Portal:Current events/April 2004

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April 2004 was the fourth month of that leap year. The month, which began on a Thursday, ended on a Friday after 30 days.

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April 1, 2004 (Thursday)

April 2, 2004 (Friday)

  • United States Vice-president's wife, Lynne Cheney, stops publication|reissue of erotica|sexy novel, "Sisters", authored in 1981. (CANOE)
  • To stop the rapid spread of avian influenza in British Columbia, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency could kill up to 16 million chickens in poultry farms around Abbotsford, British Columbia. (CBC)
  • Federal commissioners investigating the September 11, 2001 attacks look into the 6,000 documents from former President Bill Clinton's presidential archive. (CNN)
  • Teenagers from areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority provoke a riot by throwing large stones at Israeli police shortly after noon prayers at the Western Wall. When police try to stop them, hundreds of other Muslims join the stone throwers. Resisting apprehension, the rioters seek refuge at the Temple Mount, site of Al Aqsa Mosque, most holy place to Jews and third-holiest place for Muslims. (AP)
  • Hong Kong police forcibly disperse a peaceful demonstration outside the Government Headquarters building, carrying away people, including journalists, one by one. The demonstrators hoped the Government would send a representative to accept an open letter from the demonstrators. The Hong Kong Journalists Association condemns the police action for infringing freedom of press by removing journalists from the scene first. (BBC) (CNN) (Hong Kong Standard)
  • Calm returns to Falluja as the desecrated remains of four US civilians are handed over to occupation authorities; townspeople state they were torn between pride in the attack and shame over the mutilations. (International Herald Tribune)
  • A judge in New York declares a mistrial after eleven days of deliberations in the case of former Tyco International chairman and chief executive Dennis Kozlowski and former chief financial officer Mark Swartz after a juror received either a "threatening or coercive" letter in the previous 24 hours. Kozlowski and Swartz have been accused of stealing $600 million from Tyco.(AP)
  • Sun Microsystems announces that it moves to a new phase of legal and Technology|technical cooperation with longtime foe, Microsoft, that will involve a payment of $1.95 1,000,000,000 to Sun. (CNet)
  • Economy of the United States: "Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 308,000 in March, and the unemployment rate was about unchanged at 5.7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Payroll job growth was fairly widespread, as construction employment rose sharply and several major service-providing industries also added jobs." (BLS)
  • A report on anti-Semitism by the European Union's European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) concludes attacks against Jews in Europe are rising, primarily ascribed to youths from neighborhoods sensitive to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, principally of North African descent.[citation needed]
  • Ariel Sharon states that he is ordering a halt to all construction and development in Gaza Strip settlements. (Jerusalem Post)
  • The Spanish government discloses that a powerful bomb has been discovered on the high-speed AVE railway line between Madrid and Seville. (BBC) The bomb, found near Toledo, is revealed the next day to be the same type as those used in the 11 March 2004 Madrid train bombings, which killed 191 people. (CBC)
  • A United States federal judge in Providence, Rhode Island, finds Hamas guilty in a civil lawsuit resulting from the 1996 murder of Yaron and Efrat Unga in Israel. Hamas is ordered to pay the family of Yaron and Efrat Ungar $116 million. The court has not yet ruled regarding the liability of the Palestinian Authority and the PLO. (BostonGlobe)
  • The BBC reports of a surgery which cured a patient of Tourette syndrome. (BBC)
  • The BBC announces that Michael Grade will become its new Chairman on May 17, following the resignation of its previous Chairman Gavyn Davies in the fall-out from the Hutton Inquiry report. (BBC)
  • Sri Lanka holds a parliamentary election. (BBC) (VOA)
  • Former US marine Toby Studabaker, who abducted a 12-year-old British girl after "grooming" her via the Internet, is jailed for four and a half years. (Ananova) (BBC)
  • An estimated crowd of between 10,000 and 19,000 mourners show up to pay their final respects to Mexican singer Adán Sánchez in Los Angeles. Many in the crowd turn violent, jumping onto the van carrying the singer's body. Some are injured, and police and emergency rescue intervention is required. (Baltimore Sun)
  • Disney's 44th animated movie, "Home on the Range" (2004 film)|Home on the Range, is released in theatres.

