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The Semicentennial of Birmingham was celebrated in 1921.

1921 was the 50th year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.












  • William Rushton Jr earned his bachelor's degree at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.




In 1921 Swedish women gained the right to vote. Bolshevist forces invaded the Democratic Republic of Georgia. Warren Harding was inaugurated as President of the United States. The Emirate of Transjordan was founded. The Irish Free State gained independence and Northern Ireland was carved out as a province of the United Kingdom. Norway experienced a general strike. Sacco and Vanzetti were convicted of murder in Massachusetts. Communist Parties were chartered in China, Spain and Czechoslovakia. Adolf Hitler became "Führer" of Germany's Nazi party. The United States declared an end to its participation in the Great War (WWI). The first "Miss America" pageant was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The first White Castle hamburger stand opened in Kansas. KDKA-AM in Pittsburgh pioneered radio broadcasting of baseball games. Albert Einstein was awarded a Nobel Prize for physics. More than five million people starved to death during a famine in Russia.

Notable literary works of 1921 included F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and Damned, Aldous Huxley's Crome Yellow; two books of Marcel Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu, Rafael Sabatini's Scaramouche and Eugene Winter's The Byzantine Riddle and Other Stories. Notable films of 1921 included Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid," "Brewster's Millions" with Fatty Arbuckle, and "The Sheik" starring Rudolph Valentino.

The New York Giants claimed the World Series title over the New York Yankees. The Yankees' Babe Ruth set a season record with 59 home runs. Jack Dempsey knocked out Georges Carpentier in front of 80,000 fans at a farm in Jersey City. Belgian Léon Scieur won the 15th Tour de France.

People born in 1921 included actors Steve Allen, Charles Bronson, Carol Channing, Chuck Connors, Rodney Dangerfield; Alan Hale Jr, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Jane Russell, Lana Turner, Abe Vigoda ; dancer Cyd Charisse; feminist Betty Friedan; newscaster Hugh Downs; Senators Jesse Helms and John Glenn; television producer Gene Roddenberry; cartoonist Al Jaffee; author Alex Haley; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; King Faud of Saudi Arabia; physicist Andrei Sakharov; First Lady Nancy Reagan; boxer Sugar Ray Robinson; artist Joseph Beuys; and bandleader Nelson Riddle.

1921 deaths included King Ludwig III of Bavaria; anarchist Peter Kropotkin; gunfighter Bat Masterson; naturalist John Burroughs; tenor Enrico Caruso; and composers Engelbert Humperdinck and Camille Saint-Saëns.

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