) was a leap year starting on
of the Gregorian
The year 2004 has been designated the:
- February 1 – A
hajj stampede in Mina,
Arabia, kills 251 pilgrims.
- February 1 – The New England Patriots win Super Bowl XXXVIII.
- 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 4 –
Facebook was founded at Cambridge, Massachussetts.
- 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
law banning religious items and clothing from schools.
- February 12 –
Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to
same-sex couples in an act of civil disobedience.
- February 13 –
Athens gets hit by
a major blizzard which blankets the entire
city for days, causing widespread havoc.
- February 13 –
Scientists in South
Korea announce the cloning of 30
- February 14 –
Riots break out between New South
Wales Police and Aboriginal
residents of Redfern, New South Wales, a suburb of Sydney, Australia.
- February 14 – The
roof of the Transvaal
water park in Moscow collapses,
killing 25 and injuring more than 100.
17–20 – A nor'easter blizzard devastates Atlantic
Canada, dumping more than 95 centimeters on some
- February 18 – A
train carrying a convoy of petrol, fertiliser, and sulfur
derails and explodes in Iran, killing 320
- February 20 – Conservatives win a
majority in the Iranian
- 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
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
- February 27 –
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.
- February 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.
- 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
- February 29 – The
76th Academy Awards, hosted by
Billy Crystal, are held at the
Theatre in Hollywood, California, with The Lord of the
Rings: The Return of the King directed by Peter Jackson, winning a record-tying 11
Oscars, including Best
Picture and Best
- March 2 – John
Kerry effectively clinches the 2004
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
- 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
- March 11 – Simultaneous terrorist
attacks, with bombs in 4 rush-hour trains in Madrid, kill
- March 12 – Following the terrorist
attacks in Madrid the previous day, millions of protesters against
terrorism take to the streets of Spanish cities.
- March 14 – Two
suicide bombers kill 11 Israeli civilians in Ashdod,
- March 14 – Spanish legislative election,
2004: The incumbent government led by José María Aznar is defeated by
the Socialist José Luis Rodríguez
- 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; 19 people
are killed, 8000 Serbian homes burned, schools and businesses
vandalized, and over 300 Orthodox monasteries and churches burned
- March 19 – The
United Nations 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
Republic of China is invalidated.
- March 21 – Malaysian general election,
2004: The incumbent Barisan
Nasional party wins 198 out of 219 seats in the Parliament of Malaysia.
- March 21 – Salvadoran presidential
election, 2004: Antonio Saca is
elected President of El
Salvador (inaugurated June 1).
- March 22 – Palestinian 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 25 – British
prime minister Tony Blair visits Libyan leader
Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi, in
return for the dismantling of Libya's Weapons of mass destruction
programme in December 2003 (the first time a major western leader
had visited the nation in several decades).
- March 28 – In
government of prime
Raffarin suffers a stunning and unprecedented defeat in
- March 28 – The first
ever reported South
Atlantic hurricane makes landfall in South Brazil in the
state of Santa Catarina – the hurricane is dubbed Hurricane Catarina.
- March 29 – The
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 5 – Elizabeth II of the United
Kingdom begins a state visit 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 17 – Israeli helicopters fire missiles at a convoy of vehicles
in the Gaza
Strip, killing the Gaza leader of Hamas, Abdel Aziz
- April 20 – In Iraq,
12 mortars are fired on Abu Ghraib Prison by insurgents; 22 detainees are killed and 92
- 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 – Ryongchon
disaster: Two trains carrying explosives and fuel collide in
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 – Referendums on the
Annan Plan for Cyprus, which
proposes to re-unite the island, take place in both the Greek-controlled and the Turkish-controlled parts. Although the Turkish Cypriots vote in favour, the
Greek Cypriots reject the
- 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 22 – Dr.
Manmohan Singh assumes office as the 17th and first Sikh Prime Minister of
the Republic Of
- 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
- May 4 – A WNBC helicopter crashes in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York. This event is covered by rival station
- 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
- May 9 – Canada wins the World Ice Hockey
Championship in Prague.
- May 10 – Philippine general election,
2004: Incumbent president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is elected
for 6-year term.
- 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 completes a whole English Premiership season unbeaten, 38
- May 15 – South
Africa is awarded the 2010 FIFA
- May 15 – Ruslana wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2004
for Ukraine, with the song Wild
Dances in Istanbul, Turkey.
- May 16 – A coup d'état
in Chad against
President Idriss Déby fails.
