Roaring 20's

By Sarah McGavern and Gabby Hart


Beginning in 1923, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) required licensing fees to play their music on the radio. A final influence on the music industry came near the end of the decade when silent movies turned into "talkies," incorporating recorded sounds and creating a whole new venue for the distribution of popular music. Movie versions of Broadway musicals became extremely popular and introduced different types of music to audiences across the world. What we all know as the modern music industry began in the 1920s with all of these new technologies that were created and used to make and distribute music. The music world was wide open making way for the popularization of genres like Jazz, Blues, Broadway and Dance Bands.
Top 20 Greatest Songs 1920-1929 (According to Dave's Music Database)

January 10, 1920

The League of Nations is established with the ratification of the Treaty of Versailles. Therefore, ending the hostilities of the first World War. Nine days after, the US Senate voted against joining the League.
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October, 1920

The Russian Civil war ends. A Famine in Russia starts.
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May 5, 1921

The official launch of Chanel No. 5 was on May 5 (the fifth month and the fifth day).

July 1, 1921

In Shanghai, China The Communist Party of China is founded.

December 30, 1922

The USSR was formed.
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April 29, 1922

Starvation threatens victims of the overflow of flood waters in lower Louisiana. Nearly 3,500 square miles underwater and fifty thousand people affected many losing their homes and all possessions.
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October 16, 1923

Disney was created, leaving a major imprint on our childhood's.

Fun Fact: Mickey Mouse was originally a rabbit or also known as Oswald.

Sad Fact: Walt Disney didn't want any kids seeing he smoked and then died of lung cancer.

April 26, 1923

Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and Prince Albert, the Duke of York, are married at Westminster Abbey. Prince Albert will later become King George VI of England.

Fun fact: his name wasn't really George!!

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January 25- February 5, 1924

The very first Winter Olympics take place in Chamonix, France.

Norway won the unofficial team competition with 17 medals.

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April 6, 1924

The first around-the-world flight is completed after 175 days by two places from the United States Army.
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April 10, 1925

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is published.
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March 21, 1925

The Butler Act was passed, ensuring that evolution would not be taught Tennessee.
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November 11, 1926

Route 66, a major road Chicago to LA, was opened.
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October 31 , 1926

Death. Harry Houdini died of a ruptured appendix at 1:26 p.m. on October 31, 1926 in Room 401 at Detroit's Grace Hospital. He was 52.
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September 5, 1927

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit first appeared.
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October 4, 1927

Mount Rushmore began to be shaped and would be opened to the public in October 31, 1941.
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June 18, 1928

Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
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February 14, 1928

Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin in 1928 which changed the world of modern medicines by introducing the age of antibiotics.
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May 16, 1929

The first Academy Awards took place.

Best Directing- Frank Borage and Lewis Milestone

Best Picture- Wings

Cinematography- Sunrise

Actor- Emil Jannings

Actress- Janet Gaynor

Art Direction- The Dove and the Tempest

Engineering effects- Wings

Outstanding Picture- Wings

Unique and Artistic Picture- Sunrise

Writing- 7th Heaven and Underworld

Title Writing- Joseph Farnham

Special Award- The Circus and Jazz Singer

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February 11, 1929

Vatican City becomes a independent state within Rome after the Lateran pacts are signed.
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