2006 in History
January 4 Ehud Olmert becomes Prime Minister of Israel after Ariel Sharon suffers a stroke
January 11 Alaska's Augustine volcano erupts
January 15 Stardust space mission returns dust from a comet to earth
January 23 Stephen Harper, wins the election in Canada and is the first conservative Prime Minister in 12 years
January 31 Samuel Alito sworn in as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
February 1 United Airlines emerges from bankruptcy
February 5 Super Bowl XL: Steelers defeat the Seahawks 21-10
February 7 Egyptian ferry, Al Salam Boccaccio, sinks killing over 1200 people in the Red Sea
February 10 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Turin, Italy
February 11 Dick Cheney accidentally shoots friend in a hunting accident
February 22 Al-Askari Mosque is bombed, setting off protests and violence across Iraq
February 22 Apple's iTunes store sells it's 1 billionth song
March 10 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter enters Mars orbit
March 11 Slobodan Milosevic found dead in cell in the Hague
March 22 ETA terrorist group declares ceasefire against Spain
March 26 Smoking is banned in restaurants and bars in Scotland
April 19 Han Myung-sook elected Prime Minister of South Korea
May 27 Java, Indonesia suffers a 6.3 magnitue earthquake, killing more than 6,000
June 3 17 Islamic men are arrested in a plot to bomb targets in Toronto
June 6 Union of Islamic Courts takes over Mogadishu, Somalia
June 7 Terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is killed by U.S. forces in Iraq
June 25 Warren Buffett donates $30 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
July 9 Italy wins the World Cup 5-3 vs. France
July 12 Israel invades Lebanon in response to Hezbollah's kidnapping of Israeli soldiers
August 14 U.N. cease fire takes effect in Lebanon
August 24 Pluto is demoted to a 'dwarf planet'
September 3 Andre Agassi retires after winning 60 career titles
September 12 Pope Benedict XVI quotes a criticism of the Islamic faith leading to mass protests
September 26 Japan elects Shinzo Abe as new Prime Minister of Japan
October 4 Dow closes above 11,800 for the first time
October 9 North Korea conducts first atomic weapons test
October 10 Google buys YouTube.com for $1.6 billion
October 13 Ban Ki-moon is elected to be U.N. Secretary-General
October 17 United States population reaches 300 million people
October 19 Dow closes above 12,000 for the first time
October 31 Bob Barker, from The Price is Right, retires after 35 years as host
November 5 Saddam Hussein sentenced to death by hanging by an Iraqi court
November 8 Donald Rumsfeld resigns as U.S. Secretary of Defense
November 15 Al Jazeera launches Al Jazeera English
December 3 Hugo Chavez, leftist dictator, is re-elected President of Venezuela
December 29 Ethiopian troops eject the Islamic forces from Mogadishu, Somalia
December 30 Saddam Hussein is hanged in Baghdad