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.


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.

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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



Directed by: Bennett Miller

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

Country: Canada

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



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

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The Good Samaritans
The Good Samaritans
Represented by Bono, Bill Gates, and Melinda Gates.Bono, philanthropist and member of the rock band U2, helped to organise the 2005 Live 8 concerts. Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and richest person in the world, and his wife Melinda, founded the philanthropic Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


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Collapse by Jared Diamond



Jared Diamond's sequel to Guns, Gers and Steel, which won the Pulitzer-Prize, explores how climate change, population explosion and political discord have created the conditions for the publication.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code


PREMIUM MASS Market Edition #1 Worldwide Bestseller - More Than 80 Million Copies Sold. The Da Vinci Code is an extraordinary reading experience that millions around the world have discovered.

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet In Heaven


This paperback edition, with flaps, of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Eddie is a veteran of World War II who feels trapped in his life fixing rides at a beach amusement park.

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell



Malcolm Gladwell revolutionized how we see the world in his bestseller The Tipping Point. He revolutionizes how we see the world with Blink.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The Historian


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

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Nobel Prizes

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Peace Prize

  • International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei


  • Harold Pinter


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

Economic Sciences

  • Robert Aumann
  • Thomas Schelling


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  • Robert H. Grubbs
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Physiology or Medicine

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Top #1 songs in the USA

  • - We Belong Togetheryoutube
  • - Since U Been Gone
  • - Hollaback Girlyoutube
  • - Disco Inferno
  • - Gold Digger
  • - Behind These Hazel Eyes
  • - Let Me Love Youyoutube
  • - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
  • - Candy Shop
  • - Don't Cha

Top #1 songs in the UK

  • - You're Beautifulyoutube
  • - (Is This The Way To) Amarillo
  • - Don't Cha
  • - Lonely
  • - Ghetto Gospel
  • - Feel Good Inc
  • - Push The Button
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  • - Axel F
  • - You Raise Me Up


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Outrageous Fortune

Outrageous Fortune

Release year: 2005

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

Batman Begins

Batman Begins

Release year: 2005

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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

Country: United States of America



Release year: 2005

Directed by: Ronan O'Donoghue

V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

Release year: 2005

Directed by: James McTeigue

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

Country: United States of America

Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby

Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby

Release year: 2005

Starring: David McPhail, Paul McLaughlin, Jason Hoyte, Tandi Wright

Country: New Zealand

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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

