What Happened in 1920 (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 317

  • Aug 20 Red Sox-Indians game postponed in Boston to allow Indian players to attend Ray Chapman's funeral in Cleveland
  • Aug 21 3rd PGA Championship: Jock Hutchison at Flossmoor CC Flossmoor Ill
  • Aug 23 M R Rinehart & A Hopwood's "Bat" premieres in NYC
  • Aug 24 With British approval, Greece is encouraged to take offensive action against Turkish nationalists in Asia Minor
  • Aug 25 1st US woman to win in Olympics (Ethelda Bleibtrey)
  • Aug 25 Russia suffers a final decisive defeat in the Battle of Warsaw against Poland
  • Aug 26 Percy Fender (Surrey v Northants) scores 100 in 35 mins
  • Aug 31 Belgium starts paying old age pensions
  • Aug 31 Detroit radio station is 1st to broadcast a news program on the air
  • Sep 1 France creates Greater Lebanon
  • Sep 1 New town hall of Rotterdam opens
  • Sep 2 W Somerset Maugham's "East of Suez" premieres in London
  • Sep 4 Last day of Julian civil calendar (in parts of Bulgaria)
  • Sep 5 Iron monument unveiled at Stone churches, Flanders

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 6 Jack Dempsey KOs Billy Miske in 3 for heavyweight boxing title 1st radio broadcast of a prizefight

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • Sep 6 40th U.S. Men's National Championship: Bill Tilden beats Bill Johnston (6-1, 1-6, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3)
  • Sep 8 US Air Mail service begins (NYC to SF)
  • Sep 12 7th Olympic games close in Antwerp Belgium
  • Sep 16 Bomb explosion in Wall Street, New York, kills 30
  • Sep 17 Cards set a record of 12 consecutive hits in 4th (10) & 5th (2) innings
  • Sep 17 National Football League organizes in Canton, Ohio 12 teams pay $100 each to join American Prof Football Association
  • Sep 20 Foundation of the Spanish Legion.
  • Sep 22 Chicago grand jury convenes to investigate charges that 8 White Sox players conspired to fix the 1919 World Series
  • Sep 23 Alexander Millerand elected president of France
  • Sep 23 Despite Japanese protests, China withdraws recognition of Tsarists representatives in China
  • Sep 25 Vern Bradburn of Winnipeg Victorias kicks 9 singles in a game
  • Sep 25 34th U.S. Women's National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory beats Marion Zinderstein (6-3, 6-1)
  • Sep 28 8 White Sox indicted, threw 1919 World Series (Black Sox scandal)
  • Sep 28 Dirk Fock appointed as governor-general of Dutch East Indies

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 29 Babe Ruth sets then home run season record at 54

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Sep 29 Belgium annexes Eupen/Malmö dy
  • Sep 29 Joseph Horne Company in Pittsburgh sells radios for $10
  • Sep 30 Time Square Theater opens at 217 W 42nd St NYC
  • Oct 1 Dutch law provides for an 8 hour working day
  • Oct 1 Sir Percy Cox landed in Basra to assume his responsibilities as high commissioner in Iraq.
  • Oct 2 Only tripleheader of century (Reds win 13-4, 7-3 then Pirates win 6-0)
  • Oct 2 The Chinese sign an agreement with the Russo-Asiatic Bank, largely French and Russian controlled, which will oversee the Chinese Eastern Railway, but give local supervision to China
  • Oct 3 Browns 1st baseman George Sisler gets his record 257th hit of season
  • Oct 3 NFL (then American Pro Football Association) plays 1st games
  • Oct 6 1st brothers oppose each other in World Series, Cleve's Wheeler Johnston pinch-hits as brother Jimmy plays 3rd base for Bkln
  • Oct 9 1st World Series game in Cleveland, Indians win 2-1
  • Oct 10 1st Grandslam in WS (Smith) & 1st unassisted triple play (Wambsganss)
  • Oct 10 Italy annexes South Tirol (Alto Adige)
  • Oct 10 Phoenix Cardinals (then in Chicago) play 1st NFL game, a 0-0 tie
  • Oct 10 Indian Bill Wambsganns makes 1st unassisted World Series triple play
  • Oct 10 Indian's Elmer Smith hits baseball's 1st World Series grand slam
  • Oct 12 Cleve Indians beat Bkln Dodgers, 5 games to 2 in 17th World Series
  • Oct 12 Construction begins on Holland Tunnel connecting NJ & NYC
  • Oct 12 Man O'War's last race & win
  • Oct 12 Soccer team Quick '20 forms
  • Oct 13 World Series celebration in Wade Park brings out 50,000+ Clevelanders
  • Oct 14 Part of Petsamo province ceded by Soviet Union to Finland
  • Oct 17 Chicago Bears (as Decatur Staleys) play 1st NFL game, win 7-0
  • Oct 20 "1st Year" with Frank Craven premieres in NYC
  • Oct 23 Chicago grand jury indicts Abe Attell, Hal Chase, & Bill Burns as go-betweens in Black Sox World Series scandal
  • Oct 23 African demonstrators shot in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Oct 27 League of Nations moves headquarters in Geneva
  • Oct 27 Westinghouse radio station in East Pittsburgh, KDKA begins
  • Oct 29 Ed Barrow appointed GM of NY Yankees
  • Oct 30 The Communist Party of Australia is founded in Sydney.
  • Oct 31 Romania annexes Bessarabia
  • Nov 1 Eugene O'Neill's "Emperor Jones" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 1 American Fishing Schooner Esperanto defeats the Canadian Fishing Schooner Delawana in the first International Fishing Schooner Championship Races in Halifax.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 2 Warren G. Harding elected 29th US President

