2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. It was designated the:
Elections were held in 73 countries during 2004. See a list of elections.
The world in 2004 for a description of the state of the world in this year. Events
March 2 -
March 10 - Five British men released from detention at Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay land at RAF Brize Norton. Four are immediately arrested for questioning.
March 11 - Simultaneous explosions on rush hour trains in Madrid kill 190 people.
March 12 - Following the terrorist attacks in Madrid on March 11, millions of protesters take to the streets of Spanish cities against terrorism.
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March 17 - Organized violence breaks out over two days in Kosovo. Nineteen people are killed, 139 Serbian homes are burned, schools and businesses are vandalized, and over 30 orthodox monasteries and churches are burned and destroyed.
March 19 - The UN launches a corruption investigation due to the scandal over its Iraqi Oil for Food program.
March 20 - President Chen Shui-bian wins the Taiwanese presidential election by 0.2% of the vote. The day before, he and Vice President Annette Lu were 'shot'. Lien Chan refuses to concede and demands a recount. A controversial ' peace referendum' opposed by the People's Republic of China is invalidated.
March 21 -
March 22 - Palestinians protest in the streets after an Israeli helicopter gunship fires a missile at the entourage of Ahmed Yassin in Gaza City, killing Yassin and 7 others.
March 25 - British Prime Minister Tony Blair visits Libyan leader Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi, in return for the dismantling of Libya's WMD programme in December 2003 - the first time a major western leader has visited the nation in several decades.
March 28 - In France, the government of Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin suffers a stunning and unprecedented defeat in regional elections.
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March 31 - Four American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA, are killed and their bodies mutilated after being ambushed in Fallujah, Iraq.
April 3 - A bomb explosion in a Madrid flat kills a Spanish policeman and five terrorists suspected of responsibility for the Madrid train bombings on March 11.
April 4 - Serious fighting breaks out in Najaf, Sadr City, and Basra in Iraq as Shia insurgents supporting Muqtada al-Sadr rise against coalition forces.
April 5 - Queen Elizabeth II begins a state visit to France to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale
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April 16 - India defeats Pakistan in their first cricket tour in 14 years
April 17 - Israeli helicopters fire missiles at a convoy of vehicles in the Gaza Strip, killing the Gaza leader of Hamas, Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi.
April 21 - Mordechai Vanunu, who revealed an Israeli nuclear weapons programme in the 1980s, is released from prison in Israel after an 18 year term for treason.
April 22 -
Two trains carrying explosives and fuel collide in the North Korean town of Ryongchon, killing 161 people, injuring 1,300 and destroying thousands of homes.
The last coal mine in France closes, ending nearly 300 years of coal mining.
April 25 - Referenda on a United Nations plan, which proposes to re-unite the island of Cyprus, take place in both the Greek and Turkish parts. Although the Turks vote in favour, the Greeks reject the proposal.
April 28 - Abuse of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq is revealed on the television show 60 Minutes II.
May 1 - the largest expansion to date of the European Union takes place, extending the Union by 10 member-states: Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Malta and Cyprus.
May 6 - The final episode of airs on Friends NBC, drawing an estimated 52 million viewers in North America.
May 9 - Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov is killed by landmine placed under a VIP stage during a World War II memorial parade in Grozny.
May 11 - An explosion destroys a plastics factory in Glasgow, UK, killing nine people and injuring over a hundred.
May 12 - 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.
May 13 - In India, the Congress Party wins a surprise victory in the elections to the Lok Sabha.
May 14 - Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, marries Australian Mary Donaldson in Copenhagen.
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May 18 - The IOC announces the short list of candidates for the 2012 Summer Olympics: London, Madrid, Moscow, New York, Paris. Unsuccessful cities are Havana, Istanbul, Leipzig and Rio de Janeiro.
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May 26 - Terry Nichols is convicted by an Oklahoma state court on murder charges stemming from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
May 29 - Dedication of the National World War II Memorial takes place in Washington, DC.
May 30 - Thousands of people in Hong Kong take to the streets to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
August 1 - Supermarket fire in Asunción, Paraguay, kills about 400 people and leaves over 100 missing.
August 3 - Statue of Liberty reopens after security improvements.
August 6 - A United Nations report that blames the government of Sudan for crimes against humanity in Darfur is released.
August 12 - Singapore's prime minister Goh Chok Tong hands over his position to Lee Hsien Loong.
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August 21 - A series of blasts rocks a rally of an opposition party in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing at least 13 people.
