Then And Now… Here’s What Life Was Like In America 100 Years Ago.
1915 was a happening year. World War I had already begun. American jazz legend Billie Holiday and French singer Édith Piaf were born. Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" was published and "The Birth of a Nation", a controversial silent epic in which members of the Ku Klux Klan were portrayed as heroes, was released. The word "babe" was first documented as a way to describe an attractive young woman, and according to the National Vital Statistics System, divorce rates in America were recorded at 10%.
Take a look at 26 more interesting facts to see how much has changed, been preserved, or even forgotten over the past 100 years.
#1. On January 12, 1915, Congress votes against women's suffrage, or right to vote.
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#2. A German U-boat torpedoes the British ocean liner, Lusitania, killing over 1,100 passengers, including 128 Americans. The event shaped public opinion against Germany and increased pressure on President Woodrow Wilson to enter World War I, a decision made two years later in April 1917.
#3. J.L. Kraft first begins selling processed cheese, giving Kraft Foods products a more uniform taste and longer shelf life.
Kraft Foods Group
#4. Audrey Munson is the first woman to pose nude for film.
#5. The first stop sign is placed in Detroit, Michigan. This photo of an unnamed Detroit street reflects its great need.
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