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 The Beslan school hostage crisis begins when terrorists kidnap children and adults in Beslan, North Ossetia.
  • 02 Sep 2004 U.S. presidential elections: George W. Bush accepts Republican nomination for a second term as party's National Convention ends. This signals the start of intense campaigning by Bush (and Senator John Kerry).
  • 03 Sep 2004 Florida is hit by Hurricane Frances. After two deaths in the Bahamas, Hurricane Frances leaves behind ten victims in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
  • 04 Sep 2004 2.25 million Florida residents have been ordered to evacuate their homes due to Hurricane Frances. It has already struck the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands. Frances, a Category Two hurricane of strong strength, will be close to Florida's east coast by late tonight or early tomorrow morning.
  • 05 Sep 2004 Two earthquakes of great magnitude struck western Japan. The first was 6.9 on the Richter scale, and the second was 7.3. The Pacific coast is expected to be hit by Tsunamis 1 (3-7 ft).
  • 06 Sep 2004 Conflict in Iraq: Seven U.S. Marines are killed and three Iraqi soldiers are wounded in an ambush near Fallujah. U.S. troops, supported by U.S. aircraft and Iraqi forces raid Najaf. Residents are told to flee by the U.S. military. They then mount a pincer movement in order to capture the Mahdi army at the city's center and raid Moqtada al-Sadr again.
  • 07 Sep 2004 The United States Congress has returned from summer vacation. In response to the 9/11 Commission's recommendations, several new pieces of legislation are being developed, including a major intelligence-reform bill.
  • 08 Sep 2004 The first Internet posts in the "Rathergate" scandal point out that the documents CBS News claimed to be typewritten memos dating back to the 1970s are actually produced using modern word processing software.
  • 09 Sep 2004 Bombing of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta (2004): Ten people are killed when a bomb explodes near the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.
  • 10 Sep 2004 Habib Akdas was reportedly killed in an air strike in Iraq. He is believed to have been the leader of the terrorist cell that carried out the November 2003 bombings at two synagogues in Istanbul, a bank and an embassy. After the 2003 bombings, Akdas fled Turkey to Iraq to escape authorities.
  • 11 Sep 2004 A helicopter crashes into the Aegean Sea killing all passengers. The passengers include Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria, 16 other passengers (including journalists and bishops of Alexandria's Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria).
  • 12 Sep 2004 Record turnout at the 2004 Hong Kong Legislative Council elections. The direct election saw the pro-democracy party win one seat and get 60 percent of votes, while the progovernment parties gained seven seats unexpectedly.
  • 13 Sep 2004 The U.S. Assault Weapons Ban expires.
  • 14 Sep 2004 According to The China Times, the People's Republic of China deployed heavily armed troops in order to protect the Three Gorges Dam against a terrorist attack.
  • 15 Sep 2004 Gary Bettman, commissioner of National Hockey League, announces lockout of players union and cessation operations by NHL head office.
  • 16 Sep 2004 Hurricane Ivan hits Gulf Shores, Alabama as a Category-3 storm. It kills 25 people in Alabama and Florida. It is the third most expensive hurricane in American history.
  • 17 Sep 2004 India's government announced that Tamil would be the first language to be recognized as a "classical" language in India. Ministers from the government said that Sanskrit, along with other languages, could be given this status depending on their "heritage" and "legacy". Indian officials plan to establish a center for studying these languages.
  • 18 Sep 2004 23 people are killed in a suicide bombing attack on Kirkuk's Iraqi National Guard Headquarters. A prominent Shia cleric, Sheikh Kadhim Al-Hany, is also ambushed and killed.
  • 19 Sep 2004 Jiang Zemin, former General Secretary of China Communist Party of China, has resigned from his last post as Chairman of the Central Military Commission and is being replaced by Hu Jintao.
  • 20 Sep 2004 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. Massive flooding in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Jeanne's passing over the island Hispaniola has left large areas submerged. At least 556 people have been killed, and that number is expected to rise.
  • 21 Sep 2004 Construction on the Burj Khalifa has begun.
  • 22 Sep 2004 The premiere episode of Lost airs on ABC in the USA.
  • 23 Sep 2004 Mount St. Helens, Washington, USA, is activated again.
  • 24 Sep 2004 Major League Baseball has announced that the Montreal Expos will be moving to Washington D.C. in 2005.
  • 25 Sep 2004 Hurricane Jeanne hits Florida near Port Saint Lucie. This is the same area Hurricane Frances struck two weeks ago. Jeanne kills more than 3,030 people, mostly in Haiti.
  • 26 Sep 2004 Conflict in Iraq: U.S. Secretary Of State Colin Powell stated that the situation in Iraq is getting worse and that they are trying to disrupt the forthcoming elections.
  • 27 Sep 2004 The Israeli army closed the only road to Gaza from the north by closing it down because of Jewish settlers living in Gaza.
  • 28 Sep 2004 The 2004 Summer Paralympics will be closed in Athens (Greece) on July 31st. Canada, Great Britain, and China have taken home the most gold medals.
  • 29 Sep 2004 The asteroid 4179 Toutatis passes within four lunar distances of Earth.
  • 30 Sep 2004 600 miles south from Tokyo, the first photographs of a giant squid living in its natural habitat were taken.
  • 01 Sep 2004 The Beslan school siege begins when armed terrorists take schoolchildren and school staff hostage in North Ossetia, Russia; by the end of the siege, three days later, more than 385 people are dead (including hostages, other civilians, security personnel and terrorists).
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Music charts

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

  1. - Lean Backyoutube
  2. - Goodies
  3. - Sunshine
  4. - My Place
  5. - Turn Me On

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?


Which were the most popular books released in September 2004?

Where The Right Went Wrong by Patrick J. Buchanan

Where The Right Went Wrong


The American Empire is at its peak. We are the only superpower that has no potential rival for a generation. With our cruise missiles, we can reach every point on the planet.

The Society by Michael Palmer

The Society


Michael Palmer, an emergency medicine physician, is a worldwide master of medical suspense. He has made every one of his ten novels a New York Times bestseller.

Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell

Blow Fly



Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Angels & Demons


The thrilling Robert Langdon thriller by Dan Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author Of The Da Vinci Code And Inferno--now a major movie directed and starring Felicity Jones and Tom Hanks.

Sammy'S Hill by Kristin Gore

Sammy'S Hill


"It was amazing that I could become a U.S. health-care analyst. At twenty-six, I was still astonished by the fact that I had managed to become a health-care analyst for a U.S.