2022 – A Look at 100 Years Ago

What was happening 100 years ago this year?

We made it, through another year of the Covid pandemic, worsening at the end of 2021 with the Omicron variant. But it’s 2022. I never thought, as a child, that we would ever make it this far. I thought this would be a good time to look back 100 years to 1922.

H.P. Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. He released “Celephaïs”, “The Tomb”, “The Music of Erich Zann”, and the short story “Herbert West–Reanimator”.

DeWitt and Lila Wallace publish the first issue of Reader’s Digest in the United States. The novel Ulysses by James Joyce is published in Paris on his 40th birthday by Sylvia Beach. The silent horror film Nosferatu premieres in Germany. Robert J. Flaherty’s Nanook of the North, the first commercially successful feature-length documentary film, premières in the U.S. Magazines “Better Homes and Gardens”, “Science News”, and “True Confessions” were established.

Thomas Stearns (TS) Eliot was a poet, dramatist, and literary critic. His poem “The Waste Land”, widely regarded as one of the most important poems of the 20th century, and a central work of modernist poetry was released. H.G. Wells, writer of Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, and History released “A Short History of the World”,

“The Secret Places of the Heart”, and “Washington and the Riddle of Peace / Washington and the Hope of Peace”. F. Scott Fitzgerald, American novelist, essayist, short story writer, and screenwriter. released “Winter Dreams”, “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz”, “The Beautiful and Damned” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. Maurice Ravel’s orchestral arrangement of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is premiered in Paris. Al Jolson, an American singer, comedian, actor, and vaudevillian released the songs “April Showers”, and “Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo’ Bye!)”

Doris Day (singer. actress) was born April 3, Charles Mingus (jazz musician) April 22, and Judy Garland (singer, actress – Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz) was born June 10. in medicine, the first successful insulin treatment of diabetes is made, by Frederick Banting in Toronto. The flu epidemic has claimed 804 victims in Britain. British archaeologist Howard Carter and his men find the entrance to King Tutankhamen’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings of Egypt.

H. J. Muller sets out the basic properties of genetic heredity. Vitamin E is discovered by Herbert McLean Evans and Katharine Scott Bishop at the University of California, Berkeley and Vitamin D by Elmer McCollum and others. First successful insulin treatment of diabetes, by Frederick Banting in Toronto, using a pure preparation intravenously injected.

English mathematical physicist Lewis Fry Richardson proposes a scheme for weather forecasting by solution of differential equations, the method used in modern times, in his work “Weather Prediction by Numerical Process”.

First of four successive American Museum of Natural History expeditions to Mongolia under Roy Chapman Andrews which will discover fossils of Indricotherium (a gigantic hornless rhinoceros then named “Baluchitherium”), Protoceratops, a nest of Protoceratops eggs (found in 1995 to be from Oviraptor), Pinacosaurus, Saurornithoides (image), Oviraptor and Velociraptor, none of which were known before.

Albert Einstein’s “The Meaning of Relativity: Four Lectures Delivered at Princeton University, May 1921” is published by Princeton University Press. The world’s first regular wireless broadcasts for entertainment, made by Peter Eckersley, begin transmission on radio station 2MT from a hut at the Marconi Company laboratories at Writtle near Chelmsford in England.

This is followed in the United Kingdom on May 11 by station 2LO from Marconi House in London, which from November 22 becomes the British Broadcasting Company (BBC). The flu epidemic claims 804 victims in Britain.

Alexander Graham Bell died at the age of 75. He was a Scottish-born inventor, scientist, and engineer who is credited with inventing and patenting the first practical telephone. He also co-founded the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) in 1885.

In The Bronx, construction begins on Yankee Stadium. In Washington, D.C., the Lincoln Memorial is dedicated by William H. Taft, in the presence of Abraham Lincoln’s son, 79-year-old Robert Todd Lincoln. The Wrigley Building in Chicago, Illinois, by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White is completed.

The Hollywood Bowl open-air music venue opens. The Rose Bowl sports stadium officially opens in Pasadena, California. Japanese aircraft carrier Hōshō becomes the first purpose-designed aircraft carrier to be commissioned. The USS Langley is commissioned as the first United States Navy aircraft carrier. Vegemite is invented by Australian entrepreneur Fred Walker. Snowfall from the biggest-ever recorded snowstorm in Washington, D.C., causes the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre to collapse, killing 98.

President of the United States Warren G. Harding introduces the first radio in the White House and makes his first speech on the radio later that year. Joseph Stalin is appointed General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party.

The representatives of 34 countries convene to speak in Genoa, Italy about monetary economics, in the wake of World War I. The 1922 Swatow typhoon hits Shantou, China, killing more than 5,000 people.

The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, the world’s third purpose-built motorsport race track, is officially opened at Monza in the Lombardy Region of Italy.

Rebecca L. Felton becomes the first female U.S. senator, when Georgia’s governor gives her a temporary appointment, pending an election to replace Senator Thomas Watson, who has died suddenly. Benito Mussolini, 39, becomes the youngest ever Prime Minister of Italy.

The Ottoman Empire is abolished after 600 years, and its last sultan, Mehmed VI, abdicates, leaves for exile in Italy. An ice mass breaks the Oder Dam in Breslau, Germany (the site of one of the bloodiest battles in WWII – where 160,000 German citizens, 6000 German soldiers, and 7000 Russian soldiers would die in a brutal siege in 1945).

Betty White (actress -Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland) was born along with Telly Savalas (actor – Kojak, James Bond villian Blofeld in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), Dick Martin (actor – Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In), Audrey Meadows (actress – The Honeymooners, Too Close for Comfort), Carl Reiner (American actor, comedian, director, screenwriter, and author – The Dick Van Dyke Show, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World),

Marty Allen (American comedian, actor, and philanthropist – The Last of the Secret Agents?), Nancy Walker (American actress, comedian – McMillan & Wife, Mary Tyler Moore Show), Bea Arthur (American actress, comedian and activist – Maude, The Golden Girls, All in the Family), Quinn Martin (American television producer – The Fugitive, Twelve O’Clock High, The F.B.I., The Invaders, The Streets of San Francisco, Cannon, Barnaby Jones),

George McGovern (American historian and South Dakota politician), Kay Starr (American jazz and pop singer- (Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man with the Bag), Blake Edwards (American actor, film director, producer and screenwriter – 10, Breakfast at Tiffany’s), Hoyt Wilhelm (American Major League Baseball pitcher with the New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, California Angels, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, and Los Angeles Dodgers between 1952 and 1972.

Wilhelm was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985), Norman Lear (American television writer and film and television producer – All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Good Times), Yvonne De Carlo (Canadian-American actress, dancer, and singer – Lily in tne Munsters), Sid Caesar (American comic actor and writer – Your Show of Shows, Grease, Grease 2),

Gershon Kingsley (German-American composer – Moog synthesizer musician – Popcorn writer), Charles M. Schulz (American cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Peanuts), Redd Foxx (American stand-up comedian and actor – Sanford & Son), and

Stan Lee (American comics writer, editor, publisher, and producer -co-created characters including superheroes Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Ant-Man, the Wasp, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow).

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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