Dateline: Week Of January 15, 2005 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Army spc. Charles Graner Jr. is convicted by a military jury of abusing detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
Senate Democrats delay the confirmations of Atty. Gen-designate Albert Gonzales and Secretary of State nominee Condolezza Rice.
George Walker Bush takes the oath of office for the second time. He vowed that the U.S. would promote democratic movements “in every nation and culture” with the goal of ending tyranny “in our world.”
A car bomb explodes in southwestern Baghdad outside a mosque where Shiites were celebrating the Eid al-adha holiday, killing six and wounding dozens.
British newspapers publish graphic photos showing their troops abusing Iraqi prisoners.
Secretary of State-designate Condolezza Rice tells Congress that the Iraqi insurgency “cannot be overcome by military force alone.”
Houston - After fourth trial - Wilbert Rideau who was convicted of murder in a 1961 robbery is released after spending more than 40 years behind bars.
Some best selling books – January 15, 2005
State of Fear – Michael Crichton
The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
Night Fall – Nelson deMille
Collapse – Jared Diamond
America – A Citizen’s Guide to democracy Inaction – Jon Stewart
He’s Just Not that Into You – Greg Behrend and Liz Tuccillo
Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man – John Perkins
Technology News – January 15, 2005
Yahoo profit jumps due to higher advertising plus – Yahoo! Sold a chunk of its stake in rival Google for an average $186/share.
Sports News – January 15, 2005
The Atlanta Falcons take the St. Louis Rams 47-17 as Warrick Dunn established a Falcon post-season record with 142 years rushing.
Overtime game – Pittsburgh Steelers 20 – New York Jets - 17
Entertainment news – January 15, 2005
The big news is the marital breakup of Brad Pit and Jennifer Aniston. Their pictures are everywhere at supermarket checkouts.
More big news – the marriage of Melania Knauss to Donald Trump – next Saturday!
Passing – Actress Virginia Mayo (84).
2005 Golden Globes – some winners –
Picture (drama) – “The Aviator”
Picture (comedy) – “Sideways”
Actor (drama) – Leonardo deCaprio – “The Aviator”
Actress (drama) – Hilary Swank – “Million Dollar Baby”
Director – Clint Eastwood – “Million Dollar Baby”
Music news – January 15, 2006
Britney Spears has a new video – “Do Somethin’” - a new track from her “Greatest Hits:: My Prerogative,” album.
Television news – January 15, 2005
Richard Hatch who is now a millionaire because he won the first “Survivor” – pleads guilty to two counts of tax evasion for failing to report – including all the loot he won from the show!
On Saturday Night Live – Topher Grace with musical guests the Killers.
Stars galore performed in the telethon to aid victims of the Southern Asia tsunami and earthquake, where about 150,000 lives were lost.
Top TV Shows/Ratings/TV Guide – January 15, 2005
CSI – 27.55
Desperate Housewives – 24.09
NFC Playoff-Rams-Falcons – 23.70
AFC Playoff; Colts-Patriots – 23.63
NFC Playoff Kickall – 21.39
Lost – 20.81
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 20.41
Without a Trace – 18.77
ER – 18.42
Golden Globe Awards – 16.84
60 Minutes – 16.52
Medium – 16.34
Law & Order: SVU – 15.94
Everybody Loves Raymond – 15.73
Cold Case – 15.67
NCIS – 15.40
Law & Order – 14.69, CSI: NY – 14.00
Top Movies – January 15, 2005
Meet the Fockers
In Good Company
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Phantom of the Opera