May 2004 calendar

May 2004

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 2004?


  • 01 May 2004 The European Union is now open to the Czech Republic, Estonia and Hungary. It was celebrated in Dublin at the residence the Irish President.
  • 02 May 2004 Yelwa massacre by Christians in Nigeria of more than 630 nomad Muslims
  • 03 May 2004 The US is losing its leadership in science and technology; John E. Jankowski, National Science Foundation, says that "the rest is catching up". New York Times, p.A1.
  • 04 May 2004 WNBC helicopter crashes in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York. WABC-TV, a rival station, covers the event.
  • 05 May 2004 15,000 protestors are currently occupying New Zealand's Parliament grounds and adjacent footpaths. Many of them have taken part in multiple days of route march (aka "hikoi"), in protest of the proposed law which would change the ownership of the foreshore and seabed.
  • 06 May 2004 After months of interminable negotiations with the central authorities and public protests, Aslan Abashidze, the leader of Georgia's autonomous republic Adjara, resigns.
  • 07 May 2004 American businessman Nick Berg is executed by Islamic militants. The videotape recording of the act is made and then released online.
  • 08 May 2004 Antoinette Millard, a quotSaudi Princessquot, claims that muggers stole jewels worth $262,000 from her. She later proves to have been a fraud.
  • 09 May 2004 The New Yorker reports that guards set dogs on naked prisoners as part of the scandal surrounding U.S. torture in Iraq.
  • 10 May 2004 Turkey starts construction of a tunnel beneath the Bosporus.
  • 11 May 2004 Nine factory workers were killed in an explosion at Stockline Plastics in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 12 May 2004 Nick Berg, an American contractor serving in Iraq, is seen being killed by a group linked to al Qaida in a video distributed online.
  • 13 May 2004 Scaled Composites set a new civilian altitude record at 60 kms with a craft called SpaceShipOne in a test flight over California's Mojave Desert. This was in preparation for the X-Prize.
  • 14 May 2004 Two US Marines were sentenced for the electrocution of an Iraqi prisoner one month prior to their sentencing.
  • 15 May 2004 An improvised bomb is created using a 145mm artillery shell to attack US troops in Iraq. Two soldiers are exposed to mild nerve agents after the shell explodes.
  • 16 May 2004 Ezzedine Salam, the Iraq Interim Governing Council's rotating leader, was killed in a blast in Baghdad.
  • 17 May 2004 Massachusetts legalizes same-sex marriages in accordance with a ruling by the state's Supreme Judicial Court ("Goodridge v. Department of Public Health").
  • 18 May 2004 Sonia Gandhi resigns as Prime Minister of India.
  • 19 May 2004 US Federal Judge Adalberto Jordan exonerated Greenpeace from charges under the "sailormongering” statute, citing "insufficient evidence". More than 100,000 protesters worldwide demanded that the case be dropped.
  • 20 May 2004 $3 million was paid for the Olsen piece of the US 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent Piece (Proof 64 NCGC).
  • 21 May 2004 Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia will seek ratification of Kyoto Protocol. The protocol will take effect upon ratification and trade restrictions will be imposed on countries that are not parties, like Australia and the United States.
  • 22 May 2004 Hallam, Nebraska is destroyed by an F4 tornado. This tornado was part of the May 2004 tornado outbreak series. It broke a record for width at 2.5 miles (4.0 km). One person is killed.
  • 23 May 2004 56 civilians were killed by the janjaweed militia in Abga Rajil in western Sudan. According to the UN, conflict in Darfur has caused around one million displacements.
  • 24 May 2004 North Korea bans mobile phones in communications
  • 25 May 2004 Floods in Haiti and Dominican Republic can kill up to 1,000 people.
  • 26 May 2004 The New York Times admits to journalistic failures. It claims that the flawed reporting of the Times and lack of skepticism toward sources during the war in Iraq 2003 helped foster the belief that Iraq had large stocks of weapons of mass destruction.
  • 27 May 2004 NASA announces its first Spitzer Space Telescope discovery: A planet less than one million years old.
  • 28 May 2004 Ayad allawi, a long-time anti-Saddam Hussein exile is elected by the Iraqi Governing Council to be the interim government's prime minister.
  • 29 May 2004 The U.S. President George W. Bush officially dedicates the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  • 30 May 2004 Sasebo slashing - Satomi Mitarai (12 years old) is a Japanese schoolgirl at Okubo Elementary School, Sasebo. She was murdered. Japanese authorities have identified her killer as an 11-year old classmate, ampquotGirlAampquot.
  • 31 May 2004 Memorial Day: President Bush pays tribute to the war dead from past conflicts and declares that "two terror regimes" are gone in Iraq and Afghanistan, as US casualties rise to over 1,000.
  • 01 May 2004 Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Yeah!
  2. - Burnyoutube
  3. - I Don't Wanna Know
  4. - Tipsy
  5. - Naughty Girl

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Yeah!
  2. - F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)
  3. - 5 Colours In Her Hair
  4. - FURB (F U Right Back)
  5. - Left Outside Alone


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 2004?

Ted Williams by Leigh Montville

Ted Williams


He was The Kid. The Splendid Splinter. Teddy Ballgame. He was one of the most important figures in his generation and undoubtedly the greatest baseball hitter of all-time.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss

Eats, Shoots & Leaves


This is Punctuation Play at its best! This

The Full Cupboard Of Life by Alexander McCall Smith

The Full Cupboard Of Life


THE NO. THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY - Book 5Fans all over the globe love the No. Precious Ramotswe is Botswana's top lady detective and the 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

Deliver Us From Evil by Sean Hannity

Deliver Us From Evil


Sean Hannity reminds Americans that we must face the ongoing war on terrorists and their state sponsor around the globe.

The Last Juror by John Grisham

The Last Juror


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER in 1970 Willie Traynor arrives in Clanton, Mississippi with a Triumph Spitfire, and a fog of vague aspirations. Within a year, the twenty-three-year-old finds himself the owner of Ford County's only newspaper, famous for its …