Historical Events For Year 2004

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January 4, 2004

The landing of the MER-A from NASA on Mars takes place. Read More

February 4, 2004

The launching of Facebook takes place. Read More

March 2, 2004

The announcement of the confirmed landing of the Mars rover MER-B in an area that had been drenched in water is made by NASA.
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March 29, 2004

Smoking in enclosed work places is banned by the Republic of Ireland. Read More

March 29, 2004

NATO's largest expansion includes the addition of Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
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May 1, 2004

The European Union's largest expansion includes the addition of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Malta and Cyprus.
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May 6, 2004

The television sitcom Friends ends with the airing of the series finale on NBC, becoming the fourth most watched series finale on TV in American history.
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May 17, 2004

Same-sex marriage is legalized in Massachusetts. Read More

May 24, 2004

Mobile phones in North Korea are banned. Read More

June 8, 2004

The first transit in 22 years of Venus takes place. Read More

June 21, 2004

The first spaceplane to be privately funded and achieve flight into space is the SpaceShipOne.
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July 4, 2004

The Freedom Tower groundbreaking at Ground Zero takes place in New York City. Read More

August 3, 2004

After undergoing security improvements, the reopening of the Statue of Liberty takes place.
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August 3, 2004

The launching of NASA's Messenger takes place, later being captured into Mercury's orbiting 2011.
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September 17, 2004

Negotiations between Mexico and Japan officially end after two years upon the signing of a Free Trade Agreement in Mexico City.
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October 20, 2004

The release of the Ubuntu operating system occurs. Read More

October 24, 2004

The first rocket from Brazil is launched into space. Read More

October 27, 2004

The publication of the discovery of Homo floresiensis, a new species of fossil hominid, takes place.
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October 29, 2004

The Treaty and Final Act is signed by the heads of state in Europe, implementing the first European Constitution.
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November 2, 2004

President George W. Bush is announced the winner of the presidential election over component John F. Kerry, a United States Senator.
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November 16, 2004

The Smart 1 European Space Agency probe passes into the orbit of the Moon. Read More

November 22, 2004

The accusation of that the government of Ukraine has participated in electoral fraud against presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenkon marks the beginning of the Orange Revolution.
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December 8, 2004

The murder of the former guitarist for the band Pantera, Dimebag Darrell, by a deranged fan takes place on stage during a performance with his new band Damageplan.
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December 14, 2004

The opening of the Millau bridge over the River Tarn as the world's tallest bridge takes place by President Jacques Chirac.
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