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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 2004.
The US president was George W. Bush (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Tony Blair (Labour), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 2004: find out below

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 2004?


Events

  • 01 Apr 2004 U.S. President George W. Bush signs the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, commonly known as Laci and Conner's Law, that states that an act of violence that leads to the death of a pregnant mother and her child can be counted as two offenses. (White House) (UPI)
  • 02 Apr 2004 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.
  • 03 Apr 2004 NASA announces that the Gravity Probe B is ready for launch on April 17. (Globe)
  • 04 Apr 2004 Iran asks EU members (France, Britain, and Germany) to stand by their commitments within the framework of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Tehran Declaration. (Tehran Times)
  • 05 Apr 2004 Paul Bremer states that militant Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is an outlaw and warns that uprisings by the cleric and his followers will not tolerated. (Middle East Online)
  • 06 Apr 2004 The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress rules that the right to amend the Basic Law of Hong Kong belongs to the National People's Congress. The Standing Committee also issued an "interpretation" (effectively an amendment) of the Basic Law which set out an additional step required for any changes in Hong Kong's political structures. (CNN)
  • 07 Apr 2004 Study reports estimates of how long it took for the last four reversals of the Earth's magnetic field. It also reports that the turnarounds occur more quickly nearer the equator than at higher latitudes closer to the poles. (MSN)
  • 08 Apr 2004 Darfur conflict: The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups.
  • 09 Apr 2004 Henry C. Lee arrives in Taipei to investigate the March 19, 2004 assassination attempt in Taiwan.
  • 10 Apr 2004 Iraq Occupation and Insurgency:: Iraq marks the anniversary of Saddam Hussein's fall with fighting and bloodshed. Kurds, in the relatively stable north, celebrate with parties and the melting of an ice statue of the ousted dictator. (Al Jazeera)Al Arabiya reports an Iraqi rebel group in Falluja threatens to target Christians, assassinate or kidnap priests, and destroy churches. Saraya wal Mujahideen also calls on the Pope and the United Nations to stop the town's siege. (Reuters)
  • 11 Apr 2004 Food and sanitation are allegedly being denied to more than 2500 people who were arrested in Nepal over the last few days for protesting against the suspension of democracy. (Morning Star)
  • 12 Apr 2004 Lieutenant General Ricardo S. Sanchez states that the mission of the U.S. forces is to kill or capture Muqtada al-Sadr. (Defenselink)
  • 13 Apr 2004 The Bangkok Subway opens for limited public trials. (Channel NewsAsia)
  • 14 Apr 2004 2004 South African legislative election: The African National Congress (ANC) of President Thabo Mbeki, which has been in power since the end of the apartheid system in 1994, is re-elected with an increased majority. (CNN)
  • 15 Apr 2004 A further 2000 pro-democracy demonstrators are arrested in Nepal; all but 22 are later released.
  • 16 Apr 2004 The People's Republic of China praises the United Nations Commission on Human Rights' decision to block a U.S. motion to condemn Beijing's human rights record. (VOA)
  • 17 Apr 2004 His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama begins a visit to Canada. (Toronto Star)
  • 18 Apr 2004 The Iranian Vice Speaker of Parliament, Behzad Nabavi, resigns over "violation of public rights". (Payvand News) (Hi Pakistan)
  • 19 Apr 2004 Ten Iraqi Kurds and North Africans are arrested by UK police on suspicion of violating the Terrorism Act 2000. The arrests are made in dawn raids in Greater Manchester and other parts of the North and Midlands. (BBC)
  • 20 Apr 2004 In Singapore, a Circle MRT Line tunnel being dug under the Nicoll Highway collapses, killing two. Two more are missing and feared dead. (Straits Times)
  • 21 Apr 2004 Five suicide car bombers target police stations in and around Basra, killing 74 people and wounding 160.
  • 22 Apr 2004 Two fuel trains collide in Ryongchon, North Korea, killing up to 150 people.
  • 23 Apr 2004 DaimlerChrysler announces it will no longer financially support Mitsubishi Motors and will try to sell its current stake. (Taipei Times)
  • 24 Apr 2004 Suicide bombers detonate boats alongside two oil tankers and a coalition boat in the Persian Gulf, targeting Iraq's main oil terminal, Basra. (Reuters)
  • 25 Apr 2004 The Arab League Conference commences in Cairo. (INN)
  • 26 Apr 2004 The US Bureau of Engraving and Printing introduces new US$50 Federal Reserve notes, incorporating color and more complex security elements.
  • 27 Apr 2004 In heavy fighting outside Najaf, Iraq, U.S. forces kill 64 insurgents and destroy an anti-aircraft weapon.
  • 28 Apr 2004 Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse in Iraq is revealed on the US television show 60 Minutes II.
  • 29 Apr 2004 The last Oldsmobile car rolls off of the assembly line in the USA, ending 107 years of production.
  • 30 Apr 2004 U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.

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Movies

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Sherlock Jr.

Sherlock Jr.

Directed by: Buster Keaton

Starring: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton, Erwin Connelly

Country: United States of America

The World of Apu

The World of Apu

Directed by: Satyajit Ray

Starring: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty, Swapan Mukherjee

Country: United States of America

My Night at Maud's

My Night at Maud's

Directed by: Éric Rohmer

Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Françoise Fabian, Marie-Christine Barrault, Antoine Vitez

Country: United States of America

The 400 Blows

The 400 Blows

Directed by: François Truffaut

Starring: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble

Country: United States of America

Manhattan

Manhattan

Directed by: Woody Allen

Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Murphy

Country: United States of America

Books

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Give Me A Break by John Stossel

Give Me A Break

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Working as a correspondent for 20/20 and Good Morning America, John Stossel confronted dozens of scam artists: from hacks who worked out of their basements to some of America's most powerful

Worse Than Watergate by John W. Dean

Worse Than Watergate

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Nobody knows more, both from first hand experience and legal expertise, about the abuse of presidential power and their dangers than John Dean, former counsel to President Nixon.

Ghost Wars by Steve Coll

Ghost Wars

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Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer PrizeThe explosive first-hand account of America's secret history in AfghanistanWith the publication of Ghost Wars, Steve Coll became not only a Pulitzer Prize winner, but also

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

My Sister's Keeper

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Jodi Picoult tells the story of a girl who decides to sue her parents for the rights to her own body in this New York Times bestseller that tackles a controversial subject with grace and explores what it means to …

Seduced By Moonlight by Laurell K. Hamilton

Seduced By Moonlight

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I am Meredith Gentry, P.I. and Princess Merry, heir to the throne of Fairie. Now there are those among me who whisper I am more.