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2005Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the Papal conclave.

2005Mark Messier announces on ESPN radio that he will retire from the NHL

2005Elections are held to replace Yasser Arafat as head of the Palestine Liberation Organization. He is succeeded by Rawhi Fattouh.

2005112th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Lindsay Davenport (4-6 7-6 9-7)

2005The UK version of "The Apprentice" with British business magnate Alan Sugar premieres on the BBC

2005Tiger 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

2005Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.

2005The Boston Bruins trade captain Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks

200513th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Annika Sorenstam win

200531st People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Julia Roberts win (Motion Picture) and Matt LeBlanc & Marg Helgenberger win (TV)

2005Prime Minister Paul Martin announces that Michaëlle Jean will be Canada's 27th — and first black — Governor General.

2005A 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.

200532nd American Music Award: Gwen Stefani, Will Smith & Kelly Clarkson win

2005"Brokeback Mountain", starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, is released

2005San Antonio Spurs beat Detroit Pistons 4-3 in NBA finals MVP: Tim Duncan (his third), San Antonio

2005Joe Sakic is named captain of the 2006 Team Canada Olympic team

2005"Wedding Crashers", starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, premieres

2005Liberal commentary website The Huffington Post is launched

200587th PGA Championship: Phil Mickelson shoots a 276 at Baltusrol Golf Club

2005Lance Armstrong retires after winning a record seventh consecutive Tour de France victory (stripped for doping in 2012)

200519th Soul Train Music Awards: Ice Cube, Usher & Ciara win

2005Pope Benedict XVI observes his first beatification, elevating Blessed Marianne of Molokai on the road to canonization into sainthood.

2005134th British Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 274 at St Andrews

2005After declining an offer to remain with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Mike Babcock is named head coach of the Detroit Red Wings

2005Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity.

200569th Golf Masters Championship: Tiger Woods wins, shooting a 276

2005A jury in Santa Maria, California acquits pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch.

200522nd MTV Awards: Green Day, Kelly Clarkson & Kanye West wins

2005Slovakia Summit 2005 begins, marking the first occasion when a sitting American President visits Slovakia; George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin are in attendance.

2005"Numbers", starring Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz, debuts on CBS

2005Hosni 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.

2005"Pride & Prejudice", the film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel of the same name, starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet, is released

2005Craig Ferguson becomes the host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS

2005Leader of the Opposition in the Canadian Parliament Stephen Harper, introduces a motion of no confidence. The motion is passed on November 28 leading to the dissolution of the 38th Canadian Parliament.

2005Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, elected president of Liberia, is the first woman to lead an African country.

2005Michael Schumacher wins controversial Formula 1 United States Grand Prix where only 6 of 20 cars complete the race amongst ridicule