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 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’s 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.
  • 01 Feb 2005 King Gyanendra of Nepal executes a coup de'etat in order to seize power and become Chairman of the Councils for ministers.
  • 02 Feb 2005 According to Al-Zaman newspaper, eleven people were killed in a Baghdad bombing. Eight of these are soldiers or police officers.
  • 03 Feb 2005 Alberto Gonzales is confirmed by the Senate (60-36), as the USA's first Hispanic Attorney General.
  • 04 Feb 2005 New observations by the Arecibo radio telescope have confirmed that 2004 MN (later 99942 Apophis) will pass Earth on April 13, 2029 at a distance 36,350 km (22.600 mi). It will be visible from Europe, Africa, and western Asia, and will reach magnitude 3.3.3.
  • 05 Feb 2005 NATO helicopters found the wreckage of a Kam Air Boeing 737 passenger jet in Afghanistan, mountains east of Kabul. All 104 passengers are presumed to have died.
  • 06 Feb 2005 The New England Patriots win Super Bowl defeating Philadelphia Eagles 24-21
  • 07 Feb 2005 Ellen MacArthur, an Englishwoman, sets the record for fastest solo round-the-world sail. The 27,354-mile journey was completed in 71 days. She broke the previous record of 72 days 22 hours 54 minutes and 22 secs set by Francis Joyon, which took 20 days.
  • 08 Feb 2005 Conflict in Iraq: Guerrillas from Baquba set off a car bomb in front of an Iraqi police station, wounding 15 and killing 15. Twelve police officers are killed and four others injured by a suicide bomber in Mosul. Three civilians were killed when guerrillas fired a dozen mortar rounds on a police station in another part of the city.
  • 09 Feb 2005 North Korea declares it has nuclear weapons to protect itself against US hostility.
  • 10 Feb 2005 Balance of trade: According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, imports outnumbered exports by $670billion in 2004, surpassing the previous record of nearly 25%.
  • 11 Feb 2005 Eason Jordan has resigned from his positions at CNN. He was previously the chief news executive and executive vice-president. His resignation was prompted by controversy at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland) last month. Witnesses claim that he stated that the U.S. military had killed and targeted journalists.
  • 12 Feb 2005 Protests against Faure Gansingbe: Thousands protest President Faure Gansingbe's army-installed status in Lome, Togo. Three protestors were killed in clashes with police and soldiers.
  • 13 Feb 2005 Hudson Valley Mall, upstate New York, is the scene of a shooting incident. It's located north of New York City. Two people are hurt. Two people were injured.
  • 14 Feb 2005 Rafik Hariri, a Lebanese business tycoon and self-made billionaire, was killed along with 21 others when explosives (equivalent to around 1,000kg of TNT) were detonated while his motorcade drove by the St. George Hotel in Beirut.
  • 15 Feb 2005 As the South Pacific Cyclones Olaf (and Nancy) make landfall on Savai'i, a state of emergency is declared in Samoa/American Samoa.
  • 16 Feb 2005 Mohamed ElBaradei (head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA) states that there is no evidence suggesting Iran is building nuclear weapons.
  • 17 Feb 2005 A car bomb explodes near the Marina Hotel, Sungai Kolok in southern Thailand. This popular tourist area is close to Malaysia's border. Five people are killed, and more than 40 others are injured. It is believed that the car bomb was the first to explode within the Muslim-dominated area.
  • 18 Feb 2005 It was discovered that the tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake had uncovered an ancient city close to Mahabalipuram, India's coastal town.
  • 19 Feb 2005 This was the official date blink-182 ended. The "indefinite hiatus", however, was not announced until February 22, 2005.
  • 20 Feb 2005 Spain is the first country to vote on the proposed Constitution for the European Union. It passed by a large margin but with a low turnout.
  • 21 Feb 2005 At least seven people are killed in a landslide that occurred in Indonesia. Hundreds more are missing.
  • 22 Feb 2005 Images taken by the European space probe Mars Express reveal that there is a sea ice near Mars' equator. This discovery will increase the chances of life existing on Mars. BBC
  • 23 Feb 2005 French colonialism law controversially passed. It requires teachers to teach the "positive values" of colonialism. It is repealed after public protest at the start of 2006.
  • 24 Feb 2005 David Hernandez Arroyo launches a shooting spree at Tyler's Smith County Courthouse. He kills his ex-wife and injures four others, before being shot dead by police.
  • 25 Feb 2005 Dennis Rader, a serial killer of BTK, was captured by Wichita police, Kansas, 31 years after his first death.
  • 26 Feb 2005 The Great Belt Bridge of Denmark is collided with the freighter "M/V Karen Danielsen". The bridge closes all traffic, effectively seperating Denmark.
  • 27 Feb 2005 According to reports, Saddam Hussein's half-brother, Sabawi Ibrahim Al-Hasan, was handed over to Syria by the interim Iraqi government.
  • 28 Feb 2005 127 people are killed in a suicide bombing at an Al Hillah police recruitment centre, Iraq.
  • 01 Mar 2005 The death penalty is unconstitutional in the United States for juveniles who have committed crimes before the age of 18. This ruling was made by the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • 02 Mar 2005 The nation's highest award, the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously, is awarded by President George W. Bush to Jackie Robinson's wife. Robinson died in 1972.
  • 03 Mar 2005 Mayerthorpe Incident: James Roszko kills four Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers during a drug bust on his property in Rochfort bridge, Alberta. He then commits suicide. This is the most serious incident in peacetime for the RCMP since the North-West Rebellion and 1885.
  • 04 Mar 2005 Giuliana, an Italian journalist and reporter for Il Manifesto was abducted. She is now free in Iraq. Nicola Calipari (an Italian secret agent) was killed and Sgrena was wounded after a U.S.-armored vehicle opened fire at her car as it approached a checkpoint.
  • 05 Mar 2005 Syria's President Bashar al-Assad announces that Syria will pull out all 14,000 troops from Lebanon to the Bekaa Valley, near the Syrian-Lebanese border.
  • 06 Mar 2005 The Bolivian President Carlos Mesa has resigned effective Monday
  • 07 Mar 2005 Prisoner abuse in Iraq: American troops were filmed by their superiors in Iraq punching a prisoner who was seriously injured. The arm of the corpse appears to be waving.
  • 08 Mar 2005 The People's Republic of China has ratified an anti-secession bill, which is intended to prevent Taiwan from declaring its independence. {{cite web|url=
  • 09 Mar 2005 Cyclone Ingrid has become a category 3 storm and is currently crossing the Cape York Peninsula, northern Queensland, Australia, late on March 9, 2005 UTC. ABOM
  • 10 Mar 2005 After widespread dissatisfaction with his tenure, Tung Chee Haa is forced to resign as the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong.
  • 11 Mar 2005 Three people are killed, including a judge at the Fulton County Courthouse, Atlanta, Georgia. Brian Nichols, the main suspect surrenders to police the following day.
  • 12 Mar 2005 The 3rd Plenum of 10th National People's Congress elected President Hu Jintao of China to the position of Chairman of the Central Military Commission.
  • 13 Mar 2005 Terry Ratzmann kills six members of Living Church of God, and also the minister at Sheraton Inn Brookfield, Wisconsin. He then commits suicide.
  • 14 Mar 2005 Massive protests are held in Beirut, Lebanon against the presence of Syria. An estimated 800,000.
  • 15 Mar 2005 U.S. Representative Henry Waxman sent a harsh letter to President George W. Bush. He accused the administration of withholding until after the election a damaging auditor regarding Halliburton's overcharges for services in Iraq. (For example, $27,000,000 to transport $82,000 of fuel from Kuwait to Iraq).
  • 16 Mar 2005 Officially, Israel handed Jericho over to Palestinian control.
  • 17 Mar 2005 The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider particle accelerator, Upton, New York may have produced a black hole.
  • 18 Mar 2005 NYC Woman Imam: Amina Wadud (African American Muslim) was a professor of Islamic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She led a congregation that included about 60 women and 40 males in weekly Muslim Friday prayer. This was despite being disapproved by mainstream Muslim scholars.
