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1920s (pronounced "nineteen-twenties") was a
decade of the
Gregorian calendar that began on January 1, 1920, and ended on December 31, 1929.
North America, it is frequently referred to as the "
Roaring Twenties" or the "
Jazz Age", while in
Europe the period is sometimes referred to as the "
Golden Age Twenties" because of the economic boom following
World War I. French speakers refer to the period as the "
Années folles" ("Crazy Years"), emphasizing the era's social, artistic, and cultural dynamism.
The economic prosperity experienced by many countries during the 1920s (especially the United States) was similar in nature to that experienced in the 1950s and 1990s. Each period of prosperity was the result of a
paradigm shift in global affairs. These shifts in the 1920s, 1950s, and 1990s, occurred in part as the result of the conclusion of
World War I and
World War II, and the
Cold War, respectively.
The 1920s saw foreign oil companies begin operations throughout
Venezuela became the world's second largest oil producing nation.
In some countries the 1920s saw the rise of radical political movements, especially in regions that were once part of empires.
Communism spread as a consequence of the
October Revolution and the
Bolsheviks' victory in the
Russian Civil War. Fear of the spread of Communism led to the emergence of
far right political movements and
fascism in Europe. In 1922, the fascist leader
Benito Mussolini seized power in Italy after a
coup d'état. Economic problems contributed to the emergence of dictators in
Eastern Europe and the
Balkans, to include
Józef Piłsudski in the
Second Polish Republic, and
Alexander Karađorđević in the
Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
Wall Street Crash in October 1929 is generally viewed as a harbinger of the end of 1920s prosperity in
North America and
Selected article -
Subway Sadie is a 1926 American
comedy-drama film directed by
Alfred Santell. Adapted from
Mildred Cram's 1925 short story "Sadie of the Desert", the film focuses on a relationship between
New York salesgirl Sadie Hermann (
Dorothy Mackaill) and
subway guard Herb McCarthy (
Jack Mulhall), who meet on the subway and become engaged. However, after Sadie receives a promotion, she must choose between her new job and marrying Herb. The cast also includes
Gaston Glass, and Bernard Randall.
The film began production in May 1926.
served as cinematographer, shooting around
in areas like casinos and nightclubs. Distributed by
First National Pictures
, the film premiered in New York on September 12, 1926. Many publications wrote positively of the film, praising its acting and Santell's direction. Today, it remains unknown if a print of Subway Sadie
has survived. (
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Selected biography -
Rogers Hornsby Sr. (April 27, 1896 – January 5, 1963), nicknamed "The Rajah", was an American
coach who played 23 seasons in
Major League Baseball (MLB). He played for the
St. Louis Cardinals (1915–1926, 1933),
New York Giants (1927),
Boston Braves (1928),
Chicago Cubs (1929–1932), and
St. Louis Browns (1933–1937). He was named the
National League (NL)'s
Most Valuable Player (MVP) twice, and was a member of one
World Series championship team.
and raised in
Fort Worth, Texas
, Hornsby played for several semi-professional and minor league teams. In 1915, he began his major league career with the St. Louis Cardinals and remained with the team for 12 seasons. During this period, Hornsby won his first MVP Award and the Cardinals won the
1926 World Series
. After that season, he spent one season with the
New York Giants
and another with the Boston Braves before being traded to the Chicago Cubs. He played with the Cubs for four years and won his second MVP Award before the team released him in 1932. Hornsby re-signed with the Cardinals in 1933, but was released partway through the season and was picked up by the St. Louis Browns. He remained there until his final season in 1937. From 1925 to 1937, Hornsby was intermittently
his own manager
. After retiring as a player, he managed the Browns in 1952 and the
from 1952 to 1953. (
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