2006

Only a few years after the turn of the new millennium, mankind continued to push the bounds of what is possible in space.

2006

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.

Discover how the world looked like in 2006

Oscar

Oscar Winners

All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 79th edition of the Oscar ceremony


Best picture

The Departed

The Departed

The Departed

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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

Country: United States of America

Best director

Martin Scorsese

The Departed

The Departed

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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

Country: United States of America

Best actor

Forest Whitaker

The Last King of Scotland

The Last King of Scotland

Directed by: Kevin Macdonald

Starring: James McAvoy, Forest Whitaker, Gillian Anderson, Kerry Washington

Best actress

Helen Mirren

The Queen

The Queen

Directed by: Stephen Frears

Starring: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings

Best supporting actor

Alan Arkin

Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine

Directed by: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

Starring: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actress

Jennifer Hudson

Dreamgirls

Dreamgirls

Directed by: Bill Condon

Starring: Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 2006 ?
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The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman

The World Is Flat

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A New Edition of the Phenomenal #1 Bestseller"One mark of a great book is that it makes you see things in a new way, and Mr.

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

Freakonomics

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Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? How much do parents really matter? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask.

Dispatches From The Edge by Anderson Cooper

Dispatches From The Edge

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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.

Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick

Mayflower

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"Vivid and remarkably fresh...Philbrick has recast the Pilgrims for the ages."--The New York Times Book ReviewFinalist for the Pulitzer Prize in historyNew York Times Book Review Top Ten books of the YearHow did America begin? That simple question launches the …

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

I Feel Bad About My Neck

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With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 2006


Peace Prize

  • Muhammad Yunus
  • Grameen Bank

Literature

  • Orhan Pamuk

Physics

  • John C. Mather
  • George Smoot

Economic Sciences

  • Edmund Phelps

Chemistry

  • Roger D. Kornberg

Physiology or Medicine

  • Andrew Fire
  • Craig Mello

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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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

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 2006 in the USA ?

world population

World Population

Demographic statistics of the year 2006


Population statistics

  • Total population: 6.6 billion (6,623,517,833 to be precise!)
  • Urban population: 3.3 billion, that is 50.0% of the total population of 2006 lives in cities
  • Yearly change: +81.8 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.25%
  • Average density: 44.0 persons per km2
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 2006?


