January 1920 calendar

January 1920

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in January 1920.
The US president was Woodrow Wilson (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was David Lloyd George (Liberal), Pope Benedict XV was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on January 1920: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1920?


  • 01 Jan 1920 The Belorussian Communist Organisation is founded as a separate party.
  • 02 Jan 1920 10,000 US union and socialist organizers arrested (Palmer Raids).
  • 03 Jan 1920 New York Yankees purchase Babe Ruth from Boston Red Sox for $125,000.
  • 04 Jan 1920 Amsterdam actors decide to strike for retirement benefits.
  • 05 Jan 1920 Boston Red Sox sell Babe Ruth to New York Yankees.
  • 07 Jan 1920 The New York State Assembly refuses to seat five duly elected Socialist assemblymen.
  • 09 Jan 1920 Thousands of onlookers watch as quotThe Human Flyquot George Polley climbs the New York Woolworth Building. He reaches the 30th floor before being arrested.
  • 10 Jan 1920 Montreal Canadiens (14) and Toronto Saint Patricks (7) score NHL record 21 goals.
  • 11 Jan 1920 French passenger ship Afrique sinks near La Rochelle; 553 die
  • 12 Jan 1920 Annual drafting of baseball players from minor leagues to be done in inverse order of the final standings, agreed to.
  • 13 Jan 1920 New York Times editorial (falsely) reports rockets can never fly
  • 16 Jan 1920 18th Amendment, prohibition, becomes the law of the land - one year after ratification; it is repealed in 1933.
  • 17 Jan 1920 Paul Deschanel elected President of France.
  • 19 Jan 1920 Alexandre Millerand forms French government.
  • 20 Jan 1920 The American Civil Liberties Union is founded.
  • 22 Jan 1920 The Australian Country Party is officially formed, led by Nelson Pollard.
  • 23 Jan 1920 The Netherlands refuses to extradite the German Kaiser.
  • 26 Jan 1920 Former Ford Motor Company executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer.
  • 29 Jan 1920 Walt Disney starts first job as an artist; $40 week with Kansas City Slide Co.
  • 30 Jan 1920 The oldest surviving pro wrestling match on film happens, with Joe Stecher defeating Earl Caddock.
  • 31 Jan 1920 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, at Howard University, incorporates.
  • 02 Jan 1920 The second Palmer Raid, ordered by the US Department of Justice, results in 6,000 suspected communists and anarchists being arrested and held without trial.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in January 1920?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Broken Blossoms
  2. - The Hand That Rocked the Cradle Rules My Heart
  3. - Nobody Knows (and Nobody Seems to Care)
  4. - Oh! What a Pal was Mary
  5. - Wait Till You Get Them Up in the Air, Boys


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?