What Happened in October 1926

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 An oil field accident cost aviator Wiley Post his left eye, but he used the settlement money to buy his first aircraft.
  • Oct 2 Bert Gibb of Hamilton Tigers kicks 9 singles in a game
  • Oct 3 1st congress of Pan European Movement (Pan-Europese Beweging) opens in Vienna
  • Oct 3 Violet Percy runs female record marathon (3:40:22)
  • Oct 4 Dahlia is officially designated as SF city flower

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Oct 6 Babe Ruth hits 3 HRs in a World Series game, Yanks beat Cards 10-5

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Oct 7 Actress Theo Mann-Master resigns from stage
  • Oct 7 Italian Great Fascist Council forms
  • Oct 9 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina opens Royal Colonial Institution
  • Oct 9 NBC (National Broadcasting Corporation) forms
  • Oct 10 St Louis Cards beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 3 in 23rd World Series

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Oct 14 A. A. Milne's book "Winnie the Pooh" released

Author A. A. Milne
A. A. Milne

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Oct 14 Walter Johnson retires, signs 2-year contract to manage Newark

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Oct 15 Austria government of Seipel, forms
  • Oct 15 Philip Barry's "White Wings!" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 16 Mohammed Nadir Khan begins coup in Afghanistan, 1200 killed
  • Oct 16 Troop ship sinks in Yangtze River, killing 1,200

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Oct 18 Frankfurter Zeitung publishes Lenin's political testament

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • Oct 19 John C Garand patents semi-automatic rifle

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Oct 19 Russian Politburo throws out Leon Trotsky and his followers

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • Oct 20 Hurricane in Cuba, kills 600

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Oct 22 J. Gordon Whitehead sucker punches magician Harry Houdini in the stomach in Montreal

Magician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician & Escape Artist
Harry Houdini
  • Oct 24 Harry Houdini's last performance, at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 25 Lester Patrick becomes 1st coach & gm of NY Rangers
  • Oct 26 Arthur Goodrich's "Caponsacchi" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 26 Belgium stabilizes current value of franc (5 franc becomes 1 "Belga")

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Roger Williams, American pianist
  • Oct 2 Jan Morris, travel writer (Among the Cities, Hong Kong, Journeys)
  • Oct 3 Marques Haynes, NBA player and hall of famer (World's Greatest Dribbler, Harlem Globetrotters)
  • Oct 5 Clifton Eugene Bancroft Robinson, public servant
  • Oct 5 Gottfried Michael Koenig, composer
  • Oct 5 Willi Unsoeld, American climber (d. 1979)
  • Oct 6 Alan Copeland, orchestra leader/singer (Your Hit Parade), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 6 Cyril Reuben, violinist
  • Oct 7 Diana Lynn, actress (Annapolis Story, Easy Come Easy Go), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 7 Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, born in Prague (d. 1978)
  • Oct 7 Marcello Abbado, composer
  • Oct 8 Raaj Kumar, Hindi film star (Mother India), born in Loralai, Balochistan, British India (d. 1996)
  • Oct 9 Danièle Delorme, [Gabrielle Girard], actress (Pardon My Affair), born in Paris (d. 2015)
  • Oct 10 Oscar Brown Jr, US songwriter (Brown Baby, Forbidden Fruit)
  • Oct 10 Richard Jaeckel, NY, actor (3:10 to Yuma, Sands of Iwo Jima)
  • Oct 11 Earle Hyman, NC, actor (Russell-Cosby, Coriolanus)
  • Oct 11 John Dewes, cricketer (England opener late 40's early 50's)
  • Oct 11 Nhất Hạnh, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk
  • Oct 12 Hans Liebold, Germany, auto racer (Nardo, Italy)
  • Oct 13 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist , born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 13 Walter "Killer" Kowalski (wrestler) Canadian Wrestler (d. 2008)
  • Oct 14 Bill Justis, rock and roll musician (Raunchy), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1982)
  • Oct 14 Willy Alberti, [Carel Verbrugge], singer/actor (Riffin in Amsterdam)
  • Oct 15 Evan Hunter, [Ed McBain], American writer (Blackboard Jungle)
  • Oct 15 Jean Peters, Canton OH, actress (Viva Zapata!, Apache, Deep Waters)
  • Oct 15 Karl Richter, composer
  • Oct 15 Michel Foucault, French philosopher and historian (The History of Sexuality), born in Poitiers (d. 1984)
  • Oct 17 Beverly Garland, Santa Cruz California, actress (My 3 Sons)
  • Oct 17 Julie Adams, Waterloo Iowa, actress (Yancy Derringer, Code Red)
  • Oct 17 Karl Gordon Henize, astronaut (STS 51-F), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Oct 18 Chuck Berry [Charles Andersen], guitarist and singer-songwriter (Roll over Beethoven), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 18 Klaus Kinski, [Nikolas Naksynski], Poland, actor (Little Drummer Girl)
  • Oct 18 Thomas Millar, historian
  • Oct 19 Joel Feinberg, American moral philosopher (d. 2004)
  • Oct 19 Arne Bendiksen, Norwegian singer and songwriter
  • Oct 20 Ursula Happe, Germany, 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • Oct 21 Leonard Rossiter, actor (Britannia Hospital), born in Liverpool, England
  • Oct 21 Marga Richter, composer
  • Oct 22 Jan A de Jonge, Dutch historian
  • Oct 24 Y A Tittle, AAFC/NFL QB (Baltimore, SF, NY Giants, MVP 1963)
  • Oct 25 Biff McGuire, actor (Serpico, Heart is Lonely Hunter), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Oct 25 Galina Vishnevskaya, Leningrad, USSR, soprano opera singer, (d. 2012)
  • Oct 25 Ismail Gulgee, Pakistani painter
  • Oct 26 Yuri Aleksandrovich Letunov, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Oct 27 H. R. Haldeman, Nixon's White House Chief of Staff (Watergate figure), born in Los Angeles (d. 1993)
  • Oct 27 P G "Nana" Joshi, cricket wicketkeeper (Indian during 1950's)
  • Oct 28 Bowie Kuhn, baseball commissioner (1969-1984)
  • Oct 29 Jon [Jonathan Stewart] Vickers, Canadian operatic tenor, born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)
  • Oct 30 Jacques Swaters, Belgian racing driver
  • Oct 31 Shirley Dinsdale, ventriloquist (Judy Splinters), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 31 Jimmy Savile, English entertainer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 4 Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie (29) weds physicist Frédéric Joliot (26) in Paris, France

Physicist/Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie
Irene Joliot-Curie

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 18 Communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh (36) weds midwife Zeng Xueming (21) in Guangzhou

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 19 Pathologist Howard Florey (28) weds Ethel Reed at Holy Trinity Church in Paddington, New South Wales

Pathologist and Nobel Laureate Howard Florey
Pathologist and Nobel Laureate
Howard Florey

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 6 Charles Van de Banks, Flemish writer/poet (Red Horse), dies
  • Oct 7 Emil Kraepelin, German psychologist (b. 1856)
  • Oct 13 Hans E Kinck, Norwegian philological/writer (Driftekaren), dies at 61
  • Oct 20 Eugene V. Debs, American labor leader and Socialist presidential candidate (b. 1855)
  • Oct 22 Jules Van de Hill, Belgian lawyer/politician, dies
  • Oct 25 Frederick Jr Zech, composer, dies at 68

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Oct 31 Harry Houdini, [Erich Weisz], magician, dies in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured

Magician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician & Escape Artist
Harry Houdini