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The Orphan Train Movement was a supervised welfare program that transported orphaned and homeless children from crowded Eastern cities of the United States to foster homes located largely in rural areas of the Midwest. The orphan trains operated between 1853 and 1929, relocating about 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children. This relocation of children ended in the 1920s with the beginning of organized foster care in America.

November 18, 1928 is Mickey Mouse’s birthday (according to Disney corporation). On this day, the animated short Steamboat Willie premiers at the Broadway Theatre.

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The sharp-dressed musicians of the Avery Elementary School Quartet of Webster Groves, Missouri, wore knickers and long stockings, a popular schoolboy fashion in the late 1920s.

On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was declared in effect.

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On June 13, 1920, the U.S. Post Office Department rules that children may not be sent by parcel post.

On March 18, 1925, the worst tornado in U.S. history passes through MO, IL,and IN, killing 695 people, injuring 13,000 people, and causing $17M in property damage. Known as the Tri-State Tornado, it had a diameter of more than a mile, traveled at speeds in excess of 70 mph, spent more than three hours on the ground, traveled 219 miles, and devastated 164 square miles.

On December 12, 1925, the "Motel Inn," the first motel in the world, opens in San Luis Obispo, CA. It stood at a mid-point location between Los Angeles and San Francisco, which took two days of driving on the roads at the time.

On August 6, 1926, Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across the English Channel, prompting the first ticker-tape parade in New York City.

On July 23, 1926, Fox Film buys the patents of the Movietone sound system for recording sound onto film from the Case Research Lab, ushering in the era of the "talkies". Check out the Motion Picture Studio Directories on for more information about the actors, directors, producers, and technicians of the day. search.ancestry.c... #film #movies #history

On June 26, 1927, the Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island.

  • Barbara Bergmann

    Some time in the 1940's my mother was at Coney Island when one of the cars came off and plunged to the ground.I don't know if this is true, I have never research it, but I remember the story from when I was a little kid.

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