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POP Culture: 1910

ICONS: HMS Titanic, Jim Thorpe, World War I
HMS Titanic Jim Thorpe World War I soldier

  • W. D. Boyce incorporates the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910.
  • Fire kills 146 workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, on March 25, 1911.
  • Arizona becomes the 48th state and last of the contiguous states admitted to the Union on February 14, 1912.
  • HMS Titanic strikes an iceberg on April 14, 1912.
  • Jim Thorpe, and American Indian from Oklahoma's Fox and Sac Nation, wins gold medals in the pentathalon and decathalon during the 1912 Olympic Games.
  • Willa Cather publishes O Pioneers! in 1913.
  • The Panama Railway steamship "SS Ancon," made the first official transit of the Panama Canal on August 15, 1914.
  • President Woodrow Wilson signs the Jones-Shafroth Act on March 2, 1917, establishing the right of U.S. citizenship to residents of Puerto Rico.
  • On April 6, 1917, the U.S. Congress declares war on Germany, marking America's entry into World War I.
  • The Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified on January 16, 1919, prohibiting the "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors" in the United States. "Prohibition" would be repealed in 1933.
  • Eight members of the Chicago White Sox are eventually banned for life from baseball after convictions for intentionally losing games, allowing the Cincinnati Reds to win the 1919 World Series.

The 1910 Census


10 Largest Urban Places

U.S. Resident Population: 92,228,496 Rank Place Population
Population per square mile of land area: 26.0 1 New York City, NY 4,766,883
Percent increase of population from 1900 to 1910: 21.0 2 Chicago, IL 2,185,283
Official Enumeration Date: April 15 3 Philadelphia, PA 1,549,008
Number of States: 46 4 St. Louis, MO 687,029
Cost: $15,968,000 5 Boston, MA 670,585
Cost per Capita (cents): 17.3 6 Cleveland, OH 560,663
Total Pages in Published Reports: 11,456 7 Baltimore, MD 558,485
Number of Enumerators: 70,286 (plus 335 supervisors) 8 Pittsburgh, PA 533,905
Census Bureau Director: Edward Dana Durand 9 Detroit, MI 465,766
Number of Questions Asked: 32 10 Buffalo, NY 423,715

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census History Staff | Last Revised: December 05, 2022