1920s Timeline of Events

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01
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1920

19th Amendment victory
Suffragettes hold a parade to celebrate the passing of 19th Amendment. Bettmann / Contributor / Getty Images
  • Bubonic Plague in India
  • First Commercial Radio Broadcast Aired
  • Harlem Renaissance Begins
  • League of Nations Established
  • Prohibition Begins in the U.S.
  • Pancho Villa Retires
  • Women Granted the Right to Vote in U.S.

02
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1921

Bessie Coleman
Bessie Coleman was the first woman of African American descent to hold a pilot license. Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images
  • Bessie Coleman Becomes First Female African-American Pilot
  • "Fatty" Arbuckle Scandal
  • Extreme Inflation in Germany
  • Irish Free State Proclaimed
  • Lie Detector Invented

03
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1922

Tutankhamen
Howard Carter, an English egyptologist, inspects the golden sarcophagus of Tutankhamen in 1922. Apic/Getty Images

04
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1923

The Charleston Dance
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05
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1924

Charles Jewtraw
Charles Jewtraw became the first American to win a gold medal in a Winter Olympic competition. George Rinhart / Corbis via Getty Images

06
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1925

Adolf Hitler Mein Kampf
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07
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1926

Gertrude Ederle
In 1926, American competition swimmer Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Bettmann / Contributor / Getty Images
  • A.A. Milne Publishes Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Famous Actor Rudolph Valentino Dies Suddenly at Age 31
  • First Assassination Attempt on Mussolini
  • Henry Ford Announces 40-Hour Work Week
  • Hirohito Becomes Emperor of Japan
  • Houdini Dies After Being Punched
  • Mystery Writer Agatha Christie Goes Missing
  • Richard Byrd and Roald Amundsen Begin Their Race to Be the First to Fly Over the North Pole
  • Robert Goddard Fires His First Liquid-Fuel Rocket
  • Route 66 Established
  • A Woman Swims the English Channel

08
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1927

Babe Ruth
On September 30, 1927, New York Yankee Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season and set a record that lasted 70 years. B. Bennett / Getty Images

09
of 10
1928

Sir Alexander Fleming
Renowned bacteriologist Sir Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic powers of penicillin in 1928. Davies / Getty Images

10
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1929

Black Thursday
The New York stock market crashed on October 24, 1929 ("Black Thursday"), leading to the Great Depression. Bettmann / Contributor

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