Historical Events in 2006

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  • Jan 1st Sydney, Australia swelters through its hottest New Years Day on record. The thermometre peaked at 45 degrees celsius, sparking bushfires and power outages.
  • Jan 2nd 72nd Sugar Bowl: #11 West Virginia beats #7 Georgia, 38-35
  • Jan 2nd 35th Fiesta Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #5 Notre Dame, 34-20
  • Jan 3rd 72nd Orange Bowl: #3 Penn State beats #22 Florida State, 26-23
  • Jan 4th Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel suffers a second, apparently more serious stroke. His authority is transferred to acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
  • Jan 4th 8th BCS National Championship: #2 Texas beats #1 Southern California, 41-38, at 92nd Rose Bowl
  • Jan 8th A magnitude 6.9 earthquake with its epicenter just off the Greek island of Kythira hits much of the country and is felt throughout the entire eastern Mediterranean Sea.
  • Jan 9th 11th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Brokeback Mountain wins Best Film

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Jan 10th 32nd People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Sandra Bullock win (Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Garner win (TV)

  • Jan 12th A stampede during the Stoning the Devil ritual on the last day at the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, kills at least 362 Muslim pilgrims.
  • Jan 12th Turkey releases Mehmet Ali Ağca from jail after he served 25 years for shooting Pope John Paul II.
  • Jan 12th The French warship Clemenceau reaches Egypt and is barred access to the Suez Canal. Greenpeace activists board the ship.
  • Jan 12th The foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France, and Germany declare that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have reached a dead end and recommend that Iran be referred to the United Nations Security Council.

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Jan 12th During an emotional ceremony, Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the New York Rangers

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier

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Jan 16th Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president. She becomes Africa's first female elected head of state.

Africa's First Elected Female Head of State Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Africa's First Elected Female Head of State
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

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Jan 16th 63rd Golden Globes: Brokeback Mountain, Philip Seymour Hoffman, & Felicity Huffman win

  • Jan 19th A Slovak Air Force Antonov An-24 crashes in Hungary.
  • Jan 19th The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto.
  • Jan 19th Terrorist blows himself up in Tel Aviv, killing only himself but injuring 20 people, one of them seriously.
  • Jan 22nd Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country's first indigenous president.

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Jan 22nd Kobe Bryant scores a career-high 81 points in a victory against the Toronto Raptors, the second most in NBA history in one single game

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • Jan 22nd AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Denver Broncos 34-17
  • Jan 22nd NFC Championship Game: Seattle Seahawks beat Carolina Panthers 34-14

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Jan 24th After losing the federal election to Stephen Harper, Paul Martin resigns as leader of the Liberal party

21st Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin
21st Prime Minister of Canada
Paul Martin
22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • Jan 25th Three independent observing campaigns announce the discovery of OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb through gravitational microlensing, the first cool rocky/icy extrasolar planet around a main-sequence star.
  • Jan 26th Western Union discontinues its telegram service.

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Jan 29th US 39-cent stamp is released featuring Hattie McDaniel in the dress she wore in 1940 when she became the 1st African-American actress to accept an Academy Award

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Jan 29th 94th Men's Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Marcos Baghdatis (5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2)

Tennis Player Roger Federer
Tennis Player
Roger Federer
  • Jan 29th 94th Women's Australian Open: Amelie Mauresmo beats Justine Henin (6-1, 2-0, ret.)
  • Jan 29th 22nd Sundance Film Festival: "Quinceanera", directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 29th Irfan Pathan becomes first bowler to take a Test cricket hat-trick in the opening over of a match

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Jan 31st Alan Greenspan retires as Chairman of the Federal Reserve

US Fed Chairman & Economist Alan Greenspan
US Fed Chairman & Economist
Alan Greenspan
  • Feb 4th A stampede occurs in the ULTRA Stadium near Manila killing 71.
  • Feb 5th Super Bowl XL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Seattle Seahawks, 21-10 at the Ford Field MVP: Hines Ward, Pittsburgh, WR

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Feb 7th Uma Thurman is named a knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France for outstanding achievement in the field of art and literature

Actress Uma Thurman
Actress
Uma Thurman
  • Feb 8th 48th Grammy Awards: Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, John Legend wins

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Feb 9th Al Michaels joins NBC's "Sunday Night Football" broadcast with John Madden

