2004 in the United States
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Events from the year 2004 in the United States.
- President: George W. Bush (R-Texas)
- Vice President: Dick Cheney (R-Wyoming)
- Chief Justice: William Rehnquist (Wisconsin) 
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Dennis Hastert (R–Illinois)
- Senate Majority Leader: Bill Frist (R–Tennessee)
- Congress: 108th
- January 4 – NASA's MER-A (Spirit) lands on Mars at 04:35 UTC.
- January 19 – U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) wins the Iowa Democratic caucus. Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean's concession speech ends with a lively but controversial scream.
- January 24 – NASA's MER-B (Opportunity) lands on Mars at 05:05 UTC.
- January 28 – At a hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, it is revealed that the September 11, 2001, terrorists used Mace (a brand of tear gas) or pepper spray in overpowering the flight crew of American Airlines Flight 11.
- February 1 – The New England Patriots win Super Bowl XXXVIII. The halftime show becomes one of the most controversial events in television history, as Janet Jackson's breast is exposed to an audience of 143.6 million viewers.
- February 3 – The CIA admits that there was no imminent threat from weapons of mass destruction before the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
- February 12 – Same sex marriage in the United States: The City and County of San Francisco begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as an act of civil disobedience.
- February 26 – The United States lifts a ban on travel to Libya, ending travel restrictions to the nation that had lasted for 23 years.
- February 29 – The 76th Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, are held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, with The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King directed by Peter Jackson, winning a record-tying 11 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.
- March 2
- March 12 – Marcus Wesson is arrested in Fresno, California after killing nine family members. Wesson had built a cult around his family and had molested and "married" several of his daughters. Wesson is sentenced to death in 2005.
- March 31 – Four American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA are killed and their bodies mutilated after being ambushed in Fallujah, Iraq.
- April 2 – Walt Disney Pictures' 45th feature film, Home on the Range, is released to mixed reviews and middling box office numbers. It is the studio's last traditionally-animated film until 2009's The Princess and the Frog.
- April 22 – Pat Tillman, a former NFL player who enlisted in the US Army, is killed by friendly fire in eastern Afghanistan. The U.S. military does not reveal this to the public until weeks later, after initially saying he was killed by enemy combatants.
- April 28 – Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse is revealed on the television show 60 Minutes II.
- April 29 – The last Oldsmobile rolls off of the assembly line.
- May 4 – A WNBC helicopter crashes in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. This event is covered by rival station WABC-TV.
- May 6 – The final episode of Friends airs on NBC, drawing an estimated 66 million viewers in North America. Advertisers pay $2 million for 30 second ads.
- May 8 – Would-be "Saudi Princess" Antoinette Millard surfaces in New York City, claiming that muggers had stolen jewels worth of $262,000 from her (she later proves to be an impostor).
- May 12 – An American civilian contractor in Iraq, Nick Berg, is shown being decapitated by a group allegedly linked to al-Qaeda on an Internet-distributed video. They state it is retaliation for the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison.
- May 14 – Lynn Turner is convicted of the 1995 murder of her husband Glenn Turner by poisoning him with anti-freeze. She is also accused of the murder of her second husband, Randy Thompson.
- May 17 – Massachusetts legalizes same-sex marriage in compliance with a ruling from the state's Supreme Court ruling in the case of Goodridge v. Department of Public Health.
- May 26 – Terry Nichols is convicted by an Oklahoma state court on murder charges stemming from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
- May 29 – Dedication of the National World War II Memorial takes place in Washington, DC.
- June 3 – Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet tenders his resignation, citing "personal reasons". John E. McLaughlin, CIA Deputy Director, becomes the acting director until a permanent director is chosen and confirmed by Congress.
- June 4 – Marvin Heemeyer destroys many local buildings with a home-made tank in Granby, Colorado.
- June 5 – Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, dies at his home in Bel-Air, California, at the age of 93. A six-day state funeral follows after his death.
- June 8–9 – The G8 Summit takes place on Sea Island, in Georgia, United States.
