The Roaring Twenties

  • First Hair Dryer went on the Market

    First Hair Dryer went on the Market
    The first hair dryers were put out on the market. There were many problems that came along with the new and improved hair dyer, but there wasn't much done to fix it. It frequently overheated and was large and heavy but many people still invested in one.
  • Prohibition

    Prohibition was the outlawing of alcohol in America in the early twenties. The 18th amendment was put into effect after 36 states approved the banning of alcohol in the United States. After 14 years and the making of thousands of speakeasies the 21st amendment was ratified, repealing the banning of Alcohol sales in the US.
  • Sacco and Vanzetti

    Sacco and Vanzetti
    Sacco and Vanzetti were two infamous immigrants from Italy. Upon arrival they made headlines for the murder of two men while doing an armed robbery in Massachusetts. The trial went through many appeals and much controversy on whether the two men were guilty or not. After 7 years of appeals the two were executed.
  • 19th Amendment is Passed

    19th Amendment is Passed
    The 19th amendment states "the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." This amendment was passed after the National Woman’s Party convinced citizens to vote against anti-suffrage Senators. After the elections most of the Congress was pro-suffrage and it was passed. After Tennessee became the 36th state legislature to ratify the 19th Amendment, it was successfully adopted into the constitution.
  • Invention of the Band-Aid

    Invention of the Band-Aid
    Earle Dickson invented the band-aid for his wife because she had repeatedly cut her fingers while preparing foods in the kitchen. His wife, Josephine, had been using a piece of gauze along with some tape. But soon Earle realized that it didn't stay on so he then produced the band-aid when he took a small piece of gauze and placed it in the center of the tape. After his boss saw his invention, he decided to produce band-aids.
  • Teapot Dome Scandal

    Teapot Dome Scandal
    In 1920, President Harding ordered the control of the oil reserves that President Wilson had set aside, at Teapot Dome, to go from the Navy Dpt. to the Interior Dpt. Albert Fall, the secretary of the Interior, leased the oil fields out. Rumors began when it was noticed that Fall had been spending large amounts of money. Edward Doheny admitted loaning Fall $100,000. The senate then forces Fall to resign from office due to indicating fraud and corruption. He was also charged for accepting bribes.
  • First Miss America Pageant

    First Miss America Pageant
    The first Miss America Pageant was held in Atlantic City. It was first thought of by a newspaper writer who thought there should be a popularity (beauty) contest in different cities. The winners of that contest won a trip to Atlantic City and then competed against the other winners at the "Fall Frolic." Their scored were based on 50% audience applause and 50% by the judge’s choice. Margaret Gorman was the very first Miss America.
  • Vitamin E was Discovered

    Vitamin E was Discovered
    In 1922, two scientists working for the University of California discovered that Vitamin E was found in leafy green vegetables. Herbert Evans and Katherine Bishop then took their discovery and tested it on pregnant rats. It was discovered that pregnant rats need Vitamin E to have a normal pregnancy.
  • Waterskiing is Born

    Waterskiing is Born
    In Lake City, Minnesota two brothers Ben and Ralph Samuelson came up with the conclusion that if someone can ski on snow, they can ski on water. They created a "water ski" and tried it out. After several days of trials, Ben discovered that if you lean back you are able to successfully come above the water and ski.
  • Warren G Harding Dies

    Warren G Harding Dies
    While on a "Voyage of Understanding," Warren came down with what doctors thought to be pneumonia. One night while visiting San Francisco in the Presidential suite, Harding dropped dead mid conversation with his wife. The reason of his death is a heart attack.
  • Scopes Trial

    Scopes Trial
    John Scopes was arrested in Tennesse for teaching evolution because the state legislature didn't allow the teaching of evolution in schools. Clarence Darrow tried to defend John when the American Civil Liberties Union decided to take in the case. When the trial began there were 100 journalists and it was the 1st case to be broadcasted to the nation. After 3 boys testified that John did teach evolution and he was found guilty and received a $100 fine.
  • Gertrude Ederle Swims English Channel

    Gertrude Ederle Swims English Channel
    Gertrude Ederle grew up in New York and became a competition swimmer in her young teens. On August 6, 1926 she became the first woman to successfully cross the English Channel by swimming the whole way.
  • Charles Lindbergh

    Charles Lindbergh
    Charles Lindbergh was the first aviator to fly, non-stop, across the Atlantic Ocean. He flew from New York to Paris by himself in his self-designed aircraft, "the Spirit of St. Louis". By doing this he gained world fame instantly.
  • The Jazz Singer

    The Jazz Singer
    The Jazz Singer was the first motion picture put out by Warner Bros picture. It was about a young boy who ran away from home to start a career in entertainment. He ends up falling back into his heritage and goes back home.
  • Penicillin First Discovered

    Penicillin First Discovered
    Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin accidentally. He recalled that he found it in his basement. He also found that it included an antibacterial agent that could be used to kill certain types of disease causing bacteria in the body.