You thought 2016 was a bad year for deaths?

’26 seems to keep showing up in my research. I was reading about Emily Warren Roebling, who died in 1903, and noted that her husband, Washington A. Roebling, credited with building the Brooklyn Bridge, died in 1926. I recall that two of this nations founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, both died on the same day nearly 100 years earlier, on July 4, 1826. Those two men died just a few hours apart, though they lived hundreds of miles apart.

Then today, as I was refreshing my memory on the Lake Superior Consolidated Mining Company which was taken over by John D. Rockefeller from the Merritt family in 1894, I noted that both Leonidas Merritt and his older brother, Alfred—together instrumental in the discovery and early development of iron mining on the Mesabi range in northern Minnesota—America’s largest cache of iron ore—died in 1926.

That got me thinking. Who else died in 1926?

Eugene V. Debs, labor leader and Socialist party presidential candidate
Harry Houdini, magician
Annie Oakley, shooting star
Claude Monet, artist
Yoshihito, 123rd Emperor of Japan

And that’s just a small sampling. There were so many!

And what about 1826?