Historical Events in 2006 (Part 2)

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  • Jul 9 FIFA World Cup Final, Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany: Italy beats France, 5-3 on penalties; 1-1 after extra time

Sports History

Jul 9 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Prairie Dunes GC: Defending champion Allen Doyle wins by 2 strokes ahead of Tom Watson for his 4th Champions Tour major title

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 9 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins 4th straight Wimbledon title beating Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-0, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3

  • Jul 10 Pakistan International Flight PK-688 crashes in Multan, Pakistan shortly after takeoff, killing all 45 people on board
  • Jul 11 209 people are killed in a series of bomb attacks in Mumbai, India
  • Jul 11 77th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-2 at PNC Park, Pittsburgh
  • Jul 12 Hezbollah initiates Operation True Promise.

Album Release

Jul 13 UK singer-songwriter Lily Allen releases her debut album "Alright, Still" (Grammy nominee Best Alternative Music Album)

  • Jul 16 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Bobby Wadkins his lone career major title by 1 stroke from Jim Thorpe
  • Jul 20 39th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

TV Show Appearance

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

  • Jul 23 93rd Tour de France won by Oscar Pereiro of Spain

British Golf Open

Jul 23 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Tiger Woods wins his 2nd consecutive Open Championship title and 3rd overall; holds off fellow American Chris DiMarco by 2 strokes

  • Jul 27 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 30 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: American Loren Roberts wins in a playoff with Eduardo Romero of Argentina
  • Jul 30 Bruce Sutter, relief pitcher for Cubs, Cardinals, and Braves, inducted into MLB Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, New York
  • Jul 30 World's longest running music show "Top of the Pops" is broadcast for the last time on BBC Two. The show aired for 42 years.

Historic Event

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

Baseball Record

Aug 3 Barry Bonds' 715th MLB home run ball (moved him past Babe Ruth for 2nd all-time) fetches $220,100 at auction

  • Aug 3 Brazilian Champ Car driver Cristiano da Matta crashes into a deer during testing at Road America, Wisconsin; seriously injured but returns to racing in 2008
  • Aug 4 Dame Silvia Cartwright steps down as the Governor-General of New Zealand and is replaced by The Honourable Anand Satyanand, who is sworn in 23 August

Hall of Fame

Aug 5 Warren Moon becomes the first black quarterback to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio; joined by Troy Aikman, John Madden, Rayfield Wright, Harry Carson and Reggie White

  • Aug 6 American children's program "Blue's Clues" concludes its 10-year run on Nickelodeon cable channel
  • Aug 6 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: 43 year old American Sherri Steinhauer wins her second major title, 3 strokes ahead of Sophie Gustafson and Cristie Kerr
  • Aug 6 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: American Sherri Steinhauer wins second of 2 majors (du Maurier Classic 1992) by 3 from Cristie Kerr & Sophie Gustafson
  • Aug 6 For a MLB record 11th time in his career, Padres closer Trevor Hoffman records 30 or more saves in a season; beats mark set by Lee Smith, baseball's all-time saves leader
  • Aug 6 Tiger Woods (30) becomes the youngest player to compile 50 PGA Tour wins with a 3 stroke victory over Jim Furyk in the Buick Open at Grand Blanc, Michigan

Film & TV History

Aug 8 Actor Sylvester Stallone and former heavyweight boxing contender Chuck Wepner settle lawsuit out of court for an undisclosed sum; Wepner claims he was the inspiration for the "Rocky" movies

  • Aug 10 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.
  • Aug 13 Canadian Open Women's Golf, London Hunt CC: Christie Kerr wins by 1 shot from Angela Stanford
  • Aug 13 Cleveland Indians first baseman Travis Hafner ties Don Mattingley's MLB mark of 6 grand slams in a season when he homers off Kansas City's Luke Hudson

Historic Publication

Aug 15 Der Spiegel, Spiegel Online, publishes documents confirming German writer Günter Grass' membership of the Waffen-SS in World War II

  • Aug 20 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Medinah CC: Tiger Woods wins his 3rd PGA C'ship by 5 strokes from Shaun Micheel
  • Aug 23 Natascha Kampusch, who was abducted at the age of 10, managed to escape from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil, after 8 years of captivity.

Contract of Interest

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

  • Aug 24 The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term "planet" such that Pluto is considered a Dwarf Planet.

