Top News Stories from 1922

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.378 billion
population by decade
Nobel Peace Prize: Fridtjof Nansen (Norway)
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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Warren G. Harding
Vice President: Calvin Coolidge
Population: 110,049,000
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  • Lincoln Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. (May 30).
  • Coal miners strike for nearly six months to protest wage cuts. The strike, one of several organized by the United Mine Workers of America since 1919, cripples the coal mining industry.


Federal spending: $3.29 billion
Consumer Price Index: $16.8
Unemployment: 6.7%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.02


World Series
NY Giants d. NY Yankees (4-0-1)
Stanley Cup
Toronto St. Pats d. Vancouver (PCHA)
Women: Suzanne Lenglen d. M. Mallory (6-2 6-0)
Men: Gerald Patterson d. R. Lycett (6-3 6-4 6-2)
Kentucky Derby Champion
NCAA Football Champions
Princeton (CFRA) (8-0-0) California (NCF) (9-0-0) & Cornell (HF) (8-0-0)


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: Alice Adams, Booth Tarkington
Drama: Anna Christie, Eugene O'Neill
Nobel Prize for Literature: Jacinto Benavente (Spain)
Miss America: Mary Campbell (OH)
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  • Reacting to problems posed by the Radio Act of 1912, the Commerce Department allows powerful stations to use the 400m wavelength as long as they only broadcast live music.
  • James Joyce's Ulysses published. The U.S. Post Office destroys 500 copies of the novel.
  • Reader's Digest debuts.
  • Karel Capek's play R.U.R. debuts, introducing the word "robot."


Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Francis W. Aston (UK), for discovery of isotopes in nonradioactive elements and for discovery of the whole number rule
Physics: Niels Bohr (Denmark), for investigation of structure of atoms and radiations emanating from them
Physiology or Medicine: In 1923, the 1922 prize was shared by Archibald V. Hill (UK), for discovery relating to heat-production in muscles; and Otto Meyerhof (Germany), for correlation between consumption of oxygen and production of lactic acid in muscles
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