Historical Events for Year 2006
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Jan 1st - Sydney, Australia swelters through its hottest New Years Day on record. The thermometre peaked at 45 degrees celsius, sparking bushfires and power outages.
Jan 4th - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel suffers a second, apparently more serious stroke. His authority is transferred to acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Jan 8th - A magnitude 6.9 earthquake with its epicenter just off the Greek island of Kythira hits much of the country and is felt throughout the entire eastern Mediterranean Sea.
Jan 12th - A stampede during the Stoning the Devil ritual on the last day at the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, kills at least 362 Muslim pilgrims.
Jan 12th - Turkey releases Mehmet Ali Ağca from jail after he served 25 years for shooting Pope John Paul II.
Jan 12th - The French warship Clemenceau reaches Egypt and is barred access to the Suez Canal. Greenpeace activists board the ship.
Jan 12th - The foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France, and Germany declare that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have reached a dead end and recommend that Iran be referred to the United Nations Security Council.
Jan 16th - Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president. She becomes Africa's first female elected head of state.
Jan 19th - A Slovak Air Force Antonov An-24 crashes in Hungary.
Jan 19th - The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto.
Jan 19th - Terrorist blows himself up in Tel Aviv, killing only himself but injuring 20 people, one of them seriously.
Jan 22nd - Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country's first indigenous president.
Jan 25th - Three independent observing campaigns announce the discovery of OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb through gravitational microlensing, the first cool rocky/icy extrasolar planet around a main-sequence star.
Jan 26th - Western Union discontinues use of its telegram service.
Feb 4th - A stampede occurs in the ULTRA Stadium near Manila killing 71.
Feb 12th - A powerful winter storm blankets the Northeastern United States dumping 1 to 2 feet of snow from Washington DC up to Boston, Massachusetts. The storm dumped a record 26.9 inches of snow in New York City.
Feb 16th - The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.
Feb 17th - A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126.
Feb 22nd - At least six men stage Britain's biggest robbery ever, stealing £53m (about $92.5 million or 78€ million) from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.
President of Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Feb 23rd - Dubai Ports World agrees to postpone its plans to take over management of six U.S. ports after the proposal ignited harsh bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill.
Feb 24th - Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares Proclamation 1017 placing the country in a state of emergency in attempt to subdue a possible military coup.
Mar 1st - Tarja Halonen is inaugurated as President of Finland for the second and last time.
Mar 1st - English-language Wikipedia reaches its one millionth article, Jordanhill railway station.
Mar 4th - Final contact attempt with Pioneer 10 by the Deep Space Network. No response was received.
Mar 6th - South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signs a bill into legislation that would ban most abortions in the state.
Mar 9th - Liquid water is discovered on Enceladus, the sixth largest moon of Saturn.
Mar 10th - The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars.
Mar 10th - Mass unrest by the PCC started in São Paulo (the biggest city in Brazil) which would eventually kill more than 152 people.
Mar 11th - Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as first female president of Chile.
Mar 16th - The United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to establish the UN Human Rights Council.
Mar 20th - Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country's banana crop.
Mar 20th - Over 150 Chadian soldiers are killed in eastern Chad by members of the rebel UFDC. The rebel movement sought to overthrow Chadian president Idriss Deby.
Mar 21st - Immigrant workers constructing the Burj Dubayy in Dubai, The United Arab Emirates and a new terminal of Dubai International Airport join together and riot, causing $1M in damage.
Mar 22nd - ETA, armed Basque separatist group, declares permanent ceasefire.
Mar 22nd - BC Ferries' M/V Queen of the North runs aground on Gil Island British Columbia and sinks; 101 on board, 2 presumed deaths.
Mar 22nd - Three Christian Peacemaker Teams Hostages are freed by British forces in Baghdad after 118 days captivity and the death of their colleague, American Tom Fox.
Mar 23rd - The Federal Reserve discontinues publishing M3 money supply.
Mar 24th - Long-term protests in Belarus are broken by police.
265th Pope Benedict XVI Mar 24th - Pope Benedict XVI adds 15 men to the College of Cardinals, in the first consistory of his Pontificate.
Mar 25th - Capitol Hill massacre: A gunman kills six people before taking his own life at a party in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Mar 25th - Protesters demanding a re-election in Belarus following the rigged Belarusian presidential election, 2006 clash with riot police. Opposition leader Aleksander Kozulin is among several protesters arrested.
Mar 26th - In Scotland, the prohibition of smoking in all substantially enclosed public places comes into force.
