1926

One might say that the Space Age began in 1926. It was this year that Robert Goddard launched the first successful liquid-fueled rocket into flight.

1926

This scientific development would ultimately make it possible to launch objects, and eventually humans, into space. So Goddard is justifiably credited with being the man to usher in the Space Age with his work on rockets.

In the Soviet Union, a major political development occurred with the expulsion of Leon Trotskyfrom the Soviet Politburo, the highest policy-making authority in the Soviet Union’s Communist Party. This paved the way for Joseph Stalin to solidify his control in the Soviet Union and the exile would also go on to have a profound effect upon Western politics as well. This was particularly the case in the United States; as ex-Trotsky supporters would go on to have a profound influence on the “neoconservatives,” a group that would re-shape American conservatism in the 20th century.

In an important media development, the American broadcasting network, NBC, opened as a radio network. It would not be long before the network expanded to television programming, which it is mostly known for at the time of this writing.

This was the year that the famous American entertainer, Bing Crosby, made his first recording, singing “I’ve Got the Girl.” As one star rose, though, another faded. 1926 was the year that the great magician, Harry Houdini, died.

1926 was also a notable year for film and literature. In the field of literature, A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh was published; creating a world that would delight children for generations, especially after Disney took ownership in the 1960’s. In film, Aloma of the South Seas was the highest grossing film that year, and would go on to inspire a remake of the same title in 1941. What Price Glory? would also make a strong showing, and would also inspire a remake in 1951. This was the year that American actor, John Wayne, made his on-screen debut in an un-credited role as a Yale University football player in Brown of Harvard.

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Movies

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Brown of Harvard

Brown of Harvard

Directed by: Jack Conway

Starring: William Haines, Jack Pickford, Mary Brian, Francis X. Bushman Jr.

Country: United States of America

The General

The General

Directed by: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton

Starring: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley

Country: United States of America

Faust

Faust

Directed by: F.W. Murnau

Starring: Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Frida Richard

Country: United States of America

Flesh and the Devil

Flesh and the Devil

Directed by: Clarence Brown

Starring: John Gilbert, Greta Garbo, Lars Hanson, Barbara Kent

Country: United States of America

Up in Mabel's Room

Up in Mabel's Room

Directed by: E. Mason Hopper

Starring: Marie Prevost, Harrison Ford, Phyllis Haver, Harry Myers

Popular names

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history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1926?


