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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 2005 AD


January 9: Mahmoud Abbas is elected as Palestinian Authority President
January 12: Deep Impact spacecraft is launched from Cape Canaveral
January 14: The Huygens probe lands on Saturn's moon Titan
January 16: Adriana Iliescu becomes the oldest woman in the world to give birth at 66
January 16: George W. Bush is inaugurated for his second term as President of the United States
January 30: Parliamentary elections in Iraq, the first since 1958


February 6: Super Bowl XXXIX, the New England Patriots win 24-21 over the Philadelphia Eagles
February 10: North Korea announces that it has nuclear weapons
February 25: Radio Canada International celebrates its 60th anniversary


March 1: The Supreme Court rules the death penalty unconstitutional for people who committed crimes before age 18
March 3: Garry Kasparov retires professionally from chess
March 3: Steve Fossett flys the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer to a world record by completing the first non-stop, non-refueled, solo flight around the world
March 20: Magnitude 7 earthquake strikes west of Kyushu Island, Japan
March 28: Sumatran earthquake with a magnitude of 8.7, the second largest earthquake since 1965


April 4: NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina defeats Illinois 75-70
April 9: Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles are married
April 19: Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, becomes the 265th pope
April 20: Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan suffers a 5.8 magnitude earthquake
April 26: Syria withdraws troops from Lebanon, ending its 29 year military occupation
April 27: Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France


May 7: The Huffington Post weblog makes it's debut
May 13: Star Trek: Enterprise broadcasts it's final show in the U.S.
May 16: Sony's PlayStation 3 makes it's debut at the E3 trade show
May 19: Revenge of the Sith (Star Wars III) is released
May 29: French reject a referendum on the E.U. constitution
May 31: Watergate figure Deep Throat is revealed to be W. Mark Felt a former F.B.I agent


June 1: Dutch reject a referendum on the E.U. constitution
June 6: Apple Computer announces they will switch to Intel processors in 2006
June 30: Spain becomes the 3rd country to permit same-sex marriage


July 6: London is declared the host city for the 2012 Summer Olympics
July 7: London's transit system is bombed by terrorists, 56 deaths, 700 injured
July 10: Luxembourg accepts a referendum on the E.U. constitution
July 16: 6th Harry Potter book by J. K. Rowling is released: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
July 19: John G. Roberts, Jr. is nominated to the United States Supreme Court
July 20: Canada becomes the 4th country to permit same-sex marriage
July 24: Lance Armstrong retires after winning his 7th straight Tours de France
July 26: Shuttle Discovery STS-114 launches, first flight since Columbia disaster
July 28: IRA issues a statement ordering the end to the armed campaign against the British


August 1: King Fahd of Saudi Arabia dies and is succeeded by Prince Abdullah
August 12: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launches
August 18: Dennis Rader, the BTK killer, receives 10 consecutive life sentences
August 29: Hurricane Katrina causes sever damage to the Gulf Coast killing 1836


September 5: John G. Roberts is nominated for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
September 12: Hong Kong Disneyland opens
September 29: John G. Roberts is confirmed as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court


October 7: Mohamed ElBaradei received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the IAEA
October 8: Earthquake in Kashmir kills approximately 80,000 people
October 15: Qinghai-Tibet Railway is completed in China
October 19: Saddam Hussein's trial begins in Iraq
October 31: Samuel Alito is nominated for the Supreme Court by George W. Bush


November 22: Ted Koppel's last show as host of Nightline
November 22: XBox 360 video game is released by Microsoft
November 30: First human face transplant is performed in France


December 1: South Africa is the 5th country to recognize same-sex marriages
December 18: Bolivia elects leftist Evo Morales president
December 20: New York City union members shut down subway and bus services for 3 days
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