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January 1, 2004 Georgia Bulldogs (#11) defeat Purdue (#12) in the Capital One Bowl (formerly the Citrus Bowl) in Orlando, FL. With the game tied at the end of the 4th quarter, courtesy of a Purdue field goal with 49 seconds remaining, capping an astounding 24-point comeback by Purdue. On the first series of plays in overtime, Georgia decided to go in a fourth and one situation, scoring the winning touchdown.
February 2, 2004 Jury selection in the Lynn Turner trial begins in Marietta.
  Marietta, GA
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Lynn Turner
February 4, 2004 After 2 days of trying to seat an impartial jury in the Lynn Turner case, Cobb County Superior Court Judge Jim Bodiford orders a change of venue.
  Houston County, Georgia
  Lynn Turner
  Cobb County, Georgia
February 8, 2004 Atlanta's Outkast wins three grammies including top honors with the Album of the Year for "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below"
  OutKast
March 16, 2004 Whitney Houston checks into a drug rehab center. Within a week the pop diva checks out.
  Whitney Houston
April 5, 2004 Georgia Tech loses to UConn (University of Connecticut) in the NCAA Finals.
  Georgia Tech / 2004 NCAA Tournement
April 11, 2004 Phil Mickelson wins the Masters.
  Mickelson defeats Els to capture the Masters
  Masters Tournament
April 20, 2004 Canada's Gord Fraser won Stage 1 of the six day, seven stage 2004 Dodge Tour de Georgia. Fraser, is known for his sprinting capabilities and fierce competitiveness. Comprised of 82.1 miles, the first stage began and ended in Macon, taking the riders east to Georgia's antebellum capitol, Milledgeville.
  City of Macon, Georgia
  Tour de Georgia 2004
April 21, 2004 Italy's Mario Cipollini won Stage 2 of the Dodge Tour de Georgia in a sprint finish. Comprised of 117.9 miles, the second stage began in Thomaston and concluded in Columbus, with more than 4,000 spectators cheering the cyclists at the finish area along Broadway Street.
  Tour de Georgia 2004
  Columbus, Georgia
April 21, 2004 Man on Fire starring Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning premieres
  Dakota Fanning
April 22, 2004 Lance Armstrong, five-time winner of the Tour de France, sprinted for victory in Stage 3 of the Tour de Georgia. The 78.4 mile third stage began in Carrollton and concluded in downtown Rome with three additional circuits of 2.55 miles each.
  Tour de Georgia 2004
April 23, 2004 Jason McCartney (US) captured Stage 5 of the Tour de Georgia with a solo breakaway finish. On the first of two epic mountain stages, McCartney crossed the finish line with a final time of 5 hours, 40 minutes, and 16 seconds.
  Tour de Georgia 2004
April 24, 2004 Cesar Grajales captured Stage 6 of the Tour de Georgia atop the highest point in the state, Brasstown Bald. Comprised of 128.25 miles, the stage began in Athens and concluded after a "hors categorie" 3.5-mile climb up to the Bald with grades over 20%. Grajales' winning time was 5 hours, 16 minutes and 29 seconds.
  Tour de Georgia 2004
April 25, 2004 Five-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong (USA), won the General Classification (G.C.) in the Tour de Georgia. Gord Fraser (CAN) captured today's final stage (Stage 7), an 88.4-mile course that finished with a four laps on the streets of Alpharetta
  Tour de Georgia 2004
  Fulton County, Georgia
April 26, 2004 Lynn Turner's trial resumes in Perry, Georgia (Houston County).
  Houston County, Georgia
  Lynn Turner
May 4, 2004 Coca-Cola named Neville Isdell, a 60-year-old former company insider, as its chairman and chief executive officer, ending a three-month search at the world's largest soft drink maker.
  Coca-Cola
May 7, 2004 Sonny Perdue orders a state of emergency in Georgia related to the G-8 Summit to be held on Sea Island. The order covered 6 Georgia counties, Chatham, Bryan, Libery, McIntosh, Glynn and Camden.
  Glynn County, Georgia
  McIntosh County, Georgia
  Liberty County, Georgia
  Bryan County, Georgia
  Chatham County, Georgia
  Camden County, Georgia
  Sonny Perdue
May 14, 2004 After hearing evidence that included the antifreeze poisoning of boyfriend Randy Thompson, Houston County jurors convict Lynn Turner of killing husband Glenn Turner.
  Lynn Turner
  Houston County, Georgia
May 21, 2004 Georgia Senator Zell Miller, retiring at the end of this term, announces he will not teach at his alma mater, Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia. Professor David Franklin penned a letter the Senator labeled as "vitrolic." Miller compared the enviroment at the college to Washington, D. C., and stated that he would not "put up with this kind of vitriol." In the letter, Franklin bitterly complained about the HOPE scholarship funding and Miller's stand on Iraq prisoner abuse.
  Zell Miller
  Towns County, Georgia
May 25, 2004 Shortly after 4:00am fire broke out in BioLab, a chemical manufacturing and storage facility in Conyers. Smoke from the fire forced officials to close I-20 east of Atlanta.
  Rockdale County, Georgia
June 6, 2004 President George W. Bush arrives in Georgia in preparation for the G8 summit
June 8, 2004 Start of G8 summit on Sea Island, Georgia includes leaders from The United States of America (George W Bush), French Republic (Jacques Chirac), Russian Federation (Vladimir Putin), United Kingdom (Tony Charles Lynton Blair), Republic of Italy (Silvio Berlusconi), Federal Republic of Germany (Gerhard Schröder), Japan (Junichiro Koizumi), and Canada (Paul Martin). Prime Minister of Ireland, His Excellency Bertie Ahern, T.D., attended the Sea Island Summit in his capacity as President of the Council of the European Union
  Glynn County, Georgia
June 10, 2004 The G8 Summit comes to a close at Sea Island, Georgia
June 11, 2004 Ray Charles dies in Los Angeles, California
  Ray Charles
June 16, 2004 Delta Air CEO Gerald Grinstein said Delta "canot survive in its current form" as fares continue to decrease and oil prices rise.