Events

  • 01 Jan Flood in Rhine strikes Cologne, Germany.
  • 03 Jan Theodoros Pangalos declares himself dictator in Greece.
  • 04 Jan Theodorus Pangalos resigns as Greek dictator.
  • 05 Jan James Cox of Ford Motors announces 8 hour day and $5 daily minimum wage
  • 06 Jan Kees Boeke opens first comprehensive school in Holland.
  • 12 Jan The two-man comedy series "Sam 'n' Henry" debuts on Chicago's WGN radio station. The creators and the stars of the new radio program are Freeman Gosden and Charles Carrell.
  • 16 Jan A ''BBC'' radio play about a worker's revolution causes a panic in London.
  • 17 Jan George Burns marries Gracie Allen
  • 21 Jan The Belgian Parliament accepts the Locarno treaties.
  • 22 Jan Belgian chief of staff General Maglinse quits.
  • 26 Jan Television first demonstrated (John L Baird, London England).
  • 27 Jan 1st public demonstration of television, John L Baird, London
  • 29 Jan Eugene O'Neill's ''The Great God Brown'' opens at the Greenwich Theatre.
  • 31 Jan British and Belgian troops leave Cologne.
  • 01 Feb Kirghiz Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Kirghiz ASSR.
  • 04 Feb Austrian chancellor Seipel wants to join Germany.
  • 06 Feb St. Louis Browns acquire catcher Wally Schang from New York Yankees
  • 08 Feb German Reichstag decides to apply for League of Nations membership.
  • 09 Feb Teaching theory of evolution is forbidden in Atlanta, Georgia, USA schools.
  • 10 Feb Building of Olympian Stadium Amsterdam, begins
  • 11 Feb Tokelau (Union) islands in south Pacific transfers to New Zealand.
  • 12 Feb Barendrecht soccer team forms
  • 15 Feb Brooks Atkinson Theater opens at 256 W 47th St, New York City
  • 16 Feb Suzanne Lenglen defeats Helen Wills in Tennis at Cannes France
  • 17 Feb Avalanche buries 75 people in Sap Gulch in Bingham, Utah, USA; 40 die.
  • 20 Feb Berlin International Green Week in Berlin starts for its first time
  • 25 Feb Kwo-Min-Tang (Guomindang) declares war on government / warlords
  • 26 Feb Dark Street in the Bronx renamed Lustre Street
  • 03 Mar International Greyhound Racing Association formed (Miami, Florida).
  • 04 Mar De Geer government in the Netherlands takes office
  • 06 Mar China asks for a seat in the League of Nations Security council.
  • 07 Mar First transatlantic telephone call (London - New York).
  • 09 Mar Bertha Landes elected 1st woman Mayor of Seattle
  • 10 Mar Run on Belgian banks.
  • 11 Mar Eamon da Valera ends leadership of Sinn Fein.
  • 12 Mar Pope Pius XI names J E van Roey archbishop of Malines, Belgium.
  • 15 Mar The dictator Theodoros Pangalos is elected President of Greece without opposition.
  • 16 Mar History of Rocketry: Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket, at Auburn, Massachusetts.
  • 17 Mar Dutch Calvinists oust Reverend J G Geelkerken over Genesis 3.
  • 23 Mar NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens outscore Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-4 in two games.
  • 24 Mar The Beehive in the Hague opens 1st escalator in the Netherlands
  • 26 Mar The 1st lip-reading tournament held in America
  • 31 Mar German Special Court of Justice for state security disbands.
  • 01 Apr Halsteren Soccer team forms in Halsteren
  • 02 Apr Riots between Muslims and Hindus in Calcutta, India.
  • 03 Apr Italy establishes corp of force in order to break powerful unions.
  • 04 Apr Greek dictator Theodoros Pangalos is elected president.
  • 06 Apr Varney Airlines makes its first commercial flight (Varney is the root company of United Airlines).
  • 07 Apr Forest fire burns 900 acres and kills two (San Luis Obispo, California, USA).
  • 11 Apr Flemish Economic Covenant (VEV) forms in Ghent.
  • 12 Apr Dutch Catholic Radio Broadcast (KRO) forms.
  • 13 Apr Bicyclists without bicycle-tax-stamp rounded up in Amsterdam
  • 16 Apr Book of the Month Club sends out its first selections Lolly Willowes and Loving Huntsman by Sylvia Townsend Warner.
  • 18 Apr Rhein Stadium opens in Dusseldorf Germany
  • 19 Apr 30th Boston Marathon won by Johnny Miles of Canada in 2:25:40.4.
  • 20 Apr Western Electric and Warner Bros. announce Vitaphone, a process to add sound to film.
  • 22 Apr Persia, Turkey and Afghanistan sign treaties of security.
  • 24 Apr The Treaty of Berlin is signed. Germany and the Soviet Union each pledge neutrality in the event of an attack on the other by a third party for the next five years.
  • 25 Apr Persian cossack officer Reza Chan crowns himself Shah Palawi.
  • 26 Apr Germany and Russia sign neutrality / peace treaty
  • 29 Apr France and US reach accord on repayment of WWI.
  • 30 Apr African-American pilot Bessie Coleman is killed after falling from an airplane.
  • 01 May Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves deadlock at 1-1 in 26 innings
  • 02 May US military intervenes in Nicaragua
  • 03 May Pulitzer prize awarded to Sinclair Lewis (Arrowsmith)
  • 04 May General strike hits Britain
  • 05 May Geldrop soccer team forms
  • 08 May 1st flight over North Pole (Bennett & Byrd)
