What Happened in 2005 (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 291 of 291

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

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

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Sep 16th Camorra boss Paolo Di Lauro is arrested in Naples.
  • Sep 17th 30th Toronto International Film Festival: "Tsotsi" directed by Gavin Hood wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 18th 57th Emmy Awards: Lost, Everybody Loves Raymond, James Spader & Patricia Arquette win
  • Sep 23rd FBI killing of Filiberto Ojeda on Plan Bonito Hormigueros, Puerto Rico.
  • Sep 24th Hurricane Rita makes landfall in the United States, devastating Beaumont, Texas and portions of southwestern Louisiana.
  • Sep 27th Atlanta Braves clinch their 14th straight division title thanks to Philadelphia's loss to the New York Mets
  • Sep 29th 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 29th Amnesty referendum in Algeria.
  • Sep 30th 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 30th The controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
  • Oct 1st Bombing kills 23 people in Bali.
  • Oct 2nd The Ethan Allen tour boat capsizes on Lake George in Upstate New York, killing twenty people
  • Oct 2nd 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 5th Vampire novel "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer is first published by Little Brown

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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 10th 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 12th The second Chinese human spaceflight Shenzhou 6 launched carrying Fèi Jùnlóng and Niè Hǎishèng for five days in orbit.
  • Oct 15th Iraqi constitution ratification vote
  • Oct 15th Riot in Toledo, Ohio breaks out during a National Socialist/Neo-Nazi protest; over 100 are arrested.
  • Oct 16th 56th Formula One WDC: Fernando Alonso wins by 21 points
  • Oct 16th MLB American League Championship: Chicago White Sox beat Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 17th "The Colbert Report", hosted by Stephen Colbert first airs on US TV

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

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

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Nov 6th "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
J. K. Rowling
  • Nov 9th Suicide bombers attacked three hotels in Amman, Jordan, killing at least 60 people.
  • Nov 9th The Venus Express mission of the European Space Agency is launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
  • Nov 15th Boeing formally launches the stretched Boeing 747-8 variant with orders from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines.
  • Nov 15th 39th Country Music Association Award: Keith Urban & Gretchen Wilson wins
  • Nov 17th 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 19th 70th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 28-18 in Auburn
  • Nov 20th 57th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tony Stewart wins
  • Nov 22nd Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 23rd 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 24th 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 25th Polish Minister of National Defence Radek Sikorski opens Warsaw Pact archives to historians. Maps of possible nuclear strikes against Western Europe, as well as the possible nuclear annihilation of 43 Polish cities and 2 million of its citizens by Soviet-controlled forces, are released.
  • Nov 27th First partial human face transplant is completed for Isabelle Dinoire in Amiens, France.
  • Nov 27th President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, in power since 1967 and the longest-serving head of state in the world, was re-elected to his third consecutive seven-year term.
  • Nov 27th 93rd CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 38-35
  • Nov 29th The new Croatian Communist Party (KPH) is founded in Vukovar.
  • Nov 30th 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 30th The Boston Bruins trade captain Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks

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

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Dec 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
  • Dec 5th The Lake Tanganyika earthquake causes significant damage, mostly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Dec 5th The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there.
  • Dec 6th Several villagers are shot dead during protests in Dongzhou, China.
  • Dec 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.
  • Dec 7th U.S. debut of the second part of two-part TV biopic miniseries "Pope John Paul II" on CBS
  • Dec 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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Dec 9th "Brokeback Mountain", starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, is released

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

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

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 653

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

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Apr 2nd 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 3rd Tony Croatto, Italian singer (b. 1940)
  • Apr 3rd Jef Eygel, Belgian basketball player (b. 1933)
  • Apr 4th Edward Bronfman, Canadian businessman (b. 1924)

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

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

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

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

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

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • Jun 2nd Gunder Gundersen, Norwegian Nordic combined skier and sports official (b. 1930)
  • Jun 2nd Samir Kassir, Lebanese journalist and teacher (b. 1950)
  • Jun 2nd Melita Norwood, British spy (b. 1912)