Reminder: This Was Life In 2006

OMG, The Hills premiered a decade ago!

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was the BIGGEST movie of the year. The Da Vinci Code and Cars were among the top five movies of the year.


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2. Lance Bass came out publicly.

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3. Britney Spears appeared nude and six months pregnant (with her second child, Jayden) on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar

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4. …and later filed for divorce from K-Fed.

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5. Oprah confronted James Frey on her show for fabricating his memoir A Million Little Pieces.

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Oprah had selected the book as part of her illustrious Oprah’s Book Club the previous year.

6. A posthumous Audrey Hepburn appeared in a Gap commercial while dancing along to AC/DC’s “Back in Black.”

The footage used was from her 1957 film Funny Face.

7. People went crazy for H&M’s designer collaboration with Dutch designers Viktor & Rolf.




It was H&M’s third designer collaboration.

8. That ’70s Show, Malcolm in the Middle, and Arrested Development all aired their final episodes…





Arrested Development was canceled at the time by Fox for low ratings.

9. …while 30 Rock and Ugly Betty both aired their first episodes.


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10. Howard Stern relaunched his show on Sirius Satellite Radio.

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Stern signed a five-year contract with Sirius worth $500 million!

11. Daniel Powter had the biggest song of the year with “Bad Day” and you pretty much couldn’t escape it.

12. Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake, and Rihanna all dropped albums that got everyone out on the dance floor.





13. Coldplay’s “Speed of Sound” became the 1 billionth song sold on iTunes.


The winner who downloaded the one billionth song received a $10,000 iTunes gift card, a 20-inch iMac computer, and 10 60GB iPods.

14. And for the first time you could buy full-length movies on iTunes — and strain your eyes in the process as you tired to watch them on your iPod.

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15. Microsoft tried to jump on the MP3 player craze and launched Zune.

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16. Taylor Hicks won the fifth season of American Idol, which was also the biggest show on TV.

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17. Lauren Conrad moved out of Laguna Beach and into the Hollywood Hills.


The rest was then unwritten.

18. High School Musical first aired on Disney Channel, introducing us to Zac Efron and some other people whom no one remembers.


The soundtrack was also the biggest-selling album of that year.

19. The first tweet ever was sent.

It was sent by Twitter’s co-founder Jack Dorsey, of course.

20. Facebook was opened to everyone (not just college students).

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21. And finally, we were just getting to know Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana.


The show first aired in March 2006!

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