On This Day

Historical Events in January 2004

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 1 In a vote of confidence, Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf wins 658 out of 1,170 votes in the Electoral College and is "deemed to be elected" as President according to Pakistan Constitution (Article 41(8))

General and 10th President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf
General and 10th President of Pakistan
Pervez Musharraf
  • Jan 1 90th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #4 Michigan, 28-14
  • Jan 1 70th Orange Bowl: #10 Miami (FL) beats #9 Florida State, 16-14
  • Jan 1 St. Louis head coach Joel Quenneville records his 300th NHL win with the Blues, a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Savvis Center, St. Louis; Quenneville is Blues coaching games and wins leader
  • Jan 2 Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2, collecting samples that it will return to Earth two years later
  • Jan 2 33rd Fiesta Bowl: #7 Ohio State beats #8 Kansas State, 35-28
  • Jan 3 Panthers kicker John Kasay ties NFL-playoff record with 5 field goals to lead Carolina to a 29-10 win over Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round of playoffs in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jan 3 Flight 604, a Boeing 737 owned by Flash Airlines, an Egyptian airliner, plunges into the Red Sea, killing all 148 people on board.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 3 After hosting the show for over 30 years, Casey Kasem gives up the hosting duties of "American Top 40" to Ryan Seacrest

Disc Jockey and Actor Casey Kasem
Disc Jockey and Actor
Casey Kasem
  • Jan 4 Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.
  • Jan 4 College Football, 6th BCS National Championship, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: #2 LSU beats #1 Oklahoma, 21-14 at 70th Sugar Bowl
  • Jan 4 Mikheil Saakashvili is elected President of Georgia
  • Jan 6 Costas Simitis announces his resignation as president of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement in Greece.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 8 RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, is christened by her namesake's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Jan 10 9th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King wins Best Film

Actress Liv Tyler
Actress
Liv Tyler
Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Jan 10 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Lindsay Davenport & James Blake beat Slovakian pair Daniela Hantuchová & Karol Kučera 6-2, 6-3 for a 2-1 win, and 3rd American title

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 11 30th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)

Actress Julia Roberts
Actress
Julia Roberts
Actress Jennifer Aniston
Actress
Jennifer Aniston
Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • Jan 11 "4th and 26", trailing Green Bay Packers by 3 in NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Philadelphia Eagles face 4th and 26 on their final drive, Donovan McNabb hits Freddie Mitchell for 29 yards. Eagles tie the game and go on to win in overtime
  • Jan 11 Washington Capitals' German goaltender Olaf Kölzig records his 32nd NHL career shutout in a 1-0 win against the visiting Edmonton Oilers
  • Jan 12 The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.
  • Jan 13 Harold Shipman, a British GP who is believed to have killed more than 200 of his patients in Manchester, is found hanged in his prison cell
  • Jan 13 Toronto's Tom Fitzgerald and Gary Roberts become first teammates in NHL history to play their 1,000th NHL game on the same night as the Maple Leafs beat the visiting Calgary Flames, 4-1
  • Jan 14 The national flag of Georgia, the so-called "five cross flag" restored to official use after a hiatus of some 500 years
  • Jan 18 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts, 24-14
  • Jan 18 NFC Championship, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia: Carolina Panthers beat Philadelphia Eagles, 14-3
  • Jan 21 Canada: The residence of reporter Juliet O'Neill is searched by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigating leaks concerning the deportation of Maher Arar
  • Jan 21 NASA's MER-A (the Mars Rover Spirit) ceases communication with mission control. The problem lies with Flash Memory management and is fixed remotely from Earth on February 6.
  • Jan 21 Minnesota Wild set an NHL record for 2 fastest goals, when Jim Dowd and Richard Park score just 3 seconds apart in the final 15 seconds of a 4-2 win over visiting Chicago Blackhawks
  • Jan 25 Opportunity rover (MER-B) lands on surface of Mars.

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 25 61st Golden Globes: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King", Sean Penn, and 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
  • Jan 25 20th Sundance Film Festival: "Primer", directed by Shane Carruth, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 26 President Hamid Karzai signs the new constitution of Afghanistan.
  • Jan 26 A whale explodes in the town of Tainan, Taiwan. A build-up of gas in the decomposing sperm whale is suspected of causing the explosion.
  • Jan 26 Mydoom , the most destructive computer worm (so far), first sighted on computers in North America. Goes on to cause $38 billion in damages.

Music releaseMusic Single

Jan 27 "Yeah!" single released by Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris (Grammy Award Best Rap/Sung Collaboration 2005, Billboard Song of the Year 2004)

Singer Usher
Singer
Usher
  • Jan 31 Australian Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Belgian final, Justine Henin-Hardenne beats Kim Clijsters 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to win her only Australian title