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2005




2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar.

2005 was designated as:
* The Year of the Volunteer by the UK government.
* The World Year of Physics by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.
* The International Year of the Eucharist in Catholicism.
* The Year of Cork City as European Capital of Culture.
* The Year of the Veteran in Canada.
* The Year of Discovery.

The year 2005 was the end of the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People (1995–2005).

Events




January



Iraqi police officers hold up their index fingers marked with purple indelible ink, a security measure to prevent double voting.
* January 4 – Gunmen assassinate the Governor of Baghdad, Ali Al-Haidri.
* January 6 – The Graniteville train disaster kills 9 and injures 250 in Graniteville, South Carolina.
* January 9 – The same storm which pounded the U.S. earlier in the month hits England, Scandinavia and the Baltic States, leaving 13 dead with widespread flooding and power cuts.
* January 9Mahmoud Abbas is elected to succeed Yasser Arafat as Palestinian Authority President.
* January 12Deep Impact is launched from Cape Canaveral by a Delta 2 rocket.
* January 13 – Armed militants enter Israel from Gaza and open fire near the border, killing 6 people leaving 5 injured. Hamas and Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades claim joint responsibility for the attack.
* January 14 – The Huygens probe lands on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.
* January 16Adriana Iliescu gives birth at 66, becoming the oldest woman in the world to give birth.
* January 16 – Armed militants kill 1 and leaving 8 injured in the Gush Katif settlement, Gaza Strip. Hamas claims responsibility.
* January 20George W. Bush is inaugurated in Washington, D.C. for his second term as the 43rd President of the United States.
* January 20Ireland completes metrication.
* January 21 – In Belmopan, Belize, unrest over the government's new taxes erupts into riots.
* January 25 – A stampede at the Mandher Devi temple in Mandhradevi during a religious pilgrimage in India kills at least 250.
* January 26Glendale train crash: Two trains derail, killing 11 and injuring 200, in Glendale, California.
* January 30 – The first free Parliamentary elections in Iraq since 1958 take place.
* January 30 – A Royal Air Force C-130 Hercules transport plane crashes in Iraq, killing 10 British servicemen. Iraqi insurgents release a video claiming to have shot the aircraft down using a missile.

February




The Kyoto Protocol is intended to cut global emissions of greenhouse gases.
* February 1 – Sir Ian Blair is appointed Metropolitan Police Commissioner of London.
* February 4Yulia Tymoshenko becomes the 13th prime-minister of Ukraine.
* February 6Super Bowl XXXIX: The New England Patriots win their second consecutive Super Bowl title, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 24–21.
* February 8Danish parliamentary election, 2005: The center-right coalition led by Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen and his Liberal Party are re-elected for another term.
* February 9 – An ETA car bomb injures at least 40 people at a conference centre in Madrid.
* February 10North Korea announces that it possesses nuclear weapons as a protection against the hostility it feels from the United States.
* February 10Saudi Arabia holds its first ever municipal elections, in which only male citizens are allowed to vote.
* February 12 – Fire devastates the Windsor Building, a 32-story office block, in Madrid.
* February 14 – Former Prime Minister of Lebanon Rafik Hariri is killed in Beirut after an assassination attempt by suicide bombing, it also kills at least 16 other people and injures 120 others.
* February 14 – 59 people are killed and 200 injured after a fire breaks out in a mosque in Tehran, Iran.
* February 14 – A coal mine explosion at Liaoning, China kills at least 200.
* February 15 – The Internet site YouTube goes online.
* February 16 – The Kyoto Protocol goes into effect, without the support of the United States and Australia.
* February 16 – The National Hockey League cancels its 2004–2005 season, becoming the first North American professional league to cancel a season due to a labour dispute.
* February 19Suicide bombers kill more than 30 people in Iraq as Shia Muslims mark Ashura, their holiest day.
* February 20 – Spain holds a referendum on the Constitution for Europe, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout.
* February 20 – Early legislative elections in Portugal result in a landslide victory for José Sócrates and the Socialist Party.
* February 22 – More than 500 people are killed and over 1,000 injured, after entire villages are flattened in an earthquake (6.4 on the Richter scale) in the Zarand region of Kerman province in southern Iran.
* February 23 – A controversial French law on colonialism, requiring teachers to paint it in a positive light, is passed by the national legislature.
* February 24 – David Hernandez Arroyo goes on a shooting rampage at the Smith County Courthouse in Tyler, Texas. He kills 2, including his ex-wife, and injures 4 people, before being killed in a police chase.
* February 25Wichita, Kansas police apprehend the BTK serial killer Dennis Rader, 31 years after his first murder.
* February 25 – Terrorists kill 5 and wound 50 in Tel Aviv, Israel; Islamic Jihad claims responsibility for the attack.
* February 26 – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak asks Parliament to amend the constitution to allow multi-candidate presidential elections before September 2005.
* February 27 – The 77th Academy Awards, hosted by Chris Rock, are held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, with ''Million Dollar Baby'' winning Best Picture.

