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CELEBRATING! People danced until they dropped,
and one fell to the floor, dead! Of course, it wasn't Dance Planet. The
radio became popular, and people tuned in everyday. The T.V. was not invented
yet, so the radio was the next best thing. When they listened, people liked
to listen to jazz, especially the king of jazz, Louis Armstrong. But never
fear, people weren't couch potatoes, sitting next to the radio. Movies
were also a big hit. This decade marked the start of the sound movies.
So much happened in the 1920's, this is only a fraction of it all.
Fads of the 1920's
Since the 1920s was a time of celebration, there were many fads. People loved to dance, especially the Charleston, Fox-trot, and the shimmy. Dance marathons were something everyone went to every weekend. The longest dance record ever recorded was a record of 3 weeks of dancing. Another fad of the 1920's was the radio. People "tuned" in every day to listen to music, as jazz, sports and live events. A favorite for listening to jazz was "the king of jazz", Louie Armstrong. The latest fashion fad was the flapper, a fad for women. The movie was also the latest thing. The start of 3-D movies was in the 1920's. The average American had a lot to look forward to, in the 1920's, thatís for sure!
An invention, which soon after became a popular fad, is the radio. Because of no invention of the TV, the radio was their TV. And, it really did do pretty much everything the TV does for us. If you tuned in at the right time, you could catch comedy shows, news, live events, jazz, variety shows, drama, opera, you name it, the radio had it! Discovered in the 1920's were penicllin and discovery of insulin for diabetic.This decade had some major breakthroughs in medicine and science.
Did You Know...
Here's some of the little things you probably didn't know. The peanut butter and jelly sandwich became famous in 1922. The #1 book on the bestseller list was a Manners book by Emily Post. People said it was a good book because it was not snobby. Calvin Coolidge, a president of a few words, was so famous for saying so little that a White House dinner guest made a bet that she could get the president to say more than two words. She told the president of her wager. His reply, "You lose."
Beyond Belief: A True Story
In November of 1923, Lord Carnavon has just opened Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb, but was a superstition about the Pharaoh's curse. The superstition said that if someone opened and "disturbed" a mummified pharaoh, a curse would be placed on the finder of the coffin. Apparently, six months after Tutankhamen's tomb was opened, Lord Carnavon died of an insect bite while working in the tomb.
The 1920ís was the decade of entertainment. Rin-Tin-Tin, the movie dog, used to be a starving German Shepherd dog during the Great War. He became most famous dog ever to star in the movies in 1923. The first radio broadcast ever came out in November of 1920. The first Miss America contest was held on September 8, 1921. Metro Goldwyn Mayer film making studio was founded. A new Pooh Bear story by A.A. Milne was a big hit for little children. Mickey Mouse became everyone's favorite cartoon character in Steamboat Willie.
The Supreme Court struck down a 1918 minimum-wage law for District of Columbia woman because with the vote, women were considered equal to men. This ruling canceled all state minimum wage laws. Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming becomes the first woman elected governor of a state. Bertha Knight Landes is the first woman elected governor of a sizable city, Seattle, Washington.
The Stock Market Crash of 1929
On October 24, 1929, later to be known as Black Thursday, the stock market began its downhill drop. After the first hour, the prices had gone down at an amazing speed. Some people thought that after that day, the prices would rise again just as it had done before. But it didnít. Prices kept dropping, and on October 29, 1929, Black Tuesday, more than 16 million shares were sold, but by the end of the day, most stocks ended below their previous value, and some stocks became totally worthless. Because of that, some people became homeless and penniless, all because of the Stock Market Crash. By November 13, the prices had hit rock bottom. The stock AT&T had gone from $304, to the price of $197. America had celebrated for eight years, but now, everything was wasted in just a few weeks, by the Stock Market. It was a sad ending to this glorious decade!
Timeline of the 1920's
1920 - November 2: First Radio broadcast; President Warren Harding elected; women get their first vote
1921 - September 8: First Miss America pageant held in Atlantic City; November 11: Unknown soldier of World War I buried
1922 - November 26: Archaeologist Howard Carter finds tomb of Tutankhamen near Luxor, Egypt
1923 - August 2: President Harding dies; August 3: Vice President Calvin Coolidge is sworn into office as president
1924 - February 3: Former President Woodrow Wilson dies; November 4: Calvin Coolidge is elected President
1925 - October 2: Scottish inventor John Baird invents the first form of a television
1927 - First talking movie, The Jazz Singer released; May 20: Spirit of St. Louis and pilot Charles Lindbergh land in Paris
1928 - September 19: First Mickey Mouse talking film, Steamboat Willie, released by Walt Disney; November 6: Herbert Hoover elected President
1929 - October 24: Start of the Stock Market Crash
The 1920's was, for 8 years and 3/4 of 1929, a very
happy decade. The last 1/4 was the Stock Market Crash that could have started
the Great Depression that lasted straight through the 1930' s, not ending
until mid-1940. A war started before 1920, and a war broke out in 1929.
Although it was called the Great Depression, people killed others, killed
themselves, became homeless, and became penniless. Actually, the eight
years of happiness might have felt like a small vacation to a person who
lived during the time.