Historical Timeline

Calendar Months

   "Most newspaper article events happen anywhere from days, to months, to years before they reach publication. Consequently, most newspaper articles on this timeline are preceded by the date of the newspaper in which they appear." [E.M.]      *Color Code

December 2006

2006 - Astronomic Configuration - December 1st, 2006: "Sun [8 Sagittarius], Moon [18 Aries], Mercury [20 Scorpio], Venus [17 Sagittarius], Mars [26 Scorpio], Jupiter [1 Sagittarius], Saturn [25 Leo], Uranus [10 Pisces], Neptune [17 Aquarius], Pluto [25 Sagittarius], Chiron [5 Aquarius]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200612.html]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 1st, 2006: "Rising incomes, spending help stocks finish month with plus" [Based on: Tile for Bloomberg News article, p. B9, S.L.P.D., 12/01/06]

2006 - Trivia / U.S. Prison Population - December 1st, 2006: "About 7 million adults - acounting for 3 percent of the U.S. population - were incarcerated, on probation or on parole at the end of 2005, the Justice Department said Thursday [11/30/06]. [NP] Of that total, 2.2 million individuals were in federal and state prisons or local jails, 4.1 million were on probation and more than 784,000 were on parole. [....] The total number of inmates in federal and state prisons rose 35 percent between 1995 and 2005, but their racial composition was little changed. In 2005, blacks made up 40 percent of all inmates, whites 35 percent and Hispanics 20 percent." [Based on: News Services article (U.S. counts 2.2 million imprisoned at end of '05), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/01/06]

2006 - Trivia / Red Light District, Amsterdam - December 1st, 2006: "Amsterdam to close a third of its prostitution 'windows' [where scantily clad ladies have beckoned customers for hundreds of years]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 12/01/06]

2006 - Trivia / Pfizer & Drug Companies Suit - December 1st, 2006: "Pfizer, J&J [Johnson & Johnson], 6 others are sued over OT pay [by current and former workers who claimed the company failed to pay overtime to tens of thousands of sales people]" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 12/01/06]

2006 - Pope Benedict XVI / Istanbul, Turkey - December 1st, 2006: "Pontiff [Pope Benedict XVI] joins Islamic cleric in prayers at famous mosque [Istanbul - 11/30/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/01/06]

2006 - Snowstorm / Plains & Midwest, U.S.A. - December 1st, 2006: "The first major snowstorm of the season blew across the Plains and Midwest on Thursday [11/30/06], grounding hundreds of flights, closing schools, glazing highways and threatening to dump up to a foot of snow on communities that had basked in balmy weather only days earlier. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Snowstorm blows across Plains and Midwest) by Michael Ankelman [Mo.], p. A4, S.L.P.D., 12/01/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Northern Sumatra, Indonesia - December 1st, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 03:58:21 (UTC) on Friday, December 1st, 2006. The magnitude 6.3 event has been located @: NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usvtad.php] - [12/03/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Sumbawa Region, Indonesia - December 1st, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 14:01:48 (UTC) on Friday, December 1st, 2006. The magnitude 6.2 event has been located @: SUMBAWA REGION, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usvtaw.php] - [12/03/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 2nd, 2006: "Stocks see worst December start since 2001" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. A43, S.L.P.D., 12/02/06]

2006 - Deadly Mudslide / Philippines - December 2nd, 2006: "In the Albay province of the Philippines on Saturday [12/02/06], a resident attempts to identify the unclaimed body of a child, who fell victim to a deadly mudslide near the slopes of the Mayon volcano, 210 miles southeast of manila [death toll as of 12/03/06 at least 300]." [Based on: A.P. picture caption, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 12/03/06]

*Trivia: "Typhoon death toll could reach 1,000" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/04/06]

2006 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - December 2nd, 2006: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 02 December 2006 at 02:32:34 PM GMT is: $8,637,364,949,417.69. The estimated population of the United States is 300,367,778 so each citizen's share of this debt is $28,755.96. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $2.04 billion per day since September 29, 2006! Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House!

[Based on: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/] - [11/02/06]

2006 - Settlement / Clergy Abuse, Los Angeles - December 2nd, 2006: "The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to a $60 million settlement of sexual abuse claims by 45 people against 25 clergymen, the archdiocese announced Friday [11/01/06]. [....]" [Based on: News Services article ($60 million settlement for abuse by Clergy), p. A28, S.L.P.D., 12/02/06]

2006 - Tons of Pot Found in Underground Bunkers / Texas, U.S.A. - December 2nd, 2006: "Authorities found nearly 9 tons of marijuana hidden in two underground bunkers, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday [12/01/06]. [NP] Officers found the 17,564 pounds of pot, valued at about $8 million, Thursday, along with firearms, ICE said. The bunkers were beneath a pair of garages on five acres of private property. [NP] As of Friday, no arrests had been made." [Based on: News Services article (Nearly 9 tons of pot found in bunkers), p. A28, S.L.P.D., 12/02/06]

2006 - Rare Egyptian Tornado - December 3rd, 2006: "Yesterday at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt, astronomer Aymen Ibrahem dashed outside during a rainstorm "hoping to photograph a rainbow." Instead he found himself face-to-face with a rare Egyptian tornado: [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.cgi] - [12/06/06]

2006 - More Violence / Baghdad, Iraq - December 3rd, 2006: "51 killed [12/01/06], 90 injured as violence continues in Baghdad" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/02/06]

2006 - Urged Change in Iraq Before Resignation / Donald Rumsfeld - December 3rd, 2006: "Just before [two days before] resigning, Rumsfeld urged major change in Iraq policy" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/02/06]

2006 - President Hugo Chavez / Venezuela - December 4th, 2006: "Venezuela re-elects Chavez in landslide [12/03/06]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 12/04/06]

2006 - Lower Water Level / Lake Superior, U.S.A. - December 4th, 2006: "Drought leaves Superior [Lake Superior] at lowest level in decades [lowest late-autumn water level in eight decades]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 12/04/06]

2006 - X9 Solar Flare - December 5th, 2006: "On this date in history an X9 solar flare [15th "largest solar flare" recorded since 1976] blasted from the Sun." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/solarflares/topflares.html] - [T.D. 12/12/06]

2006 - Saturn Retrograde - December 5th, 2006: "The planet Saturns goes retrograde [25 Leo]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200612.html]

2006 - Military Coup / Fiji - December 5th, 2006: "Fiji's prime minister reports military coup in progress as troops lock down the capital [a coup would be the fourth in 19 years for the country.]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/05/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 5th, 2006: "Wall Street surged higher Monday [12/04/06] as investors put aside Pfizer Inc.s decision to halt development of a key drug and focused instead on takeover deals." [Based on: A.P. article, p. C4, S.L.P.D., 12/05/06]

2006 - Trivia / Solar Flare Surprise - December 5th, 2006: "Dec. 15, 2008: Solar flares are the most powerful explosions in the solar system. Packing a punch equal to a hundred million hydrogen bombs, they obliterate everything in their immediate vicinity. Not a single atom should remain intact. [NP] At least that's how it's supposed to work. [NP] 'We've detected a stream of perfectly intact hydrogen atoms shooting out of an X-class solar flare,' says Richard Mewaldt of Caltech. "'What a surprise! These atoms could be telling us something new about what happens inside flares.' [....] The event occurred on Dec. 5, 2006. A large sunspot rounded the sun's eastern limb and with little warning it exploded. On the 'Richter scale' of flares, which ranks X1 as a big event, the blast registered X9, making it one of the strongest flares of the past 30 years. [NP] NASA managers braced themselves. Such a ferocious blast usually produces a blizzard of high-energy particles dangerous to both satellites and astronauts. Indeed, moments after the explosion, radio emissions from a shock wave in the sun's atmosphere signaled that a swarm of particles was on its way. [NP] An hour later they arrived. But they were not the particles researchers expected. [NP] NASA's twin STEREO spacecraft made the discovery: 'It was a burst of hydrogen atoms,' says Mewaldt. 'No other elements were present, not even helium (the sun's second most abundant atomic species). Pure hydrogen streamed past the spacecraft for a full 90 minutes.' [NP] Next came more than 30 minutes of quiet. The burst subsided and STEREO's particle counters returned to low levels. The event seemed to be over when a second wave of particles enveloped the spacecraft. These were the "broken atoms" that flares are supposed to produce—protons and heavier ions such as helium, oxygen and iron. 'Better late than never,' he says. [....] Mewaldt believes that all strong flares might emit hydrogen bursts, but they simply haven't been noticed before. He's looking forward to more X-flares now that the two STEREO spacecraft are widely separated on nearly opposite sides of the Sun. (In 2006 they were still together near Earth.) STEREO-A and –B may be able to triangulate future bursts and pinpoint the source of the hydrogen. This would allow the team to test their ideas about the surprising phenomenon. [NP] 'All we need now,' he says, 'is some solar activity.' [Based on: article (Solar Flare Surprise) Author: Dr. Tony Phillips / Credit: Science@NASA, 12/15/08]

