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2005 Fun Facts and Trivia

Gregory DeVictor is a trivia enthusiast who loves to write articles on American nostalgia.

This article teaches you fun facts and trivia from the year 2005.

This article teaches you fun facts and trivia from the year 2005.

A Quick Look Back at 2005

What are some fun facts and trivia from the year 2005?

  1. The biggest solar proton storm in 15 years erupted in space, and astronomers discovered the dwarf planet Eris.
  2. Hurricane Katrina made landfall on Florida and Louisiana—particularly in the city of New Orleans—and caused catastrophic damage from central Florida to eastern Texas.
  3. New York City's Transport Workers Union Local 100 went on strike, shutting down all New York City subway and bus services for three days.
  4. A December ice storm caused extensive damage across the southern U.S.
  5. Cristeta Comerford became the first woman to serve as White House Executive Chef.
  6. Back in the year 2005, the United States produced nearly ten billion pounds of apples.
  7. Hong Kong’s Disneyland opened. It is located on reclaimed land in Penny's Bay—Lantau Island—and was the first Disney theme park to open in China.
  8. The world’s largest passenger plane—the Airbus A380—took to the skies from Toulouse-Blagnac airport in France. Rhys Lewis tells us that the A380 "boasts 40% more floor space than Boeing’s current largest plane and can carry 853 passengers in an all-economy class configuration."
  9. German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope Benedict XVI.
  10. YouTube and Reddit were both launched, and Starbucks opened its 10,000th coffeehouse.
  11. The cardboard box was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
  12. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was the most popular film, The Broker was the best-selling fiction book, and American Idol (Fox) was the top TV show.
  13. Million Dollar Baby won an Oscar for Best Picture, Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby) won an Oscar for Best Director, and Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.
  14. In the year 2005, Dan Rather retired from the CBS Evening News, and Ted Koppel retired from ABC’s Nightline.
  15. Top-grossing Broadway shows included Mamma Mia! and The Lion King.
  16. Harold Pinter of the UK won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (released in 1975) was entered into the National Film Registry.
  17. Unemployment hovered around 5.3%, inflation was 3.39%, and the retail price for a gallon of gas averaged $2.30.
  18. A loaf of bread cost $2.29, a pound of ground beef was $3.29, and Heinz Ketchup was $1.39 for a 14-ounce bottle.
  19. The New England Patriots were the Super Bowl champs, the Chicago White Sox won the World Series, and Giacomo won the Kentucky Derby.
  20. The most popular search terms on Ask.com included President Bush, Usher, Lindsay Lohan, pregnancy, Star Wars, and NHL.

Here are five of the most popular websites from 1995:

  1. AltaVista (search engine)
  2. Excite (search engine)
  3. GeoCities.com (This site helped netizens to create their own web pages.)
  4. HotWired (one of the first web magazines)
  5. Lycos (search engine)

Here are ten cool food and beverage trends for the year:

  1. Bacon (for example, crispy brown-sugar glazed bacon)
  2. Brown butter pasta
  3. Cupcakes
  4. Fruit smoothies
  5. Giant hunks of meat (influenced by the Atkins diet)
  6. Hi-C fruit drinks (for example, Blazin' Blueberry, Boppin’ Strawberry, Strawberry Kiwi Kraze, Orange Lavaburst, and Wild Cherry)
  7. Lunchables
  8. Ouch! Bubble Gum
  9. Planters Cheez Balls
  10. Sliders or mini burgers - There were pizza sliders, chicken and biscuits sliders, ham and cheese sliders, Brussels sprouts sliders, and Eggo breakfast sliders.

This article teaches you fun facts and trivia from the year 2005. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, books, foods, sports facts, and other cool pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 2000s-themed trivia quiz.

Here are three trivia facts from the 2005 grocery industry: Braeburn apples were $1.29 a pound, Kellogg’s Froot Loops cost $1.99 for a 15-ounce box, and apple juice was 99 cents for a one-gallon jug.

Here are three trivia facts from the 2005 grocery industry: Braeburn apples were $1.29 a pound, Kellogg’s Froot Loops cost $1.99 for a 15-ounce box, and apple juice was 99 cents for a one-gallon jug.

Table of Contents

For easier reading, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in the Year 2005
  2. History Facts From the USA
  3. International News
  4. Sports Trivia
  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
  6. Computer and Internet History
  7. Most Popular Websites in 2005
  8. Nobel Prize Winners
  9. Most Popular Television Shows From 2005-06
  10. Best-Selling Books
  11. Highest-Grossing Films
  12. Horror Movies From 2005
  13. Entries Into the National Film Registry
  14. Biggest Pop Music Artists
  15. Number One Music Hits for the Year
  16. Favorite Video Games
  17. Food and Beverage Trivia
  18. Cool Halloween Costumes
  19. Weddings and Divorces
  20. Famous People Who Died in 2005
  21. Best-Selling Cars in America
  22. America’s Largest Corporations
  23. Major Internet Companies Established
In 2005, General Motors was one of America’s largest corporations.

