Historical Events in January 1906

  • Jan 1 Dutch law makes driver's license mandatory
  • Jan 1 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.

Historic Invention

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

  • Jan 4 South Africa beat England by one wicket, their 1st Test win

Music History

Jan 6 Maurice Ravel's "Miroirs" premieres in Paris

  • Jan 8 A landslide in Haverstraw, New York, caused by the excavation of clay along the Hudson River, kills 20 people.
  • Jan 10 The British and French begin consultations on military and naval issues
  • Jan 12 1st time Dow Jones closes above 100 (100.26)
  • Jan 12 Football rules committee legalizes forward pass

Election of Interest

Jan 12 Henry Campbell-Bannerman's cabinet (which included H. H. Asquith, David Lloyd George, and Winston Churchill) embarks on sweeping social reforms after a Liberal landslide in the British general election

  • Jan 16 -Apr 13] Conference of Algeciras (about Morocco)

Theater Premiere

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

  • Jan 22 SS Valencia runs aground on rocks on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, killing more than 130
  • Jan 25 Del Valle Inclans "El Marqués de Bradomin" premieres in Madrid
  • Jan 27 Rudolf Gundersen skates world record 500m at 44.8 sec
  • Jan 29 Dutch speed skater Coen de King skates a world record 32,370m in one hour
  • Jan 31 Strongest instrumentally recorded earthquake, Colombia, 8.6 Richter