What Happened in 2004 (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 273

  • Apr 20 In Iraq, 12 mortars are fired on Abu Ghraib Prison by insurgents, killing 22 detainees and wounding 92.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 21 38th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith, Shania Twain & Kenny Chesney win

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain
  • Apr 22 Two fuel trains collide in Ryongchon, North Korea, killing up to 150 people.
  • Apr 24 The United States lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction.
  • Apr 24 2004 NFL Draft: Eli Manning from Ole Miss first pick by San Diego Chargers
  • Apr 28 Shrek the sheep from Tarra New Zealand, is finally shorn live on tv after 6 years avoidance, the fleece weighed 27 kg (60 lb)

Battle9/11 Attack on New York's World Trade Towers

Apr 29 Dick Cheney and George W. Bush testify before the 9/11 Commission in a closed, unrecorded hearing in the Oval Office.

  • Apr 29 Oldsmobile builds its final car ending 107 years of production.
  • Apr 30 U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.
  • May 1 Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
  • May 1 130th Kentucky Derby: Stewart Elliott aboard Smarty Jones wins in 2:04.06
  • May 2 Yelwa massacre of more than 630 nomad Muslims by Christians in Nigeria.
  • May 6 TV sitcom Friends airs season finale in 10th and final season in US (52.5 million viewers)
  • May 9 Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov is killed in a land mine bomb blast under a VIP stage during a World War II memorial victory parade in Grozny, Chechnya.
  • May 13 The final episode of "Frasier" on NBC is watched by 33 million people
  • May 14 The Constitutional Court of South Korea overturns the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun.
  • May 15 129th Preakness: Stewart Elliott aboard Smarty Jones wins in 1:55.59

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 15 "Shrek 2" directed Andrew Adamson and Kelly Asbury, with voices by Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

  • May 15 49th Eurovision Song Contest: Ruslana for Ukraine wins singing "Wild Dances" in Istanbul
  • May 16 The Day of Mourning at Bykivnia forest, just outside of Kiev, Ukraine. Here during 1930s and early 1940s communist bolsheviks executed over 100,000 Ukrainian civilians.
  • May 17 Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage
  • May 18 Arizona Diamondbacks' Randy Johnson becomes 16th pitcher to throw a perfect game (2-0 vs Atlanta)
  • May 19 NHL Western Conference Final: Calgary Flames beat San Jose Sharks, 4 games to 2
  • May 21 Sherpa Pemba Dorjie climbs Mount Everest in 8 hours 10 minutes, breaking his rival Sherpa Lakpa Gelu's record from the previous year.
  • May 21 Stanislav Petrov awarded World Citizen Award for averting a potential nuclear war in 1983 after correctly guessing Russian early warning system at fault
  • May 22 The U.S. town of Hallam, Nebraska, is wiped out by a powerful F4 tornado that broke a width record at an astounding 2.5 miles wide. It also kills one local resident.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 57th Cannes Film Festival: "Fahrenheit 9/11", directed by Michael Moore wins the Palme d'Or. First documentary to win.

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore
  • May 22 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Tampa Bay Lightning beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3
  • May 23 Part of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport's Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others.
  • May 24 North Korea bans mobile phones.
  • May 26 The New York Times publishes admission of journalistic failings, claims its flawed reporting and lack of skeptism during buildup to 2003 Iraq War helped promote belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.
  • May 26 The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • May 26 39th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride win
  • May 26 12th UEFA Champions League Final: Porto beats AS Monaco 3-0 at Gelsenkirchen
  • May 28 The Iraqi Governing Council chooses Ayad Allawi, a longtime anti-Saddam Hussein exile, to become Prime Minister of Iraq's interim government.
  • May 29 The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  • May 29 The Al-Khobar massacres in Saudi Arabia kill 22.
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Buddy Rice wins in 3:14:55.2395 (222.923 km/h)

Film release premierFilm Release

May 31 "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", the 3rd film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released in UK cinemas.