In 2005, General Motors was one of America’s largest corporations.

1. Grocery Prices in the Year 2005

These grocery facts have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library in Whippany, NJ.

  1. Apples (Braeburn): $1.29 a pound
  2. Beef (ground): $3.29 a pound
  3. Beef (sirloin steak): $6.49 a pound
  4. Butter (Breakstone): $1.99 for a one-pound package
  5. Cereal (Kellogg’s Froot Loops): $1.99 for a 15-ounce box
  6. Cheese (Land O’Lakes, American singles): $1.84 for a 12-ounce package
  7. Chicken (Perdue, chicken breasts): $1.50 per pound
  8. Cookies (Keebler Fudge Shoppe): $1.49 for an 8.5-ounce package
  9. Crackers (Nabisco Ritz): $3.19 for a 12-ounce box
  10. Eggs: $2.50 a dozen
  11. Fish (cod fillets): $3.99 per pound
  12. Grapefruit: Two for $3.00
  13. Grapes (Thompson seedless): 89 cents a pound
  14. Ham (Hormel, cooked): $2.99 per pound
  15. Hot dogs (Nathan’s): $2.49 per pound
  16. Jelly (Welch’s, grape): $1.39 for a 32-ounce jar
  17. Juice (apple): 99 cents for a one-gallon jug
  18. Juice (Tropicana, orange): $2.99 for a 96-ounce jug
  19. Ketchup (Heinz): $1.39 for a 14-ounce bottle
  20. Margarine (Parkay): $1.84 for a three-pound tub
  21. Mayonnaise (Hellmann’s): $2.99 for a 43-ounce jar
  22. Onions (yellow): 88 cents for a three-pound bag
  23. Oranges (navel): Five for $1.88
  24. Peanut butter (Skippy, crunchy or creamy): Two 18-ounce jars for $3.00
  25. Pineapple (Del Monte, whole): $2.88 apiece
  26. Potato chips (Ruffles): $4.00 for two 10-ounce bags
  27. Potatoes: 98 cents for a five-pound bag
  28. Soda (Coca-Cola): $1.09 for a two-liter bottle
  29. Soup (Campbell’s, tomato): 79 cents for a 10.75-ounce can
  30. Valentine’s candy (Russell Stover): $9.99 for a 28-ounce heart-shaped box
In 2005, the social news website Reddit was launched.

In 2005, the social news website Reddit was launched.

