October 2004

October 2004

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Deaths in October

Other deaths

Ongoing events

Ramadan (Oct 15 – Nov 14)
AIDS pandemic
al-Qaqaa missing explosives
Iran's nuclear program
Nigerian oil crisis
Same-sex marriage debates
2004 Atlantic hurricane season
2004 Pacific hurricane season

Ongoing armed conflicts

War on Terrorism
Arab-Israeli conflict
Russia-Chechnya conflict
Second Congo War
Second Sudanese Civil War
Conflict in Iraq
Darfur conflict in Sudan

Ongoing wars

Upcoming events

November 19: Children in Need 2004
November 20: Jr. Eurovision Song Contest
November 24: International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran atomics

Upcoming elections

October 31: Ukraine presidential
November 2: U.S. President, U.S. Congress
November 2: Puerto Rico general
November 22: Alberta legislative
November 28: Romania legislative and presidential
December 1–2: Mozambique presidential
December 11: Taiwan legislative
Feb 10–Apr 21: Saudi Arabia municipal
2005: U.K. parliamentary (probable)
2005: New Zealand parliamentary

Election results in October

31: Botswana: general
9: Afghanistan: presidential
9: Australia: legislative
3: Slovenia: parliamentary
1: Ireland: presidential

Ongoing trials

Chile: Augusto Pinochet
ICTY: Slobodan Milošević
Iraq: Iraqi Special Tribunal
Saddam Hussein, among others
US: Scott Peterson
US: Michael Jackson
US: Zacarias Moussaoui

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October 1, 2004 (Friday)

October 2, 2004 (Saturday)

October 3, 2004 (Sunday)

  • Conflict in Iraq: On the third day of the assault on Samarra, which has left 125 insurgents and 70 civilians dead, U.S. and Iraqi government officials say they have secured 70 percent of the city. (AP) (BBC)
  • The Prime Minister of Slovenia, Anton Rop, concedes defeat in today's parliamentary elections. Early results suggest the opposition will make large gains at the expense of the current government. (BBC)
  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict
    • In interview with the CBC, UNRWA commissioner Peter Hansen says that he is sure that members of Hamas are also members of UNRWA. The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, which has designated Hamas a terrorist organization said it "will immediately seek clarification from Mr. Hansen directly and from UN authorities". (CBC)
    • The United Nations Relief and Welfare Agency (UNRWA) demands an apology from Israel over claims that Gaza militants used a UN vehicle to transport a homemade Qassam rocket. The UN body showed what it said was the ambulance seen in footage released by the Israel Defense Forces and presented its driver and rescue workers to reporters. (Haaretz) (Jerusalem Post)
    • United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan requests that Israel halt its current military operations in the Gaza Strip, saying that they have led to "the deaths of scores of Palestinians, among them many civilians, including children". He also urges the Palestinian Authority to convince Hamas to halt the firing of rockets into Israel. (Jerusalem Post)
    • At least four civilians—a deaf man and three children—were killed today during Israeli raids in the Gaza Strip town of Jabaliya. More than 60 Palestinians, including civilians, have been killed during Israel's current offensive into Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says the Gaza operation will continue until Qassam rocket attacks end. (BBC) (Toronto Star)
    • Two Palestinians are killed by an Israeli helicopter-launched missile moments after they launch a Qassam rocket into Israel. (Reuters)
  • Pope John Paul II beatifies five persons, including Anne Catherine Emmerich, a German nun, and Karl I, last emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in a ceremony in Rome. John Paul II has made a total of 1,340 beatifications (including today's), more than all previous popes combined. (Reuters)
  • Todd Zeile of the New York Mets Major League Baseball franchise hit a home run in his last at-bat of his career.

