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2004 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
2004 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
|Boston Red Sox|
Superbowl XXXVIII Champions
|New England Patriots|
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
|Tampa Bay Lightning|
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Roger Federer/Svetlana Kuznetsova|
|Roger Federer/Maria Sharapova|
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 2004 - Miami (Florida)
over Florida State
Rose Bowl: January 1, 2004 - USC over Michigan
Sugar Bowl : January 4, 2004 - LSU over Oklahoma
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Darbydale's All Rise Pouch Cove|
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|George W. Bush|
|Ericka Dunlap (Orlando, FL)|
|Shandi Finnessey (Missouri)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
Christina Aguilera, Jessica Alba, Pamela Anderson, Jennifer Aniston, Ashanti, Mischa Barton, Victoria Beckham, Kate Beckinsale, Catherine Bell, Halle Berry, Beyonce, Jessica Biel, Cate Blanchette, Kate Bosworth, Gisele Bündchen, Brooke Burke, Kari Byron, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, Elisha Cuthbert, Rosario Dawson, Zooey Deschanel, Cameron Diaz, Kirsten Dunst, Carmen Electra, Shannon Elizabeth, Eve, Fergie, Daisy Fuentes, Jennifer Garner, Gina Gershon, Eva Green, Teri Hatcher, Paris Hilton, Janet Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Milla Jovovich, Kelis, Alicia Keys, Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley, Anna Kournikova, Eva Longoria, Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Marcil, Maria Menounos, Sienna Miller, Kylie Minogue, Brottany Murphy, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson (turned 18 on June 13), Sarah Jessica Parker, Paulina Rubio, Rebecca Romijn, Portia de Rossi, Nicole Scherzinger, Amanda Seyfried, Shakira, Jessica Simpson, Kim Smith, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Chalize Theron, Melania Trump, Shania Twain, Liv Tyler, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Jude Law, George Clooney, Usher, Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, David Beckham
- Donald Trump
- Paris Hilton
- Howard Dean
"I Am A Gay American"
- NJ ex-governor Jim McGreevey
2004 Pop Culture History
The ghost town of Albert, TX, with a population of 7, was purchased in 2004 for $216,000. Some renovations were done like adding a tavern, and three years later the town was auctioned off and sold on eBay with a $2,500,000 reserve price.
In 2004 Nasa discovered that Titan, a moon of Saturn has massive
lakes of liquid methane. Titan is the only planet other than earth
where lakes of liquid have been discovered.
In June 2004, every subscriber of Reason Magazine received a personalized
issue that had their name and a satellite photo of their home or
workplace on the cover.
December 26, 2004 Tsunami
|A Tsunami killed nearly quarter of a million people in Indonesia and the entire South Asian area, including Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. It was caused by an underwater earthquake with guesstimated Magnitude of 9.2. It lasted nearly 10 minutes and some waves were 100 feet tall. During the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami on December 26, 2004, fishermen said they saw with their own eyes "the reality of generations of legends . . . the remains of ancient temples and hundreds of refrigerator-sized blocks, all briefly exposed before the sea swallowed them up again." The tsunami killed nealy 250,000 people.|
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
|The Beslan School Massacre took place in Russia where
1100 people were taken hostage by muslim extremists. The extremists
had a standoff with Russia for 3 days. It ended with 333 casualties.
A storage unit was bought by Nabila Haniss from the show Storage Wars for $208. The unit was found to have been previously owned by Paris Hilton, and had many nude images of the celeb. The socialite's belongings were sold to an entrepreneur for $10 million who created and resold her belongings on a website called "Paris Exposed."
In 2004, 21 percent of people aged 18 to 29 cited "The Daily Show" as where they learned presidential campaign news, even though the show's own producers (including Jon Stewart) ridiculed the very idea of people looking to their program as a primary news source.
An elephant charged and killed Lokalo Ekitela and her son in northern Kenya, then proceeded to bury their bodies before leaving the scene.
The Matara Express was a train derailed and destroyed by the tsunami of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. It is considered the largest single rail disaster in world history by death toll. More than 1,700 people died.
Barbie and Ken broke up in 2004. Barbie dated a guy named Blaine for a couple of years, then got back with Ken in 2006.
