1921 in History



January 2 1st religious service radio broadcast in U.S., KDKA-Pittsburgh
January 2 DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park opens
January 3 Turkey makes peace with Armenia
January 4 Eugene O'Neill's "Diff'rent," premieres in New York City
January 12 Kenesaw Mountain Landis becomes 1st commissioner of baseball
January 18 William Archer's "Green Goddess," premieres in New York City
January 19 Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador sign Pact of Union
January 20 British submarine K5 leaves with man and mouse
January 20 Dagestan ASSR forms in RSFSR
January 20 Mountain Autonomous Republic established in RSFSR
January 20 Turkey declared in remnants of Ottoman Empire
January 25 Karel Capek's "RUR," premieres in Prague
January 26 Soccer team GVAV of Groningen Netherlands forms
January 26 Toronto St. Pat Corb Denneny scores 6 goals vs Hamilton Tigers
January 29 Hurricane hits Washington and Oregon
February 5 Yankees purchase 20 acres in Bronx for Yankee Stadium
February 6 "The Kid," starring Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan, released
February 11 Ambassador Theater opens at 215 W 49th St. New York City
February 12 Soviet troops invade Georgia
February 12 Winston Churchill becomes British, minister of Colonies
February 14 Canadian 5 cent nickel coin is authorized
February 14 Little Review faces obscenity charges for publishing "Ulysses," NY
February 15 Arthur Mailey completes 9-121 vs. England, Australian Test Cricket rec
February 17 Arthur Honegger's "Pastorale D'ete," premieres
February 18 British troops occupy Dublin
February 20 Riza Khan Pahlevi seizes control of Iran
February 23 1st U.S. transcontinental air mail flight arrives in New York City from San Francisco
February 24 1st transcontinental flight in 24 hours flying time arrives Florida
February 25 Georgian SSR proclaimed
February 27 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard
February 27 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger
March 1 Australia Cricket team complete 5-0 drubbing of England
March 1 Rwanda ceded to England
March 1 Sailors revolt in Kronstadt Russia
March 3 Toronto's Dr. Banting and Dr. Best announce discovery of insulin
March 4 Hot Springs National Park created in Arkansas
March 6 Police in Sunbury Penn issue an edict requiring Women to wear skirts at least 4 inches below the knee
March 7 Red Army under Trotsky attack sailors of Kronstadt
March 13 Mongolia (formerly Outer Mongolia) declares independence from China
March 17 Dr. Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)
March 17 Lenin proclaims New Economic Politics
March 17 Sailors revolt in Kronstadt (thousands die)
March 18 2nd Peace of Riga, Poland enlarged
March 18 Steamer "Hong Koh" runs aground off Swatow China killing 1,000
March 21 Walter Kerr Theater (Ritz, CBS, NBC, ABC) opens at 223 W 48th St. New York City
March 31 Albert Einstein lectures in New York on his new theory of relativity
March 31 British coal miners goes on strike
April 2 Albert Einstein lectures in New York City on his new theory of relativity
April 4 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 3 games to 2
April 11 Iowa imposed 1st state cigarette tax
April 11 KDKA broadcast 1st radio sporting event, a boxing match (Ray-Dundee)
April 11 Turkestan ASSR forms in Russian SFSR
April 14 NHL Championship: Ottawa Senators sweep Toronto St. Patricks in 2 games
April 14 Prince Henry opens Rotterdam-Amsterdam-Bremen-Hamburg air route
April 15 Black Friday- Labour Party strike of mine workers fails
April 16 Liberal Freedom League forms in The Hague
April 18 Junior Achievement incorporated in Colorado Springs Colo
April 18 Philip James Barry's "Punch for Judy," premieres in New York City
April 19 25th Boston Marathon won by Frank Zuna of New Jersey in 2:18:57.6
April 19 Funeral of last German Emperoress, Augusta Victoria
April 23 Charles Paddock runs world record 100m (10.4 seconds)
April 24 1st municipal elections for men and women in Belgium
April 27 Hadjememaar, Corn de Gelder, elected in Amsterdam
April 30 American Professional Football Association reorganizes in Akron
April 30 Pope Benedict XV encyclical "On Dante"
May 1 Drusian sultan Pasja al-Atrasj elected governor of Suwayda
May 2 Begin 3rd anti-German revolt in Upper-Silesia
May 3 West Virginia imposes 1st state sales tax
May 5 1st ranger for Cleveland Metroparks hired
May 5 Miniature newspaper published (Brighton Gazette 10 x 13 cm)
May 6 American Soccer League forms
May 7 47th Kentucky Derby: Charles Thompson on Behave Yourself wins 2:04.2
May 8 Sweden abolished capital punishment
May 10 Luigi Pirandello's "Sei Personaggi in Cerca d'Autore," premieres
May 11 Tel Aviv is 1st all Jewish municipality
May 12 National Hospital Day 1st observed
May 14 Florence Allen is 1st woman judge to sentence a man to death
