Historical Events in 1921

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  • Jan 1st 7th Rose Bowl: California beats Ohio State 28-0
  • Jan 2nd 1st religious service radio broadcast in US, KDKA-Pittsburgh
  • Jan 2nd DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park opens
  • Jan 3rd Turkey makes peace with Armenia
  • Jan 4th Eugene O'Neill's "Diff'rent" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 6th The Iraqi Army is formed
  • Jan 12th Kenesaw Mountain Landis becomes 1st commissioner of baseball
  • Jan 16th Eleftherios Venizelos becomes Prime Minister of Greece (4th time)
  • Jan 18th William Archer's "Green Goddess" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 19th Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador sign Pact of Union
  • Jan 20th British submarine HMS K5 (which was unusually equipped with steam turbines) sank with 57 crew during exercises in the Bay of Biscay
  • Jan 20th Dagestan ASSR forms in RSFSR
  • Jan 20th Mountain Autonomous Republic established in RSFSR
  • Jan 20th Republic of Turkey declared in remnants of Ottoman Empire
  • Jan 21st The Italian Communist Party was founded at Livorno.
  • Jan 25th Karel Capék's "RUR" premieres in Prague
  • Jan 26th Soccer team GVAV of Groningen Neth forms
  • Jan 26th Toronto St Pat Corb Denneny scores 6 goals vs Hamilton Tigers
  • Jan 29th Hurricane hits Washington & Oregon
  • Jan 30th French rapist-murderer Henri-Desire Landru sentenced to death
  • Feb 5th Yankees purchase 20 acres in Bronx for Yankee Stadium

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Feb 6th "The Kid", starring Charlie Chaplin & Jackie Coogan, released

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • Feb 11th Ambassador Theater opens at 215 W 49th St NYC
  • Feb 12th Soviet troops invade Georgia

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Feb 12th Winston Churchill becomes British Minister of Colonies

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Feb 14th Canadian 5 cent nickel coin is authorized
  • Feb 14th Little Review faces obscenity charges for publishing "Ulysses," NY
  • Feb 15th Arthur Mailey completes 9-121 v England, Australian Test Cricket rec
  • Feb 17th Arthur Honegger's "Pastorale D'ete" premieres
  • Feb 18th British troops occupy Dublin
  • Feb 20th Riza Khan Pahlevi seizes control of Iran
  • Feb 21st Constituent Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Georgia adopts the country's first constitution
  • Feb 21st The London Conference on the Near East begins: the issue is the Allies' 1920 Treaty of Sevres, which had given part of Turkish Asia Minor to Greece
  • Feb 23rd 1st US transcontinental air mail flight arrives in NYC from San Francisco
  • Feb 24th 1st transcontinental flight in 24 hrs flying time arrives Florida
  • Feb 25th Tbilisi, capital of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, occupied by Bolshevist Russia.
  • Feb 25th The Living Buddha, Hutuktu, is crowned king of Mongolia as the country declares independence from China
  • Feb 26th The USSR signs treaties respecting the integrity of Persia and of Afghanistan
  • Feb 27th US Female Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard; US male Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger
  • Feb 27th The International Working Union of Socialist Parties is founded in Vienna
  • Feb 27th The Fascists incite a riot in Florence, Italy
  • Mar 1st Australia Cricket team complete 5-0 drubbing of England
  • Mar 1st Rwanda ceded to Great Britain
  • Mar 1st Sailors revolt in Kronstadt, Russia
  • Mar 3rd Toronto's Dr Banting & Dr Best announce discovery of insulin
  • Mar 3rd The Asiatic Inquiry Commission, established by the South African Government, proposes a system of voluntary repatriation and segregation of Indians and prohibits Indians from buying agricultural land in a specified area along the coast
  • Mar 4th Hot Springs National Park created in Arkansas
  • Mar 4th Warren G. Haring is inaugurated as the 29th President of the United States
  • Mar 5th The Durban Land Alienation Ordinance passes, enabling the Durban City Council to exclude Indians from ownership or occupation of property in white areas, South Africa
  • Mar 5th The US warns Costa Rica and Panama to settle disputes peacefully
  • Mar 6th Police in Sunbury, Penn, issue an edict requiring Women to wear skirts at least 4 inches below the knee
  • Mar 6th The Natal Indian Congress is resuscitated and reorganised at a meeting in Durban, with Ismail Gora as President

