On This Day

What Happened in October 2005

Historical Events

  • 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 2 NFL plays first regular season game outside the United States when the Arizona Cardinals defeat the San Francisco 49ers, 31-14 in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Oct 4 "All the Right Reasons", fifth studio album by Nickelback, is released
  • Oct 4 Palace of the Arts - the world's tallest opera house and last major structure of the City of Arts and Science's complex, designed by Santiago Calatrava, opens in Valencia [1]

Historic Publication

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

  • Oct 5 NHL opens regular season after 10-month lockout of entire 2004-05 season; Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson & Dany Heatley first players to score winning goals in a shoot out in NHL history; both score v Toronto goalie Ed Belfour in 3-2 OT victory

Sports History

Oct 5 NHL great Wayne Gretzky makes his coaching debut for the Phoenix Coyotes in 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena

  • Oct 8 The Kashmir earthquake hits parts of northern South Asia at 03:50 UTC.
  • Oct 8 NHL great Wayne Gretzky gets his first win as a coach as the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 at Jobing.com Arena, Phoenix

Election of Interest

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

  • Oct 12 The second Chinese human spaceflight Shenzhou 6 launched carrying Fèi Jùnlóng and Niè Hǎishèng for five days in orbit.

Nobel Prize

Oct 13 English playwright Harold Pinter is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

  • 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

Sports History

Oct 16 Renault driver Fernando Alonso wins season-ending Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit; first Spanish Formula 1 World Drivers champion; wins by 21 points from Kimi Räikkönen

  • Oct 16 MLB American League Championship: Chicago White Sox beat Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4 games to 1

Television Premiere

Oct 17 "The Colbert Report" hosted by Stephen Colbert first airs on US TV

Historic Event

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

  • Oct 19 Hurricane Wilma becomes the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record with a minimum pressure of 882 mb
  • Oct 19 MLB National League Championship: Houston Astros beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 21 52nd National Film Awards (India): "Page 3" wins the Golden Lotus
  • 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 25 Then longest Baseball World Series game in time (5 hours, 41 mins) and tied longest in innings (14, tied with Game 2, 1916 WS and Game 1, 2015 WS); Chicago White Sox beat Houston Astros, 7-5 game 3 at Minute Maid Park, Houston
  • Oct 26 Baseball World Series: Chicago beats Houston, 1-0 in Game 4 at Minute Maid Park to sweep Astros and win White Sox first title in 88 years; MVP: Chicago outfielder Jermaine Dye
  • 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 29 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Belmont Park; winners: Saint Liam, Stevie Wonderboy, Pleasant Home, Shirocco, Intercontinental, Folklore, Artie Schiller, Silver Train
  • Oct 30 The rebuilt Dresden Frauenkirche (destroyed in the firebombing of Dresden during World War II) is reconsecrated after a thirteen-year rebuilding project.

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 4 Prince Emmanuel of Belgium
  • Oct 15 Prince Christian of Denmark, Danish son of f Crown Prince Frederik, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Oct 31 Infanta Leonor of Spain, daughter of Felipe, King of Asturias and Letizia, Queen of Asturias, born in Madrid, Spain

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 2 Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's daughter Evhenya Tymoshenko weds "Death Valley Screamers" musician Sean Carr at 11th century Vydubychi Monastery in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Oct 8 Actress Melissa McCarthy (34) weds "Joey" actor Ben Falcone (32) at the Oviatt Penthouse in Los Angeles
  • Oct 9 "The O.C." writer and talk show host Regis Philbin's daughter Jennifer Joy Philbin (31) weds NBC comedy series "The Office" writer Michael Schur (32) at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York City
  • Oct 9 "Savage Garden" musician Daniel Jones (32) weds "Hi-5" member Kathleen De León (28) at Avica Weddings and Resort on the Gold Coast in Queensland

Giorgio Armani

Oct 9 Italian pop singer Alexia (38) weds Giorgio Armani's nephew Andrea Camerana at Church of San Martino in Piacenza, Italy

  • Oct 20 Prince Floris of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (30) weds Aimee Sohngen (28) in a civil ceremony at the Stadhuis in Naarden, Netherlands
  • Oct 22 "Extra" reporter Carlos Diaz weds Adrienne Allen at Union Station's Grand Hall in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Oct 22 German film and television actress Uschi Glas (61) weds Dieter Hermann in Munich Palace
  • Oct 22 Austria's finance minister Karl-Heinz Grasser (36) weds Fiona Swarovski in Weissenkirchen, Austria
  • Oct 22 Prince Floris of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (30) weds Aimee Sohngen (28) again, this time in a church ceremony at the Grote Kerk in Naarden, Netherlands
  • Oct 27 Grand Prix motorcycle road racer Fonsi Nieto (27) weds model Ariadne Artiles at Iglesia de San Miguel in Ibiza

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Bert Eriksson, Flemish neo-Nazi, dies at 74
  • Oct 2 Nipsey Russell, American comedian (Car 54, Where Are You?), dies at 87