*Link: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/15dec_solarflaresurprise.htm - [T.D. - 12/18/08] 

2006 - Convicted of Rape / U.S. Marine - December 5th, 2006: "Marine is sentenced [12/04/06] to 40 years in rape case in the Philippines / Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith of St. Louis had claimed that the woman was a willing sexual partner." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 12/05/06]

2006 - Settlement / Zurich American Insurance Co. - December 5th, 2006: "Zurich American agrees to settle for $122 million [to resolve claims of bid-rigging and price-fixing in the commercial insurance market]" [Based on: Article, p. C2, S.L.P.D., 12/05/06]

2006 - Announcement of Resignation / John Bolton - December 5th, 2006: "End of Bolton's [John Bolton's] tenure [announcement 12/04/06 of resignation] at U.N. met with relief" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 12/05/06]

2006 - Plan for "New" Sub-Based Nuclear Arsenal / Britain - December 5th, 2006: "Blair [Tony Blair] unveils plan for new sub-based nuclear arsenal [Blair said Britain would reduce its stock of nuclear warheads to 160 from 200 - a move intended to make the proposal more acceptable to critics within his own party.]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/05/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 6th, 2006: "Wall Street rallied for a second straight session Tuesday [12/05/06] after easing wage pressures and stronger-than-expected service sector activity raised prospects that the economy could cool gradually and leave room for the Federal Reserve to lower interest rates next year. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Investors push aside inflation worries on productivity report), p. B7, S.L.P.D., 12/06/06]

2006 - Increasing Solar Activity - December 6th, 2006: "Sky watchers, be alert for auroras. A solar wind stream hit Earth today, sparking a geomagnetic storm (in progress) at high latitudes. [NP] Note: The solar wind stream that caused these auroras is unrelated to the solar explosions described below. Consider it a bonus. [NP] Solar activity is very high. New sunspot 930 has unleashed two X-class solar flares: an X9-flare on Dec. 5th and an X6- flare on Dec. 6th. [....] Because of the sunspot's location near the eastern limb, the blasts were not squarely Earth-directed. Nevertheless, they might make themselves felt. Coronal mass ejections (CMEs) hurled into space by the explosions could deliver glancing blows to Earth's magnetic field as early as Dec. 7th, producing high-latitude geomagnetic storms." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.cgi] - [12/06/06]

*Trivia: "When sunspot 930 exploded on Dec. 6th, producing an X6-category flare, it also created a tsunami-like shock wave that rolled across the face of the sun, wiping out filaments and other structures in its path. An H-alpha telescope in New Mexico operated by the National Solar Observatory (NSO) recorded the action:  [....] 'These large scale blast waves occur infrequently, however, are very powerful,' says Dr. K. S. Balasubramaniam of the National Solar Observatory. 'They quickly propagate in a matter of minutes covering the whole sun and apparently sweeping away filamentary material.' Researchers are unsure whether the filaments were blown off or were compressed so they were temporarily invisible. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.cgi] - [12/08/06]

*Links: http://www.nso.edu/staff/dooling/tsunami/
              http://spaceweather.com/swpod2006/08dec06/ospan.gif

2006 - Clot Risk? / Stent Patients - December 6th, 2006: "Stent patients face clot risk, FDA says [12/05/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 12/06/06]

2006 - Ash Plume / Mt. Etna, Sicily - December 6th, 2006: "Continuing its pattern of intermittent activity, Sicily’s Mount Etna released another plume on December 6, 2006. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14013]

2006 - Computer Beats Chess Champion - December 6th, 2006: "Computer [Deep Fritz] beats chess champion [Vladimir Kramnik (4 games to 2) in 6th match 12/05/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 12/06/06]

2006 - Ash Plume / Pagan Island, Mariana Islands - December 6th, 2006: "Pagan Island released a plume of ash and/or steam in early December 2006. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying onboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured this [see link] image of the volcano on December 6, 2006. [NP] Pagan Island is one of the most active volcanoes in the Mariana Islands. The island includes two stratovolcanoes composed of layers of hardened ash and lava, and consolidated volcanic rocks. In the north is Mount Pagan, which is 570 meters high. In the south is South Pagan, which is 548 meters high. Recorded eruptions dating back to the 17th century have all come from the north volcano.[....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14011]

2006 - U.S. Secretary of Defense? / Robert Gates - December 6th, 2006: "Robert Gates was unanimously approved by a Senate committee Tuesday [12/05/06] to become President George W. Bush's new defense secretary [took oath of office 12/18/06]. The vote came after a daylong hearing in which he bluntly stated that the United States is not winning the war in Iraq. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Gates: U.S. isn't winning Iraq war / Defense secretary nominee gets kudos for candor, nod from Senate Armed Services panel.), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/06/06]

2006 - Banned? / Artificial Trans Fats, New York City - December 6th, 2006: "[....] New York's measure, unanimously approved by the city Board of Health [12/05/06], requires restaurants to stop using most frying oils containing artificial trans fat within 6 months and to keep it out of all foods by July 2008. [NP] The ban does not apply to grocery stores or the foods restaurants serve in sealed original packaging. It also does not include naturally occurring trans fats found in small amounts in some meat and dairy products. [....]" [Based on: Title for Cox News Service article (New York is first U.S. city to ban artificial trans fats [ban approved), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 12/06/06]

2006 - Water on Mars? - December 7th, 2006: LOS ANGELES (Dec. 7)

After decades of scouring Mars in search of geologic evidence of past water activity, scientists believe they have found stunning evidence that water may even now be flowing through the Red Planet's frigid surface.

The news excited scientists who hunt for extraterrestrial life. If the finding is confirmed, they say, all the ingredients favorable for life on Mars would be in place: liquid water and a stable heat source.

"This is a squirting gun for water on Mars," said Kenneth Edgett, a scientist at San Diego-based Malin Space Science Systems, which operates a camera on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor.

It was the Surveyor that prompted the announcement Wednesday by taking photographs of Mars before it lost contact with Earth last month. The latest findings will appear in Friday's issue of the journal Science.

The images do not actually show flowing water. Rather, they show changes in craters that provide the strongest evidence yet that water coursed through them as recently as several years ago, and is perhaps doing so even now.

In all of its Mars exploration missions, NASA has pursued a "follow the water" strategy to determine if the planet once contained life or could support it now. [....]

