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Year 2003 – Music Videos/Entertainment/Celebrity/Hollywood Info/Trends/Trivia/TV News 

Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees Dies At 53

NBC Anchor/Reporter David Bloom Dies 

Martha Stewart Indicted

Superstar Bob Hope Dies

Phil Spector Charged With Murder

Year 2003 In News Headlines And Information

Space Shuttle Columbia Disintegrates - Killing All

Station Nightclub Fire Kills 96

U.S. Invades Iraq

Fall Of Baghdad

American Iraqi Prisoner Jessica Lynch Returns Home

Major Northeast Blackout Traced To Ohio

Gray Davis Recalled/Arnold Swarzeneggar Is Governor

Saddam Hussein Captured

Year 2003  In Technology News And Information

Apple Unveils iTunes Music Store

Year 2003 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

Top Movie 2003

Top Pop Hit Music Song 2003

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Year 2003 – Entertainment/Celebrity/Hollywood Info/Trends/Trivia/TV

"Air Force Ones" - Nelly

shania twain year 2003 trivia music history  mrpopculture photo imageJanuary - Rap record label Murder Inc. – home of Ja Rule and Ashanti is raided by a federal task force. They’re looking for owner Irv Gotti (nee Irving Lorenzo) and possible financial ties with Kenneth McGriff – a convicted head of a Queens, NY drug gang called the Supreme Team…

Ashanti gets favorite pop/rock new artist at the 30th Annual American Music Awards. 

lisa marie presley album 2003 music history timeline februaryMore January - Hollywood news – passing actor Richard Crenna (75)... Lisa Marie Presley is set to release her first album – “To Whom It May Concern” April 8. She wrote most of the songs... Tom Cruise wins a $10 million judgment against a porn actor (Chad Slater) who allegedly told a French magazine that the two men had a homosexual affair that broke up Cruise’s 10-year marriage to Nicole Kidman...The fifth Harry Potter book is scheduled to be published on June 21. The announcement follows almost two years of publication date push-backs and countless articles speculating on the future of the publishing houses and film studios linked to the series....  Rapper 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) was arrested after police found two guns inside a car parked outside a Manhattan nightclub. …. Diana Ross is charged with drunk driving in Arizona after her car was seen serving. She had a blood alcohol level over .15%....

Passing – Maurice Gibb – one of the three famed Bee Gee brothers. He was 53….. He died suddenly, unexpectedly and was in the hospital to treat a twisted intestine. He died of a heart attack. 

Goodbye Maurice Gibb

ryan secrest 2003 rick dees radio trivia pop culture timeline factsMore January - Tommy Mottola – the former Mr. Mariah Carey – is stepping down as head of Sony Music Entertainment in a reverse of fortunes for the company….  It’s announced that Ryan Seacrest will be filling-in for Rick Dees on his morning show from time- to-time over KIIS-FM in Los Angeles. Dees has never had a live replacement - instead, opting to run voice tracks during vacations and sick days…

Shania Twain/Sting conduct the Super Bowl half-time show…

r kelly arrested 2003 music facts history timeline mrpopcultureMore January - R&B singer R. Kelly is arrested in Miami on new charges that he was in possession of sexually graphic photographs of himself and a female minor…. Debuts - Jimmy Kimmel Live…

Beautiful - Christine Aguilera

michael jackson documentary british february 2003 facts music timelineFebruary - Michael Jackson lashes out at a documentary he helped make for British TV, saying he would never abuse children. In the film, shot over months, Jackson admitted sharing a bed with children at his Neverland ranch. The program, “Living With Michael Jackson,” was shown in Britain on Monday, and then aired on Thursday over ABC-TV in the States… Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Steve van Zandt and Tony Kanal will perform a tribute to the late Joe Strummer and music of the Clash at the 45 th annual Grammy Awards on February 23… Rapper 50 Cent and his major label debut, “Get Rich or Die Trying,” is the biggest sales sensation - with 872,000 copies sold in just four days, according to Nielsen Soundscan…. Jane Pauley is leaving NBC after 27years…Phil Spector is arrested on suspicion of murder after an actress by the name of Lana Clarkson was found shot to death in his home near Los Angeles... John Densmore – co-founder and drummer of the legendary Doors, files suit against band members Robbie Krieger and Ray Manzarek charging that a tour organized by the pair represents a breach of contract and trademark infringement... Norah Jones sweeps the Grammy’s (5) and as a result – her album “Come Away With Me” has spiked in sales. Bruce Springsteen got three, including best rock album for “The Rising.” Eminem got three – including best Rap album for “The Eminem Show”….  Marion “Suge” Knight is released from jail after California prison panel dismissed four of the five alleged parole violations. He’s been in for two months…. A popular cable show these days is “Trading Spaces” a remodeling show in which neighbors impose their decorating tastes on neighbors. It’s on TLC... Some 25 million viewers, watching Joe Millionaire” pick between the final two women and purported fortune, saw Joe confess that he was not rich and the show ended before he picked either of the woman, leaving viewers feeling as if they were the ones being deceived.  He’s actually Evan Marriott. Lots of fans complained to Fox-TV...  

Passing - Fred Rogers – beloved host of the long-running PBS series “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.” He was 74. 

norah jones 2003 grammy new artist album music history timeline mrpopculture photo

45th Grammy Awards - Some Winners:

"Don't Know Why" By Norah Jones Gets Record Of The Year/Song Of The Year  

Album of the year - "Come Away With Me" - Norah Jones

Country Song - "Where Were You" - Alan Jackson 

james gandolfini facts history march 2003 hbo sopranos tv facts timeline mrpopcultureMarch - Peter Arnett s fired by NBC for an interview he gave to Iraqi state television and a correspondent for a rival network – Fox news ‘ Geraldo Rivera. He is known for his flaming antiwar comments...  What a way to go – Paul Stojanovich (47) – the creator of “Cops” on Fox – is dead. How? He was standing on an exposed tree that jutted out over a dove/cliff in Oregon to get his picture taken by his fiancé. She said he slipped on the rain-slick root and fell 300 feet from the cliff into the ocean...  Madonna wants to write children’s books – and has signed a deal with Penguin Publishing. Look for the first – “The English Roses” in September …. A jury in S. California says that Michael Jackson must pay a concert promoter $5.3 million for backing out of two New Year’s Eve concerts in 1999. … “The Sopranos” will continue. James Gandolfini, who had sued HBO to get out of his contract in a dispute over his salary, has agreed to drop his lawsuit and go back to work…. Matchbox Twenty postpones a European tour because of the war in Iraq. The tour was to have begun in Germany... MTV.com also reports that Lisa Marie Presley has called off a two-week promotional swing through Europe for the same reason... Sirius is coming on strong with a new advertising campaign. One print ad reads: “Commercials-OFF… music shouldn’t be brought to you by a double espresso in a can…”   Dixie Chick Natalie Maines , who told a London audience that she was “ashamed” of President Bush,” now says she’s sorry for her comment…. Matchbox Twenty postpones a European tour because of the war in Iraq…. Songs about the war in Iraq are getting released. The latest – “The Final Straw” from R.E.M. Lenny Kravitz just released “We Want Peace”…. Connie Chung is leaving CNN. Her “Connie Chung Tonight” has low ratings and is about to be canceled

75th annual Academy Awards -  Some Winners:

"Chicago" - Best Picture

Best Actor - Adrien Broady - "The Pianist" 

Best Actress - Niole Kidman - "The Hours

peter arnett fired by nbc timeline april 2003 tv news history timelineApril -  On Nickelodeon – Cartoon “Fairly Odd parents” – a show about two well-intentioned but sometimes bumbling fairies who live in a fishbowl. They empower 10-year-old Timmy, the only one who knows about them and help protect them from his mean baby-sitter Vicky, and his benignly idiotic parents, Mr. And Mrs. TurnerPassing - Motown singer Edwin Starr (61) - of an apparent heart attack…

NBC correspondent David Bloom - dies of an apparent pulmonary embolism. He was traveling with troops about 25 miles south of Baghdad when he collapsed… Apparently - from being cooped up from traveling. 

