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Notable Historical Events - 2006

2006Greg Maddux wins his 330th career game

200678th Academy Awards - "Crash," Philip Seymour Hoffman & Reese Witherspoon win

200633rd American Music Award: Kelly Clarkson, Sean Paul & Rascal Flatts win

200614th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Annika Sorenstam win

2006Kobe Bryant scores a career-high 81 points in a victory against the Toronto Raptors, the second most in NBA history in one single game

2006Greg Maddux signs a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres worth $10 million

2006Barry Bonds hits his 715th career home run, passing Babe Ruth on the all-time list

2006After signing a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers, Jerry Rice officially retires from the NFL

200640th Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Keith Urban wins

200688th PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 270 at Medinah Country Club

2006"30 Rock", starring Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and Tracy Morgan, debuts on NBC

2006After losing the federal election to Stephen Harper, Paul Martin resigns as leader of the Liberal party

2006During an emotional ceremony, Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the New York Rangers

2006B.B. King is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush

2006Steve Yzerman scores his final NHL goal (#692) against the Calgary Flames

200670th Golf Masters Championship: Phil Mickelson wins, shooting a 281

2006The International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust is opened in Tehran, Iran by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

2006Uma Thurman is named a knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France for outstanding achievement in the field of art and literature

2006Martin Scorsese's "The Departed", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg, premieres in New York City

2006135th British Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 270 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club

200623rd MTV Awards: Panic! At the Disco, Kelly Clarkson & James Blunt wins

200632nd People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Sandra Bullock win (Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Garner win (TV)

200652nd LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak

2006Roger Goodell begins his tenure as NFL Commissioner

2006Hamdan 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.

2006The Canadian House of Commons endorses Prime Minister Stephen Harper's motion to declare Québécois a nation within a unified Canada.

2006Al Michaels joins NBC's "Sunday Night Football" broadcast with Johh Madden

200640th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood & Kenny Chesney wins

2006Moises Alou signs a one year-contract with the New York Mets worth $7.5 million

2006120th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal (6-0 7-6 6-7 6-3)

2006Pope Benedict XVI adds 15 men to the College of Cardinals, in the first consistory of his Pontificate.

200658th Emmy Awards: 24, The Office, Kiefer Sutherland & Mariska Hargitay win

2006Steve Yzerman officially retires from the NHL, finishing with 692 goals and 1755 points

2006Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president. She becomes Africa's first female elected head of state.

2006Saddam 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.

