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Year 2004 – Music Videos/Entertainment/Celebrity/Hollywood Info/Trends/Trivia/TV News 

Ray Charles Passes

Ken Jennings Phenom On TV's "Jeapardy"

Goodbye Rodney Dangerfield

Lip-Synching Uncool - Ashlee Simpson Debacle

Tom Brokaw Does Last NBC Nightly Newscast

Dick Clark Suffers Severe Stroke

Year 2004 In News Headlines And Information

Martha Stewart Found Guilty

10 Bombs Detonate In Madrid

Trouble In Haiti

Ronald Reagan Dies

Gov. Rowland Of Connecticut Resigns

U.S. Transfers - New Interim Iraqi Government

Martha Stewart Sentenced To Prison

CBS  News/Dan Rather In Trouble For Bush Story

Terrorists Kill Schoolchildren In Russia

President Bush Wins Re-Election

Scott Peterson Convicted Of First Degree Murder Of Wife Laci

Major Earthquake/Tsunami Kills 10's of Thousands

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"The Way You Move" - Outkast

steve irwn croc hunter infant son january 2004 facts trivia history mrtimeline popculture imageJanuary - Michael Jackson pleads not guilty to child molestation charges in California... Steve Irwin – “The Crocodile Hunter” hand-fed a 13-foot crocodile while holding his infant son, drawing from viewers and the promise of a government investigation.  Irwin says he was in complete control of the croc….  Britney Spears marries childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander in Las Vegas, but for only 55 days…. Michael Jackson appears on “60 Minutes” – saying said he has been mistreated while in custody – that sheriff’s dislocated a shoulder and his arm injured by deputies. He also said he had been locked for 45 minutes in a jail athroom with feces meared on the walls, floor and ceiling…. 

Kenny Chesney Gets Artist Of The Year - At the 32nd American Music Awards.

Also Usher/Sheryl Crow get favorite pop/rock artist... 

50-Cent - the hottest recording artist last year, rejoins his old group - G Unit and they’ve recorded a new album. Look for “Beg For Mercy”…. “On Air” with Ryan Seacrest is the first TV show from Ryan Seacrest productions and hopefully more will follow….

On Air W/Ryan Seacrest - Britney Spears 

regis philbin feb 2004 millionaire tv history facts trivia mrtimeline popculture photoMore January - Alicia Keys, Beyonce and Miss Elliott are going on tour – together!...A judge orders R. Kelly to stay away from Michael Jackson as both are facing child molestation charges – even if they both attend the Grammy Awards. Stay away…..  A new Pepsi commercial debuts – with Britney Spears, Pink and Beyonce for “new Gladiator”…. Passing – Bob Keeshan – the one and only “Captain Kangaroo.” He was 76…After a hiatus – Regis Philbin will return as emcee of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and this time – the top prize will be $10 million. The show was a huge hit after it debuted in 1999, but fizzled due to overexposure and was canned in 2002. New name – “Super Millionaire” and will begin next month for February sweeps – five days a week.... 

Some Top Albums - February, 2004

When the Sun Goes Down – Kenny Chesney

A Crow Left of the Murder – Incubus

Closer – Josh Groban

Kamikaze – Twista

2004 Grammy Nominees

Only You – Harry Connick Jr.

Spearkerboxxx/the Love Below – Outkast

"You Don't Know My Name" - Alicia Keys

February  - Super Bowl action – A dance routine goes – wrong between Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake in what was termed as a costume failure – Jackson’s right breast was exposed for two seconds…. Also on the Super Bowl halftime show – Nelly and Kid Rock…

Super Bowl 38 Halftime Show

Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek escapes serious injury after he fell asleep at the wheel of his pickup truck in central California. …

46th Grammy Awards -  Some Winners:

Record of the Year – “Clocks” – Coldplay…

Song of the Year - "Beautiful" - Christina Aguleira

Best Album - "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" - Outkast

Country Song - "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" - Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffett


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More April 2004 Pop News - Radio - After 20 years doing mornings at KIIS-FM Los Angeles Rick Dees is out. … Ryan Seacrest will be doing mornings on KIIS-FM…. Jay Leno’s new announcer is “stuttering John” Melendez from the Howard Stern radio show. He replaces Edd Hall… “Kidz Bop 5”  arrives in stores. The series, the most successful children’s audio series on the Billboard charts… “The Passion of the Christ” opens to jammed theaters across the country…Rapper Eminem sues Apple, because it used his “Lose Yourself” in an iTunes ad... More breast-bearing fallout as Justin Timberlake is now out as cohost of ABC’s upcoming “Motown 45" special... On Saturday Night Live – Jennifer Aniston with musical guests Black Eyed Peas... 

March 2004 pop news - 

At the- 76th Annual Academy Awards - Some Winners

Best picture - “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King"

Best actor – Sean Penn – “Mystic River."

Best actress – Charlize Theron – “Monster.”

Best supporting actor – Tim Robbins – “Mystic River"

Best supporting actress – Renee Zellweger – "Cold Mountain"

 

sheryl crow march 2004 music news timeline trivia mrpopculture imageMore March - Detectives illegally seized photos allegedly showing R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl and prosecutors cannot use them to try the r&b singer on child porno charges – so says a judge in Florida... Sheryl Crow performs “The First Cut Is The Deepest” on this week’s “One Tree Hill” on the WB. Don’t miss it.  The song was written in 1967 by Cat Stevens... Television news - On “Saturday Night Live” – Colin Firth hosts with musical guest Norah Jones....So far – “The Passion Of the Christ” has done $117.5 million in its first five days... Alistair Cooke retires after 58 years of his BBC radio program, “Letter From America.” Cooke is 95. He was host of “Masterpiece Theatre” from 1971 to 1992... Actor Michael Crawford, who starred in the London, New York and Los Angeles productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” will return to the West End this summer to appear in the composer’s latest show, “The Woman in White.”…. Bobby Brown, arrested several months ago for allegedly striking his wife, Whitney Houston, is sentenced to 60 days in jail…. Tickets now on sale for Britney Spears’ upcoming,  “Onyx Hotel Tour”… Passing – J.J. Jackson – One of the original MTV VJ’s and a legendary album rock DJ in Los Angeles. He was 62….. Courtney Love is arrested on third-degree assault charges after throwing a microphone stand into the audience during a NY performance – and injuring a guy… Britney Spears signs with Elizabeth Arden to develop and market her own line of perfume…Howard Stern does a rant on President Bush, urging listeners to vote for John Kerry... Radio news -  Tables turned - Shock jock  Eric Mancow Muller of Chicago sues a listener who has repeatedly complained about him to the FCC. The complaint says that listener David E. Smith is harassing him after filing more than 60 “spurious” FCC complaints over the past two years... Michael Jackson sues Henry Vaccaro of NJ, who obtained pictures, song lyrics, letters and such through a bankruptcy sale – and is selling them – and Jackson doesn’t like it. The singer says those items belong to him. The suit seeks $10 million for copyright infringement.... New Cable TV Channel - "Nicktoons" - all cartoons from the folks at Nickleodeon. 

"Once Call Away" - Chingy

mark wahlbert entourage new hbo april 2004 tv history trivia facts timeline mrpopcultureApril -   Mark Wahlberg is one of the executive producers on a new HBO show called “Entourage.” The series stars Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven... Donald Trump will double his take on the second season of “The Apprentice.” He was getting $50k per episode and now he’ll get $100K... “The Swan” – getting a nice lead-in from “American Idol” on Fox, beats ABC’s “The Bachelor in the ratings.  The parents of Al Yankovic are found dead in their home in Fallbrook, CA. Apparently – they died of carbon monoxide poisoning after starting a fire without opening the fireplace flue... Madonna comes under fire after it’s learned she would play her first-ever Irish concert on a Sunday – a day of rest for Christians there.  John Belushi is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame  - 22 years after his death. On hand – Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase and brother Jim Belushi... Martha Stewart sought a new trial arguing that one juror lied on the jury selection questionnaire and made public statements after the trendsetter’s conviction sowing his bias against the rich and famous... Wyclef Jean appears as Curtis Mayfield in this week’s “American Dreams” over NBC-TV... Janet Jackson performs a live concert on “Good Morning America” – but still doesn’t have much to say about her Super Bowl debacle... EMI Group says it’s slashing jobs and dropping artists because of piracy and higher costs. EMI also says it’s getting out of the compact disc manufacturing business. NPR says that longtime “Morning Edition” host Bob Edwards will be leaving April 30….Prince is now with Columbia Records. His new album, “Musicology,” is set for release April 20. He’s been without a record label for a few years and has been selling his music primarily over his website… Passing – Jan Berry – half the pop duo of “Jan and Dean.” He was 62… . Tom Brokaw says he will retire December 1. Brian Williams, who was named Brokaw’s successor to the NBC news anchor chair, is expected to take over the following evening…. TBS has a new logo and new campaign, “tbs: very funny”… Donald Trump’s, “The Apprentice” was a huge hit with winner Bill Rancie and runner-up Kwame Jackson…

"I Don't Wanna To Know" - Mario Winans

simon cowell american idol hawaii may 2004 tv history trivia mrtimeline popculture imageMay - During “American Idol” on Tuesday of this week, judge Simon Cowell challenged the state of Hawaii to call in its votes for 17-year-old native Jasmine Trias. Crowell didn’t like several of her songs, calling them the show’s worst performances of the night. She had been reduced to tears by his criticism, but that didn’t stop about 1.3 million callers of not being in danger of being expelled... With her facing a prison sentence – “Martha Stewart Living” will be put on hiatus after this TV season winds up... Celine Dion cancels five more shows of her nightly Caesars Palace performances after spraining her neck earlier this month.... MTV will chronicle Ashlee Simpson’s recording and launching of her upcoming debut album in “Ashlee” on June 16... Phish says they will break up after their  summer tour in August... Over 31 million saw Fantasia Barrino sing her way to a title on “American Idol” beating-out Diana DeGarmo….

