Dateline: Week Of December 1, 2004 In News, Pop, Celebrity, Entertainment, Tech & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
The Pentagon says it will increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq – to a force of 150,000 just before the elections there – to hinder violence.
President Bush scores another victory – winning backing for a bill to place the nation’s intelligence agencies under a single director.
Fire breaks out in the 43-story Lasalle Bank building in Chicago’s Loop. 25 are injured. The fire was reported on the 29th floor.
First Lady Laura showed off her holiday displays in the White House – each designed to celebrate the season’s music traditions and songs.
Michael Jackson voluntarily gives a DNA sample to Santa Barbara (CA) investigators. This after a search of his Neverland ranch.
Iraq - Insurgents open fire on a busload of laborers traveling toward a U.S. military base in Tikrit. 17 die. .. Simultaneous attacks against two police stations and a Shiite Muslim mosque kill about 30 in Baghdad.
Gunfire breaks out from a Haitian slum – just a few blocks from a palace where U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell was holding talks with the country’s interim president and prime minister.
Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge announces his resignation, saying the nation is now a much harder target for terrorists.
Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida goes to the U.S. Supreme Curt in a bid to keep a severely brain-damaged woman alive over her husband’s objectives. Many believe Bush overstepped his authority when in 2003, he pushed through the Legislature, a law that allowed him to have Terri Schlavo’s feeding tube reinserted. Schlavo who will be 41 this week, suffered severe brain damage after collapsing in 1990 because of an eating disorder.
Christmas at Rockefeller Center – Mayor Michael Bloomberg and three Olympic gold winners – including ice skater Sarah Hughs – light the big tree. Jessica Simpson and Nick Laohey sang a duet before the lighting.
Patrick Daley (29) – son of Mayor Richard M. Daley of Chicago – enlists in the Army.
Target stores this year have decided not to permit those Salvation Army santas outside – because it felt doing so would be unfair to other charities wanting to solicit shoppers.
Pennsylvania - The United Methodist Church defrocked a lesbian minister for violating the denomination’s ban on actively gay clergy.
New York State files a lawsuit against Merck & Co. Inc, claiming the state’s pension fund lost $171 million from its investment in the drug maker after the company recalled its Vioxx painkiller.
Passing – John Drew Barrymore (72) – of the acting dynasty. He’s the father of actress Drew Barrymore.
Sports News – December 1, 2004 -
Arman Benitez (a free agent) and the San Francisco Giants agree to a three year deal worth about $21 million.
An east Coast collector paid $1.26 million for the bat Babe Ruth used to hit the first homer at the New Yankee Stadium back in 1923. .
Radio News – December 1, 2004 –
Fox News Radio will be the primary national news provider for Clear Channel stations.
Sirius Satellite Radio hires Basket Ball hall of famer Bill Walton to do a music show over the service.
Music News – December 1, 2004 –
Bob Dylan conducts his first-ever interview with “60 Minutes” – talking with Ed Bradley.
Billboard adds another chart – Top “Ringtones.” The first #1 is “Drop it Like It’s Hot” – Snoop Dogg. A ringtone typically sells between $1 and $2.99 and global revenue for ring tones will exceed $3 billion.
Some top albums – week of December 1, 2004
Encore – Eminem
Destiny Fulfilled – Destiny’s Child
R&G – Snoop Dogg
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb – U2
Fantasia – Free Yourself
Crunk Juice – Lil Jon & the East Side Boys
Greatest Hits – Shania Twain
Love. Angel. Music. Baby – Gwen Stefani
Television News – December 1, 2004 -
On the Food channel – Don’t miss “An Italian Christmas with Mario and Glada.”
On “Saturday Night Live” – Jude Law with musical guest Ashlee Simpson.
CNBC is pulling the plug on the low rated John McEnroe talk show.
After 21 years - Tom Brokaw says goodnight to “NBC Nightly News” and an estimated 15.4 million watched. Look for Brian Williams from now on.
ESPN plans to offer its own mobile telephone service using Spring’s network in an effort to get revenue from its viewers.
Real estate agent Nancy Zerg topples champ Ken Jennings on “Jeopardy!” – but she didn’t last long herself. She was gone by the next day.
Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – December 1, 2004
Desperate Housewives – 27.24
CSI – 24.27
CSI: Miami – 22.11
Without a Trace – 19.72
Two and a Half Men – 18.94
Everybody Loves Raymond – 18.54
Extreme Makeover Home Edition – 18.21
60 Minutes – 17.69
Cold Case – 17.51
Survivor: Vanuatu – 16.47
Monday Night Football – 15.63
Law & Order: SVU – 15.20
NCIS – 14.20
The Seinfeld Story – 14.11
CSI on Friday - 13.73
When Angels Come Home – 13.69
Boston Legal – 13.64
CSI: NY – 13.49
Top Movies – December 1, 2004
Christmas with the Kranks
The Polar Express
The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie
Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason