Events in History in 2006

  • 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 9 "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" single released by Rodney Atkins (Billboard Song of the Year 2006)
  • 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 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.

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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

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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.

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Jan 31 Alan Greenspan retires as Chairman of the Federal Reserve

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

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Feb 1 Economist Ben Bernanke becomes chairman of the US Federal Reserve, succeeding Alan Greenspan

Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke
Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Ben Bernanke
US Fed Chairman & Economist Alan Greenspan
US Fed Chairman & Economist
Alan Greenspan
  • Feb 4 A stampede occurs in the ULTRA Stadium near Manila killing 71
  • Feb 9 56th Berlin International Film Festival: "Grbavica" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 12 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 16 The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army
  • Feb 17 A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.
  • Feb 19 48th Daytona 500: Jimmie Johnson wins (142.667 MPH)
  • Feb 22 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 23 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 24 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
  • Mar 1 Tarja Halonen is inaugurated as President of Finland for the second and last time
  • Mar 1 English-language Wikipedia reaches its one millionth article, Jordanhill railway station
  • Mar 4 Final contact attempt with Pioneer 10 by the Deep Space Network. No response received.
  • Mar 6 South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signs a bill into legislation that would ban most abortions in the state.
  • Mar 9 Liquid water is discovered on Enceladus, the sixth largest moon of Saturn
  • Mar 10 The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars.
  • Mar 10 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 11 Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as the first female president of Chile.

President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile
Michelle Bachelet
  • Mar 15 18th Commonwealth Games open in Melbourne, Australia
  • Mar 16 The United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to establish the UN Human Rights Council.

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Mar 19 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 20 Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country's banana crop.
  • Mar 20 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 21 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 22 ETA, armed Basque separatist group, declares permanent ceasefire
  • Mar 22 BC Ferries' M/V Queen of the North runs aground on Gil Island British Columbia and sinks; 101 on board, 2 presumed deaths
  • Mar 22 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 23 The Federal Reserve discontinues publishing M3 money supply
  • Mar 24 Long-term protests in Belarus are broken by police.

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Mar 24 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 25 Capitol Hill massacre: A gunman kills six people before taking his own life at a party in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.
  • Mar 25 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 26 In Scotland the prohibition of smoking in all substantially enclosed public places comes into force.
  • Mar 26 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 26 18th Commonwealth Games close in Melbourne, Australia
  • Mar 27 The United Nations Commission on Human Rights holds its final meeting.
  • Mar 28 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 30 Marcos Pontes is the first Brazilian astronaut in space
  • Mar 30 UK Terrorism Act 2006 becomes law.
  • Apr 1 The Serious Organised Crime Agency, dubbed the 'British FBI', is created in the United Kingdom.
  • Apr 2 Over 60 tornadoes break out, hardest hit is Tennessee with 29 people killed.
  • Apr 6 NZSL (New Zealand sign language) is made an official language of New Zealand
  • Apr 8 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 10 Hundreds of thousands protest H.R. 4437 (aka the "Sensenbrenner Bill") in the United States.

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

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  • Apr 13 Powerful tornadoes rip through Iowa City, Iowa.
  • Apr 22 243 people are injured in pro-democracy protest in Nepal after Nepali security forces open fire on protesters against King Gyanendra.
  • Apr 22 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 24 King Gyanendra of Nepal gives into the demands of protesters and restores the parliament that he dissolved in 2002.
  • Apr 27 Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City.
  • May 1 The Puerto Rican government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow.
  • May 3 Armavia Flight 967 crashes into the Black Sea, killing 113 people on board, with no survivors.
  • May 3 Zacarias Moussaoui is sentenced to life in prison in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • May 5 The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army
  • May 9 Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.
  • May 9 George Preca is canonised as the first Maltese saint in history.
  • May 12 A major rebellion occurs in São Paulo as members of criminal organization Primeiro Comando da Capital attack police officers and stations, eventually escalating to several prisons in Brazil leaving around 130 dead
  • May 16 A large earthquake (7.4 on the Richter scale) occurs near New Zealand.
  • May 17 The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico to be an artificial reef
  • May 18 The post Loktantra Andolan government passes a landmark bill curtailing the power of the monarchy and making Nepal a secular country.
  • May 21 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 22 Results from the Montenegrin independence referendum, 2006 are announced. 55.4% of voters vote to become independent from the Serbia and Montenegro Union.
  • May 26 The May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 5,700 people, leaves 200,000 homeless.
  • May 27 Earthquake strikes Java, Indonesia 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
  • Jun 3 The union of Serbia and Montenegro comes to an end with Montenegro's formal declaration of independence.
  • Jun 5 Serbia declares independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro.
  • Jun 7 British Houses of Parliament temporarily shut down due to anthrax alert.

