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A Day in History July 27, 2004

The A's scattered five runs to beat the Mariners 5-3, capping Mark Redman's unspectacular but good enough performance with an Octavio Dotel save. Crosby and Chavez homered. The A's defeated Ryan Franklin who had an uncharacteristic, decent start, allowing four runs in seven innings.

Oklahoma held their primary, nominating Brad Carson to oppose Tom Coburn. Carson would become a net darling and one of the keys to a potential Democratic takeover. The race was not ultimately very close.

Despite the fact that primaries were still taking place, the Democratic Convention was happening in Boston and Teresa Heinz Kerry was the featured speaker of the evening. Of course, the bigger news that night was Barrack Obama's speech which shot him into the national spotlight and annointed him an up and coming presedential contender.

The United Nations warns that Bangladesh is on the verge of an humanitarian crisis, as severe flooding causes more than 350 deaths. Forty-one of the country's sixty-four districts are affected by the floods, and officials say 14 million people are either marooned or homeless; other estimates reach as high as 30 million

A lower French court annuls the same-sex union of Stephane Chapin and Bertrand Charpentier, stating that the Civil Code does not allow same-sex unions and that allowing them is for the legislature. The couple say they will appeal against the court's ruling, even to the European Court of Human Rights. The mayor who officated at the ceremony, Noel Mamere of the left-wing Greens Party, had been suspended from duties for one month by the national executive.

And Jason Kendall hit his third homerun of the season, a two run homerun to open the scoring for the Pirates in their come from behind victory over the Braves.

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