2001 Doomsday Clock: 9 min. to midnight. Time Man of the Year: Rudolph Giuliani (1944-). This is the U.N. Internat. Year of Volunteers, also the Australian Year of Volunteers. Chinese Year: White (Golden) Snake (Year 4699) (Jan. 24) - Clinton is back? World pop.: China 1.27B, India 1.03B, U.S. 285M, Indonesia 206M, Brazil 172M, Pakistan 145M, Russia 144M, Bangladesh 134M, Japan 127M, Nigeria 127M, Mexico 100M. India belatedly decides to renounce its British colonial past by renaming its West Bengal city of Calcutta to Kolkata. 390K (0.9%) in England list their religion as Jedi. At the Labour Party Conference on Oct. 2, British PM Tony Blair utters the soundbyte: "The state of Africa is a scar on the conscience of the world"; meanwhile the African Economic Miracle begins, with GDP growing at 4.9%/year, reaching $1.6T in 2008. A billion isn't what it used to be, or, It's good to be a rich Republican in America? By the end of this year there are 497 world billionaires, down from 551 in 2000; 7K U.S. households have an income of $10M or higher, and pay less income tax than people making $400K; people earning $60K pay a larger share of their income in taxes than families making $25M; corporations pay only 16% of all U.S. federal taxes, compared to 60% in the 1950s. By the end of the year there are 445M people online worldwide, of which 119M (27%) are in the U.S. The U.N. World Pop. Report warns of disaster ahead if pop. growth cannot be controlled. In the last 35 cents. there have been only 227 years without some kind of war going on somewhere on Earth; 160M died in wars in the 20th cent. U.S. trade deficit: $389B. On Jan. 1 Washington defeats Purdue by 34-24 to win the 2001 Rose Bowl. On Jan. 1 Canada's new shotgun and rifle licensing law goes into effect, along with new warning labels on cigarettes - what, warning labels on shotguns didn't work? On Jan. 1 a car bomb wounds at least 40 people in Netanya, Israel. On Jan. 1 a fire in a cafe in Volendam, Netherlands kills 12 and injures 200. On Jan. 1 the Georgian-registered cargo ship Pati, carrying illegal immigrants wrecks off the coast of Turkey, killing 6. On Jan. 2 Pres. Clinton meets with Yasser Arafat, and on Jan. 3 Arafat accepts "with reservations" a proposed peace settlement. On Jan. 2 pres.-elect George W. Bush chooses Mich. Sen. (since 1995) Edward Spencer Abraham (1952-) as energy secy. (until 2005), Linda Chavez (1947-) as labor secy. (first Hispanic female member of the U.S. cabinet) (until Jan. 9), and Dem. Norman Yoshio Mineta (1931-) (Clinton's commerce secy. since last July, the first Asian-Am. to serve in a pres. cabinet) (who lived in a Japanese internment camp in Wyo. in WWII, and became the first Asian-Am. mayor of San Jose, Calif. in 1971-5) as transportation secy. (until 2006), the only Dem. in Bush's cabinet. On Jan. 2 Ryaas Rasyid, admin. reform minister of Indonesia resigns in frustration over govt. inertia. On Jan. 3 in Prague 100K people gather in Wenceslas Square to support striking TV journalists. On Jan. 3 four Indian soldiers and two civilians are killed at the Pakistan-India border post of Arhayee Mandi. On Jan. 3 in Spain a commuter train hits a van near Lorca, killing 12 Ecuadoran farm workers. On Jan. 3 in Tanzania six armed men attack a ferry with 50 passengers in Lake Tanganyika, shooting three then making the male passengers jump into the lake, where dozens drown. On Jan. 3 in Turkey suicide bomber Gulteki Koc kills himself and two others in a police station in Istanbul. On Jan. 3 the weekly Top 20 Countdown debuts on CMT (until Nov. 30, 2012); on May 28 the daily CMT Most Wanted Live debuts on CMT (until Apr. 3, 2004), broadcasting live from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn. On Jan. 4 in Indonesia rival villages clash on Lombok, killing nine; seven more are killed in North Sulawesi in fighting between rival villages. On Jan. 4 it is reported that Russia had moved nuclear warheads into storage areas at its Kaliningrad naval base over the past year; Russian authorities call the report a dangerous joke. On Jan. 4 in Sri Lanka the defense ministry announces that the 2000 civil war left 3,753 people dead, incl. 87 civilians. On Jan. 5 Pres. Clinton bans roads and most logging in 58.5M acres of federal forests in 38 states - what do we do with all these wanigans? On Jan. 5 U.S. Repub. agrees to share power in the Senate with Dems. on committees. On Jan. 5 India test-flies its first locally-developed jet fighter. On Jan. 6 the Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church of Am. inaugurate an alliance to share clergy, churches and missionary work. On Jan. 6 in Somalia Rahanwein Resistance Army gunmen attack govt. forces escorting officials, killing nine near the village of Teiglow. On Jan. 6 in South Africa it is reported that cholera had recently sickened some 13K people in KwaZulu-Natal, killing at least 53. On Jan. 6 in Thailand telecom magnate Thaksin Shinawatra (1949-) and his Thais Love Thais (Thai Rak Thai) party wins 248 of 500 lower parliament seats in the election, and he becomes PM (until 2006). On Jan. 7 Pres. Clinton tells the people of Israel, "There is no choice for you but to divide this land into two states for two people". On Jan. 7 500 Turkish troops push 100 mi. into N Iraq in response to a call for help from the PUK, which is fighting the PKK; 10K Turkish troops have entered N Iraq since Dec. 20. On Jan. 7 in the Ivory Coast mutinous soldiers attack the broadcasting facilities and offices of the state TV and radio in Abidjan in a failed coup attempt. On Jan. 7 Russian pres. Vladimir Putin on the Ritz pledges to pay all of its Soviet-era internat. debts. On Jan. 8 Donna Bailey, paralyzed from a Ford Explorer rollover crash settles her lawsuit with Ford and Firestone for $20M along with the disclosure of internal memos and reports on tire safety and rollover issues. On Jan. 8 the Taliban orders the death penalty for anyone who converts from Islam to a different religion in Afghanistan; the same day they massacre 300 unarmed Shiite Hazaras in Yakaolang - pissing the Shiite out of Iran? On Jan. 8 it is reported that Britain is culling 20K-30K older cows per week in the mad cow crisis and that it will take two years to catch up with the backlog for rendering their remains to powder. On Jan. 8 Ken Burns' documentary miniseries Jazz debuts on PBS-TV for 10 episodes (until Jan. 31, 2001), chronicling the history of Am. jazz. On Jan. 9 Bush labor secy. nominee Linda Chavez (1947-) withdraws following reports that she housed an illegal immigrant and possibly paid her for house chores; on Jan. 11 Bush chooses Elaine Chao (1953-) (former head of the Peace Corps and United Way) as U.S. labor secy.; he also chooses Robert Bruce Zoellick (1953-) to be the U.S. trade rep. On Jan. 9 the U.S. Supreme Court limits the reach of federal law to protect wetlands. On Jan. 10 America Online (AOL) buys Time Warner for $106B, creating the world's largest media co.; the FCC approves the sale on Jan. 11; too bad, the rise of Google and loss of customers shrinks its stock worth from $20B in 2005 to $2B-$3B by 2009, incl. $1B invested in it by Google in 2005. On Jan. 10 China sends rats into orbit aboard its "sacred ship" Shenzhou II, powered by a Long March rocket; it returns on Jan. 16. On Jan. 10 Colombian soldiers rescue 56 hostages held by ELN guerrillas outside Barbosa. On Jan. 10 German chancellor Helmut Schroeder creates a new super-ministry for food, agriculture and consumer protection to combat mad cow disease. On Jan. 11 Unisys, Dell and Microsoft announce an agreement to jointly create an electronic voting system. On Jan. 11 the Chinese media report at least 27 people dead from a New Year's Day blizzard in inner Mongolia. On Jan. 11 Jiri Hodac resigns as the chief of public TV in the Czech Repub. as over 50K protesters demonstrate in Wenceslas Square for guarantees of politically independent TV. On Jan. 11 Israeli and Palestinian high-level peace talks resume as Israel lifts the blockade of the West Bank towns of Qalqilyah and Jenin and reopens the Palestinian airport in Gaza, along with travel from the West Bank to Jordan and from Gaza to Egypt; too bad, on June 24 Palestinian militants fire three homemade rockets into S Israel, causing Israel to reclose the border crossings into Gaza. On Jan. 13 a 7.6 earthquake near San Salvador, El Salvador kills 700 and causes damage of $1B. On Jan. 13 the Palestine Authority executes two Palestinians convicted of collaborating with Israel, the first ever - it started with that Mogen David wine? On Jan. 14 Pres. Sampaio wins reelection in Portugal. On Jan. 14 news reports surface that power generators in Calif. are suspected of shutting down power plants to sell higher-priced natural gas, causing power shortages and high prices; on Jan. 17 Calif. Gov. Davis declares a state of emergency and orders the Dept. of Water Resources to buy and sell electricity. On Jan. 16 Dem. Repub. of Congo (DRC) pres. (since May 17, 1997) Laurent-Desire Kabila (b. 1939) is assassinated by one of his bodyguards, who is suspected of working for Rwanda, and is succeeded on Jan. 17 by his son Joseph Kabila Kabange (1971-) (until ?), becoming the first dem.-elected pres. of Congo; in 2011 he is elected for a 2nd term. On Jan. 16 Ecuadoran tanker Jessica runs aground on San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos Islands and begins leaking diesel - Charles Darwin rolls over in his grave? On Jan. 16 25-.y.-o. Palestinian terrorist (secular Muslim) Amna Jawad Ali Muna (1976-) lures horny 16-y.-o. Israeli Jew Ofir Rahum (b. 1984) to his death near Ramallah via an Internet cafe; she is released in the 2011 Gilad Shalit POW swap. On Jan. 17 the British House of Commons votes 387-174 to ban fox hunting; after loud protests they reverse themselves on Dec. 3, 2002, while tightening controls - men? Speaking of fox hunting? On Jan. 18 Rev. Jesse Jackson acknowledges that he fathered a daughter in 1999 after an extramarital affair with Karin Stanford, former head of the Rainbow/PUSH Washington office. On Jan. 18 Barack Obama gives an interview to Chicago Public Radio, where he openly discusses his desire to redistribute wealth, i.e., take it from those who earned or inherited it and hand it to those who didn't, praising the Supreme Court for being activist toward civil rights for blacks, then complaining "The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society. And to that extent, as radical as I think people tried to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn't that radical. It didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, as least as it's been interpreted, and Warren Court interpreted in the same way that, generally, the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties, says what the states can't do to you, says what the federal government can't do to you, but it doesn't say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf. And that hasn't shifted."; he adds "Maybe I'm showing my bias here as a legislator as well as a law professor. I'm not optimistic about bringing about major redistributive change through the courts. The institution just isn't structured that way."; his solution is ground-up community organizing? Speaking of fox hunting? On Jan. 19 Pres. Clinton admits that he misled prosecutors about his relationship with aide Monica Lewinsky, and strikes a deal with independent counsel Robert Ray to accept a 5-year suspension of his Ark. law license and pay a $25K fine. On Jan. 19. Pres. Clinton lifts U.S. economic sanctions against Yugoslavia. On Jan. 19 the U.S. and Israel sign an agreement to phase out economic aid by 2008; half the aid will be replaced by military aid, and $80M is pledged separately to a U.N. relief agency for Palestinian refugees. On Jan. 19 U.N. sanctions against Afghanistan begin following a 30-day deadline for the handover of Osama bin Laden by the Taliban; meanwhile Afghanistan has its worst drought in 30 years. On Jan. 19 Belgium agrees to decriminalize marijuana use. On Jan. 19 Indonesia extends a truce in Banda Aceh Province after talks with separatists in Switzerland; the province launches a new Sharia police that becomes very unpopular. On Jan. 19 in Mexico Joaquin Guzman Loera, AKA El Chapo (Sp. "shorty") (1954-) escapes from the maximum-security prison in Jalisco state; 78 people are implicated in helping him, incl. prison dir. Leonardo Beltran. On Jan. 19 Pres. Clinton agrees to a 5-year suspension of his Ark. law license, and resigns from the U.S. Supreme Court bar. I'm calling from the White House - can you get me free tickets to the Super Bowl? On Jan. 20 in his final hours in office Pres. Clinton issues 36 commutations and 140 pardons for billionaire fugitive Jewish financier Marc (Marcell David) Rich (Reich) (1934-2013), Susan McDougal, Patricia Hearst, Henry Cisneros, John Deutch, his brother Roger Clinton et al., causing the Pardongate mini-scandal; it is later revealed that Hillary Clinton's younger brother (failed Georgian hazelnut importer) Hugh Edwin "Hughie" Rodham (1950-) received $400K to help two felons, cocaine dealer Carlos Anibal Vignali and tax dodger (Gero Vita Internat. founder) Almon Glenn Braswell (1943-2006) win clemency; after leaving office, Bill Clinton becomes one of the most successful world leaders to transition to private life, with his counselor (since 1995) Douglas J. "Doug" Band (1972-) helping him in 2005 to found the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) as a project of the William J. Clinton Foundation, which goes on to raise $46B for 1.2K philanthropic projects impacting 200M in 150 countries by the end of the decade, by which time thanks to books, speaking fees, etc. the Clantoon Gang is Oprah rich, raking in $108M before taxes by 2008, even after taking $190K worth of china, flatware, rugs, TVs, sofas et al. with them when they leave the White House, after which they announce that they will return $28K in gifts and pay $86K. On Jan. 20 Conn.-born pickup truck-riding Tex. ranch owner, oilman, Yale and Harvard grad., F-102 pilot and former Texas gov. George Walker "Dubya" Bush (1946-) (Secret Service codename: Tumbler/Trailblazer) becomes the 43rd U.S. pres. (until Jan. 20, 2009) in the 63rd U.S. Pres. Inauguration (2nd pres. son after J.Q. Adams to win the White House, only this one goes two terms and becomes one of the most unpopular presidents in U.S. history; first pres. with an MBA degree); the first monkey pres.?; has and his daddy George H.W. Bush have a striking resemblance to British Queen Elizabeth II and/or Prince Charles?; Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney (1941-) (Secret Service codename: Angler) (whom Bush calls "Big Time") becomes the 46th U.S. vice-pres. (until 2009), the 2nd born in Nebraska (first Gerald Ford); the inaug. theme is "Celebrating America's Spirit Together"; the 3rd time that the U.S. has six living presidents (Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr.); Bush is sworn-in on the same Bible used by the last "George" to be president, George Washington; First Lady is Laura Lane Welch Bush (1946-) (Secret Service codename: Tempo) (a smoker until her hubby was elected gov. of Texas?); First Dog is Scottish terrier Miss Beazley (2004-14) (father named Clinton); Lawrence Ari Fleischer (1960-) becomes White House press secy. #24 (until July 15, 2003); John David Ashcroft (1942-) (former member of the "Singing Senators" with Larry Craig et al.) becomes U.S. atty.-gen. #79 (until Feb. 3, 2005); on Jan. 22 Stephen John Hadley (1947-) becomes deputy U.S. nat. security adviser (until Jan. 26, 2005); Donald Henry Rumsfeld (1932-) becomes U.S. defense secy. #21 (until Dec. 18, 2006), the oldest (69), and earlier the youngest (43) (#13 under Pres. Ford in 1975-7). The second time since 1986 that people power has pushed a man out of the presidency in Manila and put a woman in On Jan. 20 as tens of thousands united by cell phone messages march on his residence, Philippine Pres. Joseph Estrada steps down, and vice-pres. (of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Dem. Party) Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (1947-), daughter of former pres. (1961-5) Diosdado Macapagal succeeds him as Philippines pres. #14 (until June 30, 2010). On Jan. 20 nine miners are killed and 15 injured in a gas explosion in the Donetsk coal region of Ukraine. On Jan. 22 Pres. Bush bans U.S. funding for overseas abortion counseling. On Jan. 22 police in Colorado Springs, Colo. catch four escaped Texas convicts, while a 5th commits suicide; two more are caught two days later. On Jan. 22 in Britain the House of Lords pass legislation that effectively legalizes the creation of cloned human embryos. On Jan. 22 Japanese economics minister Fukushiro Nukaga resigns after a bribery scandal, and is succeeded by Taro Aso (1940-) (tear a hole in your what?), who becomes known for colorful comments, such as that he'd like to make Japan a place where rich Jews would like to live, that one day info. technology will replace paper with "floppies", and that Japan is the only country in the world with "one nation, one civilization, one language, one culture, and one race". On Jan. 22 Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin puts his domestic security agency in charge of the war effort in Chechnya - friendships never go out of style? On Jan. 22-27 Israel and Palestine officials meet in Taba, Egypt, but fail to reach a peace accord after Palestine Nat. Council chmn. Salim Za'anun says in Feb. that the PLO Covenant calling for Israel's destruction has never been changed, and in Mar. Faysal al-Husseini utters the soundbyte: "We may lose or win, but our eyes will continue to aspire to the strategic goal, namely, to Palestine from the river to the sea." On Jan. 23 U.S. energy secy. Spencer Abraham extends two federal emergency orders forcing suppliers to continue selling electricity and natural gas to Calif., which holds an auction on Jan. 24 for long-term electricity contracts. On Jan. 23 in China five people believed to be members of Falun Gong set themselves on fire in Tiananmen Square; one dies. On Jan. 23 in Egypt Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are suspended after Palestinian gunmen execute two Israelis (alleged Shin Bet security agents) in Tulkarem. On Jan. 25 Rutaca Airlines Flight 225 (DC-3) crashes, killing all 24 aboard. On Jan. 26 a 7.9 earthquake hits the vegetarian-dominated Indian state of Gujarat, killing 30K. On Jan. 26 the 198-ft. vessel Pamyat Merkuriya sinks in the Black Sea, killing 14. On Jan. 26 a U.N. panel criticizes Saudi Arabia for discriminating against women, harassing minors, and inflicting medieval punishments such as flogging and stoning. On Jan. 26 black teenager Benjamin Hermansen is stabbed to death in Holmlia, Norway; five Neo-Nazi Bootboys are arrested for it. On Jan. 27 Bill Gates pledges $100M for an AIDS vaccine - he must not have AIDS himself or it would have been $100 billion? On Jan. 27 a small plane carrying Oklahoma State U. basketball team personnel crashes in a snowstorm E of Denver, Colo. killing 10 incl. two players. On Jan. 27 riot police prevent 1K protesters from reaching the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. On Jan. 27 the Iran news agency reports that three intel agents were sentenced to death and 12 others to life in prison for their roles in murdering dissident writers and intellectuals. On Jan. 27 federal agents unearth the bones of Am. Atheists leader Madalyn Murray O'Hair (b. 1924), her son Jon Garth Murray, and granddaughter Robin Murray O'Hair (all missing since 1995) at a 5K-acre S Tex. ranch in Camp Wood, Tex.; O'Hair's office mgr. David Roland Waters (1947-2003) receives 60 years for embezzlement, then makes an agreement with prosecutors to lead investigators to the bones, which are charred and buried about 2.5 ft. down near a grove of live oaks. On Jan. 28 Super Bowl XXXV (35) is held in Raymond Jones Stadium in Tampa, Fla.; NFL turf consultant George Toma (1929-) deploys inflatable snakes on the field when it is seeded 2 weeks earlier; the Baltimore Ravens (AFC) defeat the N.Y. Giants (NFC) 34-7 as three TDs are scored in a 36-sec. span in the 3rd quarter, starting with Ravens DB Duane Starks intercepting a Kerry Collins pass and returning it 49 yards for a TD, then Ron Dixon of the Giants running back the ensuing kickoff 97 yards, then Baltimore's Jermaine Lewis countering with an 84-yard kickoff return; Ravens LB (#52) Raymond Anthony "Ray" Lewis (1975-) is MVP. On Jan. 28 Pope John Paul II names five new cardinals and reveals the identities of two others from the former Soviet Union. On Jan. 28 weekend clashes in Zanzibar (Tanzania) kill at least 37 people as protesters demand new elections. On Jan. 29 born-again Baptist Pres. Bush signs an executive order creating a new White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. On Jan. 29 110 Afghan refugees freeze to death in camps near the W city of Herat. On Jan. 29 Judge Juan Guzman of Chile issues the first indictment of Chilean dictator Gen. August Pinochet on human rights charges; too bad, his claim of poor health keeps him from being tried - that's some bad cough, nucklehead? On Jan. 29 in Indonesia 10K protesters march in Jakarta over corruption scandals involving Pres. Wahid. On Jan. 29 demonstrators in Turin, Italy (the city where dogs must be walked three times a day?) clash with police following an agreement between France and Italy to establish a $10B high-speed rail line between Turin and Lyon. On Jan. 30 17K teachers, hospital workers and police march in Paris to demand pay increases. On Jan. 30 Turkish MP Mehmet Fevzi Sihanlioglu is beaten by fellow lawmakers in the Grand Nat. Assembly and dies of a heart attack. On Jan. 30-31 in the Netherlands a Scottish court convicts Libyan intel officer Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi of murder in the 1998 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and sentences him to life; a 2nd Libyan, Al-Amin Khalifa Fahima is acquitted, and Muammar Gaddafi claims that al-Megrahi is innocent. On Jan. 31 the U.S. Senate 75-24 confirms Gale Norton as the first female interior secy. (until 2006). In Jan. Canadian foreign affairs minister John Manley offers to second an Apr. 2000 offer from Canadian PM Jean Chrétien to resettle supposedly oppressed Palestinians in Canada, but PLO spokesman Ahmed Abdel Rahman rejects them, with the soundbyte: "We reject any kind of settlement of refugees in Arab countries, or in Canada", after which Manley is burned in effigy near the West Bank city of Nablus, and Hussum Khader, head of the largest Palestinian Fatah militia in Nablus utters the soundbyte: "If Canada is serious about resettlement you could expect military attacks in Ottawa or Montreal." In Jan.-Feb. more earthquakes ravage El Salvador, and over 1K die, and 1M are left homeless. In Jan. the Honduran Committee for the Defence of Human Rights charges that over 1K street children were murdered the previous year by death squads backed by police in Honduras, despite civilian rule. In Jan. an estimated 32M pilgrims attend the Hindu Kumbh festival in India. In early Feb. foot and mouth disease breaks out at Burnside farm, Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland, England; by Feb. 25 most of Britain has been declared contaminated and millions of head of cattle and sheep are destroyed in an effort to control it; crisis levels are reached by Mar. 23. On Feb. 6 right-winger (alleged war criminal) Ariel Sharon (1928-) of the Likud Party wins the election, and on Mar. 7 becomes PM of Israel (until Jan. 4, 2006). On Feb. 6 Philippine Labor Party leader (former Communist) Filemon "Ka Popoy" Lagman (b. 1953) is assassinated in Quezon City. On Feb. 6 Miami, Fla. businessman Konstaninos "Gus" Boulis (b. 1949), founder of the Miami Subs sandwich chain is shot to death in his car a few mo. after selling a fleet of casino boats (SunCruz Casinos) in Sept. 2000 to prominent Washington lobbyist Jack Off, er, Jack Abramoff (1959-) and his partner Adam Kidan, who are indicted in Aug. 2005 on federal fraud charges in the purchase; in Sept. 2005 Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello (1938-), Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari (1947-), and James "Pudgy" Fiorillo (1977-) are arrested for the murder; on Mar. 29, 2006 Abramoff is sentenced to 5 years 10 mo.; on Sept. 4, 2008 he gets four more years for his corruption scheme on Capitol Hill, calling himself "a broken man". On Feb. 7 to prevent the city of Greenwood Village from annexing it, the city of Centennial, Colo. is formed from portions of unincorporated Arapahoe County, with its 100K pop. making it the largest incorporation in U.S. history (until ?); incorporated on a promise to keep city taxes at 1%, it grows to 2.5% by 2017. On Feb. 9 the submarine USS Greenville collides with and sinks the Ehime Maru, a Japanese high school fishing training boat in Oahu, Hawaii, killing nine and causing an internat. incident. On Feb. 16 a bus convoy carrying 250 Orthodox Christian Serbs to a religious ceremony in Kosovo is bombed in Podujevo as it crosses the Serbian border by Muslim Albanian extremists, killing seven and injuring 40+, causing cries of more ethnic cleansing, this time by the Muslims. Who can you trust? On Feb. 18 veteran white straight-laced FBI agent (Roman Catholic Opus Dei member who attends Mass daily and likes Internet porn) Robert Philip Hanssen (1944-) is arrested at Foxstone Park near his home in Vienna, Va. for spying for the Russians (for 22 years) after a massive spy hunt, and on Feb. 20 he is charged with spying; FBI dir. (since Sept. 1, 1993) Louis Freeh resigns on May 1 (effective June 25), and is replaced by Thomas J. Pickard (1950-) (both born on Jan. 6, 1950?) as acting dir. for 71 days on June 25-Sept. 4; on July 6 Hanssen pleads guilty to 15 counts of espionage in exchange for 15 life sentences without parole, and ends up in the Federal Supermax Prison in Florence, Colo., becoming the worst U.S. intel disaster in history (until ?). On Feb. 25 Am. business prof. Li Shaomin (1957-) is detained in Beijing and acused of spying for Taiwan along with five other Chinese scholars; on July 14 he is convicted and expelled one day after Beijing is awarded the 2008 Olympic Games. On Feb. 26 a U.N. tribunal convicts Bosnians Dario Kordic and Mario Cerkez of war crimes against Muslim civilians during the Bosnian War. On Feb. 27 Pres. George W. Bush delivers his (first) 2001 State of the Union Address, issuing a Spanish soundbyte "Juntos podemos" (together we can). In Feb. the Muslim Alliance of North Am. (MANA) is founded by African-Am. Muslim converts Siraj Wahhaj (Arab. "bright light") (Jeffrey Kearse) (1950-) and Ihsan Bagby, with the help of Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown) (1943-); its goal is establishing Sharia in the U.S. On Mar. 4 "The X-Files" spinoff The Lone Gunmen debuts on Fox Network for 13 episodes (until June 1); episode #1 is about Scenario 12D, a U.S. govt. conspiracy to hijack a 727 airliner and fly it into the WTC then blame it on terrorists to gain support for a profitable war. On Mar. 5 15-y.-o. Charles Andrew "Andy" Williams (1986-) kills two students and wounds 13 others at Santana High School in Santee, Calif. near San Diego; he is sentenced to 50 years to life. On Mar. 7 Gen. Ariel Sharon (1928-2014) of the Likud Party becomes PM #11 of Israel (until Apr. 14, 2006). On Mar. 9 after placing ads looking for "a well-built 18 to 30-year-old to be slaughtered and then consumed", German cannibal Arwin Meiwes (1961-), AKA the Rotenburg Cannibal kills and eats Bernd Jurgen Brande, starting with his penis, recording it on videotape, and ends up convicted of manslaughter on Jan. 30, 2004 and sentenced to 8.5 years in priz, with cannibalism having no criminal statute against it, then retried and convicted on May 10, 2006 of murder and given a life sentence; he becomes a vegetarian in priz - to paraphrase Justice Stewart, I can't define cannibalism but I know it when I see it? On Mar. 11 U.S. astronauts Jim Voss (1949-) and Susan Jane Helms (1958-) spend 8 hr. 56 min. in a spacewalk, attempting to make room on the Internat. Space Station (ISS) for the 5-ton Italian Leonardo cargo module, becoming the longest spacewalk to date. On Mar. 13 a judge dismisses a lawsuit against dir. Oliver Stone claiming that his movie Natural Born Killers caused a young couple's violent crime spree (the first product liability lawsuit against a Hollywood movie); the appeal is dismissed on June 6, 2002. On Mar. 15 ethnic Albanians riot in Macedonia. On Mar. 21 the Taliban blows up the two 1,500-y.