100 Things Turning 100 in 2020
Get ready to celebrate, because 2020 will be a big year! Happy Birthday to the 19th Amendment, the NFL, Rubbermaid, Band-Aids, and much more.
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One hundred years ago, the world was a very different place; that probably goes without saying. But what you may not know is that many of the events that took place in 1920 changed the course of history and, in large part, helped to create the world we live in today. One biggie: Women were finally granted the right to have a say in American politics with the ratification of the 19th Amendment, though that monumental event almost didn’t happen. As we commemorate the centennial of the women’s vote, we also wish a happy birthday to 99 more people, places, and things turning 100 in 2020.
The 19th Amendment
While women in the American territory of Wyoming were granted voting rights 150 years ago, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the constitutional amendment that gave half of the population of the United States the right to vote. America’s women’s suffrage movement, the long fight for the vote, and the 19th Amendment will be rightfully commemorated and celebrated throughout 2020.
Agatha Christie’s first novel
Agatha Christie’s first published novel—featuring her instantly famous character Hercule Poirot—was released to wild acclaim in the United States in 1920. The Mysterious Affair at Styles ushered in what is considered to be the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. If you love this genre, you have to add Christie’s classic to your reading list, along with the best mysteries, suspense novels, and thrillers of 2019.
Yellow Cab Manufacturing Company
While yellow taxi cabs were first created by John D. Hertz (yes, that Hertz) in Chicago in 1907, the manufacturing company that later would pump out those famous yellow taxis wasn’t formed until 1920. That makes it 100 years of getting city travelers to their destinations quickly and without getting soaked on rainy days, as well as without surge pricing! That said, if you want to take a car service, these are the best (and worst) in America.
The sport and the league that dominates homes across America every fall and winter celebrates its 100th season in 2020. If you thought football celebrations were big before, just wait—there will be a number of NFL 100 events to celebrate next year. True fans won’t want to miss these crazy things you never knew about the Super Bowl.
The company that’s likely supplied your family’s chicken dinners for decades turns 100 in 2020. While the world has changed a lot since 1920 and many people now shy away from agribusiness poultry and meat, Perdue Farms remains a force in grocery stores across the country as it clucks its way into its second century of existence. Looking for a new way to prepare your poultry? Check out these 42 baked chicken recipes prepped in 10 minutes or less.
Just as Perdue has been putting chicken on American tables for 100 years, Rubbermaid has been helping families pack up leftovers since 1920. The popular plastic storage manufacturer is headquartered in Atlanta now but began life a century ago in Wooster, Ohio. You likely use your Rubbermaid items every day, along with these 61 Amazon products.
The Northern European country of Estonia celebrates a century of recognized independence in February of 2020. While autonomy and independence had been declared earlier, the country gained official freedom from Russia after the War of Independence, at the end of World War I. Believe it or not, Estonia was one of the 15 countries that gave women the right to vote before the United States did.
The flagship airline of Australia, and the third oldest airline in the world after KLM and Avianca, was founded in November 1920 by World War I veterans Paul McGinness and Hudson Fysh, “who envisaged an air service connecting Australia to the world,” according to the company’s website. Don’t miss these 13 ways air travel will change in 2020.