2006: On This Year


2006 (MMVI in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2006th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 2006 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 2006 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 2006, who was Time's Person of the Year in 2006, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 2006, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 2006, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 2006.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 2006 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 2006 known for ?

  • Only a few years after the turn of the new millennium, mankind continued to push the bounds of what is possible in space.
  • 2006 was the year of NASA’s Stardust mission. Stardust was a space probe that collected samples of cosmic dust from the comet, Wild 2. The probe was able to successfully collect samples and return them to the Earth. This was the first mission of its kind in history.
  • Not all technological developments were positive this year, though. Nuclear weapons continued to proliferate throughout the world, as North Korea launched its first nuclear test. This made North Korea a nuclear power and therefore heightened tensions on an already strained region.
  • 2006 marked the end of an era in Iraq as well. After the United States and other allied forces invaded Iraq in 2003, Sadaam Hussein, the longtime dictator of Iraq, had been overthrown. In 2006, Hussein was sentenced to die and his execution was carried out. While this was by no means an end to the fighting and political violence in Iraq, this did bring a chapter of Iraqi history to a close.
  • There were two other famous violent episodes in 2006 that reverberated through popular culture as well. The first event was the unexpected death of Australian wildlife expert and television show host, Steve Irwin in September. Irwin was killed by a stingray in a freak accident in the shallow waters of the Australian coast. The second was an incident involving a shotgun and the vice president of the United States, Dick Cheney. Cheney accidentally shot his hunting companion, Harry Whittington while participating in a quail hunt in Texas.
  • In film, 2006 saw The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, starring Johnny Depp, and Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig top the box office. Crash, Brokeback Mountain, Capote, and Walk the Line were the big films at the 78th Academy Awards of 2006.

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2006: Oscar Winners of the Year

In 2006, during the 79th Academy Awards Cerimony, held on 25/02/2007 the following movies, actors, actresses and directors were awarded with the Oscar in 6 categories honoring the films released in 2006:

What movie won the Best Picture Oscar in 2006?

The Oscar for Best Movie went to The Departed, directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Director Oscar in 2006?

The Oscar for Best Director went to Martin Scorsese, for the movie The Departed, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Actor Oscar in 2006?

The Last King of Scotland
The Oscar for Best Actor went to Forest Whitaker, for the movie The Last King of Scotland, starring James McAvoy, Forest Whitaker, Gillian Anderson, Kerry Washington produced in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Who won the Best Actress Oscar in 2006?

The Oscar for Best Actress went to Helen Mirren, for the movie The Queen, starring Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings produced in the .

Who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2006?

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to Alan Arkin, for the movie Little Miss Sunshine, starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2006?

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to Jennifer Hudson, for the movie Dreamgirls, starring Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover produced in the United States of America.
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2006: Who was Time's Person of the Year?

In 2006, You was named by TIME magazine as Person of the Year. Representing individual content creators on the World Wide Web.

2006: What were the most popular books published that year?

The most popular and best selling books in 2006 were:

Dispatches From The Edge by Anderson Cooper

Dispatches From The Edge


Anderson Cooper has witnessed more conflict and chaos around the globe than anyone. His groundbreaking reporting on CNN has revolutionized the way we view the news.

Marley & Me by John Grogan

Marley & Me


This is the heartwarming story of a family who lost their dog to neurotic behavior.

The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman

The World Is Flat


The Phenomenal #1 Bestseller is Back in New Edition

Beach Road by James Patterson, Peter de Jonge

Beach Road


Tom Dunleavy, Montauk lawyer, has a woefully limited client list. He barely keeps his paper clips in place for real estate closings. He knows he has the case of his life when he is asked to defend a local suspect …

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

I Feel Bad About My Neck


Nora Ephron's disarming, intimate voice and dry humor make it easy for us to hear her struggles in I Feel Bad About My Neck. It is a hilarious, candid and funny book.

Dog chinese zodiac sign

2006: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 2006?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 2006 was the Year of the Dog.

Discover Zodiac Sign Characteristics and Personality Traits of people born under the Dog sign.

Nobel Prize

2006: Nobel Prize Winners of the Year

2006: Who won the Nobel Peace Prize ?

In 2006 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to:
  • Muhammad Yunus
  • Grameen Bank

2006: Who won the Nobel Prize in Literature ?

In 2006 the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to:
  • Orhan Pamuk

2006: Who won the Nobel Prize in Physics ?

In 2006 the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to:
  • John C. Mather
  • George Smoot

2006: Who won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences ?

In 2006 the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded to:
  • Edmund Phelps

2006: Who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry ?

In 2006 the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to:
  • Roger D. Kornberg

2006: Who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine ?

In 2006 the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to:
  • Andrew Fire
  • Craig Mello
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2006: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 2006 were Jacob, Michael and Joshua for boys and Emily, Emma and Madison for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

2006: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 2006 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Jacob
  • Michael
  • Joshua
  • Ethan
  • Matthew
  • Daniel
  • Andrew
  • Christopher
  • Anthony
  • William

2006: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 2006 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Emily
  • Emma
  • Madison
  • Isabella
  • Ava
  • Abigail
  • Olivia
  • Hannah
  • Sophia
  • Samantha

vinyl songs

2006: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 2006, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was Temperature by Sean Paul

2006: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 2006 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. Temperature by Sean Paul
  2. Promiscuous by Nelly Furtado
  3. You're Beautiful by James Blunt
  4. Me & U by Cassie
  5. Be Without You by Mary J. Blige
  6. How To Save A Life by The Fray
  7. Bad Day by Daniel Powter
  8. Crazy by Gnarls Barkley
  9. Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield
  10. Check On It by Beyonce

2006: What was the number 1 song in the UK that year?

The number 1 song in the UK in 2006, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was Hips Don't Lie by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean

2006: What was the music chart in the UK that year?

The Music Chart in the UK in 2006 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. Hips Don't Lie by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean
  2. Crazy by Gnarls Barkley
  3. I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair) by Sandi Thom
  4. From Paris To Berlin by Infernal
  5. Maneater by Nelly Furtado
  6. I Don't Feel Like Dancin' by Scissor Sisters
  7. Smack That by Akon
  8. No Tomorrow by Orson
  9. Nasty Girl by The Notorious BIG featuring Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge & Avery Storm
  10. Smile by Lily Allen

2006: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 2006 were:

Casino Royale

Release year: 2006

Directed by: Martin Campbell

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

Country: United States of America

Casino Royale

Release year: 2006

Directed by: Martin Campbell

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

Country: United States of America


Release year: 2006

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Starring: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West

Country: United States of America

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Release year: 2006

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport

Country: United States of America

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Release year: 2006

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport

Country: United States of America

world population

2006: What was the world population that year?

The world population in 2006 was 6,623,517,833 people according to data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. This figure includes both urban and rural populations. The urban population at that time accounted for 50.0% of the total population, which is roughly 3.3 billion individuals.The annual population change in 2006 was an increase of +81.8 million people, representing a percentage increase of +1.25% over the previous year.The average population density in 2006 was 27 persons per square mile (or 44 persons per square kilometer).


What happened in 2006?

