Timeline 2004 July - September

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2004        Jul 1, The US Coast Guard began boarding foreign vessels as int’l. security rules went into effect.
    (SFC, 7/3/04, p.A3)
2004        Jul 1, AB 1627 declared that beginning on this day each California hospital will be required to make one written or electronic copy of its charge description master (chargemaster) available at the hospital’s location or on its Internet Web site.
    (www.oshpd.cahwnet.gov/hid/hospital/chrgmster/index.htm)(WSJ, 12/28/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 1, Connecticut’s Republican Lt. Gov. M. Jodi Rell (b.1946) became state governor following the resignation of Gov. John Rowland. She was elected to her own term in 2006.
    (SFC, 11/10/09, p.A8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._Jodi_Rell)
2004        Jul 1, The Cassini spacecraft sent back photographs of Saturn's shimmering rings.
    (AP, 7/1/05)
2004        Jul 1, Marlon Brando (80), film actor, died in LA. His many films included “On the Waterfront" (1954), and “The Godfather" (1972). In 2008 Stefan Kanfer authored “Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando."
    (http://tinyurl.com/2vfnpa)(SSFC, 12/7/08, Books p.7)
2004        Jul 1, Historic Afghan elections scheduled for September were delayed because of wrangling among officials and political parties.
    (AP, 7/1/04)
2004        Jul 1, Statistics Canada counted 31,946,316 Canadians.
    (AP, 9/29/04)
2004        Jul 1, Horst Koehler, former IMF, head was sworn in as Germany's 9th post-war president.
    (AP, 7/1/04)
2004        Jul 1, Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Hong Kong to demand democratic rights from China.
    (AP, 7/1/05)
2004        Jul 1, India’s Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act took effect. It required the government to cut the fiscal deficit by 0.3% of GDP annually until 2009.
    (WSJ, 1/12/05, p.A9)
2004        Jul 1, A defiant Saddam Hussein rejected charges of war crimes and genocide in a court appearance, telling a judge "this is all theater, the real criminal is Bush."
    (AP, 7/1/04)
2004        Jul 1, In Iraq US jets pounded a suspected safehouse of terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Fallujah.
    (AP, 7/1/04)
2004        Jul 1, In Ayacucho, Peru, hundreds of striking teachers burned buildings and looted bank teller machines during clashes with riot police that injured 34 people and led to 15 arrests.
    (AP, 7/2/04)
2004        Jul 1, Interfax news reported that the Russian Tax Service is demanding another $3.3 billion from the Yukos oil company in back taxes for 2001.
    (AP, 7/1/04)
2004        Jul 1, Saudi security forces traded gunfire with militants in a Riyadh, killing one militant and wounding one. A police officer was killed and two were hurt.
    (AP, 7/2/04)
2004        Jul 1, The United Nation's World Food Program (WFP) began airlifting enriched food from the Ethiopian capital to Sudan's western Darfur region, where it estimates 1.2 million people will need food aid every month until October. UN Sec. Gen’l. Kofi Annan visited the area.
    (AFP, 7/2/04)(WSJ, 7/2/04, p.A1)

2004        Jul 2, In Kansas City, Kansas, Elijah Brown (21), an employee at the ConAgra Foods meat-packing plant, went on a shooting rampage that left 5 dead including himself. A 6th person died overnight.
    (AP, 7/3/04)
2004        Jul 2, China began censoring telephone text messages to “block the dissemination of illicit news and information."
    (SFC, 7/3/04, p.A2)
2004        Jul 2, Shanghai police raided the apartment of Randolph Hobson Guthrie III in a joint US-Chinese operation against pirated DVDs. They seized 210,000 pirated DVD copies.
    (WSJ, 3/7/05, p.A1)
2004        Jul 2, The Dutch government backed plans for "seals of quality" for well-run brothels and standard contracts for prostitutes, as well as more support for those who want to leave the world's oldest profession.
    (Reuters, 7/2/04)
2004        Jul 2, Reva Electric Car, an Indian company that has launched the country's first electric car, has received 500 orders from Britain and plans to build environment-friendly mini-buses and small taxis. Its cheapest version costs 250,000 rupees (US$ 5,500). The company has sold more than 600 cars in India.
    (AP, 7/2/04)
2004        Jul 2, In India’s Bihar state gunmen killed 10 people in the latest outburst of caste violence.
    (AP, 7/3/04)
2004        Jul 2, Scientists from the United States, Britain and Kenya reported that a skull fragment of a small adult with some characteristics of Homo erectus was about 900,000 years old. It was found in 2003 in Olorgesalie, 100 miles southeast of the capital, Nairobi, Kenya.
    (AP, 7/3/04)
2004        Jul 2, A Norwegian strike began targeting the oil exploration sector. It incidentally affected two mobile production units, the Petrojarl I, which ceased operations in early September, and the Petrojarl Varg.
    (AP, 10/13/04)
2004        Jul 2, In Panama a US-registered small jet crashed into an airport hangar during takeoff and burst into flames, killing seven people.
    (AP, 7/3/04)
2004        Jul 2, Yukos, Russia's largest oil producer with an output of 1.7 million barrels per day, warned that it may have to shut down as a result of the legal onslaught.
    (AP, 7/3/04)
2004        Jul 2, In eastern Turkey a car bomb exploded near a governor's convoy, killing 6 people, including a 12-year-old boy, and injuring 23 others.
    (AFP, 7/2/04)(SFC, 7/3/04, p.A10)
2004        Jul 2, In an eastern Turkey a 5.0 earthquake leveled stone and mud houses, killing 18 people and injuring 27.
    (AP, 7/2/04)(SFC, 7/3/04, p.A3)

2004        Jul 3, Two Estonian students clinched the country's seventh straight wife-carrying world championship on Saturday, winning the "wife's" weight in beer and a sauna.
    (AP, 7/4/04)
2004        Jul 3, Insurgents attacked an Iraqi checkpoint south of the capital, killing five national guard soldiers and wounding five more.
    (AP, 7/3/04)
2004        Jul 3, A statement attributed to an Iraqi militant group claimed on a Web site that a captive US Marine had been beheaded. However, the group later denied the claim; Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun turned up alive five days later.
    (AP, 7/3/05)
2004        Jul 3, In the Indian portion of Kashmir a mountain gunbattle, a time bomb hidden in a fruit seller's hand cart and a grenade lobbed in a busy market killed 8 people and wounded 44.
    (AP, 7/3/04)
2004        Jul 3, Israeli troops shot and killed a 9-year-old Palestinian boy in the 5th day of an army operation meant to prevent militants from firing rockets at Israeli towns by the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 7/3/04)
2004        Jul 3, In Nicaragua a week of heavy rains caused floods and mudslides that claimed 25 lives.
    (AP, 7/3/04)
2004        Jul 3, Tropical storm Mindulle, the Korean word for dandelion, pushed toward South Korea after killing at least 31 people in the Philippines and 18 in Taiwan.
    (Reuters, 7/3/04)(AP, 7/4/04)
2004        Jul 3, Andrian Nikolayev (74), former Soviet cosmonaut died in Cheboksary, Chuvash Autonomous Republic.
    (AP, 7/3/05)
2004        Jul 3, Rwanda reopened its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, further reducing tension between the two countries.
    (AFP, 7/3/04)
2004        Jul 3, Sudan pledged to disarm Arab militias, known as Janjaweed.
    (Reuters, 7/3/04)

2004        Jul 4, Defending the war in Iraq, President Bush told a cheering crowd outside the West Virginia state capitol that America was safer because Saddam Hussein was in a prison cell.
    (AP, 7/4/05)
2004        Jul 4, In NYC a 20-ton slab of granite, inscribed to honor "the enduring spirit of freedom," was laid at the World Trade Center site as the cornerstone of the skyscraper that will replace the destroyed towers.
    (AP, 7/4/04)
2004        Jul 4, In NYC Takeru "The Tsunami" Kobayashi chewed up the competition at the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating competition, breaking his own previous world record. Kobayashi, of Nagano, Japan, gulped down 53 1/2 wieners in 12 minutes and shattered his own world record by three dogs. 105-pound Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, 36, of Alexandria, Va., ate more hot dogs (32) than any other woman and any other American in the contest's history.
    (AP, 7/4/04)
2004        Jul 4, The Army's 1st Armored Division stowed its flags and prepared to head home after the longest tour in Iraq of any American combat command — 15 months.
    (AP, 7/4/04)
2004        Jul 4, Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a decree ordering death penalty for criminals who remove body parts from kidnapped children.
    (Reuters, 7/4/04)
2004        Jul 4, Australia and Thailand signed a free-trade agreement that officials believe will boost the economies of both countries by billions of dollars over the next two decades.
    (AP, 7/5/04)
2004        Jul 4, It was reported that Libya's state-owned Tam Oil Co has bought the Niger unit of US oil major ExxonMobil Corp, in the first such deal following an end to US sanctions on Tripoli.
    (AP, 7/4/04)

2004        Jul 5, Gov. Ed Rendell signed laws authorizing 61,000 slot machines in Pennsylvania, more than any other state except Nevada. Most of the state's share will pay for a $1 billion cut in property taxes a year.
    (AP, 7/5/04)
2004        Jul 5, Ernst Mayr, German-born American biologist, celebrated his 100th birthday. His books included “Evolution and the Diversity of Life" (1976), “The Growth of Biological Thought" (1982), “Toward a new Philosophy of Biology" (1988) and “What Makes Biology Unique" (2204).
    (NH, 5/97, p.8)(SFC, 7/5/04, p.A6)
2004        Jul 5, US military families planned to leave Bahrain in the next few days following reports terrorists were planning attacks here.
    (AP, 7/5/04)
2004        Jul 5, It was reported that India was logging nearly 1000 new AIDS cases a month and that there were an estimated 5.1 million people infected with HIV.
    (SFC, 7/5/04, p.A8)(AP, 7/6/04)
2004        Jul 5, In India a landslide swept a busload of pilgrims into a river in Uttaranchal killing at least 18 people and leaving hundreds of others stranded deep in the Himalayas.
    (Reuters, 7/7/04)
2004        Jul 5, Former army Gen. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) won the first round in Indonesia's presidential election. A Sep 20 showdown set Megawati Sukarnoputri against SBY.
    (SFC, 7/3/04, p.A14)(AP, 7/5/04)(SFC, 7/7/04, p.A3)
2004        Jul 5, US-led coalition forces launched an air strike in the restive city of Fallujah on a suspected safe house used by followers of al-Zarqawi. The attack killed 15 people.
    (AP, 7/6/04)
2004        Jul 5, Rwaida Al Shemre (33), an Iraqi interpreter for the US 3rd Battalion, was assassinated as she was driven to work.
    (SSFC, 8/1/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 5, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi won an endorsement from his EU colleagues for plans to narrow Italy's budget deficit with $9.2 billion in new spending cuts and tax measures.
    (AP, 7/5/04)
2004        Jul 5, Hugh Shearer (81), a prime minister (1967-1972) in the early stages of Jamaica's independence, died. Shearer had succeeded Donald Sangster, who died in office.
    (AP, 7/5/04)
2004        Jul 5, A suspicious fire gutted Kashmir's oldest educational institution, destroying 30,000 rare books on Islam, including some of the world's oldest copies of the Quran.
    (AP, 7/5/04)
2004        Jul 5, Pres. Fox named Emilio Goicoechea Luna, a business chamber leader and senator, as the new chief of staff, and Ruben Aguilar Valenzuela, a presidential analyst, as media relations chief. The 2 positions were held by Alfonso Durazo who resigned saying that the first lady's political ambitions are out of control and Fox is acting like the autocrats he replaced.
    (AP, 7/6/04)
2004        Jul 5, Voters in Zacatecas, Mexico, elected Amalia Garcia (PRD), the country's first female governor since the end of one-party dominance. Pres. Fox's National Action Party lost badly in Chihuahua and Durango. It finished a distant third in Zacatecas,
    (AP, 7/5/04)
2004        Jul 5, Animal rights activists protested in Pamplona, Spain, on the eve of the start of the famous running of the bulls 'San Fermin' festival.
    (Reuters, 7/5/04)
2004        Jul 5, In Sierra Leone a UN-sponsored war crimes court opened the first trials for rebel military commanders accused in the 10-year campaign for control of the diamond-rich country.
    (AP, 7/5/04)

2004        Jul 6, US Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry selected former rival John Edwards to be his running mate.
    (AP, 7/6/04)
2004        Jul 6, A US fighter pilot who'd mistakenly bombed Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan in 2002, killing four, was found guilty in New Orleans of dereliction of duty; Major Harry Schmidt was reprimanded and docked a month's pay.
    (AP, 7/6/05)
2004        Jul 6, The Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., filed for bankruptcy due to the financial impact of sexual abuse claims.
    (SFC, 7/7/04, p.A3)
2004        Jul 6, President Thomas Klestil (71), who helped distance Austria from its Nazi past and strengthened the country's ties with emerging Eastern European democracies, died two days before he was to leave office.
    (AP, 7/7/04)
2004        Jul 6, Actress Angelina Jolie (29) arrived in Cambodia. PM Hun Sen had offered her citizenship in recognition of her nature conservation work in the country’s northwest.
    (SFC, 7/7/04, p.E3)
2004        Jul 6, In Ethiopia a major summit of the two-year-old African Union opened in Addis Ababa in the presence of about 40 heads of state and government. The crisis in Darfur took centre stage.
    (AP, 7/6/04)
2004        Jul 6, A group of armed, masked Iraqi men threatened to kill Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi if he did not immediately leave the country, accusing him of murdering innocent Iraqis and defiling the Muslim religion.
    (AP, 7/6/04)
2004        Jul 6, In Iraq a car bomb exploded in the town of Khalis, killing 13 people attending a wake for the victims of a previous attack.
    (AP, 7/6/04)
2004        Jul 6, Khaled Sallah, an American-educated computer science professor, and his son were killed during an arrest raid by Israeli commandos in the Ein Beit Ilma refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus. West Bank and Gaza fighting left 6 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier dead.
    (AP, 7/6/04)(WSJ, 7/7/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 6, Samir Naqqash (66), an Israeli author and playwright who wrote almost exclusively in the Arabic of his native Iraq, died of a heart attack.
    (AP, 7/7/04)
2004        Jul 6, Sudan ordered an end to restrictions on the movement of aid to the Darfur region.
    (WSJ, 7/7/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 6, President Hugo Chavez announced that Venezuela has granted citizenship to 216,000 immigrants since May under a fast-track nationalization plan.
    (AP, 7/6/04)

2004        Jul 7, Former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay was indicted on criminal charges related to the energy company's collapse.
    (AP, 7/7/05)
2004        Jul 7, Jeff Smith (65), a white-bearded minister who became public television's popular "Frugal Gourmet" (1983-1997) before a sex scandal ruined his career, died.
    (AP, 7/9/04)
2004        Jul 7, The Iraqi government issued a long-anticipated package of security laws to help crush insurgents, including a provision allowing interim PM Iyad Allawi to impose martial law. 4 Iraqi National Guard soldiers were killed and 20 injured from a gunbattle in central Baghdad.
    (AP, 7/7/04)(SFC, 7/8/04, p.A15)
2004        Jul 7, In Russia the board of Guta Bank approved its sale to the state-owned Vneshtorgbank. A day earlier Guta had announced a suspension of payments.
    (Econ, 7/10/04, p.66)
2004        Jul 7, In Sri Lanka a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber detonated explosives at a police station, killing herself and 4 officers.
    (AP, 7/7/04)
2004        Jul 7, It was reported that fighting between Arab and African tribes has killed at least 70 people and displaced thousands more this week in the Darfur region of western Sudan.
    (Reuters, 7/7/04)

2004        Jul 8, New Jersey became the 2nd state in the nation after New York to ban the use of handheld cell phones while driving.
    (USAT, 6/29)
2004        Jul 8, John Rigas (79), founder of Adelphia Communications Corp. (1952), was convicted along with his son Timothy of looting the cable company to line their own pockets.
    (SFC, 7/9/04, p.C1)(USAT, 7/9/04, p.1B)
2004        Jul 8, Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corp., was charged in Houston, Texas, with 11 counts of conspiracy and fraud.
    (WSJ, 7/8/04, p.A1)(USAT, 7/9/04, p.1B)
2004        Jul 8, It was reported that a strain of syphilis has proved resistant to azithromycin.
    (WSJ, 7/8/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 8, Iranian troops killed two Turkish Kurdish rebels in clashes close to the Iraqi border, amid reports of a major offensive by Tehran on Ankara's behalf.
    (AP, 7/10/04)
2004        Jul 8, In Iraq insurgents hit a military compound in Samarra with a car bomb and mortar fire. 5 US soldiers were killed and 20 wounded.
    (SFC, 7/9/04, p.A14)
2004        Jul 8, Israeli troops killed 7 Palestinians in northern Gaza.
    (WSJ, 7/9/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 8, A Swedish appeals court threw out a life prison sentence for the convicted killer of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, ruling that Mijailo Mijailovic should receive treatment for his "significant psychiatric problems."
    (AP, 7/8/05)

2004        Jul 9, A US Senate committee report said that flawed prewar intelligence fueled the Bush administration position that Saddam Hussein’s regime posed a serious threat to the US.
    (SFC, 7/10/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 9, An appeals court rejected Nevada’s claim against the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, but ordered leak plans beyond 10,000 years.
    (WSJ, 7/12/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 9, Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun (24) arrived in Germany from Lebanon, where he had turned up at the US Embassy in Beirut a day earlier. He had been missing since June 20 from his base near the troubled Iraqi city of Fallujah. The Pentagon announced that Hassoun would be charged with desertion, larceny and wrongful disposition of military property in connection with his service-issued M9 pistol that disappeared with him and never turned up. On January 4, 2005, he was again labeled a deserter after failing to return to his base at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from authorized leave. He was reportedly in Lebanon.
    (AP, 7/10/04)(SFC, 7/9/04, p.A1)(www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/01/05/hassoun.case/index.html)
2004        Jul 9, Geraldine Williams (67) of Lowell, Mass., accepted a lump sum payment of $168 million for her July 3 win in the $294 million lotto.
    (SFC, 7/10/04, p.A2)
2004        Jul 9, Isabel Sanford (86), actress, died Los Angeles.
    (AP, 7/9/05)
2004        Jul 9, A U.N.-backed body barred the Republic of Congo from the legitimate world diamond trade, accusing it of blatantly sending millions of dollars in smuggled gems onto the global market.
    (AP, 7/10/04)
2004        Jul 9, In Egypt President Hosni Mubarak's cabinet resigned and the longtime leader appointed technocrat Ahmed Nazief (Nazif), a relative outsider, to replace Atef Obeid as prime minister, further consolidating his power at a time of growing calls for political, social and economic change. Half of the 26 regional governors were also replaced.
    (AP, 7/9/04)(Econ, 7/17/04, p.47)
2004        Jul 9, In Baghdad, Iraq, 2 mortar shells targeting a hotel housing foreigners in the capital hit a house instead, killing a child and wounding three others.
    (AP, 7/9/04)
2004        Jul 9, The Int’l. Court of Justice ruled that Israel’s separation barrier in the occupied West Bank violates freedom of movement and should be demolished.
    (SFC, 7/10/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 9, Paul Klebnikov (41), the American editor of Forbes Magazine's Russian edition and author of a book about tycoon Boris Berezovsky, was shot to death. Klebnikov was also the author of “Conversation with a Barbarian," about organized crime in Russia’s continuing war in Chechnya. In Nov. Muslim Ibragimov, aka Kazbek Dukuzov, was arrested in Belarus. He was later extradited to Moscow in 2005 and accused of involvement in the slaying. Russian prosecutors later determined that Khozh-Akhmed Nukhayev, a former separatist Chechen official who was the subject of a book by U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov, ordered the murder.
    (AP, 7/9/04)(SFC, 7/10/04, p.A8)(WSJ, 2/24/05, p.A13)(AP, 6/16/05)
2004        Jul 9, In Peru 2 passenger buses collided head-on on a coastal highway, killing at least 36 people and injuring two dozen.
    (AP, 7/9/04)

2004        Jul 10, President Bush said in his weekly radio address that legalizing gay marriage would redefine the most fundamental institution of civilization, and that a constitutional amendment was needed to protect traditional marriage.
    (AP, 7/10/05)
2004        Jul 10, In Iraq US Marines clashed with insurgents in Ramadi, a city known as a stronghold of Saddam Hussein supporters, killing 3 of the attackers and wounding 5 others. Saboteurs attacked a natural gas pipeline that feeds into a northern power station.
    (AP, 7/10/04)
2004        Jul 10, Four U.S. Marines were killed in a vehicle accident while conducting security operations in Anbar, an area of western Iraq.
    (AP, 7/11/04)
2004        Jul 10, In northwest Colombia suspected leftist guerrillas shot and killed seven rural peasants in an attack on a small village.
    (AP, 7/12/04)
2004        Jul 10, Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo (74), the only woman to serve as Portugal's prime minister (1979), died of heart failure.
    (AP, 7/10/04)
2004        Jul 10, Sudan, under international pressure to take action to end the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, agreed with Chad to deploy a joint force along their troubled border.
    (AFP, 7/11/04)
2004        Jul 10, In northern Yemen 5 policemen were killed as security forces continued an offensive against followers of a Shiite dissident, firing missiles on the militant's mountain hideout.
    (AP, 7/10/04)

2004        Jul 11, Joe Gold (82), founder of Gold’s Gyms fitness chain, died in LA.
    (WSJ, 7/13/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 11, Laurance Rockefeller (94), conservationist, philanthropist and venture capitalist died in his sleep in NY. He had a lifelong affinity for the rustic and left a legacy of parks from Wyoming to Vermont that were expanded on land he donated.
    (AP, 7/12/04)
2004        Jul 11, It was reported that Jonathan Keith Idema (1956-2012), former US special operations soldier, was recently arrested along with Brent Bennet and Edward Caraballo for running a vigilante anti-terrorism campaign in Kabul. They had posed as government officials and imprisoned innocent Afghan men. Caraballo was released April 30, 2006, after serving 21 months of a 2-year sentence. Idema and Bennet continued to serve their 5 and 3 year sentences.
    (SSFC, 7/11/04, p.A10)(SFC, 5/1/06, p.A8)(Econ, 2/4/12, p.98)
2004        Jul 11, A bomb exploded on a bustling street of Herat, Afghanistan, killing five people, and injuring 29.
    (AP, 7/11/04)
2004        Jul 11, A truck crashed into a house packed with guests at a wedding reception in Indonesia, killing 17 and injuring 13.
    (AP, 7/11/04)
2004        Jul 11, Insurgents ambushed 2 US military patrols north of Baghdad and killed 3 US soldiers and an Iraqi civilian.
    (AP, 7/11/04)(SSFC, 7/11/04, p.A8)
2004        Jul 11, Gunmen killed the head of a regional office of one Iraq's largest Shiite parties in a drive-by shooting south of the capital.
    (AP, 7/12/04)
2004        Jul 11, Suspected Muslim guerrillas sliced off the nose, ears and tongue of Mariam Begum, a 14-year-old girl in Indian Kashmir, believing her to be an informer for the Indian army. Elsewhere in Kashmir, 16 Muslim rebels and four soldiers were killed in separate gun battles over the weekend.
    (Reuters, 7/11/04)
2004        Jul 11, In Japan’s upper-house elections PM Junichiro Koizumi and his Liberal Democratic Party LDP won 49 seats, one seat less than the opposition DPJ. Koizumi and his Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling bloc held on to a majority.
    (Econ, 7/17/04, p.41)(AP, 7/11/05)
2004        Jul 11-2004 Jul 14, Security forces raided five villages in Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta, leaving 15 people dead and homes ransacked and burned.
    (AP, 7/15/04)
2004        Jul 11, Palestinian militants set off explosives hidden in shrubs at a Tel Aviv bus stop, killing a female soldier and seriously wounding at least five people.
    (AP, 7/11/04)
2004        Jul 11, Boris Tadic (46) leader of the Serbian opposition Democratic Party, took office vowing to bring stability to the Balkan republic and push it closer to the EU and NATO.
    (AP, 7/11/04)
2004        Jul 11, The 15th Int’l. AIDS conference began in Bangkok, Thailand. UN chief Kofi Annan challenging world leaders to do more to combat the raging global epidemic.
    (SFC, 7/13/04, p.A1)(AP, 7/11/05)

2004        Jul 12, President Bush defended the Iraq war during a visit to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, saying the invasion had made America safer.
    (AP, 7/12/05)
2004        Jul 12, The Bush administration announced a new rule to allow the nation’s governors to help decide whether roadless areas in their states should be opened for logging or other commercial activity.
    (SFC, 7/13/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 12, Wall Street brokerage Morgan Stanley settled a sex discrimination suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, agreeing to pay $54 million.
    (AP, 7/12/05)
2004        Jul 12, A foot or more of rain fell in parts of the Northeast. No injuries had been reported in the stricken areas of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
    (AP, 7/13/04)
2004        Jul 12, Winter storms have violently struck several South American countries in recent days, leading to eight weather-related deaths in Argentina and Chile. Some 75,000 farm animals died in Peru and record below freezing temperatures in southern Brazil.
    (AP, 7/12/04)(SFC, 7/17/04, p.C8)
2004        Jul 12, Monsoon floods continued to wreak havoc across South Asia, killing 37 more people and forcing millions to flee their homes or seek emergency shelter. Flooding has killed 36 people in Bangladesh this year. A total of 47 people have died in Nepal since June. In India a total of 158 people have died in flooding since the beginning of June.
    (AP, 7/12/04)
2004        Jul 12, The Danish government upheld the clerical suspension of a Lutheran minister who proclaimed last year that there was no God or afterlife, and he now could be fired or fined for declaring his beliefs in the pulpit.
    (AP, 7/12/04)
2004        Jul 12, Iraqi police in Baghdad jailed over 500 criminal suspects in a large anti-crime offensive. 1 suspect was killed in the crime-ridden Bab al-Sheikh neighborhood.
    (USAT, 7/4/04, p.5A)
2004        Jul 12, A Sri Lankan woman was beheaded in the Saudi capital for murdering her employer. Bader el-Nisaa Mibari had been convicted of killing Sara bint Mohammed al-Haqeel, a Saudi woman, after trying to rob her with the help a male companion.
    (AP, 7/12/04)
2004        Jul 12, Newspapers in Senegal and the Central African Republic suspended publication to protest the jailings of leading journalists.
    (AP, 7/12/04)

2004        Jul 13, The American League cruised past the National League 9-4 in the All-Star game.
    (AP, 7/13/05)
2004        Jul 13, Ken Jennings (30), a software engineer from SLC, crossed the $1 million mark in a 30-game winning streak on Jeapardy.
    (USAT, 7/4/04, p.1A)
2004        Jul 13, In an Ohio court De Beers ended a 60-year impasse and agreed to pay a $10 million fine for the price fixing of industrial diamonds.
    (Econ, 7/17/04, p.60)
2004        Jul 13, American troops in Afghanistan numbered about 17,000 with some 140,000 serving in Iraq.
    (WSJ, 7/13/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 13, Police forces loyal to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen forced the acting head of state Chea Sim out of the country in a purge of the ruling party.
    (AP, 7/13/04)
2004        Jul 13, Chechnya's acting president escaped injury in the Chechen capital when an explosion hit his motorcade, but one person was killed and three were wounded. A separate clash left 18 soldiers dead.
    (AP, 7/13/04)(WSJ, 7/14/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 13, It was reported that the bid price for a car license plate in Shanghai had surged to $4,133 in May.
    (WSJ, 7/13/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 13, Carlos Kleiber (b.1930), German conductor, died. He was buried in Slovenia next to his wife. He was considered as one of the great conductors of the 20th century.
    (www.guardian.co.uk/arts/news/obituary/0,12723,1265571,00.html)
2004        Jul 13, A confidant of Osama bin Laden (Khaled bin Ouda bin Mohammed al-Harby) surrendered to Saudi diplomats in Iran and was flown to Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 7/13/05)
2004        Jul 13, At least 13 people, eight Maoist guerrillas, two security men and three civilians, were killed in revolt-racked Nepal during the last 24-hour period.
    (AP, 7/13/04)
2004        Jul 13, The Philippines said it would withdraw its tiny peacekeeping force from Iraq as soon as it can. The Philippine government made a direct appeal to insurgents holding a Filipino hostage, pleading with them to show mercy for the man they threatened to kill if the country did not agree to pull its troops from Iraq early.
    (AP, 7/13/04)
2004        Jul 13, Overflowing rivers swamped villages in South Asia, leaving millions of residents stranded in their flooded homes and 272 people dead in the annual monsoon rains.
    (AP, 7/13/04)
2004        Jul 13, The US State Dept. announced that Uzbekistan had not passed the test for assistance this year.
    (Econ, 7/17/04, p.43)

