December 2006 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 4 An adult giant squid is caught on video by Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo.
  • Dec 5 Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrows the government in Fiji.
  • Dec 6 NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.
  • Dec 7 A tornado struck Kensal Green, North West London, seriously damaging around 150 properties.
  • Dec 9 Moscow suffers its worst fire since 1977, killing 45 women in a drug rehabitational center.
  • Dec 10 One million Lebanese opposition supporters gather in downtown Beirut, calling for the government to resign.

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Dec 11 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
  • Dec 12 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.
  • Dec 13 The Baiji, or Chinese River Dolphin, announced as extinct.
  • Dec 15 First flight of the F-35 Lightning II.
  • Dec 20 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.
  • Dec 21 Puzzle Play aired to network Ten, replacing In the Box
  • Dec 22 Australian archaeologist Sue O'Connor finds first evidence of modern humans in Jerimalai cave, near Lene Hara cave in East Timor
  • Dec 26 The 2006 Hengchun earthquake with 7.1 magnitude hit Taiwan.
  • Dec 30 Madrid Barajas International Airport is bombed.

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Bruce Trigger, Canadian archaeologist (McGill University) (b. 1937)
  • Dec 5 David Bronstein, Ukrainian-born chess grandmaster (b. 1924)
  • Dec 6 John Feeney, Documentary film-director (b. 1922)
  • Dec 7 Jeane Kirkpatrick, American ambassador (b. 1926)
  • Dec 10 Augusto Pinochet, Former Chilean dictator (b. 1915)
  • Dec 11 Elizabeth Bolden, American, oldest verified person in the world at the time of her death (b. 1890)
  • Dec 12 Raymond P. Shafer, 38th Governor of Pennsylvania (b. 1917)
  • Dec 12 Al Shugart, pioneering American computer engineer and co-founder of Seagate Technology (b. 1930)
  • Dec 14 Anton Balasingham, chief political strategist of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (b. 1938)
  • Dec 14 Ahmet Erteg√ľn, co-founder of Atlantic Records (b. 1923)
  • Dec 18 Joseph Barbera, American cartoonist (b. 1911)
  • Dec 18 Ruth Bernhard, American photographer (1905)
  • Dec 18 Mike Dickin, British radio broadcaster (b. 1943)
  • Dec 18 Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani author, journalist and political activist (b. 1923)
  • Dec 20 Shi Yuejun, Chinese serial killer
  • Dec 21 Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (b. 1940)
  • Dec 24 Frank Stanton, American television executive (b. 1908)
  • Dec 25 Hiroaki Hidaka, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
  • Dec 26 Ivar Formo, Norwegian skier (b. 1951)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 26 Gerald Ford [Leslie King], 38th US President (R: 1974-77) and 41st US Vice President (R: 1973-74), dies at 93

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


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

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • Dec 30 Terry Peck, Falkland Islander (b. 1938) who acted as a scout for 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment in the Falklands War