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Ab urbe condita 2659
Armenian calendar 1355
Bahá'í calendar 62 – 63
Buddhist calendar 2450
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Ethiopian calendar 1898 – 1899
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 - Vikram Samvat 1961 – 1962
 - Shaka Samvat 1828 – 1829
 - Kali Yuga 5007 – 5008
Holocene calendar 11906
Iranian calendar 1284 – 1285
Islamic calendar 1323 – 1324
Japanese calendar Meiji 39

(明治 39年)

 - Imperial Year Kōki 2566
Julian calendar 1951
Korean calendar 4239
Thai solar calendar 2449
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Year 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Sunday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar.



  • January 12Persian Constitutional Revolution: a nationalistic coalition of merchants, religious leaders and intellectuals in Persia forces the shah to grant a constitution and establish a national assembly, the Majlis.
  • January 16April 7Algeciras Conference to resolve the First Moroccan Crisis between France and Germany.
  • January 22 – The SS Valencia strikes a reef off Vancouver Island, Canada, killing over 100 (officially 136) in the ensuing disaster.
  • January 31Ecuador-Colombia earthquake (8.8 on the Moment magnitude scale) and associated tsunami.
  • February 10HMS Dreadnought is launched and sparks the naval race between Britain and Germany.
  • February 11Pope Pius X publishes the encyclical Vehementer Nos.

January 31: Ecuador earthquake (8.6).


  • March 10Courrières mine disaster: an explosion in a coal mine in France kills 1,060.
  • March 18Traian Vuia makes a short flight in a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft.
  • April 7Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples.
  • April 18San Francisco earthquake (estimated magnitude 7.8) on the San Andreas Fault destroys much of San Francisco, California, USA, killing at least 3,000, with 225,000–300,000 left homeless, and $350 million in damages.
  • April 23 – In Tsarist Russia, the Fundamental Laws are announced at the first state Duma.

The ruins of San Francisco following the April 18 earthquake and later fires


  • May – Jack London's novel White Fang is serialized in The Outing Magazine.
  • June 7 – The RMS Lusitania is launched in Glasgow. It is the world's largest ship.


  • July 6 – The Second Geneva Convention meets.
  • July 12Alfred Dreyfus is exonerated. He is reinstalled in the French Army on July 21, thus ending the Dreyfus affair.
  • August 16 – A magnitude 8.2 earthquake in Valparaíso, Chile leaves approximately 20,000 dead.
  • August 22 – The first Victor Victrola, a phonographic record player, is manufactured.
  • August 23 – Unable to control a rebellion Cuban President Tomás Estrada Palma requests United States intervention. The subsequent provisional occupation administration lasts until 1909.


  • September 11Mahatma Gandhi coins the term Satyagraha to characterize the Non-Violence movement in South Africa.
  • September 18 – A typhoon and tsunami kill an estimated 10,000 in Hong Kong.
  • September 30 – The first Gordon Bennett Cup in ballooning is held, starting in Paris. The winning team, piloting the balloon United States, lands in Fylingdales, Yorkshire, England.
  • October 1 – The Grand Duchy of Finland becomes the first nation to include the right of women to stand as candidates when it adopts universal suffrage.
  • October 6 – The Majlis of Iran convenes for the first time.
  • October 11 – A United States diplomatic crisis with Japan arises when the San Francisco public school board orders Japanese students to be taught in racially segregated schools.
  • October 16 – Imposter Wilhelm Voigt impersonates a Prussian officer and takes over the city hall in Köpenick for a short time.
  • October 23 – An aeroplane of Alberto Santos-Dumont takes off at Bagatelle in France and flies 60 meters (200 feet). This is the first officially recorded powered flight in Europe..
  • October 28 – The Union Minière du Haut Katanga, a Belgian mining trust, is created in the Congo.


  • November 3SOS becomes an international distress signal.
  • November 22 – Russian Prime Minister Pyotr Stolypin introduces agrarian reforms aimed at creating a large class of land-owning peasants.
  • December 2HMS Dreadnought, the first all-big-gun warship, is commissioned.
  • December 14 – The first German Imperial Navy submarine, U-1 (launched on August 4), is commissioned.
  • December 24Reginald Fessenden makes the first radio broadcast: a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech.
  • December 26 – The world's first feature film, The Story of the Kelly Gang, is released.

Date unknown[]

  • The Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) immunization for tuberculosis is first developed.
  • Richard Oldham argues that the Earth has a molten interior.
  • Construction begins on the current Great Mosque of Djenné.
  • The Simplo Filler Pen company is founded, later to become the Montblanc Company.




