Charles Fort: A Fortean Chronology, 1920.

"In March 1920, a band of Arab dervishes exhibited in the London music halls. In the London Daily News, March 12, 1920, are reproduced photographs of these magicians, showing them with skewers that they had thrust through their flesh, painlessly and bloodlessly.


Taboo. The censor stopped the show."

Wild Talents by Charles Fort


  • January 9: Thousands of onlookers watch as "The Human Fly" George Polley climbs the New York Woolworth Building. He reaches the 30th floor before being arrested.
  • January 13: The New York Times ridicules the American rocket scientist Robert H. Goddard. The newspaper had to publicly take it all back later in 17 July 1969 when the Apollo crew landed on the Moon.
  • January 16: Prohibition begins in the United States with the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution coming into effect.
  • January 19: The United States Senate votes against joining the League of Nations.
  • January 28: Turkey gives up the Ottoman Empire and most of the non-Turkish areas.



  • February 10: Jozef Haller de Hallenburg performs the symbolic wedding of Poland to the sea, celebrating the restitution of Polish access to the open sea.
  • February 17: A woman named Anna Anderson tries to commit suicide in Berlin and is taken to a mental hospital, where she claims she is Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia.
  • February 20: An earthquake hits Gori Georgia, killing 114.
  • February 21: A man, naked, almost helpless is found wandering along a road near Petersfield, Hampshire. (Books706)
  • February 22: In Emeryville, California, the first dog racing track to employ an imitation rabbit opens.
  • February 24: Adolf Hitler presents his National Socialist program in Munich.



  • March 15: The Ruhr Red Army, a communist army 60,000 men strong, is formed in Germany.
  • March 19: The United States Congress refuses to ratify the Treaty of Versailles.
  • March 22: A light in the sky and an illumination upon the moon. (Books523)
  • March 26: The German government asks France for permission to use its own troops against the rebellious Ruhr Red Army in the French-occupied area.
  • March 28: The 1920 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak hits the Great Lakes region and Deep South states.
  • March 29: Sir William Robertson, who enlisted in 1877, becomes a field marshal in the British Army, the first man to rise to this rank from private.
  • March 31: The Government of Ireland Act 1920 is presented in the British Parliament.



  • April 2: The German army marches to the Ruhr to fight the Ruhr Red Army.
  • April 4:  Violence erupts between Arabic and Jewish residents in Jerusalem; 9 killed, 216 injured.
  • April 11: Mexican Revolution, Álvaro Obregón flees from Mexico City during a trial intended to ruin his reputation; he flees to Guerrero where he joins Fortunato Maycotte.
  • April 20: Mexican Revolution, Álvaro Obregón announces in Chilpancingo that he intends to fight against the rule of Venustiano Carranza.
  • April 24: Polish–Soviet War, Polish and Ukrainian troops attack the Red Army in Soviet Ukraine.
  • April 28: A fire broke out in the War office, Constantinople. The iron doors were locked, and it was impossible to gain access to the building until the afternoon. (Books911)



  • May 19: Mexican Revolution, Álvaro Obregón's troops enter Mexico City.
  • May 16: Joan of Arc is canonised. Over 30,000 people attend the ceremony in Rome, including 140 descendants of Joan of Arc's family. Pope Benedict XV presides over the rite, for which the interior of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is richly decorated.
  • May 20: Mexican Revolution: Venustiano Carranza arrives in San Antonio Tlaxcalantongo. Troops of Rodolfo Herrera attack him at night and shoot him.
  • May 24: Venustiano Carranza is buried in Mexico City; all of his mourning allies are arrested. Adolfo de la Huerta is elected provisional president.
  • May 26: A series of tremendous thunderstorms occur in England, culminating three days later in a flood that destroyed 50 houses and killed 23 people in Louth, Lincolnshire.(Books593)



  • June 4: Treaty of Trianon: Peace is restored between the Allied Powers and Hungary.
  • June 13: The United States Post Office Department rules that children may not be sent via parcel post.



