On This Day

Events in Film & Television in 2004

Film & TV History

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

Film Awards

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

Film 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)

Golden Globes

Jan 25 61st Golden Globes: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King", Sean Penn, and Charlize Theron win

  • Jan 25 20th Sundance Film Festival: "Primer", directed by Shane Carruth, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music 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.

  • Feb 5 54th Berlin International Film Festival: "Head-On" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 15 57th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" Best Film, Peter Weir Best Director
  • Feb 28 24th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Gigli" wins
  • Feb 29 76th Academy Awards: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," Sean Penn & Charlize Theron win
  • Mar 6 35th NAACP Image Awards: "The Fighting Temptations" wins Outstanding Motion Picture

WrestleMania

Mar 14 WrestleMania XX, Madison Square Garden, NYC: Chris Benoit wins Triple Threat title match with Triple H and Shawn Michaels

  • Apr 18 50th British Academy Television Awards: "Little Britain" Best Comedy, "Buried" Best Drama

CMT Music Awards

Apr 21 38th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith, Shania Twain & Kenny Chesney win

Music Concert

Apr 21 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Bette Midler, and Little Jimmy Scott

Film Release

Apr 30 "Mean Girls", teen comedy film released starring Lindsay Lohan and written by Tina Fey

Television Finale

May 6 TV sitcom "Friends" airs season finale in 10th and final season in US (52.5 million viewers)

  • May 13 The final episode of "Frasier" on NBC is watched by 33 million people

Film Premiere

May 15 "Shrek 2" directed Andrew Adamson and Kelly Asbury, with voices by Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

May 22 57th Cannes Film Festival: "Fahrenheit 9/11", directed by Michael Moore wins the Palme d'Or. First documentary to win.

Sports History

May 30 Indianapolis 500: Buddy Rice wins from pole for team owners Bobby Rahal and David Letterman in a rain shortened race (450 miles - 180 of 200 scheduled laps)

Film Release

May 31 "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", the 3rd film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released in UK cinemas

  • May 31 British children's cartoon "Peppa Pig" created by Astley Baker Davies premieres on Channel 5

Film & TV History

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

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)

Film Release

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

Film & TV History

Jul 16 Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison plus five months in home confinement for lying to federal investigators

  • Jul 22 37th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Film Release

Jul 30 "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle", starring Kal Penn and John Cho, is released

Film Release

Aug 27 Hong Kong martial arts film "Hero" starring Jet Li opens in the US and becomes first Chinese-language film to go to #1 at US box office

  • Sep 1 61st Venice Film Festival: "Vera Drake" directed by Mike Leigh wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 4 Dramatic film "Finding Neverland" about playwright J. M. Barrie's relationship with a family who inspired his creation of Peter Pan, premieres at the Venice Film Festival

Film Premiere

Sep 10 "Crash" directed by Paul Haggis and starring Don Cheadle and Sandra Bullock premieres at the Toronto Film Festival (Best Picture 2006)

  • Sep 18 29th Toronto International Film Festival: "Hotel Rwanda" directed by Terry George wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 19 56th Emmy Awards: The Sopranos, Arrested Development, James Spader and Allison Janney win

Television Debut

Sep 22 "Lost" created by J.J. Abrams and starring Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly debuts on ABC in the US

Film & TV History

Sep 22 Teen noir series "Veronica Mars" created by Rob Thomas and starring Kristen Bell premieres on UPN in the US

  • Oct 3 TV series "Desperate Housewives" starring Teri Hatcher and an ensemble cast premieres in the US on ABC
  • Oct 8 Martha Stewart begins 5 months incarcerated at Federal Prison Camp, Alderson for insider trading and obstruction of justice
  • Nov 30 Longtime "Jeopardy!" champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with $2,520,700 USD, television's all-time biggest game show haul

Film & TV History

Dec 9 Mary-Kate Olsen pledges that woman sewing garments for her company in Bangladesh will be afforded legal maternity leave

Film Release

Dec 15 "Million Dollar Baby", directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman is released (Best Picture 2005)