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January 5th          Sago Mine Disaster                                                 April 10th          Immigration Pr...
Sago Mine Disaster           January 5th                                 Event Description                                ...
Immigration Protests           April 10th                                  Event Description                              ...
Enron Trial            May 5th                                    Event Description                                  After...
Al-Zarqawi Killed           June 7th                                      Event Description                               ...
World Cup Final            July 7th                                    Event Description                                  ...
Israeli-Hezbollah War           July 12th                                   Event Description                             ...
Tainted Spinach           August 2nd                                    Event Description                                 ...
Trans-Atlantic Plot Foiled           August 10th                                  Event Description                       ...
JonBenet Ramsey Arrest           August 16th                                   Event Description                          ...
Iran Nuclear Standoff           August 31st                                   Event Description                           ...
‘Crocodile Hunter’ Killed           September 4th                                 Event Description                       ...
Amish School Shooting           August 2nd                                   Event Description                            ...
North Korea Nuclear Test           October 9th                                 Event Description                          ...
Yankee’s Plane Crash           October 11th                                 Event Description                             ...
Megachurch Preacher Scandal            November 4th                                 Event Description                     ...
Saddam Hussein Verdict           November 5th                                  Event Description                          ...
Ex-Russian Spy Poisoned           November 23rd                                  Event Description                        ...
Democrats Win Midterm Elections           November 7th                                Event Description                   ...
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2006 in Review: An Electronic Time Capsule

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2006 in Review: An Electronic Time Capsule

  1. 1. January 5th Sago Mine Disaster April 10th Immigration Protests May 5th Enron Trial June 7th Al-Zarqawi Killed July 7th World Cup Final July 12th Israel-Hezbollah War August 2nd Tainted Spinach2006 IN REVIEW: August 10th Trans-Atlantic Plot FoiledAN ELECTRONIC August 16th August 31st JonBenet Ramsey Arrest Iran Nuclear Standoff TIME CAPSULE September 4th ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Killed October 2nd Amish School Shooting October 9th North Korea Nuclear Test October 11th Yankee Plane Crash November 4th Megachurch Preacher Scandal November 5th Saddam Hussein VerdictClick on a date or event to read the story » November 7th Democrats Win Midterm Elections November 23rd Ex-Russian Spy Poisoned
  2. 2. Sago Mine Disaster January 5th Event Description Joy turned to sorrow in three short hours for relatives of a dozen men trapped in the Sago Mine in West Virginia. Just before midnight January 4, miners families thought the men had survived their ordeal. One miner was rushed to a hospital as church bells rang in celebration for their survival. But by 3 a.m. January 5, a mine official said there had been a tragic "miscommunication," and that the other 12 were dead after 41 hours underground.Previous TIME CAPSULE Next
  3. 3. Immigration Protests April 10th Event Description Hundreds of thousands of protesters turned out in more than 140 cities in at least 39 states, demanding that the nations estimated 11 million to 12 million undocumented immigrants get a chance to live the American dream. In Washington, the House and Senate passed vastly different versions of immigration reform, but a comprehensive bill proved elusive before the November midterms. Instead, Congress approved a 700-mile fence along one-third of the U.S.-Mexico border, which Bush signed into law 12 days before the election.Previous TIME CAPSULE Next
  4. 4. Enron Trial May 5th Event Description After four years of investigations, 16 weeks of testimony and six days of jury deliberations, Enron former Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling and founder Kenneth Lay were found guilty of conspiracy and fraud. The former executives were convicted of misleading the public about the financial health of Enron, whose 2001 collapse symbolized a wave of corporate fraud that swept the country. Lay, 64, died of coronary disease on July 5 while awaiting sentencing. Skilling was sentenced to 24 years in prison on October 23.Previous TIME CAPSULE Next
