In Temple, Texas, on January 10, 1920, the forerunner of Perry Office Plus, a little print shop known as American Printing, officially opened its doors. But it was a busy year in the rest of the world as well. Here are 10 other things that happened in 1920:
- The Treaty of Versailles took effect, officially ending World War I.
- The League of Nations came into being in Paris and the US Senate voted against joining.
- The Eighteenth Amendment prohibited the manufacture and sale of alcohol in the United States (and this prohibition lasted until 1933 when it was repealed by the 21st Amendment).
- The Nineteenth Amendment gave women the right to vote.
- Adolf Hitler presented his National Socialist Program in Munich to the German Workers’ Party, which renames itself as the Nazi Party.
- The National Football League was founded on August 20th.
- The U.S. Post Office had only been offering parcel deliveries for 7 years when, after various incidents, they stated children could not be sent by parcel post. [No really, read about it here.]
- On September 16, the “Wall Street bombing” occurs at 12:01 when a horse-drawn wagon explodes on Wall Street, New York, killing 38 and injuring 143. Today, historians and investigators believe it was the work of anarchists, who had been responsible for a series of attacks across America in 1919. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. until the Oklahoma City bombings in 1995.
- Slugger Babe Ruth was sold by the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees beginning the 84-year “Curse of the Bambino”.
- On August 6, Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel.
What an eventful year 1920 turned out to be! Check out this page for some more great images and events of 1920.