What happened this day in history May 21

What are the important events that happened on May 21? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 21: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 21 is the 142nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 224 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 8, 2020 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,500,320 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectatetracontadigon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 267 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,708 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 21 Historical Events

  • 1871
    French troops invade the Paris Commune and engage its residents in street fighting. By the close of “Bloody Week” some 20,000 communards have been killed and 38,000 arrested.
  • 1881
    The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton in Washington, D.C.
  • 1924
    University of Chicago students Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, Jr. murder 14-year-old Bobby Franks in a “thrill killing”.
  • 1927
    Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1934
    Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens.
  • 1969
    Civil unrest in Rosario, Argentina, known as Rosariazo, following the death of a 15-year-old student.
  • 1991
    Former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated by a female suicide bomber near Madras.
  • 1991
    Mengistu Haile Mariam, president of the People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, flees Ethiopia, effectively bringing the Ethiopian Civil War to an end.
  • 1998
    In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.
  • 2006
    The Republic of Montenegro holds a referendum proposing independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. The Montenegrin people choose independence with a majority of 55%.

Who were born on May 21?

  • 1835
    František Chvostek, Moravian physician (d. 1884)
  • 1878
    Glenn Curtiss, American aviation engineer (d. 1930)
  • 1957
    Renée Soutendijk, Dutch actress
  • 1969
    Masayo Kurata, Japanese voice actress
  • 1969
    Pierluigi Brivio, Italian footballer
  • 1972
    Adriano Cintra, Brazilian musician (CSS)
  • 1977
    Ricky Williams, American football player
  • 1984
    Sara Goller, German beach volleyball player
  • 1985
    Mark Cavendish, Manx cyclist
  • 1986
    Alexander Noyes, American drummer (Honor Society)

Who died on May 21?

  • 1524
    Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, English soldier (b. 1443)
  • 1664
    Elizabeth Poole, English-born Puritan settler and founder of Taunton, Massachusetts (b. 1588)
  • 1879
    Arturo Prat, Chilean naval officer (b. 1848)
  • 1911
    Williamina Fleming, Scottish-born astronomer (b. 1857)
  • 1915
    Leonid Gobyato, Russian general (b. 1875)
  • 1929
    Archibald Primrose, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1847)
  • 1970
    E. L. Grant Watson, English biologist and writer (b. 1885)
  • 1995
    Les Aspin, American politician (b. 1938)
  • 2000
    Sir John Gielgud, British actor (b. 1904)
  • 2006
    Cherd Songsri, Thai film director (b. 1931)

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