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

Events 2005

Greece -- Summer Olympics

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.

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.


  • 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 Hurricane Katrina
  • Oil prices rise sharply throughout the year caused by Trouble in the Middle East, and later Hurricane Katrina.
  • George W. Bush starts his second term as 43rd President of the United States.
  • 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
  • Earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale More than 500 people are killed and over 1,000 injured in southern Iran.
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.

  • Earthquake magnitude 7.6 strikes Kashmir leaving an estimated 70,000 dead and 70,000 more injured
  • Earthquake struck off Sumatra, magnitude of 8.7 it is the second largest earthquake since 1965.
  • Pope John Paul II dies; over 4 million people travel to the Vatican to mourn him.
  • Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has been elected as the new Pope, he has taken the name Pope Benedict XVI
  • MG Rover, the UK's sole remaining volume producer goes into receivership

  • Tony Blair elected for third term
  • Britain implements The Civil Partnership Act granting civil partnerships "which include same sex partnerships" with rights and responsibilities identical to civil marriage.
  • The marriage of The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles takes place
Northern Ireland
  • The IRA announces end to armed conflict and gives up its weapons to independent weapons inspectors
  • Israeli settlers are forced to leave settlements in the Gaza Strip as part of peace settlement
  • 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
  • F3 tornado strikes Evansville, Indiana killing 25 people making it one of the deadliest single tornadoes on record
  • Four Robotic vehicles complete the difficult task of crossing 240km across Nevada's Mojave desert
  • Indonesia suffers the worst power outage blackout in history with 100 million affected

  • Lance Armstrong wins a record seventh straight Tours de France before his scheduled retirement
  • Civil unrest continues in Paris suburbs, President Jacques Chirac announced a national state of emergency
  • Dennis Rader, the BTK ( Bind, Torture and Kill, ) serial killer, is charged with 10 counts of murder in Wichita, Kan
  • Following 8 years of legal wrangling in the courts Terri Schiavo's feeding tube is removed and she dies 13 days later.
  • Hurricane Stan hits Mexico and Central America killing over 1,620 people.
  • Eric Rudolph (Olympic Park Bomber) sentenced to multiple life sentences.
  • A tornado hits western Kentucky and southwestern Indiana, killing at least 22.
  • Michael Jackson is found not guilty of Child Molestation Charges.
  • New York City's Transport Workers Union goes on strike for three days, shutting down all New York City Subway and Bus services.
  • Winter Ice Storms leaves nearly 1 million without power on Atlantic coast
  • 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
  • London wins the right to stage the 2012 Olympic Games.
  • 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
  • Wild Fires Sweep Portugal leaving over 20 dead and thousands of acres destroyed
  • Terrorist bombs are planted in crowded marketplace bazaars killing at least 61 people.
  • 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
  • ( Bird Flu ) H5N1 strain of Avian Flu claims more lives in Indonesia and other countries around the globe.
  • The U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld refuses the United Nations commission access to inmates at the Guantánamo Bay detention center
  • Typhoon Damrey strikes China's island province of Hainan killing 16
  • President George W Bush at the G8 summit tells other leaders he will not support legally binding reductions on carbon emissions
  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, wins a landslide victory on June 25th in Iran's presidential poll
  • Terrorist Attacks in Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt kill 90
  • Prisoners go on hunger strike at the US Guantanamo Bay prison camp
  • United States Supreme Court ruled Medicinal Use Of Marijuana users can be prosecuted for violating federal drug laws.
  • President George W. Bush acknowledged he'd personally authorized a secret eavesdropping program in the U.S. following Sept. 11
  • 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"

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.

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
  • Madagascar
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Batman Begins
  • Hitch
  • Crash
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Capote
  • Walk the Line

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Popular Musicians

  • Mariah Carey
  • Green Day
  • 50 Cent
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • The Black Eyed Peas
  • Coldplay
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Gwen Stefani
  • The Killers
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Keith Urban
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Faith Hill
  • Sugarland
  • Toby Keith
  • Eminem
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Gretchen Wilson
  • Usher
  • Foo Fighters
  • Hilary Duff
  • Madonna
  • Shania Twain
  • Weezer
  • Destiny's Child
  • Guns N' Roses
  • Franz Ferdinand

2005 Calendar

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

Political Elections 2005

British General Election 2005 Tony Blair ( Labour ) defeats Michael Howard ( Conservative ) and Charles Kennedy ( Liberal Democrat )