< MMIV = 2004 >
Events in 2004
|14 January:|| ||The Julian calendar including its New Year's Day is delayed by 13 days.|
|16 January:|| ||The Hubble Telescope collects the final data for its Ultra Deep Field image looking back approximately 13 billion years to the universe as it was 400 to 800 million years after the Big Bang.|
|19 January:|| ||Martin Luther King Day is celebrated in the United States the third Monday each year since 1986.|
|20 January:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.|
|22 January:|| ||At this Chinese New Year the Ram makes room for the Year of the Monkey.|
|29 February:|| ||The movie “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” wins eleven Academy Awards.|
|11 March:|| ||More than 170 people die in a terror attack with explosions on three busy train stations in Madrid.|
|5 April:|| ||Jews celebrate Pesach for the next seven or eight days.|
|11 April:|| ||The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated on Easter Sunday following the first full moon following the spring equinox since the Council of Nicaea in 325.|
|28 April:|| ||The Swiss Re Building opens in the City of London, transforming the skyline with its “gherkin” looks.|
|30 May:|| ||Seven weeks after Easter Christians celebrate Pentecost, possibly since 68 AD.|
|8 June:|| ||Venus transits the sun, the first time since December 1882.|
|22 Augustus:|| ||Edvard Munch's famous painting “The Scream” is stolen from the Munch Museum in Oslo, to be recovered two years later, just like the Mona Lisa in 1911.|
|21 September:|| ||Construction starts on the tallest building in the world, the 800+ m Burj Dubai, to be renamed Burj Khalifa at its opening in 2010.|
|25 September:|| ||Jews celebrate Yom Kippur since sunset last night.|
|2 October:|| ||The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 1425 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.|
|1 November:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.|
|11 November:|| ||Yasser Arafat, Palestinian leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1994 for his part in the Oslo Agreement, dies in Paris at age 75.|
|24 November:|| ||British Princess Anne unveils the “Animals in War memorial” in Park Lane in London.|
|19 December:|| ||Time announces its Person of the Year is the re-elected American president George W. Bush.|
|24 December:|| ||Christmas Eve starts off the holidays celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.|
|26 December:|| ||A tsunami triggered by an earthquake beneath the Indian Ocean kills more than 216000 people in all surrounding countries.|
People in 2004
American president George W. Bush, Time Person of the Year.Gerald Ford, Arthur C. Clarke, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Nelson Mandela, Kurt Waldheim, John Paul II, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Margaret Thatcher, Douglas Engelbart, Fidel Castro, Elizabeth II, Dario Fo, Gabriel García Márquez, Neil Armstrong, Boris Yeltsin, Mikhail Gorbachev, Elizabeth Taylor, John Barry, Rutger Kopland, The 14th Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan, Pelé, John Hurt, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Stephen Hawking, Johnny Hallyday, Mick Jagger, Lech Wałęsa, Gerrit Komrij, Johan Cruyff, Vladimir Putin, Benazir Bhutto, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Berners-Lee, Bill Gates, Osama bin Laden, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Diego Maradona, Barack Obama, Axl Rose and Louise Brown celebrated their birthday this year.
The year 2004 was a leap year starting on a Thursday, just like 1920, 1948 and 1976 in the century before it and 2032, 2060 and 2088 in the next.
The coloured days highlight
other historical milestones, and recurring events such as anniversaries and
icons indicate the phases of the moon and appear only for dates in the Gregorian calendar, i.e. after 14 October 1582. The Chinese calendar is available only from 1645 to 2644, the first millenium since the last reform. The coloured columns mark the Sundays, the last day of the week per standard ISO-8601.
The normal calendar page for the current /year?2014 contains an introduction to the intriguing history of the year as we know it. The Calendar Converter has more detail. The so called Perpetual Calendar uses a trick from before the age of computers to find the weekday for any Gregorian date. Also see an overview of all historical events in the last six thousand years.
URL: < http://4umi.com/year?2004&a=1&z=0 >, created 23 January 2011, changed 13 September 2012, served 19 April 2014.