2006 Fun Facts, Trivia, and History

Updated on June 29, 2019
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This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2006.
This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2006.

History Facts From the Year 2006

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2006? For openers, President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act into law, Ben Bernanke became the new Federal Reserve Chairman, and Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet. Democrats gained control of both houses of Congress, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 12,000 for the first time, and Del Monte announced that it would end pineapple production in Hawaii.

In 2006, Walmart became the largest seller of organic milk in America, the U.S. population reached 300 million, and the New Horizons spacecraft was launched. Twitter was founded, Google purchased YouTube, and Sony released the PlayStation 3. Microsoft launched Windows Internet Explorer 7, Apple released iTunes 7, and Skype had over 100 million registered users.

In 2006, “eating right” was the most popular New Year’s resolution, “password” was the most popular password, and American Idol was the top TV show. Crash won an Oscar for Best Picture, Doris Roberts won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a comedy series, and Boulevard Of Broken Dreams won a Grammy for Record of the Year.

Back in 2006, unemployment hovered around 4.4%, inflation averaged 3.23%, and the federal minimum wage was $5.15. A gallon of milk cost $3.23, a dozen eggs were 98 cents, and a loaf of bread was 97 cents. The average annual income was $37,900, the retail price for new Honda Civic EX averaged $19,055, and a movie ticket was $6.04.

In 2006, Ryan and Madison were favorite baby names, floaty dresses and fur-lined boots were all the rage, and brown butter pasta and creme brûlée were crowd-pleasers. The Pittsburgh Steelers were the Super Bowl champs, the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series, and the Carolina Hurricanes clinched the Stanley Cup.

Here are some more history facts from the year 2006: Time Magazine’s "Person of the Year" was “You,” life expectancy in the U.S. was 77.59 years, and Barry Bonds hit his 715th career home run. The cost of a Super Bowl ad was $2,500,000, Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet, and Walmart was America’s largest employer. Warren Buffett and Astrid Menks got married, Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards parted ways, and the Broadway musical Mary Poppins closed after 2,619 performances.

On the international stage, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2006 as the International Year of Deserts and Desertification, Stephen Harper became the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada, and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefined the solar system.

Famous people in the news back in 2006 included George W. Bush, Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, Paul Harper, Pope Benedict XVI, Bob Iger, Hattie McDaniel, Ray Romano, Jennifer Garner, Mark Messier, Al Michaels, John Madden, Luciano Pavarotti, Jamie Foxx, John Legend, Steve Yzerman, Reese Witherspoon, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Mike Wallace.

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts, cool trivia, and history from the year 2006. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, books, cars, interesting foods, random facts about sports, and other pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 2000s-themed trivia quiz.

Table of Contents

For your convenience, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in the Year 2006

  2. History Facts From the USA and World

  3. Random Sports Facts

  4. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  5. Computer and Internet History Facts

  6. Nobel Prize Winners

  7. 2006/2007’s Most Popular Television Shows (according to Nielsen)

  8. Best-Selling Fiction & Nonfiction Books

  9. Most Popular Movies of the Year

  10. Entries Into the National Film Registry

  11. Cool Pop Music Artists

  12. Number One Music Hits

  13. Halloween Costume Trends

  14. Interesting Holiday Gifts for Tech Lovers

  15. Popular Foods & Beverages

  16. The 10 Best-Selling Cars in America - 2006 Year End

  17. Famous People Who Died in the Year 2006

  18. America’s Largest Corporations

  19. U.S. Chains From 2006 That No Longer Exist

  20. Companies Established in 2006

In 2006, Twitter was launched and co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet.
In 2006, Twitter was launched and co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet.

1. Grocery Prices in the Year 2006

These facts from the American grocery industry have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library in Whippany, NJ.