Mar 26th - The military junta ruling Burma officially named Naypyidaw, a new city in Mandalay Division, as the new capital. Yangon had formerly been the nation's capital.
Mar 27th - The United Nations Commission on Human Rights holds its final meeting.
Mar 28th - 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.
Mar 30th - Marcos Pontes is the first Brazilian astronaut in space.
Mar 30th - UK Terrorism Act 2006 becomes law.
Apr 1st - The Serious Organised Crime Agency, dubbed the 'British FBI', is created in the United Kingdom.
Apr 2nd - Over 60 tornadoes break out, hardest hit is Tennessee with 29 people killed.
Apr 6th - NZSL (New Zealand sign language) is made an official language of New Zealand
Apr 8th - Shedden massacre: The bodies of eight men, all shot to death, are found in a field in Ontario, Canada. The murders are soon linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang.
Apr 10th - Hundreds of thousands protest H.R. 4437 (aka the "Sensenbrenner Bill") in the United States.
Apr 11th - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that Iran has successfully enriched uranium.
Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Apr 13th - Powerful tornadoes rip through Iowa City, Iowa.
Apr 22nd - 243 people are injured in pro-democracy protest in Nepal after Nepali security forces open fire on protesters against King Gyanendra.
Apr 22nd - Four Canadian soldiers are killed 75 kilometers north of Kandahar, Afghanistan by a roadside bomb planted by Taliban militants, the worst single day combat loss for the Canadian army since the Korean War.
Apr 24th - King Gyanendra of Nepal gives into the demands of protesters and restores the parliament that he dissolved in 2002.
Apr 27th - Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City.
May 1st - The Puerto Rican government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow.
May 3rd - Armavia Flight 967 crashes into the Black Sea, killing 113 people on board, with no survivors.
May 3rd - Zacarias Moussaoui is sentenced to life in prison in Alexandria, Virginia.
May 5th - The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA).
May 9th - Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.
May 9th - George Preca is canonised as the first Maltese saint in history.
May 13th - 2006 São Paulo violence: a major rebellion occurs in several prisons in Brazil.
May 16th - A large earthquake (7.4 on the Richter scale) occurs near New Zealand.
May 17th - The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico to be an artificial reef
May 18th - The post Loktantra Andolan government passes a landmark bill curtailing the power of the monarchy and making Nepal a secular country.
May 21st - 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%.
May 21st - The Swedish ice hockey team Tre Kronor takes gold in the World Championship, becoming the first nation to hold both the World and Olympic titles separately in the same year.
May 22nd - Results from the Montenegrin independence referendum, 2006 are announced. 55.4% of voters vote to become independent from the Serbia and Montenegro Union.
May 26th - The May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 5,700 people, leaves 200,000 homeless.
May 27th - 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.
Jun 3rd - The union of Serbia and Montenegro comes to an end with Montenegro's formal declaration of independence.
Jun 5th - Serbia declares independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro.
Jun 7th - British Houses of Parliament temporarily shut down due to anthrax alert.
Jun 18th - The first Kazakh space satellite, KazSat is launched.
Jun 19th - Prime ministers of several northern European nations participate in a ceremonial "laying of the first stone" at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Spitsbergen, Norway.
Jun 21st - Pluto's newly discovered moons are officially named Nix & Hydra.
Jun 28th - The Republic of Montenegro was admitted as the 192nd Member of the United Nations by General Assembly resolution 60/264.
43rd US President George W. Bush Jun 29th - 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.
Jul 1st - The first operation of Qinghai-Tibet Railway in the People's Republic of China.
Jul 3rd - Asteroid labeled as 2004 XP14 flies 432,308 km (268,624 miles) by Earth.
Jul 4th - Space Shuttle program: STS-121 Mission - Space Shuttle Discovery launches at 18:37:55 UTC.
Jul 4th - 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/East Sea.
Jul 5th - North Korea launched at least two short-range Nodong-2 missiles, one SCUD missile and one long-range Taepodong-2 missile.
Jul 5th - Emergency United Nations Security Council meeting held at the U.N in New York City because of the North Korean missile tests a day before.
Jul 6th - The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opens for trade after 44 years.
Jul 9th - At least 122 people are killed after a Sibir Airlines Airbus A310 passenger jet, carrying 200 passengers on board veers off the runway while landing at Irkutsk Airport in Siberia in wet conditions.
Jul 10th - Pakistan International Flight PK-688 crashes in Multan, Pakistan shortly after takeoff, killing all 45 people on board.
Jul 11th - 209 people are killed in a series of bomb attacks in Mumbai, India.