Goodbye NBC's David Bloom

More April - NBC announces plans for a new reality show for Donald Trump - a sort of business “Survivor.”The Apprentice” is scheduled to air next season. The show pits 20 candidates who will test their corporate survival skills by competing for a chance to earn a six-figure salary…. Viacom is buying AOL-Time Warner’s 50% stake in Comedy Central. Price is $1.2 billion…

Nielsen TV Ratings - May 8, 2003

CSI – 25.10

American Idol on Wednesday – 22.69

Survivor: Amazon Finale – 22.29

American Idol on Tuesday – 22.24

ER – 21.90

Everybody Loves Raymond – 19.59

Friends – 19.55

Survivor: Amazon – 19.00

Friends at 8:30pm – 19.98

Survivor Amazon Reunion – 17.65

Law & Order – 17.46

Will & Grace – 17.10

Still Standing – 15.50

 Without a Trace – 14.92

CSI: Miami – 14.46

Bernie Mac Show – 13.73

The Bachelor – 13.51

24 – 13.49

The West Wing – 13.37

Law &Order: Criminal Intent – 13.30

sinead oconnor retires may 2003 music timeline historyMay - Skechers USA Inc and Britney Spears agree to drop their dueling lawsuits over an endorsement deal that put her name on roller skates sold by the company... Pete Townshend, arrested in January during a crackdown on Internet child porn, will be placed on a register of sex offenders after being formally cautioned... “Survivor: The Amazon” has its finale this week and the winner is Jenna Morasca....  American Idol winner Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken appear on the “Today” show… Sinead O’Connor has announced her impending retirement from music… Brian Wilson will perform the lost Beach Boys album “Smile” in Boston, New York and Newark in June…. The Grammy Awards ads a new category - for best rap song…

"American Idol Finale"/Clay Aiken - "This Is The Night"

clay aiken june 2003 music facts history idol timelineJune - Found dead in his home – “JAG” actor Trevor Goddard. He was 37…. MTV Networks plan to relaunch TNN as a men’s  channel called “Spike TV”For the first time – an “American Idol” runner-up is becoming the bigger star. Clay Aiken hits the bestselling charts with “This Is the Night” – selling almost  400,000 copies in its first week in stores. Champ  Ruben Studdard meanwhile is a distant second with his “Flying Without Wings”… Beyonce Knowles makes her solo album debut with “Dangerously in Love”… Passing – Legendary actress Katharine Hepburn. She was 96… Sundays - Don't miss - “Emeril Live” on the Food Channel with Chef Emeril Lagasse....  

"Flyng Without WIngs" - Rubben Studdard

barry white passing july 2003 music history facts timelineJuly - Passing - Producer/composer/singer Barry White. He was 58….

Goodbye Barry White

july 2003 facts trivia queer guys timeline mrpopculture imageMore July - Mourners danced and music played as about 100,000 fans that had waited hours in the hot sun bid farewell to salsa legend Celia Cruz in Miami… Madonna is set to appear in fall ads for the Gap retailer…..  The debut of the Bravo Channel’s “Queer Eye for the straight Guy – where five gay men remake a straight guy in hair, fashion etc – sets a ratings record for the cable channel…. Passing – The one, the only Sam Phillips – who launched the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and many others with his “Sun” record company. He was 80

"Crazy In Love" - Beyonce/Jay-Z

hilary duff year 2003 history trivia pop news  mrpopcultureAugust - Another magazine from Oprah Winfrey – this one a test called “O at Home.” Look for it in October…..  Passing – Actor/Dancer Gregory Hines. He was only 57 and is dead of cancer… Music of the Rolling Stones can now be purchased as downloads – around a $1 per track on Rhapsody…. Michael Jackson says he will open his Neverland Ranch to the public for a day – next month. It’ll be by invitation only…. Ozzy Osbourne sings “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at a Cubs-Dodgers game in Chicago....   

"Work It" - Missy Elliott gets the MTV Video Music Award For Best Video

September  -  MTV Video Music Awards - lots of buzz when Madonna kissed Britany Spears and Christine Aguilera.

johnny cash dies 2003 music history timelineSeptember - Passing - Actor Charles Bronson (81)…   Passing – The one, the only Johnny Cash – “The Man In Black.” He was 71…. Passing -  Singer/songwriter Warren Zevon (56) – “Werewolves of London” – of lung cancer… Dies suddenly – Beloved actor John Ritter (54)… Pop culture phenom Hilary Duff – already on TV, movies, books and clothes and now – recording artist as she’s #1 on the pop album charts with “Metamorphosis.” Look for her Hawaii concert to air on the WB…

"Baby Boy" - Beyonce/Sean Paul

mel gibson passion movie october 2003 facts history timelineOctober - Rush Limbaugh says he will reveal details of the drug investigation brought-on by Florida authorities – and asked listeners to have faith in him. A day after Limbaugh resigned from ESPN as a football analyst – The New York Daily News reported that he was under investigation for allegedly buying addictive pain pills by the thousands on the black market….. Cable’s TLC gets its highest ratings with an episode of “Trading Spaces.” – at 9.1 million viewers…. Mel Gibson re-titles his latest picture to “The Passion of  the Christ” instead of just “The Passion.” – because another studio has dibs on the name….  A new TV talk show – to be produced by Jennifer Lopez and her sister, Lynda is set to debut fall of next year….  Rosie O’Donnell and the publisher of her defunct magazine are in court, accusing each other of destroying the publication by refusing to compromise on its content

"Stand Up" - Ludacris

November - Radio news - the Democrats are putting up $1.8 million to syndicate someone by the name of Ed Shultz - who now hales from Fargo. N.D. They think he can compete with Rush Limbaugh…. Passing -  Bobby Hatfield - one-half of the Righteous Brothers. He was 63….

alan jackson cma 2003 music country trivia facts history timeline mrpopcultureMore November - Posthumously - Johnny Cash wins the Country Music Assn’s album of the year, plus single of the year and video of the year for “Hurt.”  Alan Jackson got male vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year. Martina McBride got female vocalist of the year…

phil spector charged with murder - november 2003 timelineMore November - Passing – Art Carney (85) – who will forever be best-known as lovable “Ed Norton” on the old Honeymooners series. …. Continued Broadway boxoffice sensation – “The Producers” starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick return and tickets went so fast – that in 12 hours -  $3.6 million worth were sold…. Phil Spector is charged with murdering Lana Clarkson at his Los Angeles mansion in February. Michael Jackson is arrested on molestation charges – then released. He arrived from Las Vegas and went to the Santa Barbara County sheriff’s office…. It seems that playing poker is more popular than ever on television – in fact the World Poker Tour is the Travel Channel’s most popular series ever… Elizabeth Hasselbeck is named as new co-host on “The View.” She replaces Lisa Ling…NBC says it is breaking-up with Paxson after four years and wants its investment paid back - $550 million – and that could end the network... Coming to Comedy Central in April – “Straight Plan for the Gay Man” – a parody of Bravo’s “Queer Eye For the Straight Guy”...  Frenchie Davis, who was kicked off “American Idol” because she once worked for an adult-oriented website – lands her first professional lead role in a production of “Dreamgirls” in California. She was a top-30 finalist earlier this year – before being kicked off.  

Hey Ya! - Outkast

December Michael Jackson denied the charges against him during an interview with “60 Minutes” this week. He told Ed Bradley – “Before I would hurt a child, I would slit my wrists.”

jerry seinfeld bee movie dreamworks facts history timelineMore December - Dreamworks announces it is taking on an animated project – pitched by Jerry Seinfeld. It’s called “Bee Movie” and Seinfeld will write, produce and provide at least one voice for the movie....  Bobby Brown is charged with battery after a domestic dispute with his wife, Whitney Houston, that left her facial injuries....  The season premiere of “8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter” starring the late John Ritter, got big ratings. Mr. Ritter filmed three episodes before his Sept 11 death. Mick Jagger is Knighted…  Passing – Actor Earl Hindman (61) – best known for playing a neighbor was face was forever obscured by a fence on “Home Improvement"... KIISFM (Los Angeles) Jingle Ball is hot – With Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Hilary Duff, Kelly Clarkson, Sean Paul, Jessica Simpson….  FOX-TV’s “The Simple Life” where Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie trade in their luxurious lifestyles for a stint on an Arkansas farm – did OK in the ratings – about 13 million viewers…. Premier Radio Networks announces that Ryan Seacrest will be taking the “American Top 40” helm – and out is Casey Kasem….. Bobby Brown is charged with battery after a domestic dispute with his wife, Whitney Houston, that left her facial injuries.  …. Ozzy Osbourne is still on a ventilator after his Dec 8 all-terrain vehicle accident in England. …. Popular this Christmas – Bratz dolls….. $115.9 million - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are 2003’s top concert attraction according to Pollstar. The rest are the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Cher, Simon & Garfunkel, Aerosmith/Kiss tour, Dixie Chicks, Billy Joel… A Harris Poll rates Oprah Winfrey as America’s favorite TV personality in 2003. She’s followed by David Letterman, Bill O’Reilly, Ray Romano and Jay Leno...  

