What Happened in 2006 inc.- Significant Events, Prices, Top Movies, TV and Music (2023)

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.

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.

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.

New Horizons probe

NASA launches the New Horizons probe.

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.

Oil shale reserves

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.

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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.

Venus Express

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.

Sago Mine Disaster

Twelve coal miners die in the Sago Mine Disaster near Buckhannon, West Virginia in the United States.

Hajj in Mina, 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

Iran refuses access to U.N. inspectors

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Iran refuses access to U.N. inspectors many worry over Iran's intent to build a nuclear bomb

Iran Tests Missiles

Iran Tests Missiles which are capable of reaching Israel

Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The Iranian Leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust ever existed.

Iraq Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein is charged on May 15th and following the trial is found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging

Iraq Ramadan

Violence errupts during the holy month of Ramadan between Shia and Sunni Muslims leaving many dead on both sides.

Amish West Nickel Miles School

Charles Carl Roberts murders four girls in a one room Amish West Nickel Miles School, before committing suicide

September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks

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Nueva Rosita, Mexico Mine Explosion

Sixty-five miners become trapped underground after an explosion in a mine Nueva Rosita, Mexico There were no survivors.

Australia Cyclone Larry

Tropical Cyclone Larry makes landfall in Queensland, Australia

Australia temp hits 45 degrees Celsius

Sydney, Australia temp hits 45 degrees Celsius ( 113 degrees Centigrade )

India bombings

Over 160 people are killed on July 11th by seven bombs on the train network in Mumbai India

India Terrorists bombing

Terrorists bomb Muslim Graveyard in Malegaon, during Shab-e-Barat killing 37

Indonesia Tsunami

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Tsunami strikes the Indonesian island of Java killing 300

Escalation of violence in Middle East

Capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah guerrillas Israel Bombs Lebenon and escalation of violence in Middle East

North Korea first test of a nuclear weapon

North Korea declares it has carried out its first test of a nuclear weapon, becoming the worlds 9th Nuclear Power

North Korea Medium Range Missiles

North Korea Test Medium Range Missiles

Heatwave

Heatwave affects US and Europe in July

Easter Week Midwest Tornado Outbreak

The Easter Week Midwest Tornado Outbreak affecting Iowa, Indiana, Missouri and other US states . Iowa City takes a direct hit from a tornado.

Israel Ariel Sharon

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Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's suffers a stroke and suffers from a persistent vegetative state.

trillion barrels worth of oil

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,

FAQs

What significant events happened in 2006? ›

  • Introduction. 2006. The headlines in 2006 were marked by death, scandal and politics: 12 die in Sago Mine disaster. ...
  • Sago Mine disaster. January 5. ...
  • Immigration protests. April 10. ...
  • McCartney-Mills separate. May 17. ...
  • Enron trial. May 25. ...
  • Al-Zarqawi killed. June 7. ...
  • World Cup final. July 9. ...
  • Mumbai train blasts. July 11.

What was popular in the year 2006? ›

Quick Facts from 2006:
  • World Changing Events: Facebook became open to any over age 13.
  • Twitter.com was launched.
  • The Top Song was Irreplaceable by Beyonce.
  • The Movies to Watch include Dreamgirls, Mission: Impossible III, The da Vinci Code, and Happy Feet.
  • The Most Famous Person in America was probably.
Dec 30, 2006

What things came out in 2006? ›

The Big Movies: (according to boxofficemojo)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
  • Night at the Museum.
  • Cars.
  • X-Men: The Last Stand.
  • The Da Vinci Code.
  • Superman Returns.
  • Happy Feet.
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown.
Dec 30, 2006

What are some major events that happened in 2007? ›

June 8 – The Space Shuttle Atlantis successfully launches on mission STS-117. June 10 – The Sopranos ended with the infamous cut to black ending. June 14 – The San Antonio Spurs sweep the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the 2007 NBA Finals. June 15 – The Price Is Right airs its final episode hosted by Bob Barker .

What was the biggest trend in 2006? ›

2006: Low-Rise Jeans Were 1 of the Biggest Fashion Trends.

What was the biggest hit of 2006? ›

Canadian singer-songwriter Daniel Powter topped the chart with his song "Bad Day."

What type of music was popular in 2006? ›

2006 was an exceptionally good year for hip-hop, which included full-lengths from JAY Z (the “comeback album,” Kingdom Come), T.I., The-Game, Young Jeezy and the debut album from Rick Ross, just to name a few of the big shots.

