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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Happy New Year 2005?

The year 2004 has ended – quite tragically with the Tsunami that killed more than 156,000 people in South East Asia – but it’s finally over and we’ll be referring to it as “Last Year” for the next 12 months. So many things have happened in 2004; so many changes have occurred that it’s hard to remember everything; however I’ll try to recall some of the major events that took place:

Jan 26 - Virus Affects Millions of Computers: The MyDoom virus spreads through Internet servers. About 1 in 12 email messages are infected.

Feb 12 - Scientists Say They Have Cloned Human Embryos: Scientists in South Korea announce that they have created 30 human embryos by cloning and have removed embryonic stem cells from them.

Feb 25: "The Passion of the Christ": The Mel Gibson Movie about Jesus’ final days, grossed $89.3 million in its first three days in theaters.

Feb 28: Train Explosion Kills Hundreds in Iran: About 300 people die when a train crashes in the northeast.

Mar 11: Spain Rocked by Terrorist Attacks: At least 10 bombs explode on four commuter trains in Madrid during rush hour, killing 202 people and wounding about 1,400.

Mar 22: Israeli Forces Kill Hamas Leader: Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the leader and founder of the militant group Hamas, and seven others hit by missile in Gaza City

May 11: Nick Berg, an American citizen, decapitated in Iraq. The decapitation video was released on the Internet.

May 23: Roof Collapses at Airport in France: At least five killed (among them a Lebanese woman) at new terminal at the Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris.

May 26: Floods Devastate Caribbean Island: Death toll reaches 1,950 from floods caused by days of heavy rains in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Jun 5: Former US President Ronald Reagan Dies at 93.

Jun 10: Ray Charles Dies at 73.

Jun 23: Fahrenheit 9/11: Michael Moore's anti-Bush diatribe "Fahrenheit 9/11" became the most profitable documentary ever.

Jul 1: Marlon Brando Dies at the age of 80.

Aug 1: Christian Churches Targeted in Iraq: Four churches attacked in coordinated car bombings in Baghdad and Mosul. About a dozen people killed

Aug 12: Florida Pounded by Storms: Tropical storm Bonnie pounds the Florida Panhandle. Aug 13: At least 13 people die as Hurricane Charley tears into the state's west coast, with winds of 145 miles an hour.

Sep 1-3: Russian Insurgents Take Over School: Armed Islamic guerrillas, most of them Chechen, take about 1,200 schoolchildren, parents, and teachers hostage in Beslan. Standoff ends in tragedy, as about 340 people die as the militants detonate explosives inside the school

Sept 4: Florida Hit Again by Hurricane: Enormous, slow-moving Frances pounds state, causing about $40 billion in damage.

Sep 20: Hundreds Killed in Haiti: Floods and mudslides caused by Tropical Storm Jeanne claim more than 550.

Oct 8: Israelis Targeted in Egypt: At least 30 people die in three bombings at three resorts in the Sinai Peninsula.

Oct 10: Christopher Reeve Dies at 52.

Oct 18: President Lahoud re-elected for three more years.

Nov 2. Bush Reelected: George Bush won over his Democratic challenger John Kerry for the United States presidency.

Nov 11: Arafat dies in Paris. PLO quickly elects former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas as its leader.

Dec 26: Tsunami in South East Asia kills more than 156.000 in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India.

That’s it. As you can see, it was a rather gloomy year and I’m glad it’s over. I just hope that the year 2005 will be much better with less sorrow, fewer tragedies and more hope and joy in this world.

Happy New Year!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully 2005 will be a great can only get better!
All the best in 2005

7:34 AM  
Blogger jiri said...

Cool Blog, I never really thought about it that way.

I have a Hurricane Katrina blog. It pretty much covers hurricane related stuff.

Thank you - and keep up the thoughts!

3:50 AM  

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