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NeXt looks back at 2005 A month-by-month guide to the year that was

> JANUARY

Jan. 20: George W. Bush is inaugurated in Washington, D.C., for his second term as 43rd president of the United States.

Jan. 30: The first free parliamentary elections since 1953 in Iraq take place.

> FEBRUARY:

Feb. 6: New England Patriots defeat the Philadelphia Eagles, 24-21, to win their third Super Bowl in four years.

Feb. 10: North Korea announces that it has nuclear weapons as a protection against the hostility it feels from the United States.

Feb. 16: The National Hockey League cancels its 2004-2005 season becoming the firstNorth American professional league to cancel a season due to a labor dispute.

> MARCH:

March 1: The U.S. Supreme Court rules the death penalty unconstitutional for juveniles who committed murder under the age of 18.

March 21: Ten die in the Red Lake High School massacre in Minnesota, the worst high school shooting since the Columbine High School shootings.

March 23: The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals' 2-1 decision refuses to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.

> APRIL

April 1: News anchor Peter Jennings hosts what will turn out to be his final World News Tonight telecast.

April 2: Pope John Paul II dies.

April 9: The Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker Bowles. Camilla assumes the titles Her Royal Highness and the Duchess of Cornwall.

April 19: Joseph Ratzinger is elected Pope Benedict the 16th.
April 26: Facing international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop-military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country.

> MAY

May 10: A live hand grenade lands about 100 feet from U.S. President George W. Bush while he is giving a speech in Tbilisi, Georgia, but does not detonate.

May 19: "Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith" is released, completing the Star Wars movie saga begun by George Lucas in 1977, and shatters opening-day box office records with $50 million.

30: Natalee Holloway, 18, of Alabama disappears during a senior class trip to Aruba.

May 31: W. Mark Felt is confirmed to be Deep Throat, the source of Watergate stories that exposed corruption in the Nixon administration.

> JUNE

June 13: Singer Michael Jackson is acquitted of all charges of harming or sexually molesting children.

June 23: The San Antonio Spurs win the NBA Championship.

> JULY

July 2: Live 8, a series of 10 simultaneous concerts, take place throughout the world, raising interest in the Making Poverty History campaign.

July 6: The International Olympics Committee awards the 2012 Summer Olympics to London, England.

July 7: Four explosions rock London's transportation network, three on the London Underground and one on a bus. More than 50 are killed, and more than 200 injured.

July 16: "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince," the sixth book of the Harry Potter series, is released.

July 24: Lance Armstrong wins his seventh straight Tour de France.

July 26: Space shuttle Discovery takes off, the first flight in the 2 1/2 years since the Columbia shuttle disaster.

> AUGUST

Aug. 7: Canadian-born news anchor Peter Jennings dies.

Aug. 12: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launched.

Aug. 18: BTK killer Dennis Rader is sentenced to 10 consecutive life sentences.

Aug. 29: At least 1,300 are killed, and severe damage is caused along the U.S. Gulf Coast, as Hurricane Katrina strikes the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama coastal areas. Within hours, levees give way and New Orleans is flooded.

> SEPTEMBER

Sept. 1: Oil prices rise sharply following economic effects of Hurricane Katrina.

Sept. 19: North Korea agrees to stop building nuclear weapons in exchange for aid and cooperation.

Sept. 24: Hurricane Rita hits the U.S. Gulf Coast. The Ninth Ward section of New Orleans floods for the second time.

Sept. 28: House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is indicted on charges of criminal conspiracy by a Texas grand jury.

Sept. 29: John Roberts is confirmed and sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States.

> OCTOBER

Oct. 8: Earthquake kills 87,000 people in Pakistan and India.

Oct. 19: The trial of Saddam Hussein begins.

Oct. 24: Civil rights activist Rosa Parks dies.

Oct. 26: 2,000th American soldier dies in Iraq since the start of the war.

Oct. 26: The Chicago White Sox defeat the Houston Astros 1-0 to win the 2005 World Series, making this the first win for the team since 1917.

Oct. 28: Vice presidential adviser Lewis "Scooter" Libby resigns after being charged with obstruction of justice, perjury, and making false statement in the CIA leak investigation.

Oct. 28: Riots in France break out over racial discrimination.

> NOVEMBER

Nov. 22: Microsoft releases the Xbox 360 gaming console in North America.

Nov. 22: Ted Koppel steps down as host of "Nightline" after 25 years with the program.

Nov. 30: Surgeons in France perform the first successful face transplant.

> DECEMBER

Dec. 9: The final day of service for London's double-decker buses.

Dec. 15: The parliamentary elections under Iraq's new constitution.

Dec. 20: Court rules that intelligent design cannot be taught in biology class in a Pennsylvania public school district.

> 15 Minutes of Fame:

The "Persons of the Year" issue of Time magazine includes local Little League sensation Katie Brownell of Batavia, for pitching a perfect game on May 14. She is the only girl in the Oakfield-Alabama Little League baseball program. (Katie's picture was on the same page of Time magazine with runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks, Nick Lachey, racecar driver Danica Patrick and the Pussycat Dolls).

Candace Lukasik is a junior at West Seneca East High School.

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