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 141st day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 224 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 8, 2022 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 459,192 hours 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 ‘hectatetracontahenagon’ 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 246 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 3,438 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 21 Historical Events

  • 1349
    Dušan’s Code, the constitution of the Serbian Empire, is enacted by Dušan the Mighty.
  • 1758
    Mary Campbell is abducted from her home in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War.
  • 1871
    Opening of the first rack railway in Europe, the Rigi-Bahnen on Mount Rigi.
  • 1911
    Mexican President Porfirio Díaz and the revolutionary Francisco Madero sign the Treaty of Ciudad Juárez to put an end to the fighting between the forces of both men, and thus concluding the initial phase of the Mexican Revolution.
  • 1917
    The Great Atlanta fire of 1917.
  • 1934
    Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens.
  • 1961
    American civil rights movement: Alabama Governor John Malcolm Patterson declares martial law in an attempt to restore order after race riots break out.
  • 1982
    Falklands War: British amphibious assault during Operation Sutton lead to the Battle of San Carlos.
  • 2005
    The tallest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka opens at Six Flags Great Adventure.
  • 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?

  • 1827
    William P. Sprague, American politician (d. 1899)
  • 1884
    Manuel Pérez y Curis, Uruguayan poet (d. 1920)
  • 1912
    Akiva Vroman, Dutch-born Israeli geologist (d. 1989)
  • 1924
    Peggy Cass, American actress (d. 1999)
  • 1933
    Maurice André, French trumpeter
  • 1964
    Nancy Benoit, American professional wrestler (d. 2007)
  • 1969
    George LeMieux, American politician
  • 1973
    Stewart Cink, American golfer
  • 1975
    Lee Gaze, Welsh guitarist (Lostprophets)
  • 1981
    Josh Hamilton, American baseball player

Who died on May 21?

  • 1542
    Hernando de Soto, Spanish explorer (b. 1496 or 1497)
  • 1650
    James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose, Scottish royalist (b. 1612)
  • 1686
    Otto von Guericke, German scientist (b. 1602)
  • 1894
    August Kundt, German physicist (b. 1839)
  • 1895
    Franz von Suppé, Austrian composer (b. 1819)
  • 1919
    Yevgraf Fyodorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1853)
  • 1952
    John Garfield, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 1983
    Kenneth Clark, English art historian (b. 1903)
  • 2002
    Niki de Saint Phalle, French sculptor, painter and filmmaker (b. 1930)
  • 2006
    Cherd Songsri, Thai film director (b. 1931)

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