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It has been designated the:
- International Year of Rice (by the United Nations)
- International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO)
- 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization)
- Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar)
See the world in 2004 for a description of the state of the world in this year.
See also Wikipedia's almanac of events for this year.
- January 1 - Pervez Musharraf wins a vote of confidence from an electoral college consisting of Parliament and the provincial assemblies, confirming him as President of Pakistan and de facto dictator until 2007.
- January 3 - Flash Airlines Flight 604 crashes into the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt, killing all 148 aboard.
- January 4 - The LSU Tigers defeat the Oklahoma Sooners 21-14 for the national Bowl Championship Series (BCS) title.
- January 4 - Mikhail Saakashvili wins the presidential elections in Georgia.
- January 4 - NASA's MER-A (Spirit) lands on Mars at 04:35 UTC.
- January 4 - Leicester City footballers Paul Dickov, Keith Gillespie and Frank Sinclair are arrested in Spain over sexual assault charges. The charges are later dropped.
- January 8 - Queen Elizabeth II christens the RMS Queen Mary 2 cruise liner, currently the largest ocean liner in the world.
- January 13 - Serial killer Harold Shipman is found hanged in his cell at Wakefield Prison, 4 years after being convicted of murdering 15 patients in Cheshire.
- January 15 - Carol Moseley Braun drops out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, and endorses Howard Dean.
- January 19 - U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) wins the Iowa Democratic caucus.Vermont Governor Howard Dean's concession speech ends with a lively but controversial scream.
- January 24 - NASA's MER-B (Opportunity) lands on Mars at 05:05 UTC.
- January 27 - John Kerry wins the New Hampshire Democratic primary.
- January 27 - The British government narrowly wins a House of Commons vote on the proposed introduction of tuition top-up fees in British universities.Confirmation needed
- January 28 - The findings of the Hutton Inquiry are published in London. The British Government is found not to have falsified information in the "sexed up dossier". The report criticizes the BBC's role in the death of David Kelly, a weapons expert on Iraq.
- February 1 - A hajj stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia, kills 251 pilgrims.
- February 1 - The New England Patriots win Super Bowl XXXVIII, as Adam Vinetari kicks the game-winning field goal with 4 seconds left.
- February 2 - An 11-story apartment building collapses in Konya, Turkey, killing more than 90 residents.
- February 3 - The CIA admits that there was no imminent threat from weapons of mass destruction before the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
- February 3 - Jóannes Eidesgaard becomes Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands.
- February 6 - A suicide bomber kills 41 people on a metro car in Moscow.
- February 7 - Several leaders of Abnaa el-Balad are arrested in Israel.
- February 10 - At least 50 people are killed in a car bomb attack on a police recruitment centre south of Baghdad.
- February 10 - The French National Assembly votes to pass a law banning religious items and clothing from schools.
- February 12 - Same sex marriage in the United States: San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as an act of civil disobedience.
- February 13 - Scientists in South Korea announce the cloning of 30 human embryos.
- February 14 - Riots break out between New South Wales Police and Aboriginal residents of Redfern, a suburb of Sydney, Australia.
- February 14 - The roof of the Transvaal water park in Moscow collapses, killing 25 and injuring more than 100.
- February 18 - A train carrying a convoy of petrol, fertiliser, and sulfur derails and explodes in Iran, killing 320 people.
- February 20 - Conservatives win a majority in the Iranian parliament election.
- February 24 - A 6.5 Richter scale earthquake in Northern Morocco hits in the Rif mountains near the city of Al Hoceima, killing 400. Ait Kamara is destroyed; 517 are killed.
- February 26 - The United States lifts a 23-year travel ban against Libya.
- February 26 -Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- February 29 - 2004 Haiti rebellion: Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns as president of Haiti. The chief justice of the Haitian Supreme Court, Boniface Alexandre, is sworn in as interim president.
- February 29 - The film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King directed by Peter Jackson, wins Academy Awards in every category it was nominated for, with 11 wins in total, including Best Picture and Best Director.
- March 2 - John Kerry effectively clinches the 2004 U.S. Democratic Party presidential nomination by winning 9 out of 10 "Super Tuesday" primaries and caucuses.
- March 2 - NASA announces that the Mars rover MER-B (Opportunity) has confirmed that its landing area was once drenched in water.
- March 10 - Five British men are released from detention at Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay. After they land at RAF Brize Norton, 4 of them are immediately arrested for questioning.
- March 11 - Simultaneous explosions on rush hour trains in Madrid kill 190 people.
- March 12 - Following the March 11 terrorist attacks in Madrid, millions of protesters take to the streets of Spanish cities against terrorism.