March




Protesters in front of Terri Schiavo's Pinellas Park, Florida hospice, March 27, 2005.
* March 1 – ''Roper v. Simmons'': The Supreme Court of the United States rules the death penalty unconstitutional for juveniles who committed their crimes before age 18.
* March 3 – The freighter ''M/V Karen Danielsen'' crashes into the Great Belt Bridge of Denmark. All traffic across the bridge is closed, effectively separating Denmark in two.
* March 3Millionaire Steve Fossett breaks a world record by completing the first non-stop, non-refueled, solo flight around the world in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer.
* March 3 – Four Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers are gunned down in Mayerthorpe, Alberta, Canada. It is deadliest day in Canadian law enforcement in over 120 years.
* March 4 – The car of released Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena is fired on by U.S. soldiers in Iraq, causing the death of 1 passenger and injuring 2 more.
* March 4 – The United Nations warns that about 90 million Africans could be infected with HIV in the future, without further action against the spread of the virus.
* March 8 – The Pakistan Army opens fire on insurgents in Baluchistan, in the first armed uprising since General Rahimuddin Khan's stabilization of the province in 1978.
* March 10Tung Chee Hwa, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, resigns.
* March 11 – In the United Kingdom, the controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 is given Royal Assent after one of the longest ever sittings by the House of Lords.
* March 11 – Three people, including a judge, are murdered in the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta, Georgia; the main suspect, Brian Nichols, surrenders to police the next day.
* March 11Central African Republic elections, 2005: The first round leads to a runoff between top candidates Francois Bozize and Martin Ziguele.
* March 14 – The People's Republic of China ratifies an anti-secession law, aimed at preventing Taiwan from declaring independence.
* March 14 – 800,000 people gather for an opposition rally in Beirut, a month after the death of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. It is the largest rally in Lebanon's history.
* March 16Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri, accused of the bombing of Air India Flight 182 in 1985, are found not guilty on all counts.
* March 19 – A suspected suicide bomber in Doha, Qatar kills 1 and injures 12 others.
* March 19 – A time bomb explodes in a Muslim shrine in Quetta, southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 29 people and wounding 40.
* March 19 – A blast occurs at the Xishui coal mine in Shuozhou, China, and rocks nearby Kangjiayao coal mine, killing up to 63 people.
* March 19Wales beats Ireland 32–20 to win their first Grand Slam since 1978 in Rugby Union's Six Nations tournament.
* March 20 – At least 700 people in Japan are injured and at least 1 killed, when a magnitude 7 earthquake strikes west of Kyushu Island, just 9km (5.5 miles) below the ocean floor.
* March 21 – Ten are killed in the Red Lake High School massacre in Minnesota, the worst school shooting since the Columbine High School massacre.M
* March 23 – The United States' 11th Circuit Court of Appeals refuses 2–1 to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.
* March 24 – The Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan reaches its climax with the overthrow of president Askar Akayev.
* March 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. Between 200,000 and 300,000 attend the walk.
* March 28 – The 2005 Sumatran earthquake strikes off Sumatra, 3 months after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. At a magnitude of 8.7 it is the second largest earthquake since 1965.

April




Pope Benedict XVI
* April 2Pope John Paul II dies; over 4 million people travel to the Vatican to mourn him.
* April 6 – The first 13th root calculation of a 200-digit number is computed by Frenchman Alexis Lemaire.
* April 6Rainier III, Prince of Monaco dies; his son Albert II succeeds him.
* April 7 – The Head of government of the Federal District, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, faces an impeachment process at the Mexican Congress.
* April 7MG Rover, the UK's sole remaining automotive mass-production facility, goes into receivership after a planned alliance with Chinese manufacturer, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, collapses.
* April 7 – A suicide bomber blows himself up in Cairo's Khan el-Khalili market, killing 2 foreign tourists and wounding 18 others. A group called "Islamic Pride Brigades" claims responsibility.
* April 8 – A referendum is held in Curaçao on independence vs. integration with the Netherlands.
* April 9 – Tens of thousands of demonstrators, many of them supporters of Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr, march through Baghdad denouncing the U.S. occupation of Iraq, 2 years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and rally in the square where his statue was toppled in 2003.
* April 9 – The marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles takes place, after being briefly postponed following the Pope's death. Camilla assumes the titles Her Royal Highness and Duchess of Cornwall.
* April 15 – A hotel fire in central Paris kills at least 21 and injures around 50.
* April 15 – Shanghai Automotive rules out any possibility of going back on its decision to pull out of a venture with MG Rover. This results in the largest independent British carmaker finishing production with the loss of more than 6,000 jobs at its huge Longbridge plant in Birmingham.
* April 16 – President Lucio Gutierrez of Ecuador declares a state of emergency in the capital city and dissolves the Supreme Court.
* April 17 – Twelve holidaymakers are killed in southern Switzerland when a bus carrying 27 people plunges 656 feet into a ravine.
* April 18 – Five people die in ethnic clashes in Iran's south-west Khuzestan province.
* April 19Papal conclave, 2005: Pope Benedict XVI (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) succeeds Pope John Paul II, becoming the 265th pope.
* April 20 – An earthquake (5.8 on the Richter scale) hits Fukuoka and Kasuga, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, injuring 56.
* April 20 – President Lucio Gutiérrez of Ecuador is said to have fled after Congress voted to sack him amid growing protests.
* April 21 – A bus crash in Vietnam's Central Highlands kills 30 Vietnamese war veterans.
* April 21 – A gunfight on the edge of the Saudi city of Mecca kills 2 militants and 2 members of the security forces.
* April 23Silvio Berlusconi, prime minister of Italy, re-forms the government after its dissolution 3 days earlier.
* April 25Amagasaki rail crash: A passenger train derails in Amagasaki Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, killing 104 people and injuring at least another 450.
* April 26 – Facing international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country.
* April 26 – The 2005 Pan-Blue visits to mainland China occur.
* April 27 – The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse.
* April 30 – Attacks on tourists in the Egyptian capital Cairo leave 3 militants dead and at least 10 people injured.

