- April 2003
April 1, 2003
* Hong Kong movie and
Cantopopstar Leslie Cheungcommits suicideat the age of 46.
Japan, The Postal Services Agencybecomes Japan Post, a public corporation. [http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20030402a1.htm]
Japan, Hyosuke Kujiraoka, a former vice speaker of the House of Representatives, dies in Adachi, Tokyo. He was 87.
Air Canada, the main airline companyof Canadaasks for bankruptcyprotection.
* The US Supreme Court hears oral arguments for "
Grutter v. Bollinger", (regarding the University of Michigan LawSchools' affirmative actionadmissions policy), and "Gratz and Hamacher v. Bollinger", (examining the university's undergraduate admissions policy.)
Cubana de Aviacion AN-24airplane on a flight from the Isle of Youth in Cubato Havana with 46 passengers on board is hijacked and directed towards the United States. After refueling in Havana the plane flew to Key West, under escort by two US jet fighters. The plane landed safely in Key West. [http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/americas/04/01/cuba.hijacking/index.html]
Prisoner of war United States ArmyPrivate Jessica Lynchis rescued by U.S. forces from Nasiriya, Iraq[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2908477.stm (BBC News)] .
Squaresoftand Enix, two Japanese video game companies, announce their merger into Square Enix. Because of the timing, many people thought this was a mutually planned hoax.
* The award-winning
machinimaseries " Red vs. Blue" made its online premiere.
*The Campus Security Department at
Queen's Universityin Kingston, ON Canada reported [http://www.queensu.ca/security/archive/themes/april1/2003/april1.html Computer bugs had infected systems throughout the Campus] . Reading the report eventually reveals a different twist to the story...
Alex McLeish, manager of Scottish football club Rangers announced the signing of seventeen year old Turkish player Yardis Alpolfo in a £5 million deal. The name is in fact an anagramof "April Fool's Day" but many news sources, including Reuters, reported the story. [http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/hi/news/5014266.html]
* [http://www.locusmag.com/2003/News/News0401a.html#baen Locus Online] carries a fake news story about
Baen Bookssigning deals with Microsoftand Coca Colafor product placementdeals in Baen novels. April 2, 2003
Iraqi military forces light oil wells on fire while retreating in the face of overwhelming US military might. This was considered an act of environmental terrorism.
* U.S. Brigadier General
Vincent K. Brooksclaims the Baghdad division of the Iraqi Republican Guardwas "destroyed". Iraq information minister Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhafresponded that this was another American "lie". [http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s822981.htm]
Iraqi Information Ministrybans Qatar-based Al Jazeerasatellite television from Baghdad. [http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=564&e=4&u=/nm/20030402/ts_nm/iraq_jazeera_dc_3] April 3, 2003
Julie Gerberding, a director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, states her concern that SARSthreatens to become a global pandemic. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2912463.stm]
Jean-Pierre Serreis announced as the winner of the first Abel Prize.
