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EVENTS
2004-07-04  The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower is laid on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.  
2004-11-11  The Palestine Liberation Organization confirms the death of Yasser Arafat from unidentified causes. Mahmoud Abbas is elected chairman of the PLO minutes later.  
2004-10-19  Myanmar prime minister Khin Nyunt is ousted and placed under house arrest by the State Peace and Development Council on charges of corruption.  
2004-03-27  HMS Scylla (F71), a decommissioned Leander class frigate, is sunk as an artificial reef off Cornwall, the first of its kind in Europe.  
2004-04-30  U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.  
2004-05-09  Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov is killed in a land mine bomb blast under a VIP stage during a World War II memorial victory parade in Grozny, Chechnya.  
2004-09-15  National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman announces lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.  
2004-02-12  The city of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.  
2004-09-29  The asteroid 4179 Toutatis passes within four lunar distances of Earth.  
2004-12-13  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.  
2004-02-18  Up to 295 people, including nearly 200 rescue workers, die near Neyshabur in Iran when a run-away freight train carrying sulfur, petrol and fertilizer catches fire and explodes.  
2004-08-22  A version of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway.  
2004-11-27  Pope John Paul II returns the relics of Saint John Chrysostom to the Eastern Orthodox Church.  
2004-05-28  The Iraqi Governing Council chooses Ayad Allawi, a longtime anti-Saddam Hussein exile, as prime minister of Iraq's interim government.  
2004-10-19  Care International aid worker Margaret Hassan is kidnapped in Iraq.  
2004-03-23  Andhra Pradesh Federation of Trade Unions holds its first conference in Hyderabad, India.  
2004-11-21  The Paris Club agrees to write off 80% (up to $100 billion) of Iraq's external debt.  
2004-06-28  Sovereign power is handed to the interim government of Iraq by the Coalition Provisional Authority, ending the U.S.-led rule of that nation.  
2004-09-07  Hurricane Ivan, a Category 5 hurricane hit Grenada, killing 39 and damaging 90% of its buildings.  
2004-03-03  Belgian brewer Interbrew and Brazilian rival AmBev agree to merge in a $11.2 billion deal that forms InBev, the world's largest brewer.  
2004-03-12  The President of South Korea, Roh Moo-hyun, is impeached by its national assembly: the first such impeachment in the nation's history.  
2004-03-17  Unrest in Kosovo: More than 22 are killed and 200 wounded. 35 Serbian Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and two mosques in Belgrade and Niš are destroyed.  
2004-03-29  The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.  
2004-04-21  Five suicide car bombers target police stations in and around Basra, killing 74 people and wounding 160.  
2004-03-22  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.  
2004-08-17  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.  
2004-03-02  War in Iraq: Al-Qaeda carries out the Ashoura Massacre in Iraq, killing 170 and wounding over 500.  
2004-01-25  Opportunity rover (MER-B) lands on surface of Mars.  
2004-06-06  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.  
2004-04-29  Oldsmobile builds its final car ending 107 years of production.  
2004-07-05  The first Indonesian presidential election is held.  
2004-12-30  A fire in the República Cromagnon nightclub in Buenos Aires, Argentina kills 194.  
2004-05-17  Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage.  
2004-01-12  The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.  
2004-02-04  Facebook, a mainstream online social network is founded by Mark Zuckerberg.  
2004-09-23  Hurricane Jeanne: At least 1,070 in Haiti are reported killed by floods.  
2004-05-02  Yelwa massacre of more than 630 nomad Muslims by Christians in Nigeria.  
2004-01-08  The RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, is christened by her namesake's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.  
2004-03-31  In Fallujah, Iraq, 4 American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA, are killed after being ambushed and their bodies mutilated.  
2004-10-23  A powerful earthquake and its aftershocks hit Niigata prefecture, northern Japan, killing 35 people, injuring 2,200, and leaving 85,000 homeless or evacuated.  
2004-03-19  Konginkangas bus disaster: A semi-trailer truck and a bus crash head-on in Äänekoski, Finland. 24 people are killed and 13 injured.  
2004-02-01  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.  
2004-07-21  The United Kingdom government publishes Delivering Security in a Changing World, a paper detailing wide-ranging reform of the country's armed forces.  
