What Happened in January 2004

Historical Events

  • 1st In a vote of confidence, General Pervez Musharraf wins 658 out of 1,170 votes in the Electoral College of Pakistan, and according to Article 41(8) of the Constitution of Pakistan, was "deemed to be elected" to the office of President until October 2007.
  • 1st 90th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #4 Michigan, 28-14
  • 1st 70th Orange Bowl: #10 Miami (FL) beats #9 Florida State, 16-14
  • 2nd Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2, collecting samples that it will return to Earth two years later.
  • 2nd 33rd Fiesta Bowl: #7 Ohio State beats #8 Kansas State, 35-28
  • 3rd Flight 604, a Boeing 737 owned by Flash Airlines, an Egyptian airliner, plunges into the Red Sea, killing all 148 people on board.

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3rd After hosting the show for over 30 years, Casey Kasem gives up the hosting duties of "American Top 40" to Ryan Seacrest

Disc jockey and actor Casey Kasem
Disc jockey and actor
Casey Kasem
  • 4th Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.
  • 4th 6th BCS National Championship: #2 LSU beats #1 Oklahoma, 21-14, at 70th Sugar Bowl
  • 4th Mikheil Saakashvili is elected President of Georgia
  • 6th Costas Simitis announces his resignation as president of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement in Greece.
  • 8th The RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, is christened by her namesake's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 10th 9th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King wins Best Film

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11th 30th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

Actress Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
Actress Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston
Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • 11th "4th and 26", trailing the Green Bay Packers by 3 in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, the Philadelphia Eagles faced 4th and 26 on their final drive, when Donovan McNabb hit Freddie Mitchell for 29 yards. The Eagles would tie the game and go on to win in overtime
  • 12th The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.
  • 13th Harold Shipman, a British GP who is believed to have killed more than 200 of his patients in Manchester, is found hanged in his prison cell
  • 14th The national flag of Georgia, the so-called "five cross flag", was restored to official use after a hiatus of some 500 years.
  • 18th AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts 24-14
  • 18th NFC Championship Game: Carolina Panthers beat Philadelphia Eagles 14-3
  • 21st Canada: The residence of reporter Juliet O'Neill is searched by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigating leaks concerning the deportation of Maher Arar.
  • 21st NASA's MER-A (the Mars Rover Spirit) ceases communication with mission control. The problem lies with Flash Memory management and is fixed remotely from Earth on February 6.
  • 25th Opportunity rover (MER-B) lands on surface of Mars.

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

25th 61st Golden Globes: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Sean Penn, & Charlize Theron win

  • 25th 20th Sundance Film Festival: "Primer", directed by Shane Carruth, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 26th President Hamid Karzai signs the new constitution of Afghanistan.
  • 26th A whale explodes in the town of Tainan, Taiwan. A build-up of gas in the decomposing sperm whale is suspected of causing the explosion.

Famous Birthdays

  • 21st Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway

Famous Weddings

  • 1st Singer Lou Rawls (71) weds Nina Malek Inman at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee

HeartWedding of Interest

3rd Singer Britney Spears (22) weds childhood pal Jason Allen Alexander in Las Vegas, Nevada

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • 12th Two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (44) weds ABC-TV correspondent Rebecca Rankin in Los Angeles
  • 24th "Married ... With Children" actor David Faustino (33) weds actress Andrea Elmer (31) at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

24th Actress Selma Blair (31) weds producer Ahmet Zappa (29) at Carrie Fisher's mansion in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Selma Blair
Selma Blair

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

4th Britney Spears has her surprise marriage annulled less than 55 hours after tying the knot with childhood friend Jason Alexander at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears

Famous Deaths

  • 2nd Jess Collins, American artist (b. 1923)
  • 2nd Lynn Cartwright, American actress (b. 1927)
  • 3rd Des Corcoran, Premier of South Australia (b. 1928)
  • 3rd Leon Wagner, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • 4th John Toland, American historian (b. 1912)
  • 4th Joan Aiken, English author (b. 1924)
  • 4th Jake Hess, American singer (b. 1927)
  • 4th Jeff Nuttall, English writer (b. 1933)
  • 4th Brian Gibson (director), English film director (b. 1944)
  • 5th Tug McGraw, American baseball player, father of Tim McGraw (b. 1944)
  • 6th Francesco Scavullo, American photographer (b. 1921)
  • 6th Charles Dumas, American athlete (b. 1937)
  • 6th Pierre Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica (b. 1954)
  • 7th Ingrid Thulin, Swedish actress (b. 1926)
  • 7th Oswald Garrison Villard Jr., American Engineer (over-the-horizon radar), dies of pneumonia at 87
  • 8th John A. Gambling, American radio talk-show host (b. 1930)
  • 9th Norberto Bobbio, Italian philosopher (b. 1909)

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10th Spalding Gray, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1941)

  • 10th Alexandra Ripley, American author (b. 1934)
  • 11th Mervyn Pike [Baroness Pike], British politician (C), dies at 85
  • 12th Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)
  • 12th Randy VanWarmer, American singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
  • 13th Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber (b. 1937)
  • 13th Harold Shipman, British serial killer (b. 1946)
  • 14th Uta Hagen, American actress (b. 1919)
  • 14th Ron O'Neal, American actor (b. 1937)
  • 14th Valfar, Norwegian musician (Windir) (b. 1978)
  • 16th Kalevi Sorsa, Prime Minister of Finland (b. 1930)
  • 17th Harry Brecheen, American baseball player (b. 1914)
  • 17th Czeslaw Niemen, Polish musician (b. 1939)
  • 17th Ray Stark, American stage and film producer (b. 1915)
  • 17th Noble [Henry] Willingham, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger), dies at 72
  • 19th Harry E. Claiborne, American judge (suicide) (b. 1917)
  • 19th David Hookes, Australian cricketer and coach (b. 1955)
  • 20th Guinn Smith, American athlete (b. 1920)
  • 21st Yordan Radichkov, Bulgarian writer (b. 1929)
  • 22nd Billy May, American composer and musician (b. 1916)
  • 22nd Thomas Mead, Australian politician and journalist (b. 1918)
  • 22nd Ann Miller, American actress and dancer (b. 1923)
  • 23rd Bob Keeshan, American actor (b. 1927)
  • 23rd Helmut Newton, German-born photographer (b. 1920)
  • 24th Leônidas da Silva, Brazilian footballer (b. 1913)
  • 25th Fanny Blankers-Koen, Dutch athlete (b. 1918)
  • 25th Miklós Fehér, Hungarian footballer (b. 1979)
  • 26th Fred Haas, American golfer (b. 1916)
  • 27th Jack Paar, American television show host (b. 1918)
  • 27th Salvador Laurel, Vice President of the Philippines (b. 1928)
  • 28th Lloyd M. Bucher, U.S. Navy officer (b. 1927)
  • 28th Don Cholito, Puerto Rican radio host (b. 1923)
  • 28th Elroy Hirsch, American football player (b. 1923)
  • 28th Don Stansauk, American professional wrestler (b. 1936)
  • 28th Joe Viterelli, American actor (b. 1937)
  • 29th M. M. Kaye, British writer (b. 1908)
  • 29th Janet Frame, New Zealand writer (b. 1924)
  • 31st Eleanor Holm, American swimmer (b. 1913)