2006 events in history

Jan 2 An explosion in a coal mine in Sago, West Virginia traps and kills 12 miners, while leaving one miner in critical condition
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 12 The French warship Clemenceau reaches Egypt and is barred access to the Suez Canal. Greenpeace activists board the ship
Jan 12 A stampede during the Stoning of the Devil ritual on the last day at the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, kills at least 362 Muslim pilgrims
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 The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto
Jan 20 Witnesses report seeing a bottlenose whale swimming in the River Thames, the first time the species had been seen in the Thames since records began in 1913
Jan 22 Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country's first indigenous president
Jan 25 Mexican professional wrestler Juana Barraza is arrested in connection with the serial killing of at least 10 elderly women
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 27 Western Union discontinues its Telegram and Commercial Messaging services
Jan 28 The roof of one of the buildings at the Katowice International Fair in Chorzów/Katowice, Poland, collapses due to the weight of snow, killing 65 and injuring more than 170 others
Jan 29 India's Irfan Pathan became the first bowler to take a Test cricket hat-trick in the opening over of a match
Feb 4 A stampede occurs in the ULTRA Stadium near Manila killing 71
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 19 A methane explosion in a coal mine near Nueva Rosita, Mexico, kills 65 miners
Feb 20 In South Korea the United Liberal Democrats, the three top political parties was merged into Grand National Party
Feb 22 At least six men stage Britain's biggest robbery, stealing £53m (about $92.5 million or €78 million) from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent
Feb 24 Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares Proclamation 1017 placing the country in a state of emergency in attempt to subdue a possible military coup
Mar 1 English-language Wikipedia reaches its one millionth article, Jordanhill railway station
Mar 7 The terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba coordinates a series of bombings in Varanasi, India
Mar 10 The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars
Mar 11 Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as first female president of Chile
Mar 14 Members of the Chadian military fail in an attempted coup d'état
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 22 Three Christian Peacemaker Team hostages are freed by British forces in Baghdad after 118 days of captivity and the murder of their colleague, American Tom Fox
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 new election in Belarus, following the rigged Belarusian presidential election, 2006, clash with riot police. Opposition leader Aleksander Kozulin is among several protesters arrested
Mar 28 At least one 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 The United Kingdom Terrorism Act 2006 becomes a 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 in the United States; hardest hit is in Tennessee with 29 people killed
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 11 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that Iran has successfully enriched uranium
Apr 17 Sami Hammad, a Palestinian suicide bomber, detonates an explosive device in Tel Aviv, killing 11 people and injuring 70
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 5 The government of Sudan signs an accord with the Sudan Liberation Army
May 12 Iranian Azeris interpret a cartoon published in an Iranian magazine as insulting, resulting in massive riots throughout the country
May 12 Mass unrest by the Primeiro Comando da Capital begins in São Paulo (Brazil), leaving at least 150 dead
May 13 2006 São Paulo violence: a major rebellion occurs in several prisons in Brazil
May 15 Cloud Gate was formally dedicated in Chicago's Millennium Park
May 17 The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as 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 20 Dhaka wildcat strikes: A series of massive strikes begin, involving nearly 1.8 million garment workers in Bangladesh
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 23 Alaskan stratovolcano Mount Cleveland erupts
May 27 The May 2006 Java earthquake strikes devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta killing over 6,600 people
Jun 3 The union of Serbia and Montenegro comes to an end with Montenegro's formal declaration of independence