Timeline 2004 January - March
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2004 Jan 1,
The University of Southern California defeated the University of
Michigan, 28-14, in the Rose Bowl.
2004 Jan 1, The 1st US
anti-spam law, the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, went into effect. It made
it illegal for advertisers to falsify their identity and required an
effective way for recipients to get themselves removed from
(SFC, 1/2/04, p.B1)
2004 Jan 1, A California ban on
the gasoline additive MTBE went into effect. Ethanol became the new
additive of choice, even though it could increase air pollution.
2004 Jan 1, Houston's $324
million, 7.5 mile, light rail system made its inaugural trips.
(AP, 1/2/04)(WSJ, 1/22/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 1, The US Navy seized
a 4th drug-smuggling vessel in the Persian Gulf with about 2,800
pounds of hashish. Street value was estimated at $11 million.
2004 Jan 1, Afghanistan's
constitutional convention came off the rails, as panicked officials
adjourned the gathering in the face of a boycott by opponents of
President Hamid Karzai. Tajik and Uzbek delegates mounted a boycott
demanding that minority rights be guarded.
(AP, 1/1/04)(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 1, Brazil began
fingerprinting and photographing American visitors in retaliation to
similar new US procedures.
(WSJ, 12/31/03, p.A1)
2004 Jan 1, China began running
the world's 1st commercially operated maglev train in Shanghai. The
German-built system spanned 18 miles.
(SFC, 1/10/04, p.E4)
2004 Jan 1, In Colombia Luis
Eduardo Garzon took the helm as the first leftist mayor of Bogota.
2004 Jan 1, Jiri Loewy (73), a
Czech journalist who campaigned against communism from exile, died
2004 Jan 1, President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide pledged to improve life for his impoverished
nation as police blocked thousands of anti-government demonstrators
during celebrations marking Haiti's 200th anniversary of
independence from France. More than 15,000 Aristide supporters
rallied outside the National Palace as more than 5,000 government
opponents massed in the capital's streets and faced off with police
and government partisans.
(AP, 1/1/04)(AP, 1/2/04)
2004 Jan 1, Pres. Thabo Mbeki
of South Africa joined Pres. Aristide for Haiti’s independence
(WPR, 3/04, p.29)
2004 Jan 1, Hong Kong began a
de facto free-trade agreement with mainland China.
(SFC, 10/15/05, p.C1)
2004 Jan 1, Iranian officials
welcomed America's temporary lifting of sanctions against the
Persian state following the country's earthquake, and the foreign
minister said the embargo should end permanently.
2004 Jan 1, Pakistan's Pervez
Musharraf won a vote of confidence that supporters hailed as the
final step on the general's journey from dictator to democrat.
Opponents derided the proceedings, which will keep the Pakistani
leader in power as president until 2007.
2004 Jan 1, A Pakistani airline
flew from Lahore to New Delhi and back, re-establishing a commercial
link that was cut by a war scare in 2002.
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 1, North Korea
confirmed that it would allow a U.S. delegation to visit its main
nuclear complex next week, the first such inspection since the
isolated communist country expelled UN monitors more than a year
2004 Jan 1, In South Africa a
minibus full of British and Canadian tourists headed to a scenic
mountain area crashed, killing eight Britons and the pedestrian.
2004 Jan 1, In Taiwan tens of
thousands of protesters marched peacefully to push for full
democracy in this former British colony.
2004 Jan 2, The NASA Stardust
spacecraft took pictures of the Wild-2 comet tail and collected
particles on "aerogel," a silica foam 99.8% air, the lightest
material ever made.
(SFC, 2/6/99, p.A8)(SSFC, 1/4/04, p.A8)
2004 Jan 2, The Fort Pierre
Livestock Auction in South Dakota managed to auction beef calves at
around 92.5 cents a pound. This was 15-20% below mid-December prices
due to the recent mad cow scare.
(WSJ, 1/9/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 2, In Argentina near
Buenos Aires an explosion at a supermarket that sold illegal
fireworks left five people dead and injured more than a dozen
others. A gas leak was blamed.
2004 Jan 2, British flights to
Washington and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, were canceled as a security
2004 Jan 2, Bulgaria reported
that more than two dozen Bulgarian soldiers are refusing deployment
in Iraq, following the deaths of five countrymen.
2004 Jan 2, Ecuadorian
authorities captured Ricardo Ovidio Palmera Pineda, aka Simon
Trinidad, one of the 7 members who make up the ruling secretariat of
the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. He was arrested
at dawn in a medical clinic in Ecuador.
(AP, 1/3/04)(Econ, 1/10/04, p.30)
2004 Jan 2, Kemal el-Sheik
(85), Egyptian film director celebrated for a career that spanned
nearly five decades, died.
2004 Jan 2, A U.S. military
helicopter crashed west of Baghdad, killing one soldier and wounding
2004 Jan 2, In central Iraq
insurgents hit a U.S. base with mortar shells, killing one American
soldier and wounding two others. A US helicopter was shot down near
Fallujah killing one American soldier.
(AP, 1/3/04)(SFC, 1/2/04, p.A5)
2004 Jan 2, Norwegian police
arrested Mullah Krekar, Muslim Kurd leader of Ansar al-Islam, on
charges connected to 2 suicide bombings in Iraq 2 years ago. Norway
ordered Krekar deported in 2005 after declaring him a national
security threat, but postponed the move because of worries he could
face execution or torture in Iraq.
(SFC, 1/2/04, p.A3)(AP, 2/14/12)
2004 Jan 2, Philippine movie
star Fernando Po Jr. filed his candidacy for the presidency.
(SFC, 1/2/04, p.A2)
2004 Jan 3, The NASA spacecraft
Spirit landed on Mars at the Gusev Crater. It was the 4th successful
US landing on Mars.
(SSFC, 1/4/04, p.A1)(USAT, 1/16/04, p.2A)
2004 Jan 3, In San Jose., Ca, a
gang brawl at a Jack in the Box restaurant left 2 teenagers (17)
dead. James Ortega (14) was charged as an adult on 2 counts of gang
motivated murder. In 2007 a San Jose court sentenced Ortega to 36
years to life in prison for the shooting.
(SFC, 1/9/04, p.A17)(SFC, 2/23/07, p.B1)
2004 Jan 3, In China a fire
broke out on an overcrowded bus along an expressway that connects
Shanghai with the eastern city of Nanjing, killing at least 12
people and injuring 14.
2004 Jan 3, In China a
landslide crushed five houses, killing at least 14 people in
northern Shanxi province.
2004 Jan 3, An Egyptian Air
Flash, Boeing 737, carrying 148 people, most of them French tourists
on New Year family holidays, crashed into the Red Sea off the resort
of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing all on board.
(AP, 1/3/04)(SFC, 1/3/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 3, India's PM Atal
Bihari Vajpayee made a historic visit to Pakistan ahead of a key
South Asian summit, greeted with a warm handshake by PM Zafarullah
Khan Jamali. The airport ceremony would have been unimaginable just
one year ago.
2004 Jan 3, In eastern India
unidentified gunmen stormed a village and shot to death five
2004 Jan 3, In Iran rescuers
pulled Sharbanou Mazandarani (97) from the rubble at Ban, 9 days
following the earthquake, as the death toll rose to about 35,000.
(SSFC, 1/4/04, p.A2)
2004 Jan 3, In Tikrit, Iraq,
American soldiers opened fire with a machine gun on a taxi, killing
four Iraqi civilians, including a 7-year-old boy.
2004 Jan 3, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed 3 Palestinians in the West Bank city of Nablus.
2004 Jan 3, Isidro Galeana
(65), a former state police commander and the first former
government official to face arrest for his role in Mexico's "dirty
war" of the 1960s and 1970s, died of a heart attack.
2004 Jan 3, Nigeria said it had
routed a newly emerged Muslim militant movement fighting to create
an Islamic state in Africa's most populous nation. 2 weeks of
running gunbattles had killed at least eight people.
2004 Jan 4, Louisiana State
University won college football's Sugar Bowl, defeating Oklahoma
2004 Jan 4, In Iowa, seven of
the nine Democratic presidential hopefuls participated in a feisty,
first debate of the election year.
2004 Jan 4, Michael Straight
(87), former US State Dept employee (1938) and later editor of the
New Republic, died. In 1983 he authored "After Long Silence." He had
passed reports to the Russians in 1938.
(Econ, 1/17/04, p.76)
2004 Jan 4, John Toland (91),
historian, died in Danbury, Conn. His books included "The Rising
Sun" (1971), an account of Japan from 1936-1945, and "Adolph Hitler:
The Definitive Biography" (1976).
(SFC, 1/6/04, p.A19)y
2004 Jan 4, Rival Afghan
factions agreed to a new national constitution. 502 delegates
accepted a system with a strong president and a weaker parliament.
(AP, 1/4/04)(SFC, 1/5/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 4, In Denmark
residents who openly bought and sold hashish at a famous hippie
enclave in Copenhagen abruptly demolished their booths, trying to
head off a Danish government crackdown on illegal drug sales.
2004 Jan 4, The former Soviet
republic of Georgia voted for a successor to President Eduard
Shevardnadze. Mikhail Saakashvili, Georgia's young firebrand
opposition leader, declared himself the victor in presidential
elections with some 85% of the vote.
(AP, 1/5/04)(SFC, 1/5/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 4, Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon issued an order to dismantle two West Bank
2004 Jan 4, In the southern
Philippines a bomb exploded at a packed basketball game, killing 11
people and wounding at least 68 including Parang Mayor Vivencio
Bataga, who was the likely target of the attack.
(AP, 1/4/04)(SFC, 1/5/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 4, South Korean
prosecutors, investigating corruption in the bidding on government
contracts by an affiliate of IBM Corp., indicted 48 government and
2004 Jan 4, In southern
Thailand assailants set fire to 18 schools and stormed a military
armory, killing four soldiers in nearly simultaneous raids.
2004 Jan 5, After 14 years of
denials, Pete Rose publicly admitted that he'd bet on baseball while
manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
2004 Jan 5, Pres. Bush extended
a 1986 order of sanctions against Libya.
(WSJ, 1/6/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 5, The US began
fingerprinting and photographing int'l. passengers at 115 airports
and 14 cruise-ship ports.
(SFC, 1/6/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 5, NASA released a
3-D, black-and-white panoramic picture of the bleak surface of Mars
snapped by the newly landed rover, Spirit.
2004 Jan 5, Norman Heatley
(92), a scientist whose pioneering work on penicillin production
helped save countless lives, died in Oxford, England. It was Heatley
and his Oxford University colleagues who produced enough for the
first clinical tests on humans.
(AP, 1/17/04)(SFC, 1/19/04, p.B4)
2004 Jan 5, Kiharu Nakamura
(90), Japanese geisha, died in the US. Her 10 books included "The
Memoir of a Tokyo-born Geisha."
(Econ, 1/24/04, p.78)
2004 Jan 5, Tug McGraw (59),
baseball pitcher, died near Nashville, Tenn.
2004 Jan 5, China confirmed its
first SARS case since an outbreak of the disease was contained in
July and authorities ordered the emergency slaughter of some 10,000
civet cats and related species after tests linked a virus found in
the animals to the patient.
2004 Jan 5, Dutchman Jaap de
Hoop Scheffer took over as NATO's top official.
2004 Jan 5, A letter bomb
addressed to a senior member of the European Parliament burst into
flames. Italian anarchists were suspected in the 7 mail attacks
since Dec 27.
(AP, 1/5/04)(SFC, 1/6/04, p.A10)
2004 Jan 5, In Mexico heavily
armed men in military and police-style uniforms raided the western
prison at Apatzingan in Michoacan state and freed 25 inmates.
2004 Jan 5, Pakistan's
President Pervez Musharraf held much-anticipated, face-to-face talks
with Indian leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the sidelines of a South
2004 Jan 5, In Thailand 2 bombs
exploded in the southern town of Pattani, killing 2 policemen and
injuring several people, police said. Two other bombs were found
before they could go off.
(AP, 1/5/04)(WPR, 3/04, p.32)
2004 Jan 6, A design consisting
of two reflecting pools and a paved stone field was chosen for the
World Trade Center memorial in New York.
2004 Jan 6, The Ohio Lottery
awarded $162 million to Rebecca Jemison (34). Elicia Battle (40),
who initially claimed to have lost the Dec 30 winning ticket,
recanted on Jan 8.
(SFC, 1/9/04, p.A2)
2004 Jan 6, In Afghanistan a
time bomb in an apple cart blast killed at least 17 people,
including 8 children, in the southern city of Kandahar. 12 civilians
were executed in Helmand Province.
(SFC, 1/7/04, p.A10)(SFC, 1/9/04, p.A12)(AP,
2004 Jan 6, China began a mass
eradication of some 10,000 civet cats to stem a suspected link to
(SFC, 1/7/04, p.A14)
2004 Jan 6, PM Pierre Charles
(49) of Dominica, who slashed public spending in a bid to help his
island's economy and was a critic of U.S. policy in the Caribbean,
died of an apparent heart attack.
2004 Jan 6, India and Pakistan
agreed on talks to formally tackle all issues including Kashmir.
(WSJ, 1/7/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 6, Egypt and Iran
agreed to restore diplomatic ties sundered in 1979.
(WSJ, 1/7/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 6, Iraqi police opened
fire on hundreds of stone-throwing former Iraqi soldiers demanding
monthly stipends promised by the U.S.-led coalition, and reporters
saw at least four protesters shot in the southern town of Basra.
2004 Jan 6, In Liberia the LURD
and MODEL rebel groups demanded the resignation of Gyude Bryant,
interim government head.
(Econ, 1/31/04, p.48)
2004 Jan 6, North Korea offered
to refrain from producing nuclear weapons in order to rekindle talks
over its arms programs.
(SFC, 1/6/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 6, President Bashar
Assad began the first-ever visit to Turkey by a Syrian head of
state, hoping to further improve ties forge a joint position on
growing Kurdish autonomy.
(AP, 1/6/04)(WSJ, 1/7/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 6, The Sudanese
government and southern rebels agreed on how to share the country's
wealth, including oil revenues, solving a key issue and taking a
major step toward ending their 20-year conflict.
2004 Jan 6, Mijailo Mijailovic
confessed to the fatal stabbing of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna
Lindh in September 2003.
2004 Jan 7, Pres. Bush
presented a plan to grant legal status to foreigners working in the
(AP, 1/8/04)(WSJ, 1/8/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 7, Digital radios went
on sale in the US.
(SFC, 1/7/04, p.B8)
2004 Jan 7, In Georgia Jerry
William Jones (31) killed 3 former in-laws and his infant daughter
and fled with 3 girl hostages. The girls were found safe and Jones
shot himself following a police chase.
(SFC, 1/9/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 7, Canadian police in
Barrie, Ontario, raided a former Molson plant that was producing 4
crops of hydroponically grown marijuana valued at $102 million.
(Econ, 11/24/07, p.40)
2004 Jan 7, In Colombia FARC
rebels killed 8 peasant farmers because they refused to sell them
their coca crops.
2004 Jan 7, Dominica's main
political party chose Roosevelt Skerrit (31), the education
minister, as the next leader of this Caribbean country.
2004 Jan 7, Guatemala signed an
accord to let UN prosecutors handle organized crime and human-rights
(AP, 1/8/04)(WSJ, 1/8/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 7, In southwestern
Guatemala men with automatic weapons hijacked a minibus carrying 13
American tourists, killing one passenger. In 2005 Henry Giovanny
Vicente (27), and Marvin Sebastian Berganza (29) were convicted by a
3-judge panel of being accomplices in the killing of Brett Richards,
a 52-year-old architect from Ogden, Utah, who died during a
confrontation with bandits who hijacked a bus of Mormon tourists
visiting Mayan ruins.
(AP, 1/8/04)(WSJ, 1/8/04, p.A1)(AP, 11/30/05)
2004 Jan 7, Haiti university
students marched against Pres. Jean-Bertrand Aristide, sparking
clashes that left at least 2 dead amid a swelling opposition
movement against the leader.
2004 Jan 7, In Iran a
57-year-old man was pulled from the rubble of Ban's earthquake,
barely conscious but still alive because he had a source of water
during the 13 days he was buried. He died 4 days later.
(AP, 1/8/04)(AP, 1/11/04)
2004 Jan 7, L. Paul Bremer, the
top American civilian official in Iraq, said U.S. authorities will
release 506 low-level Iraqi prisoners while increasing the bounties
for fugitives suspected of major roles in attacks against coalition
2004 Jan 7, Israeli soldiers
patrolling West Bank towns shot and killed 3 Palestinian militants
during an ongoing sweep of the area.
2004 Jan 7, Najib Razak, a
veteran politician, was named as Malaysia's deputy PM.
2004 Jan 7, Mauritania armed
security force members stopped racers from the famed Paris-Dakar
Rally, demanding $65 from each vehicle to pass the border. The 26th
Paris-Dakar race crosses 6,920.4-miles, seven countries and the
Sahara Desert, ending Jan. 18 outside the Senegalese capital, Dakar
2004 Jan 7, Morocco pardoned 33
prisoners, including a prominent journalist.
2004 Jan 7, In Scotland Stephen
Gough (44) was convicted of breaching the peace and sentenced to
three months in jail for trying to walk the length of Britain naked
to promote public nudity.
2004 Jan 7, Ingrid Thulin
(b.1926), Swedish actress, died in Stockholm. Her films included
"Foreign Intrigue" (1956).
(SFC, 1/9/04, p.A21)
2004 Jan 8, The journal Science
reported high levels of dangerous chemicals in farmed salmon. Wild
Pacific salmon had 10 times less than the farmed ones.
(SFC, 1/9/04, p.A2)
2004 Jan 8, Pressure in the
Int'l. Space Station continued to drop.
(WSJ, 1/9/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 8, Queen Elizabeth II
christened the world's largest ocean liner, the Queen Mary 2.
2004 Jan 8, Chinese state media
reported that authorities had dismissed 44,701 police between August
and November in 2003 for lacking job qualifications, corruption or
other offenses in a campaign to raise policing standards.
2004 Jan 8, Authorities in
Georgia's autonomous region of Adzharia imposed a state of
emergency, fearing the newly elected Georgian president may try to
rein in the province.
2004 Jan 8, India unveiled a
broad range of tax cuts.
(WSJ, 1/9/04, p.A6)
2004 Jan 8, In Iraq a US Black
Hawk medivac helicopter crashed near Fallujah killing all nine
2004 Jan 8, Libya agreed to
compensate family members of victims of a 1989 bombing of a French
passenger plane over the Niger desert that killed 170 people.
2004 Jan 8, In Kenya a new
agreement, between the Ministry of Education and the country's
largest and oldest orphanage for HIV-positive children, allowed a
group of children infected with the virus that causes AIDS to attend
2004 Jan 8, Teams of Swiss
police in 5 cantons arrested 8 suspected accomplices in the May 12
al Qaeda car bomb attack in Saudi Arabia.
(SFC, 1/10/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 8, It was reported
that Thailand's PM Thaksin Shinawatra had ordered the Finance
Ministry and stock exchange to set up a task force to examine the
balance sheets of listed companies.
(WSJ, 1/8/04, p.A14)
2004 Jan 8, Turkey and the US
agreed to reopen the Incirlik air base for Iraq operations.
(WSJ, 1/9/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 9, The US terror alert
level was lowered one step, to yellow. However, airports and
airlines kept their high alert status.
2004 Jan 9, US Officials said
Pentagon lawyers had determined that former Iraq leader Saddam
Hussein was a prisoner of war since his capture.
2004 Jan 9, Federal officials
arrested 2 people in southern California for conspiring to perform
genital mutilations on 2 girls. It was the 1st prosecution under the
1995 federal Female Genital Mutilation Act.
(SFC, 1/10/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 9, An Ohio woman who'd
claimed to have lost a lottery ticket worth $162 million was charged
with filing a false police report. Elecia Battle was later convicted
of the misdemeanor and put on one year's probation.
2004 Jan 9, Royal Dutch/Shell
announced that it overstated its proven reserves and planned to
slash estimates by 20%.
(WSJ, 4/20/04, p.A12)
2004 Jan 9, A new Swen-style
Trojan horse, dubbed Trojan.Xombe and posing as a critical update
from Microsoft, was detected on the Internet.
2004 Jan 9, An inflatable
speedboat packed with Albanian migrants trying to sneak into Italy
sank in up to 20-foot high waves and strong winds off Albania's
coast, killing 21 people.
2004 Jan 9, In southeastern
Brazil floodwaters swept a bus carrying 30 orange pickers off a
road, and at least eight people drowned.
2004 Jan 9, In Colombia a FARC
rebel, aka Jeremias, suspected of killing a Japanese hostage last
year died in a shootout with the army outside Bogota.
2004 Jan 9, In Ecuador about 20
women inmates stripped off clothing and protested from their
Guayaquil Prison roof, claiming they've been held for more than a
year without trial and should be freed.
2004 Jan 9, Estonian
prosecutors said they have launched an investigation into whether
Michael Gorshkow, an 80-year-old former U.S. resident, took part in
the massacre of 3,000 Jews during World War II. Gorshkow (19)
allegedly helped murder Jews in the Slutsk ghetto of Belarus in 1943
while serving as an interpreter and interrogator for the Gestapo.
2004 Jan 9, The German
Neuzeller Kloster Brewery announced plans to introduce its
"Anti-Aging-Bier" this year and sell it in grocery and drug stores.
2004 Jan 9, In Baqouba, Iraq,
an explosion ripped through a busy street as worshippers streamed
out of a Shiite Muslim mosque, killing 5 people and wounding dozens
of others. US soldiers in Kirkuk killed 2 Iraqi police officers.
(AP, 1/9/04)(SFC, 1/10/04, p.A8)(SSFC, 1/11/04,
2004 Jan 9, Israeli troops
swept into the West Bank town of Jenin, making arrests and trading
gunfire with militants.
2004 Jan 9, Norberto Bobbio
(94), an Italian liberal philosopher, essayist and senator for life,
died in Turin. One of his most important books is the 1955 "Politica
e Cultura" ("Politics and Culture"). A 1994 essay, called "Destra e
Sinistra" ("Left and Right"), was his best-selling work.
2004 Jan 9, In Kashmir a hand
grenade exploded at a mosque, wounding at least 15 worshippers who
had gathered for prayers.
2004 Jan 9, Libya signed a $170
million compensation accord with families of people who died in the
1989 bombing of a French jetliner.
2004 Jan 9, Russia and
Kazakhstan extended Moscow's lease of the launching pad in Baikonur
until 2050. It served as the only link to the troubled International
2004 Jan 9, In South Africa
Pres. Mbeki signed the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act.
It imposed a host of obligations on companies that wished to do
business with the government.
4/8/06, Survey p.8)
2004 Jan 10, Michelle Kwan won
her seventh straight title and eighth overall at the U.S. Figure
Skating Championships in Atlanta; Johnny Weir skated to his first
2004 Jan 10, Spalding Gray
(62), morose humorist, disappeared in NYC. His body was found in the
East River in March. In 2011 film director Steven Soderbergh culled
clips from 90 hours of Gray source material to produce the
documentary: And Everything Is Going Fine.”
(SFC, 2/09/04, p.A2)(SFC, 2/18/11, p.E8)
2004 Jan 10, Alexandra Ripley
(70), novelist, died in Richmond, Va.
2004 Jan 10, Fiona Thornewill
(37), a British woman, completed her unaided solo hike to the South
Pole in record time. She walked 700 miles in 42 days broking the
previous record of 44 days for an unaided individual or team for
walking or skiing.
2004 Jan 10, China reported a
3rd suspected SARS infection involved a 35-year-old man in Guangdong
(AP, 1/11/04)(WSJ, 1/13/04, p.D5)
2004 Jan 10, In Ghana the
United Nations launched a yearlong commemoration of the anti-slavery
movement. The International Year for the Commemoration of the
Struggle Against Slavery and its Abolition coincides with the
200-year anniversary of Haiti, the first independent black state in
the Western Hemisphere.
2004 Jan 10, A US anti-terror
team arrived in Mauritania. The US had received information of
threats against American interests in the West African nations of
Mauritania and Senegal.
2004 Jan 10, North Korea said
it had shown its "nuclear deterrent" to an unofficial U.S.
delegation that visited the disputed Yongbyon nuclear complex.
2004 Jan 10, Panamanian
officials arrested Arcangel de Jesus Henao Montoya, a top leader of
the Colombian Norte de Valle drug cartel, in the southern city of
Torti and took him to Panama City. He was soon handed over to US
(AP, 1/11/04)(SFC, 1/15/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 10, In the Philippines
3 rebels and 4 soldiers died when the guerrilla New People's Army
attacked a power plant south of Manila.
2004 Jan 10, A conference on
U.S.-Islamic relations began in Qatar. Washington's support for
Israel is at the root of differences between the United States and
2004 Jan 10, In South Korea
prosecutors arrested six lawmakers and the head of a conglomerate in
a broadening investigation of corruption allegations.
2002 Jan 10, Pres. Mugabe
enacted sweeping security and election laws to clamp down on critics
and limit election monitoring. Iden Wetherell, editor of the
Zimbabwe Independent, was arrested along with 2 staff members on
charges of defaming Mugabe.
