Top News Stories from 1929

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.378 billion
population by decade
Nobel Peace Prize: Frank B. Kellogg (US)
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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Herbert C. Hoover
Vice President: Charles Curtis
Population: 121,767,000
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  • St. Valentine's Day gangland massacre in Chicago (Feb. 14).
  • Stock market prices plummet (Nov.-Dec.). U.S. securities lose $26 billion, marking the first financial disaster of the Great Depression


Federal spending: $3.13 billion
Consumer Price Index: $17.1
Unemployment: 3.2%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.02


World Series
Philadelphia A's d. Chicago Cubs (4-1)
Stanley Cup
Boston d. NY Rangers
Women: Helen Wills d. H. Jacobs (6-1 6-2)
Men: Henri Cochet d. J. Borotra (6-4 6-3 6-4)
Kentucky Derby Champion
Clyde Van Dusen
NCAA Football Champions
Notre Dame (9-0-0)


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Drama: Street Scene, Elmer L. Rice
Academy Award, Best Picture: Wings (Paramount Famous Lasky)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Thomas Mann (Germany)
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Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Sir Arthur Harden (UK) and Hans K. A. S. von Euler-Chelpin (Sweden), for research of fermentation of sugars
Physics: Prince Louis Victor de Broglie (France), for discovery of the wave character of electrons
Physiology or Medicine: Christiaan Eijkman (Netherlands), for discovery of the antineuritic vitamins; and Sir Frederick Hopkins (UK), for discovery of growth-promoting vitamins
Physiology or Medicine: Scarlet Sister Mary, Julia Peterkin
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