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2004 (Roman Numerals: MMIV) was the 4th year of the 21st century. 2004 was a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Thursday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 2004.
News Events of 2004

George Bush defeats John Kerry in the US presidential election.

George W. Bush

SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded craft to achieve space flight.

Martha Stewart goes to jail.

On December 26th, an earthquake in Indian Ocean off the west coast of Sumatra in Indonesia, measuring 9.3 on the Richter Scale creates tsunami waves that sweep across much of the coastlines of India, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Burma, Thailand, Indonesia. At least 290,000 people are killed.

The official opening of Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper in the world standing 1,676 feet (508 metres).

First democratic elections held in Afghanistan.

Mozilla Firefox 1.0 released.

The Nintendo DS is released in the USA and Canada.

Nintendo DS

Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia join the European Union.

San Francisco begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Ireland is the first country to ban smoking in all work places.

The Millau Viaduct, tallest bridge in the world, is opened in France.

Mark Zuckerberg founds Facebook.

Disappearance of Madeline MccCann - an unsolved case to this day.

Sports in 2004
  • Olympic Games:

    • 2004 Summer Olympics (Games of the XXVIII Olympiad): Athens, Greece

  • American Football:

    2004 Super Bowl (Super Bowl XXXVIII):

    • Winning Team: New England Patriots

    • Losing Team: Carolina Panthers

  • Baseball:

    2004 World Series

    • Winning Team: Boston Red Sox

    • Losing Team: St. Louis Cardinals

  • Soccer:

    2004 Champions League:

    • Winners: Porto

    • Runners-Up: Monaco

2004 Was Designated As
  • International Year of Rice

  • International Year to Commemorate the Struggle Against Slavery and its Abolition

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