2004        Jul 14, The US Senate scuttled a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. 48 senators voted to advance the measure, 12 short of the 60 needed, and 50 voted to block it.
    (AP, 7/14/05)
2004        Jul 14, King Sihanouk reappointed Hun Sen as Cambodia’s premier.
    (WSJ, 7/15/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 14, Canada pulled its ambassador from Iran, which refused to admit observers to the trial of a policeman over a Canadian journalist’s fatal beating.
    (WSJ, 7/15/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 14, In Iraq a suicide attacker detonated a massive car bomb at a checkpoint near the British Embassy and the interim government's headquarters in Baghdad, killing 11 people.
    (SFC, 7/14/04, p.A12)(AP, 7/14/05)
2004        Jul 14, Militants in Iraq said they killed a captive Bulgarian truck driver and threatened to put another hostage to death in 24 hours. Georgi Lazov (30) and Ivaylo Kepov (32) were kidnapped Jun 29.
    (AP, 7/14/04)(USAT, 7/4/04, p.5A)
2004        Jul 14, Gov. Osama Youssef Kashmoula, a university professor, was gunned down as his convoy traveled to Baghdad for meetings with police officials on improving security.
    (AP, 7/15/04)

2004        Jul 15, President Bush signed into law a measure imposing mandatory prison terms for criminals who use identity theft in committing terrorist acts and other offenses.
    (AP, 7/15/05)
2004        Jul 15, The Senate approved a plan to pay tobacco farmers $12 billion to give up federal quotas propping up their prices.
    (AP, 7/15/05)
2004        Jul 15, The new $650 million, 4.4-mile Las Vegas Monorail began operations with stops at 7 stations between Sahara and Tropicana avenues.
    (SSFC, 7/25/04, p.D2)
2004        Jul 15, Scientists reported that excess carbon dioxide spilled into the air by humans over the past 2 centuries has been taken up by the oceans. They warned that a continuation of this process could damage the ability of ocean creatures to make their shells.
    (SFC, 7/16/04, p.A4)
2004        Jul 15, The Gates Foundation announced a $44.7 million award at the AIDS Conference in Bangkok to a consortium of TB and AIDS researchers. The 2 diseases were often linked. A UN report cited 7 countries as the hardest hit by the AIDS pandemic: Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zambia, Malawi, the Central African Republic and Mozambique.
    (WSJ, 7/15/04, p.B1)(SFC, 7/16/04, p.A6)
2004        Jul 15, Retired Air Force Gen. Charles W. Sweeney, who piloted the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki in the final days of World War II, died in Boston at age 84.
    (AP, 7/15/05)
2004        Jul 15, In Kumbakonam, southern India, a short circuit ignited a thatched roof and fire raged through the Lord Krishna Middle School, killing 94 children and injuring more than 100. The children were trapped inside a locked building. In 2006 an inquiry commission found that a mixture of avarice, dishonesty and a blatant disregard of safety standards caused the devastating fire. In 2014 the owner of the primary school was sentenced to life in prison on charges including culpable homicide and endangerment, while his wife, the headmistress, the cook and the meal planner were each imprisoned for five years.
    (AP, 7/17/04)(SFC, 7/17/04, p.A3)(Reuters, 9/4/06)(AP, 7/30/14)
2004        Jul 15, In Iraq attackers detonated a car bomb near police and government buildings in the western city of Haditha, killing 10 people. PM Alawi announced the formation of a new national security agency to fight the insurgency.
    (AP, 7/15/04)(SFC, 7/16/04, p.A12)
2004        Jul 15, Israel said it will spend $11.1 million to change completed portions of its West Bank barrier, building new roads, underpasses and tunnels to try to ease Palestinian conditions.
    (AP, 7/15/04)
2004        Jul 15, In western Nepal 11 suspected Maoist rebels including two local leaders were killed in armed clashes with security forces.
    (AFP, 7/15/04)
2004        Jul 15, In Tanzania the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) sentenced former finance minister Emmanuel Ndindabahizi to life imprisonment for his role in the east African country's 1994 genocide.
    (AP, 7/15/04)
2004        Jul 15, Thailand officials said avian flu had been detected in 10 of its 76 provinces.
    (SFC, 7/16/04, p.A3)

2004        Jul 16, Domestic icon Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of home confinement by a federal judge in New York for lying about a stock sale. On March 4, 2005, Stewart was released from Alderson Federal Prison Camp, aka “Camp Cupcake," in West Virginia. She was then placed under home confinement and required to wear an ankle bracelet for an additional 5 months.
    (AP, 7/16/05)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Stewart#Stock_trading_case_and_conviction)
2004        Jul 16, PNC Financial, based in Pennsylvania, agreed to by Riggs National of Washington DC for $779 million. Riggs was fined $25 million in May for violating money laundering regulations.
    (Econ, 7/24/04, p.69)
2004        Jul 16, George Busbee 76, former Georgia Gov.,  died in Savannah.
    (AP, 7/16/05)
2004        Jul 16, New Zealand's prime minister and media heaped vitriol on Israel over the case of two Israelis imprisoned for passport fraud, saying there's "no doubt" the pair are spies.
    (AP, 7/17/04)
2004        Jul 16, A Saudi transport company said it had pulled out of Iraq to save the life of an Egyptian truck driver taken hostage by kidnappers who demanded the firm leave the country.
    (Reuters, 7/16/04)
2004        Jul 16, In Thailand the 15th Int’l. AIDS Conference ended in Bangkok.
    (SFC, 7/17/04, p.A14)

2004        Jul 17, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger mockingly used the term "girlie men" during a rally as he claimed Democrats were delaying the state budget by catering to special interests.
    (AP, 7/17/05)
2004        Jul 17, Office Depot and Hewlett-Packard launched the country's first free, nationwide, in-store electronics recycling program. The program ran to Sep 6.
    (TechWeb, 7/19/04)
2004        Jul 17, Monsoon rains submerged new areas of Bangladesh and India, killing at least 13 people, as the death toll from flooding in South Asia rose to more than 400.
    (AP, 7/17/04)
2004        Jul 17, French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie proposed a defense partnership between 3 North African countries, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia -- and four southern European countries, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, preferably at defense minister level.
    (AP, 7/18/04)
2004        Jul 17, An Ariane 5 rocket took off from French Guyana carrying the heaviest commercial telecom satellite ever.
    (WSJ, 7/19/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 17, In Germany thousands of DaimlerChrysler workers walked off the job, extending protests against threats to cut jobs if employees don't accept steps to cut labor costs.
    (AP, 7/17/04)
2004        Jul 17, A car bomb struck the Iraqi justice minister's convoy as it passed through western Baghdad, killing four of his bodyguards. The minister was unhurt in the blast. A roadside bomb hit a U.S. convoy, killing one U.S. soldier.
    (AP, 7/17/04)
2004        Jul 17, Japan’s NTT DoCoMo launched a wallet phone aimed to combine cash and cell phones with a small embedded chip that can store money and personal information.
    (Reuters, 7/18/04)
2004        Jul 17, At least 15 people were killed and many more injured when a crowded bus skidded off a road and fell into a gorge in Kashmir.
    (AP, 7/17/04)
2004        Jul 17, A court in Oman convicted an American woman of murdering her husband and sentenced her to death. Rebecca Thompson, along with her 14-year-old son, Derrick, and two Omani men, were convicted for the Jan 1 killing of Mark Thompson.
    (AP, 7/17/04)
2004        Jul 17, A Palestinian security panel under Yasser Arafat declared a state of emergency after a spate of kidnappings.
    (SFC, 7/17/04, p.A11)
2004        Jul 17, Palestinian PM Ahmed Qureia submitted his resignation to Yasser Arafat, who rejected it the next day.
    (AP, 7/17/05)
2004        Jul 27, In Prestonpans, Scotland, Baron Gordon Prestoungrange granted posthumous pardons to 81 people convicted and executed for being witches from 1563-1727.
    (WSJ, 9/15/06, p.A10)(http://forejustice.org/wc/sp/scottish_pardons.html)
2004        Jul 17, Sudanese rebels walked out of peace talks, saying government representatives had refused to meet their conditions for a new round of negotiations.
    (AP, 7/17/04)

2004        Jul 18, The political film “Outfoxed" premiered at over 3,000 house parties nationwide. Funding and distribution were done by the liberal online hub MoveOn.org: “We watch Fox so you don’t have to."
    (SFC, 7/19/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 18, A spokesman said California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would not apologize for mocking certain lawmakers as "girlie men," despite criticisms from Democrats that the remark was sexist and homophobic.
    (AP, 7/18/05)
2004        Jul 18, Anne Gorsuch Burford (62), Former Environmental Protection Agency chief, died in Aurora, Colo.
    (AP, 7/18/05)
2004        Jul 18, Bolivians voted in favor of exporting the nation's vast natural gas reserves in a referendum designed by the president to defuse social unrest. Voters mandated higher taxes and greater government control over oil and gas.
    (AP, 7/19/04)(Econ, 7/24/04, p.36)(Econ, 4/23/05, p.38)
2004        Jul 18, Idjarruri Karaja (40), an activist who worked to include Indian rights in Brazil's constitution, died of complications from kidney surgery.
    (AP, 7/20/04)
2004        Jul 18, In Chechnya Tamara Khadzhiyeva of United Russia, a local leader of Russia's main pro-presidential party, was fatally shot in Shali. The region's prosecutor said it was a contract killing linked to next month's presidential election.
    (AP, 7/18/04)
2004        Jul 18, Militants killed Essam al-Dijaili, the head of Iraq’s military's supply department, in a drive-by shooting as he walked into his house in Baghdad.
    (AP, 7/19/04)
2004        Jul 18, American jets hit a position in Fallujah purportedly used by foreign militants, demolishing a house and killing 14 people.
    (AP, 7/18/04)
2004        Jul 18, Mexico and Cuba said they will reinstate ambassadors in each other's countries at the end of the month.
    (AP, 7/18/04)
2004        Jul 18, In Nepal Maoist guerrillas abducted at least 50 students and a dozen teachers from a school near the capital to try to force them to back a campaign against the constitutional monarchy.
    (AP, 7/19/04)
2004        Jul 18, Gunmen angry over Yasser Arafat's overhaul of his security forces burned down Palestinian Authority offices in Gaza.
    (AP, 7/18/04)
2004        Jul 18, Pedro Santana Lopes was sworn in as PM of Portugal's 16th constitutional government at a ceremony with President Jorge Sampaio.
    (AP, 7/18/04)
2004        Jul 18, Economists and international donors said mismanagement in Zimbabwe by Pres. Robert Mugabe's regime is behind an annual inflation rate now close to 400 percent.
    (AP, 7/18/04)

2004        Jul 19, A 3-day meeting of the US National Governors Association ended in Seattle.
    (SFC, 7/19/04, p.A7)
2004        Jul 19, Lori Hacking (27) of Salt Lake City, Utah, went missing. Her husband Mark (28) said she failed to return from a jog. She was reportedly five weeks pregnant. Police found her husband Mark Hacking running naked around a motel not far from his home the next day. He was put into a psychiatric hospital after police found him. Police arrested Hacking on Aug 2 and filed 1st degree murder charges on Aug 9. In 2005 Mark Hacking pleaded guilty to her murder. On June 6, 2005, Mark Hacking was sentenced 6 years to life in prison, the maximum the judge could give under Utah law. Under Utah's system of indeterminate criminal sentences.
    (SFC, 8/2/04, p.A3)(SFC, 8/3/04, p.A2)(SFC, 8/10/04, p.A4)(SFC, 4/16/05, p.A5)
2004        Jul 19, An Egyptian truck driver held hostage for two weeks by insurgents in Iraq was freed and taken to the Egyptian Embassy.
    (AP, 7/19/04)
2004        Jul 19, Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh said he would push for progress in talks to promote better ties with Pakistan when he meets Pakistani leaders this week.
    (AP, 7/19/04)
2004        Jul 19, Iraq announced the appointment of 43 new ambassadors in its first move to re-engage with the world.
    (AP, 7/19/04)
2004        Jul 19, A suicide bomber in a fuel truck blew it up at a police station in southwest Baghdad, killing nine people and wounding about 60.
    (AP, 7/19/04)
2004        Jul 19, An Israeli aircraft struck a Palestinian militant safe house at a beach camp near Gaza City, wounding three fighters.
    (AP, 7/19/04)
2004        Jul 19, Zenko Suzuki, former prime minister of Japan (1980-1982), died.
    (SFC, 7/21/04, p.B7)
2004        Jul 19, Kashmir militants attacked a Congress party rally in Duru and killed 5 people.
    (WSJ, 7/20/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 19, The car of a Hezbollah militia official exploded as he was leaving his home in southern Beirut, killing him in an attack the Islamic militant group said was a "brazen crime" by Israel that would be avenged.
    (AP, 7/19/04)
2004        Jul 19, The Philippines said that it has completed the withdrawal of its peacekeeping contingent from Iraq.
    (AP, 7/19/04)
2004        Jul 19, President Vladimir Putin dismissed the military's chief of general staff and other top military and law enforcement officials after a devastating assault by militants in southern Russia last month.
    (AP, 7/19/04)
2004        Jul 19, In eastern Ukraine a coal mine methane gas explosion killed at least 34 miners near Donetsk.
    (AP, 7/20/05)

2004        Jul 20, Former national security adviser Sandy Berger quit as an informal adviser to Democrat John Kerry's presidential campaign after disclosure of a criminal investigation into whether he'd mishandled classified terrorism documents.
    (AP, 7/20/05)
2004        Jul 20, Microsoft said it would make a one-time dividend payment of $32 billion and buy back up to $30 billion in company stock over the next 4 years.
    (WSJ, 7/21/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 20, In Afghanistan US forces killed one militant and captured 5 others including a brother of Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
    (SFC, 7/21/04, p.A9)
2004        Jul 20, Monsoon floods, tornadoes and rains roared through already inundated villages in South Asia, killing 42 more people. 15 died in Bangladesh and 27 in India. Fresh rains in Asia took the rainy season death toll to nearly 800.
    (AP, 7/21/04)(Reuters, 7/21/04)
2004        Jul 20, Britain's government backed long-standing plans to build a railway network linking east and west London at a cost of around 10 billion pounds.
    (AFP, 7/20/04)
2004        Jul 20, EU lawmakers elected a pro-European from Spain to be its next president as the expanded European Parliament met for the first time. The 732-member assembly chose Josep Borrell, a relatively unknown Spanish Socialist, to its top job.
    (AP, 7/20/04)
2004        Jul 20, Former Guam Gov. Carl Gutierrez (1995-2003) was acquitted on charges he used government workers and public money to build and improve his cliffside ranch.
    (AP, 7/21/04)
2004        Jul 20, President Ricardo Maduro said he is sending troops to help police quell a clash between loggers and environmentalists in south-central Honduras.
    (AP, 7/20/04)
2004        Jul 20, In Iran a prominent history professor twice condemned to death on blasphemy charges was informed of a three year jail sentence for insulting Islamic sacred beliefs.
    (AP, 7/20/04)
2004        Jul 20, A Filipino truck driver held hostage in Iraq for nearly two weeks was freed, a day after his nation withdrew its final peacekeepers from Iraq.
    (AP, 7/20/04)
2004        Jul 20, A bomb attack on an Iraqi minibus killed four civilians and injured two others near Baqouba.
    (AP, 7/20/04)
2004        Jul 20, Israeli helicopter gunships and tanks fired on Hezbollah guerrilla positions in southern Lebanon, killing one guerrilla, Lebanese security officials reported. Hezbollah said it killed two Israeli soldiers.
    (AP, 7/20/04)
2004        Jul 20, The U.N. General Assembly called for the structure to be torn down in compliance with a world court ruling. Israel's construction of its West Bank barrier continued.
    (AP, 7/21/04)
2004        Jul 20, In Nepal Communist rebels freed about 50 students and a dozen teachers.
    (AP, 7/20/04)
2004        Jul 20, Pakistani officials acknowledged the closing and bulldozing of 2 refugee camps Zarinoor 1 & 2 in South Waziristan. The government had decided to dismantle all camps within 3 miles of the Afghan border.
    (SFC, 7/21/04, p.A9)
2004        Jul 20, In Saudi Arabia the head of slain American hostage Paul M. Johnson Jr., who was kidnapped and decapitated by militants last month, was found by security forces during a raid that targeted the hideout of the Saudi al-Qaida chief. Two militants were killed.
    (AP, 7/21/04)

2004        Jul 21, Pres. Bush sketched out a 2nd-term domestic agenda, telling campaign donors he would shift focus to improving high school education and expanding access to health care.
    (AP, 7/21/05)
2004        Jul 21, Stephen Hawking presented findings that contradicted his earlier work on black holes and said black holes form an apparent horizon from which information can eventually escape. This change lost him a 1977 bet with Dr. Preskill of CalTech.
    (Econ, 7/24/04, p.74)
2004        Jul 21, Richard Block (78), co-founder of H&R Block (1955), died in Kansas City.
    (SFC, 7/22/04, p.B8)
2004        Jul 21, Jerry Goldsmith (75), Academy Award-winning composer, died. He created the memorable music for scores of classic movies and television shows ranging from the "Star Trek" and "Planet of the Apes" series to "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and "Dr. Kildare."
    (AP, 7/22/04)
2004        Jul 21, In Afghanistan 10 militant fighters were killed and 5 wounded and captured when they attacked a US-led force near Kandahar.
    (SFC, 7/22/04, p.A3)
2004        Jul 21, Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon announced Britain is to slash around 19,000 posts from its armed forces over the next four years as part of an overhaul of military priorities.
    (AFP, 7/21/04)
2004        Jul 21, Insurgents in Iraq said they have kidnapped 6 more foreign hostages, 3 Indians, 2 Kenyans and an Egyptian. They threatened to behead one every 72 hours unless their employer shuts down operations in Iraq.
    (SFC, 7/22/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 21, Fighting between US troops and insurgents in Ramadi left 25 Iraqis dead and 17 wounded. A decapitated corpse was found in Baiji.
    (SFC, 7/23/04, p.A3)
2004        Jul 21, Rwanda officials said 500 judges were fired and 223 new ones appointed in a reform move to improve the judiciary.
    (SFC, 7/22/04, p.A3)
2004        Jul 21, South Korea pledged to expand economic ties with North Korea while Japan said it would seek normal relations with the communist state when a dispute over the North's nuclear ambitions is resolved.
    (AP, 7/21/04)

2004        Jul 22, The September 11 commission issued a report saying America's leaders failed to grasp the gravity of terrorist threats before the devastating attacks of 9/11, but stopping short of blaming President Bush and former President Clinton.
    (SFC, 7/23/04, p.A1)(AP, 7/22/05)
2004        Jul 22, The Army Inspector General's office released a report on abuses by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan which found 94 cases of confirmed or alleged abuse and 39 deaths.
    (AP, 7/22/05)
2004        Jul 22, The U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval to a new free trade agreement with Morocco.
    (Reuters, 7/22/04)
2004        Jul 22, Adolph Coors and Molson confirmed that they planned to merge their family-controlled breweries.
    (SFC, 7/23/04, p.C2)
2004        Jul 22, The USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier collided with a dhow in the Arabian Gulf while running night flights in support of U.S. operations in Iraq. The crew of the small boat was missing.
    (AP, 7/23/04)
2004        Jul 22, Illinois Jacquet (81), jazz luminary known for his big sound on the tenor sax, died in NYC.
    (WSJ, 7/26/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 22, The Cuban government released political prisoner Martha Beatriz Roque from a hospital where she was serving a 20-year sentence. She is the seventh and best-known person let out of jail in three months.
    (AP, 7/23/04)
2004        Jul 22, French crooner Sacha Distel (71), whose seductive good looks won him legions of female fans around the world, died.
    (AP, 7/22/04)
2004        Jul 22, A court in Dusseldorf, Germany, acquitted all 6 defendants in the 6-month Mannesmann trial. They were accused of committing a breach of trust relating to bonuses paid to CEO Klaus Esser and other executives following the 2000 sale of Mannesmann to Vodafone.
    (Econ, 7/24/04, p.60)
2004        Jul 22, It was reported that over 200 doctors had been kidnapped in Iraq since the end of the war and that an estimated 10-30 kidnappings take place every day, mostly in Baghdad.
    (WSJ, 7/22/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 22, In a Gaza City 2 Palestinians were killed when their car exploded. The Israeli attack was aimed at a man involved in the slaying of six Israeli soldiers on May 11.
    (AP, 7/23/04)(SFC, 7/24/04, p.A14)
2004        Jul 22, In northwestern Turkey a new high-speed passenger train derailed killing 37 people and injuring 81 others.
    (AP, 7/23/04)(AP, 7/22/05)

2004        Jul 23, President Bush froze the assets of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, his family and top aides and accused them of undermining the country's transition to democracy.
    (AP, 7/24/04)
2004        Jul 23, The Pentagon released newly discovered payroll records from President Bush's 1972 service in the Alabama National Guard, though the records shed no new light on the future president's activities during that summer.
    (AP, 7/23/05)
2004        Jul 23, In Bosnia Britain's Prince Charles and other foreign dignitaries gathered to reopen the Mostar bridge over the Neretva River. The original was built in 1566.
    (AP, 7/23/04)
2004        Jul 23, In northwest Colombia police seized 4 1/2 tons of cocaine with an estimated street value of $90 million.
    (AP, 7/23/04)
2004        Jul 23, Gunmen in Mosul attacked a retired Iraqi general as he headed to a mosque to pray, killing him and another man. Maj. Gen. Salim Majeed Blesh (58) had worked for the former U.S. occupation government.
    (AP, 7/23/04)
2004        Jul 23, Iraqi insurgents in Baghdad kidnapped Muhammad Mamdouh Qutb, a 3rd ranking official of the Egyptian Embassy, demanding his country abandon any plans it had to send security experts to Iraq.
    (SFC, 7/24/04, p.A13)(AP, 7/23/05)
2004        Jul 23, A van carrying Iraqi civilians collided with a U.S. tank near Baghdad, killing nine people and injuring 10.
    (AP, 7/23/04)
2004        Jul 23, Joe Cahill (b.1920), a founding father of the modern Irish Republican Army who once narrowly avoided the hangman's noose, died in Belfast.
    (AP, 7/24/04)(SFC, 7/26/04, p.B4)
2004        Jul 23, The Japanese government reported that suicides in Japan in 2003 surged to an all-time high topping 34,000 deaths in a trend fueled by health and financial troubles.
    (AP, 7/23/04)
2004        Jul 23, Leaders from the 2 main rebel groups in Sudan's western Darfur region agreed to participate in "substantive negotiations" for a political solution to the humanitarian crisis.
    (AP, 7/24/04)

2004        Jul 24, President Bush said in his weekly radio address that his administration was committed to relying on the recommendations of the Sept. 11 commission in waging the war on terrorism.
    (AP, 7/24/05)
2004        Jul 24, Fred LaRue (75), former Nixon administration official, died in Biloxi, Mississippi. He served a prison term for Watergate.
    (AP, 7/24/05)
2004        Jul 24, An online statement by a group representing itself as al-Qaida's European branch threatened to turn Australia into "pools of blood" if it doesn't withdraw its troops from Iraq.
    (AP, 7/25/04)
2004        Jul 24, A Tehran court acquitted the sole defendant in the July 10, 2003, murder of an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist. Mohammad Reza Aghdam Ahmadi had pleaded innocent on July 17 and the trial was abruptly ended the next day.
    (AP, 7/25/04)
2004        Jul 24, Gunmen kidnapped the head of an Iraqi government-owned construction company in Baghdad.
    (AP, 7/24/04)
2004        Jul 24, The 16th edition of Italy's Miss Cicciona contest (Italy's Miss Chubby) began in Forcoli, central Italy.
    (AP, 7/25/04)
2004        Jul 24, In India Coal and Mines Minister Shibu Soren resigned after an arrest warrant was issued against him on charges of inciting arson and violence during a rally in 1975.
    (Reuters, 7/24/04)
2004        Jul 24, Militants torched a Palestinian police station south of Gaza City.
    (AP, 7/24/04)
2004        Jul 24, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels killed eight rivals in the worst outbreak of violence in three months.
    (AP, 7/25/04)
2004        Jul 24, It was reported that rebels fighting an 18-year insurgency in northern Uganda have killed at least 42 civilians in southern Sudan in the past week.
    (AP, 7/24/04)

2004        Jul 25, The Warwick agreement came about  as a compromise between Britain’s Labour Government and trade unions at the Labour Party's National Policy forum.
    (www.unionstogether.org.uk/articles/employment.html)
2004        Jul 25, Colombia's ELN rebel group kidnapped Misael Vaca Ramirez, the Catholic Bishop of Yopal, but planned to set him free bearing a political message for the government.
    (AP, 7/26/04)
2004        Jul 25, Lance Armstrong (32) became the 1st 6-time winner of the 2,107-mile Tour de France bicycle race.
    (SFC, 7/26/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 25, American and Iraqi forces clashed with insurgents in a battle that escalated from gunfire to artillery barrages north of Baghdad, killing 13 Iraqi militants.
    (AP, 7/25/04)
2004        Jul 25, Gunmen killed Brig. Khaled Dawoud, a former regional official who worked under Saddam Hussein's government, and his son in a drive-by shooting in Baghdad.
    (AP, 7/25/04)
2004        Jul 25, Tens of thousands of Jewish settlers and their supporters joined hands to form a human chain along a 55-mile route, serving notice they will fight Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 7/26/04)
2004        Jul 25, Israeli soldiers in the West Bank shot to death six members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in a gunbattle in the town of Tulkarem.
    (AP, 7/26/04)
2004        Jul 25, In Kashmir a group of 9 militants barged into the home of Mohammed Shafi in a remote village in Rajouri district and beheaded him. They also killed his 22-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter.
    (AP, 7/26/04)
2004        Jul 25, Carmen Gutierrez, a doctor who won Mexico's Woman of the Year award (1997), was found dead in a canal on the outskirts of Mexico City. She was kidnapped Jul 22.
    (AP, 7/29/04)
2004        Jul 25, Pakistan arrested Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a Tanzanian al-Qaida suspect, wanted by the United States in the 1998 bombings at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
    (AP, 7/29/04)
2004        Jul 25, A Spanish newspaper reported that Morocco had warned Spain earlier this month that it lost track of 400 Moroccan Islamist militants who trained in al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan, Bosnia or Chechnya.
    (AP, 7/25/04)
2004        Jul 25, The death toll from monsoon flooding in South Asia reached 944.
    (AP, 7/26/04)
2004        Jul 25, Central African Republic President Francois Bozize wrapped up a two-day visit to Sudan with a pledge to help his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Beshir resolve the crisis in the western Darfur region.
    (AFP, 7/25/04)

2004        Jul 26, The Democratic National Convention opened in Boston with an estimated 35,000 visitors. Speakers included Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, Hillary and Bill Clinton. Speakers castigated George W. Bush as a president who mishandled the economy and bungled the war on terror.
    (SFC, 7/27/04, p.A1)(AP, 7/26/05)
2004        Jul 26, A new variation of the Mydoom computer virus spread across the Internet.
    (SFC, 7/27/04, p.D1)
2004        Jul 26, Afghan President Hamid Karzai formally filed his candidacy for October presidential elections and chose a brother of late resistance hero Ahmad Shah Masoud as his running mate for vice president.
    (AP, 7/26/04)
2004         Jul 26, Banco Santander Central Hispano of Spain, with the help of Royal Bank of Scotland, announced a deal to acquire Abbey National Bank in the UK. The $16 billion deal created the tenth largest bank in the world.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbey_(bank))
2004        Jul 26, Czech President Vaclav Klaus named Social Democrat leader Stanislav Gross (B.1969) as the country's next prime minister, making him Europe's youngest leader and paving the way for a new center-left government.
    (www.e-paranoids.com/s/st/stanislav_gross.html)
2004        Jul 26, Mohammed Mamdouh Helmi Qutb, an Egyptian diplomat held hostage by militants in Iraq for three days, was released and was in good condition.
    (AP, 7/26/04)
2004        Jul 26, Al-Qaida-linked Islamic militants threatened to "shake the earth" everywhere in Italy if Rome does not withdraw troops from Iraq. The Internet statement, attributed to the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, was the 2nd such threat against the government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in two weeks.
    (AP, 7/26/04)
2004        Jul 26, A suicide car bomber attacked near a U.S. base in the northern city of Mosul, killing three Iraqis. Assassins gunned down a senior Interior Ministry official and militants said they kidnapped two Jordanian truck drivers in spiraling violence in Iraq. Basra gunmen shot 2 women dead and wounded 3 who were on their way to cleaning jobs at Bechtel.
    (AP, 7/26/04)(WSJ, 7/27/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 26, Attackers shot and killed Col. Musab al-Awadi, the ministry's deputy chief of tribal affairs, and 2 of his bodyguards in a drive-by shooting at the official's Baghdad home.
    (AP, 7/26/04)
2004        Jul 26, Close to 5,000 'cybernauts' gathered for a weeklong computer party in Spain’s southeastern city of Valencia.
    (AP, 7/26/04)

