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July 2004


The following events occurred in July 2004:


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  • Events 1
    • July 1, 2004 (Thursday) 1.1
    • July 2, 2004 (Friday) 1.2
    • July 3, 2004 (Saturday) 1.3
    • July 4, 2004 (Sunday) 1.4
    • July 5, 2004 (Monday) 1.5
    • July 6, 2004 (Tuesday) 1.6
    • July 7, 2004 (Wednesday) 1.7
    • July 8, 2004 (Thursday) 1.8
    • July 9, 2004 (Friday) 1.9
    • July 10, 2004 (Saturday) 1.10
    • July 11, 2004 (Sunday) 1.11
    • July 12, 2004 (Monday) 1.12
    • July 13, 2004 (Tuesday) 1.13
    • July 14, 2004 (Wednesday) 1.14
    • July 15, 2004 (Thursday) 1.15
    • July 16, 2004 (Friday) 1.16
    • July 17, 2004 (Saturday) 1.17
    • July 18, 2004 (Sunday) 1.18
    • July 19, 2004 (Monday) 1.19
    • July 20, 2004 (Tuesday) 1.20
    • July 21, 2004 (Wednesday) 1.21
    • July 22, 2004 (Thursday) 1.22
    • July 23, 2004 (Friday) 1.23
    • July 24, 2004 (Saturday) 1.24
    • July 25, 2004 (Sunday) 1.25
    • July 26, 2004 (Monday) 1.26
    • July 27, 2004 (Tuesday) 1.27
    • July 28, 2004 (Wednesday) 1.28
    • July 29, 2004 (Thursday) 1.29
    • July 30, 2004 (Friday) 1.30
    • July 31, 2004 (Saturday) 1.31
  • References 2


July 1, 2004 (Thursday)

  • The Iraqi Special Tribunal holds the first hearing in the trial of Saddam Hussein. (BBC) (Guardian)
  • The U.S. developed world are extremely rare. (CNN)
  • A Qatari court sentences two Russian intelligence officers to 25 years in prison for assassination of Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, a suspected terrorist and leader of Chechen separatists, on February 13, 2004. (Pravda) (Washington Times)
  • The Cassini–Huygens unmanned probe becomes the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn, and prepares to study the planet and its satellites. (
  • The September 11, 2001 attacks, goes into effect. (Reuters)
  • More than 200,000 Hong Kong residents march to demand greater democracy on the seventh anniversary of the handover. (VOA)
  • Famous actor Marlon Brando dies of pulmonary fibrosis.

July 2, 2004 (Friday)

July 3, 2004 (Saturday)

July 4, 2004 (Sunday)

July 5, 2004 (Monday)

July 6, 2004 (Tuesday)

July 7, 2004 (Wednesday)

July 8, 2004 (Thursday)

July 9, 2004 (Friday)

July 10, 2004 (Saturday)

  • The AIDS, 440,000 people in developing nations have received antiretroviral drugs. Despite being 60,000 short of its target, the organisation says it is still hopeful of achieving its aim of distributing to 3,000,000 people by the end of 2005 (BBC)

July 11, 2004 (Sunday)

July 12, 2004 (Monday)

July 13, 2004 (Tuesday)

July 14, 2004 (Wednesday)

July 15, 2004 (Thursday)

July 16, 2004 (Friday)

July 17, 2004 (Saturday)

July 18, 2004 (Sunday)

July 19, 2004 (Monday)

  • Jordanian troops detect and intercept four unidentified individuals attempting to "infiltrate to the western side of the Jordan River" (Israel). Three are killed and the fourth arrested. (JNA)
  • Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon calls on French Jews to move to Israel immediately in light of the dramatic rise in French anti-semitism (510 anti-semitic acts or threats in the first six months of 2004, compared to 593 for all of 2003). The French government describes his comments as unacceptable. An Israeli spokesperson later claims that Sharon had been misunderstood. (BBC) (Haaretz)
  • Amnesty International releases its report citing systematic killing, torturing and gang raping of females from ages 8 to 80 by Muslim Arab Janjaweed militia in the Darfur region of Sudan. (Amnesty) (Reuters)
  • A Sudanese court sentences 10 Janjaweed militiamen to amputation and imprisonment for looting and killing in Darfur. (Reuters)
  • A tanker truck bomb in Baghdad kills nine Iraqis and wounds another 60.
  • Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian Authority, seeking to quiet unrest in the Gaza Strip reinstates Abdel-Razek al-Majaideh, demoting his cousin Moussa Arafat who was appointed just three days ago. (Reuters)
  • Hezbollah official Ghalib Awali is killed in an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. The governments of Syria and Lebanon blame Israel. A statement attributed to underground Sunni Muslim group Jund as-Sham claims responsibility for the attack against "Shiite infidels"; later, the group denies involvement in the bombing and proclaims its solidarity with Shiites and Hezbollah. (INN) (Daily Star)

July 20, 2004 (Tuesday)

