What Happened in January 1926

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Flood in Rhine strikes Cologne
  • Jan 1 12th Rose Bowl: Alabama beats Washington, 20-19
  • Jan 3 Greek gen Theodorus Pangulos names himself dictator
  • Jan 4 Theodoros Pangalos resigns as Greek dictator
  • Jan 6 Kees Boeke opens 1st comprehensive school in Holland

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Jan 8 Abdulaziz Ibn Saud becomes King of Nejd and Hejaz; forerunner of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Founder of Saudi Arabia Ibn Saud
Founder of Saudi Arabia
Ibn Saud
  • Jan 20 2nd German government of Luther begins
  • Jan 21 Belgian parliament accepts Locarno treaties
  • Jan 22 Belgian chief of staff General Maglinse quits
  • Jan 23 Eugene O'Neill's "Great God Brown" premieres in NYC

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Jan 26 John Logie Baird gives the first public demonstration of television in his laboratory in London

Inventor of Television John Logie Baird
Inventor of Television
John Logie Baird
  • Jan 27 US Senate agrees to join World Court

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Jan 27 Physicist Erwin Schrödinger publishes his theory of wave mechanics and presents what becomes known as the Schrödinger equation in quantum mechanics

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Claire Polin [Schaff], composer flautist/musicologist
  • Jan 1 Richard Verreau, French-Canadian tenor (d. 2005)
  • Jan 2 Howard Caine, American actor (Brushfire), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 1993)
  • Jan 3 Danny Overbea, blues singer/guitarist
  • Jan 3 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles), born in London (d. 2016)
  • Jan 5 Claude (Buddy) Young, NFL running back (Yankees, Texans, Colts)
  • Jan 5 Robert Earle, Baldwin NY, TV host (GE College Bowl)
  • Jan 5 Hosea Williams, American activist (d. 2000)
  • Jan 5 William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet
  • Jan 6 Pat Flaherty, American racecar driver (d. 2002)
  • Jan 6 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer (d. 2003)
  • Jan 6 Mickey Hargitay, Hungarian-born actor and bodybuilder (d. 2006)
  • Jan 6 Ralph Branca, American baseball player (pitched the “Shot Heard Round the World”), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 2016)
  • Jan 6 Kim Dae-jung, President of South Korea and Nobel laureate
  • Jan 8 Evelyn Lear, [Shulman], soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • Jan 8 Jani Christou, composer
  • Jan 8 Soupy Sales, [Milton Hines], NC, comedian (Soupy Sales Show)
  • Jan 8 Kelucharan Mohapatra, Indian Odissi dancer (d. 2004)
  • Jan 9 Jean-Pierre Côté, Canadian politician, Lieutenant governor of Quebec (d. 2002)
  • Jan 10 Musallam Bseiso, Palestinian journalist, thinker, and politician
  • Jan 11 Elisabeth M J "Elly" Bakker, Dutch actress (The Miser)
  • Jan 11 Grant Tinker, American TV executive (NBC), born in Stamford, Connecticut (d. 2016)
  • Jan 11 Lev Stepanovich Demin, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 15)
  • Jan 11 Phil Sidey, broadcaster
  • Jan 12 Morton Feldman, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 12 Ray Price, country singer (Good Times), (d. 2013)
  • Jan 13 Carolyn Heilbrun, [Amanda Cross], author (Lady Ottoline's Album)
  • Jan 13 Pamela M Cunnington, English architect/author (Change of Use)
  • Jan 13 Michael Bond, British writer
  • Jan 14 Frank Aletter, actor (Mac-It's About Time, Tom-Nancy), born in Long Island, New York
  • Jan 14 Harold Wolpe, sociologist lawyer/Soth African activist
  • Jan 14 Tom Tryon, actor (Cardinal, All That Glitters), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Jan 14 Warren Mitchell, English actor (Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part), born in London (d. 2015)
  • Jan 14 Mahasweta Devi, Indian Bengali writer and activist, born in Dhaka, British India (d. 2016)
  • Jan 15 Maria Schell, actress (Space 1999), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Jan 15 Florence Buchsbaum, French theater director (d. 1996)
  • Jan 16 John "Jack" Layden, local politician
  • Jan 17 Clyde Walcott, cricketer (one of the three W's, later ICC chairman)
  • Jan 17 Moira Shearer, Dunfermline Scotland, ballerina (Red Shoes)
  • Jan 17 Richard Michael Hills, comedy script writer
  • Jan 17 Newton N. Minow, American lawyer and statesman
  • Jan 19 Fritz Weaver, actor (Josef-Holocaust, Day of the Dolphin), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Jan 19 Libera Carlier, Flemish author (Action Station Go!)
  • Jan 20 David Eugene Tudor, composer, born in Philadelphi, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 20 Michael Higgins, actor (1918, Wanda, Black Stallion), born in Brooklyn, New York

