2005

A few years after the turn of the millennium, 2005 was a year that proved to the world that the new century would be anything but dull. There were several notable developments this year, especially in politics and culture.

2005

Even so, there were some important steps taken in science, particularly in space exploration. This was the year that the dwarf planet, Eris, was discovered. It was also the year that the Huygens probe landed on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. The space probe, Deep Impact, was also launched this year. This spacecraft was meant to study the composition of the comet, Tempel 1. Remarkably, the spacecraft successfully landed an impactor probe onto the comet, creating a crater about 100 meters wide and 30 meters deep. All three of these events incredibly occurred in the same month, January of 2005.

In politics, Iraq held its first parliamentary election since 1958. The American-led invasion and occupation had successfully overthrown the regime of Sadaam Hussein, but the future of the war-torn country was still to be determined. Proponents of the war hailed the elections as a major achievement. This was also the year that North Korea announced that it had possession of nuclear weapons, heightening tensions between the communist regime and South Korea and the United States.

In July of 2005, the infamous 7/7 bombings of London took place. On this day, four Islamic extremists detonated bombs in central London, targeting civilians on the London Underground and on a bus as well. Over 50 people were killed and several hundred were wounded.

In a major cultural development, Pope John Paul II passed away on April 2nd and was succeeded by Joseph Ratzinger, a Cardinal from Germany who became Pope Benedict XVI on April 19th. John Paul II had a remarkable ministry that impacted generations of Christians around the world, and would be canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church. At his passing, many began calling for immediate canonization and chanted “Magnus” or “Great.” While he would not be canonized until 2014, he is referred to now as Pope Saint John Paul II, the Great.

Discover how the world looked like in 2005

Oscar

Oscar Winners

All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 78th edition of the Oscar ceremony


Best picture

Crash

Crash

Crash

Directed by: Paul Haggis

Starring: Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton, Karina Arroyave

Country: United States of America

Best director

Ang Lee

Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain

Best actor

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Capote

Capote

Directed by: Bennett Miller

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr., Catherine Keener, Allie Mickelson

Best actress

Reese Witherspoon

Walk the Line

Walk the Line

Directed by: James Mangold

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actor

George Clooney

Syriana

Syriana

Directed by: Stephen Gaghan

Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet, Kayvan Novak

Best supporting actress

Rachel Weisz

The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener

Directed by: Fernando Meirelles

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Hubert Koundé

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 2005 ?
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The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman

The World Is Flat

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A New Edition of the Phenomenal #1 Bestseller"One mark of a great book is that it makes you see things in a new way, and Mr.

The Broker by John Grisham

The Broker

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#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.

Collapse by Jared Diamond

Collapse

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In Jared Diamond’s follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion and political discord create the conditions for the

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

Freakonomics

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Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? How much do parents really matter? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask.

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet In Heaven

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A specially produced paperback edition--with flaps--of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller, that has sold more than six million copies in hardcover Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at …

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 2005


Peace Prize

  • International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei

Literature

  • Harold Pinter

Physics

  • Roy J. Glauber
  • John L. Hall
  • Theodor W. Hänsch

Economic Sciences

  • Robert Aumann
  • Thomas Schelling

Chemistry

  • Yves Chauvin
  • Robert H. Grubbs
  • Richard R. Schrock

Physiology or Medicine

  • Barry Marshall
  • Robin Warren

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Batman Begins

Batman Begins

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

Country: United States of America

V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

Directed by: James McTeigue

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

Country: United States of America

Cinderella Man

Cinderella Man

Directed by: Ron Howard

Starring: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Craig Bierko, Paul Giamatti

Country: United States of America

Serenity

Serenity

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Starring: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alan Tudyk

Country: United States of America

Walk the Line

Walk the Line

Directed by: James Mangold

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick

Country: United States of America

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 2005 in the USA ?

world population

World Population

Demographic statistics of the year 2005


Population statistics

  • Total population: 6.5 billion (6,541,907,027 to be precise!)
  • Urban population: 3.2 billion, that is 49.0% of the total population of 2005 lives in cities
  • Yearly change: +80.8 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.25%
  • Average density: 44.0 persons per km2
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 2005?