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 2 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
  • Jun 5 136th Belmont: Edgar Prado aboard Birdstone wins in 2:27.50
  • Jun 6 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.
  • Jun 6 58th Tony Awards: Avenue Q & I Am My Own Wife win
  • Jun 6 103rd Men's French Open: Gaston Gaudio beats Guillermo Coria (0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6)
  • Jun 6 103rd Women's French Open: Anastasia Myskina beats Elena Dementieva (6-1, 6-2)
  • Jun 7 Stanley Cup: Tampa Bay Lightning defeat Calgary Flames 4-3
  • Jun 8 Transit of Venus (between Earth & Sun) occurs
  • Jun 11 Cassini-Huygens makes its closest flyby of Phoebe.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Jun 24 Capital punishment is declared unconstitutional in New York
  • Jun 28 Estonia, Lithuania and Slovenia join the European Exchange Rate Mechanism
  • Jun 28 The 17th NATO Summit starts in Istanbul.
  • Jun 28 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

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

Actress Kirsten Dunst
Actress
Kirsten Dunst
  • Jul 1 Saturn Orbit insertion of Cassini-Huygens begins at 01:12 UTC and ends at 02:48 UTC.
  • Jul 2 ASEAN Regional Forum accepts Pakistan as its 24th member.
  • Jul 3 Official opening of Bangkok's subway system.
  • Jul 4 The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower is laid on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City. (This was largely a symbolic event; actual construction would not start for several weeks)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 111th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maria Sharapova beats Serena Williams (6-1 6-4)

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 118th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick (4-6 7-5 7-6 6-4)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • Jul 4 UEFA European Championship: Greece defeat Portugal 1-0 in Lisbon
  • Jul 5 First Indonesian presidential election by the people - first round (eventually won by Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono)
  • Jul 13 75th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-4 at Minute Maid Park, Houston
  • Jul 16 Millennium Park, considered the first and most ambitious architectural project in the early 21st century for Chicago, is opened to the public by Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison plus five months in home confinement for lying to federal investigators

Business Magnate and TV Personality Martha Stewart
Business Magnate and TV Personality
Martha Stewart

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 Former South African President Nelson Mandela calls for commitment by the world to take action against Aids

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Jul 18 133rd British Golf Open: Todd Hamilton shoots a 274 at Royal Troon Golf Club

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 18 12th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Diana Taurasi win

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong
  • Jul 21 The United Kingdom government publishes Delivering Security in a Changing World, a paper detailing wide-ranging reform of the country's armed forces.
  • Jul 22 37th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 25 91st Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 30 "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle", starring Kal Penn and John Cho, is released

Actor Kal Penn
Actor
Kal Penn
  • Aug 1 A supermarket fire kills 396 people and injures 500 in Asunción, Paraguay.
  • Aug 3 The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 8 John Elway is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Aug 12 New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey comes out publicly as a gay man.
  • Aug 13 156 Congolese Tutsi refugees massacred at the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi.
  • Aug 13 Black Friday crackdown by NSS on a peaceful protest in the capital city of Maldives, Malé.
  • Aug 13 Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, strikes Punta Gorda, Florida and devastates the surrounding area.
  • Aug 13 28th Olympic Games opens at Athens, Greece
  • Aug 15 Bay of Plenty defeat Auckland 33-26 in Rugby Union to win NZ's Ranfurly shield for the first time in the shield's 102 year history and after 28 unsuccessful challenges
  • Aug 15 86th PGA Championship: Vijay Singh shoots a 280 at Whistling Straits
  • Aug 17 MD5 collision found by Chinese researchers.
  • Aug 17 The National Assembly of Serbia unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Boze Pravde becomes the new anthem and the coat of arms is adopted for the whole country.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 22 "The Scream" (1910 painted version) and "Madonna", two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway.