[Based on: A.P. article (New Evidence of Water Found on Mars) By Alicia Chang, 12/07/06]
*Links: http://news.aol.com/topnews/articles/_a/new-evidence-of-water-found-on-mars/20061206131709990001
?ncid=NWS00010000000001

2006 - S3 Radiation Storm - December 7th, 2006: "A radiation storm is underway [began 12/06/06]. Based on the energy and number of solar protons streaming past Earth, NOAA ranks the storm as category S3: satellites may experience single-event upsets and astronauts should practice "radiation avoidance. [NP] The rush of protons may be a sign of an approaching CME (coronal mass ejection). Protons are accelerated in shock waves at the leading-edge of CMEs, so when the proton count rises, we can guess that a CME is en route. Northern sky watchers should remain alert for auroras, which could flare up if and when a CME arrives." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [12/07/06] 

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 7th, 2006: "Stocks declined Wednesday [12/06/06] for the first time this week after Merck & Co.'s revenue forecast and an assessment of Oracle Corp.'s earnings stoked concern." [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks slip as concerns mount over earnings, the economy's future), p. D3, S.L.P.D., 12/07/06]

2006 - Findings / Iraq Study Group - December 7th, 2006: "The Iraq Study Group said Wednesday [12/06/06] that U.S. policy in Iraq is failing badly, the country is hurtling toward a catastrophe and time is fast running out on any remaining chance to improve the situation. [....]" [Based on: Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau article (Report turns up the heat on Bush) by Philip Dine, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/07/06]

2006 - Ten Americans and Others Dead / Iraq - December 7th, 2006: "10 Americans die in latest day of violence [12/06/06] / At least 75 people were killed or found dead across Iraq on Wednesday [12/06/06]." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 12/07/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / East of Kuril Islands - December 7th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 19:10:20 (UTC) on Thursday, December 7th, 2006. The magnitude 6.3 event has been located @: EAST OF THE KURIL ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usvza1.php] - [12/09/06]

2006 - Same-Sex Marriages? / Conservative Judaism - December 7th, 2006: "Rabbi panel's action would OK same-sex marriages / Move affects only Conservative Judaism. Three of 25 members of committee resigned over the decision." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/07/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 8th, 2006: "Stocks fell for a second day on anticipation that today's jobs report will show unemployment rose for the first time since July. [....]" [Based on: Wire Reports article (Wall Street braces for jobs report due out today), p. B6, S.L.P.D., 12/08/06]

2006 - More Deaths / War in Iraq - December 8th, 2006: "Two Iraqi professors among 23 people killed in attacks [a series of bombings and shootings - 12/07/06] / American military reports deaths of two more soldiers." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 12/08/06]

2006 - Chewable Birth Control / U.S.A. - December 8th, 2006: "Chewable birth control [Femcon Fe] hits the market" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/08/06]

2006 - Settlement / Hewlett-Packard Co. - December 8th, 2006: "Company settles leak case for $14.5 million [agreed to pay - 12/07/06] " [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 12/08/06]

2006 - Mild Geomagnetic Storm? / Planet Earth - December 8th, 2006: "Sky watchers, be alert for auroras. A coronal mass ejection (CME) is expected to brush past Earth tonight, sparking a mild geomagnetic storm. The display will probably favor high latitudes--e.g., Scandinavia, Canada and Alaska--but it could descend as well to northern-tier US states such as Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. [....] The source of the CME is sunspot 930, which has been exploding regularly since it first appeared on Dec. 5th. The sunspot is slowly turning to face Earth. As it does, it might send more CMEs our way, and they would hit head-on rather than merely brushing past. By next week, Northern Lights could reach deep into the United States. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [12/08/06]

2006 - Linked to Israeli-Arab Conflict? / War in Iraq - December 8th, 2006: "Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert rejected on Thursday [12/07/06] conclusions by the Iraq Study Group that achieving American goals in Iraq was linked to a sustained U.S. effort to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict. Olmert said the two issues should not be connected. [....] The panel called for a concerted effort to renew direct talks between Israel and its neighbors." [Based on: Chicago Tribune article (Israeli prime minister objects to linking Israel with war in Iraq), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/08/06]

2006 - Planetary Alignment / Jupiter, Mercury & Mars - November 8th, 2006: "Set your alarm. Jupiter, Mercury and Mars are converging, and they can be seen in the eastern sky at dawn [12/08/06] shining through the rosy glow of sunrise: [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [12/07/06] 

2006 - Funding Sunni Insurgents? / Private Saudi Citizens - December 8th, 2006: "Private Saudis are funding insurgents [Sunni insurgents], Iraqi officials say" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/08/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 9th, 2006: "Stocks rose Friday [12/08/06], pushing the market to its first weekly advance since mid-November, after the economy created more jobs than forecast at the start of the holiday shopping season. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News  article, p. A39, S.L.P.D., 12/09/06]

2006 - Typhoon Utor / Philippines - December 9th, 2006: "Typhoon Utor struck the Philippines on December 9, 2006. Coming just a week after Super Typhoon Durian passed through the island chain on a parallel path just to the north, Utor brought heavy rain and strong winds to sodden ground and swollen rivers. Xangsane, Cimaron, and Chebi earlier in the year had also followed very similar tracks to Utor. Like Durian before it, Utor then crossed the South China Sea and come ashore in mainland Asia along the Vietnam coast. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14030]

2006 - Feels Like Spring? / Europe - December 9th, 2006: "In Europe, it feels like spring / A warm spell has the ski industry and fruit growers nervous." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A25, S.L.P.D., 12/09/

2006 - No Punishment? / Rep. Mark Foley - December 9th, 2006: "Ethics panel finds rules were kept in Foley case / But Hastert catches flack for handling of House page scandal." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A22, S.L.P.D., 12/09/06]

2006 - Prisoners Riot & Escape / Cancun, Mexico - December 9th, 2006: "More than 150 inmates escape after prison riot [Cancun, Mexico - 12/08/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A26, S.L.P.D., 12/09/06]

2006 - Launch / Space Shuttle Discovery - December 10th, 2006: "Space shuttle lifts into night sky [12/09/06]" [Based on: Title for MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 12/10/06]

2006 - Block Mideast Peace? / U.S. & Israel - December 10th, 2006: "In book ['Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid'], Carter [Jimmy Carter] says U.S., Israel block Mideast peace" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 12/10/06]

2006 - Underway / Geminid Meteor Shower - December 11th, 2006: "The Geminid meteor shower is underway. It's weak now; Earth is just beginning its entry into the Geminid meteoroid stream. As the week progresses, rates will increase, peaking on Thursday morning, Dec. 14th, when sky watchers could see as many as 120 meteors per hour: [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [12/11/06]

2006 - Died / Peter Boyle - December 12th, 2006: "Died this date in history: Actor, Peter Boyle [1935-2006]. He was 71."

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 12th, 2006: "Stocks kept the December rally alive Monday [12/11/06], extending the best annual advance since 2003, on takeover speculation. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Rally keeps its legs, stalks best annual advance since 2003), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 12/12/06]

2006 - True or False? / Nazi Holocaust - December 12th, 2006: "Iran hosted Holocaust deniers from around the world Monday [12/11/06] at a conference examining whether the Nazi genocide took place. Israel's prime minister condemned the event as a "sick phenomenon.' The 67 participants from 30 countries included former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and Holocaust skeptics who have been prosecuted in Europe for questioning whether 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis or whether gas chambers were ever used. [....] In Germany, Austria and France, it is illegal to deny aspects of the Holocaust. [....] The gathering coincided with an academic conference on the Holocaust in Berlin, where historians affirmed the accuracy of the Nazi genocide data and questioned the motives of those behind the Tehran forum." [Based on: Title for A.P. article (Iran hosts a conference of Holocaust deniers), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/12/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Celebes Sea - December 12th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 15:48:03 (UTC) on Tuesday, December 12th, 2006. The magnitude 6.3 event has been located @: CELEBES SEA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usweal.php] - [12/13/06]

2006 - Demonstration / Small Group of Students, Iran - December 12th, 2006: "Students [small group of] demonstrate against Iran's president [during a speech at Amir Kabir Technical University -12/11/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/12/06]

2006 - X3 Solar Flare - December 13th, 2006: "Sunspot 930 has unleashed another big solar flare, an X3-class explosion at 0240 UT on Dec. 13th. [....] As a result of the blast, a radiation storm is underway. Based on the energy and number of solar protons streaming past Earth, NOAA ranks the storm as category S2: satellites may experience some glitches and reboots, but astronauts are in no danger. [NP] The explosion hurled a coronal mass ejection toward Earth: [....] Sky watchers should be alert for auroras when it arrives on Dec. 14th. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 13th, 2006: "Wall Street pulled back Tuesday [12/12/06] finishing slightly lower as investors grappled with an economic  assessment by the Federal Reserve that warned yet again of inflation risks and reported a substantial slowing in housing. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Fed's decision to hold steady shakes investors), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 12/13/06]

