1926 News and Interesting Tidbits

Calls to Bolster the US Navy
Congress appealed to President Coolidge for money to bolster a weak and embarrassing American navy. They said that their navy was a third rate power and was behind France, Japan, and Great Britain.

First Doughnut Making Machine
In Dubuque, Iowa the first doughnut-making machine was launched by a company called Trausch Bakery.

First TV Demonstration
John Logie Baird, gives the first public demonstration of a television system in London. 1926

The BBC started the first public broadcasts in London in 1936. 1936

Regular television broadcasts began in the United States in 1939. 1939

First US Airmail Service
February 15, 1926-First U.S. Commercial Airmail Service

For the first time ever, U.S. Airmail service began. The first airmail route left from Boise, Idaho.

First Rocket Launch

The US professor and scientist Robert Hutchings Goddard, Ph.D. launches the world's first liquid-fueled rocket .

Robert Hutchings Goddard had spent years working on the theories of Rocket flight prior to his first successful rocket launch in 1926, including in 1919 having a paper published "A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes" by the Smithsonian Institution, which resulted in 1920 a front-page story in The New York Times, "Believes Rocket Can Reach Moon," which quoted some of his work and papers.

Barbershop Quartets
Barbershop quartets across the country rejoice when the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America is formed.

Europe 5,000,000 Unemployed
Unemployment in Europe is at an all time high with over 5,000,000 receiving doles from their governments with over 1 million in Britain and 2 million in Germany, causes are from many things including antiquated equipment, high taxes, and high production costs.

Kelly Blue Book First Published
The Kelly Blue book a guide to used car values is first published by Les Kelley who ran a Los Angeles-based car dealership.

Gertrude "Trudy" Ederle Swims English Channel
The American Gold Medalist swimmer ( Gertrude "Trudy" Ederle ) became the first woman to swim the English Channel from Cap Griz-Nez, France to Dover, England in 14 hours and 39 minutes breaking the previous record set by British Navy Captain Matthew Webb in 1875 . Due to the extreme cold water she had covered her body in lard and petroleum jelly to insulate her from the cold waters of the Channel

General Strike Called In Great Britain
A General Strike is called by the General Council of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in an attempt to force the government to act to prevent wage reduction and worsening conditions for coal miners.

The strike lasted 9 days with about 1.5 - 1.75 million taking part and included workers from key industries, such as railwaymen, transport workers, printers, dockers and ironworkers and steelworkers, the strike did not achieve it's objective in fact many miners did not get their jobs back and those that were employed were forced to accept longer hours and lower wages.

NBC Launches
Radio network NBC launches with one of the earliest remote musical broadcasts.

Heikum Pygmies Bushmen

The British government was interested in saving the Heikum Bushmen who were referred to as pygmies. The pygmies centuries ago had made up the majority of Africa, but their tribe had dwindled into such small numbers that they were believed to be extinct. Recently, an explorer had discovered some of the Bushmen and others went armed with sugar, tobacco, and a gramophone to gain their trust and persuade them to come to safety.

Rudolph Valentino Dies
The heart throb of the 20's Rudolph Valentino dies suddenly of peritonitis. He was idolised by women around the world for his sex appeal and exotic good looks and was considered the "Great Lover" of the Twenties. During his brief career he made only 14 movies.

Ford Announces 5 day 40hr week
Ford changes the original 48hr 6 week implemented many years before into a 5 day 40-hour work week .

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