  • 19 Mar 2005 Japan's most southern main island, Kyushu, is struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Japan's Meteorological Agency warns of tsunamis that could strike areas along the coast of Kyushu.
  • 20 Mar 2005 Fukuoka in Japan experiences a magnitude 6.6 earthquake. This is the country's first major earthquake in more than 100 years. One person is killed and hundreds are injured.
  • 21 Mar 2005 Red Lake High School massacre in Minnesota kills ten people. It is the deadliest school shooting since Columbine High School massacre.
  • 22 Mar 2005 The World Hockey Association has announced that six teams will participate in the "Bobby Hull Invitational" in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in May 2005.
  • 23 Mar 2005 A blast occurs at one of BP’s largest oil refineries, Texas City. It kills 15 people and injures more than 170.
  • 24 Mar 2005 North Carolina State University paleontologists announce the discovery of structures that resemble blood vessels and red cells in the hindlimb fossil of Tyrannosaurus Rex. (Science Magazine) (BBC).
  • 25 Mar 2005 Many Imax cinemas across the US (Texas, Georgia, and the Carolinas), have decided not to show the film Volcanoes of the Deep Sea due to its references to evolution theory.
  • 26 Mar 2005 Taiwan's government has called on 1,000,000 Taiwanese citizens to protest the Anti-Secession Law of the People's Republic of China. The demonstration is expected to attract between 200,000 and 300,000.
  • 27 Mar 2005 Easter Sunday is celebrated by Christians all over the globe.
  • 28 Mar 2005 Sumatran's 2005 earthquake rocked Indonesia. It is magnitude 8.7, which makes it the fourth-strongest earthquake since 1965.
  • 29 Mar 2005 The new album Guero by Beck is out.
  • 30 Mar 2005 It is a dispute between Malta and Italy about the transport of illegal Chinese immigrants between Malta, Sicily, and Malta.
  • 31 Mar 2005 March 31, 2005 was the last day you could apply for the Sales Tax Amnesty Program at the California State Board of Equalization.
  • 01 Apr 2005 Hamas and Islamic Jihad declared their principle intention to join Palestine Liberation Organization.
  • 02 Apr 2005 Pope John Paul II, at age 84, died at 9:37 p.m. Vatican Time (CEST). This ended the third longest papacy and marks the beginning of a Sede vacante.
  • 03 Apr 2005 Conflict in Iraq: At least 40 insurgents from Iraq attack Baghdad's Abu Ghraib Prison with car bombs and grenades as well as small arms. The assault left at least 20 American soldiers and 12 Iraqi prisoner wounded, but the US Army claims it has stopped the violence.
  • 04 Apr 2005 Israel will begin to dump 10,000 tonnes of rubbish every month in the West Bank. Opponents claim that the move violates international treaties and could pollute main Palestinian water supply. This assertion is denied by Israel.
  • 05 Apr 2005 Zachary Hall Day, Valdosta Georgia USA
  • 06 Apr 2005 Kurdish leader Jalal Tarabani is elected president of Iraq; Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the next day, is named premier.
  • 07 Apr 2005 The Mexican Chamber of Deputies votes 360 to 127 in favor of suspending the executive immunity of Mayor Andres Manual Lopez Obrador of Mexico City. This enables him to be removed from office and face criminal charges.
  • 08 Apr 2005 More than four million people attended the funeral of Pope John Paul 2.
  • 09 Apr 2005 Wedding of Charles Prince of Wales and Camilla Duchess Of Cornwall; Charles Prince of Wales wed Camilla Parker Bowles at Windsor's Guildhall in a civil ceremony.
  • 10 Apr 2005 At 10:18 UTC, an earthquake measuring magnitude 6.7 is felt near Padang, West Sumatra in Indonesia.
  • 11 Apr 2005 Yad Vashem posthumously bestows the honour of "Righteous Among the Nations," upon a Nazi Major, Karl Plagge. Plagge was able to save around 1,200 Jews (mostly women and children) from being executed during the Holocaust. He also placed them in forced labor at a vehicle workshop.
  • 12 Apr 2005 Hawara checkpoint, near Nablus, caught a 15-year-old Palestinian boy hiding five pipe bombs underneath his jacket. The soldiers arrested him after he tried to light them with a match. Later, soldiers took photographs with the boy. His brother claims that he did this to prepare for the high school matriculation exams.
  • 13 Apr 2005 Wolfgang Droege is the most prominent white supremacist in Canada and founder of Heritage Front. He was shot to death in his apartment. One suspect is taken into custody on the spot.
  • 14 Apr 2005 The Oregon Supreme Court invalidates marriage licenses that were issued to gay couples one year earlier by Multnomah County.
  • 15 Apr 2005 NASA reports that the Gulf Stream is slowing. This could lead to severe economic and climatic disruptions in Northern Europe.
  • 16 Apr 2005 Najib Mikati, the new Prime Minister of Lebanon replaces Omar Karami who resigned after seven weeks of failed attempts to form a consensus government.
  • 17 Apr 2005 More than a hundred thousand Indonesians have participated in anti-Israeli protests. Prosperous Justice Party organized the protest to demonstrate Muslim unity in regard to Al Aqsa Mosque. (Herald Sun), (Guardian),
  • 18 Apr 2005 The largest moving object on Earth, Antarctica's iceberg B15A, collided with Drygalski ice tongue. This feature is large enough to be included on Antarctic maps. A five-kilometre-long section, measuring 5 km in length, of the Drygalski ice tongue was ripped off during the collision. (ESA). (AP) (Link dead at 04:02, 16 Jan 2007 (UTC).
  • 19 Apr 2005 The US Mint announced plans to produce 24-karat-gold bullion coins in 2006.
  • 20 Apr 2005 Jodi Rell, Connecticut governor, signs a bill that legalizes same-sex civil marriages. Connecticut is now the 2nd state in the United States to allow same-sex civil marriages.
  • 21 Apr 2005 After being inspired by a fatwa issued by a high-ranking hardline cleric, 400 Iranian volunteers signed up to risk their lives for "occupied Islamic Countries", especially Israel.
  • 22 Apr 2005 Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologises for Japan's war record.
  • 23 Apr 2005 Three suspected Palestinian militants were arrested by Israeli security forces on the Geha Highway, near Ra'annana in Israel. The police arrived and found the three suspects in their cars. A fourth suspect fled the scene. After receiving high alert about a "rolling" suicide bombing attack, the Israeli Police set up roadblocks and checkpoints earlier in the night. (Haaretz),
  • 24 Apr 2005 Around 1,000,000 people silently march through Mexico City to support Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the capital's embattled Mayor.
  • 25 Apr 2005 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Amnesty International calls on Israel to investigate poisoning of Palestinian land allegedly by Israeli settlers in Hebron
  • 26 Apr 2005 Syria pulls out the last 14,000 troops from its military garrison in Lebanon under international pressure. This ends its 29-year-old military dominance of Lebanon ( Syrian occupation of Lebanon).
  • 27 Apr 2005 Airbus A380 superjumbo jet aircraft takes off from Toulouse, France.
  • 28 Apr 2005 Three months after the legislative elections in Iraq, the National Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of a Shi'a-led Cabinet. This was the first elected government in Iraq's history. However, two of the four slots for deputy prime ministers remained unfilled, while five ministries, including those pertaining to defense and oil, were left open to temporary managers. (International Herald Tribune).
  • 29 Apr 2005 Syria withdraws from Lebanon. This ends 29 years of occupation.
  • 30 Apr 2005 Cairo terrorist attack: Two separate terrorist attacks targeted tourists in Cairo, Egypt.
  • 01 May 2005 The largest Chinese computer company, Lenovo Group, acquires IBM's personal computer business for US$ 1.25 Billion in cash and assumes 500 million of IBM’s debt.
  • 02 May 2005 Pontiac Grand Am's car is no longer produced at the Lansing Car Assembly plant, which dates back to 100 years.
  • 03 May 2005 Two F/A-18 Hornet F/A-18 Marine Corps jets collided over Iraq during a mission in Iraq. One of the pilots was later found dead and an ejected chair was recovered. The second seat is still missing.
  • 04 May 2005 Israel blocks the transfer of West Bank Palestinian villages to the Palestinian Authority. Israel claims that they will resume handover when militant groups are disarmed. Ariel Sharon, the Prime Minister of Israel, had previously agreed to transfer five West Bank cities to Palestinian control. However, he has so far only transferred Tulkarm or Jericho.
  • 05 May 2005 The third consecutive general election is won by the Labour government of Tony Blair, United Kingdom.
  • 06 May 2005 The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the FCC exceeded its authority by trying to impose the "broadcast Flag" on hardware manufacturers.
