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2004 was the 133rd year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.


Cover of the "City Center Master Plan", presented in 2004





Jason Simpson




  • Al Sutton earned his doctorate in ministry at Virginia Union School in Richmond, Virginia



Freddie Rogers in 1975
See also List of Birmingham homicides in 2004 and List of homicides in 2004.



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In 2004, NASA probes Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars. Terrorists executed simultaneous attacks, with bombs in 4 rush-hour trains in Madrid, killing 191 people. Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse in Iraq was revealed on the television show 60 Minutes II. The series finale of Friends aired on NBC. SpaceShipOne became the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight. The 2004 Summer Olympics were held in Athens, Greece. Hurricane Ivan struck Gulf Shores, Alabama as a Category 3 storm, killing 25. A massive 9.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Indian Ocean, causing tsunami that struck numerous countries and killing at least 186,000. Taipei 101, at the time tallest skyscraper in the world, officially opened.

Notable films in 2004 included Shrek 2, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Spider-Man 2, The Incredibles, and The Passion of the Christ. The Academy Award for Best Picture went to Million Dollar Baby, as did Best Director (Clint Eastwood) and Best Actress (Hilary Swank). Best Actor went to Jamie Foxx for Ray.

Notable pop music hits in 2004 included "Hey Ya!" by OutKast, "Yeah!" by Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris, "Burn" by Usher, "Goodies" by Ciara featuring Petey Pablo, and "My Boo" by Usher & Alicia Keys. The Grammy Award for Album of the Year went to Outkast, who also won two other awards. Record of the Year was won by Coldplay for "Clocks". Song of the Year went to Luther Vandross by "Dance with My Father". Evanescence won Best New Artist. The big winner, however, was Beyoncé Knowles, who won 5 Awards.

Notable deaths in 2004 included television host Jack Paar, actor & writer Peter Ustinov, journalist Alistair Cooke, entrepreneur Estée Lauder, actor Tony Randall, former president Ronald Reagan, musician Ray Charles, actor Marlon Brando, composer Jerry Goldsmith, actress Fay Wray, chef Julia Child, singer Laura Branigan, comedian Rodney Dangerfield, actor Christopher Reeve, football player Reggie White, actor Jerry Orbach, and musician Artie Shaw.

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