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Historical Backdrop for Ghost-Writer
April 4, 2012, 1:04 pm
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Ghost-Writer takes place primarily in 1919 (when Myra is being interviewed) but the flashbacks take place in 1915 and all the way back to 1904.  Here are some of the major events that occurred in each of these years:


A Marion Steam shovel excavating the Panama Canal in 1908

  • February 23– The United States gains control of the Panama Canal for $10 million

  • April 30– The Louisiana Purchase Exposition World’s Fair opens in St. Louis

  • July 23– The ice cream cone is invented in St. Louis Missouri for the exposition

  • October 27– NYC opens its first underground subway line

  • November 8-Republican incumbent, Theodore Roosevelt, wins U.S. presidential election

  • December 31-The first NYC New Year’s Eve celebration is held in Times Square


  • January– Typhoid Mary infects 25 people while working in New York’s Sloan Hospital using an assumed name and is placed in quarantine for life.

  • January 12– The United States House of Representatives rejects a proposal to give women the right to vote

  • February 12– The Lincoln Memorial is put into construction

  • May 6– Babe Ruth hits his first major league home run

  • May 7– The Lusitania is sunk by a German U-boat, turning popular opinion on the country

  • November 18– The movie Inspiration is released, the first movie where a leading actress appears nude


  • January 6– Theodore Roosevelt dies at age 60

  • January 15– A wave of molasses is released from a storage tank that explodes and flows through Boston killing 21 and injuring 150 people in the Boston Molasses Disaster

  • January 16– Prohibition is passed

  • April 30– Bombs are intercepted in the first anarchist bombing attempts

  • June 2– Mail bombs are sent to prominent figures in the 1919 Unites States anarchist bombings

  • June 4– The 19th Amendment to the United States is passed by Congress granting women the right to vote

  • October 2– President Woodrow Wilson is left partially paralyzed by a massive stroke

  • October 28– Prohibition begins

  • December 21– The United States deports 249 people to Russia in the Red Scare

  • December 26– Babe Ruth is sold to the New York Yankees by the Boston Red Sox for $125,000


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