1910 Fun Facts, Trivia and History
Top Ten Baby Names of 1910: Mary, Helen, Margaret, Dorothy, Ruth, John, James, William, Robert, George
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”.
The Boy Scouts of America was founded by William D. Boyce.
President William Howard Taft began the tradition of throwing out ball on MLB’s opening day.
“ALFA” (later Alfa Romeo) was an acronym for “Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili,” founded 1910.
The Most Popular Singers and Artists of 1910 include:
The American Quartet, Harry Anthony, Norah Bayes, Henry Burr, Arthir 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
Charts based on Billboard music charts.
Pop Culture News:
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 referred to as the Daylight Comet appeared in January. It was brighter than Halley’s, and unexpected.
Adolf Toepperwein, during 3 days of of shooting in December 1910, shot 72,491 out of 75,000 tossed wooden blocks.
In one single 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.
Alice Stebbins Wells was sworn in as the first policewoman in the United States by the Los Angeles Police Department.
The long time world record holder for world’s oldest dog was Bluey, who lived from 1910 to 1939 and died at the age of 29 years and 5 months.
The Great Fire of 1910 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.
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.
“Lakeview Gusher” was the name given to an out-of-control eruption of oil 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.
Valentine Tapley promised to never 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 that claimed future major wars were unlikely because it would unprofitably disrupt the 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
Literature – Paul Heyse
Medicine – Albrecht Kossel
Peace – Permanent International Peace Bureau
Physics – Johannes Diderik van der Waals
Popular and Notable Books From 1910:
1. The Rosary by Florence Barclay
2. A Modern Chronicle by Winston Churchill,
3. The Wild Olive by Basil King
4. Max by Katherine Cecil Thurston
5. The Kingdom of Slender Swords by Hallie Erminie Rives
6. Simon the Jester by William J. Locke
7. Lord Loveland Discovers America by C.N. and A.M. Williamson
8. The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart
9. Molly Make-Believe by Eleanor Abbott
10. When a Man Marries by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Other Books of Note:
Twenty Years at Hull House by Jane Addams
Origins and Development of Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud
Howards End by E.M. Forster
How We Think by John Dewey
1910 United States Census:
Total US Population: 92,228,496
1. New York, New York – 4,766,883
2. Chicago, Illinois – 2,185,283
3. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 1,549,008
4. St. Louis, Missouri – 687,029
5. Boston, Massachusetts – 670,585
6. Cleveland, Ohio – 560,663
7. Baltimore, Maryland – 558,485
8. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – 533,905
9. Detroit, Michigan – 465,766
10. Buffalo, New York – 423,715
World Series Champions: Philadelphia Athletics
Challenge Cup Champs: Ottawa Hockey Club/Montreal Wanderers
U.S. Open Golf: Alex Smith
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies): William Larned/Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Anthony Wilding/Dorothea Lambert Chambers
NCAA Football Champions: Harvard & Pitt
Kentucky Derby Winner: Donau
Boston Marathon Winner: Fred Cameron Time: 2:28:52