Events

  • 01 Jan 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 An explosion in a coal mine in Sago, West Virginia traps and kills 12 miners, while leaving one miner in critical condition.
  • 03 Jan Twelve dead coal miners and one survivor are discovered in the Sago Mine Disaster near Buckhannon, West Virginia, USA.
  • 04 Jan 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 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 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 Embroiled in multiple scandals, former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay announces he will not seek to reassume his former post.
  • 08 Jan An estimated two million Muslims officially begin the annual pilgrimage, or hajj, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia (CNN).
  • 09 Jan The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,000 for the first time since June 7, 2001, closing at 11,011.90.
  • 10 Jan 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 The Augustine Volcano in Alaska erupts twice, marking its first major eruption since 1986.
  • 12 Jan 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 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 U.S. Figure Skating Championships: Johnny Weir wins his third consecutive gold medal in the men's competition. (USFSA.org)
  • 15 Jan 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 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president. She becomes Africa's first female elected head of state. (CNN)
  • 17 Jan 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 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 A Slovak Air Force Antonov An-24 crashes in Hungary.
  • 20 Jan 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 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 British diplomats are accused of spying on Russia using a fake rock. (BBC)
  • 23 Jan 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 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 Mexican professional wrestler Juana Barraza is arrested in conjunction with the serial killing of at least 10 elderly women.
  • 26 Jan 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 Western Union discontinues its Telegram and Commercial Messaging services.
  • 28 Jan 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 Libya closes its embassy in Denmark over the Muhammad Drawings controversy. (BBC)
  • 30 Jan China and Russia agree to refer Iran to the United Nations Security Council for its nuclear program in March 2006. (Reuters)
  • 31 Jan Samuel Alito is sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • 01 Feb UAL Corporation, United Airlines' parent company, emerges from bankruptcy after being in that position since December 9, 2002, the longest such filing in history.
  • 02 Feb A leaked memo in the UK, detailing a conversation between U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2003, has revealed that Blair intended to follow the US into Iraq even without a UN resolution, and that Bush considered provoking a response from Iraq using falsely marked Lockheed U-2 spy planes to provide an excuse for war. (Guardian)
  • 03 Feb An Egyptian passenger ferry carrying more than 1,400 people, sinks in the Red Sea off the Saudi coast.
  • 04 Feb The Wowowee stampede at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines, kills 74 people and leaves 600 injured.
  • 05 Feb American football: The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 21–10 in Super Bowl XL. (Sports Illustrated)
  • 06 Feb In Costa Rica, the presidential election is a tight race and too close to call. (Reuters)
  • 07 Feb An Iranian newspaper, Hamshahri, has announced a competition for the best cartoon of the Holocaust "as a test of the boundaries of free speech". (BBC) (WikiNews)
  • 08 Feb Chad and Sudan sign the Tripoli Agreement, ending the Chadian-Sudanese conflict. (AlertNet)
  • 09 Feb I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, US Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff tells federal grand jury that his superiors authorized him to give secret information to reporters as part of the Bush administration's defense of intelligence used to justify invading Iraq. (AP)
  • 10 Feb National Hockey League great Wayne Gretzky has denied placing any bets with an illegal sport gambling operation. (Reuters)
  • 11 Feb U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shoots his friend and lawyer, Harry Whittington, in the face with a shotgun on a south Texas ranch.
  • 12 Feb Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi causes a political storm by comparing himself to Jesus Christ. (BBC)
  • 13 Feb In a televised address to the nation, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki announces the resignations of two government ministers in connection with two separate corruption scandals, the "Goldenberg" and "Anglo Leasing" affairs. Energy minister Kiraitu Murungi and education minister George Saitoti both deny any wrongdoing. (BBC)
  • 14 Feb The British House of Commons votes by 384 to 184, on a conscience vote, to implement a full smoking ban in all enclosed public places in England from summer 2007. (BBC)
  • 15 Feb Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse: Australian television network SBS airs video and photographs of what it says are previously unpublished images of the abuse of Iraqis in US military custody at Abu Ghraib prison in 2003. (Metronews)
  • 16 Feb The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.
  • 17 Feb A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.
  • 18 Feb Former Malawian Minister of Education and head of the country's anti-corruption campaign Yusuf Mwawa is sentenced to five years in prison for fraud and corruption. (BBC)
  • 19 Feb A methane explosion in coal mine near Nueva Rosita, Mexico, kills 65 miners.
  • 20 Feb Retired scientist Don Kennedy suggests the entire population of Tuvalu should move to the Fijian island of Kioa, to preserve Tuvaluan culture as their homeland becomes uninhabitable due to rising sea levels. (Pacific Magazine)
  • 21 Feb 33 people are killed and dozens are wounded amidst fighting between the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism and Islamic Court in Daynille, Mogadishu, Somalia. (AFP)
  • 22 Feb South Dakota Senate approves a bill that would purport to outlaw almost all forms of abortion. (New York Times)
  • 23 Feb Uganda holds a general election, the first multiparty election in 25 years. (Times Online) (BBC)
  • 24 Feb Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares Proclamation 1017 placing the country in a state of emergency in attempt to subdue a possible military coup.
  • 25 Feb Chad President Idriss Déby announces that the 2006 Chad presidential election will take place on May 3. Several opposition leaders have already stated plans to boycott the election, and Mohammed Nour continues to threaten further violence if a national forum is not held soon. (Reuters AlertNet)
  • 26 Feb Olivier Awards: Liam Mower, James Lomas and George Maguire win an award for Best Actor in a musical for their role in Billy Elliot the Musical. They are the first to do so in a shared capacity. At 13, this makes Mower the youngest actor to ever receive this award. (BBC)
  • 27 Feb President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chen Shui-bian announces the cease of the function of the National Unification Council and the application of the Guidelines for National Unification. The move is condemned by the pan-Blue Coalition and People's Republic of China. Chen says that the reversal is a response to aggression by the PRC. (Washington Post) (China Daily) (Taipei Times) (BBC)
