What Happened in 2005 (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 291 of 291

  • Sep 12 The red-green coalition, led by Jens Stoltenberg, wins the Norwegian parliamentary election, taking 87 of 169 seats in the parliament.
  • Sep 12 Israel completes its withdrawal of all troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip.
  • Sep 12 The bodies of more than 40 patients discovered in a flooded hospital in New Orleans.
  • Sep 12 Hong Kong Disneyland opens in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

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Sep 12 Mark Messier announces on ESPN radio that he will retire from the NHL

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Sep 16 Camorra boss Paolo Di Lauro is arrested in Naples.
  • Sep 17 30th Toronto International Film Festival: "Tsotsi" directed by Gavin Hood wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 18 57th Emmy Awards: Lost, Everybody Loves Raymond, James Spader & Patricia Arquette win
  • Sep 23 FBI killing of Filiberto Ojeda on Plan Bonito Hormigueros, Puerto Rico.
  • Sep 24 Hurricane Rita makes landfall in the United States, devastating Beaumont, Texas and portions of southwestern Louisiana.
  • Sep 27 Atlanta Braves clinch their 14th straight division title thanks to Philadelphia's loss to the New York Mets
  • Sep 29 Chicago White Sox clinch their first division title since 2000 and become just the 10th team in the history of baseball to be in first place on every day of the season
  • Sep 29 Amnesty referendum in Algeria.
  • Sep 30 The Parliament of Catalonia passes with 120 plus votes and 15 against, the Project of New Catalan Statute of Autonomy, proclaiming in its article 1, "Catalonia is a nation".
  • Sep 30 The controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
  • Oct 1 Bombing kills 23 people in Bali.
  • Oct 2 The Ethan Allen tour boat capsizes on Lake George in Upstate New York, killing twenty people
  • Oct 2 NFL plays first regular season game outside United States when the Arizona Cardinals defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 in Mexico City, Mexico

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Oct 5 Vampire novel "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer is first published by Little Brown

  • Oct 8 The Kashmir earthquake hits parts of northern South Asia at 03:50 UTC.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 10 Negotiations between the CDU/CSU and SPD in Germany conclude with the two parties agreeing to form a grand coalition with Angela Merkel as chancellor after both parties lost seats in the 2005 German federal election

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • Oct 12 The second Chinese human spaceflight Shenzhou 6 launched carrying Fèi Jùnlóng and Niè Hǎishèng for five days in orbit.
  • Oct 15 Iraqi constitution ratification vote
  • Oct 15 Riot in Toledo, Ohio breaks out during a National Socialist/Neo-Nazi protest; over 100 are arrested.
  • Oct 16 56th Formula One WDC: Fernando Alonso wins by 21 points
  • Oct 16 MLB American League Championship: Chicago White Sox beat Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 17 "The Colbert Report" hosted by Stephen Colbert first airs on US TV

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Oct 19 Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • Oct 19 Hurricane Wilma becomes the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record with a minimum pressure of 882 mb
  • Oct 19 MLB National League Championship: Houston Astros beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 21 52nd National Film Awards (India): "Page 3" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Oct 22 Tropical Storm Alpha forms in the Atlantic Basin, making the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record with 22 named storms.
  • Oct 26 Chicago White Sox defeat Houston Astros 4-0 in baseball's World Series championship, MVP: Jermaine Dye, Chicago
  • Oct 27 Riots begin in Paris after the deaths of two Muslim teenagers.
  • Oct 28 Plame affair: Lewis Libby, Vice-president Dick Cheney's chief of staff, is indicted in the Valerie Plame case. Libby resigns later that day.
  • Oct 29 29 October 2005 Delhi bombings kill more than 60.
  • Oct 30 The rebuilt Dresden Frauenkirche (destroyed in the firebombing of Dresden during World War II) is reconsecrated after a thirteen-year rebuilding project.
  • Nov 1 First part of the Gomery Report, which discusses allegations of political money manipulation, is released in Canada.
  • Nov 6 The Evansville Tornado of November 2005 kills 25 in Northwestern Kentucky and Southwestern Indiana.
  • Nov 6 The military junta of Myanmar (Burma) begins moving its government ministries from Yangon to Pyinmana.

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Nov 6 "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", the 4th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling, premieres in London. Goes on to become most successful film of the year, earning almost US$ 900 million.

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling
  • Nov 9 Suicide bombers attacked three hotels in Amman, Jordan, killing at least 60 people.
  • Nov 9 The Venus Express mission of the European Space Agency is launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
  • Nov 15 Boeing formally launches the stretched Boeing 747-8 variant with orders from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines.
  • Nov 15 39th Country Music Association Award: Keith Urban & Gretchen Wilson wins
  • Nov 17 Italy's choice of national anthem, Il Canto degli Italiani, becomes official in law for the first time, almost 60 years after it was provisionally chosen following the birth of the republic.
  • Nov 19 70th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 28-18 in Auburn
  • Nov 20 57th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tony Stewart wins
  • Nov 22 Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 22 32nd American Music Awards: Gwen Stefani, Will Smith & Kelly Clarkson win

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 23 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, elected president of Liberia, is the first woman to lead an African country.