2004        Jul 27, Barack Obama, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate from Illinois, delivered a speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. Other speakers included Ted Kennedy, Howard Dean, Ron Reagan, and Teresa Heinz Kerry. Democrats assailed President Bush's handling of the Iraq war at their convention in Boston and painted a vivid portrait of John Kerry as a decorated war hero. The candidate's wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, told the gathering: "He earned his medals the old-fashioned way, by putting his life on the line."
    (AP, 7/27/04)(AP, 7/27/05)
2004        Jul 27, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited a slum in Haiti and met interim leaders.
    (AP, 7/27/04)
2004        Jul 27, A boat carrying people to a flood shelter capsized in Bangladesh killing 10 people. The total monsoon death toll for SE Asia passed 1,000 as the worst flooding in years turned the capital, Dhaka, into an open sewer and disease spread.
    (AP, 7/27/04)
2004        Jul 27, Belarus ordered a leading independent university closed, citing licensing problems, a week after a march against Lukashenko’s rule.
    (WSJ, 7/28/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 27, Brazil’s police said they have arrested 6 suspects in the Jan 28 shooting deaths of 4 Labor Ministry employees. They still don't know who ordered the killings.
    (AP, 7/27/04)
2004        Jul 27, The official Xinhua News Agency said Chinese authorities have shut down 700 pornographic Web sites in less than two weeks as part of a massive campaign to clean up the Internet.
    (AP, 7/27/04)
2004        Jul 27, A Costa Rican policeman apparently distraught over an impending job transfer killed himself and three of the 10 hostages he had taken at the Chilean embassy.
    (AP, 7/28/04)
2004        Jul 27, A Baghdad mortar barrage killed an Iraqi garbage collector and injured 14 coalition soldiers.
    (AP, 7/27/04)
2004        Jul 27, The chief executive of a Jordanian firm working for the U.S. military in Iraq said he was withdrawing from the country to secure the release of two employees who have been kidnapped by militants.
    (AP, 7/27/04)
2004        Jul 27, The U.N. Security Council extended an arms embargo on Congo for a year as fighting continued between rival factions.
    (AP, 7/27/04)
2004        Jul 27, All but three of 70 suspected mercenaries accused of plotting a coup in Equatorial Guinea pleaded guilty to lesser charges in Zimbabwe.
    (AP, 7/27/04)

2004        Jul 28, Democrats in Boston made John Kerry their nominee for president as John Edwards, the vice-presidential nominee, promised the country “hope is on the way."
    (SFC, 7/29/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 28, In California police in Irvine said they were looking for a man who may have witnessed the contamination of baby food jars with ground-up castor beans containing tiny amounts of the poison ricin. Notes were found in jars on May 31 and June 16.
    (SFC, 7/29/04, p.A3)
2004        Jul 28, Francis Crick (88), British Nobel laureate who with American James Watson discovered the double-helix structure of DNA, died of colon cancer in San Diego, Ca.
    (AP, 7/29/04)(Econ, 8/7/04, p.71)
2004        Jul 28, A bomb exploded in a mosque where Afghans were registering for upcoming elections, killing six people including two U.N. staffers.
    (AP, 7/28/04)
2004        Jul 28, In Colombia Marxist guerrillas freed a Roman Catholic bishop. 3 top commanders of right-wing death squads spoke before Congress under safe-conduct passes and professed commitments to peace talks.
    (AP, 7/28/04)(SFC, 7/29/04, p.A13)
2004        Jul 28, Francisco Reyes, former Guatemalan vice president (2000-2004), was arrested on charges of illegally taking over a government property worth $2.4 million.
    (AP, 7/29/04)
2004        Jul 28, Muslims and Hindus burned buildings and clashed with police in a third day of sectarian riots in the western Indian town of Verawal, throwing acid at officers who shot at the crowd. The unrest has left two dead and more than a dozen wounded.
    (AP, 7/28/04)
2004        Jul 28, Iran's judiciary claimed that an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist died (Jul 10, 2003) in custody from a fall after her blood pressure dropped during a hunger strike.
    (AP, 7/28/04)
2004        Jul 28, A suicide car bomb exploded on a downtown boulevard in Baqouba, shredding a bus full of passengers and nearby shops and killing 70 people, almost all Iraqi civilians.
    (AP, 7/28/05)
2004        Jul 28, A fierce battle between insurgents and Iraqi soldiers fighting alongside multinational forces in the south-central city of Suwariyah left 7 Iraqi soldiers and 35 insurgents dead.
    (AP, 7/28/04)
2004        Jul 28, The Italian parliament approved structural economic reforms that included raising the retirement age from 57 to 60 effective in 2008.
    (Econ, 7/31/04, p.44)
2004        Jul 28, The second wave in the biggest mass defection of North Koreans to South Korea arrived on a flight from an unidentified Southeast Asian country, bringing the total in the two-day airlift to nearly 460.
    (AP, 7/28/04)
2004        Jul 28, Peru’s President Alejandro Toledo, facing allegations of corruption, invited government auditors to review all of his bank accounts.
    (AP, 7/30/04)
2004        Jul 28, Deaths from monsoon rains across South Asia reached 1,238.
    (AP, 7/28/04)
2004        Jul 28, The Ugandan army reportedly killed 120 rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) fighters during clashes in southern Sudan and narrowly missed capturing Joseph Kony, the insurgents' leader.
    (AP, 7/29/04)

2004        Jul 29, John Kerry gave his acceptance speech as the Democratic presidential nominee before 15,000 supporters in Boston’s FleetCenter: “I’m John Kerry, and I’m reporting for duty."
    (SFC, 7/30/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 29, Target Corp. of Minneapolis announced it would sell Mervyn’s to an investment group that included Sun Capital Partners in Boca Raton, Fla., for $1.65 billion. Cerberus Capital Management, Lubert-Adler and Klaff Partners were also in the deal, which was structured in 2 parts, one for the retailer and one for the retailer’s real estate.
    (SSFC, 8/8/04, p.J1)(WSJ, 9/4/08, p.B1)
2004        Jul 29, Four Indonesian security officers convicted over atrocities during East Timor's 1999 violence-marred independence vote were acquitted.
    (AFP, 8/6/04)
2004        Jul 29, Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi met with Secretary of State Colin Powell in Saudi Arabia and urged Muslim nations to dispatch troops to Iraq to help defeat an insurgency that he said threatens all Islamic countries.
    (AP, 7/29/04)(WSJ, 7/30/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 29, Israeli forces killed 2 top Palestinian militants in Gaza.
    (WSJ, 7/30/04, p.A1)

2004        Jul 30, Mike Tyson was knocked out in the fourth round of a fight in Louisville, Ky., by British heavyweight Danny Williams.
    (AP, 7/30/05)
2004        Jul 30, Leaders of the Sept. 11 commission urged US senators to embrace their proposals for massive changes to the nation's intelligence structure. The commission’s August report said the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) produced reports in 1998 and 1999 about a hijacking threat posed by al Qaeda, including the possibility of an attempt to use a commercial jet against a US landmark. It also said that in 2000 the FAA warned carriers and airports that the prospect for a terrorist hijacking had increased.
    (AP, 7/30/05)(SFC, 9/14/05, p.A3)
2004        Jul 30, Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry plunged into the general election and embarked on a coast-to-coast campaign swing through 21 states.
    (AP, 7/30/04)
2004        Jul 30, Abdurahman Alamoudi pleaded guilty in a Virginia court to moving cash from Libya and involvement in a Libyan plot to assassinate Saudi Prince Abdullah.
    (SFC, 7/31/04, p.A3)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Rahman_al-Amoudi)
2004        Jul 30, In NYC Joseph Massino, a Bonanno crime boss, was convicted of orchestrating murder, racketeering, arson and extortion over the last 25 years.
    (SFC, 7/31/04, p.A2)
2004        Jul 30, Scientists reported the creation of synthetic prions and showed they could replicate without genetic material and cause brain disease in laboratory animals.
    (SFC, 7/30/04, p.A3)
2004        Jul 30, A new Austrian postage stamp featuring a likeness of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger went on sale on his birthday.
    (AP, 7/30/04)
2004        Jul 30, In Belgium a major natural gas pipeline exploded in Ath, killing 16 people and injuring 120, including firefighters and police responding to a report of a leak.
    (AP, 7/30/04)(WSJ, 8/2/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 30, In Colombia Maria Elena Rios (25) was shot to death in the head and back in a hillside slum of Medellin. An internal army investigation absolved Capt. Jhon Jairo Cano and four soldiers of any wrongdoing. The investigation was reopened in 2007 along with 130 other investigations of killings of civilians presented as deaths of leftist rebels in action, as the US Congress refuses to ratify a bilateral trade pact over concerns about human rights in Colombia.
    (AP, 6/10/07)
2004        Jul 30, In Iraq fierce overnight fighting between U.S. Marines backed by fighter aircraft and insurgents using small arms and mortars killed 13 Iraqis in Fallujah overnight.
    (AP, 7/30/04)
2004        Jul 30, Parties to Ivory Coast's moribund peace process committed themselves again to knitting their civil-war divided country back together, setting new target dates for implementation of their peace deal at a summit in Ghana.
    (AP, 7/31/04)
2004        Jul 30, A small bomb exploded in Faisalabad, an industrial city of eastern Pakistan, wounding 18 people, mostly children.
    (AP, 7/30/04)
2004        Jul 30, In Pakistan an attack on Shaukat Aziz, the prime minister designate, was a response to Pres. Gen. Pervez Musharraf's transferring wanted militants to U.S. custody. 7 people were killed plus the suicide bomber. In 2005 police arrested 3 brothers for harboring suicide bombers, who made the attack on Aziz that left 9 bystanders dead.
    (AP, 7/31/04)(AP, 1/18/05)
2004        Jul 30, Turkish authorities seized 200 pounds of plastic explosives hidden in a truck as it crossed into Turkey from Iraq.
    (AP, 7/30/04)
2004        Jul 30, In Uzbekistan suicide bombers hit the U.S. and Israeli embassies, killing at least two Uzbeks.
    (AP, 7/30/04)
2004        Jul 30, A Venezuelan judge ordered the arrests of 59 former military officers on suspicion of plotting against President Hugo Chavez's government.
    (AP, 7/31/04)

2004        Jul 31, Virginia Grey (87), American film actress, died in LA. She had appeared in over 100 films and 40 TV shows.
    (SFC, 8/7/04, p.B6)
2004        Jul 31, In southern Afghanistan gunmen killed a local government leader and four of his bodyguards in an ambush.
    (AP, 7/31/04)
2004        Jul 31, Gunmen killed the head of a state-run teacher's institute as he left a mosque after prayers, an attack in apparent retribution for his refusal to stop working for Iraqi authorities.
    (AP, 7/31/04)
2004        Jul 31, A 10-day manhunt for a murder suspect ended in a shootout near the Circus Maximus in central Rome. Luciano Liboni had allegedly killed a policeman July 22.
    (AP, 7/31/04)
2004        Jul 31, Laura Betti (70), Italian film actress, died. Her debut was in Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita" (1960).
    (SFC, 8/3/04, p.B6)
2004        Jul 31, In Poland some 200,000 people gathered for the 10th annual weekend concert called Woodstock in Kostrzyn.
    (AP, 7/31/04)
2004        Jul 31, Flood-weakened riverbanks in South Asia collapsed around villages, pushing the death toll from this season's monsoons above 1,500 and stranding more than 30 million people.
    (AP, 8/1/04)
2004        Jul 31, World Trade negotiators in Geneva broke months of deadlock and put together a framework for the rest of the Doha trade round.
    (Econ, 8/7/04, p.59)
2004        Jul 31, The Vatican issued a document denouncing feminism for trying to blur differences between men and women and threatening the institution of families based on a mother and a father.
    (AP, 7/31/05)

2004        Jul, Homeland Security officer Robert Rhodes subdued Zhao Yan (38), a Chinese businesswoman, who was touring Niagara Falls near the Canadian border. In 2005 Rhodes was found not guilty of violating her civil rights. Zhao Yan filed a $10 million lawsuit against the US government.
    (AP, 9/10/05)
2004        Jul, Chicago’s  $475 million Millennium Park opened in Grant Park, 4 years overdue.
    (Econ, 7/24/04, p.78)(Econ, 10/6/07, p.34)
2004        Jul, Yuri Levintoff was recruited by Boris Barshevsky, a Boston-area taxi driver, to help organize paid protesters for rallies in NYC against Chechen separatists. The rallies were then filmed by Russian state television.
    (WSJ, 6/24/06, p.A1)
2004        Jul, A fake list of public figures, who allegedly held accounts at a Luxembourg-based clearing house (Clearstream Banking S.A.) linked to kickbacks on the 1991 sale of French frigates to Taiwan, was leaked to a French judge. This came to be known as the 2nd Clearstream affair. In 2001 Clearstream was accused of money laundering and tax evasion.
    (Econ, 7/14/07, p.56)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clearstream)
2004        Jul, A court in Saint-Omer, northern France, convicted 10 out of 17 defendants on pedophilia charges relating to the abuse of 18 children between 1995 and 2000. 6 of the 10 convicted were acquitted in 2005.
    (AP, 12/02/05)
2004        Jul, In Germany Hartz IV was voted into law. It limited unemployment pay to the 1st year out of work, after which a much lower social security benefit kicked in.
    (Econ, 9/4/04, p.62)
2004        Jul, In 2006 the Greek government reported that mobile phones belonging to top Greek military and government officials, including the prime minister and the US embassy, were tapped for nearly a year beginning in the weeks before the 2004 Olympic games. It was not known who was responsible for the taps, which numbered about 100. Ericsson’s phone exchanges used by Vodafone’s network in Greece were used for the spying.
    (AP, 2/2/06)(WSJ, 6/21/06, p.A1)(Econ, 8/18/12, p.14)
2004        Jul, Guinea state radio announced that a 25-year-old miner found a 182-carat diamond near the southeast border. By contrast the Hope diamond is 45.52 carats.
    (SFC, 7/20/04, p.A12)
2004        Jul, The ship Mary Nour, filled with Russian cement, was denied permission to unload its cargo in Mexican ports under pressure from Cemex SA.
    (WSJ, 12/14/04, p.A12)
2004        Jul, In Russia the film “Night Watch," directed by Timur Bekmambetov, took in $8.5 million in sales in its 1st 11 days. It was based on the sci-fi trilogy by Sergei Lukyanenko that told the tale of a thousand-year-old battle between forces of good and evil.
    (SFC, 7/29/04, p.E5)
2004        Jul, In Tanzania over 10,000 flamingos died at the Lake Manyara National Park. Officials were puzzled and no other wildlife appeared affected.
    (SFC, 7/24/04, p.B10)

2004        Aug 1, The US government warned of possible al-Qaida terrorist attacks against specific financial institutions in New York City, Washington and Newark, N.J.
    (AP, 8/1/05)
2004        Aug 1, Alexandra Scott, a young cancer patient who started a lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research, sparking a nationwide fund-raising campaign, died at her home in Wynnewood, Pa., at age 8.
    (AP, 8/1/05)
2004        Aug 1, Karen Stupples won the Women's British Open.
    (AP, 8/1/05)
2004        Aug 1, A roadside bombing near the town of Samarra killed one U.S. soldier and wounded two others. A car bomb exploded outside a police station in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing at least five people and injuring 53 others. The blast followed a night of clashes between U.S. troops and insurgents that killed 12 Iraqis and wounded 39 others in Fallujah. Car bombings in Baghdad targeted at 4 churches and at least 11 people including 2 children were killed.
    (AP, 8/1/04)(SFC, 8/2/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 1, A militant group claiming links to al Qaeda has given Italy a 15-day deadline to withdraw its troops from Iraq or face attacks.
    (AP, 8/1/04)
2004        Aug 1, A Kenyan government spokesman said 7 truck drivers taken hostage in Iraq have been released.
    (AP, 8/1/04)
2004        Aug 1, A Lebanese hostage was freed unharmed after Iraqi police raided his kidnappers' hideout in an operation that ended with the arrest of three terror suspects.
    (AP, 8/2/04)
2004        Aug 1, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz (b.1958) was elected governor of Oaxaca, Mexico, by a narrow 2% margin. Defeated candidate Gabino Cue, nominated by an alliance mainly of Convergencia and the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), repeatedly alleged electoral fraud.
    (http://tinyurl.com/jnpk8)(Econ, 9/30/06, p.48)
2004        Aug 1, In Paraguay a fast-spreading fire killed 420 people. Survivors of the inferno in a crowded supermarket on the outskirts of Asuncion said that locked doors slowed their escape. In 2008 a father and son who owned the supermarket were sentenced to prison for manslaughter and endangerment. In 2009 Supreme Court voted 2-1 in favor of a sentence of 12 years for Juan Pio Paiva and 10 years for his son Daniel Paiva. In 2009 a court upheld a two-year prison sentence for architect Bernardo Ismachowiez, designer of the supermarket.
    (AP, 8/2/04)(AP, 8/6/04)(AP, 2/3/08)(AP, 8/6/09)(AP, 8/29/09)
2004        Aug 1, In Peru a bus plunged off a cliff in the Andes Mountains, killing at least 34 passengers and injuring 21.
    (AP, 8/2/04)
2004        Aug 1, The Sudanese cabinet condemned the 30-day deadline for action on Darfur set by the U.N. Security Council, but said it would implement a 90-day program agreed earlier with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.
    (AP, 8/1/04)
2004        Aug 1, World Trade Organization members meeting in Geneva approved a plan to end export subsidies on farm products and cut import duties across the world.
    (AP, 8/1/05)

2004        Aug 2, Pres. Bush proposed creating a national intelligence director in line with the Sep 11 Commission recommendations.
    (WSJ, 8/3/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 2, Police in Salt Lake City arrested Mark Hacking, whose wife, Lori, had disappeared, on a charge of aggravated murder. On October 1, 2004, searchers found human remains in the Salt Lake County landfill. By that afternoon police had confirmed that the remains were those of Lori Hacking. Lori Kay Soares was buried in Orem City Cemetery, Orem, Utah County, Utah. The dates on her stone are December 31, 1976 to July 19, 2004.
    (AP, 8/2/05)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lori_Hacking)
2003         Aug 2, Afghan troops backed by U.S. warplanes killed as many as 70 militants in a daylong battle near the Pakistani border.
    (AP, 8/3/03)
2004        Aug 2, Masked gunmen killed a Turkish hostage with three gunshots to the head, according to a video posted on the Internet, and the Turkish truckers' union said it would stop bringing supplies to U.S. forces in Iraq. A car bomb in Baquba killed at least 3 Iraqi national guardsmen. 6 American service members were reported killed over the last 24 hours.
    (AP, 8/2/04)(SFC, 8/4/04, p.A3)
2004        Aug 2, In western Japan 7 members of a family were found stabbed to death with a kitchen knife.
    (AP, 8/2/04)
2004        Aug 2, In Gaza City 5 masked men broke into a hospital and shot dead a convicted Palestinian collaborator who had been wounded in a grenade attack in his prison cell just hours earlier.
    (AP, 8/2/04)
2004        Aug 2, The UN began air-dropping food for refugees in Darfur, Sudan.
    (WSJ, 8/3/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 2, Ukraine's prime minister called for reducing the country's troop contingent in Iraq, openly disagreeing with top defense officials who want to increase the force.
    (AP, 8/2/04)

2004        Aug 3, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge defended the decision to tighten security in New York and Washington even though the intelligence behind the latest terror warnings was as much as four years old.
    (AP, 8/3/05)
2004        Aug 3, The Statue of Liberty pedestal in New York City reopened to the public for the first time since the Sept. 11 attacks.
    (AP, 8/3/05)
2004        Aug 3, At Cape Canaveral, Fla., a Delta II rocket lifted the spacecraft Messenger on a 6 ½ year journey toward Mercury. The name stood for Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging.
    (SFC, 8/4/04, p.A2)(Econ, 7/24/04, p.74)
2004            Aug 3, Missouri voters solidly endorsed a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. The Democratic primary endorsed Auditor Claire McCaskill (51) over Gov. Bob Holden.
    (AP, 8/4/03)(SFC, 8/4/04, p.A2)
2004        Aug 3, In London 13 Asian men were arrested. One known as Moussa (or al-Hindi) was later said to be the head of al-Qaeda in Britain.
    (Econ, 8/7/04, p.46)
2004            Aug 3, A car bomb planted by suspected Colombian rebels ripped apart three passing police vehicles, killing nine officers.
    (AP, 8/4/03)
2004        Aug 3, Henri Cartier-Bresson (b.1908), French photographer of the decisive moment, died. In 2005 Pierre Assouline authored “Henri Cartier-Bresson: A Biography."
    (WSJ, 8/5/04, p.A1)(Econ, 8/7/04, p.67)(Econ, 9/3/05, p.75)
2004            Aug 3, Fierce gunbattles broke out between Iraqi police and dozens of masked militants roaming the northern city of Mosul, killing 12 Iraqis and wounding 26 others.
    (AP, 8/4/03)
2004            Aug 3, A Sudanese official and Arab tribal leader said rebels masquerading as Arab militia have killed 28 Arab tribesman in attacks in western Sudan over the last week.
    (AP, 8/4/03)

2004        Aug 4, Richard Smith, a Staten Island ferry pilot, pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in a crash that killed 11 commuters in the October 15, 2003, wreck of the Andrew J. Barberi Staten Island ferry, acknowledging that he'd passed out at the helm after arriving at work with medication in his system.
    (AP, 8/4/05) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Staten_Island_Ferry_crash)
2004        Aug 4, Former teacher Mary Kay Letourneau, convicted of having sex with a sixth-grade pupil, was released from a Washington state prison.
    (AP, 8/4/05)
2004        Aug 4, It was reported that LeapFrog Enterprises would donate 20,000 interactive women’s health books to Afghan women under a $1.25 million development and distribution grant from the US Dept. of health and Human Services.
    (SFC, 8/4/04, p.C1)
2004            Aug 4, In China a school employee with a history of schizophrenia slashed 15 students and three teachers with a kitchen knife at a Beijing kindergarten, killing one child and leaving terrified classmates covered in blood.
    (AP, 8/4/03)
2004        Aug 4, Fighting between insurgents and Iraqi security forces in Mosul left at least 22 dead. At least 14 of the dead were civilians.
    (SFC, 8/5/04, p.A12)
2004        Aug 4, In Kashmir Muslim militants killed nine Indian troopers in an attack on a paramilitary camp, just hours before India and Pakistan, which both claim the region, began a round of peace talks.
    (AP, 8/5/04)
2004        Aug 4, Police in eastern Nigeria discovered skulls and corpses of at least 83 people in shrines where a secretive cult was believed to have carried out traditional ritual killings. 30 shamans were arrested in a part of Anambra state called “the evil forest."
    (AP, 8/5/04)(WSJ, 8/6/04, p.A1)(CP, 8/13/04)
2004        Aug 4, Clashes in the Gaza Strip left 4 Palestinians dead including a 10-year-old boy. Israeli forces uncovered a smuggling tunnel on the border with Egypt.
    (SFC, 8/5/04, p.A3)
2004        Aug 4, The official Saudi Press reported that municipal elections across Saudi Arabia, the first such polls in decades, have been have been pushed back two months to November.
    (AP, 8/4/04)
2004        Aug 4, In southern Tanzania some 22 villagers appeared in court on charges of killing 7 people who allegedly practiced witchcraft. Villagers said the witches cut off the sexual organs of dead villagers and used them to concoct charms intended to bring good harvests and fortune.
    (AP, 8/5/04)

2004        Aug 5, Pres. Bush signed a $417.5 billion wartime defense bill.
    (SFC, 8/6/04, p.A16)
2004        Aug 5, Patrick Ryan (52), New York City's director of ferries, pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter in the October 15, 2003, wreck of the Andrew J. Barberi Staten Island ferry. Ryan later pleaded guilty to negligent manslaughter.
    (AP, 8/5/05)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Staten_Island_Ferry_crash)
2004        Aug 5, John Forney (42), Enron energy trader, pleaded guilty in SF to charges of fraud and plotting to manipulate the market during the 2000-2001 California energy crises.
    (SFC, 8/6/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 5, Alabama executed James Hubbard (74) by lethal injection for the 1977 murder of Lillian Montgomery (62). The 2-time killer was the oldest inmate executed in the US since 1941, when James Stephens of Colorado was executed at age 76. The oldest person executed in the 20th century was 83-year-old Joe Lee of Virginia in 1916.
    (www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/death/US/hubbard922.htm)(WSJ, 8/6/04, p.A1)(SFC, 8/6/04, p.A2)
2004        Aug 4, The Georgia men's basketball team was placed on four years' probation for rules violations under former coach Jim Harrick.
    (AP, 8/5/05)
2004        Aug 5, David Hicks, Australian terror suspect held at the Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba, signed an affidavit stating: "Interrogators once offered me the services of a prostitute for 15 minutes if I would spy on other detainees." Hicks documented a number of physical abuses.
    (Reuters, 12/9/04)
2004        Aug 4, Two-year-old twins from the Philippines born with the tops of their heads fused together were separated at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.
    (AP, 8/5/05)
2004        Aug 5, A bomb exploded in the parking lot of a hotel in northeastern Bangladesh city where the opposition-backed mayor was holding a meeting, wounding at least 50 people.
    (AP, 8/7/04)
2004        Aug 5, The death toll from monsoons in Bangladesh and India reached 1,823.
    (SFC, 8/5/04, p.A10)
2004        Aug 5, In eastern France a predawn fire swept through an equestrian school, killing seven teenagers and possibly two adults.
    (AP, 8/5/04)
2004        Aug 5, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on his supporters to rise against US-led security forces. Fighting quickly spread to other Shiite areas, threatening a shaky two-month-old truce. Insurgents blew up a bomb in a minibus and opened fire on a crowd outside a police station south of Baghdad, killing at least five people and wounding 21.
    (AP, 8/5/04)(SFC, 8/6/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 5, A Pakistan army helicopter crashed amid the al Qaeda hunt and 13 people were killed.
    (WSJ, 8/6/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 5, A helicopter conducting a forest survey crashed in northern Siberia after apparent engine trouble, killing all 15-16 people aboard.
    (AP, 8/5/04)
2004        Aug 5, Yemeni officials said its army has launched a major offensive to quash a rebellion in the northern mountains. About 50 soldiers and rebels have been killed in the two days of fighting.
    (AP, 8/5/04)

