What Happened in 2005 (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 291

  • Apr 27 The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France
  • Apr 28 The Patent Law Treaty goes into effect.
  • Apr 29 Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation.
  • Apr 29 New Zealand's first civil union takes place.
  • May 5 The United Kingdom general election takes place, in which Tony Blair's Labour Party is re-elected for a third consecutive term.
  • May 7 131st Kentucky Derby: Mike Smith aboard Giacomo wins in 2:02.75
  • May 8 The new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 9 Liberal commentary website The Huffington Post is launched

Author and creator of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington
Author and creator of The Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington

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May 10 A hand grenade which was thrown by Vladimir Arutyunian lands about 65 feet (20 metres) from U.S. President George W. Bush while he was giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi, Georgia, but it malfunctions and does not detonate.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • May 13 The Andijan Massacre occurs in Uzbekistan.

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May 14 Pope Benedict XVI observes his first beatification, elevating Blessed Marianne of Molokai on the road to canonization into sainthood.

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • May 14 The former USS America (CV-66), a decommissioned supercarrier of the United States Navy, is deliberately sunk in the Atlantic Ocean after four weeks of live-fire exercises. She is the largest ship ever to be disposed of as a target in a military exercise.

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 15 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

  • May 16 Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.
  • May 17 40th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson & Keith Urban win
  • May 21 130th Preakness: Jeremy Rose aboard Afleet Alex wins in 1:55.04
  • May 21 50th Eurovision Song Contest: Helena Paparizou for Greece wins singing "My Number One" in Kiev
  • May 22 58th Cannes Film Festival: "The Child" directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 25 13th UEFA Champions League Final: Liverpool beats Milan (3-3, 3-2 on penalties)
  • May 29 France resoundingly rejects the European Constitution.
  • May 29 Indianapolis 500: Dan Wheldon wins in 3:10:21.0769 (253.637 km/h)
  • May 31 Mark Felt, former FBI high ranking official revealed as "Deep Throat" source during Watergate investigations in "Vanity Fair" article
  • Jun 1 The Dutch referendum on the European Constitution results in its rejection.
  • Jun 1 The longest oil/natural gas explosion in the Houston, Texas area occurs in Crosby, Texas. The drill was owned by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Company.

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Jun 3 'The Knight of Sainte-Hermine' by Alexandre Dumas is published in France by Editions Phébus, completed by Claude Schopp, 135 years after the author's death.

  • Jun 5 59th Tony Awards: Monty Python's Spamalot & Doubt win

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 5 104th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Mariano Puerta (6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5)

Tennis Player Rafael Nadal
Tennis Player
Rafael Nadal

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 5 104th Women's French Open: Justine Henin-Hardenne beats Mary Pierce (6-1, 6-1)

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • Jun 6 The United States Supreme Court votes to ban medical marijuana in Gonzales v. Raich.
  • Jun 11 137th Belmont: Jeremy Rose aboard Afleet Alex wins in 2:28.75
  • Jun 12 51st LPGA Championship won by Annika Sörenstam

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Jun 13 A jury in Santa Maria, California acquits pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch.

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Jun 14 Asafa Powell of Jamaica sets a new Men's 100 meters world record of 9.77 at the Athens Olympic Stadium

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 15 "Batman Begins", directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale and Michael Caine first goes on wide release

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Jun 19 Michael Schumacher wins controversial Formula 1 United States Grand Prix where only 6 of 20 cars complete the race amongst ridicule

Formula 1 Racing Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • Jun 19 105th US Golf Open: Michael Campbell shoots a 280 at Pinehurst GR NC

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Jun 23 San Antonio Spurs beat Detroit Pistons 4-3 in NBA finals MVP: Tim Duncan (his third), San Antonio

NBA Power Forward Tim Duncan
NBA Power Forward
Tim Duncan
  • Jun 23 59th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Detroit Pistons, 4 games to 3
  • Jun 27 AMD files broad antitrust complaints against Intel Corporation in U.S. Federal District Court, alleging abuse of monopoly powers and antitrust violations.
  • Jun 28 A final design for Manhattan's Freedom Tower is formally unveiled.
  • Jun 30 Spain legalizes same-sex marriage.
  • Jul 2 South African tennis player Wesley Moodie and Australian Stephen Huss win the Wimbledon Men's double title
  • Jul 3 The national law legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect in Spain.

