October 2004 in history

October 2004 events chronologically

Oct 4 SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight, by being the first private craft to fly into space
Oct 18 Myanmar prime minister Khin Nyunt is ousted and placed under house arrest by the State Peace and Development Council on charges of corruption
Oct 19 Care International aid worker Margaret Hassan is kidnapped in Iraq
Oct 23 A powerful earthquake and its aftershocks hit Niigata Prefecture, northern Japan, killing 35 people, injuring 2,200, and leaving 85,000 homeless or evacuated
Oct 24 Arsenal Football Club loses to Manchester United, ending a row of unbeaten matches at 49 matches, which is the record in the Premier League
Oct 25 Cuban President Fidel Castro announces that transactions using the American Dollar will be banned
Oct 29 The Arabic-language news network Al Jazeera broadcasts an excerpt from a 2004 Osama bin Laden video in which the terrorist leader first admits direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks and references the 2004 U.S. presidential election

Born in October 2004

Oct 28 Miss Beazley (dog) a Scottish Terrier, belonging to former U.S. President George Bush and former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush

Top 7 most famous people died in October 2004

Oct 3 Janet Leigh an American actress and author. She is best remembered for her performance in Psycho , for which she was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and received an Academy Award nomination. By her marriage to actor Tony Curtis, she was the mother of Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis
Oct 4 Gordon Cooper an American aerospace engineer, test pilot, United States Air Force pilot, and one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space program of the United States.
Oct 5 Maurice Wilkins a New Zealand-born English physicist and molecular biologist, and Nobel Laureate whose research contributed to the scientific understanding of phosphorescence, isotope separation, optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction, and to the development of radar. He is best known for his work at King's College, London on the structure of DNA which falls into three distinct phases. The first was in 1948–50 where his initial studies produced the first clear X-ray images of DNA which he presented at a conference in Naples in 1951 attended by James Watson. During the second phase of work he produced clear "B form" "X" shaped images from squid sperm which he sent to James Watson and Francis Crick causing Watson to write "Wilkins... has obtained extremely excellent X-ray diffraction photographs". Throughout this period Wilkins was consistent in his belief that DNA was helical even when Rosalind Franklin expressed strong views to the contrary
Oct 9 Jacques Derrida a French philosopher, born in French Algeria. Derrida is best known for developing a form of semiotic analysis known as deconstruction, which he discussed in numerous texts. He is one of the major figures associated with post-structuralism and postmodern philosophy
Oct 10 Christopher Reeve an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, author, and activist. He achieved stardom for his acting achievements, in particular his motion picture portrayal of the comic book superhero Superman
Oct 11 Keith Miller widely regarded as Australia's greatest ever all-rounder. Because of his ability, irreverent manner and good looks he was a crowd favourite. English journalist Ian Wooldridge called Miller "the golden boy" of cricket, leading to his being nicknamed "Nugget". He "was more than a cricketer... he embodied the idea that there was more to life than cricket"
Oct 25 John Peel an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist. He was the longest serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, broadcasting regularly from 1967 until his death in 2004. He was known for his eclectic taste in music and his honest and warm broadcasting style