2002 2003 2004 - 2005 - 2006 2007 2008
- April 2: Pope John Paul II (1920 - 2005) dies. He was one of the longest serving Popes of the Catholic Church and significantly reformed the Church.
- October 17: Ba Jin (or Pa Chin) (1904-2005) dies. He was a Chinese novelist who discovered anarchism in the reading of Peter Kropotkin and Emma Goldman and created his pseudonym Ba (from Bakunin ) and Jin (from Kropotkin). He was cruelly persecuted, but finally, in the decade of Deng Xiao-ping's reforms, he was elected honorary chairman of Chinese Writers' Association. He was also elected a contender for the 2001 Nobel Prize.