Year 1920 in History

Events in History

  • 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 State Representative Harry T. Burn (24) casts deciding vote in Tennessee's and thus America's ratification of the 19th Amendment to the constitution allowing women's suffrage, after reading a letter from his mother
  • Nov 14 The Russian Bolshevik army occupies Sebastopol, ending anti-communist attempts to regain the government of Russia
  • Dec 13 League of Nations establishes the International Court of Justice in The Hague
  • Dec 16 8.5 earthquake rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000
  • Dec 23 Government of Ireland Act / Home Rule Act passed partitioning Ireland
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Historical Marriages

  • Apr 3 Novelist and short story writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (23) weds novelist Zelda Sayre (19) at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York
  • Apr 6 Physicist Erwin Schrödinger (32) weds Annemarie Bertel
  • Apr 21 Future UK Prime Minister Harold Macmillan (26) weds daughter of the 9th Duke of Devonshire Dorothy Evelyn Cavendish (19) at St. Margaret's, Westminster

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