On This Day

Year 2004 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 4 Mark Zuckerberg launches Facebook from his Harvard dormitory room
  • Apr 8 Darfur conflict: The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups
  • May 17 Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage
  • May 26 The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • Jul 5 First Indonesian presidential election by the people - first round (eventually won by Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono)
  • Nov 11 Yasser Arafat's death through unidentified causes confirmed by Palestine Liberation Organization, Mahmoud Abbas elected PLO chairman minutes later.
  • Dec 8 Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the Union of South American Nations
  • Dec 26 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and edges of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people
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Historical Figures Born in 2004

  • Jan 21 Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway
  • Feb 6 Princess Louise of Belgium, born in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium
  • Mar 21 Count Claus-Casimir of Orange-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg
  • May 10 The Gosselin Sextuplets

Historical Marriages

  • Apr 24 Prince Friso of Orange (35), 2nd son of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands marries Mabel Wisse Smit (35) without formal permission of parliament.
  • May 14 Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark (35), eldest son of Margrethe II of Denmark and heir apparent, marries Mary Elizabeth Donaldson (32), at Copenhagen Cathedral
  • May 22 Felipe (later Felipe VI), Prince of Asturias, of the Spanish Royal Family weds Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano at The Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, Spain

Historical Divorces

  • Nov 10 Talk show host Ricki Lake and Rob Sussman divorce after 10 years of marriage

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