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2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.

2006 was designated as:

  • International Year of Deserts and Desertification.[1]
  • International Asperger's Year.
  • Year of Mozart, marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.




  • January 1 – Sydney, Australia, has its warmest day on record, when the city reaches 45°C (113°F).[2]
  • January 1Russia cuts natural gas to Ukraine over a price dispute.[3]
  • January 2 – The Bad Reichenhall ice rink roof in Germany collapses after heavy snowfall in the Bavarian Alps, killing 15.[4]
  • January 4 – Powers are transferred from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to his deputy, Vice Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, after Sharon suffers a massive hemorrhagic stroke.[5]
  • January 5 – A hotel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia collapses, killing 76 pilgrims visiting to perform hajj.[6]
  • January 6 – The record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season officially draws to a close as Tropical Storm Zeta dissipates.[7]
  • January 7 – Embroiled in multiple scandals, former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay announces he will not seek to reassume his former post.[8][9]
  • January 7UK Liberal Democratic leader Charles Kennedy resigns after revelations that he has a drinking problem.[10]
  • January 8 – A magnitude 6.9 earthquake, centered off the coast of the Greek island of Kythera, shakes much of Greece and is felt throughout the eastern Mediterranean basin.[11]
  • January 9 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,000 (11,011.90) for the first time since June 7, 2001.[12][13]
  • January 11 – The Augustine Volcano in Alaska erupts twice, marking its first major eruption since 1986.
  • January 12 – A stampede during the Stoning of the devil ritual on the last day at the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, kills 362 pilgrims.[14][15]
  • January 14 – A natural gas explosion in a coal mine kills seven and injures five in Romania.[16]
  • January 15NASA's Stardust mission successfully ends, the first to return dust from a comet.[17]
  • January 19 – A suicide bomber in Tel Aviv, Israel injures 20,[18] seriously injuring one.[19]
  • January 23Stephen Harper wins the federal election in Canada, forming a minority government.[20][21]
  • January 25Hamas wins the majority of seats in the Palestinian Legislative Council elections.[22]
  • January 25Pope Benedict XVI issues his first encycylical, Deus Caritas Est.[23]
  • January 27 – Celebrations are held in Salzburg and around the world, for the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.[24]
  • January 27Manuel Zelaya becomes President of Honduras.
  • January 28Trade hall roof collapses in Katowice, Poland, killing 66 people.[25]
  • January 31Samuel Alito is sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.[26]



  • February 1UAL Corporation, United Airlines' parent company, emerges from bankruptcy after being in that position since December 9, 2002, the longest such filing in history.[27]
  • February 3 – An Egyptian passenger ferry carrying more than 1,400 people, sinks in the Red Sea off the Saudi coast.[28]
  • February 4 – The Wowowee stampede at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines kills 74 people and leaves 600 injured.[29]
  • February 5Super Bowl XL: The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Seattle Seahawks 21–10 [30]
  • February 6 - Stephen Harper is sworn in as Canada's 22nd Prime Minister. He is the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
  • February 82006 East Timor crisis: 404 soldiers desert their barracks in East Timor.[31]
  • February 1026 – The 2006 Winter Olympics are held in Turin, Italy.
  • February 17 – A massive mudslide occurs in Southern Leyte, Philippines; the official death toll is set at 1,126. [32]
  • February 19Pasta de Conchos mine disaster: Sixty-five miners die after becoming trapped underground, following an explosion in Nueva Rosita, Mexico.[33]
  • February 22 – A bomb heavily damages the Al Askari Mosque, a Shiite holy site in Samarra, Iraq.[34]
  • February 22 – Over £53.1 million is stolen during the Securitas depot robbery, the largest ever cash robbery in the United Kingdom.[35][36]
  • February 23 – A roof collapses on a Moscow market, killing 56 people.[37]
  • February 24 – A state of emergency is declared in the Philippines, after an alleged coup d'état against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is foiled.[38]
  • February 25Police officers and protesters in Dublin, Ireland are injured when a protest prior to the Love Ulster parade turns into a major riot.[39]
  • February 25Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni wins his second re-election,[40][41] sparking riots in Kampala by opposition supporters.[42]



  • March 4 – The final contact attempt with Pioneer 10 receives no response.[43]
  • March 620 – The first World Baseball Classic is held in San Diego, California, U.S.A..
  • March 7 – 20 people die and many others are injured in 3 blasts throughout Varanasi, India.[44]
  • March 9NASA's Cassini-Huygens spacecraft discovers geysers of a liquid substance shooting from Saturn's moon Enceladus, signaling a possible presence of water.[45]
  • March 10 – NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter enters Mars orbit.[46][47]
  • March 1526 – The 2006 Commonwealth Games take place in Melbourne, Australia.
  • March 16 – The Blu-ray Disc format is released in the United States
  • March 17 – The United States strikes its 2 remaining Iowa-class battleships from the Naval Vessel Register, ending the age of the battleship.[48][49]
  • March 22ETA declares a permanent ceasefire in their campaign for Basque independence from Spain.[50]
  • March 22 – The Federal Reserve stops the publishing of M3 money supply data.[51][52]
  • March 25 – A scramjet jet engine, Hyshot III, designed to fly at 7 times the speed of sound, is successfully tested at Woomera, South Australia.[53][54]
  • March 25 – Seven die in the Capitol Hill Massacre in Seattle, Washington.[55]
  • March 30 – The first Brazilian astronaut, Marcos Pontes, goes into space in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, Soyuz TMA-8, at 2:29:00 CET.[56]
  • March 30 – The al-Dana capsizes off the coast of Bahrain, killing at least 56 people.[57]



  • April 5 – A swan with Avian Flu is discovered in Cellardyke in Fife, Scotland (the first case in the United Kingdom).[58]
  • April 8 – The bodies of 8 murdered men are found in Shedden, Elgin County, Ontario.
  • April 9Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is removed from office after 4 months in a coma.[59]
  • April 10 – The Brand India Fair Victoria Park fire at Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India, kills at least 100.[60]
  • April 11 – The European Space Agency's Venus Express spaceprobe enters Venus' orbit.[61]
  • April 11President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad confirms that Iran has successfully produced a few grams of low-grade enriched uranium.[62][63]
  • April 16Albert II, Prince of Monaco, reaches the North Pole, becoming the first reigning monarch ever to do so.[64]
  • April 16Ireland commemorates the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Rising for the first time since 1971.[65]
  • April 17 – An Islamic Jihad suicide bombing in Tel Aviv kills 9 people and injures dozens.[66]
  • April 20Iran announces a deal with Russia, involving a joint uranium enrichment firm on Russian soil;[67] 9 days later Iran announces that it will not move all activity to Russia, thus leading to a de-facto termination of the deal.
  • April 22 – Four Canadian soldiers are killed 75 kilometers north of Kandahar, Afghanistan by a roadside bomb (the worst one-day combat loss for the Canadian army since the Korean War).
  • April 24 – Three explosions in a tourist section of Dahab, Egypt kill 30 and injure over 115.[68]
  • April 25 – The Beaconsfield mine collapse occurs in Tasmania, Australia.
  • April 29 – Massive anti-war demonstrations and a march down Broadway in New York City mark the third year of war in Iraq.[69]
  • April 29 – The Global Night Commute takes place in over 130 cities around the world, to promote the visibility of the Invisible Children in Uganda.[70]



