On This Day

What Happened in February 2004

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 251 people are trampled to death and 244 injured in a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Music concertMusic Concert

Feb 1 Wardrobe malfunction: Janet Jackson's breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to FCC censorship guidelines.

Sport awardSuper Bowl

Feb 1 Super Bowl XXXVIII, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX: New England Patriots beat Carolina Panthers, 32-29; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Feb 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins his first Australian title; beats Marat Safin of Russia 7-6, 6-4, 6-2

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 4 Mark Zuckerberg launches Facebook from his Harvard dormitory room

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • Feb 5 Twenty-three Chinese people drown when a group of 35 cockle-pickers are trapped by rising tides in Morecambe Bay, England. Twenty-one bodies are recovered.
  • Feb 5 Rebels from the Revolutionary Artibonite Resistance Front capture the city of Gonaïves, starting the 2004 Haiti rebellion
  • Feb 5 54th Berlin International Film Festival: "Head-On" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 8 46th Grammy Awards: Clocks, Evanescence wins
  • Feb 8 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 55-52; MVP: Mark Bulger, St. Louis Rams, QB, HI

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

Feb 8 54th NHL All-Star Game, Xcel Energy Centre, Saint Paul, MN: East beats West, 6-4; MVP: Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche, C

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 10 Kanye West releases his debut album "The College Dropout" (2005 Grammy Best Rap Album)

Rapper Kanye West
Rapper
Kanye West
  • Feb 12 The city of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.
  • Feb 13 The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovers the universe's largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093.
  • Feb 14 In a suburb of Moscow, Russia, the roof of the Transvaal water park collapses, killing more than 25 people, and wounding more than 100 others.

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Feb 15 53rd NBA All-Star Game, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA: West beats East, 136-132; MVP: Shaquille O'Neal, LA Lakers, C

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal

  • Feb 15 46th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins exactly 6 years to the day after his father Dale Earnhardt Sr. won his first and only Daytona 500 in 1998

Film tv awardsBAFTA Awards

Feb 15 57th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" Best Film, Peter Weir Best Director

Actress Liv Tyler
Actress
Liv Tyler
Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Feb 16 The Pittsburgh Penguins lose their 12th consecutive home game, a NHL record

Music releaseMusic Single

Feb 17 "If I Ain't Got You" single released by Alicia Keys (Grammy Award Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2005, Billboard Song of the Year 2004)

Singer-Songwriter Alicia Keys
Singer-Songwriter
Alicia Keys
  • Feb 18 Up to 295 people, including nearly 200 rescue workers, die near Neyshabur in Iran when a run-away freight train carrying sulfur, petrol and fertiliser catches fire and explodes.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 18 Greg Maddux signs with the Chicago Cubs, the team he began his career with

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Feb 19 Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal is awarded an honorary knighthood in recognition of a "lifetime of service to humanity."
  • Feb 21 The first European political party organization, the European Greens, is established in Rome
  • Feb 26 Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Feb 26 The United States lifts a ban on travel to Libya, ending travel restrictions to the nation that had lasted for 23 years.
  • Feb 27 Former BPMC general secretary Ordrick Samuel launches a new party in Barbuda, Barbudans for a Better Barbuda
  • Feb 27 A bombing of a Superferry by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines worst terrorist attack kills 116
  • Feb 28 Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometre (300-mile) long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947
  • Feb 28 24th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Gigli" wins
  • Feb 29 Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns as President of Haiti following popular rebel uprising.

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Feb 29 76th Academy Awards: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," Sean Penn & Charlize Theron win

Actress Charlize Theron
Actress
Charlize Theron
Actor and Political Activist Sean Penn
Actor and Political Activist
Sean Penn
Actress Liv Tyler
Actress
Liv Tyler

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 6 Princess Louise of Belgium, born in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium

Person of interestMillie Bobby Brown

Feb 19 Millie Bobby Brown, English actress (Stranger Things) and UNICEF goodwill ambassador, born in Marbella, Spain


Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 26 Comedian Rosie O'Donnell (41) weds marketing executive Kelli O'Donnell (36) in San Francisco, California

Comedienne Rosie O'Donnell
Comedienne
Rosie O'Donnell
  • Feb 27 Singer-actress Solange Knowles (18) weds Texas Southern University football player Daniel Smith at Old Bahama Bay Resort in Grand Bahama Island

