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Langston Hughes and His Jazz Shoes
The Life and Times of Langston
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What was going on around the world while Langston was alive?


Feb 1 1902- Langston is born, China's empress Tzu-hsi forbids binding woman's feet.

1903- "Wizard of Oz," premieres in New York City

1904- 1st Olympics in U.S. are held (St. Louis)

1905- Las Vegas, Nevada founded

1906- Roosevelt becomes 1st U.S. President to visit a foreign country (Panama)

1907- Finland is 1st European country to give women the right to vote

1908- 1st time, ball signifying new year dropped at Times Square

1909- 1st Lincoln head pennies minted

1910- Neon lights, 1st publically seen (Paris Auto Show)

1911-1st Indianapolis 500 car race, Ray Harroun wins at 74.59 MPH (120 KPH)

1912- Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as band plays on

1913- 1st U.S. paved coast-to-coast highway, the Lincoln Highway, opens

1914- Henry Ford introduces assembly line, for T-Fords

1915- 1st transcontinental radio telephone message is sent

1916- 1st issue of "Journal of Negro History" published

1917- Nicholas II, last Russian tsar, abdicates

1918- President Wilson outlines his 14 points for peace after WW I

1919- 1st U.S. air passenger service starts

1920- 18th Amendment, prohibition, goes into effect; repealed in 1933

1921- American Soccer League forms

1922- Babe Ruth suspended 1 day and fined $200 for throwing dirt on an ump

1923- Union of Socialist Soviet Republics established

1924- Russian city of St. Petersburg renamed Leningrad

1925- 1st all-female U.S. state supreme court appointed, Texas

1926- Walt Disney Studios forms

1927- U.S. government doesn't sign league of Nations disarmament treaty

1928- 1st U.S. air-conditioned office building opens, San Antonio

1929- October 29 Black Tuesday, Stock Market crashes triggers Great Depression

1930- Clyde Tombaugh photographs planet Pluto

1931- Alka Seltzer introduced

1932- Immigrant Adolf Hitler gets German citizenship

1933- Game of "Monopoly" invented

1934- Shirley Temple appears in her 1st movie, "Stand Up and Cheer"

1935- Blood tests authorized as evidence in court cases (New York)

1936- 1st parking meters are invented

1937- U.S. Steel raises workers' wages to $5 a day

1938- Hitler seizes control of German army and puts Nazi in key posts

1939- Food stamps are 1st issued

1940- Nazi's forbid Polish Jews to travel on trains

1941- December 7 Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, a date that will live in infamy

1942- US and 25 other countries sign a united declaration against the Axis

1943- Hitler declares "Total War"

1944- 2,000 Jews are murdered in Kaunas Lithuania

1945- Formal undertaking of complete German surrender

1946- Emperor Hirohito of Japan announces he is not a god

1947- 1st broadcast of 1st U.S. TV soap opera "A Woman to Remember"

1948- Big Bang theory proposed in Physical Review by Alpher, Bethe and Gamow

1949- Ladies Pro Golf Association of America formed in New York City

1950- President Truman approves building of hydrogen bomb

1951- Life After Tomorrow, 1st film to receive an "X" rating, premieres

1952- 1st plastic lens for cataract patients fitted (Philadelphia)

1953- Josef Stalin buried in Moscow

1954- U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island

1955- "Scrabble" debuts on board game market

1956- Elvis Presley's 1st TV appearance (Dorsey Bros Stage Show)

1957- 1st military nuclear power plant dedicated, Fort Belvoir Va

1958- Sputnik 1 reenters atmosphere and burns up

1959- Fidel Castro named himself Cuba's premier after overthrowing Batista

1960- U.S. census at 179,245,000

1961- US breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba

1962- "Twist" dance is impure and bans it from all Catholic schools

1963- JFK assassinated in Texas, Lyndon Baines Johnson sworn in as 36th U.S. president

1964- Beatles 1st appear on Billboard Chart (I Want to Hold Your Hand-#35)

1965- T.G.I. Friday's 1st restaurant opens in New York City

1966- All U.S. cigarette packs have to carry "Caution Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health"

May 22, 1967- Langston Hughes Dies of complications from surgery related to prostate cancer, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," debuts on NET (now PBS)