October 1926 in History

Events in History

  • 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 4 Dahlia is officially designated as SF city flower
  • Oct 7 Italian Great Fascist Council forms
  • Oct 9 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina opens Royal Colonial Institution

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

Author A. A. Milne
Author
A. A. Milne
  • 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 Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet 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 26 Arthur Goodrich's "Caponsacchi" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 26 Belgium stabilizes current value of franc (5 franc becomes 1 "Belga")

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 2 Jan Morris, travel writer (Among the Cities, Hong Kong, Journeys)
  • Oct 5 Clifton Eugene Bancroft Robinson, public servant
  • Oct 5 Willi Unsoeld, American climber (d. 1979)
  • Oct 8 Raaj Kumar, Hindi film star (Mother India), born in Loralai, Balochistan, British India (d. 1996)
  • Oct 11 Nhất Hạnh, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk
  • Oct 15 Evan Hunter, [Ed McBain], American writer (Blackboard Jungle)
  • Oct 15 Michel Foucault, French philosopher and historian (The History of Sexuality), born in Poitiers (d. 1984)
  • Oct 17 Karl Gordon Henize, astronaut (STS 51-F), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Oct 18 Thomas Millar, historian
  • Oct 19 Joel Feinberg, American moral philosopher (d. 2004)
  • Oct 22 Jan A de Jonge, Dutch historian
  • 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 31 Jimmy Savile, English entertainer and suspected sexual predator, born in Leeds (d. 2011)

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Physicist/Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie
Physicist/Chemist
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

Deaths in History

  • 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

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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