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1926 Newspaper Headlines Summary

1926 newspaper headlines will shock and surprise you as you marvel at the unimaginable past and how it was experienced at the time. What were some of the biggest headlines gracing the covers of newspapers nationwide in 1926? There were 2 unsuccessful attempts to assassinate Italian dictator Mussolini, Winnie the Pooh was released for the first time, and Schrödinger released his breakthrough scientific theory of wave mechanics. Read about the Great Miami Hurricane that swept through the state destroying everything in its wake, the invention of the first liquid fueled rocket that would, or the introduction of the 8 hour a day 5 days a week work week by Henry Ford in Britain. There’s a lot to be learnt about our present day by taking a look back through 1926 newspaper articles to see how the decisions of the past impacted society.

DateEvent
26th January 1926 John Logie Baird demonstrates a mechanical television system.
25th February 1926 Francisco Franco becomes General of Spain.
6th March 1926 The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon is destroyed by fire.
7th April 1926 An assassination attempt against Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini fails.
21st April 1926 Birth of Princess Elizabeth, heir to the throne and the current Queen of England.
24th April 1926 Treaty of Berlin: Germany and the Soviet Union pledge neutrality in the event of an attack on the other by a third party for the next five years.
1st May 1926 A coal miners strike begins in Britain due to wage reduction and worsening mining conditions.
3rd May 1926 The British General Strike begins in support of the coal strike.
8th May 1926 Birth of David Attenborough, British broadcaster, naturalist and producer.
6th August 1926 Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel from France to England. The swim is completed amidst controversy, as a tug carrying British journalists deliberately comes in close to Ederle in an attempt to get the swimmer to touch the boat and therefore become disqualified. The reporters are angry as they had not been allowed on Ederle’s official tug, due to an exclusive contract with the New York Daily News.
26th September 1926 Gene Tunney defeats Jack Dempsey and becomes heavyweight champion of the world.
19th October 1926 The 1926 Imperial Conference opens in London.
31st October 1926 Harry Houdini, Hungarian-born escapologist (b. 1874) dies from peritonitis as a result of a ruptured appendix. It has been speculated that this rupture was caused as a result of an attempted illusion in Montreal, where Houdini instructed a student to continually strike his abdomen so that he could display his strength and resistance to pain.
27th November 1926 Mount Vesuvius erupts for the second time in twenty years.
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