  • 09 May Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett claim to have flown over the North Pole (later discovery of Byrd's diary seems to indicate that this did not happen).
  • 10 May 52nd Preakness: John Maiben aboard Display wins in 1:59.8.
  • 11 May Airship Norge leaves Spitsbergen for 1st air crossing of Arctic O
  • 12 May Airship Norge is 1st vessel to fly over North Pole
  • 15 May British general strike ends, but mine workers go on strike.
  • 17 May German Government of Wilhelm Marx takes power.
  • 18 May Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished in Venice California She showed up a month later and said she had been kidnapped
  • 19 May French air force bombs Damascus, Syria.
  • 20 May Railway Labor Act became law.
  • 22 May Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue by Gene Austin hits #1
  • 23 May Lebanese constitution is established under French mandate.
  • 24 May Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000 metres (8:25.4).
  • 25 May Sholom Schwartzbard assassinates Symon Petliura, the head of the Paris-based government-in-exile of Ukrainian People's Republic.
  • 26 May Lebanon adopts constitution.
  • 28 May US Customs Court created by Congress.
  • 31 May Sesquicentennial Exposition opens in Philadelphia
  • 01 Jun Ignacy Mocicki elected President of Poland
  • 04 Jun Ignacy Moscicki becomes president of Poland.
  • 05 Jun Indians triple-play Yankees and win 15-3
  • 06 Jun Egyptian government of Adly Pasha forms
  • 07 Jun Swedish government of Ekman forms
  • 10 Jun Phillies Russ Wrightstone hits for the cycle
  • 12 Jun 58th Belmont: Albert Johnson aboard Crusader wins in 2:32.2
  • 14 Jun 2nd French Womens Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen beats Mary K Browne (61 60)
  • 15 Jun 7th French government of Briand falls
  • 18 Jun Theodor Lessing laid-off because he is a Jew in Hanover
  • 19 Jun DeFord Bailey is the first African-American to perform on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry.
  • 20 Jun Mordecai W Johnson becomes 1st black President of Howard University
  • 22 Jun Cardinals pick up 39-year-old Grover Alexander on waivers from Cubs
  • 23 Jun 8th government of Briand van France forms
  • 25 Jun 61st British Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 291 at Royal Lytham
  • 29 Jun Carter Woodson wins Springarn Medal for research of Black history
  • 01 Jul Canada restores gold standard
  • 02 Jul US Army Air Corps created; Distinguish Flying Cross authorized.
  • 03 Jul A Caudron C-61 aircraft operated by Compagnie Internationale de Navigation Aérienne crashes in Czechoslovakia.
  • 04 Jul Baronie soccer team forms in Breda Neth
  • 09 Jul Chiang Kai-shek appointed to national-revolutionary Supreme Commander
  • 10 Jul 30th US Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 293 at Scioto Country Club - Ohio
  • 12 Jul Guomindangleger draws against warlord Wu Peifu
  • 13 Jul Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000m (8:20.4)
  • 15 Jul VPRO (Free thinking Protestant Radio Broadcast) forms
  • 16 Jul Jaspar government asks authority to save Belgian franc
  • 17 Jul Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:11.4)
  • 19 Jul 2nd French government of Herriot, forms
  • 20 Jul A convention of the Southern Methodist Church votes to allow women to become ministers.
  • 22 Jul 108 degrees F (42 degrees C), Troy, New York (state record).
  • 23 Jul Belgian NMBS / SNCFB forms
  • 26 Jul Philippines government asks US to plebiscite for independence
  • 28 Jul US and Panamanian pact about safeguard of Panama Canal
  • 30 Jul Albanian boundaries deduced
  • 01 Aug Battles between Druzen and French in Damascus
  • 03 Aug Traffic lights installed on Piccadilly Circus
  • 05 Aug 1st talkie movie Don Juan at Warner Theatre, New York
  • 06 Aug Don Juan with John Barrymore shown
  • 10 Aug Italian-Spanish peace treaty signed
  • 11 Aug Cleveland Indians' Tris Speaker hits his 700th MLB double.
  • 17 Aug Greek-Serbian / Croatian / Slavs peace treaty signed
  • 18 Aug Weather map televised for 1st time
  • 20 Aug Uprising against Reza Shah Pahlawi in Persia
  • 22 Aug Gold is discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 23 Aug 40th US Womens Tennis: Molla B Mallory beats Elizabeth Ryan (46 64 97)
  • 25 Aug Pavlos Koundouris becomes President of Greece
  • 28 Aug Indian Emil Levsen pitches complete doubleheader victory (Red Sox)
  • 01 Sep British Columbia Rugby Football Union forms
  • 02 Sep Italy signs treaty with Yemen
  • 08 Sep League of Nations Assembly voted unanimously to admit Germany
  • 09 Sep Train disaster at Wassenaar Neth, 4 die
  • 10 Sep Allies-German treaty of Koblenz drawn
  • 11 Sep 21st Davis Cup: USA beats France in Philadelphia (4-1)
  • 14 Sep Guido Companions birthplace as a museum opens
  • 15 Sep Failed attempt on Mussolini
  • 16 Sep Italian-Romanian peace treaty signed
  • 17 Sep Hurricane hits Miami and Palm Beach Florida; about 450 die
