one of five finalists to host the 2012 Summer Games.
Sports News – June 15, 2004 -
The Detroit Pistons defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 100-87 to take the NBA Championship!
Technology News – June 15, 2004 -
Microsoft is building a rival search engine. It seems, Google is making a lot of noise – because it took in $105.6 million in profit last year.
Google announces that it will offer its search to any website/for any website. It now allows Web logs and other online publishers to include its search engine on their sites. Revenue from the targeted ads displayed next to search results will be split between Google and the website operators.
Music News – June 15, 2004
Madonna chooses the Hebrew name “Esther” as follower of cabala. She appeared on ABC’s “20/20” this week. She says he new book, “Yakov and the Seven Thieves,” is dedicated to “naughty children everywhere. Even the naughtiest person in the world big or small has the capacity to do something good in the world.”
Yet another music awards show – this time Ryan Seacrest is getting into the act. He hosts “American Top 40” on radio – so he’s come up with the “American Top 40 Awards” to honor the top acts from his radio show. Look for the first telecast in 2005.
Madonna has agreed to sell her interest in maverick recording Co to Warner Music Group. This to settle of breach-of-contract lawsuit.
Tuesday night television listings –
CBS – Navy NCIS, The Guardian, Judging Amy, David Letterman
NBC – The Next Action Star, Lat Comic Standing, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Jay Leno
PBS – After Stonewall, Independent Lens, Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose
WB – Gilmore Girls, Summerland
Fox – Bernie Mac Show, The Jury
UPN – One on One, All of Us, America’s Next Top Model
FX – The Shield
David Letterman – Ben Stiller, Beastie Boys.
Jay Leno – Shawn Wayans.
Top Movies - June 15, 2004 -
DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Stepford Wives
The Chronicles of Ridick
The Day After Tomorrow
Around the World in 80 Days
Passing – Max Rosenberg – veteran cult/horror movie producers.