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This article is about the year 1921. For the song by The Who, see Tommy (album). For the 1988 Indian film about Mappila Uprising, see 1921 (film).

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1921 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1921
Ab urbe condita2674
Armenian calendar1370
Assyrian calendar6671
Bahá'í calendar77–78
Balinese saka calendar1842–1843
Bengali calendar1328
Berber calendar2871
British Regnal year11 Geo. 5 – 12 Geo. 5
Buddhist calendar2465
Burmese calendar1283
Byzantine calendar7429–7430
Chinese calendar庚申(Metal Monkey)
4617 or 4557
    — to —
辛酉年 (Metal Rooster)
4618 or 4558
Coptic calendar1637–1638
Discordian calendar3087
Ethiopian calendar1913–1914
Hebrew calendar5681–5682
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat1977–1978
 - Shaka Samvat1842–1843
 - Kali Yuga5021–5022
Holocene calendar11921
Igbo calendar921–922
Iranian calendar1299–1300
Islamic calendar1339–1340
Japanese calendarTaishō 10
Javanese calendar1851–1852
Juche calendar10
Julian calendarGregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar4254
Minguo calendarROC 10
Nanakshahi calendar453
Thai solar calendar2463–2464
Tibetan calendar阳金猴年
(male Iron-Monkey)
2047 or 1666 or 894
    — to —
(female Iron-Rooster)
2048 or 1667 or 895

1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar, the 1921st year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 921st year of the , the 21st year of the , and the 2nd year of the decade. As of the start of Template:Year article header/Julian day, which remained in localized use until 1923.

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  • January 1 – In American football, the University of California, Berkeley defeats Ohio State 28–0 in the Rose Bowl.
  • January 2
    • The football club Cruzeiro Esporte Clube from Belo Horizonte is founded as Palestra Italia in Brazil.
    • The first religious radio broadcast is heard over station KDKA AM in Pittsburgh.
    • The Spanish liner Santa Isabel sinks off Villa Garcia; 244 die.
    • The De Young Museum opens in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
  • January 20 – The British K-class submarine HMS K5 sinks in the English Channel; all 56 on board die.
  • January 21
    • The Italian Communist Party is founded in Livorno.
    • The Marxist Left in Slovakia and the Transcarpathian Ukraine holds its founding congress in Ľubochňa.
    • Women's suffrage is attained in Sweden.
    • The full-length silent comedy-drama film The Kid, written, produced, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin (in his Tramp character), with Jackie Coogan, is released in the United States.
  • January 25 – The Italian battleship Leonardo da Vinci is righted in Taranto Harbour.


  • February 12Red Army invasion of Georgia: The Democratic Republic of Georgia is invaded by forces of Bolshevist Russia.
  • February 20 – The Young Communist League of Czechoslovakia is founded.
  • February 211921 Persian coup d'état: Rezā Khan and Zia'eddin Tabatabaee stage a coup d'état in Iran.
  • February 23 – The moderately conservative public official Oscar von Sydow takes over the Swedish premiership from Baron Louis De Geer the younger.
  • February 25Red Army invasion of Georgia: The Red Army enters the Georgian capital Tbilisi and installs a Moscow-directed communist government.
  • February 27 – The International Working Union of Socialist Parties is formed in Vienna.
  • February 28 – The Kronstadt rebellion is initiated by sailors of the Soviet Navy's Baltic Fleet.


