Return to home2004 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.
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.
2004 Jul 1, The Cassini
spacecraft sent back photographs of Saturn's shimmering rings.
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
(http://tinyurl.com/2vfnpa)(SSFC, 12/7/08, Books
2004 Jul 1, Historic Afghan
elections scheduled for September were delayed because of wrangling
among officials and political parties.
2004 Jul 1, Statistics Canada
counted 31,946,316 Canadians.
2004 Jul 1, Horst Koehler,
former IMF, head was sworn in as Germany's 9th post-war president.
2004 Jul 1, Hundreds of
thousands of people marched in Hong Kong to demand democratic rights
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
(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
2004 Jul 1, In Iraq US jets
pounded a suspected safehouse of terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in
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.
2004 Jul 1, Interfax news
reported that the Russian Tax Service is demanding another $3.3
billion from the Yukos oil company in back taxes for 2001.
2004 Jul 1, Saudi security
forces traded gunfire with militants in a Riyadh, killing one
militant and wounding one. A police officer was killed and two were
2004 Jul 1, The United Nation's
World Food Program (WFP) began airlifting enriched food from the
Ethiopian capital to Sudan's western Darfur region, where it
estimates 1.2 million people will need food aid every month until
October. UN Sec. Gen’l. Kofi Annan visited the area.
(AFP, 7/2/04)(WSJ, 7/2/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 2, In Kansas City,
Kansas, Elijah Brown (21), an employee at the ConAgra Foods
meat-packing plant, went on a shooting rampage that left 5 dead
including himself. A 6th person died overnight.
2004 Jul 2, China began
censoring telephone text messages to “block the dissemination of
illicit news and information."
(SFC, 7/3/04, p.A2)
2004 Jul 2, Shanghai police
raided the apartment of Randolph Hobson Guthrie III in a joint
US-Chinese operation against pirated DVDs. They seized 210,000
pirated DVD copies.
(WSJ, 3/7/05, p.A1)
2004 Jul 2, The Dutch
government backed plans for "seals of quality" for well-run brothels
and standard contracts for prostitutes, as well as more support for
those who want to leave the world's oldest profession.
2004 Jul 2, Reva Electric Car,
an Indian company that has launched the country's first electric
car, has received 500 orders from Britain and plans to build
environment-friendly mini-buses and small taxis. Its cheapest
version costs 250,000 rupees (US$ 5,500). The company has sold more
than 600 cars in India.
2004 Jul 2, In India’s Bihar
state gunmen killed 10 people in the latest outburst of caste
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.
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.
2004 Jul 2, In Panama a
US-registered small jet crashed into an airport hangar during
takeoff and burst into flames, killing seven people.
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
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
2004 Jul 3, Insurgents attacked
an Iraqi checkpoint south of the capital, killing five national
guard soldiers and wounding five more.
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.
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.
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.
2004 Jul 3, In Nicaragua a week
of heavy rains caused floods and mudslides that claimed 25 lives.
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
(Reuters, 7/3/04)(AP, 7/4/04)
2004 Jul 3, Andrian Nikolayev
(74), former Soviet cosmonaut died in Cheboksary, Chuvash Autonomous
2004 Jul 3, Rwanda reopened its
border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, further reducing
tension between the two countries.
2004 Jul 3, Sudan pledged to
disarm Arab militias, known as Janjaweed.
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.
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.
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
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.
2004 Jul 4, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai issued a decree ordering death penalty for criminals
who remove body parts from kidnapped children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(SFC, 7/3/04, p.A14)(AP, 7/5/04)(SFC, 7/7/04,
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.
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.
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
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
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
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,
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.
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.
2004 Jul 6, US Democratic
presidential candidate John Kerry selected former rival John Edwards
to be his running mate.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2004 Jul 7, Former Enron
chairman Kenneth Lay was indicted on criminal charges related to the
energy company's collapse.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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."
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
(AP, 7/9/04)(SFC, 7/10/04, p.A8)(WSJ, 2/24/05,
2004 Jul 9, In Peru 2 passenger
buses collided head-on on a coastal highway, killing at least 36
people and injuring two dozen.
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
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.
2004 Jul 10, Four U.S. Marines
were killed in a vehicle accident while conducting security
operations in Anbar, an area of western Iraq.
