January 4: The Texas Longhorns quarterbacked by
Vince Young defeat the Trojans of the University of Southern California
41 to 38 for the college football national championship.
10: Iran breaks the United
Nations seals on its nuclear facility, vowing to restart its nuclear
January 19: The New Horizons spacecraft is launched
on a mission to Pluto. It will take over nine years to reach
Pluto and travel over 3 billion miles during its journey.
January 31: The US Senate votes 58-42 to confirm
Samuel Alito as an associate justice to the US Supreme Court.
Alito replaces the retiring Sandra Day O'Conner.
February 5: The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the
Seattle Seahawks 21-10 to win Superbowl XL.
February 11: US Vice President Dick Cheney
accidentally shoots his hunting partner lawyer Harry Whittington while
hunting for quail.
February 22: A terrorist attack destroys the golden
dome of the most revered Shiite shrine in Iraq.
March 3: Former congressman Randy Cunningham is
sentence to 8 years in prison for taking bribes from military
March 10: Scientists report that the Cassini
spacecraft has taken photographs of what appear to be water
geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus.
March 11: Former Yugoslavian President Slobodan
Milosevic dies of a heart attack in his prison cell. Milosevic was on
trial at The Hague for war crimes.
March 29: Ismail Haniya, leader of the terrorist
group Hamas is sworn in as the Palestinian Prime Minister.
April 4: Deposed Iraqi dictator is charge with
crimes of genocide for a campaign that killed over 50,000 Iraqi Kurds
and over 2,000 villages in an attempt to wipe out the Kurdish
April 19: Mary, Lexie, and I fly to
Miami, Florida. We are going diving with Mercury Astronaut Scott
Carpenter down to the Jules Verne Lodge off Key Largo, Florida. I
have called this adventure the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
Expedition 1. For my account of this adventure follow the ASF EXP 1 A
link. The adventure is told on three web pages, ASF EXP 1 A, ASF EXP 1 B, and ASF EXP 1 C.
May 3: Terrorist Zacarius Moussaoui is sentenced
to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his part in the
September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the US.
May 25: Former Enron executives Kenneth Lay and
Jeffrey Skilling are convicted of fraud and conspiracy.
May 27: Approximately 5,570 people are killed by
an Indonesian 6.3 magnitude earthquake. Over 500,000 people are left
May 28: Sam Hornish Jr. wins the 90th running of
the Indianapolis 500.
June 8: Terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is
killed in an air strike 5 miles North of Baquba, Iraq. Zarqawi was the
head of al-Qaeda in Iraq and was blamed for killing thousands of Iraqis
and US soldiers.
Bill Gates the chairman of Microsoft announces that he will step aside
from day to day operations in 2 years to concentrate instead on
philanthropic efforts with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
June 20: The Miami Heat defeat the Dallas
Mavericks 4 games to 2 to win the 2006 NBA championship.
June 30: Mary, Lexie, Wayland, and
I fly to Florida for the STS-121 launch attempt. That night we
have a private dinner with Al Worden at Bernard's Surf in Cocoa
Beach. For my account of our dinner follow the Cocoa Beach link.
July 1: NASA scrubs the STS-121
launch attempt on Saturday. I sing Karaoke with Apollo 15 Command
Module Pilot Al Worden. For my account of these events follow the
121 Scrub #1 link.
July 2: NASA scrubs the STS-121
launch attempt on Sunday. For my account of this event follow the
121 Scrub #2
July 4: NASA launches space shuttle
Discover on STS-121 on another mission to continue the construction of
the International Space Station. My wife, two of our
grandchildren, and me watch the launch from the Banana Creek VIP site
at the Kennedy Space Center. For my account of this event follow
that STS-121 link.
July 10: Chechen terrorist Shamil
Basayev is killed by an explosion conducted by Russian security forces.
Basayev was responsible for organizing the 2002 Moscow theater seizure
and the Beslan 2004 school seizure.
July 11: More than 200 people die
on trains in Mumbai, India from a series of terrorist bombs.
July 12: Hezbollah guerrillas abduct
2 Israeli soldiers and kill 3 others igniting a month long war between
Israeli and guerrillas in Southern Lebanon.
July 17: Space shuttle Discovery
returns to earth after a 13 day construction mission to the
International Space Station. 3 EVAs were conducted during the mission.
July 27: The crimes against
humanity trial of deposed Iraqi dictator Sadaam Hussein is completed.
August 10: A terrorist plot in
Britain is stopped when British authorities arrest 24 British born
Muslims. The plot involved using liquids to blow up passenger
August 24: Pluto loses its
status as a planet. The International Astronomical Union votes to
reclassify Pluto as a dwarf planet.
September 5: Felipe Calderón is declared the winner by
the Federal Electoral Tribunal of Mexico's July 2 presidential election.
September 9: NASA launches space
shuttle Atlantis on STS-115. This is the first launch of Atlantis
in nearly 4 years. The crew consisted of astronauts Brett W.
Jett, Jr., Christopher J. Ferguson, Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper
Joseph R. Tanner, Daniel C. Burbank, and Steven G. MaClean. 3
EVAs were conducted on this space station construction mission.
September 19: Thailand's military
ousts Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra with a bloodless coup.
September 21: Space shuttle
Atlantis successful lands at the Kennedy Space Center after the
completion of its 12 day mission on STS-115.
September 29: Republican
Congressman Mark Foley steps down from the US House of Representatives
after reports come out of his involvement in sending sexual explicit
text messages to teenage male Congressional pages.
September 28: Mary, Lexie, and I
are in Key Largo Florida for three days of scuba diving with Apollo 15
Command Module Pilot Al Worden. I have called this
Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Expedition 2. For my account of
this adventure follow the ASF EXP 1 A link. The adventure is told
on five web pages, ASF EXP 2 A, ASF EXP 2 B, ASF EXP 2 C, ASF EXP 2 D,
and ASF EXP 2 E.
October 2: Charles Roberts IV, a
deranged man, kills 5 girls and injures 5 others at an Amish school in
Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania.
October 9: North Korea is reported
to have conducted a nuclear weapons test.
October 19: The Dow Jones
Industrial average tops 12,000 for the first time in the stock index's
110 year history.
November 5: Iraqi dictator Sadaam Hussein is sentenced to death by
hanging for crimes against humanity.
November 7: Democrats seize control
of both houses of United States Congress in the midterm elections.
November 8: US Secretary of Defense
Donald Rumsfeld resigns from the Bush cabinet. President Bush
nominates former chief of the CIA, Robert Gates, to succeed Rumsfeld.
November 19: Jimmie Johnson wins the 2006 Nextel Cup for his first
NASA launches space shuttle Discover on STS-116 with the first night
launch conducted in 4 years. It is another mission to
continue the construction of the International Space Station.
This will be the last space shuttle to launch from launch pad 39-B My
wife, two of our grandchildren, and me watch the launch from the Banana
Creek VIP site at the Kennedy Space Center. For my photos and story of
this launch follow the STS-116 link.
December 3: Venezuelan President
Hugo Chávez is reelected president of
Venezuela defeating Manuel Rosales 61% to 38%.
December 4: NASA announces plans to
build a manned base on the Moon. Construction of the base is to
begin after the year 2020.
December 30: Deposed Iraqi dictator
Sadaam Hussein is put to death by hanging after having been sentenced
to death for crimes against humanity.