Events in History in 2005

  • Jan 5 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 6 Mississippi Civil Rights Workers Murders: Edgar Ray Killen is arrested as a suspect for the 1964 murders of three Civil Rights workers.
  • Jan 9 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.

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Jan 9 Elections are held to replace Yasser Arafat as head of the Palestine Liberation Organization. He is succeeded by Rawhi Fattouh.

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • Jan 10 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 12 Deep Impact (space mission) launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta 2 rocket.
  • Jan 14 Landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn's moon Titan.
  • Jan 15 ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
  • Jan 15 An intense solar flare blasts X-rays across the solar system.
  • Jan 16 At 66 years old, Romanian university lecturer Adriana Illiescu becomes the oldest birth mother in the world
  • Jan 18 The world's largest commercial jet, the Airbus A380, is unveiled in France
  • Jan 21 In Belmopan, Belize, the unrest over the government's new taxes erupts into riots.
  • Jan 25 A stampede at the Mandher Devi temple in Mandhradevi in India kills at least 258.

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Jan 26 Condoleezza Rice is sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State, becoming the first African American woman to hold the post.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
US Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice
  • Jan 26 Glendale train crash: Two trains derail killing 11 and injuring 200 in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles.
  • Jan 29 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.
  • Feb 1 Nepalese King Gyanendra exercises Coup d'état 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.

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Feb 6 Tony Blair, now the longest-serving Labour PM, marks 2,838 days as British Prime Minister

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair
  • 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 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 16 The Kyoto Protocol comes into force following its ratification by Russia.
  • 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 47th Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins (135.173 MPH)

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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 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.
  • Mar 3 Mayerthorpe Incident: James Roszko murders four Royal Canadian Mounted Police constables during a drug bust in Rochfort Bridge, Alberta, then commits suicide. Deadliest peace-time incident for the RCMP since 1885 North-West Rebellion.
  • Mar 3 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.
  • Mar 4 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 4 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 5 The Burkinabé Party for Democracy and Socialism holds its first National Convention.
  • Mar 7 Mass protest outside the National Assembly of Kuwait building for women's voting rights in Kuwait.
  • Mar 12 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 13 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.

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Mar 13 Bob Iger is named CEO of Walt Disney International, succeeding Michael Eisner

CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger
CEO of The Walt Disney Company
Bob Iger
  • Mar 14 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 16 Israel officially hands over Jericho to Palestinian control.
  • Mar 18 Terri Schiavo's feeding tube is removed at the request of her husband.
  • Mar 20 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 23 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 23 A major explosion at the Texas City Refinery kills 15 workers.
  • Mar 26 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 28 The 2005 Sumatran earthquake rocks Indonesia, and at magnitude 8.7 is the second strongest earthquake since 1960.
  • 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 14 The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.

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

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 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.
  • May 5 Tony Blair's Labour Party is re-elected for a third consecutive term in UK general election
  • May 8 The new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day.

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May 9 Liberal commentary website The Huffington Post is launched

Author and creator of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington
Author and creator of The Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington
  • May 10 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 13 The Andijan Massacre occurs in Uzbekistan.
  • May 14 Pope Benedict XVI observes his first beatification, elevating Blessed Marianne of Molokai on the road to canonization into sainthood.
  • May 14 Former USS America (CV-66), a decommissioned supercarrier of the US Navy, deliberately sunk in the Atlantic Ocean after four weeks of live-fire exercises. Largest ship ever to be disposed of as a target in a military exercise.
  • May 16 Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.
  • May 29 France resoundingly rejects the European Constitution.
  • May 31 Mark Felt, former FBI high ranking official revealed as "Deep Throat" source during Watergate investigations in "Vanity Fair" article
  • Jun 1 The Dutch referendum on the European Constitution results in its rejection.
  • Jun 1 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.