  1. Apples (Red Delicious) - $1.20 per pound

  2. Bacon (Hormel) - $3.00 for a one-pound package

  3. Beef (ground, 90% lean) - $3.49 a pound

  4. Beef (rump roast) - $3.29 per pound

  5. Bread (Wonder) - $1.99 for a 12-ounce loaf

  6. Carrots (mini) - 99 cents for a one-pound bag

  7. Cereal (Kellogg’s Raisin Bran) - $1.99 for a 20-ounce box

  8. Cheese (Land O’ Lakes, cheddar) - $3.49 per pound

  9. Cheese (Philadelphia brand, cream) - $2.79 for an eight-ounce package

  10. Chicken (Perdue, boneless breast) - $5.49 per pound

  11. Chocolate (Hershey’s Kisses) - $2.50 for a 14-ounce bag

  12. Coffee (Maxwell House Master Blend) - $3.49 for an 11.5-ounce can

  13. Cookies (Keebler Chips Deluxe) - $2.00 for an 18-ounce package

  14. Crackers (Nabisco Premium Saltines) - $2.39 for an eight-ounce box

  15. Eggs (extra large) - $1.50 per dozen

  16. Flour (Foodtown brand) - 99 cents for a five-pound bag

  17. Juice (Ocean Spray, cranberry) - $2.00 for a 64-ounce bottle

  18. Kiwi fruit - $1.99 for six fruits

  19. Lettuce (Dole, Hearts of Romaine) - $3.49 for a 10-ounce bag

  20. Macaroni & cheese (Kraft Easy Mac) - $5.99 for a 10-pack box

  21. Margarine (I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter) - $2.29 for a 15-ounce tub

  22. Mayonnaise (Hellmann’s) - $2.50 for a 32-ounce jar

  23. Olives (B&G, green stuffed) - $1.59 for a 5¾-ounce jar

  24. Onions (sweet red) - 99 cents a pound

  25. Oranges (Sunkist, navel) - $3.99 for a three-pound bag

  26. Pasta (Ronzoni) - 99 cents for a one-pound box

  27. Peanut butter (Skippy) - $2.19 for an 18-ounce jar

  28. Pork (loin, boneless) - $3.99 a pound

  29. Potato chips (Ruffles) - $1.69 for a five-ounce bag

  30. Potatoes (Yukon Gold) - $2.99 for a five-pound bag

  31. Rice (Carolina, white) - $1.89 for a 32-ounce box

  32. Salad dressing (Good Seasons) - $3.29 for a 14-ounce bottle

  33. Soda (Coke) - $3.49 for eight 12-ounce cans

  34. Spaghetti sauce (Prego) - $2.19 for a 26-ounce jar

  35. Tomatoes (vine ripened) - $1.49 per pound

In 2006, “Crash” won an Oscar for Best Picture.
In 2006, “Crash” won an Oscar for Best Picture.

2. History Facts From the USA and World

  1. In 2006, George W. Bush was President of the United States and Dick Cheney was Vice-President.

  2. The United Nations General Assembly declared 2006 as the International Year of Deserts and Desertification “to raise global public awareness of the advancing deserts.” UNRIC.org explains that “The decision was taken to help prevent the exacerbation of desertification [land degradation] around the globe.”

  3. Unemployment hovered around 4.4%. The states with the highest unemployment rates were Alaska, Michigan, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

  4. The rate of inflation was 3.23%. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index, “Purchasing power decreased by 3.23% in 2006 compared to the previous year, 2005. On average, you would have to spend 3.23% more money in 2006 than in 2005 for the same item. In other words, $1 in 2005 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1.03 in 2006.”

  5. The average price for a gallon of gas was $3.03.

  6. The USPS raised the price of a first-class stamp to 39 cents. On January 29, the first 39-cent stamp was released featuring Hattie McDaniel in the dress she wore when she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1940. Hattie was the first African-American actress to receive an Oscar.

  7. A movie ticket cost $6.04, one-year tuition at Harvard was $30,275, and a gallon of milk cost $3.23.

  8. The federal minimum wage was $5.15, the average annual income was $37,900, and the average price of a new car was $28,800.

