Today in History for December 2004
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Events 1 - 9 of 9
8th - The Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.
13th - Former Chilean dictator, General Augusto Pinochet is put under house arrest, after being sued under accusations over 9 kidnapping actions and manslaughter. The house arrest is lifted the same day on appeal.
14th - The Millau viaduct, the highest bridge in the world, near Millau, France is officially opened.
23rd - Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean is hit by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake.
25th - Cassini orbiter releases Huygens probe which successfully landed on Saturn's moon Titan on January 14, 2005.
26th - A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people.
27th - Radiation from an explosion on the magnetar SGR 1806-20 reaches Earth. It is the brightest extrasolar event known to have been witnessed on the planet.
30th - A fire in the República Cromagnon nightclub in Buenos Aires, Argentina kills 194.
31st - The official opening of Taipei 101, the current tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at a height of 509 metres (1,670 feet).
Weddings 1 - 6 of 6
23rd - CBS executive Les Moonves (55) weds CBS' "Early Show" co-host Julie Chen (34) on a private estate in Acapulco
26th - "Kill Bill" actress David Carradine (67) weds Annie Berman (43) at the seaside in Malibu
29th - Former X-Files Gillian Anderson (36) weds former journalist and documentary filmmaker Julian Ozanne (42) on Shella island in Lamu, Kenya
30th - Boston Red Sox centerfielder Johnny Damon (31) weds Michelle Mangan at Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Hotel in Orlando, Florida
31st - Australian pop diva Natalie Imbruglia (28) weds "Silverchair" frontman Daniel Johns (24) on a beach ceremony in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
31st - English actor Terence Stamp (64) weds Elizabeth O'Rourke (23) in London
Deaths 1 - 46 of 46
1st - Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (b. 1911)
2nd - Mona Van Duyn, American poet (b. 1921)
2nd - Alicia Markova, British ballerina (b. 1910)
3rd - Shiing-Shen Chern, Chinese mathematician (b. 1911)
4th - Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano (b. 1943)
6th - Raymond Goethals, Belgian football coach (b. 1921)
7th - Frederick Fennell, American conductor (b. 1914)
7th - Jerry Scoggins, American singer (b. 1913)
7th - Jay Van Andel, co-founder and former chairman of Amway (b. 1924)
8th - Dimebag Darrell, heavy metal guitarist in band Pantera is shot & killed while performing onstage in Columbus Ohio by crazed fan Nathan Gale
9th - David Brudnoy, American radio personality (b. 1940)
9th - Lea De Mae, Czech actress (b. 1976)
11th - Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (b. 1917)
11th - M.S. Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (b. 1916)
11th - José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian footballer (b. 1962)
13th - Andre Rodgers, Bahamian baseball player (b. 1934)
13th - David Wheeler, English computer scientist (b. 1927)
14th - Rod Kanehl, American baseball player (b. 1934)
14th - Fernando Poe, Jr., Filipino actor and presidential candidate (b. 1939)
15th - Pauline Gore, mother of Al Gore (b. 1912)
16th - Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (b. 1933)
17th - Tom Wesselmann, American collage artist (b. 1931)
18th - Anthony Sampson, British journalist and biographer (b. 1926)
19th - Herbert C. Brown, English-born American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
19th - Renata Tebaldi, Italian soprano (b. 1922)
21st - Autar Singh Paintal, Indian medical scientist (b. 1925)
22nd - Doug Ault, American baseball player (b. 1950)
23rd - P. V. Narasimha Rao, Prime Minister of India (b. 1921)
24th - Johnny Oates, baseball player and manager (b. 1946)
25th - Gennady Strekalov, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1940)
26th - Sir Angus Ogilvy, British businessman, husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent (b. 1928)
26th - Marianne Heiberg, Norwegian mediator (b. 1945)
26th - Jonathan Drummond-Webb, South African pediatric heart surgeon (b. 1959)
26th - Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian jazz musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1959)
26th - Reggie White, American football player (b. 1961)
26th - Aki Sirkesalo, Finnish musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1962)
26th - Mieszko Talarczyk, Lead singer/Guitarist of grindcore band, Nasum, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1974)
26th - Troy Broadbridge, Australian rules footballer, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1980)
27th - Hank Garland, American musician (b. 1930)
28th - Jerry Orbach, American actor (b. 1935)
Author Susan Sontag (28th) 28th - Susan Sontag, American writer, dies from Myelodysplastic syndrome at 71
29th - Liddy Holloway, New Zealand actress (b. 1947)
29th - Ken Burkhart, American baseball player (b. 1915)
29th - Julius Axelrod, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
30th - Artie Shaw, American jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 94
31st - Gerard Debreu, French-born economist, Bank of Sweden Prize laureate (b. 1921)