Today in History for Year 2004 (Part 2)
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Events 101 - 169 of 169
Jul 21st - The United Kingdom government publishes Delivering Security in a Changing World, a paper detailing wide-ranging reform of the country's armed forces.
Aug 1st - A supermarket fire kills 396 people and injures 500 in Asunción, Paraguay.
Aug 3rd - The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Aug 12th - New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey comes out publicly as a gay man.
Aug 13th - 156 Congolese Tutsi refugees massacred at the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi.
Aug 13th - Black Friday crackdown by NSS on a peaceful protest in the capital city of Maldives, Malé.
Aug 13th - Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, strikes Punta Gorda, Florida and devastates the surrounding area.
Aug 15th - Bay of Plenty win Rugby Union's Ranfurly shield for the first time in the shield's 102 year history and after 28 unsuccessful challenges. They defeated Auckland. 33-26
Aug 17th - MD5 collision found by Chinese researchers.
Aug 17th - 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.
Aug 22nd - A version of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway.
Aug 24th - 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.
Sep 1st - The Beslan school hostage crisis begins when armed terrorists take hundreds of school children and adults hostage in the Russian town of Beslan in North Ossetia.
Sep 3rd - The Beslan school massacre ends in the deaths of approximately 344 people, mostly teachers and children.
Sep 7th - Hurricane Ivan, a Category 5 hurricane hitting Grenada, killing 39 and damaging 90% of its buildings.
Sep 8th - The NASA unmanned spacecraft Genesis crash-lands when its parachute fails to open.
Sep 9th - 2004 Australian embassy bombing: A bomb explodes outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, killing 10 people.
Sep 11th - All passengers are killed when a helicopter crashes in the Aegean Sea. Passengers include Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria and 16 others (including journalists and bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria).
Sep 15th - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces a lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.
Sep 17th - Tamil is declared the first classical language in India.
Sep 21st - The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) People's War and the Maoist Communist Centre of India merge to form the Communist Party of India (Maoist).
Sep 21st - Construction of the Burj Dubai starts.
Sep 23rd - At least 1,070 in Haiti reported killed by floods due to Hurricane Jeanne
Sep 29th - The asteroid 4179 Toutatis passes within four lunar distances of Earth.
Sep 29th - The Burt Rutan Ansari X Prize entry SpaceShipOne performed a successful spaceflight, the first of two needed to win the prize.
Sep 30th - The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles south of Tokyo.
Sep 30th - The AIM-54 Phoenix, the primary missile for the F-14 Tomcat, retired from service. Almost two years later, the Tomcat retires.
Oct 1st - Baseball: Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki gets his 258th hit of the season, breaking George Sisler's 84-year-old single-season record.
Oct 2nd - American Samoa joins the North American Numbering Plan.
Oct 4th - SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight.
Oct 7th - King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicates.
Oct 19th - Myanmar prime minister Khin Nyunt is ousted and placed under house arrest by the SPDC on charges of corruption.
Oct 19th - Care International aid worker Margaret Hassan is kidnapped in Iraq.
Oct 20th - Boston Red Sox come back from 0-3 to defeat the New York Yankees 4-3 to win baseball's American League
Oct 23rd - A powerful earthquake and its aftershocks hit Niigata prefecture, northern Japan, killing 35 people, injuring 2,200, and leaving 85,000 homeless or evacuated.
Oct 24th - 10 people, including 4 family members of Rick Hendrick, are killed in a plane crash near Martinsville Speedway. The plane was owned by NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports.
Dictator Fidel Castro Oct 25th - Fidel Castro, Cuba's President, announces that transactions using the American Dollar will be banned by November 8.
Oct 27th - The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time in 86 years
Oct 29th - In Rome, European heads of state sign the Treaty and Final Act establishing the first European Constitution.
Oct 29th - The 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.
Nov 4th - 12 French soldiers, 3 UN personnel and hundreds of civilians die during the Côte d'Ivoire civil war.
Nov 6th - An express train collides with a stationary car near the village of Ufton Nervet, England, killing 6 and injuring 150.
Nov 7th - War in Iraq: The interim government of Iraq calls for a 60-day "state of emergency" as U.S. forces storm the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
Nov 8th - War in Iraq: More than 10,000 U.S. troops and a small number of Iraqi army units participate in a siege on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
Nov 9th - Video game Halo 2 a first person shooter first released on Xbox by Bungie Studios
Nov 11th - New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington.
Nov 11th - Yasser Arafat is confirmed dead by the Palestine Liberation Organization, of unidentified causes. Mahmoud Abbas is elected chairman of the PLO minutes later.
Nov 17th - Kmart Corp. announces it is buying Sears, Roebuck and Co. for $11 billion USD and naming the newly merged company Sears Holdings Corporation.