-o. Buddhas of Bamyan, one 125 ft. (world's tallest) and the other 115 ft. in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, 143 mi. NW of Kabul (on the ancient Silk Road); the region was once a center of Buddhism but now has 400K Persian-speaking education-loving mostly Shiite Hazaras, which the Taliban has been persecuting since 1996. On Mar. 23 after Russia takes out a $200M insurance policy against possible damages, Russia's 100-ton Mir space station ends its 15-year orbit around the Earth with a fiery plunge into the South Pacific. On Mar. 25 the 73rd Academy Awards are held in Los Angeles, and 242 films are eligible for consideration; the best picture Oscar for 2000 goes to DreamWorks and Universal for the much-computer-pumped Gladiator, along with the best actor award to Russell Crowe (as well-known Roman historical figure Maximus Decius Meridius, chicken legs and all?); best actress goes to Julia Roberts for Erin Brockovich, best dir. to Steven Soderbergh, and best supporting actor to Benicio Del Toro for Traffic, and best supporting actress to Marcia Gay Harden for Pollock. On Mar. 30 Pres. Bush, who pooh-poohs global warming abandons the Kyoto Protocol, pissing-off European leaders; not that China and India want to comply with it either, giving him a good excuse? In Mar. dictator-pres. Mathieu Kerekou (b. 1933) defeats former pres. Nicephore Soglo (b. 1934) again in elections. In Mar. Lao People's Rev. Party leader Boungnang (Bounnhang) Vorachith (1937-) becomes PM dictator of Louse, er, Laos (until June 8, 2006) - who gives a chith? In Mar. an oil pipeline to transport oil from the Tengiz fields of Kazakhstan to the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk opens. In Mar. the Black Spring (Kabylie) in Algeria sees violent demonstrations by Kabyle Berber activists against the govt., followed by the creation of the Mouvement pour l'Autonomie de la Kabylie (MAK), with aim of ending the Islamist regime and replacing it with a U.S.-style dem. repub.; co-founder Ferhat Mehenni (1951-) is a Kabyle Algerian Berber musician-politician who is becoming the Joan Baez of Algeria - in a country saturated with Islam, he's probably just whistling Dixie? On Apr. 2 a Chinese F-8 fighter jet collides with a U.S. EP-3 recon aircraft over internat. waters off China, causing an incident when the damaged U.S. plane is forced to land on the Chinese island of Hainan; the 24 crew members are detained for 11 days until the U.S. issues a formal statement of regret. On Apr. 2 at 9:51 p.m. GMT the largest solar flare recorded to date occurs. On Apr. 4 Palestinian activist Juliano Mer-Khamis (b. 1958), founder of the Freedom Theatre is assassinated in the Jenin refugee camp by another Palestinian. On Apr. 7 a white police officer shoots unarmed but fleeing black man Timothy Thomas in Cincinnati, Ohio, setting off race riots for several days. On Apr. 26 Junichiro Koizumi (b. 1942) becomes PM #86 of Japan (until Sept. 26, 2006); an "Elvis maniac", his brother Masaya once ran the Elvis fan club in Yokohoma and helped erect an Elvis statue in Tokyo in 1987. On Apr. 28 the Russians launch Soyuz TM-32, carrying cosmonauts Talgat Amangeldyuly Musabayev (1951-), Yuri Mikhailovich Baturin (1949-), and U.S. millionaire Dennis Anthony Tito (1940-), who pays $20M to become the first space tourist, visiting the ISS; on Oct. 21 Soyuz TM-33 blasts off, carrying cosmonauts Viktor Mikhailovich Afansyev (1948-), Claude Haignere (Haigneré) (1957-) of France, and Konstantin Mirovich Kozeyev (1967-); Soyuz TM-32 returns on Oct. 31 carrying Viktor Afanasyev, Claudie Haignere, and Konstantin Kozeyev; Soyuz TM-33 returns next May 5 with Yuri Gidzenko, Roberto Vittori, and Mark Shuttleworth. On Apr. 30 the Mitchell Report by U.S. Sen. (D-Maine) (Senate majority leader in 1989-95) George John Mitchell Jr. (1933-), who was sent to study Arab violence in Palestine to get the peace process back on track after the 2000 Camp David Summit recommends a cessation of all violence a full-scale effort by the Palestinian Authority to prevent terrorism, a freeze on Israeli settlement activity, and resumption of negotiations; neither the Israelis nor Palestinians implement his recommendations, and on Jan. 22, 2009 Mitchell is named special envoy for the Middle East. In Apr. Al-Qaida operative (British convert to Islam) Dhiren Barot (1971-) shoots grainy camcorder pics of the World Trade Center, Wall St. and Broad St., with the sound of a mimicked explosion in the background, then splices it into a copy of the movie "Die Hard With a Vengeance"; on Nov. 7, 2006 he is sentenced to life priz in a British court. In Apr. the Lackawanna Six, a group of Yemeni-Ams. from Lackawanna, N.Y. go to train in terrorist methods in Afghanistan, and briefly meet with Osama bin Laden; after they return they are arrested in Sept. 2002 and forced to plead guilty under the threat of being declared enemy combatants; in July 2009 it is revealed that vice.-pres. Dick Cheney et al. argued to Pres. Bush that they should be arrested by the military not civilian law enforcement. In Apr. the Internat. Museum of Muslim Cultures in Jackson, Miss. is founded, becoming the first Islamic history museum in the U.S. On May 1 bodacious chic Chandra Ann Levy (b. 1977) mysteriously disappears; a romantic affair with Calif. Dem. Rep. Gary Adrian Condit (1948-) is uncovered, and his nervous actions end up ruining his career; meanwhile her skeletal remains are found in Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., and on Apr. 22, 2009 El Salvadoran illegal immigrant Ingmar A. Guandique (1982-), who had been convicted of assaulting two other women in the park is charged with her murder, and convicted on Nov. 22, 2010. On May 1 former KKK man Thomas E. Blanton Jr. is convicted of the 1963 murder of four black girls in Birmingham, Ala. On May 6 Pope John Paul II becomes the first Roman pope to enter a mosque, in Damascus, Syria, where he says that religious conviction is never a justification for violence - what planet is he from? On May 8 Jewish teenies Yaakov "Koby" Mandell and Yosef Ishrahan are brutally murdered outside the Tekoa settlement in the West Bank, with their blood smeared on the walls of a cave; since Mandell was a U.S. citizen, causing the Koby Mandell Act to be passed in 2004, establishing the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism to pursue terrorists who attack U.S. citizens in foreign countries; it should be applied to halt aid to the Palestinian Authority because Mahmoud Abbas allegedly paid for the murder of Am.-Israeli athlete David Berger at the 1972 Munich Olympics? On May 9 a stampede at a soccer match in Accra, Ghana kills 126, becoming Africa's worst soccer disaster. On May 12 the Hamas and Fatah factions in Gaza begin a week of infighting, killing 50, while Hamas launches 4K+ rockets into Israel, causing Israeli airstrikes in retaliation; on May 18 a Palestinian suicide bomber kills five and wounds more than 100 in a Netanya shopping mall, causing Israeli warplanes to retaliate by bombing the West Bank as well as Gaza Strip; and on May 19 the Gaza factions reach a truce to take on the common foe as Israel launches its fifth day of airstrikes, showing their style by mutually releasing captives after shooting them in the legs. On May 15 the CSX 888 (Crazy Eights) Incident in Ohio sees runaway locomotive #888 run 66 mi. for two hours up to 51 S from Walbridge (near Toledo) to Kenton until a crew in another locomotive catches up to it and couples to it; filmed in 2010 as "Unstoppable" starring Denzel Washington. On May 21 the Earth Liberation Front burns the Center for Urban Horticulture at the U. of Wash., causing $1.5M-$4.1M in damages; five are arrested, of which four plead guilty and the 5th commits suicide in prison while awaiting trial. On May 21 the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess (debuted Sept. 4, 1995) comes to a end after six seasons of Xena being riddled with arrows, decapitated, hanged, and cremated; producer-husband Rob Tapert hints that resurrection is possible for reunion specials. On May 21 $9.99-$22.99 Bratz fashion dolls are introduced by ex-Mattel employee Carter Bryant, starting with four 10-in. models, Yasmin, Cloe, Jade, and Sasha, followed in 2015 by Raya, featuring almond-shaped eyes, eyeshadow, and lush glossy lips; starting out slow, they sell $2B in 2005, capturing 40% of the fashion doll market vs. 60% for Barbie; the ad slogan is: "The girls with a passion for fashion!"; too bad, in Dec. 2006 the Nat. Labor Committee announces that factory workers in China churn them out for only 17 cents a doll while working 94.5 hours/week at 50 cents/hour. On May 25 U.S. Vt. Rep. James Merrill "Jim" Jeffords (1934-) switches political parties from Repub. to Dem., throwing control of the U.S. Senate to the Dems. on June 6 by a super-slim 50-49-1 majority; "I have changed my party label but I have not changed my beliefs" - like two big snakes wrestling? On May 26 the Africa Union (AU) is founded in Addis Ababa to replace the Org. of African Unity (OAU) (founded on May 25, 1963), growing to 54 members, every African country except Morocco. On May 29 four followers of Osama bin Laden (1957-2011) are found guilty of charges stemming from the 1988 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. On May 31 the Eurasia Party is founded by Russian Communist activist Alexander (Aleksandr) Dugin (1962-) to head an "anti-American revolution" by hooking up with China, Islam, and anti-Am. forces in W Europe, Africa, and Latin Am.; it is registered next June 21; Vladimir Putin becomes a supporter? In May Texas Gov. (2000-) Rick Perry (1950-) signs the James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act, which former gov. George W. Bush had refused to sign; on Apr. 3 it is introduced into the U.S. House of Reps. by Rep. John Conyers. On June 1 the Dolphinarium Discotheque Massacre in Tel Aviv, Israel sees a Hamas terrorist suicide bomber detonate outside the nightclub, killing 21 incl. 16 teenagers, most girls, whose families had recently immigrated from the former Soviet Union. On June 1 (9:00 p.m. local time) the Nepalese Royal Family Massacre in the royal palace in Kathmandu, Nepal sees Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev (b. 1971) named king after he shoots most (10) of his family to death at a royal dinner in Bhaktapur Palace in Kathmandu, incl. his father King Birendra and mother Queen Aishwarya, then then tries to commit suicide but botches it and only ends up in a coma; too bad, he dies anyway on June 4, and his uncle Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev (1947-) becomes the last king of Nepal (until May 28, 2008). On June 3 a bomb set by Harkat-ul-Jihad Al-Islami Islamists at a Christian church during Mass in Baniarchar Village in Gopalgani District, Bangladesh (62 mi. S of Dhaka) kills 10 and maims dozens; until 2010 a dispute with another Christian group is suspected. On June 3 the drama series Six Feet Under debuts on HBO for 63 episodes (until Aug. 21, 2005), about the Fisher family of LA, who run a funeral home, with an ensemble cast incl. Peter William Krause as dir. Nathaniel Samuel "Nate" Fisher Jr., and Michael Carlyle Hall (1971-) as his brother David Fisher. On June 4 anti-Fujimori leader Alejandro Celestino Toledo Manrique (1946-) wins the pres. election in Peru over moderate former pres. Alan Garcia, and is sworn-in on July 28 as pres. #46 of Peru (until July 28, 2006). On June 6 former pres. Bill Clinton (1946-), with no worries any more except between his legs starts spending the summer hanging out at sporting events, starting with the French Open on June 6, where he watches Andre Agassi in a semifinal, then the Belmont Stakes on June 9 with Hillary, calling it "the fairest test in the Triple Crown", then the NBA playoffs on June 10, then the Wimbledon on July 7, sitting next to Margaret Thatcher; a trip to Argentina causes him to miss the July 10 All-Star baseball game; he usually picks up his binoculars only when the cheerleaders come out? On June 7 Pres. Bush signs the 2001 U.S. Tax Cut Bill, cutting taxes by $1.35T over 11 years, the largest tax cut in 20 years, exacerbating the systematic return of income inequality; it also phases out the estate tax, but expires at the end of 2010 - after 9/11 and the U.S.-Iraq War, you can kiss that money goodbye twice over? A poodle wins the Westminster Kennel Show again? On June 8 "the art of leadership is saying no not yes" PM (since May 2, 1997) Tony Blair (1953-) becomes the first Labour Party PM of Great Britain to be reelected to a full term of office; too bad, he later can't say no to backing Bush's history-challenged decision to blitzkrieg Iraq, becoming known as "Bush's poodle", dragging him down with an Albatross around his neck and aging him at jet speed as Iraq goes bad, worse, and worser? On June 8 Iranian pres. (since 1997) Mohammad Khatani is reelected in a landslide (until Aug. 2, 2005). On June 11 Timothy McVeigh (b. 1968) is executed at the federal penitentiary in Terra Haute, Ind. On June 111 the U.S. Supreme (Rehnquist) Court rules 5-4 in Kyllo v. U.S. to prohibit the use of a FLIR (forward looking infrared) thermal imaging device by police on a home without a warrant. On June 12 Pres. Bush announces in Madrid his intention of building a U.S. Ballistic Missile Shield; on June 18 Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin warns that any such attempt would cause Russia to upgrade its strategic arsenal with multiple warheads - this ain't like a pillow fight, Pootie-Poot? On June 12 Bozo the Clown tapes his last show in Chicago, Ill., ending his career which began in 1946. On June 16 a U.S.-Russian summit is held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, becoming the first meeting between U.S. pres. George W. Bush and Russian pres. Vladimir Putin, after which Bush utters the soundbyte: "I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straight forward and trustworthy and we had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul. He's a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country and I appreciate very much the frank dialogue and that's the beginning of a very constructive relationship"; Putin warns Pres. Bush and Condi Rice of a coming attack on their homeland, which they pooh-pooh; in her 2011 memoir "No Higher Honour", Rice writes the soundbyte about the meeting: "Putin suddenly raised the problem of Pakistan. He excoriated the Pervez Musharraf regime for its support of extremists and for the connections of the Pakistani army and intelligence services to the Taliban and al Qaeda. Those extremists were all being funded by Saudi Arabia, he said, and it was only a matter of time until it resulted in a major catastrophe... Putin, though, was right. The Taliban and al-Qaida were time bombs that would explode on September 11, 2001... I was taken aback by Putin's alarm and vehemence." On June 19 Syria evacuates Beirut after decades of occupation. On June 19 thousands receive payment from the $4.5B German fund for Nazi-era slavery after years of legal squabbling. The Devil Made Me Do It Defense is alive and well in Bush's Bible-thumping Texas? On June 20 Andrea Yates (nee Andrea Pia Kennedy) (1964-) of Houston, Tex. drowns her five children (6-mo.-o. Mary, 2-y.-o. Luke, 3-y.-o. Paul, 5-y.-o. John and 7-y.-o. Noah) in the bathtub; in 2002 she is found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life, but an appeal court throws out the conviction because of erroneous testimony from a prosecution pshrink, and a new trial results in her acquittal on July 26, 2006 on grounds of insanity, and she is committed to Vernon State Mental Hospital, moving to a low security mental hospital in Kerrville, Tex. in Jan. 2007; she had told psychiatrists that she was ordered by Satan to kill them. On June 24 Israeli politician Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech at the Jewish Agency Assembly Plenary Meeting in Israel, saying that the Palestinians are to blame for the conflict in the Middle East, not Israel, which only acts in self-defense, and calling for a war on terrorism. On June 28 the U.S. Appeals Court overrules the breakup of the Microsoft monopoly and rebukes District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson; concessions are announced by Microsoft on July 12; on Sept. 6 the Bush admin. announces that it will no longer seek the breakup of the Microsoft monopoly - who got paid-off? On June 29 "Butcher of the Balkans", former Yugoslav pres. Slobodan Milosevic is imprisoned at The Hague to await a war crimes trial for presiding over four wars costing 250K lives. On June 30 U.S. vice-pres. Dick Cheney receives a pacemaker and defibrillator to remedy his abormal heart rate; all plans for succeeding Bush in 2008 are kaput. In June the Anglican Mission in Am. holds a nat. ordinary of clergy, led by conservative primates from Singapore and Rwanda, causing the archbishop of Canterbury to warn that they are causing disunity in the church. In June Taliban leader Mullah Omar gives an interview to journalist Arnaud de Borchgrave in which he says that Osama bin Laden had given a written pledge to him not to use his base in Afghanistan to launch any attacks against the U.S.; the 9/11 attack starts a split? On July 1 the Internat. Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is established; it prosecutes only Africans until ? On July 3 a Russian airliner crashes in Siberia, killing 143. On July 5 Pres. Bush selects Robert Swan Mueller III (1944-) to head the troubled FBI; the next day former FBI agent Robert P. Hanssen pleads guilty to passing secrets to the Russians, avoiding the death penalty; on July 17 a check reveals the loss or theft of hundreds of firearms and laptop computers at the FBI; on Sept. 4 Mueller is sworn-in as FBI dir. #12 (until ?); Thomas J. Pickard retires from the FBI in Nov. - do I get a week to get settled in? On July 10 four firefighters fighting the Thirtymile Fire are trapped in the Chewuch River Canyon near Winthrop, Wash., and die when the blaze sweeps over them as they set up fire shelters on a rocky slope; in Dec. 2006 their boss Ellreese N. Daniels is charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter by federal prosecutors for failing to order them out of harm's way, but ends up pleading guilty to two misdemeanors on Apr. 29, 2008 after firefighters get pissed-off at the implications. On July 13 Beijing, China (pop. 17M) is awarded the 2008 XXIX Summer Olympic Games - a new event is announced, tank spanking? On July 13 11K-ft. Mt. Etna in NE Sicily erupts, and again on July 26, the worst since 1992. On July 13 the computer worm Code Red hits the Internet, exploiting one of the zillion flaws in Microsoft software to spread, becoming the first network worm; actually, the flaw had a software patch available, but many sysops hadn't installed it yet, so give these good Samaritans a hand? On July 16 Russia and China sign a 21-year friendship treaty uniting them in their opposition to the proposed U.S. missile shield. On July 23 178 nations (sans the U.S.) reach an agreement on climate, rescuing but diluting the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. On July 23 Megawati (Sans. "she who had a rain cloud [when she was born]") Sukarnoputri (1947-), daughter of former pres. Sukarno becomes the first female pres. of Indonesia (until Oct. 20, 2004), also the first pres. born after independence. On July 24 Simeon Borisov Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1937-) becomes PM #48 of Bulgaria (until Aug. 17, 2005), the only living person to have held the title of tsar (Simeon II in 1943-6). On July 25 Alexander Emerich "Alex" Jones (1974-) predicts 9/11 on his TV show? On July 26 China releases U.S.-based female scholar Gao Zhan (1960-), who had been sentenced to ten years on trumped-up espionage charges. On July 31 John Milo Reese hijacks a plan at Fla. Keys Marathon Airport, claiming to have a plan to kidnap Fidel Castro by delivering a pizza to him; after crashing on a Cuban beach, he is returned to the U.S. and sentenced to 6 mo. In July retired U.S. Army Reserve Col. George Trofimoff (1927-), the highest ranking U.S. military officer ever accused of spying is convicted in Tampa, Fla. of spying for the Soviets between 1969-94 from an Army interrogation center in Nuremberg, Germany, receiving a life sentence. In July the 2001 Paris Embassy Attack Plot sees 36-y.-o. French Algerian Djamel Beghal (1965-) arrested at Dubai Internat. Airport en route to Europe, then confess to the details, causing a French govt. inquiry to begin on Sept. 10; on Sept. 13 four more men are arrested in Rotterdam, along with two more in Brussels, and several more on Sept. 21, incl. Algerians Mohammed Berkous and Kamel Daoudi (1974-); on Mar. 16, 2005 six French Algerian men are convicted. In July several al-Qaida members are arrested by Yemeni police near the U.S. embassy in Sana'a, Yemen while planning the murder of the ambassador. In July the New York Port Authority, which decided to privatize it in 1998, leases the World Trade Center (WTC) to Silverstein Properties. On Aug. 1 the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act is first introduced in the U.S. Senate; it passes in ?. On Aug. 1 the U.S. House of Reps. votes to ban all human cloning; on Aug. 9 Pres. Bush says he will allow federal funding of stem cell research on existing stem cell lines, but not permit any new ones to be created; he also announces creation of the President's Council on Bioethics; one of his unofficial advisers is Canadian-born Lutheran-turned-Roman Catholic priest Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009), whom he calls "Father Richard". On Aug. 1 335-lb. black Minn. Vikings offensive lineman Korey Damont Stringer (b. 1974) collapses at training camp in Mankato, Minn., then dies in the hospital of heart failure caused by heatstroke - three miles of toilet paper saved? On Aug. 6 Pres. Bush receives a pres. brief titled Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S. - receives but not reads? On Aug. 9 (2 p.m.) a Hamas suicide bombing at the busy Sbarro Restaurant in Jerusalem,, killing 15 and injuring 130; the bomber is Ezziddin Al-Masri; Jordanian driver Ahlam Tamimi (1981-), gets 16 life sentences, and is released in the Oct. 2011 Gilad Shalit POW exchange; co-conspirator Mohammad Daghlas is also released. On Aug. 10 Space Shuttle Discovery is launched on its record 30th mission (since 1984), delivering the NASA Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module and a new crew to the Internat. Space Station (ISS). On Aug. 13 a peace agreement is signed between the Macedonian govt. and rebels, ending 6 mo. of fighting. On Aug. 14 elderly couple hijacks a plane to Cuba, but it crashes in the sea off the coast of Fla. and they drown. On Aug. 16 Zacarias Moussaoui (1968-) is arrested on an immigration violations (overstaying a 90-day U.S. visa) outside a hotel in Eagen, Minn.; FBI special agent Harry Samit breaks the news to his superiors that the Muslim jihad raghead had purchased flight simulator lessons, but they ignore him, and on Sept. 10 barely grant his request to deport him to France so that his belongings can be searched by French authorities. On Aug. 22 the U.S. budget surplus dwindles, causing Bush's tax cut to be singled out as retro. On Aug. 31-Sept. 7 the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa issues a Report on the Slave Trade, calling slavery a "crime against humanity" and demanding apologies and reparations; it recognizes Islamophobia as a form of prejudice; too bad, under chmn. Mary Robinson of Ireland it goes on to condemn Israel for racism and apartheid, causing the U.S. to walk out, with U.S. state secy. Colin Powell uttering the soundbyte: "I know that you do not combat racism by conferences that produce declarations containing hateful language, some of which is a throwback to the days of Zionism equals racism, or supports the idea that we have made too much of the Holocaust, or suggests that apartheid exists in Israel, or that singles out only one country in the world, Israel, for censure and abuse"; too bad, in Nov. 2010 Pres. Obama awards Robinson the Medal of Freedom. In Aug. dem. elections are held in East Timor; the U.N. promises to hand over the reins of power to the new dem. govt. on Feb. 20, 2002. In Aug. France's highest court issues a ruling that a boy born after his mother contracted German measles had a right not to be born - put me back in? In late Aug. the family of Abdulaziz al-Hijji flees their 3.3K sq. ft. home in Sarasota, Fla. sans furniture, later being found to have "many connections to individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001". On Sept. 1 Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud (Turki al-Faisal) (1945-), son of the late King Faisal suddenly resigns as the Saudis' spymaster after 24 years; this action later makes him suspect of knowing of the 9/11 plot, but he pays off, er, is cleared and goes on to become Saudi ambassador to the U.S. On Sept. 1 the U.S. Postal Service issues its first Muslim Eid Stamp. On Sept. 2 Am. journalist Eric S. Margolis (1947-) utters the soundbyte "America's strategic and economic interests in the Mideast and Muslim world are being threatened by the agony in Palestine, which inevitably invites terrorist attacks against US citizens and property." On Sept. 7 559,493 people in 2,171 schools all over the U.K. begin jumping up and down at precisely 11:00 a.m. for 1 min. to celebrate the launch of U.K. Science Year; the number of participants is raised to 569,069 when disabled pupils drop objects on the ground or hit it with their fists. On Sept. 9 Afghan anti-Taliban Northern Alliance Group leader ("the Lion of Panjshir") Ahmad Shah Massoud (b. 1953) is assassinated in Takhar Province by two Tunisian-born Belgian al-Qaida members incl. Abdessatar Dahmane (Dahmane Abd al-Sattar) (-2011), who pose as journalists, and are promptly killed; Dahmane's Moroccan-born Belgian wife Malika El Aroud (1959-) marries Tunisian-born al-Qaida member Moez Garsalloui (1967-); in June 2007 they are convicted in Switzerland of running a number of al-Qaida propaganda Web sites. On Sept. 9 Walla Walla, Wash.-born Muslim convert Hamza Yusuf Hanson (1960-) (formerly Mark Hanson), 1996 founder of Zaytuna Inst. in Berkeley, Calif. utters the soundbyte: "This country (America) unfortunately has a great, a great tribulation coming to it, and much of it is already here, yet people are too illiterate to read the writing on the wall", which gets him investigated by the FBI after 9/11. On Sept. 9-10 British maj. Charles Ingram (1965-) wins the million-pound question on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?", after which he is accused of cheating by having his wife Diana cough at the correct answer (about the word "googol"), and later convicted, ruining his life. On Sept. 10 Qatar native Khalid Rashid Ali al-Mari (al-Muri) (al-Murri) (1975-), along with his wife and five children move to Peoria, Ill.; in Dec. he is arrested by the feds as a suspected enemy combatant on U.S. soil, and they claim to find credit card numbers on his laptop computer along with evidence linking him to Al-Qaida, moving him out of the criminal justice system into indefinite military detention, causing a federal court action alleging violation of his civil rights. A freebie for Al-Qaida? On Sept. 10 Joseph P. "Joe" Nacchio (1949-), CEO of Colo.-based communication co. Qwest (1997-2002) announces plans to cut 4K jobs after admitting that earnings for the year are expected to be $500M less than he had previously claimed; after the overstated revenue proves to be $2.5B and Nacchio makes $101M from massive stock sales, he is fired next June, and after the stock dips to a low of $.99 a share he ends up getting criminally charged by the U.S. govt.; if he had only waited one day to make his announcement, he could have slithered free by blaming it all on Al-Qaida? On Sept. 10 U.S. defense secy. Donald Rumsfield mentions in a press conference that $2.3T in transactions cannot be tracked through the antiquated equipment in the Pentagon; this is later twisted as a revelation that $2.5T in cash is mysteriously missing, and that the 9/11 attacks were done to divert an investigation. On Sept. 10 (the eve of 9/11) according to FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, the CIA maintains "intimate relations" with Osama bin Laden for operations in C Asia, incl. Xingjiang, China; he visited the U.S. under the alias Tim Osman?; it's just a folk myth?
