On This Day

What Happened in October 2004

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Seattle Mariners Japanese outfielder Ichiro Suzuki gets his 258th hit of the season, breaking George Sisler's 84-year-old MLB single-season record; Ichiro ends season on 262
  • Oct 2 American Samoa joins the North American Numbering Plan
  • Oct 2 Montreal Expos earn the last win in the franchise's MLB history, beating New York Mets, 6 - 3 at Shea Stadium; Brad Wilkerson hits the Expos' final home run in 9th inning, his 32nd of the year
  • Oct 2 Jeff Kent becomes all-time home run leader for MLB 2nd basemen when he hits 2 in Astros' 9-3 win v Rockies; 302 overall HR to break Ryne Sandberg's major league record established in 1997

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Oct 3 New England Patriots win their 18th consecutive NFL game, beating Buffalo Bills, 31-17 at Ralph Wilson Stadium; Tom Brady 17-for-30 for 298 yards & 2 TDs

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • Oct 3 Final game in Montreal Expos team history is played in NYC against the Mets at Shea Stadium, an 8-1 defeat; Jamey Carroll scores the final Expos run and Endy Chavez is the last Expos batter
  • Oct 3 Seattle Mariners Japanese right fielder Ichiro Suzuki adds 2 more singles in a 3-0 defeat to Texas, to finish the season with a MLB record 262 hits
  • Oct 4 SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight
  • Oct 5 7-time All-Star and 6-time World Champion forward Scottie Pippen announces his retirement from the NBA and the Chicago Bulls

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Oct 7 King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicates

King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk
King of Cambodia
Norodom Sihanouk

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 8 Kenyan Wangari Maathai is the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for "her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace"

Environmentalist Wangari Maathai
Environmentalist
Wangari Maathai

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Oct 10 Having already clinched his record 7th F1 World Drivers Championship, German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher wins a record 13th race of the season with victory at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher

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Oct 16 Lionel Messi, aged 17, makes his league debut for Barcelona against Espanyol

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • Oct 19 Myanmar prime minister Khin Nyunt is ousted and placed under house arrest by the SPDC on charges of corruption
  • Oct 19 Care International aid worker Margaret Hassan is kidnapped in Iraq
  • Oct 20 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox come back from 0-3 to beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 21 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Houston Astros, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 23 A powerful earthquake and its aftershocks hit Niigata prefecture, northern Japan, killing 35 people, injuring 2,200, and leaving 85,000 homeless or evacuated.
  • Oct 23 16th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 24-23 in South Bend
  • Oct 24 10 people including NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick and 4 family members are killed in a plane crash near Martinsville Speedway in Virginia; plane owned by NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports
  • Oct 24 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher finishes 8th at season-ending Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Autódromo José Carlos Pace; his 5th straight World Drivers Championship, record 7th career world title; Ferrari's 6th straight Constructors title
  • Oct 24 Manchester United beats Arsenal, 2-0 at Old Trafford; ends Gunners' English Premier League record 49-game unbeaten streak

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Oct 25 Fidel Castro, Cuba's President, announces that transactions using the American Dollar will be banned by November 8

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Oct 27 The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time in 86 years
  • Oct 27 Boston beats St. Louis Cardinals, 3-0 in Game 4 at Busch Stadium to sweep Cardinals and win Red Sox first Baseball World Series since 1918; Boston outfielder Manny Ramirez MVP
  • Oct 29 In Rome, 25 European heads of state sign a Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe

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Oct 29 Arabic news network, Al Jazeera broadcasts an excerpt from a video of Osama bin Laden in which the terrorist leader first admits direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks and references the 2004 U.S. presidential election

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • Oct 30 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Lone Star Park; winners: Ghostzapper, Wilko, Ashado, Better Talk Now, Oujja Board, Sweet Catomine, Singletary, Speightstown

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 2 "Piano Man" singer-songwriter Billy Joel (55) weds television food critic and chef Katie Lee (23) at 15-acre waterfront estate in Centre Island, New York

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel
  • Oct 2 "Married ... With Children" actress Katey Sagal (50) weds "The Shield" writer Kurt Sutter (42) in Los Feliz, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 5 Professional golfer Tiger Woods (28) weds former Swedish model Elin Nordegren (24) at Sandy Lane Resort in St. James, Barbados

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Oct 16 Actor Marlon Brando's son Christian Brando (46) weds Deborah Presley at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 28 Economist Joseph Stiglitz (61) weds professor Anya Schiffrin (41) at the Municipal Building in New York

Economist Joseph Stiglitz
Economist
Joseph Stiglitz
  • Oct 29 "Jackass" member Chris Pontius (30) weds Claire Nolan in Malibu
  • Oct 30 Blink-182 pop punk band drummer Travis Barker (28) weds actress and First Runner Up Miss USA 1995 Shanna Moakler (29) at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California

