1 of 15 In the UK military personnel are on the streets fighting fires as firefighters man picket lines for the latest in a series of pay strikes.
2 of 15 Health authorities around the world struggle to contain a lethal form of pneumonia (SARS) as air travellers spread it across the globe.
3 of 15 Around the world millions take to the streets to protest against the slide towards war in Iraq being led by US President Bush and British PM Blair...
4 of 15 ...however the war begins and is soon over ending in crushing defeat for Iraq after the US and Britain use "shock and awe" tactices to overwhelm the Iraqi army.
5 of 15 Human toll: Losses for the US and British forces are light but there are no figures for Iraqi military or civilian deaths.
6 of 15 Ladan and Laleh Bijani, the conjoined Iranian twins, die during a marathon operation to separate them in Singapore.
7 of 15 A heatwave swept across Europe. France was worst hit suffering over 15,000 deaths as a result of the heat.
8 of 15 Illusionist David Blaine undertakes his latest stunt in London, he sits suspended in a plastic box without food for 44 days.
9 of 15 Lee Kyang-hae, the former head of South Korea's federation of farmers, stabs himself to death during the protests at the WTO summit in Cancun.
10 of 15 Despite attempts by Richard Branson to keep it in the air and a last minute public show of affection Concorde heads into the sunset and retirement.
11 of 15 Following a controversial campaign movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger is sworn in as California's new Republican governor.
12 of 15 Turkey time: George Bush makes a surprise trip to Iraq, where he celebrates Thanksgiving with US soldiers who have suffered heavy losses since the war was offically declared over.
13 of 15 Turkey is rocked by four suicide bombings in Istanbul in a week, the first two at synagogues, including the city's largest - Neve Shalom - followed days later by two cars bombs targeting British interests including its consulate
14 of 15 England skipper Martin Johnson finally gets his hands on the ultimate prize in Rugby Union and lifts the Webb Ellis trophy after victory over Australia.
15 of 15 As the year draws to a close and after months of searching the US captures the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein near to his home town.