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 112th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Lindsay Davenport (4-6 7-6 9-7)

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 119th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick (6-2 7-6 6-4)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • Jul 4 The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1.
  • 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 10 Hurricane Dennis slams into the Florida Panhandle causing billions of dollars in damage.
  • Jul 12 76th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Comerica Park, Detroit
  • Jul 14 38th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

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Jul 15 After declining an offer to remain with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Mike Babcock is named head coach of the Detroit Red Wings

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 15 "Wedding Crashers", starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 16 "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", the 6th book in the series by J. K. Rowling, is published worldwide. 9 million copies sell in 24 hrs

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 17 134th British Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 274 at St Andrews to win his 10th major and becomes only the second golfer, after Jack Nicklaus, to win each major more than once

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 17 13th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Annika Sorenstam win

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong
  • Jul 20 Canada becomes the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, after the bill C-38 receives its Royal Assent.
  • Jul 21 Four terrorist bombings, occurring exactly two weeks after the similar July 7 bombings, target London's public transportation system. All four bombs fail to detonate and all four suspected suicide bombers are captured and later convicted and imprisoned for long terms.
  • Jul 22 Jean Charles de Menezes is killed by police as the hunt begins for the London Bombers. See 7 July 2005 London bombings and 21 July 2005 London bombings
  • Jul 23 Three bombs explode in the Naama Bay area of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, killing 88 people.
  • Jul 24 92nd Tour de France: no winner; Lance Armstrong retires after winning a record seventh consecutive victory but disqualified in 2012 for doping
  • Jul 26 Space Shuttle program: STS-114 Mission - Launch of Discovery, NASA's first scheduled flight mission after the Columbia Disaster in 2003.
  • Jul 26 Mumbai, India receives 99.5cm of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours, bringing the city to a halt for over 2 days.
  • Jul 26 Samir Geagea, the Lebanese Forces (LF) leader, is released after spending 11 years in a solitary confinement. His release came after the end of the Syrian occupation to Lebanon.
  • Jul 27 STS-114: NASA grounds the Space shuttle, pending an investigation of the external tank's continued foam-shedding problem. During ascent, the external tank of the Space Shuttle Discovery sheds a piece of foam slightly smaller than the piece that caused the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster; this foam does not strike the spacecraft.
  • Jul 28 The Provisional Irish Republican Army call an end to their thirty year long armed campaign in Northern Ireland
  • Jul 28 A tornado touches down in a residential area in south Birmingham, England, causing £4,000,000 worth of damages and injuring 39 people.
  • Jul 29 Astronomers announce their discovery of Eris.
  • Aug 3 President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya of Mauritania is overthrown in a military coup while attending the funeral of King Fahd in Saudi Arabia.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 4 Prime Minister Paul Martin announces that Michaëlle Jean will be Canada's 27th and first black Governor General.

21st Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin
21st Prime Minister of Canada
Paul Martin
  • Aug 6 10th World Championships in Athletics open at Helsinki, Finland
  • Aug 7 10th World Championships in Athletics: Justin Gatlin wins 100m
  • Aug 11 10th World Championships in Athletics: Justin Gatlin wins 200m
  • Aug 12 Sri Lanka's foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE (Tamil Tigers) sniper at his home.
  • Aug 12 An F2 tornado strikes the coal mining town of Wright, Wyoming, destroying nearly 100 homes and killing two people.
  • Aug 12 Civil unrest provoked in the Maldives
  • Aug 12 An F1 tornado strikes Glen Cove, New York, a rare event on Long Island
  • Aug 14 10th World Championships in Athletics close at Helsinki, Finland

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 15 87th PGA Championship: Phil Mickelson shoots a 276 at Baltusrol Golf Club

  • Aug 16 West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashes near Machiques, Venezuela, killing all 160 aboard.
  • Aug 17 The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.
  • Aug 18 Dennis Rader is sentenced to 175 years in prison for the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) serial killings in Sedgwick County, Kansas.
  • Aug 18 Massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people.
  • Aug 19 The first-ever joint military exercise between Russia and China, called Peace Mission 2005 begins
  • Aug 19 A series of strong storms lashes Southern Ontario spawning several tornadoes as well as creating extreme flash flooding within the city of Toronto and its surrounding communities. In Toronto, it is also dubbed as the Toronto Supercell.
  • Aug 23 Hurricane Katrina forms over the Bahamas, later becoming a category 5 hurricane
  • Aug 23 TANS Peru Flight 204 crashes near Pucallpa, Peru, killing 41.
  • 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.
  • Aug 31 A stampede on Al-Aaimmah bridge in Baghdad kills 1,199 people.
  • Aug 31 62nd Venice Film Festival: "Brokeback Mountain" directed by Ang Lee wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 1 Seven members and former members of the AFL-CIO form a new trade union organization, the Change to Win Federation.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Sep 1 22nd MTV Video Music Awards: Green Day, Kelly Clarkson & Kanye West win

