What Happened in January 2004

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 3 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
  • Jan 4 Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.
  • Jan 4 6th BCS National Championship: #2 LSU beats #1 Oklahoma, 21-14, at 70th Sugar Bowl
  • Jan 4 Mikheil Saakashvili is elected President of Georgia
  • Jan 6 Costas Simitis announces his resignation as president of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement in Greece.
  • Jan 8 The RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, is christened by her namesake's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Jan 10 9th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King wins Best Film

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

Actress Julia Roberts
Actress
Julia Roberts
Actress Jennifer Aniston
Actress
Jennifer Aniston
Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • Jan 11 "4th and 26", trailing Green Bay Packers by 3 in NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Philadelphia Eagles face 4th and 26 on their final drive, Donovan McNabb hits Freddie Mitchell for 29 yards. Eagles tie the game and go on to win in overtime
  • Jan 12 The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.
  • Jan 13 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
  • Jan 14 The national flag of Georgia, the so-called "five cross flag", was restored to official use after a hiatus of some 500 years.
  • Jan 18 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts 24-14
  • Jan 18 NFC Championship Game: Carolina Panthers beat Philadelphia Eagles 14-3
  • Jan 21 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.
  • Jan 21 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.
  • Jan 25 Opportunity rover (MER-B) lands on surface of Mars.

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

  • Jan 25 20th Sundance Film Festival: "Primer", directed by Shane Carruth, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 26 President Hamid Karzai signs the new constitution of Afghanistan.
  • Jan 26 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

  • Jan 21 Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway

Famous Weddings

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • Jan 12 Two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (44) weds ABC-TV correspondent Rebecca Rankin in Los Angeles
  • Jan 24 "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

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

Actress Selma Blair
Actress
Selma Blair

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 4 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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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