Here's what happened in 2006:

  • Jan 1, 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.
  • Jan 2, 2006: A coal mine explosion in Sago, West Virginia kills 12 miners and leaves one in critical condition.
  • Jan 3, 2006: In the Sago Mine Disaster, near Buckhannon West Virginia, USA, twelve dead coal miners were found along with one survivor.
  • Jan 4, 2006: A second stroke occurs in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Israel. Ehud Olmert, acting Prime Minister, assumes his authority.
  • Jan 5, 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.
  • Jan 6, 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.
  • Jan 7, 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.
  • Jan 8, 2006: Two million Muslims begin the annual pilgrimage or hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia (CNN).
  • Jan 9, 2006: The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 11,000 for the first-time since June 7, 2001.
  • Jan 10, 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.
  • Jan 11, 2006: Alaska's Augustine Volcano erupts twice. This marks its first major eruption since 1986.
  • Jan 12, 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.
  • Jan 13, 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.
  • Jan 14, 2006: U.S. Figure Skating Championships: Johnny Weir wins the third consecutive gold medal in men's competition.
  • Jan 15, 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.
  • Jan 16, 2006: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia's next president, is sworn into office. She is Africa's first elected female head of state.
  • Jan 17, 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
  • Jan 18, 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".
  • Jan 19, 2006: In Hungary, a Slovak Air Force Antonov An-24 is damaged.
  • Jan 20, 2006: Witnesses reported seeing a Bottlenose whale swimming in River Thames. This was the first sighting of the species since 1913, when records started.
  • Jan 21, 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.
  • Jan 22, 2006: British diplomats were accused of spying for Russia with fake rocks.
  • Jan 23, 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).
  • Jan 24, 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.
  • Jan 25, 2006: Juana Barraza, a Mexican professional wrestler, is being held in connection to the murder of at least 10 elderly women.
  • Jan 26, 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.
  • Jan 27, 2006: Western Union has discontinued its Telegram and Commercial Messaging Services.
  • Jan 28, 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.
  • Jan 29, 2006: Over the controversy surrounding Muhammad Drawings, Libya shuts down its Danish embassy.
  • Jan 30, 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.
  • Jan 31, 2006: Samuel Alito is inducted as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • Feb 1, 2006: UAL Corporation, United Airlines’ parent company, has emerged from bankruptcy. It was in this position since December 9, 2002. This is the longest such filing in American history.
  • Feb 2, 2006: Leaked documents in the UK reveal that a conversation between U.S. President George W. Bush (and Tony Blair) in 2003 revealed that Blair wanted to follow the US into Iraq without UN resolution and that Bush thought it would be provoking an Iraqi response using Lockheed U-2 spy aircrafts that were falsely marked Lockheed U-2 to give him an excuse to go to war.
  • Feb 3, 2006: A passenger ferry from Egypt carrying over 1,400 passengers, is sunk in the Red Sea off Saudi Arabia.
  • Feb 4, 2006: The Wowowee stampede at Pasig City's PhilSports Arena, Philippines kills 74 people, and leaves 600 others injured.
  • Feb 5, 2006: American football: The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Super Bowl XL.
  • Feb 6, 2006: Costa Rica's presidential election is close and difficult to call.
  • Feb 7, 2006: Hamshahri, an Iranian newspaper, announced a competition to find the best Holocaust cartoon "as a test for the boundaries of freedom speech".
  • Feb 8, 2006: The Tripoli Agreement between Sudan and Chad ends the Chadian-Sudanese war.
  • Feb 9, 2006: I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is the former chief of staff of US Vice President Cheney. He tells federal grand juries that his superiors allowed him to provide secret information to reporters as part Bush's defense against intelligence used to justify invasion of Iraq.
  • Feb 10, 2006: Wayne Gretzky, a great player in the National Hockey League, has denied placing bets on illegal sports gambling.
  • Feb 11, 2006: U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot Harry Whittington in the face with an assault rifle on a ranch in south Texas.
  • Feb 12, 2006: Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, creates a political storm when he compares himself to Jesus Christ.
  • Feb 13, 2006: Mwai Kibaki, Kenya's president, announces that two ministers have resigned in relation to two corruption scandals. Both the education minister George Saitoti and Kiraitu Murungi, energy minister, deny any wrongdoing.
  • Feb 14, 2006: On a conscience vote, the British House of Commons votes 384 to 184 to ban smoking in enclosed public places throughout England starting in summer 2007.
  • Feb 15, 2006: Abu Ghraib torture, prisoner abuse: Australian television channel SBS broadcasts video and photos of what it claims are previously unpublished images showing the abuse of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison by US military personnel in 2003.
  • Feb 16, 2006: The United States Army has decommissioned the last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, (MASH).
  • Feb 17, 2006: In the Philippines, there is a massive mudslide. The death toll has been set at 1,126.
  • Feb 18, 2006: Yusuf Mwawa, former Malawian Minister for Education and leader of the anti-corruption campaign in Malawi, was sentenced to five year imprisonment for fraud and corruption.
  • Feb 19, 2006: A methane explosion in a coal mine near Nueva Rosita, Mexico, kills 65 miners.
  • Feb 20, 2006: Don Kennedy, a retired scientist, suggests that Tuvalu's entire population should relocate to Fijian Island of Kioa to preserve Tuvaluan culture. Their homeland is becoming uninhabitable as a result of rising sea levels.
  • Feb 21, 2006: In fighting between the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism and the Islamic Court in Daynille and Mogadishu (Somalia), 33 people were killed and many more injured.
  • Feb 22, 2006: The South Dakota Senate approves a bill which would outlaw nearly all forms of abortion.
  • Feb 23, 2006: Uganda holds its first multiparty general election in 25 years.
  • Feb 24, 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.
  • Feb 25, 2006: Idriss deby, President of Chad, announces that 2006 Chad Presidential Elections will be held on May 3. Many opposition leaders have already announced plans to boycott the election. Mohammed Nour continues to threaten violence if there isn't a national forum.
  • Feb 26, 2006: Olivier Awards: George Maguire, James Lomas, and Liam Mower win the Best Actor in Musical Award for their roles in Billy Elliot. They are the first to do this in a joint capacity. Mower, aged 13, is the youngest recipient of this award.
  • Feb 27, 2006: President of Taiwan Chen Shui-bian, the Republic of China (Taiwan), announces that the National Unification Council will cease to function and that the Guidelines for National Unification will be applied. The pan-Blue Coalition, People's Republic of China condemn the move. Chen claims that the PRC's aggression prompted Chen to reverse the decision.
  • Feb 28, 2006: Bombing of Al Askari Mosque: So far, sixty-eight people have been murdered in Baghdad, Iraq. Baghdad was rocked by mortar and car bombs as news commentators speculated about the possibility that Iraq could be embroiled in civil war. (MSNBC). According to the primary morgue in Baghdad, the death toll from violence following the Al Askari Mosque Bombing has exceeded 1,300. This is contrary to previous information from the United States military.
  • Mar 1, 2006: English-language Wikipedia reaches its one millionth article, Jordanhill railway station.
  • Mar 2, 2006: After two extensions, the USA PATRIOT Act was renewed by the United States Senate with a vote of 89-10. Analysts predict that the Act will be renewed by the United States House of Representatives in its next week's vote.
