2004

A leap year, 2004 was the international year of rice, international year to commemorate the struggle against slavery and its abolition. The World Health Day topic was road safety.

2004

This year saw the release of sequels to popular blockbuster films with Shrek 2 being the highest grossing film of the year. Usher’s Confessions was the highest selling album of the year.

On May 17, Marcia Kadish 56 married Tanya McCloskey 52, in the first ever and legal same-sex marriage in Cambridge Hall Massachusetts. On that day, over 77 same-sex couples got married while hundreds of other same-sex couples requested for marriage certificates. Many of the protests planned for May 17 did not happen, as it was a day of celebration. On November 18, 2003, the Supreme Court in Massachusetts ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

The famous American TV personality Oprah Winfrey, on September 13, awarded each member of her audience a brand-new Pontiac G-6 sedan worth $28,500. In total, she gave away 276 cars. It was one of the greatest and biggest promotional stunts in the history of television as her audience cried, screamed, fainted, and were in delirium as Oprah jumped up and down saying, “Everybody gets a car!” Pontiac had donated the cars to Oprah and paid for each car plus the state’s sales tax for each car out of their advertising budget.

On Boxing Day of 2004, a tsunami in the Indian Ocean crashed into the East African Coast and South East Asia. A 9.3 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia caused the tsunami that wrecked havoc on the entire coastline of the Indian Ocean and a record 230,000 died. Estimates suggest that the tsunami had twice the energy of all the bombs used in WWII.

The Nobel Peace Prize went to Wangari Maathai from Kenya for her contributions to sustainable development, peace, and democracy. The revolutionary Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat passed away on November 11. He was also a Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 1994 along with Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres.

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Movies

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Directed by: Michel Gondry

Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne

Country: United States of America

Swades

Swades

Directed by: Ashutosh Gowariker

Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Ballal, Smit Sheth

Downfall

Downfall

Directed by: Oliver Hirschbiegel

Starring: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler

Country: United States of America

Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Starring: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin, Akihiro Miwa

Country: United States of America

Before Sunset

Before Sunset

Directed by: Richard Linklater

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff, Louise Lemoine Torrès

Country: United States of America

Books

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Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

By:

David Sedaris plays in the snow with his sisters. He goes on vacation with his family. He gets a job selling drinks. He attends his brother's wedding.

The South Beach Diet by Arthur Agatston

The South Beach Diet

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For years, cardiologist Arthur Agatston, M.D., urged his patients to lose weight for the sake of their hearts, but every diet was too hard to follow or its restrictions were too harsh.

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet In Heaven

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A specially produced paperback edition--with flaps--of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller, that has sold more than six million copies in hardcover Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at …

The Rule Of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason

The Rule Of Four

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“One part The Da Vinci Code, one part The Name of the Rose and one part A Separate Peace . . . a smart, swift, multitextured tale that both entertains and informs.”—San

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code

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PREMIUM MASS MARKET EDITION #1 Worldwide Bestseller—More Than 80 Million Copies Sold As millions of readers around the globe have already discovered, The Da Vinci Code is a reading experience unlike any other.

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 2004 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Joshua
  4. Matthew
  5. Ethan
  6. Andrew
  7. Daniel
  8. William
  9. Joseph
  10. Christopher
Top #10 female names
  1. Emily
  2. Emma
  3. Madison
  4. Olivia
  5. Hannah
  6. Abigail
  7. Isabella
  8. Ashley
  9. Samantha
  10. Elizabeth
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 2004?


