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MMIV) was a
starting on Thursday (
dominical letter DC) 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:
April 1 –
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
Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi.
April 20 – In Iraq, 12 mortars are fired on
Abu Ghraib Prison by insurgents; 22 detainees are killed and 92 wounded.
April 22 –
Ryongchon disaster: Two trains carrying explosives and fuel collide in
North Korea, killing 161 people, injuring 1,300 and destroying thousands of homes.
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 proposal.
May 1 – The
largest expansion to date of the
European Union takes place, extending the Union by 10 member-states:
May 9 –
Akhmad Kadyrov is killed by a landmine placed under a VIP stage during a
World War II memorial parade in
May 12 – An American civilian contractor in Iraq,
Nick Berg, is shown being decapitated by a group allegedly linked to
al-Qaeda on a web-distributed video.
May 14 –
Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, marries Australian
Mary Donaldson in
May 17 –
same-sex marriage, in compliance with a ruling from the state's
Supreme Judicial Court (
Goodridge v. Department of Public Health).
May 19 –
Jeremy Sivits pleads guilty in a court-martial in connection with alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners at
Abu Ghraib prison in
May 24 –
North Korea bans
mobile phones (see
Telecommunications in North Korea).
May 26 –
Terry Nichols is convicted by an
Oklahoma state court on murder charges stemming from the 1995
Oklahoma City bombing.
September 1 –
Chechen terrorists take 1,128 people hostage, mostly children, in a school in the
Beslan school hostage crisis. The hostage-takers demand the release of Chechen rebels 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
September 3 – Russian forces end the siege at a school in
Northern Ossetia; 334 people are killed and at least 700 people injured.
September 9 – A
bomb blast outside the Australian embassy in
Indonesia, kills 11 and injures up to 100 people.
September 21 – Construction of the
Burj Khalifa begins.
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 goes on to win the prize on October 4.
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 14 – Prince
Norodom Sihamoni is chosen as the new king of
October 19 – A team of explorers reaches the bottom of
Krubera Cave, world's deepest cave. The depth reached is 2,080 meters (6,824 feet), setting a world record (National Geographic).
October 21 – The
Ministry of Defence approves the deployment of the
Black Watch regiment of the British Army to
Iraq, after a request for assistance by the U.S. government.
October 23 – A magnitude 6.7 earthquake and aftershocks of similar scale occur in the
Tokamachi area. A 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 space.
October 26 – The
Cassini probe passes within 1,200 km of
October 27 – Details of the discovery of a new, recent species of fossil
Homo floresiensis, from the island of
Indonesia, are published.
October 29 – European heads of state sign in Rome the Treaty and Final Act, establishing the first
caused by the December 26, 2004 earthquake strikes
December 6 – Terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate in
Saudi Arabia, killing several people.
December 8 –
Dimebag Darrell, former guitarist for the heavy metal band
Pantera, is murdered on stage by a deranged fan while performing with his new band
December 10 – New Zealand bans smoking in all public places, including bars.
December 14 – The world's tallest bridge, the
Millau bridge over the
River Tarn in the
Massif Central mountains, France, is opened by
December 15 –
Albanian terrorists take a bus and its passengers hostage in
Athens, Greece, and demand €1 million 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 21 – Iraqi insurgents
attack a U.S. military base in the city of
Mosul, killing 22 people.
December 26 – The 9.1–9.3
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. The death toll across a number of these nations is 230,000–280,000.
December 27 – Astrophysicists from the
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 30 – A fire in a
night club (
República Cromagnon) kills 194 people during a rock concert.
Taipei 101, at the time the
skyscraper in the world, standing at a height of 1,670 feet (509 metres), officially opens.
Simón Trinidad, high-profile
FARC leader, is extradited to the United States, following the second extradition of a high drug dealer in a month and in 2004.