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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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, American NFL running back (Yankees, Texans, Colts), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)
  • Jan 5 Robert Earle, American TV host (GE College Bowl), born in Baldwin, New York (d. 1993)
  • Jan 5 Hosea Williams, American activist, born in Attapulgus, Georgia (d. 2000)
  • Jan 5 William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet, born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • Jan 6 Pat Flaherty, American racecar driver, born in Hanover, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 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 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, born in Hauido, South Korea (d. 2009)
  • 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 Soupy Sales [Milton Hines], American comedian (Soupy Sales Show), born in Franklinton, North Carolina (d. 2009)
  • Jan 8 Kelucharan Mohapatra, Indian Odissi dancer, born in Raghurajpur, India (d. 2004)
  • Jan 9 Jean-Pierre Côté, Canadian politician, Lieutenant governor of Quebec (d. 2002)
  • 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, born in New York City, 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 Pamela M Cunnington, English architect/author (Change of Use)
  • Jan 13 Michael Bond, British writer
  • 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 Warren Mitchell, English actor (Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • Jan 14 Mahasweta Devi, Indian Bengali writer & activist, born in Dhaka, British India (d. 2016)
  • Jan 15 Maria Schell, Austrian-Swiss star of German cinema (The Last Bridge, Gervaise), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2005)
  • Jan 15 Florence Buchsbaum, French theater director, born in Strasbourg, France (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, Scottish actress and ballerina (Red Shoes), born in Dunfermline Scotland (d. 2006)
  • 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 Tudor, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)

Person of interestPatricia Neal

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

Actress Patricia Neal
Actress
Patricia Neal
  • Jan 20 Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani poet & writer, born in New Delhi, India (d. 2015)
  • Jan 20 Qurratulain Hyder, Indian Urdu novelist & writer, born in Aligarh, India (d. 2007)
  • 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 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 Sir Charles Henderson Tidbury, British brewing executive, former chairman (Whitbread & Company), born in Camberley, Surrey (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 26 Farman Fatehpuri [Syed Dildar Ali], Urdu scholar, linguist, critic and author, born in Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh, British India (d. 2013)
  • Jan 27 Fritz Spiegl, Austrian journalist (d. 2003)
  • Jan 27 Ingrid Thulin, Swedish actress (Cries & Whispers, Damned), born in Sollefteå, Sweden (d. 2004)
  • Jan 29 Abdus Salam, theoretical physicist
  • Jan 29 Bob Berry, cricketer (England slow lefty 1950)
  • 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


LoveWedding 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, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 42

Person of interestCamillo Golgi

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, 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, American actress (The White Moth), dies at 29