2004 Newspapers

The year 2004 brought stories of excitement, national change as well as heartbreak from news reported across the world. This was the year of the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens, watched by the world, as well as the year of the Boxing Day Tsunami in Southeast Asia: one of the worst recorded natural disasters in history.

A 2004 newspaper provides the detail of the highs and lows from the historical year, delivering the factual and emotional truths from the day of publication.

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The death of Ronald Reagan in June 2004 and the Boxing Day Tsunami are a couple of many 2004 newspaper articles that can be read about when purchasing a historic newspaper from this year. We believe that newspapers are the best way to re-live a time in history, or to look back and remember specific details about a date gone past. Beautiful presentation boxes are not only a thoughtful way to present a newspaper as a gift to someone, but also help protect the original and fragile newspaper from ageing and damage. For more information about the timeline of 2004 events, check out our table below.

January 28, 2004 
It is revealed that the September 11, 2001 terrorists used a brand of tear gas or pepper spray in overpowering the flight crew of American Airlines Flight 11. This was revealed at a hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

February 3, 2004 
The CIA states that there was no imminent threat from weapons of mass destruction before the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

February 12, 2004 
The City and County of San Francisco begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as an act of civil disobedience.

February 26, 2004 
The U.S. lifts a ban on travel to Libya, which ends travel restrictions to the country that had lasted for 23 years.

February 29, 2004
The 76th Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, are held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King wins a record-equaling eleven Oscars, including ‘Best Picture’ and ‘Best Director’.

March 25, 2004
U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair visits Libyan leader Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi, in return for the dismantling of Libya’s Weapons of Mass Destruction program in December 2003. This is the first time a major western leader has visited the nation for several decades.

April 22, 2004 
Former NFL player Pat Tillman is killed by friendly fire in eastern Afghanistan. He left his sports career to enlist in the army after the September 11 attacks. The military initially said he was killed by enemy combatants, not revealing the truth of his death until weeks later.

May 6, 2004 
The final episode of Friends airs on NBC, with an estimated 66 million viewers tuning in to watch in North America. Advertisers paid $2 million for 30 second ads.

May 29, 2004 
Dedication of the National World War II Memorial takes place in Washington D.C.

June 5, 2004
Ronald Reagan, the 40th President, dies at his home in California at the age of ninety-three. A six-day state funeral follows his death.

July 4, 2004
Construction of One World Trade Center begins in New York City.

August 13-29, 2004
The 2004 Summer Olympics are held in Athens, Greece. The United States win 36 gold, 39 silver and 27 bronze medals.

October 24, 2004
Michael Schumacher wins his 7th Formula One World Drivers Championship, claiming the title for the fifth consecutive year. Schumacher becomes the most successful driver in the history of Formula One.

October 29, 2004 
A videotape of Osama bin Laden speaking airs on Arabic TV, in which he threatens terrorist attacks on the United States and taunts President George W. Bush over the September 11 terrorist attacks.

November 2, 2004
President George W. Bush of the Republican Party is re-elected to a second term as President of the United States.

December 26, 2004
The Boxing Day Tsunami: One of the worst natural disasters in recorded history strikes Southeast Asia, when the strongest earthquake in forty years hits the entire Indian Ocean region. The earthquake measures 9.3 on the Richter scale and generates enormous tsunami waves that crash into the coastal areas of a number of nations including Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. The official death toll in the affected countries stands at 186,983 while more than 40,000 people are still missing.

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