2004-05-16  The Day of Mourning at Bykivnia forest, just outside of Kiev, Ukraine. Here during 1930s and early 1940s communist bolsheviks executed over 100,000 Ukrainian civilians.  
2004-12-23  An 8.1 magnitude earthquake hits Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean.  
2004-10-02  American Samoa joins the North American Numbering Plan.  
2004-05-24  Communications in North Korea: North Korea bans mobile phones.  
2004-02-26  The United States lifts a ban on travel to Libya, ending travel restrictions to the nation that had lasted for 23 years.  
2004-02-05  Twenty-three Chinese people drown when a group of 35 cockle-pickers are trapped by rising tides in Morecambe Bay, England. Twenty-one bodies are recovered.  
2004-10-07  King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicates.  
2004-09-08  NASA's unmanned spacecraft Genesis crash-lands when its parachute fails to open.  
2004-11-08  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.  
2004-10-25  Fidel Castro, Cuba's President, announces that transactions using the American Dollar will be banned by November 8.  
2004-09-09  2004 Australian embassy bombing: A bomb explodes outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, killing 10 people.  
2004-02-13  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".  
2004-06-12  A 1.3 kilogram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house in Ellerslie, New Zealand causing serious damage but no injuries.  
2004-01-21  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.  
2004-04-16  The super liner RMS Queen Mary 2 embarks on her first trans-Atlantic crossing, linking the golden age of ocean travel to the modern age of ocean travel.  
2004-06-24  In New York state, capital punishment is declared unconstitutional.  
2004-11-30  Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with US$2,520,700, television's biggest game show winnings.  
2004-02-01  251 people are trampled to death and 244 injured in a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.  
2004-01-03  Flight 604, a Boeing 737 owned by Flash Airlines, an Egyptian airliner, plunges into the Red Sea, killing all 148 people on board.  
2004-05-29  The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.  
2004-05-01  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.  
2004-09-03  Beslan school hostage crisis: Day 3: The Beslan hostage crisis ends with the deaths of over 300 people, more than half of which are children.  
2004-11-06  An express train collides with a stationary carriage near the village of Ufton Nervet, England, killing 7 and injuring 150.  
2004-02-28  Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometre (300-mile) long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947  
2004-01-04  Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.  
2004-09-29  The Burt Rutan Ansari X Prize entry SpaceShipOne performs a successful spaceflight, the first of two required to win the prize.  
2004-04-03  Islamic terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks are trapped by the police in their apartment and kill themselves.  
2004-03-20  Stephen Harper wins the leadership of the newly created Conservative Party of Canada, becoming the party's first leader.  
2004-11-21  The island of Dominica is hit by the most destructive earthquake in its history. The northern half of the island receives the most damage, especially the town of Portsmouth. It is also felt in neighboring Guadeloupe, where one person is killed.  
2004-05-22  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.  
2004-12-14  The Millau viaduct, the highest bridge in the world, near Millau, France is officially opened.  
2004-07-16  Millennium Park, considered Chicago's first and most ambitious early 21st century architectural project, is opened to the public by Mayor Richard M. Daley.  
2004-04-06  Rolandas Paksas becomes the first president of Lithuania to be peacefully removed from office by impeachment.  
2004-11-07  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.  
2004-08-13  156 Congolese Tutsi refugees massacred at the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi.  
2004-02-26  Republic of Macedonia President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  
2004-12-26  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 250,000 people including over 1700 on a moving train  
2004-05-26  The New York Times publishes an admission of journalistic failings, claiming that its flawed reporting and lack of skepticism towards sources during the buildup to the 2003 war in Iraq helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.  
2004-12-14  Cuba and Venezuela found the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas.  
2004-11-17  Kmart Corp. announces that it is buying Sears, Roebuck and Co. for $11 billion USD and naming the newly merged company Sears Holdings Corporation.  
2004-01-02  Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2, collecting samples that are returned to Earth.  
2004-08-12  New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey comes out publicly as a gay man.  
2004-10-04  SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight, by being the first private craft to fly into space.  
