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2004 Sep 21
The new $219 million Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian opened in Washington DC. It included some 800,000 artifacts collected by George Gustav Heye (1874-1957).
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2004 Oct 1
G7 ministers met in Washington DC. Chinese officials were invited to attend for the 1st time.
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2004 Oct 2
IMF and World Bank officials in Washington DC failed to resolve their differences over debt relief for the world's poorest countries and Iraq while expressing concern about the impact high oil prices would have on a strengthening global economy.
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2004 Oct 15
Several thousand people opposed to gay marriage gathered on the National Mall in Washington to call for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.
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2004 Oct 24
Cardinal James A. Hickey (84), former archbishop of Washington, D.C., died.
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2004 Nov 10
A gas station in Washington DC became the first in North America to have a hydrogen dispensing pump.
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2004
A US government found that some $700 million from Equatorial Guinea was held at Washington's Riggs Bank, making the country the bank's biggest customer. Riggs was fined millions of dollars in money-laundering fines. Nothing was done against Equatorial Guinea’s Pres. Obiang. Human rights groups have accused Obiang of using the oil wealth to make his family fabulously rich while most of his countrymen live in squalor.
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2005 Feb 8
George Herman (85), longtime CBS newsman, died in Washington.
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2005 Apr 8
In Washington DC Humayun A. Khan (47) of Islamabad, Pakistan, was indicted for supplying India and Pakistan with outlawed components for nuclear weapons and ballistic missile systems.
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2005 Apr 14
Pres. Bush threw out the 1st pitch at RFK Stadium as the Nationals brought baseball back to the capital. Washington, DC, had last hosted a major-league game in September, 1971.
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2005 Apr 17
In Washington concern that rising oil prices could harm the global economy dominated weekend meetings of world finance ministers (G-7) and central bankers.
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2005 May 8
Lloyd Cutler (87), White House counsel to Presidents Carter and Clinton and adviser to presidents of both parties, died at his Washington home.
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2005 Jul 18
Paul Duke (78), former anchor of the NBC news show “Washington Week in Review,” died. He began moderating the show in 1974.
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2005 Aug 14
Cristeta Comerford was named the new White House chef, the first woman to hold the post.
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2005 Sep 19
The Secular Coalition for America, a new lobbying organization “whose purpose is to amplify the diverse and growing voice of the nontheistic community in the US,” began operations with former Nevada State Senator Lori Lipman Brown as director/lobbyist.
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2005 Sep 23
G7 finance ministers and central bankers concluded a meeting in Washington and agreed to meet again in December in London and bid farewell to Chairman Alan Greenspan. They focused their attention on lopsided global economic progress and rising oil prices.
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2005 Sep 24
The 184-nation International Monetary Fund and the World Bank opened their annual meetings in Washington DC. They were ready to act on a breakthrough deal that would forgive more than $40 billion owed by the poorest nations.
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2005 Sep 24
The anti-war march in Washington DC drew tens of thousands. In SF an anti-war march from Dolores park to Jefferson Square drew 20-50 thousand people.
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2005 Sep 25
In Washington DC a landmark agreement to forgive billions of dollars of debt for poor countries sailed toward final approval by finance ministers after the IMF agreed how to pay for it.
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2005 Oct 15
Thousands gathered in DC at the National Mall for the Millions More Movement to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March organized by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
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2005 Oct 20
Shirley Horn (71), jazz singer and pianist, died in Washington DC.
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2005 Oct 30
The body of Rosa Parks arrived at the U.S. Capitol, where the civil rights pioneer became the first woman to lie in honor in the Rotunda; President Bush and congressional leaders paused to lay wreaths by her casket.
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2005 Nov 8
Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama spoke in Washington DC and accused the Chinese authorities of imposing "very, very repressive" policies in his Himalayan territory.
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2005 Nov 18
In Washington DC Michael Scanlon (35) was charged with conspiring with former lobbyist Jack Abramoff to bribe government officials and bilk millions of dollars from Indian tribes. In March, 2002, Ohio Rep. Robert Ney agreed to back legislative language to benefit the Tigua tribe of El Paso, Texas, a client of Abramoff and Scanlon.
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2005 Dec 4
In Washington, D.C. Robert Redford, Tina Turner, Tony Bennett, Julie Harris and ballerina Suzanne Farrell headlined the annual Kennedy Center Honors.
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2005 Dec 10
Former US Sen. Eugene McCarthy (b.1916), D-Minn., died at age 89 at his home in Georgetown, DC.
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2005 Dec 12
Harvard and Georgetown announced that Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia is giving $20 million to each university for Islamic studies.
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2005 Dec 15
James Freed, German-born American architect, died at his home in NYC. His work included the Washington DC Holocaust Museum (1993) and the SF Main Library (1996).
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2005 Dec 17
Jack Anderson (83), Pulitzer Prize-winning muckraking columnist, died at his home in Maryland. Washington Post columnist Drew Pearson hired Anderson in 1947 and Anderson took over his column after Pearson’s death in 1969.
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2006 Jan 2
Independence Air, formerly known as Atlantic Coast Airlines, said it will shut down on Jan 5. The DC based carrier only began operations Jun 16, 2004.
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2006 Jan 8
In Washington DC David E. Rosenbaum (63), a recently retired journalist for the NY Times, died from injuries suffered in a robbery on Jan 6. Michael Hamlin (24) and Percy Jordan Jr. (42) were soon arrested and charged with felony murder. Both men were convicted of murder. In 2007 Hamlin was sentenced to 26 years in prison after he pleaded guilty and testified against his cousin.
