On January 28
, International Olympic Committee Vice-President Kim Un-yong
is arrested on charges of corruption in Seoul
. Prosecutors arrest Kim minutes after an arrest warrant is issued by the Seoul District Court, and the 72-year-old was put behind bars after his pre-trial detention was approved.
On April 27, the International Olympic Committee takes out insurance in case the Athens Olympic Games are canceled due to terrorism or natural disasters.
On May 18, the International Olympic Committee announced the list of cities accepted as candidates to host the 2012 Olympic Games. The five candidate cities are Paris, New York, Moscow, London and Madrid.
The 2004 Olympics opened in Athens
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- For an extensive coverage see 2004 in athletics (track and field)
- April 4 — Rotterdam Marathon, Netherlands
- April 18 — London Marathon, United Kingdom
- April 19 — Boston Marathon, United States
- May 16 — Enschede Marathon, Netherlands
- August 22 — Olympic Marathon, Athens, Greece
- August 29 — Olympic Marathon, Athens, Greece
- November 7 — New York City Marathon, United States
- December 5 — Fukuoka Marathon, Japan
- June 27 College World Series: Cal State Fullerton wins the NCAA College World Series, defeating Texas 3-2 to win the best-of-three championship series 2-0.
- July 4: Éric Gagné's consecutive saves streak ended at 84 in a 6-5 Los Angeles Dodgers victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks
- July 10: Barry Bonds breaks his own record for intentional walks received in a season; amazingly, he broke the former full-season record of 68 set in 2002 before the All-Star break. After three intentional walks in a 3-1 San Francisco Giants win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, his total stood at 71. He would end the season with 120.
- August 8: At Comerica Park, Boston Red Sox outslugged the Detroit Tigers 11-9, despite knuckle baller Tim Wakefield giving up a record six home runs.
- August 31: The Cleveland Indians win a 22-0 rout of the New York Yankees, who endured the worst shutout loss in league history.
- September 17: At San Francisco, Barry Bonds became just the third player in MLB history to hit 700 home runs. Bonds joined the select company of Hall of Famers Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) with his historic blast off San Diego Padres Jake Peavy in the third inning.
- September 17: At Seattle, Ichiro Suzuki hits his 199th single of the season, breaking the major league baseball record of 198, set by Lloyd Waner in 1927.
- September 29: Major League Baseball announces that the Montreal Expos will be moved to the Washington, DC area for the 2005 season.
- October 1: Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners gets two base hits to break the 83-year-old record for most hits in a single season. The previous record, held by George Sisler, was 257 hits in a season.
- October 20: The Boston Red Sox win the ALCS, coming back from 0-3 in the best-of-seven series against the New York Yankees.
- October 26: Seibu Lions PL defeats Chunichi Dragons CL, 4 games to 3 in the Japan Series.
- October 27: The Boston Red Sox sweep the St. Louis Cardinals, four games to none, to win the World Series for the first time in 86 years.
See also 2004 in baseball
see also 2004 in cricket
- Canadian Figure Skating Championships at Edmonton:
- 2004 United States Figure Skating Championships at Atlanta, Georgia:
- January 8:
- January 9:
- January 10:
- Senior Men's winner: Johnny Weir, Newark, Delaware, 1.5
- Senior Pairs winners: Rena Inoue and John Baldwin, 2.0
- Junior Ladies' winner: Kimberly Meissner, Bel Air, Maryland, 2.0
- Senior Ice Dance winners: Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto, Detroit, Michigan, 2.0
- January 11:
- 2004 European Figure Skating Championships, Budapest, Hungary
- 2004 World Figure Skating Championships, Dortmund, Germany
- For an extensive coverage see 2004 in football (soccer)
- * Gold Medal:
- * Silver Medal:
- * Bronze Medal:
- * Gold Medal:
- * Silver Medal:
- * Bronze Medal:
- * Gold Medal:
- * Silver Medal:
- * Bronze Medal:
Other English racesUnited States Triple Crown
- May 1 - Haafhd wins the 2,000 Guineas Stakes.
- June 5 - North Light wins the Epsom Derby.
- September 11 - Rule of Law wins the St. Leger Stakes.
Other United States racesOctober 30 - Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas:
- May 1 - Smarty Jones wins the Kentucky Derby.
- May 15 - Smarty Jones wins the Preakness Stakes by a record margin of 11½ lengths.
- June 5 - Birdstone wins the Belmont Stakes.
- January 4 - Under 17 World Championship at St. John's
- January 5 - 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships at Helsinki, Finland
- February 12 - An independent audit by Arthur Levitt reveals that National Hockey League teams lost a collective US$273 million in 2003, and suggests the league is "on the road to oblivion."
