1910-1919

This page contains a timeline of major events related to the Lost Generation between 1910 and 1919, with U.S. and world events to provide context.

Previous: 1900-1909 Next: 1920-1929

  • 1912

    January 6 – New Mexico becomes the 47th state

    February 14 – Arizona becomes the 48th state

    May 16 – Congress passes the 17th Amendment

  • 1913

    March 4 – Woodrow Wilson sworn in as the 28th U.S. President

    September – F. Scott Fitzgerald enters Princeton

  • 1914

    June 28 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie assassinated in Sarajevo

    July 28 – Ottoman Empire declares war on Bosnia, starting World War I

    August 4 – President Wilson issues a proclamation of neutrality

  • 1915

    January – F. Scott Fitzgerald meets Ginevra King

    April 23 – Rupert Brooke dies of blood poisoning in Skyros, Greece

    May 7 – British liner Lusitania sunk by German U-boats, killing 128 Americans

  • 1916

    July 4 – Alan Seeger killed in France during the Battle of the Somme

  • 1917

    March 2 – Puerto Rico becomes a U.S. territory

    March 5 – President Wilson sworn in for a second term

    April 6 – U.S. enters World War I

    April 9 –Edward Thomas killed in Arras, France

    September – F. Scott Fitzgerald sells his first piece, a poem to Poet Lore

    December 17 – Congress proposes the 18th Amendment, which would prohibit alcohol

  • 1918

    March – F. Scott Fitzgerald finishes the first draft of The Romantic Egotist

    April – Isaac Rosenberg killed in France

    July – F. Scott Fitzgerald meets Zelda Sayre

    July 8 – Ernest Hemingway severely injured at the Italian front

    November 4 – Wilfred Owen killed in France

    November 11 – Allied and Central powers sign an armistice, ending World War I

  • 1919

    January 16 – 18th Amendment, which would prohibit alcohol, ratified by the requisite number of states

    May 8 – Sherwood Anderson‘s novel-in-stories, Winesburg, Ohio, is published

    June 5 – Congress passes the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote

    June 28 – Treaty of Versailles signed, officially ending World War I

    September – Scribners accepts This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel

    October – F. Scott Fitzgerald sells his first story to the Saturday Evening Post (“Head and Shoulders”)

  • See also: 1870s-80s, 1890s, 1900s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s

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