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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of March 2006?


Events

  • 01 Mar 2006 English-language Wikipedia reaches its one millionth article, Jordanhill railway station.
  • 02 Mar 2006 The United States Senate voted 89–10 to renew the USA PATRIOT Act after two extensions. In its vote next week, the United States House of Representatives will likely also vote to renew the Act, analysts say. (MSNBC)
  • 03 Mar 2006 Research In Motion, a Waterloo, Ontario, Canadian based company, agrees to pay NTP Inc. $612.5 million to settle NTP's patent-infringement suit against RIM. NTP had argued RIM's BlackBerry wireless-communication devices use technology patented by NTP. (AP)
  • 04 Mar 2006 British Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell splits from her husband, David Mills' following allegations of an alleged acceptance of money from Silvio Berlusconi. (BBC)
  • 05 Mar 2006 The 2006 Academy Awards are held, with film Crash winning Best Picture.
  • 06 Mar 2006 The United Kingdom government is defeated in the House of Lords over a plan to make biometric ID cards compulsory for passport applicants. The government is to seek to overturn the defeat in the House of Commons, and has suggested that it might invoke the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949. (United Press International)
  • 07 Mar 2006 The terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba coordinates a series of bombings in Varanasi, India.
  • 08 Mar 2006 The world's biggest Expo on information technology, CeBIT, opens in Hanover, Germany. (news.com)
  • 09 Mar 2006 Astronomers announce that the Cassini–Huygens probe has detected possible geysers of water on Saturn's moon Enceladus, perhaps the first example of naturally occurring liquid water beyond Earth. (AP) (JPL)
  • 10 Mar 2006 The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars.
  • 11 Mar 2006 The former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milošević has been found dead in his prison cell in The Hague, Netherlands. (CNN) (Reuters) (BBC) (Times)
  • 12 Mar 2006 Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi, a fourteen-year-old Iraqi girl raped and murdered together with her family in the Mahmudiyah killings.
  • 13 Mar 2006 A cash-for-honours scandal has erupted around UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. A millionaire donor has revealed that Labour fundraisers had arranged secret loans from businessmen who were then nominated for peerages. (Daily Mail)
  • 14 Mar 2006 Washington D.C. officials unveil the designs for a new 41,000-seat ballpark.
  • 15 Mar 2006 Two gunmen attacked the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) compound in Yei, Sudan, killing a local guard and leaving two others in critical condition. (Angola Press)
  • 16 Mar 2006 Tens of thousands of Thai anti-government protesters continue their rally against the country's current Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra today. They also demand his resignation from the post. The opposition leader, Sondhi Limthongkul, declared he and his party would not stop protesting all day and night until the PM resigns. (Reuters)
  • 17 Mar 2006 The United States strikes its two remaining Iowa-class battleships from the Naval Vessel Register, ending the age of the battleship.
  • 18 Mar 2006 Hamas announces the formation of its new cabinet to govern the territory under the control of the Palestinian Authority. Hamas, however, in a last-ditch effort to include the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the government, postponed by one day the submission of the new cabinet to the approval of PNA President Mahmoud Abbas. (IOL) (Al-Jazeera)
  • 19 Mar 2006 Three of the six men left seriously ill during a drugs trial (of a monoclonal antibody TGN 1412) have been taken off organ support. (BBC)
  • 20 Mar 2006 Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country's banana crop.
  • 21 Mar 2006 Immigrant workers constructing the Burj Khalifa and a new terminal of Dubai International Airport riot causing $1M in damage.
  • 22 Mar 2006 Three Christian Peacemaker Team hostages are freed by British forces in Baghdad after 118 days of captivity and the death of their colleague, American Tom Fox.
  • 23 Mar 2006 Xbox 360 was released in Australia and New Zealand.
  • 24 Mar 2006 Clerics in Kabul call for Abdul Rahman to be put to death. He is accused of committing apostasy for converting from Islam to Christianity. (AP)
  • 25 Mar 2006 Seven people die in the Capitol Hill Massacre in Seattle, Washington.
  • 26 Mar 2006 The military junta ruling Burma officially names Naypyidaw, a new city in Mandalay Division, as the new capital. Yangon had formerly been the nation's capital.
  • 27 Mar 2006 Iraqi security minister Abd al Karim al Enzi accuses American soldiers accompanied by Iraqi troops to have raided the Mustafa Shiite mosque in eastern Baghdad and executed 37 unarmed people who had been tied up. (Palestine Chronicle) (Times)
  • 28 Mar 2006 At least 1 million union members, students, and unemployed take to the streets in France in protest at the government's proposed First Employment Contract law.
  • 29 Mar 2006 Canada has officially cut all ties with the members of the Hamas cabinet and is suspending assistance to the Palestinian Authority. (CBC)
  • 30 Mar 2006 The United Kingdom Terrorism Act 2006 becomes a law.
  • 31 Mar 2006 In Ukraine, after days of vote tallying, Viktor Yanukovych's Party of Regions wins a plurality in the 2006 parliamentary election. Central Election Commission of Ukraine

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Movies

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Anand

Anand

Directed by: Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Starring: Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Sumita Sanyal, Ramesh Deo

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

Fargo

Fargo

Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Starring: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Country: United States of America

All the President's Men

All the President's Men

Directed by: Alan J. Pakula

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam

Country: United States of America

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Directed by: Frank Capra

Starring: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Lionel Stander

Country: United States of America

Books

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The Island by Heather Graham

The Island

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On a weekend vacation Beth Anderson is unnerved when a stroll on the beach reveals what appears to be a skull.

The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

The Mermaid Chair

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The New York Times–bestselling second novel by the author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings Inside the church of a Benedictine monastery on Egret Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, resides a beautiful …

Manhunt by James L. Swanson

Manhunt

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The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin, John Wilkes Booth, led Union cavalry and detectives on

The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury

The Last Templar

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"It has served us well, this myth of Christ." -- Pope Leo X, 16th CenturyIn a hail of fire and flashing sword, as the burning city of Acre falls from the hands of the West in 1291, The Last Templar …

For Laci by Sharon Rocha

For Laci

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Laci Rocha Peterson, 8 months pregnant, was last seen by her sister, Amy, in the late afternoon of December 23, 2002.