2005 History

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What Events Happened in 2005

  • Oil prices rise sharply throughout the year caused by Trouble in the Middle East, and later Hurricane Katrina.
  • George W. Bush starts his second term as 43rd President of the United States.
  • The Kyoto Protocol which is intended to cut global emissions of greenhouse gasses comes into effect, without the support of the United States and Australia.
  • Earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale More than 500 people are killed and over 1,000 injured in southern Iran.
  • Earthquake magnitude 7.6 strikes Kashmir leaving an estimated 70,000 dead and 70,000 more injured
  • Earthquake struck off Sumatra, magnitude of 8.7 it is the second largest earthquake since 1965.
  • Pope John Paul II dies; over 4 million people travel to the Vatican to mourn him.
  • Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has been elected as the new Pope, he has taken the name Pope Benedict XVI
  • MG Rover, the UK's sole remaining volume producer goes into receivership
  • Tony Blair elected for third term
  • The marriage of The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles takes place
  • The IRA announces end to armed conflict and gives up its weapons to independent weapons inspectors
  • Israeli settlers are forced to leave settlements in the Gaza Strip as part of peace settlement
  • Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon ending its twenty nine year military occupation
  • The Disneyland Resort celebrates it 50th birthday
  • Lance Armstrong wins a record seventh straight Tours de France before his scheduled retirement
  • Civil unrest continues in Paris suburbs President Jacques Chirac announced a national state of emergency
  • Dennis Rader, the BTK ( Bind, Torture and Kill, ) serial killer, is charged with 10 counts of murder in Wichita, Kan
  • Following 8 years of legal wrangling in the courts Terri Schiavo's feeding tube is removed and she dies 13 days later.
  • Hurricane Katrina strikes the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama coastal areas. Levees separating Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, Louisiana were breached by the surge, ultimately flooding roughly 80% of the city of New Orleans and 1600 perished
  • Hurricane Stan hits Mexico and Central America killing over 1,620 people.
  • Eric Rudolph (Olympic Park Bomber) sentenced to multiple life sentences.
  • A tornado hits western Kentucky and southwestern Indiana, killing at least 22.
  • Michael Jackson is found not guilty of Child Molestation Charges.
  • New York City's Transport Workers Union goes on strike for three days, shutting down all New York City Subway and Bus services.
  • London Bombings Four explosions rock the transport network in London, three on the London Underground and one on a bus. Over 50 deaths were reported, and over 200 injured
  • London wins the right to stage the 2012 Olympic Games.
  • Multnomah County Chair Linn, Oregon announced the county would begin granting licenses for same-sex marriages. The Oregon Supreme Court nullified nearly 3,000 marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples
  • A series of explosions led to an enormous fire at one of Britain's largest oil depots Buncefield oil depot near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire
  • President George W Bush at the G8 summit tells other leaders he will not support legally binding reductions on carbon emissions
  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, wins a landslide victory in Iran's presidential poll
  • Terrorist Attacks in Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt kill 90
  • United States Supreme Court ruled Medicinal Use Of Marijuana users can be prosecuted for violating federal drug laws.
  • President George W. Bush acknowledged he'd personally authorized a secret eavesdropping program in the U.S. following Sept. 11
  • President George W. Bush signed the new act making it harder for those with large debts to wipe clean their financial slates by declaring bankruptcy under Chapter 7 "New Bankruptcy Law"

Popular Culture 2005

  • Janet Jackson's breast is briefly exposed by Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl halftime show
  • The highly controversial Fahrenheit 9/11 film opens in US Movie Theaters

Popular Films

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • War of the Worlds
  • King Kong
  • Madagascar
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Batman Begins
  • Hitch
  • Crash
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Capote
  • Walk the Line

Popular Musicians

  • Mariah Carey
  • Green Day
  • 50 Cent
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • The Black Eyed Peas
  • Coldplay
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Gwen Stefani
  • The Killers
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Keith Urban
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Faith Hill
  • Sugarland
  • Toby Keith
  • Eminem
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Gretchen Wilson
  • Usher
  • Foo Fighters
  • Hilary Duff
  • Madonna
  • Shania Twain
  • Weezer
  • Destiny's Child
  • Guns N' Roses
  • Franz Ferdinand

Technology 2005

  • Steve Fossett breaks world record by completing the first non-stop, non-refueled, solo flight around the world in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer.
  • The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse.
  • Microsoft releases the Xbox 360 gaming console in North America.
  • The Spanish flu virus is reconstructed and shown to be closely related to the Avian flu virus.
  • Research by the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) suggests that women who take Hormone Replacement Therapy are more at risk from breast cancer, heart disease and stroke.

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