What Happened in December 2005

Historical Events

  • 2nd Van Tuong Nguyen is executed in Singapore for drug trafficking.
  • 3rd XCOR Aerospace makes first manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave, California.
  • 3rd 14th SEC Championship Game: #13 Georgia beats #3 LSU, 34-14
  • 3rd 1st ACC Championship Game: #22 Florida State beats #5 Virginia Tech, 27-22
  • 3rd 10th Big 12 Championship Game: #2 Texas beats Colorado, 70-3
  • 4th Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protest for democracy and call on the Government to allow universal and equal suffrage.
  • 4th 94th Davis Cup: Croatia beats Slovak Republic in Bratislava (3-2)

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4th U.S. debut of the first part of two-part TV biopic miniseries "Pope John Paul II" on CBS

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 5th The Lake Tanganyika earthquake causes significant damage, mostly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • 5th The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there.
  • 6th Several villagers are shot dead during protests in Dongzhou, China.
  • 7th Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, is shot and killed by a team of US federal air marshals at Miami International Airport.
  • 7th U.S. debut of the second part of two-part TV biopic miniseries "Pope John Paul II" on CBS
  • 8th Ante Gotovina, Croatian army general accused of war crimes, is captured in the Playa de las Américas, Tenerife by the Spanish police.

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9th "Brokeback Mountain", starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, is released

  • 10th 71st Heisman Trophy Award: Reggie Bush, USC (RB) (Bush would later forfeit the trophy)
  • 11th The Buncefield Oil Depot in Hemel Hempstead, England, is rocked by explosions, causing a huge oil fire.
  • 11th Cronulla riots: thousands of white Australians demonstrate against ethnic violence, resulting in a riot against anyone thought to be Lebanese (and many who were not) in Cronulla Sydney. These are followed by ethnic attacks on Cronulla.
  • 15th Latvia amends its constitution to eliminate possibility of same-sex couples being entitled to marry.
  • 15th Argentina's president Néstor Kirchner announces the early repayment of its external debt to the IMF.
  • 15th Introduction of the F-22 Raptor into USAF active service.
  • 15th The 2005 Atlantic Power Outage began.
  • 17th Anti-WTO protesters riot in Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • 20th 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.
  • 20th The first same sex civil partnerships in Scotland are celebrated.
  • 20th 2005 New York City transit strike: New York City's Transport Workers Union Local 100 goes on strike, shutting down all New York City Subway and Bus services.

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21st Joe Sakic is named captain of the 2006 Team Canada Olympic team

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 23rd Azerbaijan Airlines Flight 217 from Baku, Azerbaijan, to Aktau, Kazakhstan crashes shortly after takeoff killing 23 people.
  • 23rd Chad declares a state of war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adré, which left about 100 people dead.
  • 26th Boxing Day shooting on a busy shopping street in Toronto.
  • 28th A U.S. immigration judge orders John Demjanjuk deported to Ukraine for crimes against humanity committed during World War II.
  • 30th 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.

Famous Birthdays

  • 3rd Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway
  • 13th Prince Aymeric of Belgium
  • 13th Prince Nicolas of Belgium

Famous Weddings

  • 3rd NBC correspondent Hoda Kotb (41) weds New Orleans tennis coach Burzis Kanga in the Dominican Republic
  • 3rd "The Last Samurai" actor Ken Watanabe (46) weds actress Kaho Minami (41) in Tokyo
  • 3rd French heiress Athina Onassis (20) weds Olympic gold medalist equestrian Alvaro de Miranda Neto (32) in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 3rd Marilyn Manson lead singer Brian Warner (36) weds burlesque performer Dita Von Teese (33) at Castle Gurteen in County Tipperary, Ireland
  • 4th 2004 Olympic volleyball team member Kerri Walsh (27) weds fellow volleyball player Casey Jennings (30) at the La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs, California

HeartWedding of Interest

9th "Bourne" actor Matt Damon (35) weds Argentine-born Luciana Barrosa (29) at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau near New York City Hall

Actor Matt Damon
Matt Damon
  • 10th "Audioslave" drummer Brad Wilk (37) weds "Seven Year Bitch" former lead vocalist Selene Vigil near the frozen waters of Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe
  • 10th Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated model Isabeli Fontana (22) weds actor-model Henri Castelli (27) at Fort Are Joao in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • 10th Rugby Star Clyde Rathbone (24) weds Carrie-Ann Leeson in South Africa
  • 10th Gustavo Rojo's daughter and actress Ana Patricia Rojo (31) weds Andres Puentes Jr at the San Jose del Calvario church in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

HeartWedding of Interest

10th Country music artist Garth Brooks (43) weds singer Trisha Yearwood (41) in Claremore, Oklahoma