  • 28 Feb Al Askari Mosque bombing:: Sixty-eight people have been killed so far today in Baghdad, Iraq. Car bombs and mortar barrages rocked Baghdad streets, as news pundits speculate about the possibility of Iraq becoming embroiled in a full-fledged civil war. (MSNBC)Baghdad's primary morgue says that the death toll resulting from violence after the Al Askari Mosque bombing has surpassed 1,300, contrary to earlier information from most news media and the United States military. (Washington Post)
  • 01 Mar English-language Wikipedia reaches its one millionth article, Jordanhill railway station.
  • 02 Mar 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 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 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 The 2006 Academy Awards are held, with film Crash winning Best Picture.
  • 06 Mar 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 The terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba coordinates a series of bombings in Varanasi, India.
  • 08 Mar The world's biggest Expo on information technology, CeBIT, opens in Hanover, Germany. (news.com)
  • 09 Mar 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 The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars.
  • 11 Mar The former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milošević has been found dead in his prison cell in The Hague, Netherlands. (CNN) (Reuters) (BBC) (Times)
  • 12 Mar Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi, a fourteen-year-old Iraqi girl raped and murdered together with her family in the Mahmudiyah killings.
  • 13 Mar 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 Washington D.C. officials unveil the designs for a new 41,000-seat ballpark.
  • 15 Mar 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 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 The United States strikes its two remaining Iowa-class battleships from the Naval Vessel Register, ending the age of the battleship.
  • 18 Mar 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 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 Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country's banana crop.
  • 21 Mar Immigrant workers constructing the Burj Khalifa and a new terminal of Dubai International Airport riot causing $1M in damage.
  • 22 Mar 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 Xbox 360 was released in Australia and New Zealand.
  • 24 Mar 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 Seven people die in the Capitol Hill Massacre in Seattle, Washington.
  • 26 Mar 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 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 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 Canada has officially cut all ties with the members of the Hamas cabinet and is suspending assistance to the Palestinian Authority. (CBC)
  • 30 Mar The United Kingdom Terrorism Act 2006 becomes a law.
  • 31 Mar 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
  • 01 Apr The Serious Organised Crime Agency, dubbed the 'British FBI', is launched in the United Kingdom. (BBC)
  • 02 Apr Over 60 tornadoes break out in the United States; hardest hit is in Tennessee with 29 people killed.
  • 03 Apr The jury in the first phase of the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui has decided that he is eligible for the death penalty. (CNN)
  • 04 Apr 2006 labor protests in France: Three million people march against the First Employment Contract (CPE) law, 700 000 in Paris. Student organizations call for a general strike. (Washington Post)
  • 05 Apr US scientists have successfully implanted artificial bladders (artificial urinary bladders) grown in the laboratory from patients' own cells into patients. (VoA)
  • 06 Apr An earthquake of 5.5 magnitude is reported in Western Gujarat in India.
  • 07 Apr For the second time in less than a week, a number of tornados strike the U.S. states of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. (FOX News)
  • 08 Apr Shedden massacre: The bodies of eight members of the infamous Bandidos biker group are found by a resident in a cornfield in southwest Ontario, Canada. The incident is considered a cleansing of the gang's inner circle. The Ontario Provincial Police launch a full-scale murder investigation. (CBC) (London Free Press (Ontario)) (National Nine News)
  • 09 Apr Scooter Libby says U.S. President George W. Bush okayed leaks of secret CIA intelligence material. (Buffalo News)
  • 10 Apr A fire at the Brand India Fair, Victoria Park, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India, kills at least 100.
  • 11 Apr Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that Iran has successfully enriched uranium.
  • 12 Apr United Front for Democratic Change rebels approach N'Djamena, the capital of Chad. (BBC)
  • 13 Apr Battle of N'Djamena: The United Front for Democratic Change's attack on the Chadian capital of N'Djamena is repelled by the Chadian army. (Canadian Press) The UN Security Council condemns the rebel attack. (BBC)
  • 14 Apr Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticizes Israel in a three-day conference attended by Palestinian Hamas officials. He calls the Israeli regime "a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm." (Washington Post)
  • 15 Apr New York City officially opens the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. Cost of construction was US$56 million.
  • 16 Apr In Dublin, Irish military forces parade for the first time since 1970 in commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising. Taoiseach Bertie Ahern lays a wreath at Kilmainham Jail, where most of the rebel leaders were subsequently shot, in memory of the civilian and military dead of both sides. (BBC)
  • 17 Apr Sami Hammad, a Palestinian suicide bomber, detonates an explosive device in Tel Aviv, killing 11 people and injuring 70.
  • 18 Apr Hu Jintao arrives in Seattle, Washington, on his first visit to the United States since becoming President of the People's Republic of China in 2003. (CNN).
  • 19 Apr The Italian Supreme Court has confirmed the victory of centre-left opposition candidate Romano Prodi in last week's contested Italian general election, 2006, dismissing complaints by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that the vote was marred by irregularities. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 20 Apr May – Human Genome Project publishes the last chromosome sequence, in ''Nature''.
  • 21 Apr April 2006 Nepalese general strike: King Gyanendra of Nepal asks for Prime Minister nominations to be made to assist in ending unrest in the country. (BBC)
  • 22 Apr Colombian Armed Conflict: Seventeen Colombian soldiers and a secret policeman were killed by rebels in an ambush in the mountains near the Venezuelan border. (BBC)
  • 23 Apr Osama Bin Laden calls for Jihad against "Crusaders" in Darfur in audiotape released to Al Jazeera. (Reuters)
  • 24 Apr Famous Bangladeshi social worker and human rights activist Nasreen Pervin Huq died at his own house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, by a tragic accident. She had been the country director of the ActionAid Bangladesh (ActionAid) since 2003 up until her death.
  • 25 Apr Abu Musab al-Zarqawi appears unmasked in a newly released video taunting the "crusade" by the American-led coalition and Iraqi authorities. At one point, he addresses U.S. President George W. Bush. (BBC), (CNN)
  • 26 Apr The Governor of Puerto Rico, Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, signs an executive order in which the government's budget will be exclusively used for health and security services. 43 agencies of the government will be shut down, while 15 will provide services partially. Another 60 will continue operating normally. The order is a result of the budget running dry before the end of the fiscal year. (AP via ABC News)
