What Happened in April 1921

Historical Events


Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

2nd Albert Einstein lectures in New York City on his new "Theory of Relativity"

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 4th Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 3 games to 2
  • 7th Revolutionary leader, Sun Yat-sen is elected President of China at Canton, though China remains divided into north and south and subject to rivalries of warlords
  • 11th Iowa imposed 1st state cigarette tax
  • 11th KDKA broadcast 1st radio sporting event, a boxing match (Ray-Dundee)
  • 11th Turkestan ASSR forms in Russian SFSR
  • 11th First sports broadcast on the radio takes place.
  • 11th The Emirate of Transjordan is created.
  • 13th Foundation of the Spanish Communist Workers' Party.
  • 14th NHL Championship: Ottawa Senators sweep Toronto St Patricks in 2 games
  • 14th Prince Henry opens Rotterdam-Amsterdam-Bremen-Hamburg air route
  • 15th Black Friday in Britain: leaders of transport and rail unions announce a decision not to call for strike action in support of the miners; the epithet 'black' derives from a widespread feeling that the decision amounted to a breach of solidarity and a betrayal of the miners
  • 16th Liberal Freedom League forms in The Hague
  • 18th Junior Achievement incorporated in Colorado Spring
  • 18th Philip James Barry's "Punch for Judy" premieres in NYC
  • 19th 25th Boston Marathon won by Frank Zuna of NJ in 2:18:57.6
  • 19th Funeral of last German Emperoress, Augusta Victoria
  • 21st Ottawa Senators beat Vanc Millionaires 3 games to 2 for Stanley Cup [or 4/4]
  • 23rd Charles Paddock runs world record 100m (10.4 secs)
  • 24th 1st municipal elections for men & women in Belgium
  • 24th Under Allies supervision, a plebiscite in the Tyrol favors merging with Germany; unhappy with the outcome, Allies give the area to Italy
  • 27th Hadjememaar, [Corn de Gelder] elected in Amsterdam
  • 30th American Professional Football Association reorganizes in Akron
  • 30th Pope Benedict XV encyclical "On Dante"

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Douglas Allenbrook, composer
  • 1st William L Bergsma, composer (Fortunate Island), born in Oakland, California
  • 1st Ken Reardon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 3rd Harry Landers, actor (Ted Hoffman-Ben Casey), born in NYC, New York
  • 3rd Robert Karvelas, American actor (d. 1991)
  • 4th Willem J "Wim" the Villiers, S Afr minister of Administration
  • 5th Lady Fisher, founder (British Women Caring Trust)
  • 5th Les Jackson, cricket bowler (England twice, 1949 & 1961)
  • 5th Robert Q Lewis, TV host (Masquerade Party, Robert Q Lewis Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 6th Andrew Welsh Imbrie, composer
  • 6th Franta Belsky, British sculptor
  • 6th Lord Moore of Wolvercote [Philip Brian Cecil Moore], Private Secretary to the Sovereign (UK)
  • 8th Alfie Bass, actor (Moonraker, Are You Being Served), born in London, England
  • 8th Jan Novak, composer
  • 8th Virginia O'Brien, actress/singer (Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 9th Frankie Thomas, actor (Tom Corbett Space Cadet), born in NYC, New York
  • 9th Jean-Marie Balestre, French motorsports official (FIA) (d. 2008)
  • 9th Yitzhak Navon, President of Israel (1978-83), born in Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine,(d. 2015)
  • 10th Chuck Connors, American actor (Rifleman, Branded, Cowboy in Africa), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 10th Peter Herbert Penwarden, priest
  • 10th Sheb Wooley, Erick Oklahoma, vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw)
  • 11th Jeff Stollmeyer, cricketer (WI batsman pre/post-war)
  • 11th Virginia O'Brien, actress (Francis in the Navy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 11th Martin Buckmaster, 3rd Viscount Buckmaster, British diplomat
  • 11th Jim Hearn, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • 12th A W Mabbs, archivist
  • 13th Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza, industrialist
  • 13th Carlo Prosperi, composer
  • 13th James Wilson, British Lt-General
  • 13th Maxwell Henley Harris, Australian poet/publisher (Gift of Blood)
  • 14th Thomas Schelling, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • 15th Georgi Timofeyevich Beregovoi, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 3)
  • 15th Norman Ewart Thurston, musician
  • 16th Peter Ustinov, actor (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), born in London, England
  • 17th Donald Barron, CEO (Midland Bank)
  • 18th Barbara Hale, Dekalb Ill, actress (Della Street-Perry Mason)
  • 19th Glyn England, CEO (CEGB, Windcluster Ltd)
  • 19th Will Ogdon, composer
  • 20th Donald Gunn MacRae, sociologist
  • 20th Janine Sutto, French Canadian actress
  • 21st Jack Fletcher, Forest Hills NY, actor, Grady, Bob Crane Show)
  • 23rd Janet Blair, Altoona Pa, actress (Leave it to the Girls, Smith Family)
  • 23rd Warren Spahn, left-handed pitcher (Boston/Milwaukee Braves)
  • 24th Laci Boldemann, composer
  • 25th Jean Mogin, Belgian poet
  • 25th Karel Appel, painter (Vragende Children)
  • 26th Harry Knutton, Maj-Gen/dir-general (London City & Guilds Institute)
  • 26th Jimmy Giuffre, jazz musician
  • 26th Margaret Gowing, professor (history, science)
  • 28th Rowland Evans, White Marsh Pa, news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak)
  • 29th Cornelis de Jager, Dutch astronomer (Sun)
  • 30th Roger Easton, American scientist & inventor (GPS), born in Craftsbury, Vermont (d. 2014)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

7th French president Charles de Gaulle (30) weds Yvonne Vendroux (20)

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle

Famous Deaths

  • 5th Alphonsus J M Diepenbrock, Dutch composer (Missa), dies at 58
  • 8th Earnest von Possart, German actor/stage manager, dies
  • 11th Augusta Victoria, Queen of Prussia/wife of Emperor Wilhelm II, dies
  • 18th Earnest [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, actor (Inkwartiering), dies at 70
  • 29th Arthur Mold, Brit cricket bowler (1893, banished for throwing), dies