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.

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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).

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

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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.

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17th Barry Bonds hits his 700th career home run

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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.