What Happened in 1921 (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 273

  • May 10 Luigi Pirandello's "Sei Personaggi in Cerca d'Autore" premieres
  • May 11 Tel Aviv is 1st all Jewish municipality
  • May 11 The Allied Supreme Council warns Germany to pay reparations or the entire Ruhr Valley will be occupied; Germany agrees
  • May 12 National Hospital Day 1st observed
  • May 14 Florence Allen is 1st woman judge to sentence a man to death, Ohio

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 14 Mussolini's fascists obtain 29 parliamentary seats in Italian elections

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • May 15 British Legion formed to care for ex-servicemen
  • May 16 46th Preakness: F Coltiletti aboard Broomspun wins in 1:54.2
  • May 17 Belgian and Luxembourg sign customs union
  • May 17 US President Harding opens (via telephone) 1st Valencia Orange Show
  • May 19 Congress sharply curbs immigration, setting a national quota system
  • May 21 Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed in Greeley Co
  • May 23 "Shuffle Along" 1st black musical comedy, opens in NYC
  • May 24 1st parliament for Northern Ireland elected
  • May 24 Bulhoek Massacre: police commissioner Colonel Theodore Truter, leads 6 squadrons, and an artillery detachment against Israelite religious sect collected at their annual gathering on the land of their leader Enoch Mgijima at Ntabalanga; 190 killed
  • May 27 After 84 years of British control, Afghanistan achieves sovereignty
  • May 30 Lord Dunsany's "If" premieres in London
  • May 30 Memorial to Capt Eddie Grant, killed in WW I, unveiled at Polo Grounds
  • May 30 Salzburg, Austria, votes to join Germany
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Tommy Milton wins in 5:34:44.578 (144.231 km/h)
  • May 31 Suffy McInnis (1st base) begins an errorless string of 1,700
  • Jun 1 Race riot in Tulsa Oklahoma (21 whites & 60 blacks killed)
  • Jun 3 A sudden cloudburst kills 120 near Pikes Peak, Colorado
  • Jun 6 Detroit Stars' Bill Gatewood pitches the 1st no-hitter in Negro League history, defeating the Cuban Stars 4-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 6 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Sports record brokenWorld Record

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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)
  • Jul 12 Babe Ruth sets record of 137 career home runs
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • Aug 2 Chicago jury brings in not guilty verdict against the Black Sox
  • Aug 3 1st aerial cropdusting (Troy Ohio to kill caterpillars)
  • Aug 3 Due to a technicality, 8 Chicago White Sox accused in Black Sox scandal are acquited, however Landis throws them out of baseball
  • Aug 5 1st radio baseball broadcast Pirates-8, Phillies-0 (KDKA, Pitts)
  • Aug 5 Treaty of Berlin: US & Germany sign separate peace treaty
  • Aug 6 Clason Point, Bronx to College Point, Queens muni ferry system begins
  • Aug 7 Cyclist Piet Moeskops becomes world champ sprinter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 FDR stricken with polio at summer home on Canadian island of Campobello

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Aug 13 Simon Kaufman & Marc Connelly's "Dulcy" premieres in NYC
  • Aug 14 Tannu Tuva, later Tuvinian People's Republic is established as a completely independent country (which is supported by Russia).
  • Aug 16 Members of the Dail (parliament) swear allegiance to the Irish Republic at their first meeting, held at Dublin House

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 19 Ty Cobb, is 4th to get 3,000 hits

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Aug 20 35th U.S. Women's National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory beats Mary Browne (4-6, 6-4, 6-2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 22 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
  • Aug 23 British declare a truce with Irish Nationalists Sinn Fein
  • Aug 23 Austria and the US formally end war; the US does the same with Germany on the 25th, and Hungary on the 29th
  • Aug 24 Battle of Sakaray Valley begins between Turkey & Greece
  • Aug 24 British airship R-38 crashes in River Humber, 44 die
  • Aug 25 US signs peace treaty with Germany
  • Aug 25 Yankee pitcher Harry Harper hits 3 batters in an inning tying record
  • Aug 25 The first skirmishes of the Battle of Blair Mountain, a civil uprising in Logan County, West Virginia
  • Aug 27 J E Clair of Acme Packing Co of Green Bay granted an NFL franchise
  • Aug 28 2nd Pan-African Congress meets (London, Brussels & Paris)
  • Aug 28 Babe Ruth starts streak of an extra-base hit in 9 straight games
  • Sep 1 Nederlander Theater opens at 208 W 41 St NYC (Billy Rose, Trafalgar)
  • Sep 3 16th Davis Cup: USA beats Japan in New York (5-0)
  • Sep 3 KPB, Communist Party of Belgium forms

