Category Archives: 1920s

‘Metropolis’ premieres in Berlin 90 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 10 1927)


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(Monday, January 10, 1927)Metropolis, a German expressionist epic science-fiction drama film from the silent era about a city of the future that is threatened with destruction when a wealthy corporate leader enlists a mad scientist to put down labor reformers, premiered today at the Ufa-Palast am Zoo in Berlin. Continue reading ‘Metropolis’ premieres in Berlin 90 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 10 1927)

‘The General’ opens in Tokyo 90 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 31 1926)


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(Friday, December 31, 1926, New Year’s Eve)The General, an American silent comedy film about a Confederate engineer who fights to save his train and his girlfriend from the Union army, premiered today in two small theaters in Tokyo, Japan. Continue reading ‘The General’ opens in Tokyo 90 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 31 1926)

English novelist Agatha Christie temporarily goes missing 90 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 3 1926)


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(Friday, December 3, 1926, at around 9:45 p.m. GMT) — A real-life mystery began tonight as English novelist Agatha Christie, 36, drove away from her home in Sunningdale, Berkshire, and disappeared. Continue reading English novelist Agatha Christie temporarily goes missing 90 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 3 1926)

NBC debuts with a radio network of 24 stations 90 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 15 1926)


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(Monday, November 15, 1926, 8:00 p.m. EST) — The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) radio network debuted tonight with a network of 24 stations (formed by Westinghouse, General Electric and RCA). Continue reading NBC debuts with a radio network of 24 stations 90 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 15 1926)

Magician Harry Houdini, 52, dies in Detroit 90 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 31 1926)


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(Sunday, October 31, 1926, Halloween, 1:26 p.m. EST)Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz), world famous as a magician, a defier of locks and sealed chests and an exposer of spiritualistic frauds, died today in Room 401 at Detroit’s Grace Hospital of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix. He was 52. Continue reading Magician Harry Houdini, 52, dies in Detroit 90 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 31 1926)

National Broadcasting Company (NBC) incorporated 90 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 9 1926)


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(Thursday, September 9, 1926) — The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was incorporated today by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), becoming the oldest major broadcast network in the United States. Continue reading National Broadcasting Company (NBC) incorporated 90 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 9 1926)

Legendary movie star Rudolph Valentino, 31, dies in New York City 90 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 23 1926)


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(Monday, August 23, 1926, 12:10 p.m. EDT) — Legendary silent film star Rudolph Valentino, 31, died today at the New York Polyclinic Hospital where he had undergone a double operation for acute appendicitis and gastric ulcers on Aug. 15, 1926. He was 31. Continue reading Legendary movie star Rudolph Valentino, 31, dies in New York City 90 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 23 1926)