  • 27 Apr The Scottish National Party wins the Moray by-election, 2006 for the Moray constituency to the Scottish Parliament. (BBC)
  • 28 Apr U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan becomes the highest-ranking officer to have charges brought against him in connection with the Abu Ghraib abuse. (Seattle Times)
  • 29 Apr Massive anti-war demonstrations and a march down Broadway in New York City mark the third year of war in Iraq.
  • 30 Apr Darfur conflict:: The Sudanese government accepts a peace plan brokered by mediators of the African Union. (Reuters), (CNN)Various rebel Janjaweed militias, required to be disarmed according to the deal, struggle to extract last-minute concessions and have yet to give a clear signal on whether they would sign. (Reuters)
  • 01 May The Great American Boycott takes place across the United States as marchers protest for immigration rights.
  • 02 May Nepal's new cabinet is unveiled. (New York Times)
  • 03 May Zacarias Moussaoui is sentenced to life in prison in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • 04 May A large meteor shower crosses over El Paso, Texas, USA.
  • 05 May The government of China has made artificial rainfall to wash a layer of sand and dust off Beijing. (Xinhua News)
  • 06 May The People's Republic of China announces Vatican-approved Paul Pei Junmin will be ordained as a Catholic bishop on Sunday, just days after a diplomatic clash due to the unilateral ordination of two other bishops by Beijing. (Reuters)
  • 07 May A disgruntled bus driver goes on a rampage in Dublin, Ireland, smashing through stopped and on-coming vehicles as he drives through streets, across tram lines and up the wrong side of a dual-carriageway. One woman is killed and 13 people more injured, including five Gardaí (Irish Police). Armed Gardaí open fire on three occasions to try to stop the bus. (RTÉ News)
  • 08 May Former South African deputy president Jacob Zuma is acquitted of a rape charge the judge rules that a sexual encounter with a 31-year old HIV-positive woman was consensual. (Guardian)
  • 09 May Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.
  • 10 May China declassifies its rare diplomatic files from between 1956 and 1960, including records of the Sino-Soviet split. (Xinhua)
  • 11 May Residents flee Mogadishu as warlords and Islamist militias battle for control of the Somali capital. The death toll in five days of fighting reaches 120. (VoA), (BBC)
  • 12 May Mass unrest by the Primeiro Comando da Capital begins in Sao Paulo (Brazil), leaving at least 150 dead.
  • 13 May 2006 Sao Paulo violence: a major rebellion occurs in several prisons in Brazil.
  • 14 May Israeli-Palestinian conflict:
  • 15 May United States President George W. Bush gives a speech proposing major immigration reform in the United States. (Washington Post)
  • 16 May The United States releases a list of 759 former and current inmates of the Guantánamo Bay prison camp in Cuba after a Freedom of Information Act action was filed by the Associated Press. (Pentagon list) (The Age)
  • 17 May The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef.
  • 18 May The post Loktantra Andolan government passes a landmark bill curtailing the power of the monarchy and making Nepal a secular country.
  • 19 May 2006 Iranian sumptuary law controversy:
  • 20 May Ray Nagin is re-elected Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. (BBC)
  • 21 May The Republic of Montenegro holds a referendum proposing independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. The Montenegrin people choose independence with a majority of 55%.
  • 22 May For the first time in 175 years a brown bear touched German soil by entering Bavarian territory. The brown bear killed several sheep and caused minor property damage. Even Germany's WWF branch agrees that the bear should be captured or killed because it presents a threat to people. (BBC),1, (BBC),2
  • 23 May Alaskan stratovolcano Mount Cleveland erupts.
  • 24 May The United Kingdom government announces plans to overhaul the pension system (BBC)
  • 25 May Kenneth Lay, CEO of Enron, is indicted on ten counts of securities fraud and related charges.
  • 26 May The May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 5,700 people and leaves 200,000 homeless.
  • 27 May The May 2006 Java earthquake strikes at 5:53:58 AM local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta killing over 6,600 people.
  • 28 May The body of Canadian diplomat Lewis Brooke Miskell is found in Naples, Italy, three months after his disappearance. (Globe and Mail)
  • 29 May Sidoarjo mud flow - World's biggest mud volcano was created by the blowout of a natural gas well being drilled in the subdistrict of Porong, Sidoarjo in East Java, Indonesia. This has resulted in displacement of more than 11,000 persons from eight villages as well as damage to road and power infrastructures. Several (Twenty-five) factories were also abandoned.
  • 30 May A motion to vote on a bill opening the Three Links between mainland China and Taiwan is defeated for the third time in the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China when a Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker tries to eat the written cloture motion. The opposition Pan-Blue Coalition controls the legislature and would have likely passed the bill. (Reuters) (ChinaPost)
  • 31 May Ohio Republican Thomas Noe pleads guilty to illegally directing $50,000 into the 2004 re-election campaign of President George W. Bush. (AP)
  • 01 Jun 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 had previously claimed that it did not know of el-Masri's abduction by the CIA and his stay in the Salt Pit in Afghanistan until his return to the country in May 2004
  • 02 Jun A fireball is reported crossing Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Canada, estimated to be 20 miles above the Earth's surface. A sonic boom is heard over Minnesota.
  • 03 Jun The union of Serbia and Montenegro comes to an end with Montenegro's formal declaration of independence.
  • 04 Jun The Islamic Courts militia captures the key town of Balad, located near the Somalian capital Mogadishu, from a member of the warlord coalition, ARPCT. Reports say at least 15 people are killed in the fighting. (BBC)
  • 05 Jun Serbia declares independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro.
  • 06 Jun 2006 Toronto terrorism case: Toronto police uncover an alleged subplot where Steven Vikash Chand, alias Abdul Shakur, intended to lead an invasion of the Parliament of Canada building and assassinate Prime Minister Stephen Harper. (CBC)
  • 07 Jun A meteorite impact event occurs in northern Troms County, Norway. Locals compare the resultant explosion to the nuclear explosion at Hiroshima. The impact location was apparently desolate, and no structural damage or casualties are reported. (Aftenposten) (PhysOrg)
  • 08 Jun Scientists in Greece announce to have revealed previously hidden ancient Greek letters on the Antikythera mechanism, thought to be one of the world's first known analog computers. (The Register)
  • 09 Jun The first Kazakh space satellite ''KazSat'' is launched.
  • 10 Jun Three prisoners commit suicide at Guantanamo Bay detainment camp in protest against the internationally criticized conditions at the camp. Human rights organizations express concern.(Houston Chronicle), (New Zealand Herald), (CNN), (Reuters)
  • 11 Jun Iraqi eye-witnesses claim Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was briefly interrogated and kicked in the chest by the U.S. military before his subsequent death. (The Sunday Times)