- May 17 – Ezzedine Salim, holder of the rotating
leadership of the Iraq
Interim Governing Council, is killed in a bomb blast in
- May 17 – Massachusetts legalizes same-sex
marriage, in compliance with a ruling from the state's Supreme
Judicial Court (Goodridge
v. Department of Public
- 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
- May 19 – Jeremy Sivits pleads guilty in a court-martial
in connection with alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad.
- June 1 – 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 "Girl A".
- June 3 – All outgoing
flights from the UK are
temporarily grounded following an air traffic control computer
failure. BBC NEWS
- 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 – Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United
States, dies at his home in
Bel-Air, California at the age of 93. A 6-day state funeral follows after his death.
- June 6 – At the 58th Annual Tony Awards, Avenue
Q upsets front-runner Wicked to win the award for Best Musical.
- June 8 – The first transit of Venus since 1882 occurs; the next one will occur in 2012.
- June 8 – The 30th 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 12 – A 1.3
kg chondrite type meteorite strikes a house in Ellerslie,
New Zealand, causing serious damage but no
- 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
- June 28 – June 29
– The 2004 Istanbul Summit is
- June 28 – Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains collide in
a rural area outside of San Antonio, Texas; 40 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 federal election,
2004: The Liberal Party,
led by Paul Martin, is reduced to a
minority government, after holding a majority since November
- June 30 – Preliminary
hearings begin in Iraq in the trial
of former president Saddam Hussein,
for war crimes and crimes against
- August 13 –
Hurricane Charley kills 27 people
in Florida, after killing 4 in Cuba and 1 in
Jamaica. Charley makes 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
- August 29 –
Michael Schumacher secures a
record 7th 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
- 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
- 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
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 the Beslan school hostage
crisis. 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 2 – Hurricane Ivan forms.
- 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
- 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 7 –
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 9 –
Typhoon Songda hits western Japan, killing
45 and injuring another 1,352.
- 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
- September 15 – "Girl A", who
committed the Sasebo slashing, is
sentenced to be institutionalized.
- 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
- September 17 –
Hurricane Jeanne causes mudslides
in Haiti, killing
- September 17 –
The 2004 Summer Paralympics
commences in Athens,
- September 17 –
Mexico and Japan finish
2-year-long negotiations and sign a Free
Trade Agreement in Mexico City.
- September 21 –
Construction of the Burj
- September 22 – The TV series
Lostairs its pilot.
- September 23 –
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 kills
- September 24 – Major League Baseball announces that
the Montreal Expos will move to
Washington D.C. in 2005.
- September 25 – Port Adelaide Power wins their first
premiership against the Brisbane Lions in the AFL Grand Final.
- September 25 –
Hurricane Jeanne makes landfall
Saint Lucie, Florida, near the location Hurricane Frances hit 2 weeks
earlier. Jeanne kills over 3,030, mostly in Haiti.
- September 29 –
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 goes on to
win the prize on October
- 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 –
Suicide bombers detonate 2 bombs at the Red Sea resort of Taba, Egypt, killing 34
people, mainly Israeli tourists and Egyptian workers.
- October 9 –
Queen Elizabeth II opens the new
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
- 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 pushes 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
- October 17 – A
referendum in Belarus approves the lifting of constitutional term limits
for the presidency.
- October 19 – General Khin Nyunt is replaced by Lieutenant-General
Soe Win as Prime Minister of Myanmar.
- October 19 – A team of explorers
reaches the bottom of the world's deepest cave, located in Krubera.
The depth reached is 2,080 meters (6,824 feet), setting a world
record. (National Geographic)
- October 20 – The Ubuntu operating system is first
- 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 21 – The
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 21 –
Typhoon Tokage kill 98, injured 552 in
- October 23 – A
Magnitude 6.7 earthquake and aftershocks of similar scale occur in
the Tokamachi area. A huge landslide occurs on the
outskirts of Nagaoka. According to
Japanese officials, 68 people are killed, 4,085 are
injured, and 103,000 are rendered homeless.
- October 24 –
Brazil successfully launches its first rocket into
- October 24 – Michael Schumacher wins his 7th Formula One World
Drivers Championship (5th consecutive), making him the most
successful driver in the history of Formula
- October 25 – Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King receive the Congressional Gold Medal.
- November 2 – United States
presidential election, 2004: U.S. President George W. Bush
defeats Senator John Kerry. Republicans make gains in the
- November 2 – Eleven American states
ban gay marriage.
