Which events of 2005 might make it into the American History textbooks 20 years from now? I've spent some time making my picks for the top ten events that occurred in 2005 that could make it into American History texts some point in the future. Enjoy!
1. Hurricane Katrina - August 29, 2005As natural disasters go, this one was enormous for the United States. It highlighted many problems inherent in the Federalist system when it comes to getting aid where its needed quickly. Further, it showed the need for a better evacuation plan in areas where people may not have access to cars or other forms of transportation.
2. 838 Killed in IraqThe United States military along with coalition forces have been active in Iraq since March 19, 2003. In the year 2005, 838 US Hostile and Non-Hostile casualties were reported by the Department of Defense. Overall, 2100 American troops have lost their lives in defense of Iraq.
3. Senate Confirmed Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of StateOn January 26, the Senate voted 8513 to confirm Condoleezza Rice as the first black woman to hold the position of secretary of state.
4. Deep Throat was RevealedDeep Throat Revealed Himself on May 31st. 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 Woodward and Bernstein. He was a former top FBI official.
5. Alberto Gonzales Confirmed as Attorney GeneralOn February 3, the Senate approved Alberto Gonzales by 60-36 to become the country's first Hispanic attorney general.
6. Rosa Parks DiedRosa Parks, best known for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, died on October 24, 2005. Her arrest led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott which eventually led to the Supreme Court ruling segregation of buses unconstitutional.
7. Chief Justice Rehnquist died on September 3rd - Replaced by John RobertsChief Justice Rehnquist Died at the age of 80 on September 3. 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.
8. US Named its First Director of National IntelligencePresident Bush nominated and the Senate later confirmed John Negroponte as the first Director of National Intelligence.
9. Kelo v. City of New LondonIn a 5-4 decision, the US 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 amongst American citizens.
10. Tenth Planet DiscoveredWhile not necessarily an American History event, the discovery of the tenth planet in our solar system was big news and was announced on July 29th. The American astronomers proved the existence of the planet located further out than Pluto. It had been postulated for 75 years. It has yet to be named.