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Jun 3 '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 5 59th Tony Awards: Monty Python's Spamalot & Doubt win
  • Jun 6 The United States Supreme Court votes to ban medical marijuana in Gonzales v. Raich.
  • Jun 27 "Bad Day" single is released by Daniel Powter - 1st song to sell 2 million digital copies in US
  • Jun 27 AMD files broad antitrust complaints against Intel Corporation in U.S. Federal District Court, alleging abuse of monopoly powers and antitrust violations.
  • Jun 27 "Bad Day" single is released by Daniel Powter
  • Jun 27 “Bad Day” single released by Daniel Powter (Billboard Song of the Year 2006)
  • Jun 28 A final design for Manhattan's Freedom Tower is formally unveiled.
  • Jun 30 Spain legalizes same-sex marriage.
  • Jul 3 The national law legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect in Spain.
  • Jul 4 The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1.
  • Jul 7 Coordinated terrorist bomb blasts strike London's public transport system during the morning rush hour killing 52 and injuring 700
  • Jul 7 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.
  • Jul 10 Hurricane Dennis slams into the Florida Panhandle causing billions of dollars in damage.

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Jul 16 "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", the 6th book in the series by J. K. Rowling, is published worldwide. 9 million copies sell in 24 hrs

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling

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Jul 17 13th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Annika Sorenstam win

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong
  • Jul 20 Canada becomes the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, after the bill C-38 receives its Royal Assent.
  • Jul 21 Four terrorist bombers target London's public transportation system, exactly two weeks after the July 7 bombings. All four bombs fail to detonate leading to the capture of all the bombers.
  • Jul 22 Jean Charles de Menezes is killed by police as the hunt begins for the London Bombers. See 7 July 2005 London bombings and 21 July 2005 London bombings
  • Jul 23 Three bombs explode in the Naama Bay area of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, killing 88 people.
  • Jul 26 Space Shuttle program: STS-114 Mission - Launch of Discovery, NASA's first scheduled flight mission after the Columbia Disaster in 2003.
  • Jul 26 Mumbai, India receives 99.5cm of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours, bringing the city to a halt for over 2 days.
  • Jul 26 Samir Geagea, the Lebanese Forces (LF) leader, is released after spending 11 years in a solitary confinement. His release came after the end of the Syrian occupation to Lebanon.
  • Jul 27 STS-114: NASA grounds the Space shuttle, pending an investigation of the external tank's continued foam-shedding problem
  • Jul 28 The Provisional Irish Republican Army call an end to their thirty year long armed campaign in Northern Ireland
  • Jul 28 A tornado touches down in a residential area in south Birmingham, England, causing £4,000,000 worth of damages and injuring 39 people.
  • Jul 29 Astronomers announce their discovery of Eris.
  • Aug 2 MESSENGER spacecraft performs an Earth flyby
  • Aug 3 President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya of Mauritania is overthrown in a military coup while attending the funeral of King Fahd in Saudi Arabia.

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Aug 4 Prime Minister Paul Martin announces that Michaëlle Jean will be Canada's 27th and first black Governor General.