  • May 1Bolivian President Evo Morales nationalizes his nation's gas fields.[71]
  • May 1 – The Great American Boycott takes place across the United States as marchers protest for immigration rights.[72]
  • May 5Fiat chairman Sergio Marchionne announces that the Alfa Romeo automobile brand will return to the United States in 2008, after a 13-year hiatus.[73]
  • May 9Beaconsfield mine collapse: After 14 days trapped underground, miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb are rescued in Beaconsfield, Tasmania, Australia.[74]
  • May 24East Timor's Foreign Minister José Ramos-Horta officially requests military assistance from the governments of Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Portugal.[75]
  • May 27 – A 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes central Java in Indonesia, killing more than 6,000, injuring at least 36,000 and leaving some 1.5 million people homeless.[76]
  • May 27 – The first demonstration for gay rights in Moscow is broken up by the police.[77]



  • June 3Montenegro declares independence after a May 21 referendum. The state union of Serbia and Montenegro is dissolved on June 5, leaving Serbia as the successor state.[78][79]
  • June 3 – Seventeen men are arrested in the Greater Toronto Area for alleged ties to a terrorist plot to blow up targets in the region.[80][81]
  • June 6 – The Union of Islamic Courts gains control of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, ending warlord rule of the city.[82]
  • June 7Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and 7 of his aides are killed in a U.S. air raid just north of the town of Baqouba, Iraq.[83][84][85]
  • June 9 – An explosion kills 8 Palestinian civilians on a Gaza beach; Israel denies responsibility for the blast.[86][87]
  • June 9Thailand begins celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the accession of Bhumibol Adulyadej to the throne.[88]
  • June 9July 9 – The 2006 FIFA World Cup is held in Germany.
  • June 18 – The first Kazakh space satellite KazSat is launched.[89]
  • June 22 – The Magen David Adom and Palestine Red Crescent Society are officially recognized by the International Committee of the Red Cross.[90]
  • June 23 – In Miami, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrests 7 men, accusing them of planning to bomb the Sears Tower (now Willis Tower) in Chicago and other attacks in Miami.[91][92]
  • June 25Warren Buffett donates over US$30 billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.[93]
  • June 28Operation Summer Rains: Israel launches an offensive against militants in Gaza.[94]



  • July 1 – The Qinghai-Tibet Railway launches a trial operation, connecting China proper and Tibet for the first time.[95]
  • July 4STS-121: Space Shuttle Discovery is launched to the International Space Station.[96] It returns safely on July 17. It is the second return to flight mission after the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.[97]
  • July 5North Korea test fires missiles, timed with the liftoff of Discovery, preceding the fireworks celebrations that night in America. The long range Taepodong-2 reportedly fails shortly after takeoff.[98]
  • July 6 – The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opens for trade after 44 years.[99]
  • July 9S7 Airlines Flight 778 crashes into a concrete barrier shortly after landing, killing at least 122 people and leaving many injured.[100]
  • July 10Pakistan International Airlines Flight 688 crashes in Multan, Pakistan shortly after takeoff.[101]
  • July 11 – A series of coordinated bomb attacks strikes several commuter trains in Mumbai, India during the evening rush hour.[102]
  • July 11Microsoft ends Extended Support for Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Me as part of the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy.[103]
  • July 122006 Lebanon War: Israeli troops invade Lebanon in response to Hezbollah kidnapping two Israeli soldiers and killing 3. Hezbollah declares open war against Israel 2 days later.[104]
  • July 18 – The SS Nomadic, the last floating link to Titanic, returns home to a large reception in Belfast.[105]
  • July 31 – Cuban president Fidel Castro temporarily relinquishes power to his brother Raúl before surgery.[106]



  • August 10London Metropolitan Police make 21 arrests in connection to an apparent terrorist plot that involved aircraft traveling from the United Kingdom to the United States. Liquids and gels are banned from checked and carry-on baggage.[107][108]
  • August 11 – A resolution to end the 2006 Lebanon War is unanimously accepted by the United Nations Security Council.[109]
  • August 14 – A UN cease fire takes effect in the 2006 Lebanon War.[110]
  • August 22Pulkovo Airlines Flight 612 crashes near the Russian border in Ukraine, killing 171 people, including 45 children.[111]
  • August 22 – The ICM awards Grigori Perelman the Fields Medal for proving the Poincare conjecture, one of 7 Millennium Prize Problems; Perelman refuses the medal.[112]
  • August 23 – In Austria, Natascha Kampusch manages to escape after being kidnapped 8 years ago by Wolfgang Priklopil, who locked her up in his cellar. Priklopil commits suicide by throwing himself in front of a train.[113]
  • August 24 – The International Astronomical Union defines 'planet' at its 26th General Assembly, demoting Pluto to the status of 'dwarf planet' more than 70 years after its discovery.[114]
  • August 27Comair Flight 5191, carrying 50 people, crashes shortly after take off from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky.[115]
  • August 28 – A Greyhound Lines bus from New York City to Montreal, carrying 52 people, crashes at mile 115 on Interstate 87 near Elizabethtown, killing 5 people (including the driver) and seriously injuring others.[116]
  • August 31Edvard Munch paintings The Scream and Madonna are recovered in a police raid in Oslo, Norway.[117]



