What Happened in December 1921

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 1st US helium-filled dirigible makes its 1st flight
  • Dec 1 US Post Office establishes philatelic agency
  • Dec 3 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Argonauts win 2nd Championship; beat Edmonton Eskimos, 23-0
  • Dec 4 American Professional Football Association Championship, Cubs Park, Chicago: Chicago Staleys beat Buffalo All-Americans, 10-7 in de facto championship game after teams tied in standings
  • Dec 4 The Virginia Rappe manslaughter trial against Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ends in a hung jury

Anglo-Irish Treaty

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

Election of Interest

Dec 6 Canada's Liberal Party and its leader Mackenzie King defeats Arthur Meighen's Conservative Party and Thomas Crerar' Progressive Party in general election, goes on to form a minority government

  • Dec 7 KWG-AM in Stockton CA begins radio transmissions

Treaty of Interest

Dec 16 The Anglo-Irish Treaty, agreed to by the British Parliament and Sinn Féin, is ratified

  • Dec 16 The Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) calls for a united front in a pass burning campaign on Dingaan's Day

Sports History

Dec 20 AL votes to return to best-of-7 World Series, while NL votes best-of-9; Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis casts deciding vote for best-of-7

  • Dec 21 Supreme Court rules labor injunctions & picketing unconstitutional

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

Dec 23 Visva-Bharati University is inaugurated in Santiniketan, West Bengal, India, founded by Rabindranath Tagore

  • Dec 24 Ottawa’s Harry Broadbent scores in 10-0 Senators blowout of the Montreal Canadiens; first in 16-game NHL record goal-scoring streak; Charlie Simmer’s 13 game streak (1979) is considered modern-day record
  • 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 is sworn in as the 10th Prime Minister of Canada
  • Dec 31 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Perth: Australian Rhys Gemmell beats countryman Alf Hedeman 7-5, 6-1, 6-4
  • Dec 31 Last San Francisco firehorses retired

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 John Bunch, American jazz pianist (New York Swing Trio), born in Tipton, Indiana (d. 2010)
  • Dec 1 Ralph Manza, American actor (Banacek, Mama Malone, Newhart), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2000)
  • Dec 2 Isabella Karle, American scientist who was instrumental in developing techniques to extract plutonium chloride, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2017)
  • Dec 3 Hans G. Kresse, Dutch cartoonist (known for the comic strip Eric de Noorman), born in the Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • Dec 3 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera, 1953-64), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2016)
  • Dec 4 (Edna Mae) "Deanna" Durbin, Canadian actress and vocalist (Every Sunday; Three Smart Girls; 100 Men & a Girl), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2013)
  • Dec 5 Alvin "Alvy" Moore, American comic actor (Green Acres, Scream, Intruder), born in Vincennes, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • Dec 5 George Henderson, Scottish priest (Bishop of Argyll and the Isles from 1977-92), born in Oban, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • Dec 5 Peter Hansen, American actor (General Hospital, The War of the Roses), born in Oakland, California (d. 2017)

Otto Graham

Dec 6 Otto Graham, American NFL Quarterback (Cleveland Browns), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2003)

  • Dec 6 Piero Piccioni, Italian musician, conductor and composer, born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy (d. 2004)
  • Dec 7 Arne Dørumsgaard, Norwegian composer, born in Fredrikstad, Norway (d. 2006)
  • Dec 7 Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian Hindu spiritual leader (BAPS), born in Chansad, Gujarat (d. 2016)
  • Dec 8 Terence Morgan, British actor (Sir Francis Drake, Curse of the Mummy's Tomb), born in London, England (d. 2005)
  • Dec 8 Terence Weil, British cellist (Melos Ensemble), born in London (d. 1995)
  • Dec 9 Terence Weil, British cellist (English Chamber Orchestra; Melos Ensemble), born in London (d. 1995)
  • Dec 11 Maila Nurmi [Syrjäniemi], Finnish-American actress (The Vampira Show), born in Gloucester, Massachusetts or Petsamo, Finland (d. 2008)
  • Dec 13 Jackie Pung, American golfer (5 LPGA titles), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2017)
  • Dec 18 Jaime León, Colombian pianist, composer, and conductor Filarmónica de Bogota, 1971-78), born in Cartagena de Indias, Columbia (d. 2015)
  • Dec 19 Ludvík Podéšť, Czech composer, born in Dubňany (d. 1968)
  • Dec 21 Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina and founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2019)
  • Dec 21 James Tye, British safety expert
  • Dec 21 Joan Dickson, British cellist and teacher, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • Dec 22 Harold "Hawkshaw" Hawkins, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee; "Lonesome 7-7203"), born in Huntington, West Virginia (d. 1963)
  • Dec 22 Robert Frank Kurka, American composer ("The Good Soldier Schweik"), born in Cicero, Illinois (d. 1957)
  • Dec 23 Gerald S O'Loughlin, American actor and director (Storefront Lawyer, Rookies, Wheels), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • Dec 24 Bill Dudley, NFL halfback (Pittsburgh, Detroit, Washington), born in Bluefield, Virginia
  • Dec 24 Gerard Thomas Victory, Irish composer, born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland (d. 1995)
  • Dec 25 Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah, Pakistani journalist (d. 2000)
  • Dec 26 John Severin, American comic book artist (Hulk, Mad Magazine), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2012)

Steve Allen

Dec 26 Steve Allen, American comedian, composer, writer and TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)

  • Dec 28 Eddy Doorenbos, Dutch vocalist/pianist/guitarist
  • Dec 28 Johnny Otis [Ioannis Veliotes], American R&B musician, songwriter, producer and talent scout ("Willie and the Hand Jive"; "Cupid's Boogie"), known as "the godfather of rhythm and blues", born in Vallejo California (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, American inventor & professor (invented the chicken nugget), born in Newark, New York (d. 2006)
  • Dec 30 Michael Hollings, British Catholic priest/crusader, born in Camberley, London (d. 1997)
  • Dec 30 Rashid Karami, Lebanon, 10 time PM: 1955..87 of Lebanon
  • Dec 31 Lynn Compton, American jurist (Sirhan Sirhan prosecutor) and commissioned officer (Easy Company, 101st Airborne), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 10 George Ashlin, Irish architect noted for his work on churches and cathedrals, dies at 84
  • Dec 10 Viktor Jacobi, composer, dies at 38
  • Dec 12 Henrietta Swan Leavitt, American astronomer (period-luminosity relation), dies at 53
  • Dec 13 Frederick Martin, cricketer (14 wkts in 2 Tests for Eng 1890-92), dies
  • Dec 16 Camille Saint-Saëns, French composer (Samson et Dalila; Organ Symphony), dies of a heart attack at 86
  • Dec 20 Hans Hartwig von Beseler, German Colonel General, dies at 71
  • Dec 21 P B S Pinchback, major Reconstruction politician, dies at 84
  • Dec 25 Hans Huber, Swiss composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 25 Vladimir Korolenko, Russian writer (The Blind Musician), dies at 68
  • Dec 31 Boies Penrose, American politician (U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania (1897-1921)), dies at 61
  • Dec 31 József Kiss, Hungarian literary (Zsido Dalok), dies at 78