  • 07 May 2005 David Trimble, 1998 Nobel Peace Prize winner and leader of the Ulster Unionist Party in Northern Ireland, has resigned from his leadership position. He had lost his seat in the British general elections the day before.
  • 08 May 2005 Steve Nash, the NBA's Phoenix Suns' point guard, becomes the first Canadian to receive the NBA's MVP Award. By seven votes, Nash beat Shaquille Oleal of Miami Heat to win the award.
  • 09 May 2005 Iran has admitted to having converted 37 tons of raw uranium to a gas, which is a crucial step in uranium enrichment.
  • 10 May 2005 Indonesian leaders visit Suharto, the former president of the country, who is being treated for intestinal bleeding.
  • 11 May 2005 Michael Ross, a serial killer, is executed for the first time in New England in over 45 years.
  • 12 May 2005 Malcolm Glazer takes control of the UK football team Manchester United F.C. After securing a 70% stake.
  • 13 May 2005 The United States Department of Defense releases a list of bases that will be closed under the Base Realignment and Closure process, 2005 (BRAC 2005).
  • 14 May 2005 After four weeks of live fire exercises, the USS America, a former supercarrier decommissioned by the United States Navy is intentionally sunk in Atlantic Ocean. This is the largest ever ship to be destroyed as a target during a military exercise.
  • 15 May 2005 Conflict between Israeli and Palestinians: Shin Bet head Avi Dichter is out of office after a 5-year term. Yuval Diskin was elected his replacement. (Ynet.) Students of right-wing Israel go on hunger strike to protest the 2004 Israel unilateral disengagement plan.
  • 16 May 2005 George Galloway is appearing before a U.S. Senate Committee to answer allegations that he made money from the Iraqi Oil-for-Food Programme.
  • 17 May 2005 Kuwaiti women have the right to vote
  • 18 May 2005 A spokesman from the Georgian Interior Ministry said that a handgrenade discovered amongst spectators at a speech by President George W. Bush in Tbilisi last week failed to work, even though it was live and could have exploded. Initial thought was that it was a dummy bomb.
  • 19 May 2005 Scientists have discovered that the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was the longest recorded. It lasted almost ten minutes, whereas most powerful earthquakes only last a few seconds. This earthquake shook the entire globe.
  • 20 May 2005 Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith opens at a record box office with $50 million at 9,400 screens in 3,661 theaters around the world. This surpasses Spider-Man 2’s $40.4 million opening day record and Shrek 2’s $44.8 million single-day record. (marketwatch). (AP via Yahoo! News (Link dead at 02:43 on 15 January 2007 (UTC).
  • 21 May 2005 Kingda Ka, the tallest and fastest roller coaster on the planet, opens at Six Flags Great Adventure.
  • 22 May 2005 China's Shenzhen has the largest urban demolition blast. It uses 1,500 lb (680kg) of explosives and topples 16 tower blocks simultaneously. One tower doesn't topple due to misplaced charges. However, it is reduced from 14 to 12 stories and will need to be demolished manually. (Xinhua (Pictures), (The Star (Malaysia),) (Boston Globe).
  • 23 May 2005 Channel 10, an Israeli television station broadcasts footage showing what it claims to be Israeli Defence Forces using a Palestinian teenager as a human shield in their battle against rock-throwers on the West Bank. The IDF refutes the claim.
  • 24 May 2005 Conflict in Iraq: A spate of bombings has left at least five Iraqis dead and seven US soldiers wounded.
  • 25 May 2005 Liverpool F.C. plays at Istanbul's Ataturk Olympic Stadium. Liverpool F.C. scores three goals in six minutes and tie the game. After extra-time, AC Milan is defeated 3-2 by Liverpool F.C. in a penalty shootout. This marks AC Milan's first UEFA Champions League title since 1984. The second half saw goals from Steven Gerrard and Vladmir Smicer, as well as Xabi Alonso. Liverpool won 3-2 on penalties in one of the greatest sporting comebacks.
  • 26 May 2005 Elections in Suriname. Preliminary results show that Suriname's ruling alliance survived a challenge by former dictator Desi Bouterse, a former Dutch colony.
  • 27 May 2005 Australian Schapelle Corby was sentenced to 20 Years in Kerobokan Prison after being convicted of drug smuggling.
  • 28 May 2005 An engineer stated Saturday that the clock tower at Palace of Westminster, London, also known as Big Ben for its accuracy and chimes stopped ticking after 90 minutes.
  • 29 May 2005 According to a London newspaper, Merrill Lynch, New York is trying to convince at least seventeen employees of JP Morgan's corporate derivatives team to leave. According to a newspaper report, an anonymous headhunter predicted that all seventeen would be working for Merrill Lynch by the end the summer.
  • 30 May 2005 Prague, Prince Hamid Bin Abdul Sani al-Thani from Qatar was found guilty of abusing girls under 15 years old between 2001 and 2004. He was sentenced to 30 month imprisonment.
  • 31 May 2005 Vanity Fair reveals Mark Felt had a deep throat.
  • 01 Jun 2005 Recurrent violence in the west of Cote d'Ivoire has cost at least 41 lives
  • 02 Jun 2005 The Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo sells a US $20 gold coins, 1927-D PCGS MS-66, for US$1.65 Million.
  • 03 Jun 2005 The Wiki of the German political party Alliance 90/The Greens allows everyone to contribute to the party’s manifesto for 2005 federal elections.
  • 04 Jun 2005 Bernard Landry, leader of the Parti Quebecois National Congress announces his sudden resignation. This is the main party in Quebec that supports national independence.
  • 05 Jun 2005 Separate referendums in Switzerland determine that the citizens ratify Schengen. This will remove all of its land border controls by 2007 and allow for civil unions between gay couples. However, it is not legal for child adoption. Both measures were urged by the Swiss Government, and legislation had been passed by the Swiss Parliament to approve them.
  • 06 Jun 2005 In Gonzales v. Raich, the United States Supreme Court upholds a federal ban on cannabis, including medical marijuana.
  • 07 Jun 2005 Laszlo Solyom, the Hungarian opposition candidate, wins 2005's presidential election with a victory of 185-182 over Katalin Zili.
  • 08 Jun 2005 Claire Miles, a Devon woman from Exeter, gives birth to two children by Caesarean section. One baby is in each of her half-sized wombs. BBC
  • 09 Jun 2005 Nearly 400 people were saved by two jet aircraft colliding on Logan Airport's runway.
  • 10 Jun 2005 Samuel Ong, a whistleblower in the Philippines, accuses President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of rigging 2004 elections and thus causing an electoral crisis.
  • 11 Jun 2005 G8 announces cancellation of multilateral debt owed by 18 of the most impoverished countries in the world
  • 12 Jun 2005 Steve Jobs, CEO at Apple Computer and Pixar Animation Studios delivers a Commencement address in Stanford University.
  • 13 Jun 2005 Santa Maria, California jury acquits Michael Jackson, pop singer, of molestation at his Neverland Ranch 13-year-old victim Gavin Arvizo.
  • 14 Jun 2005 On Tuesday night, a major earthquake struck approximately 80 miles (130 km) offshore of the California coast. It briefly prompted a tsunami alert along the Pacific coast, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages.
  • 15 Jun 2005 A magnitude 7.2 earthquake is felt off the coast of Northern California.
  • 16 Jun 2005 According to the Metropolitan Police, children from Africa are being brought into the UK by traffickers in order to be used as human sacrifices. (BBC),
  • 17 Jun 2005 The New York Stock Exchange experiences the highest volume of first-hour trading ever, thanks to "quadruple-witching", futures expiration and options. Between 9:30-10.30 A.M., 704 million shares are traded (1.92 Billion shares per day).
  • 18 Jun 2005 Canada saw the end of the emergency state. The dam was overthrown by the Elbow River after one night of heavy rain, hail, and cold temperatures. The low-lying areas in Calgary, Alberta were evacuated again. Okotoks and High River were also evacuated. Sundre was also evacuated.
  • 19 Jun 2005 The flash flooding that occurred in the UK caused severe damage to several North Yorkshire towns and villages, including Thirsk and Helmsley, which were affected by the burst banks of the rivers Swale, Rye and Hawnby.
  • 20 Jun 2005 Chief US Immigration Judge Michael Creppy rules John Demjanjuk, a Ukrainian-born man, can be deported as he was a guard at a concentration camp during World War II.