The Year 2003 In News Headlines And Information

trent lott call for removal january 2003 facts history timelineJanuary 1 - President Bush spends New Year’s at his Crawford ranch... At Ft. Hood in Texas – President Bush tells troops there to be prepared for possible war against Iraq. He said they would be fighting, “not to conquer… but to liberate’ if Saddam Hussein does not comply with U.N. demands to get rid of his weapons of mass destruction... Another storm - A snowstorm hits the Northeast with about 2 feet falling in New England... Two separate suicide bombers go off in Tel Aviv – killing a total of 23... North Korea is given another chance by the U.N. nuclear agency to defuse its decision to resume its nuclear weapons program. Earlier, president Bush said the dispute “can be resolved peacefully through diplomacy”... Pushed from his position as Republican leader, Sen. Trent Lott will take over as chairman of the Senate Rules Committee when he returns to Washington next week. He says he feels no “vengeance in my heart” against the senators who called for his removal... Luiz inacio Lula da Silva is inaugurated President of Brazil. He’s the country’s first elected leftist president... Weekly radio address – President Bush announces he would seek a 4-billion increase in federal spending for poor children... A federal judge rejected Richard Reid’s request to keep a radio in his hail cell after the U.S. government argued that giving such a device to the convicted shoe bomber posed a national security risk – that it might prompt him to send messages to the outside world... Iowa - A pickup truck crammed with suspected illegal immigrants slams into a tractor-trailer on I-80 – killing all nine in the smaller truck... At Ft. Hood in Texas – President Bush tells troops there to be prepared for possible war against Iraq. He said they would be fighting, “not to conquer… but to liberate’ if Saddam Hussein does not comply with U.N. demands to get rid of his weapons of mass destruction… 

January 8 - President Bush signs into law an extension of unemployment relief for some 800,000... President Bush unveils a $674-billion plan – with tax cuts to spur jobs... A US Airways Express commuter plane leaving Charlotte-Douglas International Airport plunges into a maintenance hangar killing all 21 on board... Defiant - North Korea is immediately puling out of the Nuclear Nonproliferation treaty... Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat urged militant groups to halt attacks against Israel... Democrat Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut declares his candidacy for his party’s 2004 presidential nomination. “Two years ago, we were promised a better America. But that promise has not been kept.”... U.S. relatives of victims of Sept 11 gather at a memorial in Baghdad... Outgoing Illinois governor George Ryan, calling his state’s capital punishment system “deeply flawed,” commutes the sentences of all 167 of its death row inmates. All terms are reduced to life sentences... High-end toy retailer FAO Schwarz and Zany Brainy files for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection...

george w bush year 2000 news trivia history  mrpopcultureJanuary 15 - Reaching out to North Korea, President Bush told reporters he might consider food and fuel aid and a “bold initiative” to improve relations with the Pyongyang regime – if it gives up its nuclear weapons program...  U.N. weapons inspectors in Iraq discover 11 empty chemical warheads at an arms depot south of Baghdad, their most significant find in nearly two months of searching for an illegal arsenal... President Bush said that he was “sick and tired” if Iraq’s failure to cooperate with the United Nations on disarmament and warned that “time is running out”... In a broad challenge to the Bush administration’s foreign policy, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said that France would not yet approve the use of force against Iraq and cautioned that U.N. handling of Baghdad would set a precedent for North Korea and the Middle East... Eight backcountry skiers from the U.S. are killed and two injured after an avalanche crashes down a mountainside in eastern British Columbia... K-Mart announces it is shutting down 326 stores – in a plan to emerge from chapter 11 bankruptcies... “MoveOn.Org” begins an anti-war ad on television this week. The ads raise the specter of nuclear war if the United States attacks Iraq and shows a mushroom cloud aimed at stirring controversy and galvanizing public opinion. “MoveOn.org” was formed during the Clinton impeachment trial, in an effort to get Congress to “move-on” and has since moved to other issues. Some say it is very left in its bent. .. Al-Jazeera – the Arab satellite television channel, signs an agreement with the BBC for the exchange of news stories. Al-Jazeera, an independent channel, began broadcasting in 1996 and is based out of the tiny gulf Arab state of Qatar.

colin powell january 2003 timelineJanuary 22 - Sen. John F. Kerry of Massachusetts charged that the Bush administration was moving too quickly toward war in Iraq and needs to build support at home…. Secretary of State Colin Powell – speaking in Davis, Switzerland – said Iraq has failed to account for a large cache of chemical and biological weapons. He said the U.S. reserves the right to attack without global support. …After several months and 350 inspections –have been United Nations weapons teams are unable to verify Bush administration claims that Saddam Hussein is secretly building chemical, biological or nuclear weapons…Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld apologizes to veterans for comments he made on the military draft that he said had been misconstrued by some as disparaging their service... Joel Cacace, acting boss of the Colombo organized crime family is arrested and charged in a string of 1987 murders. 

February 1 - Summit at the White House – President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair warn that their patience with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and the weapons inspections process in running out and urge the United Nations to act quickly... The Bush administration proposes increasing the tax breaks on savings by crating three tax-protected accounts that will replace mainstays such as IRA’s and 401K’s...

CNN Coverage Space Shuttle Columbia

Just 16 minutes from touchdown - 

The space shuttle Columbia disintegrates in a roar and flashes of light over East Texas, killing all seven of its astronauts and scattering chunks of metal and machinery across two states.  NASA says they do not yet know what destroyed the craft. Later, NASA suspects insulating tiles on Columbia’s left wing... A somber President Bush tells the nation: "This day has brought terrible news and great sadness to our country... The Columbia is lost; there are no survivors." Despite the major setback, the President reassured Americans that the space program would continue: "The cause in which they died will continue... Our journey into space will go on."

North Korea - Deputy secretary of State Richard Armitage promises for the first time that the Bush administration would hold direct talks with the regime in Pyongyang... Secretary of State Colin Powell charges that Saddam Hussein has devised elaborate schemes to conceal weapons of mass destruction and warns that the time for international action to disarm Iraq is drawing closer... Saying Saddam Hussein “will be stopped,” President Bush challenges the United Nations to quickly pass a touch second resolution ensuring Iraq’s disarmament by force if necessary. 

enron kicked out of california february 2003 facts history timelineFebruary 8 - Top Bush administration officials say the chances of a terrorist attack against Americans here and abroad have increases substantially – to level orange. They cite specific intelligence that had corroborated by different sources... Russia joins France and Germany in calling for beefed-up arms inspections in Iraq, complicating matters for the U.S. in “the war against the war” in Iraq... A voice believed to be Osama bin laden urges Muslims to help defend Iraq in the even of war and called for new suicide attacks against the U.S. and its allies. The tape was released this week... President Bush challenges the United Nations to “rise to its responsibilities” to confront Iraq. This on the eve of a U.N. session that may determine if war is an option... Despite its bigger price and longer length, “Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix” will hit bookstores June 21 with a first printing of 6.8 million...  California kicks Enron out of the state’s energy market because the former energy trading company refused to post more collateral to cover potential damages from meter-reading errors. Separately, two of Enron’s top electricity traders have pleaded guilty to federal wire-fraud conspiracy charges in connection with their attempts to manipulate California’s power market... A terrorist group in northern Iraq is holding two ethnic Kurds hostage after the assassination of a popular political leader... Passing – Ron Ziegler – press secretary to President Richard Nixon. (63).

