August 2004 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 A supermarket fire kills 396 people and injures 500 in Asunción, Paraguay
  • Aug 3 The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the September 11, 2001 attacks
  • Aug 3 MESSENGER spacecraft launches from Cape Canaveral
  • Aug 12 New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey comes out publicly as a gay man.
  • Aug 13 156 Congolese Tutsi refugees massacred at the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi.
  • Aug 13 Black Friday crackdown by NSS on a peaceful protest in the capital city of Maldives, Malé.
  • Aug 13 Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, strikes Punta Gorda, Florida and devastates the surrounding area.
  • Aug 17 MD5 collision found by Chinese researchers.
  • Aug 17 The National Assembly of Serbia unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Boze Pravde becomes the new anthem and the coat of arms is adopted for the whole country.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 22 "The Scream" (1910 painted version) and "Madonna", two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway.

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • Aug 24 89 passengers die after two airliners explode after flying out of Domodedovo International Airport, near Moscow. The explosions were caused by suicide bombers (reportedly female) from the Russian Republic of Chechnya.

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 31 Barbara Pierce Bush gives a speech to the Republican Convention

Twin daughter of US President George W. Bush Barbara Pierce Bush
Twin daughter of US President George W. Bush
Barbara Pierce Bush

Weddings in History

  • Aug 15 Fashion designer and socialite Nicky Hilton (21) weds businessman Todd Andrew Meister (33) at The Vegas Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Philip Abelson American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1913)
  • Aug 2 François Craenhals, Belgian comics artist (b. 1926)

Person of interestHenri Cartier-Bresson

Aug 3 Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer, dies at 95

Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson
Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Aug 4 Sir Kenneth Couzens, British Deputy Chairman of British Coal and significant figure during Miners Strike, dies at 79
  • Aug 7 Red Adair, American oil field firefighter (b. 1915)
  • Aug 7 Colin Bibby, English ornithologist (b. 1948)
  • Aug 9 Robert Lecourt, French politician and president of the European Court of Justice (b. 1908)
  • Aug 12 Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, English electrical engineer and inventor, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)
  • Aug 14 Trevor Skeet, New Zealand-born British politician (b. 1918)
  • Aug 14 Czesław Miłosz, Polish-born writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1911)
  • Aug 15 Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician, dies at 63
  • Aug 15 Sune Bergström, Swedish biochemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1916)
  • Aug 16 Carl Mydans, American photographer (b. 1907)
  • Aug 17 Thea Astley, Australian novelist and short-story writer, dies at 78
  • Aug 18 Hiram Fong, former U.S. Senator from Hawaii (b. 1906)
  • Aug 22 Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (b. 1960)
  • Aug 22 Al Dvorin, American Elvis Presley concert announcer (b. 1922)
  • Aug 24 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-born psychiatrist (b. 1926)
  • Aug 30 Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (b. 1906)
  • Aug 30 Indian Larry, American motorcycle builder and stuntman (b. 1949)