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
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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 WK Kellogg & Ch Bolin found Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co (later Kelloggs)
  • Feb 22nd Black evangelist William J Seymour arrives in LA Calif

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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

Person-of-interestSan 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 Phila 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 Womens Tennis: Dorothea Chambers beats M Bundy (6-3 9-7)
  • Jul 5th 30th Wimbledon Mens 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 Wash Natl'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 Kind Edward VII of Britain visits Emperor Wilhelm in Germany 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 Bridge in St Lawrence Canada caves in; 70 die
  • Aug 29th 26th U.S. Men's National Championship: William Clothier beats Beals Wright (6-3, 6-0, 6-4)
  • Aug 30th Hal Chase became 1st Yank to hit 3 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 Phila Giants win Negro Championship Cup in Phila 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 Roald Amundsen discovers 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 In the presence of the king and before a great crowd, Leonardo Torres Quevedo successfully demonstrates the invention of the Telekino in the port of Bilbao, guiding a boat from the shore, in what is 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 Phila

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Oct 22nd Henry Ford becomes President of Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
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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 other countries (Puerto Rico and Panama)
  • Nov 11th Ethel Smyth's "Standrecht" premieres in Leipzig