On This Day

Historical Events in June 2004

Film & TV History

Jun 2 Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated television game show "Jeopardy!"

  • Jun 5 136th Belmont: Edgar Prado aboard Birdstone wins in 2:27.50
  • Jun 5 French Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Russian final Anastasia Myskina wins her lone major title; beats Elena Dementieva 6-1, 6-2
  • Jun 6 Tamil is established as a Classical language by the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in a joint sitting of the two houses of the Indian Parliament.
  • Jun 6 58th Tony Awards: Avenue Q & I Am My Own Wife win
  • Jun 6 French Open Men's Tennis: Gastón Gaudio of Argentina beats countryman Guillermo Coria 0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6 for his lone major title
  • Jun 7 Stanley Cup Final, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL: Tampa Bay Lightning beat Calgary Flames, 2-1 for 4-3 series win; Tampa Bay's 1st-ever appearance in final

Music Single

Jun 7 "Live Like You Were Dying" single released by Tim McGraw (Grammy Award Best Country Song, 2004; Billboard Song of the Year, 2004)

  • Jun 8 Transit of Venus (between Earth & Sun) occurs
  • Jun 11 Cassini-Huygens makes its closest flyby of Phoebe

Historic Event

Jun 11 Ronald Reagan's funeral is held at Washington National Cathedral.

  • Jun 12 A 1.3 kilogram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house in Ellerslie, New Zealand causing serious damage but no injuries
  • Jun 12 WLAF World Bowl 12, Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen: Berlin Thunder beats Frankfurt Galaxy, 30-24

LPGA Championship

Jun 13 50th LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Sweden's Annika Sörenstam goes back-to-back by 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Shi Hyun Ahn

  • Jun 15 NBA Finals: Detroit Pistons beat Los Angeles Lakers, 100-87 in Game 5 to complete one of the greatest upsets in NBA history; MVP: Chauncey Billups

US Golf Open

Jun 20 US Open Men's Golf, Shinnecock Hills GC: Retief Goosen of South Africa wins his second Open title, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up and reigning Masters champion Phil Mickelson

  • Jun 21 SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight

Music History

Jun 23 Bob Dylan accepts honorary doctorate of music degree from the University of St Andrews, Scotland's oldest university

  • Jun 24 Capital punishment is declared unconstitutional in New York
  • Jun 24 NBA Draft: Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy power forward Dwight Howard first pick by Orlando Magic
  • Jun 24 Christie’s Auction House in New York City conducts sale of 80 of Eric Clapton and friends' guitars to benefit Crossroads Centre at Antigua, a drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation facility he co-founded in 1997, raising over $5M; "Blackie", a 1956-57 composite Fender Stratocaster used as his primary instrument form the mid 70s until 1985 sells for a then record $959,500

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 25 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Oasis, Paul McCartney, and Muse headline; other performers include Wilco, The Black-Eyed Peas, James Brown, Damien Rice, Toots & The Maytals, and The Rutles

  • Jun 28 Estonia, Lithuania and Slovenia join the European Exchange Rate Mechanism
  • Jun 28 The 17th NATO Summit starts in Istanbul.
  • Jun 28 Sovereign power is handed to the interim government of Iraq by the Coalition Provisional Authority, ending the U.S.-led rule of that nation

Music Single

Jun 29 Diana DeGarmo releases her single, "Dreams"

Film Release

Jun 30 "Spider-Man 2" directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst is released

  • Jun 30 British rock guitarist Dave Davies (The Kinks) suffers a debilitating stroke, at 57; he recovers in 2006 to resume his music career