  • March 1Pham Van Dong, Prime Minister of Vietnam (d. 2000)
  • March 6
    • Victor Hasselblad, Swedish inventor and photographer (d. 1978)
    • Lou Costello, American actor (d. 1959)
  • March 7Elmar Lipping, Estonian statesman and soldier (d. 1994)
  • March 16Francisco Ayala, Spanish writer (d. 2009)
  • March 19
    • Adolf Eichmann, German war criminal (d. 1962)
    • Roy Roberts, American actor (d. 1975)
  • March 25A. J. P. Taylor, English historian (d. 1990)
  • March 26Rafael Méndez, Mexican trumpet player (d. 1981)
  • March 31Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979)
  • April 1Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev, Russian engineer and airplane designer (d. 1989)
  • April 4Bea Benaderet, American actress (d. 1968)
  • April 9Antal Doráti, Hungarian conductor (d. 1988)
  • April 13Samuel Beckett, Irish writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1989)
  • April 19Luis Alberti, Dominican Republic musician (d. 1976)
  • April 22Eddie Albert, American actor (d. 2005)
  • April 28
    • Kurt Gödel, Austrian logician, mathematician, and philosopher of mathematics (d. 1978)
    • Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor (d. 1999)


  • May 2Philippe Halsman, Latvian-born American photographer (d. 1979)
  • May 3Mary Astor, American actress and writer (d. 1987)
  • May 6André Weil, French mathematician (d. 1998)
  • May 8Roberto Rossellini, Italian director (d. 1977)
  • May 11Jacqueline Cochran, American aviatrix (d. 1980)
  • May 15Humberto Delgado, Portuguese general and politician (d. 1965)
  • May 16Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuelan writer (d. 2001)
  • May 19Bruce Bennett, American athlete and actor (d. 2007)
  • May 20Giuseppe Siri, Italilan Roman Catholic cardinal (d. 1989)
  • May 23Lucha Reyes, Mexican singer (d. 1944)
  • May 27Buddhadasa, Buddhist monk (d. 1993)
  • May 29T. H. White, British writer (d. 1964)
  • May 30Bruno Gröning, German faith healer (d. 1959)
  • June 3Josephine Baker, American-born French entertainer (d. 1975)
  • June 4Ivan Knunyants, Soviet chemist (d. 1990)
  • June 6Max August Zorn, German-born American mathematician (d. 1993)
  • June 12Sandro Penna, Italian poet (d. 1977)
  • June 15Léon Degrelle, Belgian fascist (d. 1994)
  • June 19Ernst Boris Chain, German-born British biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979)
  • June 22
    • Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author and aviator (d. 2001)
    • Billy Wilder, Austrian-born American screenwriter, film director and producer (d. 2002)
  • June 24Pierre Fournier, French cellist (d. 1986)
  • June 28Maria Goeppert-Mayer, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1972)


  • July 1Estée Lauder, American cosmetics entrepreneur (d. 2004)
  • July 2
    • Hans Bethe, German-born American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2005)
    • Oleg Antonov, Soviet aircraft designer (d. 1984)
  • July 3George Sanders, British actor (d. 1972)
  • July 7
    • William Feller, Croatian-born mathematician (d. 1970)
    • Satchel Paige, American baseball player (d. 1982)
  • July 11Herbert Wehner, German politician (d. 1990)
  • July 12Pietro Tordi, Italian actor (d. 1990)
  • July 23Vladimir Prelog, Croatian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1998)
  • July 25José Figueres Ferrer, President of Costa Rica (d. 1990)
  • August 5Joan Hickson, British actress (d. 1998)
  • August 14Horst P. Horst, German photographer (d. 1999)
  • August 19Philo Farnsworth, American inventor (d. 1971)
  • August 21Friz Freleng, American cartoon director (d. 1995)
  • August 27Ed Gein, American serial killer (d. 1984)
  • August 28John Betjeman, English poet (d. 1984)


  • September 1
    • Joaquín Balaguer, Dominican politician and writer (d. 2002)
    • Franz Biebl, German composer (d. 2001)
    • Eleanor Burford, English writer (d. 1993)
  • September 4Max Delbrück, German biologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1981)
  • September 6Luis Federico Leloir, French-born Argentine chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1987)
  • September 8Andrei Kirilenko (politician), Soviet politician (d. 1990)
  • September 17Junius Richard Jayewardene, President of Sri Lanka (d. 1996)
  • September 25Dmitri Shostakovich, Russian composer (d. 1975)
  • October 6Janet Gaynor, American actress (d. 1984)
  • October 9Léopold Sédar Senghor, President of Senegal (d. 2001)
  • October 10Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Narayan, Indian novelist (d. 2001)
  • October 14
    • Imam Hassan al Banna, Egyptian founder of the Muslim Brotherhood (d. 1949)
    • Hannah Arendt, German political theorist (d. 1975)
  • October 23Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer (d. 2003)
  • October 24Marie-Louise von Motesiczky, Austrian painter (d. 1996)
  • October 26Primo Carnera, Italian boxer (d. 1967)
  • October 27Kazuo Ohno, Japanese dancer (d. 2010)