  • September 1 – A fire kills 29 of 148 aboard an Iran Air Tours Tu-154M aircraft after the plane lands in Mashhad, Iran.[118]
  • September 2 – A Nimrod MR2 based at RAF Kinloss, Scotland, crashes in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, due to a technical fault. All 14 crew onboard are killed.[119]
  • September 12 – A stampede at a rally in Yemen leaves 41 dead and injures 50.[120]
  • September 12 – Pope Benedict XVI gives a lecture in Germany; he quotes a criticism of the Islamic faith, sparking mass protests.[121]
  • September 13 – The solar system's largest dwarf planet, designated until now as 2003 UB313, is officially named "Eris"; its satellite is now known as "Dysnomia".[122]
  • September 15Spinach contaminated with E. coli kills 2 and poisons over 100 others in 20 states of the United States.[123]
  • September 16 – Five churches are attacked in Palestinian areas following the Pope's comments on Islam.[124]
  • September 17Protests start near the Hungarian Parliament.[125]
  • September 19Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of Thailand declares a state of emergency in Bangkok as members of the Royal Thai Army stage a coup d'état. The army announces the removal of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra from power.[126]
  • September 22 – A Transrapid Maglev train crashes into a maintenance vehicle on a test track in Germany, killing 23 and injuring 10; it is the first recorded fatal accident involving a Maglev.[127]
  • September 29Gol Flight 1907 (Boeing 737-800) collides with a business jet over the Amazon Rainforest, killing all 155 onboard.[128]



  • October 2Charles Carl Roberts IV, a 32-yr-old milk-truck driver, kills 5 girls at an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania before shooting himself.[129]
  • October 6 – A hazardous waste plant near Apex, North Carolina explodes, releasing chlorine gas, and resulting in the evacuation of thousands and the hospitalization of over 100 residents.[130]
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North Korean nuclear test

  • October 9North Korea claims to have conducted its first-ever nuclear test.[131]
  • October 10Google buys YouTube for USD $1.65 billion.[132]
  • October 10 – Microsoft ends all public assisted support for Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1).[133]
  • October 12 – A freak snowstorm blows into Buffalo, New York Leaving over 400,000 without power and killing 13.[134]
  • October 13South Korean Ban Ki-moon is elected as the new Secretary-General of the United Nations.[135]
  • October 15 – The UN agrees to sanction North Korea over nuclear testing claims.[136]
  • October 15 – The establishment of the Islamic State of Iraq is declared.
  • October 16 – The last American MASH is decommissioned.[137]
  • October 24NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft makes its first flyby of Venus (it will be captured into Mercury's orbit on March 18, 2011).[138]
  • October 29Aviation Development Company Flight 53 crashes shortly after takeoff in Nigeria killing 96 people.[139]
  • October 30 – Former President of Chile Augusto Pinochet is placed under house arrest for crimes committed at the Villa Grimaldi detention centre.[140]
  • October 30 – An airstrike on a madrasah in Bajaur, Pakistan kills dozens of suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.[141]



  • November 5 – Former President of Iraq Saddam Hussein and 2 of his senior allies are sentenced to death by hanging, after an Iraqi court finds them guilty of crimes against humanity.[142]
  • November 8 – A transit of Mercury occurs.[143]
  • November 9Margaret Chan is elected as the Director-General of the World Health Organization.[144]
  • November 12 – The former Soviet republic of South Ossetia holds a referendum on independence from Georgia.[145]
  • November 15Al Jazeera launches its English language news channel, Al Jazeera English.[146]
  • November 16 – Rioting in [[Nukuʻalofa|NukuTemplate:Okinaalofa]], the capital of Tonga, destroys approx. 80% of the CBD; 8 bodies found and foreign forces requested.[147]
  • November 17 – The PlayStation 3 is released in North America.[148]
  • November 19 – The Wii is released in North America.[149]
  • November 20Iran and Syria recognize the government of Iraq, restore diplomatic relations, and call for a peace conference.[150][151]
  • November 21Pierre Amine Gemayel, Lebanon's Minister of Industry, is assassinated in Beirut.[152]
  • November 21 – A gas explosion in the coal mine Halemba in Ruda Slaska, Poland, kills 23 miners approximately 1,000 meters below ground.[153]
  • November 22 – The Kolkata leather factory fire traps and kills 9 in India.[154]
  • November 23 – A series of car bombs and mortar attacks in Sadr City, Baghdad, kill at least 215 people and injure 257 other people.[155]
  • November 30Typhoon Durian triggers a massive mudslide and kills at least 720 people in Albay province on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.[156]



  • December 1Felipe Calderón takes office as President of Mexico.[157]
  • December 1 – The 15th Asian Games start in Doha, Qatar; the closing ceremony takes place on December 15.[158]
  • December 2 – In Rome, about 2 million people, led by opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi, demonstrate against Romano Prodi's government.[159]
  • December 2Stéphane Dion is elected the new Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, on the fourth ballot.[160]
  • December 2192006 Ipswich murder investigation: The bodies of 5 murdered prostitutes are discovered at different locations near Ipswich in Suffolk, England.[161]
  • December 3Ed Stelmach is elected the new Leader of the Progressive Conservatives, Alberta, after the second ballot results, and second choice votes for Ted Morton have been added up. Ed becomes the Premier-designate of Alberta.[162]
  • December 3Hugo Chávez is re-elected President of Venezuela.[163]
  • December 3Germany's tallest chimney is demolished by explosion at the former Westerholt Power Station.[164]
  • December 5 – The military seizes power in Fiji, in a coup d'état led by Commodore Josaia Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama.[165]
  • December 7 – Smoking is banned in all Ohio bars, restaurants, workplaces, and other public places.[166]
  • December 9 – The Moscow hospital fire kills 45 people.[167]
  • December 10 – Space Shuttle Mission STS-116: Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center on the first night launch since the 2003 loss of Columbia.[168]
  • December 10Christer Fuglesang becomes the first Swede in space.[169]
  • December 11 – The Holocaust conference is opened in Tehran, Iran by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.[170]
  • December 12Peugeot produces their last car at the Ryton Plant, signalling the end of mass car production in a city that was once a major centre of the British motor industry; Coventry.[171]
  • December 13 – The Chinese River Dolphin or Baiji becomes extinct.[172]
  • December 13 – U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) suffers a stroke during a radio interview.[173]
  • December 14 – U.S. Spy Satellite USA 193, also known as NRO Launch 21 (NROL-21 or simply L-21), is launched and malfunctions soon after.[174]
  • December 15Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter successfully flies for the first time.[175]
  • December 15 – An alleged assassination attempt on Palestinian prime minister Ismail Haniyeh sparks inter-Palestinian clashes.[176]
  • December 15 – King Jigme Singye Wangchuck of Bhutan abdicates in favour of his son Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, a year earlier than expected.[177]
  • December 15 – The Japanese government passes a bill to upgrade the Japan Defense Agency to a Ministry.[178]
  • December 19 – A Libyan court sentences 5 Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death, for knowingly infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV.[179]
  • December 20Somalia: Islamic Courts Union fighters begin attacking the government-held town of Baidoa.[180]
  • December 21 – The death of Saparmurat Niyazov sparks world concern over a possible power vacuum and instability in energy-rich Turkmenistan.[181]
  • December 22 – The Space Shuttle Discovery lands at the Kennedy Space Center, concluding a 2-week mission to the International Space Station.[182]
  • December 24Ethiopia admits its troops have intervened in Somalia.[183]
  • December 26 – An oil pipeline explodes in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, killing at least 200 people.[184]
  • December 26 – The Hengchun earthquake in Taiwan kills 2 people, and damages about 15 historical buildings and several undersea cables, disrupting Internet and IDD telecommunication services in Asia.[185]
  • December 29War in Somalia: Ethiopian and Transitional government troops capture Mogadishu without resistance.[186]
  • December 30Saddam Hussein, former Iraq president, is executed in Baghdad.[187]
  • December 30 – The M/V Senopati Nusantara sinks in Indonesia, causing several hundred casualties.[188]
  • December 30 – The Free State Project completes its "First 1,000" pledge.
  • December 30 – The Spanish terrorist group ETA sets off a bomb in Madrid Barajas International Airport, killing 2 Ecuadorians.[189]
  • December 31 – At least 11 bombs go off in Bangkok hours before the new year, leaving at least 30 injured.[190]
  • December 31 – The Met Office announces that England has experienced its warmest year since records began in 1659, with an average temperature of 10.82 °C (51.48 °F).[191]