- March 14 - Two suicide bombers kill 11 Israeli civilians in Ashdod, Israel.
- March 14 - Spanish legislative election, 2004: The incumbent government led by José María Aznar is defeated by the Socialist José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.
- March 14 - Russian presidential election, 2004: Vladimir Putin easily wins a second term.
- March 15 - The new Spanish Government announces that it will withdraw Spain's 1,300 troops in Iraq.
- March 17 - A pogrom-like organized violence breaks out over 2 days in Kosovo. Nineteen people are killed, 139 Serbian homes burned, schools and businesses vandalized, and over 30 Orthodox monasteries and churches burned and destroyed.
- March 19 - The UN launches a political 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 - Malaysian general election, 2004: The incumbent Barisan Nasional party wins 198 out of 219 seats in the Malaysian Parliament.
- March 21 - Salvadoran presidential election, 2004: Antonio Saca is elected President of El Salvador (inaugurated June 1).
- March 22 - Palestinians protest in the streets after an Israeli helicopter gunship fires a missile at the entourage of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in Gaza City, killing him and 7 others.
- March 22 - Child pornography charges against Paul Reubens (Peewee Herman) are dropped, after he pleads guilty to a separate "misdemeanor obscenity" charge.
- 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.
- March 28 - The first ever South Atlantic hurricane makes landfall in South Brazil on the state of Santa Catarina - the hurricane is dubbed Hurricane Catarina.
- March 29 - The Republic of Ireland bans smoking in all enclosed work places, including restaurants, pubs and bars.
- March 29 - The largest expansion of NATO to date takes place, allowing Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia into the organization.
- March 31 - Four American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA are killed, and their bodies mutilated, after being ambushed in Fallujah, Iraq.
- April 1 - The Faroese Prime Minister's Office announces that from then on the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister's Office will use a new version of the Faroese Coat of Arms. The colours were inspired from the Merkið (flag) and yellow/gold was added. The new Coat of Arms depicts a Ram on a blue shield ready to defend. It can be used by the Government Ministries and by Faroese embassies, but some still use older versions of the Coat of Arms.
- April 4 - Rich Fields becomes the new permanent announcer on CBS's The Price Is Right.
- April 5 - Queen Elizabeth II begins a state visit to France to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale.
- April 8 - Darfur conflict: The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government and 2 rebel groups.
- April 9 - Nick and Mary Yankovic, the parents of "Weird Al" Yankovic, die of carbon monoxide poisoning in their Fallbrook, California home.
- 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 20 - In Iraq, 12 mortars are fired on Abu Ghraib Prison by insurgents; 22 detainees are killed and 92 wounded. 
- April 21 - Mordechai Vanunu, who revealed an Israeli nuclear weapons programme in the 1980s, is released from prison in Israel after serving 18 years for treason.
- April 22 - Two trains carrying explosives and fuel collide in Ryongchon, North Korea, killing 161 people, injuring 1,300 and destroying thousands of homes.
- April 22 - The last coal mine in France closes, ending nearly 300 years of coal mining.
- April 24 - Referenda on a United Nations plan, which proposes to re-unite the island of Cyprus, take place in both the Republic of Cyprus controlled and the Turkish controlled parts. Although the Turkish Cypriots vote in favour, the Greek Cypriots reject the proposal.
- April 28 - Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse in Iraq is revealed on the television show 60 Minutes II.
- April 29 - The last Oldsmobile rolls off of the assembly line.
- 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 4 - A WNBC helicopter crashes in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York. This event is covered by rival station WABC-TV.
- May 6 - The final episode of Friends airs on NBC, drawing an estimated 52 million viewers in North America.
- May 8 - Would-be "Saudi Princess" "Antoinette Millard" surfaces in New York City claiming that muggers had stolen jewels worth of $262,000 from her (she later proves to be an impostor).
- May 9 - Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov is killed by a landmine placed under a VIP stage during a World War II memorial parade in Grozny.
- May 9 - Canada wins the World Ice Hockey Championship in Prague.
- May 10 - Philippine general election, 2004: Incumbent president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is re-elected.
- 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.
- May 15 - Arsenal complete a whole English Premiership season unbeaten, 38 games.
- May 16 - A coup d'état in Chad against the President Idriss Déby fails.
- May 17 - Ezzedine Salim, holder of the rotating leadership of the Iraqi Governing Council, is killed in a bomb blast in Baghdad.
- May 17 - Massachusetts legalizes same-sex marriage in compliance with a ruling from the state's Supreme Judicial Court (Goodridge v. Department of Public Health).
- May 19 - Tony Blair is hit with a purple flour bomb in the chamber of the House of Commons during a session of Prime Minister's Questions.