  • March – Group Settlement Scheme in Western Australia begins.
  • March 1 – The city of Kiryū, located in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, is founded.
  • March 4Warren G. Harding is sworn in as President of the United States.
  • March 5Irish War of Independence: Clonbanin Ambush: Irish Republican Army kills Brigadier General Cumming.
  • March 6 – The Portuguese Communist Party is founded.
  • March 8
    • Spanish Premier Eduardo Dato e Iradier is assassinated while exiting the parliament building in Madrid.
    • Allied forces occupy Düsseldorf, Ruhrort and Duisburg.
  • March 12 – The İstiklâl Marşı (Independence March), the Turkish national anthem, is officially adopted.
  • March 13Occupation of Mongolia: The Russian White Army captures Mongolia from China. Roman von Ungern-Sternberg declares himself ruler.
  • March 14Armenian Soghomon Tehlirian assassinates Mehmed Talaat, former Interior Minister of Turkey, in Charlottenburg, Berlin.
  • March 16 – Six Irish Republican Army men of the Forgotten Ten are hanged in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin.
  • March 17
    • The Red Army crushes the Kronstadt rebellion and a number of sailors flee to Finland.
    • Dr. Marie Stopes opens the first birth control clinic in London, England.
    • The Second Polish Republic adopts the March Constitution.
  • March 18 – The second Peace of Riga ends the Polish–Soviet War. A permanent border is established between the Polish and Soviet states.
  • March 20Upper Silesia plebiscite votes for re-annexation to Germany.
  • March 21
    • New Economic Policy starts in Soviet Russia.
    • Irish War of Independence: Headford Ambush: Irish Republican Army kills at least nine British Army troops.
  • March 24 – The 1921 Women's Olympiad begins in Monte Carlo, first international women's sports event
  • March 31Abkhazia becomes a republic Abkhazian SSR.


  • April – The United States Figure Skating Association is formed.
  • April 11 – The Emirate of Transjordan is created, with Abdullah I as emir.
  • April 14 – In Britain, labour unions for mining, railway and transportation workers call for a strike; the government threatens to call in the army.
  • April 20Ferenc Molnár's play Liliom is first produced on Broadway in English.
  • April 27 – The Allies of World War I reparations commission announce that Germany has to pay 132 billion gold marks ($33 trillion) in annual installments of 2.5 billion.


  • May 1May 7Jaffa riots: Riots at Jaffa in Mandatory Palestine result in 47 Jewish and 48 Arab deaths.
  • May 2July 5Third Silesian Uprising: Poles in Upper Silesia rise against the Germans.
  • May 3 – The province of Northern Ireland is created within the United Kingdom.
  • May 5 – Only thirteen spectators attend the football match between Leicester City and Stockport County, the lowest attendance in The Football League's history.
  • May 6 – German-Russian Provisional Agreement signed, Germany recognised Soviet regime in Russia.
  • May 14May 15 – Major geomagnetic storm.
  • May 14May 17 – Violent anti-European riots occur in Cairo and Alexandria.
  • May 16 – The Communist Party of Czechoslovakia is founded.
  • May 19 – The Emergency Quota Act is passed by the United States Congress, establishing national quotas on immigration.
  • May 23 – In Leipzig the Leipzig War Crimes Trials start. They will end on July 16.
  • May 24First Northern Ireland general election for the new Parliament of Northern Ireland is held.
  • May 26 – A general strike begins in Norway.
  • May 31Tulsa race riot begins in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The official death toll is 39, but later investigations suggest the actual toll may be much higher.


  • June 21International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB) established as an agency of the League of Nations; continues in this form until April 19, 1946.
  • June 27 – The first signings of Treaty 11, an agreement between George V, King of Canada, and various Canadian First Nations, are conducted at Fort Providence.
  • June 28 – The Constitutional Assembly of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes passes the Vidovdan Constitution, despite a boycott of the vote by the communists, and Croat and Slovene parties.
  • June 30 – The death penalty is abolished in Sweden.