  • November 2Luchino Visconti, Italian theatre and cinema director and writer (d. 1976)
  • November 5Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (d. 2004)
  • November 13Hermione Baddeley, English character actress (d. 1986)
  • November 14Louise Brooks, American actress (d. 1985)
  • November 15Curtis LeMay, United States Air Force general (d. 1990)
  • November 16Henri Charrière, French author (d. 1973)
  • November 17Soichiro Honda, Japanese industrialist (d. 1991)
  • November 18
    • Klaus Mann, German writer (d. 1949)
    • George Wald, American scientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1997)
    • Alec Issigonis, Greek-born British automobile designer (d. 1988)
  • December 5Otto Preminger, Austrian-born American film director (d. 1986)
  • December 6Ahn Eak-tai, Korean composer (d. 1965)
  • December 9Grace Hopper, American computer scientist and naval officer (d. 1992)
  • December 19Leonid Brezhnev, Soviet leader (d. 1982)
  • December 24James Hadley Chase, English writer (d. 1985)
  • December 25Ernst Ruska, German physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1988)
  • December 26Imperio Argentina, Argentinian singer and actress (d. 2003)
  • December 27Oscar Levant, American pianist, composer, author, comedian, and actor (d. 1972)




Nobel Prizes[]

  • PhysicsSir Joseph John Thomson
  • ChemistryHenri Moissan
  • MedicineCamillo Golgi and Santiago Ramón y Cajal
  • LiteratureGiosuè Carducci
  • PeaceTheodore Roosevelt


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People of the year 1906 at Familypedia

159 people were born in 1906

 FatherMotherAge mother at birth
Rulon Clark Allred (1906-1977)Byron Harvey Allred (1870-1937)Mary Evelyn Clark (1884-1954)
George William Andrews (1906-1971)George William Andrews (1881-1935)Addie Belle King (1884-1945)
Charles Ankrum (1906-1985)John William Ankrum (1879-1944)Maude Amelia Johnson (1883-1964)
Ruby Apps (1906-1991)William Apps (1861-1941)Olive Mary Hannah Crouch (1877-1926)
Edward William Burgess Baglin (1906-1969)William Edward Baglin (1839-1908)Gertrude Rosa Burgess (1874-1958)
Joyce Marcella Bailey (1906-1986)David Bailey (1861-1943)Ann Elizabeth Fernance (1868-1949)
Edmund Baldwin (c1906-?)Patrick Baldwin (c1871-?)Annie (c1878-?)
Elsie Evelyn Lillian Barber (1906-1964)Thomas George Barber (1886-1968)Phoebe Matilda Perry (1887-1972)
Henry Jefferson Percival Bate (1906-1984)Henry John Bate (1881-1967)Lilla Percival (1881-1916)
Kenneth Allen Bell (1906-1980)Horace Stanley Bell (1879-1967)Florence May Pendlebury (1880-1938)
Gladys May Bellamy (1906-1989)William George Bellamy (1879-1957)Ada May Carter (1884-1960)
Irving Bennett (1906-2001)William Henry Bennett (1873-1940)Amy Charles Wearne (1872-1914)
Gustaf Adolf av Sverige (1906-1947)Gustaf VI Adolf av Sverige (1882-1973)Margaret of Connaught (1882-1920)
Friedrich Georg Count Bigot de Saint-Quentin (1906-2000)Anatol Count Bigot de Saint-Quentin (1849-1932)Elena Flondor (1866-1930)
Thelma Blankenship (1906-2006)John Henry Blankenship (1882-1978)Ida Jameson (1886-1987)
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64 children were born to the 71 women born in 1906

