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Live 8 benefit concerts

The Live 8 benefit concerts are held during July. There were ten simultaneous concerts were organized by Bob Geldof who had run the first Live Aid concerts 20 years earlier in 1985. The concerts were held in London, Philadelphia, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Moscow, Edinburgh, Cornwall, Johannesburg, and Barrie. The purpose of the event was to raise money for charities fighting against poverty around the world. Some of the top featured acts were U2, Paul McCartney, Elton, John, Pink Floyd, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, and Green Day.

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina strikes the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama coastal areas. Levees separating Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, Louisiana were breached by the surge, ultimately flooding roughly 80% of the city of New Orleans and 1600 perished

August 29th, 2005 Katrina Makes Landfall As Category 3 Louisiana.

Hurricane Katrina Makes Landfall as Category 3 status at 6:10 AM local time near Buras-Triumph, Louisiana with sustained windspeeds of 140 MPH

Storm Surge in Area Affected up to 22 foot New Orleans

Storm Surge in Area Affected up to 30 foot Biloxi-Gulfport Mississippi

Breaches to 53 different levees in greater New Orleans

Section of the 17th Street Canal levee gives way allowing a sea of water from Lake Pontchartrain to flood Lakeview and into Mid-City, Carrollton, Gentilly, City Park and neighborhoods farther south and east.

80% of the city of New Orleans Flooded

Hurricane Katrina Causes the Loss of life of 1,577 in Louisiana

Hurricane Katrina Causes the Loss of life of 238 in Mississippi

Many Of Those who stay behind take refuge on rooftops ( Water is over 15 feet deep ) waiting for rescue

The United States Coast Guard begin rescue operations soon after the worst of the storm is over, many are taken to Louisiana Superdome

Mississippi 90% of the buildings along the Biloxi-Gulfport coastline are destroyed worst effected areas Hancock County ( Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Pearlington, and Clermont Harbor. ), Harrison County ( Biloxi and Gulfport ), and Jackson County ( Pascagoula )

No Clean Water or electricity in the City Of New Orleans

No Communications Including Cell Phones Available New Orleans

Hurricane disrupts 95 % of the daily Gulf of Mexico oil production

Over 1.7 million people lost power in the Gulf states of Mississippi and Louisiana

Interstate 10 leading east out of the city of New Orleans is closed due to bridges smashed

Most coastal highways along the Gulf were impassable due to severe flooding in places

Katrina Moves Inland and downgrades to tropical storm with rain and Tornadoes affecting Tennessee, Ohio and Georgia

Cosmos 1 Mission

The launch of the unmanned Cosmos 1 failed during June. The first stage of the Volna rocket that was supposed to launch the spacecraft failed and the craft was unable to achieve orbit and instead crashed into the Barents Sea less than a minute and a half after launch. The spacecraft was created by the Planetary Society, a non-profit space advocacy group. Had it been successful, it would have been the first orbital spacecraft to use a solar sail to increase its speed in space.

United States

The video-sharing website "YouTube" was founded.

More Information for YouTube.

The popular video sharing website “YouTube” was created by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim during February of 2005. The three creators were all former Paypal employees and came up with the concept to create a platform on which it would be easier to share videos with others over the internet in a style similar to popular photo sharing sites of the time. YouTube quickly gained popularity as users began to upload and share videos on the site in record numbers. By 2006, search engine Google purchased the company for $1.65 billion in Google stock. Today billions of videos are uploaded and watched by millions of users of the website.

>Oil prices rise

Oil prices rise sharply throughout the year caused by Trouble in the Middle East, and later Hurricane Katrina.

43rd President

George W. Bush starts his second term as 43rd President of the United States.

Kyoto Protocol

The Kyoto Protocol which is intended to cut global emissions of greenhouse gasses comes into effect, without the support of the United States and Australia.


Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia becoming the first woman president in an African Country

Iran Earthquake

Earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale More than 500 people are killed and over 1,000 injured in southern Iran.

Pakistan Earthquake

Earthquake magnitude 7.6 strikes Kashmir leaving an estimated 70,000 dead and 70,000 more injured

Indonesia Earthquake

Earthquake struck off Sumatra, magnitude of 8.7 it is the second largest earthquake since 1965.

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II dies; over 4 million people travel to the Vatican to mourn him.

Pope Benedict XVI

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has been elected as the new Pope, he has taken the name Pope Benedict XVI

MG Rover

MG Rover, the UK's sole remaining volume producer goes into receivership

Tony Blair

Tony Blair elected for third term

Cost of Living 2005

How Much things cost in 2005

Average Cost of new house $297,000.00

Average Median Income $46,326.00

Cost of a gallon of Gas $3.18

Popular Culture 2005

Live 8 concerts happen in members of the G8 cities around the world to put pressure on the Leaders of the G8 countries to do more for the world's poor.

