2005: Facts & Events That Happened in This Year

2005: Facts & Historical Events That Happened in This Year




2005 was an eventful year that left a significant mark on history, with groundbreaking developments across various fields.

This year saw the maiden flight of Boeing’s Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger plane, and the launch of YouTube, revolutionizing online video sharing.

In politics, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf made history as Liberia’s president, becoming the first female leader of an African country, while the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) ended its 30-year campaign in Northern Ireland.

In the entertainment world, Destiny’s Child disbanded, marking the end of an era in pop music, while teenagers were more focused on the release of Guitar Hero on the Xbox 360. Television saw the debut of the US version of The Office, which, despite a rocky start, would become a cultural phenomenon.

Meanwhile, in the tech world, Mark Zuckerberg almost changed the course of social media history by considering the sale of Facebook to Myspace.

Continue reading to delve into the events, news headlines, insightful quotes, and the legacies left behind by famous individuals who passed away in 2005.


Here we’ll unveil the most unforgettable happenings that took place during the extraordinary year of 2005.

Jan 12

NASA’s Deep Impact space probe launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The Deep Impact probe was designed to fly out to and study the Tempel 1 comet. Unlike all previous attempts at studying comets, this was not a fly-by mission. Instead, it released an impactor into the comet to analyze the composition of the dust and debris kicked up by the impactor. The results, which showed the comet to be composed mainly of dust-like particles, were surprising as scientists believed Tempel 1 to be made up of ice more than anything else.

Jan 18

France revealed the world’s largest commercial aircraft, nicknamed the superjumbo.

OTD in 2005: France revealed the world's largest commercial aircraft

Officially called the Airbus A380, it’s a double-decker 262 ft carrier and has a capacity of 555 passengers. Its first flight was on April 27, 2005.

Jan 25

Spilled coconut water caused a stampede that killed more than 258 people in India.

The event happened at the Mandher Devi temple in Maharashtra, India. Three hundred thousand people attended the temple as part of an annual pilgrimage where pilgrims slipped on coconut water underfoot, causing fire and panic.

Feb 1

The Civil Marriage Act was introduced, making same-sex marriage legal in Canada.

Feb 6

The Animated sitcom “American Dad” aired for the first time on FOX.

Feb 14

YouTube was founded & the domain name youtube.com was activated.

OTD in 2005: YouTube was founded & the domain name youtube.com was activated.

YouTube officially launched on December 15, 2005, by which time the site was receiving 8 million daily views.

Feb 16

Reality documentary The Apprentice (UK) premiered with businessman Lord Alan Sugar as the leading judge.

OTD in 2005: Reality documentary The Apprentice (UK) premiered with businessman Lord Alan Sugar as the leading judge.

Mar 3

Steve Fossett completed the first around the world airplane solo non-stop journey.

OTD in 2005: Steve Fossett completed the first around the world airplane solo non-stop journey.

The journey was a lengthy 25,000 miles (40,234 km) and was completed in 67 hours and 2 minutes.

Mar 22

The first God of War game was released for the PlayStation 2 to the North American market.

Mar 24

The Office, created by Ricky Gervais in the UK, aired its first US season on NBC.

Mar 27

ABC debuted the first season of “Gray’s Anatomy.”

The TV medical drama was created by Shonda Rhimes, and stars included Ellen Pompeo and Sandra Oh.

Apr 1

NASA celebrated April Fool’s Day by telling the world that they found water on Mars.

Apr 15

NASA launched a spacecraft to rendezvous with a small communication satellite.

While there were no issues with the launch, the mission ended when the spacecraft collided with the satellite.

Apr 19

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected as Pope under the name Pope Benedict XVI.

Apr 23

The first video was uploaded to YouTube.

The video was uploaded by co-founder Jawed Karim and was titled “Me at the zoo.”

Apr 25

Romania and Bulgaria signed the European Union’s Treaty of Accession, the last step to joining the Union.

Apr 27

The Airbus A380 passenger airliner successfully underwent its maiden flight.

May 9

The Huffington Post was launched, founded by Arianna Huffington, Andrew Breitbart, Kenneth Lerer, and Jonah Peretti.

