Decades: 1870s 1880s 1890s 1900s 1910s - 1920s - 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s
Years: 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 - 1926 - 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931
January 1 - Ireland's first regular radio service, 2RN (later Radio Éireann), begins broadcasting.
January 8 - Abdul-Aziz ibn Saud becomes the King of Hejaz
January 12 - Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll premiere their radio program Sam 'n' Henry, in which the two white performers portrayed two black characters from Harlem looking for extra money during the Depression. It was a precursor to Gosden and Correll's more popular later program, Amos 'n' Andy.
January 26 - John Logie Baird demonstrates a mechanical television system.
March 16 - Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket, at Auburn, Massachusetts
April 12 - By a vote of 45 to 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 25 - Reza Khan is crowned Shah of Iran under the name "Pahlevi."
May 9 - Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett claim to have flown over the North Pole (later discovery of his diary seems to indicate that this did not happen).
May 12 - UK General Strike 1926: In the United Kingdom, a general strike by trade unions ends (the strike began on May 3).
May 18 - Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappears while visiting a Venice, California beach.
June 29 - Arthur Meighen returns to office as Prime Minister of Canada.
July 23 - Fox Film buys the patents of the Movietone sound system for recording sound onto film.
August 6 - Gertrude Ederle becomes first woman to swim the English Channel.
August 6 - In New York, 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 25 - William Lyon Mackenzie King returns to office as Prime Minister of Canada.
October 31 - Magician Harry Houdini dies of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured.
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 15 - The NBC radio network opens with 24 stations (it was formed by Westinghouse, General Electric and RCA).
November 27 - In Williamsburg, Virginia, the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg begins.
December 25 - In Japanese History, end of the Taisho period and beginning of the Showa Era and the period of Japanese expansionism
Year in topic
1926 in film
1926 in literature
1926 in music
1926 in sports
January 3 - George Martin, "5th Beatle": producer of The Beatles' records, later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
January 5 - Maria Schell, actress
January 8 - Soupy Sales, comedian
January 11 - Lev Demin, cosmonaut († 1998)
January 12 - Ray Price, country music singer
January 14 - Tom Tryon, actor, novelist († 1991)
January 14 - Maria Schell, Swiss actress
January 17 - Moira Shearer, actress, dancer
January 19 - Fritz Weaver, actor
January 20 - David Tudor, pianist and composer
January 20 - Patricia Neal, actress
January 21 - Steve Reeves, actor († 2000)
January 26 - Ralph Brance, baseball star
January 27 - Fritz Spiegl, journalist († 2003)
February 2 - Valery Giscard d'Estaing, French politican
February 6 - Haskell Wexler, cinematographer
February 7 - Konstantin Feoktistov, cosmonaut
February 11 - Leslie Nielsen, actor
February 11 - Paul Bocuse, French chef
February 11 - Alexander Gibson, British conductor and founder of the Scottish Opera
February 12 - Paul Kurtz, philosopher, founder of numerous secular humanist groups
February 15 - Dieter Lattmann, writer and politician
February 16 - John Schlesinger, film director
February 20 - Richard Matheson, author
February 20 - Bob Richards, track and field athlete
February 22 - Kenneth Williams, actor († 1988)
March 1 - Pete Rozelle, commissioner of the National Football League († 1996)
March 2 - Murray Rothbard, American Economist († 1995)
March 3 - James Merrill, Pulitzer Prize winning poet († 1995)
March 6 - Alan Greenspan, American economist
March 6 - Andrzej Wajda, Polish film director
March 15 - Norm Van Brocklin, American football star
March 16 - Jerry Lewis, comedian
March 17 - Siegfried Lenz, writer
March 18 - Peter Graves, actor
March 24 - Dario Fo, author, 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature
April 1 - Anne McCaffrey, science fiction author
April 3 - Gus Grissom, astronaut († 1967)
April 6 - Gil Kane, cartoonist († 2000)
April 6 - Ian Paisley, United Kingdom politician
April 6 - Sergio Franchi, singer, actor († 1990)
April 9 - Hugh Hefner - creator of Playboy, men's magazine.
April 21 - Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
April 22 - James Stirling, architect († 1992)
April 24 - Thorbjörn Fälldin, Prime Minister of Sweden
May 8 - Don Rickles, comedian and actor
May 15 - Peter Shaffer, playwright
May 19 - Peter Zadek, film and theatre director
May 25 - Max von der Grün, author
May 26 - Miles Davis, musician
June 1 - Andy Griffith
June 1 - Marilyn Monroe, actress
June 3 - Allen Ginsberg, US poet
June 28 - Mel Brooks, entertainer
August 14 - "Goscinny" (René Goscinny), French writer and co-creator of Asterix
September 15 - Jean-Pierre Serre, French mathematician
September 23 - John Coltrane, musician
October 18 - Chuck Berry, Rock and Roll musician
December 20 - Sir Geoffrey Howe (Lord Howe of Aberavon), UK politician
December 23 - Robert Bly, American poet
March 5 - Clément Ader, French engineer and inventor, airplane pioneer.
March 20 - Princess Louise of Sweden
May 16 - Mehmed VI, last Ottoman sultan.
May 26 - Simon Petlyura, Ukrainian independence fighter.
June 10 - Antoni Gaudí, Catalan architect.
June 14 - Mary Cassatt, artist
July 4 - Frassati Piergiorgio, Member of FUCI.
July 12 - Gertrude Bell, archaeologist, writer, spy and administrator known as the "Uncrowned Queen of Iraq"
July 26 - Robert Todd Lincoln, American statesman, businessman
August 23 - Rodolfo Valentino, italian actor
October 31 - Harry Houdini, magician
October 31 - Charles Vance Millar, rich Torontonian whose final Will sparked the Great Toronto Stork Derby
December 5 - Claude Monet, painter
Physics - Jean Baptiste Perrin
Chemistry - Theodor Svedberg
Medicine - Johannes Andreas Grib Fibiger
Literature - Grazia Deledda
Peace - Aristide Briand and Gustav Stresemann