On This Day

November 2005 in History

Events in History

  • 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.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

Africa's 1st Elected Female Head of State Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Africa's 1st Elected Female Head of State
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
  • 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 15 Boeing formally launches the stretched Boeing 747-8 variant with orders from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 22 Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel

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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.

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • 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 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

Weddings in History

  • Nov 2 Irish TV and radio presenter Sile Seoige (26) weds Glen Mulcahy at St. Brendan's Church in County Offaly
  • Nov 15 Emperor Akihito's only daughter Princess Sayako (36) gives up her imperial title to wed Yoshiki Kuroda (40) at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan

Deaths in History

  • Nov 4 Nadia Anjuman, Afghan poet and journalist (b. 1980)
  • Nov 5 Rod Donald, New Zealand environmentalist (b. 1957)
  • Nov 5 John Fowles, British novelist (Collector, French Lieutenant's Woman), dies at 79
  • Nov 6 Rod Donald, New Zealand Politician, Green Party Co-leader, dies from the effects of food poisoning at 48
  • Nov 7 Anthony Sawoniuk, Belarusian-born Nazi war criminal (b. 1921)
  • Nov 8 David Westheimer, American novelist (Von Ryan's Express), dies at 88
  • Nov 9 K. R. Narayanan, 10th President of India (1997-2002), dies at 85
  • Nov 11 Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield, British photographer, dies at 66
  • Nov 11 Peter Drucker, Austrian-American management theorist, dies at 95
  • Nov 12 William G. Adams, former mayor of St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada (b. 1923)
  • Nov 13 Vine Deloria, Jr., Native American author, theologian, historian, and activist (b. 1933)
  • Nov 15 Dr. Adrian Rogers, American Southern Baptist Minister and leader (b. 1931)
  • Nov 15 Arto Salminen, Finnish writer (b. 1959)
  • Nov 16 Donald Watson, English founder of the Vegan Society (b. 1910)
  • Nov 16 Henry Taube, Canadian-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1915)
  • Nov 20 Manouchehr Atashi, Persian poet, dies at 74
  • Nov 20 Sheldon Gardner, American psychologist (b. 1934)
  • Nov 21 Alfred Anderson, last Scottish World War I (and Christmas Truce) veteran (b. 1896)
  • Nov 21 Hugh Sidey, American journalist (b. 1927)
  • Nov 25 Richard Burns, English WRC champion, dies of a brain tumour at 34
  • Nov 26 Stan Berenstain, American children's author (The Berenstain Bears), dies at 82