The Prohibition era was a time of dramatic social and political change, but there were also many other big and impactful things that happened in the 1920s. The Thirsty Barber has put together a short list of some of the big historical events from the period that are still talked about today:
The Start of the Prohibition
On the 18th of January 1920, the 18th Amendment – the Prohibition- was set, officially banning the production, importation and sale of alcohol and forcing saloons to close down. The Prohibition is one of the most well-known things that happened in the 1920s and is well remembered today. It is what brought on the birth and rise of the speakeasy, and ironically, an increase in crime levels and gang activity – which is why the Prohibition was set in the first place.
Amelia Earhart’s Record Setting
The 1920s were an important decade to the American pioneer Amelia Earhart. On the 3rd of January 1921, she took her first flying lessons, and six months later she bought her first plane – a second hand Kinner Airster biplane which she nicknamed “The Canary.” Within the decade, Earhart set a number of records including being the 16th woman to be issued a pilot’s license by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), and becoming the world’s first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
The End of the Line for the First Affordable Car
The first automobile was invented in the mid-1880s, and up until 1908, cars were considered a luxury item. This is when the first affordable car – the Model T. Ford – was first released, and the production line lasted until 1927. By this time, Americans wanted something more stylish, luxurious, and fast, which is why the era of the Model T. came to an end.
The First Ever Talking Movie
With technology slowly advancing through the ages, new forms of entertainment were being created, and 1927 was the year that the first feature-length motion picture with synchronised sound was released – The Jazz Singer. Directed by Alan Crosland and produced by the Warner Bros, the release of this film prompted the decline of the silent movie era, and the rise of the “talkies”, which led to much bigger achievements in the world of TV entertainment.
The Debut of Mickey and Minnie Mouse
We’re all very familiar with Walt Disney’s great work – his animation films have shaped the childhood of many and continue to do so today. After watching The Jazz Singer, Walt Disney was determined to create the first ever fully synchronised sound cartoon, so he got together with Ub Iwerks in 1928 and produced Steamboat Willie. The short film featured the famous characters of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and although these characters had appeared months earlier in a test screening of Plane Crazy, Steamboat Willie is still considered to be their big debut.
Of course, there were many other big things that happened in the 1920s, such as women being granted the right to vote in the US, the discovery of penicillin, and the invention of bubble gum and the car radio, to mention a few. Stay tuned to our blog for more great and interesting facts.
If you love the 1920s and wish you could experience a true Prohibition-style vibe, head over to The Thirsty Barber in St Julian’s. We guarantee a night of great music, delicious drinks, and an authentic twenties atmosphere. Be sure to join us at our Sweeney Todd themed Halloween Party this Saturday – book your tickets here.