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Hannah Montanna/Miley Cyrus Debuts On Disney Channel

Steve Irwin/Crocodile Hunter Dies

Goodbye Ed Bradley of "60 Minutes"

Faith Hill Shows No Class At CMA's 

Year 2006 In News Headlines And Information

North Korea Conducts Unannounced Nuclear Test

Suddam Hussein Is Found Guilty

FDA Reverses 14-Year Ban On Cosmetic Silicone

Suddam Hussein Is Executed

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Google Buys YouTube

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"Don't Forget About Us" - Mariah Carey

kelly clarkson year 2006 music trivia news  mrpopculture imageJanuary - Police in London want to talk to supermodel Kate Moss. A few months ago, The Daily Mirror published pictures of her apparently using cocaine in a west London music studio… Passing – Lou Rawls (72). He died of lung cancer…. Bee Gee Barry Gibb has purchased the Henderson, Tennessee home of the late Johnny Cash…. Howard Stern takes to the airwaves at his new home – Sirius Satellite Radio. He really let it out as he said the F-word some 77 times, cursed God’s name nine times and used the n-word several times....Looks like “The Office” – about the world’s most embarrassing boss – is doing great in the ratings as last week, the show was seen by more people than ever. Catch it Thursday nights on NBC... Ryan Seacrest is on a hot roll! The “American Idol” host just signed with E! Entertainment where is company will produce shows for the channel. He’ll also executive producer and Co-host E!’s “Live From the Red Carpet” beginning with the Golden Globes in a few weeks…. Some 20 million watched Dick Clark on his return on “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve…. Good news for CBS as 7 of its 2005 shows were in the top-10!... Eminem and his ex-wife, Kim Mathers have re- applied for a license to marry and they re-marry!… “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell isn’t happy that winner Kelly Clarkson isn’t allowing songs from her “Breakaway” album – her second – to be used by new American Idol contestants…. Terrell Brittenum and his twin brother Derrell – who sang on the “American Idol” season premiere – are in jail – accused of using another man’s ID to purchase a Dodge Magnum car back in June. …. Looks like older “American Idol” shows will be syndicated. Look for “American Idol Rewind” next fall. … Some 35.5 million viewers tuned into the “American Idol” season 5 premiere…

February - Walt Disney Co. says it is buying Pixar Animation studios….

Super Bowl XL Entertainment - Aretha Franklin and Aaron Neville will sing the Super Bowl national anthem. The Rolling Stones perform…

Britney Spears says she made a mistake driving her car with her baby Sean in her lap. Photos were all over the place showing Mom driving her SUV with her 4-month-old son perched on her lapped, rather than strapped in.

…. Looks like Al Michaels is jumping from ABC to NBC where he’ll be teamed with John Madden….

48th annual Grammy Awards - Some Winners:

Record of the year – “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” – Green Day

Song of the year - "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" - U2

Album of the year - "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb"- U2

Country Song - "Bless The Broken Road" - Rascal Flatts

lisa marie presley marries february 2006 facts timeline mrpopculture photoMore February Pop News -  Lisa Marie Presley (38) marries guitarist and producer Michael Lockwood in Japan. It’s her fourth marriage. She was previously married to Nicolas Cage, Michael Jackson, and Danny Keough… LL Cool J debuts his new line of clothing. … Passing – Actor Dennis Weaver (81). – “Gunsmoke,” “McCloud”… Passing – Actor Darren McGavin (83) – “The Night Stalker”…  Passing – Actor/funnyman Don Knotts (81) – “Andy Griffith,” “Three’s Company”… 

"Check On It" - Beyonce

hannah montana debuts disney channel photo march 2006 tv history facts timeline mrpopcultureMarch - Ozzy Ozbourne, Black Sabbath, Miles Davis and Lynard Skynard are among those inducted into the rock ‘n’ roll hall of fame in New York ceremonies…  The folks at “American Idol” shut down a site called dialidol.com. The site predicted with great accuracy – whom would be voted off the show. That’s because the site used an autodialing program it provided to phone-in voters and analyzed which contestants’ numbers yielded the most busy signals…. Super model Naomi Campbell is charged with second-degree assault after hitting her housekeeper over the head with a phone… Singer Tom Jones is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II….. Britney Spears guest stars on “Will & Grace”… Passing - Buck Owens - a country music giant and legend. He was 76…. Debuting  on the Disney Channel – “Hannah Montana” - starring 13-year-old Miley Cyrus - daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus. She plays a girl who leads a double life as an ordinary schoolgirl and a pop teen sensation. She assumers her identity by putting on a long-haired blonde wig…

Hannah Montanna

78th Academy Awards – 2006 - Some Winners:

Best picture – “Crash.”

Best actor – Philip Symour Hoffman - “Capote.”

Best actress – Reese Witherspoon – “Walk the Line.”

 

Best supporting actor – George Clooney – “Syriana.”

Best supporting actress – Rachel Weisz - “The Constant Gardner.”

Best director – Ang Lee – “Brokeback Mountain.”

katy couric leaving nbc today show april 2006 timeline facts historyApril - After 15 years with NBC’s “Today” Show – perky Katie Couric announces she is leaving to join CBS … Michael Jackson begins dismantling his empire by agreeing to sell a portion of his music publishing catalog, Jackson signed a $325-million refinancing agreement that would require him to sell half of his 50% stake in Sony/ATV Music Publishing to partner Sony Corp within the next few years…. Passing - June Pointer , - youngest member of the Pointer Sisters and lead singer on such hits such as “Jump (For My Love)” and “He’s So Shy.” She was 52… Paris Hilton (25) has an album coming out, “Paris”Food Network tastemaker Rachael Ray has signed with Epic Records which will release Ray-branded compilations and voicetones. Ray’s voicetones will be available from all carriers and they arrive just in time for the Sept 18 premiere of syndicated “The Rachael Ray Show” on television… Rosie O’Donnell, is expected to take Meredith Vieira’s slot on “The View.” Look for her to begin in September….Radio - David Lee Roth - who took Howard Stern’s place - is out after just three months. He was heard in NY, Philly, Boston and four other markets…

58th annual Emmy Awards (some winners)

Outstanding comedy series – “The Office”

Outstanding Reality – “The Amazing Race”

Outstanding drama series – “24”

Best actor comedy - Tony Shalhoub – “Monk”

Best actress comedy – Julia Louis Dreyfus – “New Adventures for Old Christine

Best actor drama – Kiefer Sutherland – “24”

Best actress drama – Mariska Hargitay – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 

louis rukeyser year 2006 trivia news history   mrpopculture  imageMay -  Passing - Louis Rukeyser (73) - The witty host of “Wall Street Week” on PBS all those years. He made getting into Wall Street a little more fun…. Passing – Pop singer/songwriter Soraya. Only 37… of breast cancer… Paul McCartney and his second wife, Heather Mills are separating after nearly four years of marriage….