What was popular in May 2006? ›

Domestic Box Office For May 2006
RankReleaseRelease Date
1The Da Vinci CodeMay 19
2X-Men: The Last StandMay 26
3Mission: Impossible IIIMay 5
4Over the HedgeMay 19
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What big event happened in 2008? ›

The Great Recession, a worldwide recession which began in 2007, continued through the entirety of 2008.

What happened in 2008? ›

The 2008 financial crisis began with cheap credit and lax lending standards that fueled a housing bubble. When the bubble burst, the banks were left holding trillions of dollars of worthless investments in subprime mortgages. The Great Recession that followed cost many their jobs, their savings, and their homes.

What political event happened in 2006? ›

Events
  • January 3 – U.S. lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleads guilty to conspiracy, tax evasion, and mail fraud. ...
  • January 4 – Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel suffers a massive stroke, resulting in his authority being transferred to Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
  • January 15.

What jeans were popular in the 2006? ›

2006: Ombré jeans became popular.

One popular look was for jeans to have a lighter wash in the middle of the leg, then darker at the bottom, supposedly to make your legs look longer. It gave almost an ombré effect.

What was top of the charts in 2006? ›

Top 100 Hits of 2006/Top 100 Songs of 2006
  • Bad Day - Daniel Powter.
  • Temperature - Sean Paul.
  • Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland.
  • You're Beautiful - James Blunt.
  • Hips Don't Lie - Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean.
  • Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield.
  • Crazy - Gnarls Barkley.
  • Ridin' - Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone.

What was hot in 2006? ›

Billboard Hot 100 Top 10s: 2006
  • Don't Forget About Us (Radio Edit) Mariah Carey. Mariah Carey. ...
  • Laffy Taffy (Explicit) D4L. D4L. ...
  • Grillz. Ali & Big Gipp, Nelly, Paul Wall. Ali & Big Gipp, Nelly, Paul Wall. ...
  • Check On It (feat. Bun B & Slim Thug) ...
  • You're Beautiful. James Blunt. ...
  • So Sick. Ne-Yo. ...
  • Temperature. Sean Paul. ...
  • Bad Day. Daniel Powter.

What was the number one single in 2006? ›

Powter's "Bad Day" is the best-performing single this year, topping the Billboard Top Hot 100 Hits of 2006. "Hips Don't Lie" gave Shakira a number-one single credit, her first since she began her recording career in 1996. The feat made her the first Colombian recording artist to have topped the Billboard Hot 100.

Was 2006 a good year for music? ›

Contrary to popular opinion, 2016 has NOT been the best year for music. In fact, the best year for music this side of the millennium was actually 2006.

WHAT NOW That's What I Call music came out in 2006? ›

23 was released on November 7, 2006. The album is the 23rd edition of the (U.S.) Now! series.

Who was the biggest artist in 2006? ›

  1. Rihanna.
  2. Beyoncé
  3. Mary J. Blige.
  4. Kelly Clarkson.
  5. Natasha Bedingfield.

What was the most famous game in 2006? ›

New Super Mario Bros.

What happened on July 18 2006? ›

Wildlife Warrior Steve Irwin Killed By Stingray.

What game was played in the first televised professional video game tournament in 2006? ›

Tournament hosts such as the World Cyber Games and the Electronic Sports World Cup debuted, followed by the launch of Major League Gaming (MLG) in 2002. Today, MLG is considered one of the world's most prominent hosts in Esports. The first televised Esports event happened in 2006, Halo 2 on the USA Network.

What is the number 1 game ever? ›

The best-selling video game to date is Minecraft, a sandbox game released by Mojang in May 2009 for a wide range of PC, mobile and console platforms, selling more than 238 million copies across all platforms.

What is the top 1 game ever? ›

Minecraft has sold more than 238 million copies, making it the most-sold video game of all time. Minecraft is a sandbox-style game that had a private release on PC in 2009 and was fully released to the public in 2011.

What happened on June 18th 2006? ›

The Israeli town of Sderot shuts down for 24 hours in protest of continuing Qassam rocket attacks. More than six hundred Qassam rockets were launched against Israeli towns since Israel's disengagement from the Gaza Strip, a hundred of which in the past week.

What happened March 18th 2006? ›

Wildlife Warrior Steve Irwin Killed By Stingray.

What happened on July 18 2009? ›

Typhoon Molave was building from a tropical storm into a typhoon on the morning of July 18, 2009, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this photo-like image. Though still a tropical storm, Molave's shape is distinctive in this image.

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