  9. A 2006 Honda Civic EX cost about $19,055. On the other hand, a 2006 Chevrolet Corvette had a sticker price of $43,690.

  10. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, bread went from 10 cents a loaf in 1946 to 97 cents a loaf in 2006. During the same period, milk increased from 67 cents a gallon to $3.23 a gallon. Eggs went from 59 cents a dozen to 98 cents a dozen.

  11. In January 2006, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the United States was $244,900. By December, the median price had decreased to $244,700. Comparatively, in January 2017, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the U.S. was $315,200. By December, the median price had increased to $343,300.

  12. In January 2006, there were 525,000 homes for sale in the U.S. By December, the number of homes on the market had increased to 537,000.

  13. On January 19, the New Horizons spacecraft was launched as part of NASA’s New Frontiers Program. The New Horizons mission was headed toward Pluto and was scheduled to pass “within 6,200 miles of Pluto . . . on July 14, 2015.” NASA’s intent was “to study Pluto's atmosphere and surface.”

  14. On January 24, Stephen Harper became the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada. Harper, a member of the Conservative Party of Canada, defeated incumbent Paul Martin in the federal election.

  15. On January 31, Alan Greenspan retired as Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve.

  16. On February 1, economist Ben Bernanke became the new Federal Reserve Chairman.

  17. On February 8, the results of an eight-year federal study found that “a low-fat diet does not decrease the risk of heart disease, cancer, or stroke.” Many practitioners in the medical community found the results stunning.

  18. On February 15, the House of Representatives released a report on the response to Hurricane Katrina, and assigned blame on “all levels of government.”

  19. In April, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a report stating that there were about a trillion barrels of oil “in three basins along the present-day Green River in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah.”

  20. On June 29, the prime rate was 8.25%.

  21. In July, the FBI arrested three people for trying to sell Coca-Cola trade secrets and recipes to Pepsi-Cola.

  22. On August 24, The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefined the solar system. Most notably, Pluto lost its status as a planet and was reclassified as a dwarf planet. According to the IAU, the solar system officially consists of eight planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. There are also three dwarf planets--Pluto, Ceres, and Eris.

  23. In October, the U.S. population reached 300 million.

  24. On October 18, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 12,000 for the first time in its 110-year history. Guardian.com tells us that “The rise in the Dow was triggered by an unexpected increase in new housing starts, which raised hopes that the slowdown in the US housing market may be less severe than feared.”

  25. On November 7, Democrats gained control of both houses of Congress during the midterm elections. The Washington Post tells us that “In the House, Democrats won 230 seats and led in two races, while Republicans won 196 seats and led in seven races. Democrats will have nine new senators on their side of the aisle as a result of Tuesday's balloting. Six of them defeated sitting Republican senators from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Rhode Island, Montana[,] and Virginia. The other three replaced retiring senators from Maryland, Minnesota[,] and Vermont.”

3. Random Sports Facts

This information has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us. Generally suitable for all age groups, sports trivia questions and answers are a welcome addition to any party game.

  • World Series Champions - St. Louis Cardinals
  • Super Bowl Champions - Pittsburgh Steelers
  • NBA Champions - Miami Heat
  • Stanley Cup Champs - Carolina Hurricanes
  • NCAA Basketball Champions - Florida
  • NCAA Football Champions - Florida
  • U.S. Open Golf - Geoff Ogilvy
  • U.S. Tennis (men/women) - Roger Federer/Maria Sharapova
  • Wimbledon (men/women) - Roger Federer/Amelie Mauresmo
  • Kentucky Derby - Barbaro
  • World Cup (soccer) - Italy

In 2006, “123456” was a common password.
In 2006, “123456” was a common password.

4. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  1. In February 2006, Del Monte announced that it would end pineapple production in Hawaii. The company’s decision left only two companies that grow pineapple in the Aloha State--Dole Food Hawaii and Maui Land & Pineapple Company.