41st Academy of Country Music Awards – Brooks & Dunn pick up a record 20th and 21st trophies. Carrie Underwood got top new female vocalist and single of the year for “Jesus take the Wheel.” Kenney Chesney got entertainer of the year…

The “American Idol” finale hits 36.3 million viewers – a record as Taylor Hicks is crowned the winner!  Hicks is the first white male to win the competition. Katharine McPhee was the runner-up…

dan rather signs off cbs news june 2006 timeline tv historyJunePassing – Keyboardist Billy Preston (59)….  The “American Idol” finale  hit 36.38 million viewers…. Tony Awards – Best musical – “Jersey Boys”…. Former American Idol winner Ruben Studdard is awarded $2 million in a lawsuit against his ex-manger for misappropriating the singer’s bank accounts and credit cards… Goodbye Dan - as both CBS and Rather announce he is leaving. His contract was not renewed for another season of “60 Minutes”… Lisa Loeb has a Reality TV series on E! called #1 Single…. Passing - Mega TV producer Aaron Spelling. He was 83….. “The View” airs without Star Jones who was asked not to return after telling of her surprise departure via People Magazine. She was supposed to remain with the show until July…

"Do I Make You Proud" - Taylor Hicks

July - 3-D is back with vengeance as “Monster House” opens this week in 3-D and more such movies are on the wayPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest debuts…  Metallica announce they are now selling music via digital download – through iTunes. The group had refused to sell individual songs online – up to now…President Bush welcomes this year’s American Idol winner – Taylor Hicks and the nine runners-up to the White House. Ms. Hicks’ 9th-grade English teacher (Susan Whitson) – is Laura Bush’s press secretary...  

"Promiscuous" - Nelly Furtado

rachel ray facts history timeline august 2006 food networkAugust - Food Network tastemaker Rachael Ray has signed with Epic Records which will release Ray-branded compilations and voicetones. Ray’s voicetones will be available form all carriers and they arrive just in time for the Sept 18 premiere of syndicated “The Rachael Ray Show” on television. Dennis Miller will contribute to “Hannity & Colmes” this fall… . Rolling Stones a Bigger Bank Tour!.... Bob Schieffer steps down as interim anchor on the “CBS Evening News.’ He’d been doing it for 18 months. He steps aside for Katie Couric….  John O’Hurley will become the new host of “Family Feud” in September…

MTV Video Music Awards - "I Write Sins Not Tradgedies" by Panic! At The Disco gets Best Video

steve irwin year 2006 history news  mrpopculture photoSeptember Steve Irwin , the beloved Australian television personality known as the Crocodile Hunter, dies by a stingray barb during a diving expedition…. Paris Hilton is arrested for driving drunk. Two officers saw Hilton’s Mercedes-Benz SLR moving erratically about 12:30am and pulled her over… TV reality star Duane “Dog” Chapman and two co-stars get released from jail on $300,000 bail, facing charges in his 2003 capture of a convicted rapist in Mexico. They were charged with conspiracy and illegal detention of Andrew Luster in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico…. Oprah Winfrey launches her own XM satellite radio channel – “Oprah and Friends”…

Goodbye Steve Irwin

wal mart garth brooks exclusive music history facts october 2006 October - Wal-Mart loves Garth Brooks - look for an exclusive - a five-DVD box set for $19.95- “Garth Brooks: The Entertainer.” Contains 15 music videos and seven live performances. Brooks is currently retired from the business…  look for the soundtrack to “The Cheetah Girls 2,” a Disney Channel made-for-TV movie in stores now. The Disney Channel is becoming quite a springboard for young teen talent. The Cheetah Girls franchise began with a series of books written for young girls by Deborah Gregory… Passing - Freddy Fender (69) - Tex-Mex pioneer… Madonna says she acted according to the law in taking custody of a 1-year-old Malawian boy, responding for the first time to the fierce debate about the legality and morality of the planned adoption…  

"Money Maker" - Ludacris

seinfeld michael richards outbursts november 2006 history timeline mrpopculture imageNovember - Britney Spears files for divorce from Kevin Federline - the back-up dancer-turned-rapper…. Passing - Actor Jack Palance (87)… Michael Richards appears on David Letterman’s show – and with him – Jerry Seinfeld – to express contrition for his racist tirade in Los Angeles at a nightclub. As Richards apologized, Seinfeld told the studio crowd, “stop laughing, it’s not funny"...

More November - David Blanie – a stuntman – is hoisted 50 feet above Times Square and will remain their shackled to a gyroscope for three days – and will attempt to escape... 

carrie underwood new artist american music 2006 facts history timelineAmerican Music Awards - Carrie Underwood gets "New Artist of the Year" as Kelly Clarkson gets "Favorite Adult Comtenpoary Artist." Amazing "American Idol" influence. Toby Keith and Faith Hill win in male/female country. Eminem for Rap Artist.

Passing - Ed Bradley - famed CBS newsman. He was 65...

Goodbye Ed Bradley

eminem 2006 divorce facts history december timelineDecember - Britney Spears was the most searched-for topic on Yahoo this year. What’s amazing is that she has released no new music for 2006. After Spears - the most popular search terms - WWE, Shakira, Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton… Most searched story - the death of Crocodile Hunter - Steve Irwin followed by the death of Anna Nicole Smith’s son and the war in Iraq… Eminem and his wife Kim agree to divorce once again. They had remarried January 14 and were first married in 1999…. Britney Spears will usher in the New Year in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace. She’ll be toasting from a $100,000 bottle of Champagne. Is this her comeback…. The American Film Institute (AFI) proclaims Clint Eastwood a national treasure… Donald Trump/Rosie O’Donnell feud over the Miss USA flap as Trump called a Los Angeles talk show to sound off, saying, “She is a very, very unattractive woman who really is a bully.” It all started when O’Donnell, co-host of ABC’s “The View,” blasted Trump on a recent installment... Head to head - Both Carson Daly and Ryan Seacrest will be back for their second New Year’s specials (duels). Both cite Dick Clark as a huge influence – but Daly says he has his own producing ideas... Relaunching - Britney Spears will usher in the New Year in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace. She’ll be toasting from a $100,000 bottle of Champagne. Is this her comeback? 

