Historical Events in August 1926

  • 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)