2004 Fun Facts, Trivia, and History

Updated on May 19, 2019
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This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2004.
This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2004.

Quick History Facts From 2004

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history from 2004? For openers, President George W. Bush was re-elected to serve a second term, NASA researchers discovered “a large minor planet,” and Ronald Reagan, the 40th U.S. President, passed away. The last Oldsmobile came off the assembly line, the World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC, and the MESSENGER spacecraft was launched.

In 2004, President Bush and Vice President Cheney testified before the 9/11 Commission, Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison, and the final episode of "Frasier" was watched by 33 million people. Kmart bought Sears, Ken Jennings won $2,520,700 on Jeopardy!, and low-carb diets like “Atkins” and “South Beach” were all the rage.

Back in 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from a Harvard dorm room, MySpace and Yelp were both founded, and Yahoo! was the most popular website. Google launched Gmail, AOL processed around 700 million web searches every month, and Google announced that it had indexed 4.28 billion web pages and 880 million images.

In 2004, unemployment was 5.5%, inflation averaged 2.66%, and the federal minimum wage was $5.15 an hour. The prime rate was 4.25%, one ounce of gold was $435.60, and the retail price for a gallon of gas averaged $1.74. A 20-ounce loaf of bread cost $2.09, a dozen eggs were $1.49, and five pounds of white potatoes cost $1.99.

Back in 2004, the average life expectancy in the U.S. was 77.34 years, Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was George W. Bush, and Ericka Dunlap (Florida) won the Miss America crown. The New England Patriots were the Super Bowl champs, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, and Tampa Bay Lightning clinched the Stanley Cup.

In 2004, Shrek 2 was the most popular film, The Da Vinci Code was the most popular fiction book, and American Idol (Fox) was the top TV show. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won an Oscar for Best Picture, Sean Penn (Mystic River) won an Academy Award for Best Actor, and Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Back in 2004, Michael and Madison were favorite baby names, suede boots and red eyeliner were fashion trends, and Scrabble was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Britney Spears and Jason Alexander were married for 55 hours, country music star Willie Nelson opened his own restaurant, and cooking authority Julia Child passed away just two days before her 92nd birthday.

On the international news stage, the European Green Party was established, the RMS Queen Mary 2 was christened, and Shrek, the famous sheep from New Zealand, was finally shown live on television. A 9.1 magnitude earthquake and tsunami caused devastation throughout Southeast Asia, the Summer Olympics were held in Athens, and the British Parliament voted to ban fox hunting in the UK.

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts and trivia from 2004. Find out fast about popular TV shows, movies, songs, books, foods, and other pop culture trends and historical events for your 2000s-themed trivia quiz.

Table of Contents

For your convenience, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in 2004

  2. History Facts From the USA

  3. International News

  4. Quick Sports Facts From 2004

  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  6. Computer and Internet History Facts

  7. The Most Popular Websites in 2004

  8. Nobel Prize Winners

  9. Most Popular Television Shows for 2004-2005

  10. Best-Selling Fiction and Nonfiction Books

  11. Most Popular Movies of the Year

  12. Interesting Horror Movies from 2004

  13. Entries into The National Film Registry

  14. Biggest Pop Music Artists

  15. Number One Music Hits for the Year

  16. Favorite Video Games

  17. Popular Foods and Beverages

  18. Favorite Halloween Costumes from 2004

  19. Famous Weddings and Divorces

  20. Famous People Who Died in 2004

  21. The 10 Best-Selling Cars in America

  22. America’s Largest Corporations

  23. Major Internet Companies Established

In 2004, Shrek, the famous sheep from New Zealand who avoided being caught and shorn for six years, was finally shown live on television.
In 2004, Shrek, the famous sheep from New Zealand who avoided being caught and shorn for six years, was finally shown live on television.

1. Grocery Prices in 2004

These history facts from the American grocery industry have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library in Whippany, NJ, and Statista.com.

