September 2004 calendar

September 2004

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of September 2004?


  • 01 Sep 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis commences when armed terrorists take children and adults hostage in Beslan in North Ossetia, Russia.
  • 02 Sep 2004 U.S. presidential election: George W. Bush accepts the Republican nomination for a second term in office as the party's National Convention concludes, signaling the beginning of all-out campaigning by Bush and Senator John Kerry.
  • 03 Sep 2004 Hurricane Frances makes landfall in Florida. After killing two people in the Bahamas, Hurricane Frances kills ten people in Florida, two in Georgia and one in South Carolina.
  • 04 Sep 2004 2.5 million Florida residents are ordered to evacuate their homes in preparation for Hurricane Frances, which has already hit the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands. Frances is currently a strong Category Two Hurricane, and will be very near the east coast of Florida by late tonight or early next morning. (BBC) (NOAA/NHC)
  • 05 Sep 2004 Two large earthquakes strike western Japan, the first measuring 6.9 and the second 7.3 on the Richter scale. Tsunamis 1– (3–7 ft) are expected to hit the Pacific coast. (Reuters)
  • 06 Sep 2004 Conflict in Iraq: Near the Sunni city of Fallujah, seven U.S. Marines and three Iraqi soldiers are killed in an ambush. Elsewhere, U.S. troops, backed by U.S. planes and Iraqi forces, raid the city of Najaf. The U.S. military tells residents to flee, mounts a pincer movement to trap the Mahdi army in the city center, and raids Moqtada al-Sadr's house again. (News Interactive) (BBC)
  • 07 Sep 2004 The United States Congress returns from its summer vacation. Several new pieces of legislation, including a major intelligence reform bill, are in the works in response to the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. (The Guardian)
  • 08 Sep 2004 In the "Rathergate" affair, the first Internet posts appear pointing out that documents claimed by CBS News to be typewritten memos from the early 1970s appear instead to have been produced using modern word processing systems.
  • 09 Sep 2004 2004 Australian embassy bombing: A bomb explodes outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, killing 10 people.
  • 10 Sep 2004 An air strike in Iraq reportedly kills Habib Akdas, a man thought to be the leader of a terrorist cell responsible for the November 2003 bombings of two synagogues, a bank, and an embassy in Istanbul. Akdas was thought to have fled from Turkey to neighboring Iraq after the 2003 bombings to escape authorities. (MSNBC)
  • 11 Sep 2004 All passengers are killed when a helicopter crashes in the Aegean Sea. Passengers include Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria and 16 others (including journalists and bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria).
  • 12 Sep 2004 The Hong Kong Legislative Council election, 2004 achieves record turnout. In the direct election, the pro-democracy parties gain one seat and receive 60 percent of the vote while the pro-government parties unexpectedly gain seven seats. (BBC)
  • 13 Sep 2004 The U.S. Assault Weapons Ban expires.
  • 14 Sep 2004 The China Times reports that the People's Republic of China has deployed heavily armed troops to guard the Three Gorges Dam from a possible terrorist attack. (BBC)
  • 15 Sep 2004 National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman announces lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.
  • 16 Sep 2004 Hurricane Ivan strikes Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 3 storm, killing 25 in Alabama and Florida, becoming the third costliest hurricane in American history.
  • 17 Sep 2004 The government of India announces that Tamil will be the first language recognized as a "classical language" in India. Government ministers add that Sanskrit and other languages could be granted the status, depending on their "heritage and legacy". The Indian government plans to create a center for the study of languages so designated. (Times of India) (The Hindu)
  • 18 Sep 2004 In Kirkuk, Iraq, a suicide car bomb attack on the Iraqi National Guard headquarters in Kirkuk kills 23, and prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Kadhim al-Hany is ambushed and killed. (BBC)
  • 19 Sep 2004 The former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, Jiang Zemin, resigns from his last official post, the Chairman of the Central Military Commission, and is replaced by Hu Jintao. (CNN) (IOL) (The Australian)
  • 20 Sep 2004 2004 Atlantic hurricane season: Massive flooding in Haiti resulting from this weekend's passage of Hurricane Jeanne over the island of Hispaniola leaves large areas submerged and at least 556 people dead, with that number expected to increase. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • 21 Sep 2004 Construction of the Burj Khalifa begins.
  • 22 Sep 2004 In the USA, ABC airs the premiere of the TV series Lost.
  • 23 Sep 2004 Mount St. Helens in Washington state, USA, becomes active again.
  • 24 Sep 2004 Major League Baseball announces that the Montreal Expos will move to Washington D.C. in 2005.
  • 25 Sep 2004 Hurricane Jeanne makes landfall near Port Saint Lucie, Florida, near location Hurricane Frances hit two weeks earlier. Jeanne kills over 3,030, mostly in Haiti.
  • 26 Sep 2004 Conflict in Iraq: U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says, in an interview on the ABC television interview program This Week, that the insurgency in Iraq is worsening, and that the aim of the insurgents is to disrupt the upcoming elections. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 27 Sep 2004 Jewish settlers in Gaza line a bridge and pelt passing Palestinian cars with rocks, forcing the Israeli army to close the only road from the north into the Gaza Strip. (The Guardian)
  • 28 Sep 2004 The 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, Greece, closes. China, Great Britain and Canada have won the most gold medals. (
  • 29 Sep 2004 The asteroid 4179 Toutatis passes within four lunar distances of Earth.
  • 30 Sep 2004 The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles south of Tokyo.

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Music charts

Which were the top hits in September 2004?
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Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Thunderbirds / 3AM
  2. - My Place / Flap Your Wings
  3. - Dry Your Eyes
  4. - These Words
  5. - Baby Cakes


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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A Woman Under the Influence

A Woman Under the Influence

Directed by: John Cassavetes

Starring: Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, Fred Draper, Lady Rowlands

Country: United States of America



Directed by: Otto Preminger

Starring: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price

Country: United States of America

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Directed by: George Roy Hill

Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin

Country: United States of America

Gone Girl

Gone Girl

Directed by: David Fincher

Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Country: United States of America

Nothing But a Man

Nothing But a Man

Directed by: Michael Roemer

Starring: Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln, Julius Harris, Gloria Foster


Which were the most popular books released in September 2004?
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Skywriting by Jane Pauley



“Truth arrives in microscopic increments, and when enough has accumulated–in a moment of recognition, you just know. You know because the truth fits.

Running On Empty by Peter G. Peterson

Running On Empty


The national bestseller, described by Tom Brokaw as the "wake-up call we cannot ignore," with a new preface by the author Acclaimed by all sides of the political spectrum, Peter Peterson's

Trace by Patricia Cornwell



WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHORDr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing from south Florida, returns to the city that turned its back on her five years ago.

Season Of Life by Jeffrey Marx

Season Of Life


The bestselling inspirational book in which the author reunites with a childhood football hero, now a minister and coach, and witnesses a revelatory demonstration of the true meaning of manhood.Joe

Shem Creek by Dorothea Benton Frank

Shem Creek


Pat Conroy has called her books “hilarious and wise”, noting that they are “funny, sexy and usually damp with sea water.”