What Happened in December 2004

Historical Events

  • 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.

Film release premierFilm Release

15th "Million Dollar Baby", directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman is released (Best Picture 2005)

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actor Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
  • 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.
  • 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).

Famous Weddings

  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

31st Australian pop diva Natalie Imbruglia (28) weds "Silverchair" frontman Daniel Johns (24) on a beach ceremony in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia

Musician Daniel Johns
Daniel Johns
  • 31st English actor Terence Stamp (64) weds Elizabeth O'Rourke (23) in London

Famous Deaths

  • 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
  • 2nd Kevin Coyne, English musician, dies at 60
  • 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 Peter Coker, English painter, dies at 78
  • 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)
  • 17th Dick Heckstall-Smith, English jazz-blues saxophonist, dies at 70
  • 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, dies at 82
  • 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
  • 23rd Peter Beazley, British politician (C) (European Parliament), dies at 82
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

26th Reggie White, American football player, dies at 43

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

28th Susan Sontag, American writer, dies from Myelodysplastic syndrome at 71

Author Susan Sontag
Susan Sontag
  • 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)
  • 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)