March 2005 calendar

March 2005

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in March 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

Which were the important events of March 2005?


  • 01 Mar 2005 The Supreme Court of the United States rules the death penalty unconstitutional for juveniles who committed their crimes before age 18.
  • 02 Mar 2005 President George W. Bush awards the nation's highest honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, posthumously to Jackie Robinson's widow. Robinson died in 1972.
  • 03 Mar 2005 Mayerthorpe Incident: James Roszko murders four Royal Canadian Mounted Police constables during a drug bust at his property in Rochfort Bridge, Alberta, then commits suicide. It is the deadliest peace-time incident for the RCMP since 1885 and the North-West Rebellion.
  • 04 Mar 2005 Abducted Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena, a reporter for Il Manifesto, is released in Iraq. An Italian secret service agent, Nicola Calipari, was killed and Sgrena wounded when a U.S. armored vehicle opened fire on her car after it allegedly failed to slow as it approached a checkpoint. (ABCNews - AP) (Reuters) (BBC)
  • 05 Mar 2005 President Bashar al-Assad of Syria announces that Syria will withdraw all 14,000 troops in Lebanon to the Bekaa Valley area, on the Syrian-Lebanese border. (Reuters)
  • 06 Mar 2005 Bolivian President Carlos Mesa announces his resignation, effective Monday. (Reuters)
  • 07 Mar 2005 Prisoner abuse in Iraq: American troops in Iraq filmed themselves kicking a gravely wounded prisoner in the face and making the arm of a corpse appear to wave, then titled the effort "Ramadi Madness" after the city where it was made. (Reuters via Yahoo)
  • 08 Mar 2005 The People's Republic of China ratifies an anti-secession law, aimed at preventing Taiwan from declaring independence.{{cite web|url=
  • 09 Mar 2005 Cyclone Ingrid diminishes to a category 3 storm, and is crossing the Cape York Peninsula in northern Queensland, Australia late on March 9, 2005 UTC. ABOM
  • 10 Mar 2005 Tung Chee Hwa resigns from his post as the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong after widespread public dissatisfaction of his tenure.
  • 11 Mar 2005 Three people, including a judge, are murdered in the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta, Georgia; the main suspect, Brian Nichols, surrenders to police the next day.
  • 12 Mar 2005 President Hu Jintao of the People's Republic of China is elected to be chairman of the Central Military Commission by the 3rd Plenum of the 10th National People's Congress. (Xinhua) (Reuters) (NBC-WTSM) (CCTV)
  • 13 Mar 2005 Terry Ratzmann shoots and kills six members of the Living Church of God and the minister at Sheraton Inn in Brookfield, Wisconsin before killing himself.
  • 14 Mar 2005 Massive protests take place in Beirut, Lebanon, against the Syrian presence there. With an estimated turnout of 800,000. (ABC News)
  • 15 Mar 2005 U.S. Representative Henry Waxman sends a scathing letter to President George W. Bush, accusing the administration of having withheld until after the election a damaging audit regarding overcharges by Halliburton for services in Iraq (such as charging $27,000,000 for transporting $82,000 worth of fuel from Kuwait to Iraq). (Guardian) (Philadelphia Daily News)
  • 16 Mar 2005 Israel officially handed over Jericho to Palestinian control.
  • 17 Mar 2005 At the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider particle accelerator in Upton, New York, physicist Horatiu Nastase may have created a black hole. (BBC)
  • 18 Mar 2005 Woman Imam in NYC: Amina Wadud, an African American Muslim, and a professor of Islamic studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, led a congregation of about 60 women and 40 men in the weekly Muslim Friday, or Jumu'uah, prayer, despite the disapproval of mainstream Muslim scholars. (CNN) (BBC)
  • 19 Mar 2005 A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hits Japan's southernmost main island of Kyūshū. Japan's Meteorological Agency emits warnings for tsunamis that could hit areas including the coast of Kyūshū. (CNN)
  • 20 Mar 2005 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits Fukuoka, Japan, its first major quake in over 100 years. One person is killed, hundreds are injured and evacuated.
  • 21 Mar 2005 Ten are killed in the Red Lake High School massacre in Minnesota, the worst school shooting since the Columbine High School massacre.
  • 22 Mar 2005 The World Hockey Association announces that a six-team tournament, the "Bobby Hull Invitational", will take place in May 2005 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (ESPN)
  • 23 Mar 2005 An explosion takes place at one of BP's largest oil refineries in Texas City, killing 15 and injuring more than 170.
  • 24 Mar 2005 Paleontologists from North Carolina State University announce the discovery of structures resembling blood vessels and red blood cells inside the hindlimb fossil of a Tyrannosaurus rex. (Science Magazine) (BBC).
  • 25 Mar 2005 Several Imax cinemas in the US (in Texas, Georgia and the Carolinas) have chosen not to show the film "Volcanoes of the Deep Sea" in light of its reference to the theory of evolution. (BBC)
  • 26 Mar 2005 The Taiwanese government calls on 1 million Taiwanese to demonstrate in Taipei, in opposition to the Anti-Secession Law of the People's Republic of China. Around 200,000 to 300,000 attend the demonstration.
  • 27 Mar 2005 Christians around the world celebrate Easter Sunday. (AP via Yahoo! News)
  • 28 Mar 2005 The 2005 Sumatran earthquake rocks Indonesia, and at magnitude 8.7 is the fourth strongest earthquake since 1965.
  • 29 Mar 2005 Beck's new album Guero is released.
  • 30 Mar 2005 The island of Malta is in dispute with Italy over the transportation of Chinese illegal immigrants between Malta and Sicily. (di-ve)
  • 31 Mar 2005 The last day to apply for the Sales Tax Amnesty Program from the California State Board of Equalization was March 31, 2005.

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Green Street Hooligans

Green Street Hooligans

Release year: 2005

Directed by: Lexi Alexander

Starring: Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani, Marc Warren

Country: United States of America

The Descent

The Descent

Release year: 2005

Directed by: Neil Marshall

Starring: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder

Country: United States of America



Release year: 2005

Directed by: Florent-Emilio Siri

Starring: Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak, Serena Scott Thomas, Jimmy Bennett


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State of Fear by Michael Crichton

State of Fear


In Tokyo, in Los Angeles, in Antarctica, in the Solomon Islands . . . an intelligence agent races to put all the pieces together to prevent a global catastrophe.

Taking Heat by Ari Fleischer

Taking Heat


For two and a half years, Ari Fleischer served as the official liaison between the White House and members of the press, acting as the primary spokesperson for President George W.

Impossible by Danielle Steel



When a high-powered gallery owner collides with a wildly offbeat artist, it’s the perfect recipe for disaster. But in her 63rd bestselling novel, Danielle Steel proves that when two

Winning The Future by Newt Gingrich

Winning The Future


According to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, America currently faces five threats that could undermine, if not eliminate, the United States if immediate steps are not taken to correct them.

The Killing Club by Marcie Walsh with Michael Malone

The Killing Club


A New York Times Bestseller An Edgar Award-winning Author Suspenseful, romantic, and filled with humor, The Killing Club is a mystery "written" by popular One Life to Live character Marcie Walsh