Events in year of 1920

  • 01-0210,000 US union and socialist organizers arrested (Palmer Raids)
  • 01-03New York Yankees purchase Babe Ruth from Red Sox for $125,000
  • 01-041st Black baseball league, National Negro Baseball League, organizes
  • 01-04Amsterdam actors decide to strike for retirement benefits
  • 01-05Boston Red Sox sell Babe Ruth to New York Yankees
  • 01-05New York Yankees announce purchase of Babe Ruth
  • 01-10League of Nations established
  • 01-10Montreal Canadiens (14) and Tor St. Patricks (7) score NHL record 21 goals
  • 01-10Silver reaches record $1.37 an ounce
  • 01-11French passenger ship Afrique sinks near La Rochelle; 553 die
  • 01-12Annual drafting of baseball players from minor leagues to be done in inverse order of the final standings, agreed to
  • 01-13New York Times editorial (falsely) reports rockets can never fly
  • 01-1618th Amendment, prohibition, goes into effect; repealed in 1933
  • 01-161st assembly of League of Nations (Paris)
  • 01-16Georgia declares independence
  • 01-17Paul Deschanel elected President of France
  • 01-19Alexandre Millerand forms French government
  • 01-19US Senate votes against membership in League of Nations
  • 01-20Dutch 2nd Chamber passes school laws
  • 01-23Dutch refuse to turn over ex-kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany to allies
  • 01-29Walt Disney starts 1st job as an artist; $40 week with KC Slide Company
  • 01-311st Ukrainian daily newspaper in US (NYC) begins publication
  • 01-31Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, at Howard University, incorporates
  • 02-011st commercial armored car introduced (St Paul Minn)
  • 02-01Royal Canadian Mounted Police forms as Royal Northwest Mounted Police merge with Dominion Police
  • 02-01Soccer team Quick Boys forms
  • 02-02Estonia declares its Independence from Russia (Dorpat Peace)
  • 02-02France occupies (German) Memel territory
  • 02-02Tarto / Dorpat peace treaty: USSR recognizes Estonian independence
  • 02-06Saarland administrated by League of Nations

People born in year of 1920

  • 01-01Elisabeth Andersen [Anna de Bruyn]: Dutch actress (Yerma, Titania)
  • 01-01Roger Peacock: Writer
  • 01-02Duke of Devonshire: English large landowner / art collector
  • 01-02Isaac Asimov: Russia -- Scientist / writer (I Robot, Foundation Trilogy)
  • 01-02Penelope Jessel: Politcal activist
  • 01-02Peter Harrison Swan: Bomber pilot / stockbroker
  • 01-04Benito Perez Galdos: Spanish writer (Fortunata y Jacinta)
  • 01-04William Egan Colby: CIA director (Nixon)
  • 01-05Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli: Brescia, Italy -- Pianist
  • 01-06Earl Kim: Composer
  • 01-06Early Wynn: Hartford, Alabama -- Baseball Hall of famer (pitcher)
  • 01-06Sun Myung Moon: Evangelist (Unification Church-Moonies)
  • 01-07Albert Meltzer: Anarchist
  • 01-07Aubrey Brabazon: Jockey / trainer
  • 01-07Lionel Alexander Bethune [Alastair] Pilkington: Engineer / Industrialist
  • 01-08Hendrikus J Wittebold: Civil servant / resistance fighter
  • 01-10Georges Marchal: Nancy, France -- Actor (Evil Eden, Gina, Milky Way)
  • 01-11John Powell: Campaigner
  • 01-12James Farmer: Marshall -- Civil rights leader
  • 01-14Bertus de Harder: Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux)
  • 01-14George Herman: Newsman (CBS-TV)
  • 01-15John Junor: British editor in chief (Sunday Express)
  • 01-16Elliot Reid: NYC, New York -- Actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)
  • 01-17Joseph George Handy Hendleman: Musician
  • 01-17Nora Kaye: NYC, New York -- Prima ballerina
  • 01-20DeForest Kelley: Atlanta, Georgia -- Actor (Dr McCoy-Star Trek)
  • 01-20Peter Clemoes: Anglo-Saxon Scholar
  • 01-20Richard John Copeland Atkinson: Archaeologist
  • 01-20Sam M Gibbons: (Rep-D-Florida, 1963- )
  • 01-21Donald Cuthbert Coleman: Economic historian

