A Year of Triumph and Tragedy:A (Late) Look Back at 2005

From Katrina to Brangelina, 2005 had its share of pitfalls and highlights. In case you missed any of it, here’s a list of the main events of the past year.


– Brad and Jen announce they are separating, shocking the world and setting in motion the biggest ongoing celebrity gossip story of the year.

– President Bush takes the oath of office and begins his second term.

– Donald Trump, 58, weds third wife Melania Knauss, 34, in a lavish ceremony on the 22nd.

– J.K. Rowling welcomes daughter Mackenzie on the 23rd.

– TV host Johnny Carson dies at age 79 on the 24th.

– Iraq holds its first free election in half a century.


– The Beckham’s third son, Cruz, is born on the 20th.

– Dennis Rader is identified as the BTK killer who terrorized Wichita, Kansas and took 10 lives.


– Martha Stewart is released from jail after serving a five-month sentence for lying and obstructing justice.

– Hostage Ashley Smith convinces escaped convict and killer of four, Brian Nichols, to turn himself in by reading to him from Rick Warren’s The Purpose-Driven Life.

– Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube is removed, sparking debate.

– Jennifer Aniston files for divorce from Brad Pitt.


– Pope John Paul II dies at 84 after a 26-year reign.

– Prince Charles weds longtime girlfriend Camilla Parker Bowles at Windsor’s town hall on April 9th.

– German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is elected pope. The 265th pontiff is named Benedict XVI.

– Pictures of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie on a beach in Kenya surface, affirming rumors that the Mr. and Mrs. Smith stars are romantically involved.

– Runaway Bride Jennifer Wilbanks sparks a nation-wide search after disappearing on the day of her wedding. She first claimed to have been kidnapped but later admitted that she had left on her own accord.


– Natalee Holloway disappears while vacationing with friends in Aruba, starting an ongoing investigation.

– Mark Felt, a 92-year-old former FBI agent, reveals that he is Deep Throat after 30 years of silence.


– Denise Richards gives birth to Lola Rose, her second daughter with Charlie Sheen, on the 1st.

– Actor Russell Crowe is arrested for throwing a telephone at a New York City hotel clerk. Crowe settled with the victim.

– Michael Jackson wins his child molestation case.

– Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes announce their engagement while in Paris.

– On the 29th, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner wed in a surprise gathering on the beach in Turks and Caicos.


– Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court, announces her retirement.

– London is terrorized on the morning of the 7th with attacks on three of the city’s underground trains and one double-decker bus, resulting in 52 deaths.

– Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor’s son, Quinlin, is born on the 10th.

– Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth installment in J.K. Rowling’s bestselling series, is released to the public.

– John Roberts is nominated to fill Sandra Day O’Connor’s spot on the Supreme Court.


– Cindy Sheehan draws media attention by camping outside President Bush’s home in Crawford, Texas, after her son, Casey, was killed in Iraq.

– ABC News anchor Peter Jennings dies on the 7th after a bout with lung cancer.

– Israel begins to withdraw from Gaza after 38 years of occupation.

– Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s divorce is finalized.

– Hurricane Katrina hits the Gulf Coast, devastating New Orleans and parts of Mississippi.


– Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, age 80, dies on the 3rd.

– President Bush nominates John Roberts to fill the position of Chief Justice.

– Britney Spears gives birth to son Sean Preston Federline on the 14th.

– Photos surface of supermodel Kate Moss allegedly snorting cocaine, causing her to be fired from high profile Chanel and H&M endorsement deals.

– The Gulf Coast is hit again, by Hurricane Rita.

– Demi Moore, 42, weds Ashton Kutcher, 27, in an informal gathering at their Beverly Hills home on the 24th.

– House Majority Leader Tom Delay is indicted on conspiracy charges.


– Bush nominates Harriet Miers to fill Sandra Day O’Connor’s vacancy on the Supreme Court.

– Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes announce that they are expecting a child.

– An earthquake devastates South Asia, killing an estimated 70,000 people.

– Saddam Hussein’s trial begins.

– Civil rights icon Rosa Parks dies at 92.

– The United States death poll in Iraq reaches 2,000.

– Harriet Miers withdraws her name for Supreme Court after her nomination was badly received by both parties.

– Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff, resigns after being indicted on charges relating to the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plume’s identity.


– Bush nominates Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

– Al-Qaeda takes responsibility for hotel bombings in Jordan.

– Frenchwoman Isabelle Dinoire receives first-ever partial face transplant, starting medical and ethical controversy.


– Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s daughter, Violet, is born on the 1st.

– Brad Pitt files to adopt Angelina’s two children, Maddox and Zahara.

– Crips co-founder Stanley “Tookie” Williams is executed, despite efforts by many people to overturn the sentence.