On This Day

Historical Events in 1921 (Part 2)

  • Sep 9 Guatamala, Honduras, and San Salvador agree to Central American Union
  • Sep 11 Nahalal, the first moshav in Israel, is settled.
  • Sep 15 Pope Benedict XV publishes encyclical Alcohol Paraclitus
  • Sep 15 WBZ-AM in Boston MA begins radio transmissions
  • Sep 19 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Germantown CC, Philadelphia: Bill Tilden successfully defends title; beats Wallace F. Johnson 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
  • Sep 21 Pope Benedictus XV donates 1 million lire to feed Russians
  • Sep 21 A storage silo at a BASF fertiliser producing plant explodes in Oppau, Germany, 500—600 killed
  • Sep 22 Music Box Theater opens at 239 W 45th St NYC
  • Sep 22 The League of Nations accepts membership of independent Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania
  • Sep 26 Yankee Ruth hits HRs 57 & 58 to beat Indians 8-7
  • Sep 27 Yanks beat Indians 21-7 in Polo Grounds
  • Sep 27 American swimmer Johnny Weismuller sets his first 2 world records in the 100m and 150yd freestyle events the A.A.U. Nationals meet in Brighton Beach, NY

Sport awardPGA Championship

Sep 28 4th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen at Inwood CC Far Rockaway NY

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • Sep 29 Pirates drop doubleheader to Cards to allow idle Giants to clinch NL
  • Oct 1 WJZ, Newark NJ begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Inwood CC: Walter Hagen beats former champion Jim Barnes of England 3 & 2; Hagan's third major title

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 2 New York Yankees outfielder Babe Ruth hits then record 59th HR in 7-6 win over former club Boston Red Sox at Polo Grounds

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Oct 2 Chicago White Sox backstop Ray Schalk becomes the first and only MLB catcher to make a putout at all bases; White Sox beat Indians 7-4
  • Oct 4 League of Nations refuses to assist starving Russians
  • Oct 4 Riccardo Zanella becomes first elected President of Free State of Fiume
  • Oct 5 First Baseball World Series radio broadcast; all-NY contest, Yanks beat Giants, 3-0 at Polo Grounds; sportswriter Grantland Rice is the caller
  • Oct 5 Present constitution of Liechtenstein comes into effect
  • Oct 6 Century Theater opens at 7th Ave & 59th St NYC (demolished 1962)
  • Oct 6 Fewest hits in World Series Game, 5, Yanks (3) beat Giants (2), 3-0
  • Oct 6 International PEN is founded in London.
  • Oct 9 Babe Ruth's 1st WS homer; only Sunday game ever pitched by Carl Mays
  • Oct 10 NFL Decatur Staleys become Chicago Staleys, win 14-10
  • Oct 13 NY Giants beat NY Yankees, 5 games to 3 in 18th World Series
  • Oct 16 Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel, & Bill Piercy defy Landis ban on World Series
  • Oct 16 Jim Conzelman takes over as coach of Rock Island Independents from Frank Coughlin-only mid-game coaching change in NFL history
  • Oct 17 Belgium's public library law goes into force
  • Oct 18 Biding its time, Soviet Russia agrees to independence for the Crimea
  • Oct 19 Portuguese Prime Minister António Granjo and other politicians are murdered in a Lisbon coup
  • Oct 20 Germany and Allies comes to an agreements over reparation payments in a meeting at Wiensbaden
  • Oct 20 The French and Mustafa Kemal nationalists sign a treaty at Ankara fixing the Turko-Syrian border
  • Oct 21 Tuschinski Theater opens in Amsterdam

  • Oct 21 Former Hungarian King Karl stages a second attempted coup and is arrested
  • Oct 23 Green Bay Packers play 1st NFL game, 7-6 win over Minneapolis
  • Oct 23 Leos Janacek's opera "Kat'a Kabanova" premieres in Brno
  • Oct 26 Solomon Porter Hood named US minister to Liberia
  • Oct 28 Amsterdam's Tuschinski movie theater opens
  • Oct 28 First American gubernatorial recall election is held in South Dakota. Governor Lynn Frazier loses to Ragnvald A. Nestos.
  • Oct 29 The Link River Dam, a part of the Klamath Reclamation Project, is completed.

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 30 "The Sheik", a silent film starring Rudolph Valentino, premieres in Los Angeles

Actor and Silent Film Idol Rudolph Valentino
Actor and Silent Film Idol
Rudolph Valentino
  • Oct 31 Federation Sportive Feminine International forms (1st woman track & field association)
  • Nov 1 National Birth Control League & Voluntary Parenthood League merge as American Birth Control League
  • Nov 2 Eugene O'Neill's play "Anna Christie" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 4 The Sturmabteilung or SA (the "Brown Shirts") is formally established by Adolf Hitler

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Nov 4 Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi is assassinated in Tokyo
  • Nov 5 Soviet Russia signs a treaty with Mongolia, temporarily supporting the new government against China and Japanese incursions
  • Nov 7 Ed Wynn's musical "Perfect Fool" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 7 Hungary passes a law invalidating the Habsburg line of succession to the throne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 9 Partito Nazionalista Fascista formed in Italy by Mussolini

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 11 US President Warren G. Harding dedicates Tomb of Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding
  • Nov 12 Washington Conference for Limitation of Armaments
  • Nov 13 US, France, Japan and British Empire sign a Pacific Treaty
  • Nov 14 The Communist Party of Spain is founded
  • Nov 15 KYW-AM in Philadelphia PA begins radio transmissions
  • Nov 21 The trial of the accused of the Bulhoek Massacre commences in South Africa
  • Nov 23 US President Warren G. Harding signs Willis Campell Act (anti-beer bill) forbidding doctors prescribing beer or liquor for medicinal purposes
  • Nov 28 Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha (Baha'i festival-Qawl 6, 78)
  • Nov 29 Coldest day in November in Netherlands -14.0°C
  • Nov 29 Z Parenteau & Schuyler Green's musical "Kiki" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 1 1st US helium-filled dirigible makes 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 The Virginia Rappe manslaughter trial against Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ends in a hung jury
  • 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

IrelandAnglo-Irish Treaty

Dec 6 Anglo-Irish Treaty signed; Ireland receives dominion status; partition creates Northern Ireland
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Signature page of the Anglo-Irish Treaty
Signature page of the Anglo-Irish Treaty

Electoral defeatElection 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

10th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King
10th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie King
9th Prime Minister of Canada Arthur Meighen
9th Prime Minister of Canada
Arthur Meighen
  • Dec 7 KWG-AM in Stockton CA begins radio transmissions

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Dec 8 Eamon de Valera publicly repudiates Anglo-Irish Treaty

Revolutionary and President of Ireland Éamon de Valera
Revolutionary and President of Ireland
Éamon de Valera
  • 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 Féin, 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
Gangster
Carlo Gambino
  • 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 Last San Francisco firehorses retired
  • Dec 31 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Perth: Australian Rhys Gemmell beats countryman Alf Hedeman 7-5, 6-1, 6-4