December 2005 calendar

December 2005

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

But much more happened on December 2005: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 2005?


  • 01 Dec 2005 South Africa's Constitutional Court declares that current marriage laws restricting marriage to opposite-sex couples are unconstitutional and must be changed within a year. Once the change is made, South Africa will be the fifth country in the world where same-sex marriages are recognized, after Canada, Spain, the Netherlands, and Belgium. (AP via Yahoo)
  • 02 Dec 2005 In Wentworth, North Carolina, Kenneth Boyd becomes the 1,000th person to be executed in the United States since the re-introduction of capital punishment in 1976.
  • 03 Dec 2005 XCOR Aerospace makes first manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave, California.
  • 04 Dec 2005 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israel launches a series of air strikes as reprisals after the Palestinians fired Qassam rockets, hitting what local officials called an Islamic Jihad charity in the Gaza Strip. (BBC)
  • 05 Dec 2005 The Lake Tanganyika earthquake causes significant damage, mostly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • 06 Dec 2005 Several villagers are shot dead during protests in Dongzhou, China.
  • 07 Dec 2005 Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, is shot and killed by a team of U.S. federal air marshals at Miami International Airport.
  • 08 Dec 2005 Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 overshoots the runway at Chicago Midway Airport, killing a 6-year-old boy and injuring 11 other people.
  • 09 Dec 2005 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe comes out to theatres. Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media
  • 10 Dec 2005 The International Atomic Energy Agency and its Director General Mohamed ElBaradei receive the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. (BBC)
  • 11 Dec 2005 Cronulla riots: Thousands of White Australians demonstrate against ethnic violence resulting in a riot against anyone thought to be Lebanese (and many who are not) in Cronulla Sydney. These are followed up by retaliatory ethnic attacks on Cronulla.
  • 12 Dec 2005 Gebran Tueni, Lebanese journalist and politician, is assassinated.
  • 13 Dec 2005 Conflict in Iraq:: Four American soldiers are killed following an IED attack in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. (AP)The U.S. ambassador issues a statement saying that the total number of abused prisoners found so far in jails run by the Shiite-led Interior Ministry is about 121. (AP)
  • 14 Dec 2005 The European Parliament has adopted the directive on Telecommunications data retention. (BBC)
  • 15 Dec 2005 Latvia amends its constitution to eliminate possibility of same-sex couples being entitled to marry.
  • 16 Dec 2005 Bulgaria starts withdrawing its troops from Iraq. (Reuters)
  • 17 Dec 2005 Anti-WTO protesters riot in Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • 18 Dec 2005 Air Nauru's only passenger jet is seized by creditors in Melbourne, leaving the island nations of Nauru and Kiribati without air transport to the rest of the world. (ABC)
  • 19 Dec 2005 Chalk's Ocean Airways Flight 101 flying from Miami, Florida to Bimini, Bahamas, crashes in Miami Beach, killing 18 passengers and two crew members.(CNN)
  • 20 Dec 2005 US District Court Judge John E. Jones III rules against mandating the teaching of ''intelligent design'' in his ruling of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.
  • 21 Dec 2005 The former President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, claims in court that American officials tortured him. Part of his testimony is censored and the US strongly denies the accusations. (BBC)
  • 22 Dec 2005 US President George W. Bush signs the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 into law as Public-Law 109-145.
  • 23 Dec 2005 U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announces the first in an expected series of troop drawdowns following the Iraqi elections.
  • 24 Dec 2005 The Egyptian opposition leader, Ayman Nour, was found guilty of fraud and jailed for five years. (BBC)
  • 25 Dec 2005 Five children died in Guatemala City when a blaze started by fireworks swept through their house. A traditional holiday firecracker called a "silbador" shot into their small wooden house started the fire. The children were aged 2, 3, 6, 10 and 13. (Scotsman)
  • 26 Dec 2005 A gang-related shooting on a busy shopping street in Toronto kills one and injures six.
  • 27 Dec 2005 Indonesia's Free Aceh Movement formally disbands its armed wing. (Reuters) (Link dead as of 21:18, 14 January 2007 (UTC))
  • 28 Dec 2005 M. C. Puri, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, is killed and three others are injured when an unidentified gunman opened fire at India's premier educational institute, the Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore. (BBC) (The Hindu)
  • 29 Dec 2005 At least 30 people are killed following a large landslide in a village close to Sanaa in Yemen. (BBC)
  • 30 Dec 2005 Tropical Storm Zeta forms in the open Atlantic Ocean, tying the record for the latest tropical cyclone ever to form in the North Atlantic basin.
  • 31 Dec 2005 25-year-old Scottish human rights worker Kate Burton and her parents are freed unharmed in the Gaza Strip by the Palestinian gunmen who kidnapped them two days earlier. (ABC Australia)

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V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

Release year: 2005

Directed by: James McTeigue

Starring: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves, Stephen Rea

Country: United States of America

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Release year: 2005

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Josée Croze, Ciarán Hinds

Country: United States of America

King Kong

King Kong

Release year: 2005

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Starring: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

Country: United States of America


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Toxic Bachelors by Danielle Steel

Toxic Bachelors


Danielle Steel explores the perils of dating, relationships, and love in a novel that takes us into the intoxicating, infuriating world of three charming single men, also known as…

The Education Of A Coach by David Halberstam

The Education Of A Coach


More than 6 years after his death David Halberstam remains one of this country's most respected journalists and revered authorities on American life and history in the years since WWII.

Forever Odd by Dean Koontz

Forever Odd


Every so often a character so captures the hearts and imaginations of readers that he seems to take on a life of his own long after the final page is turned.

The Broker by John Grisham

The Broker


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn his final hours in office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison.

Are Men Necessary? by Maureen Dowd

Are Men Necessary?


Are men afraid of smart, successful women? Why did feminism fizzle? Why are so many of today's women freezing their faces and emotions in an orgy of plasticity?