Events

  • 01 Jan Israeli troops allegedly misfire a tank shell and kill a 9-year-old Palestinian girl; her 11-year-old sister was also injured. (Al Bawaba)
  • 02 Jan Global tsunami aid donations exceed USD 2 billion (EUR 1.5 billion). (Xinhua)
  • 03 Jan Iraq War:: In Iraq, a spate of suicide bombings (including one near Iraqi National Accord headquarters) kills 27. Interim defence minister Hazim al-Shaalan hints that the assembly elections scheduled for 30 January could be delayed to allow for Sunni Muslim participation. (Oman Times) (Al Jazeera)
  • 04 Jan 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami: Three Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels are killed in a clash with the Indonesian military in the northern Aceh province. Fighting broke out apparently when Indonesian troops attempted to escort aid trucks. Both sides claim the other are taking advantage of the devastation left from the tsunamis. (ABC Australia) (News.com.au)
  • 05 Jan Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system, is discovered by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz using images originally taken on October 21, 2003, at the Palomar Observatory.
  • 06 Jan Former South African President Nelson Mandela breaks a strong taboo when he announces that the death at age 54 of his sole surviving son, Makgatho Mandela, was caused by AIDS, which kills about 600 people daily in South Africa. His action is viewed as being critical of his successor, Thabo Mbeki, who has denied a link between HIV and AIDS. (ABC), (BBC).
  • 07 Jan 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake:: Japan sends its largest military deployment since World War II to tsunami-hit countries, with around 1,000 troops on standby. (CNA)The Group of Seven Industrialised Nations (G7) agrees to a moratorium on the debt repayments of countries worst affected by the tsunamis in Asia, sources at the HM Treasury said. (CNA)FBI warn of fake disaster appeal scams (CNN)
  • 08 Jan The nuclear sub USS San Francisco collides at full speed with an undersea mountain south of Guam. One man is killed, but the sub surfaces and is repaired.
  • 09 Jan Elections are held to replace Yasser Arafat as head of the Palestine Liberation Organization. He is succeeded by Rawhi Fattouh.
  • 10 Jan A mudslide occurs in La Conchita, California, killing 10 people, injuring many more and closing U.S. Route 101, the main coastal corridor between San Francisco and Los Angeles, for 10 days.
  • 11 Jan Purged Chinese Communist leader Zhao Ziyang is hospitalized, but in stable condition, according to the People's Republic of China government. The announcement came after rumors spread that he had died. (BBC)
  • 12 Jan Steven Contursi and Donald Kagin purchase the unique (US) 1787 Brasher gold doubloon for US$2,990,000, third highest price ever paid for a rare coin at public auction.
  • 13 Jan Conflict in Iraq: Sheikh Al-Madaini, a senior aide to the Ayatollah Sistani, 4 bodyguards and his son have been killed in an attack in the Baghdad's suburb Salman Pak. (BBC)
  • 14 Jan Landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn's moon Titan.
  • 15 Jan ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
  • 16 Jan Adriana Iliescu becomes the world's oldest woman to give birth, at age 66.
  • 17 Jan An Indian train fire that killed up to 60 Hindus and sparked deadly religious riots in 2002 was started by accident - not firebombs thrown by Muslims as had been reported, an Indian Railways inquiry headed by a retired Judge Bannerjee has said. Justice Banerjee said that according to eyewitness accounts people had been cooking in the carriage at the time it caught fire. (BBC)
  • 18 Jan The Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial jet, is unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France
  • 19 Jan Anna Escobedo Cabral becomes the 42nd US Treasurer.
  • 20 Jan George W. Bush is inaugurated in Washington, D.C. for his second term as the 43rd President of the United States.
  • 21 Jan In Belize, the unrest continues for a second day. Water has been cut and government buildings have been torched. (Belize channel 5) (Belize channel 7)
  • 22 Jan The Washington Post alleges that the Pentagon is running a military organization known as the Strategic Support Branch which is under the direct control of U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Allegedly it is used to bypass the limitations of working with the Central Intelligence Agency. The Pentagon stated "There is no unit that is directly reportable to the secretary of defense for clandestine operations" and the department "is not attempting to 'bend' statutes to fit desired activities".
  • 23 Jan The Philadelphia Eagles win the 2004 NFC Championship game
  • 24 Jan Conflict in Iraq: A suicide car bomb is detonated near interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's Iraqi National Accord party office. Officials say Allawi was not in the area at the time and that seven policemen and three civilians were wounded. U.S. military officials confirm the death of one soldier in Mosul and state four of Iraq's 18 provinces, a quarter of the total population and predominantly Sunni, will be unsafe to vote in Sunday's elections. (Reuters)
  • 25 Jan 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake: Indonesia has again raised its estimate of the number of people killed by December's earthquake and tsunami to 220,000; the total known to have been killed in the region is now 280,000. (BBC)
  • 26 Jan Glendale train crash: Two trains derail killing 11 and injuring 200 in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles.
  • 27 Jan President of the Royal Society warns of oil companies' funding of lobbies in the UK to cast skepticism over the debate on climate change. (Guardian)
  • 28 Jan Riggs Bank agrees to pay a $16 million fine after pleading guilty to violating the Bank Secrecy Act by hiding transfers of millions of dollars in accounts controlled by Chilean despot Augusto Pinochet and top officials of Equatorial Guinea. (The Seattle Times)
  • 29 Jan The first direct commercial flights from mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines flight lands in Beijing.
  • 30 Jan Polls close in Iraq marking the first multi-party election in 50 years. Electoral officials estimate about a 50–70% turnout. A series of election day attacks across the country killed at least 44 people, mainly in Baghdad. The 275-member National Assembly will create a new constitution, choose a new president and two new vice presidents. Most candidate names on the various party lists remained anonymous. (BBC) Reuters News24
  • 31 Jan Arab–Israeli conflict: A ten-year-old Palestinian girl dies after being shot in the head as she played in her school playground in Rafah. The source of the gunfire is disputed. Hamas launches mortar shells in retaliation, damaging a house in an Israeli settlement. (Al Jazeera) (Reuters) (Jerusalem Post) (BBC) (CBS) (Haaretz)
  • 01 Feb King Gyanendra of Nepal carries out a coup d'etat to capture the democracy, becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers.
  • 02 Feb Eleven people die in a Baghdad bombing, according to the Al-Zaman newspaper. Of these, eight are policemen or soldiers. (Informed Comment)
  • 03 Feb Alberto Gonzales wins Senate confirmation (60-36) as the USA's first Hispanic attorney general.
  • 04 Feb 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 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 The New England Patriots win the Super Bowl, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21. (Wash. Times)
  • 07 Feb 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 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 North Korea announces that it possesses nuclear weapons as a protection against the hostility it feels from the United States.
  • 10 Feb 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 blink-182 officially break up on this date. However, the "indefinite hiatus" was not announced until February 22, 2005.
  • 20 Feb 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 A landslide in Indonesia kills at least seven people and hundreds are reported missing (Channel News Asia) (BBC)
  • 22 Feb 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 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 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 Wichita, Kansas police apprehend the so-called BTK serial killer Dennis Rader, 31 years after his first murder.
  • 26 Feb 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 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 A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.
  • 01 Mar The Supreme Court of the United States rules the death penalty unconstitutional for juveniles who committed their crimes before age 18.