- May 19 - Jeremy Sivits pleads guilty in a court-martial in connection with alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad.
- May 23 - A section of the ceiling in Terminal 2E at Paris's Charles de Gaulle International Airport collapses, claiming at least 6 lives.
- May 23 - Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi visits North Korea, to secure the release of the families of the 9 abducted Japanese citizens returned earlier.
- May 26 - Terry Nichols is convicted by an Oklahoma state court on murder charges stemming from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
- May 28 - G4techTV launches, a merger of G4 and TechTV (one of the most controversial network mergers in U.S. television history).
- May 29 - The National World War II Memorial is dedicated 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.
- June 1 - Twelve-year-old Satomi Mitarai, a Japanese schoolgirl attending Okubo Elementary School in Sasebo, Japan is murdered. Her killer, an 11-year-old classmate identified by Japanese authorities as "Girl A", becomes the basis for the Nevada-tan Internet phenomenon.
- June 3 - All outgoing flights from the UK are temporarily grounded following an air traffic control computer failure. (BBC)
- June 3 - Central Intelligence Agency director George Tenet tenders his resignation, citing "personal reasons". John E. McLaughlin, CIA Deputy Director, becomes the acting Director until a permanent Director is chosen and confirmed by Congress.
- June 4 - Marvin Heemeyer destroys many local buildings with a home-made tank in Granby, Colorado.
- June 5 - Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan dies at age 93 in Bel-Air, California.
- June 6 - The 60th anniversary of D-Day is remembered by world leaders.
- June 6 - The film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is released into theatres.
- June 7 - Tampa Bay Lightning defeats Calgary Flames in 2004 Stanley Cup Finals.
- June 8 - The first transit of Venus since 1882 occurs; the next one will occur in 2012.
- June 8 - The G8 Summit takes place over the next 2 days on Sea Island, in Georgia, USA.
- June 8 - The pickled heart of Louis XVII of France is buried in the royal crypt at Saint-Denis.
- June 11 - 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.
- June 11 - After the first presidential state funeral since 1994, President Ronald Wilson Reagan is laid to rest at Simi Valley, California, at the site of the Reagan Presidential Library.
- June 12 - A 1.3 kg chondrite type meteorite strikes a house in Ellerslie, New Zealand, causing serious damage but no injuries.
- June 15 - The Detroit Pistons upset the heavily favored Los Angeles Lakers to win the 2004 NBA Finals, 4 games to 1.
- June 16 - The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (or "9/11 Commission") issues an initial report of its findings.
- June 21 - In Mojave, California, SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately-funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.
- June 28 - Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains collide in a rural area outside of San Antonio, Texas. Forty cars are derailed, including one chlorine car. Three people die, another 50 people are hospitalized because of exposure to the gas.
- June 28 - The U.S.-led coalition occupying Iraq transfers sovereignty to an Iraqi Interim Government.
- June 28 - Canadian election: The Liberal Party, led by Paul Martin, is reduced to a minority government, after holding a majority since November 1993.
- June 30 - Preliminary hearings begin in Iraq in the trial of former president Saddam Hussein, for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
- July 1 - The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft arrives at Saturn.
- July 4 - Groundbreaking for the Freedom Tower begins at Ground Zero in New York City.
- July 4 - Greece beats Portugal 1-0 to win the Euro 2004.
- July 22 - The Old Bridge of Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina is reconstructed and reopened after being destroyed by Bosnian Croat forces on November 9, 1993.
- July 25 - Over 100,000 opponents of Israel's unilateral disengagement plan of 2004 participate in a human chain from Gush Katif, to the Western Wall, Jerusalem (90 kilometers).
- July 25 - Lance Armstrong of Austin, Texas wins an unprecedented 6th consecutive Tour de France cycling title.
- July 26-July 29 - The Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts nominates John Kerry for U.S. President and John Edwards for Vice President.
- August 1 - A supermarket fire in Asunción, Paraguay, kills about 400 and leaves over 100 missing.
- August 1 - A bomb attack occurs in front of Prague's Casino Royal.
- August 2 - Monday demonstrations against social cutbacks began in Germany.
- August 3 - The Statue of Liberty reopens after security improvements.
- August 4 - Gibraltar celebrates 300 years of British rule.
- August 6 - A United Nations report blaming the government of Sudan for crimes against humanity in Darfur is released.
- August 9 - Footballer Lee Hughes, 28, is sentenced to 6 years in prison and banned from driving for 10 years after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving. Hughes also has his contract terminated by his employers West Bromwich Albion.
- August 12 - Singapore's prime minister Goh Chok Tong hands over his position to Lee Hsien Loong.