The Year 2006 In News Headlines And Information

January 1 - Iraq – New Year’s power blackouts hit Baghdad… 36 are dead across the nation in bombings and clashes… Suicide bombings near a shrine and police recruiting station and a roadside explosion near Baghdad – kill 130… Looks like only one – not twelve miners  survived in an explosion underground at Tallmansville, West Virginia. Families got real hopeful when they were initially told that twelve had survived.  …

January 8 - Carlos and Elsa Alvarez who work for Florida International University in Miami are charged as Cuban spies - doing the deed for more than two decades. The FBI says they have been sending Fidel Castro’s intelligence agency encrypted reports about American officials…President Bush criticizes “irresponsible debate” in the U.S. over the war in Iraq where he says political progress has been made... A U.S. helicopter with 12 passengers and crewmembers crashes in Northern Iraq killing all on board.... OfficeMax says it will close 110 retail superstores across the U.S.... Toys R Us says it will close 87 stores in the coming months as part of its reorganization plan.  

ray nagin year 2006 history trivia news image mrpopcultureJanuary 15 - A new audiotape turns up from the master comedian – Osama bin Laden – who warned that Al Qaeda is preparing terrorist attacks on the U.S. But said Mr. bin – that the U.S. could avoid all that nonsense if it just agreed to a truce that would allow Muslims to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan…. New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin apologizes for a Martin Luther King Day speech in which he predicted that his city would be a “chocolate” city once more and asserted that “God is mad at America”…

January 23 - Stunning - Hamas is declared the winner of Palestinian parliamentary elections… The United States is expanding a top-secret effort to kill suspected terrorists with drone-fired missiles... Iraq- it’s reported that insurgents are battling each other as foreign extremist volunteers battle Iraqi militants and the U.S. wants to exploit the divide....

State Of The Union 2006 - President Bush

February 1 - Thousands of Muslims riot in downtown Beirut, setting fire to the Danish Consulate and attack a Catholic church. They’re outraged over the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad published in Western newspapers…. The furor continues over the satirical Muhammad cartoons as Syrian protesters set fire to the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus. Iran is threatening to stop trade with European countries. ….  Passing – Coretta Scott King (78) – widow of Martin Luther King…

dick cheney shoots harry whittington february 2006 timeline facts historyFebruary 8 - Vice President Dick Cheney – hunting quail in S. Texas – accidentally shoots and wounds Harry Whittington – a lawyer from Austin. He’s in stable condition….. Bird flu has reached Western Europe with Italy and Greece announcing that they had detected the H5N1 strain of the virus which can be deadly to humans, in dead swans…. The American Cancer Society, says that for the first time since the government has been keeping national death stats in 1930 – the number of cancer deaths in the U.S. has fallen due to advances in diagnosis, therapy and prevention…

February 15 - Embattled Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff testifies that he did not take charge if his department’s faltering response to Hurricane Katrina because he believed by experience - particularly the Sept. 11 attacks – that micromanaging by senior officials could make matters worse…

February 22 - Mayor Ken Livingstone – the outspoken mayor of London, gets suspended from his office for four weeks after comments likening a Jewish journalist with a concentration camp guard…

March 1 - Saddam Hussein tells the court he and not his co-defendants, should be held responsible for the fate of 148 Shiite villagers executed under his rule... President Bush announces a landmark nuclear cooperation deal with India. The agreement allows India to continue expanding its nuclear weapons arsenal in exchange for permitting international inspections of its civilian reactors for the first time. It could be cut down by Congress... Al Qaeda’s deputy leader Ayman Zawahirt calls on Muslims to attack the West in an audiotape posted on the Internet, urging strikes similar to those against New York, London and Madrid in recent years... In India - President Bush defends American corporations that outsource jobs overseas in pursuit of inexpensive labor. 

slobodan milosevic year 2006 news update history  mrpopculture imageMarch 8 -  Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic is found dead in his prison cell. He was facing trial on genocide and war crimes for his role in the nationalist Balkan wars during the 1990’s. He had been on trial since 2002

March 15 - FBI Special Agent Harry Samit – accusing his bosses of acting only to protect their positions with the FBI, said they were guilty of ‘criminal negligence and obstruction’ for blocking his attempts to learn whether terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui was part of a larger cell about to hijack planes in the U.S. … First time -  Saddam Hussein takes the witness stand at his trial and character – he urges insurgents to continue resisting the U.S. military in Iraq…

March 22 - Demonstrations are held in Chicago, Los Angeles and other locations - over the illegal immigration problem. In Los Angeles - pro-illegal’s jammed the streets - about 500,000 - mostly Mexican and some waving the Mexican flag. There are an estimated 12 million illegal’s in the country - most from Mexico and it’s ticking many off…. President Bush urged all sides of the immigration debate to tone down their rhetoric and engage in respectful dialogue...

April 1 - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist offers a new tack on immigration that would require as many as 3 million illegal immigrants to leave the U.S. in order to apply for legal status and eventual citizenship….. In London - U.S. Secretary of state Condoleezza Rice says that she was sure the Bush administration had made “thousands” of tactical errors in Iraq, but defended the decision to ousts Saddam Hussein and believes it will be vindicated by history…

April 8 - Amnesty - Hundreds of thousands of mostly illegal immigrants and mostly Spanish-speaking - and their supporters take to the streets in Washington and in dozens of cities around the country in a effort to persuade lawmakers to grant foreign-born workers more rights

jon bonet ramsey mark karr april 2006 timeline arrestedApril 15 - President Bush tells Middle East experts that a three-way division of Iraq would only worsen sectarian violence and was not an option... Authorities in Thailand arrest John Mark Karr as a suspect in the slaying of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey... Terje Roed-Larson – a visiting U.N. envoy warns that breaches of the cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah could hamper attempts to build a 15,000 member international peacekeeping force for southern Lebanon by alarming governments already reluctant to commit troops... (Filling the crackdown on the Al-Qaeda terrorist network) - Atty Gen. Alberto Gonzales says that more than 5,000 Internet sites were being used by extremists to train and coordinate internationally... A federal judge in Detroit rules that the government’s warrant less domestic wiretapping program is unconstitutional and must be halted. 

April 22 - Another audiotape is released from Osama bin Laden and on it, he urges Muslims to prepare for a long war in Sudan and he attacked the U.S. and European cutoff of aid to the Palestinian government (now controlled by militant group Hamas…. President Bush names Fox News commentator Tony Snow as his press secretary…. Crude oil soars above the $75 mark…

May 1 - “A Day Without Immigrants” - as thousands of (mostly Mexican) workers and their families participate in a boycott of work and commerce- all to demonstrate their importance to the U. S. economy and to demand changes in immigration law that would give illegal migrants a path to citizenship. A crowd estimated at 250,000, marched to Los Angeles City Hall…

May 8 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sends a letter to President Bush – in what is seen as an overture for direct talks about Tehran’s nuclear program. It’s not taken seriously by the Bush Administration... Merck & Co. says that patients who stopped taking arthritis drug Vioxx for one year after taking it in an earlier trial had no greater risk of heart attacks and strokes than patients who took placebos during the same study...  

