Historical Events for Year 2004
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Jan 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.
Jan 2nd - Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2, collecting samples that it will return to Earth two years later.
Jan 3rd - Flight 604, a Boeing 737 owned by Flash Airlines, an Egyptian airliner, plunges into the Red Sea, killing all 148 people on board.
Jan 4th - Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.
Jan 6th - Costas Simitis announces his resignation as president of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement in Greece.
Jan 8th - The RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, is christened by her namesake's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.
Jan 12th - The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.
Jan 14th - The national flag of Georgia, the so-called "five cross flag", was restored to official use after a hiatus of some 500 years.
Jan 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.
Jan 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.
Jan 25th - Opportunity rover (MER-B) lands on surface of Mars.
Jan 26th - President Hamid Karzai signs the new constitution of Afghanistan.
Jan 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.
Feb 1st - 251 people are trampled to death and 244 injured in a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
Feb 1st - Janet Jackson's breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to FCC censorship guidelines.
Feb 5th - Twenty-three Chinese people drown when a group of 35 cockle-pickers are trapped by rising tides in Morecambe Bay, England. Twenty-one bodies are recovered.
Feb 5th - Rebels from the Revolutionary Artibonite Resistance Front capture the city of Gonaïves, starting the 2004 Haiti rebellion.
Feb 12th - The city of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.
Feb 13th - The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovers the universe's largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093.
Singer Janet Jackson Feb 14th - In a suburb of Moscow, Russia, the roof of the Transvaal water park collapses, killing more than 25 people, and wounding more than 100 others.
Feb 16th - The Pittsburgh Penguins lose their 12th consecutive home game, a NHL record
Feb 18th - Up to 295 people, including nearly 200 rescue workers, die near Neyshabur in Iran when a run-away freight train carrying sulfur, petrol and fertiliser catches fire and explodes.
Feb 19th - Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal is awarded an honorary knighthood in recognition of a "lifetime of service to humanity."
Feb 21st - The first European political party organization, the European Greens, is established in Rome.
Feb 26th - Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Feb 26th - The United States lifts a ban on travel to Libya, ending travel restrictions to the nation that had lasted for 23 years.
Feb 27th - Former BPMC general secretary Ordrick Samuel launches a new party in Barbuda, Barbudans for a Better Barbuda.
Feb 27th - A bombing of a Superferry by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines worst terrorist attack kills 116.
Feb 28th - Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometre (300-mile) long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947
Feb 29th - Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns as President of Haiti following popular rebel uprising.
Mar 1st - Terry Nichols is convicted of state murder charges and being an accomplice to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
Mar 1st - Mohammed Bahr al-Uloum becomes President of Iraq.
Mar 2nd - Voters in the U.S. state of Georgia vote on a referendum concerning its Confederacy-derived flag.
Mar 2nd - War in Iraq: Al Qaeda carries out the Ashoura Massacre in Iraq, killing 170 and wounding over 500.
Mar 3rd - Belgian brewer Interbrew and Brazilian rival AmBev agreed to merge in a $11.2 billion deal that formed InBev, the world's largest brewer.
Mar 7th - New Democracy wins the national elections in Greece.
Mar 8th - A new constitution is signed by Iraq's Governing Council.
Mar 11th - Terrorists explode simultaneous bombs on Madrid's rail network ripping through a commuter train and rocking three stations, killing 190
Mar 12th - Roh Moo-hyun, President of South Korea is impeached by its national assembly for the first time in the nation's history.
Mar 15th - Announcement of the discovery of 90377 Sedna, the farthest natural object in the Solar system so far observed.
Mar 17th - Unrest in Kosovo results in more than 22 killed, 200 wounded, and the destruction of 35 Serb Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and two mosques in Belgrade and Nis.
Mar 19th - Äänekoski bus disaster: A semi-trailer truck and a bus crash head-on in Äänekoski, Finland. 24 people are killed and 13 injured.
Mar 19th - A Swedish DC-3 shot down by a Russian MiG-15 in the 1950s is finally recovered after years of work. The remains of the crew are left in place, pending further investigations.
Mar 19th - 3-19 Shooting Incident: Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian is shot just before the country's presidential election on March 20.
Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper Mar 20th - Stephen Harper wins the leadership of the newly created Conservative Party of Canada, becoming the party's first leader.
Mar 21st - In Malaysia, the 11th Federal and State elections are held, returning the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional to power with an increased majority.
Mar 22nd - Ahmed Yassin, co-founder and leader of the Palestinian Sunni Islamist militant group Hamas, and bodyguards are killed in the Gaza Strip when hit by Israeli Air Force AH-64 Apache fired Hellfire missiles.
Mar 23rd - Andhra Pradesh Federation of Trade Unions holds its first conference in Hyderabad, India.
Mar 27th - HMS Scylla, a decommissioned Leander frigate, is sunk as an artificial reef off Cornwall, the first of its kind in Europe.
Mar 29th - Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO as full members.
Mar 29th - The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.
Mar 31st - In Fallujah, Iraq, 4 American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA, are killed and their bodies mutilated after being ambushed.
Apr 1st - Google introduces its Gmail product to the public. The launch is met with scepticism on account of the launch date.
Apr 2nd - Islamist terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks attempt to bomb the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid. Their attack is thwarted.
Apr 3rd - Islamic terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks are trapped by the police in their apartment and kill themselves.
Apr 6th - Rolandas Paksas becomes the first president of Lithuania to be peacefully removed from the post by impeachment.
Apr 8th - Darfur conflict: The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups.
Apr 8th - U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice testifies before the 9/11 Commission.
Apr 16th - The super liner Queen Mary 2 embarks on her first Trans-Atlantic crossing, linking the golden age of ocean travel to the modern age of ocean travel.
Apr 20th - In Iraq, 12 mortars are fired on Abu Ghraib Prison by insurgents, killing 22 detainees and wounding 92.
Apr 22nd - Two fuel trains collide in Ryongchon, North Korea, killing up to 150 people.
Apr 24th - The United States lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction.
43rd US President George W. Bush Apr 29th - Dick Cheney and George W. Bush testify before the 9/11 Commission in a closed, unrecorded hearing in the Oval Office.
Apr 29th - Oldsmobile builds its final car ending 107 years of production.
Apr 30th - U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.
May 1st - Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
May 2nd - Yelwa massacre of more than 630 nomad Muslims by Christians in Nigeria.
May 6th - The season finale of the sitcom Friends airs
May 9th - Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov is killed in a land mine bomb blast under a VIP stage during a World War II memorial victory parade in Grozny, Chechnya.
May 14th - The Constitutional Court of South Korea overturns the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun.
May 16th - The Day of Mourning at Bykivnia forest, just outside of Kiev, Ukraine. Here during 1930s and early 1940s communist bolsheviks executed over 100,000 Ukrainian civilians.
May 17th - Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage
May 21st - Sherpa Pemba Dorjie climbs Mount Everest in 8 hours 10 minutes, breaking his rival Sherpa Lakpa Gelu's record from the previous year.
May 21st - Stanislav Petrov is awarded the World Citizen Award for averting a potential World War III in 1983.
May 22nd - The U.S. town of Hallam, Nebraska, is wiped out by a powerful F4 tornado that broke a width record at an astounding 2.5 miles wide. It also kills one local resident.
May 23rd - Part of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport's Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others.
May 24th - Communications in North Korea: North Korea bans mobile phones.
May 26th - The New York Times publishes an admission of journalistic failings, claiming that its flawed reporting and lack of skeptism towards sources during the buildup to the 2003 war in Iraq helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.
May 26th - The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
May 28th - The Iraqi Governing Council chooses Ayad Allawi, a longtime anti-Saddam Hussein exile, to become prime minister of Iraq's interim government.
May 29th - The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
May 29th - The Al-Khobar massacres in Saudi Arabia kill 22.
74 Time Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings Jun 2nd - Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy!.
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 21st - SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.
Jun 23rd - Bob Dylan accepts honorary doctor of music degree from the University of St Andrews, Scotland's oldest university
Jun 24th - In New York, capital punishment is declared unconstitutional.
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.
Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan 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)
Jul 5th - First Indonesian presidential election by the nation.
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 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.