2. History Facts From the USA

  1. In 2005, George W. Bush was President of the United States, and Dick Cheney was Vice President.
  2. In January 2005, the U.S. unemployment rate was 5.3%. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that “The unemployment rate for whites, at 4.3 percent, was down over the year by 0.3 percentage point. For blacks, the unemployment rate dropped 1.1 percentage points to 9.7 percent, and the rate among Asians declined by 0.9 percentage point to 3.5 percent (not seasonally adjusted). For Hispanics, the unemployment rate decreased in 2005 to 6.0 percent, down from 6.6 percent a year earlier.”
  3. The rate of inflation was 3.39%. In2013Dollars.com tells us that “Purchasing power decreased by 3.39% in 2005 compared to 2004. On average, you would have to spend 3.39% more money in 2005 than in 2004 for the same item. In other words, $1 in 2004 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1.03 in 2005. The 2004 inflation rate was 2.66%. The inflation rate in 2005 was 3.39%. The 2005 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 1.90% per year between 2005 and 2019.”
  4. In 2005, a loaf of bread cost $2.29, yellow onions were 88 cents for a three-pound bag, and a pound of ground beef was $3.29. A gallon of milk cost $3.75, eggs were $2.50 a dozen, and Heinz Ketchup was $1.39 for a 14-ounce bottle.
  5. Here were the sticker prices for two best-selling 2005 cars: a Chevrolet Impala cost $18,485.00, and a Chrysler Town & Country was $26,495.00.
  6. The average price for a gallon of gas was $2.30.
  7. The minimum wage was $5.15. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “75.6 million American workers [in 2005] were paid at hourly rates, representing 60.1 percent of all wage and salary workers. Of those paid by the hour, 479,000 were reported as earning exactly $5.15, the prevailing Federal minimum wage. Another 1.4 million were reported as earning wages below the minimum.”
  8. The prime rate was 5.50%, an ounce of gold was $513.00, and the median household income was $46,242.00.
  9. In 2005, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the United States was $240,900 while the average price was $297,000. Comparatively, in November 2018, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the U.S. was $302,400 while the average price was $362,400.
  10. On January 15, the biggest solar proton storm in 15 years erupted in space. NASA.gov explains that a “giant sunspot” named “NOAA 720” exploded and sparked a powerful X-class solar fire, which “hurled a billion-ton cloud of electrified gas into space.”
  11. On January 26, Condoleezza Rice was sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State, becoming the first African-American woman to hold the post.
  12. On February 15, the video-sharing website YouTube was launched by Jawed Karim, Steve Chen, and Chad Hurley. The first YouTube video, Meet Me at the Zoo, was uploaded on April 23, 2005, and shows co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo. (In 2006, YouTube was purchased by Google for $1.65 billion.)
  13. On February 23, the Slovakia Summit 2005, also known as the Bush-Putin summit, took place between U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Topics of discussion included Russian democracy, the situation in Iran, and North Korean nuclear talks.
  14. On March 13, the Walt Disney Company named Bob Iger as the new CEO.
  15. On May 9, the Huffington Post, a news and opinion website, was launched by Andrew Breitbart, Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer, and Jonah Peretti.
  16. On June 6, the U.S. Supreme Court voted to ban medical marijuana in Gonzales v. Raich.
  17. On June 13, a jury in Santa Maria, California acquitted Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch.
  18. On July 29, astronomers Mike Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David Rabinowitz discovered the dwarf planet Eris. Futurism.com points out that “Three times more distant from the Sun than Pluto (almost 10 billion miles), Eris is the largest dwarf planet in the Solar System. It takes Eris more than twice as long to orbit the Sun as Pluto (about 557 years), and because its mass is 27% greater than Pluto’s, scientists initially described the newly discovered Eris as the Solar System’s ‘tenth planet.’”
  19. On August 23, Hurricane Katrina, which later became a Category 5 hurricane, began forming over the Bahamas.
  20. On August 29, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on Florida and Louisiana--particularly in the city of New Orleans--and caused catastrophic damage from central Florida to eastern Texas.
  21. On September 24, Hurricane Rita made landfall and devastated Beaumont, Texas, and portions of southwestern Louisiana.
  22. On October 19, Hurricane Wilma became the strongest Atlantic storm on record. TheGuardian.com explains that “Hurricane Wilma's highest sustained winds were measured at 175 mph by US air force reconnaissance planes, while its pressure readings dropped to 882 millibars - the lowest minimum pressure ever measured in a hurricane in the Atlantic basin.”
  23. On October 22, tropical storm Alpha formed in the Atlantic Basin, making the 2005 hurricane season the most active since record-keeping began. During the 2005 season, there were 28 tropical storms, 15 hurricanes, four Category 5 hurricanes (Emily, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma), four major hurricanes to hit the U.S. (Dennis, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma), and the most damage to ever be recorded during a hurricane season ($150 billion).
  24. From December 14-16, a winter storm caused extensive ice damage throughout the southern United States, “while extensive snowfall was reported across portions of the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.”
  25. On December 20, New York City's Transport Workers Union Local 100 went on strike, shutting down all New York City subway and bus services for three days.
  26. On December 30, tropical storm Zeta formed in the Atlantic Ocean and became “one of only two recorded storms to cross from one calendar year to another.”

3. International News

  1. On January 16, Adriana Iliescu, a Romanian university lecturer and author of children’s novels, gave birth to a daughter at age 66, making her the oldest birth mother in the world. (The record was broken in 2006 by María del Carmen Bousada de Lara.)
  2. On February 10, Prince Charles (Prince of Wales) and Camilla Parker Bowles (Duchess of Cornwall) announced their engagement.
  3. On February 26, Tony Blair marked 2,838 days as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  4. On April 27, the world’s largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, took to the skies from Toulouse-Blagnac airport in France. Rhys Lewis tells us that the A380 boasts 40% more floor space than Boeing’s current largest plane and can carry 853 passengers in an all-economy class configuration. The plane is powered by four Rolls-Royce engines, has a cruising speed of 560 mph, and is more fuel efficient than many smaller jets.
  5. On February 16, the UK version of The Apprentice premiered on BBC. It featured British computer entrepreneur Alan Sugar.
  6. On April 19, German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope Benedict XVI.
  7. On July 16, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth book in the series by J.K. Rowling, was published. Over nine million copies were sold in twenty-four hours.
  8. On September 12, Hong Kong’s Disneyland opened. It is located on reclaimed land in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, and was the first Disney theme park to open in China.
  9. On November 22, Angela Merkel became the first female Chancellor of Germany.
  10. On November 27, the first partial facial transplant was performed in Amiens, France.
In 2005, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” was a popular film.

