1926 in History
January 1 Flood in Rhine strikes Cologne
January 3 Greek General Theodorus Pangulos names himself dictator
January 4 Theodorus Pangalos resigns as Greek dictator
January 5 James Cox of Ford Motors announces 8 hour day and $5 daily minimum wage
January 6 Kees Boeke opens 1st comprehensive school in Holland
January 8 Abdul-Aziz ibn Sa'ud becomes king of Hejaz; renames it Saudi Arabia
January 17 George Burns marries Gracie Allen
January 20 2nd German government of Luther begins
January 21 Belgian parliament accepts Locarno treaties
January 22 Belgian chief of staff General Maglinse quits
January 23 Eugene O'Neill's "Great God Brown," premieres in New York City
January 26 Television 1st demonstrated (J L Baird, London)
January 27 1st public demonstration of television, John L Baird, London
January 27 U.S. Senate agrees to join World Court
February 1 Kirghiz Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Kirghiz ASSR
February 1 Land at Broadway and Wall Street sold at a record $7 per sq inch
February 2 3 men dance Charleston for 22 hours
February 4 Austrian chancellor Seipel wants to join Germany
February 6 NFL rules college students ineligible until college classes graduates
February 6 St. Louis Browns acquire catcher Wally Schang from New York Yankees
February 8 German Reichstag decides to apply for League of Nations membership
February 8 Sean O'Casey's "Plough and Stars" opens at Abbey Theater Dublin
February 8 Walt Disney Studios forms
February 9 Teaching theory of evolution forbidden in Atlanta, Georgia schools
February 10 Building of Olympian Stadium Amsterdam, begins
February 11 Tokelau (Union) Islands in South Pacific transfers to New Zealand
February 12 Barendrecht soccer team forms
February 15 Brooks Atkinson Theater opens at 256 W 47th St. New York City
February 15 Contract air mail service begins in U.S.
February 16 Suzanne Lenglen defeats Helen Wills in Tennis at Cannes France
February 17 Avalanche buries 75 in Sap Gulch Bingham Utah, 40 die
February 17 Tennis star Suzanne Lenglen beats Helen Wills in their only match
February 25 Francisco Franco becomes General of Spain
February 25 Kwo-Min-Tang (Guomindang) declares war on government/warlords
February 26 Dark Street in the Bronx renamed Lustre Street
March 3 International Greyhound Racing Association formed (Miami, Florida)
March 4 De Geer government in Netherlands takes office
March 6 China asks for a seat in the Security council
March 7 1st transatlantic telephone call, London - New York
March 9 Bertha Landes elected 1st woman mayor of Seattle
March 10 Run on Belgian banks
March 11 Eamon da Valera ends leadership of Sinn Fein
March 12 Denmark begins unilateral disarmament
March 12 Pope Pius XI names J E van Roey archbishop of Malines Belgium
March 15 Belgium's "black monday," franc falls
March 16 Robert Goddard launches 1st liquid fuel rocket, goes 184' (56 meters)
March 17 Dutch Calvinists oust Reverend J G Geelkerken over Genesis 3
March 17 Richard Rodgers and L Hart's musical "Girl Friend," premieres in New York City
March 17 Spain and Brazil prevent Germany joining League of Nations
March 23 NHL Championship: Mont Canadiens outscore Pitt Pirates, 6-4 in 2 games
March 24 The Beehive in the Hague opens 1st escalator in Netherlands
March 26 ACD de Graeff appointed Governor-General of Dutch East-Indies
March 26 The 1st lip-reading tournament held in America
March 31 German Special Court of Justice for state security disbands
April 1 Halsteren Soccer team forms in Halsteren
April 2 Riots between Moslems and Hindus in Calcutta
April 3 1st performance of Jean Sibelius' 7th Symphony in C
April 3 2nd flight of a liquid-fueled rocket by Robert Goddard
April 3 Italy establishes corp of force in order to break powerful unions
April 4 Greek dictator Theodorus Pangalos elected president
April 6 Stanley Cup: Montl Maroons beat Victoria Cougars (WHL), 3 games to 1
April 7 Forest fire burns 900 acres and kills 2 in San Luis Obispo, California
