-Russian navy mutinies at Kronstadt on the Baltic Sea to protest food shortages and the ongoing economic crisis. The Bolshevik government crushes the revolt, which nonetheless helps prompt Lenin's later capitalistic-tinged economic policy reforms.

Famine-The Ku Klux Klan begins a reign of heightened terror nationwide, intimidating and murdering minorities and harassing uncooperative government officials and political opponents.

-A mass famine in Russia begins.


-Sweden abolishes capital punishment.

-Immigration Quota Act severely limits immigration, to no more than 3 percent annually of each nationality, based on the number of that nationality already residing in the U.S.

-Mass famine, with an estimated 18 million in danger of starvation, underway in Russia due to continuing economic crisis.

-International Disarmament Conference gets underway in Washington, D.C. to address mutual concerns about a developing post-war arms race.

-Southern part of Ireland declared a British dominion, with the same home rule status as Canada, and named the Irish Free State with the signing on Dec. 6 and ratification of a peace treaty between Britain and the Irish parliament.

-Mahatma Gandhi granted full control of the Indian National Congress.

-Progressive government is installed under the leader Jaun Bautista Saavedra in Bolivia.

-Australia is given mandate over German New Guinea.

-Lenin introduces lenin capitalist-style economics with his New Economic Policy (NEP), in reaction to the collapse of the Russian economy that occurred because of ongoing civil war and an Allied blockade of the country designed to end Bolshevism.

british officer-U.S. experiences a short, but severe, post-war recession due to industrial overproduction and elimination of defense-related industries, marked by widespread wage cuts and unemployment that reaches 5.7 million in August.

-Britain's post-war recession ('the slump') worsens, with unemployment reaching 2 million (18 percent).

-First radio broadcast of a religious service aired by KDKA, Pittsburgh.

-Dr. Marie Stopes opens first family planning clinic in London.

-A 'bathing beauty' pageant is held in Atlantic City, N.J.-an event that would soon be known as the Miss America Pageant. With the invention the year before of the Jantzen elasticized one-piece bathing suit, more comfortable and revealing swimwear was becoming popular. Miss Washington, Margaret Gorman, was judged the finest specimen of womanhood.chanel no. 5

-Coco Chanel introduces her signature fragrance, Chanel No. 5, in France.

-D.H. Lawrence publishes Women in Love.

charlie chaplin -Premiere of The Kid, Charlie Chaplin's feature-length film debut.

-Premiere of the World War I film melodrama Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, starring Rudolph Valentino.

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-Pablo Picasso paints 'Three Musicians'.

-French Aviator Etienne Oehmichen makes first helicopter flight.


-Hermann Rorschach first describes his inkblot test (since known as the Rorschach Test) for studying human personality, in his tome Psychodiagnostics, in Switzerland.

-Albert Einstein wins the Nobel Prize for Physics for his discovery of the photoelectric effect and his overall theoretical work.

-The B-C-G tuberculosis vaccine is developed and tested by Albert Calmete and Camille Guerin in France.

-U.S. biologist Thomas Hunt Morgan first forwards theory that chromosomes carry hereditary information.

-A team of Canadian doctors are first to extract insulin from human pancreas as potential diabetes treatment.

-Vitamin E is discovered