On This Day

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 6 John Feeney, Documentary film-director (b. 1922)
  • Dec 7 Jeane Kirkpatrick, American ambassador (b. 1926)

Person of interestAugusto Pinochet

Dec 10 Augusto Pinochet, Chilean general and dictator of Chile (1973-90), dies of congestive heart failure and pulmonary edema at 91

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet
  • Dec 10 Jack Williamson, American sci-fi author (Cometeers), dies at 98
  • Dec 11 Elizabeth Bolden, American Supercentenarian (oldest verified person in the world at the time of her death), dies at 116
  • 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 13 Henry Beachell, American plant breeder, dies at 100
  • Dec 14 Anton Balasingham, Sri Lankan chief political strategist of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, dies at 68
  • Dec 14 Ahmet Ertegün, Turkish-American businessman & co-founder of Atlantic Records, dies at 83

Person of interestJoseph Barbera

Dec 18 Joseph Barbera, American cartoonist (Hanna-Barbera - Tom and Jerry, Flintstones), dies at 95

Animator Joseph Barbera
Joseph Barbera
  • 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 23 Robert Stafford, American politician (Sen-R-VT, 1971-88), dies at 93
  • 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 interestGerald Ford

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)

BattleSaddam Hussein

Dec 30 Saddam Hussein, President of Iraq (1979-2003), hanged in Baghdad at 69

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
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