March 2004 calendar

March 2004

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of March 2004?


  • 01 Mar 2004 Mohammed Bahr al-Uloum becomes President of Iraq.
  • 02 Mar 2004 The Palestinian Authority's prisoners' affairs ministry states in its monthly statistical report that the number of Palestinian prisoners has risen to around 7,500. Of those 336 are children, 75 female and 943 in need of medical treatment. Of the 166 prisoners who died, 41% died as a result of medical negligence, while 18% died as a result of torture. ( (Jihad Unspun)
  • 03 Mar 2004 Abdurahman Khadr, a suspected terrorist, and his family confess on CBC national television that "We are an al-Qaeda family" and that they lived with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.(CBC)
  • 04 Mar 2004 Three American Muslims accused of using paintball games to train for a jihad (holy war) are found guilty of conspiracy charges. (Fox news)
  • 05 Mar 2004 The U.S. Republican National Committee sends a letter to hundreds of television stations, warning the stations about airing anti-Bush advertisements sponsored by The letter warns that the ads may be financed with money raised in violation of the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. (CNN)
  • 06 Mar 2004 Tens of thousands demonstrate in Caracas, Venezuela, against what they see as the government's fraud committed by the National Electoral Council related to the realization of a presidential referendum in mid-2004.
  • 07 Mar 2004 The New York City medical examiner reveals that a body pulled from the East River is the actor and writer Spalding Gray, he was missing since January. (NYT)
  • 08 Mar 2004 A new constitution is signed by Iraq's Governing Council.
  • 09 Mar 2004 March 9, 2004 attack on Istanbul restaurant in Turkey by two Islamic suicide bombers killing one, injuring five. (Reuters) (ChannelNewsAsia)
  • 10 Mar 2004 ROC presidential election, 2004: Wei Chueh, one of four Buddhist masters in Taiwan, controversially endorses Lien Chan. (BBC)
  • 11 Mar 2004 Madrid train bombings: Simultaneous explosions on rush hour trains in Madrid, Spain, kill 191 people.
  • 12 Mar 2004 The President of South Korea, Roh Moo-hyun, is impeached by its national assembly: the first such impeachment in the nation's history.
  • 13 Mar 2004 ROC presidential election, 2004: people march in 24 rallies across Taiwan in support of Lien Chan's bid for the presidency. (Reuters)
  • 14 Mar 2004 The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) wins the Spanish Legislative elections. The outgoing government's support for the US-led invasion of Iraq was cited as a major factor leading to the Socialists' 43% plurality. (El Mundo) (BBC) (CNN) (Ministry of Home Affairs)
  • 15 Mar 2004 French President Jacques Chirac signs the law on secularity and conspicuous religious symbols in schools, commonly known as the headscarf ban.
  • 16 Mar 2004 Fifteen-year-old Scottish boy Kriss Donald abducted, tortured and murdered by Pakistani gang in racially motivated attack in Glasgow.
  • 17 Mar 2004 Unrest in Kosovo: More than 22 are killed and 200 wounded. 35 Serbian Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and two mosques in Belgrade and Nis are destroyed.
  • 18 Mar 2004 Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf reports that his soldiers have surrounded a cadre of Al-Qaida men located in Waziristan, Pakistan, that was protecting Ayman al-Zawahiri, the second-in-command for the organization.
  • 19 Mar 2004 A Swedish DC-3 shot down by a Russian MiG-15 in 1952 over the Baltic Sea is finally recovered after years of work. The remains of the three crewmen are left in place, pending further investigations.
  • 20 Mar 2004 ROC presidential election: Chen Shui-bian is declared the winner over Lien Chan by fewer than 30,000 votes of nearly 13,000,000 cast (0.25%). Lien calls the result unfair and demands it be voided. A controversial referendum is invalidated by low turnout. (BBC) (CNN)
  • 21 Mar 2004 Jimmy Carter, former US president and 2002 Nobel Peace Prize winner, vehemently condemns George W. Bush and Tony Blair for waging an unnecessary war "based upon lies and misinterpretations" in order to oust Saddam Hussein. He claims that Blair had allowed his better judgment to be swayed by Bush's desire to finish a war that his father had started. (Independent)
  • 22 Mar 2004 Ahmed Yassin, co-founder and leader of the Palestinian Sunni Islamist group Hamas, two bodyguards, and nine civilian bystanders are killed in the Gaza Strip when hit by Israeli Air Force AH-64 Apache fired Hellfire missiles.
  • 23 Mar 2004 Unrest in Kosovo: an UNMIK police patrol is attacked on the Pristina–Podujevo road. A UN police officer from Ghana is killed, a local police officer later dies of his wounds, and their translator is also wounded but in stable condition. (
  • 24 Mar 2004 The European Competition Commission labels Microsoft an abusive monopolist. The Commission says Microsoft must offer European computer makers two versions of Windows, with and without Windows Media Player, must share technical information on server software with rivals, and must pay a US$613 million fine.
  • 25 Mar 2004 In France, the government of prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin suffers a stunning and unprecedented defeat in regional elections.
  • 26 Mar 2004 The United States Congress prepares legislation against peer-to-peer technology on multiple fronts. (Wired News)
  • 27 Mar 2004 HMS Scylla (F71), a decommissioned Leander class frigate, is sunk as an artificial reef off Cornwall, the first of its kind in Europe.
  • 28 Mar 2004 Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi, leader of Hamas, states that God has declared war on the United States. (NYTimes) (abs-cbnNEWS) (Reuters) (INDOlink)
  • 29 Mar 2004 The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.
  • 30 Mar 2004 A suicide bomber sets off a small explosion inside the Bolivian Congress. The bomber – a miner, protesting unpaid pensions – and the chief congressional security guard are killed; several bystanders are wounded. (BBC) (USA Today)
  • 31 Mar 2004 Four American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA are killed, and their bodies mutilated, after being ambushed in Fallujah, Iraq.

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Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead

Release year: 2004

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis

Country: United States of America

Two Brothers

Two Brothers

Release year: 2004

Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud

Starring: Guy Pearce, Freddie Highmore, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Oanh Nguyen



Release year: 2004

Directed by: Pantham Thongsangl

Starring: Pitisak Yaowananon, Bongkoj Khongmalai


Which were the most popular books released in March 2004?
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The Enemy Within by Michael Savage

The Enemy Within


America's bravest, brashest voice is back?as ferocious and cutting as ever. "Where has six decades of radical, mad-dog liberalism brought us?" Savage asks in his electrifying new book.

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right by Al Franken

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right


Al Franken, "one of our savviest satirists" ( People), takes on the issues, the politicians, and the pundits in one of the most anticipated books of the year.

The Fabric Of The Cosmos by Brian Greene

The Fabric Of The Cosmos


From Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading physicists and author the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Elegant Universe, comes a grand tour of the universe that makes us

The Great Influenza by John M. Barry

The Great Influenza


At the height of WWI, history’s most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people

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...