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2006 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
2006 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
|St. Louis Cardinals|
Superbowl XL Champions
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Roger Federer/ Maria Sharapova|
|Roger Federer/Amelie Mauresmo|
FIFA World Cup Soccer
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 3, 2006 - Penn State over
Rose Bowl: January 4, 2006 - Texas over USC
Sugar Bowl : January 2, 2006 - West Virginia over Georgia
Puppy Bowl II: February 5, 2006 Most Valuable Puppy: Monseigneur Jacques (a French Poodle)
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Rocky Top's Sundance Kid|
Time Magazine's Person of the Year
|You' (all world wide web users)|
|Jennifer Berry (Tulsa, OK)|
|Tara Conner (Kentucky)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Christina Aguilera, Jessica Alba, Mischa Barton, Victoria Beckham, Kate Beckinsale, Kristen Bell, Julie Benz, Beyonce, Jessica Biel, Rachel Bilson, Moon Bloodgood, Emily Blunt, Kate Bosworth, Brooke Burke, Kari Byron, Mariah Carey, Kristin Cavallari, Ciara, Cindy Crawford, Cameron Diaz, Fergie, Isla Fisher, Jenna Fischer, Maggie Grace, Eva Green, Teri Hatcher, Anne Hathaway, Lena Headey, Katherine Heigl, Paris Hilton, Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie, Alicia Keys, Stacy Keibler, Heidi Klum, Keira Knightley, oanna Krupa, Mila Kunis, Padma Lakshmi, Avril Lavigne, Evangeline Lilly, Lindsay Lohan, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rachel McAdams, Eva Mendes, Christina Milian, Marisa Miller, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Minnillo, Kelly Monaco, Mandy Moore, Kate Moss, Brittany Murphy, Petra Nemcová, Aubrey O'Day, Natalie Portman, Jaime Pressly, Kelly Ripa, Rebecca Romijn, Shakira, Nicolette Sheridan, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Jessica Simpson, Joss Stone, Charlize Theron, Uma Thurman, Sara Jean Underwood, Gabrielle Union, Naomi Watts|
|Mark Zuckerberg turned down a $1 billion deal with
Yahoo at the age of 22 saying:"I don't know what I could do with
the money. I'd just start another social networking site. I kind of
like the one I already have."
David Copperfield and two assistants were robbed at gunpoint. The renowned magician was able to employ sleight of hand to conceal his possessions when the thieves turned to him. He was quoted as calling his spontaneous illusion "...reverse pickpocketing."
Michael Fitzgerald, the first professor of pediatric psychiatry in Ireland to specialize in autism, said, "All human evolution was driven by slightly autistic Asperger's and autistic people. The human race would still be sitting around in caves chattering to each other if it were not for them."
2006 Pop Culture History
|Honda become the sole supplier of engines in the IndyCar
series, It was for the first time in Indianapolis 500 history, the
race was run without a single engine problem.
NASCAR's Allstate 400 had 36 cars start the race, a NASCAR record.
Bambi and Bambi II hold the record for the record for the longest gap in between movie sequels, the first being released in 1942, the second being released 64 years later in 2006.
iTunes billionth song was downloaded in February 2006. It was 'Speed of Sound' by Coldplay.
On the first episode of 30 Rock, after Jack discusses how he developed the Trivection Oven, GE ran an ad during commercial break to make sure the audience knew it was a real product, not something writers made up as a joke for the show.
VH1 Classic ran fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina relief in which viewers could donate $25 to see the music video of their choice. One viewer donated $35, 000. Their choice? '99 Luftballoons'. For an hour.
Music Magazine NME voted Oasis's Definitely Maybe as the greatest album of all time.
In Rocky (1976), Rocky 2 (1979), and Rocky Balboa (2006), Rocky's pet turtles, Cuff and Link, were the same two turtles.
The BBC accidentally filmed a live TV interview with a job applicant due to a waiting room mix-up.
After 30 years of sportscasting for ABC Sports, Al Michaels was traded by parent company Disney to NBC Universal for the rights to one of Walt Disney's first cartoon characters, Oswald the Rabbit.
