1920's Timeline

The story takes place in the mid 20’s
(events before and after are provided)

1900
- Sigmund Freud produces The Interpretation of Dreams.
- The Boxer Rebellion breaks out (1900-1901).
- First Zeppelin flight in Germany lasts only 18 minutes.
- Anarchist assassinations include the King of Italy and the Prince of Wales.
- Galveston Hurricane kills 8,000 in Texas, USA. 1901
- On January 1st, the new Centurions of the coming century are born.
- Oil discovered in Texas.
- Queen Victoria dies; long live King Edward VII!
- J.P. Morgan incorporates US Steel.
- The British colonies in Australia federate, forming a new independent nation.
- Planck publishes his Law of Black Body Radiation.
- Anarchists assassinate US President William McKinley.
Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt takes his place.
- The Nobel prizes begin.
- The first transatlantic radio signal is broadcast.
- Scotland Yard creates an archive of fingerprints.
1902
- Mt. Pelee, in Martinique, erupts. Town of St. Pierre is destroyed and
30,000 people are killed, leaving only a handful of survivors.
- Lyman Gilmore claims to fly a steam-powered glider (sadly, all evidence
was destroyed in a hangar fire in 1935…).
- The Second Boer War concludes (1899-1902).
1903
- US side of Niagara Falls runs short on water
- The Wright Brothers take flight.
- Pope Leo XIII dies; succeeded by Pius X.
1904
- The Great Fire of Baltimore destroys 1500 buildings in 30 hours.
There are no fatalities.
- No smoke or eclipse can account for Wimbledon, England going
dark for 10 minutes.
- Aleister Crowley receives the Book of Law in Egypt
- Peter Pan premieres.
- The Russo-Japanese War begins over conflicting imperialist agendas
in Manchuria and Korea. Japan is firmly established as a world
power.
- The United Kingdom and France sign the Entente Cordiale, signifying
the end of centuries of conflict between the two nations.
1905
- The Russo-Japanese War concludes. Popular discontent over the
defeat in Russia leads to a series of riots and then to revolution, but
despite the formation of the Duma, little changes in Tsar Nicholas
II’s hold on power.
- Einstein achieves new insights into photoelectricity.
- Las Vegas is founded.
1906
- A number of natural disasters occur: Mount Vesuvius erupts, devastating
Naples; a typhoon assaults Hong Kong, killing 10,000; an
earthquake destroys much of San Francisco.
- S.O.S. established as an international distress signal.
- The Crown Jewels of Ireland are stolen.
- The Second Geneva Convention is established, extending the protections
of the Geneva Conventions to war at sea.
1907
- Sigmund Freud destroys the papers containing his earlier work. It
is the second time in his life that he has done so. His reasons are
unknown.
- The Boy Scouts are founded.
- Bubonic plague strikes San Francisco.
1908
- The Tunguska explosion occurs in Siberia.
- Oil found in Persia.
- The BOI (Bureau of Investigation) is staffed in America. (It eventually
becomes the FBI in 1935.)
- Henry Ford produces the Model T.
1909
- Theodore Roosevelt leaves office, turning the presidency over to
William Taft.
- Roosevelt safaris in Africa.
- Shackleton finds the Magnetic South Pole.
- Peary reaches the North Pole.
- Louis Bleriot flies across the English Channel.
1910
- Cubism’s popularity is in full swing. Futurism has a strong place in
the art community as well.
- Ford steps up the mass-production of automobiles to new heights.
- The first account of Paul Bunyan is recorded.
- Earth passes through the tail of Halley’s Comet.
- King Edward VII dies. Long live King George V!
1911
- IBM incorporates.
- Hiram Bingham finds Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas.
- Roald Amudsen reaches the South Pole.
- Onnes discovers superconductivity through his experimentation
with freezing temperatures.
- The Mona Lisa is stolen, and not returned until 1913.
1912
- The first parachute jump from a moving airplane is made.
- The Titanic sinks.
- The UK establishes the Royal Flying Corps.
- Teddy Roosevelt is shot, but he gives his speech with the bullet still in
him.
1913
- Taft leaves office, and is succeeded by Woodrow Wilson.
- Grand Central Terminal opens in New York