  • 18 Sep 46th US Mens Tennis: Rene Lacoste beats Jean Borotra (64 60 64)
  • 19 Sep 80,000 demonstrate for democratic peace in Hague
  • 20 Sep Twelve blue cars full of gangsters open fire at the Hawthorne Inn, Al Capone's Chicago headquarters. Only one of Capone's men is wounded.
  • 22 Sep Belgian crown Prince Leopold and Swedish Princess Astrid get engaged
  • 23 Sep The League of Nations Slavery Convention abolishes all types of slavery.
  • 24 Sep Cardinals clinch NL pennant by beating Giants 6-4
  • 25 Sep 9th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen at Salisbury Golf Club - Westbury, New York
  • 26 Sep Shortest double header, New York Yankees lose 6-1 in 72 minutes and lose again 6-2 in 55 minutes to the Saint Louis Browns. New York Yankees had already clinched pennant.
  • 28 Sep Russia and Latvia treaty of neutrality signed
  • 29 Sep Norma Shearer wed Irving Thalberg
  • 30 Sep German / French / Belgian / Luxembourg steel cartel closes
  • 02 Oct Bert Gibb of Hamilton Tigers kicks 9 singles in a NFL football game.
  • 03 Oct 1st Congress of Paneuropabeweging opens in Vienna
  • 04 Oct Dahlia is officially designated as SF city flower
  • 06 Oct Babe Ruth hits three home runs in a world series game, New York Yankees beat Saint Louis Cardinals 10-5 (World Series #23).
  • 07 Oct Actress Theo Mann-Master resigns from stage
  • 09 Oct Dutch Queen Wilhelmina opens Royal Colonial Institution
  • 12 Oct British miners agree to end their strike.
  • 14 Oct Walter Johnson retires, signs 2-year contract to manage Newark
  • 15 Oct Austria government of Seipel, forms
  • 16 Oct Mohammed Nadir Khan begins coup in Afghanistan, 1200 killed
  • 18 Oct Frankfurter Zeitung publishes Lenins political testament
  • 19 Oct John C Garand patents semi-automatic rifle
  • 20 Oct Hurricane in Cuba, kills 600
  • 22 Oct Student Wallace Whitehead repeatedly punches magician Harry Houdini in the abdomen, after asking if he had strong muscles, and receiving permission to punch him.
  • 24 Oct Magician Harry Houdini performs in Detroit, Michigan, but collapses during intermissions from stomach pain.
  • 25 Oct Harry Houdini is operated on in Detroit, Michigan, and is found to have a gangrenous ruptured appendix. Doctors realize he will die soon.
  • 26 Oct Belgium stabilizes current value of franc (5 franc becomes 1 Belga)
  • 31 Oct Erich Weiss, better known as magician Harry Houdini, dies in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
  • 01 Nov Air Commerce Act passes
  • 03 Nov 15th party Congress CPSU ends / 5 year plan begins
  • 10 Nov Belgium crown Prince Leopold weds Princess Astrid Bernadotte of Sweden
  • 11 Nov Eddie Collins is released as White Sox manager
  • 13 Nov Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) uprising in Bantam West Java
  • 15 Nov 1st formal radio network, RCA takes over AT&T 25 station Network (NBC)
  • 16 Nov New York Rangers' first game, beat Montreal Maroons 1-0.
  • 18 Nov Pope Pius XI issues encyclical "On the persecution of the Church in Mexico".
  • 19 Nov British mine strikes after 28 weeks ends
  • 22 Nov Imperial Conference ends-giving autonomy inside Brit Commonwealth
  • 24 Nov KVI-AM in Seattle Washington begins radio transmissions
  • 25 Nov The deadliest November tornado outbreak in U.S. history strikes on Thanksgiving day. 27 twisters of great strength are reported in the Midwest, including the strongest November tornado, an estimated F4, that devastates Heber Springs, Arkansas. There are 51 deaths in Arkansas alone, 76 deaths and over 400 injuries in all.
  • 26 Nov All Italian Communist deputies are arrested.
  • 27 Nov Italian and Albania sign peace treaty
  • 29 Nov Tris Speaker resigns as Indians manager
  • 02 Dec British prime minister Stanley Baldwin ends the martial law that had been declared due to general strike.
  • 03 Dec Manchester Guardian (German Reichswehr / Red Army work together)
  • 07 Dec Gas refrigerator patented.
  • 10 Dec 1st radio broadcast in the Sprinfield area (WCBS)
  • 11 Dec Josephine Baker goes up in Amsterdam
  • 14 Dec Danish Madsen government forms.
  • 15 Dec Facist national symbol elevated in Italy.
  • 16 Dec Darius Milhauds opera Le Pauvre Matelot, premieres in Paris
  • 17 Dec KYA-AM in San Francisco CA begins radio transmissions
  • 18 Dec Turkey converts to the Gregorian calendar, making 'tomorrow' January 1 1927
  • 20 Dec Pope Pius XI convicts fascist pursuit in Italy
  • 21 Dec Soccer team DOS Struggle forms
  • 23 Dec KEX-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions
  • 25 Dec Hirohito becomes Emperor of Japan, succeeding the Taisho Emperor.
  • 26 Dec Prince-regent Hirohito becomes Emperor of Japan
  • 27 Dec Depot Square in Bronx renamed Botanical Square
  • 28 Dec Victoria all out for 1107 against NSW at the MCG Crowd 22,348
  • 29 Dec Victoria (1107) beat New South Wales (221 and 230) in cricket by an innings 656 runs.
  • 30 Dec Chicago Tribune reports the Tigers threw a 4-game series to the White Sox in 1917 to help Chicago win the pennant (never substaniated)