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George W. Bush Event Timeline

George W. Bush (43) Event Timeline

01/20/2001 – 01/20/2009

11/07/2000

George W. Bush wins the 2000 Presidential election.

11/09/2000

Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris announces recount underway in Florida as required by law when the margin of victory is less than 0.5 percent.

11/09/2000

Controversy begins between Bush and Gore campaigns involving recounting votes and resolving controversies relating to ballots with voting errors.

12/12/2000

Supreme Court halts Florida Recount; declares Bush the winner in 5-4 decision. This is the “safe harbor” date for resolving disputes about electors.

12/18/2000

Electors cast their votes.

2001

 

01/15/2001

Wikipedia is Launched.

01/20/2001

President George W. Bush Inaugural Address.

01/22/2001

Reinstates ban on aid to groups performing or counselling abortion (“Mexico City Policy”).

01/29/2001

Signs Executive Orders relating to “faith-based and community initiatives.” 

02/16/2001

Bush meets Mexican President Vicente Fox in Guanajuato.

03/29/2001

Rejects Kyoto Protocol, which is an international treaty to reduce global warming by setting limits on industrial emissions.

04/01/2001

US Surveillance aircraft in collision with Chinese fighters

04/27/2001

Dennis Tito Becomes World’s First Space Tourist.

06/07/2001

Signs $1 Trillion Tax Cut .

08/09/2001

Halts Federal Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research.

09/11/2001

9/11 Terrorist Attack, Islamic terrorists hijack four commercial airplanes and crash them into the World Trade Center ,The Pentagon, and Pennsylvania countryside.

09/20/2001

Address to Joint Session of Congress on 9/11 Attacks, announces targeting of Osama Bin Laden;  announces cabinet-level position on Homeland Security.

10/07/2001

Address to the Nation announcing operation “Enduring Freedom” Begins, starting military action in Afghanistan to combat terrorist activity.

10/17/2001

D.C. Anthrax Scare, where anthrax is mailed to prominent senators and media figures.

11/10/2001

Apple Launches the iPod.

11/10/2001

China is Admitted into the World Trade Organization .

12/02/2001

Enron Corporation Declares Bankruptcy, the largest company to do so in American history, and Bush administration has ties to executives involved.

12/13/2001

Announces US withdrawal from 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

12/27/2001

Proclamation 7516 extends Normal Trade Status for China with the United States.

2002

 

01/08/2002

Signs No Child Left Behind Act , which creates federal requirements for state education.

01/29/2002

Annual State of the Union Address. (“Axis of Evil”)

05/16/2002

Press Briefing on the events leading up to 9/11 by National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice.  (“I want to reiterate that during this time, the overwhelming bulk of the evidence was that this was an attack that was likely to take place overseas.”)

05/20/2002

Continues Trade Embargo with Cuba until Free and Fair Elections are Instituted.

05/24/2002

Signs Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between United States and Russia, with aims to reduce nuclear weapons arsenals in each nation.

06/06/2002

Address to the Nation on proposed Department of Homeland Security.

06/24/2002

Calls for New Leadership Within the Palestinian Community.

07/09/2002

Remarks on Corporate Responsibility; proposes reforms to “demand integrity without stifling innovation and economic growth.”  These include new penalties for corporate fraud.

09/04/2002

Seeks Congressional Support for Military Action against Iraq.

09/12/2002

Address UN Security Council, makes his case to enforce UN resolutions in Iraq.

10/16/2002

Signs Congressional Resolution “Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq

11/05/2002

Republicans gain seats in midterm elections.

12/20/2002

Iraq Remains in Violation of Security Council Resolution 1441, sparking further tensions among the Hussein regime and United Nations and USA.

 

 

2003

 

01/07/2003

In Remarks to Economic Club of Chicago, announces proposed additional large tax cut.

01/28/2003

Annual State of the Union Address.

02/01/2003

Columbia Space Shuttle Explodes in Space, killing all seven crew members.