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Jan 20 Patricia Neal, American actress (Hud, Subject Was Roses), born in Packard, Kentucky (d. 2010)

Actress Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal
  • Jan 20 Robert L Van Citters, cardiology/advisory panelist/UW dean
  • Jan 20 Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani poet, essayist and columnist
  • Jan 20 Qurratulain Hyder, Pakistani novelist (d. 2007)
  • Jan 21 Franco Evangelisti, Italian composer
  • Jan 21 Raf Reymen, Flemish actor
  • Jan 21 Steve Reeves, Glasgow Montana, actor (Hercules, Hercules Unchained)
  • Jan 21 Brian Brockless, English organist (d. 1995)
  • Jan 22 Lord Erskine of Rerrick, peer
  • Jan 22 Tom Blackburn, writer
  • Jan 24 Robert Delpire, French publisher, editor and photographer, born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • Jan 24 Georges Lautner, French director and screenwriter
  • Jan 26 Charles Tidbury, former chairman (Whitbread & Company)
  • Jan 26 Jose Maria Valverde, philosopher poet/translator
  • Jan 26 Ronnie Hilton, singer (Moonraker)
  • Jan 26 Farman Fatehpuri, Pakistani scholar
  • Jan 27 Fritz Spiegl, Austrian journalist (d. 2003)
  • Jan 27 Ingrid Thulin, Swedish actress (d. 2004)
  • Jan 29 Abdus Salam, theoretical physicist
  • Jan 29 Bob Berry, cricketer (England slow lefty 1950)
  • Jan 30 Ruth Brown, Portsmouth Va, actress (Leona-Hello Larry, Checking In)
  • Jan 30 Lizbeth Webb, Reading, UK, soprano, (d. 2013)
  • Jan 31 Prunella Briance, founder (National Childbirth Trust)
  • Jan 31 Tom Alston, American baseball player (d. 1993)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 4 Composer Irving Berlin (37) weds heiress Ellin Mackay in a simple civil ceremony

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • Jan 17 Comedian George Burns marries comedienne Gracie Allen

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 8 Emile Paladilhe, composer, dies at 81
  • Jan 12 Sir Austin Chapman, Australian politician (b. 1864)
  • Jan 15 Enrico Toselli, composer, dies at 42

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Jan 21 Camillo Golgi, Italian physician and medical researcher (Nobel Prize in Medicine-1906), dies at 81

Physician and Nobel Laureate Camillo Golgi
Physician and Nobel Laureate
Camillo Golgi
  • Jan 23 Desire J Mercier, Belgian philosopher/cardinal, dies at 74
  • Jan 23 Joseph Carl Breil, composer, dies at 55
  • Jan 26 John Flannagan, 2nd president of St. Ambrose University
  • Jan 28 Kaufmann Kohler, German-born American reform rabbi and theologian, dies at 82
  • Jan 30 Barbara La Marr, American actress (The White Moth), dies at 29