Timeline 2004 January - March

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2004        Jan 1, The University of Southern California defeated the University of Michigan, 28-14, in the Rose Bowl.
    (AP, 1/1/05)
2004        Jan 1, The 1st US anti-spam law, the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, went into effect. It made it illegal for advertisers to falsify their identity and required an effective way for recipients to get themselves removed from advertiser lists.
    (SFC, 1/2/04, p.B1)
2004        Jan 1, A California ban on the gasoline additive MTBE went into effect. Ethanol became the new additive of choice, even though it could increase air pollution.
    (AP, 12/31/04)
2004        Jan 1, Houston's $324 million, 7.5 mile, light rail system made its inaugural trips.
    (AP, 1/2/04)(WSJ, 1/22/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 1, The US Navy seized a 4th drug-smuggling vessel in the Persian Gulf with about 2,800 pounds of hashish. Street value was estimated at $11 million.
    (AP, 1/2/04)
2004        Jan 1, Afghanistan's constitutional convention came off the rails, as panicked officials adjourned the gathering in the face of a boycott by opponents of President Hamid Karzai. Tajik and Uzbek delegates mounted a boycott demanding that minority rights be guarded.
    (AP, 1/1/04)(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 1, Brazil began fingerprinting and photographing American visitors in retaliation to similar new US procedures.
    (WSJ, 12/31/03, p.A1)
2004        Jan 1, China began running the world's 1st commercially operated maglev train in Shanghai. The German-built system spanned 18 miles.
    (SFC, 1/10/04, p.E4)
2004        Jan 1, In Colombia Luis Eduardo Garzon took the helm as the first leftist mayor of Bogota.
    (AP, 1/2/04)
2004        Jan 1, Jiri Loewy (73), a Czech journalist who campaigned against communism from exile, died in Germany.
    (AP, 1/3/04)
2004        Jan 1, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide pledged to improve life for his impoverished nation as police blocked thousands of anti-government demonstrators during celebrations marking Haiti's 200th anniversary of independence from France. More than 15,000 Aristide supporters rallied outside the National Palace as more than 5,000 government opponents massed in the capital's streets and faced off with police and government partisans.
    (AP, 1/1/04)(AP, 1/2/04)
2004        Jan 1, Pres. Thabo Mbeki of South Africa joined Pres. Aristide for Haiti’s independence celebrations.
    (WPR, 3/04, p.29)
2004        Jan 1, Hong Kong began a de facto free-trade agreement with mainland China.
    (SFC, 10/15/05, p.C1)
2004        Jan 1, Iranian officials welcomed America's temporary lifting of sanctions against the Persian state following the country's earthquake, and the foreign minister said the embargo should end permanently.
    (AP, 1/1/04)
2004        Jan 1, Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf won a vote of confidence that supporters hailed as the final step on the general's journey from dictator to democrat. Opponents derided the proceedings, which will keep the Pakistani leader in power as president until 2007.
    (AP, 1/1/04)
2004        Jan 1, A Pakistani airline flew from Lahore to New Delhi and back, re-establishing a commercial link that was cut by a war scare in 2002.
    (WSJ, 1/2/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 1, North Korea confirmed that it would allow a U.S. delegation to visit its main nuclear complex next week, the first such inspection since the isolated communist country expelled UN monitors more than a year ago.
    (AP, 1/2/04)
2004        Jan 1, In South Africa a minibus full of British and Canadian tourists headed to a scenic mountain area crashed, killing eight Britons and the pedestrian.
    (AP, 1/1/04)
2004        Jan 1, In Taiwan tens of thousands of protesters marched peacefully to push for full democracy in this former British colony.
    (AP, 1/1/04)

2004        Jan 2, The NASA Stardust spacecraft took pictures of the Wild-2 comet tail and collected particles on "aerogel," a silica foam 99.8% air, the lightest material ever made.
    (SFC, 2/6/99, p.A8)(SSFC, 1/4/04, p.A8)
2004        Jan 2, The Fort Pierre Livestock Auction in South Dakota managed to auction beef calves at around 92.5 cents a pound. This was 15-20% below mid-December prices due to the recent mad cow scare.
    (WSJ, 1/9/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 2, In Argentina near Buenos Aires an explosion at a supermarket that sold illegal fireworks left five people dead and injured more than a dozen others. A gas leak was blamed.
    (AP, 1/4/04)
2004        Jan 2, British flights to Washington and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, were canceled as a security precaution.
    (AP, 1/2/05)
2004        Jan 2, Bulgaria reported that more than two dozen Bulgarian soldiers are refusing deployment in Iraq, following the deaths of five countrymen.
    (AP, 1/2/04)
2004        Jan 2, Ecuadorian authorities captured Ricardo Ovidio Palmera Pineda, aka Simon Trinidad, one of the 7 members who make up the ruling secretariat of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. He was arrested at dawn in a medical clinic in Ecuador.
    (AP, 1/3/04)(Econ, 1/10/04, p.30)
2004        Jan 2, Kemal el-Sheik (85), Egyptian film director celebrated for a career that spanned nearly five decades, died.
    (AP, 1/2/04)
2004        Jan 2, A U.S. military helicopter crashed west of Baghdad, killing one soldier and wounding another.
    (AP, 1/2/04)
2004        Jan 2, In central Iraq insurgents hit a U.S. base with mortar shells, killing one American soldier and wounding two others. A US helicopter was shot down near Fallujah killing one American soldier.
    (AP, 1/3/04)(SFC, 1/2/04, p.A5)
2004        Jan 2, Norwegian police arrested Mullah Krekar, Muslim Kurd leader of Ansar al-Islam, on charges connected to 2 suicide bombings in Iraq 2 years ago. Norway ordered Krekar deported in 2005 after declaring him a national security threat, but postponed the move because of worries he could face execution or torture in Iraq.
    (SFC, 1/2/04, p.A3)(AP, 2/14/12)
2004        Jan 2, Philippine movie star Fernando Po Jr.  filed his candidacy for the presidency.
    (SFC, 1/2/04, p.A2)

2004        Jan 3, The NASA spacecraft Spirit landed on Mars at the Gusev Crater. It was the 4th successful US landing on Mars.
    (SSFC, 1/4/04, p.A1)(USAT, 1/16/04, p.2A)
2004        Jan 3, In San Jose., Ca, a gang brawl at a Jack in the Box restaurant left 2 teenagers (17) dead. James Ortega (14) was charged as an adult on 2 counts of gang motivated murder. In 2007 a San Jose court sentenced Ortega to 36 years to life in prison for the shooting.
    (SFC, 1/9/04, p.A17)(SFC, 2/23/07, p.B1)
2004        Jan 3, In China a fire broke out on an overcrowded bus along an expressway that connects Shanghai with the eastern city of Nanjing, killing at least 12 people and injuring 14.
    (AP, 1/3/04)
2004        Jan 3, In China a landslide crushed five houses, killing at least 14 people in northern Shanxi province.
    (AP, 1/4/04)
2004        Jan 3, An Egyptian Air Flash, Boeing 737, carrying 148 people, most of them French tourists on New Year family holidays, crashed into the Red Sea off the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing all on board.
    (AP, 1/3/04)(SFC, 1/3/04, p.A3)
2004        Jan 3, India's PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee made a historic visit to Pakistan ahead of a key South Asian summit, greeted with a warm handshake by PM Zafarullah Khan Jamali. The airport ceremony would have been unimaginable just one year ago.
    (AP, 1/3/04)
2004        Jan 3, In eastern India unidentified gunmen stormed a village and shot to death five so-called "untouchables."
    (AP, 1/3/04)
2004        Jan 3, In Iran rescuers pulled Sharbanou Mazandarani (97) from the rubble at Ban, 9 days following the earthquake, as the death toll rose to about 35,000.
    (SSFC, 1/4/04, p.A2)
2004        Jan 3, In Tikrit, Iraq, American soldiers opened fire with a machine gun on a taxi, killing four Iraqi civilians, including a 7-year-old boy.
    (AP, 1/10/04)
2004        Jan 3, Israeli soldiers shot and killed 3 Palestinians in the West Bank city of Nablus.
    (AP, 1/3/04)
2004        Jan 3, Isidro Galeana (65), a former state police commander and the first former government official to face arrest for his role in Mexico's "dirty war" of the 1960s and 1970s, died of a heart attack.
    (AP, 1/4/04)
2004        Jan 3, Nigeria said it had routed a newly emerged Muslim militant movement fighting to create an Islamic state in Africa's most populous nation. 2 weeks of running gunbattles had killed at least eight people.
    (AP, 1/3/04)

2004        Jan 4, Louisiana State University won college football's Sugar Bowl, defeating Oklahoma 21-14.
    (AP, 1/4/05)
2004        Jan 4, In Iowa, seven of the nine Democratic presidential hopefuls participated in a feisty, first debate of the election year.
    (AP, 1/4/05)
2004        Jan 4, Michael Straight (87), former US State Dept employee (1938) and later editor of the New Republic, died. In 1983 he authored "After Long Silence." He had passed reports to the Russians in 1938.
    (Econ, 1/17/04, p.76)
2004        Jan 4, John Toland (91), historian, died in Danbury, Conn. His books included "The Rising Sun" (1971), an account of Japan from 1936-1945, and "Adolph Hitler: The Definitive Biography" (1976).
    (SFC, 1/6/04, p.A19)y
2004        Jan 4,  Rival Afghan factions agreed to a new national constitution. 502 delegates accepted a system with a strong president and a weaker parliament.
    (AP, 1/4/04)(SFC, 1/5/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 4, In Denmark residents who openly bought and sold hashish at a famous hippie enclave in Copenhagen abruptly demolished their booths, trying to head off a Danish government crackdown on illegal drug sales.
    (AP, 1/4/04)
2004        Jan 4, The former Soviet republic of Georgia voted for a successor to President Eduard Shevardnadze. Mikhail Saakashvili, Georgia's young firebrand opposition leader, declared himself the victor in presidential elections with some 85% of the vote.
    (AP, 1/5/04)(SFC, 1/5/04, p.A3)
2004        Jan 4, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon issued an order to dismantle two West Bank settlement outposts.
    (AP, 1/4/04)
2004        Jan 4, In the southern Philippines a bomb exploded at a packed basketball game, killing 11 people and wounding at least 68 including Parang Mayor Vivencio Bataga, who was the likely target of the attack.
    (AP, 1/4/04)(SFC, 1/5/04, p.A3)
2004        Jan 4, South Korean prosecutors, investigating corruption in the bidding on government contracts by an affiliate of IBM Corp., indicted 48 government and company officials.
    (AP, 1/4/04)
2004        Jan 4, In southern Thailand assailants set fire to 18 schools and stormed a military armory, killing four soldiers in nearly simultaneous raids.
    (AP, 1/4/04)

2004        Jan 5, After 14 years of denials, Pete Rose publicly admitted that he'd bet on baseball while manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
    (AP, 1/5/05)
2004        Jan 5, Pres. Bush extended a 1986 order of sanctions against Libya.
    (WSJ, 1/6/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 5, The US began fingerprinting and photographing int'l. passengers at 115 airports and 14 cruise-ship ports.
    (SFC, 1/6/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 5, NASA released a 3-D, black-and-white panoramic picture of the bleak surface of Mars snapped by the newly landed rover, Spirit.
    (AP, 1/5/05)
2004        Jan 5, Norman Heatley (92), a scientist whose pioneering work on penicillin production helped save countless lives, died in Oxford, England. It was Heatley and his Oxford University colleagues who produced enough for the first clinical tests on humans.
    (AP, 1/17/04)(SFC, 1/19/04, p.B4)
2004        Jan 5, Kiharu Nakamura (90), Japanese geisha, died in the US. Her 10 books included "The Memoir of a Tokyo-born Geisha."
    (Econ, 1/24/04, p.78)
2004        Jan 5, Tug McGraw (59), baseball pitcher, died near Nashville, Tenn.
    (AP, 1/5/05)
2004        Jan 5, China confirmed its first SARS case since an outbreak of the disease was contained in July and authorities ordered the emergency slaughter of some 10,000 civet cats and related species after tests linked a virus found in the animals to the patient.
    (AP, 1/5/04)
2004        Jan 5, Dutchman Jaap de Hoop Scheffer took over as NATO's top official.
    (AP, 1/5/04)
2004        Jan 5, A letter bomb addressed to a senior member of the European Parliament burst into flames. Italian anarchists were suspected in the 7 mail attacks since Dec 27.
    (AP, 1/5/04)(SFC, 1/6/04, p.A10)
2004        Jan 5, In Mexico heavily armed men in military and police-style uniforms raided the western prison at Apatzingan in Michoacan state and freed 25 inmates.
    (AP, 1/6/04)
2004        Jan 5, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf held much-anticipated, face-to-face talks with Indian leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the sidelines of a South Asian summit.
    (AP, 1/5/04)
2004        Jan 5, In Thailand 2 bombs exploded in the southern town of Pattani, killing 2 policemen and injuring several people, police said. Two other bombs were found before they could go off.
    (AP, 1/5/04)(WPR, 3/04, p.32)

2004        Jan 6, A design consisting of two reflecting pools and a paved stone field was chosen for the World Trade Center memorial in New York.
    (AP, 1/6/05)
2004        Jan 6, The Ohio Lottery awarded $162 million to Rebecca Jemison (34). Elicia Battle (40), who initially claimed to have lost the Dec 30 winning ticket, recanted on Jan 8.
    (SFC, 1/9/04, p.A2)
2004        Jan 6, In Afghanistan a time bomb in an apple cart blast killed at least 17 people, including 8 children, in the southern city of Kandahar. 12 civilians were executed in Helmand Province.
    (SFC, 1/7/04, p.A10)(SFC, 1/9/04, p.A12)(AP, 1/6/05)
2004        Jan 6, China began a mass eradication of some 10,000 civet cats to stem a suspected link to SARS.
    (SFC, 1/7/04, p.A14)
2004        Jan 6, PM Pierre Charles (49) of Dominica, who slashed public spending in a bid to help his island's economy and was a critic of U.S. policy in the Caribbean, died of an apparent heart attack.
    (AP, 1/7/04)
2004        Jan 6, India and Pakistan agreed on talks to formally tackle all issues including Kashmir.
    (WSJ, 1/7/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 6, Egypt and Iran agreed to restore diplomatic ties sundered in 1979.
    (WSJ, 1/7/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 6, Iraqi police opened fire on hundreds of stone-throwing former Iraqi soldiers demanding monthly stipends promised by the U.S.-led coalition, and reporters saw at least four protesters shot in the southern town of Basra.
    (AP, 1/6/04)
2004        Jan 6, In Liberia the LURD and MODEL rebel groups demanded the resignation of Gyude Bryant, interim government head.
    (Econ, 1/31/04, p.48)
2004        Jan 6, North Korea offered to refrain from producing nuclear weapons in order to rekindle talks over its arms programs.
    (SFC, 1/6/04, p.A3)
2004        Jan 6, President Bashar Assad began the first-ever visit to Turkey by a Syrian head of state, hoping to further improve ties forge a joint position on growing Kurdish autonomy.
    (AP, 1/6/04)(WSJ, 1/7/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 6, The Sudanese government and southern rebels agreed on how to share the country's wealth, including oil revenues, solving a key issue and taking a major step toward ending their 20-year conflict.
    (AP, 1/6/04)
2004        Jan 6, Mijailo Mijailovic confessed to the fatal stabbing of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh in September 2003.
    (AP, 1/6/05)

2004        Jan 7, Pres. Bush presented a plan to grant legal status to foreigners working in the United States.
    (AP, 1/8/04)(WSJ, 1/8/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 7, Digital radios went on sale in the US.
    (SFC, 1/7/04, p.B8)
2004        Jan 7, In Georgia Jerry William Jones (31) killed 3 former in-laws and his infant daughter and fled with 3 girl hostages. The girls were found safe and Jones shot himself following a police chase.
    (SFC, 1/9/04, p.A3)
2004        Jan 7, Canadian police in Barrie, Ontario, raided a former Molson plant that was producing 4 crops of hydroponically grown marijuana valued at $102 million.
    (Econ, 11/24/07, p.40)
2004        Jan 7, In Colombia FARC rebels killed 8 peasant farmers because they refused to sell them their coca crops.
    (AP, 1/9/04)
2004        Jan 7, Dominica's main political party chose Roosevelt Skerrit (31), the education minister, as the next leader of this Caribbean country.
    (AP, 1/8/04)
2004        Jan 7, Guatemala signed an accord to let UN prosecutors handle organized crime and human-rights cases.
    (AP, 1/8/04)(WSJ, 1/8/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 7, In southwestern Guatemala men with automatic weapons hijacked a minibus carrying 13 American tourists, killing one passenger. In 2005 Henry Giovanny Vicente (27), and Marvin Sebastian Berganza (29) were convicted by a 3-judge panel of being accomplices in the killing of Brett Richards, a 52-year-old architect from Ogden, Utah, who died during a confrontation with bandits who hijacked a bus of Mormon tourists visiting Mayan ruins.
    (AP, 1/8/04)(WSJ, 1/8/04, p.A1)(AP, 11/30/05)
2004        Jan 7, Haiti university students marched against Pres. Jean-Bertrand Aristide, sparking clashes that left at least 2 dead amid a swelling opposition movement against the leader.
    (AP, 1/7/04)
2004        Jan 7, In Iran a 57-year-old man was pulled from the rubble of Ban's earthquake, barely conscious but still alive because he had a source of water during the 13 days he was buried. He died 4 days later.
    (AP, 1/8/04)(AP, 1/11/04)
2004        Jan 7, L. Paul Bremer, the top American civilian official in Iraq, said U.S. authorities will release 506 low-level Iraqi prisoners while increasing the bounties for fugitives suspected of major roles in attacks against coalition forces.
    (AP, 1/7/04)
2004        Jan 7, Israeli soldiers patrolling West Bank towns shot and killed 3 Palestinian militants during an ongoing sweep of the area.
    (AP, 1/7/04)
2004        Jan 7, Najib Razak, a veteran politician, was named as Malaysia's deputy PM.
    (AP, 1/7/04)
2004        Jan 7, Mauritania armed security force members stopped racers from the famed Paris-Dakar Rally, demanding $65 from each vehicle to pass the border. The 26th Paris-Dakar race crosses 6,920.4-miles, seven countries and the Sahara Desert, ending Jan. 18 outside the Senegalese capital, Dakar
    (AP, 1/9/04)
2004        Jan 7, Morocco pardoned 33 prisoners, including a prominent journalist.
    (AP, 1/7/04)
2004        Jan 7, In Scotland Stephen Gough (44) was convicted of breaching the peace and sentenced to three months in jail for trying to walk the length of Britain naked to promote public nudity.
    (AP, 1/7/04)
2004        Jan 7, Ingrid Thulin (b.1926), Swedish actress, died in Stockholm. Her films included "Foreign Intrigue" (1956).
    (SFC, 1/9/04, p.A21)

2004        Jan 8, The journal Science reported high levels of dangerous chemicals in farmed salmon. Wild Pacific salmon had 10 times less than the farmed ones.
    (SFC, 1/9/04, p.A2)
2004        Jan 8, Pressure in the Int'l. Space Station continued to drop.
    (WSJ, 1/9/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 8, Queen Elizabeth II christened the world's largest ocean liner, the Queen Mary 2.
    (AP, 1/8/04)
2004        Jan 8, Chinese state media reported that authorities had dismissed 44,701 police between August and November in 2003 for lacking job qualifications, corruption or other offenses in a campaign to raise policing standards.
    (AP, 1/8/04)
2004        Jan 8, Authorities in Georgia's autonomous region of Adzharia imposed a state of emergency, fearing the newly elected Georgian president may try to rein in the province.
    (AP, 1/8/04)
2004        Jan 8, India unveiled a broad range of tax cuts.
    (WSJ, 1/9/04, p.A6)
2004        Jan 8, In Iraq a US Black Hawk medivac helicopter crashed near Fallujah killing all nine soldiers aboard.
    (AP, 1/8/04)
2004        Jan 8, Libya agreed to compensate family members of victims of a 1989 bombing of a French passenger plane over the Niger desert that killed 170 people.
    (AP, 1/8/05)
2004        Jan 8, In Kenya a new agreement, between the Ministry of Education and the country's largest and oldest orphanage for HIV-positive children, allowed a group of children infected with the virus that causes AIDS to attend public schools.
    (AP, 1/10/04)
2004        Jan 8, Teams of Swiss police in 5 cantons arrested 8 suspected accomplices in the May 12 al Qaeda car bomb attack in Saudi Arabia.
    (SFC, 1/10/04, p.A3)
2004        Jan 8, It was reported that Thailand's PM Thaksin Shinawatra had ordered the Finance Ministry and stock exchange to set up a task force to examine the balance sheets of listed companies.
    (WSJ, 1/8/04, p.A14)
2004        Jan 8, Turkey and the US agreed to reopen the Incirlik air base for Iraq operations.
    (WSJ, 1/9/04, p.A1)

2004        Jan 9, The US terror alert level was lowered one step, to yellow. However, airports and airlines kept their high alert status.
    (AP, 1/9/04)
2004        Jan 9, US Officials said Pentagon lawyers had determined that former Iraq leader Saddam Hussein was a prisoner of war since his capture.
    (AP, 1/9/05)
2004        Jan 9, Federal officials arrested 2 people in southern California for conspiring to perform genital mutilations on 2 girls. It was the 1st prosecution under the 1995 federal Female Genital Mutilation Act.
    (SFC, 1/10/04, p.A3)
2004        Jan 9, An Ohio woman who'd claimed to have lost a lottery ticket worth $162 million was charged with filing a false police report. Elecia Battle was later convicted of the misdemeanor and put on one year's probation.
    (AP, 1/9/05)
2004        Jan 9, Royal Dutch/Shell announced that it overstated its proven reserves and planned to slash estimates by 20%.
    (WSJ, 4/20/04, p.A12)
2004        Jan 9, A new Swen-style Trojan horse, dubbed Trojan.Xombe and posing as a critical update from Microsoft, was detected on the Internet.
    (AP, 1/9/04)
2004        Jan 9, An inflatable speedboat packed with Albanian migrants trying to sneak into Italy sank in up to 20-foot high waves and strong winds off Albania's coast, killing 21 people.
    (AP, 1/10/04)
2004        Jan 9, In southeastern Brazil floodwaters swept a bus carrying 30 orange pickers off a road, and at least eight people drowned.
    (AP, 1/10/04)
2004        Jan 9, In Colombia a FARC rebel, aka Jeremias, suspected of killing a Japanese hostage last year died in a shootout with the army outside Bogota.
    (AP, 1/9/04)
2004        Jan 9, In Ecuador about 20 women inmates stripped off clothing and protested from their Guayaquil Prison roof, claiming they've been held for more than a year without trial and should be freed.
    (AP, 1/9/04)
2004        Jan 9, Estonian prosecutors said they have launched an investigation into whether Michael Gorshkow, an 80-year-old former U.S. resident, took part in the massacre of 3,000 Jews during World War II. Gorshkow (19) allegedly helped murder Jews in the Slutsk ghetto of Belarus in 1943 while serving as an interpreter and interrogator for the Gestapo.
    (AP, 1/9/04)
2004        Jan 9, The German Neuzeller Kloster Brewery announced plans to introduce its "Anti-Aging-Bier" this year and sell it in grocery and drug stores.
    (AP, 1/9/04)
2004        Jan 9, In Baqouba, Iraq, an explosion ripped through a busy street as worshippers streamed out of a Shiite Muslim mosque, killing 5 people and wounding dozens of others. US soldiers in Kirkuk killed 2 Iraqi police officers.
    (AP, 1/9/04)(SFC, 1/10/04, p.A8)(SSFC, 1/11/04, p.A7)
2004        Jan 9, Israeli troops swept into the West Bank town of Jenin, making arrests and trading gunfire with militants.
    (AP, 1/9/04)
2004        Jan 9, Norberto Bobbio (94), an Italian liberal philosopher, essayist and senator for life, died in Turin. One of his most important books is the 1955 "Politica e Cultura" ("Politics and Culture"). A 1994 essay, called "Destra e Sinistra" ("Left and Right"), was his best-selling work.
    (AP, 1/10/04)
2004        Jan 9, In Kashmir a hand grenade exploded at a mosque, wounding at least 15 worshippers who had gathered for prayers.
    (AP, 1/9/04)
2004        Jan 9, Libya signed a $170 million compensation accord with families of people who died in the 1989 bombing of a French jetliner.
    (AP, 1/9/04)
2004        Jan 9, Russia and Kazakhstan extended Moscow's lease of the launching pad in Baikonur until 2050. It served as the only link to the troubled International Space Station.
    (AP, 1/9/04)
2004        Jan 9, In South Africa Pres. Mbeki signed the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act. It imposed a host of obligations on companies that wished to do business with the government.
    (www.labour.gov.za/useful_docs/doc_display.jsp?id=9479)(Econ, 4/8/06, Survey p.8)

2004        Jan 10, Michelle Kwan won her seventh straight title and eighth overall at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Atlanta; Johnny Weir skated to his first men's title.
    (AP, 1/10/05)
2004        Jan 10, Spalding Gray (62), morose humorist, disappeared in NYC. His body was found in the East River in March. In 2011 film director Steven Soderbergh culled clips from 90 hours of Gray source material to produce the documentary: And Everything Is Going Fine."
    (SFC, 2/09/04, p.A2)(SFC, 2/18/11, p.E8)
2004        Jan 10, Alexandra Ripley (70), novelist, died in Richmond, Va.
    (AP, 1/10/05)
2004        Jan 10, Fiona Thornewill (37), a British woman, completed her unaided solo hike to the South Pole in record time. She walked 700 miles in 42 days broking the previous record of 44 days for an unaided individual or team for walking or skiing.
    (AP, 1/12/04)
2004        Jan 10, China reported a 3rd suspected SARS infection involved a 35-year-old man in Guangdong province.
    (AP, 1/11/04)(WSJ, 1/13/04, p.D5)
2004        Jan 10, In Ghana the United Nations launched a yearlong commemoration of the anti-slavery movement. The International Year for the Commemoration of the Struggle Against Slavery and its Abolition coincides with the 200-year anniversary of Haiti, the first independent black state in the Western Hemisphere.
    (AP, 1/11/04)
2004        Jan 10, A US anti-terror team arrived in Mauritania. The US had received information of threats against American interests in the West African nations of Mauritania and Senegal.
    (AP, 1/12/04)
2004        Jan 10, North Korea said it had shown its "nuclear deterrent" to an unofficial U.S. delegation that visited the disputed Yongbyon nuclear complex.
    (AP, 1/10/05)
2004        Jan 10, Panamanian officials arrested Arcangel de Jesus Henao Montoya, a top leader of the Colombian Norte de Valle drug cartel, in the southern city of Torti and took him to Panama City. He was soon handed over to US officials.
    (AP, 1/11/04)(SFC, 1/15/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 10, In the Philippines 3 rebels and 4 soldiers died when the guerrilla New People's Army attacked a power plant south of Manila.
    (AP, 1/10/04)
2004        Jan 10, A conference on U.S.-Islamic relations began in Qatar. Washington's support for Israel is at the root of differences between the United States and Islamic nations.
    (AP, 1/10/04)
2004        Jan 10, In South Korea prosecutors arrested six lawmakers and the head of a conglomerate in a broadening investigation of corruption allegations.
    (AP, 1/10/04)
2002        Jan 10, Pres. Mugabe enacted sweeping security and election laws to clamp down on critics and limit election monitoring. Iden Wetherell, editor of the Zimbabwe Independent, was arrested along with 2 staff members on charges of defaming Mugabe.
    (SFC, 1/11/02, p.A5)(WPR, 3/04, p.29)

