On This Day

Historical Events in 2005 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 382 of 382

  • Jul 12 76th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Comerica Park, Detroit
  • Jul 13 TV police procedural "The Closer" debuts on TNT starring Kyra Sedgwick
  • Jul 14 38th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Appointment of Interest

Jul 15 After declining an offer to remain with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Mike Babcock is named head coach of the Detroit Red Wings

Film Premiere

Jul 15 "Wedding Crashers", starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, premieres

Historic Publication

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

British Golf Open

Jul 17 British Open Golf, St. Andrews: Tiger Woods wins his 10th major title wire-to-wire by 5 shots from Scotsman Colin Montgomerie

  • Jul 17 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Glen Arbour GC: South Korean Meena Lee wins by 1 from Australian Katherine Hull
  • 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 24 92nd Tour de France: no winner; Lance Armstrong retires after winning a record seventh consecutive victory but disqualified in 2012 for doping

Golf Tournament

Jul 24 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Aberdeen: Tom Watson wins his second Open Senior title in a playoff with Ireland's Des Smyth

  • 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 dwarf planet Eris
  • Jul 31 US Senior Open Men's Golf, NCR CC: Allen Doyle wins by 1 stroke ahead of Loren Roberts and D. A. Weibring for his 3rd Champions Tour major title
  • Jul 31 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Jeong Jang of South Korea leads wire-to-wire to win her first LPGA event and lone major title, 4 strokes ahead of Sophie Gustafson

Historic Publication

Aug 1 Stieg Larsson's novel "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (first of the Millennium series) is published posthumously in Sweden

  • Aug 2 MESSENGER spacecraft performs an Earth flyby
  • Aug 2 The largest trade in NBA history is completed as 5 teams combine to swap 13 players; deal brings Antoine Walker & Jason Williams to Miami, leads to Heat's 1st ever championship that season
  • 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

Historic Event

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

Sports History

Aug 4 American Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day (52) announces his retirement from the saddle; $298m in career purses

  • Aug 5 St. Louis Cardinals 1st baseman Albert Pujols becomes the first player to connect for 30 home runs in each of his first 5 MLB seasons
  • Aug 5 NBA announces Las Vegas will host the 2007 All Star game; first time event will be held in a city without an NBA team
  • Aug 6 10th Athletics World Championships open at Helsinki, Finland
  • Aug 7 American sprinter Justin Gatlin blitzes field to win 100m in 9.88 at the World Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland
  • Aug 7 In one of cricket history's closest Tests, and despite a brave unbeaten 43 from Australian tail-ender Brett Lee, England sneaks a 2-run win in series turning 2nd Test at Edgbaston
  • Aug 11 American Justin Gatlin becomes only the 2nd athlete to take sprint double, winning 200m in 20.04 at the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland
  • 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

PGA Championship

Aug 15 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: American Phil Mickelson wins by 1 stroke from Australian Steve Elkington and Thomas Bjørn of Denmark

  • 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.

Hurricane Katrina

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.

Music History

Aug 26 US Postal Service christens a Los Angeles facility as "The Ray Charles Station"

  • Aug 28 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Reserve Vineyards & GC: Loren Roberts wins first of 4 Champions Tour majors with bogey on 2nd playoff hole against Dana Quigley
  • Aug 29 Hurricane Katrina makes 2nd and 3rd 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.

Venice Film Festival

Aug 31 62nd Venice Film Festival: "Brokeback Mountain" directed by Ang Lee wins Golden Lion

  • Sep 1 Seven members and former members of the AFL-CIO form a new trade union organization, the Change to Win Federation.
  • Sep 3 After beating South Africa the previous weekend, New Zealand clinch their 6th Tri Nations Rugby Series with a 34-24 win over Australia in Auckland; All Blacks winger Doug Howlett crosses for 3 tries

Sports History

Sep 4 20 year old Kyle Busch becomes youngest driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race when he out duels Greg Biffle in the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway

  • Sep 5 Mandala Airlines Flight 91 crashes into a heavily-populated residential area, seconds after taking off from Medan in Sumatra, Indonesia, killing 100 people on board and 49 people on the 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.

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 10 125th US Open Women's Tennis: Belgian Kim Clijsters wins her first of 4 Grand Slam titles; beats Mary Pierce of France 6-3, 6-1

  • Sep 11 The State of Israel completes its unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip.

Film Release

Sep 11 "Pride & Prejudice", the film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel of the same name, starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet, is released

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 11 US Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer retains title; beats Andre Agassi 6-3, 2-6, 7-6, 6-1; Agassi's last appearance in a Grand Slam final

Solheim Cup

Sep 11 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Crooked Stick GC: US regains Cup 15½–12½; Meg Mallon clinches with 3 & 1 victory over Karen Stupples

  • 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.