  • July 1
    • The Communist Party of China (CPC) is founded.
    • A coal strike ends in England.
  • July 2 – U.S. President Warren Harding signs a joint congressional resolution declaring an end to America's state of war with Germany, Austria and Hungary.[1]
  • July 4 – A new conservative government is formed in Italy by Ivanoe Bonomi.
  • July 11
    • The Irish War of Independence (aka the Anglo-Irish War) comes to a halt after a truce is signed between the belligerents.
    • The Red Army captures Mongolia from the White Army and establishes the Mongolian People's Republic.
  • July 14 – A Massachusetts jury finds Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti guilty of first degree murder following a widely publicized trial.
  • July 17 – The Republic of Mirdita is proclaimed near the Albanian-Serbian border with Yugoslav support.
  • July 18 – The first BCG vaccination against tuberculosis is given.
  • July 21Rif WarBattle of Annual: Spanish troops are dealt a crushing defeat at the hands of Abd el-Krim.
  • July 22 – The Anglo-Irish truce, agreed 10 days earlier, is officially declared in London.
  • July 23 – The Communist Party of China (CPC) launched the first time of founding National Congress, Communist party in China are established.
  • July 26 – U.S. President Warren G. Harding receives Princess Fatima of Afghanistan and Stanley Clifford Weyman.
  • July 27 – Researchers at the University of Toronto led by biochemist Frederick Banting announce the discovery of the hormone insulin.
  • July 29Adolf Hitler becomes Führer of the Nazi Party.


  • August – The United States formally ends World War I.
  • August 5 – The first radio baseball game is broadcast; Harold Arlin announces the Pirates-Phillies game from Forbes Field over Westinghouse KDKA, in Pittsburgh.
  • August 11 – The temperature reaches 39 degrees Celsius in Breslau; the heat wave continues elsewhere in Europe as well.
  • August 23 – King Faisal I of Iraq is crowned in Baghdad.
  • August 24R38-class airship ZR-2 explodes on her fourth test flight near Kingston upon Hull, England, killing 44 of the 49 Anglo-American crew on board.[2]
  • August 25Franklin Roosevelt, 39, is diagnosed with poliomyelitis following a two-week illness characterized by paralysis and fevers. He would be permanently disabled after this illness.
  • August 26
    • Rising prices cause major riots in Munich.
    • The assassination of German politician Matthias Erzberger causes the government to declare martial law.


  • September 1 – Poplar Strike in London: Nine members of the Poplar borough council are arrested.
  • September 7 – In Atlantic City, New Jersey, the first Miss America Pageant is held.
  • September 8 – Sixteen-year-old Margaret Gorman wins the Atlantic City Pageant's Golden Mermaid trophy; pageant officials later dub her the first Miss America.
  • September 12 – The Lotta Svärd women's paramilitary auxiliary is founded in Finland.
  • September 13White Castle hamburger restaurant opens in Wichita, Kansas, the foundation of the world's first fast food chain.
  • September 21 – The Oppau explosion occurs at BASF's nitrate factory in Oppau, Germany; 500—600 are killed.


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  • October 5 – The first broadcast of a World Series game on the radio, by Newark, New Jersey, station WJZ; Pittsburgh station KDKA; and a group of other commercial and amateur stations throughout the eastern United States.
  • October 8 – The first Sweetest Day is staged in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • October 10 – Teaching at the University of Szeged starts in the Kingdom of Hungary.
  • October 13
    • The Treaty of Kars is signed between the Grand National Assembly of Turkey and the Soviet Socialist Republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, establishing the boundaries between Turkey and the states of the south Caucasus.
    • Swedish Social Democratic party leader Hjalmar Branting becomes yet again Prime Minister, after strong general election gains for his party.
  • October 19 – 'Bloody Night' (Noite Sangrenta): A massacre in Lisbon claims the lives of Portuguese Prime-Minister António Granjo and other politicians.
  • October 21
    • A peace conference between Ireland and the United Kingdom begins in London.
    • George Melford's wildly successful silent film The Sheik, which will propel its leading actor Rudolph Valentino to international stardom, is premiered in Los Angeles.
  • October 24 – The Spanish Army defeats rifkabyl rebels in Morocco.
  • October 29 – In the United States
    • Construction of the Link River Dam, a part of the Klamath Project in Oregon, is completed.
    • Centre College's American football team, led by quarterback Bo McMillin, defeats Harvard University 6–0 to break Harvard's five-year winning streak. For decades afterward, this is called "football's upset of the century."


