What Happened in 2004 (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 273 of 273

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 10 "Crash" directed by Paul Haggis and starring Don Cheadle and Sandra Bullock premieres at the Toronto Film Festival (Best Picture 2006)

  • Sep 11 All passengers are killed when a helicopter crashes in the Aegean Sea. Passengers include Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria and 16 others (including journalists and bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria).

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 124th Men's U.S. Open: Roger Federer beats Lleyton Hewitt (6-0, 7-6, 6-0)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Sep 12 124th Women's U.S. Open: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Elena Dementieva (6-3, 7-5)
  • Sep 15 NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces a lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.
  • Sep 17 Tamil is declared the first classical language in India.

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 17 Barry Bonds hits his 700th career home run

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Sep 18 29th Toronto International Film Festival: "Hotel Rwanda" directed by Terry George wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 19 56th Emmy Awards: The Sopranos, Arrested Development, James Spader & Allison Janney win
  • Sep 19 35th Ryder Cup: Europe wins 18.5-9.5 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan, US
  • Sep 21 The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) People's War and the Maoist Communist Centre of India merge to form the Communist Party of India (Maoist).
  • Sep 21 Construction of the Burj Dubai starts.
  • Sep 22 "Lost" created by J.J. Abrams and starring Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly debuts on ABC in the US
  • Sep 23 At least 1,070 in Haiti reported killed by floods due to Hurricane Jeanne
  • Sep 29 The asteroid 4179 Toutatis passes within four lunar distances of Earth.
  • Sep 29 The Burt Rutan Ansari X Prize entry SpaceShipOne performed a successful spaceflight, the first of two needed to win the prize.
  • Sep 30 The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles south of Tokyo.
  • Sep 30 The AIM-54 Phoenix, the primary missile for the F-14 Tomcat, retired from service. Almost two years later, the Tomcat retires.
  • Oct 1 Baseball: Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki gets his 258th hit of the season, breaking George Sisler's 84-year-old single-season record.
  • Oct 2 American Samoa joins the North American Numbering Plan
  • Oct 4 SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 7 King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicates

King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk
King of Cambodia
Norodom Sihanouk

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 16 Lionel Messi, aged 17, makes his league debut for Barcelona against Espanyol

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • Oct 19 Myanmar prime minister Khin Nyunt is ousted and placed under house arrest by the SPDC on charges of corruption.
  • Oct 19 Care International aid worker Margaret Hassan is kidnapped in Iraq.
  • Oct 20 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox come back from 0-3 to beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 21 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Houston Astros, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 23 A powerful earthquake and its aftershocks hit Niigata prefecture, northern Japan, killing 35 people, injuring 2,200, and leaving 85,000 homeless or evacuated.
  • Oct 23 16th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 24-23 in South Bend
  • Oct 24 10 people, including 4 family members of Rick Hendrick, are killed in a plane crash near Martinsville Speedway. The plane was owned by NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 24 55th Formula One WDC: Michael Schumacher wins by 34 points

Formula 1 Racing Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Michael Schumacher

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 25 Fidel Castro, Cuba's President, announces that transactions using the American Dollar will be banned by November 8.

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Oct 27 The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time in 86 years
  • Oct 29 In Rome, 25 European heads of state sign a Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 29 Arabic news network, Al Jazeera broadcasts an excerpt from a video of Osama bin Laden in which the terrorist leader first admits direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks and references the 2004 U.S. presidential election

Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant & Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • 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 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

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

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
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 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.
  • 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.
  • Dec 4 13th SEC Championship Game: #3 Auburn beats #15 Tennessee, 38-28
  • Dec 5 93rd Davis Cup: Spain beats USA in Seville (3-2)
  • Dec 8 The Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.
  • Dec 11 70th Heisman Trophy Award: Matt Leinart, USC (QB)
  • Dec 13 Former Chilean dictator, General Augusto Pinochet is put under house arrest, after being sued under accusations over 9 kidnapping actions and manslaughter. The house arrest is lifted the same day on appeal.
  • Dec 14 The Millau viaduct, the highest bridge in the world, near Millau, France is officially opened.

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 15 "Million Dollar Baby", directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman is released (Best Picture 2005)

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actor Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
  • Dec 23 Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean is hit by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake.
  • Dec 25 Cassini orbiter releases Huygens probe which successfully landed on Saturn's moon Titan on January 14, 2005.
  • Dec 26 A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people.
  • Dec 27 Radiation from an explosion on the magnetar SGR 1806-20 reaches Earth. It is the brightest extrasolar event known to have been witnessed on the planet.
  • Dec 30 A fire in the República Cromagnon nightclub in Buenos Aires, Argentina kills 194.
  • Dec 31 The official opening of Taipei 101, the current tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at a height of 509 metres (1,670 feet).