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • Aug 24 89 passengers die after two airliners explode after flying out of Domodedovo International Airport, near Moscow. The explosions were caused by suicide bombers (reportedly female) from the Russian Republic of Chechnya.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Aug 29 21st MTV Video Music Awards: OutKast, Beyoncé & Usher f/ Lil Jon & Ludacris win

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Singer
Beyoncé Knowles
Singer Usher
Singer
Usher
  • Aug 29 28th Olympic Games closes at Athens, Greece
  • Sep 1 The Beslan school hostage crisis begins when armed terrorists take hundreds of school children and adults hostage in the Russian town of Beslan in North Ossetia.
  • Sep 1 61st Venice Film Festival: "Vera Drake" directed by Mike Leigh wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 3 The Beslan school massacre ends in the deaths of approximately 344 people, mostly teachers and children.
  • Sep 7 Hurricane Ivan, a Category 5 hurricane hitting Grenada, killing 39 and damaging 90% of its buildings.
  • Sep 8 The NASA unmanned spacecraft Genesis crash-lands when its parachute fails to open.
  • Sep 9 Bomb explodes outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, killing 10 people

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 485

  • Mar 6 Ray Fernandez, American professional wrestler (b. 1957)
  • Mar 7 Paul Winfield, American actor (b. 1941)
  • Mar 8 Robert Pastorelli, American actor (b. 1954)
  • Mar 9 Albert Mol, Dutch actor (b. 1917)
  • Mar 9 Dr. Gerald Deskin, Ph.D., clinical child psychologist (b. 1929)
  • Mar 9 Rust Epique, former Crazy Town guitarist (b. 1968)
  • Mar 10 Dave Blood, real name David Schulthise; American musician, bassist for The Dead Milkmen (b. 1956)
  • Mar 13 Franz König, Austrian Catholic Archbishop of Vienna (b. 1905)
  • Mar 15 William "Bill" Pickering, New Zealand-born space scientist at NASA, dies at 93
  • Mar 15 John Pople, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1925)
  • Mar 16 Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor and composer (b. 1910)
  • Mar 17 J. J. Jackson, American television personality (b. 1941)
  • Mar 18 Harrison McCain, Canadian businessman (b. 1927)
  • Mar 19 Mitchell Sharp, Canadian politician (b. 1911)
  • Mar 20 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (b. 1909)
  • Mar 20 Pierre Sévigny, Canadian military officer and politician (b. 1917)
  • Mar 21 Ludmilla Tchérina, French ballet dancer and actress (b. 1924)
  • Mar 22 Ahmed Yassin, Palestinian co-founder of Hamas (b. ca. 1937)
  • Mar 23 Rupert Hamer, Australian politician (b. 1916)
  • Mar 26 Jan Berry, American musician (Jan and Dean) (b. 1941)
  • Mar 26 Jan Sterling, American actress (b. 1921)
  • Mar 27 Adán Sánchez, Mexican-American singer (b. 1984)
  • Mar 28 Art James, American game show host (b. 1929)
  • Mar 28 Peter Ustinov, British actor (b. 1921)
  • Mar 30 Alistair Cooke, English-born journalist (b. 1908)
  • Mar 30 Hubert Gregg, British broadcaster (b. 1914)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 30 Michael King, New Zealand historian (b. 1945)

Historian and Author Michael King
Historian and Author
Michael King
  • Mar 30 Timi Yuro, American singer (b. 1940)
  • Mar 30 Frances Schreuder, American socialite convicted of murder, dies at 65
  • Apr 1 Aaron Bank, American OSS officer and founder of the US Army Special Forces (b. 1902)
  • Apr 1 Carrie Snodgress, American actress (b. 1946)
  • Apr 1 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian songwriter (b. 1927)
  • Apr 2 John Argyris, Greek aeronautical engineer (b. 1913)
  • Apr 4 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist (b. 1919)
  • Apr 4 Casey Sheehan, American soldier, son of Cindy Sheehan (b. 1979)
  • Apr 5 Heiner Zieschang, German mathematician (b. 1936)
  • Apr 5 Sławomir Rawicz, Polish soldier (b. 1915)
  • Apr 6 Larisa Bogoraz, Soviet dissident (b. 1929)
  • Apr 6 Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets) (b. 1937)
  • Apr 7 Victor Argo, American actor (b. 1934)
  • Apr 8 Enda Colleran, Gaelic footballer (b. 1941)
  • Apr 13 Lou Berberet, American baseball player (b. 1929)
  • Apr 13 Caron Keating, British television presenter (b. 1962)
  • Apr 14 Micheline Charest, French Canadian television producer (b. 1953)
  • Apr 15 Ray Condo, Canadian musician (b. 1950)
  • Apr 17 Edmond Pidoux, Swiss writer (b. 1908)
  • Apr 17 Soundarya, Indian actress (b. 1971)
  • Apr 18 Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, first Prime Minister of Fiji and President of Fiji (b. 1920)
  • Apr 19 Norris McWhirter, Scottish co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records (b. 1925)
  • Apr 19 John Maynard Smith, English biologist (b. 1920)
  • Apr 21 Mary McGrory, American journalist (b. 1918)
  • Apr 22 Pat Tillman, American football player and U.S. Army Ranger (killed in action) (b. 1976)
  • Apr 22 Jason L. Dunham, American Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1981)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 24 Estée Lauder, American cosmetics entrepreneur (b. 1906)