* ArabNews reports that
United Statesforces have captured the Saddam International Airportin Baghdad. [http://www.arabnews.com/Article.asp?ID=24704] April 4, 2003
* Video footage of
Saddam Husseinis shown on Iraqi television, and mentions the shooting down of an Apache helicopter, reducing speculation on the possible death of Saddam Hussein. April 5, 2003
*The Senate of
Belgiumapproves a change in the nation's war crimeslaw so that it will no longer apply to citizens of nations with sufficient human rights laws. The House of Representatives had already approved the change. The law had been used in the past to charge such people as George H. W. Bush, Colin Powelland Ariel Sharonwith war crimes, and had interfered with Belgium's international relations. [http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewForeignBureaus.asp?Page=%5CForeignBureaus%5Carchive%5C200304%5CFOR20030407d.html]
Monty's Passwins the Grand National April 6, 2003
* British forces step up their presence in the southern
Iraqcity of Basra. According to embedded journalists, the citizens of Basra braved gunfire to dance in the streets and cheer for the British troops. UPI's Chief International Correspondent Martin Walker claimed that he had witnessed at least one Basra citizen kiss a British tank. [http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20030407-025947-4642r]
* In a
friendly fireincident, U.S. warplanes struck a convoy of allied Kurdish fighters and U.S. Special Forces during a battle in northern Afghanistan. At least 18 people are killed and more than 45 wounded, including senior Kurdish commanders. April 7, 2003
*As part of a plea bargain, alleged
Mafiaboss Vincent "Chin" Gigante admits in court that he has been feigning insanityfor more than 30 years. [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/04/08/MN89146.DTL]
Oakland, California, policefired rubber bullets and beanbags at anti-war protesters and dockworkers outside the Port, injuring at least a dozen demonstrators and six longshoremen standing nearby. Most of the 500 demonstrators were dispersed peacefully, but a crowd of demonstrators was blocking traffic on private property near the port and fail to disperse after police warnings. Oakland Police Chief said demonstrators also threw objects and bolts at them, and said the use of weapons was necessary to disperse the crowd. He indicated non-lethal projectiles were used to respond to direct illegal action. The longshoremen were caught in the crossfire. A dockworker spokesman reported Police gave two minutes to disperse, then did not move to arrest people, instead they opened fire. Demonstrators also claim though the rubber bullets were supposed to be shot at the ground, the Police took direct aim at them. Oakland police said 31 people were arrested at the port.
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powellsays that war in Iraqis "drawing to a close". [http://www.washtimes.com/national/20030408-82540860.htm]
NPR journalists relay reports from a top official with the 1st Marine Division that U.S. forces near Baghdadhave discovered 20 medium range BM-21 missiles armed with warheads containing deadly sarinand mustard gasthat are "ready to fire." [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47645-2003Apr7.html] , [http://abcnews.go.com/sections/world/Primetime/iraq_main030407.html]
* More than a dozen Coalition soldiers, a
Knight Ridderreporter, a CNNcameraman and two Iraqi prisoners of warare sent for chemical weapons decontamination after exhibiting symptoms of possible exposure to tabun and sarinnerve agents and lewisiteblistering agents while searching an Iraqi agricultural warehouseand a nearby military compound on the Euphratesriver between the cities of Kerbalaand Hilla. U.S. soldiers found eleven 25- gallonbarrels and three 55-gallon chemical drums, hundreds of gas masks and chemical suits, along with large numbers of mortar and artilleryrounds. Initial tests of the chemicals were positive, then a second test was done which came back negative. A third test, conducted by a mobile testing unit provided by Germanyconfirmed the existence of sarin. Some reports indicate that the chemicals found at the agricultural werehouse may turn out to be pesticides. Further tests are planned in the United States. U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeldsaid later in a Pentagon briefing that "almost all first reports we get, turn out to be wrong. We don't do first reports and we don't speculate." [http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=L5KG4VLUQZXNSCRBAEKSFEY?type=topNews&storyID=2522510] , [http://www.msnbc.com/news/895392.asp]
Syracuse Universitydefeats the University of Kansasto win the NCAA's college basketballchampionship April 8, 2003
U.N. International Atomic Energy Agencychief Mohamed ElBaradeireiterates a statement he made on March 31, to which the United Stateshas yet to respond, that only the UN IAEA has a mandate to search out and destroy any nuclear weapons or parts of a nuclear weapons program found in Iraq. [http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20030416/wl_nm/iraq_nuclear_inspections_dc_2]
Hong Konghealth officials say that spread of severe acute respiratory syndromemay mean it's going to be around for a while. World Health Organizationofficials are cautiously optimistic that it can be contained. [http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/09/science/sciencespecial/09INFE.html] , [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2927695.stm]
Iraqi ambassador to the Arab League, Mohsen Khalil, announces that "Iraq has now already achieved victory - apart from some technicalities." [http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=281613&contrassID=1&subContrassID=1&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y]
