1926 in the United States
|1926 in the United States|
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Events from the year 1926 in the United States.
- President: Calvin Coolidge (R-Massachusetts)
- Vice President: Charles G. Dawes (R-Illinois)
- Chief Justice: William Howard Taft (Ohio)
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Nicholas Longworth (R-Ohio)
- Senate Majority Leader: Charles Curtis (R-Kansas)
- Congress: 69th
- February 1 – Land on Broadway and Wall Street in New York City is sold at a record $7 per sq inch.
- March 16 – Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fuel rocket, at Auburn, Massachusetts.
- April 12 – By a vote of 45–41, 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 30 – African-American pilot Bessie Coleman is killed after falling 2,000 feet (610 m) from an airplane.
- May 10 – Planes piloted by Major Harold Geiger and Horace Meek Hickam, students at the Air Corps Tactical School, collide in mid-air at Langley Field, Virginia. Hickam parachutes to safety.
- May 18 – Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappears while visiting a Venice, California beach.
- May12 – The United States Congress passes the Air Commerce Act, licensing pilots and planes.
- June 19 – DeFord Bailey is the first African-American to perform on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry.
- July 12 – A lightning strike destroys an ammunition depot in Dover, New Jersey.
- July 26 – The National Bar Association incorporates in the United States.
- August 6 – In New York City, 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 11 – Aloha Tower is officially dedicated at Honolulu Harbor in the Territory of Hawai'i.
- September 16 – Philip Dunning and George Abbott's play Broadway premieres in New York City.
- September 18 – Great Miami Hurricane: A strong hurricane devastates Miami, Florida, leaving over 100 dead and causing several hundred million dollars in damage (equal to nearly $100 billion today).
- September 20 – Twelve cars full of gangsters open fire at the Hawthorne Inn, Al Capone's Chicago headquarters. Only one of Capone's men is wounded.
- 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 11 – The plan for a United States Numbered Highway System is approved by the American Association of State Highway Officials, so establishing U.S. Route 66.
- November 15 – The NBC radio network opens with 24 stations (formed by Westinghouse, General Electric and RCA).
- November 27 – In Williamsburg, Virginia, the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg begins.
- December 23 – Conservative Nicaraguan President Adolfo Díaz requests U.S. military assistance in the Nicaraguan civil war (1926–27). U.S. Marines immediately set up neutral zones in Puerto Cabezas and at the mouth of the Rio Grande to protect American and foreign lives and property.
- American microbiologist Selman Waksman publishes Enzymes.
- The Pike School in Andover, Massachusetts, is founded.
- Lochner era (c. 1897–c. 1937)
- U.S. occupation of Haiti (1915–1934)
- Prohibition (1919–1933)
- Roaring Twenties (1920–1929)
- January 20 – Patricia Neal, actress (died 2010)
- February 3 – Richard Yates, novelist (died 1992)
- February 17 – Lee Hoiby, composer (died 2011)
- February 18
- February 22 – Nelson Bunker Hunt, businessman (died 2014)
- March 6 – Alan Greenspan, economist
- March 11 – Ralph Abernathy, civil rights leader (died 1990)
- March 16
- April 1 – Charles Bressler, operatic tenor and educator (died 1996)
- April 9
- April 15 – Walter Dee Huddleston, U.S. Senator from Kentucky from 1973 to 1985
- April 23 – J. P. Donleavy, novelist (died 2017 in Ireland)
- April 28 – Harper Lee, novelist (died 2016)
- May 11 – Caesar Trunzo, U.S. soldier and politician (died 2013)
- May 19 – Mark Andrews, U.S. Senator from North Dakota from 1981 to 1987
- May 26 – Miles Davis, jazz musician (died 1991)
- June 1
- June 3 – Allen Ginsberg, poet (died 1997)
- June 9 – Happy Rockefeller, wife of Nelson A. Rockefeller, Second Lady of the United States (died 2015)
- July 4 – Lake Underwood, race car driver and businessman (died 2008)
- July 14 – Harry Dean Stanton, screen character actor (died 2017)
- July 27 – Marlow Cook, U.S. Senator from Kentucky from 1968 to 1974 (died 2016)
- August 3 – Tony Bennett, singer
- August 12 – Douglas Croft, actor (died 1963)
- August 14 – Buddy Greco, jazz and pop singer and pianist (died 2017)
- August 21 – Carolyn Leigh, lyricist (died 1983)
- September 6 – Clancy Sigal, writer (died 2017)
- September 16 – John Coltrane, jazz musician (died 1967)
- September 17 – Bill Black, bass player and bandleader, a pioneer of rock and roll music (died 1965)
- September 26 – Julie London, jazz and pop singer, screen actress and model (died 2000)
- October 18 – Chuck Berry, guitarist, singer and songwriter, a pioneer of rock and roll music (died 2017)
- October 27 – H. R. Haldeman, 4th White House Chief of Staff (died 1993)
- December 23 – Robert Bly, poet
- February 21 – Charles Ellis Johnson, photographer (born 1857)
- April 11 – Luther Burbank, botanist (born 1849)
- July 26 – Robert Todd Lincoln, statesman and businessman, son of Abraham Lincoln (born 1843)
- July 30 – Albert B. Cummins, United States Senator from Iowa from 1908 till 1926. (born 1850)
- October 20 – Eugene V. Debs, labor leader (born 1855)
- October 23 – Olympia Brown, suffragette (born 1835)
- October 24 – Charles Marion Russell, American artist (born 1864)
- October 31 – Harry Houdini, illusionist and stunt performer, known for escape acts (born 1874)
- November 3 – Annie Oakley, performance artist (born 1860)
- November 15 – Lafayette Young, United States Senator from Iowa from 1910 till 1911. (born 1848)
- December 10 – Peter Charles Remondino, Italian-born physician, author, first president of the San Diego Board of Health, and co-founder of San Diego’s first private hospital (born 1846)
- December 31 – Henry A. du Pont, United States Senator from Delaware from 1906 till 1917. (born 1838)
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