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.

Discover how the world looked like in 1926

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Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 1926


Peace Prize

  • Aristide Briand
  • Gustav Stresemann

Literature

  • Grazia Deledda

Physics

  • Jean Baptiste Perrin

Chemistry

  • Theodor Svedberg

Physiology or Medicine

  • Johannes Fibiger

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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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

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1926 in the USA ?

history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1926?


Events

  • 01 Jan 1926 Flood in Rhine strikes Cologne, Germany.
  • 03 Jan 1926 Theodoros Pangalos declares himself dictator in Greece.
  • 04 Jan 1926 Theodorus Pangalos resigns as Greek dictator.
  • 05 Jan 1926 James Cox of Ford Motors announces 8 hour day and $5 daily minimum wage
  • 06 Jan 1926 Kees Boeke opens first comprehensive school in Holland.
  • 12 Jan 1926 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 1926 A ''BBC'' radio play about a worker's revolution causes a panic in London.
  • 17 Jan 1926 George Burns marries Gracie Allen
  • 21 Jan 1926 The Belgian Parliament accepts the Locarno treaties.
  • 22 Jan 1926 Belgian chief of staff General Maglinse quits.
  • 26 Jan 1926 Television first demonstrated (John L Baird, London England).
  • 27 Jan 1926 1st public demonstration of television, John L Baird, London
  • 29 Jan 1926 Eugene O'Neill's ''The Great God Brown'' opens at the Greenwich Theatre.
  • 31 Jan 1926 British and Belgian troops leave Cologne.
  • 01 Feb 1926 Kirghiz Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Kirghiz ASSR.
  • 04 Feb 1926 Austrian chancellor Seipel wants to join Germany.
  • 06 Feb 1926 St. Louis Browns acquire catcher Wally Schang from New York Yankees
  • 08 Feb 1926 German Reichstag decides to apply for League of Nations membership.
  • 09 Feb 1926 Teaching theory of evolution is forbidden in Atlanta, Georgia, USA schools.
  • 10 Feb 1926 Building of Olympian Stadium Amsterdam, begins
  • 11 Feb 1926 Tokelau (Union) islands in south Pacific transfers to New Zealand.
  • 12 Feb 1926 Barendrecht soccer team forms
  • 15 Feb 1926 Brooks Atkinson Theater opens at 256 W 47th St, New York City
  • 16 Feb 1926 Suzanne Lenglen defeats Helen Wills in Tennis at Cannes France
  • 17 Feb 1926 Avalanche buries 75 people in Sap Gulch in Bingham, Utah, USA; 40 die.
  • 20 Feb 1926 Berlin International Green Week in Berlin starts for its first time
  • 25 Feb 1926 Kwo-Min-Tang (Guomindang) declares war on government / warlords
  • 26 Feb 1926 Dark Street in the Bronx renamed Lustre Street
  • 03 Mar 1926 International Greyhound Racing Association formed (Miami, Florida).
  • 04 Mar 1926 De Geer government in the Netherlands takes office
  • 06 Mar 1926 China asks for a seat in the League of Nations Security council.
  • 07 Mar 1926 First transatlantic telephone call (London - New York).
  • 09 Mar 1926 Bertha Landes elected 1st woman Mayor of Seattle
  • 10 Mar 1926 Run on Belgian banks.
  • 11 Mar 1926 Eamon da Valera ends leadership of Sinn Fein.
  • 12 Mar 1926 Pope Pius XI names J E van Roey archbishop of Malines, Belgium.
  • 15 Mar 1926 The dictator Theodoros Pangalos is elected President of Greece without opposition.
  • 16 Mar 1926 History of Rocketry: Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket, at Auburn, Massachusetts.
  • 17 Mar 1926 Dutch Calvinists oust Reverend J G Geelkerken over Genesis 3.
  • 23 Mar 1926 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens outscore Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-4 in two games.
  • 24 Mar 1926 The Beehive in the Hague opens 1st escalator in the Netherlands
  • 26 Mar 1926 The 1st lip-reading tournament held in America
