What Happened in 2004 (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 273

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer Shania Twain
Shania Twain
  • Apr 22nd Two fuel trains collide in Ryongchon, North Korea, killing up to 150 people.
  • Apr 24th 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 24th 2004 NFL Draft: Eli Manning from Ole Miss first pick by San Diego Chargers
  • Apr 28th 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 29th Dick Cheney and George W. Bush testify before the 9/11 Commission in a closed, unrecorded hearing in the Oval Office.

  • Apr 29th Oldsmobile builds its final car ending 107 years of production.
  • Apr 30th U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.
  • May 1st 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 1st 130th Kentucky Derby: Stewart Elliott aboard Smarty Jones wins in 2:04.06
  • May 2nd Yelwa massacre of more than 630 nomad Muslims by Christians in Nigeria.
  • May 6th TV sitcom Friends airs season finale in 10th and final season in US (52.5 million viewers)
  • May 9th 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 13th The final episode of "Frasier" on NBC is watched by 33 million people
  • May 14th The Constitutional Court of South Korea overturns the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun.
  • May 15th 129th Preakness: Stewart Elliott aboard Smarty Jones wins in 1:55.59

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 15th "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 15th 49th Eurovision Song Contest: Ruslana for Ukraine wins singing "Wild Dances" in Istanbul
  • May 16th 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 17th Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage
  • May 18th Arizona Diamondbacks' Randy Johnson becomes 16th pitcher to throw a perfect game (2-0 vs Atlanta)
  • May 19th NHL Western Conference Final: Calgary Flames beat San Jose Sharks, 4 games to 2
  • May 21st Sherpa Pemba Dorjie climbs Mount Everest in 8 hours 10 minutes, breaking his rival Sherpa Lakpa Gelu's record from the previous year.
  • May 21st Stanislav Petrov awarded World Citizen Award for averting a potential nuclear war in 1983 after correctly guessing Russian early warning system at fault
  • May 22nd 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 22nd 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 22nd NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Tampa Bay Lightning beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3
  • May 23rd Part of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport's Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others.
  • May 24th North Korea bans mobile phones.
  • May 26th The New York Times publishes an admission of journalistic failings, claiming that its flawed reporting and lack of skeptism towards sources during the buildup to the 2003 war in Iraq helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.
  • May 26th The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • May 26th 39th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride win
  • May 26th 12th UEFA Champions League Final: Porto beats AS Monaco 3-0 at Gelsenkirchen
  • May 28th The Iraqi Governing Council chooses Ayad Allawi, a longtime anti-Saddam Hussein exile, to become Prime Minister of Iraq's interim government.
  • May 29th The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  • May 29th The Al-Khobar massacres in Saudi Arabia kill 22.
  • May 30th Indianapolis 500: Buddy Rice wins in 3:14:55.2395 (222.923 km/h)

Film release premierFilm Release

May 31st "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
J. K. Rowling

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Actress Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst
  • Jul 1st Saturn Orbit insertion of Cassini-Huygens begins at 01:12 UTC and ends at 02:48 UTC.
  • Jul 2nd ASEAN Regional Forum accepts Pakistan as its 24th member.
  • Jul 3rd Official opening of Bangkok's subway system.
  • Jul 4th 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 4th 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 4th 118th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick (4-6 7-5 7-6 6-4)

Tennis Player Roger Federer
Tennis Player
Roger Federer
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • Jul 4th UEFA European Championship: Greece defeat Portugal 1-0 in Lisbon
  • Jul 5th First Indonesian presidential election by the people - first round (eventually won by Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono)
  • Jul 13th 75th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-4 at Minute Maid Park, Houston
  • Jul 16th 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 17th 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 17th 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 18th 133rd British Golf Open: Todd Hamilton shoots a 274 at Royal Troon Golf Club

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 18th 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 21st The United Kingdom government publishes Delivering Security in a Changing World, a paper detailing wide-ranging reform of the country's armed forces.
  • Jul 22nd 37th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 25th 91st Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

Film release premierFilm Release

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

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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

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

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Aug 12th New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey comes out publicly as a gay man.
  • Aug 13th 156 Congolese Tutsi refugees massacred at the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi.
  • Aug 13th Black Friday crackdown by NSS on a peaceful protest in the capital city of Maldives, Malé.
  • Aug 13th Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, strikes Punta Gorda, Florida and devastates the surrounding area.
  • Aug 13th 28th Olympic Games opens at Athens, Greece
  • Aug 15th 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 15th 86th PGA Championship: Vijay Singh shoots a 280 at Whistling Straits
  • Aug 17th MD5 collision found by Chinese researchers.
  • Aug 17th 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 22nd "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 24th 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 29th 21st MTV Video Music Awards: OutKast, Beyoncé & Usher f/ Lil Jon & Ludacris win

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles
Singer Usher
  • Aug 29th 28th Olympic Games closes at Athens, Greece
  • Sep 1st 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 1st 61st Venice Film Festival: "Vera Drake" directed by Mike Leigh wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 3rd The Beslan school massacre ends in the deaths of approximately 344 people, mostly teachers and children.
  • Sep 7th Hurricane Ivan, a Category 5 hurricane hitting Grenada, killing 39 and damaging 90% of its buildings.
  • Sep 8th The NASA unmanned spacecraft Genesis crash-lands when its parachute fails to open.
  • Sep 9th 2004 A bomb explodes outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, killing 10 people.

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 483

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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