What Happened in November 2004

Historical Events

  • 4th 12 French soldiers, 3 UN personnel and hundreds of civilians die during the Côte d'Ivoire civil war.
  • 6th An express train collides with a stationary car near the village of Ufton Nervet, England, killing 6 and injuring 150.
  • 7th 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.
  • 8th 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.
  • 9th Video game Halo 2 a first person shooter first released on Xbox by Bungie Studios
  • 9th 38th Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride & Keith Urban wins
  • 11th New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

11th The death of Yasser Arafat is confirmed by the Palestine Liberation Organization, of unidentified causes. Mahmoud Abbas is elected chairman of the PLO minutes later.

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

27th 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
  • 28th 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.
  • 30th Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge resigns.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

30th 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
  • 30th Lion Air Flight 538 crash lands in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, killing 26.

Famous Weddings

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

Famous Divorces

  • 9th 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
  • 19th Singer Jermaine Jackson (49) divorces Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza (35) after 9 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2nd 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
  • 2nd Theo van Gogh, Dutch filmmaker (b. 1957)
  • 2nd Gerrie Knetemann, Dutch cyclist (b. 1951)
  • 3rd Sergei Zholtok, Latvian hockey player (b. 1972)
  • 6th Fred Dibnah, English television personality (b. 1938)
  • 6th Johnny Warren, Australian soccer player (b. 1943)
  • 7th Howard Keel, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 8th Peter Mathers, English-born Australian novelist (b. 1931)
  • 9th Iris Chang, Asian author (b. 1968)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

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