  • 12 Jun Fatah activists reportedly attack the Palestinian parliament building, setting fire to the fourth floor and riddling the building with gunfire. (AP), (VoA)
  • 13 Jun U.S. Supreme Court, in its decision of ''Hill v. McDonough'', allows challenge of constitutionality of lethal injection. (Chicago Tribune)
  • 14 Jun Violent riots in Conakry, Guinea continue. (CNN)
  • 15 Jun U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito breaks a tie in a 5-4 decision in ''Hudson v. Michigan'', allowing evidence admitted in cases where police did not knock and announce themselves when executing a search warrant. (CNN)
  • 16 Jun The United States House of Representatives passes a resolution supporting President Bush's policy on Iraq 256-153. (L.A. Times)
  • 17 Jun Violence intensifies in Sri Lanka as government troops allegedly attack Tamils in a church in response to an attack on the navy by the Tamil Tigers. (BBC)
  • 18 Jun The ''Washington Post'' reveals that the current United States administration turned down an Iranian attempt to settle disagreements about recognizing the right of existence of Israel and alleged Iranian support of terrorism in 2003. (Washington Post)
  • 19 Jun A meteor show is observed in various places in Pennsylvania, USA.
  • 20 Jun The Miami Heat win the NBA Finals over the Dallas Mavericks, 4-2.
  • 21 Jun Pluto's newly discovered moons are officially named Nix & Hydra.
  • 22 Jun The International Astronomical Union officially names Pluto's recently discovered moons, S/2005 P 2 and S/2005 P 1, Nix (after Nyx, the Greek Goddess of Darkness) and Hydra (multi-headed monster from Greek myth) respectively. (SMH), (National Geographic)
  • 23 Jun In Miami, Florida, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrests seven men, accusing them of planning to bomb the Sears Tower and other attacks in Miami.
  • 24 Jun In Germany, 378 people (including 122 England fans) are arrested after a violent confrontation between England supporters and Germany supporters in Stuttgart. Approximately 60,000 England supporters are present in Stuttgart for Sunday's World Cup second round game with Ecuador. (BBC)
  • 25 Jun Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier, is kidnapped by Palestinian militants in a cross-border raid from the Israeli territory.
  • 26 Jun Electronic IDs will be distributed to all under the age of 12 in Belgium, as a means of protection from child abduction, and will carry a special code in addition to a hotline. (The Telegraph Group Limited)
  • 27 Jun Chadian rebels attack the neighboring Central African Republic. They have reportedly formed an alliance with CAR rebels. Large areas of both countries have descended into violence. (BBC)
  • 28 Jun Up to 200,000 people in the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania area of the northeast United States are ordered to evacuate their homes due to the rising level of the Susquehanna River. 46 of 67 of Pennsylvania's counties are under a state of emergency. Extensive flooding is also occurring in surrounding states, including New York, where Governor George Pataki states ampquotThis is the worst flooding by far I’ve seen in my 12 years as governor.ampquot Governor Jon Corzine declares his entire state under
  • 29 Jun Hamdan v. Rumsfeld: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that President George W. Bush's plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violates U.S. and international law.
  • 30 Jun A judge orders the arrest of former Mexican President Luis Echeverría on charges relating to the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre. (Reuters)
  • 01 Jul The first operation of Qinghai-Tibet Railway in the People's Republic of China.
  • 02 Jul 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 Valencia metro accident leaves 43 dead in Valencia, Spain.
  • 04 Jul 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 North Korea launches at least two short-range Nodong-2 missiles, one SCUD missile and one long-range Taepodong-2 missile.
  • 06 Jul The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War in 1962, reopens after 44 years. (Zee News), (BBC)
  • 07 Jul 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 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 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 Pakistan International Flight PK-688 crashes in Multan, Pakistan, shortly after takeoff, killing all 45 people on board.
  • 11 Jul 209 people are killed in a series of bomb attacks in Mumbai, India.
  • 12 Jul The Hezbollah initiate Operation True Promise.
  • 13 Jul 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 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 Twitter is launched.
  • 16 Jul It is reported that Tropical Storm Bilis killed at least 115 people when it hit southeastern China on Friday. (CNN)
  • 17 Jul 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 The ''SS Nomadic'', the last floating link to ''Titanic'', returns home to a large reception in Belfast.
  • 19 Jul 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 Ethiopian troops enter Somalian territory.
  • 21 Jul The Supreme Court of Japan rules that foreign governments are no longer immune from lawsuits filed in Japan. (Asahi Shimbun)
  • 22 Jul 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 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 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 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 Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Operation Summer Rains):
  • 27 Jul 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 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 Israel-Lebanon Conflict:
  • 30 Jul 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 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)
  • 01 Aug El Paso, Texas is hit by heavy, intense rain, causing much flooding and making the Rio Grande overflow its banks, reaching levels not seen in over 50 years. Roads are destroyed, dirt and rocks litter the streets. The West and Northeast sides are most heavily hit. Ciudad Juárez, across the United States-Mexico border is also devastated. (El Paso Times)
  • 02 Aug Mel Gibson is charged with misdemeanor drunken driving and related offences. (CNN)
  • 03 Aug North Korea refuses aid after being devastated by flooding. As many as 1.5 million people have been displaced, and over one hundred are dead. CNN news
  • 04 Aug A massacre, is carried out by Sri Lankan government forces, killing 17 employees of the French INGO Action Against Hunger (known internationally as Action Contre la Faim, or ACF).
  • 05 Aug The Republic of China (Taiwan) severs diplomatic relations with Chad reducing the number of countries maintaining official relations with it to 24. The ROC foreign ministry cited Chad's intention to establish relations with the People's Republic of China as the reason. (AP)
  • 06 Aug BP oil company in Alaska announces it would have to replace 16 miles of feeder lines in its North Slope oil facility, shutting down about 50 percent of Prudhoe Bay's production.
  • 07 Aug Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • 08 Aug CBS News's Mike Wallace holds an interview with 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
  • 09 Aug The Venezuelan opposition selects Manuel Rosales, governor of Zulia State, as its unity candidate for the December presidential election. (Bloomberg)
  • 10 Aug Scotland Yard disrupts a major terrorist plot to destroy aircraft traveling from the United Kingdom to the United States.
  • 11 Aug Pulkovo Airlines Flight 612 crashes near the Russian border in Ukraine, killing 171 people, including 45 children.
