13 Things That Happened in 1920

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13 Things That Happened in 1920

13 Things That Happened in 1920

1920 was an amazing time in history. The United States was just a few years out of World War I and so many political and social changes were underway. Pope John Paul II was born, Max Weber died and the decade was ready to take off — and the stirrings of a second World War could be felt, nearly two decades before events finally unfolded.

January 6: A deal is announced, and Babe Ruth was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees.

January 17: Prohibition begins in the United States when the 18th Amendment goes into effect.

prohibition

February 14: In Chicago, the League of Women Voters is founded.

February 24: The German Workers’ Party in Germany is renamed the Nazi Party.

München, Hitler bei Einweihung "Braunes Haus"

March 28: At least 37 tornadoes popped up in the Midwest and Deep South, and the day became known for the Palm Sunday tornado outbreak. More than 380 people perished.

May 2: The first baseball game in the Negro National League is played in Indianapolis, Indiana.

monarchs

May 16: Joan of Arc is canonized after the Church nullifies her excommunication.

July 31: France prevents the prescription and sale of birth control.

August 20: The first commercial radio station in the United States, WWJ in Detroit, begins transmitting.

wwj

September 16: As a result of the Wall Street bombing, 38 people were killed after a bomb exploded in a horse cart in New York’s Financial District. The bombing was never solved.

September 29: Adolf Hitler makes his first public political speech.

November 2: Warren G. Harding is elected as the President of the United States.

harding

December 16: A massive earthquake strikes the Gansu Province, China, killing 180,000 people.

Related topics 1920s, politics, WWI, WWII
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