Historical Events in February 2005

  • Feb 1 Arsenal’s English Premier League record 33-game unbeaten streak at home ends when the Gunners go down, 4-2 to Manchester United at Highbury
  • Feb 1 Canada introduces the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage.
  • Feb 1 Nepalese King Gyanendra exercises Coup d'état to capture the democracy becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers.
  • Feb 3 51st National Film Awards (India): "Shwaas" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Feb 6 Super Bowl XXXIX, Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, FL: New England Patriots beat Philadelphia Eagles, 24-21; MVP: Deion Branch, New England, WR

Historic Event

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 taking 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes 33 seconds
  • Feb 8 Leaders of both Palestine and Israel declare a truce in what many hope will be a "new era of peace"
  • Feb 10 55th Berlin International Film Festival: "U-Carmen" wins the Golden Bear

Engagement of Interest

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

  • Feb 12 58th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA's): "The Aviator" Best Film, Mike Leigh Best Director
  • Feb 13 47th Grammy Awards: "Here We Go Again" and Maroon 5 win

NFL Pro Bowl

Feb 13 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 38-27; MVP: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts, QB, HI

  • 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, 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 cancelled by Commissioner Gary Bettman; first time a North American professional sports league has called off a season due to labor dispute
  • Feb 16 The Kyoto Protocol comes into force following its ratification by Russia committing industrialized nations to limit and reduce greenhouse gases

Film & TV History

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

  • Feb 20 47th Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon able to hold off Kurt Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr over 3 extra laps to win his third Daytona 500
  • Feb 20 54th NBA All-Star Game, Pepsi Center, Denver, CO: East beats West, 125-115; MVP: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers, G
  • 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 22 19th Soap Opera Digest Awards - "General Hospital" wins

Summit of Interest

Feb 23 Slovakia Summit 2005 begins; George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend - 1st visit of a sitting US President to Slovakia

  • Feb 23 Vote of the controversial French law on colonialism, repealed start of 2006
  • Feb 26 25th Golden Raspberry Awards: "Catwoman" wins

Historic Event

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

  • Feb 28 A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.
  • Feb 28 Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, resigns amid large anti-Syria street demonstrations in Beirut.

Music Single

Feb 28 Stereophonics release their single "Dakota", later their first #1 UK single