What Happened in December 1926

Historical Events

  • Dec 3 Manchester Guardian (German Reichswehr/Red Army work together)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 3 Detective novelist Agatha Christie mysteriously disappears for 11 days

Novelist Agatha Christie
Novelist
Agatha Christie
  • Dec 4 CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Senators retain Championship with 10-7 win over U of Toronto Blues
  • Dec 7 Gas refrigerator patented
  • Dec 9 USGA legalizes steel shaft golf clubs
  • Dec 10 1st radio broadcast in the Sprinfield area (WCBS)

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Dec 10 2nd part of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf published

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Dec 11 Queensland win their 1st Sheffield Shield cricket match, v NSW

Music concertMusic Concert

Dec 12 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Piano concert premieres in Leningrad

  • Dec 14 Danish Madsen government forms
  • Dec 15 Facist national symbol elevated in Italy
  • Dec 16 Darius Milhauds opera "Le Pauvre Matelot" premieres in Paris
  • Dec 16 Kenesaw Mountain Landis renewed 7-years as baseball commissioner
  • Dec 16 WOW-AM in Omaha NE begins radio transmissions
  • Dec 17 German Marx government falls due to cooperation with red army
  • Dec 17 KYA-AM in San Francisco CA begins radio transmissions

  • Dec 17 Lithuanian military state under gen Augustine Woldemaras
  • Dec 17 Antanas Smetona assumes power in Lithuania as the ‎1926 coup d'état‎ is successful
  • Dec 19 National Football League Championship: Frankford Yellow Jackets (14-1-2) win first past the post title
  • Dec 20 Cards trade Rogers Hornsby to Giants for Frankie Frisch & Jimmy Ring
  • Dec 20 Pope Pius XI convicts fascist pursuit in Italy
  • Dec 20 Sidney Howard's "Silver Cord" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 21 Soccer team DOS Struggle forms
  • Dec 23 KEX-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 25 Crown Prince Hirohito of Japan assumes the throne upon his father, Emperor Yoshihito's, death

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito
  • Dec 27 Depot Square in Bronx renamed Botanical Square
  • Dec 27 Latkin Square in Bronx named for 1st US Jewish soldier to die in WW I
  • Dec 28 Arthur Mailey takes 4-362 off 64 overs (no maidens) NSW v Vic
  • Dec 28 Imperial Airways begins England-India mail & passenger service
  • Dec 28 Ponsford scores 352 & Ryder 295 against NSW
  • Dec 28 Victoria all out for 1107 against NSW at the MCG Crowd 22,348
  • Dec 29 Vatican puts French fascist Charles Maurras' work on the index
  • Dec 29 Victoria (1107) beat NSW (221 & 230) by an innings 656 runs
  • Dec 30 Paul Eliot Green's "In Abraham's Bosom" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 30 Chicago Tribune reports the Tigers threw a 4-game series to the White Sox in 1917 to help Chicago win the pennant (never substantiated)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Keith Michell, American actor and theatre director (6 Wives of Henry VIII), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2015)
  • Dec 1 Robert Symonds, American actor and associate director of the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, born in Bristow, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • Dec 3 Hans Otte, German composer/pianist (The Book of Sounds, Book of Hours)
  • Dec 7 Victor Kermit Kiam II, American businessman (Remington shavers) and NFL owner (Patriots), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2001)
  • Dec 7 Wolfgang Ludewig, German composer, born in Marburg, Germany

Person of interestJoachim Fest

Dec 8 Joachim Fest, German historian and journalist (Hitler biography, Speer: The Final Verdict), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2006)

