Modern Music and American History Timeline

  • Stravinsky

    Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor, later of French (from 1934) and American (from 1945) citizenship. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century and a pivotal figure in modernist music.
  • Copland

    Aaron Copland was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later a conductor of his own and other American music. Copland was referred to by his peers and critics as "the Dean of American Composers".
  • Theodore Roosevelt Became President

    Theodore Roosevelt Became President
    was an American politician, statesman, soldier, conservationist, naturalist, historian, and writer who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909.
  • Sousa's Beef with Recorded Music

    Sousa's Beef with Recorded Music
    Sousa was concerned that recording would cause “social decline,” he writes, as people stopped making music together. “As a composer of military music, Sousa was concerned that soldiers would be led into battle by machines rather than marching bands.”
  • Arizona Becomes a State

    Arizona Becomes a State
    The U.S. acquired the region under the terms of the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the 1853 Gadsden Purchase. Arizona became the forty-eighth state in 1912.
  • First Automobile Assembly Line

    First Automobile Assembly Line
    Henry Ford installs the first moving assembly line for the mass production of an entire automobile. His innovation reduced the time it took to build a car from more than 12 hours to one hour and 33 minutes.
  • Ginastera

    Alberto Evaristo Ginastera was an Argentinian composer of classical music. He is considered to be one of the most important 20th-century classical composers of the Americas.
  • The Great Depression

    The Great Depression
    It was a period of worldwide economic depression between 1929 and 1939. The Depression became evident after a major fall in stock prices in the United States. The economic contagion began around September 1929 and led to the Wall Street stock market crash of October 24.
  • The Car Radio

    The Car Radio
    The first car radio was introduced in the 1920's, but in 1930 GM made it popular. The first commercialized car radio was called "The Motorola." This was the first time music could be considered "portable."
  • The Rise of Hitler and the Nazis

    The Rise of Hitler and the Nazis
    Hitler and the Nazis ran on a platform consisting of anti-communism, antisemitism, and extreme nationalism. Nazi party leaders vociferously criticized the ruling democratic government and the Treaty of Versailles, while proselytizing their desire to turn Germany into a world power.
  • Amelia Earhart Disappears Over the Pacific

    Amelia Earhart Disappears Over the Pacific
    the Lockheed aircraft carrying American aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan is reported missing near Howland Island in the Pacific.
  • The Radio

    The Radio
    The most popular way to listen to music, the news, or even hear presidential debates live during the 40's was through the radio. It quickly became the best way provide entertainment.