Today in History for January 2004
|◀ Dec January Feb ▶|
◀ 2003 2004 2005 ▶
Events 1 - 15 of 15
1st - In a vote of confidence, General Pervez Musharraf wins 658 out of 1,170 votes in the Electoral College of Pakistan, and according to Article 41(8) of the Constitution of Pakistan, was "deemed to be elected" to the office of President until October 2007.
2nd - Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2, collecting samples that it will return to Earth two years later.
3rd - Flight 604, a Boeing 737 owned by Flash Airlines, an Egyptian airliner, plunges into the Red Sea, killing all 148 people on board.
3rd - After hosting the show for over 30 years, Casey Kasem gives up the hosting duties of "American Top 40" to Ryan Seacrest
4th - Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.
6th - Costas Simitis announces his resignation as president of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement in Greece.
8th - The RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, is christened by her namesake's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.
11th - 30th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)
12th - The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.
14th - The national flag of Georgia, the so-called "five cross flag", was restored to official use after a hiatus of some 500 years.
21st - Canada: The residence of reporter Juliet O'Neill is searched by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigating leaks concerning the deportation of Maher Arar.
21st - NASA's MER-A (the Mars Rover Spirit) ceases communication with mission control. The problem lies with Flash Memory management and is fixed remotely from Earth on February 6.
25th - Opportunity rover (MER-B) lands on surface of Mars.
26th - President Hamid Karzai signs the new constitution of Afghanistan.
26th - A whale explodes in the town of Tainan, Taiwan. A build-up of gas in the decomposing sperm whale is suspected of causing the explosion.
Birthdays 1 - 1 of 1
21st - Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway
Weddings 1 - 5 of 5
1st - Singer Lou Rawls (71) weds Nina Malek Inman at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee
3rd - Singer Britney Spears (22) weds childhood pal Jason Allen Alexander in Las Vegas, Nevada
12th - Two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (44) weds ABC-TV correspondent Rebecca Rankin in Los Angeles
24th - Actress Selma Blair (31) weds producer Ahmet Zappa (29) at Carrie Fisher's mansion in Beverly Hills, California
24th - "Married ... With Children" actor David Faustino (33) weds actress Andrea Elmer (31) at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
Divorces 1 - 1 of 1
4th - Britney Spears has her surprise marriage annulled less than 55 hours after tying the knot with childhood friend Jason Alexander at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
Deaths 1 - 53 of 53
2nd - Jess Collins, American artist (b. 1923)
2nd - Lynn Cartwright, American actress (b. 1927)
3rd - Des Corcoran, Premier of South Australia (b. 1928)
3rd - Leon Wagner, American baseball player (b. 1934)
4th - John Toland, American historian (b. 1912)
4th - Joan Aiken, English author (b. 1924)
4th - Jake Hess, American singer (b. 1927)
4th - Jeff Nuttall, English writer (b. 1933)
4th - Brian Gibson (director), English film director (b. 1944)
5th - Tug McGraw, American baseball player, father of Tim McGraw (b. 1944)
6th - Francesco Scavullo, American photographer (b. 1921)
6th - Charles Dumas, American athlete (b. 1937)
6th - Pierre Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica (b. 1954)
7th - Ingrid Thulin, Swedish actress (b. 1926)
8th - John A. Gambling, American radio talk-show host (b. 1930)
9th - Norberto Bobbio, Italian philosopher (b. 1909)
10th - Spalding Gray, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1941)
10th - Alexandra Ripley, American author (b. 1934)
12th - Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)
Actor Spalding Gray (10th) 12th - Randy VanWarmer, American singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
13th - Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber (b. 1937)
13th - Harold Shipman, British serial killer (b. 1946)
14th - Uta Hagen, American actress (b. 1919)
14th - Ron O'Neal, American actor (b. 1937)
14th - Valfar, Norwegian musician (Windir) (b. 1978)
16th - Kalevi Sorsa, Prime Minister of Finland (b. 1930)
17th - Harry Brecheen, American baseball player (b. 1914)
17th - Czeslaw Niemen, Polish musician (b. 1939)
17th - Ray Stark, American stage and film producer (b. 1915)
17th - Noble [Henry] Willingham, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger), dies at 72
19th - Harry E. Claiborne, American judge (suicide) (b. 1917)
19th - David Hookes, Australian cricketer and coach (b. 1955)
20th - Guinn Smith, American athlete (b. 1920)
21st - Yordan Radichkov, Bulgarian writer (b. 1929)
22nd - Billy May, American composer and musician (b. 1916)
22nd - Thomas Mead, Australian politician and journalist (b. 1918)
22nd - Ann Miller, American actress and dancer (b. 1923)
23rd - Bob Keeshan, American actor (b. 1927)
23rd - Helmut Newton, German-born photographer (b. 1920)
24th - Leônidas da Silva, Brazilian footballer (b. 1913)
25th - Fanny Blankers-Koen, Dutch athlete (b. 1918)
25th - Miklós Fehér, Hungarian footballer (b. 1979)
26th - Fred Haas, American golfer (b. 1916)
27th - Jack Paar, American television show host (b. 1918)
27th - Salvador Laurel, Vice President of the Philippines (b. 1928)
28th - Lloyd M. Bucher, U.S. Navy officer (b. 1927)
28th - Don Cholito, Puerto Rican radio host (b. 1923)
28th - Elroy Hirsch, American football player (b. 1923)
28th - Don Stansauk, American professional wrestler (b. 1936)
28th - Joe Viterelli, American actor (b. 1937)
29th - M. M. Kaye, British writer (b. 1908)
29th - Janet Frame, New Zealand writer (b. 1924)
31st - Eleanor Holm, American swimmer (b. 1913)