August 22 - Armed robbers steal Edvard Munch's The Scream, Madonna and other paintings from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway.
August 24 - Two airliners in Russia, carrying a total of 89 passengers, crash within minutes of each other after flying out of Domodedovo International Airport, leaving no survivors. Authorities suspect suicide attacks by rebels from Chechnya to be the cause of the crashes.
August 29 - Around 200,000 protesters demonstrate in New York City against President George W. Bush and his government, ahead of the 2004 Republican National Convention.
August 31 -
Two suicide attacks on buses in Beer Sheva, Israel, kill at least 16 people and injure at least 60. Hamas claims responsibility for the attacks.
A woman commits a suicide attack near a subway station in northern Moscow, Russia, killing at least 10 people and injuring at least 50. Authorities hold Chechen rebels responsible.
September 1 - Chechen rebels take between 1,000 and 1,500 people hostage, mostly children, in a school in Beslan, Northern Ossetia. The hostage-takers demand the release of Chechen rebels imprisoned in neighbouring Ingushetia and the independence of Chechnya from Russia.
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September 8 - In the "Rathergate" affair, the first Internet posts appear pointing out that documents claimed by CBS News to be typewritten memos from the early 1970's appear instead to have been produced using modern word processing systems.
September 9 - A bomb blast outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, kills eleven people and injures up to 100 people.
September 15 - Security at the Palace of Westminster is compromised when the House of Commons is stormed by a small group of protestors during a debate about fox hunting.
September 16 - Hurricane Ivan wreaks havoc in the United States, after having crossed the Caribbean in the days before.
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September 23 - Mount St. Helens became active again.
September 25 - Hurricane Jeanne makes landfall near Hutchinson Island, FL. In all, Jeanne killed over 3,000, most in Haiti.
September 29 - First Ansari X-Prize flight of SpaceShipOne.
November 2 - U.S. presidential election: Incumbent President George W. Bush defeats Senator John Kerry. Republicans make gains in the House and Senate.
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November 7 - U.S. forces launch a major assault on the Iraqi town of Fallujah, in an effort to rid the area of insurgents before the Iraqi elections in January
November 9 - The Ireland High Court rules that Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan can sue the Revenue Commissioner to have their Vancouver, British Columbia Same-sex marriage recognized for tax purposes.
November 12 - Jury finds Scott Peterson guilty of murder of his wife Laci and unborn son, Connor
November 13 - After six days of intense battles, Iraqi town of Fallujah fully occupied by U.S. forces.
November 14 -
American Secretary of State, Colin Powell submits his resignation. He was replaced by Condoleezza Rice after her confirmation from the United States Congress. November 16
November 21 - Final round of presidential election in Ukraine. Official winner: Viktor Yanukovych. International election observers express severe criticism, and large crowds gather in a protest rally in Kiev. 12 days later, the Supreme Court annuls the result, and a new poll is scheduled.
November 21 - The Nintendo DS is released in North America.
November 26 - A group of Iraqi political leaders, primarily from Sunni and Kurdish parties, advocate a six-month delay in popular elections scheduled for January 2005.
December 3 - The Colombian government extradites Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, one of the most powerful drug dealers of the world, arrested in 1995 and 2003, to the United States.
December 6 - Terrorists attack the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, killing several people.
December 8 - The biggest Chinese PC producer Lenovo announces its plan to purchase IBM's global PC business, making it the third largest world PC maker after Dell and HP.
December 11 - Tests show that Ukrainian opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned with a large dose of dioxin.
December 13 - Software giants Oracle Corporation and PeopleSoft to merge in a $10.3 billion deal, creating the second largest maker of business applications software.
December 14 - The world's tallest bridge, the Millau bridge over the River Tarn in the Massif Central mountains, France is opened by President Jacques Chirac.
December 15 -
British Home Secretary David Blunkett resigns following allegations he abused his position by speeding the visa application of his lover's nanny.
Albanian terrorists take a bus and its passengers hostage in Athens, Greece and demand 1 million euros in ransom money.
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December 21 - Iraqi insurgents attack a US military base in the city of Mosul and kill 22 people.
December 22 - Armed robbers in Northern Ireland, steal over £22 million from the headquarters of the Northern Bank.
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December 27 - A gas explosion in the French town of Mulhouse kills 15 people.
December 28 - The Ukrainian transport minister, Heorhiy Kyrpa is found shot dead, in a suspected suicide.
December 30 - A fire in a Buenos Aires night club República Cromagnon kills 192 people.