2004        Aug 6, Louisiana’s Democrat Rep. Rodney Alexander (57) switched party affiliations and filed as a Republican 30 minutes before a deadline.
    (SFC, 8/13/04, p.A4)
2004        Aug 6, US payroll data fell far short of expectations and sent the US and British markets crashing to the floor. New July jobs totaled 32,000. The Dow plunged 147 points to a new 2004 low of 9815.33.
    (AP, 8/6/04)(SFC, 8/7/04, p.C1)(WSJ, 8/9/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 6, In Deltona, Fla., 4 men and two women were found slain in a home after one of them failed to show up for an early morning shift at a nearby Burger King. A man who was angry about a suspected theft recruited three teenagers to stab and beat six people to death with baseball bats.
    (AP, 8/6/04)(AP, 8/8/04)
2004        Aug 6, Rick James (56), Funk legend born as James A. Johnson, died. He was best known for the 1981 hit "Super Freak" before his career disintegrated amid drug use and violence that sent him to prison.
    (AP, 8/6/04)(SFC, 8/7/04, p.B7)
2004        Aug 6, In Afghanistan gunmen ambushed a convoy carrying election workers into a remote Taliban stronghold, killing two of them.
    (AP, 8/7/04)
2004        Aug 6-2004 Aug 8, Up to 100,000 rock and rollers crowded a remote desert venue in China's isolated Ningxia province over the weekend for a three-day festival featuring the nation's oldest and best bands.
    (AP, 8/9/04)
2004        Aug 6, A German court found 2 former top East German officials guilty of failing to stop the killing of people trying to escape across the Berlin Wall and sentenced them to probation.
    (AP, 8/6/05)
2004        Aug 6, Abdul Karim Rawi, gov. of Iraq’s Anbar province, resigned under pressure from insurgents who had kidnapped his 3 sons.
    (SFC, 8/7/04, p.A13)
2004        Aug 6, There was intense fighting in Najaf. The U.S. military said 300 militants were killed in the past two days. Assailants in Iraq killed 3 US servicemen, one in the capital and two in the south.
    (AP, 8/6/04)(AP, 8/7/04)
2004        Aug 6, Israel reopened a border crossing with Egypt, closed since July 18, enabling some 2,000 stranded Palestinians to return home.
    (SFC, 8/7/04, p.A11)
2004        Aug 6, Mali said swarms of locusts had spread across most of its vast arid territory. The swarms were moving across the Sahara desert toward countries including Senegal, Niger, Chad and Gambia.
    (AP, 8/6/04)
2004        Aug 6, Reuters learned from Pakistani intelligence sources that computer expert Mohammad Naeem Noor Khan, arrested secretly in July, was working under cover to help the authorities track down al Qaeda militants in Britain and the United States when his name appeared in U.S. newspapers.
    (Reuters, 8/7/04)(SFC, 8/10/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 6, U.S. officials returned $20 million in embezzled Peruvian government funds that had been deposited in American banks under the direction of fallen spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos.
    (AP, 8/6/04)
2004        Aug 6, Saudi officials reported the capture of Faris Ahmed Jamaan al-Showeel al Zahrani, No. 12 on their list of 26 most wanted terrorism suspects.
    (SFC, 8/7/04, p.A10)
2004        Aug 6, Yemeni warplanes and artillery pounded mountain hideouts of an anti-U.S. leader and his followers in a major offensive aimed at ending a six-week conflict that has killed at least 500 people.
    (AP, 8/6/04)

2004        Aug 7, Greg Maddux became the 22nd pitcher in major league history to reach 300 victories, leading the Chicago Cubs to an 8-4 victory over San Francisco.
    (AP, 8/7/05)
2004        Aug 7, AP reported that a beheading was broadcast on 2 Arab TV stations. The video of the beheading was fake and had been initially made and posted on the Internet in May by 3 people from the SF Bay Area. Benjamin Vanderford of SF said he made the video to show how easy it is to spread lies over the Internet.
    (SSFC, 8/8/04, p.A12)
2004        Aug 7, Paul N. Adair (b.1915), Texas oil field firefighter, died. The 1968 film “Hellfighter" with John Wayne was based on his life.
    (SFC, 8/9/04, p.B6)(Econ, 8/14/04, p.78)
2004        Aug 7, Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi signed a long-awaited amnesty law that would pardon Iraqis who have played minor roles in the country's 15-month-long insurgency. The Iraqi government closed the Iraqi offices of the Arab television station Al-Jazeera for 30 days, accusing it of inciting violence.
    (AP, 8/7/04)
2004        Aug 7, Clashes between US-led forces and fighters loyal to al-Sadr continued for a 3rd day in Najaf and Sadr City. 23 civilians were killed and 121 wounded in the day’s fighting.
    (SSFC, 8/8/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 7, A bomb exploded outside a car dealership in Karachi, Pakistan, killing two people and wounding three.
    (AP, 8/7/04)
2004        Aug 7, Nahed Arreyes, Palestinian justice minister, resigned to protest Yasser Arafat’s refusal to share power.
    (SSFC, 8/8/04, p.A18)
2004        Aug 7, The Romanian sitcom "The Winding Road to Europe" featured villagers in the fictional La Europa pub and swapping stories about how joining the EU will change their lives. The European Union's Romania office has funded 12 15-minute episodes of "Winding Road" at $16,800 each, 4 of which had already aired.
    (AP, 8/7/04)
2004        Aug 7, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a three-week cultural jamboree, began this weekend. This year's event featured 1,700 shows, a big jump on last year's 1,541.
    (AP, 8/7/04)
2004        Aug 7, Some 6,000 people turned out for the start of a three-day gay and lesbian festival in Singapore, where homosexual acts are still illegal. "Nation.04" -- a festival of international DJs, podium dancers, pumping music and muscular boys stripping off their tops on packed dance floors -- has increased in size every year since it was launched four years ago.
    (AP, 8/8/04)

2004        Aug 8, The US military said 2 American soldiers and their Afghan interpreter died when a bomb hit their Humvee.
    (AP, 8/8/04)
2004        Aug 8, Alan Keyes, the Republican two-time presidential hopeful, threw his hat into Illinois' Senate race (he ended up losing to Democrat Barack Obama).
    (AP, 8/8/05)
2004        Aug 8, Fay Wray (b.1907), film actress, died. She was best known for her 1933 performance in “King Kong."
    (SFC, 8/10/04, p.B7)
2004        Aug 8, Traces of the anti-depressant Prozac have been found in Britain's drinking water supply, setting off alarm bells with environmentalists concerned about potentially toxic effects. In the decade up to 2001, overall prescriptions of antidepressants in Britain rose from 9 million to 24 million a year.
    (AP, 8/8/04)
2004        Aug 8, Iraq reinstated capital punishment for people guilty of murder, endangering national security and distributing drugs.
    (AP, 8/8/04)
2004        Aug 8, Iraq's chief investigating judge said Ahmad Chalabi, a former Governing Council member with strong U.S. ties, was wanted in Iraq on counterfeiting charges, while Salem Chalabi, head of the special tribunal in charge of trying Saddam, faced an arrest warrant for murder.
    (AP, 8/9/04)
2004        Aug 8, Militants in Iraq said they had taken a top Iranian diplomat hostage. Faridoun Jihani was identified as the "consul for the Islamic Republic of Iran in Karbala."
    (AP, 8/8/04)
2004        Aug 8, In San Juan Chamula, Mexico, hundreds of enraged residents of this impoverished Indian community locked the mayor and three other municipal officials in jail, claiming they embezzled funds from public works projects.
    (AP, 8/8/04)
2004        Aug 8, In Pakistan 2 bombs ripped through an Islamic school, killing 8 and injuring 42.
    (AP, 8/9/04)
2004        Aug 8, Pakistan confirmed that Qari Saifullah Akhtar, a senior bin Laden operative, had been captured in the UAR and transferred to Lahore.
    (SFC, 8/9/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 8, The death toll from monsoons in South Asia reached 1,972. At least 1,152 have died in India, 691 in Bangladesh, 124 in Nepal and 5 in Pakistan.
    (AP, 8/8/04)(SSFC, 8/8/04, p.A3)
2004        Aug 8, President Leonid Kuchma, joined by other top officials, attended the startup of nuclear reactor No. 2 at the Khmelnitskyi plant in western Ukraine.
    (AP, 8/8/04)

2004        Aug 9, Oil prices for September delivery of light crude hit a record high of $44.98 since trading began in NYC in 1983.
    (SFC, 8/10/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 9, In McAlester, Oklahoma, District Judge Steven Taylor sentenced Terry Nichols to 161 consecutive life sentences for the 1995 Oklahoma City federal building bombing. Terry Nichols, addressing a court for the first time, asked victims of the blast for forgiveness
    (SFC, 8/10/04, p.A3)(AP, 8/9/05)
2004        Aug 9, Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts Inc. announced it would soon file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. 3 Trump properties had filed for bankruptcy in 1992.
    (SFC, 8/11/04, p.C1)
2004        Aug 9, David Raksin (92), Oscar-nominated movie and TV composer, died in Van Nuys, Calif.
    (AP, 8/9/05)
2004        Aug 9, The death toll from this season's monsoon rains across South Asia passed 2,000, as authorities in India reported that 39 bodies were found floating in receding flood waters and four children were killed when a house collapsed.
    (AP, 8/9/04)
2004        Aug 9, Forensic experts said they found a mass grave in the waste dump of a coal mine in eastern Bosnia, which they suspect may contain the bodies of about 350 Muslims who disappeared from a Bosnian Serb detention centre during the Bosnian war.
    (AP, 8/9/04)
2004        Aug 9, Al Sadr, whose loyalists battled U.S. troops for a fifth straight day, vowed to fight to the death. A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb northeast of Baghdad, killing six people and wounding the deputy governor who was the intended target.
    (AP, 8/9/04)
2004        Aug 9, Four masked, black-clad men who said they belong to a group that has claimed responsibility for kidnappings and killings in Iraq beheaded a man identified only as a Bulgarian in a video posted on the Internet.
    (AP, 8/9/04)
2004        Aug 9, In Japan a nonradioactive steam leak killed 5 people and injured seven in the worst-ever accident at a nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture. The No. 3 reactor of the Mihama Nuclear Power Plant was shutdown and not restarted until January 2007.
    (AP, 8/9/04)(Econ, 8/14/04, p.54)(AP, 1/9/07)
2004        Aug 9, Mauritania arrested renegade officers and Islamic extremists to break up what officials said was a brewing coup involving a terror campaign.
    (WSJ, 8/10/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 9, Officials in South Africa prepared to kill some 30,000 ostriches following the deaths of over 1,500 due to avian influenza.
    (SFC, 8/10/04, p.A3)

2004        Aug 10, Pres. Bush nominated Porter J. Goss, Florida Republican congressman, to head the CIA. Goss spent most of his career as a clandestine operative in Latin America.
    (AP, 8/11/04)(WSJ, 8/11/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 10, The US Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FMOC) hiked the federal funds target rate, to 1.50 percent from 1.25 percent.
    (AFP, 8/11/04)
2004        Aug 10, The 20-year-old woman, who accused Kobe Bryant of rape, filed a federal lawsuit in Denver against the NBA star. The lawsuit was later settled out of court; terms were not disclosed.
    (AP, 8/10/05)
2004        Aug 10, Barry Bonds became the first player in major league history to hit 30 home runs in 13 consecutive seasons, connecting in San Francisco's 8-7 loss to Pittsburgh.
    (AP, 8/10/05)
2004        Aug 10, In Austria a bus carrying mostly British tourists veered off a road in the province of Salzburg and rolled down an embankment, killing at least five people.
    (AP, 8/10/04)
2004        Aug 10, In southwest China a 5.6 earthquake killed four and injured nearly 600 in Yunnan province. More than 125,000 people were left homeless and cracked walls in reservoirs posed a threat to villages downstream.
    (AP, 8/12/04)
2004        Aug 10, Thirty-three missing Dominican migrants were found alive after nearly two weeks at sea, but two died on the way to the hospital. 53 others died on the journey.
    (AP, 8/10/04)(SFC, 8/12/04, p.A12)
2004        Aug 10, Libya agreed to pay $35 million to the non-US victims of the 1986 Berlin disco bombing. Libya's Kadhafi Foundation, which negotiated the terms of a compensation deal for victims of the bombing, demanded compensation from the United States for subsequent air strikes against the north African country.
    (AP, 8/10/04)(WSJ, 8/11/04, p.A1)

2004        Aug 11, The U.S. women's soccer team defeated home team Greece 3-0 on the first day of competition in the 2004 Olympic Games. The opening ceremony took place two days later.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2004        Aug 11, A 3-day wildfire near Lake Shasta broke out and covered some 10,000 acres destroying 86 homes in Jones Valley. Matt Rupp (44) served 2 years in jail for accidentally igniting the fire while riding a mower over a field of dry grass.
    (SSFC, 8/15/04, p.B2)(SSFC, 8/10/08, p.A1)
2004        Aug 11, In Algeria an appeals court upheld a two-year prison term for one of Algeria's best known journalists in a case seen by many as a pretext to crush press freedom.
    (AP, 8/12/04)
2004        Aug 11, Britain granted its 1st license for human embryonic cloning research.
    (WSJ, 8/12/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 11, In northeast Colombia suspected rebel gunmen lined up and killed nine coca pickers on a remote ranch.
    (AP, 8/12/04)
2004        Aug 11, Ahmad Chalabi, former Iraqi Governing Council member who fell out of favor with the United States, returned to Iraq to face counterfeiting charges, but was never arrested. Charges were later dropped citing lack of evidence. Chalabi regained enough credibility to be made deputy prime minister on April 28, 2005. At the same time he was made acting oil minister. Since then he has thrived in becoming invaluable to the Iraqi government.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmed_Chalabi#Falling_out_with_the_U.S..2C_2004-5)(AP, 8/11/04)
2004        Aug 11, An Islamic Web site carried a videotape that appeared to show militants in Iraq beheading a man identified as a CIA agent. The authenticity of the videotape could not be verified immediately.
    (AP, 8/11/04)
2004        Aug 11, U.S. jet fighters bombed the turbulent city of Fallujah, killing four people and injuring four others.
    (AP, 8/11/04)
2004        Aug 11-2004 Aug 15, Pakistani officials arrested around a dozen local and foreign militants who hatched a plot to launch strikes on August 13 and Pakistan's 57th Independence Day celebrated on August 14. The plot was masterminded by an Egyptian Al-Qaeda suspect named Sheikh Esa alias Qari Ismail.
    (AFP, 8/22/04)
2004        Aug 11, A West Bank assailant detonated a large bomb near a busy Israeli military checkpoint, killing two Palestinian men and wounding 16 people.
    (AP, 8/11/04)
2004        Aug 11, In northwestern Turkey 2 trains collided head on, killing 8 people, injuring 55 others.
    (AP, 8/11/04)(AP, 8/12/04)

2004        Aug 12, New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey, a one-time rising Democratic star and twice-married father, announced his resignation with the startling disclosure that he is gay and had an extramarital affair with a man who threatened to undermine his "ability to govern."
    (AP, 8/13/04)
2004        Aug 12, California’s Supreme Court struck down San Francisco’s attempt to legalize same-sex marriages, saying Mayor Newsome had illegally defied state law. 3955 marriages recorded between Feb 12 and Mar 11 were voided.
    (SFC, 8/13/04, p.A1)(SFC, 6/27/15, p.A13)
2004        Aug 12, Terrance Kelly (18), a De La Salle High School football star, was shot and killed in Richmond, Ca., 2 days before flying to the Univ. of Oregon on a football scholarship. Police arrested Larry Pratcher (18) Aug 14 on suspicion of murder and searched for other suspects. Larry was released on Aug 18 after his younger brother turned himself in. On Aug 19 Darren Pratcher (15) was charged with murder. On Oct 11, 2006, Darren Pratcher was convicted of murder. In 2007 Pratcher was sentenced 50 years to life in prison.  
    (SFC, 8/14/04, p.A1)(SFC, 8/20/04, p.B5)(SFC, 10/12/06, p.B1)(SFC, 1/20/07, p.B2)
2004        Aug 12, Dust storms on I-10 in Arizona caused vehicle pile-ups that left 4 dead.
    (WSJ, 8/13/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 12, It was reported that a huge ant colony measuring 100 kilometers (62 miles) across had been found under the southern Australian city of Melbourne. The ants were a mutant variety of Argentine ants.
    (AP, 8/12/04)
2004        Aug 12, Laboratory monkeys that started out as careless procrastinators became super-efficient workers after injections into their brains that suppressed a gene linked to their ability to anticipate a reward.
    (LAT, 8/12/04)
2004        Aug 12, Greece’s $930 million, 3km Rion-Antirion bridge across the western end of the Gulf of Corinth was set to open.
    (Econ, 7/31/04, p.55)
2004        Aug 12, In Najaf thousands of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers launched a major assault on militiamen loyal to a radical Shiite cleric al-Sadr. Fighting in Kut left 72 dead.
    (AP, 8/12/04)(WSJ, 8/13/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 12, The Iraqi soccer team defeated Portugal in a preliminary match outside Athens.
    (SFC, 8/13/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 12, The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution extending the U.N. mission in Iraq for a year.
    (AP, 8/12/04)
2004        Aug 12, Japan’s Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group (MTFG) announced that it had beaten the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group for the acquisition of UFJ. [see Aug 30]
    (Econ, 8/14/04, p.66)
2004        Aug 12, A Nepali court sentenced notorious criminal Charles Sobhraj, also known as the "Serpent" and the "Bikini Killer", to life imprisonment in connection with the killing of an American backpacker in 1975.
    (AP, 8/12/04)
2004        Aug 12, In northeastern Nigeria flash floods have submerged houses and farms, drowning at least 23 people as they slept and forcing more than 1,000 to flee their villages.
    (AP, 8/12/04)
2004        Aug 12, Pakistan authorities said they had arrested five more suspected members of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network in the past 48 hours.
    (AP, 8/12/04)
2004        Aug 12, In Peru a double-decker tourist bus missed a bridge and plunged into a dry riverbed along a highway, killing at least six people and injuring 37.
    (AP, 8/12/04)
2004        Aug 12, Lee Hsien Loong, the son of Singapore's founding father (Lee Kuan Yew), took over as prime minister of the city-state. Lee Kuan Yew continued service as cabinet mentor.
    (AP, 7/17/04)(WSJ, 7/19/04, p.A1)(Econ, 7/24/04, p.39)(Econ, 4/22/06, p.42)
2004        Aug 12, South Korea’s central bank cut interest rates from 3.75% to 3.5%.
    (Econ, 8/21/04, p.60)

2004        Aug 13, Hurricane Charley roared across Cuba, ripping apart roofs, downing power lines and yanking up huge palm trees on its way to Florida. Charley hit Florida with winds at 145mph. It flattened oceanfront homes, killed 23 people and left thousands more homeless.
    (AP, 8/13/04)(AP, 8/14/04)(AP, 8/14/04)(AP, 8/16/04)(WSJ, 8/20/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 13, Julia Child (91), the grande dame of US television cooking shows and books, died in Santa Barbara, Ca. During WWII she spent 3 years working for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). In 2006 Her memoir “My Life in France," co-written with Alex Prud’homme, was published. In 1997 Noel Riley Fitch authored "Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child." In 2012 Bob Spitz authored “Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child."
    (Reuters, 8/13/04)(Econ, 8/28/04, p.78)(SSFC, 4/2/06, p.M1)(WSJ, 8/19/08, p.D7)(Econ, 8/18/12, p.74)
2004        Aug 13, Australia's parliament approved a free trade pact with the United States.
    (AP, 8/13/04)
2004        Aug 13, The FNL, a Burundian Hutu rebel faction, raided Gatumba camp, a UN refugee camp in western Burundi, shooting and hacking to death 160 people. The camp sheltered Congolese ethnic Tutsi refugees, known as the Banyamulenge.
    (AP, 8/14/04)(Econ, 8/21/04, p.37)(Econ, 9/11/04, p.44)
2004        Aug 13, In Colombia 3 outlawed paramilitary factions agreed to disarm immediately.
    (AP, 8/13/04)
2004        Aug 13, Typhoon Rananim weakened to a tropical storm. The death toll from Rananim rose to 115, after it slammed into the China's southeastern coast.
    (AP, 8/13/04)
2004        Aug 13, The Olympics opened In Athens. A sea of athletes under 202 flags parted to let a Greek windsurfing champion jog across the stadium and climb to the Olympic cauldron, which dipped on its slender 102-foot arm to receive the spark from his torch. Women’s wrestling debuted as an Olympic sport.
    (AP, 8/14/04)(NG, 8/04, Geographica)
2004        Aug 13, In Calcutta a man convicted of raping and killing a schoolgirl was executed, becoming the first person hanged for their crimes in India in nearly a decade. Apartment guard Dhananjoy Chatterjee (42) was executed for the 1990 rape and murder of a teenage schoolgirl.
    (AP, 8/14/04)
2004        Aug 13, Iraqi officials and aides to a radical Shiite cleric negotiated to end fighting that has raged in the holy city of Najaf for 9 days, after American forces suspended an offensive against Muqtada al-Sadr's militia.
    (AP, 8/13/04)
2004        Aug 13, An Islamic Web site posted still pictures that purportedly show Iraqi militants beheading an Egyptian man they claim was spying for the U.S. military.
    (AP, 8/13/04)
2004        Aug 13, Lebanon criticized French efforts to ban the militant group Hezbollah's television station, saying the channel may be anti-Israeli but it is not anti-Semitic.
    (AP, 8/14/04)
2004        Aug 13, In the Maldives 3,000 people gathered outside the police headquarters Friday demanding the release of prisoners. The government arrested 185 people, including a former minister and a one-time attorney general.
    (AP, 8/15/04)
2004        Aug 13, A Palestinian gunman killed an Israeli security guard near a Jewish West Bank settlement before being slain himself.
    (AP, 8/13/04)
2004        Aug 13, A southern Philippines court sentenced 17 members of the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militant group to death for kidnapping nurses from a hospital there three years ago.
    (AP, 8/13/04)
2004        Aug 13, The first elements of a 300-strong African Union protection force left Kigali, Rwanda, for Sudan's troubled region of Darfur, Sudan.
    (AP, 8/14/04)

2004        Aug 14, William D. Ford (77), 15-term congressman died in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan.
    (AP, 8/14/05)
2004        Aug 14, In western Afghanistan rival militias clashed, reportedly killing 21 people. Eight militiamen, including two commanders, were killed when fighting erupted between two rival warlords over control of a western district.
    (AP, 8/14/04)
2004        Aug 14, Africa’s worst desert locust plague in 15 years continued across Chad.
    (SFC, 8/14/04, p.C8)
2004        Aug 14, In El Salvador a bus careened off a mountain highway and toppled into a ravine in eastern El Salvador, killing 34 people and injuring 24 others.
    (AP, 8/14/04)
2004        Aug 14, A visibly weak Pope John Paul II joined thousands of other ailing pilgrims at a cliffside shrine in Lourdes, France, telling them he shares in their physical suffering and assuring them the burden is part of God's "wondrous plan."
    (AP, 8/14/05)
2004        Aug 14, Truce talks between Shiite militants and Iraqi officials broke down, raising the prospect of a return to the fierce fighting between militiamen and U.S-Iraqi forces.
    (AP, 8/14/04)
2004        Aug 14, U.S. warplanes bombed the Sunni city of Samarrah. Iraqi hospital officials said several people died, while the U.S. military said 50 militants were killed.
    (AP, 8/14/04)
2004        Aug 14, More than 100 unemployed university graduates stormed a Palestinian Authority building in a Gaza Strip refugee camp, calling on the Palestinian leadership to provide them with jobs.
    (AP, 8/15/04)
2004        Aug 14, Czeslaw Milosz (93), Polish poet and Nobel laureate (1980), died in Krakow. He was known for his intellectual and emotional works about some of the worst cruelties of the 20th century. Milosz was born on June 30, 1911, in Szetejnie, now Lithuania, and studied law at the University in Vilnius. There, he published his first book of poems, "Three Winters," in 1936. In 2006 Cynthia L. Haven edited the book “Czeslaw Milosz: Conversations."
    (AP, 8/14/04)(Econ, 8/21/04, p.72)(SSFC, 9/24/06, p.M5)
2004        Aug 14, In central Russia a crowded minibus crashed into a car on a highway linking the Volga River cities of Ulyanovsk and Kazan, touching off a fire and killing all 15 people.
    (AP, 8/14/04)

2004        Aug 15, In NY Spencer Tunick, photographer, gathered 1,826 people at Buffalo’s old Central Terminal for a group session of nude photographs.
    (SFC, 8/17/04, p.E5)
2004        Aug 15, Vijay Singh won the PGA Championship in Haven, Wis.
    (AP, 8/15/05)
2004        Aug 15, Residents left homeless by Hurricane Charley dug through their ravaged homes, rescuing what they could as President Bush promised rapid delivery of disaster aid.
    (AP, 8/15/05)
2004        Aug 15, Sporadic gunfire and shelling took place overnight in the disputed Georgian region of South Ossetia in violation of a fragile ceasefire, wounding seven Georgian servicemen.
    (AFP, 8/15/04)
2004        Aug 15, IOC officials, worried by the television images being flashed around the world of athletes competing in near empty stadiums, told the Athens Games organizers to give tickets away for free if necessary.
    (AP, 8/16/04)
2004        Aug 15, In Athens, the US men's basketball team lost 92-73 to Puerto Rico, only the third Olympic defeat ever for the Americans and first since adding pros.
    (AP, 8/15/05)
2004        Aug 15, In northeast India a bomb exploded during an Independence Day parade in Dhemaji, killing 18 people, including schoolchildren.
    (AP, 8/15/04)(Econ, 8/21/04, p.34)
2004        Aug 15, Hundreds of delegates from across Iraq gathered in Baghdad at a three-day national conference intended to bring a taste of democratic debate.
    (AP, 8/15/04)
2004        Aug 15, US armored vehicles and tanks rolled back into the streets of Najaf and troops battled Shiite militants in a resumption of fighting after the collapse of negotiations. 2 US soldiers were killed in Najaf when troops came under attack by militiamen loyal to firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
    (AP, 8/15/04)(AP, 8/16/04)
2004        Aug 15, In Liechtenstein Prince Hans-Adam II formally handed over day-to-day governing powers to his son Crown Prince Alois, and then invited all 33,000 of Liechtenstein's people to a garden party.
    (AP, 8/15/04)
2004        Aug 15, In Sweden Dr. Sune Karl Bergstrom (88), 1982 Nobel laureate, died.
    (SFC, 8/19/04, p.B7)
2004        Aug 15, In Venezuela the opposition's long and bitter campaign to oust Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez finally came down to a recall referendum. Chavez survived a referendum to oust him.
    (AP, 8/16/04)

2004        Aug 16, Pres. Bush announced plans to pull 70-100 thousand US troops from Europe and Asia and redeploy them to meet the demands of the global war on terrorism.
    (AP, 8/16/04)
2004        Aug 16, Colorado certified a ballot question that would make it the 1st state to award electoral votes by popular-vote percentages, not as winner take all.
    (WSJ, 8/17/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 16, The children’s TV show “Lazytown" made its US premier. Magnus Scheving spent over a decade building the brand in Iceland before moving overseas.
    (Econ, 3/31/07, p.76)(www.tv.com/lazytown/show/29257/episode_listings.html)
2004        Aug 16, The FDA approved the 1st surgical device to clear clots from the brains of stroke victims.
    (WSJ, 8/17/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 16, General Motors said it will start making Cadillacs in China this year, joining a race by foreign luxury car brands to sell to the country's newly rich elite.
    (AP, 8/16/04)
2004        Aug 16, Costco began piloting the sale of discounted coffins.
    (Econ, 8/21/04, p.50)
2004        Aug 16, Kamala Markandaya (79), Indian novelist, died. Her books focused on rural life, interracial relationships and conflicting Eastern and Western values.
    (SFC, 12/28/04, p.D12)
2004        Aug 16, In China villagers in an eastern province dug with farm tools to search for 24 people missing in massive landslides unleashed by Typhoon Rananim.
    (AP, 8/16/04)
2004        Aug 16, In Nigeria an oil tanker truck went out of control and plowed into a bustling Nigerian market in Kano, killing 17.
    (AP, 8/16/04)
2004        Aug 16, In Russia the Novy Ochevidets (New Eyewitness) magazine was introduced in Moscow. It resembled the New Yorker.
    (SFC, 8/21/04, p.A9)
2004        Aug 16, Election officials in Venezuela announced that voters had overwhelmingly chosen to keep President Hugo Chavez in office.
    (AP, 8/16/05)

2004        Aug 17, Britain brought terrorism charges against 8 al Qaeda suspects tied to recent alerts about US financial sites. They were charged with conspiring to commit murder and use radioactive materials, toxic gases, chemicals or explosives to cause "fear or injury."
    (WSJ, 8/18/04, p.A1)(AP, 8/17/05)
2004        Aug 17, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili appealed to world leaders to convene an international conference on the conflict in breakaway South Ossetia, where daily exchanges of gunfire threaten to spark a war. The province operated as a conduit for smuggling between Georgia and Russia.
    (AP, 8/17/04)(Econ, 8/21/04, p.40)
2004        Aug 17, In Haiti a jury acquitted Louis-Jodel Chamblain, the leader of a paramilitary group blamed for killing some 3,000 people, after a 14-hour murder trial.
    (AP, 8/17/04)
2004        Aug 17, A US research institute said India is projected to outpace China and become the world's most populous country by 2050, growing by 50 percent in the next 46 years to reach more than 1.6 billion people.
    (AP, 8/17/04)
2004        Aug 17, At the Athens games, Romania won its second straight Olympic gold medal in women's gymnastics; the United States took silver while Russia won the bronze.
    (AP, 8/17/05)
2004        Aug 17, Iran said it would destroy Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor if the Jewish state were to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.
    (AP, 8/17/04)
2004        Aug 17, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon approved the construction of 1,000 more homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
    (AP, 8/17/04)
2004        Aug 17, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a 9-year-old Palestinian boy in Nablus as he sat on the front steps of his home eating a sandwich.
    (AP, 8/17/04)

