What Happened on August 6, 1926

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • "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
  • NY's Gertrude Ederle becomes 1st woman to swim English Channel
  • Warner Bros premieres Vitaphone sound-on-disc movie system (NY)

Famous Birthdays

  • Christa Reinig, writer
  • Clem Labine, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • Frank Finlay, English actor (Robbery, Lifeforce), born in Farnworth Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • J[anet] O[pal] Jeppson, [nee Janet Asimov], author (2nd Experiment)
  • Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (d. 1999)