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • 10th Actress Jane Danson (27) weds "Brookside" actor Robert Beck (35) at Gibbon Bridge Hotel in Lancashire, England
  • 12th Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger (36) weds country-music heartthrob singer Kenny Chesney (37) for the reason of fraud after 4 months of marriage
  • 14th Bollywood actor Fardeen Khan (31) weds Mumtaz's daughter Natasha Madhvani at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai, India
  • 15th "Eastenders" actress Elaine Lordan (39) weds BBC manager Peter Manuel at Islington Town Hall in London
  • 17th Race car driver Gary Paffett (24) weds his lady love Lisa in England
  • 17th "Modern Day Drifter" country singer Dierks Bentley (30) weds Cassidy Black in Mexico
  • 17th Australian country singer Kasey Chambers (29) weds singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson in Avoca, New South Wales
  • 22nd "Ospreys" Rugby star Shane Williams (28) weds Gail Lacey at Twyn Church in Garnant, West Wales
  • 22nd Brazilian actress Danielle Winits (31) weds model Cassio Reis at Capela Santa Ines in Rio de Janeiro
  • 23rd Soccer star player Kaka (23) weds Brazilian singer Caroline Celico (18) at Igreja Renascer em Cristo in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 23rd "Are You Being Served?" actor John Inman (70) weds Ron Lynch at Westminster Register Office
  • 23rd "Jurassic Park" actress Laura Dern (38) weds musician Ben Harper (36) in Los Angeles
  • 29th "One Life To Live" actress Bree Williamson (26) weds surfer Josh Evans near the Flor Blanca Resort in Mal Pais, Costa Rica
  • 31st "One Tree Hill" actress Bethany Joy Lenz (24) weds "Enation" musician Michael Galeotti in Hillsboro, Oregon
  • 31st Olympic gold medal skater Jamie Sale (28) weds her pair figure skater David Pelletier (31) at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Canada

Famous Divorces

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16th American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (31) due to irreconcilable differences

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Gust Avrakotos, American intelligence case officer (b. 1938)
  • 2nd Kenneth Lee Boyd, American convicted murderer (executed) (b. 1948)
  • 2nd Nat Mayer Shapiro, American painter (b. 1919)
  • 2nd Van Tuong Nguyen, Australian drug smuggler (hanged) (b. 1980)
  • 3rd Herb Moford, American baseball player (b. 1928)
  • 4th Errol Brathwaite, New Zealand author (b. 1924)
  • 4th Gregg Hoffman, American film producer (b.1963)
  • 4th Gloria Lasso, French-Spanish singer (b. 1922)
  • 5th Ed Masry, American lawyer (b. 1932)
  • 5th Kevin "Big Kev" McQuay, Australian businessman (b. 1949)
  • 5th Frits Philips, Dutch businessman (b. 1905)
  • 6th Charly Gaul, Luxembourg cyclist (b. 1932)
  • 6th Devan Nair, 3rd President of Singapore (b. 1923)
  • 6th Danny Williams, South African-born singer (b. 1942)
  • 7th Bud Carson, American football player and coach (b. 1931)
  • 7th Lucy d'Abreu, was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom from April 2004 until her death (b. 1892)
  • 7th Rigoberto Alpizar, airplane passenger fatally shot by U.S. Air Marshals after allegedly claiming he had placed a bomb aboard (b. 1961)
  • 8th Georgiy Zhzhonov, Russian actor and author (b. 1915)
  • 9th György Sándor, Hungarian pianist (b. 1912)
  • 9th Robert Sheckley, American author (b. 1928)

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10th Eugene McCarthy, U.S. Senator and presidential candidate (b. 1916)

Politician and Presidential Candidate Eugene McCarthy
Politician and Presidential Candidate
Eugene McCarthy

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10th Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor dies aged 65

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • 12th Gebran Tueni, Lebanese politician (b. 1957)
  • 12th Annette Vadim, Danish actress (b. 1936)
  • 12th Robert F. Newmyer, American film producer (b. 1946)
  • 13th Timothy Jordan II, American musician (The All American Rejects, Jonezetta) (b. 1981)
  • 13th Stanley Tookie Williams, co-founder of the Crips and convicted murderer (b. 1953)
  • 14th Trevanian, American author (b. 1931)
  • 15th Heinrich Gross, Austrian physician (b. 1914)
  • 15th Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (b. 1915)
  • 15th William Proxmire, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin (b. 1915)
  • 15th Darrell Russell, American football player (b. 1976)
  • 16th Kenneth Bulmer, English author (b. 1921)
  • 16th Ed Hansen, American film director and editor (b. 1937)
  • 16th John Spencer, American actor (b. 1946)
  • 17th Jack Anderson, American journalist (b. 1922)
  • 17th Marc Favreau, French Canadian humourist (Sol) (b. 1929)
  • 18th Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (b. 1922)
  • 19th Keith Duckworth, English mechanical engineer (Cosworth; b. 1933)
  • 19th Vincent Gigante, American mafioso (b. 1927)
  • 20th Maniam Moorthy, Malaysian climber
  • 21st Elrod Hendricks, American baseball player and coach (b. 1940)
  • 23rd Norman D. Vaughan, American polar explorer and dogsled driver (b. 1905)
  • 23rd Lajos Baróti, Hungarian footballer and coach (b. 1914)
  • 24th Michael Vale, American commercial actor (b. 1922)
  • 25th Derek Bailey, English guitar virtuoso (b. 1930)
  • 25th Birgit Nilsson, Swedish singer (b. 1918)
  • 25th Robert Barbers, Philippine senator (b. 1944)
  • 26th Erich Topp, German submarine commander (b. 1914)
  • 26th Muriel Costa-Greenspon, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1937)
  • 26th Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (b. 1937)
  • 26th Vincent Schiavelli, American actor (b. 1948)
  • 27th William Doody, Canadian politician (b. 1931)
  • 29th Gerda Boyesen, Norwegian-born body psychotherapist (b. 1922)
  • 30th Rona Jaffe, American author (b. 1932)
  • 31st Phillip Whitehead, British politician (b. 1937)
  • 31st Enrico di Giuseppe, American tenor (b. 1932)