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January 1, 2005 No. 7 ranked Georgia Bulldogs defeat No. 17 Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida.
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 10, 2005 Councilman R. J. Kurey adds words to the city charter when reading from it into the record of an Alpharetta City Council meeting. When another councilman asks for a copy of the charter Kurey was reading from later in the day, Kurey replied "Kiss my [deleted], you pompous SOB!
  Alpharetta City Council
January 14, 2005 Federal judge Clarence Cooper rules Cobb County stickers refering to evolution as being theory are unconstituional.
  Clarence Cooper
January 16, 2005 Atlanta Falcons defeat the St. Louis Rams, 47 to 17.
  Atlanta Falcons postseason 2005
January 23, 2005 Atlanta Falcons are defeated in the NFL Championship Game by the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10
  Atlanta Falcons
  Atlanta Falcons postseason 2005
January 29, 2005 Ice storm hits Atlanta and North Georgia knocking out power for more than 100,000 people. Two deaths were directly attributed to the storm
February 4, 2005 Ossie Davis is found dead in his Miami hotel. He died while on location filming 'Retirement'.
  Ossie Davis
February 8, 2005 Alpharetta-based ChoicePoint informs 35,000 California residents by mail that their personal information may have been taken in an identity theft scam. California is the only state to require reporting these crimes to consumers (state law SB 1386).
  ChoicePoint scandal
February 13, 2005 Georgia artists scored a major win at the Grammys, led by Ray Charles who received 8 posthumous awards including Record and Album of the Year for his Genius Loves Company. Atlanta-based Usher, who had won many awards in other shows, picked up three and Kayne West, born in Atlanta but raised in Chicago, who won for Best Rap Album, The College Dropout
  Ray Charles
February 14, 2005 ChoicePoint acknowledges that criminals had scammed the company out of the personal information it collects on virtually every person in the United States. They estimate that 35,000 Californians may be affected. "California is the focus of the investigation and we don't have any evidence to indicate at this point that the situation has spread beyond California," company spokesman Chuck Jones said. "If at some point in time we get information that it's in other areas, we'll revisit the disclosure."
  ChoicePoint scandal
February 16, 2005 Lt. Paul Denny of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department disputes the figures offered by ChoicePoint. "We know that there is a national number that is much larger than that" he said, referring to the 35,000 people ChoicePoint announced had been affected.
  ChoicePoint scandal
February 16, 2005 ChoicePoint announces that a credit scandal previously believed to have only affected California residents actually affects people from across the United States.
  ChoicePoint scandal
February 16, 2005 2004-2005 hockey season cancelled over contract dispute.
  Atlanta Thrashers
February 19, 2005 Attorneys-General from 38 states demand that Alpharetta-based Choicepoint warn any victims in their states.
  ChoicePoint scandal
February 21, 2005 ChoicePoint confirms that criminals gained access to records for about 145,000 people, allowing them to see information such as Social Security numbers, date of birth and driver's license numbers. It is one of the largest cases identity thefts ever reported. Lt. Robert Costa of the Southern California High Tech Task Force reiterated that the unit believed the figure was closer to 500,000 and stated that ChoicePoint has hindered the investigation by failing to provide information requested in search warrants issued in November and December.
  ChoicePoint scandal
February 24, 2005 Federal prosecutors claim that they informed ChoicePoint of major data security problems at the firm in early October. Earlier, ChoicePoint had claimed that they had informed California authorities of suspicious activity on certain accounts.
  ChoicePoint scandal
February 24, 2005 Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine puts Choicepoint on probation until they prove to him that they have "create[d] a system with which to promptly notify consumers of a security breach and ... hire[d] an outside firm to audit its security measures."
  ChoicePoint scandal
February 25, 2005 Diary of a Mad Black Woman opens. Written by Atlantan Tyler Perry, who also had multiple roles in the comedy-drama, the film surprised the industry by rocketing to Number 1 in box office reciepts its first week of release.
February 27, 2005 Jamie Foxx wins an Academy Award for his leading actor performance in Ray!, the self-titled biography of musician Ray Charles Robinson. Nominated for 5 Oscars, the movie scored two wins, for Foxx as Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and for Best Achievement in Sound. It had been nominated for Best Motion Picture of the Year
  Ray Charles
March 1, 2005 U. S. Supreme Court rules that execution is cruel and unusual punishment for people under the age of 18.