  • July 13: London County Council bars foreigners from council jobs.
  • July 21: A storm in the sky above Portland, Oregon, thunder and lightning; objects falling from the sky, glistening white fragments said to look like "bits of polished china." (Books524)
  • July 22: Polish–Soviet War, Poland sues for peace with Bolshevist Russia.
  • July 26: Mexican Revolution, Pancho Villa takes over Sabina and contacts de la Huerta to offer his conditional surrender. He signs his surrender on July 28.
  • July 29: The United States Bureau of Reclamation begins construction of the Link River Dam as part of the Klamath Reclamation Project.
  • July 31: France prohibits the sale or prescription of contraceptives.



  • August 2: The British Parliament passes a bill to restore order in Ireland, suspending jury trials.
  • August 9: A shower of small stones break the windows of the top floor of Wellington Villa, Grove-road, South Woodford, London. (Books938)
  • August 13-25: Polish–Soviet War, The Red Army is defeated in the Battle of Warsaw.
  • August 15: Irish War of Independence, The town hall of Templemore, Ireland, is burned down during the riots.
  • August 20: The first commercial radio station in the United States, 8MK (WWJ), begins operations in Detroit, Michigan.
  • August 21: All the statues and holy pictures, in the home of Thomas Dawn, of Templemore, Tipperary, Ireland, begin to bleed. (Books585)
  • August 26: The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is passed, guaranteeing women's suffrage.



  • September 16: The Wall Street bombing: A bomb in a horse wagon explodes in front of the J. P. Morgan building in New York City, killing 38 and injuring 400.
  • September 16: London newspapers report of three seperate fires that broke out simultaneously in different departments of the Government Office, Totehill Street, Westminster. (Books911)
  • September 27: A man out for an evening walk is found frightened and confused looking for his house upon a street near Dunstable. The man, Leonard Wadham, gives his address as Walworth, South London, nearly 30 miles away. He is at a loss as to how he wandered so far! (Books684) 
  • September 29: The first domestic radio sets come to stores in the United States; a Westinghouse radio costs $10.
  • September 29: Adolf Hitler makes his first public political speech, in Austria.



  • October 9: Polish troops take Vilnius.
  • October 10: Carinthian Plebiscite: A large part of Carinthia Province votes to become part of Austria rather than Yugoslavia.
  • October 12: Polish–Soviet War, after the Polish army captures Tarnopol, Dubno, Minsk, and Dryssa, the ceasefire is enforced.
  • October 18: Thousands of unemployed demonstrate in London; 50 are injured.
  • October 26: Álvaro Obregón is announced the elected president of Mexico.



  • November 2: Republican Warren G. Harding defeats Democrat James M. Cox and Socialist Eugene V. Debs, in the first national U.S. election in which women have the right to vote.
  • November 11: The Unknown Warrior is buried in Westminster Abbey.
  • November 15: In Geneva, the first assembly of the League of Nations is held.
  • November 23: A correspondent writes to the English Mechanic that he observed a shaft of light projecting from the moon. (Books524)
  • November 27: Charles Fort sails for London where he lives off and on for the next eight years. He studies at the British Museum Library and speaks at 'Speakers Corner' in Hyde Park. 
  • November 21: Bloody Sunday, British forces open fire on spectators and players during a football match in Dublin's Croke Park, killing 14 Irish civilians. This follows the assassinations of 12 British agents by the IRA in an earlier attack.
  • November 28: Kilmichael Ambush, The Third Cork Brigade Flying Column under Tom Barry ambushes 2 lorries of British soldiers at Kilmichael, County Cork,



  • December 5: A referendum in Greece is favorable to the reinstatement of the monarchy.
  • December 11: Martial law is declared in Ireland.
    December 16: An 8.6 Richter scale Haiyuan earthquake causes a landslide in Gansu Province, China, killing 180,000.
  • December 15-22: The Brussels Conference establishes a timetable for German war reparations intended to extend for over 42 years.
  • December 23: The United Kingdom and France ratify the border between French-held Syria and British-held Palestine.
  • December 25: The Rosicrucian Fellowship's spiritual healing temple The Ecclesia is founded at Mount Ecclesia, Oceanside, California.