1910 History, Fun Facts and Trivia
Top Ten Baby Names of 1910
Mary, Helen, Margaret, Dorothy, Ruth, Anna, Elizabeth, Mildred, Marie, Alice
US Life Expectancy
(1910) Males: 48.4 years, Females: 51.8 years
Firsts, Inventions, and Wonders
Principia Mathematica, a three-volume work on the foundations of Mathematics, was released. This hefty work aimed to create a set of axioms that could, in theory, prove all mathematical truths. This included proving that 1+1=2.
Thomas Edison’s Frankenstein (1910) is the earliest known film version of Mary Shelley’s novel.
The word “Moron” was first coined in 1910 by psychologist Henry H. Goddard from the Ancient Greek word ‘moros,’ meaning “dull.”
William D. Boyce founded the Boy Scouts of America.
The first mid-air collision. On October 3, Frenchman René Thomas, flying the Antoinette IV monoplane, collided with British Army Captain Bertram Dickson in his Farman III biplane. No one was killed.
The first public radio broadcast was live performances of the Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci operas from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
The first airship with passengers set afloat-Zeppelin on June 22, on The Deutschland.
Georges Claude invented Neon Lights, first publicly displayed at the Paris Motor (Auto) Show.
The Tango dance, a cultural blend of Cuban, Argentinian, and African rhythms, became famous worldwide.
President William Howard Taft began the tradition of throwing out balls on MLB’s opening day.
“ALFA” (later Alfa Romeo) was an acronym for “Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili,” founded in 1910.
Yellow Cab was founded
The Most Popular Singers and Artists of 1910 include
The American Quartet, Harry Anthony, Norah Bayes, Henry Burr, Arthur Clough, Arthur Collins, Ada Jones, Byron G. Harlan, The Hayden Quartet, Harry Lauder, Harry Macdonough, Lucy Isabelle Marsh, John McCormack, Eddie Morton, Billy Murray, Jack Norworth, Will Oakland, The Peerless Quartet, Arthur Pryor’s Band, Bob Roberts, Frank Stanley, Elise Stevenson, Sophie Tucker, Walter Van Brunt, Elizabeth Wheeler, Bert Williams
Pop Culture Facts & History
When Earth passed through the tail of Halley’s Comet during its 1910 approach, there was public fear that a gas discovered in the tail, cyanogen, would destroy all life on the planet, leading to people buying gas masks and “Anti-Comet Pills,” which were $1 each.
The Great January Comet of 1910, often called the Daylight Comet, appeared in January. It was brighter than Halley’s and unexpected.
Typhoid Mary (Mary Mallon) was released from her first periods of forced isolation and went on to cause several further outbreaks of typhoid in the New York area.
“Lakeview Gusher” was the name given to an out-of-control oil eruption from a drilled well in Kern County, California. It created the largest accidental oil spill in history, spewing for 544 consecutive days, and releasing 9 million barrels of crude oil.
During three days of shooting in December 1910, Adolf Toepperwein shot 72,491 out of 75,000 tossed wooden blocks.
In one hour, 10,000 people in Iowa constructed a 380-mile road in 1910.
The first movie ever shot in Hollywood was “In Old California” by DW Griffith in 1910. It was a historical melodrama about southern California in the 1800s when it was a part of Mexico.
The first film version of The Wizard of Oz was released in 1910
Alice Stebbins Wells was sworn in as the first policewoman in the United States by the Los Angeles Police Department.
The world record holder for the world’s oldest dog was Bluey, who lived from 1910 to 1939 and died at 29 years and five months.
In France, Raymonde de Laroche was awarded Pilot’s License #36 by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, becoming the first woman authorized to fly an airplane.
Rayon, a man-made fabric blended from cotton, wood pulp, and other natural or synthetic fibers, was first commercially produced in America in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania.
While attending the first American Air Meet, William Boeing asked every aviator for a ride, but no one obliged. William then went back to Seattle and founded Boeing Aircraft.
One hundred eighteen people died when three passenger trains were buried at Steven’s Pass, Washington, in the Cascade Range by the worst snow slide in US history.
On March 27, a Fire during a barn dance in Hungary killed 312 people.
In England, near Bolton, an explosion killed 360 coal miners: The Pretoria Pit Disaster.
A fire at a building in Newark, New Jersey, housing several factories, killed 24 women and girls employed by the Wolf Muslin Undergarment Company.
The Great Fire of 1910 (aka Idaho Big Burn or The Big Blowup) in the western US was the size of the state of Connecticut. It spanned from eastern Washington to western Montana, and 3 million acres were burned. Eighty-seven people were killed.
In England, an explosion at the Wellington Coal Mine near Manchester killed 137 people.
Valentine Tapley promised never to shave again if Abraham Lincoln was elected president. He died in 1910 with a 12-foot 6-inch long beard.
The Great Illusion by Norman Angell, a best-selling British book published in 1910, claimed future major wars were unlikely because they would unprofitably disrupt commerce and credit between nations.
The Population of Manhattan peaked in 1910, at 2,331,542. It is lower today.
Nobel Prize Winners
Chemistry – Otto Wallach
Popular and Best-selling Books From 1910
1. The Rosary by Florence Barclay
Other Books of Note:
Twenty Years at Hull-House by Jane Addams
1910 United States Census
Total US Population: 92,228,496
World Series Champions: Philadelphia Athletics
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