| Saturday, January 01, 2005
| SOME OF THE YEAR'S EVENTS
|FOUR MORE YEARS
After a campaign that focused on leadership
in atime of crisis, President George W. Bush
won a second term, this time with a definite
In its worst hurricane season since 1851, Florida
was battered by Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne
with a damage to one in five homes.
GOOGLE GOES PUBLIC
The company that made its internet search engine
a verb in only six years came up with an unusual
stock offering plan tailored to inidividual investors.
NOT A GOOD THING
Lifestyle mogul Martha Stewart found guilty of lying to
federal prosecutors--- asked to start serving her term
while she filed an appeal. Meanwhile, her company's
stock shot up.
The super bowl halftime show -- in which Justin Timberlake exposed
Janet Jackson's breast -- sparked outrage and stricter network
YASIR ARAFAT DIES
An architect of terror, he articulated the cause of the Palestinian
people but could not lead them to peace. His death at 75 begins
a new era in the Middle East.
Michael Phelps, 19, became the first American to win eight medals
in one olympiad-- six gold and two bronze. He led a U.S. Olympic
team that collected 103 medals in Athens, 35 of them gold.
WHO CAN MARRY?
Gay couples rallied in Washington DC for the right to wed after
California nullified about 4000 same sec marriage licenses.
THE VERDICT IS IN
A jury found Scot Peterson guilty of the 2002 murder of his wife,
Laci, and their unborn child. The five month trial of the Modesto,
Calif, fertilizer salesman transfixed the nation.
A LONG AWAITED REPORT
The release of The 9/11 Commission Report-- a surprise best seller
finally pressured Congress to agree to major reforms in U.S. Intelligence.
MIDDLE EARTH VICTORY
The Lord of The Rings: the Return of the King-- the thilling
finale of the Tolkien trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson swept the
Oscars with 11 awards, including Best Picture.
A DEADLY ATTACK IN MADRID
A group linked to al-Qaeda bombed four commuter trains-- killing
191 and helping oust the pro-U.S. government.
The nation's 40th President, a man of charm and principle, died at
93 after battling Alzeihmer's for a decade.
With humor and enthusiasm, she taught Americans how to cook and
changed our palates forever. The popular chef died at 91.
The electrifying star, whose naturalistic style changed acting
in the 20th century, died at the age of 80.
He gained fame as Superman but amazed us with his inner strenght
after a spinal injury. He died at 52.
His musical genius incomparably fused gospel, blues, jazz, rock n roll
and country. He died at 73.
The actress best known as "Louise" on the long running TV sitcom
The Jeffersons, died at 86.
"I don't get no respect," he told us for years--- but he did get laughs.
The bug eyed comic died at 82.
(abstracted from CHICAO TRIBUNE/PARADE MAGAZINE)
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