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding
  • Nov 3 "Emperor Jones" opens at Provincetown Theater
  • Nov 8 Actress Edna Lewis Thomas debuts at Putnam Theatre Brooklyn
  • Nov 8 Baseball meeting to depose Ban Johnson is set for Nov 12th

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 10 George Bernard Shaw's "Heartbreak House" premieres in NYC

  • Nov 11 Great Britain's monument to her war dead, the Cenotaph in Whitehall, designed by Edwin Lutyens, unveiled
  • Nov 11 The burials of unknown soldiers take place simultaneously in Westminster Abbey, London, at the Arc de Triomphe, Paris.
  • Nov 12 Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis elected 1st baseball commissioner
  • Nov 12 The Dalmatian coast between Italy and Yugoslavia is ceded to Yugoslavia
  • Nov 13 Hudson River frozen at Albany
  • Nov 14 American Pro Football League's Chic Tiger Joe Guyon punts 95 yards
  • Nov 14 The Russian Bolshevik army occupies Sebastopol, ending anticommunist attempts to regain the government of Russia
  • Nov 15 Ernst Toller's "Massen und Menschen" premieres in Nuremberg
  • Nov 15 Free City of Danzig forms under League of Nations protection
  • Nov 15 League of Nations holds first meeting in Geneva
  • Nov 16 Australia's Qantas airways founded in Winton, Queensland as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited
  • Nov 16 1st postage stamp meter is set in Stamford Conn
  • Nov 18 Apollo Theater (Academy, Bryant) opens at 221 W 42nd St NYC
  • Nov 20 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to US president W Wilson
  • Nov 21 Karel Capék's "Vec Makropulos" premieres in Prague

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 21 Mussolini's squad begins terror, 11 die in Bologna, Italy

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Nov 25 1st Thanksgiving Parade (Philadelphia)
  • Nov 25 WTAW of College Station, Tx, broadcast 1st football play-by-play
  • Nov 27 "The Mask of Zorro" directed by Fred Niblo and starring Douglas Fairbanks is shown in New York - 1st American superhero film
  • Nov 28 Kilmichael Ambush, Battle of the Irish War of Independence.
  • Dec 3 Turkey & Armenia agree to peace treaty
  • Dec 4 1st Pro football playoff game Buffalo-7, Canton-3 at Polo Grounds
  • Dec 4 8th CFL Grey Cup: U of Toronto defeats Toronto Argonauts, 16-3
  • Dec 5 Pro football playoff game Akron & Buffalo 0-0 tie, title undecided
  • Dec 5 Dimitrios Rallis forms a government in Greece.
  • Dec 7 NSW make 802 against South Australia, then Mailey takes 8-81
  • Dec 7 USPD-KPD parties merge into Vereinigte Communist Party of Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 10 August Krogh is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the regulation mechanisms of capillaries in skeletal muscle