Major religious holidays

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  • January 6 – Feast of Epiphany or Día de los Reyes Magos (Day of the Magi Kings) or La Fête des Rois (Feast of the Kings).
  • January 7Christmas in the Russian Orthodox, Serbian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Ukrainian Catholic and other Eastern Christian church calendars.
  • January 10Islamic festival of Eid ul-Adha begins (ends on January 12).
  • January 11 – Vaikunta Ekadashi is observed by Hindus.
  • January 14Mahayana Buddhist New Year.
  • January 14Pongal Harvest Festival in Tamil Nadu.
  • January 15 – Maatu Pongal, Festival of Cows in Tamil Nadu.
  • January 16 – Uzhavar Tirunaal, Farmer's Day in Tamil Nadu.
  • January 29Lunar New Year
  • January 31Muslim New Year.
  • February 1Imbolc Cross-quarter day (Celebrated on February 2 in some places).
  • February 9 – Day of Ashurah.
  • February 13Tu Bishvat.
  • February 28Mardi Gras.
  • March 13 – Jewish holiday of Purim begins at sunset.
  • March 14Sikh New Year.
  • March 21 – Iranian New Year's Day (Norouz).
  • March 30Hindu New Year.
  • April 5Qingming Festival.
  • April 11 – Birth anniversary of Muhammad.
  • April 12Pesach or Passover begins at sunset, continues for a week.
  • April 13 – Theravada Buddhist New Year.
  • April 13Punjabi New Year.
  • April 14Good Friday in the Western Church Calendar, Sikh Holiday of Vaisakhi.
  • April 14 – Puththaandu Tamil New Year in the Tamil Calendar, observed by people in Tamil Nadu.
  • April 16Easter in the Western Church Calendar.
  • April 21Good Friday in the Eastern Church Calendar.
  • April 23Easter in the Eastern Church Calendar.
  • May 1Beltane Cross-quarter day.
  • June 1 – Jewish holiday of Shavuot begins at sunset.
  • August 1Lammas Cross-quarter day.
  • August 2 – Jewish fast of Tisha B'Av begins at sundown; it extends until the night of August 3.
  • September 22 – Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown. Continues until nightfall of the 24th.
  • September 23 – First day of Ramadan.
  • October 1 – Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur begins at sundown. Ends at nightfall of the 2nd.
  • October 21 – Hindu festival of Diwali.
  • October 23 – Islamic festival of Eid ul-Fitr.
  • October 31Samhain Cross-quarter day.
  • December 15Hannukah.
  • December 21Wiccans celebrate the festival of Yule.
  • December 25Christmas in the Western Church Calendar.
  • December 31 – Islamic festival of Eid ul-Adha begins (ends on January 2, 2007).


  • June 3Countess Leonore of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg, daughter of Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands and Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands.
  • June 18Countess Zaria of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg, daughter of Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau and Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau.
  • September 6Prince Hisahito of Akishino, son of Kiko, Princess Akishino and Prince Akishino, the prince is currently third in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne of Japan.
  • October 24 – World's youngest premature baby (22 weeks in the womb)[192]
  • October 25Krista and Tatiana Hogan, notable conjoined twins.



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Ibrahim Rugova


Coretta Scott King

  • January 1Charles Steen, American geologist, The "Uranium King" (b. 1919)
  • January 2Cecilia Muñoz-Palma, first female Philippine Supreme Court Justice (b. 1913)
  • January 3Steve Rogers, Australian rugby player (b. 1954)
  • January 3Bill Skate, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (b. 1954)
  • January 4 – Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (b. 1946)
  • January 4Robert Howard White, Mayor of Papatoetoe, New Zealand (b. 1914)
  • January 6Lou Rawls, American singer (b. 1933)
  • January 7Heinrich Harrer, mountaineer, explorer and author (b. 1912)
  • January 8Tony Banks, Baron Stratford, British politician (b. 1943)
  • January 9Andy Caldecott, Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1964)
  • January 14Jim Gary, American sculptor (b. 1939)
  • January 14Shelley Winters, American actress (b. 1920)
  • January 15Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1926)
  • January 19Wilson Pickett, American singer (b. 1941)
  • January 19Geoff Rabone, New Zealand cricket player (b. 1921)
  • January 21Ibrahim Rugova, first President of Kosovo (b. 1944)
  • January 21Bedanand Jha, Nepalese politician
  • January 24Chris Penn, American actor (b. 1965)
  • January 25Anna Malle, American pornographic actress (b. 1967)
  • January 27Johannes Rau, President of Germany (b. 1931)
  • January 28Yitzchak Kadouri, Iraqi-born rabbi (b. 1900)
  • January 30Coretta Scott King, American civil rights activist and wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. (b. 1927)


