Today in History for December 2005

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 32 of 32

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)
4th - U.S. debut of the first part of two-part TV biopic miniseries "Pope John Paul II" on CBS
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.
264th Pope John Paul II264th Pope John Paul II 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.
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.
Actor Heath LedgerActor Heath Ledger 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.
NHL Legend Joe SakicNHL Legend Joe Sakic 21st - Joe Sakic is named captain of the 2006 Team Canada Olympic team
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

Birthdays 1 - 3 of 3

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

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 26 of 26

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
Actor Matt DamonActor Matt Damon (9th) 9th - "Bourne" actor Matt Damon (35) weds Argentine-born Luciana Barrosa (29) at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau near New York City Hall
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
10th - Country music artist Garth Brooks (43) weds singer Trisha Yearwood (41) in Claremore, Oklahoma
10th - Actress Jane Danson (27) weds "Brookside" actor Robert Beck (35) at Gibbon Bridge Hotel in Lancashire, England
Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth BrooksCountry Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks (10th) 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

Divorces 1 - 1 of 1

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

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 57 of 57

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)
Politician and Presidential Candidate Eugene McCarthyPolitician and Presidential Candidate Eugene McCarthy (10th) 10th - Eugene McCarthy, U.S. Senator and presidential candidate (b. 1916)
10th - Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor dies aged 65
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)
Comedian and Actor Richard PryorComedian and Actor Richard Pryor (10th) 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)

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