Nielsen TV Ratings - May 22, 2004

Friends finale – 52.46

Friends Clips Special – 36.89

ER – 28.37

Survivor All Stars Finale – 24.76

Survivor All Stars Reunion – 23.92

American Idol on Tuesday – 22.82

American Idol on Wednesday – 21.18

CSI – 20.39

10.5 Part 2 – 19.87

Survivor: All Stars – 19.21

CSI: Miami – 17.62

Everybody Loves Raymond – 17.27

Two and a Half Men – 16.20

Without a Trace – 16.04

Dateline: NBC – 14.71

Frasier – 14.33

CSI on Wednesday – 13.33

"Burn" - Usher

paris hilton simple life 2004 tv history facts trivia mrpopculture timeline photoJune - On Fox-TV - "The Simple Life 2" w/Paris Hilton debuts next week (June 16)...

More June 2004 Pop News - On Spike TV – “The Joe Schmo Show” – second season premiere. It’s a parody of reality TV... On Animal Planet – It’s Croc Week with a new two-hour special that searches for a Super Croc. And of course – Steve Irwin – the Crocodile hunter himself. It’s a whole croc of… Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” lured more teens than the previous two films, propelling this one to $92.6 million opening week… Radio - Mel Karmazin, head of Viacom, resigns and Howard Stern is in shock now that his boss, and the guy who stood by him at Infinity, is leaving. “I don’t understand how Mel (Karmizin) could resign. I’m in shock; He’s my backup here”…

ray charles passes 2004 music history trivia timeline popculture photoPassing – Ray Charles from complications of liver disease. He was 73…

Goodbye Ray Charles

 mary jennifer lopez marc anthony june 2004 trivia facts music timeline mrpopculture photoJune Marry – Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony…. Eminem who exposed his but to the audience at the 2004 Movie Awards when it was taped – will have his but cut or blurred out when it is broadcast on MTV  …. Another music awards show – this time Ryan Seacrest is getting into the act. He hosts “American Top 40” on radio – so he’s come up with the “American Top 40 Awards” to honor the top acts from his radio show…. Hilary Duff – Most Wanted Tour 2004. … Clear Channel signs Jewel – to be its first artist to take part in a new service – instant concert recordings – where you can buy the same-concert CD right after the event!... Sirius is starting an all-Elvis Presley channel!... Rapper DMX (Earl Simmons) is arrested at JFK airport because he and a friend attempted to pass themselves off as FBI agents and steal a car… Mary-Kate Olsen – one of the Olsen twins enters a program for treatment of anorexia. She’s 18... Janet Jackson performs live – on BET’s awards show. A seven second delay will be used – just in case!... On VH1’s “Driven” Thursday – Beyonce... 

"The Reason" - Hoobastank

britny spears federline july 2004 facts trivia music timeline mrpopculture photoJuly -  Britney Spears tells People Magazine that this time, she’s marrying for love - this on her recent engagement to dancer Kevin Federline. Spears and Federline, who is four years older than her at 26, began dating a few months ago. Federline performed as a backup dancer for Justin Timberlake, Spears’ former boyfriend. He was previously involved with “Moesha” star Shar Jackson. With her, he has a 2-year-old and is expecting another baby... Willie Nelson won’t be able to play at his annual Fourth of July picnic. He just had an operation for carpal tunnel and is in pain.    

On Jeopardy - Ken Jennings 30 th consecutive appearance takes him over the $1 million in earnings mark… 

Jennings' First "Jeopary" Show In June

gloria estefan 2004 music last tour trivia facts mrtimeline mrpopculture imageMore July 2004 Pop News - Gloria Estefan say her next tour will be her last, although she will continue to write and record. Look for her “Live and Re-Wrapped” tour beginning later this month...  Fox-TV is launching “The Fox Reality Channel” next year… Fox raises the age limit for “American Idol” – now the talent can be up to 28 years old – instead of 25 years…. Brad Pitt guests on Oprah Winfrey this week... It’s announced that James Doohan – “Scotty” on Star Trek – has Alzheimer’s disease. Doohan is 84...  CBS fires two “CSI” actors – George Eads and Jorja Fox in a salary rift….  Filmmaker Michael  Moore decides not to attend a screening of his documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11” near President Bush’s ranch in Texas…

Seacrest Out” - “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” is canceled. The show had been on the air since January…

More July - Martha Stewart guests on “Larry King Live” on CNN. Her only live interview since her prison sentencing.  

"Slow Motion" - Juvenile fea. Solja Slim

mike wallace year 2004 history news trivia  review  photo mrpopcultureAugust - Rock band Phish conducts their farewell concert, at, of all places – Coventry, Vt. …. Passing – Funk master Rick James – found dead in his home near Hollywood, CA. He was 56. … Shock duo Opie and Anthony are joining XM Satellite Radio beginning Oct. 4…..Rocker Lenny Kravitz calls off his U.S. tour for family matters... Jennifer Lopez will make her second appearance on NBC’s “Will & Grace.’ Look for it in September... After its Super Bowl embarrassment – the NFL says a small company called “White Cherry’ will be organizing its kick-off show this time...Craig Kilborn says he is stepping down as host of CBS’ “Late Late Show” His final show is later this month …. CBS’ Mike Wallace is arrested on disorderly conduct charges. He was arguing with officers who were questioning his limo driver who had double-parked while the newsman was on a food run…Does it matter? - The Dave Matthews Band is under fire and could face fines  because one of their tour bus drivers dumped a tankful of Dave’s human waste in the Chicago River.  He did it from a bridge and some of Dave (and the band’s) matter hit a touring ...This week’s “Live with Regis and Kelly” gives Regis something for the record books – logging 15,188 hours on television. He gets the Guinness world record for most hours on camera, passing broadcaster Hugh Downs for the record...  

Passing – Laura Branigan (47). She died in her sleep of a brain aneurysm….

CBS unveils a new reality show that includes fashion maven Tommy Hilfiger“The Cut.” The winner will get a chance to design a fashion collection for his label….

September - MTV Video Music Awards - "Hey Ya" - By OutKast gets Best Video! Also, Jay-Z's "99 Problems" also won four awards

 

Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” sold an incredible 4 million DVD’s within its first day of release…

britnay marries federline september 2004 facts history trivia mrtimeline popculture photoMore September 2004 Pop News - Jeopardy comes back from its summer break – and so does champ Ken Jennings – who is trying his 39th attempt to win more money. So far, he’s won $1,321,660…. Britney Spears marries dancer Kevin Federline in a surprise ceremony near Los Angeles… Hip Hop now part of culture? - Dreamworks’ animated “Shark Tales” opens this week. It features the voices of rappers Ludacris, Missy Elliott, Will Smith and Eminem. One historian says, “This is just further proof that 25 years after ‘Rapper’s Delight’ by the Sugar Hill gang, that hip-hop culture has become American culture.” But it was Will Smith who got the other rappers involved with this project.... The tour of rapper Jay-Z and R. Kelly kicks off in Chicago. Kelly’s new two-CD set “Happy People/U saved Me,” recently debuted at #2 on Billboard. Kelly is awaiting trial from charges of child pornography... Don’t miss Brian Wilson and his “Smile” tour. “Smile” was an abandoned album by Wilson back in 1966.... CBS clearly leads the ratings race with a 13.58 overall. NBC – 10.61; ABC – 10.00; Fox – 5.34; WB – 4.24; UPN – 3.11... MTV’s answer to Fox’s “The O.C.” will be “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County.

Nielsen TV Ratings - September 22, 2004

CSI – 30.57

CSI: Miami – 22.45

Without a Trace – 21.51

ER – 19.69

CSI: NY – 19.26

Survivor: Vanuati – 19.14

Law & Order – 18.86

Monday Night Football – 18.81

Everybody Loves Raymond – 17.99

Two and a Half Men – 16.44

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – 16.43

Apprentice 20 15.88

Law & Order – 15.39

Will & Grace – 15.32

Joey – 14.86

Law & Order – SVU – 14.20

NFL Monday Showcase – 13.91

Movie-revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman – 13.77

Dr. Phil Primetime – 13.08

Amazing Race 5 – 12.85

Law & Order: Criminal Intent – 12.67

Crossing Jordan – 12.55

Las Vegas – 12.08

Listen Up – 11.75

60 Minutes – 11.21

"Goodies" - Ciara

louis rukeyser october 2004 facts history cnbc tv history trivia mrtimeline photo popcultureOctober - Drew Carey’s Green Screen Show – debuts on the WB this week. Drew’s cast performs skits suggested by the studio audience...  Nickelodeon says it is expanding beyond TV – and will get into video games, a clothing line and baby videos not tied to its popular programs. Through a partnership with video game manufacturer THQ – Nick last year created “Tak and the Power of Juju.” A video game geared for children ages 8 to 13. So far, a million have been sold... On “Saturday Night Live” – Queen Latifah hosts and performs.... Louis Rukeyser, who has been off the air for a year because he’s fighting cancer, has asked CNBC to pull the plug and bring down the curtain on “Wall Street Week.”

We Love Louis Rukeyser On PBS "Wall Street Week"

Consuelo Mack as been substitute host and the show will go away soon...

Passing – Comedian Rodney Dangerfield. He was 82…. The "No Respect" Comedian.

Goodbye Rodney Dangerfield

ashlee simpson lip sych facts 2004 september music trivia timeline mrpopcultureUproar - due to a technical glitch - It's revealed that an Ashlee Simpson performance on "Saturday Night Live" was in fact - lip synched when it was advertised that she would perform live. Her manager/father said, her voice was hoarse due to acid reflux.

A "Live" Performance Is Revealed To Be Lip-Synched

janet leigh dies timeline mrpopculture 2004 photoMore October - Passing – Actress Janet Leigh (77)…. Passing – Actor Christopher Reeve (52) – best known as Superman…. Howard Stern keeps talking about his upcoming Sirius satellite radio show – and the radio stations that now carry him don’t like it….  The 2004 Radio Music Awards. Janet Jackson received the Radio Legend Award … CNN is shutting down CNNfn – its financial news network in December…Rapper Eminem is out with a new song/video – “Mosh” and it slams President Bush and calls on young America to mobilize against the administration... Monday on NBC – the 2004 Radio Music Awards. Janet Jackson received the Radio Legend Award...  

