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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 2005.
The US president was George W. Bush (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Tony Blair (Labour), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

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Historical Events

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Events

  • 01 Apr 2005 Hamas and Islamic Jihad have declared, in principle, their intention to join the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). (Al Ahram)
  • 02 Apr 2005 Pope John Paul II died at 9:37 p.m. Vatican time (CEST) at the age of 84, thus ending the third longest papacy in history and the beginning of a Sede vacante period. (Wikinews)
  • 03 Apr 2005 Conflict in Iraq: A group of at least 40 Iraqi insurgents attacks Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, using car bombs, grenades, and small arms. At least 20 American soldiers and 12 Iraqi prisoners are injured, but the US Army says it has put down the assault. (NYT) (BBC)
  • 04 Apr 2005 Israel is to begin dumping 10,000 tonnes of rubbish in the West Bank every month. Opponents say the move is a breach of international treaties and may also pollute the main Palestinian water supply, an assertion denied by the Israelis. (Haaretz) (BBC)
  • 05 Apr 2005 Zachary Hall Day - Valdosta, Georgia USA
  • 06 Apr 2005 Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani becomes Iraqi president; Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari is named premier the next day.
  • 07 Apr 2005 The Mexican Chamber of Deputies votes by 360 to 127 to suspend the executive immunity of Mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico City, thereby removing him from office to face criminal charges. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 08 Apr 2005 Over four million people attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II.
  • 09 Apr 2005 Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Charles, Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony at Windsor's Guildhall.
  • 10 Apr 2005 An earthquake of magnitude 6.7 occurs near Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia at 10:18 UTC. (BBC)
  • 11 Apr 2005 Yad Vashem bestow the honour of "Righteous Among the Nations" posthumously upon a Nazi Major, Karl Plagge. Plagge saved around 1,200 Jews, mostly women and children, from execution during the Holocaust by putting them in forced labor positions at a vehicle workshop. (BBC)
  • 12 Apr 2005 A 15-year Palestinian boy was caught in Hawara checkpoint (near Nablus), hiding five pipe bombs under his coat. He apparently tried to ignite them with a match when the soldiers apprehended him. Soldiers later pose for photographs with the boy. His brother says he did so in order to study for his high-school matriculation exams in an Israeli prison.
  • 13 Apr 2005 Canada's most prominent white supremacist and founder of the Heritage Front, Wolfgang Droege, is shot to death in his apartment. One suspect is arrested at the scene. (CTV)
  • 14 Apr 2005 The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.
  • 15 Apr 2005 NASA reports that the Gulf Stream is slowing. The resulting colder climate could cause severe climatic and economic disruption in Northern Europe. (NASA)
  • 16 Apr 2005 Najib Mikati becomes the new Prime Minister of Lebanon, replacing Omar Karami, who has resigned for a second time after seven weeks of frustrated efforts to form a consensus government. (Reuters)
  • 17 Apr 2005 Over one hundred thousand people throughout Indonesia have taken part in anti-Israeli and anti-American protests. The protest was organised by the Prosperous Justice Party in order to show Muslim unity regarding the Al Aqsa Mosque. (Herald Sun), (Guardian), (Jerusalem Post)
  • 18 Apr 2005 The largest moving object on Earth, the iceberg B15A in Antarctica has collided with the Drygalski ice tongue, a feature large enough to be included in Antarctic maps. During the collision, a five-kilometre-long section of the ice tongue was broken off. (ESA) (AP) (Link dead as of 04:02, 16 January 2007 (UTC))
  • 19 Apr 2005 The US Mint announces plans to produce 24-karat gold bullion coins in 2006.
  • 20 Apr 2005 Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell signs a bill making same-sex civil unions legal. Connecticut is now the second U.S. state to legalize same-sex civil unions. (ABC)
  • 21 Apr 2005 400 Iranian volunteers sign up to sacrifice their lives in "occupied Islamic countries", particularly Israel, after being inspired by a fatwa from a top hardline cleric giving religious backing to suicide missions. (Reuters)
  • 22 Apr 2005 Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologizes for Japan's war record.
  • 23 Apr 2005 Israeli security forces arrest 3 suspected Palestinian militants on the Geha Highway near Ra'annana, Israel. When the police arrived, the 3 suspects were barricaded in their car, while a 4th suspect fled the scene. Earlier in the night, the Israeli Police put roadblocks and checkpoints after it received high alert on "rolling" suicide bombing attack. (Haaretz), (Ynet)
  • 24 Apr 2005 About 1 million people march silently through Mexico City in support of the capital's embattled mayor, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. (Bloomberg) (CNN) (El Universal) (BBC) (The Guardian)
  • 25 Apr 2005 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Amnesty International has called on the Israeli government to investigate the poisoning of Palestinian land, allegedly by Israeli settlers around Hebron (BBC)
  • 26 Apr 2005 Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country ( Syrian occupation of Lebanon ).
  • 27 Apr 2005 The superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France.
  • 28 Apr 2005 Almost three months after the legislative election in Iraq, the National Assembly voted overwhelmingly to approve a Shi'a-led cabinet, establishing the first elected government in the history of Iraq. Two of the four deputy prime minister's slots remained vacant, however, and five ministries, including the important defence and oil slots, were left in the hands of temporary managers. (International Herald Tribune), (CBC)
  • 29 Apr 2005 Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation.
  • 30 Apr 2005 Cairo terrorism: Tourists in the Egyptian capital Cairo are targeted in two separate terrorist attacks. (BBC)

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Movies

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Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven

Release year: 2005

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Starring: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Martin Hancock

Country: United States of America

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Release year: 2005

Directed by: Garth Jennings

Starring: Martin Freeman, Yasiin Bey, Sam Rockwell, Zooey Deschanel

Country: United States of America

The Baxter

The Baxter

Release year: 2005

Directed by: Michael Showalter

Starring: Michael Showalter, Elizabeth Banks, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Williams

Books

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Saturday by Ian McEwan

Saturday

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In his triumphant new novel, Ian McEwan, the bestselling author of Atonement, follows an ordinary man through a Saturday whose high promise gradually turns nightmarish.

Plan B by Anne Lamott

Plan B

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With the trademark wisdom, humor, and honesty that made Anne Lamott's book on faith, Traveling Mercies, a runaway bestseller, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith is a spiritual antidote to anxiety

Men In Black by Mark R. Levin

Men In Black

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Conservative talk radio host, lawyer, and frequent National Review contributor Mark R. Levin comes out firing against the United States Supreme Court in Men in Black, accusing the institution of corrupting

Pretty Woman by Fern Michaels

Pretty Woman

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In Fern Michaels's extraordinary, inspiring New York Times bestseller, an overweight woman sets out to improve her life by losing fifty-five pounds -- and ends up changing much more than her

Second Honeymoon by James Patterson, Howard Roughan

Second Honeymoon

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A walk down the aisle, a resort hotel, a drink on the beach...for these unlucky couples, the honeymoon's over. A newlywed couple steps into the sauna in their deluxe honeymoon suite--and never steps out again.