02/12/2003

Discovers that North Korea Will Soon Pose a Viable Nuclear Capability.

03/17/2003

Address to the Nation on Iraq.  “Saddam Hussein and his sons must leave Iraq within 48 hours.”

03/19/2003

Address to the Nation on Iraq.  “On my orders, coalition forces have begun striking selected targets of military importance. . . .”

04/10/2003

Videotaped Remarks to the Iraqi People together with British PM Blair, speaking to the Iraqi people of their vision for life after Saddam Hussein.

05/01/2003

Address to the Nation on Iraq From the U.S.S. Lincoln, “Mission accomplished” banner.  “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended.  In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.:

05/22/2003

UN Lifts Sanctions Against Iraq.

05/28/2003

Signs Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act reducing income taxes.

06/17/2003

Department of Justice guidelines prohibiting racial profiling in Federal law-enforcement.

07/09/2003

Senate Intelligence Committee Report on US Pre-war Intelligence escalates concerns about Administration misstatement of evidence about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction prior to the invasion.

07/22/2003

US Forces Successfully Kill Uday and Qusay Hussein, sons of Saddam Hussein.

10/02/2003

Iraq Survey Group “Interim Progress Report.”   “We have not yet found stocks of weapons. . .”  President Bush commented on the report in his Remarks of 10/03/2003.

11/05/2003

Signs Bill Banning Late Term Abortion.

12/08/2003

Signs Medicare Reform Act of 2003, which included prescription drug plan in Medicare.

12/13/2003

Saddam Hussein captured in Tikrit, Iraq.  Bush Addresses the Nation on the capture on 12/14/2003.

2004

 

01/20/2004

Annual State of the Union Address.

03/08/2004

Iraqi Governing Council Signs Interim Constitution, providing a framework for a transitional government.

04/28/2004

Remarks after photos of the U.S. abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib Prison broadcast on CBS, .

05/17/2004

Seeks a Constitutional Amendment after Massachusetts Becomes the First State to Offer Marriage Licenses to Same Sex Couples.

06/08/2004

AG John Ashcroft appears before Senate Judiciary committee to testify on two leaked documents containing legal arguments for circumventing US and international bans on torture in the questioning of terrorist subjects.

06/28/2004

Announces End of Formal Occupation of Iraq .

09/02/2004

Accepts Presidential nomination at Republican Convention

10/29/2004

Osama Bin Laden Issues an Address to America Taking Credit for the 9/11 Attacks.

11/04/2004

George W. Bush Re-elected.

11/08/2004

US Forces Launch Assault on Fallujah Iraq, the largest operation in the region since the invasion in March 2003.

11/15/2004

Secretary of State Colin Powell Resigns, and

11/16/2004

Condoleezza Rice is Nominated as Secretary of State

2005

 

01/20/2005

Second Inaugural Address.

01/28/2005

Condoleezza Rice sworn in as Secretary of State;  First African-American woman to hold the post.

02/02/2005

Annual State of the Union Address.

02/14/2005

Alberto Gonzales sworn in as Attorney General, first Hispanic to serve in that post.

03/21/2005

Signs legislation permitting the parents of Terri Schiavo to challenge, on a special basis, in Federal court medical decisions to withhold care.

03/31/2005

Schiavo Medical Case Ends, Terri Schiavo has her feeding tube removed and she passes away.

06/05/2005

Saddam Hussein to Be Tried for War Crimes.

06/10/2005

Meeting with South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun to discuss denuclearization of North Korea.

06/21/2005

Meeting with Premier Van Khai of Vietnam, marking the first visit by Vietnam head of state since Communist rule).

07/26/2005

Statement on launch of Space Shuttle Discovery .

08/08/2005

Signs Energy Policy Act of 2005; included tax credits for wind and other alternative energy; identified ocean energy as a renewable technology.

