Notable Events and Statistics of 1927

President:  Calvin Coolidge

U.S. Population:  119,000,000

Cost of a first-class stamp:  $0.02

Unemployment:  3.3%

 All Quiet on the Western Front wins Academy Award for best picture

Following 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Model Model A

The Jazz Singer opens and becomes a huge success, marking the end of the silent film era.

The Holland Tunnel under the Hudson River opens connecting New York City with Jersey.

Charles Lindbergh completes the first nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic from New York City to Paris in The Spirit of St Louis.

Earthquake measuring 8.6 on Richter scale strikes Xining, China killing 200,000

Work begins on Mount Rushmore.

Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Communist Party and Josef Stalin takes control.

The Great Mississippi Flood affects 700,000 people in the greatest national disaster in US history.

Striking miners from the Columbine Mine are massacred with machine gun fire at Serene.

In Britain, a 1000 people a week die from influenza epidemic.

Mae West is sentenced to 10 days in prison for obscenity.

First trans-Atlantic telephone call, from New York to London.

Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 60 home runs in a season.

Dancer Isadora Duncan dies when her scarf gets caught in the wheel of a moving car.

Physicist Werner Heisenberg introduces his famous uncertainty principle at age 26.

The Fossil remains of Peking Man are discovered by Davidson Black.

Belgian astrophysicist Georges Lemaitre proposes the big bang theory.

Philo T. Farnsworth demonstrates the first all-electronic television.

The New York Yankees beat Pittsburgh in the World Series (4-0).

Silent romantic comedy film It starringClara Bow, released, popularizing the concept of the ”it girl."

Roxy Theatre is opened in New York City by Samuel Roxy Rothafel .

Fritz lang’s culturally influential film Metropolis premieres in Germany.

The U.S.Bureau of Prohibition s founded (under theDepartment of the Treasury).

Bell Telephone Company transmits an image ofHerbert Hoover, which becomes the first successful long distance demonstration of television.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences  (the "Academy" in “Academy Awards”) is founded.

A series of violent attacks results in 45 deaths, mostly of school children, in Bath Township, Michigan.

The Food, Drug and Insecticide Administration (FDIA) is established as a United States federal agency.

The Communist Chinese People’s Liberation Army is formed during the Nanchang Uprising.

A treaty signed by theLeague of Nations Slavery Commission abolishes all types of slavery.

The Colorado state police open fire on 500 rowdy but unarmed miners during a strike, killing six of them.

Iraq gains independence from the United Kingdom.

Mahatma Gandhi makes his first and last visit to Ceylon.

The Voluntary Committee of Lawyers is founded to bring about the repeal of Prohibition

World population reaches two billion

© Steven Oberlander 2015