  • 31 Mar 1926 German Special Court of Justice for state security disbands.
  • 01 Apr 1926 Halsteren Soccer team forms in Halsteren
  • 02 Apr 1926 Riots between Muslims and Hindus in Calcutta, India.
  • 03 Apr 1926 Italy establishes corp of force in order to break powerful unions.
  • 04 Apr 1926 Greek dictator Theodoros Pangalos is elected president.
  • 06 Apr 1926 Varney Airlines makes its first commercial flight (Varney is the root company of United Airlines).
  • 07 Apr 1926 Forest fire burns 900 acres and kills two (San Luis Obispo, California, USA).
  • 11 Apr 1926 Flemish Economic Covenant (VEV) forms in Ghent.
  • 12 Apr 1926 Dutch Catholic Radio Broadcast (KRO) forms.
  • 13 Apr 1926 Bicyclists without bicycle-tax-stamp rounded up in Amsterdam
  • 16 Apr 1926 Book of the Month Club sends out its first selections Lolly Willowes and Loving Huntsman by Sylvia Townsend Warner.
  • 18 Apr 1926 Rhein Stadium opens in Dusseldorf Germany
  • 19 Apr 1926 30th Boston Marathon won by Johnny Miles of Canada in 2:25:40.4.
  • 20 Apr 1926 Western Electric and Warner Bros. announce Vitaphone, a process to add sound to film.
  • 22 Apr 1926 Persia, Turkey and Afghanistan sign treaties of security.
  • 24 Apr 1926 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 1926 Persian cossack officer Reza Chan crowns himself Shah Palawi.
  • 26 Apr 1926 Germany and Russia sign neutrality / peace treaty
  • 29 Apr 1926 France and US reach accord on repayment of WWI.
  • 30 Apr 1926 African-American pilot Bessie Coleman is killed after falling from an airplane.
  • 01 May 1926 Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves deadlock at 1-1 in 26 innings
  • 02 May 1926 US military intervenes in Nicaragua
  • 03 May 1926 Pulitzer prize awarded to Sinclair Lewis (Arrowsmith)
  • 04 May 1926 General strike hits Britain
  • 05 May 1926 Geldrop soccer team forms
  • 08 May 1926 1st flight over North Pole (Bennett & Byrd)
  • 09 May 1926 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 1926 52nd Preakness: John Maiben aboard Display wins in 1:59.8.
  • 11 May 1926 Airship Norge leaves Spitsbergen for 1st air crossing of Arctic O
  • 12 May 1926 Airship Norge is 1st vessel to fly over North Pole
  • 15 May 1926 British general strike ends, but mine workers go on strike.
  • 17 May 1926 German Government of Wilhelm Marx takes power.
  • 18 May 1926 Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished in Venice California She showed up a month later and said she had been kidnapped
  • 19 May 1926 French air force bombs Damascus, Syria.
  • 20 May 1926 Railway Labor Act became law.
  • 22 May 1926 Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue by Gene Austin hits #1
  • 23 May 1926 Lebanese constitution is established under French mandate.
  • 24 May 1926 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000 metres (8:25.4).
  • 25 May 1926 Sholom Schwartzbard assassinates Symon Petliura, the head of the Paris-based government-in-exile of Ukrainian People's Republic.
  • 26 May 1926 Lebanon adopts constitution.
  • 28 May 1926 US Customs Court created by Congress.
  • 31 May 1926 Sesquicentennial Exposition opens in Philadelphia
  • 01 Jun 1926 Ignacy Mocicki elected President of Poland
  • 04 Jun 1926 Ignacy Moscicki becomes president of Poland.
  • 05 Jun 1926 Indians triple-play Yankees and win 15-3
  • 06 Jun 1926 Egyptian government of Adly Pasha forms
  • 07 Jun 1926 Swedish government of Ekman forms
  • 10 Jun 1926 Phillies Russ Wrightstone hits for the cycle
  • 12 Jun 1926 58th Belmont: Albert Johnson aboard Crusader wins in 2:32.2
  • 14 Jun 1926 2nd French Womens Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen beats Mary K Browne (61 60)
  • 15 Jun 1926 7th French government of Briand falls
  • 18 Jun 1926 Theodor Lessing laid-off because he is a Jew in Hanover
  • 19 Jun 1926 DeFord Bailey is the first African-American to perform on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry.
