What Happened in 1920

Significant Events

  • Jan 16 1st assembly of the League of Nations is held in Paris
  • Mar 10 Home Rule Act passed by the British Parliament, dividing Ireland into two parts; it is rejected by the southern counties, where the Ango-Irish war continues for a year
  • Mar 19 US Senate rejects Treaty of Versailles for 2nd time refusing to ratify League of Nations' covenant (maintaining isolation policy)
  • Mar 31 British parliament accepts Irish Home Rule law
  • Apr 20 Balfour Declaration recognized, makes Palestine a British Mandate
  • Apr 26 Harlow Shapley and Heber D. Curtis hold "great debate" on the nature of nebulae, galaxies and size of the universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
  • May 16 Joan of Arc (Jeanne D'arc) canonized a saint
  • Aug 18 US ratifies the 19th Amendment to the constitution bringing in women's suffrage, when Tennessee votes to ratify
  • Dec 23 Government of Ireland Act / Home Rule Act passed partitioning Ireland
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Did You Know?

Francis G. Pease's interferometer at Mount Wilson Observatory is the first to measure the diameter of a star - the Betelgeuse

On December 13, 1920


World Leaders in 1920

Famous People in 1920

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • Mar 2 Actress Mary Pickford (27) divorces actor Owen Moore (33) after 9 years of marriage
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Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Paul Adam, French writer (L'enfant d'Austerlitz), dies at 57
  • Jan 4 Benito Pérez Galdós, Spanish novelist (b. 1843)
  • Jan 7 Edmund Barton, 1st Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1849)
  • Jan 14 John Francis Dodge, American automobile pioneer (b. 1864)
  • Jan 16 Reginald De Koven, composer, dies at 60
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