2005 in history

2005 in history

Here are some light-hearted facts about 2005, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 2005.

I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 2005 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 2005 in Britain too.

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2005

  • YouTube was founded. The first ever YouTube video was called Me at the Zoo. It was originally intended to be a dating site with the slogan "Tune In, Hook Up", but its creators couldn't find anyone willing to submit videos even after being offered cash.

  • Mark Zuckerberg offered to sell Facebook to MySpace. MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe rejected Zuckerberg's asking price of $75 million. It is now worth at least 70 billion.

  • The first episode of Love Island aired. Fran Cosgrave and TV presenter Jayne Middlemiss won. It was a ratings flop and soon cancelled.

  • The Apprentice (UK version) was launched in this year - good for audio

  • Doctor Who was re-launched in this year, with Christopher Eccleston.

  • Microsoft released the Xbox 360 gaming console

  • King Kong and the re-make of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory were in the cinemas.

  • Guitar Hero was the big craze.

  • Brad Pitt left Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie.

  • Deadliest Catch was shown for the first time.

  • The Americans launched their own take on The Office.

  • The UK singles chart was adjusted to include digital downloads in its figures.

  • Steve Fossett broke the world record by completing the first non-stop, non-refuelled, solo flight around the world in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer.

  • The Airbus A380 'superjumbo' made its first flight from Toulouse.

  • The Crazy Frog was in the charts.

  • Lance Armstrong won a record seventh straight Tour de France.

  • Peter Kay's charity video brought Tony Christie's 'Is This The Way To Amarillo' back into the charts.

  • Pubs in England and Wales were permitted to open for 24 hours for the first time.

  • Jamie Oliver launched his campaign against unhealthy school dinners. Schools were baned from selling junk food later in the year, causing an outcry among children and parents.

  • Safeway is removed from the streets of Britain.

  • London is announced as the host city of the future 2012 Olympic games.

  • Prince Charles also married Camilla in a Royal Wedding and Donald Trump married Melania.

  • Tony Blair's Labour wins the General Election, defeating Michael Howard's Conservatives, albeit with a reduced majority.

  • The Republic of Ireland officially changed all road signs and regulations to use kilometres per hour.

  • Cork became the European Capital of Culture.

  • The M50 was extended from Dundrum to Shankill, completing the loop of Dublin. Work had started on the Western Parkway 18 years ago; the idea was envisaged 34 years ago.


While these facts about 2005 have been checked against third-party sources (and have been used on air before!), they are provided in good faith to inspire your research and no guarantee is made about their accuracy or their uniqueness.

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