What Happened in July 1926

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Canada restores gold standard
  • Jul 2 US Army Air Corps created; Distinguish Flying Cross authorized
  • Jul 3 39th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Kitty Godfree beats Lilí Álvarez (6-2 4-6 6-3)
  • Jul 3 46th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jean Borotra beats H Kinsey (8-6 6-1 6-3)
  • Jul 4 Baronie soccer team forms in Breda Neth
  • Jul 4 NSDAP-party forms in Weimar

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 9 Chiang Kai-shek appointed to national-revolutionary supreme commander

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Jul 9 Coup under Gen Sinel de Cordes in Portugal

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 10 30th US Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 293 at Scioto CC in Ohio

Golfer Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones
  • Jul 10 Lake Denmark, New Jersey arsenal explodes, kills 21, $75m damage
  • Jul 12 Guomindangleger draws against warlord Wu Peifu

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Jul 12 Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:26.2)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Jul 13 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000m (8:20.4)
  • Jul 15 VPRO (Free thinking Protestant Radio Broadcast) forms
  • Jul 16 Jaspar government asks authority to save Belgian franc
  • Jul 16 National Geographic takes 1st natural-color undersea photos
  • Jul 17 Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:11.4)
  • Jul 18 The South Africa author and journalist, Herman Charles Bosman, shoots and kills his stepbrother David Russell during a quarrel
  • Jul 18 20th Tour de France won by Lucien Buysse of Belgium
  • Jul 19 2nd French government of Herriot, forms
  • Jul 20 A convention of the Methodist Church votes to allow women to become priests.
  • Jul 22 105°F (41°C), Waterbury, Connecticut (state record)
  • Jul 22 108°F (42°C), Troy, NY (state record)
  • Jul 22 Cincinnati Red Curt Walker ties record of 2 triples in an inning
  • Jul 23 Belgian NMBS/SNCFB forms
  • Jul 23 French government of Poincaré forms
  • Jul 26 National Bar Association incorporates
  • Jul 26 Philippines government asks USA for a plebiscite on independence
  • Jul 28 US & Panamanian pact about safeguard of Panama Canal
  • Jul 30 Albanian boundaries deduced