In 2005, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” was a popular film.

4. Sports Trivia

This information has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us. Generally suitable for all age groups, sports trivia questions and answers are a welcome addition to any party game.

  1. Kentucky Derby: Giacomo
  2. NBA Champions: San Antonio Spurs
  3. NCAA Basketball Champions: North Carolina
  4. NCAA Football Champs: Texas
  5. Stanley Cup Champs: The Stanley Cup was not awarded in 2005 because of the NHL lockout.
  6. Super Bowl Champs: New England Patriots
  7. U.S. Open Golf: Michael Campbell
  8. U.S. Open Tennis (men/women): Roger Federer/Justine Henin-Hardenne
  9. Wimbledon (men/women): Roger Federer/Venus Williams
  10. World Series Champions: Chicago White Sox

5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

PBS.org explains that pop culture is that loose blend of books, music, fashion and other daily ephemera that contributes to the identity of a society at a particular point in time. In the 2000s, radio, film, television, books, and the internet defined the essence of American pop culture.

  1. In 2005, popular baby names were Aidan, Jacob, Ethan, Nicholas, Emma, Emily, Madison, and Kaitlyn.
  2. The average life expectancy at birth in the United States was 77.34 years.
  3. The cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad was $2,400.000.
  4. Popular holiday gifts included cash, gift cards, Microsoft Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, Game Boy Micro, Barbie as Harley Quinn, and Lindsay Lohan dolls.
  5. Fashion trends in 2005 included trucker hats, skinny jeans, ironic t-shirts, cargo pants, juicy tracksuits, UGGs, western shirts with pearl snaps, and layered polos.
  6. Heartthrobs and fashion icons for the year were Halle Berry, Beyonce, Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth, Cameron Diaz, Jenna Fischer, Jennifer Garner, Teri Hatcher, Paris Hilton, Katie Holmes, Kate Hudson, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Heidi Klum, Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Brittany Murphy, Natalie Portman, Jessica Simpson, Reese Witherspoon, and Naomi Watts.
  7. Hunks back in 2005 included Matthew McConaughey, Terrence Howard, Anderson Cooper, Tim McGraw, Justin Timberlake, Russell Crowe, and Jude Law.
  8. Diedre Downs (Alabama) won the Miss America crown.
  9. Chelsea Cooley (North Carolina) became Miss USA.
  10. Time Magazine’s “Persons of the Year” were “The Good Samaritans.”
  11. The cardboard box was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
  12. Top-grossing Broadway shows included Wicked, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Spamalot, The Producers, The Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Beauty and the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Chicago, Movin’ Out, Avenue Q, Rent, Doubt, The Light in the Piazza, and Sweet Charity.
  13. At the 77th Academy Awards, which honored the best films of 2004, Million Dollar Baby won an Oscar for Best Picture, Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby) won an Oscar for Best Director, Jaime Foxx (Ray) won an Oscar for Best Actor, and Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) won an Oscar for Best Actress.
  14. At the 57th Primetime Emmy Awards, Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and Lost (ABC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Likewise, Tony Shalhoub (Monk) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
  15. On January 23, the crime drama Numbers, starring Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz, premiered on CBS.
  16. On March 18, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, starring Dylan and Cole Sprouse, debuted on the Disney Channel.
  17. On March 24, the U.S. version of The Office, starring Steve Carell and John Krasinski, premiered on NBC.
  18. On September 11, Pride and Prejudice, a film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel of the same name, was released. It starred Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet.
  19. On November 6, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth film based on the books by J. K. Rowling, premiered in London.
  20. In 2005, there were over two million farms in the U.S.
  21. Minnesota had 79,600 farms.
  22. Florida Governor Jeb Bush signed a bill that made the orange the official fruit of Florida.
  23. The United States produced nearly ten billion pounds of apples. More than half of them were grown in the state of Washington.
  24. Cristeta Comerford became the first woman to serve as White House Executive Chef.
  25. Under new licensing laws in England and Wales, over 1,000 pubs, clubs, and grocery stores were able to sell alcohol.
In 2005, the video-sharing website YouTube was launched by Jawed Karim, Steve Chen, and Chad Hurley.

In 2005, the video-sharing website YouTube was launched by Jawed Karim, Steve Chen, and Chad Hurley.

6. Computer and Internet History

This cool trivia from 2005 has been made available courtesy of ComputerHope.com and SearchEngineWatch.com.

