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- Worldwide aid effort continues to develop in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
- January 3 - Violence in Iraq: Assassination of the Governor of Baghdad, Ali Al-Haidri.
- January 9 -
- The same storm which pounded the US earlier in the month hits England and Scandinavia. At least 13 are dead among hurricane force winds and the worst flooding in northwest England in 40 years.
- Mahmoud Abbas is elected to succeed Yasser Arafat as Palestinian Authority president in the Palestinian election.
- January 10 - Record rainfall causes a mudslide in La Conchita, California, killing 10.
- January 13 - Photos of Prince Harry dressed as a Nazi at a costume party cause worldwide condemnation.
- January 14 - The Huygens probe lands on Titan, largest moon of planet Saturn.
- January 16 - Adriana Iliescu gives birth at age 66 and becomes the oldest woman in the world to do so.
- January 17 - New Zealand's controversial Foreshore and Seabed legislation comes into force. Some indigenous Maori citizens consider it a day of mourning and will stage a march ("hikoi") in Christchurch.
- January 18 - Mark Latham resigns as leader of the Australian Labor Party and as a Member of the Australian House of Representatives.
- January 20 - U.S. Presidential inauguration day for the second term of George W. Bush.
- January 21 - In Belize's capital city Belmopan, the unrest over the government's new taxes erupts into riots.
- January 23 - Viktor Yushchenko is sworn in as the third President of Ukraine in Kiev, Ukraine.
- January 25 - A stampede during a religious pilgrimage in India kills at least 215, mostly women and small children.
- January 26 - A helicopter crash in eastern Iraq kills 31 United States soldiers.
- January 30 -
- The first Parliamentary elections in Iraq since the overthrow of the Ba'ath Party government led by Saddam Hussein take place.
- 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 8 - Danish parliamentary elections continue the center-right coalition led by Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen and his Liberal Party.
- February 9 - An ETA car bomb injures 31 people at a conference centre in Madrid.
- February 10 -
- February 12 - Fire devastates the Windsor Building, a 32 story office block, in Madrid.
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- February 15 - More than 200 people have been killed by a blast at a mine in Fuxin, north-east China.
- February 16:
- February 19 - Suicide bombers kill more than 30 people in Iraq as Shia Muslims marked Ashura, their holiest day.
- February 20 -
- February 22 - More than 500 people have been killed and over 1,000 injured after entire villages were flatted in an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale, hit the Zarand region of Kerman province in southern Iran.
- February 26 - Hosni Mubarak the president of Egypt ordered the constitution changed to allow multi-candidate presidential elections before September 2005 by asking parliament to amend Article 76 of the Egyptian constitution.
- March 1 - The US Supreme Court rules the death penalty unconstitutional for juveniles who committed their crimes under age 18.
- March 3 -
- At 19.17 the 3500-ton freighter, M/V Karen Danielsen, crashes into the Western bridge of the Great Belt Bridge of Denmark, 800m from Funen. All traffic across the bridge is closed, effectively separating Denmark in two.
- Millionaire 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 10 - Tung Chee Hwa's resignation: Tung Chee Hwa, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, resigns.
- March 11 - In the UK, the controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 was finally given Royal Assent after one of the longest ever sittings by the House of Lords.
- March 13 - First round of Central African Republic elections.
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- March 16 - Suspects Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri in the bombing of the Air India Flight 182 in 1985 are found to be not guilty on all accounts.
- March 19 -
- A suspected suicide bomber in Doha, Qatar, kills one Briton and injured about 12 other people.
- A time bomb explodes in a Muslim shrine in Quetta, southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 29 people and wounding 40.
- A mine blast occurrs at the Xishui coal mine in Shuozhou and rocks nearby Kangjiayao coal mine. The death toll is up to 59.
- March 20 - At least 250 people in Japan are injured and at least one killed by when a magnitude 7 earthquake struck west of Kyushu Island, just 9km (5.5 miles) below the ocean floor.
- March 21 - In Red Lake, Minnesota, 10 are killed in a school shooting, the worst since the Columbine High School massacre.
- March 23 - The United States' 11th Circuit Court of Appeals' 2-1 decision refuses 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. The crowd calling for his removal storms the Government House and riots occur throughout the capital city.
- March 26 - 1 million Taiwanese walk in Taipei in opposition to the Anti-Secession Law of Mainland China.
