December 2006 calendar

December 2006

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 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 December 2006: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 2006?


  • 01 Dec 2006 For $60 million, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles settled 45 cases alleging sexual abuse of priests.
  • 02 Dec 2006 Protestors begin the second day of demonstrations to pressure the Lebanese government to step down.
  • 03 Dec 2006 Hezbollah's protests in Lebanon last for a third consecutive day.
  • 04 Dec 2006 Tsunemi Kubodera, a Tsunemi Kubodera photographer near the Ogasawara Islands (1,000 km (620 mi) south of Tokyo, captures an adult giant squid on video.
  • 05 Dec 2006 Fiji's government is overthrown by Commodore Frank Bainimarama.
  • 06 Dec 2006 NASA releases photos taken by Mars Global Surveyor that suggest liquid water may be present on Mars.
  • 07 Dec 2006 A tornado struck Kensal Green in North West London and caused serious damage to around 150 properties.
  • 08 Dec 2006 A gunman opens fire on a Chicago skyscraper, resulting in three deaths and one injury. A Chicago Police Department SWAT sniper shot the gunman to death.
  • 09 Dec 2006 William J. Jefferson wins a second term as Louisiana's 2nd congressional District member, defeating Karen Carter in a runoff election. This despite the fact that Jefferson was still under investigation for bribery.
  • 10 Dec 2006 NASA's space shuttle Discovery launches from Kennedy Space Center for its first night launch since 2003.
  • 11 Dec 2006 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad opens the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust in Tehran, Iran. Nations like Israel and the United States express concern.
  • 12 Dec 2006 A court in Ethiopia finds Mengistu Hailemarim, an exiled president, guilty of genocide.
  • 13 Dec 2006 The Chinese River Dolphin, also known as the Baiji, has been declared extinct.
  • 14 Dec 2006 Launch of the American spy satellite USA-193.
  • 15 Dec 2006 Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter flew for the first time.
  • 16 Dec 2006 "Time" names ampquotYouampquot, a contributor of user-generated material to websites like YouTube and Wikipedia, as its "Person of Year". (MSNBC).
  • 17 Dec 2006 Seven people are killed and seven others were injured in an attack by an armed militia in Peru.
  • 18 Dec 2006 Malaysia is hit by the first in a series floods. All flooding has resulted in at least 118 deaths, and more than 400,000 people being displaced.
  • 19 Dec 2006 Somali Civil War: Somalia’s Islamic Courts Union, (ICU), says they are finalising plans for fighting Ethiopian forces in Somalia as a seven-day deadline for Ethiopia to withdraw its troops from the country.
  • 20 Dec 2006 The Home Office department announces plans to require foreign nationals who live in Britain to obtain biometric ID cards.
  • 21 Dec 2006 Supreme Court of Indonesia cleared Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir of any involvement in 2002 Bali bombings.
  • 22 Dec 2006 The Kennedy Space Center welcomes the NASA space shuttle Discovery, which has completed a two-week mission towards the International Space Station.
  • 23 Dec 2006 Resolution 1737 of the UN Security Council, unanimously adopted by all members, sanctions Iran for its nuclear program.
  • 24 Dec 2006 Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations warns about troubling developments in Burundi which could lead to violence.
  • 25 Dec 2006 Iraqi insurgency. British Army soldiers stormed a Basra police headquarters, Iraq. They arrested allegedly corrupt officers and transferred prisoners believed to have been tortured.
  • 26 Dec 2006 Two people were killed and severe communications disruptions occurred in southeast Asia after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Hengchun, Pingtung (Taiwan).
  • 27 Dec 2006 After days of torrential rains in Indonesia, more than 105 people died. Hundreds more are still missing.
  • 28 Dec 2006 The Majilis of Kazakhstan approves the bill, pledging to not engage in nuclear proliferation while Kazakhstan launches its nuclear program.
  • 29 Dec 2006 Police in India discover skulls and bodies of 15 children missing from Noida.
  • 30 Dec 2006 Saddam Hussein is hanged after he was convicted of the executions 148 Iraqi Shiites.
  • 31 Dec 2006 The death toll of U.S. soldiers in Iraq has reached 3,000.
  • 01 Dec 2006 The law on same-sex marriage comes into force in South Africa, legaliszing same-sex marriage for the first time on the African continent.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in December 2006?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - I Wanna Love You
  2. - Irreplaceable
  3. - Smack That
  4. - Fergalicious
  5. - My Love

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Patience
  2. - That's My Goal
  3. - Smack That
  4. - JCB Song
  5. - Boogie 2nite


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 2006?

Culture Warrior by Bill O'Reilly

Culture Warrior


The most powerful and traditional American media force is now free to do what he does best: he has three consecutive #1 bestsellers, plus more than 4,000,000 copies of his books printed.

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 …

True Evil by Greg Iles

True Evil


True evil is a face and voice you recognize .... In this thriller, a Southern doctor is drawn into a frightening ring of murderous secrets.

The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid


One Summer is the beloved memoir of Bill Bryson, one of the most beloved writers in the world and New York Times bestseller. It's a vivid, nostalgic and hilarious account of growing up during the 1950s.

The Audacity Of Hope by Barack Obama

The Audacity Of Hope


Barack Obama's appeal for a new type of politics is The Audacity of Hope. A politics that builds on the shared understandings that bring us together as Americans.