August Wilson

Oct 2 August Wilson, American playwright (Fences, Pulitzer 1987), dies at 60

  • Oct 2 Hamilton Camp, English-American actor (Andrew-He & She, Meatballs 2), dies at 70
  • Oct 3 Ronnie Barker, English comedian (The Two Ronnies, Porridge), dies at 76
  • Oct 3 Adrian Ratiu, Romanian composer, dies at 77
  • Oct 4 Stanley K. Hathaway, American politician (27th Governor of Wyoming), dies at 81
  • Oct 4 Michael "Mike" Gibbins, Welsh musician (Badfinger), dies from a brain aneurysm at 56
  • Oct 6 Warren Frank Benson, American composer (The Leaves Are Falling), and educator (Eastman School, 1967-1993), dies at 81
  • Oct 7 Doug Young, American national and world powerlifting champion, dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Oct 7 Charles Rocket, American actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live), dies at 56
  • Oct 9 Louis Nye, American comedian and actor (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Steve Allen Plymouth Show), dies of lung cancer at 92
  • Oct 9 Tom Cheek, American sportscaster (Voice of the Toronto Blue Jays), dies at 66
  • Oct 10 Wayne Booth, American literary critic (b. 1921)
  • Oct 10 Milton Obote, President of Uganda (b. 1925)
  • Oct 11 Edward Szczepanik, Polish economist and Prime Minister in exile (b. 1915)
  • Oct 11 Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, Pakistani Urdu linguist and writer, dies at 88
  • Oct 12 C. Delores Tucker, American politician and civil rights activist (b. 1927)
  • Oct 13 Vivian Malone Jones, American civil rights activist (b. 1942)
  • Oct 14 Jody Dobrowski, English murder victim (b. 1981)
  • Oct 15 Jason Collier, American basketball player, dies of an enlarged heart at 28
  • Oct 15 Matti Wuori, Finnish politician, dies of cancer at 60
  • Oct 16 "Len" Dresslar, American singer and voice actor (b. 1925)
  • Oct 16 Eugene "Porky" Lee, American child actor (Little Rascals), dies at 71
  • Oct 16 David Reilly, American singer ("God Lives Underwater"), dies at 34
  • Oct 16 Ursula Howells, British actress (Hard Times, Girly, Murder is Announced), dies at 83
  • Oct 17 Ba Jin, Chinese writer (b. 1904)
  • Oct 17 Franky Gee, European techno artist (b. 1962)
  • Oct 18 John Hollis, British actor (b. 1931)
  • Oct 18 Bill King, American sports broadcaster (b. 1927)
  • Oct 18 Johnny Haynes, English soccer forward (56 caps; Fulham 594 games), dies of a brain haemorrhage at 71
  • Oct 19 Dallas Cook, American ska-funk trombonist (Suburban Legends), killed in a motorcycle accident at 23
  • Oct 19 Corinne Lévesque, wife of Quebec premier René Lévesque (b. 1943)
  • Oct 20 Shirley Horn, American jazz pianist and vocalist (Embers and Ashes), dies from complications of diabetes at 71
  • Oct 20 Endon Mahmood, First Lady of Malaysia, wife of Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, dies of breast cancer at 64
  • Oct 20 Eva Švankmajerová, Czech surrealist artist, dies of cancer at 65
  • Oct 21 Tara Correa-McMullen, American actress (Judging Amy), shot at 16
  • Oct 22 Arman, French-born artist (b. 1928)
  • Oct 22 Tony Adams, Irish film producer (b. 1953)
  • Oct 22 Franky Gee [Francisco Gutierrez], American-German rapper and pop singer ("Captain Jack"), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 43
  • Oct 23 Stella Obasanjo, Nigerian first lady (b. 1945)
  • Oct 23 William Hootkins, American actor, dies at 57
  • Oct 23 John Muth, American economist (b. 1930)
  • Oct 23 Pete Nelson [Lipscomb], British pop singer (The Flower Pot Men - "Let's Go To San Francisco"), dies at 60
  • Oct 24 José Azcona del Hoyo, President of Honduras (1986-90), dies at 78
  • Oct 24 Robert Sloman, English screenwriter, dies at 79

Rosa Parks

Oct 24 Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger, dies of natural causes at 92

  • Oct 24 Immanuel C.Y. Hsu, scholar of modern Chinese intellectual and diplomatic history (b. 1923)
  • Oct 24 Mokarrameh Ghanbari, Iranian painter (b. 1928)
  • Oct 26 Keith Parkinson, American fantasy artist, dies of Leukemia at 47
  • Oct 28 Eugene K. Bird, German prison director (b. 1926)
  • Oct 28 Bob Broeg, American sports writer (b. 1918)
  • Oct 28 Raymond Hains, French artist (b. 1926)
  • Oct 28 Tony Jackson, American professional basketball player, (ABL - Chicago Majors, 1961-63; ABA - three teams, 1967-69), dies at 62
  • Oct 28 Fernando Quejas, Cape Verdean singer and musician (b. 1922)
  • Oct 28 Ljuba Tadić, Serbian actor (b. 1929)
  • Oct 28 Richard Smalley, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1943)
  • Oct 29 Lloyd Bochner, Canadian actor (Point Blank, Dynasty, Batman), dies of cancer at 81
  • Oct 30 Al López, Spanish-American baseball player (AL Manager of the year 1959), dies at 97
  • Oct 30 Shamsher Singh Sheri, Indian communist leader (b. 1942)
  • Oct 31 Mary Wimbush, British actress (Oh! What a Lovely War, The Archers), dies at 81
  • Oct 31 John "Beatz" Holohan, American drummer (Bayside), dies in an auto accident at 31
  • Oct 31 Hal Anger, American biophysicist and electrical engineer who invented the gamma camera, dies at 85