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BOOMERNET Chronicle: 2005

2005

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U.S. Facts

  • President: George W. Bush
  • Population: 296 million
  • Life Expectancy: years
  • Unemployment: 5.1%
  • Average Annual Salary:
  • Minimum Wage: $5.15 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile:
  • Gasoline: per gallon
  • House:
  • Bread: per loaf
  • Milk: per gallon
  • Postage Stamp:

Major U.S. Events

  • The Terry Schiavo case becomes the focus of an emotionally charged battle in Congress
  • Hurricane Katrina strikes coastal areas from Louisiana to Alabama, and travels up the entire state of Mississippi. Wreaking catastrophic damage, more than 1,000 die and millions are left homeless. Americans are shaken not just by the magnitude of the disaster but by how unprepared all levels of government are for the aftermath. Hurricane Rita just furthers the damage to the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas

Major World Events

  • Worldwide aid pours in to help the eleven Asian countries devastated by the Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami
  • Pope John Paul II Dies, Benedict XVI becomes the next pope
  • London hit by Islamic terrorist bombings, killing 52 and wounding about 700

January-March

  • More than 500 people are killed and over 1,000 injured after entire villages are flattened in an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale in the Zarand region of Kerman province in southern Iran
  • The 2005 Sumatran earthquake strikes off Sumatra, three months after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. At a magnitude of 8.7 it is the second largest earthquake since 1965

April-July

  • Tens of thousands of demonstrators, many of them supporters of Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr, march through Baghdad denouncing the U.S. occupation of Iraq, 2 years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, & rally in the square where his statue was toppled in 2003
  • Violent anti-G8 demonstrations occur in Gleneagles, Scotland

August-December

  • Civil rights icon Rosa Parks dies at age 92 in Detroit, Michigan
  • New York City's Transport Workers Union Local 100 goes on strike for 3 days, shutting down all New York City Subway & Bus services

Top Songs

  • Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani
  • My Humps by The Black Eyed Peas
  • Holiday by Green Day
  • Dirty Little Secret by The All American Rejects
  • Feel Good Inc by Gorillaz

Other New Songs

  • Since You Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson
  • Best Of You by Foo Fighters
  • Mr. Brightside by The Killers
  • Gold Digger by Kayne West Featuring Jamie Foxx
  • Karma by Alicia Keyes

Top Movies

  • Walk The Line
  • Syriana
  • The Constant Gardener
  • Capote
  • Brokeback Mountain

Top Books

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  • Freakonomics by Steven Levitt
  • The Sea by John Banville
  • Teacher Man by Frank McCourt

Top TV Shows (2004-05)

  • Lost
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • House
  • War at Home
  • Family Guy
  • Desperate Housewives

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Chicago White Sox d. Houston Astros

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: New England Patriots d. Philadelphia Eagles

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Stanley Cup canceled due to a labor dispute

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • San Antonio Spurs d. Detroit Pistons

NCAA Champions

  • Football: The University of Texas at Austin Longhorns
  • Basketball: University of North Carolina Tar Heels

Other Champions

  • Golf: Tiger Woods is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Roger Federer and Andre Agassi win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Giacomo wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Dan Wheldon wins Indianapolis 500
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