  1. In 2005, Google’s most popular search terms were Janet Jackson, Hurricane Katrina, tsunami, Xbox 360, Brad Pitt, Michael Jackson, American Idol, Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie, and Harry Potter.
  2. Google search terms that gained the most in popularity during 2005 included MySpace, Ares, Baidu, Wikipedia, Orkut, iTunes, Sky News, World of Warcraft, Green Day, and Leonardo da Vinci.
  3. Top searches on Froogle were iPod, digital camera, mp3 player, iPod mini, PSP, laptop, Xbox, iPod shuffle, computer desk, and iPod nano.
  4. The most popular searches on AOL included lottery, horoscopes, tattoos, lyrics, ringtones, IRS, jokes, American Idol, hairstyles, and NASCAR.
  5. Top searches on Lycos were Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson, Britney Spears, poker, dragon ball, Jennifer Lopez, WWE, Pokemon, PlayStation, and Hurricane Katrina.
  6. Dogpile’s top ten searches included music lyrics, Paris Hilton, Google, eBay, Yahoo, Mapquest, games cheat, games, dogs, and top 100 baby names.
  7. Top searches on Amazon that contained nine letters were equipment, refinance, furniture, insurance, marketing, wholesale, Christian, treatment, corporate, and directory.
  8. The most popular search terms on Ask.com included President Bush, Usher, Lindsay Lohan, pregnancy, Star Wars, and NHL.
  9. The most popular browsers were Internet Explorer (85.05%), Firefox (9.57%), Safari (3.07%), Netscape (1.24%), and Opera (0.55%). MethodShop.com points out that “Microsoft Internet Explorer ended 2004 with 90.31% browser usage market share, and steadily lost ground, ending 2005 with 85.05% market share. While any company would typically be thrilled with 85% of a market segment, let’s not forget that Netscape once owned a huge percentage of this same segment before IE showed up.”
  10. In 2005, the term “selfie” was becoming popular.
  11. Verizon introduced its FiOS high-speed Internet service.
  12. On February 8, Google Maps was launched.
  13. On February 15, the video-sharing website YouTube was launched by Jawed Karim, Steve Chen, and Chad Hurley. The first YouTube video, Meet Me at the Zoo, was uploaded on April 23, 2005, and shows co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo. (In 2006, YouTube was purchased by Google for $1.65 billion.)
  14. On June 23, the social news website Reddit was launched. ComputerHope.com explains that Reddit is a site “in which a community of registered users (redditors) submits content. Its format resembles a traditional bulletin board system, allowing users to post messages and links to other websites and comment on each other's posts. Entries are ranked by a voting system; other users can vote comments and posts either up (upvoted) or down. Users who post and comment receive ‘karma’ for upvotes and lose karma for downvotes.”
  15. On August 10, the Opera Mini browser was released, “designed for use with smartphones that could run standard web browsers.”
  16. On August 25, Pandora Radio, an online music service, was launched.
  17. In November, Google released Google Analytics, a “freemium service” that allows anyone with a website “to monitor and create reports of their visitors.”
  18. In November, Shop.org coined the term “Cyber Monday.”
  19. On November 22, Microsoft released the Xbox 360, “the second generation of their popular game console.”

7. Most Popular Websites in 2005

These Internet history facts have been made available courtesy of Tech.co.

Here are 10 of the most popular websites from 2005:

  1. Yahoo!
  2. MSN
  3. Time Warner
  4. Google
  5. eBay
  6. Amazon
  7. Ask Jeeves
  8. Walmart
  9. Viacom
  10. The New York Times
In 2005, superfruits such as avocados were a popular food trend.

In 2005, superfruits such as avocados were a popular food trend.

8. Nobel Prize Winners

These Nobel Prize facts from 2005 have been made available courtesy of InfoPlease.com.

  1. Chemistry: Yves Chauvin (France), Robert H. Grubbs (USA), and Richard R. Schrock (USA) for “the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis.”
  2. Economics: Robert J. Aumann (USA) and Thomas C. Schelling (USA) for “having enhanced our understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis.”
  3. Literature: Harold Pinter (UK) “who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression's closed rooms.”
  4. Peace: Mohamed ElBaradei (Egypt) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for “their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way.”
  5. Physics: Roy J. Glauber (USA) for “his contribution to the quantum theory of optical coherence.” In addition, John L. Hall (USA) and Theodor W. Hänsch (Germany) for “their contributions to the development of laser-based precision spectroscopy, including the optical frequency comb technique.”
  6. Physiology or medicine: Barry J. Marshall and J. Robin Warren (both from Australia) for “their discovery that the bacterium Helicobacter pylori causes gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.”