  • 21 Jun 2005 Elizabeth II conducts an International Fleet Review of 167 international warships at the Solent as part of Trafalgar 200 celebrations.
  • 22 Jun 2005 German car manufacturer BMW buys Formula One team Sauber Petronas. The new team will likely be known as BMW Sauber in the next season. BBC Sport
  • 23 Jun 2005 In Kelo v. New London, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 that local governments may seize residential or commercial property to finance private development projects. This is a "public use" as defined by the 5th Amendment. (Market Watch),
  • 24 Jun 2005 Five people are shot to death in Yuma, Arizona. A sixth victim is killed at a local hospital.
  • 25 Jun 2005 A shark attack kills a 14-year old girl from Louisiana in Destin, Florida.
  • 26 Jun 2005 Richard Whiteley, the host of Channel 4's game show Countdown for 23 years, has died at the age of 61.
  • 27 Jun 2005 Domino Harvey is killed in an accident. Harvey was a famed bounty hunter. Keira Knightley played Domino.
  • 28 Jun 2005 War in Afghanistan: Operation Red Wing is a failed counterinsurgent operation in Kunar, Afghanistan.
  • 29 Jun 2005 The United States House of Representatives approves a $1.17 Billion funding bill for Amtrak for fiscal year 2006. This amount is less than the original $2 billion Amtrak requested. The funding was approved as an amendment to a bill that addressed general transportation and treasury. The House also removed the provision in the bill that would have required Amtrak to cease passenger train service on economically unprofitable routes. The Senate has not yet approved the funding.
  • 30 Jun 2005 Belgian Parliament Speaker Herman De Croo cancels lunch with an Iranian delegation led by Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel. Anne-Marie Lizin was also unable to meet with the Iranian delegation because the men refused to shake hands.
  • 01 Jul 2005 Samir Sumaidaie (Iraq's ambassador to UN), accuses U.S. Marines for the "cold-blooded killing" of his cousin, aged 21, during a raid on his Al Anbar home on June 25, 2011.
  • 02 Jul 2005 NASA's ampquotCopper Bulletampquot spacecraft from Deep Impact hits Comet Tempel 1. This creates a crater that can be used for scientific research.
  • 03 Jul 2005 Roger Federer beat Andy Roddick in straight sets in the Men's Wimbledon Final to win his third consecutive Wimbledon crown, and fifth Grand Slam title overall.
  • 04 Jul 2005 The comet Tempel 1 is hit by the Deep Impact collider
  • 05 Jul 2005 According to the Al Jazeera Network, it will expand by broadcasting English-language content in the United States by March 2006.
  • 06 Jul 2005 The European Parliament has declared that there will not be a directive on software patents. It rejected the Directive on patentability of computer-implemented inventions with a 648-14 vote and 18 abstentions. This was the end of four years of intensive lobbying and debate. (BBC), (Forbes), (Bloomberg), (BusinessWeek) (Link dead at 04:20 on 16 January 2007 (UTC).
  • 07 Jul 2005 London's transport system is hit by four explosions that kill 56 people, including four suicide bombers. More than 700 are injured.
  • 08 Jul 2005 After general elections held in May, Ethiopia released the first round official results for 307 out of 527 parliamentary seat. While the ruling EPRDF has won 139 of 527 parliamentary seats, opposition parties CUD (93) and UEDF (42), respectively, the EPRDF has won 139. The 33 remaining seats were won by smaller parties and independent candidates. CUD and UEDF both announced plans to form a government in coalition.
  • 09 Jul 2005 The United Kingdom's authorities evacuated over 20,000 people from Birmingham, Britain’s second-largest city. (BBC) (Chicago Tribune) (CBC) (Wikinews).
  • 10 Jul 2005 Hurricane Dennis, a Category 3 hurricane, strikes Navarre Beach in Florida, killing ten people, after more than 50 deaths in the Caribbean.
  • 11 Jul 2005 In order to conserve energy following recent rises in crude oil prices, the Indonesian government has asked TV stations to shut down between 1 and 5 a.m. every day for six months. The shutdown does not apply to broadcasts of highly-popular European football matches that take place in the middle of an Indonesian night.
  • 12 Jul 2005 London police have identified four suspects in the London bombings of July 2005. All are British citizens, apparently from Leeds in West Yorkshire. At least one victim is believed to have been killed in the blasts. Raids uncover explosive materials and other forensic evidence.
  • 13 Jul 2005 After 301 days, the National Hockey League labor dispute ends, which is the longest stoppage of work in professional North American sports.
  • 14 Jul 2005 Chief Justice William Rehnquist, U.S. Supreme Court, has announced that he will continue to serve the court until his health allows. Rehnquist was 80 when he was diagnosed with thyroid carcinoma and had to have a tracheotomy. Yahoo News (Link dead at 00:39 on 15 January 2007 (UTC).)
  • 15 Jul 2005 Israeli Air Force missile strikes on Gaza Strip and West Bank kill seven Palestinians, including four Hamas militants. Five other civilian Palestinians are also injured by the Israeli Air Force missile attacks on Gaza Strip and West Bank. CNN claims that all seven of the attackers were militants. The BBC reports that four of them were. The attack took place amid a torrent of Qassam missiles.
  • 16 Jul 2005 60 people are thought to have died in the Equatair Antonov plane accident in Equatorial Guinea.
  • 17 Jul 2005 Disneyland celebrates its 50th anniversary.
  • 18 Jul 2005 Eight ex-Serbian secret police officers and Slobodan Milosevic supporters were found guilty of the murders of President Ivan Stambolic. They will be sentenced to between 15-40 years imprisonment.
  • 19 Jul 2005 After Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement, President George W. Bush nominated John G. Roberts, Jr., to the United States Supreme Court.
  • 20 Jul 2005 In a series raid on mosques, religious schools and other properties, Pakistani police have taken the detention of around 200 Islamist extremists.
  • 21 Jul 2005 Just two weeks after the July 7th bombings in London, four terrorist bombings target London's public transport system. The bombs do not explode and the four suicide bombers were captured, convicted, and sentenced to long prison terms.
  • 22 Jul 2005 Police kill Jean Charles de Menezes as they begin to hunt for London Bombers who were responsible for the 7/7/2005 London bombings and 21/7/2005 London bombings.
  • 23 Jul 2005 Three explosions injure 88 people in Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt).
  • 24 Jul 2005 After a brief illness, Francis Ona, leader of the Bougainville Revolutionary Arm, has passed away in Bougainville. Ona was the leader of the bloody, 10-year-old secessionist war against Papua New Guinea which ended in 1997.
  • 25 Jul 2005 Israel summoned the Vatican ambassador to explain why the Pope didn't condemn militant attacks on Israelis by Palestinian militants. In a statement issued on Sunday, July 24, Pope Benedict XVI stated that he regretted attacks in "countries such as Egypt, Turkey and Iraq".
  • 26 Jul 2005 Space Shuttle Discovery launches on its "Return to Flight" mission. This is the first time a space shuttle has flown in almost 2 1/2 years since Space Shuttle Columbia was destroyed on its return from STS-107.
  • 27 Jul 2005 STS-114: NASA ground the Space Shuttle while it investigates the ongoing problem of foam insulation leaking from the external fuel tank. The external tank of the Space Shuttle Discovery spits out a small amount of foam during ascent; it does not cause any damage to the spacecraft.
  • 28 Jul 2005 Tornadoes struck residential areas in south Birmingham, Coventry England. They caused?4,000,000 in damages and injured 39 people.
  • 29 Jul 2005 Astronomers announce the discovery of Eris, a dwarf planet.
  • 30 Jul 2005 Numerous people were injured when thousands of Czech riot officers disperse crowds at the annual electronic music festival "CzechTek".
  • 31 Jul 2005 As Mumbai tries to rebuild from recent floods, more torrential rains have returned. The floods have claimed the lives of approximately 1,000 people.
  • 01 Aug 2005 Conflict in Iraq: Six US Marines were killed in an insurgent attack on Haditha, located 140 miles northwest from Baghdad, Iraq.
  • 02 Aug 2005 Air France Flight 358 landed at Toronto Pearson International Airport and then ran off the runway, causing the plane's to burst into flames. There were 12 injuries, but no deaths.
  • 03 Aug 2005 While attending the funeral of King Fahd, in Saudi Arabia, President Maaouya Sid'Ahmed Tya of Mauritania was overthrown by a military coup.
  • 04 Aug 2005 Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has televised a statement in which he blames Tony Blair and his foreign policy for the London bombings of July 2005.