Events

  • 01 Jan In a vote of confidence, General Pervez Musharraf wins 658 out of 1,170 votes in the Electoral College of Pakistan, and according to Article 41(8) of the Constitution of Pakistan, is ''deemed to be elected'' to the office of President until October 2007.
  • 02 Jan South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, composed of foreign ministers from seven south Asian countries (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan) meeting in Islamabad agree to create the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) by 2006. (NDTV)
  • 03 Jan Flight 604, a Boeing 737 owned by Flash Airlines, an Egyptian airliner, plunges into the Red Sea, killing all 148 people on board.
  • 04 Jan Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.
  • 05 Jan A British and a German Member of the European Parliament both receive letter bombs in the post. This follows an earlier letter bomb sent to the President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi.
  • 06 Jan The man charged for the murder of Sweden's FM Anna Lindh on September 10, Mijailo Mijailovic, through his defence lawyer requests an interrogation to give critical details on the stabbing. Seemingly Mijailovic thereby confesses the assault.
  • 07 Jan In the United States, the Bush administration proposes a major reform of immigration law, creating a temporary worker program and giving legal status to both illegal and foreign workers for renewable three-year periods.
  • 08 Jan The RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, is christened by her namesake's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 09 Jan Education in Greece: George Papandreou, junior talks about the possibility to allow private universities in Greece. (Greek)
  • 10 Jan At the Detroit Opera House in Michigan, General Motors unveils the next-generation "C6" 2005 Corvette. It features 400-hp engine, fixed headlights, and targa top.
  • 11 Jan Exploration of Mars: NASA's Spirit rover now has its arm and all six of its wheels free, and only a single cable must be cut before it can turn and roll off its lander onto the soil of Mars. As that milestone is completed, scientists are taking opportunities to take extra pictures and gather other data.
  • 12 Jan The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.
  • 13 Jan Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Tom Hurndall, a British peace activist with the International Solidarity Movement, dies after being shot in the head by an Israeli soldier on April 11, 2003. The Israeli government say that they may consider bringing manslaughter charges against the soldier; the man's family claim that he should be tried for murder.
  • 14 Jan The national flag of The Republic of Georgia, the so-called ''five cross flag'', is restored to official use after a hiatus of some 500 years.
  • 15 Jan In the USA, Carol Moseley Braun drops out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, and endorses Howard Dean.
  • 16 Jan Chen Shui-bian makes a televised address reiterating the Four Noes and One Without pledge and announcing the two questions for a referendum to coincide with the ROC presidential election, 2004 on March 20.
  • 17 Jan Planned NASA servicing missions for the Hubble Space Telescope are cancelled. Safety concerns are cited as the main reason behind the decision.
  • 18 Jan Occupation of Iraq: At around local time ( GMT) in Baghdad, Iraq, an insurgent suicide bomber driving a car filled with explosives blew himself up while attempting to enter "Assassin's Gate." Early reports said that about 18 people, including 16 Iraqi civilians and two United States Department of Defense workers were killed, while another 56 Iraqi civilians were wounded.
  • 19 Jan U.S. Senator John Kerry (Democrat-Massachusetts) wins the Iowa Democratic caucus. Vermont Governor Howard Dean's concession speech ends with a lively but controversial scream.
  • 20 Jan 2004 Canadian Federal Election: Belinda Stronach officially announces her run for leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada.
  • 21 Jan NASA's MER-A (the Mars Rover Spirit) ceases communication with mission control. The problem lies in the management of its flash memory and is fixed remotely from Earth on February 6.
  • 22 Jan Mars Exploration Rover Mission: MER-A Spirit rover stops transmitting meaningful data and has thought to have gone into safe mode. The cause of this is unknown but the rover is still able to send back a simple acknowledgement tone.
  • 23 Jan David Kay steps down from Iraq Survey Group. George Tenet names former UN weapons inspector Charles Duelfer to succeed Kay.
  • 24 Jan At 05:05 UTC, NASA's MER-B (Opportunity) rover lands on Mars.
  • 25 Jan Opportunity rover (MER-B) lands on surface of Mars.
  • 26 Jan A whale explodes in the town of Tainan, Taiwan. A build-up of gas in the decomposing sperm whale is suspected of causing the explosion.
  • 27 Jan In the USA, John Kerry wins the New Hampshire Democratic primary.
  • 28 Jan Milan Babic, the former leader of the breakaway Republic of Serbian Krajina (now re-incorporated into Croatia), pleads guilty to crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
  • 29 Jan The Castaways hotel and casino in Las Vegas closes.
  • 30 Jan Hutton Inquiry: Reporter Andrew Gilligan resigns from the BBC in the continuing fallout of the publication of Lord Hutton's report into the circumstances of the death of Dr David Kelly. This follows the earlier resignation of the Director-General Greg Dyke and chairman of the Board of Governors Gavyn Davies.
  • 31 Jan The United States defense budget is set to exceed US$400 billion next year—an almost 7% increase—according to budget proposals inadvertently posted on the Pentagon's website.
  • 01 Feb Janet Jackson's breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to Federal Communications Commission censorship guidelines.
  • 02 Feb Swiss tennis player Roger Federer becomes the No. 1 ranked men's singles player, a position he will hold for a record 237 weeks.
  • 03 Feb The US Central Intelligence Agency admits that there was no imminent threat from weapons of mass destruction before the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
  • 04 Feb Facebook, a mainstream online social network is founded by Mark Zuckerberg.
  • 05 Feb John Hench dies, at age 95. Hench worked at The Walt Disney Company for 64 years, the longest of any Disney employee. He worked on animation, and took part in the creation of all Disney parks.
  • 06 Feb A suicide bomber kills 41 people on a metro car in Moscow.
  • 07 Feb At least 50 people are killed in a car bomb attack on a police recruitment centre south of Baghdad.
  • 08 Feb 2004 Democratic presidential primaries: John Kerry wins the Democratic caucus in Maine with 45 percent of the vote. Howard Dean comes in second place with 27 percent, with Dennis Kucinich (16 percent), John Edwards (8 percent), and Wesley Clark (4 percent) trailing.
  • 09 Feb Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden angers some Swedes by his praise of Sultan and Yang di-Pertuan Negara of Brunai Hassanal Bolkiah.
  • 10 Feb Same-sex marriage in the United States: A majority of Americans (two to one margin) respond they do not want laws in their states that would legalize same-sex marriages. The poll is taken after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling.
  • 11 Feb Comcast in the USA launches a US$54 billion hostile takeover bid for the Walt Disney Company. The bid is withdrawn on April 28.
  • 12 Feb The city of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.
  • 13 Feb The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announces the discovery of the universe's largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093. Astronomers named this star ''Lucy'' after The Beatles' song ''Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds''.
  • 14 Feb In a suburb of Moscow, Russia, the roof of the Transvaal water park collapses, killing more than 25 people, and wounding more than 100 others.
  • 15 Feb Iraqi lawyers say Saddam Hussein is unlikely to stand trial for at least another two years. (Hi Pakistan)
  • 16 Feb Temple in Jerusalem: An 800-year-old wall holding back part of the hill jutting out from the Western Wall leading up to the Mughrabim Gate partially collapses. Authorities believe a recent earthquake may be responsible. (BBC) (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • 17 Feb Bishop Thomas O'Brien, the former head of Arizona's largest Roman Catholic diocese, is convicted of a hit and run making him the first Catholic bishop in the United States to be convicted of a felony. (Washington Post)
