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2004
January 1st
In Pakistan Pervez Musharraf got a vote of confidence from an electoral college consisting of Parliament and the provincial assemblies, and confirmed him as President of Pakistan until 2007.
January 3rd
Flash Airlines Flight 604 crashed into the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt, killing all 148 passengers and crew on board.
January 4th
Mikhail Saakashvili won the Presidential elections in Georgia.
January 4th
NASA's MER-A (Spirit) landed on Mars at 04:35 UTC.
January 8th
Queen Elizabeth II christened the RMS Queen Mary II cruise liner, to date the largest ocean liner in the world.
January 24th
NASA's MER-B (Opportunity) landed on Mars at 05:05 UTC.
January 28th
The findings of the Hutton Inquiry were published in London. The British Government was found not to have falsified information in the "sexed up dossier". The report criticised the BBC's role in the death of David Kelly, July 2003, who was a weapons expert on Iraq.
January 28th
At a hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, it was revealed that the September 11th 2001 terrorists used Mace (a brand of tear gas) or pepper spray when they overpowered the flight crew of American Airlines Flight 11.
February 1st
In Mena, near Mecca in Saudi Arabia, a stampede at the Haj religious festival killed 251 Muslim pilgrims.
February 3th
The CIA admited that there was no imminent threat from weapons of mass destruction before the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
February 6th
In Russia, a suicide bomber killed 41 people on a metro car in Moscow.
February 7th
Several leaders of Abnaa el-Balad were arrested in Israel.
February 10th
In Iraq at least 50 people were killed in a car bomb attack on a police recruitment centre south of Baghdad.
February 10th
The French National Assembly voted to pass a law banning religious items and clothing from French schools.
February 13th
In South Korea scientists announced the cloning of 30 human embryos.
February 14th
Riots broke out between the New South Wales Police and Aboriginal residents of Redfern, a suburb of Sydney, Australia.
February 14th
In Russia the roof of the Transvaal water park in Moscow collapsed and killed 25 people and over a 100 injured more.
February 18th
In Iran a transport train carrying petrol, fertiliser and sulfur derailed and exploded that killed 320 people.
February 20th
In Iran, the conservatives won a majority in the Iranian parliament election.
February 26th
The United States lifted a ban on travel to Libya, which ended travel restrictions to Libya that had lasted for 23 years.
March 2nd
In The United States senator John Kerry clinched the U.S. Democratic Party presidential nomination for 2004, by winning nine out of 10 'Super Tuesday' primaries and caucuses.
March 2nd
NASA announced that the Mars rover MER-B (Opportunity), had confirmed that the area of Mars they landed on was once drenched in water.
March 10th
In England, five British men released from detention at Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay landed at RAF Brize Norton. Four were immediately arrested by the British police for questioning.
March 11th
Terrorist attacks in Madrid, Spain. A simultaneous multi bomb blast attack on rush hour commuter trains in Madrid killed 202 and injurd nearly 1,750 people. Muslim extremists from the Al Qaeda announced responsibility for the attack.
March 12th
In Spain, following the terrorist attacks in Madrid on March 11th, millions of Spanish protesters demonstrated in the streets of Spanish cities against terrorism and the horror attacks of the previous day.
March 14th
The Spanish government, the ruling Popular Party under José María Aznar was defeated by the Socialist José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero in the general election. A political backlash caused by the terrorist attacks in Madrid three days earlier, due to Spain's involvement in Iraq.
March 14th
In Russia, Presidential elections were held. Vladimir Putin easily won a second term in office.
March 14th
In Ashdod, Israel, two suicide bombers killed eleven Israeli civilians.
March 15th
The new Spanish government announced that it will withdraw Spain's 1,300 troops in Iraq.
March 17th
In Kosovo organised violence broke out. Nineteen people were killed, 139 Serbian homes were burned, schools and businesses were attacked and over 30 orthodox monasteries and churches were burned and destroyed.
March 19th
The UN launched a corruption investigation due to the scandal over its Iraqi Oil for Food program.
March 21st
Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin was assassinated in Gaza City by an Israeli helicopter gunship. Seven others were also killed. Humas declared a new wave of terror and riots erupted across the Middle-East.
March 22nd
Palestinians protested in the streets after the assassination of the Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin on the previous day by an Israeli helicopter gunship.
March 24th
In Spain a state memorial service was held in the Almudena Cathedral de Santa Maria in Madrid. The service was for the 202 victims of the terrorist attack on the commuter trains on the 11th March.
