December 2005 in History

Events in History

  • 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 21 Civil Partnership Act comes into force in the UK, with 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.
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 3 Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway
  • Dec 13 Prince Aymeric of Belgium, twin and third child of Prince Laurent and Princess Claire of Belgium, born in St-Luc University Hospital, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium
  • Dec 13 Prince Nicolas of Belgium, twin and second child of Prince Laurent and Princess Claire of Belgium, born in St-Luc University Hospital, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Gust Avrakotos, American intelligence case officer (b. 1938)
  • Dec 2 Kenneth Lee Boyd, American convicted murderer (executed) (b. 1948)
  • Dec 2 Nat Mayer Shapiro, American painter (b. 1919)
  • Dec 2 Van Tuong Nguyen, Australian drug smuggler (hanged) (b. 1980)
  • Dec 4 Errol Brathwaite, New Zealand author (b. 1924)
  • Dec 5 Ed Masry, American lawyer (b. 1932)
  • Dec 5 Kevin "Big Kev" McQuay, Australian businessman (b. 1949)
  • Dec 5 Frits Philips, Dutch engineer and CEO (Philips), dies at 100
  • Dec 6 Devan Nair, 3rd President of Singapore (b. 1923)
  • Dec 7 Lucy d'Abreu, was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom from April 2004 until her death (b. 1892)
  • Dec 7 Rigoberto Alpizar, airplane passenger fatally shot by U.S. Air Marshals after allegedly claiming he had placed a bomb aboard (b. 1961)
  • Dec 9 Robert Sheckley, American sci-fi author (10th Victim, Mindswap), dies at 77

Person of interestEugene McCarthy

Dec 10 Eugene McCarthy, American politician (Sen-D-Minn) and presidential candidate, dies of parkinsons at 89

Politician and Presidential Candidate Eugene McCarthy
Politician and Presidential Candidate
Eugene McCarthy
  • Dec 12 Gebran Tueni, Lebanese politician (b. 1957)
  • Dec 13 Stanley Tookie Williams, co-founder of the Crips and convicted murderer (b. 1953)
  • Dec 14 Trevanian, American author (b. 1931)
  • Dec 15 Heinrich Gross, Austrian physician (b. 1914)
  • Dec 15 William Proxmire, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin (b. 1915)
  • Dec 16 Kenneth Bulmer, English author (b. 1921)
  • Dec 17 Jack Anderson, American journalist (b. 1922)
  • Dec 18 Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (b. 1922)
  • Dec 19 Keith Duckworth, English mechanical engineer (Cosworth; b. 1933)
  • Dec 19 Vincent Gigante, Italian-American mafioso, dies at 77
  • Dec 20 Maniam Moorthy, Malaysian climber
  • Dec 25 Robert Barbers, Philippine senator (b. 1944)
  • Dec 26 Erich Topp, German submarine commander (b. 1914)
  • Dec 26 Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (b. 1937)
  • Dec 27 William Doody, Canadian politician (b. 1931)
  • Dec 29 Gerda Boyesen, Norwegian-born body psychotherapist (b. 1922)
  • Dec 30 Rona Jaffe, American novelist (Mazes & Monsters), dies at 74
  • Dec 31 Phillip Whitehead, British politician (b. 1937)