Last night, at about 10:05 pm EST, Saddam Hussein was executed in Iraq by the Iraqi justice system. So, now that the boogie man of the last 15 years is gone, will the world change for the better? Will the war in Iraq end? Are we finally safer? I can guess they answers to these questions, and that only makes my prayers for a more peaceful world even more fervent.
Rather than dwell on this death, here is a list of some of the people who made the world a better place, but passed away in 2006. (A more complete list can be found on Wikipedia: Deaths in 2006)