  2. On March 3, the Broadway musical Mary Poppins closed after 2,619 performances.

  3. In May, Walmart became the largest seller of organic milk in the U.S.

  4. On May 28, Barry Bonds hit his 715th career home run, passing Babe Ruth on the MLB all-time list.

  5. FoodReference.com tells us that in October, the Four Seasons restaurant in New York “raised the price of its Baked Potato with White Truffles to $200, up from last years price of $150.”

  6. In December, New York became the first American city to ban artificial trans fats in restaurant food. According to the New York Times, the ban affected “all but tiny amounts of artificial trans fats in restaurant cooking, a move that would radically transform the way food is prepared in thousands of restaurants, from McDonald’s to fashionable bistros to Chinese take-outs.”

  7. In 2006, popular baby names were Aiden, Jacob, Ethan, Ryan, Emma, Madison, Ava, and Emily. In 1946, favorite baby names were James, Robert, John, William, Mary, Linda, Patricia, and Barbara.

  8. Fashion trends in 2006 included floaty dresses, flat boots, excessive bangles, red berets, capri pants, cropped jeans, fur-lined boots, satin shirts, dog tags, and denim jackets.

  9. In 2006, “to pluto” meant to demote or devalue, and “to YouTube” meant to use the YouTube website.

  10. Crash won an Oscar for Best Picture, Doris Roberts won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a comedy series, and Boulevard Of Broken Dreams won a Grammy for Record of the Year.

  11. Jennifer Berry (Oklahoma) was crowned Miss America and Tara Conner (Kentucky) became Miss USA.

  12. Time Magazine’s Person of the Year was “You,” in commemoration of all Internet users.

  13. In 2006, life expectancy in the U.S. was 77.59 years.

  14. The cost of a Super Bowl ad was $2,500,000.

  15. Celebrity breakups included Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards, Britney Spears and Kevin Federline, Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, and Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.

  16. Famous weddings in 2006 included Chip Reid and Nina Block, Tony Hawk and Lhotse Merriam, Shelley Winters and Gerry DeFord, Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Lockwood, Richard Dreyfuss and Svetlana Erokhin, Casey Affleck and Summer Phoenix, Dick Wolf and Noelle Lippman, Warren Buffett and Astrid Menks, and Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

5. Computer and Internet History Facts

These fun facts and trivia from 2006 have been made available courtesy of ComputerHope.com.

  1. According to Compute.info, the most common passwords in 2006 were password, 123456, 12345678, 1234, qwerty, dragon, baseball, football, letmein, monkey, 696969, abc123, Mustang, Michael, shadow, master, Jennifer, 111111, 2000, Jordan, Superman, Harley, 1234567, hunter, and ranger.

  2. Here is a partial list of computer and Internet companies that were launched in 2006: Badoo, BuzzFeed, CafeMom, Digital Universe, Funambol, GirlsAskGuys, Giveaway of the Day (GOTD), Goodreads, HubPages, IBT Media, Jewcy, LiveLeak, Pure Digital Technologies, Rutube, Spill.com, Shopify, Spokeo, Twitter, Wix, and Zotac.

  3. jQuery, “a JavaScript library designed to simplify HTML DOM tree traversal and manipulation,” was introduced on January 26.

  4. On January 27, Western Union discontinued “all telegram and commercial messaging services.” Money.CNN.com explains that the company “was founded to provide far-ranging message services, and created the first transcontinental message service in the United States in 1861 which was used to send coast-to-coast messages during the Civil War.” Western Union is now a financial services provider and specializes in electronic money transfers as well as email and fax services.

  5. In February 2006, the billionth song was downloaded on iTunes. It was titled “Speed of Sound” by Coldplay.

  6. On March 2, Wikipedia volunteers created the 1,000,000 article. The article was about the Jordanhill railway station in the West End of Glasgow, Scotland.

  7. On March 9, Google announced that it had purchased Writely, which marked the beginning of Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Sheets, and Google Slides.

