21 Days of Chicago Lightning – Teasers, Tidbits, Trivia (Day 3: 1920-1924 events) by Kaye Spencer #roaringtwenties #romanticsuspense

Chicago Lightning is a romantic suspense novel that begins with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago on February 14, 1929 and ends around midnight two days later in Five Points, New York City.

Release Date – February 10, 2021

21 Days of Chicago Lightning – January 25th through February 14th (and possibly a few days beyond). The list of blog topics and corresponding dates are at the end of each article.

Notable Events of the 1920s – 1920 through 1924

1920

  • America’s First Lady Edith Wilson performed duties of the presidency for a year and a half after her husband, President Woodrow Wilson, suffered a debilitating stroke.
  • American women gained the right to vote on August 18th.
  • The U.S. Constitution was amended with the18th Amendment, which brought in Prohibition.
  • The first radio station broadcast occurred. Radio was called ‘the talking box’. This event has been called the birth of American mass media.
  • Summer Olympics held in Anthwerp, Belgium.
  • Babe Ruth began playing for the New York Yankees baseball team.
  • U.S. – National Football League was founded.
Public Domain image

1921

  • Irish War of Independence
  • Coco Chanel created her perfume Chanel No. 5.
  • Women in Sweden achieve the right to vote.
  • 1st baseball game broadcast via radio from Westinghouse KDKA in Pittsburg: Pirates v. Phillies
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery by President Warren G. Harding.

1922

  • British Broadcasting Company (BBC) was formed.
  • The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was created.
  • Gandhi was sentenced to six years in prison for his peaceful, nonviolent resistance against British Rule in India.
  • Flu epidemic claimed many lives in Britain.

1923

  • Howard Carter opened King Tut’s tomb.
  • Insulin was mass-produced.
  • Adolf Hitler lead a failed Nazi coup attempt to overthrow the Bavarian government (Beer Hall Putsch).
  • Mt. Etna in Italy erupted.
  • Pancho Villa was killed.
  • The Walt Disney Company was founded.
Immigrants arriving at Ellis Island 1915*

1924

  • 1st Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Day Parade – Nov. 27th.
  • Ellis Island closed as an entry point into the U.S.
  • 1st Winter Olympics held in Chamonix, France.
  • Summer Olympics were held in Paris, France.
  • Lady Elizabeth Rowes-Lyon weds Prince Albert, Duke of York. Prince Albert later becomes King George VI of England.
  • Vladimir Lenin steps in after Joseph Stalin died.
  • Edgar Hoover was appointed as head of the Bureau of Investigation.
  • 1st known use of Thompson submachine guns used by American bootleggers/gangsters.
Thompson submachine gun image**

 

 

 

 

 

Until next time,
Kaye Spencer

 

 

Day 1 – Jan. 25th – Chicago Lightning – book video
Day 2 – Jan. 26th – Popular Songs of the 1920s
Day 3 – Jan. 27th – Notable Events of the 1920s – 1920 through 1924
Day 4 – Jan. 28th – Notable Events of the 1920s – 1925 through 1929
Day 5 – Jan. 29th – Chapter 1 Micro Excerpt
Day 6 – Jan. 30th – 1920s Slang
Day 7 – Jan. 31st – Pre-order
Day 8 – Feb. 1st – 1920s Kitchen
Day 9 – Feb. 2nd – ‘Roaring 20s’
Day 10 – Feb. 3rd – Chapter 2 – Micro Excerpt #2
Day 11 – Feb. 4th – 4 Roaring Twenties Movies
Day 12 – Feb. 5th – 1928 Phantom 1 Rolls-Royce
Day 13 – Feb. 6th – Speakeasy
Day 14 – Feb. 7th – Chapter 2 – Micro Excerpt #3
Day 15 – Feb. 8th – Pre-FBI – brief history
Day 16 – Feb. 9th – 1920s radio
Day 17 – Feb. 10th – Release Day, Micro Excerpt #4, and bullet resistant clothing
Day 18 – Feb. 11th – “The Hedge”
Day 19 – Feb. 12th – What did it cost? 1925-1929
Day 20 – Feb. 13th – Hello? Who’s calling?
Day 21 – Feb. 14th – 1920s reference books and book video

 

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Resources:
*Image: Ellis Island immigrants – Attribution By Bain News Service, publisher – Library of CongressCatalog
**Image: Thompson submachine gun – Attribution By Hmaag – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
The People History
Wikipedia – 1920s

 

 

 

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