1906 History Events: What Happened in 1906

1906 was marked by two great natural disasters: the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius near Naples, Italy, and the earthquake in San Francisco. Over 100 people were murdered when Mt. Vesuvius erupted, causing serious damage to the nearby city of Naples and its surrounding villages. Because of the sums required to rebuild Naples, preparations for the 1908 Olympics in Rome were halted, and the Games were moved to London.

The earthquake that struck San Francisco in 1906 wreaked havoc on the city and its environs. The earthquake, which had a magnitude of 7.8, destroyed nearly 80% of the city owing to damage caused by the earthquake and major fires triggered by the disaster. Approximately 3,000 individuals are thought to have died as a result of the earthquake.

The HMS Dreadnought, a British battleship that rendered all other battleships obsolete, was also commissioned in 1906. The Dreadnought not only launched a new class of battleships, but it also triggered a naval arms competition between the United Kingdom and Germany. The armaments race had a significant role in the build-up to World War I.

In the domains of science and technology, there were also some important advancements this year. Richard Oldham, a British geologist, proposed that the Earth’s interior is molten. The magnetic South Pole was found by Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian explorer. Willis Carrier, an American inventor and engineer, created what would later be known as the “air conditioner” in this year, much to the relief of millions of people living in hot regions.

The year 1906 also saw the premiere of the world’s first feature film. “The Kelly Gang Story” was the title of the film. In the world of literature, Jack London’s White Fang, one of his most famous works, began serialisation in Outing magazine.

Continue reading to find out more about the events that took place in 1906.


(April 13, 1906)
Samuel Beckett, the Nobel Prize-winning playwright and critic, is thought to have been born on this day in Ireland.


(April 18, 1906)
An earthquake occurred in San Francisco as a result of movement along the San Andreas Fault.

(June 26, 1906)
Le Mans hosts the inaugural Grand Prix automobile race.

(July 20, 1906)
A new electoral legislation was adopted in Finland, granting the country the world's first and equal right to vote. Finland was the first European country to grant women the right to vote.

Happy Birthday! (August 05, 1906)
John Huston, American actor, director, and screenwriter. photo source:


(September 24, 1906)
Theodore Roosevelt declares Devils Tower in Wyoming to be the country's first national monument. photo source:

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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1905 History Events: What Happened in 1905

1907 History Events: What Happened in 1907