  • 05 Aug 2005 A Palestinian archaeologist is reporting that she discovered a palace from the 10th Century BC. It may have been owned by King David. (NY Times), International Herald Tribune, (Washington Times), Houston Chronicle
  • 06 Aug 2005 Tuninter flight 1153 was abandoned due to engine failure. 16 die
  • 07 Aug 2005 Peter Jennings, a long-standing anchor for ABC World News Tonight, died of lung cancer at the 67th anniversary of his death.
  • 08 Aug 2005 Banco Central Robbery at Fortaleza: An estimated 156 million Brazilian Reals were stolen in Fortaleza, Ceara (Brazil) over the weekend in one the most extensive bank robberies. (Agencia Brasil),
  • 09 Aug 2005 Space Shuttle Discovery, which is part of the STS-114 mission to Mars, will land at 05.12 PDT (12.12 UTC) at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
  • 10 Aug 2005 Ted Radcliffe, a 103-year-old professional baseball player, has died from cancer. Radcliffe was the 1943 Negro American League Most Valuable Player.
  • 11 Aug 2005 Tens of thousands protested the removal of Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip and gathered at Tel Aviv.
  • 12 Aug 2005 Lakshman Kalidar, Sri Lanka's foreign minister is shot and killed by an LTTE sniper in his home.
  • 13 Aug 2005 Launch of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
  • 14 Aug 2005 Helios Airways Flight 522 crashes in Greece near Grammatiko, killing 121 people. Fighter jet aircraft observe a decompression problem.
  • 15 Aug 2005 Many countries mark the 60th anniversary of the Victory in the Pacific, and the end to World War II. Beijing hosts an arts performance gala. Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, led by Emperor Akihito in a large-scale ceremony, apologizes to the Japanese people for the suffering it caused during World War II. There were scattered protests against the ceremony.
  • 16 Aug 2005 Roger Louis Schutz-Marsauche is better known as Brother Roger. He was killed by a mentally-ill lady during an afternoon prayer. The Taize Community was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger. Many European leaders and officials, including Pope Benedict XVI, were saddened by his death.
  • 17 Aug 2005 As part of the Israel unilateral Disengagement Plan, the first forcible evacuation of settlers begins.
  • 18 Aug 2005 Dennis Rader was sentenced to 175 year imprisonment for his involvement in the BTK serial murders.
  • 19 Aug 2005 Peace Mission 2005, the first ever joint military exercise between Russia & China, begins.
  • 20 Aug 2005 Susilo Bhambang Yudhoyono was the President of Indonesia. He ordered the police and the national intelligence agency to investigate after an outage that left around 100 million people without power.
  • 21 Aug 2005 Pope Benedict XVI was joined by more than 800,000 for the closing Mass of World Youth Day 2005, in Cologne, Germany. (CNN) In 2008, the next World Youth Day will be held in Sydney. BlueAirNews News
  • 22 Aug 2005 A crater.
  • 23 Aug 2005 TANS Peru Flight 204 (a Boeing 737-220-200) crashes near Pucallpa in Peru killing at least 41 people and injuring 100 others. This was the fifth most serious airline accident of this month. (Reuters) Link dead at 21:38 on 14 January 2007 (UTC), (BBC), and (CNN).
  • 24 Aug 2005 Jeanvie Conflict between Israel and Palestine:
  • 25 Aug 2005 Jean-Louis Bruguiere, a French magistrate, warns Al-Qaeda of a terrorist attack in Asia. He identifies Tokyo, Sydney, and Singapore as possible targets.
  • 26 Aug 2005 Jean-Michel Jarre's concert Space of Freedom at Gdansk Shipyard, Poland to commemorate 25 years since the founding of "Solidarity", is expected to attract 120,000 people. Live at 20:00 CET on iTVP
  • 27 Aug 2005 A bomb explosion on a ferry in Lamitan (Basilan, Philippines) left over 30 people injured. This is a stronghold for the Abu Sayyaf group.
  • 28 Aug 2005 Hurricane Katrina makes landfall in Louisiana, Mississippi and New Orleans in the afternoon.
  • 29 Aug 2005 At least 1,836 people are killed and extensive damage is done along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Hurricane Katrina hits coastal areas from Louisiana and Alabama and travels up the entire Mississippi state (flooding the coast 31 feet/10 meters), affecting most eastern North America.
  • 30 Aug 2005 Conflict in Iraq: According U.S. government officials and Iraqi government officials 56 civilians were killed and more than seven insurgents were killed in US Airstrikes near Syria's border.
  • 31 Aug 2005 A stampede on Al-Aaimmah bridge in Baghdad kills 1,199 people.
  • 01 Sep 2005 A judge in Aruba has ordered the conditional release Joran van der Sloot (a Dutch citizen aged 18) who is being held in relation to the disappearance Natalee Holloway.
  • 02 Sep 2005 In the midst of growing criticism for his leadership, George W. Bush visits the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. According to media reports, he won't visit New Orleans. Bush claimed that order would be restored, and New Orleans would emerge "from its darkest days".
  • 03 Sep 2005 At the age of 80, William Rehnquist is diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Richard Nixon appointed him Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court and he was made Chief Justice in 1986 by Ronald Reagan.
  • 04 Sep 2005 Conflict between Israel and Palestine: PNA President Mahmoud Abubas stated that 97.5 percent Gaza Strip lands Israel would have to evacuate were state-owned lands, and that the Islamic University had the right to be granted lands to help expand its facilities.
  • 05 Sep 2005 President George W. Bush nominates John G. Roberts to be the Chief Justice of America, to replace William Rehnquist who died two days earlier.
  • 06 Sep 2005 Israeli troops are still in the process to withdraw from Gaza and shot a teenager Palestinian teenager. He and 50 others broke a barrier around the evacuated Israeli settlement Gush Katif, and climbed on top of IDF tanks.
  • 07 Sep 2005 Egypt holds its first presidential election.
  • 08 Sep 2005 Two EMERCOM Il-76 aircraft arrive at Little Rock Air Force Base to aid in a disaster relief operation. This is the first time Russia has ever flown such an emergency assistance mission to North America.
  • 09 Sep 2005 The United States Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has appointed Vice Admiral ThadW. Allen, chief of staff of United States Coast Guard to lead Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. He will replace Michael D. Brown, Federal Emergency Management Agency director, who returns home to direct planning for future disaster relief.
  • 10 Sep 2005 After a wall collapsed at the stadium where the football teams were playing, four people died in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • 11 Sep 2005 A videotape claiming to be from Al Qaeda, eleven minutes long, is sent to American network ABC Pakistan. It's shown on 'Good Morning America'. The tape warns of possible attacks on Los Angeles, California, and Melbourne, Australia. Adam Yahiye Gadahn is an American convert to Islam who called the September 11, 2001 attacks "blessed events" and commented on future attacks, saying, "This time, don’t count on us showing restraint or compassion."
  • 12 Sep 2005 Hong Kong Disneyland opens in Penny's Bay on Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
  • 13 Sep 2005 The rebel National Liberation Front of Burundi ends peace negotiations with Pierre Nkurunziza.
  • 14 Sep 2005 Pervez Musharraf (President of Pakistan) shakes hands and Ariel Sharon (Prime Minister of Israel), makes a first public encounter.
  • 15 Sep 2005 Nintendo finally unveils the controller for its next-generation console on its website. The reactions from gamers have been mixed. (Nintendo). Retrieved October 12, 2007, from the Wayback Machine
  • 16 Sep 2005 Paolo Di Lauro, the Camorra boss of organized crime, is arrested in Naples.
  • 17 Sep 2005 Addressing the U.N. General Assembly President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran rejects an offer by the European Union to stop its nuclear program.
  • 18 Sep 2005 Afghan Parliamentary Election: The former Northern Alliance warlords claim victory with their supporters
  • 19 Sep 2005 North Korea accepts that it will stop making nuclear weapons in return for cooperation and aid.
  • 20 Sep 2005 Conflict in Iraq: Five U.S. soldiers die in three insurgent attacks in Iraq, one in Baghdad and two in Ramadi.
  • 21 Sep 2005 JetBlue Airways Flight 292 on its way to New York, departing from Burbank, California. The nose wheels were rotated 90 degrees to their left shortly after takeoff. Airbus A320-232 circles Los Angeles in order to use up fuel before landing at Los Angeles Airport.
