I think for the purposes of this blog 1906 was a pretty critical year in that you have the first record player being manufactured, the first radio broadcast AND the first feature film. These are events that would alter the very meaning of the terms "art" and "literature" but in 1906 it hadn't happened yet.
What happened in 1906? Events in 1906.
January 12 – Persian 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 16–April 7 – Algeciras Conference to resolve the First Moroccan Crisisbetween 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 31 – Ecuador-Colombia earthquake (8.8 on the Moment magnitude scale) and associated tsunami.
February 10 – HMS Dreadnought is launched and sparks the naval race between Britain and Germany.
February 11 – Pope Pius X publishes the encyclical Vehementer Nos.
January 31: Ecuador earthquake (8.6).
March 10 – Courrières mine disaster: an explosion in a coal mine in France kills 1,060.
March 18 – Traian Vuia makes a short flight in a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft.
April 7 – Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples.
April 14 – The Azusa Street Revival, the primary catalyst for the revival ofPentecostalism this century, opens in Los Angeles.
April 18 – San 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.
|Jack London's White Fang appeared in serial form in May 1906.|
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.
|The Dreyfus affair was a big deal in 1906, in that it ended.|
July 12 – Alfred 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 Palmarequests United States intervention. The subsequent provisional occupation administration lasts until 1909.
September 11 – Mahatma 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 3 – SOS becomes an international distress signal.
November 22 – Russian Prime Minister Pyotr Stolypin introduces agrarian reformsaimed at creating a large class of land-owning peasants.
December 2 – HMS 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.
|Reginald Fessenden makes the first radio broadcast.|
December 24 – Reginald Fessenden makes the first radio broadcast: a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech.
|The Kelly Gang- first feature film.|
December 26 – The world's first feature film, The Story of the Kelly Gang, is released.