Tom Hanks was inducted as an honorary member of the Army Ranger Hall of Fame for his portrayal of Captain Miller in the film Saving Private Ryan.
Russian cosmonaut hit a golf ball in space for an estimated 2.2 billion yard drive, during a space walk.
There was a movie from 2006 called Zyzzyx Road which starred Katherine Heigl. It had a budget of $1.2 million and earned just $30 at the box office.
The first female space tourist was Iranian Anousheh Ansari. She paid $20,000,000 to get onto the International Space Station.
On Domino Day, November 13, 2009, a total of 4,491,863 dominos were toppled - the record as of this writing...
Cost of a Superbowl ad in 2006: $2,500,000.
Japan's oldest business, temple builder Kongo Gumi, in operation under the founders' descendants since AD 578, went out of business in 2006.
These years use the same calendars: 2017, 2006, 1995, 1989, 1978, 1967, 1961, 1950, 1939, 1933, and 1922.
Corn Pops were originally named "Corn Pops" in 1950, then "Sugar Corn Pops" in 1951, then "Sugar Pops" in 1955 then back to "Sugar Corn Pops" in 1978 and since 1984, "Corn Pops" again, except for a brief time in 2006 when there were just "Pops".
The New York Yankees' team payroll in 2006 was $194 Million compared to the Florida Marlins' $15 Million.
The Break Ups
|Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
|The PS2 version of the arcade game "beatmania"
was criticised in 2006 for being a "ripoff of [recently released]
Guitar Hero". The beatmania series began in 1997.
Brian Shaffer, the OSU medical student who was caught on camera going into a bar, the Ugly Tuna Saloona, in Columbus, Ohio, through the only entry/exit door in the whole place, but was never seen or heard from after that.
British woman Joyce Vincent, who died alone in her bedroom in 2003 but wasn't discovered until 2006. She was found with the television still on and surrounded with wrapped Christmas presents.
Fiji water ran an ad saying "The label says Fiji because it's not bottled in Cleveland". Cleveland took offense to that and ran some tests - turns out Cleveland's tap water is better than Fiji's bottled water.
Scientists discovered world's oldest clam, killing it in the process. "Ming the Mollusk" was 507 years old. #RIP
Duke University lacrosse team scandal took place when some members allegedly took advantage of a dancer/stripper. 88 professors at Duke put out a newspaper ad condemning the alleged rapists and Duke's culture of white male privilege before the trial had begun. The accused players were found not guilty and the 88 professors never apologized.
Abraham Lee Shakespeare was an American who won a $30 million lottery jackpot, receiving $17 million after taxes in 2006. In 2009, his family declared him missing, and in January 2010 his body was found buried under a concrete slab in the backyard of an acquaintance.
A 12-year-old, Jasmine Roberts, spearheaded a study that revealed 70% of the time ice at a fast food restaurant is dirtier than their toilet water.
Until 2006 U2 paid no tax in Ireland due to an exemption for artists. When the exemption was capped at $315,000, the band moved its accounts to the Netherlands, rather than face a multi-million tax bill for album sales and royalties.
Terrell Owens supposedly tried to kill himself by taking 35 painkillers.
Rutka Laskier was a Jewish girl from Poland who died in Auschwitz at the age of 14, wrote a diary describing her experiences under Nazi occupation. Her diary was published in 2006 and she has become known as the "Polish Anne Frank."
Zinedine Zidane headbutted Marco Materazzi during the World Cup Final.
Dick Cheney accidently shot his (now ex?) friend Harry Whittington in the face. Love Mr. Cheney, or hate him, you don't mess with this ex-Vice-President.
Celebrity Death: Steve Irwin, TV's Crockodile Hunter, was killed by a freak stingray accident. He was a hero to millions of children.
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
|Sony Playstation 3, Wii& Wii Virtual Console, Nintendo
DS Lite, Elmo TMX, Dora the Explorer Dolls, Apples to Apples
Video Games: New Super Mario Bros, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, Wii Sports, Wii Play, Brain Age 2
Facebook opened to anyone over 13, with a valid e-mail address.
