1920 in the United States
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|1920 in the United States|
|Years:||1917 1918 1919 – 1920 – 1921 1922 1923|
48 stars (1912–59)
Events from the year 1920 in the United States.
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Births
- 4 Deaths
- 5 References
- 6 External links
- President: Woodrow Wilson (Democratic)
- Vice President: Thomas R. Marshall (Democratic)
- Chief Justice: Edward Douglass White
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Frederick H. Gillett (R-Massachusetts)
- Congress: 66th
- Governor of Alabama: Thomas Kilby (Democratic)
- Governor of Arizona: Thomas Edward Campbell (Republican)
- Governor of Arkansas: Charles Hillman Brough (Democratic)
- Governor of California: William Stephens (Republican)
- Governor of Colorado: Oliver Henry Shoup (Republican)
- Governor of Connecticut: Marcus H. Holcomb (Republican)
- Governor of Delaware: John G. Townsend, Jr. (Republican)
- Governor of Florida: Sidney Johnston Catts (Prohibition)
- Governor of Georgia: Hugh M. Dorsey (Democratic)
- Governor of Idaho: D. W. Davis (Republican)
- Governor of Illinois: Frank O. Lowden (Republican)
- Governor of Indiana: James P. Goodrich (Republican)
- Governor of Iowa: William L. Harding (Republican)
- Governor of Kansas: Henry J. Allen (Republican)
- Governor of Kentucky: Edwin P. Morrow (Republican)
- Governor of Louisiana: Ruffin Golson Pleasant (Democratic) (until May 11), John M. Parker (Democratic) (starting May 11)
- Governor of Maine: Carl E. Milliken (Republican)
- Governor of Maryland: Emerson C. Harrington (Democratic) (until January 14), Albert C. Ritchie (Democratic) (starting January 14)
- Governor of Massachusetts: Calvin Coolidge (Republican)
- Governor of Michigan: Albert Sleeper (Republican)
- Governor of Minnesota: J. A. A. Burnquist (Republican)
- Governor of Mississippi: Theodore G. Bilbo (Democratic) (until January 18), Lee M. Russell (Democratic) (starting January 18)
- Governor of Missouri: Frederick D. Gardner (Democratic)
- Governor of Montana: Sam V. Stewart (Democratic)
- Governor of Nebraska: Samuel R. McKelvie (Republican)
- Governor of Nevada: Emmet D. Boyle (Democratic)
- Governor of New Hampshire: John H. Bartlett (Republican)
- Governor of New Jersey:
- Governor of New Mexico: Octaviano Ambrosio Larrazolo (Republican)
- Governor of New York: Al Smith (Democratic) (until December 31), vacant (starting December 31)
- Governor of North Carolina: Thomas Walter Bickett (Democratic)
- Governor of North Dakota: Lynn Frazier (Republican)
- Governor of Ohio: James M. Cox (Democratic)
- Governor of Oklahoma: James B. A. Robertson (Democratic)
- Governor of Oregon: Ben W. Olcott (Republican)
- Governor of Pennsylvania: William Cameron Sproul (Republican)
- Governor of Rhode Island: R. Livingston Beeckman (Republican)
- Governor of South Carolina: Robert Archer Cooper (Democratic)
- Governor of South Dakota: Peter Norbeck (Republican)
- Governor of Tennessee: A. H. Roberts (Democratic)
- Governor of Texas: William P. Hobby (Democratic)
- Governor of Utah: Simon Bamberger (Democratic)
- Governor of Vermont: Percival W. Clement (Republican)
- Governor of Virginia: Westmoreland Davis (Democratic)
- Governor of Washington: Louis Folwell Hart (Republican)
- Governor of West Virginia: John J. Cornwell (Republican)
- Governor of Wisconsin: Emanuel L. Philipp (Republican)
- Governor of Wyoming: Robert D. Carey (Republican)
- January 2 – The second of the Palmer Raids takes place with another 4,000 suspected communists and anarchists arrested and held without trial. These raids take place in several U.S. cities.
- January 6 – Babe Ruth's December 26 trade to the New York Yankees is made public. (See 1919 in the United States.)
