1921

History is the trail that leads to a journey of self-discovery and awareness. Information collected from past events has a way to sway the decisions made today and 1921 held events that are still shaping the world today.

1921

Diabetes is one of the chronic diseases human beings have ever faced. It is not until the summer of the year 1921 on July 27th, that scientists at the University of Toronto, Canada were able to isolate insulin a hormone used to combat diabetes. Within a year, insulin was available to people with diabetes. The scientists, J. J. R. Macleod and Fredrick Banting received the Nobel Prize in medicine two years after the success of the isolation.

In what was to be a game change in modern warfare, the German Workers’ Party better known as the Nazi Party ruled the whole of Germany from 1933 to 1945. The party formed in 1919 made Adolf Hitler its party leader in 1921. Being party leader was a stepping-stone to Hitler becoming Germany’s Chancellor in 1933. The Nazi party was composed of Germans unhappy with the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I. Germany’s defeat in World War II brought about the outlawing of the Nazi Party and its top officials convicted of war crimes related to the Holocaust.

By December 9, a young engineer, Thomas Midgeley Jr. at General Motors (GM) had grown tired of the annoying noises made by internal combustion engines when running. These sounds referred to as knock or pinging are rather very annoying, Midgeley experimented with diverse elements until he found success with lead. Thanks to the activities of the day, we do not have to deal with the clattering of engines today. Lead is still one of the widely used antiknock agents despite its adverse effects on the human body. Companies today have since started phasing out the manufacturing of engines that require lead.

The past hold bitter and sweet memories of times past that ought not to happen again. History makes true the adage that goes; experience is the best teacher.

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Movies

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Tol'able David

Tol'able David

Directed by: Henry King

Starring: Richard Barthelmess, Gladys Hulette, Walter P. Lewis, Ernest Torrence

Country: United States of America

The Affairs of Anatol

The Affairs of Anatol

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

Starring: Wallace Reid, Gloria Swanson, Wanda Hawley, Theodore Roberts

Country: United States of America

Orphans of the Storm

Orphans of the Storm

Directed by: D.W. Griffith

Starring: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut, Frank Losee

Country: United States of America

Destiny

Destiny

Directed by: Fritz Lang

Starring: Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen, Bernhard Goetzke, Hans Sternberg

Country: United States of America

Seven Years Bad Luck

Seven Years Bad Luck

Directed by: Max Linder

Starring: Max Linder, Alta Allen, Ralph McCullough, Betty K. Peterson

Country: United States of America

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Music charts

Which were the top hits of 1921?


Top #1 songs in the USA

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1921 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. John
  2. Robert
  3. William
  4. James
  5. Charles
  6. George
  7. Joseph
  8. Edward
  9. Frank
  10. Richard
Top #10 female names
  1. Mary
  2. Dorothy
  3. Helen
  4. Margaret
  5. Ruth
  6. Virginia
  7. Mildred
  8. Betty
  9. Frances
  10. Elizabeth
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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1921?