Popular Films

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

War of the Worlds

King Kong


Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Batman Begins



Brokeback Mountain


Walk the Line

Popular Musicians

Mariah Carey

Green Day

50 Cent

Kelly Clarkson

The Black Eyed Peas


Rascal Flatts

Gwen Stefani

The Killers

Kenny Chesney

Keith Urban

Carrie Underwood

Faith Hill


Toby Keith


Dave Matthews Band

Gretchen Wilson


Foo Fighters

Hilary Duff


Shania Twain


Destiny's Child

Guns N' Roses

Franz Ferdinand

UK Civil Partnership Act

Britain implements The Civil Partnership Act granting civil partnerships "which include same sex partnerships" with rights and responsibilities identical to civil marriage.

Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles

The marriage of The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles takes place

Northern Ireland IRA announces end to armed conflict

The IRA announces end to armed conflict and gives up its weapons to independent weapons inspectors

Gaza Strip

Israeli settlers are forced to leave settlements in the Gaza Strip as part of peace settlement

Syria withdraws from Lebanon

Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon ending its twenty nine year military occupation


The Disneyland Resort celebrates it 50th birthday

Tornado Evansville, Indiana

F3 tornado strikes Evansville, Indiana killing 25 people making it one of the deadliest single tornadoes on record

Mojave desert

Four Robotic vehicles complete the difficult task of crossing 240km across Nevada's Mojave desert

Indonesia blackout

Indonesia suffers the worst power outage blackout in history with 100 million affected

Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong wins a record seventh straight Tours de France before his scheduled retirement

France Civil unrest

Civil unrest continues in Paris suburbs, President Jacques Chirac announced a national state of emergency

BTK ( Bind, Torture and Kill, ) serial killer

Dennis Rader, the BTK ( Bind, Torture and Kill, ) serial killer, is charged with 10 counts of murder in Wichita, Kan

Terri Schiavo

Following 8 years of legal wrangling in the courts Terri Schiavo's feeding tube is removed and she dies 13 days later.

Mexico Hurricane Stan

Hurricane Stan hits Mexico and Central America killing over 1,620 people.

Olympic Park Bomber

Eric Rudolph (Olympic Park Bomber) sentenced to multiple life sentences.

U.S. tornado

A tornado hits western Kentucky and southwestern Indiana, killing at least 22.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is found not guilty of Child Molestation Charges.

New York Transport Workers Union strike

New York City's Transport Workers Union goes on strike for three days, shutting down all New York City Subway and Bus services.

U.S.Ice Storms

Winter Ice Storms leaves nearly 1 million without power on Atlantic coast

London Bombings

London Bombings Four explosions rock the transport network in London, three on the London Underground and one on a bus. Over 50 deaths were reported, and over 200 injured

2012 Olympic Games

London wins the right to stage the 2012 Olympic Games.

U.S. same-sex marriages

Multnomah County Chair Linn, Oregon announced the county would begin granting licenses for same-sex marriages. The Oregon Supreme Court nullified nearly 3,000 marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples

Portugal Wild Fires

Wild Fires Sweep Portugal leaving over 20 dead and thousands of acres destroyed

India Terrorist bombs

Terrorist bombs are planted in crowded marketplace bazaars killing at least 61 people.

Buncefield oil depot

A series of explosions led to an enormous fire at one of Britain's largest oil depots Buncefield oil depot near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire

Avian Flu

( Bird Flu ) H5N1 strain of Avian Flu claims more lives in Indonesia and other countries around the globe.

Guantánamo Bay

The U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld refuses the United Nations commission access to inmates at the Guantánamo Bay detention center

China Typhoon Damrey

Typhoon Damrey strikes China's island province of Hainan killing 16

G8 summit

President George W Bush at the G8 summit tells other leaders he will not support legally binding reductions on carbon emissions

Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, wins a landslide victory on June 25th in Iran's presidential poll

Egypt Terrorist Attacks

Terrorist Attacks in Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt kill 90

Guantanamo Bay

Prisoners go on hunger strike at the US Guantanamo Bay prison camp

Medicinal Use Of Marijuana

United States Supreme Court ruled Medicinal Use Of Marijuana users can be prosecuted for violating federal drug laws.

U.S. secret eavesdropping program

President George W. Bush acknowledged he'd personally authorized a secret eavesdropping program in the U.S. following Sept. 11

New Bankruptcy Law

President George W. Bush signed the new act making it harder for those with large debts to wipe clean their financial slates by declaring bankruptcy under Chapter 7 "New Bankruptcy Law"

2005 Calendar

Technology 2005

Steve Fossett breaks world record by completing the first non-stop, non-refueled, solo flight around the world in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer.

The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse.

Microsoft releases the Xbox 360 gaming console in North America.

The Spanish flu virus is reconstructed and shown to be closely related to the Avian flu virus.

Research by the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) suggests that women who take Hormone Replacement Therapy are more at risk from breast cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Major World Political Leaders 2005

Australia Prime Minister John Howard

Brazil President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Canada Prime Minister Paul Martin

China Chairman of the People's Republic of China Hu Jintao

France President Jacques Chirac

Germany Chancellor Gerhard Schröder Till 22 November

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel From 22 November

India Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh

Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

Japan Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi

Mexico President Vicente Fox

Russia / Soviet Union General Secretary of the CPSU Vladimir Putin

South Africa State President Thabo Mbeki

United States President George W. Bush

United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair