Historical Events for December 2005
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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.
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 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.