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 5 Walter Johnson sets strikeout mark at 2,287

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Sep 7 In Atlantic City, New Jersey, the first Miss America Pageant, a two-day event, is held.
  • Sep 8 1st Miss America crowned in Atlantic City - Margaret Gorman (16) of Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 9 Guatamala, Honduras, and San Salvador agree to Central American Union
  • Sep 11 Nahalal, the first moshav in Israel, is settled.
  • Sep 15 Pope Benedictus XV publishes encyclical Alcohol Paraclitus
  • Sep 15 WBZ-AM in Boston MA begins radio transmissions
  • Sep 19 41st U.S. Men's National Championship: Bill Tilden beats Wallace F. Johnson (6-1, 6-3, 6-1)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 586

  • Feb 28 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (d. 2006)
  • Mar 1 Jack Clayton, film director
  • Mar 1 Richard Wilbur, 2nd US Poet Laureate (Ceremony, Walking to Sleep)
  • Mar 1 Terrence "Cardinal" Cooke, (NY)
  • Mar 2 Robert Wilfred Levick Simpson, composer
  • Mar 3 Diana Barrymore, actress (Nightmare, Lady Courageous, Fired Wife), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 4 Halim El-Dabh, composer
  • Mar 4 Joan Greenwood, actress/director (Amorous Mr Prawn), born in London, England
  • Mar 4 Dinny Pails, Australian tennis player
  • Mar 5 Berkley Bedell, (Rep-D-IA, 1975- )
  • Mar 5 Elmer Valo, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • Mar 6 Julius Rudel, conductor (NYC Opera 1957), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Mar 6 Oliver Wright, British Ambassador (To US)
  • Mar 6 Ross Hunter, producer (Airport, Madame X, Pillow Talk), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 8 Cyd Charisse, [Tula Finklea], Amarillo Tx, dancer/actress (Singing in the Rain)
  • Mar 8 Egbert George "Pete" Pitterson, trumpeter
  • Mar 8 Alan Hale, Jr., American actor (d. 1990)
  • Mar 9 Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (d. 1998)
  • Mar 10 Cec Linder, Galica Poland, actor (Goldfinger)
  • Mar 10 Paul Coates, columnist (Tonight! America After Dark), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 11 Astor Piazzolla, Argentina composer (Tango Nuevo)
  • Mar 11 F[rancis] M[arion] Busby Jr, US, sci-fi author (Star Rebel)
  • Mar 11 Frank Harary, American mathematician (d. 2005)
  • Mar 12 Giovanni Agnelli, Italian CEO (Fiat Automakers)
  • Mar 12 Gordon MacRae, singer/actor (Oklahoma, Carousel), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Mar 12 Max de Metz, Dutch publisher/translator
  • Mar 12 Ralph Shapey, composer (Fantasy, Rituals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 12 Ülo Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter (d. 2007)
  • Mar 13 Allan Jaffee, comic strip cartoonist/illustrator (MAD Magazine)
  • Mar 13 Cyril Poole, cricketer (England batsman against India 1951-52)
  • Mar 14 Lis Hartel, Denmark, equestrian dressage (Olympic-silver-1952, 56)
  • Mar 14 S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A
  • Mar 15 Stafford Smythe, Canadian hockey executive (d. 1971)
  • Mar 15 Madelyn Pugh, American television writer
  • Mar 16 Anne Truitt (born Anne Dean), Baltimore USA, American artist
  • Mar 16 Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia (1982-2005), born in Riyadh, Sultanate of Nejd (d. 2005)
  • Mar 17 Mick Harvey, cricketer (in Newcastle Brother of Neil Test umpire)
  • Mar 19 Tommy Cooper, British comedian and magician (d. 1984)
  • Mar 20 Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow, Senegal, director general (UNESCO)
  • Mar 20 Primoz Ramovs, composer
  • Mar 21 Joe Sutter, American engineer and head of the Boeing 747 program, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • Mar 21 Antony Hopkins, composer
  • Mar 21 Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist
  • Mar 21 Logan Ramsey, actor (Head, Joy Sticks, Say Yes), born in Long Beach, California
  • Mar 22 Wilhelmus Norbert Schmelzer, Netherland, foreign minister (KVP)
