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POP Culture: 1920

ICONS: Radio Broadcasting, Charlie Chaplin, Charles Lindbergh
Radio Charlie Chaplin Charles Lindbergh

  • On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified prohibiting any U.S. citizen from being denied the right to vote based on sex.
  • KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA, becomes the first radio station to offer regular broadcasts on November 2, 1920.
  • On March 4, 1921, Congress approved the burial of an unidentified American soldier from World War I in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Lila Bell and DeWitt Wallace begin publishing Reader's Digest in 1922.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes The Great Gatsby in 1925.
  • Tennessee school teacher John T. Scopes' trial for teaching Darwin's "Theory of Evolution" begins July 1925.
  • A. A. Milne publishes his first collection of stories about the character Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926.
  • Charles Lindbergh lands "Spirit of St. Louis" in Paris on May 21, 1927, successfully completing the first trans-Atlantic flight.
  • Audiences see the first motion picture with sound The Jazz Singer in 1927.
  • Ford Motor Company celebrates as the 15 millionth Model T rolls off its Highland Park, MI, assembly line on May 26, 1927.
  • William Faulkner publishes The Sound and the Fury in 1929.

The 1920 Census


10 Largest Urban Places

U.S. Resident Population: 106,021,537 Rank Place Population
Population per square mile of land area: 29.9 1 New York City, NY 5,620,048
Percent increase of population from 1910 to 1920: 15.0 2 Chicago, IL 2,701,705
Official Enumeration Date: January 1 3 Philadelphia, PA 1,823,779
Number of States: 48 4 Detroit, MI 993,078
Cost: $25,117,000 5 Cleveland, OH 796,841
Cost per Capita (cents): 23.7 6 St. Louis, MO 772,897
Total Pages in Published Reports: 14,550 7 Boston, MA 748,060
Number of Enumerators: 87,234 8 Baltimore, MD 733,826
Census Bureau Director: Samuel Lyle Rogers 9 Pittsburgh, PA 588,343
Number of Questions Asked: 34 10 Los Angeles, CA 576,673

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