Ten things you didn’t realise happened ten years ago

2016 seems like the distant future. 2006 feels like yesterday (or even just a couple of years ago) to so many of us.

1. The Thames Whale

The female Northern bottle nose whale was found swimming in the River Thames on 20th January 2006 – according to the BBC, she was five metres long and weighed as much as seven tonnes. This type of whale is usually found around the coasts of far north Scotland and the Arctic Ocean. Sadly the whale, affectionately named Diana, died after a rescue attempt on 21st January. Her skeleton is kept at the Natural History Museum.

2. Casino Royale

The first Bond film with Daniel Craig as the main man was released in November 2006. Since making his mark with this film, Craig has gone on to film Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre. He soon captured the hearts and imaginations of Bond fans everywhere – especially with the famous skimpy shorts scene.

3. The Black Parade

“When I was a young boy, my father took me into the city…” – yep, My Chemical Romance’s biggest album The Black Parade was released to the world in 2006. It had hits like I Don’t Love You, Teenagers and Famous Last Words, and created a cult following and huge rise in the teenage emo population. Welcome To the Black Parade was the band’s only UK number one in their existence – the band broke up in March 2013.

4. Nintendo Wii

A revolution in gaming, the Wii used motion to enhance the game experience. There were horror stories of televisions and lights breaking due to remotes being thrown around. Top games included Wii Sports and Mario Kart – but the Wii didn’t last so long in its popularity.

5. Alexander Litvinenko 

A former Russian FSB spy died after suffering from radiation poisoning – something he and his widow claimed was the hand of authorised by Russian government. After a long and expensive inquiry, it was concluded that Litvinenko’s death was probably personally approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

6. Ryton Peugeot closure

The vast car factory at Ryton-on-Dunsmore, just outside of Coventry, closed months ahead of schedule. 2,300 jobs were lost and production of the Peugeot 206 was transferred to Slovakia. Now, the old site of the factory is used as industrial premises with Network Rail’s logistics distribution centre included.

7. Arctic Monkeys’ first album

Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not was released ten years ago as well. Their musical style has certainly changed from their first single to Do I Wanna Know? –  and they’ve even headlined Glastonbury in the process. Watch the video for their debut I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor below.

8. The smoking ban

The smoking ban in all enclosed work places came into force in Scotland, and was rolled out across the UK in 2007 (but it was announced in 2006, okay?). The ban was welcomed by most, and smoke-filled pubs, clubs and restaurants are now a thing of the past.

9. LOADS of TV shows ended

Top of the Pops, Grandstand, and Stars In Their Eyes all finished in 2006. We did, however, see the start of The One Show – so it can’t all be bad.

10. The death of VHS

There was once a time where home videos were just that – videos. Even though DVDs had been around for ten years or so, Hollywood films transitioned to just DVD. A History Of Violence, starring Viggo Mortensen, was the last major Hollywood film to release on VHS.

Jessica Allen

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