  8. On March 31, Toshiba released the first HD DVD player in Japan.

  9. In April, Skype announced that it had over 100 million registered users. Skype, a communication platform that can be used between computers, tablets, and mobile devices, was launched in 2003.

  10. In April, Google launched Google Calendar.

  11. Twitter, an online social networking platform where users “post and interact” with messages known as “tweets,” was launched to the public on July 15, 2006. Twitter was created by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams. Lifewire.com tells us that in its early days, Twitter was referred to as “twttr.” A popular trend at the time, sometimes to gain a domain-name advantage, was to drop vowels in the names of companies and services. Software developer Noah Glass was credited with coming up with the original name “twttr” as well as its final incarnation as Twitter. (By the way, Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet which read “just setting up my twttr.”)

  12. On August 6, MySpace announced that it had 106 million accounts.

  13. In September, Apple released the iTV, which is known today as Apple TV.

  14. In October, Amazon.com launched Alexa Web Search (AWS), which allowed users to access “Historical Traffic and Sites Linking In” data.

  15. On October 9, Google announced that it was purchasing YouTube for $1.65 billion.

  16. On October 18, Microsoft launched Windows Explorer 7.

  17. On October 23, Google introduced its Custom Search Engine service. The service allowed users to narrow Google’s 11.5 billion indexed web pages down to a “topical group of pages.”

  18. On October 24, Microsoft released Windows Defender.

  19. On October 26, U.S. President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act into law. Designed to combat terrorism, the Patriot Act gave law enforcement officials greater flexibility when “searching telephone, e-mail, and other forms of communication and records.”

  20. On November 11, Sony released the PlayStation 3.

  21. On November 19, Nintendo launched the Nintendo Wii System.

  22. On December 13, Google launched its patent search engine that allowed users to search over seven million patents.

In 2006, Planters Cheez Balls were a real crowd-pleaser.
In 2006, Planters Cheez Balls were a real crowd-pleaser.

6. Nobel Prize Winners

These history facts from 2006 have been made available courtesy of IMDB.com.

Peace: Muhammad Yunus (Bangladesh) and the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh for “their efforts to create economic and social development from below.”

Literature: Orhan Pamuk (Turkey) “who in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures.”

Physics: Jointly to John C. Mather and George F. Smoot (both from the U.S.) for “their discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation.”

Chemistry: Roger D. Kornberg (U.S.) for “his studies of the molecular basis of eukaryotic transcription.”

Physiology or Medicine: Jointly to Andrew Z. Fire and Craig C. Mello (both from the U.S.) for “their discovery of RNA interference - gene silencing by double-stranded RNA.”

Economics: Edmund S. Phelps (U.S.) for “his analysis of intertemporal tradeoffs in macroeconomic policy.”

7. 2006/2007’s Most Popular Television Shows (According to Nielsen)

  1. American Idol (FOX)

  2. Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

  3. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)

  4. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

  5. House (FOX)

  6. Desperate Housewives (ABC)

  7. CSI: Miami (CBS)

  8. Sunday Night Football (NBC)

  9. Without a Trace (CBS)

  10. Deal or No Deal (NBC)

8. Best-Selling Fiction & Nonfiction Books

This book trivia has been made available courtesy of InfoPlease.com.

Fiction:

  1. For One More Day by Mitch Albom

  2. Cross by James Patterson

  3. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

  4. Next by Michael Crichton

  5. Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris

  6. Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

  7. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich

  8. Cell by Stephen King

  9. Beach Road by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge

  10. The Fifth Horseman by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

  11. Judge & Jury by James Patterson and Andrew Gross

  12. At Risk by Patricia Cornwell

  13. Wild Fire by Nelson DeMille

  14. Treasure of Khan by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

  15. Brother Odd by Dean Koontz

Nonfiction:

  1. The Innocent Man by John Grisham

  2. You: On a Diet: The Owner’s Manual for Waist Management by Michael F. Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.

