What Happened in October 1926

Historical Events

Historic Event

Oct 1 Oil field accident costs aviator Wiley Post his left eye, uses the settlement money to buy his 1st aircraft

  • Oct 2 Bert Gibb kicks 9 singles as Hamilton Tigers beat Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 12-10 in Montreal in Canadian Inter-provincial Rugby Football Union opening round
  • Oct 3 1st congress of Pan European Movement (Pan-Europese Beweging) opens in Vienna
  • Oct 3 English long distance runner Violet Piercy sets first recognised female marathon record in 3:40:22 on the Polytechnic Marathon course between Windsor and London
  • Oct 4 Dahlia is officially designated as San Francisco city flower

Baseball Record

Oct 6 Babe Ruth becomes first MLB player to hit 3 home runs in a World Series game as NY Yankees beat St. Louis Cardinals, 10-5 in Game 4 at Sportsman's Park, St. Louis

  • Oct 7 Actress Theo Mann-Master resigns from stage
  • Oct 7 Italian Great Fascist Council forms

Historic Event

Oct 9 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina opens Royal Colonial Institution

  • Oct 9 NBC (National Broadcasting Corporation) forms
  • Oct 10 Baseball World Series: St Louis Cardinals beat New York Yankees, 3-2 at Sportsman's Park for 4 games to 3 series victory

Historic Publication

Oct 14 A. A. Milne's book "Winnie the Pooh" released

Contract of Interest

Oct 14 Walter Johnson retires, signs 2-year contract to manage Newark

  • Oct 15 Austria government of Seipel, forms
  • Oct 15 Philip Barry's play "White Wings!" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 16 Mohammed Nadir Khan begins coup in Afghanistan, 1200 killed
  • Oct 16 Troop ship sinks in Yangtze River, killing 1,200

Historic Publication

Oct 18 Frankfurter Zeitung publishes Lenin's political testament

  • Oct 19 John C Garand patents semi-automatic rifle

Historic Event

Oct 19 Russian Politburo throws out Leon Trotsky and his followers

  • Oct 20 Hurricane in Cuba, kills 600

Film & TV History

Oct 22 J. Gordon Whitehead sucker punches magician Harry Houdini in the stomach in Montreal

  • Oct 24 Harry Houdini's last performance, at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 25 Lester Patrick becomes 1st coach & gm of NY Rangers
  • Oct 26 Arthur Goodrich's play "Caponsacchi" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 26 Belgium stabilizes current value of franc (5 franc becomes 1 "Belga")

Assassination Attempt

Oct 31 Failed assassination attempt on Benito Mussolini by 15-year-old Anteo Zamboni, who was lynched on the spot


Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 2 Jan Morris, Welsh journalist, historian and travel writer (Among the Cities, Hong Kong, Journeys), born in Clevedon, Somerset, England (d. 2020)
  • Oct 3 Marques Haynes, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Harlem Globetrotters), born in Sand Springs, Oklahoma (d. 2015)
  • Oct 5 Gottfried Michael Koenig, German-Dutch composer, born in Magdeburg, Germany
  • Oct 5 Willi Unsoeld, American mountaineer (First ascent of the West Ridge of Mount Everest), born in Arcata, California (d. 1979)
  • Oct 6 Alan Copeland, American orchestra leader and singer (Your Hit Parade), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 6 Cyril Reuben, Welsh classical and session violinist (London Symphony), born in Splott, Cardiff, Wales (d. 1996)
  • Oct 7 Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, born in Prague (d. 1978)
  • Oct 7 Marcello Abbado, pianist, composer, conductor, and teacher, born in Milan, Italy (d. 2020)
  • Oct 8 Raaj Kumar, Hindi film star (Mother India), born in Loralai, Balochistan, British India (d. 1996)
  • Oct 9 Danièle Delorme [Gabrielle Girard], French actress (Pardon My Affair), born in Paris (d. 2015)
  • Oct 10 Oscar Brown, American singer, songwriter ("Brown Baby"; "Forbidden Fruit"), playwright, and poet, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • Oct 10 Ralph Liguori, American auto racer (NASCAR Grand National Series 30 x Top 10; 5 x Top 5 finishes), born in NYC, NY (d. 2020)
  • Oct 10 Richard Jaeckel, American actor (3:10 to Yuma, Sands of Iwo Jima, Sometimes a Great Notion), born in Long Beach, New York (d. 1997)
  • Oct 11 Earle Hyman, American stage and screen actor (The Cosby Show - "Russell Huxtable"; ThunderCats; Coriolanus), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • Oct 11 Jean Alexander, British actress (Coronation Street - "Hilda Ogden"), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2016)
  • Oct 11 John Dewes, British cricketer (England opener late 40's early 50's), born in Latchford, Cheshire, England (d. 2015)
  • Oct 11 Thích Nhất Hạnh [Nguyen Xuan Bao], Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk, teacher, peace activist, and writer (Love Letter to the Earth; The Art of Communicating), born in Huế, Annam, French Indochina (now Vietnam) (d. 2022) [1]
  • Oct 12 César Pelli, Argentine American architect (Petronas Towers), born in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina (d. 2019)
  • Oct 12 Hans Liebold, German auto racer (Nardo, Italy)
  • Oct 13 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist (Oscar Peterson; Ella Fitzgerald), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • Oct 13 Tommy Whittle, British jazz tenor saxophonist (Ted Heath; BBC Show Band), and bandleader, born in Grangemouth, Scotland (d. 2013)
  • Oct 13 Walter "Killer" Kowalski, Canadian professional wrestler, born in Windsor, Canada (d. 2008)
  • Oct 14 Bill Justis, American rock and roll musician (Raunchy), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1982)
  • Oct 14 Willy Alberti [Carel Verbrugge], Dutch singer and actor (Riffin in Amsterdam), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1985)
  • Oct 15 Ed McBain [Evan Hunter], American writer (Blackboard Jungle), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • Oct 15 Jean Peters, American actress (Viva Zapata!, Apache, Deep Waters), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • Oct 15 Karl Richter, German composer and conductor, born in Plauen, Germany (d. 1981)
  • Oct 15 Michel Foucault, French philosopher and historian (The History of Sexuality), born in Poitiers, France (d. 1984)
  • Oct 16 Hansheinz Schneeberger, Swiss violinist (Duo Paganini), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 2019)
  • Oct 17 Beverly Garland [Fessenden], American actress (My Three Sons, Scarecrow and Mrs. King), born in Santa Cruz, California (d. 2008)
  • Oct 17 Julie Adams [Betty May Adams], American actress (Yancy Derringer, Code Red), born in Waterloo, Iowa
  • Oct 17 Karl Gordon Henize, American astronomer and NASA astronaut (STS-51-F), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1993)

