What Happened in June 1921

Historical Events

  • 1st Race riot in Tulsa Oklahoma (21 whites & 60 blacks killed)
  • 3rd A sudden cloudburst kills 120 near Pikes Peak, Colorado
  • 6th Detroit Stars' Bill Gatewood pitches the 1st no-hitter in Negro League history, defeating the Cuban Stars 4-0

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6th Southwark Bridge in London is opened to traffic by King George V and Queen Mary.

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V

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8th Babe Ruth arrested for speeding, fined $100, & held in jail until 4 PM

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 10th Babe Ruth becomes all time HR champ with #120 (Gavvy Cravath)
  • 11th 53rd Belmont: Earl Sande riding Grey Lag wins in 2:16.8
  • 11th Brazil adopts women suffrage
  • 13th Yanks' pitcher Babe Ruth hits 2 HRs beating Tigers 11-8
  • 15th Bessie Coleman reaches France as US 1st black pilot
  • 19th Census held in Great Britain
  • 19th Turks & Christians of Palestine sign a friendship treaty against Jews
  • 20th 11.5" (29.2 cm) of rainfall, Circle, Montana (state record)
  • 20th At the Imperial Conference in London, V.S. Srinivasa Sastri puts forward a case for the granting of full citizenship rights to Indians in South Africa and other British colonies
  • 21st HSC '21 soccer team forms in Haaksbergen
  • 21st The UK, the Dominions, and India, become the British Commonwealth of Nations

Sports record brokenWorld Record

22nd Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10,000m (30:40.2)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 25th 56th British Golf Open: Jock Hutchison shoots a 296 at St Andrews
  • 25th Charlie McCartney scores 300 in 205 mins Aust v Notts
  • 29th 34th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen beats E Ryan (6-2 6-0)
  • 30th The South African Reserve Bank is established.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Nelson Riddle, Oradell NJ, musical conductor (Batman, Frank Sinatra)
  • 2nd Alexander Salkind, producer (Superman)
  • 3rd Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete and influential swimming coach, born in Melbourne (d. 2016)
  • 4th Nina Vyroubova, Russ/French ballerina (Pavlova-prize 1957)
  • 4th Bobby Wanzer, professional basketball player and coach (Rochester Royals), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 5th Lancelot Pierre, cricketer (1 Test WI v England 1948, 0-28)
  • 7th Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist (d. 1998)
  • 8th Alexis Smith, Penticton BC Canada, actress (Jessica-Dallas, Follies)
  • 8th Alwyn Williams, Vice-Chancellor (Glasgow U)
  • 8th Sheila Ryan, KS, actress (Big Fix, Mule Train, Ringside, Caged Fury)

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8th Suharto, 2nd Pesident of Indonesia (1967- 98), born in Yogyakarta, Java (d. 2008)

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
  • 8th LeRoy Neiman, American painter, (d. 2012)
  • 9th Agnes Keleti, Hungary, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1952, 56)
  • 9th Arthur Hertzberg, American Jewish scholar (d. 2006)
  • 9th Forrest Bird, American aviator and inventor (1st respirators and ventilators), (d. 2105)
  • 10th Philip Mountbatten, Greece, Duke of Edinburgh/Prince, Mr Elizabeth II
  • 10th Jean Robic, French cyclist (d. 1980)
  • 11th Beatrice "Fiet" van Ommeren-Samson, Suriname writer
  • 11th Michael Meyer, UK, novelist/Ibsen translator (Hedda Gabler)
  • 12th H. C. Artmann, Austrian writer, born in Vienna (d. 2000)
  • 12th Hendrik J Witteveen, economist/minister of finance/director (IMF)
  • 12th James Houston, author/filmmaker (Tikta'Liktak), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 12th Christopher Derrick, British writer (d. 2007)
  • 16th Lord Perry of Walton, SDP/vice chancellor (Open University England)
  • 19th Allan Davis, (mayor-London)
  • 19th Herman Berserik, Dutch painter/graphic artist
  • 19th Howell T Heflin, (Sen-D-Alabama, 1979- )
  • 19th Rosalyn Yalow, famed award winning medical physicist
  • 21st Frank Scott, Fargo ND, pianist (Lawrence Welk Show)
  • 21st Jane Russell, Bemidji MN, full-figured actress (Outlaw)
  • 21st Jean Kent, actress (Adv of Sir Francis Drake), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 21st Joan Tetzel, actress (Hell Below Zero, Joy in the Morning), born in NYC, New York
  • 21st Judy Holliday, comedienne/actress (Born Yesterday, Adam's Rib), born in NYC, New York (d. 1965)
  • 21st Jean de Broglie, French politician
  • 22nd Barbara F Vucanovich, (Rep-R-NV, 1983-1997), (d. 2013)
  • 22nd Gower Champion, choreographer (42nd Street, Showboat)
  • 22nd Joseph Papp, Bkln, stage producer/director (Pirates of Penzance)
  • 23rd Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1964- )
  • 25th Peter Charles Arthur Wishart, composer
  • 25th Celia Franca, Canadian ballet dancer (d. 2007)
  • 26th Abe Jan Koldijk, SS-physician (Limburg's family doctor)
  • 26th Violette Szabo, French WWII secret agent (d. 1945)
  • 27th G M J Veldkamp, Dutch politician (CDA)
  • 27th Muriel Pavlow, British actress
  • 28th P V Narasimha Rao, premier of India (1991- )
  • 29th Frédéric Dard, French writer (d. 2000)
  • 30th Gordon Reynolds, musician

Famous Deaths

  • 4th Heinrich E Albers-Schoenberg, German x-ray experimenter, dies at 56
  • 5th Georges Feydeau, French playwright (Chat and Poche), dies at 58
  • 18th Eduardo Acevedo Diaz, Uruguay writer (Nativa, Lanza y Sable), dies
  • 18th Herman Baccaert, Flemish philological/writer (Kantkennis), dies at 37
  • 19th Ramon Lopez Velarde, Mexican poet (La Sangre Devota), dies at 33
  • 29th Otto Seeck German classical historian (b. 1850)