Explore what happened in1919

1919

Set on the cusp of the roaring 1920s, this year saw the US led by Woodrow Wilson and the beginning of World War One reparations.

1919

With a global population of only 1.9 billion, the world happened to be a much smaller place than most modern people can imagine. For the newborns helping that number rise, the most popular names were John and Mary.

Famous people born in this flood of infants were JD Salinger, Jackie Robinson, Eva Peron, Liberace, Sr Edmund Hillary, and Pierre Trudeau. Sadly, as the circle of life demands, this year saw the end of some greats: Teddy Roosevelt, Frank Baum, Henry Heinz, and Pierre Renoir.

These 12 months marked the beginnings of the League of Nations, gasoline taxes, skydiving, and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. This was a time where movies still came in only three colors: black, white, and grey. On those old-timey screens, people flooded to see Broken Blossoms, Different from the Others, and True Heart Susie. The most common additions to people’s bookshelves were Wineburg, Demian, The Moon and the Sixpence, and Anne’s House of Dreams. Read on to find out more about how these 12 months forever changed the world.

Let’s start with some notable things first seen in 1919. The first gasoline tax was ratified in Oregon. The first airmail delivery was made and the first parachute jump completed. In terms of women, these 365 days also saw the Democratic National Committee welcome its first female member, first US distinguished service medal ever awarded to a woman, and the first female bar students admitted to London’s Lincoln Inn.

Things were not all sunshine and roses. Tragedy struck Boston as over 2 million gallons of molasses flooded crowded streets on January 15th. While some parts of the world were drawn closer together by the formation of the League of Nations, others were drawn apart as Turkey began its fight for independence and Lithuania declared itself an independent state. In terms of inventions, this year also saw the first arc welder and the initial prototype of the pop-up toaster.

Whether you like adding some crunch to your breakfast platter, or have ever needed a package sent via next-day air, you owe a round of applause to 1919.

Have a look at how Virginia, United States of America was like in 1919

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Old Newspapers

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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released this year ?

A Romance of Happy Valley

Directed by: D.W. Griffith

Starring: Lydia Yeamans Titus, Robert Harron, Kate Bruce

Country: United States

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Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl

Directed by: D.W. Griffith

Starring: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp

Country: United States

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True Heart Susie

Directed by: D.W. Griffith

Starring: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Wilbur Higby

Country: United States

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The Lost Battalion

Directed by: Burton King

Starring: Robert Alexander, George G. McMurtry, Charles W. Whittlesey

Country: United States

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Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1919 ?

The Arrow of Gold

By: Joseph Conrad

The Arrow of Gold is a novel by Joseph Conrad, published in 1919. It was originally titled "The Laugh" and published serially in Lloyd's Magazine from December 1918 to February 1920.

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Dangerous Days

By: Mary Roberts Rinehart

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web.

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The Sky Pilot in No Man's Land

By: Ralph Connor

Ralph Connor was an acclaimed Presbyterian Church leader in Canada during the early 20th century, but today he is best known for being a novelist who wrote popular stories about the frontier.

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Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1919 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. John
  2. William
  3. James
  4. Robert
  5. Charles
  6. George
  7. Joseph
  8. Edward
  9. Frank
  10. Thomas
Top #10 female names
  1. Mary
  2. Helen
  3. Dorothy
  4. Margaret
  5. Ruth
  6. Mildred
  7. Virginia
  8. Elizabeth
  9. Frances
  10. Anna

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