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1926: Sports; social issues and crime; folkways; fashion; holidays.

A new kind of heavyweight boxing champion was crowned in 1926. James Joseph "Gene" Tunney, born in New York City, reflected a more refined background than that of most professional fighters. A man of intellect as well as action, he liked the company of college professors. On Sept. 23 Tunney beat the champion, Jack Dempsey, on points in a ten-round bout in Philadelphia. The fight attracted a crowd of 118,736 and generated record receipts of $1,895,723. The next year, on Sept. 22, the two met in a rematch in Chicago and again Tunney won the decision. That fight was controversial because of a so-called long count in the seventh round, when Tunney was knocked down but the referee refused to start the count until Dempsey went to a neutral corner. The rematch attracted an even larger crowd, about 145,000 people, and set another record for gate receipts, $2,658,660. Tunney, a better boxer but far less colorful figure than the dethroned champion, retired undefeated in 1928.

The NHL Stanley Cup championship was won by the Montreal Maroons, who defeated the Victoria Cougars three games to one.

This year's national college football championship was won by Stanford, with a record of ten wins, no losses, one tie.

Jan. 1

The 11th annual Rose Bowl football game was won by Alabama, defeating Washington 20-19.


U.S. figure skating championships were won in Boston by Beatrix Loughran, women's singles; Chris R. Christienson, men's singles; and Theresa Weld Blanchard and Nathaniel W. Niles, pairs.

Apr. 19

The 30th Boston Marathon was won by John C. Miles of Nova Scotia in a time of 2 hrs., 25 min., 40.25 sec.

May 10

The 51st annual Preakness Stakes was won by Display, with a time of 1:59 4/5. The jockey was Johnny Maiben.

May 15

The 52nd annual Kentucky Derby was won by Bubbling Over, with a time of 2:03 4/5. The jockey was Albert Johnson.

May 31

The 14th annual Indianapolis 500 auto race was won by Frank Lockhart, with a time of 4 hrs., 10 min., 14.95 sec., for an average speed of 95.90 mph. This year the race distance was 400 miles.

June 12

The 58th annual Belmont Stakes was won by Crusader, with a time of 2:32 1/5. The jockey was Albert Johnson. Beginning with this year, the distance for the Belmont became one mile and a half.

July 10

The U.S. Open golf tournament was won by Robert T. "Bobby" Jones.

Aug. 6

The first woman to swim the English Channel was Gertrude Ederle of New York City, 19, who accomplished the feat in 14 hrs., 31 min.

Aug. 23

The U.S. Lawn Tennis Association singles championships were won by Molla Bjurstedt Mallory in the women's division and Rene Lacoste of France in the men's division (Sept. 18).

Aug. 30

The first Hambletonian Stakes, the premier event in harness racing, was won at Syracuse, N.Y., by Guy McKinney in two straight heats. The driver was Nat Ray.

Sept. 10

The Miss America title was won by Norma Smallwood, 18, of Tulsa, Okla., at the annual pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.

Sept. 11

The Davis Cup international tennis challenge round was won for the seventh time in a row by the U.S., defeating France four matches to one.

Sept. 25

The PGA golf tournament was won by Walter Hagen.

Oct. 2-10

The 23rd annual World Series was won by the St. Louis Cardinals (NL), who defeated the New York Yankees (AL) four games to three.
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Author:Carruth, Gorton
Publication:Encyclopedia of American Facts & Dates, 9th ed.
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Date:Jan 1, 1993
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