Historical Events for Year 2005

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Events 1 - 150 of 291

Jan 1st - 91st Rose Bowl: #6 Texas beats #13 Michigan, 38-37
Jan 1st - 34th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Utah beats #19 Pittsburgh, 35-7
Jan 3rd - Craig Ferguson becomes the host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS
Jan 3rd - 71st Sugar Bowl: #3 Auburn beats #8 Virginia Tech, 16-13
Jan 4th - 7th BCS National Championship: #1 Southern California beats #2 Oklahoma, 55-19, at 71st Orange Bowl (USC would later vacate Championship)
Jan 5th - Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system, is discovered by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz using images originally taken on October 21, 2003, at the Palomar Observatory.
Jan 6th - Mississippi Civil Rights Workers Murders: Edgar Ray Killen is arrested as a suspect for the 1964 murders of three Civil Rights workers.
Jan 9th - The signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, commonly known as the Naivasha Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement rebel group in Naivasha, Kenya.
Jan 9th - Elections are held to replace Yasser Arafat as head of the Palestine Liberation Organization. He is succeeded by Rawhi Fattouh.
Jan 9th - 31st People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Julia Roberts win (Motion Picture) and Matt LeBlanc & Marg Helgenberger win (TV)
Actor Johnny DeppActor Johnny Depp Jan 10th - A mudslide occurs in La Conchita, California, killing 10 people, injuring many more and closing the Highway 101, the main coastal corridor between San Francisco and Los Angeles, for 10 days.
Jan 10th - 10th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Sideways wins Best Film
Jan 12th - Deep Impact (space mission) launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta 2 rocket.
Jan 14th - Landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn's moon Titan.
Jan 15th - ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
Jan 15th - An intense solar flare blasts X-rays across the solar system.
Jan 16th - 62nd Golden Globes: The Aviator, Leonardo DiCaprio, & Hilary Swank win
Jan 21st - In Belmopan, Belize, the unrest over the government's new taxes erupts into riots.
Actor David KrumholtzActor David Krumholtz Jan 23rd - "Numbers", starring Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz, debuts on CBS
Jan 23rd - AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers 41-27
Jan 23rd - NFC Championship Game: Philadelphia Eagles beat Atlanta Falcons 27-10
Jan 25th - A stampede at the Mandher Devi temple in Mandhradevi in India kills at least 258.
Jan 26th - Condoleezza Rice is sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State, becoming the first African American woman to hold the post.
Jan 26th - Glendale train crash: Two trains derail killing 11 and injuring 200 in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles.
Jan 29th - The first direct commercial flights from the mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines carrier landed in Beijing.
Jan 30th - 93rd Men's Australian Open: Marat Safin beats Lleyton Hewitt (1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4)
Tennis Player Serena WilliamsTennis Player Serena Williams Jan 30th - 93rd Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams beats Lindsay Davenport (2-6, 6-3, 6-0)
Jan 30th - 21st Sundance Film Festival: "Forty Shades of Blue", directed by Ira Sachs, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
Feb 1st - Nepal King Gyanendra exercises Coup d'état to capture the democracy becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers.
Feb 1st - Canada introduces the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage.
Feb 3rd - 51st National Film Awards (India): "Shwaas" wins the Golden Lotus
Feb 6th - Super Bowl XXXIX, the New England Patriots win 24-21 over the Philadelphia Eagles
Feb 6th - Tony Blair, now the longest-serving Labour PM, marks 2,838 days as British Prime Minister
Feb 7th - Britain's Ellen MacArthur becomes the fastest person to sail solo around the world
Feb 8th - Israel and Palestinians agree to ceasefire.
Feb 8th - Leaders of both Palestine and Israel declare a truce in what many hope will be a "new era of peace"
Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker BowlesDuchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles Feb 10th - His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales announces engagement to Camilla Parker Bowles
Feb 10th - 55th Berlin International Film Festival: "U-Carmen" wins the Golden Bear
Feb 12th - 58th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Aviator" Best Film, Mike Leigh Best Director
Feb 13th - 47th Grammy Awards: Here We Go Again, Maroon 5 wins
Feb 13th - NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 38-27
Feb 14th - Lebanon's former Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri, is assassinated, prompting the country to fall into chaos.
Feb 14th - Seven people are killed and 151 wounded in a series of bombings by suspected Al-Qaeda-linked militants that hit the Philippines' Makati financial district in Metro Manila, Davao City, and General Santos City.
Feb 15th - YouTube, the popular Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States.
Feb 16th - 2004-05 NHL season is canceled by league commissioner Gary Bettman. This was the first time that a North American professional sports league had to cancel a season due to a labor dispute
Feb 16th - The Kyoto Protocol comes into force following its ratification by Russia.