May




* May 1 – A suicide attack targets a Kurdish funeral in the northern Iraqi town of Talafar, near Mosul, killing at least 25 people and injuring more than 30 others. At least 5 policemen and 4 civilians are also killed in 2 separate attacks in Baghdad.
* May 2 – A blast at an illegal munitions store in northern Afghanistan kills 28 people and injures at least 13 others.
* May 3 – At least 32 people are killed and 9 others injured when 3 two-story buildings in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore collapse after gas cylinders stored in one of them explode.
* May 4 – In one of the largest insurgent attacks in Iraq, at least 60 people are killed and dozens wounded in a suicide bombing at a Kurdish police recruitment center in Irbil, northern Iraq.
* May 5United Kingdom general election, 2005: The Labour Party is re-elected with a substantially reduced majority.
* May 7 – A plane crash in Lockhart River, Australia kills 15 people.
* May 10 – A hand grenade ostensibly thrown by Vladimir Arutinian lands about 100 feet (30 m) from United States President George W. Bush while he is giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi, Georgia, but malfunctions and does not detonate.
* May 12 – An election is held in the Cayman Islands 7 months later than originally scheduled, due to Hurricane Ivan. It results in a change of government, with the United Democratic Party giving 4 seats to the then-opposition People's Progressive Movement in the 15 member Legislative Assembly.
* May 13Serial killer Michael Bruce Ross becomes the first person executed in Connecticut in 45 years.
* May 13Uzbek troops kill up to 700 during protests in eastern Uzbekistan over the trials of 23 accused Islamic extremists. President Islom Karimov defends the act.
* May 13 – The United States Department of Defense issues a list of bases to be closed as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process (BRAC 2005).
* May 15 – A passenger ferry capsizes and sinks in strong winds in the Bura Gauranga River in Bangladesh, leaving 200 people missing.
* May 16George Galloway appears before a United States Senate committee, to answer allegations of making money from the Iraqi Oil-for-Food Programme.
* May 17Kuwaiti women are granted the right to vote.
* May 19 – The Canadian House of Commons members narrowly pass two budget bills at a second reading, allowing the minority Liberal government of Prime Minister Paul Martin to stay in power.
* May 21Elena Paparizou wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 for Greece with the song ''My Number One'', in Kiev, Ukraine.
* May 25Liverpool F.C. wins the UEFA Champions League by defeating AC Milan 3–2 in a penalty shootout in Istanbul.
* May 25 – The Acting Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Donald Tsang, resigns for participating in the Chief Executive Election last July. As a result, Henry Tang and Michael Suen become the Acting Chief Executive and Acting Chief Secretary for Administration respectively.
* May 27Mark Hobson is sentenced to life imprisonment for 4 murders committed in Yorkshire the previous summer. The trial judge recommends that Hobson, a 35-year-old former binman, should never be released from prison.
* May 29 – A French referendum on the European Constitution votes resoundingly to reject it.
* May 31W. Mark Felt is confirmed to be "Deep Throat."

June




* June 1The Netherlands votes to reject the Dutch referendum on the European Constitution, the second country to do so.
* June 1The most active Atlantic hurricane season in recorded history begins.
* June 2 – The construction of Northrop Grumman X-47B, the world's first unmanned surveillance attack aircraft that can operate from both land bases and aircraft carriers, begins.
* June 5Switzerland votes to join the Schengen treaty and to allow same-sex partnerships.
* June 6Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam resigns.
* June 92005 Logan Airport runway incursion: Almost 400 people narrowly avoid disaster when 2 jet airliners nearly collide on the runway.
* June 17 – A 6.7 aftershock, which followed a 5.3 earthquake the previous day, hits California, making it the 4th earthquake since June 12 in California.
* June 17 – Because of "quadruple-witching" options and futures expiration, the New York Stock Exchange sees the heaviest first-hour trading on record. 704 million shares are traded between 9:30–10:30 A.M. (1.92 billion shares for the day).
* June 19 – Preliminary election results in the Autonomous Community of Galicia, Spain show that Manuel Fraga and the Partido Popular have lost control of the autonomous parliament.
* June 21 – A Volna booster rocket carrying the first light sail spacecraft (a joint Russian-United States project) fails 83 seconds after its launch, destroying the spacecraft.
* June 28Queen Elizabeth II conducts the International Fleet Review of 167 international warships in the Solent, as part of the Trafalgar 200 celebrations.
* June 30Spain joins Belgium and the Netherlands in permitting same-sex marriage.
* June 30 – The Dominican Republic–Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) is passed by the United States.

July




July 26: Shuttle ''Discovery'' STS-114 launch.
* July 2Live 8, a set of 10 simultaneous concerts, takes place throughout the world, raising interest in the Make Poverty History campaign.
* July 4NASA's "Copper bullet" from the Deep Impact spacecraft hits Comet Tempel 1, creating a crater for scientific studies.
* July 4 – Violent anti-G8 demonstrations occur in Gleneagles, Scotland.
* July 4 – The Italy-USA Foundation is established in Rome, Italy.
* July 6 – The European Parliament rejects the Directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions in its second reading in the codecision procedure.
* July 6 – The International Olympic Committee awards the 2012 Summer Olympics to London.
* July 7Four explosions (3 on the London Underground and 1 on a bus) rock the transport network in London, killing 56 and injuring over 700.
* July 7Al-Qaeda admits to killing Egypt's Ambassador, Ihab al-Sherif.
* July 10 – A Luxembourgish referendum on the European Constitution votes to accept it.
* July 10Hurricane Dennis strikes near Navarre Beach, Florida as a Category 3 storm, killing 10 after having killed over 50 in the Caribbean.
* July 12 – Terrorists kill 5 people and wound 90 in a crowded mall in Netanya, Israel. Islamic Jihad claims responsibility for attack.
* July 19 – U.S. president George W. Bush nominates Appeals Court Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. to the United States Supreme Court, following the retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor.
* July 20Canada's Civil Marriage Act, legalizing same-sex marriage, receives Royal Assent.
* July 21A terrorist attack on London, similar to the July 7 attacks, includes 4 attempted bomb attacks on 3 underground trains and a London bus. The bombs fail to explode properly, and only 1 injury is reported, later found to be unconnected.
* July 22 – A Brazilian electrician, Jean Charles de Menezes, is shot dead at a London underground station by police who mistake him for a suicide bomber.
* July 23 – A series of blasts hits a resort town in Egypt.
* July 24Lance Armstrong wins a record 7th straight Tour de France before his scheduled retirement.
* July 26 – ''STS-114'': The Space Shuttle ''Discovery'' is launched on its "Return To Flight" mission. This is the first space shuttle flight in nearly 2 1/2 years since the breakup of Space Shuttle ''Columbia'' on its return from mission ''STS-107''.
* July 26Mumbai and the Mumbai Conurbation area is submerged in 5–7ft. of water due to heavy rains, making nearby dams release water causing a massive flood, which virtually stops the financial capital of India for 4–5 days.
* July 28 – The Provisional IRA issues a statement formally ordering an end to the armed campaign it has pursued since 1969, and ordering all its units to dump their arms.

August



September 1: Aerial view of later flooding near downtown New Orleans, following the devastation of the city by Hurricane Katrina.

