Historical Events in 1926

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  • Jan 1 Flood in Rhine strikes Cologne
  • Jan 1 12th Rose Bowl: Alabama beats Washington, 20-19
  • Jan 3 Greek gen Theodorus Pangulos names himself dictator
  • Jan 4 Theodorus Pangalos resigns as Greek dictator
  • Jan 6 Kees Boeke opens 1st comprehensive school in Holland

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Jan 8 Abdulaziz Ibn Saud becomes King of Nejd and Hejaz; forerunner of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Founder of Saudi Arabia Ibn Saud
Founder of Saudi Arabia
Ibn Saud
  • Jan 20 2nd German government of Luther begins
  • Jan 21 Belgian parliament accepts Locarno treaties
  • Jan 22 Belgian chief of staff Gen Maglinse quits
  • Jan 23 Eugene O'Neill's "Great God Brown" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 26 1st public demonstration of television by John Logie Baird in his laboratory in London
  • Jan 27 US Senate agrees to join World Court

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Jan 27 Physicist Erwin Schrödinger publishes his theory of wave mechanics and presents what becomes known as the Schrödinger equation in quantum mechanics

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger
  • Feb 1 Kirghiz Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Kirghiz ASSR
  • Feb 1 Land at Broadway & Wall Street sold at a record $7 per sq inch
  • Feb 2 3 men dance Charleston for 22 hours
  • Feb 2 19th Women's Australasian Championships: Daphne Akhurst Cozens beats Esna Boyd Robertson (6-1, 6-3)
  • Feb 2 19th Men's Australasian Championships: John Hawkes beats James Willard (6-1, 6-3, 6-1)
  • Feb 4 Austrian chancellor Seipel wants to join Germany
  • Feb 6 NFL rules college students ineligible until college classes graduates
  • Feb 6 St Louis Browns acquire catcher Wally Schang from NY Yankees
  • Feb 8 German Reichstag decides to apply for League of Nations membership
  • Feb 8 Sean O'Casey's "Plough & Stars" opens at Abbey Theater Dublin

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Feb 8 Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio becomes Walt Disney Studios

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • Feb 9 Teaching theory of evolution forbidden in Atlanta, Georgia schools
  • Feb 10 Building of Olympic Stadium Amsterdam, begins
  • Feb 11 Tokelau (Union) Islands in South Pacific transfers to NZ
  • Feb 12 Barendrecht soccer team forms
  • Feb 15 Brooks Atkinson Theater opens at 256 W 47th St NYC
  • Feb 15 Contract air mail service begins in US
  • Feb 16 Suzanne Lenglen defeats Helen Wills in Tennis at Cannes France
  • Feb 17 Avalanche buries 75 in Sap Gulch, Bingham, Utah; 40 die

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Feb 25 Francisco Franco becomes the youngest general in Spain

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Feb 25 Kwo-Min-Tang (Guomindang) declares war on government/warlords
  • Feb 26 Dark Street in the Bronx renamed Lustre Street
  • Mar 3 International Greyhound Racing Association formed (Miami, Fla)
  • Mar 4 De Geer government in Netherlands takes office
  • Mar 6 China asks for a seat in the Security council
  • Mar 7 1st transatlantic telephone call (London-NY)
  • Mar 9 Bertha Landes elected 1st woman mayor of Seattle
  • Mar 10 Run on Belgian banks
  • Mar 11 Eamon da Valera ends leadership of Sinn Fein
  • Mar 12 Denmark begins unilateral disarmament
  • Mar 12 Pope Pius XI names J E van Roey archbishop of Malines Belgium
  • Mar 14 A train in Costa Rica falls into the Río Virilla, killing 248 and injuring 93.
  • Mar 15 Belgium's "black monday", franc falls

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Mar 16 Robert Goddard launches 1st liquid fuel rocket, goes 184' (56 meters)

Rocket Pioneer Robert H. Goddard
Rocket Pioneer
Robert H. Goddard
  • Mar 17 Dutch Calvinists oust Rev J G Geelkerken over Genesis 3
  • Mar 17 Richard Rodgers & L Hart's musical "Girl Friend" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 17 Spain & Brazil prevent Germany joining League of Nations
  • Mar 23 NHL Championship: Mont Canadiens outscore Pitt Pirates, 6-4 in 2 games
  • Mar 24 The Beehive in the Hague opens 1st escalator in Netherlands
  • Mar 26 ACD de Graeff appointed governor general of Dutch East Indies
  • Mar 26 The 1st lip-reading tournament held in America
  • Mar 26 85th Grand National: Billy Watkinson aboard Jack Horner wins
  • Mar 31 German Special Court of Justice for state security disbands
  • Apr 1 Halsteren Soccer team forms in Halsteren
  • Apr 2 Riots between Muslims & Hindus in Calcutta
  • Apr 3 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 7th Symphony in C
  • Apr 3 2nd flight of a liquid-fueled rocket by Robert Goddard
  • Apr 3 Italy establishes corp of force in order to break powerful unions
  • Apr 4 Greek dictator Theodorus Pangalos elected president
  • Apr 6 Stanley Cup: Montl Maroons beat Victoria Cougars (WHL), 3 games to 1
  • Apr 7 Forest fire burns 900 acres & kills 2 (San Luis Obispo California)