Nov 18th - Russia officially ratifies the Kyoto Protocol.
Nov 21st - The second round of the Ukrainian presidential election is held, unleashing massive protests and controversy over the election's integrity.
Nov 21st - The island of Dominica is hit by the most destructive earthquake in its history. The northern half of the island receives the most damage, especially the town of Portsmouth. It is also felt in neighboring Guadeloupe, where one person is killed as a result.
Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat Nov 21st - The Paris Club agrees to write off 80% (up to $100 billion) of Iraq's external debt.
Nov 22nd - The Orange Revolution begins in Ukraine, resulting from the presidential elections.
Nov 26th - Ruzhou School massacre: a man stabs and kills eight people and seriously wounds another four in a school dormitory in Ruzhou, China.
Nov 27th - New Zealand's All Blacks thump Six Nations Rugby Union Champions France 45-6 in Paris
Nov 27th - Pope John Paul II returned the relics of Saint John Chrysostom to the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Nov 28th - Male Poʻo-uli dies of Avian malaria in the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Olinda, Hawaii before it could breed, making the species in all probability extinct.
Nov 30th - Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge resigns.
Nov 30th - Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with $2,520,700 USD, television's all-time biggest game show haul.
Nov 30th - Lion Air Flight 538 crash lands in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, killing 26.
Dec 8th - The Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.
Dec 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.
Dec 14th - The Millau viaduct, the highest bridge in the world, near Millau, France is officially opened.
Dec 23rd - Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean is hit by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake.
Dec 25th - Cassini orbiter releases Huygens probe which successfully landed on Saturn's moon Titan on January 14, 2005.
Dec 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.
74 Time Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings Dec 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.
Dec 30th - A fire in the República Cromagnon nightclub in Buenos Aires, Argentina kills 194.
Dec 31st - The official opening of Taipei 101, the current tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at a height of 509 metres (1,670 feet).
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Deaths 101 - 200 of 458
Mar 8th - Robert Pastorelli, American actor (b. 1954)
Mar 9th - Albert Mol, Dutch actor (b. 1917)
Mar 9th - Dr. Gerald Deskin, Ph.D., clinical child psychologist (b. 1929)
Mar 9th - Rust Epique, former Crazy Town guitarist (b. 1968)
Mar 10th - Dave Blood, real name David Schulthise; American musician, bassist for The Dead Milkmen (b. 1956)
Mar 13th - Franz König, Austrian Catholic Archbishop of Vienna (b. 1905)
Mar 15th - Sir William Pickering, New Zealand-born space scientist (b. 1910)
Mar 15th - John Pople, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1925)
Mar 16th - Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor and composer (b. 1910)
Mar 17th - J. J. Jackson, American television personality (b. 1941)
Mar 18th - Harrison McCain, Canadian businessman (b. 1927)
Mar 19th - Mitchell Sharp, Canadian politician (b. 1911)
Mar 20th - Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (b. 1909)
Mar 20th - Pierre Sévigny, Canadian military officer and politician (b. 1917)
Mar 21st - Ludmilla Tchérina, French ballet dancer and actress (b. 1924)
Mar 22nd - Ahmed Yassin, Palestinian co-founder of Hamas (b. ca. 1937)
Mar 23rd - Rupert Hamer, Australian politician (b. 1916)
Mar 26th - Jan Berry, American musician (Jan and Dean) (b. 1941)
Mar 26th - Jan Sterling, American actress (b. 1921)
Mar 27th - Adán Sánchez, Mexican-American singer (b. 1984)
Mar 28th - Art James, American game show host (b. 1929)
Mar 28th - Peter Ustinov, British actor (b. 1921)
Mar 30th - Alistair Cooke, English-born journalist (b. 1908)
Mar 30th - Hubert Gregg, British broadcaster (b. 1914)
Mar 30th - Michael King, New Zealand historian (b. 1945)
Mar 30th - Timi Yuro, American singer (b. 1940)
Apr 1st - Aaron Bank, American OSS officer and founder of the US Army Special Forces (b. 1902)
Apr 1st - Carrie Snodgress, American actress (b. 1946)
Apr 1st - Nilo Soruco, Bolivian songwriter (b. 1927)
Apr 2nd - John Argyris, Greek aeronautical engineer (b. 1913)
Apr 4th - Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist (b. 1919)