38th Annual CMA Awards: Kenny Chesney - Entertainer of the Year...

CMA Best Male - Keith Urban... Best Female - Martina McBride

"My Boo" - Usher & Alishia Keys

ken jennings year 2004 trivia history  photo mrpopcultureNovember  - Jay-Z and R. Kelly severe their concert-tour partnership. Their 40-city Best of Both Worlds tour, which began Sept 29, has been described as volatile from the start…. Ken Jennings wins $45,099 on Jeopardy, bringing his total earning to $2,197,000 - and that makes him the top TV game show contestant- winner in history… Rap artist O.D.B. - also known as “Ol Dirty Bastard” is dead after he collapsed in a New York recording studio. He was 35. He was born Russell Jones… The 10 most violent video games are named. This comes from a coalition of parent, church and women’s groups and they don’t like: Grand Theft Auto, Doom 3, Half-Life 2; Gunslinger Girls Vol. 2, Halo 2, Hitman. Blood Money; Manhunt, Mortal Kombat; Postal 2 and Shadow Hearts…

"Drop It Like It's Hot" - Snoop Dogg 

craig ferguson host of late late show december 2004 trivia mrtimeline tv popcultureDecember - U2, Buddy Guy, Percy Sledge, O’Jays and the Pretenders will be inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame on March 14... Pubic TV will be airing part of Eric Clapton’s three day Crossroads Guitar Festival – conducted in Dallas last June. PBS’ version will air for two hours and the special will air during fundraiser weeks... CBS names Craig Ferguson as the new host of the “Late Late Show.” He replaces Craig Kilborn... Heavy Metal - Police are investigating five deaths at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus Ohio by a gunman. One included Grammy winner “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, who use to be with the band Pantera.  The shooter was identified as Nathan Gale – an ex-Marine... Jay-Z who has professed retirement from his rap career – is now president of the Def Jam record label. Jay-Z will also to continue to run Rock-A-Fella Records – which he co-founded with Damon Dash in 1995. Def Jam owns 50% of that label – so – it all fits for the “Z”... Passing – Jerry Scoggins – The voice that sang the theme to “The Beverly Hillbillies” – on the TV show. Not the hit record – that was Flatt and Scruggs. He was 93... Billboard adds another chart –  Top “Ringtones.” The first #1 is “Drop it Like It’s Hot” Snoop Dogg. A ringtone typically sells between $1 and $2.99 and global revenue for ring tones will exceed $3 billion…..Snoop Dogg hosts Spike TV’s Video Game Awards 2004. Don’t miss it!...

tom brokaw retires december 2004 nbc trivia news tv facts timeline mrpopculture - Tom Brokaw says goodnight to “NBC Nightly News” and an estimated 15.4 million watched. Real estate agent Nancy Zerg topples champ Ken Jennings on “Jeopardy!” – but she didn’t last long herself. She was gone by the next day….

Tom Brokaw Says Goodbye

Brian Williams Takes Over NBC Nightly News

More December 2004 Pop News -  

dick clark stroke december 2004 tv history facts image mrtimeline popculture photo Dick Clark suffers severe stroke and for now, his New Year’s countdown is on hold. A released statement (probably not from Clark) says he will be back in the swing of things: “I’m hopeful to be able to make it to Times Square to help lead the country in bringing in the New Year once again”….    Z-100 (WHTZ New York) Jingle Ball feauring  Destiny’s Child, Kelly Clarkson and Ashlee Simpson at Madison Square Garden. Also  - KROQ’s “Almost Acoustic Christmas” with Franz Ferdiand, Green Day and Modest Mouse at the Universal Amphitheater. KDWB’s Jingle Ball with Avril Lavigne, Ryan Cabrera and Maroon5 … Regis Philbin fills-in for ailing Dick Clark with Catherine McCord and Mike Richards. Ashlee Simpson is the West Coast host…

Avril Lavigne Rocks In The New Year With Carson Daly

The Year 2004 In News Headlines And Information

January 1 - More Iraqis have come forward after the capture of Saddam Hussein with information on detail and structure. … NASA’s Spirit rover touches down on Mars – right where scientists wanted it to land and the first images sent back have been described as “stunning”…

January 8 - Mad Cow fear - In Seattle - About 2,000 tons of frozen French fries, pre-fried in beef tallow aren’t going anywhere as they are being rejected by buyers in Japan, China and South Korea…Reversing himself, President Bush announces that Canadian companies would be eligible for prime contracts to rebuild Iraq... President Bush indicates that he would lift millions of undocumented workers and open them to guest worker programs...

john kerry wins iowa caucuses january 2004 trivia politics facts timeline mrpopculture imageJanuary 15 - John Kerry wins the Iowa caucuses... Space initiative - President Bush announces plans for a permanent base on the moon by 2020 and using it as a weigh station to Mars... The Army awards Halliburton a contract to rebuild Iraq’s oil industry, despite the fact the company is being probed for cost overruns and overcharging... A deep freeze hits New York and New England. Temperatures in NYC – a high of 17... A suicide car bomber sets off an explosion at the main gate to the headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition. 18 are dead... Shiek Ahmed Yassin, founder of militant Hamas, brushes aside Israeli assassination threats in the wake of suicide bombings that killed four Israelis... State of the Union – President Bush underscored the use of force abroad and deep tax cuts to keep America out front of its two largest threats – recession and terrorism... President Bush is a “moral coward who is too weak to say no to political backers in the coal, oil, utility and mining industries,” so charges former Vice President Al Gore... Out of S. Korea - The United States says it will move all but 50 of its 7,000 military personnel out of Seoul by the end of 2007.

State of the Union 2004 - President Bush

suddam hussein year 2004 news history  mrpopcultureJanuary 22 - Vice President Dick Cheney declares there was “overwhelming evidence” that Saddam Hussein had a relationship with Al Qaeda and that two trailers discovered after the war were proof of Iraq’s biological weapons programs” … Special CIA advisor David Kay – the leader on the search for banned weapons in Iraq – steps down and says the country did not have stocks of banned munitions before the U.S. led invasion last year…The World Health Organization says the bird flu has hit three more areas in China. Earlier this week – the bird flu was found in Pakistan and Laos... KB Toys will close 375 stores – cutting 3,500 jobs... 

February 1 - Primaries -  John Kerry wins in Arizona, Missouri and three others. John Edwards wins South Carolina and Wesley Cark wins in Oklahoma.  Sen. Joe Lieberman has quit the race…. Missing Florida sixth-grader – Carlie Brucia (11) is found slain in a church parking lot – not far from where she was abducted…

February 8 - John F. Kerry gets primary wins in Washington State and Michigan. Rival Howard Dean, despite his losses, vowed to press on... American Airlines apologizes after pilot Rodger Findiesen got on the intercom of a cross-country flight and asked all Christians aboard to raise their hands... Inspectors says that Iran has blueprints for a device to enrich uranium... John Kerry wins again – in Virginia and Tennessee. This time – rival Howard Dean quits! Also quitting the race – Wesley Clark. “Folks.. This old soldier will not fade away”... The independent commission reviewing the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks meets with national security advisor Condoleezza Rice in an interview commissioners described as candid and productive... President Bush said for the first time that he indeed, relied on flawed assumptions and inaccurate information in launching the war in Iraq, but he did not mislead the American people... President Bush – answering the Democrats, insists he did his military obligations during the Vietnam War – that he was given an honorable discharge and that he did show up for National Guard duty in Alabama... Two Ex Halliburton employees now say the company wasted taxpayer dollars in Iraq and Kuwait – that supervisors created a culture of overspending... Prince Charles makes a surprise morale-boosting visit to British troops in Iraq. He mingled with about 200 soldiers, shook hands, had tea and praised their work... South Korean scientists – in a stem cell breakthrough, say they have succeeded in creating human embryo clones... Terror network –The last of the “Portland 7” (Oregon) terror cell are sentenced for trying to join the Taliban just after 9/11. They are Muhammad Bilal, Maher “Mike” Hawash, Ahmed Bilal... Massachusetts lawmakers defeat a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman, but allowed for civil unions between same-sex couples. Meantime – San Francisco marries dozens of same-sex couples. Why? Because the new mayor says so, even though the state does not... Ann Armstrong – Martha Stewart’s personal secretary, testifies that Martha Stewart in fact, did alter a telephone log... 

arnold schwarzenegger same sex marriage february california facts trivia timelineFebruary 15 - Gov. Arnold Schwarznegger directs the California state attorney general to take immediate action to stop San Francisco’s parade of same-sex marriages hours after a second San Francisco Superior Court judge refused to order a halt to the unions…Some 21 gay couples exchange wedding vows on the steps of Village Hall at New Paltz, NY...  John Kerry wins in Wisconsin, with John Edwards finishing a close second.,, Howard Dean gives up his campaign for the presidency reducing the race for the Democratic nomination to a two-man contest – Senators John Kerry and John Edwards.,,, Al Hurra (The Free One) – A U.S. government-financed satellite channel aimed at Arab viewers makes its debut. The station’s first item was a news briefing that began with a guerrilla attack on an Iraqi police station west of Baghdad in which about two dozen were killed. 

February 22 - President Bush calls for a constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. He’s not happy about the recent same-sex weddings in places such as San Francisco. …. John Kerry accuses President Bush of overextending forces in Iraq and that he sent troops to war unprepared. “… George Bush has in fact weakened that military by overextending it”… Ralph Nader enters the presidential race as an independent…

 

martha stewart found guilty march 2004 facts history information image timelineMarch 1 - John F. Kerry defeats John Edwards in nine of 10 states – clinching the Democratic presidential nomination just six weeks after balloting began... President Jean-Bertrand Aristide – succumbing to international pressure – flees the armed revolt that left most of Haiti under rebel control. The U.S. Marines arrive to secure the area... A federal jury finds Martha Stewart guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and two counts of lying to investigators – making her the first major figure convicted in a wave of financial scandals...  CIA Director George Tenet must explain why he waited until last month to “set the record straight” that Iraq posed no immediate threat to the United states in the months leading u to the war, Sen. Edward Kennedy says... The FBI announces a new effort to disseminate photographs of unidentified child pornographers on television and the Internet in hopes they will be recognized. The first two suspects arrested were identified after their photos aired recently on “America’s Most Wanted”... The attorney for Multnomah County issues a legal opinion that would allow marriage licenses for same-sex couples in Portland, Oregon and elsewhere in the county...  

