In the year 1921:
- G. K. Chesterton wrote Child Psychology and Nonsense.
- There are two ways of dealing with nonsense in this world. One way is to put nonsense in the right place; as when people put nonsense into nursery rhymes. The other is to put nonsense in the wrong place; as when they put it into educational addresses, psychological criticisms, and complaints against nursery rhymes or other normal amusements of mankind. ~ G. K. Chesterton
- Chittaranjan Das was leading the Indian non-cooperation movement in Bengal.
- We stand then for freedom, because we claim the right to develop our own individuality and evolve our own destiny along our own lines, unembarrassed by what Western civilisation has to teach us and unhampered by the institutions which the West has imposed. ~ Chittaranjan Das
- Warren G. Harding was inaugurated as President of the United States.
- Our supreme task is the resumption of our onward, normal way. Reconstruction, readjustment, restoration all these must follow. I would like to hasten them. ~ Warren G. Harding
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. decided cases on the United States Supreme Court.
- [A] page of history is worth a volume of logic. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
- H. P. Lovecraft wrote The Crawling Chaos.
- I took opium but once — in the year of the plague, when doctors sought to deaden the agonies they could not cure. There was an overdose — my physician was worn out with horror and exertion — and I travelled very far indeed. In the end I returned and lived, but my nights are filled with strange memories, nor have I ever permitted a doctor to give me opium again. ~ H. P. Lovecraft
- William McFee wrote The Market.
- London is always beautiful to those who love and understand that extraordinary microcosm; but at five of a summer morning there is about her an exquisite quality of youthful fragrance and debonair freshness which goes to the heart. ~ William McFee
- Bertrand Russell wrote The Analysis of Mind.
- There is no logical impossibility in the hypothesis that the world sprang into being five minutes ago, exactly as it then was, with a population that "remembered" a wholly unreal past. There is no logically necessary connection between events at different times; therefore nothing that is happening now or will happen in the future can disprove the hypothesis that the world began five minutes ago. ~ Bertrand Russell
- Margaret Sanger campaigned for birth control.
- The campaign for birth control is not merely of eugenic value, but is practically identical with the final aims of eugenics. ~ Margaret Sanger
- David Sarnoff tried to raise money to develop commercial radio.
- The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to no one in particular? ~ Business associates of David Sarnoff
- William Carlos Williams published Sour Grapes.
- Among the rain
I saw the figure 5
on a red
to gong clangs
and wheels rumbling
through the dark city. ~ "The Great Figure" by William Carlos Williams
- Among the rain
- Murray Bookchin, January 14
- Betty Friedan, February 4
- Lloyd Bentsen, February 11
- Sir Peter Ustinov, April 16
- Andrei Sakharov, May 21
- Caryl Chessman, May 27
- Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, June 10
- Nancy Reagan, July 6
- Peter Benenson, July 31
- Alex Haley, August 11
- Gene Roddenberry, August 19
- Harry Secombe, September 8
- Stanisław Lem, September 12
- Jesse Helms, October 18
- Rodney Dangerfield, November 22
- Steve Allen, December 26