2004        Aug 18, Google said it now expects its stock to trade between $85 and $95 per share, down from its old forecast of between $108 and $135. It also said the total number of shares to be sold will be cut to 19.6 million, down from 25.7 million.
    (AP, 8/18/04)
2004        Aug 18, In California federal agents raided a farm in lake County where Charles Lepp grew over 32,000 marijuana plants. He said he had informed local authorities that his land would be used to enable patients who didn’t own land to grow marijuana for medical purposes. In 2009 Lepp (56) was sentenced to 10 years in prison under federal law that required a 10-year term for growing at least 1,000 marijuana plants.
    (http://fugitive.com/archives/6212)(SFC, 5/19/09, p.B4)
2004        Aug 18, Two campers were found slain at Fish Head Beach in Sonoma Ct., Ca. Lindsay Cutshall (23) of Fresno, Ohio, and Jason Allen (26) of Holland, Mich., were found with gunshots to the head. They had planned a wedding next month.
    (SFC, 8/21/04, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenner,_California_Double-Murder_of_2004)
2004        Aug 18, Elmer Bernstein (82), film composer, died in Ojai, Ca. His work included over 200 film and TV scores. He received an Academy Award in 1967 for his score in “Thoroughly Modern Millie."
    (SFC, 8/20/04, p.B6)
2004        Aug 18, Hiram L. Fong (97), Hawaii's first U.S. senator, died.
    (AP, 8/18/05)
2004        Aug 18, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's 17 rivals in the presidential race threatened to boycott landmark October 9 elections unless he stepped down before the vote.
    (AP, 8/18/04)
2004        Aug 18, In El Salvador rival inmates fought each other with knives and sticks at a San Salvador prison, leaving at least 31 people dead and two dozen injured.
    (AP, 8/18/04)
2004        Aug 18, In South Ossetia 3 Georgian peacekeepers were killed in overnight shooting.
    (AP, 8/18/04)
2004        Aug 18, In Athens Paul Hamm won the men's gymnastics all-around Olympic gold medal by the closest margin ever in the event; controversy followed after it was discovered a scoring error might have cost Yang Tae-young of South Korea the title.
    (AP, 8/18/05)
2004        Aug 18, Indian shares slid as oil prices surged to a new high of $47 a barrel, threatening domestic demand and growth in Asia's fourth-largest economy.
    (AP, 8/18/04)
2004        Aug 18, Iraq's new air force took to the skies for the 1st time since the 2003 US invasion. The limited operations were intended to protect infrastructure facilities and borders.
    (AP, 8/21/04)
2004        Aug 18, In Iraq a rocket slammed into a busy market in the northern city of Mosul, killing at least five civilians. U.S. forces clashed with insurgents southeast of Baghdad in fighting that left up to five civilians dead.
    (AP, 8/18/04)
2004        Aug 18, Communist rebels isolated Nepal's capital from the rest of the country, stopping all road traffic near Kathmandu by threatening to attack vehicles. The campaign, announced last week, was aimed at pressuring the government to free jailed guerrillas.
    (AP, 8/18/04)
2004        Aug 18, Five Palestinians were killed in a blast outside the house of a well-known Hamas militant in Gaza City.
    (AP, 8/17/04)
2004        Aug 18, In Venezuela opposition leaders charged that as many as 500 of 8,900 polling stations used voting machines that were programmed with an artificial cap to limit the number of votes cast in favor of recalling Pres. Chavez. In 2003 the Chavez regime has purchased 28% of Bizta Software, owned and operated by 2 Venezuelans, who also supplied the election machinery (Smartmatic Corp). Bizta bought back the shares after the story broke and after the 2 companies received a significant part of the $91 million referendum contract.
    (WSJ, 8/19/04, p.A11,12)

2004        Aug 19, Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry fought back against campaign allegations that he had exaggerated his combat record in Vietnam, accusing President Bush of using a Republican front group "to do his dirty work."
    (AP, 8/19/05)
2004        Aug 19, Carly Patterson won gymnastics' premier event at the Olympics in Athens, becoming the first U.S. woman to win the all-around title since Mary Lou Retton in 1984.
    (AP, 8/19/05)
2004        Aug 19, Google, the Internet search engine, began trading shares at $85 per share. 14.1 million shares were recently sold in a Dutch Auction at $85 per share. Google shares closed up 18% at $100.33.
    (SFC, 8/19/04, p.A1)(SFC, 8/20/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 19, Amelie Delegrange (22), from Hanvoile, north of Paris, was battered to death in the southwest London neighborhood of Twickenham Green after a night out in a wine bar. In 2006 Levi Bellfield, former nightclub bouncer, faced trial for her murder and the February, 2003, murder of student Marsha McDonnell (19). Bellfield was convicted on February 25, 2008 of the two murders. The following day, he was sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that he should never be released.
    (AFP, 6/9/06)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levi_Bellfield)
2004        Aug 19, In Hungary the Socialist Party effectively ousted Prime Minister Peter Medgyessy from office and said it would nominate his replacement next week.
    (AP, 8/19/04)
2004        Aug 19, In Iraq PM Allawi gave what he said was a final warning to cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to disarm and the leave the holy shrine in Najaf.
    (SFC, 8/20/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 19, It was reported that the Darfur refugee count in western Sudan had reached 11.2 million.
    (WSJ, 8/19/04, p.A1)

2004        Aug 20, Democrats labored to deflect attacks on John Kerry's war record with fresh television ads touting his fitness for national command.
    (AP, 8/20/05)
2004        Aug 20, A bioethicist charged in The Lancet medical journal charged that doctors working for the U.S. military in Iraq collaborated with interrogators in the abuse of detainees at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, profoundly breaching medical ethics and human rights.
    (AP, 8/21/04)
2004        Aug 20, In Brazil 4 homeless men were bludgeoned to death and six were in critical condition following early morning attacks by unknown assailants in downtown streets of Sao Paulo.
    (AP, 8/20/04)
2004        Aug 20, China said it would offer 10-year residency permits to “high-level" foreigners, who bring in important investments or business skills.
    (WSJ, 8/23/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 20, In Athens, Michael Phelps matched Mark Spitz's record of four individual gold medals in the Olympic pool with a stirring comeback in the 100-meter butterfly, then removed himself from further competition.
    (AP, 8/20/05)
2004        Aug 20, Freelance French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot were kidnapped in an area south of Baghdad known as the "triangle of death." They were eventually released by the Islamic Army and returned home to Paris in December that same year.
    (AFP, 9/22/10)
2004        Aug 20, Tropical storm Megi swept out to sea beyond northern Japan, leaving behind an arc of destruction that killed 13 people.
    (AP, 8/21/04)
2004        Aug 20, Thailand’s PM Thaksin said he would overturn the country’s current ban on commercial production and trade in genetically modified food (GMOs).
    (WSJ, 10/29/04, p.A13)

2004        Aug 21, In Ohio health officials said cases of gastrointestinal illness had risen to 510 from people in the Put-in-Bay resort area.
    (SSFC, 8/22/04, p.A3)
2004        Aug 21, In Afghanistan US soldiers opened fire on a pickup truck that failed to stop at a checkpoint in central Ghazni province, killing a man and two women.
    (AP, 8/22/04)
2004        Aug 21, In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a series of bombs exploded as Sheikh Hasina, a top opposition leader, was speaking at a rally from atop a truck, killing 23 people and injuring hundreds. On March 18, 2012 a court charged Tareque Rahman (46), the eldest son of former premier Khaleda Zia, over the grenade attack. Rahman was living in Britain and would be tried in absentia.
    (AP, 8/21/04)(Econ, 6/18/05, p.37)(AFP, 3/18/12)
2004        Aug 21, In Chechnya gunmen attacked a police station and polling sites in Grozny, killing several people 8 days before a special election to replace the region's assassinated president.
    (AP, 8/21/04)
2004        Aug 21, A Chinese official said a lethal strain of avian influenza had been found among pigs at several farms.
    (SFC, 8/21/04, p.A9)
2004        Aug 21, The International Gymnastics Federation ruled that South Korean Yang Tae-young was unfairly docked a tenth of a point in the all-around gymnastics final at the Athens Olympics, costing him the gold medal that ended up going to Paul Hamm of the United States; however, the ruling did not change the final result.
    (AP, 8/21/05)
2004        Aug 21, Iraq celebrated their national soccer team's startling 1-0 victory over Australia in the Olympic quarterfinal.
    (AP, 8/21/04)
2004        Aug 21, In Najaf, Iraq, militants loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr kept their hold on a revered shrine, and clashes flared.
    (AP, 8/21/04)
2004        Aug 21, Pakistani officials said they had arrested at least five al-Qaida-linked terrorists who were plotting suicide attacks on government leaders and the U.S. Embassy.
    (AP, 8/21/04)
2004        Aug 21, Sudan signed an agreement to ensure the voluntary return of more than one million people displaced by fighting in the Darfur region and said it was giving Darfuris more say in local government.
    (AP, 8/21/04)
2004        Aug 21, The head of the Organization of American States said the results of an audit supported the official vote count showing that President Hugo Chavez won this month's recall referendum in Venezuela.
    (AP, 8/22/04)
2004        Aug 21, A military plane crashed into a mountain in central Venezuela, killing 25 people, including five children.
    (AP, 8/22/04)

2004        Aug 22, In the Olympics Justin Gatlin of the US won the 10-meter dash in 9.85 sec.
    (SFC, 8/23/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 22, In Bangladesh an angry mob set fire to a passenger train and protesters clashed with police across the country, leaving dozens of people injured, as violence spread a day after a grenade attack on an opposition rally killed 19 people.
    (AP, 8/22/04)
2004        Aug 22, Pres. Putin flew to Chechnya in advance of elections. Overnight attacks killed at least 30 people.
    (SFC, 8/23/04, p.A3)
2004        Aug 22, U.S. warplanes bombed Najaf's Old City and gunfire rattled amid fears a plan to end the standoff with radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr could. A car bomb exploded north of Baghdad, killing two people and injuring four others, including a deputy provincial governor.
    (AP, 8/22/04)
2004        Aug 22, Gilberto Higuera Guerrero, alleged leader of the powerful Arellano Felix drug gang, was arrested before dawn at a house in the border city of Mexicali.
    (AP, 8/23/04)
2004        Aug 22, Attackers killed one Turkish citizen and two Iraqis on a road north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 8/23/04)
2004        Aug 22, In Oslo, Norway, armed men stormed into the Munch Museum, threatened staff at gunpoint and stole 2 of Edvard Munch's famous paintings, "The Scream" and "Madonna" before the eyes of stunned museum-goers. Another of 4 versions of “The Scream" was stolen in 1994. Police recovered both paintings in 2006. In 2007 3 men were sentenced to prison for their roles in the heist. The 3 were ordered to pay a total of $262 million in compensation.
    (AP, 8/22/04)(WSJ, 8/24/04, p.A1)(SFC, 9/1/06, p.A2)(SFC, 4/24/07, p.D6)
2004        Aug 22, Sudan said it would reduce paramilitary forces in Darfur by 30 percent to try to ease tensions in the western region.
    (AP, 8/22/04)

2004        Aug 23, President Bush criticized a commercial that had accused Democrat John Kerry of inflating his own Vietnam War record, more than a week after the ad stopped running, and said broadcast attacks by outside groups had no place in the race for the White House.
    (AP, 8/23/05)
2004        Aug 23, New US rules on overtime pay went into effect. Under the new FairPay rules, workers earning less than $23,660 per year, or $455 per week, were guaranteed overtime protection.
    (SFC, 8/24/04, p.C1)(www.dol.gov/esa/WHD/regs/compliance/fairpay/)
2004        Aug 23, Researchers presented results on genetically engineered mice capable of running farther and longer than those bred naturally.
    (SFC, 8/24/04, p.A2)
2004        Aug 23, Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai arrived in Pakistan for talks with his Pres. Pervez Musharraf on eradicating Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters from their common border.
    (AP, 8/23/04)
2004        Aug 23, Antigua and Barbuda's prime minister and American officials signed an agreement extending the lease of the U.S. Air Force base in the Caribbean country until 2008.
    (AP, 8/23/04)
2004        Aug 23, Electricity went out across Bahrain, snarling rush hour traffic and leaving residents without air conditioning as temperatures climbed toward 130 Fahrenheit.
    (AP, 8/23/04)
2004        Aug 23, It was reported that China recorded its 1st ever agricultural trade deficit, $3.73 billion, for the 1st half of this year.
    (WSJ, 8/23/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 23, Azarias Ruberwa, prominent Tutsi and one of Congo’s 4 vice-presidents, announced that he and his party (RCD-Goma) were walking out of the transitional government.
    (Econ, 8/28/04, p.40)
2004        Aug 23, Israel announced plans for more than 500 new housing units in the West Bank, following an apparent US policy shift on Jewish settlements that has infuriated the Palestinians.
    (AP, 8/23/04)
2004        Aug 23, In Athens, Jeremy Wariner became the sixth consecutive American to win the Olympic title in the 400 meters, leading a US sweep of the medals. The US softball team won its third straight gold medal with a 5-1 victory over Australia.
    (AP, 8/23/05)

2004        Aug 24, An independent commission said the blame for abuses at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison lay mainly with the American soldiers who ran the jail, but said senior commanders and top-level Pentagon officials could also be faulted for failed leadership and oversight.
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2004        Aug 24, Osama bin Laden's chauffeur was arraigned at first U.S. military commission hearing since World War II.
    (AP, 8/24/05)
2004        Aug 24, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (78), a psychiatrist who revolutionized the way the world looks at terminally ill patients and later as a pioneer for hospice care, died in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her book "On Death and Dying" (1969) identified five stages of grief. Her last book, co-written with David Kessler, "On Grief and Grieving" was released in July 2005.
    (AP, 8/25/04)(Econ, 9/4/04, p.81)(http://www.elisabethkublerross.com/)
2004        Aug 24, China evacuated hundreds of thousands of people as Typhoon Aere lashed neighboring Taiwan, triggering landslides and disruption and leaving at least seven people feared dead and one missing.
    (AFP, 8/24/04)
2004        Aug 24, Hong Kong announced the official end to nearly 6 years of deflation.
    (WSJ, 8/24/04, p.A10)
2004        Aug 24, In India a 4-day strike by truckers over a new tax paralyzed the movement of goods. Employees of state-owned banks launched a strike over pay.
    (WSJ, 8/25/04, p.A9)
2004        Aug 24, In Iraq a car bomb killed at least 2 people in Baghdad. In Najaf US forces intensified fighting against rebels loyal to al-Sadr.
    (SFC, 8/24/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 24, Nepalese rebels lifted a weeklong blockade that cut off Kathmandu from the rest of the nation.
    (WSJ, 8/25/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 24, The Nigerian Senate ordered Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell to pay 1.5 billion dollars (1.2 billion euros) compensation for damages caused by nearly 60 years of exploration in the Niger Delta.
    (AFP, 8/25/04)
2004        Aug 24, The International Committee of the Red Cross said it was mounting a major airlift of relief supplies to Sudan's troubled Darfur region.
    (AP, 8/24/04)
2004        Aug 24, A Russian airliner crashed and a second disappeared from radar about the same time night after both planes took off from the same Moscow airport, raising fears that terrorism was involved. A distress signal was activated on the second plane. All 89 passengers and crew were killed, 46 aboard a TU-154 and 43 aboard a TU-134.
    (AP, 8/25/04)(SFC, 8/25/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 24, In South Africa Mark Thatcher, the son of former British PM Margaret Thatcher, was arrested and charged with helping to finance a foiled coup attempt in oil rich Equatorial Guinea. Thatcher was later fined three million rand (approximately $500,000) and received a four-year suspended jail sentence. In 2008 Equatorial Guinea issued an international arrest warrant against Mark Thatcher, accusing him of being an instigator of the abortive coup plot.
    (AP, 8/25/04)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Thatcher)(FP, 3/29/08)

2004        Aug 25, An Army investigation found that 27 people attached to an intelligence unit at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad either approved or participated in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners.
    (AP, 8/25/05)
2004        Aug 25, David Hicks, an Australian cowboy who'd converted to Islam and allegedly fought for the Taliban in Afghanistan, pleaded innocent to war crimes charges before a U.S. military commission. He was detained by the U.S. Government in Guantanamo Bay until 2007 when he became the first to be tried and convicted under the U.S. Military Commissions Act of 2006. He was extradited to Australia to serve the remainder of his sentence. Hicks served his nine month term in Adelaide's Yatala Labor Prison and was released under control order on December 29, 2007.
    (AP, 8/25/05)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hicks)
2004        Aug 25, The US prepared to ship 300 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium to France for conversion to a less-dangerous nuclear fuel.
    (WSJ, 8/25/04, p.A9)
2004        Aug 25, Astronomers reported the discovery of a planet 14 times as massive as Earth near the star Mu Arae which is 50 light years away.
    (SFC, 8/26/04, p.A2)
2004        Aug 25, Hungary chose Ferenc Gyurcsany (43), one of the nation’s richest businessmen, as the new premier. He made his fortune from privatization deals in the 1990s.
    (WSJ, 8/26/04, p.A1)(Econ, 8/28/04, p.48)
2004        Aug 25, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani returned to Iraq from a hospital stay in London and called for a mass demonstration to end the fighting in Najaf.
    (SFC, 8/26/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 25, Militants said they had kidnapped the brother-in-law of Iraqi Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan and demanded he end all military operations in the holy city of Najaf.
    (AP, 8/26/04)
2004        Aug 25, Saboteurs attacked about 20 oil pipelines in southern Iraq, reducing exports from the key oil producing region by at least one third.
    (AP, 8/26/04)
2004        Aug 25, Israel captured its 1st ever gold medal with a win by Gal Fridman in wind surfing.
    (WSJ, 8/26/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 25, Sudan said it had closed its embassy in Washington after being unable to find a bank that would handle its financial matters.
    (AP, 8/26/04)

2004        Aug 26, The US supply of vaccine for the impending flu season took a big hit when Chiron Corp. announced it had found tainted doses in its factory, and would hold up shipment of about 50 million shots.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2004        Aug 26, MIT named Yale neuroscientist Susan Hockfield as its new president, the 1st woman to ever hold that job.
    (WSJ, 8/27/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 26, Laura Branigan (b.1957), a Grammy-nominated pop singer best known for her 1982 platinum hit "Gloria," died in East Quogue, N.Y.
    (AP, 8/29/04)(SFC, 8/30/04, p.B4)
2004        Aug 26, Australia announced a cruise missile program to give it the region's "most lethal" air combat capacity, a move that further strained awkward relations with Indonesia.
    (AP, 8/26/04)
2004        Aug 26, Chile’s Supreme Court stripped Pinochet of his immunity.
    (WSJ, 8/27/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 26, Typhoon Aere crashed into mainland China prompting the evacuation of nearly a million people, as the death toll climbed to 35 after a mudslide killed 15 villagers in Taiwan.
    (AP, 8/26/04)
2004        Aug 26, In Colombia a bomb exploded in front of a beauty salon in Bogota as a police car drove by, killing two officers and wounding two other people.
    (AP, 8/27/04)
2004        Aug 26, Cuba broke diplomatic ties with Panama after the outgoing Panamanian president Mireya Moscoso pardoned four Cuban exiles, including Luis Posada Carriles, the communist government accuses of trying to assassinate President Fidel Castro.
    (AP, 8/27/04)(SFC, 5/18/05, p.A9)
2004        Aug 26, At the Athens Olympics, the US women's soccer team won the gold medal by beating Brazil, 2-1, in overtime; Shawn Crawford led a U.S. sweep of the 200 meters.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2004        Aug 26, In India a passenger bus and another carrying paramilitary soldiers and their families were blown up in separate explosions in the insurgency-wracked Assam state, killing four people and wounding 39.
    (AP, 8/26/04)
2004        Aug 26, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani arranged a peace pact with Muqtada al-Sadr. The 5-point plan called for Kufa and Najaf to be declared weapons-free.
    (SFC, 8/27/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/27/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 26, A mortar barrage hit a mosque in Kufa filled with Iraqis preparing to join a march in Najaf by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, killing 27 people and wounding 63.
    (AP, 8/26/04)
2004        Aug 26, The Arabic TV network Al-Jazeera reported it had received a video that appeared to show the killing of Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni (56).
    (AP, 8/27/04)
2004        Aug 26, In northern Vietnam a boat capsized in heavy winds on a river, killing 16 people.
    (AP, 8/28/04)

2004        Aug 27, President Bush signed executive orders designed to strengthen the CIA director's power over the nation's intelligence agencies and create a national counterterrorism center.
    (AP, 8/27/05)
2004        Aug 27, Thousands of cyclists snarled traffic in NYC and police said they arrested more than 250 people and confiscated their bicycles in the first significant protest against President Bush before the Republican convention.
    (Reuters, 8/28/04)
2004        Aug 27, A fire at a University of Mississippi fraternity house killed 3 students.
    (AP, 8/27/05)
2004        Aug 27, It was reported that SABMiller was investing $82.2 million to build a brewery in Dongguan, Guangdong province, China.
    (WSJ, 8/27/04, p.A10)
2004        Aug 27, In eastern Colombia rebels killed a mayor and a former town council member after abducting them at a roadblock.
    (AP, 8/28/04)
2004        Aug 27, Liu Xiang (b.1983), Chinese hurdler, set a record and won Olympic gold in Athens in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 12.91 seconds equaling the 1993 time of Colin Jackson.
    (www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-08/28/content_369582.htm)
2004        Aug 27, A group of Eritreans expelled from Libya hijacked a plane which was flying them home and forced it to land in Khartoum where they surrendered.
    (AFP, 8/27/04)
2004        Aug 27, Al-Sadr's followers handed over the keys to the Imam Ali Shrine  to religious authorities loyal to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Militants, who had been holed up in the site, left it after Iraq's top Shiite cleric brokered a peace deal to end three weeks of fighting. Iraqi police discovered about 10 bodies in a maverick religious court run by rebel Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's followers.
    (AP, 8/27/04)
2004        Aug 27, In Iraq saboteurs hit a pipeline that runs within the West Qurna oilfields, 90 miles north of the southern city of Basra.
    (AP, 8/28/04)
2004        Aug 27, Pakistan's National Assembly elected former finance minister Shaukat Aziz prime minister, after he was hand-picked for the post by military leader Pres. Pervez Musharraf.
    (Reuters, 8/27/04)
2004        Aug 27, Riot police used water cannons to disperse protesters demanding that the Philippines lift its ban on allowing its citizens to go to war-ravaged Iraq for jobs.
    (AP, 8/27/04)
2004        Aug 27, Officials said one of two Russian airliners that crashed nearly simultaneously was brought down by a terrorist act, after finding traces of explosives in the plane's wreckage. An Islamic militant group claimed responsibility for the attack in a Web statement. Chechen women Amanta Nagayeva (30) and S. Dzhebirkhanova (27) had purchased their tickets at the last minute.
    (AP, 8/27/04)(SFC, 8/31/04, p.A8)
2004        Aug 27, A Zimbabwean court found Briton Simon Mann guilty of attempting to illegally buy arms for an alleged coup plot in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea but absolved 66 other suspected mercenaries. In 2011 Simon Mann authored “Cry Havoc," his chronicle of the failed coup.
    (AP, 8/27/04)(Econ, 12/3/11, p.103)

2004        Aug 28, An explosion ripped through a school in southeastern Afghanistan, killing nine youngsters and one adult.
    (AP, 8/29/04)
2004        Aug 28, London’s Notting Hill Carnival began with more than a million revelers expected to turn out to celebrate the 3-day event's 40th year.
    (AP, 8/29/04)
2004        Aug 28, In Greece the US men's basketball team won the bronze, the 100th U.S. medal of the Athens Games.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
2004        Aug 28, In Hungary hundreds of thousands of young people thronged the streets of Budapest to the sounds of techno music for the city's fifth annual electronic music parade.
    (AP, 8/28/04)
2004        Aug 28, Five Hindu pilgrims were killed and 14 others injured in a stampede at a river bathing festival in southern India.
    (AP, 8/28/04)
2004        Aug 28, Shiite militants and U.S. forces battled in the Baghdad's Sadr City slum and a mortar barrage slammed into a busy eastern neighborhood in a new round of violence in the capital that left 10 people dead and dozens wounded. U.S. warplanes carried out airstrikes for the second straight day in the city of Fallujah.
    (AP, 8/28/04)(AP, 8/29/04)
2004        Aug 28, Islamic militants claiming to be holding two French journalists in Iraq gave France 48 hours to overturn the law banning the wearing of Islamic head scarves in schools. The reporters, Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, were released in December 2004.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
2004        Aug 28, The foreign ministers of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan approved Russian membership to their economic block at talks in Astana, the Kazakh capital.
    (AP, 8/28/04)
2004        Aug 28, In Lebanon pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud's bid to stay in office three more years was assured in a dramatic about-face when political rival Prime Minister Rafik Hariri bowed to Syrian pressure and proposed a constitutional amendment allowing the head of state to extend his term.
    (AP, 8/28/04)
2004        Aug 28, In Morocco a bus trying to pass another vehicle on a winding mountain highway collided with an oncoming truck and taxi, killing 29 people and injuring 30.
    (AP, 8/29/04)
2004        Aug 28, Pakistan's economic czar Shaukat Aziz was sworn in as PM and said his government's greatest challenge would be combating terrorism and maintaining law and order.
    (AP, 8/28/04)
2004        Aug 28, Officials said they had found traces of the explosive hexogen on the wreckage of the second of two Russian airliners that crashed just minutes apart earlier this week. Attention focused on the roles of two dead female passengers believed to be of Chechen origin.
    (AP, 8/28/04)(SFC, 8/31/04, p.A8)
2004        Aug 28, A Yemen court convicted 15 militants on terror charges including the 2002 bombing of a French oil tanker and plotting to kill the U.S. ambassador.
    (AP, 8/28/04)

2004        Aug 29, Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the fortified streets of Manhattan to protest President Bush's foreign and domestic policies as Republican delegates gathered to nominate the president for a second term. Organizers estimated up to 400,000 participants.
    (AP, 8/29/04)(SFC, 8/30/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 29, Tropical storm Gaston hit South Carolina.
    (SFC, 8/30/04, p.A3)
2004        Aug 29, In Afghanistan an explosion tore through the office of DynCorp., an American defense contractor, in the heart of Kabul, killing 12 people, including 3 Americans.
    (AP, 8/29/04)(SFC, 8/31/04, p.A8)(WSJ, 8/31/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/31/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 29, In Brazil an overcrowded balcony collapsed inside a popular Sao Paulo nightclub that featured male strippers, killing six people and injuring at least 117.
    (AP, 8/29/04)
2004        Aug 29, Chechens voted for a replacement for their assassinated president. One man was killed when he attempted to blow up a polling station. Alu Alkhanov, the Russian government's candidate in Chechnya, received nearly 74 percent of the vote.
    (AP, 8/29/04)(AP, 8/30/04)
2004        Aug 29, Muslim leaders in France condemned the kidnapping of two French journalists in Iraq and said the government should not capitulate to militant demands to revoke a law that bans the wearing of Islamic head scarves in schools.
    (AP, 8/29/04)
2004        Aug 29, Closing ceremonies were held in Athens, Greece, for the 28th Olympiad. During one of the final events, lead marathon runner Vanderlie Lima of Brazil was pushed into the crowd by an intruder, but managed to finish 3rd behind Stefano Baldini of Italy.
    (SFC, 8/30/04, p.D1)
2004        Aug 29, Saboteurs blew up a pipeline in southern Iraq in the latest attack. Al-Sadr called on his followers to lay down arms and get involved in politics.
    (AP, 8/29/04)(WSJ, 8/31/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 29, Israeli troops killed an armed Palestinian man as he tried to sneak into southern Israel.
    (AP, 8/29/04)
2004        Aug 29, In Sidon, Lebanon, fighting in a Palestinian camp left 3 dead.
    (WSJ, 8/30/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 29, Mexico City's leftist Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador led more than 150,000 demonstrators in a march to protest efforts to impeach him.
    (AP, 8/30/04)
2004        Aug 29, A rocket attack and a remote control bomb killed 2 Pakistani paramilitary soldiers in the western tribal regions where troops are hunting al Qaeda-linked militants.
    (AP, 8/29/04)
2004        Aug 29, Nikolai Getman (b.1917), Russian artist and gulag survivor (1946-1953), died in Orel, Russia.
    (WSJ, 9/22/04, p.D12)(http://jamestown.org/press_details.php?press_id=11)
2004        Aug 29, The UN Security Council set this date for Sudan to stop the killing in Darfur, allow help to reach the region and disarm the militias terrorizing the region.
    (Econ, 8/28/04, p.39)

