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The 26 Most 2006 Things Ever

From the goodbyes (Britney and Kevin, Steve Irwin, the planet Pluto) to pop culture highlights (Panic! wins Video of the Year! Jim and Pam's first kiss!), here are the defining moments of the indelible 2006

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February 1: Walmart officially stops selling VHS tapes

AURORA, CO - SEPTEMBER 16: Movies available at Video Video on September 16, 2015, in Aurora, Colorado. Video Video sells a va
Anya Semenoff/The Denver Post via Getty Images

DVDs will last forever! Right? Right....?

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February 22: Coldplay's "Speed of Sound" is the one billionth song is downloaded on iTunes

Chris Martin of Coldplay performs at the 48th Grammy.at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, C
Richard Hartog/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Remember "Speed of Sound"? It was the big Coldplay song between "Clocks" and "Viva La Vida"...

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March 5: 'Crash' wins the Academy Award for Best Picture

Brokeback Mountain was the heavy favorite to win, but did not.

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March 11: "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt hits No. 1

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April 18: Katie Holmes gives birth to child with Tom Cruise, Suri

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in Rome for wedding. Cruise and Holmes are expected to marry in the Orsini Odescalchi Castle in t
Eric VANDEVILLE/Getty Images

The news made us want to jump on a couch!

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April 30: Madonna performs at Coachella

Madonna (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
John Shearer/WireImage

Nine years later, she'd return to the festival... to make out with Drake.

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May 11: Pam and Jim have their first kiss on 'The Office'

THE OFFICE -- "Basketball" Episode 5 -- Aired 04/19/2005 -- Pictured: Justin Lubin/NBCU Photo Bank
Justin Lubin/NBCU Photo Bank

Awwwwwwww...

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May 27: Angelina Jolie gives birth to first child with Brad Pitt, Shiloh

People Magazine
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June 20: Blu-Ray discs launch

LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 08: Blues Brothers impersonators perform in front of an ad for the LG Super Multi Blue Blu-ray disc rewri
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Oh wait, DVDs are already obsolete? But...! WHAT!

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July 9: Italy wins FIFA World Cup title for the fourth time

Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro celebrates with the trophy after the World Cup 2006 final football game Italy vs.France, 09
PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
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July 15: Twitter is launched

(FILES) File photo dated September 11, 2013 shows the logo of the social networking website 'Twitter' displayed on a computer
AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL

Twitter trolls took a few more years to launch...

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June 23: Kevin Richardson leaves the Backstreet Boys

AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 20: Photo of BACKSTREET BOYS; L-R. Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, A.J. McLean, Kevin Richardson, Howie Doro
Bob King/Redferns

Don't worry, Kev would officially be back in the group by 2012.

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June 29: Jessica Simpson releases the curiously titled single "Public Affair"

Was that the same year that....?

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June 30: Jessica Simpson files for divorce from Nick Lachey

Nick Lachey & Jessica Simpson (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Gregg DeGuire/WireImage
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July 26: Lance Bass comes out as gay

People Magazine

The former *NSYNC member married Michael Turchin eight years later.

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August 24: Pluto is no longer considered a planet

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 2003: Proportions of planets and satellites of the solar system compared to the sun. Drawing. (Photo by D
DeAgostini/Getty Images
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August 25: 'The Cheetah Girls 2' earns massive ratings for the Disney Channel

Work it, Raven!

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August 31: Panic! at the Disco win Video of the Year at the VMAs

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 31: Panic! At the Disco celebrate their award for Best Video of the Year during the 2006 MTV Video Mus
Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images
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September 4: Steve Irwin dies of a stingray injury to the heart

SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 26: Collision Course", due in theaters July 12th.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Absolutely shocking news, for diehards and casual fans alike.

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September 26: Facebook opens to anyone over 13 years old

st/facebook Melissa Doman site at an online college community called 'thefacebook.com.  (Photo by Juana Arias/The Washington
Juana Arias/The Washington Post/Getty Images

And with an email address! Start connecting, kids!

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October 11: "Weird Al" Yankovic gets his first Top 10 hit with "White & Nerdy"

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November 8: Britney Spears files for divorce from Kevin Federline

Kevin Federline and Britney Spears during Rolling Stone/Verizon Wireless Pre-GRAMMY Concert with Kanye West - Arrivals at Spi
Jason Merritt/FilmMagic

AKA the day America wept.

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November 11: Sony releases the Playstation 3

Los Angeles, UNITED STATES: Vistiors test new games at the Playstation 3 display at the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E
ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

And if you were STILL hungry for more new consoles...

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November 19: Nintendo releases the Wii

Tokyo, JAPAN: Japanese customers display Nintendo's new video game console "Wii" they purchased at a Tokyo electric shop, 02
YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images
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December 22: Tower Records closes its doors permanently

SLUG: JILL  (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
Katherine Frey/The Washington Post/Getty Images

Physical CD sales would continue declining, as downloads kept growing.

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December: Hollister Is No. 1 Brand for Teens for 2nd Year in a Row

Kristin Cavallari, Talan Torriero and Lo from "Laguna Beach" at the Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach, California (Ph
John Shearer/WireImage

Teens in 2006: You ruled.

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