08/28/2005

Remarks on Hurricane Katrina, which devastates the southern states.

09/29/2005

Justice John G. Roberts Jr. is sworn in as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

2006

 

01/24/2006

Democrat Congressional Leaders Call Bush’s NSA-Backed Surveillance Programs “domestic spying” which Bush Denies.

01/31/2006

Annual State of the Union Address.

03/09/2006

Signs reauthorization of USA PATRIOT Act.

03/31/2006

6.1 Magnitude Earthquake in Iran, causes massive damage, kills 66 people.

05/03/2006

Warns Country of Importance of Preparing for Influenza, after South America suffers deadly flu season.

05/04/2006

Zacarias Moussaoui Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole for role in 9/11.

07/19/2006

Vetoes Stem Cell Research Bill.

10/26/2006

Signs the Secure Fence Act of 2006, placing barriers and fences along the southern border of the United States.

11/07/2006

In midterm elections, Democrats gain control of both House and Senate.

12/30/2006

Saddam Hussein, having been convicted of crimes against humanity, is executed by hanging in Baghdad, Iraq.

2007

 

01/04/2007

Nancy Pelosi Becomes the First Woman Speaker of the House.

01/11/2007

Announces Sending More Troops into Iraq.

01/23/2007

Annual State of the Union Address.

03/06/2007

Scooter Libby, VP Cheney’s Chief of Staff Convicted of Perjury, Bush later commutes his sentence.

04/16/2007

Virginia Tech shooting a student kills 32, and then commits suicide.

05/01/2007

Bush vetoes bill mandating a schedule of troop withdrawal from Iraq.

07/26/2007

Signs the National Security Act of 2007, which allows screening of air and sea cargo and gives more money in antiterrorism grants to states with greatest risks of attacks.

09/17/2007

Alberto Gonzales leaves office following protracted controversy about dismissal of US attorneys.

10/09/2007

Dow Jones Reaches an All-Time High, but will steeply decline in the following months.

11/27/2007

Middle East Peace Conference with Israel and Palestinian President.

12/19/2007

Signs Energy Independence and Security Act, forcing automobile manufacturers to increase fuel efficiency.

2008

 

01/18/2008

Proposes an economic growth package.

01/28/2008

Annual State of the Union Address.

02/11/2008

Six Detainees are Charged for 9/11 in Guantanamo Bay.

02/13/2008

Signs Economic Stimulus Act

03/17/2008

Investment bank Bear Stearns is bailed out by the Federal Reserve.

05/21/1008

Vetoes “Food Conservation and Energy Act of 2008,” (“The Farm Bill”) complains that it lacks program reform and fiscal discipline.

05/22/2008

Congress Passes the Farm Bill of 2008 over Veto.

06/03/2008

Democratic Convention Nominates Barack Obama for President, first African-American nominee by a major political party.

09/04/2008

Republican Convention Nominates John McCain for President.

09/07/2008

US Treasury Take Over of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Corporations, in order to prevent more than half of American’s mortgages from going under.

09/15/2008

Investment bank Lehman Brothers fails and is not bailed out;  Merrill Lynch acquired by Bank of America.

09/16/2008

Federal Reserve takes ownership of American International Group.

10/01/2008

United States and India Agree to a Nuclear Cooperation Deal.

10/03/2008

Signs the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, largest bailout in history, attempting to fight one of the worst recessions in American history.

11/04/2008

Barack Obama elected President.

11/25/2008

The Treasury and Federal Reserve Agree to Buy Debt to Provide Another $800 Billion in Lending Programs and to Provide More Small Loans to Consumers.

12/16/2008

Interest Rates are Set at 0%, an all-time low.

12/19/2008

Remarks on Auto Industry BailoutGM and Chrysler Receive emergency capital infusions through “Troubled Asset Relief Program” (TARP) to keep them from bankruptcy.

 

Last edited 11/17/2020.

George W. Bush, George W. Bush Event Timeline Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/346007

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