  • Mar 3, 2006: Research In Motion, a Waterloo Ontario-based company, has agreed to pay NTP Inc. $612.5 millions to settle NTP’s patent-infringement lawsuit against RIM. NTP had argued RIM's BlackBerry wireless-communication devices use technology patented by NTP.
  • Mar 4, 2006: Following allegations that she had received money from Silvio Berlusconi, Tessa Jowell, British Culture Secretary, splits with David Mills.
  • Mar 5, 2006: The 2006 Academy Awards were held. Film Crash won Best Picture.
  • Mar 6, 2006: In the House of Lords, the United Kingdom government loses its bid to require passport applicants to have biometric ID cards. The government will attempt to reverse the defeat at the House of Commons and suggested that it could invoke the Parliament Acts 1911 or 1949.
  • Mar 7, 2006: A series of bombings are coordinated by Lashkar-e-Taiba, a terrorist organization based in Varanasi (India).
  • Mar 8, 2006: CeBIT, the world's largest Expo on Information Technology, opens in Hanover (Germany).
  • Mar 9, 2006: Astronomers have announced that the Cassini Huygens probe detected geysers of water at Saturn's moon Enceladus. This could be the first instance of naturally occurring liquid water outside of Earth.
  • Mar 10, 2006: The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars.
  • Mar 11, 2006: Slobodan Milosevic, the former Yugoslav president, was found dead in his cell at The Hague in The Netherlands.
  • Mar 12, 2006: Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi was a 14-year-old girl from Iraq who was raped, murdered and killed with her family during the Mahmudiyah murders.
  • Mar 13, 2006: Tony Blair, the UK Prime Minister, has been embroiled in a cash-for-honours scandal. One millionaire donor revealed that Labour fundraisers had secured secret loans from businessmen in order to be nominated for peerages.
  • Mar 14, 2006: Officials from Washington D.C. unveil plans for a 41,000-seat stadium.
  • Mar 15, 2006: Two gunmen attacked UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Yei, Sudan. One guard was killed and two others were left in critical condition.
  • Mar 16, 2006: Today, thousands of anti-government protesters in Thailand continue to rally against Thaksin Shinawatra, the current Thai Prime Minister. They demand that he resign from his post. Sondhi Limthongkul (opposition leader) declared that he and his party will continue to protest all day until the PM resigns.
  • Mar 17, 2006: The Naval Vessel Register records the United States' two remaining Iowa-class battleships, ending their age as a battleship.
  • Mar 18, 2006: Hamas has announced the formation of a new cabinet to manage the Palestinian Authority-controlled territory. In a desperate attempt to include the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine into the government, Hamas delayed by one day the submission of the cabinet to the approval of Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority.
  • Mar 19, 2006: Three of six men who became seriously ill in a drug trial (of a monoclonal anti-monoclonal antibody TGN 1402) were taken off organ support.
  • Mar 20, 2006: Cyclone Larry strikes eastern Australia and decimates most of the country’s banana crop.
  • Mar 21, 2006: $1M of damage was caused by immigrant workers who were building the Burj Khalifa.
  • Mar 22, 2006: After 118 days in captivity and the death their American colleague Tom Fox, three Christian Peacemaker Team hostages were released by British forces from Baghdad.
  • Mar 23, 2006: Xbox 360 was launched in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Mar 24, 2006: Abdul Rahman should be executed, according to Kabul Clerics. He is accused of being apostasy in his conversion from Islam to Christianity.
  • Mar 25, 2006: Seven people are killed in the Capitol Hill Massacre, Seattle, Washington.
  • Mar 26, 2006: Officially, the military junta in Burma has named Naypyidaw as its new capital. It is located in Mandalay Division. Yangon was once the capital of the nation.
  • Mar 27, 2006: Abd al Karim al Enzi, Iraqi security minister, accuses American soldiers accompanied with Iraqi troops of raiding the Mustafa Shiite Mosque in eastern Baghdad. They also executed 37 unarmed persons who were tied up.
  • Mar 28, 2006: In France, at least 1,000,000 students and union members protest the First Employment Contract law.
  • Mar 29, 2006: Canada has officially severed all ties to Hamas cabinet members and suspended assistance to the Palestinian Authority.
  • Mar 30, 2006: The United Kingdom Terrorism Act 2006 is made a law.
  • Mar 31, 2006: After days of counting votes, Viktor Yanukovych's Party of Regions won a plurality at the 2006 Ukrainian parliamentary election. Central Election Commission of Ukraine
  • Apr 1, 2006: In the United Kingdom, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (or the "British FBI") is launched.
  • Apr 2, 2006: More than 60 tornadoes are reported in the United States. Tennessee is hardest hit with 29 deaths.
  • Apr 3, 2006: In the first phase, Zacarias Moussaoui was found guilty by the jury.
  • Apr 4, 2006: France 2006: Three million protestors marched against the First Employment Contract (CPE), 700 000 in Paris. Students call for a general strike.
  • Apr 5, 2006: Scientists in the United States have successfully implanted artificial bladders, or artificial urinary bladders, that were grown from cells taken from patients.
  • Apr 6, 2006: In India, Western Gujarat has been hit by an earthquake measuring 5.5 magnitude.
  • Apr 7, 2006: A number of tornadoes struck the U.S. state of Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana for the second time in less that a week.
  • Apr 8, 2006: A resident found the bodies of eight Bandidos bikers in Shedden, Ontario, Canada. This incident is considered to be a cleansing of the inner circle of the gang. Ontario Provincial Police open a murder investigation. (CBC) (London Free Press Ontario)
  • Apr 9, 2006: Scooter Libby claims that President George W. Bush allowed leaks of secret CIA intelligence material.
  • Apr 10, 2006: At least 100 people are killed in a fire at Victoria Park, Meerut (Uttar Pradesh), India's Brand India Fair.
  • Apr 11, 2006: Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces Iran's claim to have successfully enriched uranium.
  • Apr 12, 2006: United Front for Democratic Change rebels approach N'Djamena (capital of Chad).
  • Apr 13, 2006: Battle of N'Djamena - The attack by the United Front for Democratic Change on N'Djamena, the capital of Chad, is repulsed by the Chadian army. (Canadian Press). The UN Security Council condemns rebel attacks.
  • Apr 14, 2006: In a three-day conference attended mostly by Palestinian Hamas officials, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's president, criticizes Israel. He called the Israeli regime "a rotten and dried tree that will be destroyed by one storm".
  • Apr 15, 2006: New York City officially opens Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. Construction cost US$56 Million.
  • Apr 16, 2006: The first parade of Irish military forces since 1970 took place in Dublin. It was held to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising. In memory of the civilians and military who died on both sides, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern laid a wreath at Kilmainham Jail.
  • Apr 17, 2006: Sami Hammad (a suicide bomber from Palestine) detonates an explosive device at Tel Aviv, killing 11 and injuring 70.
  • Apr 18, 2006: Hu Jintao makes his first trip to Washington since 2003, when he was elected President of the People's Republic of China. (CNN).
  • Apr 19, 2006: The Italian Supreme Court has affirmed the victory of Romano Prodi, centre-left opposition candidate, in the contested Italian general elections, 2006. It dismissed complaints by Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister, that the vote was marred with irregularities.
  • Apr 20, 2006: May - Human Genome Project publishes last chromosome sequence in Nature's ''Nature.
  • Apr 21, 2006: April 2006 Nepalese General Strike: King Gyanendra of Nepal requests nominations for the post of Prime Minister to help end unrest in the country.
  • Apr 22, 2006: Colombian Armed Conflict: A rebel group ambushed a Colombian mountaintop near the Venezuelan border, killing 17 soldiers and a secret officer.
  • Apr 23, 2006: Osama bin Laden calls for Jihad against the "Crusaders” in Darfur in an audiotape that was released to Al Jazeera
