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

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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)

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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, composer
  • 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, Montreal Canadien (MVP-1947)

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, composer
  • 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, Ithaca New York, writer (Autobiography of Malcolm X, Roots), (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, St. Louis, Missouri, blues musician, (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, El Paso Texas, executive producer (Star Trek)
  • 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 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