What Happened in January 1921

Historical Events

  • 1st 7th Rose Bowl: California beats Ohio State 28-0
  • 2nd 1st religious service radio broadcast in US, KDKA-Pittsburgh
  • 2nd DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park opens
  • 3rd Turkey makes peace with Armenia
  • 4th Eugene O'Neill's "Diff'rent" premieres in NYC
  • 6th The Iraqi Army is formed
  • 12th Kenesaw Mountain Landis becomes 1st commissioner of baseball
  • 16th Eleftherios Venizelos becomes Prime Minister of Greece (4th time)
  • 18th William Archer's "Green Goddess" premieres in NYC
  • 19th Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador sign Pact of Union
  • 20th British submarine HMS K5 (which was unusually equipped with steam turbines) sank with 57 crew during exercises in the Bay of Biscay
  • 20th Dagestan ASSR forms in RSFSR
  • 20th Mountain Autonomous Republic established in RSFSR
  • 20th Republic of Turkey declared in remnants of Ottoman Empire
  • 21st The Italian Communist Party was founded at Livorno.
  • 25th Karel Capék's "RUR" premieres in Prague
  • 26th Soccer team GVAV of Groningen Neth forms
  • 26th Toronto St Pat Corb Denneny scores 6 goals vs Hamilton Tigers
  • 29th Hurricane hits Washington & Oregon
  • 30th French rapist-murderer Henri-Desire Landru sentenced to death

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Alain Mimoun O'Kacha, Algerian/French cross country (Oly-gold-1956), (d. 2013)
  • 1st Ismail al-Faruqi, Palestinian philosopher (d. 1986)
  • 2nd Glen Harmon, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2007)
  • 3rd John Russell, actor (Pale Rider, Rio Bravo), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 5th Jean BMRLAAM d'Aviano, grand duke of Luxembourg (1964- )
  • 5th Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Konolfingen, Bern, Swiss playwright and novelist (The Physicists, The Visit)
  • 6th Cary Middlecoff, golfer (1956 Vardon Trophy, 1955 Byron Nelson Award)
  • 6th Lou Harris, pollster (Lou Harris Poll)
  • 7th John Lanigan, tenor
  • 8th Herta Bothe, Nazi concentration camp guard
  • 9th Seymour Barab, composer
  • 9th Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright (d. 2006)
  • 10th Rodger Ward, American race car driver (d. 2004)
  • 11th Gory Guerrero, professional wrestler (d. 1990)
  • 12th John Henry Davis Jr, Smithtown NY, weightlifter (Olym-gold-1948, 52)
  • 12th Leo Smit, Phila Penn, pianist/composer
  • 13th Dachine Rainer, British writer (d. 2000)
  • 14th Charles Gaupp, German/Dutch painter
  • 14th Mark Lawrence, pianist (Alice Pearce), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 14th Murray Bookchin, American libertarian socialist (d. 2006)
  • 14th Ken Sailors, professional basketball player (popularized and may have invented the jump shot), born in Bushnell, Nebraska (d. 2016)
  • 15th Frank Thornton, English actor
  • 16th Francesco Scavullo, American photographer (d. 2004)
  • 17th Dehl Berti, Pueblo Colo, actor (John Taylor-Guns of Paradise)
  • 17th Antonio Prohias, Cuban cartoonist (d. 1998)
  • 18th Bruce Woodcock, boxer
  • 18th Robert Glaser, Providence, Rhode Island, educational psychologist (National Assessment of Educational Progress), (d. 2012)
  • 18th Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-born American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2008), born in Tokyo (d. 2015)
  • 19th Patricia Highsmith, [Plangman], US/Swiss writer (Strangers on a Train)
  • 19th "Billy Batts" Devino, American gangster (d. 1970)
  • 20th Bernt Engelmann, Germany, writer
  • 20th Telmo Zarraonaindía, Spanish footballer (d. 2006)
  • 21st Barney Clark, 1st to receive a permanent artificial heart
  • 21st John Doucette, Brockton Mass, actor (Lock Up, Big Town)
  • 21st Todor Popov, composer
  • 21st Howard Unruh, American mass murderer
  • 22nd Andre Hodeir, composer
  • 22nd Andy Ganteaume, cricketer (WI batsman, 112 in only Test innings 1948)
  • 24th Bernard J Dwyer, (Rep-D-NJ, 1981- )
  • 25th Alfred Reed, composer
  • 25th Russell Reading Braddon, Australian author
  • 26th Akio Morita, Kasugaya Japan, CEO (Sony)
  • 26th Frantisek Chaun, composer
  • 26th Johannes Driessler, composer
  • 26th Eddie Barclay, French producer (Barclay Records) (d. 2005)
  • 27th Donna Reed, Denison Iowa, (From Here to Eternity, Wonderful Life)
  • 28th Alfred Marks, actor/comedian (Desert Mice, Scream & Scream Again)
  • 29th Anthony George, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 30th Bernie Leighton, West Haven Ct, orchestra leader (Chance of a Lifetime)
  • 31st Carol Channing, American actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), singer and comedian, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 31st John Agar, actor (Fort Apache, Sands of Iwo Jima), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 31st Mario Lanza, Phila, actor/singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans)
  • 31st E. Fay Jones, American architect (d. 2004)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

16th Politician Elpidio Quirino (30) weds girlfriend Alicia Syquia

6th President of the Philippines Elpidio Quirino
6th President of the Philippines
Elpidio Quirino

Famous Deaths

  • 2nd Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, Ger chancellor/PM (Prussia), dies at 64
  • 7th Benno Erdmann, German philosopher (Logik I), dies at 69
  • 8th Luis Villalba Munoz, composer, dies at 48
  • 12th Gervase Elwes, English tenor (b. 1866)
  • 18th Adolf von Hildebrand, German sculptor, dies at 73
  • 22nd Captain George Streeter, American riverboat captain and circus owner (b. 1837)
  • 23rd Wlasyslaw Zelenski, composer, dies at 83
  • 25th Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych, composer, dies at 43
  • 27th Maurice Vincent Buckley, Australian soldier (b. 1891)
  • 29th Billy Gunn, English cricketer (11 test matches) and footballer, dies at 62