December 1926 in History

Events in History

Historic Event

Dec 3 Detective novelist Agatha Christie mysteriously disappears for 11 days

  • Dec 3 Manchester Guardian (German Reichswehr/Red Army work together)
  • Dec 7 Gas refrigerator patented

Historic Publication

Dec 10 2nd part of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf published

  • Dec 14 Thomas Madsen-Mygdal head of the Liberal Party forms a government in Denmark
  • Dec 15 Fascist national symbol elevated in Italy
  • Dec 16 WOW-AM in Omaha NE begins radio transmissions
  • Dec 17 Antanas Smetona assumes power in Lithuania as the ‎1926 coup d'état‎ is successful
  • Dec 17 German Marx government falls due to cooperation with red army
  • Dec 17 KYA-AM in San Francisco CA begins radio transmissions
  • Dec 17 Lithuanian military state under gen Augustine Woldemaras

Historic Event

Dec 20 Pope Pius XI convicts fascist pursuit in Italy

  • Dec 20 Sidney Howard's "Silver Cord" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 23 KEX-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions

Historic Event

Dec 25 Crown Prince Hirohito of Japan assumes the throne upon his father, Emperor Yoshihito's, death

  • Dec 27 Depot Square in Bronx renamed Botanical Square
  • Dec 27 Latkin Square in Bronx named for 1st US Jewish soldier to die in WW I
  • Dec 28 Arthur Mailey takes 4-362 off 64 overs (no maidens) NSW v Vic
  • Dec 28 Imperial Airways begins England-India mail & passenger service
  • Dec 28 Ponsford scores 352 & Ryder 295 against NSW
  • Dec 28 Victoria all out for 1107 against NSW at the MCG Crowd 22,348
  • Dec 29 Vatican puts French fascist Charles Maurras' work on the index
  • Dec 29 Victoria (1107) beat NSW (221 & 230) by an innings 656 runs
  • Dec 30 Paul Eliot Green's "In Abraham's Bosom" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in History

Joachim Fest

Dec 8 Joachim Fest, German historian and journalist (Hitler biography, Speer: The Final Verdict), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2006)

  • Dec 9 Henry Way Kendall, American physicist (Nobel 1990-pioneering investigations concerning deep inelastic scattering of electrons on protons and bound neutrons, which have been of essential importance for the development of the quark model in particle physics), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • Dec 9 Jan Křesadlo, Czech-British psychologist and writer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1995)
  • Dec 17 Jeremy Brooks, English writer (Jampot Smith), born in Southampton (d. 1994)
  • Dec 19 Herb Stempel, American game show contestant
  • Dec 19 Jeanne Kirkpatrick, US ambassador to UN
  • Dec 20 David Levine, American artist (New York Review of Books caricatures), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • Dec 20 Geoffrey Howe, British politician (Chancellor and Foreign Secretary under Thatcher), born in Aberavon, Glamorganshire (d. 2015)
  • Dec 20 Otto Graf Lambsdorff, German politician (Free Democratic Party), born in Aachen, Germany
  • Dec 22 Lee Salk, Russian-American child psychologist and author, born in New York, New York (d. 1992)
  • Dec 23 Robert Bly, American poet & essayist (Loving a Woman in 2 Worlds), born in Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota
  • Dec 24 Paul Buissonneau, French-born Quebec theatre director, born in Paris, France (d. 2014)
  • Dec 26 Edgar D Ngoyi, South African ANC leader (17 yrs in Robbeneiland Jail)

Weddings in History

Carlo Gambino

Dec 5 Gangster Carlo Gambino (24) weds his first cousin Catherine Castellano

Deaths in History

  • Dec 3 Charles Ringling, American circus owner (Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus), dies at 63
  • Dec 4 Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian-born painter (b. 1861)

Claude Monet

Dec 5 Claude Monet [Oscar-Claude], French impressionist painter (Water Lilies, Haystacks, Poplars), dies from lung cancer at 86

  • Dec 8 Jan Six, Dutch art historian/collector, dies
  • Dec 10 Nikola Pašić, Kingdom of Serbia and Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes prime minister (b. 1845)
  • Dec 12 Jean Richepin, French poet/writer (Contes sans morale), dies at 77
  • Dec 14 Theo van Rysselberghe, Belgian painter (pointillism), dies at 64
  • Dec 24 Johan Castberg, Norwegian politician (Castbergian Child Laws protecting extra-martial children), dies at 64 [1]
  • Dec 25 Yoshihito [Taishō], 123rd Emperor of Japan (1912-26), dies at 47
  • Dec 29 Rainer Maria Rilke, Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist (Ana, The City, Duino Elegies), dies at 51