- August 12 - New Jersey Governor James McGreevey announces that he is "a gay American" and will resign effective November 15, 2004.
- August 13-August 29. The 2004 Summer Olympics are held in Athens, Greece.
- August 13 - Hurricane Charley kills 27 people in Florida after killing 4 in Cuba and 1 in Jamaica. Charley made landfall near Cayo Costa, FL as a Category 4 hurricane. Charley is the most intense hurricane to strike the United States since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
- August 16 - Severe flooding occurs in the village of Boscastle in Cornwall.
- August 18 - In Dublin, Ireland, the Dublin Port Tunnel excavation works are completed and the final tunnel boring machine breakthrough ceremony takes place.
- August 20 - Elbegdorj Tsakhia, the peaceful democratic revolutionary leader of Mongolia, becomes Prime Minister of Mongolia for the second time.
- August 21 - A series of blasts rocks an opposition party rally 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 U.S. President George W. Bush and his government, ahead of the 2004 Republican National Convention.
- August 29 - Michael Schumacher wins a record seventh world championship title by finishing second in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.
- August 30 - September 2 - U.S. President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are renominated at the Republican National Convention in New York City.
- 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.
- August 31 - 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 - The Great Laxey Mine Railway of the Isle of Man is re-opened.
- September 1 - Chechen terrorists 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 terrorists imprisoned in neighbouring Ingushetia and the independence of Chechnya from Russia.
- September 2 - The United Nations Security Council adopts Resolution 1559, calling for the removal of all foreign troops from Lebanon. This measure is largely aimed at Syrian troops.
- September 3 - Russian forces end the siege at a school in Beslan, Northern Ossetia. At least 335 people (among which are 32 of the approximately 40 hostage-takers) are killed and at least 700 people injured.
- September 3 - Hurricane Frances makes landfall in Florida. After killing 2 people in the Bahamas, Hurricane Frances kills 10 people in Florida, 2 in Georgia and 1 in South Carolina.
- September 4 - Hurricane Ivan forms.
- September 7 - The Scottish Parliament meets in the new Scottish Parliament Building for the first time.
- September 7 - Hurricane Ivan passes directly over Grenada, killing 37 people. It passes over other Caribbean islands over the next 2 days, killing 5 people in Venezuela, 4 in the Dominican Republic, 1 in Tobago and 20 in Jamaica.
- 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 1970s appear instead to have been produced using modern word processing systems.
- September 9 - A bomb blast outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, kills 11 and injures up to 100 people.
- September 13 - The U.S. Assault Weapons Ban expires.
- September 15 - Davíð Oddsson, Prime Minister of Iceland, steps down after serving as prime minister since April 30, 1991. Oddson trades posts with his foreign minister Halldór Ásgrímsson, who then becomes Prime Minister.
- 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 15 - "Girl A" is sentenced to be institutionalized due to the murder of classmate Satomi Mitarai.
- September 16 - Hurricane Ivan strikes Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 3 storm, killing 25 in Alabama and Florida, becoming the 3rd costliest hurricane in American history (currently the 4th following the destruction of 2005's Hurricane Katrina).
- September 17 - The 2004 Summer Paralympics commences in Athens, Greece.
- September 17 - Mexico and Japan finish 2-year-long negotiations and sign a Free Trade Agreement in Mexico City.
- September 23 - Mount St. Helens becomes active again.
- September 23 - Tropical Storm Ivan, having come around and reformed in the Gulf of Mexico, makes its final landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, to little effect. In total, the storm will kill 92 people.
- September 25 - Hurricane Jeanne makes landfall near Hutchinson Island, FL. In all, Jeanne will kill over 3,000, mostly in Haiti.
- September 29 - In Mojave, California, the first Ansari X-Prize flight takes place of SpaceShipOne, which is competing with a number of spacecraft (including Canada's Da Vinci Project, claimed to be its closest rival) and will go on to win the prize on October 4th.
- October 4 - Two car bombs kill at least 16 people and injure dozens more in Baghdad.
- October 5 - A fire breaks out on the Canadian submarine HMCS Chicoutimi, leaving it stranded without power in the North Atlantic ocean, off the north coast of Ireland; 1 crewmember is killed.
- October 8 - Kenneth Bigley, the British hostage held by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, an Iraqi insurgent, is killed after a failed escape attempt.
- October 8 - Suicide bombers detonate 2 bombs at the Red Sea resort of Taba, Egypt, killing 34 people, mainly Israeli tourists and Egyptian workers.
- October 8 - Martha Stewart begins serving a 5-month sentence for insider trading at the Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia.
- October 9 - Queen Elizabeth II opens the new Scottish Parliament Building in a ceremony in Edinburgh.