2004        Jan 11, Former Treasury Sec. Paul O'Neill charged in a new book that Pres. Bush entered office in Jan. 2001 intent on invading Iraq and was in search of a way to go about it.  Former WSJ reporter Ron Suskind wrote "The Price of Loyalty," based on 7,630 journal entries provided by O'Neill.
    (AP, 1/11/04)(WSJ, 1/12/04, p.B1)(WSJ, 1/16/04, p.W6)
2004        Jan 11, Democrat Howard Dean defended his record on race in the last debate before the Iowa caucuses, as he was forced to acknowledge that no blacks or Hispanic had served in his cabinet during his 12 years as governor of Vermont.
    (AP, 1/11/05)
2004        Jan 11, In Iran the 12-member Guardian Council, which comprises conservatives picked by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, disqualified about 900 of the 1,700 people who wanted to contest seats in Tehran have been disqualified. About 90 lawmakers began gathering in the lobby of the legislature for five hours daily in a sit-in demonstration after the Guardian Council barred the candidates from the Feb. 20 elections.
    (AP, 1/12/04)(AP, 1/14/04)
2004        Jan 11, U.S. paratroopers captured Khamis Sirhan al-Muhammad, a former regional Baath Party chairman and militia commander a former Baath Party official who was No. 54 on the list of 55 most-wanted figures from Saddam Hussein's regime.
    (AP, 1/14/04)
2004        Jan 11, Danish and Icelandic troops reported a cache of 36 shells buried in the Iraqi desert, and preliminary tests showed they contained a liquid blister agent. The 120mm mortar shells are thought to be left over from the eight-year war between Iraq and neighboring Iran, which ended in 1988.
    (AP, 1/11/04)

2004        Jan 12, President Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox forged agreement on the contentious issues of immigration and Iraq, meeting in Monterrey before the opening of a 34-nation hemispheric summit.
    (AP, 1/12/05)
2004        Jan 12, It was reported that a new US Homeland Security program planned to screen airline passengers according to a color code based on computerized data.
    (SFC, 1/13/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 12, The US Supreme Court refused to hear on appeal by civil liberties groups seeking access to basic data of individuals detained indefinitely by the government after the Sep. 11, 2001, attacks.
    (SFC, 1/13/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 12, Randy VanWarmer (48), singer-songwriter, died in Seattle.
    (AP, 1/12/05)
2004        Jan 12, In Afghanistan dozens of suspected Taliban fighters armed with assault rifles attacked a police checkpoint and killed four policemen.
    (AP, 1/12/04)
2004        Jan 12, Juan Barrionuevo, Argentine legislator from Tierra del Fuego, was arrested and charged with committing crimes and torture during the 1976-83 military dictatorship.
    (WPR, 3/04, p.26)
2004        Jan 12, In Burundi Hutu rebels killed 17 people, including five soldiers, in attacks northwest of Bujumbura over the last 2 days.
    (AP, 1/13/04)
2004        Jan 12, The $780 million Queen Mary 2 departed Southampton, England, for Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The ship was built by Chantieres de l'Atlantique in St. Nazaire, France.
    (WSJ, 10/2/03, p.A1)
2004        Jan 12, A roadside bomb explosion in Baghdad killed one U.S. soldier and wounded two, bringing the American death toll to nearly 500 since the start of fighting in March. US soldiers killed an Iraqi man and a boy driving in a car behind a convoy after a roadside bomb went off nearby.
    (AP, 1/12/04)(SFC, 1/13/04, p.A10)
2004        Jan 12, It was reported that China might inject $40 billion into its Industrial and Commercial Bank. 2 other state-run lenders, Bank of China and China Construction Bank, split $45 billion in transfers from foreign exchange reserves a week earlier.
    (WSJ, 1/12/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 12, In northwest Colombia suspected FARC rebels using a grenade launcher and guns killed at least five paramilitary fighters inside a bar in Anza.
    (AP, 1/13/04)
2004        Jan 12, A 2-day meeting began for leaders of the 34 members of the Organization of American States opened in Monterrey, Mexico.
    (AP, 1/12/04)
2004        Jan 12, The United States announced plans to return to Peru $20 million stolen by a corrupt government official and stashed in U.S. bank accounts. In December, Peru accused Victor Venero Garrido of hiding the money in U.S. accounts under the guidance of Vladimiro Montesinos.
    (AP, 1/12/04)
2004        Jan 12, In the Philippines a huge fire in a Manila shantytown hurt at least 23 people, destroyed thousands of homes and left about 25,000 residents homeless.
    (AP, 1/12/04)
2004        Jan 12, Olga Ladyzhenskaya (81), Russian mathematician, died. Her studies in differential equations helped improve weather forecasts and advance other fields of science.
    (AP, 1/27/04)

2004        Jan 13, The US Supreme Court endorsed the use of police road blocks as an investigational tool for finding witnesses to recent crimes.
    (SFC, 1/14/04, p.A3)
2004        Jan 13, A Human Rights Watch report said more than $4 billion in oil revenue disappeared from Angolan state coffers between 1997 and 2002, even as the country was struggling to recover from 27 years of civil war.
    (AP, 1/13/04)
2004        Jan 13, In Maryland a fiery explosion killed five on the northbound lanes of Interstate 95. A tanker carrying flammable material plunged off an overpass on Interstate 895, landing in the northbound lane of I-95.
    (AP, 1/14/04)
2004        Jan 13, Canada's PM Paul Martin met U.S. President George W. Bush officially for the 1st time. Bush announced that Canada will be allowed into a second round of bidding for contracts to rebuild Iraq.
    (AP, 1/13/04)
2004        Jan 13, The European Commission proposed an initiative aimed at creating a single market for services within the European Union (EU), similar to the single market for goods act of 1986. It came to be known as  Bolkestein Directive after the Dutch Commissioner Frits Bolkestein (b.1933), who launched it. Trade unions opposed it. On 16 February 2006, the European Parliament in plenary session in Strasbourg voted in favor of a compromise proposal that went a long way towards meeting the trade union demands.
    (www.etuc.org/a/499)
2004        Jan 13, Joe Darby, a US soldier at Abu Ghraib prison, reported US abuses of Iraqi prisoners. Criminal charges were lodged against 6 soldiers on Mar 20. In 2005 Spc. Charles Graner was convicted on 5 counts of assault and sentenced to 10 years in a military stockade. Graner said he had operated under orders from superior officers.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Darby)(SFC, 5/6/04, p.A17)(AP, 1/13/05)(SSFC, 1/16/05, p.A1)
2004        Jan 13, Hostile fire brought down a U.S. Army Apache attack helicopter in Iraq, but the two crew members escaped injury.
    (AP, 1/13/05)
2004        Jan 13, In Mexico the 34-nation Summit of the Americas ended. The United States reached out to its neighbors on free trade and battling corruption, smoothing tense relations with Latin American leaders.
    (AP, 1/13/04)(SFC, 1/14/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 13, In northern England Dr. Harold Shipman was found hanged in his Wakefield prison cell one day before his 58th birthday. He was convicted in 2000 of killing 15 patients and later was found to have murdered at least 200 more, mostly by lethal injection. He always maintained his innocence.
    (AP, 1/13/04)
2004        Jan 13, A Dutch high school student walked into his school's crowded cafeteria and shot Hans van Wieren (49), an economics teacher, point-blank in the head, fatally wounding him.
    (AP, 1/13/04)
2004        Jan 13, A senior Swaziland aide said King Mswati III has ordered nine palaces built within existing royal compounds to house seven of his 10 wives and two future brides. Some $15 million of his impoverished kingdom's national budget would be used on the project.
    (AP, 1/13/04)
2004        Jan 13, Thai and Malaysian military forces began joint land and air patrols along their jungle border for the first time since the 1970s.
    (AP, 1/14/04)
2004        Jan 13, In Tashkent, Uzbekistan, a domestic airliner crashed on approach to the airport. All 37 people, including the top U.N. official for Uzbekistan, were killed.
    (AP, 1/13/04)

2004        Jan 14, Pres. Bush proposed a new space program that would send humans back to the moon by 2015 and establish a base to Mars and beyond. Bush said he would seek $12 billion for the initial stages of the plan.
    (SFC, 1/15/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/15/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 14, Andrew Fastow, former Enron finance chief, agreed to a 10-year prison sentence and to help prosecutors build a case against Enron's executive officers. His wife, former Enron assistant treasurer Lea Fastow (42), received a 5-month prison sentence.
    (SFC, 1/15/04, p.B3)
2004        Jan 14, J.P. Morgan reported plans to take over Bank One Corp. for $58 billion in stock.
    (WSJ, 1/15/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 14, Former Pres. Clinton announced an agreement with 5 medical technology companies to reduce the cost of tests for HIV-AIDS treatment in Africa and the Caribbean.
    (SFC, 1/15/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 14, The US Army launched an inquiry into conditions at Abu Ghraib prison a day after photos of abused prisoners were passed up the chain of command.
    (WSJ, 5/7/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 14, Joaquin Nin-Culmell (95), composer and younger brother of writer Anais Nin, died in Berkeley, Ca.
    (SFC, 1/16/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 14, Uta Hagen (84), German-born Broadway actress, died. Her work included the role of Martha in the 1962 Albee play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe."
    (SFC, 1/16/04, p.A23)
2004        Jan 14, Ron O'Neal (66), star of the 1972 film "Superfly," died in Los Angeles.
    (SFC, 1/16/04, p.A3)(SFC, 1/17/04, p.A17)(AP, 1/14/05)
2004        Jan 14, In Canada a freight train traveling over a bridge east of Toronto derailed sending massive containers plummeting onto the road, killing two women in a van who were driving by.
    (AP, 1/15/04)
2004        Jan 14, In Iraq a suicide bomber detonated a bomb at a police station in Baqouba that killed 2 passers-by and wounded 26 others.
    (SFC, 1/15/04, p.A8)
2004        Jan 14, A UN agency said Libya has ratified the nuclear test ban treaty. The treaty is 12 nations short of the 44 ratifications needed for it to enter into force. Once it comes into force, the treaty bans any nuclear weapon test explosion in any environment.
    (AP, 1/14/04)
2004        Jan 14, Reem al-Reyashi (22), Palestinian mother of two, blew herself up at the main crossing point between Israel and the Gaza Strip, killing at least 4 Israelis and wounding 7 other people.
    (AP, 1/14/04)(SFC, 1/15/04, p.A3)
2004        Jan 14, In Spain Mohammed Kamal Mustafa, imam of the southern town of Fuengirola, was given a suspended sentence of to 15 months in prison. Spanish women's associations hailed the conviction of the Islamic cleric who advised Muslims how to beat their wives.
    (AP, 1/15/04)

2004        Jan 15, Carol Moseley Braun ended her White House run, leaving an all-male field for the presidency and giving her support to Democratic front-runner Howard Dean.
    (AP, 1/15/04)
2004        Jan 15, The NASA Spirit rover rolled onto the surface of Mars for the first time since the vehicle bounced to a landing nearly two weeks earlier.
    (AP, 1/15/05)
2004        Jan 15, Olivia Goldsmith (54), author of "The First Wives Club" (1992), died in NYC of complications from plastic surgery. Her book became a revenge fantasy for wives tossed aside in favor of younger women. It became a No. 1 film in 1996 starring Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler.
    (AP, 1/16/04)(SFC, 1/17/04, p.A17)
2004        Jan 15, In Argentina Pres. Nestor Kirchner ordered an investigation into charges the army operated training camps on torture techniques during the mid-80s.
    (AP, 1/16/04)
2004        Jan 15, In Australia regular train service from Adelaide to Darwin in 43 hours was set to begin. Plans for the Transcontinental line had begun in 1911.
    (SSFC, 10/26/03, p.A1)
2004        Jan 15, Manik Saha (49), a Bangladeshi reporter for the New Age newspaper and the BBC, was leaving a press club when unidentified attackers hurled a bomb at him. He was the first journalist in the world to be murdered in 2004.
    (AP, 1/16/04)
2004        Jan 15, Ecuador's government declared a state of emergency in the prison system after a series of protests.
    (AP, 2/18/04)
2004        Jan 15, India and Pakistan, resumed rail services across their border. The frontier had been closed for 2 years.
    (SFC, 1/16/04, p.A16)
2004        Jan 15, Iraqi bank notes bearing Saddam Hussein's portrait became obsolete as a three-month period to exchange old bills for new ones came to an end. The new currency required 27 flights of 747 planes for delivery.
    (AP, 1/15/04)(WSJ, 1/20/04, p.A14)
2004        Jan 15, In Karachi, Pakistan, a car bomb blew up outside a Christian Bible society, injuring 12 people.
    (AP, 1/15/04)
2004        Jan 15, Amnesty Int'l. said more than 400 prisoners have been hanged since 1991 in Singapore, mostly for drug offenses. The London-based rights report on Singapore was entitled "A Hidden Toll of Executions."
    (AP, 1/15/04)(WSJ, 1/16/04, p.A1)

2004        Jan 16, Pres. Bush sidestepped Congress and installed Mississippi judge Charles Pickering to the federal appeals court after a two-year battle filled with racial, religious and regional argument.
    (AP, 1/16/04)
2004        Jan 16, Paul Bremmer, the U.S. administrator in Iraq, said the US will revise its plan to create self-rule in Iraq, following consultations with President Bush.
    (AP, 1/16/04)
2004        Jan 16, The US Army awarded Halliburton a 2-year contract worth up to $1.2 billion to rebuild the oil industry in southern Iraq.
    (SFC, 1/17/04, p.A8)
2004        Jan 16, Pop star Michael Jackson pleaded innocent to child molestation charges during a court appearance in Santa Maria, Calif. The judge scolded Jackson for being 21 minutes late.
    (AP, 1/16/05)
2004        Jan 16, Starbucks opened its 1st coffee shop in France.
    (Econ, 1/17/04, p.67)
2004        Jan 16, Bone-chilling arctic winds and record low temperatures swept the US Northeast.
    (WSJ, 1/16/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 16, NASA said it would not send another shuttle mission to service and repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
    (SFC, 1/17/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 16, A Canadian regulator ruled that a song lauding the joys of an "enormous penis" is not obscene because the object of the lyric's affection isn't necessarily sexual.
    (AP, 1/16/04)
2004        Jan 16, Kalevi Sorsa (73), Finland's longest serving prime minister, died.  Sorsa headed four coalition governments from 1972 to 1987 and led the Social Democrats, Finland's largest party, for 12 years.
    (AP, 1/17/04)
2004        Jan 16, In Bombay, India, activists gathered for the 6-day World Social Forum. The meeting, which attracts activists, political workers and intellectuals from around the world, is meant to be a counterpoint to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland later this month.
    (AP, 1/17/04)
2004        Jan 16, Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin brushed off warnings by a top Israeli official that he is "marked for death" and, in a defiant appearance at a Gaza City mosque, and said his Islamic militant group will continue to attack Israelis.
    (AP, 1/16/04)

2004        Jan 17, Ray Stark (88), Hollywood producer, died. His films included "Funny Girl," based on the life of Broadway singer Fanny Brice, his mother-in-law.
    (SSFC, 1/18/04, p.A14)
2004        Jan 17, A U.S. helicopter attacked a house in Saghatho village in southern Afghanistan, killing 11 people, four of them children. The US military said that only 5 militants were killed. President Hamid Karzai later said 10 Afghan civilians were killed in the US strike.
    (AP, 1/19/04)(SFC, 1/20/04, p.A3)(AP, 1/31/04)
2004        Jan 17, In Brazil the death toll rose to 11 as heavy rains and mudslides pounded the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro for the second day in a row.
    (AP, 1/17/04)
2004        Jan 17, A Cessna 208 regional plane carrying hunters went down in Lake Erie about one mile west of Pelee Island, Canada. All 9 aboard were killed.
    (AP, 1/18/04)(WSJ, 1/19/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 17, The Chinese government confirmed two more SARS patients, bringing the total number this year to three.
    (AP, 1/17/04)
2004        Jan 17, A roadside bomb exploded near Baghdad, killing three U.S. soldiers and two Iraqi civil defense troopers. The number of American service members who have died since the Iraq war began reached 500.
    (AP, 1/17/04)
2004        Jan 17, An explosive device being transported in a car exploded near a U.S. Army patrol in Tikrit, killing two men in the vehicle, one of them a relative of Saddam Hussein.
    (AP, 1/18/04)
2004        Jan 17, In Guatemala Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu said she will become one of new President Oscar Berger's top officials in charge of monitoring adherence to the U.N.-brokered peace accords that ended 36 years of civil war.
    (AP, 1/18/04)
2004        Jan 17, Indian soldiers and Islamic rebels clashed in disputed Kashmir in two separate gunbattles that killed eight guerrillas and two paramilitary soldiers.
    (AP, 1/17/04)
2004        Jan 17, In Lebanon 3 killers were executed and grenade blasts followed in Beirut's largest Palestinian refugee camp.
    (WSJ, 1/19/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 17, Myanmar's junta said it freed 26 members of Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition National League for Democracy party.
    (AP, 1/17/04)
2004        Jan 17, Rafael Cordero Santiago (61), the mayor of the Puerto Rican city of Ponce, died after suffering a brain hemorrhage.
    (AP, 1/17/04)

2004        Jan 18, The New England Patriots earned their second trip to the Super Bowl in three seasons by defeating the Indianapolis Colts 24-14 in the AFC championship game; the Carolina Panthers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 14-3, in the NFC championship game.
    (AP, 1/18/05)
2004        Jan 18, London billionaire twins Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay (69) announced their plan to buy a controlling interest in Hollinger Inc., the Toronto-based parent of publisher Hollinger Intl. led by Conrad Black. The sale was blocked in Feb.
    (ADN, 1/20/04, p.F2)(WSJ, 3/1/04, p.B4)
2004        Jan 18, In Georgia an explosion at a scientific institute in Tbilisi killed two people and injured two others. It occurred during a transfer of nitrogen, an indication that a canister of the gas could have blown up.
    (AP, 1/19/04)
2004        Jan 18, Marches in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, continued against Pres. Aristide. Gunmen hiding inside a state-run TV station killed at least one marcher and wounded several other.
    (SFC, 1/19/04, p.A3
2004        Jan 18, A suicide bomber blew up a pickup truck packed with 1,000 pounds of explosives outside the headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition, killed at least 31 people and injuring about 120, most of them Iraqis.
    (AP, 1/19/05)
2004        Jan 18, Pakistani agents arrested seven al-Qaida suspects and confiscated weapons during a raid in the southern city of Karachi.
    (AP, 1/18/04)

2004        Jan 19, In the Iowa caucus John Kerry led the Democrats with 38%, John Edwards was 2nd with 32%, Howard Dean was 3rd with 18% and Dick Gephardt 4th with 11%. Entrance polls showed that economic issues held top priority.
    (SFC, 1/20/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/21/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 19, Connecticut Gov. Rowland said he's looking forward to a legislative investigation on charges that he accepted free gifts and work on a vacation cottage.
    (USAT, 1/20/04, p.12A)(Econ, 1/17/04, p.25)
2004        Jan 19, In Algeria an explosion at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) complex in the port city of Skikda killed 23 and left 74 people injured.
    (AP, 1/20/04)(WSJ, 5/14/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 19, The freighter MS Rocknes capsized in a narrow inlet between the island of Bjoroey and Norway's western coast, less than 200 yards from land after it put out a distress call. The 30 crew members included 24 Filipinos, three Dutch, two Norwegians and one German. 12 crew members were rescued. The death toll was put at 18.
    (AP, 1/20/04)(WSJ, 1/21/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 19, Tens of thousands of Shiite Muslims marched peacefully in Baghdad to demand an elected government.
    (AP, 1/19/04)

2004        Jan 20, President Bush gave his 3rd State of the Union address hailing progress fighting terrorism, recharging the economy and helping Americans afford health care. He embraced the conservative move to ban same-sex marriages and called for making his tax cuts permanent.
    (AP, 1/21/04)(SFC, 1/21/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/21/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 20, Democrat Dick Gephardt abandoned his second bid for the presidency.
    (AP, 1/20/04)
2004        Jan 20, Martha Stewart's stock-trading trial formally began in New York. In 2005 Stewart was serving a five-month prison sentence for lying about a stock sale.
    (AP, 1/20/05)
2004        Jan 20, Salvation Army officials announced a $1.5 billion donation by the late Joan Kroc (d.2003), heiress to the McDonald's fortune, for 25-30 community centers.
    (SFC, 1/21/04, p.A16)(WSJ, 1/20/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 20, The Internet virus called the "Bagle" or "Beagle" worm was reported to be arriving on computers in an e-mail with the subject "hi" and the word "test" in the message body.
    (SFC, 1/21/04, p.B2)
2004        Jan 20, French transport workers went on a 1-day train strike.
    (AP, 1/21/04)
2004        Jan 20, In Indonesia blasts rocked a chemical plant in Gresik, sparking a series of fires at the complex that killed two people and injured nearly 70 others.
    (AP, 1/20/04)
2004        Jan 20, In Iran Hard-line authorities said they were reinstating 200 candidates barred from running in next month's legislative elections and will reconsider the cases of thousands more after fierce opposition from reformists who threatened to boycott the vote.
    (AP, 1/20/04)
2004        Jan 20, Israeli warplanes struck Hezbollah guerrilla bases in southern Lebanon after a soldier was killed there a day earlier.
    (AP, 1/20/04)(WSJ, 1/21/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 20, Amnesty Int'l. released a report at the World Social Forum in Bombay, India, that charged North Korea with public executions of people stealing food.
    (SFC, 1/21/04, p.A12)
2004        Jan 20, Asha Keita-Conneh, the wife of the leader of Liberia's most powerful rebel movement announced she was taking charge, backed by dozens of guerrilla commanders in ousting a husband whose ambitions she said were endangering the nation's hard-won peace.
    (AP, 1/20/04)
2004        Jan 20, In Mexico gunmen ambushed and shot to death two federal agents and an army captain as they drove along a Mexico City expressway.
    (AP, 1/21/04)

2004        Jan 21, President Bush visited community colleges in Ohio and Arizona, where he highlighted the economy and several new job-training initiatives he'd proposed a day earlier in his State of the Union speech.
    (AP, 1/21/05)
2004        Jan 21, Ohio lawmakers gave final approval to a measure banning gay marriage and prohibiting state employees from getting benefits for domestic partners. Gov. Bob Taft said he would sign it pending a legal review.
    (SFC, 1/22/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 21, The recording industry sued 532 computer users it said were illegally distributing songs over the Internet.
    (AP, 1/21/05)
2004        Jan 21, Hong Kong officials reported that Avian influenza was detected near 2 chicken farms. 5 people in Vietnam had already died from the recent outbreak.
    (SFC, 1/22/04, p.A3)
2004        Jan 21, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew arrived in Cuba to consecrate  St. Nicholas Cathedral on Jan. 25, said Metropolitan Athenagoras of Panama and Central America. There were 1,200 practicing Orthodox Christians in Cuba.
    (AP, 1/15/04)
2004        Jan 21, The 6-day World Social Forum ended in Bombay, India, as thousands marching against the Iraq war. Some 80,000 people from a hundred countries participated in the forum.
    (SFC, 1/22/04, p.A3)
2004        Jan 21, Most of Iran's ministers and vice presidents submitted resignations to protest the barring of thousands of would-be candidates from upcoming elections. The Guardian Council had just reinstated 200 of the disqualified candidates and said it would reconsider the rest.
    (AP, 1/22/04)
2004        Jan 21, In central Iraq a barrage of mortar fire struck a US military encampment, killing 2 American soldiers and critically wounding a third. In separate incidents, gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying Iraqi women who worked in the laundry at a US military base, killing 4 of them,
    (AP, 1/22/04)
2004        Jan 21, Israeli forces demolished houses in Gaza's Rafah refugee camp for the second straight day in an anti-militant clampdown that has left 400 people homeless. A Palestinian woman was killed.
    (AP, 1/21/04)(WSJ, 1/22/04, p.A1)

2004        Jan 22, US Congress approved an $820 billion spending bill. It included a labeling law for the seafood industry for "country of origin."
    (SFC, 1/23/04, p.A3)(SFC, 2/4/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 22, South Dakota politician Bill Janklow was sentenced to 100 days in jail for an auto accident that killed a motorcyclist and ended Janklow's career in disgrace.
    (AP, 1/22/05)
2004        Jan 22, Enron Corporation's former top accountant, Richard Causey, surrendered to federal authorities; he pleaded innocent to conspiracy and fraud charges.
    (AP, 1/22/05)
2004        Jan 22, James Paul Lewis (58) of Villa Park, Ca., was arrested by FBI agents at a hotel in Houston for allegedly bilking several thousand victims out of millions of dollars in a massive Ponzi scheme. In 2005 he pleaded guilty to mail fraud and money laundering.
    (www.usdoj.gov/usao/cac/pr2004/014.html)
2004        Jan 22, It was reported that Kodak, headquartered in Rochester, NY, planned to cut its work force by as much as 21% by the end of 2006.
    (WSJ, 1/22/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 22, NASA said it lost contact with the Mars spirit rover.
    (WSJ, 1/23/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 22, Ann Miller (81), tap dancing film actress, died in Los Angeles.
    (SFC, 1/23/04, p.A2)(AP, 1/22/05)
2004        Jan 22, In Cambodia gunmen assassinated Chea Vichea, a prominent labor leader linked to the main opposition party, as he read a newspaper on a capital street.
    (AP, 1/22/04)
2004        Jan 22, The Chinese New Year (Lunar Year 4702) ushered in the Year of the Monkey. In Korea the event is called Solnal and in Vietnam it is called Tet. The Chinese New Year marked a traditional time of settling debts. Migrant workers in the Chinese construction industry were reportedly owed over $40 billion in back pay.
    (WSJ, 1/19/04, p.A1)(SFC, 1/22/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 22, In Iraq gunmen firing from a van killed two Iraqi policemen and wounded three others in an attack on a checkpoint between Fallujah and Ramadi.
    (AP, 1/22/04)
2004        Jan 22, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a 14-year-old Palestinian boy as he and six other unarmed teenagers tried to sneak from the Gaza Strip into Israel.
    (AP, 1/22/04)
2004        Jan 22, A Philippine tribunal ordered the immediate transfer to the government of $683 million in illegally accumulated funds from Swiss bank accounts of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
    (AP, 1/22/04)
2004        Jan 22, In Tanzania Judge William Sekule said the tribunal found Jean de Dieu Kamuhanda (51), former minister for culture and higher education, guilty of genocide and extermination for his role the 1994 Rwanda genocide. He was acquitted of eight other charges of crimes against humanity.
    (AP, 1/22/04)
2004        Jan 22, In southern Thailand a Buddhist monk was hacked to death. Muslim extremists were blamed.
    (WSJ, 1/23/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 22, Zimbabwe's only independent daily newspaper brought out a slim edition that was snatched up by readers after a court ordered police to allow the popular Daily News to resume publishing.
    (AP, 1/22/04)