2004-07-01  Saturn orbit insertion of Cassini-Huygens begins at 01:12 UTC and ends at 02:48 UTC.  
2004-06-21  SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.  
2004-04-02  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.  
2004-04-08  Darfur conflict: The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups.  
2004-04-22  Two fuel trains collide in Ryongchon, North Korea, killing up to 150 people.  
2004-03-01  Mohammed Bahr al-Uloum becomes President of Iraq.  
2004-12-31  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).  
2004-12-25  Cassini orbiter releases Huygens probe which successfully landed on Saturn's moon Titan on January 14, 2005.  
2004-01-26  President Hamid Karzai signs the new constitution of Afghanistan.  
2004-02-21  The first European political party organization, the European Greens, is established in Rome.  
2004-09-21  The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) People's War and the Maoist Communist Centre of India merge to form the Communist Party of India (Maoist).  
2004-09-30  The AIM-54 Phoenix, the primary missile for the F-14 Tomcat, is retired from service. Almost two years later, the Tomcat is retired.  
2004-05-14  The Constitutional Court of South Korea overturns the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun.  
2004-08-01  A supermarket fire kills 396 people and injures 500 in Asunción, Paraguay.  
2004-09-17  Tamil is declared the first classical language in India.  
2004-03-19  3-19 Shooting Incident: Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian is shot just before the country's presidential election on March 20.  
2004-12-27  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.  
2004-07-02  ASEAN Regional Forum accepts Pakistan as its 24th member.¨  
2004-12-08  The Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.  
2004-09-01  Beslan school hostage crisis commences when armed terrorists take children and adults hostage in Beslan in North Ossetia, Russia.  
2004-08-24  89 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.  
2004-01-01  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.  
2004-11-11  New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior is dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington.  
2004-04-29  Dick Cheney and George W. Bush testify before the 9/11 Commission in a closed, unrecorded hearing in the Oval Office.  
2004-11-22  The Orange Revolution begins in Ukraine, resulting from the presidential elections.  
2004-09-30  The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles south of Tokyo.  
2004-03-11  Madrid train bombings: Simultaneous explosions on rush hour trains in Madrid, Spain, kill 191 people.  
2004-03-08  A new constitution is signed by Iraq's Governing Council.  
2004-03-29  Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO as full members.  
2004-02-27  A bombing of a Superferry by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines' worst terrorist attack kills 116.  
2004-02-14  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.  
2004-11-21  The second round of the Ukrainian presidential election is held, giving rise to massive protests and controversy over the election's integrity.  
2004-08-13  Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, strikes Punta Gorda, Florida and devastates the surrounding area.  
2004-11-26  Ruzhou School massacre: a man stabs and kills eight people and seriously wounds another four in a school dormitory in Ruzhou, China.  
2004-08-03  The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the September 11 attacks.  
2004-01-26  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.  
2004-03-19  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.  
2004-10-29  In Rome, European heads of state sign the Treaty and Final Act establishing the first European Constitution.  
2004-11-18  The Clinton Presidential Center is opened in Little Rock, Arkansas, containing 2 million photographs and 80 million documents.  
2004-02-29  Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns as President of Haiti following popular rebel uprising.  
2004-11-26  Male Po'ouli (Black-faced honeycreeper) dies of Avian malaria in the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Olinda, Hawaii before it could breed, making the species in all probability extinct.  
2004-11-30  Lion Air Flight 538 crash lands in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, killing 26.  
2004-05-26  The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.  
2004-02-05  Rebels from the Revolutionary Artibonite Resistance Front capture the city of Gonaïves, starting the 2004 Haiti rebellion.  
2004-06-02  Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy!  
2004-04-24  The United States lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction.  
2004-12-08  Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as "Diamond Darrell" "Dimebag Darrell", "Dimebag" or simply "Dime" was murdered onstage during a Damageplan performance at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. He was 38  
2004-05-23  Part of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport's Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others.  
2004-10-29  The Arabic news network Al Jazeera broadcasts an excerpt from a video of Osama bin Laden in which the terrorist leader first admits direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks and references the 2004 U.S. presidential election.  
2004-06-11  Cassini-Huygens makes its closest flyby of the Saturn moon Phoebe.  



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