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 485

  • Jun 5 Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor (b. 1941)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 5 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
  • Jun 8 Mack Jones, American baseball player (b. 1938)
  • Jun 9 Rosey Brown, American football player (b. 1932)
  • Jun 9 Brian Williamson, Jamaican Gay Activist (b. 1945)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 1 Marlon Brando, American actor ("The Godfather", "A Street Cart Named Desire" and "On the Water Front") dies at 80

  • Jul 1 Peter Barnes, English writer (b. 1931)
  • Jul 1 Todor Skalovski, Macedonian composer (b. 1909)
  • Jul 2 Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Portuguese writer (b. 1919)
  • Jul 2 John Cullen Murphy, American comic strip artist (b. 1919)
  • Jul 3 Andrian Nikolayev, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1929)
  • Jul 4 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor (b. 1920)
  • Jul 4 Frank Robinson (Xylophone Man), an eccentric street entertainer in Nottingham, England (b. 1932)
  • Jul 5 Hugh Shearer, Prime Minister of Jamaica (b. 1923)
  • Jul 5 Rodger Ward, American race car driver (b. 1921)
  • Jul 6 Thomas Klestil, President of Austria (b. 1932)
  • Jul 6 Syreeta Wright, American singer (b. 1946)
  • Jul 8 Paula Danziger, American author (b. 1944)
  • Jul 8 Jean Lefebvre, French actor (b. 1922)
  • Jul 9 Chuck Cadman, Canadian politician (b. 1948)
  • Jul 9 Paul Klebnikov, American journalist (b. 1963)
  • Jul 9 Isabel Sanford, American actress (b. 1917)
  • Jul 11 Laurance Rockefeller, American conservationist and philanthropist (b. 1910)
  • Jul 12 Betty Oliphant, co-founder of National Ballet of Canada (b. 1918)
  • Jul 13 Arthur Kane, American musician (b. 1949)
  • Jul 13 Carlos Kleiber, Austrian conductor (b. 1930)
  • Jul 16 George Busbee, Governor of Georgia (b. 1927)
  • Jul 17 Pat Roach, British professional wrestler and actor (b. 1937)
  • Jul 18 Paul Foot, British journalist (b. 1937)
  • Jul 18 Émile Peynaud, French oenologist (b. 1912)
  • Jul 19 Reverend Francis Marzen, American Catholic prelate (b. 1924)
  • Jul 19 Zenko Suzuki, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1911)
  • Jul 20 Adi Lady Lala Mara, Fiji chieftainess, wife of Kamisese Mara (b. 1931)
  • Jul 21 Jerry Goldsmith, American composer (b. 1929)
  • Jul 21 Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate (b. 1918)
  • Jul 22 Sacha Distel, French singer (b. 1933)
  • Jul 22 George Kidd, Canadian diplomat (b. 1917)
  • Jul 22 Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1922)
  • Jul 23 Mehmood, Indian actor (b. 1932)
  • Jul 23 Carlos Paredes, Portuguese musician and composer (b. 1925)
  • Jul 23 Piero Piccioni, Italian musician, conductor and composer (b. 1921)
  • Jul 23 Serge Reggiani, French singer and actor (b. 1922)
  • Jul 26 Sipho Gumede, South African jazz legend, lung cancer (birthdate unknown)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 28 Francis Crick, English molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (1962), dies of colon cancer at 88

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick
  • Jul 28 Sam Edwards, American actor (b. 1915)
  • Jul 28 Eugene Roche, American actor (b. 1928)
  • Jul 28 Tiziano Terzani, Italian journalist (b. 1938)
  • Jul 28 George Williams, soul singer (the Tymes), dies at 68
  • Jul 29 Rena Vlahopoulou, Greek actress and singer (b. 1923)
  • Jul 29 James Hubert "Huby" Heard, American singer-songwriter (The God Squad), dies at 73
  • Jul 30 Andre Noble, Canadian actor (b. 1979)
  • Jul 30 Jan Hanus, Czech composer, dies at 89
  • Jul 31 Virginia Grey, American actress (b. 1917)
  • Jul 31 Laura Betti, Italian actress (b. 1927)
  • Aug 1 Philip Abelson American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1913)
  • Aug 2 Don Tosti, American musician (b. 1923)
  • Aug 2 François Craenhals, Belgian comics artist (b. 1926)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 3 Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer, dies at 95

Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson
Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Aug 4 Sir Kenneth Couzens, British Deputy Chairman of British Coal and significant figure during Miners Strike, dies at 79

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 6 Rick James, American funk musician ("Super Freak"), dies of pulmonary failure and cardiac failure at 56

Musician Rick James
Rick James
  • Aug 7 Red Adair, American oil field firefighter (b. 1915)
  • Aug 7 Colin Bibby, English ornithologist (b. 1948)
  • Aug 8 Fay Wray, American actress (King Kong), dies at 96
  • Aug 8 Dimitris Papamichael, Greek actor (b. 1934)
  • Aug 9 Robert Lecourt, French politician and president of the European Court of Justice (b. 1908)
  • Aug 9 Tony Mottola, American guitarist (b. 1918)
  • Aug 9 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura, Modern Times), dies at 92
  • Aug 12 Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, English electrical engineer and inventor, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)
  • Aug 12 Peter Woodthorpe, British actor (b. 1931)
  • Aug 13 Julia Child, American chef and television personality (b. 1912)
  • Aug 14 Trevor Skeet, New Zealand-born British politician (b. 1918)
  • Aug 14 Czesław Miłosz, Polish-born writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1911)
  • Aug 15 Semiha Berksoy, first Turkish opera singer (b. 1910)
  • Aug 15 Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician (b. 1941)
  • Aug 15 Sune Bergström, Swedish biochemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1916)
  • Aug 16 Ivan Hlinka, Czech ice hockey coach (b. 1950)
  • Aug 16 Carl Mydans, American photographer (b. 1907)
  • Aug 16 Robert Quiroga, American boxer (b. 1969)