- November 2 –
Dutch film maker Theo van
Gogh is assassinated in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Mohammed
- November 6 – The
Nervet rail crash in Berkshire, England kills 7 people.
- November 6 – In
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 8 – The Irish High Court rules that
Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan can sue the Revenue
Commissioner to have their Vancouver, British Columbia
recognized for tax purposes.
- November 9 – A meeting of the
Scottish Socialist Party
executive leads to the resignation of Tommy Sheridan as convenor. Contradictory
accounts of what Sheridan said at the meeting become hotly disputed
in the Sheridan v News
- November 13 –
After six days of intense battles, the Iraqi town of Fallujah is fully occupied by U.S. forces.
- November 14 – United States Secretary of
State Colin Powell submits his
resignation. He is replaced by Condoleezza Rice after her confirmation by
the United States
- November 16 –
Space Agency probe, Smart 1, passes
from Earth orbit into the orbit of the
- November 16 – A
train crash near Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, injures
- 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.
17–21 – The APEC Summit is held in
- November 19 – The NBA's Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons engage in a brawl that involves fans and
players. The incident gets (then) Pacer Ron
Artest suspended for the remainder of the season.
- November 21 – Ukrainian presidential
election, 2004: Viktor
Yanukovych is declared the winner in the final round.
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
- November 25 –
The Indian political party
Peravai merges into the Indian National
- 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
coal mine explosion in China kills over 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.
- 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 10 –
Zealand bans smoking in all public places, including
- 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 16 –
The South Korean high-speed rail
system, Korea Train Express,
opens between Seoul and Busan.
- 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 Police Service of Northern
Ireland blame the Provisional Irish Republican
Army, and stall the peace process.
- December 26 –
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
countries stands at 186,983 while more than 40,000 people are still
- December 26 – The re-run of the
second round of the Ukrainian presidential
election takes place. Opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko is declared the
- December 27 – Astrophysicists from
the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching
near Munich measure the strongest burst from a magnetar. At 21:30:26 UT the earth is hit by a huge
wave front of gamma and X-rays. It is the strongest flux of
high-energetic gamma radiation measured so far.
- December 28 – The Ukrainian
transport minister, Heorhiy Kirpa, 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
- December 31 –
101, at the time tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at a height of
1,670 feet (509 metres ), officially
- December 31 –
Simón Trinidad, high-profile
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 Yanukovych
- January 2 – Paul Hopkins, American baseball player (b.
- January 2 – Etta Moten Barnett, American actress (b.
- January 2 – Lynn Cartwright, American actress (b.
- January 4 – Joan
Aiken, English author (b. 1924)
- January 6 – Tug
McGraw, American baseball player (b. 1944)
- January 6 – Pierre Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica (b.
- January 7 – Ingrid Thulin, Swedish actress (b. 1926)
- January 9 – Norberto Bobbio, Italian philosopher (b.
- January 9 – Yinka Dare, Nigerian Professional Basketball
Player (b. 1972)
- January 11 – Mairtín Crawford, Irish poet (b.
- January 12 – Randy VanWarmer, American singer-songwriter
- January 12 – Zeno Vendler, American philosopher of language
- January 14 – Terje "Valfar" Bakken, Norwegian musician (b. 1978)
- January 14 – Uta
Hagen, German actress (b. 1919)
- January 22 – Ann Miller, American dancer and actress (b.
- January 22 – Jack Tunney, Canadian wrestling promoter (b.
- January 25 – Miklos Feher, Hungarian footballer (b. 1979)
- January 27 – Jack Paar, American television show host (b.
- January 29 – M. M. Kaye, British writer (b. 1908)
- January 31 – Eleanor Holm, American swimmer (b. 1913)
- February 14 – Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (b. 1970)
- February 17 – José López Portillo, President of Mexico (b. 1920)
- February 19 – Archibald Paton Thornton, British
historian (b. 1921)
- February 21 – John Charles, Welsh footballer (b. 1931)
- February 21 – Nestor de Villa, Filipino actor (b. 1928)
- February 23 – Carl Anderson, American singer and
actor (b. 1945)
- February 24 – John Randolph, American actor (b.
- February 26 – Boris Trajkovski, President of the Republic
of Macedonia (b. 1956)
- February 26 – Adolf Ehrnrooth, Finnish general (b.
- February 27 – Paul Sweezy, American economist and editor (b.
- February 27 – Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historian (b.
