Significant Events of the 1920s & 1930s

  • The Nineteenth Amendment

    The Nineteenth Amendment
    The Nineteenth Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920. It granted women the right to vote. It gave to women the same power and control that men had, although still held back by the values of the day.
  • Sacco-Vanzetti Trial

    Sacco-Vanzetti Trial
    The Sacco-Vanzetti Trial was a trial held for Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti for a attempted robbery and murder in Bridgewater, Massachusettes. They were sentenced to death even though there was no evidence of the crime. The outcome of the trial was the first time people realized corruption in American government and court systems against immigrants.
  • World Series

    World Series
    Baseball's World Series was broadcasted on the radio for the first time. The New York Giants beat the New York Yankees, five games to three. The radio affected America in the 1920s in a positive way because it gathered families together to listen to programs.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes The Great Gatsby
    F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby in April of 1925. Fitzegerald published this book when America was becoming even more powerful and booming, It created promises and an idea to the Amerca people that the country still keep improving.
  • Scopes Trial

    Scopes Trial
    School teacher, John Scopes, is arrested for breaking the law of teaching evolution. It opened the door to America's belief and teaching of the evolutionary theory.
  • Hoover Elected President

    Hoover Elected President
    Herbert Hoover is elected to presidency against Al Smith. His term saw the onset of the Great Depression, which began with the stock market crash just a few months after he took office.
  • Mickey Mouse Introduced

    Mickey Mouse Introduced
    Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" premieres, introducing the world to Mickey Mouse. Mickey Mouse is now a world-wide appreciated symbol and Disney learned how to make entertainment that could express interests of all and market to everyone.
  • Black Tuesday

    Black Tuesday
    October 29, 1929, "Black Tuesday," is known as the worst day in stock market history. Since everyone was selling and nearly no one was buying, stock prices collapsed. This caused The Great Depression.
  • Empire State Building Completed

    Empire State Building Completed
    The Empire State Building opened on May 1, 1931. It was the tallest building in the world: standing at 1,250 feet tall. This building became an icon of New York City, and a symbol of twentieth century man's attempts to achieve the impossible.
  • Prohibition Ends & 21st Amendment

    Prohibition Ends & 21st Amendment
    Prohibition was the period in United States history in which the manufacture, sale, and transportation of intoxicating liquors was illegal. This created many problems and criminals became very powerful. Many people in America were affected by this controversial piece of legislation.
  • Dust Bowl

    Dust Bowl
    The Dust Bowl was the name given to an area of the Great Plains. The huge dust storms that came through the area destroyed crops and made living there difficult. It severely weakened the United States agricultural economy in the Midwest.
  • Hoover Dam Completed

    Hoover Dam Completed
    Intended to prevent flooding as well as provide irrigation and hydroelectric power to dry regions of states like California and Arizona, The Hoover Dam is 726 feet high and 1,244 feet long and was one of the largest man-made structures in the world at the time of its construction. Without Hoover Dam, San Diego, Los Angeles, Salt Lake, Phoenix, Denver, and etc would not be anywhere near the size they are today.