October 4, 2004 (Monday)

October 5, 2004 (Tuesday)

October 6, 2004 (Wednesday)

October 7, 2004 (Thursday)

October 8, 2004 (Friday)

October 9, 2004 (Saturday)

  • Israeli-Palestinian conflicts:
    • In the northern Gaza Strip, Israeli troops shoot and kill Abed Rauf Nabhan, a local Hamas leader, as he prepares to fire an anti-tank missile at Israeli tanks in Jebaliya. The Israeli military says that Nabhan was responsible for a rocket attack that killed two Israeli children in Sderot on Sukkot eve. (Maariv)
    • In addition to Abed Rauf Nabhan, seven Palestinians, including two Palestinian Authority policemen, are reported to have been killed today. A total of 94 Palestinians, about half of whom were civilians, including 18 children, have been killed since Israel began its offensive 10 days ago. (ABC News)(BBC)
  • Conflict in Iraq: A peace agreement is reached in the Baghdad slum of Sadr City between the Iraqi government and local militants loyal to Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The militants will turn in medium and heavy weapons during a five-day grace period, and Iraqi and U.S. forces will then take control of the area. (CNN)
  • Afghanistan's presidential election ends peacefully, but its legitimacy comes into question when all 15 candidates opposing incumbent president Hamid Karzai withdraw, alleging that election irregularities had invalidated the vote. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • Australia votes in its 2004 Federal election, with the incumbent Coalition government winning a fourth term. As a result, in December, Australian Prime Minister John Howard will become the nation's second longest-serving Prime Minister. (ABC)

October 10, 2004 (Sunday)

  • The 2004 movie Alien Vs Predator takes place on this date (Fictional).

October 11, 2004 (Monday

October 12, 2004 (Tuesday)

October 13, 2004 (Wednesday)

  • The People's Republic of China rejects an offer by Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian to begin a peace dialogue, deriding the offer as "meaningless", and accusing Chen of making "an open and audacious expression of Taiwan independence" by explicitly stating that the "Republic of China is Taiwan and Taiwan is the Republic of China". (VOA)
  • U.S. presidential debates: U.S. President George W. Bush and challenger Senator John Kerry meet at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, for the last of three U.S. presidential debates. (ABC)
  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict
    • The British Foreign Minister Jack Straw comments on Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip, saying that the United Kingdom "unreservedly condemns all acts of terrorism including the firing of Qassam rockets", but that "Israel has an obligation under international law to ensure that its response to terrorism is proportionate to the threat it faces, as well as a duty to avoid innocent civilian casualties", and that "[Israel] is not meeting those obligations". (BBC) (E-Politix)
    • Israel arrests Imad Qawasameh, a senior Hamas leader, in Hebron. The Hebron branch of Hamas has claimed responsibility for a double suicide bombing on August 31 in the Israeli city of Beersheba that killed 16 people. (BBC) (Haaretz)
    • The Israeli army expands its operation in the Gaza Strip into Beit Lahiya. A missile fired from an Israeli helicopter kills a Hamas militant, Mohammed Marous, and wounds three others. Separately, two Fatah militants are killed. (Haaretz) (Reuters)
    • Hamas launches two Qassam rockets at the Israeli town of Sderot. Residents are alerted by a newly installed early warning system; no injuries are reported. (Haaretz) (Reuters)
  • Conflict in Iraq:
    • Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi issues an ultimatum to the city of Fallujah, warning that a major new military operation will be launched if all foreign militants are not expelled from the city. (Reuters)
    • Relations between local insurgents and foreign Arab militants in the Iraqi city of Fallujah deteriorate, with locals threatening to expel the foreigners by force. Locals have killed at least five foreign fighters in recent weeks, and foreign fighters have taken refuge in the city's commercial district after being denied shelter in residential neighborhoods. (MSNBC)
  • In the novel The Copper Scroll by Joel C. Rosenberg the Sanhedrin council reconvened after having disbanded 1,600 years before.