  1. Apples (McIntosh) - $1.49 a pound

  2. Bacon (Oscar Mayer) - $5.39 per pound

  3. Beans (B&M Original Baked Beans) - 99 cents for a 16-ounce can

  4. Beef (ground, 90% lean) - $3.49 a pound

  5. Bread (white) - $2.09 for a 20-ounce loaf

  6. Butter (Land O’Lakes) - $4.99 per pound

  7. Cereal (Kellogg’s Corn Flakes) - $2.99 for a 12-ounce box

  8. Cheese (Kraft American Slices) - $5.39 a pound

  9. Chicken (Perdue, whole legs) - $3.99 per pound

  10. Chocolate (Russell Stover) - $3.99 for a one-pound box

  11. Cookies (Nabisco Oreo) - $2.99 for a one-pound package

  12. Crackers (Nabisco Ritz) - $3.19 for a 12-ounce package

  13. Eggs - $1.49 a dozen

  14. Fish (salmon fillet, fresh) - $4.99 a pound

  15. Ham (Armour Premium, canned) - $14.99 for a five-pound can

  16. Hot dogs (Oscar Mayer) - $3.69 for a one-pound package

  17. Ice cream (Breyers) - $4.99 for one-half gallon

  18. Lettuce (Iceberg) - 49 cents a head

  19. Margarine - $2.09 for a one-pound package

  20. Milk - $3.23 a gallon

  21. Onions (Vidalia) - 79 cents a pound

  22. Oranges (Navel) - Five for $1.99

  23. Peanut butter (Foodtown) - $1.49 for an 18-ounce jar

  24. Potatoes (white) - $1.99 for a five-pound bag

  25. Soup (Campbell’s Tomato) - 79 cents for a 10.75-ounce can

  26. Spaghetti (Ronzoni) - 99 cents for a one-pound package

  27. Tuna (Chicken of the Sea, chunk light) - 79 cents for a six-ounce can

In 2004, Hi-C fruit drinks were popular  beverages. When Hi-C was created in 1946, it only came in one flavor: orange.
In 2004, Hi-C fruit drinks were popular beverages. When Hi-C was created in 1946, it only came in one flavor: orange.

2. History Facts From the USA

  1. In 2004, George W. Bush was President of the United States, and Dick Cheney was Vice-President. Bush’s presidency began on January 20, 2001, when he was inaugurated as the 43rd President of the United States. His term of office ended on January 20, 2009, when Barach Obama was inaugurated as the 44th U.S. President.

  2. In 2004, the national unemployment rate was 5.50%. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics points out that “Two States that border the Pacific--Alaska and Oregon--recorded the highest jobless rates in 2004, 7.5 and 7.4 percent, respectively. Michigan, at 7.1 percent, was the only other state with a rate above 7.0 percent. Overall, 16 states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rates above the national average of 5.5 percent in 2004.”

  3. The rate of inflation was 2.66%. In2013Dollars.com tells us that “Purchasing power decreased by 2.66% in 2004 compared to the previous year, 2003. On average, you would have to spend 2.66% more money in 2004 than in 2003 for the same item. In other words, $1 in 2003 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1.03 in 2004.”

  4. In 2004, a 20-ounce loaf of white bread cost $2.09, a dozen eggs were $1.49, one pound of ground beef was $3.49, and five Navel oranges were $1.99. A gallon of milk cost $3.23, butter was $4.99 a pound, five pounds of white potatoes were $1.99, and Vidalia onions cost 79 cents a pound.

  5. Here were the sticker prices for three best-selling 2004 cars: a Ford Taurus SE cost $16,533.00, a Toyota Camry was $15,969.00, and a Lincoln Navigator cost $39,995.00.

  6. The average price for a gallon of gas was $1.74.

  7. The minimum wage was $5.15, the prime rate was 4.25% on July 1, one ounce of gold was $435.60, and the median annual income was $45,817.00.

  8. In January 2004, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the United States was $209,500 while the average price was $262,100. Comparatively, in November 2018, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the U.S. was $302,400 while the average price was $362,400.

  9. On March 15, 90377 Sedna, “a mysterious planet-like body in the distant reaches of the solar system,” was discovered by NASA-funded researchers. 90377 Senda was believed to be two-thirds the size of Pluto.

  10. On April 8, Condoleezza Rice, the U.S. National Security Advisor, testified before the independent National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. CNN.com points out that “The White House initially refused to allow Rice's public testimony but reversed its position after pressure from relatives of 9/11 victims, commission members [sic] and politicians.”

  11. On April 29, President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney testified before the 9/11 Commission in a “closed, unrecorded hearing in the Oval Office.”

  12. On April 29, the last Oldsmobile came off the assembly line at the Lansing Car Assembly plant in Michigan, thus ending the “106-year-old automotive brand.” History.com tells us that “Factory workers signed the last Oldsmobile, an Alero sedan, before the vehicle was moved to Lansing’s R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, where it went on display. The last 500 Aleros ever manufactured featured ‘Final 500’ emblems and were painted dark metallic cherry red.”

