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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 University of Manchester, the largest university in the United Kingdom outside London, is created by the merger of the Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST. (BBC)
  • 02 Oct 2004 American Samoa joins the North American Numbering Plan.
  • 03 Oct 2004 Conflict in Iraq: On the third day of the assault on Samarra, which has left 125 insurgents and 70 civilians dead, U.S. and Iraqi government officials say they have secured 70 percent of the city. (AP) (BBC)
  • 04 Oct 2004 SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight, by being the first private craft to fly into space.
  • 05 Oct 2004 A major British influenza vaccine company, Chiron, has its manufacturing license revoked due to an outbreak of bacteria. Chiron had been expected to supply half of this season's flu vaccines in the United States. (BBC)
  • 06 Oct 2004 Appearing before the US Senate Armed Services Committee, Charles Duelfer, head of the Iraq Survey Group announces that the group found no evidence that Iraq under Saddam Hussein had produced any weapons of mass destruction since 1991, when UN sanctions were imposed. This directly contradicts the main argument used by the George W. Bush administration for invading Iraq in 2003. (CNN) (BBC)
  • 07 Oct 2004 King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicates.
  • 08 Oct 2004 Martha Stewart begins serving a five-month sentence for insider trading, at the Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia.
  • 09 Oct 2004 In the northern Gaza Strip, Israeli troops shoot and kill Abed Rauf Nabhan, a local Hamas leader, as he prepares to fire an anti-tank missile at Israeli tanks in Jebaliya. The Israeli military says that Nabhan was responsible for a rocket attack that killed two Israeli children in Sderot on Sukkot eve. (Maariv)
  • 10 Oct 2004 Typhoon Ma-on, the strongest storm to strike eastern Japan in a decade, kills six people in the Tokyo area. (Channel News Asia)
  • 11 Oct 2004 The Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry requests that all non-Muslims currently in Saudi Arabia refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public. "Authorities will take deterrent measures such as terminating work contracts of, and deporting, violators"
  • 12 Oct 2004 Federal, state, and local officials in the US state of Nevada are gathering information regarding allegations that a private voter registration firm, Voters Outreach of America, destroyed registration forms collected from Democratic voters while submitting those collected from Republican voters. (KLAS-TV)
  • 13 Oct 2004 The People's Republic of China rejects an offer by Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian to begin a peace dialogue, deriding the offer as "meaningless", and accusing Chen of making "an open and audacious expression of Taiwan independence" by explicitly stating that the "Republic of China is Taiwan and Taiwan is the Republic of China". (VOA)
  • 14 Oct 2004 The New York Yankees defeat the Boston Red Sox 19–8 in Game 3 of Major League Baseball's American League Championship Series. The game, which pushes the Yankees to a 3 games to 0 series lead, sets a record for longest 9 inning baseball game.
  • 15 Oct 2004 Presidential elections in the war torn country of Burundi are postponed until April 2005. (BBC)
  • 16 Oct 2004 The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, under The United States Department of Veterans Affairs, concludes in a report that "a substantial proportion of Gulf War veterans are ill with multisymptom conditions not explained by wartime stress or psychiatric illness" and a "probable link" to exposure to neurotoxins. (BBC) (NY Times)
  • 17 Oct 2004 A referendum in Belarus approves the lifting of constitutional term limits for the presidency.
  • 18 Oct 2004 India's most wanted bandit, sandalwood smuggler and elephant poacher, Veerappan, is shot dead by the Special Task Force in Tamil Nadu at IST, after having evaded capture for 20 years. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • 19 Oct 2004 Myanmar prime minister Khin Nyunt is ousted and placed under house arrest by the State Peace and Development Council on charges of corruption.
  • 20 Oct 2004 Corporate Airlines Flight 5966 crashes in Missouri, killing 13 people and injuring two.
  • 21 Oct 2004 A University of Florida scientist, Thomas DeMarse, announces that he has grown a "brain" of rat neurons that can fly an airplane simulator. A "brain" such as this could be used to study how actual brains compute information and, potentially, as a sort of living computer. (Wired) (Discovery) (U. of FL press release)
  • 22 Oct 2004 The state-of-art Canadian Light Source synchrotron opens for atomic research in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. (CBC)
  • 23 Oct 2004 A powerful earthquake and its aftershocks hit Niigata prefecture, northern Japan, killing 35 people, injuring 2,200, and leaving 85,000 homeless or evacuated.
  • 24 Oct 2004 Iran rejects a European Union proposal to provide civilian nuclear technology to Iran in exchange for Iran scrapping its uranium enrichment program, calling for more negotiations. A decision to refer to matter from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the United Nations Security Council is expected on November 25, 2004. (Reuters)
  • 25 Oct 2004 The US Congressional Gold Medal is awarded to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.
  • 26 Oct 2004 The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since 1918.
  • 27 Oct 2004 The Boston Red Sox win their first World Series title since 1918—and break the "Curse of the Bambino"—by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 3–0 in the fourth game of the 2004 World Series of baseball.
  • 28 Oct 2004 In Latvia, Indulis Emsis, the first Green Party prime minister steps down when the country's minority coalition government dissolves after the parliament rejects its 2005 budget. (CNN)
  • 29 Oct 2004 In Rome, European heads of state sign the Treaty and Final Act establishing the first European Constitution.
  • 30 Oct 2004 Conflict in Iraq:: United States armed forces officials say that eight Marines have been killed and nine wounded near Falluja. (BBC) (Reuters)A car bomb kills seven and wounds 19 outside an office of Saudi owned Al-Arabiya television station in Baghdad. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • 31 Oct 2004 Eleven American states ban gay marriage.

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The Incredibles

The Incredibles

Release year: 2004

Directed by: Brad Bird

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Country: United States of America

Rory O'Shea Was Here

Rory O'Shea Was Here

Release year: 2004

Directed by: Damien O'Donnell

Starring: James McAvoy, Steven Robertson, Romola Garai, Alan King

A Very Long Engagement

A Very Long Engagement

Release year: 2004

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Starring: Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Jodie Foster, Dominique Pinon


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The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower by Stephen King

The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower


Now a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris ElbaCreating "true narrative magic" (The Washington Post) at every revelatory turn, Stephen King surpasses all expectation in the stunning final volume of his seven-part epic masterwork.

Melancholy Baby by Robert B. Parker

Melancholy Baby


When Sunny Randall helps a young woman locate her birth parents, she uncovers the dark truth about her own past.

Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell

Blow Fly


A cold case turns red-hot when a death-row inmate renews his acquaintance with Dr. Kay Scarpetta in this “utterly chilling” (Entertainment Weekly) #1 New York Times bestseller.Settling

Unfit for Command by John E. O'Neill, Jerome R. Corsi

Unfit for Command


"What sort of combination of hypocrite and paradox is John Kerry?" ask the authors in this heated critique of the Democratic presidential candidate’s Vietnam–era military service and antiwar activism.

In The Shadow Of No Towers by Art Spiegelman

In The Shadow Of No Towers


For Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Maus, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 were both highly personal and intensely political.