What Happened in January 1921

Historical Events

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Alain Mimoun O'Kacha, Algerian/French cross country (Oly-gold-1956), (d. 2013)
  • Jan 1 Ismail al-Faruqi, Palestinian philosopher (d. 1986)
  • Jan 2 Glen Harmon, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2007)
  • Jan 3 John Russell, American actor (Pale Rider, Rio Bravo), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1991)
  • Jan 5 Jean BMRLAAM d'Aviano, grand duke of Luxembourg (1964- )
  • Jan 5 Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Konolfingen, Bern, Swiss playwright and novelist (The Physicists, The Visit)
  • Jan 6 Cary Middlecoff, golfer (1956 Vardon Trophy, 1955 Byron Nelson Award)
  • Jan 6 Lou Harris, pollster (Lou Harris Poll)
  • Jan 7 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), born in Seddon, Victoria (d. 1996)
  • Jan 8 Herta Bothe, Nazi concentration camp guard
  • Jan 9 Seymour Barab, composer
  • Jan 9 Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright (d. 2006)
  • Jan 10 Rodger Ward, American race car driver (d. 2004)
  • Jan 11 Gory Guerrero, professional wrestler (d. 1990)
  • Jan 12 John Henry Davis Jr, Smithtown NY, weightlifter (Olym-gold-1948, 52)
  • Jan 12 Leo Smit, pianist/composer, born in Philadelphi, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 13 Dachine Rainer, British writer (d. 2000)
  • Jan 14 Charles Gaupp, German/Dutch painter
  • Jan 14 Mark Lawrence, pianist (Alice Pearce), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 14 Murray Bookchin, American libertarian socialist (d. 2006)
  • Jan 14 Ken Sailors, professional basketball player (popularized and may have invented the jump shot), born in Bushnell, Nebraska (d. 2016)
  • Jan 15 Frank Thornton, English actor
  • Jan 16 Francesco Scavullo, American photographer (d. 2004)
  • Jan 17 Dehl Berti, Pueblo Colo, actor (John Taylor-Guns of Paradise)
  • Jan 17 Antonio Prohias, Cuban cartoonist (d. 1998)
  • Jan 18 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer (European Heavyweight Champion), born in Doncaster (d. 1997)
  • Jan 18 Robert Glaser, Providence, Rhode Island, educational psychologist (National Assessment of Educational Progress), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 18 Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-born American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2008), born in Tokyo (d. 2015)
  • Jan 19 Patricia Highsmith, [Plangman], US/Swiss writer (Strangers on a Train)
  • Jan 19 "Billy Batts" Devino, American gangster (d. 1970)
  • Jan 20 Bernt Engelmann, Germany, writer
  • Jan 20 Telmo Zarraonaindía, Spanish footballer (d. 2006)
  • Jan 21 Barney Clark, 1st to receive a permanent artificial heart
  • Jan 21 John Doucette, Brockton Mass, actor (Lock Up, Big Town)
  • Jan 21 Todor Popov, Bulgarian composer, born in Dryanovo (d. 2000)
  • Jan 21 Howard Unruh, American mass murderer
  • Jan 22 Andre Hodeir, composer
  • Jan 22 Andy Ganteaume, cricketer (WI batsman, 112 in his sole Test innings 1948), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 2016)
  • Jan 24 Bernard J Dwyer, (Rep-D-NJ, 1981- )
  • Jan 25 Alfred Reed, American composer, born in New York City (d. 2005)
  • Jan 25 Russell Reading Braddon, Australian author
  • Jan 26 Akio Morita, Kasugaya Japan, CEO (Sony)
  • Jan 26 Frantisek Chaun, composer
  • Jan 26 Johannes Driessler, composer
  • Jan 26 Eddie Barclay, French producer (Barclay Records) (d. 2005)
  • Jan 27 Donna Reed, Denison Iowa, (From Here to Eternity, Wonderful Life)
  • Jan 28 Alfred Marks, actor/comedian (Desert Mice, Scream & Scream Again)
  • Jan 29 Anthony George, American actor (d. 2005)
  • Jan 30 Bernie Leighton, West Haven Ct, orchestra leader (Chance of a Lifetime)
  • Jan 31 Carol Channing, American actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), singer and comedian, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 31 John Agar, actor (Fort Apache, Sands of Iwo Jima), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 31 Mario Lanza, actor/singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 31 E. Fay Jones, American architect (d. 2004)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

Famous Deaths

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