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For more deaths see:
Deaths in 2004 January-March
January 3 - Leon Wagner, Major League Baseball player (b. 1934)
January 5 - Tug McGraw, Major League Baseball player
January 13 - Harold Shipman, English serial killer (suicide)
January 23 - Bob Keeshan, American television actor
January 25 - Fanny Blankers-Koen, Olympic athlete
January 28 - Elroy Hirsch, American football player
January 29 - Joe Viterelli, American actor
February 13 - Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, president of Chechnya
February 14 - Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist
February 17 - José López Portillo, President of Mexico (b. 1920)
February 26 - Boris Trajkovski, President of Macedonia
February 28 - Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian, writer, and Librarian of Congress (b. 1914)
March 13 - Franz König, Roman Catholic archbishop of Vienna (b. 1905).
March 15 - John Pople, Nobel Prize-winning chemist
March 18 - Harrison McCain, Canadian billionaire
March 20 - Queen Juliana of the Netherlands
March 21 - Ahmed Yassin, founder of Hamas (assassinated)
March 28 - Sir Peter Ustinov, English actor
April 21 - Karl Hass, convicted Nazi war criminal
April 22 - Pat Tillman, noted NFL Safety with the Arizona Cardinals. (b. 1976)
April 24 - Estée Lauder, cosmetics pioneer (b. 1906)
May 9 - Akhmad Kadyrov, Chechen president
May 17 - Tony Randall, actor
May 22 - Richard Biggs, actor
May 28 - Umberto Agnelli, chairman of Fiat (b. 1934)
June 3- Frances Shand Kydd, the mother of Diana, Princess of Wales
June 5 - Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States (b. 1911)
June 7 - Quorthon, musician (b. 1966)
June 8 - Mack Jones, Major League Baseball player (b. 1938)
June 20 - Jim Bacon, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1950)
July 1 - Marlon Brando, American actor (b. 1924)
July 6 - Thomas Klestil, President of Austria (b. 1932)
July 21 - Jerry Goldsmith, Composer
August 1 - Philip Hauge Abelson, physicist, co-discoverer of Neptunium (b. 1913)
August 3 - Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer (b. 1908)
August 6 - Rick James, singer ("Super Freak") (b. 1948)
August 8 - Fay Wray, actress (" King Kong") (b. 1907)
August 13 - Julia Child, cook, author, television personality, (b. 1912)
August 14 - Czesław Miłosz, Polish poet, Nobel Prize in Literature in 1980 (b. 1911)
August 15 - Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician, Chief Minister of Gujarat
August 17 - Gérard Souzay, French baritone (b. 1918)
August 22 - Ota Sik, Czech economist and politician, architect of the Prague Spring
August 30 - "Indian" Larry Desmedt, Motorcycle designer, stunt man
September 7 - Bob Boyd, Major League Baseball player (b. 1925)
September 11 - Peter VII, Patriarch of Alexandria (b. 1949)
September 15 - Johnny Ramone, bandmember of The Ramones (b. 1948)
September 20 - Brian Clough, English footballer and manager (b. 1935)
October 3 - Janet Leigh, actress
October 5 - Rodney Dangerfield, actor, comedian (b. 1921)
October 8 - Jacques Derrida, philosopher, founder of deconstruction (b. 1930)
October 10 - Christopher Reeve, American actor, portrayed " Superman" (b. 1952)
October 18 - Veerappan, Indian forest bandit and sandalwood smuggler (b. 1945)
October 19 - Greg Shaw, rock journalist
October 25 - John Peel, UK radio broadcaster (b. 1939)
October 29 - HRH Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, 102 (b. 1901, aunt of HM Queen Elizabeth II
December 1 - HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (b. 1911)
December 3 - Shiing-shen Chern, mathematician (b. 1911)
December 8 - "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, musician, member of Pantera and Damageplan (b. 1966)
December 9 - Lea De Mae - Czech pornographic actress (b. 1976)
December 11 - Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand athletics coach and jogging pioneer (b. 1917)
December 16 - Ted Abernathy, Major League Baseball player (b. 1933)
December 22 - Doug Ault, Major League Baseball player (b. 1950)
December 23 - P. V. Narasimha Rao, Prime Minister of the Republic of India 1991 - 1996
December 25 - Jane Muskie, widow of U.S. senator, vice presidential and presidential candidate Edmund Muskie
December 29 - Julius Axelrod, biochemist, Nobel prize winner (b. 1912)
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