January 2006 calendar

January 2006

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 2006?


  • 01 Jan 2006 Sydney, Australia experiences the hottest New Year's Day ever recorded. The temperature reached 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit), sparking bushfires, and power outages.
  • 02 Jan 2006 A coal mine explosion in Sago, West Virginia kills 12 miners and leaves one in critical condition.
  • 03 Jan 2006 In the Sago Mine Disaster, near Buckhannon West Virginia, USA, twelve dead coal miners were found along with one survivor.
  • 04 Jan 2006 A second stroke occurs in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Israel. Ehud Olmert, acting Prime Minister, assumes his authority.
  • 05 Jan 2006 After Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez praised Ollanta Humala's left-leaning policies, Peru recalls Carlos Urrutia as its ambassador to Venezuela. The Peruvian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman stated that there are concerns about political interference in Peru's electoral affairs. President Chavez comments were not appropriate.
  • 06 Jan 2006 Janjaweed militants crossed the Sudanese border to Chad and attacked the villages of Boroto and Ade. Nine people were killed and three more seriously injured. Chad warns Sudan once more that it will retaliate against Janjaweed and UFDC rebel attacks.
  • 07 Jan 2006 Former U.S. House Majority leader Tom DeLay has announced that he will not be seeking to retake his post after being embroiled in numerous scandals.
  • 08 Jan 2006 Two million Muslims begin the annual pilgrimage or hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia (CNN).
  • 09 Jan 2006 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 11,000 for the first-time since June 7, 2001.
  • 10 Jan 2006 Defence lawyer in O'Connor – Keogh official secret trial is shown the Al Jazeera bombing memo. He declares it poses no threat to national security. The court will make it public, he promises. On January 24, the case will be remanded to court.
  • 11 Jan 2006 Alaska's Augustine Volcano erupts twice. This marks its first major eruption since 1986.
  • 12 Jan 2006 Britain's, France's, and Germany's foreign ministers declare that talks with Iran regarding its nuclear program are over. They suggest that Iran be referred the United Nations Security Council where it may face sanctions.
  • 13 Jan 2006 Ayman al-Zawahiri, a U.S. CIA agent, is attempted to kill him by bombing Damadola (Pakistan), a village close to the Afghanistan border. At least 18 people are killed in the attack: five women, eight men and five children. Sources in the U.S. claim that he was invited at a village feast, but didn't attend.
  • 14 Jan 2006 U.S. Figure Skating Championships: Johnny Weir wins the third consecutive gold medal in men's competition.
  • 15 Jan 2006 President Mwai Kibaki, of Kenya, has declared the drought a national catastrophe and appealed to the public for help. People have been close to starvation because of the absence of rains for the past three years and the corruption of officials who stole food aid.
  • 16 Jan 2006 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia's next president, is sworn into office. She is Africa's first elected female head of state.
  • 17 Jan 2006 The 30th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction takes place in Scottsdale, Arizona. It lasts six days. The #003 1953 Corvette is up for sale at US$1,000,000; it's the first production Corvette. A 1967 convertible with 427 ci 435 horsepower engine is available for US$350,000
  • 18 Jan 2006 Human Rights Watch's annual report strongly condemned the United States. It stated that "it became disturbingly obvious that the Bush administration's strategy to interrogate terrorist suspects had made the abuse of detainees a central part of its strategy".
  • 19 Jan 2006 In Hungary, a Slovak Air Force Antonov An-24 is damaged.
  • 20 Jan 2006 Witnesses reported seeing a Bottlenose whale swimming in River Thames. This was the first sighting of the species since 1913, when records started.
  • 21 Jan 2006 After a battle with lung cancer, Ibrahim Rugova, the President of Kosovo, has died at 61. He was the founder of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) and the first President of Kosovo.
  • 22 Jan 2006 British diplomats were accused of spying for Russia with fake rocks.
  • 23 Jan 2006 The US tried to block the sale of Embraer planes to Venezuela in the ongoing dispute between the USA and Venezuela. Celso Amorim, the Brazilian foreign minister, referred to the US's attempt to veto as "indefensible absurdity". Recently, the US failed to block large-scale sales of Spanish military equipment to Venezuela. (El Universal), (Spain Herald).
  • 24 Jan 2006 A US federal judge issued a summary judgment against Christopher William Smith. AOL is awarded US$5.3 Million in damages and US$287,000 legal fees. Smith had refused to take part in the lawsuit brought against him under the CANSPAM Act 2003. Smith is accused in sending spam e-mails that reached millions of AOL customers.
  • 25 Jan 2006 Juana Barraza, a Mexican professional wrestler, is being held in connection to the murder of at least 10 elderly women.
  • 26 Jan 2006 The landslide victory of Islamist party Hamas in Palestinian elections ended four decades of Fatah's rule. Through parliamentary elections, Hamas has secured 76 seats in the 132 member legislature. Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei announces his resignation and Fatah states it will not join any Hamas-led coalition. However, Mahmoud Abubas, the Palestinian President, plans to continue negotiations between Israel and Palestine through the Palestine Liberation Organization.
  • 27 Jan 2006 Western Union has discontinued its Telegram and Commercial Messaging Services.
  • 28 Jan 2006 One of the roofs of the Katowice International fair in Chorzow/ Katowice, Poland collapses from the weight of snow. 65 people were killed and more than 170 were injured.
  • 29 Jan 2006 Over the controversy surrounding Muhammad Drawings, Libya shuts down its Danish embassy.
  • 30 Jan 2006 China and Russia agree that Iran will be referred to the United Nations Security Council by Russia for its nuclear program in March 2006.
  • 31 Jan 2006 Samuel Alito is inducted as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • 04 Jan 2006 Ehud Olmert becomes acting Prime Minister of Israel after the incumbent, Ariel Sharon, suffers a second, apparently more serious stroke.