What Happened in August 1921

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 Chicago jury brings in not guilty verdict against the Black Sox
  • Aug 3 1st aerial cropdusting (Troy Ohio to kill caterpillars)
  • Aug 3 Due to a technicality, 8 Chicago White Sox accused in Black Sox scandal are acquited, however Landis throws them out of baseball
  • Aug 5 1st radio baseball broadcast Pirates-8, Phillies-0 (KDKA, Pitts)
  • Aug 5 Treaty of Berlin: US & Germany sign separate peace treaty
  • Aug 6 Clason Point, Bronx to College Point, Queens muni ferry system begins
  • Aug 7 Cyclist Piet Moeskops becomes world champ sprinter

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Aug 10 FDR stricken with polio at summer home on Canadian island of Campobello

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Aug 13 Simon Kaufman & Marc Connelly's "Dulcy" premieres in NYC
  • Aug 14 Tannu Tuva, later Tuvinian People's Republic is established as a completely independent country (which is supported by Russia).
  • Aug 16 Members of the Dail (parliament) swear allegiance to the Irish Republic at their first meeting, held at Dublin House

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 19 Ty Cobb, is 4th to get 3,000 hits

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Aug 20 35th U.S. Women's National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory beats Mary Browne (4-6, 6-4, 6-2)

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Aug 22 J. Edgar Hoover becomes Assistant Director of the FBI

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • Aug 23 British declare a truce with Irish Nationalists Sinn Fein
  • Aug 23 Austria and the US formally end war; the US does the same with Germany on the 25th, and Hungary on the 29th
  • Aug 24 Battle of Sakaray Valley begins between Turkey & Greece
  • Aug 24 British airship R-38 crashes in River Humber, 44 die
  • Aug 25 US signs peace treaty with Germany
  • Aug 25 Yankee pitcher Harry Harper hits 3 batters in an inning tying record
  • Aug 25 The first skirmishes of the Battle of Blair Mountain, a civil uprising in Logan County, West Virginia
  • Aug 27 J E Clair of Acme Packing Co of Green Bay granted an NFL franchise
  • Aug 28 2nd Pan-African Congress meets (London, Brussels & Paris)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 28 Babe Ruth starts streak of an extra-base hit in 9 straight games

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Jack Kramer, Las Vegas, tennis star (Wimbledon 1947, US Open-1946)
  • Aug 1 Vic Marshall, chemist
  • Aug 3 Alec Wyton, English-born American composer, born in London (d. 2007)
  • Aug 3 Hayden Carruth, Waterbury Ct, novelist (Crow & Heart)
  • Aug 3 Marilyn Maxwell, actress (East of Sumatra)
  • Aug 3 Richard Adler, NYC composer (Pajama Game, Damn Yankees)

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Aug 4 Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Canadian NHL star (Montreal Canadiens, MVP-1947), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2000)

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • Aug 5 Nazar Mohammad, cricketer (Mudassar's pop, Pakistan's 1st centurion)
  • Aug 6 Ella Raines, Sinoqualmie Falls Wash, actress (Janice Dean RN)
  • Aug 7 Karel Husa, composer (Trojan Women), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Aug 7 M J bin Gorion, writer
  • Aug 7 Manitas de Plata, Gypsy guitarist
  • Aug 8 Roger Nixon, American composer, born in Tulare, California (d. 2009)
  • Aug 8 John Herbert Chapman, British physicist (d. 1979)
  • Aug 8 Webb Pierce, American singer (d. 1991)
  • Aug 8 Vulimiri Ramalingaswami, Indian medical scientist (d. 2001)
  • Aug 9 J James Exon, (Sen-D-Nebraska, 1979- )
  • Aug 9 Ernest Angley, televangelist
  • Aug 10 Leonard Lickorish, dir-gen (British Tourist Authority)

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Aug 11 Alex Haley, writer (Autobiography of Malcolm X, Roots), born in Ithaca, New York (d. 1992)

Writer Alex Haley
Alex Haley
  • Aug 12 Marjorie Reynolds, [Goodspeed], Buhl Id, actress (Peggy-Life of Riley)
  • Aug 12 Patrick Howard-Dobson, president (Royal British Legion)
  • Aug 13 Jimmy McCracklin, blues musician, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • Aug 14 Giorgio Strehler, theatre director
  • Aug 17 Geoffery Rudolph Elton, historiographer
  • Aug 17 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), Ranelagh, County Dublin (d. 2015)
  • Aug 18 Zdzisław Żygulski, Jr., Polish art historian
  • Aug 19 Gene Roddenberry, executive producer (Star Trek), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Aug 19 Philip A Potter, Dominica sec-gen World council of Churches
  • Aug 20 Jack Wilson, cricket slow left-armer (Test for Australia 1956)
  • Aug 22 James Menter, principal (Queen Mary College)
  • Aug 23 Sam Cook, cricketer (England slow left-armer in only Test)
  • Aug 23 Kenneth Arrow, American economist, (Nobel Prize 1972), born in New York City (d. 2017)
  • Aug 24 Sam Tingle, Zimbabwean racing driver
  • Aug 25 Brian Moore, Ireland, novelist (Catholics, Doctor's Wife)
  • Aug 25 Monty Hall, TV game show host (Lets Make a Deal), born in Winnipeg Canada
  • Aug 25 Bryce Mackasey, Canadian politician (d. 1999)

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Aug 26 Ben Bradlee, editor/journalist/executive (Washington Post), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Journalist Ben Bradlee
Ben Bradlee
  • Aug 26 David Begelman, film producer
  • Aug 26 William Preston, Columbia Penn, actor (Fisher King, Waterworld)
  • Aug 27 Georg Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1996)
  • Aug 27 Leo Penn, American film director (d. 1998)
  • Aug 28 Joop Doderer, Velsen Netherlands, actor (Swiebertje)
  • Aug 28 Nancy Kulp, Harrisburg PA, actress (Miss Hathaway-Beverly Hillbillies)
  • Aug 28 Fernando Fernán Gómez, Spanish actor, director, academic and playwright (d. 2007)
  • Aug 30 Angelo Dundee [Angelo Mirena], boxing trainer and cornerman (Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Aug 31 Raymond Williams, Welsh academic (d. 1988)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Enrico Caruso, Italian opera singer, dies at 48
  • Aug 7 Alexander A Block, Russian poet (Dvenatsat), dies at 40
  • Aug 8 Juhani Aho, Fins journalist/writer (Panu, Tuomio), dies at 59
  • Aug 10 John M Martin, last confederate congress member, dies
  • Aug 16 Peter I Karadjordjevic, king of Serbia/Yugoslavia, dies [or 8/26]
  • Aug 24 Nikolay Gumilyov, Russian poet (b. 1886)
  • Aug 26 Ludwig Thoma, writer, dies
  • Aug 26 Matthias Erzberger, German min of Finance, murdered at 45
  • Aug 26 Peter I Karadjordjevic, King of Serbia/Yugoslavia (1903-21), dies
  • Aug 29 Joel Asaph Allen, US zoologist (rule of Allen), dies at 83