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Top News Stories from 1924

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.378 billion
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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Calvin Coolidge
Vice President: none
Population: 114,109,000
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  • New York's Computer Tabulating Recording Company is re-organized and will now be known as International Business Machines Corp. (IBM).
  • Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall and oilmen Harry Sinclair and Edward L. Doheny are charged with conspiracy and bribery in the Teapot Dome scandal, involving fraudulent leases of naval oil reserves. In 1931, Fall is sentenced to year in prison; Doheny and Sinclair acquitted of bribery.
  • Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb confess to murdering 14-year-old cousin "in the interest of science." Clarence Darrow is defense lawyer, getting them life imprisonment instead of death sentence.

Economics

Federal spending: $2.91 billion
Consumer Price Index: $17.1
Unemployment: 5.0%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.02

Sports

World Series
Washington d. NY Giants (4-3)
Stanley Cup
Montreal d. Vancouver (2-0)
Montreal d. Calgary (2-0)
Wimbledon
Women: Kathleen McKane d. H. Wills (4-6 6-4 6-4)
Men: Jean Borotra d. R. Lacoste (6-1 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-4)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Black Gold
NCAA Football Champions
Notre Dame (10-0-0) 1924 Summer Olympics

Entertainment

Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: The Able McLaughlins, Margaret Wilson
Drama: Hell-Bent Fer Heaven, Hatcher Hughes
Nobel Prize for Literature: Wladyslaw Reymont (Poland)
Miss America: Ruth Malcolmson (PA)
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Events

  • Walt Disney creates his first cartoon, "Alice's Wonderland."
  • Paul Whiteman introduces George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
  • First Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

Science

Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: None awarded
Physics: Karl M. G. Siegbahn (Sweden), for investigations in X-ray spectroscopy
Physiology or Medicine: Willem Einthoven (Netherlands), for discovery of the mechanism of the electrocardiogram
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