Feature Year: 2005 8pm ET

Today we feature the hits and music from 2005

January 23 – Johnny Carson, American television host (b. 1925) Died
February 6 – Merle Kilgore, American singer and songwriter (b. 1934) Died
February 14 – YouTube, the most popular video sharing website, is founded.
March 9 – Chris LeDoux, American rodeo performer and singer (b. 1949) Died
March 13 – Lyn Collins, American soul singer (b. 1948) Died
March 14 – The People’s Republic of China ratifies an anti-secession law, aimed at preventing Taiwan from declaring independence.
March 21 – Bobby Short, American entertainer (b. 1924) Died
April 2 – Pope John Paul II dies; over 4 million people travel to the Vatican to mourn him,
May 14 – Jimmy Martin, American musician (b. 1927) Died
April 19 – Pope Benedict XVI succeeds Pope John Paul II, becoming the 265th pope.
July 1 – Luther Vandross, American R&B singer (b. 1951) Died
July 2 – Live 8, a set of 10 simultaneous concerts, takes place throughout the world, raising interest in the Make Poverty History campaign.
July 21 – Long John Baldry, British musician (b. 1941) Died
July 23 – Myron Floren, American accordionist & musician (b. 1919) Died
August 29 – Hurricane Katrina makes land fall along the U.S. Gulf Coast causing severe damage. At least 1,836 die in the aftermath.
September 10 – Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, American musician (b. 1924) Died
September 17 – Alfred Reed, American Composer and Conductor (b. 1921) Died
October 8 – The 2005 Kashmir earthquake kills about 80,000 people.
November 13 – Andrew Stimpson, a 25-year-old British man, is reported as the first person proven to have been ‘cured’ of HIV.
November 20 – Chris Whitley, American musician (b. 1945) Died
November 28 – Tony Meehan, English drummer (The Shadows) (b. 1943) Died
November 30 – Surgeons in France carry out the first human face transplant.
December 10 – Richard Pryor, American comedian (b. 1940) Died
December 31 – Another second is added, 23:59:60, called a leap second, to end the year 2005. The last time this occurred was on June 30, 1998.

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