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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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.
Google Earth was launched, allowing us to look at pictures across the world, and see how our own back garden looked from space.
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 was removed from the streets of Britain.
London was 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.
2005 in Ireland
The Republic of Ireland officially changed all road signs and regulations to use kilometres per hour.
100,000 people attended O2 in the Park, Ireland’s biggest free outdoor concert.
12 years development of Croke Park came to an end when the new Hill 16 was finished.
The GAA voted to suspend Rule 42, which was prohibiting rugby and association football from being played at Croke Park.
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.
The Dalai Lama made a three-day visit to Northern Ireland.
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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