21st Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin
21st Prime Minister of Canada
Paul Martin
  • Aug 12 Sri Lanka's foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE (Tamil Tigers) sniper at his home.
  • Aug 12 An F2 tornado strikes the coal mining town of Wright, Wyoming, destroying nearly 100 homes and killing two people.
  • Aug 12 Civil unrest provoked in the Maldives
  • Aug 12 An F1 tornado strikes Glen Cove, New York, a rare event on Long Island
  • Aug 16 West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashes near Machiques, Venezuela, killing all 160 aboard.
  • Aug 17 The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.
  • Aug 18 Dennis Rader is sentenced to 175 years in prison for the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) serial killings in Sedgwick County, Kansas.
  • Aug 18 Massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people.
  • Aug 19 The first-ever joint military exercise between Russia and China, called Peace Mission 2005 begins
  • Aug 19 A series of strong storms lashes Southern Ontario spawning several tornadoes as well as creating extreme flash flooding within the city of Toronto and its surrounding communities. In Toronto, it is also dubbed as the Toronto Supercell.
  • Aug 23 Hurricane Katrina forms over the Bahamas, later becoming a category 5 hurricane
  • Aug 23 TANS Peru Flight 204 crashes near Pucallpa, Peru, killing 41.
  • Aug 29 Hurricane Katrina makes its 2nd landfall as a category 3 hurricane devastating much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida Panhandle. Kills more than 1,836, causes over $115 billion in damage.
  • Aug 31 A stampede on Al-Aaimmah bridge in Baghdad kills 1,199 people.
  • Sep 1 Seven members and former members of the AFL-CIO form a new trade union organization, the Change to Win Federation.
  • Sep 5 Mandala Airlines Flight 091 crashes into a heavily-populated residential of Sumatra, Indonesia, killing 104 people on board and at least 39 persons on ground.
  • Sep 7 First presidential election was held in Egypt.
  • Sep 8 Two EMERCOM Il-76 aircraft land at a disaster aid staging area at Little Rock Air Force Base; the first time Russia has flown such a mission to North America.
  • Sep 11 The State of Israel completes its unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip.
  • Sep 12 The red-green coalition, led by Jens Stoltenberg, wins the Norwegian parliamentary election, taking 87 of 169 seats in the parliament.
  • Sep 12 Israel completes its withdrawal of all troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip.
  • Sep 12 The bodies of more than 40 patients discovered in a flooded hospital in New Orleans.
  • Sep 12 Hong Kong Disneyland opens in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
  • Sep 16 Camorra boss Paolo Di Lauro is arrested in Naples.
  • Sep 17 30th Toronto International Film Festival: "Tsotsi" directed by Gavin Hood wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 23 FBI killing of Filiberto Ojeda on Plan Bonito Hormigueros, Puerto Rico.
  • Sep 24 Hurricane Rita makes landfall in the United States, devastating Beaumont, Texas and portions of southwestern Louisiana.
  • Sep 29 Amnesty referendum in Algeria.
  • Sep 30 The Parliament of Catalonia passes with 120 plus votes and 15 against, the Project of New Catalan Statute of Autonomy, proclaiming in its article 1, "Catalonia is a nation".
  • Sep 30 The controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
  • Oct 1 Bombing kills 23 people in Bali.
  • Oct 2 The Ethan Allen tour boat capsizes on Lake George in Upstate New York, killing twenty people
  • Oct 4 "All the Right Reasons", fifth studio album by Nickelback, is released

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Oct 5 Vampire novel "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer is first published by Little Brown

  • Oct 8 The Kashmir earthquake hits parts of northern South Asia at 03:50 UTC.

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Oct 10 Negotiations between the CDU/CSU and SPD in Germany conclude with the two parties agreeing to form a grand coalition with Angela Merkel as chancellor after both parties lost seats in the 2005 German federal election

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • Oct 12 The second Chinese human spaceflight Shenzhou 6 launched carrying Fèi Jùnlóng and Niè Hǎishèng for five days in orbit.
  • Oct 15 Iraqi constitution ratification vote
  • Oct 15 Riot in Toledo, Ohio breaks out during a National Socialist/Neo-Nazi protest; over 100 are arrested.
  • Oct 17 "The Colbert Report" hosted by Stephen Colbert first airs on US TV

