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Looking at 1920: A Hundred Years Later: The League of Nations

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.

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League of Nations Conference.  Geneva, Switzerland.  1923.


The setting for the first meeting of the Council of the League of Nations. (January 16, 1920 in the Salle de l'Horloge at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris, France.

Source:  Woodrow Wilson Presidential Archives.

The "Palais Wilson," headquarters for the League of Nations was named after its founder, President Woodrow Wilson in 1924. The memorial in front of the building is dedicated to him.


A political cartoon from Punch magazine on December 10, 1919 satirizes the effect of the United States not becoming a member of the League of Nations.

Source:  Raven-Hill, Leonard.  Punch Magazine.  10 December 1919.

On October 14, 1933, Adolf Hitler announces that Germany is pulling out of the organization. Japan had left the organization a few months earlier.  Both departures were the results of League of Nations efforts to limit the sizes of armies.


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