1926 in the United States
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|1926 in the United States|
|Years:||1923 1924 1925 – 1926 – 1927 1928 1929|
48 stars (1912–59)
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.
– The United States Congress passes the Air Commerce Act, licensing pilots and planes.
- 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 – U.S. Route 66 is established.
- 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.
- The Pike School of Andover, Massachusetts is founded.
- U.S. Marines intervene in Nicaragua to bolster the conservative government.
- American microbiologist Selman Waksman publishes Enzymes.
- 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)
- April 9 – Harris Wofford, U.S. Senator from 1991 till 1995
- April 15 – Walter Huddleston, U.S. Senator from Kentucky from 1973 to 1985
- April 28 – Harper Lee, novelist (d. 2016)
- May 11 – Caesar Trunzo, U.S. soldier and politician (d. 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)
- July 4 – Lake Underwood, race car driver and businessman (died 2008)
- July 27 – Marlow Cook, U.S. Senator from Kentucky from 1968 to 1974
- August 3 – Tony Bennett, singer
- August 12 – Douglas Croft, actor (died 1963)
- September 16 – John Knowles, author (died 2001)
- December 23 – Robert Bly, poet
- April 11 – Luther Burbank, botanist (born 1849)
- 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)
- 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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