(SFC, 1/11/02, p.A5)(WPR, 3/04, p.29)
2004 Jan 11, Former Treasury
Sec. Paul O'Neill charged in a new book that Pres. Bush entered
office in Jan. 2001 intent on invading Iraq and was in search of a
way to go about it. Former WSJ reporter Ron Suskind wrote "The
Price of Loyalty," based on 7,630 journal entries provided by
(AP, 1/11/04)(WSJ, 1/12/04, p.B1)(WSJ, 1/16/04,
2004 Jan 11, Democrat Howard
Dean defended his record on race in the last debate before the Iowa
caucuses, as he was forced to acknowledge that no blacks or Hispanic
had served in his cabinet during his 12 years as governor of
2004 Jan 11, In Iran the
12-member Guardian Council, which comprises conservatives picked by
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, disqualified about 900
of the 1,700 people who wanted to contest seats in Tehran have been
disqualified. About 90 lawmakers began gathering in the lobby of the
legislature for five hours daily in a sit-in demonstration after the
Guardian Council barred the candidates from the Feb. 20 elections.
(AP, 1/12/04)(AP, 1/14/04)
2004 Jan 11, U.S. paratroopers
captured Khamis Sirhan al-Muhammad, a former regional Baath Party
chairman and militia commander a former Baath Party official who was
No. 54 on the list of 55 most-wanted figures from Saddam Hussein's
2004 Jan 11, Danish and
Icelandic troops reported a cache of 36 shells buried in the Iraqi
desert, and preliminary tests showed they contained a liquid blister
agent. The 120mm mortar shells are thought to be left over from the
eight-year war between Iraq and neighboring Iran, which ended in
2004 Jan 12, President Bush and
Mexican President Vicente Fox forged agreement on the contentious
issues of immigration and Iraq, meeting in Monterrey before the
opening of a 34-nation hemispheric summit.
2004 Jan 12, It was reported
that a new US Homeland Security program planned to screen airline
passengers according to a color code based on computerized data.
(SFC, 1/13/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 12, The US Supreme
Court refused to hear on appeal by civil liberties groups seeking
access to basic data of individuals detained indefinitely by the
government after the Sep. 11, 2001, attacks.
(SFC, 1/13/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 12, Randy VanWarmer
(48), singer-songwriter, died in Seattle.
2004 Jan 12, In Afghanistan
dozens of suspected Taliban fighters armed with assault rifles
attacked a police checkpoint and killed four policemen.
2004 Jan 12, Juan Barrionuevo,
Argentine legislator from Tierra del Fuego, was arrested and charged
with committing crimes and torture during the 1976-83 military
(WPR, 3/04, p.26)
2004 Jan 12, In Burundi Hutu
rebels killed 17 people, including five soldiers, in attacks
northwest of Bujumbura over the last 2 days.
2004 Jan 12, The $780 million
Queen Mary 2 departed Southampton, England, for Fort Lauderdale,
Fla. The ship was built by Chantieres de l'Atlantique in St.
(WSJ, 10/2/03, p.A1)
2004 Jan 12, A roadside bomb
explosion in Baghdad killed one U.S. soldier and wounded two,
bringing the American death toll to nearly 500 since the start of
fighting in March. US soldiers killed an Iraqi man and a boy driving
in a car behind a convoy after a roadside bomb went off nearby.
(AP, 1/12/04)(SFC, 1/13/04, p.A10)
2004 Jan 12, It was reported
that China might inject $40 billion into its Industrial and
Commercial Bank. 2 other state-run lenders, Bank of China and China
Construction Bank, split $45 billion in transfers from foreign
exchange reserves a week earlier.
(WSJ, 1/12/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 12, In northwest
Colombia suspected FARC rebels using a grenade launcher and guns
killed at least five paramilitary fighters inside a bar in Anza.
2004 Jan 12, A 2-day meeting
began for leaders of the 34 members of the Organization of American
States opened in Monterrey, Mexico.
2004 Jan 12, The United States
announced plans to return to Peru $20 million stolen by a corrupt
government official and stashed in U.S. bank accounts. In December,
Peru accused Victor Venero Garrido of hiding the money in U.S.
accounts under the guidance of Vladimiro Montesinos.
2004 Jan 12, In the Philippines
a huge fire in a Manila shantytown hurt at least 23 people,
destroyed thousands of homes and left about 25,000 residents
2004 Jan 12, Olga Ladyzhenskaya
(81), Russian mathematician, died. Her studies in differential
equations helped improve weather forecasts and advance other fields
2004 Jan 13, The US Supreme
Court endorsed the use of police road blocks as an investigational
tool for finding witnesses to recent crimes.
(SFC, 1/14/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 13, A Human Rights
Watch report said more than $4 billion in oil revenue disappeared
from Angolan state coffers between 1997 and 2002, even as the
country was struggling to recover from 27 years of civil war.
2004 Jan 13, In Maryland a
fiery explosion killed five on the northbound lanes of Interstate
95. A tanker carrying flammable material plunged off an overpass on
Interstate 895, landing in the northbound lane of I-95.
2004 Jan 13, Canada's PM Paul
Martin met U.S. President George W. Bush officially for the 1st
time. Bush announced that Canada will be allowed into a second round
of bidding for contracts to rebuild Iraq.
2004 Jan 13, The European
Commission proposed an initiative aimed at creating a single market
for services within the European Union (EU), similar to the single
market for goods act of 1986. It came to be known as
Bolkestein Directive after the Dutch Commissioner Frits Bolkestein
(b.1933), who launched it. Trade unions opposed it. On 16 February
2006, the European Parliament in plenary session in Strasbourg voted
in favor of a compromise proposal that went a long way towards
meeting the trade union demands.
2004 Jan 13, Joe Darby, a US
soldier at Abu Ghraib prison, reported US abuses of Iraqi prisoners.
Criminal charges were lodged against 6 soldiers on Mar 20. In 2005
Spc. Charles Graner was convicted on 5 counts of assault and
sentenced to 10 years in a military stockade. Graner said he had
operated under orders from superior officers.
5/6/04, p.A17)(AP, 1/13/05)(SSFC, 1/16/05, p.A1)
2004 Jan 13, Hostile fire
brought down a U.S. Army Apache attack helicopter in Iraq, but the
two crew members escaped injury.
2004 Jan 13, In Mexico the
34-nation Summit of the Americas ended. The United States reached
out to its neighbors on free trade and battling corruption,
smoothing tense relations with Latin American leaders.
(AP, 1/13/04)(SFC, 1/14/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 13, In northern
England Dr. Harold Shipman was found hanged in his Wakefield prison
cell one day before his 58th birthday. He was convicted in 2000 of
killing 15 patients and later was found to have murdered at least
200 more, mostly by lethal injection. He always maintained his
2004 Jan 13, A Dutch high
school student walked into his school's crowded cafeteria and shot
Hans van Wieren (49), an economics teacher, point-blank in the head,
fatally wounding him.
2004 Jan 13, A senior Swaziland
aide said King Mswati III has ordered nine palaces built within
existing royal compounds to house seven of his 10 wives and two
future brides. Some $15 million of his impoverished kingdom's
national budget would be used on the project.
2004 Jan 13, Thai and Malaysian
military forces began joint land and air patrols along their jungle
border for the first time since the 1970s.
2004 Jan 13, In Tashkent,
Uzbekistan, a domestic airliner crashed on approach to the airport.
All 37 people, including the top U.N. official for Uzbekistan, were
2004 Jan 14, Pres. Bush
proposed a new space program that would send humans back to the moon
by 2015 and establish a base to Mars and beyond. Bush said he would
seek $12 billion for the initial stages of the plan.
(SFC, 1/15/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/15/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 14, Andrew Fastow,
former Enron finance chief, agreed to a 10-year prison sentence and
to help prosecutors build a case against Enron's executive officers.
His wife, former Enron assistant treasurer Lea Fastow (42), received
a 5-month prison sentence.
(SFC, 1/15/04, p.B3)
2004 Jan 14, J.P. Morgan
reported plans to take over Bank One Corp. for $58 billion in stock.
(WSJ, 1/15/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 14, Former Pres.
Clinton announced an agreement with 5 medical technology companies
to reduce the cost of tests for HIV-AIDS treatment in Africa and the
(SFC, 1/15/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 14, The US Army
launched an inquiry into conditions at Abu Ghraib prison a day after
photos of abused prisoners were passed up the chain of command.
(WSJ, 5/7/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 14, Joaquin
Nin-Culmell (95), composer and younger brother of writer Anais Nin,
died in Berkeley, Ca.
(SFC, 1/16/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 14, Uta Hagen (84),
German-born Broadway actress, died. Her work included the role of
Martha in the 1962 Albee play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe."
(SFC, 1/16/04, p.A23)
2004 Jan 14, Ron O'Neal (66),
star of the 1972 film "Superfly," died in Los Angeles.
(SFC, 1/16/04, p.A3)(SFC, 1/17/04, p.A17)(AP,
2004 Jan 14, In Canada a
freight train traveling over a bridge east of Toronto derailed
sending massive containers plummeting onto the road, killing two
women in a van who were driving by.
2004 Jan 14, In Iraq a suicide
bomber detonated a bomb at a police station in Baqouba that killed 2
passers-by and wounded 26 others.
(SFC, 1/15/04, p.A8)
2004 Jan 14, A UN agency said
Libya has ratified the nuclear test ban treaty. The treaty is 12
nations short of the 44 ratifications needed for it to enter into
force. Once it comes into force, the treaty bans any nuclear weapon
test explosion in any environment.
2004 Jan 14, Reem al-Reyashi
(22), Palestinian mother of two, blew herself up at the main
crossing point between Israel and the Gaza Strip, killing at least 4
Israelis and wounding 7 other people.
(AP, 1/14/04)(SFC, 1/15/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 14, In Spain Mohammed
Kamal Mustafa, imam of the southern town of Fuengirola, was given a
suspended sentence of to 15 months in prison. Spanish women's
associations hailed the conviction of the Islamic cleric who advised
Muslims how to beat their wives.
2004 Jan 15, Carol Moseley
Braun ended her White House run, leaving an all-male field for the
presidency and giving her support to Democratic front-runner Howard
2004 Jan 15, The NASA Spirit
rover rolled onto the surface of Mars for the first time since the
vehicle bounced to a landing nearly two weeks earlier.
2004 Jan 15, Olivia Goldsmith
(54), author of "The First Wives Club" (1992), died in NYC of
complications from plastic surgery. Her book became a revenge
fantasy for wives tossed aside in favor of younger women. It became
a No. 1 film in 1996 starring Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette
(AP, 1/16/04)(SFC, 1/17/04, p.A17)
2004 Jan 15, In Argentina Pres.
Nestor Kirchner ordered an investigation into charges the army
operated training camps on torture techniques during the mid-80s.
2004 Jan 15, In Australia
regular train service from Adelaide to Darwin in 43 hours was set to
begin. Plans for the Transcontinental line had begun in 1911.
(SSFC, 10/26/03, p.A1)
2004 Jan 15, Manik Saha (49), a
Bangladeshi reporter for the New Age newspaper and the BBC, was
leaving a press club when unidentified attackers hurled a bomb at
him. He was the first journalist in the world to be murdered in
2004 Jan 15, Ecuador's
government declared a state of emergency in the prison system after
a series of protests.
2004 Jan 15, India and
Pakistan, resumed rail services across their border. The frontier
had been closed for 2 years.
(SFC, 1/16/04, p.A16)
2004 Jan 15, Iraqi bank notes
bearing Saddam Hussein's portrait became obsolete as a three-month
period to exchange old bills for new ones came to an end. The new
currency required 27 flights of 747 planes for delivery.
(AP, 1/15/04)(WSJ, 1/20/04, p.A14)
2004 Jan 15, In Karachi,
Pakistan, a car bomb blew up outside a Christian Bible society,
injuring 12 people.
2004 Jan 15, Amnesty Int'l.
said more than 400 prisoners have been hanged since 1991 in
Singapore, mostly for drug offenses. The London-based rights report
on Singapore was entitled "A Hidden Toll of Executions."
(AP, 1/15/04)(WSJ, 1/16/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 16, Pres. Bush
sidestepped Congress and installed Mississippi judge Charles
Pickering to the federal appeals court after a two-year battle
filled with racial, religious and regional argument.
2004 Jan 16, Paul Bremmer, the
U.S. administrator in Iraq, said the US will revise its plan to
create self-rule in Iraq, following consultations with President
2004 Jan 16, The US Army
awarded Halliburton a 2-year contract worth up to $1.2 billion to
rebuild the oil industry in southern Iraq.
(SFC, 1/17/04, p.A8)
2004 Jan 16, Pop star Michael
Jackson pleaded innocent to child molestation charges during a court
appearance in Santa Maria, Calif. The judge scolded Jackson for
being 21 minutes late.
2004 Jan 16, Starbucks opened
its 1st coffee shop in France.
(Econ, 1/17/04, p.67)
2004 Jan 16, Bone-chilling
arctic winds and record low temperatures swept the US Northeast.
(WSJ, 1/16/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 16, NASA said it would
not send another shuttle mission to service and repair the Hubble
(SFC, 1/17/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 16, A Canadian
regulator ruled that a song lauding the joys of an "enormous penis"
is not obscene because the object of the lyric's affection isn't
2004 Jan 16, Kalevi Sorsa (73),
Finland's longest serving prime minister, died. Sorsa headed
four coalition governments from 1972 to 1987 and led the Social
Democrats, Finland's largest party, for 12 years.
2004 Jan 16, In Bombay, India,
activists gathered for the 6-day World Social Forum. The meeting,
which attracts activists, political workers and intellectuals from
around the world, is meant to be a counterpoint to the World
Economic Forum in Switzerland later this month.
2004 Jan 16, Hamas founder
Ahmed Yassin brushed off warnings by a top Israeli official that he
is "marked for death" and, in a defiant appearance at a Gaza City
mosque, and said his Islamic militant group will continue to attack
2004 Jan 17, Ray Stark (88),
Hollywood producer, died. His films included "Funny Girl," based on
the life of Broadway singer Fanny Brice, his mother-in-law.
(SSFC, 1/18/04, p.A14)
2004 Jan 17, A U.S. helicopter
attacked a house in Saghatho village in southern Afghanistan,
killing 11 people, four of them children. The US military said that
only 5 militants were killed. President Hamid Karzai later said 10
Afghan civilians were killed in the US strike.
(AP, 1/19/04)(SFC, 1/20/04, p.A3)(AP, 1/31/04)
2004 Jan 17, In Brazil the
death toll rose to 11 as heavy rains and mudslides pounded the
Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro for the second day in a row.
2004 Jan 17, A Cessna 208
regional plane carrying hunters went down in Lake Erie about one
mile west of Pelee Island, Canada. All 9 aboard were killed.
(AP, 1/18/04)(WSJ, 1/19/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 17, The Chinese
government confirmed two more SARS patients, bringing the total
number this year to three.
2004 Jan 17, A roadside bomb
exploded near Baghdad, killing three U.S. soldiers and two Iraqi
civil defense troopers. The number of American service members who
have died since the Iraq war began reached 500.
2004 Jan 17, An explosive
device being transported in a car exploded near a U.S. Army patrol
in Tikrit, killing two men in the vehicle, one of them a relative of
2004 Jan 17, In Guatemala Nobel
Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu said she will become one of new
President Oscar Berger's top officials in charge of monitoring
adherence to the U.N.-brokered peace accords that ended 36 years of
2004 Jan 17, Indian soldiers
and Islamic rebels clashed in disputed Kashmir in two separate
gunbattles that killed eight guerrillas and two paramilitary
2004 Jan 17, In Lebanon 3
killers were executed and grenade blasts followed in Beirut's
largest Palestinian refugee camp.
(WSJ, 1/19/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 17, Myanmar's junta
said it freed 26 members of Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition National
League for Democracy party.
2004 Jan 17, Rafael Cordero
Santiago (61), the mayor of the Puerto Rican city of Ponce, died
after suffering a brain hemorrhage.
2004 Jan 18, The New England
Patriots earned their second trip to the Super Bowl in three seasons
by defeating the Indianapolis Colts 24-14 in the AFC championship
game; the Carolina Panthers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 14-3,
in the NFC championship game.
2004 Jan 18, London billionaire
twins Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay (69) announced their plan
to buy a controlling interest in Hollinger Inc., the Toronto-based
parent of publisher Hollinger Intl. led by Conrad Black. The sale
was blocked in Feb.
(ADN, 1/20/04, p.F2)(WSJ, 3/1/04, p.B4)
2004 Jan 18, In Georgia an
explosion at a scientific institute in Tbilisi killed two people and
injured two others. It occurred during a transfer of nitrogen, an
indication that a canister of the gas could have blown up.
2004 Jan 18, Marches in
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, continued against Pres. Aristide. Gunmen
hiding inside a state-run TV station killed at least one marcher and
wounded several other.
(SFC, 1/19/04, p.A3
2004 Jan 18, A suicide bomber
blew up a pickup truck packed with 1,000 pounds of explosives
outside the headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition, killed at least
31 people and injuring about 120, most of them Iraqis.
2004 Jan 18, Pakistani agents
arrested seven al-Qaida suspects and confiscated weapons during a
raid in the southern city of Karachi.
2004 Jan 19, In the Iowa caucus
John Kerry led the Democrats with 38%, John Edwards was 2nd with
32%, Howard Dean was 3rd with 18% and Dick Gephardt 4th with 11%.
Entrance polls showed that economic issues held top priority.
(SFC, 1/20/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/21/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 19, Connecticut Gov.
Rowland said he's looking forward to a legislative investigation on
charges that he accepted free gifts and work on a vacation cottage.
(USAT, 1/20/04, p.12A)(Econ, 1/17/04, p.25)
2004 Jan 19, In Algeria an
explosion at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) complex in the port city
of Skikda killed 23 and left 74 people injured.
(AP, 1/20/04)(WSJ, 5/14/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 19, The freighter MS
Rocknes capsized in a narrow inlet between the island of Bjoroey and
Norway's western coast, less than 200 yards from land after it put
out a distress call. The 30 crew members included 24 Filipinos,
three Dutch, two Norwegians and one German. 12 crew members were
rescued. The death toll was put at 18.
(AP, 1/20/04)(WSJ, 1/21/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 19, Tens of thousands
of Shiite Muslims marched peacefully in Baghdad to demand an elected
2004 Jan 20, President Bush
gave his 3rd State of the Union address hailing progress fighting
terrorism, recharging the economy and helping Americans afford
health care. He embraced the conservative move to ban same-sex
marriages and called for making his tax cuts permanent.
(AP, 1/21/04)(SFC, 1/21/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/21/04,
2004 Jan 20, Democrat Dick
Gephardt abandoned his second bid for the presidency.
2004 Jan 20, Martha Stewart's
stock-trading trial formally began in New York. In 2005 Stewart was
serving a five-month prison sentence for lying about a stock sale.
2004 Jan 20, Salvation Army
officials announced a $1.5 billion donation by the late Joan Kroc
(d.2003), heiress to the McDonald's fortune, for 25-30 community
(SFC, 1/21/04, p.A16)(WSJ, 1/20/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 20, The Internet virus
called the "Bagle" or "Beagle" worm was reported to be arriving on
computers in an e-mail with the subject "hi" and the word "test" in
the message body.
(SFC, 1/21/04, p.B2)
2004 Jan 20, French transport
workers went on a 1-day train strike.
2004 Jan 20, In Indonesia
blasts rocked a chemical plant in Gresik, sparking a series of fires
at the complex that killed two people and injured nearly 70 others.
2004 Jan 20, In Iran Hard-line
authorities said they were reinstating 200 candidates barred from
running in next month's legislative elections and will reconsider
the cases of thousands more after fierce opposition from reformists
who threatened to boycott the vote.
2004 Jan 20, Israeli warplanes
struck Hezbollah guerrilla bases in southern Lebanon after a soldier
was killed there a day earlier.
(AP, 1/20/04)(WSJ, 1/21/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 20, Amnesty Int'l.
released a report at the World Social Forum in Bombay, India, that
charged North Korea with public executions of people stealing food.
(SFC, 1/21/04, p.A12)
2004 Jan 20, Asha Keita-Conneh,
the wife of the leader of Liberia's most powerful rebel movement
announced she was taking charge, backed by dozens of guerrilla
commanders in ousting a husband whose ambitions she said were
endangering the nation's hard-won peace.
2004 Jan 20, In Mexico gunmen
ambushed and shot to death two federal agents and an army captain as
they drove along a Mexico City expressway.
2004 Jan 21, President Bush
visited community colleges in Ohio and Arizona, where he highlighted
the economy and several new job-training initiatives he'd proposed a
day earlier in his State of the Union speech.
2004 Jan 21, Ohio lawmakers
gave final approval to a measure banning gay marriage and
prohibiting state employees from getting benefits for domestic
partners. Gov. Bob Taft said he would sign it pending a legal
(SFC, 1/22/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 21, The recording
industry sued 532 computer users it said were illegally distributing
songs over the Internet.
2004 Jan 21, Hong Kong
officials reported that Avian influenza was detected near 2 chicken
farms. 5 people in Vietnam had already died from the recent
(SFC, 1/22/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 21, Ecumenical
Patriarch Bartholomew arrived in Cuba to consecrate St.
Nicholas Cathedral on Jan. 25, said Metropolitan Athenagoras of
Panama and Central America. There were 1,200 practicing Orthodox
Christians in Cuba.
2004 Jan 21, The 6-day World
Social Forum ended in Bombay, India, as thousands marching against
the Iraq war. Some 80,000 people from a hundred countries
participated in the forum.
(SFC, 1/22/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 21, Most of Iran's
ministers and vice presidents submitted resignations to protest the
barring of thousands of would-be candidates from upcoming elections.
The Guardian Council had just reinstated 200 of the disqualified
candidates and said it would reconsider the rest.
2004 Jan 21, In central Iraq a
barrage of mortar fire struck a US military encampment, killing 2
American soldiers and critically wounding a third. In separate
incidents, gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying Iraqi women who worked
in the laundry at a US military base, killing 4 of them,
2004 Jan 21, Israeli forces
demolished houses in Gaza's Rafah refugee camp for the second
straight day in an anti-militant clampdown that has left 400 people
homeless. A Palestinian woman was killed.
(AP, 1/21/04)(WSJ, 1/22/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 22, US Congress
approved an $820 billion spending bill. It included a labeling law
for the seafood industry for "country of origin."
(SFC, 1/23/04, p.A3)(SFC, 2/4/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 22, South Dakota
politician Bill Janklow was sentenced to 100 days in jail for an
auto accident that killed a motorcyclist and ended Janklow's career
2004 Jan 22, Enron
Corporation's former top accountant, Richard Causey, surrendered to
federal authorities; he pleaded innocent to conspiracy and fraud
2004 Jan 22, James Paul Lewis
(58) of Villa Park, Ca., was arrested by FBI agents at a hotel in
Houston for allegedly bilking several thousand victims out of
millions of dollars in a massive Ponzi scheme. In 2005 he pleaded
guilty to mail fraud and money laundering.
2004 Jan 22, It was reported
that Kodak, headquartered in Rochester, NY, planned to cut its work
force by as much as 21% by the end of 2006.
(WSJ, 1/22/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 22, NASA said it lost
contact with the Mars spirit rover.
(WSJ, 1/23/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 22, Ann Miller (81),
tap dancing film actress, died in Los Angeles.
(SFC, 1/23/04, p.A2)(AP, 1/22/05)
2004 Jan 22, In Cambodia gunmen
assassinated Chea Vichea, a prominent labor leader linked to the
main opposition party, as he read a newspaper on a capital street.
2004 Jan 22, The Chinese New
Year (Lunar Year 4702) ushered in the Year of the Monkey. In Korea
the event is called Solnal and in Vietnam it is called Tet. The
Chinese New Year marked a traditional time of settling debts.
Migrant workers in the Chinese construction industry were reportedly
owed over $40 billion in back pay.
(WSJ, 1/19/04, p.A1)(SFC, 1/22/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 22, In Iraq gunmen
firing from a van killed two Iraqi policemen and wounded three
others in an attack on a checkpoint between Fallujah and Ramadi.
2004 Jan 22, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed a 14-year-old Palestinian boy as he and six other
unarmed teenagers tried to sneak from the Gaza Strip into Israel.
2004 Jan 22, A Philippine
tribunal ordered the immediate transfer to the government of $683
million in illegally accumulated funds from Swiss bank accounts of
former dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
2004 Jan 22, In Tanzania Judge
William Sekule said the tribunal found Jean de Dieu Kamuhanda (51),
former minister for culture and higher education, guilty of genocide
and extermination for his role the 1994 Rwanda genocide. He was
acquitted of eight other charges of crimes against humanity.
2004 Jan 22, In southern
Thailand a Buddhist monk was hacked to death. Muslim extremists were
(WSJ, 1/23/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 22, Zimbabwe's only
independent daily newspaper brought out a slim edition that was
snatched up by readers after a court ordered police to allow the
popular Daily News to resume publishing.
2004 Jan 23, The enduring
situation comedy "Friends" filmed its final episode in front of an
2004 Jan 23, US District Judge
in LA, Aubrey Collins, ruled that a part of the Patriot Act, that
makes it a crime to give expert advice to foreign terrorist
organizations, was unconstitutional.
(SFC, 1/27/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 23, It was reported
that Halliburton told the Pentagon that 2 employees took kickbacks
at up to $6 million from a Kuwaiti-based company for supplying US
troops in Iraq.
(SFC, 1/23/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 23, The Illinois
Supreme Court upheld former Gov. George Ryan's powers to commute
sentences, keeping 32 spared inmates off death row.
2004 Jan 23, Bob Keeshan (76),
who gently entertained and educated generations of children as
television's walrus-mustachioed Captain Kangaroo, died. Keeshan's
"Captain Kangaroo" debuted on CBS television in 1955 and ran for 30
years before moving to public TV for 6 more.