Computer Entrepreneur Alan SugarComputer Entrepreneur Alan Sugar Feb 16th - The UK version of "The Apprentice" with British business magnate Alan Sugar premieres on the BBC
Feb 20th - Spain becomes the first country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout.
Feb 20th - 54th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 125-115 at Denver
Feb 20th - 47th Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins (135.173 MPH)
Feb 22nd - 19th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins
Feb 23rd - Slovakia Summit 2005 begins, marking the first occasion when a sitting American President visits Slovakia; George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin are in attendance.
Feb 23rd - Vote of the controversial French law on colonialism, repealed start of 2006.
Feb 26th - Hosni Mubarak the president of Egypt orders the constitution changed to allow multi-candidate presidential elections before September 2005 by asking Egyptian parliament to amend Article 76 of the constitution.
Egyptian President Hosni MubarakEgyptian President Hosni Mubarak Feb 26th - 25th Golden Raspberry Awards: Catwoman wins
Feb 27th - 77th Academy Awards - "Million Dollar Baby", Jamie Foxx & Hilary Swank win
Feb 28th - Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, resigns amid large anti-Syria street demonstrations in Beirut.
Feb 28th - A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.
Feb 28th - 19th Soul Train Music Awards: Ice Cube, Usher & Ciara win
Mar 3rd - Mayerthorpe Incident: James Roszko murders four Royal Canadian Mounted Police constables during a drug bust at his property in Rochfort Bridge, Alberta, then commits suicide. It is the deadliest peace-time incident for the RCMP since 1885 and the North-West Rebellion.
Mar 3rd - Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly an airplane around the world solo without any stops without refueling - a journey of 40,234 km/25,000 mi completed in 67 hours and 2 minutes.
Singer UsherSinger Usher Mar 4th - The car of released Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena is fired on by US soldiers in Iraq, causing the death of an Italian Secret Service Agent and injuring two passengers.
Mar 4th - United Nations warns that about 90 million Africans could be infected by HIV in the future without further action against the spread of the disease.
Mar 5th - The Burkinabé Party for Democracy and Socialism holds its first National Convention.
Mar 7th - Mass protest outside the National Assembly of Kuwait building for women's voting rights in Kuwait.
Mar 12th - Tung Chee Hwa, the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong, steps down from his post after his resignation is approved by the Chinese central government.
Mar 12th - 26th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats West Virginia, 68-59
Mar 13th - Terry Ratzmann shoots and kills six members of the Living Church of God and the minister at Sheraton Inn in Brookfield, Wisconsin before killing himself.
Mar 13th - 52nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #3 Duke beats Georgia Tech, 69-64
Mar 13th - 46th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats Kentucky, 70-53
Mar 14th - Cedar Revolution, where over one and a million Lebanese went into the streets of Beirut to demonstrate against the Syrian military presence in Lebanon, and against the government, following the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Mar 16th - Israel officially hands over Jericho to Palestinian control.
Mar 18th - Terri Schiavo's feeding tube is removed at the request of her husband.
Mar 20th - A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits Fukuoka, Japan, its first major quake in over 100 years. One person is killed, hundreds are injured and evacuated.
Mar 23rd - The United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, refuses to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.
Mar 23rd - A major explosion at the Texas City Refinery kills 15 workers.
Mar 25th - 36th NAACP Image Awards: "Ray" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
Mar 26th - The Taiwanese government calls on 1 million Taiwanese to demonstrate in Taipei, in opposition to the Anti-Secession Law of the People's Republic of China. Around 200,000 to 300,000 attend the walk.
Mar 28th - The 2005 Sumatran earthquake rocks Indonesia, and at magnitude 8.7 is the second strongest earthquake since 1960.
Apr 2nd - James Stewart Jr. becomes first African American to win a major motor sports event.
Apr 4th - 67th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Illinois 75-70
Apr 5th - 24th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Baylor beats Michigan State 84-62
Apr 6th - Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani becomes the Iraqi president; Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari is named premier the next day.
Apr 7th - The Head of government of the Federal District, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, faces an impeachment process at the Mexican Congress.
Apr 9th - 158th Grand National: Ruby Walsh aboard Hedgehunter wins
Golfer Tiger WoodsGolfer Tiger Woods Apr 10th - 69th Masters Golf Tournament: Tiger Woods wins, shooting a 276
Apr 10th - Cricket Women's World Cup: Australia defeats India by 98 runs
Apr 11th - 39th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson & Kenny Chesney wins
Apr 14th - The U.S. Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.
Apr 17th - 51st British Academy Television Awards: "Little Britain" Best Comedy, "Sex Traffic" Best Drama
Apr 18th - 109th Boston Marathon: Hailu Negussie of Ethiopia 1st man in 2:11:44 and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya 1st woman in 2:25:12
Apr 19th - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the Papal conclave.