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  • November 4 – After a speech by Adolf Hitler in the Hofbräuhaus in Munich (Germany), members of the Sturmabteilung ("brownshirts") physically assault his opposition.
  • November 9
    • The National Fascist Party (Partito Nazionale Fascista or PNF) is founded in Italy.
    • Albert Einstein is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work with the photoelectric effect.
    • Riots in Reykjavík injure most of the small police force.Template:Clarify
  • November 11 – During an Armistice Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is dedicated by Warren G. Harding, President of the United States.
  • November 14 – The Spanish Communist Party is founded.
  • November 23 – The Sheppard–Towner Act is signed by President Harding, providing federal funding for maternity and child care.
  • Undated – Hyperinflation rampant in Germany, where 263 marks are now needed to buy a single American dollar, more than 20 times greater than the 12 marks needed in April 1919.[3]


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December 29: William Lyon Mackenzie King becomes the 10th Prime Minister of Canada

  • December 1 – Rising prices cause riots in Vienna.
  • December 6
    • The Anglo-Irish Treaty establishing the Irish Free State, an independent nation incorporating 26 of Ireland's 32 counties, is signed in London.
    • Agnes Macphail becomes the first woman to be elected to the Canadian Parliament.
  • December 13 – In the Four-Power Treaty on Insular Possessions, Japan, the United States, United Kingdom, and France agree to recognize the status quo in the Pacific.
  • December 23Visva-Bharati College is founded by Rabindranath Tagore in Santiniketan, Bengal Presidency, British India.
  • December 29William Lyon Mackenzie King becomes Canada's tenth prime minister.

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  • Russian famine: Roughly 5,000,000 people die.
  • Jewish immigration to Palestine grows rapidly after the United States drastically limits immigration from Eastern Europe.
  • Regular radio broadcasting services begin in Italy.
  • Edward Harper, the "father of broadcasting" in Ceylon, arrives in Colombo to take up his post as Chief Engineer of the Ceylon Telegraph Department.
  • The vibraphone in its original form is invented in the United States.
  • E. W. Scripps and William Emerson Ritter found Science Service, later renamed Society for Science and the Public, in the United States with the goal of keeping the public informed of scientific developments.
  • The Sauerländer Heimatbund is founded in Meschede, Germany.
  • Weimar Republic makes its first payment of reparations.Template:Clarify



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Friedrich Dürrenmatt

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Donna Reed

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Carol Channing

  • January 1
    • César Baldaccini, French sculptor (d. 1998)
    • Doris Tetzlaff, American female professional baseball player (d. 1998)
  • January 5
    • Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss writer (d. 1990)
    • Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
  • January 9
    • Fraser Barron, New Zealand bomber pilot during WWII (d. 1944)
    • Ágnes Keleti, Hungarian artistic gymnast
    • Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright (d. 2006)
  • January 10Rodger Ward, American race car driver (d. 2004)
  • January 14Murray Bookchin, American libertarian socialist (d. 2006)
  • January 19Patricia Highsmith, American author (d. 1995)
  • January 21Howard Unruh, American spree killer (d. 2009)
  • January 24Beatrice Mintz, American biologist
  • January 26Akio Morita, Japanese businessman, co-founder of Sony (d. 1999)
  • January 27Donna Reed, American actress (d. 1986)
  • January 31
    • Carol Channing, American actress
    • Mario Lanza, American tenor and actor (d. 1959)


