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A timeline of news events in 2004

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Jan. 1 – Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf wins vote of confidence validating five-year term as president.

Jan. 3 – NASA rover touches down on Mars and signals Earth.

Charter jet brining French tourists back from Egypt crashes in Red Sea, killing all 148 aboard.

Jan. 4 – Afghans approve new constitution

Jan. 6 – Design featuring reflecting pools selected for World Trade Center memorial.

Jan. 7 – President Bush proposes legal status – at least temporarily – for millions of illegal immigrants working in U.S.

Jan. 8 – U.S. Black Hawk helicopter downed in Iraq; eight people killed.

Jan. 9 – Libya signs $170 million compensation accord with families of victims of 1989 French airliner bombing.

Jan. 12 – Martha Stewart goes on trial on five counts related to her 2001 sale of ImClone Systems stock.

Jan. 14 – Former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow pleads guilty to conspiracy, accepts 10-year prison sentence.

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. strikes deal to buy Bank One Corp. for about $58 billion.

Jan. 16 – Michael Jackson pleads innocent to child molestation charges.

Jan. 17 – Three U.S. soldiers killed north of Baghdad, pushing U.S. death toll in Iraq conflict to 500.

Jan. 18 – Car bomb outside coalition compound in Baghdad kills at least 20.

Jan. 19 – John Kerry wins Iowa Democratic caucuses.

Jan. 20 – Dick Gephardt quits Democratic presidential race.

Salvation Army announces donation likely to exceed $1.5 billion from estate of Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder.

Jan. 22 – Enron Corp.’s former top accountant Richard Causey surrenders to federal authorities.

Jan. 23 – Illinois Supreme Court upholds governor’s powers to commute sentences, keeping 32 spared inmates off death row.

Jan. 25 – Outgoing U.S. weapons inspector says his inability to find illicit arms in Iraq raises serious questions about U.S. intelligence-gathering.

Jan. 27 – John Kerry wins New Hampshire primary.

Jan. 29 – Suicide bomber strikes bus in Jerusalem, killing 10 Israelis, wounding 50

Jan. 31 – Six U.S.-bound flights from England, Scotland and France canceled because of security concerns.


Feb. 1 – 101 killed, more than 200 injured in Irbil, Iraq, suicide attacks.

Janet Jackson’s breast exposed at Super Bowl halftime show; CBS later fined record $550,000.

Feb. 2 – President Bush unveils $2.4 trillion budget featuring record deficit, big increases for defense and homeland security.

Deadly Ricin found in offices used by Senate majority leader Bill Frist.

Feb. 4 – Founder of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program says he – not government – leaked secrets to countries abroad.

Feb. 5 – German court acquits Moroccan man accused of helping Sept. 11 hijackers.

Feb. 6 – Bomb blows apart subway car in Moscow, killing 39 people, wounding more than 130

Feb. 7 – John Kerry wins Washington and Michigan primaries.

Feb. 8 – President Bush denies he marched America into war in Iraq under false pretenses

OutKast wins album of the year for “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.”

Feb. 11 – Suicide bombings in Iraq kill 100.

Cable TV giant Comcast Corp. makes bid to buy Walt Disney Co. for more than $54 billion.

Feb. 12 – San Francisco officials begin officiating at marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

Trainer for baseball star Barry Bonds is among four people charged with running steroid-distribution ring

Feb. 13 – United States registers deficit of $489 billion in 2003, an all-time high.

Feb. 14 – Guerrillas overwhelm Iraqi police station west of Baghdad, killing 23 people, freeing dozens of prisoners.

Feb. 16 – Disney board of directors rejects takeover bid by Comcast Corp.

Feb. 17 – Appeals court upholds government’s do-not-call registry, rejecting telemarketing industry objections.

Cingular Wireless agrees to pay nearly $41 billion in cash to buy AT&T Wireless Services.

Feb. 18 – More than 200 people killed in train explosion in Iran.

Howard Dean, winless in 17 contests, abandons Democratic presidential campaign.

Feb. 19 – Former Enron chief executive Jeffrey Skilling surrenders to FBI in Houston.