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Betty Friedan

  • February 1Dick Brooks, American auto racer (b. 1942)
  • February 1Bryce Harland, New Zealand diplomat (b. 1931)
  • February 3Al Lewis, American actor (b. 1923)
  • February 4Betty Friedan, American feminist, activist, and writer (b.1921)
  • February 8Ron Greenwood, English football manager (b. 1921)
  • February 8Akira Ifukube, Japanese classical music/film composer (b. 1914)
  • February 9 – Sir Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur (b. 1922)
  • February 10J Dilla, American music producer (b. 1974)
  • February 12Ken Hart, American composer, journalist, and playwright (b. 1917)
  • February 13Andreas Katsulas, American actor (b. 1946)
  • February 13P. F. Strawson, English philosopher (b. 1919)
  • February 14Shoshana Damari, Israeli singer and actress (b. 1923)
  • February 15Sun Yun-suan, Premier of the Republic of China (b. 1913)
  • February 16Ernie Stautner, German-born American football player (b. 1925)
  • February 20Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveler (b. 1920)
  • February 22Anthony Burger, American musician and singer (b. 1961)
  • February 22Sinnathamby Rajaratnam, Singapore politician (b. 1925)
  • February 23Mauri Favén, Finnish painter (b. 1920)
  • February 23Zarra, Spanish footballer (b. 1921)
  • February 24Don Knotts, American actor (b. 1924)
  • February 24Dennis Weaver, American actor (b. 1924)
  • February 25Darren McGavin, American actor (b. 1922)
  • February 25Florian ZaBach, American musician and TV personality (b. 1931)
  • February 27Linda Smith, English comedian (b. 1958)
  • February 28Ron Cyrus, American politician, father of Billy Ray Cyrus (b. 1935)


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Lennart Meri


Slobodan Milošević

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Caspar Weinberger

  • March 1Harry Browne, American Libertarian Presidential candidate (b. 1933)
  • March 1Peter Osgood, English footballer (b. 1947)
  • March 1Peter Snow, New Zealand doctor (b. 1935)
  • March 2Jack Wild, English actor (b. 1952)
  • March 3William Herskovic, Hungarian Holocaust hero and philanthropist (b. 1914)
  • March 4Dave Rose, American artist (b. 1910)
  • March 4Edgar Valter, Estonian illustrator and cartoonist (b. 1929)
  • March 4John Reynolds Gardiner, American author and engineer (b. 1944)
  • March 6Dana Reeve, American actress, wife of Christopher Reeve (b. 1961)
  • March 6Kirby Puckett, U.S. baseball player (b. 1960)
  • March 6King Floyd, American singer (b. 1945)
  • March 8Brian Barratt-Boyes, New Zealand heart surgeon (b. 1924)
  • March 9Hanka Bielicka, Polish actress (b. 1915)
  • March 9John Profumo, British politician (b. 1915)
  • March 11Bernie Geoffrion, Canadian hockey player (b. 1931)
  • March 11Slobodan Milošević, President of Serbia (b. 1941)
  • March 13Maureen Stapleton, American actress (b. 1925)
  • March 13Peter Tomarken, American game show host (b. 1942)
  • March 14Lennart Meri, President of Estonia (b. 1929)
  • March 15George Mackey, American mathematician (b. 1916)
  • March 22Lawrence Stephen, Nauruan politician (b. 1939)
  • March 23Cindy Walker, American songwriter (b. 1918)
  • March 24Lynne Perrie, English actress (b. 1931)
  • March 25Rocio Durcal, Spanish singer and actress (b. 1944)
  • March 25Buck Owens, American musician (b. 1929)
  • March 26Paul Dana, American race car driver (b. 1975)
  • March 27Stanislaw Lem, Polish writer (b. 1921)
  • March 28Caspar Weinberger, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1917)



John Kenneth Galbraith

  • April 2Nina Schenk von Stauffenberg, German wife of soldier Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg (b. 1913)
  • April 4Denis Donaldson, Irish Republican informer (b. 1950)
  • April 5Gene Pitney, American singer (b. 1941)
  • April 6Francis L. Kellogg, U.S. diplomat and prominent socialite (b. 1917)
  • April 8Gerard Reve, Dutch author (b. 1923)
  • April 11Proof, American rapper (D12) (b. 1973)
  • April 11Les Foote, Australian footballer (b. 1924)
  • April 11June Pointer, American singer (b. 1953)
  • April 12Rajkumar, Indian actor (b. 1929)
  • April 12William Sloane Coffin, American university chaplain and activist (b. 1924)
  • April 13Muriel Spark, Scottish novelist (b. 1918)
  • April 15Louise Smith, American race car driver (b. 1916)
  • April 17Calum Kennedy, Scottish singer (b. 1928)
  • April 18John Lyall, British football player and manager (b. 1940)
  • April 19Scott Crossfield, American pilot (b. 1921)
  • April 20Anna Svidersky, American murder victim (b. 1988)
  • April 21Telê Santana, Brazilian footballer and coach (b. 1931)
  • April 23Alida Valli, Italian actress (b. 1921)
  • April 23Johnny Checketts, New Zealand flying ace (b. 1912)
  • April 24Nasreen Huq, Bangladeshi social worker and human rights activist (b. 1958)
  • April 24Brian Labone, English footballer (b. 1940)
  • April 24Steve Stavro, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (b. 1927)
  • April 24Moshe Teitelbaum, Hungarian-born Hassidic rabbi (b. 1914)
  • April 25Jane Jacobs, American-born writer and activist (b. 1916)
  • April 25Peter Law, British politician (b. 1948)
  • April 28Steve Howe, American Baseball Player (b. 1958)
  • April 29John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian economist (b. 1908)
  • April 30Beatriz Sheridan, Mexican actress and director (b. 1934)


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Floyd Patterson


Lloyd Bentsen

  • May 1Big Hawk, American Rapper
  • May 2Louis Rukeyser, American television host (b. 1933)
  • May 3Karel Appel, Dutch painter (b. 1921)
  • May 3Pramod Mahajan, Indian Bharatiya Janata Party politician and strategist (b. 1949)
  • May 3Earl Woods, American athlete and father of Tiger Woods (b. 1932)
  • May 6Lillian Asplund, last American survivor of the Titanic disaster (b. 1906)
  • May 6Shigeru Kayano, Japanese activist (b. 1926)
  • May 7Richard Carleton, Australian journalist (b. 1943)
  • May 7Steve Bender, German musician (Dschinghis Khan) (b. 1946)
  • May 8Iain Macmillan, British photographer (b. 1938)
  • May 10Val Guest, British film director (b. 1911)
  • May 10Soraya, Colombian-born singer and musician (b. 1969)
  • May 11Yossi Banai, Israeli singer and actor (b. 1932)
  • May 11Floyd Patterson, American boxer (b. 1935)
  • May 12Hussein Maziq, Former Libyan prime minister (b. 1918).
  • May 13Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian (b. 1923)
  • May 13Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American R&B singer (b. 1949)
  • May 16Jorge Porcel, Argentine actor (b. 1936)
  • May 19Freddie Garrity, English singer (Freddie and the Dreamers) (b. 1940)
  • May 21Katherine Dunham, American dancer, choreographer, and songwriter (b. 1909)
  • May 22Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organisation (b. 1945)
  • May 23Lloyd Bentsen, American politician (b. 1921)
  • May 24Anderson Mazoka, Zambian politician (b. 1943)
  • May 24Michał Życzkowski, Polish technician (b. 1930)
  • May 25Desmond Dekker, Jamaican singer and songwriter (b. 1941)
  • May 25Tobías Lasser, Venezuelan botanist (b. 1911)
  • May 25Kari S. Tikka, Finnish professor (b. 1944)
  • May 26Édouard Michelin, French businessman (b. 1963)
  • May 27Alex Toth, American comic book artist and cartoonist (b. 1928)
  • May 29Masumi Okada, Japanese actor (b. 1935)
  • May 30Shohei Imamura, Japanese film director (b. 1926)
  • May 30David Lloyd, New Zealand biologist (b. 1938)