2004 Jul 10, In northwest
Colombia suspected leftist guerrillas shot and killed seven rural
peasants in an attack on a small village.
2004 Jul 10, Maria de Lourdes
Pintasilgo (74), the only woman to serve as Portugal's prime
minister (1979), died of heart failure.
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
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.
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.
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,
2004 Jul 11, A bomb exploded on
a bustling street of Herat, Afghanistan, killing five people, and
2004 Jul 11, A truck crashed
into a house packed with guests at a wedding reception in Indonesia,
killing 17 and injuring 13.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
2004 Jul 12, Newspapers in
Senegal and the Central African Republic suspended publication to
protest the jailings of leading journalists.
2004 Jul 13, The American
League cruised past the National League 9-4 in the All-Star game.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
2004 Jul 13, The US State Dept.
announced that Uzbekistan had not passed the test for assistance
(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.
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
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
2004 Jul 15, The Senate
approved a plan to pay tobacco farmers $12 billion to give up
federal quotas propping up their prices.
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.
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,
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.
2004 Jul 15, In western Nepal
11 suspected Maoist rebels including two local leaders were killed
in armed clashes with security forces.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2004 Jul 17, An Ariane 5 rocket
took off from French Guyana carrying the heaviest commercial telecom
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2004 Jul 27, In Prestonpans,
Scotland, Baron Gordon Prestoungrange granted posthumous pardons to
81 people convicted and executed for being witches from 1563-1727.
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.
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.
2004 Jul 18, Anne Gorsuch
Burford (62), Former Environmental Protection Agency chief, died in
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
(AP, 7/19/04)(Econ, 7/24/04, p.36)(Econ, 4/23/05,
2004 Jul 18, Idjarruri Karaja
(40), an activist who worked to include Indian rights in Brazil's
constitution, died of complications from kidney surgery.
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
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.
2004 Jul 18, American jets hit
a position in Fallujah purportedly used by foreign militants,
demolishing a house and killing 14 people.
2004 Jul 18, Mexico and Cuba
said they will reinstate ambassadors in each other's countries at
the end of the month.
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.
2004 Jul 18, Gunmen angry over
Yasser Arafat's overhaul of his security forces burned down
Palestinian Authority offices in Gaza.
2004 Jul 18, Pedro Santana
Lopes was sworn in as PM of Portugal's 16th constitutional
government at a ceremony with President Jorge Sampaio.
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
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
(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.
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
2004 Jul 19, Iraq announced the
appointment of 43 new ambassadors in its first move to re-engage
with the world.
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.
2004 Jul 19, An Israeli
aircraft struck a Palestinian militant safe house at a beach camp
near Gaza City, wounding three fighters.
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.
2004 Jul 19, The Philippines
said that it has completed the withdrawal of its peacekeeping
contingent from Iraq.
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.
2004 Jul 19, In eastern Ukraine
a coal mine methane gas explosion killed at least 34 miners near
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
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2004 Jul 20, A bomb attack on
an Iraqi minibus killed four civilians and injured two others near
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.
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
2004 Jul 20, In Nepal Communist
rebels freed about 50 students and a dozen teachers.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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
(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.
2004 Jul 22, The U.S. House of
Representatives gave final approval to a new free trade agreement
2004 Jul 22, Adolph Coors and
Molson confirmed that they planned to merge their family-controlled
(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.
2004 Jul 22, Illinois Jacquet
(81), jazz luminary known for his big sound on the tenor sax, died
(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.
2004 Jul 22, French crooner
Sacha Distel (71), whose seductive good looks won him legions of
female fans around the world, died.
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.
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.
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.
2004 Jul 23, In northwest
Colombia police seized 4 1/2 tons of cocaine with an estimated
street value of $90 million.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2004 Jul 24, Fred LaRue (75),
former Nixon administration official, died in Biloxi, Mississippi.
He served a prison term for Watergate.
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.
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
2004 Jul 24, Gunmen kidnapped
the head of an Iraqi government-owned construction company in
2004 Jul 24, The 16th edition
of Italy's Miss Cicciona contest (Italy's Miss Chubby) began in
Forcoli, central Italy.
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.