* August 1 – King Fahd of Saudi Arabia dies; his half-brother Abdullah of Saudi Arabia succeeds him.
* August 2Air France Flight 358 bursts into flames after overshooting the runway at Toronto Pearson International Airport; all aboard survive.
* August 2 – The Dominican Republic–Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) is signed into law in the United States.
* August 6 – An ATR-72 heading from Italy to Tunisia crashes into the Mediterranean Sea, killing 16 of 39 on board.
* August 9 – Space Shuttle ''Discovery'' returns to Edwards Air Force Base at 0814 EDT, completing ''STS-114'', "Return to Flight."
* August 10 – A passenger helicopter en route to Helsinki, Finland crashes into the sea near Tallinn, Estonia, killing 14.
* August 12 – The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is launched.
* August 12Ronald Venetiaan is sworn into office as President of Suriname.
* August 14Helios Airways Flight 522 crashes into a mountain in Greece, killing 121.
* August 15 – A peace treaty ends the Insurgency in Aceh.
* August 16West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 crashes into a mountain in Venezuela, killing 152 passengers.
* August 16 – The XX World Youth Day begins in Cologne, Germany.
* August 17 – The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.
* August 17Bangladesh is hit by bomb explosions. [http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Bangladesh_hit_by_several_bomb_explosions]
* August 17Sellapan Ramanathan gains victory in the Singapore Presidential elections, 2005.
* August 18BTK killer Dennis Rader receives 10 consecutive life sentences.
* August 18Peace Mission 2005, the first joint ChinaRussia military exercise, begins its 8-day training on the Shandong peninsula.
* August 22 – A meteorite crashes into the Dotito area of Zambezi Escarpment in Zimbabwe, leaving a crater.
* August 23Israel's unilateral disengagement from 25 Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip and West Bank ends.
* August 23Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas.
* August 24Hong Kong High Court Judge Michael Hartmann rules that sodomy laws are unconstitutional.
* August 26Jean Michel Jarre's "Space of Freedom" concert is held in Gdańsk, Poland, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the creation of Solidarność ("Solidarity" trade union).
* August 29 – At least 1,836 are killed, and severe damage is caused along the U.S. Gulf Coast, as Hurricane Katrina strikes coastal areas from Louisiana to Alabama, and travels up the entire state of Mississippi (flooding coast 31 feet/10 m), affecting most of eastern North America.
* August 30Hurricane Katrina dissipated leaving thousands dead, and many without any homes.
* August 31 – A crowd crush on the Al-Aaimmah bridge in Baghdad kills several hundred civilians (see Baghdad bridge stampede).

September



Gas price hike shown at a Shell station.
September 24: Hurricane Rita, at Beaumont & Lake Charles.

* September 1Oil prices rise sharply following the economic effects of Hurricane Katrina.
* September 2 – Protesters and Israeli forces clash in Bil'in.
* September 5Mandala Airlines Flight 091 737 crashes in Indonesia, killing at least 117 (see airplane accidents in 2005).
* September 5John G. Roberts is nominated by President George W. Bush for Chief Justice of the United States, replacing William Rehnquist, who had died 2 days previously.
* September 7Hosni Mubarak, incumbent President of Egypt, wins the country's first multi-party presidential election.
* September 11Japan general election, 2005: Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and the Liberal Democratic Party are returned to power.
* September 12 – The Norwegian parliamentary election results in a victory for the red-green-coalition. The new prime-minister is Jens Stoltenberg from the Labour Party.
* September 12 – The Hong Kong Disneyland Resort officially opens publicly.
* September 12 – The English cricket team draws the final match to win The 2005 Ashes.
* September 1416 – The largest UN World Summit in history is held in New York City.
* September 16Camorra boss Paolo Di Lauro is arrested in Naples.
* September 17Helen Clark, leader of the Labour Party, is re-elected for a third term in the New Zealand general election.
* September 18Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union and Gerhard Schröder of the Social Democratic Party both claim victory in the German federal election.
* September 18Afghan parliamentary election: Former Northern Alliance warlords and their followers claim victory.
* September 19North Korea agrees to stop building nuclear weapons in exchange for aid and cooperation.
* September 20 – The NFL sees the groundbreaking ceremony for two new stadiums, the Indianapolis Colts' Lucas Oil Stadium and the Dallas Cowboys' temporarily named Cowboys Stadium

* September 23 – Convicted bank thief and Boricua Popular Army leader, Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, is killed in his home in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico when members of the FBI attempt to serve an arrest warrant.
* September 24Hurricane Rita hits the U.S. Gulf Coast, devastating areas near Beaumont, TX and Lake Charles, LA. The Ninth Ward of New Orleans re-floods since Katrina, and Mississippi and Alabama are also affected.
* September 24 – Worldwide protests occur against the Iraq War, with over 150,000 protestors in Washington DC (see Opposition to the Iraq War).
* September 24Polish parliamentary election: Two center-right parties win the required majority of seats.
* September 24 – The Australian Rules Football team Sydney Swans wins the 2005 Grand Final, to become the AFL Premiers, defeating the West Coast Eagles at the MCG to end a 72-year Premiership drought.
* September 26 – U.S. Army Reservist Lynndie England is convicted by a military jury on 6 of 7 counts, in connection with the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal.
* September 27Michaëlle Jean, born in Haiti, becomes the 27th Governor General of Canada, and the first Black Canadian to hold that position.
* September 28 – American politician Tom DeLay is indicted on charges of criminal conspiracy by a Texas grand jury.
* September 29John G. Roberts, Jr. is confirmed and sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States.
* September 29 – A High Court judge rules that Soham murderer Ian Huntley must spend at least 40 years in prison before being considered for parole; a ruling which effectively rules out his release until at least 2042 and the age of 68.
* September 30Controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

October



Visible image of Hurricane Wilma at record intensity with a central pressure of 882 millibars.

