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Protests in Paris against caricatures with the face of Muhammad
Protests in Paris against caricatures with the face of Muhammad
Extraordinary meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors
IAEA Board of Governors meeting on Iran's controversial nuclear program
Destroyed building in southern Lebanon
In Lebanon War destroyed building
2006 in other calendars
From urbe condita 2759
Armenian calendar 1454-1455
Ethiopian calendar 1998-1999
Badi calendar 162-163
Bengali calendar 1412-1413
Berber calendar 2956
Buddhist calendar 2550
Burmese calendar 1368
Byzantine calendar 7514-7515
Chinese calendar
 - era 4702-4703 or
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Wood Rooster (乙酉, 22) -
Fire Dog (丙戌, 23)

revolution calendar
Hebrew calendar 5766-5767
Hindu calendar
 - Vikram Sambat 2062-2063
 - Shaka Samvat 1928-1929
Iranian calendar 1384-1385
Islamic calendar 1426-1427
Japanese calendar
 - Nengō (era): Heisei 18
 - Kōki 2666
Coptic Calendar 1722-1723
Korean calendar
 - Dangun era 4339
 - Juche era 95
Minguo calendar 95
Modern Olympics XXVIII
Seleucid calendar 2317-2318
Thai solar calendar 2549

Annual dedications


  • 2006 is Mozart year in Austria (on the occasion of the composer's 250th birthday). Hundreds of events take place at the end of January alone (also in Germany). The 150th birthday of Sigmund Freud is also celebrated with congresses, etc., as well as the 100th birthday of the logician Kurt Gödel .
  • 2006 is the Ibsen year in Norway . (on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the playwright's death)
  • 2006 is the Rembrandt year in the Netherlands . It is the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt van Rijn's (1606–1669) birthday .
  • 2006 committing in Germany the 150th anniversary of the death of the poet Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), the 150th anniversary of the composer Robert Schumann (1810-1856) and the 50th anniversary of the death of the poet Bertolt Brecht (1898 to 1956).
  • 2006 is the Tesla year in Serbia and Croatia . (proclaimed by UNESCO )
  • In 2006, Hans Asperger (1906–1980), after whom Asperger's syndrome was named, would have been 100 years old. That is why this year was named "International Asperger's Year" with the support of Australian Asperger's specialist Tony Attwood .


Species protection

See also: nature of the year


Politics and world events

See also: List of UN Security Council Resolutions (2006)



  • 0February 1: In the West Bank , Israeli security forces begin demolishing the Amona outpost in the face of violent resistance from Jewish settlers.
  • 0February 5: Muslim protesters against the controversial Mohammed cartoons set fire to the Danish consulate in Lebanon . As a result, protests in other Islamic countries lead to further acts of violence and threats to EU institutions.
  • February 18: The Association Agreement between Albania and the EU is signed.
  • February 26: The world population reaches 6.5 billion people, according to the US Census Authority.


  • In France , the Contrat première embauche bill has led to growing student protests and unrest as well as the occupation of the Sorbonne . The law aims to change the notice periods in order to reduce the high youth unemployment rate of 22%.
  • March 11, The Hague: Serbia's former Prime Minister Slobodan Milošević , imprisoned at the UN War Crimes Tribunal since 2001, is found dead in his cell. The chief prosecutor Del Ponte believes suicide is possible as a way out of the conviction, but this is denied. Serb supporters speak of murder, and Moscow circles do not believe in an objective autopsy. Belgrade authorities want to prevent his grave from becoming an undesirable place of pilgrimage.
  • March 13: Milošević's autopsy reveals a heart attack as the cause of death, which puts an end to other rumors in Serbia and demonstrations by his supporters. After a long discussion, Milošević's funeral will not be in Moscow, but in his Serbian birthplace. It is laid out in Belgrade's " Museum of the Revolution ".
  • March 16: Operation Swarmer begins in northern Iraq
  • March 20: Incumbent Aljaksandr Lukashenka allegedly wins the presidential election in Belarus with 82.6%. The OSCE and election observers note that the elections were not fair and contradicted international norms. Thousands of Belarusians are demonstrating in Minsk despite massive threats from the government.
  • March 22nd: The Basque separatist terrorist organization Euskadi Ta Askatasuna ( ETA ) announces a permanent ceasefire, due to come into force on March 24th.
  • MARCH 22: The founder of the Peruvian underground organization Movimiento Revolucionario Túpac Amaru , Victor Polay , is sentenced by a court to 32 years in prison.
  • March 26: State elections in Rhineland-Palatinate , Baden-Württemberg and Saxony-Anhalt
  • March 28: On a national protest day, three million French take to the streets to express their displeasure with the Contrat première embauche . The proposed law in France will allow employees under the age of 26 to be dismissed without justification and without warning during the first two years of employment .