9. Most Popular Television Shows From 2005-06

This TV trivia from 2005-06 has been made available courtesy of Nielsen Television Measurement.

  1. American Idol (Fox)
  2. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)
  3. Survivor: Guatemala (CBS)
  4. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
  5. Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
  6. CSI: Miami (CBS)
  7. Without a Trace (CBS)
  8. Monday Night Football (ABC)
  9. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
  10. House, M.D. (Fox)
In 2005, “Million Dollar Baby” won an Oscar for Best Picture, Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby”) won an Oscar for Best Director, and Hilary Swank (“Million Dollar Baby”) won an Oscar for Best Actress.

In 2005, “Million Dollar Baby” won an Oscar for Best Picture, Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby”) won an Oscar for Best Director, and Hilary Swank (“Million Dollar Baby”) won an Oscar for Best Actress.

10. Best-Selling Books

This information has been made available courtesy of PublishersWeekly.com.

Fiction:

  1. The Broker by John Grisham
  2. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  3. Mary, Mary by James Patterson
  4. At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks
  5. Predator by Patricia Cornwell
  6. True Believer by Nicholas Sparks
  7. Light from Heaven by Jan Karon
  8. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  9. The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk
  10. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich

Nonfiction:

  1. Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau
  2. Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential by Joel Osteen
  3. The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren
  4. You: The Owner’s Manual by Michael F. Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.
  5. 1776 by David McCullough
  6. The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman
  7. Love Smart: Find the One You Want, Fix the One You Got by Dr. Phil McGraw
  8. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
  9. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  10. Guinness World Records 2006

11. Highest-Grossing Films

This film trivia has been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  1. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  4. War of the Worlds
  5. King Kong
  6. Wedding Crashers
  7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  8. Batman Begins
  9. Madagascar
  10. Mr. & Mrs. Smith
In 2005, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (released in 1975) was entered into the National Film Registry.

In 2005, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (released in 1975) was entered into the National Film Registry.

12. Horror Movies From 2005

Horror films for the year included The Descent, The Amityville Horror, Hostel, Wolf Creek, The Devil’s Rejects, Saw II, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Dark Water, The Cave, The Skeleton Key, An American Haunting, The Fog, House of Wax, Hide and Seek, Land of the Dead, The Ring Two, 2001 Maniacs, Dark Remains, Death Tunnel, Art of the Devil 2, Isolation, Venom, Mortuary, Aunt Rose, Evil Aliens, Cello, The Eye 10, and Cruel World.

13. Entries Into the National Film Registry

These historical facts from the motion picture industry have been made available courtesy of the Library of Congress.

  1. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
  2. A Time for Burning (1966)
  3. Baby Face (1933)
  4. Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort, South Carolina, May 1940 (1940)
  5. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
  6. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
  7. Giant (1956)
  8. H2O (1929)
  9. Hands Up! (1926)
  10. Hoop Dreams (1994)
  11. House of Usher (1960)
  12. Imitation of Life (1934)
  13. Jeffries-Johnson World’s Championship Boxing Contest (1910)
  14. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  15. Mom and Dad (1944)
  16. San Francisco Earthquake & Fire: April 18, 1906 (1906)
  17. The Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man (1975)
  18. The Cameraman (1928)
  19. The French Connection (1971)
  20. The Making of an American (1920)
  21. The Music Man (1962)
  22. The Power of the Press (1928)
  23. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  24. The Sting (1973)
  25. Toy Story (1995)

14. Biggest Pop Music Artists

These fun facts and trivia have been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

Popular music artists in 2005 included Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Bow Wow, Carrie Underwood, Chris Brown, Ciara, Destiny's Child, Eminem, Fall Out Boy, 50 Cent, Frankie J, The Game, Green Day, Jesse McCartney, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, Mariah Carey, Mario, Missy Elliott, Nickelback, The Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, T.I., and the Ying Yang Twins.

In 2005, “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC) was a favorite TV show.

In 2005, “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC) was a favorite TV show.