  Supreme Court ruling takes 2 in Georgia off death row
March 2, 2005 Leah Ward Sears elected first woman Chief Justice of Georgia's Supreme Court
March 2, 2005 Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Krause revealed an earlier ChoicePoint fraud in which the identities of 7,000 to 10,000 victims were exposed to thieves in 2002. ChoicePoint chief executive Derek Smith told The Associated Press in an interview in February, 2005, that the company had never been victimized by this kind of criminal operation before.
  ChoicePoint scandal
March 4, 2005 ChoicePoint announces that federal authorities are investigating the company because of recent data thefts. Additionally, the Security and Exchange Commission is looking into the sale of stock by top company employees.
  ChoicePoint scandal
March 10, 2005 Bibb County District Attorney Howard Simms orders exhumation of the body of Frank Bienert after discovering the death was suspicious, based on information from the trial of James Sullivan. Sullivan, on trial for arranging the murder of his wife Lita, is suspected in the death of Bienert, his father-in-law from whom he inherited Crown Beverages, a $5 million Macon business.
  James Sullivan and the murder of Lita Sullivan
March 11, 2005 Judge Rowland Barnes and two others are killed in a shooting at the Fulton County Courthouse. Suspect Brian Nichols was being tried for rape in Barnes' courtroom. While fleeing, Nichols murders a federal agent.
  Atlanta courthouse attack
  Fulton County, Georgia
March 12, 2005 Gwinnett County police arrest multiple slaying suspect Brian Nichols in a Duluth, Georgia apartment
  Gwinnett County, Georgia
  Atlanta courthouse attack
March 15, 2005 Testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, ChoicePoint President Derek Smith apologizes for exposing 145,000 people to identity theft.
  ChoicePoint scandal
March 17, 2005 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta and the U.S. Supreme Court (on March 17, 2005), follow the U.S. District Court and refused to intervene in the Terri Schiavo case.
March 18, 2005 Feeding tube removed from Terri Schiavo
  Terri Schiavo
March 20, 2005 National Geographic documentary confirms the existance of Hogzilla, a giant pig discovered in the vicinity of Alapaha, Georgia. Experts estimate the pig to be 8 feet in length and 800 pounds, having exhumed the body.
  Hogzilla
  Berrien County, Georgia
March 21, 2005 Congress passes U.S Senate Compromise Bill 686, "For the relief of the parents of Theresa Marie Schiavo."
  Terri Schiavo
March 22, 2005 In the early morning hours President Bush signs U.S Senate Compromise Bill 686 into law.
  Terri Schiavo
March 23, 2005 A Florida state court of appeals refuses to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube as requested by her parents, the Schindlers'. They petition for the entire panel of Eleventh Circuit judges (Atlanta) to rehear their case to reinsert a feeding tube into Terri Schiavo. The Court refuses to hear the case, letting the lower court ruling stand. Following the decision, The Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear the appeal, affirming the decision of the lower court.
  Terri Schiavo
March 23, 2005 The Alpharetta City Council votes 6-1 to begin proceedings to strip Councilman R. J. Kurey from his post. A report from an independent investigator indicated that Kurey had harrassed and intimidated city employees and posed a legal liability to the city of Alpharetta (Fulton County).
  Alpharetta City Council
March 23, 2005 Under orders from Fulton County probate court, Whitney Houston is taken to Crossroads,a drug rehabilitation clinic in Antigua, West Indies that was founded by Eric Clapton. She stays four weeks.
  Whitney Houston
March 25, 2005 Ashley Smith receives $70,000 for her role in capturing courthouse killer Brian Nichols
  Atlanta courthouse attack
March 27, 2005 Hail the size of baseballs and golf balls was reported as well as flooding rivers including the Flint River in Culloden; the Ocmulgee in Hawkinsville, Abbeville and Macon; the Oconee in Dublin and Penfield; Big Creek near Alpharetta; and the Chattahoochee River in Whitesburg.
March 30, 2005 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta refuses to hear appeal of Terri Schiavo case. The U. S. Supreme Court also refuses to hear the same case.
  Terri Schiavo
March 31, 2005 Terri Schiavo dies
  Terri Schiavo
April 4, 2005 Phil Mickelson, who won the Masters in 2004, beat Arjun Atwal, Brandt Jobe, Jose Maria Olazabal, and Rich Beem in an unusual 5-way playoff to cap the rain-shortened BellSouth Classic at Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia
April 7, 2005 2005 Masters Tournament, Augusta, Georgia
April 10, 2005
  2005 Masters Tournament
  Masters Tournament
April 12, 2005 Data broker LexisNexis announced that up to 310,000 US accounts may have been compromised by unauthorized access to its computers.
