Historical Events in February 2005

  • Feb 1 Nepalese King Gyanendra exercises Coup d'├ętat to capture the democracy becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers.
  • Feb 1 Canada introduces the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage.
  • Feb 3 51st National Film Awards (India): "Shwaas" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Feb 6 Super Bowl XXXIX, the New England Patriots win 24-21 over the Philadelphia Eagles
  • Feb 6 Tony Blair, now the longest-serving Labour PM, marks 2,838 days as British Prime Minister
  • Feb 7 Britain's Ellen MacArthur becomes the fastest person to sail solo around the world
  • Feb 8 Israel and Palestinians agree to ceasefire.
  • Feb 8 Leaders of both Palestine and Israel declare a truce in what many hope will be a "new era of peace"

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Feb 10 His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales announces engagement to Camilla Parker Bowles

Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles
Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla Parker Bowles
His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles
  • Feb 10 55th Berlin International Film Festival: "U-Carmen" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 12 58th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Aviator" Best Film, Mike Leigh Best Director
  • Feb 13 47th Grammy Awards: Here We Go Again, Maroon 5 wins
  • Feb 13 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 38-27
  • Feb 14 Lebanon's former Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri, is assassinated, prompting the country to fall into chaos.
  • Feb 14 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 15 YouTube, the popular Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States.
  • Feb 16 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 16 The Kyoto Protocol comes into force following its ratification by Russia.

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Feb 16 The UK version of "The Apprentice" with British business magnate Alan Sugar premieres on the BBC

Computer Entrepreneur Alan Sugar
Computer Entrepreneur
Alan Sugar
  • Feb 20 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 20 54th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 125-115 at Denver
  • Feb 20 47th Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins (135.173 MPH)
  • Feb 22 19th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins

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Feb 23 Slovakia Summit 2005 begins, marking the first occasion when a sitting American President visits Slovakia; George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin are in attendance.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • Feb 23 Vote of the controversial French law on colonialism, repealed start of 2006.

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Feb 26 Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt, orders the constitution changed to allow multi-candidate presidential elections, asking Egyptian parliament to amend Article 76

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • Feb 26 25th Golden Raspberry Awards: Catwoman wins
  • Feb 27 77th Academy Awards: "Million Dollar Baby", Jamie Foxx & Hilary Swank win
  • Feb 28 Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, resigns amid large anti-Syria street demonstrations in Beirut.
  • Feb 28 A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.

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Feb 28 19th Soul Train Music Awards: Ice Cube, Usher & Ciara win

Singer Usher
Rapper Ice Cube
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