  • 18 Feb A train carrying a convoy of petrol, fertiliser, and sulphur derails and explodes in Iran, killing 320 people.
  • 19 Feb One Dane and five of the nine Britons held without trial as terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay are to be released, probably within the next two weeks, according to British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. The soon-to-be-released captives have been amongst the 660 detainees at the US base in Cuba, held for the past two years as suspected Al-Qaida or Taliban 'combatants'. (BBC) (BBC)
  • 20 Feb Stanislaw Ryniak (88), the first person imprisoned at the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz, is buried in Wrocław, Poland. (AP)
  • 21 Feb The first European political party organization, the European Greens, is established in Rome.
  • 22 Feb Zvi Mazel, the ambassador of Israel in Sweden, calls former foreign minister Sten Andersson and Sweden's UN ambassador Pierre Schori "professional anti-Israelis". (Aftonbladet) (TV4.se) (Aftonbladet) (dn.se) (SVD)
  • 23 Feb United States Secretary of Education Rod Paige calls the National Education Association, the nation's largest teachers' union, a ampquotterrorist organization.ampquot He later apologizes, calling his comments ampquotan inappropriate choice of words to describe the obstructionist scare tactics the NEA's Washington lobbyists have employed against No Child Left Behind's historic education reforms.ampquot (CNSNews)
  • 24 Feb The United States lifts a 23-year travel ban against Libya.
  • 25 Feb Libya's Foreign Minister, Abdulrahman Shalgam, issues a statement reaffirming its acceptance of culpability for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, after the Prime Minister Shukri Ghanem, in an interview for the BBC, claimed Libya had ampquotbought peaceampquot with the $2.7bn compensation payments, but had not accepted guilt. (Mercury News)
  • 26 Feb IDF soldiers fire against protesters against the Israeli West Bank barrier killing two and injuring 20, several of them seriously. (CNN)
  • 27 Feb 2004 SuperFerry 14 bombing: The Abu Sayyaf guerrilla group is blamed for the deadliest terrorist attack at sea in world history, which kills 116 in the Philippines.
  • 28 Feb 2004 in film: The 2004 Golden Raspberries are handed out in commemoration of the low points struck last year by the motion picture industry. (Yahoo) ('The Age)
  • 29 Feb Occupation of Iraq
  • 01 Mar Mohammed Bahr al-Uloum becomes President of Iraq.
  • 02 Mar The Palestinian Authority's prisoners' affairs ministry states in its monthly statistical report that the number of Palestinian prisoners has risen to around 7,500. Of those 336 are children, 75 female and 943 in need of medical treatment. Of the 166 prisoners who died, 41% died as a result of medical negligence, while 18% died as a result of torture. (palestine-info.co.uk) (Jihad Unspun)
  • 03 Mar Abdurahman Khadr, a suspected terrorist, and his family confess on CBC national television that "We are an al-Qaeda family" and that they lived with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.(CBC)
  • 04 Mar Three American Muslims accused of using paintball games to train for a jihad (holy war) are found guilty of conspiracy charges. (Fox news)
  • 05 Mar The U.S. Republican National Committee sends a letter to hundreds of television stations, warning the stations about airing anti-Bush advertisements sponsored by MoveOn.org. The letter warns that the ads may be financed with money raised in violation of the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. (CNN)
  • 06 Mar Tens of thousands demonstrate in Caracas, Venezuela, against what they see as the government's fraud committed by the National Electoral Council related to the realization of a presidential referendum in mid-2004.
  • 07 Mar The New York City medical examiner reveals that a body pulled from the East River is the actor and writer Spalding Gray, he was missing since January. (NYT)
  • 08 Mar A new constitution is signed by Iraq's Governing Council.
  • 09 Mar March 9, 2004 attack on Istanbul restaurant in Turkey by two Islamic suicide bombers killing one, injuring five. (Reuters) (ChannelNewsAsia)
  • 10 Mar ROC presidential election, 2004: Wei Chueh, one of four Buddhist masters in Taiwan, controversially endorses Lien Chan. (BBC)
  • 11 Mar Madrid train bombings: Simultaneous explosions on rush hour trains in Madrid, Spain, kill 191 people.
  • 12 Mar The President of South Korea, Roh Moo-hyun, is impeached by its national assembly: the first such impeachment in the nation's history.
  • 13 Mar ROC presidential election, 2004: people march in 24 rallies across Taiwan in support of Lien Chan's bid for the presidency. (Reuters)
  • 14 Mar The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) wins the Spanish Legislative elections. The outgoing government's support for the US-led invasion of Iraq was cited as a major factor leading to the Socialists' 43% plurality. (El Mundo) (BBC) (CNN) (Ministry of Home Affairs)
  • 15 Mar French President Jacques Chirac signs the law on secularity and conspicuous religious symbols in schools, commonly known as the headscarf ban.
  • 16 Mar Fifteen-year-old Scottish boy Kriss Donald abducted, tortured and murdered by Pakistani gang in racially motivated attack in Glasgow.
  • 17 Mar Unrest in Kosovo: More than 22 are killed and 200 wounded. 35 Serbian Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and two mosques in Belgrade and Nis are destroyed.
  • 18 Mar Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf reports that his soldiers have surrounded a cadre of Al-Qaida men located in Waziristan, Pakistan, that was protecting Ayman al-Zawahiri, the second-in-command for the organization.
  • 19 Mar A Swedish DC-3 shot down by a Russian MiG-15 in 1952 over the Baltic Sea is finally recovered after years of work. The remains of the three crewmen are left in place, pending further investigations.
  • 20 Mar ROC presidential election: Chen Shui-bian is declared the winner over Lien Chan by fewer than 30,000 votes of nearly 13,000,000 cast (0.25%). Lien calls the result unfair and demands it be voided. A controversial referendum is invalidated by low turnout. (BBC) (CNN)
  • 21 Mar Jimmy Carter, former US president and 2002 Nobel Peace Prize winner, vehemently condemns George W. Bush and Tony Blair for waging an unnecessary war "based upon lies and misinterpretations" in order to oust Saddam Hussein. He claims that Blair had allowed his better judgment to be swayed by Bush's desire to finish a war that his father had started. (Independent)
  • 22 Mar Ahmed Yassin, co-founder and leader of the Palestinian Sunni Islamist group Hamas, two bodyguards, and nine civilian bystanders are killed in the Gaza Strip when hit by Israeli Air Force AH-64 Apache fired Hellfire missiles.
  • 23 Mar Unrest in Kosovo: an UNMIK police patrol is attacked on the Pristina–Podujevo road. A UN police officer from Ghana is killed, a local police officer later dies of his wounds, and their translator is also wounded but in stable condition. (Kosovo.net)
  • 24 Mar The European Competition Commission labels Microsoft an abusive monopolist. The Commission says Microsoft must offer European computer makers two versions of Windows, with and without Windows Media Player, must share technical information on server software with rivals, and must pay a US$613 million fine.
  • 25 Mar In France, the government of prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin suffers a stunning and unprecedented defeat in regional elections.
  • 26 Mar The United States Congress prepares legislation against peer-to-peer technology on multiple fronts. (Wired News)
  • 27 Mar HMS Scylla (F71), a decommissioned Leander class frigate, is sunk as an artificial reef off Cornwall, the first of its kind in Europe.
  • 28 Mar Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi, leader of Hamas, states that God has declared war on the United States. (NYTimes) (abs-cbnNEWS) (Reuters) (INDOlink)
  • 29 Mar The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.
  • 30 Mar A suicide bomber sets off a small explosion inside the Bolivian Congress. The bomber – a miner, protesting unpaid pensions – and the chief congressional security guard are killed; several bystanders are wounded. (BBC) (USA Today)
  • 31 Mar Four American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA are killed, and their bodies mutilated, after being ambushed in Fallujah, Iraq.
