Historical Events For Year 2005

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January 5, 2005

Michael E. Brown and his team identify the solar system's largest known dwarf planet, Eris, using images taken at the Palomar Observatory in 2003.
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January 30, 2005

Iraq's free Parliamentary elections take place for the first time in 47 years. Read More

February 10, 2005

An announcement is made that nuclear weapons are present in North Korea as a protection mechanism against the United States is made.
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February 14, 2005

The establishment of YouTube as the most popular website used for video sharing occurs. Read More

February 16, 2005

The implementation of the Kyoto Protocol takes place even though the United States and Australia do not support it.
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March 3, 2005

A world record is broken by the millionaire Steve Fossett as he makes the fastest solo flight around the world without stopping or refueling.
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March 14, 2005

An anti-secession law implementing the prevention of a declaration of independence by Taiwan is ratified by the People's Republic of China.
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April 2, 2005

Over four million people travel to the Vatican to mourn the death of Pope John Paul II. Read More

May 21, 2005

The opening of the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster to date takes place at New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park as the Kingda Ka.
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May 31, 2005

Vanity Fair reveals the identity of the "Deep Throat" informant of the Watergate scandal as Mark Felt, a former FBI Associate Director.
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August 13, 2005

The launching of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter takes place. Read More

August 18, 2005

The first joint military exercise by China and Russia, known as the Peace Mission 2005, starts training on the Shandong peninsula lasting 8 days.
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September 19, 2005

An exchange is made by North Korea, agreeing to halt production of nuclear weapons for aid and cooperation.
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October 1, 2005

Two Japanese banking conglomerates merge to form the world's largest bank, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.
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October 12, 2005

The Shenzhou 6 is launched as the second Chinese spacecraft to carry a crew. Read More

October 19, 2005

The beginning of the Trials of Saddam Hussein take place. Read More

November 4, 2005

A Bilateral Investment Treaty is signed by the United States and Uruguay. Read More

Nov 28 - Dec 9, 2005

The Climate Change Conference of the United Nations takes place in Montreal, Quebec. Read More

November 30, 2005

The first human face transplant is performed by French surgeons. Read More

December 7, 2005

The launching of the European Union top-level domain .eu takes place, replacing .eu.int.
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December 12, 2005

The creation of mice containing small amounts of human brain cells is announced by scientists attempting to make realistic models of neurological disorders.
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December 18, 2005

The beginning of the Chadian Civil War takes place. Read More

December 31, 2005

A leap second is added to the end of the year 2005. Read More

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