  • Apr 24, 2006: Famous Bangladeshi social worker and activist for human rights, Nasreen Pervin Huk, died in a tragic accident at his home in Dhaka, Bangladesh. From 2003 to her death, she was the country director for ActionAid Bangladesh (ActionAid).
  • Apr 25, 2006: In a video released recently, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is seen unmasked mocking the "crusade", which was led by the American-led coalition. He addresses U.S. President George W. Bush at one point. (BBC),
  • Apr 26, 2006: Anibal Acevedo Vila is the Governor of Puerto Rico. He signed an executive order directing that the budget be used only for security and health services. 43 government agencies will close down while 15 others will continue to provide partial services. 60 other agencies will continue to operate normally. This is due to the fact that the budget ran out before the end the fiscal year.
  • Apr 27, 2006: The Moray by-election is won by the Scottish National Party, 2006.
  • Apr 28, 2006: Steven L. Jordan, U.S Army Lt. Colonel, is the highest ranking officer to face charges in connection with Abu Ghraib abuse.
  • Apr 29, 2006: The third year of war against Iraq is marked by massive anti-war protests and a march down Broadway, New York City.
  • Apr 30, 2006: Conflict in Darfur: The Sudanese government has accepted a peace deal mediated by the African Union. (Reuters, (CNN) Several rebel Janjaweed militias must be disarmed as per the agreement. They are unable to get last-minute concessions and have not yet given a signal about whether or not they will sign.
  • May 1, 2006: As protesters demonstrate for their rights to immigration, the Great American Boycott is held across the United States.
  • May 2, 2006: The new cabinet of Nepal has been unveiled.
  • May 3, 2006: Zacarias Moussaoui was sentenced to life imprisonment in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • May 4, 2006: A large meteor shower crosses over El Paso, Texas, USA.
  • May 5, 2006: China's government has created artificial rain to wash Beijing with sand and dust.
  • May 6, 2006: The People's Republic of China announced that Vatican-approved Paul Pei Junmin will be ordained as Catholic bishop on Sunday. This announcement comes just days after diplomatic tensions arising from the unilateral ordination of two bishops by Beijing.
  • May 7, 2006: Disgruntled bus driver sets out on a rampage through Dublin, Ireland. He smashes through oncoming and stopped vehicles, drives across tram lines, and takes the wrong side of a dual carriageway. One woman is killed, and 13 others are injured, including five Gardai. Three times, armed Gardai opened fire to stop the bus.
  • May 8, 2006: Jacob Zuma, former South African deputy president, is cleared of a rape accusation. The judge rules that Jacob Zuma had sex with a 31 year old HIV-positive lady consensually.
  • May 9, 2006: Estonia ratifies European Constitution
  • May 10, 2006: China has declassified its diplomatic files, including records from the Sino-Soviet split, between 1956 and 1960.
  • May 11, 2006: Residents flee Mogadishu, as Islamist militias and warlords fight for control of Somali capital. 120 people have been killed in five days of fighting. (VoA),
  • May 12, 2006: Mass unrest caused by the Primeiro Comando da Capital in Sao Paulo (Brazil) leaves at least 150 people dead.
  • May 13, 2006: 2006 Sao Paulo violence: A major rebellion takes place in several Brazilian prisons.
  • May 14, 2006: Israeli-Palestinian conflict:
  • May 15, 2006: United States President George W. Bush delivers a speech proposing major reforms in immigration.
  • May 16, 2006: After a Freedom of Information Act request by the Associated Press, the United States released a list of 759 Guantanamo Bay prisoners in Cuba.
  • May 17, 2006: As an artificial reef, the USS Oriskany aircraft carrier is submerged in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • May 18, 2006: Loktantra andolan's government approves a landmark bill that reduces the power of the monarchy, making Nepal a secular nation.
  • May 19, 2006: The 2006 Iranian sumptuary Law controversy
  • May 20, 2006: Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans in Louisiana, USA, is reelected
  • May 21, 2006: A referendum is held in Montenegro to decide independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. With a majority vote of 55%, the Montenegrins voted for independence.
  • May 22, 2006: A brown bear entered Bavarian territory for the first time in 175 year. A brown bear attacked several sheep, causing minor damage to property. The bear poses a threat to humans, even Germany's WWF branch. (BBC),1, (BBC),2
  • May 23, 2006: Alaskan stratovolcano Mount Cleveland erupts.
  • May 24, 2006: The United Kingdom government announces plans for overhauling the pension system
  • May 25, 2006: Kenneth Lay, the CEO of Enron is indicted for ten counts related to securities fraud.
  • May 26, 2006: Over 5,700 people are killed and 200,000 are left homeless by the Java earthquake in May 2006.
  • May 27, 2006: At 5:53.58 AM local time (22.53.58 UTC May 26), the Java earthquake of May 2006 causes Bantul and Yogyakarta to be stricken, resulting in over 6,600 deaths.
  • May 28, 2006: Three months after his disappearance, the body of Lewis Brooke Miskell, a Canadian diplomat, was found in Naples, Italy.
  • May 29, 2006: Sidoarjo Mud Flow - The explosion of a natural gas well in the Subdistrict of Porong in Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia created the world's largest mud volcano. More than 11,000 people were forced from their homes in eight villages, and there was also damage to the road and power infrastructures. Many (Twenty-five!) factories were also abandoned.
  • May 30, 2006: The Legislative Yuan of China defeats a motion to vote on the bill that opens the Three Links between Taiwan and mainland China. A lawmaker from the Democratic Progressive Party tries to block the written cloture motion. The legislature is controlled by the Pan-Blue Coalition opposition, which would have probably passed the bill.
  • May 31, 2006: Ohio Republican Thomas Noe pleads guilty for illegally directing $50,000 to President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign.
  • Jun 1, 2006: Extraordinary renditions The Bundesnachrichtendienst (German intelligence agency) declares that it had known of Khalid El-Masri's seizure 16 months before Germany was officially informed of his mistaken arrest in the name of the War on Terror. Germany previously claimed it didn't know about el-Masri being abducted by the CIA, and that he stayed in the Salt Pit in Afghanistan from his return to Germany in May 2004.
  • Jun 2, 2006: Reports indicate that a fireball has been seen crossing Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. It is estimated to have been 20 miles above the Earth's crust. Minnesota is awoken by a sonic boom.
  • Jun 3, 2006: With Montenegro's formal declaration to independence, the union between Serbia and Montenegro is over.
  • Jun 4, 2006: The Islamic Courts militia seizes Balad, a key town near Mogadishu. It was previously held by ARPCT, a member warlord coalition. According to reports, at least 15 people have been killed in fighting.
  • Jun 5, 2006: Serbia declares independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro.
  • Jun 6, 2006: Toronto terrorist case 2006: Toronto police discover an alleged plot where Steven Vikash Chand alias Abdul Shakur wanted to invade the Parliament of Canada and assassinate Prime Minster Stephen Harper.
  • Jun 7, 2006: Norway's northern Troms County is the site of a meteorite-impact event. Locals liken the explosion to Hiroshima's nuclear explosion. It is believed that the impact site was desolate and there were no injuries or structural damage.
  • Jun 8, 2006: Scientists from Greece have discovered hidden letters in ancient Greek on the Antikythera mechanism. This mechanism is believed to be the first analog computer anywhere in the world.
  • Jun 9, 2006: Launch of the first Kazakh satellite spacecraft ''KazSat’'
  • Jun 10, 2006: Three Guantanamo Bay prisoners kill themselves in protest at the conditions at the Guantanamo bay detention camp. Human rights groups express concern. (Houston Chronicle), New Zealand Herald, (CNN),
  • Jun 11, 2006: Eyewitnesses from Iraq claim that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a U.S. soldier, briefly interrogated him and kicked him in the chest before his death.
  • Jun 12, 2006: Fatah activists attacked the Palestinian parliament building setting fire to the fourth and destroying the building with gunfire. (AP),
