2004 in history

2004 in history

Here are some light-hearted facts about 2004, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 2004.

I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 2004 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 2004 in Britain too.

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2004

  • Lindsay Lohan, Jessie Wright and Rachel McAdams starred in Mean Girls.

  • The Terminal, Shrek 2 and Adam & Paul was released in this year.

  • Britney Spears got married twice in this year: firstly to Jason Allen Alexander, later to Kevin Federline [the first marriage lasted 55 hours]

  • Facebook was created. It started as a programme for college students called 'thefacebook'.

  • The Sex and the City and Friends TV shows came to an end in this year.

  • "va-va-voom" was added to the Oxford dictionary after an advertising campaign for Renault starring Thierry Henry - good for audio

  • The first series of The X-Factor attracted 50,000 applicants. Steve Brookstein won.

  • Peppa Pig, Strictly Come Dancing, Lost, Desperate Housewives and Joey (the Friends spin-off) were shown for the first time.

  • NASA's Mars rover lands safely on the red planet. After a sevenmonth voyage from Earth the US space agency's probe Spirit landed on Mars and sent back images of it.

  • Ozzy Osbourne reported that he got up at 4am to use the bathroom and stumbled upon a burglar taking jewellery from their house.

  • Google purchased a map programme and put it online: Google Maps was born.

  • Google also launched a new email service, Gmail, and opened their Irish headquarters.

  • PS, I Love You was published.

  • 'The Gherkin' was opened in London.

  • Janet Jackson had her famous wardrobe walfunction at the Superbowl.

  • Brian McFadden announced his departure from Westlife weeks before their world tour. The announcement was made at the Four Seasons Hotel and the tour continued as a foursome.

  • The Olympic Games were held in Athens.

  • The smoking ban was introduced in Ireland. Landlords in Wales reported an increase in the number of Irish daytrippers.

  • The Luas launched in Dublin. The Green Line started on 30 June and the Red Line opened three months late.

  • The first Electric Picnic was a one day event in Stradbally. The attendance was 15,000.


While these facts about 2004 have been checked against third-party sources (and have been used on air before!), they are provided in good faith to inspire your research and no guarantee is made about their accuracy or their uniqueness.

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I write about media, exploring, heavy machinery and lists. I produce radio with an attitude accurately described as "amusingly surly".

I don't pretend to be anything close to a big player in the media industry. I'd like to think that's an advantage. Instead I try to remain well-read and approach things from a considered viewpoint, even if I absolutely hate the way the industry is going.

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