2006 - Aging Population / China - December 13th, 2006: "[....] Within two decades, China will have 300 million people 60 and older - equivalent to the population of the United States today - and the number of older citizens will keep climbing for a quarter-century after that. [....]" [Based on: MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Aging population weighs on China's economy, official says), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/13/06]

2006 - Suicide Attack / Baghdad, Iraq - December 13th, 2006: "Workers know a trip to the square could mean death, and still they go. [NP] Every day, laborers crowd downtown Tayaran Square, the scene of nine bombings in the past three years, according to Iraq's  Interior Ministry. But with unemployment as high as 60 percent, men survive on the jobs they find here - jobs that pay an average of $10 a day. [NP] They faced their latest peril Tuesday [12/12/06] when attackers staged a suicide attack that left at least 76 people dead and more than 200 injured, the Interior Ministry reported. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Iraqi laborers hit again by bombs), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/13/06]

2006 - Nuclear Weapons Trivia / Israel - December 13th, 2006: "For half a century, military censors have struggled to defend Israel's worst-kept secret - that the country possesses atomic weapons. [NP] Even as its nuclear history has leaked into declassified documents, articles and books, an official policy of 'ambiguity' has endured: By refusing to confirm or deny that it has the bomb, and refraining from testing one, Israel has lived up to a quiet understanding with the United States to avoid fueling a Middle East arms race. [NP] So why does it appear that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert finally spilled the beans? In an interview on German television late Monday [12/11/06], the Israeli leader seemed to list Israel among the world's nuclear club, raising an outcry across the political spectrum here and questions about whether the long-standing policy had been abandoned. [AP] Asked by the interviewer about Iran's calls for the destruction of Israel, Olmert replied that Israel had never threatened to annihilate anyone. [....] 'Iran openly, explicitly and publicly threatens to wipe Israel off the map,' Olmert said. 'Can you say that this is the same level, when you are aspiring to have nuclear weapons, as America, France, Israel, Russia?' [....] Aides also noted that the prime minister had refused several times during the interview to confirm that Israel has nuclear weapons and that he had spoken in English, not his native language. [....] Surrounded at birth by hostile neighbors, Israel began building a nuclear bomb in the mid-1950s, aided by a secret agreement with France to help construct  and supply a plutonium nuclear reactor in the Negrev desert. [NP] Since 1969, the United States has accepted Israel's status as a nuclear power and not pressed it to sign the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which subjects its adherents to inspections and sanctions aimed at stopping the spread of weapons. [NP] Intelligence analysts and independent experts have long known that the country has 100 to 200 sophisticated nuclear weapons, making it the region's sole nuclear power." [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article (A nuclear slip of the tongue blows up / Opponents call for Israeli prime minister to resign after apparently confirming weapons) by Richard Boudreaux, p. A1 & A13, S.L.P.D., 12/13/06]

2006 - Would Support Iraqi Sunnis / Saudia Arabia - December 13th, 2006: "Saudi Arabia has told the administration of George W. Bush that the nation might provide  financial backing  to Iraqi Sunnis in any war against Iraq's Shiites if the United States pulled its troops out of Iraq, according to American and Arab diplomats. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Saudis would support Sunnis, nation tells U.S.), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/13/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 14th, 2006: "The Standard & Poor's 500 index approached a six-year high Wednesday [12/13/06] as retailers rallied on the first sales increase since July and energy producers benefited from rising oil prices. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Retail sales report powers S&P 500 near a 6-year high), p. D3, S.L.P.D., 12/14/06]

2006 - Home Depot / China - December 14th, 2006: "Home Depot Inc. announced its first foray into China's booming market on Wednesday [12/13/06] with the purchase of a Chinese chain of 12 home improvement stores. [....]" [Based on: Article (Home Depot invades China with acquisition), p. D2, S.L.P.D., 12/14/06]

2006 - Ongoing Violence / Iraq  - December 14th, 2006: "A new round of car bombings and other violence struck Iraq on Wednesday [12/13/06] with 55 people killed or found dead as the Iraqi government unveiled a plan to assume responsibility for security in Baghdad by early next year. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Violence goes on as Iraqis offer plan to assume security), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/14/06]

2006 - Gunned Down / Hamas Judge - December 14th, 2006: "Hamas judge [Bassam Fara] is gunned down [12/13/06]; Fatah denies involvement" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 12/14/06]

2006 - Launch / Spy Satellite USA 193 - December 14th, 2006: "USA 193, also known as NRO launch 21 (NROL-21 or simply L-21) is an American military spy satellite. Owned by the National Reconnaissance Office, the craft's precise function and purpose are classified. This was the first launch [Launch date: December 14, 2006 at 21:00:00 UTC] conducted under contract to the United Launch Alliance.  [....] Although launch and insertion into orbit were successful, the satellite lost contact with the ground within hours. In late January 2008, reports from anonymous U.S. officials indicated that a U.S. spy satellite, later confirmed as USA 193, was in a deteriorating orbit and was expected to crash into the Earth within weeks. This came as no surprise to amateur satellite watchers, who had been predicting the deorbit of the satellite for some time. [....]"

[Based on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA_193#Launch_data] - [T.D. - 02/18/07]

2006 - New Solar Wings / Intl. Space Station - December 14th, 2006: "[....] ... NASA began rotating the new solar wings ... [....] 'We're looking at the SARJ rotating on the big screen up there, and people are darn happy about it.' " [Based on: A.P. article (Space station solar wing [the old one] is left halfway retracted), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 12/13/06]

2006 - Trivia / Insurgent Deaths, Afghanistan - December 14th, 2006: "Almost 2,100 militants have been killed in Afghanistan since Sept. 1 in operations involving coalition special forces soldiers, an Army spokesman said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Insurgent deaths spike in Afghanistan), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/14/06]

2006 - Dead Ducks / Land Springs Creek, Idaho  - December 14th, 2006: "More than 1,000 mallard ducks have died along a single creek [Land Springs Creek] in southern Idaho [near Oakley, about 180 miles south of Boise], and officials on Wednesday [12/13/06] tested tissue samples to find out why. [....] The outbreak puzzles scientists because only mallard ducks are dying. Golden eagles, geese, magpies, crows and other birds in the area all remain healthy, Parrish [Dave Parrish] said." [Based on: News Services article (Death of mallards puzzles scientists), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/14/06]

2006 - Meets With Syrian President / U.S. Senator - December 14th, 2006: "Senator [Democratic Senator Bill Nelson] defies Bush, meets with Syrian president [12/13/06]" [Based on: Title for MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 12/14/06]

2006 - Sudden Illness / U.S. Senator Tim Johnson - December 14th, 2006: "Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., underwent surgery Wednesday [12/13/06] night after becoming ill earlier in the day at the Capitol, raising concern among Democrats about their slim new majority in the Senate. [....] A spokeswoman for the senator said earlier in the day that doctors had found no evidence that Johnson, who turns 60 in two weeks, had experienced either a stroke or a heart attack. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Senator in surgery after becoming ill), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/14/06]

2006 - Strong Storms / Pacific Northwest, U.S.A. - December 14th, 2006: "1.5 million lose power in Washington, Oregon, Idaho / Wind clocked at 95 mph on Pacific coast; deaths include woman trapped in her flooded basement" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p. A22, 12/16/06]

*Trivia: "Oregon and Washington State suffered the worst windstorm in a decade on December 14, 2006. Winds as high as 180 kilometers per hour (113 miles per hour) were recorded on Mount Rainer, according to the Associated Press, and a new observed windspeed record of 110 km/hr (69 mph) was registered at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The winds took out power lines, leaving 240,000 customers without power through the weekend. As of Monday, December 18, ten people had died from causes related to the storm, and at least one hundred had developed carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms, caused by using portable generators for electricity and charcoal grills to cook without adequate ventilation. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14045]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 15th, 2006: "Stocks resumed their fourth-quarter rally Thursday [12/14/06], pushing the Dow Jones industrial average to a record, after companies reported profits that beat analysts' estimates and the number of claims for jobless benefits fell. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Good profit reports push Dow to a record), p. D6, S.L.P.D., 12/15/06]

