1920 Newspapers

The post-war era of the 1920s, nicknamed “The Roaring Twenties” was a time of huge contrasts in American society. World War I had ended and brought victory to the allies, and with it came prosperity for the aristocracy and wealthy classes. Women achieved the vote in August 1920, giving them more independence in a landmark event. Read about everything that was happening in an original newspaper from 1920.

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1920 Newspapers

1920 Newspaper Headlines Summary

Our collection of 1920 newspaper headlines feature evidence of some of history’s most notable events. Did you know that in 1920 women were granted the right to receive degrees from Oxford University? The League of Nations also held its first meeting during this year in London.

After her husband President Woodrow Wilson suffered a blood clot and became paralysed and unresponsive, First Lady Edith Wilson took over and became de-facto president of the United States, running the Oval Office for 17 months. Women were also granted the right to vote, and the Ku Klux Klan terrorised the nation with their racially motivated attacks. Our collection features 1920s newspaper articles from some of America’s best and most trusted newspapers.

January 17, 1920
Marks the first day of Prohibition coming into effect in the US due to the 18th amendment.

January 23, 1920
The Dutch refuse to turn over German Emperor and King of Prussia, Wilhelm II to allies.

January 29, 1920
Animator, Walt Disney starts work with artist KC Slide Co, beginning his career in the film industry.

May 5, 1920
Bartolomeo Vanzetii and Nicola Sacco are arrested on robbery charges in Massachusetts and set to be executed.

July 1, 1920
George Duncan shoots a 303 at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club during the 55th British Golf Open.

August 16,1920
Yankees pitcher, Carl Mays, hits Ray Chapman of Indians on the head. Chapman dies the following day. It’s the only major league fatality in history.

August 18, 1920
Women are awarded the right to vote.

September 6, 1920
Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Jack Dempsey, Kos Billy Miske in 1st radio broadcast for the heavyweight boxing title prize fight.

December 10, 1920
Zoo Physiologist and Nobel Laureate, August Krogh is awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the regulation mechanisms of capillaries in skeletal muscle.

December 19, 1920
After the death of his son Alexander I of Greece and a plebiscite, King Constantine I is restored as King of the Hellenes.

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