  13. On May 13, the final episode of "Frasier" (NBC) was watched by 33 million people.

  14. On May 29, the World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.

  15. On June 5, Ronald Reagan, the 40th U.S. President, passed away.

  16. On June 11, Ronald Reagan's funeral was held at the Washington National Cathedral.

  17. On June 24, capital punishment was declared unconstitutional in New York.

  18. On July 16, business magnate and television personality Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison for lying to federal investigators about a well-timed stock sale.

  19. On August 3, the MESSENGER spacecraft, NASA’s first mission to the planet Mercury in over 30 years, was launched from Cape Canaveral. Nature.com explains that “NASA's only previous Mercury mission was Mariner 10, which photographed less than half of the planet's surface during three flybys in 1974 and 1975. MESSENGER will spend about a year in orbit around Mercury, giving scientists their most detailed ever information about the closest planet to the Sun.”

  20. On September 29, the asteroid 4179 Toutatis buzzed at a distance “only four times the distance from the Earth to the Moon.”

  21. On November 2, George W. Bush was re-elected as President of the United States by defeating Democrat candidate John Kerry.

  22. On November 17, Kmart Corporation announced that it was buying Sears, Roebuck and Co. for $11 billion.

3. International News

  1. On February 21, the European Green Party, the first pan-European political party, was established in Rome. Since then, 34 Green parties from all over Europe have joined the European Greens.

  2. On March 20, Stephen Harper was elected as the leader of the newly created Conservative Party of Canada.

  3. On March 29, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia joined NATO as full members.

  4. On March 29, Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in all workplaces.

  5. On April 28, Shrek, the famous sheep from New Zealand who avoided being caught and shorn for six years, was finally shown live on television.

  6. On May 31, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” the third film based on the books by J. K. Rowling, was released in UK cinemas.

  7. On June 28, Estonia, Lithuania, and Slovenia all joined the European Exchange Rate Mechanism.

  8. On August 13, the Summer Olympic Games opened in Athens, Greece. They closed on August 29.

  9. On August 27, the martial arts film "Hero," which starred Jet Li, opened in U.S. theaters and became the first Chinese-language film to become No. 1 at the American box office.

  10. On December 25, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake created a tsunami that caused devastation along the coasts of several Southeast Asian countries. Britannica.com confirms that “On December 26, 2004, at 7:59 AM local time, an undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 9.1 struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Over the next seven hours, a tsunami--a series of immense ocean waves--triggered by the quake reached out across the Indian Ocean, devastating coastal areas as far away as East Africa. Some locations reported that the waves had reached a height of 30 feet (9 metres) or more when they hit the shoreline.”

In 2004, Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City won 74 games and $2,520,700 on “Jeopardy!.”
In 2004, Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City won 74 games and $2,520,700 on “Jeopardy!.”

4. Quick Sports Facts From 2004

This sports trivia has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  • World Series Champions - Boston Red Sox

  • Super Bowl Champs - New England Patriots

  • NBA Champions - Detroit Pistons

  • Stanley Cup Champs - Tampa Bay Lightning

  • NCAA Basketball Champions - Connecticut

  • NCAA Football Champs - Southern California

  • U.S. Open Golf - Retief Goosen

  • U.S. Tennis (men/women) - Roger Federer/Svetlana Kuznetsova

  • Wimbledon (men/women) - Roger Federer/Maria Sharapova

  • Kentucky Derby - Smarty Jones

5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  1. In 2004, popular baby names were Michael, Matthew, Joshua, Jacob, Emily, Emma, Madison, and Olivia.

  2. The average life expectancy in the United States was 77.34 years, up from 76.99 years the year before.

  3. The cost of a Super Bowl ad was $2,300,000.

  4. Popular Christmas gifts were Bratz fashion dolls, Dora the Explorer, and the Nintendo DS.

  5. Fashion trends in 2004 included hoop earrings, halter necks, suede boots, hip-hugging capri pants, leather wristbands, skinny scarves with polka dots, red eyeliner, two-tone sunglasses, fur ski boots, blazers, and shirts with random letters and numbers on them.

  6. Hotties and fashion icons were Christina Aguilera, Pamela Anderson, Jennifer Aniston, Victoria Beckham, Catherine Bell, Halle Berry, Beyonce, Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth, Brooke Burke, Mariah Carey, Cameron Diaz, Carmen Electra, Jennifer Garner, Eva Green, Teri Hatcher, Paris Hilton, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, Portia de Rossi, Shakira, Jessica Simpson, Kim Smith, Britney Spears, Melania Trump, Liv Tyler, and Naomi Watts.

