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Dateline: Week Of July 1, 2004 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Baghdad - Saddam Hussein defiantly faces down an Iraqi judge when he was arraigned on seven charges related to the killing of thousands of people during his decades as the ruler of Iraq.

The new interim Iraqi government – only in its second week – plans to offer amnesty to insurgents – something that is striking controversy in the U.S.

The Pentagon and commanders in the Middle East are being criticized more and more – some of it by Bush administration officials and military officers, who believe the military, is failing to develop a coherent, winning strategy against the insurgency in Iraq.

China and Thailand reports new outbreaks of bird flu, a highly contagious disease that health experts fear could sicken humans.

Sen. John F. Kerry chooses North Carolina senator John Edwards as his vice presidential running mate.

Dick Cheney repeats his assertation that “long established ties” existed between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda.

A man described as a discontented employee, kills four and wounds three at the ConAgra Foods meat packing plant in Kansas City, Kansas.


Business/Economy News – July 1, 2004

The Fed raises its short-term interest rate to 1.25%.

Unemployment stays at 5.6% in June.

DVD movie renter Netflix reports an 82% rise in subscribers in its second quarter.


Technology News – July 1, 2004

Upgraded - Microsoft launches a new Internet search website which employs Yahoo’s search technology


Sports News – July 1, 2004

Stephen Ames earns his PGA Tour victory – the first of his career in the Western Open at Lemont, ILL. He shot a one-under par 70 to finish at 10 under 274, beating Steve Lowery by two strokes.

Maria Sharapova wins the women’s singles final at Wimbledon – the first Russian to win that title.

NASCAR fines Tony Stewart $50,000 and docks him championship points for his altercation with Brain Vicekers.

 Al Unser Jr. (42) – two-time Indy winner, retires. 


Music news – July 1, 2004

Gloria Estefan say her next tour will be her last, although she will continue to write and record. Look for her “Live and Re-Wrapped” tour beginning later this month.

Britney Spears tells People Magazine that this time, she’s marrying for love - this on her recent engagement to dancer Kevin Federline. Spears and Federline, who is four years older than her at 26, began dating a few months ago. Federline performed as a backup dancer for Justin Timberlake, Spears’ former boyfriend. He was previously involved with “Moesha” star Shar Jackson. With her, he has a 2-year-old and is expecting another baby. 

Willie Nelson won’t be able to play at his annual Fourth of July picnic. He just had an operation for carpal tunnel and is in pain.   


Television news – July 1, 2004

New on CNBC – “McEnroe” with John McEnroe. Look for him to interview figures from entertainment to sports.

Saturday night television – July 1, 2004

CBS – Movie (The Patriot)

NBC – Movie (The General’s Daughter), Saturday Night Live

ABC – Movie – The Legend of Baggar Vance)

Fox - Cops

Comedy Central – Last Comic Standing, Reno 911, Chappelle’s Show, The Graham Norton Effect

Saturday Night Live –  Andy Roddick.


Top Movies – July 1, 2004

Spider Man 2

Fahrenheit 9/11

White Chicks


The Notebook

The Terminal

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Shrek 2

Two Brothers


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