1921 in History – What happened in year 1921

✅ Published on April 7th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

In history, year 1921 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1921.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1921 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
12 januarySeeking to restore confidence after the Black Sox Scandal, owners of Major League Baseball teams elected former United States district court judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis as the league's first commissioner.
21 februaryReza Khan seized Tehran to make himself the most powerfulperson in Iran, which eventually led to the establishment of the Pahlavidynasty.
12 marchThe Turkish Grand National Assembly adopted the IstiklâlMarsi as the national anthem, with lyrics written by poet Mehmet AkifErsoy and music by Zeki Üngör.
18 marchThe Polish–Soviet War, which determined the borders betweenthe Republic of Poland and Soviet Russia, formally concluded with thesigning of the Peace of Riga.
11 aprilEmir Abdullah established the first centralized government in the recently created British protectorate of Transjordan.
03 mayThe island of Ireland was divided into two distinct territories: Northern and Southern Ireland.
14 mayFlorence Allen, an American judge, became the first woman to sentence a convict to death on May 14, 1921. Gangster Frank Motto was accused of the murder of two men so as punishment he was sentenced to the electric chair by Allen. She was also the first woman to serve on a state Supreme Court.
31 mayA large-scale race riot began in Tulsa, Oklahoma, US, in whichthe wealthiest African-American community in the United States, theGreenwood District, was destroyed by fire.
20 juneWorkers at the Buckingham and Carnatic Mills in the city ofChennai, India, began a four-month strike.
01 julyThe Communist Party of China was founded. The Communist Party of China (CPC) is the instituting and ruling political party of the People's Republic of China (PRC). The CPC is the only governing party of China, although it exists together with 8 other legal parties that made the United Front. It was established in 1921 by Chen Duxiu and Li Dazhao.
10 julyOne day after a truce between the Irish Republican Army andBritish forces, violence between Catholics and Protestants in Belfastresulted in sixteen dead.
11 julyRed army captured the Mongolia from white army and established Mongolian People’s Republic. The white army was anti-communist, Russian patriotic which was supported by US, empire of Japan and many other countries while the red army was pro-communist.
11 julyFormer President of the United States William Howard Taft wassworn in as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, making him the onlyperson to ever hold both positions.
27 julyUniversity of Toronto researchers led by Frederick Banting proved that the hormone insulin regulates blood sugar.
06 septemberPolice in Connecticut is carrying an investigation into the Klu Klux Klan who are allegedly appointing members by offering 'Preserve The Ideals of A Pure Anglo Saxon Civilization”
21 septemberA tower silo storing 4,500 tonnes of a mixture of ammoniumsulfate and ammonium nitrate fertilizer exploded at a BASF plant inOppau, Germany, killing at least 500 people.
03 octoberRussia is facing one of the worst famines due to the failure of crops. This has led to refugees travelling and trying to find food before winter fully sets in.
04 octoberAs per news report from the state officials the amount of deaths caused by Tuberculosis continues to increase in State of Michigan.
07 octoberTexas’ state officials are contemplating a ban on processions by the Ku Klux Klan because of the clans provocation of violence against any non Americans including Negroes and Jews.
11 octoberA plague that is beyond medical science’s explanation is taking numerous lives each year. This Plague of sleeping sickness, affects young, old, rich and poor.
13 octoberThe Soviet republics of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, andGeorgia signed the Treaty of Kars with the Grand National Assembly ofTurkey to establish the contemporary borders between Turkey and theSouth Caucasus states.
14 octoberThe Soviet republics of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, andGeorgia signed the Treaty of Kars with the Grand National Assembly ofTurkey to establish the contemporary borders between Turkey and theSouth Caucasus states.
21 octoberGeorge Melford's wildly successful silent film The Sheik, whichwould propel its leading actor Rudolph Valentino to stardom, premiered.
26 octoberThe Chicago Theatre, which is the oldest surviving Neo-BaroqueFrench-revival grand movie palace, opened.
04 novemberThe remains of an unknown soldier were buried with an eternalflame at the Altare della Patria in Rome.
04 novemberAfter a speech by Adolf Hitler in the Hofbräuhaus in Munich,members of the Sturmabteilung, known as 'brownshirts', physicallyassaulted his opposition, an event which assumed legendary proportionsover time.
09 novemberAlbert Einstein has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to Theoretical Physics, and specifically for his discovery of the “law of the photoelectric effect".
06 decemberThe Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed and then came into forceexactly one year later, establishing the Irish Free State, the firstindependent Irish state to be recognised by the British government.
08 MaySweden abolishes capital punishment.
12 MayThe first National Hospital Day was celebrated. And the US celebrates National Nursing Week every year from 6 May to 12 May (Florence Nightingale's birthday).


Famous birthdays in the year 1921:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 JuneSigmund Sternberg / Business Man / United Kingdom
04 March Halim El-Dabh / Educator / United States of America
06 March Leo Bretholz / Author / United States of America
07 OctoberRaymond Goethals / Footballer / Belgium
08 JuneOlga Nardone / Actress / United States of America
08 AugustEsther Williams / Actress / United States of America
11 NovemberTerrel Bell / Academic / United States of America
11 January Gory Guerrero / Wrestler / United States of America
15 January Frank Thornton / Actor / United Kingdom
16 AprilWolfgang Leonhard / Author / Germany
17 OctoberPriscilla Buckley / Author / United States of America
19 MayHarry W. Brown / Pilot / United States of America
21 OctoberBruce Beeby / Actor / United Kingdom
21 OctoberIngrid van Houten-Groeneveld / Academic / Netherlands
25 JulyLionel Terray / Mountaineer / France
27 March Harold Nicholas / Actor / United States of America
28 OctoberAzumafuji Kin'ichi / Wrestler / Japan
29 JuneJean Kent / Actress / United Kingdom
30 March André Fontaine / Journalist / France
30 SeptemberDeborah Kerr / Actress / United Kingdom

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1921:

YearName / Profession / Country
20 FebruaryRao Virendra Singh / Politician / India
08 March Sahir Ludhianvi / Poet / India
NA NATapishwar Narain Raina / Soldier / India
03 January Chetan Anand / Writer / India
15 JanuaryBabasaheb Bhosale / Politician / India
26 NovemberVerghese Kurien / Industrialist / India
04 MarchPhanishwar Nath Renu / Writer / India
08 AugustVulimiri Ramalingaswami / Academic / India
02 JulyAshok Ghosh / Politician / India
14 JanuaryBindeshwari Dubey / Politician / India
21 DecemberPrafullachandra Natwarlal Bhagwa / Lawyer / India
20 NovemberChidananda Dasgupta / Director / India
07 DecemberPramukh Swami Maharaj / Scholar / India
01 MaySatyajit Ray / Producer / India
17 DecemberHari Dev Joshi / Politician / India
09 January Lister Sinclair / Broadcaster / India
24 OctoberR. K. Laxman / Illustrator / India
28 MayD. V. Paluskar / Musician / India
28 JuneP. V. Narasimha Rao / Politician / India
28 JunePamulaparti Venkata Narasimha Rao / Politician / India
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