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Europe in 1929


Constitutional celebration of the Weimar Republic in Berlin's Lustgarten, August 11, 1924


Cultural history

The Bauhaus in Dessau
An image from the Technicolor Process No. 2 made film The Toll of the Sea (1922)
Paul Klee : Main Path and Side Paths , 1929, oil on canvas
The Frankfurt kitchen set the standard for modern fitted kitchens from 1926 onwards.

science and technology



Individual contributions



Silent movie

The cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Sound film

Music and theater

1920s hits

Mamie Smith : Crazy Blues
Charles Harrison : I'll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time
Jerome David Kern : Look for the Silver Lining
Ted Lewis Jazz Band: When My Baby Smiles at Me
Ben Selvin : The Charleston
Ted Snyder : Sheik of Araby
Vaughn De Leath : I'm Just Wild About Harry
Paul Whiteman and Orchestra: Song of India
Van and Schenck : Ain't We Got Fun
Jazzbos Carolina Serenaders : Chicago (That Toddlin Town)
Al Jolson : Toot, Toot, Tootsie Goodbye
Blossom Seeley : Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
Fats Waller : I Wish I Could Shimmy Like Sister Kate
Van and Schenck : Carolina in the Morning
Billy Jones : Yes! We have no bananas
Ted Snyder : Who's Sorry Now?
Ray Henderson : That Old Gang of Mine
Bessie Smith : Down Hearted Blues
Bessie Smith : Gulf Coast Blues
Louis Armstrong & Bessie Smith : St. Louis Blues
Paul Whiteman and Orchestra: Indian Love Call
George Gershwin : Fascinatin 'Rhythm
Marion Harris : Tea for Two
Benny Goodman : California Here I Come
Art Gillham : I'm Sittin 'On Top of the World
Eddie Cantor : If You Knew Susie Like I Knew Susie
Ethel Waters : Sweet Georgia Brown
Fats Waller : Squeeze Me
Al Jolson : Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Duke Ellington : Bye, bye Blackbird
Jean gold chain : Tip Toe Through the Tulips
Gertrude Lawrence : Someone to Watch Over Me
Gene Austin : My Blue Heaven
Henry Red Allen : Swonderful
Johnny Marvin : Me and My Shadow
Richard Tauber : I kiss your hand, Madame
Cliff Edwards : I Can't Give You Anything but Love
Eddie Cantor : Makin 'Whoopee
Helen Kane : I Wanna Be Loved by You
Jimmie Rodgers : T For Texas (Blue Yodel No.1)
Marlene Dietrich : I'm prepared for love from head to toe
Fred Astaire : Puttin 'on the Ritz
Fats Waller : Ain't Misbehavin '
Cliff Edwards : Singin 'in the Rain
Hoagy Carmichael : Star Dust
Erwin Bolt : My sweetheart wants to go sailing with me on Sunday
Marlene Dietrich : Nice gigolo


  • 1920: The Königs Wusterhausen transmitter broadcasts a Christmas concert with instrumental music for the first time. The live concert was followed by letters from private listeners from Luxembourg, Holland, England and the Nordic countries. There were no reactions from Germany, as listening to the radio was prohibited under penalty of punishment.
  • 1921: KDKA in Pittsburgh brings the first religious broadcast and sends the first sports report: Florent Gibson of the newspaper Pittsburg Star commented the boxing match between Johnny Ray and Johnny Dundee in the engine Square, Pittsburgh.
  • 1921: The 9XM station at the University of Wisconsin – Madison broadcasts the first weather forecast .
  • 1922: The Wirtschaftsrundspruchdienst starts as the first regular radio broadcaster in Germany.
  • 1922: The 2LO station broadcasts the first live sports coverage in Great Britain . Future BBC employee Arthur Burrows comments on the boxing match between Ted Kid Lewis and Georges Carpentier in Olympia , London. Due to protests by newspaper publishers, this form of reporting could not establish itself in England until 1927.
  • 1922: The Eildienst , a business news bureau closely related to the German Foreign Ministry, founds the German hour as a subsidiary in Berlin . Society for wireless teaching and entertainment mbH.
  • 1922: The radio station WEAF from New York broadcasts the world's first commercial .
  • 1922: Founding of the private British Broadcasting Company , which five years later becomes the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
  • 1923: Wilhelm Kollhoff registers his radio as the first radio participant in Germany . Due to the inflationary period , he pays 350 billion marks for approval.
  • 1923: German broadcasting is officially started. Its first broadcast took place on October 29th from 8 to 9 in the evening, which was broadcast by the company “Radiostunde”, later known as “ Funk-Hour Berlin ”, from the Vox house .
  • 1923: The first radio receivers with loudspeakers come onto the market in the USA. Until then, you could only watch the program through headphones.
  • 1923: With the Ikonoskop, Vladimir Zworykin builds the first usable electronic image scanner.
  • 1925: The Reichs-Rundfunk-Gesellschaft is founded in Berlin as the umbrella organization for the regional broadcasting companies.
  • 1925: First live broadcast of a soccer game on German radio. It was the game Preußen Münster against Arminia Bielefeld . Sports reporter Bernhard Ernst at the microphone .
  • 1926: The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) starts broadcasting as a network in the United States with radio programs .
  • 1927: Bell Laboratories broadcast a speech by US Secretary of Commerce (and later President) Herbert Hoover over a distance of 200 miles (321 kilometers) via telephone cables . This is the first successful long-distance transmission of a television signal.
  • 1927: The American inventor and television pioneer Philo Farnsworth succeeds in demonstrating the transmission of an image in a purely electronic way with the help of a cathode ray tube under laboratory conditions.
  • 1927: Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) , the forerunner company, begins broadcasting radio programs in the United States .
  • 1928: The Prussian Ministry of Culture founds the radio test center in Berlin to research the technical and artistic possibilities of the new medium.
  • 1928: Presentation of the first German television test broadcasts at the 5th Great German Radio Exhibition .
  • 1929: The world radio broadcaster starts its first program exchange with other countries. It is the forerunner of Deutsche Welle .
  • 1929: The radio opera The ocean air of Bertolt Brecht on the first Atlantic crossing by plane will premiere "radiophonisch".
  • 1929: The radio journalist and actor Alfred Braun reports live on the funeral for Gustav Stresemann for radio . His report is one of the most famous in German radio history and is considered the oldest broadcast broadcast.
  • 1929: The radio play SOS… rao rao… Foyn by the author Friedrich Wolf , produced by Funk-Hour Berlin , celebrates its radio premiere. The radio play, which describes the (authentic) rescue operation of the dirigible Italia , which got into distress in the Arctic , is the oldest completely transmitted radio play production in German radio history.
  • 1929: On May 8th at 11:10 p.m., the Deutsche Reichspost begins an 80-minute test television broadcast, but still without sound transmission.



Margaret Gorman, first Miss America
  • 1921: As the Atlantic City Pageant , a two-day beauty pageant begins in Atlantic City for the first time , from which the choice for Miss America develops. 16-year-old Margaret Gorman wins the beauty pageant and is subsequently declared the first Miss America .
  • 1921: An advertisement with the slogan One Look is Worth A Thousand Words in the trade journal Printers' Ink turns into a proverb A picture is worth a thousand words .
  • 1923: The International Police Congress in Vienna decides to found the International Criminal Police Commission , a predecessor organization of Interpol . The aim is to improve the fight against crime across borders.



Lenin and Stalin in
Gorky in 1922



Music (composers)

Arnold Schoenberg

Music (stars)

Visual arts

performing Arts


Chaplin in Mabel's Busy Day (1914)

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