Africa's First Elected Female Head of State Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Africa's First Elected Female Head of State
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

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Nov 24 Leader of the Opposition in the Canadian Parliament Stephen Harper, introduces a motion of no confidence. The motion is passed on November 28 leading to the dissolution of the 38th Canadian Parliament.

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • Nov 25 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
  • Nov 27 First partial human face transplant is completed for Isabelle Dinoire in Amiens, France.
  • Nov 27 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
  • Nov 27 93rd CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 38-35
  • Nov 29 The new Croatian Communist Party (KPH) is founded in Vukovar.
  • Nov 30 John Sentamu becomes the first black archbishop in the Church of England with his enthronement as the 97th Archbishop of York.

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Nov 30 The Boston Bruins trade captain Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks

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

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Dec 4 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
  • Dec 5 The Lake Tanganyika earthquake causes significant damage, mostly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Dec 5 The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there.
  • Dec 6 Several villagers are shot dead during protests in Dongzhou, China.
  • Dec 7 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.
  • Dec 7 U.S. debut of the second part of two-part TV biopic miniseries "Pope John Paul II" on CBS
  • Dec 8 Ante Gotovina, Croatian army general accused of war crimes, is captured in the Playa de las Américas, Tenerife by the Spanish police.

Film release premierFilm Release

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

  • Dec 10 71st Heisman Trophy Award: Reggie Bush, USC (RB) (Bush would later forfeit the trophy)
  • Dec 11 The Buncefield Oil Depot in Hemel Hempstead, England, is rocked by explosions, causing a huge oil fire.
  • Dec 11 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.
  • Dec 15 Latvia amends its constitution to eliminate possibility of same-sex couples being entitled to marry.
  • Dec 15 Argentina's president Néstor Kirchner announces the early repayment of its external debt to the IMF.
  • Dec 15 Introduction of the F-22 Raptor into USAF active service.
  • Dec 15 The 2005 Atlantic Power Outage began.
  • Dec 17 Anti-WTO protesters riot in Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • Dec 20 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.
  • Dec 20 The first same sex civil partnerships in Scotland are celebrated.
  • Dec 20 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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Dec 21 Joe Sakic is named captain of the 2006 Team Canada Olympic team

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

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 654

  • Apr 1 Jack Keller, American songwriter (b. 1936)
  • Apr 1 Robert Coldwell Wood, American educator (b. 1923)
  • Apr 1 Ioannis Kyrastas, Greek footballer and manager (b. 1952)

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Apr 2 Pope John Paul II, Polish Roman Catholic Pope, dies of heart failure at 84

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Apr 3 Tony Croatto, Italian singer (b. 1940)
  • Apr 3 Jef Eygel, Belgian basketball player (b. 1933)
  • Apr 4 Edward Bronfman, Canadian businessman (b. 1924)

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Apr 5 Saul Bellow, Canadian born writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)