People died in year of 1920

  • 01-16Reginald De Koven: Composer, dies at 60
  • 01-25Amadeo Modigliani: Italian Sculptor / painter, dies at 35
  • 01-26Matthias Enzberger: German Minister of finance, murdered
  • 02-07Alexander Koltsjak: Admiral / leader Russian counter-revolutionary, executed
  • 02-08Richard Dehmel: Writer, dies at 56
  • 02-12Emile Sauret: Composer, dies at 67
  • 02-12Jean Allemane: French socialist / communard (allemanisten), dies at 77
  • 02-20Robert E Peary: US pole explorer (North Pole, 6 / 4 / 1909), dies at 63
  • 02-25Aloys: Liechtenstein nobleman / politician, dies at 73
  • 02-26Ludwig Rubiner: Writer, dies at 38
  • 02-27Alexandru D Xenopol: Romanian historian, dies at 72
  • 03-01Joseph Trumpeldor: Killed defending Tel-Mai against arab attack
  • 03-08Rafael Obligado: Argentine writer (Santos Vega), dies at 69
  • 03-20Venustiano Carranza: President Mexico (1915-20), murdered at 60
  • 03-21Federigo Tozzi: Ital writer / journalist (Torre, Tre Croci), dies at 37
  • 03-27Johan G Danser: Dutch Poet (Meetings), dies at 26
  • 04-03Homer Newton Bartlett: Composer, dies at 74
  • 04-08Charles Tomlinson Griffes: US Composer (White Peacock), dies at 35
  • 04-10Moritz B Cantor: German mathematician, dies at 90
  • 04-10Tryggve Andersen: Norwegian writer (Mod Kvaeld), dies at 53
  • 04-15Jacob van Stolk Azn: Art collector, dies at 74
  • 04-16John Conrad Nordqvist: Composer, dies at 80
  • 05-10John Wesley Hyatt: Inventor / plastics pioneer
  • 06-13Essad Pasja: Albanian military man / minister, murdered at peace confer
  • 06-15Michel-Gaston Carraud: Composer, dies at 55
  • 06-30Lena Christ: Writer, dies at 38
  • 07-05Max Klinger: German graphic artist / Painter / sculptor, dies at 63
  • 07-10John A "Jacky" Kilverston: Adm / designer (dreadnought), dies at 79
  • 07-26Carlos Troyer: Composer, dies at 83
  • 08-01Bal Gangadhar Tilak: British-Indian hindu leader

Events in year of 1921

  • 01-021st religious service radio broadcast in US, KDKA-Pittsburgh
  • 01-02DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park opens
  • 01-03Turkey makes peace with Armenia
  • 01-12Kenesaw Mountain Landis becomes 1st commissioner of baseball
  • 01-19Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador sign Pact of Union
  • 01-20British submarine K5 leaves with man and mouse
  • 01-20Dagestan ASSR forms in RSFSR
  • 01-20Mountain Autonomous Republic established in RSFSR
  • 01-20Turkey declared in remnants of Ottoman Empire
  • 01-26Soccer team GVAV of Groningen Netherlands forms
  • 01-26Toronto St. Pat Corb Denneny scores 6 goals vs. Hamilton Tigers
  • 01-29Hurricane hits Washington and Oregon
  • 02-05Yankees purchase 20 acres in Bronx for Yankee Stadium
  • 02-06"The Kid, " starring Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan, released
  • 02-11Ambassador Theater opens at 215 W 49th St, New York City
  • 02-12Soviet troops invade Georgia (theirs, not ours)
  • 02-12Winston Churchill becomes British, Minister of Colonies
  • 02-14Canadian 5 cent nickel coin is authorized
  • 02-14Little Review faces obscenity charges for publishing "Ulysses, " New York
  • 02-18British troops occupy Dublin
  • 02-20Riza Khan Pahlevi seizes control of Iran
  • 02-231st US transcontinental air mail flight arrives in NYC from San Francisco
  • 02-241st transcontinental flight in 24 hour flying time arrives in Florida
  • 02-25Georgian SSR proclaimed
  • 02-27US female Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard
  • 02-27US male Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger
  • 03-01Rwanda ceded to England
  • 03-01Sailors revolt in Kronstadt Russia
  • 03-04Hot Springs National Park created in Arkansas
  • 03-06Police in Sunbury Penn issue an edict requiring Women to wear skirts at least 4 inches below the knee