May 10

An assassination attempt was made on President George W. Bush.

While giving a speech in Tbilisi, Georgia, a man threw a grenade that landed just 65 feet away from the President. It malfunctioned and did not explode, and the attacker was arrested.

May 29

France voted against ratifying the proposed Constitution of the European Union.

Jun 18

David Tennant was seen for the first time on Doctor Who.

He became the tenth doctor and was seen in the episode “The Parting of the Ways.”

Jun 23

Reddit was founded in Medford, Massachusetts.

OTD in 2005: Reddit was founded in Medford

Jun 28

A brand new design for Freedom Tower in Manhattan, New York, was publicly revealed.

Jun 30

Spain legalized same-sex marriage.

OTD in 2005: Spain legalized same-sex marriage.

This made Spain the fourth country in the world to do so.

Jul 7

The London bombings took place.

On this day, terrorist attacks were made across four sites in London. Fifty-six people lost their lives, while 784 were injured.

Jul 15

American romantic-comedy Wedding Crashers premiered.

Jul 27

NASA decided to suspend space shuttle flights after analyzing the launch of mission STS-114.

STS-114 was the first space shuttle mission since the destruction of the Columbia space shuttle in 2003. While the launch of STS-114 seemed to go smoothly at first, video records of the launch were analyzed, and pieces of debris were discovered falling off the shuttle. NASA decided to suspend all shuttle missions again, this time for a year until all kinks could be worked out.

Jul 28

The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) called for an end to 36 years of bloody conflict with the UK.

Aug 18

A mega blackout happened on Java and Bali islands in Indonesia, affecting around 100 million people.

Aug 19

Russia and China began their first-ever joint military exercise.

Peace Mission 2005 consisted of land, sea, and air elements with 8,000 Chinese and 2,000 Russian troops. The exercise took place on the Shandong Peninsula in eastern China.

Sep 13

The pilot episode of “Supernatural,” created by Eric Kripke, aired on The WB Television Network.

OTD in 2005: The pilot episode of "Supernatural

Oct 5

Stephenie Meyer’s vampire novel “Twilight” was published.

Oct 19

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was tried for his crimes against humanity.

Oct 25

Sid Meier’s Civilization IV was made available to PC players in North America.

Civ IV was a huge step up from the series’ third installment, with critics particularly impressed that the multiplayer function was actually worth playing, unlike its predecessor. It won a wide range of Game of the Year awards in 2005.

Oct 27

Riots broke out in Paris, France, after two Muslim teenagers were electrocuted trying to evade police.

The riot resulted from longstanding tensions caused by unemployment, police harassment, and religious persecution.

Nov 6

The fourth movie of J.K. Rowling’s novel series, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” premiered in Leicester Square, London, UK.

The film’s budget was $150 million and hit $896.4 million at the box office. It was the best-selling film of 2005.

Nov 7

RedOctane released Guitar Hero for PlayStation 2 in North America.

OTD in 2005: RedOctane released Guitar Hero for PlayStation 2 in North America.

While this was the first rhythm-based guitar game to hit US shelves, it wasn’t the first to use a guitar-shaped controller. It was modeled off a game called Guitar Freaks, which was only released in Japan. Guitar Hero’s developers were surprised by how wildly popular the game ended up being, as they merely thought it would be a fun game to create.

Nov 9

The European Space Agency launched the Venus Express, the first European spacecraft to reach Venus.

Venus Express Launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Its 5-year mission to study Venus’ atmosphere and surface was extended five times, with the mission ultimately ending after nine years on December 16, 2014.

Nov 22

Angela Merkel became the first female Chancellor of Germany.

Officially called the federal chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, this position is the head of the German government. The German chancellor is also the commander in chief of the German military.

Nov 27

The first partial facial transplant was given to Isabelle Dinoire in France after a dog attacked her.

Dec 9

Brokeback Mountain film was released, directed by Ang Lee, and based on the story by Annie Proulx.

Dec 10

Cristina Fernandez was sworn in as Argentina’s first elected female president.

Dec 21

Elton John and his partner David Furnish registered their civil partnership at Windsor Town Hall on the first day civil partnerships could legally be performed in England.