2004        Jan 23, The enduring situation comedy "Friends" filmed its final episode in front of an invitation-only audience.
    (AP, 1/23/05)
2004        Jan 23, US District Judge in LA, Aubrey Collins, ruled that a part of the Patriot Act, that makes it a crime to give expert advice to foreign terrorist organizations, was unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 1/27/04, p.A3)
2004        Jan 23, It was reported that Halliburton told the Pentagon that 2 employees took kickbacks at up to $6 million from a Kuwaiti-based company for supplying US troops in Iraq.
    (SFC, 1/23/04, p.A3)
2004        Jan 23, The Illinois Supreme Court upheld former Gov. George Ryan's powers to commute sentences, keeping 32 spared inmates off death row.
    (AP, 1/23/05)
2004        Jan 23, Bob Keeshan (76), who gently entertained and educated generations of children as television's walrus-mustachioed Captain Kangaroo, died. Keeshan's "Captain Kangaroo" debuted on CBS television in 1955 and ran for 30 years before moving to public TV for 6 more.
    (AP, 1/23/04)
2004        Jan 23, Helmut Newton (83), fashion photographer, died in a car accident in LA.
    (SFC, 1/23/04, p.A2)
2004        Jan 23, Vasili Mitrokhin (81), a KGB archivist whose defection opened up thousands of spy agency’s files to the West, died. He had been living in Britain under a false name and with police protection since his defection in 1992.
    (www.tribuneindia.com/2004/20040131/world.htm)
2004        Jan 23, A bomb planted in a meeting room exploded after a gathering of the Iraqi Communist Party, killing two men in an apparent attack on supporters of the U.S.-backed government
    (AP, 1/23/04)
2004        Jan 23, A Greek-owned cargo ship laden with cement sank near the Mediterranean island of Malta, Greece's Merchant Marine Ministry said. Two crewmen were rescued, but 15 were missing.
    (AP, 1/24/04)
2004        Jan 23, A fire tore through a wedding hall in southern India, killing 45 people, including the groom, and injuring the bride and dozens of guests.
    (AP, 1/23/04)
2004        Jan 23,The World Economic Forum began in Davos, Switzerland. The war in Iraq and the threat of terrorism dominated the Forum as the US appealed for cooperation on both issues and the U.N. chief warned that an overly narrow focus could worsen global tensions.
    (AP, 1/24/04)

2004        Jan 24, Howard Dean sharply questioned John Kerry's judgment on Iraq as Democratic presidential rivals raced through a final weekend of campaigning before the New Hampshire primary.
    (AP, 1/24/05)
2004        Jan 24, NASA's Opportunity rover landed on Mars, arriving at the Red Planet exactly three weeks after its identical twin's landing.
    (AP, 1/24/05)
2004        Jan 24, A car bomb exploded in Khaldiya, a town west of Baghdad, killing three American soldiers and injuring six soldiers and several Iraqi civilians. A series of bombings killed 5 U.S. soldiers in the Sunni Triangle.
    (AP, 1/25/04)(WSJ, 2/13/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 24, Israeli officials said they would release over 400 Arab prisoners in a swap with Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrilla group.
    (SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A3)
2004        Jan 24, Israeli troops shot to death two Palestinian militants who entered an unauthorized military zone near a security barrier separating Gaza from Israel.
    (AP, 1/24/04)
2004        Jan 24, Qatar signed a $2.5 billion deal with Bechtel to begin construction of a new airport near Doha.
    (SFC, 1/27/04, p.B1)   
2004        Jan 24, Some 2,000 opponents of the World Economic Forum marched in Davos, Switz., to protest the meeting, which they say is elitist and does nothing for ordinary people.
    (AP, 1/24/04)
2004        Jan 24, In Bangkok, Thailand, a world record for a mass jump was set by 672 skydivers from 42 countries who leaped from six aircraft.
    (AP, 1/25/04)

2004        Jan 25, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," the final installment of the epic fantasy trilogy that hadn't yet won most major movie awards, finally snared best dramatic film and three other trophies at the Golden Globes. HBO's six-hour adaptation of "Angels in America" won best miniseries or TV movie.
    (AP, 1/26/05)
2004        Jan 25, Outgoing U.S. weapons inspector David Kay told National Public Radio his inability to find illicit arms in Iraq raised serious questions about U.S. intelligence-gathering.
    (AP, 1/25/05)
2004        Jan 25, NASA's Opportunity rover zipped its first pictures of Mars to Earth, delighting and puzzling scientists just hours after the spacecraft bounced to a landing on the opposite side of the red planet from its twin rover, Spirit.
    (AP, 1/25/04)
2004        Jan 25, In Greenville, SC, a fire at a Comfort Inn left 6 people dead.
    (SFC, 1/26/04, p.A3)
2004        Jan 25, Mikhail Saakashvili was inaugurated as Georgia's president.
    (AP, 1/25/05)
2004        Jan 25, In northern Iraq a US helicopter crashed while searching for a river patrol boat that had capsized on the Tigris. A soldier and 2 pilots were missing. 4 Iraqi policemen manning a checkpoint outside Ramadi west of Baghdad were killed in a drive-by shooting. Gunmen also killed three policemen at another checkpoint in Ramadi. US soldiers arrested nearly 50 people and confiscated weapons in several raids in Iraq's volatile Sunni Triangle. Another soldier died of wounds from the previous day's attacks.
    (AP, 1/25/04)(AP, 1/26/04)
2004        Jan 25, Rescuers in the Philippines launched a massive search for 53 fishermen missing after their boats were pounded by strong winds and high waves off three northwestern provinces. At least two fishermen died.
    (AP, 1/25/04)

2004        Jan 26, The White House retreated from its once-confident claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction; Democrats swiftly sought to turn the about-face into an election-year issue.
    (AP, 1/26/05)
2004        Jan 26, The US Congressional Budget Office said the deficits over the coming decade are expected to total $2.4 trillion, 1 trillion more than estimates made 6 months earlier.
    (SFC, 1/27/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 26, Lionel Tate, the Florida teen who'd killed a 6-year-old playmate and became the youngest defendant in the nation to be locked away for life, was released after three years behind bars.
    (AP, 1/26/05)
2004        Jan 26, Cleveland City Hall began a domestic partner's registry, the 1st in the nation created by voters.
    (SFC, 1/27/04, p.A3)
2004        Jan 26, A pair of winter storms blanketed much of the eastern half of the US and police blamed them for at least 34 highway deaths.
    (WSJ, 1/27/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 26, President Hamid Karzai signed Afghanistan's new constitution into law, putting into force a charter meant to reunite his war-shattered nation and help defeat a virulent Taliban insurgency.
    (AP, 1/26/04)
2004        Jan 26, China's President Hu Jintao arrived in France, with European ministers considering Beijing's request that they lift an arms embargo imposed after the killing of Tiananmen Square protesters in 1989.
    (AP, 1/26/04)
2004        Jan 26, Nearly 200 people were missing after a barge caught fire and sank in a river in northwestern Congo near Lukelela. At least 301 people survived.
    (AP, 2/1/04)
2004        Jan 26, In Egypt an 11-story building collapsed in Nasr City, a Cairo suburb, during a fire and at least 14 people, mostly firefighters and police responding to a blaze, were killed.
    (AP, 1/27/04)
2004        Jan 26, Pakistan joined the list of countries affected by the bird flu disease that has sparked mass chicken culls across the region.
    (AP, 1/26/04)
2004        Jan 26, Sudanese planes dropped bombs in western Sudan, sending hundreds of people fleeing across the border into Chad where aid workers scrambled to provide them food and shelter in the barren desert.
    (AP, 1/27/04)
2004        Jan 26, A 6-year-old Thai boy became Asia's seventh confirmed bird flu fatality.
    (AP, 1/26/04)

2004        Jan 27, In New Hampshire John Kerry won the Democratic presidential primary with 39% of the vote. Howard Dean, Wesley Clark, John Edwards and Joe Lieberman followed with 26, 12, 12, and 9%.
    (SFC, 1/28/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 27, The case against Martha Stewart (62) began in NYC. Prosecutors alleged that Stewart intended to commit securities fraud in her Dec 21, 2001, sale of ImClone Systems shares. She was convicted the following March and sentenced to five months in prison.
    (SFC, 2/28/04, p.A3)(AP, 1/27/05)
2004        Jan 27, A new Windows computer virus, a self-propagating worm known as Mydoom or Novarg, continued to spread over the Internet.
    (SFC, 1/28/04, p.B1)
2004        Jan 27, Jack Paar (85), TV host, died in Greenwich, Conn. The "Jack Paar Tonight Show" ran from 1957-1965 and "The Jack Paar Program" ran from 1962-1965. His 1960 memoir was titled "I Kid You Not," which was also his signature line.
    (SFC, 1/28/04, p.A2)
2004        Jan 27, Global health officials listed 6 countries with confirmed cases of H5N1 avian flu. These included Cambodia, China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.
    (WSJ, 1/28/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 27, In Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber struck a convoy of the NATO-led security force in the capital, killing a Canadian soldier and an Afghan civilian.
    (AP, 1/27/04)
2004        Jan 27, In Chechnya at least 8 Russian servicemen were killed and 16 others wounded in the latest rebel raids and land mine explosions.
    (AP, 1/28/04)
2004        Jan 27, Wartime Croatian Serb leader Milan Babic (1991-1992) pleaded guilty to persecution in a plan to ethnically cleanse parts of Croatia of non-Serbs at the outset of the Balkan wars, and expressed "a deep sense of shame" for his crimes. Babic was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
    (AP, 1/27/04)(WSJ, 6/30/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 27, Roadside bombs killed 6 US soldiers in 2 blasts outside Baghdad. 2 CNN employees were killed in an ambush as their crew returned to Baghdad from southern Iraq.
    (AP, 1/27/04)(SFC, 1/28/04, p.A9)
2004        Jan 27, In central Iraq US soldiers killed 3 members of a suspected guerrilla cell linked to the former Baathist regime.
    (AP, 1/27/04)
2004        Jan 27, In Malaysia an Iranian asylum seeker set himself on fire in an apparent suicide attempt outside the Kuala Lumpur headquarters of the UN refugee agency.
    (AP, 1/27/04)
2004        Jan 27, Mexican Army troops arrested Javier Torres Felix, an alleged leader of one of the largest drug trafficking organizations in western Mexico.
    (AP, 1/28/04)
2004        Jan 27, Mexican authorities in Ciudad Juarez said at least 11 bodies were found at a house that had been occupied by alleged drug lord Humberto Santillan Tabares.
    (ST, 1/28/04, p.A8)

2004        Jan 28, David Kay, former head of the CIA's weapons search team in Iraq, told Congress no weapons of mass destruction had been found and that prewar intelligence was "almost all wrong." In 2007 Bob Drogin authored “Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War." Curveball was the code name for an Iraqi chemical engineer who turned up in Germany in 1999 and served as the source for Iraq’s chemical and biological weapons programs.
    (SSFC, 4/11/04, p.A22)(WSJ, 10/13/07, p.W8)(Econ, 11/3/07, p.100)
2004        Jan 28, A new strain of the Mydoom virus emerged. Mydoom.B was programmed to launch an attack against Microsoft's web site the following week.
    (SFC, 1/29/04, p.B1)
2004        Jan 28, Scientists said they had created a new form of matter, called a fermionic condensate, and predicted it could help lead to the next generation of superconductors for use in electricity generation, more efficient trains and countless other applications. It is the sixth known form of matter, after gases, solids, liquids, plasma and a Bose-Einstein condensate, created only in 1995.
    (Reuters, 1/29/04)
2004        Jan 28, The UN was shut down and more than one million children had the day off school on the heels of a storm that dumped as much as 36 cm. of snow in the Northeast.
    (AP, 1/28/04)
2004        Jan 28, Lloyd “Pete" Bucher (76), former U-S Navy commander who helped his USS “Pueblo" crew survive brutal captivity in North Korea then faced criticism back home, died in Poway, California.
    (AP, 1/28/05)
2004        Jan 28, Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch (80), a pro football Hall of Famer and later the athletic director at Wisconsin, died.
    (AP, 1/28/04)
2004        Jan 28, In Afghanistan a suicide car bomber blew himself up in a taxi next to British peacekeepers patrolling the Kabul, killing one soldier and wounding four.
    (AP, 1/28/04)
2004        Jan 28, Arab prisoners began their journey to Germany under a long-awaited prisoner swap between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas.
    (AP, 1/28/04)
2004        Jan 28, Bosnia's international administrator imposed a decree to unify the ethnically divided city of Mostar, a precondition for Bosnia to join international organizations and perhaps even the European Union.
    (AP, 1/28/04)
2004        Jan 28, British PM Tony Blair won vindication when a judge said the BBC was wrong to report the government had “sexed up" intelligence to justify war in Iraq.
    (AP, 1/28/05)
2004        Jan 28, Businesses shut down, schools closed and streets emptied for a 48-hour strike to protest the Dominican Republic's worst economic crisis in decades.
    (AP, 1/28/04)
2004        Jan 28, In the Dominican Republic at least 4 protesters died from gunshot wounds suffered in clashes with security forces.
    (AP, 1/29/04)
2004        Jan 28, In Haiti one student was shot and killed as protests mounted against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
    (AP, 1/28/04)
2004        Jan 28, In Iraq some ten thousand Shiite Muslims protested in the south to demand the resignation of the U.S.-appointed provincial governor.
    (AP, 1/29/04)
2004        Jan 28, In Iraq a suicide bomber blew up a van disguised as an ambulance in front of the Shaheen Hotel after speeding through a security barrier in the heart of Baghdad, killing three people, including a South African, and injuring 17.
    (AP, 1/28/04)(SFC, 1/28/04, p.A9)
2004        Jan 28, Israeli troops clashed with Palestinian militants in fierce, prolonged street battles across Gaza City, killing eight Palestinians.
    (AP, 1/28/04)(SFC, 1/29/04, p.A7)
2004        Jan 28, Italian police said they cracked a drug smuggling ring spanning four continents, arrested more than 150 people and seized more than five tons of cocaine.
    (AP, 1/28/04)
2004        Jan 28, Nigeria said North Korea had agreed to share its missile technology.  Nigerian VP Atiku Abubakar reached the accord with Yang Hyong Sop, the visiting VP of North Korea's Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly. Nigeria rejected the offer under US pressure.
    (AP, 1/28/04)(WSJ, 2/4/04, p.A1)

2004        Jan 29, The US freed 3 juvenile Afghan detainees (13-15) from Guantanamo, Cuba.
    (WSJ, 1/30/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 29,  In Afghanistan an arms dump blast killed 8 American soldiers in a what was likely an accident.
    (SFC, 1/30/04, p.A3)(AP, 1/31/04)
2004        Jan 29, It was reported that Angolan troops and police had driven at least 10,000 Congolese from northern Angola's diamond zones in a bloody month-old campaign.
    (AP, 1/30/04)
2004        Jan 29, M.M. Kaye (95), British author, died in Lavenham, England.
    (AP, 1/29/05)
2004        Jan 29, In Colombia gunmen shot and killed  Marta Lucia Hernandez, the director of one of Colombia's most famous national parks. It was the second high-profile attack in the coastal city of Santa Marta this week.
    (AP, 1/30/04)
2004        Jan 29, Egypt expelled American journalist Charles Levinson. He had written articles on torture and deaths in Egyptian prisons. Levinson was allowed to return in February.
    (SFC, 2/19/04, p.A14)(SFC, 2/21/04, p.A2)
2004        Jan 29, In central Iraq a roadside bomb exploded in Baqouba, wounding 11 Iraqis.
    (AP, 1/29/04)
2004        Jan 29, Israel released 435 prisoners in a swap, mediated by Germany, with the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah in exchange for an Israeli businessman and the bodies of 3 Israeli soldiers. The businessman was Elchanan Tannenbaum, a colonel in Israel’s reserves, who was kidnapped in Dubai in 2000 and had knowledge of an advanced Israeli weapons system.
    (AP, 1/29/04)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.99)
2004        Jan 29, Janet Frame (b.1924), author, died in Dunedin, New Zealand. Her books included “Faces in the Water" (1961). Her 3-volume autobiography was dramatized in the 1990 film "An Angel at My Table."
    (SFC, 1/31/04, p.A1)(Econ, 2/14/04, p.81)
2004        Jan 29, A Palestinian suicide bomber detonated a bag of explosives on a crowded Jerusalem bus outside Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's residence, killing 10 passengers and wounding 50 bystanders.
    (AP, 1/29/04)
2004        Jan 29, In Saudi Arabia some 2 million Muslims from around the world gathered at the start of the annual Hajj.
    (AP, 1/29/04)
2004        Jan 29, Somalia's feuding leaders signed an agreement to form a new government based along clan lines, the first deal of its kind to include all armed groups that have torn the country apart for the last 13 years.
    (AP, 1/29/04)
2004        Jan 29, Widespread drought was reported across southern Africa. Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe were all affected.
    (SFC, 1/29/04, p.A16)

2004        Jan 30, NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity spied hints of a mineral that typically forms in water, a finding that could mean Mars was once wetter and more hospitable to life.
    (AP, 1/30/05)
2004        Jan 30, The Chinese government said audits aimed at ferreting out corruption in China uncovered $8 billion in misused or embezzled funds and widespread irregularities that produced "serious losses" of state assets.
    (AP, 1/30/04)
2004        Jan 30, In remote southwestern Ethiopia tribal fighting, sparked by a raid on a gold mine, began. Over the following week nearly 200 people were killed and some 10,000 others were forced to flee their homes.
    (AP, 2/11/04)
2004        Jan 30, Alain Juppe, former French PM (1995-1997), was found guilty in a party financing scandal and declared ineligible for public office for 10 years.
    (AP, 1/30/04)
2004        Jan 30, Iliad, a French broadband firm founded by Xavier Niel, made a successful IPO. Niel was briefly jailed a few months after its IPO, when it was discovered that one of his sex shops was a front for prostituion. Niel was fully exonerated, but was fined for receiving money from the shop.
    (www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-4228042_ITM)    (Econ, 9/12/09, p.74)
2004        Jan 30, Iran's hard-line Guardian Council reinstated a third of the candidates it had disqualified from next month's legislative elections.
    (AP, 1/30/04)
2004        Jan 30, In Japan a judge ruled that Shuji Nakamura, inventor of the blue light-emitting diode (LED), should share in the profits of his former employers. He was awarded $190 million in a case against Nichia Corp.
    (Econ, 2/7/04, p.60)
2004        Jan 30, A 25-30 seat passenger plane plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off Lagos, Nigeria.
    (AP, 1/30/04)
2004        Jan 30, In Peru VP Raul Diez Canseco resigned amid allegations that he gave a tax break to his girlfriend's father, a scandal that had forced him to step down as trade minister two months earlier.
    (AP, 1/31/04)
2004        Jan 30, It was reported that Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange had filed their 1st suit against the US companies that produced the toxic defoliant used by American forces during the Vietnam War.
    (AP, 2/4/04)

2004        Jan 31, The Mars rover Opportunity rolled off its landing pad onto the surface of Mars.
    (SSFC, 2/1/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 31, In Deh Rawood, Afghanistan, a remote-controlled bomb, thought to have been planted by Taliban or al-Qaida fighters, exploded as a southern Afghan mayor and his family drove by, killing him and seven relatives.
    (AP, 2/1/04)
2004        Jan 31, British Airways and Air France announced the cancellation of seven flights to and from the United States because of security concerns.
    (AP, 1/31/04)
2004        Jan 31, China’s oil-refining boss signed a deal to buy crude oil from Gabon. Pres. Hu Jintao visited Gabon the next day.
    (Econ, 2/7/04, p.45)
2004        Jan 31, Pres. Oscar Berger said Guatemala will distribute 970 tons of food to some 77,000 people in a bid to alleviate hunger in poverty-stricken towns.
    (AP, 1/31/04)
2004        Jan 31, In Iraq a car bomb targeting a police station in Mosul killed nine people and injured 45 others, while three American soldiers died when a roadside bomb ripped through their convoy near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
    (AP, 1/31/04)
2004        Jan 31, In southern Scotland a fire broke out at nursing home, killing 10 residents and injuring six others.
    (AP, 1/31/04)

2004        Jan, The American government set up Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to dispense aid on merit and to improve the effectiveness of American official aid.
    (Econ, 3/15/08, p.84)(www.mcc.gov/about/index.php)(Econ, 3/2/13, p.59)
2004        Jan, The American Economic Association met in San Diego and awarded its 2003 bi-annual John Bates Clark medal (2003) to Steven Levitt of the Univ. of Chicago.
    (Econ, 1/10/04, p.68)
2004        Jan, General Motors announced the purchase of a 51% share of Delta Motors, South Africa’s 4th largest car firm.
    (Econ, 2/14/04, p.62)
2004        Jan, In Florida Terrance Williams (27) disappeared after he was picked up by Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Calkins following the breakdown of his car.
    (SFC, 4/5/12, p.A9)
2004        Jan, In Argentina the Pierre Auger observatory began operating. It covered 3,000 square km. and was named after the physicist who discovered extensive air showers induced by high energy cosmic rays.
    (Econ, 11/10/07, p.100)(www.auger.org/news/PRagn/AGN_correlation_more.html)
2004        Jan, Morocco launched the Arab world's 1st "truth commission." Mohammad VI appointed Driss Benzekri (1950-2007), a former political prisoner, as head. Benzekri was arrested for his left-wing student activities in 1974, and spent 17 years as a political prisoner until his release by Hassan II.
    (WSJ, 1/29/04, p.A1)(SFC, 5/22/07, p.B5)
2004        Jan, Morocco’s parliament passed legislation on women’s rights.
    (WSJ, 8/10/04, p.B1)
2004        Jan, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former World Bank director and Nigeria’s new finance minister, promised that the civil service would be cut by 40%, and that top bureaucrats would have to pass exams.
    (Econ, 2/28/04, p.46)
2004        Jan, In Seoul, South Korea, 9 former prostitutes sued 8 brothel operators for $842,000 in overdue wages and compensation for suffering. 7 of the girls were minors and said they were forced into sexual slavery.
    (WPR, 3/04, p.25)
2004        Jan, Sergiusz Kozubek (26), creator of a website for the town of Koniakow, Poland, (www.koniakow.com), began offering locally produced lace thongs, named stringi, on the site. Women of this Silesian highlands town had produced lace articles for the last 2 centuries.
    (WSJ, 6/2/04, p.B2B)

2004        Feb 1, In Texas a breast belonging to entertainer Janet Jackson escaped after singer Justin Timberlake ripped off one of her chest plates during the halftime Super Bowl performance in Houston. New England Patriots fans turned rowdy after their team's 32-29 win over the Carolina Panthers. CBS' parent company, Viacom, appealed a $550,000 fine.
    (AP, 2/1/04)(SFC, 2/2/04, p.A2)(Econ, 2/7/04, p.55)
2004        Feb 1, In Sarasota, Florida, Carlie Brucia (11) was abducted. Brucia, whose abduction was captured by a surveillance camera, was found Feb 6 in a church parking lot, and Joseph P. Smith, a mechanic, was charged with her murder. Smith (39) was convicted of kidnapping, rape and murder on Nov 17, 2005. In 2006 Smith was sentenced to death.
    (AP, 2/6/04)(SFC, 2/7/04, p.A3)(SFC, 11/18/05, p.A3)(SFC, 3/16/06, p.A7)
2004        Feb 1, The first passenger train to cross Australia from south to north set off on its three-day journey, marking a new era of rail travel through the vast Outback. Regular train service from Adelaide to Darwin would take 43 hours. Plans for the Transcontinental line had begun in 1911.
    (SSFC, 10/26/03, p.A1)(AP, 2/1/04)
2004        Feb 1, China reported 5 more cases of the avian influenza virus.
    (SFC, 2/2/04, p.A4)
2004        Feb 1, Tens of thousands of government opponents marched peacefully to demand President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's resignation. A day earlier Aristide vowed to disarm politically affiliated gangs, reform the police force and implement other measures to end the country's recent unrest.
    (AP, 2/1/04)
2004        Feb 1, More than a third of the Iranian parliament resigned and the speaker delivered a stinging rebuke to the hard-line Guardian Council for its disqualification of hundreds of liberal candidates in upcoming elections.
    (AP, 2/1/04)
2004        Feb 1, In Irbil, Iraq, 2 suicide bombers struck the offices of two U.S.-backed Kurdish parties in near-simultaneous attacks as hundreds of Iraqis gathered to celebrate a Muslim holiday. At least 101 people were killed and more than 235 were wounded. Also about 20 Iraqis were killed when they accidentally set off an explosion while looting a former Iraqi munitions dump in the Polish-controlled south-central region of the country.
    (AP, 2/2/04)(WSJ, 2/4/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 1, Israeli troops riding jeeps and a tank raided the biblical town of Jericho for the first time in months, killing one Palestinian militant and forcing many residents to stay inside at the start of the four-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
    (AP, 2/1/04)
2004        Feb 1, In Tepeyac, Mexico, a fight broke out between two families at an illegal cockfighting den, and seven people were killed.
    (AP, 2/3/04)
2004        Feb 1, In Saudi Arabia 251 Muslim worshipers died in a hajj stampede during the annual stoning of Satan ritual.
    (AP, 2/2/04)(WSJ, 2/3/04, p.A1)

2004        Feb 2, Pres. Bush proposed a $2.4 trillion federal budget with a projected deficit of $521 billion for this year. It included an increase in rent for San Francisco's use of Hetch Hetchy reservoir in the Yosemite Valley from $30,000 a year to $8 million.
    (SFC, 2/3/04, p.A1)(SFC, 2/4/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 2, A white power containing Ricin, a deadly poison, was discovered in a mail room near the office of US Senate majority leader Bill Frist.
    (SFC, 2/3/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 2, An ivory-billed woodpecker, thought to be extinct, was reported in the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge of Arkansas. The last sighting of the bird was in 1944. The sighting put a hold on the Grand Prairie Area Demonstration Project, a $319 million irrigation project to provide water for rice farming, which would divert water from the bird’s habitat.
    (SFC, 4/29/05, p.A1)(Econ, 5/13/06, p.36)
2004        Feb 2, Scientists reported the discovery of elements 113 and 115.
    (SFC, 2/3/04, p.A4)
2004        Feb 2, The US ambassador to Ecuador said the US will withhold $15 million in military aid to Ecuador for not signing an agreement granting US military members immunity from an international court.
    (AP, 2/2/04)
2004        Feb 2, PM Ariel Sharon told his stunned Likud Party he plans to dismantle all Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip, his most specific comment yet on unilateral steps if peace talks fail.
    (AP, 2/2/04)
2004        Feb 2, Israel killed a leader of Islamic Jihad and three other militants in a Gaza raid.
    (AP, 2/2/05)
2004        Feb 2, In Nepal some 15,000 people marched in downtown Kathmandu demanding democratic reforms. Police broke up the rally with tear gas, water cannons and bamboo batons, injuring at least 12 people.
    (AP, 2/2/04)
2004        Feb 2, Pakistan said  Abdul Qadeer Khan, the founder of its nuclear program, has acknowledged in a written statement that he sent sensitive technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea to aid their atomic programs.
    (AP, 2/2/04)
2004        Feb 2,  A 6-year-old Thai boy, who had been in contact with roosters used in cock fights, died in Bangkok of bird flu. Thailand breeders began hiding their valuable fighting roosters.
    (WSJ, 2/10/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 2, In central Turkey an 11-story apartment building collapsed in Konya, killing at least 63 people. 12 people were found alive in the rubble the next day.
    (AP, 2/3/04)(AP, 2/6/04)(AP, 2/7/04)   
2004        Feb 2, In western Uganda a boat overloaded with passengers and cargo capsized in stormy weather on Lake Albert and more than 40 people were feared drowned.
    (AP, 2/3/04)