2006 - Trivia / Stardust Samples - December 15th, 2006: "[....] Thursday [12/14/06], scientists revealed the results of their analyses of the comet at a press conference in St. Louis and at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. Their reports will appear today in a special issue of the journal Science. [....] The scientists were surprised to find that stardust was actually rare in the comet. [....] The comet turned out to be composed of a mixture of materials, including bits of minerals formed near the sun. [....]" [Based on: S.L.P.D. article (Stardust memories - Washington U. team helps analyze comet samples / Findings surprised scientists: Comets appear to be made up of bits of material formed near the sun), p. A7, 12/15/06]

2006 - Rewiring / Intl. Space Station  - December 15th, 2006: "Two astronauts rewire half of space station [12/14/06 - when finished, the work will allow the orbiting outpost to double the size of its crew and add two more labs in the coming years.]" [Based on: A.P. article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 12/15/06]

2006 - Balance of Power / U.S. Senate - December 15th, 2006: "Stricken senator [Tim Johnson] in critical condition but responsive [after an operation to stop bleeding in the brain - caused by a rare tangling of the blood vessels in the brain] / Capital is abuzz with possible change in Senate's balance of power." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/15/06]

2006 - Trivia / Media Consumption, U.S.A. - December 15th, 2006: "You are an American and you surf the Internet, listen to music, watch television (oh, boy, do you watch TV), play video games and even read books, magazines and that old standby called a newspaper. [NP] It turns out that next year, American adults and teens will spend an estimated 3,518 hours - or nearly five months each - plus $936.75 per person consuming media. [NP] Those numbers are provided in a communications industry forecast that is included in the U.S. Census Bureau's Statistical Abstract of the States: 2007. [....]" [Based on: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 12/15/06]

2006 - U.N. Secretary-General / Ban Ki-moon - December 15th, 2006: "U.N. secretary-general [South Korea's Ban Ki-moon] sworn in [12/14/06], makes critical remarks on Iran" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, 12/15/06]

2006 - CME / Planet Earth - December 16th, 2006: "A coronal mass ejection hit Earth on Dec. 16th, but the glancing impact failed to re-energize geomagnetic activity. The severe magnetic storm of Dec. 14th is truly finished." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [12/17/06]

*Trivia: "[....] Sunspot 930 announced itself on Dec. 5th with one of the strongest flares in years--an X9, followed by an X6 on Dec. 6th, an X3 on Dec. 13th and an X1 on Dec. 14th. Not bad for solar minimum!" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [12/17/06]

2006 - Libertarian Bob Barr - December 16th, 2006: "GOP-s Bob Barr joins Libertarians" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A22, 12/16/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 16th, 2006: "Stocks extended their fourth-quarter rally Friday [12/15/06] after consumer prices were reported unchanged last month, increasing the chances that the Federal Reserve will reduce interest rates next year. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks extend yearend rally as inflation report heartens investors), p. A39, S.L.P.D., 12/16/06]

2006 - Sentenced Ex-Newsday Publisher - December 16th, 2006: "Ex-Newsday publisher [Robert Johnson] is sentenced [12/15/06 - to more than a year] for porn [possessing child pornography on his company computer]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A22, 12/16/06]

2006 - Glaciers Melting!!! / Worldwide - December 17th, 2006: "Glaciers on Africa's peaks are melting, scientists say / NEARLY ALL OF 300 large glaciers studied worldwide are in retreat, cutting water supplies and posing threats to ecosystems, experts warn." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article by Charles J. Hanley, p. A13, 12/17/06]

2006 - Will Accept Ex-Saddam Soldiers / Iraqi Army - December 17th, 2006: "Iraq's army has 'opened its doors' to all former members of Saddam Hussein's army, the prime minister said Saturday [12/16/06] at a national reconciliation conference boycotted by one of his main Shiite allies, a major Sunni group and Iraq's exiled opposition. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Iraqi army will accept ex-Saddam soldiers), p. A15, 12/17/06]

2006 - American E-Waste / Africa - December 18th, 2006: "Near a computer market in Lagos, Nigeria, discarded computers, televisions and other electronic waste get mixed with garbage in a dump. African officials say e-waste from the United States is a growing problem that poses health threats from lead, cadmium and other contaminants in computers. [Based on: picture caption by Bill Lambrecht, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, P. A1, 12/18/06]"

*Trivia: "An estimates 20 million computers are retired annually in the United States. The federal government disposes of 10,000 computers weekly." [Based on: Article (Pollution piles up in Africa courtesy of Discards from America) by Bill Lambrecht, Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau Chief, S.L.P.D., 12/18/06]

2006 - France to Pull Troops from Afghanistan - December 18th, 2006: "France to pull troops from Afghanistan" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A13, 12/18/06]

2006 - Palestinian Fighting Escalates / Gaza Strip  - December 18th, 2006: "Fighting escalated  between Hamas and Fatah on Sunday [12/17/06] as the foreign minister's convoy and the president's residence came under fire in Gaza City, a day after President Mahmoud Abbas announced that he would call early elections to try to end a political stalemate. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Palestinian fighting escalates), p. A13, 12/18/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 19th, 2006: "Stocks declined for the first time in four days Monday [12/18/06] after falling oil prices dragged down energy shares, erasing gains sparked by $76 billion in takeover offers. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Slumping energy prices lead to end of 4-day streak), p. C3, S.L.P.D., 12/16/06]

2006 - Nuclear Deal / U.S. & India - December 19th, 2006: "[....] 'The United States and India are natural partners,' Bush said at a signing ceremony in the East Room attended by lawmakers, diplomats and Asian-Americans. 'The rivalries that once kept our nations apart are no more - and today, America and India are united by deeply held values.' [NP] The law Bush signed Monday [12/18/06] carves out an exception to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, which prohibits nuclear trade with countries outside the treaty. U.S. companies will now be allowed to trade in nuclear fuel and to invest and build civilian nuclear plants in India. [NP] In exchange, India has agreed to open up its civilian nuclear reactors to international inspection. [....]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, 12/19/06]

2006 - Had Skin Tumor / Laura Bush - December 19th, 2006: "Mrs. Bush had tumor [identified as a squamous cell carcinoma] removed from her shin [from her right shin in early November 2006 - just disclosed 12/18/06]" [Based on: Title for News Services article (Mrs. Bush had tumor removed from her shin), p. A5, 12/19/06]

2006 - Violent Crime / St. Louis Missouri  - December 19th, 2006: "News flash to 'Most dangerous City': The latest crime numbers won't help shed the title. [NP] Data released by the FBI on Monday [12/18/06] suggest St. Louis is on pace to surpass the 2005 crime totals that helped St. Louis clinch the title no city wants. [NP] Reports of violent crime in the city were up 10.3 percent in the first half of this year from the same period a year ago, the FBI said. [....]" [Based on: article ('Most dangerous city' label is getting stickier) by Jeremy Kohler, p. A1, 12/19/06]

2006 - Sued / Former Fannie Mae Execs - December 19th, 2006: "Feds sue former Fannie Mae execs [Franklin Raines, Timothy Howard, & Leanne Spencer] / Regulators claim the three should repay compensation they received while the mortgage finance company's earnings were misstated." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for The Washington Post article, p. C1, 12/19/06]

2006 - U.S. Secretary of Defense / Robert Gates - December 19th, 2006: "Defense Secretary Robert Gates took the oath of office Monday [12/18/06], warning that the nation cannot afford failure in Iraq. He promised that the war there will be his top priority. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Gates says war is top priority), p. A6, 12/19/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 20th, 2006: "Stocks rose Tuesday [12/19/06], pushing the Dow Jones industrial average to a record [12,471.32], as a rally in energy shares outweighed concern that inflation will prevent the Federal Reserve from cutting interest rates. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Energy stocks help fuel Dow average to another record), p. D5, S.L.P.D., 12/20/06]

