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Popular Culture 1924

  • Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin and Irvine Berlin continue to dominate the music industry and Rhapsody in Blue is played for the very first time.

Born This Year

Jimmy Carter October 1st
Lee Iacocca October 15th
Doris Day April 3rd
Marlon Brando April 3rd


  • The IBM corporation was founded.

Inventions, Inventors and Country (or attributed to First Use)
Frozen Food USA by Clarence Birdseye

News Events

  • New York City the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held on November 27th.
  • The first regular airmail services start in the USA.
  • The Wrigley Building in Chicago, Illinois, United States is completed.
More Information and Timeline For Wrigley Building
1. Location: 400-410 North Michigan Avenue, Near North Side, Chicago, Illinois.
2. Built as the headquarters for the successful Wrigley Gum Company.
3. Building started on November 11th, 1920.
4. South tower 30 floors high were completed (425 ft high) in 1921.
5. Walkways between the towers added at the ground level and the third floor.
6. North tower 21 floors were completed in May 1924.

  • Two U.S. Army planes complete the first round-the-world flight in 175 days.
  • Ellis Island closes as an immigration entry point to the US.
More Information and Timeline for Ellis Island
1. The first Ellis Island immigration station opens on the island January 1st, 1892. The first immigrant processed there is Annie Moore from Ireland.
2. The Main Building is opened on December 17th of 1900. It was not large enough to accommodate the influx of immigrants prior to World War I.
3. In 1907, Ellis Island experiences its record year in terms of the number of immigrants entering the United States through this point. There were 1,004,756 immigrants who went through the station in this year, and the highest number in one day was 11,747 on April 17th, 1907.
4. During World War I, the US Navy takes over Ellis Island to use as a way station. Most of the people received are sick or injured soldiers with a sharp decline in immigration during the war years.
5. The Emergency Quota Act passed in 1921 begins to curtail the number of immigrants allowed into the country, and Ellis Island sees a decrease in traffic.
6. The Immigration Act of 1924 is passed and sharply cuts the number of immigrants allowed into the United States. Ellis Island changes from being an entry point into the country to being a detention and deportation point for illegal aliens and those who violated terms of admittance. It starts to go into disuse.
7. The center is used for detention of alien enemies during World War II and sees a burst of activity as a detention center during the late 1930s through to the early 1950's.
8. In November of 1954, Ellis Island and its thirty-three structures are officially closed.

  • Hoof and Mouth epidemic in California.
  • J. Edgar Hoover is appointed Director of the Bureau of Investigation (BOI), later changed Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
  • 25 people die in Los Angeles from Pneumonic plague.
  • The Indian Citizenship Act passed on June 2nd which confers citizenship on all Native Americans born within the United States.
More Information and Timeline for Indian Citizenship Act
The Indian Citizenship Act is signed into law by President Coolidge on June 2nd of 1924. The purpose of the law was to grant US citizenship to Native Americans born on US soil and those who had not already become citizens in other ways.

The act gave citizenship to about 125,000 Native Americans. It made it so that indigenous people did not have to give up tribal citizenship or apply for US citizenship.

Many Native Americans still did not receive full citizenship rights through this law and many were still unable to vote until about 1948.

  • The First ever Winter Olympic games are held in Chamonix, France.
Northern Ireland
  • Northern Ireland Civil Rights demonstrators gunned down by British Army Paratroopers.
  • Vladimir Lenin dies and Joseph Stalin begins his bid for leadership.
  • The Summer Olympics are held in Paris, France.
  • Johnny Weissmuller wins three gold medals at the Paris Summer Olympics.

1924 Mens and Womens Fashion Clothes

Part of our Collection of Clothing 1920's
A few examples of Ladies and mens fashions available in 1924

1924 Calendar

Major World Political Leaders

Australia Prime Minister Stanley Bruce Brazil President Artur Bernardes Canada Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King

Italy Prime Minister Benito Mussolini

Japan Prime Minister Gonbee Yamamoto until 7 January
Japan Prime Minister Keigo Kiyoura From 7 January
Japan Prime Minister Keigo Kiyoura until 11 June
Japan Prime Minister Takaaki Katō From 11 June

Mexico PresidentPlutarco Elías Calles From 1 December
Mexico President Álvaro Obregón until 30 November
Russia/Soviet Union
Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars Vladimir Lenin South Africa Prime Minister Field Marshal Jan Christiaan Smuts until 30 June
South Africa Prime Minister James Barry Munnik Hertzog From 30 June
United States President Calvin Coolidge United Kingdom Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin until 16 January
United Kingdom Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald From 22 January
United Kingdom Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald until 4 November
United Kingdom Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin From 4 November

Political Elections

British General Election 1924 Stanley Baldwin (Conservative) defeats Ramsay MacDonald (Labor) and H. H. Asquith (Liberal).

United States Presidential Election 1924 Calvin Coolidge (Republican) Defeats John W. Davis (Democratic) and Robert M. La Follette, Sr. (Progressive).