  7. Hunks included Jude Law, George Clooney, Usher, Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Heath Ledger, and David Beckham.

  8. Ericka Dunlap (Florida) won the Miss America crown.

  9. Shandi Finnessey (Missouri) became Miss USA.

  10. Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was George W. Bush.

  11. Top-grossing Broadway shows included “Wicked,” “The Lion King,” “The Producers,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Hairspray,” “42nd Street,” “Movin’ Out,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Boy from Oz,” and “Phantom of the Opera.”

  12. At the 76th Academy Awards, which honored the best films of 2003, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” won an Oscar for Best Picture, Sean Penn (“Mystic River”) won an Oscar for Best Actor, Charlize Theron (“Monster”) won an Oscar for Best Actress, and Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”) won an Oscar for Best Director.

  13. At the 56th Primetime Emmy Awards, “Arrested Development” (Fox) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and “The Sopranos” (HBO) won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Likewise, Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Sarah Jessica Parker (“Sex and the City”) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

  14. At the 46th annual Grammy Awards, the American rock band Evanescence won a Grammy for Best New Artist.

  15. G.I. Joe, the Rocking Horse, and Scrabble were all inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

  16. Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City won 74 games and $2,520,700 on "Jeopardy!."

  17. Low-carb diets like “Atkins” and “South Beach” were all the rage.

  18. On January 8, Cunard's RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest transatlantic ocean liner ever built, was christened. HistoryandHeadlines.com tells us that the Queen Mary 2 “stretches 1132 feet long and has a beam of 135 feet (waterline). Towering 236 feet above the water, the ship draws 33 feet of water and displaces almost 80,000 tonnes (metric tons), with a gross tonnage of 148, 528. Compare these numbers with the RMS Titanic, which was 882 feet 9 inches long and 92 feet 6 inches wide, displacing 52,310 tons, a fraction of the size of this modern leviathan!”

  19. Jeff Smith, TV’s “Frugal Gourmet,” passed away.

  20. Al Lapin, who along with his brother Jerry co-founded the International House of Pancakes, also died.

  21. Cooking authority Julia Child passed away just two days before her 92nd birthday.

  22. Country music star Willie Nelson opened his own restaurant, “The Texas Roadhouse Grill,” in Austin, Texas.

  23. In 2004, American scientists Richard Axel and Linda Buck were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine. According to FoodReference.com, they received the award for their work on our sense of smell, and “discovered genes that are responsible for our ability to recognize thousands of complex odors, and remember them throughout life.”

  24. The British Parliament voted to ban fox hunting in the UK effective in February 2005.

  25. On July 16, business magnate and television personality Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison for lying to federal investigators about a well-timed stock sale.

In 2004, Google launched the free email service Gmail.
In 2004, Google launched the free email service Gmail.

6. Computer and Internet History Facts

These fun facts and trivia from 2004 have been made available courtesy of ComputerHope.com.

  1. In 2004, the most popular websites included Yahoo!, Time Warner, MSN, Google, eBay, Amazon, Lycos, About.com, Excite, Viacom, Verizon, CNET, The Weather Channel, and Real. Comparatively, in January 2019, the most-visited web destinations were Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo!, Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Bing, eBay, MSN, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Ask, and Wordpress.

  2. The total number of Internet users in the world was 913,327,771, which was 14.2% of the total global population.

  3. The most popular web browser was Internet Explorer. During the fourth quarter of 2004, IE had a market share of 90.98%, followed by Mozilla/Firefox (5.10%), Safari (0.77%), Opera (0.68%), and Netscape Navigator (0.18%).

  4. In December 2004, Google was the most popular search engine with a market share of 35%, followed by Yahoo! (32%), MSN (16%), AOL (9%), Excite (4%), AskJeeves (2%), and others (2%).

  5. AOL processed an estimated 700 million search queries every month.

  6. In 2004, the most searched for words on the web were horoscopes, lyrics, hairstyles, foreclosures, salaries, jobs, tattoos, and IRS.

  7. Top Internet searches for people that year included Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Janet Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Usher, Harry Potter, Pamela Anderson, Jessica Simpson, and Orlando Bloom.