15. Number One Music Hits for the Year

These history facts from the American music industry have been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  • January 1, 2005 - March 4: Mario, Let Me Love You
  • March 5 - May 6: 50 Cent featuring Olivia, Candy Shop
  • May 7 - June 3: Gwen Stefani, Hollaback Girl
  • June 4 - July 1: Mariah Carey, We Belong Together
  • July 2 - September 16: Carrie Underwood, Inside Your Heaven
  • September 17 - November 25: Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx, Gold Digger
  • November 26 - December 30: Chris Brown, Run It!
  • December 31, 2005 - January 13, 2006: Mariah Carey, Don't Forget About Us

16. Favorite Video Games

Popular video games in 2005 included Call of Duty 2, Resident Evil 4, Lego Star Wars: The Video Game, Star Wars: Battlefront II, Civilization IV, The Warriors, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, God of War, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Fahrenheit, Kingdom Hearts II, First Encounter Assault Recon, Condemned: Criminal Origins, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

17. Food and Beverage Trivia

Here are some foods and beverages that were popular in 2005:

  1. Bacon (for example, crispy brown-sugar glazed bacon)
  2. Brown butter pasta
  3. Caffeinated foods - Examples include sunflower seeds, potato chips, and candies.
  4. Cake pops
  5. Creme brûlée - A dessert made from heavy cream, vanilla beans, vanilla sugar, egg yolks, and hot water.
  6. Cupcakes
  7. French Toast Crunch Cereal
  8. Fruit smoothies - How about Martha Stewart’s “hearty fruit and oat smoothie” or her “mango and yogurt smoothie?”
  9. Giant hunks of meat (influenced by the Atkins diet)
  10. Goat cheese - According to CookingLight.com, “goat cheese is a simple, creamy ingredient that can make just about anything taste that much better. Made from goat's milk rather than cow's, it's a little bit lower in fat and calories than other traditional cheese, but still provides that slightly tangy flavor to liven up any dish.”
  11. Hi-C fruit drinks (for example, Blazin' Blueberry, Boppin’ Strawberry, Strawberry Kiwi Kraze, Orange Lavaburst, and Wild Cherry)
  12. Kellogg’s Fruit Twistables
  13. Lunchables Fun Snacks
  14. Ouch! Bubble Gum
  15. Planters Cheez Balls
  16. Planters Cheez Curls
  17. Popsicle Cookies & Cream (dairy dessert)
  18. Seitan - Better Homes & Gardens tells us that "Seitan (say-tahn) is the new tofu. This wheat-based, high-protein food has been around for ages, but its natural chewy texture makes it an easy replacement for meat in many dishes. Although you can make seitan from scratch, most home cooks will want to purchase it ready made. White Wave is one brand that makes seitan in various flavors and shapes for easy recipe substitution."
  19. Sliders or mini burgers - There were pizza sliders, chicken and biscuits sliders, ham and cheese sliders, Brussels sprouts sliders, and Eggo breakfast sliders.
  20. Superfruits such as pomegranates, blueberries, plums, bananas, and avocados. Health.com explains that superfruits "are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients that can help you live longer, look better, and even prevent disease."
  21. Whacky ice cream flavors including green tea, bacon caramel maple, and butter pecan caramel.
  22. White tea - BHG.com explains that "Green tea has gotten the spotlight recently thanks to its antioxidants, natural chemicals thought to inhibit cancer. White tea, made by steaming, then drying the leaves and buds of tea plants, has a higher level of these promising compounds. White tea also carries a higher price tag than green or black tea."
In 2005, the U.S. version of "The Office," starring Steve Carell and John Krasinski, premiered on NBC.

In 2005, the U.S. version of "The Office," starring Steve Carell and John Krasinski, premiered on NBC.

18. Cool Halloween Costumes

This Halloween trivia has been made available courtesy of PRWeb.com.

  1. 1970s-themed (a favorite with teens)
  2. Adam & Eve (popular with couples)
  3. Batman (These costumes were especially popular with pets.)
  4. Catwoman (a favorite with women)
  5. Corpse Bride
  6. Darth Vader
  7. Dinosaur (popular with babies)
  8. Disney Princesses
  9. Divas & Fairies
  10. Dora the Explorer
  11. Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz
  12. Fantastic Four
  13. Harry Potter
  14. Power Rangers
  15. Pumpkin (a favorite with babies)
  16. Renaissance-themed (popular with men)
  17. Superman

19. Weddings and Divorces

This celebrity news has been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

Weddings:

  1. On January 22, businessman and The Apprentice host Donald Trump married former model Melania Knauss.
  2. On January 26, professional golfer Arnold Palmer wed Kathleen Gawthrop.
  3. On February 14, retired baseball player Keith Hernandez married Kai Thompson.
  4. On April 9, Charles, Prince of Wales, wed Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall.
  5. On May 28, Canadian politician Justin Trudeau married TV host Sophie Grégoire.
  6. On June 3, Arthur Wellesley, Earl of Mornington, wed model and make-up artist Jemma Kidd.
  7. On June 11, NBA player Steve Nash married Alejandra Amarilla.
  8. On June 18, politician Jerry Brown wed businesswoman Anne Gust.
  9. On July 16, actress Sandra Bullock married Monster Garage host Jesse James.
  10. On August 27, actor Robert Downey Jr. wed producer Susan Levin.
  11. On November 19, actress and singer Christina Aguilera married music executive Jordan Bratman.
  12. On December 9, Bourne actor Matt Damon wed Luciana Barrosa.