March 8 -  Terrorism in Madrid as 10 bombs detonate minutes apart in Madrid, ripping through crowded commuter trains. An Al Qaeda link is being considered…. Millions turn out for memorial observance in Spain in the face of Spain’s worst terrorist attack. Nearly 200 were killed and 1,500 wounded. ... Spanish police have arrested three Moroccans in the train bombings in Madrid. They are believed tied to Islamic extremism and are now among five being held for the bombings. 

Port-Au-Prince - Gunmen loyal to exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide ambush a march by thousands celebrating his ouster. Five are dead…Troubled area - U.S. Marines fire back at gunmen in Port-Au-Prince Haiti and the Pentagon announces that it was expanding the mission to allow U.S. troops to forcefully stop violence among Haitians.

March 15 - Police in Spain arrest three Moroccans with ties to Islamic extremism in last week’s train bombings in Madrid... Iraq – A bomb rips through a hotel in downtown Baghdad, killing 27… President Aleksander Kwasniewski of Poland says they were mislead” about Iraq’s alleged stocks of banned weapons before the war... More Spain as voters oust the ruling party over their support for the war in Iraq (probably what the bombers wanted). Incoming Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero says he will remove Spain’s 1,300 Iraqi troops by June 30. He says the war is all based on lies... President Bush urged wavering members of the U.S-led coalition to keep their troops in Iraq. This after Spain’s announcement... It’s revealed that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and FBI Director Robert Mueller have pieces of 9/11 debris they collected... Candidate John Kerry calls on President Bush to join him for monthly forums in the spirit off the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates... Taiwan - President Chen Shi-bian is shot in the stomach and his vice president wounded as they campaigned in Tainan...

March 22 - The Senate passes a bill that would make it a separate crime to harm a fetus during commission of a violent crime. The President will sign the bill – which was influenced by the Scott/Laci Peterson case... Iraq – Ten Finnish businessmen are shot to death on their way to a meeting in Baghdad… Two U.S. Army soldiers and a Marine are killed from gunfire and roadside bombsThe U.S.-led coalition shuts down Al Hawza – a newspaper sponsored by anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtader Sadr... The Commission investigating 9/11 is finding and blaming years of failures by mostly the Clinton Administration – and some from Bush’s administration. They include diplomatic failures, meager military responses and other factors as a contributor to a growing Al Qaeda...  Candidate John Kerry calls on national security advisor Condoleezza Rice to testify publicly before the independent commission investigating the 9/11 attacks... Separate - President Bush announces he will break precedent and allow Ms. Rice to testify in public and under oath... Hamas says it will not target Americans, countering an earlier statement that blamed the U.S. for the death of top cleric Sheik Ahmed Yassin, who was assassinated this week by Israelis. Also, Hamas names pediatrician Abdulaziz Rantist to its top post... Republicans and Democrats blame each other as Opec says it’ll cut back production as gasoline prices inch higher... After extensive upgrades – the Statue of Liberty will reopen in July – on the fourth... The FDA approves the first oral test for the AIDS virus. Great news – and it gives results in 20 minutes – and the second rapid test from OraSure Technologies...

April 1 - Iraq – The U.S. vows to find the brutal killing of four American security contractors in FalloujaMore violence in Iraq – 12 U.S. Marines are dead, but the force inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. .. U.S. declares anti American Shiite cleric Muqtader Sadr an outlaw – making public a warrant for his arrest… Followers of Sadr storm police stations and seven U.S. troops are dead... John Kerry says the Bush Administration is politicizing the transfer of power in Iraq which calls for the June 30 deadline to had control back to Iraqis. Kerry says it’s all fiction... Bush’s approval numbers are at an all-time low – 43%.... NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg asks the federal government to completely reopen the Statue of Liberty to visitors – closed since the Sept. 11 attacks. “Let’s standup and have some guts… Let’s get it open”... Spain – Three suspects in last month’s railway bombings blow themselves up as police closed in on them – but one police officer was also killed... Unemployment inches down to 5.7% from 5.8%... U.S. automakers catching on to hybrid. Ford will be the first as its Ford Escape hybrid should be in dealers this year...  Richard Clarke says he wants an ad, put out by the liberal moveon dot org folks – pulled – because it quotes him directly. Clarke says he was not consulted about the spot before it was launched. Clarke is a former White House counter terrorism chief who has turned on President Bush. 

April 8 - President Bush said that U.S. forces were taking control of Fallouja “block by block” and allied troops were “finding and engaging the enemy” elsewhere in the country despite this being one of the bloodiest weeks of the Iraq war. but reaffirmed his commitment to the June 30 deadline for transferring sovereignty to Iraqis…In her testimony before the panel investigating why 9/11 happened – National security advisor Condoleezza Rice defended the Bush administration’s handling of terrorist threats, saying “there was no silver bullet’ that could have stopped the plot....  

john kerry year 2004 news history trivia photo mrpopcultureApril 15 - In a bid to quiet critics questioning whether he deserved three Purple Hearts,  John Kerry begins posting some of his military records on his campaign website…

April 22 - Iraq –The U.S. Marines are ready to storm the militant-laden city of Fallouja – look out!…  A suicide car bomb tears through a police headquarters in Riydah with four deadAnother10 U.S troops die – 8 by another suicide bomber... North Korea - A cargo train carrying fuel from China explodes in what is being reported as major disaster with thousands of fatalities... A tornado rips through Utica, Illinois – killing eight seeking refuge... Al Gore says he would give $4 million in leftover campaign money to the DNC to help defeat President Bush... The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 4.2% during the first quarter... The U.S. and China have agreed to curtail piracy of American movies, computer software and music as China agrees to a crackdown... Santa Barbara - Michael Jackson is indicted by a grand jury – and faces charges for the molestation of a 12-year-old boy.... Hal Ritter – a managing editor at USA Today resigns – the same day the paper published an analysis of an ethics scandal involving a star reporter that identified significant deficiencies in the culture of the newsroom. He’s the second USA Today editor to resign.... Princess Diana’s family said that they were “sickened’ by CBS’-TV’s broadcast of photos of the dying princes taken moments after the crash that killed her. Two black-and-white photos were shown this week on “48 Hours investigates.”

May 1 - President Bush says he was sorry for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. solders. He also defended Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld against calls for his resignation. But, he told Rumsfeld he felt blindsided by the scandal and should have been more informed about its severity. 20 Iraqi and Afghan war prisoners have died in U.S. custody during the past 17 months…  Paul Shanley – censured by the Vatican – one of the most notorious figures in the Boston clerical sex abuse scandal – has been removed from the priest hood. More priest news as a grand jury in Toledo indicts priest father Gerald Robinson, on a charge of aggravated murder in the killing of a nun some 24 years ago... 

May 8 - In Iraq - Donald Rumsfeld visits Abu Ghraib – the detention center where the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners occurred. He told U.S. troops there it was “a body blow for all of us,” but “We’ll get through this tough period”…

May 15 - In the face of more criticism, the Army says that it has overhauled interrogation procedures fused for Iraqi detainees. It will no longer use techniques such as placing hoods over the heads of prisoners or forcing them to stand naked... A suicide car bomber assassinates the president if Iraq’s Governing Council as his vehicle waited to enter the headquarters of the U.S. occupation... Pentagon officials say 37 is the number of detainee deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. Eight are unresolved homicides that may have involved assaults during or after interrogations... The home and office of onetime U.S. ally Ahmad Chalabi are raided. Chalabi was rousted from his sleep. Computers and documents were carted away. 

terry nichols convicted may 2004 facts information history image timelineMay 22 - A new treaty with the U.S. ensures Britain will speed-up extradition for radical cleric Abu Hamza al Masri – who is accused in a U.S.  indictment of aiding terrorist plots in the U.S. and Yemen... Rumblings as leaders both parties warn that the U.S. occupation in Iraq is headed for failure – but President Bush is standing firm...  Iyad Allawi – a secular Shiite Muslim is named to become prime minister of Iraq – by the U.S.-appointed Iraqi governing Council in a surprise move... Islamic militants attack two oil industry compounds in eastern Saudi Arabia – killing 16... The deaths of some 37 detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan have so far, left eight unresolved homicides and other investigations... A jury in Oklahoma convicts Terry L. Nichols of 161 state murder counts... The death toll from tropical storms in the Caribbean may have killed as many as 500 people – most of them in the Haitian-Dominican Republic border... “Death With Dignity Law” - A federal appeals court rule backs Oregon’s suicide law – and said Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft exceeded his authority to block it... Address to the nation – President Bush says he has a plan to turn Iraqi chaos into stability and democracy. This as there’s talk of more and more concern that the war is failing over there... Iraq - Fundamentalist cleric Muqtada Sadr offers a peace plan in Najaf – that will hopefully will end fighting between his militia and American troops... John Kerry begins outlining his strategy for protecting the nation from terrorism, saying President Bush had “made America less safe than we should be in a dangerous world”... A roof of a terminal at Charles de Gaulle Airport outside of Paris falls, killing five.  

