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What Happened in 1906

Important Events in 1906

  • Feb 10 British battleship HMS Dreadnought launches after only 100 days, renders all other capital ships obsolete with its revolutionary design
  • Apr 18 San Francisco earthquake and fire kills nearly 4,000 while destroying 75% of the city
  • Sep 16 Douglas Mawson, Edgeworth David and Alistair Mackay claim to have discovered the Magnetic South Pole in Antarctica
  • Sep 25 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
  • Nov 3 International Radiotelegraph Conference in Berlin selects "SOS" (· · · – – – · · ·) distress signal as the worldwide standard for help
  • Nov 21 China prohibits the opium trade
  • Dec 30 The All India Muslim League is founded in Dacca, East Bengal, British India Empire, later laid down the foundations of Pakistan

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1906 in Film & TV

  • Apr 6 World's 1st animated cartoon is released, "humorous phases of Funny Faces" by J. Stuart Blackton

Did You Know?

Willis Carrier receives a US patent for the world's first air conditioner

On January 2, 1906

Famous People in 1906

World Leaders in 1906

Would You Believe?

"Census of the British Empire" shows Great Britain rules 1/5th of the world

On March 24, 1906

Famous Weddings in 1906

  • Jan 23 Composer Igor Stravinsky (23) weds Yekaterina Nosenko
  • Feb 17 26th US President Theodore Roosevelt's daughter Alice marries in the White House
  • Mar 14 Film director D. W. Griffith (31) weds Linda Arvidson (21) at Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts

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