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Jun 9 King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand 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 11 60th Tony Awards: Jersey Boys & The History Boys win
  • Jun 13 The US Senate issues a formal resolution apologizing for failure to create anti-lynching legislation

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

Sci-Fi Author Anne McCaffrey
Sci-Fi Author
Anne McCaffrey
  • Jun 18 The first Kazakh space satellite, KazSat is launched
  • Jun 19 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 21 Pluto's newly discovered moons are officially named Nix & Hydra
  • Jun 28 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 29 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 1 The first operation of Qinghai-Tibet Railway in the People's Republic of China.
  • Jul 3 Asteroid labeled as 2004 XP14 flies 432,308 km (268,624 miles) by Earth.
  • Jul 4 Space Shuttle program: STS-121 Mission - Space Shuttle Discovery launches at 18:37:55 UTC.
  • Jul 4 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.

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Jul 4 Richard Branson sells Virgin Mobile to NTL for £962.4 million

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson
  • Jul 5 North Korea missle tests: at least two short-range Nodong-2 missiles, one SCUD missile and one long-range Taepodong-2 missile.
  • Jul 5 Emergency United Nations Security Council meeting at the U.N in New York City because of North Korean missile tests that day
  • Jul 6 The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opens for trade after 44 years
  • Jul 9 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 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 12 Hezbollah initiates Operation True Promise.

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

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • 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.

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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.

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • 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 on 23 August.
  • 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.

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Aug 15 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 23 Natascha Kampusch, who was abducted at the age of 10, managed to escape from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil, after 8 years of captivity.
  • Aug 24 The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term "planet" such that Pluto is considered a Dwarf Planet.

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Aug 25 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 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

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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.

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

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

  • Sep 13 At Dawson College (Montreal), Kimveer Gill kills one student and wounds 19 others before committing suicide.
  • Sep 16 31st Toronto International Film Festival: "Bella" directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 18 "Watching You" single released by Rodney Atkins (Billboard Song of the Year 2007)
  • 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 The F-14 Tomcat retires from the United States Navy
  • Sep 22 Hezbollah claims "Divine Victory" over Israel in a massive demonstration in Beirut.
  • Sep 29 US Representative Mark Foley resigns after allegations of inappropriate emails to house pages were introduced.
  • Sep 30 the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Constitutional Act that proclaimed the new Constitution of Serbia.
  • 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 9 North Korea allegedly tests its first nuclear device.
  • Oct 17 The United States population reaches 300 million
  • Oct 22 Panama Canal expansion proposal is approved by 77.8% of voters in a National referendum held in Panama
  • 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 28 Funeral service for the peace of the executed at Bykivnia forest, outside of Kiev, Ukraine, with reburial of 817 Ukrainian civilians (out of some 100,000) executed by Bolsheviks at Bykivnia in 1930s - early 1940s.

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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.

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • Nov 10 Sri Lankan Tamil Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj assassinated in Colombo.
  • Nov 11 The New Zealand war memorial monument was 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 The former Soviet republic of South Ossetia holds a referendum on independence from Georgia.
  • Nov 17 Official naming of element 111, Roentgenium (Rg).
  • 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.

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

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • Nov 27 Francesco Cossiga, Italian politician and former President of the Italian Republic, resigned from his position as lifetime senator.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.