  • Sep 3 20th College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Maryland beats Navy 23-20 in Baltimore
  • Sep 5 Mandala Airlines Flight 091 crashes into a heavily-populated residential of Sumatra, Indonesia, killing 104 people on board and at least 39 persons on ground.
  • Sep 7 First presidential election was held in Egypt.
  • Sep 8 Two EMERCOM Il-76 aircraft land at a disaster aid staging area at Little Rock Air Force Base; the first time Russia has flown such a mission to North America.
  • Sep 11 The State of Israel completes its unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip.

Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 11 "Pride & Prejudice", the film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel of the same name, starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet, is released

Actress Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley
Novelist Jane Austen
Jane Austen
  • Sep 11 125th Men's U.S. Open: Roger Federer beats Andre Agassi (6-3, 2-6, 7-6, 6-1)
  • Sep 11 125th Women's U.S. Open: Kim Clijsters beats Mary Pierce (6-3, 6-1)

Famous Birthdays

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Famous Weddings

Weddings 101 - 117 of 117

  • Dec 10 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

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

Deaths 101 - 200 of 654

  • Feb 6 Lazar Berman, Russian pianist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 6 Karl Haas, American radio presenter (b. 1913)
  • Feb 7 Bob Turner, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1934)
  • Feb 8 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician (b. 1925)
  • Feb 8 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers) (b. 1948)
  • Feb 8 Helmut Eder, Austrian composer, dies at 88

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 10 Arthur Miller, American playwright, dies at 89

