What Happened in January 1926

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 12th Rose Bowl: Alabama beats Washington, 20-19
  • Jan 1 Flood in Rhine strikes Cologne
  • Jan 2 Melody Maker, British popular music magazine, publishes 1st issue
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • Jan 20 2nd German government of Luther begins
  • Jan 21 Belgian parliament accepts Locarno treaties
  • Jan 22 Belgian chief of staff General Maglinse quits

Historic Event

Jan 23 Eugene O'Neill's "Great God Brown" premieres in NYC

Film & TV History

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

Historic Publication

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

  • Jan 27 US Senate agrees to join World Court

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Claire Polin [Schaff], composer flautist andmusicologist
  • Jan 1 Richard Verreau, French-Canadian operatic tenor, born in Château-Richer, Québec (d. 2005)
  • Jan 2 Gino Marchetti, Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Pro Bowl x 11), born in Smithers, West Virginia (d. 2019)
  • Jan 2 Howard Caine, American actor (Brushfire), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 1993)
  • Jan 3 Danny Overbea, American rock singer and guitarist ("40 Cups of Coffee"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)

George MartinGeorge Martin (1926-2016)

Jan 3 British record producer (The Beatles; Jeff Beck; America; The Goon Squad), born in London, England

  • Jan 5 Claude (Buddy) Young, American NFL running back (Yankees, Texans, Colts), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)
  • Jan 5 Hosea Williams, American activist, born in Attapulgus, Georgia (d. 2000)
  • Jan 5 Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, Singaporean opposition leader and former Secretary-General of Singapore's Worker's Party, born in Jaffna, British Ceylon (d. 2008)
  • Jan 5 Robert Earle, American TV host (GE College Bowl), born in Baldwin, New York (d. 2019)
  • Jan 5 William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons, born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • Jan 6 Dick Rathmann, American auto racer (first Indy pole-sitter to complete no laps), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2000)
  • Jan 6 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer, born in Berrocal, Spain (d. 2003)
  • Jan 6 Miklós "Mickey" Hargitay, Hungarian-American actor, bodybuilder and the 1955 Mr. Universe, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2006)
  • Jan 6 Pat Flaherty, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500, 1956), born in Glendale, California (d. 2002)
  • Jan 6 Ralph Branca, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1947–49; pitched “Shot Heard Round the World”), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 2016)
  • Jan 7 Joe Marston, Australian soccer defender (1954 FA Cup Final), born in Leichhardt, NSW (d. 2015)
  • Jan 7 Kim Jong-pil, South Korean Prime Minister (1971-75, 1998-2000) and founder of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (now the National Intelligence Service), born in Buyeo County, Japanese Korea (d. 2018)
  • Jan 8 Evelyn Lear [Shulman], American soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • Jan 8 Jani Christou, Greek composer, born in Heliopolis, Egypt (d. 1970)
  • Jan 8 Kelucharan Mohapatra, Indian Odissi dancer, born in Raghurajpur, India (d. 2004)
  • Jan 8 Soupy Sales [Milton Supman], American comedian, television, and radio personality, born in Franklinton, North Carolina (d. 2009)
  • Jan 9 Jean-Pierre Côté, Canadian politician, Lieutenant governor of Quebec (d. 2002)
  • Jan 9 John "Bucky" Pizzarelli, American jazz guitarist, born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • Jan 10 Musallam Bseiso, Palestinian journalist, thinker, and politician, born in Beit She'an, Israel (d. 2017)
  • 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 (For Philip Guston; Rothko Chapel), born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • Jan 12 Ray Price, American country singer (Good Times), born in Perryville, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Jan 13 Carolyn Heilbrun [Amanda Cross], author (Lady Ottoline's Album)
  • Jan 13 Melba Liston, American jazz trombonist, arranger, and composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1999) [1]
  • Jan 13 Michael Bond, British writer
  • Jan 13 Pamela M Cunnington, English architect/author (Change of Use)
  • Jan 14 Frank Aletter, American character actor (Mac-It's About Time, Tom-Nancy), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2009)
  • Jan 14 Harold Wolpe, South African lawyer & sociologist, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1996)
  • Jan 14 Mahasweta Devi, Indian Bengali writer & activist, born in Dhaka, British India (d. 2016)
  • Jan 14 Warren Mitchell, English actor (Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • Jan 15 Florence Buchsbaum, French theater director, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1996)
  • Jan 15 Maria Schell, Austrian-Swiss star of German cinema (The Last Bridge, Gervaise), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2005)
  • Jan 16 John "Jack" Layden, local politician
  • Jan 17 Moira Shearer, Scottish actress and ballerina (Red Shoes), born in Dunfermline Scotland (d. 2006)
  • Jan 17 Newton N. Minow, American lawyer and statesman
  • Jan 17 Richard Michael Hills, comedy script writer
  • Jan 17 Sir Clyde Walcott, West Indian cricket batsman (44 Tests @ 56.68; 15 x 100s) and administrator (ICC chairman 1997-2000), born in St Michael, Barbados (d. 2006)
  • Jan 18 Bobby Edwards [Moncrief], American country singer-songwriter ("You're The Reason"), born in Anniston, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 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 Tudor, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • Jan 20 Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani poet & writer, born in New Delhi, India (d. 2015)