People born in year of 1921

  • 01-03John Russell: Los Angeles, California -- Actor (Pale Rider, Rio Bravo)
  • 01-06Cary Middlecoff: Golfer (1956 Vardon Trophy, 1955 Byron Nelson Award)
  • 01-06Lou Harris: Pollster (Lou Harris Poll)
  • 01-07John Lanigan: Tenor
  • 01-09Seymour Barab: Composer
  • 01-12John Henry Davis, Jr.: Smithtown, New York -- Weightlifter (1948, 52 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-12Leo Smit: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- Pianist / composer
  • 01-14Charles Gaupp: German / Dutch painter
  • 01-14Mark Lawrence: Washington, DC -- Pianist (Alice Pearce)
  • 01-17Dehl Berti: Pueblo, Colorado -- Actor (John Taylor-Guns of Paradise)
  • 01-18Bruce Woodcock: Boxer
  • 01-19Patricia Highsmith [Plangman]: US / Swiss writer (Strangers on a Train)
  • 01-20Bernt Engelmann: Germany -- Writer
  • 01-21Barney Clark: 1st to receive a permanent artificial heart
  • 01-21John Doucette: Brockton, Massachusetts -- Actor (Lock Up, Big Town)
  • 01-21Todor Popov: Composer
  • 01-22Andre Hodeir: Composer
  • 01-24Bernard J Dwyer: (Rep-D-New Jersey, 1981- )
  • 01-25Alfred Reed: Composer
  • 01-25Russell Reading Braddon: Australian author
  • 01-26Akio Morita: Kasugaya, Japan -- CEO (Sony)
  • 01-26Frantisek Chaun: Composer
  • 01-26Johannes Driessler: Composer
  • 01-27Donna Reed: Denison, Iowa -- (From Here to Eternity, Wonderful Life)
  • 01-28Alfred Marks: Actor / comedian (Desert Mice, Scream & Scream Again)
  • 01-30Bernie Leighton: West Haven, Connecticut -- Orchestra leader (Chance of a Lifetime)
  • 01-31John Agar: Chicago, Illinois -- Actor (Fort Apache, Sands of Iwo Jima)
  • 01-31Mario Lanza: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- Actor / singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans)
  • 02-01Peter Sallis: Actor (Tast the Blood of Dracula)
  • 02-05John M Pritchard: London, England -- Conductor

People died in year of 1921

  • 01-02Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg: German chancellor / Prime Minister (Prussia), dies at 64
  • 01-07Benno Erdmann: German philosopher (Logik I), dies at 69
  • 01-08Luis Villalba Munoz: Composer, dies at 48
  • 01-18Adolf von Hildebrand: German sculptor, dies at 73
  • 01-23Wlasyslaw Zelenski: Composer, dies at 83
  • 01-25Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych: Composer, dies at 43
  • 02-02Luigi Mancinelli: Composer, dies at 72
  • 02-03Max Wilhelm Zach: Composer, dies at 56
  • 02-04Xavier Mellery: Belgian Painter / illustrator, dies at 75
  • 02-07Peter Kropotkin: Russ Prince / geologist / revolut anarchist, dies at 78
  • 02-08Pjotr A Kropotkin: Russian ruler / anarchist, dies at 78
  • 02-13Willem P C Knuttel: Dutch bibliography / librarian, dies at 67
  • 02-15Hans Haym: Composer, dies at 60
  • 02-26Carl Menger: Austrian economist, dies at 81
  • 03-01Nicholas Petrovic Njegos: King of Montenegro (1910-18), dies at 79
  • 03-03Petrus Cuypers: Architect (Amsterdam museum), dies at 93
  • 03-11Sherburne W Burnham: US astronomer (binary stars), dies at 83
  • 03-21"Big Jim" Colisimo: US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 03-24Deodat de Severac: Composer, dies at 48
  • 04-05Alphonsus J M Diepenbrock: Dutch Composer (Missa), dies at 58
  • 04-08Earnest von Possart: German actor / stage manager
  • 04-11Augusta Victoria: Queen of Prussia / Wife of Emperor Wilhelm II
  • 04-18Earnest [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire: Actor (Inkwartiering), dies at 70
  • 05-01Louis Campbell-Tipton: Composer, dies at 43
  • 05-05Alfred H Fried: Austrian / German pacifist (Nobel 1911)
  • 05-12Emilia Pardo Bazan: Spanish writer (La sirena negra)
  • 05-22Marie E Wilton: Writer
  • 05-28Geo Mestdagh: Belgian aviation pioneer
  • 06-05Georges Feydeau: French playwright (Chat and Poche), dies at 58
  • 06-18Herman Baccaert: Flemish philological / writer (Kantkennis), dies at 37