- January 9 – Thousands of onlookers watch as "The Human Fly" George Polley, climbs the New York Woolworth Building. He reached the 30th floor when a policeman arrested him for climbing without a permit
- January 13 – The New York Times ridicules the American rocket scientist Robert H. Goddard. The newspaper printed a correction to this editorial on July 17, 1969 while the Apollo 11 crew headed to the Moon.
- January 16 – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, is founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C.
- January 16 – Prohibition in the United States begins with the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution coming into effect.
- January 19 – The United States Senate votes against joining the League of Nations.
- January 30 – The oldest surviving pro wrestling match on film happens, with Joe Stecher defeating Earl Caddock.
- February 14 – The League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago.
- February 18- The League of Scrolls is brought to the museum of natural history in Orlando, Florida
- March 1 – The United States Railroad Administration returns control of American railroads to its constituent railroad companies.
- March 10 – The Baylor Business Men's Club changes its name to the Baylor University Chamber of Commerce. It has operated under this name since the change.
- March 19 – United States Congress refuses to ratify Treaty of Versailles.
- March 28 – The 1920 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak hits the Great Lakes region and Deep South states.
- June 13 – The U.S. Post Office rules that children may not be sent via parcel post.
- July 29 – The United States Bureau of Reclamation begins construction of the Link River Dam as part of the Klamath Reclamation Project.
- August 20 – The first commercial radio station in the United States, 8MK (WWJ), begins operations in Detroit, Michigan.
- August 26 – 19th Amendment to US Constitution is passed, guaranteeing women's suffrage.
- September 16 – The Wall Street bombing: a bomb in a horse wagon explodes in front of the J. P. Morgan building in New York City – 38 dead, 400 injured
- September 17 – The National Football League is founded.
- September 29 – First domestic radio sets come to stores in USA – Westinghouse radio costs $10.
- November 2 – Warren G. Harding defeats James M. Cox in the U.S. presidential election, the first national U.S. election in which women have the right to vote.
- November 2 – In the United States, KDKA (AM) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (owned by Westinghouse) starts broadcasting as a commercial radio station. The first broadcast was the results of the presidential election.
- December 25 – Foundation of the Rosicrucian Fellowship's Spiritual Healing Temple "The Ecclesia" at Mount Ecclesia, Oceanside, California.
- Because there are so many mixed-race persons and because so many Americans with some black ancestry appear white, the United States Census stops counting mixed-race peoples and the one-drop rule becomes the national legal standard.
- Progressive Era (1890s–1920s)
- Lochner era (c. 1897–c. 1937)
- U.S. occupation of Haiti (1915–1934)
- First Red Scare (1917–1920)
- Prohibition (1919–1933)
- Depression of 1920–21 (1920–1921)
- Roaring Twenties (1920–1929)
- January 6 – Early Wynn, baseball player (died 1999)
- January 15 – John O'Connor, American Catholic cardinal
- January 20
- January 30 – Delbert Mann, American television and film director
- February 11 – Billy Halop, American actor (died 1976)
- February 12 – William Roscoe Estep, American Baptist historian (died 2000)
- February 18 – Bill Cullen, American game show host (died 1990)
- February 18 – Eddie Slovik, U.S. Army private (died 1945)
- February 26 – Tony Randall, American actor (died 2004)
- February 29 – Howard Nemerov, American poet (died 1991)
- March 14 – Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist (died 2001)
- March 15 – Lawrence Sanders, American novelist (died 1998)
- March 15 – E. Donnall Thomas, American physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
- March 20 – Pamela Harriman, English-born U.S. Ambassador to France (died 1997)
- April 2 – Jack Webb, American actor, director, and producer (died 1982)
- April 5 – Arthur Hailey, American writer (died 2004)