- October 9 - Incumbent Prime Minister of Australia John Howard leads the Liberal-National coalition to victory over the Labor Party led by Mark Latham in federal elections.
- October 9 - Direct elections for president are held for the first time in Afghanistan. Interim president Hamid Karzai is eventually declared the winner.
- October 10 - Abdullahi Yusuf is chosen as the new transitional president of Somalia.
- October 14 - Prince Norodom Sihamoni is chosen as the new king of Cambodia.
- October 16 - 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 pushed the Yankees to a 3 games to 0 series lead, sets a record for longest 9 inning baseball game.
- October 16 - Arsenal loses for the first time in 49 league games, a national record, going down 2-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
- October 17 - A referendum in Belarus approves the lifting of constitutional term limits for the presidency.
- October 18 - Three men attack Greek journalist Philippos Syrigos in Athens and seriously wound him.
- October 19 - General Khin Nyunt is replaced by Lieutenant-General Soe Win as Prime Minister of Myanmar.
- October 20 - Corporate Airlines Flight 5966 crashes in Missouri, killing 13 people and injuring 2.
- October 20 - Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono becomes the first directly-elected President of Indonesia.
- October 20 - The Boston Red Sox defeat the New York Yankees 10-3 in Game 7 of the Major League Baseball's American League Championship Series to win the series 4 games to 3. The Boston Red Sox become the first team in baseball history to come back from a 0-3 deficit to win a series.
- October 21 - The Ministry of Defence approves the deployment of the Black Watch regiment of the British Army to Baghdad, Iraq after a request for assistance by the U.S. government.
- October 24 - The bodies of 49 Iraqi soldiers are discovered after being ambushed by insurgents.
- October 24 - Brazil successfully launches its first rocket into space.
- October 25 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King receive the Congressional Gold Medal.
- October 26 - The Cassini probe passes within 1,200km of Titan.
- October 27 - The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since 1918, breaking the Curse of the Bambino.
- October 27 - Details of the discovery of a new, recent, species of fossil hominid, Homo floresiensis, from the island of Flores, Indonesia, are published.
- October 29 - A 2004 Osama bin Laden video airs on Arabic TV, in which he threatens terrorist attacks on the United States, and taunts U.S. President George W. Bush over the September 11 Terrorist attacks.
- October 29 - European heads of state sign in Rome the Treaty and Final Act establishing the first European Constitution.
- October 30 - A 163-metre-high radio mast in Peterborough, UK collapses at a fire.
- October 31 - Leftist candidate Tabaré Vázquez is elected President of Uruguay.
- November 1 - A 16-year-old Palestinian Muslim blows himself up in an outdoor market in Tel Aviv, killing 3 Israelis.
- November 2 - U.S. presidential election, 2004: U.S. President George W. Bush defeats Senator John Kerry. Republicans make gains in the House and Senate.
- November 2 - Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh is assassinated in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Mohammed Bouyeri.
- November 6 - The Ufton Nervet rail crash in Berkshire, England kills 7 people.
- November 6 - In Côte d'Ivoire, National Army bombings kill 9 people, including French UN soldiers. French UN forces retaliate by destroying the National Army's air force.
- 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 Irish 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 11 - Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestinian Authority, dies in a Paris hospital.
- November 12 - In Redwood City, California, a jury finds Scott Peterson guilty of the murder of his wife Laci, and unborn son Connor.
- November 13 - After 6 days of intense battles, the Iraqi town of Fallujah is fully occupied by U.S. forces.
- November 14 - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell submits his resignation. He is replaced by Condoleezza Rice after her confirmation by the United States Congress.
- November 16 - The European Space Agency probe, Smart 1, passes from Earth orbit into the orbit of the Moon.
- November 16 - A train crash near Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, injures 150 people.
- November 16 - The People's Republic of China agrees to invest $20 billion dollars in Argentina, a deal signed days before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum to be held in Santiago, Chile.
- November 16 - NASA's hypersonic ScramJet breaks a record by reaching a velocity of about 7,000 mph in an unmanned experimental flight. It obtains a speed of Mach 9.6, almost 10 times the speed of sound.
- November 17-November 21 - The APEC Summit is held in Santiago, Chile.
- November 21 - In the final round of presidential election in Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych is declared the winner. International election observers express severe criticism, and large crowds gather in a protest rally in Kiev. Twelve days later, the Supreme Court annuls the result, and a new poll is scheduled.
- November 23 - Alex Ferguson takes charge of his 1,000th game as manager of Manchester United.
- November 25 - The Indian political party Congress Jananayaka Peravai merges into the Indian National Congress.
