January 8: The U.S. Navy nuclear submarine USS San
Francisco runs aground off the coast of Guam.
January 10: With 62.3 percent of the votes cast,
Mahmoud Abbas is declared the official winner of the Palestinian
January 12: NASA successfully launches the Deep
Impact probe on a Delta 2 rocket. The intended mission of Deep
Impact to study the internal composition of comet Temple 1.
January 14: The Huygens probe which was part of the
Cassinni-Huygens mission successfully lands on Saturn's largest moon
Titan. Data from Huygens is relayed back to Earth by the Cassini
January 18: The Airbus A300
is officially launched at a ceremony in Toulouse, France as the largest
passenger airliner in the world. It has a capacity of between 550
and 840 passengers.
January 20: Mars rover Opportunity determines that
the rock dubbed Heat Shield Rock is actually a meteorite on the Martian
United States President George W. Bush is sworn into office for his
26: Condoleezza Rice is confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the
first African-American woman to hold the office of Secretary of State..
30: The first multi-party elections are held in Iraq for the first
time in 50 years. Estimates of voter turnout ranged from 50 to 70
February 4: Alberto Gonzales is confirmed in a vote
by the U.S. Senate to become the first Hispanic U.S. Attorney General.
February 6: The New England Patriots defeat the
Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 to win Superbowl XXXIX.
Sister Lucia de Jesus dos Santos dies. She was the last surviving
member of three children to whom the Virgin Mary is said to have
appeared at Fatimah Portugal in 1917.
February 16: Commissioner Gary
Bettman formally cancels the National Hockey League season as players
and owners fail to reach agreement on a salary cap for players.
February 22: Images from European space probe Mars
Express reveal evidence of a sea of ice near the equator of Mars.
February 26: Police in Wichita, Kansas announce the
arrest Dennis Lynn Rader who accused of being the BTK serial killer.
1: For the first time in its country's history, the left is in
control of the government in Uruguay when socialist Tabaré Vázquez takes office
February 28: Adventurer
Pilot Steve Fossett takes off from Salina, Kansas in the Virgin
Atlantic Global Flyer aircraft. His intent is to become the first
person to fly non stop solo around the world
March 3: Martha Stewart is
released from Alderson Federal Prison Camp after serving 5 months for
involvement in a stock market insider trading scandal.
March 3: Adventurer Steve Fossett
touches down in Salina, Kansas after having circled the globe nonstop
in the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer aircraft.
March 5: Bowing to world wide
pressure, Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad announce Syria's intent to withdrawal all 14,000 troops in
Lebanon to the Bekka Valley area on the Syrian-Lebanese border.
8: Russian troops kill Chechnyan separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov
in a village near Grozny.
2: The beloved leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope John Paul
April 13: Eric Rudolph pleads
guilty to the bombings at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
He is sentenced to 4 consecutive life terms.
April 19: German Cardinal Joseph
Ratzinger is elected Pope on the second day of the Papal
conclave. Ratzinger chooses to be called Pope Bendedict XVI.
April 25: More than 100 people are
killed near Osaka, Japan when a high speed commuter train derails.
April 27: The Airbus A300 makes its
first flight from Toulouse, France.
May 10: A live hand grenade is
thrown within 100 feet of U.S. President W. Bush during a speech in
Tbilisi, Georgia. The device malfunctions and does not explode.
May 11: North Korea announces that
it has extracted enough nuclear material to build up to three nuclear
May 19: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of
the Sith opens in theaters shattering box office records.
May 31: William Mark Felt, Sr. is
revealed to have been the informant known as Deep Throat during the
Watergate Scandal which eventually resulted in the resignation of U.S.
President Richard M. Nixon.
June 13: After a lengthy trial,
singer Michael Jackson is acquitted of all charges of harming children.
June 21: 83 seconds after launch, a
Volna rocket carrying the first light sail spacecraft fails and the
spacecraft is destroyed.
July 4: The penetrator from NASA's
Deep Impact spacecraft collides with Comet Temple 1 to produce a wealth
of scientific information on the composition of the comet.
July 7: Four suicide bombs rock the
London mass transit system striking 3 subways and 1 bus. Over 50
deaths are reported.