- April 6 - 2004 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships at Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Gold Medal Game: 2, 0
- Bronze Medal Game: 3, 2
- April 10 - National Women's Hockey League championship at Brampton, Ontario
- April 18 - IIHF World Under-18 Championship at Minsk, Belarus
- April 25 - Allan Cup at Saint-Georges, Quebec
- April 25 - Canadian National Midget Championship at Kenora, Ontario
- May 9 - 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships at Prague, Czech Republic
- Gold Medal Game: 5, 3
- Bronze Medal Game: 1, 0 (SO)
- May 23 - Memorial Cup at Kelowna, British Columbia
- June 7 - Stanley Cup - Tampa Bay Lightning defeat Calgary Flames 4 games to 3 to win the Stanley Cup.
- September 14 - World Cup of Hockey at Toronto, Canada
- September 15 - NHL collective bargaining agreement expires. Commissioner Gary Bettman announces a lockout of NHLPA players (see: 2004-05 NHL lockout).
- October 11 - Jean Perron named head coach of Israeli national under-18 hockey team
- Cross-country skiing
- Downhill skiing
- January 4 - Men's World Cup Slalom Competition at Flachau, Austria winner: Kalle Palander, Finland, 1:42.24
- January 4 - Women's World Cip Giant Slalom Competition at Megeve, France winner: Alexandra Meissnitzer, Austria 1:24.98
- January 10 - Men's World Cup downhill race at Chamonix, France winner: Stephane Eberharter, Austria 1:59.08
- January 10- Women's World Cup downhill ski race at Veysonnaz, Switzerland winner: Renate Götschl, Austria 1:38.58
- January 11- Men's World Cup slalom at Chamonix, France winner: Giorgio Rocca, Italy 1:29.09
- January 17- Women's World Cup downhill race at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy winner: Hilde Gerg, Germany 1:17.57
- Freestyle skiing
- Giant slalom
- Nordic skiing
- Ski jumping
- January 3 - World Cup men's "big air" snowboarding competition at Klagenfurt, Austria winner: Aleksi Vanninen, Finland, 1,000 points
- January 6 - World Cup snowboard parallel slalom at Bad Gastein, Austria
- January 10 - World Cup giant slalom race at L'Alpe d'Huez, France
- January 16 - World Cup cross at Arosa, Switzerland
- January 17 -
- Men's winner: Simone Malusa, Italy 1,000
- Women's winner: Karine Ruby, France 1,000
- January 2 - Winners at the 2003 Canada Post All Round Canadian Championships at Calgary, Alberta:
- January 3
- January 17 - Winners at the World sprint speedskating championships at Nagano, Japan:
- February 7 - 9 - Winners at the 2004 World Allround Speed Skating Championships at Hamar, Norway:
- Men's 500 m: Yevgeny Lalenkov, Russia 35.780
- Men's 5000 m: Carl Verheijen, Netherlands 6:20.61
- Ladies' 500 m: Jennifer Rodriguez, United States 38.740
- Ladies' 3000 m Renate Groenewold, Netherlands 4:04.58
- Men's 1500 m Shani Davis, United States 1:46.02
- Men's 10,000 m Carl Verheijen, Netherlands 13:17.86
- Ladies' 1500 m Jennifer Rodriguez, United States, 1:57.33
- Ladies' 5000 m Gretha Smit, Netherlands 7:02.89
- Men's all-around champion: Chad Hedrick, United States 150.478
- Ladies' all-around champion: Renate Groenewold, Netherlands 162.573
- January 2 — Paul Hopkins (99), reported to be the oldest living former Major League Baseball player
- January 4 — James Counsilman, American swimming coach (b. 1920)
- January 5 - TG Jones, Footballer (Soccer) Wales and Everton
- January 5 - Tug McGraw (59), former MLB relief pitcher with the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies who played for two World Champions in 1969 with the Mets and in 1980 with the Phillies and coined the phrase "You Gotta Believe!".
