In a vote of confidence, General Pervez Musharraf wins 658 out of 1,170 votes in the Electoral College of Pakistan, and according to Article 41(8) of the Constitution of Pakistan, was "deemed to be elected" to the office of President until October 2007.
Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2, collecting samples that it will return to Earth two years later.
Flight 604, a Boeing 737 owned by Flash Airlines, an Egyptian airliner, plunges into the Red Sea, killing all 148 people on board.
After hosting the show for over 30 years, Casey Kasem gives up the hosting duties of "American Top 40" to Ryan Seacrest
Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.
Costas Simitis announces his resignation as president of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement in Greece.
The RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, is christened by her namesake's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.
"4th and 26", trailing the Green Bay Packers by 3 in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, the Philadelphia Eagles faced 4th and 26 on their final drive, when Donovan McNabb hit Freddie Mitchell for 29 yards. The Eagles would tie the game and go on to win in overtime
30th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)
The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.
The national flag of Georgia, the so-called "five cross flag", was restored to official use after a hiatus of some 500 years.
Canada: The residence of reporter Juliet O'Neill is searched by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigating leaks concerning the deportation of Maher Arar.
NASA's MER-A (the Mars Rover Spirit) ceases communication with mission control. The problem lies with Flash Memory management and is fixed remotely from Earth on February 6.
Opportunity rover (MER-B) lands on surface of Mars.
President Hamid Karzai signs the new constitution of Afghanistan.
A whale explodes in the town of Tainan, Taiwan. A build-up of gas in the decomposing sperm whale is suspected of causing the explosion.
251 people are trampled to death and 244 injured in a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
Janet Jackson's breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to FCC censorship guidelines.
Super Bowl XXXVIII: New England Patriots beat Carolina Panthers, 32-29 at the Reliant Stadium MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB
Twenty-three Chinese people drown when a group of 35 cockle-pickers are trapped by rising tides in Morecambe Bay, England. Twenty-one bodies are recovered.
Rebels from the Revolutionary Artibonite Resistance Front capture the city of Gonaïves, starting the 2004 Haiti rebellion.
46th Grammy Awards: Clocks, Evanescence wins
NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 55-52
The city of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovers the universe's largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093.
In a suburb of Moscow, Russia, the roof of the Transvaal water park collapses, killing more than 25 people, and wounding more than 100 others.
The Pittsburgh Penguins lose their 12th consecutive home game, a NHL record
Up to 295 people, including nearly 200 rescue workers, die near Neyshabur in Iran when a run-away freight train carrying sulfur, petrol and fertiliser catches fire and explodes.
Greg Maddux signs with the Chicago Cubs, the team he began his career with
Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal is awarded an honorary knighthood in recognition of a "lifetime of service to humanity."
The first European political party organization, the European Greens, is established in Rome.
Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The United States lifts a ban on travel to Libya, ending travel restrictions to the nation that had lasted for 23 years.
Former BPMC general secretary Ordrick Samuel launches a new party in Barbuda, Barbudans for a Better Barbuda.
A bombing of a Superferry by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines worst terrorist attack kills 116.
Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometre (300-mile) long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947
24th Golden Raspberry Awards: Gigli wins
Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns as President of Haiti following popular rebel uprising.
76th Academy Awards - "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," Sean Penn & Charlize Theron win
Terry Nichols is convicted of state murder charges and being an accomplice to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
Mohammed Bahr al-Uloum becomes President of Iraq.
Voters in the U.S. state of Georgia vote on a referendum concerning its Confederacy-derived flag.
War in Iraq: Al Qaeda carries out the Ashoura Massacre in Iraq, killing 170 and wounding over 500.
Belgian brewer Interbrew and Brazilian rival AmBev agreed to merge in a $11.2 billion deal that formed InBev, the world's largest brewer.
New Democracy wins the national elections in Greece.
A new constitution is signed by Iraq's Governing Council.
Terrorists explode simultaneous bombs on Madrid's rail network ripping through a commuter train and rocking three stations, killing 190
Roh Moo-hyun, President of South Korea is impeached by its national assembly for the first time in the nation's history.
Announcement of the discovery of 90377 Sedna, the farthest natural object in the Solar system so far observed.
