2006 History, Fun Facts and Trivia

2006 History, Fun Facts and Trivia

Quick Facts from 2006:

  • World Changing Events: Facebook became open to any over age 13 and Twitter.com was launched
  • The Top Song was Irreplaceable by Beyonce
  • The Movies to Watch include Dreamgirls, Mission: Impossible III, The da Vinci Code and Happy Feet
  • The Most Famous Person in America was probably
  • Notable books include: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and Wisdom of Our Fathers by Tim Russert
  • Price of Hershey Kisses, 14 oz in 2006: $2.50
    I Can’t Believe It’s not butter, 15 oz, $2.29
  • The Funny Guys were: Jim Gaffigan & Demetri Martin
    The Controversial Funny Guy: Stephen Colbert
  • The Chicken Noodle Soup dance was popular during late 2006, Crank That (Soulja Boy) by Soulja Boy Tell’em outlasted it.
  • #TBT: Throwback Thursday is the trend of posting older, nostalgic photos on Thursdays under the hashtag #ThrowbackThursday or #TBT. An old concept, it reached mainstream Pop Culture this year.
  • Created in 2000, Blu-Ray discs were made available in 2006. They can contain up to 5 times more information than a DVD.
  • The Message: Founded in 1856, Western Union didn’t stop sending telegrams until 2006.

Top Ten Baby Names of 2006:
Emily, Emma, Madison, Isabella, Ava, Jacob, Michael, Joshua, Ethan, Matthew

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Jessica Alba, Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson, Christina Milian, Keira Knightly, Katherine Heigl, Gisele Bündchen, Stacy Keibler, Eva Longoria, Lindsay Lohan, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Kristen Bell

Hollywood Hunks and Leading Men:
Channing Tatum, Hugh Laurie, David Beckham, Justin Timberlake, Antonio Sabàto, Jr., Johnny Depp

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
‘You’ (all world wide web users)

Miss America:
Jennifer Berry (Tulsa, OK)

Miss USA:
Tara Conner (Kentucky)

The Scandals:
Mark Foley, Republican from Florida, was a member of the United States Congress who sent sexually explicit emails to an underage page.

Duke University lacrosse team scandal took place when some members allegedly took advantage of a dancer/stripper. The stripper, we found out later, made up the story.

Terrell Owens supposedly tried to kill himself by taking 35 painkillers.

Zinedine Zidane headbutted Marco Materazzi during the World Cup Final.

Celebrity Death:
Steve Irwin, TV’s Crockodile Hunter, was killed by a freak stingray accident. He was a hero to millions of children.

Pop Culture History:
NASCAR’s Allstate 400 had 36 cars start the race, a NASCAR record.

iTunes billionth song was downloaded in February 2006. It was Speed of Sound by Coldplay.

Russian cosmonaut hit a golf ball in space for an estimated 2.2 billion yard drive, during a space walk.

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.

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

The Break Ups:
Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline

Paul McCArtney and Heather MIlls

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown

Dick Cheney accidentally 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.

No Surprise:
*NSYNC singer Lance Bass announced that he was gay

The Habits:
Facebook opened to anyone over 13, with a valid e-mail address. YouTube, MySpace

2006 Toys inducted to the National Toy Hall of Fame:
Easy-Bake Oven, Lionel Trains

1st appearances & 2006’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Wii, Elmo TMX, Dora the Explorer Dolls, Apples to Apples

East End Show – The 39 Steps (Play) Opened on September 14, 2006 and Closed: September 5, 2015

East End Show – Wicked (Musical) Opened on September 27, 2006

Broadway Show – Mary Poppins (Musical) Opened on November 16, 2006 and Closed: March 3, 2013

Best Film Oscar Winner:
Crash (Presented in 2007)

2006 Entries to The National Film Registry:
Applause (released in 1929)
The Big Trail (released in 1930)
Blazing Saddles (released in 1974)
The Curse of Quon Gwon (released in 1916/1917)
Daughter of Shanghai (released in 1937)
Drums of Winter (aka Uksuum Cauyai) (released in 1988)
Early Abstractions (released in 1939/1956)
Fargo (released in 1996)
Flesh and the Devil (released in 1927)
Groundhog Day (released in 1993)
Halloween (released in 1978)
In the Street (released in 1948)
The Last Command (released in 1928)
Notorious (released in 1946)
Red Dust (released in 1932)
Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (released in 1971/1972)
Rocky (released in 1976)
sex, lies, and videotape (released in 1989)
Siege (released in 1940)
St. Louis Blues (released in 1929)
The T.A.M.I. Show (released in 1964)
Tess of the Storm Country (released in 1914)
Think of Me First as a Person (released in 1960/1975)
A Time Out of War (released in 1954)
Traffic in Souls (released in 1913)

The Big Movies: (according to boxofficemojo)
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
2. Night at the Museum
3. Cars
4. X-Men: The Last Stand
5. The Da Vinci Code
6. Superman Returns
7. Happy Feet
8. Ice Age: The Meltdown
9. Casino Royale
10. The Pursuit of Happiness

2006 Most Popular TV shows:
1. American Idol Results (Fox)
2. Dancing With the Stars (Fall, ABC)
3. CSI (CBS)
4. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
5. House (Fox)
6. Sunday Night Football (NBC)
7. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
8. CSI: Miami (CBS)
9. Deal or No Deal (NBC)
10. Survivor: Cook Islands (CBS)

2006 Billboard Number One Songs:
December 30, 2005 – January 13, 2006:
Don’t Forget About Us – Mariah Carey

January 14 – January 20:
Laffy Taffy – D4L

January 21 – February 3:
Grillz – Nelly featuring Paul Wall, Ali and Gipp

February 4 – March 10:
Check on It – Beyoncé featuring Slim Thug

March 11 – March 17:
You’re Beautiful – James Blunt

March 18 – March 31:
So Sick – Ne-Yo

April 1 – April 7:
Temperature – Sean Paul

April 8 – May 12:
Bad Day – Daniel Powter

May 13 – June 2:
SOS – Rihanna

June 3 – June 16:
Ridin’ – Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone

June 17 – June 30:
Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean

July 1 – July 7:
Do I Make You Proud – Taylor Hicks

July 8 -August 19:
Promiscuous – Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland

August 19 – September 8:
London Bridge – Fergie

September 9 – October 27th:
SexyBack – Justin Timberlake

October 28 – November 10th:
Money Maker – Ludacris featuring Pharrell

December 2 – December 15:
I Wanna Love You – Akon featuring Snoop Dogg

December 30, 2006 – February 23, 2007:
Irreplacable – Beyonce

World Series Champions: St. Louis Cardinals
Superbowl XL Champions: Pittsburgh Steelers
NBA Champions: Miami Heat
Stanley Cup Champs: Carolina Hurricanes
U.S. Open Golf Geoff Ogilvy
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Roger Federer/ Maria Sharapova
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Roger Federer/Amelie Mauresmo
NCAA Football Champions: Florida
NCAA Basketball Champions: Florida
Kentucky Derby: Barbaro
World Cup (Soccer): Italy
Sports Honorable Mention: Shaun White, snowboarder



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