|Prohibition begins. The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution goes into effect,
prohibiting the making, selling, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
|Passage of the Oil and Coal Land Leasing Act which opens up mineral
deposits on public lands to private mining interests. Led to the 'Teapot Dome'scandal.
|The Sacco and Vanzetti saga begins, who many believe they were tried for
their anarchist beliefs. See 'Politics'
|The Matewan Massacre: Violent clash between srtiking miners and mine owners which
resulted in a gun battle. See 'Politics'
| The "Tommy Gun", the Thompson portable submachine gun(invented by J.T. Thompson) is
demonstrated at a national gun show in Ohio. Soon to become the weapon of choice for bootlegging
|Women's suffrage victorious; the 19th Amendent to the Constitution adopted allowing
women the vote.
|"Shoeless" Joe Jackson and 7 other members of the Chicago White Sox baseball team are
accused of conspiring to lose the 1919 World Series as part of a deal with gamblers.
See 'Crime and Prohibition'
|Era of democratic leadership ends in the US with the election of Republicans Warren
Harding and Calvin Coolidge to the presidency and vice-presidency. A period of gung-ho, laissez-faire
capitalism gets underway.
|The Westinghouse company opens radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh, commonly referred to
as the first U.S. station with regularly scheduled broadcasting.