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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.

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 2004?


Events

  • 01 Aug 2004 Lawyers reveal that African American workers are to sue Eastman Kodak Co., charging that the firm paid them less and promoted them less often than white colleagues. (Reuters)
  • 02 Aug 2004 The Statue of Liberty reopens after security improvements.
  • 03 Aug 2004 In the USA, the Statue of Liberty reopens after security improvements.
  • 04 Aug 2004 The National Institutes of Health decides not to override drug patents to allow generic production of anti-AIDS drug Norvir in the United States, despite claims of price gouging by patients' groups and some members of Congress. (ABC)
  • 05 Aug 2004 At least seven Iraqis and a U.S. soldier die in clashes; and a U.S. helicopter is shot down, injuring two. (BBC)
  • 06 Aug 2004 Pacific Islands Forum leaders call for assistance for Nauru to prevent the emergence of another "failed state". (The Age)
  • 07 Aug 2004 In the Asian Cup 2004 soccer final, Japan defeats China 3–1, prompting clashes between Chinese fans and police in Beijing. A Japanese diplomat's car is attacked and the Japanese players and fans are bussed out from Workers' Stadium, under guard. (Asian Cup Official Website) (BBC)
  • 08 Aug 2004 U.S. intelligence officials and non-government experts conclude that diplomatic efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons to Iran and North Korea have failed to slow their weapons development programs.
  • 09 Aug 2004 Disney's Donald Duck cartoon character receives a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
  • 10 Aug 2004 The South Korean government announces that the country's capital is to be moved from Seoul to a new site at Gongju in South Chungcheong province. (BBC)
  • 11 Aug 2004 The Olympic flame arrives in Greece after a relay through 26 countries. (News24)
  • 12 Aug 2004 New Jersey Governor James McGreevey announces that he is "a gay American" and will resign effective November 15, 2004.
  • 13 Aug 2004 Hurricane Charley kills 27 people in Florida after killing four in Cuba and one in Jamaica. Charley made landfall near Cayo Costa, Florida as a Category 4 hurricane. Charley is the most intense hurricane to strike the United States since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
  • 14 Aug 2004 Gunmen kill at least 156 people – mainly women and children – in an overnight raid on the Gatumba camp for Congolese Tutsi refugees in Burundi, the UN says. (BBC)
  • 15 Aug 2004 Chávez recall: Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez defeats a recall vote with 58% support. Some opposition members claim election fraud, but monitors from the OAS and the Carter Center endorse the official result. (BBC) (AP)
  • 16 Aug 2004 After 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain in two hours, severe flash flooding at Boscastle in Cornwall, UK, results in buildings, roads, and over 50 cars swept away. Flood waters race through town at speeds up to 65 km/h (40 mph). Many have to leave their homes; helicopters airlift 150 people to safety. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 17 Aug 2004 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. (BBC)
  • 18 Aug 2004 In a statement issued from his Baghdad office, Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr agrees to order his militia to leave the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf, Iraq, after threats by Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's government to "liberate" it. Al-Sadr further agrees to disband his Jaish-i-Mahdi militia, and enter the "mainstream political process". It remains unclear when the withdrawal will actually take place. (CNN) (Reuters)
  • 19 Aug 2004 An ongoing battle, apparently between a combination of U.S. and Iraqi forces, and the al-Mahdi Army of Muqtada al-Sadr, damages two of minarets of the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf, Iraq, which al-Sadr's forces occupied. (CNN)
  • 20 Aug 2004 US Airways, struggling to avoid a second bankruptcy, asks pilots to accept a 16.5% pay cut. (CNN)
  • 21 Aug 2004 The West Nile virus is now responsible for six deaths in California, with the number of people infected with the virus at 249. (HealthTalk.ca)
  • 22 Aug 2004 A version of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway.
  • 23 Aug 2004 Politics of Taiwan: The Legislative Yuan proposes a package of amendments by 217–1 that includes halving the number of legislators and abolishing the National Assembly. (Taiwan News) (BBC)
  • 24 Aug 2004 Eighty-nine passengers die after two airliners explode after flying out of Domodedovo International Airport, near Moscow. The explosions are caused by suicide bombers (reportedly female) from the Russian Republic of Chechnya.
  • 25 Aug 2004 Astronomers announce the discovery of a third extrasolar planet orbiting Mu Arae. The planet may be the first rocky world detected orbiting a star other than the Sun.
  • 26 Aug 2004 Chile's Supreme Court strips former military ruler Augusto Pinochet of his immunity from prosecution, allowing him to be prosecuted for alleged crimes including involvement in murder and torture. (BBC)
  • 27 Aug 2004 Between 5,000 and 6,000 participants take part in the Critical Mass bicyclist ride as part of the 2004 Republican National Convention protest activity. The monthly NYC Critical Mass ride usually attracts about 1500 riders. Police eventually arrested 264 people for deliberately blockading roads during the event. This is the first time the NYPD made any significant arrests of Critical Mass participants. (NYC-IMC)
  • 28 Aug 2004 In a video circulating on the Internet, former Texas lieutenant governor Ben F. Barnes apologizes for his role in getting current United States President George W. Bush into the Texas Air National Guard in 1968. (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • 29 Aug 2004 Around 200,000 protesters demonstrate in New York City against U.S. President George W. Bush and his government, ahead of the 2004 Republican National Convention.
  • 30 Aug 2004 (to September 2) U.S. President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are re-nominated at the Republican National Convention in New York City.
  • 31 Aug 2004 The WTO authorizes the imposition of sanctions against the United States for persistent violation of global trade laws. (NYT)

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Downfall

Downfall

Release year: 2004

Directed by: Oliver Hirschbiegel

Starring: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler

Country: United States of America

Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

Release year: 2004

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Starring: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin, Akihiro Miwa

Country: United States of America

Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda

Release year: 2004

Directed by: Terry George

Starring: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Xolani Mali

Country: United States of America

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Mysterious Skin

Mysterious Skin

Release year: 2004

Directed by: Gregg Araki

Starring: Brady Corbet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elisabeth Shue, Chase Ellison

Country: United States of America

Books

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Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson

Shadow Divers

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In the tradition of Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air and Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm comes a true tale of riveting adventure in which two weekend scuba divers risk everything to

Bushworld by Maureen Dowd

Bushworld

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From Washington to Kennebunkport to Texas to old Europe and new Europe, during the past two decades Maureen Dowd has trained her binoculars on the Bush dynasty, putting them, as both

R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton

R is for Ricochet

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Reba Lafferty was a daughter of privilege. Abandoned by her rebellious mother when she was an infant, she was the only child of a rich man already in his mid-fifties when she was born, and her adoring father thoroughly spoiled …

My Life by Bill Clinton

My Life

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President Bill Clinton s My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public.

Renegade by Diana Palmer

Renegade

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Newly appointed police chief Cash Grier makes it his personal mission to keep law and order in the streets of Jacobsville.