April 7 Mussolini's Irish wife breaks his nose
April 11 Flemish Economic Covenant (VEV) forms in Ghent
April 12 Dutch Catholic Radio Broadcast (KRO) forms
April 13 At 41, Walter Johnson pitches his 7th opening day shutout
April 13 Bicyclists without bicycle-tax-stamp rounded up in Amsterdam
April 16 Book of the Month Club sends out its 1st selections "Lolly Willowes" and "Loving Huntsman" by Sylvia Townsend Warner
April 18 Rhein Stadium opens in Dusseldorf Germany
April 19 30th Boston Marathon won by Johnny Miles of Canada in 2:25:40.4
April 20 1st check sent by radio facsimile transmission across Atlantic
April 22 Persia, Turkey and Afghanistan sign treaties of security
April 25 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Turandot," premieres in Milan
April 25 Persian cossack officer Reza Chan crowns himself Shah Palawi
April 26 Germany and Russia sign neutrality/peace treaty
April 26 Karachai Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR (until 1943)
April 27 In the Giants' 9-8 win over Phillies, Mel Ott, 17, 1st appearance
April 29 France and U.S. reach accord on repayment of WW I
May 1 British coal-miners go on strike
May 1 Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves deadlock at 1-1 in 26 innings
May 2 U.S. military intervenes in Nicaragua
May 3 British general strike-3 million workers support miners
May 3 Pulitzer prize awarded to Sinclair Lewis (Arrowsmith)
May 3 U.S. Marines land in Nicaragua (9-mo after leaving), stay until 1933
May 4 General strike hits Britain
May 5 Geldrop soccer team forms
May 5 Sinclair Lewis refuses his Pulitzer Prize for "Arrowsmith"
May 8 1st flight over North Pole by Bennett and Byrd
May 8 A Philip Randolph organizes Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
May 8 Fire breaks out in Fenway Park
May 9 Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett make 1st flight over North Pole
May 10 52nd Preakness: John Maiben aboard Display wins in 1:59.8
May 11 Airship Norge leaves Spitsbergen for 1st air crossing of Arctic Ocean
May 12 Airship Norge is 1st vessel to fly over North Pole
May 12 British general strike ends
May 12 Dmitri Sjostakovitch's 1st Symphony, premieres in Leningrad
May 12 General Pilsudski sets coup on premier Witos compared
May 12 Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole
May 13 German government of Luther falls
May 15 52nd Kentucky Derby: Albert Johnson on Bubbling Over wins in 2:03.8
May 15 British general strike ends, but mine workers go on strike
May 17 Chiang Kai-shek is made supreme war lord in Canton
May 17 German government of Marx takes power
May 18 Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished in Venice California She showed up a month later and said she had been kidnapped
May 19 French air force bombs Damascus, Syria
May 20 Belgian government of Jaspar takes power
May 20 Congress passes Air Commerce Act, licensing of pilots and planes
May 20 Railway Labor Act became law
May 20 Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies
May 21 White Sox Earl Sheely hits a record 6th consecutive double
May 22 Chiang Kai-shek replaces communists in Guomindang China
May 22 Dutch Communist Party expels David Wijnkoop
May 22 "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" by Gene Austin hits #1
May 23 Hack Wilson is 1st to hit a home run off Wrigley Field scoreboard
May 23 Lebanese constitution forms under French mandate
May 24 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000 m (8:25.4)
May 26 Lebanon adopts constitution
May 28 Military coup by General Manuel Gomes da Costa in Portugal
May 28 U.S. Customs Court created by congress
May 31 Portuguese president Bernardino Machedo resigns after coup
May 31 Sesquicentennial Exposition opens in Philadelphia
June 1 Ignacy Mocicki elected president of Poland
June 5 Indians triple-play Yankees and win 15-3
June 6 Egyptian government of Adly Pasha forms
June 7 Swedish government of Ekman forms
June 10 Phillies Russ Wrightstone hits for the cycle
