Historical Events in 1906

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  • Jan 1st Dutch law makes driver's license mandatory
  • Jan 1st The poll tax of £1 per head on all adult male inhabitants of Natal, South Africa, except indentured Indians and married Blacks, imposed by the Natal parliament in 1905, becomes payable.

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Jan 2nd Willis Carrier recieves a US patent for the world's first air conditioner

Engineer Willis Carrier
Willis Carrier
  • Jan 4th South Africa beat England by one wicket, their 1st Test win
  • Jan 6th Maurice Ravel's "Miroirs" premieres in Paris
  • Jan 8th A landslide in Haverstraw, New York, caused by the excavation of clay along the Hudson River, kills 20 people.
  • Jan 10th The British and French begin consultations on military and naval issues
  • Jan 12th 1st time Dow Jones closes above 100 (100.26)
  • Jan 12th Football rules committee legalizes forward pass
  • Jan 12th Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman's cabinet (which included amongst its members H.H. Asquith, David Lloyd George, and Winston Churchill) embarks on sweeping social reforms after a Liberal landslide in the British general election.
  • Jan 13th 1st radio set advertised (Telimco for $7.50 in Scientific American) claimed to receive signals up to one mile
  • Jan 16th -Apr 13] Conference of Algeciras (about Morocco)

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Jan 19th Gerhart Hauptmann's "Und Pippa Tanzt!" premieres in Berlin

Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann
  • Jan 22nd SS Valencia runs aground on rocks on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, killing more than 130.
  • Jan 25th Del Valle Inclans "El Marqués de Bradomin" premieres in Madrid
  • Jan 27th Rudolf Gundersen skates world record 500m at 44.8 sec
  • Jan 29th Coen de King skates world record time: 32,370 km
  • Jan 31st Strongest instrumentally recorded earthquake, Colombia, 8.6 Richter
  • Feb 1st 1st federal penitentiary building completed, Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Feb 1st Dorothy Grey, wife of British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey fatally injured
  • Feb 2nd Pope encyclical against separation of church & state
  • Feb 8th Without warning, Japanese torpedo boats make a night attack on Russian ships near the naval base at Port Arthur, Manchuria; there is confusion because no deceleration of war was given
  • Feb 9th Natal proclaims state of siege in Zulu uprising
  • Feb 10th British battleship HMS Dreadnought launched after only 100 days, renders all other capital ships obsolete with revolutionary design
  • Feb 10th State of siege proclaimed in Zululand
  • Feb 12th George Cohan's musical "George Washington" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 15th British Labour Party founded
  • Feb 18th Vincent d'Indy's "Jour D'été à La Montagne" premieres in Paris
  • Feb 19th Will Keith Kellogg and Charles D. Bolin found the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company which is now the multinational food manufacturer Kellogg's
  • Feb 22nd Black evangelist William J Seymour arrives in LA Calif

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 23rd Tommy Burns beats Marvin Hart in 20 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Feb 24th Tomas Estrada Palma defeats Jose Gomez in the election for president of Cuba, but Gomez and his followers refuse to accept results and sponsor an uprising
  • Feb 27th France & Britain agree to joint control of New Hebrides
  • Feb 28th Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Queen's U (Kingston Ont) in 2 games
  • Mar 3rd Vuia I aircraft built by Romanian Traja Vuia tested in France
  • Mar 6th Cubs sign 3rd baseman Harry Steinfeldt to complete Tinker-Evers-Chance
  • Mar 6th Heavy storm bursts dike, flooding Vlissingen, Netherlands
  • Mar 6th Nora Blatch is 1st woman elected to American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Mar 7th Finnish Senate accepts universal suffrage, except for poor
  • Mar 8th Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Smiths Falls (Ont) in 2 games
  • Mar 10th 1st performance of Maurice Ravel's "Sonatine"
  • Mar 10th Coal dust explosion kills 1,060 at Courrieres, France
  • Mar 10th Baker Street & Waterloo Railway opens, constructed by the Underground Electric Railways Company of London. The contraction Bakerloo became the official name in July 1906.
  • Mar 12th Heavy storm ravages Dutch west coast
  • Mar 14th Calgary City Rugby Foot-ball Club forms
  • Mar 15th Britons Rolls, Royce & Johnson form Rolls Royce Ltd
  • Mar 17th Stanley Cup: Montreal Wanderers beat Ottawa Silver 7, although both winning a game, Montreal outscores Ottawa 12-10
  • Mar 17th The Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity is founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
  • Mar 19th Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's "Quattro Rusteghi" premieres in Munich

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Mar 20th George Bernard Shaw's "Captain Brassbound's Conversion" premieres in London