  • 01 Apr U.S. President George W. Bush signs the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, commonly known as Laci and Conner's Law, that states that an act of violence that leads to the death of a pregnant mother and her child can be counted as two offenses. (White House) (UPI)
  • 02 Apr Islamist terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks attempt to bomb the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid. Their attack is thwarted.
  • 03 Apr NASA announces that the Gravity Probe B is ready for launch on April 17. (Globe)
  • 04 Apr Iran asks EU members (France, Britain, and Germany) to stand by their commitments within the framework of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Tehran Declaration. (Tehran Times)
  • 05 Apr Paul Bremer states that militant Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is an outlaw and warns that uprisings by the cleric and his followers will not tolerated. (Middle East Online)
  • 06 Apr The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress rules that the right to amend the Basic Law of Hong Kong belongs to the National People's Congress. The Standing Committee also issued an "interpretation" (effectively an amendment) of the Basic Law which set out an additional step required for any changes in Hong Kong's political structures. (CNN)
  • 07 Apr Study reports estimates of how long it took for the last four reversals of the Earth's magnetic field. It also reports that the turnarounds occur more quickly nearer the equator than at higher latitudes closer to the poles. (MSN)
  • 08 Apr Darfur conflict: The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups.
  • 09 Apr Henry C. Lee arrives in Taipei to investigate the March 19, 2004 assassination attempt in Taiwan.
  • 10 Apr Iraq Occupation and Insurgency:: Iraq marks the anniversary of Saddam Hussein's fall with fighting and bloodshed. Kurds, in the relatively stable north, celebrate with parties and the melting of an ice statue of the ousted dictator. (Al Jazeera)Al Arabiya reports an Iraqi rebel group in Falluja threatens to target Christians, assassinate or kidnap priests, and destroy churches. Saraya wal Mujahideen also calls on the Pope and the United Nations to stop the town's siege. (Reuters)
  • 11 Apr Food and sanitation are allegedly being denied to more than 2500 people who were arrested in Nepal over the last few days for protesting against the suspension of democracy. (Morning Star)
  • 12 Apr Lieutenant General Ricardo S. Sanchez states that the mission of the U.S. forces is to kill or capture Muqtada al-Sadr. (Defenselink)
  • 13 Apr The Bangkok Subway opens for limited public trials. (Channel NewsAsia)
  • 14 Apr 2004 South African legislative election: The African National Congress (ANC) of President Thabo Mbeki, which has been in power since the end of the apartheid system in 1994, is re-elected with an increased majority. (CNN)
  • 15 Apr A further 2000 pro-democracy demonstrators are arrested in Nepal; all but 22 are later released.
  • 16 Apr The People's Republic of China praises the United Nations Commission on Human Rights' decision to block a U.S. motion to condemn Beijing's human rights record. (VOA)
  • 17 Apr His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama begins a visit to Canada. (Toronto Star)
  • 18 Apr The Iranian Vice Speaker of Parliament, Behzad Nabavi, resigns over "violation of public rights". (Payvand News) (Hi Pakistan)
  • 19 Apr Ten Iraqi Kurds and North Africans are arrested by UK police on suspicion of violating the Terrorism Act 2000. The arrests are made in dawn raids in Greater Manchester and other parts of the North and Midlands. (BBC)
  • 20 Apr In Singapore, a Circle MRT Line tunnel being dug under the Nicoll Highway collapses, killing two. Two more are missing and feared dead. (Straits Times)
  • 21 Apr Five suicide car bombers target police stations in and around Basra, killing 74 people and wounding 160.
  • 22 Apr Two fuel trains collide in Ryongchon, North Korea, killing up to 150 people.
  • 23 Apr DaimlerChrysler announces it will no longer financially support Mitsubishi Motors and will try to sell its current stake. (Taipei Times)
  • 24 Apr Suicide bombers detonate boats alongside two oil tankers and a coalition boat in the Persian Gulf, targeting Iraq's main oil terminal, Basra. (Reuters)
  • 25 Apr The Arab League Conference commences in Cairo. (INN)
  • 26 Apr The US Bureau of Engraving and Printing introduces new US$50 Federal Reserve notes, incorporating color and more complex security elements.
  • 27 Apr In heavy fighting outside Najaf, Iraq, U.S. forces kill 64 insurgents and destroy an anti-aircraft weapon.
  • 28 Apr Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse in Iraq is revealed on the US television show 60 Minutes II.
  • 29 Apr The last Oldsmobile car rolls off of the assembly line in the USA, ending 107 years of production.
  • 30 Apr U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.
  • 01 May 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 Yelwa massacre of more than 630 nomad Muslims by Christians in Nigeria.
  • 03 May 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 A WNBC helicopter crashes in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York. This event is covered by rival station WABC-TV.
  • 05 May 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 Aslan Abashidze, leader of Georgia's autonomous republic of Adjara resigns after public protests and months of stalemate with the central authorities.
  • 07 May American businessman Nick Berg is beheaded by Islamic militants. The act is recorded on videotape and released on the Internet.
  • 08 May 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 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 Turkey begins construction of a tunnel under the Bosporus. (Moscow Times)
  • 11 May Nine factory workers in Glasgow, Scotland, are killed in a midday explosion at the Stockline Plastics factory. (BBC)
  • 12 May 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 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 Two US Marines are sentenced to prison for electrocuting an Iraqi prisoner a month earlier.
  • 15 May 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 Ezzedine Salim, holder of the rotating leadership of the Iraq Interim Governing Council, is killed in a bomb blast in Baghdad.
  • 17 May 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 Sonia Gandhi declines the post of Prime Minister of India. (BBC)
  • 19 May 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 The Olsen specimen of the US 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent piece (Proof 64 NGC) is sold for $3 million.
  • 21 May 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 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 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 Communications in North Korea: North Korea bans mobile phones.
  • 25 May As many as 1,000 people are killed in floods in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. (CNN) (BBC)
  • 26 May 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 NASA announces the first Spitzer Space Telescope find: a planet that appears to be less than a million years old. (NYT)
  • 28 May The Iraqi Governing Council chooses Ayad Allawi, a longtime anti-Saddam Hussein exile, as prime minister of Iraq's interim government.
  • 29 May In Washington, D.C., the National World War II Memorial is formally dedicated by U.S. President George W. Bush.
  • 30 May 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 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)
  • 01 Jun RoC Premier Yu Shyi-kun is prevented for six hours from delivering a key government report on the floor of the Legislative Yuan when opposition lawmakers, refusing to recognize President Chen Shui-bian's narrow re-election on March 20, tore up his report and unfurled banners and placards with the words "no truth, no president" and "bogus regime". (TheStraitsTimes) (Channelnewsasia)
  • 02 Jun Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy!
  • 03 Jun Central Intelligence Agency director George Tenet tenders his resignation, citing "personal reasons". John E. McLaughlin, US Central Intelligence Agency Deputy Director, becomes the acting Director until a permanent Director is chosen and confirmed by Congress.
  • 04 Jun Marvin Heemeyer destroys many local buildings with a home-made tank in Granby, Colorado.
  • 05 Jun Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan dies at the age of 93 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. (SF Chronicle) (BBC) (Reuters) (Washington Post)
