Dateline: Week Of August 1, 2004 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Iraq – Some 300 Shiites militants are dead in clashes near the city of Najaf.
Terrorism sting - The Justice Department says it has arrested Mohammed Hossain – a pizzeria owner and a founder of the Masjid asalam mosque and Yassin Aref – the mosque’s iman – in Albany NY.
John M. Forney – former Enron Corp trading executive – pleads guilty to charges he manipulated energy markets during California’s power crisis. Enron’s scheme to charge fees for services it did not provide was known inside the company as Forney’s Perpetual Loop and he had taken part in other schemes within the company. IOW – this guy was bad news.
A propane gas tank explodes inside a crowded supermarket in Asuncion, Paraguay – killing 256 people.
Richard Smith – the pilot of the Staten Island ferry that slammed into a concrete pier killing 11 – pleads guilty to manslaughter.
Missouri voters approve a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
Vice President Dick Cheney said John Kerry and the Democrats are responsible for higher gas prices at the pump, that they blocked a Bush energy plan that would increase petroleum drilling. “John Key and John Edwards voted no. It’s another area where I think there is a significant difference.”
Sports News – August 1, 2004 -
Passing – Bob Murphy – Hall of Fame broadcaster who helped call NY Mets games since the beginning – in 1962. He was 79.
Technology News – August 1, 2004
Microsoft completes a long-awaited update for its XP operating system – Service Pack 2.
The FCC certifies TiVo technology as an anti-pirate technology.
Music News – August 1, 2004
Rock band Phish conducts their farewell concert, at, of all places – Coventry, Vt. The Aug. 14-15 are sold out, and they will be broadcasting the concert from a local radio station for those without tickets.
Passing – Funk master Rick James – found dead in his home near Hollywood, CA. He was 56.
Dixie Chick Natalie Maines will make her acting debut in “Grand Champion” which also stars George Strait.
XM Satellite radio says it will add a channel programmed by coffee store Starbucks. The store is expanding music into 2,500 stores during the next two years.
A coalition of musicians called “Vote For Change” to oust President Clinton and get John Kerry in the White House – announces a series of concert dates. The artists are – Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, death Cab for Cutie, R.E.M. John Fogerty, Bright Eyes, Dixie Chicks, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Keb’ Mo. A combination of these artists – not all – will be performing at locations throughout October.
Some top albums – week of August 1, 2004
Now That’s What I Call Music – Vol. 16
Where You Want to Be – Taking Back Sunday
Autobiography – Ashlee Simpson
True Story – Terror Squad
License to Chill – Jimmy Buffet
Confessions – Usher
Hunger For More – Lloyd Banks
Radio News – Week Of August 1, 2004
Shock duo Opie and Anthony are joining XM Satellite Radio beginning Oct. 4. They were yanked of the air back in August of 2002 after broadcasting a live account of a couple having sex inside St. patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan.
Television News – Week Of August 1, 2004
Bill Clinton – who has been all over TV promoting his new book – “My Life” – says he won’t be doing “Saturday Night Live.”
New on UPN – “Amish in the City.” The reality show follows five people who grew up in Amish homes but have been set up in a Hollywood home with six non-Amish people.
Tuesday night television listings -
CBS – 60 Minutes II, King of Queens, 48 Hours Mystery, Dave Letterman
NBC – Next Action Star, Law & Order, Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien
ABC – My Wife and Kids, Drew Carey, Jesus, Mary and da Vinci with Elizabeth Vargas, Nightline
WB – Smallville
UPN – Amish in the City, The Player
Fox - That ‘70’s Show, Quintuplets, The Simple Life 2
VH1 – I Love the ‘90’s, I Love the ‘80’s
MTV – DFX, Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica, Ashlee Simpson Show, MTV’s First Ever Reality Awards
Top Movies – August 1, 2004 –
The Bourne Supremacy
The Manchurian Candidate
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
A Cinderella Story
Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Borgundy