December 1921 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 1st US helium-filled dirigible makes 1st flight
  • Dec 1 US Post Office establishes philatelic agency
  • Dec 4 The Virginia Rappe manslaughter trial against Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ends in a hung jury.

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Dec 6 Anglo-Irish Treaty signed; Ireland receives dominion status; partition creates Northern Ireland

Irish Nationalist Leader Michael Collins
Irish Nationalist Leader
Michael Collins

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Dec 6 Mackenzie King, leader of the Labor Party and architect of a liberal coalition, becomes Prime Minister of Canada

10th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King
10th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie King
  • Dec 7 KWG-AM in Stockton CA begins radio transmissions
  • Dec 8 Eamon de Valera publicly repudiates Anglo-Irish Treaty
  • Dec 16 The Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) calls for a united front in a pass burning campaign on Dingaan's Day
  • Dec 16 The Anglo-Irish Treaty, agreed to by the British Parliament and Sinn Fein, is ratified
  • Dec 21 Supreme Court rules labor injunctions & picketing unconstitutional
  • Dec 23 Visva-Bharati University is inaugurated.

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Dec 23 Gangster Carlo Gambino enters the United States as an illegal immigrant on the SS Vincenzo Florio

Gangster Carlo Gambino
Carlo Gambino
  • Dec 28 The beginning of the Rand Rebellion in Southern Africa; the rebellion started as a strike by white mineworkers on and became an open armed rebellion against the state
  • Dec 29 Mackenzie King elected and sworn in as the 10th Prime Minister of Canada
  • Dec 31 Last San Francisco firehorses retired

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 3 Hans G Kresse, Dutch cartoonist (Eric the Viking)
  • Dec 5 George Henderson, priest/politician
  • Dec 7 Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian Hindu spiritual leader (BAPS), born in Chansad, Gujarat (d. 2016)
  • Dec 21 James Tye, safety expert
  • Dec 25 Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah, Pakistani journalist (d. 2000)
  • Dec 26 John Severin, Jersey City, New Jersey, comic book artist (Hulk, Mad Magazine), (d. 2012)
  • Dec 29 Dobrica Cosic, Serbian writer and President 1992-93), born in Velika Drenova, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2014)
  • Dec 29 Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (d. 2006)
  • Dec 30 Michael Hollings, catholic priest/crusader
  • Dec 30 Rashid Karami, Lebanon, 10 time PM: 1955..87 of Lebanon
  • Dec 31 Lynn Compton, jurist (Sirhan Sirhan prosecutor) and commissioned officer (Easy Company, 101st Airborne), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 12 Henrietta Leavitt, cepheid period-luminosity relation discover, dies
  • Dec 20 Hans Hartwig von Beseler, German general (b. 1850)
  • Dec 21 P B S Pinchback, major Reconstruction politician, dies at 84
  • Dec 25 Korolenko, writer, dies
  • Dec 31 Boies Penrose, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania (b. 1860)