2001-Pt. 2 On Sept. 11, 2001 (Tues.) Pres. George W. Bush is targeted in an assassination plot by al-Qaida in Sarasota, Fla.? On Sept. 11 (Tues.) the New York Times pub. a story about ex-Weatherman radical Bill Ayers, quoting him as saying "I don't regret setting bombs. I feel we didn't do enough." On Sept. 11 (Tues.) the 9/11 Attacks see the New York City skyline changed after 19 lowdown cowardly stinking crazed Satan-controlled Muslim raghead jihad terrorist scumbags (incl. 15 Saudis) hijack four U.S. commercial airliners and take over the unprotected cabins, using flying lessons given them in the U.S. to steer and crash into the twin towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) (dedicated in Apr. 1973), and also the Pentagon; Am. Airlines Flight 11 (Boeing 767) from Boston to Los Angeles hits the North Tower at 8:46:26 a.m. with a direct hit that disables all the elevators; actor Tony Perkins' wife Berinthia "Berry" Berenson-Perkins (b. 1948) is on Flight 11; United Airlines Flight 175 (Boeing 767) from Boston to Los Angeles hits the South Tower at 9:02:54 a.m. at an angle, permitting people to escape; Flight 175 has a mysterious pod attached to the undercarriage, indicating that the whole show is really being run by the govt. and the plane was unmanned and remotely-controlled?; Am. Airlines Flight 77 from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles hits the SW face of the Pentagon at 9:43 a.m. on the 60th anniv. of its groundbreaking; it was really a U.S.-launched missile, and was covered-up?; Pres. Bush had a meeting scheduled with affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood after he arrived back at the White House; Pres. Bush first informs the nation of "an apparent terrorist attack on our country" at 9:30 from the school; at 9:45 a.m. the FAA grounds all civilian domestic and internat. flights to-from the U.S., although an El Al (Boeing 747) flight is allowed to take from JFK Airport to Tel Aviv at 4:11 p.m.; commercial flights resume on Sept. 13, followed by private flights on Sept. 14; on Sept. 20 a flight containing Bin Laden family members is allowed to leave the U.S., carrying four Americans; on Sept. 11 NBC-TV commentator Tom Brokaw answers a speculation by Matt Laurer with "This is war. This is a declaration and execution of an attack on the United States", later chanting "War! War!"; "When I saw the second airplane hit, I knew jihad has come to America" (Nonie Darwish); the South Tower implodes at 9:59:04 a.m., followed by the North Tower at 10:28:31 a.m., after the jet fuel ignites tons of paper, which causes internal temps as high as 2K F; Pres. Bush is informed of the South Tower crash at 9:07 a.m. by White House chief of staff (2001-6) Andrew Hill "Andy" Card Jr. (1947-) while visiting with 2nd grade (mainly black) students at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla., and turns red, but stays with the kids, reading aloud from the children's story The Pet Goat (by Siegfried Engelmann and Elaine C. Bruner) with them; British-born former U.S. Army officer Cyril Richard "Rick" Rescoria (b. 1939), vice-pres. of security at Morgan Stanley (scheduled for retirement at year's end) dies after helping 2.7K coworkers to safety; after rushing in to help not knowing about the impending collapse; 343 firefighters die in the Twin Towers, and firefighter (Argentine native) Sergio Gabrial Villanueva (b. 1968) becomes a hero; Hollywood actor Steven Vincent "Steve" Buscemi (1957-) (a former NYC firefighter) quietly returns to Engine Co. 55 and works 12-hour shifts, trying to avoid publicity; two Port Authority of N.Y. and N.J. police officers survive the towers' collapse and are rescued from the rubble after 22 hours; 300K are evacuated by boat in lower Manhattan after hundreds of craft answer a Coast Guard call for help "From All Available Boats" and converge on the West Side; meanwhile United Air Lines Flight 93 from Newark, N.J. to San Francisco, Calif. carrying 37 passengers and seven crew is hijacked by Beirut, Lebanon-born pilot (al-Qaida member) Ziad Samir Jarrah (1975-2001) and three Saudi Arabia-born muscle men Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Nami (1977-2001), Ahmed Ibrahim al-Haznawi (1980-2001), and Saeed Abdallah Ali Sulayman al-Ghamdi (1979-2001), crashing at 10:03 a.m. near Shanksville in Somerset County, Penn. (60 mi. SE of Pittsburgh and 150 mi. NW of Washington, D.C.) after the 33 all-American passengers are first cowed by a fake body bomb then fight back against the four ragheads instead of cowering like sheep, and kick the surprised terrorists butts, although too late to prevent the crash; Flight 93 passenger Todd Morgan Beamer (b. 1968) becomes a U.S. hero when he quarterbacks the makeshift anti-raghead team with the all-American words "Let's roll!", which are heard on his cellphone; his sad-proud wife Lisa later founds the charity Heroic Choices; the Flight 93 Nat. Memorial is established on Sept. 24, 2002, and dedicated on Sept. 10, 2011; 2,976 are killed in the 9/11 attacks, incl. 2,605 in New York City, 125 at the Pentagon (incl. 55 military personnel), and 246 on the four planes, with 24 listed as missing, becoming the most Americans lost on U.S. soil since the Sept. 17, 1862 Battle of Antietam, and the greatest single-day civilian loss of life in the U.S. since the May 31, 1889 Johnstown Penn. Flood; Time mag. pub. a 9/11 tragedy issue with a cover photo by Lyle Owerko; many Palestinians openly celebrate the attackon the Great Satan U.S.; Iraqi pres. Saddam Hussein utters the soundbyte: "The American cowboys are reaping the fruit of their crimes against humanity"; the govts. of Cuba, Iran, Libya, and North Korea join a worldwide chorus denouncing the attacks; Arab leaders denouncing the attacks incl. King Hussein of Jordan, Egyptian pres. Hosni Mubarak, and Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri; some Muslims around the world express sympathy for the 9/11 victims, incl. a moment of silence at a World Cup match between Bahrain and Iran on Sept. 14, and a candlelight vigil by Palestinians in Jerusalem on Sept. 15 along with another in Tehran; on Sept. 14 Ireland holds a nat. day of mourning, becoming the only country other than the U.S. and Israel to do so; the Taliban in Afghanistan condemns the attacks but denies that Osama bin Laden is behind them; bin Laden also denies involvement, claiming that there is a govt. within the govt. of the U.S. that wants to turn the 21st cent. into a cent. of conflict between Islam and Christianity, suggesting U.S. Jews and intel agencies; the mastermind was mechanical engineering-trained Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (1964-); the economic repercussions cost the U.S. economy $1T (same as Bush's June 7 tax cut); 40K workers work at "The Pile" at Ground Zero for the next 8 mo., removing 1M tons of rubble, and 69% of them later develop permanent lung problems known as "WTC Cough"; NASA astronaut Frank Culbertson films the smoking WTC from space; New York Fire Dept. chaplain (Roman Catholic Franciscan friar) Father Mychal (Michael) Fallon Judge (b. 1933) dies at the WTC, becoming the "Saint of 9/11" ("God is going to make the headlines some day rather than the Devil, so don't give up"); St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at 130 Liberty St. is destroyed, and the govt. stalls in rebuilding it until ?; St. Paul's Chapel at 209 Broadway facing Church St. opposite the E side of the WTC, where new U.S. pres. #1 George Washington prayed after his first inauguration on Apr. 30, 1789 is not harmed, and the syacmore tree in its courtyard becomes known as the 9/11 Sycamore, with a memorial later built for it (Isaiah 9:10); at 8:30 p.m. Pres. Bush gives a great Red-Blooded Am. Cowboy Speech from the White House, with the soundbyte "Make no mistake about it, the U.S. will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts"; the U.S. launches into a new kind of war, the Global War on Terror (Terrorism) (ends ?); Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaida org. are immediately suspected and become the world's most-wanted criminals, despite of a lack of hard evidence; Egyptian-born 9/11 ringleader ("Emir of the WTC Attack") Mohamed Mohamed Atta (b. 1968) (Mohamed Attacker?) (who created the jihad cell in Hamburg, Germany in the late 1990s, incl. three of the four pilots) is found to have met in Prague with an Iraqi spy, throwing suspicions on Saddam Hussein, and New York City-born U.S. nat. security adviser Richard N. Perle (1941-) allegedly either blames the 9/11 attack on Iraq or wants retaliation to incl. them; Pres. Bush activates the "shadow govt." of 75-150 top officials working 90-day shifts in underground bunkers on the East Coast; the Five Dancing Israelis incident starts with a woman named Maria claiming to see a white van with five men in it filming the burning Twin Towers, allegedly with shouts of joy, who are alleged to be Israeli Mossad agents, although they are interviewed and deny dancing etc., causing conspiracy theorists to claim 9/11 was a Mossad operation; New York City Mayor Rudolph William Louis "Rudy" Giuliani (1944-) leads the city in a heroic manner after the attacks, earning the title "America's Mayor", and calling the deaths "worse than anyone could bear"; "Vanity Fair" ed. Graydon Carter comments "I think it's the end of the age of irony"; British Queen Elizabeth II comments "Grief is the price we pay for love"; Russian pres. Vladimir Putin orders a massive expansion of intel-gathering efforts in North Am. and W Europe; a folded $20 U.S. bill shows the Twin Towers burning?; Algerian-born British airline pilot Lotfi Raissi becomes the first person accused of participating in the 9/11 attack, and is held for five mo. in Belmarsh hi-security prison in London, then put through nine years of hell until being cleared on Apr. 23, 2010; the 20-ft. Ground Zero Cross, a fortuitous configuration of fallen I-beams draws memorial messages and becomes a religious monument; Alicia Esteve Head, who is in Spain on 9/11 arrives in the U.S. in 2003 and pretends to be 9/11 Twin Towers survivor Tania Head, becoming er, head of the survivors' network until she is exposed in 2007, becoming the subject of the 2012 book The Woman Who Wasn't There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception by Robin Gaby Fisher; ; meanwhile by 2003 a joke translation of Quran 9:11 begins circulating: "For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still more rejoiced, for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah; and there was peace"; later conspiracy theorists begin exposing the 9/11 attacks as really perpetrated by the U.S. govt. to give them a pretext to destroy the last bastions of the Bill of Rights in the name of homeland security and give them a coverstory to invade the Middle East at will to secure oil, and point to a giant 9/11 conspiracy and coverup, incl. the framing of Muslim terrorists, who allegedly could never have accurately flown the airliners into the WTC, the fact that no fighters were scrambled to accept any of them, the fact that Osama bin Laden et al. were originally trained by the U.S., the problem that eight of those named on the FBI's list of 19 names later turn up alive and well living in different countries, and the evidences of the deliberate demolition of WTC Bldg. 7, which hadn't been struck by an airplane; later civil engineers prove WTC Bldg. 7 was in free-fall for 2.5 sec., pointing to planted explosives; others claim to rebut conspiracy allegations; did the U.S. govt murder its own people to make a power grab, then stage a coverup, stay tuned?; in Aug. 2009 a group of law enforcement officers and others who participated in the 9/11 rescue and cleanup develop immune system cancer and other health problems; by 2010 3K WTC survivors are still experienced long-term PTSD; on Mar. 11, 2010 they reach a $657.5M settlement; Saudi princess Haifa bint Faisal, wife of U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia Prince Bandar bin Sultan is later discovered to have donated money via a conduit to two of the 9/11 hijackers. The massive attack on the U.S. Bill of Rights doesn't take long to begin, starting with patsy Arab-Americans? On Sept. 11 Pakistani-born Muslim Am. New York City police cadet Mohammad Salman Hamdani (b. 1978) sees the smoke coming from the WTC and rushes to aid the victims, and is reported missing, causing him to be suspected of being involved in the attack, after which Congress declares him a hero, although he is omitted from the 9/11 memorial list of first responders because he was only a cadet. On Sept. 11 Egyptian-born Am. radiologist Basem M.F. Hussein (1965-) is arrested and his apt. searched by police after the property mgr. calls claiming to see Arabic lit., an airplane flight manual, a CD jacket showing an exploding airplane and chemical residue; after he proves that the CD was a flight simulator game, that it did not depict an exploding airplane, that the Arabic lit. was the Quran, and the chemical residue household dust, a federal jury in Pittsburgh awards him $850K in compensatory and $1.6M in punitive damages on Sept. 23, 2005; on Nov. 3 the U.S. govt. agrees to pay $1.26M to five Muslim men detained for months without charges - send the check to Osama? On Sept. 11 Detroit, Mich. restaurant owner Noureddine "Dean" Hachem is accused of his waiters cheering 9/11, which he denies; while he is suing for defamation, he is indicted for running an internat. auto theft ring, with the money being funneled to Hezbollah; he is convicted and imprisoned. Us Americans, we're living longer than ever? He wants to start World War III? On Sept. 11, 2001 (9/11) after watching the 9/11 news on TV and getting freaked, T.L. Winslow (TLW) (1953-) of Denver, Colo. shelves his numerous other careers as computer programmer, engineer, fiction writer et al., and begins full-time work on T.L. Winslow's Great Track of Time, placing it on the World Wide Web on his Web site www.tlwinslow.com, where it first becomes accessible on Google on Oct. 29, until it receives over 100K hits and takes too much time and expense, pulling the plug in May 2003 and continuing to work on it for pub. by traditional channels, then putting it back up in Aug. 2013 after searching in vain for an agent, publisher, or investor to help it reach the millions, only to get far fewer hits because of the gaming of the search engines by millions of spam sites, which put his site at the bottom of the list; done totally outside academia, the smug closed establishment gives him no credit, reputation, or even notice until ?, allowing him to totally take over the field of history and launch the Historyscoping Rev. on his little ole desktop PC connected to the Internet with an iffy personal income and iffy living conditions, with increasing medical problems rendering him unable to even work at part-time jobs, ending up on govt. assistance; by the time his students storm the Bastille and become the establishment, he's ??? years old?; if you build it they will come? On Sept. 11 despite the 9/11 attacks, the Doomsday Clock is kept at 9 min. before midnight. On Sept. 11 Saudi Arabian-born ex-Muslim Brigitte Gabriel founds the Am. Congress for Truth to inform Americans about the threat of radical Islam, becoming the largest such org. in the U.S.
2001-Pt. 3 On Sept. 12 the Dow Jones Index drops by 7.12%. On Sept. 12 Pres. Bush stages a photo opp with members of the Nat. Security Team, issuing the soundbyte: "The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war." On Sept. 12 the NATO allies vote in favor of the Washington Treaty's first-ever invocation of the Article 5 collecive defense guarantee. On Sept. 12 the U.N. Security Council adopts Resolution 1368, condemning the 9/11 attacks and expressing readiness to take the necessary steps to respond to terrorism. On Sept. 13 Pres. Bush meets with Saudi Prince Bandar on the Truman Balcony at the White House. On Sept. 13 Tunisian-born German soccer player Nizar Trabelsi (1970-) is arrested for working with Osama bin Laden to stage a suicide attack at a U.S. military installation in Europe. On Sept. 13 the Parisian daily Le Monde pub. an editorial with the title: "We Are All Americans" (Nous sommes tous Americains), with the soundbyte: "How can we not feel, as we have in the gravest moments of our history, but profoundly in solidarity with this people and this country, the United States, with whom we are so close and to whom we owe our liberty, and therefore our solidarity." On Sept. 14 the U.S. House of Reps. votes to authorize a military response to the 9/11 attack; the only dissenting vote is Barbara Jean Lee (1946-) (D-Wyo.); Kyrgyzstan permits multi-nat. troops from the U.S. and seven other nations to be stationed to fight against the Taliban. On Sept. 14 Pres. Bush gives a Bullhorn Speech at Ground Zero on the ruins of the World Trade Center, which many see as characterizing his first term with his lackadaisical response to the nat. emergency; his take on Shakespeare's Henry IV's St. Crispin's Day Speech (Henry IV, Act IV, Scene iii.18-67)? On Sept. 15 white supremacist self-declared "Arab slayer" Mark Stroman (1970-) gets revenge for 9/11 by gunning down Muslim Pakistani immigrant Waqar Hasan (b. 1945) in a Dallas convenience store, and shooting Muslim Bangladeshi immigrant Rais Bhuiyan in the face, blinding one eye, which doesn't stop him from IDing him in court; later Bhuiyan starts a campaign to save him from execution. On Sept. 15 Am. Sikh Balbir Singh Sodhi is shot 5x in the back and murdered at the corner of the Mesa Star Chevron gas station in Ariz. by Frank Roque, who shoots at and misses a Lebanese-Am. clerk at another gas station, then drives to his old home (occupied by an Arab family) and fires several more shots; he receives a death sentence, which is reduced to life. On Sept. 15 in The New Yorker, New York activist Susan Sontag (1933-2004) puts in her two cents worth on the 9/11 attack: "Where is the acknowledgment that this was not a 'cowardly' attack on 'civilization' or 'liberty' or 'humanity' or 'the free world' but an attack on the world's self-proclaimed superpower, undertaken as a consequence of specific American alliances and actions?" On Sept. 15 four loaded barges and a tugboat strike the Queen Isabella Causeway, the only bridge to South Padre Island, Tex., killing eight. On Sept. 16 Osama bin Laden denies involvement in the 9/11 attacks, saying "I would like to assure the world that I did not plan the recent attacks, which seems to have been planned by people for personal reasons"; on Sept. 28 he adds "I have already said that I am not involved in the September 11 attacks in the United States. As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children and other human beings as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children and other people. Such a practice is forbidden even in the course of battle... The United States should try to trace the perpetrators of these attacks within itself, the people who are a part of the U.S. system but are dissenting against it, or those who are working for some other system, persons who want to make the present century a century of conflict between Islam and Christianity so that their own civilization, nation, country, or ideology can survive. They may be anyone, from Russia to Israel and from India to Serbia. In the U.S. itself, there are dozens of well-organized and well-equipped groups capable of causing large-scale destruction. Then you cannot forget the American Jews, who have been annoyed with President Bush ever since the Florida elections and who want to avenge him... Then there are intelligence agencies in the U.S., which require billions of dollars worth of funds from Congress and the government every year... They needed an enemy... Is it not that there exists a government within the government in the United Sates? That secret government must be asked who carried out the attacks"; on Dec. 26 he adds that the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan is "a vicious campaign based on mere suspicion". On Sept. 16 Philly-born ex-Muslim black minister Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. (1941-) of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Ill. gives his Chickens Come Home to Roost speech, quoting U.S. ambassador to Iraq (1977-80) Edward L. Peck, who told Fox News "We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought back into our own front yards: America's chickens are coming home to roost", then pointing out that Malcolm X originally said the chickens statement; too bad, when Barack Obama runs for U.S. pres. in 2008, Wright's speech is dug up and quoted out of context to make him into the originator. On Sept. 17 Pres. George W. Bush gives a Speech on Islam at a mosque in Washington, D.C., telling Am. Muslims that they should feel safe, with the soundbyte "Islam is peace". On Sept. 18 Pres. Bush signs the U.S. Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists Act (Public Law 107-40), giving the pres. broad open-ended authority to use military force on the streets of the U.S. under the excuse of protecting citizens from terrorists - such a law might be great to use to round-up Muslims, but it could also be used by a Muslim-controlled pres. to round up non-Muslims, I've already got my bags packed? On Sept. 18 Pres. Bush signs the U.S. Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists Act (AUMF) (Public Law 107-40), invoking the U.S. War Powers Resolution to authorize U.S. armed forces to be used against those who "planned, authorized, committed or aided" the 9/11 attacks with all "necessary and appropriate force"; in 2013 after it is revealed that the act might stay in effect for decades, and could be used by a Muslim-controlled U.S. pres. against non-Muslim citizens, Sen. Angus King utters the soundbyte "You guys have essentially rewritten the Constitution today." On Sept. 18 Pres. Bush signs the U.S. Nat. Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), requiring special registration for thousands of Arab and Muslim men in an attempt to uncover immigration violations and terror links; it is discontinued in Apr. 2011 after 84K voluntarily register and 14K are deported; meanwhile the Belgium-based SWIFT European Bank Transfer Consortium gives U.S. authorities access to Euro financial data to track terrorists, which is kept secret until 2006, angering Euro legislators, who seek to restrict the data sharing for privacy reasons. On Sept. 18 a letter containing anthrax spores is mailed to NBC-TV in New York City, starting a nationwide anthrax scare, esp. after more are sent to various govt. officials; on Oct. 5 several die after handling letters; U.S. bioweapons expert Dr. Steven Jay Hatfill (1953-) is identified by the U.S. govt. as a "person of interest", and suffers FBI raids and persecution until he is belatedly cleared in 2008 in favor of fellow scientist Bruce Ivins (1946-2008) - hat fill equals envelope fill until heads you lose brucellosis I vins? On Sept. 22 the U.S. lifts its sanctions on India and Pakistan (in place since May, 1998); Japan follows suit on Oct. 26. On Sept. 23 Pres. Bush signs Executive Order 13224, freezing assets of 27 U.S. entities alleged connected to terrorism, incl. the Global Relief Foundation, Benevolence Internat. Foundation, and Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development; on Dec. 8, 2011 the convictions of the five jihadists behind the foundation are upheld the U.S. Court of Appeals. On Sept. 24 Calif. artists R.J. Waldron, Eric Noda, and Thomas Hanley paint a 35-ft. U.S.flag on a concrete wall near I-680 in Sunol, Calif., about 40 mi. SE of San Francisco; in 2010 Caltrans removes it after declaring it graffiti. Yoo-hoo, peek-a-boo, I see you? On Sept. 25 the Yoo Memorandum by U.S. asst. atty.-gen. John Choon Yoo (1967-) contends that "the Constitution vests the President with the plenary authority, as Commander-in-Chief and the sole organ of the Nation in its foreign relations, to use military force abroad", and that Congress cannot "place any limits on the President's determinations as to any terrorist threat, the amount of military force to be used in response, or the method, timing, and nature of the response", incl. torture, bitch-slapping and drugging al-Qaida POWs; by 2005 autopsies of POWs dying in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan list strangulation, asphyxiation, and blunt force injuries as causes of death; the memo is not released to the public until Apr. 1, 2008. On Sept. 26 after efforts by conservative backer Grover Glenn Norquist (1956-), Pres. Bush meets with 15 Muslim leaders at the White House who allegedly reject terrorism, although many are suspect of supporting it against Israel; after telling the press that real Islam doesn't support al-Qaida's doctrines, Bush utters the soundbyte "The teachings of Islam are teachings of peace and good"; on Apr. 2, 2005 Norquist marries Kuwaiti-born Palestinian Muslim Samah Alrayyes, who works for the U.S. Agency for Internat. Development (USAID) as an Arab and Muslim outreach specialist; after some Muslims who befriended Norquist end up indicted for terrorist activities, incl. Abdurahman Alamoudi, Norquist still doesn't drop his support for the Islam as religion of peace cause (until ?). On Sept. 26 (9/11 + 5 = bad omen?) Star Trek: Enterprise debuts on UPN-TV for 98 episodes (until May 13, 2005), starring Scott Stewart Bakula (1954-) as Capt. Jonathan Archer of Earth's first Warp 5 starship Enterprise in the year 2151, his father having designed the engine, Jolene Blalock (1975-) as Vulcan T'Pol, Connor Trinneer (1969-) as aquaphobic chief engineer Charles "Trip" Tucker III, Dominic Keating (1962-) as armory officer Malcolm Reed, Linda Park (1978-) as communications officer Hosi Sato, John Billingsley (1960-) as chief medical officer Dr. Phlox, and Anthony T. Montgomery (197-1) as helmsman Ensign Travis Mayweather. On Sept. 28 Pres. George W. Bush utters the soundbyte: "There are thousands of Muslims who proudly call themselves Americans, and they know what I know, that the Muslim faith is based upon peace and love and compassion" - but only for other Muslims? On Sept. 29 Am. actress Sharon Stone (1958-) has a brain aneurysm at age 43, and later makes a full recovery - if Ahnuld couldn't take her? On Sept. 30 the J.J. Abrams action-spy series Alias debuts on ABC-TV for 105 episodes (until May 22, 2006), starring Jennifer Anne Garner (1972-) as CIA agent Sydney Bristow, who poses as an operative for the SD-6 global criminal org., and struggles to hide her career from her family and friends while tracking down artifacts created by Renaissance-era genius Milo Rambaldi (1444-96). In Sept. the Tipton Three, three 20-something British Muslims who went to Afghanistan on a lark and attended a wedding cross into Pakistan, eventually getting arrested in the company of Taliban fighters, and end up in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, where they are interrogated and mistreated, finally being released in 2004 with no apologies. On Oct. 1 Mademoiselle mag. announces that it will cease pub. after 66 years, citing a weak advertising climate caused by 9/11. On Oct. 1, 2001 the sitcom According to Jim debuts on ABC-TV for 182 episodes (until June 2, 2009), starring James Adam "Jim" Belushi (1954-) (brother of the late John Belush) as James "Jim" Orenthal, a lovable surburban father of three who likes blues music, the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls, and Chicago Blackhawks, and gets into trouble continually because of his laziness. On Oct. 2 the medical comedy series Scrubs debuts on NBC-TV for 182 episodes (until Mar. 17, 2010), set at Sacred Heart Teaching Hospital and based on the daydreams of Dr. John "J.D." Dorian, played by Zachary Israel "Zach" Braff (1975-). On Oct. 3 According to Jim debuts on ABC-TV for 182 episodes (until June 2, 2009), starring James Adam "Jim" Belushi (1954-) as surbuban blues fan father of fiveJames "Jim" Orenthal (no last name), whose laziness causes the humor. On Oct. 6 the Society of Prof. Journalists in Seattle, Wash. pub. the PC "Diversity Guidelines", incl. portraying "Muslims, Arabs, Middle Eastern and South Asian Americans in the richness of their diverse experiences", and not using "inflammatory" language. The Bush Empire Strikes Back? On Oct. 7 (anniv. of the 1777 2nd Battle of Saratoga, the 1780 Battle of King's Mountain, and the 1918 Relief of the Lost Battalion) after the Taliban refuses to hand over Osama bin Laden, citing lack of evidence despite admitting to harboring a fugitive from justice, the first U.S. military counterattack against Osama bin Laden begins, with a massive daily bombing campaign against Taliban and al-Qaida terrorist camps in Afghanistan, aided by the CIA's elite Special Activities Div. and British forces, overthrowing Taliban control of Afghanistan with minimal U.S. force loss and no conventional military forces; the U.S. communicates with anti-Taliban Iran before and after the invasion for the 1st time since the 1985-6 Iran-Contra Affair; on Oct. 14 the Taliban offers to discuss handling bin Laden over to a neutral country, but maintains the evidence requirement, and is rejected; on Nov. 12 (night) the Taliban retreats S from Kabul, and by Nov. 13 they withdraw Jalalabad, followed by their last city stronghold of Kandahar in early Dec; on Nov. 15 they release eight Western aid workers after 3 mo. in captivity; the horrible Sharia imposed by the Taliban in Afghanistan relaxes, only to begin to rebound in 2003, with