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2004 Trivia, Facts & History

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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


Kentucky Derby

Smarty Jones

Sports Highlights

Michael Phelps

The Hotties Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons

Gisele Bündchen, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, 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

The Heartthrobs

Jude Law, George Clooney, Usher, Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, David Beckham

"The Quotes"

"You're Fired"
- Donald Trump

"That's Hot"
- Paris Hilton

- Howard Dean

"I Am A Gay American"
- NJ ex-governor Jim McGreevey

Time Magazine's Person of the Year

George W. Bush

Miss America

Ericka Dunlap (Orlando, FL)

Miss USA

Shandi Finnessey (Missouri)

The Scandals, Deaths and Odd News

A storage unit was bought by Nabila Haniss from the show Storage Wars for $208. The unit was found to have been previously owned by Paris Hilton, and had many nude images of the celeb. The socialite’s belongings were sold to an entrepreneur for $10 million who created and resold her belongings on a website called "Paris Exposed."

In 2004, 21 percent of people aged 18 to 29 cited "The Daily Show" as where they learned presidential campaign news, even though the show's own producers (including Jon Stewart) ridiculed the very idea of people looking to their program as a primary news source.

Janet Jackson's right breast was exposed by Justin Timberlake during 2004ís Super Bowl halftime show while they sang his "Rock Your Body." Well, most of it was exposed. The New American phrase: "Wardrobe Malfunction"

Between 1985 and 2004, the number of people saying there is no one with whom they discuss important matters nearly tripled.

"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.

The audience at Oprah's "You Get a Car" episode each had to pay $7,000 in taxes or forfeit the gift.

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 report was written with a modern computer, not the IBM Selectric that would have been used in 1972.

Hip Hop Death: Old Dirty Bastard (cocaine and painkiller overdose)

Britney Spears married high school friend Jason Alexander (not the Seinfeld star) for nearly an entire weekend. (55 hours)

2004 Pop Culture News

The ghost town of Albert, TX, with a population of 7, was purchased in 2004 for $216,000. Some renovations were done like adding a tavern, and three years later the town was auctioned off and sold on eBay with a $2,500,000 reserve price.

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 slutty expensive dress ever.

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.

Ashlee Simpson was caught lip-syncing on Saturday Night Live on October 24.

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.

Virgin Mary on Toast won by Golden Palace for $5,999.00

The Disaster

A Tsunami killed nearly quarter of a million people in Indonesia and the entire South Asian area, 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.

The Habits

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 and their fans wore 'Kabbalah Strings'
Reading The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

2004's Most Popular Christmas Gifts

Bratz, Dancing Dora the Explorer

Top 10 Books

1. My Life - Bill Clinton
2. The 9/11 Commission Report
3. The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands - Dr. Laura Schlessinger
4. The Rule Of Four - Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
5. The Last Juror - John Grisham
6. Eats, Shoots, Leaves - Lynne Truss
7. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book) - Daily Show Writers & Jon Stewart
8. The Automatic Millionaire - David Bach
9. He's Just Not That Into You - Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo
10. The South Beach Diet Cookbook - Dr. Arthur Agatston

Top 10 CDs

1. Confessions - Usher
2. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below - Outkast
3. Closer - Josh Groban
4. The Diary of Alicia Keys - Alicia Keys
5. Feels Like Home - Norah Jones
6. Fallen - Evanescence
7. Shock'n Y'All - Toby Keith
8. In The Zone - Britney Spears
9. The Very Best Of Sheryl Crow - Sheryl Crow
10. When The Sun Goes Down - Kenny Chesney

Popular Movies:

50 First Dates, Aliens Vs Predator, The Bourne Supremacy, The Day After Tomorrow, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Fahrenheit 9/11, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Aszkaban, Hotel Rwanda, I Robot, The Incredibles, Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events, Meet the Fockers, National Treasure, Ocean's Twelve, The Passion of the Christ, The Polar Express, Primer, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Shark Tale, Shrek 2, Spider-Man 2, Troy, Van Helsing, The Village

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's 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)

Popular Music

The Biggest Pop Artists of 2004 include
Alicia Keyes, Ashlee Simpson, Beyonce, Ciara, Chingy, Fantasia, Jay-Z, JoJo, Juvenile, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Lil Flip, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, Linkin Park, Ludacris, Maroon 5, Nelly, Nickleback, Outkast, Petey Pablo, R. Kelly, Snoop Dogg, Terror Squad, Twista, Usher

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 2004

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

February 14, 2004 - February 20, 2004: Outkast featuring Sleepy Brown - The Way You Move

February 21, 2004 - February 27, 2004: Twista featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx - Slow Jamz

February 28, 2004 - May 21, 2004: Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris - Yeah!

May 22, 2004 - July 9, 2004: Usher - Burn

July 10, 2004 - July 23, 2004: Fantasia - I Believe

July 24, 2004 - August 6, 2004: Usher - Confessions Part II

August 7, 2004 - August 20, 2004: Juvenile featuring Soulja Slim - Slow Motion

August 21, 2004 - September 10, 2004: Terror Squad - Lean Back

September 11, 2004 - October 29, 2004: Ciara featuring Petey Pablo - Goodies

October 30, 2004 - December 10, 2004: Usher and Alicia Keys - My Boo

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

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Popular Music in 2004 ~ # 1 Hits of 2004