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Betty Friedan

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Lana Turner

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Betty Hutton

  • February 1Peter Sallis, English actor (Last of the Summer Wine; Wallace and Gromit)
  • February 4Betty Friedan, American feminist (d. 2006)
  • February 5
    • John Pritchard, English conductor (d. 1989)
    • Sir Ken Adam, German-born British production designer (d. 2016)
  • February 7Nexhmije Hoxha, widow of Enver Hoxha
  • February 8
    • Betsy Jochum, American female baseball player
    • Lana Turner, American actress (d. 1995)
  • February 11Lloyd Bentsen, American politician (d. 2006)
  • February 14Hugh Downs, American game show host and journalist
  • February 16
    • Hua Guofeng, former Chairman of the Communist Party of China and Premier of China (d. 2008)
    • Vera-Ellen, American actress and dancer (d. 1981)
  • February 17Muriel Coben, Canadian professional baseball and curling player (d. 1979)
  • February 20"Nature Boy" Rogers, American professional wrestler (d. 1992)
  • February 22
    • Wayne C. Booth, American literary critic (d. 2005)
    • Giulietta Masina, Italian actress (d. 1994)
  • February 24Abe Vigoda, American actor (d. 2016)
  • February 25Pierre Laporte, Canadian statesman (d. 1970)
  • February 26Betty Hutton, American actress (d. 2007)
  • February 28Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (d. 2006)


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King Fahd of Saudi Arabia


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Yitzhak Navon

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Peter Ustinov

  • April 1Beau Jack, American boxer (d. 2000)
  • April 3
    • Robert Karvelas, American actor (d. 1991)
    • Jan Sterling, American actress (d. 2004)
  • April 8Franco Corelli, Italian opera singer (d. 2003)
  • April 9
    • Frankie Thomas, American actor (d. 2006)
    • Yitzhak Navon, Israeli politician (d. 2015)
  • April 10
    • Chuck Connors, American basketball and baseball player turned actor (d. 1992)
    • Sheb Wooley, American actor, singer (d. 2003)
  • April 14Thomas Schelling, American economist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • April 15Georgy Beregovoy, Soviet cosmonaut (d. 1995)
  • April 16Peter Ustinov, English actor and director (d. 2004)
  • April 17Sergio Sollima, Italian director (d. 2015)
  • April 19Roberto Tucci, Italian cardinal and theologian (d. 2015)
  • April 22Vivian Dandridge, African-American actress (d. 1991)
  • April 23
    • Judy Agnew, Second Lady of the United States (d. 2012)
    • Janet Blair, American actress (d. 2007)
    • Warren Spahn, American baseball player (d. 2003)
  • April 25Karel Appel, Dutch painter (d. 2006)
  • April 26Jimmy Giuffre, American jazz musician (d. 2008)
  • April 27
    • John Stott, British Christian leader and Anglican cleric (d. 2011)
    • Hans-Joachim Kulenkampff, German television host and entertainer (d. 1998)
  • April 30
    • Dottie Green, American professional baseball player (d. 1992)
    • Tove Maës, Danish actress (d. 2010)


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Satyajit Ray

  • May 2Satyajit Ray, Indian filmmaker (d. 1992)
  • May 3Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer (d. 1989)
  • May 5Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)
  • May 6Erich Fried, Austrian author (d. 1988)
  • May 9
    • Sophie Scholl, Anti-Nazi Resistance fighter (d. 1943)
    • Mona Van Duyn, American poet (d. 2004)
  • May 11Hildegard Hamm-Brücher, German politician
  • May 12
    • Joseph Beuys, German artist (d. 1986)
    • Farley Mowat, Canadian writer and naturalist (d. 2014)
  • May 14Richard Deacon, American actor (d. 1984)
  • May 16Harry Carey, Jr., American actor (d. 2012)
  • May 17Dennis Brain, English musician (d. 1957)
  • May 18 – Sir Michael A. Epstein, British medical researcher
  • May 19Karel van het Reve, Dutch writer (d. 1999)
  • May 20
    • Wolfgang Borchert, German writer (d. 1947)
    • Hal Newhouser, baseball player (d. 1998)
  • May 21
    • Andrei Sakharov, Soviet physicist and human rights activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (which he declined) (d. 1989)
    • Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, Indian philosopher, author of the socio-economic Progressive Utilization Theory (d. 1990)
  • May 23
  • May 25
    • Hal David, American songwriter and lyricist (d. 2012)
    • James C. Quayle, American newspaper publisher (d. 2000)
    • Jack Steinberger, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • May 26Stan Mortensen, English footballer (d. 1991)
  • May 28
    • Tom Uren, Australian soldier and politician (d. 2015)
    • Heinz G. Konsalik, German author (d. 1999)
  • May 29
    • Norman Hetherington, Australian puppeteer & artist (d. 2010)
    • Clifton James, American character actor