Feb. 20 – California governor orders state attorney general to stop gay marriages in San Francisco

Feb. 21 – International Red Cross visits Saddam Hussein in U.S. custody.

Feb. 22 – Consumer advocate Ralph Nader enters presidential race as independent

Insurgents storm Uganda refugee camp, killing at least 192

Feb. 23 – Army cancels Comanche helicopter program after sinking $6.9 billion into it over 21 years.

Feb. 24 – Death toll in Moroccan earthquake rises to more than 550.

President Bush urged approval of constitutional amendment banning gay marriages

Feb. 25 – Supreme Court says states can deny taxpayer-funded scholarships to religious studies students.

U.S. Marines escort foreigners out of Haiti amid widespread looting

Feb. 26 – National report on sex abuse by Roman Catholic clergy finds 4 percent of clerics accused of molestation since 1950.

Feb. 29 – Facing rebellion, Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns and leaves for South Africa.

Final installment of “The Lord of the Rings” wins record-tying 11 Oscars.


March 1 – Bush administration prepares to send up to 2,000 troops to Haiti.

California Supreme Court rules Roman Catholic charity must offer birth-control coverage to its employees.

March 2 – At least 125 people killed in blasts at two Shiite shrines in Iraq.

John Kerry cements Democratic presidential nomination, driving rival John Edwards from race with string of Super Tuesday triumphs.

Former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers indicted on federal fraud and conspiracy charges.

March 3 – First same-sex marriage licenses issued in Oregon.

March 5 – Martha Stewart convicted on all charges in ImClone insider-trading scandal.

March 6 – Water taxi capsizes in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, killing five.

President Bush backs off plan to require frequent Mexico-U.S. travelers to be fingerprinted, photographed before crossing border

March 8 – Iraq’s Governing Council approves interim constitution.

March 9 – Gerard Latortue named Haiti’s new prime minister.

Convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad sentenced to death in Virginia.

March 10 – Teenage sniper Lee Boyd Malvo sentenced to life in prison.

March 11 – 190 people killed in Madrid train blasts, more than 1,200 injured.

California Supreme Court orders immediate halt to same-sex weddings in San Francisco.

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun stripped of constitutional powers.

March 12 – Millions of Spaniards protest train bombings.

March 13 – Iran freezes inspections of its nuclear facilities indefinitely after U.N. atomic agency censures Tehran for hiding suspect activities.

March 14 – Socialists score upset win in Spain’s general election, unseating pro-U.S. conservatives.

Russian President Vladimir Putin wins second term with 69 percent of the vote.

March 15 – Martha Stewart resigns from board of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

March 17 – More than 25 killed, 41 injured in Baghdad hotel blast.

Charles A. McCoy Jr., wanted in string of highway sniper shootings in Ohio, is captured at Las Vegas motel.

March 19 – President Bush, on one-year anniversary of Iraq war, urges unity in war against terrorism.

Taiwan’s president escapes assassination attempt on final day of presidential campaign

March 20 – Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide rally against U.S. presence in Iraq on first anniversary of the war

March 21 – Former Bush counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke says al-Qaida wasn’t chief concern early in 2001

March 22 – Hamas spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin killed in Israeli airstrike.

Terry Nichols goes on trial for his life in Oklahoma City bombing.

March 25 – Congress passes bill making it separate offense to harm a fetus during violent federal crime.

March 26 – Phoenix Bishop Thomas O’Brien gets four years’ probation for deadly hit-and-run.

March 29 – Massachusetts lawmakers approve proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage and legalize civil unions, sending issue to next legislative session.

March 31 – Four American civilian contractors killed in Fallujah, Iraq; burned corpses are dragged through streets and hung on bridge.


April 2 – Judge declares mistrial in trial of two former Tyco International executives.

April 8 – National security adviser Condoleezza Rice says “there was no silver bullet” that could have prevented attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

April 10 – White House declassifies pre-Sept. 11 memo that says al-Qaida determined to launch U.S. attacks.

