Today in History for December 2006
|◀ Nov December Jan ▶|
◀ 2005 2006 2007 ▶
Events 1 - 14 of 14
4th - An adult giant squid is caught on video by Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo.
5th - Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrows the government in Fiji.
6th - NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.
7th - A tornado struck Kensal Green, North West London, seriously damaging around 150 properties.
9th - Moscow suffers its worst fire since 1977, killing 45 women in a drug rehabitational center.
10th - One million Lebanese opposition supporters gather in downtown Beirut, calling for the government to resign.
11th - The International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust is opened in Tehran, Iran by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
12th - Peugeot produces its last car at the Ryton Plant signalling the end of mass car production in Coventry, formerly a major centre of the British motor industry.
13th - The Baiji, or Chinese River Dolphin, announced as extinct.
15th - First flight of the F-35 Lightning II.
20th - A judge rules against the death penalty in the case of Naveed Haq, a man convicted in the shooting death and injuries at the Jewish Federation in Seattle.
21st - Puzzle Play aired to network Ten, replacing In the Box
26th - The 2006 Hengchun earthquake with 7.1 magnitude hit Taiwan.
30th - Madrid Barajas International Airport is bombed.
Weddings 1 - 8 of 8
2nd - "Emmerdale" actor Nick Miles (44) weds Stephanie Lumb at the Roundthorn Country House Hotel in Penrith, England
9th - "The Office" actress Lucy Davis (33) weds actor Owain Yeoman (28) at St. Paul's Cathedral in London
17th - Contemporary Christian and Latin pop singer Jaci Velasquez (27) weds "Salvador" lead singer Nic Gonzalez in Austin, Texas
27th - Supermodel Niki Taylor (31) weds NASCAR driver Burney Lamar (26) at The Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, California
29th - Comedian Jay Mohr (36) weds "Las Vegas" actress Nikki Cox (28) at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California
30th - Canadian pair figure skaters David Pelletier (31) weds partner Jamie Sale (28) at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel in Alberta, Canada
31st - L.A. Galaxy soccer player Landon Donovan (24) weds actress Bianca Kajlich (29) at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, California
31st - Actor Robert Lindsay (57) weds actress and TV presenter Rosemarie Ford (44) at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club
Divorces 1 - 3 of 3
22nd - "Grey's Anatomy" actress Sandra Oh (35) divorces Oscar-winning Sideways director Alexander Payne (45) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage
29th - One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush (24) divorces actor Chad Michael Murray (25) for the reason of fraud after 5 months of marriage
29th - NBA basketball star Michael Jordan (43) divorces Juanita Vanoy (47) due to irreconcilable differences after 17 years of marriage
Deaths 1 - 52 of 52
1st - Claude Jade, French actress (b. 1948)
1st - Bruce Trigger, Canadian archaeologist (McGill University) (b. 1937)
2nd - Mariska Veres, Dutch singer (b. 1947)
3rd - Logan Whitehurst, American musician (b. 1977)
4th - James Kim, American television personality (b. 1971)
5th - David Bronstein, Ukrainian-born chess grandmaster (b. 1924)
6th - John Feeney, Documentary film-director (b. 1922)
7th - Jeane Kirkpatrick, American ambassador (b. 1926)
7th - Jay McShann, American musician (b. 1910)
8th - Martha Tilton, American singer (b. 1915)
8th - José Uribe, Dominican baseball player (b. 1959)
10th - Augusto Pinochet, Former Chilean dictator (b. 1915)
11th - Elizabeth Bolden, American, oldest verified person in the world at the time of her death (b. 1890)
12th - Paul Arizin, American basketball player (b. 1928)
12th - Peter Boyle, American actor (b. 1935)
12th - Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1935)
12th - Raymond P. Shafer, 38th Governor of Pennsylvania (b. 1917)
12th - Al Shugart, pioneering American computer engineer and co-founder of Seagate Technology (b. 1930)
13th - Lamar Hunt, American sports executive (b. 1932)
14th - Anton Balasingham, chief political strategist of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (b. 1938)
14th - Ahmet Ertegün, co-founder of Atlantic Records (b. 1923)
14th - Mike Evans, American actor (b. 1949)
15th - Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver (b. 1939)
16th - Don Jardine, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1940)
16th - Taliep Petersen, South African singer and composer (b. 1950)
16th - Pnina Salzman, Israeli pianist (b. 1922)
17th - Larry Sherry, American baseball player (b. 1935)
18th - Joseph Barbera, American cartoonist (b. 1911)
18th - Ruth Bernhard, American photographer (1905)
18th - Mike Dickin, British radio broadcaster (b. 1943)
18th - Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani author, journalist and political activist (b. 1923)
20th - Shi Yuejun, Chinese serial killer
21st - Scobie Breasley, Australian jockey (b. 1914)
21st - Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (b. 1940)
22nd - Elena Mukhina, Russian gymnast (b. 1960)
22nd - Galina Ustvolskaya, Russian composer (b. 1919)
22nd - Dennis Linde, American songwriter (b. 1943)
23rd - Charlie Drake, English comedian (b. 1925)
23rd - Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician (b. 1952)
23rd - Johnny Vincent, English footballer for Birmingham City and Middlesbrough (b. 1947)
24th - "Braguinha", Brazilian songwriter (b. 1907)
24th - Frank Stanton, American television executive (b. 1908)
24th - Kenneth Sivertsen, Norwegian singer, poet and comedian (b. 1961)
Godfather of Soul James Brown (25th) 25th - James Brown, rhythm & blues, gospel, jazz, soul and funk singer or simply the Godfather of Soul (Genius of Love, Hot Pants) dies at 73 from heart failure
25th - Hiroaki Hidaka, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
26th - Ivar Formo, Norwegian skier (b. 1951)
26th - Gerald R Ford, 38th President of the United States, dies at 93
28th - Jamal Karimi-Rad, Iranian Minister of Justice (b. 1956)
30th - Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is hanged in Baghdad at 69
30th - Terry Peck, Falkland Islander (b. 1938) who acted as a scout for 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment in the Falklands War
30th - Michel Plasse, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1948)
31st - George Sisler, Jr., baseball executive (b. 1917)