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Billy Preston

  • June 1Rocio Jurado, Spanish singer and actress (b. 1944)
  • June 6Arnold Newman, American photographer (b. 1918)
  • June 6Billy Preston, American artist and musician (b. 1946)
  • June 6Hilton Ruiz, Puerto Rican jazz pianist (b. 1952)
  • June 7Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Jordanian militant (b. 1966)
  • June 7John Tenta, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1963)
  • June 11Neroli Fairhall, New Zealand archer (b. 1944)
  • June 12Chakufwa Chihana, Malawi politician (b. 1939)
  • June 12György Ligeti, Hungarian composer (b. 1923)
  • June 12Kenneth Thomson, Canadian businessman and art collector (b. 1923)
  • June 13Charles Haughey, Prime Minister of Ireland (b. 1925)
  • June 13Hiroyuki Iwaki, Japanese conductor and percussionist (b. 1932)
  • June 14Jean Roba, Belgian comics author (b. 1930)
  • June 15Raymond Devos, French humorist (b. 1922)
  • June 17Bussunda, Brazilian comedian (b. 1962)
  • June 18Gica Petrescu, Romanian musician (b. 1915)
  • June 18Chris and Cru Kahui, infant twin brothers murdered in New Zealand (b. 2006)
  • June 23Aaron Spelling, American television producer (b. 1923)
  • June 25Arif Mardin, Turkish-born music producer (b. 1932)
  • June 25Jaap Penraat, Dutch architect and resistance fighter (b. 1918)
  • June 30 – Mohamed Haneef, Maldivian Politician and former Vice-President of Islamic Democratic Party of Maldives (b. 1946)
  • June 30Robert Gernhardt, German satirist (b. 1937)


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Ryutaro Hashimoto

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June Allyson


Red Buttons

  • July 1Ryutaro Hashimoto, 53rd Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1937)
  • July 1Fred Trueman, English cricketer (b. 1931)
  • July 3Joseph Goguen, American computer scientist (b. 1941)
  • July 5Gert Fredriksson, Swedish kayaker (b. 1919)
  • July 5Kenneth Lay, American businessman (b. 1942)
  • July 6Kasey Rogers, American actress, author, and biker (b. 1925)
  • July 7Tom Weir, Scottish climber, author, and broadcaster (b. 1914)
  • July 7Rudi Carrell, Dutch entertainer (b. 1934)
  • July 7Syd Barrett, English singer, songwriter, and guitarist (b. 1946)
  • July 7John Money, Sexologist (b. 1921)
  • July 8June Allyson, American actress (b. 1917)
  • July 8Catherine Leroy, French photographer (b. 1945)
  • July 10Shamil Basayev, Chechen rebel (b. 1965)
  • July 11Ross M. Lence, American political scientist (b. 1943)
  • July 11John Spencer, British snooker player (b. 1935)
  • July 13Red Buttons, American actor and comedian (b. 1919)
  • July 16Bob Orton, American wrestler (b. 1929)
  • July 17Mickey Spillane, American writer (b. 1918)
  • July 18Raul Cortez, Brazilian actor (b. 1931)
  • July 19Jack Warden, American actor (b. 1920)
  • July 20Lim Kim San, Singapore politician (b. 1916)
  • July 20Ted Grant, British politician (b. 1913)
  • July 21Ta Mok, Cambodian military leader (b. 1926)
  • July 21Mako Iwamatsu, Japanese-born actor (b. 1933)
  • July 22José Antonio Delgado, Venezuelan mountain climber (b. 1965)
  • July 22Gianfrancesco Guarnieri, Italian-born Brazilian actor and playwright (b.1934)
  • July 25Hani Mohsin, Malaysian actor (b. 1965)
  • July 28David Gemmell, British author (b. 1948)
  • July 30Murray Bookchin, American libertarian socialist (b. 1921)


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James van Allen


Alfredo Stroessner

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Joe Rosenthal

  • August 2Luisel Ramos, Uruguayan model (b. 1984)
  • August 3Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, German-born soprano (b. 1915)
  • August 3Arthur Lee, American musician (b. 1945)
  • August 6Hirotaka Suzuoki, Japanese Seiyu (b. 1950)
  • August 9James van Allen, American physicist (b. 1914)
  • August 11Mike Douglas, American entertainer (b. 1925)
  • August 13Tony Jay, English-born actor (b. 1933)
  • August 13Payao Poontarat, Thai boxer (b. 1957)
  • August 15Te Atairangi Kaahu, Maori queen (b. 1931)
  • August 15Faas Wilkes, former Dutch football player(b. 1923)
  • August 16Alfredo Stroessner, President of Paraguay (b. 1912)
  • August 20Joe Rosenthal, American photographer (b. 1911)
  • August 20 – Cpl Bryan Budd VC, British soldier (Afghanistan). (b. 1977)
  • August 21Bismillah Khan, Indian musician (b. 1916)
  • August 21S. Yizhar, Israeli writer (b. 1916)
  • August 23Maynard Ferguson, Canadian musician and bandleader (b. 1928)
  • August 23Wolfgang Priklopil, Austrian kidnapper of Natascha Kampusch (b. 1962)
  • August 26Rainer Barzel, German politician (b. 1924)
  • August 26Clyde Walcott, Barbadian cricketer (b. 1926)
  • August 27Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Indian filmmaker (b. 1922)
  • August 30Glenn Ford, Canadian actor (b. 1916)
  • August 30Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
  • August 30Robin Cooke, Baron Cooke of Thorndon, New Zealand jurist and member of the British House of Lords (b. 1926)


