We continue our year-by-year look back at the decade with the year 2005, back when REO Speedwagon was topping the charts, back when George Clooney was just that weird guy from "The Facts Of Life." Simple times.
George W. Bush begins his second term as President of the United States. Johnny Carson dies. The Eagles finally win the NFC Championship Game. Auburn finishes the season undefeated, but USC beats Oklahoma to win the BCS "title." Randy Johnson, on his way to his first press conference as a member of the New York Yankees, shoves a cameraman. Presidents Clinton and Bush Sr. raise money for tsunami relief together.
Unable to come to a labor agreement with the players, the NHL cancels its season. Ossie Davis and Max Schmeling die. The New England Patriots win the Super Bowl, and Donovan McNabb pukes. An earthquake devastates Iran. North Korea says it has nuclear weapons. President Bush asks for $81.9 billion in Iraq funds. Hunter S. Thompson kills himself.
A man named Brian Nichols kills three people in an Atlanta courthouse and escapes, taking a hostage and ultimately surrendering when the hostage "appealed to [his] better nature." Dan Rather retires. The US version of "The Office" debuts. Congressional steroid hearings commence, with Mark McGwire saying he wasn't here to talk about the past and Sammy Sosa pretending he didn't speak English and Rafael Palmeiro totally lying. Bernie Ebbers of WorldCom is found guilty of securities fraud. Congress intervenes in the case of Terri Schiavo, who had lived in a vegetative state for 15 years, before her feeding tube is finally disconnected. Johnnie Cochran and Mitch Hedberg die. Illinois makes a wild comeback against Arizona in the NCAA Tournament, cheered on by an orange-clad Bill Murray.
Pope John Paul II dies, and Joseph Ratzinger is installed as his replacement. Andrea Dworkin and Sam Mills also die. North Carolina beats Illinois to win the NCAA championships. A train in Osaka, Japan, derails, killing more than 100 people. Prince Charles remarries. Peter Jennings informs ABC viewers that he has lung cancer. Zacarias Moussaoui pleads guilty to murder but denies that he is the 20th hijacker. Eric Rudolph admits he was the Atlanta Olympics bomber. Tiger Woods wins The Masters.
Lyndie England pleads guilty. Deep Throat turns out to be an elderly, borderline senile W. Mark Felt. Danica Patrick debuts at the Indianapolis 500. Carrie Underwood wins "American Idol." Tony Blair is re-elected. "Family Guy" returns to the air. Tom Cruise jumps on Oprah's couch, because he is really, really in love.
Vice President Dick Cheney says the Iraq insurgency is in its "last throes." Gawker Media's gambling blog, Oddjack, is launched with editor A.J. Daulerio. Canada and Spain legalize gay marriage. Phil Jackson returns to the Lakers. Kenny Rogers — the pitcher, not The Gambler — assaults a cameraman. Anne Bancroft and George Mikan die. SEC chairman William Donaldson resigns. Chuck Klosterman's "Killing Yourself To Live" is published. The Spurs beat the Pistons to win the NBA Finals. Mike Tyson fights for the last time, quitting in the seventh round against someone named Kevin McBride. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to build a stadium for the Jets in Manhattan is officially defeated. Michael Jackson is cleared of molestation charges.
Sandra Day O'Connor retires, and President Bush nominates John Roberts to replace her. Shortly after being awarded the 2012 Olympic Games, London is attacked by terrorists. The NHL and its players reach agreement on a new contract. Wade Boggs, Ryne Sandberg and Peter Gammons enter the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knicks hire Larry Brown. The New York Times' Judith Miller is jailed for refusing to give up sources. Lance Armstrong wins his seventh consecutive Tour de France. Luther Vandross dies, as does the guy who played Scotty on "Star Trek."
Katrina hits New Orleans. "Six Feet Under" runs its final episode. (Everybody dies, including Gene Mauch and Peter Jennings.) Rafael Palmeiro tests positive for a banned substance and is suspended. Jessica Canseco poses on the cover of Playboy and informs the world that her ex-husband Jose had small testicles. Al Gore's "Current TV" station launches. Vanilla Ice releases his "Platinum Underground" album, featuring the hits "Ninja Rap 2," "Trailer Park Mullet Wars" and "Tammy Faye." Cindy Sheehan camps outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. Sports blog Deadspin launches, with its first post, "Stuart Scott Could Be Yours For $25 Grand (Plus Shipping!)."