April 3, 2004 (Saturday)

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April 5, 2004 (Monday)

April 6, 2004 (Tuesday)

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April 8, 2004 (Thursday)

April 9, 2004 (Friday)

April 10, 2004 (Saturday)

April 11, 2004 (Sunday)

April 12, 2004 (Monday)

April 13, 2004 (Tuesday)

April 14, 2004 (Wednesday)

April 15, 2004 (Thursday)

  • A further 2000 pro-democracy demonstrators are arrested in Nepal; all but 22 are later released.
  • War on Terrorism:
    • An audio tape, purportedly made by Osama bin Laden, is broadcast by Al-Arabiya. In it, a voice offers to cease terrorist operations in European countries which withdraw their troops from Muslim nations. The tape includes a vow of revenge on Israel and the United States for the death of Hamas leader, Ahmed Yassin. (Khaleej Times) (transcript)
    • The CIA claims to have determined that the voice on the tape is likely to be bin Laden. European Commission President Romano Prodi rejects negotiation under a "terrorist threat". Britain, Spain, Italy, and Germany also reject the offer. (Xinhuanet) (Reuters) (Washington Post)
  • India beats Pakistan 2-1 in the historic friendship Test cricket series. This is India's first away win after 11 years and the first against archrivals Pakistan, in Pakistan.
  • United Nations' nuclear watchdog group and other U.N. diplomats state that nuclear-related equipment, some contaminated, and a number of missile engines have been smuggled out of Iraq for recycling in Jewometaal Stainless Processing B.V. scrap yards. Satellite photos detect "the extensive removal of equipment and, in some instances, removal of entire buildings" from sites that had been subject to U.N. monitoring before the Iraq war. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has also reiterated a call for arms inspectors to return to Iraq. (Washington Post) (Spacewar) (ABC AU)
  • Iraq Occupation and Insurgency:
    • Khalil Naimi, a senior Iranian diplomat in Iraq, is killed while driving to the Iranian diplomatic mission in Baghdad by three unknown assailants, who drove up and shot him. He died shortly afterwards and the motives for the killing are unknown. The killing could complicate the mission of an Iranian government delegation which is in Iraq trying to mediate in the standoff between Iraq Alliance troops and Muqtada al-Sadr's militia, led by the radical Shiite cleric who is fortified in the town of Najaf. (NYT) (BBC) (VOA) (CommandPost)
    • Iraqi militants execute Fabrizio Quattrocchi, one of four Italian hostages, in the first known murder from among the nearly two dozen foreigners being held in Iraq. (NYT)
    • Three Japanese civilians taken hostage in Iraq are released unharmed after one week in captivity. (Japan Times) (NYT)
  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, reacting to the United States President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon summit, states Palestinian will never give up their struggle for an independent homeland, never abandon the claims of their refugees, nor make more territorial concessions. He states that Jerusalem will be its capital. Sharon, who wants to withdraw Israel from the Gaza Strip, faces opposition to his withdrawal plan. (VOA)
  • LindowsOS changes its name to Linspire, in a move to counter Microsoft's lawsuit strategy against the company. (eWeek)
  • Long-time Canadian NDP member of Parliament Svend Robinson admits that he stole a piece of jewelry at a public sale in what he describes as "a moment of total, utter irrationality." He states he has turned the ring into police, with whom he is cooperating, and that he is putting his career on hold, taking medical leave to obtain psychological help. The auction house later accepted Svend's apology and decided not to press charges, but a special prosecuter was appointed by the government to weigh the decision of whether to prosecute Robinson.(CBC)
  • U.S. and German researchers report the sunset could recalibrate the internal compasses of migrating songbirds. (CBS News) (Reuters) (National Geographic)
  • Three planets are discovered via gravitational microlensing orbiting stars many light years away, including one that is more than three times farther away than the previous record holder. (Space.com)
  • Voting begins in South Korean parliamentary elections.
  • Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa submits a report on the constitutional development to NPC, asking Beijing's permission to reform the way HK's legislature and the top leadership are chosen in 2007 and 2008.

April 16, 2004 (Friday)

April 17, 2004 (Saturday)

April 18, 2004 (Sunday)

April 19, 2004 (Monday)

April 20, 2004 (Tuesday)

April 21, 2004 (Wednesday)

  • A grand jury indicts Michael Jackson on charges of child molestation. (FoxNews)
  • Mordechai Vanunu, who leaked Israeli nuclear-weapons secrets in 1986, is released from prison after 18 years. (Guardian) (BBC)
  • Two car bombs explode outside the General Security headquarters of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, killing nine and wounding 125. (AP) (CNN)
  • Iraq Occupation and Insurgency:
    • Three car bombs explode outside police stations in Basra, killing 68 people and wounding over 100 more. Iraqi officials blame suicide bombers for the terrorism. 23 of the casualties are school children. A fourth car bomb explodes in Zubeir, south of Basra, killing three and wounding four. British soldiers assisting the wounded are pelted with stones, injuring four, two seriously. (BBC) (NYT)
    • The Iraqi Governing Council chooses a tribunal of judges and prosecutors to try Saddam Hussein. Salem Chalabi, nephew of Ahmed Chalabi, will chair the tribunal. (Toronto Star)

