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6 Things Turning 100 In 2020

2020 seems like a milestone year. Just 100 years ago the first 3-colored, four way traffic light was created, the first commercial radio station was born, women were allowed to receive degrees from Oxford University as well as the Good Humor ice cream bar made its way on to the scene. Let’s take a look at 6 other things that happened 100 years ago.

The 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the US.

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The women’s suffrage movement. 
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On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting women the right to vote and ending nearly 100 years of protesting for women’s suffrage. Despite the victory, many states passed laws that prohibited African American women from voting. It wasn’t until 1965 that President Lyndon B. Johnson passed the Voting Rights Act, which banned racial discrimination in voting practices.

The National Football League was founded in 1920.

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American football in its early days. 
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Originally called the American Professional Football Association (APFA), the league was founded in Canton, Ohio, on September 17, 1920. Prior to the league’s founding, college football was more popular than its professional counterpart, and regional football team owners and representatives wanted to raise the pro football standard and create schedules between teams, according to the History Channel. The APFA was renamed as the National Football League, or NFL, two years later.

The inkblot test was first introduced as a psychoanalysis method 100 years ago.

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An example of the inkblot test. 
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Developed by Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach in 1920, the test consists of a collection of cards containing inkblot images that have been folded over to create a mirrored effect. 

Airline KLM’s first passenger aircraft took flight in 1920.

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An early KLM airplane, circa 1930s. 
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KLM’s first passenger aircraft was the Fokker F.II. The plane had room for four passengers, and the pilot sat in the open air. The first flight took passengers from London to Amsterdam, according to KLM.

The famous silent film “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” was released in 1920.

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A still from the 1920 film. 
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The movie, which is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, follows Dr. Henry Jekyll, who faces consequences when he takes a potion that turns him into an evil alter-ego, Mr. Hyde.

And most importantly, Prohibition went into effect 100 years ago — and was repealed in 1933.

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People protest Prohibition with flags and signs. 
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The 18th Amendment banned the manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcohol within the US. Known as Prohibition, the amendment went into effect in 1920, one year after it was ratified. The amendment was in effect for 13 years and was repealed in 1933 by the 21st Amendment.


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