October 2004 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 2 American Samoa joins the North American Numbering Plan
  • Oct 4 SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight

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Oct 7 King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicates

King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk
King of Cambodia
Norodom Sihanouk

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 8 Kenyan Wangari Maathai is the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for "her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace"

Environmentalist Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai
  • Oct 19 Myanmar prime minister Khin Nyunt is ousted and placed under house arrest by the SPDC on charges of corruption
  • Oct 19 Care International aid worker Margaret Hassan is kidnapped in Iraq
  • Oct 23 A powerful earthquake and its aftershocks hit Niigata prefecture, northern Japan, killing 35 people, injuring 2,200, and leaving 85,000 homeless or evacuated.

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Oct 25 Fidel Castro, Cuba's President, announces that transactions using the American Dollar will be banned by November 8

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Oct 29 In Rome, 25 European heads of state sign a Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe

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Oct 29 Arabic news network, Al Jazeera broadcasts an excerpt from a video of Osama bin Laden in which the terrorist leader first admits direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks and references the 2004 U.S. presidential election

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 28 Economist Joseph Stiglitz (61) weds professor Anya Schiffrin (41) at the Municipal Building in New York

Economist Joseph Stiglitz
Joseph Stiglitz
  • Oct 29 "Jackass" member Chris Pontius (30) weds Claire Nolan in Malibu

Deaths in History

  • Oct 1 Richard Avedon, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • Oct 4 Gordon Cooper, American astronaut (b. 1927)
  • Oct 5 Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • Oct 5 William H. Dobelle, American biomedical engineer, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine nominee (b. 1941)
  • Oct 7 Ken Bigley, British civil engineer, kidnapped and murdered in Iraq (b. 1942)
  • Oct 8 Jacques Derrida, French philosopher (b. 1930)
  • Oct 8 James Chace, American historian (b. 1931)
  • Oct 10 Arthur H. Robinson, American cartographer (b. 1915)
  • Oct 10 Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer (b. 1932)
  • Oct 13 Enrique Fernando, Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, dies at 89
  • Oct 16 Pierre Salinger, John F. Kennedy's White House Press Secretary (b. 1925)
  • Oct 18 Veerappan, Indian bandit and smuggler (b. 1945)
  • Oct 20 Anthony Hecht, American poet (b. 1923)
  • Oct 22 Samuel Lee Gravely Jr., American naval officer, First African American fleet commander, dies at 82
  • Oct 22 Alastair Down, CEO (Burmah Oil), dies at 90
  • Oct 24 Randy Dorton, American race car crew member (b. 1954)
  • Oct 24 James Cardinal Hickey, American Catholic archbishop (b. 1920)
  • Oct 29 Edward Oliver LeBlanc, Dominican politician (b. 1923)
  • Oct 29 Peter Twinn, English mathematician (b. 1916)