August 2006 calendar

August 2006

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.

But much more happened on August 2006: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 2006?


  • 01 Aug 2006 El Paso, Texas, is hit hard by torrential rains. This causes flooding, and the Rio Grande's banks to overflow, reaching levels never seen in more than 50 years. Dirt and rocks litter the streets, and roads are destroyed. Most severe damage is to the Northeast and West sides. Ciudad Juarez is located across the border between Mexico and the United States. It is also affected.
  • 02 Aug 2006 Mel Gibson was charged with misdemeanor drunken driver and other related offenses.
  • 03 Aug 2006 After being devastated by flooding, North Korea refuses to accept aid. Over a million people have been evacuated and more than one hundred are still missing. CNN news
  • 04 Aug 2006 A massacre is committed by the Sri Lankan government forces. It kills 17 employees of the French INGO Action Against Hunger, also known internationally as Action Contre la Faim or ACF.
  • 05 Aug 2006 The Republic of China (Taiwan), has severed diplomatic relations with Chad, reducing the number of countries that maintain official relations with it down to 24. The reason was cited by the ROC foreign ministry as Chad's intent to establish relations with People's Republic of China.
  • 06 Aug 2006 BP Oil Company in Alaska announced that it would need to replace 16 miles feeder lines at its North Slope oil plant. This will result in Prudhoe Bay production being cut by half.
  • 07 Aug 2006 Conflict between Israel and Palestine
  • 08 Aug 2006 CBS News's Mike Wallace interviews 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 Venezuela's opposition has chosen Manuel Rosales (Gouvernor of Zulia State) as its unity candidate in the December presidential election.
  • 10 Aug 2006 Scotland Yard stops a major terrorist plot against an aircraft travelling from the United Kingdom into the United States.
  • 11 Aug 2006 Pulkovo Airlines Flight 612 crashes close to 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 die in Sri Lankan Airforce bombing.
  • 15 Aug 2006 Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visits Yasukuni Shrine. This has drawn many protests from the surrounding region. (San Francisco Chronicle).
  • 16 Aug 2006 John Mark Karr was arrested in Bangkok after being accused of the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, a child beauty queen from the United States.
  • 17 Aug 2006 North Korea: ABC News reports that an American official said that the intelligence community believes that there is a possibility of a nuclear test. He also claimed that they have witnessed suspicious vehicle movement at a possible site for such a test. According to Reuters, a United States official stated that they do not have any new evidence.
  • 18 Aug 2006 Ford Motor Company will temporarily close 10 North American plants as it reduces production by 21%.
  • 19 Aug 2006 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict:
  • 20 Aug 2006 The Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election is now headed towards a run-off election, with nearly all votes having been counted. The provisional results show Joseph Kabila receiving 44.81 percent, to Jean Pierre Bemba's 20,03.3 percent. Reports of automatic gunfire were reported by MLC representatives. Kabila's Republican Guard was accused of shooting one of its members and injuring three officers.
  • 21 Aug 2006 General election in Democratic Republic of the Congo: A meeting between Bemba, foreign ambassadors representing the International Committee Accompanying the Transformation to Democracy (CIAT), is taking place at Kinshasa. However, clashes break out between Kabila, Bemba forces Bemba to flee from his residence. The attack was reportedly by heavy machine guns as well as artillery. Jean-Tobias Okala (UN spokesperson in DRC), announced that the foreign diplomats included MONUC were being sent to the
  • 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 was abducted when she was 10 years old. She managed to escape her captor Wolfgang Priklopil after eight years in captivity.
  • 24 Aug 2006 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict:
  • 25 Aug 2006 The United Nations Security Council approves a peacekeeping mission in East Timor called United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste, (UNMIT). It will include 1,608 police officers and up to 35 military liaison officer.
  • 26 Aug 2006 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict:
  • 27 Aug 2006 Comair Flight 5191 crashes at takeoff from Blue Grass Airport, Lexington, Kentucky, bound for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia. 49 of the 50 passengers and crew were confirmed dead within hours after the crash.
  • 28 Aug 2006 Greyhound Lines' bus carrying 52 passengers from New York City to Montreal collided at mile 115 of Interstate 87 near Elizabethtown, killing five people.
  • 29 Aug 2006 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, challenges George W. Bush in a live TV debate. The suggestion is rejected by the U.S. government and criticized.
  • 30 Aug 2006 Hurricane John will batter the Pacific coast of Mexico, with the potential for flash floods or landslides.
  • 31 Aug 2006 Norwegian police raid the stolen painting The Scream, which Edvard Munch stole on August 22, 2004.
  • 09 Aug 2006 At least 21 suspected terrorists are arrested in the 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot that happened in the United Kingdom. The arrests are made in London, Birmingham, and High Wycombe in an overnight operation.
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Which were the top hits in August 2006?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Let the Lower Lights be Burning
  2. - Promiscuous
  3. - London Bridgeyoutube
  4. - Crazy
  5. - Me & U

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Hips Don't Lie
  2. - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
  3. - Ain't No Other Man
  4. - Sexyback
  5. - Unfaithful


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 2006?

Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick



"Vivid, remarkably fresh...Philbrick recasts the Pilgrims to the ages." The New York Times Book ReviewFinalist in the Pulitzer Prize for HistoryNew York Times Book Review Top Ten Books of the YearHow did America start? This simple question leads the author …

Wisdom of Our Fathers by Tim Russert

Wisdom of Our Fathers


What does it actually mean to be a father? What was the most important thing your father told you that has stuck with you all your life? Did you learn a lesson, a story or an experience that made you …

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

I Feel Bad About My Neck


Nora Ephron's disarming, intimate voice and dry humor make it easy for us to hear her struggles in I Feel Bad About My Neck. It is a hilarious, candid and funny book.

Ricochet by Sandra Brown



The #1 New York Times bestselling author Seeing Red tells the story of murder and betrayal at high society Savannah where a homicide investigator finds his career, and life, on the line.

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

The Devil Wears Prada


This delightfully savage novel is about the most difficult boss in history. It was also the basis of the major motion picture with Anne Hathaway & Meryl Streep.