April 14 – President Bush praises Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan to pull out of Gaza and parts of West Bank.

April 15 – On videotape, man who identifies himself as Osama bin Laden announces “truce” with European countries that don’t attack Muslims.

April 17 – Missing North Dakota college student Dru Sjodin’s body is found.

April 18 – Spain’s new government orders 1,300 troops to return home from Iraq as soon as possible.

April 20 – Severe storms spawning tornadoes cut through northcentral Illinois, killing eight.

April 22 – Sex abuse victims get nearly $70 million after suing part of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

April 23 – President Bush eases Reagan-era sanctions against Libya in return for Moammar Gadhafi giving up weapons of mass destruction.

April 25 – Cosmetics queen Estee Lauder dies at 95.

April 26 – Secretary of State Colin Powell says U.S. will provide aid to North Korea, recovering from train explosion that killed 161.

April 28 – Incumbent Arlen Specter wins Republican Senate primary in Pennsylvania.

Comcast Corp. says it has withdrawn bid to acquire Disney.

First photos of Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal shown on CBS.

April 29 – Sept. 11 commission begins questioning President Bush, Vice President Cheney.

Internet search engine leader Google Inc. files long-awaited IPO plans.

Ruptured pipeline spills up to 1 million gallons of diesel fuel into Suisun Bay, east of San Francisco.

April 30 – Michael Jackson indicted on charges of lewd acts with a minor.

Committee asks lawyers to draft article of impeachment against Connecticut Gov. John Rowland, the subject of kickback investigations.

Former NBA star Jayson Williams acquitted of aggravated manslaughter.

European Union expands to take in 10 new member nations, mostly part of former Soviet Bloc.


May 2 – American truck driver Tommy Hamill escapes from kidnappers in Iraq.

May 4 – United States walks out of U.N. meeting to protest decision to give Sudan third term on Human Rights Commission.

May 6 – Libya sentences five Bulgarian nurses and Palestinian doctor to death after convicting them of intentionally infecting more than 400 children with AIDS virus.

FBI agents arrest Oregon lawyer as part of investigation into deadly train bombings in Spain.

Price of oil hits $40 a barrel.

May 8 – German high-school student confesses to creating worm that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide.

May 9 – Bomb rips through stadium in Chechen capital, killing provincial president.

May 10 – Citigroup agrees to pay $2.65 billion to settle lawsuit brought by WorldCom investors who lost billions when company went bankrupt in accounting scandal.

May 11 – Video on al-Qaida-linked Web site shows beheading of American Nicholas Berg, kidnapped in Iraq.

May 14 – Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik marries Australian commoner Mary Donaldson.

May 16 – Pope John Paul II names six new saints, including woman revered by abortion foes because she refused to end pregnancy despite warnings it could kill her.

May 17 – Massachusetts becomes first state to allow legal same-sex marriages.

May 21 – Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors Corp., struggling to survive, says it will cut nearly 11,000 jobs.

May 23 – Large portion of roof of new passenger terminal at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport collapses, killing four.

May 24 – Federal judge rules Justice Department can seek $280 billion from tobacco industry.

Federal court throws out case against Oregon lawyer falsely linked by FBI to Madrid train bombings.

May 25 – Boston Archdiocese says it will close 65 of 357 parishes, an offshoot of clergy sex abuse scandal.

May 26 – Nearly a decade after Oklahoma City bombing, Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 murder charges.

May 29 – Dedication of National World War II Memorial.

May 30 – Pakistani gunmen kill senior pro-Taliban cleric, sparking riots.


June 1 – Federal judge declares Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional, saying measure infringes on women’s right to choose.

June 2 – Three foreign aid workers killed in ambush in northwestern Afghanistan.

June 3 – George Tenet resigns as CIA director.

June 5 – Ronald Reagan, 40th president of United States, dies at 93.

June 6 – Leaders converge on Normandy for D-Day ceremonies.

Phylicia Rashad becomes first black actress to win Tony award for leading dramatic role.

June 8 – Three Italians and Polish contractor who were abducted in Iraq are freed by U.S. special forces.

