Historical Events for Year 1920

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Jan 1st - The Belorussian Communist Organisation is founded as a separate party.
Jan 2nd - Responding to global fear of communism caused by the Russian Revolution, US Attorney General Palmer authorizes raids across the country on unionists and socialists
Jan 3rd - Arthur Honegger's "Chant de Nigamon," premieres
Jan 4th - 1st Black baseball league, National Negro Baseball League, organizes
Jan 4th - Amsterdam actors decide to strike for retirement benefits
Jan 10th - Inauguration of the League of Nations held in Paris
Jan 10th - Mont Canadiens (14) & Tor St Patricks (7) score NHL record 21 goals
Jan 10th - Silver reaches record $1.37 an ounce
Jan 11th - French passenger ship Afrique sinks near La Rochelle; 553 die
Jan 12th - Annual drafting of baseball players from minor leagues to be done in inverse order of the final standings, agreed to
Jan 13th - NY Times editorial (falsely) reports rockets can never fly
Jan 16th - 1st assembly of the League of Nations (Paris)
Jan 16th - Georgia declares independence
Jan 16th - The 18th Amendment is ratified, prohibiting the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages (repealed 1933)
Jan 17th - Paul Deschanel elected president of France
Jan 17th - First day Prohibition comes into effect in the US as a result of the 18th amendment
Jan 19th - Alexandre Millerand forms French government
Jan 19th - US Senate votes against membership in League of Nations
Jan 20th - Dutch 2nd Chamber passes school laws
Jan 20th - The American Civil Liberties Union is founded.
Jan 21st - 14th Davis Cup: Australasia beats Great Britain in Sydney (4-1)
German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm IIGerman Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II Jan 23rd - Dutch refuse to turn over ex-Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany to allies
Jan 24th - 12th Australasian Championships: Algernon Kingscote beats Eric Pockley (6-4, 6-0, 6-3)
Jan 26th - Amadeo Modigliani's mistress jumps out of a window
Jan 26th - Former Ford Motor Co. executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer.
Jan 29th - Walt Disney starts work as an artist with KC Slide Co for $40 a week
Jan 31st - 1st Ukrainian daily newspaper in US (NYC) begins publication
Jan 31st - Joe Malone, Quebec Bulldogs, sets NHL record with 7 goals in a game
Jan 31st - Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, at Howard University, incorporates
Feb 1st - 1st commercial armored car introduced (St Paul Minn)
Feb 1st - Soccer team Quick Boys forms
Feb 1st - Royal Canadian Mounted Police forms as Royal Northwest Mounted Police merge with Dominion Police
Animator Walt DisneyAnimator Walt Disney Feb 2nd - Estonia declares its Independence from Russia (Dorpat Peace)
Feb 2nd - France occupies (German) Memel territory
Feb 2nd - Tarto/Dorpat peace treaty: USSR recognizes Estonian independence
Feb 4th - 1st flight from London to South Africa takes-off (lasts 1½ months)
Feb 6th - Saarland administrated by League of Nations
Feb 7th - Admiral Kolchak surrenders to Bolshevik troops and is executed
Feb 8th - Swiss men vote against women's suffrage
Feb 8th - Bolshevik troops capture Odessa, bringing an end to foreign involvement in the resistance against Bolshevik rule
Feb 9th - International treaty recognizes Norwegian sovereignty over Svalbard
Feb 9th - Joint Rules Com bans foreign substances & alterations to baseballs
Feb 10th - Baseball outlaws all pitches involving tampering with ball
Feb 10th - Jozef Haller de Hallenburg performs symbolic wedding of Poland to the sea, celebrating restitution of Polish access to open sea.
