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Dateline: Week Of August 15, 2004 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News

Hurricane Charley cuts a broad swath of destruction across Florida leaving some 13 dead and thousands homeless.

Long awaited – President Bush announces his plan to remove as many as 70,000 U.S. troops from Europe and Asia in a sweeping reorganization that he said would better prepare the military to handle crises.

Renews focus - President Bush focuses on a years-old national security conflict, charging that opponents of a satellite-guided missile defense system were “living in the past.”

Rebel cleric Muqtada Sadr announces that he would accept demands to vacate Najaf’s Imam Ali Mosque and disarm his militia – but wants further negotiations on how such a plan would be implemented.

A U.S. appeals court says software used to swap songs and movies online does  not violate copyright law in a setback for the entertainment industry.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon insists that he would press efforts to pull out of the Gaza Strip despite a vote by his Likud party against bringing the Labor party into the ruling coalition to ensure support for the withdrawal. 

The campaign for Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry says it will file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, charging that a Vietnam veterans group had been illegally coordinating its ad campaign about Kerry’s military record with President Bush.


Sports News – August 15, 2004

Winter games at Athens – Swimmer Michael Phelps earns his seventh gold medal. U.s. gymnast Paul Hamm overcomes a dramatic fall on his vault and becomes the first American man to win a gold medal in the individual all-around competition.


Technology News – August 15, 2004

Apple and Motorola are partnering to introduce the iTunes music player on Motorola’s next generation phones and will mark the first U.S. mass-market attempt to merge an MP3 player with a cell phone.

Stock market debut as Google stock hits $100.34 on its first day of Nasdaq trading.


Television news – August 15, 2004

 Carly Patterson’s gold medal win in the women’s gymnastics finals in Athens propels NBC’s coverage to its best numbers yet for its 2004 Olympic coverage.

This week’s “Live with Regis and Kelly” gives Regis something for the record books – logging 15,188 hours on television. He gets the Guinness world record for most hours on camera, passing broadcaster Hugh Downs for the record. 

Monday night television listings/TV Guide – week of August 15, 2004

CBS – Still standing, Yes, Dear, Everybody Love Raymond, Two and a Half Men, CSI: Miami, Late Show, Craig Ferguson

NBC – XXVII Summer Olympics

ABC – Best TV Shows That Never Were, Murasic Park III, Nightline, Jimmy Kimmel

PBS – History Detectives, Mystery of Chaco Canyon, Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose

Fox – That ‘70’s Show, The Casino

WB – 7th Heaven, Summerland

Disney – Lizzie McGuire, Sister Sister, That’s So Raven

Fox News – G. Van Susteren, O’Reilly Factor, special Report, Neil Cavuto, Hannity & Colmes

David Letterman – Matt Damon, Carmel Anthony and musical guests the Hives

On Dr. Phil – Parenting 101.


Top Children’s DVD’s – August 15, 2004

The Cheetah Girls

Scooby-Doo & The Loch Ness Monster

Dora The Explorer: Silly Fiesta

Spiderman Vs. Doc Ock

Spongebob Squarepants: Spongeguard on Duty

Dora the Explorer – Dora’s Pirate Adventure

Thomas & The Jet Plane

What’s New Scooby Doo? Safari So Good

Pokemon: Jirachi Wish Maker


DVD sales – August 15, 2004

Starsky & Hutch (Widescreen)

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

Dirty Dancing Havana Nights

Bourne identity (Widescreen Extended Version)

Starsky & Hutch (Pan & Scan)

Butterfly Effect (director’s Cut)

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Vol. 2. (Collector’s edition)


Music news – August 15, 2004

Hollywood Records’ emerging rock band Breaking Benjamin is providing 11 tracks from its first two albums to Buena Vista games’ “Tron 2.0: Killer App” videogame. “Tron 2.0” is due this fall exclusively for Xbox live.  

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts (63) is suffering from throat cancer but he’ll recover after radiotherapy – so says a band spokesperson.

Dr Phil McGaw selects “Shine” by Meredith Brooks as the theme song to the upcoming season. The song came out in 2002.


Top Pop Hits – August 15, 2004

Low Motion – Juvenile Ft. Souja Slim

Lean Back – Terror Squad

Turn Me On – Kevin Lyttle Ft. Spraggs Benz

Goodies – Ciara Ft. Petey Pablo

Dip It Low – Christine Milian

Move Ya Body – Nina Sky Ft. Jabba

Confessions Part II – Usher

The Reason – Hoobastank

If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys

My Place – Nelly Ft. Jaheim

Diary – Alicia Keys Ft. Tony! Toni! Tone!

Pieces of Me – Ashlee Simpson

I Like That – Houston – Ft. Chingy, Nate Dogg & I-20

 This Love – Maroon5

Burn – Usher

She Will Be Loved – Maroon5

Meant to Live – Switchfoot

On Fire – Lloyd Banks


Top music albums – August 15, 2004

Confessions – Usher

Autobiography – Ashlee Simpson

Now 16 – Various artists

License to Chill – Jimmy Buffett

Under My Skin – Avril Lavigne

Here For The Party – Gretchen Wilson

Musicology – Prince

Horse of a Different Color – Big & Rich

The Hunger For More – Lloyd Banks

Los Lonely Boys

Where You Want To Be – Talking Back Sunday

Songs About Jane – Maroon5

True story – Terror Squad

Kevin Lyttle

Best of Both Worlds – Van Halen

D12 World – D12

A Cinderella Story – Soundtrack

Elephunk- Black Eye Peas

JoJo – Jo Jo

Kiss of Death – Jadakiss

Mud on the Tires – Brad Paisley

Contraband – Velvet Revolver

Spider-Man 2 – Soundtrack


Top Country Music - August 15, 2004

I Go Back – Kenny Chesney

Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw

I Want to Live – Josh Gracin

Whiskey Lullaby – Brad Paisley Ft. Alison Krause

I Got a Feelin’ – Billy Currington

Days Go By – Keith Urban

Somebody – Reba McEntire

Girls Lie Too – Terri Clark

She Thinks She Needs Me – Andy Griggs

Too Much of a Good Thing – Alan Jackson

Here For the Party – Gretchen Wilson

Save A Horse (Ride a Cowboy) – Big & Rich


R&B/Hip Hop Music – August 15, 2004

Sunshine Lil’ Flip Ft. Lea

Lean Back – Terror Squad

Jesus Walks – Kanye West

Slow Motion – Juvenile Ft. Soulja Slim

Diary – Alicia Keys Ft. Tony! Toni! Tone!

Goodies – Clara Ft. Patsy Pablo

So Sexy – Twista Ft. R. Kelly

U Should’ve Known Better – Monica


Top Modern Rock Music – August 15, 2004

Just Lie You – Three Days Grace

Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand

Breaking the Habit – Linkin Park

Vindicated – Dashboard Confessional

Somebody Told Me – The Killers

Talk Shows On Mute – Incubus

Slither – Velvet Revolver


Top Movies – August 15, 2004

Alien vs. Predator

The Princess diaries 2: Royal Engagement


Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

The Bourne supremacy

The Village

The Manchurian Candidate

I, Robot

Little Black Book

Spider-Man 2

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