October 14, 2004 (Thursday)

October 15, 2004 (Friday)

  • Presidential elections in the war torn country of Burundi are postponed until April 2005. (BBC)
  • Conflict in Iraq:
    • The U.S. Army is investigating up to 19 members of an Army Reserve unit stationed in Iraq who refused to take part in a fuel delivery convoy mission they considered unsafe. Relatives of the soldiers say that several soldiers described it as a "suicide mission". Relatives also say that the soldiers were held under guard for almost two days, although an army spokesperson denies the claim. (Daily Telegraph) (San Francisco Gate) (Washington Times)
    • Major United States air strikes against Fallujah continue. The U.S. military says that the bombings are "not the beginning of a major offensive". (Reuters)
    • Senior British military sources say that the U.S. has asked that some British troops be moved to an area south of Baghdad to replace U.S. troops moved to Fallujah. Sources also say that the troops would be under U.S. command, a possibility which provokes criticism from opposition members of Parliament. (BBC)
  • Former OAS and Costa Rican president, Miguel Angel Rodriguez, is arrested after stepping down last week on allegations of corruption. He is not formally charged but a judge is demanding him to testify. (BBC)
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:
    • The Israeli army clears an officer accused of repeatedly shooting a Palestinian schoolgirl, Iman al-Hams, while she lay wounded or dead, accepting the officer's claim that he actually shot into the ground near the girl. A separate military police investigation is continuing. (BBC)
  • The United Nations chooses Argentina, Denmark, Greece, Japan, and Tanzania as the non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for its next two-year term, which begins in January 2005. (BBC)
  • A United Nations official says that about 70,000 people have died in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan since March. (BBC)
  • Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is acquitted of treason charges. (BBC)
  • Indonesian prosecutors file charges against Abu Bakar Bashir, alleging he was involved in an August 2003 bomb attack on a Jakarta hotel and accusing him for the first time of involvement in the 2002 Bali terrorist bombing. (BBC) (ABC)

October 16, 2004 (Saturday)

October 17, 2004 (Sunday)

October 18, 2004 (Monday)

  • India's most wanted bandit, sandalwood smuggler and elephant poacher, Veerappan, is shot dead by the Special Task Force in Tamil Nadu at 11 p.m. IST, after having evaded capture for 20 years. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • Venkaiah Naidu resigns from his post as president of India's main opposition party, BJP. He will be replaced by Lal Krishna Advani. (BBC)
  • Conflict in Iraq:
  • Early voting begins in Florida and ten other U.S. states for the 2004 U.S. presidential election, which officially takes place November 2. (CNN)
  • A referendum is held in Belarus on a proposal by President Alexander Lukashenko to permit Lukashenko to run for a third term by amending the country's constitution to remove term limits. The Belarus electoral commission says the referendum won the support of at least 75 percent of voters, but independent elections monitors say that the voting procedures "fell significantly short" of international standards. In Minsk, the capital, more than 2,000 people protest the results of the referendum. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • Iran says that it is willing to negotiate with the U.K., Germany, and France regarding a suspension of its uranium enrichment activities, but that it will never renounce its right to enrich uranium. Iran's nuclear program is currently under investigation by the International Atomic Energy Agency. (Reuters)
  • The Anglican Communion's Lambeth Commission on Communion releases the Windsor Report. The Commission recommends that churches throughout the Communion express regret for the divisions that they have caused in the Communion. This report was precipitated by the consecration of the openly gay Reverend Gene Robinson as a bishop in the United States Episcopal Church, and by the responses of other Anglican churches to his consecration. (BBC) (Windsor Report)
  • David Ortiz single-handedly triumphed over the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series twice on this day. His first triumph occurred at 1:10 a.m. EST when he hit a two-run walkoff home run. At 10:50 p.m., Ortiz hit a walk-off single into center field. [2]
  • Australian journalist John Martinkus is released after approximately one day in the custody of unknown captors in Iraq. Martinkus was in Iraq compiling a report for SBS' Dateline program. (AAP)

October 19, 2004 (Tuesday)

October 20, 2004 (Wednesday)