- June 11
- The national funeral service for Ronald Reagan is held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
- Terry Nichols is spared the death penalty by an Oklahoma state court on murder charges stemming from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, exactly three years after his co-defendant, Timothy McVeigh, was executed for his role in the bombing.
- June 16 – The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (or "9/11 Commission") issues an initial report of its findings.
- June 21 – In Mojave, California, SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.
- June 28
- The U.S.-led coalition occupying Iraq transfers sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government.
- Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains collide in a rural area outside of San Antonio, Texas; 40 cars are derailed, including one chlorine car. Three people die, another 50 people are hospitalized because of exposure to the gas.
- July 4 – A symbolic cornerstone is laid for the re-construction of One World Trade Center in New York City.
- July 25 – Lance Armstrong wins a record 6th consecutive Tour de France cycling title.
- July 26–July 29 – The Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts nominates John Kerry for U.S. President and John Edwards for vice president. Future President Barack Obama delivers the keynote address.
- July 31 – "The Last Dispatch" concert is played as a reunion concert with the band Dispatch on the Hatch Shell in Boston; 110,000 people attend, making it the single largest gathering in independent music industry history.
- August 3
- August 12 – New Jersey Governor James McGreevey announces that he is "a gay American" and will resign effective November 15, 2004.
- August 13 – Hurricane Charley kills 27 people in Florida, after killing four in Cuba and one in Jamaica. Charley makes landfall near Cayo Costa, Florida as a Category 4 hurricane. Charley is the most intense hurricane to strike the United States since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
- August 13–August 29 – The United States compete at the Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and win 36 gold, 39 silver and 27 bronze medals.
- August 29 – Around 200,000 protesters demonstrate in New York City against President George W. Bush and his government, ahead of the Republican National Convention.
- August 30–September 2 – U.S. President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are renominated at the Republican National Convention in New York City.
- September 3 – Hurricane Frances makes landfall in Florida. After killing two people in the Bahamas, Hurricane Frances killed 10 people in Florida, two in Georgia and one in South Carolina.
- September 8 – In the "Rathergate" affair, the first Internet posts appear, pointing out that documents claimed by CBS News to be typewritten memos from the early 1970s appear instead to have been produced using modern word processing systems.
- September 13 – The U.S. Federal Assault Weapons Ban expires.
- September 16 – Hurricane Ivan strikes Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 3 storm, killing 25 in Alabama and Florida, becoming the third-costliest hurricane in American history at the time.
- September 23
- September 24 – Major League Baseball announces that the Montreal Expos will move to Washington D.C. in 2005.
- September 25 – Hurricane Jeanne makes landfall near Port Saint Lucie, Florida, near the location Hurricane Frances hit two weeks earlier. Jeanne kills over 3,030, mostly in Haiti.
- September 28 – The redesigned $50 bill is released, containing many of the same security features as its $20 counterpart.
- 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.
- September 30 – First debate of the U.S. presidential election, 2004.
- October 5 – Vice Presidential debate of the U.S. presidential election, 2004 between candidates Dick Cheney and John Edwards.
- October 8 – Second debate of the U.S. presidential election, 2004.
- October 12 - Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.
- October 13 – Third debate of the U.S. presidential election, 2004.
- October 16 – The New York Yankees defeat the Boston Red Sox by a score of 19–8 in Game 3 of Major League Baseball's American League Championship Series. The game, which pushes the Yankees to a 3–0 series lead, sets a record for longest nine-inning baseball game the Red Sox however rally to win the series in seven games.
- October 18 – Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley Starling founds Fandom, Inc.
- October 20
- October 25 – Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King receive the Congressional Gold Medal.
- October 27 – The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since 1918, breaking the Curse of the Bambino.
- October 29 – A videotape of Osama bin Laden speaking airs on Arabic TV, in which he threatens terrorist attacks on the United States and taunts President George W. Bush over the September 11 terrorist attacks.