2005 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 3
Craig Ferguson becomes the host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS 
Jan 5
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 6
Mississippi Civil Rights Workers Murders: Edgar Ray Killen is arrested as a suspect for the 1964 murders of three Civil Rights workers. 
Jan 9
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 9
Elections are held to replace Yasser Arafat as head of the Palestine Liberation Organization. He is succeeded by Rawhi Fattouh. 
Jan 9
31st People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Julia Roberts win (Motion Picture) and Matt LeBlanc & Marg Helgenberger win (TV) 
Jan 10
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 12
Deep Impact (space mission) launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta 2 rocket. 
Jan 14
Landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn's moon Titan. 
Jan 15
ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon. 
Jan 15
An intense solar flare blasts X-rays across the solar system. 
Jan 21
In Belmopan, Belize, the unrest over the government's new taxes erupts into riots. 
Jan 23
"Numbers", starring Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz, debuts on CBS 
Jan 25
A stampede at the Mandher Devi temple in Mandhradevi in India kills at least 258. 
Jan 26
Condoleezza Rice is sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State, becoming the first African American woman to hold the post. 
Jan 26
Glendale train crash: Two trains derail killing 11 and injuring 200 in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles. 
Jan 29
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 1
Nepal King Gyanendra exercises Coup d'état to capture the democracy becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers. 
Feb 1
Canada introduces the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage. 
Feb 6
Super Bowl XXXIX, the New England Patriots win 24-21 over the Philadelphia Eagles 
Feb 8
Israel and Palestinians agree to cease-fire. 
Feb 13
47th Grammy Awards: Here We Go Again, Maroon 5 wins 
Feb 13
NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 38-27 
Feb 14
Lebanon's former Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri, is assassinated, prompting the country to fall into chaos. 
Feb 14
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 15
YouTube, the popular Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States. 
Feb 16
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 16
The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia. 
Feb 16
The UK version of "The Apprentice" with British business magnate Alan Sugar premieres on the BBC 
Feb 20
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 22
19th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins 
Feb 23
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 23
Vote of the controversial French law on colonialism, repealed start of 2006. 
Feb 26
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 26
25th Golden Raspberry Awards: Catwoman wins 
Feb 27
77th Academy Awards - "Million Dollar Baby," Jamie Foxx & Hilary Swank win 
Feb 28
Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, resigns amid large anti-Syria street demonstrations in Beirut. 
Feb 28
A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127. 
Feb 28
19th Soul Train Music Awards: Ice Cube, Usher & Ciara win 
Mar 3
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 3
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 4
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 4
United Nations warns that about 90 million Africans could be infected by HIV in the future without further action against the spread of the disease. 
Mar 5
The Burkinabé Party for Democracy and Socialism holds its first National Convention. 
Mar 7
Mass protest outside the National Assembly of Kuwait building for women's voting rights in Kuwait. 
Mar 12
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 13
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 14
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 16
Israel officially hands over Jericho to Palestinian control. 
Mar 18
Terri Schiavo's feeding tube is removed at the request of her husband. 
Mar 20
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 23
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 23
A major explosion at the Texas City Refinery kills 15 workers. 
Mar 26
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 28
The 2005 Sumatran earthquake rocks Indonesia, and at magnitude 8.7 is the second strongest earthquake since 1960. 
Apr 2
James Stewart Jr. becomes first African American to win a major motor sports event. 
Apr 6
Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani becomes the Iraqi president; Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari is named premier the next day. 
Apr 7
The Head of government of the Federal District, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, faces an impeachment process at the Mexican Congress. 
Apr 10
69th Golf Masters Championship: Tiger Woods wins, shooting a 276 
Apr 11
39th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson & Kenny Chesney wins 
Apr 14
The U.S. Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County. 
Apr 19
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the Papal conclave. 
Apr 24
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI
Apr 25
The final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937. 
Apr 25
Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union. 
Apr 25
107 die in Amagasaki rail crash in Japan. 
Apr 26
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 27
The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France. 
Apr 28
The Patent Law Treaty goes into effect. 
Apr 29
Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation. 
Apr 29
New Zealand's first civil union takes place. 
May 5
The United Kingdom general election takes place, in which Tony Blair's Labour Party is re-elected for a third consecutive term. 
May 8
The new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day. 
May 9
Liberal commentary website The Huffington Post is launched 
May 10
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 13
The Andijan Massacre occurs in Uzbekistan. 
May 14
Pope Benedict XVI observes his first beatification, elevating Blessed Marianne of Molokai on the road to canonization into sainthood. 
May 14
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 16
Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote. 
