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Ten Years Ago April 2005

Wednesday the 1st of April 2015 Buffer
Ten Years Ago April 2005

What happened 10 years ago in the news?

Doesn't time fly? It might feel like only yesterday, but a lot can happen in a decade, and the gift of hindsight provides a unique perspective on historic news stories. In May 2005, these were the stories that dominated the news...

Political turmoil in Parliament

Tony Blair set a new Labour record by winning a third successive general election victory, but rumours were flying that he was ready to hand over power to Gordon Brown, after losing the public's trust over the handling of the Iraq War. Blair's popularity was plummeting and there were increasing calls for him to step down even before the election.

Angelina Jolie was only friends with Brad Pitt

Apparently. This was the month she repeatedly denied having any part in the breakdown of his marriage to Jennifer Aniston. She insisted they were just good friends and she knew nothing about their marriage.

Kylie Minogue made a complete recovery

After battling breast cancer and postponing her Showgirl tour, Australian and British fans were thrilled when Kylie's lifesaving operation went smoothly and it was announced that she would soon be back to her old self. The dramatic headlines and reported bravery of the star led to a huge increase in women getting checked, possibly saving thousands of lives.

Live 8 was announced

Bob Geldof revealed his plans for Live 8, the follow-up to the hugely successful charity concert Live Aid. Timed to coincide with an upcoming G8 summit, Live 8 would feature performances from stars such as Mariah Carey, Madonna, Elton John and Robbie Williams, all to raise awareness of world poverty.

Prince Harry was accused of cheating

The palace and the prestigious private school Eton were drawn into quite the scandal when a sacked teacher suggested that she had been forced to give the young prince inappropriate levels of help with his art coursework. To back up her allegation, she concealed a tape recorder on her person and secretly recorded a conversation with Harry on his way to an exam. No evidence of malpractice was ever found, and Harry eventually ended up with a B in the subject.

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