2004 in the United Kingdom

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Events from the year 2004 in the United Kingdom.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

  • Vauxhall launches the fifth generation of its popular Astra family hatchback. It is initially just available as a five-door hatchback, with a three-door "Sporthatch" and a five-door estate due later this year.
  • 11 March – Tory and Labour support is equal on 35% for the second time in nine months, raising the sceptre of a hung parliament at the next general election which is expected within a year. [2]
  • 16 March – Fifteen year old Scottish boy Kriss Donald abducted, tortured and murdered by Pakistani gang in racially motivated attack in Glasgow.[5]
  • 21 March – Architect Zaha Hadid becomes the first female recipient of the Pritzker Prize.[6]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • 9 August – West Bromwich Albion terminate the contract of striker Lee Hughes as he is sentenced to six years in prison after being found guilty causing death by dangerous driving, having killed a 56-year-old man in a collision near Coventry on 22 November 2003.
  • 13–29 August – Great Britain participates in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens winning a total of 9 gold, 9 silver and 12 bronze medals.
  • 16 August – Boscastle flood of 2004: flash floods destroy buildings and wash cars out to sea in Cornwall.[6]
  • 28 August – Kelly Holmes wins her second gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[15]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

  • 4 November – A referendum is held in North East England on the establishment of elected regional assemblies. The majority of voters said "no" to the plans.
  • 6 November – Ufton Nervet rail crash: Seven people are killed when a train is derailed by a car deliberately left on a level crossing in Berkshire.
  • 15 November – Children Act clarifies most official responsibilities for children, notably bringing all local government functions for children's welfare and education under the authority of local Directors of Children's Services.
  • 16 November
    • The government announces plans to prohibit smoking in most enclosed public places (including workplaces) within the next three years.
    • It is reported that Margaret Hassan is dead after her family receive a video recording supposedly showing her being killed.[19]
  • 18 November – Parliament passes the Hunting Act 2004 banning fox hunting in England and Wales.[6]
  • 20 November – Launch of the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission, a joint United States, UK and Italian developed spacecraft, designed to study gamma-ray bursts.[20]
  • 28 November – Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff is opened.

December[edit]

  • Ford launches the second generation of its best-selling Focus family car that was originally launched in September 1998.
  • 2 December – David Bieber, a 38-year-old former United States marine, is found guilty of murdering PC Ian Broadhurst in Leeds on Boxing Day last year. He is sentenced to life imprisonment and the trial judge recommends that he should never be released from prison. After his conviction, it is revealed that Bieber was wanted in connection with a 1995 murder in Florida. It is also revealed that he had entered Britain by using the name Nathan Wayne Coleman – who was really a child who had died in infancy in 1968.
  • 14 December – Millau Viaduct in France, designed by British architect Norman Foster, is opened.
  • 15 December – David Blunkett resigns as Home Secretary after three-and-a-half years in the role.[21]
  • 20 December – Northern Bank robbery in Belfast, £26.5 million is stolen.[22]
  • 26 December – A significant number of Britons are among the thousands of people killed by a tsunami in the Indian Ocean. The victims are killed in countries including Indonesia and Thailand.[23]

Publications[edit]

Births[edit]

Full date unknown[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Record UK car sales during 2003". BBC News. 7 January 2004. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "2004: Serial killer Shipman found hanged". BBC News. 13 January 2004. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 656–660. ISBN 0-304-35730-8. 
  4. ^ a b c d McGuinness, Ross (16 March 2009). "Metro". pp. 30, 31. 
  5. ^ Carrell, Severin (9 November 2006). "Three jailed for life for race murder of schoolboy". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0. 
  7. ^ "30 St Mary Axe". Emporis. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  8. ^ Factory explosion kills four (BBC)
  9. ^ "2004: Angry dads hit Blair with purple flour". BBC News. 19 May 2004. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  10. ^ "Chelsea appoint Mourinho". BBC News. 2 June 2004. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "League gets revamp". BBC News. 10 June 2004. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "Liverpool appoint Benitez". BBC News. 16 June 2004. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "Wimbledon to change name". BBC News. 21 June 2004. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
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  15. ^ "2004: Second gold for Kelly Holmes". BBC News. 28 August 2004. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  16. ^ ""Hunt brawl in Commons", Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 19 April 2008. 
  17. ^ "2004: British hostage feared dead in Iraq". BBC News. 7 October 2004. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  18. ^ "2004: British aid worker kidnapped in Iraq". BBC News. 19 October 2004. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  19. ^ "2004: British aid worker kidnapped in Iraq". BBC News. 19 October 2004. Archived from the original on 12 February 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2009. 
  20. ^ Gilliland, Ben (16 January 2009). "Science & Discovery". Metro. 
  21. ^ "2004: Blunkett resigns over visa accusations". BBC News. 15 December 2004. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  22. ^ "Timeline: Northern Bank robbery". BBC News. 7 January 2005. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 
  23. ^ "2004: Thousands die in Asian tsunami". BBC News. 26 December 2004. Archived from the original on 28 December 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2009. 
  24. ^ "Sir Anthony Meyer Bt". The Independent (London). 10 January 2005. Retrieved 14 November 2010.