Monday, August 4, 2008

1926 Society (2)

1926. Canadian-American inventor John C. Garand patents the semi-automatic 30 M1 rifle that will be adopted by the U.S. Army in 1936.

1926. The Theory of the Gene by Columbia University zoologist Thomas Hunt Morgan proves a theory of hereditary transmission that will be the basis for future genetic research. He has conducted experiments with fruit flies to pinpoint the location of genes in the chromosomes of the cell nucleus.

1926. U.S. biologist Herman Muller finds that X-rays can produce mutations. His work makes him a leading advocate for limiting exposure to X-rays.

1926. U.S. biochemist James Sumner proves that enzymes are proteins.

1926. Father Coughlin makes his first radio broadcast October 17 over Detroit's station WJR to begin a career of nearly 20 years. He will broadcast sermons marked by racial bigotry and right-wing sentiments.

1926. Scottish inventor John Baird gives the first successful demonstration of television, but his mechanical system has serious limitations.

1926. The first motion picture with sound is demonstrated.

1926. The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is founded November 11 by David Sarnoff whose nine-station network has 31 affiliated.

1926. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne delights readers with Pooh-bear, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga and baby Roo, Owl, and other companions of Christopher Robin.

1926. Harry Houdini makes headlines August 6 by remaining under water for 91 minutes in an airtight case containing only enough air to sustain a man for 5 or 6 minutes.

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