Zoophysiologist and Nobel Laureate August Krogh
Zoophysiologist and Nobel Laureate
August Krogh
  • Dec 12 Maurice Ravels ballet "La Valse" premieres in Paris
  • Dec 13 Francis G. Pease's interferometer at Mount Wilson Observatory is the first to measure the diameter of a star (Betelgeuse)
  • Dec 13 League of nations establishes Intl Court of Justice in The Hague
  • Dec 13 Netherland breaks contact with kingdom of Serbia, Croatia & Slavia

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 644

  • Mar 28 Lord Butterfield [John Butterfield], British medical researcher, clinician and administrator
  • Mar 29 John Belk, American head of Belk, Inc. (d. 2007)
  • Mar 31 Marga [Sara Voeten-] Minco, Dutch writer (Bitter Herb)
  • Mar 31 Deborah_Cavendish,_Duchess_of_Devonshire, English Duchess, now Dowager Duchess
  • Apr 1 Joan Frances Will, actress

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 1 Toshiro Mifune, Japanese writer and actor (Shogun), born in Tsingtao, China (d. 1997)

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
  • Apr 2 Jack Webb, actor (Joe Friday-Dragnet), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Apr 3 Stan Freeman, Waterbury Conn, pianist (Melody Tour)
  • Apr 3 John Demjanjuk, Ukrainian-born American auto worker, alleged Nazi and convicted war criminal (under appeal at death), (d. 2012)
  • Apr 4 Eric Rohmer, Nancy France, actor (6 in Paris, Collector, Perceval)
  • Apr 5 Arthur Hailey, Luton England, novelist (Hotel, Airport)
  • Apr 5 Barend Biesheuvel, Dutch premier (1971-73)
  • Apr 5 Rafique Zakaria, Indian author (d. 2005)
  • Apr 6 Bernard Carter, British painter/etcher

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 7 Ravi Shankar, British musician (the Pandit), born in Varanasi, India (d. 2012)