* Deaths of 3 journalists in Baghdad: Two American
air to surface missiles hit the Qatar satellitestation Al Jazeera's office in Baghdadand kill a reporter and wound a cameraman. U.S. Officials said that the offices were not targeted, but were right next to the Iraqi Ministry of Information building which was a target. The nearby office of Arabsatellite channel Abu Dhabiis also hit by air strikes. Al Jazeera accuses the U.S. of attacking Arab media to hide facts. On the same day a U.S. tankfires into the 15th floor of the Palestine Hotelin Baghdad, where almost all remaining foreign journalists are based, and kills two cameramen and wounds three. In the Abu Dhabi case the station airs the picture of Iraqi fire from beneath of the camera. In the hotel case, however, other journalists on the scene deny any fire from or around the hotel. [http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/08/international/worldspecial/08CND-CAMERAMAN.html] , [http://www.asahi.com/international/update/0408/024.html] , [http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=1503&ncid=1503&e=1&u=/afp/20030408/ts_afp/iraq_war_baghdad_media_030408165654]
Baseball Hall of Famepresident Dale Petroskeycancels a planned celebration for the 15th anniversary of " Bull Durham"." Petroskey cites recent comments made by film co-stars Tim Robbinsand Susan Sarandonas potential dangers to U.S. troops in Iraq. The celebration was to take place April 26and 27. [http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030410/ap_on_en_mo/bbo_hall_bull_durham_cancellation_1] April 9, 2003
*At the International Science Festival at
Edinburgh's Royal Museum, the stuffed remains of Dolly the sheepare for the first time displayed. [http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=573&ncid=757&e=6&;u=/nm/20030409/od_nm/odd_britain_dolly_dc]
Baghdadfalls to coalition forces. American infantrymen seize deserted Ba'ath Partyministries and pull down a huge iron statueof Saddam Husseinat the Fardus squarein front of the Palestine Hotel, as a symbolic ending his autocratic rule of Iraq. Baghdad citizens then dragged the severed head of the statue through the streets of the city. Dozens of people there cheer U.S. soldiers, according to BBC. Much looting of cars and buildings is seen in Baghdad and other cities as the governmentand policelost control. [http://www.washtimes.com/national/20030410-71572160.htm] , [http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/04/09/MN249161.DTL] , [http://www.asahi.com/international/update/0411/005.html] , [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/2933707.stm] , [http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2838.htm]
* The fate of
Saddam Husseinremains unknown after a U.S. B-1B bomber dropped four 2,000-pound bunker-busting bombs on a building where Hussein was thought to be meeting with his sons and senior aides on April 7. The bombs blew a 60-foot-deep crater in a residential neighborhood that is not under coalition control, refueling speculation about the possible death of Saddam Hussein. British intelligence officials said that they believed Hussein left the targeted building just minutes before it was destroyed, and that he probably survived the attack. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,5944-639777,00.html] [http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/09/international/worldspecial/09INTE.html] [http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,932750,00.html] [http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/inside/la-war-id9apr09,1,3264432.story]
Iraq's ambassador to the U.N. Muhammad Ali al-Douritells reporters that "the game is over." [http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2003/04/09/iraq_ambass030409]
* U.S. Undersecretary of State,
John R. Bolton, warns Iran, Syria, and North Koreathat they should "draw the appropriate lesson from Iraq". [http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20030409/ts_nm/iraq_usa_warning_dc] April 10, 2003
United StatesGreen Berets and Kurdish fighters enter the city of Kirkukin Iraqwith little resistance. Turkeyand U.S., in separate statements, say they will not allow the Kurds to occupy the city. [http://www.washtimes.com/national/default-200341121717.htm] , [http://www.canada.com/news/story.asp?id=45D53827-FA52-4452-9E87-7DF9276D26B9]
British Airwaysand Air Francesimultaneously announce that they will retire the supersonic Concordeaircraft later this year. Passenger numbers had never recovered following a crash that killed 113 in 2000. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/2934257.stm] In response, Sir Richard Bransonoffers to buy British Airways' Concordes for £1 for the use of his Virgin Atlantic Airlines. BA dismisses the offer as a stunt and indicates that the planes will go to air museums. [http://www.news24.com/News24/Finance/Companies/0,,2-8-24_1346143,00.html]
firedestroys a boarding schoolfor the deafin Makhachkala, Russia, killing 28 children, aged 8 to 14. About 100 other children suffer burns and smoke inhalation, 39 of which are in serious condition. [http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030410/ap_on_re_eu/russia_school_fire&cid=518&ncid=716] April 11, 2003
Iraqi city of Mosulfalls to coalition forces as the Iraqi army's 5th Corps offers a letter of surrender. The only remaining major city left to fall is Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, where some expect the remaining regime loyalists to make their final stand. [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2003/04/11/international0620EDT0536.DTL]
Europe's largest civil engineeringproject, and the world's largest single metro expansion project, is officially opened in Madrid. "MetroSur", a 40-kilometre loop of the Madrid Metroin the southern suburbs of the city, took under 3 years to complete.