April 22, 2004 (Thursday)

April 23, 2004 (Friday)

  • DaimlerChrysler announces it will no longer financially support Mitsubishi Motors and will try to sell its current stake. (Taipei Times)
  • Muqtada al-Sadr threatens U.S. troops with suicide attacks if they move against him in Najaf. (Arab News) (Reuters)
  • Palestinian gunmen attack a police station in the Gaza Strip, freeing three men arrested for the October 2003 bomb attack against an American diplomatic convoy. A fourth man arrested for the bombing refuses to leave the police station. (AP)
  • A major fire in downtown Bangkok leaves thousands of residents homeless. Hundreds of buildings, including several hotels, are destroyed in the area near the Australian and German embassies. (AP)
  • Ryongchon disaster: Breaking from previous precedent, the North Korean government asks for and receives United Nations recovery assistance. (CNN)

April 24, 2004 (Saturday)

April 25, 2004 (Sunday)

April 26, 2004 (Monday)

April 27, 2004 (Tuesday)

  • In heavy fighting outside Najaf, Iraq, U.S. forces kill 64 insurgents and destroy an anti-aircraft weapon.[3]
  • A bomb explosion and gun battle occur in Damascus, Syria between security forces and a "terrorist group," in which four people are killed and a vacant United Nations building badly damaged. The identity and motives of the attackers is unclear but Islamist militants are the prime suspects. (BBC).
  • South African president Thabo Mbeki is sworn in for a second term after being overwhelmingly reelected on April 14. The event is marred by controversy over the attendance of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.[4]

April 28, 2004 (Wednesday)

April 29, 2004 (Thursday)

  • Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse: Photographs showing Iraqi prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad being tortured, abused, humiliated by U.S. soldiers spark outrage around the world. Six soldiers face courts martial and their commanding officer is suspended. (BBC)
  • Google announces plans for an initial public offering to raise as much as US$2.72 billion. The IPO will be unconventional in that it will use an auction process and a complex averaging formula designed to prevent brokers' elite customers from winning more shares than average investors. (SF Chronicle) (The Age)
  • Ten U.S. soldiers are killed in three attacks in Iraq, raising the number of U.S. combat deaths in April to 126. More U.S. troops have been killed this month than during the six weeks of "major combat" in 2003. (Washington Post)
  • President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney meet in private with all 10 members of the 9/11 Commission.[5] (PolitInfo)
  • Federal authorities file the first criminal charges under the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 against a group that had spammed ads for allegedly worthless "diet patch" products. (Detroit Free Press)
  • The last Oldsmobile is produced in Lansing, Michigan (CNN).
  • Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Israel, beats CSKA Moscow, Russia in the Euroleague and qualifies for the finals. Final score: 93-85. (AP)

April 30, 2004 (Friday)

  • U.S. newscast Nightline is taken off the air by several stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group because of its planned airing of a list of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq. Sinclair claims it is a political ploy, while network ABC says it is meant as "an expression of respect which simply seeks to honor those who have laid down their lives for this country.
  • President George W. Bush expresses his "disgust" at images of Iraqi prisoners being mistreated by U.S. soldiers: "Their treatment does not reflect the nature of the American people."[6]
  • Macedonian officials admit that they staged a bogus gun-battle with "terrorists" in March 2002 and that they knew the seven men slain had no terrorist connections. Four members of the security forces face murder charges for their staged killing.[7]
  • Diego Maradona leaves hospital after 12 days of treatment for heart and breathing problems.
  • After 25 years, Bob Edwards hosts NPR's Morning Edition for the last time.


  1. ^ "22 killed in Baghdad mortar attack". Usatoday.Com. 2004-04-20. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 
  2. ^ "UK | Politics | Diplomats slam Blair on Mid-East". BBC News. 2004-04-27. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 
  3. ^ "The Battle for Fallujah Intesifies; U.S. Poised to Attack Najaf". Democracy Now!. 2004-04-27. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 
  4. ^ "Africa | Huge party for South Africa". BBC News. 2004-04-27. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 
  5. ^ "Bush, Cheney meet with 9/11 panel - Apr 29, 2004". CNN.com. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 
  6. ^ [1] Archived June 30, 2004, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Europe | Macedonia faked 'militant' raid". BBC News. 2004-04-30. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 
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