Dateline: Week Of June 22, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
President Bush welcomes Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai to the White House – the first such prime minister at the White House since the end of the Vietnam War.
Limit public display of religion - The Supreme Court strikes down the posting of the Ten Commandments on the walls of two Kentucky courthouses.
Speaking at Ft. Bragg – President Bush called on the nation to hold firm in its support for the war in Iraq and that victory was essential for preventing another terrorist attack.
The U.S. military in Iraq is building new detention facilities at the Abu Ghraib prison and Camp Bucca near the Kuwait border and are in the process of another major prison near northern Iraq.
The Supreme Court gives cities broad power to bulldoze homes and small business to make way for business development.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – the mayor of Tehran – wins Iran’s presidency in a landslide. A day before the run-off election, Iran said that it had arrested 26 people, including at least one military figure for suspected violations in the first round of voting.
Members of a group calling itself America’s Nazi party waved flags bearing swastikas and shouted “Sieg Heil” on a national battlefield, while 500 counter-demonstrators rallied on a field nearby.
Overbilled! Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a partner are accused of creating shell organizations and overcharging their tribal clients $millions.
Edgar Ray Killen gets 60 years in prison for the 1964 Mississippi slayings of Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner.
The U.S. Agriculture Department confirmed that a cow first suspected of having mad cow disease had tested positive – the second such case in the U.S.
Wichita (KS) - Former Boy Scout leader Dennis Rader pleads guilty to murdering 10 people to satisfy his sexual fantasies. His killing spree reigned from 1974 to 1991. He was named for his killing technique – bind, torture, kill.
A 14-year-old girl dies in a shark attack in the Gulf of Mexico off of Destin, Florida.
Passing – John Walton – billionaire son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. He was 58. He died in a plane crash in Wyoming.
Sports News – June 22, 2005 -
Serena Williams loses to Jill Craybas at Wimbledon.
Technology News – June 22, 2005 -
AMD sues rival Intel – accusing them of bullying computer companies and other illegal tactics to gain a stranglehold on the semiconductor market.
Apple Computer cuts prices on its iPod digital music players, added color screens to some models and began supporting downloadable radio programs to defend its lead against competing payers and music services.
Google shares top $300, giving the company an $84 billion evaluation.
EBay launches a service that encourages small and medium-size sellers to build Web stores that will be more independent that the powerhouse e-commerce site. It’s called E-Bay Prostores.
Entertainment /Celebrity News – June 22, 2005 -
Passing – Paul Winchell – ventriloquist and voice actor. He was 82.
Passing – Shana Alexander (79) – liberal author and once a debater on “Point/Counterpoint” on “60 Minutes.”
Music News - June 22, 2005 -
Passing – Chet Helms – Concert promoter primarily in the San Francisco Bay area.
Billy Corgan wants to revive the Smashing Pumpkins. “I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams.”
Destiny’s Child Destiny Fulfilled… And Lovin’ It Tour.
Some top albums - June 22, 2005 -
In Your Honor – Foo Fighters
Monkey Business – Black Eye Peas
Greatest Hits – the Offspring
Way It Is – Keyshia Cole
Mezmerize – System of a Down
X&Y – Coldplay
The Emancipation of Mimi – Mariah Carey
Television News – June 22, 2005 -
Fox news channel averaged a 9% viewer ship increase than the same period last year.
On the “Today” show – Matt Lauer gets into a testy interview with Tom Cruise as Lauer challenged the actor’s attacks on the use of prescription and antidepressant drugs.
Passing – Character actor John Fielder. He was 80.
Viacom introduces its “Logo” network – a gay channel. It’s rolled out in about 10 million homes.
E! Entertainment says it will end “The Howard Stern Show” – the final installment airing July 8. It had been part of the channel since 1994.
Top Movies – June 22, 2005 -
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Herbie: Fully Loaded
Land of the Dead
Harry Potter and the Revenge of the Sith
The Longest Yard
Sharkboy & Lavagirl in 3-D