2006Alan Greenspan retires as Chairman of the Federal Reserve

2006 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
Sydney, Australia swelters through its hottest New Years Day on record. The thermometre peaked at 45 degrees celsius, sparking bushfires and power outages. 
Jan 4
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel suffers a second, apparently more serious stroke. His authority is transferred to acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. 
Jan 8
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 10
32nd People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Sandra Bullock win (Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Garner win (TV) 
Jan 12
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 12
Turkey releases Mehmet Ali Ağca from jail after he served 25 years for shooting Pope John Paul II. 
Jan 12
The French warship Clemenceau reaches Egypt and is barred access to the Suez Canal. Greenpeace activists board the ship. 
Jan 12
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 12
During an emotional ceremony, Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the New York Rangers 
Jan 16
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president. She becomes Africa's first female elected head of state. 
Jan 19
A Slovak Air Force Antonov An-24 crashes in Hungary. 
Jan 19
The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto. 
Jan 19
Terrorist blows himself up in Tel Aviv, killing only himself but injuring 20 people, one of them seriously. 
Jan 22
Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country's first indigenous president. 
Jan 22
Kobe Bryant scores a career-high 81 points in a victory against the Toronto Raptors, the second most in NBA history in one single game 
Jan 24
After losing the federal election to Stephen Harper, Paul Martin resigns as leader of the Liberal party 
Jan 25
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 26
Western Union discontinues use of its telegram service. 
Jan 31
Alan Greenspan retires as Chairman of the Federal Reserve 
Feb 4
A stampede occurs in the ULTRA Stadium near Manila killing 71. 
Feb 5
Super Bowl XL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Seattle Seahawks, 21-10 at the Ford Field MVP: Hines Ward, Pittsburgh, WR 
Feb 7
Uma Thurman is named a knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France for outstanding achievement in the field of art and literature 
Feb 8
48th Grammy Awards: Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, John Legend wins 
Feb 9
Al Michaels joins NBC's "Sunday Night Football" broadcast with Johh Madden 
Feb 12
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 12
NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 23-17 
Feb 16
The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army. 
Feb 17
A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126. 
Feb 22
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. 
Feb 23
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 24
President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares Proclamation 1017 placing the country in a state of emergency in attempt to subdue possible military coup. 
Mar 1
Tarja Halonen is inaugurated as President of Finland for the second and last time. 
Mar 1
English-language Wikipedia reaches its one millionth article, Jordanhill railway station. 
Mar 4
Final contact attempt with Pioneer 10 by the Deep Space Network. No response was received. 
Mar 4
26th Golden Raspberry Awards: Dirty Love wins 
Mar 4
20th Soul Train Music Awards: Jamie Foxx, Destiny's Child & John Legend win 
Mar 5
78th Academy Awards - "Crash," Philip Seymour Hoffman & Reese Witherspoon win 
Mar 6
South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signs a bill into legislation that would ban most abortions in the state. 
Mar 9
Liquid water is discovered on Enceladus, the sixth largest moon of Saturn. 
Mar 10
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars. 
Mar 10
Mass unrest by the PCC started in São Paulo (the biggest city in Brazil) which would eventually kill more than 152 people. 
Mar 11
Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as first female president of Chile. 
Mar 16
The United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to establish the UN Human Rights Council. 
Mar 20
Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country's banana crop. 
Mar 20
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 21
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 22
ETA, armed Basque separatist group, declares permanent ceasefire. 
Mar 22
BC Ferries' M/V Queen of the North runs aground on Gil Island British Columbia and sinks; 101 on board, 2 presumed deaths. 
Mar 22
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 23
The Federal Reserve discontinues publishing M3 money supply. 
Mar 24
Long-term protests in Belarus are broken by police. 
Mar 24
Pope Benedict XVI adds 15 men to the College of Cardinals, in the first consistory of his Pontificate. 
Mar 25
Capitol Hill massacre: A gunman kills six people before taking his own life at a party in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. 
Mar 25
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 26
In Scotland the prohibition of smoking in all substantially enclosed public places comes into force. 
Mar 26
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 27
The United Nations Commission on Human Rights holds its final meeting. 
Mar 28
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 30