  • 22 Sep 2005 Australia has agreed to finance Indonesia's response against avian flu by contributing to the funding of an international team from the World Health Organisation and providing antiviral drugs for health workers to prevent a pandemic. Kevin Rudd, the Federal Opposition's foreign affairs spokesperson, called for a regional summit to discuss the issue and urged Australia to continue cooperating with regional states.
  • 23 Sep 2005 Filiberto Rios, leader of the Puerto Rican nationalist movement, is shot and killed in a shootout with FBI.
  • 24 Sep 2005 Protests against the Iraq War are taking place around the world, with more than 150,000 people protesting in Washington DC.
  • 25 Sep 2005 American psychiatrist, M. Scott Peck M.D., best-selling author. After a long battle with Parkinson's disease, pancreatic and liver cancer, Peck died. Peck, who was 69, was the author The Road Less Traveled. (New York Times).
  • 26 Sep 2005 U.S. Army Reserve Officer Lynndie England is convicted on six out of seven charges in connection to the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scam.
  • 27 Sep 2005 Karen Hughes, a US State Department representative, visits Jidda in Saudi Arabia. She suggests that Saudi women should be allowed to drive cars and "fully participate" within society.
  • 28 Sep 2005 American politician Tom DeLay was indicted by a Texas grand jury on criminal conspiracy.
  • 29 Sep 2005 John G. Roberts, Jr., is confirmed and sworn into office as Chief Justice of The United States.
  • 30 Sep 2005 Michael Eisner, the last day of his tenure as CEO at The Walt Disney Company, resigns from The Walt Disney Company's board of directors. The company's value during Eisner's tenure (1984-2005), rose from US$3billion to US$60billion. Robert Iger is the new CEO of the company.
  • 01 Oct 2005 The volcano Ilamatepec erupts in a coffee-growing region 40 miles (60km) west of San Salvador. It spews rock and ash into surrounding air. The Salvadoran government evacuates hundreds from the area and reports no injuries. The additional volcanic debris has significantly worsened San Salvador's already poor air quality. (Yahoo! news (Link dead at 22:37 on 14 January 2007 (UTC).
  • 02 Oct 2005 20 people are killed in a shipwreck at Lake George, New York.
  • 03 Oct 2005 U.S. President George W. Bush nominated Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • 04 Oct 2005 The United States President George W. Bush expressed concern about an avian flu epidemic. He asks Congress to pass legislation allowing the military to impose a quarantine in case of a pandemic.
  • 05 Oct 2005 Level 3 Communications ends peering connectivity between its Internet network, and that of Cogent Communications due to a financial dispute. This means that thousands of Internet users cannot access certain sites.
  • 06 Oct 2005 The International Criminal Court issued the first arrest warrants for five leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army (a rebel group that was founded in Uganda)
  • 07 Oct 2005 U.S. forces attack Afghanistan in conflict Four Afghan police officers are killed by U.S. troops after they mistakenly believe them to be militants in Girishk, Helmand Province.
  • 08 Oct 2005 2005 Kashmir earthquake: Tens of thousands of people are killed in a magnitude 7.6 earthquake that struck parts of Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan.
  • 09 Oct 2005 Donald Tusk, the frontrunner of the liberal (libertarian), Civic Platform party, received approximately 35.8% of votes in the Polish presidential election. This is slightly more than Lech Kaczynski, who was 33.3% behind the conservative Law and Justice Party. On October 23, Tusk will face Kaczynski in a run-off election.
  • 10 Oct 2005 New Orleans: New Orleans: Three New Orleans officers are accused of nearly killing Robert Davis and assaulting the cameraman who recorded the incident. Louisiana police are investigating claims that 200 cars were stolen by New Orleans police (41 Cadillacs). (Yahoo). Widespread suicide and desertion among New Orleans police officers have been reported after Hurricane Katrina.
  • 11 Oct 2005 Conflict in Iraq: More than 30 people are killed in suicide bombing attacks by insurgents in Talafar (North West Iraq).
  • 12 Oct 2005 Referendum on the proposed new constitution for Iraq is held.
  • 13 Oct 2005 Because of the increase in violence, some UN staff will be evacuated from Sudan's West Darfur. Officials from the United Nations stated that violence in the region had prevented aid access to 650,000 refugees.
  • 14 Oct 2005 The Zimbabwean state-owned media reports that the United States Ambassador was briefly detained by the Zimbabwean government on Monday, October 10. After a formal apology, the United States considered the matter closed.
  • 15 Oct 2005 Over 100 people are arrested in a riot that broke out in Toledo, Ohio during a National Socialist/Neo-Nazi demonstration.
  • 16 Oct 2005 Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam addresses the Millions More event at Washington DC and condemns George W. Bush's federal government response to Hurricane Katrina.
  • 17 Oct 2005 2 Umrah pilgrims died when the ship they were on their way back in collided with a cargo ship in Suez Canal. Although initial reports claimed 20 deaths, more than 90 people were hurt.
  • 18 Oct 2005 Kenneth Clarke, the ex-chancellor of the UK Conservative Party, has been eliminated from the race for the role of next leader.
  • 19 Oct 2005 Hurricane Wilma is the Atlantic's most powerful hurricane ever recorded, with a minimum pressure 882 mb.
  • 20 Oct 2005 Ontario will be the first Canadian province that extends daylight saving time in an effort to keep pace with the United States, its largest trading partner.
  • 21 Oct 2005 Lyn Knight sells Series 1890 $1000 US Treasury "Grand Watermelon” note for record US$1,092,500
  • 22 Oct 2005 Tropical Storm Alpha forms in Atlantic Basin. The 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season was the most active Atlantic hurricane season ever recorded, with 22 named storms.
  • 23 Oct 2005 Avian influenza: The Swedish National Veterinary Institute reported that a dead duck was found near Stockholm with an undetermined strain.
  • 24 Oct 2005 Hurricane Wilma hits Florida, resulting in 35 deaths and 26 injuries in direct and indirect ways. It also causes $20.6 billion USD of damage.
  • 25 Oct 2005 Conflict between Israel and Palestine: Israeli warplanes, artillery units attacked areas in the northern Gaza Strip.
  • 26 Oct 2005 American casualties in the war on Iraq have reached 2,000.
  • 27 Oct 2005 Harriet Miers resigns from the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • 28 Oct 2005 After being accused of obstruction of justice, perjury, and making a false statement during the leak investigation into the US Central Intelligence Agency, Lewis "Scooter," Libby, vice presidential adviser has resigned.
  • 29 Oct 2005 More than 60 people were killed in the Delhi bombings on 29 October 2005.
  • 30 Oct 2005 After a thirteen year rebuilding process, the rebuilt Dresden Frauenkirche (destroyed by firebombing Dresden during World War II), is now resecrated.
  • 31 Oct 2005 U.S. President George W. Bush has named Samuel Alito, Federal Appeals Court Judge, to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • 01 Nov 2005 United States Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, along with his fellow Democrats, force a closed session to the Senate in protest of the Lewis Libby Indictment.
  • 02 Nov 2005 Nino Vieira, Guinea Bissau's President, appoints Aristides Gomes as the new Prime Minister. He replaces Carlos Gomes Junior.
  • 03 Nov 2005 Measles Initiative (MI), announced that more than 200 million African children have been vaccinated against measles since 1999. This has reduced the incidence by 60% and saved 1 million lives.
  • 04 Nov 2005 Bilateral Investment Treaty signed by the U.S. government and Uruguay.
  • 05 Nov 2005 400th anniversary of Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up Parliament with King James I. of England inside.
  • 06 Nov 2005 At least 22 people are killed when a tornado strikes western Kentucky and southwestern Indiana.
  • 07 Nov 2005 Abator Thomas, the Minister of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone, says that polio is now eradicated in the country thanks to a successful immunization campaign.
  • 08 Nov 2005 2005 Liberian elections. Liberians vote in a presidential runoff election between George Weah, a millionaire soccer player, and former finance minister. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Sirleaf wins 59.4 % to Weah’s 40.6 percent.
