Historical Events in December 2005

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

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4th U.S. debut of the first part of two-part TV biopic miniseries "Pope John Paul II" on CBS

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

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

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