July 21, 2004 (Wednesday)

July 22, 2004 (Thursday)

  • Police seal off the Washington, DC, office building housing John Kerry's presidential campaign headquarters after an envelope containing a suspicious white powder is opened by a Kerry staff member. (ABC News)
  • Major North American brewers Coors and Molson announce they will go ahead with a proposed merger, creating the world's fifth-biggest brewing company. (Toronto Star)
  • In the United States, the 9/11 Commission releases its unanimous final report. The report harshly criticizes American intelligence agencies. (Democracy Now!)
  • The 9/11 Commission releases a transcript of the hijackers' conversation in the final moments of United Airlines Flight 93, which details how the hijackers forced the plane into the ground in Pennsylvania. (Reuters)
  • United States and Afghan forces kill 10 suspected Islamic militants and arrest five others. (Reuters)
  • The United Nations raises its threat warning level for the Gaza Strip to "Phase Four" (the maximum is five) and plans to evacuate non-essential foreign staff from the Gaza Strip. (Reuters)
  • Kenya calls on its citizens to leave Iraq, after the recent abductions of three Kenyan citizens (AP)
  • In Canada, one person is reported to have died and five others hospitalized due to an E. coli contamination (AFP)
  • In Turkey a passenger train travelling between Istanbul and Ankara derails at about 18:45 local time (16:45 UTC) near Pamukova in Sakarya Province. Initial fatality reports from the government suggested that 139 people were killed; this was reduced to approximately 30, without explanation, a few hours later, and the actual number is unclear. (BBC)
  • Following Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin's cabinet shuffle two days earlier, Leader of the Opposition Stephen Harper announces a reshuffled Conservative Shadow Cabinet. (CBC)
  • Ignacio Carrill, the Special Prosecutor for Past Social and Political Movements in Mexico, presents the findings of the investigation into the "dirty war", where it classifies the killings by government forces as genocide, and requests warrants be issued for the arrest of former president Luis Echeverría and 11 other ex-government figures. (BBC) (La Jornada in Spanish)
  • Same-sex marriage in the United States: the House of Representatives today passes legislation preventing federal courts from ordering courts in other states recognize same-sex marriage granted elsewhere. (The NewStandard)

July 23, 2004 (Friday)

July 24, 2004 (Saturday)

July 25, 2004 (Sunday)

  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict:
  • Violence in Iraq:
    • Fifteen insurgents are killed in a five-hour battle near the guerrilla stronghold of Buhriz near Baquba in which small-arms, artillery, and mortars are used.
    • A U.S soldier is killed in a roadside bomb attack near Baiji, 90 miles south of Mosul.
    • A former government official is killed in Baghdad.
    • Guerillas murder two police officers in Mahumudiya, 25 miles south of Baghdad.
    • A police officer, a Kurdish Patriotic Union of Kurdistan fighter, and a Kurdish woman and her two sons are killed in Kirkuk. (AP)

July 26, 2004 (Monday)

  • The 2004 Democratic National Convention opens in Boston, Massachusetts. (BBC) (Guardian)
  • Violence in Iraq:
    • A suicide bomber attacks near a U.S base in the northern city of Mosul, killing two civilians and an Iraqi security guard. Three U.S soldiers and an Iraqi security guard were wounded.
    • The Iraqi interim Interior Ministry's Deputy Chief of Tribal Affairs, Col. Musab al-Awadi, is assassinated in Baghdad, along with two of his bodyguards.
    • Insurgents kill two Iraqi women working as cleaners for British forces in Basra in southern Iraq.
    • Militants threaten to kill two Jordanian truck drivers they captured within 72 hours if their Jordanian employer does not stop doing business with the U.S. military. (AP)
  • The International Maritime Bureau says that deaths due to piracy doubled in the first month of 2004 compared with the same period in 2003, to 30 people. Half of the killings were in Nigerian waters. Despite the increased violence, the total number of piracy attacks fell. In the economically critical Straits of Malacca however, attacks rose by a third. (BBC)

July 27, 2004 (Tuesday)