American Television Sportscaster Al Michaels
American Television Sportscaster
Al Michaels
Football Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
Football Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Feb 9th 56th Berlin International Film Festival: "Grbavica" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 10th 20th Winter Olympic Games open at Turin, Italy
  • Feb 12th A powerful winter storm blankets the Northeastern United States dumping 1 to 2 feet of snow from Washington, D.C. up to Boston, Massachusetts. The storm dumped a record 26.9 inches of snow in New York City.
  • Feb 12th NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 23-17
  • Feb 16th The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.
  • Feb 17th A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.
  • Feb 19th 55th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 122-120 at Houston
  • Feb 19th 48th Daytona 500: Jimmie Johnson wins (142.667 MPH)
  • Feb 19th 59th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Brokeback Mountain" Best Film, Ang Lee Best Director
  • Feb 22nd At least six men stage Britain's biggest robbery ever, stealing £53m (about $92.5 million or 78€ million) from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.
  • Feb 23rd Dubai Ports World agrees to postpone its plans to take over management of six U.S. ports after the proposal ignited harsh bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill.

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Feb 24th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares Proclamation 1017 placing the country in a state of emergency in attempt to subdue possible military coup.

14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
  • Feb 26th 20th Winter Olympic Games close at Turin, Italy
  • Mar 1st Tarja Halonen is inaugurated as President of Finland for the second and last time.
  • Mar 1st English-language Wikipedia reaches its one millionth article, Jordanhill railway station.
  • Mar 1st Animated film "Ice Age: The Meltdown" directed by Carlos Saldanha with voices by Ray Romano and John Leguizamo premieres in Belgium
  • Mar 3rd 37th NAACP Image Awards: "Crash" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Mar 4th Final contact attempt with Pioneer 10 by the Deep Space Network. No response was received.
  • Mar 4th 26th Golden Raspberry Awards: Dirty Love wins
  • Mar 4th 20th Soul Train Music Awards: Jamie Foxx, Destiny's Child & John Legend win

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 5th 78th Academy Awards - "Crash", Philip Seymour Hoffman & Reese Witherspoon win

  • Mar 6th South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signs a bill into legislation that would ban most abortions in the state.
  • Mar 9th Liquid water is discovered on Enceladus, the sixth largest moon of Saturn.
  • Mar 10th The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars.
  • Mar 10th Mass unrest by the PCC started in São Paulo (the biggest city in Brazil) which would eventually kill more than 152 people.

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Mar 11th Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as the first female president of Chile.

President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile
Michelle Bachelet
  • Mar 11th 27th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats Pittsburgh, 65-61
  • Mar 12th 53rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 Duke beats #7 Boston College, 78-76
  • Mar 12th 47th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats South Carolina, 49-47
  • Mar 15th 18th Commonwealth Games open in Melbourne, Australia
  • Mar 16th The United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to establish the UN Human Rights Council.

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Mar 19th On the weekend of his 84th birthday, Fred Shuttlesworth gives his final sermon in front of 300 people at the Greater New Light Baptist Church

Civil Rights Activist Fred Shuttlesworth
Civil Rights Activist
Fred Shuttlesworth
  • Mar 20th Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country's banana crop.
  • Mar 20th Over 150 Chadian soldiers are killed in eastern Chad by members of the rebel UFDC. The rebel movement sought to overthrow Chadian president Idriss Deby.
  • Mar 21st Immigrant workers constructing the Burj Dubayy in Dubai, The United Arab Emirates and a new terminal of Dubai International Airport join together and riot, causing $1M in damage.
  • Mar 22nd ETA, armed Basque separatist group, declares permanent ceasefire.
  • Mar 22nd BC Ferries' M/V Queen of the North runs aground on Gil Island British Columbia and sinks; 101 on board, 2 presumed deaths.
  • Mar 22nd Three Christian Peacemaker Teams Hostages are freed by British forces in Baghdad after 118 days captivity and the death of their colleague, American Tom Fox.
  • Mar 23rd The Federal Reserve discontinues publishing M3 money supply.
  • Mar 24th Long-term protests in Belarus are broken by police.

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Mar 24th Pope Benedict XVI adds 15 men to the College of Cardinals, in the first consistory of his Pontificate.