Apr 4th - Casey Sheehan, American soldier, son of Cindy Sheehan (b. 1979)
Apr 5th - Heiner Zieschang, German mathematician (b. 1936)
Apr 5th - Sławomir Rawicz, Polish soldier (b. 1915)
Apr 6th - Larisa Bogoraz, Soviet dissident (b. 1929)
Apr 6th - Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets) (b. 1937)
Apr 7th - Victor Argo, American actor (b. 1934)
Apr 8th - Enda Colleran, Gaelic footballer (b. 1941)
Apr 13th - Lou Berberet, American baseball player (b. 1929)
Apr 13th - Caron Keating, British television presenter (b. 1962)
Apr 14th - Micheline Charest, French Canadian television producer (b. 1953)
Apr 15th - Ray Condo, Canadian musician (b. 1950)
Apr 17th - Edmond Pidoux, Swiss writer (b. 1908)
Apr 17th - Soundarya, Indian actress (b. 1971)
Apr 18th - Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, first Prime Minister of Fiji and President of Fiji (b. 1920)
Apr 19th - Norris McWhirter, Scottish co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records (b. 1925)
Apr 19th - John Maynard Smith, English biologist (b. 1920)
Apr 21st - Mary McGrory, American journalist (b. 1918)
Apr 22nd - Pat Tillman, American football player and U.S. Army Ranger (killed in action) (b. 1976)
Apr 22nd - Jason L. Dunham, American Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1981)
Apr 24th - Estée Lauder, American cosmetics entrepreneur (b. 1906)
Apr 25th - Thom Gunn, British poet (b. 1929)
Apr 26th - Hubert Selby Jr., American author (b. 1928)
Apr 29th - Sid Smith, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1925)
May 3rd - Anthony Ainley, British actor (b. 1932)
May 3rd - Ken Downing, British racing driver (b. 1917)
May 3rd - Darrell Johnson, American baseball player (b. 1928)
May 5th - Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (b. 1959)
May 6th - Philip Kapleau, American Zen teacher (b. 1912)
May 6th - Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (b. 1923)
May 7th - Waldemar Milewicz, Polish reporter (b. 1956)
May 9th - Akhmad Kadyrov, Chechen president (b. 1951)
May 9th - Alan King, American comedian (b. 1927)
May 11th - John Whitehead, American singer (McFadden & Whitehead) (b. 1949)
May 11th - Mick Doyle, Irish rugby union footballer and coach
May 14th - Anna Lee, British actress (b. 1913)
May 17th - Jørgen Nash, Danish artist (b. 1920)
May 17th - Ezzedine Salim, leader of Iraqi Governing Council (b. 1943)
May 18th - Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (b. 1927)
May 18th - Serge Turgeon, Quebec actor and union leader (b. 1946)
May 19th - Tony Randall, actor (Felix Unger in The Odd Couple) dies aged 84
May 19th - Mary Dresselhuys, Dutch actress (b. 1907)
May 22nd - Mikhail Voronin, Russian gymnast (b. 1945)
May 22nd - Richard Biggs, American actor (b. 1960)
May 23rd - Ramon Margalef, Spanish scientist (b. 1919)
May 24th - Henry Ries, American photographer (b. 1917)
May 24th - Milton Shulman, Canadian author and critic (b. 1913)
May 24th - Edward Wagenknecht, American literary critic (b. 1900)
May 25th - Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (b. 1917)
May 26th - Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh, Russian astronomer (b. 1931)
May 26th - Dullah Omar, South African lawyer (b. 1934)
May 28th - Umberto Agnelli, Swiss-born automobile executive (b. 1934)
May 29th - Archibald Cox, Watergate special prosecutor (b. 1912)
May 29th - Samuel Dash, American Congressional counsel (b. 1925)
May 31st - Robert Quine, American guitarist (b. 1941)
May 31st - Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (b. 1941)
Jun 1st - William Manchester, American writer (b. 1922)
Jun 2nd - Loyd Sigmon, American amateur ("ham") radio broadcaster (b. 1909)
Jun 3rd - Frances Shand Kydd, mother of Diana, Princess of Wales (b. 1936)
Jun 3rd - Quorthon, Swedish musician (Bathory) (b. 1966)
Jun 4th - Steve Lacy, American saxophonist (b. 1934)
Jun 4th - Nino Manfredi, Italian actor (b. 1921)
Jun 5th - Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor (b. 1941)
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan (Jun 5th) Jun 5th - Ronald Reagan, American radio sports announcer, western film actor, governor of California, and 40th President of the United States (b. 1911)
Jun 8th - Mack Jones, American baseball player (b. 1938)
Jun 9th - Rosey Brown, American football player (b. 1932)
Jun 9th - Brian Williamson, Jamaican Gay Activist (b. 1945)
Jun 10th - Ray Charles, Grammy winning crooner who blended gospel and blues, dies aged 73
Jun 11th - Egon von Furstenberg, Swiss fashion designer (b. 1946)
Jun 11th - Xenophon Zolotas, Greek politician (b. 1904)