  • Barack Obama gives the Keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, launching his career on the national stage.
  • South African authorities announce that Al-Qaeda militants have illegally obtained a large number of South African passports, enabling operatives to travel to many African countries and Britain without visas. It is believed that the passports came from crime syndicates operating within the passport office. (AP)
  • The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court orders the unsealing of investigative files related to the unsolved 1972 murder of 13-year-old altar boy Danny Croteau. Richard Lavigne, a defrocked priest convicted of child molestation, is the only suspect in the case. (ABC)
  • A lower French court annuls the same-sex union of Stephane Chapin and Bertrand Charpentier, stating that the Civil Code does not allow same-sex unions and that allowing them is for the legislature. The couple say they will appeal against the court's ruling, even to the European Court of Human Rights. The mayor who officiated at the ceremony, Noel Mamere of the left-wing Greens Party, had been suspended from duties for one month by the national executive. (AP)
  • Iran is alleged to have broken seals placed upon uranium centrifuges by the International Atomic Energy Agency and resumed their construction. (AP)
  • Violence in Iraq:
    • Guerilla mortar fire, directed at the Green Zone in Baghdad, strikes the nearby neighborhood of Salhiya, killing an Iraqi garbage collector, wounding another, and injuring 15 U.S. soldiers.
    • Dr. Qassem el-Obaidi, assistant director of Mahmudiya hospital, is assassinated in Mahmudiya, 25 miles south of Baghdad.
    • A suicide bomber launches a failed attack in Baquba, north of Baghdad, killing himself but inflicting no other casualties.
    • The Jordanian company Daoud and Partners decides to withdraw from Iraq, so as to secure the release of two Jordanian hostages.[1]
  • The United Nations warns that Bangladesh is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis, as severe flooding causes more than 350 deaths. Forty-one of the country's sixty-four districts are affected by the floods, and officials say 14 million people are either marooned or homeless; other estimates reach as high as 30 million. (BBC)
  • The European Union's 25 foreign ministers jointly call on the United Nations to pass a resolution threatening sanctions if the Sudanese government does not rein in the Arab militias blamed for atrocities in Darfur. (BBC)

July 28, 2004 (Wednesday)

Francis Crick died at the age of 88.

  • The Catholic Church says a "weeping statue" at a Vietnamese Catholic centre near Brisbane is not a miracle. (ABC)
  • Violence in Iraq:
    • A massive suicide car-bomb kills 70 Iraqi civilians in an attack near a police station in the city of Baquba, north of Baghdad.
    • Insurgents launch simultaneous attacks on U.S bases around Ramadi, killing two U.S soldiers and wounding eight. One guerrilla and an Iraqi civilian are killed in the Ramadi fighting. Clashes between Marines and guerillas are reported elsewhere in Al Anbar province, west of Baghdad.
    • A U.S soldier is killed and three wounded in a roadside bomb attack on a convoy in the town of Balad Ruz, north of Baghdad.
    • A U.S soldier is killed and another three wounded in a roadside bomb attack in Baghdad. An Iraqi civilian was also injured in the blast.
    • Seven Iraqi policemen and 35 guerillas are killed in a battle in the town of Suwariyah, southeast of Baghdad, that was started by a raid by Iraqi security forces backed by U.S and Ukrainian troops.[2]
  • About 220 North Koreans fly to South Korea from an unnamed third country, following 247 who arrived the day before. They arrive at Incheon International Airport on a plane chartered by the South Korean government. The North Korean government describes their apparent defection as "kidnapping". (BBC)
  • A United Airlines flight carrying 246 passengers to Los Angeles, US, is forced to return to Sydney, Australia, after a bomb threat. Police later describe a hoax warning, found written on an air sickness bag. (CNN)
  • The Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and say Israel would be held responsible for any aggression against the mosque. (ArabNews)
  • Roman Catholic Bishop Misael Vacca Ramírez, abducted by the left-wing rebel group National Liberation Army (ELN) in Colombia, tells local television he has been set free. (BBC)
  • Traces of ricin are found in jars of baby food in a supermarket in Irvine, California. (Bloomberg)

July 29, 2004 (Thursday)

  • United States Senator John Kerry formally accepts the 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate nomination. In his acceptance speech he undertakes to "restore trust and credibility to the White House". (MSNBC)
  • Pakistan announces the capture of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, only the second person on the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists list to be detained. He is wanted in connection with the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings. The US Government had offered a reward of up to $25 million for information leading to the arrest of Ghailani. (BBC) CNN
  • The Bank of England says that consumer debt in the United Kingdom has passed one trillion pounds for the first time. Coupled with increasing interest rates, this increased amount of debt has caused a sharp rise in the number of people seeking help with money problems – up 44% on five years ago. (BBC)
  • Two Australian anti-war protestors who daubed "No War" in red paint on the top sail of the Sydney Opera House on March 18, 2003, take their case to the New South Wales Court of Appeal. David Burgess, 33, and Will Saunders, 42, claim their defence of self-defence was not heard by their original trial judge. (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • The International Criminal Court says it will launch an investigation into ongoing atrocities at the Barlonyo refugee camp in northern Uganda. Reports say that more than 200 people have killed by rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army since the beginning of the year. (Mail & Guardian)
  • In Internet to criticise the ruling Communist government. (Vietnam News Agency) (note the Agency is state-controlled), (Miami Herald).
  • Doughnut maker Krispy Kreme announces that its accounting practices are the subject of an informal inquiry by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The inquiry is concerned with the company's repurchase of franchises as well as a recent earnings warning. (AP)
  • Scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute announce the discovery of a new genus of deep sea worms, Osedax (meaning bone devourer). The worms feed on lipids found in the bones of whale carcasses. (MBARI)

July 30, 2004 (Friday)

July 31, 2004 (Saturday)


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