  • 02 Mar 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 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 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 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 Bolivian President Carlos Mesa announces his resignation, effective Monday. (Reuters)
  • 07 Mar 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 The People's Republic of China ratifies an anti-secession law, aimed at preventing Taiwan from declaring independence.{{cite web|url=
  • 09 Mar 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 Tung Chee Hwa resigns from his post as the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong after widespread public dissatisfaction of his tenure.
  • 11 Mar 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 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 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 Massive protests take place in Beirut, Lebanon, against the Syrian presence there. With an estimated turnout of 800,000. (ABC News)
  • 15 Mar 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 Israel officially handed over Jericho to Palestinian control.
  • 17 Mar At the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider particle accelerator in Upton, New York, physicist Horatiu Nastase may have created a black hole. (BBC)
  • 18 Mar 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 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 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 Ten are killed in the Red Lake High School massacre in Minnesota, the worst school shooting since the Columbine High School massacre.
  • 22 Mar 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 An explosion takes place at one of BP's largest oil refineries in Texas City, killing 15 and injuring more than 170.
  • 24 Mar 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 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 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 Christians around the world celebrate Easter Sunday. (AP via Yahoo! News)
  • 28 Mar The 2005 Sumatran earthquake rocks Indonesia, and at magnitude 8.7 is the fourth strongest earthquake since 1965.
  • 29 Mar Beck's new album Guero is released.
  • 30 Mar The island of Malta is in dispute with Italy over the transportation of Chinese illegal immigrants between Malta and Sicily. (di-ve)
  • 31 Mar The last day to apply for the Sales Tax Amnesty Program from the California State Board of Equalization was March 31, 2005.
  • 01 Apr Hamas and Islamic Jihad have declared, in principle, their intention to join the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). (Al Ahram)
  • 02 Apr Pope John Paul II died at 9:37 p.m. Vatican time (CEST) at the age of 84, thus ending the third longest papacy in history and the beginning of a Sede vacante period. (Wikinews)
  • 03 Apr Conflict in Iraq: A group of at least 40 Iraqi insurgents attacks Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, using car bombs, grenades, and small arms. At least 20 American soldiers and 12 Iraqi prisoners are injured, but the US Army says it has put down the assault. (NYT) (BBC)
  • 04 Apr Israel is to begin dumping 10,000 tonnes of rubbish in the West Bank every month. Opponents say the move is a breach of international treaties and may also pollute the main Palestinian water supply, an assertion denied by the Israelis. (Haaretz) (BBC)
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  • 06 Apr Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani becomes Iraqi president; Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari is named premier the next day.
  • 07 Apr The Mexican Chamber of Deputies votes by 360 to 127 to suspend the executive immunity of Mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico City, thereby removing him from office to face criminal charges. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 08 Apr Over four million people attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II.
  • 09 Apr Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Charles, Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony at Windsor's Guildhall.
  • 10 Apr An earthquake of magnitude 6.7 occurs near Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia at 10:18 UTC. (BBC)
  • 11 Apr Yad Vashem bestow the honour of "Righteous Among the Nations" posthumously upon a Nazi Major, Karl Plagge. Plagge saved around 1,200 Jews, mostly women and children, from execution during the Holocaust by putting them in forced labor positions at a vehicle workshop. (BBC)
  • 12 Apr A 15-year Palestinian boy was caught in Hawara checkpoint (near Nablus), hiding five pipe bombs under his coat. He apparently tried to ignite them with a match when the soldiers apprehended him. Soldiers later pose for photographs with the boy. His brother says he did so in order to study for his high-school matriculation exams in an Israeli prison.
  • 13 Apr Canada's most prominent white supremacist and founder of the Heritage Front, Wolfgang Droege, is shot to death in his apartment. One suspect is arrested at the scene. (CTV)
  • 14 Apr The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.
  • 15 Apr NASA reports that the Gulf Stream is slowing. The resulting colder climate could cause severe climatic and economic disruption in Northern Europe. (NASA)
  • 16 Apr Najib Mikati becomes the new Prime Minister of Lebanon, replacing Omar Karami, who has resigned for a second time after seven weeks of frustrated efforts to form a consensus government. (Reuters)
  • 17 Apr Over one hundred thousand people throughout Indonesia have taken part in anti-Israeli and anti-American protests. The protest was organised by the Prosperous Justice Party in order to show Muslim unity regarding the Al Aqsa Mosque. (Herald Sun), (Guardian), (Jerusalem Post)
  • 18 Apr The largest moving object on Earth, the iceberg B15A in Antarctica has collided with the Drygalski ice tongue, a feature large enough to be included in Antarctic maps. During the collision, a five-kilometre-long section of the ice tongue was broken off. (ESA) (AP) (Link dead as of 04:02, 16 January 2007 (UTC))
  • 19 Apr The US Mint announces plans to produce 24-karat gold bullion coins in 2006.
  • 20 Apr Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell signs a bill making same-sex civil unions legal. Connecticut is now the second U.S. state to legalize same-sex civil unions. (ABC)
  • 21 Apr 400 Iranian volunteers sign up to sacrifice their lives in "occupied Islamic countries", particularly Israel, after being inspired by a fatwa from a top hardline cleric giving religious backing to suicide missions. (Reuters)
  • 22 Apr Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologizes for Japan's war record.
  • 23 Apr Israeli security forces arrest 3 suspected Palestinian militants on the Geha Highway near Ra'annana, Israel. When the police arrived, the 3 suspects were barricaded in their car, while a 4th suspect fled the scene. Earlier in the night, the Israeli Police put roadblocks and checkpoints after it received high alert on "rolling" suicide bombing attack. (Haaretz), (Ynet)
  • 24 Apr About 1 million people march silently through Mexico City in support of the capital's embattled mayor, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. (Bloomberg) (CNN) (El Universal) (BBC) (The Guardian)
  • 25 Apr Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Amnesty International has called on the Israeli government to investigate the poisoning of Palestinian land, allegedly by Israeli settlers around Hebron (BBC)
  • 26 Apr Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country ( Syrian occupation of Lebanon ).
  • 27 Apr The superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France.
  • 28 Apr Almost three months after the legislative election in Iraq, the National Assembly voted overwhelmingly to approve a Shi'a-led cabinet, establishing the first elected government in the history of Iraq. Two of the four deputy prime minister's slots remained vacant, however, and five ministries, including the important defence and oil slots, were left in the hands of temporary managers. (International Herald Tribune), (CBC)
  • 29 Apr Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation.
  • 30 Apr Cairo terrorism: Tourists in the Egyptian capital Cairo are targeted in two separate terrorist attacks. (BBC)
  • 01 May Lenovo Group, the largest Chinese computer company acquires the personal computer business of IBM for US$ 1.25 billion in cash, and Lenovo assumes $500 million of IBM's debt. (Reuters)
  • 02 May The Pontiac Grand Am car ceases production at the 100 year-old Lansing Car Assembly plant.
  • 03 May Two United States Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet jets collide over Iraq while flying a mission in Iraq. The body of one of the pilots is later recovered and an ejected seat was found, but the second one is still missing. (BBC) (Washington Post)