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Oct 19 Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • Oct 19 Hurricane Wilma becomes the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record with a minimum pressure of 882 mb
  • Oct 22 Tropical Storm Alpha forms in the Atlantic Basin, making the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record with 22 named storms.
  • Oct 27 Riots begin in Paris after the deaths of two Muslim teenagers.
  • Oct 28 Plame affair: Lewis Libby, Vice-president Dick Cheney's chief of staff, is indicted in the Valerie Plame case. Libby resigns later that day.
  • Oct 29 29 October 2005 Delhi bombings kill more than 60.
  • Oct 30 The rebuilt Dresden Frauenkirche (destroyed in the firebombing of Dresden during World War II) is reconsecrated after a thirteen-year rebuilding project.
  • Nov 1 First part of the Gomery Report, which discusses allegations of political money manipulation, is released in Canada.
  • Nov 6 The Evansville Tornado of November 2005 kills 25 in Northwestern Kentucky and Southwestern Indiana.
  • Nov 6 The military junta of Myanmar (Burma) begins moving its government ministries from Yangon to Pyinmana.
  • Nov 9 Suicide bombers attacked three hotels in Amman, Jordan, killing at least 60 people.
  • Nov 9 The Venus Express mission of the European Space Agency is launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
  • Nov 15 Boeing formally launches the stretched Boeing 747-8 variant with orders from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines
  • Nov 17 Italy's choice of national anthem, Il Canto degli Italiani, becomes official in law for the first time, almost 60 years after it was provisionally chosen following the birth of the republic.
  • Nov 22 Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany

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Nov 23 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is elected president of Liberia, the first woman to lead an African country

Africa's First Elected Female Head of State Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Africa's First Elected Female Head of State
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

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Nov 24 Leader of the Opposition in the Canadian Parliament Stephen Harper, introduces a motion of no confidence. The motion is passed on November 28 leading to the dissolution of the 38th Canadian Parliament.

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • Nov 25 Polish Minister of National Defence Radek Sikorski opens Warsaw Pact archives to historians. Maps of possible nuclear strikes against Western Europe, including nuclear annihilation of 43 Polish cities by Soviet-controlled forces revealed
  • Nov 27 First partial human face transplant is completed for Isabelle Dinoire in Amiens, France.
  • Nov 27 President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, in power since 1967 and the longest-serving head of state in the world, is re-elected to his third consecutive seven-year term
  • Nov 29 The new Croatian Communist Party (KPH) is founded in Vukovar.
  • Nov 30 John Sentamu becomes the first black archbishop in the Church of England with his enthronement as the 97th Archbishop of York.
  • Dec 2 Van Tuong Nguyen is executed in Singapore for drug trafficking.
  • Dec 3 XCOR Aerospace makes first manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave, California.
  • Dec 4 Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protest for democracy and call on the Government to allow universal and equal suffrage.
  • Dec 5 The Lake Tanganyika earthquake causes significant damage, mostly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Dec 5 The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there.
  • Dec 6 Several villagers are shot dead during protests in Dongzhou, China
  • Dec 7 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.
  • Dec 8 Ante Gotovina, Croatian army general accused of war crimes, is captured in the Playa de las Américas, Tenerife by the Spanish police.
  • Dec 11 The Buncefield Oil Depot in Hemel Hempstead, England, is rocked by explosions, causing a huge oil fire.
  • Dec 11 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.
  • Dec 15 Latvia amends its constitution to eliminate possibility of same-sex couples being entitled to marry.
  • Dec 15 Argentina's president Néstor Kirchner announces the early repayment of its external debt to the IMF.
  • Dec 15 Introduction of the F-22 Raptor into USAF active service.
  • Dec 15 The 2005 Atlantic Power Outage began.
  • Dec 17 Anti-WTO protesters riot in Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • Dec 20 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.
  • Dec 20 The first same sex civil partnerships in Scotland are celebrated
  • Dec 20 New York City's Transport Workers Union Local 100 goes on strike over pension and wage increases, shutting down all subway and bus services for three days
  • Dec 20 "The Breakthrough" 7th studio album by Mary J. Bilge is released
  • Dec 23 Azerbaijan Airlines Flight 217 from Baku, Azerbaijan, to Aktau, Kazakhstan crashes shortly after takeoff killing 23 people.
  • Dec 23 Chad declares a state of war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adré, which left about 100 people dead.
  • Dec 26 Boxing Day shooting on a busy shopping street in Toronto.
  • Dec 28 A U.S. immigration judge orders John Demjanjuk deported to Ukraine for crimes against humanity committed during World War II.
  • Dec 30 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