  • Mar 22 Nino Manfredi, Italian actor (d. 2004)
  • Mar 23 Donald Malcome Campbell, Surrey UK, boat racer (1955 speed records)
  • Mar 23 Ian Todd, pres (Royal College of Surgeons)
  • Mar 23 Wolfgang Altendorfer, writer
  • Mar 24 Wilson Harris, Guayanese author
  • Mar 25 Nancy Kelly, Lowell Mass, actress (Double Exposure, Jesse James)
  • Mar 25 Simone Signoret, Weisbaden Germany, (Casque d'Or, Room at the Top)
  • Mar 25 Alexandra of Greece and Denmark, Queen of Yugoslavia (d. 1993)
  • Mar 26 George Jefferson, CEO (British Telecom)
  • Mar 26 Joe Loco, [Jose Esteves, Jr], musician
  • Mar 26 Peter Horsley, CEO (Osprey Aviation)
  • Mar 27 Tom Bevill, (Rep-D-AL, 1967- )
  • Mar 27 Harold Nicholas, American dancer (d. 2000)
  • Mar 28 Dirk Bogarde (born Derek van den Bogaerde) actor (Death in Venice, Servant), born in London, England
  • Mar 29 Hugh Neill, Lord-Lieutenant (South Yorkshire)
  • Mar 29 Sam Loxton, cricketer (flamboyant Australian batsman of late 40's)
  • Mar 30 Countess of Sutherland, English great land owner/multi-millionaire
  • Mar 30 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2009)
  • Mar 30 Oto Ferenczy, composer
  • Apr 1 Douglas Allenbrook, composer
  • Apr 1 William L Bergsma, composer (Fortunate Island), born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 1 Ken Reardon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 3 Harry Landers, actor (Ted Hoffman-Ben Casey), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 3 Robert Karvelas, American actor (d. 1991)
  • Apr 4 Willem J "Wim" the Villiers, South African minister of Administration
  • Apr 5 Lady Fisher, founder (British Women Caring Trust)
  • Apr 5 Les Jackson, cricket bowler (England twice, 1949 & 1961)
  • Apr 5 Robert Q Lewis, TV host (Masquerade Party, Robert Q Lewis Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 6 Andrew Welsh Imbrie, composer
  • Apr 6 Franta Belsky, British sculptor
  • Apr 6 Lord Moore of Wolvercote [Philip Brian Cecil Moore], Private Secretary to the Sovereign (UK)
  • Apr 8 Alfie Bass, actor (Moonraker, Are You Being Served), born in London, England
  • Apr 8 Jan Novák, Czech classical composer, born in Nová Říše, Morovia (d. 1984)
  • Apr 8 Virginia O'Brien, actress/singer (Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 9 Frankie Thomas, actor (Tom Corbett Space Cadet), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 9 Jean-Marie Balestre, French motorsports official (FIA) (d. 2008)
  • Apr 9 Yitzhak Navon, President of Israel (1978-83), born in Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine,(d. 2015)
  • Apr 10 Chuck Connors, American actor (Rifleman, Branded, Cowboy in Africa), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 10 Peter Herbert Penwarden, priest
  • Apr 10 Sheb Wooley, Erick Oklahoma, vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw)
  • Apr 11 Jeff Stollmeyer, cricketer (WI batsman pre/post-war)
  • Apr 11 Virginia O'Brien, actress (Francis in the Navy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 11 Martin Buckmaster, 3rd Viscount Buckmaster, British diplomat
  • Apr 11 Jim Hearn, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • Apr 12 Alfred Mabbs, British archivist (Public Records Office), born in London (d. 2009)
  • Apr 13 Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza, industrialist
  • Apr 13 Carlo Prosperi, composer
  • Apr 13 James Wilson, British Lt-General
  • Apr 13 Maxwell Henley Harris, Australian poet/publisher (Gift of Blood)
  • Apr 14 Thomas Schelling, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • Apr 15 Georgi Timofeyevich Beregovoi, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 3)
  • Apr 15 Norman Ewart Thurston, musician
  • Apr 16 Peter Ustinov, actor (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), born in London, England
  • Apr 17 Donald Barron, CEO (Midland Bank)
  • Apr 18 Barbara Hale, Dekalb Ill, actress (Della Street-Perry Mason)

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