Events

  • 02 Jan 1st religious service radio broadcast in US, KDKA-Pittsburgh
  • 03 Jan Turkey makes peace with Armenia.
  • 06 Jan Formation of the Iraqi Army.
  • 09 Jan Greco-Turkish War: The First Battle of Inonu, the first battle of the war, began near Eskisehir in Anatolia.
  • 12 Jan Kenesaw Mountain Landis becomes first commissioner of baseball.
  • 19 Jan Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador sign Pact of Union.
  • 20 Jan British submarine K5 leaves with man and mouse.
  • 26 Jan Soccer team GVAV of Groningen Netherlands forms.
  • 29 Jan Hurricane hits Washington and Oregon.
  • 11 Feb Ambassador Theater opens at 215 W 49th Steet New York City.
  • 12 Feb Soviet troops invade Georgia (theirs, not ours).
  • 14 Feb Canadian 5-cent nickel coin is authorized.
  • 18 Feb British troops occupy Dublin.
  • 19 Feb Reza Shah takes control of Tehran during a successful coup
  • 20 Feb Riza Khan Pahlevi seizes control of Iran.
  • 21 Feb Constituent Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Georgia adopts the country's first constitution.
  • 23 Feb 1st US transcontinental air mail flight arrives in NYC from San Francisco
  • 25 Feb Georgian SSR proclaimed.
  • 27 Feb US female Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard.
  • 01 Mar Sailors revolt in Kronstadt Russia.
  • 04 Mar The Arkansas Hot Springs is designated as America's 18th national park.
  • 06 Mar Police in Sunbury Pennsylvania issue an edict requiring Women to wear skirts at least four inches below the knee.
  • 07 Mar Red Army under Trotsky attack sailors of Kronstadt.
  • 08 Mar Spanish Premier Eduardo Dato Iradier is assassinated while exiting the parliament building in Madrid.
  • 13 Mar Mongolia, under Baron Roman Ungern von Sternberg, declares its independence from China.
  • 17 Mar Sailors revolt in Kronstadt (thousands die).
  • 19 Mar Italian Fascists shoot from the Parenzana train at a group of children in Strunjan (Slovenia): two children are killed, two mangled and three wounded.
  • 21 Mar Walter Kerr Theater (Ritz, CBS, NBC, ABC) opens at 223 W 48th Steet New York City.
  • 31 Mar British coal miners goes on strike.
  • 04 Apr Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), three games to 2.
  • 11 Apr KDKA broadcast the first radio sporting event, a boxing match (Ray-Dundee).
  • 14 Apr Prince Henry opens Rotterdam-Amsterdam-Bremen-Hamburg air route.
  • 15 Apr Black Friday: mine owners announce more wage and price cuts, leading to the threat of a strike all across England.
  • 16 Apr Liberal Freedom League forms in The Hague.
  • 18 Apr Junior Achievement incorporated in Colorado Springs Colorado.
  • 19 Apr Funeral of last German Emperoress, Augusta Victoria.
  • 23 Apr Charles Paddock runs world record 100 metre (10.4 seconds).
  • 27 Apr Hadjememaar, [Corn de Gelder] elected in Amsterdam.
  • 30 Apr Pope Benedict XV encyclical "On Dante".
  • 01 May Drusian sultan Pasja al-Atrasj elected Governor of Suwayda.
  • 03 May West Virginia imposes the first state sales tax.
  • 05 May Miniature newspaper published (Brighton Gazette 10 x 13 cm).
  • 06 May American Soccer League formed.
  • 07 May 47th Kentucky Derby: Charles Thompson on Behave Yourself wins 2:04.2.
  • 08 May Sweden abolishes capital punishment.
  • 11 May Tel Aviv is first all Jewish municipality.
  • 12 May National Hospital Day first observed.
  • 14 May Florence Allen is 1st woman judge to sentence a man to death
  • 16 May 47th Preakness: F Coltiletti aboard Broomspun wins in 1:54.2.
  • 17 May President Harding opens (via telephone) first Valencia Orange Show.
  • 19 May The U.S. Congress passes the Emergency Quota Act establishing national quotas on immigration.
  • 21 May Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed in Greeley Colorado.
