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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.

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 2004?


Events

  • 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.
  • 02 May 2004 Yelwa massacre of more than 630 nomad Muslims by Christians in Nigeria.
  • 03 May 2004 The US is starting to lose its dominance in the sciences; "the rest of the world is catching up", according to John E. Jankowski of the National Science Foundation. Scientists from Europe and now other countries are now publishing more papers in major professional journals than scientists from the U.S.. New York Times p.A1.
  • 04 May 2004 A WNBC helicopter crashes in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York. This event is covered by rival station WABC-TV.
  • 05 May 2004 Parliament grounds and adjoining footpaths in New Zealand host 15,000 people (many of whom have participated in several days of route march – "hikoi") protesting about the proposed law that is expected to change the ownership of foreshore and seabed.
  • 06 May 2004 Aslan Abashidze, leader of Georgia's autonomous republic of Adjara resigns after public protests and months of stalemate with the central authorities.
  • 07 May 2004 American businessman Nick Berg is beheaded by Islamic militants. The act is recorded on videotape and released on the Internet.
  • 08 May 2004 Would-be quotSaudi Princessquot quotAntoinette Millardquot surfaces in New York City, claiming that muggers had stolen jewels worth of $262,000 from her (she later proves to be an impostor).
  • 09 May 2004 The scandal about U.S. torture in Iraq widens as The New Yorker reports about guards setting dogs against naked prisoners. (The New Yorker)
  • 10 May 2004 Turkey begins construction of a tunnel under the Bosporus. (Moscow Times)
  • 11 May 2004 Nine factory workers in Glasgow, Scotland, are killed in a midday explosion at the Stockline Plastics factory. (BBC)
  • 12 May 2004 An American civilian contractor in Iraq, Nick Berg, is shown being decapitated by a group allegedly linked to al-Qaida on a web-distributed video.
  • 13 May 2004 Scaled Composites sets a new civilian altitude record of 60 kilometres in a craft called SpaceShipOne during a test flight above California's Mojave Desert in preparation for the X-Prize. (CNN) (SPACE)
  • 14 May 2004 Two US Marines are sentenced to prison for electrocuting an Iraqi prisoner a month earlier.
  • 15 May 2004 A 145 mm artillery shell is used as an improvised bomb on a road against US troops in Iraq. The shell explodes and two soldiers receive mild exposure to a nerve agent. (Fox News) (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
  • 16 May 2004 Ezzedine Salim, holder of the rotating leadership of the Iraq Interim Governing Council, is killed in a bomb blast in Baghdad.
  • 17 May 2004 Massachusetts legalizes same-sex marriage in compliance with a ruling from the state's Supreme Judicial Court (Goodridge v. Department of Public Health).
  • 18 May 2004 Sonia Gandhi declines the post of Prime Minister of India. (BBC)
  • 19 May 2004 Citing "insufficient evidence", US Federal Judge Adalberto Jordan acquits environmental group Greenpeace on charges under the "sailormongering" statute. A record total of more than 100,000 people worldwide sent protest messages to George W. Bush and US Attorney General John Ashcroft demanding that the case be dropped. (Greenpeace) (OneWorld.net) (BBC)
  • 20 May 2004 The Olsen specimen of the US 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent piece (Proof 64 NGC) is sold for $3 million.
  • 21 May 2004 Russian President Vladimir Putin announces that his country will pursue ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. Ratification will make the protocol take effect and impose trade restrictions on non-participating countries, such as Australia and the United States. (Independent)
  • 22 May 2004 The U.S. town of Hallam, Nebraska, is wiped out by a powerful F4 tornado (part of the May 2004 tornado outbreak sequence) that broke a width record at an astounding 2.5 miles (4.0 km) wide, which kills one resident.
  • 23 May 2004 Villagers in Abga Rajil, western Sudan, claim 56 people are killed in a raid by janjaweed militia. The UN says conflict in the Darfur area has displaced around a million people. (Reuters)
  • 24 May 2004 Communications in North Korea: North Korea bans mobile phones.
  • 25 May 2004 As many as 1,000 people are killed in floods in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. (CNN) (BBC)
  • 26 May 2004 The New York Times publishes an admission of journalistic failings, claiming that its flawed reporting and lack of skepticism towards sources during the build-up to the 2003 war in Iraq helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.
  • 27 May 2004 NASA announces the first Spitzer Space Telescope find: a planet that appears to be less than a million years old. (NYT)
  • 28 May 2004 The Iraqi Governing Council chooses Ayad Allawi, a longtime anti-Saddam Hussein exile, as prime minister of Iraq's interim government.
  • 29 May 2004 In Washington, D.C., the National World War II Memorial is formally dedicated by U.S. President George W. Bush.
  • 30 May 2004 Sasebo slashing: Satomi Mitarai, a 12-year-old Japanese schoolgirl attending Okubo Elementary School in Sasebo, Japan, is murdered. Her killer is an 11-year-old classmate identified by Japanese authorities as ampquotGirl Aampquot.
  • 31 May 2004 Memorial Day: President Bush honors the United States' war dead of past conflicts, and says that "two terror regimes are gone forever" in Iraq and Afghanistan as US deaths there climb to 1,000. (Reuters)

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Movies

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The Notebook

The Notebook

Release year: 2004

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

Starring: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

Country: United States of America

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Release year: 2004

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Richard Griffiths

Country: United States of America

The Terminal

The Terminal

Release year: 2004

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chi McBride, Stanley Tucci

Country: United States of America

Troy

Troy

Release year: 2004

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

Starring: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Julian Glover

Country: United States of America

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Release year: 2004

Directed by: Danny Leiner

Starring: John Cho, Kal Penn, Ethan Embry, Rob Tinkler

Country: United States of America

Books

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Farewell, Jackie by Edward Klein

Farewell, Jackie

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When she fell ill with cancer, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis faced death as she faced life— with all the bravery and grace of a woman who had long inspired the nation.

The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren

The Purpose-Driven Life

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Plan of Attack by Bob Woodward

Plan of Attack

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Plan of Attack is the definitive account of how and why President George W. Bush, his war council, and allies launched a preemptive attack to topple Saddam Hussein and occupy Iraq.

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

My Sister's Keeper

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Jodi Picoult tells the story of a girl who decides to sue her parents for the rights to her own body in this New York Times bestseller that tackles a controversial subject with grace and explores what it means to …

Deliver Us From Evil by Sean Hannity

Deliver Us From Evil

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Nearly three years have passed since that tragic day in September. Since then, our wounds have healed, but our senses and memories have dulled.