* October 1 – The 2005 Bali bombings kill 26 people and injure more than 100.
* October 1 – The world's largest bank, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, is formed by the merger of 2 Japanese banking conglomerates.
* October 1 – An Australian photojournalist in Afghanistan, Stephen Dupont, films U.S. soldiers burning 2 dead Taliban militias' bodies.
* October 2A shipwreck on Lake George kills 20 people.
* October 2 – The first NFL game played out of the USA pits the San Francisco 49ers against the Arizona Cardinals at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico. The Cardinals win 31–14.
* October 3St. Tammany Parish Schools reopen in Louisiana, just over a month after Hurricane Katrina closed them.
* October 3 – U.S. President George W. Bush nominates Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court of the United States.
* October 4Hurricane Stan hits Mexico and Central America, killing over 1,620 people.
* October 5Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith is charged with refusing to serve in the Iraq war.
* October 7UN nuclear agency director Mohamed ElBaradei is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
* October 8 – The 2005 Kashmir earthquake kills about 80,000 people.
* October 9Polish presidential election: The 1st round results in a runoff between top candidates Donald Tusk and Lech Kaczyński.
* October 12 – The second Chinese spacecraft, ''Shenzhou 6'', is launched, carrying Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng for 5 days in orbit.
* October 13Veselin Topalov wins the FIDE World Chess Championship 2005.
* October 15 – The referendum on the new Proposed Iraqi constitution is held.
* October 15 – A riot occurs in Toledo, Ohio during a Neo-Nazi rally on racial issues; 114 are arrested.
* October 15 – The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is completed.
* October 16U.S. helicopters and warplanes bomb 2 villages near Ramadi in western Iraq, killing about 70 people.
* October 17Jens Stoltenberg becomes Prime Minister of Norway for the second time.
* October 18 – The UN tightens the rules for its staff, following several claims of financial impropriety and sexual abuse.
* October 19 – The Trials of Saddam Hussein begin.
* October 19Hurricane Wilma swells into a Category 5 storm.
* October 19 – The Houston Astros win their first National League Championship, to advance to their first-ever World Series in franchise history.
* October 20Hurricane Wilma enters the Mexican Caribbean, passing through Cozumel and then the Yucatán Peninsula, staying over Cancún for over 60 hours.
* October 21 – The 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar is observed, with celebrations held around the United Kingdom.
* October 22Tropical Storm Alpha forms, making the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season the most active on record.
* October 22Bellview Airlines Flight 210, a Boeing 737 airliner, crashes in Nigeria.
* October 23Polish presidential election, 2nd round: Lech Kaczyński is elected.
* October 23 – A referendum is held on the merger of Kamchatka Oblast and Koryak Autonomous Okrug.
* October 23Brazil holds a referendum about a ban on the sale of firearms and ammunition.
* October 24Hurricane Wilma makes landfall in southwestern Florida as a category 3 hurricane.
* October 26Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calls for Israel to be "wiped off the map" at the "World Without Zionism" conference in Tehran, Iran, and condemns the peace process.
* October 26 – The U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 2,000.
* October 26 – The Chicago White Sox beat the Houston Astros in 4 games to win their first World Series since 1917.
* October 27Harriet Miers withdraws her name from consideration for the Supreme Court of the United States.
* October 27 – Two teenagers accidentally electrocute themselves in Seine-Saint-Denis, Paris, France, leading to widespread rioting.
* October 28 – Vice presidential adviser Lewis "Scooter" Libby resigns after being charged with obstruction of justice, perjury and making a false statement in the CIA leak investigation.
* October 29 – A train in Andhra Pradesh, India derails, killing at least 77 people.
* October 29 – At least 61 people are killed and many others wounded in 3 powerful blasts in the Indian capital, Delhi (see 29 October 2005 Delhi bombings).
* October 30Hurricane Beta hits the coast of Nicaragua. It is the 13th hurricane of 2005, breaking the 1969 record of 12 hurricanes.
* October 31 – U.S. President George W. Bush nominates Federal Appeals Court Judge Samuel Alito to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

November



Part of the devastation caused by an F3 tornado near Evansville, Indiana.

* November 1Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive in the United States for a state visit, their first overseas tour since their marriage.
* November 1 – Justice John Gomery releases the first part of the Gomery Commission report on corruption in the Liberal Party of Canada and the sponsorship scandal.
* November 1United States Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and his fellow Democrats force a closed session of the Senate over the Lewis Libby indictment.
* November 2 – The Spanish Congress of Deputies approves the admission to formality of the new Catalan Statute of Autonomy with the support of all the groups except the People's Party (PP), which the same day files an objection of unconstitutionality.
* November 34 – Another severe aftershock measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale hits affected areas of Northern Pakistan.
* November 4 – The U.S. and Uruguay governments sign a Bilateral Investment Treaty.
* November 4 – Afghan police officers find Nadia Anjuman's body in her home in the western city of Herat; she had been beaten to death by her husband.
* November 6Evansville Tornado of November 2005: A tornado hits western Kentucky and southwestern Indiana, killing at least 22.
* November 6Azerbaijan parliamentary election: Results are disputed between the New Azerbaijan Party and the Azadliq Party opposition.
* November 8French President Jacques Chirac declares a state of emergency on the 12th day of the French civil unrest (see 2005 civil unrest in France).
* November 8 – The Senate of Mexico adopts a decree amending the Constitution of Mexico banning the use of capital punishment.
* November 9 – At least 50 people are killed and more than 120 injured in a series of coordinated suicide bombings in Amman, Jordan (See 2005 Amman bombings).
* November 12United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan makes his first visit to Iraq since the Iraq War began, and urges Iraqis to embrace a process aiming to reconcile all the country's ethnic and religious groups.
* November 13Andrew Stimpson, a 25-year old British man, is reported as the first person proven to have been 'cured' of HIV.
* November 15 – Workers in Australia stage a massive protest against the Coalition government's planned Industrial Reform legislation.
* November 15An earthquake hits near Sanriku in Japan, prompting a tsunami warning to be issued.
* November 19 – Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa takes office as President after the Presidential Election.
* November 20 – ''The Washington Post'' rebukes journalist Bob Woodward over his conduct in the CIA leak probe.
* November 21 – The Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, announces his resignation from Likud and his intention to form a new party devoted to peace in the region, Kadima, and asks the President of Israel to call a general election.
* November 24 – The Licensing Act 2003 comes into force in England and Wales, introducing flexibility in the hours during which alcoholic beverages may be sold.
* November 25 – The 20th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting opens in Valletta, Malta.
* November 27Manila, the Philippines hosts the 23rd Southeast Asian Games, which sees the largest number of participants in its history.
* November 27Manuel Zelaya is elected the new President of Honduras.
* November 27 – The 20th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting closes in Valletta, Malta.
* November 28 – The Liberal Party minority government in Canada is toppled by a non-confidence vote in the House of Commons, tabled by the Conservatives and backed by the Bloc Québécois and the New Democratic Party, paving the way for a federal election on January 23, 2006.
* November 28December 9 – The United Nations Climate Change Conference is held in Montreal, Quebec.
* November 29 – Leo O'Connor and David Keogh appear in court (see O'Connor - Keogh official secrets trial).
* November 30 – Surgeons in France carry out the first human face transplant.

