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World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.378 billion
population by decade
Nobel Peace Prize: Aristide Briand (France) and Gustav Stresemann (Germany)
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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Calvin Coolidge
Vice President: Charles G. Dawes
Population: 117,397,000
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  • U.S. troops land in Nicaragua (May 2) to preserve order after a revolt against the new president Emiliano Chamorro.
  • Father Coughlin makes his first radio broadcast, beginning his 20-year career of racist and right-wing polemics.

Economics

Federal spending: $2.93 billion
Consumer Price Index: $17.7
Unemployment: 1.8%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.02

Sports

World Series
St. Louis Cardinals d. NY Yankees (4-3)
Stanley Cup
Montreal Maroons d. Victoria (WHL)
Wimbledon
Women: Kathleen Godfree d. L. de Alvarez (6-2 4-6 6-3)
Men: Jean Borotra d. H. Kinsey (8-6 6-1 6-3)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Bubbling Over
NCAA Football Champions
Alabama (CFRA, HF) (9-0-1) & Stanford (DS) (10-0-1)

Entertainment

Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: Arrowsmith, Sinclair Lewis
Drama: Craig's Wife, George Kelly
Nobel Prize for Literature: Grazia Deledda (Italy)
Miss America: Norma Smallwood (OK)
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Events

  • RCA, General Electric and Westinghouse establish NBC, which operates two national radio networks.
  • The Book-of-the-Month Club is founded and begins to sell books at reduced prices by mail and on a subscription basis.
  • Martha Graham, the American pioneer of the modern-dance revolt, gives her first New York performance, which features 18 barefoot, evocatively costumed dancers.

Science

Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Theodor Svedberg (Sweden), for work on disperse systems
Physics: Jean B. Perrin (France), for work on discontinuous structure of matter and discovery of the equilibrium of sedimentation
Physiology or Medicine: Johannes Fibiger (Denmark), for discovery of the Spiroptera carcinoma
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