Divorces:

  1. On March 25, actress Jennifer Aniston filed for divorce from actor and film producer Brad Pitt.
  2. On December 16, actress and singer Jessica Simpson divorced singer and songwriter Nick Lachey.
  3. On December 20, actress Renee Zellweger annulled her marriage to country music singer Kenny Chesney.

20. Famous People Who Died in 2005

These celebrity facts have been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

  1. January 1: Shirley Chisholm (American politician, educator, and author)
  2. January 23: Johnny Carson (American comedian and television host)
  3. February 10: Arthur Miller (American playwright)
  4. March 26: James Callaghan (British Prime Minister from 1976-79)
  5. April 2: John Paul II (Roman Catholic Pope)
  6. April 5: Saul Bellow (Canadian-American author)
  7. May 26: Eddie Albert (American actor)
  8. June 6: Anne Bancroft (American actress, singer, director, and screenwriter)
  9. June 20: Jack Kilby (American electrical engineer who invented the handheld calculator and integrated circuit)
  10. July 14: Cicely Saunders (English physician and social worker who established the first modern hospice)
  11. July 17: Edward Heath (British Prime Minister from 1970-74)
  12. July 18: William Westmoreland (United States Army General during the Vietnam War)
  13. August 7: Peter Jennings (Canadian-American anchor of the ABC Evening News)
  14. August 13: David Lange (New Zealand’s Prime Minister from 1984-1990)
  15. September 16: Gordon Gould (American physicist who invented the laser)
  16. October 24: Rosa Parks (American civil rights activist)
  17. December 10: Eugene McCarthy (American politician)
  18. December 10: Richard Pryor (American actor and comedian)
In 2005, coffee Goliath Starbucks achieved world dominion after opening its 10,000th location. (Today, Starbucks has nearly 30,000 coffeehouses.)

In 2005, coffee Goliath Starbucks achieved world dominion after opening its 10,000th location. (Today, Starbucks has nearly 30,000 coffeehouses.)

21. Best-Selling Cars in America

This auto news has been made available courtesy of InfoPlease.com.

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Toyota Camry
  4. Dodge Ram
  5. Honda Accord
  6. Honda Civic
  7. Nissan Altima
  8. Chevrolet Impala
  9. Chevrolet Malibu
  10. Chevrolet TrailBlazer

22. America’s Largest Corporations

This information has been made available courtesy of Fortune.com.

  1. Walmart
  2. Exxon Mobil
  3. General Motors
  4. Ford Motor Company
  5. General Electric
  6. ChevronTexaco
  7. ConocoPhillips
  8. Citigroup
  9. American International Group
  10. IBM

23. Internet Companies Established

Startups included Ask the Doctor, the “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks, Consumerist, DailyMotion, Dlisted, Elite Daily, Flirtomatic, Focus.com, FrontPage Magazine, Give Me My Remote, Google China, Google Maps, Google Reader, Google Video, Google.org, HuffPost, La Frikipedia, Lifehacker, Mashable, Reddit, Spike.com, Squidoo, Statler and Waldorf: From the Balcony, The Tempest (media company), TMZ, Trivago, Tunefind, TV.com, Uncyclopedia, VetDepot, Watching America, and WikiHow.

In 2005, the how-to-do-anything website wikiHow was launched.

In 2005, the how-to-do-anything website wikiHow was launched.

References

© 2019 Gregory DeVictor

Comments

Gregory DeVictor (author) from Pittsburgh, PA on April 17, 2019:

Liz, thank you for the comment. I was surprised to learn that the Trumps were married in 2005 and that Reddit was also launched that year. Well, I have now completed 26 years between 1906 and 2017. I wonder which year will be next. Again, thank you for the comment.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 17, 2019:

Once again you have amazed me with your interesting and detailed collation of facts and trivia. I studied Arthur Miller plays many years ago, but hadn't realised he died in 2005. Now I know that the Trumps have been married 14 years. I look forward to the next year that you cover.

Gregory DeVictor (author) from Pittsburgh, PA on April 16, 2019:

Louise, thank you for your comment. I was surprised to learn that Google Analytics and Google Maps were both released in 2005. I can’t live without either.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on April 16, 2019:

Wow, there is a lot of interesting facts there. I remember when Charles and Camilla got engaged, though I didn't remember it was 2005.