Marcos Pontes is the first Brazilian astronaut in space. 
Mar 30
UK Terrorism Act 2006 becomes law. 
Apr 1
The Serious Organised Crime Agency, dubbed the 'British FBI', is created in the United Kingdom. 
Apr 2
Over 60 tornadoes break out, hardest hit is Tennessee with 29 people killed. 
Apr 3
Steve Yzerman scores his final NHL goal (#692) against the Calgary Flames 
Apr 6
NZSL (New Zealand sign language) is made an official language of New Zealand 
Apr 8
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 9
70th Golf Masters Championship: Phil Mickelson wins, shooting a 281 
Apr 10
Hundreds of thousands protest H.R. 4437 (aka the "Sensenbrenner Bill") in the United States. 
Apr 10
40th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood & Kenny Chesney wins 
Apr 11
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that Iran has successfully enriched uranium. 
Apr 13
Powerful tornadoes rip through Iowa City, Iowa. 
Apr 22
243 people are injured in pro-democracy protest in Nepal after Nepali security forces open fire on protesters against King Gyanendra. 
Apr 22
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 24
King Gyanendra of Nepal gives into the demands of protesters and restores the parliament that he dissolved in 2002. 
Apr 27
Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City. 
May 1
The Puerto Rican government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow. 
May 3
Armavia Flight 967 crashes into the Black Sea, killing 113 people on board, with no survivors. 
May 3
Zacarias Moussaoui is sentenced to life in prison in Alexandria, Virginia. 
May 5
The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army 
May 6
132nd Kentucky Derby: Edgar Prado aboard Barbaro wins in 2:01.36 
May 9
Estonia ratifies the European Constitution. 
May 9
George Preca is canonised as the first Maltese saint in history. 
May 13
2006 São Paulo violence: a major rebellion occurs in several prisons in Brazil. 
May 16
A large earthquake (7.4 on the Richter scale) occurs near New Zealand. 
May 17
The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico to be an artificial reef 
May 18
The post Loktantra Andolan government passes a landmark bill curtailing the power of the monarchy and making Nepal a secular country. 
May 21
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 21
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 22
Results from the Montenegrin independence referendum, 2006 are announced. 55.4% of voters vote to become independent from the Serbia and Montenegro Union. 
May 23
41st Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans & Keith Urban wins 
May 26
The May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 5,700 people, leaves 200,000 homeless. 
May 27
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. 
May 28
Indianapolis 500: Sam Hornish Jr wins in 3:10:58.7590 (252.804 km/h) 
May 28
Barry Bonds hits his 715th career home run, passing Babe Ruth on the all-time list 
Jun 3
The union of Serbia and Montenegro comes to an end with Montenegro's formal declaration of independence. 
Jun 5
Serbia declares independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. 
Jun 7
British Houses of Parliament temporarily shut down due to anthrax alert. 
Jun 10
138th Belmont: Fernando Jara aboard Jazil wins in 2:27.81 
Jun 11
60th Tony Awards: Jersey Boys & The History Boys win 
Jun 11
52nd LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak 
Jun 18
The first Kazakh space satellite, KazSat is launched. 
Jun 18
106th US Golf Open: Geoff Ogilvy shoots a 285 at Winged Foot GC NY 
Jun 19
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 20
60th NBA Championship: Miami Heat beat Dallas Mavericks, 4 games to 2 
Jun 21
Pluto's newly discovered moons are officially named Nix & Hydra. 
Jun 28
The Republic of Montenegro was admitted as the 192nd Member of the United Nations by General Assembly resolution 60/264. 
Jun 29
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 1
The first operation of Qinghai-Tibet Railway in the People's Republic of China. 
Jul 3
Asteroid labeled as 2004 XP14 flies 432,308 km (268,624 miles) by Earth. 
Jul 3
Steve Yzerman officially retires from the NHL, finishing with 692 goals and 1755 points 
Jul 4
Space Shuttle program: STS-121 Mission - Space Shuttle Discovery launches at 18:37:55 UTC. 
Jul 4
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 5
North Korea missle tests: at least two short-range Nodong-2 missiles, one SCUD missile and one long-range Taepodong-2 missile. 
Jul 5
Emergency United Nations Security Council meeting at the U.N in New York City because of North Korean missile tests that day 
Jul 6
The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opens for trade after 44 years. 
Jul 8
113th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Amélie Mauresmo beats J Henin-Hardenne (2-6 6-3 6-4) 
Jul 9
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 9
Italy beats France 5-3 for soccer's 18th World Cup in Germany 
Jul 9
120th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal (6-0 7-6 6-7 6-3) 
Jul 10
Pakistan International Flight PK-688 crashes in Multan, Pakistan shortly after takeoff, killing all 45 people on board. 
Jul 11
209 people are killed in a series of bomb attacks in Mumbai, India. 
Jul 11
77th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-2 at PNC Park, Pittsburgh 
Jul 12
Hezbollah initiates Operation True Promise. 
Jul 16
14th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Annika Sorenstam win 
Jul 23