July 10: Hurricane Dennis a
category 3 storm strikes near Navarre Beach, Florida. 10 deaths
in the U.S. are reported as a result of this storm after it had already
claimed 50 lives in the Caribbean.
July 17: My family and I make a
pilgrimage to East Texas visiting the communities where pieces space
shuttle Columbia rained down during the STS-107 tragedy in 2003.
For photos of the memorials in East Texas follow the 107 Memorials link.
July 21: Two weeks after the first
attacks on the London mass transit system a second series of attacks is
launched. The bombs in this attack fail to explode.
July 23: At least 90 people die in
a series of car bomb explosions at the Red Sea resort Sharm el Sheik.
July 24: Cyclist Lance Armstrong
wins his seventh straight Tour de France. Armstrong announced in
advance that he would be retiring after the 2005 Tour de France.
July 26: NASA launches space
shuttle Discovery on STS-114 the first shuttle mission to launch after
the Columbia tragedy. A piece of foam from the external tank is
seen to break away during the launch resulting in NASA announcing that
the shuttle fleet is once again grounded.
July 29: A team of astronomers from
the California Institute of Technology announce the discovery of a
possible 10th planet.
August 7: The Israeli cabinet
approves the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Gaza Strip. Finance
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resigns in protest.
August 7: 7 Russian sailors who
were trapped in a submarine at over 600 feet deep in the Pacific Ocean
are saved by British and American rescuers.
August 9: Space Shuttle Discovery
lands safely at Edwards Air Force Base in California completing the
STS-114 mission after 12 and 1/2 days in space.
August 9: I fly to Pensacola,
Florida as a witness for the prosecution in the case of a former museum
worker who is accused of stealing museum artifacts from the Naval
Aviation Museum in Pensacola. For my account of this event follow
the Mercury Boot link.
August 12: NASA launches the Mars
Reconnaissance Orbiter on a 7 month journey to the red planet.
August 18: Dennis Rader, the
confessed BTK serial murderer from Wichita, Kansas is sentenced to 10
consecutive life terms.
August 29: Hurricane Katrina a
category 4 storm ravages the gulf coast of the US, killing more than 80
people and leaving millions without power.
August 30: Levees which protect New
Orleans from flooding break due to rainfall from hurricane
Katrina. Thousands are feared dead as 80% of the city is
flooded. It is declared the worst natural disaster in US history.
September 3: US Supreme Court
Justice William Renquist dies after serving 33 years on the Supreme
Court. For 19 of those years he served as Chief Justice. Renquist
was 80 years old.
September 5: President Bush
nominates John Roberts to succeed Justice Renquist as Chief Justice on
the Supreme Court.
September 6: A panel investigating
the Iraq oil-for-food program cites UN Secretary General Kohfi
Anan for mismanagement and failure to stem corruption.
September 18: Elections are held in
Afghanistan. These are the first democratic parliamentary
elections held in over 25 years.
September 19: German parliamentary
elections result in an inconclusive vote, leaving the shape of the
future government in doubt.
September 19: NASA Administrator
Michael Griffin announces plans to land astronauts on the Moon by 2018.
September 29: The US Senate votes
to confirm John Roberts as the 17th Chief Justice of the Supreme
court. The vote was 78-22.
October 3: President Bush nominates
Harriet Miers to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Conner for the
US Supreme Court..
October 8: At least 54,000 people
die in Kashmir when a magnitude 7.6 earthquake strikes the
Pakistani controlled portion of Kashmir. Around 800 people also
die in the Indian controlled portion of Kashmir. Estimates place
around 2.5 million left homeless from the earthquake.
October 11: A deal is reached by
German leaders that will form a government in which Angela Merkel will
become the first female Chancellor in German history.
October 27: Harriet Miers withdraws
herself from consideration for the US Supreme Court after weeks of
intense questioning about her qualifications by both Democrat and
October 31: After the withdrawl of
Harriet Miers for consideration for the US Supreme Court, President
Bush nominates conservative Judge Samuel Alito for the position.
28: California Congressmen Randy "Duke" Cunningham resigns after
pleading guilty to accepting bribes from defense contractors.
December 6: 20 people protesting
the construction of a power plant are killed by Chinese police.
December 14: The US government
reports that the US trade deficit hits an all time high at $68.9