Step Up, The Departed, Pirates of the Caribbean: Deadman’s Chest, Cars, High School Musical, and Casino Royale were among some of the most popular films released in 2006.
That ’70s Show and Malcolm in the Middle aired their last episodes while 30 Rock and Ugly Betty aired their first.
The top five songs of the year were “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter, “Temperature” by Sean Paul, “Promiscuous” by Nelly Furtado ft. Timbaland, “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt, and “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean.
“Speed of Sound” by Coldplay became the 1 billionth song to be sold on iTunes.
Taylor Hicks won the fifth season of American Idol.
Jack Dorsey sends the very first tweet: “just setting up my twttr.”
Full length movies are made available to watch on iTunes.
Facebook, previously only available to college students, was opened to everyone.
News and Events
The 20th Winter Olympic Games opened at Turin, Italy.
A winter storm sweeps across the Northeast portion of the United States, leaving a record of 26.9 inches of snow in New York City.
Liquid water is discovered on the sixth largest moon of Saturn.
The United Nations General Assembly votes to establish the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Over 60 tornadoes break out, one of the strongest having killed 29 people in Tennessee.
Armenia Flight 967 crashes into the Black Sea.
Serbia declares independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro.
North Korea launches numerous missile tests, causing an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting at the U.N. in NYC.
The 18th FIFA World Cup is held in Germany, with the Italian national football team as the champions.