Monday, June 23, 2008

1921 Society (2)

1921. Psychodiagnostics by Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach introduces the Rorschach Test, based on subjects' reactions to inkblots, to probe the unconscious.

1921. Band-Aid brand adhesive bandages are introduced by Johnson & Johnson of New Brunswick, NJ.

1921. "Weary Willy" makes his bow at Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey's Circus. Clown Emmet Kelly, 22, will play the role of the sad-faced character for 50 years.

1921. Films: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and The Sheik, both with Italian-American vaudeville dancer Rudolph Valentino.

1921. Popular songs: "Ain't We Got fun"; "There'll Be Some Changes Made"; "All by Myself"; "Ma (He's Making Eyes at Me)"; "The Sheik of Araby."

1921. Chicago judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis has been named first commissioner of professional baseball in January. Eight members of the 1919 White Sox team go to trial in June on charges of accepting bribes from gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series. All eight are acquitted, but Judge Landis, who presided over the grand jury that indicted them, bans them all from organized baseball for life. Included is Joseph Jefferson "Shoeless Joe" Jackson, 33, who played flawless ball in the 1919 World Series and hit the only home run.

1921. U.S. cigarette consumption reaches 43 billion, up from 10 billion in 1910 despite the fact that cigarettes are illegal in 14 states. Anti-cigarette bills are pending in 28 other states, college girls are expelled for smoking, but tobacco companies promote the addiction to nicotine.

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