January 1 - Ireland's first regular radio service, 2RN (later Radio Éireann), begins
January 8 - Abdul-Aziz ibn Saud becomes the King of Hejaz.
January 12 - Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll premiere their radio program Sam 'n'
Henry, in which the two white performers portrayed two black characters from Harlem
looking for extra money during the Depression. It was a precursor to Gosden and
Correll's more popular later program, Amos 'n' Andy.
January 26 - John Logie Baird demonstrates a mechanical television system.
March 16 - Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket, at Auburn, Massachusetts.
April 12 - By a vote of 45 to 41, the United States Senate unseats Iowa Senator Smith W.
Brookhart and seats Daniel F. Steck, after Brookhart had already served for over one year.
April 25 - Reza Khan is crowned Shah of Iran under the name "Pahlevi".
May 9 - Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett claim to have flown over the North Pole
(later discovery of his diary seems to indicate that this did not happen).
May 12 - UK General Strike 1926: In the United Kingdom, a general strike by trade unions
ends (the strike began on May 3).
May 18 - Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappears while visiting a Venice, California
June 29 - Arthur Meighen returns to office as Prime Minister of Canada.
July 23 - Fox Film buys the patents of the Movietone sound system for recording sound
August 6 - Gertrude Ederle becomes first woman to swim the English Channel.
August 6 - In New York, the Warner Brothers' Vitaphone system premieres with the movie
Don Juan starring John Barrymore.
August 18 - A weather map is televised for the first time, sent from NAA Arlington to the
Weather Bureau Office in Washington, D.C.
September 25 - William Lyon Mackenzie King returns to office as Prime Minister of Canada.
October 31 - Magician Harry Houdini dies of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after
his appendix ruptured.
November 10 - In San Francisco, California, a necrophiliac serial killer named Earle Nelson
(dubbed "Gorilla Man") kills and then rapes his 9th victim, a boardinghouse landlady
named Mrs. William Edmonds.
November 15 - The NBC radio network opens with 24 stations (it was formed by
Westinghouse, General Electric and RCA).
November 27 - In Williamsburg, Virginia, the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg begins.
December 25 - In Japanese History, end of the Taisho period and beginning of the
Showa Era and the period of Japanese expansionism.Births
January 3 - George Martin
, "5th Beatle": producer of The Beatles' records, later
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
January 5 - Maria Schell
January 8 - Soupy Sales
January 9 - Maria Daleboudt
January 11 - Lev Demin
, cosmonaut (d. 1998).
January 12 - Ray Price
, country music singer.
January 14 - Tom Tryon
, actor, novelist (d. 1991).
January 14 - Maria Schell
, Swiss actress.
January 17 - Moira Shearer
, actress, dancer.
January 19 - Fritz Weaver
January 20 - David Tudor
, pianist and composer.
January 20 - Patricia Neal
January 21 - Steve Reeves
, actor (d. 2000).
January 26 - Ralph Brance
, baseball star.
January 27 - Fritz Spiegl
, journalist (d. 2003).
February 2 - Valery Giscard d'Estaing
, French politician.
February 6 - Haskell Wexler
February 7 - Konstantin Feoktistov
February 11 - Leslie Nielsen
February 11 - Paul Bocuse
, French chef.
February 11 - Alexander Gibson
, British conductor and founder of the Scottish Opera.
February 12 - Paul Kurtz
, philosopher, founder of numerous secular humanist groups.
February 15 - Dieter Lattmann
, writer and politician.
February 16 - John Schlesinger
, film director.
February 20 - Richard Matheson
February 20 - Bob Richards
, track and field athlete.
February 22 - Kenneth Williams
, actor (d. 1988).
February 28 - Svetlana Josifovna Stalina
later known as Svetlana Alliluyeva, Soviet author.
March 1 - Pete Rozelle
, commissioner of the National Football League (d. 1996).
March 2 - Murray Rothbard
, American Economist (d. 1995).
March 3 - James Merrill
, Pulitzer Prize winning poet (d. 1995).
March 6 - Alan Greenspan
, American economist.
March 6 - Andrzej Wajda
, Polish film director.
March 15 - Norm Van Brocklin
, American football star.
March 16 - Jerry Lewis
March 17 - Siegfried Lenz
March 18 - Peter Graves
March 24 - Dario Fo
, author, 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature.
April 1 - Anne McCaffrey
, science fiction author.
April 3 - Gus Grissom
, astronaut (d. 1967).
April 6 - Gil Kane
, cartoonist (d. 2000).
April 6 - Ian Paisley
, United Kingdom politician.
April 6 - Sergio Franchi
, singer, actor (d. 1990).
April 9 - Hugh Hefner
, creator of Playboy, men's magazine.
April 15 - Aloysia Catharina Verheezen
April 21 - Queen Elizabeth II
of the United Kingdom.
April 22 - James Stirling
, architect (d. 1992).
April 24 - Thorbjörn Fälldin
, Prime Minister of Sweden.
April 30 - Cloris Leachman
May 5 - Ann B. Davis
, actress, The Brady Bunch.
May 8 - Don Rickles
, comedian and actor.
May 15 - Peter Shaffer
May 19 - Peter Zadek
, film and theatre director.
May 25 - Max von der Grün
May 26 - Miles Davis
, musician (d. 1991).
June 1 - Andy Griffith
June 1 - Marilyn Monroe
June 3 - Allen Ginsberg
, US poet.
June 5 - Hennie van den Houten
June 25 - Ingeborg Bachmann
, lyricist, narrator and writer (d. 1973).
June 28 - Mel Brooks
July 8 - Leentje van Dam
August 14 - "Goscinny" (René Goscinny
), French writer and co-creator of Asterix.
August 23 - Jennie Helmus
September 5 - Leendert (Leen) van den Houten
September 14 - Reinier Hermanus Antonie Dales
September 15 - Jean-Pierre Serre
, French mathematician.
September 23 - John Coltrane
October 15 - Michel Foucault
October 18 - Chuck Berry
, Rock and Roll musician.
December 20 - Sir Geoffrey Howe
(Lord Howe of Aberavon), UK politician.
December 21 - Joe Paterno
, American football coach.
December 23 - Robert Bly
, American poet.Stillborn
April 11 - Stillborn van den Houten (girl)
March 5 - Clément Ader
, French engineer and inventor, airplane pioneer.
March 12 - Hendrikus Maarten van den Houten
March 20 - Princess Louise
May 15 - Fransina van den Houten
May 16 - Mehmed VI
, last Ottoman sultan.
May 26 - Simon Petlyura
, Ukrainian independence fighter.
June 10 - Antoni Gaudí
, Catalan architect.
June 14 - Mary Cassatt
June 26 - John J. Ploeg Jr
July 4 - Frassati Piergiorgio
, Member of FUCI.
July 12 - Gertrude Bell
, archaeologist, writer, spy and administrator known as
the "Uncrowned Queen of Iraq".
July 26 - Robert Todd Lincoln
, American statesman, businessman.
August 23 - Rodolfo Valentino
, italian actor.
October 26 - Jasper de (du) Croo
October 31 - Harry Houdini
October 31 - Charles Vance Millar
, rich Torontonian whose final Will sparked the
Great Toronto Stork Derby.
December 3 - Pieter Cornelis Janse
December 4 - Ivana Kobilca
, Slovene painter (* 1861).
December 5 - Claude Monet
, painter.Janna Christine Heyboer
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