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2005 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
2005 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
|Chicago White Sox|
Superbowl XXXIX Champions
|New England Patriots|
National Basketball Association Champions
|San Antonio Spurs|
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Roger Federer/Justine Henin-Hardenne|
|Roger Federer/Venus Williams|
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 4, 2005 - USC over Oklahoma
Rose Bowl: January 1, 2005 - Texas over Michigan
Sugar Bowl : January 3, 2005 - Auburn over Virginia Tech
Puppy Bowl I: February 6, 2005 Most Valuable Puppy: Max (a Jack Russell Terrier)
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Kan-Point's VJK Autumn Roses|
Time Magazine's Persons of the Year
|Good Samaritans, Represented by Bono, Bill Gates, and Melinda Gates|
|Diedre Downs (Birminham, AL)|
|Chelsea Cooley (North Carolina)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
Halle Berry, Beyonce, Jessica Biel, Rachel Bilson, Cate Blanchette, Kate Bosworth, Gisele Bündchen, Kari Byron, Lacey Chabert, Ciara, Marcia Cross, Adrianne Curry, Cameron Diaz, Isla Fisher, Jenna Fischer, Gal Gadot, Jennifer Garner, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Maggie Grace, Teri Hatcher, Salma Hayek, Paris Hilton, Katie Holmes, Julianne Hough, Kate Hudson, Angelina Jolie, Stacy Keibler, Nicole Kidman, Jaime King, Heidi Klum, Keira Knightly, Anna Kournikova, Kristin Kreuk, Avril Lavigne, Evangeline Lilly, Lindsay Lohan, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Vanessa Marcil, Rachel McAdams, Eva Mendes, Christina Milian, Sienna Miller, Brittany Murphy, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Laura Prepon, Nicole Richie, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Simpson, Gwen Stefani, Mena Suvari, Charlize Theron, Uma Thurman, Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Watts, Sofia Vergara
Matthew McConaughey, Terrence Howard, Anderson Cooper, Tim McGraw, Denzel Washington, Justin Timberlake, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Jaoquin Phoenix, Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Jude Law
|"I'm the decider"
- President George W. Bush
Rob Schneider ripped critic Patrick Goldstein for panning Deuce Bigalow 2, stating Goldstein was unqualified to judge when he had never even been awarded by his peers. Roger Ebert's responded:"As chance would have it, I have won the Pulitzer Prize... Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks".
2005 Pop Culture History
A glitch in World of Warcraft allowed a plague to spread in the
game leading non-infected players to abandon cities while those
infected were forced into quarantines. It was later studied by epidemiologists
to see how real life people would react to a pandemic.
The Office premiered in 2005 with mediocre ratings, however
NBC decided to renew it for a second season due to the anticipated
success of Carell's film The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Carell won
a Golden Globe in 2006 for Best Actor for The Office.
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
|Jean Charles de Menzes,innocent man, was pinned to
the ground by British police and shot 7 times in the head point blank
thinking he was a suicide bomber and later tried to cover it up.
Comedian Mitch Hedberg's death was announced on April Fool's Day, 2005, leading many to believe it was a hoax.
Minnesota Vikings boat cruise scandal, in which several players including Fred Smoot , Lance Johnstone , Daunte Culpepper , Mewelde Moore , Darren Sharper , Koren Robinson , Bryant McKinnie , Ralph Brown, Travis Taylor, Moe Williams, Jermaine Wiggins and Zygi Wilf allegedly performed lewd acts on a boat cruise on Lake Minnetonka.
Candy company Trolli breifly made "roadkill gummies" shaped like smooshed animals until animal rights activists complained and they were pulled from the market.
Brad Pitt left Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie. #actors
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch was abducted and held at gunpoint by armed men in South Africa. After being let go he was eventually rescued by a stranger. He commented: "It taught me that you come into this world as you leave it, on your own. It's made me want to live a life less ordinary."
Sony illegally installed rootkits on 22 million computers to prevent the users from ripping copyrighted music, and could not be uninstalled. It also reported user's listening habits back to Sony. Ironically, the code itself contained open source software, and so infringed copyright.
Tom Cruise 'Jumped The Couch" on Oprah while expressing how much he loved Katie Holmes.
Norreasha Gill sued WLTO in Lexington, Kentucky that gave her an '100 Grand' candy bar after she won a radio contest that promised listeners "a chance to win one hundred grand."
Kelly Frank was arrested for plotting to kidnap David Letterman's toddler son, along with the nanny. Frank, who had worked as Letterman's house painter, had a door key and knew where the baby slept. He intended to include the nanny "so that she could take care of the child".
Michael Schaivo successfully sued to have his brain-damaged wife Terri's feeding tube removed.
PFC LaVena Johnson, was found dead in 2005 at a base in Balad, Iraq. Initially ruled a suicide, an autopsy revealed she a broken nose, black eye, loose teeth, and burns from corrosive chemicals on her genitals. The Army has not reopened the case.
Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba.
(Spoiler :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.
Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Many people on both political sides and up and down the political power tree made mistakes.
'nuff said about that.
Writer Death by Suicide: Hunter S. Thompson
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Microsoft Xbox 360, Playstation Portable, Game Boy Micro, Webkinz
plush animals, Barbie as Harley Quinn, Lindsay Lohan doll, Hilary
Duff doll, Destiny's Child, and Raven-Symoné dolls
WebMD The Magazine began publication
|Sudoku, YouTube, MySpace, (Facebook opened up for High
School students in September 2005).
Watching Grey's Anatomy
Wearing Supersized Sunglasses
Reading The Broker by John Grisham
|Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston (Homewrecker: Angelina
Lindsay's parents, Dina and Michael Lohan officially divorced.
Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey (mutual)
Kenny Chesney and Renee Zellweger (annulled 4 months after the marraige)
Jude Law and Sienna Miller (His affair with the nanny, we hear)
2005 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
1. American Idol (FOX)
2. CSI (CBS)
3. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
4. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
5. Without a Trace (CBS)
6. Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
7. CSI: Miami (CBS)
8. Monday Night Football (ABC)
9. House (FOX)
10. Survivor (CBS)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 2005 include
Akon, Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Bow Wow, Carrie Underwood, Chris Brown, Ciara, Coldpaly, Destiny's Child, Eminem, Fall Out Boy, 50 Cent, Frankie J, The Game, Green Day, Gwen Stefani, Jesse McCartney, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, Ludacris, Mariah Carey, Mario, Missy Elliott, Nickelback, The Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, T.I., Ying Yang Twins
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
Number One Hits of 2005
|December 11, 2004 - December 31, 2005: Snoop Dogg featuring
Pharrell - Drop It Like It's Hot
January 1, 2005 - March 4, 2005: Mario - Let Me Love You
March 5, 2005 - May 6, 2005: 50 Cent featuring Olivia - Candy Shop
May 7, 2005 - June 3, 2005: Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl
June 4, 2005 - July 1, 2005: Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
July 2, 2005 - September 16, 2005: Carrie Underwood - Inside Your Heaven
September 17, 2005 - November 25, 2005: Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx - Gold Digger
November 26, 2005 - December 30, 2005: Chris Brown - Run It!
December 31, 2005 - January 13, 2006: Mariah Carey - Don't Forget About Us
(according to boxofficemojo)
The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Batman Begins, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,Chicken Little, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Fantastic Four, Fun with Dick and Jane, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Herbie: Fully Loaded, Hitch, King Kong, The Longest Yard, Madagascar, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Pacifier, Robots, Serenity, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Walk The Line, War of the Worlds, Wedding Crashers
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