Historic Event

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

  • Aug 25 Hyperion, the world's tallest living tree, a Redwood standing 115.55 m (379.1 ft), discovered by naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor in Redwood National and State Parks, California

Music History

Aug 26 David Gilmour performs with his band and the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra before a crowd of 50,000 at Gdańsk Shipyard, Poland

Sports History

Aug 26 New Zealand retain Tri Nations Rugby Series with 45-26 win over South Africa in Pretoria; All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter lands 4 penalties and 4 conversions

Emmy Awards

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

  • Aug 27 Comair Flight 5191 crashes on takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky, bound for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia killing 49 of 50 on board

Sports History

Aug 27 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Reserve Vineyards & GC: Eduardo Romero of Argentina wins first of 2 Champions Tour majors with birdie on 1st playoff hole against Lonnie Nielsen

  • Aug 30 63rd Venice Film Festival: "Still Life" directed by Jia Zhangke wins Golden Lion

Baseball Record

Aug 30 Greg Maddux wins his 330th career game

Video Music Awards

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

The Scream

Aug 31 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.

  • Sep 1 Luxembourg becomes the 1st country to complete the move to all digital television broadcasting

Sports History

Sep 1 Roger Goodell begins his tenure as NFL Commissioner

  • Sep 1 The United States men's basketball team is upset at the World Basketball Championships in Saitama, Japan, as the hot-shooting Greece pulls off a 101-95 semi final victory

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 3 Andre Agassi loses to 112th-ranked Benjamin Becker of Germany 7-5, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5 in the 3rd round at the US Open in his final career match; 8-time Grand Slam winner finishes with record of 870-274

  • Sep 3 Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie wins the WNBA's Most Valuable Player award, joining Sheryl Swoopes as the league's only three-time winners
  • Sep 4 Damon Allen moves past ex-CFL & NFL star Warren Moon as pro football's all-time leading passer; throws for 207 yards & 2 scores as Toronto routs Hamilton, 40-6; Allen 70,595 career passing yards
  • Sep 4 Tiger Woods matches the lowest final round of his career (8-under 63) in the Deutsche Bank C'ship at Norton, MA to win for the 5th straight time and 7th time this PGA Tour season

Historic Publication

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

Film Premiere

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

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 9 US Open Women's Tennis: Maria Sharapova of Russia wins her first US title; overpowers Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-4, 6-4

  • Sep 10 US Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins 3rd straight US title; beats home favourite Andy Roddick 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
  • Sep 13 At Dawson College (Montreal), Kimveer Gill kills one student and wounds 19 others before committing suicide.
  • Sep 15 Trudy Pitts becomes 1st jazz artist to play a concert on Philadelphia's Kimmel Center's new 7,000 pipe organ
  • Sep 16 31st Toronto International Film Festival: "Bella" directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 17 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Charleroi, Belgium: Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium withdraws with an injured knee with decisive doubles match level at 1-set all; Italy wins first ever title, 3-2
  • Sep 18 "Watching You" single released by Rodney Atkins (Billboard Song of the Year 2007)
  • Sep 18 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 19 Thai military stages a coup in Bangkok. The Constitution is revoked and martial law is declared.
  • Sep 22 A German maglev train crashes, killing 23.
  • Sep 22 Hezbollah claims "Divine Victory" over Israel in a massive demonstration in Beirut.
  • Sep 22 The F-14 Tomcat retires from the United States Navy
  • Sep 24 Ryder Cup Golf, K Club, Ireland: Europe, captained by Ian Woosnam wins convincingly 18½-9½ for 3rd consecutive Cup victory

Film Premiere

Sep 26 Martin Scorsese's "The Departed", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg, premieres in New York City (Best Picture 2007)

  • Sep 27 MLB Boston Red Sox honor former player Johnny Pesky by officially naming Fenway Park's right-field foul pole "Pesky's Pole"
  • Sep 29 US Representative Mark Foley resigns after allegations of inappropriate emails to house pages were introduced

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 30 Farm Aid 19 held in Tinley Park, Illinois; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jerry Lee Lewis, Los Lonely Boys, Arlo Guthrie, Gov't Mule, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer, Shelby Lynne, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Jimmy Sturr & his Orchestra [1]