  • 12 Aug 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict:
  • 13 Aug Iraq sectarian violence:
  • 14 Aug Chencholai bombing in which 61 Tamil girls are killed in Sri Lankan Airforce bombing.
  • 15 Aug Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visits the Yasukuni Shrine, drawing many protests from around the region. (San Francisco Chronicle).
  • 16 Aug John Mark Karr is arrested in Bangkok for the 1996 murder of U.S. child beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey. (Denver Post) (USA Today) (MSNBC)
  • 17 Aug North Korea: According to ABC News, a ampquotsenior State Department officialampquot says that ampquotIt is the view of the intelligence community that a (nuclear) test is a real possibility,ampquot and says that they have seen ampquotsuspicious vehicle movementampquot at a suspected nuclear test site. However, according to Reuters, a United States official said that ampquotWe have no new evidence to support that.ampquot Also according to the Associated Press, the White House said that any
  • 18 Aug Ford Motor Company will idle 10 plants in North America temporarily as it slashes production by 21%. (CNN Money)
  • 19 Aug 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict:
  • 20 Aug With nearly all votes counted, the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo heads toward a run-off election after neither candidate wins a fifty percent majority. Full provisional results show Joseph Kabila with 44.81 percent of the vote, to Jean-Pierre Bemba's 20.03 percent. There have been reports of automatic gunfire, and MLC representatives accused Kabila's Republican Guard of killing one of its men and injuring three policemen. (Reuters) (SBS)
  • 21 Aug Democratic Republic of the Congo general election: As a meeting between Bemba and foreign ambassadors representing the International Committee Accompanying the Transition to Democracy (CIAT) is taking place in Kinshasa, clashes break between Kabila and Bemba forces Bemba's residence, hosting the meeting, comes under attack, reportedly by heavy machine guns and artillery. Several hours later, the UN spokesperson in the DRC, Jean-Tobias Okala, announced the foreign diplomats, including MONUC
  • 22 Aug Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise Flight 612 crashes near the Russian border over eastern Ukraine, killing all 170 people on board.
  • 23 Aug Natascha Kampusch, who is abducted at the age of 10, managed to escape from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil, after 8 years of captivity.
  • 24 Aug 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict:
  • 25 Aug The United Nations Security Council approves a new peacekeeping mission in East Timor, United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), which will have 1,608 police and up to 35 military liaison officers. (Xinhua News Agency)
  • 26 Aug 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict:
  • 27 Aug Comair Flight 5191 crashes on takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky bound for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Of the passengers and crew, 49 of 50 are confirmed dead in the hours following the crash.
  • 28 Aug A Greyhound Lines bus from New York City to Montreal, carrying 52 people, crashes at mile 115 on Interstate 87 near Elizabethtown killing five people including the driver, and several are seriously injured.
  • 29 Aug Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad challenges George W. Bush to a live television debate. U.S. government officials decline and criticize the suggestion. (Al Jazeera)
  • 30 Aug Hurricane John lashes the Pacific coast of Mexico with the potential to cause flash floods and landslides. (Reuters)
  • 31 Aug Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream is recovered in a raid by Norwegian police.
  • 01 Sep Luxembourg becomes the first country to complete the move to all digital television broadcasting.
  • 02 Sep US military hands over the Abu Ghraib prison to the Iraqi government.
  • 03 Sep Israeli-Palestinian conflict
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  • 05 Sep Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan
  • 06 Sep 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. The party, which advocates closer political ties with the Russian Federation, is led by the nation's fugitive security chief Igor Giorgadze who is wanted by Interpol for his alleged involvement in the 1995 attempt on former Georgian President Shevardnadze's life. (BBC)
  • 07 Sep The National Liberation Forces (FNL) signs a ceasefire with Burundi, the last rebel group to enter the peace process to end the Burundi Civil War.(BBC)
  • 08 Sep Ralph ampquotBuckyampquot Phillips, the most recent addition to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, surrenders to Pennsylvania State Police. He is wanted for shooting three New York State troopers, one of whom died, after he escaped from jail. (''The Buffalo News'')
  • 09 Sep BBC's The Proms 'Last Night at the Proms' took place at Royal Albert Hall in London. The proms were simulcasted to cities across the United Kingdom like Glasgow, Swansea, Belfast, Manchester and London Hyde Park. More than 100,000 people attended the festival in London and elsewhere. The proms are currently in their 112th season. (BBC News)
  • 10 Sep A lengthy statement from al-Qaeda's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks calls on Muslims to step up their resistance against the United States. (CNN)
  • 11 Sep The 14th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement begins in Havana, Cuba. (Official Site)
  • 12 Sep Cypriot authorities respond to an Interpol alert and intercept ''Grigorio-1,'' a North Korean ship bound for Syria. Cypriot security agents found a mobile air defense system and the components of a missile launcher in the ship, though the Government of North Korea insists the ship only contained weather-observation equipment. The Syrian government has requested the ship be allowed to dock in Syria. (World Tribune)
  • 13 Sep The solar system's largest dwarf planet, designated until now as , is officially named ampquotErisampquot its satellite is now known as ampquotDysnomiaampquot. (SpaceRef)
  • 14 Sep U.S. Senate committee approves a bill to give more rights to "terrorism" detainees. The White House and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agree that signing the bill into law would end a classified CIA interrogation program, which a recent Supreme Court ruling leaves on tenuous ground. (Chicago Sun-Times) (Wash. Times)
  • 15 Sep Spinach contaminated with E. coli kills one person and poisons over 100 others in 20 states of the United States.
  • 16 Sep Winners of the 2006 Lasker Awards for medical research are announced. (Reuters), (laskerfoundation.org)
  • 17 Sep Fourpeaked Mountain in Alaska erupts, marking the first eruption for the long-dormant volcano in at least 10,000 years.
  • 18 Sep Right wing protesters riot the building of the Hungarian Television in Budapest, Hungary, one day after an audio tape is made public, in which Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany admitted he and his party lied during the 2006 general elections.
  • 19 Sep The Thai military stages a coup in Bangkok. The Constitution is revoked and martial law is declared.
  • 20 Sep In the USA, the CW Television Network (a merger of The WB and UPN) officially begins operations.
  • 21 Sep In Uzbekistan, Komiljon Usmanov is on trial for ampquotthreatening Uzbekistan's constitutional order and public security,ampquot and is accused of allegedly leading the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir organization. Usmanov was sentenced in 2001 to 10 years in jail on similar charges, but was freed under an amnesty. He maintains his innocence. (RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty)
