What Happened in December 1906

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Cinema Omnia Pathe, world's 1st cinema, opens (Paris)
  • Dec 1 Shoemaker Wilhelm Voigt (Capt of Köpenick) sentenced to 4 yrs
  • Dec 4 Alpha Phi Alpha, first Black Greek Letter Fraternity, forms
  • Dec 6 The British grant Transvaal self-government
  • Dec 9 NY American reports Belgian King Leopold II bribed US Senate commission on the Congo

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Dec 10 US President Theodore Roosevelt (1st American) awarded Nobel Peace Prize

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • Dec 11 US President Theodore Roosevelt attacks abuses in the Congo
  • Dec 12 Oscar Straus, 1st Jewish US government member, appointed Secretary of Commerce
  • Dec 13 German chancellor Bernhard von Bulow disbands the Parliament
  • Dec 20 Venezuela (under vice-pres Gomez) attacks Dutch fleet
  • Dec 21 British Parliament pass two important pieces of social legislation: The Trades Disputes Bill, legalizing peaceful picketing, and The Workingmen's Compensation Act, broadening employers' liability for accidents
  • Dec 24 Reginald A Fessenden became 1st to broadcast music over radio (Mass)
  • Dec 27 1st annual meeting of American Sociological Society, Providence, RI
  • Dec 28 Ecuador adopts its second liberal constitution
  • Dec 29 Montreal Wanderers beat New Glasgow (NS) for Stanley Cup (2nd of 1906)
  • Dec 30 Iran becomes a constitutional monarchy
  • Dec 30 The All India Muslim League is founded in Dacca, East Bengal, British India Empire, which later laid down the foundations of Pakistan.
  • Dec 31 French/British/Italian treaty concerning rights on Abyssinia
  • Dec 31 2nd Australasian Championships: Antony Wilding beats Francis Fisher (6-0, 6-4, 6-4)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Jean Cartan, French composer, born in Nancy (d. 1932)
  • Dec 2 Eric Dalton, cricketer (2 centuries in 15 Tests for South Africa 1929-39)
  • Dec 2 John Bentley, England, actor (Hammer the Tuff)
  • Dec 2 Peter Carl Goldmark, developed color TV & LP records
  • Dec 6 Antoon Spinoy, Belgian politician
  • Dec 7 George Richard James, saxophonist
  • Dec 8 Richard Llewellyn, Wales, novelist (How Green Was My Valley)
  • Dec 9 Freddy Martin, orchestra leader (started Merv Griffin), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dec 9 Grace Murray Hopper, computer innovator
  • Dec 9 Greet Koeman, Dutch singer
  • Dec 10 Walter Zinn, Canadian-American Nuclear-Physicist (invented the breeder reactor), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Dec 11 Birago Diop, Senegalees writer/ambassador (Leurres et Lueurs)
  • Dec 12 William C Pahlmann, interior decorator (4 Season restaurant, NYC)
  • Dec 13 Ingemar Liljefors, composer
  • Dec 13 Laurens jan van der Post, soldier/explorer/conservationist
  • Dec 14 Helmut Bornefeld, composer
  • Dec 15 Betty Smith, novelist (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)
  • Dec 16 John Morrison, politician/landowner
  • Dec 16 Lord Margadale, English Conserv parliament leader/large landowner
  • Dec 16 Barbara Kent, Canadian actress
  • Dec 17 Fernando Lopez-Garcia, composer
  • Dec 18 Edwin H "Buddy" Morris, music publisher
  • Dec 18 Kam Tong, actor (Across the Pacific, Flower Drum Song)
  • Dec 19 H Allen Smith, Ill, humorist/author (Low Man on Totem Pole)

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Dec 19 Leonid Brezhnev, Kamenskoye Ukraine, General Secretary of USSR (1964-82)

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • Dec 20 Dick White, head of British secret service (MI-5/MI-6)
  • Dec 20 Irving Krick, meteorologist
  • Dec 20 Lowell Gilmore, MN, actor (Living Christ Series)
  • Dec 23 Ross Lee Finney, Wells Minnesota, composer (Landscapes Remembered)
  • Dec 24 John Walker, museum director
  • Dec 24 Franz Waxman, German film composer (d. 1967)
  • Dec 25 Clark M Clifford, US Secretary of Defense (1968-69)
  • Dec 25 Herman J Scheltema, [NEM Pareau], Dutch jurist/poet
  • Dec 25 Lew Grade, British TV mogul (ATV)/movie producer (Boys from Brazil)
  • Dec 25 William McChesney Martin, Chairman of Federal Reserve Bank (1951-70)
  • Dec 25 Ernst Ruska, Nobel laureate (d. 1988)
  • Dec 26 Imperio Argentina, Argentine actress and singer (d. 2003)
  • Dec 27 Ivan Brkanovic, composer
  • Dec 27 Ivan Mark Waller, mountaineer
  • Dec 27 Oscar Levant, actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 30 Carol Reed, motion picture director (3rd Man, Oliver!), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • Dec 30 Johan A earl von Kielmansegg, German general/commandant NATO-Europe
  • Dec 31 Erna Bogen, Hungary, foils (Olympic-bronze-1932)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 7 Élie Ducommun, Swiss journalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1833)
  • Dec 14 John A C Oudemans, Dutch geographer/astronomer, dies at 78
  • Dec 21 Adalbert von Goldschmidt, composer, dies at 58