  • Mar 24th "Census of the British Empire" shows Britain rules 1/5 of the world
  • Mar 27th Founding of the Alpine Club of Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Mar 29th Stanley Cup: Montreal Wanderers sweep Kenora Thisles in 2 games
  • Mar 30th 68th Grand National: Mr Aubrey Hastings aboard Ascetic's Silver wins
  • Mar 31st GB Shaw's German version of "Caesar & Cleopatra" premieres in Berlin
  • Apr 2nd South Africa complete a 4-1 series drubbing of England
  • Apr 5th St Pius X encyclical "On the Mariavites or Mystic Priests of Poland"
  • Apr 6th 1st animated cartoon copyrighted
  • Apr 7th Act of Algeciras drawn between Moroccan police & banking business
  • Apr 7th Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples.
  • Apr 9th 3½th modern Olympic games opens in Athens (4/22 NS)
  • Apr 13th Mutiny on Portuguese battleships Dom Carlos & Vasco da Gama

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Apr 14th US President Theodore Roosevelt denounces "muckrakers" in US press, taken from John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • Apr 15th The Armenian organization AGBU is established.
  • Apr 18th Calvinist Reformed Union in Neth Church forms in Utrecht

CommunicationSan Francisco Earthquake of 1906

Apr 18th San Francisco earthquake and fire kills nearly 4,000 while destroying 75% of the city

  • Apr 18th The Los Angeles Times story on the Azusa Street Revival launches Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement.
  • Apr 19th 10th Boston Marathon won by Tim Ford of Mass in 2:45:45
  • Apr 19th Belgian naval education ship Comte The Stain de Naeyer sets sail
  • Apr 19th SF Earthquake ends killing 452
  • Apr 22nd 10th anniversary Olympic games open at Athens, Greece
  • Apr 22nd New rule puts umpire in sole charge of all game balls
  • Apr 26th 1st motion pictures shown in Hawaii
  • May 1st Phillies' John Lush no-hits Bkln Dodgers, 6-0
  • May 2nd 32nd Kentucky Derby: Roscoe Troxler aboard Sir Huon wins in 2:08.8

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May 2nd Tsar Nicolas II of Russia dismisses his moderate Prime Minister Witte and appoints Ivan Goremykin, a conservative bureaucrat

  • May 3rd British-controlled Egypt takes Sinai peninsula from Turkey
  • May 6th "Temporary" permit to erect overhead wires on Market Street, San Francisco
  • May 6th Tsar Nicolas II of Russia claims right to legislate by decree and restricts the power of the Duma (Russian Parliament)
  • May 8th Philadelphia A's pitcher Chief Benders plays outfield & hits 2 HRs
  • May 10th Russian Duma (Parliament) meets for 1st time
  • May 10th Italian King Victor Emmanuel & Swiss president Ludwig Forrer open Simplon tunnel
  • May 13th Bezalel Art School opens in Jerusalem
  • May 14th Flagpole at the White Sox ballpark breaks during pennant-raising
  • May 15th NY Giants' Hooks Wiltse strikes out 4 batters in 1 inning
  • May 17th Switzerland's Simplon Tunnel open to rail traffic
  • May 19th Federated Boys' Club (Boys' Club of America) organizes
  • May 19th Portugal's King Carlos I names Joao Franco premier
  • May 21st Louis H Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars
  • May 21st The US and Mexico sign an agreement over distribution of the waters of the Rio Grande, increasingly diverted to the US for irrigation
  • May 22nd 10th anniversary Olympic games close at Athens, Greece
  • May 22nd 31st Preakness: Walter Miller aboard Whimsical wins in 1:45
  • May 22nd Wright Brothers patent an aeroplane
  • May 22nd A British garrison leaves Esquimalt, on the Pacific coast, after a military occupation that began in 1858: these were the last British soldiers stationed in Canada
  • May 25th After 20 straight wins, Boston Pilgrims lose to Chicago White Sox 3-0
  • May 26th Archaeological Institute of America forms
  • May 26th Vauxhall Bridge is opened in London.
  • May 27th 1st outlining of Gustav Mahler's 6th symphony, in Essen
  • May 28th Shields/Cobbs musical "His honor, the Mayor" premieres in NYC
  • May 30th 40th Belmont: Lucien Lyne aboard Burgomaster wins in 2:20
  • May 31st Attack on King Alfonso XIII & Victoria of Battenberg in Madrid
  • Jun 3rd Belgian King Leopold II claims Congo as his private possession
  • Jun 5th Determined to keep pace with Britain as a major naval power, the German Reichstag passes new navy legislation, increasing the total tonnage in Germany's fleet
  • Jun 6th Paris Métro Line 5 is inaugurated with a first section from Place d'Italie to the Gare d'Orléans (today known as Gare d'Austerlitz).
  • Jun 7th Chicago Cubs score 11 in 1st inning, beating NY Giants 19-0
  • Jun 7th Famous Cunard passenger liner Lusitania launches
  • Jun 9th Boston Beaneaters (NL) end 19-game losing streak beat Cards 6-3
  • Jun 14th Pogrom against Jews in Bialystok, Polish Russia
  • Jun 15th 46th British Golf Open: James Braid shoots a 300 at Muirfield
  • Jun 18th 6th Davis Cup: British Isles beats USA in Wimbledon (5-0)
  • Jun 22nd Haakon VII crowned king of Norway
  • Jun 23rd 20th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Homans beats Maud Barger-Wallach (6-4, 6-3)
  • Jun 26th Hongar Szisz wins 1st Grand-Prix (Le Mans, France)
  • Jun 29th 12th US Golf Open: Alex Smith shoots a 295 at Onwentsia Club Ill
  • Jun 29th US Congress pass the Hepburn Act, permitting the regulation of rates charged by railroads, pipelines, and terminals engaged in interstate commerce
  • Jun 30th John Hope becomes 1st black president of Morehouse College