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Steve Irwin

  • September 1György Faludy, Hungarian poet (b. 1910)
  • September 2Charlie Williams, British comedian (b. 1927)
  • September 2Bob Mathias, American athlete (b. 1930)
  • September 2Willi Ninja, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1961)
  • September 4Steve Irwin, Australian environmentalist and television personality (b. 1962)
  • September 4Giacinto Facchetti, Italian footballer (b. 1942)
  • September 4Colin Thiele, Australian author and educator (b. 1920)
  • September 7Robert Earl Jones, American stage and film actor (b. 1910)
  • September 8Hilda Bernstein, English-born author, artist, and activist (b. 1915)
  • September 8Peter Brock, Australian race car driver (b. 1945)
  • September 9Richard Burmer, American composer and musician (b. 1955)
  • September 9William B. Ziff, Jr., American publishing executive (b. 1930)
  • September 10Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, King of Tonga (b. 1918)
  • September 11Joachim Fest, German historian and journalist (b. 1926)
  • September 11Johannes Bob van Benthem, Dutch lawyer (b. 1921)
  • September 14Elizabeth Choy, Singaporean World War II hero (b. 1910)
  • September 14Mickey Hargitay, Hungarian-born actor and bodybuilder (b. 1926)
  • September 15Oriana Fallaci, Italian journalist (b. 1929)
  • September 15Abe Saffron, Australian nightclub owner and property developer (b. 1920)
  • September 16Rob Levin, American computer programmer (b. 1955)
  • September 17Patricia Kennedy Lawford, American socialite, sister of John F. Kennedy (b. 1924)
  • September 17Dorothy C. Stratton, Director of the United States Coast Guard Women's Reserve (b. 1899)
  • September 19Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist (b. 1950)
  • September 19Hugh Kawharu, New Zealand academic and Māori chief (b. 1927)
  • September 20Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor (b. 1932)
  • September 20John W. Peterson, American composer (b. 1921)
  • September 23Malcolm Arnold, English composer (b. 1921)
  • September 23Aladár Pege, Hungarian musician (b. 1939)
  • September 24Tetsuro Tamba, Japanese actor (b. 1922)
  • September 26Byron Nelson, American golfer (b. 1912)
  • September 26Iva Toguri D'Aquino, American propagandist for Japan in World War II (b. 1916)
  • September 29Walter Hadlee, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1915)
  • September 29Jan Werner Danielsen, Norwegian musician (b. 1976)


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Jane Wyatt


Red Auerbach

  • October 6Buck O'Neil, American baseball player (b. 1911)
  • October 6Wilson Tucker, American writer (b. 1914)
  • October 7Anna Politkovskaya, American-born Russian journalist (b. 1958)
  • October 8Mark Porter, New Zealand race car driver (b. 1975)
  • October 9Paul Hunter, British snooker player (b. 1978)
  • October 10Michael John Rogers, English ornithologist (b. 1932)
  • October 11Cory Lidle, American baseball player (b. 1972)
  • October 13Mason Andrews, delivered America's first test tube baby; former mayor of Norfolk, Virginia (b. 1919)
  • October 14Nancy Lynn, American aviator (b. 1956)
  • October 14Freddy Fender, American singer (b. 1937)
  • October 16Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright (b. 1921)
  • October 16Valentín Paniagua, President of Peru (b. 1936)
  • October 18Anna Russell, British-born comedian and music satirist (b. 1911)
  • October 20Jane Wyatt, American actress (b. 1910)
  • October 21Sandy West, American musician (b. 1959)
  • October 24Enolia McMillan, American first female president of the NAACP (b. 1904)
  • October 25Danny Rolling, American murderer (b. 1954) (executed)
  • October 28Red Auerbach, American basketball coach and official (b. 1917)
  • October 28Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (b. 1955)
  • October 30Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist (b. 1926)
  • October 31Pieter Willem Botha, former State President of South Africa (b. 1916)


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Jack Palance

  • November 1Adrienne Shelly, American actress & director (b. 1966)
  • November 1William Styron, American writer (b. 1925)
  • November 2Adrien Douady, French mathematician (b. 1935)
  • November 2Wally Foreman, Australian sports commentator (b. 1948)
  • November 3Paul Mauriat, French musician (b. 1925)
  • November 3Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorian footballer (b. 1937)
  • November 4Frank Arthur Calder, Canadian politician (b. 1915)
  • November 4Sergi López Segú, Spanish footballer (b. 1967)
  • November 5Mustafa Bülent Ecevit, Turkish politician, poet, writer and journalist (b. 1925)
  • November 5Samuel Bowers, American Ku Klux Klansman and convicted killer (b. 1924)
  • November 8Basil Poledouris, American composer (b. 1945)
  • November 9Ed Bradley, American journalist (b. 1941)
  • November 10Gerald Levert, American singer (b. 1966)
  • November 10Jack Palance, American actor (b. 1919)
  • November 11Belinda Emmett, Australian actress and singer (b. 1974)
  • November 15Ana Carolina Reston, Brazilian fashion model (b. 1985)
  • November 16Milton Friedman, American economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1912)
  • November 17Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian footballer (b. 1927)
  • November 17Bo Schembechler, American football coach (b. 1929)
  • November 17Ruth Brown, American singer (b. 1928)
  • November 20Robert Altman, American film director (b. 1925)
  • November 20Andre Waters, American football player (b. 1962)
  • November 21Pierre Amine Gemayel, Lebanese politician (b. 1972)
  • November 22John Allan Cameron, Canadian musician (b. 1938)
  • November 23Alexander Litvinenko, Russian-born spy (b. 1962)
  • November 23Philippe Noiret, French actor (b. 1930)
  • November 23Anita O'Day, American singer (b. 1919)
  • November 23Willie Pep, American boxer (b. 1922)
  • November 24Walter Booker, American jazz bassist (b. 1933)
  • November 24Juice Leskinen, Finnish singer and songwriter (b. 1950)
  • November 25Leo Chiosso, Italian poet (b. 1920)
  • November 25Valentin Elizalde, Mexican singer (b. 1979)
  • November 25Phyllis Fraser Cerf Wagner, American actress, journalist and publisher (b. 1916)
  • November 26Dave Cockrum, American comic book artist (b. 1943)
  • November 27Alan Freeman, Australian-born broadcaster and disc jockey (b. 1927)
  • November 28Bernard Orchard, British biblical scholar (b. 1912)