  • 04 May Israel freezes the handover of West Bank Palestinian towns to the Palestinian Authority. Israel claims they will resume the handover process when militant groups are disarmed. The Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, had agreed to hand over five West Bank towns to Palestinian control, but thus far has only handed over Tulkarm and Jericho. (BBC)
  • 05 May Labour government of Tony Blair in the United Kingdom wins a third successive general election.
  • 06 May The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rules that the FCC overstepped its authority in attempting to impose the "broadcast flag" on hardware manufacturers. (News.com) (EFF)
  • 07 May Northern Ireland's Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble, the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize winner who helped reach the Good Friday Agreement, resigns from the leadership post he has held for ten years, after losing his seat in the British general election the previous day. (BBC)
  • 08 May Point guard Steve Nash of the NBA's Phoenix Suns makes history by becoming the first Canadian to win the NBA's MVP award. Nash edges out Shaquille O'Neal of the Miami Heat by seven votes to win the award. (CBC)
  • 09 May Iran admits to having converted thirty-seven tons of raw uranium into a gas, a key step in uranium enrichment. (The Guardian)
  • 10 May Leaders in Indonesia visit Suharto, the nation's former president, who is hospitalized with what has been diagnosed as intestinal bleeding. (Yahoo)
  • 11 May Serial killer Michael Ross becomes the first person executed in New England in 45 years.
  • 12 May Malcolm Glazer wins control of UK football team Manchester United F.C. after securing a 70% share. (BBC) (ABC News) (NY Times)
  • 13 May The United States Department of Defense issues a list of bases to be closed as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process (BRAC 2005).
  • 14 May The former USS America, a decommissioned supercarrier of the United States Navy, is deliberately sunk in the Atlantic Ocean after four weeks of live-fire exercises. She is the largest ship ever to be disposed of as a target in a military exercise.
  • 15 May Israeli-Palestinian conflict:: Shin Bet head Avi Dichter finishes his 5-year term and Yuval Diskin is appointed as his replacement. (Ynet)Israeli right wing students begin a hunger strike in protest of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan of 2004. (Haaretz) (Ynet)
  • 16 May George Galloway appears before a U.S. Senate committee, to answer allegations of making money from the Iraqi Oil-for-Food Programme.
  • 17 May Kuwaiti women are granted the right to vote.
  • 18 May According to a spokesman for the Georgian Interior Ministry, a hand grenade found among spectators during a speech by U.S. President George W. Bush last week in Tbilisi failed to function, although it was live and could have exploded. It was originally thought to have been a dummy grenade. (CNN)
  • 19 May Scientists discover that the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was the longest ever recorded — lasting nearly ten minutes when most powerful earthquakes last no more than a few seconds — and shook the entire planet. (CNN)
  • 20 May Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith reaches a record high at the box offices on opening day with $50 million on 9,400 screens at 3,661 theaters worldwide, edging out Spider-Man 2's top opening day record of $40.4 million and Shrek 2's top single day record of $44.8 million. (marketwatch) (AP via Yahoo! News) (Link dead as of 02:43, 15 January 2007 (UTC)), (boxofficemojo.com)
  • 21 May Kingda Ka the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world opens at Six Flags Great Adventure.
  • 22 May In Shenzhen, China, what is believed to be the largest urban demolition blast in China uses 1,500 lb (680 kg) of explosives to simultaneously topple 16 tower blocks. Because of misplaced charges, one tower does not topple, but is reduced from 14 stories to 12, and will have to be demolished manually. (Xinhua (Pictures)) (The Star (Malaysia)) (Boston Globe).
  • 23 May Channel 10, an Israeli television station, broadcasts footage of what it claims is Israeli Defence Forces using a Palestinian youth as a human shield against rock-throwers in the West Bank. The IDF denies the allegation. (Haaretz)
  • 24 May Conflict in Iraq: At least five Iraqis and seven US Soldiers have been killed following a spate of bombings in Iraq. (BBC)
  • 25 May At Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Liverpool F.C. scores three goals in six minutes to tie the game and after extra-time goes on to defeat AC Milan 3-2 in a penalty shootout to win its first UEFA Champions League title since 1984. Goals from Steven Gerrard, Vladmir Smicer and Xabi Alonso levelled he game in the second half.Liverpool eventually winning 3-2 on penalties In one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history
  • 26 May Elections in Suriname: Preliminary results show Suriname's ruling coalition survived an election challenge from former dictator Dési Bouterse in this former Dutch colony. (Guardian Unlimited)
  • 27 May Australian Schapelle Corby is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in Kerobokan Prison for drug smuggling by a court in Indonesia.
  • 28 May The clock tower of the Palace of Westminster in London, commonly known as Big Ben, renowned for its accuracy and chimes, stopped ticking for 90 minutes, an engineer said Saturday. (BBC)
  • 29 May A London newspaper reports that Merrill Lynch, New York, is trying to persuade at least seventeen members of the corporate derivatives team of rival investment bank JP Morgan to defect. An anonymous source/headhunter quoted in the newspaper predicted that the seventeen will be working at Merrill Lynch by the end of the summer. (Reuters)
  • 30 May In Prague, Prince Hamid Bin Abdul Sani al-Thani of Qatar has been found guilty of sexually abusing girls younger than 15 from 2001 and 2004 and sentenced to 30 months in prison. (BBC)
  • 31 May Vanity Fair reveals that Mark Felt was Deep Throat.
  • 01 Jun In Côte d'Ivoire, renewed violence in the west of the country costs at least 41 lives (Reuters AlertNet) (SABC) (BBC)
  • 02 Jun At the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, a US $20 gold coin, 1927-D PCGS MS-66 sells for US$1.65 million.
  • 03 Jun The German political party Alliance '90/The Greens opens a Wiki that allows all users to contribute to the party's manifesto for the German federal election, 2005 (Spiegel online, German)
  • 04 Jun In the context of the Parti Québécois National Congress, Bernard Landry announces his surprise resignation as leader of the Parti Québécois, the major party in Quebec that advocates national independence for Quebec. (CTV)
  • 05 Jun In separate referendums, the voters of Switzerland decide to ratify the Schengen treaty, abolishing all its normal land border controls by 2007, and also approve the legalizing of civil unions for gay couples, for tax and inheritance purposes, but not for child adoption. The Swiss Government had urged approval of both measures and the Swiss Parliament had previously passed legislation approving them. (BBC News)
  • 06 Jun The United States Supreme Court upholds a federal law banning cannabis, including medical marijuana, in Gonzales v. Raich.
  • 07 Jun Hungarian opposition candidate László Sólyom wins the 2005 presidential election in a 185-182 victory over Katalin Szili.
  • 08 Jun Claire Miles from Exeter in Devon gives birth by Caesarean section to two babies, one in each of her two half sized wombs. BBC
  • 09 Jun At Logan Airport, almost 400 people narrowly avoid death when two jet airliners nearly collide on the runway.
  • 10 Jun In the Philippines, whistleblower Samuel Ong accuses, with audio evidence, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of rigging the 2004 elections, thus starting an electoral crisis. (IHT)
  • 11 Jun The G8 announces the cancellation of the multilateral debt of eighteen of the poorest countries in the world (BBC)
  • 12 Jun Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, deliveres a Commencement addresses in Stanford University. (Stanford University)
  • 13 Jun A jury in Santa Maria, California acquits pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch.
  • 14 Jun A major earthquake strikes about 80 miles (130 kilometers) off the coast of northern California on Tuesday night, briefly prompting a tsunami warning along the Pacific coast but with no immediate reports of damages or injuries. (AP)
  • 15 Jun Off the coast of Northern California, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurs.
