2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. It corresponds to the years 5766-5767 in the Hebrew Calendar and 1426-1427 in the Islamic Calendar. It has been designated:
* The International Year of Deserts and Desertification
* The Rembrandt Year, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the birth of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Netherlands’ greatest 17th-century painter.
* The Mozart Year, celebrating the 250th birthday of the Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
* The Tesla Year, celebrating the 150th birthday of the world known electrotechnician Nikola Tesla.
* The International Asperger’s Year, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Hans Asperger, discoverer of Asperger’s Syndrome.
* The year of the dog in Chinese Astrology.
Happy New Year. Let’s do this.