2004        Feb 3, Kerry won five states (Arizona, Delaware, Missouri, New Mexico, N. Dakota) and the lion's share of the delegates, taking command of the race. Of the 269 delegates up for grabs, Kerry won 144, Edwards 66, Clark 50, Dean seven and Al Sharpton two. Clark squeaked a win in Oklahoma and Edwards won  his home state, S. Carolina.
    (AP, 2/4/04)(USAT, 2/4/04, p.1A)
2004        Feb 3, US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said that a white powder, found in his office in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, tested positive for ricin, forcing closure of Senate office buildings and close scrutiny of congressional mail.
    (AP, 2/3/04)
2004        Feb 3, Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed legislation creating a $500 million tax on Illinois hospitals, which expected increased federal funding under the plan.
    (USAT, 2/4/04, p.9A)
2004        Feb 3, The Ohio Legislature approved a ban on same-sex marriage and barred benefits to both homosexual and heterosexual domestic partners. Gov. Taft planned to sign the bill.
    (SFC, 2/4/04, p.A6)
2004        Feb 3, Oregon voters rejected $800 million in tax increases setting up a new round of cuts in services.
    (WSJ, 2/4/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 3, The US government revoked Guyana's Home Affairs Minister Ronald Gajraj's travel visa. He has been accused of organizing a hit squad blamed in the deaths of more than 40 suspected criminals last year.
    (AP, 2/5/04)(Econ, 5/22/04, p.34)
2004        Feb 3, In southern Russia a car bomb exploded at the central market in Vladikavkaz, near the war-ravaged Chechen Republic.
    (AP, 2/3/04)
2004        Feb 3, Singapore Airlines began 18½ hour non-stop flights to Los Angeles.
    (USAT, 2/5/04, p.1B)

2004        Feb 4, The US Senate, rattled by a ricin attack, began returning to regular business with no illnesses reported.
    (AP, 2/4/05)
2004        Feb 4, John Ashcroft joined security chiefs from 32 nations at a Bali anti-terrorism conference.
    (WSJ, 2/4/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 4, A Massachusetts advisory opinion of the state Supreme Court said gay couples had the right to marry.
    (WSJ, 2/5/04, p.A4)
2004        Feb 4, Hilda Hilst (73), who provoked Brazilian readers with fiction and poetry depicting insanity, the supernatural and erotica, died.
    (AP, 2/4/04)
2004        Feb 4, In Sierra Leone Pres. Ahmed Tejah Kabbah and international sponsors declared a successful end to disarmament, closing a final chapter in an 11-year war that was one of the modern world's most vicious.
    (AP, 2/4/04)

2004        Feb 5, CIA Director George Tenet acknowledged that US spy agencies may have over-estimated Iraq's illicit weapons capabilities.
    (SFC, 2/6/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 5, A US federal judge ruled that high school football players may skip college and go straight to the pros.
    (SFC, 2/6/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 5, NASA restored communications with the Mars Spirit rover.
    (SFC, 2/7/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 5, In northeastern Afghanistan rival armed factions clashed and a state television report said 20 people were killed.
    (AP, 2/7/04)
2004        Feb 5, A lantern festival marking the end of China's Lunar New Year celebrations erupted into a stampede, killing at least 37 people and injuring 15.
    (AP, 2/5/04)
2004        Feb 5, At least 21 shellfish hunters, all apparently Chinese nationals, died when they were trapped by fast-rising tides in treacherous Morecambe Bay in northern England. In 2006 Lin Liang Ren (29) was found guilty in the deaths of the shellfish pickers at Warton Sands. Lin's girlfriend, Zhao Xiao Qing (21) and cousin Lin Mu Yong (31) were also convicted of facilitating the deaths. Liangren was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Xiaoqing was sentenced to 2 years and 9 months. Muyong was sentenced to 4 years and 9 months.
    (AP, 2/6/04)(AP, 3/24/06)(AFP, 3/28/06)
2004        Feb 5, In Haiti an armed opposition group, led by Butteur Metayer, seized control of Gonaives, Haiti's fourth-largest city, burning a police station, freeing prisoners and leaving at least four people reported dead and 20 wounded in clashes with police.
    (AP, 2/5/04)(ST, 3/2/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 5, U.S. and Iraqi forces captured more than 100 suspected guerrillas in raids across the country, arresting one of Saddam Hussein's intelligence chiefs and another Iraqi believed involved in a suicide bombing last month, a U.S.
    (AP, 2/5/04)
2004        Feb 5, Indian soldiers shot and killed 10 suspected Muslim militants in the forests of northern Kashmir.
    (AP, 2/5/04)
2004        Feb 5, Latvian Prime Minister Einars Repse announced Thursday that his 14-month-old government was stepping down, saying his Cabinet can't continue working without a majority in parliament.
    (AP, 2/5/04)
2004        Feb 5, Pakistan's Pres. Musharraf pardoned Abdul Qadeer Khan after Kahn absolved Islamabad of selling nuclear secrets to Iran.
    (WSJ, 2/6/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 5, Seven Russian servicemen were killed and at least 11 wounded over the last 24 hours in the latest rebel attacks in the breakaway region of Chechnya.
    (AP, 2/5/04)
2004        Feb 5, Ugandan rebels attacked a refugee camp in northern Uganda early, killing 54 civilians and two soldiers.
    (AP, 2/6/04)
2004        Feb 5, Journalists at Zimbabwe's only independent daily newspaper left their offices after the Supreme Court upheld that it was a crime to work without a government license.
    (AP, 2/5/04)(WSJ, 2/5/04, p.A1)

2004        Feb 6, Pres. Bush created a bipartisan commission to investigate the quality of intelligence used to justify the war in Iraq. Conclusions were set for March, 2005.
    (SFC, 2/7/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 6, It was reported that John Barr, a Wall Street banker, was named president of the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation. He replaced Joseph Parisi.
    (WSJ, 2/6/04, p.A6)(SSFC, 6/27/04, p.M2)
2004        Feb 6, Delaware Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse said that the bird flu strain, identified as H7, is different from the one that has swept Asia, and isn't a threat to human health. The state has ordered the slaughter of some 12,000 chickens.
    (AP, 2/8/04)
2004        Feb 6-2004 Feb 7, G7 finance ministers met in Boca Raton, Florida, and agreed that more flexibility is desirable for currencies that “lack such flexibility."
    (Econ, 2/14/04, p.70)
2004        Feb 6, Mechanic Joseph P. Smith was charged with murder after authorities in Sarasota, Fla., found the body of 11-year-old girl Carlie Brucia. Her kidnapping had been captured by a carwash surveillance camera.
    (AP, 2/6/05)
2004        Feb 7, In Montana Dick Dasen, prominent Kalispell philanthropist, was arrested in a prostitution sting. In 2005 he was sentenced to 20 years in jail for building up a personal vice-ring of local women and girls. All but 2 year of the sentence was to be suspended pending treatment.
    (Econ, 9/17/05, p.33)(www.newwest.net/index.php/city/article/1262/C8/L8)
2004        Feb 6, Robbers handcuffed 15 workers at a cargo shed on the grounds of London's Heathrow Airport and stole some $3.2 million in British pound notes.
    (AP, 2/7/04)
2004        Feb 6, In Indonesia earthquakes measuring 7.1 and aftershocks hit the remote Papua province, flattening houses and leaving at least 34 people dead and hundreds injured.
    (AP, 2/6/04)(WSJ, 2/9/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 6, Chinese state-run media reported regulators have given preliminary approval for a private airline to be set up in the southwestern city of Chengdu.
    (AP, 2/6/04)
2004        Feb 6, International donors pledged $520 million to start the long process of turning Liberia from a failed war-ravaged state into a democracy with a thriving economy.
    (AP, 2/8/04)
2004        Feb 6, In Mexico deputy ministers from 34 nations in the Americas failed to reach agreement on a framework for the Free Trade Area of the Americas, stymied by differences on the contentious issue of U.S. farm subsidies.
    (AP, 2/6/04)
2004        Feb 6, Nigeria ordered an investigation into allegations that a Halliburton Co. subsidiary paid $180 million in bribes to land a natural gas project (1995-2002), while US Vice President Dick Cheney was head of Halliburton.
    (AP, 2/6/04)(WSJ, 2/5/04, p.A6)
2004        Feb 6, A bomb ripped through a Moscow subway car during rush hour morning, killing 41 people and wounding 134. Chechen rebels were blamed.
    (AP, 2/6/04)(SFC, 2/7/04, p.A1)(AP, 2/12/04)

2004        Feb 7, John Kerry scored decisive wins in Michigan and Washington state Democratic presidential primaries.
    (AP, 2/8/04)
2004        Feb 7, In Haiti police reinforcements fought bloody battles with gunmen as they tried to retake Gonaives from rebels who seized it. At least 7 police and 2 militants were killed.
    (AP, 2/8/04)
2004        Feb 7, An Israeli helicopter fired a missile into a car traveling in a crowded Gaza City street, killing Aziz Mahmoud Shami, a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and a 12-year-old boy on his way to school. The attack wounded 10 Palestinians, three of them critically.
    (AP, 2/7/04)
2004        Feb 7, In northern Kenya tribal fighting between cattle rustlers and herdsmen killed at least 13 people, including three children.
    (AP, 2/11/04)
2004        Feb 7, Nearly 400 members of Yasser Arafat's ruling Fatah Party resigned to protest what they call corruption and bad leadership within the group.
    (AP, 2/7/04)
2004        Feb 7, Sri Lanka's president dissolved parliament, paving the way for elections nearly three years ahead of schedule.
    (AP, 2/8/04)

2004        Feb 8, At the Grammy Awards, rap funksters OutKast won album of the year for "Speakerboxxx-The Love Below" and Beyonce took home a record-tying five trophies.
    (AP, 2/8/05)
2004        Feb 8, President Bush denied marching America into war under false pretenses and said in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" the U.S.-led invasion was necessary because Saddam Hussein could have developed a nuclear weapon.
    (AP, 2/8/05)
2004        Feb 8, John Kerry won the Maine caucuses.
    (SFC, 2/9/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 8, In northeastern Afghanistan 4 days of fighting between rival warlords over control of the drug trade left 7 dead and 8 wounded.
    (SFC, 2/9/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 8, In Brazil 49 inmates slipped through a bathroom wall of a Rio de Janeiro jail cell in an escape caught on a surveillance camera. Authorities suspended six prison guards.
    (AP, 2/9/04)
2004        Feb 8, US Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld visited Croatia and thanked Pres. Stipe Mesic for Croatia's small military police contingent (50) in Iraq.
    (AP, 2/8/04)
2004        Feb 8, Socialist voters across Greece cast symbolic ballots to hand the party's leadership to Foreign Minister George Papandreou.
    (AP, 2/8/04)
2004        Feb 8, In Suwayrah, Iraq, a bomb inside a police station exploded soon after the morning roll call, killing 3 police officer and injuring 11 others.
    (AP, 2/8/04)
2004        Feb 8, A UN team met with Iraqi leaders to discuss the feasibility of early legislative elections, and its leader pledged to do "everything possible" to help the country regain its sovereignty.
    (AP, 2/8/04)
2004        Feb 8, In New Zealand some 3,400-gallons of fuel spilled in a fjord listed as a World Heritage site. Officials the next day said the spill in Milford Sound fjord was "eco-terrorism and economic sabotage" against the country's lucrative tourism industry.
    (AP, 2/8/04)
2004        Feb 8, Swiss voters approved a measure to put into effect some of Europe's harshest laws on violent criminals and pedophiles.
    (SFC, 2/9/04, p.A3)

2004        Feb 9, President Bush and Democratic front-runner John Kerry sparred over the president's economic leadership, while Kerry's rivals sought to slow his brisk pace.
    (AP, 2/9/05)
2004        Feb 9, Tower Records Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, after the music and entertainment chain has so far proven unable to cope with competition from large retailers, digital downloading and file copying.
    (Reuters, 2/9/04)
2004        Feb 9, Robert P. Neuschel (84), consultant and business professor, died. His book “The Servant Leader" was published in 2005.
    (WSJ, 1/20/06, p.W6)(www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/news/hits/040212cst.htm)
2004        Feb 9, Rebel attacks and land mines in Chechnya killed at least 9 Russian servicemen and local pro-Moscow police over the last 24 hours.
    (SFC, 2/10/04, p.A6)
2004        Feb 9, An Egyptian enraged at the events in the Middle East stabbed 2 foreign tourists in Cairo’s historic Ghawriya district.
    (WSJ, 10/11/04, p.A17)
2004        Feb 9, In Haiti government police retook 2 of nearly a dozen towns seized by rebels as the death toll in the violent uprising rose to at least 40.
    (SFC, 2/9/04, p.A5)(AP, 2/9/05)
2004        Feb 9, Culturecom Holdings Ltd. of Hong Kong unveiled a DVD player and word-processing device built with chips developed by Chinese computer scientist Chu Bong-foo. Chu found a way to put Asia characters in position to command binary code.
    (WSJ, 2/9/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 9, Japan passed a law making it easier to impose economic sanctions on impoverished North Korea, prompting the communist country to demand that Tokyo be barred from future multilateral talks on its nuclear program.
    (AP, 2/9/04)
2004        Feb 9, In Malaysia anti-corruption officers arrested the former head of scandal-plagued steel company Perwaja.
    (AP, 2/9/04)
2004        Feb 9, Saloum Cohen (82), high priest of the tiny Samaritan community and a Palestinian lawmaker, died. Cohen had been the spiritual head of the 660-strong Samaritans since 2001.
    (AP, 2/9/04)
2004        Feb 9, The UN adopted Resolution 1559. It called for free elections in Lebanon and the withdrawal of all foreign forces and the disbanding of all militias.
    (www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2004/sc8181.doc.htm)
2004        Feb 9, Venezuela devalued its currency by 17 percent against the U.S. dollar, a surprise decision that could fuel inflation but help the government meet financing needs.
    (AP, 2/9/04)

2004        Feb 10, The White House released documents on Pres. Bush's time of service in the Air National Guard. Questions remained over his service in Alabama in 1972.
    (SFC, 2/11/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 10, Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry rolled to dominating wins in Virginia and Tennessee, scoring a Southern sweep that knocked rival Wesley Clark out of the race and put the nomination within reach.
    (Reuters, 2/11/04)
2004        Feb 10, NYC said nearly 4% of men age 40-49 in the city have AIDS or are infected with HIV.
    (WSJ, 2/11/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 10, Edward Jablonski (81), writer, died in NYC. Noted for his biographies of composers, his over 2 dozen books also covered aviation and aerial warfare.
    (SFC, 2/14/04, p.A22)
2004        Feb 10, OPEC met in Algiers and agreed to reduce its official production by 1 million barrels-a-day beginning Apr 1. Current production was 24.5 million.
    (WSJ, 2/11/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 10, The US broke ground for a new U.S. Embassy compound in the Chinese capital, billed by the American government as the largest State Department project ever built on foreign soil.
    (AP, 2/10/04)
2004        Feb 10, French legislators voted 494-36 to ban religious emblems such as Muslim head scarves from state schools.
    (WSJ, 2/11/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 10, French prosecutors launched a money-laundering probe into the alleged transfers of $11.5 million dollars to accounts held by the wife of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
    (AP, 2/11/04)(WSJ, 2/11/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 10, In Haiti government supporters in Cap-Haitien, the second largest city, built flaming barricades to keep rebels out. UN aid officials warned of a looming humanitarian crisis.
    (AP, 2/10/04)
2004        Feb 10, An Iranian Fokker-50 plane carrying mostly foreign workers crashed as it approached Sharjah airport in the United Arab Emirates, killing 43 people aboard. 3 survived.
    (AP, 2/10/04)
2004        Feb 10, In Iskandariyah, Iraq, a car bomb exploded at a police station south of Baghdad as dozens of would-be recruits lined up to apply for jobs, and a hospital official said at least 53 people were killed and 50 others wounded.
    (AP, 2/10/04)(WSJ, 2/11/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 10, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi met with Libya leader Moammar Gadhafi, and the United States said it had restored diplomatic contacts with the country. In London, Prime Minister Tony Blair held talks with the Libyan foreign minister.
    (AP, 2/10/04)
2004        Feb 10, In Nicaragua Carlos Guadamuz, the former director of the state-run radio program, was shot and killed, days after he said he received death threats. In 1969, he had dressed up as a woman and tried to hijack a plane to Cuba. He was then jailed for many years under former President Anastasio Somoza Dabayle.
    (AP, 2/10/04)

2004        Feb 11, Wesley Clark dropped out of the race for the White House.
    (AP, 2/11/05)
2004        Feb 11, It was reported that Mattel planned to introduce a line of toys capable of receiving digital signals from a new Batman TV cartoon show scheduled for the Fall.
    (WSJ, 2/11/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 11, Cable TV giant Comcast Corp. launched a hostile bid to buy The Walt Disney Co. for more than $54 billion. Comcast later dropped its bid.
    (WSJ, 2/12/04, p.A1)(AP, 2/11/05)
2004        Feb 11, In eastern Afghanistan a suicide attacker fatally shot a senior intelligence official in Khost, then blew himself up as guards tried to arrest him.
    (AP, 2/11/04)(WSJ, 2/12/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 11, In Bolivia 2 inmates were voluntarily nailed to crosses by their fellow prisoners as part of a protest for better conditions and shorter sentences that was broadcast on TV.
    (AP, 2/11/04)
2004        Feb 11, A gas explosion in a coal mine in southern China killed 24 miners.
    (AP, 2/11/04)
2004        Feb 11, Jozef Lenart (80), a former Czechoslovak prime minister cleared of treason charges for his alleged role in the 1968 Soviet-led invasion that crushed the country's democratic movement, died. He served as prime minister of Czechoslovakia from 1963-1968 and headed the Slovak Communist Party until 1988. A Slovak national he acquired Czech citizenship after Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993.
    (AP, 2/12/04)
2004        Feb 11, In Haiti pro-Aristide supporters killed up to 50 residents of St. Marc.
    (Econ, 5/14/05, p.42)(www.haitipolicy.org/content/2969.htm)
2004        Feb 11, In Iraq a suicide attacker blew up a car packed with explosives in a crowd of hundreds of Iraqis waiting outside a Baghdad army recruiting center, killing 47 people in the second bombing in two days.
    (AP, 2/11/05)
2004        Feb 11, Israeli troops rode tanks into the Gaza Strip searching for Islamic militants firing rockets at nearby Jewish settlements, and the ensuing battle left at least 15 Palestinians dead and more than 50 wounded.
    (AP, 2/11/04)(SFC, 2/12/04, p.A8)
2004        Feb 11, The bodies of 2 Americans, Francisco A. Antonielli (33) and James F. Bowtte (43), were discovered in a parking garage at the airport in Tijuana, Mexico, the apparent victims of a drug-related gunbattle.
    (AP, 2/11/04)
2004        Feb 11, Philippine troops rescued Alastair Joseph Onglingswan (35), a kidnapped American businessman, who was chained by his neck and feet for 22 days by a lone abductor.
    (AP, 2/11/04)
2004        Feb 11, In Puerto Rico 4 people were killed in separate shootings over the last 24 hours, pushing the number of deaths past the 100 mark for this year. There were 780 killings in 2003, compared with 781 in 2002. Police say most of the violence on the island of 4 million people is drug-related.
    (AP, 2/11/04)
2004        Feb 11, South Korean scientists reported that they had cloned human embryonic tissue cells.
    (SFC, 2/12/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 11, Sri Lanka's president fired 39 ministers and deputy ministers from the caretaker government headed by her rival.
    (AP, 2/11/04)
2004        Feb 11, Sudan government-backed militias reportedly attacked five villages in southern Darfur region, killing between 68 and 80 civilians. "Amnesty International continued to receive details of horrifying attacks against civilians in villages by government warplanes, soldiers and government-aligned militia."
    (AP, 2/18/04)

2004        Feb 12, Behrooz Sarshar, an Iranian emigre in his mid-sixties and former FBI translator, stated he was forced to retire from the FBI (in November 2002) after a two-and-a-half year OPR investigation in which he was accused of talking about FBI matters with non-FBI people.
    (http://cryptome.org/nara/behrooz-sarshar.pdf)
2004        Feb 12, Four men were charged in a 42-count indictment alleging they'd run a steroid-distribution ring that provided performance-enhancing drugs to dozens of athletes in the NFL, the major leagues and track and field.
    (AP, 2/12/05)
2004        Feb 12, SF Mayor Gavin Newsom authorized the county clerk to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of state law. Some 90 gay and lesbian couples were wed and over the next few days some 2,000 took their vows.
    (SFC, 2/13/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/17/04, p.A1)(SFC, 6/27/15, p.A12)
2004        Feb 12, Mattel released news that Barbie would have a new boyfriend named Blaine, an Australian boogie boarder. Barbie’s new “Cali Girl" lined was set to debut in the summer.
    (ST, 7/29/04, p.C8)
2004        Feb 12, A union representing almost 50,000 university teachers in Britain voted to strike over pay.
    (AP, 2/12/04)
2004        Feb 12, Wang Huaizhong (57), a former Chinese provincial vice governor, was executed in Shandong province for taking more than $600,000 in bribes.
    (AP, 2/12/04)
2004        Feb 12, In Congo a Kenyan army officer, investigating reports of fighting between the rival Hema and Lendu tribal militias, was shot to death when his U.N. military convoy came under fire in Ituri province.
    (AP, 2/14/04)
2004        Feb 12, Malaysia's land minister was arrested and charged for his involvement a deal to sell millions of dollars worth of shares his government agency owned in the second high-profile anti-corruption case this week amid a government crackdown.
    (AP, 2/12/04)

2004        Feb 13, President Bush, trying to calm a political storm, ordered the release of his Vietnam-era military records to counter Democrats' suggestions that he'd shirked his duty in the Texas Air National Guard.
    (AP, 2/13/05)
2004        Feb 13, The FCC began writing rules to enable users to access the Internet through electric power lines.
    (SFC, 2/13/04, p.B1)
2004        Feb 13, San Francisco issued 665 same-sex marriage licenses as hundreds more gay couples rushed to tie the knot before the opportunity slipped away.
    (AP, 2/13/04)
2004        Feb 13, In Qatar Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev (51), Chechnya's exiled former president, was assassinated when a bomb blew apart his car as he left a mosque with his teenage son (13). He was wanted by Russia for terrorism and ties to al-Qaida.
    (AP, 2/13/04)
2004        Feb 13, Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders agreed to resume full negotiations next week to end the 30-year division of Cyprus before it joins the European Union on May 1.
    (AP, 2/13/04)
2004        Feb 13, In Jamaica hundreds of people rioted in Kingston, attacking a police station and setting cars ablaze after a policeman allegedly shot and wounded a high-school student.
    (AP, 2/13/04)
2004        Feb 13, A Cambodian-flagged vessel that sank near the entrance of the Bosporus. A snowstorm sweeping out of the Balkans disrupted travel across Turkey and Greece, forcing rescuers to call off the search for the 20 crew members of the cargo ship.
    (AP, 2/13/04)
2004        Feb 13, It was reported that police in Mauritania had arrested of five suspected members of Afghanistan's Taliban movement.
    (AP, 2/13/04)

2004        Feb 14, It was reported that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had donated $82.9 million to the Areas Global TB Vaccine Foundation for the development of a tuberculosis vaccine.
    (SFC, 2/13/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 14, Al-Hurra (the Free One), a US backed Arabic-language satellite TV service, began broadcasting from Fairfax, Virginia.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alhurra)(Econ, 10/29/05, p.57)
2004        Feb 14, China executed Yang Xinhua (38), a man convicted of murdering 67 people, in what media said might be the country's longest killing spree in modern history. Yang was convicted of 67 killings and 23 rapes in Henan and three other provinces. His crime spree began in 2001 following release from a labor camp and ended with his capture in November.
    (AP, 2/14/04)
2004        Feb 14, In France thousands of people marched to protest a law banning the Islamic coverings and other religious apparel in public schools.
    (AP, 2/14/04)
2004        Feb 14, In Iraq guerrillas launched a bold daylight assault on an Iraqi police station and security compound west of Baghdad, freeing prisoners and sparking a gunbattle that killed 23 people and wounded 33.
    (SSFC, 2/15/04, p.A1)(AP, 2/14/05)
2004        Feb 14, In Moscow, Russia, an indoor water park roof collapsed, killing 28 people and injuring more than 100.
    (AP, 2/15/04)(AP, 2/14/05)
2004        Feb 14, In northern Pakistan two strong earthquakes triggered landslides and toppled walls that killed at least 24 people and injured about 30 others.
    (AP, 2/15/04)(AP, 2/16/04)
2004        Feb 14, In Uganda a tanker truck carrying diesel fuel collided with a packed minibus and burst into flames, killing at least 32 people.
    (AP, 2/15/04)   

2004        Feb 15, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 on the same track where his father was killed three years earlier.
    (AP, 2/15/05)
2004        Feb 15, John Kerry won the DC and Nevada presidential caucuses.
    (SSFC, 2/15/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 15, Actress Jan Miner (86), best known as "Madge the manicurist" in Palmolive TV ads, died in Bethel, Conn.
    (AP, 2/15/05)
2004        Feb 15, In Brazil gunmen ambushed a busload of police in Rio and killed 3 officers.
    (WSJ, 2/17/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 15, In northeastern China a fire swept through a shopping center, killing 51 people and injuring dozens more. Hours later, a fire in a temple in the country's southeast killed 39 people. The 2 blazes killed at least 93 people.
    (AP, 2/15/04)(AP, 2/15/05)
2004        Feb 15, In India a boat carrying villagers returning from a picnic capsized in the Ganges River. 17 people were missing and believed drowned.
    (AP, 2/15/04)
2004        Feb 15, Iraqi police arrested No. 41 on the American military's most-wanted list, Baath Party official Mohammed Zimam Abdul-Razaq.
    (AP, 2/15/04)
2004        Feb 15, In Peru the government of embattled President Alejandro Toledo appointed a new lineup of Cabinet ministers as he tries to survive a deepening political crisis. It was Toledo's fifth shake-up in 30 months.
    (AP, 2/16/04)

2004        Feb 16, A confident John Kerry launched a full-throttle attack on President Bush's economic policies, mostly ignoring his Democratic rivals on the eve of the Wisconsin primary.
    (AP, 2/16/05)
2004        Feb 16, In Ohio a crane collapsed at an I-80 bridge near Toledo and 3 workers were killed.
    (WSJ, 2/17/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 16, In Australia rioters set fire to a train station and pelted police with gasoline bombs in an Aboriginal ghetto in Sydney during a nine-hour street battle that began after a teenager died, allegedly while being chased by officer.
    (AP, 2/16/04)
2004        Feb 16, In Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko ordered the Justice Ministry to strengthen control over political parties, community organizations and unions.
    (AP, 2/16/04)
2004        Feb 16, Ex-soldiers took Haiti's rebellion to the key central city of Hinche, torching the police station and freeing prisoners.
    (AP, 2/17/04)
2004        Feb 16, India and Pakistan began historic meetings aimed at preparing for a sustained peace dialogue on Kashmir and other disputes.
    (AP, 2/16/04)
2004        Feb 16, An earthquake shook Indonesia's Sumatra island, killing five people and damaging 60 homes.
    (AP, 2/17/04)
2004        Feb 16, In Iraq 3 U.S. soldiers were killed in roadside bomb blasts. A bomb exploded in a schoolyard in a Shiite Muslim neighborhood in Baghdad, killing at least one child and wounding three other people,
    (AP, 2/16/04)(SFC, 2/17/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 16, Thailand officials said bird flu has been detected in a previously unaffected Thai province and has resurfaced in eight other provinces that were under observation.
    (AP, 2/16/04)