  • 0May 1: 99 days after their abduction in Iraq, the German engineers René Bräunlich and Thomas Nitzschke are released. Videos appeared several times, threatening the murder of the Germans. Appeals from the family, vigils in Leipzig and political statements accompanied the event.
  • 0May 5: The Sudanese government and the significant faction of the Sudanese Liberation Army (SLA) under Minni Arcua Minnawi sign a peace agreement in Abuja ( Darfur crisis).
  • MAY 13: In São Paulo , it comes from the criminal organization Primeiro Comando da Capital fomented riots the state of emergency . At the same time, inmates are holding 112 prison guards hostage in Brazilian penal institutions.
  • May 14: The Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate , Kurt Beck , is elected chairman of the SPD with 95.07% at the party conference in Berlin .
  • May 19: The Bundestag resolves to increase sales tax from 16 to 19% and to increase insurance tax.
Flag of the new state of Montenegro




  • The civil war in Sri Lanka flares up again. According to estimates by the Red Cross, almost 20,000 to 30,000 people are fleeing the predominantly Muslim city of Mutur in the civil war zone .
  • 0August 2: The Israeli army penetrates deeper into Lebanon : fighting also in the Baalbek region .
  • 0August 2: Cuban President Fidel Castro temporarily relinquishes his official duties to his brother Raúl due to growing health problems.
  • 0August 3: The city of New York declares a heat emergency for the first time in its history.
  • August 10: 21 terrorists are arrested at Heathrow Airport in London for attempting to blow up several planes in flight.
  • August 12: The UN unanimously passes Resolution 1701 on Lebanon .
  • August 29: Bomb attacks are carried out by a separatist Kurdish organization in several holiday resorts on the Mediterranean Sea in Turkey .


2006: People arrested on their escape on Nangpa La


United States population clock
  • October 17: The population of the United States is calculated at 300 million people.
  • October 18: North Korea wants to detonate atomic bombs in series. The situation threatens to escalate because North Korea is opposing the interests of the global community.
  • October 19: The Federal Constitutional Court rejects the regulatory review application from the State of Berlin for federal financial aid.
  • October 29: In Serbia , the majority of the population votes for a new constitution.
  • October 29: In Bulgaria , the previous President Georgi Parvanov and in Brazil the previous Prime Minister Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva are re-elected.



  • December 31: According to a balance sheet by the aid organization Reporters Without Borders , 2006 was one of the most dangerous years for journalists since the statistical survey began : 81 media representatives were killed in the course of their jobs in 21 countries. In addition, 56 reporters were kidnapped , primarily in Iraq and Gaza . In addition, 32 media representatives (drivers, translators and technicians) were killed in their support work. As expected, Iraq was the most dangerous country for journalists for the fourth time in a row with 64 victims, followed by Mexico with 9 and the Philippines with 6 deaths.

science and technology

"New Horizons" probe
  • January 20: NASA launches the world's first Pluto probe " New Horizons ". The space probe, roughly the size of a piano, will arrive on the dwarf planet in July 2015. The seven scientific instruments will be tested for the first time in early 2007.
  • 0February 9: The Egyptian Antiquities Authority officially announces that another tomb has been discovered in the Valley of the Kings . It was subsequently named KV63 and was excavated under scientific supervision.
  • 0March 9: NASA announces that there is suspected water on Saturn's moon Enceladus . The assumptions go back to the exploration by the space probe Cassini-Huygens .
2006: Soyuz TMA-8 launched



