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Historical Events

Events 1 - 24 of 24

2nd - Van Tuong Nguyen is executed in Singapore for drug trafficking.
3rd - XCOR Aerospace makes first manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave, California.
4th - Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protest for democracy and call on the Government to allow universal and equal suffrage.
4th - 94th Davis Cup: Croatia beats Slovak Republic in Bratislava (3-2)
5th - The Lake Tanganyika earthquake causes significant damage, mostly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
5th - The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there.
6th - Several villagers are shot dead during protests in Dongzhou, China.
7th - 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.
8th - Ante Gotovina, Croatian army general accused of war crimes, is captured in the Playa de las Américas, Tenerife by the Spanish police.
11th - The Buncefield Oil Depot in Hemel Hempstead, England, is rocked by explosions, causing a huge oil fire.
11th - 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 up by ethnic attacks on Cronulla.
15th - Latvia amends its constitution to eliminate possibility of same-sex couples being entitled to marry.
15th - Argentina's president Néstor Kirchner announces the early repayment of its external debt to the IMF.
15th - Introduction of the F-22 Raptor into USAF active service.
15th - The 2005 Atlantic Power Outage began.
17th - Anti-WTO protesters riot in Wan Chai, Hong Kong
20th - 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.
20th - The first same sex civil partnerships in Scotland are celebrated.
20th - 2005 New York City transit strike: New York City's Transport Workers Union Local 100 goes on strike, shutting down all New York City Subway and Bus services.
23rd - Azerbaijan Airlines Flight 217 from Baku, Azerbaijan, to Aktau, Kazakhstan crashes shortly after takeoff killing 23 people.
23rd - Chad declares a state of war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adré, which left about 100 people dead.
26th - Boxing Day shooting on a busy shopping street in Toronto.
28th - A U.S. immigration judge orders John Demjanjuk deported to Ukraine for crimes against humanity committed during World War II.
30th - 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.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 3 of 3

3rd - Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway
13th - Prince Aymeric of Belgium
13th - Prince Nicolas of Belgium

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 26 of 26

3rd - NBC correspondent Hoda Kotb (41) weds New Orleans tennis coach Burzis Kanga in the Dominican Republic
3rd - "The Last Samurai" actor Ken Watanabe (46) weds actress Kaho Minami (41) in Tokyo
3rd - French heiress Athina Onassis (20) weds Olympic gold medalist equestrian Alvaro de Miranda Neto (32) in Sao Paulo, Brazil
3rd - Marilyn Manson lead singer Brian Warner (36) weds burlesque performer Dita Von Teese (33) at Castle Gurteen in County Tipperary, Ireland
4th - 2004 Olympic volleyball team member Kerri Walsh (27) weds fellow volleyball player Casey Jennings (30) at the La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs, California
9th - "Bourne" actor Matt Damon (35) weds Argentine-born Luciana Barrosa (29) at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau near New York City Hall
10th - "Audioslave" drummer Brad Wilk (37) weds "Seven Year Bitch" former lead vocalist Selene Vigil near the frozen waters of Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe
10th - Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated model Isabeli Fontana (22) weds actor-model Henri Castelli (27) at Fort Are Joao in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
10th - Rugby Star Clyde Rathbone (24) weds Carrie-Ann Leeson in South Africa
10th - Gustavo Rojo's daughter and actress Ana Patricia Rojo (31) weds Andres Puentes Jr at the San Jose del Calvario church in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
10th - Country music artist Garth Brooks (43) weds singer Trisha Yearwood (41) in Claremore, Oklahoma
10th - Actress Jane Danson (27) weds "Brookside" actor Robert Beck (35) at Gibbon Bridge Hotel in Lancashire, England
12th - Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger (36) weds country-music heartthrob singer Kenny Chesney (37) for the reason of fraud after 4 months of marriage
14th - Bollywood actor Fardeen Khan (31) weds Mumtaz's daughter Natasha Madhvani at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai, India
15th - "Eastenders" actress Elaine Lordan (39) weds BBC manager Peter Manuel at Islington Town Hall in London
17th - Race car driver Gary Paffett (24) weds his lady love Lisa in England
17th - "Modern Day Drifter" country singer Dierks Bentley (30) weds Cassidy Black in Mexico
17th - Australian country singer Kasey Chambers (29) weds singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson in Avoca, New South Wales
22nd - "Ospreys" Rugby star Shane Williams (28) weds Gail Lacey at Twyn Church in Garnant, West Wales
Actor Matt DamonActor Matt Damon (9th) 22nd - Brazilian actress Danielle Winits (31) weds model Cassio Reis at Capela Santa Ines in Rio de Janeiro
23rd - Soccer star player Kaka (23) weds Brazilian singer Caroline Celico (18) at Igreja Renascer em Cristo in Sao Paulo, Brazil
23rd - "Are You Being Served?" actor John Inman (70) weds Ron Lynch at Westminster Register Office
23rd - "Jurassic Park" actress Laura Dern (38) weds musician Ben Harper (36) in Los Angeles
29th - "One Life To Live" actress Bree Williamson (26) weds surfer Josh Evans near the Flor Blanca Resort in Mal Pais, Costa Rica
31st - "One Tree Hill" actress Bethany Joy Lenz (24) weds "Enation" musician Michael Galeotti in Hillsboro, Oregon
31st - Olympic gold medal skater Jamie Sale (28) weds her pair figure skater David Pelletier (31) at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Canada