Radio History

Sep 12 Mark Messier announces on ESPN radio that he will retire from the NHL

Television Debut

Sep 13 "Supernatural" debuts on The WB starring Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki - longest-running North American fantasy series

Music Single

Sep 15 "Be Without You" single released by Mary J. Blige (Billboard Song of the Year 2006, Grammy Award Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2005)

  • 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

Hall of Fame

Sep 17 Diana DeGarmo receives the Horizon Award at the Georgia Music Hall Of Fame Awards ceremony

  • Sep 18 57th Emmy Awards: Lost, Everybody Loves Raymond, James Spader & Patricia Arquette win
  • Sep 18 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Paris, France: Russian pair Elena Dementieva & Dinara Safina win deciding doubles rubber 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 over Amélie Mauresmo & Mary Pierce of France; clinches Russia's 2nd consecutive title, 3-2

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 18 Farm Aid 18 held in Tinley Park, Illinois; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Arlo Guthrie, Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris, James McMurtry, Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra, John Mayer, Kathleen Edwards, Kenny Chesney, Susan Tedeschi, Widespread Panic, and Wilco

Film & TV History

Sep 20 Model Kate Moss is dropped by clothing chain H&M after allegations of drug taking

  • 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.

Sports History

Sep 25 Spanish Renault driver Fernando Alonso takes 3rd place in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Autódromo José Carlos Pace to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

  • Sep 25 Presidents Cup Golf, Robert Trent Jones GC: Chris DiMarco, Jim Furyk and Phil Mickelson unbeaten as US beat International team, 18½–15½
  • Sep 27 Atlanta Braves clinch their 14th straight division title thanks to Philadelphia's loss to the New York Mets
  • Sep 29 Chicago White Sox clinch their first division title since 2000 and become just the 10th team in the history of baseball to be in first place on every day of the season
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

Film Premiere

Nov 6 "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", the 4th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling, premieres in London. Goes on to become most successful film of the year, earning almost US$ 900 million.

Election of Interest

Nov 8 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia, the first woman to lead an African country

  • 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 13 French tennis star Amélie Mauresmo beats countrywoman Mary Pierce 5–7, 7–6, 6–4 for the season ending WTA Tour Championship at the Staples Center, Los Angeles
  • Nov 15 Boeing formally launches the stretched Boeing 747-8 variant with orders from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines

Music Awards

Nov 15 39th Country Music Association Award: Keith Urban & Gretchen Wilson wins

Album Release

Nov 15 Carrie Underwood releases her debut album “Some Hearts” (2006 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award Best New Artist 2007)

  • 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 19 70th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 28-18 in Auburn
  • Nov 20 57th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tony Stewart wins
  • Nov 20 David Nalbandian of Argentina outlasts defending champion Roger Federer 6–7, 6–7, 6–2, 6–1, 7–6 in Shanghai, China to win his only career season-ending Tennis Masters Cup title
  • Nov 22 Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany

Historic Event

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.

  • Nov 25 Polish Minister of National Defence Radek Sikorski opens Warsaw Pact archives to historians showing maps of possible nuclear strikes against Western Europe, including the nuclear annihilation of 43 Polish cities by Soviet-controlled forces.
  • 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 27 CFL Grey Cup, BC Place, Vancouver: Edmonton Eskimos beat Montreal Alouettes, 38-35; first time in 44 years Grey Cup goes into overtime

Football Awards

Nov 28 Ballon d'Or: FC Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Ronaldinho is named best football player in Europe ahead of Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard and Liverpool's Steven Gerrard

  • 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

Sports History

Nov 30 The Boston Bruins trade captain Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks

Music Premiere

Dec 1 Musical "The Color Purple" based on the book by Alice Walker opens on Broadway produced by Oprah Whitney starring LaChanze (Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical)

  • 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 3 14th SEC Championship Game: #13 Georgia beats #3 LSU, 34-14
  • Dec 3 1st ACC Championship Game: #22 Florida State beats #5 Virginia Tech, 27-22
  • Dec 3 10th Big 12 Championship Game: #2 Texas beats Colorado, 70-3
  • 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 4 94th Davis Cup: Croatia beats Slovak Republic in Bratislava (3-2)

Television Debut

Dec 4 U.S. debut of the first part of two-part TV biopic miniseries "Pope John Paul II" on CBS

  • 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 7 U.S. debut of the second part of two-part TV biopic miniseries "Pope John Paul II" on CBS
  • Dec 8 Ante Gotovina, Croatian army general accused of war crimes, is captured in the Playa de las Américas, Tenerife by the Spanish police.

Film Release

Dec 9 "Brokeback Mountain" film released, directed by Ang Lee, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, based on story by Annie Proulx

  • Dec 10 71st Heisman Trophy Award: Reggie Bush, USC (RB); Bush later forfeits trophy
  • 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.

Theatrical Finale

Dec 11 Twyla Tharp's rock ballet "Movin' Out", set to songs of Billy Joel, closes at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, NYC after 1,303 performances

  • 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. Blige is released

Sports History

Dec 21 Joe Sakic is named captain of the 2006 Team Canada Olympic team

  • Dec 21 Civil Partnership Act comes into force in the UK, with singer Elton John and David Furnish one of the first couples to form a same-sex civil union
  • 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 kills 1 and wounds 6 others
  • 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

Historic Event

Dec 31 Jamie Dimon named as CEO of JPMorgan Chase