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Prince Philip

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Jane Russell

  • June 1Nelson Riddle, American bandleader (d. 1985)
  • June 3
    • Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete (d. 2016)
    • John Shelton Wilder, American politician, former Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • June 7Bernard Lown, American medical innovator; awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
  • June 8
    • Alexis Smith, Canadian-born American actress (d. 1993)
    • Suharto, former President of Indonesia (d. 2008)
  • June 9Margaret Danhauser, American female professional baseball player (d. 1987)
  • June 10Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, consort of Elizabeth II
  • June 12
    • Christopher Derrick, British writer (d. 2007)
    • Johan Witteveen, Dutch politician and economist, 5th Managing Director of the IMF
  • June 13Nancy Warren, American female professional baseball player (d. 2001)
  • June 15Erroll Garner, American jazz musician (d. 1977)
  • June 19Louis Jourdan, French actor (d. 2015)
  • June 21Jane Russell, American actress (d. 2011)
  • June 22Ralph K. Hofer, American fighter pilot (d. 1942)
  • June 23Paul Findley, American politician
  • June 25Celia Franca, Canadian ballet dancer (d. 2007)
  • June 26Violette Szabo, French World War II heroine (d. 1945)
  • June 27Muriel Pavlow, English actress
  • June 28P. V. Narasimha Rao, Prime Minister of India (d. 2004)


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Nancy Reagan

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John Glenn

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Rosalyn Yalow

  • July 1Seretse Khama, 1st President of Botswana (d. 1980)
  • July 3Levi Yitzchak Horowitz, Hasidic rebbe (d. 2009)
  • July 4
    • Gérard Debreu, French economist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)
    • Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist and conductor (d. 2003)
  • July 6
    • Nancy Davis Reagan, actress; First Lady of the United States (d. 2016)
    • Billy and Bobby Mauch, American actors (d. 2006) and (d. 2007)
  • July 8Edgar Morin, French philosopher and sociologist
  • July 10
    • John K. Singlaub, U.S Army Major General
    • Harvey Ball, American designer (d. 2001)
    • Eunice Kennedy Shriver, member of the Kennedy family (d. 2009)
    • Jake LaMotta, American boxer
  • July 11
    • Claude Bonin-Pissarro, French painter and graphic designer
    • Ilse Werner, German actress (d. 2005)
  • July 13Friedrich Peter, Austrian politician (d. 2005)
  • July 14
    • Leon Garfield, English writer (d. 1996)
    • Geoffrey Wilkinson, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1996)
    • Sixto Durán Ballén, President of Ecuador (d. 2016)
  • July 15
    • Jean Heywood, British actress
    • Robert Bruce Merrifield, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2006)
  • July 16Boscoe Holder, Trinidadian artist (d. 2007)
  • July 17
    • Hannah Szenes, Hungarian World War II heroine (d. 1944)
    • František Zvarík, Slovakian actor (d. 2008)
  • July 18
    • Aaron T. Beck, American psychiatrist
    • John Glenn, American astronaut and former U.S. Senator
    • Richard Leacock, Documentary filmmaker, Pioneer of Cinéma Vérité (d. 2011)
  • July 19Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, American physicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 2011)
  • July 22
    • Jim Rivera, American former Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder
    • William Roth, U.S. Senator (d. 2003)
  • July 24Billy Taylor, American jazz musician (d. 2010)
  • July 30Grant Johannesen, American concert pianist (d. 2005)