May 14 Mussolini's fascists obtains 29 parliament seats
May 16 47th Preakness: F Coltiletti aboard Broomspun wins in 1:54.2
May 17 Belgian-Luxembourg sign customs union
May 17 President Harding opens (via telephone) 1st Valencia Orange Show
May 19 Congress sharply curbs immigration, setting a national quota system
May 21 Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed in Greeley Co
May 23 "Shuffle Along" 1st black musical comedy, opens in New York City
May 24 1st parliament for Northern Ireland elected
May 24 British Legion forms
May 27 After 84 years of British control, Afghanistan achieves sovereignty
May 30 Lord Dunsany's "If," premieres in London
May 30 Memorial to Captain Eddie Grant, killed in WW I, unveiled at Polo Grounds
May 30 Salzburg, Austria, votes to join Germany
May 31 Suffy McInnis (1st base) begins an errorless string of 1,700
June 1 Race riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 61 people killed
June 3 A sudden cloudburst kills 120 near Pikes Peak, Colorado
June 8 Babe Ruth arrested for speeding, fined $100, and held in jail until 4 PM
June 10 Babe Ruth becomes all time home run champ with number 120, Gavvy Cravath
June 11 53rd Belmont: Earl Sande aboard Grey Lag wins in 2:16.8
June 11 Brazil adopts women suffrage
June 13 Yankees' pitcher Babe Ruth hits 2 home runs beating Tigers 11-8
June 15 Bessie Coleman reaches France as U.S. 1st black pilot
June 19 Turk and Christian of Palestine sign a friendship treaty against Jews
June 20 11.5" (29.2 cm) of rainfall, Circle, Montana (state record)
June 21 HSC '21 soccer team forms in Haaksbergen
June 22 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10,000m (30:40.2)
June 25 56th British Golf Open: Jock Hutchison shoots a 296 at St. Andrews
June 25 Charlie McCartney scores 300 in 205 minutes Australia vs. Notts
June 29 34th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen beats E Ryan (62 60)
July 2 41st Wimbledon Mens Tennis: B Tilden beats B Norton (46 26 61 60 75)
July 2 Jack Dempsey KOs George S Carpentier in 4 for heavyweight boxing title 1st million dollar gate ($1.7m) boxing match (Dempsey KOs Carpentier)
July 11 Mongolia gains independence from China (National Day)
July 12 Babe Ruth sets record of 137 career home runs
July 12 Indians (9) and Yankees (7) combine for an AL record 16 doubles
July 14 Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti convicted in Dedham Massachusetts, of killing their shoe company's paymaster
July 18 Black Sox trial begins in Chicago
July 21 Indians (9) and Yankees (7) hit a record 16 doubles
July 22 25th U.S. Golf Open: Jim Barnes shoots a 289 at Columbia CC in MD
July 23 Chinese Communist Party forms under Henk Sneevliet
July 23 Edward Gourdin of U.S., sets then long jump record at 25' 2 3/4"
July 24 Belgium's Leon Scieur wins Tour de France
July 27 2nd government of Ruijs de Beerenbrouck forms
July 27 Frederick Banting and Charles Best isolates insulin at University of Toronto
July 29 Cleveland's 125th anniversary celebration: Cy Young, 54, pitches 2 innings
July 29 New rules of language assumed, equal rights Flemings/Walen Belgium
August 2 Chicago jury brings in not guilty verdict against the Black Sox
August 3 1st aerial cropdusting (Troy Ohio to kill caterpillars)
August 3 Due to a technicality, 8 Chicago White Sox accused in Black Sox scandal are acquited, however Landis throws them out of baseball
August 5 1st radio baseball broadcast Pirates-8, Phillies-0 (KDKA, Pitts)
August 5 Treaty of Berlin: U.S. and Germany sign separate peace treaty
August 6 Clason Point, Bronx to College Point, Queens muni ferry system begins
August 7 Cyclist Piet Moeskops becomes world champ sprinter
August 10 Franklin D. Roosevelt stricken with polio at summer home on Canadian Is of Campobello
August 13 Simon Kaufman and Marc Connelly's "Dulcy," premieres in New York City
August 19 Ty Cobb, is 4th to get 3,000 hits
August 20 35th U.S. Womens Tennis: Molla B Mallory beats M Browne (46 64 62)
August 22 J. Edgar Hoover becomes asst director of FBI
August 24 Battle of Sakaray Valley begins between Turkey and Greece
August 24 British airship R-38 crashes in Humber, 44 die
August 25 U.S. signs peace treaty with Germany
August 25 Yankee pitcher Harry Harper hits 3 batters in an inning tying record
August 27 J E Clair of Acme Packing Co of Green Bay granted an NFL franchise
August 28 2nd Pan-African Congress meets (London, Brussels and Paris)
August 28 Babe Ruth starts streak of an extra-base hit in 9 straight games
September 1 Nederlander Theater opens at 208 W 41 St. New York City (Billy Rose, Trafalgar)
September 3 16th Davis Cup: USA beats Japan in New York (5-0)
September 3 KPB, Communist Party of Belgium forms
September 5 Walter Johnson sets strikeout mark at 2,287
September 8 1st Miss America crowned (Margaret Gorman of Washington D.C.)