  8. Popular online searches for sports teams were Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Oakland Raiders.

  9. In 2004, the most searched for athletes on the web included Kobe Bryant, Bam Margera, Michael Phelps, Lance Armstrong, Serena Williams, Anna Kournikova, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Jackie Robinson, and Trish Stratus.

  10. Top Internet searches for recipes that year were cookie recipes, crockpot recipes, mixed drink recipes, turkey, cakes, meatloaf, cheesecake, salsa, banana bread, and brownies.

  11. Popular online searches for gadgets and devices included cellphones, digital cameras, MP3 players, PDA devices, GPS devices, plasma TVs, HD TVs, laptops, printers, DVD recorders, and telescopes.

  12. In 2004, the most searched for toys on the web were Neopets, Barbie, My Scene dolls, Care Bears, Bratz fashion dolls, scooters, PlayStation 2, Polly Pockets, Dora the Explorer, and Nintendo Gamecube.

  13. Top Internet searches for tattoos that year included tribal, butterfly, fairy, cross, Celtic, star, temporary, dragon, angel, and religious.

  14. Popular online searches for fashion labels were Louis Vuitton, Coach, Uggs, Gucci, Dooney & Bourke, Prada, Polo, Baby Phat, Steve Madden, and Juicy Couture.

  15. In 2004, the most searched for celebrity moms on the web included Julia Roberts, Shar Jackson, Liv Tyler, J.K. Rowling, Kate Hudson, Solange Knowles, Heidi Klum, Leah Remini, Holly Marie Combs, and Monica Bellucci.

  16. Top Internet searches for movies that year were “Harry Potter,” “Passion of the Christ,” “Lord of The Rings,” “Spider-Man 2,” “Star Wars,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Troy,” “Finding Nemo,” “Van Helsing,” and “Shrek 2.”

  17. Popular online searches for television shows included “American Idol," "Oprah Winfrey," "Survivor," "Days of Our Lives," "Apprentice," "Big Brother," "The Bachelor," "The OC," "The Sopranos," and "Charmed."

  18. Computer companies founded in 2004 were Tilera, FireEye, GrubHub, Mindtouch, and Vimeo.

  19. In January, Google launched the social networking site Orkut.

  20. In January, Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe founded the online networking community MySpace.

  21. In February, Google announced that it had indexed 4.28 billion web pages and 880 million images.

  22. On February 4, Facebook was launched by Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes in a Harvard University dorm room. Matt Ahlgren tells us that Facebook is now “the king/queen of the social media landscape with an audience that is both massive (close to 1.5 billion active daily users) as well as loyal (average time spent on it per user per day is 35 minutes).” About 400 people join Facebook every minute.

  23. On April 1, Google launched the free email service “Gmail,” which many initially believed was an April Fools’ Day joke. Today, Gmail has over 1.5 billion active users worldwide.

  24. On August 18, Google’s IPO (initial public offering) was priced at $85 a share. They offered 19,605,052 shares, which was about 7% of the company.

  25. In September, the term “grayware” was coined. ComputerHope.com explains that “grayware (or greyware) refers to an unwanted software program (small or large) that can cause damage to a computer system. Most adware, malware, and spyware programs can be classified as grayware. In general, grayware is not as destructive as a virus, but rather are more of a nuisance or annoyance.”

  26. On October 13, Russel Simmons and Jeremy Stoppelman launched Yelp, a service that provides reviews for local businesses like restaurants, dentists, and hair stylists. According to their website, Yelpers wrote over 177 reviews by the end of 2018.

  27. On November 9, Firefox 1.0 was released.

  28. In 2004, Google announced that it had over 100 domains.

7. The Most Popular Websites in 2004

These Internet history facts have been made available courtesy of SocialTalent.com and eBizMBA.com.

In 2004, the most-visited websites included Yahoo!, Time Warner, MSN, Google, eBay, Amazon, Lycos, About.com, Excite, Viacom, Verizon, CNET, The Weather Channel, and Real.

Ten years later, favorite web destinations were Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo!, Amazon, Wikipedia, eBay, LinkedIn, Twitter, Craigslist, Bing, Pinterest, Blogger, Disney, and CNN.

In January 2019, the most popular websites included Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo!, Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Bing, eBay, MSN, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Ask, and Wordpress.

As you can see, the major shift in Internet habits between 2004 and 2019 has been toward social media. In 2004, there were no social media networks among the 15 most popular websites. However, one-third of today’s most-visited sites on the web are social networks and media sharing sites.

