Events in History in 2006

  • Jan 1 Sydney, Australia swelters through its hottest New Year's Day then on record with the temperature peaking at 45 degrees celsius, sparking bush fires and power outages

Historic Event

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 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.
  • Jan 12 Turkey releases Mehmet Ali Ağca from jail after he served 25 years for shooting Pope John Paul II

Election 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.

  • Jan 19 A Slovak Air Force Antonov An-24 crashes in Hungary.
  • Jan 19 Terrorist blows himself up in Tel Aviv, killing only himself but injuring 20 people, one of them seriously
  • Jan 19 The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto

Historic Event

Jan 22 Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country's first indigenous president

Election of Interest

Jan 24 After losing the federal election to Stephen Harper, Paul Martin resigns as leader of the Liberal party

  • 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.

Historic Event

Jan 31 Alan Greenspan retires as Chairman of the Federal Reserve

Appointment of Interest

Jan 31 US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor retires and is replaced by Samuel Alito

  • Feb 4 A stampede occurs in the ULTRA Stadium near Manila killing 71
  • 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 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.

Historic Event

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.

  • Mar 1 English-language Wikipedia reaches its one millionth article, Jordanhill railway station
  • Mar 1 Tarja Halonen is inaugurated as President of Finland for the second and last time
  • 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 Mass unrest by the PCC started in São Paulo (the biggest city in Brazil) which would eventually kill more than 152 people.
  • Mar 10 The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars.

Historic Event

Mar 11 Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as the first female president of Chile

  • 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.

Historic Event

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

  • Mar 20 Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country's banana crop.

Historic Event

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.

Historic Event

Mar 21 First ever tweet sent out by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey "just setting up my twttr"

  • 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 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 ETA, armed Basque separatist group, declares permanent ceasefire
  • 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.

Historic Event

Mar 24 Pope Benedict XVI adds 15 men to the College of Cardinals, in the first consistory of his Pontificate

  • 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 Burma's military junta officially names Naypyidaw, a new city in Mandalay Division, the new capital (Yangon previous capital)
  • Mar 26 In Scotland the prohibition of smoking in all substantially enclosed public places comes into force
  • 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.

Historic Event

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

  • 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 canonized as the first Maltese saint in history
  • May 10 Giogio Napolitano is elected President of Italy, first former communist to become President
  • 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

Historic Event

May 14 René Préval sworn in as President of Haiti for the second time

  • 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

Historic Event

Jun 9 King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand celebrates the 1st of 3 national holidays to commemorate his 60 years on the throne.

  • 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
  • Jun 15 Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument (Papahānaumokuākea) established, at 582,578 square miles one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world [1]

Hall of Fame

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

  • 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 and Hydra
  • Jun 28 The Republic of Montenegro admitted as the 192nd Member of the United Nations by General Assembly resolution 60/264

Historic Event

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.

  • 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 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.

Historic Event

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

  • Jul 4 Space Shuttle program: STS-121 Mission - Space Shuttle Discovery launches at 18:37:55 UTC.
  • 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 5 North Korea tests at least two short-range Nodong-2 missiles, one SCUD missile and one long-range Taepodong-2 missile
  • 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 killed after a Sibir Airlines Airbus A310 passenger jet, carrying 200 passengers 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.
  • 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

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.

  • 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
  • Aug 6 American children's program "Blue's Clues" concludes its 10-year run on Nickelodeon cable channel
  • 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.

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 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.

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
  • 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

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.

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)

  • Sep 13 At Dawson College (Montreal), Kimveer Gill kills one student and wounds 19 others before committing suicide.
  • 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 29 US Representative Mark Foley resigns after allegations of inappropriate emails to house pages were introduced
  • 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.

Historic Communication

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

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

Nobel Prize

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

  • 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 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

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.

  • 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 Former Soviet republic of South Ossetia holds a second 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 24 Israeli rapist Benny Sela escapes from police custody while being transferred to a court hearing.
  • 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 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.