Welcome to the year 2006!
Below you will find the list I compiled of major events, trends, world leaders, cost of living, and popular culture for the year 2006. I hope this helps you with the baby book or commemorative project you’re working on. If you don’t want to write down all this information, take a look at the printable versions.
Affiliate links have been incorporated into this post to provide you with further information about trends and popular items during this period of time.
Printables for 2006:
2006 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):
Gallon of Whole Milk~ $3.12 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Dozen Eggs~ $1.30 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
Loaf of white bread~ $1.62 (Bureau of Labor Statistics bls.gov)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 39 cents (Wikipedia)
New Car Price~ $28,739 (U.S. Dept. of Energy energy.gov)
Gallon of Gas~ $2.88 (U.S. Energy Information Administration eia.gov)
Movie Ticket~ $6.55 (National Association of Theatre Owners)
Price of new house (June)~ $243,200 (Census.gov)
Median Household Income~ $58,746
Minimum Wage (Federal)~ $5.15
2006 Top Celebrities:
2006 Top Movies:
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Night at the Museum
X-men: The Last Stand
The Da Vinci Code
Ice Age: The Meltdown
The Pursuit of Happyness
More Popular 2016 Movies:
Over the Hedge
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Mission Impossible III
The Devil Wears Prada
The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion
2006 Top Songs:
Bad Day~ Daniel Powter
Temperature~ Sean Paul
Permiscuous~ Nelly Furtado & Timbaland
You’re Beautiful~ James Blunt
Hips Don’t Lie~ Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean
Unwritten~ Natasha Bedingfield
Crazy~ Gnarls Barkley
Ridin~ Chamillionaire feat Krayzie Bone
SexyBack~ Justine Timberlake
Check On It~ Beyonce feat. Slim Thug
Be Without You~ Mary J Blige
Grillz~ Nelly, Paul Wall, and Ali & Gipp
Over My Head (Cable Car)~ The Fray
Me & U~ Cassie
Buttons~ Pussycat Dolls feat. Snoop Dog
Run It~ Chris Brown feat. Juelz Santana
So Sick~ NeYo
It’s Goin’ Down~ Yung Joc feat Nitti
London Bridge~ Fergie
What Hurts The Most~ Rascal Flatts
2006 Top Television Shows:
Dancing With The Stars
NBC Monday Night Football
Deal or No Deal
Without a Trace
2006 Top Books:
The Da Vinci Code~ Dan Brown
For One More Day~ Mitch Albom
Cross~ James Patterson
Dear John~ Nicolas Sparks
The Memory Keeper’s Daugher~ Kim Edward
Night~ Elie Wiesel
Next~ Michael Crichton
Rachael Ray Express Lane Meals~ Rachael Ray
Hannibal Rising~ Thomas Harris
The Kite Runner~ Khaled Hosseini
The Innocent Man~ John Grisham
Marley & Me~ John Grogan
2006 Top Fashion & Trends:
Black nail polish
Skulls and crossbones on everything
Skinny/shrunken suit rocker look for men
Tunic over pegged pants
Miniskirt and minidress
2006 World Leaders:
President of the United States, George W. Bush.
President of China, Hu Jintao.
President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair.
Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi then Romano Prodi on May 17.
Pope Benedict XVI of Vatican City.
Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh.
Prime Minister of Canada, Paul Martin then Stephen Harper on February 6.
Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard
President of France, Jacques Chirac.
2006 World Population:
6,623,847,913 and counting…
2006 Major Events:
January 1 – Russia cuts natural gas to Ukraine over a price dispute.
January 4 – Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel, suffers a severe stroke and cerebral hemorrhage.
January 16 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf assumes office as President of Liberia, the first female elected head of state in Africa.
February 10 – February 26 – 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.
March 15 – The United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to establish the United Nations Human Rights Council.
April 20 – Iran announces a deal with Russia, involving a joint uranium enrichment firm on Russian soil; nine days later Iran announces that it will not move all activity to Russia, thus leading to a de facto termination of the deal.
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.
June 9 – July 9 – The 2006 FIFA World Cup begins in Germany.
June 28 – Operation Summer Rains: Israel launches an offensive against militants in Gaza.
July 9 – Italy wins its fourth FIFA World Cup title.
July 18 – The SS Nomadic, the last floating link to Titanic, returns home to a large reception in Belfast.
August 11 – A resolution to end the 2006 Lebanon War is unanimously accepted by the United Nations Security Council.
September 29 – Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907 collides with a business jet over the Amazon rainforest, killing all 154 on board the former.
October 2 – Five school girls are murdered by Charles Carl Roberts in a shooting at an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania before Roberts commits suicide.
October 13 – South Korean Ban Ki-moon is elected as the new Secretary-General of the United Nations.
November 5 – Former President of Iraq Saddam Hussein is sentenced to death by hanging by the Iraqi Special Tribunal for committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.
December 11 – Felipe Calderón sends the Mexican military to combat the drug cartels and put down the violence in the state of Michoacán, initiating the Mexican Drug War.
2006 Pop Culture:
April 18 – Suri Cruise is born, daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.
May 28 – Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants Breaks the record held by Babe Ruth and hits his 715th home run to pass Babe Ruth on the all time greatest list.
June 18 – Former Beatle Paul McCartney turns 64 after writing “When I’m Sixty-Four” at age 16.
July 15 – Twitter is launched.
July 28 – Mel Gibson goes mad after an arrest for driving intoxicated and hurled anti-semitic slurs and sexist comments at the officers.
September 4 – Steve Irwin dies at the age of 44 from a stingray injury to the heart. He was an Australian zookeeper, conservationist, and television personality known as ‘The Crocodile Hunter’.
September 10 – Anna Nicole Smith’s 20-year-old son dies just three days after the birth of her daughter in the Bahamas.
October 9 – Google purchases YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock.
November 2 – No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock becomes the most expensive painting after it was sold privately at $140 million.
December 5 – Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston announce their break up.
December 25 – American musician, James Brown, dies at the age of 73.
-Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie coined the phrase ‘that’s hot’ while both getting DUIs this year.
-Reese Witherspoon/Ryan Phillippe, Britney Spears/Kevin Federline, Whitney Houston/Bobby Brown, Paul McCartney/Heather Mills, Pam Anderson/Kid Rock, Carmen Electra/Dave Navarro, and Kate Hudson/Chris Robinson all divorce this year.
2006 Technology and Science:
Motorola Razr phone
Camera phones emerge
Sony Vaio Laptop
Apple MacBook Laptop
January 15 – NASA’s Stardust mission successfully ends, the first to return dust from a comet.
January 19 – The NASA spacecraft New Horizons launches successfully from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and leaves Earth’s orbit shortly afterwards on its journey to Pluto.
March 9 – NASA’s Cassini–Huygens spacecraft discovers geysers of a liquid substance shooting from Saturn’s moon Enceladus, signaling a possible presence of water.
March 24 – The maiden flight of the SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket ends in failure.
March 28 – A scramjet jet engine, Hyshot III, designed to fly at 7 times the speed of sound, is successfully tested at Woomera, South Australia.
May – Human Genome Project publishes the last chromosome sequence, in Nature.
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.
November 8 – Mercury transits the sun. It is visible from the Americas, Eastern China, Japan, Australia, and Polynesia.