October 2004 calendar

October 2004

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 2004?


  • 01 Oct 2004 The merger of UMIST and Victoria University of Manchester created the University of Manchester. It is the UK's largest university outside of London.
  • 02 Oct 2004 American Samoa joins North American Numbering Plan
  • 03 Oct 2004 Conflict in Iraq: Officials from the U.S. government and the Iraqi government claim that they have secured 70% of Samarra on the third day of the attack, which left 125 civilians and 125 insurgents dead.
  • 04 Oct 2004 SpaceShipOne is the first private craft that has flown into space and won the Ansari X Prize in private spaceflight.
  • 05 Oct 2004 An outbreak of bacteria has led to the suspension of the manufacturing license for Chiron, a major British flu vaccine company. Chiron was expected to supply half the flu vaccines for this season in the United States.
  • 06 Oct 2004 Charles Duelfer, the head of the Iraq Survey Group, announces before the US Senate Armed Services Committee that the group did not find any evidence that Saddam Hussein's Iraq had produced weapons of mass destruction after 1991 when UN sanctions were implemented. This is directly contrary to the main argument that George W. Bush used for his 2003 invasion of Iraq.
  • 07 Oct 2004 King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicates.
  • 08 Oct 2004 Martha Stewart starts a five month sentence for insider trading at the Alderson Federal Prison Camp, West Virginia.
  • 09 Oct 2004 Israeli troops kill Abed Rauf Nabhan (a Hamas leader) in the northern Gaza Strip as he prepares for firing an anti-tank missile on Israeli tanks in Jebaliya. According to the Israeli military, Nabhan is responsible for the rocket attack that resulted in the deaths of two children from Israel in Sderot on Sukkot eve.
  • 10 Oct 2004 Six people are killed by Typhoon Maon in Tokyo, which is the strongest storm to hit eastern Japan in a decade.
  • 11 Oct 2004 Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry asks that non-Muslims in Saudi Arabia stop smoking, eating or drinking in public. "Authorities will take preventive measures such as deporting and terminating work contracts for violators."
  • 12 Oct 2004 Federal, state and local officials from the US state Nevada are looking for information about allegations that Voters Outreach of America, a private voter registration company, destroyed voter registration forms from Democratic voters, while submitting those from Republican voters.
  • 13 Oct 2004 The People's Republic of China rejected a Taiwanese President Chen Shuibian's offer to start a peace dialog. Chen denies the offer is "meaningless" and accuses Chen of making an "open and audacious expression of Taiwan independence" in explicitly stating that Taiwan is Taiwan and the Republic of China.
  • 14 Oct 2004 In Game 3 of Major League Baseball’s American League Championship Series, the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox by 19-8. This game pushes the Yankees into a 3 games-to-0 series lead and sets a new record for longest nine-inning baseball game.
  • 15 Oct 2004 The elections for the presidency in Burundi, a war-torn country, have been postponed to April 2005.
  • 16 Oct 2004 Under the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Health Conditions concluded in a report that "a significant proportion of Gulf War Veterans are ill with multisymptom condition not explained by wartime stresses or psychiatric illnesses" and that there is a "probable connection" to neurotoxins.
  • 17 Oct 2004 Belarus's referendum approves the lifting the constitutional term limit for the presidency.
  • 18 Oct 2004 After having evaded capture for over 20 years, Veerappan is now the most wanted Indian bandit. He was a sandalwood smuggler, elephant poacher and sandalwood smuggler.
  • 19 Oct 2004 The State Peace and Development Council places Khin Nyunt, Myanmar's prime minister, under house arrest for corruption charges.
  • 20 Oct 2004 Corporate Airlines Flight 5966 crashes into Missouri killing 13 and injuring 2.
  • 21 Oct 2004 Thomas DeMarse from the University of Florida announces that he's created a brain of rats neurons that can fly in an airplane simulator. This "brain", as it is called, could be used to study the way that actual brains process information, and possibly even as a living computer.
  • 22 Oct 2004 Saskatchewan's Canadian Light Source synchrotron is now open for atomic research at Saskatoon.
  • 23 Oct 2004 The powerful earthquake and its aftermaths struck Niigata Prefecture in northern Japan. It killed 35 people and injured 2,200. 85,000 were left homeless or evacuated.
  • 24 Oct 2004 Iran rejects the proposal of the European Union to supply civilian nuclear technology to Iran in return for Iran's scrapping of its uranium enrichment programme. This calls for further negotiations. On November 25, 2004, the International Atomic Energy Agency will refer matter to the United Nations Security Council.
  • 25 Oct 2004 The US Congressional Gold Medal goes to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King.
  • 26 Oct 2004 For the first time since 1918, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series.
  • 27 Oct 2004 The Boston Red Sox won their first World Series title in 1918, and broke the "Curse of the Bambino", by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 in the fourth game of the 2004 World Series of Baseball.
  • 28 Oct 2004 In Latvia, Indulis Emus, the first Green Party prime Minister, resigns when the minority coalition government is disintegrated after the parliament rejects the 2005 budget.
  • 29 Oct 2004 The Treaty and Final Act, which establishes the first European Constitution, are signed in Rome by the heads of European states.
  • 30 Oct 2004 Conflict in Iraq: Officials from the United States Armed Forces say that eight Marines were killed and nine others were injured near Falluja. (BBC, Reuters) A car bomb explodes outside the office of Al-Arabiya TV station in Baghdad. It kills seven people and injures 19.
  • 31 Oct 2004 One hundred and eleven states in America ban gay marriage.
  • 02 Oct 2004 The first parkrun, then known as the Bushy Park Time Trial, takes place in Bushy Park, London, UK.
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Goodies
  2. - My Boo
  3. - Lean Backyoutube
  4. - Sunshine
  5. - Lose My Breath

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - My Place / Flap Your Wings
  2. - Call On Me
  3. - These Words
  4. - Radio
  5. - Baby Cakes


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 2004?

Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner

Little Earthquakes


Jennifer Weiner's richest, most wittiest, and most true-to life novel yet tells the story three very different women who navigate one of the most exciting and dangerous transitions in their lives: The journay or new.

Family First by Phil McGraw

Family First


Are you concerned that your family may not be the same as it was or is it less than it could be? Are you worried that your parenting choices today could be causing scarring in the future for your child? …

The Dark Tower by Stephen King

The Dark Tower


Now a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba "An impressive work of mythic magnitude that may turn out to be Stephen King's greatest literary achievement" (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), The Gunslinger is the first volume in the epic …

Trace by Patricia Cornwell



WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHORDr. Kay Scarpetta, a freelancer from South Florida, returns five years after the city turned its back on them.

Skywriting by Jane Pauley



"Truth is revealed in tiny increments. When enough accumulates-in a flash of recognition-you just know. Because the truth is true, you know.