  • Jun 13, 2006: In its decision in "Hill v. McDonough", the U.S. Supreme Court allows for the challenge to constitutionality of lethal injection.
  • Jun 14, 2006: Violent riots continue in Conakry (Guinea).
  • Jun 15, 2006: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito broke a tie in a 5-4 ruling in "Hudson v. Michigan", allowing evidence to be admitted in cases in which police didn't knock on doors and announce that they were executing a search warrant.
  • Jun 16, 2006: The United States House of Representatives approves a resolution 256-153 supporting President Bush's policy regarding Iraq.
  • Jun 17, 2006: In Sri Lanka, violence escalates as government troops attack Tamils in a Church in protest against an attack by the Tamil Tigers on the navy.
  • Jun 18, 2006: According to the Washington Post, the United States turned down an Iranian offer to settle differences about recognizing Israel's right of existence and alleged Iranian support for terrorism in 2003.
  • Jun 19, 2006: In Pennsylvania, USA, you can witness a meteor show.
  • Jun 20, 2006: The Miami Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals 4-2.
  • Jun 21, 2006: Pluto's new moons have been officially named Nix & Hydra.
  • Jun 22, 2006: The International Astronomical Union officially named Pluto's newly discovered moons S/2005 P 2, and S/2005 P 1 Nix (after Nyx the Greek Goddess of Darkness and Hydra, a multi-headed monster from Greek mythology), respectively. (SMH),
  • Jun 23, 2006: Seven men were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Miami, Florida. They are accused of plotting to bomb the Sears Tower, as well as other attacks in Miami.
  • Jun 24, 2006: After a brawl between England supporters in Stuttgart and Germany supporters, 378 Germans were arrested. Around 60,000 England supporters were present in Stuttgart to watch Sunday's World Cup 2nd round match with Ecuador.
  • Jun 25, 2006: Gilad Shalit is an Israeli soldier kidnapped in a cross-border attack from the Israeli territory by Palestinian militants.
  • Jun 26, 2006: As a protection against child abduction, electronic IDs will be distributed in Belgium to children under 12 years of age. They will include a code and a hotline.
  • Jun 27, 2006: The neighboring Central African Republic is attacked by rebels from Chad. According to reports, they have formed an alliance with CAR rebels. Violence has erupted in large parts of both countries.
  • Jun 28, 2006: Due to rising levels of the Susquehanna River, up to 200,000 residents in Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania) are being ordered to leave their homes. 46 out of 67 Pennsylvania counties are currently in a state emergency. In neighboring states, such as New York, extensive flooding is also taking place. Governor George Pataki says that this is the worst flooding he's seen in his 12 years of being governor.
  • Jun 29, 2006: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President George W. Bush’s plan to trial Guantanamo Bay prisoners in military tribunals is a violation of U.S. and international laws.
  • Jun 30, 2006: An order is issued by a judge to arrest Luis Echeverria, former Mexican President, on charges related to the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre.
  • Jul 1, 2006: First operation of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, People's Republic of China.
  • Jul 2, 2006: Bono, U2's frontman, says that despite having made promises to Africa one year ago at the Live 8 concerts. Bono stated in a CNN interview that not enough has been done to promote trade fairs.
  • Jul 3, 2006: Valencia metro accident leaves 43 dead in Valencia, Spain.
  • Jul 4, 2006: North Korea tests four medium-range missiles and one short-range missile. It also tests a Taepodong-2 long-range missile. According to reports, the long-range Taepodong-2 fails mid-air above the Sea of Japan.
  • Jul 5, 2006: North Korea has launched at least two Nodong-2 short-range missiles, one SCU missile and one Taepodong-2 long-range missile.
  • Jul 6, 2006: After 44 years, the Nathula Pass, which connects India and China and was sealed in the Sino-Indian War of 1962, is now reopened. (Zee News),
  • Jul 7, 2006: Disney releases the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest in theaters across the USA. Gross revenue for the opening weekend: US$135.6 Million, a record.
  • Jul 8, 2006: The USS "Mustin", which is equipped with surface-to-air missiles and Tomahawk cruise missiles, was deployed to a Japanese port. This is a regular schedule and is not in response North Korea's missile tests.
  • Jul 9, 2006: Sibir Airlines Airbus A310 passenger plane carrying 200 passengers, crashes into the runway and causes injuries to at least 122 people. The crash occurred at Irkutsk Airport in Siberia.
  • Jul 10, 2006: Shortly after takeoff, Pakistan International Flight PK-688 crashes into Multan, Pakistan killing all 45 passengers.
  • Jul 11, 2006: Bomb attacks in Mumbai in India kill 209 people.
  • Jul 12, 2006: Operation True Promise is initiated by the Hezbollah
  • Jul 13, 2006: Alaksandar Kazulin is a candidate for President in Belarus against Alexander Lukashenko. He was arrested for organizing protests against Lukashenko being re-elected.
  • Jul 14, 2006: In Juba, Sudan, talks begin between the delegations of the Lord's Resistance Army (UG) with the aim to end the conflict in Acholiland. The Ugandan leader, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, the Internal Affairs Minister, stated that he is committed to a quick ceasefire.
  • Jul 15, 2006: Twitter launched.
  • Jul 16, 2006: According to reports, Tropical Storm Bilis claimed the lives of at least 115 people in southeastern China when it struck on Friday.
  • Jul 17, 2006: Space Shuttle Discovery lands safely on Runway 33 at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. This marks the end of a 13-day mission towards the International Space Station.
  • Jul 18, 2006: The 'SS Nomadic, the last floating link to 'Titanic,'' returns home to a huge reception in Belfast.
  • Jul 19, 2006: The vote of 235-193 in the U.S. House of Representatives is not enough to override President George W. Bush’s first-ever veto of a bill to reauthorize federal funding of embryonic and stem cell research (see Stem Cell controversy).
  • Jul 20, 2006: Ethiopian troops enter Somalian territory.
  • Jul 21, 2006: The Supreme Court of Japan ruled that foreign governments can no longer be sued in Japan.
  • Jul 22, 2006: After a terror regime that was carried out by Colombian paramilitaries in order to secure a 450-mile pipeline, a settlement of BP of multimillion pounds has been reached between a group of Colombian farmers and BP.
  • Jul 23, 2006: Human Rights Watch released a report that stated that the US soldiers who complained about torture of Iraqi prisoners had ignored their complaints.
  • Jul 24, 2006: Twenty-three crew members were saved by the United States Coast Guard, Alaska Air National Guard, and the United States Coast Guard from a sinking cargo ship that was heading from Japan to Vancouver.
  • Jul 25, 2006: The United States Senate has passed the Interstate Abortion Bill. This bill would make it illegal to send a minor to another country to have an abortion.
  • Jul 26, 2006: Conflict between Israel and Palestine (Operation Summer Rains).
  • Jul 27, 2006: Because it is illegal to outsource surveillance flight, the Federal Republic of Germany has been deemed guilty of the loss of Bashkirian 2937 & DHL Flight 611.
  • Jul 28, 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 attacker was identified as a Muslim American angry about the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war.
  • Jul 29, 2006: 2006 Israel-Lebanon Conflict:
  • Jul 30, 2006: Lebanon War: The Israeli Air Force kills at least 28 civilians including 16 children in the Second Qana massacre. Israel considers this an attempt to prevent rockets from being fired from Lebanon towards civilian targets.
  • Jul 31, 2006: New coins are legal tender in New Zealand. The 5 cent piece is no longer valid.
  • Aug 1, 2006: El Paso, Texas, is hit hard by torrential rains. This causes flooding, and the Rio Grande's banks to overflow, reaching levels never seen in more than 50 years. Dirt and rocks litter the streets, and roads are destroyed. Most severe damage is to the Northeast and West sides. Ciudad Juarez is located across the border between Mexico and the United States. It is also affected.