Cosmetics Company Founder Estée Lauder
Cosmetics Company Founder
Estée Lauder
  • Apr 25 Thom Gunn, British poet (b. 1929)
  • Apr 26 Hubert Selby Jr., American author (b. 1928)
  • Apr 29 Sid Smith, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1925)
  • May 3 Anthony Ainley, British actor (b. 1932)
  • May 3 Ken Downing, British racing driver (b. 1917)
  • May 3 Darrell Johnson, American baseball player (b. 1928)
  • May 5 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), dies at 44
  • May 5 José Maceda, Filipino composer, dies at 87
  • May 6 Philip Kapleau, American Zen teacher (b. 1912)
  • May 6 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (b. 1923)
  • May 7 Waldemar Milewicz, Polish reporter (b. 1956)
  • May 7 Rudi Maugeri, Canadian singer (The Crew Cuts), dies at 73
  • May 8 John Peel, British politician (C), dies at 91
  • May 9 Akhmad Kadyrov, Chechen president (b. 1951)
  • May 9 Alan King, American comedian (b. 1927)
  • May 11 John Whitehead, American singer (McFadden & Whitehead) (b. 1949)
  • May 11 Mick Doyle, Irish rugby union footballer and coach
  • May 14 Anna Lee, British actress (b. 1913)
  • May 15 Clint Warwick, [Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), dies at 63
  • May 17 Jørgen Nash, Danish artist (b. 1920)
  • May 17 Ezzedine Salim, leader of Iraqi Governing Council (b. 1943)
  • May 18 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (b. 1927)
  • May 18 Serge Turgeon, Quebec actor and union leader (b. 1946)
  • May 19 Tony Randall, actor (Felix Unger in The Odd Couple) dies aged 84
  • May 19 Mary Dresselhuys, Dutch actress (b. 1907)
  • May 20 Lord Murray of Epping Forest, British labour politician and union leader, dies of emphysema and pneumonia at 82
  • May 22 Mikhail Voronin, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 7 medals including 2 gold, 1972 Olympics: 2 silver medals), dies at 59
  • May 22 Richard Biggs, American actor (b. 1960)
  • May 23 Ramon Margalef, Spanish scientist (b. 1919)
  • May 24 Henry Ries, American photographer (b. 1917)
  • May 24 Milton Shulman, Canadian author and critic (b. 1913)
  • May 24 Edward Wagenknecht, American literary critic (b. 1900)
  • May 25 Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (b. 1917)
  • May 26 Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh, Russian astronomer (b. 1931)
  • May 26 Dullah Omar, South African lawyer (b. 1934)
  • May 28 Umberto Agnelli, Swiss-born automobile executive (b. 1934)
  • May 29 Archibald Cox, Watergate special prosecutor (b. 1912)
  • May 29 Samuel Dash, American Congressional counsel (b. 1925)
  • May 31 Robert Quine, American guitarist, dies at 61
  • May 31 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (b. 1941)
  • Jun 1 William Manchester, American writer (b. 1922)
  • Jun 2 Loyd Sigmon, American amateur ("ham") radio broadcaster (b. 1909)
  • Jun 3 Frances Shand Kydd, mother of Diana, Princess of Wales (b. 1936)
  • Jun 3 Quorthon, Swedish musician (Bathory) (b. 1966)
  • Jun 4 Steve Lacy, American saxophonist (b. 1934)
  • Jun 4 Nino Manfredi, Italian actor (b. 1921)