In 2004, G.I. Joe, the Rocking Horse, and Scrabble were all inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
In 2004, G.I. Joe, the Rocking Horse, and Scrabble were all inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

8. Nobel Prize Winners

These Nobel Prize facts have been made available courtesy of InfoPlease.com.

  • Chemistry: Aaron Ciechanover (Israel), Avram Hershko (Israel), and Irwin Rose (U.S.)

  • Economics: Finn E. Kydland (Norway) and Edward C. Prescott (U.S.)

  • Literature: Elfriede Jelinek (Austria)

  • Peace: Wangari Maathai (Kenya) “for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy[,] and peace.”

  • Physics: David J. Gross, H. David Politzer, and Frank Wilczek (all from the U.S.)

  • Physiology or medicine: Richard Axel and Linda Buck (both from the U.S.)

9. Most Popular Television Shows for 2004-2005

This TV trivia has been made available courtesy of PopCultureMadness.com.

  1. American Idol (Fox)

  2. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (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)

In 2004, Sarah Jessica Parker (“Sex and the City”) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
In 2004, Sarah Jessica Parker (“Sex and the City”) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

10. Best-Selling Fiction and Nonfiction Books

This book trivia has been made available courtesy of PublishersWeekly.com.

Fiction:

  1. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

  2. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

  3. The Last Juror by John Grisham

  4. Glorious Appearing by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

  5. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

  6. State of Fear by Michael Crichton

  7. London Bridges by James Patterson

  8. Trace by Patricia Cornwell

  9. The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason

  10. The Da Vinci Code: Special Illustrated Collector’s Edition by Dan Brown

  11. I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe

  12. Night Fall by Nelson De Mille

  13. A Salty Piece of Land by Jimmy Buffett

  14. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich

  15. Black Wind by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

Nonfiction:

  1. The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren

  2. The South Beach Diet by Arthur Agatston, M.D.

  3. My Life by Bill Clinton

  4. America by Jon Stewart

  5. The South Beach Diet Cookbook by Arthur Agatston, M.D.

  6. Family First by Dr. Phil McGraw

  7. He’s Just Not That into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo

  8. Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss

  9. Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential by Joel Osteen

  10. Guinness World Records 2005

  11. Unfit for Command by John O’Neill and Jerome R. Corsi

  12. The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach

  13. The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands by Laura Schlessinger

  14. The Family by Kitty Kelley

  15. Plan of Attack by Bob Woodward

11. Most Popular Movies of the Year

This movie trivia has been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  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

In 2004, Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
In 2004, Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

12. Interesting Horror Movies from 2004

Horror films for the year included Saw, Dawn of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead, The Grudge, Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Dead Birds, Shutter, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, Blade: Trinity, Seed of Chucky, Exorcist: The Beginning, Creep, R-Point, The Village, Dumplings, Dead & Breakfast, Van Helsing, Toolbox Murders, and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning.

13. Entries into The National Film Registry

This film trivia has been made available courtesy of the Library of Congress.

  1. A Bronx Morning (1931)

  2. Ben-Hur (1959)

  3. Clash of the Wolves (1925)

  4. D.O.A. (1950)

  5. Daughters of the Dust (1991)

  6. Duck and Cover (1951)

  7. Empire (1964)

  8. Enter the Dragon (1973)

  9. Eraserhead (1977)

  10. Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers (1980)

  11. Going My Way (1944)

  12. Jailhouse Rock (1957)

  13. Kannapolis, N.C. (1941)

  14. Lady Helen’s Escapade (1909)

  15. OffOn (1968)

  16. Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936)

  17. Pups Is Pups (1930)

  18. Schindler’s List (1993)

  19. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

  20. Swing Time (1936)

  21. The Blue Bird (1918)

  22. The Court Jester (1956)

  23. The Nutty Professor (1963)

  24. There It Is (1928)

  25. Unforgiven (1992)

14. Biggest Pop Music Artists

These fun facts and trivia from 2004 have been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

Alicia Keyes, Ashlee Simpson, Beyonce, Ciara, Chingy, Fantasia, Jay-Z, JoJo, Juvenile, Kelly Clarkson, Lil Flip, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, Linkin Park, Ludacris, Nickleback, Outkast, Petey Pablo, R. Kelly, Snoop Dogg, Terror Squad, and Twista.

In 2004, Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe founded the online networking community MySpace.
In 2004, Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe founded the online networking community MySpace.

15. Number One Music Hits for the Year

This music trivia has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  • December 13, 2003 - February 13, 2004: Outkast - Hey Ya!

