Historical Events for Year 2005
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Jan 5th - Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system, is discovered by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz using images originally taken on October 21, 2003, at the Palomar Observatory.
Jan 6th - Mississippi Civil Rights Workers Murders: Edgar Ray Killen is arrested as a suspect for the 1964 murders of three Civil Rights workers.
Jan 9th - The signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, commonly known as the Naivasha Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement rebel group in Naivasha, Kenya.
Jan 9th - Elections are held to replace Yasser Arafat as head of the Palestine Liberation Organization. He is succeeded by Rawhi Fattouh.
Jan 10th - A mudslide occurs in La Conchita, California, killing 10 people, injuring many more and closing the Highway 101, the main coastal corridor between San Francisco and Los Angeles, for 10 days.
Jan 12th - Deep Impact (space mission) launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta 2 rocket.
Jan 14th - Landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn's moon Titan.
Jan 15th - ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
Jan 15th - An intense solar flare blasts X-rays across the solar system.
Jan 21st - In Belmopan, Belize, the unrest over the government's new taxes erupts into riots.
Jan 25th - A stampede at the Mandher Devi temple in Mandhradevi in India kills at least 258.
Jan 26th - Condoleezza Rice is sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State, becoming the first African American woman to hold the post.
Jan 26th - Glendale train crash: Two trains derail killing 11 and injuring 200 in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles.
Jan 29th - The first direct commercial flights from the mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines carrier landed in Beijing.
Feb 1st - Nepal King Gyanendra exercises Coup d'état to capture the democracy becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers.
Feb 1st - Canada introduces the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage.
Feb 6th - Super Bowl XXXIX, the New England Patriots win 24-21 over the Philadelphia Eagles
Feb 8th - Israel and Palestinians agree to cease-fire.
Feb 14th - Lebanon's former Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri, is assassinated, prompting the country to fall into chaos.
Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat Feb 14th - 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 15th - YouTube, the popular Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States.
Feb 16th - 2004-05 NHL season is canceled by league commissioner Gary Bettman. This was the first time that a North American professional sports league had to cancel a season due to a labor dispute
Feb 16th - The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia.
Feb 20th - 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.
Feb 23rd - 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 23rd - Vote of the controversial French law on colonialism, repealed start of 2006.
Feb 26th - Hosni Mubarak the president of Egypt orders the constitution changed to allow multi-candidate presidential elections before September 2005 by asking Egyptian parliament to amend Article 76 of the constitution.
Feb 28th - Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, resigns amid large anti-Syria street demonstrations in Beirut.
Feb 28th - A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.
Mar 3rd - Mayerthorpe Incident: James Roszko murders four Royal Canadian Mounted Police constables during a drug bust at his property in Rochfort Bridge, Alberta, then commits suicide. It is the deadliest peace-time incident for the RCMP since 1885 and the North-West Rebellion.
Mar 3rd - Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly an airplane around the world solo without any stops without refueling - a journey of 40,234 km/25,000 mi completed in 67 hours and 2 minutes.
Mar 4th - The car of released Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena is fired on by US soldiers in Iraq, causing the death of an Italian Secret Service Agent and injuring two passengers.
Mar 4th - United Nations warns that about 90 million Africans could be infected by the HIV virus in the future without further action against the spread of the disease.
Mar 5th - The Burkinabé Party for Democracy and Socialism holds its first National Convention.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Mar 7th - Mass protest outside the National Assembly of Kuwait building for women's voting rights in Kuwait.
Mar 12th - Tung Chee Hwa, the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong, steps down from his post after his resignation is approved by the Chinese central government.
Mar 13th - Terry Ratzmann shoots and kills six members of the Living Church of God and the minister at Sheraton Inn in Brookfield, Wisconsin before killing himself.
Mar 14th - Cedar Revolution, where over one and a million Lebanese went into the streets of Beirut to demonstrate against the Syrian military presence in Lebanon, and against the government, following the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Mar 16th - Israel officially hands over Jericho to Palestinian control.
Mar 18th - Terri Schiavo's feeding tube is removed at the request of her husband.
Mar 20th - A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits Fukuoka, Japan, its first major quake in over 100 years. One person is killed, hundreds are injured and evacuated.
Mar 23rd - The United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, refuses to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.
Mar 23rd - A major explosion at the Texas City Refinery kills 15 workers.
Mar 26th - The Taiwanese government calls on 1 million Taiwanese to demonstrate in Taipei, in opposition to the Anti-Secession Law of the People's Republic of China. Around 200,000 to 300,000 attend the walk.
Mar 28th - The 2005 Sumatran earthquake rocks Indonesia, and at magnitude 8.7 is the second strongest earthquake since 1960.
Apr 2nd - James Stewart Jr. becomes first African American to win a major motor sports event.
Apr 6th - Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani becomes the Iraqi president; Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari is named premier the next day.
Apr 7th - The Head of government of the Federal District, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, faces an impeachment process at the Mexican Congress.
Apr 14th - The U.S. Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.
265th Pope Benedict XVI Apr 19th - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the Papal conclave.
Apr 24th - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
Apr 25th - The final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937.
