Jazz Age

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Earlier: Great War

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.

Ernest Hemingway

F Scott Fitzgerald

Zelda Fitzgerald

Mae West

Rudolph Valentino

Douglas Fairbanks

1919 The respectable Doctor Caligari, warden of an asylum, is accused of keeping a homicidal somnabulist named Cesare in his cabinet.

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.

1924 First modern sighting of Bigfoot in Washington State.

1925 A resurgence of activity among Cthulhu cultists coincides with tectonic disturbances in the South Pacific.

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 Frank Hardy (b. 1911) and Joe Hardy (b. 1912) begin solving crimes in Bayport, N.Y.

1927 The Jazz Singer, first talking picture.

1928 Innsmouth, Mass. raided by federal agents; Esoteric Order of Dagon driven underground.

1928 Wilbur Whately (b. 1913) killed while breaking into the library at Miskatonic University in Arkham, Mass. Whately’s hometown of Dunwich, Mass. is hit by horror.

1928 Joseph Stalin becomes supreme leader of Soviet Union

1928 Herbert Hoover elected president

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