May 17
40th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson & Keith Urban wins 
May 29
France resoundingly rejects the European Constitution. 
May 29
Indianapolis 500: Dan Wheldon wins in 3:10:21.0769 (253.637 km/h) 
Jun 1
The Dutch referendum on the European Constitution results in its rejection. 
Jun 1
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 5
59th Tony Awards: Monty Python's Spamalot & Doubt win 
Jun 6
The United States Supreme Court votes to ban medical marijuana in Gonzales v. Raich. 
Jun 11
137th Belmont: Jeremy Rose aboard Afleet Alex wins in 2:28.75 
Jun 12
51st LPGA Championship won by Annika Sörenstam 
Jun 13
A jury in Santa Maria, California acquits pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch. 
Jun 14
Asafa Powell of Jamaica sets a new Men's 100 meters world record of 9.77 at the Athens Olympic Stadium 
Jun 19
Michael Schumacher wins controversial Formula 1 United States Grand Prix where only 6 of 20 cars complete the race amongst ridicule 
Jun 19
105th US Golf Open: Michael Campbell shoots a 280 at Pinehurst GR NC 
Jun 23
San Antonio Spurs beat Detroit Pistons 4-3 in NBA finals MVP: Tim Duncan (his third), San Antonio 
Jun 23
59th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Detroit Pistons, 4 games to 3 
Jun 27
AMD files broad antitrust complaints against Intel Corporation in U.S. Federal District Court, alleging abuse of monopoly powers and antitrust violations. 
Jun 28
A final design for Manhattan's Freedom Tower is formally unveiled. 
Jun 30
Spain legalizes same-sex marriage. 
Jul 2
South African tennis player Wesley Moodie and Australian Stephen Huss win the Wimbledon Men's double title 
Jul 3
The national law legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect in Spain. 
Jul 3
112th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Venus Williams beats Lindsay Davenport (4-6 7-6 9-7) 
Jul 3
119th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick (6-2 7-6 6-4) 
Jul 4
The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1. 
Jul 7
Coordinated terrorist bomb blasts strike London's public transport system during the morning rush hour killing 52 and injuring 700 
Jul 7
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 10
Hurricane Dennis slams into the Florida Panhandle causing billions of dollars in damage. 
Jul 12
76th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Comerica Park, Detroit 
Jul 15
After declining an offer to remain with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Mike Babcock is named head coach of the Detroit Red Wings 
Jul 15
"Wedding Crashers", starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, premieres 
Jul 17
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 17
134th British Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 274 at St Andrews 
Jul 17
13th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Annika Sorenstam win 
Jul 20
Canada becomes the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, after the bill C-38 receives its Royal Assent. 
Jul 21
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 22
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 23
Three bombs explode in the Naama Bay area of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, killing 88 people. 
Jul 24
Lance Armstrong retires after winning a record seventh consecutive Tour de France victory (stripped for doping in 2012) 
Jul 26
Space Shuttle program: STS-114 Mission - Launch of Discovery, NASA's first scheduled flight mission after the Columbia Disaster in 2003. 
Jul 26
Mumbai, India receives 99.5cm of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours, bringing the city to a halt for over 2 days. 
Jul 26
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 27
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 28
The Provisional Irish Republican Army call an end to their thirty year long armed campaign in Northern Ireland. 
Jul 28
A tornado touches down in a residential area in south Birmingham, England, causing £4,000,000 worth of damages and injuring 39 people. 
Jul 29
Astronomers announce their discovery of Eris. 
Aug 3
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 4
Prime Minister Paul Martin announces that Michaëlle Jean will be Canada's 27th — and first black — Governor General. 
Aug 12
Sri Lanka's foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE (Tamil Tigers) sniper at his home. 
Aug 12
An F2 tornado strikes the coal mining town of Wright, Wyoming, destroying nearly 100 homes and killing two people. 
Aug 12
Civil unrest provoked in the Maldives 
Aug 12
An F1 tornado strikes Glen Cove, New York, a rare event on Long Island 
Aug 15
87th PGA Championship: Phil Mickelson shoots a 276 at Baltusrol Golf Club 
Aug 16
West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashes near Machiques, Venezuela, killing all 160 aboard. 
Aug 17
The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts. 
Aug 18
Dennis Rader is sentenced to 175 years in prison for the BTK serial killings. 
Aug 18
Massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people. 
Aug 19
The first-ever joint military exercise between Russia and China, called Peace Mission 2005 begins. 
Aug 19
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 23
Hurricane Katrina first forms over the Bahamas, later becoming a category 5 hurricane 
Aug 23
TANS Peru Flight 204 crashes near Pucallpa, Peru, killing 41. 
Aug 29
Hurricane Katrina makes its 2nd landfall as a category 3 hurricane devastating much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida Panhandle. Kills more than 1,836, causes over $115 billion in damage. 
Aug 31
A stampede on Al-Aaimmah bridge in Baghdad kills 1,199 people. 
Sep 1
Seven members and former members of the AFL-CIO form a new trade union organization, the Change to Win Federation. 
Sep 1
22nd MTV Awards: Green Day, Kelly Clarkson & Kanye West wins 
Sep 5
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 7
First presidential election was held in Egypt. 
Sep 8
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 11
The State of Israel completes its unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip. 
Sep 11
"Pride & Prejudice", the film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel of the same name, starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet, is released 
Sep 12
The red-green coalition, led by Jens Stoltenberg, wins the Norwegian parliamentary election, taking 87 of 169 seats in the parliament. 
Sep 12
