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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week Of January 15, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 


In The News -

president bush wants tax rebates january 2008 headline timeline mrpopculturePresident Bush calls for about $150 billion in tax rebates and other measures designed to be a “shot in the arm” for the flagging economy.

Sen. Barack Obama announces that he would donate to charity $40,350 in past political contributions after his identity surfaced in a public corruption case headed to trial.

Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain win in Nevada.

A female suicide bomber detonates her explosives vest in a marketplace in Diyala province, killing at least eight and injuring seven.

 Republican Bobby Jindal is inaugurated as Governor of Louisiana – the first Indian American governor in the U.S. and currently, the nation’s youngest at 36.

Passing – Chess champ Bobby Fischer. He was 64.

Passing – Richard Knerr – co-founder of Wham-O toys – makers of Frisbee and Hula Hoop


Medical News – January 15, 2008

Fewer pregnant women are choosing abortion with abortions down 25% since peaking in 1990.

Patients are waiting longer for care in the nation’s emergency rooms – 30 minutes or longer – a 36% increase from a median wait time of 22 minutes in 1997.

The FDA says meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring are as safe as the natural versions.


Business News – January 8, 2008

Stock markets worldwide are taking dives. The U.S. is down 15.3% from a year ago. Japan is down 27% for the same period.


Sports News – January 8, 2008

Passing – Georgia Frontiere – former entertainer who inherited the LA Rams. She was 80. She ticked off a lot of people when she moved the team to Anaheim in 1980 – then to St. Louis in 1995.

The NBA expands its digital business deal with Turner Broadcasting by turning over operation of its league website, a 24/7 digital television channel and a cable and satellite television package.


Music News – January 15, 2008

Passing – John Stewart – once with the Kingston Trio.


Television News – January 15, 2008

 Passing – Character actor Allan Melvin – the Brady Bunch’s “Sam the Butcher” and many other TV characters. He was 84.

oprah to start own tv channel january 2008 trivia timeline mrpopcultureOprah Winfrey and Discovery communications say they were forming a company with a flagship cable channel to be called OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. Look for it in mid-2009.

Despite the Hollywood writers strike, the big TV networks have more than 100 episodes of scripted series ready to roll out over the next few months. But few are fan favorites or hit shows.

smurfs celebrate 50 years tv trivia january 2008 mrpopcultureThe Smurf’s mark their 50th anniversary. They became superstars when they debuted on U.S. TV  - back in1981, but the late cartoonist Pierre Culliford – introduced the tiny blue figures in a comic strip in October of 1958.

Tuesday night television listings/TV Guide – week of January 15, 2008

CBS – NCIS, Comanche Moon, David Letterman

NBC – The Biggest Loser; Couples, law & Order, Special Victims Unit, Tonight Show

ABC - Just for Laughs, Just for laughs, According to Jim, Carpoolers, Boston Legal, Nightline

Fox – American Idol (season premiere)

CW – Reaper, One Tree Hill

MyNet – Street patrol, Jail Paterson, Jail Facilities

Comedy Central – Daily Show, Colbert Report, Futurama, South Park, Demetri Martin

 Disney – Hannah Montana, Zack & Cody, Movie, That’s So Raven


Top Movies – January 15, 2008

The Bucket List

First Sunday


National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Alvin and the Chipmunks

I Am Legend

One Missed call

P.S I Love You

The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggie Tales Movie


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