What Happened in 1919

Significant Events

  • Jan 5 National Socialist Party (Nazi) forms as German Farmers' Party
  • 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 Astor elected first female member of British House of Commons
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World Leaders in 1919

Famous People in 1919

Would You Believe?

Two million gallons of molasses flood Boston Massachusetts in the "Great Molasses Flood" when a storage tank burst, drowning 21 and injuring 150

On January 15, 1919

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • Feb 14 Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein (39) divorces Mileva Maric after 16 years of marriage
  • Mar 1 Actress Gloria Swanson (19) divorces actor Wallace Beery (31) after 2 years of marriage
  • Apr 2 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (23) divorces Maxine Gates after 2 years of marriage
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