San Francisco suffered a severe earthquake in 1906. The quake and subsequent fires, occurring at 5:13 AM, killed almost 4,000 people and destroyed much of the city. Children can compare San Francisco then and now at: San Francisco.
Simplon Tunnel from Iselle, Italy, to Brig, Switzerland, opened in 1906. Construction began in 1898. It was the longest railway tunnel until 1988 when Seikan Tunnel opened, connecting the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido. Idea: Children could locate Italy and Switzerland on a map.
Airplane was patented by the Wright Brothers in 1906. Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright had applied for the patent in 1903. They received patent number 821393 for an “improved flying machine.” Children can view the patent at: https://www.google.com/patents/US821393.
Mesa Verde National Park was created in 1906. It is famous for its ancient Anasazi cliff dwellings. These farmers struggled constantly to cultivate their crops of corn and beans. Children could visit a website at: http://www.nps.gov/meve.
Devils Tower was proclaimed America’s first national monument in 1906. Theodore Roosevelt decided the approximately 1,347 acre region located in Wyoming had to be preserved. Most geologists believe Devils Tower is an igneous intrusion where the sedimentary rock around it has eroded away. Children can learn more at: Devils Tower.
Theodore Roosevelt traveled through the Panama Canal in 1906. Roosevelt felt that the Panama Canal had to be accomplished for both military and economic reasons. This trip also marked the first time an American President traveled to another country while in office. Children can research timelines and photos at: Panama Canal.
SOS became the international distress signal in 1906. SOS is • • • ▬ ▬ ▬ • • • in the International Alphabet. Children could learn a bit about Morse code. They could practice sending SOS in Morse code.
Alice Roosevelt, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, was married in the White House in 1906. She married Nicholas Longworth. The public was captivated by her and the wedding, and tickets for the wedding were difficult to come by. Eight other “First Daughters” have been married in the White House.