  • 06 Jun Tamil is established as a Classical language by the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in a joint sitting of the two houses of the Indian Parliament.
  • 07 Jun The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) opens its two-day conference on Humanitarian Needs of Palestinian Refugess opens in Geneva, Switzerland. Participation in the conference is by invitation only. Israel is excluded from the conference. (UNRWA) (IMRA)
  • 08 Jun The 30th G8 summit takes place over the next two days on Sea Island, in Georgia, USA.
  • 09 Jun Kurdish leaders in Iraq state that the Kurds would "refrain from participating in the central government" should the interim constitution be modified or replaced with a constitution that diminishes Kurdish political role in the central government. (NYT)
  • 10 Jun Votes are counted on Super Thursday in the UK as elections are held for the European Parliament, local council elections and for Mayor of London and the London Assembly. The local council elections show major losses for the Labour Party, attributed by Labour to protest voting over the 2003 invasion of Iraq. (BBC) (Guardian) (Guardian) (Daily Telegraph) (Daily Telegraph) (results from Guardian)
  • 11 Jun Terry Nichols is spared the death penalty by an Oklahoma state court on murder charges stemming from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The decision comes on the third anniversary of the execution of his co-defendant, Timothy McVeigh, in Terre Haute, Indiana.
  • 12 Jun A meteorite plunges into a family's living room in the Auckland, New Zealand, suburb of Ellerslie on Saturday afternoon. No one is hurt. Weighing 1.3 kilograms (2.9 pounds), it is the ninth ever meteorite to be found in the country, and the first to hit a home. (TVNZ) (Stuff) (Reuters)
  • 13 Jun Results of Serbian presidential elections show expected lead of Tomislav Nikolic with 30.1% of votes, followed with Boris Tadic with 27.3%; but it comes as a surprise that Bogoljub Karic has 19.3% of votes, more than government's candidate Dragan Maršicanin with 13.3%. Second round will be held on Sunday 27 June. (cesid.org)
  • 14 Jun Cartoon Network relaunches itself with a new logo and slogan "This is Cartoon Network."
  • 15 Jun Tim Berners-Lee receives the Millennium Technology Prize in Helsinki. (Technology awards)
  • 16 Jun The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (or quot9/11 Commissionquot) issues an initial report of its findings.
  • 17 Jun The Pentagon confirms a report in The New York Times that CIA chief George Tenet – who steps down from the post next month – was allowed by U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to have an Iraqi prisoner secretly detained in alleged violation of the Geneva Convention. (BBC) (NYT)
  • 18 Jun Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Russia had warned the United States several times that Saddam Hussein was planning terrorist attacks against the US. (BBC) (Pravda.RU) (Khaleej Times)
  • 19 Jun Witnesses and hospital officials say that 22 Iraqis, among them children, women, and youths, are killed in a U.S. air strike in a residential neighborhood in Fallujah. U.S. officials say that they targeted an Abu Musab al-Zarqawi safe house. (Reuters) (CBC) Iraqi locals dispute the American account. (BBC)
  • 20 Jun India and Pakistan agreed in Qingdao, China, to extend a nuclear testing ban and to set up a hotline between their foreign secretaries aimed at preventing misunderstandings that might lead to a nuclear war. (CNN)
  • 21 Jun SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.
  • 22 Jun The United States Supreme Court rules that Health Maintenance Organizations cannot be sued in state courts under malpractice laws. (Forbes)
  • 23 Jun The White House releases a February 7, 2002, memo in which President George W. Bush ordered humane treatment of captured Taliban and al Qaeda fighters despite a Justice Department legal opinion that the Geneva Convention does not apply. Twenty-one other memos requested by Senate Democrats have not yet been released; no released memos address Iraq or Abu-Ghraib Prison. (MSNBC) (Memo)
  • 24 Jun In New York state, capital punishment is declared unconstitutional.
  • 25 Jun After Siemens AG threatens to move thousands of jobs from North Rhine-Westphalia to Hungary, IG Metall (a trade union) agrees to a 40-hour work week for the same pay they currently receive for working 35. The agreement reduces by €5 the cost of each Siemens mobile phone manufactured under the new agreement. IG Metall workers had enjoyed the 35-hour work week since 1984. (Deutsche Welle) (IHT)
  • 26 Jun Pakistan's Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali resigns. (BBC)
  • 27 Jun Fahrenheit 9/11 breaks the record for highest opening-weekend earnings in the United States for a documentary, earning US$23.9 million. (Box Office Mojo).
  • 28 Jun Sovereign power is handed to the interim government of Iraq by the Coalition Provisional Authority, ending the U.S.-led rule of that nation.
  • 29 Jun Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, the head of the ruling party in Pakistan, is elected as the new interim Prime Minister of the nation after the resignation of Zafarullah Khan Jamali. (Guardian)
  • 30 Jun The Cassini–Huygens spacecraft arrives at Saturn.
  • 01 Jul Saturn orbit insertion of Cassini-Huygens begins at 01:12 UTC and ends at 02:48 UTC.
  • 02 Jul Darfur conflict: Sudanese President Omar Hasan Ahmad al-Bashir, in a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, makes a commitment to "ensure security for the civilian population by deploying civilian police and by disarming militias". (Reuters)
  • 03 Jul At just 17 years and 75 days of age, Maria Sharapova becomes the second youngest tennis player to win Wimbledon, defeating Serena Williams in the final.
  • 04 Jul Groundbreaking takes place for the Freedom Tower begins at Ground Zero in New York City.
  • 05 Jul Australia and Thailand sign a free trade agreement. (Xinhua)
  • 06 Jul Major Harry Schmidt of the United States Air Force is found guilty of dereliction of duty in a "friendly fire" bombing that killed four and seriously wounded eight Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan in 2002, given an official reprimand and fined US$5,672, which will be made in two monthly payments of US$2,836. (CNN) (Washington Post)
  • 07 Jul Kenneth Lay, the former Chairman of Enron, is indicted by a grand jury in Houston, Texas. Enron filed for bankruptcy on December 2, 2001, after investigators discovered that it had hidden more than in debt and inflated profits. (CNN) (BBC) (Democracy Now!)
  • 08 Jul (to July 9) Bowers and Merena Auctions conduct the auction of Jim Gray's North Carolina Collection.
  • 09 Jul In its advisory opinion asked for by the United Nations General Assembly the International Court of Justice states that the Israeli West Bank barrier is illegal and calls for the General Assembly and the Security Council to remedy the situation. (New Straits Times) (NZZ) (BBC)
  • 10 Jul The World Health Organisation says that six months into its project against AIDS, 440,000 people in developing nations have received antiretroviral drugs. Despite being 60,000 short of its target, the organisation says it is still hopeful of achieving its aim of distributing to 3,000,000 people by the end of 2005 (BBC)
  • 11 Jul Ashraf Jehangir Qazi is nominated by Kofi Annan to be the UN new envoy to Iraq. (Rediff News)
  • 12 Jul Montenegro adopts new state symbols including a new red flag bearing King Nikola's coat of arms.
  • 13 Jul Khaled al-Harbi, a disabled militant Saudi sheikh linked to al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, turns himself in to the Saudi authorities in Tehran under an amnesty program of the Saudi King. (BBC)
  • 14 Jul Stephen Hawking changes his position on black holes and Hawking radiation, stating that it is possible for information to escape, thereby reinforcing a central tenet of quantum physics. (New Scientist)
  • 15 Jul Canada recalls its ambassador to Iran to protest Iran's refusal to allow Canadians to attend the trial of an Iranian intelligence agent charged in the death of Montreal-based photographer and journalist, Zahra Kazemi. (Globe & Mail) (Channel News Asia)
  • 16 Jul At least 88 children are killed and several others injured when a kitchen fire engulfs a thatched-roof school in the Kumbakonam district of Tamil Nadu, India. Five are arrested so far. (BBC) (Rediff News) (Times of India) (CNN)
