Top Ten Baby Names of 1920:
Mary, Dorothy, Helen, Margaret, Ruth, John, William, Robert, James, Charles
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Theda Bara, Pola Negri, Mary Pickford, Olive Thomas
The Power Couple:
Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford
Hollywood’s first ‘super couple’ was Douglas Fairbanks and Mary ‘America’s Sweetheart’ Pickford, married 1920, and divorced in 1936. Both were huge stars in the silent film industry, but they were also significant players behind the scene. In 1919, along with Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith, founded United Artists, one of the first movie distribution companies.
They appeared in one film together – 1929’s ‘Taming of the Shrew.’ The couple was also the first to officially handprint by Grauman’s Chinese Theater (1927), the first in Hollywood’s ‘Walk of Fame’
Douglas Fairbanks, ‘America’s First Sweetheart’ Mary Pickford
“My candle burns at both ends
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends –
It gives a lovely light.”
– Edna St. Vincent Millay (A Few Figs from Thistles)
Snap-on Tools, with interchangable sockets, began being sold in Chicago.
Jesse Langsdorf patented the all-weather and wrinkle-free necktie.
Johnson & Johnson employee Earle Dickson used tape and cotton gauze to make a bandage for his wife. He told his bosses about it, they made him a VP, and they named it the ‘Band-Aid.’ It worked out well for all concerned.
Joan of Arc was canonized by Pope Benedict XV.
Drano became available to start unclogging household drains and toilets.
February 14th – The League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago. Also that year, the Republican convention in Chicago endorsed woman’s suffrage.
The word ‘robot’ was introduced to the public by Czech writer Karel Capek in his play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), He credited his brother, Josef Capek, with the word later.
The first primitive models of the TV were invented.
1st appearances & 1920’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Raggedy Andy, wooden Pogo Sticks, Lionel Trains** became the rage.
World Series Champions: Cleveland Indians
Stanley Cup Champs: Ottawa Senators (NHL)
U.S. Open Golf Edward Ray
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) William T. Tilden/Molla B. Mallory
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Bill Tilden/Suzanne Lenglen
NCAA Football Champions: California
Kentucky Derby: Paul Jones