- January 14 — Mike Goliat (78), member of the famous Phillies' "Whiz Kids" team that won the 1950 NL pennant
- January 17 — Harry "The Cat" Brecheen (89), former MLB pitcher
- January 19 — David Hookes - Australian cricketer
- January 25 — Fanny Blankers-Koen (85), legendary Dutch athlete
- January 25 — Miklos Feher, Hungarian footballer (soccer)
- February 1 — Ally McLeod, footballer (soccer) and former Scottish national team manager
- February 14 — Marco Pantani (34), Italian cyclist, winner of 1998 Tour de France
- February 17 — Shirley Strickland de la Hunty - Australian Athlete
- February 21 — John Charles, Welsh football (soccer) player for Leeds, Juventus, Roma, Cardiff and Wales
- February 22 — Andy Seminick (83), MLB catcher who played for the 1950 Phillies' "Whiz Kids" team
- March 3 — Chris Timms, 56, New Zealand yachtsman
- March 3 — Luis Villalta, 34, Peruvian boxer
- March 7 — Jack Holden, 96, English long-distance runner (b. 1907)
- March 18 — Gene Bearden, 83, Major League Baseball pitcher
- March 22 — Peter Jackson, England and Lions winger
- March 30 — Salvatore Burruni, 70, Italian boxer (b. 1933)
- April 4 — George Bamberger, 80, Major League Baseball pitcher and manager
- April 4 — Briek Schotte, 84, Belgian cyclist (b. 1919)
- April 9 — Julius Sang, Kenyan runner (b. 1948)
- April 10 — Lou Berberet, 74, Major League Baseball catcher
- April 12 — Frankie Narvaez, 65, Puerto Rican boxer
- April 20 — Ronnie Simpson, Scottish football (soccer) goalkeeper
- April 22 — Pat Tillman, 27, American football player who left the NFL to enlist in the United States Army; killed in action in Afghanistan
- April 23 — Ross Rutledge, 41, Canadian field hockey player (b. 1962)
- April 26 — Hasse Thomsén, 62, Swedish heavyweight boxer (b. 1942)
- May 2 — Moe Burtschy, 82, Major League Baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia & Kansas City Athletics
- May 3 — Darrell Johnson, 75, Major League Baseball catcher who was manager for the Boston Red Sox in the 1975 World Series
- May 13 — Magnar Estenstad, 79, Norwegian cross country skier (b. 1924)
- May 17 Buster Narum, 63, Major League Baseball pitcher for the Orioles and Senators
- June 4 Wilmer Fields, 81, Negro League Baseball All-Star player
- June 5 — Jack Foster, 72, New Zealand long-distance runner (b. 1932)
- June 8 — Mack Jones, 65, Major League Baseball outfielder, who played for the Milwaukee & Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds and Montreal Expos
- July 5 — Rodger Ward (83), two-time Indianapolis 500 winner
- July 9 — Tony Lupien (87), former MLB first baseman, who also was baseball and basketball coach for Dartmouth College
- July 26 — Rubén Gómez (77), Puerto Rico, former MLB right-handed pitcher who played for the Giants, Phillies, Indians and Twins.
- July 27 — Bob Tisdall (97), Irish hurdler (b. 1907)
- August 23 — Hank Borowy, 88, former MLB pitcher, who played for the Yankees, Cubs, Phillies, Pirates and Tigers
- August 27 — Willie Crawford, 57, former MLB outfielder who played with the Dodgers between the '60s and '70s.
- September 4 — Caroline Pratt, 42, equestrian, died in an accident at the Burghley Horse Trials
- September 4 — Bob Boyd, 84, former MLB first baseman; the first black player to sign with the White Sox, and the first Oriole regular to hit over .300 in the 20th century
- September 19 — Line Oestvold, 26, Norwegian snowboarder, after a crash in training in Chile.
- September 20 — Brian Clough, 69, English footballer and manager, won successive European Cups in 1979 and 1980 as manager of Nottingham Forest F.C.
- September 29 - David Jackson, 49, New Zealand boxer
- October 2 — Bolat Kesikhbaev, vice president of Kazakh Boxing Federation, heart attack
- October 3 — John Cerutti, 44, baseball broadcaster
- October 6 — Johnny Kelley (97), American long-distance runner (b. 1907)
- October 10 — Ken Caminiti, 41, baseball player; National League Most Valuable Player in 1996.
- October 11 — Keith Miller, 84, Australian rules footballer, cricketer, fighter pilot and journalist
- October 17 — Ray Boone, 81, Major League Baseball player; father of Bob Boone, grandfather of Aaron and Bret Boone
- October 23 — Bill Nicholson, 85, British football player, manager, coach, scout for Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
- October 24 — Ricky Hendrick, 24, NASCAR driver, in a plane crash with nine other people, including the two pilots and members of his father Rick Hendrick's family in Martinsville, Virginia
- October 26 — Beto Avila, 80, Mexican Major League Baseball second baseman
- October 27 — Serginho, 30, Brazilian footballer, a heart attack during a Campeonato Brasileiro match
- October 28 — Jimmy McLarnin, 96, British boxer
- October 29 — Jacinto João, 60, Angola-born Portuguese football (soccer) player
- November 2 — Gerrie Knetemann, 53, Dutch cyclist, heart attack
- November 3 — Sergei Zholtok, 32, Latvian ice hockey player, cardiac arrythmia suffered during a match in Belarus
- November 8 — Eddie Charlton, 75, Australian snooker player, surgery complications
- November 8 — Lennox Miller, 58, Jamaican sprinter
- November 9 — Emlyn Hughes, 57, Liverpool F.C. and England football player, brain tumor
- December 16 — Bobby Mattick, 89, manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, stroke
- November 17 — Mikael Ljungberg, 34, Swedish wrestler (b. 1970)
- November 27 — Gunder Hägg, 85, Swedish runner (b. 1918)
- December 14 — Agostino Straulino, 90, Italian sailor and sailboat racer (b. 1914)
- December 24 — Johnny Oates, 58, manager of the Texas Rangers, brain tumor
- December 26 — Reggie White, 43, member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers