2004 in England

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See also:2003–04 in English football
2004–05 in English football
2004 in the United Kingdom
Other events of 2004

Events from 2004 in England










  • 9 August – West Brom 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.
  • 16 August – Boscastle flood of 2004: flash floods destroy buildings and wash cars out to sea in Cornwall.
  • 28 August – Kelly Holmes wins her second gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[11]




  • 4 November – A referendum is held in North East England on the establishment of elected regional assemblies. The majority of the electorate voted "No" to the proposals.
  • 6 November – Ufton Nervet rail crash: Seven people are killed when a train is derailed by a car deliberately left parked on a level crossing in Berkshire.
  • 15 November – Children Act clarifies most official responsibilities for children in England and Wales, 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 ban smoking in most enclosed public places (including workplaces) in England and Wales within the next three years.
  • 18 November – Parliament passes the Hunting Act 2004 banning fox hunting in England and Wales. Fox hunting had already been outlawed in Scotland two years earlier, in 2002.


  • 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 the UK by using the name Nathan Wayne Coleman — who turned out to be a child who had died in infancy in 1968.
  • 14 December – Millau Viaduct in France, designed by English architect Norman Foster, is opened.
  • 17 December – The Sage Gateshead, a concert hall designed by Foster and Partners, opens.
  • 26 December – A significant number of English people on holiday are among the thousands of people killed by a tsunami in the Indian Ocean. The victims are died in several countries including Indonesia and Thailand.

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  2. ^ Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 656–660. ISBN 0-304-35730-8.
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  4. ^ "30 St Mary Axe". Emporis. Retrieved 2010-07-07.
  5. ^ Factory explosion kills four (BBC)
  6. ^ "Chelsea appoint Mourinho". BBC News. 2 June 2004. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  7. ^ "League gets revamp". BBC News. 10 June 2004. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Liverpool appoint Benitez". BBC News. 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Wimbledon to change name". BBC News. 21 June 2004. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2010-12-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "2004: Second gold for Kelly Holmes". BBC News. 2004-08-28. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
  12. ^ ""Hunt brawl in Commons", Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2008-04-19.
  13. ^ "2004: British hostage feared dead in Iraq". BBC News. 2004-10-07. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-13.