Chuck BerryChuck Berry (1926-2017)

Oct 18 American rock n' roll guitarist and singer-songwriter ("Roll Over Beethoven"; "Sweet Little Sixteen"), born in St Louis, Missouri

  • Oct 18 John Morris, American film and Broadway composer who commonly worked alongside Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • Oct 18 Klaus Kinski [Naksynski], German-Polish actor (Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Little Drummer Girl), born in Zoppot, Free City of Danzig (d. 1991)
  • Oct 18 Thomas Millar, Australian historian and political scientist, born in Kalamunda, Western Australia (d. 1994)
  • Oct 19 Arne Bendiksen, Norwegian pop singer-songwriter (Eurovision, 1964, 1966, 1973, 1974), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 2009)
  • Oct 19 Joel Feinberg, American moral philosopher (d. 2004)
  • Oct 20 Ursula Happe, German swimmer (Olympic gold 200m backstroke 1956), born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 2021)
  • Oct 21 Bob Rosburg, American golfer, analyst (PGA Championship 1959), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2009)
  • Oct 21 Don Elliott [Helfman], American jazz trumpeter, vibraphonist, mellophone player, and vocalist, born in Somerville, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • Oct 21 Leonard Rossiter, British actor (Rising Damp, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1984)
  • Oct 21 Marga Richter, American classical pianist and composer (Landscapes of the Mind; Out of Shadows and Solitude), born in Reedsburg, Wisconsin (d. 2020)
  • Oct 22 Jan A de Jonge, Dutch historian
  • Oct 24 Y. A. Tittle, American NFL quarterback (Baltimore, San Francisco, NY Giants, MVP 1963), born in Marshall, Texas (d. 2017)
  • Oct 25 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer (Britten's "War Requiem"), born in Leningrad, Russia (d. 2012)
  • Oct 25 Ismail Gulgee, Pakistani painter, born in Peshawar, Pakistan (d. 2007)
  • Oct 25 Jimmy Heath "Little Bird", American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • Oct 25 William "Biff" McGuire, American actor (Serpico, Heart is Lonely Hunter), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Oct 26 Yuri Aleksandrovich Letunov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Tomsk, Russia (d. 1983)

H. R. HaldemanH. R. Haldeman (1926-1993)

Oct 27 Nixon's White House Chief of Staff during Watergate, born in Los Angeles, California

  • Oct 27 Nana Joshi, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (12 tests, 27 dismissals, 1 x 50; Maharashtra CC), born in Baroda, Gujarat, India (d. 1987)

Bowie KuhnBowie Kuhn (1926-2007)

Oct 28 American lawyer, sports administrator (MLB Commissioner 1969-1984), born in Takoma Park, Maryland

  • Oct 29 Jon Vickers, Canadian operatic tenor (Covent Garden, 1957-87; New York Metropolitan Opera, 1960-87), born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)
  • Oct 30 Jacques Swaters, Belgian racing driver, born in Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels, Belgium (d. 2010)
  • Oct 31 (Moisés) "Mario" Abramovich, Argentinian tango and classical violinist (Sexteto Major, 1974-2014), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2014)
  • Oct 31 Jimmy Savile, English entertainer and suspected sexual predator, born in Leeds (d. 2011)
  • Oct 31 Shirley Dinsdale, ventriloquist (Judy Splinters), born in San Francisco, California

Famous Weddings

Irene Joliot-Curie

Oct 4 Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie (29) weds physicist Frédéric Joliot (26) in Paris, France

Ho Chi Minh

Oct 18 Communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh (36) weds midwife Zeng Xueming (21) in Guangzhou

Howard Florey

Oct 19 Pathologist Howard Florey (28) weds Ethel Reed at Holy Trinity Church in Paddington, New South Wales


Famous Deaths

  • Oct 6 Charles Van de Banks, Flemish writer/poet (Red Horse), dies
  • Oct 6 Karel van den Oever, Flemish author and poet (Geuzenstad), dies at 46
  • Oct 7 Emil Kraepelin, German psychiatrist who developed a classification system for mental illness, dies at 70
  • Oct 12 Edwin Abbott Abbott, English schoolmaster, theologian, and author (Flatland), dies at 87
  • Oct 13 Hans E. Kinck, Norwegian philological and writer (Driftekaren), dies at 61
  • Oct 19 Victor Babeş, Romanian physician and bacteriologist, dies at 72
  • Oct 20 Eugene V. Debs, American labor leader and Socialist presidential candidate, dies at 70
  • Oct 22 Jules van den Heuvel, Belgian lawyer and politician, dies at 71
  • Oct 25 Frederick Zech, Jr., American pianist and composer, dies at 68

Harry HoudiniHarry Houdini (1874-1926)

Oct 31 Famous magician and escape artist, dies at 52 in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured