On May 18, 1896 the US supreme court passed a law that made the segragation of blacks and whites legal. Although it was legal there was one requirement. The blacks and whites had to have equal bathrooms. Even though the law stated that they had to have egaul bathrooms they weren't. The blacks bathrooms were a lot dirtier.
Chinesse in the United States
The US Supreme Court passed a law stating that any Chinese child born in the US to Chinesse parents is a US citizen. The child cannot be deported because of the Chinese Exclusion Act
Steel Industry Booms
In the early 1900's the steel industry began rapidly growing. More and more factories were built and more companies were using steel as a building material. In 1901 the steel industry was giong to become the first billion dollar corporation.
Miners Go On Strike
On May 12th of 1902, the United Mine Workers stage a strike against anthracite coal mine operators. During this time strikes among the working community became more popular. There were always strikes happening throughout the country.
On Decemer 17th of 1903, the Wright Brothers made their first successful flight in a powered aircraft in Kitty Hawk, NC. Their monumental flight lasted only 12 seconds.
On April 17th, 1905 the Supreme Court passes a New York law stating that no banker can work more than 60 hours a week or 10 hours a day. Around this time many new labor laws were being put in place throughout the country.
On April 18th, 1906 there was a huge earthquake that happened in San Francisco. The earthquake kills 400 people and casused $500 million worth of damage.
Anti Black Riot
On September 22nd, 1906 there was an anti-black riot in Atlanta Georgia. This riot resulted in 21 people dying. 18 of these people were African Americans.
The Great White Fleet
On December 16th, 1907 sixteen battleships set sail. These battleships set out to sail around the world. Events like this were becoming more popular during this trime period.
On August 14 and 15th during anti-balck riots two thousand african americans were forced out of Springfirld Illinois. Two people were lynched and six others were killed.
On December 26th, 1908 black boxer Jack Johnson knocked out Canadian Tommy Burns to becom the heavyweight world champion. Promoters searched for someone who could defeat him and eventually found Jess Willard who defeated him in 1915.
Excursion to the North Pole
On April 7th, 1909 explorers Robert Peary and Mathew Henson reportedly reached the North Pole. Henson who was an African American build the sledges, trained the dog teams, and spoke the language of the Eskimos.
Henry Ford's Model T
On November 1st, 1909 Henry Ford released one of his best selling cars, the Model T. This vehicle was origionally priced at $850. The priced dropped to $240 by 1924.
The Mexican Revolution
On November 8th, 1910 The Mexican Revolution began. This event began when Francisco Madera lead an uprising against President Profirio Diaz.
On March 25th, 1911 Jewish and Italian immigrant women were killed in a horrible fire at New York's Triangle Shirtwaist Company.
The Titanic Sinks
On its first and only voyage, the Titanic sinks north of Newfoundland. About 1,500 of the 2,200 people on the ship died.
On January 11th, 1912, 25,000 textile workers went on strike against the American Woolen Co. of Lawrence Mass.
In the summer of 1913 Henry Ford introduced the assembly line. This allowed him to produce a thousand Model T's. This also instututed a $5 work day.
The Federal Reserve System
On December 23rd, 1913 The Federal Reserve System was established. This provided central control over the nation's currency and credit.
The Panama Canal
On August 15th, 1914 the Panama Canal official opened.
The Federal Trade Commission
On September 26th of 1914 the Federal Trade Commission was established. The Federal Trade Commission prevented monopolies from forming. The Federal Trade Commission also prevented businesses from performing unfair business practices.
On May 7th, 1915 the British ship, the Lusitania, was torpedoed and sank off the Irish coast. 1,198 passengers drown. 114 of the passengers were american.
On July 22nd of 1916 a bomb went off at a pro-war parade in San Francisco. The attack killed ten people.
8 Hour Work Day
On September 13th, 1916 the Adamson Eight-Hour Act was put in place to prevent a nationwide railroad strike. This act reduced the work day for the railroad industry to 8 hours.