Historical Events in April 2005

  • Apr 2 James Stewart Jr. becomes first African American to win a major motor sports event.
  • Apr 4 67th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Illinois 75-70
  • Apr 5 24th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Baylor beats Michigan State 84-62
  • Apr 6 Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani becomes the Iraqi president; Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari is named premier the next day.
  • Apr 7 The Head of government of the Federal District, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, faces an impeachment process at the Mexican Congress.
  • Apr 9 158th Grand National: Ruby Walsh aboard Hedgehunter wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 10 69th Masters Golf Tournament: Tiger Woods wins, shooting a 276

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Tiger Woods
  • Apr 10 Cricket Women's World Cup: Australia defeats India by 98 runs
  • Apr 11 39th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson & Kenny Chesney wins
  • Apr 14 The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.
  • Apr 17 51st British Academy Television Awards: "Little Britain" Best Comedy, "Sex Traffic" Best Drama
  • Apr 18 109th Boston Marathon: Hailu Negussie of Ethiopia 1st man in 2:11:44 and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya 1st woman in 2:25:12

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Apr 19 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the Papal conclave.

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265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Apr 23 2005 NFL Draft: Alex Smith from University of Utah first pick from San Francisco 49ers
  • Apr 24 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
  • Apr 25 The final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937.
  • Apr 25 Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union.
  • Apr 25 107 die in Amagasaki rail crash in Japan.
  • Apr 26 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 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.