Top News Stories from 1925

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.378 billion
population by decade
Nobel Peace Prize: Sir Austen Chamberlain (UK) and Charles G. Dawes (US)
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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Calvin Coolidge
Vice President: Charles G. Dawes
Population: 115,829,000
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  • Nellie Tayloe Ross takes office as governor of Wyoming (Jan. 5). She is the first woman governor in U.S. history.
  • Tennessee schoolteacher John T. Scopes is arrested (May 5) for teaching the theory of evolution, forbidden by state law.
  • Worst tornado in U.S. history hit Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana: 689 deaths.
  • Al Capone takes over the Chicago bootlegging racket.


Federal spending: $2.92 billion
Consumer Price Index: $17.5
Unemployment: 3.2%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.02


World Series
Pittsburgh d. Washington (4-3)
Stanley Cup
Victoria (WCHL) d. Montreal
Women: Suzanne Lenglen d. J. Fry (6-2 6-0)
Men: Rene Lacoste d. J. Borotra (6-3 6-3 4-6 8-6)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Flying Ebony
NCAA Football Champions
Alabama (CFRA, HF) (10-0-0) & Dartmouth (DS) (8-0-0)


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes

So Big, Edna Ferber

Drama: They Knew What They Wanted, Sidney Howard
Nobel Prize for Literature: George Bernard Shaw (Ireland)
Miss America: Fay Lamphier (CA)
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  • Radio's The Smith Family introduces the soap opera format.
  • Sergei Eisenstein makes Potemkin, a revolutionary portrait of mutiny aboard a battleship. In the hands of Eisenstein, montage is raised to the highest structural role in filmmaking, serving as the unifying element of the medium.
  • Ben-Hur, costing a record-setting $3.95 million to produce, is released.


Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: In 1926, the 1925 prize was awarded to Richard Zsigmondy (Germany), for work on the heterogeneous nature of colloid solutions
Physics: James Franck and Gustav Hertz (Germany), for discovery of laws governing impact of electrons upon atoms
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