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2006 Historical Event(s)
- January 2, 2006 – An explosion in a coal mine in Sago, West Virginia traps and kills 12 miners, while leaving one miner in critical condition.
- January 16, 2006 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia’s new president. She becomes Africa’s first female elected head of state.
- January 25, 2006 – 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.
- January 29, 2006 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Dog in Chinese astrology.
- May 9, 2006 – Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.
- June 18, 2006 – The first Kazakh space satellite, KazSat is launched.
- July 31, 2006 – Fidel Castro hands over power temporarily to brother Raúl Castro.
- October 7, 2006 – Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya is shot and killed outside her home in Moscow.
- November 21, 2006 – Anti-Syrian Lebanese Minister and MP Pierre Gemayel is assassinated in suburban Beirut.
- December 5, 2006 – Commodore Frank Bainimarama overthrows the government in Fiji.
Who Were Born On 2006?
- June 3, 2006 – Countess Leonore of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg, Member of the Dutch royal family
- June 18, 2006 – Countess Zaria of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg, Dutch royal
- September 6, 2006 – Prince Hisahito of Akishino, Japanese imperial family member
- October 25, 2006 – Krista and Tatiana Hogan, Canadian craniopagus conjoined twins