  • 17 Jul Allegations surface that Iyad Allawi himself summarily executed six prisoners at a Baghdad police station one week before becoming Iraqi prime minister, to "send a clear message to the police on how to deal with insurgents". His office completely denies the event. (SMH) (Age)
  • 18 Jul The trial for the murder of Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi in Iran ended abruptly on the second day of the proceedings. The lawyers of the Kazemi family insisted that the time has not been enough for proofs to be given, witnesses to be brought to court, and the murderer to be identified.
  • 19 Jul Jordanian troops detect and intercept four unidentified individuals attempting to "infiltrate to the western side of the Jordan River" (Israel). Three are killed and the fourth arrested. (JNA)
  • 20 Jul People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals releases a video of gross cruelty to chickens taken at Pilgrim's Pride, one of KFC's suppliers in West Virginia. The supplier will investigate the claims. (The Independent) (FOX News)
  • 21 Jul Palestinian Legislative Council member Nabil Amr, a leading voice for anti-corruption reform of the Palestinian Authority, is shot twice in his right leg after returning from a television interview in which he criticized Yasser Arafat. (Reuters)
  • 22 Jul Production of the 2004 model Corvette ends, also ending production of the C5 model Corvette. Nearly 250,000 were built since the 1997 model.
  • 23 Jul The United States Senate and House of Representatives pass a joint resolution declaring the armed conflict in the Sudanese region of Darfur to be genocide. (CNN)
  • 24 Jul An Iranian court clears Mohammad Reza Aghdam-Ahmadi, the intelligence agent accused of killing the Iranian-Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi, of charges of "semi-intentional murder", stating that the blood money should be paid from the state's treasury. (BBC)
  • 25 Jul The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades seizes the governor's office in the Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis, demanding that Yasser Arafat's cousin Moussa Arafat be dismissed from his post as Gaza's security chief. In a separate attack, unidentified people storm a police station and burn the structure. (AP)
  • 26 Jul (to July 29) The Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts nominates John Kerry for U.S. President and John Edwards for Vice President.
  • 27 Jul Barack Obama gives the Keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, launching his career on the national stage.
  • 28 Jul The Catholic Church says a "weeping statue" at a Vietnamese Catholic centre near Brisbane is not a miracle. (ABC)
  • 29 Jul United States Senator John Kerry formally accepts the 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate nomination. In his acceptance speech he undertakes to "restore trust and credibility to the White House". (MSNBC)
  • 30 Jul The United Nations Security Council passes a US-drafted resolution 1556 demanding the Sudanese government end atrocities in the Darfur conflict; however, aid groups criticize the weakening of the resolution at the insistence of China, Pakistan, and Russia. (BBC)
  • 31 Jul A plea bargain in a US court reveals details of an alleged Libyan plot to assassinate Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Abdullah. Leading US Muslim activist Abdurahman Alamoudi, founder of the American Muslim Council, admits taking part in the plot, as he pleads guilty to three charges of illegal dealings with Libya. US Attorney General John Ashcroft says the case has provided "critical intelligence" in the war on terror. (BBC)
  • 01 Aug Lawyers reveal that African American workers are to sue Eastman Kodak Co., charging that the firm paid them less and promoted them less often than white colleagues. (Reuters)
  • 02 Aug The Statue of Liberty reopens after security improvements.
  • 03 Aug In the USA, the Statue of Liberty reopens after security improvements.
  • 04 Aug The National Institutes of Health decides not to override drug patents to allow generic production of anti-AIDS drug Norvir in the United States, despite claims of price gouging by patients' groups and some members of Congress. (ABC)
  • 05 Aug At least seven Iraqis and a U.S. soldier die in clashes; and a U.S. helicopter is shot down, injuring two. (BBC)
  • 06 Aug Pacific Islands Forum leaders call for assistance for Nauru to prevent the emergence of another "failed state". (The Age)
  • 07 Aug In the Asian Cup 2004 soccer final, Japan defeats China 3–1, prompting clashes between Chinese fans and police in Beijing. A Japanese diplomat's car is attacked and the Japanese players and fans are bussed out from Workers' Stadium, under guard. (Asian Cup Official Website) (BBC)
  • 08 Aug U.S. intelligence officials and non-government experts conclude that diplomatic efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons to Iran and North Korea have failed to slow their weapons development programs.
  • 09 Aug Disney's Donald Duck cartoon character receives a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
  • 10 Aug The South Korean government announces that the country's capital is to be moved from Seoul to a new site at Gongju in South Chungcheong province. (BBC)
  • 11 Aug The Olympic flame arrives in Greece after a relay through 26 countries. (News24)
  • 12 Aug New Jersey Governor James McGreevey announces that he is "a gay American" and will resign effective November 15, 2004.
  • 13 Aug Hurricane Charley kills 27 people in Florida after killing four in Cuba and one in Jamaica. Charley made landfall near Cayo Costa, Florida as a Category 4 hurricane. Charley is the most intense hurricane to strike the United States since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
  • 14 Aug Gunmen kill at least 156 people – mainly women and children – in an overnight raid on the Gatumba camp for Congolese Tutsi refugees in Burundi, the UN says. (BBC)
  • 15 Aug Chávez recall: Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez defeats a recall vote with 58% support. Some opposition members claim election fraud, but monitors from the OAS and the Carter Center endorse the official result. (BBC) (AP)
  • 16 Aug After 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain in two hours, severe flash flooding at Boscastle in Cornwall, UK, results in buildings, roads, and over 50 cars swept away. Flood waters race through town at speeds up to 65 km/h (40 mph). Many have to leave their homes; helicopters airlift 150 people to safety. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 17 Aug The National Assembly of Serbia unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Boze Pravde becomes the new anthem and the coat of arms is adopted for the whole country. (BBC)
  • 18 Aug In a statement issued from his Baghdad office, Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr agrees to order his militia to leave the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf, Iraq, after threats by Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's government to "liberate" it. Al-Sadr further agrees to disband his Jaish-i-Mahdi militia, and enter the "mainstream political process". It remains unclear when the withdrawal will actually take place. (CNN) (Reuters)
  • 19 Aug An ongoing battle, apparently between a combination of U.S. and Iraqi forces, and the al-Mahdi Army of Muqtada al-Sadr, damages two of minarets of the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf, Iraq, which al-Sadr's forces occupied. (CNN)
  • 20 Aug US Airways, struggling to avoid a second bankruptcy, asks pilots to accept a 16.5% pay cut. (CNN)
  • 21 Aug The West Nile virus is now responsible for six deaths in California, with the number of people infected with the virus at 249. (HealthTalk.ca)
  • 22 Aug A version of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway.
  • 23 Aug Politics of Taiwan: The Legislative Yuan proposes a package of amendments by 217–1 that includes halving the number of legislators and abolishing the National Assembly. (Taiwan News) (BBC)
  • 24 Aug Eighty-nine passengers die after two airliners explode after flying out of Domodedovo International Airport, near Moscow. The explosions are caused by suicide bombers (reportedly female) from the Russian Republic of Chechnya.
  • 25 Aug Astronomers announce the discovery of a third extrasolar planet orbiting Mu Arae. The planet may be the first rocky world detected orbiting a star other than the Sun.
  • 26 Aug Chile's Supreme Court strips former military ruler Augusto Pinochet of his immunity from prosecution, allowing him to be prosecuted for alleged crimes including involvement in murder and torture. (BBC)
