1925 News and Interesting Tidbits

Ku Klux Klan Mass Meeting Washington
Ku Klux Klan members flooded Washington in the thousands. Pennsylvania Avenue was awash in white robes and official Klansmen asserted that they had met their quota of 50,000 marchers. As they awaited the speeches of high ranking Klan officials rain, thunder, and lightening broke up the crowd that met on Saturday. However, many stayed for meetings on Sunday. They went to the tomb of the unknown soldier and burned a gigantic cross. A huge number of women, garbed in white robes, marched alongside of the men.

The Butler Act is Passed Into Law
A law goes in to place that makes it illegal to teach the theory of evolution in Tennessee schools ( The Butler Act ). In the next few years teachers who continued teaching evolution were prosecuted under this act.

The law from 1925 stayed in place until it was repealed in 1967
John T. Scopes, a science teacher in Tennessee, was charged with violating the state's Butler Act, which made it illegal to teach evolution in Tennessee schools. The trial was based on the charge he did unlawfully and willfully teach in Tennessee schools certain theories that deny the story of the divine creation of man as told in the Bible. He was found guilty on July 21 and received a $100 fine.
The basis of the Butler act was that by teaching evolution teachers would be denying the literal Biblical account of man’s origin.

Formal Highway Numbering System
The first formal highway system was implemented. This is the time when state and federal highway officials had officially established a highway numbering system to maintain order on the highway, this was Following a period when each state created it's own style road signs The new sign featured the shield shaped highway number markers .

New Child Labor Laws US
The new child labor amendment is added to the constitution.
Many people had fought against the practice of overworking children in factories, fields, and so on. However, U.S. District Judge G.W. Mc Clintic had expressed a new concern. He had spoken out about child idleness, as in relation to the passing of the child labor amendment to the constitution.

Alaska Diptheria Epidemic
A major epidemic of Diptheria in Nome, Alaska, today recieved much needed diphtheria serum delivered by a team of sled dogs led by Gunnar Kasson

Public Phone Booths
With the growing numbers of public phone booths appearing in general stores around the country many are complaining that they do not believe the phone booths are in the public interest, and should not be in places where the public wish to shop.

Santa Barbara Earthquake
The picturesque Santa Barbara was rocked by an earthquake causing heavy loss of life when the dam burst and water mains burst causing some of areas of the city to be flattened . The quake was felt as far away as San Fransisco and Los Angeles with many millions of dollars worth of damage across California, The earthquake was also felt in other states including Montana with more damage. 1925

Sears, Roebuck Opens It's First Store
Sears opens it's first retail store in the Merchandise building ( part of it's headquarters building in Chicago ).

The first retail store was just an expansion of it's existing catalog business started in the 1890's that sold tens of thousands of items by mail order to rural communities through out the US.

The range of goods included sewing machines, bicycles, sporting goods, and even automobiles and a thousands of other new items. By 1895 catalogs included over 500 pages of goods that could be bought by mail order.

"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is published
"The Great Gatsby" a story is set in Long Island's North Shore and New York City during the summer of 1922. by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is published. and is now often regarded as an example of the Great American Novel. The Great Gatsby has become a standard text in high school and university courses on American literature in countries around the world.

Rum Runners Dump 100 Cases of Liquor
Rum runners were chased today by the Coast guard and were forced to dump 100 cases of Liquor in the Delaware River as part of the Rum War between smugglers and Coast guard , after dumping the booze the smugglers managed to escape the Coast guard.

Medium Wage for Women 1925
The medium wage for women in Alabama during this time in history was approximately $8.80 per week. This was the lowest in the entire nation at this time. Most of the women in this state were employed in manufacturing, clerical, domestic, or agricultural jobs.

The New Yorker First Published
The New Yorker is published for the first time a weekly magazine with a focus on the cultural life of New York City.

Hitler Publishes Mein Kampf 1925

Nazi leader Adolf Hitler publishes the first volume of his personal manifesto, Mein Kampf which was a bitter and turgid narrative filled with anti-Semitic outpourings, disdain for morality, worship of power, and the blueprints for his plan of Nazi world domination.

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