What Happened in April 2004

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Google introduces Gmail: the launch is met with scepticism on account of the launch date.
  • Apr 2 Islamist terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks attempt to bomb the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid. Their attack is thwarted.
  • Apr 3 Islamic terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks are trapped by the police in their apartment and kill themselves.
  • Apr 3 157th Grand National: Graham Lee aboard Amberleigh House wins
  • Apr 5 66th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Georgia Tech 82-73
  • Apr 6 Rolandas Paksas becomes the first president of Lithuania to be peacefully removed from the post by impeachment.
  • Apr 6 23rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee 70-61
  • Apr 8 Darfur conflict: The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups

Battle9/11 Attack on New York's World Trade Towers

Apr 8 U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice testifies before the 9/11 Commission

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 11 68th Masters Golf Tournament: Phil Mickelson wins, shooting a 279

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 13 Barry Bonds hits his 661st career home run, passing Willie Mays on the all-time list

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Apr 16 The super liner Queen Mary 2 embarks on her first Transatlantic crossing, linking the golden age of ocean travel to the modern age of ocean travel.
  • Apr 18 50th British Academy Television Awards: "Little Britain" Best Comedy, "Buried" Best Drama
  • Apr 19 108th Boston Marathon: Timothy Cherigat of Kenya 1st man in 2:10:37 and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya 1st woman in 2:24:27
  • Apr 20 In Iraq, 12 mortars are fired on Abu Ghraib Prison by insurgents, killing 22 detainees and wounding 92.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 21 38th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith, Shania Twain & Kenny Chesney win

Singer Shania Twain
Shania Twain
  • Apr 22 Two fuel trains collide in Ryongchon, North Korea, killing up to 150 people.
  • Apr 24 The United States lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction.
  • Apr 24 2004 NFL Draft: Eli Manning from Ole Miss first pick by San Diego Chargers
  • Apr 28 Shrek the sheep from Tarra New Zealand, is finally shorn live on tv after 6 years avoidance, the fleece weighed 27 kg (60 lb)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 29 Dick Cheney and George W. Bush testify before the 9/11 Commission in a closed, unrecorded hearing in the Oval Office.

46th US Vice-President Dick Cheney
46th US Vice-President
Dick Cheney
43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • Apr 29 Oldsmobile builds its final car ending 107 years of production.
  • Apr 30 U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 2 Actress Jill Whelan (38) weds Michael Chaykowsky aboard the Caribbean Princess cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Apr 4 Latina singer Joy Enriquez (25) weds Grammy-winner Rodney Jerkins (26) at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California
  • Apr 24 Prince Friso of Orange (35), 2nd son of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands marries Mabel Wisse Smit (35) without formal permission of parliament.
  • Apr 24 Model-actress Ali Landry (30) weds TV personality Mario Lopez (30) at the exclusive Las Alamandas resort outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Apr 29 "Gentlemen's Agreement" Oscar Best Supporting Actress Celeste Holm (87) weds opera singer Frank Basile (41) in Manhattan

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 26 Model-actress Deborah Falconer (38) divorces actor Robert Downey Jr (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 12 years of marriage

  • Apr 27 Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry files for divorce from her second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet, six months after the couple separated

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Aaron Bank, American OSS officer and founder of the US Army Special Forces (b. 1902)
  • Apr 1 Carrie Snodgress, American actress (b. 1946)
  • Apr 1 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian songwriter (b. 1927)
  • Apr 2 John Argyris, Greek aeronautical engineer (b. 1913)
  • Apr 4 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist (b. 1919)
  • Apr 4 Casey Sheehan, American soldier, son of Cindy Sheehan (b. 1979)
  • Apr 5 Heiner Zieschang, German mathematician (b. 1936)
  • Apr 5 Sławomir Rawicz, Polish soldier (b. 1915)
  • Apr 6 Larisa Bogoraz, Soviet dissident (b. 1929)
  • Apr 6 Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets) (b. 1937)
  • Apr 7 Victor Argo, American actor (b. 1934)
  • Apr 8 Enda Colleran, Gaelic footballer (b. 1941)
  • Apr 13 Lou Berberet, American baseball player (b. 1929)
  • Apr 13 Caron Keating, British television presenter (b. 1962)
  • Apr 14 Micheline Charest, French Canadian television producer (b. 1953)
  • Apr 15 Ray Condo, Canadian musician (b. 1950)
  • Apr 17 Edmond Pidoux, Swiss writer (b. 1908)
  • Apr 17 Soundarya, Indian actress (b. 1971)
  • Apr 18 Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, first Prime Minister of Fiji and President of Fiji (b. 1920)
  • Apr 19 Norris McWhirter, Scottish co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records (b. 1925)
  • Apr 19 John Maynard Smith, English biologist (b. 1920)
  • Apr 21 Mary McGrory, American journalist (b. 1918)
  • Apr 22 Pat Tillman, American football player and U.S. Army Ranger (killed in action) (b. 1976)
  • Apr 22 Jason L. Dunham, American Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1981)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 24 Estée Lauder, American cosmetics entrepreneur (b. 1906)

Cosmetics Company Founder Estée Lauder
Cosmetics Company Founder
Estée Lauder
  • Apr 25 Thom Gunn, British poet (b. 1929)
  • Apr 26 Hubert Selby Jr., American author (b. 1928)
  • Apr 29 Sid Smith, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1925)