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2006 Jan 30
The Smithsonian Institute selected a space on the National Mall near the Washington Monument as the site of Its National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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2006 Feb 12
A major storm slammed the mid-Atlantic and Northeast states with nearly 2 feet of windblown snow, nearing record levels as it blacked out thousands of customers and shut down air travel from Washington to Boston. A record 26.9 inches of snow fell in New York's Central Park.
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2006 Apr 6
US Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) apologized for an altercation in which she'd entered a Capitol building unrecognized, refused to stop when asked by a police officer and then hit him.
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2006 Apr 28
Five member of US Congress were willingly arrested and led away from the Sudanese Embassy in plastic handcuffs after protesting the Sudanese government's alleged role in atrocities in the Darfur region.
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2006 Apr 30
Some 100,000 rallied in Washington DC, SF and other US cities to urge the Bush administration to take decisive action to stop the genocide in Darfur.
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2006 Apr
In Washington DC a smoking ban passed in 2005 took effect for restaurants and offices.
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2006 May 16
Seven African-American members of the US Congress were arrested at the Embassy of Sudan, where they were protesting atrocities in that country's Darfur region.
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2006 May 20
Federal agents searched the Capitol Hill office of Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana as part of a bribery investigation.
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2006 May 25
A major power outage stranded thousands of rush-hour commuters between New York and Washington, stopping trains inside sweltering tunnels and forcing many passengers to get out and walk.
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2006 May 29
Pres. Bush in a Memorial Day message said the US must continue the war on terror in the names of those who have given their lives in the cause. He also signed into a law a bill limiting protests at military funerals.
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2006 Jun 3
The 2006 World Philatelic Exposition ended in Washington, DC. It is held in the US every 10 years.
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2006 Jun 13
In Washington DC Karl Rove’s lawyer said special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald would not bring charges against Rove in a 3-year-old CIA leak case.
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2006 Jun 20
A Washington DC jury found former Bush administration official David Safavian guilty of covering up his dealings with Republican influence-peddler Jack Abramoff. Safavian was sentenced to 18 months in prison, but the underlying conviction was thrown out by an appeals court in 2008. In Dec, 2008, Safavian was convicted of obstructing justice and lying. In Oct 2009 he was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.
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2006 Jun 26
More than a foot of rain inundated Washington DC, toppling a 100-year-old elm tree on the White House lawn and causing flooding that closed major government departments.
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2006 Jun 27
Washington DC was scheduled to begin a campaign to screen every resident (14-84) for the AIDS virus. DC was experiencing the highest rate of new AIDS cases in the US.
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2006 Jul 9
A panda cub, later named Tai Shan, was born at the National Zoo in Washington.
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2006 Jul 9
In Washington DC Alan Senitt (27), a British volunteer for the potential presiden-tial campaign of former Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner, was killed in the Georgetown neighbor-hood by robbers who slashed his throat and tried to rape his female companion. Within three hours of the attack, police arrested and charged two men, and two other suspects surrendered a few hours later. On May 21, 2007, Christopher Piper and Jeffery Rice pleaded guilty to rob-bing and killing Alan, and committing other robberies in the city. They were sentenced August 24, 2007, to 37 and 52 years respectively in prison.
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2006 Aug 12
Thousands of people gathered across from the White House, even though President Bush was out of town, to condemn US and Israeli policies in the Middle East. In SF thousands of protesters decried US Mideast policy and Israel’s military actions in Lebanon and Palestine. A smaller group demonstrated on behalf of Israel.
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2006 Sep 7
Mohammad Khatami, former president of Iran (1997-2005), spoke at Washington National Cathedral as part of a 2-week speaking tour in the US. He urged dialogue instead of threats. A group of Jewish Iranians, who say their missing relatives were kidnapped and tortured by the Iranian government, filed suit in Manhattan against Khatami. They delivered the summons to him directly the next day as he visited the US.
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2006 Oct 29
Gallaudet Univ. of Washington DC, the premier US school for the deaf, voted to terminate the appointment of incoming president Jane Fernandes following a month of protests by students and faculty.
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2006 Nov 13
Pres. Bush led a ceremonial groundbreaking on the National Mall for a memorial dedicated to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
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2007 Jan 1
In Washington DC a smoking ban passed in 2005 was extended to bars and nightclubs. The ban for smoking in restaurants and offices had taken effect in April 2006.
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2007 Jan 17
Art Buchwald (81), columnist and author, died. For over four decades he chronicled the life and times of Washington DC with an infectious wit and endeared himself to many with his never-say-die battle with failing kidneys.
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2007 Jan 27
In Washington DC tens of thousands converged on the National Mall to oppose Pres. Bush’s plan for a troop increase in Iraq. Thousands marched in San Francisco.
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2007 Mar 1
Deborah Palfrey (1956-2008) of Vallejo, Ca., was indicted in Washington DC for running a $2 million prostitution ring. She threatened to sell detailed phone records of her clients to pay for her defense. At least 132 women were employed by her firm in the Washington area from 1993-2006. On April 15, 2008, Palfrey was convicted of racketeering and other charges.
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2007 Mar 1
Paul Joyal (53), a US expert on Russian intelligence, was hit several times as he returned home in Washington DC. The shooting came four days after Joyal alleged in a major television network interview that the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin was involved in the radiation poisoning of a former KGB agent in London.
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2007 Mar 9
A US appeals court overturned a District of Columbia handgun ban.
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2007 Mar 17
An estimated 10-20 thousand protesters marched in Washington DC marking the 4th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq and demanding an end to the war there.
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2007 Mar 26
The Smithsonian Institute said secretary Lawrence J. Smith (65) had resigned over the weekend amid criticism about his spending. An audit had found over $90,000 in unauthorized expenses and charges of over $1.1 million for the use of his home for official functions. Smith had served for over 7 years as secretary and was the 1st businessman to run the museum and research complex.
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