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Jun 30th US Congress passes the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act; these laws owe much to the expose journalism of the period (Upton Sinclair's 'The Jungle' in particular)

  • Jul 2nd Yanks win by forfeit for the 1st time
  • Jul 4th Great Britain, France, and Italy declare independence of Ethiopia (Abyssinia), but all lay claim to their own 'spheres of influence' in that land
  • Jul 5th 23rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dorothea Chambers beats M Bundy (6-3 9-7)
  • Jul 5th 30th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Laurence Doherty beats Frank Riseley (6-4 4-6 6-2 6-3)
  • Jul 11th The Gillette-Brown murder inspires Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy.
  • Jul 12th Alfred Dreyfus found innocent in France
  • Jul 15th Republic museum opens Rembrandt hall in Amsterdam
  • Jul 17th Clement Armand Fallieres is elected President of France, but power lies with George Clemenceau
  • Jul 20th Bkln Dodger Mal Eason no-hits St Louis Cards, 2-0
  • Jul 23rd Pogroms against Jews in Oddessa
  • Jul 28th Yankees turn triple-play, beat Cleveland 6-4
  • Jul 29th 4th Tour de France won by Rene Pottier of France
  • Aug 1st Brooklyn Dodger Harry McIntire no-hits Pitts for 10 2/3 loses in 13th
  • Aug 2nd Chicago White Sox begin AL record 19 game win streak
  • Aug 3rd Washington National's pitcher Tom Hughes hits HR to win his own game 1-0 in 10th
  • Aug 10th Pope Pius X bans Associations cults
  • Aug 13th Black soldiers raid Brownsville, Texas
  • Aug 13th Cub's Pitcher Jack Taylor ends a string of completing 202 games (187 complete, 15 relief) by Dodgers in 3rd inning
  • Aug 15th 1st freight delivery tunnel system begins, underneath Chicago
  • Aug 15th King Edward VII of Great Britain visits German Emperor Wilhelm II to discuss the escalating rivalry between their nations' naval forces
  • Aug 16th -17] 8.6 earthquake destroys Valparaiso Chile, fire kills 20,000
  • Aug 22nd 1st Victor Victrola manufactured
  • Aug 23rd Chicago White Sox win 19th straight, beating Wash Senators
  • Aug 23rd Cuba's 1st president Tomés Estrada Palma asks for US intervention
  • Aug 24th Cincinnati Red John Weimer no-hits Dodgers, 1-0 in 7 inning game
  • Aug 29th 26th U.S. Men's National Championship: William Clothier beats Beals Wright (6-3, 6-0, 6-4)
  • Aug 30th Hal Chase becomes 1st NY Yankee to hit three triples in a game
  • Aug 30th NY Highlander Joe Doyle debuts pitching back-to-back shut-outs
  • Sep 1st Alberta adopts Mountain Standard Time
  • Sep 1st British New Guinea placed under Australian administration
  • Sep 1st Joseph Harris (Boston) & Jack Coombs (A's) pitch complete 24 inn game
  • Sep 1st NY Highlanders win 6th game in 3 days from Wash (3 straight DHs)
  • Sep 1st The International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI) is established.
  • Sep 3rd Philadelphia Giants win Negro Championship Cup in Philadelphia before 10,000 fans
  • Sep 3rd Yanks win 2nd game on a forfeit over A's; 2nd forfeit win
  • Sep 4th NY Highlanders win 5th straight doubleheader
  • Sep 5th 1st legal forward pass (Brandbury Robinson to Jack Schneider)
  • Sep 7th Alberto Santos-Dumont flies his 14-bis aircraft at Bagatelle, France for the first time successfully.