Apr 25th - Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union.
Apr 25th - 107 die in Amagasaki rail crash in Japan.
Apr 26th - Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country.
Apr 27th - The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France.
Apr 28th - The Patent Law Treaty goes into effect.
Apr 29th - Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation.
Apr 29th - New Zealand's first civil union takes place.
May 5th - The United Kingdom general election takes place, in which Tony Blair's Labour Party is re-elected for a third, consecutive term.
May 8th - The new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day.
May 9th - Liberal commentary website The Huffington Post is launched
May 10th - A hand grenade which was thrown by Vladimir Arutyunian lands about 65 feet (20 metres) from U.S. President George W. Bush while he was giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi, Georgia, but it malfunctions and does not detonate.
May 13th - The Andijan Massacre occurs in Uzbekistan.
Author and creator of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington May 14th - Pope Benedict XVI observes his first beatification, elevating Blessed Marianne of Molokai on the road to canonization into sainthood.
May 14th - The former USS America (CV-66), a decommissioned supercarrier of the United States Navy, is deliberately sunk in the Atlantic Ocean after four weeks of live-fire exercises. She is the largest ship ever to be disposed of as a target in a military exercise.
May 16th - Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.
May 29th - France resoundingly rejects the European Constitution.
Jun 1st - The Dutch referendum on the European Constitution results in its rejection.
Jun 1st - The longest oil/natural gas explosion in the Houston, Texas area occurs in Crosby, Texas. The drill was owned by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Company.
Jun 6th - The United States Supreme Court votes to ban medical marijuana in Gonzales v. Raich.
Jun 13th - A jury in Santa Maria, California acquits pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch.
Jun 14th - Asafa Powell of Jamaica sets a new Men's 100 meters world record of 9.77 at the Athens Olympic Stadium
Jun 19th - Michael Schumacher wins controversial Formula 1 United States Grand Prix where only 6 of 20 cars complete the race amongst ridicule
Jun 23rd - San Antonio Spurs beat Detroit Pistons 4-3 in NBA finals MVP: Tim Duncan (his third), San Antonio
Jun 27th - AMD files broad antitrust complaints against Intel Corporation in U.S. Federal District Court, alleging abuse of monopoly powers and antitrust violations.
Jun 28th - A final design for Manhattan's Freedom Tower is formally unveiled.
Jun 30th - Spain legalizes same-sex marriage.
Jul 3rd - The national law legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect in Spain.
Formula 1 Racing Driver Michael Schumacher Jul 4th - The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1.
Jul 7th - Coordinated terrorist bomb blasts strike London's public transport system during the morning rush hour killing 52 and injuring 700
Jul 7th - Influenced by Live 8, the G8 leaders pledge to double 2004 levels of aid to Africa from US$25 to US$50 billion by the year 2010.
Jul 10th - Hurricane Dennis slams into the Florida Panhandle causing billions of dollars in damage.
Jul 17th - Tiger Woods wins his 10th major winning The British Open Championship by 5 strokes. Woods becomes only the second golfer, after Jack Nicklaus, to win each major more than once
Jul 20th - Canada becomes the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, after the bill C-38 receives its Royal Assent.
Jul 21st - Four terrorist bombings, occurring exactly two weeks after the similar July 7 bombings, target London's public transportation system. All four bombs fail to detonate and all four suspected suicide bombers are captured and later convicted and imprisoned for long terms.
Jul 22nd - Jean Charles de Menezes is killed by police as the hunt begins for the London Bombers. See 7 July 2005 London bombings and 21 July 2005 London bombings
Jul 23rd - Three bombs explode in the Naama Bay area of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, killing 88 people.
Jul 24th - Lance Armstrong retires after winning a record seventh consecutive Tour de France victory
Jul 26th - Space Shuttle program: STS-114 Mission - Launch of Discovery, NASA's first scheduled flight mission after the Columbia Disaster in 2003.
Jul 26th - Mumbai, India receives 99.5cm of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours, bringing the city to a halt for over 2 days.
Jul 26th - Samir Geagea, the Lebanese Forces (LF) leader, is released after spending 11 years in a solitary confinement. His release came after the end of the Syrian occupation to Lebanon.
Jul 27th - STS-114: NASA grounds the Space shuttle, pending an investigation of the external tank's continued foam-shedding problem. During ascent, the external tank of the Space Shuttle Discovery sheds a piece of foam slightly smaller than the piece that caused the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster; this foam does not strike the spacecraft.
Jul 28th - The Provisional Irish Republican Army call an end to their thirty year long armed campaign in Northern Ireland.
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong Jul 28th - A tornado touches down in a residential area in south Birmingham, England, causing £4,000,000 worth of damages and injuring 39 people.
Jul 29th - Astronomers announce their discovery of Eris.
Aug 3rd - President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya of Mauritania is overthrown in a military coup while attending the funeral of King Fahd in Saudi Arabia.
Aug 4th - Prime Minister Paul Martin announces that Michaëlle Jean will be Canada's 27th — and first black — Governor General.
Aug 12th - Sri Lanka's foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE sniper at his home.
