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Explore the Decades - 1910s

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The era of 1910 – 1919 brought with it a period of great change in America. In fact, it was the first decade that the United States was first regarded as a world leader.

The instalment of the first Auto Electric Self Start took place in 1911, and was fitted in a Cadillac by GM. Prior to this, all cars needed to be started by cranking a starting handle which was nothing short of hard work.

In terms of discoveries, Hiram Bingham found Manchu Picchu in the Andes in 1911, after following Simón Bolívar's route into Colombia and continuing it with a walk from Argentina into Peru.

Perhaps one of the most tragic events of this period (and of all time) was the sinking of the Titanic on 15th April, 1912, where more than 1,500 people lost their lives. Children were hired to work in factories, mills and mines for hours on end in dangerous and detrimental conditions. While efforts to pass a federal law proved unsuccessful, by the middle of this decade, every state had passed a minimum age law.

In 1914, World War One began, the first ‘war to end all wars’. In this time also, Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated by as member of ‘Young Bosnia’, which prompted Austria to wage war on Serbia, Germany on Russia and France, Britain and Germany.