police looking the other way; meanwhile Am. philosopher Noam Chomsky later calls the Afghan invasion "one of the most immoral acts in modern history". On Oct. 8 Pres. Bush creates the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, with former (1995-2001) Penn. gov. Thomas Joseph "Tom" Ridge (1945-) as acting dir. (until Jan. 24, 2003), becoming the biggest federal govt. reorg. since the 1940s, subsuming every govt. agency from the Secret Service to the Coast Guard in an effort to protect the "critical infrastructure"; they set up the Web site Ready.gov for the public, with the motto "Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed"; too bad, by 2010 the intel apparatus balloons to 1,271 govt. orgs. and 1,931 private cos. working in 10K locations around the U.S., with 854K granted top secret security clearances, becoming a secret govt. that could threaten the freedom of its own people; by 2010 its surface yearly budget is $75B, which doesn't incl. domestic counter-terrorism and military programs. On Oct. 9 Pres. Bush's approval rating reaches a high of 92%. On Oct. 9 New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani announces that the city is rejecting a $10M donation for disaster relief from Saudi prince Al-Walid bin Talal after he suggests that U.S. policies in the Middle East contributed to the 9/11 attacks with a note telling the city to "reexamine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced stance to the Palestinian cause", and "must address some of the issues that led to such a criminal attack", causing Giuliani to reply "I entirely reject that statement. There is no moral equivalent for this act. There is no justification for it. The people who did it lost any right to ask for justification for it when they slaughtered 4,000 or 5,000 innocent people"; Talal goes on to donate money for Islamic centers at U.S. univs., which are gratefully accepted by liberal academia, and embarrass other Saudi royals with claims that his Lebanese heritage puts him in a position for negotiations, along with his obscene flaunting of his wealth incl. a private Boeing 747. On Oct. 10 former PM (1991-6) Khaleda Zia (1945-), wife of assassinated pres. Zia ur-Rahman becomes PM #12 of Bangladesh (until Oct. 29, 2006). On Oct. 16 Smallville debuts on The WB for 218 episodes (until May 13, 2011), based on the DC Comics Superman char., starring Thomas John Patrick "Tom" Welling (1977-) as teenie Clark Kent growing up in Smallville, Kan. - just what America needs right after 9/11? On Oct. 23 the IRA announces that it has begun to dismantle its weapons arsenal. On Oct. 24 the U.S. House by 357-66 passes the U.S. Patriot Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act) "to deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world"; it passes the U.S. Senate on Oct. 25 by 98-1; it incl. a sunset provision under which 15 of the law's provisions expire at the end of 2005; Pres. George W. Bush signs it on Oct. 26; a controversial provision allows govt. access to library and bookstore records, causing fears that it could let them target innocent patriots as terrorists based on what books they check out or buy; in 2010 the FBI is revealed to improperly open investigations into Greenpeace and other anti-war and animal rights groups after 9/11. On Oct. 28 Muslim gunmen with AK-47s attack a Protestant church in Bahawalpur, Punjab, killing 16 and injuring six. In Oct. the Palestinians begin firing Qassam steel artillery rockets (range 3 mi.) into Israeli settlements, followed on Feb. 10, 2002 by Israel itself, incl. the S Israeli city of Sderot on Mar. 5, with some reaching the far edge of Ashkelon; 1K rockets are launched in 2006, 1.75K in 2008, killing 22 Israelis by 2010. As the U.S. zeroes in on Osama bin Laden, he turns into the new Elvis, sans sightings in Vegas? In Oct. Tayseer Alouni of Al Jazeera interviews Osama bin Laden, becoming the last reputable person who claims to see him until ?; after this only audio and video tapes emanating by somebody claiming to be him come from somewhere, some showing him with a short broad nose, others with a Semitic aquiline nose; a Dec. 2001 video shows him wearing golden rings, which goes against Wahhabi customs. In Oct. Yemeni-born Muslim imam Anwar al-Awlaki (1971-) of the Dar al-Hijrah (Land of Migration) Mosque in Great Falls, Fairfax County, Va., where two 9/11 terrorists worshipped (who atended a luncheon at the Pentagon months after 9/11) is interviewed by Nat. Geographic, claiming that Muslims aren't radical or violent, with the soundbytes "We came here to build, not to destroy" and "We are the bridge between Americans and one billion Muslims worldwide." In Oct. Ahmad Sa'adat (Saadat) (Sadat) (1953-) becomes secy.-gen. of the Marxist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) (until ?); on Oct. 17 right-wing Israeli tourism minister Gen. Rehavam "Gandhi" Ze'evi (b. 1926) is assassinated in the Jerusalem Hyatt Hotel by the PFLP, and Sa'adat is blamed, causing him to take refuge in Yassir Arafat's PLO HQ in Muqata, causing Israel to siege it until an agreement between the U.S. and U.K. causes him to be handed over, after which he is tried then sentenced to 30 years in prison on Dec. 25, 2008, and imprisoned despite internat. pressure; in Dec. 2007 PFLP member Hamdi Quran confesses in court to the assassination, and is sentenced to life in prison; PFLP members Basel al-Asmar, Majdi Rahima Rimawi, and Ahad Olma are sentenced to 30-80 years. On Nov. 1 Pres. Bush signs Executive Order 13233, limiting access to the records of former U.S. presidents; it is partially struck down by the court in Oct. 2007, and pres. Barack Obama revokes it on Jan. 21, 2009. On Nov. 4 the Arizona Diamondbacks (NL) (mgr. Bob Brenly) defeat the New York Yankees (AL) (mgr. Joe Torre) 4-3 to win the Ninety-Seventh (97th) World Series when Luis Gonzalez' broken-bat single caps a 2-run 9th inning in Game 7; Pres. Bush throws the first pitch in Game 3, becoming the first U.S. pres. to visit Yankee Stadium during a WS; in Game 4 Lee Greenwood sings "God Bless the USA". On Nov. 6 taking advantage of the 9/11 buzz, 24 debuts on Fox Network for 204 episodes (until July 14, 2014), a 24-episode series in which each episode represents one hour in the day of the life of definitely-no-007 U.S. Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland (1966-), who fights terrorism and govt. bureaucracy; Dennis Dexter Haysbert (1954-) plays black U.S. pres. David Palmer, who gets assassinated and replaced by his equally black brother Wayne Palmer, played by D.B. (David Bryan) Woodside (1969-). On Nov. 8 King Abdullah II of Jordan gives a Speech on 9/11 to the British Parliament, promising support in the war against terrorism, and saying that Jordan recognizes Israel's right to exist but wants a 2-state solution with the right of return of displaced Palestinians. On Nov. 10 Colo.-born writer and LSD pioneer Ken Kesey (b. 1935), the link man between the 1950s Beat Generation and the 1960s Hippies Generation dies; "I was too young to be a beatnik and too old to be a hippie" - high to the end? On Nov. 10 Osama bin Laden poses for a photo with his adviser-successor Ayman al-Zawahri, which becomes famous. On Nov. 12 Am. Airlines Flight 587 plunges into a residential neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., killing 260 plus five on the ground - American Airlines, first into the Towers and first into the hood? On Nov. 13 Pres. Bush issues a Pres. Military Order on Detention, Treatment and Trial of Certain Non-Citizens in the War Against Terrorism, ordering captured al-Qaida terrorists to be tried by special military commissions, free of the restrictions imposed by the civilian courts; the Taliban is lumped in with al-Qaida; the military prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is established; initially a bunch of cages called Camp X-Ray, Halliburton gets a $155M contract to construct new facilities called Camp Delta, opened on Apr. 28, 2002. On Nov. 14 Pres. Bush issues the first ever U.S. Pres. Ramadan Greeting, going with his Islam history ignoramus attempts to define Islam as a religion of peace, along with prohibiting a person's religion from being used in airport security and encouraging more Saudi students to study in the U.S.; he even adds a Quran to the White House library. On Nov. 22 Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to send an e-mail apology over the Internet for injustices committed by Roman Catholic clergy in Pacific nations against aborigines. On Nov. 26 opposition candidate Ricardo Rodolfo Maduro Joest (1946-) (a Roman Catholic of Jewish descent) beats Liberal party candidate Rafael Pineda Ponce to become pres. of scandal-rocked Honduras next Jan. 27 (until Jan. 27, 2006), which has a 1-term law for presidents. On Nov. 27 Afghan factions create a post-Taliban govt. On Nov. 27 Liberal Party leader Anders Fogh Rasmussen (1953-) becomes PM #24 of Denmark (until Apr. 5, 2009), leading a center-right coalition with the Conservative People's Party, going on to limit immigration, freeze tax rates, and other "biggest reforms in 30 years". On Nov. 29 George Harrison (b. 1943) becomes the second Beatle to bite the dust and not make it to 64 when he dies of cancer in Los Angeles, Calif.; in July he had released a statement asking fans not to worry about reports that he was still battling it. On Nov. 30 Salt Lake City, Utah-born "Green River Killer" Gary Leon Ridgway (1949-) is arrested while leaving the Kenton truck factory in Renton, Wash. for murdering four women; he is convicted of 49 murders of women and girls in Wash. State in the 1980s-1990s, mainly hos and runaways, strangling them and dumping their bodies in wilderness areas in King County, often returning to have sex with them. In Nov. John Howard wins a 3rd term as PM of Australia (since 1996) as a result of his tough policy against illegal immigration, imprisoning refugees from Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq in camps, and rerouting boat people to camps in Papua New Guinea and Naura ("the Pacific solution"). In Nov. the Transportation Security Admin. (TSA) is established by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security to screen passengers at airports; by the end of 2009 it spends $40B on aviation security, and still can't stop the 2009 Xmas Underwear Bomber? In Nov. an Italian woman has the first delivery of two simultaneous pregnancies, followed by #2 3 mo. later, becoming the first case of superfecundation in human medical history? In Nov. Pres. Bush signs an executive order making non-citizens serving in the U.S. military on active duty eligible for citizenship; on Nov. 13 he signs another executive order giving the U.S. intel community extensive orders to go after terrorists - jump the border, go to Iraq, lose a leg, get your papers? In Nov. the World Trade Org. (WTO) (founded 1994) holds its Doha Round in Doha, Qatar, with 141 nations meeting to discuss reduction of tarrifs and other world trade issues (ends ?). In Nov. the city council of Esperantina, Brazil passes a law making May 9 official Orgasm Day, to fight premature ejaculation - shouldn't it have been June 9? On Dec. 1 converted Muslim U.S. citizen John Philip Walker Lindh (1981-) ("the American Taliban") is captured in Aghanistan among Taliban forces and charged with conspiracy to kill Americans outside the U.S., and gets a 20-year sentence after agreeing to a plea bargain; he later goes by name Abu Sulayman Al-Irlandi ("the Irishman"); on Dec. 9 Kandahar, the last Taliban-controlled city falls, causing a Quetta Shura (leadership council) to be formed by the top Taliban leadership in the Balochistan province of Pakistan; Osama bin Laden remains at large as the Raghead Robin Hood of Fractured Medieval Space Age Islam; the U.S. blows its chance to capture or kill Osama bin Laden in the mountains of Tora Bora ("Black Cave") (50 mi. SE of Kabul at the W edge of the tribal areas) in Dec., after which he ends up in Abbattobad, Pakistan. Enron execs are caught laying, cheating and skilling? On Dec. 2 Houston-based energy-trading co. Enron Corp. (originally called Enteron until they discovered it means "intestine"), known for making large contributions to both nat. political parties and being real close to the oil-co.-loving Bush admin. announces that it is filing for bankruptcy; with assets of $63B and 11K employees, it is the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, and leaves the employees in the lurch even though the execs cash out $500M in stock while lying to Wall St. about the corpse, er, corp.'s health; the corp. HQ in Houston, Tex. is sold for $55.5M; the accounting firm of Arthur Anderson is later convicted of obstructing justice in an SEC investigation; the Creative Accounting Scandal is left to be mopped-up by Congress with the 2002 U.S. McCain-Feingold Act (campaign financing bill) and the 2002 U.S. Corporate Responsibility Act; 16 Enron execs plead guilty to criminal charges, and on July 7, 2004 Ph.D. (Economics) founder Kenneth Lee "Ken" Lay (1942-2006) and CEO Jeffrey Keith "Jeff" Skilling (1953-) are charged with conspiracy and fraud (7 counts for Lay, 31 for Skilling, incl. insider trading); after spending $30M on their defense, their 2006 trial results on May 25 in 6 guilty counts for Lay (165 years possible) and 19 for Skilling (185 years possible); in a separate trial, Lay is found guilty on four counts of personal banking fraud; 3 mo. before his sentencing date he has a heart attack (coronary artery disease) and dies in his Pabst Ranch 20 mi. from Aspen, Colo. on July 5, 2006; too bad, on June 25, 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court guts the Honest Services Law (making it a crime "to deprive another of the intangible right of honest services"), one of the favorite tools of federal prosecutors for pursuing corrupt politicians corp. execs, casting doubt on the convictions. On Dec. 3 Israel confines Yasser Arafat to the West Bank town of Ramallah, condemns the Palestinian Authority as a "terror-supporting entity", then shows its logic by bombing Palestinian areas. On Dec. 4 the Tex.-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, largest Muslim charity in the U.S. is shut down by the Bush admin. as an enemy of the state and terrorist group, accusing it of funneling money to Hamas, with the Treasury Dept. freezing its assets; on Nov. 24, 2008 five HLF leaders are convicted on 108 counts, and given 15-65 year sentences. On Dec. 6 Newfoundland and Labrador becomes Canada's 10th province - perfect for a year that goes to the dogs? On Dec. 9 the Taliban govt. in Afghanistan collapses after 2 mo. of bomging by the U.S. combined with ground fighting by Northern Alliance troops; on Dec. 22 Hamid Karzai (1957-) is sworn-in as interim Afghan pres. On Dec. 12 Pres. Bush informs Congress of his decision to withdraw from the 1972 ABM Treaty; Congress allows it to lapse 6 mo. later on 6-13-2002. On Dec. 12 female genital mutiliation of minors is outlawed in Kenya. On Dec. 13 five gunmen attack the Indian Parliament, leaving 14 dead; the Pakistanis are blamed, and war looms; on Dec. 30 Pakistani authorities arrest militant Islamic Army of the Pure leader Hafiz Mohammed Saeed in an effort to avert war. On Dec. 13 Osama bin Laden (b. 1957) is killed, and his death is revealed in newspapers in Pakistan on Dec. 15, but the U.S. govt. covers it up to keep the war on Iraq and Afghanistan going?; the Bush family and the bin Laden family have been business partners since the 1990s? On Dec. 15 French intel officer Pierre-Henri Bunel (1952-) is convicted by a military tribunal for passing documents to Serbian col. Jovan Milanovic on future air strike sites, receiving a 5-year sentence; he is freed in the spring of 2002, claiming in 2004 that al-Qaida is a fictional org. created by Western intel, with the soundbyte: "The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al-Qaida, and any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the Devil only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US and the lobbyists for the U.S. war on terrorism are only interested in making money." On Dec. 15 the Leaning Tower of Pisa is reopened after the leaning problem is partially rectified. On Dec. 19 millions try to find a message for their own troubles in the theater release of The Lord of the Rings, Part 1: The Fellowship of the Ring; lucky producer Saul Zaentz (1921-), who acquired the screen rights to LOTR in 1976 to produce an animated version, ends up collecting at least $168M after the trilogy grosses $2.9B; the book itself is repub. by Houghton Mifflin (hardback) and Del Rey/Ballantine (paperback), making the New York Times bestseller list. On Dec. 20 Pres. Fernando De La Rua of Argentina resigns after a week of riots over the poor economy. On Dec. 22 Bromley, London-born "Shoe Bomber" Richard Colvin Reid (1973-) (Muslim convert) is subdued by passengers aboard American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami when he attempts to detonate a shoe bomb containing blasting cap explosive PETN with matches; it lands safely in Boston; claiming he could have done the job right with a lighter, all lighters are banned on flights (until Aug. 4, 2007), causing 22K a day to be confiscated, costing $4M a year to dispose of. On Dec. 24 after a record snowless Nov., Buffalo, N.Y. is pounded by a record-breaking snowstorm. In Dec. the NYSE reaches a record high just 90 days after 9/11. In Dec. Iran begins supporting the insurgency of the Taliban in Afghanistan. In Dec. the Bush admin. orders the assets of the Holy Land Foundation (largest Muslim charity in the U.S.) seized for allegedly funding Hamas. In Dec. the Internat. Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS), established by the govt. of Canada pub. the report The Responsibility to Protect (R2P), defining a new concept justifying "humanitarian intervention" in states that are unwilling or unable to stop genocide, massive killings or other massive human rights violations. In Dec. Shiite Muslim Iranian pres. #4 (1989-97) Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (1934-) (richest person in Iran) gives a speech containing the doomsday soundbyte: "If one day the Islamic world [acquires nuclear weapons], then the imperialists' strategy will reach a standstill because the use of even one nuclear bomb inside Israel will destroy everything. However, it will only harm the Islamic world. It is not irrational to contemplate such an eventuality. Jews shall expect to be once again scattered and wandering around the globe the day when this appendix is extracted from the region and the Muslim world." In Dec. the Muslim Canadian Congress is founded in Toronto by liberal Pakistani-born Muslim Tarek Fatah (1949-) to lobby Muslims for "separation of religion and state in all matters of public policy", going on to oppose imposition of Sharia and support same-sex marriage laws; on Aug. 20, 2006 several members split to form the Canadian Muslim Union. In Dec. Gov. Ahnuld is hospitalized with several broken ribs after a motorcycle accident. Kyrgyzstan Pres. Askar Akayev jails vice-pres. Felix Sharshenbayevich Kulov (1948-) for challenging him for the presidency. U.S. Rep. (D-Ohio) (since 1985) James Anthony Traficant Jr. (1941-) is indicted on racketeering charges, convicted and sentenced to eight years - with a name that sounds like Santo Trafficante, he was an easy V? Young Frenchman Herve (Hervé) Djamel Loiseau (b. 1973), member of the Tablighi Jamaat (Islamic Preaching Party) is killed fleeing the U.S. bombardment of Tora Bora in Afghanistan 50 mi. SE of Kabul. Canadian PM Jean Chretian announces that he will not seek a 4th term after his conflict with finance minister Paul Martin weakens the Liberal Party. In Burundi a peace plan incl. power sharing between Hutus and Tutsis begins, with a transitional govt. led by Tuttsi pres. Pierre Buyoya (until 2003). In Nigeria, more than a dozen northern states have by now introduced Islamic law, much to the chagrin of the Nigerian govt. and its large Christian pop.; bloody riots against U.S. involvement in Afghanistan compound the problem and by fall the country of 121M is on the verge of civil war. Dictator Idriss Deby is reelected in Chad - home of Little Deby Snack Cakes? Who Fidels while Rome burns? Cuban #2 Raul Castro, younger brother of Fidel and head of the armed forces grants a rare interview early in the year, and encourages the U.S. to make peace with Cuba while Fidel is still alive, saying that later, when he takes power, "it will be more difficult". China joins the World Trade Org. (WTO); the U.S. begins losing an avg. of 50K manufacturing jobs to it per month (until ?). U.S. ambassador Carlos Pasqual is declared persona non grata in Ukraine. The Defense of Freedom Medal is instituted by the U.S. after 9/11 as a civilian version of the Purple Heart. Search for Internat. Terrorist Entities Intelligence Group is founded by Iraqi-born Jew Rita Katz to monitor Muslim intel to prevent another 9/11. The Internat. Solidarity Movement (ISM) is founded by Palestinian activist Ghassan Andoni (1956-) et al. to encourage nonviolent protests against the Israeli military presence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Swedish-born Muslim-turned-Christian Ergun Michael/Mehmet "Butch" Caner (1966-) (Turkish father, Swedish mother) uses 9/11 to raise his stock with Am. Baptists, becoming pres. of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (founded by Rev. Jerry Falwell) in 2005, tripling student enrollment; he's really a stealth Muslim jihadist? Rand Corp. convenes Transition 2001, a panel of 54 bipartisan U.S. leaders in foreign and defense policy to forge an agreement on the central tenets of U.S. nat. security policy and offer recommendations to new U.S. pres. George W. Bush. Pres. Bush requires all West Wing staffers to wear suits and ties, dumping the jeans and T-shirts worn during the Clinton admin. Canada legalizes medical marijuana for the terminally and chronically ill. The salary of the U.S. pres. is raised from $200K to $400K plus a $50K non-taxable expense allowance. The Red Cross raises a record $1.1B to aid victims of the 9/11 attacks, but stinks itself up when it reserves $200M to "prepare for future crises", causing pres. Bernadine Healy to resign, and the money to be returned to the Sept. 11 Liberty Fund. Chevron and Texaco merge to form the 2nd largest oil co. in the U.S. Hewlett-Packard (HP) acquires Compaq in an effort to compete against Dell Computer; HP CEO Cara Carleton "Carly" Fiorina (1954-) is ousted on Feb. 9, 2005 after nearly six years, and the merger is declared a disaster. William Clay "Bill" Ford Jr. (1957-), great-grandson of founder Henry Ford becomes CEO of Ford Motor Co., turning it from losing $5.45B this year to a profit of $3.5B in 2004. Rev. Billy Graham receives an honorary British knighthood. Intel Corp. coins the term "patent trolls" after being sued for defamation for calling some of them "patent extortionists"; meanwhile patent infrigement suits double from 1988 to 2.4K, many by companies consisting of little more than a few trolls, er, lawyers who purchased patents out of bankruptcies. The sunken ancient Egyptian port city of Herakleion is discovered by an internat. mission led by Moroccan-born French archeologist Franck Goddio (1947-). Over 4M U.S. 25-to-34-year-olds live still with parents. A survey finds that 30% of gay black men in the U.S. from ages 23-29 are infected with HIV; nearly 50% of all gay men in their 20s engage in unprotected anal "bareback" sex - there's nothing wrong with it? This year the European Union graduates more scientists and engineers than the U.S., and Asia about as many as the U.S.; only 61% of the U.S. degrees are awarded to U.S.-born students, down from 77% in 1966. The Earth will be visited this year by the Muons of Planet Myton from the Pleiades, according to the Unarius Academy of Science in El Cajon, Calif. - maybe their spaceship broke down? The nonpartisan William J. Clinton Foundation is founded by ex-U.S. pres. Bill Clinton "to alleviate poverty, improve global health, strengthen economies, and protect the environment"; it turns into a criminal racket to enrich Bill and Hillary in return for handing out govt. favors? Iraqi nutcase Saddam Hussein's directorate of gen. security reports to him that the TV series "Pokemon" is an Israeli plot to contaminate the minds of Iraqi youths, and that the title is Hebrew for "I'm Jewish"; meanwhile a committee of Saudi clerics issue a fatwa against the Pokeman card game for gambling and polytheism; in 2016 they reissue it for the viral mobile game Pokemon Go. The Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism (FAIR) is founded in London, England. After 9/11, the Interfaith Amigos, incl. Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon, and Sheikh Jamal Rahman are formed for interfaith understanding. Monaco Princess Caroline's hubby Prince Ernst August of Hanover (1954-) is fined by a German court for kicking a paparazzi in the butt and beating the owner of a hotel in Kenya. French novelist Michel Houellebecq (1956-) gives an interview in which he calls Islam "the stupidest religion", and is hauled into court for inciting racial hatred, but charges are dismissed. Post-Adjudication Risk Management (PARM) program to give heightened security scrutiny to employees who were born oversees or have relatives or friends there. The mainly Muslim Students for Justice in Palestine is founded at UCB in Calif., spawning chapters across the U.S. Am. journalist Alison Weir founds If Americans Knew to tell the story of the alleged coverup of Israeli atrocities. After 9/11 a large segment of the reading public seemingly gives up on fiction, flocking to nonfiction works, esp. about Islam, the Middle East, Iraq, and U.S. politics. Verasun Energy is founded, becoming a leading supplier of ethanol - a poor long-range idea of using food for fuel, which can force agonizing choices? Information gets cheaper and cheaper, but knowledge still is worth what you pay for it? The Dot-Com Boom (begun 1997) falls on its face, with thousands of cos. (little more than air and a Web site) going under; meanwhile on Jan. 15 winner site Wikipedia is founded by Ala.-born Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales (1966-) and Wash.