- February 28 – Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian and Librarian of Congress (b. 1914)
- March 2 – Cormac McAnallen, Irish footballer (b.
- March 2 – Mercedes McCambridge, American actress
- March 2 – Marge
Schott, American 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 6 – Ray
Fernandez, American pro wrestler (b. 1956)
- March 5 – Priscilla Paris, American singer (b.
- March 7 – Paul
Winfield, American actor (b. 1941)
- March 8 – Abu
Abbas, founder of the Palestine Liberation Front (b.
- March 8 – Robert Pastorelli, American actor (b.
- March 8 – Tichi Wilkerson Kassel, American film
personality and publisher (b. 1926)
- March 15 – John
Pople, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1925)
- March 20 – Juliana, Queen 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.
- March 30 – Alistair Cooke, English-born journalist (b.
- April 1 – Carrie Snodgress, American actress (b.
- April 3 – Gabriella Ferri, Italian singer (b.
- 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.
- April 22 – Pat
Tillman, American football
player and U.S. Army Ranger (b. 1976)
- April 24 – Estée Lauder, American cosmetics
entrepreneur (b. 1906)
- April 25 – Thom
Gunn, British poet (b. 1929)
- April 26 – Hubert Selby, Jr., American writer (b.
- May 5 – Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter and author (b. 1959)
- May 7 – Nicholas
Berg, American businessman (b. 1978)
- May 9 – Tommy
Farrell, American supporting actor and comedian (b. 1921)
- May 9 – Alan King, American actor (b. 1927)
- May 9 – Olive
Osmond, Osmond family matriarch (b. 1925)
- 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 – Ronald
Smith, British pianist and musicologist (b. 1922)
- May 22 – Mikhail Voronin, Russian gymnast (b.
- May 25 – Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (b.
- May 28 – Umberto Agnelli, Swiss-born automobile
executive (b. 1934)
- May 29 – Archibald Cox, American Watergate special prosecutor (b. 1912)
- May 29 – Jack
Rosenthal, English playwright (b. 1931)
- May 29 – Samuel
Dash, American Congressional counsel (b. 1925)
- June 2 – Loyd
Sigmon, American amateur radio
broadcastor (b. 1909)
- June 5 – Ronald
Reagan, American politician and actor, 40th President of the United
States (b. 1911)
- June 5 – Iona
Brown, British violinist and conductor (b. 1941)
- June 7 – Quorthon, Swedish musician (b. 1966)
- June 10 – Ray
Charles, American singer and musician (b. 1930)
- June 11 – Egon von Furstenberg, Swiss fashion
designer (b. 1946)
- June 11 – Xenophon Zolotas, Greek economist, interim
177th Prime Minister of Greece (b.
- June 13 – Dick
Durrance, American skier (b. 1914)
- June 16 – Thanom Kittikachorn, Thai military
Prime Minister of
Thailand (b. 1912)
- June 20 – Jim
Bacon, Australian politician, 41st 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.
- June 30 – Jamal
Abro, Sindhi writer (b. 1924)
- July 1 – Peter
Barnes, English writer (b. 1931)
- July 1 – Marlon
Brando, American actor (b. 1924)
- July 1 – Todor
Skalovski, Macedonian composer (b. 1909)
- July 2 – John Cullen Murphy, American comic strip artist (b. 1919)
- July 3 – Percy
Wickman, Canadian politician (b. 1941)
- July 4 – Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor (b.
- July 5 – Hugh
Shearer, Jamaican politician, 3rd Prime Minister of Jamaica (b.
- July 5 – Rodger
Ward, American race car driver (b. 1921)
- July 6 – Thomas
Klestil, Austrian politician and diplomat, 10th President of Austria (b. 1932)
- July 9 – Isabel
Sanford, American actress (b. 1917)
- July 6 – Syreeta Wright,American singer,songwriter
- July 12 – Betty Oliphant, co-founder of National Ballet of Canada (b.
- July 13 – Carlos Kleiber, Austrian conductor (b.
- July 16 – Pat
Roach, British wrestler and actor (b. 1937)
- July 19 – Zenko
Suzuki, Japanese politician, 70th 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 21 – Jerry Goldsmith, American composer (b.
- 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.
- August 15 – Sune Bergström, Swedish biochemist,
recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology
or Medicine (b. 1916)
- August 17 – Thea Astley, Australian writer (b. 1925)
- August 17 – Gérard Souzay, French baritone (b.
- August 18 – Elmer Bernstein, American composer (b.
