January 2005 calendar

January 2005

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in January 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 January 2005: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 2005?


  • 01 Jan 2005 Israeli troops misfired a tank shell, killing a nine-year-old Palestinian girl. Her 11-year old sister was also hurt.
  • 02 Jan 2005 Donations to global tsunami relief exceed USD 2 Billion (EUR 1.5 Billion).
  • 03 Jan 2005 Iraq War: A spate of suicide bombings in Iraq kills 27, including one near the headquarters of the Iraqi National Accord. Hazim al-Shaalan, interim defense minister, suggests that assembly elections set for 30 January may be postponed to allow Sunni Muslim participation.
  • 04 Jan 2005 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and earthquake: Three rebels from the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), were killed in a clash between the Indonesian military and civilians in northern Aceh. The fighting broke out when aid trucks were being escorted by Indonesian troops. Both sides claim that the other is profiting from the tsunami-induced devastation.
  • 05 Jan 2005 The team of Michael E. Brown and Chad Trujillo discovered Eris, the largest dwarf planet in our solar system. They used images taken at Palomar Observatory on October 21, 2003.
  • 06 Jan 2005 Nelson Mandela, the former South African President, breaks a strong taboo by revealing that Makgatho Mandela, his sole surviving child, died from AIDS at 54. AIDS kills approximately 600 people every day in South Africa. His actions are seen as a criticism of Thabo Mbeki his successor who denies AIDS and HIV. (ABC), (BBC).
  • 07 Jan 2005 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake: Japan sends its largest military force since World War II to help tsunami-stricken countries. There are approximately 1,000 soldiers on standby. Sources at the HM Treasury stated that the Group of Seven Industrialized Nations (G7) has agreed to a moratorium in the repayment of debts of the countries most affected by the tsunamis. (CNA)FBI warns of fraud in disaster appeal scams
  • 08 Jan 2005 At full speed, the nuclear submarine USS San Francisco collides with an underwater mountain south of Guam. The sub is damaged but one man is killed.
  • 09 Jan 2005 Yasser Aramfat is replaced as the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization by elections. Rawhi Fattouh succeeds him.
  • 10 Jan 2005 In California, a mudslide causes 10 deaths and many injuries. It closes U.S. Route 101 for 10 days, which is the main coastal corridor connecting San Francisco to Los Angeles.
  • 11 Jan 2005 According to the People's Republic of China government, Zhao Ziyang, a convicted Chinese Communist leader, is currently in hospital but is stable. After rumors that he was dead, the announcement was made.
  • 12 Jan 2005 Donald Kagin and Steven Contursi purchased the rare (US) 1787 Brasher Gold Doubloon for US$2,990,000. This is the third highest auction price for a rare coin.
  • 13 Jan 2005 Conflict in Iraq: 4 bodyguards, including his son, Sheikh Al-Madaini (a senior aide of the Ayatollah Sistani), were killed in an attack on Salman Pak, Baghdad's suburb.
  • 14 Jan 2005 The Huygens probe lands on Saturn's moon Titan.
  • 15 Jan 2005 ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter finds elements like calcium, aluminum and silicon on the moon.
  • 16 Jan 2005 Adriana Iliescu, 66, becomes the oldest woman in the world to have a baby.
  • 17 Jan 2005 A train fire in India that claimed the lives of 60 Hindus and caused religious riots, which took place in 2002, was not started by Muslims throwing firebombs as had been reported. This was confirmed by an inquiry into Indian Railways headed by retired Judge Bannerjee. Justice Banerjee stated that eyewitnesses claimed that people were cooking in the carriage when it caught on fire.
  • 18 Jan 2005 At a ceremony held in Toulouse, France, the Airbus A380, which is the largest commercial jet in the world, was unveiled
  • 19 Jan 2005 Anna Escobedo Cabral is the 42nd US Treasurer.
  • 20 Jan 2005 George W. Bush is inaugurated at Washington, D.C., for his second term, as the 43rd president of the United States.
  • 21 Jan 2005 The unrest in Belize continues for another day. Water has been cut off and government buildings torched.
  • 22 Jan 2005 According to the Washington Post, the Pentagon runs a military organization called the Strategic Support Branch that is under direct control by U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. It is alleged that it is used to circumvent the restrictions of working with Central Intelligence Agency. According to the Pentagon, "There is no unit directly reportable to Secretary of Defense for clandestine Operations" and "the department is not trying to 'bend statutes to suit desired activities".
  • 23 Jan 2005 The 2004 NFC Championship Game was won by the Philadelphia Eagles
  • 24 Jan 2005 Conflict in Iraq: A suicide bomber detonates near the Iraqi National Accord party's interim prime minister, Iyad Allawi. Officials claim that Allawi was not present in the area at the moment and that seven officers and three civilians were injured. Officials from the U.S. confirm that one soldier died in Mosul, and they state that four of 18 Iraqi provinces, which account for a quarter the population and are dominated by Sunni Sunni, will not be safe to vote in Sunday‚Äôs elections.
  • 25 Jan 2005 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Indonesia has raised its estimation of the death toll from December's tsunami and earthquake to 220,000. The total number of victims in the area is now 280,000.
  • 26 Jan 2005 Glendale train accident: Two trains derailed in Glendale, California.
  • 27 Jan 2005 The Royal Society President warns about oil companies funding UK lobbies to cast doubt over climate change debate
  • 28 Jan 2005 After pleading guilty, Riggs Bank agreed to pay $16 million in fines for violating the Bank Secrecy act by concealing millions of dollars in accounts owned by Augusto Pinochet (Chilean despot) and Equatorial Guinea's top officials.
  • 29 Jan 2005 Taipei was the first place to receive direct commercial flights between mainland China and Taiwan (from Guangzhou), since 1949. A China Airlines flight lands shortly after in Beijing.
  • 30 Jan 2005 Iraq's first multi-party election has concluded. Officials from the electoral commission estimate that there will be between 50-70% turnout. At least 44 people were killed in a series of attacks on election day, mostly in Baghdad. The 275-member National Assembly will establish a new constitution and elect a president. The majority of the names of candidates on the party lists remained anonymous. (BBC, Reuters News24)
  • 31 Jan 2005 Arab-Israeli conflict: A 10-year-old Palestinian girl is killed after she was shot in the head while playing in her Rafah school playground. It is not clear where the gunfire came from. Hamas launches mortar bombs in retaliation and damages a house in an Israeli settlement.
  • 05 Jan 2005 The dwarf planet Eris is discovered by Palomar Observatory-based astronomers, later motivating the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to define the term for the first time.