- April 6 – Edmond H. Fischer, Swiss American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
- April 29 – Harold Shapero, American composer
- May 7 – James B. Pearson, United States Senator from Kansas from 1962 till 1978. (died 2009)
- May 8 – Saul Bass, American graphic designer (died 1996)
- May 11 – Denver Pyle, American actor (died 1997)
- May 23 – Helen O'Connell, American singer (died 1993)
- May 26 – Peggy Lee, American singer (died 2002)
- May 28 – Gene Levitt, American television writer, producer, and director (died 1999)
- May 30 – Franklin Schaffner, American film and television director (died 1989)
- June 2 – Tex Schramm, American football executive (died 2003)
- June 12 – Dave Berg, American cartoonist (died 2002)
- June 12 – Jim Siedow, American actor (died 2003)
- June 25 – Ozan Marsh, American pianist
- June 29 – Ray Harryhausen, American animator
- July 10 – Owen Chamberlain, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
- July 11 – Yul Brynner, Russian-born actor (died 1985)
- July 24 – Bella Abzug, American politician (died 1998)
- August 8 – Jimmy Witherspoon, American singer (died 1997)
- August 16 – Charles Bukowski, American writer (died 1994)
- August 18 – Bob Kennedy, baseball player and manager (died 2005)
- August 18 – Shelley Winters, American actress (died 2006)
- August 22 – Ray Bradbury, American writer (died 2012)
- August 29 – Charlie Parker, American saxophonist and composer (died 1955)
- September 14 – Lawrence Klein, American economist, Nobel Prize laureate
- September 18 – Jack Warden, American actor (died 2006)
- September 22 – William H. Riker, American political scientist (died 1993)
- September 23 – Mickey Rooney, American film actor (died 2014)
- September 27 – Jayne Meadows, American actress
- October 1 – Walter Matthau, American actor (died 2000)
- October 8 – Frank Herbert, American author (died 1986)
- October 15 – Mario Puzo, American author (died 1999)
- October 20 – Janet Jagan, President of Guyana (1997–1999), abdominal aortic aneurysm (died 2009)
- October 22 – Timothy Leary, American psychologist and author (died 1996)
- October 25 – Guy M. Townsend, American Air Force brigadier general and test pilot (died 2011)
- November 30 – Virginia Mayo, American actress (died 2005)
- February 2 – Field Eugene Kindley, American World War I aviator (born 1896)
- February 3 – Frank Brown, Governor of Maryland (born 1846)
- February 15 – Joseph Burton Sumner, founder of Sumner, Mississippi (born 1837)
- February 20
- February 27 – William Sherman Jennings, Governor of Florida (born 1863)
- March 1
- March 4 – Roswell P. Bishop, U.S. Congressman from Michigan (born 1843)
- March 14 - Henry W. Blair, United States Senator from New Hampshire from 1879 till 1891. (born 1834)
- March 26 – William Chester Minor, American surgeon (born 1834)
- March 31 – Edwin Warfield, Governor of Maryland (born 1848)
- April 8
- April 21 – Maria L. Sanford, American educator (born 1836)
- May 11 – William Dean Howells, American writer (born 1837)
- May 16 – Levi P. Morton, Vice President of the United States (born 1824)
- May 21 – Eleanor H. Porter, American novelist (born 1868)
- June 5 – Julia A. Moore, American poet (born 1847)
- June 18 – Jewett W. Adams, Governor of Nevada (born 1835)
- July 2 – William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer (born 1846)
- July 22 – William Kissam Vanderbilt, American heir (born 1849)
- August 1 – Frank Hanly, Governor of Indiana (born 1863)
- August 2 – Ormer Locklear, American pilot (born 1891)
- August 17 – Ray Chapman, baseball player (born 1891)
- August 26 – James Wilson, Scottish-born American politician (born 1835)
- September 10 – Olive Thomas, American actress (born 1894)
- October 2 – Winthrop M. Crane, Governor of Massachusetts and Senator (born 1853)
- October 17 – John Reed, American journalist (born 1887)
- November 30 – Eugene W. Chafin, American politician (born 1852)
- December 14 – George Gipp, American football player (born 1895)
- "Ruth Bought By New York Americans For $125,000, Highest Price In Baseball Annals" (PDF). The New York Times. January 6, 1920. Retrieved October 27, 2009.
- "FAQs about Robert H. Goddard". Clark University. Archived from the original on 3 November 2009. Retrieved October 27, 2009. "When was the famous New York Times editorial about Dr. Goddard?"
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