2004 (two thousand and four) is a leap year starting on Thursday according to the Gregorian calendar. This is the year 2004 of our era, the 4th year of the 3rd millennium, the 4th year of the 21st century, the 4th year of the 1st decade of the 21st century, the 5th year of the 2000s.
International Year of Rice (UN Resolution No. 57/162).
International year dedicated to the fight against slavery and its abolition (UN resolution No. 57/195).
Year of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
January 3 - Boeing 737 crash near Sharm el-Sheikh.
The leader of the United National Movement party and former Minister of Justice Mikheil Saakashvili won the presidential elections in Georgia.
The Spirit rover (MER-A) has successfully landed on Mars.
January 5-10 - Uncle Tobys Hardcourts 2004 professional women's tennis tournament.
January 5-11 — the 19th draw of the annual international women's professional tennis tournament ASB Classic, held annually in Auckland, New Zealand as part of the 4th category of the WTA Tour.
January 8 - the ceremony of "baptism" of the sea superliner "Queen Mary 2" was held.
January 11 - an incident with train No. 1908, during which, due to the mental disorder of the driver, a heavy freight train weighing 5175 tons passed a number of stations, despite the prohibition of traffic lights. It was only stopped by a power outage.
January 13 - An Uzbekistan Airways Yak-40 was operating a domestic passenger flight from Termez, but while landing in Tashkent, it landed outside the runway, after which it crashed into buildings and collapsed, killing 37 people. The largest aviation accident in Uzbekistan since 1991.
January 19 - Saw: The Game of Survival premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
February 1 – 251 pilgrims die during Hajj in Mecca.
February 3 - The VIII World Russian People's Council was held, dedicated to the theme "Russia and the Orthodox World."
February 4 - the world's largest social network Facebook begins its work.
On February 6, at 8:32 am, a terrorist attack took place on the stretch between Avtozavodskaya and Paveletskaya stations in the direction of the center in the Moscow Metro, as a result of which 42 people were killed and more than 250 were injured.
February 9 - in St. Petersburg, the murder of a nine-year-old Tajik girl Khursh was committed