  • Sep 30 National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopts the Constitutional Act that proclaims the new Constitution of Serbia
  • Oct 1 Indra Nooyi becomes the new CEO of PepsiCo
  • Oct 2 Charles Carl Roberts murders five schoolgirls in a shooting incident at an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania; he then commits suicide.
  • Oct 3 American drama series "Friday Night Lights" starring Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton premieres on NBC

Historic Communication

Oct 4 WikiLeaks is launched, created by internet activist Julian Assange

Film & TV History

Oct 7 Novaya Gazeta Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya shot and killed outside her apartment in Moscow

  • Oct 9 North Korea conducts its first nuclear test, with an estimated yield of between 0.4-2 kilotons

Television Premiere

Oct 11 US sitcom "30 Rock" created by and starring Tina Fey alongside Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan first premieres on NBC in the US

  • Oct 12 United States Postal Service designates facility in Green River, Wyoming, as the "Curt Gowdy Post Office Building," honoring the noted broadcaster

Nobel Prize

Oct 13 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to banker Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank for microlending to the poor

  • Oct 14 MLB American League Championship: Detroit Tigers beat Oakland Athletics, 4 games to 0
  • Oct 17 The United States population reaches 300 million
  • Oct 19 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat New York Mets, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 22 Panama Canal expansion proposal is approved by 77.8% of voters in a National referendum held in Panama

Sports History

Oct 22 Spanish Renault driver Fernando Alonso finishes 2nd in season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Autódromo José Carlos Pace to retain Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 13 points from Michael Schumacher

Music Single

Oct 23 "Irreplaceable" single released by Beyonce (Soul Train Music Awards Best R&B/Soul Single 2007, Billboard Song of the Year 2007)

Album Release

Oct 23 "The Black Parade" 3rd studio album by My Chemical Romance is released

  • Oct 24 Justice Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the "motive clause", an important part of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act
  • Oct 24 MESSENGER spacecraft performs a Venus flyby
  • Oct 27 Baseball World Series: St. Louis beats Detroit Tigers, 4-2 in Game 5 at Busch Stadium to win Cardinals' 10th title in franchise history; MVP: Cardinals infielder David Eckstein
  • Oct 28 Funeral service for the peace of the executed at Bykivnia forest, outside of Kyiv, Ukraine, with reburial of 817 Ukrainian civilians (out of some 100,000) executed by Bolsheviks at Bykivnia in 1930s - early 1940s.

Election of Interest

Oct 29 Lula da Silva is elected President of Brazil defeating Geraldo Alckmin in the second round

  • Nov 1 Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Evgeni Malkin (20) scores to become the first NHL player since 1917 with goals in his first 6 games (joining Joe Malone, Newsy Lalonde and Cy Denneny) in 4-3 win over the Kings in Los Angeles

Music History

Nov 2 7th Latin Grammy Awards: Shakira first female artist to win Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year

  • Nov 4 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs, winners: Invasor, Street Sense, Round Pond, Ouija Board, Dreaming of Anna, Miesque's Approval, Thor's Echo, Red Rocks

Historic Event

Nov 5 Saddam Hussein, former president of Iraq, and his co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar are sentenced to death in the al-Dujail trial for the role in the massacre of the 148 Shi'as in 1982.

Music Concert

Nov 9 British rocker David Bowie performs on stage for the final time - three songs at a charity concert in New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom: "Wild Is the Wind", "Fantastic Voyage", and a duet of "Changes" with Alicia Keys

  • Nov 10 Sri Lankan Tamil Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj assassinated in Colombo.

Historic Event

Nov 11 New Zealand war memorial monument unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London, United Kingdom, commemorating the loss of soldiers from the New Zealand Army and the British Army

  • Nov 12 Belgian tennis star Justine Hénin-Hardenne wins WTA Tour Championship title decider in Madrid, Spain; beats defending champion Amélie Mauresmo 6-4, 6-3
  • Nov 12 Former Soviet republic of South Ossetia holds a second referendum on independence from Georgia

Film Premiere

Nov 14 "Casino Royale", 21st James Bond film premieres in London, starring Daniel Craig for the 1st time and Eva Green, premieres in London

  • Nov 17 Official naming of element 111, Roentgenium (Rg).
  • Nov 18 71st Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 22-15 in Tuscaloosa
  • Nov 19 CFL Grey Cup, Canad Inns Stadium, Winnipeg: BC Lions win 5th Championship; defeat Montreal Alouettes, 25-14

