On This Day

Historical Events in October 2005

  • 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

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.