  • 20 Jun 1926 Mordecai W Johnson becomes 1st black President of Howard University
  • 22 Jun 1926 Cardinals pick up 39-year-old Grover Alexander on waivers from Cubs
  • 23 Jun 1926 8th government of Briand van France forms
  • 25 Jun 1926 61st British Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 291 at Royal Lytham
  • 29 Jun 1926 Carter Woodson wins Springarn Medal for research of Black history
  • 01 Jul 1926 Canada restores gold standard
  • 02 Jul 1926 US Army Air Corps created; Distinguish Flying Cross authorized.
  • 03 Jul 1926 A Caudron C-61 aircraft operated by Compagnie Internationale de Navigation Aérienne crashes in Czechoslovakia.
  • 04 Jul 1926 Baronie soccer team forms in Breda Neth
  • 09 Jul 1926 Chiang Kai-shek appointed to national-revolutionary Supreme Commander
  • 10 Jul 1926 30th US Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 293 at Scioto Country Club - Ohio
  • 12 Jul 1926 Guomindangleger draws against warlord Wu Peifu
  • 13 Jul 1926 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000m (8:20.4)
  • 15 Jul 1926 VPRO (Free thinking Protestant Radio Broadcast) forms
  • 16 Jul 1926 Jaspar government asks authority to save Belgian franc
  • 17 Jul 1926 Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:11.4)
  • 19 Jul 1926 2nd French government of Herriot, forms
  • 20 Jul 1926 A convention of the Southern Methodist Church votes to allow women to become ministers.
  • 22 Jul 1926 108 degrees F (42 degrees C), Troy, New York (state record).
  • 23 Jul 1926 Belgian NMBS / SNCFB forms
  • 26 Jul 1926 Philippines government asks US to plebiscite for independence
  • 28 Jul 1926 US and Panamanian pact about safeguard of Panama Canal
  • 30 Jul 1926 Albanian boundaries deduced
  • 01 Aug 1926 Battles between Druzen and French in Damascus
  • 03 Aug 1926 Traffic lights installed on Piccadilly Circus
  • 05 Aug 1926 1st talkie movie Don Juan at Warner Theatre, New York
  • 06 Aug 1926 Don Juan with John Barrymore shown
  • 10 Aug 1926 Italian-Spanish peace treaty signed
  • 11 Aug 1926 Cleveland Indians' Tris Speaker hits his 700th MLB double.
  • 17 Aug 1926 Greek-Serbian / Croatian / Slavs peace treaty signed
  • 18 Aug 1926 Weather map televised for 1st time
  • 20 Aug 1926 Uprising against Reza Shah Pahlawi in Persia
  • 22 Aug 1926 Gold is discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 23 Aug 1926 40th US Womens Tennis: Molla B Mallory beats Elizabeth Ryan (46 64 97)
  • 25 Aug 1926 Pavlos Koundouris becomes President of Greece
  • 28 Aug 1926 Indian Emil Levsen pitches complete doubleheader victory (Red Sox)
  • 01 Sep 1926 British Columbia Rugby Football Union forms
  • 02 Sep 1926 Italy signs treaty with Yemen
  • 08 Sep 1926 League of Nations Assembly voted unanimously to admit Germany
  • 09 Sep 1926 Train disaster at Wassenaar Neth, 4 die
  • 10 Sep 1926 Allies-German treaty of Koblenz drawn
  • 11 Sep 1926 21st Davis Cup: USA beats France in Philadelphia (4-1)
  • 14 Sep 1926 Guido Companions birthplace as a museum opens
  • 15 Sep 1926 Failed attempt on Mussolini
  • 16 Sep 1926 Italian-Romanian peace treaty signed
  • 17 Sep 1926 Hurricane hits Miami and Palm Beach Florida; about 450 die
  • 18 Sep 1926 46th US Mens Tennis: Rene Lacoste beats Jean Borotra (64 60 64)
  • 19 Sep 1926 80,000 demonstrate for democratic peace in Hague
  • 20 Sep 1926 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 1926 Belgian crown Prince Leopold and Swedish Princess Astrid get engaged
  • 23 Sep 1926 The League of Nations Slavery Convention abolishes all types of slavery.
  • 24 Sep 1926 Cardinals clinch NL pennant by beating Giants 6-4
  • 25 Sep 1926 9th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen at Salisbury Golf Club - Westbury, New York
  • 26 Sep 1926 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 1926 Russia and Latvia treaty of neutrality signed