June 9 – FCC agrees to record $1.75 million settlement with Clear Channel to resolve indecency complaints against Howard Stern and other radio personalities.

June 10 – Gunmen storm camp of Chinese road workers in Afghanistan, killing 11, wounding 16.

June 11 – Terry Nichols spared death penalty after jurors deadlock in penalty phase of his murder trial.

June 12 – Suspected militants kill American in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Former President George Bush marks 80th birthday with parachute jump.

June 15 – Southern Baptist Convention votes to quit Baptist World Alliance.

Tim Berners-Lee receives $1.2 million prize for creating World Wide Web.

June 18 – Al-Qaida cell in Saudi Arabia kills American hostage Paul M. Johnson Jr.

June 20 – South Korea says it will send troops to Iraq despite abduction of South Korean man and broadcast of his pleas to stay alive.

June 21 – Connecticut Gov. John Rowland resigns amid graft allegations and federal investigation.

Militants attack police offices, checkpoints and government buildings in Ingushetia, Russian region bordering warring Chechnya, killing at least 46

June 22 – U.S. forces launch airstrike targeting Iraqi militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi after his group beheads South Korean hostage.

Judge approves class-action sex-discrimination lawsuit representing 1.6 million women workers against Wal-Mart.

June 24 – Federal appeals court strikes down Federal Communications Commission effort to make sweeping changes in media ownership rules.

June 25 – Republican Jack Ryan withdrawing from Senate race in Illinois after revelations of sex-club visits with wife.

June 27 – India and Pakistan begin talks on disputed Kashmir region.

June 28 – U.S.-led coalition transfers sovereignty to interim Iraqi government.

June 29 – U.N. helicopter crashes in Sierra Leone, killing all 24 on board.

June 30 – Federal appeals court approves antitrust settlement Microsoft negotiated with Justice Department.


July 1 – Saddam Hussein scoffs at war crimes charges in defiant first public appearance since his capture seven months earlier.

July 2 – Actor Marlon Brando dies at 80.

July 4 – Unveiling of cornerstone for new World Trade Center site.

July 6 – John Kerry chooses John Edwards as running mate on Democratic presidential ticket.

July 7 – Former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay indicted on criminal charges related to energy company’s collapse.

July 9 – Senate report concludes CIA provided unfounded assessments of threat posed by Iraq that Bush administration relied on to justify going to war.

International Court of Justice rules that Israeli barrier violates international law.

July 10 – Philippines confirms it will withdraw its peacekeeping contingent from Iraq after Filipino hostage is released by militants.

July 12 – Bush administration proposes lifting national rule that closed remote areas of national forests to logging.

Wall Street brokerage Morgan Stanley settles sex discrimination suit brought by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

July 14 – Senate scuttles constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages.

Governor of Iraqi city of Mosul killed in attack on his convoy.

July 15 – Senate approves plan to pay tobacco farmers $12 billion to give up federal quotas propping up their prices.

July 16 – Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison for lying about stock sale.

About 50 children killed in school fire in southern India.

July 17 – Palestinian prime minister submits resignation and two senior officials are replaced as Yasser Arafat streamlines security forces

July 19 – Fuel tanker rigged as massive bomb explodes near Baghdad police station, killing nine people, wounding 60.

July 20 – Microsoft announces plan to pay out most of its cash hoard to shareholders through dividends and stock buybacks totaling up to $75 billion over four years.

Militants freed Filipino truck driver after Philippines government gives in to demands to withdraw troops from Iraq.

July 21 – Sept. 11 commission’s final report concludes the hijackers exploited failings within the U.S. government but does blame President Bush or former President Clinton.

Roadside bomb kills U.S. soldier north of Baghdad, bringing to 900 the number of U.S. forces killed in Iraq since start of war.

July 22 – Sept. 11 commission’s final report recommends establishing Cabinet-level intelligence director.

July 23 – U.S. diplomat confirms that head found in Saudi Arabia is that of decapitated hostage Paul M. Johnson Jr.

