Year 1004 was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar. Battle of Skopje: Emperor Basil II defeats the Bulgarian forces near Skopje. Leaving his army behind, Samuel of Bulgaria manages to escape. Basil besieges the fortress of Pernik. By the end of the year Basil has reconquered about half of the Bulgarian Empire. Spring – King Henry II crosses with an expeditionary force through the Brenner Pass to Trento. After initial military successes against Arduin of Ivrea, he receives the homage of the Italian clergy and Lombard noble families. May 14 – Henry II is crowned King of Italy by Archbishop Arnulf II in Pavia. A quarrel ensues between the Pavese citizens. Henry orders to massacre of the population in response, destroying the city. German–Polish War: Duke Bolesław I of Poland loses Bohemia. With German support, Jaromír proclaims himself the new duke. At Merseburg, he promises to hold Bohemia as a vassal of Henry II. Fall – Venetian-Byzantine forces defeat the Saracens at Bari; the citadel is on the brink of capitulation after a 3-days siege.

Giovanni, a son of Doge Pietro Orseolo II, is married to the Byzantine princess Maria Argyra. Moorish forces under vizier Abd al-Malik al-Muzaffar sack the Catalan city of Manresa. Saracen pirates under the Balearic emir Mugahid sack Pisa, destroying nearly one-quarter of the city. Sancho III becomes king of Pamplona and Castille. A Danish Viking fleet under Sweyn I lands in Norfolk. Ealdorman Ulfcytel orders his Anglo-Saxon troops to burn the raiding ships; the plan fails and Ulfcytel's small army is defeated by the Vikings. An episode of plague and famine breaks out in North Africa. Summer – Emperor Sheng Zong of Liao launches a major offensive against the Song Dynasty, he threatens the Song capital of Kaifeng. Jingdezhen porcelain enters a period of significant production during the Song Dynasty. Spring – Pope John XVIII begins his reign as the 141st pope of the Catholic Church at Rome. Abdallah ibn Al-Aftas, founder of the Aftasid Dynasty Dedi I, margrave of Saxon Ostmark Godgifu, daughter of Æthelred the Unready Guido of Acqui, Italian bishop Minamoto no Takakuni, Japanese nobleman Nasir Khusraw, Persian poet and philosopher William VI, French nobleman July 11 – Theobald II, French nobleman November 4 – Otto I, duke of Carinthia November 13 – Abbo of Fleury, French abbot Adelaide of Aquitaine, French queen consort Aderald, French priest and archdeacon Eochaid ua Flannacáin, Irish cleric and poet Frederick, archbishop of Ravenna Gisilher, archbishop of Magdeburg Khusrau Shah, king of the Justanids Li, empress consort of the Song Dynasty Li Jiqian, Chinese governor and rebel leader Ragnall mac Gofraid, king of the Isles Soběslav, Bohemian nobleman Wulfric Spot, English nobleman

Dead Man (Carry Me)

"Dead Man" is a song written and performed by Jars of Clay. It is the first radio single from Good Monsters. A live concert version of the song appears on the Live Monsters EP, while the album version appears on the compilation albums Indoor Picnic Music, Penny Candy, WOW Hits 2007. A music video for the song was released in 2007, compiled from concert video footage taken by fans by means of their mobile phones; the radio edited version is less "heavy" than the album version, featuring keyboards louder than electric guitars. "Dead Man" - 3:21 No. 20, Christian AC No. 4, Christian CHR In 2007, the song was nominated for a Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year at the 38th GMA Dove Awards. Official music video on YouTube Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

Euroregion Baltic

Euroregion Baltic is an institutionalised form of cross-border cooperation in the south-east of the Baltic Sea Region, consisting of eight regions of Denmark, Poland and Sweden. The ERB was the first Euroregion to have formally included a partner from the Russian Federation. Comprising the regions from both old and new EU Member States, the Russian Kaliningrad Oblast, the Euroregion Baltic involves both local and regional authorities and public sectors, NGOs; the idea of establishing the Euroregion Baltic was developed in the mid-1990s by local politicians and entrepreneurs from south-east Sweden and north-east Poland. Organisational works started at an international conference held in Malbork between 28 Feb – 1 March 1997; the representatives of regions participating in the conference decided to establish the Organisational Committee, which task was to lay the foundations of the future Euroregion. The working name of the Euroregion was “Jantar” or “Amber”, but it was changed to "Baltic", as it underlined common cultural and historical heritage as well as geographical location of the participating regions.

Soon after the Committee convened for the first time on 17 November 1997. On 22 February 1998 in Malbork, the Agreement on Establishing the Euroregion'Baltic' was signed by representatives of regions from six countries including: the Bornholm County, Liepāja, Klaipeda County, cities of Klaipeda and Neringa, Elbląg, Gdańsk, Słupsk and Olsztyn provinces, representatives of the Association of Municipalities of Kaliningrad Region, Blekinge City and Kalmar County and Kronoberg County; the first ERB conference on the Strategy took place in Brussels on 11 June 2008 and was attended by representatives of the European Parliament, Swedish Government, DG Regio, Committee of the Regions, Baltic Development Forum, ScanBalt, Helsinki Commission and Baltic Sea Chambers of Commerce Association. The participants had the opportunity to hear about the Strategy in more detail while it was still being developed and contribute to the process with their views. On 20 November 2008 the Euroregion Baltic Council adopted a position on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in which it welcomed and supported its main objectives and areas of activity.

The Euroregion Baltic includes eight regions from five countries. Following the implementation of the strategic review of ERB cooperation, the organisational structure has been reformed in order for the ERB to be able to fulfil the new objectives set out by the ERB 2020 Agenda. Therefore, the decision was made to dissolve the ERB Council which for more than 12 years had been the highest legislative body within the Euroregion. According to the previous ERB Statutes, the Council consisted of up to eight representatives appointed by each Party of the Agreement and all the members of the Youth Board; the Council debated in sessions. Apart from the Council, the ERB member regions decided to dissolve all Working Groups and replace them with ad hoc Task Forces. Four ERB Task Forces are being operational; as a result of the introduction of the new organisational structure, ERB should become more flexible and quicker to take decisions and capable of taking strategic actions. Since 29 October 2010 the Executive Board of the Euroregion Baltic is the highest decision-making body of the organisation.

According to the new Statutes adopted by Council on that day, the Executive Board consists of up to two representatives of the highest possible political rank and one permanent deputy nominated by each member organisation and the Chairperson of the Youth Board. The Board debates during formal meetings which may be ordinary or extraordinary; the meetings are held in public unless the Board decides otherwise. Ordinary meetings must take place at least three times a year and they are summoned by the ERB President. Extraordinary meetings may take place at any time decided upon by the Board. Decisions of the Board are based on consensus and each member organisation as well as the Chair of the Youth Board all have one vote; the Board has the right to adopt changes to the ERB Statutes. The Executive Board initiates the organisation of the ERB Annual Forum of Stakeholders; the idea of the Forum, not a decision making body, is to create a meeting platform facilitating discussion of relevant stakeholders from member organisations.

The Forum is the arena for presenting opinions and interests of all ERB stakeholders such as member organisations, local communities and representatives of external organisations. The main goal of the Forum is to discuss important issues related to the ERB cooperation, in particular those concerning the European Union, Baltic Sea Region or EU – Russia relations; the Forum is responsible for formulating general recommendations for the ERB cooperation which can be taken into account by the Executive Board. The President of Euroregion Baltic chairs the meetings of the Executive Board and is the highest representativ