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The Times Newspaper Archive

2004 Gifts

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Know someone turning 18 in 2022? Discover bespoke gift ideas from 2004, allowing individuals to look back on how the world once was. Items like newspaper books or historical photos make interesting keepsakes no one else would think of. Our 2004 gifts for birthdays or anniversaries will make a lasting impression no matter the occasion.

Gifts from 2004 make incredible, personalised keepsakes

2004 witnessed two particularly momentous events for society and interpersonal relationships. In February, Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard University student, launched Facebook from his dorm room. By 2020, the site would claim three billion active users. In May, Massachusetts became the first US state to legalise same-sex marriages. Eleven years later in 2015, all fifty states would be on board.

52 million Americans and 8.6 millions Brits tuned in to the series finale of the hit sitcom Friends, while Luciano Pavarotti performed his last opera. Shrek, a sheep from New Zealand who had avoided shearing for six years, is finally trimmed, resulting in a 27kg fleece.