2005 events in history

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 A train collision in Graniteville, South Carolina, releases about 60 tons of chlorine gas
Jan 6 American Civil Rights Movement: Edgar Ray Killen is arrested as a suspect in the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers
Jan 7 The St Lawrence Lime is blown over in high winds
Jan 8 The nuclear sub USS San Francisco collides at full speed with an undersea mountain south of Guam. One man is killed, but the sub surfaces and is repaired
Jan 9 Mahmoud Abbas wins the election to replace Yasser Arafat as President of the Palestinian National Authority. He replaces interim president Rawhi Fattouh
Jan 9 The Sudan People's Liberation Movement and the Government of Sudan sign the Comprehensive Peace Agreement to end the Second Sudanese Civil War
Jan 10 A mudslide occurs in La Conchita, California, killing 10 people, injuring many more and closing U.S. Route 101, the main coastal corridor between Los Angeles and San Francisco for 10 days
Jan 12 Deep Impact launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta II rocket
Jan 14 The Huygens probe lands 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 16 Romanian university lecturer and novelist Adriana Iliescu gives birth at 66 to her daughter Eliza, breaking the record for the oldest birth mother in the world
Jan 18 The Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial jet, is unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France
Jan 21 In Belmopan, Belize, the unrest over the government's new taxes erupts into riots
Jan 25 A stampede at the Mandhradevi temple in Maharashtra, India kills at least 258
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 mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines flight lands in Beijing
Feb 1 King Gyanendra of Nepal carries out a coup d'état to capture the democracy, becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers
Feb 14 YouTube is launched by a group of college students, eventually becoming the largest video sharing website in the world and a main source for viral videos
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 14 Lebanese self-made billionaire and business tycoon Rafik Hariri is killed, along with 21 others, when explosives, equivalent of around 1,000 kg of TNT, are detonated as his motorcade drove near the St. George Hotel in Beirut
Feb 16 The National Hockey League cancels the entire 2004-2005 regular season and playoffs
Feb 16 The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia
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 23 The controversial French law on colonialism is passed, requiring teachers to teach the "positive values of colonialism". After public outcry, it is repealed at the beginning of 2006
Feb 28 A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127
Mar 1 U.S. Supreme Court rules that the execution of juveniles found guilty of murder is unconstitutional marking a change in "national standards,"
Mar 3 Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refueling
Mar 3 Mayerthorpe tragedy: 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 10 Tung Chee-hwa resigns from his post as the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong after widespread public dissatisfaction of his tenure
Mar 12 Karolos Papoulias becomes President of Greece
Mar 16 Israel officially hands over Jericho to Palestinian control
Mar 23 Texas City Refinery explosion: During a test on a distillation tower liquid waste builds up and flows out of a blowout tower. Waste fumes ignite and explode killing 15 workers
Mar 26 The Taiwanese government calls on one 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 demonstration
Mar 28 The 2005 Sumatra earthquake rocks Indonesia, and at magnitude 8.7 is the fourth strongest earthquake since 1965
Apr 6 Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani becomes Iraqi president; Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari is named premier the next day
Apr 8 Over four million people attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II
Apr 9 Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles; Charles, Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony at Windsor's Guildhall
Apr 14 The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County
Apr 22 Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologizes for Japan's war record
Apr 23 First Youtube video uploaded, titled "Me at the zoo"
Apr 24 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI
Apr 24 Snuppy becomes world's first cloned dog
Apr 25 One hundred seven people die in Amagasaki rail crash in Japan
Apr 25 Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union
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 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 (Syrian occupation of Lebanon)
Apr 27 The superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France
Apr 29 Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation
May 10 A hand grenade thrown by Vladimir Arutinian lands about 65 feet (20 meters) from U.S. President George W. Bush while he is giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi, Georgia, but it malfunctions and does not detonate