  3. Marley & Me by John Grogan

  4. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

  5. Culture Warrior by Bill O’Reilly

  6. Guinness World Records 2007

  7. The Best Life Diet by Bob Greene

  8. Cesar’s Way: The Natural Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems by Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier

  9. The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman

  10. State of Denial: Bush at War Part III by Bob Woodward

  11. The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren

  12. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

  13. Inside My Heart: Choosing to Live with Passion and Purpose by Robin McGraw

  14. Paula Deen Celebrates!: Best Dishes and Best Wishes for the Best Times of Your Life by Paula Deen and Martha Nesbit

  15. Godless: The Church of Liberalism by Ann Coulter

In 2006, Google purchased YouTube for $1.65 billion.
In 2006, Google purchased YouTube for $1.65 billion.

9. Most Popular Movies of the Year

These film facts have been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  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

  11. Over the Hedge

  12. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

  13. Click

  14. Mission: Impossible III

  15. The Departed

  16. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

  17. The Devil Wears Prada

  18. The Break-Up

  19. Dreamgirls

  20. Scary Movie 4

  21. Failure to Launch

  22. Inside Man

  23. Open Season

  24. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

  25. Charlotte’s Web (2006)

10. Entries into the National Film Registry

This film trivia has been made available courtesy of the Library of Congress.

  1. A Time Out of War (1954)
  2. Applause (1929)
  3. Blazing Saddles (1974)
  4. Flesh and the Devil (1927)
  5. Groundhog Day (1993)
  6. Halloween (1978)
  7. In the Street (1948)
  8. Notorious (1946)
  9. Red Dust (1932)
  10. Rocky (1976)
  11. Siege (1940)
  12. St. Louis Blues (1929)
  13. The Big Trail (1930)
  14. The Last Command (1928)
  15. The T.A.M.I. Show (1964)
  16. Traffic in Souls (1913)

11. Cool Pop Music Artists

This music news has been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Cassie, Chamillionaire, Chris Brown, Daniel Powter, Danity Kane, Eminem, Evanescence, Fall Out Boy, Fergie, Gnarls Barkley, Hinder, Il Divo, Jack Johnson, James Blunt, Jamie Foxx, Josh Turner, Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Nelly, Ne-Yo, Nickelback, Panic! At The Disco, Rascal Flatts, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rihanna, Shakira, Snow Patrol, The All-American Rejects, The Black Eyed Peas, The Fray, The Pussycat Dolls, T.I., and Yung Joc.

12. Number One Music Hits

These fun facts and trivia from 2006 have been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

  • December 31, 2005 - January 13, 2006: Mariah Carey - Don't Forget About Us

  • January 14 - January 20: D4L - Laffy Taffy

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

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

  • March 11 - March 17: James Blunt - You're Beautiful

  • March 18 - March 31: Ne-Yo - So Sick

  • April 1 - April 7: Sean Paul - Temperature

  • April 8 - May 12: Daniel Powter - Bad Day

  • May 13 - June 2: Rihanna - SOS

  • June 3 - June 16: Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone - Ridin'

  • June 17 - June 30: Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie

  • July 1 - July 7: Taylor Hicks - Do I Make You Proud

  • July 8 - August 18: Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland - Promiscuous

  • August 19 - September 8: Fergie - London Bridge

  • September 9 - October 27: Justin Timberlake - SexyBack

  • October 28 - November 10: Ludacris featuring Pharrell Williams - Money Maker

  • November 11 - December 1: Justin Timberlake featuring T.I. - My Love

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

  • December 16, 2006 - February 23, 2007: Beyoncé - Irreplaceable

In 2006, Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet.
In 2006, Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet.

13. Halloween Costume Trends

This information has been made available courtesy of NewsBlaze.com.

