On This Day

October 2005 in History

Events in History

  • 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

Historic Publication

Oct 5 Vampire novel "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer is first published by Little Brown

  • Oct 8 The Kashmir earthquake hits parts of northern South Asia at 03:50 UTC.

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

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 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 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 30 The rebuilt Dresden Frauenkirche (destroyed in the firebombing of Dresden during World War II) is reconsecrated after a thirteen-year rebuilding project.

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 4 Prince Emmanuel of Belgium
  • Oct 15 Prince Christian of Denmark, Danish son of f Crown Prince Frederik, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Oct 31 Infanta Leonor of Spain, daughter of Felipe, King of Asturias and Letizia, Queen of Asturias, born in Madrid, Spain

Weddings in History

  • Oct 20 Prince Floris of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven (30) weds Aimee Sohngen (28) in a civil ceremony at the Stadhuis in Naarden
  • Oct 22 "Extra" reporter Carlos Diaz weds Adrienne Allen at Union Station's Grand Hall in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Oct 22 Austria's finance minister Karl-Heinz Grasser (36) weds Fiona Swarovski in Weissenkirchen, Austria

Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 Bert Eriksson, Flemish neo-Nazi, dies at 74

August Wilson

Oct 2 August Wilson, American playwright (Fences, Pulitzer 1987), dies at 60

  • Oct 4 Stanley K. Hathaway, American politician (27th Governor of Wyoming), dies at 81
  • Oct 7 Doug Young, American national and world powerlifting champion, dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Oct 10 Wayne Booth, American literary critic (b. 1921)
  • Oct 10 Milton Obote, President of Uganda (b. 1925)
  • Oct 11 Edward Szczepanik, Polish economist and Prime Minister in exile (b. 1915)
  • Oct 11 Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, Pakistani Urdu linguist and writer, dies at 88
  • Oct 12 C. Delores Tucker, American politician and civil rights activist (b. 1927)
  • Oct 13 Vivian Malone Jones, American civil rights activist (b. 1942)
  • Oct 14 Jody Dobrowski, English murder victim (b. 1981)
  • Oct 15 Matti Wuori, Finnish politician, dies of cancer at 60
  • Oct 17 Ba Jin, Chinese writer (b. 1904)
  • Oct 17 Franky Gee, European techno artist (b. 1962)
  • Oct 19 Corinne Lévesque, wife of Quebec premier René Lévesque (b. 1943)
  • Oct 20 Endon Mahmood, First Lady of Malaysia, wife of Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, dies of breast cancer at 64
  • Oct 20 Eva Švankmajerová, Czech surrealist artist, dies of cancer at 65
  • Oct 22 Arman, French-born artist (b. 1928)
  • Oct 23 Stella Obasanjo, Nigerian first lady (b. 1945)
  • Oct 23 John Muth, American economist (b. 1930)
  • Oct 24 José Azcona del Hoyo, President of Honduras (1986-90), dies at 78

Rosa Parks

Oct 24 Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger, dies of natural causes at 92

  • Oct 24 Immanuel C.Y. Hsu, scholar of modern Chinese intellectual and diplomatic history (b. 1923)
  • Oct 24 Mokarrameh Ghanbari, Iranian painter (b. 1928)
  • Oct 26 Keith Parkinson, American fantasy artist, dies of Leukemia at 47
  • Oct 28 Eugene K. Bird, German prison director (b. 1926)
  • Oct 28 Raymond Hains, French artist (b. 1926)
  • Oct 28 Richard Smalley, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1943)
  • Oct 30 Shamsher Singh Sheri, Indian communist leader (b. 1942)
  • Oct 31 Hal Anger, American biophysicist and electrical engineer who invented the gamma camera, dies at 85