  • February 14 - February 20: Outkast featuring Sleepy Brown -The Way You Move

  • February 21 - February 27: Twista featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx - Slow Jamz

  • February 28 - May 21: Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris -Yeah!

  • May 22 - July 9: Usher - Burn

  • July 10 - July 23: Fantasia - I Believe

  • July 24 - August 6: Usher - Confessions Part II

  • August 7 - August 20: Juvenile featuring Soulja Slim - Slow Motion

  • August 21 - September 10: Terror Squad - Lean Back

  • September 11 - October 29: Ciara featuring Petey Pablo -Goodies

  • October 30 - December 10: Usher and Alicia Keys - My Boo

  • December 11, 2004 - December 31, 2005: Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell -Drop It Like It's Hot

16. Favorite Video Games

Favorite video games from 2004 included World of Warcraft, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Half-Life 2, Doom 3, Halo 2, Fable, Burnout 3: Takedown, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, The Sims 2, Def Jam: Fight for NY, ESPN NFL 2K5, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Ninja Gaiden, Need for Speed: Underground 2, Driver 3, and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords.

Other popular video games were Fight Night, Madden NFL, Tony Hawk's Underground 2, Star Wars: Battlefront, The Bard's Tale, Battlefield Vietnam, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War, Mortal Kombat: Deception, Spider-Man 2, Fight Club, BloodRayne 2, Jak 3, The Incredibles, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age, Far Cry, Rome: Total War, City of Heroes, Call of Duty: Finest Hour, and Alias.

17. Popular Foods and Beverages

These fun facts and trivia from 2004 have been made available courtesy of TheKitchn.com and SpoonUniversity.com.

  1. Bacon

  2. Brown butter pasta

  3. Comfort foods (for example, chicken pot pies, meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, and pizza)

  4. Creme brûlée

  5. Cupcakes and mini-cupcakes

  6. Favorite flavors in 2004 included bacon, blueberry, cranberry, ginger, hibiscus, mint, pomegranate, and wasabi.

  7. Fruit smoothies (for example, mango yogurt smoothies)

  8. Giant hunks of meat (influenced by the Atkins diet)

  9. Hi-C (for example, Blazin' Blueberry, Boppin’ Strawberry, Strawberry Kiwi Kraze, Orange Lavaburst, and Wild Cherry)

  10. Lunchables

  11. Olive and truffle oils

  12. Planters Cheez Balls

  13. Planters Cheez Curls

  14. Popsicle Cookies & Cream (dairy dessert)

  15. Scooby-Doo! Fruit Flavored Snacks

  16. Sliders

  17. Superfruits such as pomegranates and blueberries

  18. Sushi

  19. Whole grains

In 2004, “Spider-Man 2” was a popular movie.
In 2004, “Spider-Man 2” was a popular movie.

18. Favorite Halloween Costumes from 2004

This Halloween trivia has been made available courtesy of Money.CNN.com.

  1. Spiderman

  2. Princess

  3. Witch

  4. Vampire

  5. Mobster

  6. SpongeBob

  7. Ninja

  8. Athlete (baseball, football, etc.)

  9. Ghost

  10. Power ranger

  11. Angel

  12. Pumpkin

  13. Batman

  14. Yu Gi Oh

  15. Pop star

  16. Barbie

  17. Harry Potter character

  18. Pirate

  19. Clown

  20. Firefighter

19. Famous Weddings and Divorces

This celebrity news has been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

Weddings:

  1. On January 3, singer Britney Spears wed childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander.

  2. On January 24, actress Selma Blair married producer Ahmet Zappa.

  3. On February 26, comedian Rosie O'Donnell wed marketing executive Kelli O'Donnell.

  4. On June 5, actress Jennifer Lopez married salsa artist Marc Anthony.

  5. On July 30, actor Nicolas Cage wed Alice Kim.

  6. On August 28, "Law & Order: SVU" actress Mariska Hargitay married actor and writer Peter Hermann.

  7. On September 25, actor Kevin Costner wed model and handbag designer Christine Baumgartner.

  8. On October 2, singer and songwriter Billy Joel married television food critic and chef Katie Lee.

  9. On October 5, professional golfer Tiger Woods wed former Swedish model Elin Nordegren.

  10. On October 28, economist Joseph Stiglitz married university professor Anya Schiffrin.

Divorces:

  1. January 4, Britney Spears had her marriage annulled less than 55 hours after tying the knot with her childhood friend Jason Alexander.