Musician Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar
  • Apr 7 Terence Armstrong, British polar geographer (d. 1996)
  • Apr 8 Carmen McRae (Clark), US jazz singer/pianist (Dream of Life)
  • Apr 8 Erik Pausin, Austria, figure skating pairs (Olympics-silver-1936)
  • Apr 9 Alexander Moulton, English bicycle designer (folding bicycle)
  • Apr 9 Art Van Damme, Norway Mich, jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz)
  • Apr 9 David Walker, Professor of Law (Glasgow University)
  • Apr 9 F Don Miller, Racine Wisc, Boxing coach (Olympic-1956)
  • Apr 11 Marlen Haushofer, writer
  • Apr 11 Emilio Colombo, Potenza, Italy, Prime Minister (1970-2), (d. 2013)
  • Apr 12 H R Hewitt, CEO (Johnson Matthey)
  • Apr 12 Robert Fizdale, pianist (Misia), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 13 Liam Cosgrave, leader (Fine Gael Party)
  • Apr 13 Roberto Calvi, Italian banker (d. 1982)
  • Apr 13 Claude Cheysson, French politician
  • Apr 13 John LaPorta, American musician (d. 2004)
  • Apr 13 Ken Nordine, Cherokee Iowa, American voice-over and recording artist (World Jazz)
  • Apr 14 Eduardo Maturana, composer
  • Apr 14 John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court Justice
  • Apr 15 Richard von Weizsacker, German politician and 1st president of reunited Germany (1990-94), born in Stuttgart
  • Apr 15 Thomas Szasz, Budapest, Hungary, psychiatrist (The Myth of Mental Illness, The Manufacture of Madness), (d. 2012)
  • Apr 16 Dermot O'Callaghan Grubb, prison governor
  • Apr 16 John William Farr, bank robber (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 16 Kees Scherer, Dutch photographer (World Press Photo)
  • Apr 17 Bengt N Anderberg, Swedish poet/writer (Kain)
  • Apr 17 Joan "Maudie" Warburton, painter
  • Apr 18 Walter Clegg, British politician (C), born in Bury, Lancashire (d. 1994)
  • Apr 19 Frank Fontaine, comedian (Crazy Guggenheim), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Apr 20 John Paul Stevens, Illinois, 103rd Supreme Court Justice (1975- )
  • Apr 20 Ronald Speirs, WWII Veteran (d. 2007)
  • Apr 21 Bruno Maderna, Venice Italy, conductor/composer, Hyperion) [or Mar 21]
  • Apr 21 Christopher Dark, NY, actor, Suddenly, Tenderfoot)
  • Apr 21 Edmund Adamkiewicz, German footballer (d. 1991)
  • Apr 22 Hal March, actor/TV host ($64,000 Question, Outrage), born in San Francisco, California
  • Apr 22 Jos de Haes, Flemish philological/poet (Misery of the Word)
  • Apr 23 Eric Yarrow, CEO (Clydesdale Bank)
  • Apr 23 Louis Barron, composer
  • Apr 25 Jean Carmet, actor (Cache Cash, Miss Mona, Night Magic)
  • Apr 25 Marre, reformer of the bar
  • Apr 26 Juan C Lampe, Aruba, pianist/composer
  • Apr 27 Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor (d. 1956)
  • Apr 27 Edwin Morgan, Scottish poet
  • Apr 27 Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (d. 1997)
  • Apr 28 Nan Merriman, US/Neth singer (Arturo Toscanini NBC Orch)
  • Apr 29 Edward Blishen, writer teacher/broadcaster
  • Apr 29 Harold Samuel Shapero, Lynn Mass, composer (9 Minute Opera)
  • Apr 30 Duncan Hamilton, driver
  • Apr 30 Leen 't Hart, Dutch organist/composer
  • May 2 Jacob Gilboa, composer
  • May 2 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor (d. 2004)
  • May 2 Otto Buchsbaum, Austrian writer and ecological activist (d. 2000)
  • May 5 John Hidalgo Moya, architect/designer (Skylon)
  • May 6 John Henderson, Lord-Lieutenant (Berkshire England)
  • May 8 Maurice Cranston, political scientist
  • May 8 Sloan Wilson, Norwalk, Conn, novelist (Man in the Gray Flannal
  • May 8 Tom of Finland [Touko Laaksonen], Finnish fetish artist, born in Helsinki (d. 1991)
  • May 9 Richard Adams, author (Day Gone By)
  • May 9 William Tenn, American author
  • May 10 Basil Kelly, Lord Justice of Appeals (Northern Ireland)
  • May 10 Bert Weedon, English guitar player ("Play in a Day" books), born in London (d. 2012)
  • May 11 Beryl Bryden, jazz singer
  • May 11 Denver Pyle, Bethune Colo, actor (Dukes of Hazzard, Tammy, Doris Day)
  • May 13 Ratu Kasmisere Mara, PM of Fiji (1960-70, 70- )/pres (1994- )
  • May 13 Gareth Morris, British flautist (d. 2007)
  • May 15 Hugh Henry Home Popham, aviator/writer/poet
  • May 16 Martine Carol, [Maryse Mopurer], Saint-Mande France, actress (Nana)
  • May 16 Dave Philley, Texas, Major League Baseball switch-hitter (record 9 straight pinch hits), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • May 17 Harriet Van Horne, columnist/panelist (Leave it to Girls), born in Syracuse, New York
  • May 17 Lydia Wideman, Finland, 10K cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1952)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 18 John Paul II [Karol Wojtyla], 264th Roman Catholic Pope (1978-2005), born in Wadowice, Poland (d. 2005)

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 18 Lucia Mannucci, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • May 19 Tina Strobos, Netherlands, physician and resistor to Nazi occupation, (d. 2012)
  • May 20 Betty Driver, actress (Penny Paradise)
  • May 20 John Cruickshank, banker
  • May 20 William Simpson, British trade union leader
  • May 21 Anthony Steel, actor (Malta Story, Wooden Horse), born in London, England
  • May 22 Hugh Armstrong Clegg, industrial relations academic
  • May 22 Thomas Gold, Austrian astrophysicist (proposed steady-state theory of universe)
  • May 23 Helen O'Connell, Lima Ohio, singer (Green Eyes, Anapola)
  • May 23 Sid Melton, American actor (Alf-Green Acres, Charlie-Danny Thomas), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 26 Jack Cheetham, cricketer (South African batsman, Test capt early 50's)
  • May 26 Peggy Lee, American singer (d. 2002)
  • May 27 Michael Webster, CEO (DRG)
  • May 27 William Crawshay, Lord-Lt of Gwent
  • May 29 Robin Haydon, British diplomat
  • May 30 George London, bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1985)

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