On This Day

January 1921 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 2 1st religious service radio broadcast in US, KDKA-Pittsburgh
  • Jan 2 DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park opens
  • Jan 3 Turkey makes peace with Armenia

Historic Event

Jan 4 Eugene O'Neill's "Diff'rent" premieres in NYC

  • Jan 6 The Iraqi Army is formed

Election of Interest

Jan 16 Eleftherios Venizelos becomes Prime Minister of Greece (4th time)

  • Jan 18 William Archer's "Green Goddess" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 19 Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador sign Pact of Union
  • Jan 20 British submarine HMS K5 (which was unusually equipped with steam turbines) sinks with 57 crew during exercises in the Bay of Biscay
  • Jan 20 Dagestan ASSR forms in RSFSR
  • Jan 20 Mountain Autonomous Republic established in RSFSR
  • Jan 20 Republic of Turkey declared out of remnants of Ottoman Empire

Historic Event

Jan 21 Italian Communist Party founded at Livorno by Amadeo Bordiga and Antonio Gramsci

Historic Publication

Jan 21 British crime writer Agatha Christie publishes her first novel "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" introducing the character Hercule Poirot

  • Jan 24 Paris Conference on reparations is held
  • Jan 25 Karel Čapek's play "R.U.R." premieres in Prague, introduces the word "robot"
  • Jan 29 Hurricane hits Washington & Oregon
  • Jan 30 French rapist-murderer Henri-Desire Landru sentenced to death

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Ismail al-Faruqi, Palestinian philosopher, born in Jaffa, British-mandate Palestine (d. 1986)
  • Jan 1 César Baldaccini, French sculptor, born in Marseille, France (d. 1998)
  • Jan 5 Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, born in Berg Castle, Luxembourg
  • Jan 5 Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss playwright and novelist (The Physicists, The Visit), born in Konolfingen, Switzerland (d. 1990)
  • Jan 6 Lou Harris, American pollster (Lou Harris Poll), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2016)
  • Jan 8 Herta Bothe, Nazi concentration camp guard, born in Teterow, Germany
  • Jan 13 Dachine Rainer, British writer (d. 2000)
  • Jan 14 Charles Gaupp, German-Dutch painter, born in Germany (d. 1943)
  • Jan 14 Murray Bookchin, American libertarian socialist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • Jan 16 Francesco Scavullo, American celebrity photographer, born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2004)
  • Jan 17 Antonio Prohias, Cuban cartoonist (d. 1998)
  • Jan 18 Robert Glaser, American educational psychologist (National Assessment of Educational Progress), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2012)
  • Jan 18 Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-born American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2008), born in Tokyo (d. 2015)
  • Jan 19 Patricia Highsmith [Plangman], American novel writer (Strangers On A Train; The Talented Mr. Ripley; The Price of Salt), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1995)
  • Jan 19 "Billy Batts" Devino, American gangster (d. 1970)
  • Jan 20 Bernt Engelmann, German writer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1994)
  • Jan 21 Barney Clark, 1st to receive a permanent artificial heart
  • Jan 21 Howard Unruh, American mass murderer
  • Jan 24 Bernard J. Dwyer, American politician (Rep-D-NJ, 1981- 93), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • Jan 25 Russell Reading Braddon, Australian author, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1995)
  • Jan 26 Akio Morita, Kasugaya Japan, CEO (Sony)
  • Jan 26 Eddie Barclay, French producer (Barclay Records) (d. 2005)
  • Jan 31 E. Fay Jones, American architect (d. 2004)

Weddings in History

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, Chancellor of the German Empire (1909-17), dies at 64
  • Jan 7 Benno Erdmann, German philosopher (Logik I), dies at 69
  • Jan 18 Adolf von Hildebrand, German sculptor, dies at 73
  • Jan 22 Captain George Streeter, American riverboat captain and circus owner (b. 1837)
  • Jan 27 Maurice Buckley, Australian soldier and winner of the Victoria Cross, dies at 29