What Happened in 1926?
June 23, 2016 | Mansion
As we celebrate the 90th anniversary of Maymont’s public opening this year, we decided to see what else was happening 90 years ago in 1926.
Here are a few fun highlights:
- The first trans-Atlantic telephone call – between London and New York – was made.
- “Winnie-the-Pooh” by A. A. Milne was published.
- Restoration of Colonial Williamsburg began.
- Queen Elizabeth II and Marilyn Monroe were born.
- The television was demonstrated publicly for the first time.
- Agecroft Hall was shipped from England to be reassembled in Richmond.
- Altria Theater in Richmond was constructed to be used by the Shriners as the ACCA Temple Shrine.
- The Mixing Bowl bakery in Richmond opened.
- Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond opened a museum devoted to the Rev. John Jasper.
- Henry Ford announced the 40-hour work week.
- The first automatic pop-up toaster was introduced.
- Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett made the first flight over the North Pole.
- Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises” was published.
- National Broadcasting Company radio (NBC) was launched.
- The movie “Don Juan,” starring John Barrymore, debuted as the first movie with synchronized music and sound effects.
- Silent film heart throb, Rudolph Valentino, and magician, Harry Houdini, died.
- Popular songs included “Bye Bye Blackbird” and “When Day is Done.”