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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1921 AD


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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