July 24 – Mexican judge refuses to issue arrest warrant for former President Luis Echeverria, accused of ordering killing of dozens of protesters at 1971 demonstration.

July 26 – Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton vow to make John Kerry the next president as parade of party leaders opens Democratic convention in Boston.

July 27 – Bush administration announces plans to cut Medicare payments to cancer doctors.

July 28 – John Kerry nominated as Democrats’ presidential candidate

Car bomb explodes outside police station used as recruiting center in Iraq, killing at least 68.


Aug. 1 – Terror warnings issued for financial institutions in New York City, Washington and Newark, N.J.

Fire kills 464 at Paraguay supermarket.

Aug. 2 – Turkish truckers stop hauling goods for U.S. forces after shooting of Turkish hostage is shown on Internet.

Aug. 4 – Staten Island ferry pilot pleads guilty to manslaughter in deadly 2002 crash.

Mary Kay Letourneau, convicted of having sex with a sixth-grade pupil, released from prison.

French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson dies at 95.

Aug. 5 – Two mosque leaders in Albany, N.Y., charged with aiding plot to assassinate Pakistani diplomat.

Convicted counterfeiter arrested in Chicago on charges of plotting to blow up a federal courthouse.

Aug. 6 – Funk singer Rick James dies at 56.

Aug. 9 – Terry Nichols sentenced to life in prison in 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Actress Fay Wray of “King Kong” fame dies at 96.

Aug. 10 – U.S. officials report fewer deaths, injuries on U.S. highways last year.

President Bush chooses Rep. Porter Goss of Florida to head CIA.

Aug. 11 – Britain grants first license for human cloning.

Aug. 12 – New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey announces resignation, discloses he is gay.

U.N. Security Council extends Iraq mission for year.

California Supreme Court voids all gay marriages sanctioned in San Francisco.

Aug. 13 – Summer Olympics open in Athens.

Hurricane Charley slams into Florida’s central Gulf Coast with 145 mph wind.

Television chef Julia Child dies at 91.

Aug. 16 – President Bush announces plan to return two Army divisions from Germany.

Aug. 19 – Google begins trading on Nasdaq Stock Market at $100, up $15.

Aug. 23 – President Bush says veterans’ group should stop ads criticizing John Kerry’s war record.

Aug. 24 – Osama bin Laden’s chauffeur arraigned at first U.S. military commission hearing since World War II.

Aug. 25 – Report faults 27 members of intelligence unit in prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison.

Aug. 27 – Three students killed in fire at University of Mississippi fraternity house.

Aug. 29 – Tropical Storm Gaston makes landfall in South Carolina at near-hurricane strength.


Sept. 1 – More than 1,000 people taken hostage at Russian school; more than 330 – mostly children – eventually killed in three-day ordeal.

Prosecution drops sexual assault case against NBA star Kobe Bryant.

Sept. 2 – Marine reservist found guilty of abuse in first court-martial known to arise from death of Iraqi prisoner.

Sept. 5 – Hurricane Frances strikes Florida’s central-eastern coast with heavy rain.

Sept. 6 – Former President Clinton has quadruple-bypass heart surgery.

Sept. 7 – U.S. military deaths in Iraq campaign pass 1,000.

Sept. 8 – Second federal judge finds Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional.

Genesis space capsule crashes in Utah desert.

Aryan Nations founder Richard Butler dies at 86.

Sept. 9 – Genocide committed in Sudan, Secretary of State Colin Powell says.

Sept. 12 – US Airways Group files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Sept. 13 – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer agrees to nearly $3 billion acquisition by Sony-led consortium.

Sept. 16 – Hurricane Ivan plows into Gulf Coast with 130-mph wind and major storm surge.

Sept. 18 – Miss Alabama Deidre Downs crowned Miss America.

Sept. 20 – Dan Rather apologizes for errors in report questioning President Bush’s National Guard service.

Video on Islamic Web site shows beheading of American hostage Eugene Armstrong; footage of fellow American Jack Hensley shown days later.

Sept. 21 – Singer once known as Cat Stevens taken off London-to-Washington flight at request of U.S.