  • 16 Jun A report by the Metropolitan Police in the UK states that children are being trafficked into the UK from Africa to be used as 'human sacrifices'. (BBC), (Guardian)
  • 17 Jun Because of "quadruple-witching" options and futures expiration, the New York Stock Exchange sees the heaviest first-hour trading on record. 704 million shares are traded between 9:30-10:30 A.M. (1.92 billion shares for the day).
  • 18 Jun In Canada, the rain died down and the state of emergency came to an end. With one evening of pounding rain, hail and cold temperatures, the Elbow River spilled over the dam for the first time. Again the low-lying areas of Calgary, AB were evacuated, the town of Bragg Creek, the towns of High River and Okotoks, and the small town of Sundre were all evacuated.
  • 19 Jun In the UK, flash flooding severely affected several North Yorkshire villages and towns, including Thirsk, Helmsley and Hawnby, when the rivers Swale and Rye burst their banks.
  • 20 Jun Chief US immigration judge Michael Creppy rules that Ukrainian-born John Demjanjuk can be deported because he was a concentration camp guard during World War II (WBNS, Ohio) (Washington Post) (Reuters)
  • 21 Jun Elizabeth II conducts the International Fleet Review of 167 international warships in the Solent, as part of the Trafalgar 200 celebrations.
  • 22 Jun German car manufacturer BMW acquires the Formula One team Sauber Petronas. In the next season the new team will be probably known as BMW Sauber. BBC Sport
  • 23 Jun The Supreme Court of the United States decides 5-4 in the case Kelo v. New London that local governments can seize residential and commercial property for private development projects against the will of property owners as a "public use" under the 5th Amendment. (Market Watch),(New York Times)
  • 24 Jun Five people are found shot to death at their Yuma, Arizona home, and a sixth victim dies at a local hospital
  • 25 Jun In Destin, Florida, a 14-year-old Louisiana girl is killed in a shark attack.
  • 26 Jun Richard Whiteley, who for 23 years presented the Channel 4 game show Countdown, died aged 61.
  • 27 Jun Domino Harvey dies of an OD, Harvey was a legendary bounty hunter and her biography was made a movie with Keira Knightley as Domino.
  • 28 Jun War in Afghanistan: Three U.S. Navy SEALs and 16 American Special Operations Forces soldiers are killed during Operation Red Wing, a failed counter-insurgent mission in Kunar province, Afghanistan.
  • 29 Jun The United States House of Representatives passes a $1.17 billion funding bill for Amtrak in fiscal year 2006, an amount that is still short of the $2 billion Amtrak was originally seeking. The funding was approved in an amendment to a more general transportation and treasury appropriations bill. The House also removed the requirement in the bill that would mandate Amtrak to end passenger train service on currently unprofitable routes. The funding has yet to be approved by the Senate.
  • 30 Jun In Belgium, the Parliament Speaker Herman De Croo cancels a lunch with a delegation from the Iranian parliament, led by Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, because of the Iranians' insistence on not serving alcoholic drinks, and a meeting with senate president Anne-Marie Lizin because of the men in the delegation refusing to shake hands with her, a non-related woman.
  • 01 Jul Iraq's ambassador to the UN, Samir Sumaidaie, accuses U.S. Marines of the "cold-blooded murder" of his 21-year-old cousin during a June 25 raid of his home in Al Anbar province. (Reuters)
  • 02 Jul NASA's ampquotCopper bulletampquot from the Deep Impact spacecraft hits Comet Tempel 1, creating a crater for scientific studies.
  • 03 Jul Roger Federer defeats Andy Roddick in the Men's Wimbledon Final in straight sets to capture his third consecutive Wimbledon crown and fifth Grand Slam title overall.
  • 04 Jul The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1.
  • 05 Jul The Al Jazeera Network states it will be expanding by broadcasting English language content into the United States by March 2006. (CNN)
  • 06 Jul The European Parliament says there will be "No directive on software patents" by rejecting the proposed Directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions by a 648-14 vote with 18 abstentions, ending four years of intense debate and lobbying. (BBC) (Forbes) (Bloomberg) (BusinessWeek) (Link dead as of 04:20, 16 January 2007 (UTC))
  • 07 Jul A series of four explosions occurs on London's transport system killing 56 people including four alleged suicide bombers and injuring over 700 others.
  • 08 Jul Following general elections in May, Ethiopia releases the first round of official results for 307 of 527 parliamentary seats. The ruling EPRDF has won 139 seats, while opposition parties CUD and UEDF won 93 and 42, respectively. Smaller parties and independent candidates won the remaining 33 seats. CUD and UEDF announced plans to form a coalition government. (BBC News)
  • 09 Jul Authorities in the United Kingdom evacuate over 20,000 people from the centre of the city of Birmingham, Britain's second largest city. (BBC) (Chicago Tribune) (CBC) (Wikinews).
  • 10 Jul Hurricane Dennis strikes near Navarre Beach, Florida as a Category 3 storm, killing ten people after killing over 50 people in the Caribbean.
  • 11 Jul The Indonesian government asks TV stations to close down between 1 am and 5 am daily for six months in order to save energy after recent increases in the price of crude oil. Broadcasts of immensely-popular live European football matches which happen in the middle of the Indonesian night, are excluded from the shutdown. (BBC)
  • 12 Jul London police identify four suspects in the 7 July 2005 London bombings; all are British citizens apparently from Leeds, West Yorkshire, and at least one is believed to have died in the blasts. Raids find explosive materials and other forensic evidence. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • 13 Jul The National Hockey League labor dispute, the longest work stoppage in North American professional sports, ends after 301 days. (CBC)
  • 14 Jul U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist announces he will not retire from the court as long as his health permits him to remain. In October of 2004 Rehnquist, 80, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and underwent a tracheotomy. Yahoo News (Link dead as of 00:39, 15 January 2007 (UTC))
  • 15 Jul Seven Palestinians are killed by Israeli Air Force missile attacks on the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including at least four Hamas militants. Five other Palestinian civilian bystanders are injured in the attacks. According to CNN all the 7 were militants, whereas the BBC says four were. The attack was carried out amid a barrage of Qassam rockets. (BBC) (CNN)(Reuters)
  • 16 Jul 60 people are believed to have died following an Equatair Antonov plane crash in Equatorial Guinea. (BBC) (MSN)
  • 17 Jul Disneyland celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
  • 18 Jul Eight former Serbian secret police officers, and supporters of Slobodan Milošević, have been found guilty of the murder of former President Ivan Stambolić and sentenced to between 15 and 40 years in prison. (BBC)
  • 19 Jul President George W. Bush nominates Appeals Court Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. to the United States Supreme Court, following the retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor.
  • 20 Jul Police in Pakistan have detained about 200 suspected Islamist extremists in a series of raids on religious schools, mosques and other properties. (BBC)
  • 21 Jul Four terrorist bombings, occurring exactly two weeks after the similar July 7 bombings, target London's public transportation system. All four bombs fail to detonate and all four suspected suicide bombers are captured and later convicted and imprisoned for long terms.
  • 22 Jul Jean Charles de Menezes is killed by police as the hunt begins for the London Bombers responsible for the 7 July 2005 London bombings and the 21 July 2005 London bombings.
  • 23 Jul Three bombs explode in the Naama Bay area of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, killing 88 people.
  • 24 Jul Francis Ona, the leader of the former Bougainville Revolutionary Army, has died in village on Bougainville following a short illness. Ona led the bloody 10-year secessionist war against Papua New Guinea that ended in 1997. (ABC News) (ABC News)
  • 25 Jul Israel has summoned the ambassador from the Vatican to explain why the Pope did not condemn Palestinian militant attacks on Israelis, in a statement on Sunday, July 24, Pope Benedict XVI said that he deplored attacks in "countries including Egypt, Turkey, Iraq and Britain". (BBC)