  ChoicePoint scandal
April 15, 2005 OutKast settles a lawsuit over the use of Rosa Parks' name on a CD released in 1998.
  OutKast
April 17, 2005 Actor Chris Tucker (Rush Hour, The Fifth Element) is arrested for speeding on I-20 in Warren County following a brief chase. Tucker claimed he was on his way to church and did not realized the police were behind him. He was clocked doing 109mph in a 70 mph zone.
  Chris Tucker
  Warren County, Georgia
April 18, 2005 Genarlow Wilson is convicted of having sex with a minor under the age of consent at a party in 2003. He had been acquitted of an earlier rape charge from the same party.
  Genarlow Wilson
April 19, 2005 Tom Danielson wins the Dodge Tour de Georgia
April 24, 2005
  2005 Tour de Georgia
April 19, 2005 Jennifer Wilbanks purchases a Greyhound bus ticket from Atlanta, Georgia to Austin, Texas.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
April 26, 2005 Jennifer Wilbanks does not return from an evening jog. She is scheduled to get married on April 30.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
April 27, 2005 Duluth, Georgia police, assisted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, state police and FBI, along with friends of Jennifer Wilbanks and concerned citizens, begin search a 5.5 square mile area for the missing woman. Among those searching are members of the wedding party.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
April 28, 2005 Duluth police announce they are conducting a criminal investigation into the disappearence of Jennifer Wilbanks.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
April 28, 2005 A bank record theft was exposed when police in Hackensack charged nine people, including seven bank workers, in an alleged plot to steal financial records of thousands of bank customers. Wachovia and Bank of America (formerly C & S National Bank) were among those affected
  Wachovia and First Union Banks
April 29, 2005 Police suspend the search for Jennifer Wilbanks. They also want John Mason, whom Wilbanks was to marry on Saturday, to take a lie detector test to prove he is not a suspect.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
April 30, 2005 At 1:30 am Jennifer Wilbanks calls her fiance John Mason and tells him she has been kidnapped. Authorities trace the phone call to a 7-11 in Albequerque, New Mexico. Local enforcement agents pick her up and take her to the Albequerque PD station, where she is questioned by the FBI and released. They had determined that no kidnapping took place.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
April 30, 2005 Chamblee, Georgia police stop a 1992 Lexus with paper tags. Suspicious of the driver, police took him in for questioning. When they ran his prints they found Ernest Morris was wanted in connection with a triple murder in Philadelphia.
May 6, 2005 Dekalb County Police Chief Louis Graham re-opens the case against Wayne Williams.
  Atlanta Child Murders
  DeKalb County, Georgia
May 6, 2005 Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan refused to stop Alpharetta's investigation into City Councilman R.J. Kurey. The councilman is accused of trying to fake a city law, misleading the public and verbally abusing employees.
  Alpharetta City Council
May 8, 2005 James Brown dedicates statue of himself in downtown Augusta
  City of Augusta, Georgia
  James Brown
May 11, 2005 Governor Sonny Perdue signs state-wide smoking ban.
  Sonny Perdue
May 12, 2005 Chris Tucker pleads guilty to speeding.
  Chris Tucker
May 13, 2005 Department of Defense recommends 5 bases from Georgia be closed
  Georgia Base Closings-2005
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Fulton County, Georgia
  Clarke County, Georgia
  Floyd County, Georgia
May 24, 2005 Federal appeals court rules that Cobb County must remove stickers it added to books stating "Evolution is theory"
  Cobb County, Georgia
May 24, 2005 ChoicePoint is unable to meet a deadline set by Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine on February 24 to promptly notify consumers of a security breach and hire an outside consultant to provide security audits.
  ChoicePoint scandal
May 25, 2005 Garth Brooks proposes to Trisha Yearwood at the "Legends in Bronze" event at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace.
May 25, 2005 A grand jury in Gwinnett County, Georgia indicted Jennifer Wilbanks with one felony charge of making a false statement to police and one misdemeanor charge of filing a false police statement.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
May 31, 2005 Jennifer Wilbanks agrees to reimburse the city $13,000 for the money it spent searching for her.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
May 31, 2005 The total of 34 traffic deaths over the Memorial Day weekend breaks the old record of 27 set in 1969
June 2, 2005 Jennifer Wilbanks is sentenced to 2 years probation following a no contest plea to felony charges that she made a false statement to police
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
June 2, 2005 Wachovia apologized to African-Americans for the Charlotte(NC)-based banks ties to American slavery. Georgia Railroad and Banking Co. of Augusta, a predecessor bank, held at least 182 slaves to build a railroad.