May 15 - President Bush visits a border area near Yuma, Arizona – an area where arrests and death have gone up from those trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico. Saying, “We do not have full control of the border,” Bush told reporters that 6,000 National Guard troops were needed to help secure the border while Border Patrol is beefed up during the next several years…

harry reid year 2006 history trivia news  mrpopculture photoMay 22 - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said it was his official duty to attend boxing matches in Nevada and that he did nothing wrong when he accepted complimentary ringside seats from a state agency that was lobbying him… Passing - Lloyd Bensten (85) – U.S. Senator who made a run for vice president in 1988…

June 1 - Convicted Washington-area sniper John Allen Muhammad is given six consecutive life terms in prison…

June 8 - Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.) – pleads guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of prescription drugs. A judge placed the congressman on supervised probation for a year…. A video on YouTube has the Marine Corps. puzzled. It shows what appears to be a Marine singing a song that makes fun of killing an Iraqi family. The song is called “Hadji Girl”…

June 15 - Seven Marines and a navy corpsman are charged with premeditated murder kidnapping, conspiracy and other offenses in connection with the April 26 death of an Iraqi civilian. They are accused of breaking into a home near Baghdad, dragging out an unarmed disabled 52-year-old Iraqi and killing him…. FEMA scraps plans to evict 3,000 Mississippi households suspected of being ineligible for post-Hurricane Katrina emergency trailers as many eviction notices were sent in error…

arnold swarzeneggar year 2006 trivia news history photo mrpopcultureJune 23 - Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger turns down a White House request to more than double the number of California National Guard troops what will be deployed to the border. He felt it would leave the state vulnerable if case of an emergency…. The Supreme Court declares that President Bush had overstepped his authority in the war against terrorism. They ruled he did not have the power to set up special military trials at Guantanamo Bay without the approval of Congress…. The Fed raises its benchmark interest rate a quarter-point to 5.25%...

July 1 - In defiance - North Korea test-fires at least six missiles into the sea of Japan including a long range Taepodong 2.The White House issued a statement strongly condemning the launches and “North Korea’s unwillingness to heed calls for restraint from the international community…

July 8 - The war in Iraq has cost $291 billion so far and would total almost half a trillion dollars even if all U.S. troops were withdrawn by the end of 2009, so says a Congressional Budget Office analysis…President Bush defends his administration’s policies on North Korea saying the regime in Pyongyang had grown more dangerous since he entered the White House... 

July 15 - Iraq – Bombings and gunfire kill 130 in Iraq – and the press is practically calling it a civil war (it’s not)… A tsunami hits Indonesia – Java Island and with over 500 are reported dead (initially). It was spawned from a 7.7 earthquake.. President Bush exercises his first veto of his presidency – and blocks expansion of federal support for embryonic stem cell research that he considered immoral... Fighting escalated - Israel orders civilians out and away from a 20-mile area of southern Lebanon as fighting in the area intensifies. Earlier – Israeli warplanes dropped tons of bombs on a bunker sheltering top Hezbollah leaders... President Bush, noting that the Republican Party has alienated black voters – ends his five-year boycott with the NAACP convention and pledged to repair his relationship with the civil rights group – the country’s oldest...  World leaders meet in Russia for the G-8 summit. At the three-day closing – Russian President Vladimir Putin told a news conference – “All the goals we set ourselves have been achieved.” 

saddam hussein year 2006 jail history timeline  image mrpopcultureJuly 22 - Lawmakers from Iraq’s Shiite Muslim coalition urge Prime Minister Nouri Malii to cancel his trip to Washington because of support for Israel’s military actions in Lebanon… And, hundreds of radical Shiite Muslims march in support of Hezbolah and its leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah…. More Iraq – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki ends a visit to Washington and pleas for more money. Explosions kill at least 32 in a commercial district in Baghdad… Two car bombings kill 60 people and 40 are found slain elsewhere. … Saddam Hussein collapsed in his jail cell more than two weeks into a hunger strike. His trial for mass murder is about to resume. … Andrea Yates is found not guilty by reason of insanity for the bathtub drowning deaths of her five children…

August 1 - Cuban President Fidel Castro hands power to brother Raul – the first time he’s ever relinquished control since he came to power. Fidel is set for surgery due to intestinal bleeding. …. North and South Korean troops along their border exchange gunfire for the first time in nearly a year. ….Kodak reports a $282 million loss and will slash 2,000 more jobs

August 8 - Listening in on phone calls - British police arrest three men including a newspaper section editor, in an investigation that began with complaints from Prince Charles’ office about possible phone-tapping…. Martha Stewart will pay $195,000 with her settlement with the SEC. And, she can’t serve as director of a public company for five years…

August 15 - Iraq – U.S. military officials unveil a plan to combat chronic problems with renegade Iraqi security forces by creating inspection boards and standardized uniforms. Snipers shoot Shiite Muslim worshipers marching through Baghdad – killing 23. …Authorities in Thailand arrest John Mark Kerr – now a suspect in the slaying of little JonBenet Ramsey…

August 22 - Warren Jeffsa polygamist sect leader on the FBI’s most wanted list – is captured in Las Vegas. The self-proclaimed profit is the leader of the 10,000-member Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. He’s wanted in Arizona and Utah for alleged involvement in underage marriages, rape and sexual assault. … A commuter jet taking off from the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, KY crashes – killing 49 out of 50 on board. … But wait – a few days later Prosecutors abruptly drop their case against John Mark Karr…

September 1 - An American thought to be an Al Qaeda activist appears in a videotape with the terrorist group’s deputy leader and calls on his countrymen to convert to Islam and for U.S. soldiers to switch sides in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. . The tape shows Ayman Zawahiri and Adam Yahiye Gadahn , a 28-year-old Californian who the FBI says attended Al Qaeda training camps in Pakistan and served as an Al Qaeda interpreter…. Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison for his part in a corruption scandal. Ryan was once nominated for  the Nobel Peace Price after placing a moratorium on executions…

September 8 - The Senate Intelligence Committee says it has found no evidence that Saddam Hussein had ties to Al Qaeda or provided safe harbor to Al Qaeda operative Abu Musab Zarqawi... As the death toll in Iraq ramps up, Democrats want to throw in the towel and step up their response to President Bush’s policies. . National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzesinski called the war unwinnable...

September 15 - Pope Benedict XVI expresses deep regret that a speech he gave at a German university offended Muslims. The Pope created a Muslim fury after he delivered the address, in which he quoted a 14th century Byzantine emperor who regarded some of the prophet Muhammad’s teachings as “evil and inhuman”…

tony blair year 2006 history trivia news  mrpopculture imageSeptember 22 – Stepping Down - British Prime Minister Tony Blair conducts his final speech as party chief. He defended his transatlantic alliance with the U.S. and touted his achievements at home. He thanked delegates for the “privilege of leading you”…. At Platte Canyon High School in Colorado  – A gunman holds six girls hostages – then shoots and kills one of them  - then kills himself…

October 1 - Russian President Vladimir Putin criticizes Georgia for its arrest of four alleged Russian spies. He accused the former Soviet state of resorting to hostage taking and Stalinist tactics…

October 8 - North Korea conducts an unannounced nuclear test, bringing international condemnation and as the U.N. Security Council denounces the North Korean action. Later, North Korea said the underground nuclear test was successful... President Vladimir Putin says those behind the assassination of writer Anna Politkovskaya might have been ordered by exiles to make Russia look bad. President Bush rejects calls for one-on-one talks with North Korea, but stresses multi-nation diplomacy over force…

October 15 - Iraq - Maj, Gen William Caldwell says that a much-touted security crackdown by American and Iraqi forces had failed to reduce violence in the capital and called the results “disheartening”…

October 22 - Acknowledging setbacks in Iraq, President Bush expressed dissatisfaction over a frustrating and deadly month, but will stand by his goal of helping its government to sustain itself…. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois says he was considering a run for the democratic presidential nomination in 2008 and he told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he would not make any decision before the Nov. 7 midterm election… Four firefighters die in a Southern California brush fire near Palm Springs....