June 1 -ron reagan dies june 2004 facts history timeline mrpopculture photo Passing - Ronald Reagan (93) - The Hollywood actor who became one of the most popular president’s of the 20 th century and who changed the political landscapeAn interim Iraqi government representing a mix of the country’s main ethnic and religious groups is appointed after weeks of wrangling over who would lead the country. The new body, including a prime minister, president, two vice presidents and 32 Cabinet ministers, replaces the U.S.-appointed Governing Council... The U.S. Army says that thousands of soldiers who were scheduled to leave the military will be ordered to stay of their united are being sent to Iraq or Afghanistan...  CIA Director George J. Tenet, who presided over a string of intelligence failures, announces he will resign the post he has held for seven years... Iraq’s new interim prime minister Iyad Allawi, in his first policy address to the nation, urges insurgents to halt attacks on U.S. forces, saying it would be a disaster for the country if foreign troops departed prematurely... 

CBS News - Death Of Ronald Reagan

June 8 - The United Nations endorses the U.S. hand-over of sovereignty to an Iraqi interim government on June 30... Reagan funeral - President Bush and Margaret Thatcher eulogizes Ronald Reagan... Ronald Reagan is buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Thousand Oaks, CA...  Secretary of State Colin Powell blames mistakes in data collection and not political consideration for a flawed report that said in 2003, terrorist attacks worldwide had decreased, when in fact, they increased significantly... Two car bombings take the lives of 20 in Baghdad as the transfer of sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government nears (June 30)... Some 26 former senior diplomats and military officials have issued a joint statement arguing that President George W. Bush has damaged America’s national security and should be defeated in November. Some are Republicans... Terry Nichols’ life is spared by a hung jury as a sentencing impasse is declared by the judge.... 

June 15 - The Supreme Court rules that “God” will stay in the pledge of allegiance. A letter from a man identifying himself as a Saudi friend of U.S. hostage Paul Johnson Jr. urged the abductors to spare Johnson’s life and said killing would violate Islamic law. Johnson’s captors said in a videotape and written statement that they would kill him unless Saudi authorities released al Qaeda prisoners within 72 hours. …  Islamist radicals behead Paul Johnson – a New Jersey native. Photos of the decapitated man have been posted on of their websites…

June 22 -   Gov. John G. Rowland resigns as governor of Connecticut as he faces federal corruption investigations and possible impeachment... Iran seizes three British military patrol boats in the shatt al Arab waterway, Iraq’s main link with the Persian Gulf and eight armed crewmen were detained for entering Iranian territorial waters... Iraq – A wave attacks kill at least 105 as insurgency spikes … Militants launch attacks in four cities across Iraq – killing dozens of Iraqi police.. Wow – The U.S. surprises everyone and transfers power to Iraq two days early… Three Turkish contractors are taken hostage by militants, who threaten to behead them… Iraqi militants behead a South Korean hostage... An Interim Iraqi government takes power and U.S. administrator Paul Bremmer leaves for the airport... The Supreme Court says unhindered free speech remains the rule on the Internet and bars prosecutors from enforcing a federal law that would make it a crime for commercial websites to post sexually explicit material were children can see it... President Bush awards 13 Presidential Medals of freedom to such people as Rita Moreno, Arnold Palmer, Doris Day and Estee Lauder... Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader names Green party activist Peter Camejo as his vice presidential running mate... Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali – premier of Pakistan, announces his resignation and dissolves the Cabinet...

john edwards year 2004 review history news  photo mrpopcultureJuly  1 - Baghdad - Saddam Hussein defiantly faces down an Iraqi judge when he was arraigned on seven charges related to the killing of thousands of people during his decades as the ruler of Iraq... The new interim Iraqi government – only in its second week – plans to offer amnesty to insurgents – something that is striking controversy in the U.S... The Pentagon and commanders in the Middle East are being criticized more and more – some of it by Bush administration officials and military officers, who believe the military, is failing to develop a coherent, winning strategy against the insurgency in Iraq... China and Thailand reports new outbreaks of bird flu, a highly contagious disease that health experts fear could sicken humans... Sen. John F. Kerry chooses North Carolina senator John Edwards as his vice presidential running mate... Dick Cheney repeats his assertation that “long established ties” existed between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda... A man described as a discontented employee, kills four and wounds three at the ConAgra Foods meat packing plant in Kansas City, Kansas... The Fed raises its short-term interest rate to 1.25%... Unemployment stays at 5.6% in June...

July 8 - A scathing report released by the senate Intelligence Committee says the U.S. went to war with Iraq on the basis of flawed intelligence assessments that “either overstated or were not supported by” the underlying evidence on Iraq’s weapons programs... A car bombing at the Green Zone entrance in Baghdad kills at least seven and injures 23... Following a senate report that was critical of intelligence agencies, President Bush say his decision to wage war against Iraq was justified because it had removed a threat to the nation’s security and that the U.S. would continue to confront terrorism even when the dangers had not fully developed... Countries have provided only a small fraction of the reconstruction aid they promised or only a small portion of the $13 billion in non-America aid. The shortfall is a source of growing frustration for Iraq’s new interim government... Sen. John F. Kerry plans to aggressively court more conservative voters with a message that emphasizes traditional values of service, faith and family... Adelphia Communications founder John Rigas and his Son Timothy are convicted of looting the insolvent cable TV company and lying to investors about its finances... Enron Update –  Ken Lay – former head of Enron is indicted by a federal grand jury in Houston.

July 15 - Sandy Berger withdraws as an advisor to the presidential campaign of John Kerry because he is being investigated for mishandling classified documents from his years in the Clinton administration… Martha Stewart is sentenced to 5 months in prison plus five months home confinement. She remains free pending an appeal. .. The avian bird flu has spread to ten provinces in Thailand. .. Passing – Charles Sweeney  - the pilot who dropped the A-bomb on Nagasaki. He was 84....  

 

July 22  - Convention - Sen. John Kerry delivers a negative  assessment of President Bush’s leadership, saying that another four years of his administration would produce economic hardship at home and more hard feelings abroad…. John Kerry vows to rebuild alliances and restore “trust and credibility to the White House” as he concluded the Democratic National Convention in Boston… 

August 1 - John M. Forney former Enron Corp trading executive – pleads guilty to charges he manipulated energy markets during California’s power crisis. Enron’s scheme to charge fees for services it did not provide was known inside the company as Forney’s Perpetual Loop… Iraq – Some 300 Shiites militants are dead in clashes near the city of Najaf... Terrorism sting - The Justice Department says it has arrested Mohammed Hossain – a pizzeria owner and a founder of the Masjid asalam mosque and Yassin Aref – the mosque’s iman – in Albany NY. 

August 8 - Gov. James E. McGreevey of New Jersey, declaring, “I am a gay American,” and saying he had an affair with a man, is stepping down effective November 15 – but Republicans want him out – now. …. Hurricane Charley rips into Florida’s Gulf Coast with 145mph sustained winds. The storm sent a million coastal residents to higher ground. It’s now over open ocean and could be headed toward N. Carolina….. The California Supreme Court says the mayor of San Francisco overstepped his authority by issuing same-sex marriage licenses – and declared that those thousands of marriages are now void…

August 15 - Hurricane Charley cuts a broad swath of destruction across Florida leaving some 13 dead and thousands homeless... Long awaited – President Bush announces his plan to remove as many as 70,000 U.S. troops from Europe and Asia in a sweeping reorganization that he said would better prepare the military to handle crises... Renews focus - President Bush focuses on a years-old national security conflict, charging that opponents of a satellite-guided missile defense system were “living in the past”... Rebel cleric Muqtada Sadr announces that he would accept demands to vacate Najaf’s Imam Ali Mosque and disarm his militia – but wants further negotiations on how such a plan would be implemented... A U.S. appeals court says software used to swap songs and movies online does  not violate copyright law in a setback for the entertainment industry... Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon insists that he would press efforts to pull out of the Gaza Strip despite a vote by his Likud party against bringing the Labor party into the ruling coalition to ensure support for the withdrawal...

george w bush facts history august 2004 timeline mrpopcultureAugust 22 - President Bush signs orders to strengthen American’s intelligence operations – this until Congress can act... Antisafety - GM pulls a prime-time commercial for the 2005 Corvette because it depicted a young boy – younger than 16 – driving it wildly through city streets... The company that produced the Siegfried and Roy magic show said that it would not give federal investigators the video of a tiger attack on Roy Horn to protect his privacy... Widespread - A Pentagon investigation concludes there were all kinds of involvement by military intelligence officers, CIA agents, U.S. military police and others – in the Abu Ghraib prison abuses... Sen. Pat Roberts who is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee proposes reforms that would dismantle the CIA – splitting it into three parts...  Former Hollywood fundraiser Aaron Tonken is sentenced to 63 months in prison after pleading guilty to a count of mail fraud and a count of wire fraud... Speaking a mix of English and Spanish – President Bush’s nephew – George P. Bush, campaigns for overseas votes in Mexico... Republican Convention - The streets of Manhattan are flooded with 100,000 demonstrators to show opposition to President Bush and the war in Iraq…Republican Convention - The streets of Manhattan are flooded with 100,000 demonstrators to show opposition to President Bush and the war in Iraq. In his upcoming acceptance speech – President Bush will stress themes of government reform and ownership. The Convention begins Monday – Aug. 30. 

September 1 - Hurricane Frances clobbers Florida with over 2 million homes and business without power and two dead. It’s expected to hit the Gulf – then hit the Florida panhandle….Iraq – A suicide car bomber kills seven U.S. Marines in a military convoy near Fallouja. … More Iraq violence as another car bomb kills at least 20 in front of a police academy. .. The bodies of two Turkish nationals and another man are found in a rural area north of Baghdad.... More trouble in Russia - Attackers with guns and bombs seize a school in a region near Chechnya during the first day of school... The death toll rises to 340 nearly half children after attackers seized more than 1,000 hostages in a provincial school in Beslan...Police arrested more than 900 antiwar demonstrators in Manhattan. The demonstrations were held in several places – in conjunction with the Republican National Convention being held in town... Campaigning - John F. Kerry – calls the war in Iraq the “wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

September 8 - Deadly Hurricane Ivan ripped off roofs, downed trees and power lines and flooded coastal areas s it grazed the western tip of Cuba and is now headed for the U.S. So far – 68 are dead from the storm... The House defying President Bush – votes to block new regulations to give workers more overtime pay... President Vladimir V. Putin moves to enhance his power and the Kremlin’s political control, saying that stronger state authority is needed to fight terrorists in the wake of the school hostage crisis that just took place... U.S. Airways files for bankruptcy protection – the second time in two years... Capt Rogelio Maynulet – becomes the first U.S. forces officer charged with murder after he shot a wounded Iraqi insurgent, in what was described as a mercy killing – because the man was hurt so bad and their was no help in sight... Vice President Dick Cheney suggests that electing the Democratic presidential ticket would make the U.S. more vulnerable to a terrorist attack... U.S. military death toll in Iraq reaches 1,000... After 20 years - CEO Michael Eisner says he is leaving Disney within two years... For memos from the late Col Jerry Killian, released by CBS this week, suggest that President Bush received favored treatment during a time in the early 107-‘s when many young men were being drafted and sent to fight in Vietnam... A man opened fire with a semi automatic rifle in Geneva Ohio – wounding three and killing himself.