2004 Jan 23, Helmut Newton
(83), fashion photographer, died in a car accident in LA.
(SFC, 1/23/04, p.A2)
2004 Jan 23, Vasili Mitrokhin
(81), a KGB archivist whose defection opened up thousands of spy
agency’s files to the West, died. He had been living in Britain
under a false name and with police protection since his defection in
2004 Jan 23, A bomb planted in
a meeting room exploded after a gathering of the Iraqi Communist
Party, killing two men in an apparent attack on supporters of the
2004 Jan 23, A Greek-owned
cargo ship laden with cement sank near the Mediterranean island of
Malta, Greece's Merchant Marine Ministry said. Two crewmen were
rescued, but 15 were missing.
2004 Jan 23, A fire tore
through a wedding hall in southern India, killing 45 people,
including the groom, and injuring the bride and dozens of guests.
2004 Jan 23,The World Economic
Forum began in Davos, Switzerland. The war in Iraq and the threat of
terrorism dominated the Forum as the US appealed for cooperation on
both issues and the U.N. chief warned that an overly narrow focus
could worsen global tensions.
2004 Jan 24, Howard Dean
sharply questioned John Kerry's judgment on Iraq as Democratic
presidential rivals raced through a final weekend of campaigning
before the New Hampshire primary.
2004 Jan 24, NASA's Opportunity
rover landed on Mars, arriving at the Red Planet exactly three weeks
after its identical twin's landing.
2004 Jan 24, A car bomb
exploded in Khaldiya, a town west of Baghdad, killing three American
soldiers and injuring six soldiers and several Iraqi civilians. A
series of bombings killed 5 U.S. soldiers in the Sunni Triangle.
(AP, 1/25/04)(WSJ, 2/13/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 24, Israeli officials
said they would release over 400 Arab prisoners in a swap with
Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrilla group.
(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 24, Israeli troops
shot to death two Palestinian militants who entered an unauthorized
military zone near a security barrier separating Gaza from Israel.
2004 Jan 24, Qatar signed a
$2.5 billion deal with Bechtel to begin construction of a new
airport near Doha.
(SFC, 1/27/04, p.B1)
2004 Jan 24, Some 2,000
opponents of the World Economic Forum marched in Davos, Switz., to
protest the meeting, which they say is elitist and does nothing for
2004 Jan 24, In Bangkok,
Thailand, a world record for a mass jump was set by 672 skydivers
from 42 countries who leaped from six aircraft.
2004 Jan 25, "The Lord of the
Rings: The Return of the King," the final installment of the epic
fantasy trilogy that hadn't yet won most major movie awards, finally
snared best dramatic film and three other trophies at the Golden
Globes. HBO's six-hour adaptation of "Angels in America" won best
miniseries or TV movie.
2004 Jan 25, Outgoing U.S.
weapons inspector David Kay told National Public Radio his inability
to find illicit arms in Iraq raised serious questions about U.S.
2004 Jan 25, NASA's Opportunity
rover zipped its first pictures of Mars to Earth, delighting and
puzzling scientists just hours after the spacecraft bounced to a
landing on the opposite side of the red planet from its twin rover,
2004 Jan 25, In Greenville, SC,
a fire at a Comfort Inn left 6 people dead.
(SFC, 1/26/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 25, Mikhail
Saakashvili was inaugurated as Georgia's president.
2004 Jan 25, In northern Iraq a
US helicopter crashed while searching for a river patrol boat that
had capsized on the Tigris. A soldier and 2 pilots were missing. 4
Iraqi policemen manning a checkpoint outside Ramadi west of Baghdad
were killed in a drive-by shooting. Gunmen also killed three
policemen at another checkpoint in Ramadi. US soldiers arrested
nearly 50 people and confiscated weapons in several raids in Iraq's
volatile Sunni Triangle. Another soldier died of wounds from the
previous day's attacks.
(AP, 1/25/04)(AP, 1/26/04)
2004 Jan 25, Rescuers in the
Philippines launched a massive search for 53 fishermen missing after
their boats were pounded by strong winds and high waves off three
northwestern provinces. At least two fishermen died.
2004 Jan 26, The White House
retreated from its once-confident claims that Iraq had weapons of
mass destruction; Democrats swiftly sought to turn the about-face
into an election-year issue.
2004 Jan 26, The US
Congressional Budget Office said the deficits over the coming decade
are expected to total $2.4 trillion, 1 trillion more than estimates
made 6 months earlier.
(SFC, 1/27/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 26, Lionel Tate, the
Florida teen who'd killed a 6-year-old playmate and became the
youngest defendant in the nation to be locked away for life, was
released after three years behind bars.
2004 Jan 26, Cleveland City
Hall began a domestic partner's registry, the 1st in the nation
created by voters.
(SFC, 1/27/04, p.A3)
2004 Jan 26, A pair of winter
storms blanketed much of the eastern half of the US and police
blamed them for at least 34 highway deaths.
(WSJ, 1/27/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 26, President Hamid
Karzai signed Afghanistan's new constitution into law, putting into
force a charter meant to reunite his war-shattered nation and help
defeat a virulent Taliban insurgency.
2004 Jan 26, China's President
Hu Jintao arrived in France, with European ministers considering
Beijing's request that they lift an arms embargo imposed after the
killing of Tiananmen Square protesters in 1989.
2004 Jan 26, Nearly 200 people
were missing after a barge caught fire and sank in a river in
northwestern Congo near Lukelela. At least 301 people survived.
2004 Jan 26, In Egypt an
11-story building collapsed in Nasr City, a Cairo suburb, during a
fire and at least 14 people, mostly firefighters and police
responding to a blaze, were killed.
2004 Jan 26, Pakistan joined
the list of countries affected by the bird flu disease that has
sparked mass chicken culls across the region.
2004 Jan 26, Sudanese planes
dropped bombs in western Sudan, sending hundreds of people fleeing
across the border into Chad where aid workers scrambled to provide
them food and shelter in the barren desert.
2004 Jan 26, A 6-year-old Thai
boy became Asia's seventh confirmed bird flu fatality.
2004 Jan 27, In New Hampshire
John Kerry won the Democratic presidential primary with 39% of the
vote. Howard Dean, Wesley Clark, John Edwards and Joe Lieberman
followed with 26, 12, 12, and 9%.
(SFC, 1/28/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 27, The case against
Martha Stewart (62) began in NYC. Prosecutors alleged that Stewart
intended to commit securities fraud in her Dec 21, 2001, sale of
ImClone Systems shares. She was convicted the following March and
sentenced to five months in prison.
(SFC, 2/28/04, p.A3)(AP, 1/27/05)
2004 Jan 27, A new Windows
computer virus, a self-propagating worm known as Mydoom or Novarg,
continued to spread over the Internet.
(SFC, 1/28/04, p.B1)
2004 Jan 27, Jack Paar (85), TV
host, died in Greenwich, Conn. The "Jack Paar Tonight Show" ran from
1957-1965 and "The Jack Paar Program" ran from 1962-1965. His 1960
memoir was titled "I Kid You Not," which was also his signature
(SFC, 1/28/04, p.A2)
2004 Jan 27, Global health
officials listed 6 countries with confirmed cases of H5N1 avian flu.
These included Cambodia, China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and
(WSJ, 1/28/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 27, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber struck a convoy of the NATO-led security
force in the capital, killing a Canadian soldier and an Afghan
2004 Jan 27, In Chechnya at
least 8 Russian servicemen were killed and 16 others wounded in the
latest rebel raids and land mine explosions.
2004 Jan 27, Wartime Croatian
Serb leader Milan Babic (1991-1992) pleaded guilty to persecution in
a plan to ethnically cleanse parts of Croatia of non-Serbs at the
outset of the Balkan wars, and expressed "a deep sense of shame" for
his crimes. Babic was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
(AP, 1/27/04)(WSJ, 6/30/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 27, Roadside bombs
killed 6 US soldiers in 2 blasts outside Baghdad. 2 CNN employees
were killed in an ambush as their crew returned to Baghdad from
(AP, 1/27/04)(SFC, 1/28/04, p.A9)
2004 Jan 27, In central Iraq US
soldiers killed 3 members of a suspected guerrilla cell linked to
the former Baathist regime.
2004 Jan 27, In Malaysia an
Iranian asylum seeker set himself on fire in an apparent suicide
attempt outside the Kuala Lumpur headquarters of the UN refugee
2004 Jan 27, Mexican Army
troops arrested Javier Torres Felix, an alleged leader of one of the
largest drug trafficking organizations in western Mexico.
2004 Jan 27, Mexican
authorities in Ciudad Juarez said at least 11 bodies were found at a
house that had been occupied by alleged drug lord Humberto Santillan
(ST, 1/28/04, p.A8)
2004 Jan 28, David Kay, former
head of the CIA's weapons search team in Iraq, told Congress no
weapons of mass destruction had been found and that prewar
intelligence was "almost all wrong." In 2007 Bob Drogin authored
“Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War.”
Curveball was the code name for an Iraqi chemical engineer who
turned up in Germany in 1999 and served as the source for Iraq’s
chemical and biological weapons programs.
(SSFC, 4/11/04, p.A22)(WSJ, 10/13/07, p.W8)(Econ,
2004 Jan 28, A new strain of
the Mydoom virus emerged. Mydoom.B was programmed to launch an
attack against Microsoft's web site the following week.
(SFC, 1/29/04, p.B1)
2004 Jan 28, Scientists said
they had created a new form of matter, called a fermionic
condensate, and predicted it could help lead to the next generation
of superconductors for use in electricity generation, more efficient
trains and countless other applications. It is the sixth known form
of matter, after gases, solids, liquids, plasma and a Bose-Einstein
condensate, created only in 1995.
2004 Jan 28, The UN was shut
down and more than one million children had the day off school on
the heels of a storm that dumped as much as 36 cm. of snow in the
2004 Jan 28, Lloyd “Pete”
Bucher (76), former U-S Navy commander who helped his USS “Pueblo”
crew survive brutal captivity in North Korea then faced criticism
back home, died in Poway, California.
2004 Jan 28, Elroy "Crazy Legs"
Hirsch (80), a pro football Hall of Famer and later the athletic
director at Wisconsin, died.
2004 Jan 28, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber blew himself up in a taxi next to British
peacekeepers patrolling the Kabul, killing one soldier and wounding
2004 Jan 28, Arab prisoners
began their journey to Germany under a long-awaited prisoner swap
between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas.
2004 Jan 28, Bosnia's
international administrator imposed a decree to unify the ethnically
divided city of Mostar, a precondition for Bosnia to join
international organizations and perhaps even the European Union.
2004 Jan 28, British PM Tony
Blair won vindication when a judge said the BBC was wrong to report
the government had “sexed up” intelligence to justify war in Iraq.
2004 Jan 28, Businesses shut
down, schools closed and streets emptied for a 48-hour strike to
protest the Dominican Republic's worst economic crisis in decades.
2004 Jan 28, In the Dominican
Republic at least 4 protesters died from gunshot wounds suffered in
clashes with security forces.
2004 Jan 28, In Haiti one
student was shot and killed as protests mounted against President
2004 Jan 28, In Iraq some ten
thousand Shiite Muslims protested in the south to demand the
resignation of the U.S.-appointed provincial governor.
2004 Jan 28, In Iraq a suicide
bomber blew up a van disguised as an ambulance in front of the
Shaheen Hotel after speeding through a security barrier in the heart
of Baghdad, killing three people, including a South African, and
(AP, 1/28/04)(SFC, 1/28/04, p.A9)
2004 Jan 28, Israeli troops
clashed with Palestinian militants in fierce, prolonged street
battles across Gaza City, killing eight Palestinians.
(AP, 1/28/04)(SFC, 1/29/04, p.A7)
2004 Jan 28, Italian police
said they cracked a drug smuggling ring spanning four continents,
arrested more than 150 people and seized more than five tons of
2004 Jan 28, Nigeria said North
Korea had agreed to share its missile technology. Nigerian VP
Atiku Abubakar reached the accord with Yang Hyong Sop, the visiting
VP of North Korea's Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly.
Nigeria rejected the offer under US pressure.
(AP, 1/28/04)(WSJ, 2/4/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 29, The US freed 3
juvenile Afghan detainees (13-15) from Guantanamo, Cuba.
(WSJ, 1/30/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 29, In
Afghanistan an arms dump blast killed 8 American soldiers in a what
was likely an accident.
(SFC, 1/30/04, p.A3)(AP, 1/31/04)
2004 Jan 29, It was reported
that Angolan troops and police had driven at least 10,000 Congolese
from northern Angola's diamond zones in a bloody month-old campaign.
2004 Jan 29, M.M. Kaye (95),
British author, died in Lavenham, England.
2004 Jan 29, In Colombia gunmen
shot and killed Marta Lucia Hernandez, the director of one of
Colombia's most famous national parks. It was the second
high-profile attack in the coastal city of Santa Marta this week.
2004 Jan 29, Egypt expelled
American journalist Charles Levinson. He had written articles on
torture and deaths in Egyptian prisons. Levinson was allowed to
return in February.
(SFC, 2/19/04, p.A14)(SFC, 2/21/04, p.A2)
2004 Jan 29, In central Iraq a
roadside bomb exploded in Baqouba, wounding 11 Iraqis.
2004 Jan 29, Israel released
435 prisoners in a swap, mediated by Germany, with the Lebanese
guerrilla group Hezbollah in exchange for an Israeli businessman and
the bodies of 3 Israeli soldiers. The businessman was Elchanan
Tannenbaum, a colonel in Israel’s reserves, who was kidnapped in
Dubai in 2000 and had knowledge of an advanced Israeli weapons
(AP, 1/29/04)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.99)
2004 Jan 29, Janet Frame
(b.1924), author, died in Dunedin, New Zealand. Her books included
“Faces in the Water” (1961). Her 3-volume autobiography was
dramatized in the 1990 film "An Angel at My Table."
(SFC, 1/31/04, p.A1)(Econ, 2/14/04, p.81)
2004 Jan 29, A Palestinian
suicide bomber detonated a bag of explosives on a crowded Jerusalem
bus outside Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's residence, killing 10
passengers and wounding 50 bystanders.
2004 Jan 29, In Saudi Arabia
some 2 million Muslims from around the world gathered at the start
of the annual Hajj.
2004 Jan 29, Somalia's feuding
leaders signed an agreement to form a new government based along
clan lines, the first deal of its kind to include all armed groups
that have torn the country apart for the last 13 years.
2004 Jan 29, Widespread drought
was reported across southern Africa. Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa
and Zimbabwe were all affected.
(SFC, 1/29/04, p.A16)
2004 Jan 30, NASA’s Mars rover
Opportunity spied hints of a mineral that typically forms in water,
a finding that could mean Mars was once wetter and more hospitable
2004 Jan 30, The Chinese
government said audits aimed at ferreting out corruption in China
uncovered $8 billion in misused or embezzled funds and widespread
irregularities that produced "serious losses" of state assets.
2004 Jan 30, In remote
southwestern Ethiopia tribal fighting, sparked by a raid on a gold
mine, began. Over the following week nearly 200 people were killed
and some 10,000 others were forced to flee their homes.
2004 Jan 30, Alain Juppe,
former French PM (1995-1997), was found guilty in a party financing
scandal and declared ineligible for public office for 10 years.
2004 Jan 30, Iliad, a French
broadband firm founded by Xavier Niel, made a successful IPO. Niel
was briefly jailed a few months after its IPO, when it was
discovered that one of his sex shops was a front for prostituion.
Niel was fully exonerated, but was fined for receiving money from
(Econ, 9/12/09, p.74)
2004 Jan 30, Iran's hard-line
Guardian Council reinstated a third of the candidates it had
disqualified from next month's legislative elections.
2004 Jan 30, In Japan a judge
ruled that Shuji Nakamura, inventor of the blue light-emitting diode
(LED), should share in the profits of his former employers. He was
awarded $190 million in a case against Nichia Corp.
(Econ, 2/7/04, p.60)
2004 Jan 30, A 25-30 seat
passenger plane plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off Lagos, Nigeria.
2004 Jan 30, In Peru VP Raul
Diez Canseco resigned amid allegations that he gave a tax break to
his girlfriend's father, a scandal that had forced him to step down
as trade minister two months earlier.
2004 Jan 30, It was reported
that Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange had filed their 1st suit
against the US companies that produced the toxic defoliant used by
American forces during the Vietnam War.
2004 Jan 31, The Mars rover
Opportunity rolled off its landing pad onto the surface of Mars.
(SSFC, 2/1/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 31, In Deh Rawood,
Afghanistan, a remote-controlled bomb, thought to have been planted
by Taliban or al-Qaida fighters, exploded as a southern Afghan mayor
and his family drove by, killing him and seven relatives.
2004 Jan 31, British Airways
and Air France announced the cancellation of seven flights to and
from the United States because of security concerns.
2004 Jan 31, China’s
oil-refining boss signed a deal to buy crude oil from Gabon. Pres.
Hu Jintao visited Gabon the next day.
(Econ, 2/7/04, p.45)
2004 Jan 31, Pres. Oscar Berger
said Guatemala will distribute 970 tons of food to some 77,000
people in a bid to alleviate hunger in poverty-stricken towns.
2004 Jan 31, In Iraq a car bomb
targeting a police station in Mosul killed nine people and injured
45 others, while three American soldiers died when a roadside bomb
ripped through their convoy near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
2004 Jan 31, In southern
Scotland a fire broke out at nursing home, killing 10 residents and
injuring six others.
2004 Jan, The American
government set up Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to dispense
aid on merit and to improve the effectiveness of American official
p.84)(www.mcc.gov/about/index.php)(Econ, 3/2/13, p.59)
2004 Jan, The American Economic
Association met in San Diego and awarded its 2003 bi-annual John
Bates Clark medal (2003) to Steven Levitt of the Univ. of Chicago.
(Econ, 1/10/04, p.68)
2004 Jan, General Motors
announced the purchase of a 51% share of Delta Motors, South
Africa’s 4th largest car firm.
(Econ, 2/14/04, p.62)
2004 Jan, In Florida Terrance
Williams (27) disappeared after he was picked up by Sheriff’s Deputy
Steven Calkins following the breakdown of his car.
(SFC, 4/5/12, p.A9)
2004 Jan, In Argentina the
Pierre Auger observatory began operating. It covered 3,000 square
km. and was named after the physicist who discovered extensive air
showers induced by high energy cosmic rays.
2004 Jan, Morocco launched the
Arab world's 1st "truth commission." Mohammad VI appointed Driss
Benzekri (1950-2007), a former political prisoner, as head. Benzekri
was arrested for his left-wing student activities in 1974, and spent
17 years as a political prisoner until his release by Hassan II.
(WSJ, 1/29/04, p.A1)(SFC, 5/22/07, p.B5)
2004 Jan, Morocco’s parliament
passed legislation on women’s rights.
(WSJ, 8/10/04, p.B1)
2004 Jan, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,
a former World Bank director and Nigeria’s new finance minister,
promised that the civil service would be cut by 40%, and that top
bureaucrats would have to pass exams.
(Econ, 2/28/04, p.46)
2004 Jan, In Seoul, South
Korea, 9 former prostitutes sued 8 brothel operators for $842,000 in
overdue wages and compensation for suffering. 7 of the girls were
minors and said they were forced into sexual slavery.
(WPR, 3/04, p.25)
2004 Jan, Sergiusz Kozubek
(26), creator of a website for the town of Koniakow, Poland,
(www.koniakow.com), began offering locally produced lace thongs,
named stringi, on the site. Women of this Silesian highlands town
had produced lace articles for the last 2 centuries.
(WSJ, 6/2/04, p.B2B)
2004 Feb 1, In Texas a breast
belonging to entertainer Janet Jackson escaped after singer Justin
Timberlake ripped off one of her chest plates during the halftime
Super Bowl performance in Houston. New England Patriots fans turned
rowdy after their team's 32-29 win over the Carolina Panthers. CBS'
parent company, Viacom, appealed a $550,000 fine.
(AP, 2/1/04)(SFC, 2/2/04, p.A2)(Econ, 2/7/04,
2004 Feb 1, In Sarasota,
Florida, Carlie Brucia (11) was abducted. Brucia, whose abduction
was captured by a surveillance camera, was found Feb 6 in a church
parking lot, and Joseph P. Smith, a mechanic, was charged with her
murder. Smith (39) was convicted of kidnapping, rape and murder on
Nov 17, 2005. In 2006 Smith was sentenced to death.
(AP, 2/6/04)(SFC, 2/7/04, p.A3)(SFC, 11/18/05,
p.A3)(SFC, 3/16/06, p.A7)
2004 Feb 1, The first passenger
train to cross Australia from south to north set off on its
three-day journey, marking a new era of rail travel through the vast
Outback. Regular train service from Adelaide to Darwin would take 43
hours. Plans for the Transcontinental line had begun in 1911.
(SSFC, 10/26/03, p.A1)(AP, 2/1/04)
2004 Feb 1, China reported 5
more cases of the avian influenza virus.
(SFC, 2/2/04, p.A4)
2004 Feb 1, Tens of thousands
of government opponents marched peacefully to demand President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide's resignation. A day earlier Aristide vowed
to disarm politically affiliated gangs, reform the police force and
implement other measures to end the country's recent unrest.
2004 Feb 1, More than a third
of the Iranian parliament resigned and the speaker delivered a
stinging rebuke to the hard-line Guardian Council for its
disqualification of hundreds of liberal candidates in upcoming
2004 Feb 1, In Irbil, Iraq, 2
suicide bombers struck the offices of two U.S.-backed Kurdish
parties in near-simultaneous attacks as hundreds of Iraqis gathered
to celebrate a Muslim holiday. At least 101 people were killed and
more than 235 were wounded. Also about 20 Iraqis were killed when
they accidentally set off an explosion while looting a former Iraqi
munitions dump in the Polish-controlled south-central region of the
(AP, 2/2/04)(WSJ, 2/4/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 1, Israeli troops
riding jeeps and a tank raided the biblical town of Jericho for the
first time in months, killing one Palestinian militant and forcing
many residents to stay inside at the start of the four-day Muslim
holiday of Eid al-Adha.
2004 Feb 1, In Tepeyac, Mexico,
a fight broke out between two families at an illegal cockfighting
den, and seven people were killed.
2004 Feb 1, In Saudi Arabia 251
Muslim worshipers died in a hajj stampede during the annual stoning
of Satan ritual.
(AP, 2/2/04)(WSJ, 2/3/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 2, Pres. Bush proposed
a $2.4 trillion federal budget with a projected deficit of $521
billion for this year. It included an increase in rent for San
Francisco's use of Hetch Hetchy reservoir in the Yosemite Valley
from $30,000 a year to $8 million.
(SFC, 2/3/04, p.A1)(SFC, 2/4/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 2, A white power
containing Ricin, a deadly poison, was discovered in a mail room
near the office of US Senate majority leader Bill Frist.
(SFC, 2/3/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 2, An ivory-billed
woodpecker, thought to be extinct, was reported in the Cache River
National Wildlife Refuge of Arkansas. The last sighting of the bird
was in 1944. The sighting put a hold on the Grand Prairie Area
Demonstration Project, a $319 million irrigation project to provide
water for rice farming, which would divert water from the bird’s
(SFC, 4/29/05, p.A1)(Econ, 5/13/06, p.36)
2004 Feb 2, Scientists reported
the discovery of elements 113 and 115.
(SFC, 2/3/04, p.A4)
2004 Feb 2, The US ambassador
to Ecuador said the US will withhold $15 million in military aid to
Ecuador for not signing an agreement granting US military members
immunity from an international court.
2004 Feb 2, PM Ariel Sharon
told his stunned Likud Party he plans to dismantle all Israeli
settlements in the Gaza Strip, his most specific comment yet on
unilateral steps if peace talks fail.
2004 Feb 2, Israel killed a
leader of Islamic Jihad and three other militants in a Gaza raid.
2004 Feb 2, In Nepal some
15,000 people marched in downtown Kathmandu demanding democratic
reforms. Police broke up the rally with tear gas, water cannons and
bamboo batons, injuring at least 12 people.
2004 Feb 2, Pakistan said
Abdul Qadeer Khan, the founder of its nuclear program, has
acknowledged in a written statement that he sent sensitive
technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea to aid their atomic
2004 Feb 2, A 6-year-old
Thai boy, who had been in contact with roosters used in cock fights,
died in Bangkok of bird flu. Thailand breeders began hiding their
valuable fighting roosters.
(WSJ, 2/10/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 2, In central Turkey
an 11-story apartment building collapsed in Konya, killing at least
63 people. 12 people were found alive in the rubble the next day.
(AP, 2/3/04)(AP, 2/6/04)(AP,
2004 Feb 2, In western Uganda a
boat overloaded with passengers and cargo capsized in stormy weather
on Lake Albert and more than 40 people were feared drowned.
2004 Feb 3, Kerry won five
states (Arizona, Delaware, Missouri, New Mexico, N. Dakota) and the
lion's share of the delegates, taking command of the race. Of the
269 delegates up for grabs, Kerry won 144, Edwards 66, Clark 50,
Dean seven and Al Sharpton two. Clark squeaked a win in Oklahoma and
Edwards won his home state, S. Carolina.
(AP, 2/4/04)(USAT, 2/4/04, p.1A)
2004 Feb 3, US Senate Majority
Leader Bill Frist said that a white powder, found in his office in
the Dirksen Senate Office Building, tested positive for ricin,
forcing closure of Senate office buildings and close scrutiny of
2004 Feb 3, Gov. Rod
Blagojevich signed legislation creating a $500 million tax on
Illinois hospitals, which expected increased federal funding under
(USAT, 2/4/04, p.9A)
2004 Feb 3, The Ohio
Legislature approved a ban on same-sex marriage and barred benefits
to both homosexual and heterosexual domestic partners. Gov. Taft
planned to sign the bill.
