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January 1st
In Eastern Europe, a price dispute between Russia and the Ukraine led to Russia cutting off the natural gas to the Ukraine.
January 2nd
In Germany, 15 people were killed when a German ice rink collapsed after heavy snowfall in the Bavarian Alps.
January 3rd
In West Virginia, United States, twelve coal miners were discovered dead in the Sago Mine Disaster near Buckhannon. A single survivor was rescued early the following morning.
January 4th
In Israel, powers of office were transferred from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to his deputy, Vice Premier Ehud Olmert, after Sharon had suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke.
January 5th
In Saudi Arabia, a hotel collapsed and killed 76 Muslim pilgrims in Makkah, who were visiting to the religious festival the Haj.
January 7th
In the United States, Tom DeLay announced he would not seek to reassume his former post of U.S. House Majority Leader.
January 7th
In Britain, Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy resigned after revelations that he had a drinking problem.
January 12th
A stampede at the Haj religious festival, during the 'Stoning of the devil' ritual in Mena, near Mecca in Saudi Arabia, killed 362 Muslim pilgrims and injuried thousands more. Over two million pilgrims attended.
January 12th
Turkish gunman, Mehmet Ali Agca, who shot Pope John Paul II in Rome 1981, was released from prison after serving 25 years. The Turkish Supreme Court overturned the decision and he was rearrested and imprisioned again several days later.
January 15th
NASA's 'Stardust' mission successfully ended with the return of the first comet samples.
January 19th
The New Horizons spacecraft was launched, beginning the first ever mission to Pluto.
January 25th
The militant terrorist organisation Hamas won a landslide victory in the Palestinian elections, winning 76 of the 132 seats in the Palestinian assembly. The victory was an humiliating defeat for the Fatah party, founded by Yasser Arafat. Clashes between both supporters followed.
January 27th
The 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amdeus Mozart.
January 30th
Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr, died of cancer in a hospital in Mexico. She was a civil rights activist in her own right and had carried on her husband's work after he was assassinated in 1968. Known and respected as the 'Queen' of the civil rights movement.
February 1st
Some European newspapers republished caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed, originally published in Denmark in September 2005. The sketches are extremely offensive to followers of the Muslim faith and sparked demonstrations and violence around the world.
February 4th
The Egyptian ferry, Al Salam Boccaccio 98, carrying nearly 1,414 passengers and crew capsized and sank in the Red Sea. Nearly 1000 people drowned, making this one of the worse civilian maritime disasters since the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.
February 7th
Funeral of Coretta Scott King in Atlanta, Georgia. The ceremony was attended by Jesse Jackson, President Bush and other ex-Presidents Carter, Bush and Clinton. Such was her contribution to civil rights the President ordered all governmental flags at half mast to honour her.
February 9th
Sir Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur died.
February 11th
United States Vice President Dick Cheney shot and injured Harry Whittington while hunting in rural Texas, USA.
February 17th
In the Philippines, 1,800 people were killed when a mudslide occured on the island of Leyte.
February 19th
Ismail Haniya of Hamas became the new Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority, succeeding Ahmed Qurei.
February 22nd
In Samarra, Iraq, a terrorist blast heavily damaged the Al Askari Mosque, a Shi'ite holy site, which caused a wave of protests and counterattacks across Iraq, and civil war was feared to erupt.
February 22nd
In Britain, £52 million was stolen from the Securitas depot robbery in Tonbridge, Kent. The manager's family was held hostage and threatened. It is the largest robbery in history.
February 24th
In the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo survived a failed coup d'etat for the second time.
March 10th
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully entered Mars orbit. It was launched on August 12th 2005.
March 11th
In Chile, Michelle Bachelet was sworn in as the first female President of Chile. Bachelet was once in exile in Australia.
March 11th
In the Netherlands, the former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, the 'Butcher of the Balkans', on trial for war crimes by the U.N. at the Hague, was found dead in his cell. The cause of death was thought to be by natural causes.
March 20th
In Queensland, Australia, Tropical Cyclone 'Larry' made landfall and caused massive devastation. Considered to be the storm to hit the region since 1931.