  2. On March 30, actress Jennifer Garner divorced actor Scott Foley.

  3. On April 26, actress Deborah Falconer divorced actor Robert Downey Jr.

  4. On April 27, actress Halle Berry filed for divorce from singer Eric Benet.

  5. On November 19, singer Jermaine Jackson divorced Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza.

20. Famous People Who Died in 2004

These celebrity facts have been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

  1. January 27 - Jack Paar (American television show host)

  2. February 29 - Jerome Lawrence (American playwright)

  3. March 28 - Peter Ustinov (British actor, author, and journalist)

  4. April 24 - Estée Lauder (American cosmetics entrepreneur)

  5. May 19 - Tony Randall (American actor)

  6. June 5 - Ronald Reagan (40th U.S. President)

  7. June 10 - Ray Charles (American singer and pianist)

  8. July 1 - Marlon Brando (American actor)

  9. July 11 - Laurance Rockefeller (American conservationist and philanthropist)

  10. July 28 - Francis Crick (English molecular biologist)

  11. August 3 - Henri Cartier-Bresson (French photographer)

  12. August 13 - Julia Child (American chef, author, and television personality)

  13. October 3 - Janet Leigh (American actress)

  14. October 5 - Rodney Dangerfield (American comedian)

  15. October 10 - Christopher Reeve (American actor)

  16. October 29 - Vaughn Meader (American comedian and musician)

  17. November 9 - Stieg Larsson (Swedish author)

  18. November 26 - Philippe de Broca (French film director)

  19. November 30 - Pierre Berton (Canadian author)

  20. December 28 - Jerry Orbach (American actor)

  21. December 28 - Susan Sontag (American writer)

In 2004, comfort foods like meatloaf were crowd-pleasers.
In 2004, comfort foods like meatloaf were crowd-pleasers.

21. The 10 Best-Selling Cars in America

This auto news has been made available courtesy of GoodCarBadCar.net.

  1. Ford F-Series

  2. Chevrolet Silverado

  3. Toyota Camry

  4. Dodge Ram

  5. Honda Accord

  6. Ford Explorer

  7. Honda Civic

  8. Chevrolet Impala

  9. Chevrolet TrailBlazer

  10. Ford Taurus

22. America’s Largest Corporations

This corporate trivia has been made available courtesy of Fortune.com.

  1. Walmart

  2. Exxon Mobil

  3. General Motors

  4. Ford Motor

  5. General Electric

  6. ChevronTexaco

  7. ConocoPhillips

  8. Citigroup

  9. IBM

  10. American International Group

23. Major Internet Companies Established

Startups included AmericaBlog, AnnualCreditReport.com, ASmallWorld, AutoAdmit, BackPage, Beatport, Bleeping Computer, BlueOregon, Breton Wikipedia, Browse Happy, Burmese Wikipedia, Cantonese Wikipedia, Cartoon Brew, CiteULike, The Comics Curmudgeon, Complete Index to World Film, ConnectU, Copyscape, Crooks and Liers, Digg, DirectGov, Dogster, and Doyles Room.

Other startups were Facebook, Faves.com, Flickr, Gmail, Google Santa Tracker, Indeed, Jobster, Melon, A Motley Vision, Multiply, NASDAQ Private Market, OpenStreetMap, Peekvid.com, RealClimate, RedState, Sanskrit Wikipedia, Savings.com, Tagged, Thrillist, True Delta, Ukrainian Wikipedia, The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Vimeo, Wikia, Yelp, Yiddish Wikipedia, and ZipcodeZoo.

In 2004, Russel Simmons and Jeremy Stoppelman founded Yelp, a service that provides reviews for local businesses like restaurants and coffee shops.
In 2004, Russel Simmons and Jeremy Stoppelman founded Yelp, a service that provides reviews for local businesses like restaurants and coffee shops.

© 2019 Gregory DeVictor

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    Gregory DeVictor 

    2 months ago from Squirrel Hill, PA

    Liz, thank you for the comment. Like you, I have come to believe that Facebook has been around forever. I was also surprised to learn that Yelp was launched in 2004.

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    Liz Westwood 

    2 months ago from UK

    Another great compendium of facts. Facebook seems to have been around forever. I wonder how many hours people have spent in total on Facebook over the past 15 years.

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    Liz Westwood 

    2 months ago from UK

    Another great compendium of facts. It seems like Facebook has been around forever. I wonder how many hours in total have been spent on it these past 15 years?

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