Olympic Fever Catches On

After much speculation about possible terrorist threats to the event in Athens, Greece, the opening ceremony for of the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad take place on August 13th, and the games close on August 29th without a hitch.  USA's Michael Phelps, from Baltimore, Maryland, earns eight swimming medals during the games.


For the first time since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Statue of Liberty reopens to the public on August 3rd. However, tourists aren't allowed to ascend to the crown level for security reasons. Large "puffers," manufactured by General Electric, which rustle clothing worn by pedestrians entering the monument with gentle bursts of air, sniff out explosives while a recorded voice warns visitors to stand completely still for the search. Video surveillance cameras saturate the corridors of the structure, but are well-hidden from view. One New York SWAT team has been deployed to exclusively respond to security issues for the monument and other New York icons, and the team is constantly at the ready if their presence is required.

 

Google goes public on August 18th. Shares go for $85, which is lower than the original target range of $108-$135.  During the first quarter of 2004, the internet company reported sales of $389.6 million, an increase of 118 percent from a year ago. Net income was $64 million, up 148 percent from the first quarter of the previous year. Google's IPO had been the subject of much curiosity for the better part of a year, which created a buzz equaling Internet stocks like eBay's IPO in September of 1998.

 

The Kerry campaign files a complaint on August 20 against the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth group, which questioned the senator's military record. The Kerry campaign contends the advocacy group is working in concert with the Bush campaign, which is a violation of election laws.

 

Russia is hit by a terrorist attack on August 25th when two passenger planes crash within minutes of each other, killing 90 people; on August 31st, a female suicide bomber detonates herself in front of a Moscow subway station, killing nine others and wounding over 50 people.

 

Additional Resources for August:

 

  • Athens 2004 Olympic Games - Official site from the games offers photos, multimedia clips, articles, medal winners, merchandise and more.