  Wachovia and First Union Banks
  Slavery in Georgia
June 11, 2005 Katie Couric is the first newsperson to interview Jennifer Wilbanks
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
June 21, 2005 Sandy Springs votes to become a city in Fulton County. It is Georgia's 7th largest city.
  Fulton County, Georgia
June 24, 2005 Police arrest Michael Natson, a military police office based at Fort Benning, for the murder of Dena Carter.
  Ardena Carter
July 31, 2005 Americus police respond to a call involving the assault of a 29-year old woman. After investigation they arrest Southwest Georgia Chief Superior Court Judge Rucker Smith.
  Rucker Smith
August 1, 2005 Alpharetta City Councilman R. J. Kurey threatens City Administrator Bob Regus
  Alpharetta City Council
August 7, 2005 Amanda Penland dies
  Amanda (Knoedler) Penland
August 8, 2005 Jennifer Wilbanks began her community service work, part of her sentencing agreement with Gwinnett County.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
August 8, 2005 Alpharetta City Council votes to limit R. J. Kurey's communication as a council member to statements that have been factually checked by the city attorney.
  Alpharetta City Council
August 16, 2005 Coretta Scott King, widow of Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King, suffers a major stroke.
August 18, 2005 Alpharetta City Council votes to remove R. J. Kurey from his seat on the council following dramatic evidence that Kurey repeatedly broke city laws and threatened city employees and residents.
  Alpharetta City Council
August 22, 2005 Rep. Jack Kingston dedicates the "Forgotten Invasion" exhibit at Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum, paying tribute to the fort on Peters Point that was the site of the last battle of the War of 1812.
August 23, 2005 Atlanta Thrashers trade Dany Heatly to the Ottawa Senators for Marian Hossa
  Atlanta Thrashers
August 26, 2005 Federal government ok's the Georgia Voter ID law
August 26, 2005 Just before coming ashore near Miami, Tropical Storm Katrina becomes a hurricane. It crosses the peninsula quickly and enters the Gulf of Mexico.
  Hurricane Katrina
August 29, 2005 Tornadoes from hurricane Katrina destroy homes and chicken houses in Carroll County and a motel and businesses in the Helen area of White County. Others injured people in Spaulding County and Peach County
  Carroll County, Georgia
  White County, Georgia
  Hurricane Katrina
  Spalding County, Georgia
  Peach County, Georgia
August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina strikes the coastal area east of New Orleans.
  Hurricane Katrina
August 31, 2005 Long lines at the gas pump and high prices are the major effect of Hurricane Katrina in Georgia
  Hurricane Katrina
September 6, 2005 Convicted sex offender Brian O'Neil Clark, 25, of Woodstock, GA, abducts Kimberly Boyd in her SUV. She dies when he crashes the vehicle and he is shot and killed by an onlooker who saw them fighting before the crash
September 14, 2005 Delta Air Lines (DAL) files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  Delta Air Lines
September 23, 2005 In advance of Hurricane Rita striking the Texas coast, Gov. Sonny Perdue asks school systems to close for two day to minimize the impact of the storm on oil and gas supplies
  Sonny Perdue
September 30, 2005 Six people are killed, a woman is assaulted and four others are seriously injured in a string of brutal attacks in trailer parks in the city of Tifton and Colquitt County, Georgia
  Colquitt County, Georgia
  Mass murder in Colquitt County
October 2, 2005 Jaimie Underwood and Stacey Bernard Sims are arrested for the mass murder of 6 Hispanic males in Colquitt County, Georgia
  Mass murder in Colquitt County
October 4, 2005 Tropical storm Tammy comes ashore in Northeast Flordia, quickly moving into southeastern Georgia. High winds and heavy rain cause problems througout the state over the next two days.
October 9, 2005 Houston Astros defeat the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Playoffs, 3 games to 1. The series featured the longest postseason game by innings
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
October 18, 2005 District Judge Harold Murphy issued an injunction against the Georgia Voter ID law, finding that the voter ID law functions like a poll tax
October 24, 2005 President Bush nominates Ben Bernanke to replace Alan Greenspan as Federal Reserve Board chairman
  Ben Bernanke
October 27, 2005 In a brief order the 11th US Court of Appeals denied a request from Georgia to throw out a lower court injunction barring enforcement of the state's new Voter ID law
November 23, 2005 The Georgia Aquarium, the world's largest, opens in Atlanta
  Georgia Aquarium
November 25, 2005 Atlanta approves a plan for the expansion of Piedmont Park
December 29, 2005 No. 24 Georgia Tech loses to Utah at the Emerald Bowl
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