September 15 Pope Benedictus XV publishes encyclical Alcohol Paraclitus
September 15 WBZ-AM in Boston MA begins radio transmissions
September 19 41st U.S. Mens Tennis: William T Tilden beats Wm M Johnston (61 63 61)
September 21 Gas explodes at Bradishe Aniline chemical works in Germany, 565 die
September 21 Pope Benedictus XV donates 1 million lire to feed Russians
September 22 Estonia and Lithuania admitted to League of Nations
September 22 Music Box Theater opens at 239 W 45th St. New York City
September 26 Yankee Ruth hits home runs 57 and 58 to beat Indians 8-7
September 27 Yankees beat Indians 21-7 in Polo Grounds
September 28 4th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen at Inwood CC Far Rockaway NY
September 29 Pirates drop doubleheader to Cards to allow idle Giants to clinch NL
October 1 WJZ, Newark New Jersey begins broadcasting
October 2 New York Yankee Babe Ruth hits then record 59th home run
October 4 League of Nations refuses to assist starving Russians
October 5 1st World Series radio broadcast, Yankees beat Giants 3-0
October 5 Present constitution of Liechtenstein comes into effect
October 6 Century Theater opens at 7th Ave and 59th St. New York City (demolished 1962)
October 6 Fewest hits in World Series Game, 5, Yankees (3) beat Giants (2), 3-0
October 9 Babe Ruth's 1st World Series homer; only Sunday game ever pitched by Carl Mays
October 10 NFL Decatur Staleys become Chicago Staleys, win 14-10
October 13 New York Giants beat New York Yankees, 5 games to 3 in 18th World Series
October 16 Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel, and Bill Piercy defy Landis ban on World Series
October 16 Jim Conzelman takes over as coach of Rock Island Independents from Frank Coughlin-only mid-game coaching change in NFL history
October 17 Belgium's public library law goes into force
October 21 Tuschinski Theater opens in Amsterdam
October 23 Green Bay Packers play 1st NFL game, 7-6 win over Minneapolis
October 23 Leos Janacek's opera "Kat'a Kabanova," premieres in Brno
October 26 Solomon Porter Hood named minister to Liberia
October 28 Amsterdam's Tuschinski movie theater opens
October 31 Federation Sportive Feminine International forms (1st woman track and field association)
November 1 National Birth Control League and Voluntary Parenthood League merge as American Birth Control League
November 2 Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie," premieres in New York City
November 7 Ed Wynn's musical "Perfect Fool," premieres in New York City
November 9 Partito Nazionalista Fascista, forms in Italy by Mussolini
November 11 President Harding dedicates Tomb of Unknown Soldier (Arlington Cemetary)
November 12 Washington Conference for Limitation of Armaments
November 13 "Sheik," starring Rudolph Valentino, is released
November 13 U.S., France, Japan and British Empire sign a Pacific Treaty
November 15 KYW-AM in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania begins radio transmissions
November 23 President Harding signs Willis Campell Act (anti-beer bill) forbidding doctors prescribing beer or liquor for medicinal purposes
November 28 Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha (Baha'i festival-Qawl 6, 78)
November 29 Coldest day in Nov in Netherlands -14.0 degrees C
November 29 Z Parenteau and Schuyler Green's musical "Kiki," premieres in New York City
December 1 1st U.S. helium-filled dirigible makes 1st flight
December 1 U.S. Post Office establishes philatelic agency
December 3 9th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 23-0
December 6 Anglo-Irish Treaty signed; Ireland receives dominion status; partition creates Northern Ireland
December 7 KWG-AM in Stockton California begins radio transmissions
December 8 Eamon de Valera publicly repudiates Anglo-Irish Treaty
December 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
December 21 Supreme Court rules labor injunctions and picketing unconstitutional
December 29 William Lyon Mackenzie King succeeded Arthur Meighen as Canadian PM
December 31 Last San Francisco firehorses retired












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