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1920 Trivia, Facts & History


World Series Champions

Cleveland Indians

Stanley Cup Champs

Ottawa Senators (NHL)

U.S. Open Golf

Edward Ray

U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies)

William T. Tilden/Molla B. Mallory

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

Bill Tilden/Suzanne Lenglen

NCAA Football Champions


Kentucky Derby

Paul Jones

Sex Symbols

Theda Bara, Pola Negri, Mary Pickford, Olive Thomas

The Heartthrob(s)

Douglas Fairbanks, 'America's First Sweetheart' Mary Pickford

The Hotties and Fashion Icons

Hollywood's first 'super couple' was Douglas Fairbanks and Mary 'America's Sweetheart' Pickford, married 1920, and divorced in 1936. Both were huge stars in the silent film industry, but they were also significant players behind the scene. In 1919, along with Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith, founded United Artists, one of the first movie distribution companies.

They appeared in one film together - 1929's 'Taming of the Shrew.' The couple was also the first to officially handprint by Grauman's Chinese Theater (1927), the first in Hollywood's 'Walk of Fame'

"The Quotes"

"My candle burns at both ends
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends -
It gives a lovely light."
- Edna St. Vincent Millay (A Few Figs from Thistles)

1920 Pop Culture News

If you bought ONE share of Coca-Cola stock in 1920, it would be worth $6.7 million by 2010.

Snap-on Tools, with interchangable sockets, began being sold in Chicago.

Sears sold mail-order homes, between 1908 and 1940, as part of their Modern Homes program. They arrived as a kit, and included many modern conveniences, such as indoor plumbing. Some of these homes still exist today.

Jesse Langsdorf patented the all-weather and wrinkle-free necktie.

Johnson & Johnson employee Earle Dickson used tape and cotton gauze to make a bandage for his wife. He told his bosses about it, they made him a VP, and they named it the 'Band-Aid.' It worked out well for all concerned.

Joan of Arc was canonized by Pope Benedict XV.

Drano became available to start unclogging household drains and toilets.

February 14th - The League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago. Also that year, the Republican convention in Chicago endorsed woman's suffrage.

The word 'robot' was introduced to the public by Czech writer Karel Capek in his play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), He credited his brother, Josef Capek, with the word later.

The first primitive models of the TV were invented.

The Habits

Reading The Man of the Forest by Zane Grey
Reading The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence
Reading The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

1920's Most Popular Christmas Gifts

Raggedy Andy, wooden Pogo Sticks, Lionel Trains became the rage

Popular Movies:

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Golem, The Last of the Mohicans, The Mark of Zorro, Over the Hill to the Poorhouse, Power, Sex, Something to Think About, Way Down East, Within Our Gates

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Popular Music in 1920 ~ # 1 Hits of 1920