2004 Jul 24, Militants torched
a Palestinian police station south of Gaza City.
2004 Jul 24, Sri Lanka's Tamil
Tiger rebels killed eight rivals in the worst outbreak of violence
in three months.
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.
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
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
2004 Jul 25, Lance Armstrong
(32) became the 1st 6-time winner of the 2,107-mile Tour de France
(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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
2004 Jul 25, The death toll
from monsoon flooding in South Asia reached 944.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2004 Jul 26, Close to 5,000
'cybernauts' gathered for a weeklong computer party in Spain’s
southeastern city of Valencia.
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.
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
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
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.
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
2004 Jul 27, A Baghdad mortar
barrage killed an Iraqi garbage collector and injured 14 coalition
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.
2004 Jul 27, The U.N. Security
Council extended an arms embargo on Congo for a year as fighting
continued between rival factions.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
2004 Jul 28, Peru’s President
Alejandro Toledo, facing allegations of corruption, invited
government auditors to review all of his bank accounts.
2004 Jul 28, Deaths from
monsoon rains across South Asia reached 1,238.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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
(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.
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
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
2004 Jul 30, A small bomb
exploded in Faisalabad, an industrial city of eastern Pakistan,
wounding 18 people, mostly children.
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.
2004 Jul 30, In Uzbekistan
suicide bombers hit the U.S. and Israeli embassies, killing at least
2004 Jul 30, A Venezuelan judge
ordered the arrests of 59 former military officers on suspicion of
plotting against President Hugo Chavez's government.
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.
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.
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
2004 Jul 31, Laura Betti (70),
Italian film actress, died. Her debut was in Fellini’s “La Dolce
(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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
2004 Jul, In Germany Hartz IV
was voted into law. It became effective in January 2005. It limited
unemployment pay to the 1st year out of work, after which a much
lower social security benefit kicked in. The Hartz laws originated
in 2002 when Chancellor Schroder asked Peter Hartz, personnel chief
at Volkswagen, to propose reforms in Germany’s labor market. The
package became known as Schroder’s Agenda 2010.
(Econ, 9/4/04, p.62)(Econ, 2/11/06, Survey
p.9)(Econ 7/8/17, p.19)
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,
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.
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.
2004 Aug 1, Karen Stupples won
the Women's British Open.
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.
2004 Aug 1, A Kenyan government
spokesman said 7 truck drivers taken hostage in Iraq have been
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.
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,
2004 Aug 1, In Peru a bus
plunged off a cliff in the Andes Mountains, killing at least 34
passengers and injuring 21.
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.
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.
2004 Aug 2, Pres. Bush proposed
creating a national intelligence director in line with the Sep 11
(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.
2003 Aug 2, Afghan troops
backed by U.S. warplanes killed as many as 70 militants in a daylong
battle near the Pakistani border.
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
(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
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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)
Aug 3, A car bomb planted by suspected Colombian rebels ripped apart
three passing police vehicles, killing nine officers.
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,
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.
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.
2004 Aug 4, The Georgia men's
basketball team was placed on four years' probation for rules
violations under former coach Jim Harrick.
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
2004 Aug 4, Former teacher Mary
Kay Letourneau, convicted of having sex with a sixth-grade pupil,
was released from a Washington state prison.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
p.A1)(SFC, 8/6/04, p.A2)
2004 Aug 5, In Tennessee
Cyntoia Brown (16) killed Johnny Allen (43) after he picked her up
at a drive-in restaurant to have sex. She was convicted of murder in
2006 and sentenced to life in prison. In 2019 Gov. Bill Haslam
granted her clemency with ten years of parole supervision.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyntoia_Brown)(SFC, 1/9/19, p.A7)
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
2004 Aug 8, The US military
said 2 American soldiers and their Afghan interpreter died when a
bomb hit their Humvee.
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).
2004 Aug 8, Fay Wray (b.1907),
film actress, died. She was best known for her 1933 performance in
(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.
2004 Aug 8, Iraq reinstated
capital punishment for people guilty of murder, endangering national
security and distributing drugs.
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.
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
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
2004 Aug 8, In Pakistan 2 bombs
ripped through an Islamic school, killing 8 and injuring 42.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
(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
(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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
2004 Aug 11, U.S. jet fighters
bombed the turbulent city of Fallujah, killing four people and
injuring four others.
