2006 History

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What Events Happened in 2006

  • Twelve coal miners die in the Sago Mine Disaster near Buckhannon, West Virginia in the United States.
  • A stampede during the Stoning of the devil ritual on the last day at the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, kills 362 Muslim pilgrims.
  • Several European newspapers reprint controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, sparking outrage and rioting in the following weeks
  • Iran Tests Missiles which are capable of reaching Israel
  • The Iranian Leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust ever existed.
  • Saddam Hussein is charged and found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging
  • Zacarias Moussaoui convicted of conspiring to kill Americans as part of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks,
  • Sixty-five miners become trapped underground after an explosion in a mine Nueva Rosita, Mexico There were no survivors.
  • Tropical Cyclone Larry makes landfall in Queensland, Australia
  • Over 160 people are killed by seven bombs on the train network in Mumbai India
  • Tsunami strikes the Indonesian island of Java killing 300
  • Capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah guerrillas Israel Bombs Lebenon and escalation of violence in Middle East
  • North Korea declares it has carried out its first test of a nuclear weapon, becoming the worlds 9th Nuclear Power
  • North Korea Test Medium Range Missiles
  • Heatwave affects US and Europe in July
  • The Easter Week Midwest Tornado Outbreak affecting Iowa, Indiana, Missouri and other US states . Iowa City takes a direct hit from a tornado.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's suffers a stroke and suffers from a persistent vegetative state.
  • The US Energy department has released a report that there are about a trillion barrels worth of oil in the form of Oil shale reserves in the Green River basin.
  • 6 U.S. seaports Sold To Middle East
  • Partial power blackout in Europe including Parts of Germany, Belgium, France (including parts of Paris), Spain, and Italy
  • 6.6 magnitude earthquake at sea hits the US state of Hawaii.
  • Italy wins the 2006 world cup in Germany defeating France
  • More than 1 million take to the streets in France in the largest nationwide protest ever over the "Contrat première embauche" (CPE - First Employment Contract or Beginning Workers Contract)
  • Montenegro and Serbia Split to Gain Independence
  • The Basque separatist group ETA announces Cease Fire
  • Congress passes the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act (Cope Act) which ends current Network Neutrality.
  • The Winter Olympic Games are held in Turin, Italy
  • Hamas ( Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya ) the Palestinian Islamist militant organization wins the Palestinian parliamentary elections, and formally took over the Palestinian government, with Ismail Haniyeh sworn in as the new prime minister.
  • One day boycott of United States schools and businesses by One Million immigrants, both legal and illegal
  • World Trade Talks break down with blame shared equally between the developing and the G8 countries of the world.
  • California suffers it's worst heat wave in recent history with temperatures reaching 115 degrees and lasting for a two week period.

Popular Culture 2006

Popular Films

  • The Pink Panther
  • Big Momma's House 2
  • Underworld: Evolution
  • Nanny McPhee
  • Final Destination 3
  • Failure to Launch
  • Eight Below
  • V for Vendetta
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown
  • Date Movie
  • Garfield
  • Miami Vice
  • Monster House
  • Over The Hedge
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 2
  • Superman Returns
  • Thank You For Smoking

Popular Musicians

  • Mariah Carey
  • Beyonce
  • Ne-Yo
  • INXS
  • The Pussycat Dolls
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Coldplay
  • System of a Down
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Madonna
  • P!nk
  • Bon Jovi
  • Morrissey

Popular Television

  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Malcolm in the Middle
  • Survivor
  • The Weakest Link
  • Yes, Dear
  • The Simpson's
  • 24
  • Fear Factor
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent
  • Pop Idol
  • Smallville
  • The Amazing Race
  • The Bernie Mac Show
  • American Idol
  • CSI: Miami
  • The Bachelor
  • The George Lopez Show
  • Without a Trace
  • Arrested Development
  • Cold Case
  • Hope and Faith
  • Las Vegas
  • NCIS
  • Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
  • The O.C.
  • Two and a Half Men
  • Boston Legal
  • CSI: New York
  • Desperate Housewives
  • House
  • Lost
  • The Apprentice
  • American Dad!
  • Everybody Hates Chris
  • Family Guy
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • My Name Is Earl
  • The Office

Technology 2006

  • The one billionth song is purchased from Apple iTunes.

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