December




December 9 – The last day of service for London's Routemaster buses.
The Hertfordshire explosions seen from nearby on December 11.

* December 1South Africa becomes the 5th country in the world where same-sex marriages are recognized.
* December 2 – The £140m (US$240m) extension of the Docklands Light Railway in London, linking Canning Town to North Woolwich and London City Airport, opens.
* December 4 – The December 2005 protest for democracy in Hong Kong draws 250,000 people.
* December 6 – An Iranian C-130 Hercules airplane crashes into a ten-story building in a civilian area of Tehran, the capital of Iran, killing all 94 people aboard and 34 residents of the building (128 total).
* December 7 – A U.S. Federal Air Marshal fatally shoots Rigoberto Alpizar on a jetway at Miami International Airport in Florida.
* December 7 – The European Union TLD ''.eu'' is launched, and replaces ''.eu.int''. Initially this will be only for business purposes. From 7 April 2006 onwards, EU citizens can also register .eu domains.
* December 8Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 overshoots the runway at Chicago Midway Airport, killing a 6-year-old boy and injuring 11 other people.
* December 8Hurricane Epsilon dies in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. It becomes the longest-lived December hurricane on record and ties for second-place, being the 2nd strongest December hurricane.
* December 11 – The 2005 Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal fire north of London causes widespread damage, and is the largest explosion ever to occur in peacetime Europe.
* December 11 – The 2005 Cronulla riots occur in Sydney, Australia, involving up to 5,000 youths.
* December 12Gebran Ghassan Tueni is assassinated by a car bomb. He is buried at Saint Dimitrius Cemetery after a funeral at Saint George Church in Beirut.
* December 12 – Scientists announce that they have created mice with small amounts of human brain cells in an effort to make realistic models of neurological disorders.
* December 13 – A 6.7 magnitude earthquake rocks South Asia.
* December 14Shakidor Dam fails in Pakistan due to heavy rain.
* December 15 – The first parliamentary elections take place under Iraq's new federal constitution.
* December 16 – The 43rd Mersenne prime is found, 230,402,457 − 1. It was discovered with the GIMPS project by Dr. Curtis Cooper and Dr. Steven Boone, professors at Central Missouri State University.
* December 18Evo Morales wins the Bolivian Presidential Elections.
* December 18Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is hospitalized after suffering a minor stroke. He is released from the hospital 2 days later.
* December 18 – The World Trade Organization 6th ministerial conference concludes in Hong Kong with a limited trade deal being ratified.
* December 202005 New York City transit strike: New York City's Transport Workers Union Local 100 goes on strike for 3 days, shutting down all New York City Subway and Bus services.
* December 22 – An industrial action by bus drivers in Tehran leads to the arrest of Mansour Osanlou and several other union activists.
* December 23Lech Kaczyński is sworn in as President of Poland in Warsaw.
* December 23U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announces the first in an expected series of troop drawdowns following the Iraqi elections.
* December 23Azerbaijan Airlines Flight 217 from Baku, Azerbaijan, to Aktau, Kazakhstan, crashes shortly after takeoff, killing 23 people.
* December 23Chad declares a state of war withSudan, following a December 18 attack on Adre, which left about 100 people dead.
* December 23 – In Israel, the trial of Tali Fahima ends in a plea bargain.
* December 24Pope Benedict XVI leads his first Christmas Midnight Mass as Pope, praying for peace in the Middle East.
* December 31 – Another second is added, 23:59:60, called a leap second, to end the year 2005. The last time this occurred was on June 30, 1998.

Unknown dates


Mean surface temperature anomalies for 2005 compared to average temperatures from 1951 to 1980 (source: NASA)
* Ten years after reaching the million mark, the U.S. prison population reaches 1.5 million inmates.
* Based on estimates by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, 2005 is the warmest year since reliable widespread instrumental measurements became available in the late 1800s, beating the previous record set in 1998 by a few hundredths of a degree Celsius. It will be replaced by 2007 as the warmest year.
Other researchers place 1998 at the top of the temperature record.
* Due to a combination of the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, and an overactive hurricane season and other factors, 2005 is also the costliest year for natural disasters, with world wide damages estimated at over $200 billion.
* Temperatures in the Lut desert in Iran reach 70.7°C which is a temperature record for earth.

World population






Births





* January 30Prince Hashem bin Al Abdullah II
* March 27Countess Luana of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg
* April 8Leah Isadora Behn, granddaughter of King Harald V of Norway
* April 29 – Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, son of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, grandson of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand
* June 5Irene Urdangarin, granddaughter of King Juan Carlos I of Spain
* July 27Princess Alexia of the Netherlands, daughter of Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange
* October 4Prince Emmanuel of Belgium, son of Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium
* October 15Prince Christian of Denmark, son of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark and his wife Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
* October 31Infanta Leonor of Spain, daughter of Felipe, Prince of Asturias and his wife Letizia
* December 3Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway, grandson of King Harald V of Norway
* December 13Prince Nicolas of Belgium, grandson of King Albert II of Belgium
* December 13Prince Aymeric of Belgium, grandson of King Albert II of Belgium