(SFC, 2/4/04, p.A6)
2004 Feb 3, Oregon voters
rejected $800 million in tax increases setting up a new round of
cuts in services.
(WSJ, 2/4/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 3, The US government
revoked Guyana's Home Affairs Minister Ronald Gajraj's travel visa.
He has been accused of organizing a hit squad blamed in the deaths
of more than 40 suspected criminals last year.
(AP, 2/5/04)(Econ, 5/22/04, p.34)
2004 Feb 3, In southern Russia
a car bomb exploded at the central market in Vladikavkaz, near the
war-ravaged Chechen Republic.
2004 Feb 3, Singapore Airlines
began 18½ hour non-stop flights to Los Angeles.
(USAT, 2/5/04, p.1B)
2004 Feb 4, The US Senate,
rattled by a ricin attack, began returning to regular business with
no illnesses reported.
2004 Feb 4, John Ashcroft
joined security chiefs from 32 nations at a Bali anti-terrorism
(WSJ, 2/4/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 4, A Massachusetts
advisory opinion of the state Supreme Court said gay couples had the
right to marry.
(WSJ, 2/5/04, p.A4)
2004 Feb 4, Hilda Hilst (73),
who provoked Brazilian readers with fiction and poetry depicting
insanity, the supernatural and erotica, died.
2004 Feb 4, In Sierra Leone
Pres. Ahmed Tejah Kabbah and international sponsors declared a
successful end to disarmament, closing a final chapter in an 11-year
war that was one of the modern world's most vicious.
2004 Feb 5, CIA Director George
Tenet acknowledged that US spy agencies may have over-estimated
Iraq's illicit weapons capabilities.
(SFC, 2/6/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 5, A US federal judge
ruled that high school football players may skip college and go
straight to the pros.
(SFC, 2/6/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 5, NASA restored
communications with the Mars Spirit rover.
(SFC, 2/7/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 5, In northeastern
Afghanistan rival armed factions clashed and a state television
report said 20 people were killed.
2004 Feb 5, A lantern festival
marking the end of China's Lunar New Year celebrations erupted into
a stampede, killing at least 37 people and injuring 15.
2004 Feb 5, At least 21
shellfish hunters, all apparently Chinese nationals, died when they
were trapped by fast-rising tides in treacherous Morecambe Bay in
northern England. In 2006 Lin Liang Ren (29) was found guilty in the
deaths of the shellfish pickers at Warton Sands. Lin's girlfriend,
Zhao Xiao Qing (21) and cousin Lin Mu Yong (31) were also convicted
of facilitating the deaths. Liangren was sentenced to 14 years in
prison. Xiaoqing was sentenced to 2 years and 9 months. Muyong was
sentenced to 4 years and 9 months.
(AP, 2/6/04)(AP, 3/24/06)(AFP, 3/28/06)
2004 Feb 5, In Haiti an armed
opposition group, led by Butteur Metayer, seized control of
Gonaives, Haiti's fourth-largest city, burning a police station,
freeing prisoners and leaving at least four people reported dead and
20 wounded in clashes with police.
(AP, 2/5/04)(ST, 3/2/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 5, U.S. and Iraqi
forces captured more than 100 suspected guerrillas in raids across
the country, arresting one of Saddam Hussein's intelligence chiefs
and another Iraqi believed involved in a suicide bombing last month,
2004 Feb 5, Indian soldiers
shot and killed 10 suspected Muslim militants in the forests of
2004 Feb 5, Latvian Prime
Minister Einars Repse announced Thursday that his 14-month-old
government was stepping down, saying his Cabinet can't continue
working without a majority in parliament.
2004 Feb 5, Pakistan's Pres.
Musharraf pardoned Abdul Qadeer Khan after Kahn absolved Islamabad
of selling nuclear secrets to Iran.
(WSJ, 2/6/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 5, Seven Russian
servicemen were killed and at least 11 wounded over the last 24
hours in the latest rebel attacks in the breakaway region of
2004 Feb 5, Ugandan rebels
attacked a refugee camp in northern Uganda early, killing 54
civilians and two soldiers.
2004 Feb 5, Journalists at
Zimbabwe's only independent daily newspaper left their offices after
the Supreme Court upheld that it was a crime to work without a
(AP, 2/5/04)(WSJ, 2/5/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 6, Pres. Bush created
a bipartisan commission to investigate the quality of intelligence
used to justify the war in Iraq. Conclusions were set for March,
(SFC, 2/7/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 6, It was reported
that John Barr, a Wall Street banker, was named president of the
Chicago-based Poetry Foundation. He replaced Joseph Parisi.
(WSJ, 2/6/04, p.A6)(SSFC, 6/27/04, p.M2)
2004 Feb 6, Delaware
Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse said that the bird flu strain,
identified as H7, is different from the one that has swept Asia, and
isn't a threat to human health. The state has ordered the slaughter
of some 12,000 chickens.
2004 Feb 6-2004 Feb 7, G7
finance ministers met in Boca Raton, Florida, and agreed that more
flexibility is desirable for currencies that “lack such
(Econ, 2/14/04, p.70)
2004 Feb 6, Mechanic Joseph P.
Smith was charged with murder after authorities in Sarasota, Fla.,
found the body of 11-year-old girl Carlie Brucia. Her kidnapping had
been captured by a carwash surveillance camera.
2004 Feb 7, In Montana Dick
Dasen, prominent Kalispell philanthropist, was arrested in a
prostitution sting. In 2005 he was sentenced to 20 years in jail for
building up a personal vice-ring of local women and girls. All but 2
year of the sentence was to be suspended pending treatment.
2004 Feb 6, Robbers handcuffed
15 workers at a cargo shed on the grounds of London's Heathrow
Airport and stole some $3.2 million in British pound notes.
2004 Feb 6, In Indonesia
earthquakes measuring 7.1 and aftershocks hit the remote Papua
province, flattening houses and leaving at least 34 people dead and
(AP, 2/6/04)(WSJ, 2/9/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 6, Chinese state-run
media reported regulators have given preliminary approval for a
private airline to be set up in the southwestern city of Chengdu.
2004 Feb 6, International
donors pledged $520 million to start the long process of turning
Liberia from a failed war-ravaged state into a democracy with a
2004 Feb 6, In Mexico deputy
ministers from 34 nations in the Americas failed to reach agreement
on a framework for the Free Trade Area of the Americas, stymied by
differences on the contentious issue of U.S. farm subsidies.
2004 Feb 6, Nigeria ordered an
investigation into allegations that a Halliburton Co. subsidiary
paid $180 million in bribes to land a natural gas project
(1995-2002), while US Vice President Dick Cheney was head of
(AP, 2/6/04)(WSJ, 2/5/04, p.A6)
2004 Feb 6, A bomb ripped
through a Moscow subway car during rush hour morning, killing 41
people and wounding 134. Chechen rebels were blamed.
(AP, 2/6/04)(SFC, 2/7/04, p.A1)(AP, 2/12/04)
2004 Feb 7, John Kerry scored
decisive wins in Michigan and Washington state Democratic
2004 Feb 7, In Haiti police
reinforcements fought bloody battles with gunmen as they tried to
retake Gonaives from rebels who seized it. At least 7 police and 2
militants were killed.
2004 Feb 7, An Israeli
helicopter fired a missile into a car traveling in a crowded Gaza
City street, killing Aziz Mahmoud Shami, a leader of the militant
Islamic Jihad group and a 12-year-old boy on his way to school. The
attack wounded 10 Palestinians, three of them critically.
2004 Feb 7, In northern Kenya
tribal fighting between cattle rustlers and herdsmen killed at least
13 people, including three children.
2004 Feb 7, Nearly 400 members
of Yasser Arafat's ruling Fatah Party resigned to protest what they
call corruption and bad leadership within the group.
2004 Feb 7, Sri Lanka's
president dissolved parliament, paving the way for elections nearly
three years ahead of schedule.
2004 Feb 8, At the Grammy
Awards, rap funksters OutKast won album of the year for
"Speakerboxxx-The Love Below" and Beyonce took home a record-tying
2004 Feb 8, President Bush
denied marching America into war under false pretenses and said in
an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" the U.S.-led invasion was
necessary because Saddam Hussein could have developed a nuclear
2004 Feb 8, John Kerry won the
(SFC, 2/9/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 8, In northeastern
Afghanistan 4 days of fighting between rival warlords over control
of the drug trade left 7 dead and 8 wounded.
(SFC, 2/9/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 8, In Brazil 49
inmates slipped through a bathroom wall of a Rio de Janeiro jail
cell in an escape caught on a surveillance camera. Authorities
suspended six prison guards.
2004 Feb 8, US Defense
Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld visited Croatia and thanked Pres. Stipe
Mesic for Croatia's small military police contingent (50) in Iraq.
2004 Feb 8, Socialist voters
across Greece cast symbolic ballots to hand the party's leadership
to Foreign Minister George Papandreou.
2004 Feb 8, In Suwayrah, Iraq,
a bomb inside a police station exploded soon after the morning roll
call, killing 3 police officer and injuring 11 others.
2004 Feb 8, A UN team met with
Iraqi leaders to discuss the feasibility of early legislative
elections, and its leader pledged to do "everything possible" to
help the country regain its sovereignty.
2004 Feb 8, In New Zealand some
3,400-gallons of fuel spilled in a fjord listed as a World Heritage
site. Officials the next day said the spill in Milford Sound fjord
was "eco-terrorism and economic sabotage" against the country's
lucrative tourism industry.
2004 Feb 8, Swiss voters
approved a measure to put into effect some of Europe's harshest laws
on violent criminals and pedophiles.
(SFC, 2/9/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 9, President Bush and
Democratic front-runner John Kerry sparred over the president's
economic leadership, while Kerry's rivals sought to slow his brisk
2004 Feb 9, Tower Records Inc.
filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, after the music and
entertainment chain has so far proven unable to cope with
competition from large retailers, digital downloading and file
2004 Feb 9, Robert P. Neuschel
(84), consultant and business professor, died. His book “The Servant
Leader” was published in 2005.
2004 Feb 9, Rebel attacks and
land mines in Chechnya killed at least 9 Russian servicemen and
local pro-Moscow police over the last 24 hours.
(SFC, 2/10/04, p.A6)
2004 Feb 9, An Egyptian enraged
at the events in the Middle East stabbed 2 foreign tourists in
Cairo’s historic Ghawriya district.
(WSJ, 10/11/04, p.A17)
2004 Feb 9, In Haiti government
police retook 2 of nearly a dozen towns seized by rebels as the
death toll in the violent uprising rose to at least 40.
(SFC, 2/9/04, p.A5)(AP, 2/9/05)
2004 Feb 9, Culturecom Holdings
Ltd. of Hong Kong unveiled a DVD player and word-processing device
built with chips developed by Chinese computer scientist Chu
Bong-foo. Chu found a way to put Asia characters in position to
command binary code.
(WSJ, 2/9/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 9, Japan passed a law
making it easier to impose economic sanctions on impoverished North
Korea, prompting the communist country to demand that Tokyo be
barred from future multilateral talks on its nuclear program.
2004 Feb 9, In Malaysia
anti-corruption officers arrested the former head of scandal-plagued
steel company Perwaja.
2004 Feb 9, Saloum Cohen (82),
high priest of the tiny Samaritan community and a Palestinian
lawmaker, died. Cohen had been the spiritual head of the 660-strong
Samaritans since 2001.
2004 Feb 9, The UN adopted
Resolution 1559. It called for free elections in Lebanon and the
withdrawal of all foreign forces and the disbanding of all militias.
2004 Feb 9, Venezuela devalued
its currency by 17 percent against the U.S. dollar, a surprise
decision that could fuel inflation but help the government meet
2004 Feb 10, The White House
released documents on Pres. Bush's time of service in the Air
National Guard. Questions remained over his service in Alabama in
(SFC, 2/11/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 10, Democratic
presidential front-runner John Kerry rolled to dominating wins in
Virginia and Tennessee, scoring a Southern sweep that knocked rival
Wesley Clark out of the race and put the nomination within reach.
2004 Feb 10, NYC said nearly 4%
of men age 40-49 in the city have AIDS or are infected with HIV.
(WSJ, 2/11/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 10, Edward Jablonski
(81), writer, died in NYC. Noted for his biographies of composers,
his over 2 dozen books also covered aviation and aerial warfare.
(SFC, 2/14/04, p.A22)
2004 Feb 10, OPEC met in
Algiers and agreed to reduce its official production by 1 million
barrels-a-day beginning Apr 1. Current production was 24.5 million.
(WSJ, 2/11/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 10, The US broke
ground for a new U.S. Embassy compound in the Chinese capital,
billed by the American government as the largest State Department
project ever built on foreign soil.
2004 Feb 10, French legislators
voted 494-36 to ban religious emblems such as Muslim head scarves
from state schools.
(WSJ, 2/11/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 10, French prosecutors
launched a money-laundering probe into the alleged transfers of
$11.5 million dollars to accounts held by the wife of Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat.
(AP, 2/11/04)(WSJ, 2/11/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 10, In Haiti
government supporters in Cap-Haitien, the second largest city, built
flaming barricades to keep rebels out. UN aid officials warned of a
looming humanitarian crisis.
2004 Feb 10, An Iranian
Fokker-50 plane carrying mostly foreign workers crashed as it
approached Sharjah airport in the United Arab Emirates, killing 43
people aboard. 3 survived.
2004 Feb 10, In Iskandariyah,
Iraq, a car bomb exploded at a police station south of Baghdad as
dozens of would-be recruits lined up to apply for jobs, and a
hospital official said at least 53 people were killed and 50 others
(AP, 2/10/04)(WSJ, 2/11/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 10, Italian Premier
Silvio Berlusconi met with Libya leader Moammar Gadhafi, and the
United States said it had restored diplomatic contacts with the
country. In London, Prime Minister Tony Blair held talks with the
Libyan foreign minister.
2004 Feb 10, In Nicaragua
Carlos Guadamuz, the former director of the state-run radio program,
was shot and killed, days after he said he received death threats.
In 1969, he had dressed up as a woman and tried to hijack a plane to
Cuba. He was then jailed for many years under former President
Anastasio Somoza Dabayle.
2004 Feb 11, Wesley Clark
dropped out of the race for the White House.
2004 Feb 11, It was reported
that Mattel planned to introduce a line of toys capable of receiving
digital signals from a new Batman TV cartoon show scheduled for the
(WSJ, 2/11/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 11, Cable TV giant
Comcast Corp. launched a hostile bid to buy The Walt Disney Co. for
more than $54 billion. Comcast later dropped its bid.
(WSJ, 2/12/04, p.A1)(AP, 2/11/05)
2004 Feb 11, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker fatally shot a senior intelligence
official in Khost, then blew himself up as guards tried to arrest
(AP, 2/11/04)(WSJ, 2/12/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 11, In Bolivia 2
inmates were voluntarily nailed to crosses by their fellow prisoners
as part of a protest for better conditions and shorter sentences
that was broadcast on TV.
2004 Feb 11, A gas explosion in
a coal mine in southern China killed 24 miners.
2004 Feb 11, Jozef Lenart (80),
a former Czechoslovak prime minister cleared of treason charges for
his alleged role in the 1968 Soviet-led invasion that crushed the
country's democratic movement, died. He served as prime minister of
Czechoslovakia from 1963-1968 and headed the Slovak Communist Party
until 1988. A Slovak national he acquired Czech citizenship after
Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993.
2004 Feb 11, In Haiti
pro-Aristide supporters killed up to 50 residents of St. Marc.
2004 Feb 11, In Iraq a suicide
attacker blew up a car packed with explosives in a crowd of hundreds
of Iraqis waiting outside a Baghdad army recruiting center, killing
47 people in the second bombing in two days.
2004 Feb 11, Israeli troops
rode tanks into the Gaza Strip searching for Islamic militants
firing rockets at nearby Jewish settlements, and the ensuing battle
left at least 15 Palestinians dead and more than 50 wounded.
(AP, 2/11/04)(SFC, 2/12/04, p.A8)
2004 Feb 11, The bodies of 2
Americans, Francisco A. Antonielli (33) and James F. Bowtte (43),
were discovered in a parking garage at the airport in Tijuana,
Mexico, the apparent victims of a drug-related gunbattle.
2004 Feb 11, Philippine troops
rescued Alastair Joseph Onglingswan (35), a kidnapped American
businessman, who was chained by his neck and feet for 22 days by a
2004 Feb 11, In Puerto Rico 4
people were killed in separate shootings over the last 24 hours,
pushing the number of deaths past the 100 mark for this year. There
were 780 killings in 2003, compared with 781 in 2002. Police say
most of the violence on the island of 4 million people is
2004 Feb 11, South Korean
scientists reported that they had cloned human embryonic tissue
(SFC, 2/12/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 11, Sri Lanka's
president fired 39 ministers and deputy ministers from the caretaker
government headed by her rival.
2004 Feb 11, Sudan
government-backed militias reportedly attacked five villages in
southern Darfur region, killing between 68 and 80 civilians.
"Amnesty International continued to receive details of horrifying
attacks against civilians in villages by government warplanes,
soldiers and government-aligned militia."
2004 Feb 12, Behrooz Sarshar,
an Iranian emigre in his mid-sixties and former FBI translator,
stated he was forced to retire from the FBI (in November 2002) after
a two-and-a-half year OPR investigation in which he was accused of
talking about FBI matters with non-FBI people.
2004 Feb 12, Four men were
charged in a 42-count indictment alleging they'd run a
steroid-distribution ring that provided performance-enhancing drugs
to dozens of athletes in the NFL, the major leagues and track and
2004 Feb 12, SF Mayor Gavin
Newsom authorized the county clerk to begin issuing marriage
licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of state law. Some 90 gay
and lesbian couples were wed and over the next few days some 2,000
took their vows.
(SFC, 2/13/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/17/04, p.A1)(SFC,
2004 Feb 12, Mattel released
news that Barbie would have a new boyfriend named Blaine, an
Australian boogie boarder. Barbie’s new “Cali Girl” lined was set to
debut in the summer.
(ST, 7/29/04, p.C8)
2004 Feb 12, A union
representing almost 50,000 university teachers in Britain voted to
strike over pay.
2004 Feb 12, Wang Huaizhong
(57), a former Chinese provincial vice governor, was executed in
Shandong province for taking more than $600,000 in bribes.
2004 Feb 12, In Congo a Kenyan
army officer, investigating reports of fighting between the rival
Hema and Lendu tribal militias, was shot to death when his U.N.
military convoy came under fire in Ituri province.
2004 Feb 12, Malaysia's land
minister was arrested and charged for his involvement a deal to sell
millions of dollars worth of shares his government agency owned in
the second high-profile anti-corruption case this week amid a
2004 Feb 13, President Bush,
trying to calm a political storm, ordered the release of his
Vietnam-era military records to counter Democrats' suggestions that
he'd shirked his duty in the Texas Air National Guard.
2004 Feb 13, The FCC began
writing rules to enable users to access the Internet through
electric power lines.
(SFC, 2/13/04, p.B1)
2004 Feb 13, San Francisco
issued 665 same-sex marriage licenses as hundreds more gay couples
rushed to tie the knot before the opportunity slipped away.
2004 Feb 13, In Qatar Zelimkhan
Yandarbiyev (51), Chechnya's exiled former president, was
assassinated when a bomb blew apart his car as he left a mosque with
his teenage son (13). He was wanted by Russia for terrorism and ties
2004 Feb 13, Greek and Turkish
Cypriot leaders agreed to resume full negotiations next week to end
the 30-year division of Cyprus before it joins the European Union on
2004 Feb 13, In Jamaica
hundreds of people rioted in Kingston, attacking a police station
and setting cars ablaze after a policeman allegedly shot and wounded
a high-school student.
2004 Feb 13, A
Cambodian-flagged vessel that sank near the entrance of the
Bosporus. A snowstorm sweeping out of the Balkans disrupted travel
across Turkey and Greece, forcing rescuers to call off the search
for the 20 crew members of the cargo ship.
2004 Feb 13, It was reported
that police in Mauritania had arrested of five suspected members of
Afghanistan's Taliban movement.
2004 Feb 14, It was reported
that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had donated $82.9 million
to the Areas Global TB Vaccine Foundation for the development of a
(SFC, 2/13/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 14, Al-Hurra (the Free
One), a US backed Arabic-language satellite TV service, began
broadcasting from Fairfax, Virginia.
2004 Feb 14, China executed
Yang Xinhua (38), a man convicted of murdering 67 people, in what
media said might be the country's longest killing spree in modern
history. Yang was convicted of 67 killings and 23 rapes in Henan and
three other provinces. His crime spree began in 2001 following
release from a labor camp and ended with his capture in November.
2004 Feb 14, In France
thousands of people marched to protest a law banning the Islamic
coverings and other religious apparel in public schools.
2004 Feb 14, In Iraq guerrillas
launched a bold daylight assault on an Iraqi police station and
security compound west of Baghdad, freeing prisoners and sparking a
gunbattle that killed 23 people and wounded 33.
(SSFC, 2/15/04, p.A1)(AP, 2/14/05)
2004 Feb 14, In Moscow, Russia,
an indoor water park roof collapsed, killing 28 people and injuring
more than 100.
(AP, 2/15/04)(AP, 2/14/05)
2004 Feb 14, In northern
Pakistan two strong earthquakes triggered landslides and toppled
walls that killed at least 24 people and injured about 30 others.
(AP, 2/15/04)(AP, 2/16/04)
2004 Feb 14, In Uganda a tanker
truck carrying diesel fuel collided with a packed minibus and burst
into flames, killing at least 32 people.
2004 Feb 15, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
won the Daytona 500 on the same track where his father was killed
three years earlier.
2004 Feb 15, John Kerry won the
DC and Nevada presidential caucuses.
(SSFC, 2/15/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 15, Actress Jan Miner
(86), best known as "Madge the manicurist" in Palmolive TV ads, died
in Bethel, Conn.
2004 Feb 15, In Brazil gunmen
ambushed a busload of police in Rio and killed 3 officers.
(WSJ, 2/17/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 15, In northeastern
China a fire swept through a shopping center, killing 51 people and
injuring dozens more. Hours later, a fire in a temple in the
country's southeast killed 39 people. The 2 blazes killed at least
(AP, 2/15/04)(AP, 2/15/05)
2004 Feb 15, In India a boat
carrying villagers returning from a picnic capsized in the Ganges
River. 17 people were missing and believed drowned.
2004 Feb 15, Iraqi police
arrested No. 41 on the American military's most-wanted list, Baath
Party official Mohammed Zimam Abdul-Razaq.
2004 Feb 15, In Peru the
government of embattled President Alejandro Toledo appointed a new
lineup of Cabinet ministers as he tries to survive a deepening
political crisis. It was Toledo's fifth shake-up in 30 months.
2004 Feb 16, A confident John
Kerry launched a full-throttle attack on President Bush's economic
policies, mostly ignoring his Democratic rivals on the eve of the
2004 Feb 16, In Ohio a crane
collapsed at an I-80 bridge near Toledo and 3 workers were killed.
(WSJ, 2/17/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 16, In Australia
rioters set fire to a train station and pelted police with gasoline
bombs in an Aboriginal ghetto in Sydney during a nine-hour street
battle that began after a teenager died, allegedly while being
chased by officer.
2004 Feb 16, In Belarus
President Alexander Lukashenko ordered the Justice Ministry to
strengthen control over political parties, community organizations
2004 Feb 16, Ex-soldiers took
Haiti's rebellion to the key central city of Hinche, torching the
police station and freeing prisoners.
2004 Feb 16, India and Pakistan
began historic meetings aimed at preparing for a sustained peace
dialogue on Kashmir and other disputes.
2004 Feb 16, An earthquake
shook Indonesia's Sumatra island, killing five people and damaging
2004 Feb 16, In Iraq 3 U.S.
soldiers were killed in roadside bomb blasts. A bomb exploded in a
schoolyard in a Shiite Muslim neighborhood in Baghdad, killing at
least one child and wounding three other people,
(AP, 2/16/04)(SFC, 2/17/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 16, Thailand officials
said bird flu has been detected in a previously unaffected Thai
province and has resurfaced in eight other provinces that were under
2004 Feb 17, Cameron Todd
Willingham (b.1968) was executed in Texas. He had been convicted of
murdering his three young children by arson at the family home in
Corsicana, Texas on December 23, 1991. An informant who sent him to
jail later said he lied in order to get a reduced sentence on
pending robbery charges.
2004 Feb 17, In Wisconsin John
Kerry won the primary with about 40 percent of the vote while
Edwards finished a close second with 34 percent. Dean, who had
banked his future on a strong showing, drew just 18 percent.
(AP, 2/18/04)(SFC, 2/18/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 17, Cingular Wireless
won the bidding war to acquire AT&T Wireless Services for nearly
$41 billion in cash, a deal that would create the largest cell phone
company in the US.
2004 Feb 17, In Connecticut 2
cranes collapsed at a bridge construction site and one worker was
(WSJ, 2/18/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 17, In Ecuador riot
police firing tear gas clashed with hundreds of Indian protesters,
leaving at least 17 people injured in the second day of
demonstrations demanding more roads and better education for
isolated Andean communities. Separately prison inmates held 360
visitors hostage to protest overcrowding, long sentences and poor
conditions including a lack of running water.
2004 Feb 17, Finnish technology
group Setec said it won the first order for passports with new
biometric technology required by international aviation authorities
and the U.S. government.
