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July 2004

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of July 2004?


  • 01 Jul 2004 Saturn orbit insertion of Cassini-Huygens begins at 01:12 UTC and ends at 02:48 UTC.
  • 02 Jul 2004 Darfur conflict: Sudanese President Omar Hasan Ahmad al-Bashir, in a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, makes a commitment to "ensure security for the civilian population by deploying civilian police and by disarming militias". (Reuters)
  • 03 Jul 2004 At just 17 years and 75 days of age, Maria Sharapova becomes the second youngest tennis player to win Wimbledon, defeating Serena Williams in the final.
  • 04 Jul 2004 Groundbreaking takes place for the Freedom Tower begins at Ground Zero in New York City.
  • 05 Jul 2004 Australia and Thailand sign a free trade agreement. (Xinhua)
  • 06 Jul 2004 Major Harry Schmidt of the United States Air Force is found guilty of dereliction of duty in a "friendly fire" bombing that killed four and seriously wounded eight Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan in 2002, given an official reprimand and fined US$5,672, which will be made in two monthly payments of US$2,836. (CNN) (Washington Post)
  • 07 Jul 2004 Kenneth Lay, the former Chairman of Enron, is indicted by a grand jury in Houston, Texas. Enron filed for bankruptcy on December 2, 2001, after investigators discovered that it had hidden more than in debt and inflated profits. (CNN) (BBC) (Democracy Now!)
  • 08 Jul 2004 (to July 9) Bowers and Merena Auctions conduct the auction of Jim Gray's North Carolina Collection.
  • 09 Jul 2004 In its advisory opinion asked for by the United Nations General Assembly the International Court of Justice states that the Israeli West Bank barrier is illegal and calls for the General Assembly and the Security Council to remedy the situation. (New Straits Times) (NZZ) (BBC)
  • 10 Jul 2004 The World Health Organisation says that six months into its project against AIDS, 440,000 people in developing nations have received antiretroviral drugs. Despite being 60,000 short of its target, the organisation says it is still hopeful of achieving its aim of distributing to 3,000,000 people by the end of 2005 (BBC)
  • 11 Jul 2004 Ashraf Jehangir Qazi is nominated by Kofi Annan to be the UN new envoy to Iraq. (Rediff News)
  • 12 Jul 2004 Montenegro adopts new state symbols including a new red flag bearing King Nikola's coat of arms.
  • 13 Jul 2004 Khaled al-Harbi, a disabled militant Saudi sheikh linked to al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, turns himself in to the Saudi authorities in Tehran under an amnesty program of the Saudi King. (BBC)
  • 14 Jul 2004 Stephen Hawking changes his position on black holes and Hawking radiation, stating that it is possible for information to escape, thereby reinforcing a central tenet of quantum physics. (New Scientist)
  • 15 Jul 2004 Canada recalls its ambassador to Iran to protest Iran's refusal to allow Canadians to attend the trial of an Iranian intelligence agent charged in the death of Montreal-based photographer and journalist, Zahra Kazemi. (Globe & Mail) (Channel News Asia)
  • 16 Jul 2004 At least 88 children are killed and several others injured when a kitchen fire engulfs a thatched-roof school in the Kumbakonam district of Tamil Nadu, India. Five are arrested so far. (BBC) (Rediff News) (Times of India) (CNN)
  • 17 Jul 2004 Allegations surface that Iyad Allawi himself summarily executed six prisoners at a Baghdad police station one week before becoming Iraqi prime minister, to "send a clear message to the police on how to deal with insurgents". His office completely denies the event. (SMH) (Age)
  • 18 Jul 2004 The trial for the murder of Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi in Iran ended abruptly on the second day of the proceedings. The lawyers of the Kazemi family insisted that the time has not been enough for proofs to be given, witnesses to be brought to court, and the murderer to be identified.
  • 19 Jul 2004 Jordanian troops detect and intercept four unidentified individuals attempting to "infiltrate to the western side of the Jordan River" (Israel). Three are killed and the fourth arrested. (JNA)
  • 20 Jul 2004 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals releases a video of gross cruelty to chickens taken at Pilgrim's Pride, one of KFC's suppliers in West Virginia. The supplier will investigate the claims. (The Independent) (FOX News)
  • 21 Jul 2004 Palestinian Legislative Council member Nabil Amr, a leading voice for anti-corruption reform of the Palestinian Authority, is shot twice in his right leg after returning from a television interview in which he criticized Yasser Arafat. (Reuters)
  • 22 Jul 2004 Production of the 2004 model Corvette ends, also ending production of the C5 model Corvette. Nearly 250,000 were built since the 1997 model.
  • 23 Jul 2004 The United States Senate and House of Representatives pass a joint resolution declaring the armed conflict in the Sudanese region of Darfur to be genocide. (CNN)
  • 24 Jul 2004 An Iranian court clears Mohammad Reza Aghdam-Ahmadi, the intelligence agent accused of killing the Iranian-Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi, of charges of "semi-intentional murder", stating that the blood money should be paid from the state's treasury. (BBC)
  • 25 Jul 2004 The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades seizes the governor's office in the Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis, demanding that Yasser Arafat's cousin Moussa Arafat be dismissed from his post as Gaza's security chief. In a separate attack, unidentified people storm a police station and burn the structure. (AP)
  • 26 Jul 2004 (to July 29) The Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts nominates John Kerry for U.S. President and John Edwards for Vice President.
  • 27 Jul 2004 Barack Obama gives the Keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, launching his career on the national stage.
  • 28 Jul 2004 The Catholic Church says a "weeping statue" at a Vietnamese Catholic centre near Brisbane is not a miracle. (ABC)
  • 29 Jul 2004 United States Senator John Kerry formally accepts the 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate nomination. In his acceptance speech he undertakes to "restore trust and credibility to the White House". (MSNBC)
  • 30 Jul 2004 The United Nations Security Council passes a US-drafted resolution 1556 demanding the Sudanese government end atrocities in the Darfur conflict; however, aid groups criticize the weakening of the resolution at the insistence of China, Pakistan, and Russia. (BBC)
  • 31 Jul 2004 A plea bargain in a US court reveals details of an alleged Libyan plot to assassinate Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Abdullah. Leading US Muslim activist Abdurahman Alamoudi, founder of the American Muslim Council, admits taking part in the plot, as he pleads guilty to three charges of illegal dealings with Libya. US Attorney General John Ashcroft says the case has provided "critical intelligence" in the war on terror. (BBC)