 

 November 1 - Saddam Hussein is found guilty of crimes against humanity and is sentenced to death by hanging…(Click Here)

donald rumsfield resigns november 2006 timeline historyNovember 8 - Sadam Hussein, sentenced to hang in his war crimes trial, calls on warring Iraqis outside to let bygones be bygones. “I call upon al Iraqis, Arabs, and Kurds to forgive, reconcile and shake hands.”… President Bush, acknowledging voters had given him “a thumping” and said the chief architect of his military strategy, defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had resigned

November 15 - Iraq - Dozens of assailants wearing police commando garb, storm a ministry building and abduct dozens and dozens of people in Baghdad... End of five-day Asian tour – President Bush stops in Indonesia and meets with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono – despite protests in the region by Muslims... President Bush becomes the first U.S. president to visit Hanoi. He had been in Singapore, where he warned North Korea not to spread its nuclear technology to nations or terrorist groups... Sen. Barrack Obama of Illinois said that the U.S. should begin withdrawing troops from Iraq in the next four to six months. Troops should be redeployed to Afghanistan and more efforts need to be made to train Iraqi police. Obama is considering running for President... The FDA reverses a 14-year ban on silicone gel implants for cosmetic breast enhancement – but the agency advises women to get MRI tests. 

November 22 - Alexander Litvinenko – a former Russian spy who said he had been poisoned – dies after a mysterious and rapid decline that left doctors puzzled over the cause of death…The annual AIDS report issued by the United Nations and WHO says AIDS has continued to grow in all regions of the world. The AIDS toll for 2006 is expected to be 2.9 million people dead and 4.3 million infected with HIV...

December 1 - President Bush extols Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s “courage” and vowed to help him secure greater authority over security forces in the struggle to quell violence... A Bipartisan panel says the Iraq policy is “no longer viable” and advises the President to wage a “diplomatic offensive"... John Bolton – the U.S ambassador to the United Nations says he is quitting that position... Five performing-arts legends are honored at the annual Kennedy Center awards. They are Andrew Lloyd Webber, Zubin Mehta, Dolly Parton, William Smokey Robinson and Steven Spielberg... Catholic Church Priest Abuse Update – The Los Angeles Archdiocese agrees to pay $60 million to 45 people who said they were abused by Roman Catholic priests. 

rumsfeld year 2006 history trivia  mrpopcultureDecember 8 - Goodbye Donald – As Rumsfeld delivers his final Pentagon town hall speech. Robert Gates will begin as next Secretary of Defense – next week. … December 15 - President Bush calls the war in Iraq a “difficult year” in which extremists thwarted efforts to establish security and stability in the country. Meantime – President Bush is asking for plans to expand the military for a long war against terrorism, saying a bigger military is needed for a long war on terrorism…

December 15 - A new defense department report says radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr poses the gravest danger to the security and stability of Iraq, surpassing Sunni Arab Insurgents and Al Qaeda terrorists... President Bush calls the war in Iraq a “difficult year” in which extremists thwarted efforts to establish security and stability in the country. Meantime – President Bush is asking for plans to expand the military for along war against terrorism, saying a bigger military is needed for a long war on terrorism... Four Marines are charged with murder in connection with the deaths of 24 men, women and children last year in Haditha. Four officers are also charges with failing to make accurate reports and thoroughly investigate the deaths. Time Magazine Person Of The Year - "You" - for all who contribute to the Internet and places such as YouTube and MySpace...

saddam hussein executed december 2006 facts history timelineDecember 23 - Passing – Gerald R. Ford – the 38th president of the United States. He was 93. Memorials will be observed in Palm Desert, continue in Washington and continue to Grand Rapids where he’ll be buried…No isolation - Shiites in Iraq say they want extremists in the national government, that the country should govern itself with the help of anti-U.S. firebrand Muqtada Sadr.... Saddam Hussein is put to death by hanging. He declined to wear a hood. His last utterance was the word, “Muqtada.”… After the execution – 78 die in area unrest...   

Saddam Hussein is executed

Bad trend – It’s called “Ghost Riding the Whip” where a driver gets out of his car and dances around and on top of the vehicle – while its moving. Ghost rider is of course, the absence of a driver and “the whip” is urban hip-hop speak for “your car.” It was introduced to the mainstream by rapper E-40 with his “Tell Me When To Go” video and lyrics (how to lyrics that is). If you YouTube ghost riding – you get all kinds of videos... The stock market closed out a great year – its best since 2003 as the Dow gained 16% for the year.  The Nasdaq was up 9.5% as were other important indexes.   

Year 2006  In Technology News And Information

January  The Nasdaq hits a 4 ½ year high – closing at 2,276,87... The Google Video Store launches with 5,000 titles and it’s going after Apple!... Apple Computers roll out its PC powered by chips made by Intel Corp... A TV commercial promoting the new IMacs and MacBook Pro says Intel processors have been “freed” from being “trapped inside PCs - dull little boxes - performing dull little tasks…. Producer Mark Burnett and AOL announce a treasure-hunt game show called “Gold Rush,” the show would award $1.6 million in gold to Web surfers who can decipher the given clues and find the booty stashed in 13 locations across the country. Yahoo is kind of doing the same thing with “Treasure Hunt” and an association with Steven Spielberg….. More than two months after its debut, Microsoft’s XBox 360 is hard to find, so much so - customers are irritated. Meanwhile, Sony is set to launch its PlayStation 3 later this year…CBS and Warner Brothers announce that they are shutting down their struggling UPN and WB networks and replacing them with the new “CW” Network. The new network will be launched in September and will include a slice of the network’s top shows including the Gilmore Girls...  Apple says because of the iPod – its earnings nearly doubled from the same time last year. Apple earned $565 million, compared with $295 million a year earlier... Getting into radio - Google says it’ll pay just over $1billion for Dmarc Broadcasting – a company that brokers radio airtime...  