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.
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.
2004 Aug 11, In northwestern
Turkey 2 trains collided head on, killing 8 people, injuring 55
(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."
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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
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
(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
(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.
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
(AP, 8/14/04)(Econ, 8/21/04, p.37)(Econ, 9/11/04,
2004 Aug 13, In Colombia 3
outlawed paramilitary factions agreed to disarm immediately.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2004 Aug 13, A Palestinian
gunman killed an Israeli security guard near a Jewish West Bank
settlement before being slain himself.
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.
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.
2004 Aug 14, William D. Ford
(77), 15-term congressman died in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
(AP, 8/14/04)(Econ, 8/21/04, p.72)(SSFC, 9/24/06,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2004 Aug 16, The FDA approved
the 1st surgical device to clear clots from the brains of stroke
(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
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
(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.
2004 Aug 16, In Nigeria an oil
tanker truck went out of control and plowed into a bustling Nigerian
market in Kano, killing 17.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
2004 Aug 17, Iran said it would
destroy Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor if the Jewish state were to
attack Iran's nuclear facilities.
2004 Aug 17, Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon approved the construction of 1,000 more homes
in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
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.
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
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.
2004 Aug 18, Two campers were
found slain in their sleeping bags at Fish Head Beach in Sonoma Ct.,
Ca. Lindsay Cutshall (22) of Fresno, Ohio, and Jason Allen (26) of
Zeeland, Mich., were found with gunshots to the head on a Jenner
beach. Both were believed to have been killed after nightfall on
August 14. They had planned a wedding for next month. On March
24, 2017, Shaun Gallon (38) of Forestville killed his younger
brother, was swiftly arrested and confessed enough to tie him to the
2004 Jenner beach murders. In 2018 Gallon was charged with the
Jenner beach murders.
8/21/04, p.A1)(SFC, 5/6/17, p.A1)(SFC, 5/17/18, p.D1)
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.
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
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
2004 Aug 18, In South Ossetia 3
Georgian peacekeepers were killed in overnight shooting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2004 Aug 18, Five Palestinians
were killed in a blast outside the house of a well-known Hamas
militant in Gaza City.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2004 Aug 20, Tropical storm
Megi swept out to sea beyond northern Japan, leaving behind an arc
of destruction that killed 13 people.
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.
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.
2004 Aug 21, A Chinese official
said a lethal strain of avian influenza had been found among pigs at
(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.
2004 Aug 21, Iraq celebrated
their national soccer team's startling 1-0 victory over Australia in
the Olympic quarterfinal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2004 Aug 21, A military plane
crashed into a mountain in central Venezuela, killing 25 people,
including five children.
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.
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.
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.
2004 Aug 22, Attackers killed
one Turkish citizen and two Iraqis on a road north of Baghdad.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2004 Aug 23, Electricity went
out across Bahrain, snarling rush hour traffic and leaving residents
without air conditioning as temperatures climbed toward 130
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
(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.
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
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.
2004 Aug 24, Osama bin Laden's
chauffeur was arraigned at first U.S. military commission hearing
since World War II.
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,
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.1952), a Grammy-nominated pop singer best known for her 1982
platinum hit "Gloria," died in East Quogue, N.Y.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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).
2004 Aug 26, In northern
Vietnam a boat capsized in heavy winds on a river, killing 16
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
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
2004 Aug 27, A fire at a
University of Mississippi fraternity house killed 3 students.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2004 Aug 28, In Greece the US
men's basketball team won the bronze, the 100th U.S. medal of the
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.
2004 Aug 28, Five Hindu
pilgrims were killed and 14 others injured in a stampede at a river
bathing festival in southern India.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
(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
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
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
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.
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
2004 Aug 29, Nikolai Getman
(b.1917), Russian artist and gulag survivor (1946-1953), died in
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
2004 Aug 30, Typhoon Chaba
plowed into southern Japan, killing at least five people and
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
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,
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
(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.
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.
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.
2004 Aug 31, In Beersheba,
Israel, Palestinian suicide bombers exploded two buses almost
simultaneously, killing at least 16 people and wounding more than
(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.
2004 Aug 31, A woman strapped
with explosives blew herself up outside a busy Moscow subway
station, killing at least 10 people.