  • 27 Aug Between 5,000 and 6,000 participants take part in the Critical Mass bicyclist ride as part of the 2004 Republican National Convention protest activity. The monthly NYC Critical Mass ride usually attracts about 1500 riders. Police eventually arrested 264 people for deliberately blockading roads during the event. This is the first time the NYPD made any significant arrests of Critical Mass participants. (NYC-IMC)
  • 28 Aug In a video circulating on the Internet, former Texas lieutenant governor Ben F. Barnes apologizes for his role in getting current United States President George W. Bush into the Texas Air National Guard in 1968. (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • 29 Aug Around 200,000 protesters demonstrate in New York City against U.S. President George W. Bush and his government, ahead of the 2004 Republican National Convention.
  • 30 Aug (to September 2) U.S. President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are re-nominated at the Republican National Convention in New York City.
  • 31 Aug The WTO authorizes the imposition of sanctions against the United States for persistent violation of global trade laws. (NYT)
  • 01 Sep Beslan school hostage crisis commences when armed terrorists take children and adults hostage in Beslan in North Ossetia, Russia.
  • 02 Sep 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Australian embassy bombing: A bomb explodes outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, killing 10 people.
  • 10 Sep 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 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 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 The U.S. Assault Weapons Ban expires.
  • 14 Sep 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 National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman announces lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.
  • 16 Sep 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 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 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 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 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 Construction of the Burj Khalifa begins.
  • 22 Sep In the USA, ABC airs the premiere of the TV series Lost.
  • 23 Sep Mount St. Helens in Washington state, USA, becomes active again.
  • 24 Sep Major League Baseball announces that the Montreal Expos will move to Washington D.C. in 2005.
  • 25 Sep 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 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 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 The 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, Greece, closes. China, Great Britain and Canada have won the most gold medals. (Athens2004.com)
  • 29 Sep The asteroid 4179 Toutatis passes within four lunar distances of Earth.
  • 30 Sep The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles south of Tokyo.
  • 01 Oct 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 American Samoa joins the North American Numbering Plan.
  • 03 Oct 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 SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight, by being the first private craft to fly into space.
  • 05 Oct 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 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 King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicates.
  • 08 Oct Martha Stewart begins serving a five-month sentence for insider trading, at the Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia.
  • 09 Oct 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 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 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 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 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 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 Presidential elections in the war torn country of Burundi are postponed until April 2005. (BBC)
  • 16 Oct 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 A referendum in Belarus approves the lifting of constitutional term limits for the presidency.
  • 18 Oct 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 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 Corporate Airlines Flight 5966 crashes in Missouri, killing 13 people and injuring two.
  • 21 Oct 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 The state-of-art Canadian Light Source synchrotron opens for atomic research in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. (CBC)
  • 23 Oct 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 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 The US Congressional Gold Medal is awarded to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.
  • 26 Oct The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since 1918.
  • 27 Oct 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 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 In Rome, European heads of state sign the Treaty and Final Act establishing the first European Constitution.
  • 30 Oct 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 Eleven American states ban gay marriage.
  • 01 Nov The Grímsvötn volcano under the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland erupts (BBC).
  • 02 Nov U.S. presidential election: U.S. President George W. Bush defeats Senator John Kerry. Republicans make gains in the House and Senate.
  • 03 Nov Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the son of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who died yesterday, is elected President by the United Arab Emirates' federal council. (Reuters)
  • 04 Nov The shutdown of the Number 2 Balakovo nuclear reactor in the Saratov region of southern Russia due to a turbine malfunction causes widespread local panic. Local pharmacies' supplies of iodine sell out; residents flee, urging each other to drink vodka and avoid public water. Engineers at the plant find no leak of radiation. A number of people are hospitalized for iodine overdose; the government and media are criticized for poor coordination. (Bellona)
  • 05 Nov Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Two Palestinian children are killed by an explosion in the refugee camp of Khan Yonis in the Gaza Strip. Hospital officials say it was from a tank shell that hit a house. Israeli spokesmen said there had been no army fire in the area. They believe it was either caused when a Palestinian mortar misfired or by the detonation of a roadside bomb. (Reuters)
  • 06 Nov An express train collides with a stationary carriage near the village of Ufton Nervet, England, killing 7 and injuring 150.
  • 07 Nov War in Iraq: The interim government of Iraq calls for a 60-day ''state of emergency'' as U.S. forces storm the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
  • 08 Nov War in Iraq: More than 10,000 U.S. troops and a small number of Iraqi army units participate in a siege on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
  • 09 Nov President of the Republic of China Chen Shui-bian calls for a ban on the use of weapons of mass destruction across the Taiwan Strait and asked the People's Republic of China to do the same. (VOA)
  • 10 Nov Iris Chang, acclaimed author of The Rape of Nanking, is found dead near a freeway in Los Gatos, California. Authorities believe her cause of death to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (BBC) (CNN) (AP)
  • 11 Nov New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior is dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington.
  • 12 Nov In Redwood City, California, a jury finds Scott Peterson guilty of the murder of his wife Laci and unborn son Conner.
  • 13 Nov US Troops are preventing a Red Crescent aid convoy from entering the city of Falluja, reportedly for safety reasons (Reuters)
  • 14 Nov U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell submits his resignation.
  • 15 Nov China and the United Nations: The President of the Republic of China Chen Shui-bian declares he will push to get the ROC included in the United Nations under the name Taiwan. The People's Republic of China condemns the move as a political trick to create an independent Taiwan. (Yahoo) (ABC US) (Reuters)
  • 16 Nov The Pentagon announces that Secretary of the Air Force, Dr. James G. Roche, has submitted his resignation. (Reuters)
  • 17 Nov Kmart Corp. announces that it is buying Sears, Roebuck and Co. for $11 billion USD and naming the newly merged company Sears Holdings Corporation.