Unrest in Kosovo results in more than 22 killed, 200 wounded, and the destruction of 35 Serb Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and two mosques in Belgrade and Nis.
A truck and a bus crash head-on in Äänekoski, Finland. 24 people are killed and 13 injured.
A Swedish DC-3 shot down by a Russian MiG-15 in the 1950s is finally recovered after years of work. The remains of the crew are left in place, pending further investigations.
Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian is shot just before the country's presidential election on March 20.
Stephen Harper wins the leadership of the newly created Conservative Party of Canada, becoming the party's first leader.
18th Soul Train Music Awards: R. Kelly, Janet Jackson, Outkast & Beyoncé win
In Malaysia, the 11th Federal and State elections are held, returning the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional to power with an increased majority.
Ahmed Yassin, co-founder and leader of the Palestinian Sunni Islamist militant group Hamas, and bodyguards are killed in the Gaza Strip when hit by Israeli Air Force AH-64 Apache fired Hellfire missiles.
Andhra Pradesh Federation of Trade Unions holds its first conference in Hyderabad, India.
HMS Scylla, a decommissioned Leander class frigate, is sunk as an artificial reef off Cornwall, the first of its kind in Europe.
Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO as full members.
The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.
In Fallujah, Iraq, 4 American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA, are killed and their bodies mutilated after being ambushed.
Google introduces Gmail: the launch is met with scepticism on account of the launch date.
Islamist terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks attempt to bomb the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid. Their attack is thwarted.
Islamic terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks are trapped by the police in their apartment and kill themselves.
Rolandas Paksas becomes the first president of Lithuania to be peacefully removed from the post by impeachment.
Darfur conflict: The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups.
U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice testifies before the 9/11 Commission.
68th Golf Masters Championship: Phil Mickelson wins, shooting a 279
Barry Bonds hits his 661st career home run, passing Willie Mays on the all-time list
The super liner Queen Mary 2 embarks on her first Transatlantic crossing, linking the golden age of ocean travel to the modern age of ocean travel.
In Iraq, 12 mortars are fired on Abu Ghraib Prison by insurgents, killing 22 detainees and wounding 92.
38th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith, Shania Twain & Kenny Chesney wins
Two fuel trains collide in Ryongchon, North Korea, killing up to 150 people.
The United States lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction.
Dick Cheney and George W. Bush testify before the 9/11 Commission in a closed, unrecorded hearing in the Oval Office.
Oldsmobile builds its final car ending 107 years of production.
U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.
Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
130th Kentucky Derby: Stewart Elliot aboard Smarty Jones wins in 2:04.06
Yelwa massacre of more than 630 nomad Muslims by Christians in Nigeria.
TV sitcom Friends airs season finale in 10th and final season in US (52.5 million viewers)
Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov is killed in a land mine bomb blast under a VIP stage during a World War II memorial victory parade in Grozny, Chechnya.
The Constitutional Court of South Korea overturns the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun.
The Day of Mourning at Bykivnia forest, just outside of Kiev, Ukraine. Here during 1930s and early 1940s communist bolsheviks executed over 100,000 Ukrainian civilians.
Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage
Sherpa Pemba Dorjie climbs Mount Everest in 8 hours 10 minutes, breaking his rival Sherpa Lakpa Gelu's record from the previous year.
Stanislav Petrov awarded World Citizen Award for averting a potential nuclear war in 1983 after correctly guessing Russian early warning system at fault
The U.S. town of Hallam, Nebraska, is wiped out by a powerful F4 tornado that broke a width record at an astounding 2.5 miles wide. It also kills one local resident.
Part of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport's Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others.
North Korea bans mobile phones.
The New York Times publishes an admission of journalistic failings, claiming that its flawed reporting and lack of skeptism towards sources during the buildup to the 2003 war in Iraq helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.
The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
39th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith & Martina McBride wins
The Iraqi Governing Council chooses Ayad Allawi, a longtime anti-Saddam Hussein exile, to become Prime Minister of Iraq's interim government.
The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
The Al-Khobar massacres in Saudi Arabia kill 22.
Indianapolis 500: Buddy Rice wins in 3:14:55.2395 (222.923 km/h)
Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy!.
136th Belmont: Edgar Prado aboard Birdstone wins in 2:27.50
58th Tony Awards: Avenue Q & I Am My Own Wife win
Tamil is established as a Classical language by the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in a joint sitting of the two houses of the Indian Parliament.