2004        Feb 17, Cameron Todd Willingham (b.1968) was executed in Texas. He had been convicted of murdering his three young children by arson at the family home in Corsicana, Texas on December 23, 1991. An informant who sent him to jail later said he lied in order to get a reduced sentence on pending robbery charges.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameron_Todd_Willingham)(Econ, 10/4/14, p.33)
2004        Feb 17, In Wisconsin John Kerry won the primary with about 40 percent of the vote while Edwards finished a close second with 34 percent. Dean, who had banked his future on a strong showing, drew just 18 percent.
    (AP, 2/18/04)(SFC, 2/18/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 17, Cingular Wireless won the bidding war to acquire AT&T Wireless Services for nearly $41 billion in cash, a deal that would create the largest cell phone company in the US.
    (AP, 2/17/04)
2004        Feb 17, In Connecticut 2 cranes collapsed at a bridge construction site and one worker was killed.
    (WSJ, 2/18/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 17, In Ecuador riot police firing tear gas clashed with hundreds of Indian protesters, leaving at least 17 people injured in the second day of demonstrations demanding more roads and better education for isolated Andean communities. Separately prison inmates held 360 visitors hostage to protest overcrowding, long sentences and poor conditions including a lack of running water.
    (AP, 2/17/04)
2004        Feb 17, Finnish technology group Setec said it won the first order for passports with new biometric technology required by international aviation authorities and the U.S. government.
    (AP, 2/17/04)
2004        Feb 17, The Gambian president announced the discovery of "large quantities" of oil in his tiny West African nation, saying the offshore find would eliminate poverty and hunger.
    (AP, 2/17/04)
2004        Feb 17, In Haiti pres. Aristide said the nation is in the throes of a coup attempt and appealed for international help.
    (WSJ, 2/18/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 17, India and Pakistan reached a broad agreement on the timetable for sustained peace talks on disputed Kashmir and other tough issues separating the South Asian neighbors.
    (AP, 2/17/04)
2004        Feb 17, In Iraq roadside bombs killed 2 U.S. soldiers in separate attacks in Baghdad and Sunni Muslim areas to the north of the capital.
    (AP, 2/17/04)
2004        Feb 17, A new study reported that 2 cows in Italy had been found with a new form of mad cow disease, bovine amyloidotic spongiform encephalopathy (BASE).
    (SFC, 2/17/04, p.A7)
2004        Feb 17, Jose Lopez Portillo (83), former Mexican president (1976-1982) who governed through an oil-driven boom to a debt-induced bust, died of complications from pneumonia.
    (AP, 2/18/04)
2004        Feb 17, The Dutch parliament approved a measure to expel 26,000 people seeking political asylum, despite objections from left-leaning political parties and human rights groups.
    (AP, 2/17/04)
2004        Feb 17, UN agencies began urgently airlifting relief supplies into eastern Chad and western Sudan to help more than 600,000 Sudanese lacking food, water and medical supplies because of fighting.
    (AP, 2/17/04)

2004        Feb 18, The US federal debt passed the $7 trillion mark.
    (WSJ, 2/19/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 18, President Bush praised social progress in Tunisia and welcomed its leader, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, as a partner in the fight against terrorism while also urging political reforms in the moderate Muslim nation in North African nation.
    (AP, 2/18/04)
2004        Feb 18, The race for the Democratic nomination narrowed to a two-man contest between front-runner John Kerry and plucky rival John Edwards after Howard Dean ended his bid before the campaign spread to the 10 crucial "Super Tuesday" states.
    (AP, 2/18/04)
2004        Feb 18, Scientists reported that X-rays from galaxy RX J1242-11 indicated a black hole tearing apart a star and gobbling up a share of its gaseous mass.
    (SFC, 2/19/04, p.A9)
2004        Feb 18, In Neyshabur, northeastern Iran, a 51-car train, carrying fuel, fertilizer and industrial chemicals, derailed and exploded. It rolled out of a switchyard and eventually reach a speed of more than 90 mph before it derailed, caught fire and exploded. The explosions destroyed five villages killing at least 200 people and injuring hundreds more.
    (AP, 2/19/04)(AP, 4/23/04)
2004        Feb 18, In Iraq 2 trucks packed with explosives blew up outside Hilla, Polish-run base south of Baghdad, after coalition forces opened fire on the suicide bombers racing toward them. 11 Iraqi civilians were killed and at least 64 people were wounded.
    (AP, 2/18/04)(SFC, 2/19/04, p.A14)
2004        Feb 18, Ireland's government announced plans to ban smoking in all enclosed workplaces as of March 29.
    (SFC, 2/19/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 18, The armed Basque separatist group ETA unilaterally declared a cease-fire for the northeastern region of Catalonia, but the move was immediately criticized by Spain's prime minister and politicians who refuse to negotiate with the militant group.
    (AP, 2/18/04)
2004        Feb 18, The UN said it would redeploy 4,000 of its forces to Congo's volatile northeast, where peacekeepers have come under fire from rival ethnic militias fighting for control of mineral riches.
    (AP, 2/18/04)
2004        Feb 18, In northern Uganda government soldiers backed by helicopter gunships attacked a group of rebels in a remote village, killing 36 insurgents.
    (AP, 2/19/04)

2004        Feb 19, The AFL-CIO endorsed Democrat John Kerry for president.
    (AP, 2/19/05)
2004        Feb 19, After sanctioning more than 2,800 gay marriages, the city of San Francisco sued the state of California, challenging its ban on same-sex marriages.
    (AP, 2/19/05)
2004        Feb 19, Jeffrey Skilling, former CEO of Enron, pleaded not guilty to 35 felony charges and was released after posting a $5 million bail.
    (SFC, 2/20/04, p.B1)
2004        Feb 19, It was announced that Philip Anschutz (64), Denver billionaire and founder of Qwest Communications, purchased the Fang newspapers including the SF Examiner for $20 million.
    (SFC, 2/21/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 19, In Canada bird flu was detected at a chicken producer in the Fraser Valley near Vancouver. By the end of April some 19 million birds were culled, But the disease continued to spread.
    (ST, 4/30/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 19, In Iraq an explosion ripped through an infantry patrol in an insurgent center west of Baghdad, killing two U.S. soldiers and injuring another.
    (AP, 2/19/04)
2004        Feb 19, In Kenya a fire raced through a Nairobi slum, destroying hundreds of ramshackle tin and timber houses and leaving 4,500 families homeless.
    (AP, 2/20/04)
2004        Feb 19, A Japanese consortium announced it will develop an Iranian oil field with reserves of up to 26 billion barrels. The deal was opposed by the United States because of fears the money could go to nuclear proliferation.
    (AP, 2/19/04)

2004        Feb 20, Pres. Bush bypassed the Senate and seated William H. Pryor Jr., Alabama attorney and abortion opponent, as an appeals court judge through 2005.
    (SFC, 2/21/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 20, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger directed the California state attorney general to take immediate legal steps to stop SF from granting marriage licenses to gay couples.
    (AP, 2/21/04)(SFC, 2/21/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 20, In Virginia 1 person won at least $230 million in the Mega Millions lottery, becoming the biggest winner in the game's history.
    (AP, 2/21/04)
2004        Feb 20, In Texas a strain of avian flu was reported in Gonzales County. Further checks revealed that it was highly pathogenic, but posed little risk to humans.
    (SFC, 2/24/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 20,  The US and a host of other countries urged Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and opposition leaders to form a broad-based government as a move toward ending weeks of bloody conflict. Haiti's poorly trained and equipped police put up little resistance as rebels moved against the government.
    (AP, 2/20/04)
2004        Feb 20, In Iran Islamic hard-liners and reformers dueled during parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 2/20/04)
2004        Feb 20, Lithuania expelled three Russian diplomats for trying to gather information related to the impeachment of Lithuanian President Rolandas Paksas "in an improper and illegal way."
    (AP, 2/27/04)

2004        Feb 21, The Mississippi was closed near New Orleans following a ship collision that left 5 crewmen lost.
    (WSJ, 2/23/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 21, In Albania some 6-20 thousand people marched in Tirana in opposition to PM Fatos Nano and his Socialist-led government.
    (SSFC, 2/22/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 21, Colombian troops clashed with leftist rebels and outlawed paramilitaries in separate offensives, killing 38 fighters. Ten soldiers were also killed.
    (AP, 2/23/04)
2004        Feb 21, in northern Honduras the disfigured body of a young man was found along with a message threatening the Honduran president. The discovery marks the 10th such slaying apparently carried about by gangs protesting a government crackdown.
    (AP, 2/23/04)
2004        Feb 21, Iran's hard-line Islamic rulers claimed that voters dealt reformers a decisive blow with a strong turnout in disputed parliament elections, but partial returns suggested the pro-reform boycott had an impact.
    (AP, 2/21/04)
2004        Feb 21, The International Red Cross visited former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who was in U.S. custody.
    (AP, 2/21/05)
2004        Feb 21, In northern Uganda LRA rebels attacked a refugee camp, torching homes and gunning people down as they fled. At least 192 people were killed, some perishing in the flames of their own homes.
    (AP, 2/22/04)(WSJ, 6/28/04, p.A10)

2004        Feb 22, The final TV episode of "Sex and the City" aired after a 6-season run.
    (SFC, 2/23/04, p.A2)
2004        Feb 22, Ralph Nader announced that he would run for the US presidency.
    (SFC, 2/23/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 22, In San Jose, Ca., Ranbir Singh (43) opened fire on a group of Sikh men playing cards and killed 3. Singh was killed after the group turned on him.
    (SFC, 2/23/04, p.A1)(SFC, 2/24/04, p.A15)
2004        Feb 22, US and British special forces reportedly had cornered Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a mountainous area in northwest Pakistan, near the Afghanistan border.
    (AP, 2/22/04)
2004        Feb 22, In Angola a tanker truck carrying gasoline exploded near the capital of Luanda, killing 18 people and injuring 87.
    (AP, 2/23/04)
2004        Feb 22, At least 66 people died in weekend clashes among Colombian troops, leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitary forces.
    (AP, 2/23/04)
2004        Feb 22, In southeast Congo a militia led by a commander named "Cut-Throat" massacred more than 100 civilians and soldiers.
    (AP, 2/24/04)
2004        Feb 22, Giorgio Armani signed a $1 billion hotel venture with Dubai’s Emaar Properties.
    (Econ, 2/28/04, p.61)
2004        Feb 22, In Haiti rebels attacked the government's last major stronghold in the north, Cap-Haitien, and witnesses reported hearing gunfire on the outskirts of the city.
    (AP, 2/22/04)
2004        Feb 22, In Iran hard-line Islamic candidates appeared likely to take control in the liberal stronghold of Tehran and held a wide lead nationwide after parliamentary elections from which hundreds of liberal candidates were barred.
    (AP, 2/22/04)
2004        Feb 22,  Gunmen attacked Iraqi police in two northern Iraqi cities, sparking clashes that killed two attackers. Meanwhile, jailed former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein wrote a letter to his family for the international Red Cross to deliver.
    (AP, 2/22/04)
2004        Feb 22, In Israel a suicide bomber blew himself up on a crowded Jerusalem bus, killing eight people and wounding 59.
    (AP, 2/22/04)
2004        Feb 22, Japanese authorities confirmed the nation's 10th case of mad cow disease since the first sick animal was discovered in September 2001.
    (AP, 2/22/04)
2004        Feb 22, In Nepal a land mine exploded beneath a bus carrying Nepalese soldiers, killing three people and injuring 15 others.
    (AP, 2/22/04)
2004        Feb 22, An Islamic state in Nigeria that is at the heart of a spreading Africa polio outbreak declared it would not relent on its boycott of a mass vaccination program which it called a U.S. plot to spread AIDS and infertility among Muslims.
    (AP, 2/22/04)

2004        Feb 23, Pentagon officials opened a criminal fraud investigation of Halliburton on fuel overpricing in Iraq.
    (SFC, 2/24/04, p.A8)
2004        Feb 23, The US Army cancelled a $39 billion Comanche helicopter program after spending $6.9 billion. Boeing and Sikorsky were the main contractors.
    (SFC, 2/24/04, p.A5)
2004        Feb 23, US Education Secretary Rod Paige likened the National Education Association, the nation's largest teachers union, to a "terrorist organization" during a private White House meeting with governors. Paige later called it a poor choice of words, but stood by his claim the NEA was using "obstructionist scare tactics" in its fight over the nation's education law.
    (AP, 2/23/05)
2004        Feb 23, James Joseph Minder (74) resigned as chairman of Smith & Wessen Holding Corp. following revelations that he had served years in prison for armed robbery in Michigan, where he was once known as the "Shotgun Bandit."
    (WSJ, 3/8/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 23, British law changed to allow immigrants to work but not claim most welfare benefits.
    (Econ, 2/28/04, p.52)
2004        Feb 23, Envoys from 6 nations gathered in Beijing for talks on the North Korean nuclear crisis.
    (WSJ, 2/24/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 23, In northeastern China a coal mine explosion killed at least 24 miners as rescue workers scrambled to find 13 more trapped miners.
    (AP, 2/24/04)
2004        Feb 23, Rebels who overran Haiti's second-largest city began detaining people identified as supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and said they soon will attack Haiti's capital. Fifty combat-ready U.S. Marines were on their way to Port-au-Prince to secure the U.S. Embassy and its staff.
    (AP, 2/23/04)
2004        Feb 23, In India an explosion and fire at India's main space center killed at least six people. The accident took place at the solid propellant fuel plant at the government's Dhawan Space Center, on Sriharikota Island just off India's southeastern coast.
    (AP, 2/23/04)
2004        Feb 23, In Iran conservatives formally reclaimed control of parliament after disputed elections that were boycotted by reformists who called the vote a "historical fiasco" without free choice.
    (AP, 2/23/04)
2004        Feb 23, In Iraq a suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed vehicle outside an Iraqi police station in a Kurdish neighborhood of Kirkuk, killing at least seven people and wounding at least 35 others.
    (AP, 2/23/04)
2004        Feb 23, The World Health Organization launched a massive immunization campaign targeting 63 million children in 10 African countries as a polio outbreak spread from heavily Muslim northern Nigeria.
    (AP, 2/21/04)

2004        Feb 24, Pres. Bush called for a constitutional amendment to ban marriage between members of the same sex.
    (SFC, 2/25/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 24, Democrat John Kerry defeated John Edwards by large margins in Utah and Florida, and also won in Hawaii, where Edwards ran third behind Dennis Kucinich.
    (AP, 2/24/05)
2004        Feb 24, Alan Greenspan warned of too much concentration of financial risk in the books of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
    (WSJ, 2/25/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 24, The 1st charges were filed against 2 detainees in Guantanamo. Slimane Hadj Abderrahmane, a Danish citizen, was released from Guantanamo after being held for 747 days. In 2007 he was arrested in Denmark on suspicion of withdrawing $18,900 from other people's accounts using stolen debit cards and PIN codes.
    (WSJ, 2/25/04, p.A1)(AP, 8/17/07)
2004        Feb 24, John Randolph (88), character actor, died in Hollywood.
    (AP, 2/24/05)
2004        Feb 24, An earthquake shook Burundi, killing three people and destroying at least two dozen homes.
    (AP, 2/24/04)
2004        Feb 24, A 5.1 earthquake struck northern Morocco near Al Hoceima, toppling houses and killing 629 people.
    (AP, 2/25/04)(SFC, 2/25/04, p.A3)(AP, 3/5/04)
2004        Feb 24, In central Nigeria suspected Muslim militants armed with guns and bows and arrows killed at least 48 people in an attack on a farming village. Most of the victims died as they sought refuge in a church.
    (AP, 2/25/04)
2004        Feb 24, In Russia Pres. Vladimir Putin dismissed PM Mikhail Kasyanov and all other Cabinet ministers, in preparation for next month's presidential vote. Putin named Viktor Khristenko, a former finance official, as acting prime minister.
    (AP, 2/24/04)(WSJ, 2/25/04, p.A1)(Econ, 7/16/05, p.48)
2004        Feb 24, In Sardinia a small plane carrying a medical team and a heart for a transplant patient crashed, killing all six people aboard.
    (AP, 2/24/04)
2004        Feb 24, In Switzerland Vitaly Kaloyev of Russia killed Pieter Nielsen, a Danish air traffic controller with the Swiss company Skyguide. Nielsen had been on duty during the July 1, 2002, collision between a Bashkirian Airlines plane and a DHL cargo jet. Kolayev’s family was killed in the crash. In 2007 Switzerland's highest court ordered Kolayev’s release because he had served more than two-thirds of his sentence with good behavior.
    (AP, 11/8/07)
2004        Feb 24, An Uzbek court ordered the release of Fatima Mukadirova (62), a woman convicted of anti-constitutional activity after publicizing her son's death in prison from torture.
    (AP, 2/24/04)

2004        Feb 25, The Mel Gibson film "Passion of Christ" premiered on Ash Wednesday.
    (SFC, 2/26/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 25, Alan Greenspan proposed that the US government scale back Social Security and Medicare benefits to avoid future deficit problems.
    (SFC, 2/26/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 25, The US Supreme Court ruled that states may withhold scholarships from students preparing for the ministry.
    (SFC, 2/26/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 25, A US State Dept. report criticized Russia's human rights record in Chechnya citing reports of government involvement in "politically motivated disappearances."
    (SSFC, 2/29/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 25, The annual TED conference, founded in 1984, began in Monterey, Ca. The Sapling Foundation (b.1996) bought the conference in 2001. TED sprung from an observation by Richard Saul Wurman of a powerful convergence between technology, entertainment and design.
    (SSFC, 2/07/04, p.E5)
2004        Feb 25, It was reported that a biologist had confirmed the sighting of a real Michigan wolverine, about 200 years after the species was last seen in the state that uses the small but ferocious animal as its unofficial nickname.
    (AP, 2/25/04)
2004        Feb 25, In Afghanistan gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carrying Afghan aid workers east of the capital, killing five and wounding two others.
    (AP, 2/26/04)
2004        Feb 25, Two American soldiers were killed when their Kiowa helicopter crashed in a river west of Baghdad. Witnesses indicated that it was shot down. Gunmen assassinated the deputy police chief in Mosul.
    (AP, 2/25/04)(WSJ, 2/26/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 25, Israeli security forces raided four branches of Palestinian banks, seizing $6.7 million they said was sent by Iran, Syria and Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas to fund Palestinian militants.
    (AP, 2/25/04)(WSJ, 2/26/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 25, In Peru meat and produce markets in Lima received smaller shipments during the second day of a strike by cargo truck and passenger bus companies.
    (AP, 2/25/04)
2004        Feb 25, The head of Doe Run Peru, a US-owned smelter in Oroyo, Peru, admitted that lead poisoning of children by the facility's emissions was a serious problem, but said his company would not be able to significantly reduce the contamination until 2011.
    (AP, 2/25/04)(www.doerun.com/)
2004        Feb 25, In northern Uganda massive street protests after a massacre by rebels turned violent, with mobs beating rival tribesmen and burning houses and police shooting into the crowd. At least nine people were killed.
    (AP, 2/25/04)

2004        Feb 26, President Bush tightened U.S. travel restrictions against Cuba.
    (AP, 2/27/04)
2004        Feb 26, Rosie O'Donnell, TV comedian, married Kelli Carpenter in San Francisco.
    (SFC, 2/27/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 26, The US lifted a long-standing ban on travel to Libya after Moammar Gadhafi's government affirmed that it was responsible for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in 1988.
    (AP, 2/26/04)
2004        Feb 26, Two church-sanctioned studies documenting sex abuse by U.S. Roman Catholic clergy said that about 4 percent of clerics had been accused of molesting minors since 1950 and blamed bishops' "moral laxity" in disciplining offenders for letting the problem worsen.
    (AP, 2/26/05)
2004        Feb 26, It was reported that scientists had identified a protein, TRIM5-alpha, that shields rhesus monkeys from the AIDS virus.
    (WSJ, 2/26/04, p.D4)
2004        Feb 26, A mail bombing injured Don Logan, the diversity director in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 2009 Illinois twins Dennis and Daniel Mahon (58) were indicted for the bombing. They had allegedly intended to promote racial discord on behalf of the White Aryan Resistance. On Feb 24, 2012, Dennis Mahon was found guilty. Daniel Mahon was exonerated.
    (SFC, 6/26/09, p.A5)(www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,529121,00.html)(SFC, 2/25/12, p.A5)
2004        Feb 26, The freighter Med Taipei lost 15 steel containers in rough seas off of Monterey, Ca. Scientists discovered one container 3 months later 4,200 feet down in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. In 2006 3 int’l. shipping companies paid $3.25 million to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for damaging the sanctuary’s ecology.
    (www.montereyherald.com/local/ci_17563377?nclick_check=1)
2004        Feb 26, It was reported that dentists were departing Britain's publicly funded National Health Service in large numbers, leaving a growing number of Britons without access to affordable care.
    (AP, 2/26/04)
2004        Feb 26, In Canada about 400 police officers cracked down on the Hells Angels and their affiliates in the Montreal area, targeting more than 60 people authorities believe were involved in gangsterism and drug-trafficking.
    (AP, 2/26/04)
2004        Feb 26, Mikhail Saakashvili, the new president of Georgia, said he is ready to negotiate full autonomy for the separatist Abkhazia region to end the decade-long conflict.
    (AP, 2/26/04)
2004        Feb 26, Israeli soldiers shot and killed two Palestinians during violent protests against Israel's West Bank barrier. Two Palestinian gunmen killed an Israeli soldier at a Gaza Strip crossing before being gunned down by troops.
    (AP, 2/26/04)
2004        Feb 26, Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski, a moderate leader who helped unite his ethnically divided country, was killed when his plane crashed in bad weather in mountainous southern Bosnia.
    (AP, 2/26/04)
2004        Feb 26, President Vladimir Putin opened a stretch of highway in Russia's Far East that will make it possible for the first time to drive by road to Asia. The 6,214-mile Moscow to Vladivostok trek will open a window to the East and the ever-expanding Chinese market.
    (AP, 2/27/04)
2004        Feb 26, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said that three Russian intelligence agents had been arrested in Qatar on suspicion of involvement in the killing of former Chechen President Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev. Ivanov said they were innocent and demanded their release.
    (AP, 2/26/04)
2004        Feb 26, In Siberia at least 15 people were killed and 17 more injured in a cafe explosion, which apparently was caused by a natural gas leak.
    (AP, 2/26/04)

2004        Feb 27, A federal judge in NY threw out 1 of 5 counts against Martha Stewart (62). She said prosecutors failed to prove that Stewart intended to commit securities fraud in her Dec 21, 2001, sale of ImClone Systems shares. 4 lesser charges remained.
    (SFC, 2/28/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 27, America's top bishop, Wilton Gregory, declared the days of sheltering sex abusers in the Roman Catholic priesthood were "history" as two reports showed how pervasive assaults on minors had been during the previous half-century.
    (AP, 2/27/05)
2004        Feb 27, Bill Lockyer, California state Attorney General, asked the California Supreme Court to stop SF officials from issuing same-sex marriage licenses and invalidate the 3,400 gay and lesbian weddings that have taken place at City Hall since Feb 12. The justices halted the weddings the following month.
    (SFC, 8/13/04, p.A16)(AP, 2/27/05)
2004        Feb 27, In Bolivia a prosecutor who handled drug cases was killed by a bomb that demolished her car as she started the engine.
    (AP, 2/28/04)
2004        Feb 27, In Egypt Izzat Mohammed Hamid, a clan leader in a southern town, threatened to kill scores of hostages if police should attempt a rescue. The band seized the hostages during a shootout with authorities who had been trying to arrest fugitives wanted for drug trafficking and other crimes.
    (AP, 2/27/04)
2004        Feb 27, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin held talks with leaders of Haiti's government on how to end a three-week rebellion.
    (AP, 2/27/04)
2004        Feb 27, In eastern India a high speed passenger train crashed into a crowded bus, killing at least 9 people and injuring 41 others.
    (AP, 2/27/04)
2004        Feb 27, Israeli police stormed one of Jerusalem's holiest sites to disperse hundreds of Palestinian stone-throwers protesting Israel's contentious West Bank barrier.
    (AP, 2/27/04)
2004        Feb 27, Shoko Asahara was convicted and sentenced to hang for masterminding the deadly 1995 nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway and other crimes that killed 27 people.
    (AP, 2/27/04)
2004        Feb 27, In the Philippines a ferry explosion and fire killed at least two people, though 180 more were missing. The Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf claimed responsibility. In 2008 Ruben Pestano Lavilla Jr. was arrested in Bahrain and deported back to the Philippines for his role in the bombing of the ferry which killed 116 people.
    (AP, 2/29/04)(SFC, 9/1/08, p.A3)
2004        Feb 27, Sudanese government forces launched a series of raids on western villages, killing at least 70 civilians and forcing tens of thousands to flee.
    (AP, 2/28/04)
2004        Feb 27, In Venezuela clashes between police and thousands of protesters pressing for the recall of President Hugo Chavez overshadowed a summit of developing nations, with at least two people killed and dozens injured. Chavez opened a two-day summit with the leaders of 18 other developing nations in Caracas, urging them to reject free-market policies imposed by industrialized nations.
    (AP, 2/28/04)

2004        Feb 28, The Bow Mariner, a tanker carrying 3.5 million gallons of ethanol, exploded and sank off Virginia's Eastern Shore. Three crewmen were known dead and six others were rescued. 18 crew members were left missing.
     (SSFC, 2/29/04, p.A3)(SFC, 2/02/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 28, It was reported that 80% of Americans claim to believe in God, compared with 62% of the French and 52% of Swedes.
    (Econ, 2/28/04, p.34)
2004        Feb 28, It was reported that scientists had measured the shortest time interval ever, a mere 100 attoseconds. The “atto" referred to a billionth of a “nano."
    (Econ, 2/28/04, p.77)
2004        Feb 28, Daniel Joseph Boorstin (89), author, historian and 12th librarian of Congress, died in Washington DC. His 2 dozen books included The Americans trilogy: "The Colonial Experience" (1959), "The National Experience" (1966), and "The Democratic Experience" (1973).
    (SSFC, 2/29/04, p.A2)(Econ, 3/20/04, p.94)
2004        Feb 28, African leaders agreed on a common security policy that for the first time gives the fledgling African Union authority to intervene in border wars and internal conflicts. A draft declaration of the policy was expected to be announced at the conclusion of the two-day pan-African summit.
    (AP, 2/28/04)
2004        Feb 28, Egyptian security forces attacked gunmen who had taken an estimated 80 people hostage in a southern Egyptian town. Some of the captives were feared dead.
    (AP, 2/28/04)
2004        Feb 28, In Finland hundreds of trucks prepared to roll onto frozen roads at midnight, stocked with beer and hard cider for a population that eagerly awaits a historic government measure that will cut alcohol prices by nearly 40 percent.
    (AP, 2/28/04)
2004        Feb 28, In Haiti anarchy spread across the capital as residents looted warehouses, government loyalists attacked passers-by and rebels advanced closer to the seat of power.
    (AP, 2/28/04)
2004        Feb 28, Iraq's U.S.-picked leaders failed to meet a deadline for adopting an interim constitution.
    (AP, 2/28/05)
2004        Feb 28, Six-nation talks on North Korea's nuclear program ended without any major breakthrough. The North denounced the United States, saying it wasn't willing to reach a settlement.
    (AP, 2/28/04)
2004        Feb 28, In Pakistan a suicide attacker blew himself up in a Shiite Muslim mosque in a city near Islamabad.
    (AP, 2/28/04)
2004        Feb 28, The mayor of Nablus, the West Bank's largest city, said he is quitting to protest Yasser Arafat's failure to rein in armed gangs.
    (AP, 2/28/04)
2004        Feb 28, Qatar accused Russia of detaining two of its nationals in Moscow, after two Russians were charged with murdering a former rebel Chechen leader in Qatar.
    (AP, 2/28/04)
2004        Feb 28, It was reported that 70% South Koreans had high-speed Internet connections.
    (Econ, 2/28/04, p.61)
2004        Feb 28, In Taiwan an estimated 1.2 million people linked hands in a human chain the length of the island as President Chen Shui-bian urged protesters to oppose China's military threats and create the "Great Wall of Taiwan's democracy."
    (AP, 2/28/04)