February - Gateway Inc Chief Executive Wayne Inouye resigns. He was turning the computer maker around after presiding over a reorganization plan. Last week, gateway reported its first annual profit since 2000…. Oracle Corp – the business software maker – is cutting more than 2,000 jobs after its recent $5.85-billion takeover of Siebel Systems Inc.  … Disney is reviving “MovieBeam” – which was suspended last April after a two-year trial. The revived service will allow consumers to rent movies storied in a set-to box. The movie-beam box costs $199 and requires a one-time $30 activation. Movie rentals then go for  $3.99 and $4.99 for high def…

blackerry year 2006 tech news history  image mrpopcultureMarch - NBC says it is purchasing the female-leaning Ivillage for $600 million….. Apple Computer introduces a speaker system for iPods and a new Mac mini that can stream music, photos and video from other computers. The iPod Hi-Fi with a high-quality speaker system with an iPod deck - sells for $349…. BlackBerry settles a patent case and averts a court-ordered shutdown. Research on Motion Ltd, the company that makes the device, agrees to pay $612.5 million to resolve claims that its hand-held phone and e-mail device infringed on patents held by NTP Inc…. Apple’s ITunes music store begins offering downloads of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and “ The Colbert Report .” You can now pay by their new Multi- Pass - buy a month’s worth of shows for $9.99 - A lot less than the la carte price of $1.99 per show…. Sirius satellite radio reaches a settlement with Universal Music. It had to do with The Sirius S50 radio which allows users to record as many as 50 hours worth of digital music. Sirius will pay for copies by users….. Bluetooth - which only works for low-speed uses such as headsets and wireless keyboard - will go broadband to include high definition video and files for digital music players…. Lycos launches an Internet phone service. So does a company called Jajah…

April - CBS says that beginning in September, they will offer free next day streaming of seven prime-time programs on its entertainment website. In May, ABC streamed four shows including “Desperate Housewives” and “Lost”…Netflix added almost 700,000 additional subscribers and net income was $4.4 million - in contrast to a net loss of $8.8 million the same time last year...  Yahoo unveils software that lets you record TV shows on your PC. It’s called Yahoo Go for TV and is available on their website....

May - Record companies don’t like XM radio’s XM2go - which offers digital taping of music to special radios. XM says it’s legit – that only one copy can be made - just like cassette recorders…. Nintendo shows off its new game machine called Wii - a relatively basic machine that offers none of the multimedia bells and whistles of Xbox 360 or Sony’s PlayStation 3. The company is only aiming at casual players and families…  Google introduces a system for running TV-style commercials – a move that may lessen its reliance on search ads. … Google performed 49% of all U.S. searches – up from 47% the previous year…

June - The Motorola “Q” phone debuts – and it’ll compete directly with Blackberry…. Another cell phone with a horizontal keyboard – The Sidekick 3 which also features an Mp-3 player. It’s offered by T-Mobile and should sell for $300. Other keyboard phones include Motion’s Blackberry and Palm Inc’s Treo… You’re starting to hear ads on a new kind of radio - HD radio in a coordinated effort by all radio broadcasters. Radio Shack has become the largest retail chain to begin selling HD radios via a pilot program in 100 of its 5,000 stores and talks are ongoing with Best Buy and Circuit City…

netflix year 2006 tech news history  image mrpopcultureJuly - Sirius Satellite Radio accelerated gains against SM, gaining more than 600,000 net subscribers in the second quarter compared with 398,000 additions for XM. XM has 6.89 million subs and Sirius now has 4.68 million… Google doubled its quarterly profit from the same period last year -  with net income of $721.1 million…. Yahoo is another story as their shares sank 14% after it missed revenue expectations….  AMD says it would buy graphics chip maker ATI Technologies Inc in a $5.4-billion deal. … Verizon Wireless says it’s eliminating the monthly $15 fee for its music download service in conjunction with the launch of a cellphone featuring an iPod-like click wheel and a memory card that can hold as many as 1,000 songs….. Google announces that it will begin telling marketers how many times their ads were clicked accidentally or fraudulently – as a clamp down. …. Netflix says its profit nearly tripled – as net income for the second quarter was $16.8 million, compared with $5.7 million a year ago…

August - News Corp. unveils plans to sell downloadable copies of Fox movies and TV shows. … IBM says it will buy FileNet Corp for $1.6 billion. …. Google gets together with MySpace – as Google will pay $900 million to MySpace to provide query results and to run ads on MySpace. … Apple Computer will pay $100 million to Creative Technology to settle five patent lawsuits over technology for navigating through songs on the iPod digital music player. … YouTube now lets advertisers create channels filled with clips they produce themselves – and then sell sponsorships to other advertisers. Warner Bros. Records is among the first – and does something with Paris Hilton’s new album – The Paris Hilton channel. …. Google software – The search giant says it has been making moves beyond searching and advertising into the business software market – starting with a set of Web programs for e-mail, scheduling and communications. The free Google Apps for Your Domain, is a set of Web based programs for small businesses, universities and nonprofits ….Google Inc will supply online auctioneer EBay with web search advertising outside the United states and the two will join forces on “click to call ads that link online shoppers to vendors…

September - MySpace says it will let its users sell music downloads. Shawn Fanning whose Napster software started it all, will provide technology that enables musicians on MySpace to sell songs directly to fans… Microsoft introduces a rival to Apple’s iPod - the Zone. Meantime - Apple unveils an online movie service and new iPods…

youtube history year 2006 tech news internet  mrpopculture imageOctober - YouTube with its 60 employees, is finding it hard to keep up bandwith demand. The popular video website now serves 100 million videos a day. Word has it that Google is interested in buying the website. An analyst says - “they don’t have the necessary staff to be able to move ahead here, especially with the   threat of a lawsuit looming over them. They need to find ways to rapidly generate more advertising revenue, which Google is going to be terrific at.” Yes, the company has drawn threats of lawsuits from TV studios and music labels for not adequately blocking copyrighted works. No more launching new services rapidly. Google says it has begun telling its engineers to stop launching so many new services and instead focus on making existing ones work together better - a shift of strategy for the 8-year-old company. The company believes that its myriad product releases were confusing their users. … Sirius Satellite Radio ads more subscribers than rival XM during the third quarter - reaching 5.1 million subs….

NBC News - Google Buys YouTube

Google agrees to pay $1.65 billion for YouTube…. Google says its third quarter profit nearly doubled (92)%). Its search query volume grew twice as fast as Yahoo last month…. Nielsen Media Research says it will launch GamePlay Metrics - designed to give the video game industry a precise system of electronic measurements to standardize the burgeoning market for the buying and selling of ads in its products…. Ebay Inc reports that third-quarter profit increased 10% from the same period last year… Apple says earnings rose 27% mostly on iPod and sales of Macintosh computers, and the shift this year to use chips made by Intel….. Yahoo sees its net income drop 38% from a year ago…. Yahoo begins showing news clips supplied by 16 CBS televisions providing the Internet’s most trafficked website with another online video magnet… CNN says it will incorporate bloggers into its coverage of next week’s midterm elections by inviting them to an “E-lection Nite Blog Party”…

November - Users of Xbox will be now able to download movies and other media. …. Sun Microsystems says that it had begun to make it Java technology an open- source software project available for free on the Internet. Making Java an open-source project allows programmers to examine, modify, fix bugs and contribute new features in Java’s underlying code…. Microsoft has finished work on its long-delayed Windows Vista operating system and should be available January 30. Wow - Google is growing. It now employs 9,378 people… Google is ending is 4-year-old Google Answers service which a user could submit a question and specify how he or she would pay for the answer…

December - For sales of MP-3 music players - the iPod dominated with almost 75% of the market. Meantime Microsoft’s “Zune ” player looks like it’s a bust. Microsoft says it is aiming to sell only a modest 1 million Zune units in the end of its fiscal year - June 2007. Meantime - Apple says it will sell 16 million iPods in the quarter ending later this month…Microsoft Windows Vista – the newest operating system – and one the company says is the most secure ever – has a flaw that might let hackers gain full control of vulnerable computers. Microsoft says though – that a hacker must already have access to the vulnerable computer in order to execute an attack.... 

