November 2004 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 1 "That's What I Love About Sunday" single released by Craig Morgan (Billboard Song of the Year 2005)
  • 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 11 New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 11 Yasser Arafat's death through unidentified causes confirmed by Palestine Liberation Organization, Mahmoud Abbas elected PLO chairman minutes later.

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • Nov 16 "Let Me Love You" single released by Mario (Billboard Song of the Year 2005)
  • 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 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 the town 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 22 The Orange Revolution begins in Ukraine, resulting from the presidential elections.
  • Nov 23 World of Warcraft, multiplayer online role-playing video game released, world's most subscribed game
  • Nov 26 Ruzhou School massacre: a man stabs and kills eight people and seriously wounds another four in a school dormitory in Ruzhou, China.

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
  • Nov 30 Lion Air Flight 538 crash lands in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, killing 26.

Weddings in History

  • Nov 13 "The View" co-host Star Jones (42) weds banker Al Reynolds at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City

Divorces in History

  • Nov 10 Talk show host Ricki Lake and Rob Sussman divorce after 10 years of marriage

Deaths in History


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 2 Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, dies at 85

President of the United Arab Emirates Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
President of the United Arab Emirates
Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
  • Nov 8 Peter Mathers, English-born Australian novelist (b. 1931)
  • Nov 9 Iris Chang, Asian author (b. 1968)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 9 Stieg Larsson, Swedish author (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), dies of a heart attack at 50

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 11 Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority (1994-2004) and 1994 Nobel peace prize winner, dies in Paris at 75

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • Nov 13 Thomas Foglietta, American politician (b. 1928)
  • Nov 15 Elmer L. Andersen, Governor of Minnesota (b. 1909)
  • Nov 16 Margaret Hassan, Irish-born aid worker (b. 1945)
  • Nov 19 Piet Esser, Dutch sculptor (b. 1914)
  • Nov 19 John Robert Vane, British pharmacologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1927)
  • Nov 20 David Grierson, Canadian radio host (b. 1955)
  • Nov 23 Pete Franklin, American talk radio host (b. 1928)
  • Nov 24 Arthur Hailey, British-born author (b. 1920)
  • Nov 29 Anne Samson, oldest-ever nun documented (b. 1891)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 30 Pierre Berton, Canadian author, dies of heart failure at 84