- March 28 - The 2005 Sumatran earthquake struck off Sumatra, 3 months after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. At a magnitude of 8.7 it is the second largest earthquake since 1965.
- Anti-Japanese demonstrations in China
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- MG Rover, the UK's sole remaining volume producer goes into receivership after a planned alliance with Chinese manufacturer, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation collapses.
- A suicide bomber blows himself up in Cairo's Khan al Khalili market, killing two foreign tourists and wounding 17 others. A group called "Islamic Pride Brigades" claims responsibility.
- April 8 - Referendum in Curacao on independence vs. integration with the Netherlands.
- April 9:
- Tens of thousands of demonstrators, many of them supporters of Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr, marched through Baghdad denouncing the US occupation of Iraq, two years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and rallied in the square where his statue was toppled in 2003.
- The marriage of The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles takes place.
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- April 12 - Fans hurl lit flares onto the field at San Siro Stadium in Milan during a Champions League quarter-final soccer match.
- April 15 - At least 21 people died and around 50 people were injured in a devastating fire at a hotel in central Paris.
- April 16 - President Lucio Gutierrez of Ecuador declared a state of emergency in the capital city and dissolved the Supreme Court.
- April 17 - Twelve holidaymakers were killed in southern Switzerland when a bus carrying 27 people plunged 200 metres into a ravine.
- April 18 - Five people died in ethnic clashes in Iran's south-west Khuzestan province.
- April 19 - Joseph Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the Papal conclave.
- April 20:
- At least 46 workers have been killed and several others injured in a blast at an explosives factory in Zambia.
- 56 hurt as earthquake hits Fukuoka and Kasuga, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. The earthquake measured a magnitude of 5.8 on the Richter scale.
- President Lucio Gutiérrez of Ecuador is said to have fled after Congress voted to sack him amid growing protests.
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- April 23: Silvio Berlusconi, prime minister of Italy, re-forms government after its dissolution three days earlier.
- April 25: A passenger train derails in the Japanese Hyōgo prefecture killing at least 106 people and injuring another 456.
- April 26 - Facing international pressure, Syria withdrew the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon ending its 29 year military domination of that country.
- April 27 - The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus 380 made its first flight from Toulouse.
- April 30 - Attacks on tourists in the Egyptian capital Cairo leave three militants dead and at least 10 people injured.
- May 1 - A suicide attack targets a Kurdish funeral in the northern Iraqi town of Talafar, near Mosul, which leaves at least 25 people dead and injured more than 30 others. Earlier, at least five policemen and four civilians were killed in two 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 nine others injured when three two-storey buildings in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore collapsed after gas cylinders stored in one of them exploded.
- May 4 - In one of the largest insurgent attacks in Iraq to date, at least 60 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a suicide bombing at a Kurdish police recruitment center in Irbil, northern Iraq.
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- May 10 - A live hand grenade lands about 100 feet 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 11 - Serial killer Michael Ross became first person executed in New England in 45 years.
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- May 15 - A passenger ferry capsizes and sinks in strong winds in the Bura Gauranga River in Bangladesh, leaving over 100 people missing.
- May 16 - George Galloway appears before a US Senate committee, to answer allegations of making money from the Iraqi Oil-for-Food Programme.
- May 17 - Kuwaiti women granted right to vote.
- May 19 -
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith released, effectively completing the Star Wars movie saga begun by George Lucas in 1977.
- The Canadian House of Commons members narrowly pass two budget bills at second reading allowing the minority Liberal government of Prime Minister Paul Martin to stay in power.
- May 21 - Greece wins the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev.
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- Liverpool F.C. won the UEFA Champions League by defeating AC Milan 3-1 in a penalty shootout in Istanbul.
- The Acting Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Donald Tsang, resigned for participating in the Chief Executive Election in July. As a result, Henry Tang and Michael Suen had become the Acting Chief Executive and Acting Chief Secretary for Administration respectively.
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- May 31 - W. Mark Felt is confirmed to be Deep Throat.
- June 1 - The Netherlands becomes the second country to reject the European constitution (see Dutch referendum on the European Constitution).
- June 5 - Switzerland votes to join the Schengen area and to allow same-sex partnerships.
- June 6 - Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam resigns.
