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1921 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • Feb 6 "The Kid", silent film starring Charlie Chaplin & Jackie Coogan, released
  • Mar 21 Walter Kerr Theater (Ritz, CBS, NBC, ABC) opens at 223 W 48th St NYC
  • Aug 5 KDKA Pittsburgh presents first radio broadcast of MLB; Pirates beat Phillies, 8-0; Harold Arlin first play-by-play broadcaster
  • Sep 7 In Atlantic City, New Jersey, the first Miss America Pageant, a two-day event, is held.
  • Sep 8 1st Miss America crowned in Atlantic City - Margaret Gorman (16) of Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 21 "The Sheik", a silent film starring Rudolph Valentino, premieres in Los Angeles
  • Oct 28 Amsterdam's Tuschinski movie theater opens
  • Nov 7 Ed Wynn's musical revue "The Perfect Fool" premieres in NYC

Weddings in Film & TV


Actors and Actresses Who Died in 1921

  • Apr 8 Ernst von Possart, German actor and theatre director (Bayerische Hoftheater), dies at 79
  • Apr 18 Earnest [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, Dutch actor (Inkwartiering, Kloris & Roses), dies at 70
  • May 22 Marie Wilton, Lady Bancroft, British Victorian theater manager, actress, and novelist, dies at about 82
  • Oct 17 Katherine Griffith [Kiernan], American actress (Pollyanna, Fast Company), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 45