Events 2006
  • Twelve coal miners die in the Sago Mine Disaster near Buckhannon, West Virginia in the United States.
Saudi Arabia
  • A stampede during the Stoning of the devil ritual on the last day at the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, kills 362 Muslim pilgrims.
European Union
  • Several European newspapers reprint controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, sparking outrage and rioting in the following weeks

United States
United States -- Google Buys YouTube
  • Google purchases YouTube for US$1.65 billion in stock.
More Information for YouTube Purchase
Internet giant Google bought the popular video-sharing website YouTube during October of 2006. Google bought the website for $1.65 billion through a stock purchase which was approved during the following month. At the time of the deal YouTube had about 65 employees and had become one of the fastest growing and most popular websites on the internet despite having only been established in the Spring of 2005.

United States
  • NASA launches the New Horizons probe.
More Information for New Horizons.
NASA launches the New Horizons space probe mission to Pluto during January of 2006. The New Horizons probe was launched successfully from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The mission made a visit to Jupiter in 2007 while traveling towards Pluto where it gathered some information about Jupiter and its moons before receiving a gravity assist from the large planet and resuming its journey. The probe made it to Pluto during July of 2015 when it became the first mission to explore the dwarf planet and its moons, as well as taking some of the first high resolution images of Pluto. The probe then adjusted its course towards the “Kuiper belt object” which the New Horizons mission is expected to reach, research, and explore by 2019.

United Kingdom - Apple Computer Lawsuit

1. A British court rules in favor of the Apple Computer Company during May, concluding nearly 30 years of trademark disputes between the computer giant and Apple Corps.
2. Apple Corps was created in 1968 by the members of the Beatles as a multimedia and record company.
3. Apple Computers was founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
4. Trademark lawsuits began between the two starting in 1978 over the use of the name “Apple,” the apple-shaped logo, and Apple Computers foray into the music business with the creation of iTunes and the iPod.
5. The judge ruled Apple Computers had not infringed on the Apple Corps trademark and in 2007 the computer company bought out all of the Apple trademarks in a settlement.


  • Iran refuses access to U.N. inspectors many worry over Iran's intent to build a nuclear bomb
  • Iran Tests Missiles which are capable of reaching Israel
  • The Iranian Leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust ever existed.
  • Saddam Hussein is charged on May 15th and following the trial is found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging
  • Violence errupts during the holy month of Ramadan between Shia and Sunni Muslims leaving many dead on both sides.
  • Charles Carl Roberts murders four girls in a one room Amish West Nickel Miles School, before committing suicide
United States
  • 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.
More Information and Timeline for Oil Shale Report
The U.S. Energy department releases a report saying that the state of Colorado is sitting on about a trillion barrels worth of oil in the form of oil shale reserves in the Green River Basin, which covers portions of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. About 70% of this resource is located on federally owned or managed land and it equals nearly as much as the rest of the world's conventional oil reserves added together. The problem with oil shale reserves is that the cost of extraction and the environmental impact due to the process required to turn oil shale into oil are too expensive and risky to make the process worthwhile. As the price of oil continues to increase, the desire to extract oil from oil shale will also increase as fossil fuels become scarcer.

  • 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.

Nintendo Releases Wii Gaming Console

Nintendo releases the Wii gaming console in the United States during November. The console was originally priced at $249.99 and was the smallest and most lightweight of Nintendo’s home consoles at the time of its release. Despite not having HD graphics, the Wii was incredibly popular when it was released and over time it outperformed its direct competition, the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. The Wii attracted a wide array of users and appealed to more casual gamers. It was praised for its innovative and futuristic design which incorporated more physical activity into game play with the use of a motion-tracking controller.


  • Tropical Cyclone Larry makes landfall in Queensland, Australia
  • Sydney, Australia temp hits 45 degrees Celsius ( 113 degrees Centigrade )
  • Over 160 people are killed on July 11th by seven bombs on the train network in Mumbai India
  • Terrorists bomb Muslim Graveyard in Malegaon, during Shab-e-Barat killing 37
  • 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
  • North Korea declares it has carried out its first test of a nuclear weapon, becoming the worlds 9th Nuclear Power
North Korea
  • North Korea Test Medium Range Missiles
European Union
  • 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,
  • President Bush acknowledged secret CIA prisons around the world outside of US legal jurisdiction.
  • President Bush asks Congress to pass the Military Commission Act to re-define U.S. obligations under Common Article 3 of the Geneva Convention
  • 6 U.S. seaports Sold To Middle East
  • The Great American Strike / Boycott by immigrants including legal and illegal immigrants of mostly Latin American origin against schools and businesses by not buying, selling, working, and attending school.
European Union
  • 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.
  • The Québécois nation motion is passed by the House of Commons in the Parliament of Canada.
  • The ESA's Venus Express arrives at Venus.
More Information for the Venus Express
The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Venus Express orbiter arrived at Venus in April of 2006. The Venus Express had been launched during the previous year with the mission objectives to study the atmospheric activities, plasma environment, surface activities, greenhouse gas effects, magnetic field, and solar wind interaction of the solar system’s second planet. The Venus Express was successful in completing its objectives and made several new discoveries about the planet such as the existence of a cold atmospheric region that could make carbon dioxide freeze into ice or snow. The mission was expected to last 2 days on Venus, equivalent to about 486 Earth days, but the orbiter kept functioning until late 2014 when the ESA lost contact.

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Two major E-Coli breakouts affect 500 people in the US caused by fresh spinach and fresh lettuce
  • Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants Breaks the record held by Babe Ruth and hits his 715th home run on on May 28th to pass Babe Ruth on the all time greatest list.
  • 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 on April 10th
  • The Serial Shooter killers ( Dale S. Hausner and Samuel John Dieteman ) are caught and charged for the drive by murders of six people in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 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.

Technology 2006
  • The one billionth song is purchased from Apple iTunes.
  • Nintendo releases the Wii in North America with an MSRP of US$249.99
  • Google purchases YouTube for US$1.65 billion in stock
  • Pluto is downgraded from a Planet to a dwarf planet by The International Astronomical Union ( IAU )

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

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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 Simpsons
  • 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
  • Postman Pat (UK)
  • The Apprentice
  • The X Factor (UK)
  • American Dad!
  • Doctor Who (UK)
  • Everybody Hates Chris
  • Family Guy
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • My Name Is Earl
  • The Office

2006 Calendar

Major World Political Leaders 2006

Australia Prime Minister John Howard Brazil President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Canada Prime Minister Paul Martin till February 6,
Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper from February 6,
China Chairman of the People's Republic of China Hu Jintao

France President Jacques Chirac

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel
India Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh

Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Till 17 May
Italy Prime Minister Romano Prodi From 17 May
Japan Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi Till 26 September
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe From 26 September
Mexico President Vicente Fox Till 30 November
Mexico President Felipe Calderón From 30 November
Russia / Soviet Union
General Secretary of the CPSU Vladimir Putin South Africa State President Thabo Mbeki United States President George W. Bush United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair

Political Elections 2006

Canadian Federal Election 2006 Stephen Harper ( Conservative ) defeats Paul Martin ( Liberal )