Transit of Venus (between Earth & Sun) occurs
Cassini-Huygens makes its closest flyby of Phoebe.
Ronald Reagan's funeral is held at Washington National Cathedral.
A 1.3 kilogram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house in Ellerslie, New Zealand causing serious damage but no injuries.
50th LPGA Championship won by Annika Sörenstam
58th NBA Championship: Detroit Pistons beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 1
104th US Golf Open: Retief Goosen shoots a 276 at Shinnecock Hills GC NY
SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.
Bob Dylan accepts honorary doctor of music degree from the University of St Andrews, Scotland's oldest university
Capital punishment is declared unconstitutional in New York
Estonia, Lithuania and Slovenia join the European Exchange Rate Mechanism
The 17th NATO Summit starts in Istanbul.
Sovereign power is handed to the interim government of Iraq by the Coalition Provisional Authority, ending the U.S.-led rule of that nation.
Saturn Orbit insertion of Cassini-Huygens begins at 01:12 UTC and ends at 02:48 UTC.
ASEAN Regional Forum accepts Pakistan as its 24th member.
Official opening of Bangkok's subway system.
The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower is laid on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City. (This was largely a symbolic event; actual construction would not start for several weeks)
111th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Maria Sharapova beats Serena Williams (6-1 6-4)
118th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick (4-6 7-5 7-6 6-4)
First Indonesian presidential election by the nation.
75th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-4 at Minute Maid Park, Houston
Millennium Park, considered the first and most ambitious architectural project in the early 21st century for Chicago, is opened to the public by Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison plus five months in home confinement for lying to federal investigators
Former South African President Nelson Mandela calls for commitment by the world to take action against Aids
133rd British Golf Open: Todd Hamilton shoots a 274 at Royal Troon Golf Club
12th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Diana Taurasi win
The United Kingdom government publishes Delivering Security in a Changing World, a paper detailing wide-ranging reform of the country's armed forces.
"Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle", starring Kal Penn and John Cho, is released
A supermarket fire kills 396 people and injures 500 in Asunción, Paraguay.
The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
John Elway is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey comes out publicly as a gay man.
156 Congolese Tutsi refugees massacred at the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi.
Black Friday crackdown by NSS on a peaceful protest in the capital city of Maldives, Malé.
Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, strikes Punta Gorda, Florida and devastates the surrounding area.
Bay of Plenty win Rugby Union's Ranfurly shield for the first time in the shield's 102 year history and after 28 unsuccessful challenges. They defeated Auckland. 33-26
86th PGA Championship: Vijay Singh shoots a 280 at Whistling Straits
MD5 collision found by Chinese researchers.
The National Assembly of Serbia unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Boze Pravde becomes the new anthem and the coat of arms is adopted for the whole country.
A version of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway.
89 passengers die after two airliners explode after flying out of Domodedovo International Airport, near Moscow. The explosions were caused by suicide bombers (reportedly female) from the Russian Republic of Chechnya.
21st MTV Awards: OutKast, Beyoncé & Usher f/ Lil Jon & Ludacris wins
The Beslan school hostage crisis begins when armed terrorists take hundreds of school children and adults hostage in the Russian town of Beslan in North Ossetia.
The Beslan school massacre ends in the deaths of approximately 344 people, mostly teachers and children.
Hurricane Ivan, a Category 5 hurricane hitting Grenada, killing 39 and damaging 90% of its buildings.
The NASA unmanned spacecraft Genesis crash-lands when its parachute fails to open.
2004 A bomb explodes outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, killing 10 people.
All passengers are killed when a helicopter crashes in the Aegean Sea. Passengers include Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria and 16 others (including journalists and bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria).
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces a lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.
Tamil is declared the first classical language in India.
Barry Bonds hits his 700th career home run
56th Emmy Awards: The Sopranos, Arrested Development, James Spader & Allison Janney win
The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) People's War and the Maoist Communist Centre of India merge to form the Communist Party of India (Maoist).
Construction of the Burj Dubai starts.
At least 1,070 in Haiti reported killed by floods due to Hurricane Jeanne
The asteroid 4179 Toutatis passes within four lunar distances of Earth.