September 15 - Hurricane Ivan wreaks havoc on the panhandle of Florida, making landfall near Mobile with 135mph winds….  CBS News apologized for Dan Rather hit piece - that used unverified documents about President Bush’s military service in a “60 Minutes” feature – and that key source Bill Burkett had lied… Just as CBS names a panel to look into the Rather-Bush guard story, the network is fined $550,000 by the FCC for the Janet Jackson, SuperBowl breast baring debacle last February...  Radio news talk KPRC in Houston drops Dan Rather’s daily CBS feature – in reaction to his “60 Minutes” report questioning president Bush’s National Guard service several weeks ago.  

dan rather year 2004 news history  photo mrpopcultureSeptember 23 - First debate - President Bush and John Kerry head into a debate with President Bush with a 5 percentage-point lead. Bush said Kerry was unfit to help Iraq. Kerry said the war on terror should target Al Qaeda…. Floridians weather their fourth hurricane in six months as Jeanne hits with 120-mph winds and pounding rain. At least six are dead... There’s more talk from so-called experts saying that Al Qaeda poses more of a wider threat than ever....Kidnappers in Iraq free seven hostages, including two female Italian aid workers who were abducted from their home three weeks ago. .. Dan Rather continues to strugge to overcome a scandal over his flawed “60 Minutes” report this month on President Bush’s National Guard service…

October 1 - Florida  - The first presidential debate – at Coral Gables. Both George W. Bush and John Kerry clashed over the war in Iraq with Kerry saying it was a costly diversion from more serious threats... Snap polls say that John Kerry was the winner of the first presidential debate.  That president Bush faltered... A series of suicide bombings in Iraq takes the lives of 35 children... A CIA report says Saddam Hussein did not produce or did not posses weapons of miss destruction – as much as 10 years or more before the U.S. invaded Iraq. Not since the early 1990’s... The House rejects a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Republicans say the issue is far from over... British Prime Minister Tony Blair is in the hospital for treatment of an irregular heartbeat... Debate – Vice President Dick Cheney and Sen. John Edwards spar in Cleveland… on mostly the war in Iraq, credibility and honesty...

October 8 - Afghans vote to elect their president – the first time. It was peaceful, but fraud is alleged... The final debate is conducted between President Bush and John F. Kerry. This one was in Tempe. Hot topics – illegal immigration, education and social security...

Final Debate - Bob Schiffer Moderates From Arizona

More October 8 - The National Rifle Assn. endorsed President Bush for reelection promising millions of dollars for ads, phone banks and other efforts to get out the vote... The Bush Administration will halt major assaults in Iraq until after the elections... An explosion rips through a five-star hotel complex in Taba – an Egyptian border area frequented by Israelis. 19 are dead... The CIA says Former President Saddam Hussein had amassed $11 billion on the U.N food program. Also, that companies from China, France, Russia and the U.S. – dodged restrictions and paid illegal surcharges on oil.  The rest of the report is fascinating... The NHL fines Steve Belkin, an owner of the Atlanta Thrashers $250,000 for saying the league would use replacement players next year, if a new collective bargaining agreement isn’t reached... A tour bus from Chicago off to a Mississippi casino goes off the highway in Arkansas, killing 15...

Margaret Hussan Before Capture

October 15 - Iraq - Margaret Hussan – a CARE Director and a British and Iraqi citizen – is captured by militants... Former Vice President Al Gore accused President Bush of intentionally deceiving the public about the reasons for invading Iraq and said Bush was so ideologically driven that he refused to admit – or even learn from – his mistakes... Campaigning in NJ – President Bush warned that the John Kerry’s policies would raise the danger of new terrorist attacks in the U.S... President Bush launches a big campaign/ad push in Florida... Fear of a terrorist attack is not sufficient reason for authorities to search people at a protest, a federal appeals court has ruled, saying Sept. 11 “cannot be the day liberty perished... German authorities arrest Syrian-born businessman Mamoun Darkazanli – wanted by Spain on charges that he helped fund the Al Qaeda terrorist network and who was recorded in a video at a mosque with some of the Sept. 11 hijackers... Sinclair-owned TV stations plan to air “Stolen Honor: Wounds that Never Heal,” a film in which former Vietnam POW”s criticize John Kerry’s Vietnam War protests. But wait – the Kerry campaign says if aired – it wants equal time!.. Dave Berry – who anchors at the Miami Herald – is giving up his humor column for a year. He’s been at it for 20 years and is seen in 500 newspapers. He wants to spend more time with his family... Passing – Pierre Salinger (79) – served as press secretary for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson... Teresa Heinz Kerry says she sorry – after she questioned in an interview whether First Lady Laura Bush ever held a real job…

October 23 - In Iraq - Kidnapped British (CARE) aid worker Margaret Hassan pleads for her life on a videotape (she was eventually murdered that was seen on another tape – shot with a handgun…Iraq – Uniformed gunmen setting up a dummy checkpoint – open fire on Iraq’s armed forces with the death toll above 36... Iraq – Nine U.S. Marines are killed in a car-bombing ambush near the insurgent stronghold of Fallouja... Bill Clinton tries to woes voters in Nevada on the side of John F. Kerry: “eight years ago." I was right here at the very spot and Nevada voted to elect me. And I want you to elect John Kerry"... Campaigning in the Midwest, President Bush puts the question before voters: “Who Do You Trust?” “I offer leadership and resolve for a time of threat and a time of challenge”... Just before the U.S. elections – Osama bin Laden appears on a videotape and talks about his motives for the Sept. 11 attacks. He told Americans that they could save themselves from future violence by not supporting a crackdown on Al Qaeda. (yea-right)... More Iraq, as insurgents release a video showing the beheading and execution of 11 Iraqi soldiers. One was beheaded, the rest were shot. ...

NBC News Coverage - Election Night

w bush re-elected november 2004 mrpopculture timeline imageNovember 1 - Election – it looks like it’s coming down to the state of Ohio, where George W. Bush has a slim lead over John Kerry... President Bush wins a second term. Bush termed the 51% of the national popular vote a “historic victory” and called for changes to Social Security among others... Conceding defeat – Sen. John Kerry told supporters that “we’re America and America always moves forward.”... Post election - President Bush says he would use his fresh “political capital,” to try to fundamentally change Social Security and alter the federal tax code... At least 50 are dead, most Iraqi policemen in explosions and gunfire northwest of Baghdad by insurgents... The unemployment rate gets better – 5.5%.

November 8 - Ten thousand U.S. troops and about 1,000 Iraqi troops attack the insurgent-laden stronghold of Fallouja…. President Bush offers praise and prayers for U.S. troops fighting in Fallouga. He and first lady Laura visited an arm hospital to meet with military personnel… wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan…In Mexico City – U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell tells Mexican officials that prospects for an overhaul of immigration rules had “improved significantly” and that President Bush would soon work with Congress on his proposal to give temporary work permits to millions of immigrants... Passing - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. He was being treated for a mysterious illness at a French hospital. He was 75... U.S. commanders say that they loose control over most of Fallouja, saying insurgents are pinned down and about 1,600 have been killed... The Fed raises short-term interest rates by a quarter point – to 2%...  Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen.  John Edwards, has begun chemotherapy to shrink a half-dollar sized lump in her breast. Doctors found no sign the cancer has spread...  study of an experimental diet pill found that people not only lost weight but keep if off for two years. It’s from a French pharmaceutical – Acomplia. 

scott peterson convicted 2004 november facts history timelineScott Peterson is convicted of first- degree murder in the death of his wife, Laci, who was eight months pregnant - and is to-be-born son…

November 15 - Secretary of State Colin Powell is stepping down and replacing him – Condoleezza Rice…. $165 million cost - Bill Clinton opens the doors to his library – the 12th presidential library.  Attending in Little Rock – Both President Bush’s and Jimmy Carter. … Condoleezza Rice undergoes surgery to treat non-cancerous growths in her uterus. …. Kmart is purchasing Sears Roebuck & Co in an $11.5 billion deal…

November 23 - President Bush nominates Carlos Guitierrez to become the next Commerce secretary... President Bush tells President Vicente Fox of Mexico that he wants to push ahead a measure to let illegal (undocumented) immigrants to remain in the U.S. as guest workers, even though Congress could be shaky on the matter... Iraq – Shiite Muslim political and religious leaders insist that Iraq’s parliamentary election must be held as scheduled in January... Two French journalists held hostage in Iraq since August said in a video that they were in good health and hoped to be freed “once investigations and security problems are finalized.” They are Christian Chesnot and Geoges Malbrunot... “Hugely irresponsible” - Buckingham Palace strongly criticizes reports that Prince Harry was returning to Britain after a kidnapping warning was received during his trip to a polo pony farm in Argentina... A student carrying a machete and another knife slashed five classmates as they watched a Spanish class video at Valparaiso High School in Indiana... Ukraine - Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko calls for a nationwide strike to shut down factories, schools and transportation - after authorities declared Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich the winner; he’s the pro-Russian candidate for President… 

jeb bush year 2004 news trivia  schiavo  history  mrpopculture photoDecember 1 - Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida goes to the U.S. Supreme Court in a bid to keep a severely brain-damaged woman alive over her husband’s objectives. Many believe Bush overstepped his authority when in 2003, he pushed through the Legislature, a law that allowed him to have Terri Schlavo’s feeding tube reinserted. Schlavo who will be 41 this week, suffered severe brain damage after collapsing in 1990 because of an eating disorder…. The Pentagon says it will increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq – to a force of 150,000 just before the elections there – to hinder violence…

December 8 - President Bush nominates EPA administrator Mike Leavitt to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Bush’s choice for Homeland Security chief, Bernard Kerik – withdrew over an illegal alien he once employed to care for his house... President Bush rejects a payroll tax increase to help Social Security... A jury in Redwood City California decides Scott Peterson will get the death sentence for the murder of his wife, Laci and unborn baby. Earlier – Peterson’s mom asked the jury to spare him from the death penalty... 

