Today in History for December 2004
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Events 1 - 13 of 13
4th - 13th SEC Championship Game: #3 Auburn beats #15 Tennessee, 38-28
5th - 93rd Davis Cup: Spain beats USA in Seville (3-2)
8th - The Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.
11th - 70th Heisman Trophy Award: Matt Leinart, USC (QB)
13th - Former Chilean dictator, General Augusto Pinochet is put under house arrest, after being sued under accusations over 9 kidnapping actions and manslaughter. The house arrest is lifted the same day on appeal.
14th - The Millau viaduct, the highest bridge in the world, near Millau, France is officially opened.
15th - "Million Dollar Baby", directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman is released (Best Picture 2005)
23rd - Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean is hit by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake.
25th - Cassini orbiter releases Huygens probe which successfully landed on Saturn's moon Titan on January 14, 2005.
26th - A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people.
Actor and Director Clint Eastwood 27th - Radiation from an explosion on the magnetar SGR 1806-20 reaches Earth. It is the brightest extrasolar event known to have been witnessed on the planet.
30th - A fire in the República Cromagnon nightclub in Buenos Aires, Argentina kills 194.
31st - The official opening of Taipei 101, the current tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at a height of 509 metres (1,670 feet).
Weddings 1 - 6 of 6
23rd - CBS executive Les Moonves (55) weds CBS' "Early Show" co-host Julie Chen (34) on a private estate in Acapulco
26th - "Kill Bill" actress David Carradine (67) weds Annie Berman (43) at the seaside in Malibu
29th - "The X-Files" actress Gillian Anderson (36) weds former journalist and documentary filmmaker Julian Ozanne (42) on Shella island in Lamu, Kenya
30th - Boston Red Sox centerfielder Johnny Damon (31) weds Michelle Mangan at Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Hotel in Orlando, Florida
Musician Daniel Johns (31st) 31st - Australian pop diva Natalie Imbruglia (28) weds "Silverchair" frontman Daniel Johns (24) on a beach ceremony in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
31st - English actor Terence Stamp (64) weds Elizabeth O'Rourke (23) in London
Deaths 1 - 48 of 48
1st - Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (b. 1911)
2nd - Mona Van Duyn, American poet (b. 1921)
2nd - Alicia Markova, British ballerina (Diaghilev's Ballet Russe 1925-32) dies aged 94
3rd - Shiing-Shen Chern, Chinese mathematician (b. 1911)
4th - Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano (b. 1943)
6th - Raymond Goethals, Belgian football coach (b. 1921)
7th - Frederick Fennell, American conductor (b. 1914)
7th - Jerry Scoggins, American singer (b. 1913)
7th - Jay Van Andel, co-founder and former chairman of Amway (b. 1924)
8th - Dimebag Darrell, heavy metal guitarist in band Pantera is shot & killed while performing onstage in Columbus Ohio by crazed fan Nathan Gale
9th - David Brudnoy, American radio personality (b. 1940)
9th - Lea De Mae, Czech actress (b. 1976)
11th - Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (b. 1917)
11th - M.S. Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (b. 1916)
11th - José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian footballer (b. 1962)
13th - Andre Rodgers, Bahamian baseball player (b. 1934)
13th - David Wheeler, English computer scientist (b. 1927)
14th - Rod Kanehl, American baseball player (b. 1934)
14th - Fernando Poe, Jr., Filipino actor and presidential candidate (b. 1939)
15th - Pauline Gore, mother of Al Gore (b. 1912)
16th - Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (b. 1933)
16th - Agnes Martin, Canadian-American abstract painter dies aged 92
17th - Tom Wesselmann, American collage artist (b. 1931)
18th - Anthony Sampson, British journalist and biographer (b. 1926)
19th - Herbert C. Brown, English-born American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
19th - Renata Tebaldi, Italian soprano (b. 1922)
21st - Autar Singh Paintal, Indian medical scientist (b. 1925)
22nd - Doug Ault, American baseball player (b. 1950)
23rd - P. V. Narasimha Rao, Prime Minister of India (b. 1921)
23rd - Anne Truitt, American artist dies aged 83
24th - Johnny Oates, baseball player and manager (b. 1946)
25th - Gennady Strekalov, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1940)
26th - Sir Angus Ogilvy, British businessman, husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent (b. 1928)
26th - Marianne Heiberg, Norwegian mediator (b. 1945)
26th - Jonathan Drummond-Webb, South African pediatric heart surgeon (b. 1959)
26th - Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian jazz musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1959)
NFL Legend Reggie White (26th) 26th - Reggie White, American football player, dies at 43
26th - Aki Sirkesalo, Finnish musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1962)
26th - Mieszko Talarczyk, Lead singer/Guitarist of grindcore band, Nasum, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1974)
26th - Troy Broadbridge, Australian rules footballer, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1980)
27th - Hank Garland, American musician (b. 1930)
28th - Jerry Orbach, American actor (b. 1935)
28th - Susan Sontag, American writer, dies from Myelodysplastic syndrome at 71
29th - Liddy Holloway, New Zealand actress (b. 1947)
29th - Ken Burkhart, American baseball player (b. 1915)
29th - Julius Axelrod, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
Author Susan Sontag (28th) 30th - Artie Shaw, American jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 94
31st - Gerard Debreu, French-born economist, Bank of Sweden Prize laureate (b. 1921)