  • 09 Nov 2005 The Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is the launch site for the Venus Express mission by the European Space Agency.
  • 10 Nov 2005 Liberian presidential election: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf defeats George Weah in the Liberian presidential runoff election. Johnson-Sirleaf is the first African woman to be elected as head of state. AP, NYT
  • 11 Nov 2005 After pressure from the British Foreign Office, three British prisoners were released in Iran. They were taken by Iranian Navy patrol boats as they attempted to sail their boat to Abu Musa, a disputed island that is claimed by Iran and the United Arab Emirates.
  • 12 Nov 2005 Amir Peretz is the new head for the Israeli Labor Party and warns Ariel Sharon, Israeli Prime Minister, that if Sharon doesn't pick an early election date, Peretz will initiate a motion in no confidence forcing a snap vote within 90 days.
  • 13 Nov 2005 Leaders of Canada's three opposition parties, Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe, Stephen Harper issued a joint ultimatum requesting that the next Canadian federal election be moved to February instead of April. If Paul Martin's Liberal government doesn't agree to the move in writing, they threaten to pass a motion de non-confidence and force a Christmas election. Martin rejects their offer.
  • 14 Nov 2005 Germany: CDU, CSU, and SPD conference approve a coalition agreement that will see Angela Merkel elected Chancellor on November 22.
  • 15 Nov 2005 Boeing officially launches the stretched Boeing 7477-8 variant, with Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines placing orders.
  • 16 Nov 2005 During fighting between Kurdish PKK rebels and Turkish police, 1 person is killed and 15 are hurt in Hakkari Province, Turkey.
  • 17 Nov 2005 Sri Lankan Presidential Election, 2005: Sri Lanka holds its fifth presidential election to appoint its fifth executive president. The election was peaceful, despite minor incidents. In the election, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa defeated Ranil Wickremesinghe.
  • 18 Nov 2005 Tropical Storm Gamma is formed from the regeneration of Tropical Depression 27 and becomes the 24th named storm in the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season.
  • 19 Nov 2005 Haditha murders are common.
  • 20 Nov 2005 The Washington Post has rebuked Bob Woodward, a journalist who was involved in the leak investigation into the US Central Intelligence Agency.
  • 21 Nov 2005 Conflict in Iraq: Five civilians from Iraq, including three children and their families, were killed by U.S. troops while they approached a Baquba checkpoint. As the minibus was approaching a roadblock, it failed to stop.
  • 22 Nov 2005 Angela Merkel is the first female Chancellor in Germany.
  • 23 Nov 2005 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first African woman president, is elected President of Liberia.
  • 24 Nov 2005 CHOGM – The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting takes place in Malta.
  • 25 Nov 2005 In Valletta, Malta, opens the 20th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
  • 26 Nov 2005 Conflict in Iraq: Four Westerners were kidnapped while they were in Baghdad.
  • 27 Nov 2005 Amiens, France is home to the first partial human facial transplant.
  • 28 Nov 2005 Jalal Talabani, the Iraqi president, has called Iyad allawi's remarks "nonsense". Allawi said that human rights violations in Iraq are as serious now as under Saddam Hussein. Talabani said that the government is against torture and harming Prisoners.
  • 29 Nov 2005 E. Cardon Walker, president of Walt Disney Productions (1971-1980), CEO (1976-1983) and chairman (1980-83), dies.
  • 30 Nov 2005 John Sentamu is enthroned as the 97th archbishop of York and becomes the Church of England's first black archbishop.
  • 01 Dec 2005 South Africa's Constitutional Court declared that the current laws that restrict marriage to people of opposite sexes are unconstitutional. It must change within one year. South Africa, which will become the fifth country where same-sex marriages can be recognized after Canada, Spain and the Netherlands, will be the fifth.
  • 02 Dec 2005 Kenneth Boyd, a North Carolina man executed in Wentworth, becomes the 1,000th execution in the United States since 1976's reintroduction capital punishment.
  • 03 Dec 2005 XCOR Aerospace delivers the first manned rocket-powered US Mail delivery in Mojave (California)
  • 04 Dec 2005 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict : Israel launches a series air strikes in reprisal to the Palestinians' Qassam rockets. It also hits what local officials call an Islamic Jihad charity.
  • 05 Dec 2005 Largely in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Lake Tanganyika earthquake causes severe damage.
  • 06 Dec 2005 Protests in Dongzhou in China result in the deaths of several villages.
  • 07 Dec 2005 Rigoberto Alpizar (passenger on American Airlines Flight 924) is shot and killed at Miami International Airport by a group of U.S. Federal Air Marshals. He allegedly claimed that he had a bomb.
  • 08 Dec 2005 Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 crashes into Chicago Midway Airport. It kills a 6-year old boy and injures 11 others.
  • 09 Dec 2005 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is now in theatres Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media
  • 10 Dec 2005 In Oslo, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
  • 11 Dec 2005 Cronulla Riots: Thousands demonstrate against ethnic violence in Cronulla Sydney. This entails a riot against anyone who is Lebanese or not. These are then followed by ethnic attacks against Cronulla.
  • 12 Dec 2005 Lebanese politician and journalist Gebran Tueni is assassinated.
  • 13 Dec 2005 Four American soldiers were killed in an IED attack on Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. (AP) The U.S. ambassador releases a statement stating that there have been about 121 abuse cases in prisons managed by the Shiite-led Interior Ministry.
  • 14 Dec 2005 The directive on Telecommunications data storage has been adopted by the European Parliament.
  • 15 Dec 2005 Latvia changes its constitution to ban same-sex couples from being allowed to marry.
  • 16 Dec 2005 Bulgaria begins to withdraw its troops from Iraq.
  • 17 Dec 2005 Anti-WTO protestors riot in Wan Chai (Hong Kong)
  • 18 Dec 2005 Creditors in Melbourne have taken control of Air Nauru’s sole passenger jet, leaving the islands of Nauru & Kiribati without access to air transport to the rest the world.
  • 19 Dec 2005 The flight from Miami, Florida, to Bimini (Bahamas) by Chalk's Ocean Airways Flight 101 crashes in Miami Beach killing 18 passengers and 2 crew members.
  • 20 Dec 2005 In Kitzmiller, Judge John E. Jones III of the US District Court rules that it is not necessary to teach intelligent design in his ruling.
  • 21 Dec 2005 Saddam Hussein, the former President of Iraq, claimed in court that he was tortured by American officials. The US strongly refutes the allegations and censors a portion of his testimony.
  • 22 Dec 2005 The Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 by George W. Bush is signed into law as Public Law 109-145 by the US President.
  • 23 Dec 2005 Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary Of Defense, announces the first of a series of troop drawdowns after the elections in Iraq.
  • 24 Dec 2005 Ayman Nour was found guilty by fraud and sentenced to five years imprisonment.
  • 25 Dec 2005 Five children were killed in Guatemala City after a fire started by fireworks set off ablaze their home. The fire was started by a traditional holiday firecracker known as a "silbador", which was fired into the small wooden house. They were all aged between 2, 3, 6 and 10 years old.
  • 26 Dec 2005 One person is killed and six are injured in a gang-related shooting in Toronto's busy shopping streets.
  • 27 Dec 2005 Indonesia's Free Aceh Movement officially disbands its arm. (Reuters) (Link dead at 21:18 on 14 January 2007 (UTC).
  • 28 Dec 2005 M. C. Puri is the Professor Emeritus of Math at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Three others were also injured in the attack by an unknown gunman on India's foremost educational institution, the Indian Institute of Science and Technology at Bangalore.
  • 29 Dec 2005 A large landslide that occurred in a village near Sanaa, Yemen has resulted in the deaths of at least 30 people.
  • 30 Dec 2005 Tropical Storm Zeta forms over the Atlantic Ocean, setting a record for the most recent tropical cyclone to form in North Atlantic basin.
  • 31 Dec 2005 Kate Burton, a 25-year-old Scottish human right worker and Kate's parents are released in Gaza Strip unharmed by the Palestinian gunmen who kidnapped the couple two days before.