  • Aug 2, 2006: Mel Gibson was charged with misdemeanor drunken driver and other related offenses.
  • Aug 3, 2006: After being devastated by flooding, North Korea refuses to accept aid. Over a million people have been evacuated and more than one hundred are still missing. CNN news
  • Aug 4, 2006: A massacre is committed by the Sri Lankan government forces. It kills 17 employees of the French INGO Action Against Hunger, also known internationally as Action Contre la Faim or ACF.
  • Aug 5, 2006: The Republic of China (Taiwan), has severed diplomatic relations with Chad, reducing the number of countries that maintain official relations with it down to 24. The reason was cited by the ROC foreign ministry as Chad's intent to establish relations with People's Republic of China.
  • Aug 6, 2006: BP Oil Company in Alaska announced that it would need to replace 16 miles feeder lines at its North Slope oil plant. This will result in Prudhoe Bay production being cut by half.
  • Aug 7, 2006: Conflict between Israel and Palestine
  • Aug 8, 2006: CBS News's Mike Wallace interviews Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (the president of Iran) In the interview, Ahmadinejad said that the letter he sent to George W. Bush was meant to ampquotopen a window towards the lightampquot for Bush to ampquotsee that one can look on the world through a different perspective.ampquot He responded to his nation's nuclear program and possible weapons program saying that Iran was ampquotstudyingampquot the offer presented by the United States and the European
  • Aug 9, 2006: Venezuela's opposition has chosen Manuel Rosales (Gouvernor of Zulia State) as its unity candidate in the December presidential election.
  • Aug 10, 2006: Scotland Yard stops a major terrorist plot against an aircraft travelling from the United Kingdom into the United States.
  • Aug 11, 2006: Pulkovo Airlines Flight 612 crashes close to the Russian border in Ukraine killing 171 people including 45 children.
  • Aug 12, 2006: 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict:
  • Aug 13, 2006: Iraq sectarian violence:
  • Aug 14, 2006: Chencholai bombing, in which 61 Tamil girls die in Sri Lankan Airforce bombing.
  • Aug 15, 2006: Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visits Yasukuni Shrine. This has drawn many protests from the surrounding region. (San Francisco Chronicle).
  • Aug 16, 2006: John Mark Karr was arrested in Bangkok after being accused of the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, a child beauty queen from the United States.
  • Aug 17, 2006: North Korea: ABC News reports that an American official said that the intelligence community believes that there is a possibility of a nuclear test. He also claimed that they have witnessed suspicious vehicle movement at a possible site for such a test. According to Reuters, a United States official stated that they do not have any new evidence.
  • Aug 18, 2006: Ford Motor Company will temporarily close 10 North American plants as it reduces production by 21%.
  • Aug 19, 2006: 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict:
  • Aug 20, 2006: The Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election is now headed towards a run-off election, with nearly all votes having been counted. The provisional results show Joseph Kabila receiving 44.81 percent, to Jean Pierre Bemba's 20,03.3 percent. Reports of automatic gunfire were reported by MLC representatives. Kabila's Republican Guard was accused of shooting one of its members and injuring three officers.
  • Aug 21, 2006: General election in Democratic Republic of the Congo: A meeting between Bemba, foreign ambassadors representing the International Committee Accompanying the Transformation to Democracy (CIAT), is taking place at Kinshasa. However, clashes break out between Kabila, Bemba forces Bemba to flee from his residence. The attack was reportedly by heavy machine guns as well as artillery. Jean-Tobias Okala (UN spokesperson in DRC), announced that the foreign diplomats included MONUC were being sent to the
  • Aug 22, 2006: Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise Flight 612 crashes near the Russian border over eastern Ukraine, killing all 170 people on board.
  • Aug 23, 2006: Natascha Kampusch was abducted when she was 10 years old. She managed to escape her captor Wolfgang Priklopil after eight years in captivity.
  • Aug 24, 2006: 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict:
  • Aug 25, 2006: The United Nations Security Council approves a peacekeeping mission in East Timor called United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste, (UNMIT). It will include 1,608 police officers and up to 35 military liaison officer.
  • Aug 26, 2006: 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict:
  • Aug 27, 2006: Comair Flight 5191 crashes at takeoff from Blue Grass Airport, Lexington, Kentucky, bound for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia. 49 of the 50 passengers and crew were confirmed dead within hours after the crash.
  • Aug 28, 2006: Greyhound Lines' bus carrying 52 passengers from New York City to Montreal collided at mile 115 of Interstate 87 near Elizabethtown, killing five people.
  • Aug 29, 2006: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, challenges George W. Bush in a live TV debate. The suggestion is rejected by the U.S. government and criticized.
  • Aug 30, 2006: Hurricane John will batter the Pacific coast of Mexico, with the potential for flash floods or landslides.
  • Aug 31, 2006: Norwegian police raid the stolen painting The Scream, which Edvard Munch stole on August 22, 2004.
  • Sep 1, 2006: Luxembourg is the first country to transition to all-digital television broadcasting.
  • Sep 2, 2006: The Abu Ghraib prison is handed over to the Iraqi government by the US military.
  • Sep 3, 2006: Conflict between Israel and Palestine
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  • Sep 5, 2006: Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan
  • Sep 6, 2006: The security officers of Georgia arrest nearly 30 members of the opposition political party ampquotSamartlianobaampquot (Justice) and its satellite organizations on suspicion of plotting a coup against the government. Igor Giorgadze, the country's fugitive security chief, is leading the party. He is wanted by Interpol because he is alleged to have been involved in the 1995 attack on the life of former President Shevardnadze.
  • Sep 7, 2006: The National Liberation Forces of Burundi (FNL), the last rebel group, signs a ceasefire.
  • Sep 8, 2006: Ralph Buckyampquot Phillips is the latest addition to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List. He surrenders to Pennsylvania State Police. After escaping from jail, he is wanted by the FBI for killing three New York State troopers. One of them died.
  • Sep 9, 2006: BBC's The Proms - Last Night at the Proms took place at Royal Albert Hall, London. Simulcasts of the proms were made to other cities in Britain, including Manchester, Glasgow, Swansea and Belfast. The festival attracted more than 100,000 people to London and other cities. The proms are currently in the 112th season.
  • Sep 10, 2006: A long statement by Ayman al-Zawahiri (al-Qaeda's second-in-command), on the eve the fifth anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks, calls for Muslims to resist the United States.
  • Sep 11, 2006: Havana, Cuba is the starting point for the 14th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement.
  • Sep 12, 2006: Interpol alert: Cypriot authorities respond and intercept "Grigorio-1", a North Korean ship headed for Syria. Cypriot security personnel discovered a mobile air defence system and components of a missile launcher inside the ship. However, the Government of North Korea claims that the ship contained only weather-observation equipment. The Syrian government requested that the ship dock in Syria.
  • Sep 13, 2006: The solar system's largest dwarf planet, designated until now as , is officially named ampquotErisampquot its satellite is now known as ampquotDysnomiaampquot.
  • Sep 14, 2006: A bill that gives more rights to terrorist detainees is approved by the U.S. Senate. The White House and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), agree that the bill would be signed into law to end a classified CIA interrogation programme, which a recent Supreme Court decision leaves in doubt.