- November 2
- November 7 – Second Battle of Fallujah: U.S. Forces launch a major assault on the Iraqi town of Fallujah, in an effort to rid the area of insurgents before the Iraqi elections in January.
- November 10 – The Polar Express is released in theatres.
- November 14 – United States Secretary of State Colin Powell submits his resignation. He is replaced by Condoleezza Rice after her confirmation by the United States Congress.
- November 16 – NASA's hypersonic Scramjet breaks a record by reaching a velocity of about 7,000 mph in an unmanned experimental flight. It obtains a speed of Mach 9.6, almost 10 times the speed of sound.
- November 19 – The NBA's Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons engage in a brawl that involves fans and players the game is called with 45.9 seconds left in the game. The incident gets (then) Pacer Ron Artest suspended for the remainder of the season.
- November 30
- December 2 – Brian Williams replaces Tom Brokaw as weeknight anchor for NBC Nightly News.
- December 3 – The Colombian government extradites Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, one of the most powerful drug dealers in the world, arrested in 1995 and 2003, to the United States.
- December 6 – Terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, killing several people.
- December 8
- The biggest Chinese PC producer Lenovo announces its plan to purchase IBM's global PC business, making it the third largest world PC maker after Dell and Hewlett-Packard.
- Former Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott is murdered on stage by gunman Nathan Gale in Columbus, Ohio. Gale kills three others before being shot dead by police.
- December 16 – 23-year-old pregnant woman Bobbie Jo Stinnett is found murdered in her home in Skidmore, Missouri. Her unborn baby has been cut out of her womb and is missing.
- December 21 – Iraqi insurgents attack a U.S. military base in the city of Mosul, killing 22 people.
- December 23 – Second Battle of Fallujah: US-UK-Iraqi forces defeat the remaining Iraqi insurgents in Fallujah.
- December 26
- 35 Americans are among the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in across the region of South and Southeast Asia. The victims were killed in 14 countries, such as India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand are being severely affected.
- U.S. President George W. Bush issues a statement expressing his condolences to family and friends of the victims for those who lost loved ones caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
- December 29 – U.S. President George W. Bush speaks out publicly about the deaths caused by the 9.1 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Indian Ocean and answers questions at the Prairie Chapel Ranch.
- December 31
- U.S. President George W. Bush announces his committing of $350 million to support relief efforts for the "Disaster around the Indian Ocean".
- 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.
- January 10 – Kaitlyn Maher, singer and actress
- January 15 – Grace Vanderwaal, singer and song writer
- February 18 – Kylie Rogers, actress
- February 26 – The Hanselman sextuplets, notable multiple birth
- March 13 – Coco Gauff, tennis player
- May 22 – Peyton Elizabeth Lee, actress
- June 4 – Mackenzie Ziegler, dancer
- June 8 – Francesca Capaldi, actress
- June 15 – Sterling Jerins, actress
- July 2 – Caitlin Carmichael, actress
- August 1 – Neveah Gallegos, murder victim (d. 2007)
- August 14 – Marsai Martin, actress
- November 11 – Oakes Fegley, actor
- January 1 – Elma Lewis, arts educator (b. 1921)
- January 2 – Lynn Cartwright, actress (b. 1927)
- January 3 – David Lipschultz, journalist (b. 1970)
- January 5 – Tug McGraw, baseball player (b. 1944)
- January 6 – Francesco Scavullo, photographer (b. 1921)
- January 8 – John A. Gambling, radio host (b. 1930)
- January 12 – Randy VanWarmer, singer-songwriter (b. 1955)
- January 13
- January 14 – Uta Hagen, American actress (b. 1919)
