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MMIV) was a
starting on Thursday of the
Gregorian calendar, the 2004th year of the
Common Era (CE) and
Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 4th year of the
3rd millennium, the 4th year of the
21st century, and the 5th year of the
2004 was designated as:
March 2 –
A series of bombings occur in
Karbala, Iraq, killing over 140
Shia Muslims commemorating the
Day of Ashura.
March 11 –
Coordinated bombs explode at a
Cercanías train station in
Madrid, Spain, killing at least 192 people.
March 28 –
Hurricane Catarina, the first ever recorded South Atlantic
tropical cyclone, makes landfall in
March 29 –
Slovenia are admitted to
NATO, the largest expansion of the organization.
August 3 –
MESSENGER spacecraft is launched, with its primary mission being the study of
29 – The
2004 Summer Olympics are held in
August 22 – Armed robbers steal
Madonna, and other paintings from the
Munch Museum in
August 24 – After departing
Domodedovo International Airport in
Volga-AviaExpress Flight 1303, a
Tupolev Tu-134, explodes over
Tula Oblast and crashes, killing all 43 people on board; minutes later,
Siberia Airlines Flight 1047, a
Tupolev Tu-154 departing the same airport, explodes over
Rostov Oblast and crashes, killing all 46 on board. The
Government of Russia declares the explosions to have been caused by female
December 14 – The world's tallest bridge, the
Millau Viaduct over the
River Tarn in the
Massif Central mountains, France, is officially opened.
December 21 – Iraqi insurgents
attack a U.S. military base in the city of
Mosul, killing at least 22 people.
December 26 – The 9.1–9.3 Mw
Indian Ocean earthquake shakes northern
Sumatra with a maximum
Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). One of the largest observed
tsunamis follows, affecting coastal areas of
Sri Lanka, the
Indonesia, killing over 200,000 people.
December 27 – Astrophysicists from the
in Garching near Munich measure the strongest burst from a
magnetar. At 21:30:26 UT 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 30 - A
fire in the República Cromañón nightclub in Buenos Aires, Argentina kills 194.
December 31 –
Taipei 101, at the time the
skyscraper in the world, standing at a height of 1,670 feet (509 metres), officially opens.
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srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: 2004
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