Cristiano Ronaldo funded the education of a 7-year-old survivor of the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia. He was found wearing a Portuguese jersey. The boy grew up to be a soccer player and was signed by Sporting Lisbon in 2015.

A protest in Rome, Italy, against the war in Iraq involved around 3 million people and was listed in the 2004 Guinness Book of World Records as the largest anti-war rally in history.