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Mar 25th Capitol Hill massacre: A gunman kills six people before taking his own life at a party in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.
  • Mar 25th Protesters demanding a re-election in Belarus following the rigged Belarusian presidential election, 2006 clash with riot police. Opposition leader Aleksander Kozulin is among several protesters arrested.
  • Mar 26th In Scotland the prohibition of smoking in all substantially enclosed public places comes into force.
  • Mar 26th The military junta ruling Burma officially named Naypyidaw, a new city in Mandalay Division, as the new capital. Yangon had formerly been the nation's capital.
  • Mar 26th 18th Commonwealth Games close in Melbourne, Australia
  • Mar 27th The United Nations Commission on Human Rights holds its final meeting.
  • Mar 28th At least 1 million union members, students and unemployed take to the streets in France in protest at the government's proposed First Employment Contract law.
  • Mar 30th Marcos Pontes is the first Brazilian astronaut in space.
  • Mar 30th UK Terrorism Act 2006 becomes law.
  • Apr 1st The Serious Organised Crime Agency, dubbed the 'British FBI', is created in the United Kingdom.
  • Apr 2nd Over 60 tornadoes break out, hardest hit is Tennessee with 29 people killed.

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Apr 3rd Steve Yzerman scores his final NHL goal (#692) against the Calgary Flames

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman
  • Apr 3rd 68th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Florida beats UCLA 73-57
  • Apr 4th 25th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Maryland beats Duke 78-75
  • Apr 6th NZSL (New Zealand sign language) is made an official language of New Zealand
  • Apr 8th Shedden massacre: The bodies of eight men, all shot to death, are found in a field in Ontario, Canada. The murders are soon linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang.
  • Apr 8th 159th Grand National: Niall Madden aboard Numbersixvalverde wins

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 9th 70th Masters Golf Tournament: Phil Mickelson wins, shooting a 281

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Phil Mickelson
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Phil Mickelson
  • Apr 10th Hundreds of thousands protest H.R. 4437 (aka the "Sensenbrenner Bill") in the United States.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 10th 40th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood & Kenny Chesney wins

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Apr 11th Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that Iran has successfully enriched uranium.

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  • Apr 13th Powerful tornadoes rip through Iowa City, Iowa.
  • Apr 17th 110th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:07:14 and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya 1st woman in 2:23:38
  • Apr 22nd 243 people are injured in pro-democracy protest in Nepal after Nepali security forces open fire on protesters against King Gyanendra.
  • Apr 22nd Four Canadian soldiers are killed 75 kilometers north of Kandahar, Afghanistan by a roadside bomb planted by Taliban militants, the worst single day combat loss for the Canadian army since the Korean War.
  • Apr 24th King Gyanendra of Nepal gives into the demands of protesters and restores the parliament that he dissolved in 2002.
  • Apr 27th Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City.
  • Apr 29th 2006 NFL Draft: Mario Williams from North Carolina State first pick from Houston Texans
  • May 1st The Puerto Rican government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow.
  • May 3rd Armavia Flight 967 crashes into the Black Sea, killing 113 people on board, with no survivors.
  • May 3rd Zacarias Moussaoui is sentenced to life in prison in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • May 5th The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army
  • May 6th 132nd Kentucky Derby: Edgar Prado aboard Barbaro wins in 2:01.36
  • May 7th 52nd British Academy Television Awards: "Help" Best Comedy, "Doctor Who" Best Drama
  • May 9th Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.
  • May 9th George Preca is canonised as the first Maltese saint in history.
  • May 13th 2006 São Paulo violence: a major rebellion occurs in several prisons in Brazil.
  • May 16th A large earthquake (7.4 on the Richter scale) occurs near New Zealand.
  • May 17th The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico to be an artificial reef
  • May 17th 14th UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Arsenal 2-1 at Saint-Denis
  • May 18th The post Loktantra Andolan government passes a landmark bill curtailing the power of the monarchy and making Nepal a secular country.
  • May 20th 51st Eurovision Song Contest: Lordi for Finland wins singing "Hard Rock Hallelujah" in Athens
  • May 20th 131st Preakness: Javier Castellano aboard Bernardini wins in 1:54.65
  • May 21st The Republic of Montenegro holds a referendum proposing independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. The Montenegrin people choose independence with a majority of 55%.
  • May 21st The Swedish ice hockey team Tre Kronor takes gold in the World Championship, becoming the first nation to hold both the World and Olympic titles separately in the same year.
  • May 22nd Results from the Montenegrin independence referendum, 2006 are announced. 55.4% of voters vote to become independent from the Serbia and Montenegro Union.
  • May 23rd 41st Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans & Keith Urban win
  • May 26th The May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 5,700 people, leaves 200,000 homeless.
  • May 27th The May 2006 Java earthquake strikes at 5:53:58 AM local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta killing over 6,600 people.
  • May 27th NHL Western Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Anaheim Ducks, 4 games to 1
  • May 28th Indianapolis 500: Sam Hornish Jr wins in 3:10:58.7590 (252.804 km/h)

