2006 in history

2006 in history

Here are some light-hearted facts about 2006, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 2006.

I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 2006 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 2006 in Britain too.

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2006

  • Bambii II was released in this year, 64 years after the original.

  • Dancing On Ice was first shown on TV.

  • Happy Feet and Casino Royale were released in the cinemas - but Borat was the most memorable film.

  • The Nintendo Wii was released.

  • Google purchased YouTube, the little-known video-sharing website, for €1.4 billion.

  • A heatwave hits Europe. In the UK, the highest temperature was recorded at Wisley Airfield of 36.5oC. Some people claim it later hit 42.0, but this was never verified. In Ireland, a record 32.3oC recorded in Co. Roscommon.

  • Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise tied the knot. Nicole Kidman married Keith Urban and Cheryl Tweedy married Ashley Cole.

  • An Inconvenient Truth was released in this year - good for audio

  • Twitter was launched in this year. The very first tweet, from the founder Jack Dorsey, is still there: it said "just setting up my twittr". The 'e' was added to its name later.

  • Littlewoods closed all its stores.

  • A whale is discovered swimming in the River Thames in London.

  • Bob Geldof received the Freedom of Dublin City. He later [2017] returned it in protest of another awardee.

  • Miriam O'Callaghan hosted RTÉ's Test The Nation.

  • Irish language teen drama series Aifric debuted on TG4.


While these facts about 2006 have been checked against third-party sources (and have been used on air before!), they are provided in good faith to inspire your research and no guarantee is made about their accuracy or their uniqueness.

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I write about media, exploring, heavy machinery and lists. I produce radio with an attitude accurately described as "amusingly surly".

I don't pretend to be anything close to a big player in the media industry. I'd like to think that's an advantage. Instead I try to remain well-read and approach things from a considered viewpoint, even if I absolutely hate the way the industry is going.

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