  • 26 Jul Space Shuttle Discovery is launched on its "Return To Flight" mission. This is the first space shuttle flight in nearly 2 1/2 years since the breakup of Space Shuttle Columbia on its return from mission STS-107.
  • 27 Jul STS-114: NASA grounds the Space Shuttle, pending an investigation of the continuing problem with the shedding of foam insulation from the external fuel tank. During ascent, the external tank of the Space Shuttle Discovery sheds a piece of foam slightly smaller than the piece that caused the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster; this foam does not strike the spacecraft.
  • 28 Jul Tornadoes touch down in a residential areas in south Birmingham and Coventry England, causing ?4,000,000 worth of damages and injuring 39 people.
  • 29 Jul Astronomers announce their discovery of the dwarf planet Eris.
  • 30 Jul Thousands of Czech riot police disperse the crowd at the annual free electronic music festival "CzechTek", leaving dozens injured. (CBC)
  • 31 Jul More torrential monsoon rains have returned to Mumbai in India, as it tries to recover from the recent floods. The death toll in the floods rises to about 1,000. (BBC)
  • 01 Aug Conflict in Iraq: At least six US Marines have died following an insurgent attack in Haditha, 140 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. (NBC)
  • 02 Aug Air France Flight 358, landed at Toronto Pearson International Airport, and ran off the runway causing the plane to burst into flames. There are 12 serious injuries and no fatalities.
  • 03 Aug President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya of Mauritania is overthrown in a military coup while attending the funeral of King Fahd in Saudi Arabia.
  • 04 Aug Ayman al-Zawahri, a leader of Al-Qaeda, has issued a televised statement blaming Tony Blair and his government's foreign policy for the July 2005 London bombings. (BBC)
  • 05 Aug An Israeli archaeologist working in East Jerusalem reports that she has discovered a palace dating from the 10th century BC, which may have belonged to King David. (NY Times), (International Herald Tribune), (Washington Times), (Houston Chronicle), (Taipei Times)
  • 06 Aug Tuninter flight 1153 ditched due to engine failure. 16 die
  • 07 Aug Peter Jennings, long-time anchor of ABC World News Tonight, has died from lung cancer at the age of 67. (ABC News)
  • 08 Aug Banco Central robbery at Fortaleza: In Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil, an estimated 156 million reais was discovered to be stolen over the weekend in one of the world's largest bank robberies. (Agencia Brasil), (BBC)
  • 09 Aug Space Shuttle Discovery, the craft for the STS-114 mission, lands at 05:12 PDT (12:12 UTC) at Edwards Air Force Base in California. (BBC) (BBC)
  • 10 Aug 103-year old Ted Radcliffe, probably the oldest professional baseball player, dies from cancer; Radcliffe was the 1943 Negro American League Most Valuable Player.
  • 11 Aug Tens of thousands of Israelis have converged on Tel Aviv to protest the proposed removal of Israeli settlements from the Gaza Strip. (Ynet) (BBC)
  • 12 Aug Sri Lanka's foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE sniper at his home.
  • 13 Aug The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is launched.
  • 14 Aug Helios Airways Flight 522 crashes near the town of Grammatiko in Greece, killing 121 people. Observations from fighter jet aircraft indicate a decompression problem.
  • 15 Aug Many countries celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Victory in the Pacific and the end of World War II. Beijing holds an arts performance gala. In Japan, in a large-scale ceremony led by the Emperor Akihito, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologizes for people's suffering Japan caused during World War II. The ceremony was met with scattered protests. (Xinhua) (BBC China)
  • 16 Aug Roger Louis Schutz-Marsauche, better known as Brother Roger, is murdered by a mentally-ill woman during an afternoon prayer service. Brother Roger is best known for founding the Taizé Community in 1940. His death saddened many officials and leaders across Europe, including Pope Benedict XVI. (BBC)(Bloomberg)
  • 17 Aug The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.
  • 18 Aug Dennis Rader is sentenced to 175 years in prison for the BTK serial killings.
  • 19 Aug The first-ever joint military exercise between Russia and China, called Peace Mission 2005 begins.
  • 20 Aug Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the President of Indonesia, ordered the national intelligence agency and police to investigate after a power outage left about 100 million people without electricity. (Wikinews)
  • 21 Aug More than 800,000 people joined Pope Benedict XVI for the concluding Mass of World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne, Germany. (CNN) The next World Youth Day was announced to be held in Sydney, Australia in 2008. BlueAirNews News
  • 22 Aug A crater.
  • 23 Aug At least 41 die when TANS Peru Flight 204, a Boeing 737-200, crashes near Pucallpa, Peru, with 100 on board. It was the fifth major airline accident this month. (Reuters) (Link dead as of 21:38, 14 January 2007 (UTC)), (BBC), (CNN).
  • 24 Aug Jeanvie Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:
  • 25 Aug French investigating magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguière warns that Al-Qaeda is planning a terrorism attack in Asia, singling out Tokyo, Sydney and Singapore as potential targets. (Financial Times)
  • 26 Aug 120,000 people are expected at the Jean-Michel Jarre's concert Space of Freedom in Gdańsk Shipyard in Poland commemorating 25th anniversary of the creation of "Solidarity" trade union; live at 20:00 CET at iTVP (Radio Polonia)
  • 27 Aug Over 30 are injured in a bomb blast on a ferry at Lamitan, Basilan, Philippines, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf group. (BBC)
  • 28 Aug Hurricane Katrina begins to make landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi in the afternoon, and brings the most severe damage to Slidell and New Orleans.
  • 29 Aug At least 1,836 are killed, and severe damage is caused along the U.S. Gulf Coast, as Hurricane Katrina strikes coastal areas from Louisiana to Alabama, and travels up the entire state of Mississippi (flooding coast 31 feet/10 m), affecting most of eastern North America.
  • 30 Aug Conflict in Iraq: According to U.S. and Iraqi government officials, US Air strikes near the border with Syria have left 56 civilians and over seven insurgents dead. (CNN)
  • 31 Aug A stampede on Al-Aaimmah bridge in Baghdad kills 1,199 people.
  • 01 Sep A judge in Aruba orders the conditional release of Joran van der Sloot, the 18-year-old Dutch citizen being held in connection with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
  • 02 Sep U.S. President George W. Bush tours the area devastated by Hurricane Katrina amidst growing criticism of his lack of leadership. Media reports say he will not visit New Orleans. Bush said order would be restored and New Orleans would emerge from its "darkest days". (BBC)
  • 03 Sep William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States, dies of thyroid cancer at the age of 80. He was appointed Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1971 by Richard Nixon and was named Chief Justice by Ronald Reagan in 1986. (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • 04 Sep Israeli-Palestinian conflict: PNA President Mahmoud Abbas said that 97.5 percent of Gaza Strip lands that Israel would evacuate from were state-owned lands and that the Islamic University was entitled to receive lands in order to expand its facilities.(IPC)
  • 05 Sep John G. Roberts is nominated by President George W. Bush for Chief Justice of the United States, to replace William Rehnquist, who had died two days previously.
  • 06 Sep Israeli troops, who are still in the process of withdrawing from Gaza, shoot dead a Palestinian teenager as he and about 50 others breach a fence around the evacuated Israeli settlement of Gush Katif and climbed atop of IDF tanks. (BBC) (Haaretz)
  • 07 Sep First presidential election is held in Egypt.
  • 08 Sep Two EMERCOM Il-76 aircraft land at a disaster aid staging area at Little Rock Air Force Base; the first time Russia has flown such a mission to North America.
  • 09 Sep United States Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff appoints Vice Admiral Thad W. Allen, chief of staff of the United States Coast Guard, to direct Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in New Orleans, in place of Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael D. Brown, who returns to Washington to direct planning for future disaster relief. (CTV.ca)
  • 10 Sep Four people are known to have died following a football match in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a wall collapsed in the stadium the teams were playing in. (BBC)