2006/7 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
1. American Idol (FOX)
2. Dancing With the Stars ( ABC)
3. CSI (CBS)
4. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
5. House (FOX)
6. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
7. CSI: Miami (CBS)
8. Sunday Night Football (NBC)
9. Without a Trace (CBS)
10. Deal or No Deal (NBC)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 2006 include
Beyonce, Danity Kane, Evanescence, The Game, High School Musical Soundtrack, Il Divo, India.Arie, Jack Johnson, Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx, Johnny Cash, Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige, Rascal Flatts, Rihanna,
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
Number One Hits of 2006
|December 31, 2005 - January 13, 2006: Mariah Carey
- Don't Forget About Us
January 14, 2006 - January 20, 2006: D4L - Laffy Taffy
January 21, 2006 - February 3, 2006: Nelly featuring Paul Wall, Ali and Gipp - Grillz
February 4, 2006 - March 10, 2006: Beyoncé featuring Slim Thug - Check on It
March 11, 2006 - March 17, 2006: James Blunt - You're Beautiful
March 18, 2006 - March 31, 2006: Ne-Yo - So Sick
April 1, 2006 - April 7, 2006: Sean Paul - Temperature
April 8, 2006 - May 12, 2006: Daniel Powter - Bad Day
May 13, 2006 - June 2, 2006: Rihanna - SOS
June 3, 2006 - June 16, 2006: Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone - Ridin'
June 17, 2006 - June 30, 2006: Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie
July 1, 2006 - July 7, 2006: Taylor Hicks - Do I Make You Proud
July 8, 2006 - August 18, 2006: Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland - Promiscuous
August 19, 2006 - September 8, 2006: Fergie - London Bridge
September 9, 2006 - October 27, 2006: Justin Timberlake - SexyBack
October 28, 2006 - November 10, 2006: Ludacris featuring Pharrell Williams - Money Maker
November 11, 2006 - December 1, 2006: Justin Timberlake featuring T.I. - My Love
December 2, 2006 - December 15, 2006: Akon featuring Snoop Dogg - I Wanna Love You
December 16, 2006 - February 23, 2007: Beyoncé - Irreplaceable
The Top 40 Songs of 2006*
|*according to Billboard Magazine
1. Irreplacable - Beyonce
2. SexyBack - Justin Timberlake with Timbaland
3. Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado woth Timbaland
4. Bad Day - Daniel Powter
5. Check on It - Beyonce with Bun-B & Slim Thug
6. My Love - Justin Timberlake with T.I.
7. London Bridge - Fergie
8. SOS - Rihanna
9. I Wanna Love You - Akon with Snoop Dog
10. Grillz - Nelly with Paul wall, Ali & Gipp
11. Ridin' - Chamillionaire with Krayzie Bone
12. So Sick - Ne-Yo
13. Money Maker - Ludacris with Pharrell
14. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira with Wyclef Jean
15. Temperature - Sean Paul
16. You're Beautiful - James Blunt
17. Laffy Taffy - D4L
18. Do I Make You Proud - Taylor Hicks
19. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
20. Smack That - Akon with Eminem
21. Lips Of An Angel - Hinder
22. Me & U - Cassie
23. What You Know - T.I.
24. How To Save a Life - The Fray
25. Be Without You - Mary J. Blige
26. Buttons - The Pussycat Dolls with Snoop Dogg
27. It's Goin' Down - Yung Joc with Nitti
28. Too Little Too Late - JoJo
29. (When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me - Sean Paul with Keyshia Cole
30. Where'd You Go - Fort Minor with Holly Brook
31. Deja Vu - Beyonce with Jay-Z
32. Control Myself - LL Cool J with Jennifer Lopez
33. Breaking Free - High School Musical Cast
34. Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield
35. I'm N Luv (Wit A Stripper) - T-Pain with Mike Jones
36. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
37. Unfaithful - Rihanna
38. Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers
39. There It Go (The Whistle Song) - Juelz Santana
40. Ain't No Other Man - Christaina Aguilera
(according to boxofficemojo)
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Cars, Casino Royale, Clerks II, Click, The Da Vinci Code, The Departed, The Devil Wears Prada, Happy Feet, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Idiocracy, Mission Impossible III, Night at the Museum, Over The Hedge, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Pursuit of Happyness, Superman Returns, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, V for Vendetta, X-Men: Last Stand
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