June 12 58th Belmont: Albert Johnson aboard Crusader wins in 2:32.2
June 12 Brazil leaves League of Nations
June 14 2nd French Womens Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen beats Mary K Browne (61 60)
June 15 7th French government of Briand falls
June 18 Theodor Lessing laid-off "because he is a Jew" in Hanover
June 19 DeFord Bailey is 1st black to perform on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry
June 20 Mordecai W. Johnson becomes president of Howard University
June 22 Cardinals pick up 39-year-old Grover Alexander on waivers from Cubs
June 23 8th government of Briand van France forms
June 23 Commencement of the West Indies' 1st Test cricket match, at Lord's
June 25 61st British Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 291 at Royal Lytham
June 29 Carter Woodson wins Springarn Medal for research of Black history
July 1 Canada restores gold standard
July 4 Baronie soccer team forms in Breda, Netherlands
July 4 NSDAP-party forms in Weimar
July 9 Chiang Kai-shek appointed to national-revolutionary supreme commander
July 9 Coup under General Sinel de Cordes in Portugal
July 10 30th U.S. Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 293 at Scioto CC in Ohio
July 10 Lake Denmark, New Jersey arsenal explodes, kills 21, $75m damage
July 12 Guomindangleger draws against warlord Wu Peifu
July 12 Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:26.2)
July 13 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000m (8:20.4)
July 15 VPRO (Free thinking Protestant Radio Broadcast) forms
July 16 Jaspar government asks authority to save Belgian franc
July 16 National Geographic takes 1st natural-color undersea photos
July 17 Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:11.4)
July 19 2nd French government of Herriot, forms
July 22 105 degrees F (41 degrees C), Waterbury, Connecticut (state record)
July 22 108 degrees F (42 degrees C), Troy, New York (state record)
July 22 Cincinnati Red Curt Walker ties record of 2 triples in an inning
July 23 Belgian NMBS/SNCFB forms
July 23 France government of Poincare, forms
July 26 National Bar Association incorporates
July 26 Philippines government asks U.S. to plebiscite for independence
July 28 U.S. and Panamanian pact about safeguard of Panama Canal
July 30 Albanian boundaries deduced
August 1 Battles between Druzen and French in Damascus
August 1 Failed assassination on General Primo de Rivera in Barcelona
August 3 Traffic lights installed on Piccadilly Circus
August 5 1st talkie movie "Don Juan" at Warner Theatre, New York
August 5 French and German trade agreement signed
August 5 Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1 hours
August 6 Don Juan with John Barrymore shown
August 6 New York's Gertrude Ederle becomes 1st woman to swim English Channel
August 6 Warner Bros premieres Vitaphone sound-on-disc movie system
August 10 Italian-Spanish peace treaty signed
August 11 Cleveland Indian Tris Speaker hits his 700th double
August 17 Greek-Serbian/Croatian/Slavs peace treaty signed
August 18 England regain Ashes with 5th Test Cricket win, to take series 1-0
August 18 Weather map televised for 1st time
August 20 Uprising against Reza Shah Pahlawi in Persia
August 21 Uprising against Greek president/dictator Pangalos
August 21 White Sox Ted Lyons no hits Red Sox 6-0 in just 67 minutes at Fenway
August 22 Gold discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa
August 22 Greek dictator General Pangulos driven out
August 23 40th U.S. Womens Tennis: Molla B Mallory beats Elizabeth Ryan (46 64 97)
August 25 Pavlos Koundouris becomes president of Greece
August 28 Indian Emil Levsen pitches complete doubleheader victory (Red Sox)
August 30 Jack Hobbs scores 316* at Lord's (Surrey vs. Middlesex)
September 1 British Columbia Rugby Football Union forms
September 1 Turkey allows civil marriage
September 2 Italy signs treaty with Yemen
September 8 League of Nations Assembly voted unanimously to admit Germany