March 25th
British Prime Minister Tony Blair met Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi (Moamer al-Khaddhafi) in a tent outside Tripoli, Libya. As a result of Gaddafi's renouncement of terrorism and WMD in December 2003.
March 29th
The Republic of Ireland banned smoking in all enclosed work places, which included restaurants, pubs and bars.
March 29th
The largest expansion of NATO to date, which allowed former the Eastern European countries of Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia into the organisation.
March 29th
The English actor, director and raconteur, Peter Ustinov died.
March 31st
In Fallujah, Iraq, four American private military contractors who worked for Blackwater USA, were killed and their bodies mutilated after being ambushed.
April 3rd
In Spain, a bomb explosion in a Madrid flat killed a Spanish policeman and five terrorists suspected of responsibility for the Madrid train attacks on March 11th.
April 4th
In Iraq, the cities of Najaf, Sadr City, and Basra, serious fighting broke out. Shia insurgents supporting Muqtada al-Sadr rose against the coalition forces.
April 5th
Queen Elizabeth II began a state visit to France to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale, a treaty signed between Great Britain and France on April 8th 1904.
April 8th
In Iraq three Japanese citizens were taken hostage.
April 16th
India defeated Pakistan in their first cricket tour in 14 years.
April 17th
Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a convoy of vehicles in the Gaza Strip, and killed the Gaza leader of Hamas, Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi.
April 20th
In Iraq, 12 mortars were fired on Abu Ghraib Prison by insurgents. Twenty two detainees were killed and 92 wounded.
April 21st
Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu was released from the Shikma prison in Ashkelon, Israel, after serving 18 years. Vanunu was jailed in 1986 for leaking Israeli nuclear secrets to the media.
April 22nd
Two trains carrying explosives and fuel collided in the North Korean town of Ryongchon. The collision killed 161 people, injured 1,300 and destroyed thousands of homes.
April 25th
A referendum on a United Nations plan, which proposed to re-unite the island of Cyprus, took place in both the Greek and Turkish parts. Although the Turks voted in favour, the Greeks rejected the proposal.
May 1st
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 9th
Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov was killed by a landmine placed under a VIP stage during a World War II memorial parade in Grozny.
May 11th
In Scotland, an explosion destroyed a plastics factory in Glasgow. The blast killed 9 people and injured over a 100.
May 12th
In Iraq, an American civilian contractor Nick Bergin who had been kidnapped, was shown being decapitated on video via web sites, by a group linked to Al-Qaeda .
May 17th
In Iraq, Ezzedine Salim, holder of the rotating leadership of the Iraqi Governing Council, was killed in a bomb blast in Baghdad.
May 19th
In England, British Prime Minister Tony Blair was hit with a purple flour bomb in the chamber of the House of Commons during a session of Prime Minister's Questions. The protest group 'Fathers4Justice' were responsible.
May 23th
In France a section of the ceiling in Terminal 2E at Paris's Charles de Gaulle International Airport collapsed, the accident killed 6 people.
May 26th
In the United States, Terry Nichols was convicted by an Oklahoma state court on murder charges that stemmed from the April 19th 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
May 30th
In Hong Kong thousands of people took to the streets to demonstrate and commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre of May/June 1989 in Beijing in China.
June 3rd
In Britain all outgoing flights from the UK were temporarily grounded following an air traffic control computer failure.
June 5th
The famous Hollywood actor and ex-President of the United States of America, Ronald Wilson Reagan died aged 93. Reagan served two terms as the US President during the 1980s.
June 6th
The 60th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied beach landings in Normandy, France, was remembered by world leaders.
June 8th
In the United States, the G8 Summit took place over two days on Sea island in Georgia.
June 11th
In the United States, Terry Nichols was spared the death penalty by an Oklahoma state court after being convicted of murder on May 26th of the April 19th 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The decision came on the third anniversary of the execution of his co-defendant Timothy James McVeigh, in Terre Haute, Indiana.
June 11th
In the United States, the first Presidential state funeral was held since 1973. President Ronald Wilson Reagan was laid to rest at Simi Valley, California, at the site of the Reagan Presidential Library.
June 16th
The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (or "9/11 Commission") issued an initial report of its findings.
June 21st
Space Ship One became the first privately funded space plane to achieve spaceflight.
June 28th
At 10.26am the Coalition forces handed over sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government after 14 months of occupation. American proconsul Paul Bremer exchanged authority with Prime Minister Dr. Iyad Allawi.
