Explore what happened in1923

1923

Taking place in the “Jazz Age”, or the “Roaring Twenties”, 1923 was a year characterized by economic prosperity and bootleggers.

1923

The world’s population reached 2.02 billion. The most popular baby names were John and Mary... Sadly, while 1923 gained many new citizens, the world lost some great people: the man who discovered the X-ray, William Harding, and the designer who forever altered the Paris’ skyline (Gustave Eiffel).

These 365 days saw the birth of Golden Girls’ Estelle Getty, Rocky Marciano, Charlton Heston, and the founding father of Singapore (Lee Kuan Yew). The most popular reads in that year were The Good Soldier Sveck, The Prophet, and that year’s Pulitzer winner One of Ours. The big screen saw the ascension of classics including The Hunchback of Notre Dame and the original The Ten Commandments. Rumblings of the darkness of World War II began with the formation of Mussolini’s fascist militia.

It saw some notable gains in medicine, contraception, computers, and astronomy. In this year, insulin became widely available to treat diabetes and surgeons performed the first successful brain tumor operation. Edwin Hubble opened up the stars to new horizons after he discovered the world’s first Cepheid variable star. For museum and Egyptology lovers, this year marks the time when Howard Carter cracked open the tomb of Tutankhamen.

Plenty of other noteworthy things happened as well. If you love The Lion King, you have 1923 to thank for that; this year marked the founding of the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio. On the global front, the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, served his first term as president and set his country on a new path.

Time Magazine also published its first issue and shortly after that, Firestone produced its first rubber tire. Whether you’re trying to get Let It Go out of your head, or happen to be alive thanks to insulin, 1923 got the ball rolling.

Discover how Virginia, USA looked like in 1923

Old Newspapers

Old Newspapers

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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released this year ?

Othello

Directed by: Dimitri Buchowetzki

Starring: Emil Jannings, Werner Krauss, Ica von Lenkeffy

Country: United States

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Souls for Sale

Directed by: Rupert Hughes

Starring: Eleanor Boardman, Frank Mayo, Richard Dix

Country: United States

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The White Rose

Directed by: D.W. Griffith

Starring: Mae Marsh, Carol Dempster, Ivor Novello

Country: United States

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Where the North Begins

Directed by: Chester M. Franklin

Starring: Claire Adams, Fred Huntley, Walter McGrail

Country: United States

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Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1923 ?

Black Oxen

By: Gertrude Atherton

This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic, timeless works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.

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His Children's Children

By: Arthur Train

1923. Train was the former assistant district attorney in New York City. His interactions with clients, together with his experiences in the courtroom, provided the material for the more than 250 short stories and novels he would write during his ...

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The Enchanted April

By: Elizabeth von Arnim

A recipe for happiness: four women, one medieval Italian castle, plenty of wisteria, and solitude as needed.The women at the center of The Enchanted April are alike only in their dissatisfaction with their everyday lives.

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Babbitt

By: Sinclair Lewis

Lewis’ scathing satire of middle-class America, Babbitt explores the social pressures of conformity and materialism. It tells the story of George Babbitt, a middle-aged family man who becomes disillusioned with both conformity and his belated attempts at rebellion.

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Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1923 in the USA ?

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

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