On This Day

December 1921 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 1st US helium-filled dirigible makes 1st flight
  • Dec 1 US Post Office establishes philatelic agency
  • Dec 4 The Virginia Rappe manslaughter trial against Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ends in a hung jury

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
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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 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 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

Birthdays in History

  • 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 5 George Henderson, Scottish priest (Bishop of Argyll and the Isles from 1977-92), born in Oban, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • Dec 7 Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian Hindu spiritual leader (BAPS), born in Chansad, Gujarat (d. 2016)
  • Dec 21 James Tye, British safety expert
  • Dec 25 Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah, Pakistani journalist (d. 2000)
  • Dec 26 John Severin, Jersey City, New Jersey, comic book artist (Hulk, Mad Magazine), (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)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 10 George Ashlin, Irish architect noted for his work on churches and cathedrals, dies at 84
  • Dec 12 Henrietta Swan Leavitt, American astronomer (period-luminosity relation), dies at 53
  • 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 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