What Happened in December 1921

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 1st US helium-filled dirigible makes 1st flight
  • Dec 1 US Post Office establishes philatelic agency
  • Dec 3 9th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 23-0
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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 20 AL votes to return to best-of-7 World Series, while NL votes best-of-9 Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis casts deciding vote for best-of-7
  • Dec 21 Supreme Court rules labor injunctions & picketing unconstitutional
  • Dec 23 Visva-Bharati University is inaugurated.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • Dec 31 14th Australasian Championships: Rhys Gemmell beats Alf Hedeman (7-5, 6-1, 6-4)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Ralph Manza, American actor (Banacek, Mama Malone, Newhart), born in San Francisco, California
  • 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), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2016)
  • Dec 4 Deanna Durbin [Edna Mae Durbin], Canadian actress and vocalist (Every Sunday, Three Smart Girls, 100 Men & a Girl), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (d. 2013)
  • Dec 5 Alvy Moore, actor (Mr Kimball-Green Acres)
  • Dec 5 George Henderson, priest/politician
  • Dec 5 Peter Hansen, American actor (General Hospital), born in Oakland, California (d. 2017)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • Dec 6 Piero Piccioni, Italian musician and composer (d. 2004)
  • Dec 7 Arne Dorumsgaard, composer
  • Dec 7 Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian Hindu spiritual leader (BAPS), born in Chansad, Gujarat (d. 2016)
  • Dec 8 Terence Morgan, actor (Adv of Sir Francis Drake), born in London, England
  • Dec 8 Terence Weil, cellist/teacher
  • Dec 11 Maila Nurmi, Petsamo Finland, actress (Vampira)
  • Dec 15 Bobby Todd, US comic/actor (Original Sin)
  • Dec 19 Ludvik Podest, composer
  • Dec 21 James Tye, safety expert
  • Dec 21 Joan Dickson, British cellist and teacher, born in Edinburgh (d. 1994)
  • Dec 22 Hawkshaw Hawkins, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Huntington, West Virginia
  • Dec 22 Robert Frank Kurka, composer
  • Dec 23 Gerald S O'Loughlin, American actor (Storefront Lawyer, Rookies, Wheels), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 24 Bill Dudley, NFL halfback (Pittsburgh, Detroit, Washington)
  • Dec 24 Gerard Thomas Victory, composer
  • Dec 25 Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah, Pakistani journalist (d. 2000)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Dec 26 John Severin, Jersey City, New Jersey, comic book artist (Hulk, Mad Magazine), (d. 2012)
  • Dec 28 Eddy Doorenbos, Dutch vocalist/pianist/guitarist
  • Dec 28 Johnny Otis [Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes], US R&B musician, producer, and talent scout ("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 Mala Powers, actress (Cyrano de Bergerac) [or 12/20/31], born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 29 Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (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, jurist (Sirhan Sirhan prosecutor) and commissioned officer (Easy Company, 101st Airborne), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 10 Viktor Jacobi, composer, dies at 38
  • Dec 12 Henrietta Leavitt, cepheid period-luminosity relation discover, dies
  • Dec 13 Frederick Martin, cricketer (14 wkts in 2 Tests for Eng 1890-92), dies
  • Dec 16 Camille Saint-Saens, French composer (Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso), dies at 86
  • Dec 20 Hans Hartwig von Beseler, German general (b. 1850)
  • Dec 21 P B S Pinchback, major Reconstruction politician, dies at 84
  • Dec 25 Hans Huber, Swiss composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 25 Korolenko, writer, dies
  • Dec 31 Boies Penrose, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania (b. 1860)