2004 Feb 17, The Gambian
president announced the discovery of "large quantities" of oil in
his tiny West African nation, saying the offshore find would
eliminate poverty and hunger.
2004 Feb 17, In Haiti pres.
Aristide said the nation is in the throes of a coup attempt and
appealed for international help.
(WSJ, 2/18/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 17, India and Pakistan
reached a broad agreement on the timetable for sustained peace talks
on disputed Kashmir and other tough issues separating the South
2004 Feb 17, In Iraq roadside
bombs killed 2 U.S. soldiers in separate attacks in Baghdad and
Sunni Muslim areas to the north of the capital.
2004 Feb 17, A new study
reported that 2 cows in Italy had been found with a new form of mad
cow disease, bovine amyloidotic spongiform encephalopathy (BASE).
(SFC, 2/17/04, p.A7)
2004 Feb 17, Jose Lopez
Portillo (83), former Mexican president (1976-1982) who governed
through an oil-driven boom to a debt-induced bust, died of
complications from pneumonia.
2004 Feb 17, The Dutch
parliament approved a measure to expel 26,000 people seeking
political asylum, despite objections from left-leaning political
parties and human rights groups.
2004 Feb 17, UN agencies began
urgently airlifting relief supplies into eastern Chad and western
Sudan to help more than 600,000 Sudanese lacking food, water and
medical supplies because of fighting.
2004 Feb 18, The US federal
debt passed the $7 trillion mark.
(WSJ, 2/19/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 18, President Bush
praised social progress in Tunisia and welcomed its leader, Zine El
Abidine Ben Ali, as a partner in the fight against terrorism while
also urging political reforms in the moderate Muslim nation in North
2004 Feb 18, The race for the
Democratic nomination narrowed to a two-man contest between
front-runner John Kerry and plucky rival John Edwards after Howard
Dean ended his bid before the campaign spread to the 10 crucial
"Super Tuesday" states.
2004 Feb 18, Scientists
reported that X-rays from galaxy RX J1242-11 indicated a black hole
tearing apart a star and gobbling up a share of its gaseous mass.
(SFC, 2/19/04, p.A9)
2004 Feb 18, In Neyshabur,
northeastern Iran, a 51-car train, carrying fuel, fertilizer and
industrial chemicals, derailed and exploded. It rolled out of a
switchyard and eventually reach a speed of more than 90 mph before
it derailed, caught fire and exploded. The explosions destroyed five
villages killing at least 200 people and injuring hundreds more.
(AP, 2/19/04)(AP, 4/23/04)
2004 Feb 18, In Iraq 2 trucks
packed with explosives blew up outside Hilla, Polish-run base south
of Baghdad, after coalition forces opened fire on the suicide
bombers racing toward them. 11 Iraqi civilians were killed and at
least 64 people were wounded.
(AP, 2/18/04)(SFC, 2/19/04, p.A14)
2004 Feb 18, Ireland's
government announced plans to ban smoking in all enclosed workplaces
as of March 29.
(SFC, 2/19/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 18, The armed Basque
separatist group ETA unilaterally declared a cease-fire for the
northeastern region of Catalonia, but the move was immediately
criticized by Spain's prime minister and politicians who refuse to
negotiate with the militant group.
2004 Feb 18, The UN said it
would redeploy 4,000 of its forces to Congo's volatile northeast,
where peacekeepers have come under fire from rival ethnic militias
fighting for control of mineral riches.
2004 Feb 18, In northern Uganda
government soldiers backed by helicopter gunships attacked a group
of rebels in a remote village, killing 36 insurgents.
2004 Feb 19, The AFL-CIO
endorsed Democrat John Kerry for president.
2004 Feb 19, After sanctioning
more than 2,800 gay marriages, the city of San Francisco sued the
state of California, challenging its ban on same-sex marriages.
2004 Feb 19, Jeffrey Skilling,
former CEO of Enron, pleaded not guilty to 35 felony charges and was
released after posting a $5 million bail.
(SFC, 2/20/04, p.B1)
2004 Feb 19, It was announced
that Philip Anschutz (64), Denver billionaire and founder of Qwest
Communications, purchased the Fang newspapers including the SF
Examiner for $20 million.
(SFC, 2/21/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 19, In Canada bird flu
was detected at a chicken producer in the Fraser Valley near
Vancouver. By the end of April some 19 million birds were culled,
But the disease continued to spread.
(ST, 4/30/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 19, In Iraq an
explosion ripped through an infantry patrol in an insurgent center
west of Baghdad, killing two U.S. soldiers and injuring another.
2004 Feb 19, In Kenya a fire
raced through a Nairobi slum, destroying hundreds of ramshackle tin
and timber houses and leaving 4,500 families homeless.
2004 Feb 19, A Japanese
consortium announced it will develop an Iranian oil field with
reserves of up to 26 billion barrels. The deal was opposed by the
United States because of fears the money could go to nuclear
2004 Feb 20, Pres. Bush
bypassed the Senate and seated William H. Pryor Jr., Alabama
attorney and abortion opponent, as an appeals court judge through
(SFC, 2/21/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 20, Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger directed the California state attorney general to
take immediate legal steps to stop SF from granting marriage
licenses to gay couples.
(AP, 2/21/04)(SFC, 2/21/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 20, In Virginia 1
person won at least $230 million in the Mega Millions lottery,
becoming the biggest winner in the game's history.
2004 Feb 20, In Texas a strain
of avian flu was reported in Gonzales County. Further checks
revealed that it was highly pathogenic, but posed little risk to
(SFC, 2/24/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 20, The US and a
host of other countries urged Haitian President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide and opposition leaders to form a broad-based government as
a move toward ending weeks of bloody conflict. Haiti's poorly
trained and equipped police put up little resistance as rebels moved
against the government.
2004 Feb 20, In Iran Islamic
hard-liners and reformers dueled during parliamentary elections.
2004 Feb 20, Lithuania expelled
three Russian diplomats for trying to gather information related to
the impeachment of Lithuanian President Rolandas Paksas "in an
improper and illegal way."
2004 Feb 21, The Mississippi
was closed near New Orleans following a ship collision that left 5
(WSJ, 2/23/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 21, In Albania some
6-20 thousand people marched in Tirana in opposition to PM Fatos
Nano and his Socialist-led government.
(SSFC, 2/22/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 21, Colombian troops
clashed with leftist rebels and outlawed paramilitaries in separate
offensives, killing 38 fighters. Ten soldiers were also killed.
2004 Feb 21, in northern
Honduras the disfigured body of a young man was found along with a
message threatening the Honduran president. The discovery marks the
10th such slaying apparently carried about by gangs protesting a
2004 Feb 21, Iran's hard-line
Islamic rulers claimed that voters dealt reformers a decisive blow
with a strong turnout in disputed parliament elections, but partial
returns suggested the pro-reform boycott had an impact.
2004 Feb 21, The International
Red Cross visited former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who was in
2004 Feb 21, In northern Uganda
LRA rebels attacked a refugee camp, torching homes and gunning
people down as they fled. At least 192 people were killed, some
perishing in the flames of their own homes.
(AP, 2/22/04)(WSJ, 6/28/04, p.A10)
2004 Feb 22, The final TV
episode of "Sex and the City" aired after a 6-season run.
(SFC, 2/23/04, p.A2)
2004 Feb 22, Ralph Nader
announced that he would run for the US presidency.
(SFC, 2/23/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 22, In San Jose, Ca.,
Ranbir Singh (43) opened fire on a group of Sikh men playing cards
and killed 3. Singh was killed after the group turned on him.
(SFC, 2/23/04, p.A1)(SFC, 2/24/04, p.A15)
2004 Feb 22, US and British
special forces reportedly had cornered Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin
Laden in a mountainous area in northwest Pakistan, near the
2004 Feb 22, In Angola a tanker
truck carrying gasoline exploded near the capital of Luanda, killing
18 people and injuring 87.
2004 Feb 22, At least 66 people
died in weekend clashes among Colombian troops, leftist rebels and
right-wing paramilitary forces.
2004 Feb 22, In southeast Congo
a militia led by a commander named "Cut-Throat" massacred more than
100 civilians and soldiers.
2004 Feb 22, Giorgio Armani
signed a $1 billion hotel venture with Dubai’s Emaar Properties.
(Econ, 2/28/04, p.61)
2004 Feb 22, In Haiti rebels
attacked the government's last major stronghold in the north,
Cap-Haitien, and witnesses reported hearing gunfire on the outskirts
of the city.
2004 Feb 22, In Iran hard-line
Islamic candidates appeared likely to take control in the liberal
stronghold of Tehran and held a wide lead nationwide after
parliamentary elections from which hundreds of liberal candidates
2004 Feb 22, Gunmen
attacked Iraqi police in two northern Iraqi cities, sparking clashes
that killed two attackers. Meanwhile, jailed former Iraqi leader
Saddam Hussein wrote a letter to his family for the international
Red Cross to deliver.
2004 Feb 22, In Israel a
suicide bomber blew himself up on a crowded Jerusalem bus, killing
eight people and wounding 59.
2004 Feb 22, Japanese
authorities confirmed the nation's 10th case of mad cow disease
since the first sick animal was discovered in September 2001.
2004 Feb 22, In Nepal a land
mine exploded beneath a bus carrying Nepalese soldiers, killing
three people and injuring 15 others.
2004 Feb 22, An Islamic state
in Nigeria that is at the heart of a spreading Africa polio outbreak
declared it would not relent on its boycott of a mass vaccination
program which it called a U.S. plot to spread AIDS and infertility
2004 Feb 23, Pentagon officials
opened a criminal fraud investigation of Halliburton on fuel
overpricing in Iraq.
(SFC, 2/24/04, p.A8)
2004 Feb 23, The US Army
cancelled a $39 billion Comanche helicopter program after spending
$6.9 billion. Boeing and Sikorsky were the main contractors.
(SFC, 2/24/04, p.A5)
2004 Feb 23, US Education
Secretary Rod Paige likened the National Education Association, the
nation's largest teachers union, to a "terrorist organization"
during a private White House meeting with governors. Paige later
called it a poor choice of words, but stood by his claim the NEA was
using "obstructionist scare tactics" in its fight over the nation's
2004 Feb 23, James Joseph
Minder (74) resigned as chairman of Smith & Wessen Holding Corp.
following revelations that he had served years in prison for armed
robbery in Michigan, where he was once known as the "Shotgun
(WSJ, 3/8/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 23, British law
changed to allow immigrants to work but not claim most welfare
(Econ, 2/28/04, p.52)
2004 Feb 23, Envoys from 6
nations gathered in Beijing for talks on the North Korean nuclear
(WSJ, 2/24/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 23, In northeastern
China a coal mine explosion killed at least 24 miners as rescue
workers scrambled to find 13 more trapped miners.
2004 Feb 23, Rebels who overran
Haiti's second-largest city began detaining people identified as
supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and said they soon
will attack Haiti's capital. Fifty combat-ready U.S. Marines were on
their way to Port-au-Prince to secure the U.S. Embassy and its
2004 Feb 23, In India an
explosion and fire at India's main space center killed at least six
people. The accident took place at the solid propellant fuel plant
at the government's Dhawan Space Center, on Sriharikota Island just
off India's southeastern coast.
2004 Feb 23, In Iran
conservatives formally reclaimed control of parliament after
disputed elections that were boycotted by reformists who called the
vote a "historical fiasco" without free choice.
2004 Feb 23, In Iraq a suicide
bomber detonated an explosive-packed vehicle outside an Iraqi police
station in a Kurdish neighborhood of Kirkuk, killing at least seven
people and wounding at least 35 others.
2004 Feb 23, The World Health
Organization launched a massive immunization campaign targeting 63
million children in 10 African countries as a polio outbreak spread
from heavily Muslim northern Nigeria.
2004 Feb 24, Pres. Bush called
for a constitutional amendment to ban marriage between members of
the same sex.
(SFC, 2/25/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 24, Democrat John
Kerry defeated John Edwards by large margins in Utah and Florida,
and also won in Hawaii, where Edwards ran third behind Dennis
2004 Feb 24, Alan Greenspan
warned of too much concentration of financial risk in the books of
mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
(WSJ, 2/25/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 24, The 1st charges
were filed against 2 detainees in Guantanamo. Slimane Hadj
Abderrahmane, a Danish citizen, was released from Guantanamo after
being held for 747 days. In 2007 he was arrested in Denmark on
suspicion of withdrawing $18,900 from other people's accounts using
stolen debit cards and PIN codes.
(WSJ, 2/25/04, p.A1)(AP, 8/17/07)
2004 Feb 24, John Randolph
(88), character actor, died in Hollywood.
2004 Feb 24, An earthquake
shook Burundi, killing three people and destroying at least two
2004 Feb 24, A 5.1 earthquake
struck northern Morocco near Al Hoceima, toppling houses and killing
(AP, 2/25/04)(SFC, 2/25/04, p.A3)(AP, 3/5/04)
2004 Feb 24, In central Nigeria
suspected Muslim militants armed with guns and bows and arrows
killed at least 48 people in an attack on a farming village. Most of
the victims died as they sought refuge in a church.
2004 Feb 24, In Russia Pres.
Vladimir Putin dismissed PM Mikhail Kasyanov and all other Cabinet
ministers, in preparation for next month's presidential vote. Putin
named Viktor Khristenko, a former finance official, as acting prime
(AP, 2/24/04)(WSJ, 2/25/04, p.A1)(Econ, 7/16/05,
2004 Feb 24, In Sardinia a
small plane carrying a medical team and a heart for a transplant
patient crashed, killing all six people aboard.
2004 Feb 24, In Switzerland
Vitaly Kaloyev of Russia killed Pieter Nielsen, a Danish air traffic
controller with the Swiss company Skyguide. Nielsen had been on duty
during the July 1, 2002, collision between a Bashkirian Airlines
plane and a DHL cargo jet. Kolayev’s family was killed in the crash.
In 2007 Switzerland's highest court ordered Kolayev’s release
because he had served more than two-thirds of his sentence with good
2004 Feb 24, An Uzbek court
ordered the release of Fatima Mukadirova (62), a woman convicted of
anti-constitutional activity after publicizing her son's death in
prison from torture.
2004 Feb 25, The Mel Gibson
film "Passion of Christ" premiered on Ash Wednesday.
(SFC, 2/26/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 25, Alan Greenspan
proposed that the US government scale back Social Security and
Medicare benefits to avoid future deficit problems.
(SFC, 2/26/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 25, The US Supreme
Court ruled that states may withhold scholarships from students
preparing for the ministry.
(SFC, 2/26/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 25, A US State Dept.
report criticized Russia's human rights record in Chechnya citing
reports of government involvement in "politically motivated
(SSFC, 2/29/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 25, The annual TED
conference, founded in 1984, began in Monterey, Ca. The Sapling
Foundation (b.1996) bought the conference in 2001. TED sprung from
an observation by Richard Saul Wurman of a powerful convergence
between technology, entertainment and design.
(SSFC, 2/07/04, p.E5)
2004 Feb 25, It was reported
that a biologist had confirmed the sighting of a real Michigan
wolverine, about 200 years after the species was last seen in the
state that uses the small but ferocious animal as its unofficial
2004 Feb 25, In Afghanistan
gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carrying Afghan aid workers east of
the capital, killing five and wounding two others.
2004 Feb 25, Two American
soldiers were killed when their Kiowa helicopter crashed in a river
west of Baghdad. Witnesses indicated that it was shot down. Gunmen
assassinated the deputy police chief in Mosul.
(AP, 2/25/04)(WSJ, 2/26/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 25, Israeli security
forces raided four branches of Palestinian banks, seizing $6.7
million they said was sent by Iran, Syria and Lebanese Hezbollah
guerrillas to fund Palestinian militants.
(AP, 2/25/04)(WSJ, 2/26/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 25, In Peru meat and
produce markets in Lima received smaller shipments during the second
day of a strike by cargo truck and passenger bus companies.
2004 Feb 25, The head of Doe
Run Peru, a US-owned smelter in Oroyo, Peru, admitted that lead
poisoning of children by the facility's emissions was a serious
problem, but said his company would not be able to significantly
reduce the contamination until 2011.
2004 Feb 25, In northern Uganda
massive street protests after a massacre by rebels turned violent,
with mobs beating rival tribesmen and burning houses and police
shooting into the crowd. At least nine people were killed.
2004 Feb 26, President Bush
tightened U.S. travel restrictions against Cuba.
2004 Feb 26, Rosie O'Donnell,
TV comedian, married Kelli Carpenter in San Francisco.
(SFC, 2/27/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 26, The US lifted a
long-standing ban on travel to Libya after Moammar Gadhafi's
government affirmed that it was responsible for the bombing of Pan
Am flight 103 in 1988.
2004 Feb 26, Two
church-sanctioned studies documenting sex abuse by U.S. Roman
Catholic clergy said that about 4 percent of clerics had been
accused of molesting minors since 1950 and blamed bishops' "moral
laxity" in disciplining offenders for letting the problem worsen.
2004 Feb 26, It was reported
that scientists had identified a protein, TRIM5-alpha, that shields
rhesus monkeys from the AIDS virus.
(WSJ, 2/26/04, p.D4)
2004 Feb 26, A mail bombing
injured Don Logan, the diversity director in Scottsdale, Arizona. In
2009 Illinois twins Dennis and Daniel Mahon (58) were indicted for
the bombing. They had allegedly intended to promote racial discord
on behalf of the White Aryan Resistance. On Feb 24, 2012, Dennis
Mahon was found guilty. Daniel Mahon was exonerated.
2004 Feb 26, The freighter Med
Taipei lost 15 steel containers in rough seas off of Monterey, Ca.
Scientists discovered one container 3 months later 4,200 feet down
in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. In 2006 3 int’l.
shipping companies paid $3.25 million to the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration for damaging the sanctuary’s ecology.
2004 Feb 26, It was reported
that dentists were departing Britain's publicly funded National
Health Service in large numbers, leaving a growing number of Britons
without access to affordable care.
2004 Feb 26, In Canada about
400 police officers cracked down on the Hells Angels and their
affiliates in the Montreal area, targeting more than 60 people
authorities believe were involved in gangsterism and
2004 Feb 26, Mikhail
Saakashvili, the new president of Georgia, said he is ready to
negotiate full autonomy for the separatist Abkhazia region to end
the decade-long conflict.
2004 Feb 26, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed two Palestinians during violent protests against
Israel's West Bank barrier. Two Palestinian gunmen killed an Israeli
soldier at a Gaza Strip crossing before being gunned down by troops.
2004 Feb 26, Macedonian
President Boris Trajkovski, a moderate leader who helped unite his
ethnically divided country, was killed when his plane crashed in bad
weather in mountainous southern Bosnia.
2004 Feb 26, President Vladimir
Putin opened a stretch of highway in Russia's Far East that will
make it possible for the first time to drive by road to Asia. The
6,214-mile Moscow to Vladivostok trek will open a window to the East
and the ever-expanding Chinese market.
2004 Feb 26, Russian Foreign
Minister Igor Ivanov said that three Russian intelligence agents had
been arrested in Qatar on suspicion of involvement in the killing of
former Chechen President Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev. Ivanov said they
were innocent and demanded their release.
2004 Feb 26, In Siberia at
least 15 people were killed and 17 more injured in a cafe explosion,
which apparently was caused by a natural gas leak.
2004 Feb 27, A federal judge in
NY threw out 1 of 5 counts against Martha Stewart (62). She said
prosecutors failed to prove that Stewart intended to commit
securities fraud in her Dec 21, 2001, sale of ImClone Systems
shares. 4 lesser charges remained.
(SFC, 2/28/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 27, America's top
bishop, Wilton Gregory, declared the days of sheltering sex abusers
in the Roman Catholic priesthood were "history" as two reports
showed how pervasive assaults on minors had been during the previous
2004 Feb 27, Bill Lockyer,
California state Attorney General, asked the California Supreme
Court to stop SF officials from issuing same-sex marriage licenses
and invalidate the 3,400 gay and lesbian weddings that have taken
place at City Hall since Feb 12. The justices halted the weddings
the following month.
(SFC, 8/13/04, p.A16)(AP, 2/27/05)
2004 Feb 27, In Bolivia a
prosecutor who handled drug cases was killed by a bomb that
demolished her car as she started the engine.
2004 Feb 27, In Egypt Izzat
Mohammed Hamid, a clan leader in a southern town, threatened to kill
scores of hostages if police should attempt a rescue. The band
seized the hostages during a shootout with authorities who had been
trying to arrest fugitives wanted for drug trafficking and other
2004 Feb 27, French Foreign
Minister Dominique de Villepin held talks with leaders of Haiti's
government on how to end a three-week rebellion.
2004 Feb 27, In eastern India a
high speed passenger train crashed into a crowded bus, killing at
least 9 people and injuring 41 others.
2004 Feb 27, Israeli police
stormed one of Jerusalem's holiest sites to disperse hundreds of
Palestinian stone-throwers protesting Israel's contentious West Bank
2004 Feb 27, Shoko Asahara was
convicted and sentenced to hang for masterminding the deadly 1995
nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway and other crimes that killed 27
2004 Feb 27, In the Philippines
a ferry explosion and fire killed at least two people, though 180
more were missing. The Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf claimed
responsibility. In 2008 Ruben Pestano Lavilla Jr. was arrested in
Bahrain and deported back to the Philippines for his role in the
bombing of the ferry which killed 116 people.
(AP, 2/29/04)(SFC, 9/1/08, p.A3)
2004 Feb 27, Sudanese
government forces launched a series of raids on western villages,
killing at least 70 civilians and forcing tens of thousands to flee.
2004 Feb 27, In Venezuela
clashes between police and thousands of protesters pressing for the
recall of President Hugo Chavez overshadowed a summit of developing
nations, with at least two people killed and dozens injured. Chavez
opened a two-day summit with the leaders of 18 other developing
nations in Caracas, urging them to reject free-market policies
imposed by industrialized nations.
2004 Feb 28, The Bow Mariner, a
tanker carrying 3.5 million gallons of ethanol, exploded and sank
off Virginia's Eastern Shore. Three crewmen were known dead and six
others were rescued. 18 crew members were left missing.
(SSFC, 2/29/04, p.A3)(SFC, 2/02/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 28, It was reported
that 80% of Americans claim to believe in God, compared with 62% of
the French and 52% of Swedes.
(Econ, 2/28/04, p.34)
2004 Feb 28, It was reported
that scientists had measured the shortest time interval ever, a mere
100 attoseconds. The “atto” referred to a billionth of a “nano.”
(Econ, 2/28/04, p.77)
2004 Feb 28, Daniel Joseph
Boorstin (89), author, historian and 12th librarian of Congress,
died in Washington DC. His 2 dozen books included The Americans
trilogy: "The Colonial Experience" (1959), "The National Experience"
(1966), and "The Democratic Experience" (1973).
(SSFC, 2/29/04, p.A2)(Econ, 3/20/04, p.94)
2004 Feb 28, African leaders
agreed on a common security policy that for the first time gives the
fledgling African Union authority to intervene in border wars and
internal conflicts. A draft declaration of the policy was expected
to be announced at the conclusion of the two-day pan-African summit.
2004 Feb 28, Egyptian security
forces attacked gunmen who had taken an estimated 80 people hostage
in a southern Egyptian town. Some of the captives were feared dead.
2004 Feb 28, In Finland
hundreds of trucks prepared to roll onto frozen roads at midnight,
stocked with beer and hard cider for a population that eagerly
awaits a historic government measure that will cut alcohol prices by
nearly 40 percent.
2004 Feb 28, In Haiti anarchy
spread across the capital as residents looted warehouses, government
loyalists attacked passers-by and rebels advanced closer to the seat
2004 Feb 28, Iraq's U.S.-picked
leaders failed to meet a deadline for adopting an interim
2004 Feb 28, Six-nation talks
on North Korea's nuclear program ended without any major
breakthrough. The North denounced the United States, saying it
wasn't willing to reach a settlement.
2004 Feb 28, In Pakistan a
suicide attacker blew himself up in a Shiite Muslim mosque in a city
2004 Feb 28, The mayor of
Nablus, the West Bank's largest city, said he is quitting to protest
Yasser Arafat's failure to rein in armed gangs.
2004 Feb 28, Qatar accused
Russia of detaining two of its nationals in Moscow, after two
Russians were charged with murdering a former rebel Chechen leader
2004 Feb 28, It was reported
that 70% South Koreans had high-speed Internet connections.
(Econ, 2/28/04, p.61)
2004 Feb 28, In Taiwan an
estimated 1.2 million people linked hands in a human chain the
length of the island as President Chen Shui-bian urged protesters to
oppose China's military threats and create the "Great Wall of
2004 Feb 29, In the Academy
Awards "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won a
record-tying 11 awards, taking best picture and sweeping each of its
categories. Sean Penn took the best-actor prize as a vengeful father
in "Mystic River," and Charlize Theron won for best actress as
serial killer Aileen Wuornos in "Monster." Supporting-performance
Oscars went to Tim Robbins as a man emotionally hamstrung by
childhood trauma in "Mystic River" and Renee Zellweger as a hardy
Confederate survivor in "Cold Mountain."
2004 Feb 29, Jerome Lawrence
(88), playwright, died. His 39 plays included “Auntie Mame.”
(SFC, 12/28/04, p.D1)
2004 Feb 29, In central China a
bus carrying migrant workers to faraway factory jobs plunged off a
mountain road, killing 12 and injuring 35.
2004 Feb 29, In Germany
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's party was handed a stinging defeat by
voters in Hamburg in elections reflecting the pent-up anger over his
push to cut cherished state benefits.