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The Bourne Supremacy

The Bourne Supremacy

Release year: 2004

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

Starring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Joan Allen, Brian Cox

Country: United States of America



Release year: 2004

Directed by: Michael Mann

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo

Country: United States of America

Matando Cabos

Matando Cabos

Release year: 2004

Directed by: Alejandro Lozano

Starring: Tony Dalton, Ana Claudia Talancón, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Kristoff


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More Than Money by Neil Cavuto

More Than Money


In this phenomenal New York Times bestseller, Neil Cavuto shares the inspirational stories of an array of personal heroes, many of whom motivated him to continue his career as he battled

Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs

Monday Mourning


The secrets of the dead are in her hands. The bones of three young women are unearthed in the basement of a Montreal pizza parlor, and forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code


PREMIUM MASS MARKET EDITION #1 Worldwide Bestseller—More Than 80 Million Copies Sold As millions of readers around the globe have already discovered, The Da Vinci Code is a reading experience unlike any other.

The Color Of Death by Elizabeth Lowell

The Color Of Death


Kate Chandler has accepted a commission that will solidify her reputation as a world-class gem cutter. But during what should have been a simple transfer, seven rare, priceless sapphires vanish without

A Good Year by Peter Mayle

A Good Year


The writer with a claim to being the world’s foremost literary escape artist is back, with an intoxicating novel about the business and pleasure of wine, set in his beloved Provence.