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Looking at 1920: A Hundred Years Later: 1920

The year 1920 was one of the most transformative years in history. As we reach its centennial, this guide highlights some of that years' most significant events.

The Year 1920

On January 29, Walt Disney begins working as an animator for KC Slide Company for $40 a week.

Source:  https://www.rd.com/culture/why-there-are-no-moms-in-disney-movies/ 

February 14: The League of Women Voters forms in Chicago.

Source:  https://www.lwvabcwi.org/history 

Babe Ruth hits his first home run for the Yankees on May 1.

Source:  https://fanbuzz.com/mlb/babe-ruth-facts/ 

On May 2, the first game of the National Negro Baseball League is played in Indianapolis.

Source:  https://www.history.com/topics/sports/negro-league-baseball 

Woodrow Wilson makes the Communist Labor Party illegal.

Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Labor_Party_of_America

May 16: Joan of Arc is canonized as a saint.

Source:  https://www.history.com/topics/middle-ages/saint-joan-of-arc   

June 13:  The United States Post Office announces that parents cannot send their children in the mail after a number of instances of them doing so.  

Source:  https://www.onthisday.com/events/date/1920

On August 18, after receiving a letter from his mother telling him to "be a good boy" and ratify the 19th amendment, 22-year old Tennessee Representative Harry T. Burn becomes the deciding vote in the ratification of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote.

Source:  https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/the-man-and-his-mom-who-gave-women-the-vote/ 

 

August 20: The American Professional Football Association forms, becoming the NFL a few years later.

Source:  http://www.apflfootball.com/ 

Ethelda Bleibtrey becomes the first woman to win the Olympics on August 25.

Source:  https://www.revolvy.com/page/Ethelda-Bleibtrey 

On September 16, a horse-drawn wagon explodes on Wall Street, killing 38 and injuring 143 people.

Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wall_Street_bombing#/media/File:Wallstreetbmb.jpg 

Republican Warren G. Harding wins the presidential election, beating Democrat James M. Cox on November 2.

Source:  https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/presidents-harding/ 

November 11: Mussolini's squad begins terror, killing 11 in Bologna, Italy.

Source:  https://allthatsinteresting.com/benito-mussolini-death 

On November 27, the first American superhero movie, The Mask of Zorro, starring Douglas Fairbanks, is shown in New York City

Source:  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0011439/ 

The 1920s

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