2004 Newspapers

The year 2004 brought stories of excitement, national change as well as heartbreak from news reported across the world. This was the year of the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens, watched by the world, as well as the year of the Boxing Day Tsunami in Southeast Asia: one of the worst recorded natural disasters in history.

A 2004 newspaper provides the detail of the highs and lows from the historical year, delivering the factual and emotional truths from the day of publication.

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2004 Newspaper Headlines

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The death of Ronald Reagan in June 2004, the banning of smoking in enclosed workplaces in Ireland, and the 7th Formula One World Drivers Championship win for Michael Schumacher are some of the many 2004 newspaper articles that can be read about when purchasing an historic newspaper from this year. We believe that newspapers are the best way to re-live a time in history, or to look back and remember specific details about a date gone past. Beautiful presentation boxes are not only a thoughtful way to present a newspaper as a gift to someone, but also help protect the original and fragile newspaper from ageing and damage. For more information about the timeline of 2004 events, check out our table below.

8th January 2004
The Queen christens the RMS Queen Mary 2 cruise liner, the largest passenger ship afloat. She sets sail on her maiden voyage four days later.

13th January 2004
Serial killer Harold Shipman is found hanged in his cell at Wakefield Prison, four years after being convicted of murdering fifteen patients in Cheshire.

29th February 2004
The 76th Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, are held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” wins a record-equalling eleven Oscars, including ‘Best Picture’ and ‘Best Director’.

25th March 2004
Prime Minister Tony Blair visits Libyan leader Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi, in return for the dismantling of Libya’s Weapons of Mass Destruction programme in December 2003. This is the first time a major western leader has visited the nation for several decades.

29th March 2004
The Republic of Ireland bans smoking in all enclosed work places, including restaurants, pubs and bars.

5th April 2004
The Queen begins a state visit to France to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale.

15th May 2004
Arsenal finish the English Premiership season unbeaten, earning the nickname “The Invincibles”

30th May 2004
Thousands of people take to the streets in Hong Kong to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

5th June 2004
Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, dies at his home in California at the age of ninety-three. A six-day state funeral follows his death.

4th July 2004
Greece beats Portugal 1-0 to win the 2004 UEFA European Football Championships.

13-29th August 2004
The 2004 Summer Olympics are held in Athens, Greece.

1st September 2004
A large group of Chechen terrorists take between 1,000 and 1,500 hostages, mostly children, at a school in Beslan. They demand the release of Chechen terrorists imprisoned in neighbouring Ingushetia and the independence of Chechnya from Russia. The siege lasts for almost three days, involving a bloody shoot-out between hostage-takers and Russian security forces. At least 350 people are killed.

20th September 2004
Brian Clough, Football manager of Nottingham Forest and Derby County. (b. 1935) dies.

9th October 2004
The Queen opens a new Scottish Parliament Building in a ceremony in Edinburgh.

24th October 2004
Michael Schumacher wins his 7th Formula One World Drivers Championship, claiming the title for the fifth consecutive year. Schumacher becomes the most successful driver in the history of Formula One.

22nd December 2004
Armed robbers in Northern Ireland steal over £22 million from the headquarters of the Northern Bank. Unionist politicians and the Police Service of Northern Ireland blame the Provisional Irish Republican Army, and stall the peace process.

26th December 2004
The Boxing Day Tsunami: One of the worst natural disasters in recorded history strikes Southeast Asia, when the strongest earthquake in forty years hits the entire Indian Ocean region. The earthquake measures 9.3 on the Richter scale and generates enormous tsunami waves that crash into the coastal areas of a number of nations including Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. The official death toll in the affected countries stands at 186,983 while more than 40,000 people are still missing.

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