Jul 12th - Hezbollah initiates Operation True Promise.
Jul 27th - 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.
Jul 30th - World's longest running music show Top of the Pops is broadcast for the last time on BBC Two. The show had aired for 42 years.
Jul 31st - Fidel Castro hands over power temporarily to brother Raúl Castro. This leads to a celebration in Little Havana (La Pequeña Habana in Spanish), Miami, Florida, where many Cuban Americans participated.
Aug 4th - Dame Silvia Cartwright steps down as the Governor-General of New Zealand and is replaced by The Honourable Anand Satyanand, who is sworn in on 23 August.
Aug 10th - Scotland Yard disrupts major terrorist plot to destroy aircraft travelling from the United Kingdom to the United States. All toiletries are banned from commercial airplanes.
Aug 23rd - Natascha Kampusch, who was abducted at the age of 10, managed to escape from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil, after 8 years of captivity.
Aug 24th - The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term "planet" such that Pluto is considered a Dwarf Planet.
Aug 27th - 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.
Aug 31st - Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream was recovered from a raid by Norwegian police. The paintings were said to be in a better-than-expected condition.
Sep 1st - Luxembourg became the first country to complete the move to all digital television broadcasting.
Sep 13th - At Dawson College (Montreal), Kimveer Gill kills one student and wounds 19 others before committing suicide.
Sep 18th - Right wing protesters riot the building of the Hungarian Television in Budapest, Hungary, one day after an audio tape was made public, in which Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány admitted he and his party lied during the 2006 general elections.
Sep 19th - The Thai military stages a coup in Bangkok. The Constitution is revoked and martial law is declared.
Sep 22nd - A German maglev train crashes, killing 23.
Sep 22nd - The F-14 Tomcat retires from the United States Navy.
Sep 22nd - Hezbollah claims "Divine Victory" over Israel in a massive demonstration in Beirut.
Sep 29th - US Representative Mark Foley resigns after allegations of inappropriate emails to house pages were introduced.
Sep 30th - the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Constitutional Act that proclaimed the new Constitution of Serbia.
Oct 2nd - Five school girls are murdered by Charles Carl Roberts in a shooting at an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania before Roberts commits suicide.
Oct 9th - North Korea allegedly tests its first nuclear device.
Oct 17th - The United States population reaches 300 million.
Oct 22nd - A Panama Canal expansion proposal is approved by 77.8% of voters in a National referendum held in Panama.
Oct 24th - Justice Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the "motive clause", an important part of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act.
Oct 28th - Funeral service for the peace of the executed at Bykivnia forest, outside of Kiev, Ukraine, with reburial of 817 Ukrainian civilians (out of some 100,000) executed by Bolsheviks at Bykivnia in 1930s - early 1940s.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein Nov 5th - 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.
Nov 10th - Sri Lankan Tamil Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj assassinated in Colombo.
Nov 11th - The New Zealand war memorial monument was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London, United Kingdom, commemorating the loss of soldiers from the New Zealand Army and the British Army.
Nov 12th - The former Soviet republic of South Ossetia holds a referendum on independence from Georgia.
Nov 17th - Official naming of element 111, Roentgenium (Rg).
Nov 21st - Anti-Syrian Lebanese Minister and MP Pierre Gemayel is assassinated in suburban Beirut.
Nov 24th - Israeli rapist Benny Sela escapes from police custody while being transferred to a court hearing.
Nov 27th - The Canadian House of Commons endorses Prime Minister Stephen Harper's motion to declare Québécois a nation within a unified Canada.
Nov 27th - Francesco Cossiga, Italian politician and former President of the Italian Republic, resigned from his position as lifetime senator.
Dec 4th - An adult giant squid is caught on video by Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo.
Dec 5th - Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrows the government in Fiji.
Dec 6th - NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.
Dec 7th - A tornado struck Kensal Green, North West London, seriously damaging around 150 properties.
Dec 9th - Moscow suffers its worst fire since 1977, killing 45 women in a drug rehabitational center.
Dec 10th - One million Lebanese opposition supporters gather in downtown Beirut, calling for the government to resign.
Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper Dec 11th - The International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust is opened in Tehran, Iran by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Dec 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.
Dec 13th - The Baiji, or Chinese River Dolphin, announced as extinct.
Dec 15th - First flight of the F-35 Lightning II.
Dec 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.
Dec 21st - Puzzle Play aired to network Ten, replacing In the Box
Dec 26th - The 2006 Hengchun earthquake with 7.1 magnitude hit Taiwan.
Dec 30th - Madrid Barajas International Airport is bombed.