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2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2005th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 5th year of the 3rd millennium, the 5th year of the 21st century, and the 6th year of the 2000s decade.
|Centuries:||20th century – 21st century – 22nd century|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s – 2000s – 2010s 2020s 2030s|
|Years:||2002 2003 2004 – 2005 – 2006 2007 2008|
- January 3 – Flash Airlines Flight 604, a Boeing 737, crashes into the Red Sea off Egypt, killing 148 people.
- January 9 -
- The same storm which pounded the United States earlier in the month hits England and Scandinavia. At least 13 are dead among hurricane force winds and the worst flooding in northwest England in 40 years.
- Mahmoud Abbas is elected to succeed Yasser Arafat as Palestinian Authority president in the Palestinian election.
- January 12 – Deep Impact (space mission) is launched from Cape Canaveral by a Delta 2 rocket.
- January 14 – The Huygens probe lands on Titan, largest moon of planet Saturn.
- January 16 – Adriana Iliescu gives birth at 66, the oldest woman in the world to do so.
- January 20 – George W. Bush is inaugurated in Washington D.C. for his second term as the 43rd President of the United States.
- January 21 – In Belize's capital city Belmopan, the unrest over the government's new taxes erupts into riots.
- January 23 – Viktor Yushchenko is sworn in as the third President of Ukraine in Kiev, Ukraine.
- January 25 – A stampede during a religious pilgrimage in India kills at least 215, mostly women and small children.
- January 26 – A helicopter crash in eastern Iraq kills 31 United States soldiers.
- January 30 -
- The first Parliamentary elections in Iraq since the overthrow of the Ba'ath Party government led by Saddam Hussein take place.
- A Royal Air Force C-130 Hercules transport plane crashes in Iraq, killing 10 British servicemen. Iraqi insurgents release a video claiming to have shot the aircraft down using a missile.
- April 2 – Pope John Paul II dies.
- April 6 – Prince Rainier III of Monaco dies aged 81. He is succeeded by his son, Albert II of Monaco.
- April 8 – Prince Charles marries Camilla Parker Bowles.
- April 19 – Cardinal Joseph Alois Ratzinger becomes Pope Benedict XVI.
- May 8 – The 60th anniversary of VE Day is marked.
- May 29 – French voters reject the proposed European Constitution.
- July 1 – German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder loses a vote of confidence.
- July 6 – July 9 – The G8 Summit takes place in Gleneagles, Scotland.
- July 6 – London is awarded the 2012 Olympic Games.
- July 7 – Four suicide bombers kill 56 people (including the bombers) on London's public transport system – three Tube trains and one bus. The attacks were carried out by Al Qaeda.
- July 21 – Four attempted suicide bombers fail to detonate their bombs on London's public transport system. All four bombers escape, but are later captured.
- July 22 – An innocent Brazilian, Jean Charles de Menezes is shot dead by officers of the London Metropolitan Police.
- July 23 – Terrorist attacks occur at Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt.
- August 1 – King Fahd of Saudi Arabia dies. He is succeeded by his half-brother, Abdullah.
- August 29 – Hurricane Katrina devastates the southeastern United States.
- September 30 – The controversial drawings of the Prophet Muhammad first appear in the Danish newspaper, Jyllands Posten.
- October 1 – Terrorist bombings occur on the island of Bali.
- October 8 – A devastating earthquake hits Kashmir.
- October 27 – Widespread rioting erupts across France.
- October 30 - Having been destroyed in the Firebombing of Dresden in World War II, the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), is reconsecrated.
- November 8 – Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is elected as Liberia's, and Africa's first female President.
- November 22 – Angela Merkel becomes Germany's first female chancellor.
