What Happened in 2005

Significant Events

  • Feb 16 The Kyoto Protocol comes into force following its ratification by Russia.
  • Feb 26 Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt, orders the constitution changed to allow multi-candidate presidential elections, asking Egyptian parliament to amend Article 76
  • Apr 26 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.
  • Apr 27 The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France
  • Jul 7 Coordinated terrorist bomb blasts strike London's public transport system during the morning rush hour killing 52 and injuring 700
  • Jul 7 Influenced by Live 8, the G8 leaders pledge to double 2004 levels of aid to Africa from US$25 to US$50 billion by the year 2010.
  • Jul 28 The Provisional Irish Republican Army call an end to their thirty year long armed campaign in Northern Ireland
  • Aug 23 Hurricane Katrina forms over the Bahamas, later becoming a category 5 hurricane
  • Aug 29 Hurricane Katrina makes its 2nd landfall as a category 3 hurricane devastating much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida Panhandle. Kills more than 1,836, causes over $115 billion in damage.
  • Nov 22 Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

Polish Minister of National Defence Radek Sikorski opens Warsaw Pact archives to historians. Maps of possible nuclear strikes against Western Europe, including nuclear annihilation of 43 Polish cities by Soviet-controlled forces revealed

On November 25, 2005


World Leaders in 2005

Famous People in 2005

Famous People Born in 2005

  • Jan 30 Prince Hashem bin Al Abdullah II, of Jordan
  • Jun 5 Irene Urdangarin, granddaughter of King Juan Carlos I of Spain
  • Jun 26 Princess Alexia of the Netherlands
  • Sep 16 Princess Jalilah bint Ali, of Jordan
  • Oct 4 Prince Emmanuel of Belgium
More Famous Birthdays

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 8 Rapper and actor Nas (32) weds R&B singer Kelis (25) at Morningside Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 9 "Motley Crue" lead singer Vince Neil (43) weds Lia Gerardini at the Four Seasons hotel in Las Vegas
  • Jan 22 Businessman and "The Apprentice" host Donald Trump (58) weds former model melania knauss (34) at the Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida
  • Jan 26 Professional golfer Arnold Palmer (75) weds Kathleen Gawthrop in an intimate ceremony at a cottage on the beach at Turtle Bay Resort
  • Jan 29 "New York Mets" catcher Mike Piazza (36) weds former "Baywatch" actress Alicia Rickter (32) at St. Jude Catholic Church in Miami, Florida

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 1 Former Full House actor John Stamos (41) divorces X-Men actress Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (31) after 5 years of marriage
  • Mar 25 American actress Jennifer Aniston (36) files for divorce from actor and film producer Brad Pitt (41) due to irreconcilable differences after 4 and a half years of marriage
  • Apr 8 Prince Joachim of Denmark (35) divorces Countess of Frederiksborg Alexandra (40) after 9 years of marriage
  • Dec 16 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (31) due to irreconcilable differences
  • Dec 20 Actress Renee Zellweger (36) annuls her marriage to country-music singer Kenny Chesney (37) citing fraud, after 4 months of marriage
More Weddings & Divorces

Would You Believe?

President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, in power since 1967 and the longest-serving head of state in the world, is re-elected to his third consecutive seven-year term

On November 27, 2005