Clockwise from top-left: Facebook, originally called TheFacebook, is launched by Mark Zuckerberg; the 2004 transit of Venus, the first such occurrence since 1882; NASA lands the Opportunity and Spirit rovers on Mars; the 2004 Summer Olympics are held in Athens; Al-Qaeda bombs multiple trains in Madrid, killing 193 people; the European Union adds 10 new member-states; 333 people are killed in the Beslan school siege, carried out by Chechen terrorists; a massive 9.1-9.3 megathrust earthquake off the coast of Sumatra and the resultant tsunami kill over 227,000 people—one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history.
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2004 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar2004
MMIV
Ab urbe condita2757
Armenian calendar1453
ԹՎ ՌՆԾԳ
Assyrian calendar6754
Baháʼí calendar160–161
Balinese saka calendar1925–1926
Bengali calendar1411
Berber calendar2954
British Regnal year52 Eliz. 2 – 53 Eliz. 2
Buddhist calendar2548
Burmese calendar1366
Byzantine calendar7512–7513
Chinese calendar癸未年 (Water Goat)
4701 or 4494
    — to —
甲申年 (Wood Monkey)
4702 or 4495
Coptic calendar1720–1721
Discordian calendar3170
Ethiopian calendar1996–1997
Hebrew calendar5764–5765
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat2060–2061
 - Shaka Samvat1925–1926
 - Kali Yuga5104–5105
Holocene calendar12004
Igbo calendar1004–1005
Iranian calendar1382–1383
Islamic calendar1424–1425
Japanese calendarHeisei 16
(平成16年)
Javanese calendar1936–1937
Juche calendar93
Julian calendarGregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar4337
Minguo calendarROC 93
民國93年
Nanakshahi calendar536
Thai solar calendar2547
Tibetan calendar阴水羊年
(female Water-Goat)
2130 or 1749 or 977
    — to —
阳木猴年
(male Wood-Monkey)
2131 or 1750 or 978
Unix time1072915200 – 1104537599

2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2004th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 4th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 5th year of the 2000s decade.

2004 was designated as an International Year of Rice by the United Nations,[1] and the International Year to Commemorate the Struggle Against Slavery and Its Abolition (by UNESCO).[2]

Culture

Media

Main articles: 2004 in film and 2004 in video games

2004 was a year marked by many popular and highly grossing film releases such as Shrek 2, Spider Man 2, The Incredibles, The Passion of the Christ and Howl's Moving Castle. 2004 was also the year where Toho Studios would release Godzilla's 50th anniversary movie, Godzilla: Final Wars, the last Japanese Godzilla movie until Shin Godzilla in 2016.

The gaming industry would see the release of many FPS and sequel games in 2004, with some of the most famous being Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[3] Halo 2,[4] Metroid Prime 2: Echoes,[5] Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door,[6] and Half Life 2.[7] These titles are considered some of the greatest video games of all time.[8][9][10][11] The Nintendo DS also released this year, which grew to become the best-selling handheld console of all time.

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