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
  • Feb 11 Jack L. Chalker, American author (b. 1944)
  • Feb 12 Rafael Vidal, Venezuelan athlete (b. 1964)
  • Feb 12 Sammi Smith, American country music singer (Help Me Make It Through the Night) , dies at 61
  • Feb 13 Nelson Briles, baseball player (b. 1943)
  • Feb 13 Lúcia Santos, Carmelite nun and Fatima visionary (b. 1907)
  • Feb 13 Maurice Trintignant, French race car driver (b. 1917)
  • Feb 13 Dick Weber, American professional bowler (b. 1929)
  • Feb 13 Emilios T. Harlaftis, Greek astrophysicist (b. 1965)
  • Feb 14 Najai Turpin, American boxer
  • Feb 14 Rafik Hariri, Lebanese politician and billionaire businessman (b. 1944)
  • Feb 15 Samuel Francis, American journalist (b. 1947)
  • Feb 15 Pierre Bachelet, French singer and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • Feb 16 Nicole DeHuff, American actress (pneumonia) (b. 1975)
  • Feb 16 Queen Narriman, second and last wife of King Farouk and mother of their only child King Fuad II
  • Feb 17 Dan O'Herlihy, Irish actor (b. 1919)
  • Feb 17 Omar Sivori, Argentine footballer (b. 1935)
  • Feb 20 Sandra Dee, American actress (b. 1944)
  • Feb 20 John Raitt, American actor (b. 1917)
  • Feb 20 Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (b. 1937)
  • Feb 20 Tom Willmore, English geometer (b. 1919)
  • Feb 20 Pam Bricker, American jazz singer and Thievery Corporation vocalist (b. 1954)
  • Feb 21 Ara Berberian, American opera singer (b. 1930)
  • Feb 21 Gérard Bessette, Quebec novelist and poet (b. 1920)
  • Feb 21 Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Cuban novelist (b. 1929)
  • Feb 21 Eugene Scott, American religious broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • Feb 22 Zdzisław Beksiński, Polish artist (b. 1929)
  • Feb 22 Simone Simon, French actress (b. 1910)
  • Feb 22 Lee Eun Ju, Korean actress (b. 1980)
  • Feb 25 Peter Benenson, English founder of Amnesty International (b. 1921)
  • Feb 26 Jef Raskin, American computer scientist (b. 1943)
  • Mar 1 Peter Malkin Israeli secret agent (b. 1927)
  • Mar 2 Rick Mahler, American baseball player (b. 1953)
  • Mar 2 Martin Denny, American musician (Exotica), dies at 93
  • Mar 3 Max M. Fisher, American philanthropist (b. 1928)
  • Mar 4 Nicola Calipari, Italian secret service agent (b. 1953)
  • Mar 4 Robert Consoli, American actor and musician (b. 1964)
  • Mar 4 Una Hale, Australian soprano (b. 1922)
  • Mar 4 Yuriy Kravchenko, Ukrainian statesman (b. 1951)
  • Mar 4 Carlos Sherman, Uruguayan-born writer (b. 1934)
  • Mar 6 Tommy Vance, British radio disc jockey (b. 1943)
  • Mar 6 Danny Gardella, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Mar 6 Teresa Wright, American actress (b. 1918)
  • Mar 6 Hans Bethe, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  • Mar 7 John Box, British film production designer and art director (b. 1920)
  • Mar 7 Debra Hill, American screenwriter and film producer (b. 1950)
  • Mar 8 Aslan Maskhadov, Chechen leader (b. 1951)
  • Mar 8 César Lattes, Brazilian physicist (b. 1924)
  • Mar 9 Chris LeDoux, American country singer (b. 1948)
  • Mar 9 Kurt Lotz, German business executive, second postwar CEO of Volkswagen (b. 1912)
  • Mar 9 Jeanette Schmid, Austrian professional whistler; aka Baroness Lips von Lipstrill (b. 1924)
  • Mar 9 István Nyers, Hungarian footballer (b. 1924)
  • Mar 10 Dave Allen, Irish comedian (b. 1936)
  • Mar 10 Danny Joe Brown, American singer (Molly Hatchet) (b. 1951)
  • Mar 12 Bill Cameron, Canadian journalist (b. 1943)
  • Mar 12 Stavros Koujioumtzis, Greek songwriter (b. 1932)
  • Mar 15 Bob Bellear, Australian judge (b. 1944)
  • Mar 15 Shoji Nishio, Japanese martial artist (b. 1927)
  • Mar 16 Todd Bell, American football player (b. 1958)
  • Mar 16 Ralph Erskine, British architect (Byker Wall) (b. 1914)
  • Mar 16 Anthony George, American TV actor (b. 1921)
  • Mar 16 Allan Hendrickse, South African politician (b. 1927)
  • Mar 16 Dick Radatz, American baseball player (b. 1937)
  • Mar 17 George F. Kennan, American Cold War strategist and historian (b. 1904)
  • Mar 17 Andre Norton, American writer (b. 1912)
  • Mar 19 John De Lorean, American automobile engineer (b. 1925)
  • Mar 20 Armand Lohikoski, Finnish film director (b. 1912)
  • Mar 21 Barney Martin, American actor (b. 1923)
  • Mar 21 Bobby Short, American singer (b. 1924)
  • Mar 22 Kenzo Tange, Japanese architect (b. 1913)
  • Mar 25 Paul Henning, American TV/film producer and writer (b. 1911)
  • Mar 26 James Callaghan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1912)
  • Mar 26 Gérard Filion, Quebec businessman and journalist (b. 1909)
  • Mar 26 Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Split Enz and Crowded House) (b. 1959)
  • Mar 26 Marius Russo, American baseball player (b. 1914)
  • Mar 27 Wilfred Bigelow, Canadian heart surgeon (b. 1913)
  • Mar 27 Bob Casey, American baseball announcer (b. 1925)
  • Mar 27 Grant Johannesen, American concert pianist (b. 1921)
  • Mar 28 Dame Moura Lympany, British pianist (b. 1916)
  • Mar 29 Johnnie Cochran, American lawyer (b. 1937)
  • Mar 29 Mitch Hedberg, American comedian (b. 1968)
  • Mar 29 Miltos Sahtouris, Greek poet (b. 1919)
  • Mar 30 Emil Dimitrov, Bulgarian singer (b. 1940)
  • Mar 30 Robert Creeley, American poet (b. 1926)
  • Mar 30 Milton Green, American athlete (b. 1913)
  • Mar 30 Fred Korematsu, American civil rights activist (b. 1919)
  • Mar 30 O. V. Vijayan, Indian author and cartoonist (b. 1930)
  • Mar 30 Derrick Plourde, American drummer (b. 1971)
  • Mar 31 Stanley J. Korsmeyer, American oncologist (b. 1951)
  • Mar 31 Frank Perdue, American poultry farmer (b. 1920)
  • Mar 31 Terri Schiavo, American figure in right to die case (b. 1963)
  • Mar 31 Justiniano Montano, Filipino politician (b. 1905)
  • Apr 1 Alexander Brott, Canadian violinist and composer (b. 1915)
  • Apr 1 Harald Juhnke, German entertainer (b. 1929)