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Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 2006.
The US president was George W. Bush (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Tony Blair (Labour), Pope Benedict XVI was leading the Catholic Church.

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 2006?


Events

  • 01 Aug 2006 El Paso, Texas is hit by heavy, intense rain, causing much flooding and making the Rio Grande overflow its banks, reaching levels not seen in over 50 years. Roads are destroyed, dirt and rocks litter the streets. The West and Northeast sides are most heavily hit. Ciudad Juárez, across the United States-Mexico border is also devastated. (El Paso Times)
  • 02 Aug 2006 Mel Gibson is charged with misdemeanor drunken driving and related offences. (CNN)
  • 03 Aug 2006 North Korea refuses aid after being devastated by flooding. As many as 1.5 million people have been displaced, and over one hundred are dead. CNN news
  • 04 Aug 2006 A massacre, is carried out by Sri Lankan government forces, killing 17 employees of the French INGO Action Against Hunger (known internationally as Action Contre la Faim, or ACF).
  • 05 Aug 2006 The Republic of China (Taiwan) severs diplomatic relations with Chad reducing the number of countries maintaining official relations with it to 24. The ROC foreign ministry cited Chad's intention to establish relations with the People's Republic of China as the reason. (AP)
  • 06 Aug 2006 BP oil company in Alaska announces it would have to replace 16 miles of feeder lines in its North Slope oil facility, shutting down about 50 percent of Prudhoe Bay's production.
  • 07 Aug 2006 Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • 08 Aug 2006 CBS News's Mike Wallace holds an interview with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran. In the interview, Ahmadinejad said that the letter he sent to George W. Bush was meant to ampquotopen a window towards the lightampquot for Bush to ampquotsee that one can look on the world through a different perspective.ampquot He responded to his nation's nuclear program and possible weapons program saying that Iran was ampquotstudyingampquot the offer presented by the United States and the European
  • 09 Aug 2006 The Venezuelan opposition selects Manuel Rosales, governor of Zulia State, as its unity candidate for the December presidential election. (Bloomberg)
  • 10 Aug 2006 Scotland Yard disrupts a major terrorist plot to destroy aircraft traveling from the United Kingdom to the United States.
  • 11 Aug 2006 Pulkovo Airlines Flight 612 crashes near the Russian border in Ukraine, killing 171 people, including 45 children.
  • 12 Aug 2006 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict:
  • 13 Aug 2006 Iraq sectarian violence:
  • 14 Aug 2006 Chencholai bombing in which 61 Tamil girls are killed in Sri Lankan Airforce bombing.
  • 15 Aug 2006 Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visits the Yasukuni Shrine, drawing many protests from around the region. (San Francisco Chronicle).
  • 16 Aug 2006 John Mark Karr is arrested in Bangkok for the 1996 murder of U.S. child beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey. (Denver Post) (USA Today) (MSNBC)
  • 17 Aug 2006 North Korea: According to ABC News, a ampquotsenior State Department officialampquot says that ampquotIt is the view of the intelligence community that a (nuclear) test is a real possibility,ampquot and says that they have seen ampquotsuspicious vehicle movementampquot at a suspected nuclear test site. However, according to Reuters, a United States official said that ampquotWe have no new evidence to support that.ampquot Also according to the Associated Press, the White House said that any
  • 18 Aug 2006 Ford Motor Company will idle 10 plants in North America temporarily as it slashes production by 21%. (CNN Money)
  • 19 Aug 2006 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict:
  • 20 Aug 2006 With nearly all votes counted, the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo heads toward a run-off election after neither candidate wins a fifty percent majority. Full provisional results show Joseph Kabila with 44.81 percent of the vote, to Jean-Pierre Bemba's 20.03 percent. There have been reports of automatic gunfire, and MLC representatives accused Kabila's Republican Guard of killing one of its men and injuring three policemen. (Reuters) (SBS)
  • 21 Aug 2006 Democratic Republic of the Congo general election: As a meeting between Bemba and foreign ambassadors representing the International Committee Accompanying the Transition to Democracy (CIAT) is taking place in Kinshasa, clashes break between Kabila and Bemba forces Bemba's residence, hosting the meeting, comes under attack, reportedly by heavy machine guns and artillery. Several hours later, the UN spokesperson in the DRC, Jean-Tobias Okala, announced the foreign diplomats, including MONUC
  • 22 Aug 2006 Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise Flight 612 crashes near the Russian border over eastern Ukraine, killing all 170 people on board.
  • 23 Aug 2006 Natascha Kampusch, who is abducted at the age of 10, managed to escape from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil, after 8 years of captivity.
  • 24 Aug 2006 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict:
  • 25 Aug 2006 The United Nations Security Council approves a new peacekeeping mission in East Timor, United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), which will have 1,608 police and up to 35 military liaison officers. (Xinhua News Agency)
  • 26 Aug 2006 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict:
  • 27 Aug 2006 Comair Flight 5191 crashes on takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky bound for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Of the passengers and crew, 49 of 50 are confirmed dead in the hours following the crash.
  • 28 Aug 2006 A Greyhound Lines bus from New York City to Montreal, carrying 52 people, crashes at mile 115 on Interstate 87 near Elizabethtown killing five people including the driver, and several are seriously injured.
  • 29 Aug 2006 Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad challenges George W. Bush to a live television debate. U.S. government officials decline and criticize the suggestion. (Al Jazeera)
  • 30 Aug 2006 Hurricane John lashes the Pacific coast of Mexico with the potential to cause flash floods and landslides. (Reuters)
  • 31 Aug 2006 Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream is recovered in a raid by Norwegian police.

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Movies

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Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Country: United States of America

The Little Foxes

The Little Foxes

Directed by: William Wyler

Starring: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Richard Carlson

Country: United States of America

Warrior

Warrior

Directed by: Gavin O'Connor

Starring: Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Morrison

Country: United States of America

Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge

Directed by: Mel Gibson

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

My Man Godfrey

My Man Godfrey

Directed by: Gregory La Cava

Starring: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick

Country: United States of America

Books

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The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright

The Looming Tower

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UPDATED AND WITH A NEW AFTERWORDNational Book Award FinalistA Time, Newsweek, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and New York Times Book Review Best Book of the YearA gripping narrative that spans five

Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick

Mayflower

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"Vivid and remarkably fresh...Philbrick has recast the Pilgrims for the ages."--The New York Times Book ReviewFinalist for the Pulitzer Prize in historyNew York Times Book Review Top Ten books of the YearHow did America begin? That simple question launches the …

Phantom by Terry Goodkind

Phantom

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On the day she awoke remembering nothing but her name, Kahlan Amnell became the most dangerous woman alive. For everyone else, that was the day that the world began to end.As

Coming Out by Danielle Steel

Coming Out

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Olympia Crawford Rubinstein has a busy legal career, a solid marriage, and a way of managing her thriving family with grace, humor, and boundless energy.

Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People by Dav Pilke

Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People

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Children: Captain Underpants meets his match, Captain Blunderpants. (P, Scholastic)