News and Events of 1926

World Events

World Statistics

population by decade

Nobel Peace Prize:
Aristide Briand (France) and Gustav Stresemann (Germany)

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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Calvin Coolidge
Vice President: Charles G. Dawes
Population: 117,397,000

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  • U.S. troops land in Nicaragua (May 2) to preserve order after a revolt against the new president Emiliano Chamorro.

  • Father Coughlin makes his first radio broadcast, beginning his 20-year career of racist and right-wing polemics.


Federal spending:   $2.93 billion
Consumer Price Index:   17.7
Unemployment:   1.8%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.02


World Series
St. Louis Cardinals d. NY Yankees (4-3)
Stanley Cup
Montreal Maroons d. Victoria (WHL) (3-1)
Women: Kathleen Godfree d. L. de Alvarez (6-2 4-6 6-3)
Men: Jean Borotra d. H. Kinsey (8-6 6-1 6-3)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Bubbling Over
NCAA Football Champions
Alabama (CFRA, HF) (9-0-1) & Stanford (DS) (10-0-1)


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: Arrowsmith, Sinclair Lewis
Drama: Craig's Wife, George Kelly

Nobel Prize for Literature: Grazia Deledda (Italy)

Miss America: Norma Smallwood (OK)

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  • RCA, General Electric and Westinghouse establish NBC, which operates two national radio networks.
  • The Book-of-the-Month Club is founded and begins to sell books at reduced prices by mail and on a subscription basis.
  • Martha Graham, the American pioneer of the modern-dance revolt, gives her first New York performance, which features 18 barefoot, evocatively costumed dancers.


Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Theodor Svedberg (Sweden), for work on disperse systems

Physics: Jean B. Perrin (France), for work on discontinuous structure of matter and discovery of the equilibrium of sedimentation

Physiology or Medicine: Johannes Fibiger (Denmark), for discovery of the Spiroptera carcinoma

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