Dateline: Week Of January 1, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
The U.S. sends 20 Navy ships to the tsunami-battered southern Asia and the United Nations says food is reaching the area.
President Bush calls on every American who can contribute – to do so to organizations aiding victims of the southern Asian earthquake. He named his father and Bill Clinton to lead a nationwide fundraising drive.
Iraq – pre-election violence as seven U.S. soldiers are killed by a roadside bomb… Gunmen assassinate Baghdad governor Ali Haidari and six of his bodyguards…
Edgar Ray Killen is arrested in Mississippi on murder charges in the deaths 40 yers ago of three young civil rights workers Killen is now 80.
Shadi Abdalla – former bodyguard of Osama bin Laden – just out of prison in Germany – has been removed from the United Nations and U.S. terrorism blacklists – a rare move. Berlin values him as a key informant against other suspected militants on trial and has given him a new identity and placed him under police protection.
Sen. Richard Lugar of (D) Indiana, Foreign Relations chairman says a U.S government plan to keep some suspected terrorists in custody for their lifetime even if there was not enough evidence to bring them before a judge is a bad idea.
Business News - January 1, 2005 -
For 2004 - Wall Street has hits second straight year of gains as the Dow gains 3.2% and the S&P is up 9%.
Passing – Shirley Chisholm (80) – the first black woman elected to Congress and later – to run for president.
Technology News – January 1, 2005
AMD unveils a chip to let people download digital TV programs from a set-to box to a portable media player without a personal computer.
Sports News – January 1, 2005 -
The NHL lockout continues – into four months. No season.
Music News – January 1, 2005
In court - Phil Spector once said he fatally shot Lana Clarkson by accident, but later changed his story.
Don Kirshner, now 70 – says he is getting out of retirement to launch a global entertainment company. He’s a little bitter that he hasn’t been inducted into the rock ‘n’ roll hall of fame as a non-performer. “I’d like to know I don’t want to sound like sour grapes, but I believe I should have been one of the first three or first five inducted. Seriously. I man, they’ve got people in there that I trained, and I’m not in?”
Top Music Albums – January 1, 2005 –
Loyal to the Game – Tupac
American Idiot – Green Day
Encore – Eminem
Confessions – Usher
Get Lifted – John Legend
Crunk Juice – Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
Collision Course – Jay-Z and Linkin Park
Radio News – January 1, 2005 -
Citidel Broadcasting yanks Howard Stern off of the four stations that carry his show. They don’t like his mentions about moving to Sirius Satellite Radio.
Ford will begin offering Sirius satellite radios as a factory installed option in four vehicle lines this summer and that will increase over the next two years.
Entertainment News – January 1, 2005 -
Top Box Office Movies For The Year 2004 –
Shrek 2 did the biggest U.S. box office business in 2004 at 436.7 million. Followed by:
Spider Man 2- $373.4 million
Passion of the Christ - $370.3 million
The Incredibles - $251.5 million
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - $249.4 million
The Day After Tomorrow - $186.7 million
The Bourne Supremacy - $176.1 million
Meet the Fockers – $163.4 million
Shark Tale – $160.7 million
The Polar Express – $155.2
Television News- January 1, 2005 -
CNN is dropping its long-running “Crossfire” and Tucker Carlson. “Crossfire” began in 1982.
The FCC has received complaints about the New Year’s Eve “Tonight Show” – when Motley Crue’s Vince Neil wished bandmate Tommy Lee a happy “F..K..N” New Year.” U2 lead singer Bono used the same expletive at last year’s Golden Globe Awards.
Anchor Sharon Tay joins MSNBC. She had been with KTLA Los Angeles.
After three years and their MTV show – “The Osbournes” starring rocker Ozzy and America’s favorite family – are saying goodbye.
On “Saturday Night Live” – Liam Neeson with musical guest Modest Mouse.
Top Movies – January 1, 2005 -
Meet the Fockers
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Polar Express
The Phantom of the Opera