News and Events of 1920

World Events

World Statistics

population by decade

Nobel Peace Prize:
Léon Bourgeois (France)

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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Woodrow Wilson
Vice President: Thomas R. Marshall
Population: 106,461,000

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  • Women's suffrage goes into effect following Tennessee's ratification of the 19th amendment (Aug. 26).

  • Factory worker Nicola Sacco and fish peddler Bartolomeo Vanzetti are picked up by police (May 5) in connection with an April 15 murder and robbery in South Braintree, Mass.

  • A bomb explodes in the J.P. Morgan bank building in New York City, killing 30 and injuring 200 (Sept. 16).


Federal spending:   $6.36 billion
Consumer Price Index:   20
Unemployment:   5.2%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.02


World Series
Cleveland d. Brooklyn (5-2)
Stanley Cup
Ottawa d. Seattle (PCHA) (3-2)
Women: Suzanne Lenglen d. D. Chambers (6-3 6-0)
Men: Bill Tilden d. G. Patterson (2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Paul Jones
NCAA Football Champions
California (9-0-0)
1920 Summer Olympics


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Drama: Beyond the Horizon, Eugene O'Neill

Nobel Prize for Literature: Knut Hamsun (Norway)

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  • KDKA, a Pittsburgh Westinghouse station, transmits the first commercial radio broadcast.
  • Eugene O'Neill's first full-length play, Beyond the Horizon, is produced on Broadway and wins a Pulitzer Prize marking the beginning of modern American drama.
  • Rising popular interest in African-American literature sparks the beginning of the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Speakeasies replace saloons as the center of social activity.


Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Walther Nernst (Germany), for work in thermochemistry

Physics: Charles E. Guillaume (Switzerland), for discoveries of anomalies in nickel-steel alloys

Physiology or Medicine: August Krogh (Denmark), for discovery of regulation of capillaries' motor mechanism

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