  • Sep 15, 2006: E.coli-contaminated spinach can kill one person and poison over 100 others in 20 US states.
  • Sep 16, 2006: The 2006 Lasker Awards for Medical Research have been announced. (Reuters),
  • Sep 17, 2006: Fourpeaked Mountain, Alaska, erupts. This marks the first eruption of the long-dormant volcano for at least 10,000 years.
  • Sep 18, 2006: Right-wing protesters storm the Hungarian Television building in Budapest, Hungary one day after an audiotap was made public in which Prime Minister Ferenc Kyurcsany and his party admitted to lying during the 2006 general election.
  • Sep 19, 2006: In Bangkok, the Thai military stage a coup. The Constitution is overthrown and martial law is established.
  • Sep 20, 2006: The CW Television Network, a merger of UPN and The WB, officially opens its doors in the USA.
  • Sep 21, 2006: Komiljon Usmanov, a Uzbek citizen, is being tried for allegedly leading the Hizb ut-Tahrir group. In 2001, Usmanov was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on similar charges. However, he was released under amnesty. He insists on his innocence.
  • Sep 22, 2006: The F-14 Tomcat, which was famously featured in the movie "Top Gun", is officially retired by the U.S. military.
  • Sep 23, 2006: Ali Abdullah Saleh is back in office as President of Yemen, having been in office since 1978. The result prompts allegations of electoral fraud by the Yemeni opposition coalition.
  • Sep 24, 2006: Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's Foreign Minister, is being held at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Secondary screening will take place.
  • Sep 25, 2006: After Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans is reopened 13 months later. It has undergone extensive repairs and boasts the largest re-roofing job in the United States.
  • Sep 26, 2006: Due to frequent power outages, riots broke out in Dhaka (Bangladesh). Many are hurt in clashes with police.
  • Sep 27, 2006: Six female students are held hostage by an armed suspect at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado. The gunman shoots himself and one hostage is killed.
  • Sep 28, 2006: Duane Morrison was identified as the Platte Canyon High School murderer. He has no connections to Bailey, Colorado.
  • Sep 29, 2006: After allegations of inappropriate emails, Mark Foley, US Representative, resigns.
  • Sep 30, 2006: The ''Los Angeles Times'' has reported that Jason Grimsley, a former pitcher for several Major League Baseball teams who has been accused of supplying performance-enhancing drugs to several players, allegedly named stars Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Miguel Tejada in a sworn statement as users of performance-enhancers.
  • Oct 1, 2006: In Bosnia and Herzegovina, general elections are held
  • Oct 2, 2006: Charles Carl Roberts IV (a 32-year old milk-truck driver) kills five female students at Lancaster County Amish schools before shooting himself.
  • Oct 3, 2006: Viktor Khristenko (Russian Industry and Energy Minister) and Baktykozha Itzmukhambetov (Kazakh Energy and Mineral Resources Minister), sign an intergovernmental accord to create a joint venture for the processing of gas from the Karachaganak fields in West Kazakhstan. Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the agreement solved ampquotthe energy issues of key partners, including those from Western Europe.
  • Oct 4, 2006: The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 11,800 for first time, rising 123.27 points or 1.05% to 11,850.61
  • Oct 5, 2006: For the third consecutive day, the Dow Jones industrial average closes at an all-time high.
  • Oct 6, 2006: A hazardous waste plant explodes near Apex in North Carolina, releasing chlorine gas. This causes the evacuation of many people and hospitalization of more than 100.
  • Oct 7, 2006: New Guinea volcano Rabaul caldera erupts. Although 200 people have been evacuated, favourable winds protect nearby communities from the impacts.
  • Oct 8, 2006: The results of the Belgian municipal election show that the liberals suffered losses and the conservatives and nationalists gained.
  • Oct 9, 2006: North Korea claims it has conducted its first ever nuclear test.
  • Oct 10, 2006: Google purchases YouTube for US$1.65 Billion
  • Oct 11, 2006: Cory Lidle, a New York Yankees pitcher (born 1972), and his flight instructor are both killed when their plane crashes into a building on New York City's Upper East Side.
  • Oct 12, 2006: Federal Reserve believes that the United States has moderate or mixed economic growth. However, there is widespread cooling in the housing market.
  • Oct 13, 2006: Record snowfall in Buffalo, New York, and the surrounding area leaves over 400,000 people without power, three people dead and damaged trees, and up to two feet worth of heavy, wet snow.
  • Oct 14, 2006: 31 college football players were suspended after a brawl between Florida International University and University of Miami.
  • Oct 15, 2006: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake is recorded in Hawaii. All Hawaiian Islands experience power outages. Damage estimated at US$73 Million
  • Oct 16, 2006: Hawaii Earthquake: Hawaii is rocked by a magnitude 6.7 earthquake. It causes property damage, injuries and power outages.
  • Oct 17, 2006: Based on a projection by the United States Census Bureau, the United States population has reached 300 million.
  • Oct 18, 2006: Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State of the United States, arrives in Tokyo to meet with Japanese officials. There are fears that North Korea may be preparing for another nuclear test.
  • Oct 19, 2006: The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 12,011.73 on the 19th anniversary the 1987 stock market crash.
  • Oct 20, 2006: OPEC has agreed to cut its production by 1.2 million barrels per hour (190,000. m/d) in an attempt to stop falling oil prices.
  • Oct 21, 2006: In an effort to revive the Juba negotiations, President Yoweri Mugabe of Uganda meets rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army.
  • Oct 22, 2006: In a National referendum in Panama, 77.8% of Panamanian voters approve the Panama Canal expansion plan.
  • Oct 23, 2006: Jeffrey Skilling was sentenced to 24 years, four months in US federal Prison on fraud and insider trading charges related to Enron's financial collapse.
  • Oct 24, 2006: Justice Rutherford of Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled against the "motive clause", an important component of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act.
  • Oct 25, 2006: The New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of equality between husband and wife.
  • Oct 26, 2006: After a public outcry over his statement that women who don't wear the hijab were ampquotuncovered meatampquot, Sheikh Taj El Din Hilaly in Australia apologizes.
  • Oct 27, 2006: Atlanta's last Ford Taurus is delivered.
  • Oct 28, 2006: For those executed in Bykivnia forest outside Kiev, Ukraine, a funeral service is held. 817 Ukrainian civilians were executed at Bykivnia by Bolsheviks in 1930s. They are being reburied.
  • Oct 29, 2006: Mexican federal police seize Oaxaca's center, which was the headquarters of the five-month-long protest occupation of the capital.
  • Oct 30, 2006: The Esperanza Fire blazes across 61 miles of Cabazon in California's mountain territory.
  • Oct 31, 2006: Esperanza Fire
  • Nov 1, 2006: After 48 years in Las Vegas, the Stardust Resort & Casino has closed its doors.
  • Nov 2, 2006: ''No. Jackson Pollock's ''No.
  • Nov 3, 2006: Ted Haggard, an American evangelical minister, is charged with methamphetamine abuse and homosexual sex acts.
  • Nov 4, 2006: Nine people are killed in a fire at Reno's historic Mizpah Hotel. Not all the ruins have been found yet.
  • Nov 5, 2006: Saddam Hussein, the former president of Iraq, and his co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, are sentenced to death in the al-Dujail trial for their roles in the 1982 massacre of 148 Shia Muslims.
  • Nov 6, 2006: Somalian War: There have been heavy fighting between the forces of Union of Islamic Courts (the semi-autonomous region of Somalia) and Puntland (the Union of Islamic Courts).
  • Nov 7, 2006: U.S. Midterm elections: Democrats take control of both Houses of Congress for first time since 1994.
  • Nov 8, 2006: Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Defense Secretary, resigns. President Bush nominates Robert Gates as his replacement. Gates is a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • Nov 9, 2006: Ken Mehlman will step down as Chairman of the National Committee of The United States Republican Party.