  • 23 May Shuffle Along 1st black musical comedy, opens in New York City
  • 24 May British Legion is formed.
  • 27 May Afghanistan gains sovereignty
  • 30 May Salzburg, Austria, votes to join Germany
  • 31 May Suffy McInnis (first base) begins an errorless string of 1,700 chances.
  • 01 Jun Race riot in Tusla Okla (21 whites and 60 blacks killed).
  • 03 Jun A sudden cloudburst kills 120 near Pikes Peak, Colorado.
  • 06 Jun The Southwark Bridge in London, is opened for traffic by King George V and Queen Mary.
  • 08 Jun Babe Ruth arrested for speeding, fined $100, and held in jail until 4pm
  • 10 Jun Babe Ruth becomes all time home run champion with #120 (Gavvy Cravath).
  • 11 Jun 53rd Belmont: Earl Sande aboard Grey Lag wins in 2:16.8
  • 15 Jun Bessie Coleman reaches France as US 1st black pilot
  • 16 Jun US Congress creates the office of Undersecretary of the Treasurer.
  • 19 Jun Census in Great-Britain
  • 20 Jun 29.2 cm (11.5 inches) of rainfall, Circle, Montana (state record).
  • 22 Jun Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10,000m (30:40.2)
  • 25 Jun 56th British Golf Open: Jock Hutchison shoots a 296 at St. Andrews
  • 28 Jun Serbian King Alexander I proclaimed the new constitution of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, known thereafter as the Vidovdan Constitution.
  • 29 Jun 34th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen beats E Ryan (62 60)
  • 30 Jun U.S. President Warren G. Harding appoints former President William Howard Taft Chief Justice of the United States.
  • 01 Jul The Communist Party of China is founded.
  • 02 Jul 41st Wimbledon Mens Tennis: B Tilden beats B Norton (46 26 61 60 75)
  • 06 Jul Anne Frances Robbins is born in New York City, New York; wife of US President Ronald Reagan.
  • 10 Jul Belfast's Bloody Sunday: 16 people are killed and 161 houses destroyed during rioting and gun battles in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • 11 Jul Mongolia gains independence from China (National Day).
  • 12 Jul Babe Ruth sets record of 137 career home runs
  • 15 Jul In Berkshire Hills, Massachusetts, USA a falling meteor starts a fire.
  • 18 Jul Black Sox trial begins in Chicago
  • 20 Jul Air mail service begins between New York City and San Francisco.
  • 22 Jul 25th US Golf Open: Jim Barnes shoots a 289 at Columbia Country Club - Maryland
  • 23 Jul Chinese communist party forms under Henk Sneevliet
  • 27 Jul 2nd government of Ruijs de Beerenbrouck forms
  • 28 Jul President Warren Harding issues executive order requiring coin designs to come under purview of Commission of Fine Arts.
  • 29 Jul New rules of language assumed (equal rights Flemings / Walen Belgium)
  • 02 Aug Chicago jury brings in not guilty verdict against the Black Sox
  • 03 Aug 1st aerial cropdusting (Troy Ohio to kill caterpillars)
  • 05 Aug Treaty of Berlin: US and Germany sign separate peace treaty
  • 06 Aug Clason Point, Bronx to College Point, Queens municipal ferry system begins.
  • 07 Aug Cyclist Piet Moeskops becomes world champ sprinter
  • 14 Aug Tannu Tuva, later Tuvinian People's Republic is established as a completely independent country (which is supported by Soviet Russia).
  • 19 Aug Ty Cobb, is 4th to get 3,000 hits
  • 20 Aug 35th US Womens Tennis: Molla B Mallory beats M Browne (46 64 62)
  • 22 Aug J Edgar Hoover becomes Assistant Director of FBI
  • 23 Aug British airship R-38 experiences structural failure over Hull in England and crashes in the Humber estuary. Of her 49 British and American training crew, only 4 survive.
  • 24 Aug Battle of Sakaray Valley begins between Turkey and Greece
  • 25 Aug US signs peace treaty with Germany.
  • 27 Aug J E Clair of Acme Packing Company of Green Bay granted an NFL franchise.
  • 28 Aug Babe Ruth starts streak of an extra-base hit in 9 straight games
