- The 18th amendment, prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages anywhere in the U.S., is ratified.
- Mahatma Gandhi begins his nonviolent resistance movement against British rule in India.
- Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, Douglas Fairbanks, and Mary Pickford establish United Artists.
- Dial telephones are introduced by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company.
- The Treaty of Versailles is signed, ending World War I.
- Felix the Cat first appears in Feline Follies.
Historical Highlights from 1919