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Esther Williams

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Gene Roddenberry

  • August 3Richard Adler, American Broadway composer (d. 2012)
  • August 4Maurice Richard, Canadian hockey player (d. 2000)
  • August 8Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (d. 2013)
  • August 9
    • Ernest Angley, American televangelist, author and station owner
    • J. James Exon, Governor of Nebraska and U.S. Senator (d. 2005)
    • Patricia Marmont, American actress, daughter of Percy Marmont
  • August 10Yuki Shimoda, American actor (d. 1981)
  • August 13Barney Liddell, American musician (d. 2003)
  • August 15K. Kailasanatha Kurukkal, Researcher, Writer and Professor of Jaffna, Sri Lanka (d. 2000)
  • August 18Zdzisław Żygulski, Jr., Polish art historian (d. 2015)
  • August 19Gene Roddenberry, American television producer (d. 1991)
  • August 21John Osteen, American televangelist (d. 1999)
  • August 23Kenneth Arrow, American economist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • August 25
    • Monty Hall, Canadian-born American game show host
    • Brian Moore, Northern Irish-born Canadian writer (d. 1999)
  • August 26
    • Shimshon Amitsur, Israeli mathematician and Israel Prize recipient (d. 1994)
    • Benjamin Bradlee, American journalist, executive editor of The Washington Post (d. 2014)
  • August 27Georg Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1996)
  • August 28
    • John Herbert Chapman, Canadian physicist (d. 1979)
    • Nancy Kulp, American actress (d. 1991)
    • Lidia Gueiler Tejada, President of Bolivia (d. 2011)


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Virgilio Barco Vargas

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Deborah Kerr

  • September 2Josephine Lenard, American professional baseball player (d. 2007)
  • September 3Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor (d. 1971)
  • September 8
    • Mosie Lister, American singer (d. 2015)
    • Harry Secombe, Welsh entertainer (d. 2001)
  • September 12
    • Stanisław Lem, Polish science fiction writer (d. 2006)
    • Frank McGee, American television personality (d. 1974)
  • September 13Sergey Nepobedimy, Soviet rocket weaponry designer (d. 2014)
  • September 14Dario Vittori, Argentine actor (d. 2001)
  • September 15Norma MacMillan, voice actress (d. 2001)
  • September 17Virgilio Barco Vargas, 27th President of Colombia (d. 1997)
  • September 24
    • Jim McKay, American sportscaster (d. 2008)
    • Charlene Pryer, American professional baseball player (d. 1999)
  • September 27
    • Miklós Jancsó, Hungarian film director (d. 2014)
    • Bernard Waber, American children's author (d. 2013)
  • September 30
    • Deborah Kerr, Scottish actress (d. 2007)
    • Jorge Loring Miró, Spanish Jesuit priest, public speaker and author (d. 2013)


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James Whitmore


Jesse Helms

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King Michael I


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Fawzia Fuad of Egypt

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Jackie Stallone

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Steve Allen




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Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg

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King Nicholas I of Montenegro


Eduardo Dato

  • January 1Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, 5th Chancellor of Germany (b. 1856)
  • January 18Adolf von Hildebrand, German sculptor (b. 1847)
  • January 29H. G. Haugan, Norwegian-born American railroad and banking executive (b. 1840)
  • February 2Antonio Jacobsen, maritime artist (b. 1850)
  • February 7John J. Gardner, American politician (b. 1845)
  • February 8
    • Peter Kropotkin, Russian anarchist (b. 1842)
    • George Formby Snr, English entertainer (b. 1876)
  • February 26Carl Menger, Austrian economist (b. 1840)
  • February 27Schofield Haigh, English cricketer (b. 1871)
  • March 1 – King Nicholas I of Montenegro (b. 1841)
  • March 8Eduardo Dato, 3-Time Prime Minister of Spain (b. 1856) (assassinated)
  • March 29John Burroughs, American naturalist and essayist (b. 1837)
  • April 1Edmund Poë, British admiral (b. 1849)
  • April 11Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, last German Empress, wife of Wilhelm II (b. 1858)
  • April 17Manwel Dimech, Maltese philosopher and social reformer (b. 1860)
  • April 21Tom O'Brien, American Major League Baseball player (b. 1860)
  • April 27Arthur Mold, English cricketer (b. 1863)
  • May 5Alfred Hermann Fried, Austrian writer and pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1864)
  • May 12Emilia Pardo Bazán, Spanish writer (b. 1851)
  • May 19
    • Edward Douglass White, 9th Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1845)
    • Michael Llewelyn Davies, one of the 'Lost Boys' for the Peter Pan book (b. 1900)
  • May 25Émile Combes, French politician, 69th Prime Minister of France (b. 1835)
  • June 5Georges Feydeau, French playwright (b. 1862)
  • June 18Eduardo Acevedo Díaz, Uruguayan writer (b. 1851)
  • June 26Alfred Percy Sinnett, British writer (b. 1840)
  • June 28Gyorche Petrov, Macedonian and Bulgarian revolutionary (b. 1865) (assassinated)
  • June 29
    • Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston Churchill (b. 1854)
    • Otto Seeck, German classical historian (b. 1850)


