1925 Facts, Fun Trivia and History
Quick Facts from 1925
Top Ten Baby Names of 1925
Mary, Dorothy, Betty, Helen, Margaret, Robert, John, William, James, Charles
US Life Expectancy
(1925) Males: 57.6 years, Females: 60.6 years
Josephine Baker, Mary Pickford, Anna May Wong
Fay Lanphier (Oakland, CA)
Firsts, Inventions, and Wonders
Sweet Georgia Brown (known as the Globetrotters theme) was written in 1925.
The New Yorker went on sale for the first time (cover date Feb 21, 1925)
The world’s first motel, the Milestone Motel, was built in 1925 by Arthur Heineman in San Luis Obispo, California, due to its being a midpoint between LA and San Francisco, a two-day trip for motorists.
Department Store Sears didn’t have a physical store location for its first 19 years as a retailer. Its first general catalog was published in 1906, and its first store was established in 1925.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was published.
The Grand Ole Opry, a weekly country music stage concert in Nashville, Tennessee, debuted on November 28, 1925, as a one-hour radio “barn dance” on WSM.
Wheel Gymnastics was presented in Germany.
Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposchkin discovered that hydrogen and helium are the most abundant elements in stars and, therefore, the whole universe.
Walter Percy Chrysler founded Chrysler.
Pete the Bear is Disney’s oldest recurring character; he debuted in the 1925 cartoon Alice Solves the Puzzle.
The Biggest Pop Artists of 1925 include
Gene Austin, Benny Krueger & His Orchestra, The Benson Orchestra of Chicago, Ben Bernie and His Orchestra, Eddie Cantor, Vernon Dalhart, Cliff Edwards, Carl Fenton, and His Orchestra, Ernest Hare, Marion Harris, Lewis James, Al Jolson, Billy Jones, Isham Jones and His Orchestra, Ted Lewis and His Band, Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra, Nick Lucas, John McCormack, Billy Murray, Blossom Seeley, Bessie Smith, Aileen Stanley, Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians, Ted Weems and His Orchestra, Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
Pop Culture Facts & History
The New York Times published an article stating that Crossword Puzzles were a fad people would quickly grow tired of.
IDITAROD – In January 1925, a diphtheria epidemic broke out in Nome, Alaska. Medicine was hundreds of miles away in Anchorage. They gathered 18 teams of dog-sledders to make the 674-mile trek. Gunner Kassan was the final sledder, led by his soon-to-be-famous dog, Balto. The journey is commemorated every year in the Iditarod. Togo, another dog in the run, did more miles than Balto. #unsunghero
Ford introduced its first truck – the Ford Model T Runabout with a Pickup Body.
THE SCOPES TRIAL – John Scopes was a substitute biology teacher in Dayton, Tennessee, a state that had passed a law banning the teaching of evolution. Mr. Scopes taught it to his class, as it was in the school’s approved textbook like every biology teacher in Tennessee did. He was found guilty and was let off on a technicality.
The Olympic Flag was designed by Pierre de Coubertin (blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white field).
The US government has held a stockpile of 1 billion cubic meters of helium in Amarillo, Texas, since 1925. This is due to post-WWI fear that we may run out of helium in case of blimp warfare.
As a joke, recently hired engineers at General Electric were ordered to develop a frosted lightbulb, which they believed impossible. In 1925, newly hired Marvin Pipkin got the assignment and made the first frosted lightbulb.
Nellie Ross was the first US Governor and was inaugurated in Wyoming on Jan 5, 1925. The second female governor, Miriam Ferguson, from Texas, was sworn into office on January 20th.
Until 1925, the Bill of Rights applied only to the federal government and did not limit the powers of state or local authorities.
George Bernard Shaw is the only person to win a Nobel Prize AND an Oscar. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925 and an Oscar for Pygmalion in 1938.
Wearing a Fez was banned in Turkey, and still is.#fezzesarecool
1925 Astronomy News
The Total Solar Eclipse of 1925 had a path of totality that grazed Manhattan. It was reported that residents below 96th St. could still see part of the Sun, while those above 96th were in total darkness.
The Tri-State Tornado
The Tri-State Tornado was the deadliest in U.S. history, storming through Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, killing 695 and injuring 2,027 people.
The Suicide Poem
On December 28, 1925, Sergei Alexandrovich Yesenin was found dead in the Hotel Angleterre in St Petersburg.
Goodbye, my friend, goodbye
До свиданья, друг мой, до свиданья
Nobel Prize Winners
Physics -James Franck and Gustav Ludwig Hertz
The 30th Vice President of the USA, Charles Gates Dawes, in addition to his Nobel Peace Prize in 1925, was a self-taught pianist and composer who composed the 1912 hit song Melody in A Major, which was used in Tommy Edwards’ 1958 #1 hit It’s All in the Game.
Popular and Best-selling Books From 1925
Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
World Series Champions: Pittsburg Pirates
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Most Popular Baby Names (BabyCenter.com)