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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Bambii II was released in this year, 64 years after the original.
Dancing On Ice and The IT Crowd were 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.
The World Cup was held in Germany, and ended with the notorious Zinedine Zidane headbutt.
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 was 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  returned it in protest of another awardee.
Roches Stores became Debenhams.
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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