see also: Film Year 2006 and Literature Year 2006

  • January 2006 : As part of the Mozart year , several thousand events take place in Austria and Germany in this month alone. Most of them are grouped around January 27, the 250th birthday of the Austrian composer.
  • 0February 3: Germany's first art valve is installed in Cologne .
Leipzig Book Fair 2006
Painting Adele Bloch-Bauer I
  • June 19: The US entrepreneur Ronald Lauder bought the portrait Adele Bloch-Bauer I painted by Gustav Klimt for 135 million US dollars (106.7 million euros) in the press. It is the most expensive picture sold at this point in time.
Exhibit in the Musée du quai Branly


nature and environment

March: THW forces fight their way through masses of snow
Tungurahua eruption in 2006
  • August 16: The Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts.
  • 0October 2: A T5 / F2 tornado devastated the community of Quirla in Thuringia at around 2:00 a.m.
  • 0November 1st: Storm Britta rages in Europe.
  • November: The warmest autumn in Germany since weather records began. Overall, the year was one of the warmest on record.


Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Germany in 2006


Coat of arms of the CV


see also: sport year 2006

Opening ceremony for the Turin Winter Olympics
German fans celebrating at the 2006 World Cup


  • 0February 3: When the Egyptian ferry “ Al-Salam Boccaccio 98 ” sank in the Red Sea, around 1,000 people drowned.
  • February 17: In a landslide on the Philippines island of Leyte , the entire village of Guinsaugon with 1,800 inhabitants is buried.
  • 0April 8: Ship sinking on the Volta Reservoir in Ghana . About 120 dead and 30 survivors.
  • April 10th: Major fire during a trade fair in Meerut ( India ) with at least 100 dead.
  • 0May 3: An Airbus A320-211 of the Armavia airline crashes into the Black Sea 6 km from Sochi Airport in Russia . All 105 passengers and eight crew members are killed. At the time of the crash, there was heavy rain and poor visibility. The plane took off from the Armenian capital, Yerevan .
  • 0July 9th An Airbus A310 of the Russian airline S7 Airlines , coming from Moscow , shoots over the runway when landing in Irkutsk and crashes unchecked into a concrete barrier. There are 195 passengers and eight crew members on the plane, 131 people are killed and 55 are seriously injured.
  • August 22: When a Russian passenger plane crashes in Ukraine , all 170 people die on board, including two Germans.
  • September 29: Two planes collide over the Brazilian Amazon. While the Embraer Legacy 600 can make a damaged emergency landing with seven occupants, the Boeing 737 ( Gol-Transportes-Aéreos-Flug 1907 ) crashes ; all 154 people on board die.
  • October 29: Over 100 people die in a plane crash in Nigeria .
  • December 26: In Lagos ( Nigeria ) die several hundred people in the explosion of an oil pipeline that was tapped by thieves.
  • December 30th: When a ferry with up to 850 people goes down off the Indonesian island of Java , hundreds of passengers are believed to be killed. A heavy storm caused the "Senopati" to capsize.



This is a list of the most important people who passed away in 2006. A more detailed list can be found in the 2006 Nekrolog .


Manfred Bofinger (1941-2006)
Günther Landgraf (1928-2006)
Ibrahim Rugova (1944-2006)
Johannes Rau (1931-2006)


Betty Friedan (1921-2006)
Andreas Katsulas (1946-2006)
Hermann Lein (1920-2006)
Andrei Pavlovich Petrov (1930-2006)
Ray Barretto (1929-2006)
Richard Bright (1937-2006)


Slobodan Milošević (1941-2006)
Stanisław Lem (1921-2006)


Alexander Buel Trowbridge (1929-2006)
Paul Spiegel (1937-2006)