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 1 of 1

16th - American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (31) due to irreconcilable differences

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 57 of 57

1st - Gust Avrakotos, American intelligence case officer (b. 1938)
2nd - Kenneth Lee Boyd, American convicted murderer (executed) (b. 1948)
2nd - Nat Mayer Shapiro, American painter (b. 1919)
2nd - Van Tuong Nguyen, Australian drug smuggler (hanged) (b. 1980)
3rd - Herb Moford, American baseball player (b. 1928)
4th - Errol Brathwaite, New Zealand author (b. 1924)
4th - Gregg Hoffman, American film producer (b.1963)
4th - Gloria Lasso, French-Spanish singer (b. 1922)
5th - Ed Masry, American lawyer (b. 1932)
5th - Kevin "Big Kev" McQuay, Australian businessman (b. 1949)
5th - Frits Philips, Dutch businessman (b. 1905)
6th - Charly Gaul, Luxembourg cyclist (b. 1932)
6th - Devan Nair, 3rd President of Singapore (b. 1923)
6th - Danny Williams, South African-born singer (b. 1942)
7th - Bud Carson, American football player and coach (b. 1931)
7th - Lucy d'Abreu, was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom from April 2004 until her death (b. 1892)
7th - Rigoberto Alpizar, airplane passenger fatally shot by U.S. Air Marshals after allegedly claiming he had placed a bomb aboard (b. 1961)
8th - Georgiy Zhzhonov, Russian actor and author (b. 1915)
9th - György Sándor, Hungarian pianist (b. 1912)
9th - Robert Sheckley, American author (b. 1928)
10th - Eugene McCarthy, U.S. Senator (b. 1916)
10th - Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (b. 1940)
12th - Gebran Tueni, Lebanese politician (b. 1957)
12th - Annette Vadim, Danish actress (b. 1936)
12th - Robert F. Newmyer, American film producer (b. 1946)
13th - Timothy Jordan II, American musician (The All American Rejects, Jonezetta) (b. 1981)
13th - Stanley Tookie Williams, co-founder of the Crips and convicted murderer (b. 1953)
14th - Trevanian, American author (b. 1931)
15th - Heinrich Gross, Austrian physician (b. 1914)
15th - Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (b. 1915)
15th - William Proxmire, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin (b. 1915)
15th - Darrell Russell, American football player (b. 1976)
16th - Kenneth Bulmer, English author (b. 1921)
16th - Ed Hansen, American film director and editor (b. 1937)
16th - John Spencer, American actor (b. 1946)
17th - Jack Anderson, American journalist (b. 1922)
17th - Marc Favreau, French Canadian humourist (Sol) (b. 1929)
18th - Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (b. 1922)
19th - Keith Duckworth, English mechanical engineer (Cosworth; b. 1933)
19th - Vincent Gigante, American mafioso (b. 1927)
20th - Maniam Moorthy, Malaysian climber
21st - Elrod Hendricks, American baseball player and coach (b. 1940)
23rd - Norman D. Vaughan, American polar explorer and dogsled driver (b. 1905)
23rd - Lajos Baróti, Hungarian footballer and coach (b. 1914)
24th - Michael Vale, American commercial actor (b. 1922)
25th - Derek Bailey, English guitar virtuoso (b. 1930)
25th - Birgit Nilsson, Swedish singer (b. 1918)
25th - Robert Barbers, Philippine senator (b. 1944)
26th - Erich Topp, German submarine commander (b. 1914)
26th - Muriel Costa-Greenspon, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1937)
26th - Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (b. 1937)
26th - Vincent Schiavelli, American actor (b. 1948)
27th - William Doody, Canadian politician (b. 1931)
29th - Gerda Boyesen, Norwegian-born body psychotherapist (b. 1922)
30th - Rona Jaffe, American author (b. 1932)
31st - Phillip Whitehead, British politician (b. 1937)
31st - Enrico di Giuseppe, American tenor (b. 1932)

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