March 22nd
In Spain, the Basque terrorist group ETA fighting for independence from Spain, declared a permanent ceasefire.
March 25th
In the United States, nearly 500,000 people demonstrate in Los Angeles in protest against a proposed federal crackdown on illegal immigration.
March 25th
In Woomera, South Australia, the revolutionary scramjet jet engine, Hyshot III, completed a successful test. The engine was designed to fly at seven times the speed of sound.
March 26th
In Scotland, the ban on smoking in public places comes into effect, following the example of Ireland the previous year.
March 28th
In the United States, politician Caspar Weinberger, Ex-US Secretary of Defense died.
March 30th
Marcos Pontes, the first Brazilian astronaut, launched into space on board a Russian Soyuz (Soyuz TMA-8).
March 30th
In Bahrain in the Middle-East, the al-Dana capsized, with the loss of life of 48 people.
April 5th
A swan with Avian Flu is discovered in Cellardyke in Fife, Scotland (the first cases in the United Kingdom).
April 9th
In Israeli, the Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was officially removed from office after being in a coma for four 4 months.
April 10th
In Italy, Romano Prodi marginly defeated Silvio Berlusconi in the Italian parliamentary elections.
April 11th
The European Space Agency's (ESA) Venus Express spaceprobe entered the orbit of the planet Venus.
April 11th
In Iran, the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad confirmed that Iran had successfully produced a few grams of 3.5% low-grade enriched uranium.
April 17th
In Tel Aviv, Israel, a Islamic Jihad instigated suicide bombing killed 9 people and injured dozens more.
April 19th
In South Korea, Han Myung-sook became the country's first female Prime Minister.
April 20th
Iran announced a uranium enrichment deal with Russia, involving a joint uranium enrichment firm on Russian soil; 9 days later Iran announces that it will not move all activity to Russia, thus leading to a de-facto termination of the deal.
April 22nd
In Afghanistan, Taliban militants detontated a roadside bomb and killed four Canadian soldiers, 50 miles north of Kandahar.
April 24th
In Dahab, Egypt, tourists were targeted by three explosions that killed 30 people and injured 115 further more.
April 29th
In New York City, United States, a huge anti-war demonstration and a march down Broadway in marked the third year of war in Iraq.
May 3rd
In the United States, a jury that had deliberated over the sentence of convicted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, came to its conclusion. They sentenced him to life in prison.
May 5th
In the United States, NASA astronomers announced the discovery of a storm system in the Jovian atmosphere, 'Red Spot Junior' on the planet Jupiter, it has a similar appearance to the famous Great Red Spot.
May 9th
In Tasmania, Australia. A Beaconsfield mine collapsed. Two miners (Todd Russell and Brant Webb) were trapped underground. They were rescued after 14 days.
May 27th
In Indonesia a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck central Java and killed more than 6,000 people. The earthquake injured nearly 36,000 people and almost 1.5 million people were made homeless.
May 27th
In Moscow, Russia, Moscow's police broke up the country's first public demonstration in support for homosexual rights.
May 28th
In Colombia, President Alvaro Uribe Velez was re-elected. Velez became the first President in over a century in Colombia to serve consecutive terms as President.
June 3rd
In Europe, Montenegro declared independence after a May 21st referendum. The state union of Serbia and Montenegro was dissolved on June 5th which left Serbia as the successor state.
June 3rd
In Toronto, Canada, seventeen men were arrested for alleged links to a terrorist plot to destroy targets in the region.
June 6th
In Africa, the Union of Islamic Courts gained control of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, which ended the warlord rule of the city.
June 7th
In Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Al-Qaeda leader in Iraq and 7 of his aides were killed in a U.S. air raid near the town of Baqouba in Iraq.
June 9th
In the Middle-East an explosion killed 8 Palestinian civilians on a Gaza beach. After an investigation, Israel denied responsibility for the blast.
June 10th
In the Middle-East, President Mahmoud Abbas announced July 26th as the date for a national referendum in Palestine.