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 May O'Donnell, American modern dancer and choreographer (b. 1909)
  • Feb 2 Alan Bullock, British historian and author (Hitler: A Study in Tyranny), dies at 89
  • Feb 2 Bernard McEveety, American film director (b. 1924)
  • Feb 2 Róbert Zimonyi, Hungarian-American rowing coxswain (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 85
  • Feb 3 Jason Raize, American musical theatre actor (b. 1975)
  • Feb 3 Cornelius Bumpus, American saxophonist and keyboardist (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Feb 5 John Hench, American animator (b. 1908)
  • Feb 5 Harry West, Irish politician, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (1974-79), dies at 86
  • Feb 8 Julius Schwartz, American comic book and sci-fi editor (b. 1915)
  • Feb 9 Claude Ryan, Canadian newspaper director and politician (b. 1925)
  • Feb 10 Guy Provost, Quebec actor (b. 1925)
  • Feb 10 Margaret Stacey, English sociologist who helped shape the distinctively British genre of empirical sociology, dies at 81
  • Feb 11 Shirley Strickland, Australian athlete (b. 1925)
  • Feb 11 Ryszard Kukliński, Polish colonel and Cold War spy for NATO, dies at 73
  • Feb 12 Robert A. Bruce, American cardiologist and pioneer (exercise cardiology), dies at 87
  • Feb 13 Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, Chechen leader (b. 1952)
  • Feb 14 Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1998), dies of acute cocaine poisoning at 34
  • Feb 15 Jens Evensen, Norwegian minister and jurist (b. 1917)
  • Feb 15 Jan Miner, American actress (Crime Photographer), dies at 86
  • Feb 16 Doris Troy [Doris Elaine Higginsen], US R&B singer and songwriter (Just One Look), dies from emphysema at 67
  • Feb 17 José López Portillo, President of Mexico (b. 1920)
  • Feb 17 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty, Australian 100m dash (Olympic bronze 1948), dies at 78
  • Feb 18 Jean Rouch, French filmmaker and ethnologist (b. 1917)
  • Feb 20 J. J. Malone, American soul singer (It's a shame), dies at 68
  • Feb 21 Guido Molinari, Canadian painter, dies at 70
  • Feb 21 John Charles, Welsh footballer (b. 1931)
  • Feb 21 Les Gray, English vocalist (Mud-Cat Crept In), dies at 57
  • Feb 21 Bart Howard [Howard Joseph Gustafson], American songwriter (Fly Me to the Moon), dies at 88
  • Feb 22 Andy Seminick, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Feb 22 Roque Máspoli, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1917)
  • Feb 23 Vijay Anand, Indian film director (b. 1934)
  • Feb 23 Carl Anderson, American singer (b. 1945)
  • Feb 23 Sikander Bakht, Indian politician, Governor of Kerala, dies at 85
  • Feb 23 Don Cornell [Luigi Varlaro], American singer (Sammy Kaye Orch, Hold My Hand), dies of emphysema and diabetes at 84
  • Feb 23 Carl Liscombe, Canadian hockey player (b. 1915)
  • Feb 23 Bob Mayo, American session keyboardist (Peter Frampton), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • Feb 24 John Randolph [Emanuel Hirsch Cohen], American actor (King Kong, Lucan, Lucas Tanner, Angie), dies at 88
  • Feb 24 Alvino Rey, American orchestra leader (King Family), dies at 95
  • Feb 25 Donald Hings, Canadian inventor (b. 1907)
  • Feb 26 Shankarrao Chavan, Indian politician (b. 1920)
  • Feb 26 Adolf Ehrnrooth, Finnish general (b. 1905)
  • Feb 26 Boris Trajkovski, 2nd President of the Republic of Macedonia, dies at 47
  • Feb 26 Ralph E. Winters, Canadian film editor, dies at 94
  • Feb 27 Paul Sweezy, American Marxist economist and editor (Monthly Review), dies at 93
  • Feb 27 Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historians (b. 1928)
  • Feb 28 Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian, writer, and Librarian of Congress (b. 1914)
  • Feb 28 Carmen Laforet, Spanish author, dies at 82
  • Feb 28 Andres Nuiamäe, Estonian soldier (b. 1982)
  • Feb 28 Gene Allison, American R&B-singer (You Can Make It If You Try), dies at 69
  • Feb 29 Jerome Lawrence, American playwright (b. 1915)