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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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Dear Frankie

Dear Frankie

Release year: 2004

Directed by: Shona Auerbach

Starring: Emily Mortimer, Jack McElhone, Gerard Butler, Mary Riggans

Man on Fire

Man on Fire

Release year: 2004

Directed by: Tony Scott

Starring: Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell

Country: United States of America

Shane

Shane

Release year: 2004

Directed by: George Stevens

Starring: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde

Country: United States of America

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Roma

Roma

Release year: 2004

Directed by: Adolfo Aristarain

Starring: Juan Diego Botto, Susú Pecoraro, José Sacristán, Agustín Garvíe

Troy

Troy

Release year: 2004

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

Starring: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Julian Glover

Country: United States of America

Books

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Good To Great by Jim Collins

Good To Great

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The Challenge:Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an

Farewell, Jackie by Edward Klein

Farewell, Jackie

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When she fell ill with cancer, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis faced death as she faced life— with all the bravery and grace of a woman who had long inspired the nation.

Nighttime Is My Time by Mary Higgins Clark

Nighttime Is My Time

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From the "Queen of Suspense," Mary Higgins Clark, comes a riveting tale of suspense, secrets and revenge.Historian Jean Sheridan returns to Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, excited about her twenty-year high-school reunion at Stonecroft Academy.

Reckless Abandon by Stuart Woods

Reckless Abandon

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Cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington tracks a mobster hiding deep within the witness protection program in this new thriller in the New York Times bestselling series-with a little help from beautiful Florida police

The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler

The Amateur Marriage

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From the inimitable Anne Tyler, a rich and compelling novel about a mismatched marriage—and its consequences, spanning three generations.They seemed like the perfect couple—young, good-looking, made for each other.