June 18th
The Kazakhstan's first space satellite, a communications satellite occupying geosynchronous orbit, 'KazSat' was launched.
June 23rd
In Miami, United States, the FBI arrested 7 men, accusing them of planning to bomb the Sears Tower and other attacks in Miami.
June 28th
In the Middle-East, Israel launched 'Operation Summer Rains', an offensive against militants in Gaza.
June 29th
The United States Supreme Court (Hamdan v. Rumsfeld) ruled that the military commissions to be used to try some detainees in the Guantanamo Bay detainment camp were illegal.
June 29th
In Kuwait, women voted for the first time in the elections for the National Assembly.
July 2nd
In Mexico, a Presidential election was held. Felipe Calderón was confirmed as the winner on September 5th.
July 4th
In Florida, United States, STS-121: Space Shuttle Discovery was launched from KSC to the International Space Station. Discovery returned safely on July 17th.
July 5th
In North Korea it was announced that at least 7 missiles, including the long-range Taepodong-2 missile was test fired.
July 6th
In Asis, the Nathula Pass between India and China, which was closed during the Sino-Indian War, was re-opened for trade after 44 years.
July 9th
S7 Airlines Flight 778 crashes into a concrete barrier shortly after landing, killing at least 122 people and leaving many injured.
July 10th
In Multan, Pakistan, Pakistan International Airlines Flight 688 crashed shortly after takeoff and killed all 45 people on board.
July 11th
In Mumbai, India, terrorists launched a series of bomb attacks against several commuter trains during the evening rush hour.
July 12th
In the Middle-East, Israeli troops invaded Lebanon. This was in response to Hezbollah actions that killed 3 Israeli soldiers and the kidnapping 2 others. Hezbollah declared open war against Israel on the July 14th.
July 28th
In South America, President Alejandro Toledo of Peru concluded his term as President. Toledo was replaced by Alan Garcia as President.
July 30th
In the UK, the world's longest running music show, 'Top of the Pops', broadcasted for the last time on BBC Two, after 42 years.
July 31st
In Cuba, President Fidel Castro, temporarily relinquished power to his brother Raúl before undergoing surgery.
August 10th
In London, England, the Metropolitan Police arrested 21 people in connection to a terrorist plot that involved aircraft traveling from the UK to the United States. New TSA regulations were immediantly put into effect, permanently banning all liquids and gels.
August 11th
In New York, USA, a resolution to end the Israel-Lebanon conflict in the Middle-East was unanimously accepted by the United Nations Security Council.
August 14th
In the Middle-East, the UN cease fire took effect in the Israel-Lebanon conflict.
August 22nd
In the Ukraine, Pulkovo Airlines Flight 612 crashed and killed 171 people, which included 45 children returning from their summer break.
August 23rd
In Austria, Natascha Kampusch managed to escape from her kidnapper Wolfgang Priklopil. He abducted her and held in his cellar for eight years. After her escape Priklopil committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a train.
August 24th
The International Astronomical Union defined the term 'planet' at its 26th General Assembly, it demoted Pluto to the status of 'dwarf planet' more than 70 years after it was discovered.
August 27th
In the United States, Comair Flight 5191 crashed just after take off from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky. 50 people were killed with only the first officer surviving.
August 31st
In Oslo, Norway, the stolen Edvard Munch paintings 'The Scream' and 'Madonna' were recovered by police.
September 1st
In Mashhad, Iran, a fire aboard an Iran Air Tours Tu-154M aircraft killed 29 out 148 people after the plane landed.
September 2nd
In Afghanistan, a RAF Nimrod MR4, crashed in the Southern Province of Kandahar. All 14 crew on board were killed due to a technical fault
September 4th
In Australia, conservationist Steve Irwin was killed while filming underwater. Irwin was stung in the chest by a stingray.
September 7th
In China, Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in Taipei was renamed to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, located in Taoyuan County, Taiwan Province, Republic of China.
September 9th
In Florida, United States, Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-115) was launched on a mission to the International Space Station. It returned safely after a successful mission on September 21st.
September 10th
German Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher announced his retirement from the sport at the end of the current season. Schumacher won the World Championship seven times.
