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The Jazz Age was the era following the Great War and preceding the Great Depression—roughly from 1919 until 1928. It was known for prosperity, frivolity and exuberance. In the United States, it was the era of Prohibition and the criminal activity it spawned. Jazz was the soundtrack.
1920 Beginning of Prohibition, which lasts until 1933
1920 Benito Mussolini takes power in Italy.
1920 Warren G Harding elected president.
1922 The tomb of Tutankhamen is discovered and opened by Egyptologist Howard Carter; the discovers are said to be afflicted by an ancient curse.
1922 Death of Jay Gatsby
1922 Pretty Boy Floyd (1904-1934) begins a life of crime when a sheriff’s deputy is rude to his young wife.
1923-1927 The height of the career of Lon Chaney (1883-1930) as a “Man of a Thousand Faces.”
1923 Calvin Coolidge becomes president when Harding dies.
1924 The Teapot Dome scandal tarnishes the Warren Harding administration.
1924 J Edgar Hoover (1895-1972) is the first director of the FBI, a post that he holds until his death.
1925 Clara Bow becomes the “It Girl”.
1925 Charlie Chan working as a police detective in Honolulu.
1926 Escape artist Harry Houdini (b. 1874) dies from a punch to the stomach by a fan.
1926 Route 66 established.
1927 Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) makes the first solo flight across the Atlantic.
1927 The Jazz Singer, first talking picture.
1928 Herbert Hoover elected president
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