Kazimierz Górski (1921-2006)
Alan Kotok (1941-2006)
Boštjan Hladnik (1929-2006)
  • 0May 1: Big Hawk , American rapper (born 1969)
  • 0May 2: Peter Swoboda , Austrian economist, professor of business administration (* 1937)
  • 0May 3: Karel Appel , Dutch painter and co-founder of the artist group CoBrA (* 1921)
  • 0May 3: Boris Kuznetsov , Soviet boxer and Olympic champion 1972 (* 1947)
  • 0May 3: Wolfgang Schwenke , German zoologist, entomologist and forest scientist (* 1921)
  • 0May 5: Barbara Beyenka , American theologian, translator and writer (* 1911)
  • 0May 5: Franz-Josef Steffens , German actor and dubbing speaker (* 1923)
  • 0May 6th: Lillian Gertrud Asplund , American and third youngest survivor of the Titanic disaster on May 14th / 15th. April, 1912 (* 1906)
  • 0May 7: Jan Simons , Canadian singer and vocal teacher (* 1925)
  • 0May 9: Günther Kratsch , Lieutenant General ret. D. der GDR, Chief of Defense of the Ministry for State Security, Head of HA II (* 1930)
  • May 10: Soraya , Colombian-American musician (* 1969)
  • May 11: Floyd Patterson , American and heavyweight boxing champion (* 1935)
  • May 13: Helga Anschütz , German orientalist, geographer and lecturer (* 1928)
  • May 14: Stanley Kunitz , American poet (* 1905)
  • May 14: Günther Nenning , Austrian journalist, author and political activist (* 1921)
  • May 15: Eberhard Esche , German film and theater actor (* 1933)
  • May 16: Karin von Arronet , Baltic German painter, graphic artist and art teacher (* 1917)
  • May 16: Klaus Dahlen , German film and television actor (* 1938)
  • May 17: Eva Maria Bauer , German theater and television actress (* 1923)
  • May 22: Balduin Baas , German actor (* 1922)
  • May 22: Hamza El Din , Nubian oud and tar player (* 1929)
  • May 23: Philippe Amaury , French publisher (* 1940)
  • May 23: Kazimierz Górski , Polish football player and coach (* 1921)
  • May 24: Kalcidon Agius , Maltese writer, playwright and politician (* 1917)
  • May 25: Desmond Dekker , actually: Desmond Adolphus Dacres, Jamaican ska singer and composer (* 1941)
  • May 25: Otto Matthäus Zykan , Austrian composer (* 1935)
  • May 25: Yonehara Mari , Japanese writer (* 1950)
  • May 26: Alan Kotok , American computer scientist and computer game pioneer (* 1941)
  • May 26: Bruno Pasut , Italian composer, pianist, organist, choir director, conductor and music teacher (* 1914)
  • May 28: Umberto Masetti , Italian motorcycle racer (* 1926)
  • May 30: Boštjan Hladnik , Slovenian film director (* 1929)
  • May 31: Raymond Davis Jr. , American chemist and Nobel Prize laureate in physics (* 1914)
  • 000May: Antonio Morel , Dominican merengue musician (* 1920)


Drafi Deutscher (1946-2006)
Robert Gernhardt (1937-2006)


Rudi Carrell (bronze bust) (1934-2006)


Holger Börner (1931-2006)
James van Allen (1914-2006)
Rainer Barzel (1924-2006)


Annemarie Wendl (1914-2006)
Steve Irwin (1962-2006)


Klaus Renft (1942-2006)
Red Auerbach (1917-2006)


Bülent Ecevit (1925-2006)
Markus Wolf (1923-2006)
Jack Palance (1919-2006)


Claude Jade (1948-2006)
Peter Dienel (1923-2006)
Augusto Pinochet (1915-2006)
Gerald Ford (1913-2006)

Date unknown

Nobel Prizes

Roger D. Kornberg


See also: 2006 number one hits in Australia , Belgium , Denmark , Germany , Finland , France , Greece , Ireland , Italy , Japan , Canada , Croatia , Mexico , New Zealand , the Netherlands , Norway , Austria , Poland , Portugal , Romania , Sweden , Switzerland , Slovakia , Spain , South Korea , Czech Republic , Hungary , the United States and the United Kingdom .

See also: Category: Music 2006

Web links

Commons : 2006  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files
 Wikinews: 2006  - in the news

Individual evidence

  1. Year of Computer Science ( Memento of the original from September 10, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.informatikjahr.de
  2. Del Ponte Believes Suicide Possible , Spiegel, March 12, 2006.
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  4. ^ CSD in Cologne: Carnival in summer (koeln.de). July 18, 2007, accessed March 27, 2019 .