September 12th
In the Middle East, a rally in Yemen killed 41 people due to a stampede.
September 12th
In Germany, Pope Benedict XVI gave a lecture where he quoted a criticism of the Islam faith. It sparked mass protest worldwide.
September 13th
The Dawson College Shooting occurs in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, leaving 1 student dead and 19 others injured.
September 13th
The solar system's largest 'dwarf planet', designated until now as 2003 UB313, was officially named 'Eris'. Eris' satellite was named as 'Dysnomia'.
September 16th
In the Middle-East five churches were attacked in Palestinian areas following the Pope's comments of September 12th on Islam.
September 19th
In Thailand, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra declared a state of emergency in Bangkok as members of the Royal Thai Army staged a coup d'état. The army announced the removal of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra from power.
September 22nd
In Germany, a Transrapid Maglev train crashed into a maintenance vehicle on a test track. The incident killed 23 people and injuried 10 others. It is the first recorded fatal accident involving a Maglev train.
September 25th
In New Orleans, United States, the Louisiana Superdome re-opened 13 months after Hurricane Katrina hit. The extensive repairs included the largest re-roofing project in the United States.
September 26th
In Japan, the National Diet elected Shinzo Abe as new the Japanese Prime Minister, who succeeded Junichiro Koizumi. The Diet is formally responsible for passing laws and for selecting the Prime Minister. The National Diet Building is located in Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
September 27th
In Baily, Colorado, United States, an armed suspect held 6 female students as hostages in Platte Canyon High School. One hostage was fatally wounded as the gunman killed himself.
September 29th
In South America, Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907 (a Boeing 737-800) collided with a lear jet over the Amazon Rainforest and killed all 154 passengers and crew onboard. The lear jet land safely with all seven people safe.
October 2nd
In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States, Charles Carl Roberts IV, a 32-yr-old milk-truck driver, entered the Amish school and started shooting the pupils. He killed 5 female students and wounded several others before turning the gun on himself.
October 9th
Communist North Korea claimed to have conducted its first ever nuclear test. The test was conducted underground.
October 10th
In the United States, the Internet company 'Google' bought 'YouTube' for $1.65 billion.
October 13th
South Korean Ban Ki-moon was elected as the new Secretary-General of the United Nations.
October 15th
The United Nations agreed to sanction North Korea over the North Korean's nuclear testing.
October 17th
The United States population reached 300 million based on a United States Census Bureau projection.
October 22th
German Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher, the most successful driver in history, retired from motor racing.
October 23rd
In the United States, Jeffrey Skilling was sentenced to 24 years and 4 months in federal prison on charges related to the financial collapse of Enron.
October 29th
In Brazil, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva was re-elected as the Brazilian President.
October 30th
In Chile, the former Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet was placed under house arrest for crimes committed at the Villa Grimaldi detention centre where thousands were tortured between 1974 and 1977.
October 30th
An airstrike on a madrasah in Bajaur killed dozens of suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.
November 3rd
In the Middle-East, Iran successfully test-fired 3 new models of sea missiles in a show of force to assert its military capacities in the Gulf.
November 3rd
Science predicts 90% of maritime life forms will be extinct by 2048.
November 3rd
In the United States, Ted Haggard resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals, after allegations of methamphetamine use and sex with a male prostitute.
November 5th
In Iraq, former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and 2 of his senior allies were sentenced to death by hanging after an Iraqi court found them guilty of crimes against humanity.
November 7th
In the United States, the U.S. Midterm elections allow the Democrats to win control of both houses of Congress for the first time since 1994.
November 7th
In the U.S. congressional elections, Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison became the first Muslim elected to the House of Representatives.
November 8th
U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld resigned. President Bush nominated Robert Gates, a former CIA director, as his replacement. Gates was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in on Dec 18th.
November 12th
In the United States, Gerald Ford surpassed Ronald Reagan as the longest lived President of the United States.
November 12th
The former Soviet republic of South Ossetia held a referendum on independence from Georgia.
November 15th
Al Jazeera launched its new English language news channel, Al Jazeera English.
