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1921 was the 51st year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.








The Masonic Temple, built in 1922
Silver's Building, built in 1922





Fred Shuttlesworth, born March 18, 1922
Joseph Volker, born March 9, 1922





Emmet O'Neal, died September 7, 1922


In 1922, the first successful insulin treatment of diabetes was made, by Frederick Banting in Toronto. The first issue of Reader's Digest was published. Pope Pius XI (Achille Ratti) succeeded Pope Benedict XV, to become the 259th pope. The United Kingdom ended its protectorate over Egypt; Fuad I became King of Egypt. Robert J. Flaherty's Nanook of the North, the first commercially successful feature-length documentary film, premiered in the U.S. The Hollywood Bowl opened. The British Broadcasting Company was formed. Benito Mussolini became dictator of Italy. Rose Bowl stadium opened in Pasadena, California. Rebecca Felton of Georgia became the first woman United States Senator. Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and the Transcaucasian Republic (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) came together to form the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.).

Books published in 1922 included Ulysses by James Joyce, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting, and The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.

The top films of 1922 were Robin Hood, When Knighthood Was in Flower, Blood and Sand, Grandma's Boy, and Smilin' Through.

Notable births in 1922 included actors Bea Arthur, Sid Caesar, Doris Day, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, Christopher Lee, Telly Savalas, and Paul Scofield; actor and comedian Redd Foxx; actor and director Carl Reiner; author Kurt Vonnegut; baseball player and broadcaster Ralph Kliner; cartoonist Charles M. Schulz; comedian Dick Martin; comic book writer Stan Lee; film director Blake Edwards; inventor Ralph H. Baer; poet Philip Larkin; politician George McGovern; television writer and producer Norman Lear; and treasure hunter Mel Fisher.

Notable deaths in 1922 included artist Leslie Ward, actor and singer Lillian Russell, baseball player Tommy McCarthy, Emperor Charles I of Austria, entertainer Bert Williams, inventor Alexander Graham Bell, journalist Nellie Bly, and Pope Benedict XV.

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