September 9 National Broadcasting Co created by Radio Corporation of America
September 9 Train disaster at Wassenaar, Netherlands, 4 die
September 10 Allies-German treaty of Koblenz drawn
September 10 Germany joins League of Nations
September 11 21st Davis Cup: USA beats France in Philadelphia (4-1)
September 11 Aloha Tower dedicated in Honolulu
September 11 Spain leaves League of Nation due to Germany joining
September 11 U.S. defeats France for their 7th straight Davis Cup championship
September 11 Yankees' Bob Meusel ties record with 3 sacrifice flies
September 14 Guido Companions birthplace as a museum opens
September 16 Hurricane in Florida and Alabama, kills 372
September 16 Italian-Romanian peace treaty signed
September 16 Philip Dunning and George Abbott's "Broadway," premieres in New York City
September 16 St. Louis Cardinals beat Phillies 23-3
September 17 Hurricane hits Miami and Palm Beach Florida; about 450 die
September 18 46th U.S. Mens Tennis: Rene Lacoste beats Jean Borotra (64 60 64)
September 18 Hurricane hits Miami, kills 250
September 18 Jean Rene Lacoste wins U.S. Tennis Open
September 19 80,000 demonstrate for democratic peace in Hague
September 22 Belgian crown prince Leopold and Swedish princess Astrid get engaged
September 23 Gene Tunney beats Jack Dempsey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
September 24 Cardinals clinch NL pennant by beating Giants 6-4
September 25 9th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen at Salisbury Golf Club Westbury, New York
September 25 Canadian government of MacKenzie King forms
September 25 Henry Ford announces 8 hour, 5-day work week
September 25 International slavery convention signed by 20 states
September 25 NHL grants franchises to Chicago Black Hawks and Detroit Red Wings
September 25 Walter Hagen wins PGA golf tournament
September 25 Yankees take a doubleheader from Browns to clinch AL pennant
September 26 JB Fagan's "And So to Bed," premieres in London
September 26 Shortest double header, Yankees lose 6-1 in 72 minutes and lose again 6-2 in 55 minutes to Browns. Yankees had already clinched pennant
September 28 Russia and Latvia treaty of neutrality signed
September 29 Norma Shearer wed Irving Thalberg
September 30 German/French/Belgian/Luxembourg steel cartel closes
October 2 Bert Gibb of Hamilton Tigers kicks 9 singles in a game
October 3 1st congress of Paneuropabeweging opens in Vienna
October 3 Violet Percy runs female record marathon (3:40:22)
October 4 Dahlia is officially designated as San Francisco city flower
October 6 Babe Ruth hits 3 home runs in a World Series game, Yankees beat Cards 10-5
October 7 Actress Theo Mann-Master resigns from stage
October 7 Italian Great Fascist Council forms
October 9 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina opens Royal Colonial Institution
October 9 NBC (National Broadcasting Corporation) forms
October 10 St. Louis Cardinals beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 3 in 23rd World Series
October 14 Alan Alexander Milne's book "Winnie-the-Pooh" released
October 14 Walter Johnson retires, signs 2-year contract to manage Newark
October 15 Austria government of Seipel, forms
October 15 Philip Barry's "White Wings!," premieres in New York City
October 16 Mohammed Nadir Khan begins coup in Afghanistan, 1200 killed
October 16 Troop ship sinks in Yangtze River, killing 1,200
October 18 Frankfurter Zeitung publishes Lenins political testament
October 19 John C Garand patents semi-automatic rifle
October 19 Russian Politburo throws out Leo Trotsky and followers
October 20 Hurricane in Cuba, kills 600
October 25 Lester Patrick becomes 1st coach and General Manager of New York Rangers
October 26 Arthur Goodrich's "Caponsacchi," premieres in New York City
October 26 Belgium stabilizes current value of franc (5 franc becomes 1 "Belga")
November 1 Air Commerce Act passes
November 3 15th party congress CPSU ends/5 year plan begins
November 3 Ty Cobb resigns as Detroit Tigers manager
