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Major Events of 1920

1920 (Roman Numerals: MCMXX) was the 20th year of the 20th century. 1920 was a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Thursday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1920.
News Events of 1920

League of Nations established.

League of Nations Covenant comes into effect.

The United States Senate votes against joining the League of Nations.

The Eighteenth Amendment to the US Constitution goes into effect, prohibiting alcohol in the United States.

The Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the right to vote, is ratified.

Mexican revolution (1910-1920) ends.

Allies and Turkey sign Treaty of Sevres, ceding most of the Ottoman Empire's land to the Allies.

Adolf Hitler presents his National Socialist political program in Munich.

Adolf Hitler

Faisal I crowned King of Syria (he is soon deposed, and becomes King Iraq the following year).

London's Metropolitan Police create the Flying Squad.

The Unknown Warrior is buried in Westminster Abbey.

Westminster Abbey

Royal Canadian Mountain Police begin operations.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) founded.

Sports in 1920

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