- June 13 - Singer Michael Jackson acquitted on all 10 charges of child molestation, conspiracy of child abduction, and administering alcohol to minors in aid of child molestation (see 2005 trial of Michael Jackson).
- A 4 year old boy dies on the thrill ride of Epcot, Mission: Space.
- June 17 - A 6.7 aftershock,which followed a 5.3 earthquake the previous day, hits California making it the fourth earthquake since June 12 in California. (California earthquakes of June 2005)
- 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 were traded between 9:30-10:30 A.M. 1.92 billion shares were traded for the day.
- June 19 - Election in the Autonomous Community of Galicia, Spain — preliminary results show that Manuel Fraga and the Partido Popular lose control of the autonomous parliament.
Scheduled and expected events
- June 20–July 3: Wimbledon Championships
- June 23 - Game 7 of NBA finals will be held in San Antonio where San Antonio Spurs plays against Detroit Pistons
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- July 1 - Revaluation of the Romanian leu.
- July 1 - Microsoft plans to end official support of Windows 2000
- July 1–5 - The United Church of Christ votes on a number of Gay marriage resolutions at their General Synod in Atlanta, Georgia.
- July 2 - Demonstration against G8 summit in Edinburgh
- July 2 - Live 8 concert at Hyde Park in London
- July 2–9 - Special Olympics Great Britain in Glasgow
- July 4 - NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft fires a "copper bullet" into Comet Tempel 1, creating a crater for scientific studies.
- July 6–8 - G8 summit in Gleneagles Perthshire, Scotland, UK.
- July 6 - Host of the 2012 Summer Olympics to be announced by the IOC in Singapore during its 117th Session.
- July 10 - Luxembourgish referendum on the European Constitution
- July 13–31 - Launch window for Space Shuttle Discovery return to flight mission STS-114. This is the first flight in more than two years since the breakup of Columbia on its return from mission STS-107.
- July 16 - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince released in all English-speaking countries.
- July 17 - Elections of a Palestinian parliament.
- July 25–31 - AirVenture is held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
- July 29 - The Golden League tournament Bislett Games will mark the opening of the new Bislett stadion
- August 1: NASA's MESSENGER probe to Mercury makes an Earth flyby.
- August 10: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launches.
- August 15: Execution of the Israel Disengagement Plan begins. Israel will begin relocating its citizens living in the Gaza Strip and will eventually remove its troops from there.
- August 11–August 21: Universiade summer games will be held in İzmir, Turkey.
- September: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority scheduled to complete the Orange Line, a busway across the San Fernando Valley.
- September 12: Norwegian parliamentary election, 2005
- September 12: Hong Kong Disneyland park opens.
- September 13: The rest of the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort opens.
- September 18: The 57th annual Emmy Awards are handed out in Los Angeles
- September 24: The New Zealand general election must be held on, or before, this date.
- September 25: The new Suvarnabhumi Airport opens in Bangkok, Thailand. All international flights will transfer from Don Muang to Suvarnabhumi.
- September 27: Danish referendum on the European Constitution
- October: The second Chinese manned space mission Shenzhou 6 is scheduled to carry two astronauts for five days in orbit.
- October 1: Connecticut will begin banning use of hand-held cell phones while driving. New York, New Jersey and Washington, DC already have such bans.
- October 3: Annular solar eclipse (North Portugal, Spain, east Africa).
- October 4The Complete Calvin and Hobbes well be released.
- October 8: The second DARPA Grand Challenge is scheduled to be held.
- October 15: A new Asterix comic will be released.
- November 11: Rent is released in US movie theaters on this day.
- November 18: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is released in the US and UK movie theaters on this day.
- November 26: The third Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be in Hasselt, Belgium.
- November 27: The 93rd Grey Cup game to be played in Vancouver, Canada.
- European Union TLD .eu is to be launched, and replace .eu.int
- Greenland will hold a referendum on independence.
- The Broadway adaptation of Pink Floyd's The Wall is expected to be completed and begin playing in mid-summer.
- The BBC are expected to launch software for downloading and watching their television programmes from the Internet.
- Canadian Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities: The final report and recommandations of Justice John H. Gomery is expected to be released by December 15, 2005.
- February: The events of Metal Gear Solid take place.
- December 24: The Pluto's Kiss Virus infects and shuts down every computer in the world, caused by a 10-year old boy. From the .hack anime.