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Enrico Caruso

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Engelbert Humperdinck

  • July 1Maurice Bailloud, French general (b. 1847)
  • July 26Howard Vernon, Australian actor (b. 1848)
  • August 2Enrico Caruso, Italian tenor (b. 1873)
  • August 7Alexander Blok, Russian poet (b. 1880)
  • August 8Juhani Aho, Finnish author and journalist (b. 1861)
  • August 16Peter I of Serbia, King of Yugoslavia (b. 1844)
  • August 19Georges Darien, French writer (b. 1862)
  • August 31Karl von Bülow, German field marshal (b. 1846)
  • September 2Henry Austin Dobson, English poet (b. 1840)
  • September 7Alfred William Rich, English watercolour painter (b. 1856)
  • September 9Virginia Rappe, American model and actress (b. 1895)
  • September 11
    • Prince Louis of Battenberg, British naval officer and German prince (b. 1854)
    • Subramania Bharati, Tamil poet (b. 1882)
  • September 27Engelbert Humperdinck, German composer (b. 1854)
  • October 12Philander C. Knox, American politician (b. 1853)
  • October 17Yaa Asantewaa, Asante warrior queen (b. c. 1840)
  • October 18Ludwig III of Bavaria, last king of Bavaria (b. 1845)
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John Boyd Dunlop

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Camille Saint-Saëns

  • October 23John Boyd Dunlop, Irish Scottish-born inventor and veterinary surgeon (b. 1840)
  • October 25Bat Masterson, American gunfighter (b. 1853)
  • November 4Hara Takashi, Japanese politician, 10th Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1856) (assassinated)
  • November 12Fernand Khnopff, Belgian painter (b. 1858)
  • November 14Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil, daughter of Emperor Pedro II of Brazil (b. 1846)
  • November 20Christina Nilsson, Swedish operatic soprano (b. 1843)
  • November 26
    • Charles Whittlesey, United States Army officer, commander of the "Lost Battalion" in World War I (suicide) (b. 1884)
    • Émile Cartailhac, French prehistorian (b. 1845)
  • November 27Douglas Colin Cameron, Canadian politician (b. 1854)
  • November 28`Abdu'l-Bahá, Persian religious leader (b. 1844)
  • December 10George Ashlin, Irish architect (b. 1837)
  • December 12Henrietta Swan Leavitt, American astronomer (b. 1868)
  • December 16Camille Saint-Saëns, French composer (b. 1835)
  • December 20
    • Dmitri Parsky, Russian general (b. 1866)
    • Julius Richard Petri, German microbiologist (b. 1852)
  • December 31Boies Penrose, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania (b. 1860)

Nobel Prizes


  1. Staff (July 3, 1921). "Harding Ends War; Signs Peace Decree at Senator's Home. Thirty Persons Witness Momentous Act in Frelinghuysen Living Room at Raritan". The New York Times.
  2. Driggs, Laurence La Tourette (September 7, 1921). "The Fall of the Airship". The Outlook. New York. 129: 14–15. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
  3. "Weimar Germany 1919-1933". January 5, 2011. Retrieved March 19, 2013.


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