February 15 - Millions around the world conduct antiwar protests – with many in Britain, Italy and Spain... Leaders in Europe tell Iraq that it had a “last chance” to disarm... President Bush calls on Americans to be alert, but calm – and the government is “working to track down every lead and standing watch 24 hours a day” to prevent another terrorist strike... The United Nations Security Council endorses more inspections in Iraq and not war – not at this time... Six members of Hamas are dead in an explosion in the Gaza Strip – this after four Israeli soldiers died in a bombed tank... The United States is sending some 3,000 troops to the southern part of the Philippines to help get rid of Muslim extremists...  Texas - Dentist Clara Harris is sentenced to 20 years in prison for running over and killing her unfaithful husband with her Mercedes-Benz in July...  

February 22 - A nightclub fire at West Warwick – Rhode Island – kills 96 and injures at least 100 more. The fire was touched off by rock band Great White’s pyrotechnic show and spread  so fast – many were trapped and screamed for their lives. A WPRI-TV cameraman captured the whole event. It only took a few minutes for the building to be enveloped by deadly smoke and flame.

station fire nightclub rhode island year 2003 news trivia  mrpopcultureAbout 400 crowded in the club to see the band. Name of the night spot was called “The Station”…

Amazing Video Of Fire From Its Beginning

More February 22 - Backed by the U.S. - Britain presents a resolution to the Security Council, saying that Iraq, “has failed to take the final opportunity” to disarm... A fire sweeps through a nursing home in Hartford (CT) – killing 23. Arson is a possibility... Secretary of State Colin Powell – in Seoul, meets with South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun... The Pentagon says that the Iraq conflict/war could cost as much as $85 billion... NASA says it plans to bring three crew members on the international space station home in a Russian vehicle by early May. They won’t be replaced (downsizing)... Biljana Plavsic, the former Bosnian Serb president who expressed remorse for the horrors committed against non-Serbs during Bosnia-Herzegovina’s war, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for promoting a campaign of murder, rape and murder...Coke increases its lead over rival Pepsi in sales and some of it had to do with the launch of Vanilla Coke and more Diet Coke sales. Coke has 44.5% of the softdrink market. Pepsi has 31.4%.

March 1 - Al Qaeda operations chief Khalid Shalkh Mohammed is captured near Pakistan’s capital and interrogation begins... President Bush has vowed to bring Iraq’s disarmament confrontation to a U.N. vote and soon. Even if it means defeat for the United States, which is open to compromise... Gunmen kill two Pakistani policemen and injured five others outside the U.S. consulate in Karachi... Iraq says it would begin destroying its banned Al-Samoud 2 missiles this week... Four North Korean fighter jets intercept a U.S. reconnaissance plane over the Sea of Japan. One flew within 50 feet of the craft... A bomb in a backpack explodes outside a major airport in the southern Philippines, killing 23... EBay announces plans to close its half.com web site – a site that competed with Amazon for selling books and other merchandise. Actually – used goods are bought and sold at fixed prices – hence the name “half.” Half.com began in 1999...  The Today Sponge contraceptive is back on the market after it disappeared from U.S. drugstore shelves. Originally on the market from 1983 to 1995, it was taken off the market by original after problems were found at the company’s factory in Hammonton – then owned by Wyeth. The new start-up is from Allendale Pharmaceuticals.  

CBS Evening News w/Dan Rather - March 7, 2003

March 8 - Russia and France say they would veto a resolution authorizing war against Iraq. The U.S., Britain, and Spain were still unable to muster a majority of the council members to back a March 17 deadline for Iraq to disarm, or face war. Iraq has asked that chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix to Baghdad on March 17 – America’s deadline…. Utah - Elizabeth Smart – the 15-year-old abducted from her bedroom nine months ago – is found alive. Apparently, she was abducted by a drifter (Brian David Mitchell) who worked for the Smart family for a short time – and a woman…

March 15 - President Bush and the leaders of Britain and Spain say they would give the United Nations until the end of today to authorize the use of military force against Iraq or they would go to war without U.N. approval... President Bush puts the nation and the world on a war footing, issuing an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein to step down within 48 hours or face sure destruction “at a time of our choosing”... War talks breakdown as Saddem Hussein rejects (with contempt) President Bush’s ultimatum to relinquish power and flee Iraq... U.S. attacks Iraq – Air raid sirens blared and yellow-and-white tracers could be seen across the city of Baghdad... U.S. And British troops sweep into southern Iraq in an invasion aimed at Baghdad, where a new wave of missiles and bombs struck a presidential compound housing several government departments of Saddam Hussein... The United States launches an intense assault against Iraq, raining hundreds of bombs and cruise missiles on the capital and other places deemed crucial to President Saddam Hussein’s regime... 

TV News Coverage - Iraq - March 18, 2003

More March 15 - U.S. attacks Iraq - Air raid sirens blared and yellow-and-white tracers could be seen across the city of Baghdad. US. And British troops sweep into southern Iraq in an invasion aimed at Baghdad, where a new wave of missiles and bombs struck a presidential compound housing several government departments of Saddam Hussein War coverage – Peter Arnett and NBC jump on the competition in the opening salvos of the U.S. led attack. NBC was the first with a report that something was happening in Baghdad, with ABC just minutes behind. 

CNN Reports Beginning Of Iraq War

saddam hussein year 2003 news trivia timeline history  mrpopculture imageMarch 22 -   Iraqi’s capture their first American soldiers - as 17 are dead. Five were captured... British Prime Minister Tony Blair is in Washington for talks with President Bush about the war in Iraq and the U.N. role in postwar reconstruction... Iraq – strong explosions shake areas of Baghdad as a major battle shapes-up south of the city. A sandstorm lets up – and U.S warplanes go back into action... Interpol wants the arrest and extradition of former Peruvian President Albert Fujimori on charges of murder and kidnapping in incidents carried out by military death squads under his 1990’s rule... Islamist reformist Said bin Zuair, jailed in 1995 after speaking out against corruption in the Saudi royal family – is let out of prison after eight years... Yemeni American pleads guilty - Shafal Mosed acknowledged in a Buffalo, NY courtroom that he had trained the Al Faroog camp in Afghanistan to use weapons and explosives... An Illinois judge orders Philip Morris to pay $10.1 billion in damages for misleading smokers into believing low-tar cigarettes were safer than regular cigarettes... Saddam Hussein makes a taped TV appearance, congratulating the “Iraqi moujahedeen” for inflicting casualties on the invading forces and vowed to drag out the war to turn it into a “quagmire” for the U.S. Meanwhile, President Bush will ask Congress for $75 billion to pay for the war against Iraq... Washington now says U.S. and British troops control over a third of Iraq and just about all of its airspace... President Bush terms the war against Iraq “a noble purpose” that would not only make the world safer but also “free he people of Iraq from the clutches of Saddam Hussein ad his murderous allies”.. An Iraqi army officer motioned U.S. soldiers to his car at a military checkpoint near Najaf. He was a suicide bomber that  went off – killing 4 GI’s... Saddam Hussein makes a taped TV appearance, congratulating the “Iraqi moujahedeen” for inflicting casualties on the invading forces and vowed to drag out the war to turn it into a “quagmire” for the U.S. Meanwhile, President Bush will ask Congress for $75 billion to pay for the war against Iraq….. Washington now says U.S. and British troops control over a third of Iraq and just about all of its airspace. …. President Bush terms the war against Iraq “a noble purpose” that would not only make the world safer but also “free the people of Iraq from the clutches of Saddam Hussein and his murderous allies”…

April 1 - U.S. forces in Iraq reach the edge of Baghdad after infantry troops punch through a division of Saddam Hussein’s Republican guard just south of the capital…..  Army pfc. Jessica Lynch - held prisoner for nine days is rescued among other soldiers who were missing from an ambushed supply convoy. Later, U.S. forces march on to downtown Baghdad….  U.S. Army Troops have captured one of Saddam Hussein’s presidential palaces. U.S. intelligence says that Hussein’s fall is imminent…