2004 Feb 29, Haiti's Pres.
Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigned and flew into exile. The capital
fell into chaos, and the US said international peacekeepers,
including Americans, would be deployed soon. Boniface Alexandre, the
Supreme Court Justice, took over as interim president. PM Yvon
Neptune continued as head of the government. Guy Philippe (36), head
of a band of former exiled soldiers, said his forces would stop
(AP, 2/29/04)(ST, 3/2/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 29, Israel's Supreme
Court ordered the government to suspend work for one week on a
section of the West Bank security barrier, an attorney said, while
security forces arrested three Palestinian youths who planned an
2004 Feb 29, Japan's
agriculture minister slammed a senior poultry industry executive for
failing to report the deaths of tens of thousands of chickens on his
farm, where officials have confirmed the country's third outbreak of
2004 Feb 29, Spain averted a
bombing by the Basque separatist group ETA after the Civil Guard
stopped a small truck and found about 1,100 pounds of bomb-making
2004 Feb, The Palo Alto-based
Facebook.com, an Internet social networking website, was founded by
Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg. He put Harvard’s yearbook on the
internet and the creation spread to Yale and beyond. He soon faced a
lawsuit from 3 other Harvard students, who alleged he stole their
idea. In 2009 Ben Mezrich authored “The Accidental Billionaires: The
Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal.”
(SSFC, 10/23/05, p.A1)(Econ, 9/16/06, p.69)(Econ,
7/21/07, p.66)(Econ, 8/8/09, p.72)
2004 Feb, Marc Gonsalves, Tom
Howes and Keith Stansell were captured by the Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia (FARC), when their surveillance plane went down
in a rebel stronghold in the country's south.
2004 Feb, UNESCO awarded its
press freedom prize to Cuba's jailed independent reporter Raul
2004 Feb, Mohammad Munim
al-Izmerly (65), Iraqi weapons scientist, died while in US custody.
His body was delivered to Al-Kharkh Hospital in Baghdad. The
Egyptian-born scientist had been in US detention since April 2003.
The Americans enclosed a death certificate saying he died of
"brainstem compression." An Investigation into his death was opened
2004 Feb, Khursheda Sultonov
(8), the daughter of an ethnic Tajik, was stabbed to death in St.
Petersburg, Russia, as her father was beaten by youths shouting
ethnic slurs. In March, 2006, a jury convicted 8 youths of
hooliganism but cleared the single suspect charged with killing his
daughter on the charge of bias murder.
2004 Feb, South Korea ratified
its 1st free trade agreement. Its partner was Chile.
(Econ, 2/28/04, p.39)
2004 Mar 1, US officials said
the United States has turned over seven Russian citizens who were
being held at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
2004 Mar 1, The California
Supreme Court ruled a Roman Catholic charity had to offer
birth-control coverage to its employees.
2004 Mar 1, An explosion in an
unlicensed coal mine in northern China killed 28 miners.
2004 Mar 1, In Haiti rebels
rolled into the capital and were met by hundreds of residents
dancing in the streets and cheering the ouster of Pres.
Jean-Bertrand Aristide. U.S. Marines and French troops moved to take
control of the impoverished country as Aristide arrived in South
Africa. There were reports of reprisal killings.
(AP, 3/1/04)(WSJ, 3/2/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 1, Jean-Bertrand
Aristide from the Central African Republic said in a telephone
interview that he was "forced to leave" Haiti by U.S. military
(AP, 3/1/04)(SFC, 3/02/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 1, In eastern India a
motorboat packed with players and spectators heading to a cricket
match capsized, and police said 20 people were feared dead.
2004 Mar 1, Iraqi politicians
agreed on an interim constitution with 2 official languages, a wide
ranging bill of rights and a single chief executive, bridging a gulf
between members over the role of Islam in the future government.
(AP, 3/1/04)(WSJ, 3/2/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 1, President Vladimir
Putin nominated Mikhail Fradkov, a former tax police chief who is
Russia's representative to the European Union, for the post of prime
2004 Mar 1, Kujo Krijestorac
(51), a key witness to the murder of Serbian PM Zoran Djindjic, was
gunned down near his Belgrade home.
2004 Mar 2, Alan Greenspan said
interest rates are too low for long term economic stability, but did
not indicate when they would be raised. The DJIA closed at 10,592.
(WSJ, 3/3/04, p.A3)
2004 Mar 2, John Kerry won the
10-state Super Tuesday series and knocked the fight out of his
spirited rival, John Edwards.
2004 Mar 2, Californians voters
approved Proposition 57, Gov. Schwarzenegger's $15 billion bond
measure, to be repaid over the next 9 to 14 years. Prop 58 to
prohibit future deficit financing also passed.
(SFC, 3/03/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 2, Residents of
Killington, Vermont, voted to join New Hampshire due to a dispute
over property taxes.
(ST, 3/2/04, p.A5)(AP, 3/2/04)
2004 Mar 2, Bernard Ebbers,
former WorldCom CEO, was indicted on federal charges in the
multibillion-dollar accounting scandal at the telecommunications
giant. Scott Sullivan, his top financial officer, pleaded guilty and
agreed to testify against him.
(AP, 3/2/04)(WSJ, 2/18/05, p.A1)
2004 Mar 2, NY state filed
charges against the mayor of New Paltz for marrying gay couples.
(WSJ, 3/3/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 2, NASA scientists
reported that the Mars rover Opportunity had discovered evidence
that water was once present on the surface.
(SFC, 3/03/04, p.A2)
2004 Mar 2, Mercedes
McCambridge (85), Academy Award-winning actress, died in San Diego.
2004 Mar 2, Marge Schott (75),
the controversial former owner of the Cincinnati Reds, died.
2004 Mar 2, In Chechnya rebel
attacks and land mines killed five Russian soldiers.
2004 Mar 2, In China
authorities shut down water supplies after a combination of
synthetic ammonia and nitrogen from the Sichuan General Chemical
Factory leaked into the Tuo River. Nearly 1 million people were left
without water for drinking and bathing.
2004 Mar 2, The European Space
Agency launched its Rosetta lander. It was intended to land on comet
67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in May, 2014.
(SFC, 7/18/05, p.A4)
2004 Mar 2, Haiti rebel leader
Guy Philippe declared himself the new chief of Haiti's military,
which had been disbanded by ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
2004 Mar 2, Attacks on Shiite
Muslims in Iraq killed at least 180 people as multiple explosions
hit Shiite shrines in Baghdad and Karbala on the Shia festival of
Ashura. An Iranian vice president blamed al-Qaida for the attacks.
(AP, 3/3/04)(SSFC, 2/20/05,
2004 Mar 2, In Pakistan firing
and suicide attack on Shiite Muslims in an Ashura procession in
Quetta claimed 45 lives.
2004 Mar 2, Khalil al-Zaben
(59), a close associate of Yasser Arafat, was assassinated in Gaza
City by unidentified gunmen. Separately Arafat agreed to a new
system for paying his security forces.
(SFC, 3/03/04, p.A8)
2004 Mar 2, Russian authorities
said they have confirmed that a man killed in the Dagestan region a
few days earlier was Ruslan Gelayev, one of the Chechnya's most
powerful rebel warlords.
2004 Mar 2, In Venezuela
demonstrators hurled rocks and gasoline bombs at soldiers as
protests intensified after the elections council ruled against an
opposition petition to force a presidential recall referendum.
2004 Mar 3, In Portland, Ore.,
hundreds of gay couples applied for marriage licenses following an
overnight policy change by county commissioners.
(SFC, 3/04/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 3, The Walt Disney
Company's board voted to strip Michael Eisner of his chairman's post
while retaining him as CEO.
2004 Mar 3, Royal Dutch/Shell
announced the resignations of CEO Sir Philip Watts and Walter van de
Vijver, head of exploration and production.
(WSJ, 4/20/04, p.A12)
2004 Mar 3, Harvard reported
that it used private funds to create 17 new stem-cell lines from
discarded fertility clinic embryos.
(WSJ, 3/4/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 3, Sumantra Ghoshal
(55), business academic, died of a stroke in London. His 12 books
included “Managing Across Borders” (1989). In 2005 Julian Birkinshaw
and Gita Piramal authored “Sumantra Ghoshal on Management: A Force
(Econ, 6/11/05, p.82)
2004 Mar 3, Ethiopia was
reported to have begun relocating hundreds of thousands of people
from drought-prone areas to fertile lands to alleviate food
shortages. Relocation began in May 2003 and many of the resettled
people continued to face hunger, diarrhea and malaria.
(AP, 3/3/04)(SFC, 7/19/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 3, French authorities
said a previously unknown terror group is threatening to blow up
French railway tracks unless it is paid millions of dollars.
2004 Mar 3, Guatemala's
Congress fired Oscar Dubon, the government's chief accountant, after
he fled the country amid allegations of political corruption.
2004 Mar 3, Haitian looters
found rotting stacks of cash, estimated at $350,000, stashed in a
tunnel beneath former Pres. Aristide's mansion.
(WSJ, 3/4/04, p.A14)
2004 Mar 3, In Petit Goave,
Haiti, an armed posse tracked down Ti Roro. They beat him with
sticks, took him to the morgue to identify his alleged victims,
ringed him with gasoline-soaked tires and burned him alive. As he
was burning, he admitted to all of the 15 people he killed in the
2004 Mar 3, In India's
Jammu-Kashmir state a suspected militant with explosives on his body
grabbed a guard's rifle and opened fire in a jail courtyard, setting
off a shootout that killed six people as well as himself.
2004 Mar 3, Israeli helicopters
fired two missiles at a car carrying Hamas militants on a road
through the Gaza Strip, killing three people.
2004 Mar 3, Malaysia's new PM
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi called a snap national election that will pit
the long-ruling secular coalition government against a
fundamentalist Islamic opposition.
2004 Mar 3, In eastern Nepal
leftist rebels attacked a telecommunications tower in mountains,
killing at least 29 soldiers and leaving 10 others missing.
2004 Mar 3, Pakistani
authorities detained at least 15 tribal leaders in a remote border
region near Afghanistan for failing to turn over suspected al-Qaeda
2004 Mar 3, In Yemen security
forces arrested Abdul Raouf Naseeb, a leading al-Qaeda member, along
with other militants in the southern mountains.
2004 Mar 4, It was reported
that new nickels honoring the 1803 Louisiana Purchase have been
shipped to the Federal Reserve. A new Jefferson nickel was set for
(SFC, 4/25/03, B3)(SFC, 11/7/03, p.A2)(AP,
3/4/04)(SFC, 9/14/04, p.D3)
2004 Mar 4, George Pake
(b.1924), founding head (1970-1978) of Xerox's Palo Alto Research
Center (PARC), died in Tucson, Ariz.
(SFC, 10/25/00, p.D1)(SFC, 3/11/04, p.C5)
2004 Mar 4, Brunei officials
reported that two retired senior army and police intelligence
officers and a businessman had been jailed without trial for leaking
government secrets, some of them posted on the Internet.
2004 Mar 4, Mounir el
Motassadeq, the only person in the world convicted in the 9-11
attacks, won a retrial in a German appeals court.
2004 Mar 4, Israeli forces
raided the southern Gaza town of Rafah, killing a 14-year-old boy,
bulldozing houses and damaging the water and electricity networks.
2004 Mar 4, Ukrainian
authorities pulled a private station off the air, four days after it
began broadcasting U.S.-funded Radio Liberty's shortwave
2004 Mar 5, Pres. Bush welcomed
Mexican Pres. Fox to his Texas ranch for a 2-day visit.
(SFC, 3/06/04, p.A3)
2004 Mar 5, Martha Stewart was
convicted in New York of obstructing justice and lying to the
government about why she'd unloaded her Imclone stock just before
the price plummeted; her ex-stockbroker, Peter Bacanovic, also was
found guilty in the stock scandal. Each later received a five-month
2004 Mar 5, U.S. special
operations forces killed nine suspected Taliban rebels in a
firefight in eastern Afghanistan after the militants tried to sneak
by their position.
2004 Mar 5, Suspected Taliban
gunmen killed a Turkish engineer and an Afghan soldier after
stopping their car along a main road linking the capital with the
2004 Mar 5, China's Premier Wen
Jiabao addressed the 2,904-member legislature and turned attention
and resources to the hundreds of millions of citizens who work the
(AP, 3/5/04)(SFC, 3/06/04, p.A10)
2004 Mar 5, Carlos Julio
Arosemena (84), one-time president of Ecuador whose term ended in a
1963 military coup, died. Elected vice president in 1960, Arosemena
rose to the presidency following the ouster of President Velasco
Ibarra a year later in a military coup.
2004 Mar 5, In Haiti some 3
thousand supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide marched on
the U.S. and French embassies, shouting their anger at his ouster. A
seven-member council met for the first time to help form a
2004 Mar 5, The signing of
Iraq's interim constitution was delayed indefinitely after five
Shiite members of the Governing Council rejected concessions made to
Kurds and the makeup of the presidency.
2004 Mar 5, A bomb exploded as
south Lebanon's police chief was driving across a bridge in the
eastern region, blowing off one foot and mangling another.
2004 Mar 5, Libya acknowledged
stockpiling 44,000 pounds of mustard gas and disclosed the location
of a production plant in a declaration submitted to the world's
chemical weapons watchdog.
2004 Mar 5, Mexican Air Force
pilots filmed 11 unidentified flying objects in the skies over
southern Campeche state. The video was publicly aired May10.
2004 Mar 5, In Nepal some
10,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of the capital, the
latest protest against the king for dismissing an elected government
and replacing it with one loyal to the monarchy.
2004 Mar 6, President Bush
backed off on plans to require frequent Mexican travelers to the
United States to be fingerprinted and photographed before crossing
2004 Mar 6, A water taxi
carrying about 25 passengers capsized in Baltimore's Inner Harbor,
killing one person. Three others were missing and presumed dead.
Navy reservists rescued 21 people.
(AP, 3/6/04)(SFC, 3/08/04, p.A3)
2004 Mar 6, China handed its
enormous military a double-digit spending increase in a show of
support. According to China's 2004 budget, military spending for the
PLA will rise 11.6 percent this year, an increase of $2.6 billion.
2004 Mar 6, Thousands of women
marched through Paris to press for equal rights for women and show
support for a law to ban Islamic head scarves in public schools.
2004 Mar 6, It was reported
that 4 compromising videos have been released showing Mexican
political party leaders and public servants accepting briefcases
full of cash, gambling at the high rollers' table in Las Vegas and
offering to procure business contracts for millions of dollars.
2004 Mar 6, Palestinian gunmen
and car bombers attacked a major crossing point between the Gaza
Strip and Israel. At least four attackers and two Palestinian
policemen were killed, and no Israeli soldiers were hurt.
2004 Mar 6, Hundreds of
thousands of Venezuelans marched through Caracas to protest the
rejection of a petition aimed at recalling President Hugo Chavez.
2004 Mar 7, An investiture
ceremony was held in Concord, N.H., for V. Gene Robinson, the
Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop.
2004 Mar 7, Seattle's mayor
said the city will begin recognizing the marriages of gay employees
who tie the knot elsewhere, although it will not conduct its own
2004 Mar 7, Paul Winfield (62),
an Academy Award-nominated actor who was known for his versatility
in stage, film and television roles, died of a heart attack.
2004 Mar 7, In Austria Joerg
Haider Haider's Freedom Party won 42.4 percent of the vote, compared
to just over 38 percent for the rival Socialists in Carinthia
2004 Mar 7, in China's Muslim
Xinjiang region the No. 2 Mine of the Hami Coal Co. flooded. 25
managed to escape while rescuers worked desperately to save
survivors. Rescue workers saved 15 coal miners trapped in a flooded
shaft, but seven miners were still missing.
2004 Mar 7, In Greece Costas
Karamanlis (47) led the New Democracy party over former Foreign
Minister George Papandreou's Socialists 45.4 percent to 40.6
percent. The result gave New Democracy 165 seats in the 300-member
parliament. The Socialists (Pasok) received 117 seats, Greece's
Communist Party got 12 and the Coalition of the Radical Left won
(AP, 3/8/04)(Econ, 3/13/04, p.51)
2004 Mar 7, In Haiti U.S.
Marines shot and killed one of the gunmen who fired at a huge
demonstration of protesters celebrating the flight from Haiti of
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. That raised the toll to six dead
and more than 30 injured in the protest.
2004 Mar 7, In Iraq insurgents
in a car fired rocket-propelled grenades at a police station in
Mosul, and two Iraqi civilians were killed.
2004 Mar 7, Israeli troops
traded heavy gunfire with Palestinians in a raid near Bureij Refugee
Camp, killing 14 Palestinians. Among the dead were 11 militants and
three boys between the ages of 8 and 15, and 81 people were wounded.
(AP, 3/7/04)(AP, 3/8/04)
2004 Mar 7, In central Japan a
helicopter chartered by a TV news station crashed while filming a
highway accident, killing all four aboard,
2004 Mar 7, The Samson, a ferry
carrying 113 people, vanished after it was caught in a cyclone as it
sailed between the Indian Ocean islands of Comoros and Madagascar.
There were 2 survivors. The drownings brought the death toll from
Cyclone Gafilo to 154.
(AP, 3/10/04)(AP, 3/11/04)
2004 Mar 7, Zimbabwean
authorities seized a U.S.-registered cargo plane at Harare carrying
64 "suspected mercenaries" and military equipment. Equatorial Guinea
later said the men were mercenaries from South Africa en route to
stage a coup. Twenty South Africans, 18 Namibians, 23 Angolans, two
Congolese and one Zimbabwean carrying a South African passport were
arrested when their aging Boeing 727 was impounded. Another 15
suspects were arrested in Equatorial Guinea the next day.
(AP, 3/8/04)(WSJ, 3/10/04, p.A1)(AP, 3/10/04)
2004 Mar 8, An Ohio nuclear
power plant was allowed to reopen following a 2-year shutdown over
an acid leak.
(WSJ, 3/9/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 8, Todd Bertuzzi of
the Vancouver Canucks slugged Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore
during a game, leaving Moore with a broken neck, concussion and
facial cuts. Bertuzzi, who was suspended indefinitely from the NHL,
later pleaded guilty to criminal assault.
2004 Mar 8, Keith Hopkins (69),
a historian who brought an innovative sociological approach to the
study of ancient Rome, died in Cambridge, England. His books
included "Conquerors and Slaves" and "Death and Renewal."
(AP, 3/15/04)(SFC, 3/16/04, p.B7)
2004 Mar 8, Actor Robert
Pastorelli (49) was found dead in his Hollywood Hills, Calif., home.
2004 Mar 8, China's parliament
began discussing a constitutional amendment that would protect
private property for the first time since the 1949 communist
2004 Mar 8, Guinea-Bissau
soldiers released deposed Pres. Kumba Yala from house arrest, six
months after he was ousted in a bloodless coup on Sep 14.
2004 Mar 8, In Haiti US Marines
shot and killed the driver of a vehicle speeding up to a military
2004 Mar 8, Iraq's Governing
Council signed a landmark interim constitution after resolving a
political impasse sparked by objections from the country's most
2004 Mar 8, Abul Abbas (56),
the Palestinian who planned the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro
passenger ship in which a wheelchair-bound American tourist was
killed and thrown overboard, died of natural causes in Baghdad while
in U.S. custody.
2004 Mar 8, Syrian authorities
broke up a rare protest by human rights activists demanding
political and civil reforms on the 41st anniversary of the ruling
party's accession to power.
2004 Mar 9, John Allen Muhammad
(43) was sentenced to death in Manassas, Va., for his 2002 murder
rampage in the Washington DC area.
(SFC, 3/10/04, p.A3)
2004 Mar 9, Britain ended a
3-year review and agreed to allow farmers to grow one variety
genetically modified "GM" corn.
(WSJ, 3/10/04, p.A14)
2004 Mar 9, In Chad 2 days of
fighting broke out as the army battled Islamic militants near a
remote village on the country's western border with Niger, killing
43 "terrorists" of a group suspected of links with al-Qaeda.
2004 Mar 9, China reported that
it would scrap the 8% tax on farmers' crops over the next 5 years.
The vestige of feudalism was established 4,000 years ago during the
2004 Mar 9, Colombian troops
killed at least 12 leftist guerrillas and captured 40 others in
separate offensives across the country.
2004 Mar 9, In Haiti Gerard
Latortue (69), a lawyer and economist, was named as interim prime
(SFC, 3/10/04, p.A8)
2004 Mar 9, In Iraq 2 US
civilians and their Iraqi interpreter were killed. 4 Iraqis were
arrested and appeared to be active Iraqi police officers working
with a Saddam Hussein loyalist.
(WSJ, 3/12/04, p.A1)(SFC, 3/13/04, p.A3)
2004 Mar 9, Israeli forces
backed by tanks and combat helicopters raided the West Bank town of
Jenin, prompting a gun battle that killed a Palestinian woman in her
2004 Mar 9, Groundbreaking
ceremonies were set for a research center on the Israeli-Jordan
border. The Bridging the Rift foundation, launched in 1999, planned
a $30 million environmental research center created with the
assistance of California's Stanford Univ.
(SFC, 2/28/04, p.A8)
2004 Mar 9, A shootout between
unidentified gunmen and government troops in Nigeria's oil city of
Warri killed five people, including one soldier. Separately an
overturned candle ignited a fire that raged through a shantytown in
2004 Mar 9, Pakistan tested its
longest-range missile yet, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and
hitting targets deep inside neighboring India.
2004 Mar 10, Lee Boyd Malvo,
teenage sniper, was sentenced in Chesapeake, Va., to life in prison.
2004 Mar 10, Four major US
Internet service providers filed a series of lawsuits meant to
shutdown a number of leading spammers.
(SFC, 3/11/04, p.C1)
2004 Mar 10, The DJIA tumbled
for a 3rd session, down 160 to 10,296.
(SFC, 3/11/04, p.C1)
2004 Mar 10, Argentina and the
IMF signed an accord to release a $3.1 billion loan. Meetings with
creditors were scheduled to re-schedule $82 billion in loans that
the government defaulted on in 2002. Bondholders were being offered
25 cents on the dollar.
(WSJ, 3/11/04, p.A14)
2004 Mar 10, Brazil's
government said the army burned all documents about the suppression
of a 1970s insurgency against the military dictatorship. The papers
were destroyed in the 1970s and 1980s in accordance with laws in
force at the time.
2004 Mar 10, France's
government worked to calm a revolt by scientists angry over funding
cuts, even as trade unions called for more protests.
2004 Mar 10, U.S. Marines shot
and killed at least two Haitians in overnight gun battles.
2004 Mar 10, India's cricketers
arrived for their first full tour of Pakistan in 14 years.
2004 Mar 10, In Israel 2 bills
supporting civil marriage were voted down in the parliament.
Thousands of Israel's rabbis have gone on strike, scaling back
wedding and funeral services, to protest the government's
withholding of salaries. The government has not paid salaries to
3,000 rabbis and employees of municipal rabbinates and religious
councils for more than half a year.
2004 Mar 10, Thai PM Thaksin
Shinawatra replaced his finance, interior and defense ministers in a
Cabinet reshuffle as the government faces a Muslim insurgency in the
south, a volatile stock market and a public outcry over a
2004 Mar 10, In Turkey 2
suicide attackers stormed a Masonic lodge in Istanbul opening fire
with automatic weapons and setting off explosions that killed one
person and wounded five.
2004 Mar 11, The California
Supreme Court halted gay weddings in San Francisco for at least a
few months while it decides whether they are legal. SF responded by
suing the state in Superior Court contending that the state ban on
same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
(AP, 3/12/04)(SFC, 3/12/04, p.A1)(SFC, 6/27/15,
2004 Mar 11, The California
Office of Environmental Health Hazzard Assessment raised the action
level for reporting perchlorate pollution in drinking water from 4
to 6 ppb.
(WSJ, 3/12/04, p.A8)
2004 Mar 11, In San Diego 4
Marines were killed when their small UC-35 jet crashed on landing at
Air Station Miramar.
(SFC, 3/12/04, p.B3)
2004 Mar 11, Canadian officials
said a "very sophisticated criminal scheme" bilked the Defense
Department of tens of millions of dollars in computer contracts over
10 years. Public Works Minister Stephen Owen said the government is
going after computer giant Hewlett Packard, the prime contractor in
$160-million worth of military computer hardware and support
2004 Mar 11, In Iraq 2 American
soldiers were killed when the Humvee they were riding in struck a
2004 Mar 11, In Madrid, Spain,
a series of 10 bombs hidden in backpacks exploded in quick
succession at 3 stations, blowing apart four commuter trains. 191
people were killed and over 1,450 wounded. Spanish leaders were
quick to accuse Basque terrorists but a shadowy group claimed
responsibility in the name of al-Qaeda. On October 31, 2007, 3 lead
defendants were convicted of murder. Four other top suspects were
acquitted of murder but convicted of lesser charges. In all 21 of
the 28 defendants were convicted. On July 17, 2008, a Spanish court
cleared four of the 21 people charged for crimes related to the
train bombings. In 2009 7 people were indicted for helping the
(WSJ, 3/12/04, p.A1)(AP, 3/13/04)(SFC, 3/13/04,
p.A1)(SFC, 3/19/04, p.A3)(AP, 3/23/08)(AP, 10/31/07)(Reuters,
2004 Mar 12, An FBI proposal
was made public to require all broadband Internet providers to
support easy wiretapping.
(SFC, 3/13/04, p.C2)
2004 Mar 12, In California six
unwed gay couples filed suit in Superior Court challenging the
state’s marriage law on constitutional grounds. The suit was later
consolidated with a SF suit filed a day earlier.
