On This Day

Events in History in 1920 (Part 2)

  • Dec 13 Francis G. Pease's interferometer at Mount Wilson Observatory is the first to measure the diameter of a star - the Betelgeuse
  • Dec 13 League of Nations establishes the International Court of Justice in The Hague
  • Dec 13 Netherland breaks contact with Kingdom of Serbia, Croatia and Slavia
  • Dec 16 8.5 earthquake rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000
  • Dec 17 British Empire receives League of Nations mandate over Nauru
  • Dec 17 Japan receives League of Nations mandate over Pacific islands
  • Dec 17 South Africa receives League of Nations mandate over SW Africa
  • Dec 18 1st US postage stamps printed without the words United States or US

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 19 King Constantine I is restored as King of the Hellenes after the death of his son Alexander I of Greece and a plebiscite.

King of Greece Constantine I
King of Greece
Constantine I
  • Dec 23 Government of Ireland Act / Home Rule Act passed partitioning Ireland

Music concertMusic Concert

Dec 24 Enrico Caruso gives his last public performance (NYC)

Operatic Tenor Enrico Caruso
Operatic Tenor
Enrico Caruso
  • Dec 29 The Netherlands and Venezuela recover diplomatic relations
  • Dec 29 Yugoslav government bans communist party