Astro-Databank:Update vol 2 no 15

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Vol 2, No 15: August 10, 2004

The 40-year-old actor eloped with 20-year old Alice Kim, and they married on July 30, 2004 in northern California without any family or friends in attendance at the wedding. This is his third marriage.

The world-famous photographer died on August 2, 2004 at his home in l’Ile-sur-Sorgue in the Vaucluse region of France. Cartier-Bresson was three weeks shy of his 96th birthday.

The Senator was officially nominated by acclamation as the Democratic Party Vice-Presidential candidate at the National Convention in Boston, MA on July 29, 2004.

Years ago, the renowned astrophysicist wagered an encyclopedia with a colleague that "information swallowed by a black hole is forever hidden and can never be revealed." On July 15, 2004, Hawking announced that he lost the bet by recanting this belief held for nearly 30 years. He then presented his revised theory and findings to a scientific conference in Dublin, Ireland on July 21, declaring that he had solved “a major problem in theoretical physics.”

On July 21, 2004 the performer was finally released from the Las Vegas rehab center where he had been building up his strength after being so horribly mauled last year by one of his beloved tigers. (His entry is now filed under “Horn” in AstroDatabank instead of “Roy” since his last name is now so well known.)

According to a Reuters report in Financial Times, Kerry was “formally nominated shortly before midnight [on July 28, 2004] when the state of Ohio, a key battleground in the November election, cast its votes to put him over the 2,162 delegates needed to lead the party against Republicans.” His acceptance speech began the next night at about 10:10 PM, roughly four minutes after his entrance to the Democratic Convention hall, and he formally accepted the nomination at approximately 10:22 PM (times given are from observation except as otherwise noted).

The co-founder of Apple Computer, Inc. underwent surgery to remove a cancerous pancreatic tumor on July 31, 2004. The tumor reportedly was self-contained and no further treatment was deemed necessary.

Reagan gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2004 advocating stem-cell research. While he has been openly critical of the George W. Bush administration, he began his speech by stating that his appearance had no political agenda. He ended his speech by asking people to vote for stem-cell research. His father, recently deceased, was President of the US for eight years beginning January 20, 1981, and a member of the Republican Party.

The Italian journalist and writer died at his home near Florence, Italy on July 28, 2004 of cancer. He had been diagnosed with the disease in 1997. (Thanks to Grazia Bordoni for this update.)