2004 in History – What happened in year 2004

In history, year 2004 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 2004.

Know what happened in 2004:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
02 January The Stardust space probe flew by the comet Wild 2 and collected particle samples from its coma, which were later returned to Earth.
02 November Dutch film director Theo van Gogh, whose film Submission wascritical of the treatment of women in Islam, was assassinated byMohammed Bouyeri.
06 November A man attempting to commit suicide parked his car on therailway tracks in Ufton Nervet, Berkshire, England, causing a derailmentthat killed seven people.
08 July After a 19-month trial, U.S. Marine Corps Major Michael Brownwas convicted by a court in Naha, Okinawa, for an attempted indecentassault on a Filipina bartender.
09 MayAkhmad Kadyrov, the first President of the Chechen Republic,and about 30 others were killed by a bomb during a World War IImemorial victory parade in Grozny.
13 AugustHurricane Charley struck the U.S. state of Florida (damagepictured), just 22 hours after Tropical Storm Bonnie inflicted its owndamage to the state.
14 DecemberCuba and Venezuela founded the Bolivarian Alliance for theAmericas.
17 MayMassachusetts became the first U.S. state to legalize same-sexmarriage.
22 AprilFlammable cargo exploded at Yongcheon Station in Ryongchon, North Korea, killing 160 people.
18 OctoberSPDC Chairman Senior General Than Shwe announced that BurmesePrime Minister Khin Nyunt was 'permitted to retire on health grounds',but then had him arrested.
06 JuneDuring a joint sitting of both houses of the Indian Parliament,President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam announced that Tamil was to be made thefirst legally recognised classical language of India.
21 JuneSpaceShipOne completed the first privately funded humanspaceflight.
30 AprilThe New Yorker magazine posted an article and supportingpictures online, postdated May 10, detailing accounts of torture andabuse by American personnel of prisoners held at the Abu Ghraib prisonin Baghdad.
05 FebruaryThe Revolutionary Artibonite Resistance Front capturedGonaïves, Haiti, starting a coup d'état against the government ofPresident Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
27 FebruaryThe initial version of the John Jay Report, with details aboutthe Catholic sexual abuse scandal in the United States, was released.
02 JanuaryThe Stardust space probe flew by the comet Wild 2 and collectedparticle samples from its coma, which were later returned to Earth.
08 JanuaryRMS Queen Mary 2 (pictured), at the time the longest, widestand tallest passenger ship ever built, was christened by her namesake'sgranddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.
09 JanuaryTwenty-eight illegal Albanian emigrants died when theirinflatable boat stalled near the Karaburun Peninsula while on the way toBrindisi, Italy.
01 AprilGoogle launched a free Web-based service that essentiallyprovides users with an unprecedented 1000 megabytes of storage for spam.
01 February During the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, JanetJackson's breast was exposed by Justin Timberlake in what was laterreferred to as a 'wardrobe malfunction', resulting in an immediatecrackdown and widespread debate on perceived indecency in U.S.broadcasting.
02 NovemberDutch film director Theo van Gogh, whose film Submission wascritical of the treatment of women in Islam, was assassinated byMohammed Bouyeri.
02 February Swiss tennis player Roger Federer became the No. 1 ranked men'ssingles player, a position he held for a record 237 weeks.
04 JuneIn Granby, Colorado, US, Marvin Heemeyer went on a rampage witha modified bulldozer over a zoning dispute, destroying several buildingsbefore committing suicide.
04 February Four Harvard University students launched the popular social networking website Facebook from their dorm room.
04 January Spirit (artist's impression pictured), the first of two roversof NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Mission, landed successfully on Mars at 04:35 Ground UTC.
05 JulyIndonesia held its first direct presidential elections, thatresulted in the election of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as President ofIndonesia after the second round on September 20.
05 February The Revolutionary Artibonite Resistance Front capturedGonaïves, Haiti, starting a coup d'état against the government ofPresident Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
06 NovemberA man attempting to commit suicide parked his car on therailway tracks in Ufton Nervet, Berkshire, England, causing a derailmentthat killed seven people.
07 SeptemberHurricane Ivan made landfall on Grenada and devastated at least85% of the island.
08 January RMS Queen Mary 2 (pictured), at the time the longest, widestand tallest passenger ship ever built, was christened by her namesake'sgranddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.


List of famous birthdays in the year 2004:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
08 March Brenna Garcia / Actress / Philippines
15 January Grace VanderWaal / Singer / United States of America
19 February Millie Bobby Brown / Actress / United Kingdom

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