2004        Feb 29, In the Academy Awards "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won a record-tying 11 awards, taking best picture and sweeping each of its categories. Sean Penn took the best-actor prize as a vengeful father in "Mystic River," and Charlize Theron won for best actress as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in "Monster." Supporting-performance Oscars went to Tim Robbins as a man emotionally hamstrung by childhood trauma in "Mystic River" and Renee Zellweger as a hardy Confederate survivor in "Cold Mountain."
    (AP, 3/1/04)
2004        Feb 29, Jerome Lawrence (88), playwright, died. His 39 plays included “Auntie Mame."
    (SFC, 12/28/04, p.D1)
2004        Feb 29, In central China a bus carrying migrant workers to faraway factory jobs plunged off a mountain road, killing 12 and injuring 35.
    (AP, 2/29/04)
2004        Feb 29, In Germany Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's party was handed a stinging defeat by voters in Hamburg in elections reflecting the pent-up anger over his push to cut cherished state benefits.
    (AP, 2/29/04)
2004        Feb 29, Haiti's Pres. Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigned and flew into exile. The capital fell into chaos, and the US said international peacekeepers, including Americans, would be deployed soon. Boniface Alexandre, the Supreme Court Justice, took over as interim president. PM Yvon Neptune continued as head of the government. Guy Philippe (36), head of a band of former exiled soldiers, said his forces would stop fighting.
    (AP, 2/29/04)(ST, 3/2/04, p.A3)
2004        Feb 29, Israel's Supreme Court ordered the government to suspend work for one week on a section of the West Bank security barrier, an attorney said, while security forces arrested three Palestinian youths who planned an attack.
    (AP, 2/29/04)
2004        Feb 29, Japan's agriculture minister slammed a senior poultry industry executive for failing to report the deaths of tens of thousands of chickens on his farm, where officials have confirmed the country's third outbreak of bird flu.
    (AP, 2/29/04)
2004        Feb 29, Spain averted a bombing by the Basque separatist group ETA after the Civil Guard stopped a small truck and found about 1,100 pounds of bomb-making chemicals.
    (AP, 2/29/04)

2004        Feb, The Palo Alto-based Facebook.com, an Internet social networking website, was founded by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg. He put Harvard’s yearbook on the internet and the creation spread to Yale and beyond. He soon faced a lawsuit from 3 other Harvard students, who alleged he stole their idea. In 2009 Ben Mezrich authored “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal."
    (SSFC, 10/23/05, p.A1)(Econ, 9/16/06, p.69)(Econ, 7/21/07, p.66)(Econ, 8/8/09, p.72)
2004        Feb, Marc Gonsalves, Tom Howes and Keith Stansell were captured by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), when their surveillance plane went down in a rebel stronghold in the country's south.
    (AP, 3/10/07)
2004        Feb, UNESCO awarded its press freedom prize to Cuba's jailed independent reporter Raul Rivero.
    (AP, 3/25/04)
2004        Feb, Mohammad Munim al-Izmerly (65), Iraqi weapons scientist, died while in US custody. His body was delivered to Al-Kharkh Hospital in Baghdad. The Egyptian-born scientist had been in US detention since April 2003. The Americans enclosed a death certificate saying he died of "brainstem compression." An Investigation into his death was opened in 2005.
    (AP, 3/25/05)
2004        Feb, Khursheda Sultonov (8), the daughter of an ethnic Tajik, was stabbed to death in St. Petersburg, Russia, as her father was beaten by youths shouting ethnic slurs. In March, 2006, a jury convicted 8 youths of hooliganism but cleared the single suspect charged with killing his daughter on the charge of bias murder.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2004        Feb, South Korea ratified its 1st free trade agreement. Its partner was Chile.
    (Econ, 2/28/04, p.39)

2004        Mar 1, US officials said the United States has turned over seven Russian citizens who were being held at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
    (AP, 3/1/04)
2004        Mar 1, The California Supreme Court ruled a Roman Catholic charity had to offer birth-control coverage to its employees.
    (AP, 3/1/05)
2004        Mar 1, An explosion in an unlicensed coal mine in northern China killed 28 miners.
    (AP, 3/3/04)
2004        Mar 1, In Haiti rebels rolled into the capital and were met by hundreds of residents dancing in the streets and cheering the ouster of Pres. Jean-Bertrand Aristide. U.S. Marines and French troops moved to take control of the impoverished country as Aristide arrived in South Africa. There were reports of reprisal killings.
    (AP, 3/1/04)(WSJ, 3/2/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 1, Jean-Bertrand Aristide from the Central African Republic said in a telephone interview that he was "forced to leave" Haiti by U.S. military forces.
    (AP, 3/1/04)(SFC, 3/02/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 1, In eastern India a motorboat packed with players and spectators heading to a cricket match capsized, and police said 20 people were feared dead.
    (AP, 3/1/04)
2004        Mar 1, Iraqi politicians agreed on an interim constitution with 2 official languages, a wide ranging bill of rights and a single chief executive, bridging a gulf between members over the role of Islam in the future government.
    (AP, 3/1/04)(WSJ, 3/2/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 1, President Vladimir Putin nominated Mikhail Fradkov, a former tax police chief who is Russia's representative to the European Union, for the post of prime minister.
    (AP, 3/1/04)
2004        Mar 1, Kujo Krijestorac (51), a key witness to the murder of Serbian PM Zoran Djindjic, was gunned down near his Belgrade home.
    (AP, 3/9/04)

2004        Mar 2, Alan Greenspan said interest rates are too low for long term economic stability, but did not indicate when they would be raised. The DJIA closed at 10,592.
    (WSJ, 3/3/04, p.A3)
2004        Mar 2, John Kerry won the 10-state Super Tuesday series and knocked the fight out of his spirited rival, John Edwards.
    (AP, 3/3/04)
2004        Mar 2, Californians voters approved Proposition 57, Gov. Schwarzenegger's $15 billion bond measure, to be repaid over the next 9 to 14 years. Prop 58 to prohibit future deficit financing also passed.
    (SFC, 3/03/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 2, Residents of Killington, Vermont, voted to join New Hampshire due to a dispute over property taxes.
    (ST, 3/2/04, p.A5)(AP, 3/2/04)
2004        Mar 2, Bernard Ebbers, former WorldCom CEO, was indicted on federal charges in the multibillion-dollar accounting scandal at the telecommunications giant. Scott Sullivan, his top financial officer, pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against him.
    (AP, 3/2/04)(WSJ, 2/18/05, p.A1)
2004        Mar 2, NY state filed charges against the mayor of New Paltz for marrying gay couples.
    (WSJ, 3/3/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 2, NASA scientists reported that the Mars rover Opportunity had discovered evidence that water was once present on the surface.
    (SFC, 3/03/04, p.A2)
2004        Mar 2, Mercedes McCambridge (85), Academy Award-winning actress, died in San Diego.
    (AP, 3/2/05)
2004        Mar 2, Marge Schott (75), the controversial former owner of the Cincinnati Reds, died.
    (AP, 3/2/05)
2004        Mar 2, In Chechnya rebel attacks and land mines killed five Russian soldiers.
    (AP, 3/3/04)
2004        Mar 2, In China authorities shut down water supplies after a combination of synthetic ammonia and nitrogen from the Sichuan General Chemical Factory leaked into the Tuo River. Nearly 1 million people were left without water for drinking and bathing.
    (AP, 3/5/04)
2004        Mar 2, The European Space Agency launched its Rosetta lander. It was intended to land on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in May, 2014.
    (SFC, 7/18/05, p.A4)
2004        Mar 2, Haiti rebel leader Guy Philippe declared himself the new chief of Haiti's military, which had been disbanded by ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
    (AP, 3/2/04)
2004        Mar 2, Attacks on Shiite Muslims in Iraq killed at least 180 people as multiple explosions hit Shiite shrines in Baghdad and Karbala on the Shia festival of Ashura. An Iranian vice president blamed al-Qaida for the attacks.
    (AP, 3/3/04)(SSFC, 2/20/05, p.A14)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_2004)
2004        Mar 2, In Pakistan firing and suicide attack on Shiite Muslims in an Ashura procession in Quetta claimed 45 lives.
    (http://archives.dawn.com/2004/03/04/top1.htm)
2004        Mar 2, Khalil al-Zaben (59), a close associate of Yasser Arafat, was assassinated in Gaza City by unidentified gunmen. Separately Arafat agreed to a new system for paying his security forces.
    (SFC, 3/03/04, p.A8)
2004        Mar 2, Russian authorities said they have confirmed that a man killed in the Dagestan region a few days earlier was Ruslan Gelayev, one of the Chechnya's most powerful rebel warlords.
    (AP, 3/2/04)
2004        Mar 2, In Venezuela demonstrators hurled rocks and gasoline bombs at soldiers as protests intensified after the elections council ruled against an opposition petition to force a presidential recall referendum.
    (AP, 3/3/04)

2004        Mar 3, In Portland, Ore., hundreds of gay couples applied for marriage licenses following an overnight policy change by county commissioners.
    (SFC, 3/04/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 3, The Walt Disney Company's board voted to strip Michael Eisner of his chairman's post while retaining him as CEO.
    (AP, 3/3/05)
2004        Mar 3, Royal Dutch/Shell announced the resignations of CEO Sir Philip Watts and Walter van de Vijver, head of exploration and production.
    (WSJ, 4/20/04, p.A12)
2004        Mar 3, Harvard reported that it used private funds to create 17 new stem-cell lines from discarded fertility clinic embryos.
    (WSJ, 3/4/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 3, Sumantra Ghoshal (55), business academic, died of a stroke in London. His 12 books included “Managing Across Borders" (1989). In 2005 Julian Birkinshaw and Gita Piramal authored “Sumantra Ghoshal on Management: A Force for Good."
    (Econ, 6/11/05, p.82)
2004        Mar 3, Ethiopia was reported to have begun relocating hundreds of thousands of people from drought-prone areas to fertile lands to alleviate food shortages. Relocation began in May 2003 and many of the resettled people continued to face hunger, diarrhea and malaria. 
    (AP, 3/3/04)(SFC, 7/19/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 3, French authorities said a previously unknown terror group is threatening to blow up French railway tracks unless it is paid millions of dollars.
    (AP, 3/3/04)
2004        Mar 3, Guatemala's Congress fired Oscar Dubon, the government's chief accountant, after he fled the country amid allegations of political corruption.
    (AP, 3/4/04)
2004        Mar 3, Haitian looters found rotting stacks of cash, estimated at $350,000, stashed in a tunnel beneath former Pres. Aristide's mansion.
    (WSJ, 3/4/04, p.A14)
2004        Mar 3, In Petit Goave, Haiti, an armed posse tracked down Ti Roro. They beat him with sticks, took him to the morgue to identify his alleged victims, ringed him with gasoline-soaked tires and burned him alive. As he was burning, he admitted to all of the 15 people he killed in the last year.
    (AP, 3/5/04)
2004        Mar 3, In India's Jammu-Kashmir state a suspected militant with explosives on his body grabbed a guard's rifle and opened fire in a jail courtyard, setting off a shootout that killed six people as well as himself.
    (AP, 3/3/04)
2004        Mar 3, Israeli helicopters fired two missiles at a car carrying Hamas militants on a road through the Gaza Strip, killing three people.
    (AP, 3/3/04)
2004        Mar 3, Malaysia's new PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi called a snap national election that will pit the long-ruling secular coalition government against a fundamentalist Islamic opposition.
    (AP, 3/3/04)
2004        Mar 3, In eastern Nepal leftist rebels attacked a telecommunications tower in mountains, killing at least 29 soldiers and leaving 10 others missing.
    (AP, 3/3/04)
2004        Mar 3, Pakistani authorities detained at least 15 tribal leaders in a remote border region near Afghanistan for failing to turn over suspected al-Qaeda fugitives.
    (AP, 3/3/04)
2004        Mar 3, In Yemen security forces arrested Abdul Raouf Naseeb, a leading al-Qaeda member, along with other militants in the southern mountains.
    (AP, 3/4/04)

2004        Mar 4, It was reported that new nickels honoring the 1803 Louisiana Purchase have been shipped to the Federal Reserve. A new Jefferson nickel was set for 2005.
     (SFC, 4/25/03, B3)(SFC, 11/7/03, p.A2)(AP, 3/4/04)(SFC, 9/14/04, p.D3)
2004        Mar 4, George Pake (b.1924), founding head (1970-1978) of Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), died in Tucson, Ariz.
    (SFC, 10/25/00, p.D1)(SFC, 3/11/04, p.C5)
2004        Mar 4, Brunei officials reported that two retired senior army and police intelligence officers and a businessman had been jailed without trial for leaking government secrets, some of them posted on the Internet.
    (AP, 3/4/04)
2004        Mar 4, Mounir el Motassadeq, the only person in the world convicted in the 9-11 attacks, won a retrial in a German appeals court.
    (AP, 3/4/05)
2004        Mar 4, Israeli forces raided the southern Gaza town of Rafah, killing a 14-year-old boy, bulldozing houses and damaging the water and electricity networks.
    (AP, 3/4/04)
2004        Mar 4, Ukrainian authorities pulled a private station off the air, four days after it began broadcasting U.S.-funded Radio Liberty's shortwave programming.
    (AP, 3/4/04)

2004        Mar 5, Pres. Bush welcomed Mexican Pres. Fox to his Texas ranch for a 2-day visit.
    (SFC, 3/06/04, p.A3)
2004        Mar 5, Martha Stewart was convicted in New York of obstructing justice and lying to the government about why she'd unloaded her Imclone stock just before the price plummeted; her ex-stockbroker, Peter Bacanovic, also was found guilty in the stock scandal. Each later received a five-month prison sentence.
    (AP, 3/5/05)
2004        Mar 5, U.S. special operations forces killed nine suspected Taliban rebels in a firefight in eastern Afghanistan after the militants tried to sneak by their position.
    (AP, 3/6/04)
2004        Mar 5, Suspected Taliban gunmen killed a Turkish engineer and an Afghan soldier after stopping their car along a main road linking the capital with the turbulent south.
    (AP, 3/5/04)
2004        Mar 5, China's Premier Wen Jiabao addressed the 2,904-member legislature and turned attention and resources to the hundreds of millions of citizens who work the land.
    (AP, 3/5/04)(SFC, 3/06/04, p.A10)
2004        Mar 5, Carlos Julio Arosemena (84), one-time president of Ecuador whose term ended in a 1963 military coup, died. Elected vice president in 1960, Arosemena rose to the presidency following the ouster of President Velasco Ibarra a year later in a military coup.
    (AP, 3/5/04)
2004        Mar 5, In Haiti some 3 thousand supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide marched on the U.S. and French embassies, shouting their anger at his ouster. A seven-member council met for the first time to help form a transitional government.
    (AP, 3/5/04)
2004        Mar 5, The signing of Iraq's interim constitution was delayed indefinitely after five Shiite members of the Governing Council rejected concessions made to Kurds and the makeup of the presidency.
    (AP, 3/5/04)
2004        Mar 5, A bomb exploded as south Lebanon's police chief was driving across a bridge in the eastern region, blowing off one foot and mangling another.
    (AP, 3/5/04)
2004        Mar 5, Libya acknowledged stockpiling 44,000 pounds of mustard gas and disclosed the location of a production plant in a declaration submitted to the world's chemical weapons watchdog.
    (AP, 3/5/04)
2004        Mar 5, Mexican Air Force pilots filmed 11 unidentified flying objects in the skies over southern Campeche state. The video was publicly aired May10.
    (AP, 5/11/04)
2004        Mar 5, In Nepal some 10,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of the capital, the latest protest against the king for dismissing an elected government and replacing it with one loyal to the monarchy.
    (AP, 3/5/04)

2004        Mar 6, President Bush backed off on plans to require frequent Mexican travelers to the United States to be fingerprinted and photographed before crossing the border.
    (AP, 3/6/05)
2004        Mar 6, A water taxi carrying about 25 passengers capsized in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, killing one person. Three others were missing and presumed dead. Navy reservists rescued 21 people.
    (AP, 3/6/04)(SFC, 3/08/04, p.A3)
2004        Mar 6, China handed its enormous military a double-digit spending increase in a show of support. According to China's 2004 budget, military spending for the PLA will rise 11.6 percent this year, an increase of $2.6 billion.
    (AP, 3/6/04)
2004        Mar 6, Thousands of women marched through Paris to press for equal rights for women and show support for a law to ban Islamic head scarves in public schools.
    (AP, 3/6/04)
2004        Mar 6, It was reported that 4 compromising videos have been released showing Mexican political party leaders and public servants accepting briefcases full of cash, gambling at the high rollers' table in Las Vegas and offering to procure business contracts for millions of dollars.
    (AP, 3/6/04)
2004        Mar 6, Palestinian gunmen and car bombers attacked a major crossing point between the Gaza Strip and Israel. At least four attackers and two Palestinian policemen were killed, and no Israeli soldiers were hurt.
    (AP, 3/6/04)
2004        Mar 6, Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans marched through Caracas to protest the rejection of a petition aimed at recalling President Hugo Chavez.
    (AP, 3/7/04)

2004        Mar 7, An investiture ceremony was held in Concord, N.H., for V. Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop.
    (AP, 3/7/05)
2004        Mar 7, Seattle's mayor said the city will begin recognizing the marriages of gay employees who tie the knot elsewhere, although it will not conduct its own same-sex weddings.
    (AP, 3/8/04)
2004        Mar 7, Paul Winfield (62), an Academy Award-nominated actor who was known for his versatility in stage, film and television roles, died of a heart attack.
    (AP, 3/9/04)
2004        Mar 7, In Austria Joerg Haider Haider's Freedom Party won 42.4 percent of the vote, compared to just over 38 percent for the rival Socialists in Carinthia province.
    (AP, 3/8/04)
2004        Mar 7, in China's Muslim Xinjiang region the No. 2 Mine of the Hami Coal Co. flooded. 25 managed to escape while rescuers worked desperately to save survivors. Rescue workers saved 15 coal miners trapped in a flooded shaft, but seven miners were still missing.
    (AP, 3/8/04)
2004        Mar 7, In Greece Costas Karamanlis (47) led the New Democracy party over former Foreign Minister George Papandreou's Socialists 45.4 percent to 40.6 percent. The result gave New Democracy 165 seats in the 300-member parliament. The Socialists (Pasok) received 117 seats, Greece's Communist Party got 12 and the Coalition of the Radical Left won six.
    (AP, 3/8/04)(Econ, 3/13/04, p.51)
2004        Mar 7, In Haiti U.S. Marines shot and killed one of the gunmen who fired at a huge demonstration of protesters celebrating the flight from Haiti of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. That raised the toll to six dead and more than 30 injured in the protest.
    (AP, 3/8/04)
2004        Mar 7, In Iraq insurgents in a car fired rocket-propelled grenades at a police station in Mosul, and two Iraqi civilians were killed.
    (AP, 3/7/04)
2004        Mar 7, Israeli troops traded heavy gunfire with Palestinians in a raid near Bureij Refugee Camp, killing 14 Palestinians. Among the dead were 11 militants and three boys between the ages of 8 and 15, and 81 people were wounded.
    (AP, 3/7/04)(AP, 3/8/04)
2004        Mar 7, In central Japan a helicopter chartered by a TV news station crashed while filming a highway accident, killing all four aboard,
    (AP, 3/7/04)
2004        Mar 7, The Samson, a ferry carrying 113 people, vanished after it was caught in a cyclone as it sailed between the Indian Ocean islands of Comoros and Madagascar. There were 2 survivors. The drownings brought the death toll from Cyclone Gafilo to 154.
    (AP, 3/10/04)(AP, 3/11/04)
2004        Mar 7, Zimbabwean authorities seized a U.S.-registered cargo plane at Harare carrying 64 "suspected mercenaries" and military equipment. Equatorial Guinea later said the men were mercenaries from South Africa en route to stage a coup. Twenty South Africans, 18 Namibians, 23 Angolans, two Congolese and one Zimbabwean carrying a South African passport were arrested when their aging Boeing 727 was impounded. Another 15 suspects were arrested in Equatorial Guinea the next day.
    (AP, 3/8/04)(WSJ, 3/10/04, p.A1)(AP, 3/10/04)

2004        Mar 8, An Ohio nuclear power plant was allowed to reopen following a 2-year shutdown over an acid leak.
    (WSJ, 3/9/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 8, Todd Bertuzzi of the Vancouver Canucks slugged Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore during a game, leaving Moore with a broken neck, concussion and facial cuts. Bertuzzi, who was suspended indefinitely from the NHL, later pleaded guilty to criminal assault.
    (AP, 3/8/05)
2004        Mar 8, Keith Hopkins (69), a historian who brought an innovative sociological approach to the study of ancient Rome, died in Cambridge, England. His books included "Conquerors and Slaves" and "Death and Renewal."
    (AP, 3/15/04)(SFC, 3/16/04, p.B7)
2004        Mar 8, Actor Robert Pastorelli (49) was found dead in his Hollywood Hills, Calif., home.
    (AP, 3/8/05)
2004        Mar 8, China's parliament began discussing a constitutional amendment that would protect private property for the first time since the 1949 communist revolution.
    (AP, 3/8/04)
2004        Mar 8, Guinea-Bissau soldiers released deposed Pres. Kumba Yala from house arrest, six months after he was ousted in a bloodless coup on Sep 14.
    (AP, 3/9/04)
2004        Mar 8, In Haiti US Marines shot and killed the driver of a vehicle speeding up to a military checkpoint.
    (AP, 3/9/04)
2004        Mar 8, Iraq's Governing Council signed a landmark interim constitution after resolving a political impasse sparked by objections from the country's most powerful cleric.
    (AP, 3/8/04)
2004        Mar 8, Abul Abbas (56), the Palestinian who planned the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro passenger ship in which a wheelchair-bound American tourist was killed and thrown overboard, died of natural causes in Baghdad while in U.S. custody.
    (AP, 3/10/04)
2004        Mar 8, Syrian authorities broke up a rare protest by human rights activists demanding political and civil reforms on the 41st anniversary of the ruling party's accession to power.
    (AP, 3/8/04)

2004        Mar 9, John Allen Muhammad (43) was sentenced to death in Manassas, Va., for his 2002 murder rampage in the Washington DC area.
    (SFC, 3/10/04, p.A3)
2004        Mar 9, Britain ended a 3-year review and agreed to allow farmers to grow one variety genetically modified "GM" corn.
    (WSJ, 3/10/04, p.A14)
2004        Mar 9, In Chad 2 days of fighting broke out as the army battled Islamic militants near a remote village on the country's western border with Niger, killing 43 "terrorists" of a group suspected of links with al-Qaeda.
    (AP, 3/12/04)
2004        Mar 9, China reported that it would scrap the 8% tax on farmers' crops over the next 5 years. The vestige of feudalism was established 4,000 years ago during the Bronze Age.
    (AP, 3/9/04)
2004        Mar 9, Colombian troops killed at least 12 leftist guerrillas and captured 40 others in separate offensives across the country.
    (AP, 3/10/04)
2004        Mar 9, In Haiti Gerard Latortue (69), a lawyer and economist, was named as interim prime minister.
    (SFC, 3/10/04, p.A8)
2004        Mar 9, In Iraq 2 US civilians and their Iraqi interpreter were killed. 4 Iraqis were arrested and appeared to be active Iraqi police officers working with a Saddam Hussein loyalist.
    (WSJ, 3/12/04, p.A1)(SFC, 3/13/04, p.A3)
2004        Mar 9, Israeli forces backed by tanks and combat helicopters raided the West Bank town of Jenin, prompting a gun battle that killed a Palestinian woman in her home.
    (AP, 3/9/04)
2004        Mar 9, Groundbreaking ceremonies were set for a research center on the Israeli-Jordan border. The Bridging the Rift foundation, launched in 1999, planned a $30 million environmental research center created with the assistance of California's Stanford Univ.
    (SFC, 2/28/04, p.A8)
2004        Mar 9, A shootout between unidentified gunmen and government troops in Nigeria's oil city of Warri killed five people, including one soldier. Separately an overturned candle ignited a fire that raged through a shantytown in Lagos.
    (AP, 3/10/04)
2004        Mar 9, Pakistan tested its longest-range missile yet, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and hitting targets deep inside neighboring India.
    (AP, 3/9/04)

2004        Mar 10, Lee Boyd Malvo, teenage sniper, was sentenced in Chesapeake, Va., to life in prison.
    (AP, 3/10/05)
2004        Mar 10, Four major US Internet service providers filed a series of lawsuits meant to shutdown a number of leading spammers.
    (SFC, 3/11/04, p.C1)
2004        Mar 10, The DJIA tumbled for a 3rd session, down 160 to 10,296.
    (SFC, 3/11/04, p.C1)
2004        Mar 10, Argentina and the IMF signed an accord to release a $3.1 billion loan. Meetings with creditors were scheduled to re-schedule $82 billion in loans that the government defaulted on in 2002. Bondholders were being offered 25 cents on the dollar.
    (WSJ, 3/11/04, p.A14)
2004        Mar 10, Brazil's government said the army burned all documents about the suppression of a 1970s insurgency against the military dictatorship. The papers were destroyed in the 1970s and 1980s in accordance with laws in force at the time.
    (AP, 3/10/04)
2004        Mar 10, France's government worked to calm a revolt by scientists angry over funding cuts, even as trade unions called for more protests.
    (AP, 3/10/04)
2004        Mar 10, U.S. Marines shot and killed at least two Haitians in overnight gun battles.
    (AP, 3/10/04)
2004        Mar 10, India's cricketers arrived for their first full tour of Pakistan in 14 years.
    (AP, 3/10/04)
2004        Mar 10, In Israel 2 bills supporting civil marriage were voted down in the parliament. Thousands of Israel's rabbis have gone on strike, scaling back wedding and funeral services, to protest the government's withholding of salaries. The government has not paid salaries to 3,000 rabbis and employees of municipal rabbinates and religious councils for more than half a year.
    (AP, 3/10/04)
2004        Mar 10, Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra replaced his finance, interior and defense ministers in a Cabinet reshuffle as the government faces a Muslim insurgency in the south, a volatile stock market and a public outcry over a privatization plan.
    (AP, 3/10/04)
2004        Mar 10, In Turkey 2 suicide attackers stormed a Masonic lodge in Istanbul opening fire with automatic weapons and setting off explosions that killed one person and wounded five.
    (AP, 3/10/04)

2004        Mar 11, The California Supreme Court halted gay weddings in San Francisco for at least a few months while it decides whether they are legal. SF responded by suing the state in Superior Court contending that the state ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
    (AP, 3/12/04)(SFC, 3/12/04, p.A1)(SFC, 6/27/15, p.A12)
2004        Mar 11, The California Office of Environmental Health Hazzard Assessment raised the action level for reporting perchlorate pollution in drinking water from 4 to 6 ppb.
    (WSJ, 3/12/04, p.A8)
2004        Mar 11, In San Diego 4 Marines were killed when their small UC-35 jet crashed on landing at Air Station Miramar.
    (SFC, 3/12/04, p.B3)
2004        Mar 11, Canadian officials said a "very sophisticated criminal scheme" bilked the Defense Department of tens of millions of dollars in computer contracts over 10 years. Public Works Minister Stephen Owen said the government is going after computer giant Hewlett Packard, the prime contractor in $160-million worth of military computer hardware and support services.
    (AP, 3/11/04)
2004        Mar 11, In Iraq 2 American soldiers were killed when the Humvee they were riding in struck a homemade bomb.
    (AP, 3/12/04)
2004        Mar 11, In Madrid, Spain, a series of 10 bombs hidden in backpacks exploded in quick succession at 3 stations, blowing apart four commuter trains. 191 people were killed and over 1,450 wounded. Spanish leaders were quick to accuse Basque terrorists but a shadowy group claimed responsibility in the name of al-Qaeda. On October 31, 2007, 3 lead defendants were convicted of murder. Four other top suspects were acquitted of murder but convicted of lesser charges. In all 21 of the 28 defendants were convicted. On July 17, 2008, a Spanish court cleared four of the 21 people charged for crimes related to the train bombings. In 2009 7 people were indicted for helping the bombers flee.
    (WSJ, 3/12/04, p.A1)(AP, 3/13/04)(SFC, 3/13/04, p.A1)(SFC, 3/19/04, p.A3)(AP, 3/23/08)(AP, 10/31/07)(Reuters, 7/17/08)(AP, 11/2/09)

