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2004 Historical Event(s)
- January 22, 2004 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Monkey in Chinese astrology.
- March 8, 2004 – A new constitution is signed by Iraq’s Governing Council.
- March 22, 2004 – Ahmed Yassin, co-founder and leader of the Palestinian Sunni Islamist group Hamas, two bodyguards, and nine civilian bystanders are killed in the Gaza Strip when hit by Israeli Air Force AH-64 Apache fired Hellfire missiles.
- March 29, 2004 – The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.
- May 26, 2004 – The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
- June 6, 2004 – Tamil is established as a Classical language by the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in a joint sitting of the two houses of the Indian Parliament.
- August 1, 2004 – A supermarket fire kills 396 people and injures 500 in Asunción, Paraguay.
- October 14, 2004 – A special nine-member council selects Norodom Sihamoni as the new King of Cambodia, replacing his father who abdicated a week earlier.
- December 14, 2004 – Cuba and Venezuela found the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas.
- December 26, 2004 – A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing over 230,000 people including over 1700 on a moving train.
Who Were Born On 2004?
- January 21, 2004 – Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway
- March 21, 2004 – Count Claus-Casimir of Orange-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg
- July 18, 2004 – Giuliano Stroe, Romanian weightlifter and bodybuilder
- August 19, 2004 – Xyriel Manabat, Filipino actress