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1926 Trivia

<< - 1925
World Series Champions:
St. Louis Cardinals
Stanley Cup Champs:
Montreal Maroons
U.S. Open Golf:
Bobby Jones
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Rene Lacoste/Molla B. Mallory
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Jean Borotra/Kathleen Godfree
NCAA Football Champions:
Alabama & Stanford
Kentucky Derby:
Bubbling Over
The Sex Symbols, Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Josephine Baker, Dolores Costello, Marion Davies, Greta Garbo, Myrna Loy, Mary Pickford, Anna May Wong
"The Quotes"
"Every woman knows all about everything"
- Rudyard Kipling (The Eye of Allah)

"Good to the last drop"
- Maxwell House Coffee

Cranbrook Ed, one of 14 circus elephants to escaped their circus train. The hunt prompted the most unusual telegraph in railway history: "All trains East. Keep lookout for elephants on track; advise if sighted from first telegraph office."

Miss America:
Norma Smallwood (Tulsa, OK)

The Scandals:
Harry Houdini died of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix on October 31 (Halloween), at the age of 52. He was unprepared for several punches to his gut, on a dare, on Oct. 22nd.

Antoni Gaudí, the architect of the famous Sagrada Família in Barcelona, was hit by a tram during his daily walk. Assumed to be a beggar because of his lack of ID and shabby clothing, the unconscious Gaudí did not receive immediate aid and died three days later at a hospital.

The Freak Events:
A boy named Phillip McClean was killed when he and his brother came across a Cassowary bird on their property. They tried to kill it, but it kicked Philip in the neck, cutting him, and he bled to death. McClean is the only person to be killed by a Cassowary.

Bobby Leach, a daredevil in the early 1900s, died in 1926 when he slipped on an orange peel and broke his leg.

The BBC's 1926 "Broadcasting from the Barricades" was the first radio show to depict the end of the world, causing panic in the UK - this inspired Orson Welles' more famous "The War of the Worlds" over a decade later.

When silent film star Rudolph Valentino died in 1926 at the age of 31, over 100,000 people swarmed the streets of New York City in riots during the funeral and several women committed suicide.

(Near Event) Texas A&M cadets mounted a cannon to a train with the intent of shelling Baylor after a cadet was killed in a fight at the previous football game. It was only stopped when Texas Rangers caught wind and confiscated the cannon.

Author Sinclair Lewis refused to accept the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1926 because he felt the winning book, Arrowsmith, was chosen for its popularity more than its literary merit. He remains the only person to decline the award.

Rin Tin Tin, a dog found during WWI, came back to the US and stared in 26 films and his own radio show. By 1926 he was making 6k per week and according to legend received more votes for Best Actor then any other person but to avoid embarrassment The Academy gave the award to someone else.

1926 Pop Culture News:
The Great Stork Derby was a contest held in Toronto from 1926-1936, in which women competed to produce the most babies in order to win $750,000 as stipulated in the will of a wealthy lawyer. The prize ended up being split among four women who each had 9 babies.

Invented in 1926, the machine used to measure shoe size is called a Brannock Device. It was patented (#1682366) in 1928.

There was a Great Gatsby film in 1926. There are no existing copies of it.

On May 1, 1926, Ford Motor Company becomes one of the first companies in America to adopt a five-day, 40-hour week for workers in its automotive factories.

Before 1976, Black History Month was Negro History Week, which was created in 1926 with the hope that it would be eliminated once Black history would become fundamental to American history.

Facial tissues in the US were initially sold as cold cream removers, not disposable handkerchiefs: "It was the customers that started the habit and a reader comment in 1926 by a newspaper in Peoria, Illinois found that 60% of the users used it for blowing their nose. "

The first SATs took place on June 23, 1926. They were called the Scholastic Aptitude Test. The SATs changed names in 1990, becoming the Scholastic Assessment Test. The first 'college board' exams were in 1901.

Maidenform's uplifting brassiere was patented in 1926. The adjusted strap fastener came out in 1942.

An expedition led by W. Douglas Burden to Komodo Island in 1926 yielded 12 preserved and 2 live Komodo Dragon specimens. This expedition is what inspired the 1933 movie King Kong.

Dr. Robert Gioddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket on March 16th... it traveled about 184 feet.

Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English channel in 1926, beating the previous time record by nearly two hours. The first person to greet Ederle as she came ashore on Kingsdown beach was a British immigration officer who requested to see her passport.

Q-Tips Baby Gays (invented as 'Baby Gays' in 1923) were rebranded and sold. The "Q" stands for quality. The "Tips" are the cotton thingys on both ends.

The Latin translation of the Winnie The Pooh 1926 book was the first foreign-language book to be featured on the New York Times Best Seller List, and the only book in Latin ever to have been featured there.

The Orange Julius grew out of an orange juice stand opened in Los Angeles in 1926 by Julius Freed. People began lining up at the store and shouting, "Give me an Orange, Julius!" Eventually, the new drink would simply be called "the Orange Julius".

Stella Artois was initially launched as a seasonal beer for Christmas in 1926. Due to its success, it became available all year round.

Nikola Tesla predicted and accurately described the smartphone in 1926 - "A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket".

The Habit:
Reading Hemingway's 'The Sun Also Rises'
Popular Music in 1926 - # 1 Hits of 1926