2004        Mar 12, An FBI proposal was made public to require all broadband Internet providers to support easy wiretapping.
    (SFC, 3/13/04, p.C2)
2004        Mar 12, In California six unwed gay couples filed suit in Superior Court challenging the state’s marriage law on constitutional grounds. The suit was later consolidated with a SF suit filed a day earlier.
    (SFC, 6/27/15, p.A12)
2004        Mar 12, In Fresno, Ca., Marcus Wesson (57) was arrested on suspicion of killing 9 family members, aged 1-24. He lived a bizarre life of polygamy and incest, even fathering two of his victims with his own daughters. In 2005 Wesson was convicted on 9 counts of murder and sentenced to death. In 2009 reporter Alysia Sofios authored “Where Hope Begins: One Family's Journey Out of Tragedy-and the Reporter Who Helped Them Make It."
    (AP, 3/14/04)(SSFC, 3/14/04, p.A1)(SFC, 6/18/05, p.B7)(SFC, 7/28/05, p.B4)(SFC, 9/14/09, p.A1)
2004        Mar 12, Chinese state media reported that a 1,930-mile railway project to link China and Europe was announced by Kanat Zhangaskin, vice president of the Kazakhstan National Railway Co.
    (AP, 3/12/04)
2004        Mar 12, Haiti's new prime minister, Gerard Latortue, was sworn into office. US Marines killed two men during a patrol in Haiti and said they were gunmen who had previously fired on the Marines, although their weapons were never recovered. Witnesses said the dead were bystanders.
    (AP, 3/14/04)(AP, 3/12/05)
2004        Mar 12, Ivory Coast's ruling party accused opposition groups of plotting with rebels to overthrow the government, and it called on militant youth supporters to "mobilize" in defense.
    (AP, 3/12/04)
2004        Mar 12, South Korean markets plunged and finance officials scrambled to emergency policy meetings after President Roh Moo-hyun was stripped of his executive powers in an unprecedented impeachment for illegal electioneering. Roh's powers were reinstated by South Korea's Constitutional Court the following May.
    (WSJ, 3/12/04, p.A1)(AP, 3/12/05)
2004        Mar 12, Millions of Spaniards marched to protest train bombings the day before that killed 191 people.
    (AP, 3/12/05)
2004        Mar 12, In Qamishli, Syria, spectators inside the stadium were crushed in a stampede to escape an attack by rival fans and at least 5 people were killed. A riot broke out the next day during funeral services for 3 of the dead. The soccer riots spread to 3 other towns over the next few days and left 25 people dead and more than 100 injured in Kurdish areas of northern Syria.
    (AP, 3/13/04)(AP, 3/19/04)
2004        Mar 12, Somchai Neelapaichit, Thailand human rights lawyer, was kidnapped in Bangkok and never heard from again. 2 days before he vanished he had formally accused the police of torturing 5 Muslim men in custody.
    (Econ, 3/14/09, p.46)

2004        Mar 13, In the first DARPA Grand Challenge robotic vehicles began a 200-mile road race near Barstow, California. The Pentagon sponsored race ended without a winner, as none of the autonomous vehicles built by the 15 qualifying teams was able to travel farther than 7 miles from the starting line.
    (SFC, 3/13/04, p.A1)(AP, 3/14/04)
2004        Mar 13, In Afghanistan Taliban armed with rockets and heavy machine guns attacked a government office near the Afghan-Pakistan border, sparking a firefight that killed one Afghan soldier and three Taliban.
    (AP, 3/14/04)
2004        Mar 13 Iran froze inspections of its nuclear facilities after the U.N. atomic agency censured Tehran for hiding suspect activities. Tehran relented two days later.
    (AP, 3/12/05)
2004        Mar 13, In Tikrit, Iraq, a roadside bomb killed two American soldiers and wounded three. 3 American soldiers died in two bomb explosions in Baghdad. A 4th died from his injuries the next morning.
    (AP, 3/13/04)(AP, 3/14/04)
2004        Mar 13, Israeli soldiers shot and killed two Palestinian militants in an off-limits military zone between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 3/13/04)
2004        Mar 13, In Pakistan the India cricket team beat a Pakistan team at Karachi's National Stadium in a match that came down to the final ball.
    (SSFC, 3/14/04, p.A15)

2004        Mar 14, In southeastern Afghanistan U.S.-led troops surprised eight enemy fighters in a cave complex, prompting a gunbattle, which left 3 militiamen killed and 5 others wounded.
    (AP, 3/15/04)
2004        Mar 14, China took symbolic steps toward a more capitalist society, amending its constitution to protect private property rights and formalizing a former president's once-unthinkable legacy, inviting entrepreneurs to join the Communist Party.
    (AP, 3/14/04)
2004        Mar 14, Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili put the country's military on alert after the restive Adzharia region barred him from entering.
    (AP, 3/14/04)
2004        Mar 14, In Haiti French troops took over patrols in a slum where U.S. Marines killed at least two people.
    (AP, 3/14/04)
2004        Mar 14, In Israel 2 explosions killed eight people and wounding 18 at the seaport of Ashdod. Police said 2 Palestinian suicide bombers were responsible.
    (AP, 3/14/04)
2004        Mar 14, In South Korea tens of thousands of demonstrators streamed into the streets of Seoul to protest the impeachment of Pres. Roh Moo-hyun. Some 50,000 had gathered the night before.
    (AP, 3/14/04)
2004        Mar 14, Russian voters overwhelmingly handed President Vladimir Putin a second four-year term. It had long been seen as a foregone conclusion.
    (AP, 3/14/04)
2004        Mar 14, Elections in Spain returned the Socialists to power. Mariano Rajoy (48) of the ruling conservative Popular Party was the prime minister's hand-picked candidate to succeed him. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of the Socialist Party hoped to end eight years of conservative government after promising to pull Spanish troops out of Iraq and address unaffordable housing and job insecurity at home. PM Jose Maria Aznar's conservatives became the first government that had backed Washington in Iraq to be voted from office. Zapatero led the Socialists to victory.
    (AP, 3/15/04)(Econ, 3/20/04, p.49)

2004        Mar 15, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Prince, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne and George Harrison along with ZZ Top, Traffic and the Dells.
    (SFC, 3/16/04, p.A2)
2004        Mar 15, Missouri jurors agreed that vapors from butter flavoring at the microwave popcorn factory had permanently ruined the lungs of Eric Peoples. The verdict was against International Flavors and Fragrances Inc. and its subsidiary Bush Boake Allen Inc. The flavoring manufacturers were ordered to pay $18 million to Peoples and $2 million to his wife.
    (AP, 3/16/04)
2004        Mar 15, Ohio police identified Charles A. McCoy Jr. (28) as the gunman in two dozen highway shootings that have terrorized motorists for months.
    (AP, 3/16/04)(SFC, 3/18/04, p.A4)
2004        Mar 15, Bank of America and FleetBoston Financial agreed to pay $675 million in fines and fee cuts to settle improper mutual-fund trading. Some 13,000 job cuts were expected following the merger of the 2 companies.
    (WSJ, 3/16/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/17/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 15, The Bill Gates Foundation donated $47 million to private agencies carrying out AIDS prevention programs in India.
    (SFC, 3/16/04, p.A2)
2004        Mar 15, Martha Stewart resigned from the board of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia 10 days after being convicted in a stock scandal.
    (AP, 3/15/05)
2004        Mar 15, A new computer worm, named "Phatbot," began appearing in the Asia-Pacific region. Most call it a variation of the longstanding Gaobot or Agobot family, and sometimes as Polybot. When the worm is run, it sets the system to autostart the worm at boot time; attempts to terminate security software running on the computer; and probes network shares in an attempt to spread itself.
    (AP, 3/17/04)
2004        Mar 15, Scientists announced the discovery of a new planetoid named Sedna. The frozen, shiny red world is some 8 billion miles from Earth, the most distant known object in the solar system. Some placed it in the outer periphery of a region called the Oort Cloud.
    (AP, 3/16/04)(SFC, 3/16/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 15, The WHO reported that drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis had reached troubling levels in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
    (WSJ, 3/16/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 15, The U.S. military said it released 23 Afghan and three Pakistani citizens from the U.S. Navy prison for terrorist suspects in Cuba, leaving about 610 still in detention.
    (AP, 3/16/04)
2004        Mar 15, Canadian National Railway reached a tentative agreement with the Canadian Auto Workers union that could end a 3½-week-old strike by 5,000 employees.
    (AP, 3/15/04)
2004        Mar 15, Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili put trade restrictions on Adzharia after Aslan Abashidze ignored a deadline to accept federal authority.
    (AP, 3/14/04)
2004        Mar 15, Iran relented and decided to allow a visit at the end of this month, after temporarily freezing out international nuclear inspectors.
    (AP, 3/15/04)
2004        Mar 15, In Iraq 4 American missionary relief workers were killed in a drive-by shooting in Mosul.
    (SFC, 3/16/04, p.A14)(AP, 3/15/05)
2004        Mar 15, Israeli helicopters attacked two suspected Hamas weapons workshops in Gaza City and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called off a summit with his Palestinian counterpart.
    (AP, 3/15/04)
2004        Mar 15, Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide left his temporary exile in Africa and flew to Jamaica despite opposition to his presence in the Caribbean.
    (AP, 3/15/04)
2004        Mar 15, Pakistani police diffused a large bomb inside a van parked in front of the US Consulate in Karachi.
    (SFC, 3/16/04, p.A3)
2004        Mar 15, In Saudi Arabia authorities killed Khaled Ali Haj, a Yemeni, and Ibrahim bin Abdul-Aziz bin Mohammed al-Mezeini, a Saudi. Haj, who also uses the name Abu Hazim al-Sha'ir, was the "most dangerous" al-Qaeda operative in the region. Haj was third on the government's list of Saudi Arabia's 26 most wanted militants.
    (AP, 3/16/04)
2004        Mar 15, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the leader of Spain's victorious Socialists, said he will withdraw his nation's support for the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq.
    (AP, 3/15/04)
2004        Mar 15, In Venezuela opponents of President Hugo Chavez celebrated a Supreme Court ruling that signatures on petitions seeking a presidential recall vote were valid unless citizens disclaim them.
    (AP, 3/16/04)

2004        Mar 16, Mitch Seavey won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in nine days, 12 hours, 20 minutes and 22 seconds.
    (AP, 3/16/05)
2004        Mar 16, China declared victory in its fight against bird flu, saying it had "stamped out" all of its known cases, while a factory worker in Thailand became Asia's 23rd victim of the virus.
    (AP, 3/16/04)
2004        Mar 16, In Colombia Luis Hipolito Ospina, a senior member of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, was arrested in Bogota.
    (AP, 3/17/04)
2004        Mar 16, In Denmark police raided Copenhagen's famed hippie enclave of Christiania, detaining 53 people in a major crackdown on the open sale of hashish. The enclave took root in 1971 when dozens of hippies moved into the derelict 18th-century fort on state-owned land.
    (AP, 3/16/04)
2004        Mar 16, Two contractors, German and Dutch, working on a water-supply project south of Baghdad were shot to death, and their deaths brought to six the number of foreigners killed in drive-by shootings in the past 24 hours.
    (AP, 3/16/04)(WSJ, 4/1/04, p.A10)
2004        Mar 16, Japan's Toshiba Corp said that Guinness World Records had certified its stamp-sized hard disk drives (HDDs) as the smallest in the world. The 0.85-inch HDDs, unveiled in January, have storage capacity of up to four gigabytes and will be used in products such as cellphones and digital camcorders.
    (AP, 3/16/04)
2004        Mar 16, It was announced that Carlos Slim, owner of Mexico’s Telmex, planned to buy a controlling interest in Brazil’s biggest long distance operator, Embratel.
    (Econ, 3/20/04, p.64)
2004        Mar 16, Hundreds of Pakistani troops clashed with tribesmen suspected of sheltering al-Qaeda and Taliban fugitives near the Afghan border. At least 15 paramilitary soldiers and 24 suspects including some foreigners presumed to be members of al-Qaeda, were killed in the raid on a mud-brick compound at Kaloosha.
    (AP, 3/16/04)(AP, 3/17/04)
2004        Mar 16, In Russia an apparent natural gas explosion sheared off part of a nine-story apartment building in the northern city of Arkhangelsk as residents slept, killing some 58 people. Police suspected that valve scavenging triggered the blast.
    (AP, 3/16/04)(WSJ, 3/17/04, p.A1)(AP, 3/18/04)
2004        Mar 16, Spanish police identified five additional Moroccan suspects they think took part in last week's train bombing that killed 190 and injured 1,647 others.
    (AP, 3/16/04)(AP, 3/23/04)
2004        Mar 16, Yemen authorities said 9 suspects in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole had been arrested, including 8 who escaped from jail in 2003.
    (SFC, 3/17/04, p.A9)

2004        Mar 17, Charles A. McCoy Jr., suspected in a series of highway shootings in central Ohio, was arrested in Las Vegas.
    (AP, 3/17/05)
2004        Mar 17, Major league Baseball banned THG, a steroid at the center of a criminal probe involving a SF-area lab.
    (WSJ, 3/18/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 17, Harvard researchers reported that an enzyme in the brain appears to regulate appetite and weight.
    (WSJ, 3/18/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 17, John "J.J." Jackson (62), former MTV personality, died in Los Angeles.
    (AP, 3/17/05)
2004        Mar 17, Angola decided to reject genetically modified food aid. The decision threatened to disrupt distributions to hundreds of thousands of people.
    (AP, 3/29/04)
2004        Mar 17, Axel Blumberg (23), the son of businessman Juan Carlos Blumberg, was seized in Buenos Aires. Kidnappers demanded a ransom of 50,000 pesos (16,000 dollars).
    (www.jang.com.pk/thenews/apr2004-daily/24-04-2004/world/w10.htm)
2004        Mar 17, It was reported that locusts have swarmed through the Australian Outback, devastating crops just as farmers had begun recovering from a two-year drought.
    (AP, 3/17/04)
2004        Mar 17, In Iraq a car bomb tore apart the five-story Mount Lebanon Hotel in central Baghdad, killing 7 people. In northeastern Iraq gunmen opened fire on a minibus, killing three Iraqi journalists and wounding nine other employees of a coalition-funded TV station. Insurgents killed two U.S. Marines who were on patrol in al-Anbar province. In Mosul 4 US Baptist missionaries were killed in a drive-by shooting.
    (AP, 3/18/04)(SFC, 3/18/04, p.A1)(AP, 3/19/04)(WSJ, 4/1/04, p.A10)
2004        Mar 17, Israeli helicopters fired two missiles into a crowd of suspected gunmen in a Palestinian refugee camp, killing four people in a stepped-up campaign to root out militants in the Gaza Strip. 2 teenage boys were killed in an air strike at the Rafah refugee camp.
    (AP, 3/17/04)(SFC, 3/18/04, p.A2)
2004        Mar 17, Israel's Supreme Court imposed an open-ended freeze on construction of a 15-mile section of the country's controversial West Bank separation barrier.
    (AP, 3/18/04)
2004        Mar 17, The Maldives ferry Enamaa was carrying far more than its capacity of up to 100 when a wave overturned it. At least 18 people were killed. More than 50 others were missing.
    (AP, 3/18/04)
2004        Mar 17, In Kosovo ethnic Albanians traded gunfire with Serbs after blaming them for the drownings of two boys. The clashes left eight dead and more than 300 injured.
    (AP, 3/17/04)

2004        Mar 18, Addressing thousands of soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., President Bush warned that terrorists could never be appeased and said there was no safety for any nation that "lives at the mercy of gangsters and mass murderers."
    (AP, 3/18/05)
2004        Mar 18, Overruling its staff, the FCC declared that an expletive (the "F-word") uttered by rock star Bono on NBC the previous year was indecent and profane.
    (AP, 3/18/05)
2004        Mar 18, New Jersey officials arrested 11 people in a pharmaceutical theft ring and charged them with stealing some $3 million in drugs for resale.
    (WSJ, 3/19/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 18, A 100-foot diameter asteroid passed within 26,500 miles of Earth, the closest-ever brush on record by a space rock.
    (AP, 3/18/04)
2004        Mar 18, A rebel group in Chad captured Amari Saifi, one of North Africa's most notorious terrorists, along with 9 others. Saifi is and an Algerian extremist suspected in the hostage-taking of 32 European tourists last year.
    (AP, 5/14/04)
2004        Mar 18, Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili met with Aslan Abashidze in Batumi, Ajaria, to settle misunderstandings.
    (Econ, 3/20/04, p.54)
2004        Mar 18, In northeast Guatemala a bus collided with a tractor-trailer, killing at least 14 people.
    (AP, 3/19/04)
2004        Mar 18, Jordan's King Abdullah and PM Ariel Sharon held a secret meeting at the Israeli leader's ranch to discuss Sharon's plan to withdraw unilaterally from Palestinian areas.
    (AP, 3/19/04)
2004        Mar 18, In Iraq a car bomb exploded at a hotel in the southern city of Basra as a British military patrol passed by, killing five Iraqi bystanders. US Army soldiers shot 2 al-Arabiya television network employees. [see Mar 19]
    (AP, 3/18/04)(SFC, 3/30/04, p.A3)
2004        Mar 18, Albanians set fire to Serb Orthodox churches in Kosovo as NATO scrambled to deploy up to 1,000 more troops to stifle an explosion of ethnic violence. The death toll reached 31 with hundreds injured in fighting between Serbs and ethnic Albanians as violence continued for a 2nd day.
    (SFC, 3/19/04, p.A13)(Econ, 3/20/04, p.52)
2004        Mar 18, In northwestern Uganda unidentified gunmen raided and looted a college and killed two American missionaries and a Ugandan student.
    (AP, 3/19/04)

2004        Mar 19, President Bush, on the first anniversary of the Iraq war, urged unity in the war against terrorism.
    (AP, 3/19/05)
2004        Mar 19, The US Justice Dept. issued a draft opinion that authorized the agency to transfer detainees out of Iraq for interrogation.
    (SSFC, 10/24/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 19, The Army dropped all charges against Capt. James Yee, a military chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who had been accused of mishandling classified information.
    (AP, 3/19/05)
2004        Mar 19, Scientists reported that Earth may be in the middle its 6th big extinction event, which began some 50,000 years ago. A recent survey indicated population extinctions in all the main ecosystems of Britain.
    (SFC, 3/19/04, p.A5)
2004        Mar 19, Harrison McCain (76), a New Brunswick farm boy who became a world-scale industrialist and the king of the frozen french fry, died in a Boston hospital after a long period of failing health. McCain Foods (f.1956) is the world's undisputed french fry king. The company, which is still based in Florenceville, NB, produces one-third of the planet's frozen french fries.
    (AP, 3/19/04)
2004        Mar 19, Edward G. Zubler (79), GE research chemist and developer of the halogen lamp (1959), died in Cleveland.
    (SFC, 3/24/04, p.B7)
2004        Mar 19, In central Afghanistan U.S. warplanes and ground forces killed five suspected Taliban fighters at a compound in Uruzgan province.
    (AP, 3/21/04)
2004        Mar 19, An Argentine federal judge declared unconstitutional a presidential decree that pardoned several high-ranking military officers accused of human rights abuses during Argentina's Dirty War.
    (AP, 3/19/04)
2004        Mar 19, In southwest Colombia soldiers searching for rebels accidentally ambushed a police unit, killing seven police officers and four civilian prisoners. Investigators looked into all possibilities, including whether the platoon, the police unit, or both, were involved in criminal activities
    (AP, 3/21/04)(AP, 4/9/04)
2004        Mar 19, In southern Finland a bus crashed into a truck in icy conditions, killing 24 people and injuring 15.
    (AP, 3/19/04)
2004        Mar 19, Georgia's authorities lifted sanctions against the defiant Adzharia region, carrying out a new agreement aimed to avert tensions.
    (AP, 3/19/04)
2004        Mar 19, In Iraq a reporter for Arab satellite television station Al-Arabiya died from his wounds after U.S. soldiers shot him hours earlier along with a cameraman, who died at the scene.
    (AP, 3/19/04)(SFC, 3/30/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 19, A Mexican police raid led to the arrests of 42 immigration agents and other government employees accused of running a network that smuggled migrants into the US.
    (AP, 3/23/04)(SFC, 3/24/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 19, In Nicaragua police officers kicked down the door and led convicted former Pres. Arnoldo Aleman (58) from house arrest at his ranch to a special cell at a federal prison. Aleman was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $10 million for illegally diverting some $100 million in government funds to his party's election campaigns during his tenure in office, which ended in January 2002.
    (AP, 3/20/04)
2004        Mar 19, Thousands of Pakistani army reinforcements joined a major offensive in tribal border villages where al-Qaeda's No. 2 leader, Ayman al-Zawahri and hundreds of other militants are believed surrounded.
    (AP, 3/19/04)
2004        Mar 19, A senior U.N. official said that fighting in western Sudan has intensified in recent weeks, accusing Arab militia of systematically attacking villages and raping women.
    (AP, 3/19/04)
2004        Mar 19, Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian and his vice president were shot and slightly wounded in an assassination attempt as they rode in an open vehicle while campaigning a day before an election.
    (AP, 3/19/04)
2004        Mar 19, Yemen security forces captured the nation's most wanted man and another militant who escaped from prison last year after being detained for the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole. Jamal Badawi and Fahd al-Quso were arrested in the mountains of southern Abyan province.
    (AP, 3/19/04)

2004        Mar 20, The US military charged 6 soldiers with abusing inmates at Abu Ghraib prison.
    (AP, 3/20/05)
2004        Mar 20, The Rev. Karen Dammann, a lesbian Methodist pastor, was acquitted of violating church doctrine in a trial held in Bothell, Wash.
    (AP, 3/20/05)
2004        Mar 20, A quickly spreading Internet worm destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of personal computers worldwide morning by exploiting a security flaw in a firewall program designed to protect PCs from online threats. The "Witty" worm wrote random data onto the hard drives of computers equipped with the Black Ice and Real Secure Internet firewall products. It spread automatically to vulnerable computers without any action on the part of the user.
    (WaP, 3/20/04)
2004        Mar 20, Thousands of protesters marched in Australia to mark the first anniversary of the Iraq war. Protests extended across Asia with some 30,000 marching in Japan. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide rallied against the U.S.-led war in Iraq on the first anniversary of the start of the conflict.
    (AP, 3/20/04)
2004        Mar 20, The Economist reported that a Goldman Sachs study found consumers in Australia and Spain to be the most vulnerable, of 19 countries, to higher interest rates or recession.
    (Econ, 3/20/04, p.85)
2004        Mar 20, In Sao Goncalo, Brazil, Carlos Leite and his companion, Maria da Penha, inaugurated a free library in their home with some 100 volumes. By late 2005 the collection had grew to 10,000 volumes and took up most of the space in the home of the illiterate couple.
    (AP, 10/2/05)
2004        Mar 20, In Guyana thousands marched through Georgetown, demanding the government order an independent investigation into claims of a state-sponsored hit squad blamed for more than 40 killings in the past year.
    (AP, 3/20/04)
2004        Mar 20, Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Rome demanding that Italy pull its 2,600 troops out of Iraq.
    (AP, 3/21/04)
2004        Mar 20, In Kashmir a remote-controlled bomb hidden in a motorbike exploded as an Indian army convoy passed over a bridge, killing two soldiers and wounding 40 others.
    (AP, 3/20/04)
2004        Mar 20, NATO-led forces surrounded Kosovska Mitrovica in efforts to separate ethnic Albanians and Serbs and prevent a resurgence of attacks that killed 28 people and wounded 600. Ethnic Albanians looted villages and apartments abandoned by Serb civilians. Some 110 homes and at least 16 Serb Orthodox churches were destroyed by arson.
    (AP, 3/20/04)(Econ, 9/11/04, p.47)
2004        Mar 20, Former Netherlands Queen Juliana (94), who presided over the dismantling of the centuries-old Dutch empire and witnessed the birth of a social revolution during her 32-year reign (1948-1980, died.
    (AP, 3/20/04)(SSFC, 3/21/04, p.B7)
2004        Mar 20, Nepalese government forces killed as many as 500 rebels, and at least 18 police and soldiers died in some of the fiercest fighting since a cease-fire collapsed last year.
    (AP, 3/21/04)
2004        Mar 20, The Pakistani military commander leading a five-day assault on armed militants holed up in mud fortresses said a "high-value" terror suspect remained inside, possibly wounded, but there was no way to know whether it was al-Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri.
    (AP, 3/20/04)
2004        Mar 20, The hunt for terrorists on Pakistan's frontier appears to be narrowing on an Uzbek terror group that once trained in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 3/20/04)
2004        Mar 20, Taiwan Pres. Chen Shui-bian narrowly won re-election, a day after being shot in an assassination attempt, but a referendum he had championed on beefing up defenses against China failed because not enough voters took part.
    (AP, 3/20/04)(SSFC, 3/21/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 20, Uganda government troops backed by helicopter gunships fought fierce battles with rebels in northern Uganda, killing more than 50 insurgents.
    (AP, 3/21/04)

2004        Mar 21, The White House disputed assertions by President Bush's former counterterrorism coordinator, Richard A. Clarke, that the administration had failed to recognize the risk of an attack by al-Qaida in the months leading up to Sept. 11. Clarke's assertions were contained in a new book, "Against All Enemies," that went on sale the next day.
    (AP, 3/21/05)
2004        Mar 21, Zaha Hadid (53), a Baghdad-born designer, became the third Briton to win the Pritzker Prize in Architecture, and the 1st woman to win the prize in its 25-year history.
    (AP, 3/21/04)
2004        Mar 21, Robert Snyder (88), documentary film maker and author, died. He was the son-in-law of futurist Buckminster Fuller.
    (SFC, 3/22/04, p.B4)
2004        Mar 21, Afghan aviation minister Mirwais Sadiq was assassinated in the western city of Herat.
    (AP, 3/21/04)
2004        Mar 21, Tony Saca, former sportscaster and Arena Party candidate, easily won El Salvador's presidential race, promising to continue the direction of one of the most pro-U.S. governments in the hemisphere.
    (AP, 3/22/04)(Econ, 3/27/04, p.38)
2004        Mar 21, French voters delivered a rebuke to PM Jean-Pierre Raffarin's reform plans in the 1st round of regional elections. The elections, held every six years, are for regional leaders responsible for some infrastructure projects, job training, school construction and other tasks.
    (AP, 3/22/04)
2004        Mar 21, Ludmila Tcherina (79), French ballerina and Oscar-winning actress, The Tales of Hoffman (1950), died.
    (AP, 3/22/04)
2004        Mar 21, In western Iraq insurgents fired a rocket at U.S. troops, killing two soldiers, while in Baghdad rockets fired toward the U.S.-led coalition headquarters killed two Iraqi civilians and injured a U.S. soldier.
    (AP, 3/21/04)
2004        Mar 21, Four Hamas militants and a Palestinian woman were killed in fighting with Israeli troops, the sixth day of Israel's new offensive in the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 3/21/04)
2004        Mar 21, Elections were held in Malaysia. An Islamic leader implied that those who backed government candidates would go to hell. Malaysia's secular government won a sweeping victory in two Muslim-dominated states and looked headed for a nationwide rout of the fundamentalist Islamic opposition.
    (WSJ, 3/8/04, p.A1)(AP, 3/21/04)
2004        Mar 21, Pakistani forces agreed to allow a 25-member tribal council free passage into a battle zone in an effort to negotiate a peace deal with local elders sheltering hundreds of al-Qaeda fighters. Up to 6,000 Pakistani forces were engaged with some 500 foreign militants, in the Wana area of South Waziristan. The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) was suspected to be involved.
    (AP, 3/21/04)(SFC, 3/22/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 21, In the Republic of Congo a train derailed 90 miles south of Brazzaville, killing 31 people and injuring scores of others.
    (AP, 3/23/04)
2004        Mar 21, Spain's incoming Socialist government rejected an offer for dialogue from the Basque separatist group ETA.
    (AP, 3/21/04)

