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2005 in the United Kingdom

2005 in the United Kingdom:
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Individual countries of the United Kingdom

England | Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales

Events from the year 2005 in the United Kingdom.

Contents

  • Incumbents 1
  • Events 2
    • January 2.1
    • February 2.2
    • March 2.3
    • April 2.4
    • May 2.5
    • June 2.6
    • July 2.7
    • August 2.8
    • September 2.9
    • October 2.10
    • November 2.11
    • December 2.12
    • Undated 2.13
  • Publications 3
  • Births 4
    • Full date unknown 4.1
  • Deaths 5
  • References 6

Incumbents

Events

January

February

  • 2 February
  • 6 February – Tony Blair becomes the longest-serving Labour prime minister, exceeding the combined record of Harold Wilson's two spells in power (1964 to 1970 and 1974 to 1976).[4]
  • 9 February
    • Prime Minister Tony Blair issues a public apology to the 11 members of the Conlon and McGuire families who were wrongly convicted for the Guildford and Woolwich IRA pub bombings of 1974 when seven people were killed. the surviving members of the families were released in 1989 when the scientific evidence against them was discredited.
    • The British survey ship HMS Scott produces the first sonar survey of the seabed site of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Some images appear to show a landslide 100 metres high and 2 kilometres long.
  • 10 February
  • 11 February – Prime Minister Tony Blair heralds what is described as the "officially unofficial" start to the general election campaign with a whistlestop tour of marginal constituencies, unveiling six election pledges.
  • 14 February
  • 15 February
    • Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, receives substantial damages from two British newspapers, The Sun and The Sunday Times, which alleged that the United States was correct to ban him from the country. The Sun has published, and the Sunday Times will publish, acknowledgements that he is not, and never has been, involved in or supported terrorism, and that he abhors all such activities. They also highlight that Islam was recently presented with the Man for Peace award by a group of Nobel Peace Laureates.
    • The European Court of Human Rights deciding about the so-called McLibel case rules in favour of environmental campaigners Helen Steel and David Morris and their claim that their trial was unfair. The pair said their human rights were violated when their criticism of McDonald's was ruled libel. The case has taken fifteen years.
  • 17 February
  • 18 February
  • 19 February – Northern Bank robbery. Police still consider it a diversion.
  • 21 February – The Royal Navy announces that it will allow same-sex couples to live in family quarters if they are in registered partnership.
  • 23 February – Three British soldiers are found guilty of abusing Iraqi prisoners; more British soldiers face the possibility of conviction.
  • 25 February – The three soldiers convicted earlier this week of abusing Iraqi prisoners are jailed for periods between five months and two years, and dismissed from the army.

March

April

May

  • 3 May – The last MORI poll before the general election puts Labour five points ahead of the Conservatives on 38%, with most observers predicting a Labour win with a significantly reduced majority. [6]
  • 4 May – Constantin Brâncuși's series of sculptures Bird in Space sold at Christie's auction house in London for the record amount of US$27,456,000.[2]
  • 5 May
    • Bethnal Green and Bow seat in London from Labour's Oona King.
    • A bomb explodes outside the British consulate in New York.
  • 6 May – Conservative Party leader, Michael Howard, announces that he plans to resign "sooner rather than later".
  • 7 May – Ulster Unionist Party leader, David Trimble, resigns the leadership after losing his seat in the general election.
  • 9 May – The Sellafield nuclear plant's Thorp reprocessing facility in Cumbria, is closed down due to the confirmation of a 20 tonne leak of highly radioactive uranium and plutonium fuel through a fractured pipe.
  • 12 May – Malcolm Glazer gains control of Manchester United after securing a 70% share, ending more than 30 years of ownership by the Edwards family.
  • 17 May – United States Senate to defend himself against charges that he profited from Saddam Hussein's regime, launching a tirade against the senators who had accused him and attacking the war in Iraq.[1]
  • 21 May – Arsenal become the first team to win the FA Cup on penalties after they defeat Manchester United in a shoot-out that follows a goalless draw.
  • 25 May - Liverpool F.C win their 5th European Cup after a historic and un-forgettable win over A.C Milan in Istanbul.
  • 27 May – Mark Hobson is sentenced to life imprisonment at Leeds Crown Court after admitting four charges of murder. On a killing spree in July last year, 35-year-old Hobson killed his girlfriend Claire Sanderson, Claire's sister Diane Sanderson, as well as pensioners James and Joan Britton. The trial judge recommends that Hobson is never released from prison.
  • 31 May – Bob Geldof announces plans for a concert, Live 8, similar to Live Aid, which took place in 1985, to coincide with the G8 Summit in Edinburgh this July.

June

July

August

  • 11 August – British Airways grounds all flights as baggage handlers, loaders and bus drivers strike in support of 800 workers sacked by flight catering company Gate Gourmet. The strike is also affecting other airlines, causing chaos at London Heathrow Airport
  • 12 August – The radical Islamic preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed is barred from returning to the UK after Home Secretary Charles Clarke cancels the indefinite leave to return Mohammed was given after claiming asylum in 1986.
  • 20 August – The Ricoh Arena, a 32,500-seat multi purpose stadium in Coventry, is opened. Owned by the local council, Coventry City F.C. are its key tenants and it is also likely to be used as a concert venue. Japanese electrical goods manufacturer Ricoh purchased the stadium's naming rights in a multi-million pound deal last year.[18]
  • 21 August – Victory over Japan Day: A service is held at London's Cenotaph to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the end of World War II. The Prince of Wales is in attendance, as are survivors of the Far East campaign.

