On This Day

August 2004 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 A supermarket fire kills 396 people and injures 500 in Asunción, Paraguay

USAStatue of Liberty

Aug 3 The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the September 11, 2001 attacks

Learn More
The Statue of Liberty, New York
The Statue of Liberty, New York
Learn More
  • Aug 3 MESSENGER spacecraft launches from Cape Canaveral

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 12 Lee Hsien Loong succeeds Goh Chok Tong as Prime Minister of Singapore

Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong
Prime Minister of Singapore
Lee Hsien Loong
  • Aug 12 New Jersey Governor James McGreevey comes out publicly as gay
  • 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.

Person of InterestThe Scream

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.

Learn More
The Scream, pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch
The Scream, pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch
Learn More
  • 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 and Nobel Prize Laureate, dies at 91
  • Aug 2 François Craenhals, Belgian comic artist (Chevalier Ardent), dies at 77
  • Aug 4 Sir Kenneth Couzens, British Deputy Chairman of British Coal Board and significant figure during Miners Strike, dies at 79
  • Aug 7 Red Adair, American oil field firefighter, dies at 89
  • 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-American writer (Bells in Winter, Nobel 1980), dies at 93
  • 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, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from Hawaii), dies at 97
  • Aug 21 Isaäc Arend Diepenhorst, Dutch lawyer and Minister of Education, dies at 88
  • Aug 24 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-born psychiatrist (b. 1926)
  • Aug 24 Kees [Cornelis Johannes] Ouwens, Dutch writer and poet (Intimate Acts), dies at 60
  • Aug 25 Helen Copley, American newspaper publisher (The San Diego Union-Tribune), dies at 81
  • Aug 30 Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (dirty-snowball theory), dies at 97
  • Aug 30 Indian Larry, American motorcycle builder and stuntman (b. 1949)