July 2006 calendar

July 2006

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of July 2006?


  • 01 Jul 2006 The first operation of Qinghai-Tibet Railway in the People's Republic of China.
  • 02 Jul 2006 One year on from the Live 8 concerts, U2 frontman Bono announces that world leaders are not making good on their promises to Africa. According to Bono in a recent CNN interview, not enough is being done to make trade fair. (CNN)
  • 03 Jul 2006 Valencia metro accident leaves 43 dead in Valencia, Spain.
  • 04 Jul 2006 North Korea tests four short-range missiles, one medium-range missile, and a long-range Taepodong-2. The long-range Taepodong-2 reportedly fails in mid-air over the Sea of Japan.
  • 05 Jul 2006 North Korea launches at least two short-range Nodong-2 missiles, one SCUD missile and one long-range Taepodong-2 missile.
  • 06 Jul 2006 The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War in 1962, reopens after 44 years. (Zee News), (BBC)
  • 07 Jul 2006 Disney releases the film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest to theaters in the USA. Opening weekend gross revenue: US$135.6 million, a new record.
  • 08 Jul 2006 USS ''Mustin'', which has surface-to-air and Tomahawk cruise missiles is deployed to a Japanese port. This is regularly scheduled and not in response to North Korea's missile test. (Associated Press)
  • 09 Jul 2006 At least 122 people are killed after a Sibir Airlines Airbus A310 passenger jet, carrying 200 passengers veers off the runway while landing in wet conditions at Irkutsk Airport in Siberia.
  • 10 Jul 2006 Pakistan International Flight PK-688 crashes in Multan, Pakistan, shortly after takeoff, killing all 45 people on board.
  • 11 Jul 2006 209 people are killed in a series of bomb attacks in Mumbai, India.
  • 12 Jul 2006 The Hezbollah initiate Operation True Promise.
  • 13 Jul 2006 Alaksandar Kazulin, a candidate for President of Belarus against Alexander Lukashenko, is jailed for five and a half years for organising protests against Lukashenko's re-election. (Reuters)
  • 14 Jul 2006 Talks begin in Juba, Sudan between delegations from the Lord's Resistance Army and the Ugandan Government with a view to ending the conflict centred in Acholiland. The leader of the Ugandan delegation, Internal Affairs Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda had stated that obtaining a quick ceasefire is his priority. (allAfrica.com)
  • 15 Jul 2006 Twitter is launched.
  • 16 Jul 2006 It is reported that Tropical Storm Bilis killed at least 115 people when it hit southeastern China on Friday. (CNN)
  • 17 Jul 2006 Space Shuttle ''Discovery'' lands successfully on Runway 33 at the Shuttle Landing Facility of the Kennedy Space Center, ending a 13-day mission to the International Space Station. (BBC)
  • 18 Jul 2006 The ''SS Nomadic'', the last floating link to ''Titanic'', returns home to a large reception in Belfast.
  • 19 Jul 2006 A 235-193 vote in the U.S. House of Representatives falls short of the 2/3 majority needed to override President George W. Bush's first-ever veto of a bill intended to reauthorize federal funding of embryonic stem cell research (see Stem cell controversy). (AP)
  • 20 Jul 2006 Ethiopian troops enter Somalian territory.
  • 21 Jul 2006 The Supreme Court of Japan rules that foreign governments are no longer immune from lawsuits filed in Japan. (Asahi Shimbun)
  • 22 Jul 2006 A group of Colombian farmers has won a multimillion pound settlement from BP after the British oil and gas company was accused of benefiting from a regime of terror carried out by Colombian government paramilitaries to protect a 450-mile pipeline. (''Independent'')
  • 23 Jul 2006 Human Rights Watch releases a report stating that torture of Iraqi detainees was authorized by the US government soldiers' complaints were ignored. (Human Rights Watch)
  • 24 Jul 2006 The United States Coast Guard and Alaska Air National Guard rescue twenty-three crew members from a capsized cargo ship south of the Aleutian Islands, on its way from Japan to Vancouver. (CBC)
  • 25 Jul 2006 The Interstate Abortion Bill is passed by the United States Senate. The bill would make it illegal for non-parents to take a minor to another state to obtain an abortion without parental consent. (Washington Post)(Congress Record, Not yet updated)
  • 26 Jul 2006 Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Operation Summer Rains):
  • 27 Jul 2006 The Federal Republic of Germany is deemed guilty in the loss of Bashkirian 2937 and DHL Flight 611, because it is illegal to outsource flight surveillance.
  • 28 Jul 2006 Six people are shot, one fatally, at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle in the U.S. state of Washington in a religiously-motivated killing spree. The killer identified himself as a Muslim American who was angry over the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict. (''Associated Press'')
  • 29 Jul 2006 2006 Israel-Lebanon Conflict:
  • 30 Jul 2006 Lebanon War: At least 28 civilians, including 16 children are killed by the Israeli Air Force in what Lebanese call the Second Qana massacre and what Israel considers to be an attempt to stop rockets' being fired, from Lebanon, at Israeli civilian targets.
  • 31 Jul 2006 New coins become legal tender in New Zealand, leaving the 5 cent piece redundant and reducing the weight of the 10, 20 and 50 cent pieces.(TVNZ)(Blogger News Network)

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Directed by: James Cameron

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Country: United States of America

The Message

The Message

Directed by: Moustapha Akkad

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Michael Ansara, Johnny Sekka

Country: United States of America

Castle in the Sky

Castle in the Sky

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Starring: Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill

Country: United States of America

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Directed by: Zoya Akhtar

Starring: Katrina Kaif, Hrithik Roshan, Naseeruddin Shah, Farhan Akhtar

Millennium Actress

Millennium Actress

Directed by: Satoshi Kon

Starring: Miyoko Shôji, Shôzô Îzuka, Mami Koyama, Fumiko Orikasa


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Dispatches From The Edge by Anderson Cooper

Dispatches From The Edge


Few people have witnessed more scenes of chaos and conflict around the world than Anderson Cooper, whose groundbreaking coverage on CNN has changed the way we watch the news.

The Hard Way by Lee Child

The Hard Way


Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, soaking up the hot, electric New York City night, watching a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it

Can'T Wait To Get To Heaven by Fannie Flagg

Can'T Wait To Get To Heaven


Combining southern warmth with unabashed emotion and side-splitting hilarity, Fannie Flagg takes readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where the most unlikely and surprising experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a

Angels Fall by Nora Roberts

Angels Fall


#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts explores the wilds of the Grand Tetons—and the mysteries of love, murder, and madness—in this engrossing and passionate novel.The

Black Order by James Rollins

Black Order


A sinister fire in a Copenhagen bookstore ignites a relentless hunt across four continents. Arson and murder reveal an insidious plot to steal a Bible that once belonged to Charles Darwin.