September

October

  • 5 October – Three perpetrators of the racially motivated murder of Glasgow teenager Kriss Donald, arrive in Scotland to face trial after a one-off extradition agreement negotiated with Pakistan.[20][21]
  • 17–18 October – National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, designed by Wilkinson Eyre, opens.[22][23]
  • 17 October – The Conservative Party begin voting on a new leader following the resignation of Michael Howard, who has stepped down after two years as leader.
  • 18 October – The landmark Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth[24] opens. At 170 metres (560 ft) it is the tallest accessible structure in the UK outside London.

November

  • 1 November – The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive in the United States for a state visit, their first overseas tour since their marriage.
  • 5 November – Britain's 400th Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated, 400 years to the day of the Gunpowder Plot.[25]
  • 9 November – The Government loses a key House of Commons vote on detaining terrorism suspects for 90 days without charge, in the report stage of the Terrorism Bill.
  • 13 November – Andrew Stimpson, a 25-year-old man from Scotland, is reported as the first person proven to have been 'cured' of HIV.[1]
  • 21 November – Alfred Anderson, one of the last surviving First World War veterans and the oldest man in Scotland, dies at the age of 109. He was also the last known survivor of the 1914 Christmas truce. There are now only approximately 20 surviving British veterans of the conflict, all aged over 100 years.[7]
  • 24 November –
    • - Pubs in England and Wales permitted to open for 24 hours for the first time.[26]
    • - The Safeway name disappears from Britain after 43 years with the rebranding of the last remaining store by its owner Morrisons, which took over the supermarket chain in March 2004.
  • 25 November – The footballing world mourns multiple organ failure following a seven-week illness at the age of 59. Best, an alcoholic for more than 30 years, had been admitted to hospital in early October suffering from an infection brought on by anti-rejection drugs that he had been taking since a liver transplant in 2002.
  • 30 November – Quadruple killer Mark Hobson loses a High Court appeal against his trial judge's recommendation that he should never be released from prison.

December

  • 6 December – David Cameron, 39-year-old MP for Witney in Oxfordshire, is elected Leader of the Conservative Party, defeating David Davis.[27]
  • 10 December – Harold Pinter wins the Nobel Prize in Literature "who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression's closed rooms".[28]
  • 11 December – Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal fire: explosions tear through Buncefield oil storage facility located near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire.[29]
  • 12 December – New Conservative leader David Cameron's hopes of becoming the nation's next prime minister are boosted when an Ipsos MORI opinion poll puts his party two points ahead of Labour on 37%.[30]
  • 19 December – The Civil Partnership Act 2004 comes into force, granting same-sex couples similar legal rights to those of married heterosexuals. The first civil partnership in the United Kingdom under the normal application of the new rules[31] is registered at Belfast City Hall between Shannon Sickles and Grainne Close.[1] The first partnerships in Scotland are registered in 20 December and in England on 21 December
  • 22 December – Tony Blair makes a surprise visit to British forces in Iraq.

Undated

  • Summer – Guinness closes its Park Royal brewery in London.[32]
  • Internet access among the UK population has reached 70% (more than 40 million people).

Publications

Births

Full date unknown

Deaths

References

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  2. ^ a b c d Penguin Pocket on This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006.  
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  4. ^ "2005: Blair is Labour's longest-serving PM". BBC News. 6 February 2005. 
  5. ^ "Charles and Camilla to be married". BBC News. 10 February 2005. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  6. ^ "Arrests as coursing event starts". BBC News. 14 February 2005. Retrieved 27 January 2008. 
  7. ^ "Ban on hunting comes into force". BBC News. 18 February 2005. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
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  12. ^ "Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 (s.10)". legislation.gov.uk.  
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  14. ^ "Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005".  
  15. ^ "Littlewoods shops sold for £409m". BBC News. 11 July 2005. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  16. ^ "St Edmundsbury Marks End of an Era". Skyscrapernews.com. 23 July 2005. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  17. ^ "IRA declares end to armed struggle". BBC News. 28 July 2005. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  18. ^ [9]
  19. ^ "England win the Ashes". BBC News. 12 September 2005. Archived from the original on 2 February 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  20. ^ Extradited three arrive in Glasgow | Herald Scotland
  21. ^ BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Glasgow and West | Kriss murder timeline
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  27. ^ "David Cameron is new Tory leader". BBC News. 6 December 2005. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  28. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Literature 2005". Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  29. ^ "Massive fire at Buncefield oil depot". BBC News. 11 December 2005. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  30. ^ "Voting intention in Great Britain 1976-present". Ipsos MORI. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  31. ^ The first legal civil partnership took place on 5 December between Matthew Roche and Christopher Cramp at St Barnabas Hospice,  
  32. ^ Fabb, Debbie (23 November 2007). "Last orders for Guinness?". BBC News. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
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