Feb 12th - -Apr 26] 14,000 Rotterdam/Amsterdam harbor workers strike
Feb 12th - NL votes 6-2 for 1 commissioner AL votes 6-2 to keep group commission
Feb 13th - National Negro Baseball League organizes
Feb 13th - League of Nations recognizes perpetual neutrality of Switzerland
Feb 13th - Switzerland rejoins the League of Nations
Feb 14th - League of Women Voters forms in Chicago
Feb 19th - Netherlands joins League of Nations
Feb 21st - Darius Milhaud & Jean Cocteau's ballet, premieres in Paris
Feb 22nd - 1st artificial rabbit used at a dog race track (Emeryville, California)
Feb 24th - NSDAP begins at Hofbrauhaus Munich
Feb 24th - Peace treaty gives Estonia independence
Feb 28th - Maurice Ravel's "Le tombeau de Couperin" premieres
Feb 29th - Trying to maintain independence from Germany and the USSR, Czechoslovakia adopts a constitution
Mar 1st - Austria becomes a kingdom again, under Adm Horthy
Mar 1st - Buriat ASSR, in RSFSR, constituted
Mar 1st - Nikolaus Horthy is elected Regent of Hungary, which has adopted a constitution on 28 February
Mar 2nd - Karel Capék's "Loupeznik" premieres in Prague
Mar 3rd - Montreal Canadiens scores NHL record 16 goals beating Quebec Bulldogs
Mar 4th - Last day of Julian civil calendar in Greece
Mar 8th - Denmark & Cuba join the League of Nations
Mar 10th - NHL's Quebec Bulldog Jim Malone scores 6 goals vs Ottawa Senators
Mar 10th - The Home Rule Act is passed by the British Parliament, dividing Ireland into two parts; it is rejected by southern counties, where the Ango-Irish war continues for a year
Mar 11th - Syria proclaims Emir Feisal king after the country has fought off French domination
Mar 13th - After the German government is forced to cut its army to 10,000 men, military groups plot an unsuccessful coup - a revolt ended by a general strike
Mar 16th - 1 Acre Park also known as Baby Park in the Bronx renamed Melrose Park
Mar 18th - Greece adopts the Gregorian calendar
Mar 19th - US Senate rejects Treaty of Versailles for 2nd time refusing to ratify League of Nations' covenant (maintaining isolation policy)
Mar 20th - 1st flight from London to South Africa lands (took 1½ months)
Mar 20th - US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld
Mar 20th - US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger
Mar 20th - 13th Australasian Championships: Pat O'Hara Wood beats Ronald Thomas (6-3, 4-6, 6-8, 6-1, 6-3)
Mar 23rd - Perserikatan Communist of India (PKI) political party forms
Mar 24th - 1st US coast guard air station established (Morehead City NC)
Mar 25th - Greek Independence Day
Mar 26th - 79th Grand National: Mr Jack Anthony aboard Troytown wins
Mar 27th - Hermann Muller becomes German chancellor (SPD)
Mar 28th - Anton Denkin's White Russian troops defeated by Bolsheviks/Soviets at Novorossijsk on the Black Sea (The British aid Denkin in his escape)
Mar 28th - Thomas Masaryk elected president of Czechoslovakia
Mar 28th - Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of 1920 affects the Great Lakes region and Deep South states.
Mar 31st - British parliament accepts Irish Home Rule law
Apr 1st - The (Anglican) Church in Wales disestablished
Apr 1st - Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Seattle (PCHA), 3 games to 2
Apr 4th - Arabs attack Jews in Jerusalem
Apr 6th - To force German evacuation of the Ruhr area, the French occupy Frankfurt, Darmstadt, and Hanau
Apr 8th - LONGA soccer team forms in Tilburg
Apr 13th - 1st woman US Civil Service Commissioner, Helen Hamilton appointed
Apr 15th - New Canadian small cent coin is released
Apr 17th - American Professional Football Association forms (NFL)
Apr 19th - 24th Boston Marathon won by Peter Trivoulidas of Greece in 2:29:31
Apr 20th - 7th modern Olympic games opens in Antwerp Belgium
Apr 20th - Balfour Declaration recognized, makes Palestine a British Mandate
Apr 20th - Big Show ends 2 year run on NBC radio
Apr 20th - Tornadoes kill 219 in Alabama & Mississippi
Apr 20th - Phillies mgr Gravvy Cravath puts himself in as pinch hitter, his 3- run homer beats NY Giants 3-0
Apr 21st - John Galsworthy's "Skin Game" premieres in London
Apr 23rd - Turkish Grand National Assembly 1st meets, in Ankara
Apr 23rd - The national council in Turkey denounces the government of Sultan Mehmed VI and announces a temporary constitution.
