January 2006 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Sydney, Australia swelters through its hottest New Years Day on record. The thermometre peaked at 45 degrees celsius, sparking bushfires and power outages.
  • Jan 4 Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel suffers a second, apparently more serious stroke. His authority is transferred to acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
  • Jan 8 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 12 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 12 Turkey releases Mehmet Ali Ağca from jail after he served 25 years for shooting Pope John Paul II.
  • Jan 12 The French warship Clemenceau reaches Egypt and is barred access to the Suez Canal. Greenpeace activists board the ship.
  • Jan 12 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.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 16 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
  • Jan 19 A Slovak Air Force Antonov An-24 crashes in Hungary.
  • Jan 19 The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto.
  • Jan 19 Terrorist blows himself up in Tel Aviv, killing only himself but injuring 20 people, one of them seriously.
  • Jan 22 Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country's first indigenous president.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 24 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 25 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 26 Western Union discontinues its telegram service.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 31 Alan Greenspan retires as Chairman of the Federal Reserve

US Fed Chairman & Economist Alan Greenspan
US Fed Chairman & Economist
Alan Greenspan

Weddings in History

  • Jan 28 A bright-eyed 18-month-old from Midland, Texas, who fall into abandoned well Jessica McClure (19) weds Daniel Morales (32) in the Greenwood Church of Christ near Midland

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Harry Magdoff, American magazine editor (b. 1913)
  • Jan 1 Hugh McLaughlin, Irish publisher and inventor (b. 1918)
  • Jan 1 Dawn Lake, Australian TV comedienne (b. 1927)
  • Jan 2 Cecilia Muñoz-Palma, first female Philippine Supreme Court Justice (b. 1913)
  • Jan 3 Bill Skate, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (b. 1954)
  • Jan 4 Irving Layton, Canadian poet (b. 1912)
  • Jan 4 Robert Howard White, Mayor of Papatoetoe, New Zealand (b. 1914)
  • Jan 4 Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai (b. 1946)
  • Jan 5 Lord Merlyn-Rees, British politician (b. 1920)
  • Jan 6 Hugh Thompson, Jr., decorated Vietnam War helicopter pilot (b. 1943)
  • Jan 7 Heinrich Harrer, Austrian mountaineer (b. 1912)
  • Jan 8 Tony Banks, British politician (b. 1943)
  • Jan 11 Markus Löffel (Mark Spoon), German DJ (b. 1966)
  • Jan 11 Nixzmary Brown, American child abuse victim (b. 1998)
  • Jan 14 Henri Colpi, French film editor and director (b. 1921)
  • Jan 14 Jim Gary, American sculptor (b. 1939)
  • Jan 15 Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1926)
  • Jan 16 Stanley Biber, American physician, pioneer of transgender surgery, (b. 1923)
  • Jan 17 Clarence Ray Allen, American murderer (b. 1930)
  • Jan 17 Pierre Grondin, French Canadian cardiac surgeon (b. 1925)
  • Jan 18 Jan Twardowski, Polish poet (b. 1915)
  • Jan 19 Aoun Al-Sharif Qasim, Sudanese writer and Islamic scholar (b. 1933)
  • Jan 21 Ibrahim Rugova, President of Kosovo (b. 1944)
  • Jan 21 Bedanand Jha, Nepalese politician
  • Jan 23 Chris McKinstry, Canadian scientist (b. 1967)
  • Jan 24 Schafik Handal, Salvadoran politician
  • Jan 26 Khan Abdul Wali Khan, Pakistani opposition leader and Pashtun nationalist (b. 1917)
  • Jan 26 Carol Lambrino, son of Carol II of Romania and Zizi Lambrino (b. 1920)
  • Jan 27 Johannes Rau, 8th President of Germany (b. 1931)
  • Jan 27 Jean-Christophe Lafaille, French mountaineer (disappeared) (b. 1965)
  • Jan 28 Yitzchak Kaduri, rabbi (b. around 1900)
  • Jan 30 Coretta Scott King, American activist and wife of Martin Luther King Jr. (b. 1927)