  • 01 Sep Nederlander Theater opens at 208 W 41 St. NYC (Billy Rose, Trafalgar)
  • 03 Sep 16th Davis Cup: USA beats Japan in New York (5-0)
  • 05 Sep Walter Johnson sets strikeout mark at 2,287
  • 07 Sep In Atlantic City, New Jersey, the first Miss America Pageant, a two-day event, is held.
  • 08 Sep 16-year-old Margaret Gorman wins the Atlantic City Pageant's Golden Mermaid trophy; pageant officials later dubbed her the first Miss America.
  • 11 Sep Nahalal, the first moshav in Palestine, is settled as part of a Zionist plan to colonize Palestine and creating a Jewish state, later to be Israel.
  • 15 Sep Pope Benedictus XV publishes encyclical Alcohol Paraclitus
  • 19 Sep 41st US Mens Tennis: William T Tilden beats Wm M Johnston (61 63 61)
  • 21 Sep Pope Benedictus XV donates 1 million lire to feed Russians
  • 22 Sep Estonia and Lithuania admitted to League of Nations
  • 26 Sep Yankee Ruth hits HRs 57 and 58 to beat Indians 8-7
  • 27 Sep Yanks beat Indians 21-7 in Polo Grounds
  • 28 Sep 4th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen at Inwood Country Club - Far Rockaway, New York
  • 29 Sep Pirates drop doubleheader to Cards to allow idle Giants to clinch NL
  • 01 Oct WJZ, Newark New Jersey begins broadcasting
  • 02 Oct New York Yankee Babe Ruth hits then record 59th HR
  • 04 Oct League of Nations refuses to assist starving Russians
  • 05 Oct 1st World Series radio broadcast, Yanks beat Giants 3-0
  • 06 Oct Century Theater opens at 7th Ave and 59th St. NYC (demolished 1962)
  • 08 Oct KDKA in Pittsburgh's Forbes Field conducts the first live broadcast of a football game.
  • 10 Oct NFL Decatur Staleys become Chicago Staleys, win 14-10.
  • 13 Oct New York Giants beat New York Yankees, five games to three in 18th World Series.
  • 16 Oct Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel, and Bill Piercy defy Landis ban on World Series
  • 18 Oct The Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic is formed as part of the RSFSR.
  • 19 Oct Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Granjo and other politicians are murdered in a Lisbon coup.
  • 21 Oct Tuschinski Theater opens in Amsterdam
  • 23 Oct Green Bay Packers play first NFL game, 7-6 win over Minneapolis.
  • 26 Oct Solomon Porter Hood named minister to Liberia.
  • 29 Oct The Link River Dam, a part of the Klamath Reclamation Project, is completed.
  • 31 Oct Federation Sportive Feminine International forms (1st Woman Track & Field Association)
  • 01 Nov National Birth Control League & Voluntary Parenthood League merge as American Birth Control League
  • 04 Nov Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi is assassinated in Tokyo.
  • 07 Nov The Partito Nazionale Fascista (PNF), National Fascist Party, comes into existence.
  • 09 Nov Partito Nazionalista Fascista, forms in Italy by Mussolini
  • 11 Nov President Harding dedicates Tomb of Unknown Soldier (Arlington Cemetary)
  • 12 Nov Washington Conference for Limitation of Armaments.
  • 13 Nov US, France, Japan and British Empire sign a Pacific Treaty.
  • 14 Nov The Communist Party of Spain is founded.
  • 15 Nov KYW-AM in Philadelphia PA begins radio transmissions
  • 23 Nov President Harding signs Willis Campell Act (anti-beer bill) forbidding doctors prescribing beer or liquor for medicinal purposes
  • 01 Dec US Post Office establishes philatelic agency.
  • 04 Dec The first Virginia Rappe manslaughter trial against Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ends in a hung jury.
  • 06 Dec Anglo-Irish Treaty signed; Ireland receives dominion status; partition creates Northern Ireland.
  • 07 Dec KWG-AM in Stockton CA begins radio transmissions
  • 08 Dec Eamon de Valera publicly repudiates Anglo-Irish Treaty.
  • 23 Dec Visva-Bharati University is inaugurated.
  • 31 Dec Last San Francisco firehorses retired