December 15 - The FDA warns physicians to consider alternatives to the poplar arthritis drug Celebrex because of new evidence that, like the similar drug Vioxxx, removed from the market in September, it doubles the chances of heart attacks and strokes. More Iraq as Bombs go off in Najaf and Karbala, killing at least 62... Time Magazine names President Bush its Person of the Year - the second time for Bush. After a grueling campaign, Bush remains a polarizing figure in America and around the world and that’s part of the reason the magazine selected him, said Managing editor Jim Kelly…

December 22 - Indonesia - An earthquake in the Indian Ocean, triggering tidal waves.  The earthquake – measuring 9.0 – struck 155 miles off the Indonesian island of Sumatra….The death toll stands at 125,000 in Indonesia from an earthquake and resultant tsunami. At least 80,000 of the dead were from Indonesia…Suicide bomber - A powerful explosion tears through a mess tent at a U.S military base near Mosul during lunchtime, taking out 22 people. Officials say it was an inside job... More Iraq – as heavy fighting is reported in Fallouja – the heaviest fighting in weeks... President Bush urges Americans to help the neediest among them by volunteering to care for the sick, the elderly and the poor in a Christmas day call for compassion... A gang of thieves makes off with at least $39 million in cash from the vaults of a Northern Ireland bank.  

Year 2004  In Technology News And Information

January - Apple introduces a smaller, cheaper iPod the iPod Mini. It has a memory of 4 gigs – or about 1000 songs and sells for $249...  IBM says earnings more than doubled its fourth quarter net income. Intel says its fourth-quarter profit more than doubled... Emachines introduces the first laptops with 64-bit chips!..EBay is raising its listing fees. The increases will run as much as 45% for the highest-priced auction items – but the average should be around 9%. It’s the first price raise since 2001. … Apple Computer posts a strong fiscal first quarter profit, thanks to sales of its iPod player, reversing a year-earlier net loss…. Gateway Inc – which is now losing money, says it will acquire EMachines Inc in a cash and stock deal worth $266 million…Pepsi, now Coke is getting into the music download game. Coke will become the fifth beverage company that will partner with a download service – and Coke will joint-promote with MusicMatch. That really means – Coke will run aids on the site...    

February - Yahoo drops Google’s search engine in the United States while Google announces it has added 1 billion Web pages to its searchable catalog. Yahoo used to pay Google for the right to offer Google’s service to Yahoo customers… AOL and Earthlink sue a group of 16 individuals and companies, known as the “Alabama Spammers” for spamming. Earthlink says collectively, they have sent some 250 million pieces of illegal commercial e-mail

wal mart year 2004 music online trivia history   mrpopcultureMarch - Ask Jeeves Inc. says it was buying a family of popular websites that included Excite.com and Iwon.com…. Yahoo is adopting a new system for indexing Web pages. Called “paid inclusion,” it’s a way of paying to get a link or an index on Yahoo…. Wal-Mart launches its online music store and says its selling songs for an average 11% less than rivals. On line music stores such as iTunes and Napster are now becoming the ‘in” thing after a big pirate crackdown…

April - Sun Microsystems settle their anti-trust claims with Microsoft – as they agree to pay Sun $2 billion. … Gateway says it will lay-off 2,500 employees. … Google announces that it will offer a test version of free e-mail service to about 1,000 users….  Google wants to raise $2.7 billion and will offer an IPO…

May - Gibson Guitar launches a digital version, using computer chips to clean up the signal and you can control the sound of each string... Sony has a new online music store – but the problem is – you can download the music into Sony music players – but you’ll have a hard time doing it with other makes.

June - Microsoft is building a rival search engine. It seems, Google is making a lot of noise – because it took in $105.6 million in profit last year…. Google announces that it will offer its search to any website/for any website. It now allows Web logs and other online publishers to include its search engine on their sites. Revenue from the targeted ads displayed next to search results will be split between Google and the website operators… .   Intel has added 64-bit capacity to its Xeon 32-bit chip – now competing with AMD’s Opteron chip…

July - DVD movie renter Netflix reports an 82% rise in subscribers in its second quarter... Upgraded - Microsoft launches a new Internet search website which employs Yahoo’s search technology... Microsoft has settled all of its trademark infringement suits against Lindows Inc with a $20-million payment to the Linux operating system upstart, which agreed to change its name to Linspire …. Apple unveils new versions of the iPod – its hot music player/ One has 20 gigs of memory and will retail for $299 and a 10-gig version will sell for $399… Apple’s profit has tripled – thanks to the iPod. Net income rose to $61 million or 16 cents a share from $19 million or 5 cents a share….. AT&T says it will stop marketing residential service -saying it can not compete against the local phone companies it once owned. It will focus instead on more profitable corporate and government clients, which now account for 75’s of the company’s business… Google says that it plans to lists its IPO on the Nasdaq board. Google earned $106 million last year on revenue of nearly $962 million...

August - Microsoft completes a long-awaited update for its XP operating system – Service Pack 2…. The FCC certifies TiVo technology as an anti-pirate technology….  Apple and Motorola are partnering to introduce the iTunes music player on Motorola’s next generation phones and will mark the first U.S. mass- market attempt to merge an MP3 player with a cell phone…. Stock market debut as Google stock hits $100.34 on its first day of Nasdaq trading…

September - Apple Computer unveils its iMac G5 – it hides the guts and looks like a monitor with a perch… Nintendo releases a dual-screen Game Boy player…

microsoft year 2004 tv 2 trivia news  history  mrpopcultureOctober - Microsoft unveils MSN TV 2 – a device that shuttles video and music between computer and the family television…. Apple has sold some 2.02 million iPods during the quarter – accounting for 25% of all its revenue….  Apple has sold some 2.02 million iPods during the quarter – accounting for 25% of all its revenue. … Profits soared at Yahoo – with a net income of $253 million. ….. EBay Inc reports higher third-quarter profit – up 76% from the same period last year. Net income was $182.3 million….  Apple introduces the iPod Photo – a music player that can display digital pictures. The iPod commands a 65% market share among digital music players…. Google Inc reports earnings of $52 million – the first report since it issued stock…

November - Trends – Sales of Apple’s Ipod are expected to hit 10 million by the end of this year. Ipods were introduced back in October of 2001... The 10 most violent video games are named. This comes from a coalition of parent, church and women’s groups and they don’t like:Grand Theft Auto, Doom 3, Half-Life 2; Gunslinger Girls Vol. 2, Halo 2, Hitman. Blood Money; Manhunt, Mortal Kombat; Postal 2 and Shadow Hearts.... Paramount, Universal and Warner Brothers will release movies in HD-DVD! And, they might produce DVD’s in both HD formats if consumers demand it. HD-DVD is competing with Blu-Ray...  ESPN plans to offer its own mobile telephone service using Sprint’s network in an effort to get revenue from its viewers…

December - Software firm PeopleSoft says it will be bought by Oracle Corp. for $10.3 billion… A federal judge dismisses a suit brought by Geico that had sought to bar Google from selling the ads from rival insurers when Web surfers type “Geico” into the search engine. . The judge said Geico failed to prove that consumers were tricked into doing business with the advertisers…Sirius Satellite Radio says it has achieved its year-end goal of 1 million subscribers....  

Year 2004 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

peyton manning sports news year 2004 trivia  history  mrpopcultureJanuary - Pete Rose publicly admits (for the first time) he bet on baseball games in which he managed... Passing – Former pitcher Tug McGraw (59) – died of brain cancer….  A judge issues an order banning all cameras in the courtroom during Michael Jackson’s arraignment on child-molestation charges in Santa Maria, California…. Indianapolis Colt QB Peyton Manning wraps up his best season in six years in the NFL. He’s hit five consecutive 4,000-yeard seasons and he only had 10 interceptions…. KB Toys Inc files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. KB operates 1,200 stores - but as many s 500 of them could close… Passing - Olivia Goldsmith (54) - author of “The First Wives Club"... Passing - Philip Crosby (69) - last of the four sons from crooner Bing Crosby. He was 69… Barbara Walters will be leaving “20/20” in September…

 

February -  Super Bowl XXVIII – New England 32 and North Carolina – 29. A great game. Tom Brady gets MVP…..More than 200,000 complaints about Janet Jackson’s breast-baring performance is a new record for the FCC. That beat the 80,000 complaints that came after reality TV star Nicole Richie of “The Simple Life” used a curse word on the 2003 Billboard Music Award… Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins his first Daytona 500, the same track where his father was killed….  NBC agrees to pay a record $2 million-plus for each episode of a new boxing-themed show created by reality TV maestro Mark Burnett. “The Contenderwill count on Rocky star Sylvester Stallone to attract viewers… ABC has upped the ante as Regis Philbin returns to the new “Super Millionaire” where the top prize is $10 million…. Disney purchases Jim Henson’s Muppets for $90 million… Radio Shock Jocks Under Scrutiny - The heads of six broadcasting companies defend their radio programs – appearing before a House subcommittee that wants to increase fines for indecency violations.  Clear Channel just dropped Howard Stern’s show from the six stations that carried it. Also – Clear Channel fires shock jock “Bubba the Love Sponge” from his morning show at WXTB-FM in Tampa. This after the FCC proposed a $755,000 fine….NBA referee Michael Henderson gets suspended for three games because he made a wrong call – the first such penalty in NBA history. He called a shot clock violation against the Denver Nuggets, but the LA Lakers won the game 112-111 with about 3 seconds left – and a 3-pointer by Kareem Rush…

March - The San Francisco Chronicle reports that three of baseball’s most prominent batters - Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield received steroids illegally from Greg Anderson - Bond’s personal trainer…Radio - A new radio network with a total liberal slant – Air America will launch March 31. Look for Al Franken and Janeane Garfalo to be hosts….  Donald Trump wants to trademark, “You’re Fired.” – the words uttered at the end of his “Apprentice” reality show on NBC. He says he wants to control its usage in the media and on things such as slot machines… Martha Stewart hands over her keys to the executive suite of the Martha Stewart Living – just after a week after she was convicted on four federal charges... 