2004        Aug 30, Republicans opened their convention in NYC with speeches by Rudolph Giuliani and Sen. John McCain. They belittled Democratic Senator John Kerry as a shift-in-the-wind campaigner unworthy of the White House and lavished praise on Pres. Bush as a steady, decisive leader. Pres. Bush ignited a Democratic inferno of criticism by suggesting on NBC's "Today" show that an all-out victory against terrorism might not be possible.
    (SFC, 8/31/04, p.A1)(AP, 8/30/05)
2004        Aug 30, US warplanes bombed Weradesh village in eastern Afghanistan, killing 8 people and destroying the camp of a Danish relief group after assailants rocketed a nearby government office.
    (AP, 8/31/04)
2004        Aug 30, A general strike to protest a recent grenade attack that killed 20 people at an opposition political rally brought Bangladesh to a near standstill.
    (AP, 8/30/04)
2004        Aug 30, India's top commercial bank, State Bank of India (SBI), hiked its fixed rates for home loans in what analysts saw as an indication other interest rates in Asia's fourth-largest economy are headed higher. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said insufficient rainfall and uncertainty about the price of crude oil, the country's biggest import item, posed downside risks to growth in Asia's fourth-largest economy.
    (AP, 8/30/04)
2004        Aug 30, Rebel Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for his followers across Iraq to end fighting against U.S. and Iraqi forces and is considering joining the political process.
    (AP, 8/30/04)
2004        Aug 30, Israeli officials said PM Ariel Sharon wants all 21 Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip evacuated at the same time, instead of in three stages.
    (AP, 8/30/04)
2004        Aug 30, Japan's Supreme Court ruled that troubled bank UFJ Holdings Inc. can pull out of a deal to sell its trust business to a smaller rival, clearing the way for a full takeover of UFJ by larger Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group (MTFG).
    (AP, 8/30/04)
2004        Aug 30, Typhoon Chaba plowed into southern Japan, killing at least five people and injuring 73.
    (AP, 8/30/04)
2004        Aug 30, Mexico’s state oil company said it believes that vast untapped oil reserves lie in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
    (WSJ, 8/31/04, p.A10)

2004        Aug 31, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Laura Bush spoke on the 2nd night of the Republican Convention in NYC as police arrested nearly 1,000 demonstrators.
    (AP, 8/31/04)
2004        Aug 31, A report was filed with the SEC that said Conrad Black and associates systematically looted Hollinger Int’l. of more than $400 million from 1997-2003. In 2007 Black (62) was convicted in Illinois U.S. District Court. He was sentenced to serve 78 months in federal prison, pay Hollinger $6.1 million and a fine of $125,000. Black was guilty of diverting funds for personal benefit from money due Hollinger International when the company sold certain publishing assets and he obstructed justice by taking possession of documents to which he was not entitled. Black's three co-defendants, former Hollinger International vice presidents John Boultbee (64) of Vancouver and Peter Y. Atkinson (60) of Toronto and attorney Mark Kipnis (59) of Chicago were all found guilty of three counts of mail fraud.
    (SFC, 9/1/04, p.C3)(WSJ, 9/1/04, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conrad_Black)
2004        Aug 31, Apple introduced its 3rd generation iMac with the computer built into the monitor.
    (SFC, 9/1/04, p.C1)
2004        Aug 31, US astronomers reported finding 2 planets orbiting distant stars. One was near 55 Cancri, 41 light-years away; the other was near Gliese 436, 33 light-years away.
    (SFC, 9/1/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 31, Tropical Storm Gaston flooded Richmond and other parts of central Virginia with a foot or more of rain. Five people were killed.
    (AP, 8/31/04)(WSJ, 9/1/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 31, In southern Guatemala landless farm workers resisted police attempts to remove them from a farm they had occupied and at least four police officers and three farmers died in the battle.
    (AP, 8/31/04)
2004        Aug 31, A video purporting to show the methodical, grisly killings of 12 Nepalese construction workers kidnapped in Iraq was posted on a Web site linked to a militant group operating in Iraq.
    (AP, 8/31/04)
2004        Aug 31, In northern Iraq Ibrahim Ismael, head of Kirkuk’s education department, was killed in a drive-by shooting as he drove to work.
    (AP, 8/31/04)
2004        Aug 31, In Beersheba, Israel, Palestinian suicide bombers exploded two buses almost simultaneously, killing at least 16 people and wounding more than 80.
    (AP, 8/31/04)(AP, 9/1/04)
2004        Aug 31, In Mexico suspects beat to death Francisco Arratia Saldierna (55), a newspaper columnist and dumped his body outside the offices of the Red Cross in the border city of Matamoros.
    (AP, 8/31/04)
2004        Aug 31, A woman strapped with explosives blew herself up outside a busy Moscow subway station, killing at least 10 people.
    (AP, 8/31/05)
2004        Aug 31, The Sudanese government said rebels in Darfur had kidnapped 22 health workers in the strife-torn region, following the abduction of eight Sudanese nationals working for international aid groups.
    (AFP, 8/31/04)
2004        Aug 31, An official said Turkish troops had killed 11 Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey during the past three days.
    (AP, 8/31/04)
2004        Aug 31, The WTO ruled that the Byrd amendment of 2000 is a violation of its trade rules. The amendment authorized that money collected from anti-dumping tariffs be disbursed to US companies hit by unfairly, low-priced imports.
    (WSJ, 9/1/04, p.A3)

2004        Aug, An $11 billion merger between Belgium’s Interbrew and Brazil’s largest brewer AmBev formed InBev.
    (Econ, 10/29/05, p.66)
2004        Aug, Brazil and Peru inaugurated the construction of a $7 million bridge between Assis, Brazil, and Inapari, Peru. It was part of a 2,500 mile Transoceanic Highway program.
    (SFC, 11/5/04, p.W1)(Econ, 3/26/05, p.40)
2004        Aug, The British government sent out a pamphlet to the public titled “Preparing for Emergencies: What You Need to Know."
    (Econ, 7/31/04, p.48)
2004        Aug, Dhiren Barot, a British national who spent time training with Lashkar-e-Taiba, was arrested. In 2006 he was convicted of planning a bombing in London.
    (WSJ, 12/8/08, p.A6)
2004        Aug, The World Bank estimated that pollution is causing China and annual 8-12% of its $1.4 trillion GDP in direct damage.
    (Econ, 8/21/04, p.56)
2004        Aug, Following efforts by Maimuma Taal-Ndure, Gambia’s director of aviation, Britain removed Gambia from a blacklist allowing Gambian planes to again land in the UK.
    (WSJ, 12/24/07, p.A8)
2004        Aug, Swarms of locusts descended on Mauritania. Hundreds of swarms were also reported in Chad, Gambia, Mali, Niger, and Senegal.
    (Econ, 8/14/04, p.43)

2004        Sep 1, VP Cheney and Democrat Zell Miller were featured as prime-time speakers at the Republican Convention in NYC.
    (SFC, 9/2/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 1, It was reported that for about $10 million, Philadelphia city officials planned to turn all 135 square miles of the city into the world's largest wireless Internet hot spot. EarthLink was given the contract and planned to rent 4,000 city light posts for its equipment. Completion of the network was expected in Spring 2007.
    (AP, 9/1/04)(SFC, 3/2/06, p.C2)
2004        Sep 1, Accused U.S. Army deserter Charles Jenkins said he will surrender to the US to face charges that have dogged him since he vanished from his unit in South Korea in 1965. After expressing a desire to put his conscience at rest, Jenkins reported on September 11, 2004 to Camp Zama in Japan. He reported in respectful military form, saluting the receiving military police officer. On November 3, 2004, Jenkins pleaded guilty to charges of desertion and aiding the enemy, but denied making disloyal or seditious statements – the latter charges were dropped. He was sentenced to 30 days' confinement and received a dishonorable discharge, being released six days early, on November 27, 2004, for good behavior. Jenkins and his family settled on Sado Island in Japan.
    (AP, 9/1/04)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Robert_Jenkins)
2004        Sep 1, In Colorado the criminal trial against LA basketball player Kobe Bryant (26) ended in a dismissal after the woman (20), who filed a rape charge, decided not to testify. This saved Bryant’s $136 million contract with the Lakers. Bryant still faced civil charges.
    (SFC, 9/2/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 1, In the 5th annual Latin Grammys Alejandro Sanz won 4 awards and jazz songstress Maria Rita of Brazil won 2.
    (SFC, 9/2/04, p.A2)
2004        Sep 1, An Argentine Supreme Court justice resigned rather than face Senate impeachment proceedings, the 4th judge targeted in a high court purge led by Pres. Nestor Kirchner.
    (AP, 9/1/04)
2004        Sep 1, In Germany Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Cabinet agreed to forego a 4.4 percent pay raise for itself and top civil servants in an attempt to help fight the country's burgeoning budget deficit.
    (AP, 9/1/04)
2004        Sep 1, The U.N. atomic watchdog agency said Iran has announced plans to turn tons of uranium into a substance that can be used to make nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 9/1/04)
2004        Sep 1, In Fallujah, Iraq, US bombing reportedly killed 17 people.
    (WSJ, 9/2/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 1, Militants in Iraq freed seven employees of a Kuwaiti trucking firm after their employer paid $500,000 in ransom.
    (AP, 9/1/05)
2004        Sep 1, Capping a day of angry street protests and a strike by some 200,000 health care workers, President Vicente Fox spent much of his state-of-the-nation speech urging Mexicans to not give up on democracy, saying its "inherent problems are not cause for discouragement.
    (AP, 9/1/04)
2004        Sep 1, Nepal's government imposed an indefinite curfew and appealed for calm after thousands of demonstrators ransacked a mosque and clashed with police in the capital to protest the slaying of 12 Nepalese hostages by Iraqi militants.
    (AP, 9/1/04)
2004        Sep 1, Pakistani officials said security forces have arrested two "important" al Qaeda operatives, including an Egyptian and a Saudi national.
    (AP, 9/1/04)
2004        Sep 1, Martin Torrijos, the son of a former dictator, took office as Panama's president promising jobs, better relations with Cuba and a referendum on a proposed $8 billion expansion of the Panama Canal.
    (AP, 9/1/04)
2004        Sep 1, In Beslan, Russia, more than a dozen militants wearing suicide-bomb belts seized a school in North Ossetia, a region bordering Chechnya, taking hostage over 1100 people, many of them children. They threatening to blow up the building if police storm it and at least eight people were killed.
    (AP, 9/1/04)(SFC, 9/2/04, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beslan_school_hostage_crisis)
2004        Sep 1, In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 3 people were killed in a stampede to a newly opened Ikea branch.
    (SFC, 9/2/04, p.C2)
2004        Sep 1, Rebels released six Sudanese aid workers in Darfur, four days after they went missing during a trip to register refugees.
    (AP, 9/1/04)
2004        Sep 1, A U.N. report called for a quick increase in the international monitoring force in Sudan, saying the government has not stopped attacks against civilians or disarmed marauding militias.
    (AP, 9/1/04)

2004        Sep 2, Pres. Bush pledged "a safer world and a more hopeful America" as he accepted his party's nomination for a second term at the Republican National Convention in New York.
    (SFC, 9/3/04, p.A1)(AP, 9/2/05)
2004        Sep 2, A military jury at Camp Pendleton, Calif., convicted Marine Sgt. Gary Pittman of dereliction of duty and abuse of prisoners at a makeshift detention camp in Iraq. A jury at Fort Lewis, Wash., convicted a National Guardsman of trying to help al-Qaida; Spc. Ryan G. Anderson was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2004        Sep 2, Halliburton said an internal investigation has found that a consortium it later took over (1998) had once considered bribing Nigerian officials to win a 1995 energy contract.
    (AP, 9/2/04)
2004        Sep 2, Hurricane Frances raged through the sparsely populated southeastern Bahamas.
    (AP, 9/2/04)
2004        Sep 2, The first Chinese tourists to visit Paris, French, on an official tour group were treated to a full taste of its charms.
    (AP, 9/3/04)
2004        Sep 2, A controversial monument commemorating Estonians who fought in the German army against Soviet troops during World War II was removed, after the government said it damaged the Baltic state's image.
    (AP, 9/2/04)
2004        Sep 2, Egypt's antiquities chief revealed a 2,500-year-old hidden tomb under the shadow of one of Giza's three giant pyramids.
    (AP, 9/2/04)
2004        Sep 2, In Germany a fire in Weimar's Duchess Anna Amalia Library caused the loss or damage of thousands of irreplaceable books. Some 6,000 historical works were saved.
    (AP, 9/3/04)
2004        Sep 2, Kidnappers handed over two French journalists in Iraq to an Iraqi Sunni Muslim opposition group. A militant group in Iraq said it had killed three Turkish captives. Gunmen ambushed an Associated Press driver, riddling his car with bullets and killing him near his home in Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/2/04)
2004        Sep 2, Anwar Ibrahim was set free after his sodomy conviction was overturned by Malaysia's highest court. This was six years to the day after the one-time heir apparent to the country's premiership plunged into a divisive fight with his political mentor.
    (AP, 9/2/04)
2004        Sep 2, In Beslan, Russia, camouflage-clad commandos carried crying babies away from a school where gunmen holding hundreds of hostages freed at least 26 women and children.
    (AP, 9/2/04)
2004        Sep 2, In Saudi Arabia one policeman was killed and three others wounded in clashes with militants in a town northeast of Riyadh.
    (AP, 9/3/04)
2004        Sep 2, The UN Security Council narrowly approved a U.S.-backed resolution aimed at pressuring Lebanon to reject a second term for its pro-Syrian president and calling for an immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces.
    (AP, 9/2/04)(Econ, 9/11/04, p.43)

2004        Sep 3, US Medicare announced a 17.4% increase in premiums for doctor visits.
    (WSJ, 9/7/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 3, Former President Clinton was hospitalized in New York with chest pains and shortness of breath; he ended up undergoing heart bypass surgery.
    (AP, 9/3/05)
2004        Sep 3, A California federal judge found Alvaro Rafael Saravia, a retired Salvadoran air force captain living in Modesto, liable in the 1980 slaying of Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero and ordered him to pay $10 million in damages.
    (AP, 9/4/04)(SFC, 9/4/04, p.B7)
2004        Sep 3, Economic ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed to liberalize 10 sectors as a first step toward the creation by 2020 of a regional economic community akin to the European Union.
    (AP, 9/3/04)
2004        Sep 3, Libya signed an agreement to pay a total of $35 million US in compensation for 168 non-U.S. victims of a 1986 Berlin disco bombing.
    (AP, 9/3/04)
2004        Sep 3, Commandos stormed a school in southern Russia and battled Chechen separatist rebels holding hundreds of hostages, as crying children, some naked and covered in blood, fled through explosions and gunfire. Ultimately 334 people, including 186 children, were killed in the violence that ended a hostage standoff with militants in Beslan, Russia. 31 of 32 hostage takers were killed. 6 Chechens and 4 Ingush were identified among the hostage takers. In 2006 a woman died from her injuries in Beslan bringing the total deaths to 334.
    (SFC, 9/4/04, p.A1)(SFC, 9/7/04, p.A3)(WSJ, 9/10/04, p.A1)(AP, 12/9/07)
2004        Sep 3, In South Africa Johan Meyer (53), head of an engineering company, was charged with trafficking in nuclear-related materials that could be used to make weapons of mass destruction.
    (AP, 9/3/04)

2004        Sep 4, Hurricane Frances ripped apart roofs, shattered windows and flooded neighborhoods as it raged through the Bahamas leaving 2 people dead.
    (AP, 9/5/04)
2004        Sep 4, A gunfight broke out in a church in a cocaine-producing region of southern Colombia, leaving at least three people dead and 14 wounded.
    (AP, 9/5/04)
2004        Sep 4, India's PM Singh said his government was ready to talk to any militant group, including those in Kashmir, abandoning previous preconditions that the rebels must first disarm.
    (AP, 9/4/04)
2004        Sep 4, Insurgents clashed with American and Iraqi troops in northern Iraq, and local officials said eight Iraqis were killed and more than 50 wounded. A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb outside a police academy in the northern city of Kirkuk as hundreds of trainees and civilians were leaving for the day, killing 17 people and wounding 36. Saboteurs blew up an oil pipeline in southern Iraq.
    (AP, 9/4/04)(SSFC, 9/5/04, p.A3)
2004        Sep 4, Lebanese lawmakers amended their constitution to keep pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud in office, boldly reaffirming their loyalty to Damascus and defying a U.N. resolution calling for presidential elections.
    (AP, 9/4/04)
2004        Sep 4, A shaken President Vladimir Putin made a rare and candid admission of Russian weakness after more than 330 people were killed in a hostage-taking at a southern school.
    (AP, 9/4/05)

2004        Sep 5, The 19th Burning Man went up in flames in Gerlach, Nevada, where some 35, 664 people had gathered for the annual festival.
    (SSFC, 9/5/04, p.B1)
2004        Sep 5, The eye of Hurricane Frances made official landfall near Sewall’s Point, Fl. Sustained winds of 105 mph knocked out power to some 2 million people. Frances left 19 dead in Florida as it slowly moved northwest.
    (SSFC, 9/5/04, p.A1)(SFC, 9/6/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/8/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 5, Australian Prime Minister John Howard defended his country's controversial refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gases as he launched the 19th World Energy Congress in Sydney.
    (AP, 9/5/04)
2004        Sep 5, In Sylhet, Bangladesh, 2 people were killed and 10 wounded in a bomb blast.
    (Reuters, 9/5/04)
2004        Sep 5, London’s Sunday Times reported that John Knight, a millionaire British arms dealer, is reportedly fuelling a bloody civil war in Sudan by arranging to supply its government with tanks, rocket launchers and a cruise missile.
    (AP, 9/5/04) 
2004        Sep 5, Iraqi forces reportedly captured Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the King of Clubs and most wanted member of Saddam Hussein's ousted dictatorship. DNA evidence revealed that the suspect was only a cousin of al-Douri. An ensuing battle left as many as 70 people dead. A mortar attack killed 2 US soldiers.
    (AP, 9/5/04)(SFC, 9/6/04, p.A3)
2004        Sep 5, Typhoon Songda, billed as the strongest to hit southern Japan in at least three decades, lashed Okinawa island with heavy rains and high winds and headed toward Japan's main islands.
    (AP, 9/5/04)
2004        Sep 5, A Turkish company said it was withdrawing from Iraq a day after Iraqi militants threatened to behead its employee unless it ceased operations there.
    (AP, 9/5/04)

2004        Sep 6, Former Pres. Clinton (58) underwent successful quadruple heart bypass surgery in NYC.
    (SFC, 9/4/04, p.A1)(SFC, 9/7/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 6, Former hurricane Frances pounded the Florida Panhandle as a tropical storm.
    (AP, 9/6/05)
2004        Sep 6, Harvey Wheeler (85), co-author with Eugene Burdick of “Fail-Safe" (1962), died. The novel was turned into a 1964 film by Sidney Lumet.
    (SFC, 12/28/04, p.D12)
2004        Sep 6, Algeria's largest Islamic rebel group with ties to al Qaeda said it has appointed a new chief, known as an explosives expert, as it tries to regroup following the loss of key leaders in recent gun battles with authorities.
    (Reuters, 9/6/04)
2004        Sep 6, In southwest China at least 90 people were killed and 77 were missing after some of the worst rainstorms in recent years triggered landslides and flash floods.
    (AP, 9/6/04)
2004        Sep 6, Colombia’s attorney general's office ordered the arrest of a military officer and two soldiers in connection with the killing of three union officials last month.
    (AP, 9/6/04)
2004        Sep 6, The Supreme Court ordered the Dominican government to relinquish control of the country's oldest daily newspaper, which was taken over more than a year ago amid a major bank scandal.
    (AP, 9/6/04)
2004        Sep 6, India and Pakistan ended 2-day talks to settle their dispute over Kashmir. Yasin Malik, the chairman of pro-independence Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), said the dispute could not be settled unless residents of the region are included in talks. India’s Natwar Singh and Pakistan’s Khurshid Kasuri closed the 1st stage of an 8-part “composite" dialogue.
    (AFP, 9/6/04)(Econ, 9/11/04, p.38)
2004        Sep 6, An apparent suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed vehicle on the outskirts of Fallujah, killing seven U.S. Marines and three Iraqi national guardsmen.
    (AP, 9/6/04)
2004        Sep 6, An Israeli military satellite fell into the Mediterranean Sea after a botched launch from southern Israel.
    (AP, 9/6/04)
2004        Sep 6, In Lebanon 4 Cabinet ministers resigned to protest the extension of President Emile Lahoud's term.
    (AP, 9/6/04)

2004        Sep 7, The Congressional Budget Office said the US deficit would hit a record $422 billion this year.
    (SFC, 9/8/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 7, Kirk Fordice (70), former Mississippi Gov. (1992-2000) died in Jackson, Miss.
    (AP, 9/7/05)
2004        Sep 7, In southwestern China floods unleashed by torrential rains have killed at least 161 people and left dozens more missing, prompting authorities to put the massive Three Gorges hydroelectric project on alert.
    (AP, 9/7/04)(WSJ, 9/7/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 7, Hundreds of angry farmers seized Guatemala's largest hydroelectric dam, threatening to shut off power to large parts of the country unless the government agrees to return nearby lands to them.
    (AP, 9/7/04)
2004        Sep 7, British oil exploration firm Cairn Energy, which has announced a series of oil discoveries in India, said that oil in place in the Mangala field was estimated to reach one billion barrels, with recoverable reserves of 100-320 million barrels.
    (AFP, 9/7/04)
2004        Sep 7, Munir Said Thalib (b.1965), prominent Indonesian human rights activist, died of arsenic poisoning aboard a Garuda Indonesia flight to the Netherlands. In March, 2005, Garuda pilot Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto was taken into custody. In June it was reported that Indonesia’s intelligence service was involved in Thalib’s death. In December, 2005, Pollycarpus Priyanto was found guilty of Munir's murder by an Indonesian court and sentenced to 14 years imprisonment. In 2006 Indonesia’s Supreme Court quashed the murder conviction citing insufficient evidence. In 2008 Indonesia’s supreme court found Pollycarpus Priyanto guilty of poisoning Munir and sentenced him to 20 years in prison. In 2008 Indonesian police arrested Muchdi Purwoprandjono, a former top intelligence official, for suspected involvement in the killing of Thalib.
    (WSJ, 6/27/05, p.A12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munir_Said_Thalib)(AFP, 10/4/06)(AFP, 1/25/08)(AP, 6/19/08)
2004        Sep 7, US forces battled insurgents loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the Baghdad slum of Sadr City, in clashes that killed 34 people, including one American soldier. The US death toll in Iraq topped 1,000 since military operation began in March 2003. In private estimates Iraqi deaths ranged from 10,000 to 30,000 killed across the nation.
    (AP, 9/7/04)(SFC, 9/8/04, p.A1)(AP, 9/9/04)
2004        Sep 7, An Italian aid organization said that two Italian women were kidnapped from its office in Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/7/04)
2004        Sep 7, Israeli helicopters attacked a Hamas training camp, killing at least 14 militants and wounding 30 others.
    (AP, 9/7/04)
2004        Sep 7, A Nepali labor union with links to Maoist rebels asked 35 firms across the embattled Himalayan kingdom to shut shop in a move aimed at bolstering the guerrilla campaign to overthrow the monarchy.
    (Reuters, 9/7/04)

2004         Sep 8, Dan Rather featured a story on 60 Minutes with documents that raised questions on Pres. Bush’s National Guard Service in 1972-73. On Sep 20 Dan Rather and CBS apologized for using what appeared to be forged documents.
    (SFC, 9/21/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 8, Delta Air Lines said it will cut up to 7,000 jobs, reduce wages and pull back at its Dallas-Fort Worth airport hub as part of a sweeping restructuring plan that could still leave it vulnerable to bankruptcy.
    (AP, 9/8/04)
2004        Sep 8, NASA’s $260 million Genesis space capsule crashed in the Utah desert after its parachute failed to open. It carried a cargo of solar wind particles.
    (SFC, 9/9/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 8, Richard G. Butler (86), founder of the Aryan Nations, was found dead in his bed in Hayden, Idaho.
    (AP, 9/8/05)
2004        Sep 8, Hurricane Ivan made a direct hit on Grenada, killing at least three people. The most powerful storm to hit the Caribbean in 10 years also damaged homes in Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Vincent, just days after Hurricane Frances rampaged through.
    (AP, 9/8/04)
2004        Sep 8, India and Pakistan opened up their countries to cross-border group tourism for the first time and announced a series of high-level contacts to push forward the peace process.
    (AP, 9/8/04)
2004        Sep 8, US warplanes launched strikes in the insurgent-held city of Fallujah, hitting at suspected militant hideouts used to plan attacks on American forces. At least 2 people were killed.
    (AP, 9/8/04)
2004        Sep 8, Insurgents kidnapped the family of an Iraqi National Guard officer and set fire to his home northeast of the capital.
    (AP, 9/11/04)
2004        Sep 8, Japan's coast guard found five more bodies from an Indonesian cargo ship that ran aground during a powerful typhoon that has hammered Japan, raising the death toll from the storm to at least 28.
    (AP, 9/8/04)
2004        Sep 8, Police in Suriname arrested six people and seized a large stash of weapons, uncovering what they said was an arms-for-cocaine smuggling operation.
    (AP, 9/9/04)
2004        Sep 8, In Thailand a young man died from bird flu and increased fears of an avian influenza pandemic. Asian deaths from bird flu for the year totaled 28.
    (WSJ, 9/10/04, p.A2)
2004        Sep 8, In Turkey rescue workers started to evacuate dozens of workers trapped inside a copper mine engulfed in fire. Eight miners were rescued so far. Between 25 and 30 miners were trapped inside the mine in the town of Kure in Kastamonu province, some 185 miles north of the capital, Ankara.
    (AP, 9/8/04)
2004        Sep 8, It was reported that some 60 hippos had died of unknown causes over the last 2 months in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park.
    (SFC, 9/8/04, p.A6)

2004        Sep 9, Secretary of State Colin Powell told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that abuses by government-supported Arab militias in Sudan qualified as genocide against the black African population in the Darfur region.
    (AP, 9/9/05)
2004        Sep 9, It was reported that a munitions plant in Oklahoma had suspended production of “bunker buster" bombs after workers there developed anemia.
    (WSJ, 9/9/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 9, Tourists and residents were told to evacuate the Florida Keys because the powerful Hurricane Ivan could hit the island chain by Sunday. It had top sustained winds of 160 mph, making it a Category 5 storm.
    (AP, 9/9/04)
2004        Sep 9, Ayman al-Zawahri said in an al Qaeda videotape that the US will be ultimately defeated in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    (SFC, 9/10/04, p.A14)
2004        Sep 9, Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah Bolkiah (30), the future king of the oil-rich sultanate of Brunei, married a 17-year-old half-Swiss commoner.
    (AP, 9/9/04)
2004        Sep 9, Hurricane Ivan grew into the deadliest of storms overnight, packing winds of 160 mph as it made a beeline for Jamaica after pummeling Grenada, Barbados and other islands, causing at least 20 deaths. Police in Grenada battled looters.
    (AP, 9/9/04)(WSJ, 9/9/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/10/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 9, A military Lynx helicopter crashed near the city of Brno in the Czech Republic, killing six British soldiers.
    (AP, 9/9/04)
2004        Sep 9, In Indonesia a car bomb exploded outside the gates of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, killing 10 people and wounding more than 160.
    (Econ, 9/11/04, p.39)(AP, 9/9/05)
2004        Sep 9, US jets pounded the rebel stronghold of Fallujah, and American and Iraqi forces entered the central city of Samarra for the first time in months to try to reseat the city council and regain control. US and Iraqi security forces launched attacks to flush out insurgents in northern Iraq, killing 12 people.
    (AP, 9/9/04)
2004        Sep 9, Clashes with Israeli troops killed 8 Palestinians and left 27 wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 9/9/04)(WSJ, 9/10/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 9, Nigerian troops battled militia forces in the mangrove swamps of Africa's leading oil region, the Niger Delta. The offensive has forced refugees to stream into the Port Harcourt.
    (AP, 9/9/04)
2004        Sep 9, A huge explosion rocked North Korea. The huge blast hit a mountainous area close to an underground missile base that was listed as a possible uranium enrichment site. North Korea later said that the huge cloud caused by an explosion near its border with China was the planned demolition of a mountain for a hydroelectric project.
    (Reuters, 9/12/04)(AP, 9/13/04)
2004        Sep 9, Pakistani jets pounded a suspected training facility for foreign militants in a two-hour barrage in tribal South Waziristan, killing 50 people. Pakistani troops assaulted a suspected terror hideout, killing at least six militants. Five of the six dead were foreigners.
    (AP, 9/9/04)(AP, 9/10/04)