Historic Event

Nov 19 Innovative video game console the Nintendo Wii is released in North America by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata

  • Nov 19 Roger Federer captures his 3rd Tennis Masters Cup title with a comfortable 6–0, 6–3, 6–4 win over American James Blake in the final in Shanghai, China
  • Nov 20 58th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jimmie Johnson wins

Album Release

Nov 21 "Kingdom Come" 9th studio album by Jay-Z is released

  • Nov 21 34thAmerican Music Awards: Kelly Clarkson, Sean Paul & Rascal Flatts win
  • Nov 21 Anti-Syrian Lebanese Minister and MP Pierre Gemayel is assassinated in suburban Beirut.
  • Nov 21 Daughtry release their debut album “Daughtry” (2007 Billboard Album of the Year, American Music Awards Favorite Pop-Rock Album 2007)
  • Nov 24 Israeli rapist Benny Sela escapes from police custody while being transferred to a court hearing.
  • Nov 26 The last international rugby match before demolition of Dublin's famous Lansdowne Road Stadium is Ireland's 61-17 win over the Pacific Islanders
  • Nov 27 Ballon d'Or: Italy defender Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus/Real Madrid) is named best football player in Europe ahead of Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Arsenal forward Thierry Henry
  • Nov 27 Francesco Cossiga, Italian politician and former President of the Italian Republic, resigns from his position as lifetime senator

Historic Event

Nov 27 The Canadian House of Commons endorses Prime Minister Stephen Harper's motion to declare Québécois a nation within a unified Canada.

Historic Event

Nov 30 American folk artist "Grandma" Moses' 1943 painting "Sugaring Off" sells for a record $1.3 million for the artist, by Christie's in New York

  • Nov 30 South Africa's Civil Union Act of 2006 legalizes same-sex marriage, becomes fifth country in the world and first in Africa to do so
  • Dec 1 Canadian jockey Russell Baze becomes North American horse racing's all-time win leader when Butterfly Belle wins 4th race at Bay Meadows, San Mateo, California; 9,531 victories passes record of Laffit Pincay Jr
  • Dec 2 11th Big 12 Championship Game: #8 Oklahoma beats #19 Nebraska, 21-7
  • Dec 2 15th SEC Championship Game: #4 Florida beats #8 Arkansas, 38-28
  • Dec 2 2nd ACC Championship Game: #16 Wake Forest beats #23 Georgia Tech, 9-6
  • Dec 3 Davis Cup Tennis, Moscow: Marat Safin beats José Acasuso of Argentina 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 to clinch Russia's 3-2 victory

Billboard Music Awards

Dec 4 17th Billboard Music Awards: Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Kenny Chesney, and The Fray win

  • Dec 4 An adult giant squid is caught on video by Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo

Film & TV History

Dec 5 Audrey Hepburn's Givenchy little black dress from film "Breakfast at Tiffany's" auctioned for charity for record £467,200 ($923,187) at Christie's, London

  • Dec 5 Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrows the government in Fiji.
  • Dec 5 Greg Maddux signs a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres worth $10 million
  • 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 72nd Heisman Trophy Award: Troy Smith, Ohio State (QB)
  • Dec 9 Moscow suffers its worst fire since 1977, killing 45 women in a drug rehabitational center.

Sports History

Dec 10 British Broadcasting Corporation gives Swedish tennis icon Björn Borg a Lifetime Achievement Award; presented by Boris Becker

  • Dec 10 One million Lebanese opposition supporters gather in downtown Beirut, calling for the government to resign.

Conference of Interest

Dec 11 International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust is opened in Tehran, Iran by 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.

Music History

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

  • 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 At 40 years, 268 days, Teddy Sheringham scores for West Ham United in a 2-1 loss to Portsmouth at Upton Park, London; becomes oldest goalscorer in EPL history

Sports History

Dec 26 Spin bowling great Shane Warne becomes first bowler in Test cricket history to take 700 wickets; bowls England opener Andrew Strauss for 50 during Australia's 4th Test win in Melbourne

  • Dec 26 The 2006 Hengchun earthquake with 7.1 magnitude hit Taiwan.
  • Dec 30 Madrid Barajas International Airport is bombed.
  • Dec 31 The final contest at the old Lansdowne Road Stadium in Dublin is a rugby match with Leinster beating Ulster 20-12 in a Celtic League game