Previous: Modern GermanyBack to Main Index MODERN AMERICA (UPTIL WW2): 1914 to 1945 Combined chronological listing covering this period Next: Modern Russia

1914 Charlie Chaplin makes his first silent movies
1917 Death of Buffalo Bill Cody (showman)
1917 Chicago takes over from New Orleans as capital of jazz
1917 US enters First World War - balance tips in Allies' favour
1919 Prohibition of alcohol in North America
1925 Art Deco movement at its height
1927 Charles Lindburgh makes first solo flight of Atlantic
1927 First "talkie" movie - "The Jazz Singer" starring Al Jolson
1928 Walt Disney introduces character of Mickey Mouse in "Steamboat Willie"
1928 Bessie Smith recording first Blues songs
1929 Valentines Day Massacre - Al Capone gains control of Chicago underworld
1929 Astronomer Edwin Hubble shows that the universe is expanding
1929 US Stock Market Crash
1930 Pluto (last planet) discovered by Clyde Tombaugh
1933 End of Prohibition of alcohol
1933 FD Roosevelt becomes US President
1934 Bonnie Parke and Clyde Barrow ("Bonnie and Clyde") killed in Louisiana
1935 Count Basie leads his Big Band Orchestra
1936 Joe Louis becomes heavyweight boxing champion
1939 "Wizard of Oz" and "Gone with the Wind" movies released
1941 Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbour brings US into WW2
1941 Orson Wells' movie "Citizen Cane" released
1942 Manhattan Project established to develop atomic bomb
1945 Jackson Pollock pioneers action painting
1945 US drops first atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
1945 Germany and Japan surrender - end of Second World War (45m killed)
1945 ENIAC considered to be first functional computer

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