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Mar 7th Red Army under Trotsky attack sailors of Kronstadt naval base

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • Mar 8th Spanish Premier Eduardo Dato Iradier is assassinated while exiting the parliament building in Madrid.
  • Mar 13th Mongolia (formerly Outer Mongolia) declares independence from China
  • Mar 16th Britain signs a trade agreement with the USSR and sends a trade mission to Moscow: this goes against the US, who in the same month refused to sign a trade agreement
  • Mar 17th Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)

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Mar 17th Lenin proclaims New Economic Politics

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • Mar 17th Sailors revolt in Kronstadt (thousands die)
  • Mar 17th The Second Republic of Poland adopts the March Constitution.
  • Mar 18th 2nd Peace of Riga, Poland enlarged
  • Mar 18th Steamer "Hong Koh" runs aground off Swatow China killing 1,000
  • Mar 18th 80th Grand National: Fred Rees aboard Shaun Spadah wins
  • Mar 19th Italian Fascists shoot from the Parenzana train at a group of children in Strunjan (Slovenia): two children are killed, two mangled and three wounded.
  • Mar 20th Upper Silesia votes for amalgamation with Germany in a plebiscite that is 63% in favor
  • Mar 21st Walter Kerr Theater (Ritz, CBS, NBC, ABC) opens at 223 W 48th St NYC
  • Mar 23rd Germany announces it will be unable to meet its Great War reparation payments
  • Mar 31st British coal miners goes on strike

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Apr 2nd Albert Einstein lectures in New York City on his new "Theory of Relativity"

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • Apr 4th Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 3 games to 2
  • Apr 7th Revolutionary leader, Sun Yat-sen is elected President of China at Canton, though China remains divided into north and south and subject to rivalries of warlords
  • Apr 11th Iowa imposed 1st state cigarette tax
  • Apr 11th KDKA broadcast 1st radio sporting event, a boxing match (Ray-Dundee)
  • Apr 11th Turkestan ASSR forms in Russian SFSR
  • Apr 11th First sports broadcast on the radio takes place.
  • Apr 11th The Emirate of Transjordan is created.
  • Apr 13th Foundation of the Spanish Communist Workers' Party.
  • Apr 14th NHL Championship: Ottawa Senators sweep Toronto St Patricks in 2 games
  • Apr 14th Prince Henry opens Rotterdam-Amsterdam-Bremen-Hamburg air route
  • Apr 15th Black Friday in Britain: leaders of transport and rail unions announce a decision not to call for strike action in support of the miners; the epithet 'black' derives from a widespread feeling that the decision amounted to a breach of solidarity and a betrayal of the miners
  • Apr 16th Liberal Freedom League forms in The Hague
  • Apr 18th Junior Achievement incorporated in Colorado Spring
  • Apr 18th Philip James Barry's "Punch for Judy" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 19th 25th Boston Marathon won by Frank Zuna of NJ in 2:18:57.6
  • Apr 19th Funeral of last German Emperoress, Augusta Victoria
  • Apr 21st Ottawa Senators beat Vanc Millionaires 3 games to 2 for Stanley Cup [or 4/4]
  • Apr 23rd Charles Paddock runs world record 100m (10.4 secs)
  • Apr 24th 1st municipal elections for men & women in Belgium
  • Apr 24th Under Allies supervision, a plebiscite in the Tyrol favors merging with Germany; unhappy with the outcome, Allies give the area to Italy
  • Apr 27th Hadjememaar, [Corn de Gelder] elected in Amsterdam
  • Apr 30th American Professional Football Association reorganizes in Akron
  • Apr 30th Pope Benedict XV encyclical "On Dante"
  • May 1st Drusian sultan Pasja al-Atrasj elected governor of Suwayda
  • May 2nd Start of 3rd anti-German revolt in Upper Silesia
  • May 3rd West Virginia imposes 1st state sales tax
  • May 5th 1st ranger for Cleveland Metroparks hired
  • May 5th Miniature newspaper published (Brighton Gazette 10 x 13 cm)
  • May 6th American Soccer League forms
  • May 7th 47th Kentucky Derby: Charles Thompson on Behave Yourself wins 2:04.2
  • May 8th Sweden abolished capital punishment
  • May 10th Luigi Pirandello's "Sei Personaggi in Cerca d'Autore" premieres
  • May 11th Tel Aviv is 1st all Jewish municipality
  • May 11th The Allied Supreme Council warns Germany to pay reparations or the entire Ruhr Valley will be occupied; Germany agrees
  • May 12th National Hospital Day 1st observed
  • May 14th Florence Allen is 1st woman judge to sentence a man to death, Ohio