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Apr 7 Mussolini is shot 3 times by Violet Gibson in Rome, only hitting him in the nose

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Apr 11 Flemish Economic Covenant (VEV) forms in Ghent
  • Apr 12 Dutch Catholic Radio Broadcast (KRO) forms

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Apr 13 At 41, Walter Johnson pitches his 7th opening day shutout

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Apr 13 Cyclists without bicycle-tax-stamp rounded up in Amsterdam
  • Apr 16 Book of the Month Club sends out its 1st selections "Lolly Willowes" & "Loving Huntsman" by Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • Apr 18 Rhein Stadium opens in Dusseldorf Germany
  • Apr 19 30th Boston Marathon won by Johnny Miles of Canada in 2:25:40.4
  • Apr 20 1st check sent by radio facsimile transmission across Atlantic
  • Apr 22 Persia, Turkey & Afghanistan sign treaties of security

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Apr 25 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Turandot" premieres in Milan

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Giacomo Puccini
  • Apr 25 Persian cossack officer Reza Chan crowns himself Shah Palawi
  • Apr 26 Germany & Russia sign neutrality/peace treaty
  • Apr 26 Karachai Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR (until 1943)
  • Apr 27 In the Giants' 9-8 win over Phillies, Mel Ott, 17, 1st appearance
  • Apr 29 France & US reach accord on repayment of WW I
  • May 1 British coal miners go on strike
  • May 1 Satchel Paige makes pitching debut in Negro Southern League
  • May 2 US military intervenes in Nicaragua
  • May 3 British General Strike: Trade Union Congress calls for a general strike 1 minute to midnight to support striking coal miners
  • May 3 Pulitzer prize awarded to Sinclair Lewis (Arrowsmith)
  • May 3 US marines land in Nicaragua (9-mo after leaving), stay until 1933
  • May 5 Geldrop soccer team forms
  • May 5 Sinclair Lewis refuses his Pulitzer Prize for "Arrowsmith"
  • May 8 A Philip Randolph organizes Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
  • May 8 Fire breaks out in Fenway Park, home of Boston Red Socks baseball team

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May 9 1st flight over the North Pole claimed by Richard E. Byrd and co-pilot Floyd Bennett. Later discovery of Byrd's diary suggests they may have turned back 150 miles short of the pole due to an oil leak.

Aviator and Polar Explorer Richard E. Byrd
Aviator and Polar Explorer
Richard E. Byrd
  • May 10 51st Preakness: John Maiben aboard Display wins in 1:59.8
  • May 11 Airship Norge leaves Spitsbergen for 1st air crossing of Arctic Ocean
  • May 12 Airship Norge is 1st vessel to fly over North Pole
  • May 12 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 1st Symphony premieres in Leningrad
  • May 12 General Józef Piłsudski returns to power in Poland after coup d'état against the Witos regime
  • May 12 Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole
  • May 12 Hans Luther resigns for 2nd time as German Chancellor after no-confidence vote against his minority government
  • May 12 British General Strike ends after 9 days, coal mine workers stay on strike
  • May 15 52nd Kentucky Derby: Albert Johnson on Bubbling Over wins in 2:03.8

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May 17 Chiang Kai-shek is made supreme warlord in Canton

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • May 17 Wilhelm Marx succeeds Hans Luther as Chancellor of Germany
  • May 18 Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished in Venice California She showed up a month later & said she had been kidnapped
  • May 19 French air force bombs Damascus Syria
  • May 20 Belgian government of Jaspar takes power
  • May 20 Congress passes Air Commerce Act, licensing of pilots & planes
  • May 20 Railway Labor Act became law in USA

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May 20 Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • May 21 White Sox Earl Sheely hits a record 6th consecutive double
  • May 22 "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" by Gene Austin hits #1
  • May 22 Chiang Kai-shek replaces communists in Guomindang China
  • May 22 Dutch Communist Party expels David Wijnkoop
  • May 23 Hack Wilson is 1st to hit a home run off Wrigley Field scoreboard
  • May 23 Lebanese constitution forms under French mandate