2004        Sep 10, President Bush ordered a partial cut in U.S. assistance to Venezuela because of its alleged role in the international trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation.
    (AP, 9/10/04)
2004        Sep 10, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill barring necrophilia.
    (Reuters, 9/10/04)
2004        Sep 10, CBS News vigorously defended its report about President Bush's Air National Guard service, with anchor Dan Rather saying broadcast memos questioned by forensic experts came from "what we consider to be solid sources." An independent panel later concluded that documents used in the story could not be verified.
    (AP, 9/10/05)
2004        Sep 10, Scientists reported evidence for a planet near a dwarf star some 230 light years from Earth in the constellation Hydra.
    (SFC, 9/11/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 10, Brock Adams (77), former transportation secretary died in Stevensville, Md.
    (AP, 9/10/05)
2004        Sep 10, Canada said it was donating one million dollars (770,000 US) to United Nations efforts to pacify strife-torn Darfur in western Sudan.
    (AFP, 9/11/04)
2004        Sep 10, Li Yuanjiang, the former editor-in-chief of one of China's biggest newspapers, the Guangzhou Daily, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for taking bribes. Guangzhou is the capital and the sub-provincial city of Guangdong Province in southern mainland China. The city was formerly known internationally as Canton, after a French language transliteration of the name of the province in Cantonese.
    (AP, 9/11/04)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guangzhou)
2004        Sep 10, European finance ministers chose Luxembourg PM Jean-Claude Juncker to represent the group of 12 European Union countries that share the euro currency.
    (AP, 9/10/04)
2004        Sep 10, Japan confirmed a 12th case of mad cow disease.
    (AP, 9/13/04)
2004        Sep 10, Two Lebanese men were shot dead in Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/10/04)
2004        Sep 10, Nepali PM Sher Bahadur Deuba vowed to crush a deadly Maoist revolt as giant neighbor India promised more military help to fight the leftist guerrillas.
    (AP, 9/10/04)
2004        Sep 10, Yemen reported that its troops had killed Hussein Badr Eddin al-Hawthi (al-Houthi), a rebel cleric whose “Believing Youth" forces have battled the government in a remote northern region for months.
    (AP, 9/10/04)(SFC, 9/11/04, p.A10)(Econ, 5/21/05, p.51)
2004        Sep 10, Simon Mann, a former British special forces soldier and the alleged leader of a foiled coup plot in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea, was sentenced to seven years in prison for trying to buy weapons from Zimbabwe's state arms manufacturer.
    (AP, 9/10/04)

2004        Sep 10, Svetlana Kuznetsova overwhelmed Elena Dementieva 6-3, 7-5 in the first all-Russian U.S. Open final.
    (AP, 9/11/05)
2004        Sep 10, Mike Leigh's "Vera Drake" won the Golden Lion for best picture at the close of the Venice Film Festival.
    (AP, 9/11/05)
2004        Sep 10, Specialist Armin Cruz became the first Military Intelligence soldier convicted in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal as he admitted abusing inmates and received a lighter sentence in return for his testimony against others.
    (AP, 9/11/05)
2004        Sep 11, Songwriter Fred Ebb (76) died of a heart attack in NYC. His songs included “New York, New York," written for the 1977 film of the same name.
    (SFC, 9/13/04, p.B4)
2004        Sep 11, In Afghanistan Pres. Karzai appointed Sayeed Mohammed Khairkhwa as governor of Herat and offered Gov. Ismail Khan a post as minister of mines and industry. Khan, the “Lion of Heart," accepted the cabinet job in Kabul.
    (SFC, 9/13/04, p.A3)(WSJ, 3/14/05, p.A1)
2004        Sep 11, Egypt claimed that its regional and international clout qualify it for a permanent seat on an expanded U.N. Security Council.
    (AP, 9/11/04)
2004        Sep 11, Petros VII, the Christian Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria, was killed after an army helicopter that was transporting him and his entourage to a monastic enclave in northern Greece crashed in the sea. The helicopter carried 12 passengers and 4 crew.
    (AP, 9/11/04)
2004        Sep 11, In Iraq US Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class David A. Cedergren (25) of South St. Paul, Minn., died of electrocution while showering. As of 2009 his death was one of among 18 electrocution deaths, 16 US service members and two military contractors, under review as part of a Department of Defense Inspector General inquiry.
    (AP, 2/2/09)
2004        Sep 11, Hurricane Ivan lashed Jamaica with monstrous waves, driving rain and winds nearing 155 mph, killing at least 15 people. Total deaths from the hurricane reached 65.
    (AP, 9/11/04)(SFC, 9/13/04, p.A3)

2004        Sep 12, The US fiscal gap, measured as future receipts minus future obligations, was reported to be between $40 and 72 trillion. The debt portended a severe economic decline or financial collapse.
    (SSFC, 9/12/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 12, US Airways filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in two years.
    (AP, 9/12/05)
2004        Sep 12, In Columbus, Ohio, a suspected arson fire in an apartment complex left 10 people dead.
    (SFC, 9/13/04, p.A3)
2004        Sep 12, Jerome Chodorov (93), playwright, died in Nyack, N.Y.
    (AP, 9/12/05)
2004        Sep 12, In southern Afghanistan US forces backed by helicopter gunships killed 22 insurgents, including 3 Arab fighters.
    (AP, 9/13/04)(SFC, 9/14/04, p.A7)
2004        Sep 12, In Herat, Afghanistan, mobs loyal to Gov. Khan burned a half dozen int’l. aid compounds and as many as 7 people were killed.
    (SFC, 9/13/04, p.A3)(WSJ, 9/13/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 12, Hurricane Ivan skirted Grand Cayman with winds near 155 mph as it churned toward Cuba. The storm has been blamed for 56 deaths across the Caribbean so far, including 34 in Grenada and 11 in Jamaica.
    (AP, 9/12/04)
2004        Sep 12, People in Hong Kong turned out in large numbers for a legislative election, many venting anger at their leaders and hoping to hand pro-democracy opposition politicians unprecedented clout in the Chinese territory. Pro-democracy opposition figures gained more clout in Hong Kong's legislature with three new seats, but they fell short of expectations.
    (AP, 9/12/04)(AP, 9/13/04)
2004        Sep 12, Militants pounded central Baghdad with intense mortar barrages, targeting the Green Zone and destroying a U.S. vehicle along a major street. At least 25 people were killed, including an Arab television journalist, some of them when a US helicopter fired at crowds around the burning vehicle. The death toll across Iraq reached 59.
    (AP, 9/12/04)(SFC, 9/13/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 12, Three Polish soldiers were killed in Iraq when they were attacked with grenades and machine-gun fire as they returned to their base from a demining operation.
    (AP, 9/12/04)
2004        Sep 12 , North Korea opened its Ninth Pyongyang Film Festival.
    (www1.korea-np.co.jp/pk/209th_issue/2004092501.htm)
2004        Sep 12, Pakistani security forces and militants clashed in fighting that killed at least nine people in the mountains near the Afghan border.
    (AP, 9/13/04)

2004        Sep 13, Oprah Winfrey celebrated the premiere of her 19th season by surprising each of her 276 audience members with a new car.
    (AP, 9/14/04)
2004        Sep 13, Oakland posted a 7-6, 10 inning win over the Rangers in a game that was delayed in the ninth inning after Texas reliever Frank Francisco hurled a chair and hit two fans at the Coliseum; the chair hit a man in the head and broke a woman's nose.
    (AP, 9/13/05)
2004        Sep 13, A Sony Group-led consortium struck a deal to buy MGM for $3 billion.
    (WSJ, 9/14/04, p.A3)
2004        Sep 13, Colorado became home to the country's newest national park as Interior Secretary Gale Norton officially reclassified the Great Sand Dunes National Monument. The dunes' foundation was laid about 25 million years ago through erosion of the San Juan Mountains. The sand dunes were declared a national monument in 1932 by President Herbert Hoover.
    (AP, 9/12/04)(SFC, 9/15/04, p.A3)
2004        Sep 13, The US ban on assault rifles, signed in 1994 by Pres. Clinton, expired. The expiration means firearms like AK-47s, Uzis and TEC-9s can now be legally bought.
    (SFC, 9/10/04, p.A1)(AP, 9/13/04)
2004        Sep 13, Scientists reported a new type of cancer-influencing gene that can either suppress or trigger tumors.
    (SFC, 9/13/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 13, US warplanes pounded a suspected hideout of al-Qaida-linked militants in the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, killing 20 people including women and children.
    (AP, 9/13/04)(SFC, 9/14/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 13, Two Australians and two East Asians have been kidnapped in Iraq, said a statement purportedly from the Islamic Secret Army handed out in the Sunni Muslim insurgent bastion of Samarra. A video posted on a Web site in the name of the militants purportedly showed the beheading of a kidnapped Turkish truck driver.
    (AP, 9/13/04)(AP, 9/13/05)
2004        Sep 13, An Israeli helicopter fired a missile at a car in the West Bank town of Jenin, killing three Al Aqsa men. Israeli police shut down six Palestinian elections offices in east Jerusalem after seizing voter registration lists.
    (AP, 9/13/04)(WSJ, 9/14/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 13, Pres. Putin announced a series of measures that would enhance Kremlin power. These included presidential selection of the governors for Russia’s 89 regions.
    (Econ, 9/18/04, p.55)

2004        Sep 14, President Bush told veterans in Las Vegas he was proud of his time in the Texas Air National Guard as he sought to deflect questions about his Vietnam-era service.
    (AP, 9/14/05)
2004        Sep 14, Arizona, California and Nevada joined with the federal government to undertake a 50-year, $620 million project to restore wildlife habitat along 342 miles of the lower Colorado River.
    (SFC, 9/15/04, p.A8)
2004        Sep 14, Firefox, developed by Mozilla, released a new Web browser.
    (Econ, 9/25/04, p.76)
2004        Sep 14, More than 35,000 Colombian Indians marched in a violence-wracked region to protest attacks against Indians and a free-trade pact pursued by the US.
    (AP, 9/14/04)
2004        Sep 14, Hurricane Ivan whipped western Cuba with 160 mph winds. The hurricane knocked some 25 million barrels of oil off world markets by causing undersea mudslides in the Gulf of Mexico.
    (AP, 9/14/04)(WSJ, 10/27/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 14, A car bomb ripped through a busy market near a Baghdad police headquarters where Iraqis were waiting to apply for jobs on the force killing 47 and wounding 114. Gunmen opened fire on a van carrying police home from work in Baqouba, killing 12 people.
    (AP, 9/14/04)(SFC, 9/15/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 14, Saboteurs blew up a junction where multiple oil pipelines cross the Tigris River in northern Iraq, setting off a chain reaction in power generation systems that left the entire country without power.
    (AP, 9/14/04)
2004        Sep 14, Senior Israeli Cabinet ministers approved the payment of cash advances to Jewish settlers who will be removed from their homes under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 9/14/04)
2004        Sep 14, Mount Asama, one of Japan's largest and most active volcanoes, began spewing gray smoke into the air. Its last major eruption was in 1783.
    (AP, 9/15/04)
2004        Sep 14, Russia announced it was pouring $5.4 billion in additional funding into its security agencies.
    (AP, 9/14/04)
2004        Sep 14, A UN World Health report said 6-10 thousand people were dying from disease and violence in Sudan’s Darfur region.
    (SFC, 9/15/04, p.A3)

2004        Sep 15, Pres. Bush requested shifting $3.46 billion in reconstruction money for Iraq to security.
    (WSJ, 9/16/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 15, National Hockey League owners agreed to lock out the players.
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2004        Sep 15, Amazon unveiled a new search engine called A9.com.
    (Econ, 9/25/04, p.76)
2004        Sep 15, Johnny Ramone (55), guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band "The Ramones," died of cancer in Los Angeles.
    (AP, 9/16/04)(Econ, 9/25/04, p.100)
2004        Sep 15, Three Americans accused of torturing Afghans in a private jail were found guilty in a Kabul court after a trial denounced by the defense as failing to meet basic international standards of fairness.
    (AP, 9/15/04)
2004        Sep 15, The Egyptian and Syrian presidents linked calls by the UN and fellow Arab leaders for Syrian troops to leave Lebanon to past UN resolutions demanding that Israeli pull out of the West Bank and Golan Heights.
    (AP, 9/15/04)
2004        Sep 15, In England the number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell by 6,100 to 830,200, the lowest level since July 1975.
    (AFP, 9/15/04)
2004        Sep 15, Eight French speaking African countries began retiring over 1 billion in decaying currency with new CFA francs. Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo had until Dec 31 to turn in old bills for new ones.
    (SFC, 9/15/04, p.C8)
2004        Sep 15, India and Bangladesh ended a two-day meeting in Dhaka without any breakthroughs on the sharing of water from common rivers.
    (AP, 9/15/04)
2004        Sep 15, Security forces discovered three beheaded bodies on a road north of Baghdad, and a car bomb exploded in a town south of the capital, killing two people.
    (AP, 9/15/04)
2004        Sep 15, Malaysia declared its entire northern Kelantan state a quarantine zone to halt the spread of bird flu.
    (AP, 9/15/04)
2004        Sep 15, In Pakistan Pres. Musharraf backed out of his pledge to give up his post as army chief.
    (WSJ, 9/16/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 15, Tropical Storm Jeanne lashed Puerto Rico with damaging winds and rain that knocked out power, flooded roads and killed two people. It soon strengthened from a tropical storm into the 6th hurricane of the season.
    (AP, 9/16/04)
2004        Sep 15, In Saudi Arabia Edward Stuart Muirhead-Smith (55) was killed at the Max shopping center in eastern Riyadh.
    (AP, 9/16/04)
2004        Sep 15, A rebel faction said peace talks with the Sudanese government and rebels from the troubled Darfur region collapsed after three weeks without an accord.
    (AP, 9/15/04)
2004        Sep 15, South Africa formally recognized the pro-independence government in the annexed Moroccan territory of Western Sahara (Sahrawi statehood), prompting Rabat to recall its ambassador from Pretoria in protest.
    (AP, 9/16/04)(Econ, 10/30/04, p.53)

2004        Sep 16, The National Hockey League lockout went into effect.
    (AP, 9/16/05)
2004        Sep 16, Hurricane Ivan slammed ashore in Alabama with winds of 130 mph, packing deadly tornadoes and powerful waves and rain that threatened to swamp communities from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. Ivan was blamed for at least 115 deaths, 43 in the US.
    (SFC, 9/17/04, p.A1)(AP, 9/16/05)
2004        Sep 16, Waves from Hurricane Ivan triggered an underwater mudslide that toppled a Taylor Energy Company oil platform and buried 28 wells under sediment 10 miles off the coast of Louisiana. By 2015 it was estimated that some 300,000 to 1.4 million gallons of oil had spilled from the site.
     (SFC, 4/17/15, p.A6)
2004        Sep 16, Gunmen abducted two Americans and a Briton, Kenneth Bigley (62), in a brazen attack on a house in an upscale Baghdad neighborhood. The US military said it killed 60 in Fallujah and Ramadi strikes. The number of foreigners kidnapped during the Iraq insurgency reached at least 100. All 3 were beheaded. Bigley’s decapitation was confirmed on Oct 10, 2004.
    (AP, 9/16/04)(WSJ, 9/17/04, p.A1)(AP, 9/16/05)(AP, 4/22/06)
2004        Sep 16, In Nigeria an oil pipeline exploded near Lagos as thieves tried to siphon oil from it, sparking a fire that killed at least 30 people.
    (AP, 9/17/04)
2004        Sep 16, Taiwan celebrated the opening of what officials called the world's fifth-longest road tunnel. The 12.9-kilometre Hsueh Mountain tunnel was part of the newly built 55-kilometer Taipei-Ilan Expressway, which runs through mountains and river valleys in northeastern Taiwan.
    (AP, 9/16/04)

2004        Sep 17, In SF Barry Bonds became the first new member of baseball’s homerun 700 club in 31 years, joining Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron. Timothy Griffith (21), was stabbed to death in a fight after the game. Rafael Antonio Cuevas (22) was arrested Oct 1. On Oct 27 the homerun ball was auctioned for $804,129. On Oct 10, 2008, Cuevas was sentenced 16 years to life for 2nd degree murder and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000.
    (SFC, 9/18/04, p.A1)(SFC, 10/2/04, p.B4)(SFC, 10/28/04, p.B1)(SFC, 10/11/08, p.B2)
2004        Sep 17, The violent remains of Hurricane Ivan pounded a large swath of the eastern United States, drenching an area from Georgia to Ohio. Ivan left 70 dead in the Caribbean and 40 dead in the US including 4 in Alabama, 16 in Florida, 4 in Georgia, 4 in Louisiana, 3 in Mississippi, and 8 in North Carolina.
    (AP, 9/17/04)(SFC, 9/18/04, p.A16)
2004        Sep 17, In Afghanistan suspected Taliban rebels killed two tribal elders who were encouraging participation in elections.
    (AP, 9/18/04)
2004        Sep 17, Tropical Storm Jeanne lashed the Dominican Republic with wind and rain that triggered mudslides and collapsed walls before it weakened to a tropical depression and headed toward the Bahamas. Eight were killed across the Caribbean.
    (AP, 9/17/04)
2004        Sep 17, The main Chechen rebel Web site, Kavkaz-Center, posted what it said was an e-mail from Basayev, claiming his "Riyadus Salikhin Martyrs' Brigade" was responsible for the bombings of two passenger jets last month, a suicide bombing outside a Moscow subway station and the school siege in the southern city of Beslan.
    (AP, 9/17/04)
2004        Sep 17, Backed by 4,000 police officers, the Colombian government seized control of the nation's largest pharmacy chain, saying its creation and expansion had been funded by cocaine trafficking.
    (AP, 9/17/04)
2004        Sep 17, A suicide car bomber slammed into a line of police cars sealing off a Baghdad neighborhood as American troops rounded up dozens of suspected militants, capping a day of violence across Iraq that left at least 53 dead. Sheikh Abu Anas al-Shami, a spiritual leader of a group of militants, was killed when a missile hit the car in which he was traveling.
    (AP, 9/17/04)(SFC, 9/18/04, p.A1)(SFC, 9/23/04, p.A18)
2004        Sep 17, Mexico and Japan signed a free trade agreement that Mexicans hope will ease their reliance on the United States while encouraging Japan to build more factories there. PM Junichiro Koizumi wrapped up a four-day Latin American trip then headed for New York to pitch for a permanent Japanese seat on the UN Security Council.
    (AP, 9/17/04)
2004        Sep 17, President Vladimir Putin said Russia was "seriously preparing" for pre-emptive strikes against terrorists, as Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev took responsibility for a school hostage-taking and other attacks that had claimed more than 430 lives.
    (AP, 9/17/05)
2004        Sep 17, Officials in Singapore reported that a soil-borne bacterial infection called melioidosis has killed 24 people there this year, making it more deadly than SARS or bird flu. The illness, also known as Whitmore's Disease, is listed by the U.S. government as a potential biological weapon but Singapore government officials said there was no sign it had been spread intentionally.
    (Reuters, 9/17/04)
2004        Sep 17, Gunmen killed a Venezuelan oil engineer and six soldiers near the border with Colombia in an attack that officials suspected was carried out by Colombian rebels.
    (AP, 9/19/04)

2004        Sep 18, Miss Alabama Deidre Downs, an aspiring medical student, won the Miss America contest.
    (AP, 9/19/04)
2004        Sep 17, Pop singer Britney Spears married her fiancé, dancer Kevin Federline, in a surprise ceremony.
    (AP, 9/18/05)
2004        Sep 18, Louisiana voters overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages and civil unions.
    (AP, 9/19/04)
2004        Sep 18, The Economist announced its annual prizes for technology innovators. Winners in 6 categories included: David Goeddel for gene cloning; Vic Hayes for standardizing Wi-Fi networks; Linus Torvalds for the development of Linux; Takeshi Uchiyamada for developing the Prius hybrid car; Gerd Binnig, Heinrich Rohrer and Christoph Gerber for developing the scanning-tunneling microscope (1981); and Muhammad Yunus for the development of micro-credit.
    (Econ, 9/18/04, TQ p.17)
2004        Sep 18, Russ Meyer (82), producer-director who helped spawn the "skin flick" with such films as "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" (1966) and later gained a measure of critical respect, died. In 2005 Jimmy McDonough authored “Big Bosoms, Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of Sex Films.
    (AP, 9/22/04)(SFC, 9/22/04, p.A2)(SSFC, 7/10/05, p.E1)
2004        Sep 17, Marvin Mitchelson (76), Hollywood divorce lawyer, died in Beverly Hills, Calif.
    (AP, 9/18/05)
2004        Sep 18, In Afghanistan 4 gunmen riding two motorcycles ambushed the car of a militia commander in Helmand province, killing him and wounding two of his guards.
    (AP, 9/18/04)
2004        Sep 18, Munich's mayor opened the southern city's 171st Oktoberfest festival for a crowd of some 500,000.
    (AP, 9/18/04)
2004        Sep 18, India said the US had lifted export restrictions on equipment for India's commercial space program and nuclear power facilities.
    (AP, 9/18/04)
2004        Sep 18, Indian troops shot dead 14 Islamic militants in clashes across Indian-administered Kashmir, while suspected rebels killed four civilians.
    (AP, 9/18/04)
2004        Sep 18, The UN atomic watchdog agency demanded Iran suspend all uranium enrichment activities and set a November timetable for compliance.
    (AP, 9/18/04)
2004        Sep 18, Militants threatened to decapitate two Americans and a Briton being held hostage unless their demands were met within 48 hours. In Kirkuk a car bomb near a crowd of recruits killed 19 people and wounded 67.
    (AP, 9/18/04)(SSFC, 9/19/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 18, Northern Ireland's rival Protestant and Roman Catholic parties are being left to find common ground on their own, after three days of intensive high-level talks failed to come up with a deal to revive power-sharing government in the province.
    (AFP, 9/19/04)
2004        Sep 18, Moscow police arrested Alexander Pumane, a former submarine officer, on suspicious behaviour and found mines and explosives in his car. Pumane soon died under interrogation.
    (Econ, 10/23/04, p.52)
2004        Sep 18, A divided UN Security Council approved a resolution threatening oil sanctions against Sudan unless the government reins in Arab militias blamed for a killing spree in Darfur and ordered an investigation of whether the attacks constitute genocide.
    (AP, 9/19/04)
2004        Sep 18, Ugandan helicopter gunships and ground troops attacked a rebel hideout in southern Sudan, killing at least 25 insurgents and capturing seven others.
    (AP, 9/19/04)

2004        Sep 19, "The Sopranos" won best drama series at the Emmy Awards while "Arrested Development" won best comedy series.
    (AP, 9/19/05)
2004        Sep 19, The United States suffered its biggest Ryder Cup loss in 77 years as it lost to the Europeans, 18 1/2 to 9 1/2.
    (AP, 9/19/05)
2004        Sep 19, President George W. Bush has decided to lift sanctions against Libya, which he expects to trigger release of more than $1 billion US to families of Pan Am 103 victims.
    (AP, 9/20/04)
2004        Sep 19, Belarus barred dozens of opposition candidates from running in the Oct 17 legislative elections.
    (WSJ, 9/20/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 19, British commoners gained the right to stroll over an additional 153,000 hectares of private land.
    (Econ, 9/18/04, p.62)
2004        Sep 19, Former President Jiang Zemin turned over his last major post as chairman of the commission that runs China's military to his successor, Hu Jintao (61), completing the country's first peaceful leadership transition since its 1949 revolution.
    (AP, 9/19/04)
2004        Sep 19, In northern Egypt a pickup truck and a minibus collided head on a rural road, killing 13 people and injuring 10.
    (CP, 9/19/04)
2004        Sep 19, Floodwaters brought by Tropical Storm Jeanne killed at least 90 people in Haiti.
    (AP, 9/20/04)
2004        Sep 19, In India flooding in the densely populated West Bengal has swamped hundreds of villages, killing three people and making more than 650,000 homeless.
    (AP, 9/19/04)
2004        Sep 19, A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb near a joint U.S.-Iraqi checkpoint, killing 3 people and wounding 7, including four U.S. soldiers in the northern city of Samarra. US warplanes and artillery pounded the guerrilla stronghold of Fallujah. A militant group posted a video showing the beheading of 3 Kurdish hostages.
    (AP, 9/19/04)(SFC, 9/20/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 19, Kazakhs chose a new parliament expected to be dominated by Otan, the party of Pres. Nursultan Nazarbayev and Asar, a new party run by his daughter. US backed int’l. monitors called the elections to the 77-seat Mazhilis flawed.
    (AP, 9/19/04)(WSJ, 9/22/04, p.A1)(Econ, 9/25/04, p.55)

2004        Sep 20, CBS News apologized for a "mistake in judgment" in its story questioning President Bush's National Guard service, saying it could not vouch for the authenticity of documents featured in the report.
    (AP, 9/20/05)
2004        Sep 20, The diocese of Tucson, Arizona, filed for bankruptcy protection in seeking relief from debt due to sex-abuse settlements.
    (WSJ, 9/21/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 20, A small plane with 5 aboard crashed in Montana’s Glacier National Park. 2 survivors were found 2 days later.
    (SFC, 9/24/04, p.A2)
2004        Sep 20, In southeastern Afghan province 2 US soldiers were killed in a firefight with insurgents.
    (AP, 9/20/04)
2004        Sep 20, India's space agency said it successfully launched the nation's first satellite for educational services.
    (AP, 9/20/04)
2004        Sep 20, In Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono held a commanding lead over Incumbent President Megawati Sukarnoputri in partial official results.
    (AP, 9/20/04)
2004        Sep 20, A car bomb exploded in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, killing three people. Gunmen killed a Sunni Muslim cleric as he entered a mosque in Baghdad to perform noon prayers. At least two people were killed and three wounded in explosions that rocked the rebel-held city of Fallujah. An Islamic group posted a video showing the beheading of US contract employee Eugene Armstrong.
    (AP, 9/20/04)(SFC, 9/21/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 20, An Israeli helicopter blew up a car in Gaza City, killing Khaled Abu Shamiyeh (30), a Hamas militant who was involved in making and firing rockets at Israeli towns.
    (AP, 9/20/04)
2004        Sep 20, Russia's embattled Yukos oil giant raised the stakes in its bitter standoff with the Kremlin as the company slashed supplies to China in a move analysts said was designed to cause maximum embarrassment in Moscow.
    (AP, 9/20/04)

2004        Sep 21, The new $219 million Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian opened in Washington DC. It included some 800,000 artifacts collected by George Gustav Heye (1874-1957).
    (SFC, 9/16/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 21, President Bush, defending his decision to invade Iraq, urged the U.N. General Assembly to stand united with the country's struggling government.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2004        Sep 21, The US Federal Reserve raised the overnight federal-funds interest rate a quarter point to 1.75%.
    (SFC, 9/22/04, p.C1)
2004        Sep 21, Yusuf Islam, formerly known as singer Cat Stevens, was taken off a London-to-Washington United Airlines flight because his name had shown up on a government "no-fly" list.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2004        Sep 21, US forces killed 6 Afghan guerrillas following a rocket attack on a helicopter.
    (WSJ, 9/22/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 21, China's PM Wen Jiabao hailed a series of agreements with neighboring Kyrgyzstan including an agreement on the thorny issue of the countries' common border.
    (AFP, 9/21/04)
2004        Sep 21, The UN Children's Fund and the World Food Program launched a $123 million program to reduce the mortality rate of children in Ethiopia.
    (Reuters, 9/21/04)
2004        Sep 21, The death toll across Haiti from Tropical Storm Jeanne topped 700, with some 500 of them in Gonaives. Officials expected to find more dead.
    (AP, 9/21/05)
2004        Sep 21, In India incessant rains caused flash floods that knocked down houses and killed at least 33 people in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
    (AP, 9/22/04)
2004        Sep 21, Former General Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono took a seemingly unassailable lead in Indonesia's presidential election.
    (AP, 9/21/04)
2004        Sep 21, Iran revealed that it started converting tons of raw uranium as part of a process that could be used to make nuclear arms.
    (AP, 9/21/04)
2004        Sep 21, A posting on an Islamic Web site claimed that the al-Qaida-linked group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has slain US hostage Jack Hensley.
    (AP, 9/21/04)(WSJ, 9/23/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 21, A Turkish construction company announced that it was halting operations in neighboring Iraq in a bid to save the lives of 10 employees kidnapped by militants.
    (AP, 9/21/04)
2004        Sep 21, Israeli military officials said the US will sell them 4,500 smart bombs in a deal valued as much as $319 million.
    (SFC, 9/22/04, p.A15)
2004        Sep 21, Italian and Lebanese authorities reported the arrest of 10 alleged terrorists, thwarting plans to blow up the Italian Embassy in Beirut in a car bomb attack.
    (AP, 9/21/04)
2004        Sep 21, Liechtenstein ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, bringing to 116 the number of nations that have endorsed the pact.
    (AP, 9/22/04)
2004        Sep 21, In northern Nigeria Islamic militants fighting to create a Taliban-style state launched their first attacks since January, assaulting two police stations in the northeast and killing six people.
    (AP, 9/23/04)
2004        Sep 21, In Paraguay Cecilia Cubas (31), the daughter of former Pres. Raul Cubas, was kidnapped. Her body was found stuffed down a well at a house on the outskirts of Asuncion, in February 2005.
    (Econ, 10/23/04, p.36)(AP, 4/5/08)
2004        Sep 21, Hundreds of Syrian soldiers stationed in the hills near Lebanon's capital began dismantling their bases in an effort to appease a U.N. Security Council demand that all 20,000 Syrian troops leave the country.
    (AP, 9/21/04)
2004        Sep 21, Inmates rioted at a western Venezuela prison, killing at least six fellow inmates and injuring 35 others before hundreds of national guardsmen restored order.
    (AP, 9/22/04)
2004        Sep 21, Seeking more influence over global decisions, Brazil, Germany, India and Japan joined forces to lobby for a permanent UN Security Council seat and pledged to work together to reform the United Nations.
    (AP, 9/22/04)

