Historical Events in 1926

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

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Jan 8th 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 20th 2nd German government of Luther begins
  • Jan 21st Belgian parliament accepts Locarno treaties
  • Jan 22nd Belgian chief of staff Gen Maglinse quits
  • Jan 23rd Eugene O'Neill's "Great God Brown" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 26th 1st public demonstration of television by John Logie Baird in his laboratory in London
  • Jan 27th US Senate agrees to join World Court

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Jan 27th 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 1st Kirghiz Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Kirghiz ASSR
  • Feb 1st Land at Broadway & Wall Street sold at a record $7 per sq inch
  • Feb 2nd 3 men dance Charleston for 22 hours
  • Feb 2nd 19th Women's Australasian Championships: Daphne Akhurst Cozens beats Esna Boyd Robertson (6-1, 6-3)
  • Feb 2nd 19th Men's Australasian Championships: John Hawkes beats James Willard (6-1, 6-3, 6-1)
  • Feb 4th Austrian chancellor Seipel wants to join Germany
  • Feb 6th NFL rules college students ineligible until college classes graduates
  • Feb 6th St Louis Browns acquire catcher Wally Schang from NY Yankees
  • Feb 8th German Reichstag decides to apply for League of Nations membership
  • Feb 8th Sean O'Casey's "Plough & Stars" opens at Abbey Theater Dublin

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Feb 8th Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio becomes Walt Disney Studios

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

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Feb 25th Francisco Franco becomes the youngest general in Spain

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

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

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

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Apr 7th 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 11th Flemish Economic Covenant (VEV) forms in Ghent
  • Apr 12th Dutch Catholic Radio Broadcast (KRO) forms

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

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Giacomo Puccini
  • Apr 25th Persian cossack officer Reza Chan crowns himself Shah Palawi
  • Apr 26th Germany & Russia sign neutrality/peace treaty
  • Apr 26th Karachai Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR (until 1943)
  • Apr 27th In the Giants' 9-8 win over Phillies, Mel Ott, 17, 1st appearance
  • Apr 29th France & US reach accord on repayment of WW I
  • May 1st British coal miners go on strike
  • May 1st Satchel Paige makes pitching debut in Negro Southern League
  • May 2nd US military intervenes in Nicaragua
  • May 3rd British General Strike: Trade Union Congress calls for a general strike 1 minute to midnight to support striking coal miners
  • May 3rd Pulitzer prize awarded to Sinclair Lewis (Arrowsmith)
  • May 3rd US marines land in Nicaragua (9-mo after leaving), stay until 1933
  • May 5th Geldrop soccer team forms
  • May 5th Sinclair Lewis refuses his Pulitzer Prize for "Arrowsmith"
  • May 8th A Philip Randolph organizes Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
  • May 8th Fire breaks out in Fenway Park, home of Boston Red Socks baseball team
  • May 9th 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.
  • May 10th 51st Preakness: John Maiben aboard Display wins in 1:59.8
  • May 11th Airship Norge leaves Spitsbergen for 1st air crossing of Arctic Ocean
  • May 12th Airship Norge is 1st vessel to fly over North Pole
  • May 12th Dmitri Shostakovitch's 1st Symphony premieres in Leningrad
  • May 12th General Józef Piłsudski returns to power in Poland after coup d'état against the Witos regime
  • May 12th Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole
  • May 12th Hans Luther resigns for 2nd time as German Chancellor after no-confidence vote against his minority government
  • May 12th British General Strike ends after 9 days, coal mine workers stay on strike
  • May 15th 52nd Kentucky Derby: Albert Johnson on Bubbling Over wins in 2:03.8

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

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May 20th Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies

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

Sports record brokenWorld Record

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

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

Sport awardGolf Major

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

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

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Jun 29th 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 1st Canada restores gold standard
  • Jul 2nd US Army Air Corps created; Distinguish Flying Cross authorized
  • Jul 3rd 39th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Kitty Godfree beats Lilí Álvarez (6-2 4-6 6-3)
  • Jul 3rd 46th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jean Borotra beats H Kinsey (8-6 6-1 6-3)
  • Jul 4th Baronie soccer team forms in Breda Neth
  • Jul 4th NSDAP-party forms in Weimar
  • Jul 9th Chiang Kai-shek appointed to national-revolutionary supreme commander
  • Jul 9th Coup under Gen Sinel de Cordes in Portugal
  • Jul 9th Murphy Anderson, American comic artist (DC Comics), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Jul 10th 30th US Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 293 at Scioto CC in Ohio
  • Jul 10th Lake Denmark, NJ arsenal explodes, kills 21, $75m damage
  • Jul 12th Guomindangleger draws against warlord Wu Peifu
  • Jul 12th Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:26.2)
  • Jul 13th Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000m (8:20.4)
  • Jul 15th VPRO (Free thinking Protestant Radio Broadcast) forms
  • Jul 16th Jaspar government asks authority to save Belgian franc
  • Jul 16th National Geographic takes 1st natural-color undersea photos
  • Jul 17th Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:11.4)
  • Jul 18th The South Africa author and journalist, Herman Charles Bosman, shoots and kills his stepbrother David Russell during a quarrel
  • Jul 18th 20th Tour de France won by Lucien Buysse of Belgium
  • Jul 19th 2nd French government of Herriot, forms
  • Jul 20th A convention of the Methodist Church votes to allow women to become priests.
  • Jul 22nd 105°F (41°C), Waterbury, Connecticut (state record)
  • Jul 22nd 108°F (42°C), Troy, NY (state record)
  • Jul 22nd Cincinnati Red Curt Walker ties record of 2 triples in an inning
  • Jul 23rd Belgian NMBS/SNCFB forms
  • Jul 23rd French government of Poincaré forms
  • Jul 26th National Bar Association incorporates
  • Jul 26th Philippines government asks USA for a plebiscite on independence
  • Jul 28th US & Panamanian pact about safeguard of Panama Canal
  • Jul 30th Albanian boundaries deduced
  • Aug 1st Battles between Druze & French in Damascus
  • Aug 1st Failed assassination on General Primo de Rivera in Barcelona
  • Aug 3rd Traffic lights installed at Piccadilly Circus, London
  • Aug 5th 1st talkie movie "Don Juan" at Warner Theatre, NY
  • Aug 5th French & German trade agreement signed

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

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

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 23rd 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 25th Pavlos Koundouris becomes president of Greece
  • Aug 28th Indian Emil Levsen pitches complete doubleheader victory (Red Sox)
  • Aug 30th Jack Hobbs scores 316* at Lord's (Surrey v Middlesex)
  • Sep 1st British Columbia Rugby Football Union forms
  • Sep 1st Turkey allows civil marriage
  • Sep 2nd Italy signs treaty with Yemen