November 20th
In the Middle-East, Iran and Syria recognized the government of Iraq, restored diplomatic relations and call for a peace conference.
November 21st
Israel's Supreme Court finds that Israel must recognise and register same-gender marriages celebrated in other countries.
November 21st
In in Beirut, Lebanon, Pierre Amine Gemayel, Lebanonese Minister of Industry, was assassinated.
November 21st
In Ruda Slaska, Poland, a gas explosion in the coal mine Halemba, killed 23 miners approximately 1,000 meters underground.
November 23rd
In London, England, Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian KGB agent, was assassinated in a London sushi bar, possibly by the Russian Security Service, the FSB.
November 23rd
In Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, a series of car bombs and mortar attacks killed at least 215 people and injuried 257 others.
November 24th
In Northern Ireland, Loyalist Michael Stone was arrested for breaking into the parliament buildings at Stormont while armed.
November 30th
South Africa became the fifth nation to legalise gay marriages.
November 30th
Typhoon Durian triggered a massive mudslide which killed hundreds of people in the Philippines.
December 1st
In Central America, Felipe Calderón was sworn in as the President of Mexico by the Congress in Mexico.
December 1st
Typhoon Durian kills at least 388 people in Albay province on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.
December 3rd
In South America, Hugo Chavez was re-elected President of Venezuela.
December 5th
In Fiji, the military seized power by means of a coup d'état led by Commodore Josaia Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama.
December 9th
In Russia, a fire at a hospital in Moscow killed 45 people.
December 10th
In Florida, United States, Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-116) was launched from the Kennedy Space Center for the ISS.
December 10th
In Europe, the Nobel Prize ceremonies took place in Stockholm (Sweden) and Oslo (Norway).
December 11th
In Tehran, Iran, the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad opened the two day 'The Holocaust Conference'. The conference provoked worldwide criticism.
December 13th
The Chinese River Dolphin or Baiji became extinct. It was a freshwater dolphin found only in the Yangtze River in China, making it the first aquatic mammal species to become extinct since the 1950s.
December 15th
In the Middle-East, an alleged assassination attempt on the Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh sparked inter-Palestinian clashes.
December 19th
In Libya, a Libyan court sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death for allegedly knowingly infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV.
December 20th
In Somalia, Africa, Islamic Courts Union fighters began their attack on the government-held town of Baidoa.
December 22nd
In Florida, United States, the Space Shuttle Discovery landed at the Kennedy Space Center. It concluded a two week mission to the International Space Station.
December 24th
In Africa, Ethiopia admited that its troops have intervened in Somalia.
December 25th
In Atlanta, Georgia, United States, the soul singer James Brown died aged 73. Known as 'The Godfather of Soul', he was also a Civil Rights campaigner. His was body laid on the stage of legendary Apollo in Harlem, the site of his debut. A private ceremony was held in Brown's hometown of Augusta, Georgia and another public ceremony was officiated by Rev. Al Sharpton a day later at the James Brown Arena.
December 26th
In Africa, an oil pipeline exploded in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos. The explosion killed at least 200 people.
December 26th
In the United States, the former US President Gerald Ford (38th President) died at the age of 93 years and 165 days at his home in Rancho Mirage, California.
December 26th
The Hengchun earthquake in Taiwan killed 2 poeple, damaged 15 historial buildings and several undersea cables, disrupted Internet and IDD telecommunication services in Asia.
December 29th
In Somalia, Africa, Ethiopian and Transitional government troops captured Mogadishu without resistance.
December 30th
In Iraq, Saddam Hussein, former Iraq president, was executed in Baghdad for crimes against humanity. His hanging made news worldwide.
December 30th
In Asia, the M/V Senopati Nusantara sunk 25 miles off Mandalika Island in Indonesia with several hundred casualties. 245 people were accounted for but many considered still missing. 400-500 people were feared drowned.
December 31st
In Bangkok, Thailand, at least eleven bombs are detonated just hours before the New Year celebrations.
December 31st
The U. S. death toll in Iraq reaches 3,000.

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