  • Conflict in Iraq:
    • U.S. war planes strike a building in Fallujah. Local sources say the strike killed a family of six, including four children. The U.S. military, however, denies a family was killed and issues a statement saying that "intelligence sources indicate a known Zarqawi propagandist is passing false reports to the media". (Reuters: 1, 2)
    • In Samarra, two car bombs kill at least eight civilians, including a child, and wound eleven U.S. soldiers. In Baghdad, an adviser to the political party of Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi is killed in a drive-by shooting. (Reuters)
    • CARE International, a health and water aid agency, announces that it is suspending operations in Iraq. Its local manager, Margaret Hassan, was abducted yesterday. (BBC)
  • U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ivan Frederick pleads guilty to conspiracy, dereliction of duty, maltreatment of detainees, assault, and committing an indecent act for his actions in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal. He is the third person to plead guilty in the scandal. (CNN)
  • Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri resigns and says he will leave the government, ending several weeks of conflict between Hariri and the Syrian-backed President, Émile Lahoud. Lahoud's term in office was extended last month, allegedly as a result of pressure from Syria; in response, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution condemning foreign interference in Lebanon and demanding the withdrawal of foreign troops. (Reuters) (Daily Star [Lebanon]) (ABC)
  • The Boston Red Sox top the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS, and win the series after being down 3-0, winning four straight games. The Red Sox continue on to face the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.
  • Ubuntu released its first version of the Linux operating system, called Warty Warthog (4.10). It is based on the Linux distribution Debian.

October 21, 2004 (Thursday)

October 22, 2004 (Friday)

October 23, 2004 (Saturday)

October 24, 2004 (Sunday)

October 25, 2004 (Monday)

  • The Roman Catholic Church publishes a handbook intended to guide business, cultural, and political leaders in making decisions regarding social issues. The publication comes one week before the U.S. presidential election. In response to a journalist's question as to how Roman Catholics should vote, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro Valls says that "the Holy See never gets involved in electoral or political questions directly". (MSNBC)
  • At the behest of Premier Ralph Klein, the provincial legislative assembly of Alberta, Canada, is dissolved and elections called for November 22. (CBC)
  • Tensions remain high in French Polynesia as the Leadership remains in doubt. The Legislative Assembly failed to sit on Monday 25 October. Gaston Flosse, elected President on 22 October, attempted to enter the Presidential palace on the weekend but was met by closed gates. (Oceania Flash)
  • Conflict in Iraq: A roadside bomb kills a U.S. soldier and wounds five others in western Baghdad. Hospital officials say five civilians are killed from U.S. snipers in the western city of Ramadi. In Kirkuk, a roadside bomb kills an Iraqi civilian. An Estonian soldier is killed and five wounded in a bomb blast in Baghdad. A mortar lands on an Iraqi National Guard checkpoint north of Baghdad, killing an Iraqi civilian. In Mosul, a car bomb kills a tribal leader and two civilians. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:
  • The International Atomic Energy Agency announces that two weeks ago, the Iraqi government informed the agency that about 380 tons (345,000 kg) of powerful explosives, potentially usable in detonators for nuclear bombs, apparently disappeared from the Al-Qaqaa weapons facility, a site about 30 miles south of Baghdad, sometime shortly before or after Saddam Hussein's government fell. The Iraqi director of planning attributed the disappearance to "the theft and looting of the governmental installations due to lack of security", although other sources indicate the explosives could have been removed by the Hussein regime itself. (Reuters: 1, 2, CNN: 1, 2)
  • Six men from Pitcairn Island, including mayor Steve Christian, are convicted of sexual offences involving women and girls as young as 12. The island has a population of 47, mainly descendants of the Bounty crew. (MSNBC) (ABC)

October 26, 2004 (Tuesday)

October 27, 2004 (Wednesday)

October 28, 2004 (Thursday)

October 29, 2004 (Friday)

October 30, 2004 (Saturday)

October 31, 2004 (Sunday)

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