What Happened in August 1926

Historical Events

  • 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 French & German trade agreement signed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 American Gertrude Ederle (20) becomes 1st woman to swim English Channel in 14 hours, 39 minutes, a record for male or female
  • 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 13 Enrique Tirabocchi of Argentina becomes the first to swim the English Channel from France to England (record 16 hours 33 minutes)
  • Aug 17 Greek-Serbian, Croatian and 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 and 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)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Burton Stein, American historian, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • Aug 1 Karl Kohn, American composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Aug 2 Betsy Bloomingdale, American socialite and fashion leader, born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2016)

Person of interestTony Bennett

Aug 3 Tony Bennett, American singer (I Left My Heart in San Francisco), born in Queens, New York

Singer Tony Bennett
Singer
Tony Bennett
  • Aug 3 Gordon Scott [Werschkul], American actor (Tarzan series), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2009)
  • Aug 5 Betsy Jolas, French composer, born in Paris
  • Aug 6 Christa Reinig, writer
  • Aug 6 Frank Finlay, British actor (Robbery, Lifeforce), born in Farnworth Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • Aug 6 J[anet] O[pal] Jeppson, [nee Janet Asimov], author (2nd Experiment)
  • Aug 6 Clem Labine, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • Aug 6 Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (d. 1999)
  • Aug 7 Amo Houghton, (Rep-R-New York)
  • Aug 7 Stan Freberg, satirist/ad executive/cartoon voice (Bertie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 8 Richard Anderson, American actor (Oscar Goldman- The 6 Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman television series), born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • Aug 8 Urbie [Urban Clifford] Green, American jazz trombonist (toured with Woody Herman, Frankie Carlie), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Aug 9 Denis Atkinson, cricketer (WI all-rounder, 219 v Australia 1955)
  • Aug 9 Michiel de Ruyter, Dutch jazz historian (Mister Jazz)
  • Aug 10 Edwin James Nairn Carr, composer
  • Aug 10 Marie-Claire Alain, French organist/composer
  • Aug 10 Benjamin Ward, 1st African American NYC Police Commissioner (1984-89), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • Aug 11 Aaron Klug, OM/PRS/biochemist
  • Aug 11 Bernard Ashley, English businessperson, fashion designer and co-founder of Laura Ashley, born in London (d. 2009)
  • Aug 11 Claus Von Bulow, socialite accused of murdering his wife
  • Aug 11 J R S Fincham, geneticist
  • Aug 11 Johnny Van Derrick, jazz violinist
  • Aug 12 John Derek, American actor, director and photographer (Knock on Any Door, All the King's Men, Rogues of Sherwood Forest), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1998)
  • Aug 12 Joe Jones, American R&B singer (d. 2005)
  • Aug 12 Wallace Markfield, American writer (d. 2002)

Person of interestFidel Castro

Aug 13 Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary, Prime Minister (1959-76) and President (1976-2008), born in Birán, Holguin Province (d. 2016)

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Aug 14 Alice Adams, US author
  • Aug 14 Buddy Greco, jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)

Person of interestRené Goscinny

Aug 14 René Goscinny, French cartoonist (Asterix), born in Paris, France (d. 1977)

Author and Cartoonist René Goscinny
Author and Cartoonist
René Goscinny
  • Aug 15 Georgann Johnson, American actress (Marge-Mr Peepers, Star Trek, Midnight Cowboy), born in Decorah, Iowa
  • Aug 15 Lewis T Preston, American banker (President of the World Bank 1991-95), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 15 Lyutsian Abramovich Prigozhn, composer
  • Aug 15 Kostis Stephanopoulos, Greek conservative politician (President of Greece, 1995-2005), born in Patras, Greece (d. 2016)
  • Aug 17 Haakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52), (d. 2013)
  • Aug 17 Jean Poiret [Jean-Gustave Poiré], French actor, director, and screenwriter (La Cage Aux Folles), born in Paris, France (d. 1992)

Person of interestJiang Zemin

Aug 17 Jiang Zemin, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1989-2002) and President of the People's Republic of China (1993-2003), born in Yangzhou, Jiangsu

Paramount Leader of China Jiang Zemin
Paramount Leader of China
Jiang Zemin
  • Aug 17 George Melly, British singer (d. 2007)
  • Aug 19 Arthur Rock, American venture capitalist
  • Aug 20 Nobby Wirkowski, American and Canadian football player and coach
  • Aug 20 Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1978)
  • Aug 21 Ben-Zion Orgad, composer
  • Aug 22 Bob Flannigan, jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), born in Greencastle, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • Aug 22 Marc Bohan, French fashion designer, born in Paris
  • Aug 23 Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist, (d. 2006)
  • Aug 24 Nancy Spero, American feminist artist, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • Aug 27 Patricia "Pat" Coombs, British comedienne and actress (Carry On Again Doctor, Cranford), born in Camberwell, London (d. 2002)
  • Aug 27 Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian mathematician (d. 2002)
  • Aug 29 Elizabeth "Betty" Lynn, American actress (The Andy Griffith Show), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Aug 29 María Dolores Pradera, Spanish melodic singer
  • Aug 30 Olgerts Gravitis, composer
  • Aug 30 Ernie Roth, American wrestling manager, known by the ring name "The Grand Wizard of Wrestling", born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1983)
  • Aug 31 Georgiy Petrovich Katys, Russian cosmonaut (Voskhod 1 backup)
  • Aug 31 Jan de Koning, minister of Agriculture/Social Businesses (CDA)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 13 Comedian Stan Laurel (36) marries 1st wife actress Lois Neilson (30)

Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 26 Poet Arna Bontemps (24) weds fellow Seventh-Day Adventist Alberta Johnson


Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Israel Zangwill, Jewish author (Children of The Ghetto) and Zionist leader, dies at 62
  • Aug 14 John H. Moffitt, American politician (b. 1843)
  • Aug 22 Charles William Eliot, American University president (Harvard, 1869-1909), dies at 92

Person of interestRudolph Valentino

Aug 23 Rudolph Valentino, silent movie idol (Sheik), dies in NY at 31

Silent Film Star Rudolph Valentino
Silent Film Star
Rudolph Valentino