2006 -  Vaccine Research / BARDA - December 20th, 2006: "A new agency [Biomedical Advanced Research & Development Authority, or BARDA] will fund research for vaccines [legislation signed by President George W. Bush - 12/19/06]" [Based on: Title for MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 12/20/06]

2006 -  Demands Action on Israel's Nuclear Activity / Iran - December 20th, 2006: "Iran demanded Tuesday [12/19/06] that the U.N. Security Council condemn what it said was Israel's clandestine development of nuclear weapons and 'compel' it to place all its nuclear facilities under U.N. inspection. [NP] If Israel refuses to comply, Iran said, the council must take 'resolute action' under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which authorizes a range of measures from diplomatic and economic sanctions to military action. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Iran demands action on Israel's nuclear activity), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/20/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 21st, 2006: "Stocks dropped Wednesday [12/20/06] as a FedEx Corp. earnings forecast failed to meet analysts' estimates and oil prices rose to a three-month high, heightening concern that energy costs may curb profit growth. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks slide as FedEx falls short, oil prices hit three-month high), p. D4, S.L.P.D., 12/21/06]

2006 - Settlement / Paul Yarick - December 21st, 2006: "Ex-exec [Paul Yarick] pays $50,000 to settle profit charges" [Based on: article title, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 12/21/06]

2006 - Trivia / Backdating Scandal - December 21st, 2006: "Backdating scandal costs investors $100 billion [at least]" [Based on: article title, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 12/21/06]

2006 - Major Snowstorm / Colorado - December 21st, 2006: "A major snowstorm [12/20/06] blew across Colorado, closing Denver's airport and bringing more than a foot of snow and blizzard warnings." [Based on: A.P. picture article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 12/21/06]

2006 - New Sunspot / Far Side of the Sun - December 21st, 2006: "A new, big sunspot has appeared. It's on the far side of the sun: [....] This spot is not sunspot 930, which caused so much activity in mid-December. It is genuinely new and its properties are a mystery. All will be revealed on Dec. 28th-30th when the sun's slow, 27-day spin turns the region toward Earth. Stay tuned. [....] What is helioseismic holography? It's a technique astronomers use to see the sun's farside without actually flying around to take a look. The basis is sound: Boiling motions in the sun's outer layers make a kind of rhythmic noise. This causes the sun's surface to vibrate like the skin of a drum. By analyzing vibrations seen on the Earthside, astronomers can deduce what must be on the farside: [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [12/24/06]

2006 - Iraqi Security Forces / Najaf, Iraq - December 21st, 2006: "U.S. turns over control of Najaf [12/20/06 - to Iraqi security forces]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/21/06]

2006 - Tropical Cyclone Bondo / East Coast of Africa - Cecember 21st, 2006: "The Seychelles are a chain of islands stretching out north of Madagascar off the eastern coast of Africa. On December 20, 2006, these islands were on alert for the very intense tropical cyclone Bondo, which was predicted to strike the islands in the early hours of the next day. Cyclone Bondo was a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with sustained winds as high as 222 kilometers per hour (138 miles per hour), according to the Reuters news service. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14051]

2006 - Backs Minimum Wage Increase / President Bush - December 21st, 2006: "Bush backs minimum wage increase [to $7.25 an hour over two years] - with tax relief for businesses" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 12/21/06]

2006 - "Antikythera Mechanism" / Ancient Greek Computer?  - December 21st, 2006: "[....] It turns out that the Antikythera mechanism [artifact from a shipwreck discovered in 1901] is an ancient mechanical computer that predicted, with surprising accuracy, the position and motion of the sun, the moon and the then-known [2nd. century B.C.] planets. [NP] The existence of such devices has been known from ancient literture: As early as the 3rd century B.C., the famed Greek mathematician and engineer Archimedes invented a machine that was able to follow the motion of the sun, moon and some planets, as well as to predict soalr eclipses. Similar mechanisms are mentioned sporadically in ancient literature, but none ever had been discovered before the Antikythera Mechanism. [NP] It is not the first time we have seen glimpses of the lost inventions and discoveries of the Greeks. In the 6th century B.C., Greek physicists proposed the atomic theory - right down to the 'if we brreak the atom we release an unimaginable force of energy' part. [NP] In the 5th century B.C., Empedocles proposed the evolution of species. In the 2nd century B.C., Hipparchus developed the theory of gravity. In the 1st century C.E., Heron of Alexandria invented the steam engine. [NP] From thermometers to maps, our lives are filled with ancient Greek inventions. Those that have survived represent only a small fraction of those that have been lost or forgotten through time. [NP] We know this much, however: The civilization of the ancients was far more advanced and hightech than we realize." [Based on: Other Views page article (The Greeks had a word for it: computer) by Michael B. Cosmopoulos, p. C13, S.L.P.D., 12/21/06]

2006 - Sun in Capricorn - December 22nd, 2006: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Capricorn." [Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200612.html]

2006 - Fined / Syngenta AG - December 22nd, 2006: "Syngenta fined $1.52 million over modified corn seeds [selling genetically modified corn seeds (Bt10) without approval]" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 12/22/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 22nd, 2006: "Stocks had their biggest drop in two weeks Thursday [12/21/06] after a slump in factory output worsened, adding to concern a slowing economy will rerstrain profit growth" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Bottom drops out after dismal factory output report), p. B9, S.L.P.D., 12/22/06]

2006 - Landing / Space Shuttle Discovery - December 22rd, 2006: "After delay, Discovery lands safely in Florida [12/22/06]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 12/23/06]

2006 - Settlement? / Bristol-Myers Squibb - December 22nd, 2006: "Bristol-Myers Squibb offers $499 million settlement / Investigation centers on whether drug maker had role in price scheme." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. B2, S.L.P.D., 12/22/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Sumbawa Region, Indonesia - December 22nd, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 19:50:48 (UTC) on Friday, December 22nd, 2006. The magnitude 6.1 event has been located @: SANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/uswpav.php] - [12/23/06]

2006 - Charged in Iraqi Civilian Killings / 8 U.S. Marines - December 22nd, 2006: "8 Marines charged [12/21/06] in Iraqi civilian killings [11/19/05] / Case is first to implicate officers since U.S. invasion in 2003" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/22/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 23rd, 2006: "Stocks slid Friday [12/22/06] amid waning enthusiasm among investors ahead of the holiday weekend. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Investors make an early start of the market holiday), p. A39, S.L.P.D., 12/23/06]

2006 - Landing / Space Shuttle Discovery - December 23rd, 2006: "After delay, Discovery lands safely in Florida [12/22/06]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 12/23/06]

2006 - Trivia / Woman With Two Wombs - December 23rd, 2006: "Woman with two wombs [Hannah Kersey, 23] gives birth to triplets [September 2006]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A24, S.L.P.D., 12/23/06]

2006 - Halved / Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Judgement - December 23rd, 2006: "Appeals court halves Exxon Valdez oil spill judgement [12/22/06 - 3rd time the initial $5 billion award was ordered to be reduced]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A37, S.L.P.D., 12/23/06]

2006 - Flooding / Malasia - December 24th, 2006: "Floods displace 90,000 in Malaysia [seven have died]" [Based on: Title A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/24/06]

2006 - U.N. Sanctions / Iran - December 24th, 2006: "U.N. imposes sanctions [the U.N Security Council voted unanimously - 12/23/06] on defiant Iran [What's restricted * Bans seek to block sensitive nuclear equipment and foreign studies that could lead to nuclear weapons." [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/24/06]

2006 - Trivia / Israeli / Palestinian Relations - December 24th, 2006: "Olmert agrees to free $100 million in Palestinian funds, ease travel rules" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/24/06]

2006 - Deleted / Eckankar "Trivia" Timeline - December 24th, 2006: "Chronological timeline containing Eckankar trivia (pro and con) removed from Internet [second time] this date in history." [D.R.D.]

