BACK IN THE DAY: 2004

What was happening in the world when T95 turned 25?

POP CULTURE:

  • www.Whitehouse.com was no longer a pornographic website
  • www.thefacebook.com is launched
  • Ashlee Simpson caught lip-syncing on SNL (then did that weird jig)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kpxA-TOLmA

  • Ken Jennings won 74 times on Jeopardy, and more than $2 million
  • ComCast tried a hostile takeover of the Walt Disney Company for a measly $54 billion
  • LiveStrong Yellow Silicon Bracelets were HUGE in support of cyclist Lance Armstrong (oops!?)
  • George W. Bush is Time Magazine’s “Man of the Year” (elected for a second term, defeating John Kerry)

  • “Supersize Me” documentary by Morgan Spurlock is released. He gained 25 pounds in 30 days, and it took him more than a year to lose the weight.
  • Comic Book character Deadpool, described himself as a cross of “Ryan Reynolds and a Shar-Pei.” (Foreshadowing?)

  • Barbie and Ken broke up, but later reunited in 2006. (Don’t ask us why this was actual news, we just repeat the stuff.)

SPORTS CHAMPIONS:

  • 2004 Summer Olympics (Greece) – Michael Phelps… that is all. 
  • World Series Champs – Boston Red Sox (The Curse of the Bambino officially ends. First title since 1918.)
  • Super Bowl Champions – New England Patriots defeat the Carolina Panthers 32-29, but no one remembers the game. This was the year of Jane Jackson’s infamous “Nipplegate”
  • NBA Champions – Detroit Pistons
  • Stanley Cup Champions – Tampa Bay Lightning
  • NCAA Football Champions – USC (Vacated in 2011 after an NCAA Investigation proved Reggie Bush had received gifts from agents before relinquishing his amateur status.)
  • NCAAM Basketball Champions – UConn (2) defeats Georgia Tech (3) 82-73 to get their second title. 

ROCK RELEASES:

BOX OFFICE:

  • Napoleon Dynamite – Had a budget of $400,000. John Heder was only paid $1,000 for the role. It has grossed nearly $45 million
  • White Chicks – Nominated for a record FIVE Razzies and listed as the #1 worst movie of 2004
  • The Passion of the Christ – Directed by Mel Gibson… who is totally not anti-Semitic. 
  • National Treasure – One of Nic Cage’s LEAST crazy roles ever
  • The Incredibles – And we had to wait 14 years for the sequel!

TELEVISION: 

  • South Park airs controversial “Trapped in a Closet” episode, mocking the Church of Scientology, who subsequently launched an investigation into show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
  • William Hung lost his audition on American Idol, but won our hearts (Simon was such a d**k)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d5eP0wWLQY

  • Super Bowl Halftime – “Nipplegate” and the first mention of “Wardrobe Malfunction”

HISTORICAL EVENTS:

  • An Earthquake in the Indian Ocean registered a 9.0 on the Richter Scale on December 26th. The resulting tsunamis affected more than a dozen countries and were responsible for more than 300,000 deaths. It is also believed the earthquake was so strong, it shortened Earth’s rotation by 2.68 milliseconds.
  •  The U.S. lands “Spirit” rover on Mars in January, and makes a software patch/repair in February to continue operation.
  • Hurricane Charley makes landfall in Florida, Jamaica and Cuba, killing at least 18
  • The Statue of Liberty is re-opened after renovations

NOTABLE DEATHS:

  • Old Dirty Bastard
  • Ronald Raegan
  • Rodney Dangerfield
  • Marlon Brando
  • Julia Child
  • Christopher Reeve
  • Ray Charles
  • Johnny Ramone
  • Yasser Arafat
  • Reggie White
  • Arthur Kane
  • Rick James
  • Dimebag Darrell
  • Bob “Captain Kangaroo” Keeshan
  • Raymond “Ray” W. Traylor Jr. aka. “Big Boss Man”
  • Pat Tillman
  • Victor Cruz (MLB)