August 2004 calendar

August 2004

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 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 August 2004: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 2004?


  • 01 Aug 2004 Lawyers say that Eastman Kodak Co. is planning to sue African American workers, claiming that they were paid less and promoted less frequently than their white counterparts.
  • 02 Aug 2004 After security improvements, the Statue of Liberty is reopened.
  • 03 Aug 2004 After security improvements, the Statue Of Liberty in the USA reopens.
  • 04 Aug 2004 Despite claims of price gouging from some members of Congress, the National Institutes of Health has decided not to override patents on drug production to allow generic production of antiAIDS drug Norvir in America.
  • 05 Aug 2004 At least seven Iraqis are killed and one U.S. soldier is wounded in clashes. A U.S. helicopter was also shot down and two others were injured.
  • 06 Aug 2004 Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum call for Nauru's assistance to stop another "failed state" from arising.
  • 07 Aug 2004 Japan beats China 3-1 in the Asian Cup soccer final. This prompted clashes between Beijing police and Chinese fans. The car of a Japanese diplomat is attacked, and Japanese players and supporters are taken out of Workers' Stadium under guard.
  • 08 Aug 2004 Non-governmental experts and intelligence officials from the United States conclude that diplomatic efforts have not been successful in slowing down their weapon development programs.
  • 09 Aug 2004 Disney's Donald Duck cartoon character gets a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
  • 10 Aug 2004 South Korea's government has announced that the country's capital will be relocated from Seoul to Gongju in South Chungcheong.
  • 11 Aug 2004 After a relay through 26 countries, the Olympic flame arrives in Greece.
  • 12 Aug 2004 James McGreevey, the Governor of New Jersey, has announced that he is a "gay American" and will be resigning effective November 15, 2004.
  • 13 Aug 2004 After killing four people in Cuba and one in Jamaica, Hurricane Charley leaves behind 27 victims in Florida. Charley, a Category 4 hurricane, made landfall near Cayo Coast in Florida. Charley is the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Andrew, 1992.
  • 14 Aug 2004 According to the UN, gunmen killed at least 156 people in an overnight raid in Burundi's Gatumba camp for Congolese Tutsi refugees.
  • 15 Aug 2004 Chavez recall: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez defeats a recall vote with 58% support. Some members of the opposition claim fraud in the election, but Carter Center monitors and OAS monitors endorse the official result.
  • 16 Aug 2004 In just two hours, 60mm (2.4 inches) of rain fell on Boscastle, Cornwall, UK. This flash flooding results in over 50 vehicles being swept away by the flood waters. Flood waters rush through the town at speeds of up to 65 km/h (30 mph). Many people have to flee their homes. Helicopters can fly 150 people to safety.
  • 17 Aug 2004 The Serbian National Assembly unanimously adopted new state symbols: Boze Pravde is now the national anthem, and the entire country has the coat of arms.
  • 18 Aug 2004 A statement was made from Al-Sadr's Baghdad office by the Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr, in which he agrees to direct his militia to leave Imam Ali Mosque, Najaf, Iraq after Prime Minister Iyad allawi threatened to "liberate" it. Al-Sadr also agrees to disband the Jaish-i-Mahdi militia and join the "mainstream" political process. It is not clear when withdrawal will take place.
  • 19 Aug 2004 A battle is ongoing between U.S. forces and Iraqi forces and the al-Mahdi Army Muqtada al-Sadr. It damages two minarets at the Imam Ali Mosque, Najaf, Iraq.
  • 20 Aug 2004 US Airways is trying to avoid another bankruptcy and asks its pilots to take a 16.5% pay cut.
  • 21 Aug 2004 California's West Nile virus has caused six deaths. The virus currently infects 249.
  • 22 Aug 2004 Two paintings by Edvard Munch, The Scream and Madonna were taken at gunpoint from an Oslo museum.
  • 23 Aug 2004 Politics in Taiwan: The Legislative Yuan proposes an amendment package by 217-1, which includes halving legislators and dissolving the National Assembly.
  • 24 Aug 2004 Two airliners that were flying out of Domodedovo International Airport near Moscow explode, killing 89 passengers. Suicide bombers (reportedly female) from Russia caused the explosions.
  • 25 Aug 2004 Astronomers have discovered a third extrasolar world orbiting Mu Arae. This planet could be the first to orbit a star other then the Sun.
  • 26 Aug 2004 Chile's Supreme Court has removed Augusto Pinochet, the former military ruler of Chile, from immunity. He can now be charged with crimes such as murder and torture.
  • 27 Aug 2004 As part of the 2004 Republican National Convention protest activities, between 5,000 and 6000 participants participate in the Critical Mass bicycle ride. About 1500 people usually ride the monthly NYC Critical Mass ride. Police arrested 264 people who had blocked roads during the Critical Mass ride. The NYPD has never made significant arrests in relation to Critical Mass participants.
  • 28 Aug 2004 A video circulating on the Internet shows Ben F. Barnes, former Texas lieutenant governor, apologizing for his role in the entry of George W. Bush into Texas' Air National Guard in 1968.
  • 29 Aug 2004 New York City is witness to around 200,000 protestors against President George W. Bush's government ahead of the 2004 Republican National Convention.
  • 30 Aug 2004 U.S. President George W. Bush (to September 2) and Vice President Dick Cheney were re-nominated by the Republican National Convention in New York City.
  • 31 Aug 2004 For persistent violations of global trade laws, the WTO allows sanctions to be imposed against the United States.
  • 01 Aug 2004 A supermarket fire kills 396 people and injures 500 others in Asunción, Paraguay.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in August 2004?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Confessions Part IIyoutube
  2. - Slow Motion
  3. - Lean Backyoutube
  4. - Sunshine
  5. - Burnyoutube

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Burnyoutube
  2. - Baby Cakes
  3. - Thunderbirds / 3AM
  4. - Everytime
  5. - Can't Stand Me Now


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 2004?

American Soldier by Tommy R. Franks

American Soldier


"When you are faced with war, it is important to look for special qualities in those you will be working with. General Tom Franks is a strong, experienced, well-informed, intelligent, energetic, honorable, loyal, and good-natured leader.

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Alexander Hamilton


This is a New York Times Bestseller and was the inspiration for Hamilton! Ron Chernow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, presents a landmark biography about Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father, who inspired, scandalized and shaped the new nation.

Homegrown Democrat by Garrison Keillor

Homegrown Democrat


This book, which is thoughtful and personal, by one of America's most beloved voices, is a great example of how a national voice can take the plunge into politics.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code


PREMIUM MASS Market Edition #1 Worldwide Bestseller - More Than 80 Million Copies Sold. The Da Vinci Code is an extraordinary reading experience that millions around the world have discovered.

Running On Empty by Peter G. Peterson

Running On Empty


The bestseller that became a national sensation, Tom Brokaw described it as the "wake up call we cannot ignore", with a new preface written by the author. Peter Peterson's is acclaimed by all political parties.