April -  New trend – as Starbucks begins its “Hear Music” coffeehouse. You can make custom CD’s while sipping coffee. In selected areas…. Passing – Actor Peter Ustinov (82). … Passing – Legendary British broadcaster Alistair Cooke (95)… . NBC is wasting no time, and announces that a “Friends” spinoff called “Joey” will take “Friends” place on Thursday nights. “Joey” stars Matt LeBlanc.April - Phil Mickelson wins the Masters at Augusta. Golf vet Arnold Palmer – in his 50th Masters, abdicates…. Lindsey Lohan is said to have left the teenyboppers behind and is entering a new stage with her new movie “Mean Girls.” It’s an audience aimed at older teenage girls, gay men and hip mothers -Hollywood executives refer to it as an “aspirational wish- fulfillment movie”…  Signing A Rapper While He’s Still In Prison - Def Jam Records signs a lucrative deal with rapper Shyne, who is serving a 10year prison term and may not be eligible for parole until 2009. But Shyne, whose real name is Jamal Barrow, won’t be available for interviews and the like…

venus williams sports year 2004 trivia news  photo  mrpopcultureMay - A crowd of 3,000 gathers at the Municipal Rose Garden in San Jose to pay tribute to fallen Army ranger Pat Tillman – a former pro-football player with the Arizona Cardinals... Former Arizona Cardinals safety pat Tillman was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for leading his Army Rangers unit to the rescue of comrades caught in an ambush. Venus Williams beats Svetlana Kuznetsova in the J&S Cup final at Warsaw for her second straight WTA tournament title and 11th consecutive victory…. Passing - John Whitehead , who together with Gene McFadden had the 1979 hit, “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now,” is shot to death in Philadelphia by two gunmen while working on a car with another man. The killers fled. He was 55… . Passing - comedian/producer/actor Alan King (76)… Passing - News anchor Floyd Kalber (79)…. Pat Tillman – who gave up a professional football career to become an Army Ranger – was likely killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan last month…

Buddy Rice wins the Indy 500... 

June - Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be buying 30 Burger King restaurants in Dallas, Miami, Atlanta and Birmingham….NBC announces that there would be 1,210 hours of coverage from the Athens Olympics in August, more than the last five Summer Olympics combined. That’s because some hours will be seen on USA and taped HD coverage will be carried on separate NBC HD channels.... The Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Calgary Flames in seven games. Brad Richards got the MVP.

Stanley Cup - Game 7 Highlights  

The Detroit Pistons defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 100-87 to take the NBA Championship! ….

jeff gordon 2004 june nascar facts history trivia mrpopculture timelineJeff Gordon wins the Dodge/Save mart 350 race in Sonoma – stamping him NASCAR’s greatest road racer. He’s a four-time Cup champ. He led with an average speed of 77.456mph – a record. …  Arizona pitcher Randy Johnson gets his 4000th career strikeout!..

 July - NASCAR fines Tony Stewart $50,000 and docks him championship points for his altercation with Brain Vicekers….  Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrecks during a warm up for an American Le Mans Series race at Infineon raceway in Sonoma. He was hospitalized with burns on his face and legs.... Al Unser Jr . (42) - two-time Indy winner, retires… Adelphia Communications founder John Rigas and his son Timothy are convicted of looting the insolvent cable TV company and lying to investors about its finances…. Passing - Syreeta Wright (58) – collaborated with ex-husband Stevie Wonder on several hits… Passing - Isabel Sanford (86) - Best known as “”Weezie” on the Jeffersons… Laker Shaq O’Neal has been traded to the Miami Heat…

August - A coalition of musicians called “Vote For Change” to oust President Clinton and get John Kerry in the White House – announces a series of concert dates. The artists are – Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, death Cab for Cutie, R.E.M. John Fogerty, Bright Eyes, Dixie Chicks, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt,  Keb’ Mo….

Summer Olympic Games - Athens - Swimmer Michael Phelps earns his seventh gold medal.

 

More August - U.S. gymnast Paul Hamm overcomes a dramatic fall on his vault and becomes the first American man to win a gold medal in the individual all-around competition… Carly Patterson’s gold medal win in the women’s gymnastics finals in Athens propels NBC’s coverage to its best numbers yet for its 2004 Olympic coverage… Barnes & Noble says it has strong demand for a new book that questions the Vietnam-era actions of Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry. The book – out since August 11 is “Unfit for Command” by John O’Neill and Jerome Corsi…

September - Pitcher Roger Clemens gets his 325th win – passing Don Sutton and Nolan Ryan…. A new group founded by Robert Mintz, a veteran Texas Democratic operative – announces a TV ad campaign reprising charges that President Bush failed to perform his service in the Texas Air National Guard while on temporary assignment in Alabama…. Passing – Skeeter Davis (72) – best known for the 1963 hit – “End of the World”…. Passing – Johnny Ramone – one of famed Ramones. He was 55… Passing - Legendary disc jockey turned talker Bill Balance (85)… After 36 years, The Montreal Expos say goodbye to that city and will head for Washington DC – a city without a team since the Senators left in 1971...

At the movies - "Shark Tale"

rush limbaugh medical records year 2004 trivia news history photo mrpopcultureOctober - A Florida judge rules that Rush Limbaugh’s medical records were properly seized by investigators seeking information on his alleged  drug abuse…. Passing – Pierre Salinger (79) – served as press secretary for President’s Kennedy and Johnson…. Finally happened - The Boston Red Sox eliminate the New York Yankees – in game 7 of the American League Championship series at Yankee Stadium. Final was 10-3…. The NHL fines Steve Belkin, an owner of the Atlanta Thrashers $250,000 for saying the league would use replacement players next year, if a new collective bargaining agreement isn’t reached. Passing – Impressionist Vaughn Meader (68) – became famous for those John F. Kennedy impressions and the “First Family” comedy album of 1962…. NASCAR mourns - Three thousand gather in Charlotte to mourn  Rick Hendrick, Randy Dorton and John Hendrick, his 22-year-old twin daughters and five others. They were in a small plane that crashed in the back of Bull Mountain…

World Series - The Boston Red Sox Sweep The St. Louis Cardinales in four games. 

November - NASCAR announces that it will reverse a decades-old policy and allow its cars and race tracks to display ads for hard liquor...  Dale Earnhardt Jr. pulls away from Jeff Gordon in a pair of overtime laps to win the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Phoenix International raceway, The point standings are as follows:

Kurt Busch – 6,191. Jeff Gordon – 6.150. Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 6,144

Jimmy Johnson – 6,143. Mark Martin – 6,089. There are just two major races left in the NASCAR season.

More November - Roger Clemens of Houston gets his seventh Cy Young Award... The NFL agrees to extend its TV contracts with CBS and Fox – for six more years. The league also gives DirecTV a new, exclusive five-year $3.5-million contract to continue carrying the Sunday Ticket pay package through the 2010 season – a 75% increase.   HBO is canceling the quirky “Six Feet Under”…  Four NBA players are suspended indefinitely after a melee at the Detroit Piston/Indiana Pacer game where fans and players were going at each other. Banished are Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson, Hermaine O’Neal and Ben Wallace…. ABC apologizes for a “Monday Night Football” introduction that featured naked “Desperate Housewives” cast member Nicollette Sheridan jumping into the arms and seducing Philadelphia Eagle receiver Terrell Owens in the locker room. … Evander Holyfield is suspended indefinitely by New York boxing officials in the wake of his lopsided loss to Larry Donald….Radio news – Mel Karmazin joins Sirius Satellite Radio… A charter plane carrying NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol, with his sons Edward and Charles – crashes at Montrose Regional Airport in Colorado. The pilot and copilot were killed as was son Edward. … Phil Mickelson wins the PGA Grand Slam – shooting a 13-under par 59 at Poipu Beach, Hawaii…. Dan Rather announces he is resigning as CBS news anchor effective March…. Robin Quivers of the radio Howard Stern show is getting a shot at being a TV talk show host. She has signed with Sony Pictures Television to develop a daytime show…

tiger wood december 2004 golf facts trivia timeline mrpopcultureDecember -  Tiger Woods shoots a 66 in the last round and wins $1.25 million at the Target World Challenge... Major League baseball players, under pressure from Congress and the public, authorize union leaders to seek agreement for tougher rules against using steroids. Arman Benitez (a free agent) and the San Francisco Giants agree to a three year deal worth about $21 million…. Passing – John Drew Barrymore (72) – of the acting dynasty. He’s the father of actress Drew Barrymore…. Two Wal-Mart employees in Evansville (Indiana) have been charged with felony animal cruelty after authorities said they followed a manager’s orders to shoot and kill a stray cat. …. Wet Seal says it will close about 150 stores, eliminating some 2,000 jobs….Sirius Satellite Radio says it has achieved its year-end goal of 1 million subscribers. … Passing – Artie Shaw – one of the king’s of the swing era. He was 94….  Passing – Actor Jerry Orbach (69)…. Falcons star quarterback Michael Vick becomes the richest player in the NFL with a new 10-year, $130-million contract…

 

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