Historical Events in September 2004

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

  • 11th 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

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

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

17th Barry Bonds hits his 700th career home run

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 18th 29th Toronto International Film Festival: "Hotel Rwanda" directed by Terry George wins the People's Choice Award
  • 19th 56th Emmy Awards: The Sopranos, Arrested Development, James Spader & Allison Janney win
  • 19th 35th Ryder Cup: Europe wins 18.5-9.5 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan, US
  • 21st 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).
  • 21st Construction of the Burj Dubai starts.
  • 22nd "Lost" created by J.J. Abrams and starring Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly debuts on ABC in the US
  • 23rd At least 1,070 in Haiti reported killed by floods due to Hurricane Jeanne
  • 29th The asteroid 4179 Toutatis passes within four lunar distances of Earth.
  • 29th The Burt Rutan Ansari X Prize entry SpaceShipOne performed a successful spaceflight, the first of two needed to win the prize.
  • 30th The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles south of Tokyo.
  • 30th The AIM-54 Phoenix, the primary missile for the F-14 Tomcat, retired from service. Almost two years later, the Tomcat retires.