- November 26 - A group of Iraqi political leaders, primarily from Sunni and Kurdish parties, advocate a 6-month delay in popular elections scheduled for January 2005.
- November 28 - An explosion occurs in a coal mine in China. The death toll is expected to exceed 150.
- November 28 - Ricardo Lagos, President of Chile, promises economic compensation to 28,000 torture victims of Augusto Pinochet's military dictatorship.
- November 28 - A male Po'o-uli dies of avian malaria at the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Olinda before it can breed, making the species in all probability extinct.
- November 30 - Ken Jennings' 75-game reign as Jeopardy! champion ends, as Nancy Zerg defeats him. His final wins total over $2.5 million.
- December 2 - 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 26 December 2003. The trial judge recommends that he should never be released from prison.
- December 3 - The Colombian government extradites Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, one of the most powerful drug dealers in 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 Hewlett-Packard.
- 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 agree 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 - Albanian terrorists take a bus and its passengers hostage in Athens, Greece and demand 1 million euros in ransom money.
- December 16 - The House of Lords rules that the British Government breaches human rights legislation by detaining without trial foreign nationals suspected of being terrorists.
- December 16 - IT security company Symantec Corp signs a definitive agreement to merge with Veritas Software Corp, valued at $13.5 billion, in an all-stock transaction.
- December 21 - Iraqi insurgents attack a U.S. military base in the city of Mosul, killing 22 people.
- December 22 - Armed robbers in Northern Ireland steal over £22 million from the headquarters of the Northern Bank. Unionist politicians and the PSNI blame the PIRA, and stall the peace process.
- December 25 - An historic and unprecedented snowfall occurs over portions of southern Texas during the early morning hours. Daily totals include 1.5" at Brownsville, Texas, 3.5" at McAllen, Texas, 4.4" at Corpus Christi, Texas, and 12.1" at Victoria, Texas.
- December 26 - One of the worst natural disasters in recorded history hits southeastern 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, Burma and Indonesia. The official death toll in the affected countries stands at 186,983 while more than 40,000 people are still missing.
- December 26 - The re-run of the second round of the Ukrainian presidential election takes place. Opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko is declared the victor.
- 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 194 people during a rock concert.
- December 31 - Taipei 101, the current tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at a height of 509 metres (1,670 feet), officially opens.
- December 31 - Simón Trinidad, high-profiled FARC leader, is extradited to the United States, following the second extradition of a high drug dealer in a month and in 2004.
- December 31 - Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich resigns.
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- January 21 - Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway
- February 6 - Princess Louise of Belgium, granddaughter of King Albert II of Belgium.
- March 21 - Count Claus-Casimir of Orange-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg
For more deaths, see: Deaths in 2004
- January 2 - Lynn Cartwright, American actress (b. 1927)
- January 4 - Joan Aiken, English author (b. 1924)
- January 6 - Tug McGraw, baseball player (b. 1944)
- January 6 - Pierre Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica (b. 1954)
- January 11 - Mairtín Crawford, Irish poet (b. 1967)
- January 12 - Randy Van Warmer, American singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
- January 14 - Uta Hagen, German actress (b. 1919)
- January 17 - Ronald Anthony, African American Ministerial Leader & Bishop (b. 1945)
- January 22 - Ann Miller, American dancer and actress (b. 1923)
- January 22 - Jack Tunney, Canadian wrestling promoter (b. 1935)
- January 27 - Jack Paar, American television show host (b. 1918)
- January 29 - M. M. Kaye, British writer (b. 1908)
- February 14 - Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (b. 1970)
- February 17 - José López Portillo, President of Mexico (b. 1920)
- February 23 - Carl Anderson, American singer and actor (b. 1945)
- February 24 - John Randolph, American actor (b. 1915)
- February 26 - Boris Trajkovski, President of the Republic of Macedonia (b. 1956)
- February 27 - Paul Sweezy, American economist and editor (b. 1910)
- February 28 - Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian and Librarian of Congress (b. 1914)
- March 2 - Cormac McAnallen, Irish footballer (b. 1980)
