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Retrospecticus: What Happened in '06 - Part I

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Local News

Feb 1 - A viral outbreak in South Res leaves many students sick. The symptoms of the gastrointestinal illness included severe nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea and usually lasted only 24 to 48 hours.
Feb 16 City of Guelph employees go on strike after failing to reach a negotiated settlement with the city. The 560 public employees worked in such city services as by-law enforcement, waste collection and the Public Library. City services were closed for a week-and-a-half until a settlement was reached on the 25th.
Mar 08 - The Ontario government releases new regulations regarding tuition. The multi-year framework allows universities to increase tuition for first-year students by up to 4.5 per cent in most programs and up to eight per cent in the first year of professional and graduate programs with subsequent annual increases limited to four per cent. Overall, tuition increases may not exceed five per cent at any institution.
Mar 18 - Rick Mercer comes to College Royal and films a segment for his CBC comedy show.
Mar 31 - The University and CUPE local 3913 reach a tentative agreement and avert a potential strike four days out from when the public workers union would be in a legal strike position.

National News

Jan 23 - The Federal Election results in the Conservative Party of Canada holding the largest number of seats in Parliament, making Stephen Harper Prime Minister.
Feb 6 - Harper is sworn in as the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada.
Mar 11 - Harper makes a surprise trip to Afghanistan, to visit troops in theatre as a show of support for their efforts, and as a demonstration of the government's commitment to reconstruction and stability in the region.
Mar 23 - A British led multinational military results in the rescue of three Christian Peacemaker hostages held in Iraq for nearly four months; Briton Norman Kember and Canadians Harmeet Singh Sooden and James Loney.

International News

Jan 3 - Jack Abramoff pleads guilty to federal conspiracy, fraud and tax evasion charges.
Jan 4 - Bird flu hits Turkey with two confirmed cases
Jan 6 - Tropical Storm Zeta dissipates officially drawing to a close the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season; After the Regional Public Prosecutor in Viborg, Denmark decides to discontinue an investigation into whether an offense was committed by a Danish newspaper to publish cartoons of the prophet Muhammad; world wide protests are made against Denmark by offended Muslims. The cartoons are republished by several other Western publications, further inflaming tensions between Muslims and the West for several months.
Jan 25 - Hamas wins the majority of seats in the Palestinian Legislative Council elections.
Feb 11 - U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shoots his friend and lawyer, Harry Whittington, in the face with a shotgun on a south Texas ranch, launching a thousand jokes on late-night TV
Mar 11 - Slobodan Milosevic was found dead in his cell in the UN war crimes tribunal's detention centre in The Hague; Michelle Bachelet is sworn in as the first female President of Chile.
Mar 17 - The United States, the last nation in the world to have battleships in a reserve fleet, strikes its two remaining Iowa-class battleships from the Naval Vessel Register, ending the age of the battleship.

Science & Technology

Jan 15 - NASA's Stardust mission successfully ends, the first to return dust from a comet.
Jan 19 - Australian researchers at the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research centre in Hobart, Tasmania, publish experimental data that matches models of increasing sea level rising.
Feb 1 - Western Union announces on its website that it no longer transmits telegram messages. Stop. The company had begun pioneering that service 145 years ago. Stop.
Feb 10 - A study is published in Science that finds evidence that the 20th century saw the most wide spread warming in the last 1200 years, which also represents the largest temperature anomaly of any kind in that period
Mar 4 - The final contact attempt with Pioneer 10, the first man-made object to leave the solar system, receives no response; The companies Research In Motion and NTP agree on a settlement in their highly publicized patent dispute involving Blackberry technology.
Mar 25 - A revolutionary scramjet jet engine, Hyshot III, designed to fly at seven times the speed of sound, is successfully tested at Woomera, South Australia

The Arts

Jan 20 - Karla, the controversial movie about the murders of Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French, is released in Canada.
Feb 18 – The Rolling Stones give a free concert to three million people in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, possibly one of the largest ever given.
Feb 8 - The 48th Annual Grammy Awards are held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The big winner of the night is U2 who sweep all 5 nominations, including Album and Song of the Year Awards.
Feb 22 – The one-billionth song is downloaded on ITunes; it was “Speed of Sound” by Coldplay.
March 5 - Three 6 Mafia made history as they became the first African-American hip-hop group to win an Oscar for Best Song and also became the first hip-hop artists to ever perform at the ceremony. The group was nominated for the song "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from the Hustle & Flow soundtrack. Host Jon Stewart couldn’t stop laughing afterwards.

Sports

Jan 6 - The Canadian Junior Hockey Team wins its 12th gold medal in the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship
January 22 - Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers scores 81 points in a regulation NBA game, second only to Wilt Chamberlain who scored 100 points on December 8, 1961.
Feb 10-Feb 26 - The XX Olympic Winter Games were held in Turin, Italy. Canada finishes fifth in the overall medal standings with seven gold, ten silver and seven bronze. Canada won gold in women’s free style skiing, men's skeleton, women's hockey, ladies 1500m speed skating, ladies sprint cross country, men's curling, and ladies 5000m speed skating. Cindy Klassen wins a total of five medals, including one gold and two each of silver and bronze. This result makes her the best Canadian Olympian ever.

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