What Happened in December 2004

Historical Events

  • Dec 4 13th SEC Championship Game: #3 Auburn beats #15 Tennessee, 38-28
  • Dec 5 93rd Davis Cup: Spain beats USA in Seville (3-2)
  • Dec 8 The Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.
  • Dec 11 70th Heisman Trophy Award: Matt Leinart, USC (QB)
  • Dec 13 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.
  • Dec 14 The Millau viaduct, the highest bridge in the world, near Millau, France is officially opened.

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 15 "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
Actor
Morgan Freeman
  • Dec 23 Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean is hit by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake.
  • Dec 25 Cassini orbiter releases Huygens probe which successfully landed on Saturn's moon Titan on January 14, 2005.
  • Dec 26 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and edges of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people
  • Dec 27 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.
  • Dec 30 A fire in the República Cromagnon nightclub in Buenos Aires, Argentina kills 194.
  • Dec 31 Official opening of Taipei 101, then the tallest skyscraper in the world, at a height of 509 metres (1,670 feet)

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 23 CBS executive Les Moonves (55) weds CBS' "Early Show" co-host Julie Chen (34) on a private estate in Acapulco
  • Dec 26 "Kill Bill" actress David Carradine (67) weds Annie Berman (43) at the seaside in Malibu
  • Dec 29 "The X-Files" actress Gillian Anderson (36) weds former journalist and documentary filmmaker Julian Ozanne (42) on Shella island in Lamu, Kenya
  • Dec 30 Boston Red Sox centerfielder Johnny Damon (31) weds Michelle Mangan at Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Hotel in Orlando, Florida

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (b. 1911)
  • Dec 2 Mona Van Duyn, American poet (b. 1921)
  • Dec 2 Alicia Markova, British ballerina (Diaghilev's Ballet Russe 1925-32) dies aged 94
  • Dec 2 Kevin Coyne, English musician, dies at 60
  • Dec 3 Shiing-Shen Chern, Chinese mathematician (b. 1911)
  • Dec 4 Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano (b. 1943)
  • Dec 6 Raymond Goethals, Belgian football coach (b. 1921)
  • Dec 7 Frederick Fennell, American conductor (b. 1914)
  • Dec 7 Jerry Scoggins, American singer (b. 1913)
  • Dec 7 Jay Van Andel, co-founder and former chairman of Amway (b. 1924)
  • Dec 8 Dimebag Darrell, heavy metal guitarist in band Pantera is shot & killed while performing onstage in Columbus Ohio by crazed fan Nathan Gale
  • Dec 9 David Brudnoy, American radio personality (b. 1940)
  • Dec 9 Lea De Mae, Czech actress (b. 1976)
  • Dec 11 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (b. 1917)
  • Dec 11 M.S. Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (b. 1916)
  • Dec 11 José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian footballer (b. 1962)
  • Dec 13 Andre Rodgers, Bahamian baseball player (b. 1934)
  • Dec 13 David Wheeler, English computer scientist (b. 1927)
  • Dec 14 Rod Kanehl, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • Dec 14 Fernando Poe, Jr., Filipino actor and presidential candidate (b. 1939)
  • Dec 15 Pauline Gore, mother of Al Gore (b. 1912)
  • Dec 16 Peter Coker, English painter, dies at 78
  • Dec 16 Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • Dec 16 Agnes Martin, Canadian-American abstract painter dies aged 92
  • Dec 17 Tom Wesselmann, American collage artist (b. 1931)
  • Dec 17 Dick Heckstall-Smith, English jazz-blues saxophonist, dies at 70
  • Dec 18 Anthony Sampson, British journalist and biographer (b. 1926)
  • Dec 18 John W. Downey, American composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 19 Herbert C. Brown, English-born American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
  • Dec 19 Renata Tebaldi, Italian soprano, dies at 82
  • Dec 21 Autar Singh Paintal, Indian medical scientist (b. 1925)
  • Dec 22 Doug Ault, American baseball player (b. 1950)
  • Dec 23 P. V. Narasimha Rao, Prime Minister of India (b. 1921)
  • Dec 23 Anne Truitt, American artist dies aged 83
  • Dec 23 Peter Beazley, British politician (C) (European Parliament), dies at 82
  • Dec 24 Johnny Oates, baseball player and manager (b. 1946)
  • Dec 25 Gennady Strekalov, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1940)
  • Dec 26 Sir Angus Ogilvy, British businessman, husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent (b. 1928)
  • Dec 26 Marianne Heiberg, Norwegian mediator (b. 1945)
  • Dec 26 Jonathan Drummond-Webb, South African pediatric heart surgeon (b. 1959)
  • Dec 26 Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian jazz musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1959)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White
  • Dec 26 Aki Sirkesalo, Finnish musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1962)
  • Dec 26 Mieszko Talarczyk, Lead singer/Guitarist of grindcore band, Nasum, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1974)
  • Dec 26 Troy Broadbridge, Australian rules footballer, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1980)
  • Dec 27 Hank Garland, American musician (b. 1930)
  • Dec 28 Jerry Orbach, American actor (b. 1935)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Author Susan Sontag
Author
Susan Sontag
  • Dec 29 Liddy Holloway, New Zealand actress (b. 1947)
  • Dec 29 Ken Burkhart, American baseball player (b. 1915)
  • Dec 29 Julius Axelrod, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
  • Dec 30 Artie Shaw, American jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 94
  • Dec 31 Gerard Debreu, French-born economist, Bank of Sweden Prize laureate (b. 1921)