June 30th
In Iraq the preliminary hearings began in the trial of former President Saddam Hussein, for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
July 3rd
Cosmonaut Andriyan Nikolaev died suddenly of a heart attack. Nikolaev flew as pilot in space on the Vostok-3 mission. The mission duration was between the 11th -15th August in 1962.
July 4th
In New York City, Untied States, groundbreaking of 'Freedom Tower' at Ground Zero began.
July 22nd
The Old Bridge of Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina was reconstructed and reopened after it was destroyed by Bosnian Croat forces on November 9th 1993.
July 25th
Over 100,000 opponents to Israel's unilateral disengagement plan of 2004 participated in a human chain 90 kilometers in length, from Gush Katif, to the Western Wall, Jerusalem.
July 25th
In France, Lance Armstrong of Austin, Texas, won an unprecedented 6th consecutive Tour de France cycling title.
June 27th
The American general George Patton IV died. Well known General of World War II, famous for wearing his pearl handled six shooters.
August 3rd
French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, known as the 'eye of the century', died aged 95. He documented some of the major events of the 20th century, Spanish Civil War, liberation of Paris, the fall of Beijing to Mao's communists and the death of Mahatma Gandhi.
August 13th
In Florida, United States, Hurricane Charley killed 27 people. It killed 4 in Cuba and 1 in Jamaica. Charley made landfall near Cayo Costa, Florida as a Category 4 hurricane. Charley was the most intense hurricane to strike the United States since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
August 16th
In England, severe flooding in Cornwall destroyed the village of Boscastle.
August 22nd
In Norway, a gang of armed robbers stole Edvard Munch's 'The Scream' (Skrik, 1893), 'Madonna' and other paintings from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway.
August 24th
In Russia, two airliners carrying a total of 89 passengers crashed within minutes of flying out of Domodedovo International Airport, which left no survivors. Authorities suspected suicide attacks by rebels from Chechnya to be the cause of the crashes.
August 29th
In the United States, around 200,000 protesters demonstrated in New York City against President George W. Bush Jr. and his government, ahead of the 2004 Republican National Convention.
August 31st
In Israel, two suicide attacks on buses in Beer Sheva, killed at least 16 people and injured at least 60. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attacks.
August 31st
In Russia, a woman committed a suicide attack near a subway station in northern Moscow, which killed at least 10 people and injured at least 50 others. Authorities held Chechen rebels responsible.
September 1st
Chechen rebels took between 1,000 and 1,500 people hostage, mostly children, in a school in Beslan, Northern Ossetia. The hostage-takers demanded the release of Chechen rebels imprisoned in neighbouring Ingushetia and the independence of Chechnya from Russia.
September 2nd
The United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1559 calling for the removal of all foreign troops from Lebanon. This measure was largely aimed at Syrian troops.
September 3rd
Beslan school massacre. Chechen terrorists that siezed a Beslan school in North Ossetia two days earlier slaughtered their hostages, bringing the 53 hour siege to an end. 336 people were murdered, more than half that number were children. Russian forces killed 32 terrorists and the injured numbered nearly 700 people.
September 7th
In Edinburgh, Scotland, the Scottish Parliament met in the new Scottish Parliament Building for the first time.
September 9th
In Jakarta, Indonesia, a bomb blast outside the Australian embassy killed eleven people and injured up to 100 more.
September 15th
In London, England, the security at the Palace of Westminster was compromised when the House of Commons was stormed by a small group of protestors during a debate about fox hunting.
October 4th
In Iraq two car bombs killed at least 16 people and injured dozens more in Baghdad.
October 8th
In Iraq, the British hostage Kenneth Bigley, held by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, an Iraqi insurgent, was killed after a failed escape attempt.
October 8th
In Egypt, suicide bombers detonated two bombs at the Red Sea resort of Taba. The blast killed 34 Israeli tourists and Egyptian workers.
October 9th
In Scotland, Queen Elizabeth II opened the new Scottish Parliament Building in a ceremony in Edinburgh.
October 9th
In Afghanistan, direct elections for president was held for the first time. Interim president Hamid Karzai was eventually declared the winner.
October 10th
The American actor and activist Christopher Reeve died. Reeve was famous for his role on film as the superhero 'Superman'. He was paralysed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition on May 27th 1995.
October 21st
In Britain, the MOD (Ministry of Defence) approved 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 24th
In Iraq, the bodies of 49 Iraqi soldiers was discovered after being ambushed by rebel insurgents.
October 24th
Brazil successfully launched its first rocket into space.