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May 28th Barry Bonds hits his 715th career home run, passing Babe Ruth on the all-time list

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • May 28th 59th Cannes Film Festival: "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" directed by Ken Loach wins the Palme d'Or
  • Jun 1st NHL Eastern Conference Final: Carolina Hurricanes beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 3
  • Jun 3rd The union of Serbia and Montenegro comes to an end with Montenegro's formal declaration of independence.
  • Jun 5th Serbia declares independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro.
  • Jun 7th British Houses of Parliament temporarily shut down due to anthrax alert.

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Jun 9th King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thialand celebrates the 1st of 3 national holidays to commemorate his 60 years on the throne.

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • Jun 10th 138th Belmont: Fernando Jara aboard Jazil wins in 2:27.81
  • Jun 11th 60th Tony Awards: Jersey Boys & The History Boys win

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jun 11th 52nd LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak
  • Jun 11th 105th Men's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6)
  • Jun 11th 105th Women's French Open: Justine Henin-Hardenne beats Svetlana Kuznetsova (6-4, 6-4)

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jun 17th Sci-Fi author Anne McCaffrey inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame

Sci-Fi Author Anne McCaffrey
Sci-Fi Author
Anne McCaffrey
  • Jun 18th The first Kazakh space satellite, KazSat is launched.
  • Jun 18th 106th US Golf Open: Geoff Ogilvy shoots a 285 at Winged Foot GC NY
  • Jun 19th Prime ministers of several northern European nations participate in a ceremonial "laying of the first stone" at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Spitsbergen, Norway.
  • Jun 19th Stanley Cup: first time winners Carolina Hurricanes defeat Edmonton Oilers 4-3
  • Jun 20th 60th NBA Championship: Miami Heat beat Dallas Mavericks, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 21st Pluto's newly discovered moons are officially named Nix & Hydra.

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 24th "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest", directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Kiera Knightley and Orlando Bloom, premieres at Disneyland - becomes fastest film to gross over 1 billion

  • Jun 28th The Republic of Montenegro was admitted as the 192nd Member of the United Nations by General Assembly resolution 60/264.

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Jun 29th Hamdan v. Rumsfeld: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that President George W. Bush's plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violates U.S. and international law.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • Jul 1st The first operation of Qinghai-Tibet Railway in the People's Republic of China.
  • Jul 3rd Asteroid labeled as 2004 XP14 flies 432,308 km (268,624 miles) by Earth.
  • Jul 3rd Steve Yzerman officially retires from the NHL, finishing with 692 goals and 1755 points
  • Jul 4th Space Shuttle program: STS-121 Mission - Space Shuttle Discovery launches at 18:37:55 UTC.
  • Jul 4th North Korea tests four short-range missiles, one medium-range missile, and a long-range Taepodong-2. The long-range Taepodong-2 reportedly fails in mid-air over the Sea of Japan/East Sea.
  • Jul 5th North Korea missle tests: at least two short-range Nodong-2 missiles, one SCUD missile and one long-range Taepodong-2 missile.
  • Jul 5th Emergency United Nations Security Council meeting at the U.N in New York City because of North Korean missile tests that day
  • Jul 6th The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opens for trade after 44 years.
  • Jul 8th 113th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Amélie Mauresmo beats J Henin-Hardenne (2-6 6-3 6-4)
  • Jul 9th At least 122 people are killed after a Sibir Airlines Airbus A310 passenger jet, carrying 200 passengers on board veers off the runway while landing at Irkutsk Airport in Siberia in wet conditions.
  • Jul 9th FIFA World Cup: Italy beats France 5-3 on penalties for football's 18th World Cup in Berlin
  • Jul 9th 120th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal (6-0 7-6 6-7 6-3)
  • Jul 10th Pakistan International Flight PK-688 crashes in Multan, Pakistan shortly after takeoff, killing all 45 people on board.
  • Jul 11th 209 people are killed in a series of bomb attacks in Mumbai, India.
  • Jul 11th 77th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-2 at PNC Park, Pittsburgh
  • Jul 12th Hezbollah initiates Operation True Promise.