Year 2006 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts 

howard stern year 2006 history trivia news   image mrpopcultureJanuary - Figure skater Michelle Kwan withdraws from the U.S. figure skating championships because of a pulled groin muscle….  Passing – Barry Cowsill (51) – who had been missing in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.  He’d been dead for quite some time…. Starbucks and Lionsgate Entertainment announce a partnership to promote the release of the studio’s “Akeelah and the Bee.” Starbucks plans to promote the movie, its DVD and its soundtrack in its 5,500 North American stores and will share the profits. It’s the first time Starbucks is promoting a movie… Howard Stern takes to the airwaves at his new home - Sirius Satellite Radio. He really let it out as he said the F-word some 77 times, cursed God’s name nine times and used the n-word several times…. Sony Music is launching a new label - “Music With A Twist” and the twist is - it’s the first major music label dedicated to nurturing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender artists…. Passing – The one, the only Wilson Pickett (the wicket Pickett). He was 64… Oprah Ticked Off - Lying author – Oprah Winfrey apologizes to her audience for her defense of embattled author James Frey and then grilled him and the publisher of his bestselling memoir, “A Million Little Pieces” on her show. She admitted that she “made a mistake” in backing Frey, whose account of his drug addiction and  rehabilitationhas been questioned by critics…. Theo Epstein rejoins the Boston Red Sox – a few months after he turned down a three-year $4.5 million offer with the team...  Legendary quarterback Troy Aikman, who’s heard and seen on Fox as a NFL sports commentator – will announce the NFC championship game between Carolina and Seattle. He’ll be in the booth with Joe Buck... Mike Piazza agrees to a $2 million one-year contract with the San Diego Padres. Piazza holds the major league record for most home runs by a catcher (374). He became a free agent after last season in 113 games for the New York Mets…

February - Super Bowl XL - The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Seattle Seahawks 21-10. Hines Ward gets game MVP. 

 

More February - ABC/Disney is selling its radio stations to Citadel in a $2.7-billion cash and stock deal…. Pirates are recording Howard Stern’s Sirius show and placing them on on-line file sharing networks. …. Dan Biechele – manager of the band Great White – pleads guilty to 100 of the 200 manslaughter counts against him. He’s the one who lit off the fireworks display – that engulfed the Station nightclub back on Feb. 20 2003….  Passing – Al Lewis (95) – Grandpa on the “Munsters”… The 2006 Winter Olympics opens in Turin, Italy…. Winter Olympic Games – Shaun White gets a gold in the men’s halfpipe snowboard competition… Speedskater Chad Hedrick gets a gold for the U.S. …. Passing – Freddie Laker – entrepreneur who pioneered low-cost air travel. He was 83….. New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer has subpoenaed nine of the nation’s largest radio group’s in his investigation of claims that some major recording artists got air time because of payoffs by labels. They include – Clear Channel, Citadel, CBS, Cumulus, Pamal, Entercom and Emmis. …Passing – Author Peter Benchley (65) – wrote “Jaws”… Passing – James Yancey (32), aka “Dilla” – hip-hop producer. He died from lupus.  …. Brian Dunkleman – who co-hosted “American Idol” its first season – is hosting an online fantasy game called “Idol Go Home”…  Passing - Billy Cowsill (58) lead singer for the ‘60’s pop group “The Cowsills”… Passing - Sportscaster Curt Gowdy (86)….. Passing - actress Jean Byron (80) - best known as Patty Duke’s mom on “ The Patty Duke Show ” of the 1960’s…

March - CBS Radio sues Howard Stern and Sirius Satellite Radio for $218 million alleging Stern misused the company’s airtime he received when he moved to Sirius in January. CBS says while it employed Stern, he spent more than a year hyping is switch to Sirius and as a result, enriched himself…. Passing - Actress Maureen Stapleton (80)…. Actor George Clooney issued a statement saying he was misrepresented as a political blogger on a website. The Huffington Post posted a blog under his name and the blog said “Clooney” criticized Democrats for not standing up to President Bush when the Iraq war began. Clooney said they words were compiled from interviews with Larry King and a British newspaper. …. Passing - Dan Curtis - best known for creating “Dark Shadows.” He was 78…

steven van zandt trivia year 2006 history media music   mrpopculture photoApril - Passing - Gene Pitney - Pop artist of the 1960’s. He was 65…. Steven Van Zandt has convinced Billboard magazine to include a garage-rock chart and is now writing a column called Little Steven’s Underground  Garage. … Jennifer Lopez seeks a restraining order preventing ex- hubby Ojani Noa from writing a tell-all book about her and their relationship… Tiger Woods gets his 12 th major golf title and wins the PGA Championship by five shots… Michael Phelps sets a world record for the first time since 2004, lowering his own mark in the 200-meter butterfly at the Pan Pacific Championships….. Miami Dolphin running back Ricky Williams gets suspended for the entire 2006 season by the NFL for violating the league’s  substance abuse policy for the fourth time… Talkshow host Rush Limbaugh was booked on drug charges in Florida and Limbaugh has agreed to a deal enabling him to avoid prosecution in the prescription abuse case if he continued treatment for addiction problems…. Passing - Steve Howe - former relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was only 48 and died after he rolled his pick-up truck…He said it seven years ago - but now - he really means it. ABC college football announcer Keith Jackson is retiring. For good.

anna nicole smith award may 2006 facts history timeline May - Anna Nicole Smith - former Playboy Playmate and widow of a Texas Oil billionaire, wins a unanimous ruling from the supreme Court that clears her to claim as much as $500 million from her late husband’s estate… Starbucks signs with the William Morris Agency to suggest movies, books and music for the giant to feature in its stores…. Passing - Boxing great Floyd Patterson (71)….  Walt Disney Co will no longer tie-in with MacDonald’s Happy Meals as the association ends after 10 years…. Looks like Bill Clinton will write a second book as his first, “My Life,” sold millions. Clinton says his next book came from the experiences he has had in work and travel, since he left the White House…  ABC says it will ban repeats of “Lost.” Viewers got “lost” in all the shuffling and repeats – but not any more. This fall, ABC will show seven new episodes then it’ll go on hiatus until the next new round in February…

Indy 500 - Sam Hornish Jr. wins the race.  

bob dylan year 2006 trivia music history  image mrpopcultureJune - Bob Dylan will release his first studio album in five years with “Modern Times.” It’s set to debut Aug. 29. …. Heather Mills McCartney says she and Paul are going to divorce and she plans to sue newspapers that have been digging into her past. ….  EMI Music North America becomes the fourth major record company to settle with New York Atty. Gen Eliot Spitzer over “pay for play” allegations. One station mentioned was WBLI on Long Island… Disneyland announces a new,  revamped “Pirates of the Caribbean” to coincide with the movie premier of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”…

Stanley Cup - The Carolina Hurricanes take the Edmonton Oilers four games to three. Cam Ward gets an MVP for his goalie work!