  • 11 Sep An eleven minute video tape purporting to be from Al Qaeda is delivered to American network ABC in Pakistan and shown on ''Good Morning America'', warns of future attacks on Los Angeles, California and Melbourne, Australia. Adam Yahiye Gadahn, an American convert to Islam, called the September 11, 2001 attacks ampquotblessed eventsampquot and commenting on possible attacks in the future stated, ampquotThis time, don't count on us demonstrating restraint and compassion.ampquot (Reuters)
  • 12 Sep Hong Kong Disneyland opens in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
  • 13 Sep The rebel National Liberation Front of Burundi breaks off peace negotiations with the new government of Pierre Nkurunziza. (BBC)
  • 14 Sep The President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, shakes hands with the Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, the first time such an encounter has been made in public. (BBC)
  • 15 Sep Nintendo finally reveals the controller for its next generation console on its website. Reactions from gamers are mixed. (Nintendo)Archived October 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  • 16 Sep The Camorra organized crime boss Paolo Di Lauro gets arrested in Naples, Italy.
  • 17 Sep Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejects an offer from the European Union to halt its nuclear program: ampquotThe most far reaching step outside the requirements of the NPT … in keeping with Iran's inalienable right to have access to a nuclear fuel cycle.ampquot
  • 18 Sep Afghan parliamentary election: Former Northern Alliance warlords and their followers claim victory.
  • 19 Sep North Korea agrees to stop building nuclear weapons in exchange for aid and cooperation.
  • 20 Sep Conflict in Iraq: Five U.S. troops die following three insurgent attacks, two in Ramadi and one in Baghdad. (BBC)
  • 21 Sep JetBlue Airways Flight 292 en route to New York from Burbank, California, experiences nose gear malfunctions shortly after takeoff when the nose wheels rotated 90 degrees to the left. The Airbus A320-232 circles Los Angeles to burn off fuel before landing at Los Angeles Airport without serious incident or injury.(Los Angeles Times)
  • 22 Sep Australia agrees to fund Indonesia's response to avian influenza by providing anti-viral drugs to protect health workers in the event of a pandemic and contributing to a World Health Organisation team being sent to Jakarta. The Federal Opposition foreign affairs spokesman, Kevin Rudd, urged the Australian Government to further co-operate with regional states by calling for a regional summit on the issue. (ABC) (ABC)
  • 23 Sep Filiberto Ojeda Rios, Puerto Rican nationalist movement leader, is killed following a shootout with the FBI. (BBC)
  • 24 Sep Worldwide protests occur against the Iraq War, with over 150,000 protestors in Washington DC.
  • 25 Sep American psychiatrist and best-selling author M. Scott Peck, M.D. Dies after suffering from Parkinson's disease and pancreatic and liver duct cancer. Peck, 69, was the author of The Road Less Traveled. (New York Times), (NPR)
  • 26 Sep U.S. Army Reservist Lynndie England is convicted by a military jury on six of seven counts in connection with the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal.
  • 27 Sep During a US State Department visit to Jidda, Saudi Arabia, Karen Hughes receives a mixed reaction when she suggests Saudi women be allowed to drive cars and to "fully participate" in society.(NYT) (registration required)
  • 28 Sep American politician Tom DeLay is indicted on charges of criminal conspiracy by a Texas grand jury.
  • 29 Sep John G. Roberts, Jr. is confirmed and sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States.
  • 30 Sep Michael Eisner resigns from The Walt Disney Company board of directors, also his last day as CEO of the company. The value of the company during Eisner's term (1984-2005) rose from US$3 billion to US$60 billion. New company CEO is Robert Iger.
  • 01 Oct The Ilamatepec volcano erupts in a coffee-growing area 40 miles (60 km) west of San Salvador, El Salvador, spitting rock and ash into the air. The Salvadoran government evacuates hundreds of people in the region and there are no reported injuries. San Salvador's air quality - already the most polluted in Central America - is significantly worsened by the additional volcanic debris. (Yahoo! news)(Link dead as of 22:37, 14 January 2007 (UTC))
  • 02 Oct A shipwreck in Lake George, New York kills 20 people.
  • 03 Oct U.S. President George W. Bush nominates Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • 04 Oct United States President George W. Bush expresses concern for a potential avian flu outbreak. He requests Congressional legislation permitting the military to impose a quarantine in the event of a deadly flu pandemic. (IndyStar)
  • 05 Oct Level 3 Communications terminates peering connectivity between its Internet network and the one belonging to Cogent Communications over a financial dispute. As a result, thousands of Internet users are unable to access some sites. (PC World)
  • 06 Oct Five leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army, a rebel group begun in Uganda, are targeted by the first arrest warrants to be issued by the International Criminal Court. (BBC)
  • 07 Oct Conflict in Afghanistan: U.S. Troops kill four Afghan police, after mistaking them for militants in the Girishk district of the Helmand Province. (BBC)
  • 08 Oct 2005 Kashmir earthquake: Thousands of people are killed by a magnitude 7.6 earthquake in parts of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.
  • 09 Oct In the Polish presidential election, frontrunner Donald Tusk of the liberal (libertarian) Civic Platform party receives approximately 35.8% of the vote, slightly ahead of Lech Kaczyński of the conservative Law and Justice Party with 33.3%. A run-off election between Tusk and Kaczyński will take place on October 23. (BBC)
  • 10 Oct New Orleans:: Three New Orleans officers accused of near fatally beating Robert Davis and assaulting a cameraman who taped the ordeal, plead not guilty.Allegations that New Orleans police looted 200 cars (41 Cadillacs) are under investigation by Louisiana police.(Yahoo)Widespread desertion, suicide, and crime among New Orleans police officers has been reported in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. (Reuters)
  • 11 Oct Conflict in Iraq: Insurgent suicide bomb attacks leave over 30 people dead in Talafar, North West Iraq. (BBC)
  • 12 Oct The referendum on the new proposed Iraqi constitution is held.
  • 13 Oct The United Nations is to evacuate some staff from Sudan's West Darfur state because of an increase in violence. U.N. officials said that the violence had hindered aid access to 650,000 refugees in the region. (Reuters)
  • 14 Oct Zimbabwean state-owned media announces that the Zimbabwean government briefly detained the United States ambassador, on Monday, October 10. The United States considers the matter closed following a formal apology. (Wash. Times)
  • 15 Oct A riot in Toledo, Ohio breaks out during a National Socialist/Neo-Nazi protest; over 100 are arrested.
  • 16 Oct Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, addresses the Millions More event in Washington DC and condemns George W. Bush for the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina. (BBC)
  • 17 Oct 2 Umrah pilgrims die as the ship they were returning in crashed into a cargo ship in the Suez Canal. Initial reports of 20 fatalities proved unfounded, though over 90 people were injured. (BBC)
  • 18 Oct Ex-chancellor Kenneth Clarke has been knocked out of the race to become the next leader of the UK Conservative Party. (BBC)
  • 19 Oct Hurricane Wilma becomes the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record with a minimum pressure of 882 mb.
  • 20 Oct In a bid to stay in step with its largest trading partner, the United States, Ontario announces it will become the first Canadian province to extend daylight saving time. (CBC)
  • 21 Oct Lyn Knight auction of Series 1890 $1000 US Treasury "Grand Watermelon" note sells for record US$1,092,500.
  • 22 Oct Tropical Storm Alpha forms in the Atlantic Basin, making the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record with 22 named storms.
  • 23 Oct Avian influenza:: The Swedish National Veterinary Institute reports a dead duck discovered near Stockholm was infected with an undetermined strain of avian influenza. (ABC)
  • 24 Oct Hurricane Wilma makes landfall in Florida resulting in 35 direct 26 indirect fatalities and causing $20.6B USD in damage.
  • 25 Oct Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israeli warplanes and artillery units hit areas in the northern Gaza Strip. (BBC)
  • 26 Oct The American death toll in the Iraq war reaches 2,000.
