On This Day

What Happened in 1919

Important Events

  • Jan 5 German Workers' Party forms, precursor to the National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazi)
  • Mar 23 8th Congress of the Russian Communist Party re-establishes a five-member Politburo which becomes the center of political power in the Soviet Union. Original members Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Stalin, Lev Kamenev and Nikolai Krestinsky
  • May 19 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk lands at Samsun on the Black Sea coast, beginning the Turkish War of Independence
  • Jun 28 Treaty of Versailles, ending WWI and establishing the League of Nations, is signed in France
  • Aug 18 Anti-Cigarette League of America forms in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 7 KLM, Royal Dutch Airlines, established (oldest existing airline)
  • Oct 28 Volstead Act passed by US Congress, establishing prohibition, despite President Woodrow Wilson's veto
  • Nov 28 US-born Lady Nancy Astor elected as the 1st female member of British House of Commons

More Historical Events

1919 in Music

  • Oct 26 Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, his last notable work, premieres in Queen's Hall London

1919 in Sport

  • Sep 8 Babe Ruth hits his 26th HR off Jack Quinn in NY, breaking Buck Freeman's 1899 HR mark of 25
  • Oct 9 Reds beat White Sox, 5 games to 3 in 16th World Series. This series is known as black sox scandal as 8 White Sox throw series


World Leaders in 1919

Famous People in 1919

Would You Believe?

Leslie Irvin of US makes first premeditated free-fall parachute jump

On April 19, 1919

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