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 declared that the current laws that restrict marriage to people of opposite sexes are unconstitutional. It must change within one year. South Africa, which will become the fifth country where same-sex marriages can be recognized after Canada, Spain and the Netherlands, will be the fifth.
  • 02 Dec 2005 Kenneth Boyd, a North Carolina man executed in Wentworth, becomes the 1,000th execution in the United States since 1976's reintroduction capital punishment.
  • 03 Dec 2005 XCOR Aerospace delivers the first manned rocket-powered US Mail delivery in Mojave (California)
  • 04 Dec 2005 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict : Israel launches a series air strikes in reprisal to the Palestinians' Qassam rockets. It also hits what local officials call an Islamic Jihad charity.
  • 05 Dec 2005 Largely in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Lake Tanganyika earthquake causes severe damage.
  • 06 Dec 2005 Protests in Dongzhou in China result in the deaths of several villages.
  • 07 Dec 2005 Rigoberto Alpizar (passenger on American Airlines Flight 924) is shot and killed at Miami International Airport by a group of U.S. Federal Air Marshals. He allegedly claimed that he had a bomb.
  • 08 Dec 2005 Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 crashes into Chicago Midway Airport. It kills a 6-year old boy and injures 11 others.
  • 09 Dec 2005 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is now in theatres Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media
  • 10 Dec 2005 In Oslo, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
  • 11 Dec 2005 Cronulla Riots: Thousands demonstrate against ethnic violence in Cronulla Sydney. This entails a riot against anyone who is Lebanese or not. These are then followed by ethnic attacks against Cronulla.
  • 12 Dec 2005 Lebanese politician and journalist Gebran Tueni is assassinated.
  • 13 Dec 2005 Four American soldiers were killed in an IED attack on Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. (AP) The U.S. ambassador releases a statement stating that there have been about 121 abuse cases in prisons managed by the Shiite-led Interior Ministry.
  • 14 Dec 2005 The directive on Telecommunications data storage has been adopted by the European Parliament.
  • 15 Dec 2005 Latvia changes its constitution to ban same-sex couples from being allowed to marry.
  • 16 Dec 2005 Bulgaria begins to withdraw its troops from Iraq.
  • 17 Dec 2005 Anti-WTO protestors riot in Wan Chai (Hong Kong)
  • 18 Dec 2005 Creditors in Melbourne have taken control of Air Nauru’s sole passenger jet, leaving the islands of Nauru & Kiribati without access to air transport to the rest the world.
  • 19 Dec 2005 The flight from Miami, Florida, to Bimini (Bahamas) by Chalk's Ocean Airways Flight 101 crashes in Miami Beach killing 18 passengers and 2 crew members.
  • 20 Dec 2005 In Kitzmiller, Judge John E. Jones III of the US District Court rules that it is not necessary to teach intelligent design in his ruling.
  • 21 Dec 2005 Saddam Hussein, the former President of Iraq, claimed in court that he was tortured by American officials. The US strongly refutes the allegations and censors a portion of his testimony.
  • 22 Dec 2005 The Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 by George W. Bush is signed into law as Public Law 109-145 by the US President.
  • 23 Dec 2005 Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary Of Defense, announces the first of a series of troop drawdowns after the elections in Iraq.
  • 24 Dec 2005 Ayman Nour was found guilty by fraud and sentenced to five years imprisonment.
  • 25 Dec 2005 Five children were killed in Guatemala City after a fire started by fireworks set off ablaze their home. The fire was started by a traditional holiday firecracker known as a "silbador", which was fired into the small wooden house. They were all aged between 2, 3, 6 and 10 years old.
  • 26 Dec 2005 One person is killed and six are injured in a gang-related shooting in Toronto's busy shopping streets.
  • 27 Dec 2005 Indonesia's Free Aceh Movement officially disbands its arm. (Reuters) (Link dead at 21:18 on 14 January 2007 (UTC).
  • 28 Dec 2005 M. C. Puri is the Professor Emeritus of Math at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Three others were also injured in the attack by an unknown gunman on India's foremost educational institution, the Indian Institute of Science and Technology at Bangalore.
  • 29 Dec 2005 A large landslide that occurred in a village near Sanaa, Yemen has resulted in the deaths of at least 30 people.
  • 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 Kate Burton, a 25-year-old Scottish human right worker and Kate's parents are released in Gaza Strip unharmed by the Palestinian gunmen who kidnapped the couple two days before.
  • 03 Dec 2005 XCOR Aerospace makes the first crewed rocket aircraft delivery of U.S. Mail in Kern County, California.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in December 2005?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Run It!youtube
  2. - Don't Forget About Usyoutube
  3. - Gold Digger
  4. - Laffy Taffyyoutube
  5. - My Humps

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Hung Up
  2. - That's My Goal
  3. - Jailhouse Rock
  4. - StickWitU
  5. - JCB Song


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 2005?

The Broker by John Grisham

The Broker



The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The Historian


You, perceptive reader, I leave my history Late one night. While exploring her father's library, an 18-year-old finds an old book and a cache with yellowing letters.

The City Of Falling Angels by John Berendt

The City Of Falling Angels


Twelve years ago, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was a huge success. It remained a New York Times bestseller for four consecutive years (longer than any other).

A Million Little Pieces by James Fre

A Million Little Pieces


Memoir: Frey spent six weeks in rehab at the age of 23; Oprah's Book Club was announced Sept. 2005; all new editions will include an author's note stating that Frey "EURoembellished many details?"EUR?.

The Education Of A Coach by David Halberstam

The Education Of A Coach


David Halberstam, who died six years ago, is still a respected journalist and an authority on American history and American life in the decades since WWII.