Cubaexecutes three men charged with terrorismfor ing a passenger ferryon April 2. Another four men receive life sentences. [http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=589&ncid=589&e=1&u=/ap/20030411/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/cuba_hijackers_executed_6]
*In response to
Baseball Hall of Famepresident Dale Petroskey's April 8decision to cancel a 15th anniversary celebration of " Bull Durham", sportswriter Roger Kahncancels a planned appearance at the baseballmuseum. [http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20030411/people_nm/people_robbins_writer_dc_4]
Tom Hurndall, a British photojournalistis shot in the head by an Israeli sniperin Rafah, Gaza strip. April 12, 2003
*Looting and lawlessness plague
Baghdad. Hospitals looted, humanitarian aid hindered by unsafe conditions. [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10374-2003Apr11.html] , [http://www.iht.com/articles/92987.html] , [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10795-2003Apr11.html]
Prince Laurent of Belgiummarries British-born ' commoner' Claire Coombs at the St. Michael and Gudula Cathedralin Brussels. [http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20030412/en_afp/belgium_royals_people_030412150644]
Linda Gregersonreceives the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Awardfor her collection "Waterborne". The award is presented annually by the Claremont Graduate Universityfor a "mid-career poet". Joanie Mackowskireceives the $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.
*Canadian scientists announce that they have sequenced the
genomeof the viruswhich is thought to cause Severe acute respiratory syndrome. The sequence is published on their website: http://www.bcgsc.ca/bioinfo/SARS/ . (News item: [http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s831165.htm] )
Thunder Over Louisvilleheld in Louisville, Kentucky. April 13, 2003
Ari Fleischer, press secretary to U.S. President George W. Bush, gives credit to The Pentagonfor the apparent victory in the 2003 Iraq war. [http://www.washtimes.com/national/20030415-2212014.htm]
*According to the
Washington Times, the objectives of Operation Iraqi Freedom have shifted from victory in Iraqto "destroying remnants of Fedayeen Saddamand other paramilitaries, and rebuilding Iraqto nurture a new democracy." The Times also suggests that the Operation is hunting for evidence of weapons of mass destructionand for members of the former regime. [http://www.washtimes.com/national/20030415-2212014.htm]
*Seven U.S. Prisoners of War are released to Coalition troops approaching
Tikritin Northern Iraq. The POWs included two Apache helicopter pilots, Chief Warrant Officer Ronald D. Young Jr.and Chief Warrant Officer David S. Williams, and five members of the Army's 507th Maintenance Company; Spc. Shoshana Johnson, Sgt. James Riley, Spc. Joseph Hudson, Pfc. Patrick Miller and Spc. Edgar Hernandez. All seven POWs had previously been shown held captive by Iraqi state television and Al Jazeera. [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A16971-2003Apr13.html] April 14, 2003
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former United Nations Secretary General, reports that the United Nationsis increasingly "being marginalised" and that preparation is needed for a new organisation to succeed the UN.
