1926 History Events: What Happened in 1926

The Space Age, in some ways, began in 1926. In this year, Robert Goddard successfully launched the first liquid-fueled rocket into space. This technological advancement would eventually allow items, and then humans, to be launched into space. As a result of his work on rockets, Goddard is rightfully credited for ushering in the Space Age.

The dismissal of Leon Trotsky from the Soviet Politburo, the Communist Party’s highest policy-making body, marked a significant political shift in the Soviet Union. This allowed Joseph Stalin to consolidate his power in the Soviet Union, and the exile would have a significant impact on Western politics as well. This was especially true in the United States, where ex-Trotsky followers influenced the “neoconservatives,” a group that would reshape American conservatism in the twentieth century.

The American broadcasting network, NBC, became a radio network in a significant media breakthrough. It wouldn’t take long for the network to branch out into television programming, which it is best known for at the moment. Bing Crosby, the legendary American entertainer, made his first recording in this year, singing “I’ve Got the Girl.” However, while one star rose, another faded. Harry Houdini, the famed magician, died in the year 1926.

1926 was also a significant year in terms of film and literature. A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh was published in the field of literature, creating an universe that would enchant youngsters for centuries, especially after Disney took over in the 1960s. Aloma of the South Seas was the highest-grossing picture of the year, and it spawned a remake with the same name in 1941. What Price Glory? would likewise do well, and would be followed by a remake in 1951. This was the year that American actor John Wayne made his cinematic debut in Brown of Harvard, in which he played an uncredited role as a Yale University football player.

Continue reading to discover more about the events of 1926.


(March 16, 1926)
Robert H. Goddard, an American inventor, was the first to successfully launch a liquid-propellant rocket.

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(April 28, 1926)
Harper Lee, an American author best known for her novel To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), was born.

(May 12, 1926)
On this day in 1926, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, American scientist Lincoln Ellsworth, and Italian engineer Umberto Nobile aboard the semirigid airship Norge accomplished the first indisputable journey over the North Pole.

(August 05, 1926)
Harry Houdini pulls off his most famous trick, spending 91 minutes underwater in a locked tank before escaping.

(August 06, 1926)
The Warner Bros. Vitaphone system debuts in New York City with the film Don Juan, starring John Barrymore.


(October 18, 1926)
Chuck Berry, a prominent and important singer, songwriter, and guitarist in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s of rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll music, was born in the United States. photo source:

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(October 31, 1926) The magician and escape artist Harry Houdini died of peritonitis caused by a stomach injury. photo source:

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James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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1925 History Events: What Happened in 1925

1927 History Events: What Happened in 1927