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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in February 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 Feb 2005 King Gyanendra of Nepal carries out a coup d'etat to capture the democracy, becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers.
  • 02 Feb 2005 Eleven people die in a Baghdad bombing, according to the Al-Zaman newspaper. Of these, eight are policemen or soldiers. (Informed Comment)
  • 03 Feb 2005 Alberto Gonzales wins Senate confirmation (60-36) as the USA's first Hispanic attorney general.
  • 04 Feb 2005 New observations from the Arecibo radio telescope confirm that asteroid 2004 MN (later named 99942 Apophis in July 2005), once briefly considered an impact risk, will pass Earth on April 13 2029 at a distance of 36,350 km (22,600 mi) and will reach magnitude 3.3, easily visible to the naked eye from Europe, Africa and western Asia. (Space.com)
  • 05 Feb 2005 NATO helicopters find the wreckage of a Kam Air Boeing 737, an Afghan passenger jet, in mountains east of Kabul; all 104 people that were on board are presumed dead. (ABC News)
  • 06 Feb 2005 The New England Patriots win the Super Bowl, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21. (Wash. Times)
  • 07 Feb 2005 Englishwoman Ellen MacArthur sets a record for the quickest round-the-world solo sail. She completed the 27,354 mile journey in 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds, breaking the old record of 72 days, 22 hours, 54 minutes and 22 seconds, set by Francis Joyon in 2004, which itself took 20 days off the previous record. (Associated Press) (Sky News)
  • 08 Feb 2005 Conflict in Iraq: Guerrillas in Baquba detonate a car bomb outside an Iraqi police headquarters, killing 15 and wounding 17. A suicide bomber in Mosul kills 12 policemen and injures 4 others. In another area of the city, guerrillas fire a dozen mortar rounds at a police station, killing 3 civilians. (Scotsman/AP)
  • 09 Feb 2005 North Korea announces that it possesses nuclear weapons as a protection against the hostility it feels from the United States.
  • 10 Feb 2005 Balance of trade: The U.S. Department of Commerce states imports exceeded exports by $670 billion for 2004, beating the previous record by nearly 25%. (BBC)
  • 11 Feb 2005 Eason Jordan resigns from his posts at CNN, where he has been both chief news executive and executive vice president. The controversy that led to his resignation began at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last month where, witnesses claim, he said that the U.S. military had targeted and killed journalists. (Miami Herald)
  • 12 Feb 2005 Protests against Faure Gnassingbé: In Lome, Togo, thousands protest the army-installed President Faure Gnassingbé. Clashes with soldiers and police forces cause the deaths of three demonstrators. (Guardian) (Yahoo France - AP)
  • 13 Feb 2005 A shooting incident occurs at Hudson Valley Mall in upstate New York, north of New York City. Two people are injured. Local police believe that this is the work of a lone gunman and have a suspect in custody. (Reuters)
  • 14 Feb 2005 Lebanese self-made billionaire and business tycoon Rafik Hariri killed, along with 21 others, when explosives, equivalent of around 1,000 kg of TNT, are detonated as his motorcade drove near the St. George Hotel in Beirut.
  • 15 Feb 2005 A state of emergency is announced in Samoa and American Samoa as South Pacific cyclones Olaf and Nancy make landfall on Savai'i. (CNN)
  • 16 Feb 2005 Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), states there is no evidence to suggest Iran is developing nuclear weapons. (Washington Post)
  • 17 Feb 2005 A car bomb explodes in southern Thailand near the Marina Hotel in Sungai Kolok, a popular tourist town close to the Malaysian border. Five people are killed and more than 40 injured. The car bomb is believed to be the first to explode in the Muslim-dominated region. (Yahoo!) (Boston Globe) (BBC)
  • 18 Feb 2005 It is discovered that the tsunami resulting from the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake uncovered an ancient city near the coastal town of Mahabalipuram in India. (AP via Yahoo!)
  • 19 Feb 2005 blink-182 officially break up on this date. However, the "indefinite hiatus" was not announced until February 22, 2005.
  • 20 Feb 2005 Spain becomes the first country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout.
  • 21 Feb 2005 A landslide in Indonesia kills at least seven people and hundreds are reported missing (Channel News Asia) (BBC)
  • 22 Feb 2005 Images relayed by the European space probe, Mars Express, reveal the existence of a sea of ice close to the equator of Mars. The discovery is considered to increase the likelihood of life currently existing on the planet. BBC (Globe and Mail)
  • 23 Feb 2005 The controversial French law on colonialism is passed, requiring teachers to teach the ''positive values of colonialism''. After public outcry, it is repealed at the beginning of 2006.
  • 24 Feb 2005 David Hernandez Arroyo goes on a shooting rampage at the Smith County Courthouse in Tyler, Texas. He kills two, including his ex-wife, and wounds four others before being killed in a police chase.
  • 25 Feb 2005 Wichita, Kansas police apprehend the so-called BTK serial killer Dennis Rader, 31 years after his first murder.
  • 26 Feb 2005 The freighter ''M/V Karen Danielsen'' crashes into the Great Belt Bridge of Denmark. All traffic across the bridge is closed, effectively separating Denmark in two.
  • 27 Feb 2005 Syria is reported to have handed over Saddam Husseins' half-brother, Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hasan al-Tikriti, to the interim Iraqi government. (BBC)
  • 28 Feb 2005 A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Directed by: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

Country: United States of America

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears

Directed by: Vladimir Menshov

Starring: Vera Alentova, Aleksey Batalov, Irina Muravyova, Raisa Ryazanova

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Directed by: Robert Wiene

Starring: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover

Country: United States of America

Shutter Island

Shutter Island

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley

Country: United States of America

Bombay

Bombay

Directed by: Mani Ratnam

Starring: Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala, Kitty, Master Harsha

Books

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Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Blink

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In his landmark bestseller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within.

Labyrinth Of Evil by James Luceno

Labyrinth Of Evil

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The war that erupted in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones is nearing its boiling point, as the dauntless Separatist forces continue their assault on the teetering Republic–and the

Juiced by Jose Canseco

Juiced

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When Jose Canseco burst into the Major Leagues in the 1980s, he changed the sport -- in more ways than one. No player before him possessed his mixture of speed and power, which allowed him to become the first man …

Honeymoon by James Patterson, Howard Roughan

Honeymoon

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Don't give away the ending... Don't give away the beginning. How does it feel to be desired by every man and envied by every woman? Wonderful.

Chainfire by Terry Goodkind

Chainfire

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With Wizard's First Rule and seven subsequent masterpieces, Terry Goodkind has thrilled readers worldwide with the unique sweep of his storytelling.