George W. Bushsays that U.S.-led coalition victory in the 2003 Iraq war is "certain, but not complete." [http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/W/WAR_US_MILITARY?SITE=DCTMS&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT]
Quebec, Canada, the governing sovereigntist " Parti Québécois" is defeated in the 2003 general election. The Liberals are returned to power after nine years, and Jean Charestbecomes the new premier.
Congregation for the Causes of Saintsin the Vatican, in the presence of Pope John Paul II, promulgates a decree declaring that Emperor-King Karl of Austria-Hungary (r: 1916-1918) possessed "heroic virtues". This decree marks a significant step towards canonisation in the Roman Catholic Churchfor the last Austrian emperor and king of Hungary.
*The bodies of a headless woman and a newborn
fetuswith the umbilical cord still attached washed up separately on the shore of San Francisco Baynear Richmond, California. DNAtesting determined the body is that of Laci Peterson, the Modesto, Californiawoman missing from her home since December 24, 2002.
*Raymond left Evan's house and in the car, Raymond was sharing Butter & Bread with his brother, Bryan. By the time they got home, Ray peed in his pants. That is why April 14, 2003 is pee.
April 15, 2003
Abu Abbascaptured by United Statesforces in Iraq. [http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/04/15/sprj.irq.abbas.arrested/index.html]
Finlandelects Anneli Jäätteenmäkias the nation's first womanPrime Minister. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2949423.stm]
New York, Omar Portee, founder and leader of the United Blood Nation, receives a sentence of 50 years in jail. He had been convicted in August of racketeering, murder conspiracy, credit card fraudand drug selling. [http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030415/ap_on_re_us/bloods_gang_2]
*10 Iraqis are reported killed and 16 injured in the city of
Mosul. Marines insist they were fired at, survivors say demonstrators only threw stones. [http://www2.ocregister.com/ocrweb/ocr/article.do?id=34947§ion=NEWS&subsection=AMERICA_AT_WAR&year=2003&month=4&day=16] April 16, 2003
*A Bush administration official announces that the
United States, People's Republic of China, and North Koreawill meet in Beijingfrom April 23to April 24to discuss North Korea's suspected nuclear weapons program. The United States had refused bilateral discussions with North Korea since October 2002, insisting on multinational talks. The United States will be represented by Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly. [http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/asiapcf/east/04/16/nkorea.talks/index.html] .
Helsingin Sanomatreports that in late March, a RITEG-beaconwas disassembled by thieves in Kurgolovo, Russiawho dumped the highly radioactivenuclear material into the Gulf of Finland, 100 km south of Finland. [http://ww2.yle.fi/pls/show/page?id=221421] April 17, 2003
2003 invasion of Iraq
**Australian Prime Minister
John Howardannounces that Australian forces in Operation Falconerwill completely pull out by June.
Bechtel Corporationis awarded a $680 million contract for the rebuilding of parts of Iraqs electricity system, water supplies and other key infrastructures.
Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, top advisor and half-brother of Saddam Husseinis captured by U.S. forces (the second of Hussein's half brothers captured this week). [http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,938783,00.html]
Save the Childrenannounces that U.S. forces continue to prevent their airplane from landing in Arbil, Iraq to deliver medical supplies and emergency feeding kits. U.S. officials contend that the area is not yet safe, while the United Nationshas already declared Arbil a "safe and secure" area. [http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=574&e=11&u=/nm/20030417/wl_nm/iraq_britain_aid_dc_1]
Martin Sullivanand Gary Vikan, of the U.S. Presidential Advisory Committee on Cultural Property, announced their resignations in protest of the US failure to prevent looting of the Iraqi National Museum. [http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20030417/pl_nm/iraq_antiquities_dc_2]
* Sir John Stevens releases the
Stevens Report, which states that the police and other security services in Northern Irelandcolluded in the murders of many innocent people, including Pat Finucane and Francisco Notarantonio, in the 1970sand 1980s. April 18, 2003
Iraqi Police arrest Saddam Hussein's former finance minister, Hikmat Mizban Ibrahim al-Azzawiin Baghdad, and turn him over to U.S. Marines.
