On This Day

What Happened in 1906

Historical Events

  • 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

Would You Believe?

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

On March 24, 1906

Famous Weddings

  • 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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