CNN News - April 4, 2003

April 8 - Fall of Baghdad – As crowds dance in the streets. “Victory! We are Free! Thank you President Bush,” yelled a crowd. Earlier – a U.S. warplane dropped four bunker-busting bombs on a meeting on a house and sources say it could have killed Saddam Hussein and his sons (it did not). U.S. and Kurdish forces take back the northern city of Kirkuk…. Donald Rumsfeld opened a Pentagon briefing – announcing that “the tide is turning.’ “We are seeing history unfold, events that will shape the course of a country, the fate of a people and potentially the future of the region.’ “Saddam Hussein is now taking his rightful place alongside Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Ceausescu in the pantheon of failed, brutal dictators and the Iraqi people are well on their way to freedom”…

regime of saddam hussein is no more bush april 2003 timeline history April 15 - President Bush declares, “The regime of Saddam Hussein is no more.” Earlier – U.S. Marines captured Tikrit – the final target of the war... Thousands of demonstrators pour into the streets of Baghdad and demand an Islamic state and protest U.S. presence... President Bush urges the U.N. Security Council to lift sanctions on Iraq that have been in place for a number of years. “Now that Iraq is liberated, the United Nations should lift economic sanctions on that country”... The Bush administration says the chances of a terrorist attack had declined as the war in Iraq is winding down... SARS update – China says it has 118 deaths and about 340 patients – far more than they were reporting... The Bush administration will dispatch hundreds more investigators to search for those missing chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in Iraq... President Bush celebrates Easter at Crawford, Texas and meets with two just-returned Iraq POW’s... U.S. Special Forces have captured Barsan Ibrahim Hasan – a half brother of Saddam Hussein... Worldwide sales of surgical gel Gynecare Intergel are suspended pending investigation of reports of pain, repeat operations and three deaths among women....

 April 22 - President Bush tells hundreds of Arab Americans that U.S. officials – while working to create a democracy in the country have “no intention of imposing our form of government or our culture”... There are some 13 SARS-related deaths reported across Asia. Thousands have been quarantined... Meanwhile – at a second gathering of delegates in Iraq – it’s agreed that there will be a new government and they’ll will meet within four weeks to begin forming a transitional government...A South African court sentences Winnie Mandela to four years in jail for fraud... The government has approved an eagerly awaited type of stent that emits a drug to help keep newly unblocked arteries from reclogging – the Cypher stent from Johnson & Johnson... Alan Greenspan says he is ready to serve a fifth term as chairman of the Federal Reserve... Iraq - The Army finds $112 million in U.S. currency sealed inside seven animal kennels. That brings to $766 million – the total cash uncovered in just a few days in a wooded neighborhood of mansions where top Baath Party and Republican Guard officials once lived. The loot was left there by fleeing officials... Amazing story – In Montana – The Fifth Avenue Grocery in Roundup closed its doors in 1952 and stayed closed until late last year. Thousands of items, most in mint condition, were locked up. This week – the contents go up for sale...Ticked off in Toronto - Canadian officials have launched a campaign to repudiate the World health Organization’s warning that it is potentially dangerous to travel to Toronto because of an outbreak of SARS... Modesto (CA) police say Scott Peterson did kill his wife in their home. This week – Peterson pleads innocent to the murder of his wife, Laci... U.S. soldiers have arrested Mohammed Mohsen Zubaidi – a self-proclaimed mayor of Baghdad – and – an unelected leader who grabbed power while American officials struggled to create a transitional government there. … North Korea, for the first time – claims it has nuclear weapons and is finishing reprocessing enough plutonium for more bombs… 

rumsfeld year 2003 trivia news history  mrpopculture photoMay 1 - Aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln - President Bush declares, “The United States and our allies have prevailed.” Operation Iraqi Freedom was carried out with a combination of precision, speed and boldness the enemy did not expect and the world had not seen before.” “You have shown the world the skill and might of the American armed forces”… Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld declares the end of major hostilities against terrorist forces and says that the U.S. military is shifting from combat to promoting stability and reconstruction…

May 8 - The New York Times said that a former reporter – Jayson Blair made up quotes and scenes, lied about his whereabouts and plagiarized material from other publications…

john f kerry may 2003 facts history timelineMay 15 - The Senate approves a $350-billion 11-year tax cut package – a Bush victory... Homeland Security raises the national threat level after terrorist threats forced the closing of the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia... Secretary of State Colin Powell meets with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin in Moscow and Powell called the meeting upbeat... Eighteen illegal immigrants died in their cramped trailer – packed with as many as 140 people. The dead were all suffocated... Sen. John F. Kerry releases his plan for health care – a plan that expands coverage for the uninsured while restraining costs... A female literature student – a Palestinian bomber blows herself up at a shopping mall in northern Israel killing three... Second term - President Bush files papers signaling his intent to run for office again... Bombs explode in downtown Casablanca – killing at least 24...

May 23 - Lt. Gen James Conway - a top marine commander in Iraq says that U.S. intelligence was “simply wrong” in its assessment that Saddam Hussein intended to unleash chemical or biological weapons against U.s. forces during the war… The House approves new powers for defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld , capitalizing on his clout following the U.S. military action in Iraq. The plan bolsters Rumsfeld’s authority over hiring, firing, pay and transfer of more than 700,000 civilian defense employees …

June 1Eric Robert Rudolph – who has been sought for five years for the fatal 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing and other blasts in the South – is captured in North Carolina... President Bush flies over U.S.-occupied Iraq and is headed home after a tour of Europe and the Middle East... Shiites by the thousands pour into the streets of Iraq – accusing American troops of violating Muslim customs and unjustly arresting a Shiite cleric... Hamas says it is breaking off cease-fire talks with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas.  Earlier – Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Abbas, meeting in Jordan – had agreed to take initial steps toward peace... Two Iraqi Shiite and Kurdish leaders meet and talked about the U.S.-led plan to appoint an interim national government... Thousands of protesters rally in NY – demanding repeal of laws that can send first-time offenders to prison for up to life for possessing or selling small amounts of drugs. The event was organized in part, by the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. ..

martha stewart year 2003 trivia news history  timeline photo  mrpopculture

A federal grand jury indicted Martha Stewart and her former stockbroker on charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false statements to investigators…

ABC News - Martha Stewart Indicted

 June 8 - New cases of the SARS disease worldwide have dropped to seven a day – down from an average of 149 cases a day in early May…. Two Toronto men were wed in North America’s first legal gay marriage after an Ontario appeals court ruled that the heterosexual definition of matrimony was unconstitutional…

June 15 - Bishop Thomas O’Brien of Phoenix is arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident, just two weeks after admitting to a cover-up in the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked his diocese... A series of U.S. raids across Iraq target anti-American forces, marking the beginning of major military operations there... U.S. forces capture Saddam Hussein’s most trusted aid – Gen. Abid Hamid Mahmud Tikriti, described as “the Condoleezza Rice of the Baath Party”... Faced with a growing backlog in Iraq’s criminal courts – a new central court is announced to speed the handling of the caseload... A charter boat carrying 19 for recreational fishing capsizes in heavy surf off of northern Oregon. At least 9 are dead and two are missing... Clothes trend – Teen boys long pants sales are in the dumper. Many are opting for the sagging shorts look, cargo pants or older jeans. Shorts are up by some 20%...  

strom thurmond dies june 2003 timeline facts historyJune 23 - Passing – Former Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina – the longest-surviving member of the Senate. He was 100… The Supreme Court rules that bans on gay sex are unconstitutional. The ruling voids laws in Texas and 12 other states that prohibit sex between gays – even in their own homes…The Federal Reserve Board cuts interest rates again to 1% - a 45 year low... Federal authorities have arrested seven suspects accused of belonging to a U.S.-based terrorist cell that was training and plotting to launch terrorist attacks in Kashmir, Chechnya and other places. 

