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Cost of Living 2004How Much things cost in 2004 Average Cost of new house $274,500.00
Average Median Income $45,817.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas $2.10
- Queen Elizabeth II christens the RMS Queen Mary 2 cruise liner, currently the largest ocean liner in the world
- The CIA admits that there was no imminent threat from weapons of mass destruction before the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
- Suicide Bombers Detonate car bombs in Basra, Iraq, killing at least 74
- Simultaneous explosions on rush hour trains in Madrid kill 190 people. Five suspects blow themselves up
- CBS uncovers systematic torture of Iraq Prisoners at the Abu Ghraib Prison
- Spain withdraws Spanish troops from Iraq.
- US transfers sovereignty and control of Iraq back to the Iraq people
- The 60th anniversary of D-Day is remembered by world leaders
- The EU undergoes it's largest expansion so far by accepting 10 new states into the EU Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Malta, and Cyprus.
The European Union goes through a huge expansion as ten countries are added on the 1st of May in 2004. Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Malta, Cyprus and the Czech Republicare all added. The expansion of the European Union was an important step in joining the economies of the Eastern countries to the Western countries for the first time since the break up of the Soviet Union. Later that year the 25 European Union countries establish a constitution.
- A World Aid Report tells of 5 million new cases in 2004 and 3 million people died
- Japan is hit with multiple earthquakes and multiple typhoons causing major loss of life and major damage to the economy
- Lance Armstrong of Austin, Texas wins an unprecedented 6th consecutive Tour de France cycling title
- Hurricane Charley kills 12 people in Florida after killing four in Cuba and one in Jamaica.
- Fox Hunting is outlawed in the UK
- The Boston Red Sox win the World Series in baseball for the first time since 1918.
The Boston Red Sox baseball team won their first World Series since 1918 in October of 2004, breaking an eighty-six year championship drought. The team had languished since 1918 with several near wins for the title only to come up short, maintaining the third longest World Series drought on record. Referred to as the “Curse of the Bambino,” some believed the drought was related to the Red Sox’s sale of legendary player Babe Ruth to their rival, the New York Yankees, in 1920.
- The Statue of Liberty is reopened to the public
- Following ethnic cleansing by government backed militia in Darfur, Sudan one million people flee their homes
- West African Countries including Chad and Mauritania are suffering the worst Locusts Plagues in 40 years
- Afghanistan held its first democratic election when Hamid Karzai becomes the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
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- Siege at a school in Beslan, Northern Ossetia. At least 335 people (among which at least 32 of the approximately 40 hostage-takers) have been killed and at least 700 people have been injured.
- Hurricane Ivan strikes the tiny island of Grenada causing damage to 90% of the Islands Homes
- After striking Grenada, Jamaica and Cuba Hurricane Ivan strikes mainland US with winds in excess of 130MPH causing massive damage and loss of life.
- Colin Powell announces his resignation and Condoleezza Rice is nominated as his replacement for Secretary of State
- President George Bush beats Democratic challenger John Kerry to gain a second term of office
- Facebook is launched as a social networking site only open to students from Harvard in February by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. It is expanded first to other colleges in the Boston area and other Ivy League Colleges
- Hurricane Jeanne killed over 3,000, most in Haiti.
- Oil Peaks at just over $50.00 a barrel then retreats back to below $50.00
- After increases in Fuel Prices the Major Oil Companies make the highest profits in History Exxon Mobile --- $242,365 Billion, Royal Dutch Shell $235,598 Billion, British Petroleum $232,571 Billion,
- The EU undergoes it's largest expansion so far by accepting 10 new states into the EU Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Malta, and Cyprus
- Ex-soldier John Muhammad is found guilty of one of a series of sniper shootings that terrorized Washington, D.C.,
- Martha Stewart is convicted of a felony and sentenced to five months in prison
- Environmental protection laws dropped to allow increased logging in US National Forests
- Scott Peterson is found guilty for the murder of his wife Laci Peterson
- Taipei 101 currently ( 2007 ) the tallest skyscraper in the world completed
- The Summer Olympics are held in Athens Greece
- First Same Sex Marriage Performed in Massachusetts
- Spain elects a New Socialist Government
- Four US Contractors Ambushed and Murdered with Photos released to news agencies worldwide
- US Marines carry out Operation Phantom Fury to clean out insurgent fighters in the city of Fallujah
- Merck & Co voluntary withdraw Vioxx from the market following concerns over increased risk of heart attack
- The strongest earthquake in 40 years originates from the Indian Ocean close to Indonesia, measuring 9.3 on the Richter Scale. Creating tsunami waves that sweep across much of the coastlines of Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. At least 290,000 people are confirmed to have died from South Asia to as far as South Africa.
- SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately-funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight. And New funding for the successor SpaceShipTwo comes from British tycoon Richard Branson, who is to fund for his new company Virgin Galactic through a 21 million US$ deal
- The Cassini probe passes within 1,200km of Titan and sends detailed pictures of Saturn's Rings.
- The Computer Worm My Doom is considered to be the fastest worm ever to infect the internet
- The European Space Agency probe, Smart 1 passes from orbit of the Earth into orbit of the Moon
- Software giants Oracle Corporation and PeopleSoft merge
- The Google initial public offering ( IPO ) raises US$1.67 billion
- The US Army cancels its The Boeing/Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche helicopter program after sinking US$8 billion into it
- The official opening of Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at a height of 508 metres or 1,676 feet.
- The National World War II Memorial opens to the public in Washington D.C.
- Remains of a previously unknown species of human is discovered in Indonesia. Named Homo floresiensis
- NASA succeeds in a second attempt to fly its X-43A experimental airplane from the Hyper-X project, attaining speeds in excess of Mach 7
Popular Culture 2004
- Janet Jackson's breast is briefly exposed by Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl halftime show
- Ken Jennings wins over 2.5 million dollars on Jeopardy!
- The highly controversial Fahrenheit 9/11 film opens in US Movie Theaters
- Shrek 2
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Spider-Man 2
- The Incredibles
- The Passion of the Christ
- The Day After Tomorrow
- Meet the Fockers
- Shark Tale
- Ocean's Twelve
- Million Dollar Baby
- The Aviator
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- Green Day
- The Libertines
- Snow Patrol
- Tears For Fears
- Alicia Keys
- Band Aid 20
- Britney Spears
- 3 Doors Down
- Ayaka Hirahara
- The Delays
- The Darkness
- Scissor Sisters
- Avril Lavigne
- Mick Jagger
- Bryan Adams
- Robbie Williams
- Brian McFadden
- Velvet Revolver
- Duran Duran
- Franz Ferdinand
Major World Political Leaders 2004Australia Prime Minister John Howard Brazil President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Canada Prime Minister Paul Martin
China Chairman of the People's Republic of China Hu Jintao
France President Jacques Chirac
Germany Chancellor Gerhard Schröder
India Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Till May 22nd
India Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh From 22 May
Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Japan Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi Mexico President Vicente Fox Russia / Soviet Union
General Secretary of the CPSU Vladimir Putin South Africa State President Thabo Mbeki United States President George W. Bush United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair
Political Elections 2004
United States Presidential Election 2004 George W. Bush (Republican) Defeats John Kerry (Democratic)
Canadian Federal Election 2004 Paul Martin ( Liberal ) defeats Stephen Harper ( Conservative )