December 2004 calendar

December 2004

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 2004?


  • 01 Dec 2004 French officials admit troops killed 20 people in clashes with anti French protestors. However, they maintain that the French troops were acting in self-defense and fired warning shots. This is contrary to claims by Ivoirian police.
  • 02 Dec 2004 David Bieber (38-year-old ex-marine) is sentenced to life imprisonment following the December 26, 2003 incident. He was convicted of the murder of a Leeds officer and attempted murder of two other officers. The trial judge recommended that he not be released from prison.
  • 03 Dec 2004 Dragomir_Milosevic surrenders to the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal For the Former Yugoslavia. He was the general who occupied Sarajevo for three consecutive years during the Bosnian Civil War. 12,000 people were killed during the siege. (AFP) (Link dead at 04:01 (UTC)).
  • 04 Dec 2004 According to preliminary results, the Mozambique presidential election vote counts continue in all parts of the country with Frelimo leading its candidate Armando Guiebuza, especially in Maputo Gaza and Inhambane which are traditional areas of influence for the party.
  • 05 Dec 2004 Rallyes are held in Taiwan to support candidates for the Legislative Yuan. According to party sources, the Kuomintang's Taipei rally and Taiwan Solidarity Union's Taipei rally drew approximately 100,000 people each.
  • 06 Dec 2004 Terrorists attacked the U.S. Consulate at Jeddah in Saudi Arabia killing many people.
  • 07 Dec 2004 For its services in Afghanistan, the United States Presidential Unit Citation is given to the New Zealand Special Air Service (NZSAS).
  • 08 Dec 2004 Nathan Gale kills Dimebag Darrell, guitarist on stage in Colombus (Ohio)
  • 09 Dec 2004 As Secretary of Veterans Affairs, President George W. Bush nominated Jim Nicholson (United States Ambassador to Holy See) to replace outgoing Secretary Anthony Principi.
  • 10 Dec 2004 Malaysian freighter Selendang Ayu, carrying 1.8 Million litres fuel oil, snaps in two off Unalaska Island (Alaska), USA, releasing thousands litres.
  • 11 Dec 2004 In a vote against confidence, Serge Vohor, the Vanuatu Prime minister is reelected and replaced by Ham Lini. Vohor was out of favor in his cabinet, having unilaterally traveled to Taipei and established diplomatic relationships with Taiwan. The Vanuatu Council of Ministers voted against the decision and continued relations with China's People's Republic of China.
  • 12 Dec 2004 The Washington Post reports that the Bush administration used wire tapping to intercept phone conversations of Mohamed ElBaradei (Director General of United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency), in an attempt to find information that could help ElBaradei be removed from his position.
  • 13 Dec 2004 After being accused of 9 kidnapping and manslaughter charges, former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet was placed under house arrest. The house arrest was lifted on appeal the following day.
  • 14 Dec 2004 Cuba and Venezuela created the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas.
  • 15 Dec 2004 The House of Lords ruled that the British Government violates human rights legislation by detaining foreign nationals suspected of being terrorists without trial.
  • 16 Dec 2004 Marc Dutroux, a Belgian child killer, loses his appeal against his sentence of life imprisonment
  • 17 Dec 2004 Donald Rumsfeld, United States Secretary Of Defense, is facing criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike after he dismissed a soldier in Iraq who was being questioned about vehicle armour.
  • 18 Dec 2004 A large number of Sikh protestors demonstrate outside a Birmingham theatre, England against a play (Behzti), which depicts sex abuse in a Sikh temple and murder. Theatre stormed and occupied by a few protestors.
  • 19 Dec 2004 Conflict in Iraq: Up to 60 people were killed and 120 injured in bomb blasts in Najaf and Karbala, both Shia cities in Iraq.
  • 20 Dec 2004 The Donegall Square West headquarters for Northern Bank in Belfast was robbed by a gang of thieves. This is one of the most significant bank robberies in UK History.
  • 21 Dec 2004 Iraq War: 22 were killed by a suicide bomber at the forward operational base near the main U.S. military aircraft at Mosul. This was the single most deadly suicide attack on American soldiers.
  • 22 Dec 2004 The worst natural disasters of recorded history hit Southeast Asia when the largest earthquake in 40 years strikes the entire Indian Ocean region. The tsunami waves from the 9.3 magnitude earthquake that struck just off Sumatra Island, Indonesia, create huge tsunami waves that hit the coasts of many countries, including India, Sri Lanka and Maldives. Official death toll from the affected areas is
  • 23 Dec 2004 At 14:59 UTC an earthquake measuring magnitude 8.1 takes place, approximately 305 miles (491km) north of Macquarie Island.
  • 24 Dec 2004 400 m asteroid 2004 N4 (later 99942 Apophis) has a one-in-forty chance to collide with Earth in 2029. It has a rating of 4.
  • 25 Dec 2004 During the early hours of the morning, a historic and unprecedented snowfall is recorded in parts of southern Texas. Daily snowfalls include 1.5 inches in Brownsville, McAllen, McAllen, McAllen, McAllen, 4.4 Inches at Corpus Christi and Victoria.
  • 26 Dec 2004 A tsunami of 9.3 magnitude causes devastation in Sri Lanka and other parts of the Indian Ocean. It also kills over 230,000 people, including 1700 passengers 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 Heorhiy Kirpa (Ukraine's transport minister) is believed to have committed suicide.
  • 29 Dec 2004 Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine announces support for Mustafa Al-Barghouti during the 2005 Palestinian presidential elections.
  • 30 Dec 2004 Official opening of Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper in the World at 1,670 feet (509m) high, is held.
  • 31 Dec 2004 Official opening of Taipei 101 at 509m (1,670ft) high.
  • 14 Dec 2004 The Millau Viaduct, the tallest bridge in the world, is formally inaugurated near Millau, France.
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Music charts

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

  1. - My Boo
  2. - Drop It Like It's Hot
  3. - Let Me Love Youyoutube
  4. - Over And Over
  5. - 1, 2 Step

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Lose My Breath
  2. - Do They Know It's Christmas?
  3. - Against All Odds
  4. - Just Lose It
  5. - I'll Stand By You


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 2004?

Light On Snow by Anita Shreve

Light On Snow


What is it that makes a family great? Nicky Dillon, 12, wonders about what makes a family after her father dies and she finds a crying baby in the snowy woods near their New Hampshire house.

Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen

Your Best Life Now


10th Anniversary Edition: New Chapter and Foreword. Pastor Joel Osteen invites everyone to reflect on what they really believe. This is why it is important. Because we are what we believe.

The Games Do Count by Brian Kilmeade

The Games Do Count


What does Henry Kissinger, Jack Welch and Condoleezza Rice have in common? All of them have reached the top in their respective fields and all credit sports for helping them learn the lessons that are essential to their success.

Will In The World by Stephen Greenblatt

Will In The World


"Greenblatt has more knowledge about Shakespeare than Ben Jonson and the Dark Lady. "--John Leonard?Harper'sA young man moves from his small provincial town to London in late 1580s.

The Perricone Promise by Nicholas Perricone

The Perricone Promise


This amazing program is now available in paperback and has been a #1 bestseller in the New York Times. It is said to help readers reverse aging.