Top 10 Adult Male Costumes

  1. Elvis

  2. Funny

  3. Horror & gothic

  4. Matrix

  5. Pimp

  6. Pirate

  7. Star Wars

  8. Superhero

  9. Vampire

  10. Wizard of Oz

Top 10 Adult Female Costumes

  1. Disney character

  2. Fantasy & fairy

  3. Nurse

  4. Pirate and wench

  5. Sexy costumes

  6. Star Wars

  7. Superhero

  8. Vampiress

  9. Witches

  10. Wizard of Oz

Top 10 Kids Costumes

  1. Batman

  2. Funny costumes

  3. Green Lantern

  4. Harry Potter costumes

  5. Princess & fairy

  6. SpiderMan

  7. Star Wars costumes

  8. Superhero flash

  9. Superman muscle-chest costume

  10. Wonder Woman child costume

14. Interesting Holiday Gifts for Tech Lovers

This tech trivia has been made available courtesy of ComputerWorld.com.

  1. Personal audio player: iPod Nano
  2. Personal video player: Archos 604 WiFi
  3. Music headphones: Shure E500PTH Sound Isolating Earphones
  4. Cell phone: Helio Drift
  5. Smart Phone: Palm Treo 680
  6. Mobile headset for noisy environments: theBoom v4
  7. Bluetooth headset: Plantronics Voyager 510
  8. PDA: Hewlett-Packard iPAQ rx5915 Travel Companion
  9. In-car GPS device: TomTom GO 510
  10. Car diagnostic tool: CarMD

In 2006, "Grey’s Anatomy" was a popular TV show.
In 2006, "Grey’s Anatomy" was a popular TV show.

15. Popular Foods & Beverages

These fun facts and trivia from 2006 have been made available courtesy of SpoonUniversity.com and TheKitchn.com.

  1. Baby Bottle Pop

  2. Bachman Pretzel Stix

  3. Bacon (for example, crispy brown-sugar glazed bacon)

  4. Brown butter pasta

  5. Cake pops

  6. Cheez-It Gripz Baked Snack Crackers

  7. Comfort foods (chicken pot pies, meatloaf, mac ‘n cheese, and pizza)

  8. Creme brûlée

  9. Cupcakes (especially mini cupcakes)

  10. French Toast Crunch Cereal

  11. Fruit smoothies (for example, mango yogurt smoothies)

  12. Giant hunks of meat (influenced by the Atkins diet)

  13. Hi-C

  14. Jell-O Pudding Pops

  15. Kellogg’s Fruit Twistables

  16. Kraft Jet-Puffed FunMallows Miniature Marshmallows

  17. Lunchables Fun Snacks

  18. Ouch! Bubble Gum

  19. Planters Cheez Balls

  20. Planters Cheez Curls

  21. Popsicle Cookies & Cream (dairy dessert)

  22. Roasted beet salads with goat cheese

  23. Scooby-Doo! Fruit Flavored Snacks

  24. Sliders

  25. Tic Tac Cinnamon Spice (still America’s #1 breath mint)

  26. Watermelon and feta salad

  27. Yoplait Trix Yogurt

16. The 10 Best-Selling Cars in America - 2006 Year End

This auto news has been made available courtesy of GoodCarBadCar.net.

  1. Toyota Camry
  2. Toyota Corolla/Matrix
  3. Honda Accord
  4. Honda Civic
  5. Chevrolet Impala
  6. Nissan Altima
  7. Chevrolet Cobalt
  8. Ford Focus
  9. Ford Taurus
  10. Ford Mustang

17. Famous People Who Died in the Year 2006

This celebrity news has been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

  • January 14 - Shelley Winters - American actress (Lolita, A Place in the Sun)

  • February 4 - Betty Friedan - American writer and feminist

  • March 6 - Kirby Puckett - American MLB player (Minnesota Twins)

  • April 13 - Muriel Spark - Scottish author (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie)