  • 18 Nov 2004 U.S. presidential election controversy: According to a report called The Effect of Electronic Voting Machines on Change in Support for Bush in the 2004 Florida Elections George W. Bush received between 130,000 and 260,000 faulty votes in Florida. (IDG) (IT Week) (Scoop) (Vunet)
  • 19 Nov Research by the Medical Research Council shows that the antibiotic co-trimoxazole can halve the death rate in HIV-positive children in Zambia. (BBC)
  • 20 Nov María Isabel from Spain wins the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004. (JESC)
  • 21 Nov Conflict in Iraq: The nineteen member Paris Club agrees to forgive 80% of nearly in Iraqi debt, in three stages: 20% now, 30% in 2005 and 20% in 2008 in tandem with Iraq's implementation of an International Monetary Fund economic programme. in debt to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, among others, will remain. (BBC)
  • 22 Nov The Orange Revolution begins in Ukraine, resulting from the presidential elections.
  • 23 Nov CBS News anchor Dan Rather resigns from CBS Evening News effective in March 2005. He will remain a correspondent for 60 Minutes news magazine and other assignments. (Reuters)
  • 24 Nov Ohio law requires state officials to perform a recount when called for by candidates on the ballot, but a federal judge today declared that the results can be declared final before the recount occurs. (CNN)
  • 25 Nov India proposes to Pakistan that India grant Kashmir a large amount of autonomy, in order to end the state of war between the two countries, but that the current border can not be modified. Pakistan recently proposed that Kashmir be demilitarized, split along ethnic/religious lines and granted independence or transferred to United Nations control. (Reuters)
  • 26 Nov An oil tanker sppills as much as 1.8 million litres of crude oil into the Delaware River between Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, USA.
  • 27 Nov Pope John Paul II returns the relics of Saint John Chrysostom to the Eastern Orthodox Church.
  • 28 Nov Swiss voters overwhelmingly approve government proposals to permit research using stem cells of human embryos. (BBC)
  • 29 Nov The People's Republic of China and Association of South East Asian Nations sign a trade pact that could eventually unite a quarter of the world's population in a free trade zone. (BBC)
  • 30 Nov Lion Air Flight 538 crash lands in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, killing 26.
  • 01 Dec Ivorian Civil War: French officials acknowledge troops killed around 20 people during clashes with anti-French protestors, but maintain the French troops acted in self-defense and gave warning shots, contrary to Ivoirian police claims. (BBC)
  • 02 Dec David Bieber, a 38-year-old former American marine, is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a Leeds policeman and the attempted murder of two others following an incident on December 26, 2003. The trial judge recommends that he should never be released from prison.
  • 03 Dec Dragomir_Milošević, the general who besieged Sarajevo for three years during the Bosnian Civil War surrenders to the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. 12,000 people died during the siege. (AFP) (Link dead as of 04:01, 2007 (UTC))
  • 04 Dec The Mozambique presidential election vote count continues in all of the country, with Frelimo and its candidate Armando Guebuza leading, according to the preliminary results already known, and especially in Maputo, Gaza and Inhambane, traditional regions of influence for the party in power. (Wikinews)
  • 05 Dec In Taiwan, rallies are held in support of candidates in elections to the Legislative Yuan. Party sources estimate that separate rallies held in Taipei by the Kuomintang and Taiwan Solidarity Union drew around 100,000 each. (VOA) (TaipeiTimes)
  • 06 Dec Terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, killing several people.
  • 07 Dec The New Zealand Special Air Service (NZSAS) is awarded the United States Presidential Unit Citation for services in Afghanistan.
  • 08 Dec Nathan Gale shoots and kills guitarist Dimebag Darrell onstage in Colombus, Ohio.
  • 09 Dec President George W. Bush nominates Jim Nicholson, United States Ambassador to the Holy See, as his nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, replacing outgoing Secretary Anthony Principi.
  • 10 Dec Malaysian freighter Selendang Ayu carrying 1.8 million litres of fuel oil snaps in two off Unalaska Island, Alaska, USA, releasing thousands of litres of fuel oil.
  • 11 Dec Vanuatu Prime Minister Serge Vohor is ousted in a vote of no-confidence and replaced by Ham Lini. Vohor had fallen out of favor with his cabinet after he unilaterally travelled to Taipei and established diplomatic relations with the Taiwan. The Vanuatu Council of Ministers voted to void the decision and continue relations with the People's Republic of China.
  • 12 Dec According to the Washington Post the Bush administration used wire taps to intercept a number of phone conversations of Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency in hope of finding information that would help remove ElBaradei from his post. (CNN) (The Washington Post)
  • 13 Dec Former Chilean dictator, General Augusto Pinochet is put under house arrest, after being sued under accusations over 9 kidnapping actions and manslaughter. The house arrest is lifted the same day on appeal.
  • 14 Dec Cuba and Venezuela found the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas.
  • 15 Dec The House of Lords rules that the British Government breaches human rights legislation, by detaining without trial foreign nationals suspected of being terrorists.
  • 16 Dec Belgian child killer Marc Dutroux loses an appeal against his life sentence. (Expatica)(News.Com)
  • 17 Dec United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld faces criticism from both Democrats and Republicans following a dismissive reply to a soldier in Iraq when questioned about vehicle armor. (CNN)
  • 18 Dec Hundreds of Sikh demonstrators protest outside a Birmingham, England, theatre against a play (Behzti) depicting sex abuse and murder in a Sikh temple. Theatre stormed by a few demonstrators. (BBC)
  • 19 Dec Conflict in Iraq: Bomb blasts in the Iraqi Shia cities of Karbala and Najaf kill up to 60 people and injure a further 120. (BBC)
  • 20 Dec A gang of thieves steal ?26.5 million worth of currency from the Donegall Square West headquarters of Northern Bank in Belfast, Northern Ireland, one of the largest bank robberies in UK history.
  • 21 Dec Iraq War: A suicide bomber killed 22 at the forward operating base next to the main U.S. military airfield at Mosul, the single deadliest suicide attack on American soldiers.
  • 22 Dec One of the worst natural disasters in recorded history hits Southeast Asia, when the strongest earthquake in 40 years hits the entire Indian Ocean region. The massive 9.3 magnitude earthquake, epicentered just off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, generates enormous tsunami waves that crash into the coastal areas of a number of nations including Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. The official death toll in the affected
  • 23 Dec An earthquake of moment magnitude 8.1 occurs at 14:59 UTC, 305 miles (491 km) north of Macquarie Island. (USGS)
  • 24 Dec 400 m asteroid 2004 MN4 (later named 99942 Apophis in July 2005) is estimated to have a roughly one-in-forty chance of colliding with Earth in 2029. Its Torino Scale rating is 4. (Space.com) (SpaceRef.com)
  • 25 Dec An historic and unprecedented snowfall occurs over portions of southern Texas during the early morning hours. Daily totals include 1.5 inches at Brownsville, 3.5 inches at McAllen, 4.4 inches at Corpus Christi, and 12.1 inches at Victoria.
  • 26 Dec A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing over 230,000 people including over 1700 on a moving train.
  • 27 Dec Radiation from an explosion on the magnetar SGR 1806-20 reaches Earth. It is the brightest extrasolar event known to have been witnessed on the planet.
  • 28 Dec The Ukrainian transport minister, Heorhiy Kirpa, is found shot dead, in a suspected suicide.
  • 29 Dec The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) announces its support for Mustafa Al-Barghouti in the 2005 Palestinian presidential election. (Al Jazeera) (BBC)
  • 30 Dec Taipei 101, at the time tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at a height of 1,670 feet (509 metres ), officially opens.
  • 31 Dec The official opening of Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper at that time in the world, standing at a height of 509 metres (1,670 ft).