1921 Newspaper Headlines Summary
1921 newspaper headlines were saturated with news of the political rise of communism throughout the world in a time of massive change. What were some of the 1921 newspaper articles that captivated national audiences?
The people of Europe were still suffering the aftermath of the war, unemployment and inflation meant that living normal lives wasn’t easy. Communist parties in China, Belgium, Spain and South Africa were formed during this year and the Treaty on the Creation of the USSR was given the go ahead. It was also the year that Mongolia gained independence from China, Albert Einstein lectured on his new Theory of Relativity in New York and Adolf Hitler became the leader of the Socialist German Workers Party.
In a major medical breakthrough insulin was discovered. It was also the year that the first sports broadcast took place on radio, a huge technological advancement. Read about all the exciting 1921 news which kept journalists busy, the people informed, and changed the course of history forever in one of our authentic newspapers.
January 20, 1921
Usually equipped with steam turbines, British submarine HMS K5 sank with 57 crew members on board during Bay of Biscay exercises.
February 6, 1921
Starring in and directing “The Kid”, Charlie Chaplin’s famous film is released, co-starring, Jackie Coogan.
February 12, 1921
Soldier, author and soon-to-be British Prime Minster, Winston Churchill becomes the British Minster of Colonies.
March 4, 1921
Warren G. Harding is sworn in as the 29th President of the United States.
March 23, 1921
Germany announces they’re unable to meet the Great War reparation payments.
April 2, 1921
Theoretical Physicist, Albert Einstein, lectures in New York city on his new “Theory of Relativity”.
April 7, 1921
Father of Modern China, Sun Yat-sen, is elected President of China, though China remains divided into north and south due to rivalries of warlords.
May 19, 1921
The Emergency Quota Act passes the U.S. Congress, which establishes national quotes on immigration. Immigration from Eastern Europe is drastically limited.
May 27, 1921
Afghanistan achieves sovereignty after 84 years of British control.
May 27, 1921
The first victim of the Osage Indian murders is discovered in Osage County, Oklahoma.
May 31-June 1, 1921
The Tulsa Race Riot, or the Greenwood Massacre takes place, with mobs of white residents attack black residents and businesses in Greenwood District, Tulsa, Oklahoma. The official death toll is 36, but later investigations suggest an actual figure between 100 and 300. 1,250 homes are destroyed and roughly 6,000 African Americans are imprisoned in one of the worst incidents of mass racial violence in the United States.
July 2, 1921
President Warren G. Harding signs a join congressional resolution declaring an official end to America’s state of war with Germany, Austria and Hungary.
July 14, 1921
A Massachusetts jury finds Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti guilty of first-degree murder following a widely publicized trial.
July 29, 1921
Dictator of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, becomes leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party.
August 5, 1921
The first radio baseball game is broadcast.
September 5, 1921
Popular comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle attends a party at the St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco. During the party, actress Virginia Rappe is fatally injured. Although Arbuckle is eventually acquitted of rape and manslaughter, the scandal derails his career.
September 7, 1921
The first Miss America Pageant is held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
October 26, 1921
The Chicago Theater, the oldest surviving grand movie palace, opens.
November 4, 1921
Hara Takahi, Japanese Prime Minster, is assassinated in Tokyo.
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