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JAN­UARY The Supreme Court of Canada up­holds a law let­ting par­ents spank their kids within “rea­son­able lim­its.” FE­BRU­ARY The U.S. fi­nally ad­mits there was no in­di­ca­tion that Iraq had weapons of mass de­struc­tion. Ooops. Af­ter he slags French-speak­ers and Euro­peans, the CBC de­cides to run Don Cherry’s Coach’s Cor­ner with a de­lay. Toronto nurse An­drea Wil­liams sues the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments for $600 mil­lion af­ter she con­tracted SARS. MARCH Bombs ex­plode on Madrid's sub­way dur­ing rush hour, killing 190 peo­ple. The One Tonne Chal­lenge green­house gas re­duc­tion project is in­tro­duced but proves too dif­fi­cult for Canada, or that’s what the Con­ser­va­tives fig­ure when they scrap it. APRIL Abu Ghraib pri­son abuses are ex­posed. The U.S. mil­i­tary doesn’t think naked Iraqi pyra­mids are good PR and finds a scape­goat in Lyn­ndie Eng­land. Mon­treal’s Michael Hen­dricks and René Le­boeuf wed, Que­bec’s first legal gay mar­riage. Oldsmo­bile is re­tired ( just like a good chunk of its driv­ers). MAY Fifty-two mil­lion peo­ple, many of them home alone, tune into the fi­nal episode of some show called Friends. JUNE RIP: Ron­ald Rea­gan. JULY Sad­dam Hus­sein is found hid­ing in a dirty sand hole. Amer­ica taste­lessly pa­rades the de­posed dic­ta­tor as he’s pro­cessed and cleaned. Cecilia Zhang’s mur­derer, Min Chen, is caught af­ter a ninemonth man­hunt. The Chi­nese stu­dent orig­i­nally kid­napped Zhang for a $25,000 ran­som.

SEPTEM­BER Chechen ter­ror­ists take more than 1,200 peo­ple hostage in a school in Bes­lan, Rus­sia. Af­ter Rus­sian forces storm the school, the death toll hits 344, in­clud­ing 186 chil­dren. Hun­dreds more are in­jured. OC­TO­BER CBC airs The Great­est Canadian se­ries, in­spired by the BBC’s Great Bri­tons show. Tommy Dou­glas wins, beat­ing out Trudeau, Terry Fox, David Suzuki and Don Cherry. NOVEM­BER Yasser Arafat dies with­out see­ing his dream of Pales­tinian in­de­pen­dence re­al­ized. A dis­graced Colin Pow­ell, hav­ing spent a lot of time ped­dling Bush’s Iraq War, re­signs as sec­re­tary of state. Ken Jen­nings fi­nally loses on Jeop­ardy, end­ing a 74-game win­ning streak.

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