Ad*Access Timeline: 1926-1930

International Affairs

  • 1927. U.S. Marines land in Nicaragua to protect U.S. lives and property during the civil war there.
  • 1928. U.S. signs Briand-Kellogg Pact, outlawing war.
  • 1929. U.S. warships arrive in Shanghai, China to protect U.S. lives and property from war.
  • 1929. Collapse of stock market in the U.S. causes a world wide depression.

U.S. Politics & Government

  • 1926. Congress creates the Army Air Corps.
  • 1928. Radio plays a role in the Presidential election for the first time. Herbert Hoover defeats Alfred E. Smith.
  • 1929. Public Origins Plan goes into effect. U.S. consuls are told to turn away any immigrant who might become a "public charge."

Companies, Inventions, Discoveries & Technology

  • January 7, 1927. Commercial transatlantic telephone service is opened between New York City and London by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T).
  • April 7, 1927. First successful demonstration of television takes place in New York City. Televisions were not for sale to the general public until after WWII.
  • July 30, 1928. First color motion picture is exhibited by George Eastman.
  • By 1929, radio accounts for $10.5 million in advertising in the U.S. It was the most rapidly growing medium in the 1920s.
  • 1929. The first flight to the South Pole.
  • 1929. Three quarters of inter-city travelers moved by automobile.
  • 1929. Advertising expenditures, only $2,282,000,000 in 1919, rose to $3,426,000,000
    in 1929.
  • 1930. There is one automobile for every 4.9 Americans.

Humanities and The Arts, Entertainment & Sports

  • 1926. Don Juan, perhaps the first talking picture shown to a public audience, premiers in New York City.
  • May 20, 1927. Charles Lindbergh, a 25 year old pilot, flies 3,600 miles from Roosevelt Field, New York to Le Bourget, France. The solo trip lasted 33.5 hours and made him an international hero.
  • 1928. Women compete for the first time in Olympic field events.
  • 1928. U.S. anthropologist Margaret Mead publishes Coming of Age in Samoa.
  • 1929. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway is published.
  • 1930. Literary censorship increases. James Joyce's Ulysses is seized by custom's officials on the grounds that it is obscene. Leon Trotsky's work is banned in Boston.


  • 1928. Great Britain lowers the age of suffrage from 30 to 21.
  • 1929. National incomes statistics show that 60% of U.S. citizens have annual incomes less than $2,000, an amount which is estimated as the bare minimum on which a family can survive.
  • 1929. Gangs control the illegal liquor trade especially in Chicago, where Al "Scarface" Capone emerges as the top gangster. On February 14, 1929 seven members of "Bugs" Moran's gang are killed in a mass murder which became known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
  • September 22, 1929. Construction of the Empire States Building begins in New York City. It was completed in 1931.
  • October 24, 1929. Known as Black Thursday, on this date the New York Stock Exchange crashes, with $4 billion lost in trading. This marks the beginning of the Great Depression in the United States.
  • 1930. The world population reaches two billion.

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