Deaths




January



* January 1Shirley Chisholm, African-American politician (b. 1924)
* January 1Eugene J. Martin, American artist (b. 1938)
* January 1Bob Matsui, American politician (b. 1941)
* January 2John Ziman, English-New Zealand physicist (b. 1925)
* January 4Alton Tobey, American artist (b. 1914)
* January 4Guy Davenport, American author, artist, and scholar (b. 1927)
* January 4Robert Heilbroner, American writer (b. 1919)
* January 7Pierre Daninos, French writer and humorist (b. 1913)
* January 10Joséphine-Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (b. 1927)
* January 12Alessia di Matteo, Italian medical figure (b. 2003)
* January 12Amrish Puri, Indian actor (b. 1932)
* January 15Victoria de los Ángeles, Spanish Catalan soprano (b. 1923)
* January 15Deem Bristow, American voice actor (b. 1947)
* January 17Zhao Ziyang, Chinese premier (b. 1919)
* January 18Lamont Bentley, American television and film actor (b. 1973)
* January 19Anita Kulcsár, Hungarian handball player (b. 1976)
* January 19Bill Andersen, New Zealand trade union leader (b. 1924)
* January 20Per Borten, Prime Minister of Norway (b. 1913)
* January 21Don Poier, American sports announcer (b. 1951)
* January 21Theun de Vries, Dutch writer (b. 1907)
* January 23Johnny Carson, American television host (b. 1925)
* January 25Philip Johnson, American architect (b. 1906)

February


Max Schmeling
* February 1John Vernon, Canadian Actor (b.1932)
* February 2Max Schmeling, German boxer (b.1905)
* February 3Zurab Zhvania, Prime Minister of Georgia (b. 1963)
* February 5Gnassingbe Eyadema, President of Togo (b. 1937)
* February 6Merle Kilgore, American singer and songwriter (b. 1934)
* February 10Arthur Miller, American playwright (b. 1915)
* February 13Lucia dos Santos, Visionary to the Marian apparitions at Fátima (b. 1907) a Discalced Carmelite nun
* February 14Rafik Hariri, Prime Minister of Lebanon (b. 1944)
* February 16Nicole DeHuff, American actress (b. 1974)
* February 17Nariman Sadeq, Queen of Egypt (b. 1934)
* February 20Sandra Dee, American actress (b. 1944)
* February 20Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist (b. 1937)
* February 22Lee Eun Joo, Korean actress (b. 1980)
* February 25Peter Benenson, lawyer and founder of Amnesty International (b. 1921)
* February 27Jessica Lunsford, American murder victim (b. 1995)

March


James Callaghan
Johnnie Cochran
* March 3Rinus Michels, Dutch soccer player and coach (b. 1928)
* March 6Teresa Wright, American actress (b. 1918)
* March 6Tommy Vance, British radio disc jockey (b. 1941)
* March 9Jeanette Schmid, German-born professional whistler (b. 1924)
* March 9Chris LeDoux, American rodeo performer and singer (b. 1949)
* March 10Dave Allen, Irish comedian (b. 1936)
* March 19John Z. DeLorean, American car maker (b.1925)
* March 21Bobby Short, American entertainer (b. 1924)
* March 21Jeff Weise, American murderer (b. 1988)
* March 22Clemente Domínguez y Gómez, Spanish spiritual leader (b. 1946)
* March 25George F. Kennan, American diplomat and political advisor (b. 1904)
* March 26James Callaghan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1912)
* March 26Paul Hester, Australian musician (b. 1959)
* March 27- Josh McDowell, Race car driver (b. 1986)
* March 29Johnnie Cochran, American lawyer (b. 1937)
* March 29Mitch Hedberg, American comedian (b. 1968)
* March 30Fred Korematsu, American civil rights activist (b. 1919)
* March 31Terri Schiavo, American right-to-die cause célèbre (b. 1963)
* March 31Justiniano Montano, Filipino politician (b. 1905)

April


Pope John Paul II
* April 1Paul Bomani, Tanzanian politician and ambassador (b 1925)
* April 2Pope John Paul II, Polish Roman Catholic Pope (b. 1920)
* April 5John Sichel, British film and television director (b. 1937)
* April 5Saul Bellow, American writer (b. 1915)
* April 6Rainier III, Prince of Monaco (b. 1923)
* April 16Kim Mu-saeng, South Korean actor (b. 1943)
* April 19Ruth Hussey, American actress (b. 1911)
* April 20Zygfryd Blaut, Polish footballer (b. 1943)
* April 22Norman Bird, British actor (b. 1920)
* April 23John Mills, English actor (b. 1908)
* April 24Ezer Weizman, former President of Israel (b. 1924)
* April 26Mason Adams, American actor (b. 1919)
* April 28Chris Candido, American professional wrestler (b. 1972)

May


Eddie Albert
* May 2Wee Kim Wee, President of Singapore (b. 1915)
* May 5Edgar Ponce, Mexican actor and dancer (b. 1974)
* May 7Peter Wallace Rodino, American politician (b. 1909)
* May 8Lloyd Cutler, American attorney and Presidential advisor (b. 1917)
* May 13George Dantzig, American mathematician (b. 1914)
* May 14Jimmy Martin, American musician (b. 1927)
* May 18Frank Gorshin, American actor (b. 1933)
* May 22Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor (b. 1914)
* May 25Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (b. 1938)
* May 26Eddie Albert, American actor (b. 1906)
* May 30Natalee Holloway, American teen,disappeared in Aruba. (b.1986)

June


Anne Bancroft
* June 6Maurice Rabb, Jr., American ophthalmologist (b. 1932)
* June 6Anne Bancroft, American actress (b. 1931)
* June 13Jonathan Adams, British actor (b. 1931)
* June 13Álvaro Cunhal, Portuguese politician (b. 1913)
* June 13Lane Smith, American actor (b.1936)
* June 25Domino Harvey, British born bounty hunter who moved to Los Angeles (b. 1969)
* June 26Richard Whiteley, British journalist and television presenter (b. 1943)
* June 28Brenda Howard, American activist (b. 1946)

July


Edward Heath
* July 1Luther Vandross, American R&B singer (b. 1951)
* July 1Obie Benson, Singer Of The Four Tops (b. 1937)
* July 9Alex Shibicky, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1914)
* July 11Shinya Hashimoto, Japanese professional wrestler (b. 1965)
* July 17Edward Heath, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1916)
* July 18William Westmoreland, U.S. general (b. 1914)
* July 19John Tyndall, British activist (b. 1934)
* July 20James Doohan, Canadian actor (b. 1920)
* July 21Long John Baldry, British musician (b. 1941)
* July 21Alfred Hayes, English wrestling announcer (b. 1928)
* July 23Myron Floren, American accordianist & musician (b. 1919)
* July 26Jack Hirshleifer, American economist (b. 1925)
* July 26Robert C. Turner, American potter (b. 1913)
* July 31Wim Duisenberg, Dutch president of the European Central Bank (b. 1935)

