On This Day

What Happened in April 2004

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 Google introduces Gmail: the launch is met with skepticism on account of the launch date
  • Apr 2 Islamist terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks attempt to bomb the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid. Their attack is thwarted.
  • Apr 3 Islamic terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks are trapped by the police in their apartment and kill themselves
  • Apr 3 157th Grand National: Graham Lee wins aboard Amberleigh House; trainer Ginger McCain's equal record 4th GN victory
  • Apr 5 66th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Georgia Tech, 82-73; Huskies' forward Emeka Okafor named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • Apr 6 Rolandas Paksas becomes the first president of Lithuania to be peacefully removed from the post by impeachment.
  • Apr 6 23rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee, 70-61; UConn's Diana Taurasi is named Most Outstanding Player for the 2nd straight year
  • Apr 8 Darfur conflict: The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups

Battle of Interest9/11 Attack on New York's World Trade Towers

Apr 8 U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice testifies before the 9/11 Commission
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UA Flight 175 flies toward the South Tower of the World Trade Center while the North Tower burns
UA Flight 175 flies toward the South Tower of the World Trade Center while the North Tower burns

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 11 68th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Phil Mickelson claims his first major title with a birdie on the final hole to win by 1 stroke over Ernie Els of South Africa

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 13 Barry Bonds hits his 661st career home run, passing his godfather Willie Mays on the MLB all-time list

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Apr 16 The super liner Queen Mary 2 embarks on her first Transatlantic crossing, linking the golden age of ocean travel to the modern age of ocean travel.
  • Apr 18 50th British Academy Television Awards: "Little Britain" Best Comedy, "Buried" Best Drama
  • Apr 19 108th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Timothy Cherigat takes men's title in 2:10:37; Catherine Ndereba wins her 3rd women's event in 2:24:27
  • Apr 20 In Iraq, 12 mortars are fired on Abu Ghraib Prison by insurgents, killing 22 detainees and wounding 92.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 21 38th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith, Shania Twain & Kenny Chesney win

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain
  • Apr 22 Two fuel trains collide in Ryongchon, North Korea, killing up to 150 people.
  • Apr 24 United States lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years ago, as reward for cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 24 NFL Draft: Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning first pick by San Diego Chargers

NFL Quarterback Eli Manning
NFL Quarterback
Eli Manning

Historic CommunicationShrek the Sheep

Apr 28 Shrek the sheep from Tarras, Central Otago, New Zealand, is finally shorn live on TV after 6 years avoidance; the fleece weighed 27 kg (60 lb)
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Shrek the sheep, after escaping shearing for 6 years!
Shrek the sheep, after escaping shearing for 6 years!

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 29 Dick Cheney and George W. Bush testify before the 9/11 Commission in a closed, unrecorded hearing in the Oval Office

46th Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney
46th Vice President of the United States
Dick Cheney
43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • Apr 29 Oldsmobile builds its final car ending 107 years of production
  • Apr 30 U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 2 Actress Jill Whelan (38) weds Michael Chaykowsky aboard the Caribbean Princess cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Apr 4 Latina singer Joy Enriquez (25) weds Grammy-winner Rodney Jerkins (26) at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California
  • Apr 24 Prince Friso of Orange (35), 2nd son of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands marries Mabel Wisse Smit (35) without formal permission of parliament.
  • Apr 24 Model-actress Ali Landry (30) weds TV personality Mario Lopez (30) at the exclusive Las Alamandas resort outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Apr 29 "Gentlemen's Agreement" Oscar Best Supporting Actress Celeste Holm (87) weds opera singer Frank Basile (41) in Manhattan

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 26 Model-actress Deborah Falconer (38) divorces actor Robert Downey Jr (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 12 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 27 Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry files for divorce from her second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet, six months after the couple separated

Actress Halle Berry
Actress
Halle Berry

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Aaron Bank, American OSS officer and founder of the US Army Special Forces (b. 1902)
  • Apr 1 Carrie Snodgress, American actress (Diary of Mad Housewife), dies at 58
  • Apr 1 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian singer and songwriter, dies at 76
  • Apr 1 Ioannis Kyrastas, Greek soccer midfielder (46 caps; Olympiacos; Panathinaikos) and manager (Panathinaikos), dies from septicaemia at 51
  • Apr 1 Paul Atkinson, British rock guitarist and record company executive (The Zombies-Never Even Thought), dies of liver and kidney disease at 58
  • Apr 2 John Argyris, Greek aeronautical engineer (b. 1913)
  • Apr 4 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist, dies at 84
  • Apr 4 Casey Sheehan, American soldier, son of Cindy Sheehan (b. 1979)
  • Apr 5 Heiner Zieschang, German mathematician (b. 1936)
  • Apr 5 Sławomir Rawicz, Polish soldier (b. 1915)
  • Apr 6 Larisa Bogoraz, Soviet dissident (b. 1929)
  • Apr 6 Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets) (b. 1937)
  • Apr 7 Victor Argo, American actor, dies at 69
  • Apr 8 Enda Colleran, Gaelic footballer (b. 1941)
  • Apr 8 Frank Chamberlain, English cricketer and CEO (Test & County Cricket Board), dies at 78
  • Apr 10 Donna Michele, American actress (Beach Blanket Bingo) and Playboy playmate (Dec, 1963), dies at 58
  • Apr 13 Lou Berberet, American baseball player, dies at 74
  • Apr 13 Caron Keating, British television presenter, dies at 41
  • Apr 14 Micheline Charest, French Canadian television producer (b. 1953)
  • Apr 15 Ray Condo, Canadian musician, dies at 53
  • Apr 17 Edmond Pidoux, Swiss writer (L'histoire de Jonas), dies at 95
  • Apr 17 Soundarya, Indian actress (b. 1971)
  • Apr 17 [Andrew] Bruce Boa, Canadian actor (The Empire Strikes Back), dies of cancer at 73
  • Apr 18 Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, first Prime Minister of Fiji & President of Fiji, dies at 83
  • Apr 18 Frances Rafferty, American WWII pin-up girl, dancer and actress (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood), dies at 81
  • Apr 19 Norris McWhirter, Scottish co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records (b. 1925)
  • Apr 19 John Maynard Smith, English biologist (b. 1920)
  • Apr 21 Mary McGrory, American journalist and columnist, dies at 85
  • Apr 21 Lorraine "Tui" St. George Tucker, American recorder player and composer (Catawba), dies at 79
  • Apr 22 Pat Tillman, American football player & U.S. Army Ranger, killed in action at 27
  • Apr 22 Jason L. Dunham, American Corporal in the United States Marine Corps and Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 22

Person of interestEstée Lauder

Apr 24 Estée Lauder, American cosmetics entrepreneur (Estée Lauder cosmetics), dies of cardiopulmonary arrest at 97

Cosmetics Company Founder Estée Lauder
Cosmetics Company Founder
Estée Lauder
  • Apr 25 Thom Gunn, British poet (The Wound), dies at 74
  • Apr 25 Albert Paulsen, Ecuadorian-American actor (One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Doctors' Hospital), dies at 78
  • Apr 26 Hubert Selby Jr., American author (Last Exit to Brooklyn), dies at 75
  • Apr 29 Sid Smith, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1925)