By Barry Boyce,
Van Lerberghe (Bel)
21-June 8, 1919
29-July 27, 1919
- Tour de
France - Race director Henri Desgranges had a brilliant idea
and had yellow colored jerseys sent down from Paris. Yellow
was chosen for the color
of the jersey because the color of Desgranges’ newspaper Le Auto was
printed on yellow paper. Conveniently, the bright color also made the race
out in the pack. Before the start of stage 11 in Grenoble on July
18, 1919, Eugene
Christophe was awarded the first race leader’s “Maillot
Jersey). This act marked the birth of the most recognizable symbol
and the most coveted prize in the history of bicycle racing.
Sox Scandal - 1919, the Chicago White Sox lost the World Series
to the underdog Cincinnati Red Legs. Rumors of gambling on baseball
1919 White Sox to be dubbed the Black Sox. Chicago’s Shoeless Joe Jackson
denied any wrongdoing, but he and his teammates were banned from
baseball for life.
Health - The Spanish flu epidemic caused over 20 million deaths.
It is thought to have been the most deadly epidemic
so far in
human history, killing more people
than the Black Plague.
- WW1 - June
28, 1919 the Peace Treaty of Versailles was signed, officially
ending World War 1. The
signing of the Peace Treaty also marked
the creation of the
League of Nations.
East - The first Palestine National Congress met in Jerusalem
and rejected the Balfour Declaration
(establishing a Jewish national
homeland in Palestine).
They demanded independence for Palestine.
Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, 1858-1919, was the 26th President of the USA. A man of great energy
and vision, he set the tone for the
country at the start of a new century.
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