The Year 1922

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Join us for a trip back in time to the year 1922, the year Gledhill was founded...

It is the time of The Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties...

The United States is in the Prohibition era.

Warren G. Harding is president of the United States (vice president: Calvin Coolidge).

Rebecca L. Fulton becomes the first woman Senator.

Lillian Gatlin becomes the first woman to fly across the continent.

Skywriting first appears in America, introduced by Britainís Jack Savage.

Lincoln Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.

The highest temperature ever to be measured on Earth is recorded in Libya: 136 degrees Farenheit (58 degrees Celsius) in the shade.

Construction of the Appalachian Trail begins.

$100 in 1922 is worth $986.90 in 1999.


bulletEstimated United States population (according to U.S. Census Bureau):
    1922: 110,049,000
    1999: 273,631,799
bulletEstimated world population:
    1922: 1,900,000,000
    1999: 6,015,293,830


bullet Charles Francis Jenkins (inventor) makes the first laboratory transmission of a television picture signal.
bulletThe first commercial is broadcast, charging $100 for 10 minutes airtime.  Ads for Palmolive soap, Lucky Strike cigarettes, Gold Medal Flour, etc. follow.
bulletConnecticut's first radio station, WDRC, begins broadcasting.

Some movies released in 1922:

bulletNosferatu (starring Max Schreck)
bulletRobin Hood (Douglas Fairbanks)
bulletOliver Twist (Jackie Coogan, Lon Chaney)
bulletBlood And Sand (Rudolph Valentino,  Lita Lee, and Nita Naldi)
bulletFlesh And Blood (Lon Chaney)
bulletThe Prisoner of Zenda (Ronald Colman,  Madeleine Carroll,
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.)
bulletMoran Of The Lady Letty (Rudolph Valentino, May McAvoy, and William Long)
bulletThe Man From Beyond (Harry Houdini, Nita Naldi)
bulletQuincy Adams Sawyer (John Bowers, Blanche Sweet, Lon Chaney)
bulletThe Toll of the Sea (A two-color process is introduced by Technicolor; starring Anna May Wong, Kenneth Harlan, Beatrice Bentley)
bulletTess of the Storm Country (Mary Pickford)
bulletOrphans of the Storm (Dorothy Gish, Lillian Gish)
bulletDr. Jack (Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, John T. Prince)
bulletSmilin' Through (Jeanette MacDonald, Brian Aherne, Gene Raymond)
bulletOne Exciting Night (Carol Dempster, Henry Hull, Porter Strong)
bulletFoolish Wives (Rudolph Christian, Miss DuPont, Maude George)
bulletManslaughter (Thomas Meighan, Leatrice Joy, Lois Wilson)
bulletNanook of the North (the first documentary, starring Nanook)
bulletThe Toll of the Sea (A two-color process is introduced by Technicolor; starring Anna May Wong, Kenneth Harlan, Beatrice Bentley)
bulletDaydreams (Buster Keaton, Renie Adorie, Joe Keaton, Joe Roberts, Edward F. Cline)
bulletThe Sawmill (Larry Semon)
bulletThe Dome Doctor (Larry Semon)
bulletWorking Winnie (Ethlyn Gibson)
bulletThe Return Of Grey Wolf (James Pierce)
bulletRounding Up The Law (Big Boy Williams)
bulletHuman Hearts (House Peters, Russell Simpson, and Gertrude Clark)
bulletDown To The Sea In Ships (Clara Bow)

The first 3-D movie is released, using red/green lens glasses.

Some people born in 1922:

bulletCharles Schulz ('Peanuts' comic strip/cartoon creator)
bulletSid Caesar (comic actor and TV pioneer)
bulletJason Robards (actor)
bulletAva Gardner (actor)
bulletJudy Garland (actor)

Some people who died in 1922:

bulletAlexander Graham Bell
bulletWilliam Desmond Taylor (an unsolved murder of a top Paramount film director in early Hollywood)


bulletThe Charleston dance (this is one of the Gledhill Nursery webmaster's favorite activities!) becomes popular after being danced on Broadway.
bulletNew Orleans Rhythm Kings (Dixieland jazz) is formed.
bullet Fats Waller (jazz pianist) releases his first record, Muscle Shoals Blues.


bulletJames Joyce publishes Ulysses.
bulletT.S. Eliot publishes The Waste Land.
bulletSinclair Lewis publishes Babbitt.
bulletF. Scott Fitzgerald publishes Tales of the Jazz Age.
bulletEmily Post publishes her first book on etiquette, Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home.
bulletReader's Digest is first published in New York City.
bulletBooth Tarkington wins the Pulitzer Prize for Alice Adams


bulletGiants beat Yankees in World Series, 4-0.
bulletBabe Ruth is suspended for one game for throwing dirt on an umpire.
bulletCanton Bulldogs are the #1 standing team in NFL (Super Bowl I is still 45 years away).
bulletJohnny Weismuller becomes the first human to swim 100 meters in under one minute.
bulletBoxing champions: William Bryan Downey, Dave Rosenberg, Jock Malone, and Mike O'Dowd (middleweights); Battling Siki (light heavyweight).

World news:

bulletSouthern Ireland becomes the Irish Free State.
bulletRepublic of Turkey is established.
bulletSoviet Union (U.S.S.R.) is formed by Vladimir Lenin.
bulletBenito Mussolini becomes the premier of Italy.
bulletMahatma Ghandi begins a 6-year prison sentence for leading the
Indian National Congress after 22 died in riots.
bulletArchaeologist Howard Carter discovers the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

Click here to read an article written in 1922 predicting what life will be like in the year 2000.  Then use your browser's "Back" button to return to this page.

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