Novelist Saul Bellow
Novelist
Saul Bellow
  • Apr 5 Dale Messick, American comic strip artist (b. 1906)
  • Apr 5 Debralee Scott, American actress (b. 1953)
  • Apr 5 John Sichel, British film and television director (b. 1937)
  • Apr 6 Rainier III, Prince of Monaco (1949-2005), dies at 81
  • Apr 7 Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer (b. 1922)
  • Apr 7 Bob Kennedy, American baseball player and manager (b. 1920)
  • Apr 7 Cliff Allison, British racing driver (b. 1932)
  • Apr 8 Eddie Miksis, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Apr 8 Onna White, Canadian choreographer (b. 1924)
  • Apr 10 Norbert Brainin, Austrian violinist (b. 1923)
  • Apr 10 Iakovos, Archbishop of America (b. 1911)
  • Apr 10 Al Lucas, American football player (b. 1978)
  • Apr 11 André François, French cartoonist (b. 1915)
  • Apr 11 Lucien Laurent, French footballer (b. 1907)
  • Apr 11 Maurice R. Hilleman, American Microbiologist who developed over 36 vaccines including measles, mumps, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox, meningitis, pneumonia, dies at 85
  • Apr 13 Don Blasingame, American baseball player (b. 1932)
  • Apr 13 Johnnie Johnson, American blues musician (b. 1924)
  • Apr 13 Johnny Loughrey, Irish singer (b. 1945)
  • Apr 13 Philippe Volter, Belgian actor (b. 1959)
  • Apr 15 John Fred, American singer (Judy in Disguise with Glasses), dies at 63
  • Apr 16 Kay Walsh, British actress (b. 1911)
  • Apr 16 Kim Mu-saeng, South Korean actor (b. 1943)
  • Apr 16 Marla Ruzicka, American humanitarian worker and peace activist (b. 1976)
  • Apr 18 Sam Mills, American football player (b. 1959)
  • Apr 19 Ruth Hussey, American actress (Another Thin Man), dies at 93
  • Apr 19 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish jazz bassist (b. 1946)
  • Apr 19 George Pan Cosmatos, Greek film director (b. 1941)
  • Apr 19 Clement Meadmore, Australian sculptor (b. 1929)
  • Apr 20 Fumio Niwa, Japanese novelist (b. 1904)
  • Apr 20 Zygfryd Blaut, Polish football player (b. 1943)
  • Apr 21 Gerry Marshall, British racing driver (b. 1941)
  • Apr 22 Norman Bird, UK character actor (b. 1920)
  • Apr 22 Robert Farnon, Canadian-born composer and conductor (b. 1917)
  • Apr 22 Erika Fuchs, German translator (b. 1906)
  • Apr 22 Philip Morrison, American physicist (b. 1915)
  • Apr 23 Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Premier of Queensland (b. 1911)
  • Apr 23 Al Grassby, Australian immigration minister (b. 1928)
  • Apr 23 John Mills, English actor (b. 1908)
  • Apr 23 Romano Scarpa, Italian-born comic artist (b. 1927)
  • Apr 23 Earl Wilson, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • Apr 24 Ezer Weizman, President of Israel (b. 1924)
  • Apr 24 Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist (b. 1910)
  • Apr 25 Swami Ranganathananda, Indian monk (b. 1908)
  • Apr 26 Mason Adams, American actor (b. 1919)
  • Apr 26 Maria Schell, Swiss-Austrian actress (b. 1926)
  • Apr 26 Augusto Roa Bastos, Paraguayan author (b. 1917)
  • Apr 28 Chris Candido, American wrestler (b. 1972)
  • Apr 28 Taraki Sivaram, Tamil journalist of Sri Lanka (b. 1959)
  • Apr 28 Percy Heath, American jazz bassist (Modern Jazz Quartet) (b. 1923)
  • Apr 29 William J. Bell, American television writer and producer (b. 1927)
  • Apr 29 Mariana Levy, Mexican actress, singer, and television show host (b. 1966)
  • Apr 30 Ron Todd, TGWU General Secretary (1985 - 1992) (b. 1927)
  • May 2 Kenneth B. Clark, American psychologist (b. 1914)
  • May 2 Wee Kim Wee, 4th President of Singapore (b. 1915)
  • May 4 David Hackworth, U.S. Army officer and military journalist (b. 1930)
  • May 7 Tristan Egolf, American writer (b. 1971)
  • May 7 Peter W. Rodino, American politician (b. 1909)
  • May 7 Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer (b. 1980)
  • May 8 Nicolás Vuyovich, Argentine racing driver (b. 1981)
  • May 9 Nasrat Parsa, Afghani singer (b. 1969)
  • May 10 David Wayne, American singer (Metal Church) (b. 1958)
  • May 11 Michalis Genitsaris, Greek rebetiko singer and composer (b. 1917)
  • May 12 Martin Lings, English Islamic scholar (b. 1909)
  • May 12 Monica Zetterlund, Swedish actress and singer (b. 1937)
  • May 13 George Dantzig, American mathematician (b. 1914)
  • May 13 Michael Ross, American serial killer (b. 1959)
  • May 13 Eddie Barclay, French record producer (b. 1921)
  • May 15 Alan B. Gold, Quebec Chief Justice (b. 1917)
  • May 17 Frank Gorshin, American actor (b. 1934)
  • May 19 Henry Corden, American actor and voice artist (b. 1921)
  • May 20 Paul Ricoeur, French philosopher (b. 1913)
  • May 20 William Seawell, United States Army Brigadier General (b. 1918)
  • May 21 Howard Morris, American comic actor and director (b. 1919)
  • May 22 Charilaos Florakis, Greek politician, long-time General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (b. 1914)
  • May 22 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and singer (b. 1914)
  • May 22 Julia Randall, American poet (b. 1924)
  • May 24 Carl Amery [Christian Anton Mayer], German writer, dies at 83
  • May 24 Arthur Haulot, Belgian journalist (b. 1913)
  • May 24 Vivian Liberto, first wife of Johnny Cash (b. 1934)
  • May 25 Sunil Dutt, Indian actor and politician (b. 1929)
  • May 25 Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (b. 1938)
  • May 25 Graham Kennedy, Australian television personality (b. 1934)
  • May 25 Ruth Laredo, American pianist (b. 1937)
  • May 25 Gregory Scott Johnson, American murderer (b. 1965)

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May 26 Eddie Albert, American actor (Roman Holiday), dies of pneumonia at 99

  • May 26 Chico Carrasquel, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1928)
  • May 29 George Rochberg, American composer (b. 1918)
  • May 30 Fazal Mahmood, Pakistani cricketer (b. 1927)
  • May 30 Tomasz Pacyński, Polish writer (b. 1958)

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Jun 1 George Mikan, American basketball player, dies at 80

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • Jun 2 Gunder Gundersen, Norwegian Nordic combined skier and sports official (b. 1930)
  • Jun 2 Samir Kassir, Lebanese journalist and teacher (b. 1950)