The Burt Rutan Ansari X Prize entry SpaceShipOne performed a successful spaceflight, the first of two needed to win the prize.
The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles south of Tokyo.
The AIM-54 Phoenix, the primary missile for the F-14 Tomcat, retired from service. Almost two years later, the Tomcat retires.
Baseball: Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki gets his 258th hit of the season, breaking George Sisler's 84-year-old single-season record.
American Samoa joins the North American Numbering Plan.
SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight.
King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicates.
Myanmar prime minister Khin Nyunt is ousted and placed under house arrest by the SPDC on charges of corruption.
Care International aid worker Margaret Hassan is kidnapped in Iraq.
Boston Red Sox come back from 0-3 to defeat the New York Yankees 4-3 to win baseball's American League
A powerful earthquake and its aftershocks hit Niigata prefecture, northern Japan, killing 35 people, injuring 2,200, and leaving 85,000 homeless or evacuated.
10 people, including 4 family members of Rick Hendrick, are killed in a plane crash near Martinsville Speedway. The plane was owned by NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports.
Fidel Castro, Cuba's President, announces that transactions using the American Dollar will be banned by November 8.
The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time in 86 years
In Rome, European heads of state sign the Treaty and Final Act establishing the first European Constitution.
The Arabic news network Al Jazeera broadcasts an excerpt from a video of Osama bin Laden in which the terrorist leader first admits direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks and references the 2004 U.S. presidential election.
12 French soldiers, 3 UN personnel and hundreds of civilians die during the Côte d'Ivoire civil war.
An express train collides with a stationary car near the village of Ufton Nervet, England, killing 6 and injuring 150.
War in Iraq: The interim government of Iraq calls for a 60-day "state of emergency" as U.S. forces storm the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
War in Iraq: More than 10,000 U.S. troops and a small number of Iraqi army units participate in a siege on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
Video game Halo 2 a first person shooter first released on Xbox by Bungie Studios
38th Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride & Keith Urban wins
New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington.
The death of Yasser Arafat is confirmed by the Palestine Liberation Organization, of unidentified causes. Mahmoud Abbas is elected chairman of the PLO minutes later.
31st American Music Award: Sheryl Crow, Usher & Kenny Chesney win
Kmart Corp. announces it is buying Sears, Roebuck and Co. for $11 billion USD and naming the newly merged company Sears Holdings Corporation.
Russia officially ratifies the Kyoto Protocol.
The second round of the Ukrainian presidential election is held, unleashing massive protests and controversy over the election's integrity.
The island of Dominica is hit by the most destructive earthquake in its history. The northern half of the island receives the most damage, especially the town of Portsmouth. It is also felt in neighboring Guadeloupe, where one person is killed as a result.
The Paris Club agrees to write off 80% (up to $100 billion) of Iraq's external debt.
92nd CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats BC Lions, 27-19
The Orange Revolution begins in Ukraine, resulting from the presidential elections.
Ruzhou School massacre: a man stabs and kills eight people and seriously wounds another four in a school dormitory in Ruzhou, China.
New Zealand's All Blacks thump Six Nations Rugby Union Champions France 45-6 in Paris
Pope John Paul II returns the relics of Saint John Chrysostom to the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Male Poʻo-uli dies of Avian malaria in the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Olinda, Hawaii before it could breed, making the species in all probability extinct.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge resigns.
Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with $2,520,700 USD, television's all-time biggest game show haul.
Lion Air Flight 538 crash lands in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, killing 26.
93rd Davis Cup: Spain beats USA in Seville (3-2)
The Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.
Former Chilean dictator, General Augusto Pinochet is put under house arrest, after being sued under accusations over 9 kidnapping actions and manslaughter. The house arrest is lifted the same day on appeal.
The Millau viaduct, the highest bridge in the world, near Millau, France is officially opened.
Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean is hit by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake.
Cassini orbiter releases Huygens probe which successfully landed on Saturn's moon Titan on January 14, 2005.
A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people.
Radiation from an explosion on the magnetar SGR 1806-20 reaches Earth. It is the brightest extrasolar event known to have been witnessed on the planet.
A fire in the República Cromagnon nightclub in Buenos Aires, Argentina kills 194.
The official opening of Taipei 101, the current tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at a height of 509 metres (1,670 feet).
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