  5. 5. Al-Zarqawi Killed June 7th Event Description Two 500-pound bombs ended the hunt for Abu Musab al- Zarqawi, the most-wanted insurgent in Iraq. Acting on a maze of intelligence and tips, the military targeted a "safe house" north of Baquba in which the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq was staying. Air Force F-16 warplanes launched the bombs, reducing the house to rubble. A Jordanian-born Sunni militant with a $25 million U.S. bounty on his head, al-Zarqawi was believed to have the blood of thousands on his hands as leader of the group behind numerous beheadings, assassinations and bombings.Previous TIME CAPSULE Next
  6. 6. World Cup Final July 7th Event Description Italy won a penalty shootout 5-3 to lift the World Cup for the fourth time after Zinedine Zidane was sensationally sent off for head-butting Marco Materazzi. The French captain was shown the red card in the final match of his career near the end of the final, which was tied 1-1 after extra time. A few months later, Materazzi broke his silence, telling Gazzetta dello Sport it was a remark he made about Zidanes sister that provoked the incident. Materazzi said that when Zidane offered to give him his France jersey in response to persistent shirt-tugging by the Italian, he had replied: "I would prefer your sister."Previous TIME CAPSULE Next
  7. 7. Israeli-Hezbollah War July 12th Event Description Israel launched a series of bombing raids into Lebanon after Hezbollah forces crossed into Israel, killing three soldiers and abducting two more, a move the Israeli prime minister called an "act of war." A month later, a cease-fire took effect, and displaced civilians began returning home. About a million people on each side of the border were displaced, officials said. The conflict left 908 dead and 3,877 wounded in Lebanon, and 159 dead and more than 1,000 wounded in Israel, authorities in the two countries said.Previous TIME CAPSULE Next
  8. 8. Tainted Spinach August 2nd Event Description An outbreak of E. coli bacteria in spinach killed at least three people and sickened 199 others in 26 states. An elderly Nebraska woman, a Wisconsin adult and a 2-year- old Idaho boy died in the outbreak, which was found to originate in spinach grown in three California counties. Federal officials said they determined that the first illness happened August 2, and recommended that consumers steer clear of any raw spinach. Across the country, the leafy green disappeared from grocery shelves and salad bars as producers recalled shipments.Previous TIME CAPSULE Next
  9. 9. Trans-Atlantic Plot Foiled August 10th Event Description Terrorists were in the "final stages" of a plot to simultaneously blow up as many as 10 jets leaving Britain for the United States when British and Pakistani authorities teamed up to thwart the attacks, officials said. It was believed the plotters planned to mix a sports drink with a gel-like substance to make a potent explosive that could be ignited with an MP3 player or cell phone. News of the plot created travel chaos, as flights were canceled and passengers were forbidden from bringing liquids on board.Previous TIME CAPSULE Next
  10. 10. JonBenet Ramsey Arrest August 16th Event Description John Mark Karr was arrested in Thailand in connection with the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, a 6-year-old beauty pageant contestant whose beaten and strangled body was found in the basement of her familys Colorado home 10 years ago. Karr, 41, told reporters he was with JonBenet the night she died and that her death was an accident. Karr was extradited to Colorado, but his admission only deepened speculation about whether the soft-spoken schoolteacher committed the crime. Almost two weeks later, officials abandoned their case against Karr after DNA tests failed to link him to the case.Previous TIME CAPSULE Next
  11. 11. Iran Nuclear Standoff August 31st Event Description Iran defied a United Nations deadline calling for the Islamic republic to halt its nuclear activities or face sanctions. Tehran insists its program is for peaceful purposes only, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has vowed not to give in to Western interests. But the Bush administration suspects Iran is using its nuclear program to develop weapons, and President Bush has called for worldwide isolation of Iran until it "gives up its nuclear ambitions." China and Russia -- both veto-wielding members of the Security Council -- have been reluctant to sanction Iran, and Moscow proceeded with arms deals with Tehran.Previous TIME CAPSULE Next
  12. 12. ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Killed September 4th Event Description Steve Irwin, the enthusiastic "Crocodile Hunter" who enthralled audiences around the world with his wildlife adventures, was killed by a stingray barb that pierced his chest while he was shooting a TV program on the Great Barrier Reef off the northeast coast of Australia. Irwin, 44, is survived by his wife, Terri, and their two children, Bindi Sue and Robert. "The world has lost a great wildlife icon, a passionate conservationist and one of the proudest dads on the planet," Irwins manager and friend John Stainton told reporters. "He died doing what he loved best."Previous TIME CAPSULE Next