November 8 George Gershwin's musical "Oh, Kay," premieres in New York City
November 10 Belgium crown prince Leopold weds princess Astrid Bernadotte of Sweden
November 10 Bradman plays his 1st State selection trial He only made 37
November 10 Guomindang-regring deallocates seat of Kanton to Wuhan (Hankou)
November 10 Vincent Massey becomes 1st Canadian minister to USA
November 11 Eddie Collins is released as White Sox manager
November 13 Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) uprising in Bantam West Java
November 15 1st formal radio network, RCA takes over AT&T 25 station Network (NBC)
November 15 AT&T sells WEAF radio to RCA (New York City)
November 16 New York Rangers 1st game, beat Montreal Maroons 1-0
November 17 NHL's Chicago Black Hawks play their 1st game, beat Tor St. Pats 4-1
November 18 Pope Pius XI encyclical On persecution of Church in Mexico
November 19 British mine strikes after 28 weeks ends
November 22 Imperial Conference ends-giving autonomy inside British Commonwealth
November 23 Noel Coward's "This Was a Man," premieres in New York City
November 24 KVI-AM in Seattle WA begins radio transmissions
November 27 110,000 watch Army and Navy play a 21-all tie
November 27 Bela Bartoks ballet "Miraculous Mandarin," premieres in Keulen
November 27 Italian and Albania sign peace treaty
November 27 KXL-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions
November 27 Restoration of Williamsburg, Virginia, begins
November 29 Tris Speaker resigns as Indians manager
November 29 W Somerset Maughams "Constant Wife," premieres in New York City
December 3 Manchester Guardian (German Reichswehr/Red Army work together)
December 4 14th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Senators defeats University of Toronto, 10-7
December 5 Sergei Eisenstein's "Battleship Potemkin," debuts
December 7 Gas refrigerator patented
December 9 USGA leagalizes steel shaft golf clubs
December 10 1st radio broadcast in the Sprinfield area (WCBS)
December 10 2nd part of Hitler's Mein Kampf published
December 11 Josephine Baker goes up in Amsterdam
December 11 Queensland win their 1st Sheffield Shield cricket match, vs. NSW
December 12 Leningrad: premier of Dmitri Sjostakovitsj' 1st Pianoconcert
December 14 Danish Madsen government, forms
December 15 Facist national symbol elevated in Italy
December 16 Darius Milhauds opera "Le Pauvre Matelot," premieres in Paris
December 16 Kenesaw Mountain Landis renewed 7-years as baseball commissioner
December 16 WOW-AM in Omaha NE begins radio transmissions
December 17 German Marx government falls due to cooperation with red army
December 17 KYA-AM in San Francisco, California begins radio transmissions
December 17 Lithuanian military state under General Augustine Woldemaras
December 20 Cards trade Rogers Hornsby to Giants for Frankie Frisch and Jimmy Ring
December 20 Pope Pius XI convicts fascist pursuit in Italy
December 20 Sidney Howard's "Silver Cord," premieres in New York City
December 21 Soccer team DOS Struggle forms
December 23 KEX-AM in Portland OR begins radio transmissions
December 25 Hirohito becomes emperor of Japan 1926-1989
December 26 Prince-regent Hirohito becomes emperor of Japan
December 27 Depot Square in Bronx renamed Botanical Square
December 27 Latkin Square in Bronx named for 1st U.S. Jewish soldier to die in WW I
December 28 Arthur Mailey takes 4-362 off 64 overs (no maidens) NSW vs. Vic
December 28 Imperial Airways begins England-India mail and passenger service
December 28 Ponsford scores 352 and Ryder 295 against NSW
December 28 Victoria all out for 1107 against NSW at the MCG Crowd 22,348
December 29 Vatican puts French fascist Charles Maurras' work on the index
December 29 Victoria (1107) beat NSW (221 and 230) by an innings 656 runs
December 30 Chicago Tribune reports the Tigers threw a 4-game series to the White Sox in 1917 to help Chicago win the pennant (never substaniated)
December 30 Paul Eliot Greens "In Abraham's Bosom," premieres in New York City