-born Lawrence Mark "Larry" Sanger (1968-) as a user-generated encyclopedia with articles of varying quality contributed by anon. volunteers, reaching 1M articles in English by Mar. 2006; too bad, there is little control of the contributors or content, those who are talked about in the articles have a habit of sneaking in and fluffing the wording, and since contributors aren't paid, it threatens to kill the literary market, all causing a nightmare in QA; in Nov. 2005 a wave of controversy is caused by the discovery that someone had rewritten their article on Tenn. pub. John Siegenthaler Sr., allleging that he had been implicated in the Kennedy assassinations; in Dec. 2005 Nature pub. an article comparing it to Encyclopaedia Britannica, finding it to be nearly as accurate, causing the latter to shoot back in Mar. 2006 that their article is wrong and full of inaccuracies; in 2007 Sanger says "It has bothered me that I helped to get a project started that people are misusing", announcing plans for a new online encyclopedia called Citizendium (launched on Mar. 25, 2007), adding "gentle expert oversight" and requiring contributors to ID themselves, which slowly grinds to a crawl; meanwhile the poorly-designed source code is propagated throughout the Internet, causing alternative user-content products to spring up - no more encyclopedia salesmen at our doors? The German Bernacer (Germán Bernácer) Prize is established to recognize economic research by European economists under age 40. John Hopkins U. begins pub. the World Shakespeare Bibliography Online, covering the years 1961-2009, containing 120K+ annotated entries. The Web site You're the Man Now Dog is founded by Max Goldberg, named after a line by Sean Connery from the 2000 film "Finding Forrester". Conservative Peter Gordon MacKay (1965-) of Nova Scotia is voted Canada's sexiest MP by the Ottawa Hill Times for the first of seven times in a row; in 2006 rumors fly that he has a crush on Condoleezza Rice. The Apollo Alliance is founded by the far-left Tides Center under Dan Carol to work for green jobs and a green economy, which goes on to help create the U.S. Am. Recovery and Revinestment Act of 2009 (Obama Stimulus). The militant Islamist group Boko Haram ("West Education is Forbidden or a Sin") is founded in Kanamma, N Nigeria by Ustaz Mohammed Yusuf (1970-2009), who is known for believing that the Earth is flat. Palestinian-born British Muslim Azzam (Azam) Tamimi (1955-) calls the U.S. War on Terror in response to 9/11 a war on Islam that will backfire; he also says that Palestinians will never accept a permanent state of Israel and that the U.S. or Germany should let the Jews set up one on their territory instead. The start of the big breeders vs. retirees war of the 21st cent.? The Zickert Case begins in the cul-de-sac development of Highlands Ranch, Colo. (S of Denver), where two retirees go nuts with all the kids playing roller hockey in their cul-de-sac, and install surveillance cameras in an effort to get the sheriff's dept. to prosecute them, causing pro-hockey residents to successfully counter by lobbying county commissioners to designate their block a "play street" in 2003. Actress Anne Heche breaks up with lezzie lover Ellen DeGeneres and goes on to marry male cameraman Coleman "Coley" Laffoon (1973-), bearing two children before leaving him in 2006 for James Tupper (1965-), her co-star on ABC-TV's Men in Trees. Vonage (Voice-Over-Net-Age) is founded in Jan. in Edison, N.J. to provide telephone service via a broadband connection, with the trademark "The Broadband Phone Company", later changed to "Sounds Good" and "Crazy Generous". Creative Commons in San Francisco, Calif. is founded by Lawrence Lessig (1961-), releasing its first Creative Commons Licenses in Dec. 2002 in an attempt to allow a lessing, er, lower the leasing, er, permit authors of creative works to provide them to the public on the Internet without losing all their rights - your what, tin roof busted? Avante-garde German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen utters the soundbyte that the events of 9/11 are "the greatest work of art imaginable for the whole cosmos". French Parisian philosopher Jean Baudrillard pub. the essay "The Spirit of Terrorism" in the Nov. issue of Le Monde, about 9/11, with the soundbyte that the U.S. is an "unbearable power" that elicits violent reactions around the world, and that the "terrorist imagination... inhabits us all... It was almost they who did it, but we who wanted it." The 18th cent. Ground Zero Mystery Ship is unearthed in the remains of the WTC. Canadian Web site Ashley Madison starts up to provide an online dating service for adulterers, with the motto "Life is short. Have an affair", reaching 39M customers by 2015. Australian Web site Abby Winters starts up, showing a future where every young woman is a happy guilt-free uninhibited naked active lesbian; are thousands of years of male supremacist religious control really about over?; when will Australian schools for girls start teaching them girl-girl sex as part of the curriculum?; men are how far from becoming obsolete, stay tuned while putting your quarters in the slot? - a new meaning to Down Under? Architecture: The World Trade Center is extensively remodeled by a Saudi co. :) On June 28 the 9-story 8.5M DM Gehry Tower in Hanover, Germany opens, featuring a prominent twist in its outer facade and a ferroconcrete core. Sports: On Feb. 18 the 2001 (43rd) Daytona 500 is won by Michael Curtis Waltrip (1963-), brother of Darrell Waltrip; Dale Earnhardt Jr. comes in 2nd, and Rusty Wallace comes in 3rd; on lap 173 Robby Gordon hits Ward Burton, causing an 18-car wreck that flips Tony Stewart's car down the backstretch; on lap 200 1998 winner Dale Earnhardt Sr. loses control of his car and collides head-on with the wall, killing him, becoming the 4th NASCAR driver to be killed in 9 mo. since Adam Petty in May 2000, causing a fan outcry resulting in safety improvements. On Mar. 6 Shaquille O'Neal scores 61 points at the Staples Center in Los Angeles against the Clippers. On Apr. 2 Tiger Woods wins his 4th consecutive pro golf major. On Apr. 8 African-Am. pitcher Carsten Charles "CC" Sabathia (1980-) becomes the first baseball player born in the 1980s to make a ML debut, for the Cleveland Indians. In Apr. the NFL bans players from wearing Do-rags and bandanas underneath their helmets except for medical reasons. In Apr. after league bowling (which peaked in the 1980s at 80% of their business) drops, AMF Bowling Inc. of Richmond, Va., owner of 500 bowling centers with 18K employees files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, causing it to turn to Customer Relationship Mgt. (CRM) software from Applix Inc. of Westboro, Mass. to cut costs, helping them survive long enough for Code Hennessey and Simmons Capital of Chicago, Ill. to buy them in 2004 for $670M; in 2005 they merge with Italian-based Qubica Worldwide to form QubicaAMF Worldwide, selling the rights to their bowling balls in 2007 to 900 Global; too bad, in Nov. 2012 after league bowling tanks at 20%, they file for bankruptcy again, merging in 2013 with New York City-based upscale (no league bowling) co. Bowlmor (Strike Holdings LLC) (founded 1997), giving a combined 7.5K employees, 276 bowling centers, and $450M in annual revenue, attempting to revive league bowling, growing to 315 centers by 2015, with an avg. of 40 lanes per center compared to the U.S. avg. of 21 lanes. On May 26-June 9 the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals sees the Colorado Avalanche defeat the New Jersey Devils 4-3, becoming their 2nd win; the first Finals since 1989 where #1 seeds meet; former Boston Bruins star (#77) (1979-2000) Raymond Jean "Ray" Bourque (1960-) of the Avalanche wins his only Stanley Cup in his final NHL game; MVP is Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy. On May 27 the 2001 (85th) Indianapolis 500 is won by rookie Helio Castroneves (1975-) of Brazil. On June 18 6'11" Kwame James Brown (1982-) of Glynn Academy in Brunswick, Ga. is drafted by the Washington Wizards (#5), becoming the first high schooler to be drafted #1 overall in the NBA draft. On June 6-15 the 2001 NBA Finals sees the Los Angeles Lakers (coach Phil Jackson) defeat the Philadelphia 76ers (coach Larry Brown) by 4-1; the 76ers take game 1 107-101 in OT; Shaquille O'Neal of the Lakers is MVP. On Aug. 7 the Chicago Cubs defeat the Colo. Rockies 5-4; in the bottom of the 6th inning, plate umpire Angel Hernandez calls 3rd baseman Ron Coomer out in a play at home plate, after which Chicago Bears defensive lineman Steve Mongo McMichael takes the microphone in the 7th inning stretch, uttering the soundbyte: "Don't worry, I'll have some speaks with that home plate umpire after the game", causing him to become the first "entertainer" ejected from an MLB game (until ?), and the first ejected for his words rather than actions (until ?) On Sept. 17 ML play resumes; Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully gives a pre-game speech at Dodger Stadium; Jack Buck gives a moving speech and poem; the Colorado Choir sings the Nat. Anthem in Coors Field; the Nat. Anthem and "God Bless America" are added to the 7th inning stretch at Comiskey Park; the Nat. Anthem is sung by the Lindsey Wilson College Singers in Cinergy Field; on Sept. 21 Shea Stadium holds a 9/11 Remembrance Spectacular, featuring Diana Ross singing "God Bless America", Marc Anthony signing the Nat. Anthem, and the NYPD Pipers and USMC Battalion playing Irish bagpipes; in the 8th inning a homer by Mike Piazza gives the Yankees a 3-2 lead; on Sept. 25 Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan sings God Bless America in a patriotic tribute to the heroes of 9/11. On Oct. 7 drug-assisted left fielder Barry Bonds (1964-) of the San Francisco Giants hits his 73rd homer, setting the single-season record and breaking Mark McGwire's 3-y.-o. drug-assisted record - yawn? On Oct. 21 Denver Broncos (NFL) offensive tackle Matt Lepsis puts a cut (below the knee) block on San Diego Chargers defensive end (and former Bronco) Maa Tunavasa, ending his playing career; NFL Players Assoc. pres. Gene Upshaw calls on the league to ban cut blocks, but he is ignored, and Broncos and other teams' offensive linemen continue to break defensive linemens' legs so their teams can score more points. On Nov. 3 after being traded from the Portland Trail Blazers, 6'8" shooting guard Steven Delano "Steve" Smith (1969-) (#8) of the San Antonio Spurs ties the NBA record for most 3-pointers in a game without a miss, going 8 for 8 and finishing with 36 points in a 106-90 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. On Nov. 16 the 8-team NBA Development League (NBA D-League) (NBDL) plays its first game at the BI-LO Center in Greenville, S.C., with the Greenville Groove hosting the North Charleston Lowgators; in 2005 it expands to 15 teams, becoming a true minor league farm system for the NBA; in 2014 it expands to 18 teams; by then 33% of NBA players Cal Ripken Jr. retires from ML baseball after 21 seasons. The first World Rafting Championships held in North Am. are held in W. Va., which attracts more than 250K whitewater tourists each year. Va.-born Michael Dwayne Vick (1980-) leaves Virginia Tech after his sophomore year, and is drafted #1 overall by the Atlanta Falcons, who sign him to a $135M multi-year contract, biggest in NFL history (ends 2008); he makes his NFL debut on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, Calif., leading the Falcons to a 24-16 win. Slamball, invented by Mason Gordon and played on four trampolines plays its first exhibition series in Los Angeles, Calif., featuring the Los Angeles Rumble vs. the Chicago Mob, debuting in 2002 on the Nat. Network (Spike TV) with a 6-team league incl. draft pick #1 Robert Wilson, with former NBA All-Star player Reggie Theus as commentator; the league dissolves in 2003, then reopens for one more season in 2008. Nobel Prizes: Peace: United Nations (U.N.) and Kofi Atta Annan (1938-) (Ghana) ["for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world"]; Lit.: Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul (1932-) (U.K.); Physics: Wolfgang Ketterle (1957-) (Germany), Eric Allin Cornell (1961-) and Carl Edwin Wieman (1951-) (U.S.) [Bose-Einstein condensate]; Chem.: William Standish Knowles (1917-2012) (U.S.) and Ryoji Noyori (1938-) (Japan) [chirally catalyzed hydrogenation reactions], and Karl Barry Sharpless (1941-) (U.S.) [chirally catalyzed oxidation reactions]; Medicine: Leland Harrison "Lee" Hartwell (1939-) (U.S.), Sir Richard Timothy "Tim" Hunt (1943-) (U.K.), and Sir Paul Maxime Nurse (1949-) (U.K.) [cell cycle]; Economics: George Arthur Akerlof (1940-) (U.S.), Andrew Michael Spence (1943-) (U.S.), and Joseph Eugene Stiglitz (1943-) (U.S.) [assymetric info.]; in 2009 Stiglitz calls for a new global currency. Inventions: By this year the avg. desktop PC has 29GB of storage, and the laptop has 17.5 GB. In Jan. the Apple Titanium PowerBook laptop is released, with a 15.2-in.-wide screen display, 400 MHz PowerPC processor, 128MB of RAM, and 10GB hard drive, all for $2,599, launching a rev. for widescreen laptops for the masses. In June Intel Corp. releases the 64-bit Itanium chip, which has a staggering 220M transistors. On Nov. 10 Apple releases the iPod personal MP3 player, with 5GB Ram, "1,000 songs in your pocket", backed by digital music downloading service iTunes, changing the lifestyles of millions, and selling 67M units in 5 years, with 1.5B songs downloaded from their Web site; the 10 billionth song is downloaded on Feb. 24, 2010. In Oct. Microsoft releases the Microsoft XP Operating System. On Dec. 2 the 12.5 mph 24 mi. range Segway Human/Personal Transporter (HT/PT) (original names Ginger and IT) a revolutionary new personal gyroscooter is unveiled by Am. inventor Dean L. Kamen (1951-), son of a comic book illustrator; in 2009 Jimi Heselden (1938-2010) of Britain buys him out, then is killed when his out-of-control Segway drives over a cliff - add a seat and a parachute? On Dec. 19 the VeriChip, a rice grain-sized chip that can be injected under a human's skin is announced; the FDA later announces that it won't regulate it. On Dec. 31 the world's first practical Magnetic Refrigerator is announced by scientists at Ames Lab. Science: On Jan. 10 astronomers report the discovery of a giant planetlike object more than 17x the size of Jupiter orbiting a Sun-like star in the constellation Serpens, 123 l.y. away - the Serpens people are coming? On Jan. 11 researchers in Ore. announce the first genetically altered primate, a rhesus monkey named ANDi, having a jellyfish gene for fluorescence spliced into its DNA - it glows in the dark? On Jan. 26 scientists announce that they have decoded the Rice Genome, which becomes the first major crop plant to have its genome decoded. In Apr. Cosmos 1, a solar-sail vehicle with eight sails, funded by Carl Sagan's widow Ann Druyan et al. is launched from a sub in the Barents Sea atop a Russian ICBM, where it deploys its wings at 260 mi. alt. then returns to Earth. On July 3 AbioCor, the first self-contained artificial heart is implanted in 59-y.-o. Robert L. Tools (1942-2001) in Louisville, Ky.; he dies on Nov. 30 after 151 days. On Sept. 7 the first remote surgery (telesurgery) is completed by French surgeon Jacques Marescaux (1948-) in New York City, who performs a cholecystectomy on a 68-y.-o. female patient in Strasbourg, France over redundant fiberoptic lines provided by France Telecom, using a $975K ZEUS Robotic Surgical System by Computer Motion. On Sept. 22 the Deep Space 1 unmanned spacecraft (launched Oct. 24, 1998) images 5-mi.-long Comet Borrelly, which reflects only 3% of the sunlight received by its surface (10% as much as Earth reflects). In Oct. fertility researchers Jerry Hall and Yang-Ling Feng announce a method for parthogenesis, a way for women to have female babies without the need for sperm, making an all-female society possible in principle - isn't Jack in jail? In Nov. scientists announce the first cloned primate, a rhesus monkey - does this one glow too? On Nov. 25 Advanced Cell Technology of Mass. announces that it has cloned the first human, even though the experiment was stopped in the embryo stage (it also involved parthenogenesis?); on Nov. 26 the Raelian org. Clonaid (run by followers of Raelian Movement founder Claude Vorilhon) announces that it had cloned embryos before them. On Nov. 27 scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope announce the detection of the first star other than the Sun with an orbiting planet with a gas atmosphere, in the constellation Pegasus 150 l.y. away from Earth. On Nov. 28 the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory discovers a black hole 14x the mass of the Sun about 40K l.y. from Earth, becoming the heaviest discovered to date - does that make it our brother? Guillermo Gonzales of the U.S. pub. a theory that the Solar System is in the Galactic Habitable Zone, a narrow ring on the midplane of the Milky Way that is the only region where the conditions for life can exist; further, that the Earth is in an ideal place for the discovery of natural laws and the structure of the Milky Way Galaxy and the Universe. South African physicist Neil Geoffrey Turok (1958-) of Cambridge U. and Paul Joseph Steinhardt (1952-) of Princeton U. propose the Cyclic Model of the Universe, AKA the Ekpyrotic Universe (Gk. "conflagration), in which it was created by the cyclical trillion-year collision of two Universes that were attracted toward each other by the leaking of gravity out of one of them; the past is filled with endlessly repeating cycles of evolution of new Universes, and we're just lucky to be in this one?; instead of a Big Bang, there is a Big Bounce. By this year astronomers have discovered 30 suspected black holes in space, but the evidence remains circumstantial. British scientists discover that sheep have the ability to remember and recognize up to 50 faces, incl. their shepherd's; could this prove they have consciousness? - ask a Scot? The rare marine bacterium Lomaiviticin Aglycon is discovered to have anti-cancer properties. Nonfiction: Francesco Alberoni (1929-), Hope. Stephen E. Ambrose, The Wild Blue. Susan Athey (1970-) and Kyle Bagwell (1961-), Optimal Collusion with Private Information; exposes how open auctions with a lenient dispute mechanism can result in legal disputes followed by settlements that are rife with collusion, e.g., when winners share a portion of their spoils with losers who cooperate with them in the bidding, recommending the use of sealed bids, which is widely adopted; in 2007 Athey becomes the first female winner of the John Bates Clark Medal, going on to become the chief economist for Microsoft Corp. Andrew G. Atkeson, Rethinking Multiple Equilibria in Macroeconomic Modeling: Comment; proves that when a theory of prices is introduced, a multiplicity of equilibria may return. William "Bill" Ayers (1944-), Fugitive Days: A Memoir (Sept. 10); Weatherman org. co-founder and hubby of Bernardine Dohrn reminisces about the good old days before going straight and working with Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley to reform the city's schools, not apologizing for the bombs and violence; an interview with the New York Times is printed right after 9/11, making for a great historic coincidence, with Ayers being showed a photo of him stepping on a U.S. flag, and replying "What a country - it makes me want to puke", adding "I don't regret setting bombs. I feel we didn't do enough." Ihsan Bagby, The Mosque in America: A National Portrait. James Bamford (1946-), Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency. Amiri Baraka (1934-2014), Somebody Blew Up America; "Who knew the World Trade Center was gonna get bombed/ Who told 4000 Israeli workers at the Twin Towers/ To stay home that day/ Why did [Ariel] Sharon stay away?/... Who know why Five Israelis was filming the explosion/ And cracking they sides at the notion"; blames the Israelis for 9/11, getting the ADL on his case, after which N.J. gov. Jim McGreevey tries to remove him from his post as poet laureate of N.J., finally abolishing the title, which his hometown of Newark counters by naming him poet laureate of their public schools. Gary S. Becker (1930-) and Kevin M. Murphy (1958-), Social Economics: Market Behavior in a Social Environment; incl. the social environment and standard goods and services in extended utility functions, allowing analysis of how the social environment is determined by the interactions of individuals. Daniel J. Benor (1941-), Spiritual Healing: Scientific Validation of a Healing Revolution (2 vols.) (2001, 2004). Ben Bernanke (1953-) and Mark Gertler (1951-), Should Central Banks Respond to Movements in Asset Prices?; argues that the Federal Reserve should limit its policies to targeting inflation and price stability while avoiding the more aggressive approach of managing asset price bubbles such as the Dot-Com Bubble of 1997-2000. Michael R. Beschloss (1955-), Reaching for Glory: Lyndon Johnson's Secret White House Tapes, 1964-1965; he wanted them to be sealed until 2023; sequel to "Taking Charge" (1997). Christiane Bird, Neither East Nor West: One Woman's Journey through the Islamic Republic of Iran. Franz Bludorf and Graznya Fosar, Vernetzte Intelligenz; summarizes the results of Russian biophysicist Pyotr Garjajev, who claims that the 90% called "junk DNA" might explain clairvoyance, intuition, auras et al., claiming that DNA is a "biological Internet". David Bodanis, E=MC2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation. Anthony Bourdain (1956-), A Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal (Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines); NYT bestseller; on ? A Cook's Tour debuts on Food Network for 35 episodes (until ?, 2002). Tom Brown Jr. (1950-), Grandfather: A Native American's Lifelong Search for Truth and Harmony with Nature. Tom Brown Jr. (1950-), and William Owen, The Search. James MacGregor Burns (1918-2014) and Susan Dunn, The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America; Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Thomas Cahill (1940-), Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus. Vincent J. Cannato, The Ungovernable City; New York City mayor (1966-73) John Lindsay. Dolores Cannon (1931-), The Convoluted Universe (4 vols.) (2001, 2005, 2008, 2012). Norman F. Cantor (1929-2004), In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made; NYT bestseller. George Carlin (1937-2008), Napalm and Silly Putty. James Carroll (1943-), Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews - A History; disses the claim that Christian anti-Semitism caused the Holocaust. Jimmy Carter (1924-), An Hour Before Daylight: Memoirs of a Rural Boyhood. Warren Christopher, Chances of a Lifetime. Mary Higgins Clark (1927-), Kitchen Privileges, A Memoir. David Cope (1941-), Virtual Music: Computer Synthesis of Musical Style. Andrei Codrescu (1946-), An Involuntary Genius in America's Shoes (And What Happened Afterwards). Evan S. Connell Jr. (1924-), The Aztec Treasure House: New and Selected Essays. Theodore Dalrymple (1949-), Life at the Bottom: The Worldview that Makes the Underclass. David Brion Davis (1927-), Challenging the Boundaries of Slavery. Ahmet Davutoglu (1959-), Strategic Depth; calls for an expanded role for Turkey in world affairs incl. membership in the EU, and predicts a belt of Sunni Muslim Brotherhood-ruled regimes in Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, and Libya that will be subservient to the emerging Turkish Empire; too bad, Syrian pres. Bashar al-Assad doesn't roll over, and Egypt ousts the Muslim Brotherhood. Eliot Deutsch, Persons and Valuable Worlds. William G. Dever, What Did the Biblical Writers Know and When Did they Know It? Joan Didion (1934-), Political Fictions. Carl Djerassi (1923-), This Man's Pill: Reflections on the 50th Birthday of the Pill; developer of Enovid (approved 1960) tells all. Peter Ferdinand Drucker (1909-2005) and Peter Senge, Leading in a Time of Change: What It Will Take to Lead Tomorrow. Betty Jean Eadie (1942-), Embraced by the Light: Prayers and Devotions for Daily Living (Oct. 25). William Easterly (1957-), The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics (July 1); disses foreign aid to Third World countries esp. debt relief for failing to produce sustainable growth. John Edward (1969-), Crossing Over: The Stories Behind the Stories; a shameless psychic fraud is glad to sell it to you? Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-), Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America; bestseller on the low-wage working poor segment of the U.S. after she took a series of service jobs incognito; those who wear WWJD (What would Jesus do) bracelets are lousy tippers? Albert Ellis (1913-2007), Feeling Better, Getting Better, Staying Better: Profound Self-Help Therapy for Your Emotions; Overcoming Destructive Beliefs, Feelings, and Behaviors: New Directions for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. Albert Ellis (1913-2007) et al., Counseling and Psychotherapy with Religious Persons: A Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Approach. Jason Epstein (1928-), Book Business: Publishing Past, Present and Future. Khaled Abou El Fadl (1963-), Rebellion and Violence in Islamic Law. Oriana Fallaci (1929-2006), The Rage and the Pride (La Rabbia e l'Orgoglio) (Dec.); sells 1.5M copies; expose of Islam as out to destroy the West while Westerners wallow in apathy. Don Edward Fehrenbacher (1920-97) (ed. Ward M. Mcafee), The Slaveholding Republic: An Account of the United States Government's Relations to Slavery (posth.) (last book); argues against the view that the U.S. Constitution was a pro-slavery document, and shows how Pres. Lincoln's approach to emancipation quickly evolved into a "Republican revolution" that ended the anomaly of the U.S. as a "slaveholding republic". Charles H. Ferguson, High Stakes, No Prisoners: A Winner's Tale of Greed and Glory in the Internet Wars (Jan.). Niall Ferguson (1964-), The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000; argues that the saying "money makes the world go 'round" is wrong because it's all about non-economic motivations in the end, incl. sex, violence, and power. George Fetherling (1949-), The Book of Assassins. Robert Finch (1943-), Death of a Hornet and Other Cape Cod Essays. Antwone Fisher (1959-), Finding Fish (autobio.); after he becomes a security guard at Sony Pictures Studios, his story turns on producer Todd Black. Frances FitzGerald (1940-) and Mary Cross, Vietnam: Spirits of the Earth (Nov. 9); lush picture book of modern Vietnam. Thomas Fleming, The New Dealers' War: FDR and the War Within World War II. George P. Fletcher, Our Secret Constitution: How Lincoln Redefined American Democracy; how the 1787 U.S. Constitution was subverted by the U.S. Civil War into a "second constitution". Antony Flew (1923-), Equality in Liberty and Justice. Mick Foley (1965-), Foley Is Good: And the Real World is Faker than Wrestling; sequel to "Have a Nice Day!". Charles Henri Ford (1913-2002), Water From a Bucket: A Diary, 1948-1957. Paula Fox (1923-), Borrowed Finery (autobio.); the writer grandmother of Courtney Love (1964-). Sir Martin Gilbert (1936-2015), From the Ends of the Earth: The Jews in the Twentieth Century. Francoise Giroud (1916-2003), Profession Journaliste (autobio.); One Can't Be Happy all the Time. Bernard Goldberg (1945-), Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News; CBS News reporter who was fired for mentioning the existence of liberal bias in the media in 1996; duh, U.S. Jews are not a monolithic bloc? Albert Goldman (1927-94), Freakshow: Misadventures in the Counterculture, 1959-1971 (essays) (posth.). Annette Gordon-Reed (1958-), Vernon Can Read!; a memoir of civil rights activist Vernon Jordan, which he co-wrote. Amit Goswami, Physics of the Soul: The Quantum Book of Living, Dying, Reincarnation and Immortality. Simon Gray (1936-2008), Enter a Fox (autobio.). Pyotr Garjajev does research into DNA, discovering that the 90% called "junk DNA" might explain clairvoyance, intuition, auras et al., claiming that DNA is a Biological Internet, Robert Greene (1959-) and Joost Elffers, The Art of Seduction. Steven Macon Greer (1955-), Disclosure: Military and Government Witnesses Reveal the Greatest Secrets in Modern History. David Halberstam (1934-2007), War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals; how Clinton liked domestic issues and the economy and didn't like to commit the U.S. abroad. Victor Davis Hanson (1953-), Bonfire of the Humanities: Rescuing the Classics in an Impoverished Age (with John Heath and Bruce S. Thornton), Who Killed Homer? The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom (with John Heath); he's got something there?; Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western People (Why the West Has Won: Carnage and Culture from Salamis to Vietnam); traces the military dominance of Western civilization to the ancient Greeks and their consensual govt. and individualism after they kicked the weak effeminate Asiatic Persians' butts, although he never 'gets' why the Romans kicked their butts? Stephen Hawking (1942-), The Universe in a Nutshell - proof that modern cosmology has gone nuts? Julie Hecht, Was This Man a Genius? Talks With Andy Kaufman. Arthur Herman, How the Scots Invented the World. Don Hewitt (1922-2009), Tell Me a Story: 50 Years and 60 Minutes in Television (autobio.). Laura Hillenbrand (1967-), Seabiscuit: An American Legend. Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011), The Trial of Henry Kissinger; accuses him of being a war criminal. Philip Hoare (1958-), Spike Island: The Memory of a Military Hospital. Noel Ignatiev, The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness (essays). Jonathan Israel (1946-), Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity, 1650-1750; claims that Baruch Spinoza is the backbone of the Radical Euro Enlightenment, which led to the modern liberal-dem. state. Philip Jenkins (1952-), Beyond Tolerance: Child Pornography on the Internet. Haynes Johnson (1931-), The Best of Times: America in the Clinton Years. J.D.F. Jones, Teller of Many Tales: The Lives of Laurens van der Post; disses Prince Charles' mentor for knocking up a 14-y.-o. girl in 1952. Sebastian Junger (1962-), Fire; his Nov. 2000 visit to Afghanistan. Ward Just (1935-), Lowell Limpett and Two Stories. Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932-2007), The Shadow of the Sun; his experiences in Africa since 1957. Morton Keller (1929-) and P. Keller, Making Harvard Modern. David I. Kertzer (1948-), The Popes Against the Jews: The Vatican's Role in the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism; claims that several popes actively contributed to the rise of Euro anti-Semitism leading to the Holocaust, generating a firestorm of controversy. Jamaica Kincaid (1949-), My Garden (May 15). Dean H. King, In Search of Patrick O'Brian; "Master and Commander" author Patrick O'Brian (1914-2000). Deborah Copaken Kogan, Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War. Wendy Kopp (1967-), One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach for America and What I Learned Along the Way. Paul Krugman (1953-), Anthony J. Venables (1953-), and Fujita Masahisa (1943-), The Spatial Economy: Cities, Regions, and International Trade; which becomes a std. work on the New Economic Geography. Joseph Levine, Purple Haze: The Puzzle of Consciousness. Bernard Lewis (1916-), The Muslim Discovery of Europe; Music of a Distant Drum: Classical Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Hebrew Poems. Michael Lewis (1960-), Next: The Future Just Happened. Life Magazine, One Nation: America Remembers September 11, 2001. David Limbaugh (1952-), Absolute Power: The Legacy of Corruption in the Clinton-Reno Justice Department (Mar.). Seymour Martin Lipset (1922-2006), It Didn't Happen Here: Why Socialism Failed in the United States - wait till Obama has his shot? Penelope Lively (1933-), A House Unlocked. Dave Longaberger (1934-99), Longaberger; made a fortune in handcrafted maple wood baskets and turned philanthropist. Graham Lord (1943-), Arthur Lowe. Margaret MacMillan (1943-), Peacemakers: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End War (Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World); asks the question: Was the Great War "an unmitigated catastrophe in a sea of mud", or "about something", concluding: "It is condescending and wrong to think they were hoodwinked"; in Jan. 2014 she warns that WWI can happen again, with the soundbyte: "While history does not repeat itself precisely, the Middle East today bears a worrying resemblance to the Balkans then." William Manchester (1922-2004), No End Save Victory: Perspectives on World War II. Harvey Mansfield Jr. (1932-), A Student's Guide to Political Philosophy. Peter Mayle (1939-), French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork and Corkscrew. David McCullough (1933-), John Adams (May 22) (Pulitzer Prize); "The problem with Adams is that most Americans know nothing about him." Larry McMurtry (1936-), Sacagawea's Nickname (essays). Louis Menand (1952-), The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America (Pulitzer Prize) (Parkman Prize); the main figures in the philosophy of Pragmatism incl. William James, John Dewey, Charles Sanders Peirce, and Olive Wendell Holmes J. Gavin Menzies (1937-), 1421: The Year China Discovered The World (America); retired British sub cmdr. claims that Chinese Adm. Zheng He discovered America but that evil Mandarins covered it up. Jack Miles (1942-), Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God; God becomes human not to establish justice in this world but to defer it to the world to come? Nancy Milford (1938-), Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay [1892-1950]. Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg, and William J. Broad, Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War. Ray Monk, Bertrand Russell: 1921-1970, The Ghost of Madness. Eric Henry Monkkonen (1942-2005), Murder in New York City; documents New York City's eternally higher violence than Euro cities using a database of 1.7K cases over 200 years, concluding that most murderers are men, and that murders are most often committed in the heat of passion after an argument; "Usually, the motives are the need to assert manliness, power or territory." Raymond Moody (1944-) and Dianne Arcangel, Life After Loss: Conquering Grief and Finding Hope. Sheridan Morley (1941-2007), John Gielgud: The Authorized Biography; British actor Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000). Edmund Morris (1940-), Theodore Rex; sequel to "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" (1979). Joseph Murray (1919-2012), Surgery of the Soul: Reflections on a Curious Career (autobio.). Paul J. Nahin, Time Machines: Time Travel in Physics, Metaphysics and Science - now you can feel dry and confident even when nobody else does? Thomas H. Naylor, John de Graaf, and David Wann, Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic. "A painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more." John Nichols (1940-), An American Child Supreme: The Education of a Liberation Ecologist (June 9). Jerri Nielsen (with Maryanne Vollers), Ice Bound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival. Christiane Northrup, The Wisdom of Menopause. Robert Nozick (1938-2002), Invariances. Robert G. Ogg, Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor; "Seaman Z", first mentioned in John Toland's 1982 book "Day of Infamy" tells all about helping the U.S. Navy track the Japanese fleet all the way to Pearl Harbor, thus FDR knew about the attack in advance and let it happen to bulldog the U.S. into WWII. Bill O'Reilly (1949-), The No-Spin Zone: Confrontations with the Powerful and Famous in America. Peter S. Onuf (1945-) and Leonard Sadosky, Jeffersonian America (Oct. 18); tries to explain the persistent orientation of the early U.S. towards the Atlantic coast and W frontier. Suze Orman (1951-), The Road to Wealth. P.J. O'Rourke (1947-), The CEO of the Sofa. Malika Oufkir, Stolen Lives; daughter of Moroccan Gen. Mohammed Oufkir, adopted by King Mohammed V at age 5, lives a fairy tale life until her daddy attempts to assassinate the king in Aug. 1972. Robert Pastor (1947-), Towards a North American Community: Lessons from the Old World for the New; blueprint for a North Am. Union, with new Amero currency. James Petras and Henry Veltmeyer, Globalization Unmasked: Imperialism in the 21st Century. Katha Pollitt (1949-), Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics and Culture. Roy Porter (1946-2002), Bodies Politic: Disease, Death, and Doctors in Britain, 1650-1900. Ahmed Rashid, Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia (Mar. 1). John Rawls (1921-2002), Justice as Fairness: A Restatement. Andrew Roberts (1963-), Napoleon and Wellington: The Battle of Waterloo - And the Great Comanders Who Fought It. Sir Ken Robinson (1950-), Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative. Barry Rubin, The Transformation of Palestinian Politics: From Revolution to State-Building (Nov. 30). Oliver Wolf Sacks (1933-), Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood (autobio.). William A. Schabas (1950-), Cambodia: Was It Really Genocide? Susan Schulten, The Geographical Imagination in America, 1880-1950. Maria Shriver (1955-), What's Wrong With Timmy?. Neil Asher Silberman, The Bible Unearthed: Archeology's New vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts; claims that there's no archeological evidence to substantiate the stories in the Hebrew Bible, and that the stories themselves were created in the 7th cent. B.C.E.; David and Solomon were "tribal chieftains ruling from a small hill town, with a modest palace and royal shrine". Peter Singer (1946-) and Helga Kuhse, Unsactivying Human Life: Essays on Ethics. Mark Skousen (1947-), The Making of Modern Economics: The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers; 2nd ed. 2009. Andrew Solomon (1963-), The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression (Pulitzer Prize); his daddy Howard Solomon runs Forest Labs, known for selling anti-depressants, and guess what, he advocates their use. George Soros (1930-), Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism. Gary Soto (1952-), The Effects of Knut Hamsun on a Fresno Boy (autobio.). Craig Stanford, The Hunting Apes: Meat Eating and the Origins of Human Behavior. George Steiner (1929-), Grammars of Creation (autobio.). Cass R. Sunstein (1954-), Designing Democracy: What Constitutions Do; The Vote: Bush, Gore & the Supreme Court. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (1960-), Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets; why people mistake blind luck for skill. Emmanuel Todd (1951-), After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order; known for predicting the fall of the Soviet Union in 1976, he predicts the fall of the U.S. as the sole superpower, and the emergence of a multipolar world incl. Europe, Japan, and Russia. Jeffrey Toobin, Too Close to Call: The Thirty-Six-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election. Ike Turner (1931-2007), Takin' Back My Name (autobio.); "Sure, I've slapped Tina... There have been times when I punched her to the ground without thinking. But I have never beat her." Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958-), Holy Wars: An Astrophysicist Ponders the God Question (Skeptical Inquirer, Sept. 2001). Michael Walzer (1935-), Exilic Politics in the Hebrew Bible; War, Politics, and Morality. Wendy Wasserstein (1950-2006), Shiksa Goddess (essays). Brian Weiss (1944-), Messages from the Masters: Tapping into the Power of Love (Apr. 1). Jack Welch (with John A. Byrne), Jack: Straight from the Gut. John Edgar Wideman (1941-), Hoop Roots: Basketball, Race and Love (autobio.). Ken Wilber (1949-), A Theory of Everything: An Integral Vision for Business, Politics, Science, and Spirituality. Brian Glyn Williams, The Crimean Tatars: The Diaspora Experience and the Forging of a Nation (first book). Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in a World of Choice; "The day of shared moral standards is gone. Never in history has there been more a sense that people can't rely on traditions and institutions to guide them, morally." Robert Wright (1957-), Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny; biological and cultural evolution are shaped and directed by God, er, "non-zero-sumness". Bat Ye'or, Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide; the mass migration of intolerant Muslims to Europe and the big problems it's causing. Philip D. Zelikow (1954-), American Military Strategy: Memos to a President. Tukufu Zuberi (1959-), Thicker Than Blood: An Essay on How Racial Statistics Lie. Art: Eve Marie Drewelowe, Swinging Saplings. Pamela Joseph, Decades of Influence (2001-6); used cutting boards adorned with wood-burned facsimiles of vintage images of magic acts? Steve Martin (1945-), Kindly Lent Their Owner: The Private Collection of Steve Martin. Philip Pearlstein (1924-), Two Nude Females with Luna Park Lion. Larry Rivers (1923-2002), Fashion Model Seated. Music: 311, From Chaos (album #6) (June 19) (#10 in the U.S.); incl. You Wouldn't Believe, I'll Be Here Awhile, Amber. Aaliyah (1979-2001), Aaliyah (album #3) (last album) (July 17) (#1 in the U.S., #5 in the U.K.); she dies on Aug. 25, boosting sales to 13M copies; incl. We Need a Resolution (w/Timbaland), Rock the Boat, More Than a Woman, I Refuse, I Care 4 U. Ryan Adams (1974-), Gold (album); incl. New York, New York; the video is shot on Sept. 7, 2001 with the WTC Twin Towers in the background, and is played on MTV following the attacks. Aerosmith, Just Push Play (album #13) (Mar. 9) (#2 in the U.S., #7 in the U.K.); incl. Just Push Play, Jaded, Fly Away from Here. Afroman (1974-), Because I Got High; "I was gonna pay my child suport, but then I got high... I was gonna eat your pussy too, but then I got high, now I'm jackin' off and I know why, because I got high, because I got high, because I got high"; big hit, featured on the Howard Stern Show - welcome to the NWO? Christina Aguilera (1980-), Just Be Free (album) (Aug. 21); incl. Just Be Free. Amon Amarth, The Crusher (album #3) (May 8); incl. A Fury Divine, The Sound of Eight Hooves. America, The Complete Greatest Hits (album) (Aug.); its 17 top 100 singles since 1971. Dead or Alive, Unbreakable (album). Tori Amos (1963-), Strange Little Girls (album #6) (Sept. 18) (#4 in the U.S., #16 in the U.K.); incl. Strange Little Girl, 97 Bonnie and Clyde (by Eminem), Happiness is a Warm Gun (by the Beatles) (#4 in the U.S.). India.Arie (1975-), Acoustic Soul (album) (debut) (Mar. 27) (#10 in the U.S.) (5M copies); incl. Video, Brown Skin, Strength, Courage and Wisdom, Ready for Love. Marcia Ball (1949-), Presumed Innocent (album). Beatallica, A Garage Dayz Nite (EP) (debut); from the U.S., incl. Jaymz Lennfield, Grg Hammetson, Krk Hammetson, Kliff McBurtney, and Ringo Larz; incl. A Garage Dayz Nite, Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band, The Thing That Should Not Let It Be. Beck (1970-), Midnite Vultures. Bjork (1965-), Vespertine (album #5) (Aug. 27); wears the swan dress designed by Marjan Pejoski that she wore at the 2001 Academy Awards on the cover; incl. Hidden Place, Cocoon, Pagan Poetry. Mary J. Blige (1971-), No More Drama (album #5) (Aug. 28) (#2 in the U.S., #4 in the U.K.); sells 6.5M copies (incl. 3.2M in the U.S.); incl. No More Drama (#15 in the U.S., #9 in the U.K.), Family Affair (#1 in the U.S., #8 in the U.K.), Rainy Dayz (w/Ja Rule) (#12 in the U.S., #17 in the U.K.). Blink-182, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (album #4) (June 12) (#1 in the U.S., #4 in the U.K.) (4.5M copies); incl. The Rock Show (#71 in the U.S.), Stay Together for the Kids, First Date, Anthem Part Two. Backstreet Boys, The Hits - Chapter One (album) (Oct. 30) (3.5M copies); incl. Drowning (#4 in the U.K.). Michelle Branch (1983-), The Spirit Room (album) (debut) (Aug. 14) (#28 in the U.S.) (4M copies); incl. Everywhere (#12 in the U.S.) (used in Chase Bank commercials), All You Wanted (#6 in the U.S.), Goodbye to You (#21 in the U.S.), You Get Me (theme song for MTV reality series "Sorority Life"). Garth Brooks (1962-), Scarecrow (album #10) (Nov. 13); calls it his final album. Buckcherry, Time Bomb (album #2) (Mar. 27); incl. Ridin'. Echo and the Bunnymen, Flowers (album #9) (Feb. 16) (#56 in the U.S.); incl. It's Alright, Make Me Shine. Bush, Golden State (album #4) (Oct. 23); last with Nigel Pulsford and Dave Parsons; last album until 2011; incl. The People That We Love, Headful of Ghosts, Inflatable. Cake, Comfort Eagle (album #4) (July 21) (#13 in the U.S.) (500K copies); incl. Short Skirt/Long Jacket ("I want a girl with a mind like a diamond./ I want a girl who knows what's best./ I want a girl with shoes that cut and eyes that burn like cigarettes./ I want a girl with the right allocation, who's fast, and thorough, and sharp as a tack"). Mariah Carey (1970-), Glitter Soundtrack (album) (Sept. 11) (#7 in the U.S., #10 in the U.K.) (3M copies); her only release on Virgin; Greatest Hits (double album) (Dec. 4). Fallin'. Patrick Cassidy, Vide Cor Meum (See My Heart); based on Dante's "La Vita Nuova" ch. 3, sonnet "A ciascun'alma presa"; used in the film "Hannibal" (2001) and the film "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005). Peter Cetera (1944-), Another Perfect World (album #7) (Mar. 27); incl. Perfect World, It's Only Love (by John Lennon and Paul McCartney). Alice in Chains, Greatest Hits (album). Tracy Chapman (1964-), Collection (album). Cher (1946-), Living Proof (album) (Nov. 19); sells 8M; incl. Living Proof, The Music's No Good Without You. Leonard Cohen (1934-), Ten New Songs (album) (Oct. 9); incl. Boogie Street, In My Secret Life. Shawn Colvin (1956-), Whole New You (album #5) (Mar. 27). Sean Combs (Diddy and the Bad Boy Family) (1969-), The Saga Continues... (album #3) (July 10) (#2 in the U.S.); incl. The Saga Continues. Harry Connick Jr. (1967-), Songs I Heard (album). Coolio (1963-), Coolio.com (album) (Apr. 18); Fantastic Voyage (album) (July 17). Alice Cooper (1948-), Dragontown (album #22). John Corigliano (1938-), Symphony No. 2 for String Orchestra (Pulitzer Prize). Elvis Costello (1954-), The Very Best of Elvis Costello (album) (Sept. 21). Elvis Costello (1954-) and Anne Sofie von Otter (1955-), For the Stars (album) (Apr. 10); incl. For No One, Like an Angel Passing Through My Room. The Cranberries, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee (album #5) (Oct. 22) (1.3M copies); incl. Analyse. Creed, Weathered (album #3) (Nov. 20) ((#22 in the U.S.) (6M copies); first with bassist Mark Tremonti; incl. Weathered, + My Sacrifice, Bullets, One Last Breath, Hide, Don't Stop Dancing; they disband in 2004-2009. King Crimson, Vrooom Vrooom (album) (Nov. 13). Black Crowes, Lions (album); incl. Lickin, Soul Singing. Death Cab for Cutie, The Photo Album (album #3) (Oct. 9); incl. A Movie Script Ending, We Laugh Indoors, I Was a Kaleidoscope. Dagda, Barbarian (album). The Damned, Grave Disorder (album #9) (Aug. 21); incl. W (about the 2002 U.S. election), Absinthe. Goo Goo Dolls, What I Learned About Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce (album) (July 17). System of a Down, Toxicity (album #2) (Sept. 4); released a week before 9/11, it sells 6M copies; incl. Chop Suey!, Toxicity, Aerials. D12, Devil's Night (album); the Dirty Dozen, led by Eminem; incl. Purple Pills, Shit On You, Fight Music. Grateful Dead, Dick's Picks Vol. 20 (album) (Jan. 23); recorded in Sept., 1971; Dick's Picks Vol. 21 (album) (Mar. 20); recorded on Nov. 1, 1985 in Richmond, Va.; Dick's Picks Vol. 22 (album) (June); recorded on Feb. 23-24, 1968 in Kings Beach, Calif.; View from the Vault, Vol. 2 (3-CD set) (June); Nightfall of Diamonds (double album) (Sept. 25); recorded on Oct. 16, 1989 at Meadowlands Arena in N.J.; Dick's Picks Vol. 23 (album) (Oct.); recorded on Sept. 17, 1972 in Baltimore, Md. No Doubt, Rock Steady (album #5) (Dec. 11); incl. Hey Baby, Hella Good, Underneath It All, Running. Dr. Dre (1965-), Bitch Please II (album). As I Lay Dying, Beneath the Encasing of Ashes (album) (debut) (June 12); from San Diego, Calif., incl. 6'3 Christian Tim Lambesis (1980-) (vocals), Nick Hipa (guitar), Phil Sgrosso (guitar), Josh Gilbert (bass), and Jordan Mancino (drums); incl. Beneath the Encasing of Ashes. Bob Dylan (1941-), Love and Theft (album #31) (Sept. 11); incl. Mississippi, Bye and Bye, High Water (for Charley Patton). Alton Ellis (1938-2008), More Alton Ellis (album); Live with Aspo: Workin' on a Groovy Thing (album). Melissa Etheridge (1961-), Skin (album) (July 10); incl. I Want to Be in Love. Eve (1978-), Scorpion (album #2) (Mar. 6); incl. Who's That Girl?, Let Me Blow Your Mind (with Gwen Stefani). Better Than Ezra, Closer (album #5) (Aug. 7) (#110 in the U.S.); incl. Extra Ordinary (with DJ Swamp), A Lifetime. Fear Factory, Digimortal (album #5) (last album) (Apr. 24); incl. Linchpin. Faithless, Outrospective (album) (June 18); incl. We Come 1, One Step Too Far, Muhammad Ali, Tarantula; The Bedroom Sessions (album) (Aug.). Kool and the Gang, Gangland (album #23) (Aug. 28). Garbage, Beautiful Garbage (beautifulgarbage) (album #3) (Sept. 27); bad timing kills it?; incl. Androgyny. Jerry Garcia Band, Don't Let Go (album #4) (Jan. 23); Shining Star (album #5) (Mar. 21); incl. Shining Star. Bee Gees, This Is Where I Came In (album #20) (Apr. 24); final album with Maurice Gibb; incl. This Is Where I Came In, Wedding Day; Their Greatest Hits: The Record (album #21) (Nov. 12). Debbie Gibson (1970-), M.Y.O.B. (album #7) (Mar.). The Go-Go's God Bless the Go-Go's (album #4) (May 15) (#57 in the U.S.); first album since 1984; incl. Unforgiven, Automatic Rainy Day. Macy Gray (1967-), The Id (album) (Sept. 17); released a week after 9/11, it flops in the U.S. but does good in the U.K.; incl. Sweet Baby, Sexual Revolution. 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, Bastard Life or Clarity (album #2) (Sept. 18); incl. Sail Those Same Oceans, Things Have Got to Change. Nina Hagen (1955-), The Return of the Mother (album) (Feb.); Total Eclipse/Die Schwarze Witwe (with Marc Almond). Herbie Hancock (1940-), Future2Future (album #42). Her Space Holiday, Manic Expressive (album). Hoobastank, Hoobastank (album) (Nov. 20) (debut); from Agoura Hills, Calif., incl. Douglas Robb (vocals), Dan Estrin (guitar), Chriss Hesse (drums), and Markku Lappalainen (bass); incl. Crawling in the Dark, Running Away, Remember Me. Incubus, Morning View (albm #4) (Oct. 23) (#2 in the U.S.) (3.6M copies); incl. Wish You Were Here (#2 in the U.S.), Warning (#3 in the U.S.), Nice to Know You (#9 in the U.S.), Circles (#31 in the U.S.). Isley Brothers, Eternal (album); incl. Contagious (w/R. Kelly). Janet Jackson (1966-), All for You (album #7) (Apr. 24) (#1 in the U.S. and U.K.) (9M copies, incl. 3M in the U.S.); incl. Doesn't Really Matter, All for You, Someone to Call My Lover, Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You) (w/Missy Elliott), Come On Get Up, Would You Mind (eliminated from a clean version of the album). Michael Jackson (1958-2009), Invincible (album #10) (last album) (Oct. 30) (#1 in the U.S. and U.K.) (13M copies) (first original release since 1991); incl. You Rock My World, Cry, Butterflies. Millie Jackson (1944-), Not for Church Folk! (album #25). Mick Jagger (1943-), Goddess in the Doorway (album #4) (Nov. 19); Jamiroquai, A Funk Odyssey (album #5) (Sept. 3); incl. Little L, Corner of the Earth, Love Foolosophy, Main Vein. Jay-Z (1969-), The Blueprint (album #6) (Sept. 11); sells 2M copies; incl. Takeover, Girls, Girls, Girls, Jigga That Nigga. Flotsam and Jetsam, My God (album #8) (May 22). Jimmy Eat World, Bleed American (album #4) (July 18); their breakthrough album; bad timing causes them to change the title to Jimmy Eat World, and the title track to "Salt Sweat Sugar" after 9/11); incl. Bleed American, The Middle, Sweetness, A Praise Chorus. Elton John (1947-), Songs from the West Coast (album #27) (Oct. 1); incl. American Triangle, Birds, This Train Doesn't Stop There Anymore. Jack Hody Johnson (1975-), Brushfire Fairytales (album) (debut) (Feb. 1) (1M copies); incl. Flake, Drink the Water. Richard Joo, Fantasies and Delusions (album); classical piano music written by Billy Joel. Journey, Arrival (album) (Apr. 3); first with Steve Augeri replacing Steve Perry, and Deen Castronovo replacing Steve Smith. Alicia Keys (1981-), Songs in A Minor (album) (debut) (June 5) (#1 in the U.S., #6 in the U.K.) (12M copies); incl. Fallin', A Woman's Worth, How Come You Don't Call Me, Girlfriend. Rilo Kiley, Take-Offs and Landings (album #2) (July 3); incl. Science vs. Romance. Korn, All Mixed Up (album). Diana Krall (1964-), The Look of Love; Diana Krall - Live in Paris (album); incl. Just the Way You Are, A Case of You. Alison Krauss and the Union Station, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (album). k.d. lang (1961-), Live by Request (album) (Aug. 14). Cyndi Lauper (1953-), Shine; not released until May 3, 2004; incl. Shine. Human League, Secrets (album) (Aug. 6); incl. All I Ever Wanted, Love Me Madly? Julian Lennon (1963-), Everything Changes (album #6). Huey Lewis (1950-) and the News, Plan B (album #8) (May 1). Murphy's Law, The Party's Over (album #8) (May 22). Jennifer Lopez (1969-), J.Lo (album #2) (Jan. 23) (#1 in the U.S.) (8M copies); incl. Love Don't Cost a Thing (#3 in the U.S., #1 in the U.K.), Play, Ain't It Funny (w/Ja Rule), I'm Real (w/Ja Rule). Ludacris (1977-), Word of Mouf (album #2) (Nov. 27) (#3 in the U.S.) (3.6M copies); incl. Rollout (My Business), Area Codes, Move Bitch, Saturday (Ooh Ooh!) (w/Sleepy Brown). Yo-Yo Ma, Vivaldi's Cello (album). Madonna (1958-), GHV2 (album) (Nov. 12) (#7 in the U.S., #2 in the U.K.) (7M copies). Bob Marley (1945-81) and the Wailers, One Love: The Very Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (album). Dave Matthews Band, Everyday (album). Maxwell (1973-), Now (album #3) (Aug. 14). John Mayer (1977-), Room for Squares (album) (debut) (June 5/Sept. 18) (#9 in the U.S.) (4.3M copies); incl. Your Body is a Wonderland, No Such Thing, Why Georgia. Paul McCartney (1942-), Wingspan: Hits and History (album) (May 7); Driving Rain (album #12) (Nov. 12) (#26 in the U.S., #46 in the U.K.); first after hooking up with Heather Mills; incl. From a Lover to a Friend. Reba McEntire (1955-), Greatest Hits Vol. 3: I'm a Survivor (album #27) (Oct. 23); incl. I'm a Survivor (theme from her sitcom "Reba"). Tim McGraw (1967-), Set This Circus Down (album) (Apr.); incl. Grown Men Don't Cry, Angry All the Time, The Cowboy in Me, Unbroken. Megadeth, The World Needs a Hero (album #9) (May 15) (#16 in the U.S.); last with Jimmy DeGrasso; incl. Moto Psycho, Return to Hangar. John Mellencamp (1951-), Cuttin' Heads (album). Natalie Merchant (1963-), Motherland (album #3) (Nov. 13); incl. This House is On Fire, Just Can't Last. Kylie Minogue (1968-), Fever (album #8) (Oct. 1) (#3 in the U.S., #1 in the U.K., #1 in Australia); incl. Can't Get You Out of My Head (#7 in the U.S., #1 in the U.K.), In Your Eyes (#3 in the U.K.), Love At First Sight (#23 in the U.S., #2 in the U.K.), Come Into My World (#91 in the U.S., #8 in the U.K.). Depeche Mode, Exciter (album #10) (May 14); incl. Dream On, I Feel Loved, Freelove, Goodnight Lovers. Moonspell, Darkness and Hope (album #5); incl. Nocturna. Modest Mouse, Sad Sappy Sucker (Chokin on a Mouthful of Lost Thoughts) (album) (Apr. 24); incl. Birds vs. Worms; Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks (EP) (Sept. 25). Smash Mouth, Smash Mouth (album #3) (Nov. 27); new drummer Michael Urbano (1960-); incl. Holiday In My Head, Pacific Coast Party. Puddle of Mudd, Come Clean (Aug. 28) (5M copies); produced by Fred Durst; from Kansas City, Mo.; incl. Wesley Reid Scantlin (vocals), Paul James Phillips (guitar), Douglas John Ardito (bass), and Greg David Upchurch (drums); incl. Control, Blurry, Drift and Die, She Hates Me. Dropkick Murphys, Sing Loud, Sing Proud! (album #3) (Feb. 6); last with Rick Barton and first with James Lynch of The Ducky Boys; incl. Rocky Road to Dublin. The National, The National (album) (debut) (Oct. 30); from Brooklyn, N.Y.; incl. Matt Berninger (1971-) (vocals), Aaron Dessner (piano), Bryce Dessner (guitar), Scott Devendorf (bass), Bryan Devendorf (drums), and Padma Newsome (keyboard). Nickelback, Silver Side Up (album #3) (Sept. 11) (#2 in the U.S., #1 in the U.K.) (10M copies); incl. How You Remind Me (#1 in the U.S.), Too Bad, Never Again, Woke Up This Morning. 'N Sync (*NSYNC), Celebrity (album #3) (last album) (July 24) (#1 in the U.S.); #2 in 1st week sales (1,879,955 copies) after their first album; sells 10M copies worldwide; incl. Pop, Girlfriend, Gone. Laura Nyro (1947-97), Angel in the Dark (album #10) (last album) (posth.). New Order, Get Ready (album #7) (Aug. 27) (#41 in the U.S., #6 in the U.K.); first album since 1993; cover features German actress Nicolette Krebitz; incl. Crystal, 60 Miles an Hour, Someone Like You. Ozzy Osbourne (1948-), Down to Earth (album) (Oct. 21). Brad Paisley (1972-), Part II (album) (May 29); incl. Two People Fell in Love, Wrapped Around, I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song), I Wish You'd Stay. Katy Perry (1984-), Katy Hudson (album) (debut) (Oct. 23); Christian music. Stone Temple Pilots, Shangri-La Dee Da (album #5) (June 19); incl. Days of the Week, Hollywood Bitch; next album in 2010. Pink (1979-), M!ssundaztood (album #2) (Oct. 9) (#6 in the U.S., #2 in the U.K.) (13M copies); incl. Get the Party Started (#10 in the U.S.), Don't Let Me Get Me (#8 in the U.S.), Just Like a Pill (#10 in the U.S.), Family Portrait (#20 in the U.S.). Jean-Luc Ponty (1942-), Life Enigma (album). Iggy Pop (1947-), Beat 'Em Up (album) (June 18). Manic Street Preachers, Know Your Enemy (album #6) (Mar. 19) (#2 in the U.K.); incl. Found That Soul, So Why So Sad, Ocean Spray, Let Robeson Sing. Prince (1958-), The Rainbow Children (album) (Nov. 20); first album after his conversion to the Jehovah's Witnesses; incl. "Rainbow Children", "The Work, Pt. 1"; One Nite Alone (album); incl. A Case of U. Deep Purple, Time Time Around: Live in Tokyo (album). Faster Pussycat, Between the Valley of the Ultra Pussy (album) (May 15). Queensryche, Live Evolution (album) (Sept. 25). Radiohead, Amnesiac (album #5) (June 4); incl. I Might Be Wrong, Pyramid Song, Knives Out. Rammstein, Mutter (album #3) (Apr. 2); incl. Mutter (Mother), Mein Herz Brennt (My Heart Burns), Links 2-3-4, Sonne; Ich Will (I Want) (Sept. 10); released the day before 9/11, the music video ends up getting banned in the U.S. by many stations, making it more popular? Eddi Reader (1959-), Simple Soul (album #5); Driftwood (album #6). R.E.M., Reveal (album #12) (May 14); incl. Imitation of Life, I'll Take the Rain, All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star). Busta Rhymes (1972-), Genesis (album #5) (Nov. 27) (#11 in the U.S.); incl. Break Ya Neck. Kid Rock (1971-), Cocky (album). Roxette, Room Service (album) (Apr. 3); incl. The Centre of the Heart. Run-D.M.C., Crown Royal (album #7) (last album) (Apr. 3). Scorpions, Acoustica (album #13) (May 14). Shakira (1977-), Laundry Service (album #3) (Nov. 13) (#3 in the U.S., #2 in the U.K.); sells 13M copies, making her the #1 Colombian artist of all time; incl. Underneath Your Clothes (#9 in the U.S.), Objection (Tango), The One. Duncan Sheik, Phantom Moon (album). Jessica Simpson (1980-), Irresistible (album #2) (May 25) (#6 in the U.S., #103 in the U.K.) ("Mariah Carey meets Britney Spears" - Simpson); incl. Irresistible, A Little Bit. Slayer, God Hates Us All (album #9) (Sept. 11) (#28 in the U.S.); last with Ralph Bostaph; incl. Disciple. Black Label Society, Alcohol Fueled Brewtality Live!! +5 (album) (Jan. 16). Britney Spears (1981-), Britney (album) (Nov.). Chicks on Speed, Chick On Speed Will Save Us All (album) (debut); founded in 1997 in Munich, Germany; incl. Melissa Logan, Kisi Moorse, and Alex Murray-Leslie; incl. Warm Leatherette, Glamour Girl, The Floating Pyramid Over Frankfurt That The Taxi Driver Saw When He Was Landing, Kaltes Klares Wasser, Euro Trash Girl; preceded by the unofficial album "The Unreleases" (2000), and followed by the unofficial album "The rereleases of The Un-Releases" (2000). Regina Spektor (1980-), 11:11: (album) (debut) (July 9). Spiderbait, The Flight of Wally Funk (album #5) (Oct. 1); incl. Four on the Floor, Outta My Head. Staind, Break the Cycle (album #3) (May 22) (#1 in the U.S. and U.K.) (7M copies); incl. Fade, Outside, It's Been Awhile, For You. Steps, Gold: Greatest Hits (album #4) (Oct. 15) (#1 in the U.K.); incl. Chain Reaction (by Diana Ross) (#2 in the U.K.), Words Are Not Enough (#5 in the U.K.). Rod Stewart (1945-), Human (album #19) (Mar. 12); incl. Run Back Into Your Arms, I Can't Deny It, Don't Come Around Here; The Story So Far: The Very Best of Rod Stewart (double album) (Nov. 13). Stratovarius, Intermission (album) (June 26). White Stripes, White Blood Cells (album #3) (July 3); their breakthrough; sells 500K copies; incl. Fell in Love with a Girl, Hotel Yorba, Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground, We're Going to Be Friends. The Strokes, Is This It (album) (debut) (July 30) (#33 in the U.S., #2 in the U.K.); from New York City, incl. Julian Fernando Casablancas (1978-) (vocals), Nicholas "Nick" Valensi (1981-) (guitar), Albert Hammond Jr. (1980-) (guitar), Nikolai Fraiture (1978-) (bass), and Fabrizio Moretti (1980-) (drums); Rolling Stone mag.'s #2 album of the decade; incl. Hard to Explain (#27 in the U.S., #16 in the U.K.), Last Nite (#5 in the U.S., #14 in the U.K.), Someday (#17 in the U.S., #27 in the U.K.). Supertramp, Is Everybody Listening? (album) (Nov. 6); recorded at Hammersmith Odeon, London on Mar. 9, 1975. Plain White T's, Come on Over (album) (debut); Tom Higgenson, Dave Tirio, Mike Retondo, De'Mar Hamilton, Tim Lopez. Testament, First Strike Still Deadly (album #9) (Oct. 23). Therion, Secret of the Runes (album #13) (Oct. 8); Bells of Doom (album). Melanie Thornton (1967-2001), Ready to Fly (album) (solo debut) (May 7); incl. Heartbeat (Apr. 9); Makin' Oooh Oooh (Talking About Love) (Sept. 3); Wonderful Dream (Holidays are Coming) (Nov. 26); too bad, she dies in a plane crash in Switzerland. Seven Mary Three, The Economy of Sound (album #5) (June 5) (#178 in the U.S.); incl. Wait, Sleepwalking. Tool, Lateralus (album #3) (May 15) (#1 in the U.S.); incl. Lateralus, Schism, Parabola. Train, Drops of Jupiter (album #2) (Mar. 27) (#6 in the U.S.); incl. Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me), She's on Fire, Something More. Cheap Trick, Silver (album). Shania Twain (1965-), The Complete Limelight Sessions (album) (Oct. 23). Six Feet Under, True Carnage (album #4) (Aug. 7); incl. The Day the Dead Walked, One Bullet Left, Sick and Twisted. Usher (1978-), 8701 (album #3) (Aug. 7) (#4 in the U.S., #1 in the U.K.) (8M copies); incl. Pop Ya Collar, U Remind Me, U Got It Bad, U Don't Have to Call, U-Turn. Vangelis (1943-), Mythodea: Music for the NASA Mission: 2001 Mars Odyssey (album). Suzanne Vega (1959-), Songs in Red and Gray (album #6) (Sept. 25); last with A&M Records. En Vogue, Masterpiece Theatre (album) (May 23); incl. Riddle. Jennifer Warnes (1947-), The Well (album #8). Warrant, Under the Influence (album #6); incl. Face, Subhuman. Weezer, Weezer (Green Album) (album #3) (May 15) (#4 in the U.S., #31 in the U.K.); incl. Hash Pipe (#21 in the U.K.), Island in the Sun (#31 in the U.K.), Photograph. Westlife, World of Our Own (album #3) (Nov. 12); incl. Queen of My Heart (#1 in the U.K.), World of Our Own (#1 in the U.K.), Bop Bop Baby (#5 in the U.K., Uptown Girl (by Billy Joel) (#1 in the U.K.). Wisin and Yandel, De Nuevos a Viejos (album #2) (Jan. 1). Chely Wright (1970-), Never Love You Enough (album #5) (Sept. 25); incl. Never Love You Enough, Jezebel. Wu-Tang Clan, Iron Flag (album #4) (Dec. 18) (#32 in the U.S.). Trisha Yearwood (1964-), Inside Out (album). Yes, Magnification (album #17) (Sept. 11); incl. Magnification. Rob Zombie (1965-), The Sinister Urge (album); incl. Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy). Movies: Charles Shyer's The Affair of the Necklace (Nov. 30) stars Hilary Swank as Jeanne St. Remy de Valois, Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Louis de Rohan, Adrien Brody as Count Nicolas de la Motte, and Joely Richardson as Marie Antoinette in a dramatization of the 1785 Diamond Necklace Affair. Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence (June 29) (Amblin Entertainment) (Stanley Kubrick Productions) (Waner Bros.) (DreamWorks Pictures), based on the story "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long" by Brian Aldiss stars Haley Joel Osment as David, a boy android uniquely programmed with the ability to love; also stars Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Brendan Gleeson, and William Hurt; dedicated to Stanley Kubrick; does $235.9M box office on a $100M budget. David Frankel's and Tom Hanks' Band of Brothers (Sept. 9-Nov. 4), a TV miniseries about Easy Co. of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Div. based on the 1992 book by Stephen Ambrose debuts in Normandy on guess what, June 6, followed by Sept. 9 in the U.S. - bad timing? Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind (Dec. 21) (Imagine Entertainment) (Universal Pictures), based on the 1998 book by Sylvia Nasar stars Russell Crowe as schizophrenic Princeton U. mathematician John Nash, who marries student Alicia (Jennifer Connelly) and fakes it for years until he is found out, which doesn't stop him from winning the 1994 Nobel Econ. Prize for helping invent game theory; features Ed Harris as imaginary secret agent William Parcher, Paul Bettany as imaginary friend Charles Herman; does $313M box office on a $58M budget; "Perhaps it is good to have a beautiful mind, but a greater gift is to discover a beautiful heart." John Moore's Behind Enemy Lines (Nov. 31) stars Owen Wilson as Navy aviator Lt. Chris Burnett, who is shot down behind you know what, and is rescued by Adm. Leslie McMahon Reigart (Gene Hackman). Ted Demme's Blow (Apr. 6), based on a true story stars Johnny Depp as George Jung, a Calif. surfer boy who founded the U.S. cocaine market in the 1970s without seemingly realizing how dangerous it was. Jonas McCord's The Body (Jan. 5) stars Antonio Banderas as a Roman Catholic priest sent by the Vatican to investigate a tomb discovered in Jerusalem by pretty starlet, er, archeologist (Olivia Williams) that contains the bones of a crucified man behind a clay wall in a rich man's tomb; told to prove it isn't Jesus Christ, he ends up proving it is, while the Vatican plots (with Israeli govt. help) to blow it all up; after Palestinian terrorists steal the bones, there is a hilarious scene where the leader runs around with Jesus-in-a-bag as Israeli commandos close in. Sharon Maguire's Bridget Jones's Diary (Apr. 13) (Universal Pictures), based on the 1996 Helen Fielding novel stars Renee Zellweger as 32-y.-o. single Jones (who gains 20 lbs. for the role), Colin Firth as her boss Daniel Cleaver, and Hugh Grant as Mark Darcy, whom Bridget overhears telling his mother that she is "a verbally incontinent spinster who smokes like a chimney, drinks like a fish, and dresses like her mother", causing her to try to turn her life around, starting a you know what and discovering that he's her "true love"; does $282M box office on a $25M budget. Blair Hayes' Bubble Boy (Aug. 24) stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Jimmy Livingston, a boy born without an immune system who lives in a plastic bubble. Lawrence Guterman's Cats and Dogs (July 4) from Warner Brothers is flick about the secret cat-dog war, using real cats and dogs. Peter Bogdanovich's The Cat's Meow (Aug. 3) (Lionsgate), based on the book by Steven Peros about the mysterious death of film dir. Thomas H. Ince (Cary Elwes) in Nov. 1924 aboard the yacht of William Randolph Hearst (Edward Herrmann) features Kirsten Dunst as Hearst's babe Marion Davies, Eddie Izzard as Charlie Chaplin, and Jennifer Tilly as Louella Parsons, who witnesses Hearst do it and blackmails him into a lifetime syndication contract for her gossip column; does $3.6M box office on a $7M budget. Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko (Jan. 19) stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a suburban Va. teenie, who is visited by giant rabbit Frank and told that the world will end in 28 days 6 hours 42 min. 12 sec., and finds that a jet engine has crashed into his bedroom; Maggie Gyllenhaal plays his sister Elizabeth. Jean-Jacques Annaud's Enemy at the Gates (Mar. 16) stars Jude Law as Soviet top sniper Vassily Zaitsev at Stalingrad in WWII, who is targeted by Nazi sniper Maj. Konig (Ed Harris), while Tania Chernova (Rachel Weisz) keeps Vassily warm; Bob Hoskins plays Nikita Khrushchev, and Joseph Fiennes plays Vassily's political commissar comrade, who publicizes him for the war effort. Eric Hannah's Extreme Days (Mar. 5) stars Dante Basco, Ryan Browning, A.J. Buckley, and Derek Hamilton as lifelong buddies who take a road trip. Jean-Pierre Jeunet's The Fabulous Life of Amelie Poulain (Apr. 25) stars Audrey Tautou in a flick about how cool Parisian life is, like cracking creme brulee with a teaspoon and trying to guess that 15 couples in Paris are having an orgasm at a given moment? Rob Cohen's The Fast and the Furious (June 18) is a brainless but fascinating street hot rod flick starring Vin Diesel as truck hijacker and street racer Dominic Toretto, and Paul Walker as undercover LAPD cop Brian O'Conner; Michelle Rodriguez plays Diesel's babe Leticia "Letty" Ortiza; "I owe you a 10-sec. car"; spawns sequels "The Fast and the Furious II". Ronny Yu's The 51st State stars Samuel L. Jackson as chemist Elmo McElroy, who tries to score a once-in-a-lifetime drug deal until things go wrong. Terry Zwigoff's Ghost World (Oct. 18) stars Thora Birch as Enid and Scarlett Johansson as Rebecca, two high school grads who play a mean prank on middle-aged geek Seymour (Steve Buscemi). Vondie Curtis-Hall's Glitter (Sept. 11) stars Mariah Carey as mixed race nightclub singer Billie Frank, really herself. Chris Columbus' Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Nov. 4) (Warner Bros.), based on the 1997 J.K. Rowling novel is a box office smash with the kiddie set; stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, John Cleese as Nearly Headless Nick, Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid, Warwick Davis as Filius Flitwick, Richard Griffiths as Vernon Dursley, Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore, Ian Hart as Quirinus Quirrell, John Hurt as Mr. Ollivander, Alan Rickman (after Tim Roth turns it down for "Planet of the Apes") as Severus Snape, Fiona Shaw as Petunia Dursley, Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall, and Julie Walters as Molly Weasley; the #1 movie of 2001 ($318M U.S. and $974.8M worldwide box office on a $125M budget; followed by "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (2002), "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004), "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005), "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007), "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (2009), and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" (2010/2011). Robert Altman's Gosford Park (Nov. 7) (Shepperton Studios) (Capitol Films) (USA Films), is an Agathie Christie-style whodunit set in 1932 in a wealthy English estate, written by Julian Fellowes, starring Maggie Smith, Kelly Macdonald, Jeremy Northam, Bob Balaban, Ryan Philippe, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Michael Gambon; music by Patrick Doyle; does $87.8M box office on a $19.8M budget. Ridley Scott's Hannibal (Feb. 9) (Dino De Laurentiis Co.) (Scott Free Productions) (MGM) (Universal Pictures), based on the 1999 Thomas Harris novel (sequel to the 1991 film "The Silence of the Lambs"), written by David Mamet and Steven Zaillian stars Anthony Hopkins as big brain serial killer Hannibal Lecter, Jullian Moore as FBI agent Clarice Starling, unrecognizable Gary Oldman as self-disfigured millionaire Mason Verger, Ray Liotta as Justice Dept. official Paul Krendler, and Giancarlo Giannini as Italian cop Rinaldo Pazzi; features the song Vide Cor Meum (See My Heart) by Irish composer Patrick Cassidy; does $351.6M box office on a $87M budget; bon appetit? John Cameron Mitchell's Hedwig and the Angry Inch (July 27), "an anatomically incorrect rock odyssey" stars the dir. as Hedwig slash Hansel Robinson, a transsexual punk rocker from East Berlin who tours the U.S. as she tells her life story about her botched operation "with a scar running down it like a sideways grimace on an eyeless face" - no, I don't want to look? Gary Fleder's Impostor (Dec. 4), based on a 1953 short story by Philip K. Dick debuts stars Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Tony Shalhoub, about an attack on Earth in 2079 by aliens from Alpha Centauri, who send replicants to infiltrate the Earth govt.; brings in $8M on a $40M budget. Todd Field's In the Bedroom (Jan. 11) stars Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek as Maine couple Matt and Ruth Fowler, whose son Frank (Nick Stahl) dates older single mother Natalie Strout (Marisa Tomei), whose ex-hubby Richard (William Mapother) doesn't like it. Wong Kar-Wai's In the Mood for Love (Feb. 26) stars Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung as apt. house neighbors in Hong Kong who hook up. Werner Herzog's Invincible, based on the life of Polish Jewish strongman Zishe Breitbart in Nazi Germany stars real-life strongman Jouko Ahola, and Tim Roth as clairvoyant Erik Jan Hanussen. Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (Aug. 24) stars Jason Mewes as Jay, and Kevin Smith as Bob, who decide to wreck the movie adaptation of their comic "Bluntman and Chronic". John A. Davis' Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (Dec. 21) is an animated flick starring the voice of Debi Derryberry as Jimmy Isaac Neutron, who builds an interstellar space fleet to rescue abducted adults from aliens. Joe Johnston's Jurassic Park III (July 18) stars Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant, who is hornswaggled by Paul and Amanda Kirby (William H. Macy and Tea Leoni) into going to dinosaur-plagued Isla Sorna to find their lost son; #9 movie of 2001 ($180M). Iain Softley's K-PAX (Oct. 26), based on the novel by Gene Brewer stars Kevin Spacey as Robert Porter, a man claiming to be Prot, an ET from Lyra, causing him to be committed to the Psychiatric Inst. of Manhattan, where Dr. Mark Powell (Jeff Bridges) attempts to cure him, while he wins over the other inmates with a promise to take one of them with him on July 27; "Be prepared for anything." James Mangold's Kate and Leopold (Dec. 25) stars Huge Actman, er, Hugh Jackman as Prince Leopold, 3rd Duke of Albany, who accidentally follows time traveler Stuart Besser (Liev Schreiber) to 2001 from 1876, and falls in love with New York City career girl Kate McKay (Meg Ryan); does $76M box office on a $48M budget. Ray Lawrence's Lantana (July 8) stars Anthony LaPaglia, Geoffrey Rush, and Barbara Hershey in a tale of adultery and an unsolved murder in Sydney. Robert Luketic's Legally Blonde (July 13), based on the Amanda Brown novel is a vehicle for Reese Witherspoon, who cheerleads her way into Harvard Law School to become a Supreme Court justice, er, to get back her boyfriend. Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dec. 19), based on the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy does a good job of bring it alive after decades of failed attempts, starring Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins, Sean Astin as Sam Gangee, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Christopher Lee as Saruman, and Sean Bean as Boromir; #2 movie of 2001 ($315M). Lea Pool's Lost and Delirious (July 20), based on the Susan Swan novel stars Piper Perabo as Pauline "Paulie" Oster, and Jessica Pare as Victoria "Tori" Moller, who get into lezzy sex at a posh boarding school. George Hickenlooper's The Man From Elysian Fields (Sept. 13) stars Andy Garcia, Mick Jagger, James Colburn, Julianna Margulies, and Olivia Williams in a flick about a writer who proves his own statement that great novels are really suicide notes by joining a male escort service to pay the bills and meeting a dying Ernest Hemingway clone, who asks him to co-write his last big novel. Joel Coen's B&W The Man Who Wasn't There (May 13) (Working Title Films) (Gramercy Pictures) is a crime noir set in 1949 starring Billy Bob Thornton as barber Ed Crane, who gets sold on a screen to invest in the newfangled dry-cleaning biz and ends up losing his wife Doris (Frances McDormand) and going to death row after his expensive shyster lawyer Freddy Riedenschneider (Tony Shalhoub) leaves him defenseless; last film distributed by Gramercy Pictures until 2015; does $18.9M box office on a $20M budget. Brian Trenchard-Smith's Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (Sept. 21) stars Michael York and Michael Biehn in a flick about the Apocalypse - good timing? Marc Forster's Monster's Ball (Nov. 11) (Lions Gate Films) stars Billy Bob Thornton as prison guard Hank Grotowski, son of racist Buck (Peter Boyle), who falls in love with brown sugar Leticia Musgrove (Halle Berry), wife of death row inmate Lawrence (Sean "P. Diddy" Combs), and questions his upbringing; does $44.9M box office on a $4M budget. Pete Docter's and David Silverman's computer-animated film Monsters, Inc. (Nov. 2) from Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios is the first animated feature film to reach the $100M gross mark at the U.S. box office, just nine days after its release; #4 movie of 2001 ($256M). David Lynch's Mulholland Dr. (Oct. 12) stars Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Ann Miller, and Den Hedaya in a surrealistic flick about a female amnesiac searching for her identity in LA and getting into a lesbian affair. Stephen Sommers' The Mummy Returns (May 4) stars Brendan Fraser as Richard "Rick" O'Connell, who takes on the mummy of high priest Imhotel (Arnold Vosloo); #6 movie of 2001 ($202M). David Atkins' Novocaine (Nov. 23) stars Steve Martin as dentist Frank Sangster, who becomes a murder suspect after patient Laura Dern seduces him into prescribing drugs for her. Tim Blake Nelson's O (Aug. 31) debuts after being held for two years because of the Apr. 1999 Columbine H.S. Massacre; based on Shakespeare's "Othello"; stars Mekhi Phifer as black h.s. basketball star Odin James (OJ), Julia Stiles as white dean's daughter Desi, and Josh Hartnett as the coach's steroid-addicted son Hugo; does $19.2M box office. Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven (Dec. 7), a remake of the 1960 film stars George Clooney as Danny Ocean, who team incl. Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt), Frank Catton (Bernie Mac), and Virgil Malloy (Casey Affleck); #8 movie of 2001 ($180M). Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor (May 25) intertwins a silly unbelievable love story a la Titanic between Ben Affleck (Capt. Rafe McCawley) and Kate Beckinsale (Nurse Lt. Evelyn Johnson) with the big sneak attack; Alec Baldwin almost saves it as Lt. Col. James Doolittle; #7 movie of 2001 ($199M). Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes (July 27), a remake of the 1968 movie stars Mark Wahlberg as human Capt. Leo Davidson, Tim Roth as chimp Gen. Thade, Michael Clarke Duncan as gorilla Col. Attar, and Helena Bonham Carter as chimp Ari; does $362M box office on a $100M budget; #10 movie of 2001 ($180M); the ending actually precludes a sequel? Sean Penn's The Pledge (Jan. 19), based on a 1958 novel by Friedrich Durrenmatt and the 1958 film "It Happened in Broad Daylight" stars Jack Nicholson as retired police det. Jerry Black, who tries to find a serial pedophile child murderer using his babe Lori's (Robin Wright Penn) daughter Chrissy; the killer has a porcupine hanger in his car, the only clue. Ed Harris' Pollock (May 18) stars Ed Harris as splash-artist Jackson Pollock. Louis C.K.'s blaxploitation comedy flick Pootie Tang (June 29) stars Chris Rock as a ghetto folk hero and ladies' man with a 95-cent Piggly Wiggly magic belt; a dud at the box office, it later becomes a comedy cult classic. Anne Hathaway's The Princess Diaries (Aug. 3) stars Julie Andrews as the queen of Genovia, and Mandy Moore as a U.S. cheerleader who becomes her princess after much tutoring. Erik Skjoldbjaerg's Prozac Nation (Sept. 8), based on the Elizabeth Wurtzel novel stars Christina Ricci as a woman struggling with depressing during her freshman year at Harvard; after its world debut in Toronto, it is released in Norway in 2003, and ends up on Starz! channel in Mar. 2005. Penny Marshall's Riding in Cars with Boys (Oct. 19) stars Drew Barrymore as a single mother who aspires to be a writer, drops a son at age 15, then goes through a failed marriage with the druggie dad. Stephen Herek's Rock Star (Sept. 7) stars Mark Wahlberg as Chris "Izzy" Cole, who becomes a you know what. Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums (Dec. 14) about an estranged family of child prodigies who reunite over a terminal illness stars Gene Hackman as Royal (daddy), Anjelica Huston as Etheline (mommy), Ben Stiller as Chas (math genius), Gwyneth Paltrow as Margot (adopted) (budding Shakespeare), and Luke Wilson as Richie (tennis prodigy); does $71.4M box office on a $21M budget. Brett Ratner's Rush Hour 2 (Aug. 3) stars Jackie Chan as Chief Inspector Lee, and Chris Tucker as Det. James Carter; #5 movie of 2001 ($226M). Dennis Dugan's Saving Silverman (Feb. 9) stars Steven Zahn and Jack Black as a pair of buddies conspiring to save their best friend Darren Silverman (Jason Biggs) from marrying the wrong woman... was that Amanda Peet or Amanda Detmer? Frank Oz's The Score (July 13) stars Robert De Niro as an aging thief who is talked into one last heist by young Edward Norton, and ends it with a double twist. Billy Morrissette's Scotland, PA (Jan. 22) based on Shakespeare's "Macbeth" set in 1975 Duncan's Cafe in Penn. stars James LeGros as Joe "Mac" McBeth, Maura Tierney as Path McBeth, Christopher Walken as Lt. Ernie McDuff, James Rebhorn as cafe owner Norm Duncan, and Kevin Corrigan as fry cook Anthony "Banko" Banconi; features songs by Bad Company. Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson's Shrek (May 18), based on the book by William Steig is a giant animated hit, starring the voice of Mike Myers as big green ogre Shrek, Eddie Murphy as Donkey, Cameron Diaz as Princes Fiona, and John Lithgow as evil Lord Farquaad; #3 movie of 2001 ($268M). Dominic Sena'a Swordfish (June 8) stars John Travolta as renegade counter-terrorist Gabriel Shear, and Hugh Jackman as the world's greatest hacker Stanley Jobson; Halley Berry plays Ginger Knowles; Sam Shepard plays Sen. James Reisman; claims that Thomas Jefferson personally shot somebody on the White House lawn for treason. John Boorman's The Tailor of Panama (Mar. 30), based on the John Le Carre novel stars Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush, and Jamie Lee Curtis in an absurd plot about the days when the Panama Canal changed hands. Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums (Dec. 14) stars Gene Hackman as Royal Tenenbaum, patriarch of an eccentric dysfunctional family of failed child prodigies, incl. Chas (Ben Stiller), Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow), and Richie (Luke Wilson), who fakes cancer to effect a family reunion; Anjelica Houston plays Royal's ex-wife Etheline; written by Owen Wilson, who plays Eli Cash; Bill Murray plays writer Raleigh St. Clair. Maria Ripoll's Tortilla Soup (June 9) stars Hector Elizondo et al. in a yarn that tries to stimulate your appetite. Steven Soderbergh's Traffic (Jan. 5), an ensemble cast flick about the DEA vs. the drug lords of Tijuana stars Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who get engaged during filming; he plays a conservative federal judge who becomes the drug czar while his lily-white wayward daughter Erika ("What is this like, free base?") Christensen becomes a coke-shooting ho pumped by black pushers; co-stars Benicio Del Toro as Javier Rodriguez Rodriguez, an honest Mexican cop caught in the corruption, and Don Cheadle as honest federal agent Montel Gordon, who loses his partner Luis Guzman to U.S. drug lord Steven Bauer. Antoine Fuqua's Training Day (Oct. 5) stars Denzel Washington as corrupt cop Alonzo, who breaks in rookie cop Jake (Ethan Hawke), introducing him to theft, murder, and coverup, which he decides he didn't sign up for. Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky (Dec. 14) stars Tom Cruise as David Aames, who finds life turning into an 1872 Monet painting with Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz, only to discover it's all a software-driven "lucid dream". Sara Sugarman's Very Annie Mary (May 25) stars Rachel Griffith as a Welsh opera singer whose tyrannical father Jonathan Pryce keeps her down until he suffers a stroke. DJ Pooh's The Wash (Nov. 14) stars Dr. Dre, Anthony Albano, Tic et al. in a black car wash flick. Adam Shanksman's The Wedding Planner (Jan. 26) stars Jennifer Lopez as Mary Fiore the you know what. David Wain's Wet Hot American Summer (July 27), about Aug. 18, 1981, the last day of Camp Firewood summer camp in Waterville, Maine stars Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, and Michael Showalter, and is the film debut of Bradley Cooper; does only $295K box office on a $1.8M budget, but becomes a cult hit. Leszek Burzynski's Wooly Boys stars Peter Fonda as N.D. sheep rancher A.J. "Stoney" Stoneman, who visits the big city and gets in an adventure with his teenage computer whiz grandson Charles (Joseph Mazzello). Ben Stiller's Zoolander (Sept. 28) stars Stiller as Derek Zoolander, a clueless fashion model brainwashed to kill the PM of Malaysia. Plays: Trey Anthony, Da Kink in My Hair (Toronto); Novelette, owner of Letty's Hair Salon. David Auburn, Proof (Pulitzer Prize). Alan Ayckbourn (1939-), Damsels in Distress; a trilogy, incl. GamePlan; FlatSpin; RulePlay. Glen Berger, Underneath the Lintel; the Libraran tries to trace who returned a book that is 113 years overdue. Wendell Berry (1934-), Sonata at Payne Hollow. Mel Brooks (1926-) and Thomas Meehan (1929-), The Producers (musical) (St. James Theatre, New York) (Apr. 19) (2,502 perf.); based on the 1968 film, starrings Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick; on May 7 it is nominated for a record 15 Tony Awards, and later wins 12, beating the previous record of 10 for Hello, Dolly! in 1964. Per Olov Enquist (1934-), Lewi's Journey (Lewis Resa). Amy Freed, The Beard of Avon (Costa Mesa, Calif.); William Shakespeare hikes out on his wife Anne Hathaway, goes to London, meets Edward de Vere, and agrees to be his front. Jeremy Gable, A Mile a Minute. John Guare (1938-), Chaucer in Rome. Christopher Hampton (1946-) and Don Black, Dracula, The Musical. David Henry Hwang (1957-), Jade Flowerpots and Bound Feet (Joseph Papp Theater, New York) (Nov. 5); a white woman passes herself off as black to sell a book. Ha Jin (1956-), Wreckage. Charlotte Jones, Humble Boy (Nat. Theatre, London) (Aug. 9). Ward Just (1935-), Lowell Limpett. Matani Koki, Vamp Show (Parco Theatre, Tokyo); based on the 1997 German musical "Tanz der Vampire". Tony Kushner (1956-), Homebody/Kabul (Dec. 19) (New York). Suzan-Lori Parks (1963-), Topdog/Underdog (Pulitzer Prize) (New York); black bro's Lincoln and Booth, played by Don Cheadle and Jeffrey Wright. Hamish McColl, Sean Foley, and Eddie Braben, The Play What I Wrote. Anne Nelson, The Guys (Flea Theater, New York) (Dec. 4); reporter Joan (played by Sigourney Weaver) helps FDNY capt. Nick (Bill Murray) write obits for fallen firefighters from 9/11. Peter Parnell (1963-), QED (Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles); about physicist Richard Feynman, played by Alan Alda. Sarah Phelps, Modern Dance for Beginners (June 5). David Rabe (1940-), The Dog Problem (Atlantic Theater, New York) (May 6). Charles Ross, One Man Star Wars Trilogy (Toronto) (Jan.) Ruben Santiago-Hudson (1956-), Lackawanna Blues (Joseph Papp Theater, New York) (Apr. 14); autobio. play starring the author as 20 different chars. from his past; features Miss Rachel AKA Nanny. John Patrick Shanley (1950-), Cellini; how Italian sculptor Benvenuto Cellini made "Perseus with the Head of Medusa". Neil Simon (1927-), 45 Seconds from Broadway (Richard Rodgers Theater, New York) (Nov. 11) (73 perf.); Manhattan's Edison Hotel, home to struggling theater people. Simon Stephens (1971-), Herons; 14-y.