On This Day

January 1926 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Flood in Rhine strikes Cologne
  • 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
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • 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 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 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 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 Lev Stepanovich Demin, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 15)
  • 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 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 15 Florence Buchsbaum, French theater director, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1996)
  • Jan 16 John "Jack" Layden, local politician
  • Jan 17 Newton N. Minow, American lawyer and statesman
  • Jan 19 Libera Carlier, Flemish author (Action Station Go!)
  • 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 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 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 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 29 Abdus Salam, theoretical physicist
  • Jan 31 Prunella Briance, founder (National Childbirth Trust)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 4 Margherita of Savoy, Queen consort of the Kingdom of Italy by marriage to Umberto I (1878-1900), dies at 74
  • Jan 10 Eino Leino, Finnish poet, dies at 47
  • Jan 12 Sir Austin Chapman, Australian politician (b. 1864)

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 Désiré-Joseph Mercier, Belgian philosopher and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, dies at 74
  • 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