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Augusto Pinochet

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Gerald R. Ford

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Saddam Hussein

  • December 3James Kim, American television personality (b. 1971)
  • December 3Logan Whitehurst, American comedy singer (b. 1977)
  • December 3Craig Hinton, British novelist (b. 1964)
  • December 4Ross A. McGinnis, American soldier, posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor (b. 1987)
  • December 5David Bronstein, Soviet Union chess grandmaster (b. 1924)
  • December 6John Feeney, New Zealand documentary film-director (b. 1922)
  • December 7Jeane Kirkpatrick, American political theorist and U.N. ambassador (b. 1926)
  • December 7J. B. Hunt, American trucking magnate (b. 1927)
  • December 8Jose Uribe, Dominican Major League Baseball player (b. 1959)
  • December 10Augusto Pinochet, Chilean dictator (b. 1915)
  • December 12Paul Arizin, American basketball player (b. 1928)
  • December 12Peter Boyle, American actor (b. 1935)
  • December 12Raymond P. Shafer, American politician (b. 1917)
  • December 13Lamar Hunt, American sports executive (b. 1932)
  • December 13"Homesick" James Williamson, American blues musician (b. 1910)
  • December 13Federico Crescentini, Sanmarinese football player (b. 1982)
  • December 14Ahmet Ertegün, Turkish record executive (b. 1923)
  • December 14Mike Evans, American actor (b. 1949)
  • December 15Clay Regazzoni, Swiss race car driver (b. 1939)
  • December 16Don Jardine, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1940)
  • December 18Joseph Barbera, American animator (b. 1911)
  • December 20Yukio Aoshima, Japanese politician, novelist and TV-actor (b. 1932)
  • December 20Ma Ji, Chinese actor (b. 1934)
  • December 21Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (b. 1940)
  • December 22Elena Mukhina, Russian gymnast (b. 1960)
  • December 23Robert Stafford, American politician (b. 1913)
  • December 23Dutch Mason, Canadian blues musician (b. 1938)
  • December 23Marilyn Waltz, American actress, model, and Playboy playmate (b. 1931)
  • December 24Braguinha, Brazilian songwriter (b. 1907)
  • December 24Charlie Drake, English comedian (b. 1925)
  • December 24Frank Stanton, American television executive (b. 1908)
  • December 24Kenneth Sivertsen, Norwegian musician, composer, poet and comedian (b. 1961)
  • December 25James Brown, American singer (b. 1933)
  • December 26Gerald R. Ford, 38th President of the United States (b. 1913)
  • December 26Chris Brown, U.S. baseball player (b. 1961)
  • December 29Charles Addo Odametey, Ghanaian football player (b. 1937)
  • December 30Saddam Hussein, 5th President of Iraq (b. 1937)
  • December 30Antony Lambton, Viscount Lambton, British politician (b. 1922)

Nobel Prizes

  • ChemistryRoger D. Kornberg.
  • EconomicsEdmund Phelps.
  • LiteratureOrhan Pamuk.
  • PeaceMuhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank.
  • PhysicsJohn C. Mather, George F. Smoot.
  • Physiology or MedicineAndrew Z. Fire, Craig C. Mello.

Template:Events by month


  1. "International Years proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly". UNESCO. http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=7589&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  2. Marks, Kathy (2006-01-02). "Bushfires raze homes as Australia reaches 47C". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/bushfires-raze-homes-as-australia-reaches-47c-521376.html. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  3. Dejevsky, Mary (2009-01-03). "Mary Dejevsky: Russia has good reason for what it is doing. Why do we have to keep demonising it?". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/mary-dejevsky/mary-dejevsky-russia-has-good-reason-for-what-it-is-doing-why-do-we-have-to-keep-demonising-it-521462.html. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  4. "Bad Reichenhall Ice Rink Collapse Trial Begins". Sky News. 2008-02-28. http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Sky-News-Archive/Article/20080641302682?. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  5. "Sharon to cede power for heart op". British Broadcasting Corporation. 2006-01-03. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4578108.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  6. "Mecca disaster toll rises to 76". British Broadcasting Corporation. 2006-02-06. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4586678.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  7. "As Zeta fizzles, 2005 hurricane season ends". Boston Globe. 2006-01-07. http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/01/07/as_zeta_fizzles_2005_hurricane_season_ends/. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  8. "After Tom DeLay". Washington Post. 2006-02-08. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/07/AR2006010700831_pf.html. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  9. Watts, William L.; Gelsi, Steve (2006-01-07). "DeLay steps down as majority leader". MarketWatch. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/delay-drops-bid-to-return-as-majority-leader. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  10. "Embattled Kennedy quits as leader". British Broadcasting Corporation. 2006-02-07. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4590688.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  11. "Underwater Earthquake Rattles Greece". New York Times. 2006-01-09. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9504E4D91F30F93AA35752C0A9609C8B63. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  12. "Business Digest". New York Times. 2006-01-10. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E02E1D71F30F933A25752C0A9609C8B63. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  13. Hobson, Mellody (2006-01-09). "Where Does the Dow Go Now?". American Broadcasting Company. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/MellodyHobson/story?id=1487723. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  14. Huggler, Justin (2006-01-13). "Hundreds killed as Haj pilgrims rush to stone the devil". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2010-11-19. http://web.archive.org/web/20101119045108/http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/hundreds-killed-as-haj-pilgrims-rush-to-stone-the-devil-522749.html. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  15. "What is the Islamic hajj?". CBC News. 2006-01-12. Archived from the original on 2004-04-28. http://web.archive.org/web/20040428042125/http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/islam/hajj.html. Retrieved 2009-07-06. "It's the same place where 362 people died in a stampede on Jan. 12, 2006" 
  16. "Mine blast in Romania kills at Least 7". Xinhua News Agency. 2006-01-14. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-01/14/content_4051948.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  17. "Stardust Container in Almost Perfect Condition". Associated Press. 2006-01-17. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,181763,00.html. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  18. Kraft, Dina; Myre, Greg (2006-01-20). "Palestinian Suicide Bomber Wounds 20 in Tel Aviv". New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9407EEDE123FF933A15752C0A9609C8B63. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  19. "Thursday, January 19". CNN. 2006-01-20. http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/01/19/thursday/index.html. Retrieved 2009-07-06. "one of them seriously" 
  20. "Conservatives win elections in Canada". Xinhua News Agency. 2006-01-23. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-01/24/content_4092818.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  21. "Canada Conservatives win election". British Broadcasting Corporation. 2006-01-24. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/4641954.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  22. "Hamas Sweeps Palestinian Elections, Complicating Peace Efforts in Mideast". The Washington Post. 2006-01-27. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/26/AR2006012600372_pf.html. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  23. "Pope Benedict XVI's first Encyclycal "Deus Caritas Est¨ published today". Catholic News Agency. 2006-01-25. http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=5828. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  24. "QUICK TAKES; Salzburg fetes Mozart's 250th". Los Angeles Times. 2006-01-28. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/977382021.html?dids=977382021:977382021&FMT=ABS. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  25. "Poles mourn roof collapse victims". British Broadcasting Corporation. 2006-01-30. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4659872.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  26. O'Reilly, Bill (2006-02-01). "The Confirmation of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court". Fox Broadcasting Company. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,183442,00.html. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
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