(SFC, 6/27/15, p.A12)
2004 Mar 12, In Fresno, Ca.,
Marcus Wesson (57) was arrested on suspicion of killing 9 family
members, aged 1-24. He lived a bizarre life of polygamy and incest,
even fathering two of his victims with his own daughters. In 2005
Wesson was convicted on 9 counts of murder and sentenced to death.
In 2009 reporter Alysia Sofios authored “Where Hope Begins: One
Family's Journey Out of Tragedy-and the Reporter Who Helped Them
(AP, 3/14/04)(SSFC, 3/14/04, p.A1)(SFC, 6/18/05,
p.B7)(SFC, 7/28/05, p.B4)(SFC, 9/14/09, p.A1)
2004 Mar 12, Chinese state
media reported that a 1,930-mile railway project to link China and
Europe was announced by Kanat Zhangaskin, vice president of the
Kazakhstan National Railway Co.
2004 Mar 12, Haiti's new prime
minister, Gerard Latortue, was sworn into office. US Marines killed
two men during a patrol in Haiti and said they were gunmen who had
previously fired on the Marines, although their weapons were never
recovered. Witnesses said the dead were bystanders.
(AP, 3/14/04)(AP, 3/12/05)
2004 Mar 12, Ivory Coast's
ruling party accused opposition groups of plotting with rebels to
overthrow the government, and it called on militant youth supporters
to "mobilize" in defense.
2004 Mar 12, South Korean
markets plunged and finance officials scrambled to emergency policy
meetings after President Roh Moo-hyun was stripped of his executive
powers in an unprecedented impeachment for illegal electioneering.
Roh's powers were reinstated by South Korea's Constitutional Court
the following May.
(WSJ, 3/12/04, p.A1)(AP, 3/12/05)
2004 Mar 12, Millions of
Spaniards marched to protest train bombings the day before that
killed 191 people.
2004 Mar 12, In Qamishli,
Syria, spectators inside the stadium were crushed in a stampede to
escape an attack by rival fans and at least 5 people were killed. A
riot broke out the next day during funeral services for 3 of the
dead. The soccer riots spread to 3 other towns over the next few
days and left 25 people dead and more than 100 injured in Kurdish
areas of northern Syria.
(AP, 3/13/04)(AP, 3/19/04)
2004 Mar 12, Somchai
Neelapaichit, Thailand human rights lawyer, was kidnapped in Bangkok
and never heard from again. 2 days before he vanished he had
formally accused the police of torturing 5 Muslim men in custody.
(Econ, 3/14/09, p.46)
2004 Mar 13, In the first DARPA
Grand Challenge robotic vehicles began a 200-mile road race near
Barstow, California. The Pentagon sponsored race ended without a
winner, as none of the autonomous vehicles built by the 15
qualifying teams was able to travel farther than 7 miles from the
(SFC, 3/13/04, p.A1)(AP, 3/14/04)
2004 Mar 13, In Afghanistan
Taliban armed with rockets and heavy machine guns attacked a
government office near the Afghan-Pakistan border, sparking a
firefight that killed one Afghan soldier and three Taliban.
2004 Mar 13 Iran froze
inspections of its nuclear facilities after the U.N. atomic agency
censured Tehran for hiding suspect activities. Tehran relented two
2004 Mar 13, In Tikrit, Iraq, a
roadside bomb killed two American soldiers and wounded three. 3
American soldiers died in two bomb explosions in Baghdad. A 4th died
from his injuries the next morning.
(AP, 3/13/04)(AP, 3/14/04)
2004 Mar 13, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed two Palestinian militants in an off-limits military
zone between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
2004 Mar 13, In Pakistan the
India cricket team beat a Pakistan team at Karachi's National
Stadium in a match that came down to the final ball.
(SSFC, 3/14/04, p.A15)
2004 Mar 14, In southeastern
Afghanistan U.S.-led troops surprised eight enemy fighters in a cave
complex, prompting a gunbattle, which left 3 militiamen killed and 5
2004 Mar 14, China took
symbolic steps toward a more capitalist society, amending its
constitution to protect private property rights and formalizing a
former president's once-unthinkable legacy, inviting entrepreneurs
to join the Communist Party.
2004 Mar 14, Georgia's
President Mikhail Saakashvili put the country's military on alert
after the restive Adzharia region barred him from entering.
2004 Mar 14, In Haiti French
troops took over patrols in a slum where U.S. Marines killed at
least two people.
2004 Mar 14, In Israel 2
explosions killed eight people and wounding 18 at the seaport of
Ashdod. Police said 2 Palestinian suicide bombers were responsible.
2004 Mar 14, In South Korea
tens of thousands of demonstrators streamed into the streets of
Seoul to protest the impeachment of Pres. Roh Moo-hyun. Some 50,000
had gathered the night before.
2004 Mar 14, Russian voters
overwhelmingly handed President Vladimir Putin a second four-year
term. It had long been seen as a foregone conclusion.
2004 Mar 14, Elections in Spain
returned the Socialists to power. Mariano Rajoy (48) of the ruling
conservative Popular Party was the prime minister's hand-picked
candidate to succeed him. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of the
Socialist Party hoped to end eight years of conservative government
after promising to pull Spanish troops out of Iraq and address
unaffordable housing and job insecurity at home. PM Jose Maria
Aznar's conservatives became the first government that had backed
Washington in Iraq to be voted from office. Zapatero led the
Socialists to victory.
(AP, 3/15/04)(Econ, 3/20/04, p.49)
2004 Mar 15, The Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame inducted Prince, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne and George
Harrison along with ZZ Top, Traffic and the Dells.
(SFC, 3/16/04, p.A2)
2004 Mar 15, Missouri jurors
agreed that vapors from butter flavoring at the microwave popcorn
factory had permanently ruined the lungs of Eric Peoples. The
verdict was against International Flavors and Fragrances Inc. and
its subsidiary Bush Boake Allen Inc. The flavoring manufacturers
were ordered to pay $18 million to Peoples and $2 million to his
2004 Mar 15, Ohio police
identified Charles A. McCoy Jr. (28) as the gunman in two dozen
highway shootings that have terrorized motorists for months.
(AP, 3/16/04)(SFC, 3/18/04, p.A4)
2004 Mar 15, Bank of America
and FleetBoston Financial agreed to pay $675 million in fines and
fee cuts to settle improper mutual-fund trading. Some 13,000 job
cuts were expected following the merger of the 2 companies.
(WSJ, 3/16/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/17/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 15, The Bill Gates
Foundation donated $47 million to private agencies carrying out AIDS
prevention programs in India.
(SFC, 3/16/04, p.A2)
2004 Mar 15, Martha Stewart
resigned from the board of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia 10 days
after being convicted in a stock scandal.
2004 Mar 15, A new computer
worm, named "Phatbot," began appearing in the Asia-Pacific region.
Most call it a variation of the longstanding Gaobot or Agobot
family, and sometimes as Polybot. When the worm is run, it sets the
system to autostart the worm at boot time; attempts to terminate
security software running on the computer; and probes network shares
in an attempt to spread itself.
2004 Mar 15, Scientists
announced the discovery of a new planetoid named Sedna. The frozen,
shiny red world is some 8 billion miles from Earth, the most distant
known object in the solar system. Some placed it in the outer
periphery of a region called the Oort Cloud.
(AP, 3/16/04)(SFC, 3/16/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 15, The WHO reported
that drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis had reached troubling
levels in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
(WSJ, 3/16/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 15, The U.S. military
said it released 23 Afghan and three Pakistani citizens from the
U.S. Navy prison for terrorist suspects in Cuba, leaving about 610
still in detention.
2004 Mar 15, Canadian National
Railway reached a tentative agreement with the Canadian Auto Workers
union that could end a 3½-week-old strike by 5,000 employees.
2004 Mar 15, Georgia's
President Mikhail Saakashvili put trade restrictions on Adzharia
after Aslan Abashidze ignored a deadline to accept federal
2004 Mar 15, Iran relented and
decided to allow a visit at the end of this month, after temporarily
freezing out international nuclear inspectors.
2004 Mar 15, In Iraq 4 American
missionary relief workers were killed in a drive-by shooting in
(SFC, 3/16/04, p.A14)(AP, 3/15/05)
2004 Mar 15, Israeli
helicopters attacked two suspected Hamas weapons workshops in Gaza
City and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called off a summit with his
2004 Mar 15, Ousted Haitian
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide left his temporary exile in Africa
and flew to Jamaica despite opposition to his presence in the
2004 Mar 15, Pakistani police
diffused a large bomb inside a van parked in front of the US
Consulate in Karachi.
(SFC, 3/16/04, p.A3)
2004 Mar 15, In Saudi Arabia
authorities killed Khaled Ali Haj, a Yemeni, and Ibrahim bin
Abdul-Aziz bin Mohammed al-Mezeini, a Saudi. Haj, who also uses the
name Abu Hazim al-Sha'ir, was the "most dangerous" al-Qaeda
operative in the region. Haj was third on the government's list of
Saudi Arabia's 26 most wanted militants.
2004 Mar 15, Jose Luis
Rodriguez Zapatero, the leader of Spain's victorious Socialists,
said he will withdraw his nation's support for the U.S.-led
occupation of Iraq.
2004 Mar 15, In Venezuela
opponents of President Hugo Chavez celebrated a Supreme Court ruling
that signatures on petitions seeking a presidential recall vote were
valid unless citizens disclaim them.
2004 Mar 16, Mitch Seavey won
the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in nine days, 12 hours, 20 minutes
and 22 seconds.
2004 Mar 16, China declared
victory in its fight against bird flu, saying it had "stamped out"
all of its known cases, while a factory worker in Thailand became
Asia's 23rd victim of the virus.
2004 Mar 16, In Colombia Luis
Hipolito Ospina, a senior member of the leftist Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia, or FARC, was arrested in Bogota.
2004 Mar 16, In Denmark police
raided Copenhagen's famed hippie enclave of Christiania, detaining
53 people in a major crackdown on the open sale of hashish. The
enclave took root in 1971 when dozens of hippies moved into the
derelict 18th-century fort on state-owned land.
2004 Mar 16, Two contractors,
German and Dutch, working on a water-supply project south of Baghdad
were shot to death, and their deaths brought to six the number of
foreigners killed in drive-by shootings in the past 24 hours.
(AP, 3/16/04)(WSJ, 4/1/04, p.A10)
2004 Mar 16, Japan's Toshiba
Corp said that Guinness World Records had certified its stamp-sized
hard disk drives (HDDs) as the smallest in the world. The 0.85-inch
HDDs, unveiled in January, have storage capacity of up to four
gigabytes and will be used in products such as cellphones and
2004 Mar 16, It was announced
that Carlos Slim, owner of Mexico’s Telmex, planned to buy a
controlling interest in Brazil’s biggest long distance operator,
(Econ, 3/20/04, p.64)
2004 Mar 16, Hundreds of
Pakistani troops clashed with tribesmen suspected of sheltering
al-Qaeda and Taliban fugitives near the Afghan border. At least 15
paramilitary soldiers and 24 suspects including some foreigners
presumed to be members of al-Qaeda, were killed in the raid on a
mud-brick compound at Kaloosha.
(AP, 3/16/04)(AP, 3/17/04)
2004 Mar 16, In Russia an
apparent natural gas explosion sheared off part of a nine-story
apartment building in the northern city of Arkhangelsk as residents
slept, killing some 58 people. Police suspected that valve
scavenging triggered the blast.
(AP, 3/16/04)(WSJ, 3/17/04, p.A1)(AP, 3/18/04)
2004 Mar 16, Spanish police
identified five additional Moroccan suspects they think took part in
last week's train bombing that killed 190 and injured 1,647 others.
(AP, 3/16/04)(AP, 3/23/04)
2004 Mar 16, Yemen authorities
said 9 suspects in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole had been
arrested, including 8 who escaped from jail in 2003.
(SFC, 3/17/04, p.A9)
2004 Mar 17, Charles A. McCoy
Jr., suspected in a series of highway shootings in central Ohio, was
arrested in Las Vegas.
2004 Mar 17, Major league
Baseball banned THG, a steroid at the center of a criminal probe
involving a SF-area lab.
(WSJ, 3/18/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 17, Harvard
researchers reported that an enzyme in the brain appears to regulate
appetite and weight.
(WSJ, 3/18/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 17, John "J.J."
Jackson (62), former MTV personality, died in Los Angeles.
2004 Mar 17, Angola decided to
reject genetically modified food aid. The decision threatened to
disrupt distributions to hundreds of thousands of people.
2004 Mar 17, Axel Blumberg
(23), the son of businessman Juan Carlos Blumberg, was seized in
Buenos Aires. Kidnappers demanded a ransom of 50,000 pesos (16,000
2004 Mar 17, It was reported
that locusts have swarmed through the Australian Outback,
devastating crops just as farmers had begun recovering from a
2004 Mar 17, In Iraq a car bomb
tore apart the five-story Mount Lebanon Hotel in central Baghdad,
killing 7 people. In northeastern Iraq gunmen opened fire on a
minibus, killing three Iraqi journalists and wounding nine other
employees of a coalition-funded TV station. Insurgents killed two
U.S. Marines who were on patrol in al-Anbar province. In Mosul 4 US
Baptist missionaries were killed in a drive-by shooting.
(AP, 3/18/04)(SFC, 3/18/04, p.A1)(AP,
3/19/04)(WSJ, 4/1/04, p.A10)
2004 Mar 17, Israeli
helicopters fired two missiles into a crowd of suspected gunmen in a
Palestinian refugee camp, killing four people in a stepped-up
campaign to root out militants in the Gaza Strip. 2 teenage boys
were killed in an air strike at the Rafah refugee camp.
(AP, 3/17/04)(SFC, 3/18/04, p.A2)
2004 Mar 17, Israel's Supreme
Court imposed an open-ended freeze on construction of a 15-mile
section of the country's controversial West Bank separation barrier.
2004 Mar 17, The Maldives ferry
Enamaa was carrying far more than its capacity of up to 100 when a
wave overturned it. At least 18 people were killed. More than 50
others were missing.
2004 Mar 17, In Kosovo ethnic
Albanians traded gunfire with Serbs after blaming them for the
drownings of two boys. The clashes left eight dead and more than 300
2004 Mar 18, Addressing
thousands of soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., President Bush warned
that terrorists could never be appeased and said there was no safety
for any nation that "lives at the mercy of gangsters and mass
2004 Mar 18, Overruling its
staff, the FCC declared that an expletive (the "F-word") uttered by
rock star Bono on NBC the previous year was indecent and profane.
2004 Mar 18, New Jersey
officials arrested 11 people in a pharmaceutical theft ring and
charged them with stealing some $3 million in drugs for resale.
(WSJ, 3/19/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 18, A 100-foot
diameter asteroid passed within 26,500 miles of Earth, the
closest-ever brush on record by a space rock.
2004 Mar 18, A rebel group in
Chad captured Amari Saifi, one of North Africa's most notorious
terrorists, along with 9 others. Saifi is and an Algerian extremist
suspected in the hostage-taking of 32 European tourists last year.
2004 Mar 18, Georgia's
President Mikhail Saakashvili met with Aslan Abashidze in Batumi,
Ajaria, to settle misunderstandings.
(Econ, 3/20/04, p.54)
2004 Mar 18, In northeast
Guatemala a bus collided with a tractor-trailer, killing at least 14
2004 Mar 18, Jordan's King
Abdullah and PM Ariel Sharon held a secret meeting at the Israeli
leader's ranch to discuss Sharon's plan to withdraw unilaterally
from Palestinian areas.
2004 Mar 18, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded at a hotel in the southern city of Basra as a British
military patrol passed by, killing five Iraqi bystanders. US Army
soldiers shot 2 al-Arabiya television network employees. [see Mar
(AP, 3/18/04)(SFC, 3/30/04, p.A3)
2004 Mar 18, Albanians set fire
to Serb Orthodox churches in Kosovo as NATO scrambled to deploy up
to 1,000 more troops to stifle an explosion of ethnic violence. The
death toll reached 31 with hundreds injured in fighting between
Serbs and ethnic Albanians as violence continued for a 2nd day.
(SFC, 3/19/04, p.A13)(Econ, 3/20/04, p.52)
2004 Mar 18, In northwestern
Uganda unidentified gunmen raided and looted a college and killed
two American missionaries and a Ugandan student.
2004 Mar 19, President Bush, on
the first anniversary of the Iraq war, urged unity in the war
2004 Mar 19, The US Justice
Dept. issued a draft opinion that authorized the agency to transfer
detainees out of Iraq for interrogation.
(SSFC, 10/24/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 19, The Army dropped
all charges against Capt. James Yee, a military chaplain at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who had been accused of mishandling classified
2004 Mar 19, Scientists
reported that Earth may be in the middle its 6th big extinction
event, which began some 50,000 years ago. A recent survey indicated
population extinctions in all the main ecosystems of Britain.
(SFC, 3/19/04, p.A5)
2004 Mar 19, Harrison McCain
(76), a New Brunswick farm boy who became a world-scale
industrialist and the king of the frozen french fry, died in a
Boston hospital after a long period of failing health. McCain Foods
(f.1956) is the world's undisputed french fry king. The company,
which is still based in Florenceville, NB, produces one-third of the
planet's frozen french fries.
2004 Mar 19, Edward G. Zubler
(79), GE research chemist and developer of the halogen lamp (1959),
died in Cleveland.
(SFC, 3/24/04, p.B7)
2004 Mar 19, In central
Afghanistan U.S. warplanes and ground forces killed five suspected
Taliban fighters at a compound in Uruzgan province.
2004 Mar 19, An Argentine
federal judge declared unconstitutional a presidential decree that
pardoned several high-ranking military officers accused of human
rights abuses during Argentina's Dirty War.
2004 Mar 19, In southwest
Colombia soldiers searching for rebels accidentally ambushed a
police unit, killing seven police officers and four civilian
prisoners. Investigators looked into all possibilities, including
whether the platoon, the police unit, or both, were involved in
(AP, 3/21/04)(AP, 4/9/04)
2004 Mar 19, In southern
Finland a bus crashed into a truck in icy conditions, killing 24
people and injuring 15.
2004 Mar 19, Georgia's
authorities lifted sanctions against the defiant Adzharia region,
carrying out a new agreement aimed to avert tensions.
2004 Mar 19, In Iraq a reporter
for Arab satellite television station Al-Arabiya died from his
wounds after U.S. soldiers shot him hours earlier along with a
cameraman, who died at the scene.
(AP, 3/19/04)(SFC, 3/30/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 19, A Mexican police
raid led to the arrests of 42 immigration agents and other
government employees accused of running a network that smuggled
migrants into the US.
(AP, 3/23/04)(SFC, 3/24/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 19, In Nicaragua
police officers kicked down the door and led convicted former Pres.
Arnoldo Aleman (58) from house arrest at his ranch to a special cell
at a federal prison. Aleman was sentenced to 20 years in prison and
fined $10 million for illegally diverting some $100 million in
government funds to his party's election campaigns during his tenure
in office, which ended in January 2002.
2004 Mar 19, Thousands of
Pakistani army reinforcements joined a major offensive in tribal
border villages where al-Qaeda's No. 2 leader, Ayman al-Zawahri and
hundreds of other militants are believed surrounded.
2004 Mar 19, A senior U.N.
official said that fighting in western Sudan has intensified in
recent weeks, accusing Arab militia of systematically attacking
villages and raping women.
2004 Mar 19, Taiwan President
Chen Shui-bian and his vice president were shot and slightly wounded
in an assassination attempt as they rode in an open vehicle while
campaigning a day before an election.
2004 Mar 19, Yemen security
forces captured the nation's most wanted man and another militant
who escaped from prison last year after being detained for the 2000
bombing of the USS Cole. Jamal Badawi and Fahd al-Quso were arrested
in the mountains of southern Abyan province.
2004 Mar 20, The US military
charged 6 soldiers with abusing inmates at Abu Ghraib prison.
2004 Mar 20, The Rev. Karen
Dammann, a lesbian Methodist pastor, was acquitted of violating
church doctrine in a trial held in Bothell, Wash.
2004 Mar 20, A quickly
spreading Internet worm destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of
personal computers worldwide morning by exploiting a security flaw
in a firewall program designed to protect PCs from online threats.
The "Witty" worm wrote random data onto the hard drives of computers
equipped with the Black Ice and Real Secure Internet firewall
products. It spread automatically to vulnerable computers without
any action on the part of the user.
2004 Mar 20, Thousands of
protesters marched in Australia to mark the first anniversary of the
Iraq war. Protests extended across Asia with some 30,000 marching in
Japan. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide rallied against the
U.S.-led war in Iraq on the first anniversary of the start of the
2004 Mar 20, The Economist
reported that a Goldman Sachs study found consumers in Australia and
Spain to be the most vulnerable, of 19 countries, to higher interest
rates or recession.
(Econ, 3/20/04, p.85)
2004 Mar 20, In Sao Goncalo,
Brazil, Carlos Leite and his companion, Maria da Penha, inaugurated
a free library in their home with some 100 volumes. By late 2005 the
collection had grew to 10,000 volumes and took up most of the space
in the home of the illiterate couple.
2004 Mar 20, In Guyana
thousands marched through Georgetown, demanding the government order
an independent investigation into claims of a state-sponsored hit
squad blamed for more than 40 killings in the past year.
2004 Mar 20, Hundreds of
thousands of people marched in Rome demanding that Italy pull its
2,600 troops out of Iraq.
2004 Mar 20, In Kashmir a
remote-controlled bomb hidden in a motorbike exploded as an Indian
army convoy passed over a bridge, killing two soldiers and wounding
2004 Mar 20, NATO-led forces
surrounded Kosovska Mitrovica in efforts to separate ethnic
Albanians and Serbs and prevent a resurgence of attacks that killed
28 people and wounded 600. Ethnic Albanians looted villages and
apartments abandoned by Serb civilians. Some 110 homes and at least
16 Serb Orthodox churches were destroyed by arson.
(AP, 3/20/04)(Econ, 9/11/04, p.47)
2004 Mar 20, Former Netherlands
Queen Juliana (94), who presided over the dismantling of the
centuries-old Dutch empire and witnessed the birth of a social
revolution during her 32-year reign (1948-1980, died.
(AP, 3/20/04)(SSFC, 3/21/04, p.B7)
2004 Mar 20, Nepalese
government forces killed as many as 500 rebels, and at least 18
police and soldiers died in some of the fiercest fighting since a
cease-fire collapsed last year.
2004 Mar 20, The Pakistani
military commander leading a five-day assault on armed militants
holed up in mud fortresses said a "high-value" terror suspect
remained inside, possibly wounded, but there was no way to know
whether it was al-Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri.
2004 Mar 20, The hunt for
terrorists on Pakistan's frontier appears to be narrowing on an
Uzbek terror group that once trained in Afghanistan.
2004 Mar 20, Taiwan Pres. Chen
Shui-bian narrowly won re-election, a day after being shot in an
assassination attempt, but a referendum he had championed on beefing
up defenses against China failed because not enough voters took
(AP, 3/20/04)(SSFC, 3/21/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 20, Uganda government
troops backed by helicopter gunships fought fierce battles with
rebels in northern Uganda, killing more than 50 insurgents.
2004 Mar 21, The White House
disputed assertions by President Bush's former counterterrorism
coordinator, Richard A. Clarke, that the administration had failed
to recognize the risk of an attack by al-Qaida in the months leading
up to Sept. 11. Clarke's assertions were contained in a new book,
"Against All Enemies," that went on sale the next day.
2004 Mar 21, Zaha Hadid (53), a
Baghdad-born designer, became the third Briton to win the Pritzker
Prize in Architecture, and the 1st woman to win the prize in its
2004 Mar 21, Robert Snyder
(88), documentary film maker and author, died. He was the son-in-law
of futurist Buckminster Fuller.
(SFC, 3/22/04, p.B4)
2004 Mar 21, Afghan aviation
minister Mirwais Sadiq was assassinated in the western city of
2004 Mar 21, Tony Saca, former
sportscaster and Arena Party candidate, easily won El Salvador's
presidential race, promising to continue the direction of one of the
most pro-U.S. governments in the hemisphere.
(AP, 3/22/04)(Econ, 3/27/04, p.38)
2004 Mar 21, French voters
delivered a rebuke to PM Jean-Pierre Raffarin's reform plans in the
1st round of regional elections. The elections, held every six
years, are for regional leaders responsible for some infrastructure
projects, job training, school construction and other tasks.
2004 Mar 21, Ludmila Tcherina
(79), French ballerina and Oscar-winning actress, The Tales of
Hoffman (1950), died.
2004 Mar 21, In western Iraq
insurgents fired a rocket at U.S. troops, killing two soldiers,
while in Baghdad rockets fired toward the U.S.-led coalition
headquarters killed two Iraqi civilians and injured a U.S. soldier.
2004 Mar 21, Four Hamas
militants and a Palestinian woman were killed in fighting with
Israeli troops, the sixth day of Israel's new offensive in the Gaza
2004 Mar 21, Elections were
held in Malaysia. An Islamic leader implied that those who backed
government candidates would go to hell. Malaysia's secular
government won a sweeping victory in two Muslim-dominated states and
looked headed for a nationwide rout of the fundamentalist Islamic
(WSJ, 3/8/04, p.A1)(AP, 3/21/04)
2004 Mar 21, Pakistani forces
agreed to allow a 25-member tribal council free passage into a
battle zone in an effort to negotiate a peace deal with local elders
sheltering hundreds of al-Qaeda fighters. Up to 6,000 Pakistani
forces were engaged with some 500 foreign militants, in the Wana
area of South Waziristan. The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU)
was suspected to be involved.
