Charleston dance 1920s

The 1920s

  • President Wilson is Elected

    President Wilson is Elected
    Woodrow Wilson is elected as the 28th President of the United States with Vice President Thomas R. Marshall. Wilson is a democratic president. He is said to have concentrated more on foreign policies than on domestic policies. He served two terms as president, from 1913 to 1921. It was during his term that the U.S. joined the Great War.
  • 18th Amendment is Ratified

    18th Amendment is Ratified
    The 18th Amendment is the Prohibition Amendment. It makes the production and transportation of alcohol illegal (with the exception of medical and religious purposes). It is the only amendment that has been repealed (with the 21st amendment) due to it's widespread failure.
  • The introduction of JAZZ

    The introduction of JAZZ
    Musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Bessie Smith changed music forever by bring Jazz to life in the United States. Many of these musicians originated from New Orleans, which now has the Birth Place of Jazz on it's list of claims to fame.
  • Bombing of Wall Street

    Bombing of Wall Street
    100lbs of dynamite was set off in a wagon at about noon time one September 16th 1920 on Wall Street near the Morgan building. The incident claimed 38 lives and great amounts of property damage. The bomb was pinned on terrorists, but there has been agrument as to who in particular, there is a possibility it was related to Sacco and Vanzetti. One thing is for certain, this bombing raised the fear of immigrants, communists, and anarchists.
  • Harding elected as President

    Harding elected as President
    Warren G Harding is elected as a Republican President, with Vice President Calvin Coolidge. During his presidency, Harding signed peace treaties with Germany, Austria and Hungary which formally ended the Great War for the United States. His term was riddled with scandal within his cabinet members, including the infamous Teapot Dome Scandal. Harding died during his term as president of a heart attack.
  • Burial of the Unknown Soldier

    Burial of the Unknown Soldier
    This date marks the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The tomb of the unknown soldier has significance beyond the unnamed man lying there. It serves as a national monument for all who have died while in service but went without proper recognition. It continues to be visited in Arlington Cemetary to this day.
  • Reader's Digest is first Published

    Reader's Digest is first Published
    The Reader's Digest is an example of how the United States was becoming more connected. Advertisments for new products were seen in it's pages. This shows how America was becoming a consumer driven country.
  • Introduction of the Charleston

    Introduction of the Charleston
    The Charleston was introduced to the public in the Ziegfield Follies in the musical "Running Wild". This dance quickly catches on and becomes a popular move for years to come.
  • Coolidge becomes President by default

    Coolidge becomes President by default
    President Harding dies of a heart attack, making Calvin Coolidge " silent cal", the new President. His first swearing in ceremony was hardly conventional, it took place at 2am on August 3rd while in Vermont vistiting his family. Coolidge was sworn in by his father who happened to be a notary public, on his return to Washington he was re-sworn in by the Justice of the Supreme Court of D.C.
  • Cavin Coolidge Elected

    Cavin Coolidge Elected
    Coolidge is elected on his own as a Republican president. His Vice President is Charles G. Dawes. He strongly believed in lassiez-faire government and allowing businesses to operate with minimal government influence. He coined the phrase, "The man who builds a factory builds a temple, that the man who works there worships there, and to each is due, not scorn and blame, but reverence and praise."
  • Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel Comes to Fame

    Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel Comes to Fame
    Gabrille (better known as Coco) Chanel was a very prominent fashion designer of the Twenties. Her clothing exemplified the fashion of the times, she had clothes that showed skin and designed classic flapper pieces. Credit is given to Chanel for bringing the Little Black Dress it's popularity, still prominent even today.
  • Hitler publishes his Autobiography

    Hitler publishes his Autobiography
    Adolf Hitler published his autobiography called "Mein Kampf" (My Struggle). This book was influnetial to the rise of Hitler and his growing popularity in Germany in the 1920s, and although this doesn't directly correlate with the United States at the time, it will later influence the United States involvement with WWII.
  • Lindbergh Claims His Fame

    Lindbergh Claims His Fame
    Charles Lindbergh becomes and international celebrity when he crosses the Atlantic Ocearn solo for the first time. The flight took 33 hours and his voyage took place in a plane call The Spirt of Saint Louis. This earns him the nicknae "Lucky Lindy", but his luck runs out when his young son is kiddnapped and murdered for ransome money.
  • Herbert Hoover was elected as President

    Herbert Hoover was elected as President
    Hoover is eleceted as the 31st President as a Republican. In his inauguration speech Hoover said, "Given the chance to go forward with the policies of the last eight years, we shall soon with the help of God, be in sight of the day when poverty will be banished from this nation", however it seems as through Hoover was far from achieving his lofty goal. The nation stays in the Great Depression for the duration of Hoover's presidency. Hoover did not believe in laissez-faire government.
  • The Great Depression & Black Tuesday

    The Great Depression & Black Tuesday
    Black Tuesday marks the day of the stock market crash and also sets a start date for the Great Depression. The Great Depression hit hard not only at home in the United States, but world wide. Unemployment was at 25% in the U.S. and got as high as 33% in other countries. This drastic downfall in the economy lasted until the start of WWII.
  • Sinclair Lewis Wins Nobel Prize of Literature

    Sinclair Lewis Wins Nobel Prize of Literature
    Sinclair Lewis wins the Nobel Prize of Literature for the United States. It was his first year being nominated he was pick for "his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humour, new types of characters" (according to He wrote seven pieces of literature during the 1920s.