- Panama Canal is completed (but not yet opened).
1914
- The Panama Canal opens at last, having cost nearly 6,000 lives in the
making.
- The Great War begins following the assassination of Archduke
Ferdinand.
- Stainless steel production reaches a level of everyday circulation.
- Gandhi returns to India from South Africa.
- Pope Pius X dies; succeeded by Benedict XV.
1915
- Einstein formulates his theory of special relativity, and becomes
world-known.
- German zeppelins are used to bomb cities in the UK.
- Typhoid Mary is isolated – for the second time – and put on lifetime
quarantine.
1916
- US sends troops and airplanes after Pancho Villa.
- The British Sopwith Camel fighter plane is introduced.
1917
- Tsar Nicholas II abdicates his throne in response to the February
Revolution. Come October, the Bolsheviks rise up, and a new order
takes hold. The Tsar and his family are executed.
- US declares war on Germany.
- Three peasant children claim to see the Virgin Mary in Fátima,
Portugal.
- Mata Hari is executed.
1918
- Russia (now the Soviet Union) and Germany come to a separate
peace.
- US Corporal Alvin York single-handedly kills 25 Germans and captures
132.
- The Great War comes to a close (mostly).
1919
- Theodore Roosevelt dies.
- Woodrow Wilson suffers two strokes, leaving him incapacitated for a
time. There is no 25th Amendment yet, and his wife acts as steward,
selecting issues for his attention during his convalescence.
- A wave of molasses released from a factory kills 21 and injures 150 in
Boston.
- Prohibition begins in the US.
- The League of Nations is founded.
- The Treaty of Versailles formally ends the Great War.
- British dirigible R-34 is the first airship to cross the Atlantic.
1920
- Hitler makes his first public political speech, in Austria.
- The US votes not to join the League of Nations.
- The Royal Canadian Mounted Patrol begins.
- A woman claiming to be Anastasia, daughter of Russia’s late Tsar,
attempts to commit suicide in Berlin.
- The first transatlantic two-way radio broadcast occurs.
- Women get the right to vote in the USA.
- Bubonic Plague in India
- First Commercial Radio Broadcast Aired
- League of Nations Established
- Prohibition Begins in the U.S.
- Pancho Villa Retires
1921
- Woodrow Wilson leaves office, and Warren Harding takes over.
- Hitler becomes Chairman of the Nazi Party.
- The US, which has not signed the Treaty of Versailles, establishes its
own peace with Germany.
- Extreme Inflation in Germany
- Lie Detector Invented
1922
- The Lincoln Memorial is dedicated.
- Harding’s administration is rocked by the Teapot Dome oil scandal.
- The Police Commissioner of London is killed by arsenic-laced chocolates.
- The BBC begins radio broadcast.
- Howard Carter finds the entrance to King Tut’s tomb.
- Ireland’s independence is formalized.
- Pope Benedict XV dies; succeeded by Pius XI.
- Insulin Discovered
- Michael Collins Killed in Ambush
- Mussolini Marches on Rome
- The first Reader’s Digest Published
1923
- Turkey is formally established, rising from the collapsed Ottoman
Empire.
- President Warren Harding dies of indeterminate causes. Vice
President Calvin Coolidge takes office.
- Charleston Dance Becomes Popular
- Hitler Jailed After Failed Coup
- Time Magazine Founded
1924
- J. Edgar Hoover becomes director of the Bureau of Investigation.
- First Olympic Winter Games
- Leopold and Loeb Murder a Neighbor Out of Boredom
- Lenin Dies
1925
- Hitler Publishes Mein Kampf
- The Scopes (Monkey) Trial
1926
- A.A. Milne Publishes Winnie-the-Pooh
- First Assassination Attempt on Mussolini
- Houdini Dies After Being Punched
- Robert Goddard Fires His First Liquid-Fuel Rocket
1927
- Babe Ruth Makes Home-Run Record
- The First Talking Movie, The Jazz Singer
- Lindbergh Flies Solo Across the Atlantic
- Sacco and Venzetti Executed
1928
- Bubble Gum Invented
- First Mickey Mouse Cartoon
- First Oxford English Dictionary Published
- Penicillin Discovered
- Sliced Bread Invented
1929
- Byrd and Bennett Fly Over South Pole
- Car Radio Invented
- First Academy Awards
- Stock Market Crashes
- St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

1920's Timeline

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