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.
2004 Aug 31, An official said
Turkish troops had killed 11 Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey
during the past three days.
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
(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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2004 Sep 1, Pakistani officials
said security forces have arrested two "important" al Qaeda
operatives, including an Egyptian and a Saudi national.
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.
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
(AP, 9/1/04)(SFC, 9/2/04,
2004 Sep 1, In Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia, 3 people were killed in a stampede to a newly opened Ikea
(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.
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.
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.
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.
2004 Sep 2, Hurricane Frances
raged through the sparsely populated southeastern Bahamas.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
2004 Sep 2, In Saudi Arabia one
policeman was killed and three others wounded in clashes with
militants in a town northeast of Riyadh.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
2004 Sep 4, Hurricane Frances
ripped apart roofs, shattered windows and flooded neighborhoods as
it raged through the Bahamas leaving 2 people dead.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(SSFC, 9/5/04, p.A1)(SFC, 9/6/04, p.A1)(WSJ,
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.
2004 Sep 5, In Sylhet,
Bangladesh, 2 people were killed and 10 wounded in a bomb blast.
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
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.
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.
2004 Sep 6, Former Pres.
Clinton (58) underwent successful quadruple heart bypass surgery in
(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.
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
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
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
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.
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
(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
2004 Sep 6, An Israeli military
satellite fell into the Mediterranean Sea after a botched launch
from southern Israel.
2004 Sep 6, In Lebanon 4
Cabinet ministers resigned to protest the extension of President
Emile Lahoud's term.
2004 Sep 7, The Congressional
Budget Office said the US deficit would hit a record $422 billion
(SFC, 9/8/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 7, Kirk Fordice (70),
former Mississippi Gov. (1992-2000) died in Jackson, Miss.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2004 Sep 7, Israeli helicopters
attacked a Hamas training camp, killing at least 14 militants and
wounding 30 others.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2004 Sep 8, Insurgents
kidnapped the family of an Iraqi National Guard officer and set fire
to his home northeast of the capital.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
(AP, 9/9/04)(WSJ, 9/9/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/10/04,
2004 Sep 9, A military Lynx
helicopter crashed near the city of Brno in the Czech Republic,
killing six British soldiers.
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.
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.
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.
2004 Sep 10, California
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill barring necrophilia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2004 Sep 10, Japan confirmed a
12th case of mad cow disease.
2004 Sep 10, Two Lebanese men
were shot dead in Baghdad.
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
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,
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.
2004 Sep 10, Svetlana
Kuznetsova overwhelmed Elena Dementieva 6-3, 7-5 in the first
all-Russian U.S. Open final.
2004 Sep 10, Mike Leigh's "Vera
Drake" won the Golden Lion for best picture at the close of the
Venice Film Festival.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
(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
2004 Sep 12 , North Korea
opened its Ninth Pyongyang Film Festival.
2004 Sep 12, Pakistani security
forces and militants clashed in fighting that killed at least nine
people in the mountains near the Afghan border.
2004 Sep 13, Oprah Winfrey
celebrated the premiere of her 19th season by surprising each of her
276 audience members with a new car.
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.
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
(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
(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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2004 Sep 14, Russia announced
it was pouring $5.4 billion in additional funding into its security
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
(WSJ, 9/16/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 15, National Hockey
League owners agreed to lock out the players.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2004 Sep 15, Malaysia declared
its entire northern Kelantan state a quarantine zone to halt the
spread of bird flu.
2004 Sep 15, In Pakistan Pres.
Musharraf backed out of his pledge to give up his post as army
(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.
2004 Sep 15, In Saudi Arabia
Edward Stuart Muirhead-Smith (55) was killed at the Max shopping
center in eastern Riyadh.
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
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.
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. The leak continued into 2017 and regulators
warned it could last a century or more. In 2018 a new estimate said
10,500 to 29, 4000 gallons of oil were leaking daily from the site.
(SFC, 4/17/15, p.A6)(SFC, 5/11/17,
p.A5)(SFC, 12/22/18, p.A7)
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
(AP, 9/16/04)(WSJ, 9/17/04, p.A1)(AP,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(AP, 9/17/04)(SFC, 9/18/04, p.A1)(SFC, 9/23/04,
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.