- March 2 - Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (b. 1918)
- March 2 - Marge Schott, baseball team owner (b. 1928)
- March 4 - Claude Nougaro, French singer (b. 1929)
- March 4 - Stephen Sprouse, American fashion designer, artist, and photographer (b. 1953)
- March 5 - Priscilla Paris, American singer (b. 1953)
- March 7 - Paul Winfield, American actor (heart attack) (b. 1941)
- March 8 - Robert Pastorelli, American actor (b. 1954)
- March 8 - Abu Abbas, founder of the Palestine Liberation Front (b. 1948)
- March 15 - John Pople, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1925)
- March 20 - Juliana of the Netherlands (b. 1909)
- March 22 - Ahmed Yassin, Palestinian co-founder of Hamas
- March 26 - Jan Berry, American singer (b. 1941)
- March 26 - Jan Sterling, American actress (b. 1921)
- March 29 - Peter Ustinov, English actor and director (b. 1921)
- March 30 - Alistair Cooke, English-born journalist (b. 1908)
- April 1 - Carrie Snodgress, American actress (b. 1946)
- April 15 - Ray Condo, Canadian musician (b. 1950)
- April 17 - Edmond Pidoux, Swiss writer (b. 1908)
- April 18 - Kamisese Mara, first Prime Minister of Fiji and President of Fiji (b. 1920)
- April 19 - Norris McWhirter, Scottish co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records (b. 1925)
- April 19 - John Maynard Smith, English biologist (b. 1920)
- April 22 - Pat Tillman, American football player and U.S. Army Ranger (killed in action) (b. 1976)
- April 24 - Estée Lauder, American cosmetics entrepreneur (b. 1906)
- April 25 - Thom Gunn, British poet (b. 1929)
- May 9 - Alan King, American actor (b. 1927)
- May 14 - Anna Lee, British actress (b. 1913)
- May 17 - Tony Randall, American actor (b. 1920)
- May 17 - Ezzedine Salim, President of the Iraqi Governing Council (b. 1943)
- May 22 - Richard Biggs, American actor (b. 1960)
- May 22 - Mikhail Voronin, Russian gymnast (b. 1945)
- May 25 - Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (b. 1917)
- May 28 - Umberto Agnelli, Swiss-born automobile executive (b. 1934)
- May 28 - Bob Couture, Canadian musician (b. 1940)
- May 29 - Archibald Cox, American Watergate special prosecutor (b. 1912)
- May 29 - Samuel Dash, American Congressional counsel (b. 1925)
- June 5 - Ronald Reagan, President of the United States (b. 1911)
- June 5 - Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor (b. 1941)
- June 10 - Ray Charles, American singer and musician (b. 1930)
- June 11 - Egon von Furstenberg, Swiss fashion designer (b. 1946)
- June 11 - Xenophon Zolotas, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1904)
- June 13 - Dick Durrance, American skier (b. 1914)
- June 16 - Thanom Kittikachorn, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1912)
- June 20 - Jim Bacon, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1950)
- June 21 - Ron Ashman, former footballer and football manager (b. 1926)
- June 22 - Mattie Stepanek, American poet (b. 1990)
- June 26 - Naomi Shemer, Israeli songwriter (b. 1931)
- June 27 - Darrell Russell, American race car driver (b. 1968)
- June 27 - George Patton IV, American general (b. 1923)
- July 1 - Peter Barnes, English writer (b. 1931)
- July 1 - Marlon Brando, American actor (b. 1924)
- July 2 - John Cullen Murphy, American comic strip artist (b. 1919)
- July 4 - Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor (b. 1920)
- July 5 - Hugh Shearer, Prime Minister of Jamaica (b. 1923)
- July 5 - Rodger Ward, American race car driver (b. 1921)
- July 6 - Thomas Klestil, President of Austria (b. 1932)
- July 9 - Isabel Sanford, Harlem actress (b. 1917)
- July 12 - Betty Oliphant, co-founder of National Ballet of Canada (b. 1918)
- July 13 - Carlos Kleiber, Austrian conductor (b. 1930)
- July 19 - Zenko Suzuki, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1911)
- July 21 - Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1918)
- July 28 - Francis Crick, English molecular biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1916)
- July 28 - Sam Edwards, American actor (b. 1915)
- August 1 - Philip Abelson, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1913)
- August 3 - Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer (b. 1908)
- August 6 - Rick James, American musician (b. 1948)
- August 8 - Fay Wray, Canadian actress (b. 1907)
- August 12 - Godfrey Hounsfield, English electrical engineer and inventor, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1919)
- August 13 - Julia Child, American chef (b. 1912)
- August 14 - Czesław Miłosz, Polish-born writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
- August 15 - Sune Bergström, Swedish biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1916)
- August 17 - Gérard Souzay, French baritone (b. 1918)
- August 18 - Elmer Bernstein, American composer (b. 1922)
- August 18 - Charlie Waller, American singer and guitarist (b. 1935)
- August 24 - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-born psychiatrist (b. 1926)
