What Happened in June 2004

Historical Events

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2nd Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy!.

74 Time Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings
74 Time Jeopardy Champion
Ken Jennings
  • 5th 136th Belmont: Edgar Prado aboard Birdstone wins in 2:27.50
  • 6th Tamil is established as a Classical language by the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in a joint sitting of the two houses of the Indian Parliament.
  • 6th 58th Tony Awards: Avenue Q & I Am My Own Wife win
  • 6th 103rd Men's French Open: Gaston Gaudio beats Guillermo Coria (0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6)
  • 6th 103rd Women's French Open: Anastasia Myskina beats Elena Dementieva (6-1, 6-2)
  • 7th Stanley Cup: Tampa Bay Lightning defeat Calgary Flames 4-3
  • 8th Transit of Venus (between Earth & Sun) occurs
  • 11th Cassini-Huygens makes its closest flyby of Phoebe.

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11th Ronald Reagan's funeral is held at Washington National Cathedral.

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 12th A 1.3 kilogram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house in Ellerslie, New Zealand causing serious damage but no injuries.
  • 13th 50th LPGA Championship won by Annika Sörenstam
  • 15th 58th NBA Championship: Detroit Pistons beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • 20th 104th US Golf Open: Retief Goosen shoots a 276 at Shinnecock Hills GC NY
  • 21st SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.

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23rd Bob Dylan accepts honorary doctorate of music degree from the University of St Andrews, Scotland's oldest university

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • 24th Capital punishment is declared unconstitutional in New York
  • 28th Estonia, Lithuania and Slovenia join the European Exchange Rate Mechanism
  • 28th The 17th NATO Summit starts in Istanbul.
  • 28th Sovereign power is handed to the interim government of Iraq by the Coalition Provisional Authority, ending the U.S.-led rule of that nation.

Film release premierFilm Release

30th "Spider-Man 2" directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst is released

Actress Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

5th Actress Jennifer Lopez (43) weds salsa artist Marc Anthony (42) in Beverly Hills, California

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez

HeartWedding of Interest

5th Tennis player Ilie Năstase (57) weds fashion model Amalia Teodosescu

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • 6th "Trick Pony" lead singer Heidi Newfield (33) weds NFL agent Bill Johnson in Destin, Florida
  • 20th Former Dallas Cowboys running back Eddie George (30) weds R&B group "SWV" member Tamara Johnson (33) at the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey

Famous Divorces

  • 8th "TLC" singer Tionne Watkins (34) divorces rapper Mack 10 (32) due to adultery after nearly 4 years of marriage
  • 10th Model-actress Ali Landry (30) divorces "Saved by the Bell" actor Mario Lopez (30) due to irreconcilable differences only 2 weeks after getting married

Famous Deaths

  • 1st William Manchester, American writer (b. 1922)
  • 2nd Loyd Sigmon, American amateur ("ham") radio broadcaster (b. 1909)
  • 3rd Frances Shand Kydd, mother of Diana, Princess of Wales (b. 1936)
  • 3rd Quorthon, Swedish musician (Bathory) (b. 1966)
  • 4th Steve Lacy, American saxophonist (b. 1934)
  • 4th Nino Manfredi, Italian actor (b. 1921)
  • 5th Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor (b. 1941)

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5th Ronald Reagan, 40th US President, Governor of California and radio and film actor, dies at 93

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 8th Mack Jones, American baseball player (b. 1938)
  • 9th Rosey Brown, American football player (b. 1932)
  • 9th Brian Williamson, Jamaican Gay Activist (b. 1945)

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10th Ray Charles, Grammy winning crooner who blended gospel and blues, dies at 73

Musician Ray Charles
Ray Charles
  • 11th Egon von Furstenberg, Swiss fashion designer (b. 1946)
  • 11th Xenophon Zolotas, Greek politician (b. 1904)
  • 13th Dick Durrance, American skier (b. 1914)
  • 13th Ralph Wiley, American journalist and writer (b. 1952)
  • 14th Ulrich Inderbinen, Swiss mountain guide (b. 1900)
  • 14th Eamonn McGirr, Irish-born singer and entertainer
  • 16th Thanom Kittikachorn, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1912)
  • 17th Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1926)
  • 21st Leonel Brizola, Brazilian politician (b. 1922)
  • 22nd Mattie Stepanek, American poet (b. 1990)
  • 22nd Bob Bemer, American computer scientist (b. 1920)
  • 22nd Kim Sun-il, South Korean translator (b. 1970)
  • 22nd Thomas Gold, Austrian astrophysicist, dies from complications due to heart disease at 84
  • 24th Ifigeneia Giannopoulou, Greek songwriter (b. 1957)
  • 26th Yash Johar, Indian film producer (b. 1929)
  • 26th Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer and song-writer (b. 1930)
  • 27th Darrell Russell, American race car driver (b. 1968)
  • 27th George Patton IV, American general (b. 1923)
  • 28th Anthony Buckeridge, English author (b. 1912)
  • 29th Bernard Babior, American biochemist (b. 1935)
  • 30th Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer (b. 1924)