  Delta Air Lines
June 17, 2004 Guide Chris Griffin bags a legendary pig known as Hogzilla that was killed after it wandered out of swamps along the Alapaha River. The river has long been a haven for swine that escape local pig farms and begin to live off the land. The land where the pig (technically, it was a hog) was shot is in Berrien County near the town of Alapaha, Georgia.
  Hogzilla
  Berrien County, Georgia
July 16, 2004 Former governor George Busbee dies from a massive heart attack in Savannah.
  Savannah, Georgia births and deaths
July 22, 2004 Dallas-based Centrex Homes accidently destroys 80-year old family farm in Cumming, GA (Forsyth County)
  Cumming, GA farm destroyed
August 30, 2004 Atlanta-based OutKast wins 4 MTV Video Music Awards for "Hey, Ya," including Video of the Year and Best Hip-Hop Video.
  OutKast
August 30, 2004 Former Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell indicted on a wide array of charges
  Mayor Bill Campbell indicted
September 1, 2004 Democratic Senator Zell Miller gives the keynote address at the Republican convention
  Zell Miller
September 5, 2004 Hurricane Francis makes landfall at Sewall's Point, Florida, on the state's east coast.
September 6, 2004 Hurricane Francis makes landfall on the Florida panhandle
September 7, 2004 Sweeping north through Georgia, Hurricane Francis brings sustained winds of up to 35 mph and 12 inches of rain in some areas. Especially hard hit were the southern tier of counties.
September 27, 2004 In a timeline released by the Alpharetta-based company, ChoicePoint uncovers suspicious activity in some West Coast small business accounts
  ChoicePoint scandal
October 11, 2004 Braves lose the National League Division Series to the Houston Astros, 3 games to 2.
  2004 National League Division Series
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
October 12, 2004 Security officials with ChoicePoint contact Los Angeles police, looking for help with fraudulent accesses to its files, according to a timeline released by the company.
  ChoicePoint scandal
October 15, 2004 Wachovia receives Federal Reserve approval on the planned merger with SouthTrust
  Wachovia and First Union Banks
October 26, 2004 ChoicePoint CEO Derek Smith and President Douglas Curling have ChoicePoint's board approve the 10b5-1 sale of 737,380 shares of stock. Rule 10b5-1 requires that the plan be adopted while the executive does not possess material nonpublic knowledge.
  ChoicePoint scandal
October 27, 2004 During a sting operation in California, Alpharetta-based ChoicePoint faxed information to Olatunji Oluwatosin, a Nigerian national accused in one of the largest identity theft scandals in United States history. Oluwatosin was arrested at a Kinko's store after receiving a fax from the information-gathering spin-off of Equifax
  ChoicePoint scandal
November 1, 2004 U. S. Supreme Court rejects the appeal of Michael Perez and Benjamin Hodges.
  Woman assaulted in apartment of 3 UWG baseball players
November 2, 2004 Three-term Republican congressman Johnny Isakson of Marietta defeated Decatur Democrat Denise Majette from the U. S. House of Representatives to win the U. S. Senate seat vacated by Zell Miller. Also elected to the U. S. House were Jack Kingston (1st), Sanford Bishop (2nd), Jim Marshall (3rd), Cynthia McKinney (4th), John Lewis (5th), Tom Price (6th),John Linder (7th), Lynn Westmoreland (8th), Charlie Norwood (9th), Nathan Deal (10th), Phil Gingrey (11th), John Barrow (12th), and David Scott (13th).
  Marietta, GA
  Zell Miller
  Cynthia McKinney
November 10, 2004 Delta pilots voted to accept a pay cut in exchange for a right to buy up to 15 percent of Delta stock as the company struggled to avoid bankruptcy.
  Delta Air Lines
November 10, 2004 Linda Schrenko indited for stealing more than $500,000 in federal education funds
November 10, 2004 Charles Michael Dean accidentally discharges his weapon during a holdup of an Amsouth bank branch in Rome, Georgia. The case becomes a bellweather for the belief that "proof of intent" is a valid legal argument.
November 13, 2004 Residents of rural Alapaha, Georgia (Berrien County), hold a festival celebrating Hogzilla, the legendary 1,000-pound hog.
  Hogzilla
  Berrien County, Georgia
November 15, 2004 After warning his teachers in Gainesville, Georgia that he could not endure any more time in a solitary confinement room in his school, 13-year-old Jonathan King hung himself while being confined.
  Hall County, Georgia
November 18, 2004 Zell Miller bids good-bye to the U. S. Senate.
  Zell Miller
December 8, 2004 The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was forced to detonate a pipe bomb found in rocks by a fisherman in the vicinity of the Buford Dam powerhouse at Lake Lanier. Police closed off access to the dam during the operation.
  Lake Lanier
December 14, 2004 At a preliminary hearing for Olatunji Oluwatosin, Detective Duane Decker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department testifies that ChoicePoint representatives told him "something like 4 million people have been exposed.." to the identity theft
  ChoicePoint scandal
December 27, 2004 Bronx Zoo announces it is closing the animal preserve on St. Catherine's Island
December 27, 2004 Donald Hollowell dies of heart failure, Atlanta, Georgia
  Donald L. Hollowell
December 28, 2004 Both sides agree to mediation in the long-running battle between the estate of Rosa Parks and hip-hop recording artists OutKast
  OutKast
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