On This Day

What Happened on August 24, 2004

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • 89 passengers die after two airliners explode after flying out of Domodedovo International Airport, near Moscow. The explosions were caused by suicide bombers (reportedly female) from the Russian Republic of Chechnya.
  • Americans Kerri Walsh and Misty May team up to win the women's beach volleyball gold at the Athens Olympics beating Brazilian pair Shelda Bede & Adriana Behar 21–17, 21–11

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Future 8-time Olympic gold medal winner Usain Bolt of Jamaica finishes 5th in his 200m heat in 21.05, failing to qualify for the 2nd round at the Athens Olympics

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Kenyan runners sweep the medals in the 3000m steeplechase at the Athens Olympics; Ezekiel Kemboi wins gold ahead of Brimin Kipruto and Paul Kipsiele Koech
  • Moroccan super star athlete Hicham El Guerrouj wins 1st leg of his 1,500/5,000m double at the Athens Olympics in 3:34.18
  • Roman Šebrle of the Czech Republic (8,893 points OR) edges American Bryan Clay (8,820) in the decathlon at the Athens Olympics
  • Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia vaults 4.91m to break her own pole vault world record and win the gold medal from team mate Svetlana Feofanova at the Athens Olympics

Famous Deaths

  • Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-born psychiatrist (b. 1926)
  • Kees [Cornelis Johannes] Ouwens, Dutch writer and poet (Intimate Acts), dies at 60