United Statesforces announce that a "disease control" plant in Baghdadhas been raided by unknown persons, and strains of cholera, black fever, HIV, polioand hepatitismay have been lost. [http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/GMA/Primetime/Iraq030417LostViruses.html]
DNAtesting proved that the bodies found on the shores of San Francisco Baywere those of the missing Laci Petersonand her unborn son. Peterson's husband, Scott, was arrested in La Jolla, Californiaand returned to their home town of Modesto, Californiafor trial.
United States Armytroops found over $656 million dollars in United States and Iraqi currencyin sealed metal boxes in several bricked up cottages on the grounds of the homes of members of the Iraqi elite in Baghdad. Preliminary indications were that the money was real uncirculated bills, and not counterfeit. April 19, 2003
Nigeriaholds a presidential election. April 20, 2003
* A bench clearing brawl happens in a
baseballgame between the Arizona Diamondbacksand the St. Louis Cardinals. Tino Martinez was hit by a 1-0 pitch from Miguel Batista, and took first base. He was then forced out at second base during the next batter's at-bat. When heading back to the dugout, Martinez charged Batista from behind. Batista turned and threw the ball at him, and players from both teams joined the altercation. The Diamondbacks ultimately won the game, 1-0, and the MLB suspends Martinez for four games, and Batista for ten. April 21, 2003
Boston Marathon: Robert Cheruiyotwins in 2:10:11, Svetlana Zakharova in 2:25:20 (legally blind American Marla Runyanfinishes 5th), Ernst Van Dykand Christina Rippwin the wheelchair races in 1:28:32 and 1:54:57 respectively.
* Vote counting in
Nigeriaheavily favors Olusegun Obasanjo; opposition makes accusations of electoral fraud. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/2965095.stm]
International Criminal Courtelects its first prosecutor, Moreno Ocampo. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/2965147.stm] April 22, 2003
Boston Marathon: Robert Cheruiyotwins in 2:10:11, Svetlana Zakharova in 2:25:20. Ernst Van Dykand Christina Rippwin the wheelchair races in 1:28:32 and 1:54:57 respectively.
International Criminal Courtelects its first prosecutor, Moreno Ocampo. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/2965147.stm] April 23, 2003
*A U.S. commanding officer in
Baghdadannounces that five U.S. soldiers are under investigation for the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars from caches of money found in Iraq. [http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030423/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_us_military_thefts_2]
* The British and Irish governments publicly ask three questions of the IRA. Depending on clarification offered, the Northern Ireland Executive may be reinstated or the Assembly elections postponed.
April 24, 2003
* 2003 Iraq war: Iraqi former Deputy Prime Minister
Tariq Azizsurrenders himself to U.S. forces [http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=8D794774-7DFD-4032-8DF8B77DE291B940]
Dixie Chickspose nude on the cover of " Entertainment Weekly", with political slogans on their bodies, in response to their critics' reaction to lead singer Natalie Maines' derogatory remark against U.S. President George W. Bush. [http://www.msnbc.com/news/904637.asp]
Red Lion Area Junior High Schoolcafeteria (Red Lion, Pennsylvania), eighth-grader James Sheets, carrying multiple weapons, fatally shoots the principal, Eugene Segro, and then fatally shoots himself. Two years earlier, the same school district was the site of a machete attack that injured another principal, two teachers and 11 pupils.