NBA Champs - The Miami Heat defeat the Dallas Mavericks in six games. 

July -- Passing - Jan Murray (89) - One of the early TV game show hosts….  Passing - Syd Barrett (60) - one of the front men for Pink Floyd…. Passing - Actor Red Buttons (87)…..  Passing - Actress June Allyson (88)…. 77th All-Star game – American League 3 – National League 2... Italy defeats France in the World Cup final in Berlin – 5-3... World-renowned poker players such as Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Annie Duke and Howard “the Professor” Lederer, Phil Gordon, Andrew Block and Greg Raymer say the World Poker Tour (WPT) conspires with casinos to use their likenesses for free. The tour is now in its fifth season and is bigger than ever…. President Bush welcomes this year’s American Idol winner – Taylor Hicks and the nine runners-up to the White House…

tiger woods year 2006 sports trivia  news  mrpopculture pictureAugust Passing – Arthur Lee – lead of the 1960’s band “Love.” He was 61…. Passing – Former TV talkshow host Mike Douglas (81). … ABC announces it is picking up “Ugly Betty” – an Americanized version of the popular S. American telenovela “Yo Soy Betty la Fea.” It’ll start on Sept. 28. … PGA - Tiger Woods wins his 12th major title - this one in Medinah, Illinois… U.S. newsstands sold fewer magazines in the first half of 2006 compared with a year ago – more than 4%. The reason – more time is being spent on the Internet…..  Passing – Actor Glenn Ford (90). … Tower Records – once a staple in places such as NY and Los Angeles, files for chapter 11 bankruptcy…

September - Looks like ESPN-2’s broadcast of a football game in full circle was a bomb. Shown with regular coverage on ESPN - A Florida-State-Miami football game was also broadcast on ESPN-2 - in multi-screen - featuring the regular feed surrounded by seven screens each with a different camera angle. One viewer commented, - “I’m sorry, but this has to be one of the  stupidest things I’ve ever seen since Fox introduced the glowing puck”… Maria Sharapova wins the U.S. Open over Justine Henin-Hardenne. Meanwhile, Martina Navratilova (49) wins her 59 th Grand Slam title… Passing – Patricia Kennedy Lawford – sister of John F. Kennedy, Bobby and Teddy. She was 82. … Not ignoring the big money… That “The Passion of the Christ” made ($370 million domestic)  Fox is starting a movie division for Christian audiences called “FoxFaith”…. Lions Gate Entertainment and Sony are launching a channel on Halloween devoted to horror programs. The new channel is called “Fearnet”… Passing – Golfer Byron Nelson. He was 94. … The New Orleans Superdome reopens – and the Saints play the Falcons on “Monday Night Football.” This after a $185-million renovation of a stadium many believed could not be salvaged. …. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith (58) admits he has hepatitis C…

madonna year 2006 trivia history music  mrpopculture imageOctober - Starbucks raises its long-term expansion goal to 40,000 stores - up from a mere 30,000. It says it was nowhere close to exhausting opportunities in North America, even as possibilities appeared internationally. Starbucks had 12,241 locations at the end of fiscal 2006 (Oct 1)… Mel Gibson appears on “Good Morning America” saying that “to be anti-Semitic is a sin,” after he got loaded on tequila and spilled out anti-Semitic remarks… Ford Motor Co. announces it lost $5.8 billion in the third quarter….. Forbes says the late rocker Kurt Cobain tops the list of top-earning dead celebrities. He topped Elvis this time – at $50 million. Elvis is down to #2 at $42 million…. Madonna appears on Oprah’s  show, saying the media was “a great disservice” to African orphans. This of course, is about her controversial and legally-challenged adoption of a Malawi boy… Guitarist Andy Taylor has left Duran Duran, but the band will continue to tour. The band reunited five years ago….  Passing – Actress Jane Wyatt – best known as the mom in the popular 1950’s sitcom, “Father Knows Best.” She was 96. … Oprah Winfrey gives her studio audience $1,000 debit cards – to give to a favorite charity or needy person….  Kirstie Alley dons a bikini to show off her new slimm-down shape on the Oprah Winfrey show. … Fox pulls something called “The Rich List” after just one airing…

World Series - St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Detroit Tigers in Five Games. Dave Eckstein gets MVP. 

November - Faith Hill says she was just joking when cameras showed her screaming “what?” in apparent anger when she lost the female vocalist of the year award to newcomer Carrie Underwood at the Country Music Assn. Awards on Monday night in Nashville. Dispite a PR back peddle, clearly she showed little class at this moment:

Faith Hill Screaming At 2006 CMA

More November - Mattel accused MGA Entertainment of stealing plans for what became the popular Bratz dolls. Mattel says that MGA stole company secrets, hired away Mattel personnel and illegally reaped millions of dollars in profit….. Philadelphia Phillies Ryan Howard is voted most valuable player for the National League. Last year – he got rookie of the year… Michael Richards of the “Seinfeld” show gets into trouble. Appearing at a Hollywood nightclub – he went into a rampage after two black audience members began shouting at him. Richards told them to shut up and peppered his rap with slurs and profanities back at them…

peter boyle dies december 2006 tv history facts timelineDecember -  Passing – Georgia Gibbs – pop songstress of the 1950’s. Passing – Actor Peter Boyle (71). … Hollywood - Hundreds line-up at home of Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott as the newlyweds opened their house to all… Miss USA Tara Conner , who had come under criticism amid rumors she had been frequenting bars while underage, will be allowed to keep her title, so says Donald Trump. ‘I’ve always been a believer in second chances” said Trump… Passing - Joseph Barbera (95) - Half the famed cartoon team of Hanna-Barbera…. Radio news - Danny Bonaduce joins Adam Carolla on Carolla’s morning show over KLSX-Fm Los Angeles. He replaces Dave Damachef…. Passing – Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun(83)…  Terrell Owns is fined $35,000 by the NFL for spitting in the face of Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall during the Dallas Cowboys 38-28 victory…. Passing – Frank Stanton – pioneering TV executive and a major force behind the success of CBS in its early TV years. He was 98… 

"Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" Was A Top Movie - Year 2006

 

Year 2006 Top Pop Hit Music Single/Download: "Crazy" - Gnarls Barkley

 

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