- The events of Transformers: The Movie take place.
- Twisted Metal 1 takes place
- The Martian Chronicles: April: The house of Usher II opens. August: Elder People come to Mars. September: A martian lives among the humans, November: Nuclear siege befalls Earth.
Main article: Deaths in 2005
- January 1:
- January 4:
- January 9 - Koji Hashimoto, 66, Japanese film director
- January 10 - Tommy Fine, 90, Major League Baseball player, (b. 1914)
- January 17 - Zhao Ziyang, 86, reformist Premier of the People's Republic of China and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, (b. 1919)
- January 20 - Per Borten, 92, Norwegian prime minister, (b. 1913)
- January 23 - Johnny Carson, 79, American television host, The Tonight Show, (b. 1925)
- January 25 - Stanisław Albinowski, Polish economist and journalist (b.1923)
- January 28 - Jim Capaldi, British musician, drummer with Traffic, singer/songwriter (b. August 2, 1944)
- January 29 - Ephraim Kishon, Israeli satirist, dramatist, screenwriter, and film director (b. 1924).
- February 2 - Max Schmeling, 99, German former heavyweight champion
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- February 4 - Ossie Davis, 87, African-American actor and civil rights activist
- February 5 - Gnassingbe Eyadema, 69, President of Togo
- February 10 - Arthur Miller, 89, American playwright
- February 14 - Rafik Hariri, 60, former Prime Minister of Lebanon
- February 17 - Nariman Sadeq, 70, former Queen of Egypt
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- February 28 - Mario Luzi, 90, Italian poet, Italian senator
- March 2 - Rick Mahler, 51, Major League Baseball player
- March 3 - Max M. Fisher, American philanthropist
- March 6 - Hans Bethe, 98, physicist
- March 10 - Dave Allen, 68, comedian
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- March 19 - John De Lorean, 80, automotive pioneer
- March 20 - Armand Lohikoski, 93, Finnish director, (b. 1912)
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- March 29:
- March 30 - Mitch Hedberg, 37, American stand-up comedian
- March 31 - Terri Schiavo, 41, American disabled person and cause célèbre
- April 1 - Harald Juhnke, German entertainer (b. 1929)
- April 2 - Pope John Paul II, 84 (b. 1920)
- April 5 - Saul Bellow, Canadian Nobel Prize-winning author (b. 1915)
- April 6 - Prince Rainier III, 81, ruler of Monaco
- April 9 - Andrea Dworkin, 58, feminist writer and anti-pornography activist (b. 1946)
- April 11 - Lucien Laurent, 97, first footballer ever to score at the FIFA World Cup finals
- April 16 - Kay Walsh, 93, British actress
- April 19:
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- April 21 - Zhang Chunqiao, member of the Chinese "Gang of Four" (b. 1917)
- April 24 - Ezer Weizman, 80, President of Israel from 1993 to 2000
- April 26:
- May 2 - Robert Hunter, 64, Canadian journalist founding member of the Canadian Greenpeace Foundation (b. 1941)
- May 7 - Peter Wallace Rodino, 95, U.S. Congressman (b. 1909)
- May 12 - Martin Lings, 96, Islamic scholar (b. 1909)
- May 17 - Frank Gorshin, 71, actor (b. 1934)
- May 19 - Henry Corden, 85, voice actor (b. 1920)
- May 20 - Paul Ricoeur, 92, French philosopher (b. 1913)
- May 21 - Subodh Mukherjee, 84, Indian filmmaker (b. 1921)
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- May 26 - Chico Carrasquel, Major League Baseball player (b. 1928)
- May 27 - Fay Godwin, 74, British photographer (b. 1931)
- May 29:
- June 1 - George Mikan, 80, Basketball Hall of Famer (b. 1924)
- June 6 - Anne Bancroft, 73, American actress (b. 1931)
- June 8 - Ed Bishop, 72, American actor (b. 1932)
- June 10 - Jim Exon, 83, Governor and U.S. Senator from Nebraska (b. 1921)
- June 13 - David Diamond, 89, American composer of classical music (b. 1915)
- June 14 - Mimi Parent, 81, Canadian born surrealist painter
- June 16 - Enrique Laguerre, 99, Puerto Rican writer (b. May 3, 1906).
- June 21 - Jaime Cardinal Sin, 76, former Archbishop of Manilaaf:2005
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