Famous Divorces

  • Oct 7 Actress Andie MacDowell (46) divorces businessman Rhett Hartzog (45) after nearly three years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Richard Avedon, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • Oct 1 Bruce Palmer, Canadian musician (Buffalo Springfield) (b. 1946)
  • Oct 3 John Cerutti, American baseball pitcher and broadcaster (Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Sportsnet), dies of ventricular arrhythmia at 44

Person of interestJanet Leigh

Oct 3 Janet Leigh [Jeanetta Morrison], American actress (Psycho), dies at 77

Actress Janet Leigh
Actress
Janet Leigh
  • Oct 4 Gordon Cooper, American astronaut (b. 1927)
  • Oct 4 Rio Diaz, Filipino actress & TV hosts (b. 1959)

Person of interestRodney Dangerfield

Oct 5 Rodney Dangerfield, American comedian (Caddyshack), dies at 82

Comedian and Actor Rodney Dangerfield
Comedian and Actor
Rodney Dangerfield
  • Oct 5 Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-born English physicist (Nobel 1962-X-ray diffraction studies of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) proved crucial to the determination of DNA’s molecular structure by James D. Watson and Francis Crick), dies at 87
  • Oct 5 William H. Dobelle, American biomedical engineer (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2013 nominee), dies at 62
  • Oct 7 Ken Bigley, British civil engineer, kidnapped and murdered in Iraq (b. 1942)
  • Oct 7 Hildy Park, American actress and writer (To Tell the Truth), dies of a stroke at 78
  • Oct 8 Jacques Derrida, French philosopher (b. 1930)
  • Oct 8 James Chace, American historian (b. 1931)
  • Oct 10 Ken Caminiti, American baseball player (b. 1963)

Person of interestChristopher Reeve

Oct 10 Christopher Reeve, American actor (Superman, Somewhere in Time), dies of an adverse reaction to an antibiotic at 52

  • Oct 10 Arthur H. Robinson, American cartographer (b. 1915)
  • Oct 10 Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer (Season of the Jew), dies at 72
  • Oct 11 Keith Miller, Australian cricketer (one of Australia's best ever all-rounders), dies at 84
  • Oct 13 Enrique Fernando, Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, dies at 89
  • Oct 14 Vlassis Bonatsos, Greek singer, actor and entertainer (b. 1949)
  • Oct 14 Conrad Russell, 5th Earl Russell, British historian, dies at 67
  • Oct 16 Pierre Salinger, American newsman (ABC) and press secretary (John F. Kennedy), dies at 79
  • Oct 17 Uzi Hitman, Israeli singer (b. 1952)
  • Oct 18 Veerappan, Indian bandit and smuggler (b. 1945)
  • Oct 19 Elliott Smith, American Singer Songwriter(b. 1969)
  • Oct 20 Anthony Hecht, American poet (b. 1923)
  • Oct 20 Chuck Hiller, American MLB second baseman (first NL player in history to hit a grand slam HR in World Series play, 1962), dies from leukemia at 70
  • Oct 22 Samuel Lee Gravely Jr., American naval officer, First African American fleet commander, dies at 82
  • Oct 22 Alastair Down, CEO (Burmah Oil), dies at 90
  • Oct 23 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone and actor (NY Metropolitan Opera), dies at 87
  • Oct 23 Edward Toner Cone, American pianist, composer and pedagogue, dies at 87
  • Oct 24 Randy Dorton, American race car crew member (b. 1954)
  • Oct 24 Ricky Hendrick, American auto racer and team owner (NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series 1 win, 23 top 10s), dies in plane crash at 24
  • Oct 24 James Cardinal Hickey, American Catholic archbishop (b. 1920)
  • Oct 25 John Peel, English DJ and Broadcaster dies of a heart attack aged 65
  • Oct 26 Bobby Ávila, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (MLB All-Star 1952, 54, 55; AL batting champion 1954; Cleveland Indians), dies of diabetes and lung ailment at 80
  • Oct 27 Serginho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1974)
  • Oct 28 Jimmy McLarnin, Northern Irish-born boxer (b. 1907)
  • Oct 29 Edward Oliver LeBlanc, Dominican politician, dies at 81

Person of interestVaughn Meader

Oct 29 Vaughn Meader, American comedian and musician, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 68 (b. 1936)

Comedian and Musician Vaughn Meader
Comedian and Musician
Vaughn Meader
  • Oct 29 Peter Twinn, English mathematician (b. 1916)
  • Oct 30 Margaret O'Rene "Peggy" Ryan, American dancer and actress (Hawaii Five-0), dies at 80