Top Ten Baby Names of 2004:
Emily, Emma, Madison, Olivia, Hannah, Jacob, Michael, Joshua, Matthew, Ethan
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Gisele Bündchen, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Eva Longoria, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Garner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Teri Hatcher, Uma Thurman, Beyonce, Cameron Diaz, Cate Blanchette, Chalize Theron, Jennifer Aniston, Mischa Barton, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Sheryl Crow, Renee Zellweger, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson (turned 18 on June 13), Sienna Miller, Rebecca Romijn, Fergie
Jude Law, George Clooney, Usher, Johnny Depp, Hugh Laurie, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Justin Timberlake, Orlando Bloom, Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, David Beckham, Ryan Reynolds
– Donald Trump
– Paris Hilton
– Howard Dean
“I Am A Gay American”
– NJ ex-governor Jim McGreevey
Time Magazine’s Person of the Year:
George W. Bush
Ericka Dunlap (Orlando, FL)
Shandi Finnessey (Missouri)
Janet Jackson’s right breast was semi-exposed by Justin Timberlake during 2004’s Super Bowl halftime show while they sang his “Rock Your Body.”
Well, most of it was exposed. The American phrase “Wardrobe Malfunction” came into the language. The scene, that was broadcast on world-wide television, showed Janet’s right breast, covered by a pasty of some sort, was so horrifyingly graphic and sexual in nature that PCM received a warning from Google about displaying a censored picture of the event, even though it was blurred out. If you are truly daring you may see it here. You can see similarly (and often less blurry) versions of the picture from CNN, eOnline, VH1, and others via a google search.
“I am a gay American” – James McGreevey, Democrat Governor of New Jersey, revealed that he was gay and admitted an extramarital affair with aide Golan Cipel. The arguably criminal aspect of hiring a non-qualified lover to be in charge of the NJ’s homeland security was overshadowed by the sex scandal.
During the 2004 US Presidential Campaign, CBS and Dan Rather used what were probably forged documents during a 60 Minutes Wednesday report on George W. Bush’s Vietnam-era service record. The ‘evidence’ report was written with a modern computer, not the IBM Selectric that would have been used in 1972.
Britney Spears married high school friend Jason Alexander (not the Seinfeld star!) for nearly an entire weekend. (55 hours)
Beslan School Massacre
The Beslan School Massacre in Southwestern Russia began on September 1st, 2004. Over 360 hostages, including 186 children, were killed by Islamic insurgents or Russian military personnel during the 4 day siege.
Hip Hop Death:
Old Dirty Bastard (cocaine and painkiller overdose)
Pop Culture History:
Samantha Mumba wore a Scott Henshall designed dress (filled with diamonds) worth somewhere between 10 and 13 million dollars at the Spider-Man 2 premiere, probably the most risque expensive dress ever.
Ashlee Simpson was caught lip-syncing on Saturday Night Live on October 24.
Survivor: Vanuatu Winner: Chris Daugherty
Ken Jennings won 74 games and 2.5 Million dollars on Jeopardy!
Morgan Spurlock gained 25 pounds in 30 days eating only McDonalds food. It took him 14 months to lose the weight.
William Hung lost on American Idol, but won America’s collective heart with his happy nature. He sang Ricky Martin’s She Bangs.
‘Curse of the Bambino’ – The Red Sox last won a world series in 1918, their streak as a ‘quality team’ ended when they sold Babe Ruth’s contract to the New York Yankees.
Cost of a Superbowl ad in 2004: $2,300,000
‘Anna Karenina’ by Leo Tolstoy in 1877 once again became a best seller thanks to Oprah’s Book Club in 2004.
A Tsunami killed nearly quarter of a million people in Indonesia and the entire South Asian area on December 26, 2004, including Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. It was caused by an underwater earthquake with guesstimated Magnitude of 9.2. It lasted nearly 10 minutes and some waves were 100 feet tall.
Facebook, just for college students.
Low Carb Diets like ‘Atkins’ and ‘South Beach’
Wearing Lance Armstrong Cancer Awareness ‘Livestrong Bracelets’
Madonna, Paris Hilton, Demi Moore and Britney Spears wore ‘Kabbalah Strings’
2004 Toys inducted to the National Toy Hall of Fame:
G.I. Joe, Rocking Horse, Scrabble
1st appearances & 2004’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Bratz, Dancing Dora the Explorer
Best Film Oscar Winner:
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Presented in 2004)
The Big Movies: (according to boxofficemojo)
1. Shrek 2
2. Spider-Man 2
3. Passion of the Christ
4. Meet the Fockers
5. The Incredibles
6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
7. The Day After Tomorrow
8. The Bourne Supremacy
9. National Treasure
10. Polar Express
2004 Most Popular TV shows:
1. American Idol (Fox)
2. CSI (CBS)
3. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
4. Survivor: Palau (CBS)
5. Survivor: Vanuatu (CBS)
6. CSI: Miami (CBS)
7. Without a Trace (CBS)
8. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
9. Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)
10. Monday Night Football (ABC)
2004 Billboard Number One Songs:
December 13, 2003 – February 13, 2004:
Hey Ya! – OutKast
February 14 – February 20:
The Way You Move – OutKast featuring Sleepy Brown
February 21 – February 27:
Slow Jamz – Twista featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx
February 28 – May 21:
Yeah! – Usher featuring Lil’ Jon and Ludacris
May 22 – July 16:
Burn – Usher
July 17 July 23:
I Believe – Fantasia Barrino
July 24 – August 6:
Confessions Part II – Usher
August 7 – August 20:
Slow Motion – Juvenile featuring Soulja Slim
August 21 – September 10:
Lean Back – The Terror Squad featuring Fat Joe and Remy Martin
September 11 – October 29:
Goodies – Ciara featuring Petey Pablo
October 30 – December 11:
My Boo – Usher and Alicia Keys
December 11 – December 31:
Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell
World Series Champions: Boston Red Sox
Superbowl XXXVIII Champions: New England Patriots
NBA Champions: Detroit Pistons
Stanley Cup Champs: Tampa Bay Lightning
U.S. Open Golf Retief Goosen
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Roger Federer/Svetlana Kuznetsova
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Roger Federer/Maria Sharapova
NCAA Football Champions: Southern California
NCAA Basketball Champions: Connecticut
Kentucky Derby: Smarty Jones
Honorable Mention: Michael Phelps