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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 2004?


Events

  • 01 Dec 2004 Ivorian Civil War: French officials acknowledge troops killed around 20 people during clashes with anti-French protestors, but maintain the French troops acted in self-defense and gave warning shots, contrary to Ivoirian police claims. (BBC)
  • 02 Dec 2004 David Bieber, a 38-year-old former American marine, is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a Leeds policeman and the attempted murder of two others following an incident on December 26, 2003. The trial judge recommends that he should never be released from prison.
  • 03 Dec 2004 Dragomir_Milošević, the general who besieged Sarajevo for three years during the Bosnian Civil War surrenders to the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. 12,000 people died during the siege. (AFP) (Link dead as of 04:01, 2007 (UTC))
  • 04 Dec 2004 The Mozambique presidential election vote count continues in all of the country, with Frelimo and its candidate Armando Guebuza leading, according to the preliminary results already known, and especially in Maputo, Gaza and Inhambane, traditional regions of influence for the party in power. (Wikinews)
  • 05 Dec 2004 In Taiwan, rallies are held in support of candidates in elections to the Legislative Yuan. Party sources estimate that separate rallies held in Taipei by the Kuomintang and Taiwan Solidarity Union drew around 100,000 each. (VOA) (TaipeiTimes)
  • 06 Dec 2004 Terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, killing several people.
  • 07 Dec 2004 The New Zealand Special Air Service (NZSAS) is awarded the United States Presidential Unit Citation for services in Afghanistan.
  • 08 Dec 2004 Nathan Gale shoots and kills guitarist Dimebag Darrell onstage in Colombus, Ohio.
  • 09 Dec 2004 President George W. Bush nominates Jim Nicholson, United States Ambassador to the Holy See, as his nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, replacing outgoing Secretary Anthony Principi.
  • 10 Dec 2004 Malaysian freighter Selendang Ayu carrying 1.8 million litres of fuel oil snaps in two off Unalaska Island, Alaska, USA, releasing thousands of litres of fuel oil.
  • 11 Dec 2004 Vanuatu Prime Minister Serge Vohor is ousted in a vote of no-confidence and replaced by Ham Lini. Vohor had fallen out of favor with his cabinet after he unilaterally travelled to Taipei and established diplomatic relations with the Taiwan. The Vanuatu Council of Ministers voted to void the decision and continue relations with the People's Republic of China.
  • 12 Dec 2004 According to the Washington Post the Bush administration used wire taps to intercept a number of phone conversations of Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency in hope of finding information that would help remove ElBaradei from his post. (CNN) (The Washington Post)
  • 13 Dec 2004 Former Chilean dictator, General Augusto Pinochet is put under house arrest, after being sued under accusations over 9 kidnapping actions and manslaughter. The house arrest is lifted the same day on appeal.
  • 14 Dec 2004 Cuba and Venezuela found the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas.
  • 15 Dec 2004 The House of Lords rules that the British Government breaches human rights legislation, by detaining without trial foreign nationals suspected of being terrorists.
  • 16 Dec 2004 Belgian child killer Marc Dutroux loses an appeal against his life sentence. (Expatica)(News.Com)
  • 17 Dec 2004 United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld faces criticism from both Democrats and Republicans following a dismissive reply to a soldier in Iraq when questioned about vehicle armor. (CNN)
  • 18 Dec 2004 Hundreds of Sikh demonstrators protest outside a Birmingham, England, theatre against a play (Behzti) depicting sex abuse and murder in a Sikh temple. Theatre stormed by a few demonstrators. (BBC)
  • 19 Dec 2004 Conflict in Iraq: Bomb blasts in the Iraqi Shia cities of Karbala and Najaf kill up to 60 people and injure a further 120. (BBC)
  • 20 Dec 2004 A gang of thieves steal ?26.5 million worth of currency from the Donegall Square West headquarters of Northern Bank in Belfast, Northern Ireland, one of the largest bank robberies in UK history.
  • 21 Dec 2004 Iraq War: A suicide bomber killed 22 at the forward operating base next to the main U.S. military airfield at Mosul, the single deadliest suicide attack on American soldiers.
  • 22 Dec 2004 One of the worst natural disasters in recorded history hits Southeast Asia, when the strongest earthquake in 40 years hits the entire Indian Ocean region. The massive 9.3 magnitude earthquake, epicentered just off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, generates enormous tsunami waves that crash into the coastal areas of a number of nations including Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. The official death toll in the affected
  • 23 Dec 2004 An earthquake of moment magnitude 8.1 occurs at 14:59 UTC, 305 miles (491 km) north of Macquarie Island. (USGS)
  • 24 Dec 2004 400 m asteroid 2004 MN4 (later named 99942 Apophis in July 2005) is estimated to have a roughly one-in-forty chance of colliding with Earth in 2029. Its Torino Scale rating is 4. (Space.com) (SpaceRef.com)
  • 25 Dec 2004 An historic and unprecedented snowfall occurs over portions of southern Texas during the early morning hours. Daily totals include 1.5 inches at Brownsville, 3.5 inches at McAllen, 4.4 inches at Corpus Christi, and 12.1 inches at Victoria.
  • 26 Dec 2004 A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing over 230,000 people including over 1700 on a moving train.
  • 27 Dec 2004 Radiation from an explosion on the magnetar SGR 1806-20 reaches Earth. It is the brightest extrasolar event known to have been witnessed on the planet.
  • 28 Dec 2004 The Ukrainian transport minister, Heorhiy Kirpa, is found shot dead, in a suspected suicide.
  • 29 Dec 2004 The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) announces its support for Mustafa Al-Barghouti in the 2005 Palestinian presidential election. (Al Jazeera) (BBC)
  • 30 Dec 2004 Taipei 101, at the time tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at a height of 1,670 feet (509 metres ), officially opens.
  • 31 Dec 2004 The official opening of Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper at that time in the world, standing at a height of 509 metres (1,670 ft).

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Movies

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3 Idiots

3 Idiots

Directed by: Rajkumar Hirani

Starring: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Mona Singh, Sharman Joshi

Country: United States of America

Swades

Swades

Directed by: Ashutosh Gowariker

Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Ballal, Smit Sheth

The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh

Directed by: F.W. Murnau

Starring: Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Max Hiller, Emilie Kurz

Country: United States of America

Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Starring: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle

Country: United States of America

Being There

Being There

Directed by: Hal Ashby

Starring: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden

Country: United States of America

Books

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Falling Awake by Jayne Ann Krentz

Falling Awake

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A red-hot, suspenseful novel about a free-spirited dream researcher-and the gorgeous man who brings her dreams to life.

The Godfather Returns by Mark Winegardner

The Godfather Returns

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THE MISSING YEARS FROM THE GREATEST CRIME SAGA OF ALL TIMEThirty-five years ago, Mario Puzo’s great American tale, The Godfather, was published, and popular culture was indelibly changed.

The Last Juror by John Grisham

The Last Juror

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn 1970, Willie Traynor comes to Clanton, Mississippi, in a Triumph Spitfire and a fog of vague ambitions. Within a year, the twenty-three-year-old finds himself the owner of Ford County’s only newspaper, famous for its well-crafted …

Black Wind by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

Black Wind

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Dirk Pitt teams up with his children to find two WWII Japanese subs that went down armed with a devastating payload: a new biological virus.

Twisted by Jonathan Kellerman

Twisted

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER With her energies focused on a baffling, vicious gang slaying and her personal life in shambles, Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor has a full plate.