Historian and Journalist Joachim Fest
Historian and Journalist
Joachim Fest
  • Dec 9 Henry Way Kendall, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1999)
  • Dec 9 Jan Křesadlo, Czech writer (d. 1995)
  • Dec 10 Dag Schjelderup-Ebbe, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2013)
  • Dec 10 Guitar Slim [Eddie Jones], blues guitarist ("The Things That I Used to Do"), born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 1959)
  • Dec 10 Harry Fowler, British actor (Great: Isambard Kingdom Brunel), born in Lambeth, London (d. 2012)
  • Dec 11 Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, American rhythm-and-blues singer and songwriter (Hound Dog, Ball & Chain, Stronger than Dirt), born in Ariton, Alabama (d. 1984)
  • Dec 11 Richard Devon, American character actor (Magnum Force, Battle of Blood Island), born in Glendale, California (d. 2010)
  • Dec 13 Carl Erskine, American baseball player (Bkln Dodgers), born in Anderson, Indiana
  • Dec 13 George Rhoden, Jamaican athlete (2 Olympic Golds 1952) born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Dec 14 Frank King, West Indian cricketer (WI fast bowler in 14 Tests in 50's, 29 wkts), born in Delamere Land, Brighton, St Michael, Barbados (d. 1990)
  • Dec 16 Alfred Koerppen, composer
  • Dec 16 James McCracken, American tenor (d. 1988)
  • Dec 17 Jeremy Brooks, English writer (Jampot Smith), born in Southampton (d. 1994)
  • Dec 17 Patrice Wymore, American actress (The Big Tree), born in Miltonvale, Kansas (d. 2014)
  • Dec 17 Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • Dec 19 Bobby Layne, NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions)
  • Dec 19 Jeanne Kirkpatrick, US ambassador to UN
  • Dec 19 Herb Stempel, American game show contestant
  • Dec 20 David Levine, American artist (New York Review of Books caricatures), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • Dec 20 Otto Graf Lambsdorff, German politician (Free Democratic Party), born in Aachen, Germany
  • Dec 20 Geoffrey Howe, British politician (Chancellor and Foreign Secretary under Thatcher), born in Aberavon, Glamorganshire (d. 2015)
  • Dec 21 John Herbert McDowell, American composer for ballet, TV and the stage, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1985)
  • Dec 21 Pedro Gonzales-Gonzalez, American actor (Rio Bravo), born in Aguilares, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Dec 21 Joe Paterno, American college hall of football coach (Penn State) and Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of 1986, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • Dec 22 Lee Salk, Russian-American child psychologist and author, born in New York, New York (d. 1992)
  • Dec 23 James Dewar, journalist/documentary filmmaker
  • Dec 23 Robert Bly, American poet & essayist (Loving a Woman in 2 Worlds), born in Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota
  • Dec 24 Ronald Draper, South African cricketer (South African batsman v Australia 1949-50), born in Oudtshoorn, South Africa
  • Dec 24 Paul Buissonneau, French-born Quebec theatre director, born in Paris, France (d. 2014)
  • Dec 25 Enrique Jorrín, Cuban composer and musician (d. 1987)
  • Dec 26 Earle Brown, American composer (open form), born in Lunenburg, Massachusetts (d. 2002)
  • Dec 26 Edgar D Ngoyi, South African ANC leader (17 yrs in Robbeneiland Jail)
  • Dec 26 Zlatko Pibernik, Croatian composer and music teacher, born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 2010)
  • Dec 27 Jerome Courtland, American actor (Tonka, Tharus), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • Dec 28 Donald Carr, English cricketer and MCC official, born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 2016)
  • Dec 30 Stanley Tracey, Denmark Hill, London, jazz composer, (d. 2013)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 2 Film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock (27) weds director Alma Reville (27) at Brompton Oratory in London

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 5 Gangster Carlo Gambino (24) weds his first cousin Catherine Castellano

Gangster Carlo Gambino
Gangster
Carlo Gambino

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 18 Actor George Murphy (24) weds ballroom dancing partner Juliette Henkel

Actor and Senator George Murphy
Actor and Senator
George Murphy

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Hans Heinrich XIV Hochberg, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 4 Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian-born painter (b. 1861)

Person of interestClaude Monet

Dec 5 Claude Monet [Oscar-Claude], French impressionist (Water Lilies, Haystacks, Poplars), dies from lung cancer at 86

Impressionist Painter Claude Monet
Impressionist Painter
Claude Monet
  • Dec 8 Jan Six, Dutch art historian/collector, dies
  • Dec 10 Nikola Pašić, Kingdom of Serbia and Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes prime minister (b. 1845)
  • Dec 12 Jean Richepin, French poet/writer (Contes sans morale), dies at 77
  • Dec 14 Theo van Rysselberghe, Belgian painter (pointillism), dies at 64
  • Dec 17 Alexandr Dmitriyevich Kastal'sky, composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 25 Yoshihito [Taishō], 123rd Emperor of Japan (1912-26), dies at 47
  • Dec 29 Rainer M Rilke, Austrias songwriter/writer (Wise Queen), dies at 51
  • Dec 29 Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian poet (Ana, The City, Duino Elegies), dies at 51