Dateline: Week Of April 1, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
The Vatican says that Pope John Paul II has suffered shock and momentary heart failure and is in very grave condition.
A band of rogue policemen kill at least 29 in a random shooting spree outside Rio de Janeiro.
Iraq – A suicide bomber driving a tractor blew himself up near Abu Ghraib prison, wounding four civilians… In Saudi Arabia – Security forces stormed a walled compound where Islamic militants were barricaded and two top leaders of the Saudi branch of Al Qaeda were among 14 extremists killed.
Historic - Iraq’s new democratically elected National Assembly names Jalal Talabani – a former Kurdish resistance leader, as the nation’s president.
Pope John Paul II, who led the Roman Catholic Church for 26 years, dies.
Prince Albert assumes Monaco’s royal powers after a royal commission decided his critically ill father was too sick to perform his duties.
Former national security advisor Sam “Sandy” Berger has admitted that he had stolen classified documents, destroyed some of them and lied about it all.
The Bush administration launches a campaign to preserve and expand the USA Patriot Act – the anti-terrorism legislation enacted after Sept. 11.
Terry Schlavo – the brain-damaged woman who became a national focus after a family feud led to a national right-to-die debate – dies. She was 41. Her body was cremated as disagreements continued between her husband and her parents.
Passing - Prince Rainier III of Monaco, who reigned for more than half a century – and – married Grace Kelly – has died. He was 81.
Passing – Saul Bellow – received the Nobel Prize for literature and a Pulitzer. He was 89.
Business News – April 1, 2005 –
Wal-mart Stores retains the top spot in Fortune Magazine’s 2005 ranking. Exxon Mobil is second.
Technology News – April 1, 2005 -
Google ups the ante and begins to offer its Gmail users 2 gigs of storage – doubling Microsoft and Yahoo’s offerings.
Music News – April 1, 2005 -
Bruce Springsteen will launch a solo tour – his first such tour in eight years. it all begins April 25 in Detroit with a 34-city date.
Big news – don’t miss the “Anger Management Tour” beginning July 7 in Indiana. Look for 50 Cent, Eminem, Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz, G-Unit. The tour is set for 24 dates.
Newly married Britney Spears and Kevin Federline headline a new reality series on MTV – “Newlyweds.” It’s a six-part series and much of it will be shot by the couple with their own camera.
Some top music albums – April 1, 2005 -
Pleasure and Pain – 112
Guero – Beck
Massacre – 50 Cent
Lost & Found – Will Smith
One – Frankie J.
In Between Dreams – Jack Johnson
American Idiot – Green Day
Television News – April 1, 2005
ABC anchor Peter Jennings is diagnosed with lung cancer and is beginning chemotherapy.
Ted Koppel says he is leaving “Nightline” in December – after 25 years.
ABC news announces that it was re-launching a 24-hour digital news channel
On “Saturday Night Live” – Topher Grace with musical guest the Killers.
Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – April 1, 2005 -
CSI – 28.22
American Idol on Tuesday – 26.35
American Idol on Wednesday – 24.93
Desperate Housewives – 24.61
Without a Trace – 21.27
Survivor: Palau – 20.89
House – 18.28
Lost – 17.75
Grey’s Anatomy – 17.71
NCAA Basketball Tournament – 17.55
Everybody Loves Raymond – 16.80
Top Movies – April 1, 2005 -
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
The Ring Two
The Upside of Anger