  • 27 Oct Harriet Miers withdraws her name from consideration for the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • 28 Oct Vice presidential adviser Lewis "Scooter" Libby resigns after being charged with obstruction of justice, perjury and making a false statement in the US Central Intelligence Agency leak investigation.
  • 29 Oct 29 October 2005 Delhi bombings kill more than 60.
  • 30 Oct The rebuilt Dresden Frauenkirche (destroyed in the firebombing of Dresden during World War II) is reconsecrated after a thirteen-year rebuilding project.
  • 31 Oct U.S. President George W. Bush nominates Federal Appeals Court Judge Samuel Alito to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • 01 Nov United States Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and his fellow Democrats force a closed session of the Senate over the Lewis Libby indictment.
  • 02 Nov Guinea-Bissau's President Nino Vieira appoints Aristides Gomes, a former African Development Bank official, as new Prime Minister, replacing the dismissed Carlos Gomes Júnior. (xinhua) (Reuters)
  • 03 Nov Measles Initiative (MI) announces that since 1999, more than 200 million children in Africa have been vaccinated against measles, reducing the infection rate by 60 percent and saving 1 million lives. (allAfrica)
  • 04 Nov The U.S. and Uruguay governments sign a Bilateral Investment Treaty.
  • 05 Nov The 400th anniversary of Guy Fawkes' attempt to blown up parliament with King James I of England inside.
  • 06 Nov A tornado hits western Kentucky and southwestern Indiana, killing at least 22.
  • 07 Nov Sierra Leone Health and Sanitation Minister, Abator Thomas says that polio has been eradicated in the country, following a successful immunization program. (allAfrica)
  • 08 Nov 2005 Liberian elections: Liberians go to the polls in a presidential run-off election between millionaire soccer star George Weah and former finance minister. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Sirleaf wins 59.4 percent to Weah's 40.6 percent. (Scotsman) (CBC)
  • 09 Nov The Venus Express mission of the European Space Agency is launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
  • 10 Nov Liberian presidential election: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf wins the Liberian presidential run-off election in Liberia, defeating George Weah. Johnson-Sirleaf becomes the first-ever elected female head of state in Africa. AP, NYT
  • 11 Nov Three British prisoners are freed in Iran after pressure from the British Foreign Office. The trio were seized at by Iranian Navy patrol boats on 28 October, when they sailed their boat to the disputed island of Abu Musa, which is claimed by both Iran and the United Arab Emirates. (BBC)
  • 12 Nov Amir Peretz, the new head of the Israeli Labor Party, warns Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that if Sharon does not pick a date for an early election, Peretz will institute a motion of no-confidence forcing a snap election within 90 days.
  • 13 Nov Stephen Harper, Gilles Duceppe and Jack Layton, leaders of Canada's three parliamentary opposition parties, issue a joint ultimatum calling for the next Canadian federal election to be moved forward to early February from the April date favoured by the government. They threaten to pass a motion of non-confidence and force an election at Christmas if Paul Martin's Liberal government does not accede to the move in writing. Martin rejects their proposal. (CBC)
  • 14 Nov Germany: Conferences of the CDU, CSU and SPD approve a coalition deal that will see Angela Merkel become Chancellor on November 22. (BBC)
  • 15 Nov Boeing formally launches the stretched Boeing 747-8 variant with orders from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines.
  • 16 Nov 1 person is killed, and 15 are injured in Hakkâri, Hakkari Province, Turkey during fighting between Turkish police and Kurdish PKK rebels. (Reuters)
  • 17 Nov Sri Lankan presidential election, 2005: Sri Lanka holds its presidential election to appoint the fifth executive president. The election was conducted peacefully despite a few minor incidents. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa defeats former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the election. (Times of India) (Reuters)
  • 18 Nov Tropical Storm Gamma forms from a regeneration of Tropical Depression 27, becoming the 24th named storm of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. (NHC)
  • 19 Nov Haditha killings occur.
  • 20 Nov The Washington Post rebukes journalist Bob Woodward over his conduct in the US Central Intelligence Agency leak probe.
  • 21 Nov Conflict in Iraq: Five Iraqi civilians, including three children, are shot dead by U.S. troops as they approached a checkpoint in Baquba. The minibus they were travelling in failed to stop as it approached a roadblock. (BBC)
  • 22 Nov Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany.
  • 23 Nov Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia and becomes the first woman to lead an African country.
  • 24 Nov CHOGM - Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is currently underway in Malta.
  • 25 Nov The 20th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting opens in Valletta, Malta.
  • 26 Nov Conflict in Iraq:: Four Westerners have been kidnapped in Iraq while in Baghdad. (BBC)
  • 27 Nov The first partial human face transplant is completed in Amiens, France.
  • 28 Nov Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has called the former prime minister Iyad Allawi's comments "nonsense". Allawi claimed that the human rights abuses in Iraq were as bad now as they were under Saddam Hussein. Talabani stated that the government was against any form of torture or harming of Prisoners. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • 29 Nov E. Cardon Walker dies at age 89; president of Walt Disney Productions (1971-80), CEO (1976-83), and chairman (1980-83).
  • 30 Nov John Sentamu becomes the first black archbishop in the Church of England with his enthronement as the 97th Archbishop of York.
  • 01 Dec 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 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 XCOR Aerospace makes first manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave, California.
  • 04 Dec 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 The Lake Tanganyika earthquake causes significant damage, mostly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • 06 Dec Several villagers are shot dead during protests in Dongzhou, China.
  • 07 Dec 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 Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 overshoots the runway at Chicago Midway Airport, killing a 6-year-old boy and injuring 11 other people.
  • 09 Dec The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe comes out to theatres. Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media
  • 10 Dec The International Atomic Energy Agency and its Director General Mohamed ElBaradei receive the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. (BBC)
  • 11 Dec 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 Gebran Tueni, Lebanese journalist and politician, is assassinated.
  • 13 Dec 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 The European Parliament has adopted the directive on Telecommunications data retention. (BBC)
  • 15 Dec Latvia amends its constitution to eliminate possibility of same-sex couples being entitled to marry.
  • 16 Dec Bulgaria starts withdrawing its troops from Iraq. (Reuters)
  • 17 Dec Anti-WTO protesters riot in Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • 18 Dec 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 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 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 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 US President George W. Bush signs the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 into law as Public-Law 109-145.
  • 23 Dec U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announces the first in an expected series of troop drawdowns following the Iraqi elections.
  • 24 Dec The Egyptian opposition leader, Ayman Nour, was found guilty of fraud and jailed for five years. (BBC)
  • 25 Dec 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 A gang-related shooting on a busy shopping street in Toronto kills one and injures six.
  • 27 Dec Indonesia's Free Aceh Movement formally disbands its armed wing. (Reuters) (Link dead as of 21:18, 14 January 2007 (UTC))
  • 28 Dec 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 At least 30 people are killed following a large landslide in a village close to Sanaa in Yemen. (BBC)
  • 30 Dec 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 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)