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Year 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on
Thursday (link will display 1920) of the Gregorian
Events of 1920
January 1 â€“ Babe Ruth and is traded by the Boston
Red Sox to the New York Yankees for $125,000, the
largest sum ever paid for a player at that time.
(Adjusted for inflation, that equals $3,125,000 as of
January 1, 2009.)
January 7 â€“ The forces of Russian White Admiral
Kolchak surrender in Krasnoyarsk. The Great
Siberian Ice March ensues.
January 9 â€“ Thousands of onlookers watch as "The
Human Fly" George Polley climbs the New York
Woolworth Building. He reaches the 30th floor
before being arrested.
January 13 â€“ The New York Times ridicules the
American rocket scientist Robert H. Goddard. The
newspaper had to publicly take it all back later in 17
July 1969 when the Apollo crew landed on the Moon.
â€¢ Prohibition begins in the United States with the
Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution
coming into effect.
â€¢ The World War I Allies demand that the
Netherlands extradite the German Kaiser
Wilhelm II, who has fled there.
â€¢ Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, is founded
on the campus of Howard University in
January 19 â€“ The United States Senate votes against
joining the League of Nations.
January 22 â€“ The Australian Country Party is
officially formed, led by Nelson Pollard.
January 23 â€“ The Netherlands refuses to extradite
the German Kaiser.
January 28 â€“ The Spanish Legion is founded and
stationed in North Africa to fight rebels in Morocco.
January 28 â€“ Turkey gives up the Ottoman Empire
and most of the non-Turkish areas.
January 30 â€“ The oldest surviving pro wrestling
match on film happens, with Joe Stecher defeating
February 2: Tartu Peace Treaty
â€¢ February 2
â€¢ Estonian War o