OTD in 2005: Elton John and his partner David Furnish registered their civil partnership at Windsor Town Hall on the first day civil partnerships could legally be performed in England.

Dec 30

Tropical Storm Zeta formed in the open Atlantic Ocean.

OTD in 2005: Tropical Storm Zeta formed in the open Atlantic Ocean.

It tied the record for the latest tropical cyclone ever to form in the North Atlantic basin.

Famous Births

Check out these awesome individuals who were born in 2005!

Feb, 25

Noah Jupe



Noah Jupe


19 years old

Born In:

England, UK

Apr, 4

Hayden Summerall



Hayden Summerall


19 years old

Born In:

Texas, USA

Jan, 31

Ollie Ball



Ollie Ball


19 years old

Born In:

England, UK

Famous Deaths

Here’s a glimpse at a few famous people who bid us farewell in 2005.



Rosa Parks



Rosa Parks



Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks was an American activist born on February 4, 1913. She died on October 24, 2005, at age 92 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Died On:

Oct 24, 2005 (Age 92)

Died In:

Michigan, USA



Pope John Paul II


Religious Leader

Pope John Paul II



Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II was a Polish religious leader born on May 18, 1920. He died on April 2, 2005, at age 84 in Apostolic Palace, Vatican City.

Died On:

Apr 2, 2005 (Age 84)

Died In:

Apostolic Palace, Vatican City


Here’s a roundup of the most memorable quotes people said in 2005.

Jun 1

Our time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

Jun 13

I always was a rich person because money’s not related to happiness.

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Brazilian Lyricist

2005 In Music

In 2005, the music scene exploded with a mix of sensational tracks that became the soundtrack of our lives!

From the mesmerizing vocals of “Beautiful Soul” by Jesse McCartney to the catchy pop sound of “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson, these songs became instant favorites and had us bopping along with their irresistible beats.

Here are the music highlights from 2005 that absolutely deserve recognition!

Album of the Year

Ray Charles’ soulful collaboration album “Genius Loves Company” stole the show in 2005, winning him the Grammy for Album of the Year and showcasing his timeless talent.

Song of the Year

John Mayer’s heartfelt and soulful “Daughters” struck a chord with listeners in 2005, earning him the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

Best New Artist

Maroon 5’s infectious pop-rock sound and Adam Levine’s smooth vocals won them the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2005, solidifying their status as hitmakers.

Eurovision Song Contest Winner

In 2005, the 50th Eurovision Song Contest celebrated its golden anniversary in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Helena Paparizou, a talented artist representing Greece, delivered a captivating performance of “My Number One,” claiming Greece’s first Eurovision victory.

2005 in Numbers

Let’s look at some fun number facts! If you’ve ever wondered how the year 2005 looks like in Roman numerals, it’s written as MMV. And when we delve into the language of binary, 2005 can be represented as 11111010101, with a series of ones and zeros that form a unique digital code.

Chinese Zodiac 2005

Chinese Zodiac 2005: Year of the Wood Rooster

According to the Chinese zodiac tradition, 2005 was officially recognized as The Year of the Rooster, an occurrence that takes place once every twelve years.

Interestingly, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements – Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold (Metal), and Water. This makes 2005 the Year of the Wood Rooster, which only comes along once every sixty years.

Unlike the Western calendar, the Chinese calendar is based on the cycles of the moon. This means that the start of the Chinese New Year can vary from year to year. However, in 2005, the Chinese New Year began on February 9th.

People born in the Year of the Rooster are known for their confidence, ambition, and strong sense of responsibility. They are often punctual, organized, and have a keen eye for detail.

The Years of the Rooster gave us remarkable personalities like Chris Evans and Beyoncé, who have left their mark on the world!

2005 Trivia

Did you know that in 2005, the video game “Nintendogs” was released for the Nintendo DS?

This adorable pet simulation game allowed players to raise, train, and care for their virtual puppies using the DS’s touch screen and microphone. “Nintendogs” became an instant hit, selling millions of copies worldwide.

Its success helped boost the popularity of the Nintendo DS and paved the way for other interactive pet games.


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