2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar.
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 6 - In Graniteville, South Carolina, a train carrying a cargo of chlorine gas collides with a parked train, releasing a toxic cloud which kills 9 and injures 200. The town of 5,400 is evacuated.
January 7 - A train crash near Bologna, Italy kills 18 people.
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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 fancy dress 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.
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March 1 - The US Supreme Court abolishes the death penalty for juveniles who committed their crimes under age 18.
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March 10 - Resignation of Tung Chee-hwa, the chief executive of Hong Kong, China.
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.
March 14 -
The People's Republic of China ratifies an anti-secession law aimed at preventing Taiwan from declaring independence.
Nearly one million people gathered for an opposition rally in Beirut, a month after the death of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The largest rally in Lebanon history.
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, killed one Briton and injured about 12 other people.
A time bomb exploded in a Muslim shrine in Quetta, southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 29 people and wounding 40.
A mine blast occurred at the Xishui coal mine in Shuozhou and rocked 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 (ex-USSR republic) reaches it's climax when president Askar Akayev is overthrown and the protesting crowd storms the Government House. Acts of looting and marauding occured everywhere in country's capital immediately after these events.
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
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 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 Lucia 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.
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 Lucia Gutierrez of Ecuadoris said to have fled after Congress voted to sack him amid growing protests.
Scheduled and expected events
July 1: Revaluation of the Romanian leu.
July 2: Demonstration against G8 summit in Edinburgh
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– 15: 2005 World Conference of the International Society for Individual Liberty celebrates Ayn Rand in her birthplace of St. Petersburg, Russia.
July 10: If no litigation, Hong Kong Chief Executive Election will be held.
July 12– August 1: Launch window for the Space Shuttle Atlantis second return to flight mission STS-121.
July 16: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince released in all English speaking countries.
July 17: The world's first theme park, Disneyland, celebrates it's fiftieth birthday.
July 17: The Chicago Transit Authority plans to begin operating under its "doomsday" plan due to a budget deficit.
July 17: Elections of a Palestinian parliament.
July 20: Israel will begin pulling troops and settlers out of the Gaza Strip.
July 25– July 31: AirVenture, the world's greatest aviation celebration, is held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
January 4 - Ali al-Haidri, Governor of Baghdad
January 9 - Koji Hashimoto, 66, Japanese film director
January 10 - Tommy Fine, 90, Major League Baseball player
January 17 - Zhao Ziyang, 86, reformist Premier of the People's Republic of China and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
January 20 - Per Borten, 92, Norwegian prime minister
January 23 - Johnny Carson, 79, American television host, The Tonight Show
January 25 - Stanisław Albinowski, Polish economist and journalist (b.1923)
February 2 - Max Schmeling, 99, German former heavyweight champion
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
February 28 - Mario Luzi, 90, Italian poet, Italian senator
March 2 - Rick Mahler, 51, Major League Baseball player
March 6 - Hans Bethe, 98, physicist
March 10 - Dave Allen, 68, comedian
March 19 - John De Lorean, 80, automotive pioneer
March 29 - Johnnie Cochran, 67, American defense attorney
March 30 - Mitch Hedberg, 37, American stand-up comedian
March 31 - Terri Schiavo, 41, American disabled person and cause célèbre
April 2 - Pope John Paul II, 84, Leader of the Roman Catholic Church
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
April 10 - Al Lucas, 24, arena football player for the Los Angeles Avengers 
April 11 - Lucien Laurent, 97, first footballer ever to score at the FIFA World Cup finals
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