Dateline: Week Of April 22, 2004 in News, Pop, Celebrity, Tech, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Iraq –The U.S. Marines are ready to storm the militant-laden city of Fallouja – look out!… A suicide car bomb tears through a police headquarters in Riydah with four dead… Another10 U.S troops die – 8 by another suicide bomber.
North Korea - A cargo train carrying fuel from China explodes in what is being reported as major disaster with thousands of fatalities.
A tornado rips through Utica, Illinois – killing eight seeking refuge.
Al Gore says he would give $4 million in leftover campaign money to the DNC to help defeat President Bush.
The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 4.2% during the first quarter.
The U.S. and China have agreed to curtail piracy of American movies, computer software and music as China agrees to a crackdown.
Santa Barbara - Michael Jackson is indicted by a grand jury – and faces charges for the molestation of a 12-year-old boy.
Hal Ritter – a managing editor at USA Today resigns – the same day the paper published an analysis of an ethics scandal involving a star reporter that identified significant deficiencies in the culture of the newsroom. He’s the second USA Today editor to resign.
Princess Diana’s family said that they were “sickened’ by CBS’-TV’s broadcast of photos of the dying princes taken moments after the crash that killed her. Two black-and-white photos were shown this week on “48 Hours investigates.”
Passing – Cosmetics queen Estee Lauder. She was 97.
McDonald’s earnings jump 56% in the first quarter.
Technology News – April 22, 2004
Google wants to raise $2.7 billion and will offer an IPO.
Radio News – April 22, 2004
Donald Trump has a new syndicated feature – “Trumped” – which will feature topics such as business.
Music News – April 22, 2004
Jessica Simpson reality tour!
Phil Collins first final farewell tour!
Elton John, who was a guest judge on “American Idol” this week – calls voting by the national audience to be “incredibly racist.” He said the three people he was really impressed with – all black – were at the bottom of the voting.
Some top music albums – April 22, 2004
Hurt No More – Mario Winans
Damita Jo – Janet Jackson
Feels Like Home – Norah Jones
Musicology – Prince
Now That’s What I Call Music Vol. 15 – various
College Drop Out – Kanye West
Greatest Hits – Gun “N Roses
The Reason – Hoobstank
Television News – April 22, 2004
“The Apprentice” runner-up – Kwame Jackson says he’s had a ton of job offers – so don’t shed tears for him. Jackson lost to Bill Rancie last week. “The Apprentice” was one of the big hits of the TV season.
TBS has a new logo and new campaign, “tbs: very funny.”
Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – April 22, 2004
American Idol on Tuesday – 23.40
Friends – 22.64
American Idol on Wednesday – 21.23
CSI – 21.12
CSI: Miami – 21.02
Survivor: All Stars – 20.99
Friends – 20.33
ER – 19.85
Law & Order – 17.81
Will & Grace – 16.36
Everybody Loves Raymond – 16.09
Movie-Plainsong – 15.36
Cold Case – 14.83
Two and a Half Men – 14.58
Without a Trace – 12.80
Top Movies – April 22, 2004
Kill Bill Vol. 2
The Passion of the Christ
Starsky and Hutch
50 First Dates
Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Dawn of the dead