What Happened in December 2006

Historical Events

  • 2nd 15th SEC Championship Game: #4 Florida beats #8 Arkansas, 38-28
  • 2nd 2nd ACC Championship Game: #16 Wake Forest beats #23 Georgia Tech, 9-6
  • 2nd 11th Big 12 Championship Game: #8 Oklahoma beats #19 Nebraska, 21-7
  • 3rd 95th Davis Cup: Russia beats Argentina in Moscow (3-2)
  • 4th An adult giant squid is caught on video by Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo.
  • 5th Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrows the government in Fiji.

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5th Greg Maddux signs a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres worth $10 million

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • 6th NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.
  • 7th A tornado struck Kensal Green, North West London, seriously damaging around 150 properties.
  • 9th Moscow suffers its worst fire since 1977, killing 45 women in a drug rehabitational center.
  • 9th 72nd Heisman Trophy Award: Troy Smith, Ohio State (QB)
  • 10th One million Lebanese opposition supporters gather in downtown Beirut, calling for the government to resign.

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11th The International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust is opened in Tehran, Iran by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  • 12th Peugeot produces its last car at the Ryton Plant signalling the end of mass car production in Coventry, formerly a major centre of the British motor industry.
  • 13th The Baiji, or Chinese River Dolphin, announced as extinct.
  • 15th First flight of the F-35 Lightning II.

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15th B.B. King is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 20th A judge rules against the death penalty in the case of Naveed Haq, a man convicted in the shooting death and injuries at the Jewish Federation in Seattle.
  • 21st Puzzle Play aired to network Ten, replacing In the Box
  • 22nd Australian archaeologist Sue O'Connor finds first evidence of modern humans in Jerimalai cave, near Lene Hara cave in East Timor
  • 26th The 2006 Hengchun earthquake with 7.1 magnitude hit Taiwan.
  • 30th Madrid Barajas International Airport is bombed.

Famous Weddings

  • 2nd "Emmerdale" actor Nick Miles (44) weds Stephanie Lumb at the Roundthorn Country House Hotel in Penrith, England
  • 9th "The Office" actress Lucy Davis (33) weds actor Owain Yeoman (28) at St. Paul's Cathedral in London
  • 17th Contemporary Christian and Latin pop singer Jaci Velasquez (27) weds "Salvador" lead singer Nic Gonzalez in Austin, Texas
  • 27th Supermodel Niki Taylor (31) weds NASCAR driver Burney Lamar (26) at The Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, California
  • 29th Comedian Jay Mohr (36) weds "Las Vegas" actress Nikki Cox (28) at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California
  • 30th Canadian pair figure skaters David Pelletier (31) weds partner Jamie Sale (28) at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel in Alberta, Canada
  • 31st L.A. Galaxy soccer player Landon Donovan (24) weds actress Bianca Kajlich (29) at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, California
  • 31st Actor Robert Lindsay (57) weds actress and TV presenter Rosemarie Ford (44) at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club

Famous Divorces

  • 22nd "Grey's Anatomy" actress Sandra Oh (35) divorces Oscar-winning Sideways director Alexander Payne (45) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage
  • 29th One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush (24) divorces actor Chad Michael Murray (25) for the reason of fraud after 5 months of marriage

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29th NBA basketball star Michael Jordan (43) divorces Juanita Vanoy (47) due to irreconcilable differences after 17 years of marriage

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Claude Jade, French actress (b. 1948)
  • 1st Bruce Trigger, Canadian archaeologist (McGill University) (b. 1937)
  • 2nd Mariska Veres, Dutch singer (b. 1947)
  • 3rd Logan Whitehurst, American musician (b. 1977)
  • 4th James Kim, American television personality (b. 1971)
  • 5th David Bronstein, Ukrainian-born chess grandmaster (b. 1924)
  • 6th John Feeney, Documentary film-director (b. 1922)
  • 7th Jeane Kirkpatrick, American ambassador (b. 1926)
  • 7th Jay McShann, American musician (b. 1910)
  • 8th Martha Tilton, American singer (b. 1915)
  • 8th José Uribe, Dominican baseball player (b. 1959)
  • 10th Augusto Pinochet, Former Chilean dictator (b. 1915)
  • 11th Elizabeth Bolden, American, oldest verified person in the world at the time of her death (b. 1890)
  • 12th Paul Arizin, American basketball player (b. 1928)

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12th Peter Boyle, American actor, dies of multiple myeloma at 71

  • 12th Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1935)
  • 12th Raymond P. Shafer, 38th Governor of Pennsylvania (b. 1917)
  • 12th Al Shugart, pioneering American computer engineer and co-founder of Seagate Technology (b. 1930)
  • 13th Lamar Hunt, American sports executive (b. 1932)
  • 14th Anton Balasingham, chief political strategist of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (b. 1938)
  • 14th Ahmet Ertegün, co-founder of Atlantic Records (b. 1923)
  • 14th Mike Evans, American actor (b. 1949)
  • 15th Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver (b. 1939)
  • 16th Don Jardine, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1940)
  • 16th Taliep Petersen, South African singer and composer (b. 1950)
  • 16th Pnina Salzman, Israeli pianist (b. 1922)
  • 17th Larry Sherry, American baseball player (b. 1935)
  • 18th Joseph Barbera, American cartoonist (b. 1911)
  • 18th Ruth Bernhard, American photographer (1905)
  • 18th Mike Dickin, British radio broadcaster (b. 1943)
  • 18th Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani author, journalist and political activist (b. 1923)
  • 20th Shi Yuejun, Chinese serial killer
  • 21st Scobie Breasley, Australian jockey (b. 1914)
  • 21st Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (b. 1940)
  • 22nd Elena Mukhina, Russian gymnast (b. 1960)
  • 22nd Galina Ustvolskaya, Russian composer (b. 1919)
  • 22nd Dennis Linde, American songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 23rd Charlie Drake, English comedian (b. 1925)
  • 23rd Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician (b. 1952)
  • 23rd Johnny Vincent, English footballer for Birmingham City and Middlesbrough (b. 1947)
  • 24th "Braguinha", Brazilian songwriter (b. 1907)
  • 24th Frank Stanton, American television executive (b. 1908)
  • 24th Kenneth Sivertsen, Norwegian singer, poet and comedian (b. 1961)

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25th James Brown, rhythm & blues, gospel, jazz, soul and funk singer or simply The Godfather of Soul (Genius of Love, Hot Pants) dies at 73 from heart failure

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • 25th Hiroaki Hidaka, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
  • 26th Ivar Formo, Norwegian skier (b. 1951)

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26th Gerald R Ford, 38th President of the United States, dies at 93

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 28th Jamal Karimi-Rad, Iranian Minister of Justice (b. 1956)

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30th Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is hanged in Baghdad at 69

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • 30th Terry Peck, Falkland Islander (b. 1938) who acted as a scout for 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment in the Falklands War
  • 30th Michel Plasse, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • 31st George Sisler, Jr., baseball executive (b. 1917)