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Major Events of 2005

2005 (Roman Numerals: MMV) was the 5th year of the 21st century. 2005 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Saturday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 2005.
News Events of 2005

North Korea announces that it has nuclear weapons.

Atomic Bomb


Over 1,000 are killed, and severe damage is caused along the US Gulf Coast, as Hurricane Katrina strikes the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama coastal areas. Levees protecting New Orleans give way and the city is flooded.

Pope John Paul II dies.

Pope John Paul II


Tony Blair wins his 3rd successive general election in the UK.

Prince Charles marries Camilla Parker Bowles.

Prince Charles


The last Syrian troops withdraw from Lebanon.

Egypt holds its first Presidential election.

French voters reject the proposed European Constitution in a national referendum.

Michael Jackson found not guilty in his trial on child molestation charges.

Michael Jackson


Deep Impact space probe successfully hits comet Tempel 1.

Russia and China hold their first ever joint military exercise.

Angela Merkel becomes Germany's first female chancellor.

Former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, goes on trial in Baghdad.

Saddam Hussein


7/7 Terrorist attacks in London against the underground rail system and a bus.

First human face transplant is performed in Amiens, France.

Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the UK, granting legal status to gay and lesbian couples.

Terrorist bombings of commuter trains in Madrid, Spain kill 191 and injure around 2,000 people.

The Airbus A380, the world's largest jet airliner, is unveiled in Toulouse, France.



Sports in 2005
2005 Was Designated As
  • The Year of the Volunteer (UK)

  • The World Year of Physics

  • The Year of the Eucharist (Catholicism)

  • The Year of the Veteran (Canada)








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