Welcome to the year 2005!
Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 2005. I hope this helps you with the baby book or commemorative project you’re working on. If you don’t want to write down all this information, take a look at the printable versions.
Affiliate links have been incorporated into this post to provide you with further information about trends and popular items during this period of time.
Printables for 2005:
Newspaper / Full Post PDF / 1 Page
2005 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):
Gallon of Milk~ $3.21 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Dozen Eggs~ $1.27 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Loaf of bread~ $1.05 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 37 cents
New Car Price~ $28,450 (NADA.org)
Gallon of Gas~ $2.34 (U.S. Energy Information Administration eia.gov)
Movie Ticket~ $6.41 (Boxofficemojo.com)
Median sales price of new house~ $240,900 (Census.gov)
2005 Top Celebrities:
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
2005 Top Songs:
Since U Been Gone ~Kelly Clarkson
Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down ~Fall Out Boy
Let Me Love You ~Mario
Candy Shop ~50 Cent feat. Olivia
Lose Control ~Missy Elliott feat. Ciara & Fat Man Scoop
Better Days ~Goo Goo Dolls
Feel Good, Inc. ~Gorillaz
Hollaback Girl ~Gwen Stefani
We Belong Together ~Mariah Carey
When I’m Gone ~Eminem
All These Things That I’ve Done ~The Killers
Fix You ~Coldplay
Gold Digger ~Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx
Wake Me Up When September Ends ~Green Day
Switch ~Will Smith
Rihanna ~Pon De Replay
2005 Top Television Shows:
Two and a Half Men
Without A Trace
Dancing With the Stars
2005 Top Movies:
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
War of the Worlds
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Walk the Line
2005 Top Books:
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince ~J.K. Rowling
YOU: The Owner’s Manual: An Insider’s Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger. ~Michael F. Roizen M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz M.D.
1776 ~David McCullough
Eldest ~Christopher Paolini
The World is Flat ~Thomas L. Friedman
Blink ~Malcolm Gladwell
Freakonomics ~Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
The Broker ~John Grisham
Honeymoon ~ames Patterson and Howard Roughan
The Da Vinci Code ~Dan Brown
At First Sight ~Nicolas Sparks
A Million Little Pieces ~James Frey
The Kite Runner ~Khaled Hosseini
The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
The Tipping Point ~Malcolm Gladwell
My Sister’s Keeper ~Jodi Picoult
2005 Top Fashion and Trends:
Sequins, embroidery, and studs on clothing and shoes
Funky ethnic and layered jewelry
Cell phone charms
Flared leg jeans
Fitted t-shirt layered with camisole underneath
Long bojo skirts
Jeans with heels
Women’s low-rise jeans
Men’s skinny jeans
2005 World Leaders:
George W. Bush, President of the United States.
Hu Jintao, President of China.
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia.
Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Pope John Paul II and then Pope Benedict XVI of Vatican City.
Jacques Chirac, President of France.
Colin L. Powell then Condoleezza Rice, United States Secretary of State.
Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
2005 World Population
6,453,628,000 and counting…
2005 Major Events:
January 4 – Gunmen assassinate the Governor of Baghdad, Ali al-Haidari
January 30 – The first free Parliamentary elections in Iraq since 1958 take place.
February 22 – More than 500 people are killed and over 1,000 injured, after entire villages are flattened in an earthquake (6.4 on the Richter scale) in the Zarand region of Kerman province in southern Iran.
March 3- Millionaire Steve Fossett breaks a world record by completing the fastest non-stop, non-refueled, solo flight around the world in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer.
March 14 – 800,000 people gather for an opposition rally in Beirut, a month after the death of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. It is the largest rally in Lebanon’s history.
April 2 – Pope John Paul II dies; over 4 million people travel to the Vatican to mourn him.
April 9 – Tens of thousands of demonstrators, many of them supporters of Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr, march through Baghdad denouncing the U.S. occupation of Iraq, 2 years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and rally in the square where his statue was toppled in 2003.
-Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles: The Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony at Windsor’s Guildhall. Camilla acquires her title The Duchess of Cornwall.
April 19 – Pope Benedict XVI succeeds Pope John Paul II, becoming the 265th pope.
May 17 – Kuwaiti women are granted the right to vote.
June 28 – Three U.S. Navy SEALs, 16 American Special Operations Forces soldiers, and an unknown number of Taliban insurgents are killed during Operation Red Wings, a failed counter-insurgent mission in Kunar province, Afghanistan. Later a book and movie titled Lone Survivor are made from the event.
August 29 – Hurricane Katrina makes landfall along the U.S. Gulf Coast causing severe damage. At least 1,836 die in the aftermath.
September 11 – Japan general election, 2005: Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and the Liberal Democratic Party are returned to power.
October 1 – An Australian photojournalist in Afghanistan, Stephen Dupont, films U.S. soldiers burning 2 dead Taliban militias’ bodies.
October 8 – The 2005 Kashmir earthquake kills about 80,000 people.
October 19 – The Trials of Saddam Hussein begin.
November 22 – Angela Merkel assumes office as the first female Chancellor of Germany.
December 18 – The Chadian Civil War (2005–10) begins.
May 31 – Deep Throat’s identity is revealed by Vanity Fair to be Mark Felt.
July 2 – Live 8, a set of 10 simultaneous concerts, takes place throughout the world, raising interest in the Make Poverty History campaign.
July 6 – The International Olympic Committee awards the 2012 Summer Olympics to London.
December 12 – Dina and Michael Lohan officially divorced.
– Brad Pitt leaves Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie.
– Tom Cruise ‘Jumped The Couch” on Oprah while expressing how much he loved Katie Holmes.
– Michael Schaivo successfully sued to have his brain-damaged wife Terri’s feeding tube removed.
– Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba later to be learned that Joran van der Sloot did it.
– Duluth, Georgia’s ‘Runaway Bride’ Jennifer Wilbanks came clean to the FBI about her faked kidnapping story.
– England’s Prince Harry went to a costume party dressed as a Nazi.
– Ted Koppel retired from Nightline on November 22.
– Dan Rather retired from the CBS Evening News on March 9.
– Ashtun Kutcher and Demi Moore got married on September 24.
– Heidi Klum and Seal were married on May 10.
– Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey split up.
– Kenney Chesney and Renee Zellweger annul marriage after 4 months of marriage.
– Jude Law and Sienna Miller split after his alleged affair with the nanny.
2005 Technology and Science:
Palm Treo 650
RIM Blackberry 8700c Electron
Motorola Rokr E1
Video becoming more available on devices
Game Boy Advance SP
Apple iPod Video
Mega Plasma TV
Sonos Digital Music System
Portable USB devices
January 5 – Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the Solar System, is identified by a team led by Michael E. Brown using images originally taken on October 21, 2003, at the Palomar Observatory.
January 12 – Deep Impact is launched from Cape Canaveral by a Delta 2 rocket.
January 14 – The Huygens probe lands on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.
February 14 – YouTube, the most popular video sharing website,is founded.
April 23 – YouTube was launched: the first video was uploaded at 20:27.
July 4 – NASA’s “Copper bullet” from the Deep Impact spacecraft hits Comet Tempel 1, creating a crater for scientific studies.
November 13 – Andrew Stimpson, a 25-year-old British man, is reported as the first person proven to have been ‘cured’ of HIV.
November 30 – Surgeons in France carry out the first human face transplant.
December 7 – The European Union TLD .eu is launched, and replaces .eu.int. Initially this will be only for business purposes. From 7 April 2006 onwards, EU citizens can also register .eu domains.
December 12 – Scientists announce that they have created mice with small amounts of human brain cells in an effort to make realistic models of neurological disorders.
December 31 – Another second is added, 23:59:60, called a leap second, to end the year 2005. The last time this occurred was on June 30, 1998.