2005 – Michael Jackson’s trial on child molestation charges finally opens in Santa Maria, Calif. Santa Barbara County DA Tom Sneddon introduces the prosecution’s case with an hours-long opening argument.
2005 – Chris Curtis, the original drummer and backing vocalist for influential 1960s Merseybeat combo the Searchers, dies in Liverpool, England, after a long illness. He is 63.
2005 – A 24-year-old Los Angeles man is hospitalized after being shot at radio station WQHT’s West Village facility during a live interview with 50 Cent. The victim is said to be a member of the rapper’s entourage.
2005 – Ray Charles was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Genius Loves Company.’
2005 – Manchester band Doves scored their second UK No.1 album when ‘Some Cities’ went to the top of the charts.
2005 – the wife of Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt was rushed to hospital after slashing her wrists in a suicide attempt after a Sunday newspaper ran a story claiming that Rick had been cheating on his wife.
2005 – Whitney Houston was rushed to a hospital in Paris with suspected food poisoning after becoming ill during a flight from Los Angeles to Spain.
2005 – The jury is selected for The Trial of the Century (C), aka Michael Jackson’s child molestation trial.