  • 22 Sep The U.S. military officially retires the F-14 Tomcat, famous from the movie ''Top Gun''. (AP)
  • 23 Sep Ali Abdullah Saleh, in office since 1978, is re-elected as President of Yemen with 77.2% of the votes, prompting allegations of electoral fraud from the Yemeni opposition coalition. (BBC)
  • 24 Sep Venezuela's Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro is detained in John F. Kennedy International Airport for secondary screening. (BBC)
  • 25 Sep The Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans re-opens 13 months after Hurricane Katrina with extensive repairs, including the largest re-roofing project in the United States.
  • 26 Sep Riots break in Dhaka, Bangladesh, due to frequent power outages. Hundreds are injured in confrontations with riot police . (AP)
  • 27 Sep An armed suspect holds six female students as hostages in Platte Canyon High School located in Bailey, Colorado. One hostage is fatally wounded as the gunman kills himself.
  • 28 Sep The Platte Canyon High School killer is identified as Duane Morrison, who has no known connections with Bailey, Colorado. (CBS News)
  • 29 Sep US Representative Mark Foley resigns after allegations of inappropriate emails.
  • 30 Sep 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. (LA Times)
  • 01 Oct General elections are held in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BBC)
  • 02 Oct Charles Carl Roberts IV, a 32-year-old milk-truck driver, kills five female students at an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania before shooting himself.
  • 03 Oct Viktor Khristenko, the Russian Industry and Energy Minister, and Baktykozha Izmukhambetov, the Kazakh Energy and Mineral Resources' Minister, sign an intergovernmental agreement creating a joint venture to process gas from the Karachaganak field in West Kazakhstan. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the agreement was the solution to ampquotthe energy problems of key partners, including those in Western Europe.ampquot (Interfax)
  • 04 Oct The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,800 for the first time rising 123.27 points, or 1.05%, finishing at 11,850.61.
  • 05 Oct The Dow Jones industrial average closes at a record high for the third day in a row. (ABC News Australia Online)
  • 06 Oct Hazardous waste plant near Apex, North Carolina explodes releasing chlorine gas, resulting in the evacuation of thousands and the hospitalization of over 100 residents.
  • 07 Oct New Guinea volcano Rabaul caldera erupts. Two hundred people are evacuated but favourable winds help protect nearby towns from the impact. (ABC News Australia)
  • 08 Oct The results of the Belgian municipal elections show losses for the liberals and progress for the conservatives and nationalists. (CNN)
  • 09 Oct North Korea claims to have conducted its first-ever nuclear test.
  • 10 Oct Google buys YouTube for US$1.65 billion.
  • 11 Oct New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle is killed (born 1972), along with his flight instructor, when his plane crashes into a building in New York City's Upper East Side.
  • 12 Oct The Federal Reserve finds that economic growth in the United States is ampquotmoderate or mixedampquot with ampquotwidespread coolingampquot in the housing market. (Fox News)
  • 13 Oct Record Snowfall in Buffalo, New York and surrounding metro area leaves up to two feet of heavy wet snow, three people dead, damaged trees, and over 400,000 residents without power.
  • 14 Oct College football brawl between University of Miami and Florida International University leads to suspensions of 31 players of both teams.
  • 15 Oct In Hawaii, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake occurs. Power outages occur throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Damage estimated at US$73 million.
  • 16 Oct Hawaii Earthquake: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake rocks Hawaii, causing property damage, injuries, landslides, power outages, and the closure of Honolulu International Airport.
  • 17 Oct The United States population reaches 300 million based on a United States Census Bureau projection.
  • 18 Oct United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrives in Tokyo for talks with Japanese officials amid fears North Korea could be readying for a second nuclear test. (USA Today)
  • 19 Oct On the 19th anniversary of the 1987 stock market crash, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 12,000 for the first time, at 12,011.73.
  • 20 Oct OPEC agrees to reduce its output by 1.2 million barrels per day (190,000 m/d), its first cut for more than two years, to halt falling oil prices. (USA Today)
  • 21 Oct President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda meets rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army for the first time in an attempt to revive the Juba talks. (BBC)
  • 22 Oct A Panama Canal expansion proposal is approved by 77.8% of voters in a National referendum held in Panama.
  • 23 Oct Jeffrey Skilling is sentenced to 24 years and four months in US federal prison on charges of fraud and insider trading relating to the financial collapse of Enron.
  • 24 Oct Justice Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the ''motive clause'', an important part of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act.
  • 25 Oct The New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously rules in favor of marriage equality.
  • 26 Oct In Australia, Sheikh Taj El-Din Hilaly apologizes after a public uproar over his statement comparing women who did not wear the hijab to ampquotuncovered meatampquot. (BBC News)
  • 27 Oct Last Ford Taurus rolls off Atlanta assembly line.
  • 28 Oct Funeral service takes place for those executed at Bykivnia forest, outside Kiev, Ukraine. 817 Ukrainian civilians (out of some 100,000) executed by Bolsheviks at Bykivnia in 1930s : early 1940s are reburied.
  • 29 Oct Mexican federal police seize the center of Oaxaca, which had served as the headquarters for the five-month protest occupation of the city. (International Herald Tribune)
  • 30 Oct The Esperanza Fire burns over 61 square miles of Cabazon, California mountain territory.
  • 31 Oct Esperanza Fire
  • 01 Nov The Stardust Resort & Casino closes after 48 years of business in Las Vegas.
  • 02 Nov ''No. 5, 1948'' by Jackson Pollock becomes the most expensive painting after it was sold privately at $140 million.ref name=quotArtnetquot
  • 03 Nov U.S. evangelical minister Ted Haggard is accused of methamphetamine use and engaging in homosexual sex acts. (AP via ABC News)
  • 04 Nov The death toll in a fire at the historic Mizpah Hotel in Reno, Nevada rises to nine with not all of the ruins having been searched yet. (Las Vegas Sun)
  • 05 Nov Saddam Hussein, 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 the role in the massacre of the 148 Shi'as in 1982.
  • 06 Nov Somalian War: Heavy fighting has been reported between forces of Union of Islamic Courts and Puntland, the semi-autonomous region of Somalia. (Al Jazeera)
  • 07 Nov U.S. Midterm elections: Democrats win control of both houses of Congress for the first time since 1994.
  • 08 Nov U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld resigns; President Bush nominates Robert Gates, a former Central Intelligence Agency director, as his replacement.
  • 09 Nov Ken Mehlman is to step down as chairman of the National Committee of the United States Republican Party. (CNN)
  • 10 Nov Sri Lankan Tamil Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj is assassinated in Colombo.
