April 2005 calendar

April 2005

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.

But much more happened on April 2005: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 2005?


  • 01 Apr 2005 Hamas and Islamic Jihad declared their principle intention to join Palestine Liberation Organization.
  • 02 Apr 2005 Pope John Paul II, at age 84, died at 9:37 p.m. Vatican Time (CEST). This ended the third longest papacy and marks the beginning of a Sede vacante.
  • 03 Apr 2005 Conflict in Iraq: At least 40 insurgents from Iraq attack Baghdad's Abu Ghraib Prison with car bombs and grenades as well as small arms. The assault left at least 20 American soldiers and 12 Iraqi prisoner wounded, but the US Army claims it has stopped the violence.
  • 04 Apr 2005 Israel will begin to dump 10,000 tonnes of rubbish every month in the West Bank. Opponents claim that the move violates international treaties and could pollute main Palestinian water supply. This assertion is denied by Israel.
  • 05 Apr 2005 Zachary Hall Day, Valdosta Georgia USA
  • 06 Apr 2005 Kurdish leader Jalal Tarabani is elected president of Iraq; Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the next day, is named premier.
  • 07 Apr 2005 The Mexican Chamber of Deputies votes 360 to 127 in favor of suspending the executive immunity of Mayor Andres Manual Lopez Obrador of Mexico City. This enables him to be removed from office and face criminal charges.
  • 08 Apr 2005 More than four million people attended the funeral of Pope John Paul 2.
  • 09 Apr 2005 Wedding of Charles Prince of Wales and Camilla Duchess Of Cornwall; Charles Prince of Wales wed Camilla Parker Bowles at Windsor's Guildhall in a civil ceremony.
  • 10 Apr 2005 At 10:18 UTC, an earthquake measuring magnitude 6.7 is felt near Padang, West Sumatra in Indonesia.
  • 11 Apr 2005 Yad Vashem posthumously bestows the honour of "Righteous Among the Nations," upon a Nazi Major, Karl Plagge. Plagge was able to save around 1,200 Jews (mostly women and children) from being executed during the Holocaust. He also placed them in forced labor at a vehicle workshop.
  • 12 Apr 2005 Hawara checkpoint, near Nablus, caught a 15-year-old Palestinian boy hiding five pipe bombs underneath his jacket. The soldiers arrested him after he tried to light them with a match. Later, soldiers took photographs with the boy. His brother claims that he did this to prepare for the high school matriculation exams.
  • 13 Apr 2005 Wolfgang Droege is the most prominent white supremacist in Canada and founder of Heritage Front. He was shot to death in his apartment. One suspect is taken into custody on the spot.
  • 14 Apr 2005 The Oregon Supreme Court invalidates marriage licenses that were issued to gay couples one year earlier by Multnomah County.
  • 15 Apr 2005 NASA reports that the Gulf Stream is slowing. This could lead to severe economic and climatic disruptions in Northern Europe.
  • 16 Apr 2005 Najib Mikati, the new Prime Minister of Lebanon replaces Omar Karami who resigned after seven weeks of failed attempts to form a consensus government.
  • 17 Apr 2005 More than a hundred thousand Indonesians have participated in anti-Israeli protests. Prosperous Justice Party organized the protest to demonstrate Muslim unity in regard to Al Aqsa Mosque. (Herald Sun), (Guardian),
  • 18 Apr 2005 The largest moving object on Earth, Antarctica's iceberg B15A, collided with Drygalski ice tongue. This feature is large enough to be included on Antarctic maps. A five-kilometre-long section, measuring 5 km in length, of the Drygalski ice tongue was ripped off during the collision. (ESA). (AP) (Link dead at 04:02, 16 Jan 2007 (UTC).
  • 19 Apr 2005 The US Mint announced plans to produce 24-karat-gold bullion coins in 2006.
  • 20 Apr 2005 Jodi Rell, Connecticut governor, signs a bill that legalizes same-sex civil marriages. Connecticut is now the 2nd state in the United States to allow same-sex civil marriages.
  • 21 Apr 2005 After being inspired by a fatwa issued by a high-ranking hardline cleric, 400 Iranian volunteers signed up to risk their lives for "occupied Islamic Countries", especially Israel.
  • 22 Apr 2005 Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologises for Japan's war record.
  • 23 Apr 2005 Three suspected Palestinian militants were arrested by Israeli security forces on the Geha Highway, near Ra'annana in Israel. The police arrived and found the three suspects in their cars. A fourth suspect fled the scene. After receiving high alert about a "rolling" suicide bombing attack, the Israeli Police set up roadblocks and checkpoints earlier in the night. (Haaretz),
  • 24 Apr 2005 Around 1,000,000 people silently march through Mexico City to support Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the capital's embattled Mayor.
  • 25 Apr 2005 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Amnesty International calls on Israel to investigate poisoning of Palestinian land allegedly by Israeli settlers in Hebron
  • 26 Apr 2005 Syria pulls out the last 14,000 troops from its military garrison in Lebanon under international pressure. This ends its 29-year-old military dominance of Lebanon ( Syrian occupation of Lebanon).
  • 27 Apr 2005 Airbus A380 superjumbo jet aircraft takes off from Toulouse, France.
  • 28 Apr 2005 Three months after the legislative elections in Iraq, the National Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of a Shi'a-led Cabinet. This was the first elected government in Iraq's history. However, two of the four slots for deputy prime ministers remained unfilled, while five ministries, including those pertaining to defense and oil, were left open to temporary managers. (International Herald Tribune).
  • 29 Apr 2005 Syria withdraws from Lebanon. This ends 29 years of occupation.
  • 30 Apr 2005 Cairo terrorist attack: Two separate terrorist attacks targeted tourists in Cairo, Egypt.
  • 06 Apr 2005 Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani becomes Iraqi president; Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari is named premier the next day.
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Which were the top hits in April 2005?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Candy Shop
  2. - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
  3. - Since U Been Gone
  4. - Hate It Or Love It
  5. - Obsession (No Es Amor)

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - (Is This The Way To) Amarillo
  2. - Lonely
  3. - Let Me Love Youyoutube
  4. - Feel Good Inc
  5. - Switch


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in April 2005?

Blood Brother by Anne Bird

Blood Brother


What happens if you are given up for adoption as a child and reestablish contact with your biological relatives only to find out that your brother is a murderer?

Ireland by Frank Delaney



In 1951, a storyteller arrives in the Irish countryside to tell a story.

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell



Malcolm Gladwell revolutionized how we see the world in his bestseller The Tipping Point. He revolutionizes how we see the world with Blink.

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld



Prep is Curtis Sittenfeld’s debut novel. It's an insightful and achingly funny story about coming-of age.

No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark

No Place Like Home


A riveting thriller by America's Queen of Suspense sees a young woman lured back to her childhood home, the place she longs to return.