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Events from the year 2004 in the United Kingdom.







  • 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. [1]
  • 21 March - Architect Zaha Hadid becomes the first female recipient of the Pritzker Prize.[4]










  • Ford launches the second generation of its bestselling Focus family car that was originally launched in September 1998.
  • 2 December - David Bieber, a 38-year-old former US 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.
  • 15 December - David Blunkett resigns as Home Secretary after three-and-a-half years in the role.[14]
  • 20 December - Northern Bank robbery in Belfast, £26.5 million is stolen.[15]
  • 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.[16]




  1. ^ ""2004: Serial killer Shipman found hanged", BBC On This Day". 2004-01-13. Retrieved 2008-02-13.  
  2. ^ a b c d e Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 656–660. ISBN 0-304-35730-8.  
  3. ^ a b c d McGuinness, Ross (March 16, 2009). "Metro". pp. 30, 31.  
  4. ^ a b c Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-141-02715-0.  
  5. ^ Factory explosion kills four (BBC)
  6. ^ ""2004: Angry dads hit Blair with purple flour", BBC On This Day". 2004-05-19. Retrieved 2008-02-13.  
  7. ^ ""2004: US transfers power back to Iraq", BBC On This Day". 2004-06-28. Retrieved 2008-02-13.  
  8. ^ ""2004: Second gold for Kelly Holmes", BBC On This Day". 2004-08-28. Retrieved 2008-02-13.  
  9. ^ ""Hunt brawl in Commons", Telegraph". Retrieved 2008-04-19.  
  10. ^ ""2004: British hostage feared dead in Iraq", BBC On This Day". 2004-10-07. Retrieved 2008-02-13.  
  11. ^ ""2004: British aid worker kidnapped in Iraq", BBC On This Day". 2004-10-19. Retrieved 2008-02-13.  
  12. ^ ""2004: British aid worker kidnapped in Iraq", BBC On This Day". 2004-10-19. Retrieved 2009-01-22.  
  13. ^ Gilliland, Ben (2009-01-16), "Science & Discovery", Metro  
  14. ^ ""2004: Blunkett resigns over visa accusations", BBC On This Day". 2004-12-15. Retrieved 2008-02-13.  
  15. ^ ""Timeline: Northern Bank robbery", BBC News". 2005-01-07. Retrieved 2009-03-24.  
  16. ^ ""2004: Thousands die in Asian tsunami", BBC On This Day". 2004-12-26. Retrieved 2009-01-22.  

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