Celebrities And Heroes of the 1920s. By, John Robinson and Zach O’Brien
Celebrities and Heroes • Political • Industrial • Entertainment • Travel • Athletic
Al “Scarface” Capone • “Big Cheese, Hard Boiled” • Capone controlled speakeasies, bookie joints, gambling houses, brothels, horse and race tracks, nightclubs, distilleries and breweries at a reported income of $100,000,000 a year. • Valentine’s Day Massacre-7 dead with 150 bullets • He was the first to open soup kitchens after the 1929 stock market crash and he ordered merchants to give clothes and food to the needy at his expense.
Harry Houdini • The most spectacular escape act was the Chinese Torture Water Cell. He was to be chained upside down and submersed in the water of the glass cell that was locked. • Debunking of fraudulent mediums in the 1920s. • Interesting life, but what struck many was his mysterious afterlife. • Arthur Ford, friend and medium, got a message. "Rosabelle, answer, tell, pray, answer, look, tell, answer, answer, tell." This message was authentic according to Bess Houdini, wife.
Henry Ford • Ford Motor Company founded in 1903 • In 1926, the Model T was outdated and out sold by General Motors, but with introduction of the Model A and V8. • Not only was Ford a business man but a politician. During World War I, he and 170 others went to Europe seeking peace. • Ford also ran for Senate on the Democratic ballot, speaking out against labor organizations, United Auto Workers. • Ford supported charitable work by setting up an historical museum in Greenfield, Michigan. • Also responsible for Ford Foundation which provided grants for research, education, and development.
Charles Lindbergh • 1927: set record for Ca-NY flight (22 hrs.) • 5/20-5/21, 1927: Flew first, solo, nonstop flight from NY to Paris (33 hrs. 30 min.) • 1929: Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor
Red Grange • Played at University of Illinois • 1924: defeated Michigan (unbeaten in 20 games) • 3 time All-American • Played professionally for Chicago and New York.
Johnny Weissmuller • Won 5 Gold Medals over 1924, 1928 Olympics • Set 28 World Records • First sub-minute 100m Freestyle (58.6 sec.) • Went on to star as Tarzan in twelve movies.
Jack Dempsey • “Manassa Mauler” • Heavyweight title holder 1919-1926 • 1921: Battle of the Century • 9/3/1926: lost heavyweight title to Gene Tunney. • 1927: Battle of the Long Count.
The Sultan of Swat • 1924: .378 avg., 46 HR, 121 RBI • 1927: MLB record 60 home runs • 1920-1933: 637 homers (45.5 avg.) • First to hit 30, 40, 50, 60 homers in a season
Unbelievable Power • After sale, Ruth out homered Red Sox in 10 of next 12 years. • Ruth: 559 HR • Red Sox: 399 HR
Works Cited • http://library.thinkquest.org • http://www.allsports.com • http://fsweb.wm.edu • http://www.baberuth.com • http://www.hickoksports.com • http://www.cmgww.com • http://www.acepilots.com • http://www.olympic.org • http://www.baseball-reference.com • http://www.geocities.com/Broadway/Stage/3487/houdini.html • http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/miami/peopleevents/pande01.html • http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/theymadeamerica/whomade/ford_hi.html • http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/houdini/peopleevents/pande04.html
John Charles Lindbergh Johnny Weissmuller Babe Ruth Jack Dempsey Red Grange Combined slides Zach Henry Ford Al Capone Harry Houdini Works Cited What We Did