2004        Mar 22, Terry Nichols went on trial for his life in the Oklahoma City bombing. Nichols was already serving a life sentence for his conviction on federal charges. On May 26 he was found guilty of 161 state murder charges, but was again spared the death penalty when the jury couldn't agree on his sentence.
    (AP, 3/22/05)
2004        Mar 22, Afghan soldiers deployed to the western city of Herat after some of the fiercest factional fighting since the 2001 fall of the Taliban killed a Cabinet minister and as many as 100 others.
    (AP, 3/22/04)
2004        Mar 22, A car bomb blew up near a U.S. Air Force base north of Baghdad, killing two Iraqi civilians and wounding 25 others. The U.S. military said a bomb killed a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi interpreter in Baghdad.
    (AP, 3/22/04)
2004        Mar 22, The Finnish Foreign Ministry said two Finnish businessmen were shot and killed in Baghdad.
    (AP, 3/22/04)
2004        Mar 22, Israel killed Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin and 7 other Hamas members in a helicopter missile strike outside a Gaza City mosque, prompting threats of unprecedented revenge by thousands of Palestinian. Sheik Ahmed Yassin, a quadriplegic preacher, founded the Islamic militant group Hamas in 1987 and presided over its rise to a violent, radical alternative to Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority.
    (AP, 3/22/04)(USAT, 3/23/04, p.1A)
2004        Mar 22, In Malaysia Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was sworn in as prime minister, a day after scoring a landslide election victory that handed the fundamentalist Islamic opposition its worst defeat in more than a decade. The national Front Coalition won 199 out of 219 seats in parliament.
    (AP, 3/22/04)(Econ, 11/17/07, p.53)
2004        Mar 22, Oil giant Royal Dutch/Shell said it plans to streamline its operations in Nigeria. An estimated 1,500 people, or about 30 percent of its work force of about 5,000, will be laid off.
    (AP, 3/22/04)
2004        Mar 22, In Pakistan assailants launched two rocket attacks on government forces on the edge of a bloody offensive against al-Qaeda militants and 15 soldiers were killed near Sarwakai. A mile-long tunnel from a tribal compound toward the Afghan border was discovered.
    (AP, 3/23/04)(WSJ, 3/23/04, p.A1)(SFC, 4/2/04, p.A11)

2004        Mar 23, The Bush administration reported that the Medicare Trust Fund would run out of money in 2019, 7 years earlier that projected in 2003.
    (SFC, 3/24/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 23, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell offered a strong defense of the administration's pre-Sept. 11 actions as they testified before a federal commission reviewing the 2001 attacks.
    (AP, 3/23/05)
2004        Mar 23, The US Coast Guard said it had seized over 14.5 tons of cocaine from 3 fishing boats off Mexico and Ecuador over the last 2 months.
    (SFC, 3/24/04, p.B3)
2004        Mar 23, Random House published "Trump: How To Get Rich," by Donald Trump.
    (WSJ, 3/22/04, p.B1)
2004        Mar 23, The Rev. Sun Myung Moon declared himself the Messiah during a ceremony at the Dirksen Building in Wash., DC. Over a dozen US lawmakers attended the reception.
    (SFC, 6/24/04, p.A2)
2004        Mar 23, A Unocal helicopter with 10 on board went missing in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard found 4 bodies.
    (WSJ, 3/25/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 23, Joseph Iadone (b.1914), master lute player, died in Connecticut. His few CDs were all on the Lyrichord label (www.lyrichord.com).
    (WSJ, 4/27/04, p.D10)
2004        Mar 23, Chen Zhongwei (74), a Chinese surgeon credited with pioneering the process of reattaching severed limbs, died. Chen successfully reattached the severed right hand of an injured factory worker in 1963, in the first operation of its kind.
    (AP, 3/27/04)
2004        Mar 23, In Iraq gunmen opened fire on a van filled with police recruits south of Baghdad, killing nine. Other assailants shot and killed two policemen, twin brothers, north of the capital.
    (AP, 3/23/04)
2004        Mar 23, Israel threatened the entire Hamas leadership with death as Abdel Aziz Rantisi took command of the group in Gaza.
    (WSJ, 3/24/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 23, Israeli helicopter gunships fired on gunmen in southern Lebanon, killing two and wounding one.
    (AP, 3/23/04)
2004        Mar 23, A chamber of Venezuela's Supreme Court dealt a blow to opponents of President Hugo Chavez by overruling fellow justices on a petition for recalling him from office.
    (AP, 3/23/04)

2004        Mar 24, Former top terrorism adviser Richard Clarke, testifying before the federal 9-11 Commission, accused the Bush administration of scaling back the campaign against Osama bin Laden before the attacks and undermining the fight against terrorism by invading Iraq.
    (AP, 3/24/05)
2004        Mar 24, The Bush administration, under pressure from farmers, petitioned to postpone the global phase-out of methyl bromide, a pesticide that has been shown to destroy ozone.
    (SFC, 3/24/04, p.A5)
2004        Mar 24, World TB Day. TB killed and estimated 2-3 million people per year.
    (SFC, 3/24/04, p.B9)
2004        Mar 24, A group of large employers proposed "scorecards" for doctors in an effort help employees choose doctors based on quality care.
    (WSJ, 3/25/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 24, A NASA unpiloted X-43A jet, part of its Hyper-X program, reached a record speed of 5,200 mph, Mach 6.83, after a rocket boosted it to 3,500 mph. It used a new engine called a supersonic-combustion ramjet, or scramjet.
    (SSFC, 3/28/04, p.A3)(Econ, 3/27/04, p.80)(SFC, 11/10/04, p.A2)
2004        Mar 24, EU regulators slapped a $613 million anti-trust fine against Microsoft.
    (WSJ, 3/23/04, p.A3)(SFC, 3/25/04, p.C1)
2004        Mar 24, Antigua PM Lester Bird (66) conceded defeat to labor activist Baldwin Spencer in general elections marked by corruption charges, ending a family dynasty that has dominated Antigua and Barbuda for more than half a century. Spencer soon found the coffers empty.
    (AP, 3/24/04)(Econ, 12/4/04, p.38)
2004        Mar 24, Argentine Pres. Nestor Kirchner rallied thousands of supporters on the grounds of a Dirty War torture camp, announcing it would become a memorial to victims of the past dictatorship. The "Museum of Memory" on the grounds of the Navy School of Mechanics, the most infamous detention center of the 1976-83 military dictatorship, marked a new step toward reconciling the legacy of the repression.
    (AP, 3/25/04)
2004        Mar 24, Axel Blumberg (23), the kidnapped son of businessman Juan Carlos Blumberg, was murdered following an attempt to escape. This prompted his father to initiate a high-profile public campaign against impunity for violent crimes.
    (Econ, 9/9/06, p.39)(www.answers.com/topic/2004-in-argentina)
2004        Mar 24, Australia's parliament passed a law making the Great Barrier Reef the most protected reef system on earth. A fishing ban on a third of the World Heritage site would begin in July.
    (AP, 3/24/04)
2004        Mar 24, In Colombia warplanes preparing to bomb a paramilitary camp abandoned their mission after members of the outlawed Central Bolivar Bloc (BCB) used villagers as human shields. A soldier and 14 paramilitary gunmen were killed in subsequent firefights.
    (AP, 3/26/04)
2004        Mar 24, In India's northeast Assam state heavily armed separatist militants killed 21 villagers from a rival ethnic group in three attacks.
    (AP, 3/24/04)
2004        Mar 24, In Iraq a gun battle with insurgents killed one American soldier and three rebels.
    (AP, 3/25/04)
2004        Mar 24, Insurgents bombed an oil well in northern Iraq, sparking a fire that raged for 24 hours before being extinguished.
    (AP, 3/26/04)
2004        Mar 24, In the Ivory Coast about a dozen people were killed during a massive protest march.
    (AP, 3/25/04)

2004        Mar 25, US Congress passed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, making it a separate offense to harm a fetus during violent federal crime.
    (AP, 3/25/05)
2004        Mar 25, The US used its veto power to quash a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel for killing Hamas leader Ahmed Yassin in a missile strike.
    (AP, 3/26/04)
2004        Mar 25, Howard Dean endorsed John Kerry as the Democratic presidential candidate.
    (WSJ, 11/3/04, p.A6)
2004        Mar 25, British PM Tony Blair and Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi greeted each other with smiles and handshakes in a meeting that marked a major step back into the international mainstream for the North African state.
    (AP, 3/25/04)
2004        Mar 25, A military truck drove out of a Russian military base in Chechnya after curfew and hit a mine planted outside to deter a rebel attack, killing 10 soldiers.
    (AP, 3/26/04)
2004        Mar 25, China's Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, arriving home from North Korea, saying his three-day trip yielded an agreement from that country's reclusive leader to "push forward" toward a third round of talks on its nuclear program.
    (AP, 3/25/04)
2004        Mar 25, In Colombia attackers shot and killed three retired police officers, at least two of whom were suspected of having links to drug traffickers.
    (AP, 3/26/04)
2004        Mar 25, The Olympic torch was lit in Ilida, Greece, and began its journey to herald the summer Olympiad, Aug 13-29. A 6-continent tour was planned using 2 747s named Zeus and Hera with a bill of $50 million.
    (AP, 3/26/04)(WSJ, 7/19/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 25, An Indian court sentenced four Pakistanis to death for "waging war" against India after they were caught smuggling the deadly explosive RDX into the country in 1999.
    (AP, 3/25/04)
2004        Mar 25, A U.S. soldier died in a bombing north of Baghdad amid warnings that attacks will likely increase with fewer than 100 days left before the coalition hands over sovereignty.
    (AP, 3/25/04)
2004        Mar 25, Rebels and the main opposition party, Rally of Republicans, withdrew from Ivory Coast's power-sharing government after security forces in Abidjan fired on protesters demanding implementation of a peace deal. At least 25 people were killed.
    (AP, 3/25/04)(SFC, 3/26/04, p.A2)(SFC, 3/27/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 25, A Norwegian Academy awarded the Abel Prize in Mathematics to Isadore M. Singer of MIT and Sir Michael F. Atiyah of the Univ. of Edinburgh for discovering and proving the mathematical concept called the "index theorem."
    (SFC, 3/26/04, p.A15)
2004        Mar 25, Armed Palestinians in wetsuits and flippers emerged from the Mediterranean and fired toward a beachfront Israeli settlement of Tel Katifa in Gaza. Two attackers were killed and a third was wounded and fled.
    (AP, 3/26/04)
2004        Mar 25, In eastern Turkey a 5.1 earthquake centered at Cat left at least 9 people dead.
    (AP, 3/26/04)   

2004        Mar 26, The FDA approved the 1st HIV test that uses saliva rather than blood. The 20 minute test, made by OraSure, is able to detect HIV antibodies about 6 weeks after infection.
    (SFC, 3/27/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 26, Phoenix Bishop Thomas O'Brien was sentenced to four years' probation and 1,000 hours of community service for a deadly hit-and-run that claimed the life of pedestrian Jim Reed.
    (AP, 3/26/05)
2004        Mar 26, Jan Berry (62), pioneering California rock musician, died in LA. He rode the wave of the surf music trend in the 1960s as one half of the popular duo Jan & Dean.
    (Reuters, 3/28/04)
2004        Mar 26, Jan Sterling (82), Hollywood film actress, died.
    (SFC, 3/30/04, p.B6)
2004        Mar 26, West of Baghdad, U.S. Marines and gunmen fought an hour-long battle that left four Iraqis dead and six wounded. A U.S. Marine and an ABC freelance cameraman were killed during a bitter, hours-long firefight between American troops and Iraqi insurgents in the city of Fallujah, while 18 people died in violence elsewhere across Iraq.
    (AP, 3/26/04)(AP, 3/27/04)   
2004        Mar 26, A Palestinian militant was killed when an explosion went off in a van he was driving in a West Bank refugee camp.
    (AP, 3/26/04)
2004        Mar 26, The bodies of 8 Pakistani soldiers, executed by Al Qaeda-linked militants, were found near Wana. They had been taken hostage in fighting near the Afghan border.
    (AP, 3/27/04)
2004        Mar 26, Polish PM Leszek Miller announced he will step down the day after Poland joins the European Union on May 1, taking the blame for his government's collapse in popularity and raising the prospect of early elections. 22 members of Miller’s SLD party had left to form the new left-wing Polish social Democracy as Miller’s popularity plummeted.
    (AP, 3/26/04)(Econ, 4/3/04, p.56)
2004        Mar 26, A Moscow court banned the religious activities of Jehovah's Witnesses from the Russian capital in a move that critics called a step back for democracy and religious freedom. A 1997 religion law enshrines Orthodox Christianity as the country's predominant religion and pledges respect for Buddhism, Islam and Judaism, but places restrictions on other groups.
    (AP, 3/27/04)

2004        Mar 27, Adan Sanchez (19), Mexican-American singer, died in a car crash in Sinaloa, Mexico. He was the son of narco-ballad singer Chalino Sanchez, murdered in 1992.
    (WSJ, 4/9/04, p.B1)
2004        Mar 27, Robert Merle (95), French author, died. His books included "The Day of the Dolphin," which was made into a 1973 film.
    (SFC, 4/1/04, p.B7)
2004        Mar 27, Edward J. Piszek (87), founder of Mrs. Paul's Kitchens, died in Fort Washington, Pa.
    (SFC, 4/1/04, p.B7)
2004        Mar 27, The 15-nation Caribbean Community withheld recognition from Haiti's U.S.-backed interim government as leaders closed a summit renewing calls for a U.N. investigation into the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
    (AP, 3/27/04)
2004        Mar 27, Tens of thousands of security forces guarded voting stations as Nigerians cast ballots in tense municipal elections.
    (AP, 3/27/04)
2004        Mar 27, A 7-year-old Palestinian boy was killed by what the Israeli military said was haphazard Palestinian gunfire toward an army jeep in a West Bank refugee camp.
    (AP, 3/27/04)
2004        Mar 27, Rwanda reported plans to release at least 30,000 suspects who have confessed to participating in the 1994 genocide, letting them be tried in community courts rather than by the country's overburdened judicial system.
    (AP, 3/27/04)
2004        Mar 27, A half million people swarmed into Taiwan's capital to protest the disputed presidential election.
    (AP, 3/27/04)

2004        Mar 28, Art James (74), TV game show host died in Palm Springs, Calif.
    (AP, 3/28/05)
2004        Mar 28, Sir Peter Ustinov (b. Apr 16, 1921), a brilliant wit and mimic who won two Oscars for an acting career that ranged from the evil Nero in "Quo Vadis" to the quirky Agatha Christie detective Hercule Poirot, died at age 82 in Switzerland.
    (AP, 3/29/04)
2004        Mar 28, A powerful storm, dubbed Catarina, lashed Brazil's southern coast, damaging thousands of homes, killing two people.
    (AP, 3/29/04)
2004        Mar 28, In Kinshasa, Congo, government forces battled attackers at military installations and television headquarters. Diplomats called it a coup attempt against Pres. Joseph Kabila.
    (AP, 3/28/04)
2004        Mar 28, France's left-wing opposition bulldozed its way across the country in second-round midterm regional elections, putting pressure on President Jacques Chirac to revamp his Cabinet and perhaps even ditch his prime minister due to widely unpopular economic reforms and rising unemployment.
    (AP, 3/28/04)(AP, 3/29/04)
2004        Mar 28, Georgians voted in the country's third election in less than six months. Supporters of President Mikhail Saakashvili swept to victory in Georgia's parliamentary election, according to early results.
    (AP, 3/28/04)(AP, 3/29/04)
2004        Mar 28, Guadeloupe's leader conceded defeat in regional elections that pushed her conservative party out of power for the first time in 12 years, a loss seen as public backlash toward moves to win greater autonomy from Paris.
    (AP, 3/29/04)
2004        Mar 28, In Iraq US soldiers in the northern city of Mosul shot and killed four rebels suspected of involvement in attacks in the region. Gunmen in Mosul killed 2 British and Canadian electrical engineers. Coalition forces closed Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's newspaper, claiming it incited anti-US violence.
    (AP, 3/29/04)(WSJ, 4/1/04, p.A10)(WSJ, 4/19/04, p.A14)
2004        Mar 28, Israel's state attorney officially recommended that PM Ariel Sharon be indicted for bribe-taking.
    (AP, 3/28/04)
2004        Mar 28, The Thailand government said violence in the Muslim-dominated south was at a "crucial stage" and pledged tougher measures, after a bombing in the region injured 29 people, including 10 Malaysian tourists.
    (AP, 3/28/04)
2004        Mar 28, Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic-rooted party appeared headed for a resounding victory in Turkey's local elections.
    (AP, 3/28/04)
2004        Mar 28, Clashes between supporters of Zimbabwe's ruling party and the opposition killed one person and wounded at least 11 during the second day of polling in a parliamentary by-election.
    (AP, 3/29/04)
2004        Mar 28-29, In Uzbekistan 2 suicide bombings, attacks on police and an explosion at a terrorist bomb-making factory in Kakhramon killed 19 people and injured 26. The explosion led to 4 days of violence that left at least 47 people dead in including 33 militants.
    (AP, 3/29/04)(SSFC, 4/4/04, p.A22)

2004        Mar 29, Pres. Bush hosted a White House ceremony to welcome Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia into the NATO alliance.
    (WSJ, 3/30/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 29, Massachusetts lawmakers approved a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and legalize civil unions, sending the issue to the next legislative session.
    (AP, 3/29/05)
2004        Mar 29, The body of Eugen Gorenman (26), immigrant Russian Jew, was found shot to death at Fort Funston, SF, Ca. In 2009 3 women, teenagers at time, were sentenced to prison terms of 8 to 21 years for the slaying.
    (SFCM, 6/27/04, p.8)(SFC, 4/4/09, p.B3)
2004        Mar 29, Margaret McCord Nixon (87), South-African-born author of "The Calling of Katie Makanya" (1997), died in Venice, Ca.
    (SFC, 4/13/04, p.B7)
2004        Mar 29, The island of Dominica switched diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China, after the communist state offered a $112 million aid package.
    (AP, 3/29/04)
2004        Mar 29, Ireland outlawed smoking in workplaces, imposing the strictest anti-tobacco measure ever adopted by any country on earth.
    (AP, 3/29/04)
2004        Mar 29, A Lithuanian court found French rock star Bertrand Cantat (40) guilty of man-slaughter for the 2003 beating death of his movie-star girlfriend, Marie Trintignant (41), and sentenced him to 8 years in prison.
    (AP, 3/29/04)
2004        Mar 29, In Mexico Pres. Fox unveiled a sweeping revision of the legal system.
    (WSJ, 3/30/04, p.A16)
2004        Mar 29, In a stinging rebuke, Secretary-General Kofi Annan fired one top UN official and demoted another for security failures leading to the Aug. 19 bombing of the U.N.’s Baghdad headquarters that killed 22 people.
    (AP, 3/29/05)
2004        Mar 29, In Uzbekistan at least 19 people were killed in a wave of terrorist violence. [see Mar 28]
    (AP, 3/29/05)

2004        Mar 30, President Bush agreed to do what he had insisted for weeks he would not: allow National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to testify publicly and under oath before an independent panel investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
    (AP, 3/30/04)
2004        Mar 30, AT&T officially began to offer phone calls via the Internet (VOIP) in 2 state, New Jersey and Texas.
    (WSJ, 3/30/04, p.B1)
2004        Mar 30, Alistair Cooke (b.1908), television host and author, died in NYC at age 95. His books included "Alistair Cooke's America" (1972).
    (Econ, 4/3/04, p.89)
2004        Mar 30, In Bolivia an angry miner with dynamite strapped to his chest blew himself up inside Congress, also killing two police officers.
    (AP, 3/30/04)
2004        Mar 30, British police raids in London led to the arrest of 8 men and the seizure of half a ton of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer compound used in the Oklahoma City bombing.
    (AP, 3/30/04)
2004        Mar 30, Cuba arrested Carlos Ahumada, a Mexican businessman, wanted in Mexico for his role in a graft scandal involving Mexico City Mayor Manuel Lopez Obrador. Ahumada was soon deported to Mexico.
    (WSJ, 4/29/04, p.A14)
2004        Mar 30, French PM Jean-Pierre Raffarin was spared the ax despite a massive local election defeat, but ordered to form a new government to push ahead with unpopular social and economic reforms.
    (AP, 3/30/04)
2004        Mar 30, In Iraq a suicide bombing outside the house of a police chief killed the attacker and wounded seven others. Elsewhere, a U.S. soldier died in a bomb blast, and Spanish soldiers and Iraqi police quelled a riot by jobseekers.
    (AP, 3/30/04)
2004        Mar 30, Myanmar's military government said it will take the first step on a self-proclaimed "road to democracy" by reconvening a constitutional convention that was suspended eight years ago.
    (AP, 3/30/04)
2004        Mar 30, Philippine officials reported the arrest of 4 Muslim extremists in the brutal al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group. They were found with a stash of TNT targeted for terror attacks on trains and shopping malls in the Philippine capital. A suspected Muslim extremist told police interrogators he planted TNT in a television set on a ferry that caught fire last month, killing more than 100 people.
    (AP, 3/30/04)
2004        Mar 30, Serbian lawmakers awarded salaries, legal fees and other financial perks to former President Slobodan Milosevic and fellow Serbian war crimes suspects being tried by a U.N. tribunal in the Netherlands.
    (AP, 3/30/04)
2004        Mar 30, A boat carrying 107 people sank during the crossing from Somalia to Yemen and only four other people, including two crew members, were rescued.
    (AP, 3/30/04)
2004        Mar 30, In Sri Lanka gunmen stormed the home of a Tamil parliamentary candidate who was allied to a renegade rebel leader, killing the candidate and one of his relatives.
    (AP, 3/30/04)
2004        Mar 30, In Uzbekistan gunfire and explosions resounded in Tashkent as government forces battled for hours with suspected Islamic militants after two more suicide attacks. Officials claimed 20 terrorists and three police died in the fighting.
    (AP, 3/30/04)

2004        Mar 31, Air America Radio went live in 3 of largest US markets with a left-leaning, round-the-clock, talk format featuring Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo. Air America was conceived by Anita and Sheldon Drobny of Chicago. The idea was purchased by Guam entrepreneurs Evan M. Cohen and Rex Sorensen, who resigned May 5.
     (SFC, 3/31/04, p.C1)(WSJ, 6/21/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 31, The US Navy closed Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, its last base in Puerto Rico. It was transferred to a special naval agency that will coordinate the closing process. The base had been used for 6 decades to keep watch over the Caribbean.
    (AP, 1/6/04)(AP, 4/2/04)
2004        Mar 31, In Fallujah, Iraq, jubilant residents dragged the charred corpses of 4 American private security guards, from Blackwater Security Consulting, through the streets and hanged them from a bridge spanning the Euphrates River. 5 American soldiers died in a roadside bombing nearby.
    (AP, 3/31/04)(SFC, 4/1/04, p.A1)(SFC, 4/2/04, p.A16)
2004        Mar 31, Lithuania's highest court ruled that President Rolandas Paksas violated the constitution by arranging citizenship for a businessman with alleged mob ties, a verdict that will likely set the stage for an impeachment vote.
    (AP, 3/31/04)
2004        Mar 31, The International Court of Justice ruled that the United States violated the rights of 51 Mexicans on death row and ordered their cases be reviewed.
    (AP, 3/31/04)
2004        Mar 31, OPEC voted to cut oil production by 4.1%.
    (SFC, 4/1/04, p.C1)
2004        Mar 31, The US suspended $26 million in aid to Serbia for refusal to give up war crimes fugitives.
    (WSJ, 4/1/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar 31, In Sudan security police detained Hassan Turabi, the leading Islamic opposition leader, 3 days after members of his party were accused of conspiring to topple the government.
    (AP, 3/31/04)

2004        Mar, The US CIA worked closely with Moammar Gadhafi's intelligence services in the rendition of terror suspects to Libya for interrogation as revealed by documents uncovered in 2011. The documents appear to be American correspondence to Libyan officials to arrange for the rendition of Abdel-Hakim Belhaj (nom de guerre, Abdullah al-Sadiq), a leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) with links to al-Qaida. Belhadj later claimed to have been tortured by CIA agents at a secret prison, then returned to Libya. Belhaj was detained in Thailand and transferred to Tripoli, where he spent years in prison. In 2013 he sued the British government over its alleged role in his detention and rendition offered to settle for 3 pounds ($4.50) and an apology.
    (AP, 9/3/11)(Econ, 9/10/11, p.62)(AP, 3/4/13)
2004        Mar, Jamie Olis, former tax-planning executive at Dynegy, was sentenced to 24 years in jail for his role in Project Alpha, an accounting fraud that inflated the Texas energy company’s cashflow by $300 million. In 2005 an appeals court upheld the conviction, but threw out the sentence.
    (Econ, 11/5/05, p.68)
2004        Mar, The EPA and FDA issued a joint advisory that cited high mercury levels in tuna and urged limits on consumption by children and some women.
    (WSJ, 8/1/05, p.A1)
2004        Mar, In Japan $31.5 million worth of jewels from an upscale shop in Tokyo were stolen. The jewels have never been found. On Dec 18, 2009, three Serb members of the infamous "Pink Panther" ring of thieves were convicted in Belgrade of Japan's biggest-ever jewel heist, which nabbed treasures including a $27-million (euro19-million) diamond necklace. Dorothy Fasola, a British national, was also named in Japanese police papers as one of the masterminds behind the robbery.
    (AP, 12/18/09)(http://tinyurl.com/yfhxvxz)
2004        Mar, Indonesia became a net importer of crude oil for the first time.
    (WSJ, 5/18/04, p.A1)
2004        Mar, The US Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $40 million contract to global construction and engineering firm Parsons to design and build an 1,800-inmate lockup in Iraq to include educational and vocational facilities. Work was set to begin May 2004 and finish November 2005. The US government pulled the plug in June 2006, citing "continued schedule slips and ... massive cost overruns." Parsons got $31 million and the other contractors got $9 million. As of 2008 it was unused with much of the construction deemed substandard.
    (AP, 7/28/08)
2004        Mar, In Peru Miguel Toledo, a nephew of Pres. Toledo, and three other men luring a 22-year-old woman to a restaurant to discuss a job offer. Instead, they allegedly drugged her and took her to a hotel where she was raped. Miguel Toledo fled his Nov, 2005, rape trial, but was arrested in 2006 and given a 4-year suspended sentence and a fine of $2,500.
    (AP, 2/20/06)(AP, 2/22/06)
2004        Mar, KIA Motors, a unit of South Korea’s Hyundai group, decided to build a new $850 million plant in Slovakia, where corporate and personal taxes were recently cut to a flat 19%.
    (Econ, 3/6/04, p.60)
2004        Mar, Somalia’s 1st Coca-Cola bottling plant opened in Mogadishu.
    (Econ, 4/3/04, p.50)

2004        Mar-2004 Apr, US forces in Baghdad detained Pakistani national Dilshad Ahmad. He had served as a commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba between 1997 and 2001.
    (WSJ, 12/8/08, p.A6)

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