Aug 12th - An F2 tornado strikes the coal mining town of Wright, Wyoming, destroying nearly 100 homes and killing two people.
Aug 12th - Civil unrest provoked in the Maldives
Aug 12th - An F1 tornado strikes Glen Cove, New York, a rare event on Long Island
Aug 16th - West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashes near Machiques, Venezuela, killing the 160 aboard.
Aug 17th - The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.
Aug 18th - Dennis Rader is sentenced to 175 years in prison for the BTK serial killings.
Aug 18th - Massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people.
Aug 19th - The first-ever joint military exercise between Russia and China, called Peace Mission 2005 begins.
Aug 19th - A series of strong storms lashes Southern Ontario spawning several tornadoes as well as creating extreme flash flooding within the city of Toronto and its surrounding communities. In Toronto, it is also dubbed as the Toronto Supercell.
Aug 23rd - Hurricane Katrina forms over the Bahamas, later becomes a category 5 hurricane
Aug 23rd - TANS Peru Flight 204 crashes near Pucallpa, Peru, killing 41.
Aug 28th - Hurricane Katrina hammers the south eastern United States, especially New Orleans, Louisiana, and coastal Mississippi
Aug 29th - Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing more than 1,836 and causing over $115 billion in damage.
Aug 31st - A stampede on Al-Aaimmah bridge in Baghdad kills 1,199 people.
Sep 1st - Seven members and former members of the AFL-CIO form a new trade union organization, the Change to Win Federation.
Sep 5th - Mandala Airlines Flight 091 crashes into a heavily-populated residential of Sumatra, Indonesia, killing 104 people on board and at least 39 persons on ground.
Sep 7th - First presidential election was held in Egypt.
Sep 8th - Two EMERCOM Il-76 aircraft land at a disaster aid staging area at Little Rock Air Force Base; the first time Russia has flown such a mission to North America.
Sep 11th - The State of Israel completes its unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip.
Sep 12th - The red-green coalition, led by Jens Stoltenberg, wins the Norwegian parliamentary election, taking 87 of 169 seats in the parliament.
Sep 12th - Israel completes its withdrawal of all troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip.
Sep 12th - The bodies of more than 40 patients discovered in a flooded hospital in New Orleans.
Sep 12th - Hong Kong Disneyland opens in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
Sep 16th - Camorra boss Paolo Di Lauro is arrested in Naples.
Sep 23rd - FBI killing of Filiberto Ojeda on Plan Bonito Hormigueros, Puerto Rico.
Sep 24th - Hurricane Rita makes landfall in the United States, devastating Beaumont, Texas and portions of southwestern Louisiana.
Sep 25th - E1 Train Disaster
Sep 27th - Atlanta Braves clinch their 14th straight division title thanks to Philadelphia's loss to the New York Mets
Sep 29th - Chicago White Sox clinch their first division title since 2000 and become just the 10th team in the history of baseball to be in first place on every day of the season
Sep 29th - Amnesty referendum in Algeria.
Sep 30th - The Parliament of Catalonia passes with 120 plus votes and 15 against, the Project of New Catalan Statute of Autonomy, proclaiming in its article 1, "Catalonia is a nation".
Sep 30th - The controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
Oct 1st - Bombing kills 23 people in Bali.
Oct 2nd - Ethan Allen Boating Accident: The Ethan Allen tour boat capsizes on Lake George in Upstate New York, killing twenty people.
Oct 2nd - NFL plays first regular season game outside United States when the Arizona Cardinals defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 in Mexico City, Mexico
Oct 8th - The Kashmir earthquake hits parts of northern South Asia at 03:50 UTC.
Oct 10th - Negotiations between the CDU/CSU and SPD in Germany had concluded that both parties would form a grand coaltion with Angela Merkel of the CDU as chancellor after both parties lost seats in the 2005 German federal election. She was subsequently elected in the Bundestag as chancellor on November 22 of the same year.
Oct 12th - The second Chinese human spaceflight Shenzhou 6 launched carrying Fèi Jùnlóng and Niè Hǎishèng for five days in orbit.
Oct 15th - Iraqi constitution ratification vote
Oct 15th - Riot in Toledo, Ohio breaks out during a National Socialist/Neo-Nazi protest; over 100 are arrested.
Oct 17th - The Colbert Report first airs.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein Oct 19th - Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity.
Oct 19th - Hurricane Wilma becomes the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record with a minimum pressure of 882 mb.
Oct 22nd - 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 26th - Chicago White Sox defeat Houston Astros 4-0 in baseball's World Series championship, MVP: Jermaine Dye, Chicago
Oct 27th - Riots begin in Paris after the deaths of two Muslim teenagers.
Oct 28th - 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 29th - 29 October 2005 Delhi bombings kill more than 60.
Oct 30th - The rebuilt Dresden Frauenkirche (destroyed in the firebombing of Dresden during World War II) is reconsecrated after a thirteen-year rebuilding project.
Nov 1st - First part of the Gomery Report, which discusses allegations of political money manipulation, is released in Canada.
Nov 6th - The Evansville Tornado of November 2005 kills 25 in Northwestern Kentucky and Southwestern Indiana.