What Happened in November 2004

Historical Events

  • Nov 4 12 French soldiers, 3 UN personnel and hundreds of civilians die during the Côte d'Ivoire civil war.
  • Nov 6 An express train collides with a stationary car near the village of Ufton Nervet, England, killing 6 and injuring 150.
  • Nov 7 War in Iraq: The interim government of Iraq calls for a 60-day "state of emergency" as U.S. forces storm the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
  • Nov 8 War in Iraq: More than 10,000 U.S. troops and a small number of Iraqi army units participate in a siege on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
  • Nov 9 Video game Halo 2 a first person shooter first released on Xbox by Bungie Studios
  • Nov 9 38th Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride & Keith Urban wins
  • Nov 11 New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 11 Yasser Arafat's death through unidentified causes confirmed by Palestine Liberation Organization, Mahmoud Abbas elected PLO chairman minutes later.

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 14 31st American Music Awards: Sheryl Crow, Usher & Kenny Chesney win

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow
Singer-songwriter
Sheryl Crow
Singer Usher
Singer
Usher
  • Nov 17 Kmart Corp. announces it is buying Sears, Roebuck and Co. for $11 billion USD and naming the newly merged company Sears Holdings Corporation.
  • Nov 18 Russia officially ratifies the Kyoto Protocol.
  • Nov 20 69th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 21-13 in Tuscaloosa
  • Nov 21 The second round of the Ukrainian presidential election is held, unleashing massive protests and controversy over the election's integrity.
  • Nov 21 Island of Dominica hit by the most destructive earthquake in its history. Damage concentrated in the north and the town of Portsmouth. Also felt in neighboring Guadeloupe, where one person is killed.
  • Nov 21 The Paris Club agrees to write off 80% (up to $100 billion) of Iraq's external debt.
  • Nov 21 92nd CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats BC Lions, 27-19
  • Nov 21 56th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Kurt Busch wins
  • Nov 22 The Orange Revolution begins in Ukraine, resulting from the presidential elections.
  • Nov 26 Ruzhou School massacre: a man stabs and kills eight people and seriously wounds another four in a school dormitory in Ruzhou, China.
  • Nov 27 New Zealand's All Blacks thump Six Nations Rugby Union Champions France 45-6 in Paris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 27 Pope John Paul II returns the relics of Saint John Chrysostom to the Eastern Orthodox Church.

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Nov 28 Male Poʻo-uli dies of Avian malaria in the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Olinda, Hawaii before it could breed, making the species in all probability extinct.
  • Nov 30 Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge resigns.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 30 Longtime "Jeopardy!" champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with $2,520,700 USD, television's all-time biggest game show haul.

74 Time Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings
74 Time Jeopardy Champion
Ken Jennings
  • Nov 30 Lion Air Flight 538 crash lands in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, killing 26.

Famous Weddings

  • Nov 13 "The View" co-host Star Jones (42) weds banker Al Reynolds at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City
  • Nov 23 "Penn and Teller" magician Penn Jillette (49) weds TV producer Emily Zolten at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Famous Divorces

  • Nov 9 Hotel heiress and fashion model Nicky Hilton (21) divorces businessman Todd Andrew Meister (33) due to bi-coastal relationship after nearly 3 months of marriage
  • Nov 10 Talk show host Ricki Lake and Rob Sussman divorce after 10 years of marriage
  • Nov 19 Singer Jermaine Jackson (49) divorces Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza (35) after 9 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 1 Mac Dre, American rapper (b. 1970)
  • Nov 1 Terry Knight, American music producer and promoter (Grand Funk Railroad), is murdered at 61

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 2 Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, dies at 85

President of the United Arab Emirates Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
President of the United Arab Emirates
Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
  • Nov 2 Theo van Gogh, Dutch filmmaker (b. 1957)
  • Nov 2 Gerrie Knetemann, Dutch cyclist (b. 1951)
  • Nov 3 Sergei Zholtok, Latvian hockey player (b. 1972)
  • Nov 6 Fred Dibnah, English television personality (b. 1938)
  • Nov 6 Johnny Warren, Australian soccer player (b. 1943)
  • Nov 7 Howard Keel, American actor (b. 1919)
  • Nov 8 Peter Mathers, English-born Australian novelist (b. 1931)
  • Nov 9 Iris Chang, Asian author (b. 1968)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 9 Stieg Larsson, Swedish author (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), dies of a heart attack at 50

  • Nov 10 Katy de la Cruz, Filipino singer (b. 1907)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 11 Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority (1994-2004) and 1994 Nobel peace prize winner, dies in Paris at 75

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • Nov 11 Richard Dembo, French director and screenwriter (b. 1948)
  • Nov 13 John Balance, English musician and artist (b. 1962)
  • Nov 13 Thomas Foglietta, American politician (b. 1928)
  • Nov 13 Ol' Dirty Bastard, American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan) (b. 1968)
  • Nov 14 Michel Colombier, French composer (b. 1939)
  • Nov 15 Elmer L. Andersen, Governor of Minnesota (b. 1909)
  • Nov 15 John Morgan, Canadian comedian (b. 1930)
  • Nov 16 Margaret Hassan, Irish-born aid worker (b. 1945)
  • Nov 17 Mikael Ljungberg, Swedish wrestler (b. 1970)
  • Nov 17 Alexander Ragulin, Russian hockey player (b. 1941)
  • Nov 18 Cy Coleman, American composer, songwriter and pianist (b. 1929)
  • Nov 19 Piet Esser, Dutch sculptor (b. 1914)
  • Nov 19 Helmut Griem, German actor (b. 1932)
  • Nov 19 Terry Melcher, American musician and record producer (b. 1942)
  • Nov 19 John Robert Vane, British pharmacologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1927)
  • Nov 20 David Grierson, Canadian radio host (b. 1955)
  • Nov 20 Jenny Ross, English musician (Section 25) (b. 1962)
  • Nov 23 Pete Franklin, American talk radio host (b. 1928)
  • Nov 24 Wong Jim, Hong Kong songwriter (b. 1940)
  • Nov 24 Arthur Hailey, British-born author (b. 1920)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 26 Philippe de Broca, French film director (Le Bossu) dies aged 71

Film Director Philippe de Broca
Film Director
Philippe de Broca
  • Nov 29 Anne Samson, oldest-ever nun documented (b. 1891)
  • Nov 29 Harry Danning, American baseball player (b. 1911)
  • Nov 29 John Drew Barrymore, American actor (Pantomine Quiz), dies from cancer at 72

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Nov 30 Pierre Berton, Canadian author, dies of heart failure at 84