- August 18 – Charlie Waller, American singer and guitarist
- August 24 – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-born
psychiatrist (b. 1926)
- August 26 – Laura Branigan, American singer (b. 1957)
- August 27 – Willie Crawford, American baseball player
- August 30 – Fred Lawrence Whipple, American
astronomer (b. 1906)
- September 1 – Ahmed Kuftaro, Grand
Mufti of Syria (b. 1915)
- September 8 – Frank Thomas, American animator (b.
- September 10 – Brock Adams, American politician (b. 1927)
- September 11 – Patriarch Peter VII of
Alexandria (b. 1949)
- September 13 – Luis E. Miramontes, Mexican chemist (b. 1925)
- September 14 – Ove Sprogøe, Danish actor (b. 1919)
- September 15 – Johnny Ramone, American guitarist (The Ramones) (b. 1948)
- September 18 – Norman Cantor, Canadian historian (b. 1929)
- September 18 – Russ Meyer, American director and photographer
- September 19 – Árpád Bogsch, Hungarian-born civil
servant (b. 1919)
- September 19 – Skeeter Davis, American singer (b. 1931)
- September 19 – Ellis Marsalis, Sr., American
businessman, musician, and activist (b. 1908?)
- September 20 – Brian Clough, British football manager of
Nottingham Forest and Derby County (b. 1935)
- September 22 – Ray Traylor, American professional wrestler (b. 1962)
- September 24 – Françoise Sagan, French writer (b.
- September 26 – Marianna Komlos American professional wrestler and fitness
model (b. 1969)
- October 1 – Bruce Palmer, Canadian musician (Buffalo Springfield) (b. 1946)
- October 1 – Richard Avedon, American photographer (b.
- October 3 – John Cerutti, American baseball player and
announcer (b. 1960)
- October 3 – Janet Leigh, American actress (b. 1927)
- October 4 – Gordon Cooper, American astronaut (b. 1927)
- October 4 – Rio
Diaz, Filipino actress and TV host (b. 1959)
- 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 Derida, Algerian-born French literary
critic (b. 1930)
- October 8 – James Chace, American historian (b. 1931)
- October 10 – Ken Caminiti, American baseball player (b.
- October 10 – Christopher Reeve, American actor and
activist (b. 1952)
- October 13 – Enrique Fernando, Chief Justice of the
Philippine Supreme Court (b. 1915)
- October 16 – Pierre Salinger, U.S. President John F. Kennedy's White House Press Secretary (b.
- October 20 – Anthony Hecht, American poet (b. 1923)
- October 23 – Bill Nicholson, British
footballer (b. 1919)
- October 23 – Robert Merrill, American baritone (b.
- 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 –
Zayed bin Sultan Al
Nahyan, ruler of Abu
Dhabi and President of the
United Arab Emirates (b. 1918)
- November 3 – Sergei Zholtok, Latvian hockey player (b.
- November 7 – Howard Keel, American singer and actor (b.
- November 7 – Eddie Charlton, Australian snooker player (b. 1929)
- November 10 – Katy de la Cruz, Filipino singer (b.
- November 11 – Yasser Arafat, Palestinian leader, recipient
of the Nobel Peace Prize (b.
- November 13 – Ol' Dirty Bastard, American rapper (b.
- 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.
- November 29 – Bernard Robinson, English
footballer (b. 1911)
- December 1 – Prince Bernhard of
Lippe-Biesterfeld, German born Prince Consort of the Netherlands (b.
- December 2 – Alicia Markova, English ballerina (b.
- 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.
- December 8 – Dimebag Darrell, American guitarist
(Pantera and Damageplan) (murdered) (b. 1966)
- December 10 – Gary Webb, American journalist known for his
investigation into the Iran-Contra affair (b. 1955)
- December 12 – Kathryn Eames, American actress (b. 1908)
- December 14 – Fernando Poe, Jr., Filipino actor and 2004
presidential candidate (b. 1935)
- December 15 – Vassal Gadoengin, Nauruan politician (b.
- 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, Indian
politician, 10th Prime Minister
of India (b. 1921)
- December 24 – Johnny Oates, American baseball player and
manager (b. 1926)
- December 26 – Mieszko Talarczyk, Swedish
guitarist/musician (Nasum) (b. 1974)
- December 26 – Reggie White, American football player (b.
- 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.
- December 30 – Artie Shaw, American musician (b. 1910)
- December 31 – Gérard Debreu, French-born economist,
Nobel Prize laureate (b.
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