221 people died in 1906

 FatherMotherAge at death
Joshua Joseph Adams (1833-1906)Arza Matson Adams (1804-1889)Sabina Clark (1812-1861)
Harriet Aiken (1814-1906)Calvin Aiken (c1790-)Matilda Deboe (c1790-)
Mary Ann Albury (1821-1906)John Albury (1794-1868)Ann Ralph (1794-1860)
Frances Evaline Alexander (1836-1906)Horace Martin Alexander (1812-1881)Nancy Reeder Walker (1817-1847)
Elizabeth Alldridge (1842-1906)Richard Alldridge (1815-1890)Ann Gordon Blunt (1820-1890)
Lucy Ann Allred (1845-1906)Rueben Warren Allred (1815-1896)Lucy Ann Butler (1814-1884)
Susan Brownell Anthony (1820-1906)Daniel Anthony (1794-1862)Lucy Read (1793-1880)
Grietje Appelman (1837-1906)Reindert Appelman (1811-1873)Geertje Manshande (1810-1871)
William Aris (1833-1906)William Aris (1802-1867)Patience Usher (1805-1873)
Charles Artlett (1838-1906)Charles Artlett (bef1837)Lucy Unknown (bef1837)68
Maria Anna von Anhalt-Dessau (1837-1906)Leopold IV. Friedrich von Anhalt-Dessau (1794-1871)Frederica Wilhelmina Louise von Preußen (1796-1850)
Persis Atherton (1820-1906)Samuel Atherton (1782-1861)Molly Brown (1784-1835)
Keziah Higgins Atwood (1831-1906)Richard Atwood (1802-1877)Tamsain Small (1804-1876)
William Benjamin Bacon (1823-1906)Daniel Carpenter Bacon (1787-1856)Desire Taylor Gorham (1793-1843)
Margaret Baring (1868-1906)Edward Charles Baring, 1st Baron Revelstoke (1828-1897)Louisa Emily Charlotte Bulteel (1839-1892)38
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17763 people lived in 1906

Lady Irina Bud de BudfalvaLord János Bud de BudfalvaBaroness Anna Tisza de Borosjenő et Szeged
Marcelo (Lamadrid) Madrid (1859-1921)Timoteo (Lamadrid) MadridFrancisca Alguevar
Tsunekichi Yonogi (1905-2015)Shigeru Yonogi (1876-1940)Miyoko Yonogi (1882-1950)
Andreas Honecker (1832-1912)Nomen nescioElisabeth Honecker (1821-1883)
Ludwik Wiktor Plater-Zyberk h. wł (1853-1938)Henryk Wacław Ksawery Plater-Zyberk (1811-1903)Adelaida von Keller (1817-1905)
Samantha Aaberg (1859-1930)
Geertje Aangeenbrug (1871-1947)Pieter Aangeenbrug (1834-1908)Grietje Breed (1845)
Pieter Aangeenbrug (1834-1908)Cornelis Aangeenbrug (1802-1861)Geertje Pietersdr van der Neut (1801-c1835)
Alfred Alonzo Aaron (1883-1969)Thomas Aaron (1850-1932)Sarah Dobbs (1858-1948)
Jack Aaronson (1880-1927)
Petrus Johannes Aarts (1867-1918)Johannis Aarts (1818-1900)Geertruida van Gog (1838-1897)
Ashley Aartsen (1843-1920)Edward Aartsen (1810-1890)Janet Bennewitz (1813-1900)
Amanda Abadie (1898-1957)Jean-Claude Abadie (1848-1930)Jeanette Armellino (1860-1934)
Jean-Claude Abadie (1848-1930)Donatien Abadie (1820-1900)Clara Mermoz (1819-1903)
Dominique Abasolo (1882-1947)Rafael Abasolo (1849-1900)Nancy Haugen (1855-1929)
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Events of the year 1906 at Familypedia

251 people were married in 1906.

 Joined with
Richard Aldrich (1863-1937)Margaret Livingston Chanler (1870-1963)
Thomas Andrew Alger (1879-1947)Delilah Harris (1888-1927) + Nellie Maude Pate (1886-1976)
Annie Patterson Allison (1877-1969)William Robert Cramp (1880-1929)
Martin Edward Ambrose (1883-1960)Mary Collette (1890- )
Alexander Burto Andrus (1875-1949)Catherine Heyborn Macfarlane (1875-1904) + Rosilla Brooks (1883-1967)
Thomas Ashcroft (1852-1936)Mary Adam Henderson (1848-1904) + Minnie Enders (1868-1946)
Daniel Gunner Ashworth (1876-1949)Sybil H. Decker (1881-1946)
Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor (1879-1952)Nancy Witcher Langhorne (1879-1964)
Albert Ernest Attkins (1872-1947)Mary Matilda Coupland (1873-1946)
Frank Thomas Austin (1883-1935)Magdalene Viney (c1887-1963)
Lou Birchie Ayers (1893-1946)William Jefferson Blythe (1884-1935)
James Edward Baglin (c1874-1955)Maud Elizabeth Baldwin (1885-1948)
Nicolaas Bakker (1882-1959)Cornelia Besseling (1882-1951)
Anna Catherine Bangasser (1876-1958)Arthur Francis Lynch (1863-1938)
Martha Jane Bankston (1888-1966)Fleet Eugene Smith (1888-1971)
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There were 0 military battles in 1906.

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