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Major Events of 1919

1919 (Roman Numerals: MCMXIX) was the 19th year of the 20th century. 1919 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Wednesday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1919.
News Events of 1919

League of Nations founded

Treaty of Versailles signed, officially ending World War One.

Eighteenth amendment to the US Constitution ratified, prohibits alcohol in the United States. It goes into effect a year later.

US Senate votes in favor of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The Amendment is sent to the States to ratify.

German High Seas fleet scuttles off Scapa Flow.

Amritsar Massacre in India, British troops under Brigadier-General Dyer open fire on unarmed Indians.

Afghanistan becomes fully independent from UK.

Lady Astor becomes the first woman to take her seat in the British Parliament.

Jan Smuts becomes Prime Minister of South Africa.

First Communist International ("Comintern") meeting held in Moscow.

Benito Mussolini founds the Fascist political movement in Milan, Italy.

Benito Mussolini

Adolf Hitler gives his first speech to the German Workers Party.

Adolf Hitler

Felix the Cat appears in the animated film "Feline Follies". He is the first cartoon character to become popular.

Sports in 1919

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