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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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 seven month 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.
2004 in Ireland
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.
Work finished on the upgraded Croke Park stadium.
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 later.
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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