2005 in History – What happened in year 2005

✅ Published on April 11th, 2009 in 21st Century in History

In history, year 2005 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 2005.

Top Historical Events of the Year 2005 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
05 januaryEris, the largest known dwarf planet in the Solar System, was discovered by a team led by Michael E. Brown using images originally taken on October 21, 2003, at the Palomar Observatory in San Diego County, California.
06 januaryAbout 60 tons of chlorine gas were released when two Norfolk Southern trains collided in Graniteville, South Carolina, USA.
09 januaryMahmoud Abbas was elected President of the Palestinian National Authority to replace Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004.
12 januaryCape Canaveral decided to launch a spacecraft known as Deep Impact spacecraft.
16 januaryGeorge W. Bush became the president of USA for the second time.
30 januaryAfter a long gap of several years the parliamentary elections of Iraq took place in 2005 after 1958.
06 februaryThe New England Patriots won over the Philadelphia Eagles with 24-21 runs in super bowl XXXIX.
14 februaryFormer Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri was assassinatedwhen explosives were detonated as his motorcade drove past the St.George Hotel in Beirut, sparking the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon.
15 februaryThree former PayPal employees launched the popular website YouTube, where individuals and companies can upload, view and share videos.
16 februaryThe Kyoto Protocol, an amendment to the international treaty onclimate change, entered into force.
23 februaryThe controversial French law on colonialism, requiring lycéeteachers to teach their students 'the positive role' of Frenchcolonialism, was passed, creating so much public uproar and opposition that it was repealed less than one year later.
25 februaryRadio Canada International has completed it 60th year and celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2005.
01 marchThe Supreme Court of India in its historic verdict ruled out the death penalty for those who committed crimes before age of 18 and it called its unconstitutional.
03 marchSteve Fossett flies the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer to a world record. He has completed the first non-stop, non-refuelled, solo flight around the world.
03 marchGarry Kasparov has declared his retirement professionally from chess.
10 marchTung Chee Hwa, the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong,announced his resignation following widespread dissatisfaction with hisleadership.
18 marchAs per a court order, the feeding tube of Terri Schiavo, anAmerican woman who suffered brain damage, was removed at the request ofher husband, fueling a worldwide debate on euthanasia.
23 marchA fire and explosion at the third-largest oil refinery in the United States killed 15 workers and kicked off process safety programs throughout the world.
28 marchSumatran earthquake with a magnitude of 8.7 in Richter scale was the second largest earthquake since 1965.
04 aprilNorth Carolina defeated Illinois by 75 -70 at NCAA men’s basketball championship.
09 aprilCharles, Prince of Wales, married his long-time mistress Camilla Parker Bowles.
25 aprilA commuter train came off its tracks in Amagasaki, Hyogo,Japan, and rammed into an apartment building, killing the driver and 106passengers and injuring 555 others in the Amagasaki rail crash.
26 aprilTroops from Lebanon were withdrawn ending its 29 year military occupation.
27 aprilThe Airbus A380, the largest passenger airliner in the world,made its maiden flight from Toulouse, France.
09 mayThe Huffington Post, an American online news aggregator, was launched on May 9, 2005. It was founded by Arianna Huffington to offer news related to each category, blogs, original content etc. It became the first commercially run United States digital media enterprise to win Pulitzer Prize in 2012.
09 mayPope Benedict XVI began the beatification process for hispredecessor Pope John Paul II, waiving the standard five years requiredafter the nominee's death.
13 mayUzbek Interior Ministry and National Security Service troopsfired into a crowd of protesters in Andijan, Uzbekistan, killinganywhere from 187, the official count of the government, to a reported5,000 people.
16 mayKuwait introduced women’s suffrage on May 16, 2005 with 35-23 national Assembly vote that means Kuwait women had right to vote, however the right was removed in following years. In 2005 they were again re-granted the voting right by Kuwait Parliament.
18 mayA second photo by the Hubble Space Telescope confirmed thediscovery of two new moons of Pluto-Nix and Hydra.
21 mayKingda Ka, the world's tallest roller coaster, opened on May 21, 2005 at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, United States. It was also the fastest roller coaster until Formula Rossa opened in November 2010.

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