Dateline: Week Of December 8, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Iraq – A suicide bomber jumped onto a crowded bus and blew himself up, killing 33.
President Bush said that the war in Iraq had claimed the lives of 30,000 Iraqi citizens in addition to 2,140 U.S. troops – but that establishment of a democracy there would justify the sacrifice.
Federal air marshals shoot and kill an agitated passenger who claimed to have a bomb in his backpack. This in Miami, on a flight headed for Orlando.
Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice criticized other nations for failing to provide support for the trial of Saddam Hussein, saying their boycott of his trial “is only harming the Iraqi people.”
A snowstorm hits the Midwest and Northeast, dumping as much as 14 inches in parts of New Hampshire. In Chicago – a Southwest Airlines jet careened into traffic while trying to land at Midway and smashed into two cars. A 6-year-old boy in one of the vehicles was killed.
President Bush acknowledged that navigating the complex Medicare prescription benefit program could be a challenge.
The Federal Reserve raises its short-term interest rate by a quarter per-cent to 4.25%.
In Australia - Violence spills into its second night as scores of youths drove through predominantly white suburbs of Sydney, smashing windows of cars, homes and stores and raising fears of spreading racial unrest.
Stanley Tookie Williams – co-founder of the Cribs street gang – and killer of four is executed by lethal injection at San Quentin.
The Federal Trade Commission says that DirecTV would pay $5.3 million to settle charges that the satellite television operator had violated the FTC’s rule against calling people who have asked not to receive sales calls.
Passing – Former Sen. Eugene McCarthy (D-Minn.). He was 89.
Entertainment News - December 8, 2005 -
Passing – Comedian Richard Pryor (65).
Paramount Pictures Corp announces has reached an agreement to acquire DreamWorks SKG for $1.6 billion.
Music News – December 8, 2005 –
On NBC Monday night – Elton John: Red Piano At Caesars Palace. With Justin Timberlake and Pamela Anderson.
Wednesday night on MTV – Hard Rock Live – Mary J. Blige.
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood get married – in a private ceremony at their Oklahoma home.
KIIS-FM Los Angeles annual Jingle Ball – With Shakira and Chris Brown. Also Frankie J, Rihanna and the Pussycat Dolls.
On “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2006 – Look for Mariah Carey, Hilary Duff, the Bangles, Chris Brown, Sean Paul, the Pussycat Dolls and 311.
Rival MTV New Years – “MTV’s New Year of Music” – with Kanye West, Shakira, Fall Out Boy, Young Jeezy, All-American Rejects, Common and Adam Levine.
Television news – December 8, 2005 -
On “Saturday Night Live” – Alex Baldwin and musical guest Shakira.
Sunday night on E! – True Hollywood Story profiles the winning woman of American Idol: Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia Barrino and Carrie Underwood.
Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide - December 8, 2005 -
CSI – 30.94
Without a Trace – 21.76
Survivor: Guatemala – 21.18
Fraiser – 21.18
Survivor: Guatemala – 20.12
60 Minutes – 19.72
Law & Order: SVU – 16.29
Grey’s Anatomy – 15.70
Charlie Brown Christmas – 15.34
ER – 14.34
CSI: Miami – 15.33
Survivor: Guatemala Reunion – 15.21
Monday Night Football – 15.09
Two and a Half Men – 14.11
NCIS – 14.00
My Name is Earl – 13.99
Top Movies - December 8, 2005 -
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Walk the Line
Yours, Mine and Ours
Pride & Prejudice