- January 17 – Carlton Sickles, American lawyer and politician (b. 1921)
- January 19 – Harry E. Claiborne, lawyer and judge (b. 1917)
- January 22 – Ann Miller, American dancer and actress (b. 1923)
- January 23 – Bob Keeshan, actor, clown and television producer (b. 1927)
- January 27 – Jack Paar, comedian and television host (b. 1918)
- January 28 – Joe Viterelli, American actor (b. 1937)
- January 29 – Ed Sciaky, Philadelphia broadcaster and disk jockey. (b. 1948)
- January 30 – Scott Walker, professional boxer (b. 1969)
- February 3 – Cornelius Bumpus, jazz musician (b. 1945)
- February 4 – Johnny Leartice Robinson, murderer (b. 1952)
- February 5 – Thomas Hinman Moorer, navy admiral (b. 1912)
- February 10 – Paul Ilyinsky, politician (b. 1928)
- February 11 – Tony Pope, voice actor (b. 1947)
- February 13 – Ted Tappe, baseball player (b. 1931)
- February 15 – Jan Miner, actress (b. 1917)
- February 16 – Doris Troy, singer (b. 1937)
- February 22 – Andy Seminick, baseball player, coach and manager (b. 1920)
- February 24
- February 27 – Paul Sweezy, American economist and editor (b. 1910)
- February 28 – Daniel J. Boorstin, historian and Librarian of Congress (b. 1914)
- March 2 – Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (b. 1916)
- March 3 – Cecily Adams, American actress (b. 1958)
- March 6 – Frances Dee, American actress (b. 1909)
- March 7 – Paul Winfield, American actor (b. 1939)
- March 8
- March 11 – Philip Arthur Fisher, American stock investor (b. 1907)
- March 16 – Brian Bianchini, American model (b. 1978)
- March 18 – Gene Bearden, American baseball player (b. 1920)
- March 21 – Robert Snyder, American documentary filmmaker (b. 1916)
- March 25 – Jan Berry, American musician (b. 1941)
- March 26
- March 27 – Adán Sánchez, American singer (b. 1984)
- April 1
- April 2 – Harold A. Fidler, American Associate Director of the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory (b. 1910)
- April 4 – George Bamberger, American baseball player and manager (b. 1923)
- April 9 – Harry Babbitt, American singer (b. 1913)
- April 11 – Hy Gotkin, American basketball player (b. 1922)
- April 16 – Wilmot N. Hess, American physicist (b. 1926)
- April 19 – Jim Cantalupo, American businessman (b. 1943)
- April 20 – Al Stiller, American cyclist (b. 1923)
- April 22
- April 24 – Estée Lauder, businesswoman (b. 1906)
- April 26 – Hubert Selby, Jr., American writer (b. 1928)
- May 1 – Nelson Gidding, American screenwriter (b. 1919)
- May 2 – Moe Burtschy, American baseball player (b. 1922)
- May 6 – Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist
- May 7 – Nicholas Berg, American businessman (b. 1978)
- May 9 – Alan King, American comedian and actor (b. 1927)
- May 12 – Alexander Skutch, American naturalist and writer (b. 1904)
- May 14 – Charlotte Benkner, American supercentenarian (b. 1889)
- May 15 – William H. Hinton, American farmer and writer (b. 1919)
- May 16 – Billy Stone, American football player (b. 1925)
- May 17 – Tony Randall, American actor, comedian, producer, and director (b. 1920)
- May 18 – Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (b. 1927)
- May 19 – Jack Eckerd, American businessman (b. 1913)
- May 21 – Gene Wood, American television personality (b. 1925)
- May 22 – Richard Biggs, American actor (b. 1960)
- May 23 – Trudy Marshall, American actress (b. 1920)
- May 28 – Irene Manning, American actress and singer (b. 1912)
- May 29 – Archibald Cox, 31st United States Solicitor General from 1961 till 1965. (b. 1912)
- June 1 – William Manchester, American historian (b. 1922)
- June 3 – Morris Schappes, American educator, writer, political activist, historian, and magazine editor (b. 1907)
- June 4 – Steve Lacy, American jazz soprano saxophonist (b. 1934)
- June 5 – Ronald Reagan, American politician and actor, 40th President of the United States (b. 1911)
- June 6 – Riley Fox, murder victim (b. 2001)
- June 7 – Joseph L. Doob, American mathematician (b. 1910)
- June 9 – Rosey Brown, American football player (b. 1932)
