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Dateline: Week Of December 1, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts

 

In The News -

President Bush unveils a strategy he promised would deliver “a complete victory” in Iraq. He praised newly trained Iraqi forces who the president said, were about to assume more responsibility for the country’s security.

Iraq –  Ten U.S. Marines die after a bomb goes off in Fallouja… Two suicide bombers strike at police trainees in Baghdad. 40 are dead. 

Israel – Defecting from the party he help found almost 40 years ago – Shimon Peres throws his support behind Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in the coming elections… A Palestinian suicide bomber blows himself up outside a shopping mall in Netanya – killing five.  

Historic - Two businesswomen have become Saudi Arabia’s first female elected officials. They are Lama Sulaiman and Nashwa Taher. The gained seats on Jidda’s chamber of commerce. 

Abu Hamza Rabia – a senior Al Qaeda leader was reportedly killed last week by a bomb blast in Pakistan. 

In Iran – a military transport airplane with Iranian journalists aboard crashes into a 10-story apartment building in Tehran – killing 115. 

howard dean criticized by Bush      december 2005President Bush and other Republicans criticize Howard Dean for suggesting in a radio interview that the United States would not win the war in Iraq. Dean is the Democratic Party chairman. 

French surgeons said that they had performed the world’s first partial face transplant, giving a new nose, chin and lips to a woman mauled by a dog. 

A jury gives the death penalty to Joseph Smith for murdering 11-year-old Carlie Brucia – whose abduction by Smith was caught on a video camera. 

U.S. auto sales dropped 2.8% in November. 

Kennedy Honors in Washington D.C. -  President Bush honored Tina Turner, Robert Redford, Tony Bennett. Beyonce Knowles performed “Tina” style.   

 

Sports News – December 1, 2005 -  

 Grady Little, former manager for the Boston Red Sox – is hired away by the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

 

Technology News – December 1, 2005 -  

RealNetworks launches a web-based version of its Rhapsody subscription music service – hoping to offer access from anywhere on the Net.

 

Entertainment / Celebrity News – December 1, 2005 -  

 julia roberts highest paid actress    in 2005 Julia Roberts is one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses – at $20 million per flick, Nicole Kidman is second – at about $17 million and then Reese Witherspoon and Drew Barrymore at about $15 million.

 

Music News – December 1, 2005 -

On Tuesday – the Billboard Music Awards with Green Day, Toby Keith, R. Kelly. On Fox.

 

Television News – December 1, 2005 -

oprah on david letterman    2005Oprah Winfrey’s appearance on David Letterman’s show drew a whopping 13.4 million viewers – more than 4x his normal ratings! She hasn’t been on his show for 16 years because his jibs had made her uncomfortable. 

Another list – “The 100 Most unexpected TV Moments” on TV Land this week! Includes Sonny & Cher again on “Letterman” and the Janet Jackson debacle. Oh boy!  

ABC names Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas as the new co-anchors for “ABC World News Tonight.” 

 

Top Movies – December 1, 2005 –

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Aeon Flux

Walk the Line

Yours, Mine & Ours

Just Friends

Pride and Prejudice

Rent

Chicken Little

Derailed

In the Mix

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