President George W. Bush Timeline

Kelsea Wade 6th period

2000

Y2K Fiasco-Problems resulted because people, including programmers, reduced the dour-digit year to two-digits. They came to the conclusion of creating 4 rules. One of the most important rules was that the year 2000 would be classified as a leap year

Bush/Gore Race- The United States presidential election of 2000 was the 54th quadrennial presidential election, and was held on Tuesday, November 7, 2000. The contest was between Republican candidate George W. Bush, Democratic candidate Al Gore, the incumbent vice president; and various third-party candidates including Ralph Nader.

Hanging "Chads" in Florida- "Chad" refers to fragments sometimes created when holes are made in a paper, card or similar synthetic materials. In the 2000 United States presidential election, many Florida votes used this hole punching method to cast their votes. The aftermath of the controversy caused the rapid discontinuance of punch card ballots in the United States

Bush v. Gore- Bush v. Gore was the United States Supreme Court decision that resolved the dispute surrounding the 2000 presidential election. Florida's votes gave Bush, the Republican candidate, 271 electoral votes, one more than the required 270 electoral votes to win the campaign and defeat Democratic candidate Al Gore who received 266 votes.

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2001

Bush Inaugurated as POTUS- The first inauguration of George W. Bush as the 43rd President of the United States took place on January 20, 2001. The inauguration marked the commencement of the first four-year term of George W. Bush as president of the United States. An estimated 300,000 people attended the ceremony.

Timothy McVeigh put to death- Timothy McVeigh was an American terrorist convicted and executed for planting a truck bomb in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. It was known as the deadliest act of terrorism within the United States prior to the September 11 attacks. The attack killed 168 people and injured over 600.

9-11 Terror Attacks- On September 11, 2001 there were a series of four terrorist attacks preformed by the Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda. The attacks consisted of suicide attacks used to target symbolic U.S. landmarks. These attacks knocked down both of the Twin Towers located in New York.

Patriot Act Passed- An act of congress that was signed into law by President George W. Bush to punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world. These were put into affect on October 26, 2001. The "USA PATRIOT" stands for "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001".

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2002

North Korea admits testing nuclear weapons- North Korea revealed that it has a clandestine nuclear weapons program during an early October meeting with a high-ranking U.S. official. This indicated that Pyongyang had violated several agreements, raising concerns worldwide. Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Kang Suk Ju admitted to this program on October 3-5.

Enron Scandal (Houston, Texas)- This scandal revealed in October 2001, eventually led to bankruptcy of the Enron Corporation. This corporation was based in Houston, Texas. Enron was formed by Kenneth Lay after merging Houston Natural Gas and InterNorth.

The hunt for Osama in Afghanistan- Osama bin Laden was the founder of al-Qaeda, the organization responsible for the September 11, terrorist attacks. The hunt for Osama spanned more than a dozen years. They learned in 2002 that bin Laden was suffering from kidney disease.

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2003

War in Iraq begins- The war in Iraq began on March 19, 2003. This war began because President Bush believed that Iraq's government and military were creating or planning to create weapons of mass destruction. When announcing that the war had began, President Bush stated “At this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.”

Shuttle Columbia Explosion- The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster occurred on February 1, 2003. The space craft disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana as it reentered Earth's atmosphere, killing all 7 of it's crew members. The reason this space craft ended up exploding was because a piece of foam insulation broke off from the Space Shuttle external tank and struck the left wing of the orbiter.

Capture of Saddam Hussein- Operation Red Dawn was an American military operation conducted on December 13, 2003. This mission led to the capturing of Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein. The Forces involved in the operation consisted of approximately 600 soldiers including cavalry, artillery, aviation, engineer and special operations forces.

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2004

Former President Reagan Dies- Former president, Ronald Reagan, died on June 5, 2004. Reagan was a popular president known for restoring American confidence after the problems of the 1970s and helping to defeat communism. He passed away after a long, hard fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

SE Asian Tsunami- An earthquake that occurred on the west coast of Indonesia. The Indian Plate and Burma Plate collided and triggered a series of devastating tsunamis. Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Maldives, and Somalia were all affected by this tragedy.

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2005

Death of Pope John Paul- Pope John Paul served as Pope from August 26, 1978 to his sudden death 33 days later. He died in Vatican City on September 28, 1978. He had an unexpected heart attack that killed him almost instantly.

Hurricane Katrina Hits New Orleans- Hurricane Katrina is one of the five deadliest hurricanes. It occurred on August 29, 2005, and affected the Bahamas, South Florida, Cuba, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Surge protection are the cause of the majority of the death and destruction during Katrina.

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2006

Hurricane Rita Hits Texas- Hurricane Rita was the fourth-most intense Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded in the USA. This occurred on September 24, 2005. This hurricane actually formed in the middle of the Atlantic and winds pushed it into Texas.

Democrats take control of house and senate- On November 7, 2006 the Democrats became in charge of both the house and the senate. This happened because of the decline of the public image of George W. Bush, the dissatisfaction of the handling of both hurricane Katrina and the war in Iraq.

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2007

Nancy Pelosi first female Speaker of the House- Nancy Pelosi was the first female speaker of the house. She spoke on January 3, 2007. Nancy's main goal was to take care of the war that was currently taking place in Iraq.

McCain/Obama campaign and race- John McCain and Barack Obama both ran for president of the United States in 2007. Both of them had a close campaign all the way through. Barack Obama ended up winning.

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2008

First "Bailouts" begin- A bailout was an act to help the USA financially. It was created on October 3, 2008 by Henry Paulson. It especially helped mortgage-backed securities.

Barack Obama elected 1st AA POTUS- On November 4, 2008 Barack Obama became the first AA elected president. He was the 44th president of the USA. The reason he won the campaign is because he agrees to cut taxes for working families, and expanded health care for children and their parents.

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