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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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 2006?


Events

  • 01 Dec 2006 The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles settles 45 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priests for $60 million. (AP via Minneapolis-St Paul Star Tribune)
  • 02 Dec 2006 Protestors begin their second day of demonstrations in their bid to convince the current Lebanese administration to step down. (BBC)
  • 03 Dec 2006 The protests in Lebanon led by Hezbollah last for a third day. (Reuters via CNN)
  • 04 Dec 2006 An adult giant squid is caught on video for the first time by Tsunemi Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo.
  • 05 Dec 2006 Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrows the government in Fiji.
  • 06 Dec 2006 NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.
  • 07 Dec 2006 A tornado strikes Kensal Green, North West London, seriously damaging about 150 properties.
  • 08 Dec 2006 Three people are killed and a fourth injured when a gunman starts shooting at a Chicago skyscraper. The gunman was then shot dead by a Chicago Police Department SWAT sniper. (Chicago SunTimes)
  • 09 Dec 2006 William J. Jefferson is reelected as the member for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district in a runoff election defeating fellow Democrat Karen Carter despite facing an ongoing bribery investigation. (AP via CNN)
  • 10 Dec 2006 NASA space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center on the first night launch since the 2003 loss of Columbia.
  • 11 Dec 2006 The International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust is opened in Tehran, Iran by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; Nations such as Israel and the United States express concern.
  • 12 Dec 2006 An Ethiopian court finds exiled former president Mengistu Haile Mariam guilty of genocide. (BBC)
  • 13 Dec 2006 The Baiji, or Chinese River Dolphin, is announced as extinct.
  • 14 Dec 2006 American spy satellite USA-193 is launched.
  • 15 Dec 2006 Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter successfully flies for the first time.
  • 16 Dec 2006 ''Time'' names ampquotYouampquot – contributors of user-generated content to websites such as YouTube and Wikipedia – as its ''Person of the Year''. (MSNBC).
  • 17 Dec 2006 Armed militia in Peru ambush and kill seven people involved in a crackdown on the illegal growing of coca. (BBC)
  • 18 Dec 2006 The first of a series of floods strikes Malaysia. The death toll of all flooding is at least 118, with over 400,000 people displaced.
  • 19 Dec 2006 Somali Civil War: Somalia's Islamic Courts Union (ICU) say they are finalising plans to fight Ethiopian forces deployed in the country as a seven-day ultimatum for Ethiopia to pull out its troops nears its deadline. (Al-Jazeera)
  • 20 Dec 2006 The Home Office department of the United Kingdom Government announces plan to require foreign nationals living in Britain to have biometric ID cards. (Guardian Unlimited)
  • 21 Dec 2006 Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir is cleared of any involvement in the 2002 Bali bombings by the Supreme Court of Indonesia. (News Limited)
  • 22 Dec 2006 The NASA space shuttle Discovery lands at the Kennedy Space Center, concluding a two-week mission to the International Space Station.
  • 23 Dec 2006 The UN Security Council unanimously adopts Resolution 1737, sanctioning Iran for its nuclear program. (Bloomberg)
  • 24 Dec 2006 United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan warns of ampquottroubling developmentsampquot in Burundi that could lead to violence. (allAfrica)
  • 25 Dec 2006 Iraqi insurgency: Soldiers from the British Army storm a police headquarters in Basra, Iraq, arresting allegedly corrupt officers, transferring prisoners thought to have been subject to torture, and demolishing the building.
  • 26 Dec 2006 A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Hengchun, Pingtung, Taiwan, killing two people and causing severe communication disruptions in southeast Asia.
  • 27 Dec 2006 More than 105 people have died following days of heavy rains in Indonesia, and hundreds more are still missing. (BBC)
  • 28 Dec 2006 The Majilis of Kazakhstan approves a bill pledging not to engage in nuclear proliferation while Kazakhstan begins its nuclear program. (Kazinform)
  • 29 Dec 2006 Police '''discover''' skulls, bodies of 15 missing children in Noida, India.
  • 30 Dec 2006 Deposed President of Iraq Saddam Hussein, convicted of the executions of 148 Iraqi Shiites, is executed by hanging.
  • 31 Dec 2006 The U.S. soldier death toll in Iraq reaches 3,000.

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Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Directed by: Sergio Leone

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Country: United States of America

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Country: United States of America

It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

Directed by: Frank Capra

Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Country: United States of America

Gentlemen of Fortune

Gentlemen of Fortune

Directed by: Aleksandr Seryj

Starring: Evgeniy Leonov, Georgiy Vitsin, Radner Muratov, Saveliy Kramarov

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in December 2006?
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True Evil by Greg Iles

True Evil

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True evil has a face you know and a voice you trust.... A Southern doctor is pulled into a terrifying ring of murderous secrets -- in this powerhouse thriller

Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen

Nature Girl

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From "the funniest important writer in America" (Miami Herald) comes a tale that is gleefully zany and incisively sharp and now available in trade paperback for the first time.

H.R.H. by Danielle Steel

H.R.H.

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In a novel where ancient traditions conflict with reality and the pressures of modern life, a young European princess proves that simplicity, courage, and dignity win the day and

State of Denial by Bob Woodward

State of Denial

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Bob Woodward's third # 1 New York Times bestseller on President George W. Bush's wars tells the detailed, behind-the-scenes story of how the Bush administration failed to tell the truth about the Iraq War.

The Collectors by David Baldacci

The Collectors

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Oliver Stone and his Camel Club are in a race to stop a man who is determined to auction off America to the highest bidder: Roger Seagraves is selling America to her enemies, one devastating secret at a time.