On This Day

February 2005 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Nepalese King Gyanendra exercises Coup d'état to capture the democracy becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers.
  • Feb 1 Canada introduces the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage.

Historic Event

Feb 6 Tony Blair, now the longest-serving Labour PM, marks 2,838 days as British Prime Minister

  • Feb 8 Leaders of both Palestine and Israel declare a truce in what many hope will be a "new era of peace"

Engagement of Interest

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

  • 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 16 The Kyoto Protocol comes into force following its ratification by Russia.
  • 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.

Summit of Interest

Feb 23 Slovakia Summit 2005 begins, marking the first occasion when a sitting American President visits Slovakia; George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin are in attendance.

  • Feb 23 Vote of the controversial French law on colonialism, repealed start of 2006

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

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 George Douglass Milne, British peer, soldier and artist, dies at 95
  • Feb 3 Corrado Cardinal Bafile, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1903)
  • Feb 3 Ernst Mayr, German-American biologist (evolutionary theory), dies at 100
  • Feb 3 Zurab Zhvania, Prime Minister of Georgia (b. 1963)
  • Feb 6 Karl Haas, American radio presenter (b. 1913)

Arthur Miller

Feb 10 Arthur Miller, American playwright (Death of a Salesman, Crucible), dies at 89

  • Feb 11 Jack L. Chalker, American author (b. 1944)
  • Feb 13 Lúcia Santos, Portuguese Carmelite nun and Fatima visionary, dies at 97
  • Feb 13 Dick Weber, American professional bowler (b. 1929)
  • Feb 13 Emilios T. Harlaftis, Greek astrophysicist, dies at 40
  • Feb 14 Rafik Hariri, Lebanese politician and billionaire businessman (b. 1944)
  • Feb 15 Samuel Francis, American journalist (b. 1947)
  • Feb 16 Queen Narriman, second and last wife of King Farouk and mother of their only child King Fuad II
  • Feb 20 Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas), dies at 67
  • Feb 20 Tom Willmore, English geometer, dies at 85
  • Feb 20 William Gordon Harris, British civil engineer, dies at 92
  • Feb 21 Gérard Bessette, Quebec novelist and poet (b. 1920)
  • Feb 21 Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Cuban novelist (b. 1929)
  • Feb 22 Zdzisław Beksiński, Polish artist (b. 1929)
  • Feb 25 Peter Benenson, Britsh founder of Amnesty International, dies at 83
  • Feb 26 Jef Raskin, American computer scientist (b. 1943)