May 22, 2022

2004 (MMIV) in the Gregorian calendar was a leap year that began on a Thursday. Genoa and Lille were elected European Capitals of Culture for 2004.


First quarter


January 1st - Innovation Norway starts its business. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority was established after a merger of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, the Norwegian Animal Health Authority, the Norwegian Agricultural Inspectorate, the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries' seafood control and 89 municipal food inspections. January 3 - An Egyptian passenger plane crashes in the Red Sea. All 148 on board perish. January 4 - The American Mars rover Spirit lands on Mars. Mikheil Saakashvili wins Georgia presidential election with 96% of the vote. January 19 - The cargo ship MS «Rocknes» capsizes in Vatlestraumen. 18 people die. January 24 - US Mars rover Opportunity softly lands on Mars. January 29 - The Storting approves the new expanded EEA agreement by 1 vote.


February 1 - In Saudi Arabia, 251 Islamic pilgrims are forced to die in a crowd. February 3 - In the United States, the Central Intelligence Agency admits that there was no real danger from Iraqi weapons of mass destruction before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. February 5 - 19 Chinese immigrants drown when they are surprised by the tide while picking mussels in Morecambe Bay, UK. February 6 - A suicide bomber kills 41 passengers on the Moscow subway. February 9 - The Mozilla Firebird browser changes its name to Firefox. February 10 - In Baghdad, Iraq, about 50 people are killed by a car bomb. France bans the use of religious clothing (eg headscarves for Islamic girls) or symbols (eg crucifixes for Christians) in its schools. February 18 - Nearly 300 people die, near Neyshabur, Iran when a runaway truckload of sulfur, gasoline and manure ignites and explodes. February 19 - Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal is appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. February 24 - An earthquake in Morocco kills at least 1,000 people. February 26 - The European space probe Rosetta is launched from French Guiana on its 10-year journey towards comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko.


March 2 - Several coordinated attacks are directed at Shia Muslim mosques, during the Ashoura holiday. At least 181 people are killed in this attack, which al-Zarqawi is said to be behind. A UN report states that Iraq has not had any "significant" weapons of mass destruction since 1994, contrary to popular belief. March 8 - A new constitution is signed in Iraq. March 9 - A terrorist attack on a restaurant in Istanbul kills one person and injures five others. March 11 - 198 people die and approx. 1400 are injured in a series of terrorist attacks in the Spanish capital Madrid. Several bombs are detonated every few minutes at the train and train station. March 14 - In Israel, two suicide bombers kill eleven people. The Socialist Party PSOE surprisingly wins the election in Spain. Vladimir Putin is re-elected president of Russia. March 15 - The new government of the PSOE in Spain declares that the country will withdraw its 1,300 troops from the occupying forces in Iraq. March 19th - A bus crashes in Äänekoski, Finland. 24 people die and 13 are injured. A Swedish DC-3 that was shot down by a Russian Mig-15 in the 1950s is found. Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian is shot the day before the country's presidential election. Shui-bian survives. March 29 - National tests of the pupil's basic skills are implemented in primary school. Some student organizations are calling for a boycott. NATO is expanding. Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia will become new members. Ireland will be the first country in the world to ban smoking in all workplaces, including bars and restaurants. March 31 - Four American civilian entrepreneurs are killed in Fallujah. The asteroid 2004 FU162 passes