135th British Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 270 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club 
Jul 27
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 30
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 31
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 4
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 10
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 20
88th PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 270 at Medinah Country Club 
Aug 23
Natascha Kampusch, who was abducted at the age of 10, managed to escape from her captor Wolfgang Priklopil, after 8 years of captivity. 
Aug 24
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term "planet" such that Pluto is considered a Dwarf Planet. 
Aug 24
After signing a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers, Jerry Rice officially retires from the NFL 
Aug 27
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 27
58th Emmy Awards: 24, The Office, Kiefer Sutherland & Mariska Hargitay win 
Aug 30
Greg Maddux wins his 330th career game 
Aug 31
Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream" was recovered from a raid by Norwegian police. The painting was said to be in a better-than-expected condition. 
Aug 31
23rd MTV Awards: Panic! At the Disco, Kelly Clarkson & James Blunt wins 
Sep 1
Luxembourg became the first country to complete the move to all digital television broadcasting. 
Sep 1
Roger Goodell begins his tenure as NFL Commissioner 
Sep 13
At Dawson College (Montreal), Kimveer Gill kills one student and wounds 19 others before committing suicide. 
Sep 18
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 19
The Thai military stages a coup in Bangkok. The Constitution is revoked and martial law is declared. 
Sep 22
A German maglev train crashes, killing 23. 
Sep 22
The F-14 Tomcat retires from the United States Navy. 
Sep 22
Hezbollah claims "Divine Victory" over Israel in a massive demonstration in Beirut. 
Sep 26
Martin Scorsese's "The Departed", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg, premieres in New York City 
Sep 29
US Representative Mark Foley resigns after allegations of inappropriate emails to house pages were introduced. 
Sep 30
the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Constitutional Act that proclaimed the new Constitution of Serbia. 
Oct 2
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 9
North Korea allegedly tests its first nuclear device. 
Oct 11
"30 Rock", starring Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and Tracy Morgan, debuts on NBC 
Oct 17
The United States population reaches 300 million. 
Oct 22
A Panama Canal expansion proposal is approved by 77.8% of voters in a National referendum held in Panama. 
Oct 24
Justice Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the "motive clause", an important part of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act. 
Oct 28
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. 
Nov 5
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 6
40th Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Keith Urban wins 
Nov 10
Sri Lankan Tamil Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj assassinated in Colombo. 
Nov 11
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 12
The former Soviet republic of South Ossetia holds a referendum on independence from Georgia. 
Nov 17
Official naming of element 111, Roentgenium (Rg). 
Nov 19
94th CFL Grey Cup: BC Lions defeats Montreal Alouettes, 25-14 
Nov 20
Moises Alou signs a one year-contract with the New York Mets worth $7.5 million 
Nov 21
Anti-Syrian Lebanese Minister and MP Pierre Gemayel is assassinated in suburban Beirut. 
Nov 21
33rd American Music Award: Kelly Clarkson, Sean Paul & Rascal Flatts win 
Nov 24
Israeli rapist Benny Sela escapes from police custody while being transferred to a court hearing. 
Nov 27
The Canadian House of Commons endorses Prime Minister Stephen Harper's motion to declare Québécois a nation within a unified Canada. 
Nov 27
Francesco Cossiga, Italian politician and former President of the Italian Republic, resigned from his position as lifetime senator. 
Dec 3
95th Davis Cup: Russia beats Argentina in Moscow (3-2) 
Dec 4
An adult giant squid is caught on video by Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo. 
Dec 5
Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrows the government in Fiji. 
Dec 5
Greg Maddux signs a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres worth $10 million 
Dec 6
NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars. 
Dec 7
A tornado struck Kensal Green, North West London, seriously damaging around 150 properties. 
Dec 9
Moscow suffers its worst fire since 1977, killing 45 women in a drug rehabitational center. 
Dec 10
One million Lebanese opposition supporters gather in downtown Beirut, calling for the government to resign. 
Dec 11
The International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust is opened in Tehran, Iran by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Dec 12
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 13
The Baiji, or Chinese River Dolphin, announced as extinct. 
Dec 15
First flight of the F-35 Lightning II. 
Dec 15
B.B. King is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush 
Dec 20
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 21
Puzzle Play aired to network Ten, replacing In the Box 
Dec 26
The 2006 Hengchun earthquake with 7.1 magnitude hit Taiwan. 
Dec 30
Madrid Barajas International Airport is bombed. 
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