Historical Events in 2004 (Part 2)

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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 Island of Dominica hit by the most destructive earthquake in its history. Damage concentrated in the north and town of of Portsmouth. Also felt in neighboring Guadeloupe, where one person is killed.
  • 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).