  • 29 Sep 1926 Norma Shearer wed Irving Thalberg
  • 30 Sep 1926 German / French / Belgian / Luxembourg steel cartel closes
  • 02 Oct 1926 Bert Gibb of Hamilton Tigers kicks 9 singles in a NFL football game.
  • 03 Oct 1926 1st Congress of Paneuropabeweging opens in Vienna
  • 04 Oct 1926 Dahlia is officially designated as SF city flower
  • 06 Oct 1926 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 1926 Actress Theo Mann-Master resigns from stage
  • 09 Oct 1926 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina opens Royal Colonial Institution
  • 12 Oct 1926 British miners agree to end their strike.
  • 14 Oct 1926 Walter Johnson retires, signs 2-year contract to manage Newark
  • 15 Oct 1926 Austria government of Seipel, forms
  • 16 Oct 1926 Mohammed Nadir Khan begins coup in Afghanistan, 1200 killed
  • 18 Oct 1926 Frankfurter Zeitung publishes Lenins political testament
  • 19 Oct 1926 John C Garand patents semi-automatic rifle
  • 20 Oct 1926 Hurricane in Cuba, kills 600
  • 22 Oct 1926 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 1926 Magician Harry Houdini performs in Detroit, Michigan, but collapses during intermissions from stomach pain.
  • 25 Oct 1926 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 1926 Belgium stabilizes current value of franc (5 franc becomes 1 Belga)
  • 31 Oct 1926 Erich Weiss, better known as magician Harry Houdini, dies in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
  • 01 Nov 1926 Air Commerce Act passes
  • 03 Nov 1926 15th party Congress CPSU ends / 5 year plan begins
  • 10 Nov 1926 Belgium crown Prince Leopold weds Princess Astrid Bernadotte of Sweden
  • 11 Nov 1926 Eddie Collins is released as White Sox manager
  • 13 Nov 1926 Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) uprising in Bantam West Java
  • 15 Nov 1926 1st formal radio network, RCA takes over AT&T 25 station Network (NBC)
  • 16 Nov 1926 New York Rangers' first game, beat Montreal Maroons 1-0.
  • 18 Nov 1926 Pope Pius XI issues encyclical "On the persecution of the Church in Mexico".
  • 19 Nov 1926 British mine strikes after 28 weeks ends
  • 22 Nov 1926 Imperial Conference ends-giving autonomy inside Brit Commonwealth
  • 24 Nov 1926 KVI-AM in Seattle Washington begins radio transmissions
  • 25 Nov 1926 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 1926 All Italian Communist deputies are arrested.
  • 27 Nov 1926 Italian and Albania sign peace treaty
  • 29 Nov 1926 Tris Speaker resigns as Indians manager
  • 02 Dec 1926 British prime minister Stanley Baldwin ends the martial law that had been declared due to general strike.
  • 03 Dec 1926 Manchester Guardian (German Reichswehr / Red Army work together)
  • 07 Dec 1926 Gas refrigerator patented.
  • 10 Dec 1926 1st radio broadcast in the Sprinfield area (WCBS)
  • 11 Dec 1926 Josephine Baker goes up in Amsterdam
  • 14 Dec 1926 Danish Madsen government forms.
  • 15 Dec 1926 Facist national symbol elevated in Italy.
  • 16 Dec 1926 Darius Milhauds opera Le Pauvre Matelot, premieres in Paris
  • 17 Dec 1926 KYA-AM in San Francisco CA begins radio transmissions
  • 18 Dec 1926 Turkey converts to the Gregorian calendar, making 'tomorrow' January 1 1927
  • 20 Dec 1926 Pope Pius XI convicts fascist pursuit in Italy
  • 21 Dec 1926 Soccer team DOS Struggle forms
  • 23 Dec 1926 KEX-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions
  • 25 Dec 1926 Hirohito becomes Emperor of Japan, succeeding the Taisho Emperor.
  • 26 Dec 1926 Prince-regent Hirohito becomes Emperor of Japan
  • 27 Dec 1926 Depot Square in Bronx renamed Botanical Square
  • 28 Dec 1926 Victoria all out for 1107 against NSW at the MCG Crowd 22,348
  • 29 Dec 1926 Victoria (1107) beat New South Wales (221 and 230) in cricket by an innings 656 runs.
  • 30 Dec 1926 Chicago Tribune reports the Tigers threw a 4-game series to the White Sox in 1917 to help Chicago win the pennant (never substaniated)