On This Day

Historical Events in April 1906

  • Apr 2 Dave Nourse takes 4 wickets and Reggie Schwarz 3 as South Africa wins the 5th cricket Test in Cape Town to complete a 4-1 series drubbing of England
  • Apr 5 St Pius X encyclical "On the Mariavites or Mystic Priests of Poland"
  • Apr 5 Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates towns in the Naples province, killing more than 100 people

1st Animated Film

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

  • Apr 7 Act of Algeciras drawn between Moroccan police & banking business
  • Apr 13 Mutiny on Portuguese battleships Dom Carlos & Vasco da Gama

Historic Event

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

  • Apr 15 The Armenian organization AGBU is established.
  • Apr 16 10th Boston Marathon won by 18-year old Tim Ford in 2:45:45; youngest race winner
  • Apr 18 Calvinist Reformed Union in Neth Church forms in Utrecht

San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

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

  • Apr 18 The Los Angeles Times story on the Azusa Street Revival launches Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement
  • Apr 19 Belgian naval education ship Comte The Stain de Naeyer sets sail
  • Apr 19 SF Earthquake ends killing 452
  • Apr 22 Intercalated Games opens in Athens
  • Apr 22 New rule puts umpire in sole charge of all game balls
  • Apr 26 Motion pictures begin regular showings at the Orpheum Theater in Honolulu, Hawaii