- Deep Impact is launched from Cape Canaveral.
- The Huygens probe lands on Titan (Saturn's largest moon).
- Adriana Iliescu gives birth at 66 years of age - the oldest woman to do so.
- Ireland completes metrication.
- Yulia Tymoshenko becomes the 13th prime-minister of Ukraine.
- Internet site YouTube goes online.
- Steve Fossett breaks a world record - first non-stop, non-refueled, solo flight around the world.
- The Tulip Revolution (Kyrgyzstan) ends with the overthrow of president Askar Akayev.
- Pope John Paul II dies.
- Rainier III, Prince of Monaco dies.
- Marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles - follows after the Pope's funeral.
- Camilla assumes the titles Her Royal Highness and Duchess of Cornwall.
- Pope Benedict XVI (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) succeeds Pope John Paul II, becoming the 265th pope.
- UK General election - Labour Party is re-elected with reduced majority.
- Kuwaiti women are granted the right to vote.
- W. Mark Felt is confirmed to be "Deep Throat."
- The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is launched.
- Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans leaving thousands dead and many homeless.
- Drawings of Muhammad are printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
- The 2005 Bali bombings occur - killing 26 and injuring > 100.
- Veselin Topalov wins FIDE World Chess Championship 2005.
- The Trials of Saddam Hussein begin.
- Andrew Stimpson, a British man, is reported as the first person proven HIV case 'cured'
- The Licensing Act 2003 comes into force in England and Wales - flexible licensing hours.
- First human face transplant (France).
- The 43rd Mersenne prime is found (230,402,457) - discovered by Dr. Curtis Cooper and Dr. Steven Boone.
- Leap second added to end of year.
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