-o. aimless teenie Billy. Tom Stoppard (1937-), The Coast of Utopia; trilogy about a group of friends during the reign of Nicholas I of Russia, incl. Mikhail Bakunin, Ivan Turgenev, Vissarion Belinsky, and Alexander Herzen. Elaine Stritch (1926-), Elaine Stritch at Liberty (Public Theater, New York) (Feb. 21). Melanie Tait (1980-), The Vegemite Tales (Curtain's Up, London). Michael Weller (1942-), What the Night is For (Comedy Theatre, London); stars Gillian Anderson and Roger Allam. Robert Wilson (1941-), Persephone. Petr Zelenka (1967-), Tales of Common Insanity (Prague). Poetry: Elizabeth Alexander (1962-), Antebellum Dream Book. Nanni Balestrini (1935-), Elettra, Operapoesia. Robert Bly (1926-), The Night Abraham Called to the Stars. Billy Collins (1941-), Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems. Robert Creeley (1926-2005), Just in Time: Poems 1984-1994. Michael Crummey (1965-), Emergency Roadside Assistance. Edward Dorn (1929-99), Chemo Sabe (posth.). Mark Doty (1944-), Source. Norman Dubie (1945-), The Mercy Seat: Collected and New Poems, 1967-2001. Alan Dugan (1923-2003), Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry. Stephen Dunn (1939-), Different Hours (Pulitzer Prize). Thomas Sayers Ellis, The Genuine Negro Hero. Seamus Heaney (1939-), Electric Light. Anthony Hecht (1923-2004), The Darkness and the Light: Poems; "Like the elderly and frail/ Who've lasted through the night,/ Cold brows and silent lips,/ For whom the rising light Entails their own eclipse,/ Brightening as they fail." Carolyn Kizer (1925-), Cool, Calm & Collected: Poems 1960-2000). Maxine Kumin (1925-), The Long Marriage. W.S. Merwin (1927-), The Pupil. Robert Pinsky (1940-), Samurai Song. Sonia Sanchez (1934-), Ash; Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam. Charles Simic (1938-), Night Picnic. Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012), Rhymes for Big Kids. C.K. Williams (1936-), Love about Love. Novels: Catherine Aird (1930-), Little Knell. Isabel Allende (1942-), Portrait in Sepia. Poul Anderson (1926-2001), Mother of Kings. Michael Andrew, A Trial of Innocents. Gilad Atzmon (1963-), A Guide to the Perplexed (first novel); Israel is replaced by a Palestinian state in 2012 after "the unthinking Chosen" who "cling to clods of earth that don't belong to them" are defeated, and their propaganda that "argues that the Holocaust is invoked as a kind of reflexive propaganda designed to shield the Zionist state from responsibility for any transgression against Palestinians" exploded. Beryl Bainbridge (1934-), According to Queeney; Samuel Johnson as told by Queeney Thrale. Clive Barker (1952-), Coldheart Canyon: A Hollywood Ghost Story; Tortured Souls. Pat Barker (1943-), Border Crossing. Marie-Claire Blais (1939-), Dans la Foudre et la Lumiere (Thunder and Light). Christian Book (Bök) (1966-), Eunoia; univocalic novel where each chapter uses only a single vowel. Pierre Bourgeade (1927-2009), L'Eternel Mirage; En Avant Les Singes!; Gab Save the Di. Kay Boyle (1902-92), Process (posth.); written in 1925. T. Coraghessan Boyle (1948-), After the Plague (short stories). Barbara Taylor Bradford (1933-), The Triumph of Katie Byrne. Ann Brashares (1967-), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; best friends Lena Kaligaris, Tibby Rollins, Bridget Vreeland, and Carmen Lowell spend their first summer apart when a pair of magical jeans comes into their lives; first in a series. Anita Brookner (1928-), The Bay of Angels. Geraldine Brooks (1955-), Year of Wonders. James Lee Burke (1936-), Bitterroot; Billy Bob Holland #3. Pat Cadigan (1953-), Dervish is Digital; sequel to "Tea from an Empty Cup" (1998). John le Carre (1931-), The Constant Gardener; British diplomat Justin Quayle of Nairobi, Kenya discovers that his activist wife Tessa was killed, and searches for the reason, uncoveing an internat. conspiracy; filmed in 2005. Raymond Carver (1938-58), Call If You Need Me (posth.) (short stories). Tom Clancy (1947-), The Bear and the Dragon. Alison Clement, Pretty Is as Pretty Does (first novel). Harlan Coben, Tell No One. Paul Coelho (1947-), Fathers, Sons and Grandsons. Jackie Collins (1937-), Hollywood Wives: The New Generation. Michael Connelly, Void Moon. Robin Cook (1940-), Shock. Stephen Coonts (1946-), America; Rear Adm. Jake Grafton #9. Robert Cormier (1925-2000), The Rag and Bone Shop (posth.); 7-y.-o. Alicia Bartlett is murdered with a rock, and 12-y.-o. Jason Dorrant is the suspect. Jim Crace (1946-), The Devil's Larder. Justin Cronin, Mary and O'Neil. Michael Crummey (1965-), River Thieves (first novel). Mitch Cullin, The Cosmology of Bing. Clive Cussler (1931-), Valhalla Rising; Dirk Pitt #16. Marie Darrieussecq (1969-), A Brief Stay with the Living; gets into the heads of a family of four. Don DeLillo (1936-), The Body Artist; a woman uses Zen to heal from the death of her husband. Helen DeWitt (1958-), The Last Samurai. Kate DiCamillo, The Tiger Rising. Jude Devereaux (1947-), The Summerhouse. Margaret Drabble (1939-), The Peppered Moth; Bessle's pigmentation changes according to the environment. Mark Dunn (1956-), Ella Minnow Pea: A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable. Tony Earley, Jim the Boy (June); Jim Glass grows up in the 1930s in the shade of three kindly uncles, his widowed mother, and Aliceville, in the hills of N.C. Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickled and Dimed. James Ellroy (1948-), The Cold Six Thousand; American Underworld Trilogy #2. Leif Enger, Peace Like a River. Louise Erdrich (1954-), The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse; "Is there a good piano in hell?" Nicholas Evans, The Smoke Jumper; Julia Bishop, Ed Tully, and the tragedy on the Snake River in Mont. Sebastian Faulks (1953-), On Green Dolphin Street; title comes from the 1947 movie and theme song. Ken Follett (1949-), Jackdaws. Richard Ford (1944-), A Multitude of Sins. Frederick Forsyth (1938-), The Veteran (short stories). Jonathan Franzen (1959-), The Corrections; bestseller; Prof. Chip Lambert gets caught sleeping with a student and is fired, then tries to cover it up to his parents Alfred and Enid at a Christmas party. Carlos Fuentes (1928-2012), The Years with Laura Diaz. Alan Glynn (1960-), The Dark Fields (Limitless) (first novel); smart drug MDT-48 turns NYC writer Eddie Spinola into a flawed genius; filmed in 2011 starring Bradley Cooper. Herbert Gold (1924-), Haiti - Best Nightmare on Earth. Paul A. Gompers and Josh Lerner, The Money of Invention: How Venture Capital Creates New Wealth. Allegra Goodman (1967-), Paradise Park. Philippa Gregory (1954-), The Other Boleyn Girl; bestseller about Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn; filmed in 2008; #1 in the Tudor Court Series. Barry Hannah (1942-), Yonder Stands Your Orphan; title taken from Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue". Russell Hoban (1925-), Amaryllis Night and Day. Alice Hoffman (1952-), Aquamarine; Blue Diary. Nick Hornby (1957-), How to Be Good. Michel Houellebecq (1956-), Platform; 40-y.-o. male arts administrator Michel Renault tells about his romance, along with sex tourism, and disses Islam. Susan Isaacs (1943-), Long Time No See. P.D. James (1920-), Death in Holy Orders; Adam Dalgliesh #11. Ha Jin (1956-), The Crazed. Quincy Jones (1933-) and Peggy Lipton Jones (1946-), Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones. Stephen King (1947-), Dreamcatcher; written in longhand? Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic; Becky Bloomwood; instant chick lit hit? Dean Koontz (1945-), From the Corner of His Eye. William Kowalski (1970-), Somewhere South of Here. Pascal Laine (1942-), Demiers Jours Avant Fermeture. Dominique Lapierre (1931-) and Javier Moro, Five Past Midnight in Bhopal (Il Etait Minuit Cinq a Bhopal). Brad Leithauser (1953-), A Few Corrections. Elmore Leonard (1925-2013), Fire in the Hole. Elinor Lipman (1950-), The Dearly Departed. Gregory Maguire (1954-), Lost (Oct. 2); Am. writer Winifred Rudge travels to London to visit distant cousin John Comestor, who is a relative of the man who inspired Charles Dicken's char. Ebenezer Scrooge, and discovers that he has vanished and his apt. is haunted. Paule Marshall (1929-), The Fisher King. Yann Martel (1963-), Life of Pi (Sept.); based on "Max and the Cats" by Moacyr Scliar; Indian Pondicherry boy Piscine "Pi" Molitor Patel, son of a zookeeper survives 227 days in the Pacific Ocean in a 26-ft. lifeboat with a zebra, orangutan, hyena, and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, who eats the other animals, then flees to the jungle when they reach the coast of Mexico; the story will make you believe in God?; filmed in 2012 by Ang Lee. Francine Matthews (Stephanie Barron, author of the Jane Austen mysteries), Cutout. Terry McMillan (1951-), A Day Late and a Dollar Short; or, how bad it is to be an African-Am. family? Sue Miller (1943-), The World Below. Anchee Min (1957-), Becoming Madame Mao. Willie Morris (1934-99), Taps (posth.) (last novel); 16-y.-o. narrator Swayze Barksdale of Fisk's Landing, Miss. at the start of the Korean War. Sir John Mortimer (1923-2009), Rumpole Rests His Case. Nicholas Mosley (1923-), The Hesperides Tree. Alice Munro (1931-), Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (short stories) V.S. Naipaul (1932-), Half a Life: Searching for Identity in Limbo; William Somerset Chandran Naipaul asks "Why is my middle name Somerset?" John Nichols (1940-), The Voice of the Butterfly. Francois Nourissier (1927-), A Defaut de Genie Joyce Carol Oates (1938-), Middle Age: A Romance. Stewart O'Nan (1961-), Everyday People. Peter Orner, Esther Stories (short stories). Chuck Palahniuk (1962-), Choke; Victor makes a living by pretending to choke in expensive restaurants, attends sex addict support groups hoping to get laid, and visits his Alzheimer's-stricken mother pretending to be different people to find out how she really feels about him, but makes up for it by also pretending to be the person that did people wrong and promising to make up for it. Orhan Pamuk (1952-), My Name is Red. Christopher Paolini (1983-), Eragon (first novel); first in Inheritance trilogy ("Eldest", "Brisingr"); filmed in 2006. Sara Paretsky (1947-), Total Recall; V.I. Warshawski #10. Robert Brown Parker (1932-2010), Gunman's Rhapsody; Potshot; Spenser #28; Death in Paradise; Jesse Stone #3. James Patterson (1947-), Violets Are Blue. Jodi Picoult (1966-), Salem Falls; Jack St. Bride; a ripoff of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"? Anne Rice (1941-), Blood and Gold; #8 in the Vampire Chronicles; Marius de Romanus and Thorne. Thomas E. Ricks (1955-), A Soldier's Duty (first novel). Rick Riordan, The Devil Went Down to Austin. Alain Robbe-Grillet (1922-2008), La Reprise. Philip Roth (1933-), The Dying Animal (May). Richard Russo (1949-), Empire Falls (Pulitzer Prize). Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950), The Camisade and Other Stories of the French Revolution (posth.). Jose Saramago (1922-2010), The Cave (A Caverna). David Schickler (1969-), Kissing in Manhattan (first novel); interlocking stories about residents of the Preemption apt. bldg. in Manhattan's Upper West Side. Jeffrey Shaara (1952-), Rise to Rebellion; 1770-6 Am. Robert Shapiro, Misconception; O.J.'s atty. turns novelist? Sidney Sheldon (1917-2007), The Sky is Falling (July 1); anchorwoman Dana Evans. Anita Shreve (1946-), The Last Time They Met. Alan Sillitoe (1928-2010), Birthday. Claude Simon (1913-2005), Le Tramway (The Trolley). Gary Soto (1952-), Poetry Lover. Elizabeth Spencer (1921-), The Southern Woman (short stories). Nicholas Sparks (1965-), A Bend in the Road (Sept.). Dana Spiotta, Lightning Field (first novel). Danielle Steel (1947-), Lone Eagle; Leap of Faith; The Kiss. Whitley Strieber (1945-), The Last Vampire. Amy Tan (1952-), The Bonesetter's Daughter (Feb.); Ruth Young loses her voice for the 9th time in nine years. Whitney Terrell, The Huntsman (first novel). Anne Tyler (1941-), Back When We Were Grownups; a middle-aged woman widowed at 26; "Once upon a time there was a woman who discovered that she had turned into the wrong person." Jeff VanderMeer (1968-), City of Saints and Madmen: The Book of Amergris. Salley Vickers, Miss Garnet's Angel. Fay Weldon (1931-), The Bulgari Connection. Irvine Welsh (1958-), Glue. Thomas Wharton, Salamander (May). Stephen White (1951-), The Program; Kirsten's hubby is hit by drug lord Ernesto Castro and enters the federal Witness Security (Protection) Program, which is the deadliest place of all? Colson Whitehead, John Henry Days. Jack Williamson, Terraforming Earth; by the writer who coined the word "terraforming" in his Seetee stories in the 1940s. T.L. Winslow (TLW) (1953-), Salvation Day II: The Fire of Michael. Births: Am. "Bruce Wayne in Gotham" actor (Jewish) David Mazouz on Feb. 19 in Los Angeles, Calif. Deaths: Italian mountain climber Count Ardito Desio (b. 1897) on Dec. 12 in Rome. Irish-born British Royal Ballet founder (1931) Dame Ninette de Valois (b. 1898) on Mar. 8 in Barnes, London. German Gen. Wilhelm Mohnke (b. 1911) on Aug. 6 in Hamburg. Am. Great Books program founder Mortimer Adler (b. 1902) on June 28 in Palo Calto, Calif. Am. Dem. politician Mike Mansfield (b. 1903) on Oct. 5. Hungarian violinist Zoltan Szekely (b. 1903) on Oct. 5 in Canada. Am. psychologist Ernest Hilgard (b. 1904) on Oct. 22 in Palo Alto, Calif. Am. actress Peggy Converse (b. 1905) on Mar. 2 in Los Angeles, Calif. English-born Am. New York City mayor #104 (1974-7) Abraham Beame (b. 1906) on Feb. 10 in New York City (open heart surgery). English composer David Heneker (b. 1906) on Jan. 30 in Wales. Am. author-aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh (b. 1906). Indian novelist R.K. Narayan (b. 1906) on May 13 in Madras (Chennai). Senegalese pres. #1 (1960-80) Leopold Sedar Senghor (b. 1906) on Dec. 20 in Verson, France. Am. "What's My Line?" TV panelist Arlene Francis (b. 1907) on May 31 in San Francisco, Calif. Am. writer-artist Tom Lea (b. 1907) on Jan. 29 in El Paso, Tex. Am. bowler Joe Norris (b. 1907) on Feb. 19 in San Diego, Calif. (pneumonia). Am. Harvard U. pres. #24 (1953-71) Nathan Marsh Pusey (b. 1907) on Nov. 14. Australian #1 cricketer Sir Donald George Bradman (b. 1908) on Feb. 25 in Adelaide. Am. "Sangaree" novelist Frank Slaughter (b. 1908) on May 17; sold 60M copies. French-Polish "Foundling of the Louvre" painter Balthus (b. 1909) on Feb. 18 in Rossiniere, Switzerland; dies where had taken to calling himself "Comte de Rola". Polish "House of Dolls" writer Yehiel De-Nur (b. 1909) on July 17 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Am. engraver Frank Gasparro (b. 1909) on Sept. 29. Austrian-born British art historian Sir Ernst Gombrich (b. 1909) on Nov. 3 in London. English actor Jack Gwillim (b. 1909) on July 2 in Los Angeles, Calif. Am. actress Ann Sothern (b. 1909) on Mar. 15 in Ketchum, Idaho. Am. writer Eudora Welty (b. 1909) on July 23: "Out of love you can speak with straight fury." Am. "Peg Riley in The Life of Riley" actress Rosemary DeCamp (b. 1910) on Feb. 20 in Newport Beach, Calif. (pneumonia). Am. cartoonist Bill Hanna (b. 1910) on Mar. 22 in North Hollywood, Calif. Austrian Christian Conservative politician Josef Klaus (b. 1910) on July 26 in Vienna. Chinese economist ("Father of Taiwan's Economic Miracle") Li Kwoh-Ting (b. 1910) on May 31. Am. animated film producer John Sutherland (b. 1910) on Feb. 17 in Van Nuys, Calif. English conservative Christian leader Mary Whitehouse (b. 1910) on Nov. 23 in Colchester, Essex. Am. Creationist physicist Thomas G. Barnes (b. 1911) on Oct. 21 in El Paso, Tex. English historian and oenophile Sir John Plumb (b. 1911) on Oct. 21; spent his entire academic career at Christ's College, Cambridge U. Am. labor leader Leonard Woodcock (b. 1911) on Jan. 16 in Ann Arbor, Mich. English surgeon Sir Michael Woodruff (b. 1911) on Mar. 10 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Brazilian novelist Jorge Amado (b. 1912) on Aug. 6 in Salvador. Am. actor-comedian Foster Brooks (b. 1912) on Dec. 20 in Encino, Calif. (heart failure). Am. "Sentimental Journey" bandleader Les Brown Sr. (b. 1912) on Jan. 4. Am. singer Perry Como (b. 1912) on May 12 in Jupiter Inlet Colony, Fla. Am. Roy Roger's wife (1947-98) Dale Evans (b. 1912) on Feb. 7 in Apple Valley, Calif. (heart failure). Swedish-born German actress Kristina Soderbaum (b. 1912) on Feb. 12 in Hitzacker, Germany. French "Lili" actor Jean-Pierre Aumont (b. 1911) on Jan. 30 in Gassin (heart attack). Am. psychic Ruth Montgomery (b. 1912) on June 10. English historian Sir Richard William Southern (b. 1912) on Feb. 6 in Oxford. English "The Seekers" producer George H. Brown (b. 1913) on Jan. 3 in New York City; father of Tina Brown (1953-) after he divorced wife (1941-53) Maureen O'Hara (1920-). Am. radio-TV producer John Guedel (b. 1913) on Dec. 14 in Los Angeles, Calif. Am. Hewlett-Packard co-founder William R. Hewlett (b. 1913) on Jan. 12. Am. producer-dir. Stanley Kramer (b. 1913) on Feb. 19 in Los Angeles, Calif. Am. Slim Jim meat snack inventor Adolph Levis (b. 1913) on Mar. 20. Am. harmonica player Larry Adler (b. 1914) on Aug. 7. Portuguese pres. #15 (1974-6) Gen. Francisco da Costa Gomes (b. 1914) on July 31 in Lisbon. Polish lit. critic Jan Kott (b. 1914) on Dec. 23 in Santa Monica, Calif. German Luftwaffe Gen. Dietrich Peltz (b. 1914) on Aug. 10 in Munich. French "La Mer" (Beyond the Sea) "chanson francais" singer Charles Trenet (b. 1914) in Creteil. Am. "Uncle Martin in My Favorite Martian" actor Ray Walston (b. 1914) on Jan. 1 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (lupus); first celeb to die in the 21st cent. Am. chef Justin Wilson (b. 1914) on Sept. 5 in Baton Rouge, La. Russian-born Jewish Zionist activist Peter Bergson (Hillel Kook) (b. 1915) on Aug. 18 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Finnish "Moomins" artist-novelist Tove Jansson (b. 1915) on June 27 in Helsinki. South Korean Hyundai founder Chung Ju-yung (b. 1915) on Mar. 21 in Seoul. Am. neuroscientist John Cunningham Lilly (b. 1915) on Sept. 30 in Los Angeles, Calif. Am. "Que Sera, Sera" songwriter Jay Livingston (b. 1915) on Oct. 17 in Los Angeles, Calif. Am. "Masters and Johnson" sex researcher William H. Masters (b. 1915) on Feb. 16 in Tucson, Ariz. Am. jazz musician Flip Phillips (b. 1915) on Aug. 17 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Am. physicist Clifford Shull (b. 1915) on Mar. 31; 1994 Nobel Physics Prize. English "Doctor" dir. Ralph Philip Thomas (b. 1915) on Mar. 17 in London. Am. pole vaulter Dutch Warmerdam (b. 1915) on Nov. 13 in Fresno, Calif. (Alzheimer's). Am. "Buchanan Rides Alone" dir. Budd Boetticher (b. 1916) on Nov. 29 in Ramona, Calif. English spiritualist Rosemary Brown (b. 1916) on Nov. 16. Am. psychologist Lee Cronbach (b. 1916) on Oct. 1. Canadian hockey hall-of-fame player Woody Dumart (b. 1916) on Oct. 19 in Boston, Mass. Kiwi anthropologist Derek Freeman (b. 1916) on July 6 in Canberra, Australia (heart failure). Mexican "Zorba the Greek" actor Anthony Quinn (b. 1916) on June 3. Am. Calvinist theologian Rousas John Rushdoony (b. 1916) on Feb. 8 in Vallecito, Calif. Am. father of information theory Claude Shannon (b. 1916) on Feb. 24. Am. economist-psychologist (pioneer in AI) Herbert Alexander Simon (b. 1916) on Feb. 9 in Pittsburgh, Penn.; 1978 Nobel Econ. Prize. Am. mob boss Tony Giacalone (b. 1919) on Feb. 23 in Detroit, Mich. (heart failure). Am. athlete-announcer Marty Glickman (b. 1917) on Jan. 3. Am. Washington Post pub. Katharine Graham (b. 1917) on July 17. Am. blues musician John Lee Hooker (b. 1917) on June 21. Am. "The Harrad Experiment" novelist Robert Henry Rimmer (b. 1917) on Aug. 1 in Quincy, Mass. Am. movie producer Samuel Z. Arkoff (b. 1918) on Sept. 16 in Burbank, Calif. Canadian physicist Bertram Brockhouse (b. 1918) on Oct. 13 in Hamilton, Ont.; 1994 Nobel Physics Prize. Am. "The Law and Mrs. Jones" screenwriter Sy Gomberg (b. 1918) on Feb. 11 in Brentwood, Calif. (heart attack). Am. jazz impresario Norman Granz (b. 1918) on Nov. 22 in Geneva, Switzerland. Am. comedian Imogene Coca (b. 1918) on June 2 in Westport, Conn. (Alzheimer's). Am. baseball player-mgr. William Rigney (b. 1918) on Feb. 20 in Walnut Creek, Calif. Am. chemist Donald J. Cram (b. 1919) on June 17 in Palm Desert, Calif.; 1987 Nobel Chem. Prize. Am. actress Kathleen Freeman (b. 1919) on Aug. 23 in New York City (lung cancer). Am. actress Eileen Heckart (b. 1919) on Dec. 31 in Norwalk, Conn. (lung cancer). Am. "Cliff's Notes" publisher Cliff Hillegass (b. 1919). Am. movie critic Pauline Kael (b. 1919) on Sept. 3 in Great Barrington, Mass.: "What this generation was bred to at television's knees was not wisdom, but cynicism." Dutch physicist Dirk Polder (b. 1919) on Mar. 18 in Iran. Dutch PM #36 (1971-3) Barend Willem Biesheuvel (b. 1920) on Apr. 29 in Haarlem. Am. country musician Billy Byrd (b. 1920) on Aug. 7 in Nashville, Tenn. Am. "Dennis the Menace" cartoonist Hank Ketcham (b. 1920) on June 1 in Carmel, Calif. Austrian ecologist Otto Buchsbaum (b. 1920) on Aug. 5. German-born Am. composer-songwriter Albert Hague (b. 1920) on Nov. 12 in Marina del Rey, Calif. (cancer). Am. jazzman John Aaron Lewis (b. 1920) on Mar. 29 in New York City (prostate cancer). Am. spymaster-columnist Cord Meyer (b. 1920) on Mar. 13 (cancer). Ukrainian-born Am. violinist Isaac Stern (b. 1920) on Sept. 22 in New York City. French Club Med founder Gilbert Trigano (b. 1920) on Feb. 4 in Paris. Am. journalist Rowland Evans Jr. (b. 1921) on Mar. 23 (cancer). Am. composer-arranger Arturo "Chico" O'Farrill (b. 1921) on June 27 in New York City. Welsh singer Harry Secombe (b. 1921) on Apr. 11 in Surrey, England (prostate cancer). Soviet physicist Nikolai G. Basov (b. 1922) on July 1; 1964 Nobel Physics Prize. Am. journalist Edith Efron (b. 1922) on Apr. 20. English "Mr. Belvedere" actor Christopher Hewitt (b. 1922) on Aug. 3 in Los Angeles, Calif. (diabetes). Am. civil rights leader Rev. Leon Sullivan (b. 1922) on Apr. 24 in Scottsdale, Ariz. (leukemia). Am. sci-fi writer Gordon R. Dickson (b. 1923) on Jan. 31. Am. New Thought writer Stuart Grayson (b. 1923) on July 12 in New York City. South Vietnamese pres. (1965-75) Nguyen Van Thieu (b. 1923) on Sept. 29 in Foxborough, Mass.: "You ran away and left us to do the job that you could not do"; "To live without freedom is to have already died." Irish-Am. actor-producer Charles B. FitzSimons (b. 1924) on Feb. 14 in Los Angeles, Calif. (liver failure); brother of Maureen O'Hara (1920-). Am. "Archie Bunker" actor Carroll O'Connor (b. 1924) on July 21. English art critic Anthony David Bernard Sylvester (b. 1924) on June 19 in London. Am. "Mister Roberts", "Save the Tiger" actor ("the white-collar Job") Jack Lemmon (b. 1925) on June 28 in Los Angeles, Calif. (cancer). Am. journalist Carl Rowan (b. 1925). Am. "narrator in To Kill a Mockingbird" actress Kim Stanley (b. 1925) on Aug. 20 in Santa Fe, N.M. (uterine cancer). Am. poet Archie Randolph Ammons (b. 1926) on Feb. 25. Am. sci-fi writer Poul Anderson (b. 1926) on July 31 in Orinda, Calif. (cancer). Canadian playwright John Herbert Brundage (b. 1926) on June 22 in Toronto, Ont. Am. sociologist Richard A. Cloward (b. 1926) on Aug. 20. English singer Ronnie Hilton (b. 1926) on Feb. 21 in Hailsham, East Sussex. English poet Elizabeth Jennings (b. 1926) on Oct. 26 in Oxford. Am. "A Separate Peace" novelist John Knowles (b. 1926) on Nov. 30. English actor Reginald Marsh (b. 1926) on Feb. 9 in Ryde, Isle of Wight. English "Sleuth", "The Wicker Man" playwright-novelist Anthony Shaffer (b. 1926) on Nov. 6. Israeli right-wing politician Gen. Rehavam Ze'evi (b. 1926) on Oct. 17 in Hadassah Medical Center (assassinated by the PFLP and Hamdi Quran). Am. mob boss Constenze Valenti (b. 1926) on Feb. 23 in Victor, N.Y. Am. "On the Wings of a Dove" country songwriter Bob Ferguson (b. 1927) on July 22 in Jackson, Miss. (cancer). Am. "Whiplash" jazz composer Hank Levy (b. 1927) on Sept. 18 in Parkville, Md. Am. "The Bourne Identity" thriller novelist Robert Ludlum (b. 1927) on Mar. 12 in Naples, Fla. (subdural hematoma); sold 290M+ copies of 25 thriller novels. Am. basketball coach Al McGuire (B. 1928) on Jan. 26 in Milwaukee, Wisc. Am. "Agatha Chumley in Magnum, P.I." actress Gillian Dobb (b. 1929) on Mar. 31 in Lancaster, Penn. Am. "Serpico" writer Peter Maas (b. 1929) on Aug. 23 in New York City. Am. country musician Grady Martin (b. 1929) on Dec. 3 in Lewisburg, Tenn. Am. beatnik poet Gregory Corso (b. 1930) on Jan. 17. Am. basketball player Walter Dukes (b. 1930) on Feb. ? in Detroit, Mich.; found dead in his apt. on Mar. 14. Am. "Grady Wilson in Sanford and Son" actor Whitman Mayo (b. 1930) on May 22 in Atlanta, Ga. Am. basketball player-coach Larry Costello (b. 1931) on Dec. 13 in Fort Myers, Fla. Am. pool player "Fast" Eddie Parker (b. 1931) on Feb. 2 in Brownsville Tex. (heart attack); dies at the U.S. Classic Billiard Eight-Ball Showdown. Canadian writer Mordecai Richler (b. 1931) on July 3 in Montreal. Am. sportswriter Dick Schaap (b. 1931) on Dec. 21 in Manhattan, N.Y. Am. novelist Don Berry (b. 1932). Am. "Pete McCoy in Adventures in Paradise" actor-writer Gardner McKay (b. 1932) on Nov. 21 in Honolulu, Hawaii (prostate cancer). Am. trash talk TV host Morton Downey Jr. (b. 1933) on Mar. 12 in Los Angeles, Calif. Am. "The Oracle in The Matrix" actress Gloria Foster (b. 1933) on Sept. 29 in New York City (diabetes). Polish-born Israeli chemist-writer Israel Shahak (b. 1933) on July 2 in Jerusalem (diabetes). Dutch "cosmic bushwhacker" writer Johan Henri Quanjer (b. 1934) on Feb. 13. Am. sports journalist Dick Schaap (b. 1934) on Dec. 21 in New York City. Am. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" writer Ken Kesey (b. 1935) on Nov. 10 in Eugene, Ore. Am. Bob Dylan's tour mgr. Victor Maymudes (b. 1935) on Jan. 27 in Santa Monica, Calif. (cerebral aneurysm). Am. "Mama and Papas" singer John Phillips (b. 1935) on Mar. 18 in Los Angeles, Calif. Am. basketball player Guy Rodgers (b. 1935) on Feb. 19 in Los Angeles, Calif. Am. serial murderer Henry Lee Lucas (b. 1936) on Mar. 12 in Huntsville, Tex. (heart failure). Am. folk singer-songwriter Fred Neil (b. 1936) on July 7 in Summerland Key, Fla. Am. "voice of Garfield" actor Lorenzo Music (b. 1937) on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles, Calif. (cancer). Am. bowling star Earl Anthony (b. 1938) on Aug. 14 in New Berlin, Wisc. Am. "The Bad News Bears", "Fletch", "The Candidate" dir. Michael Ritchie (b. 1938) on Apr. 16 in New York City; purchased Marilyn Monroe's Brentwood suicide cottage in 1994 for $995K. Am. guitarist John Fahey (b. 1939) on Feb. 22 in Salem, Ore. Dem. Repub. of Congo (DRC) pres. (1997-2001) Laurent-Desire Kabila (b. 1939) on Jan. 16 in Kinshasha; assassinated by bodyguard Rashidi Muzele, who is killed while attempting to flee; he works for Rwanda? Am. "Father Karras in The Exorcist" actor-playwright Jason Miller (b. 1939) on May 13 in Scranton, Penn. (heart attack). Am. economist Sherwin Rosen (b. 1938) on Mar. 17 in South Side, Chicago, Ill. Am. baseball hall-of-fame player Willie Stargell (b. 1940) on Apr. 9 in Wilmington, N.C.; 475 homers and 1,540 RBI. Am. folk musician Sandy Bull (b. 1941) on Apr. 11 in Nashville, Tenn. (lung cancer). Bavarian-born Am. car sunroof creator Heinz Prechter (b. 1942) in Grosse Ile, Mich. (suicide by hanging). Am. conspiracy theorist Bill Cooper (b. 1943) on Nov. 5 in Eagar, Ariz. (KIA). English ex-Beatle George Harrison (b. 1943) on Nov. 29 (cancer). Am. actress Deborah Walley (b. 1943) on May 10 in Sedona, Ariz. (esophageal cancer). Am. singer Mimi Baez Farina (b. 1945) on July 18 in Mill Valley, Calif. (cancer). Afghan anti-Taliban leader Ahmad Shah Massoud (b. 1953) on Sept. 9 in Takhar Province (assassinated). Am. photographer Berry Berenson (b. 1948) on Sept. 11 (killed in AA Flight 11). Am. "Modern Art of Chinese Cooking" chef Barbara Tropp (b. 1948) on Oct. 26 (ovarian cancer). Am. "gay biker in Village People" singer Glenn M. Hughes (b. 1950) on Mar. 4 in New York City (pneumonia from AIDS). Am. football player Harvey Banks Martin (b. 1950) on Dec. 24 (pancreatic cancer). Am. race car driver Dale Earnhardt Sr. (b. 1951) on Feb. 18 (killed in race). Czech rocker Milan Hlavsa (b. 1951) on Jan. 5 (lung cancer). Am. "An American Family" singer-writer Lance Loud (b. 1951) on Dec. 21 in Los Angeles, Calif. (AIDS). British "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" author Douglas Adams (b. 1952) on May 12. Philippine rev. socialist leader Filemon Lagman (b. 1953) on Feb. 6 in Quezon City (assassinated). Am. "Mary Bradford in Eight is Enough" actress Lani O'Grady (b. 1954) on Sept. 25 in Valencia, Calif. (OD). Am. Robert Blake's wife (since 2001) Bonnie Lee Bakley (b. 1956) on May 4 in Studio City, Calif. (murdered). Am. "Run-D.M.C." hip hop artist Jam-Master Jay (b. 1965) on Oct. 30 in Jamaica, Queens, N.Y. Am. "Sweet Dreams", "Be My Lover" singer Melanie Thornton (b. 1967) on Nov. 24 in Zurich, Switzerland (plane crash). Am. terrorist Timothy McVeigh (b. 1968) on June 11 in Terra Haute, Ind. (executed). Am. singer Aaliyah (b. 1979) on Aug. 25 in Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island, Bahamas (plane crash) - the musician's curse?