October 25th
The American Civil Rights leader, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King, were recognised for their work when they received the Congressional Gold Medal.
October 25th
British Radio 1 DJ John Peel died. Peel championed new music on his shows on BBC radio over several decades.
October 29th
A videotape of Osama Bin Laden speaking aired on Arabic TV, in which he threatened terrorist attacks on the United States, and taunted the US President George W. Bush Jr., over the September 11th 2001 attacks.
October 29th
European heads of state signed in Rome the Treaty and Final Act that established the first European Constitution.
November 1st
In Israel a 16 year old Palestinian boy blew himself up at an outdoor market in Tel Aviv. The blast killed three Israelis.
November 2nd
In Holland Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh was assassinated in Amsterdam by Muslim extremist Mohammed Bouyeri.
November 2nd
President George W. Bush Jr. became the President of the United States of America for a second term, by winning the 2004 US election against Democrat candidate Senator John Kerry.
November 7th
U.S. forces launched a major assault on the rebel insurgent stronghold of the Iraqi town of Fallujah, in an effort to rid the area of insurgents before the Iraqi elections in January 2005.
November 11th
Palestine leader Yassir Arafat died at the age of 75. Controversial President of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The exact cause of his illness is unknown and considered controversial.
November 12th
Yassir Arafat was laid to rest within his former headquarters in Ramallah, in the West Bank. Following a state funeral in Cairo, which was attended by many Arab leaders.
November 13th
In Iraq, after six days of intense battles in the insurgent stronghold of the Iraqi town of Fallujah, was fully occupied by U.S. forces.
November 14th
American Secretary of State Colin Powell submited his resignation. He was replaced by Condoleezza Rice after her confirmation from the United States Congress.
November 16th
The European Space Agency probe, Smart 1, passed from orbit of the Earth into the orbit of the Moon.
November 16th
NASA's hypersonic jet ScramJet broke a record by reaching a velocity of about 7,000 mph in an unmanned experimental flight. It obtained a speed of Mach 9.6, almost 10 times the speed of sound.
November 21st
In the Ukraine, the final round of Presidential election ended. Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych declared the winner. International election observers expressed severe criticism, and large crowds demostrated in a protest rally in Kiev. 12 days later, the Supreme Court annulled the result, and a new poll was scheduled for December.
November 26th
In Iraq, a group of Iraqi political leaders, primarily from Sunni and Kurdish parties, advocated a six-month delay in popular elections scheduled for January 2005.
November 28th
The President of Chile Ricardo Lagos promised economic compensation to 28,000 victims of torture during Augusto Pinochet's military dictatorship.
December 3rd
The Colombian government extradited to the United States one of the most powerful drug dealers in the world, Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela.
December 6th
In Saudi Arabia, terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Jeddah and killed several people.
December 11th
Medical tests showed that Ukrainian opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned with a large dose of dioxin.
December 14th

In France the world's tallest bridge, the Millau bridge over the River Tarn in the Massif Central mountains was opened by French President Jacques Chirac. British designer and architect.
December 15th
In Greece, Albanian terrorists took a bus and its passengers hostage in Athens and demand 1 million euros (€) in ransom money.
December 16th
In England, the House of Lords ruled that the British Government breached human rights legislation by the detention without trial foreign nationals suspected of being terrorists.
December 21st
Iraqi insurgents attacked a U.S. military base in the city of Mosul and killed 22 people.
December 22nd
In Northern Ireland, armed robbers stolel over £22 million from the headquarters of the Northern Bank. Unionist politicians and the PSNI blamed the IRA, which stalled the peace process.
December 26th
A tsunami disaster struck south east Asia, a result of a large 9.3 earthquake off the west coast island of Sumatra in Indonesia, in the Indian Ocean. The tsunami wave swept across much of the coastlines of Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and even as far as Somalia in Africa. 289,000 people were killed, settlements destroyed and millions left homeless in the most devastating natural disaster the World had ever experienced.
December 26th
In the Ukraine, the re-run of the second round of the Ukrainian presidential election took place. Opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko was declared the victor.
December 28th
The Ukrainian transport minister, Heorhiy Kyrpa, was found shot dead in a suspected suicide.
December 30th
In Argentina, a fire in a Buenos Aires night club, República Cromagnon, killed 194 people during a rock concert.
December 31st
In the Ukraine, and following the election of December 26th, Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich resigned.
December 31st
The official opening of Taipei 101, at this date the tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at a height of 508 metres or 1,676 feet.
 

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