August


Peter Jennings
* August 1 – King Fahd of Saudi Arabia (b. 1923)
* August 6Robin Cook, British politician (b. 1946)
* August 6Carlo Little, British drummer (b.1938)
* August 7Peter Jennings, Canadian-American news anchor (b. 1938)
* August 8 – Sheikh Ahmed Deedat, Indian author, lecturer, and orator (b. 1918)
* August 8John H. Johnson, American businessman and publisher. (b. 1918)
* August 12Lakshman Kadirgamar, foreign minister of Sri Lanka (assassinated) (b. 1932)
* August 13David Lange, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1942)
* August 15Bendapudi Venkata Satyanarayana, Indian dermatologist (d. 1927)
* August 16Frère Roger, Swiss founder of the Taizé Community (b. 1915)
* August 16Joe Ranft, American animator (b. 1960)
* August 19Mo Mowlam, British politician (b. 1949)
* August 20Thomas Herrion, American football player (b. 1981)
* August 21István Cserháti, Hungarian keyboardist (P.Box) (b. 1954)
* August 21Dahlia Ravikovitch, Israeli poet (b. 1936)
* August 26Robert Denning, American interior designer (b. 1927)

September


William Rehnquist
* September 2Bob Denver, American actor (b. 1935)
* September 3William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1924)
* September 10Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, American musician (b. 1924)
* September 14Robert Wise, American film director (b. 1914)
* September 17Alfred Reed, American Composer and Conductor (b. 1921)
* September 18Michael Park, English Rally Co- Driver of Markko Martin (b. 1966)
* September 20Simon Wiesenthal, Austrian Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter (b. 1908)
* September 23Roger Brierley, English actor (b. 1935)
* September 25Don Adams, American actor (b. 1923)
* September 25Sally Anne Bowman, British model and murder victim (b. 1987)
* September 26Jerry Juhl, American writer (b. 1938)
* September 26Shawntinice Polk, American basketball player (b. 1983)
* September 27Brett Kebble, South African mining magnate (b. 1964)

October



Rosa Parks
* October 2Nipsey Russell, American actor and game show personality (b. 1918)
* October 3Ronnie Barker, British comic actor (b. 1929)
* October 7Charles Rocket, American actor (b. 1949)
* October 9Louis Nye, American actor (b. 1913)
* October 10Milton Obote, President of Uganda (b. 1925)
* October 13Vivian Malone Jones, American civil rights activist (b. 1942)
* October 15Jason Collier, American basketball player (b. 1977)
* October 17Ba Jin, Chinese writer (b. 1904)
* October 21Tara Correa-McMullen, American actress (b. 1989)
* October 23William Hootkins, American actor (b. 1948)
* October 24Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist (b. 1913)
* October 24José Azcona del Hoyo, President of Honduras (b. 1926)
* October 24Robert Sloman, English writer (b. 1926)
* October 28Richard Smalley, American physicist (b. 1943)

November


Eddie Guerrero

* November 4Nadia Anjuman, Afghani poet and journalist (b. 1980)
* November 6Minako Honda, Japanese singer and actress (b. 1967)
* November 9K. R. Narayanan, President of India (b. 1921)
* November 11Moustapha Akkad, Syrian-American film producer (b. 1930)
* November 11Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield, British photographer (b. 1939)
* November 13Eddie Guerrero, Mexican-American professional wrestler (b. 1967)
* November 18Sharon Beshenivsky, English police constable (b. 1967)
* November 19Erik Balling, Danish television and film director (b. 1924)
* November 20Chris Whitley, American musician (b. 1945)
* November 24Pat Morita, American actor (b. 1932)
* November 25George Best, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1946)
* November 25Richard Burns, English race car driver (b. 1971)
* November 28Eric Nance, American murderer (b. 1960)

December


* December 1Mary Hayley Bell (Lady Mary Mills), Actress & Writer (b. 1911)
Richard Pryor
* December 2Mohammed Amza Zubeidi, former prime minister of Iraq (b. 1938)
* December 2Nguyen Tuong Van, Vietnamese-Australian drug trafficker and capital punishment ''cause célèbre'' (b. 1980)
* December 2Christine Pullein-Thompson, British author (b. 1925)
* December 6Devan Nair, President of Singapore (b. 1923)
* December 10Richard Pryor, American comedian (b. 1940)
* December 12Ramanand Sagar, Indian film director (b. 1917)
* December 13Stanley Williams, American gang founder (b. 1953)
* December 16John Spencer, American actor (b. 1946)
* December 18Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (b. 1922)
* December 21William C. Rodgers, American arsonist (b. unknown)
* December 23Yao Wenyuan, Chinese politician (b. 1931)
* December 25Birgit Nilsson, Swedish soprano (b. 1918)
* December 25Charles Socarides, American psychiatrist (b. 1922)
* December 26Kerry Packer, Australian media tycoon (b. 1937)
* December 26Vincent Schiavelli, American actor (b. 1948)
* December 28Patrick Cranshaw, American actor (b.1919)
* December 29Gerda Boyesen, Norwegian-born body psychotherapist (b. 1922)

Nobel Prizes



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* PhysicsRoy J. Glauber, John L. Hall, Theodor W. Hänsch
* ChemistryRobert Grubbs, Richard Schrock, Yves Chauvin
* Physiology or MedicineRobin Warren, Barry Marshall
* LiteratureHarold Pinter
* PeaceMohamed ElBaradei
* Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred NobelRobert J. Aumann, Thomas Schelling

2005 in fiction



Film



* ''The Transformers: The Movie'' (1986): The story takes place in 2005, 20 years after the events of the TV series.
* ''Bicentennial Man'' (1999): This movie is set in April, 2005.

Games


* ''Metal Gear Solid: Tactical Espionage Action'' (1998): The story is set in 2005, when the game itself was released in 1998.
* ''Twisted Metal (1995) The game is set on Christmas Eve, 2005 in Los Angeles.

Ship events



* List of ship launches in 2005
* List of ship commissionings in 2005
* List of ship decommissionings in 2005


Source: Wikipedia