Top 2005 Events Likely to Make It Into American History Textbooks

Top 2005 Events Likely to Make It Into American History Textbooks

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Which events of 2005 might make it into the American History textbooks 20 years from now? Hurricane Katrina is a sure bet, and the death of Rosa Parks marks the end of a life that helped change America forever. Only time will tell which events will be popularly documented in the future, but here's a brief review of some of the top candidates for 2005.

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Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina Aftermath - Day 14 New Orleans, LA.

Mario Tama/Getty Images

Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the U.S. on August 29, 2005. It was a highly destructive storm and the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. The government's response to the disaster highlighted many problems inherent in the Federalist system, particularly the difficulty of getting aid quickly where it's needed. The effects of the storm also highlighted a need for a better evacuation plan in areas where people may not have access to cars or other forms of transportation.

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838 Killed In Iraq

US Navy (USN) Corpsmen from Bravo Company (B CO), 2nd Medical Battalion (2nd Med Bn), Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (NC), carry a dead US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine after receiving his last rites at the naval hospital in Iraq.

Alicia M. Anderson/U.S.M.C.

The United States military, along with coalition forces, began combat operations in Iraq on March 19, 2003. In the year 2005, 838 U.S. Hostile and Non-Hostile casualties were reported by the Department of Defense. By the official end of the war (in 2011) the number of American troops that had lost their lives in defense of Iraq was 4,474.

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Condoleezza Rice Confirmed

Official portrait of Condoleezza Rice.

Public Domain/U.S. Department of State

On January 26, 2005, the Senate voted 85-13 to confirm Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State, succeeding Colin Powell as head of the State Department. Rice was the first African-American and second woman to hold the position of Secretary of State.

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Deep Throat Revealed

22 October, 1973 -- Demonstrators in Washington, DC, with sign "Impeach Nixon.".

Marion S. Trikosko, Thomas J. O'Halloran, Jordon Kalilich (retoucher)/Wikimedia Commons

“Deep Throat” Revealed Himself on May 31st, 2005. W. Mark Felt admitted during an interview in Vanity Fair that he was the anonymous source during the 1972 Watergate investigations by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Felt was a former top FBI official.

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Alberto Gonzales Becomes Attorney General

United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales - official Department of Justice photograph.

Public Domain/U.S. Department of Justice

On February 3, 2005, the Senate approved Alberto Gonzales by 60-36 to become the country's first Hispanic Attorney General. The appointment by President George W. Bush also made Gonzales the highest-ranking Hispanic in executive government.

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Rosa Parks Died

Statue Rosa Parks in the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tennessee - 10 September, 2014.

Lieske Leunissen-Ritzen/Wikimedia Commons

Rosa Parks, best known for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, died on October 24, 2005. Her resistance and arrest led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and eventually the Supreme Court decision that ruled that the segregation of buses is unconstitutional.

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Chief Justice Rehnquist Died

John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O'Connor, Anthony Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg walk down the Stairs of the Supreme Court to greet the coffin of Chief Justice William Rehnquist, September 6, 2005.

Levan Ramashvili/

Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist died at the age of 80 on September 3, 2005. He had served for 33 years, 19 of them as Chief Justice. The Senate later confirmed John Roberts to take his place as Chief Justice.

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First Director of National Intelligence

Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill, Sept. 26, 2007.

Cherie A. Thurlby/United States Department of Defense

President Bush nominated and the Senate later confirmed John Negroponte as the first Director of National Intelligence. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence was created to coordinate and integrate the intelligence of the U.S. Intelligence Community.

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Kelo v. City of New London

10th Anniversary of Kelo v. City of New London.

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the Connecticut city of New London had the right to exercise a state eminent domain law to require several homeowners to cede their property for commercial use to generate tax revenue. This court case was widely derided and caused much consternation among American citizens.

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Tenth Planet Discovered

Eris and its moon. Surface details are fictional.

NASA, ESA, and A. Schaller (for STScI)/Wikimedia Commons

While not specifically an American event, the discovery of the tenth planet in our solar system was big news and was announced on July 29th, 2005. The American astronomers involved in the search proved the existence of the planet, which is located farther out than Pluto. Since the discovery, a new category of planetary objects has been created to include the tenth planet, now called Eris, as well as Pluto, and both are considered to be "dwarf planets."


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