January 2004 calendar

January 2004

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 2004?


  • 01 Jan 2004 A vote of confidence was cast for General Pervez Musharraf, who wins 658 of 1,170 votes in Electoral College of Pakistan. According to Article 41(8) of Constitution of Pakistan, he is ''deemed elected'' to the office of President, until October 2007.
  • 02 Jan 2004 South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation is made up of seven foreign ministers representing seven countries in South Asia (Pakistan (India, Bangladesh), Sri Lanka (Nepal, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives), who met in Islamabad to agree to establish the South Asian Free Trade Area. (SAFTA).
  • 03 Jan 2004 Flash Airlines' Boeing 737-737 aircraft, Flight 604, crashes into the Red Sea killing all 148 passengers.
  • 04 Jan 2004 At 04:35 UTC, Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover successfully lands on Mars.
  • 05 Jan 2004 Both a British and German Member of European Parliament receive letter bombs by post. This follows a letter bomb that was sent to Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission.
  • 06 Jan 2004 Through his lawyer, the defence lawyer asks for an interrogation of the man accused in the murder of Sweden's FM Anna Lindh (September 10), to get critical details about the stabbing. Mijailovic appears to have confessed the attack.
  • 07 Jan 2004 The Bush administration in the United States proposes major immigration reform, including the creation of a temporary worker program, and the legalization of both illegal and non-immigrant workers for renewable three year periods.
  • 08 Jan 2004 Queen Elizabeth II, her granddaughter, christens the RMS Queen Mary 2, which is the largest passenger vessel ever built.
  • 09 Jan 2004 Education in Greece: George Papandreou talks junior about the possibility of private universities being established in Greece.
  • 10 Jan 2004 General Motors' next-generation C6 2005 Corvette is unveiled at the Detroit Opera House, Michigan. It comes with a 400-hp engine and fixed headlights.
  • 11 Jan 2004 Exploration of Mars: NASA's Spirit Rover now has its arm free and all six of it wheels. Only one cable needs to be cut before the rover can turn and roll onto Mars soil. Scientists are now taking advantage of the opportunity to collect additional data and take more pictures as this milestone is reached.
  • 12 Jan 2004 RMS Queen Mary 2, the world's largest ocean-liner, makes its maiden voyage.
  • 13 Jan 2004 Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Tom Hurndall, a British peace activist and member of the International Solidarity Movement, is killed after being shot in his head by an Israeli soldier. According to the Israeli government, they might consider bringing charges of manslaughter against the soldier. However, the family of the victim claims that he should be tried as a murderer.
  • 14 Jan 2004 After a 500-year hiatus, the Georgian national flag, also known as the "five cross flag", is now back in official use.
  • 15 Jan 2004 Carol Moseley Braun, a US Democrat presidential nominee, has withdrawn from the race and endorsed Howard Dean.
  • 16 Jan 2004 Chen Shui-bian gives a televised speech in which he reiterates the Four Noes pledge and One Without promise and announces the two questions that will be asked for a referendum to coincide the 2004 ROC presidential election on March 20.
  • 17 Jan 2004 NASA servicing missions to the Hubble Space Telescope that were planned have been cancelled. Safety concerns were the primary reason for the decision.
  • 18 Jan 2004 Occupation in Iraq: An insurgent suicide bomber drove a car full of explosives and blew himself up as he tried to enter "Assassin’s Gate" in Baghdad, Iraq. Early reports indicated that 18 people were killed, including two US Department of Defense personnel and 16 civilians from Iraq. Another 56 civilians were also injured.
  • 19 Jan 2004 U.S. Senator John Kerry (Democrat-Massachusetts) wins the Iowa Democratic caucus. The Vermont Governor Howard Dean's concession speech ended with a loud, but controversial, scream.
  • 20 Jan 2004 2004 Canadian Federal Election: Belinda Stronach officially declares her candidacy for the leadership of Conservative Party of Canada.
  • 21 Jan 2004 NASA's MER-A (the Mars Rover Spirit), loses contact with mission control. Its flash memory management is the problem. This issue was fixed remotely from Earth on Feb 6.
  • 22 Jan 2004 Mars Exploration Rover Mission: The MER-A Spirit Rover stops sending meaningful data. It is believed to have entered safe mode. Although the cause is not known, the rover can still send an acknowledgement tone.
  • 23 Jan 2004 David Kay leaves the Iraq Survey Group. George Tenet names Charles Duelfer, former UN weapons inspector, to succeed Kay.
  • 24 Jan 2004 At 05:05 UTC NASA's MERB (Opportunity rover) lands on Mars.
  • 25 Jan 2004 Opportunity rover (MERB) lands on Mars' surface
  • 26 Jan 2004 In Tainan (Taiwan), a whale explodes. The explosion is believed to have been caused by a buildup of gas in the sperm whale's decomposing body.
  • 27 Jan 2004 John Kerry wins New Hampshire's Democratic primary in the USA.
  • 28 Jan 2004 Milan Babic, the ex-leader of the separatist Republic of Serbian Krajina (now reincorporated into Croatia), pleads guilty at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia to crimes against humanity.
  • 29 Jan 2004 Las Vegas' Castaways Hotel and Casino closes.
  • 30 Jan 2004 Hutton Inquiry. Reporter Andrew Gilligan quits the BBC following Lord Hutton's ongoing fallout from his report into the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr David Kelly. This resignation follows that of Greg Dyke, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Governors Gavyn Davis.
  • 31 Jan 2004 According to Pentagon budget proposals accidentally posted online, the US defense budget will exceed US$400 billion next fiscal year. This is almost 7% more than it was last year.
  • 03 Jan 2004 Flash Airlines Flight 604 crashes into the Red Sea, resulting in 148 deaths, making it one of the deadliest aviation accidents in Egyptian history.
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Which were the top hits in January 2004?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Hey Ya!youtube
  2. - The Way You Move
  3. - Milkshake
  4. - You Don't Know My Name
  5. - Slow Jamz

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Mad World
  2. - Changes
  3. - All This Time
  4. - This Groove / Let Your Head Go
  5. - Shut Up


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 2004?

Key of Knowledge by Nora Roberts

Key of Knowledge


#1 New York Times bestseller Nora Roberts opens the doors to the dreams of a woman who is on a journey for the truth. This is her second Key Trilogy novel.

The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson

The Big Bad Wolf


Alex Cross faces the most powerful and ruthless killer he's ever faced - a predator known as "the Wolf". "Alex Cross's first case after joining the FBI leaves his new colleagues stunned.

The Lady And The Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier

The Lady And The Unicorn


The Lady and the Unicorn, Tracy Chevalier's tour de force of imagination and history, is Tracy Chevalier’s answer to the mystery surrounding one of the greatest masterpieces of the art world--a collection of bewitching.

Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson

Benjamin Franklin


Walter Isaacson, the bestselling author of Einstein & Steve Jobs, shares his authoritative and fascinating full-scale biography. He explains how America's most interesting founders have helped to define its national identity. Benjamin

Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell

Blow Fly