Historical Events in April 2005

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

Sport awardGolf Major

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

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • 10th Cricket Women's World Cup: Australia defeats India by 98 runs
  • 11th 39th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson & Kenny Chesney wins
  • 14th The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.
  • 17th 51st British Academy Television Awards: "Little Britain" Best Comedy, "Sex Traffic" Best Drama
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 23rd 2005 NFL Draft: Alex Smith from University of Utah first pick from San Francisco 49ers
  • 24th Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
  • 25th The final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937.
  • 25th Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union.
  • 25th 107 die in Amagasaki rail crash in Japan.
  • 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.
  • 27th The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France
  • 28th The Patent Law Treaty goes into effect.
  • 29th Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation.
  • 29th New Zealand's first civil union takes place.