  • April 29 - John Kenneth Galbraith - Canadian economist

  • May 11 - Floyd Patterson - American boxer

  • July 7 - Syd Barrett - English guitarist

  • August 23 - Ed Warren - American paranormal investigator

  • September 4 - Steve Irwin - Australian naturalist and television personality

  • September 11 - Joachim Fest - German historian and journalist

  • September 26 - Byron Nelson - American PGA golfer

  • October 6 - Buck O'Neil - American baseball player (Kansas City Monarchs)

  • October 20 - Jane Wyatt - American actress (Father Knows Best)

  • October 28 - [Arnold] Red Auerbach - American NBA coach and general manager

  • November 16 - Milton Friedman - American economist

  • November 20 - Robert Altman - American screenwriter, producer, and director

  • December 18 - Joseph Barbera - American cartoonist (Tom and Jerry, Flintstones)

  • December 26 - Gerald Ford - 38th U.S. President and 41st U.S. Vice-President

In 2006, Del Monte announced that it would end pineapple production in Hawaii.
In 2006, Del Monte announced that it would end pineapple production in Hawaii.

18. America’s Largest Corporations

  1. Walmart

  2. Exxon Mobil

  3. General Motors

  4. Chevron

  5. ConocoPhillips

  6. General Electric

  7. Ford Motor

  8. Citigroup

  9. Bank of America

  10. American International Group

  11. J.P. Morgan Chase & Company

  12. Berkshire Hathaway

  13. Verizon Communications

  14. Hewlett-Packard

  15. International Business Machines

  16. Valero Energy

  17. Home Depot

  18. McKesson

  19. Cardinal Health

  20. Morgan Stanley

  21. UnitedHealth Group

  22. Merrill Lynch

  23. Altria Group

  24. Goldman Sachs Group

  25. Procter & Gamble

19. U.S. Chains From 2006 That No Longer Exist

This retail trivia has been made available courtesy of Newsday.com.

  1. A&P
  2. All-Star Cafe
  3. Ames
  4. B. Dalton Bookseller
  5. Bonwit Teller
  6. Borders
  7. Caldor
  8. Chi-Chi’s
  9. Circuit City
  10. City Sports
  11. CompUSA
  12. Crazy Eddie
  13. Crown Books
  14. Discovery Channel Store
  15. FAO Schwarz
  16. Filene’s Basement
  17. Gadzooks
  18. Hecht’s
  19. Herman’s World of Sporting Goods
  20. Hhgregg
  21. Horn & Hardart
  22. Howard Johnson’s
  23. Incredible Universe
  24. KB Toys
  25. Kaufmann’s
  26. Kenny Rogers Roasters
  27. Kids “R” Us
  28. Kinney Shoes
  29. Levitz Furniture
  30. Linens ‘n Things
  31. Marshall Field’s
  32. Media Play
  33. Mervyn’s
  34. Minnie Pearl Fried Chicken
  35. Service Merchandise
  36. Sharper Image
  37. Sleepy’s
  38. Sport Chalet
  39. Sports Authority
  40. Steak and Ale
  41. Steve & Barry’s
  42. Teavana
  43. The Wiz
  44. Thom McAn
  45. Tower Records
  46. Tweeter
  47. Virgin Megastore
  48. Warner Bros. Studio Store
  49. Woolworth
  50. Zany Brainy

20. Companies Established in 2006

  1. Alcatel-Lucent

  2. Amazon Video

  3. ArcelorMittal

  4. Are You Watching This?!

  5. BuzzFeed

  6. Envato

  7. Gas South

  8. Goodreads

  9. HubPages

  10. Hulu

  11. Hungryhouse

  12. Jewcy

  13. LiveLeak

  14. Mango TV

  15. Newsvine

  16. Open Library

  17. Orbicon

  18. Rewire.News

  19. Shopify

  20. Solar City

  21. Spectra Energy

  22. Spokeo

  23. Twitter

  24. Verve Energy

  25. Xero

In 2006, the billionth song was downloaded on iTunes.
In 2006, the billionth song was downloaded on iTunes.

© 2018 Gregory DeVictor

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