The Roaring Twenties

  • The 18th Amendment

    The 18th Amendment was passed on this date, illegalizing the production, sale, and transportation of alcohol. Of course this did not stop those of which whom wanted to drink. Many Americans believed that it interfered with their personal freedom.
  • Volstead Act

    The Volstead Act passed on this date, one year after prohibition was, is about the same thing. This is National Prohibition, and backs up the 18th amendment.
  • The 19th Amendment

    The 19th amendment was passed on this date. This gives women the right to vote. It 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."
  • First Radio Brodcast

    The first radio broadcast was made by KDKA and it was about the Harding-Cox election.The date was chosen so the results could be known before the newspapers printed them. Plus the power of the radio would be known to the nation.
  • King Tut's Tomb Discovered

    Discovered by Howard Carter, the tomb was supposedly cursed. Six months later, his partner Lord Carnarvon while working in the tomb is bit by a mosquito. He later dies of an infection.
  • Teapot Dome Scandal

    Albert B. Fall, the Secretary of the Interior, signs leases with large oil companys. The oil reserves belong to the Navy and are located in Teapot Dome, Wyoming. On this date, Secretary Fall resigns.
  • J. Edgar Hoover to BOI

    On this date Hoover is appointed to the Aassistant Director of the Bureau of Investigation. He was only twenty nine at the time. By the end of the year he was the Acting Director.
  • The Butler Act

    The Butler Act made it illegal to teach evolution in school, and to deny the Biblical origin of man.
  • Scopes Monkey Trial

    Scopes Trial ends on this date. But not before the line between science and religion are tested. John Scopes was guilty of teaching evolution in school, defended by Clarence Darrow. The Prosecutor was William Jennings Bryan, who died five days later.
  • Henry Ford and the Model T

    Ford had produced 15 million Model T cars in 1927, since his first one rolled of the line in 1908. He wanted to see everyone behind the wheel of one.
  • Sacco and Vanzetti

    On this date Ferdinando Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed for armed robbery and murder. Later evidence shows that one was probably guilty and the other was not. But at the time Italian immigrants, and anarchist, which they were, were highly feared.
  • St. Valentines Day Massacre

    St. Valentines Day Massacre
    On Valentines Day in 1929 two of Al Capones men, dressed as uniformed Police officers, entered a garage where men of another crime cindicate were located. They were lined up against the wall, back to to the shooters, and executed. First with a Thompson .45 Machine gun and then with shotgun to ensure death.
  • Stock Market Crash

    In the Twenties the Stock Market seemed to be a sure thing. It had quadrupled in value since the beginning of the decade. People borrowed money to invest in the market. Whether it was the cause or an effect of the Great Depression, is still debated.