2006 - Untrue? / 911 Claim - December 25th, 2006: "The Senate Intelligence Committee has concluded as untrue a congressman's claim [Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa.] that military analysts identified Mohamed Atta or other hijackers before the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a summary of the panel's investigation obtained by the Los Angeles Times. [....] The conclusions were contained in an eight-page letter sent last week to members of the panel by the top Republican and Democrat on the committee." [Based on: News Services article (Senate panel reportedly finds 9/11 claim untrue), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 12/25/06]

2006 - Tornadoes / Florida - December 25th, 2006: "Florida cleaning up after tornadoes [4 on 12/25/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A3, S.L.P.D., 12/27/06]

2006 - Died / James Brown - December 25th, 2006: " 'Godfather of Soul' [James Brown - 1933- 12/25/06] was pop pioneer / With songs that were wild, yet disciplined, singer blazed trail" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/26/06]

2006 - Trivia / Fighting in Somalia - December 25th, 2006: "Fighting in Somalia threatens wider war / Ethiopian jets attack Islamic militants [12/24/06]." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/25/06]

2006 - Born / Twin Pandas, Japan - December 25th, 2006: "Twin pandas born [to Mei Mei & Eimei] in Japan [12/23/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/25/06]

2006 - Died / Gerald R. Ford - December 26th, 2006: Died this date in history: former 38th U.S. President, Gerald R. Ford [1910 - 2006]. He was 93.

2006 - Ethiopian Troops / Somalia - December 26th, 2006: "Ethiopian troops race through Somalia [12/25/06]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 12/26/06]

*Trivia: "Ethiopian troops close in on Somali capital [Mogadishu] as villagers flee [12/26/06]." [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/27/06]

2006 - Foreign Relation / Egypt & Iran - December 26th, 2006: "Egypt rejects Iran claim [12/25/06] to be a 'nuclear country' " [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 12/26/06]

2006 - Vows to Keep Nuclear Program / Iran - December 25th, 2006: "Iran vows to keep nuclear program despite sanctions [12/24/06]" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 12/25/06]

2006 - Major Earthquake / Taiwan Region - December 26th, 2006: "A major earthquake occurred at 12:26:22 (UTC) on Tuesday, December 26th, 2006. The magnitude 7.1 event has been located @: TAIWAN REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/uswtai.php] - [12/26/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Taiwan - December 26th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 12:34:14 (UTC) on Tuesday, December 26th, 2006. The magnitude 6.9 event has been located @: TAIWAN."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/uswtan.php] - [12/31/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 27th, 2006: "Stocks rebounded from the worst week in five months Tuesday [12/26/06] as the pace of holiday sales slowed, bolstering prospects the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates to spur the economy. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Hopes that Fed will cut rates spur investors), p. D5, S.L.P.D., 12/27/06]

2006 - Trivia / Minneapolis Star Tribune - December 27th, 2006: "Private equity firm [Avista Capital Partners - for $530 million?] buys Minneapolis Star Tribune [owned by McClatchy Co.]" [Based on: title for A.P. article, p. D3, S.L.P.D., 12/27/06]

2006 - New Israeli Housing? / West Bank - December 27th, 2006: "Israel announced plans on Tuesday [12/26/06] to construct a settlement in the occupied West Bank for the first time in 10 years, prompting Palestinian anger and U.S. concern. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (New Housing in West Bank / Israelis announce plan despite recent gestures by Prime Minister Olmert to the Palestinians.), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/27/06]

2006 - Linked to Heartburn Drugs? / Hip Fractures - December 27th, 2006: "Research links hip fractures to hearetburn drugs / Theory * The drugs may suppress calcium absorption, endangering bones, scientists say. / Risk * Older people who take higher doses for longer periods are apparently most at risk." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for A.P. article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 12/27/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea - December 27th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 20:15:40 (UTC) on Wednesday, December 26th, 2006. The magnitude 6.0 event has been located @: BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/uswuap.php] - [12/26/06]

2006 - Muslim Hajj - December 28th, 2006: "[....] On Thursday morning [12/28/06], hundreds of thousands opened their pilgrimage in Mecca by circling Islam's holiest site, the Kabba, the black cube stone that Muslims face when they perform their daily prayers. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Islam's annual hajj / Amid fear of violence, Muslims gather in Mecca), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 12/29/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 28th, 2006: "Stocks rose Wednesday [12/27/06], sending the Dow Jones industrial average above 12,500 for the first time [closing at 12,510.57], as oil tumbled to a one-month low and sales of new houses exceeded forecasts. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (New house sales, drop in oil prices fuel Dow record), p. D5, S.L.P.D., 12/28/06]

2006 - Shaky Truce / Gaza Strip - December 28th, 2006: "After weeks of restraint, Israel said Wednesday [12/27/06] that it will renew attacks on rocket-launching militants in the Gaza Strip, threatening to derail an already shaky, month-old truce. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Israel planning to retaliate; shaky Gaza truce threatened), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/28/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 29th, 2006: "Stocks fell Thursday [12/28/06] for the first time in three days as stronger-than-expected data on consumer confidence and home sales damped optism that the Federal Reserve will reduce interest rates next year. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Investors show disdain for reports of better economy), p. D5, S.L.P.D., 12/29/06]

2006 - Resignation / Tracy Henke - December 29th, 2006: "Controversial homeland security aide [Tracy Henke] leaves her position / Missourian has taken a new job with John Ashcroft's firm." [Based on: Article Title, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/29/06]

2006 - Arms From Egypt / Fatah - December 29th, 2006: "After coordination with Israel and the United States, Egypt has sent a shipment of weapons and ammunition into the Gaza Strip [four trucks with 2,000 automatic rifles, 20,000 ammunition clips and 2 million bullets had passed from Egypt through the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing, where Gaza, Israel and Egypt meet.] to forces loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, Israeli officials said Thursday [12/28/06]. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (With Israel's approval, Fatah gets arms from Egypt / U.S., other nations seek to shore up Abbas and weaken Hamas.), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 12/29/06]

2006 - Somalia Army / Mogadishu - December 29th, 2006: "Government troops and allied forces from neighboring Ethiopia swept into Mogadishu on Thursday [12/28/06] without firing a shot after Islamic militants abandoned Somalia's capital. [....]" [Based on: MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Militants flee; Somalia's army takes Mogadishu, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 12/29/06]

2006 - Tornado Warning / Central Texas - December 29th, 2006: "Tornado warning sends Bush, wife to shelter [12/29/06]" [Based on: Article Title, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 12/30/06]

2006 - SEC Probe / Apple Computer Inc. - December 29th, 2006: "SEC probe of jobs' stock options shakes Apple's tree / Reports say CEO [Steve Jobs] was granted 7.5 million falsified documents." [Based on: title & picture caption for Bloomberg News article, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 12/29/06]

*Trivia: "Apple investigation exonerates Jobs [Steve Jobs] over stock options [12/29/06]" [Based on: New York Times article, p. A31, S.L.P.D., 12/30/06]

2006 - Settlement / Evergreen Investments Inc. - December 29th, 2006: "Wachovia unit [Evergreen Investments Inc.] agrees to pay $4.2 million fine [to the NASD brokerage regulator to settle accusations it made improper payments to Wachovia's securities division for pushing its mutual funds.]" [Based on: article title, p. D2, S.L.P.D., 12/29/06]

2006 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 30th, 2006: "Stock indexes declined Friday [12/29/06] on the last trading day of the year, trimming their best annual gain since 2003. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stock indexes show best annual gain since 2003), p. A35, S.L.P.D., 12/30/06]

2006 - Snowstorm / Colorado - December 30th, 2006: "Colorado storm prompts disaster declaration" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 12/30/06]

*Trivia: "[....] The blizzard beginning on December 20 was not the state’s final snowstorm in 2006. Heavy snow continued to beleaguer Colorado residents in the days that followed. Light snow fell on December 24, icing many roadways, and on December 28, a new storm threatened to rival the first blizzard’s accumulation totals. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14054]

