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

Film & TV History

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

Film Release

Aug 6 "Don Juan" starring John Barrymore is released by Warner Bros, the 1st feature-length film to utilize the Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system with a synchronized musical score and sound effects

  • 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 10 Italian-Spanish peace treaty signed

Sports History

Aug 11 Cleveland Indians future Baseball HOF outfielder Tris Speaker hits his 700th double in 7-2 loss to Chicago White Sox at Dunn Field, Cleveland

  • 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 Japan's public broadcasting company, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai(NHK) is established.

Historic Event

Aug 20 Uprising against Rezā Shāh Pahlavi in Iran

  • Aug 21 -22] Uprising against Greek president and dictator Pangalos
  • Aug 21 Chicago White Sox pitcher Ted Lyons no hits Boston Red Sox, 6-0 in just 67 minutes at Fenway Park
  • Aug 22 Gold discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 22 Greek dictator Gen Pangulos driven out

US Open Women's Tennis

Aug 23 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory beats Elizabeth Ryan 4-6, 6-4, 9-7 for her 8th and final US singles title

  • Aug 25 Pavlos Koundouris becomes president of Greece
  • Aug 27 2nd Women's World Games (track & field competition for women) is conducted over 3-days at the Slottsskogsvallen Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Aug 28 Indian Emil Levsen pitches complete doubleheader victory (Red Sox)

Sports History

Aug 30 Jack Hobbs scores 316 not out at Lord's (Surrey v Middlesex)


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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)
  • Aug 2 Giancarlo Bergamini, Italian fencer (Olympic gold foil, team 1956; silver foil team 1952, individual 1956), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2020)
  • Aug 3 Gordon Scott [Werschkul], American actor (Tarzan series), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2007)

Tony Bennett

Aug 3 Tony Bennett [Benedetto], American Grammy and Emmy Award-winning pop and jazz singer ("I Left My Heart in San Francisco"; "Steppin' Out With My Baby"), and painter, born in Long Island City, Astoria, New York

  • Aug 5 Betsy Jolas, French-American composer, born in Paris, France
  • Aug 5 Jeri Southern [Genevieve Hering], American jazz singer ("You Better Go Now"; "Joey"), and pianist, born in Royal, Nebraska (d. 1991)
  • Aug 6 Christa Reinig, German poet and writer (Idleness is the Root of All Love, The Tightrope Walker), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2008)
  • Aug 6 Clem Labine, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1956, 57; World Series 1955, 59, 60; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers, Detroit Tigers), born in Lincoln, Rhode Island (d. 2007)
  • 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 Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (d. 1999)
  • Aug 7 Amo Houghton, American politician (Rep-R-New York), born in Corning, New York
  • Aug 7 John Woodcock, English cricket journalist ('The Times' 1954-88; Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1981-86; President Cricket Writers' Club 1986-2004), born in Longparish, England (d. 2021)
  • Aug 7 Stan Freberg, American 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 Urban "Urbie" Green, American jazz trombonist (Woody Herman; Buck Clayton; Hugo Montenegro), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • Aug 9 Denis Atkinson, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder, 219 v Australia 1955), born in Rockley, Christ Church, Barbados (d. 2001)
  • Aug 9 Michiel de Ruyter, Dutch jazz historian (Mister Jazz), born in Amsterdam (d. 1994)
  • Aug 10 Benjamin Ward, 1st African American NYC Police Commissioner (1984-89), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • Aug 10 Edwin James Nairn Carr, composer
  • Aug 10 Marie-Claire Alain, French organist/composer
  • Aug 11 Aaron Klug, Biochemist (Nobel prize for Chemistry 1982), born in Lithuanian (d. 2018)
  • 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, British jazz violinist (Pink Panther Theme), born in Ealing, England (d. 1995)
  • Aug 12 Joe Jones, American R&B singer (d. 2005)
  • 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 Wallace Markfield, American writer (d. 2002)

Fidel Castro

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

  • Aug 14 Alice Adams, American author (Beautiful Girl), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia (d. 1999)
  • Aug 14 Buddy Greco, jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)

René Goscinny

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

  • Aug 15 Georgann Johnson, American actress (Marge-Mr Peepers, Star Trek, Midnight Cowboy), born in Decorah, Iowa (d. 2018)
  • Aug 15 Kostis Stephanopoulos, Greek conservative politician (President of Greece, 1995-2005), born in Patras, Greece (d. 2016)
  • Aug 15 Lewis T Preston, American banker (President of the World Bank 1991-95), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 15 Lyutsian Abramovich Prigozhn, Russian composer, born in Tashkent (d. 1994)
  • Aug 17 George Melly, English jazz and blues singer, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2007)
  • Aug 17 Hakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2013)
  • Aug 17 Jean Poiret [Jean-Gustave Poiré], French actor, director, and screenwriter (La Cage Aux Folles), born in Paris, France (d. 1992)

Jiang 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

  • Aug 19 Arthur Rock, American venture capitalist (Apple Inc.), born in Rochester, New York
  • Aug 20 Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1978)
  • Aug 20 Nobby Wirkowski, American-Canadian football player and coach (Toronto Argonauts), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • Aug 21 Ben-Zion Orgad, Israeli composer, born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany (d. 2006)
  • Aug 22 Bob Flannigan, American barbershop-pop-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 (symbolic anthropology), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2006)
  • Aug 24 Nancy Spero, American feminist artist, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • Aug 27 Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian computer scientist, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2002)
  • Aug 27 Patricia "Pat" Coombs, British comedienne and actress (Carry On Again Doctor, Cranford), born in Camberwell, London (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 and actress, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2018)
  • Aug 30 Ernie Roth, American wrestling manager (ring name "The Grand Wizard of Wrestling"), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1983)
  • Aug 30 Oļģerts Grāvītis, Latvian-Soviet composer, born in Alūksne, Latvia (d. 2015)
  • Aug 31 Georgiy Petrovich Katys, Russian cosmonaut (Voskhod 1 backup)
  • Aug 31 Jan de Koning, minister of Agriculture/Social Businesses (CDA)

Famous Weddings

Stan Laurel

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

Arna Bontemps

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


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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 academic (President of Harvard University, 1869-1909), dies at 92

Rudolph Valentino

Aug 23 Rudolph Valentino, Italian actor and silent movie idol (The Sheik, Eagle), dies of a relapse of pleuritis in NY at 31


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