The Killers released their debut album Hot Fuss on 7th June 2004 in the UK and 15th June 2004 in the US. The album is estimated to have sold more than 7 million copies.
The debut single was 'Mr Brightside':
It was also the year that:
Janet Jackson's breast was exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII on 1st February:
Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg and his college roommates - Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes - at Harvard University on 4th February
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won Best Picture at the 76th Academy Awards on 29th February, with Best Actor and Best Actress honours going to current day celebrity couple Sean Penn and Charlize Theron:
Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants, on 29th March
Google introduced Gmail on 1st April – probably not the best day for a launch but the service now has 425 million users worldwide
Everyone’s favourite programme Friends came to an end with the season finale on 6th May 2004. Roe McDermott and Chris Wasser joined Anton Savage on Savage Sunday last month to look back at Friends.
Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage on 17th May
And on 26th December 2004, a 9.3 magnitude earthquake created a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people.