"Black Tuesday" — October 29th — saw 16 million shares traded at losses. By December 1st, the New York Stock Exchange value had dropped by over 26 billion dollars and the Great Depression had begun.
Sebastiano Lando obtained a patent for the first coin-operated vending machine.
New York's Museum Of Modern Art was founded.
Al Capone was sentenced to a year in prison for carrying a concealed weapon.
Chicago's O'Banion Gang was gunned down in the so-called "St. Valentine's Day Massacre."
Lt. Commander Richard E. Byrd piloted the first successful flight over the South Pole.
George Eastman demonstrated the first color motion picture.
The first Academy Awards were held. Wings was named best picture, Emil Jannings best actor and Janet Gaynor best actress.
Amos 'n' Andy debuted on network radio.