  13. 13. Amish School Shooting August 2nd Event Description A heavily armed truck driver barricaded himself in a one- room Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania, killing five girls execution-style before killing himself, police said. The killer told his wife he had molested children 20 years ago and was dreaming about doing it again. He brought lubricant to the schoolhouse, but there was no evidence the victims were sexually assaulted. It was the nations third deadly school shooting in a week. In Colorado, a 53-year-old man sexually assaulted hostages before killing a 16-year-old student and then himself. And a high school student in Wisconsin was suspected of killing his principal after being disciplined for carrying tobacco.Previous TIME CAPSULE Next
  14. 14. North Korea Nuclear Test October 9th Event Description North Koreas official news agency reported the country had performed a successful underground nuclear test. Five days later, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose sanctions on North Korea as punishment for the test. North Korea rejected the resolution and walked out of the Security Council chamber. The test came three months after North Korea test-fired six missiles, including a long- range Taepodong-2 rocket believed capable of reaching the western United States. The Taepodong rocket failed after 40 seconds, but the United States denounced the tests as "provocative."Previous TIME CAPSULE Next
  15. 15. Yankee’s Plane Crash October 11th Event Description New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle was killed when his plane crashed into a Manhattan high-rise and burst into flames. The National Transportation Safety Boards preliminary report said a slight wind and a tight turning radius were factors in the crash, which also killed flight instructor Tyler Stanger. Investigators have not determined who was flying the plane at the time of the accident. One resident of the apartment building was seriously burned when the plane crashed into her apartment on 30th floor. Lidle had just finished the 2006 season with a 12-10 record.Previous TIME CAPSULE Next
  16. 16. Megachurch Preacher Scandal November 4th Event Description The Rev. Ted Haggard was forced to resign as leader of the Colorado megachurch he started more than 20 years ago after its investigative board said he was guilty of "sexually immoral conduct." In a letter to members of his New Life Church, Haggard admitted to "sexual immorality" and called himself "a deceiver and a liar." He also admitted to buying methamphetamine. The scandal became public when Mike Jones, a former prostitute, told reporters Haggard paid him for sex over three years. Jones said he spoke out because of Haggards support for a state amendment banning same-sex marriage.Previous TIME CAPSULE Next
  17. 17. Saddam Hussein Verdict November 5th Event Description Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and two other defendants were sentenced to death by hanging for a brutal 1982 crackdown in the Shiite town of Dujail. Hussein was executed December 30 and was buried the next day in the same cemetery as his sons, who were killed in a 2003 firefight with U.S. forces. Since Hussein was toppled as Iraqs leader, the country has been plagued by insurgent and sectarian violence, and some are calling it a civil war. A December report by the bipartisan Iraq Study Group called the situation "grave and deteriorating" and recommended changes in U.S. policy.Previous TIME CAPSULE Next
  18. 18. Ex-Russian Spy Poisoned November 23rd Event Description Former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko died in a London hospital on November 23; large doses of polonium-210 were found in his body. Litvinenko, 43, was a longtime critic of the Russian government, which he blamed for his sudden, fatal illness. Russian authorities denied any role. Traces of the radioactive material have been found at Litvinenkos home, places he ate and where he held meetings just before falling ill, authorities say. Traces also were reported on British Airways planes, a London soccer stadium and the British Embassy in Moscow. British police said they are treating the death as a murder.Previous TIME CAPSULE Next
  19. 19. Democrats Win Midterm Elections November 7th Event Description Democrats took control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate for the first time in a dozen years in the 2006 U.S. midterm elections, and President Bush and top Democrats quickly promised to get along despite a rancorous campaign. The election results were seen as a referendum on Bush, the war in Iraq and congressional scandals. The day after the vote, Bush announced that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld would be stepping down by the end of the year.Previous TIME CAPSULE Next

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