  • Nov 10, 2006: In Colombo, Sri Lankan Tamil Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj was assassinated.
  • Nov 11, 2006: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II unveils in London, United Kingdom the New Zealand War Memorial to commemorate the deaths of soldiers from both the British Army and the New Zealand Army.
  • Nov 12, 2006: Ronald Reagan is no longer the longest-living President of the United States than Gerald Ford.
  • Nov 13, 2006: Voters in South Ossetia voted 98-99% for independence from Georgia in a referendum. 78% of the votes have been counted. The poll is not recognized by Russia or the West.
  • Nov 14, 2006: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran, stated that he expected Iran's nuclear enrichment program to be complete by February 2007.
  • Nov 15, 2006: A magnitude 8.3 earthquake is recorded in the Kuril Islands. A tsunami measuring 176 cm in height damages Crescent City's dock.
  • Nov 16, 2006: 2006 Tonga riots:
  • Nov 17, 2006: Sony launches the PlayStation 3 video gaming system in the USA.
  • Nov 18, 2006: President of Turkmenistan ampquotTurkmenbashiampquot Saparmurat Niyazov schedules a second eye operation in Germany in January amid rumors that his health is poor. Because President Niyazov signed a decree earlier this year that closed all other hospitals and replaced the majority of healthcare personnel with soldiers, Turkmenistan cannot allow him to be operated on.
  • Nov 19, 2006: The Wii videogame system is released by Nintendo in North America and South America. The Wii Sports video game system includes a Nunchuk controller attachment and a wireless Wii remote control. The US price is US$249.99 Sales in the first 8 days totalled 600,000.
  • Nov 20, 2006: Four students are killed in a bus accident at Lee High School in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • Nov 21, 2006: Pierre Gemayel, Anti-Syrian Lebanese MP and Minister Pierre Gemayel are assassinated in suburb Beirut.
  • Nov 22, 2006: Seven people were killed when a gas pipeline bursts in Surabaya, Java.
  • Nov 23, 2006: Sadr City is hit with a series of bombings that kills at most 215 people and injures 257 more. This makes it the second-most deadly sectarian attack since 2003's start of the Iraq War.
  • Nov 24, 2006: Security guards and police seize Michael Stone, a convict killer and loyalist, at Stormont's Northern Ireland parliament building. Stone was carrying a gun and knife as well as several potentially explosive devices.
  • Nov 25, 2006: General Augusto Pinochet issues a statement accepting ampquotpoliticalampquot responsibility for everything that happened in Chile during his rule.
  • Nov 26, 2006: US Judge James Robertson orders US Treasury to modify the dollar bill
  • Nov 27, 2006: The Canadian House of Commons supports Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s motion to make Quebec a nation in a united Canada.
  • Nov 28, 2006: U.S. District Judge James Robertson orders the U.S. Treasury Department make paper currency easier to recognize for blind people in "American Council for the Blind v. Secretary of the Treasury".
  • Nov 29, 2006: The Secretary-General of United Nations Kofi Annan expressed concern over the possibility of fighting in Sudan between army and Sudan People's Liberation Army.
  • Nov 30, 2006: Super Typhoon Durian, (Reming), is the strongest Typhoon to hit Philippines. It impacts Bical Region. Virac Catanduanes Rain is Reported and 740 people are Killed
  • Dec 1, 2006: For $60 million, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles settled 45 cases alleging sexual abuse of priests.
  • Dec 2, 2006: Protestors begin the second day of demonstrations to pressure the Lebanese government to step down.
  • Dec 3, 2006: Hezbollah's protests in Lebanon last for a third consecutive day.
  • Dec 4, 2006: Tsunemi Kubodera, a Tsunemi Kubodera photographer near the Ogasawara Islands (1,000 km (620 mi) south of Tokyo, captures an adult giant squid on video.
  • Dec 5, 2006: Fiji's government is overthrown by Commodore Frank Bainimarama.
  • Dec 6, 2006: NASA releases photos taken by Mars Global Surveyor that suggest liquid water may be present on Mars.
  • Dec 7, 2006: A tornado struck Kensal Green in North West London and caused serious damage to around 150 properties.
  • Dec 8, 2006: A gunman opens fire on a Chicago skyscraper, resulting in three deaths and one injury. A Chicago Police Department SWAT sniper shot the gunman to death.
  • Dec 9, 2006: William J. Jefferson wins a second term as Louisiana's 2nd congressional District member, defeating Karen Carter in a runoff election. This despite the fact that Jefferson was still under investigation for bribery.
  • Dec 10, 2006: NASA's space shuttle Discovery launches from Kennedy Space Center for its first night launch since 2003.
  • Dec 11, 2006: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad opens the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust in Tehran, Iran. Nations like Israel and the United States express concern.
  • Dec 12, 2006: A court in Ethiopia finds Mengistu Hailemarim, an exiled president, guilty of genocide.
  • Dec 13, 2006: The Chinese River Dolphin, also known as the Baiji, has been declared extinct.
  • Dec 14, 2006: Launch of the American spy satellite USA-193.
  • Dec 15, 2006: Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter flew for the first time.
  • Dec 16, 2006: "Time" names ampquotYouampquot, a contributor of user-generated material to websites like YouTube and Wikipedia, as its "Person of Year". (MSNBC).
  • Dec 17, 2006: Seven people are killed and seven others were injured in an attack by an armed militia in Peru.
  • Dec 18, 2006: Malaysia is hit by the first in a series floods. All flooding has resulted in at least 118 deaths, and more than 400,000 people being displaced.
  • Dec 19, 2006: Somali Civil War: Somalia’s Islamic Courts Union, (ICU), says they are finalising plans for fighting Ethiopian forces in Somalia as a seven-day deadline for Ethiopia to withdraw its troops from the country.
  • Dec 20, 2006: The Home Office department announces plans to require foreign nationals who live in Britain to obtain biometric ID cards.
  • Dec 21, 2006: Supreme Court of Indonesia cleared Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir of any involvement in 2002 Bali bombings.
  • Dec 22, 2006: The Kennedy Space Center welcomes the NASA space shuttle Discovery, which has completed a two-week mission towards the International Space Station.
  • Dec 23, 2006: Resolution 1737 of the UN Security Council, unanimously adopted by all members, sanctions Iran for its nuclear program.
  • Dec 24, 2006: Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations warns about troubling developments in Burundi which could lead to violence.
  • Dec 25, 2006: Iraqi insurgency. British Army soldiers stormed a Basra police headquarters, Iraq. They arrested allegedly corrupt officers and transferred prisoners believed to have been tortured.
  • Dec 26, 2006: Two people were killed and severe communications disruptions occurred in southeast Asia after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Hengchun, Pingtung (Taiwan).
  • Dec 27, 2006: After days of torrential rains in Indonesia, more than 105 people died. Hundreds more are still missing.
  • Dec 28, 2006: The Majilis of Kazakhstan approves the bill, pledging to not engage in nuclear proliferation while Kazakhstan launches its nuclear program.
  • Dec 29, 2006: Police in India discover skulls and bodies of 15 children missing from Noida.
  • Dec 30, 2006: Saddam Hussein is hanged after he was convicted of the executions 148 Iraqi Shiites.
  • Dec 31, 2006: The death toll of U.S. soldiers in Iraq has reached 3,000.
  • Jan 4, 2006: Ehud Olmert becomes acting Prime Minister of Israel after the incumbent, Ariel Sharon, suffers a second, apparently more serious stroke.


What does the year 2006 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 2006 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 107th year of the 21st century and the 6th year of the 2000s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 2005 and precedes 2007.

calendars for year 2006

Can you show me the calendar for the year 2006?

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September 2006
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