Explore what happened in1920

1920

This decade between 1920 and 1929 brought flare, freedom, and the roaring twenties is the name given to it.

1920

It was in this era that Jazz became popular and a record number of Americans were living in cities compared to farms. Jazz also took center stage as more and more people discovered the pleasures of dancing. Literature also took center stage with Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and F. Scot Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby took center stage. Pope John Paul II was born this year on May 18.

As the roaring twenties took America by storm, the founding of the League of Nations was on January 10, 1920, and made up of 42 countries. The first meeting was in Geneva on November 15, without the participation of the United States of America. The league mediated international conflicts, but major governments paid little regard to the League of Nations.

On Election Day in 1920, American women, like their male counterparts voted. This was historic since it was the first time that women were voting. This right had taken over 100 years to come into effect and ratified in the 19th amendment of the American constitution on August 26, 1920.

As the year ended, one of the most devastating earthquakes in history hit China on December 16. The 8.5 magnitude quake brought disaster to an area over 25,000 square miles. The earthquake caused massive landslides, and an estimated 200,000 people died in the quake. The earthquake hit ten major densely populated areas of Gansu Province, which led to the high number of casualties.

It was in this year that a professional football body called the formation of the American Professional Football Conference, AFPC by seven men including the star athlete of the time, Jim Thorpe. The AFPC was the forerunner of the internationally famous National Football League.

Discover how Virginia, USA looked like in 1920

Old Newspapers

Old Newspapers

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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released this year ?

Pollyanna

Directed by: Paul Powell

Starring: Mary Pickford, Wharton James, Katherine Griffith

Country: United States

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Why Change Your Wife?

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

Starring: Gloria Swanson, Thomas Meighan, Bebe Daniels

Country: United States

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Directed by: John S. Robertson

Starring: John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield, Charles Lane

Country: United States

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The Idol Dancer

Directed by: D.W. Griffith

Starring: Richard Barthelmess, Clarine Seymour, Creighton Hale

Country: United States

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Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1920 ?

Kindred of the Dust

By: Peter B. Kyne

Peter B. Kyne (1880-1957) was a novelist and prolific short story writer. He wrote about ranchers and loggers, businessmen and seamen. "Kindred of the Dust" is a love story of the great Northwest, and of the sort of people who ...

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The Re-Creation of Brian Kent

By: Harold Bell Wright

I fancy I can hear you say: "But, Harold, how COULD you! You know I never did the things you have made me do in your story.

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The River's End

By: James Oliver Curwood

Royal Northwest Mounted Policeman Derwent Conniston has been chasing outlaw John Keith for four years up in the arctic part of Canada. Just when he is about to get his man, Conniston falls deathly ill.

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Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1920 in the USA ?

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

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