Apr 24th - British Mandate over Palestine goes into effect (lasts 28 years)
Apr 24th - Polish troops attack Ukraine
Apr 26th - Harlow Shapley & Heber D. Curtis hold "great debate" on nature of nebulae, dalaxies and size of universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C.
Apr 27th - Pogrom leader Petljoera declares Ukraine Independence
Apr 28th - Azerbaijan SSR joins USSR (1st time)
Apr 30th - The British Government ends military conscription
Baseball Legend Babe RuthBaseball Legend Babe Ruth May 1st - Babe Ruth's 1st Yankee HR & 50th of career, out of Polo Grounds
May 1st - Belgium-Luxembourg toll tunnel opens
May 1st - Longest major league baseball game by inninngs - Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings
May 2nd - 1st game of National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis
May 5th - German-Latvian peace treaty signed
May 5th - Polish troops occupy Kiev
May 5th - US Pres Wilson makes Communist Labor Party illegal
May 5th - Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are arrested on charges and robbery of a paymaster at a shoe factory in Massachusetts, US - the two men will executed
May 7th - USSR recognizes Georgia's independence
May 8th - 46th Kentucky Derby: Ted Rice aboard Paul Jones wins in 2:09
MLB Pitcher Walter JohnsonMLB Pitcher Walter Johnson May 14th - Wash Senator Walter Johnson wins his 300th game vs Detroit
May 14th - Giants inform Yankees that the lease allowing them to play in the Polo Grounds will not be renewed at end of 1920 season
May 15th - Soccer team ADO '20 forms in Heemskerk
May 16th - Joan of Arc (Jeanne D'arc) canonized a saint
May 16th - Spanish bullfighter Joselito is fatally gored fighting his last bull
May 17th - 1st De Havilland double-decker flight (London) lands in Schiphol
May 17th - 1st flight by Dutch airlines KLM (Koninklijke-Luchtvaart-Maatschappij)
May 18th - 46th Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o' War wins in 1:51.6
May 20th - Policemen raid the Cubs' bleachers & arrest 24 fans for gambling
May 20th - Mexican President Venustiano Carranza, under attack by American petroleum companies, faces an armed rebellion by right-wing Sonoro triumvirate after nationalizing subsoil rights
French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of ArcFrench Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc May 21st - Mexican President Venustiano Carranza is executed by army generals after fleeing an armed rebellion in Mexico
May 23rd - Pope Benedictus XV publishes encyclical Pacem Dei
May 27th - Tatar ASSR forms in Russian SFSR
May 31st - Indianapolis 500: Gaston Chevrolet wins in 5:38:31.901 (142.617 km/h)
Jun 1st - RKSV Volendam soccer team forms in Volendam
Jun 1st - Adolfo de la Huerta becomes president of Mexico.
Jun 2nd - Pulitzer prize awarded to Eugene O'Neill (Beyond the Horizon)
Jun 4th - Peace of Trianon between Allies & Hungary
Jun 5th - 1st rivet driven on Bank of Italy headquarters at 1 Powell
Jun 5th - A's VP Thomas Shibe denies charges that baseballs are livelier
Jun 6th - Baron Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel opens White Russian offensive against red Army
Jun 8th - Reds' Edd Roush falls asleep in center during long infield argument Heinie Groh goes to wake him, but ump ejects Roush for delay of game
Jun 11th - Republicans nominate Warren G Harding for president
Jun 12th - 52nd Belmont: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o' War wins in 2:14.2
Jun 12th - Farmer Labor Party organized (Chicago)
Jun 13th - Post Office says children could not be sent by parcel post
Jun 15th - De Zweef soccer team forms in Nijverdal
Jun 15th - Duluth lynchings in Minnesota.
Jun 17th - Dutch 2nd Chamber accept Anti-revolution law
Jun 20th - Yanks win protest of 1-0 White Sox win & game is replayed
Jun 24th - Chuvash Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR
Jun 25th - League of Nations places Internationall Court of Justice in Hague
Jul 1st - Wash Senator Walter Johnson no-hits Boston Red Sox, 1-0

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