Sept. 23 – Congress extends three middle-class tax cuts in $146 billion package.

Sept. 24 – California regulators back sweeping reductions in auto emissions.

Sept. 26 – Hurricane Jeanne strikes near Stuart, Fla., with 120 mph winds.

Sept. 28 – Earthquake measuring 6.0 rocks central California.


Oct. 1 – Al-Jazeera TV airs audiotape purportedly by Osama bin Laden’s deputy calling for attacks on U.S., British interests.

Oct. 4 – Actress Janet Leigh of “Psycho” fame dies at 77.

Pioneering astronaut Gordon Cooper dies at 77.

Oct. 5 – Americans David Gross, H. David Politzer and Frank Wilczeck win Nobel Prize in physics.

Britain suspends manufacturing license of flu vaccine maker Chiron Corp., a major supplier to United States.

State judge throws out Louisiana’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

United States vetoes U.N. resolution demanding immediate end to Israeli military operations in Gaza.

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield dies at 82.

Oct. 6 – Top U.S. arms inspector in Iraq finds no evidence Saddam Hussein’s regime produced weapons of mass destruction after 1991.

Senate approves intelligence reorganization bill endorsed by the 9/11 commission.

Oct. 8 – Afghanistan holds first-ever direct presidential election.

Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Mathai wins 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.

Videotape shows kidnappers beheading British hostage Kenneth Bigley in Iraq.

Martha Stewart reports to federal prison in West Virginia for lying about a stock sale.

Oct. 9 – Tour bus flips in Arkansas, killing 15 Chicago-area travelers headed to Mississippi casino.

Oct. 11 – “Superman” actor Christopher Reeve dies at 52.

Americans Finn Kydland and Edward Prescott win Nobel economics prize.

E.U. foreign ministers lift sanctions against Libya, ease arms embargo.

Oct. 12 – Serial killings suspect Derrick Todd Lee convicted of murdering Baton Rouge woman.

Oct. 14 – Treasury Department announces record federal deficit of $413 billion for 2004.

Suicide bomber kills four Americans in U.S.-guarded “Green Zone” of Baghdad.

Oct. 15 – Strong warnings ordered for all antidepressants about increased risks for children and adolescents.

Federal judge strikes down ban on snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

US Airways allowed to cut union workers’ pay immediately by 21 percent.

Oct. 16 – Pierre Salinger, press secretary to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and later an ABC News correspondent, dies at 79.

Oct. 17 – Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi and 12 other suspected militants indicted in terror plot in Jordan.

Oct. 19 – British authorities charge radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri with urging followers to kill non-Muslims.

Crash of Corporate Airlines jet kills 13 in Missouri.

Oct. 21 – Boston Red Sox defeat New York Yankees to advance to World Series. Rowdy celebrations lead to fan’s death by police.

Staff Sgt. Ivan Frederick sentenced to eight years in prison for abusing inmates at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison.

Oct. 22 – President Bush signs corporate tax overhaul to close loopholes, provide $136 billion in new tax breaks for businesses, farmers and others.

Oct. 23 – Soyuz space capsule carrying U.S.-Russian crew back to Earth lands in Kazakhstan.

Oct. 24 – Iraqi police say 49 bodies of soldiers from new Iraqi army found south of Baqouba.

Plane owned by top NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports crashes in Virginia, killing 10.

Oct. 25 – U.N. nuclear agency confirms tons of conventional explosives missing from former Iraqi military facility.

FBI reports violent crime falls 3 percent last year despite increase in murders.

Supreme Court announces treatment of Chief Justice William Rehnquist for thyroid cancer.

Opera singer Robert Merrill dies at 85.

Oct. 26 – Israel’s parliament approves withdrawal from Gaza Strip and parts of West Bank.

Final vote count in Afghan presidential election gives victory to interim leader Hamid Karzai.

Acquisition of AT&T Wireless Services by Cingular Wireless LLC approved, creating nation’s largest cell phone company.

Oct. 27 – Boston Red Sox win their first World Series since 1918, sweeping St. Louis Cardinals.