Winnie Mandelais found guilty of theft and fraud involving funds of the African National Congressand faces up to fifteen years in prison. [http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,942604,00.html?=rss]
*The Canadian federal fisheries minister, Robert Thibault, announces the complete closure of the Atlantic
codfishery, in order to prevent the commercial extinction of cod. [http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20030425.wcodd0425/BNStory/National]
* An article in "Nature" states that the chemical
pyrroloquinoline quinoneshould be classed as one of the B vitamins. April 25, 2003
United States Armysecretary Thomas E. Whiteresigns amidst tensions with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeldover the direction future Army weapons development programs should take, and controversy surrounding White's previous employer, Enron. The Pentagondeclines to provide specifics on the circumstances of his resignation. [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A38848-2003Apr25.html] April 26, 2003
*Unknown assailants fire incendiary devices on an ammunition dump in suburban
Baghdad, triggering hours of explosions. American sources put the casualties at six dead and four wounded; Iraqi sources state 25 wounded. [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40653-2003Apr26.html]
Winnie Mandelais sentenced to four years in prison (five years, less one year suspended) for theft and fraud. [http://allafrica.com/stories/200304260034.html] April 27, 2003
*Argentinians go to the polls to elect a president for the first time since the December
2001economic collapse provoked street riots that unseated four presidents in two weeks. Carlos Menembeats fellow Peronist Néstor Kirchnerin the first round of voting, but the closeness of the vote necessitates a runoff vote scheduled for May 18. Other candidates included former economy minister Ricardo López Murphy, former caretaker president Adolfo Rodríguez Saa, and lawmaker Elisa Carrio.
* A "Soyuz" spacecraft blasts off from
BaikonurCosmodrome towards the International Space Station, the first launch since the Columbia disaster.
Kevin Millwoodof baseballteam the Philadelphia Phillies, throws a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants. The Phillies' Ricky Ledeehits a home-run for the game's only run. It is only the ninth time in Phillies history a pitcher throws a no-hitter, and the first time for them since Tommy Greenedid it in 1991. April 28, 2003
Falluja, 50km from Baghdad, American soldiers from the 82nd Airborne opened fire on a group of protesters, killing between 6 and 17 and leaving others injured. The incident occurred during a demonstration outside a local school were American forces were stationed. The day before 2 soldiers were wounded in Ramadi when a hand was thrown from a crowd. Different variasions of the incident exist. 2 days later on April 30 2003, another shooting incident occurred in which 3 people died. After the incidents relations with the populus of Falluja soured, and tentions would continue to build until the Nov. 2004 Battle of Falluja.
World Health Organizationannounces that SARShas peaked in all affected countries except the People's Republic of China. These countries include Canada, Singapore, and Vietnam, as well as Hong Kong. [http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2003/04/28/sars_peak030428] [http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20030428.wsars0428/BNStory/International]
SARSis made only the fourth disease, after plague, yellow fever, and cholera, that countries are required to report to the World Health Organization. [http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20030428.wsars0428/BNStory/International]
Apple Computerrevealed a new online music store, entitled the iTunes Music Store, for its iTunesand iPodproducts. Each song can be downloaded for 99 cents and there is no subscription fee.
Mexicana de Aviacionjet is forced to land at San Francisco International Airportin Californiaafter the pilot accidentally sets off the anti-terror alarm. April 29, 2003
World Health Organizationlifts the SARS travel warning for Toronto.
*Leaders of member countries of
ASEANand the Premier of the People's Republic of Chinaheld an emergency summit in Bangkok, Thailandin order to address the SARS problem. Among the decisions made were the setting-up of a ministerial-level task force and uniform pre-departure health screening in airports.
Israeli forces assassinate three Palestinianmilitants in Gaza, including Nidal Salamah, a leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The action prompts accusations that Israel is trying to sabotage the Palestinian government's attempts to transform itself.
Mahmoud Abbasis confirmed as the first Palestinian Authority prime ministerafter winning a vote of confidence from the Palestinian legislature.
United Statesannounces that it will be reducing its military presence in Saudi Arabiato a handful of advisors.
Lynn Htun, suspected of being the head of the Fluffi Bunnicomputer cracker ring, is arrested in London. [http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20030429.wfluf429/BNStory/Technology]
Quebecpremier-elect Jean Charestis sworn in and names his cabinet. [http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20030429.wchar429/BNStory/National] April 30, 2003
World Health Organizationholds a meeting in Torontoregarding SARS.
suicide bomberkills 3 in Tel Aviv.
road map for peacesponsored by the US, UN, EU, and Russiais delivered to the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority.
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