WHAT ALL HAPPENED FEBRUARY TO APRIL 2005
Find out what all happened February to April 2005

Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani becomes Iraqi president; Shiite Arab Ibrahim al-Jaafari is named premier the next day. (6. April 2005)

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI. (24. April 2005)

U.S. Supreme Court rules that the execution of juveniles found guilty of murder is unconstitutional marking a change in "national standards,". (1. March 2005)

The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia. (16. February 2005)

Seven people are killed and 151 wounded in a series of bombings by suspected al-Qaeda-linked militants that hit the Philippines' Makati financial district in Metro Manila, Davao City, and General Santos City. (14. February 2005)

Lebanese self-made billionaire and business tycoon Rafik Hariri is killed, along with 21 others, when explosives, equivalent of around 1,000 kg of TNT, are detonated as his motorcade drove near the St. George Hotel in Beirut. (14. February 2005)

107 die in Amagasaki rail crash in Japan. (25. April 2005)

Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union. (25. April 2005)

Texas City Refinery explosion: During a test on a distillation tower liquid waste builds up and flows out of a blowout tower. Waste fumes ignite and explode killing 15 workers. (23. March 2005)

The 2005 Sumatra earthquake rocks Indonesia, and at magnitude 8.7 is the fourth strongest earthquake since 1965. (28. March 2005)

The National Hockey League cancels the entire 2004-2005 regular season and playoffs. (16. February 2005)

Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation. (29. April 2005)

Tung Chee Hwa resigns from his post as the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong after widespread public dissatisfaction of his tenure. (10. March 2005)

The final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937. (25. April 2005)

The controversial French law on colonialism is passed, requiring teachers to teach the "positive values of colonialism". After public outcry, it is repealed at the beginning of 2006. (23. February 2005)

Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologizes for Japan's war record. (22. April 2005)

Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country (Syrian occupation of Lebanon). (26. April 2005)

The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County. (14. April 2005)

Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refueling. (3. March 2005)

Spain becomes the first country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout. (20. February 2005)

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