(AP, 3/21/04)(SFC, 3/22/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 21, In the Republic of
Congo a train derailed 90 miles south of Brazzaville, killing 31
people and injuring scores of others.
2004 Mar 21, Spain's incoming
Socialist government rejected an offer for dialogue from the Basque
separatist group ETA.
2004 Mar 22, Terry Nichols went
on trial for his life in the Oklahoma City bombing. Nichols was
already serving a life sentence for his conviction on federal
charges. On May 26 he was found guilty of 161 state murder charges,
but was again spared the death penalty when the jury couldn't agree
on his sentence.
2004 Mar 22, Afghan soldiers
deployed to the western city of Herat after some of the fiercest
factional fighting since the 2001 fall of the Taliban killed a
Cabinet minister and as many as 100 others.
2004 Mar 22, A car bomb blew up
near a U.S. Air Force base north of Baghdad, killing two Iraqi
civilians and wounding 25 others. The U.S. military said a bomb
killed a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi interpreter in Baghdad.
2004 Mar 22, The Finnish
Foreign Ministry said two Finnish businessmen were shot and killed
2004 Mar 22, Israel killed
Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin and 7 other Hamas members in a helicopter
missile strike outside a Gaza City mosque, prompting threats of
unprecedented revenge by thousands of Palestinian. Sheik Ahmed
Yassin, a quadriplegic preacher, founded the Islamic militant group
Hamas in 1987 and presided over its rise to a violent, radical
alternative to Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority.
(AP, 3/22/04)(USAT, 3/23/04, p.1A)
2004 Mar 22, In Malaysia
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was sworn in as prime minister, a day after
scoring a landslide election victory that handed the fundamentalist
Islamic opposition its worst defeat in more than a decade. The
national Front Coalition won 199 out of 219 seats in parliament.
(AP, 3/22/04)(Econ, 11/17/07, p.53)
2004 Mar 22, Oil giant Royal
Dutch/Shell said it plans to streamline its operations in Nigeria.
An estimated 1,500 people, or about 30 percent of its work force of
about 5,000, will be laid off.
2004 Mar 22, In Pakistan
assailants launched two rocket attacks on government forces on the
edge of a bloody offensive against al-Qaeda militants and 15
soldiers were killed near Sarwakai. A mile-long tunnel from a tribal
compound toward the Afghan border was discovered.
(AP, 3/23/04)(WSJ, 3/23/04, p.A1)(SFC, 4/2/04,
2004 Mar 23, The Bush
administration reported that the Medicare Trust Fund would run out
of money in 2019, 7 years earlier that projected in 2003.
(SFC, 3/24/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 23, Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell offered a
strong defense of the administration's pre-Sept. 11 actions as they
testified before a federal commission reviewing the 2001 attacks.
2004 Mar 23, The US Coast Guard
said it had seized over 14.5 tons of cocaine from 3 fishing boats
off Mexico and Ecuador over the last 2 months.
(SFC, 3/24/04, p.B3)
2004 Mar 23, Random House
published "Trump: How To Get Rich," by Donald Trump.
(WSJ, 3/22/04, p.B1)
2004 Mar 23, The Rev. Sun Myung
Moon declared himself the Messiah during a ceremony at the Dirksen
Building in Wash., DC. Over a dozen US lawmakers attended the
(SFC, 6/24/04, p.A2)
2004 Mar 23, A Unocal
helicopter with 10 on board went missing in the Gulf of Mexico. The
Coast Guard found 4 bodies.
(WSJ, 3/25/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 23, Joseph Iadone
(b.1914), master lute player, died in Connecticut. His few CDs were
all on the Lyrichord label (www.lyrichord.com).
(WSJ, 4/27/04, p.D10)
2004 Mar 23, Chen Zhongwei
(74), a Chinese surgeon credited with pioneering the process of
reattaching severed limbs, died. Chen successfully reattached the
severed right hand of an injured factory worker in 1963, in the
first operation of its kind.
2004 Mar 23, In Iraq gunmen
opened fire on a van filled with police recruits south of Baghdad,
killing nine. Other assailants shot and killed two policemen, twin
brothers, north of the capital.
2004 Mar 23, Israel threatened
the entire Hamas leadership with death as Abdel Aziz Rantisi took
command of the group in Gaza.
(WSJ, 3/24/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 23, Israeli helicopter
gunships fired on gunmen in southern Lebanon, killing two and
2004 Mar 23, A chamber of
Venezuela's Supreme Court dealt a blow to opponents of President
Hugo Chavez by overruling fellow justices on a petition for
recalling him from office.
2004 Mar 24, Former top
terrorism adviser Richard Clarke, testifying before the federal 9-11
Commission, accused the Bush administration of scaling back the
campaign against Osama bin Laden before the attacks and undermining
the fight against terrorism by invading Iraq.
2004 Mar 24, The Bush
administration, under pressure from farmers, petitioned to postpone
the global phase-out of methyl bromide, a pesticide that has been
shown to destroy ozone.
(SFC, 3/24/04, p.A5)
2004 Mar 24, World TB Day. TB
killed and estimated 2-3 million people per year.
(SFC, 3/24/04, p.B9)
2004 Mar 24, A group of large
employers proposed "scorecards" for doctors in an effort help
employees choose doctors based on quality care.
(WSJ, 3/25/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 24, A NASA unpiloted
X-43A jet, part of its Hyper-X program, reached a record speed of
5,200 mph, Mach 6.83, after a rocket boosted it to 3,500 mph. It
used a new engine called a supersonic-combustion ramjet, or
(SSFC, 3/28/04, p.A3)(Econ, 3/27/04, p.80)(SFC,
2004 Mar 24, EU regulators
slapped a $613 million anti-trust fine against Microsoft.
(WSJ, 3/23/04, p.A3)(SFC, 3/25/04, p.C1)
2004 Mar 24, Antigua PM Lester
Bird (66) conceded defeat to labor activist Baldwin Spencer in
general elections marked by corruption charges, ending a family
dynasty that has dominated Antigua and Barbuda for more than half a
century. Spencer soon found the coffers empty.
(AP, 3/24/04)(Econ, 12/4/04, p.38)
2004 Mar 24, Argentine Pres.
Nestor Kirchner rallied thousands of supporters on the grounds of a
Dirty War torture camp, announcing it would become a memorial to
victims of the past dictatorship. The "Museum of Memory" on the
grounds of the Navy School of Mechanics, the most infamous detention
center of the 1976-83 military dictatorship, marked a new step
toward reconciling the legacy of the repression.
2004 Mar 24, Axel Blumberg
(23), the kidnapped son of businessman Juan Carlos Blumberg, was
murdered following an attempt to escape. This prompted his father to
initiate a high-profile public campaign against impunity for violent
2004 Mar 24, Australia's
parliament passed a law making the Great Barrier Reef the most
protected reef system on earth. A fishing ban on a third of the
World Heritage site would begin in July.
2004 Mar 24, In Colombia
warplanes preparing to bomb a paramilitary camp abandoned their
mission after members of the outlawed Central Bolivar Bloc (BCB)
used villagers as human shields. A soldier and 14 paramilitary
gunmen were killed in subsequent firefights.
2004 Mar 24, In India's
northeast Assam state heavily armed separatist militants killed 21
villagers from a rival ethnic group in three attacks.
2004 Mar 24, In Iraq a gun
battle with insurgents killed one American soldier and three rebels.
2004 Mar 24, Insurgents bombed
an oil well in northern Iraq, sparking a fire that raged for 24
hours before being extinguished.
2004 Mar 24, In the Ivory Coast
about a dozen people were killed during a massive protest march.
2004 Mar 25, US Congress passed
the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, making it a separate offense to
harm a fetus during violent federal crime.
2004 Mar 25, The US used its
veto power to quash a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning
Israel for killing Hamas leader Ahmed Yassin in a missile strike.
2004 Mar 25, Howard Dean
endorsed John Kerry as the Democratic presidential candidate.
(WSJ, 11/3/04, p.A6)
2004 Mar 25, British PM Tony
Blair and Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi greeted each other with
smiles and handshakes in a meeting that marked a major step back
into the international mainstream for the North African state.
2004 Mar 25, A military truck
drove out of a Russian military base in Chechnya after curfew and
hit a mine planted outside to deter a rebel attack, killing 10
2004 Mar 25, China's Foreign
Minister Li Zhaoxing, arriving home from North Korea, saying his
three-day trip yielded an agreement from that country's reclusive
leader to "push forward" toward a third round of talks on its
2004 Mar 25, In Colombia
attackers shot and killed three retired police officers, at least
two of whom were suspected of having links to drug traffickers.
2004 Mar 25, The Olympic torch
was lit in Ilida, Greece, and began its journey to herald the summer
Olympiad, Aug 13-29. A 6-continent tour was planned using 2 747s
named Zeus and Hera with a bill of $50 million.
(AP, 3/26/04)(WSJ, 7/19/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 25, An Indian court
sentenced four Pakistanis to death for "waging war" against India
after they were caught smuggling the deadly explosive RDX into the
country in 1999.
2004 Mar 25, A U.S. soldier
died in a bombing north of Baghdad amid warnings that attacks will
likely increase with fewer than 100 days left before the coalition
hands over sovereignty.
2004 Mar 25, Rebels and the
main opposition party, Rally of Republicans, withdrew from Ivory
Coast's power-sharing government after security forces in Abidjan
fired on protesters demanding implementation of a peace deal. At
least 25 people were killed.
(AP, 3/25/04)(SFC, 3/26/04, p.A2)(SFC, 3/27/04,
2004 Mar 25, A Norwegian
Academy awarded the Abel Prize in Mathematics to Isadore M. Singer
of MIT and Sir Michael F. Atiyah of the Univ. of Edinburgh for
discovering and proving the mathematical concept called the "index
(SFC, 3/26/04, p.A15)
2004 Mar 25, Armed Palestinians
in wetsuits and flippers emerged from the Mediterranean and fired
toward a beachfront Israeli settlement of Tel Katifa in Gaza. Two
attackers were killed and a third was wounded and fled.
2004 Mar 25, In eastern Turkey
a 5.1 earthquake centered at Cat left at least 9 people dead.
2004 Mar 26, The FDA approved
the 1st HIV test that uses saliva rather than blood. The 20 minute
test, made by OraSure, is able to detect HIV antibodies about 6
weeks after infection.
(SFC, 3/27/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 26, Phoenix Bishop
Thomas O'Brien was sentenced to four years' probation and 1,000
hours of community service for a deadly hit-and-run that claimed the
life of pedestrian Jim Reed.
2004 Mar 26, Jan Berry (62),
pioneering California rock musician, died in LA. He rode the wave of
the surf music trend in the 1960s as one half of the popular duo Jan
2004 Mar 26, Jan Sterling (82),
Hollywood film actress, died.
(SFC, 3/30/04, p.B6)
2004 Mar 26, West of Baghdad,
U.S. Marines and gunmen fought an hour-long battle that left four
Iraqis dead and six wounded. A U.S. Marine and an ABC freelance
cameraman were killed during a bitter, hours-long firefight between
American troops and Iraqi insurgents in the city of Fallujah, while
18 people died in violence elsewhere across Iraq.
(AP, 3/26/04)(AP, 3/27/04)
2004 Mar 26, A Palestinian
militant was killed when an explosion went off in a van he was
driving in a West Bank refugee camp.
2004 Mar 26, The bodies of 8
Pakistani soldiers, executed by Al Qaeda-linked militants, were
found near Wana. They had been taken hostage in fighting near the
2004 Mar 26, Polish PM Leszek
Miller announced he will step down the day after Poland joins the
European Union on May 1, taking the blame for his government's
collapse in popularity and raising the prospect of early elections.
22 members of Miller’s SLD party had left to form the new left-wing
Polish social Democracy as Miller’s popularity plummeted.
(AP, 3/26/04)(Econ, 4/3/04, p.56)
2004 Mar 26, A Moscow court
banned the religious activities of Jehovah's Witnesses from the
Russian capital in a move that critics called a step back for
democracy and religious freedom. A 1997 religion law enshrines
Orthodox Christianity as the country's predominant religion and
pledges respect for Buddhism, Islam and Judaism, but places
restrictions on other groups.
2004 Mar 27, Adan Sanchez (19),
Mexican-American singer, died in a car crash in Sinaloa, Mexico. He
was the son of narco-ballad singer Chalino Sanchez, murdered in
(WSJ, 4/9/04, p.B1)
2004 Mar 27, Robert Merle (95),
French author, died. His books included "The Day of the Dolphin,"
which was made into a 1973 film.
(SFC, 4/1/04, p.B7)
2004 Mar 27, Edward J. Piszek
(87), founder of Mrs. Paul's Kitchens, died in Fort Washington, Pa.
(SFC, 4/1/04, p.B7)
2004 Mar 27, The 15-nation
Caribbean Community withheld recognition from Haiti's U.S.-backed
interim government as leaders closed a summit renewing calls for a
U.N. investigation into the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand
2004 Mar 27, Tens of thousands
of security forces guarded voting stations as Nigerians cast ballots
in tense municipal elections.
2004 Mar 27, A 7-year-old
Palestinian boy was killed by what the Israeli military said was
haphazard Palestinian gunfire toward an army jeep in a West Bank
2004 Mar 27, Rwanda reported
plans to release at least 30,000 suspects who have confessed to
participating in the 1994 genocide, letting them be tried in
community courts rather than by the country's overburdened judicial
2004 Mar 27, A half million
people swarmed into Taiwan's capital to protest the disputed
2004 Mar 28, Art James (74), TV
game show host died in Palm Springs, Calif.
2004 Mar 28, Sir Peter Ustinov
(b. Apr 16, 1921), a brilliant wit and mimic who won two Oscars for
an acting career that ranged from the evil Nero in "Quo Vadis" to
the quirky Agatha Christie detective Hercule Poirot, died at age 82
2004 Mar 28, A powerful storm,
dubbed Catarina, lashed Brazil's southern coast, damaging thousands
of homes, killing two people.
2004 Mar 28, In Kinshasa,
Congo, government forces battled attackers at military installations
and television headquarters. Diplomats called it a coup attempt
against Pres. Joseph Kabila.
2004 Mar 28, France's left-wing
opposition bulldozed its way across the country in second-round
midterm regional elections, putting pressure on President Jacques
Chirac to revamp his Cabinet and perhaps even ditch his prime
minister due to widely unpopular economic reforms and rising
(AP, 3/28/04)(AP, 3/29/04)
2004 Mar 28, Georgians voted in
the country's third election in less than six months. Supporters of
President Mikhail Saakashvili swept to victory in Georgia's
parliamentary election, according to early results.
(AP, 3/28/04)(AP, 3/29/04)
2004 Mar 28, Guadeloupe's
leader conceded defeat in regional elections that pushed her
conservative party out of power for the first time in 12 years, a
loss seen as public backlash toward moves to win greater autonomy
2004 Mar 28, In Iraq US
soldiers in the northern city of Mosul shot and killed four rebels
suspected of involvement in attacks in the region. Gunmen in Mosul
killed 2 British and Canadian electrical engineers. Coalition forces
closed Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's newspaper, claiming it
incited anti-US violence.
(AP, 3/29/04)(WSJ, 4/1/04, p.A10)(WSJ, 4/19/04,
2004 Mar 28, Israel's state
attorney officially recommended that PM Ariel Sharon be indicted for
2004 Mar 28, The Thailand
government said violence in the Muslim-dominated south was at a
"crucial stage" and pledged tougher measures, after a bombing in the
region injured 29 people, including 10 Malaysian tourists.
2004 Mar 28, Premier Recep
Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic-rooted party appeared headed for a
resounding victory in Turkey's local elections.
2004 Mar 28, Clashes between
supporters of Zimbabwe's ruling party and the opposition killed one
person and wounded at least 11 during the second day of polling in a
2004 Mar 28-29, In Uzbekistan 2
suicide bombings, attacks on police and an explosion at a terrorist
bomb-making factory in Kakhramon killed 19 people and injured 26.
The explosion led to 4 days of violence that left at least 47 people
dead in including 33 militants.
(AP, 3/29/04)(SSFC, 4/4/04, p.A22)
2004 Mar 29, Pres. Bush hosted
a White House ceremony to welcome Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania,
Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia into the NATO alliance.
(WSJ, 3/30/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 29, Massachusetts
lawmakers approved a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay
marriage and legalize civil unions, sending the issue to the next
2004 Mar 29, The body of Eugen
Gorenman (26), immigrant Russian Jew, was found shot to death at
Fort Funston, SF, Ca. In 2009 3 women, teenagers at time, were
sentenced to prison terms of 8 to 21 years for the slaying.
(SFCM, 6/27/04, p.8)(SFC, 4/4/09, p.B3)
2004 Mar 29, Margaret McCord
Nixon (87), South-African-born author of "The Calling of Katie
Makanya" (1997), died in Venice, Ca.
(SFC, 4/13/04, p.B7)
2004 Mar 29, The island of
Dominica switched diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China, after
the communist state offered a $112 million aid package.
2004 Mar 29, Ireland outlawed
smoking in workplaces, imposing the strictest anti-tobacco measure
ever adopted by any country on earth.
2004 Mar 29, A Lithuanian court
found French rock star Bertrand Cantat (40) guilty of man-slaughter
for the 2003 beating death of his movie-star girlfriend, Marie
Trintignant (41), and sentenced him to 8 years in prison.
2004 Mar 29, In Mexico Pres.
Fox unveiled a sweeping revision of the legal system.
(WSJ, 3/30/04, p.A16)
2004 Mar 29, In a stinging
rebuke, Secretary-General Kofi Annan fired one top UN official and
demoted another for security failures leading to the Aug. 19 bombing
of the U.N.’s Baghdad headquarters that killed 22 people.
2004 Mar 29, In Uzbekistan at
least 19 people were killed in a wave of terrorist violence. [see
2004 Mar 30, President Bush
agreed to do what he had insisted for weeks he would not: allow
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to testify publicly and
under oath before an independent panel investigating the Sept. 11
2004 Mar 30, AT&T
officially began to offer phone calls via the Internet (VOIP) in 2
state, New Jersey and Texas.
(WSJ, 3/30/04, p.B1)
2004 Mar 30, Alistair Cooke
(b.1908), television host and author, died in NYC at age 95. His
books included "Alistair Cooke's America" (1972).
(Econ, 4/3/04, p.89)
2004 Mar 30, In Bolivia an
angry miner with dynamite strapped to his chest blew himself up
inside Congress, also killing two police officers.
2004 Mar 30, British police
raids in London led to the arrest of 8 men and the seizure of half a
ton of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer compound used in the Oklahoma
2004 Mar 30, Cuba arrested
Carlos Ahumada, a Mexican businessman, wanted in Mexico for his role
in a graft scandal involving Mexico City Mayor Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Ahumada was soon deported to Mexico.
(WSJ, 4/29/04, p.A14)
2004 Mar 30, French PM
Jean-Pierre Raffarin was spared the ax despite a massive local
election defeat, but ordered to form a new government to push ahead
with unpopular social and economic reforms.
2004 Mar 30, In Iraq a suicide
bombing outside the house of a police chief killed the attacker and
wounded seven others. Elsewhere, a U.S. soldier died in a bomb
blast, and Spanish soldiers and Iraqi police quelled a riot by
2004 Mar 30, Myanmar's military
government said it will take the first step on a self-proclaimed
"road to democracy" by reconvening a constitutional convention that
was suspended eight years ago.
2004 Mar 30, Philippine
officials reported the arrest of 4 Muslim extremists in the brutal
al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group. They were found with a stash of
TNT targeted for terror attacks on trains and shopping malls in the
Philippine capital. A suspected Muslim extremist told police
interrogators he planted TNT in a television set on a ferry that
caught fire last month, killing more than 100 people.
2004 Mar 30, Serbian lawmakers
awarded salaries, legal fees and other financial perks to former
President Slobodan Milosevic and fellow Serbian war crimes suspects
being tried by a U.N. tribunal in the Netherlands.
2004 Mar 30, A boat carrying
107 people sank during the crossing from Somalia to Yemen and only
four other people, including two crew members, were rescued.
2004 Mar 30, In Sri Lanka
gunmen stormed the home of a Tamil parliamentary candidate who was
allied to a renegade rebel leader, killing the candidate and one of
2004 Mar 30, In Uzbekistan
gunfire and explosions resounded in Tashkent as government forces
battled for hours with suspected Islamic militants after two more
suicide attacks. Officials claimed 20 terrorists and three police
died in the fighting.
2004 Mar 31, Air America Radio
went live in 3 of largest US markets with a left-leaning,
round-the-clock, talk format featuring Al Franken and Janeane
Garofalo. Air America was conceived by Anita and Sheldon Drobny of
Chicago. The idea was purchased by Guam entrepreneurs Evan M. Cohen
and Rex Sorensen, who resigned May 5.
(SFC, 3/31/04, p.C1)(WSJ, 6/21/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 31, The US Navy closed
Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, its last base in Puerto Rico. It was
transferred to a special naval agency that will coordinate the
closing process. The base had been used for 6 decades to keep watch
over the Caribbean.
(AP, 1/6/04)(AP, 4/2/04)
2004 Mar 31, In Fallujah, Iraq,
jubilant residents dragged the charred corpses of 4 American private
security guards, from Blackwater Security Consulting, through the
streets and hanged them from a bridge spanning the Euphrates River.
5 American soldiers died in a roadside bombing nearby.
(AP, 3/31/04)(SFC, 4/1/04, p.A1)(SFC, 4/2/04,
2004 Mar 31, Lithuania's
highest court ruled that President Rolandas Paksas violated the
constitution by arranging citizenship for a businessman with alleged
mob ties, a verdict that will likely set the stage for an
2004 Mar 31, The International
Court of Justice ruled that the United States violated the rights of
51 Mexicans on death row and ordered their cases be reviewed.
2004 Mar 31, OPEC voted to cut
oil production by 4.1%.
(SFC, 4/1/04, p.C1)
2004 Mar 31, The US suspended
$26 million in aid to Serbia for refusal to give up war crimes
(WSJ, 4/1/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 31, In Sudan security
police detained Hassan Turabi, the leading Islamic opposition
leader, 3 days after members of his party were accused of conspiring
to topple the government.
2004 Mar, The US CIA worked
closely with Moammar Gadhafi's intelligence services in the
rendition of terror suspects to Libya for interrogation as revealed
by documents uncovered in 2011. The documents appear to be American
correspondence to Libyan officials to arrange for the rendition of
Abdel-Hakim Belhaj (nom de guerre, Abdullah al-Sadiq), a leader of
the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) with links to al-Qaida.
Belhadj later claimed to have been tortured by CIA agents at a
secret prison, then returned to Libya. Belhaj was detained in
Thailand and transferred to Tripoli, where he spent years in prison.
In 2013 he sued the British government over its alleged role in his
detention and rendition offered to settle for 3 pounds ($4.50) and
(AP, 9/3/11)(Econ, 9/10/11, p.62)(AP, 3/4/13)
2004 Mar, Jamie Olis, former
tax-planning executive at Dynegy, was sentenced to 24 years in jail
for his role in Project Alpha, an accounting fraud that inflated the
Texas energy company’s cashflow by $300 million. In 2005 an appeals
court upheld the conviction, but threw out the sentence.
(Econ, 11/5/05, p.68)
2004 Mar, The EPA and FDA
issued a joint advisory that cited high mercury levels in tuna and
urged limits on consumption by children and some women.
(WSJ, 8/1/05, p.A1)
2004 Mar, In Japan $31.5
million worth of jewels from an upscale shop in Tokyo were stolen.
The jewels have never been found. On Dec 18, 2009, three Serb
members of the infamous "Pink Panther" ring of thieves were
convicted in Belgrade of Japan's biggest-ever jewel heist, which
nabbed treasures including a $27-million (euro19-million) diamond
necklace. Dorothy Fasola, a British national, was also named in
Japanese police papers as one of the masterminds behind the robbery.
2004 Mar, Indonesia became a
net importer of crude oil for the first time.
(WSJ, 5/18/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar, The US Army Corps of
Engineers awarded a $40 million contract to global construction and
engineering firm Parsons to design and build an 1,800-inmate lockup
in Iraq to include educational and vocational facilities. Work was
set to begin May 2004 and finish November 2005. The US government
pulled the plug in June 2006, citing "continued schedule slips and
... massive cost overruns." Parsons got $31 million and the other
contractors got $9 million. As of 2008 it was unused with much of
the construction deemed substandard.
2004 Mar, In Peru Miguel
Toledo, a nephew of Pres. Toledo, and three other men luring a
22-year-old woman to a restaurant to discuss a job offer. Instead,
they allegedly drugged her and took her to a hotel where she was
raped. Miguel Toledo fled his Nov, 2005, rape trial, but was
arrested in 2006 and given a 4-year suspended sentence and a fine of
(AP, 2/20/06)(AP, 2/22/06)
2004 Mar, KIA Motors, a unit of
South Korea’s Hyundai group, decided to build a new $850 million
plant in Slovakia, where corporate and personal taxes were recently
cut to a flat 19%.
(Econ, 3/6/04, p.60)
2004 Mar, Somalia’s 1st
Coca-Cola bottling plant opened in Mogadishu.
(Econ, 4/3/04, p.50)
2004 Mar-2004 Apr, US forces in
Baghdad detained Pakistani national Dilshad Ahmad. He had served as
a commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba between 1997 and 2001.
(WSJ, 12/8/08, p.A6)
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