What Happened in July 1921

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 The Communist Party of China is founded and Chen Duxiu elected its leader
  • Jul 2 41st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bill Tilden beats Brian Norton (4-6 2-6 6-1 6-0 7-5)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 2 Jack Dempsey KOs George S Carpentier in 4 for heavyweight boxing title 1st million dollar gate ($1.7m) boxing match (Dempsey KOs Carpentier)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

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Jul 2 Warren G. Harding signs a joint congressional resolution declaring the official end of war with Germany

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding
  • Jul 11 Mongolia gains independence from China (National Day)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 12 Babe Ruth sets record of 137 career home runs

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Jul 12 Indians (9) & Yankees (7) combine for an AL record 16 doubles
  • Jul 14 Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti convicted in Dedham Mass, of killing their shoe company's paymaster

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Jul 16 Encouraged by the British, King Constantine of Greece launches a drive to take Asia Minor from nationalists under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

President and founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
President and founder of the Republic of Turkey
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
  • Jul 18 Black Sox trial begins in Chicago
  • Jul 20 Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson becomes the first woman to preside over the US House of Representatives
  • Jul 21 Indians (9) & Yankees (7) hit a record 16 doubles
  • Jul 21 To prove his contention that air power is superior to sea power, US Colonel William Mitchell demonstrates how bombs from planes can sink a captured German battleship

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 22 25th US Golf Open: Jim Barnes shoots a 289 at Columbia CC in MD

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • Jul 23 Chinese communist party forms under guidance of Henk Sneevliet
  • Jul 23 Edward Gourdin of US sets long jump record at 25' 2 3/4"
  • Jul 24 15th Tour de France won by Leon Scieur of Belgium
  • Jul 27 2nd government of Ruijs de Beerenbrouck forms

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Jul 27 Frederick Banting and Charles Best isolate insulin at the University of Toronto

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Jul 29 Cleveland's 125th anniversary celebration: Cy Young, 54, pitches 2 inn

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • Jul 29 New rules of language assumed (equal rights Flemings/Walen Belgium)

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Jul 29 Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Jul 30 The Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) forms; the party changed its name to the South African Communist Party (SACP) in 1953, after it had been forced underground

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Seretse Khama, 1st President of Botswana (1966-80), born in Serowe, Botswana (d. 1980)
  • Jul 3 Susan Peters, actress (Random Harvest, Young Ideas), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Jul 4 Gerard Debreu, France, economist (Nobel 1983)
  • Jul 4 Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist/orchestra leader (Ripley's Game)

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Jul 6 Nancy Reagan [Anne Francis Robbins], US First Lady (1981-89), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)

US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan

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Jul 6 Dmitri Polyakov, Soviet Major General and spy for the CIA, born in Ukraine (d. 1988)

Soviet General and Cold War Spy Dmitri Polyakov
Soviet General and Cold War Spy
Dmitri Polyakov

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Jul 7 Ezzard Charles, American world heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), born in Lawrenceville, Georgia (d. 1975)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Jul 7 Stanislaw Wislocki, composer
  • Jul 7 Adolf von Thadden, German politician (d. 1996)
  • Jul 9 Jacob J Hage, Dutch farmer/WW II resistance fighter
  • Jul 10 Eunice Shriver, founder (Special Olympics)

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Jul 10 Jake LaMotta, middleweight boxing champ (1949-51) (Raging Bull), born in The Bronx, New York

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta
  • Jul 10 Jeff Donnell, South Windham Maine, actor (Gidget Goes to Rome)
  • Jul 10 Revaz Il'yich Lagidze, composer
  • Jul 10 Harvey Ball, American inventor (d. 2001)
  • Jul 11 Ilse Werner, Dutch-born actress
  • Jul 12 Trevor Illtyd Williams, scientific writer
  • Jul 12 Bob Fillion, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jul 13 Charles Scribner Jr, music publisher (Scribner)
  • Jul 13 Ernest Gold [Goldner], Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), born in Vienna (d. 1999)
  • Jul 13 Git Gay, Swedish actress and singer (d. 2007)
  • Jul 13 Friedrich Peter, Austrian poltitician (d. 2005)
  • Jul 14 Geoffrey Wilkinson, chemist
  • Jul 14 Leon Garfield, English children's author (d. 1996)
  • Jul 14 Sixto Durán Ballén, Ecuadorian politician, President of Ecuador (1992-96), born in Boston, America (d. 2016)
  • Jul 15 Jack Hamilton Beeson, composer
  • Jul 16 Bernard Rogers, supreme Allied commander Europe
  • Jul 16 Trevor Williams, scientific consultant
  • Jul 17 Acquanetta, [Mildred Davenport], Wyo, actress (Tarzan & Leopard Woman)
  • Jul 17 George Barnes, Chicago Hgts, guitarist (Skip Farrell Show)
  • Jul 17 František Zvarík, Slovakian actor

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Jul 17 Toni Stone [Marcenia Lyle Alberga], American baseball player (first woman to play in a men's league), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1996)

Baseball Player Toni Stone
Baseball Player
Toni Stone
  • Jul 18 John Glenn, American astronaut (1st American to orbit the earth) and politician (Senator D Ohio), born in Cambridge, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • Jul 19 Rosalyn Yalow, medical physicist
  • Jul 20 Frederick Schroeder Jr, tennis champ (US Open-1942)
  • Jul 21 Billy Taylor, Greenville NC, orchestra leader (David Frost Show)
  • Jul 22 William V Roth Jr, (Sen-R-Delaware, 1971- )
  • Jul 23 Calvert DeForest, comedian (Larry "Bud" Melman), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 23 David Lawmn, CEO (Prestige Group)
  • Jul 23 Harry Hookway, pro-chancellor (Loughborough University)
  • Jul 23 Heinz Bennent, Aachen Germany, Actor (Possession)
  • Jul 23 Jerome Rosen, composer
  • Jul 23 Peter Twiss, test pilot
  • Jul 24 Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian operatic tenor (d. 2008)
  • Jul 25 John Christopherson, artist/collector
  • Jul 26 Jean Shepherd, American writer (d. 1999)
  • Jul 27 Émile Genest, Quebec actor (d. 2003)
  • Jul 29 Aled Eames, Welsh maritime historian, born in Llandudno (d. 1996)
  • Jul 29 Richard Egan, actor (Empire, Redigo, Pollyanna), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jul 30 Georg G Lampe, Dutch painter/director (Free Academy)
  • Jul 30 Jacques Vander Schueren, Belgium, minister of Economic Affairs
  • Jul 30 Grant Johannesen, American pianist (d. 2005)
  • Jul 31 Whitney M Young Jr, civil rights leader, head of Urban League
  • Jul 31 Peter Benenson, British founder of Amnesty International (d. 2005)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Edwin Evans, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia), dies
  • Jul 11 Gabriel Lippmann, French physicist, dies at 75