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2004

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U.S. Facts

  • President: George Bush
  • Population: 294 million
  • Life Expectancy: 77.9 years
  • Unemployment: 5.5%
  • Average Annual Salary:
  • Minimum Wage: $5.15 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile:
  • Gasoline: $1.90 per gallon
  • House:
  • Bread: per loaf
  • Milk: per gallon
  • Postage Stamp:

Major U.S. Events

  • U.S. troops launch offensive in Fallujah in response to killing and mutilation on March 31 of four U.S. civilian contractors
  • The City & County of San Francisco begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Closely fallowed by the state of Massachusetts legalizing such unions, the first state in the country to legalize homosexual marriage

Major World Events

  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) formally admits 7 new countries: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, & Slovenia
  • Israeli prime minister Sharon announces plan to unilaterally withdraw from Gaza Strip
  • Chechen terrorists take about 1,200 schoolchildren and others hostage in Beslan, Russia; 340 people die when militant detonate explosives
  • Enormous tsunami devastates Asia; 200,000 killed.

January-March

  • The European Union bans the import of poultry from Thailand, as bird flu spreads throughout Southeast Asia
  • Simultaneous explosions on rush hour trains in Madrid kill 190 people. The following day millions of protesters take to the streets of Spanish cities against terrorism

April-July

  • Thousands of people in Hong Kong take to the streets to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Tienanmen Square massacre
  • Sept. 11 commission harshly criticizes government’s handling of terrorist attacks

August-December

  • Approximately 200,000 protesters demonstrate in New York City against President George W. Bush & his government, prior to the 2004 Republican National Convention
  • Yasir Arafat dies at the age of 75 in Paris
  • Tests show that Ukrainian opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned with a large dose of dioxin

Top Songs

  • American Idiot by Green Day
  • Burn by Usher
  • Toxic by Britney Spears
  • She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5
  • Drop It Like It's Hot by Snoop Dogg Featuring Pharrell

Other New Songs

  • Hey Mama by Black Eyed Peas
  • If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys
  • Slither by Velvet Revolver
  • Take My Breath Away by Jessica Simpson
  • Roses by Outkast

Top Movies

  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Ray
  • The Aviator
  • Garden State
  • Supersize Me

Top Books

  • The Inner Circle by T.C. Boyle
  • Ten Men by Alexandra Gray
  • Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig
  • The Dark Tower by Stephen King
  • The 9/11 Commission Report

Top TV Shows (2003-04)

  • Gilmore Girls
  • Will & Grace
  • Reba
  • That '70s Show
  • Joan of Arcadia
  • South Park

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Boston Red Sox d. St. Louis Cardinals

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: New England Patriots d. Carolina Panthers

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Tampa Bay Lightning d. Calgary Flames

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Detroit Pistons d. Los Angeles Lakers

NCAA Champions

  • Football: University of Southern California Trojans
  • Basketball: University of Connecticut Huskies

Other Champions

  • Summer Olmypics: Athens, Greece
  • Golf: Vijay Singh is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Smarty Jones wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Buddy Rice wins Indianapolis 500
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