February 2004 calendar

February 2004

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of February 2004?


  • 01 Feb 2004 Janet Jackson's breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to Federal Communications Commission censorship guidelines.
  • 02 Feb 2004 Swiss tennis player Roger Federer becomes the No. 1 ranked men's singles player, a position he will hold for a record 237 weeks.
  • 03 Feb 2004 The US Central Intelligence Agency admits that there was no imminent threat from weapons of mass destruction before the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
  • 04 Feb 2004 Facebook, a mainstream online social network is founded by Mark Zuckerberg.
  • 05 Feb 2004 John Hench dies, at age 95. Hench worked at The Walt Disney Company for 64 years, the longest of any Disney employee. He worked on animation, and took part in the creation of all Disney parks.
  • 06 Feb 2004 A suicide bomber kills 41 people on a metro car in Moscow.
  • 07 Feb 2004 At least 50 people are killed in a car bomb attack on a police recruitment centre south of Baghdad.
  • 08 Feb 2004 2004 Democratic presidential primaries: John Kerry wins the Democratic caucus in Maine with 45 percent of the vote. Howard Dean comes in second place with 27 percent, with Dennis Kucinich (16 percent), John Edwards (8 percent), and Wesley Clark (4 percent) trailing.
  • 09 Feb 2004 Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden angers some Swedes by his praise of Sultan and Yang di-Pertuan Negara of Brunai Hassanal Bolkiah.
  • 10 Feb 2004 Same-sex marriage in the United States: A majority of Americans (two to one margin) respond they do not want laws in their states that would legalize same-sex marriages. The poll is taken after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling.
  • 11 Feb 2004 Comcast in the USA launches a US$54 billion hostile takeover bid for the Walt Disney Company. The bid is withdrawn on April 28.
  • 12 Feb 2004 The city of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.
  • 13 Feb 2004 The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announces the discovery of the universe's largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093. Astronomers named this star ''Lucy'' after The Beatles' song ''Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds''.
  • 14 Feb 2004 In a suburb of Moscow, Russia, the roof of the Transvaal water park collapses, killing more than 25 people, and wounding more than 100 others.
  • 15 Feb 2004 Iraqi lawyers say Saddam Hussein is unlikely to stand trial for at least another two years. (Hi Pakistan)
  • 16 Feb 2004 Temple in Jerusalem: An 800-year-old wall holding back part of the hill jutting out from the Western Wall leading up to the Mughrabim Gate partially collapses. Authorities believe a recent earthquake may be responsible. (BBC) (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • 17 Feb 2004 Bishop Thomas O'Brien, the former head of Arizona's largest Roman Catholic diocese, is convicted of a hit and run making him the first Catholic bishop in the United States to be convicted of a felony. (Washington Post)
  • 18 Feb 2004 A train carrying a convoy of petrol, fertiliser, and sulphur derails and explodes in Iran, killing 320 people.
  • 19 Feb 2004 One Dane and five of the nine Britons held without trial as terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay are to be released, probably within the next two weeks, according to British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. The soon-to-be-released captives have been amongst the 660 detainees at the US base in Cuba, held for the past two years as suspected Al-Qaida or Taliban 'combatants'. (BBC) (BBC)
  • 20 Feb 2004 Stanislaw Ryniak (88), the first person imprisoned at the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz, is buried in Wrocław, Poland. (AP)
  • 21 Feb 2004 The first European political party organization, the European Greens, is established in Rome.
  • 22 Feb 2004 Zvi Mazel, the ambassador of Israel in Sweden, calls former foreign minister Sten Andersson and Sweden's UN ambassador Pierre Schori "professional anti-Israelis". (Aftonbladet) (TV4.se) (Aftonbladet) (dn.se) (SVD)
  • 23 Feb 2004 United States Secretary of Education Rod Paige calls the National Education Association, the nation's largest teachers' union, a ampquotterrorist organization.ampquot He later apologizes, calling his comments ampquotan inappropriate choice of words to describe the obstructionist scare tactics the NEA's Washington lobbyists have employed against No Child Left Behind's historic education reforms.ampquot (CNSNews)
  • 24 Feb 2004 The United States lifts a 23-year travel ban against Libya.
  • 25 Feb 2004 Libya's Foreign Minister, Abdulrahman Shalgam, issues a statement reaffirming its acceptance of culpability for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, after the Prime Minister Shukri Ghanem, in an interview for the BBC, claimed Libya had ampquotbought peaceampquot with the $2.7bn compensation payments, but had not accepted guilt. (Mercury News)
  • 26 Feb 2004 IDF soldiers fire against protesters against the Israeli West Bank barrier killing two and injuring 20, several of them seriously. (CNN)
  • 27 Feb 2004 2004 SuperFerry 14 bombing: The Abu Sayyaf guerrilla group is blamed for the deadliest terrorist attack at sea in world history, which kills 116 in the Philippines.
  • 28 Feb 2004 2004 in film: The 2004 Golden Raspberries are handed out in commemoration of the low points struck last year by the motion picture industry. (Yahoo) ('The Age)
  • 29 Feb 2004 Occupation of Iraq

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Music charts

Which were the top hits in February 2004?
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Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Mad World
  2. - With A Little Help From My Friends / Measure Of A Man
  3. - Take Me To The Clouds Above
  4. - All This Time
  5. - She Believes (In Me)


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Woman in the Dunes

Woman in the Dunes

Directed by: Hiroshi Teshigahara

Starring: Eiji Okada, Kyôko Kishida, Hiroko Itô, Kôji Mitsui

Country: United States of America

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Directed by: Michel Gondry

Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne

Country: United States of America

Wheels of Destiny

Wheels of Destiny

Directed by: Alan James

Starring: Ken Maynard, Dorothy Dix, Philo McCullough, Frank Rice

Before Sunset

Before Sunset

Directed by: Richard Linklater

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff, Louise Lemoine Torrès

Country: United States of America

It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night

Directed by: Frank Capra

Starring: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns

Country: United States of America


Which were the most popular books released in February 2004?
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Flyboys by James Bradley



The classic New York Times bestselling story of heroism and sacrifice--by the author of Flags of Our Fathers, The Imperial Cruise, and The China Mirage.This

Franklin And Winston by Jon Meacham

Franklin And Winston


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe most complete portrait ever drawn of the complex emotional connection between two of history’s towering leaders Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were the greatest

Absolute Friends by John le Carre

Absolute Friends


An absolutely triumphant bestseller-everywhere hailed as the masterpiece toward which John le Carre has been building since the fall of communism.

American Dynasty by Kevin Phillips

American Dynasty


The Bushes are the family nobody really knows, says Kevin Phillips. This popular lack of acquaintance—nurtured by gauzy imagery of Maine summer cottages, gray-haired national grandmothers, July Fourth sparklers, and cowboy

Divided In Death by J. D. Robb

Divided In Death


The first hardcover in the series-now in paperback. The novel that brings it all together...