Year in Review | A look back at 2005, by the numbers

Issue: "News of the year," Dec. 31, 2005


Months Martha Stewart spent in jail for lying to investigators about her sale of ImClone Systems stock in 2001.


Magnitude of the earthquake that rocked sunami-ravaged area of Indonesia in March, leaving about 500 dead.


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Victims of 16-year-old Jeff Weise, who in April went on a deadly shooting rampage at Red Lake Indian Reservation's high school.


Years since the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168.


Minutes high-schoolers have to write an essay on the new SAT.


Years since the last time a Vietnamese premier met with an American president. Prime Minister Phan Van Khai made a White House visit June 21.


Years Kermit has entertained audiences. He celebrated his birthday May 9.


Days New York Times reporter Judith Miller spent in jail for not revealing her confidential source in the White House CIA leak investigation.


Weeks Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code has spent on the New York Times bestseller list as of Dec. 25.


Days since Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba while on a senior class trip (as of Dec. 20).


The approximate number of Calvin College's alumni, faculty, and friends who took out a full-page ad in The Grand Rapids Press protesting President Bush's commencement address at the Grand Rapids, Mich., school on May 21.


Nebraska cattle dead after a heat wave smothered much of the United States during the summer.


Approximate number of marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples last year by Oregon's Multnomah County. The state's Supreme Court threw them out on April 14 after state voters passed in November 2004 an amendment to the state Constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman. The amendment had passed with 57 percent of the vote.


Approximate number of mourners who packed Detroit's Greater Grace Temple to pay last respects to civil-rights hero Rosa Parks.


The 2005 cost to buy all the gifts in "Twelve Days of Christmas" (calculated by PNC Bank), up 6 percent over last year due to import restrictions on French hens and others related to bird flu.


Approximate acres scorched during the Topanga Canyon blaze on the Los Angles-Ventura County line.


Average 2005 college graduate's debt load.


Questions for then-Supreme Court nominee John Roberts sent to a website launched by seven Democratic U.S. senators.


Approximate median household income.


Net gain of U.S. jobs during President Bush's first term as reported in 2005.


The approximate cost of a new home.


Dead and missing from the South East Asia tsunami.


Approximate number of people made homeless following the demolition of housing for the poor across Zimbabwe.

6.9 million

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince copies sold in the first 24 hours of its release July 16.

$18 million

The bonus (in stock grants and options) Ford Motor Company's board of directors awarded Chief Executive Bill Ford after the company increased its revenues by more than $3 billion last year.

40 million

MasterCard International accounts exposed to fraud after computer hackers stole account information from a credit-card payment processor.

$102.3 million

Earnings in the opening weekend (Nov. 18-20) for the newest movie in the Harry Potter series, Goblet of Fire.

$240 million

The amount Delta Air Lines is expected to save over the next five years as a result of farming out maintenance work. The restructuring also will eliminate nearly 2,000 jobs.

$1.6 billion

Kickbacks companies paid to Saddam Hussein to obtain Iraqi oil, according to the final report issued in October by special UN investigator and former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker.

$46.5 billion

The net worth of Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, who for the 11th straight year remained at the top of Forbes' annual list of billionaires.

$286.4 billion

Cost of the most expensive transportation bill in history, signed Aug. 10 by President Bush.

$333 billion

The government's projected deficit for the full fiscal year.


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