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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of February 2006?


Events

  • 01 Feb 2006 UAL Corporation, United Airlines' parent company, emerges from bankruptcy after being in that position since December 9, 2002, the longest such filing in history.
  • 02 Feb 2006 A leaked memo in the UK, detailing a conversation between U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2003, has revealed that Blair intended to follow the US into Iraq even without a UN resolution, and that Bush considered provoking a response from Iraq using falsely marked Lockheed U-2 spy planes to provide an excuse for war. (Guardian)
  • 03 Feb 2006 An Egyptian passenger ferry carrying more than 1,400 people, sinks in the Red Sea off the Saudi coast.
  • 04 Feb 2006 The Wowowee stampede at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines, kills 74 people and leaves 600 injured.
  • 05 Feb 2006 American football: The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 21–10 in Super Bowl XL. (Sports Illustrated)
  • 06 Feb 2006 In Costa Rica, the presidential election is a tight race and too close to call. (Reuters)
  • 07 Feb 2006 An Iranian newspaper, Hamshahri, has announced a competition for the best cartoon of the Holocaust "as a test of the boundaries of free speech". (BBC) (WikiNews)
  • 08 Feb 2006 Chad and Sudan sign the Tripoli Agreement, ending the Chadian-Sudanese conflict. (AlertNet)
  • 09 Feb 2006 I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, US Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff tells federal grand jury that his superiors authorized him to give secret information to reporters as part of the Bush administration's defense of intelligence used to justify invading Iraq. (AP)
  • 10 Feb 2006 National Hockey League great Wayne Gretzky has denied placing any bets with an illegal sport gambling operation. (Reuters)
  • 11 Feb 2006 U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shoots his friend and lawyer, Harry Whittington, in the face with a shotgun on a south Texas ranch.
  • 12 Feb 2006 Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi causes a political storm by comparing himself to Jesus Christ. (BBC)
  • 13 Feb 2006 In a televised address to the nation, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki announces the resignations of two government ministers in connection with two separate corruption scandals, the "Goldenberg" and "Anglo Leasing" affairs. Energy minister Kiraitu Murungi and education minister George Saitoti both deny any wrongdoing. (BBC)
  • 14 Feb 2006 The British House of Commons votes by 384 to 184, on a conscience vote, to implement a full smoking ban in all enclosed public places in England from summer 2007. (BBC)
  • 15 Feb 2006 Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse: Australian television network SBS airs video and photographs of what it says are previously unpublished images of the abuse of Iraqis in US military custody at Abu Ghraib prison in 2003. (Metronews)
  • 16 Feb 2006 The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.
  • 17 Feb 2006 A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.
  • 18 Feb 2006 Former Malawian Minister of Education and head of the country's anti-corruption campaign Yusuf Mwawa is sentenced to five years in prison for fraud and corruption. (BBC)
  • 19 Feb 2006 A methane explosion in coal mine near Nueva Rosita, Mexico, kills 65 miners.
  • 20 Feb 2006 Retired scientist Don Kennedy suggests the entire population of Tuvalu should move to the Fijian island of Kioa, to preserve Tuvaluan culture as their homeland becomes uninhabitable due to rising sea levels. (Pacific Magazine)
  • 21 Feb 2006 33 people are killed and dozens are wounded amidst fighting between the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism and Islamic Court in Daynille, Mogadishu, Somalia. (AFP)
  • 22 Feb 2006 South Dakota Senate approves a bill that would purport to outlaw almost all forms of abortion. (New York Times)
  • 23 Feb 2006 Uganda holds a general election, the first multiparty election in 25 years. (Times Online) (BBC)
  • 24 Feb 2006 Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares Proclamation 1017 placing the country in a state of emergency in attempt to subdue a possible military coup.
  • 25 Feb 2006 Chad President Idriss Déby announces that the 2006 Chad presidential election will take place on May 3. Several opposition leaders have already stated plans to boycott the election, and Mohammed Nour continues to threaten further violence if a national forum is not held soon. (Reuters AlertNet)
  • 26 Feb 2006 Olivier Awards: Liam Mower, James Lomas and George Maguire win an award for Best Actor in a musical for their role in Billy Elliot the Musical. They are the first to do so in a shared capacity. At 13, this makes Mower the youngest actor to ever receive this award. (BBC)
  • 27 Feb 2006 President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chen Shui-bian announces the cease of the function of the National Unification Council and the application of the Guidelines for National Unification. The move is condemned by the pan-Blue Coalition and People's Republic of China. Chen says that the reversal is a response to aggression by the PRC. (Washington Post) (China Daily) (Taipei Times) (BBC)
  • 28 Feb 2006 Al Askari Mosque bombing:: Sixty-eight people have been killed so far today in Baghdad, Iraq. Car bombs and mortar barrages rocked Baghdad streets, as news pundits speculate about the possibility of Iraq becoming embroiled in a full-fledged civil war. (MSNBC)Baghdad's primary morgue says that the death toll resulting from violence after the Al Askari Mosque bombing has surpassed 1,300, contrary to earlier information from most news media and the United States military. (Washington Post)

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Movies

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Lucky Number Slevin

Lucky Number Slevin

Release year: 2006

Directed by: Paul McGuigan

Starring: Josh Hartnett, Ben Kingsley, Morgan Freeman, Lucy Liu

Country: United States of America

After the Wedding

After the Wedding

Release year: 2006

Directed by: Susanne Bier

Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rolf Lassgård, Neeral Mulchandani

Snow Cake

Snow Cake

Release year: 2006

Directed by: Marc Evans

Starring: Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Hampshire

The Science of Sleep

The Science of Sleep

Release year: 2006

Directed by: Michel Gondry

Starring: Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Miou-Miou, Alain Chabat

Candy

Candy

Release year: 2006

Directed by: Neil Armfield

Starring: Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Budge

Books

Which were the most popular books released in February 2006?
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Mary, Mary by James Patterson

Mary, Mary

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Somebody is murdering Hollywood's A-list. Her calling card: "You've got mail." On a family vacation, FBI agent Alex Cross is asked to investigate the shooting of a top actress and an e-mail sent to the Los Angeles Times with shocking …

Changing Faces by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Changing Faces

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Meet Whitney, Taylor, and Charisse, three women who have been best friends since high school. However, this devoted troika is about to discover a wave of unexpected troubles.Whitney

Lovers & Players by Jackie Collins

Lovers & Players

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Dangerous sex, family secrets, irresistible power, mega money, and two murders equal one reckless week in New York...In Lovers & Players, the Diamond family rules.

Money Secrets by Dave Barry

Money Secrets

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Did you ever wish that you really understood money? Well, Dave Barry wishes that he did, too. But that hasn’t stopped him from writing this book.

Just Rewards by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Just Rewards

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From the blockbuster bestselling author comes the dramatic conclusion to the saga that began with Emma Harte and A Woman of Substance Four women at a crossroads.