Israel completes its withdrawal of all troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip. 
Sep 12
The bodies of more than 40 patients discovered in a flooded hospital in New Orleans. 
Sep 12
Hong Kong Disneyland opens in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. 
Sep 12
Mark Messier announces on ESPN radio that he will retire from the NHL 
Sep 16
Camorra boss Paolo Di Lauro is arrested in Naples. 
Sep 18
57th Emmy Awards: Lost, Everybody Loves Raymond, James Spader & Patricia Arquette win 
Sep 23
FBI killing of Filiberto Ojeda on Plan Bonito Hormigueros, Puerto Rico. 
Sep 24
Hurricane Rita makes landfall in the United States, devastating Beaumont, Texas and portions of southwestern Louisiana. 
Sep 25
E1 Train Disaster 
Sep 27
Atlanta Braves clinch their 14th straight division title thanks to Philadelphia's loss to the New York Mets 
Sep 29
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 29
Amnesty referendum in Algeria. 
Sep 30
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 30
The controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. 
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. 
Oct 2
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 8
The Kashmir earthquake hits parts of northern South Asia at 03:50 UTC. 
Oct 10
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 12
The second Chinese human spaceflight Shenzhou 6 launched carrying Fèi Jùnlóng and Niè Hǎishèng for five days in orbit. 
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. 
Oct 17
The Colbert Report first airs. 
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 26
Chicago White Sox defeat Houston Astros 4-0 in baseball's World Series championship, MVP: Jermaine Dye, Chicago 
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. 
Nov 1
First part of the Gomery Report, which discusses allegations of political money manipulation, is released in Canada. 
Nov 6
The Evansville Tornado of November 2005 kills 25 in Northwestern Kentucky and Southwestern Indiana. 
Nov 6
The military junta of Myanmar (Burma) begins moving its government ministries from Yangon to Pyinmana. 
Nov 9
Suicide bombers attacked three hotels in Amman, Jordan, killing at least 60 people. 
Nov 9
The Venus Express mission of the European Space Agency is launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. 
Nov 15
Boeing formally launches the stretched Boeing 747-8 variant with orders from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines. 
Nov 15
39th Country Music Association Award: Keith Urban & Gretchen Wilson wins 
Nov 17
Italy's choice of national anthem, Il Canto degli Italiani, becomes official in law for the first time, almost 60 years after it was provisionally chosen following the birth of the republic. 
Nov 22
Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany. 
Nov 22
32nd American Music Award: Gwen Stefani, Will Smith & Kelly Clarkson win 
Nov 23
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, elected president of Liberia, is the first woman to lead an African country. 
Nov 24
Leader of the Opposition in the Canadian Parliament Stephen Harper, introduces a motion of no confidence. The motion is passed on November 28 leading to the dissolution of the 38th Canadian Parliament. 
Nov 25
Polish Minister of National Defence Radek Sikorski opens Warsaw Pact archives to historians. Maps of possible nuclear strikes against Western Europe, as well as the possible nuclear annihilation of 43 Polish cities and 2 million of its citizens by Soviet-controlled forces, are released. 
Nov 27
The first partial human face transplant is completed in Amiens, France. 
Nov 27
President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, in power since 1967 and the longest-serving head of state in the world, was re-elected to his third consecutive seven-year term. 
Nov 27
93rd CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 38-35 
Nov 29
The new Croatian Communist Party (KPH) is founded in Vukovar. 
Nov 30
John Sentamu becomes the first black archbishop in the Church of England with his enthronement as the 97th Archbishop of York. 
Nov 30
The Boston Bruins trade captain Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks 
Dec 2
Van Tuong Nguyen is executed in Singapore for drug trafficking. 
Dec 3
XCOR Aerospace makes first manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave, California. 
Dec 4
Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protest for democracy and call on the Government to allow universal and equal suffrage. 
Dec 4
94th Davis Cup: Croatia beats Slovak Republic in Bratislava (3-2) 
Dec 5
The Lake Tanganyika earthquake causes significant damage, mostly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 
Dec 5
The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there. 
Dec 6
Several villagers are shot dead during protests in Dongzhou, China. 
Dec 7
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. 
Dec 8
Ante Gotovina, Croatian army general accused of war crimes, is captured in the Playa de las Américas, Tenerife by the Spanish police. 
Dec 9
"Brokeback Mountain", starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, is released 
Dec 11
The Buncefield Oil Depot in Hemel Hempstead, England, is rocked by explosions, causing a huge oil fire. 
Dec 11
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. 
Dec 15
Latvia amends its constitution to eliminate possibility of same-sex couples being entitled to marry. 
Dec 15
Argentina's president Néstor Kirchner announces the early repayment of its external debt to the IMF. 
Dec 15
Introduction of the F-22 Raptor into USAF active service. 
Dec 15
The 2005 Atlantic Power Outage began. 
Dec 17
Anti-WTO protesters riot in Wan Chai, Hong Kong 
Dec 20
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. 
Dec 20
The first same sex civil partnerships in Scotland are celebrated. 
Dec 20
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. 
Dec 21
Joe Sakic is named captain of the 2006 Team Canada Olympic team 
Dec 23
Azerbaijan Airlines Flight 217 from Baku, Azerbaijan, to Aktau, Kazakhstan crashes shortly after takeoff killing 23 people. 
Dec 23
Chad declares a state of war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adré, which left about 100 people dead. 
Dec 26
Boxing Day shooting on a busy shopping street in Toronto. 
Dec 28
A U.S. immigration judge orders John Demjanjuk deported to Ukraine for crimes against humanity committed during World War II. 
Dec 30
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. 
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