1921 Facts, Fun Trivia and History
Quick Facts from 1921
Top Ten Baby Names of 1921:
Mary, Dorothy, Helen, Margaret, Ruth, Virginia, Mildred, Betty, Frances, Elizabeth
|US Life Expectancy:
(1921) Males: 60.0 years, Females: 61.8 years
Theda Bara, Pola Negri, Mary Pickford
Margaret Gorman (Washington, DC)
Firsts, Inventions, and Wonders
Guccio Gucci started selling his handbags.
Coco Chanel introduced “Chanel No. 5”.
On October 23, 1921, an American officer selected the first “Unknown Soldier” body.
“Andy’s Candies” was founded, but maker Andy Kanelos realized that men would never buy chocolates for women with another man’s name written on them. He renamed his company “Andes”.
The most popular laboratory rodent, The Black-6 mouse, was bred in 1921 by C.C. Little.
Radio Shack opened in Boston, Massachusetts.
White Castle restaurants opened in Wichita, Kansas.
The United States Figure Skating Association was formed in Colorado.
Pete Petiot invented the “Bloody Mary” drink.
Betty Crocker was not a real person – the name was created in 1921 to give a personalized response to consumer product questions by the Washburn-Crosby Company (later part of General Mills).
The Biggest Pop Artists of 1921 include
Nora Bayes, Eddie Cantor, Frank Crumit, Carl Fenton and His Orchestra, Mariona Harris, Art Hickman & His Orchestra, Al Jolson, Billy Jones, Isham Jones and His Orchestra, Benny Krueger and His Orchestra, Ted Lewis and His Band, Billy Murray, The Original Dixieland Band, The Peerless Quartet, Leo Reisman and His Orchestra, Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds, Van & Schenck, Ethel Waters, Reinald Werrenrath, Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra, Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra
March 4, 1921 (Friday) Inauguration of Warren G. Harding. The United States also approved the burial of an unidentified soldier from World War I at Arlington National Cemetery. The inscription on the tomb reads, “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.”
The Emergency Quota Act limited the number of immigrants to the United States.
US Civil Rights
The Tulsa Race Riot took place between May 31st and June 1st
Pop Culture Facts & History
Wonder Bread began distribution. It went national in 1925 when the Continental Baking Company discovered Taggart Baking, the originator of the product.
Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize for Physics for his 1916 work ‘The General Theory of Relativity.’
Iowa imposed the first state cigarette tax, 2 cents per pack.
On January 21, The full-length silent comedy-drama film The Kid, written, produced, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin, as his Tramp character, and Jackie Coogan, was released in the United States.
On October 31, The Sheik, starring Rudolph Valentino, premiered in Los Angeles.
The first actor to play Jesse James on film was his son, Jesse James Jr, in the 1921 film Under the Black Flag.
In Atlantic City, New Jersey, the first Miss America Pageant was held and sixteen-year-old Margaret Gorman won the Atlantic City Pageant’s Golden Mermaid trophy. Pageant officials later named her the first Miss America.
The Rorschach Test does not use a series of random inkblots but ten specific prints selected in 1921 and always shown in the same order.
We, the book that is thought to have inspired both Brave New World and 1984, was written by Russian writer Yevgeny Zamyatin.
John Larson invented an early polygraph (lie detector)
On July 20, Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson became the first woman to preside over the US House of Representatives floor.
A small tract of land (“The Wedge“) along the borders of Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Ownership of the land was disputed until 1921, but it is now officially recognized as part of Delaware.
On July 1, The Communist Party of China (CPC) was founded.
Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, borrowed a Latin phrase from his friend, Father Henri Didon, for the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (“Swifter, Higher, Stronger”).
“Black Wall Street” was the wealthiest Black community in America (in the African-American community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma) before being attacked by an angry mob that killed hundreds of Black residents and destroyed 35 city blocks.
Workers at an ammonium nitrate factory in Oppau (now part of Ludwigshafen), Germany, tried clearing a clogged silo with dynamite. The resulting explosion killed over 500 people and left 6500 homeless.
Silent film actor Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was accused of raping and killing Virginia Rappe. It was probably consensual and accidental.
Einstein won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics not for his work on the famous E=mcˆ2 equation or special relativity, but for his work on the photoelectric effect, which forms the basis of photosynthesis.
Nobel Prize Winners
Physics – Albert Einstein
Popular and Best-selling Books From 1921
A Poor Wise Man by Mary Roberts Rinehart
World Series Champions: New York Giants
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Most Popular Baby Names (BabyCenter.com)