On This Day

Historical Events in 1906 (Part 2)

  • Nov 18 Anarchists bomb St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • Nov 19 London selected to host 1908 Olympics

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Nov 20 George Bernard Shaw's play "Doctor's Dilemma" premieres in London

  • Nov 21 China prohibits the opium trade
  • Nov 22 Peter Stolypin, Prime Minister of Russia, introduces agrarian reforms allowing peasants to withdraw from the communes and take their share of land for private ownership

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Nov 28 Canadian Tommy Burns retains his world heavyweight boxing title after being pushed to a 20-round draw by "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien in Los Angeles, California

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Dec 1 Cinema Omnia Pathe, world's 1st cinema, opens (Paris)
  • Dec 1 German Shoemaker Wilhelm Voigt (Capt of K√∂penick) sentenced to 4 years for forgery after posing as Prussian officer
  • Dec 4 Alpha Phi Alpha, first Black Greek Letter Fraternity, forms
  • Dec 6 The British grant Transvaal self-government
  • Dec 9 NY American reports Belgian King Leopold II bribed US Senate commission on the Congo

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Dec 10 US President Theodore Roosevelt is the 1st American awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Dec 10 Frenchman Henri Moissan is presented with the Nobel prize for Chemistry for isolating Fluoride

Chemist and Nobel Laureate Henri Moissan
Chemist and Nobel Laureate
Henri Moissan
  • Dec 11 US President Theodore Roosevelt attacks abuses in the Congo
  • Dec 12 Oscar Straus, 1st Jewish US government member, appointed Secretary of Commerce
  • Dec 13 German chancellor Bernhard von Bulow disbands the Parliament
  • Dec 20 Venezuela (under vice-pres Gomez) attacks Dutch fleet
  • Dec 21 British Parliament pass two important pieces of social legislation: The Trades Disputes Bill, legalizing peaceful picketing, and The Workingmen's Compensation Act, broadening employers' liability for accidents
  • Dec 24 Reginald A Fessenden became 1st to broadcast music over radio (Mass)
  • Dec 27 1st annual meeting of American Sociological Society, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Dec 28 Ecuador adopts its second liberal constitution
  • Dec 29 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Wanderers beat New Glasgow (NS), 7-2 for 17-5 aggregate challenge series victory
  • Dec 30 Iran becomes a constitutional monarchy
  • Dec 30 The All India Muslim League is founded in Dacca, East Bengal, British India Empire, later laid down the foundations of Pakistan
  • Dec 31 French, British and Italian treaty concerning rights on Abyssinia
  • Dec 31 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Christchurch, NZ: All-NZ final; Antony Wilding beats Francis Fisher 6-0, 6-4, 6-4