2004        Sep 22, The US FCC fined CBS $550,000 for Janet Jackson’s Feb 1 breast exposure.
    (SFC, 9/23/04, p.A7)
2004        Sep 22, Federal prosecutors indicted Sanjay Kumar, former chief of Computer Associates, saying he helped orchestrate accounting fraud. Stephen Richards, head of sales, was also named in the 10-count indictment.
    (WSJ, 9/23/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 22, The new $600 million Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center, named after the former Oregon Senator (1967-1997), opened in Bethesda, Md., as the latest addition to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
    (SSFC, 3/27/05, Par p.17)(www.news-medical.net/?id=4963)
2004        Sep 22, In southern Brazil a school bus swerved off a narrow road and plunged into a reservoir, killing at least 16 children.
    (AP, 9/22/04)
2004        Sep 22, Six members of the same family were hanged in Egypt after being convicted for the revenge-killing of 22 members of a rival family two years ago.
    (AP, 9/22/04)
2004        Sep 22, The European Commission approved a multi-billion pound bailout of the nuclear group British Energy, after securing guarantees that the company would not breach EU competition rules.
    (AP, 9/22/04)
2004        Sep 22, The European Union agreed in principle to lift an arms embargo on Libya after pressure from Italy.
    (AP, 9/22/04)
2004        Sep 22, France signaled it will slash its public overspending next year to come into line with EU rules in a 2005 budget published today and forecast economic growth of 2.5 percent.
    (AP, 9/22/04)
2004        Sep 22, In Haiti, the death toll from Tropical Storm Jeanne topped 1,000.
    (AP, 9/22/05)
2004        Sep 22, Indian officials said they have fenced nearly 40 percent of the porous border with Bangladesh and would fence the entire frontier by March 2006 to prevent movement of insurgents, illegal immigrants and smuggling.
    (Reuters, 9/22/04)
2004        Sep 22, In India's mountainous northeast 10 people, including a state government minister and two lawmakers, were killed in a helicopter crash.
    (AP, 9/22/04)
2004        Sep 22, Four Islamic militants were killed in a clash with Indian troops along the disputed border in Kashmir on the eve of a summit between the two countries' leaders.
    (AP, 9/23/04)
2004        Sep 22, In Iraq kidnappers seized 4 Egyptians and four Iraqis working for the country's mobile phone company.
    (AP, 9/24/04)
2004        Sep 22, British hostage Kenneth Bigley appeared on a video posted on an Islamic Web site weeping and pleading for his life. He was later beheaded by his captors.
    (AP, 9/22/05)
2004        Sep 22, Suicide attackers detonated a car bomb near an Iraqi National Guard recruiting center in west Baghdad, killing at least six people and injuring 54. US aircraft and tanks attacked Shiite militia positions in fierce fighting in Baghdad's Sadr City slum, killing 10 people and injuring 92 others.
    (AP, 9/22/04)
2004        Sep 22, A Palestinian suicide bomber blew herself up near a crowded bus stop in Jerusalem. 2 Israeli police officers were killed.
    (AP, 9/22/04)(SFC, 9/23/04, p.A3)
2004        Sep 22, On the 2nd day of the General Assembly's ministerial meeting the UN Security Council highlighted the need for more military and civilian cooperation to rebuild war-torn nations, while the secretary-general called for more resources and a more practical approach to international peacekeeping efforts.
    (AP, 9/23/04)
2004        Sep 22, Zimbabwe's government dismissed reports of dozens of deaths linked to malnutrition as lies peddled by detractors and insisted the nation has more food than it needs.
    (AP, 9/22/04)

2004        Sep 23, President Bush denied painting too rosy a picture about Iraq, and said he would consider sending more troops if asked; Iraq's interim leader, Ayad Allawi, standing with Bush in the White House Rose Garden, said additional troops weren't needed. Allawi declared that his country is succeeding in its effort to move past the war that ousted Saddam Hussein.
    (AP, 9/23/04)(AP, 9/23/05)
2004        Sep 23, The US Congress voted to extend 3 tax cuts aimed at the middle class along with a bevy of business tax breaks.
    (SFC, 9/24/04, p.A3)
2004        Sep 23, Antarctic researchers reported that the ice cap’s glaciers are now melting twice as fast as in the 1990s and raising sea level.
    (WSJ, 9/24/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 23, In Belgium a woman gave birth to a healthy baby after doctors had transplanted ovarian tissue, frozen since 1997, back into her abdomen.
    (SFC, 9/24/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 23, In southern Brazil seven teenagers were beaten to death and five others were injured in a rebellion at a juvenile detention center.
    (AP, 9/24/04)
2004        Sep 23, Nigel Nicolson (87), English writer and publisher, died. His mother was Vita Sackville-West.
    (Econ, 10/2/04, p.87)
2004        Sep 23, Egypt’s ruling National Democratic Party ended its annual conference and announced that income and corporate taxes would be halved with top rates capped at 20%.
    (Econ, 9/25/04, p.61)
2004        Sep 23, Haiti officials said the death toll from Tropical Storm Jeanne rose to more than 1,070 and could double again.
    (AP, 9/23/04)
2004        Sep 23, US warplanes fired on insurgent targets in the east Baghdad slum of Sadr City. Iraqi doctors said one person was killed and 12 were injured, many of them children. Gunmen in Mosul killed a senior official of Iraq's North Oil Co.
    (AP, 9/23/04)
2004        Sep 23, A militant group falsely claimed in a Web posting that two Italian women taken hostage in Iraq had been killed. [see Sep 28]
    (AP, 9/23/04)
2004        Sep 23, In Iraq kidnappers seized 2 more Egyptian construction engineers working for the country's mobile phone company.
    (AP, 9/24/04)(SFC, 9/25/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 23, In Latvia lawmakers rejected a proposal to let nearly 500,000 ethnic Russians vote in local elections, despite giving the same right to citizens of EU countries who live in the Baltic state.
    (AP, 9/23/04)
2004        Sep 23, In northern Nigeria a gunbattle between security forces and Islamic militants fighting to create a Taliban-style state left 29 people dead, most of them militants.
    (AP, 9/24/04)
2004        Sep 23, Three Palestinian gunmen infiltrated a fog-shrouded Israeli army post at dawn, killing three Israeli soldiers in a fierce gunbattle before they were shot to death.
    (AP, 9/23/04)
2004        Sep 23, A senior Russian official said his country’s appetite for counterfeits costs manufacturers tens of billions of dollars each year: "Billions, tens of billions of dollars of fake goods are in circulation."
    (AP, 9/23/04)

2004        Sep 24, The California Air Resources Board backed sweeping reductions in auto emissions.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2004        Sep 24, William Corpuz turned himself in to SF police for killing his wife, Marisa (31). In 2007 Corpuz (34) was convicted of using a fishing knife to slash the throat of his wife. He had recently attended his 39th weekly session of a 52-week domestic abuse program.
    (SFC, 5/12/07, p.B2)
2004        Sep 24, Nova Scotia became the sixth Canadian province or territory to allow gay marriages when the provincial Supreme Court ruled that banning such unions was unconstitutional.
    (AP, 9/24/04)
2004        Sep 24, French author Francoise Sagan (69), who shot to fame with her first novel "Bonjour Tristesse" (1954) at the age of 18 and courted controversy throughout her life, died. She was a longstanding friend of late President Francois Mitterrand and was convicted of taking drugs and for tax evasion.
    (Reuters, 9/24/04)(SSFC, 9/26/04, p.B5)
2004        Sep 24, Iraq's interim PM Ayad Allawi appealed to world leaders at the UN General Assembly to unite behind his country's effort to rein in spiraling violence, lighten the foreign debt and improve security ahead of the January elections. PM Allawi and President Bush declared that Iraq is on the road to stability, with the Iraqi leader saying elections would be possible in all but 3-4 of Iraq's 18 provinces.
    (AP, 9/24/04)(AP, 9/24/05)
2004        Sep 24, Palestinians shelled a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip and killed an Israeli-American woman just ahead of Yom Kippur.
    (AP, 9/24/04)
2004        Sep 24, An uprising by some 800 gang members at two Salvadoran prisons ended peacefully on Friday following government promises to study complaints by inmates.
    (AP, 9/24/04)
2004        Sep 24, The UN High Commissioner for Refugees proposed autonomy for the troubled Darfur region of Sudan. The government has resisted this but said it would be willing to discuss it anew in an effort to end the violence that has killed 50,000 people.
    (CP, 9/24/04)

2004        Sep 25, The Lasker Foundation awarded its prize for clinical research posthumously to Dr. Charles Kelman, who made cataract removal an outpatient procedure. The $50,000 award for basic research went to Dr. Pierre Chambon, Ronald Evans, and Elwood Jensen for opening up the field of studying proteins called nuclear hormone receptors.
    (SSFC, 9/26/04, p.A10)
2004        Sep 25, Marvin Davis (79), oil mogul and former owner of 20th Century Fox, died in Beverly Hills.
    (SSFC, 9/26/04, p.B7)
2004        Sep 25, Hurricane Jeanne lashed the Bahamas with violent winds and torrential rains, making a direct hit on Abaco island and threatening the country's second-largest city, Freeport. Late in the day Jeanne hit Florida.
    (AP, 9/25/04)(SSFC, 9/26/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 25, Afghan security forces killed a senior Taliban commander and two of his comrades in southern Afghanistan. Maulvi Abdul Ghaffar, a former inmate at the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, died in the gunbattle. 
    (AP, 9/26/04)
2004        Sep 25, In southwest China a swollen river swept a bus off a bridge, and about 30 passengers were missing.
    (AP, 9/25/04)
2004        Sep 25, Ma Chengyuan (77), former president of the renowned Shanghai Museum, died. He saved priceless artifacts from marauding Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution.
    (AP, 10/10/04)
2004        Sep 25, US warplanes, tanks and artillery units struck the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, killing at least 8 people and wounding 15. The US military announced the deaths of four Marines and a soldier. Five mortar shells struck the Iraqi Oil Ministry headquarters in Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/25/04)
2004        Sep 25, An Internet posting claimed that an al-Qaida-linked group has killed British hostage Kenneth Bigley.
    (AP, 9/25/04)
2004        Sep 25, An Israeli helicopter fired two missiles toward a crowd of Palestinians on the outskirts of a refugee camp, killing a 55-year-old man and wounding five people.
    (SFC, 9/25/04, p.A3)
2004        Sep 25, The Israeli army charged into a Palestinian refugee camp, killing one person and tearing down 35 homes.
    (AP, 9/25/04)
2004        Sep 25, A film about Iraqi children victims of war "Turtles can fly" directed by Iranian Bahman Ghobadi won the Concha de Oro (Golden Shell) at the prestigious San Sebastian film festival.
    (AFP, 9/25/04)
2004        Sep 25, Sudanese authorities accused an opposition party of plotting to kill more than three dozen senior government officials and blow up key sites in the capital.
    (AP, 9/25/04)

2004        Sep 26, Hurricane Jeanne blasted ashore in Florida with drenching rains and 120 mph wind. At least 1.5 million people were without power. An estimated 6 people were killed.
    (AP, 9/26/04)(WSJ, 9/27/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 26, Gordon Brown, Britain’s chancellor of the Exchequer, repeated his proposal that the IMF should revalue its gold reserves and use proceeds to cancel some Third World debt.
    (SSFC, 9/26/04, p.A12)
2004        Sep 26, Colombia's army killed at least 13 right-wing fighters during sustained combat with a renegade paramilitary group that has refused to participate in government peace talks.
    (AP, 9/27/04)
2004        Sep 26, Haitians surrounded by the destruction of Tropical Storm Jeanne prayed for the 1,500 dead during church services and gave thanks their lives were spared, while the UN rushed more peacekeepers in to stem looting in the ravaged city of Gonaives. Tropical Storm Jeanne wiped out 7% of Haiti’s GDP.
    (AP, 9/27/04)(Econ, 2/14/09, p.45)
2004        Sep 26, Suicide attackers detonated a pair of car bombs outside an Iraqi National Guard compound west of the capital, wounding American and Iraqi forces. A rocket hit a busy Baghdad neighborhood, killing at least one person and wounding eight.
    (AP, 9/26/04)
2004        Sep 26, In Pakistan Amjad Hussain Farooqi, accused in two attempts on the life of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf in December 2003, died in a four-hour shootout at a house in the southern town of Nawabshah. He was also wanted for his alleged role in the 2002 kidnapping and beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
    (AP, 9/27/04)
2004        Sep 26, In Saudi Arabia French national Laurent Barbot, a technical assistant for French electronics group Thales, was shot and killed in Jeddah. Chadian militants Isa Barkaj and Isaac Shakila were later convicted of shooting. Both were executed in 2015.
    (AP, 9/26/04)    (AP, 8/20/15)
2004        Sep 26, Ezzedin Sheikh Khalil, a senior Hamas operative, was killed in a car bombing outside his house in Damascus, the first such killing of a leader of the Islamic militant group in Syria. The hit was claimed by Israeli security officials.
    (AP, 9/27/04)(Econ, 10/2/04, p.47)
2004        Sep 26, Turkey’s Parliament voted overwhelmingly to approve penal code reforms aimed at boosting its chances of starting membership talks with the European Union.
    (AP, 9/26/04)

2004        Sep 27, President Bush asked Congress for more than $7.1 billion to help Florida and other Southeastern states recover from their lashing by four hurricanes.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2004        Sep 27, A US Justice Department audit said the FBI had a backlog of hundreds of thousands of hours of untranslated audio recordings from terror and espionage investigations.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2004        Sep 27, NBC announced that "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno would be succeeded by "Late Night" host Conan O'Brien in 2009.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2004        Sep 27, John Kamm (53), the businessman-turned-rights lobbyist behind the release of scores of dissidents from Chinese prisons, was one of 24 people awarded 500,000-dollar MacArthur Foundation grants. 7 of the winners, including Kamm, were from the SF Bay Area.
    (AP, 9/28/04)(SFC, 9/28/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 27, Operation Black Widow, a local, state and federal investigation in San Francisco, ended as 8 top members of the Nuestra Familia prison gang entered guilty pleas to federal racketeering charges.
    (SFC, 9/28/04, p.B3)
2004        Sep 27, San Francisco renamed its sports stadium "Monster Park", in a 4-year deal that trades $6 million from an electronics cable company for the name to Candlestick Park.
    (AP, 9/28/04)(SFC, 9/28/04, p.B1)
2004        Sep 27, The body of Maxina Danner (17), a student at Lincoln High, was found wrapped in a blanket near Visitacion Ave. and Mansell. She had disappeared that morning on her way to school. In 2005 Royce Miller (21), a youth councilor at a group home, was arrested in connection with the murder. In 2007 Miller was convicted of 2nd degree murder.
    (SFC, 9/30/04, p.A1)(SFC, 2/12/05, p.B2)(SFC, 3/21/07, p.B2)
2004        Sep 27, In Brazil a strike by bank workers entered its 2nd full week.
    (WSJ, 9/28/04, p.A20)
2004        Sep 27, In Dubai a wall collapsed at an airport construction site, killing more than eight workers and injuring many more.
    (AP, 9/27/04)
2004        Sep 27, Galapagos park rangers ended a 17-day protest after Ecuador's government fired a new park director the rangers claimed favored commercial fishing over the islands' unique environment.
    (AP, 9/27/04)
2004        Sep 27, U.S. jets pounded suspected Shiite militant positions in the Baghdad slum of Sadr City, killing at least five people and wounding 40. Elsewhere, insurgents detonated car bombs and fired rockets, killing at least 7 National Guardsmen, in separate attacks.
    (AP, 9/27/04)(WSJ, 9/28/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 27, An Israeli helicopter fired a missile at a Palestinian vehicle traveling in the southern Gaza Strip, killing one person and wounding three others. 7 Palestinians were killed in several incidents across the West Bank and Gaza. In Gaza City gunmen kidnapped a CNN TV producer and released him the next day.
    (AP, 9/27/04)(SFC, 9/28/04, p.A8)(WSJ, 9/29/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 27, Lebanon said Ismail Katib, a local al Qaeda operative captured a week earlier, died “of a heart attack" while in police custody.
    (WSJ, 9/28/04, p.A1)(Econ, 10/2/04, p.47)
2004        Sep 27, In Nigeria militiamen trying to wrest control of the oil-rich Niger Delta threatened to launch a "full-scale armed struggle" on petroleum-pumping operations in Africa's largest crude oil producing nation.
    (AP, 9/28/04)(WSJ, 9/28/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 27, In Thailand officials announced that a case of avian-flu was possibly caused by human-to-human transmission.
    (SFC, 9/28/04, p.A3)

2004        Sep 28, The US Treasury issued a new $50 bill with touches of red, blue and yellow.
    (AP, 9/28/04)
2004        Sep 28, IBM Corp. claimed unofficial bragging rights as owner of the world's fastest supercomputer. IBM said its still-unfinished BlueGene/L System, named for its ability to model the folding of human proteins, can sustain speeds of 360 teraflops. A teraflop is 1 trillion calculations per second. BlueGene/L reached full capacity in 2005
    (AP, 9/29/04)(SFC, 9/29/04, p.C1)(SFC, 8/29/05, p.E1)
2004        Sep 28, A 6.0 earthquake shook central California, cracking pipes, breaking bottles of wine and knocking pictures from walls. The quake was centered about seven miles southeast of Parkfield, a town of 37 people known as California's earthquake capital.
    (AP, 9/28/04)
2004        Sep 28, Geoffrey Beene (77), the award-winning designer whose simple, classic styles for men and women put him at the forefront of American fashion, died.
    (AP, 9/28/04)
2004        Sep 28, The Pentagon notified Congress of plans to build five bases in Afghanistan for the Afghan National Army at a cost of up to one billion dollars.
    (AP, 9/28/04)
2004        Sep 28, In southern Argentina a student (15) drew a handgun and opened fire in a classroom, killing 3 classmates and wounding 5 at the Islas Malvinas Middle School No. 2.
    (AP, 9/30/04)
2004        Sep 28, In Iraq kidnappers released two female Italian aid workers and five other hostages. A $1 million ransom was alleged. In 2005 it was reported that Italy's Red Cross treated four Iraqi insurgents and hid them from U.S. forces in exchange for the freedom of two Italian aid workers kidnapped in Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/28/04)(WSJ, 9/30/04, p.A1)(AP, 8/25/05)
2004        Sep 28, Kenya said it will push for an international ban on trade in lion trophies and skins, expressing concern that the African lion is "under threat."
    (AP, 9/28/04)
2004        Sep 28, Virgin Group boss Richard Branson has signed an agreement with Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo to launch a new airline out of the west African nation that will be majority owned by Nigerian investors.
    (AP, 9/28/04)
2004        Sep 28, Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority issued an edict barring the use of cell phones with built-in cameras, blaming them for "spreading obscenity."
    (AP, 9/30/04)

2004        Sep 29, A US federal judge ruled that a section of the Patriot Act, that allowed the search of phone and Internet records, was unconstitutional.
    (WSJ, 9/30/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 29, In a deal paving the way for future joint ventures, U.S. oil giant ConocoPhillips has won an auction with a bid of nearly $2 billion US for the Russian government's 7.6 per cent stake in Russia's Lukoil - the world's No. 2 oil company by reserves.
    (AP, 9/29/04)
2004        Sep 29, Mike Melvill piloted SpaceShipOne, designed by Burt Rutan, climbed to 337,500 feet in the 1st leg of an attempt to capture the $10 million X Prize. The prize required a 2nd success within 2 weeks.
    (SFC, 9/30/04, p.A4)
2004        Sep 29, The asteroid Toutatis, a few kilometers in diameter, came within 1½  million km. of Earth. It was 1st discovered in 1989.
    (Econ, 10/2/04, p.80)
2004        Sep 29, Chile's foreign and defense ministers stepped down in moves making it easier for them to seek public office.
    (AP, 9/29/04)
2004        Sep 29, A video surfaced showing Kenneth Bigley, a British hostage held by Iraqi militants, pleading for help between the bars of a makeshift cage. Bigley was later killed.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2004        Sep 29, A large force of Israeli tanks, armored vehicles and troops pushed into northern Gaza in an overnight raid aimed at militants who have fired rockets against nearby Israeli towns. The incursion killed at least three Palestinians.
    (AP, 9/29/04)
2004        Sep 29, Tropical storm Meari battered Japan, killing five people and injuring 52 and forced thousands to evacuate to shelters. [see Sep 30]
    (AP, 9/29/04)
2004        Sep 29, Kyrgyzstan police arrested a man for attempting the black market sale of 60 small containers of what was confirmed as plutonium.
    (WSJ, 9/30/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 29, Nigeria reached a truce with Alhaji Dokubo-Asari, head of an ethnically diverse mix of fighters, that threatened a war in the Niger Delta.
    (WSJ, 9/30/04, p.A1)(Econ, 10/2/04, p.45)
2004        Sep 29, Forty-four North Korean men, women and children scaled the walls of the Canadian embassy in Beijing in a likely bid for political asylum.
    (AFP, 9/29/04)
2004        Sep 29, In northern Norway an Algerian asylum seeker on a commuter plane attacked both pilots and a passenger with an ax as the aircraft was landing.
    (AP, 9/29/04)
2004        Sep 29, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with President Fidel Castro and other Cuban leaders as the countries worked on re-creating more modest versions of political and economic alliances that unraveled after the Soviet Union's collapse.
    (AP, 9/29/04)
2004        Sep 29, A Yemeni judge sentenced two men to death and four others to prison terms ranging from five to 10 years for orchestrating the 2000 suicide bombing of the USS Cole.
    (AP, 9/29/04)

2004        Sep 30, President Bush and Sen. John Kerry held their 1st debate. Neither candidate made the kind of gaffe that will cost him the election, but Kerry fared slightly better. Kerry charged Americans had been left with "this incredible mess in Iraq" and Bush said U.S. troops look at the Democratic challenger and wonder, "How can I follow this guy?"
    (AP, 10/1/04)(AP, 9/30/05)
2004        Sep 30, The US House followed the Senate in decisively rejecting a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2004        Sep 30, US fiscal year 2004 ended. The CBO soon estimated a budget deficit for the year of about $415 billion.
    (WSJ, 10/7/04, p.A9)
2004        Sep 30, Officials at US 115 int’l. airports and 14 seaports began photographing and electronically fingerprinting travelers from 27 industrialized nations.
    (SFC, 10/1/04, p.A3)
2004        Sep 30, The 14th annual Ig Nobel prizes were handed out at Harvard. Winners included the late Frank Smith and his son Donald for their 1977 combover patent; Steven Stack of Wayne State University and James Gundlach of Auburn University won for their 1992 report on "The Effect of Country Music on Suicide."
    (AP, 10/1/04)
2004        Sep 30, Merck & Co. said the arthritis drug Vioxx, used by 2 million people around the world, was being pulled off the market after a study confirmed longstanding concerns that it raises the risk of heart attack and stroke. Global Vioxx sales in 2003 had reached $2.5 billion. In 2007 Merck agreed to a $4.85 million settlement.
    (AP, 9/30/04)(WSJ, 10/1/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/10/07, p.A1)
2004        Sep 30, Taliban guerrillas killed at least 12 Afghan soldiers in the southern province of Zabul.
    (WSJ, 10/1/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 30, Bulgaria adopted changes to its criminal justice system to meet EU demands for joining the group in 2007.
    (WSJ, 10/4/04, p.A15)
2004        Sep 30, In Haiti at least 3 people were killed as Port-au-Prince police battled Aristide backers. Lack of security kept hurricane aid locked in warehouses.
    (WSJ, 10/1/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 30, Three bombs exploded at a neighborhood celebration in western Baghdad, killing 35 children and seven adults as US troops handed out candy at a government-sponsored celebration. Hours earlier, a suicide car bomb killed a U.S. soldier and two Iraqis on the capital's outskirts. Across Iraq insurgent attacks left 51 dead.
    (WSJ, 10/1/04, p.A1)(AP, 9/30/05)
2004        Sep 30, The Arab news network Al-Jazeera showed video of 10 new hostages seized in Iraq by militants.
    (AP, 9/30/04)
2004        Sep 30, Israeli troops pushed deep into the largest Palestinian refugee camp after a Palestinian rocket killed two preschoolers in an Israeli border town. 28 Palestinians and three Israelis, including a woman jogging in a Jewish settlement and two soldiers, were killed in the fighting in the northern Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 9/30/04)(WSJ, 10/1/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 30, In Japan the death toll from tropical storm Meari rose to 19 after searchers found more victims.
    (AP, 9/30/04)
2004        Sep 30, Two gunmen in Srinagar shot dead a member of the moderate faction of Kashmir's main separatist alliance.
    (AP, 9/30/04)
2004        Sep 30, Russia's Cabinet approved the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.
    (AP, 9/30/04)
2004        Sep 30, Sudan's foreign minister pledged to allow more African troops and police to help end the conflict in Darfur, responding to international demands for action to protect civilians.
    (AP, 10/1/04)
2004        Sep 30, A United Nations body argued that Africa's debt must be completely written off if the continent is to have a chance of meeting international goals on reducing poverty.
    (AP, 9/30/04)

2004        Sep, Scientists announced that they had deciphered the genome of the black cottonwood tree, the 1st arboreal genome to be unraveled.
    (Econ, 1/8/05, p.70)
2004        Sep, San Francisco’s Cannery block was renamed Del Monte Square.
    (SSFC, 10/3/04, p.J1)
2004        Sep, SF Mayor Newsom announced the launch of free wireless Internet service at Union Square. He soon planned to extend free service to Civic Center Plaza, Portsmouth Square and Ferry Plaza.
    (SFC, 10/29/04, p.F1)
2004        Sep, A Trader Vic’s restaurant and bar reopened in SF. A previous version had closed in 1994.
    (SFCM, 1/16/05, p.31)
2004        Sep, French auto maker Renault rolled out the no-frills Logan. The midsize sedan was launched at a cost of $7,254 (€5,700) in emerging markets like Poland. Western buyers soon clamored for the car. In June, 2005, Renault began delivering the roomy, unpretentious five-seater to France, Germany, and Spain.
    (AP, 6/25/05)(WSJ, 10/4/06, p.B18)
2004        Sep, In India the People’s War Group merged with the Maoist Communist Center to form the CPI (Maoist) party under Muppala Lakshmana Rao (aka Ganapathi). Also known as Naxalites, the Maoists were most active in Chhattisgarh state.
    (Econ, 8/19/06, p.38)(Econ, 4/10/10, p.45)
2004        Sep, Construction began on a 620-mile pipeline to take oil from eastern Kazakhstan into China’s western Xingjian region.
    (Econ, 11/13/04, p.46)
2004        Sep, Unemployment in Slovakia fell to 13.1% from 20% in 2002. The average household income was around $240 per month.
    (WSJ, 11/3/04, p.B2F)(SSFC, 11/21/04, p.B3)
2004        Sep, In Zimbabwe Kenny James Froud and Simon Buckleywere, British nationals, were killed with an axe in before the assailants stole goods and about 500 British pounds.  In November Zimbabwean police arrested three suspects in the murder of the 2 men.
    (AP, 11/15/04)

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