Sport awardSports Awards

Jul 16th 14th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Annika Sorenstam win

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong
  • Jul 20th 39th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

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Jul 20th During an appearance on "The Tonight Show", Colin Farrell is confronted by telephone sex worker Dessarae Bradford, who had been stalking the actor

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Jul 23rd 135th British Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 270 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Jul 23rd 93rd Tour de France won by Oscar Pereiro of Spain
  • Jul 27th The Federal Republic of Germany is deemed guilty in the loss of Bashkirian 2937 and DHL Flight 611, because it is illegal to outsource flight surveillance.
  • Jul 30th World's longest running music show Top of the Pops is broadcast for the last time on BBC Two. The show had aired for 42 years.

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Jul 31st Fidel Castro hands over power temporarily to brother Raúl Castro. This leads to a celebration in Little Havana (La Pequeña Habana in Spanish), Miami, Florida, where many Cuban Americans participated.

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • Aug 4th Dame Silvia Cartwright steps down as the Governor-General of New Zealand and is replaced by The Honourable Anand Satyanand, who is sworn in on 23 August.
  • Aug 10th Scotland Yard disrupts major terrorist plot to destroy aircraft travelling from the United Kingdom to the United States. All toiletries are banned from commercial aircraft.

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Aug 15th Der Spiegel, Spiegel Online, publishes documents confirming German writer Günter Grass membership of the Waffen-SS in WWII

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • Aug 20th 88th PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 270 at Medinah Country Club
  • Aug 23rd Natascha Kampusch, who was abducted at the age of 10, managed to escape from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil, after 8 years of captivity.
  • Aug 24th The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term "planet" such that Pluto is considered a Dwarf Planet.

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Aug 24th After signing a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers, Jerry Rice officially retires from the NFL

NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice
NFL Wide Receiver
Jerry Rice

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Aug 25th Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko is sentenced to 9 years in federal prison for money laundering, wire fraud, and extortion

Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Lazarenko
Prime Minister of Ukraine
Pavlo Lazarenko
  • Aug 27th Comair Flight 5191 crashes on takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky bound for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Of the passengers and crew, 49 of 50 are confirmed dead in the hours following the crash.

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Aug 27th 58th Emmy Awards: 24, The Office, Kiefer Sutherland & Mariska Hargitay win

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Aug 30th Greg Maddux wins his 330th career game

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Aug 30th 63rd Venice Film Festival: "Still Life" directed by Jia Zhangke wins Golden Lion

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Aug 31st Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream" is recovered from a raid by Norwegian police. The painting was said to be in a better-than-expected condition.

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch

Music awardsMusic Awards

Aug 31st 23rd MTV Video Music Awards: Panic! At the Disco, Kelly Clarkson & James Blunt win

  • Sep 1st Luxembourg became the first country to complete the move to all digital television broadcasting.

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Sep 1st Roger Goodell begins his tenure as NFL Commissioner

Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) Roger Goodell
Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL)
Roger Goodell

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Sep 6th "New Moon" 2nd book in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight Saga" is published by Little Brown, sells 5.3 million copies (2015)

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 7th Sacha Baron Cohen's mockumentary "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" debuts at the Toronto Film Festival

Comedian/Actor Sacha Baron Cohen
Comedian/Actor
Sacha Baron Cohen
  • Sep 10th 126th Men's U.S. Open: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick (6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1)

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Sep 10th 126th Women's U.S. Open: Maria Sharapova beats Justine Henin-Hardenne (6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Sep 13th At Dawson College (Montreal), Kimveer Gill kills one student and wounds 19 others before committing suicide.
  • Sep 16th 31st Toronto International Film Festival: "Bella" directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 18th Right wing protesters riot the building of the Hungarian Television in Budapest, Hungary, one day after an audio tape was made public, in which Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány admitted he and his party lied during the 2006 general elections.
  • Sep 19th Thai military stages a coup in Bangkok. The Constitution is revoked and martial law is declared.
  • Sep 22nd A German maglev train crashes, killing 23.