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The World of 1920

With the Treaty of Versailles signed the previous year and ratified by the League of Nations on January 10, 1920, the 'war to end all wars' was officially a thing of the past. The world settled into an uneasy peace as many nations worked to rebuild their shattered countries. Many looked upon this time with life renewed as others looked upon this time with bitter regret. Regardless, all seemed to want to put the war behind them, learn from the past and build for the future.

1920 Finland Gains Independence From USSR - (12/6/20) Finland declared its independence on December 6th, 1917. First, however, a civil war ensued between Finnish Bolsheviks and their opponents. The opponents won after a difficult fight. In 1919, war broke out between Finland and the Soviet Union. The conflict was resolved by the Treaty of Dorpat, signed on October 14, 1920. This treaty reaffirmed Finland's independence.

1920 Ireland Granted Home Rule - (12/23/20) The British Parliament passed the Government Act. The Act called for the creation of separate parliaments in Northern and Southern Ireland. Each part of Ireland was also to retain its representation in the British Parliament. The Act was accepted in Northern Ireland. In the South, the Irish independence movement Sinn Fein won all but four seats in the new parliament.

1920 Kapp Putsch Fails - (3/13-17/20) Right wing forces, led by Wolfgang Kapp, attempted to overthrow the Weimar government. When the Socialists and Communists called a general strike, the leader realized they could not successfully overthrow the government.

1920 Gandhi Leader of Indian Independence Movement - Gandhi began a nationwide speaking campaign to enlist support for the non-cooperation movement. Indians were urged to boycott foreign goods, schools, law courts, official functions and the military. The Congress organization approved Gandhi's program and converted the movement into one whose official goal was the attainment of self-rule for India by peaceful and legitimate methods.

1920 Palestine Becomes British Mandate - Under terms agreed to at the Versailles Conference, the British government was given the mandate for Palestine. The conditions of the mandate were to be based on the terms set forth in the Balfour Declaration, with the exception that the Declaration would not apply to the area of Transjordan.

1920 Syria Becomes French Mandate - The Syrian National Congress declared its complete independence. However, Syria had been promised to the French. The League of Nations officially confirmed the French mandate, and French forces took Damascus by force. They had previously created a separate state out of Lebanon, which had a substantial Christian population.

1920 Prohibition Begun - (1/16/20) The United States Senate and House overrode the veto of President Wilson and enacted into law a bill outlawing the production, sale and transportation of all forms of liquor.

1920 Participate in League of Nations rejected - (11/19/20) On November 19th, the US Senate voted 53-38 against the Versailles Treaty. Approval would have resulted in American participation in the League of Nations. This participation was opposed by many as an infringement on American sovereignty.

1920 Women's Suffrage - (8/26/20) With the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, women finally gained the right to vote in the United States.

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