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Sep 11th Mahatma Gandhi coins the term "Satyagraha" to characterize the Non-Violence movement in South Africa.

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Sep 12th The Newport Transporter Bridge is opened in Newport, South Wales by Viscount Tredegar.
  • Sep 13th 1st airplane flight in Europe
  • Sep 16th Kaarlo Nieminen wins 1st Finnish marathon
  • Sep 16th Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen discovers the Magnetic South Pole

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Sep 17th Playing as "Sullivan" Columbia University jr Eddie Collins debuts with A's

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • Sep 18th A typhoon with tsunami kills an estimated 10,000 people in Hong Kong.
  • Sep 20th Cunard Line's RMS Mauretania is launched at the Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson shipyard in Newcastle, England.
  • Sep 21st Yankee 1st baseman Hal Chase's 22 put-outs ties record
  • Sep 22nd Race riot in Atlanta Georgia, kills 21
  • Sep 22nd In New Zealand Domestic workers call for a 68-hour working week
  • Sep 24th St Louis Card Stony McGlynn no-hits Dodgers, 1-1 in 7 inning game
  • Sep 24th V Herbert & H Blossom's musical "Red Mill" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 24th Prince George of Greece, convinced that he can no longer serve the cause of Crete, resigns as High Commissioner
  • Sep 25th John Galsworthy's "Silver Box" premieres in London
  • Sep 25th Leonardo Torres Quevedo successfully demonstrates the Telekino at Bilbao before a great crowd, guiding a boat from the shore, considered the birth of the remote control
  • Sep 26th Pitts Lefty Leifield no-hits Phillies, 8-0 in 6 inning game
  • Sep 28th US troops reoccupy Cuba, stay until 1909
  • Sep 29th US intervenes in Cuba ousts dictator Estrada Palma
  • Sep 30th Real Academia Galega, Galician language biggest linguistic authority starts working in Havana.
  • Oct 1st Hugh Jennings resigns as Balt manager to take over at Detroit in 1907
  • Oct 2nd Tommy Burns KOs Jim Burns in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Oct 3rd SOS adopted as warning signal by 1st conference on wireless telegraphy
  • Oct 3rd US regime names Charles Magoon, governor of Cuba
  • Oct 3rd William Vaughan Moody's "Great Divide" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 4th Chicago Cubs win their 116th game (116-36 .763) of year
  • Oct 5th Henry Mathewson (NY Giants, Christy's brother) walks 14 men
  • Oct 6th The Majlis of Iran convened for the first time.
  • Oct 8th Karl Nessler demonstrates first 'permanent wave' for hair in London
  • Oct 10th 2nd College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Navy beats Maryland 12-0 in Annapolis
  • Oct 11th White Sox Ed Walsh strikes out then record 12 in a World Series game
  • Oct 11th San Francisco Board of Education orders segregation in separate schools of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean children sparking diplomatic crisis
  • Oct 14th All Chicago World Series, 1st AL victory, White Sox win 4 games to 2 Cubs losers share of $439.50 is lowest for World Series
  • Oct 20th Dr Lee DeForest demonstrated his electrical vacuum tube (radio tube)
  • Oct 22nd 3000 blacks demonstrate & riot in Philadelphia

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Oct 22nd Henry Ford becomes President of Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • Oct 25th Georges Clemenceau succeeds Ferdinand Sarien premier of France
  • Oct 25th US inventor Lee de Forest patents "Audion", a 3-diode amplification valve which proved a pioneering development in radio & broadcasting
  • Oct 28th Belgian-British "Union Minière du Haut Katanga" mining company created in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Oct 31st George Bernard Shaw's "Caesar & Cleopatra" premieres in NYC

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Nov 6th Charles Evans Hughes (R) elected NY Gov beats William Randolph Hearst

Newspaper Publisher William Randolph Hearst
Newspaper Publisher
William Randolph Hearst
  • Nov 6th Chinese Government ministries are reorganized as part of the movement towards constitutional government; but in fact the Manchu princes retain control and there is little gain for the Chinese people
  • Nov 9th Theodore Roosevelt is 1st US President to visit another country (Puerto Rico and Panama)
  • Nov 11th Ethel Smyth's "Standrecht" premieres in Leipzig
  • Nov 12th C W Gregory (NSW v Qld) starts day at 48*, is 366* at stumps