- January 4 – Dafne Keen, Actress
- January 11 – Roksana Węgiel, The winner of Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018
- February 19 — Alma Deutscher, Violinist and pianist
- February 20 — Gabriel Fernandez, American murder victim (d. 2013)
- February 26 — Marcel Moswitzer, Footballer and midfielder for FC Liefering
- February 27 — Nina Hillman, Actress and a member of NiziU
- March 7 — Jade Weber, Model
- March 11 — Valentin Sulzbacher, Footballer and defender for FC Liefering
- March 13 — Zeteny Jano, Footballer and midfielder for FC Liefering
- March 26 — Ella Anderson, Actress
- May 9 — Homare Okamura, Singer and former child model
- June 28 — Mei Yamazaki, Singer
- July 20 — Paulette Gebara Farah, Mexican murder victim (d. 2010)
- August 9 - Caylee Anthony, American murder victim (d. 2008)
- October 5 - Alex Beznea, Romanian guitarist (Timpuri Grele)
- October 31 – Leonor, Princess of Asturias, Infanta of Spain
- November 4 - Eduard Necula, Romanian singer & guitarist (Timpuri Grele)
- November 15 - Tsehay Hawkins, Australian musician (The Wiggles)
- November 16 – Mariam Mamadashvili, The winner of Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016
- November 19 — Gitanjali Rao, Scientist
- December 27 — Kristina Pimenova, Model
- January 1 – Shirley Chisholm, American politician (b. 1924)
- January 12 – Amrish Puri, Indian actor (b. 1932)
- January 17 – Zhao Ziyang, Premier of the People's Republic of China (b. 1919)
- January 23 – Johnny Carson, American actor, comedian and writer (b. 1925)
- February 2 – Max Schmeling, German boxer (b. 1905)
- February 10 – Arthur Miller, American playwright (b. 1915)
- February 18 - Bonar Bain, Canadian actor (b. 1923)
- February 20 – Hunter S. Thompson, American writer (b. 1937)
- March 3 – Rinus Michels, Dutch footballer (b. 1928)
- March 6 – Hans Bethe, German-American nuclear physicist (b. 1906)
- March 26 – James Callaghan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1912)
- March 29 – Mitch Hedberg, American comedian (b. 1968)
- March 31 – Terri Schiavio, American patient in right-to-die case (b. 1963)
- April 2 – Pope John Paul II (b. 1920)
- April 6 – Rainier III, Prince of Monaco (b. 1923)
- April 11 – Lucien Laurent, French footballer (b. 1907)
- April 22 – Eduardo Paolozzi, Scottish artist (b. 1924)
- April 24 – Ezer Weizman, President of Israel (b. 1924)
- April 26 – Maria Schell, Austrian actress (b. 1926)
- July 1 – Luther Vandross, American singer (b. 1951)
- July 6 – Evan Hunter, American writer (b. 1926)
- July 17 – Edward Heath, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1916)
- July 22 – Jean Charles de Menezes, Brazilian shooting victim (b. 1978).
- July 31 – Wim Duisenberg, Dutch economist (b. 1935)
- August 1 – King Fahd of Saudi Arabia (b. 1924).
- August 6 – Robin Cook, British politician (b. 1946)
- August 13 – David Lange, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1942)
- September 3 – William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1924)
- September 20 – Simon Wiesenthal, Austrian Holocaust survivor (b. 1908)
- October 10 – Milton Obote, President of Uganda (b. 1924)
- October 24 – Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist (b. 1913)
- November 9 – K. R. Narayanan, President of India (b. 1920)
- November 13 – Eddie Guerrero, Mexican-American professional wrestler (b. 1967)
- November 24 – Pat Morita, American actor (b. 1932)
- November 25 – George Best, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1946)
Nobel prize winners change
- Chemistry – Yves Chauvin
- Chemistry – Robert H. Grubbs
- Chemistry – Richard R. Schrock
- Economics – Robert J. Aumann
- Economics – Thomas C. Schelling
- Literature – Harold Pinter
- Medicine – Barry J. Marshall
- Medicine – J. Robin Warren
- Peace – International Atomic Energy Agency
- Peace – Mohamed ElBaradei
- Physics – Roy J. Glauber
- Physics – John L. Hall
- Physics – Theodor W. Hänsch