July 1 - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says that it would be wrong to characterize the situation in Iraq as a quagmire or a guerrilla campaign, despite suspected sabotage and the growing number of attack on U.S. troops there….As more U.S. military casualties are reported in Iraq - President Bush vows to forge a military structure that will crush threats to American troops there…

July 8 - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said that the United States’ decision to go to war with Iraq was based not on new evidence of chemical or nuclear weapons, but that existing evidence was looked at through the prism of the 9/11 attacks…Britain - A parliamentary committee admonishes the British government for it handling of intelligence information on Iraq and that Tony Blair was more assertive than that traditionally used in intelligence documents.... Enron Corp files a reorganization plan that’s set to payback creditors 20% on the dollar.... 

 July 15 - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said history will forgive the U.S. led coalition of weapons of mass destruction are not found in Iraq because of the broader good of fighting tyranny and preventing future terrorism. …A new audiotape featuring t Saddam Hussein, urges Iraqis to mount a resistance and drive the “occupiers’ out of Iraq…

arnold schwarzneggar  year 2003 trivia news  history  mrpopcultureJuly 22 - The U.S. military storm a luxury home after a six-hour siege in the city of Mosul and out of it – Saddam Hussein’s sons are killed – Uday and Qusay…. Celebrations In West Virginia – Yellow Ribbons everywhere – Jessica Lynch – whose captivity and rescue made her the first war hero in Iraq – returns home to a "lynch mob."...   

Passing – Superstar Bob Hope – probably the greatest comedian of them all. He was 100.

August 1 - Milomir Stakic – former mayor of Bosnia is sentenced to life in prison for exterminating or departing thousands of Muslims and Croats in 1992. …. Arnold Schwarzeneger announces on Jay Leno’s “Tonight” show – that he is a candidate for governor of California – in a recall race…

 August 8 - In California – The Supreme Court clears the way to an October 7 recall election – to recall Gov. Gray Davis…

Big Blackout In New York & The Northeast - NBC Nightly News

August 15 - A major blackout hits the northeast and problem is being traced to Ohio. Cities such as New York, Toronto, Cleveland, Detroit and Ottawa were affected….

howard dean launches campaign august 2003 facts history timelineAugust 22 - Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat calls on militant groups to restore their truce, but only if Israel stopped hunting down their leaders. Hamas doesn’t like that idea... President Bush tours the fire-ravaged Cascade Mountains in Oregon.. Republicans in the Senate say more troops are needed in Iraq to get the job done... Unable to find Saddam Hussein’s stockpile of chemical and biological weapons – U.S. intelligence launches an effort to determine of they were victims of bogus Iraqi defectors who planted misleading information... Democrat Howard Dean launches a $1 million television ad campaign in six early voting states, promising to take his surging presidential bid nationwide...

CBS Evening News - August 29, 2003

September 1 - It’s official - Sen. John Kerry announces he’s running for President. Leaders of France and Germany criticize the Bush administration’s new proposal for a greater international role in occupied Iraq, saying the U.S. must speed up the transfer of power to an Iraqi government and give the U.N. more authority. ..

 September 8 - In a nationally televised address, President Bush talked about the cost of the operation for the Iraqi war and that the U.S. cannot do the job alone and that he’ll ask for more U.N. assistance. President Bush said he’d seek an additional $87 billion for the war in Iraq…

CBS Evening news w/Dan Rather - September 11, 2003

 September 15 - A new Iraqi army debuts – 750 strong and growing. It’s the first battalion trained by the U.S. – and the first to have its own officers… Secretary of State Colin Powell is in Iraq this week and will meet with emerging Iraqi leaders to discuss the next phase of their transition…

September 23 - A federal appeals court puts the California gubernatorial recall election back on track for October 7, reversing an order to postpone the vote... The United Nations announces that security conditions were so bad in Iraq that it was pulling out most foreign staffers... Arnold Schwarzenegger is gaining ground in California’s first gubernatorial recall election. It’s to be held next week.  Governor Gray Davis is said to be fighting for his political life...Pope John Paul II appoints 31 new cardinals and some say, this action raises questions about his health. One of the Cardinals will become his successor... A bomb explodes in the Baghdad at a hotel housing American journalists. It was the first attack in Baghdad targeting foreign media workers. One hotel employee was killed... CompUSA agrees to acquire Good Guys Inc for $55.3 million in cash... FCC votes to allow Univision to purchase Hispanic Broadcasting Corp. Price is $3.25-billion. 

roy horn year 2003 trivia history  timeline  mrpopculture photoOctober 1 -  Roy Horn is cognizant, but still in critical condition after being mauled onstage by a tiger. The future of Siegfried & Roy as an act is in doubt. Horn was attacked by a royal white Siberian tiger named Montecore 45 minutes into their show. …

Swarzenegger Commercial Running For Govenor

October 8 - In California – Governor Gray Davis is recalled as Arnold Swarzenegger wins. Davis just won re-election 11 months ago…

October 15 -   A fire in a Chicago high rise traps and kills six workers. The fire was at the Cook County Administration Building... Howard Dean takes aim at President Bush’s “Enron economics” – saying he’d give states tens of $billions to ease unemployment... The House and Senate approve $87 billion for aid and efforts to Afghanistan and Iraq... President Bush appears with Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger, where he appealed to Bush for help with California’s economic and budget troubles... Israeli raids in Gaza kill 10 Palestinians with 100 injured... Short visit - President Bush visits the Philippines as fear of a terrorist attack overshadowed his visit – and forcing him to rush his visit... A commuter ferry heading from Manhattan to Staten Island crashed as it was docking – killing 10 and injuring at least 30 people. One of the ferry’s two captains fled to his home on Staten Island, where he attempted suicide... President Bush now says he would consider signing a deal promising not to attack N. Korea as long as the country took steps to end its nuclear program... The FDA approves Namenda – the first medicine for treating the late stages of Alzheimer’s.

 rush limbaugh addicted to pain killers october 2003 radio history timelineOctober 22 - Federal agents raid 61 Wal-Mart stores across the country and arrest about 250 illegal immigrants working on cleaning crews… Rush Limbaugh tells his audience he is addictive to pain killers and is checking himself into rehap... 

Rush Limbaugh Addicted To Drugs - CBS News 

 November 1 - A shoulder-fired missile brings down a U.S. Cinook helicopter in Iraq, killing 16 U.S. soldiers….  slough of Democrats demand that Howard Dean apologize for saying recently that he wanted to appeal to “guys with confederate flags in their pickup trucks’…

November 8 - The U.S. says there are about 5,000 rebels in Iraq that are well financed, equipped and organized... President Bush sends L. Paul Bremer back to Baghdad with a message for the Iraqi Governing Council: Form a functioning government quickly... A suicide truck bomb explodes outside an Italian military police base in Nasiriyah – killing 16 coalition personnel and 10 others.  Earlier – a U.S. Army Black hawk helicopter crashed and killed six soldiers... The Guinness Book of World Records reaches 100 million sales, breaking its own record... Thanks to the feds - users in the nation’s largest metro areas can now take their landline numbers and transfer them to their cell phones... 

November 15 - Iraq - Two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters go down in Mosul – killing a total of 17... The Iraqi Governing Council endorses a new framework for sovereignty and that could lead to an interim Iraqi government as early as June... Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts says he will spend his own money and forgo public finds in his race to be president. ... In London – President Bush defends the Iraq war, that “duty sometimes requires the violent restraint of violent men”... Several truck bombs explode outside the British Consulate in Istanbul – killing 27... On his latest TV commercial – Howard Dean targets Missouri Rep. Richard Gephardt for his support of the Iraq war... A federal judge rejects a request by Martha Stewart to dismiss two of the five criminal counts against her... In California – Arnold Schwarzenegger is sworn in as the state’s 38th governor... Toys R. Us says it would close its money-losing Kids R Us and Imaginarium chains – cutting over 3,000 jobs... Passing – Laurence Tisch – self-made billionaire who headed CBS and who had also been co-chair of Lowes Corp...  

 john allen muhammed sentenced to death dc murders sniper timelineNovember 23 - Sniper John Allen Muhammed is sentenced to death after orchestrating the shooting rampage that traumatized the nation’s capital and its suburbs a year ago…

December 1 - President Bush signs into law a bill giving consumers additional protection against identity theft and renewing federal credit reporting laws. Consumers can now obtain one free credit report a year, Until now, consumers have had to pay for their credit reports, except in certain circumstances, such as when they are rejected for credit. …. Moveon.org – the website started five years ago to help stop Congress from impeaching President Clinton (you remember that?) is launching a $2 million media campaigning that targets the war in Iraq…