- June 10 – Ray Charles, American singer and musician (b. 1930)
- June 13
- June 16 – Herman Goldstine, American mathematician and computer scientist (b. 1913)
- June 22
- June 27 – George Patton IV, U.S. Army General (b. 1923)
- June 30 – Chris Alcaide, American actor (b. 1922)
- July 1 – Marlon Brando, American actor (b. 1924)
- July 5 – Rodger Ward, American race car driver (b. 1921)
- July 6 – Eric Douglas, American actor (b. 1958)
- July 8 – Albert Francis Capone, son of Al Capone (b. 1918)
- July 9 – Isabel Sanford, American actress (b. 1917)
- July 16 – Charles Sweeney, American WWII pilot (b. 1919)
- July 21
- July 28 – Eugene Roche, American actor (b. 1928)
- July 31 – Virginia Grey, American actress (b. 1917)
- August 1
- August 6 – Rick James, American musician (b. 1948)
- August 8 – Fay Wray, Canadian-American actress (b. 1907)
- August 13 – Julia Child, chef, author and television host (b. 1912)
- August 18 – Elmer Bernstein, American composer (b. 1922)
- August 26 – Laura Branigan, American singer (b. 1952)
- August 30 – Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (b. 1906)
- September 2
- September 5 – Steve Wayne, American actor (b. 1920)
- September 15 – Johnny Ramone, American guitarist (b. 1948)
- September 18 – Russ Meyer, American director and photographer (b. 1922)
- September 19 – Skeeter Davis, American country music singer-songwriter (b. 1931)
- September 22 – Ray Traylor Jr., American professional wrestler (b. 1963)
- October 1 – Richard Avedon, American photographer (b. 1923)
- October 3 – Janet Leigh, American actress (b. 1927)
- October 4 – Gordon Cooper, aeronautical engineer, test pilot and astronaut (b. 1927)
- October 5 – Rodney Dangerfield, American comedian and actor (b. 1921)
- October 10 – Christopher Reeve, American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, writer and activist (b. 1952)
- October 16 – Pierre Salinger, American politician, and television journalist, died in Cavaillon, France (b. 1925)
- October 17 – Julius Harris, American actor (b. 1923)
- October 26 – Helen Elsie Austin, American attorney (b. 1908)
- November 7 – Howard Keel, American actor and singer (b. 1919)
- November 9 – Iris Chang, American journalist (b. 1968)
- November 13
- November 19 – Jesse Koochin, notable euthanasia victim (b. 1998)
- November 20 – Ancel Keys, American nutritionist (b. 1904)
- November 29 – John Drew Barrymore, American actor (b. 1932)
- December 4 – Ron Williamson, American baseball player wrongly convicted of rape and murder (b. 1953)
- December 8 – Darrell Lance Abbott, American musician, songwriter and murder victim (b. 1966)
- December 18 – Srully Blotnick, American author and journalist (b. 1941)
- December 19 – Herbert C. Brown, English-born Nobel chemist (b. 1912)
- December 26 – Reggie White, American football player (b. 1961)
December 25, 26-[tsunami]], boxing day/crsitmas day
- December 28
- December 29 – Julius Axelrod, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1912)
- December 30 – Artie Shaw, American musician (b. 1910)
- 2004 in American soccer
- 2004 in American television
- List of American films of 2004
- Timeline of United States history (1990–2009)
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- "CNN.com - Wife found guilty of killing husband with antifreeze - May 14, 2004". edition.cnn.com.
- "CNN.com - Baby found alive; woman arrested - Dec 18, 2004". edition.cnn.com.
- "Statement on Bay of Bengal Earthquake and Tsunami". georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov.
- "President Discusses Support for Earthquake and Tsunami Victims". georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov.
- "President Commits $350 Million for Tsunami Relief Efforts". georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov.
- "Cori 'Coco' Gauff, only 15, is the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon". CNN. 27 June 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
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