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1910s (pronounced "nineteen-tens") was a decade of the Gregorian calendar that began on January 1, 1910, and ended on December 31, 1919.
The 1910s represented the culmination of
European militarism which had its beginnings during the second half of the 19th century. The conservative lifestyles during the first half of the decade, as well as the legacy of military alliances, was forever changed by the assassination, on June 28, 1914, of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne. The murder triggered a chain of events in which, within 33 days, World War I broke out in Europe on August 1, 1914. The conflict dragged on until a truce was declared on November 11, 1918, leading to the controversial, one-sided Treaty of Versailles, which was signed on June 28, 1919.
The war's end triggered the
abdication of various monarchies and the collapse of five of the last modern empires of Russia, Germany, China, Ottoman Turkey and Austria-Hungary, with the latter splintered into Austria, Hungary, southern Poland (who acquired most of their land in a war with Soviet Russia), Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, as well as the unification of Romania with Transylvania and Moldavia. However, each of these states (with the possible exception of Yugoslavia) had large German and Hungarian minorities, creating some unexpected problems that would be brought to light in the next two decades. (See
Dissolution of Austro-Hungarian Empire: Successor States for better description of composition of names of successor countries/states following the splinter.)
The decade was also a period of revolution in a number of countries. The Portuguese
5 October 1910 revolution, which ended the eight-century long monarchy, spearheaded the trend, followed by the Mexican Revolution in November 1910, which led to the ousting of dictator Porfirio Diaz, developing into a violent civil war that dragged on until mid-1920, not long after a new Mexican Constitution was signed and ratified. The Russian Empire also had a similar fate, since its participation on World War I led it to a social, political and economical collapse which made the tsarist autocracy unsustainable and, as a following of the events of 1905, culminated in the Russian Revolution and the establishment of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, under the direction of the Bolshevik Party later renamed as Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The Russian Revolution of 1917, known as the October Revolution, was followed by the Russian Civil War, which dragged on until approximately late 1922.
Much of the music in these years was
ballroom-themed. Many of the fashionable restaurants were equipped with dance floors. Prohibition in the United States began January 16, 1919, with the ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Politics and wars
Major political changes
Portugal becomes the first republican country in the century after the
5 October 1910 revolution, ending its long-standing monarchy and creating the First Portuguese Republic in 1911. Germany abolishes its monarchy and becomes under the rule of a new elected government called the
Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is passed, causing US Senators to be directly elected rather than appointed by the state legislatures.
Federal Reserve Act is passed by United States Congress, establishing a Central Bank in the US.
George V becomes king in Britain. Dissolution of the
German colonial empire, Ottoman Empire, Austria-Hungary and the Russian Empire, reorganization of European states, territorial boundaries, and the creation of several new European states and territorial entities: Austria, Czechoslovakia, Estonia, Finland, Free City of Danzig, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Saar, Ukraine, and Yugoslavia.
Fourteen Points as designed by United States President Woodrow Wilson advocates the right of all nations to self-determination. Rise to power of the Bolsheviks in Russia under Vladimir Lenin, creating the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic, the first state committed to the establishment of communism.
Decolonization and independence
Prominent political events
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Assassinations and attempts
Prominent assassinations, targeted killings, and assassination attempts include:
March 18, 1913:
George I of Greece June 11, 1913:
Mahmud ?evket Pasha, Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire June 28, 1914 -- Archduke
Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary is assassinated in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; prompting the events that led up to the start of World War I. July 17, 1918:
Shooting of former Russian Emperor Nicholas II, his consort, their five children, and four retainers at the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic following the October Revolution of 1917, and the usurpation of power by the Bolsheviks. April 10, 1919: Emiliano Zapata
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RMS , a British Titanic ocean liner which was the largest and most luxurious ship at that time, struck an iceberg and sank 2 hours and forty minutes later in the North Atlantic during its maiden voyage on April 15, 1912. 1,517 people perished in the disaster. On November 21, 1916
HMHS was holed in an explosion while passing through a channel which had been seeded with enemy mines and sank in 55 minutes. Britannic On May 7, 1915, the British
ocean liner RMS was torpedoed by Lusitania , a German U-20 U-boat, off the Old Head of Kinsale in Ireland and sunk in 18 minutes. 1,198 lives were lost, including 128 Americans. The sinking proved to be a factor in the American decision to enter World War I two years later. From 1918 through 1920, the
Spanish flu killed from 50 to 100 million people worldwide. In 1916, the
Netherlands was hit by a North Sea storm that flooded the lowlands and killed 19 people. From July 1 to July 12, 1916, a series of shark attacks, known as the
Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916 occurred along the Jersey Shore killing four and injuring one. On January 11, 1914,
Sakurajima erupted which resulted in the death of 35 people. In addition to that, the surrounding islands were consumed. Also an isthmus was created between Sakurajima and the main land. In 1917, the Halifax explosion killed 2,000 people.
Other significant international events
Science and technology
Flying Squadron of America promotes temperance movement in the United States.
Edith Smith Davis edits the Temperance Educational Quarterly. The first U.S.
feature film, , was released in 1912. Oliver Twist The first
mob film, D. W. Griffith's was released in 1912. The Musketeers of Pig Alley
Hollywood, California, replaces the East Coast as the center of the movie industry. The first
crossword puzzle was published 21 December 1913 appearing in The New York World newspaper. The comic strip
Krazy Kat begins.
Charlie Chaplin débuts his trademark mustached, baggy-pants " Little Tramp" character in in 1914. Kid Auto Races at Venice The first
African American owned studio, the Lincoln Motion Picture Company, was founded in 1917. The four
Warner brothers, (from older to younger) Harry, Albert, Samuel, and Jack opened their first major film studio in Burbank in 1918.
Tarzan of the Apes starring Elmo Lincoln is released in 1918, the first Tarzan film. The first
jazz music is recorded by the Original Dixieland Jass Band for Victor (#18255) in late February, 1917. The Salvation Army has a new international leader, General Bramwell Booth who served from 1912 to 1929. He replaces his father and co-founder of the Christian Mission (the forerunner of the Salvation Army), William Booth.
Literature and arts
Armory Show in New York City was a seminal event in the history of Modern Art. Innovative contemporaneous artists from Europe and the United States exhibited together in a massive group exhibition in New York City, and Chicago.
Other movements and techniques
1910 - 1911 - 1912 - 1913 - 1914 - 1915 - 1916 - 1917 - 1918 - 1919
John Barrett, Director-general Organization of American States Georges Louis Beer, Chairman Permanent Mandates Commission
Henry P. Davison, Chairman International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Sir James Eric Drummond, Secretary-general League of Nations
Emil Frey, Director International Telecommunication Union
Christian Louis Lange, Secretary-general Inter-Parliamentary Union Baron Louis Paul Marie Hubert Michiels van Verduynen, Secretary-general Permanent Court of Arbitration
William E. Rappard, Secretary-general International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Manfred von Richthofen, alias the "Red Baron", fighter pilot
Eugène Ruffy, Director Universal Postal Union
William Napier Shaw, President World Meteorological Organization
Albert Thomas, Director International Labour Organization Grigory Yevseyevich Zinoviev, Chairman of the Executive Committee Communist International
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