Today in History for Year 2004 (Part 2)
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Events 101 - 200 of 203
Jun 6th - Tamil is established as a Classical language by the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in a joint sitting of the two houses of the Indian Parliament.
Jun 8th - Transit of Venus (between Earth & Sun) occurs
Jun 11th - Cassini-Huygens makes its closest flyby of Phoebe.
Jun 11th - Ronald Reagan's funeral is held at Washington National Cathedral.
Jun 12th - A 1.3 kilogram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house in Ellerslie, New Zealand causing serious damage but no injuries.
Jun 13th - 50th LPGA Championship won by Annika Sörenstam
Jun 15th - 58th NBA Championship: Detroit Pistons beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 1
Jun 20th - 104th US Golf Open: Retief Goosen shoots a 276 at Shinnecock Hills GC NY
Jun 21st - SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.
Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan Jun 23rd - Bob Dylan accepts honorary doctor of music degree from the University of St Andrews, Scotland's oldest university
Jun 24th - Capital punishment is declared unconstitutional in New York
Jun 28th - Estonia, Lithuania and Slovenia join the European Exchange Rate Mechanism
Jun 28th - The 17th NATO Summit starts in Istanbul.
Jun 28th - Sovereign power is handed to the interim government of Iraq by the Coalition Provisional Authority, ending the U.S.-led rule of that nation.
Jul 1st - Saturn Orbit insertion of Cassini-Huygens begins at 01:12 UTC and ends at 02:48 UTC.
Jul 2nd - ASEAN Regional Forum accepts Pakistan as its 24th member.
Jul 3rd - Official opening of Bangkok's subway system.
Jul 4th - The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower is laid on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City. (This was largely a symbolic event; actual construction would not start for several weeks)
Tennis Player Maria Sharapova Jul 4th - 111th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Maria Sharapova beats Serena Williams (6-1 6-4)
Jul 4th - 118th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick (4-6 7-5 7-6 6-4)
Jul 5th - First Indonesian presidential election by the nation.
Jul 13th - 75th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-4 at Minute Maid Park, Houston
Jul 16th - Millennium Park, considered the first and most ambitious architectural project in the early 21st century for Chicago, is opened to the public by Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Jul 17th - Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison plus five months in home confinement for lying to federal investigators
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela Jul 17th - Former South African President Nelson Mandela calls for commitment by the world to take action against Aids
Jul 18th - 133rd British Golf Open: Todd Hamilton shoots a 274 at Royal Troon Golf Club
Jul 18th - 12th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Diana Taurasi win
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.
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong 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 15th - 86th PGA Championship: Vijay Singh shoots a 280 at Whistling Straits
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.
Singer Beyoncé Knowles Aug 29th - 21st MTV Awards: OutKast, Beyoncé & Usher f/ Lil Jon & Ludacris wins
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 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 19th - 56th Emmy Awards: The Sopranos, Arrested Development, James Spader & Allison Janney win
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.
King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk 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.
Oct 25th - Fidel Castro, Cuba's President, announces that transactions using the American Dollar will be banned by November 8.
Cuban President Fidel Castro 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.
Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden 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 9th - 38th Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride & Keith Urban wins
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.
Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat Nov 14th - 31st American Music Award: Sheryl Crow, Usher & Kenny Chesney win
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.
Nov 21st - The Paris Club agrees to write off 80% (up to $100 billion) of Iraq's external debt.
Nov 21st - 92nd CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats BC Lions, 27-19
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
264th Pope John Paul II Nov 27th - Pope John Paul II returns 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 5th - 93rd Davis Cup: Spain beats USA in Seville (3-2)
74 Time Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings 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.
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Deaths 101 - 200 of 464
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)
Historian and Author Michael King (Mar 30th) 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)
Cosmetics Company Founder Estée Lauder (Apr 24th) 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 20th - Lord Murray of Epping Forest, British labour politician and union leader, dies of emphysema and pneumonia at 82
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, 40th US President, Governor of California and radio and film actor, dies aged 93
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)