November 28, 2021
2005 (MMV in Roman numerals) is a 21st century year.
European year of the researcher
International Year of Physics
International Year of Physical Education and Sport
International year of financial microcredits
Year of the Eucharist in the Catholic Church
Cork is the European capital of culture
1 January: Luxembourg takes over the rotating presidency of the European Union
January 8: Three US astronomers discover Eris, the second largest dwarf planet in the Solar System.
January 9: Elections in Palestine for the succession of Yasser Arafat, who died on November 11, 2004. The winner of the elections is Abu Mazen, one of the founders of the al-Fath party in the 1950s and briefly Palestinian prime minister in 2003.
January 11: the Italian motorcyclist Fabrizio Meoni dies in an accident during the Dakar.
12 January - France: the European Parliament in Strasbourg approves the European Constitution.
Iraq: Flash kidnapping of bishop Basile Georges Casmoussa.
January 23: Viktor Juščenko is officially invested as president of the republic in Ukraine.
1 February - Vatican City: John Paul II is hospitalized at the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome due to a relapse of the flu.
February 4: the journalist of the manifesto Giuliana Sgrena was kidnapped by the Organization of Islamic Jihad while she was in Baghdad (Iraq) to make a series of reports for her newspaper.
Lebanon: Lebanese Prime Minister Rafīq al-Ḥarīrī, following an explosive attack in Beirut, is assassinated.
USA: YouTube is founded in California.
February 16: the Kyoto protocol on the emission of toxic gases enters into force; 141 countries participate, excluding the USA.
February 27: Martin Scorsese's The Aviator wins 5 statuettes and Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby 4 at the 2005 Oscars, but the latter receives prizes in the most important categories.
4 March: after freeing the journalist of Il manifesto Giuliana Sgrena, SISMI official Nicola Calipari is killed in Baghdad by US "friendly fire". The Italian judiciary will ascertain that soldier Mario Lozano unloaded 58 shots against the car that was carrying them.
March 28: a powerful earthquake, originating off the Indonesian island of Sumatra and having a magnitude of 8.7 causes the death of hundreds of people and significant material damage on the island of Nias, south of Sumatra.
29 March: Romania's women's table tennis team wins the European title for the third time.
Washington: Terri Schiavo dies after living in a vegetative coma for 15 years. On March 18, her husband Michael had obtained from the court to be able to stop the artificial feeding of his wife, despite the woman's parents were decidedly against. The slow death of the woman becomes a major media case both in the US and in the rest of the world.
Principality of Monaco: Prince Albert takes over the regency, succeeding his sick father, Rainier III of Monaco, who will pass away on the following 6 April.
April 2 - Vatican City: Pope John Paul II dies after almost twenty-seven years of pontificate.
April 8 - Vatican City: the funeral of John Paul II (aka Karol Wojtyła) takes place in front of almost all the heads of state in the world and a crowd of 600,000 faithful present in St. Peter's Square. About one million faithful are present in Rome for the funeral, who have come from all over the planet. In the previous days between 3 and 5 million people came to Rome to pay homage to the body of the great Pontiff. The funeral ceremony is presided over by the German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who will succeed John Paul II a few days later, choosing the name of Benedict XVI.
April 9: in Great Britain, Charles the Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker-Bowles. (His