December 8 - The Supreme Court rules that Congress could stop the free flow of cash from corporations, unions and the wealthy to fund political parties and buy campaign ads...  Paul Martin gets sworn in as Canada’s 21st prime minister. He promised an ambitious agenda with freshness and clarity... Iraq – Insurgents open fire on three American convoys. In the end – 54 of them were dead. Five U.S. soldiers were wounded... The Dow ends above 10,000 for the first time in 18 months... The Kremlin says that Russia will not sign the Kyoto protocol limiting greenhouse gas emissions... U.S. born Yahya Boga – one of the Lackawanna Six – a group of American recruits to an Al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan – gets 10 years in prison... Howard Dean accepts the endorsement of Al Gore, who urged Democratic rivals to focus on defeating President Bush... Iraq – Insurgents open fire on three American convoys. In the end – 54 of them were dead. Five U.S. soldiers were wounded. … The Dow ends above 10,000 for the first time in 18 months…

December 15 - Saddam Hussein has been captured – but the news is actually old – as the White sat on it for 16 hours. Hussein – looked like a ragged soldier as he came out of a dirt hole at a farmhouse near Tikirt in Iraq..  Green River killer Gary Leon Ridgway – apologizing for killing 48 women – is given life in prison without the possibility of parole…

December 22 - John F. Kerry rips into Howard Dean – questioning his judgment, temperament and political values at a speech in New Hampshire...  Homeland Security secretary Tom Ridge raises the nation’s terror threat level from yellow to orange (high). This based on reports of a planned attack on the U.S. “equal or greater than 9/11/”...Mudslides in S. California have claimed at least seven lives with more missing... "The American Soldier" is Time Magazine's Person of the Year.  

CBS Evening News - December 25, 2003 

Year 2003  In Technology News And Information

January - DVD sales and rentals are up 71% from last year. …. A worm dubbed “SQL Slammer” because it exploits a weakness in Microsoft Corp’s Windows 2000 SQL server hits business/companies over the globe. It crashed servers and congested traffic on the Internet for a few hours – but all is OK….  Amazon.com reports its second profit, earning $3 million or a penny a share… Inflating airplay? There’s some controversy in the radio world with Mariah Carey’s new single “Through The Rain.” Island Def Jam Music bought radio spots featuring some 53 seconds of the song. Problem was/is, computers monitoring airplay gave the commercials credit for a full spin of the song, giving it momentum for airplay, when in fact, radio stations weren’t playing the song as much... Steve Case – who saw his AOL merge with Time, resigns as head of AOL... Wow – DVD sales and rentals are up 71% from last year. That’s amazing... Apple launches "Safari" - Internet browser for Macs.     

February - Listen.com announces that it has received a cash infusion from RealNetworks… Sun Microsystems releases its first software for managing the assignments of multiple computer serves... 

March - Computer manufacturer Gateway Inc says it will eliminate 1,900 jobs and close 80 retail stores by the end of this month. The company lost $309 million last year on sales of $4.2 billion... EBay announces plans to close its half.com web site – a site that competed with Amazon for selling books and other merchandise…. Sales of television shows on DVD are brisk and are now considered the fastest growing segment of the home entertainment business – generating almost $1 billion a year in sales…. ESPN will launch ESPN HD on March 30 - the first channel dedicated to the new technology. Like CBS sports, ESPN has been producing certain sports broadcasts in HD. Less than 5% of U.S. homes have digital sets necessary to display HDTV…. Adobe Systems is expanding into the fast-growing DVD market with a new program designed to make it easier to customize the discs on a PC.... The software, “Encore,” promises to create slick DVD’s for video entrepreneurs and aficionados and will sell for around $500…Dell launches its first line of printers, where HP makes a nice chunk of change... EBay problem – an Arizona couple has fled with more then $100,000 from 500 bidders. Who “sold” large quantities of expensive merchandise.... Microsoft has agreed to let the Chinese security experts review the source code for Windows. The company doesn’t want Linux to get a foothold...  

apple computer year 2003 news trivia headlines  mrpopculture April - Yahoo made another profit – the fourth consecutive quarter to do so. This time – $46.7 million.  It was a money loser until the past year…. Apple profits plunge – in second quarter earnings. …. Apple Computer unveils its iTunes music service and has all five major record companies supplying music – but – it can only be accessible on Apple Computers. Steve Jobs – the company’s chief – promised to lure customers away from unauthorized file-sharing sites and networks, calling it “a major milestone in the evolution of the real digital music age. The service has just over 200,000 downloadable songs for 99 cents each….. Verizon must reveal the names of two alleged music pirates to the RIAA – so a federal judge rules. In one case  - the RIAA got a subpoena last July that demanded the identity of an Internet customer in Pennsylvania who was offering hundreds of songs for copying on Kazaa. Verizon didn’t want to comply  because the material wasn’t on their servers. The Recording Industry Assn of America sends warnings to users of Kazaa and Grokster file sharing networks. The notes say that unauthorized file-sharers “risk legal penalties”  are sending them via instant messaging – to those sending out the music files….. RealNetworks says it has reached a million customers for is online entertainment subscription service, but that its revenue dipped.  RealNetworks says it will acquire listen.com. …Microsoft releases Windows Server 2003 – its first new operating system for server computers in more than two years...EBay profits and revenue soar. Profit more than doubled to $104.2 million...

Steve Jobs - Apple Launches iTunes Music Store

May - Eastman Kodak Co says it will be acquiring rapid film processing technology to enable its retail-based photo kiosks to convert a roll of film into digital CD in seven minutes. Disney says it will offer movies on demand using over-the-air TV stations. For a few dollars, customers with special boxes will be able stop, start, pause, rewind and replay movies as if they were tapes or DVD’s. The video on-demand system is called “MovieBeam" and will test in three cities this fall….Sun Microsystems unveils two lower cost servers – the Sun Fire V60x and V65x for about $2500.00... For the first time – DVD’s pass VHS tapes in rentals… Microsoft’s new Music Mixer software turns the Xbox console into a karaoke machine and digital music player!... 

June -  Blow to Real Networks? AOL and Microsoft have entered into an agreement that allows the Internet provider to use Microsoft’s Windows Meida 9 and digital-rights management and technologies. AOL also has an alliance with Real Networks, but the long-term future of that relationship could be in question. An estimated 28.2 million  digital videodiscs were rented for the week ending June 15, outpacing 27.3  million VHS rentals. …  Apple Computer introduces the redesigned G5 line – much faster power Mac’s…

 July - Apple reports a $19 million profit – beating Wall St. expectations, but down 41% from the same period last year…. Yahoo agrees to purchase search site Overture for about $1.6 billion… Napster will return – but this time – no free file sharing – a site to purchase music.  Meanwhile – buymusic begins selling downloadable songs this week... 

microsoft year 2003 news trivia tech  headlines  mrpopculture August - A federal jury finds that Microsoft’s Web browser infringed on a University of California patent and they must pay $520.6 million in damages.  The technology allows Web browsers to alter the display of Internet pages by rotating a picture. It’s Microsoft’s first significant loss in a patent case since 1994…

September - Apple Corps. – The Beatles’ company has sued Apple computer again – because the company is more involved with music – something they’re not really supposed to do after they were sued back in the 1980’s. But guess what? Apple now has iTunes – which has been so successful – it’s sold 10 million downloads – and that’s just to Mac users. It wants to roll out a PC version too – but this lawsuit could stop all that… Online pop-up ads do not violate trademark laws even if they cover up or appear alongside unaffiliated Web sites, including those of rivals, a federal judge rules….. AOL Time Warner is no more – as of this week – AOL is dumped – and now it’s just plain Time Warner…

 October - Napster is back – but it is now a legal site where you’ll have to pay for downloads. …. Apple unveils a version of its iTunes music store for competing Windows! Since debuting in April, the service has sold 13 million songs – just for Apple users…  RealNetworks now claims they are the king of online music services with 250,000 paying subscribers…

