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xx L’Equipe Sport Figure of the Decade 1920-1929  
  Timeline: 1920  
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed
Date Race Winner Distance
March 21, 1920 Tour of Flanders Jules Van Hevel (Bel) 248 km
March 25, 1920 Milan-San Remo Gaetano Belloni (Ita) 286.5 km
April 4, 1920 Paris-Roubaix Paul Deman (Bel) 263 km
May 23-Jun 6, 1920 Giro d'Italia Gaetano Belloni (Ita) 8 Stages, 2,629 km
June 6, 1920 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Leon Scieur (Bel) 245 km
Jun 27-Jul 25, 1920 Tour de France Philippe Thys (Bel) 15 Stages, 5,503 km
November 9, 1920 Giro di Lombardia Henri Pelissier (Fra) Milan-Monza, 241.6 km
  • January 10, 1920- League of Nations, a newly formed international organization, met to ratify the Treaty of Versailles, which ended WW1.
  • Babe Ruth- 1920, in New York George Herman “Babe” Ruth became the poster-boy for major league baseball. Fans came to see the New York Yankees in record numbers, recording more than 1 million fans.
  • Munich, German- Adolf Hitler presented his National Socialist (Nazi) program in Munich.
  • Lebanon- The creation of the state of Lebanon.
  • Women’s Right to Vote- 19th Amendment to US constitution was passed, guaranteeing women's suffrage.
  • Poland- Poland invaded the Ukraine.
  • USA- Prohibition began in the United States of America. January 29, 1920, America went dry as the 18th amendment went into effect, prohibiting alcoholic beverages.

Notable Deaths-
William Kissam Vanderbilt, 1849-1920,
was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family and railway magnate.

L'Equipe Sport Figure of the Decade-
L’Equipe’s athlete of the decade was Johnny Weismuller, USA. He was a multiple Olympic Gold Medallist in swimming. He won 3 gold medals in the 1924 Olympics and 2 more gold medals in the 1928 games. At one time he held an incredible number of world records and he was one of the greatest swimmers of all times. Johnny Weismuller never lost a race.



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