Sports record brokenWorld Record

May 24 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000 m (8:25.4)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • May 25 Sholom Schwartzbard assassinates Symon Petliura, the head of the Paris-based government-in-exile of Ukrainian People's Republic.
  • May 26 Lebanon adopts constitution
  • May 28 Military coup by Gen Manuel Gomes da Costa in Portugal
  • May 28 US Customs Court created by congress
  • May 31 Portuguese president Bernardino Machedo resigns after coup
  • May 31 Sesquicentennial Exposition opens in Philadelphia
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Frank Lockhart wins in 5:12:48.768 (154.343 km/h)
  • Jun 1 Ignacy Mocicki elected president of Poland
  • Jun 5 Indians triple-play Yankees & win 15-3
  • Jun 6 Egyptian government of Adly Pasha forms
  • Jun 7 Swedish government of Ekman forms
  • Jun 10 Phillies Russ Wrightstone hits for the cycle
  • Jun 12 58th Belmont: Albert Johnson aboard Crusader wins in 2:32.2
  • Jun 12 Brazil leaves League of Nations
  • Jun 14 31st Men's French Championships: Henri Cochet beats Rene Lacoste (6-2, 6-4, 6-3)
  • Jun 14 31st Women's French Championships: Suzanne Lenglen beats Mary Kendall Browne (6-1, 6-0)
  • Jun 15 7th French government of Briand falls
  • Jun 18 Theodor Lessing laid-off "because he is a Jew" in Hanover
  • Jun 19 DeFord Bailey is 1st black to perform on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry
  • Jun 20 Mordecai W Johnson becomes 1st black president of Howard University
  • Jun 22 Cardinals pick up 39-year-old Grover Alexander on waivers from Cubs
  • Jun 23 8th government of Briand van France forms
  • Jun 23 Commencement of the West Indies' 1st Test cricket match, at Lord's
  • Jun 23 The College Board administers the first SAT exam in USA

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 25 61st British Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 291 at Royal Lytham

Golfer Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones
  • Jun 29 Carter Woodson wins Springarn Medal for research of Black history

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Jun 29 Arthur Meighen returns to office as Prime Minister of Canada.

9th Prime Minister of Canada Arthur Meighen
9th Prime Minister of Canada
Arthur Meighen
  • Jul 1 Canada restores gold standard
  • Jul 2 US Army Air Corps created; Distinguish Flying Cross authorized
  • Jul 3 39th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Kitty Godfree beats Lilí Álvarez (6-2 4-6 6-3)
  • Jul 3 46th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jean Borotra beats H Kinsey (8-6 6-1 6-3)
  • Jul 4 Baronie soccer team forms in Breda Neth
  • Jul 4 NSDAP-party forms in Weimar
  • Jul 9 Chiang Kai-shek appointed to national-revolutionary supreme commander
  • Jul 9 Coup under Gen Sinel de Cordes in Portugal
  • Jul 9 Murphy Anderson, American comic artist (DC Comics), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Jul 10 30th US Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 293 at Scioto CC in Ohio
  • Jul 10 Lake Denmark, NJ arsenal explodes, kills 21, $75m damage
  • Jul 12 Guomindangleger draws against warlord Wu Peifu
  • Jul 12 Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:26.2)
  • Jul 13 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000m (8:20.4)
  • Jul 15 VPRO (Free thinking Protestant Radio Broadcast) forms
  • Jul 16 Jaspar government asks authority to save Belgian franc
  • Jul 16 National Geographic takes 1st natural-color undersea photos
  • Jul 17 Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:11.4)
  • Jul 18 The South Africa author and journalist, Herman Charles Bosman, shoots and kills his stepbrother David Russell during a quarrel
  • Jul 18 20th Tour de France won by Lucien Buysse of Belgium
  • Jul 19 2nd French government of Herriot, forms
  • Jul 20 A convention of the Methodist Church votes to allow women to become priests.
  • Jul 22 105°F (41°C), Waterbury, Connecticut (state record)
  • Jul 22 108°F (42°C), Troy, NY (state record)
  • Jul 22 Cincinnati Red Curt Walker ties record of 2 triples in an inning
  • Jul 23 Belgian NMBS/SNCFB forms
  • Jul 23 French government of Poincaré forms
  • Jul 26 National Bar Association incorporates
  • Jul 26 Philippines government asks USA for a plebiscite on independence
  • Jul 28 US & Panamanian pact about safeguard of Panama Canal
  • Jul 30 Albanian boundaries deduced
  • 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

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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)
  • Sep 1 British Columbia Rugby Football Union forms
  • Sep 1 Turkey allows civil marriage
  • Sep 2 Italy signs treaty with Yemen