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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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 2006?


Events

  • 01 Jan 2006 Sydney, Australia swelters through its hottest New Years Day on record. The thermometer peaked at 45 ?C (113 ?F), sparking bushfires and power outages. (Same as 1939)
  • 02 Jan 2006 An explosion in a coal mine in Sago, West Virginia traps and kills 12 miners, while leaving one miner in critical condition.
  • 03 Jan 2006 Twelve dead coal miners and one survivor are discovered in the Sago Mine Disaster near Buckhannon, West Virginia, USA.
  • 04 Jan 2006 Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel suffers a second, apparently more serious stroke. His authority is transferred to acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
  • 05 Jan 2006 Peru recalls Carlos Urrutia, its ambassador to Venezuela, after Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez praises Peruvian presidential hopeful Ollanta Humala for his left-leaning policies. A spokeswoman for the Peruvian Foreign Ministry stated, "There are concerns of political meddling in Peru's electoral affairs and comments by President Chávez were out of place." (Yahoo! News)
  • 06 Jan 2006 Janjaweed militants cross the Sudanese border into Chad and attack the villages of Boroto, Ade, and Moudaina, killing nine and seriously wounding three others. Chad once again warns Sudan that it will retaliate for attacks by Janjaweed and UFDC rebel attacks. (Reuters)
  • 07 Jan 2006 Embroiled in multiple scandals, former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay announces he will not seek to reassume his former post.
  • 08 Jan 2006 An estimated two million Muslims officially begin the annual pilgrimage, or hajj, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia (CNN).
  • 09 Jan 2006 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,000 for the first time since June 7, 2001, closing at 11,011.90.
  • 10 Jan 2006 The defence lawyer in the O'Connor - Keogh official secrets trial is shown the secret Al Jazeera bombing memo and declares that it posed no threat to national security. He vows to have it made public by the court. The case will return to court on January 24. (The Guardian) (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • 11 Jan 2006 The Augustine Volcano in Alaska erupts twice, marking its first major eruption since 1986.
  • 12 Jan 2006 The foreign ministers of Britain, France, and Germany declare that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have reached a "dead end." They recommend that Iran be referred to the United Nations Security Council, where the nation may face sanctions. (ABC)
  • 13 Jan 2006 The U.S. CIA attempts to kill Ayman al-Zawahiri by bombing Damadola, Pakistan, a village near the Afghanistan border. The attack kills at least 18 people: eight men, five women and five children. Anonymous U.S. government sources claim he was invited to a feast in the village, but did not attend. (CNN)
  • 14 Jan 2006 U.S. Figure Skating Championships: Johnny Weir wins his third consecutive gold medal in the men's competition. (USFSA.org)
  • 15 Jan 2006 President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya has declared the ongoing drought a national disaster and has appealed for to feed the hungry. people have been left close to starvation due to the lack of rains over the last three years and corrupt officials who steal food aid. (Reuters)
  • 16 Jan 2006 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president. She becomes Africa's first female elected head of state. (CNN)
  • 17 Jan 2006 In Scottsdale, Arizona, the 30th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction is held, over six days. The #003 1953 Corvette sells for US$1 million; this is the first existing production Corvette. A 1967 convertible, with 427 ci 435 hp engine sells for US$350,000.
  • 18 Jan 2006 Human Rights Watch in its annual report strongly condemns the United States, saying "it became disturbingly clear that the abuse of detainees had become a deliberate, central part of the Bush administration's strategy of interrogating terrorist suspects". (CBC) (BBC News) (Human Rights Watch press info)
  • 19 Jan 2006 A Slovak Air Force Antonov An-24 crashes in Hungary.
  • 20 Jan 2006 Witnesses report sightings of a Bottlenose whale swimming in the River Thames, the first time the species had been seen in the River Thames since records began in 1913.
  • 21 Jan 2006 Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova dies at 61, after a lung cancer. He was the first President of Kosovo, and the leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK).
  • 22 Jan 2006 British diplomats are accused of spying on Russia using a fake rock. (BBC)
  • 23 Jan 2006 In the ongoing dispute between the United States and Venezuela, the US has tried to veto a sale of Embraer airplanes to Venezuela. Brazilian foreign minister Celso Amorim branded the US attempted veto as "indefensible nonsense". The US recently failed to block a large sale of Spanish military equipment to Venezuela. (El Universal), (Spain Herald).
  • 24 Jan 2006 A US federal judge issues a summary judgement against Christopher William Smith and awards AOL US$5.3 million in damages and US$287,000 in legal fees, after Smith refused to participate in the lawsuit filed against him by AOL under the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003. Smith is accused of sending millions of spam e-mails to AOL customers. (The Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
  • 25 Jan 2006 Mexican professional wrestler Juana Barraza is arrested in conjunction with the serial killing of at least 10 elderly women.
  • 26 Jan 2006 Islamist party Hamas' landslide victory in Palestinian elections ends four decades of rule by the Fatah party. Hamas secures 76 seats in the 132-member legislature through parliamentary elections. Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei announces he will resign and Fatah declares it will not join a Hamas-led coalition, although Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas plans to continue negotiations with Israel through the Palestine Liberation Organization.(BBC) (Haaretz)
  • 27 Jan 2006 Western Union discontinues its Telegram and Commercial Messaging services.
  • 28 Jan 2006 The roof of one of the buildings at the Katowice International Fair in Chorzow / Katowice, Poland, collapses due to the weight of snow, killing 65 and injuring more than 170 others.
  • 29 Jan 2006 Libya closes its embassy in Denmark over the Muhammad Drawings controversy. (BBC)
  • 30 Jan 2006 China and Russia agree to refer Iran to the United Nations Security Council for its nuclear program in March 2006. (Reuters)
  • 31 Jan 2006 Samuel Alito is sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

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The Departed

The Departed

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg

Country: United States of America

The Prestige

The Prestige

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine

Country: United States of America

The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others

Directed by: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Starring: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur

Country: United States of America

Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Starring: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Country: United States of America

Casino Royale

Casino Royale

Directed by: Martin Campbell

Starring: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright

Country: United States of America