Apr 23rd - 2005 NFL Draft: Alex Smith from University of Utah first pick from San Francisco 49ers
265th Pope  Benedict XVI265th Pope Benedict XVI Apr 24th - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
Apr 25th - The final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937.
Apr 25th - Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union.
Apr 25th - 107 die in Amagasaki rail crash in Japan.
Apr 26th - Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country.
Apr 27th - The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France.
Apr 28th - The Patent Law Treaty goes into effect.
Apr 29th - Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation.
Apr 29th - New Zealand's first civil union takes place.
May 5th - The United Kingdom general election takes place, in which Tony Blair's Labour Party is re-elected for a third consecutive term.
May 7th - 131st Kentucky Derby: Mike Smith aboard Giacomo wins in 2:02.75
May 8th - The new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day.
Author and creator of The Huffington Post Arianna HuffingtonAuthor and creator of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington May 9th - Liberal commentary website The Huffington Post is launched
May 10th - 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.
May 13th - The Andijan Massacre occurs in Uzbekistan.
May 14th - Pope Benedict XVI observes his first beatification, elevating Blessed Marianne of Molokai on the road to canonization into sainthood.
May 14th - 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.
May 15th - 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 16th - Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.
Actor Ewan McGregorActor Ewan McGregor May 17th - 40th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson & Keith Urban win
May 21st - 130th Preakness: Jeremy Rose aboard Afleet Alex wins in 1:55.04
May 21st - 50th Eurovision Song Contest: Helena Paparizou for Greece wins singing "My Number One" in Kiev
May 22nd - 58th Cannes Film Festival: "The Child" directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne wins the Palme d'Or
May 25th - 13th UEFA Champions League Final: Liverpool beats Milan (3-3, 3-2 on penalties)
May 29th - France resoundingly rejects the European Constitution.
May 29th - Indianapolis 500: Dan Wheldon wins in 3:10:21.0769 (253.637 km/h)
May 31st - Mark Felt, former FBI high ranking official revealed as "Deep Throat" source during Watergate investigations in "Vanity Fair" article
Jun 1st - The Dutch referendum on the European Constitution results in its rejection.
Jun 1st - 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.
Author Alexandre DumasAuthor Alexandre Dumas Jun 3rd - '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 5th - 59th Tony Awards: Monty Python's Spamalot & Doubt win
Jun 5th - 104th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Mariano Puerta (6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5)
Jun 5th - 104th Women's French Open: Justine Henin-Hardenne beats Mary Pierce (6-1, 6-1)
Jun 6th - The United States Supreme Court votes to ban medical marijuana in Gonzales v. Raich.
Jun 11th - 137th Belmont: Jeremy Rose aboard Afleet Alex wins in 2:28.75
Jun 12th - 51st LPGA Championship won by Annika Sörenstam
Jun 13th - 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 JacksonKing of Pop Michael Jackson Jun 14th - Asafa Powell of Jamaica sets a new Men's 100 meters world record of 9.77 at the Athens Olympic Stadium
Jun 15th - "Batman Begins", directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale and Michael Caine first goes on wide release
Jun 19th - Michael Schumacher wins controversial Formula 1 United States Grand Prix where only 6 of 20 cars complete the race amongst ridicule
Jun 19th - 105th US Golf Open: Michael Campbell shoots a 280 at Pinehurst GR NC
Jun 23rd - San Antonio Spurs beat Detroit Pistons 4-3 in NBA finals MVP: Tim Duncan (his third), San Antonio
Jun 23rd - 59th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Detroit Pistons, 4 games to 3
Jun 27th - AMD files broad antitrust complaints against Intel Corporation in U.S. Federal District Court, alleging abuse of monopoly powers and antitrust violations.
NBA Power Forward Tim DuncanNBA Power Forward Tim Duncan Jun 28th - A final design for Manhattan's Freedom Tower is formally unveiled.
Jun 30th - Spain legalizes same-sex marriage.
Jul 2nd - South African tennis player Wesley Moodie and Australian Stephen Huss win the Wimbledon Men's double title
Jul 3rd - The national law legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect in Spain.
Jul 3rd - 112th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Lindsay Davenport (4-6 7-6 9-7)
Jul 3rd - 119th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick (6-2 7-6 6-4)
Jul 4th - The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1.
Jul 7th - Coordinated terrorist bomb blasts strike London's public transport system during the morning rush hour killing 52 and injuring 700
Jul 7th - 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.
Tennis Player Roger FedererTennis Player Roger Federer Jul 10th - Hurricane Dennis slams into the Florida Panhandle causing billions of dollars in damage.
Jul 12th - 76th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Comerica Park, Detroit
Jul 14th - 38th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
Jul 15th - After declining an offer to remain with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Mike Babcock is named head coach of the Detroit Red Wings

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