  • 11 Nov Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II unveils the New Zealand War Memorial in London, United Kingdom, commemorating the loss of soldiers from the New Zealand Army and the British Army.
  • 12 Nov Gerald Ford surpasses Ronald Reagan as the longest lived President of the United States.
  • 13 Nov Voters in South Ossetia vote 98-99% in favor of independence from Georgia in a referendum. 78% of the vote has been counted. Neither Russia nor the West recognize the poll's legitimacy. (CNN)
  • 14 Nov The President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he expects its nuclear enrichment program to be ready by February 2007. (CNN)
  • 15 Nov In the Kuril Islands, a magnitude 8.3 earthquake occurs. A tsunami with a recorded wave height of 176 cm damages a dock at Crescent City, California.
  • 16 Nov 2006 Tonga riots:
  • 17 Nov Sony releases the PlayStation 3 video game system in the USA.
  • 18 Nov President of Turkmenistan ampquotTurkmenbashiampquot Saparmurat Niyazov schedules a second eye operation in Germany in January amid rumors that his health is poor. President Niyazov cannot be operated on in Turkmenistan because earlier this year he signed a decree that closed all hospitals outside of Ashgabat and replaced most healthcare staff with soldiers. (World Medical Association)
  • 19 Nov Nintendo releases the Wii video game system in North and South America. It includes a wireless Wii remote controller, a Nunchuk controller attachment, and video game Wii Sports. Price is US$249.99 in the USA. Total sales in first 8 days: 600,000.
  • 20 Nov Lee High School bus crash kills four students in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • 21 Nov Anti-Syrian Lebanese Minister and MP Pierre Gemayel is assassinated in suburban Beirut.
  • 22 Nov A gas pipeline explodes near the city of Surabaya in Java, killing seven people. (Reuters via ABC Australia)
  • 23 Nov A series of bombing kills at least 215 people and injured 257 others in Sadr City, making it the second deadliest sectarian attack since the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003.
  • 24 Nov Convicted killer and loyalist Michael Stone is seized by security guards and police at Northern Ireland's parliament building, Stormont, while carrying a gun, knife and several possibly ampquotviableampquot explosive devices. (BBC)
  • 25 Nov General Augusto Pinochet issues a statement accepting ampquotpoliticalampquot responsibility for everything that happened in Chile during his rule. (BBC)
  • 26 Nov US Judge James Robertson orders the US Treasury to change the dollar bill.
  • 27 Nov The Canadian House of Commons endorses Prime Minister Stephen Harper's motion to declare Quebec a nation within a unified Canada.
  • 28 Nov U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia James Robertson orders the U.S. Treasury Department to make paper currency more recognizable to blind people in ''American Council for the Blind v. Secretary of the Treasury''. (FOXNews.com)
  • 29 Nov Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, expresses concern about a resumption of fighting in Sudan between the army and the Sudan People's Liberation Army. (BBC)
  • 30 Nov Super Typhoon Durian (Reming) Strongest Typhoon to Hit Philippines Impacts Bical Region. In Virac Catanduanes of Rain is Recorded and a total of 740 people are killed
  • 01 Dec The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles settles 45 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priests for $60 million. (AP via Minneapolis-St Paul Star Tribune)
  • 02 Dec Protestors begin their second day of demonstrations in their bid to convince the current Lebanese administration to step down. (BBC)
  • 03 Dec The protests in Lebanon led by Hezbollah last for a third day. (Reuters via CNN)
  • 04 Dec An adult giant squid is caught on video for the first time by Tsunemi Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo.
  • 05 Dec Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrows the government in Fiji.
  • 06 Dec NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.
  • 07 Dec A tornado strikes Kensal Green, North West London, seriously damaging about 150 properties.
  • 08 Dec Three people are killed and a fourth injured when a gunman starts shooting at a Chicago skyscraper. The gunman was then shot dead by a Chicago Police Department SWAT sniper. (Chicago SunTimes)
  • 09 Dec William J. Jefferson is reelected as the member for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district in a runoff election defeating fellow Democrat Karen Carter despite facing an ongoing bribery investigation. (AP via CNN)
  • 10 Dec NASA space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center on the first night launch since the 2003 loss of Columbia.
  • 11 Dec The International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust is opened in Tehran, Iran by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; Nations such as Israel and the United States express concern.
  • 12 Dec An Ethiopian court finds exiled former president Mengistu Haile Mariam guilty of genocide. (BBC)
  • 13 Dec The Baiji, or Chinese River Dolphin, is announced as extinct.
  • 14 Dec American spy satellite USA-193 is launched.
  • 15 Dec Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter successfully flies for the first time.
  • 16 Dec ''Time'' names ampquotYouampquot – contributors of user-generated content to websites such as YouTube and Wikipedia – as its ''Person of the Year''. (MSNBC).
  • 17 Dec Armed militia in Peru ambush and kill seven people involved in a crackdown on the illegal growing of coca. (BBC)
  • 18 Dec The first of a series of floods strikes Malaysia. The death toll of all flooding is at least 118, with over 400,000 people displaced.
  • 19 Dec Somali Civil War: Somalia's Islamic Courts Union (ICU) say they are finalising plans to fight Ethiopian forces deployed in the country as a seven-day ultimatum for Ethiopia to pull out its troops nears its deadline. (Al-Jazeera)
  • 20 Dec The Home Office department of the United Kingdom Government announces plan to require foreign nationals living in Britain to have biometric ID cards. (Guardian Unlimited)
  • 21 Dec Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir is cleared of any involvement in the 2002 Bali bombings by the Supreme Court of Indonesia. (News Limited)
  • 22 Dec The NASA space shuttle Discovery lands at the Kennedy Space Center, concluding a two-week mission to the International Space Station.
  • 23 Dec The UN Security Council unanimously adopts Resolution 1737, sanctioning Iran for its nuclear program. (Bloomberg)
  • 24 Dec United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan warns of ampquottroubling developmentsampquot in Burundi that could lead to violence. (allAfrica)
  • 25 Dec Iraqi insurgency: Soldiers from the British Army storm a police headquarters in Basra, Iraq, arresting allegedly corrupt officers, transferring prisoners thought to have been subject to torture, and demolishing the building.
  • 26 Dec A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Hengchun, Pingtung, Taiwan, killing two people and causing severe communication disruptions in southeast Asia.
  • 27 Dec More than 105 people have died following days of heavy rains in Indonesia, and hundreds more are still missing. (BBC)
  • 28 Dec The Majilis of Kazakhstan approves a bill pledging not to engage in nuclear proliferation while Kazakhstan begins its nuclear program. (Kazinform)
  • 29 Dec Police '''discover''' skulls, bodies of 15 missing children in Noida, India.
  • 30 Dec Deposed President of Iraq Saddam Hussein, convicted of the executions of 148 Iraqi Shiites, is executed by hanging.
  • 31 Dec The U.S. soldier death toll in Iraq reaches 3,000.