Major Events from 1900-2000

By shawco
  • President McKinley shot

    President McKinley was shot twice in Buffalo New York by Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition. His death led to the secret service permanently protecting the president. He died of his wounds on September 14, 1901 after appearing o be recovering for a few days.
  • Earthquake!!!

    A massive earthquake struck, one that could be felt from Los Angeles, was centered in San Francisco. The earthquake and the fire it spawned destroyed at least 50% of the city before being stopped. The San Francisco Mint escaped damage from the earthquake and became a refuge center.
  • No Stocks

    A financial panic began as the stock market began to fall. The market reached a low point on November 15, 1907 when the average was 39% lower than on March 13.
  • Stamps

    Postage stamp coils were issued for the first time by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
  • In God We Trust

    Congress required “In God We Trust” be placed on all coins starting in 1909.
  • Opium

    Congress passed the Opium Enforcement Act, prohibiting the use of opium for non-medicinal purposes. Medicinal opiates remained unregulated until 1914.
  • Federal Reserve

    President Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act into law, creating a new central bank.
  • Great Depression

    A massive stock market crash that signaled the beginning of the Great Depression. At the time, the crash was considered to be a cause of the Great Depression, but it is now considered to be just a symptom.
  • Kennedy Assassinated

    President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • Robert Kennedy Assassinated

    Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was shot and killed by Sirhan Sirhan in Los Angeles, California. Kennedy’s death led to United States Secret Service protection for presidential candidates, beginning the next day.
  • Gold Price

    President Nixon declared that the official U.S. price of gold would be raised to $38 per ounce, devaluing the dollar.
  • John W. Snow

    Secretary John W. Snow established the Executive Office for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes.