Historical Events in 1921 (Part 2)

  • Sep 21 Pope Benedictus XV donates 1 million lire to feed Russians

Music Premiere

Sep 22 Music Box Theater opens at 239 W 45th Street, NYC; Built by theatrical producer Sam H. Harris for Irving Berlin's musical revue "The Music Box", written specifically for the venue

  • 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 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
  • Sep 27 MLB NY Yankees beat Cleveland Indians 21-7 at Polo Grounds, NYC

PGA Championship

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

  • Sep 29 Pirates drop doubleheader to Cards to allow idle Giants to clinch NL
  • 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
  • Oct 1 WJZ, Newark NJ begins broadcasting
  • 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

Baseball 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, NYC

  • 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, Yankees 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 a Baseball World Series game; NY Yankees beat NY Giants 3-0 at Polo Grounds in Game 2, on 3 hits to Giants 2
  • 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 Baseball World Series: NY Giants beat NY Yankees, 1-0 at the Polo Grounds for a 5-3 series win; final WS played in best-of-nine format; Yankees first ever WS appearance
  • 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

Historic Invention

Oct 18 Charles Strite granted US patent #1,394,450 for his invention, the automatic pop-up toaster

  • 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

Film Premiere

Oct 21 "The Sheik", a silent film starring Rudolph Valentino, premieres in Los Angeles

  • Oct 21 Former Hungarian King Karl stages a second attempted coup and is arrested
  • Oct 21 Tuschinski Theater opens in Amsterdam
  • Oct 23 Green Bay Packers play 1st APFA (forerunner to NFL) game; beat Minneapolis Marines, 7-6 at Hagemeister Park, Green Bay, WI
  • 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 North Dakota. Governor Lynn Frazier loses to Ragnvald A. Nestos by just over 4,000 votes (1.8%).
  • Oct 29 The Link River Dam, a part of the Klamath Reclamation Project, is completed in northern California and Oregon
  • 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

Theater Premiere

Nov 2 Eugene O'Neill's play "Anna Christie" premieres in NYC

  • Nov 4 Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi is assassinated by a right wing fanatic in Tokyo

Historic Event

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

  • 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 revue "The Perfect Fool" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 7 Hungary passes a law invalidating the Habsburg line of succession to the throne

Historic Event

Nov 9 Partito Nazionalista Fascista formed in Italy by Mussolini

Historic Event

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

  • 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 26 Danish composer Rued Langgaard's "Music of the Spheres" (Sfærernes Musik) premieres at Konzerthaus in Karlsruhe, Germany; it is not performed in Denmark until 1969
  • 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 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