What Happened in August 1921

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 Chicago jury brings in not guilty verdict against the Black Sox
  • Aug 2 After 3 hours deliberation a Chicago jury acquits 8 Chicago White Sox accused in Black Sox scandal, next day banned from organised baseball for life
  • Aug 3 1st aerial crop dusting in Troy, Ohio, to kill caterpillars
  • Aug 3 MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Landis hands out life bans to 8 Chicago White Sox players accused in Black Sox scandal despite their acquittal by a Chicago jury
  • Aug 5 KDKA Pittsburgh presents first radio broadcast of MLB; Pirates beat Phillies, 8-0; Harold Arlin first play-by-play broadcaster
  • Aug 5 Treaty of Berlin: US and Germany sign separate peace treaty
  • Aug 6 Clason Point, Bronx to College Point, Queens muni ferry system begins
  • Aug 7 Dutch cyclist Piet Moeskops wins the 1st of 4 straight, and 5 total world sprint championships when he beats defending champion Bob Spears of Australia in Copenhagen

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)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 28 Babe Ruth starts streak of an extra-base hit in 9 straight games

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Jack Kramer, American tennis star (Wimbledon 1947, US Open-1946), born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d.2009)
  • Aug 1 Vic Marshall, chemist (d. 1996)
  • Aug 2 Alan Whicker, British journalist and TV broadcaster (Whicker's World), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2013)
  • Aug 3 Alec Wyton, English-born American composer, born in London (d. 2007)
  • Aug 3 Hayden Carruth, American poet (The Crow and the Heart), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2008)
  • Aug 3 Marilyn Maxwell, American actress and entertainer (Champion, The Lemon Drop Kid, East of Sumatra), born in Clarinda, Iowa (d. 1972)
  • Aug 3 Richard Adler, American composer and songwriter (Pajama Game, Damn Yankees), born in NYC, New York (d. 1923)

Person of interestMaurice Richard

Aug 4 Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Canadian NHL star (Montreal Canadiens, MVP-1947), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2000)

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • Aug 5 Nazar Mohammad, cricketer (Mudassar's pop, Pakistan's 1st centurion)
  • Aug 7 Karel Husa, composer (Trojan Women), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Aug 7 M J bin Gorion, writer
  • Aug 7 Manitas de Plata, Gypsy guitarist
  • Aug 8 Roger Nixon, American composer, born in Tulare, California (d. 2009)
  • Aug 8 Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (Dangerous when Wet), born in Inglewood California (d. 2013)
  • Aug 8 John Herbert Chapman, British physicist (d. 1979)
  • Aug 8 Webb Pierce, American singer (In the Jailhouse Now), born in West Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1991)
  • Aug 8 Vulimiri Ramalingaswami, Indian medical scientist (d. 2001)
  • Aug 9 J James Exon, (Sen-D-Nebraska, 1979- )
  • Aug 9 Ernest Angley, televangelist
  • Aug 10 Leonard Lickorish, dir-gen (British Tourist Authority)

Person of interestAlex Haley

Aug 11 Alex Haley, writer (Autobiography of Malcolm X, Roots), born in Ithaca, New York (d. 1992)

Writer Alex Haley
Writer
Alex Haley
  • Aug 12 Patrick Howard-Dobson, president (Royal British Legion)
  • Aug 13 Jimmy McCracklin, American pianist, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • Aug 14 Giorgio Strehler, theatre director
  • Aug 17 Geoffery Rudolph Elton, historiographer
  • Aug 17 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), Ranelagh, County Dublin (d. 2015)
  • Aug 18 Zdzisław Żygulski, Jr., Polish art historian
  • Aug 19 Gene Roddenberry, executive producer (Star Trek), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Aug 19 Philip A Potter, Dominica Secretary-General World council of Churches
  • Aug 20 Jack Wilson, cricket slow left-armer (Test for Australia 1956)
  • Aug 22 James Menter, British physicist and principal (Queen Mary College), born in Teynham, Kent (d. 2006)
  • Aug 23 Sam Cook, cricketer (England slow left-armer in only Test)
  • Aug 23 Kenneth Arrow, American economist, (Nobel Prize 1972), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Aug 24 Sam Tingle, Zimbabwean racing driver, born in Manchester, England (d. 2008)
  • Aug 25 Brian Moore, Irish novelist (Catholics, Doctor's Wife), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1999)
  • Aug 25 Monty Hall, Canadian-American TV game show host (Let's Make a Deal), born in Winnipeg Canada (d. 2017)
  • Aug 25 Bryce Mackasey, Canadian politician, born in Quebec, Canada (d. 1999)

Person of interestBen Bradlee

Aug 26 Ben Bradlee, American editor, journalist, executive (Washington Post), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2014)

Journalist Ben Bradlee
Journalist
Ben Bradlee
  • Aug 26 David Begelman, film producer
  • Aug 27 Georg Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1996)
  • Aug 27 Leo Penn, American film director (d. 1998)
  • Aug 28 Johan "Joop" Doderer, Dutch actor (Swiebertje, My Fair Lady), born in Velsen, Netherlands (d. 2005)
  • Aug 28 Nancy Kulp, American actress (The Beverly Hillbillies, The Aristocats, Shane), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • Aug 28 Fernando Fernán Gómez, Spanish actor, director, academic and playwright (All About My Mother), born in Lima, Peru (d. 2007)
  • Aug 30 Angelo Dundee [Angelo Mirena], boxing trainer and cornerman (Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Aug 31 Raymond Williams, Welsh academic and novelist (Second Generation), born in Llanfihangel Crucorney, Wales (d. 1988)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Enrico Caruso, Italian opera singer, dies at 48
  • Aug 7 Alexander A Block, Russian poet (Dvenatsat), dies at 40
  • Aug 8 Juhani Aho, Fins journalist/writer (Panu, Tuomio), dies at 59
  • Aug 10 John M Martin, last confederate congress member, dies
  • Aug 16 Peter I Karadjordjevic, King of Serbia/Yugoslavia (1903-21), dies at 77
  • Aug 24 Nikolay Gumilyov, Russian poet (b. 1886)
  • Aug 26 Ludwig Thoma, writer, dies
  • Aug 26 Matthias Erzberger, German min of Finance, murdered at 45
  • Aug 29 Joel Asaph Allen, American zoologist (Allen's rule) and first curator of birds and mammals at the American Museum of Natural History, dies at 83