There was a lot happening in 1921.
The New York Giants defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series.
This was the first World Series broadcast on the radio.
In March, Warren G. Harding was sworn in as the 29th President of the United States.
The U.S. formally ended its participation in World War I.
The year’s most popular song was “Crazy Blues,” performed by Mamie Smith.
On October 17,1921, 176 students, mostly employees from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, gathered after work in the USDA building on the Mall. They were there to take classes at the new USDA Graduate School. The curriculum offered six science classes and two classes in economics. The eight instructors were members of the USDA staff. Classes met twice a week and cost $15 for one semester; $25 for two semesters.
This was the beginning of a grand experiment —furthering the education of federal government employees. One hundred years later, USDA Graduate School, now called Graduate School USA, is carrying forward the vision of Dr. Ball: to provide training and education for federal government professionals, to help them in their careers, and to aid in their agencies’ missions.