What Happened in August 1926

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Battles between Druze & French in Damascus
  • Aug 1 Failed assassination on General Primo de Rivera in Barcelona
  • Aug 3 Traffic lights installed at Piccadilly Circus, London
  • Aug 5 1st talkie movie "Don Juan" at Warner Theatre, NY
  • Aug 5 French & German trade agreement signed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 5 Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1½ hrs before escaping

Magician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician & Escape Artist
Harry Houdini
  • Aug 6 NY's Gertrude Ederle becomes 1st woman to swim English Channel
  • Aug 6 Warner Bros premieres Vitaphone sound-on-disc movie system (NY)
  • Aug 6 "Don Juan" starring John Barrymore is released, the 1st feature-length film to utilize the Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system with a synchronized musical score and sound effects
  • Aug 10 Italian-Spanish peace treaty signed
  • Aug 11 Cleve Indian Tris Speaker hits his 700th double
  • Aug 17 Greek-Serbian/Croatian/Slavs peace treaty signed
  • Aug 18 England regain Ashes with 5th Test Cricket win, to take series 1-0
  • Aug 18 Weather map televised for 1st time
  • Aug 20 Uprising against Rezā Shāh Pahlavi in Iran
  • Aug 20 Japan's public broadcasting company, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai(NHK) is established.
  • Aug 21 -22] Uprising against Greek president/dictator Pangalos
  • Aug 21 White Sox Ted Lyons no hits Red Sox 6-0 in just 67 minutes at Fenway
  • Aug 22 Gold discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 22 Greek dictator Gen Pangulos driven out

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 23 40th U.S. Women's National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory beats Elizabeth Ryan (4-6, 6-4, 9-7)

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • Aug 25 Pavlos Koundouris becomes president of Greece
  • Aug 28 Indian Emil Levsen pitches complete doubleheader victory (Red Sox)
  • Aug 30 Jack Hobbs scores 316* at Lord's (Surrey v Middlesex)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Burton Stein, historian
  • Aug 1 Karl Kohn, American composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Aug 2 Betsy Bloomingdale, socialite and fashion leader, born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2016)
  • Aug 3 Tony Bennett, singer (Left a body part in SF), born in Queens, New York
  • Aug 5 Betsy Jolas, French composer, born in Paris
  • Aug 6 Christa Reinig, writer
  • Aug 6 Frank Finlay, English actor (Robbery, Lifeforce), born in Farnworth Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • Aug 6 J[anet] O[pal] Jeppson, [nee Janet Asimov], author (2nd Experiment)
  • Aug 6 Clem Labine, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • Aug 6 Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (d. 1999)
  • Aug 7 Amo Houghton, (Rep-R-New York)
  • Aug 7 Stan Freberg, satirist/ad executive/cartoon voice (Bertie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 8 Richard Anderson, Long Beach NJ, actor (Oscar Goldman-6 Million $ Man)
  • Aug 8 Webb Pierce, West Monroe La, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)
  • Aug 9 Denis Atkinson, cricketer (WI all-rounder, 219 v Australia 1955)
  • Aug 9 Michiel de Ruyter, Dutch jazz historian (Mister Jazz)
  • Aug 10 Edwin James Nairn Carr, composer
  • Aug 10 Marie-Claire Alain, French organist/composer
  • Aug 10 Benjamin Ward, 1st African American NYC Police Commissioner (1984-89), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • Aug 11 Aaron Klug, OM/PRS/biochemist
  • Aug 11 Bernard Ashley, English businessperson, fashion designer and co-founder of Laura Ashley, born in London (d. 2009)
  • Aug 11 Claus Von Bulow, socialite accused of murdering his wife
  • Aug 11 J R S Fincham, geneticist
  • Aug 11 Johnny Van Derrick, jazz violinist
  • Aug 12 John Derek, actor/director (10, Annapolis Story), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 12 Joe Jones, American R&B singer (d. 2005)
  • Aug 12 Wallace Markfield, American writer (d. 2002)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 13 Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary, Prime Minister (1959-76) and President (1976-2008), born in Birán, Holguin Province (d. 2016)

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Aug 14 Alice Adams, US author
  • Aug 14 Alice Ghostley, Eve Montana, actress (Bewitched, Designing Women)
  • Aug 14 Buddy Greco, jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • Aug 14 René Goscinny, French song/cartoon text writer (Asterix)
  • Aug 15 Georgiann Johnson, Decorah Iowa, actress (Marge-Mr Peepers)
  • Aug 15 Lewis T Preston, banker
  • Aug 15 Lyutsian Abramovich Prigozhn, composer
  • Aug 15 Costis Stephanopoulos, Greek politician
  • Aug 17 Haakon Barfod, Norway, yachting (Olympic-gold-1948, 52), (d. 2013)
  • Aug 17 Jean Poiret, French actor/writer (Le Dernier Metro)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 17 Jiang Zemin, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1989-2002) and President of the People's Republic of China (1993-2003), born in Yangzhou, Jiangsu

Paramount Leader of China Jiang Zemin
Paramount Leader of China
Jiang Zemin
  • Aug 17 George Melly, British singer (d. 2007)
  • Aug 19 Arthur Rock, American venture capitalist
  • Aug 20 Nobby Wirkowski, American and Canadian football player and coach
  • Aug 21 Ben-Zion Orgad, composer
  • Aug 22 Bob Flannigan, jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), born in Greencastle, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • Aug 22 Marc Bohan, dress designer
  • Aug 23 Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist, (d. 2006)
  • Aug 24 Nancy Spero, Cleveland USA, American feminist artist
  • Aug 27 Pat Coombs, English actress (d. 2002)
  • Aug 27 Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian mathematician (d. 2002)
  • Aug 29 Betty Lynn, American actress
  • Aug 29 María Dolores Pradera, Spanish melodic singer
  • Aug 30 Olgerts Gravitis, composer
  • Aug 31 Georgiy Petrovich Katys, Russia, cosmonaut (Voskhod 1 backup)
  • Aug 31 Jan de Koning, minister of Agriculture/Social Businesses (CDA)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 26 Poet Arna Bontemps (24) weds fellow Seventh-Day Adventist Alberta Johnson


Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Israel Zangwill, British zionists writer (Ghetto tragedies), dies
  • Aug 14 John H. Moffitt, American politician (b. 1843)
  • Aug 22 Charles William Eliot, American University president (Harvard, 1869-1909), dies at 92

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 23 Rudolph Valentino, silent movie idol (Sheik), dies in NY at 31

Silent Film Star Rudolph Valentino
Silent Film Star
Rudolph Valentino