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Franclaois-Regis Bastide, writer/broadcaster
  • Jul 1 Robert Fogel, American economic historian and Nobel laureate, born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 1 Carl Hahn, German automotive executive
  • Jul 1 Delmar Watson, American child actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Heidi, Annie Oakley), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 2 Billy Usselton, saxophonist
  • Jul 2 Lee Allen, Pittsburg, Ks, tenor sax (Walkin' With Mr Lee)
  • Jul 2 Octavian Paler, Romanian writer, journalist, (d. 2007)
  • Jul 3 Johnny Coles, trumpeter
  • Jul 3 Joseph M Gaydos, (Rep-D-PA, 1969- )
  • Jul 3 William Roll, German poltergeist researcher and parapsychologist (The Poltergeist, Unsolved Mysteries), born in Bremen, Germany (d. 2012)
  • Jul 4 Mary Stuart, American actress (Jo-Search for Tomorrow), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2002)
  • Jul 4 Alfredo Di Stéfano, Argentine-Spanish footballer
  • Jul 5 Haya van Someren-Downer, 2nd Member of parliament (Dutch Lib Party)
  • Jul 5 Kenneth Gaburo, composer
  • Jul 6 Conrad "Nicky" Hilton Jr., American hotel heir and 1st husband of Elizabeth Taylor, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1969)
  • Jul 8 Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Swiss-American author and psychiatrist (On Death and Dying), born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 2004)
  • Jul 8 John D Dingell, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1955- )
  • Jul 9 Ben Roy Mottelson, American-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • Jul 9 Murphy Anderson, American comic artist (DC Comics), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Jul 10 Carleton Carpenter, actor (Up Periscope, Summer Stock), born in Bennington, Vermont
  • Jul 10 Fred Gwynne, American actor (Car 54 Where Are You, Munsters), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 11 Patrick Wymark, Cleethorpes England, actor (Skull, Tomb of Ligeia)
  • Jul 11 Ralph D Abernathy, American president (SCLC)
  • Jul 11 Rodolfo Arizaga, composer
  • Jul 11 Frederick Buechner, American author
  • Jul 12 Beah Richards, Vicksburg MS, actress/playwright (Big Shot, Generation)
  • Jul 13 Meyer Kupferman, American composer (In Fimi Tres), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 14 Harry Dean Stanton, West Irvine KY, actor (Alien, Cool Hand Luke)
  • Jul 14 Jan Krenz, Polish conductor and composer, born in Włocławku, Poland
  • Jul 15 John Arthur Neill Lambert, composer
  • Jul 15 John Graham, British ambassador to NATO
  • Jul 15 Driss Chraïbi, Moroccan author
  • Jul 15 Leopoldo Galtieri, Argentine dictator (d. 2003)
  • Jul 16 Brian Howard, deputy chairman (Marks & Spencer)
  • Jul 16 Philip Randle, biochemist
  • Jul 16 Irwin Rose, American biologist, Nobel laureate (Chemistry 2004), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 17 Édouard Carpentier, French-born professional wrestler
  • Jul 17 Charles Champlin, American film critic and writer
  • Jul 18 Bryan Johnson, English singer and actor, born in London (d. 1995)
  • Jul 18 Jane Hylton, actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot, Daybreak), born in London, England
  • Jul 18 Richard Pasco, English actor (Gorgon, Arch of Triumph)
  • Jul 18 Robert Sloman, writer (d. 2005)
  • Jul 18 Margaret Laurence, Canadian writer (d. 1987)
  • Jul 19 Helen Gallagher, actress (Ryan's Hope, Strangers When We Meet), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 19 Max Sordam, Suriname warden/writer (Dictionary Sranantongo)
  • Jul 20 Patricia Cutts, English actress (d. 1974)
  • Jul 21 Gerald Ian Lacey, architect/town planner
  • Jul 21 Karel Reisz, director (Everybody Wins, Isadora, Who'll Stop the Rain)
  • Jul 21 Norman Jewison, director (Moonstruck, ...and Justice For All)
  • Jul 21 Paul Burke, American actor (Thomas Crown Affair, Neal-Dynasty), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jul 21 Rahimuddin Khan, Pakistani general
  • Jul 21 Queenie Watts, English actress (d. 1980)
  • Jul 21 Bill Pertwee, English actor (Dad's Army), born in Amersham, England (d. 2013)
  • Jul 22 Bryan Forbes, director and producer (Endless Games, King Rat), (d. 2013)
  • Jul 22 Peter Michael Grayson, British showman, born in Manchester (d. 1996)
  • Jul 23 Ludvik Vaculik, Czech writer (Two Thousand Words), born in Brumo, Zlín Region (d. 2015)
  • Jul 24 Hans-Gunther Winkler, German equestrian jumper (Olympic gold 1956)
  • Jul 24 James Hele, high master (St Paul's School)
  • Jul 25 Teodor Grigoriu, composer
  • Jul 25 Whitey Lockman, American baseball player
  • Jul 26 Barbara Jefford, British actress (James Joyce's Ulysses), born in Plymstock, Devon, England
  • Jul 26 James Best [Jewel Franklin Guy], American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, Sounder), born in Powderly, Kentucky (d. 2015)
  • Jul 26 Ana María Matute, Spanish author (Fiesta al noroeste), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2014)
  • Jul 27 Peter Coker, English painter, born in London (d. 2004)
  • Jul 28 Charlie Biddle, American-born Quebec jazz bassist (d. 2003)
  • Jul 29 Russel Firestone, polo great (Circle F-1959 champs)
  • Jul 29 Don Carter, professional bowler, six-time bowler of the year, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • Jul 30 Peter T Thwaites, British Brigadier General and playwright (Love or money) (d. 1991)
  • Jul 31 Hilary Putnam, American philosopher, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 10 Cuban president Fulgencio Batista (25) weds Elisa Godínez y Gómez (25)

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Emile Coué, French pharmacist (recovery by auto suggestion), dies
  • Jul 4 Pier Giorgio Frassati, Italian Saint (b. 1901)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 11 Gertrude Bell, British archaeologist, dies at 57

Archaeologist and Writer Gertrude Bell
Archaeologist and Writer
Gertrude Bell
  • Jul 12 Charles Wood, composer, dies at 40
  • Jul 20 Felix Dzerzhinsky [Iron Felix, Bloody Felix], Soviet statesman, established and developed Soviet secret police (Cheka, forerunner to the KGB), dies at 48