Colby Nolan, a cat, was granted an MBA from Trinity Southern University of Texas as part of an investigation to uncover the school as a diploma mill.
Cameron Todd Willingham was charged and executed in 2004 for allegedly setting his house on fire to murder his 3 children in 1991. All the evidence against him was debunked by experts in fire investigations 5 years later. The jailhouse snitch admitted he lied, and top scientists/investigators have not been able to find any reason to think the house fire was anything other than a freak accident.
At the British Press Awards, Jeremy Clarkson punched Piers Morgan leaving a scar above his left eye.
Janet Jackson's right breast was exposed by Justin Timberlake during 2004ís Super Bowl halftime show while they sang his "Rock Your Body." Well, most of it was exposed. The New American phrase: "Wardrobe Malfunction"
Between 1985 and 2004, the number of people saying there is no one with whom they discuss important matters nearly tripled.
"I am a gay American" - James McGreevey, Democrat Governor of New Jersey, revealed that he was gay and admitted an extramarital affair with aide Golan Cipel. The arguably criminal aspect of hiring a non-qualified lover to be in charge of the NJ's homeland security was overshadowed by the sex scandal.
The audience at Oprah's "You Get a Car" episode each had to pay $7,000 in taxes or forfeit the gift.
During the 2004 US Presidential Campaign, CBS and Dan Rather used what were probably forged documents during a 60 Minutes Wednesday report on George W. Bush's Vietnam-era service record. The report was written with a modern computer, not the IBM Selectric that would have been used in 1972.
Hip Hop Death: Old Dirty Bastard (cocaine and painkiller overdose)
Britney Spears married high school friend Jason Alexander (not the Seinfeld star) for nearly an entire weekend. (55 hours)
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
|Bratz, Dancing Dora the Explorer, Nintendo DS, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|
|Parkour, for the physically very fit.
Facebook, just for college students.
Low Carb Diets like 'Atkins' and 'South Beach'
Wearing Lance Armstrong Cancer Awareness 'Livestrong Bracelets'
Madonna, Paris Hilton, Demi Moore and Britney Spears and their fans wore 'Kabbalah Strings'
Reading The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
2004/5 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
1. CSI (CBS)
2. American Idol (FOX)
3. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
4. CSI: Miami (CBS)
5. Without a Trace (CBS)
6. Survivor (CBS)
7. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
8. Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)
9. Monday Night Football (ABC)
10. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 2004 include
Alicia Keyes, Ashlee Simpson, Beyonce, Ciara, Chingy, Fantasia, Jay-Z, JoJo, Juvenile, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Lil Flip, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, Linkin Park, Ludacris, Maroon 5, Nelly, Nickleback, Outkast, Petey Pablo, R. Kelly, Snoop Dogg, Terror Squad, Twista, Usher
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
Number One Hits of 2004
|December 13, 2003 - February 13, 2004: Outkast -
February 14, 2004 - February 20, 2004: Outkast featuring Sleepy Brown - The Way You Move
February 21, 2004 - February 27, 2004: Twista featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx - Slow Jamz
February 28, 2004 - May 21, 2004: Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris - Yeah!
May 22, 2004 - July 9, 2004: Usher - Burn
July 10, 2004 - July 23, 2004: Fantasia - I Believe
July 24, 2004 - August 6, 2004: Usher - Confessions Part II
August 7, 2004 - August 20, 2004: Juvenile featuring Soulja Slim - Slow Motion
August 21, 2004 - September 10, 2004: Terror Squad - Lean Back
September 11, 2004 - October 29, 2004: Ciara featuring Petey Pablo - Goodies
October 30, 2004 - December 10, 2004: Usher and Alicia Keys - My Boo
December 11, 2004 - December 31, 2005: Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell - Drop It Like It's Hot
(according to boxofficemojo)
50 First Dates, Aliens Vs Predator, The Bourne Supremacy, The Day After Tomorrow, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Fahrenheit 9/11, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Aszkaban, Hotel Rwanda, I Robot, The Incredibles, Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events, Meet the Fockers, National Treasure, Ocean's Twelve, The Passion of the Christ, The Polar Express, Primer, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Shark Tale, Shrek 2, Spider-Man 2, Troy, Van Helsing, The Village
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