- August 26 - Laura Branigan, American singer (b. 1957)
- August 27 - Willie Crawford, baseball player (b. 1946)
- August 30 - Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (b. 1906)
- September 1 - Ahmed Kuftaro, Grand Mufti of Syria (b. 1915)
- September 10 - Brock Adams, American politician (b. 1927)
- September 11 - Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria (helicopter crash) (b. 1949)
- September 13 - Luis E. Miramontes, Mexican chemist (b. 1925)
- September 15 - Johnny Ramone, American guitarist (The Ramones) (cancer) (b. 1948)
- September 18 - Norman Cantor, Canadian historian (b. 1929)
- September 19 - Árpád Bogsch, Hungarian-born (b. 1919)
- September 19 - Skeeter Davis, American singer (b. 1931)
- September 19 - Ellis Marsalis, Sr., American businessman, musician, and activist
- September 22 - Ray Traylor, American professional wrestler (b. 1962)
- September 24 - Françoise Sagan, French writer (b. 1935)
- October 1 - Bruce Palmer, Canadian musician (Buffalo Springfield) (b. 1946)
- October 3 - John Cerutti, baseball player and announcer (b. 1960)
- October 3 - Janet Leigh, American actress (b. 1927)
- October 4 - Gordon Cooper, astronaut (b. 1927)
- October 5 - Rodney Dangerfield, American comedian and actor (b. 1921)
- October 5 - Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-born physicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1916)
- October 8 - Jacques Derrida, Algerian-born French literary critic (b. 1930)
- October 8 - James Chace, American historian (b. 1931)
- October 10 - Ken Caminiti, baseball player (heart attack) (b. 1963)
- October 10 - Christopher Reeve, American actor and activist (b. 1952)
- October 16 - Pierre Salinger, John F. Kennedy's White House Press Secretary (b. 1925)
- October 20 - Anthony Hecht, American poet (b. 1923)
- October 23 - Robert Merrill, American baritone (b. 1919)
- October 24 - Ricky Hendrick, American race car driver and owner (b. 1980)
- October 25 - John Peel, British radio disc jockey (b. 1939)
- October 28 - Jimmy McLarnin, Irish-born boxer (b. 1907)
- October 29 - Edward Oliver LeBlanc, Dominican politician (b. 1923)
- October 29 - Peter Twinn, English mathematician and World War II code-breaker (b. 1916)
- October 30 - Peggy Ryan, American actress (b. 1924)
- November 1 - Mac Dre, American rapper (b. 1970)
- November 2 - Theo van Gogh, Dutch film director (b. 1957)
- November 2 - H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan-al Nahyan, ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates (b. 1918)
- November 7 - Howard Keel, American singer and actor (b.1919)
- November 7 - Eddie Charlton, Australian snooker player (b.1929)
- November 11 - Yasser Arafat, Palestinian leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1929)
- November 13 - Ol' Dirty Bastard, American rapper (b. 1968)
- November 14 - Margaret Hassan, Irish-born aid worker (b. 1945)
- November 15 - John Morgan, British-born comedian
- November 19 - John Robert Vane, British pharmacologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1927)
- November 23 - Rafael Eitan, Israeli politician (b. 1929)
- November 29 - John Drew Barrymore, American actor (b. 1932)
- November 29 - Bernard Robinson, English footballer (b. 1911)
- December 1 - Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (b. 1911)
- December 2 - Alicia Markova, English ballerina (b. 1910)
- December 2 - Mona Van Duyn, American poet (b. 1921)
- December 5 - Seymour Ginsburg, American computer scientist (b. 1928)
- December 7 - Frederick Fennell, American conductor (b. 1914)
- December 8 - Dimebag Darrell, American guitarist (Pantera and Damageplan) (murdered) (b. 1966)
- December 18 - Anthony Sampson, British journalist and biographer (b. 1926)
- December 19 - Herbert C. Brown, English-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1912)
- December 19 - Renata Tebaldi, Italian soprano (b. 1922)
- December 20 - Son Seals, American guitarist (b. 1942)
- December 23 - P. V. Narasimha Rao, Prime Minister of India (b. 1921)
- December 24 - Johnny Oates, baseball player and manager (b. 1926)
- December 26 - Reggie White, American football player (b. 1961)
- December 27 - Hank Garland, American guitarist (b. 1930)
- December 28 - Jerry Orbach, American actor (b. 1935)
- December 28 - Susan Sontag, American writer and activist (b. 1933)
- December 29 - Julius Axelrod, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
- December 30 - Artie Shaw, American musician (b. 1910)
- December 31 - Gerard Debreu, French-born economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1921)
 Nobel prizes
- Physics - David J. Gross, H. David Politzer, Frank Wilczek
- Chemistry - Aaron Ciechanover, Avram Hershko, Irwin Rose
- Physiology or Medicine - Linda B. Buck, Richard Axel
- Literature - Elfriede Jelinek
- Peace - Wangari Maathai
- Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel - Finn E. Kydland, Edward C. Prescott
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