Oct. 29 – Al-Jazeera television shows video of Osama bin Laden that U.S. officials say is recent.


Nov. 1 – U.N. nuclear agency chief urges Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, calls on North Korea to dismantle weapons program.

Nov. 2 – President Bush elected to second term; Republicans strengthen grip on Congress.

Sgt. Charles Robert Jenkins pleads guilty to deserting Army to avoid duty in Korea and Vietnam.

Nov. 3 – Hungary’s prime minister says his country will withdraw its 300 troops from Iraq by end of March.

Nov. 4 – Ivory Coast government bombs northern rebel positions, breaking cease-fire in 2-year-old civil war.

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat lapses into a coma.

Thousands of casino workers return to work after monthlong strike in Atlantic City, N.J.

Nov. 5 – Russian President Vladimir Putin signs the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.

Nov. 6 – Ivory Coast airstrike kills nine French peacekeepers and American aid worker, prompting France to wipe out country’s modest air force.

Nov. 7 – Top Iranian nuclear negotiator says provisional agreement reached with Europeans that may avoid U.N. showdown.

Howard Keel, star of MGM musicals such as “Kiss Me Kate” and “Annie Get Your Gun,” dies at 85.

Nov. 8 – U.S.-led forces launch major ground attack into insurgent stronghold in Fallujah.

Iraq’s prime minister says he has given authority to international, Iraqi forces to rid Fallujah of “terrorists.” The Marines and U.S. Army launch a major ground attack.

Nov. 11 – Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat dead at 75.

Nov. 12 – Scott Peterson convicted of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and fetus she was carrying.

Arafat buried in West Bank headquarters amid chaotic farewell.

Nov. 13 – After week of intense combat, U.S. troops launch major attack against the last insurgent stronghold in southern Fallujah.

Thirteen young Muslims arrested on terrorism charges after murder of filmmaker in Amsterdam.

Nov. 14 – Militants kill policeman, wound five just before arrival of Yasser Arafat’s temporary successor at mourning tent.

Nov. 15 – Colin Powell among four Cabinet members resigning.

Israel offers to coordinate Gaza withdrawal with new Palestinian leadership.

Foreign evacuations top 5,000 in Ivory Coast.

Nov. 16 – President Bush taps Condoleezza Rice to replace Colin Powell as nation’s top diplomat.

U.S., Iraqi troops launch offensive to retake parts of Mosul.

Nov. 17 – Kmart acquires Sears in surprise $11 billion deal.

Suicide bomber rams U.S. tank in Iraq; U.S. deaths over 1,200 in war.

Nov. 18 – Clinton’s presidential library opens.

Nov. 19 – Greenspan decries trade deficit; dollar sinks anew.

Fans and players involved in ugly brawl at NBA game between Indiana and Detroit.

Nov. 21 – NBA suspends Indiana’s Ron Artest for the season following brawl.

Nov. 22 – Ukrainian prime minister wins presidential vote; opposition alleges fraud.

Deer hunter kills five people and wounds three in Wisconsin following dispute over hunting platform.

Trump casinos file for bankruptcy, seek to restructure $1.8 billion in debt.

Nov. 23 – Dan Rather says he will step down in March from “CBS Evening News”.

Texas mother says she severed her baby’s arms, charged with murder.

Nov. 24 – Viacom, government reach record settlement over indecency.

Nov. 25 – Sunni politicians in Iraq call on government to postpone election.

Nov. 27 – Ukraine parliament declares presidential election invalid.

Hundreds of visitors stand in line for free admission to the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark.

Nov. 28 – NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol injured, his son among three killed, in Colorado plane crash.

Nov. 29 – Bush picks Kellogg chief Carlos Gutierrez as commerce secretary.

Supreme Court rejects challenge to gay-marriage law in Massachusetts.

Army helicopter crashes in Texas, killing seven soldiers.

Nov. 30 – Tom Ridge says he’s resigning as homeland security secretary.

November ties as deadliest month in Iraq for U.S. troops.