Patricia NealPatricia Neal (1926-2010)

Jan 20 American actress (Hud, Subject Was Roses) and wife of Roald Dahl, born in Packard, Kentucky

  • Jan 20 Qurratulain Hyder, Indian Urdu novelist & writer, born in Aligarh, India (d. 2007)
  • Jan 21 Brian Brockless, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1995)
  • Jan 21 Franco Evangelisti, Italian composer
  • Jan 21 Raf Reymen, Flemish actor (Huisvuil, Het glas water), born in Gent, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1990)
  • Jan 21 Stephen "Steve" Reeves, American professional bodybuilder, actor, and philanthropist (Hercules, Goliath, Sandokan), born in Glasgow, Montana (d. 2000)
  • Jan 22 Aurèle Nicolet, Swiss flautist (Berlin Philharmonic), and educator, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 2016)
  • Jan 22 Lord Erskine of Rerrick, peer
  • Jan 22 Tom Blackburn, writer
  • Jan 24 Clyde Adler, American writer and voice actor (Soupy Sales Show - "White Fang"; "Black Tooth"), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • Jan 24 Georges Lautner, French director & screenwriter, born in Nice, France (d. 2013)
  • Jan 24 Robert Delpire, French publisher, editor and photographer, born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • Jan 25 James Erb, American composer, arranger, and musicologist (Shenendoah), born in La Junta, Colorado (d. 2014)
  • Jan 26 Charles Henderson Tidbury, British brewing executive (Whitbread & Co), born in Camberley, Surrey, England (d. 2003)
  • Jan 26 Farman Fatehpuri [Syed Dildar Ali], Urdu scholar, linguist, critic and author, born in Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh, British India (d. 2013)
  • Jan 26 Fritz Spiegl, Austrian-British classical flautist, broadcaster, composer, and wit, born in Zurndorf, Austria (d. 2003)
  • Jan 26 José María Valverde, Spanish philosopher, poet and translator (La espera, Historia de la literatura universal), born in Valencia de Alcántara, Spain (d. 1996)
  • Jan 26 Ronnie Hilton, British radio presenter and singer (Moonraker), born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 2001)
  • Jan 27 Ingrid Thulin, Swedish actress (Cries & Whispers, Damned), born in Sollefteå, Sweden (d. 2004)
  • Jan 29 Abdus Salam, Pakistani theoretical physicist (1979 Noble Prize for Physics - electroweak unification theory), born in Jhand, British India (d. 1996)
  • Jan 29 Bob Falkenburg, American tennis player (Wimbledon singles 1948, doubles, 1947; US Open doubles 1944), born in NYC, New York (d. 2022)
  • Jan 30 Lizbeth Webb, English soprano & stage actress, born in Reading, United Kingdom (d. 2013)
  • Jan 30 Vasily Arkhipov, Soviet-Russian naval officer who saved the world by refusing to launch a nuclear torpedo from submarine B-59 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, born in Zvorkovo, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (d. 1998)
  • Jan 31 Prunella Briance, founder (National Childbirth Trust)

Famous Weddings

Irving Berlin

Jan 4 American songwriter Irving Berlin (37) weds heiress and writer Ellin Mackay (23) in a simple civil ceremony

  • Jan 17 Comedian George Burns marries comedienne Gracie Allen

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 4 Margherita of Savoy, Queen consort of the Kingdom of Italy by marriage to Umberto I (1878-1900), dies at 74
  • Jan 8 Emile Paladilhe, composer, dies at 81
  • Jan 10 Eino Leino, Finnish poet, dies at 47
  • Jan 12 Sir Austin Chapman, Australian politician (b. 1864)
  • Jan 15 Enrico Toselli, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 42

Camillo GolgiCamillo Golgi (1843-1926)

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

  • Jan 23 Désiré-Joseph Mercier, Belgian philosopher and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, dies at 74
  • Jan 23 Joseph Carl Breil, American composer (Les amours de la reine Élisabeth), dies at 55
  • Jan 26 John Flannagan, Catholic priest, 2nd president of St. Ambrose University, dies at 66
  • Jan 28 Kaufmann Kohler, German-born American reform rabbi and theologian, dies at 82
  • Jan 30 Barbara La Marr [Reatha Watson], American vaudeville and silent film actress (The White Moth), and screenwriter, dies from pulmonary tuberculosis and nephritis at 29