On This Day

What Happened on December 26, 2004

Historical Events

Boxing Day Tsunami

9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and edges of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people

Famous Weddings

  • "Kill Bill" actor David Carradine (67) weds Annie Berman (43) at the seaside in Malibu

Famous Deaths

  • Aki Sirkesalo, Finnish musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1962)
  • Jonathan Drummond-Webb, South African pediatric heart surgeon (b. 1959)
  • Marianne Heiberg, Norwegian mediator (b. 1945)
  • Mieszko Talarczyk, Lead singer/Guitarist of grindcore band, Nasum, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1974)
  • Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian jazz musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1959)
  • Simon Atlee, British fashion photographer, drowned by tsunami in Thailand at 33
  • Sir Angus Ogilvy, British businessman and husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent, dies at 76
  • Troy Broadbridge, Australian rules footballer, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1980)
2004 Highlights

About December 26, 2004

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 16 years, 11 months and 11 days
Leap Year: Yes

Holidays: Boxing Day (Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom)

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Capricorn