Second Quarter 2005

This will include events of April 2005, May 2005, and June 2005

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April[edit] April 2 – Pope John Paul II dies; over 4 million people travel to the Vatican to mourn him.[25][26][27] April 8 – A referendum is held in Curaçao on independence vs. integration with the Netherlands.[28] April 9 Tens of thousands of demonstrators, many of them supporters of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, march through Baghdad denouncing the U.S. occupation of Iraq, 2 years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and rally in the square where his statue was toppled in 2003.[29] Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Camilla Parker Bowles: The Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony at Windsor's Guildhall. Camilla acquires her title The Duchess of Cornwall. April 17 – Twelve holidaymakers are killed in southern Switzerland when a bus carrying 27 people plunges 656 feet (200 m) into a ravine.[30] April 18 – Five people die in ethnic clashes in Iran's south-west Khuzestan Province.[31] April 19 – Pope Benedict XVI succeeds Pope John Paul II, becoming the 265th pope.[32][33] April 20 – An earthquake (5.8 on the Richter scale) hits Fukuoka and Kasuga, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, injuring 56.[34] April 23 – YouTube is launched: the first video is uploaded at 20:27 (8:27 pm). April 25 – Amagasaki rail crash: A passenger train derails in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, killing 107 people and injuring another 562.[35] 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.[36] April 27 – The Superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse.[37] May[edit] May 4 – In one of the largest insurgent attacks in Iraq, at least 60 people are killed and dozens wounded in a suicide bombing at a Kurdish police recruitment center in Irbil, northern Iraq.[38] May 13 – Uzbek troops kill up to 700 during protests in eastern Uzbekistan over the trials of 23 accused Islamic extremists. President Islam Karimov defends the act.[39] May 15 – A passenger ferry capsizes and sinks in strong winds in the Bura Gauranga River in Bangladesh, leaving 200 people missing.[40] May 17 – Kuwaiti women are re-granted the right to vote.[41] May 21 – Kingda Ka opens at Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park in Jackson, New Jersey as the world's tallest and (at the time) fastest roller coaster. May 31 – Watergate scandal: Deep Throat's identity is revealed by Vanity Fair to be former FBI Associate Director Mark Felt after retiring on June 22, 1973. June[edit] June 21 – A Volna booster rocket carrying the first light sail spacecraft (a joint Russian-United States project) fails 83 seconds after its launch, destroying the spacecraft.[42] June 28 – Three U.S. Navy SEALs, 16 American Special Operations Forces soldiers, and an unknown number of Taliban insurgents are killed during Operation Red Wings, a failed counter-insurgent mission in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

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