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.
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.
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
2004 Sep 18, Miss Alabama
Deidre Downs, an aspiring medical student, won the Miss America
2004 Sep 17, Pop singer Britney
Spears married her fiancé, dancer Kevin Federline, in a surprise
2004 Sep 18, Louisiana voters
overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment banning
same-sex marriages and civil unions.
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,
2004 Sep 17, Marvin Mitchelson
(76), Hollywood divorce lawyer, died in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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
2004 Sep 18, Munich's mayor
opened the southern city's 171st Oktoberfest festival for a crowd of
2004 Sep 18, India said the US
had lifted export restrictions on equipment for India's commercial
space program and nuclear power facilities.
2004 Sep 18, Indian troops shot
dead 14 Islamic militants in clashes across Indian-administered
Kashmir, while suspected rebels killed four civilians.
2004 Sep 18, The UN atomic
watchdog agency demanded Iran suspend all uranium enrichment
activities and set a November timetable for compliance.
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.
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.
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.
2004 Sep 19, "The Sopranos" won
best drama series at the Emmy Awards while "Arrested Development"
won best comedy series.
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.
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.
2004 Sep 19, Belarus barred
dozens of opposition candidates from running in the Oct 17
(WSJ, 9/20/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 19, British commoners
gained the right to stroll over an additional 153,000 hectares of
(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.
2004 Sep 19, In northern Egypt
a pickup truck and a minibus collided head on a rural road, killing
13 people and injuring 10.
2004 Sep 19, Floodwaters
brought by Tropical Storm Jeanne killed at least 90 people in Haiti.
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
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
(AP, 9/19/04)(WSJ, 9/22/04, p.A1)(Econ, 9/25/04,
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.
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
2004 Sep 20, India's space
agency said it successfully launched the nation's first satellite
for educational services.
2004 Sep 20, In Indonesia
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono held a commanding lead over Incumbent
President Megawati Sukarnoputri in partial official results.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2004 Sep 21, Former General
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono took a seemingly unassailable lead in
Indonesia's presidential election.
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.
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.
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
2004 Sep 21, Liechtenstein
ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, bringing to 116
the number of nations that have endorsed the pact.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
2004 Sep 22, In southern Brazil
a school bus swerved off a narrow road and plunged into a reservoir,
killing at least 16 children.
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.
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.
2004 Sep 22, The European Union
agreed in principle to lift an arms embargo on Libya after pressure
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.
2004 Sep 22, In Haiti, the
death toll from Tropical Storm Jeanne topped 1,000.
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.
2004 Sep 22, In India's
mountainous northeast 10 people, including a state government
minister and two lawmakers, were killed in a helicopter crash.
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
2004 Sep 22, In Iraq kidnappers
seized 4 Egyptians and four Iraqis working for the country's mobile
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
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
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
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.
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
(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.
2004 Sep 23, Nigel Nicolson
(87), English writer and publisher, died. His mother was Vita
(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.
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
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]
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.
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.
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
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."
2004 Sep 24, The California Air
Resources Board backed sweeping reductions in auto emissions.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2004 Sep 25, In southwest China
a swollen river swept a bus off a bridge, and about 30 passengers
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
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.
2004 Sep 25, An Internet
posting claimed that an al-Qaida-linked group has killed British
hostage Kenneth Bigley.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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
2004 Sep 27, NBC announced that
"Tonight Show" host Jay Leno would be succeeded by "Late Night" host
Conan O'Brien in 2009.
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
(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,
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.
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.
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,
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
(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
(SFC, 9/28/04, p.A3)
2004 Sep 28, The US Treasury
issued a new $50 bill with touches of red, blue and yellow.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
2004 Sep 29, Tropical storm
Meari battered Japan, killing five people and injuring 52 and forced
thousands to evacuate to shelters. [see Sep 30]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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,
2004 Sep 30, Taliban guerrillas
killed at least 12 Afghan soldiers in the southern province of
(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
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
2004 Sep 30, Two gunmen in
Srinagar shot dead a member of the moderate faction of Kashmir's
main separatist alliance.
2004 Sep 30, Russia's Cabinet
approved the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.
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.
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
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
(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
(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.