2006 - Settlement / MetLife Inc. - December 30th, 2006: "MetLife pays $19 million settlement in client-steering probe" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A34, S.L.P.D., 12/30/06]

2006 - Hanged / Saddam Hussein - December 30th, 2006: "Saddam Hanged" [Based on: Font Page Headline, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/30/06]

2006 - Settlement / Allstate Corp. - December 30th, 2006: "Allstate pays $18 million to settle with New York" [Based on: Article title, p. A32, S.L.P.D., 12/30/06]

2006 - Trivia / Stock Fraud, U.S.A. - December 30th, 2006: "120 companies sued by shareholders for stock fraud is 10-year low [shareholders sued 120 companies for stock fraud this year through Dec. 29 - the total is the lowest since 1996]" [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article, p. A34, S.L.P.D., 12/30/06]

2006 - Deal OK / AT&T & Bell South - December 30th, 2006: "FCC gives AT&T-Bell South deal OK [$86 billion deal approved 12/29/06]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article, p. A31, S.L.P.D., 12/30/06]

2006 - Strong Earthquake / Gulf of Aden - December 30th, 2006: "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:30:49 (UTC) on Saturday, December 30th, 2006. The magnitude 6.6 event has been located @: GULF OF ADEN."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/uswxag.php] - [01/02/06]

2006 - Strike Ends / Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. - December 30th, 2006: "Goodyear strike ends; workers worry about the future / Contract shuts Texas tire plant; creates $1 billion retiree health care fund." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A34, S.L.P.D., 12/30/06]

2006 - It's Back / Sunspot 930 - December 31st, 2006: "Sunspot 930, which unleashed four X-flares and sparked intense auroras in mid-December, is back. It is emerging over the sun's eastern limb following a two-week transit around the far side of the sun. Since we last saw it, the spot has probably decayed and now poses little threat for strong solar flares. Stay tuned for confirmation. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [12/31/06]

2006 - Question / What is Life? - December 31st, 2006: "The discovery of what may be the samallest living creature on Earth raises anew the ancient question: What is life? [NP] Tiny microbes detected in acid waste from a California gold mine are smaller than any other known life form, a team of scientists reported in last week's Science magazine. [NP] If further research confirms that the little bugs are truly alive, it might be necessary to redefine 'the minimum conditions for life,' the authors said. [NP] Despite what appears to be a wide gulf between living and nonliving things, scientists say there's no definitive way to distinguish between them. It's an unsolved problem in science, philosophy and religion. [NP] 'In spite of generations of work by hundreds of thousands of biologists, in spite of countless studies of living organisms at every scale, from molecules to continents, we still have no widely accepted definition' of life, geobiologist Robert Hazen, of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, wrote in his recent book, 'Genesis.' [....] A common definition of life among scientists has four basic elements: *Every living thing must be enclosed in a cell, separating what's inside from what's outside. *An organism must consume energy and produce waste, a process called metabolism. *A living creature must be able to reproduce, passing on its genes to the next generation. *An organism must evolve as it adapts to changes in its environment and mutations in its genes. [....] Some scientists suggest that there should be three categories: living, nonliving and in between. A virus, which can't live by itself but must hijack the genetic material of a cell, would belong in the third group." [Based on: MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (New creature raises old question: What is life?), p. A2, S.L.P.D., 12/31/06]

2006 - New Travel Rules / U.S.A. - December 31st, 2006: "Americans traveling to Canada and Mexico would need passports to come home to the United States under guidelines proposed Tuesday [04/05/05] in the latest effort to deter terrorists from entering the country. The new rules, which would be phased in by 2008, apply to Americans traveling from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Caribbean and Panama. They also apply to citizens from those countries who want to enter the United States - prompting Canadian officials to announce that they might reciprocate. [....] The new requirements would take effect on Dec. 31, 2007, for travelers entering the United States from Mexico and Canada by land, and on Dec. 31, 2006, by air or sea. The deadline is a year earlier - Dec. 31, 2005 - for travel from Bermuda, the Caribbean and Panama. [....]" [Based on: A.P., 04/06/05]

2006 - Floods & Storms Trivia / 2006 - "Floods and storms were the most frequent natural disasters in 2006, while extreme temperatures pushed the death toll in Europe up 5 percent higher than the average for the past five years. [NP] There were 21,796 disaster-related deaths around the world last year [2006], according to the U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction - a big drop from the 92,000 who died in 2005, most in the South Asian earthquake. [NP] Floods accounted for most of the 26 disasters in the Uniteed States. Worldwide, there were 226 floods last year compared with the average of 162 floods over the previous five years. [NP] Asia continues to be the continent hardest hit by natural disasters." [Based on: News Services article (Floods and storms lead disasters list, U.N. says), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 01/30/07]

2006 - Nuclear Waste Cleanup? / Ohio - "Tom Winston, of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, said planning decisions for the old Fernald uranium production site in his state would be easier if the long-term stewardship questions had been answered. Fernald was identical to the uranium facility at Weldon Spring [Mo.], but the contaminated soil there is being hauled away for burial rather than entombed. The Fernald cleanup is expected to be completed in 2006." [Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau, 11/16/03]

2006 - Warmest Year on Record / U.S.A. - December 2006: "Last year [2006] was the warmest on record for the United States, with readings pushed higher than normal by the unseasonably warm weather during the last half of December. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Last year ranks as warmest ever in U.S.), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 01/10/07]

2006 - Trivia / 2006 Terrorist Attacks - 2006: "Terrorist attacks worldwide shot up more than 25 percent last year [2006], killing 40 percent more people than in 2005, particularly in Iraq, the State Department said Monday [04/30/07]. [NP] In its annual global survey of terrorism, the department said 14,338 attacks took place in 2006, mainly in Iraq and Afghanistan, 3,185 more than in 2005. These strikes claimed a total of 20,498 lives." [Based on: News Services article (Terrorist attacks shot up 25 percent, agency says), p A3, S.L.P.D., 05/01/07]

2006 - Deadliest Month [2006] for U.S. / Iraq - December 31st, 2006: "80 Iraqis die; deadliest month of '06 for U.S. / Level of violence seems unaffected by Saddam's execution; war's U.S. death toll hits 2,998." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 12/31/06]

2006 - Tropical Storm Clovis / Madagascar Coast - December 31st, 2006: "Tropical Cyclone Clovis formed off the coast of Madagascar on December 31, 2006, becoming an organized tropical storm system as the new year began. Heading south roughly parallel to the Madagascar coast, it was predicted to hit southern Madagascar on January 3, according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center on January 2, 2006. Forecasts on January 2 predicted that the storm would not develop significantly before striking land, with a predicted strength of a Category One storm, with sustained winds of around 129 kilometers per hour (80 miles per hour). [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14055]

2006 - Flood Trivia / 2006 - "Number of floods this year: at least 226 [14 recorded - this timeline]. Number of reported deaths due to flooding: at least 1,931." [D.R.D.]

2006 - Volcano Trivia / 2006 - "Number of volcanic eruptions [and, or] notable volcanic events this year [including ash plumes]: at least 22. Number of reported deaths include: 5." [D.R.D.]

2006 - Avalanche Trivia / 2006 - "Number of notable avalanche, landslide, mudslide or roof collapse events this year: at least 9. Number of reported deaths: at least 3,028." [D.R.D.]

2006 - "Hurricane" Trivia / 2006 - "Number of notable storms this year include: 10 Tropical Storms, 13 Hurricanes, 14 Tropical Cyclones & 14 Typhoons. Number of reported deaths: at least 1,082. [deaths due to flooding are generally recorded under Flood Trivia]." [D.R.D.]

2006 - Earthquake Trivia / 2006 - "Number of notable earthquakes [generally, 6.0 or above] in the year 2006: at least 145 [110 in 2005]. Number of reported deaths due to earthquakes in 2006: at least 6,168 [87,640 in 2005]." [D.R.D.]

2006 - "Natural Disaster" Deaths / 2006 - "Number of reported deaths from natural disasters in 2006: at least 21,796 [12,430 recorded - this timeline]." [D.R.D.]

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