What Happened in August 1921

Historical Events

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

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

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

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

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22nd 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
  • 23rd British declare a truce with Irish Nationalists Sinn Fein
  • 23rd Austria and the US formally end war; the US does the same with Germany on the 25th, and Hungary on the 29th
  • 24th Battle of Sakaray Valley begins between Turkey & Greece
  • 24th British airship R-38 crashes in River Humber, 44 die
  • 25th US signs peace treaty with Germany
  • 25th Yankee pitcher Harry Harper hits 3 batters in an inning tying record
  • 25th The first skirmishes of the Battle of Blair Mountain, a civil uprising in Logan County, West Virginia
  • 27th J E Clair of Acme Packing Co of Green Bay granted an NFL franchise
  • 28th 2nd Pan-African Congress meets (London, Brussels & Paris)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Famous Birthdays

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

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4th 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
  • 5th Nazar Mohammad, cricketer (Mudassar's pop, Pakistan's 1st centurion)
  • 6th Ella Raines, Sinoqualmie Falls Wash, actress (Janice Dean RN)
  • 7th Karel Husa, Prague Czechoslovakia, composer (Trojan Women)
  • 7th M J bin Gorion, writer
  • 7th Manitas de Plata, Gypsy guitarist
  • 8th Roger Nixon, American composer, born in Tulare, California (d. 2009)
  • 8th John Herbert Chapman, British physicist (d. 1979)
  • 8th Webb Pierce, American singer (d. 1991)
  • 8th Vulimiri Ramalingaswami, Indian medical scientist (d. 2001)
  • 9th J James Exon, (Sen-D-Nebraska, 1979- )
  • 9th Ernest Angley, televangelist
  • 10th Leonard Lickorish, dir-gen (British Tourist Authority)

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

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

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

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

Famous Deaths

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