October 1926 in History

Events in History

Historic Event

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

  • Oct 3 1st congress of Pan European Movement (Pan-Europese Beweging) opens in Vienna
  • Oct 4 Dahlia is officially designated as San Francisco city flower
  • Oct 7 Italian Great Fascist Council forms

Historic Event

Oct 9 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina opens Royal Colonial Institution

Historic Publication

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

  • 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
  • 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


Birthdays in History

  • Oct 2 Jan Morris, Welsh journalist, historian and travel writer (Among the Cities, Hong Kong, Journeys), born in Clevedon, Somerset, England (d. 2020)
  • Oct 5 Willi Unsoeld, American mountaineer (First ascent of the West Ridge of Mount Everest), born in Arcata, California (d. 1979)
  • 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 15 Ed McBain [Evan Hunter], American writer (Blackboard Jungle), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • Oct 15 Michel Foucault, French philosopher and historian (The History of Sexuality), born in Poitiers, France (d. 1984)
  • Oct 17 Karl Gordon Henize, American astronomer and NASA astronaut (STS-51-F), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1993)
  • Oct 18 Thomas Millar, Australian historian and political scientist, born in Kalamunda, Western Australia (d. 1994)
  • Oct 19 Joel Feinberg, American moral philosopher (d. 2004)
  • Oct 22 Jan A de Jonge, Dutch historian
  • Oct 25 Ismail Gulgee, Pakistani painter, born in Peshawar, Pakistan (d. 2007)
  • Oct 26 Yuri Aleksandrovich Letunov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Tomsk, Russia (d. 1983)

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

  • Oct 31 Jimmy Savile, English entertainer and suspected sexual predator, born in Leeds (d. 2011)

Weddings in History

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


Deaths in History

  • 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