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

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • May 16th 46th Preakness: F Coltiletti aboard Broomspun wins in 1:54.2
  • May 17th Belgian and Luxembourg sign customs union
  • May 17th US President Harding opens (via telephone) 1st Valencia Orange Show
  • May 19th Congress sharply curbs immigration, setting a national quota system
  • May 21st Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed in Greeley Co
  • May 23rd "Shuffle Along" 1st black musical comedy, opens in NYC
  • May 24th 1st parliament for Northern Ireland elected
  • May 24th British Legion forms
  • May 24th Bulhoek Massacre of Israelites takes place near Queenstown when Colonel Theodore Truter, a police commissioner, leads 6 squadrons, a machine gun and an artillery detachment against the Israelite religious sect collected at their annual gathering on the land of their leader and prophet, Enoch Mgijima at Ntabalanga; the slaughter takes 10 minutes and costs 190 lives
  • May 27th After 84 years of British control, Afghanistan achieves sovereignty
  • May 30th Lord Dunsany's "If" premieres in London
  • May 30th Memorial to Capt Eddie Grant, killed in WW I, unveiled at Polo Grounds
  • May 30th Salzburg, Austria, votes to join Germany
  • May 30th Indianapolis 500: Tommy Milton wins in 5:34:44.578 (144.231 km/h)
  • May 31st Suffy McInnis (1st base) begins an errorless string of 1,700
  • Jun 1st Race riot in Tulsa Oklahoma (21 whites & 60 blacks killed)
  • Jun 3rd A sudden cloudburst kills 120 near Pikes Peak, Colorado
  • Jun 6th Detroit Stars' Bill Gatewood pitches the 1st no-hitter in Negro League history, defeating the Cuban Stars 4-0

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

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

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

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Jun 25th 56th British Golf Open: Jock Hutchison shoots a 296 at St Andrews
  • Jun 25th Charlie McCartney scores 300 in 205 mins Aust v Notts
  • Jun 29th 34th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen beats E Ryan (6-2 6-0)
  • Jun 30th The South African Reserve Bank is established.
  • Jul 1st The Communist Party of China is founded.
  • Jul 2nd 41st Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Bill Tilden beats Brian Norton (4-6 2-6 6-1 6-0 7-5)

Sport-defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 2nd 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 2nd 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 11th Mongolia gains independence from China (National Day)
  • Jul 12th Babe Ruth sets record of 137 career home runs
  • Jul 12th Indians (9) & Yankees (7) combine for an AL record 16 doubles
  • Jul 14th Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti convicted in Dedham Mass, of killing their shoe company's paymaster

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Jul 16th 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 18th Black Sox trial begins in Chicago
  • Jul 20th Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson became the first woman to preside over the US House of Representatives.
  • Jul 21st Indians (9) & Yankees (7) hit a record 16 doubles
  • Jul 21st 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Jul 30th 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 2nd Chicago jury brings in not guilty verdict against the Black Sox
  • Aug 3rd 1st aerial cropdusting (Troy Ohio to kill caterpillars)
  • Aug 3rd Due to a technicality, 8 Chicago White Sox accused in Black Sox scandal are acquited, however Landis throws them out of baseball
  • Aug 5th 1st radio baseball broadcast Pirates-8, Phillies-0 (KDKA, Pitts)
  • Aug 5th Treaty of Berlin: US & Germany sign separate peace treaty
  • Aug 6th Clason Point, Bronx to College Point, Queens muni ferry system begins
  • Aug 7th Cyclist Piet Moeskops becomes world champ sprinter

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Aug 10th 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 13th Simon Kaufman & Marc Connelly's "Dulcy" premieres in NYC
  • Aug 14th Tannu Tuva, later Tuvinian People's Republic is established as a completely independent country (which is supported by Russia).
  • Aug 16th Members of the Dail (parliament) swear allegiance to the Irish Republic at their first meeting, held at Dublin House

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

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

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

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Sep 5th Walter Johnson sets strikeout mark at 2,287

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