November - CNet buys online music service MP3.com from Vivendi. It will no longer be a music site, but will focus on providing news and information about digital music when it launches next year…

December - Apple says its ITunes music store has sold 25 million songs in less than eight months. That’s good news. CD sales are expected to drop an additional 9% this year…

Year 2003 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

kobe bryant year 2003 sports news trivia  headlines  mrpopcultureJanuary - Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers sets an NBA record with 12 three-point baskets in a game. He scored 45 points in a victory over Seattle…. K-Mart announces it is shutting down 326 stores - in a plan to emerge from chapter 11 bankruptcies… “MoveOn.Org” begins an anti-war ad on television.. The ads raise the specter of nuclear war if the United States attacks Iraq and shows a mushroom cloud aimed at stirring controversy and galvanizing public opinion. …Ppassing actor Richard Crenna (75)…

Super Bowl XXXVII – At San Diego – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Oakland raiders 48-21…

February - A popular cable show these days is “Trading Spaces” a remodeling show in which neighbors impose their decorating tastes on neighbors. It’s on TLC… California kicks Enron out of the state’s energy market because the former energy trading company refused to post more collateral to cover potential damages from meter- reading errors. Separately, two of Enron’s top electricity traders have pleaded guilty to federal wire-fraud conspiracy charges in connection with  their attempts to manipulate California’s power market…. Passing - Ron Ziegler - press secretary to President Richard Nixon. (63)….Some 25 million viewers, watching Joe Millionaire” pick between the final two women and purported fortune, saw Joe confess that he was not rich and the show ended before he picked either of the woman… Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers scores 52 points in a game against the Denver Rockets. Final – 106-99…. Passing – Country singer Johnny Paycheck (64) – best known for “Take This Job And Shove It”…. Mike Tyson flattens Clifford Etienne some 49 seconds into a bout in Memphis

March - The Today Sponge contraceptive is back on the market after it disappeared from U.S. drugstore shelves. Originally on the market from 1983 to 1995, it was taken off the market by original after problems were found at the company’s factory…. Passing – Actor Horst Buchholz (69)…. Passing – Hank Ballard – creator of “The Twist.” He was 66….  Howard Stern sues ABC-TV – alleging their new show – “Are You Hot? The Search for America’s Sexiest People” is a rip-off of a bit he does on his morning radio show. He says some of the features are obvious – and even more so – the show has hired Scott Einziger and Jackie Martling – who were associated with his show in the past…. Marquette pulled off the big stunner of the NCAA tournament – ending top-seeded Kentucky’s 26-game winning streak – 83-69….Andre Agassi wins a record sixth title – defeating Carlos Moya at the nasdaq-100 Open in Florida. …. Nancy Kwan wins her fifth World Figure Skating Championship – becoming the first woman to win the title three consecutive times…

April - There will be a WNBA season – no cancellation as players reach agreement on a five-year labor contract... The Oakland Raiders ask a judge to prevent the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers from wearing their uniforms for games in California due to trademark violations. The Panthers have black and silver uniforms (same as Raiders) and the Buccaneers – well that’s another story. Their logo is similar to the Raiders, they believe.... Bounty Hunter Duane Chapman, known as “dog” says he’s on the hunt for Andrew Luster - the great grandson of make-up celebrity Max Faxtor. Eighteen days after Luster snipped off an electronic monitoring bracelet and fled, jurors found him guilty on 86 counts for drugging and raping three women at his beach house…. A 24-hour television network focusing exclusively on college sports debuts April 7. It’s called the College Sports Television – CSTV… Starbucks says it will purchase rival Seattle Coffee Co for $72 million….  Darryl Strawberry is released from prison after 11 months after serving 11 months of an 18-month prison sentence on violating probation on cocaine possession charges….  Actress Lyric Benson (21) who recently completed an episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” is pronounced dead. She was shot by her ex-boyfriend in her apartment doorway…

lebron james year 2003 sports news trivia headlines  mrpopculture photoMay - Pop trends - bubble heads. They’re everywhere from sports figures to singers past and present… The term “shock and awe” – best and most used with the bombing attacks in Iraq – now has some 26 trademark applicants – to use in advertising?... Passing – Dave DeBusschere (62) Hall of Fame basketball player – two-time league champ with the New York Knicks. He also played pro-baseball – and two seasons with the Chicago White Sox. Nike is banking on a high school basketball player by the name of LeBron James. He’s not even in the NBA and many say it’s a gamble. The deal is for $90 million…

Indy 500 - Winner is Gil de Farran

June - Defending champs Lieyton Hewitt and Serna Williams are seeded No. 1 for Wimbledon...  The Ducks beat the Jersey Devils to win the Stanley Cup!... Passing – Actor Gregory Peck. He was 87. … Sony chooses Bob Dylan as the first artist featured on its new audio format – Super Audio CD, releasing 15 of his albums in the format – which can be heard in surround soundPassing – Author Leon Uris (78) best-known for “Exodus” in 1958… The San Antonio Spurs are the NBA Champs - taking the New Jersey Nets four games to two. Tim Duncan got MVP.

July -  Actor Jeffrey Jones pleads no contest to inducing a 14-year-old boy to pose for a sexually explicit photos and has been sentenced to five-years probation and ordered to register as a sex offender…..  Passing – Actor Buddy Ebsen (95)…. Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is charged with felony sexual assault of a 19-year-old hotel worker in Colorado…

 August - Actor Tom Sizemore is convicted of seven charges of abusing his girlfriend – former Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss… Passing – Bobby Bonds (57) – father of Barry Bonds and the first in the majors to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in a season….  U.S. Open (Tennis) – Pete Sampras wins, and announces his retirement…. Coke-Cola signs a six-year endorsement deal with Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James

jessica lynch year 2003  trivia  news headlines  mrpopculture photoSeptember - Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch signs a $1 million book deal. “I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story” will be written by a New York Times reporter… Tommy Chong is sentenced to nine months in federal prison and fined $20,000 for selling bongs and other drug paraphernalia over the Internet…. Garner Ted Armstrong – known as the voice of “The World Tomorrow.” He was 73….  CompUSA agrees to acquire Good Guys Inc for $55.3 million in cash….The FCC votes to allow Univision to purchase Hispanic Broadcasting Corp. Price is $3.25-billion… Passing - Actor/dancer Donald O’Connor (78)…. Passing - George Plimpton (76) … Passing - Actor Gordon Jump (71)…

October - Passing – Joan Kroc (75) – Widow and founder of McDonald’s restaurants. … Passing – Bill Shoemaker – Hall of Fame jockey. He was 72. … World Series - Josh Beckett gets the World Series MVP award with a five-hit shutout of the Yankees as the Marlins win 2-0 in game six…. Passing – Actor Fred Berry (52) – Best-known for playing “Rerun” on the 1970’s sitcom “What’s Happening.” Passing – Actor Jack Elam (82) – famous for his floating/wandering left eye…

November - Dodgers’ relief pitcher Eric Gagne wins the National League Cy Young Award with a nearly perfect season – 55 saves… Toys R. Us says it would close its money-losing Kids R Us and Imaginarium chains – cutting over 3,000 jobs….. Passing – Laurence Tisch – self-made billionaire who headed CBS and who had also been co-chair of Lowes Corp…. With the Michael Jackson and Scott Peterson legal trials getting hotter, MSNBC moves Dan Abrams “Abrams Report” to mid-afternoon so he can better cover these hot stories…

December - Dreamworks announces it is taking on an animated project – pitched by Jerry Seinfeld. It’s called “Bee Movie” and Seinfeld will write, produce and provide at least one voice for the movie…. The Baltimore Orioles sign free agent short stop Miguel Tejada to a six-year $72-million contract…. . Passing – Actress -Madlyn Rhue (68)…. Passing – Actress/singer Jeanne Crain. She was 78…..  Passing – Actress Hope Lange. She was 70. …. Passing – Actor Alan Bates. He was 69. …. Passing – Actor Earl Hindman (61) – best known for playing a neighbor was face was forever obscured by a fence on “Home Improvement:..

 

Top Movie - Year 2003 - "Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King"

 

Year 2003 Top Pop Hit Music Single - "Baby Boy" - Beyonce and Sean Paul

 

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