Dec. 1 – Longtime NBC newsman Tom Brokaw retires after nearly 23 years.

Dec. 2 – President Bush chooses former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik to run Department of Homeland Security.

Dec. 3 – California’s Diocese of Orange settles with 87 clergy abuse victims for record $100 million.

Dec. 6 – U.S. consulate in Saudi port city attacked; 12 dead, including three attackers.

Filipinos flee villages after storms that killed at least 568.

Dec. 7 – IOC opens probe into doping allegations against sprinter Marion Jones.

Dec. 8 – Documents show Iraq prisoner abuse witnesses were threatened.

Ukraine’s parliament approves electoral reforms.

Dec. 9 – Bush rules out raising payroll taxes to confront Social Security shortfall.

Gunman opens fire at Ohio heavy metal concert; 5 dead, including star guitarist.

Dec. 10 – OPEC approves cutting oil production by 1 million barrels a day, delegates say.

Major fuel spill reported at site of grounded freighter in Alaska.

Dec. 11 – Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko poisoned with dioxin, doctors say.

Americans launch Afghan offensive against Taliban insurgency.

Dec. 12 – Militants blow up Israeli base, killing four soldiers.

Palestinian leader apologizes to Kuwait for supporting Saddam.

Dec. 13 – California jury recommends death for Scott Peterson in double murder of wife and unborn child.

Dec. 14 – Fed raises interest rates for the fifth time since June.

Dec. 15 – Time Warner Inc. agrees to pay over $500 million to resolve federal securities fraud and accounting investigations of its America Online unit.

Telecommunications giants Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc. agree to merge in $35 billion deal.

Dec. 17 – President Bush signs into law the largest overhaul of U.S. intelligence gathering in 50 years.

Pfizer Inc. says it has found an increased risk of heart problems with patients taking Celebrex.

Dec. 18 – Ali “Chemical Ali” Hassan al-Majid and Saddam Hussein’s last defense minister face a judge in the first investigative hearings of former members of his regime.

Dec. 19 – Car bombers kill more than 60 Iraqis and wound nearly 100 in apparently coordinated attacks on the country’s two holiest Shiite cities.

Dec. 20 – President Bush acknowledges that U.S.-trained Iraqi troops are not ready to take over their country’s security.

Israeli settler leaders endorse a call to resist planned evacuation from Gaza Strip and West Bank settlements but say they remain opposed to violence.

Dec. 21 – Attack on mess hall tent near Mosul, Iraq, kills 22, including 14 U.S. service members.

The Dow Jones industrial average closes at a new high for 2004 and posts its best showing since June 13, 2001.

Dec. 22 – A suicide bomber attacks a crowded mess tent at a U.S. base near Mosul, Iraq, killing 22 people, most Americans.

Dec. 23 – Nearly six months after being driven from office by scandal, former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland pleads guilty to a corruption charge that could send him to prison.

Dec. 24 – Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld pays a surprise Christmas Eve visit to some of the most dangerous areas of Iraq.

Thousands of Christian pilgrims gather in Bethlehem, West Bank, for Christmas Eve celebrations, voicing new optimism for peace in the Middle East.

Dec. 26 – The world’s most powerful earthquake in 40 years rocks northern Indonesia and launches tsunamis that kill more than tens of thousands of people in Asia and Africa.

Dec. 27 – Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko declares victory in Ukraine’s fiercely contested presidential election.

Dec. 28 – The World Health Organization warns that disease in the aftermath of the tsunami catastrophe could kill as many people as the deadly waves and earthquake.

Susan Sontag, a leading intellectual and activist of the past half century who introduced the concept of “camp” to mainstream culture and influenced the way many thought about art, illness and photography, dies at age 71.

Actor Jerry Orbach, who played a sardonic, seen-it-all cop on TV’s “Law & Order” and scored on Broadway as a song-and-dance man, dies of prostate cancer at age 69.

Dec. 29 – The first Indonesian military teams reach the devastated west coast of Sumatra island, finding thousands of bodies. Sri Lanka says it was getting its first reports of disease outbreaks.

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