May 21 Events in History - May 21 Birthdays - May 21 Deaths



2014 eBay announces that its databases were accessed by hackers in February and March of this year; despite no reports to date of illicit activity arising from the cyberattack, the company is requiring all users to change their passwords
2014 The Chinese and Russian state energy companies, Gazprom and CPNC, respectively, have entered a deal for Russia to supply China with natural gas; the deal provides a market for Russian gas as European countries seek to reduce their dependence due to Russia's actions
2013 In Lagos, a funeral processional greets the body of Nigerian Chinua Achebe, author of the novel, 'Things Fall Apart'
2013 In the House of Commons, MP's approve of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, advancing the right for gay marriage in England and Wales
2012 Dioncounda Traore, Acting President of Mali, requires hospitalization after encountering angry demonstrators who object to the 70-year old to hold the office for a year
2012 People in East Asia, the North Pacific and the Western United States have the opportunity today to view a rare annular solar eclipse
2011 Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping predicts May 21, 2011 at 6:00pm as the date of the Rapture for all Christians around the world
2011 The most active volcano in Iceland, Grimsvotn, erupts and triggers 50 small earthquakes
2010 A food crisis in Niger causes Nigerians to flee across the border into Nigeria
2003 Earthquake kills at least 2,266 in northern Algeria
1997 Emmy 24th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 17th time
1996 Blackout in many areas of Queens, New York
1996 Ken Griffey, Jr., 26, is 8th youngest to hits 200 home runs
1996 Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens beats Yankees for his 200th win
1995 Chris Johnson wins Star Bank LPGA Golf Classic
1994 "Best Little Whorehouse" closes at Lunt-Fontanne New York City after 16 performances
1994 120th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 1:56.4
1994 Burger King spokesman Dan Cortese (26) weds Dee Dee Hemby (26)
1994 Country singer Trisha Yearwood (29) weds Robert Reynolds (32)
1994 Reds bat out of order against Dodgers in 2nd inning
1994 South Yemen secedes from Yemen
1994 Sushmita Sen, 18, of India, crowned 43rd Miss Universe
1993 Dayanara Torres, 18, of Puerto Rico, crowned 42nd Miss Universe
1993 Opposition leader Xanana Gusmao of East-Timor sentenced to life
1993 Robin Smith scores 167 in England Texaco Trophy loss vs. Australia
1993 Venezuela president Carlos Andres Perez fired
1992 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1992 New Jersey senate overrides Governor Florio's veto and lowers sales tax to 6%
1991 Ethiopia's Marxist president (Mengistu Haile Mariam) resigns
1990 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,844.68
1990 Last episode of "Newhart" airs on CBS-TV
1989 35th Mazda LPGA Championship won by Nancy Lopez
1988 "Da'Butt" by EU hits #35
1988 "Fat" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #99
1988 114th Preakness: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 1:56.2
1988 Jane Powell weds Dickie Moore
1988 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1987 Military coup in Fiji Islands under Lieutenant Colonel Sitivani Rabuka
1987 Xignals PC Board BBS begins in Alabama
1986 Atlanta Brave Rafael Ramirez hits 4 doubles in a game
1986 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1983 "Bang The Drum All Day" by Todd Rundgren hits #63
1983 109th Preakness: Donald Miller, Jr. on Deputed Testamony wins in 1:55.4
1983 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB, for mating for STS-7 mission
1983 David Bowie's 'Let's "Dance' single goes #1
1982 British troops lands on Falkland Islands
1981 Francois Mitterrand becomes president of France
1981 Kim Seelbrede, (Ohio), crowned 30th Miss USA
1981 Stanley Cup: New York Islanders beat Minnesota North Stars, 4 games to 1
1980 "Empire Strikes Back" premieres
1980 Eintracht Frankfurt wins 9th UEFA Cup at Frankfurt
1980 Ensign Jean Marie Butler is 1st woman to graduate from U.S. service acad
1979 Dan White convicted of manslaughter death of San Francisco mayor Moscone
1979 Elton John becomes 1st western rocker to perform live in U.S.S.R.
1979 National Volksraad installed in Namibia
1979 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 1
1978 118 Unification church couples wed in England
1978 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
1978 Yamada Mumon Roshi appointed head of Zen Rinzai Sect
1977 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Winter Garden New York City after 167 performances
1977 103rd Preakness: Jean Cruguet aboard Seattle Slew wins in 1:54.4
1977 Albert Innaurato's "Gemini," premieres in New York City
1977 Fire in hotel Duc de Brabant Brussels, kills 19
1977 San Diego Padres beat Mont Expos, 11-8, in 21 innings
1975 Borussia Monchengladbach wins 4th UEFA Cup at Enschede
1975 Lowell W. Perry confirmed as chairman of Equal Opportunity Comm
1975 Trial against Baader-Meinhof-group begins in Stuttgart
1972 "Heathen!" opens and closes at Billy Rose Theater New York City for 1 performance
1972 "Lost in the Stars" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 39 performances
1972 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
1971 Chelsea wins 11th Europe Cup II in Athens
1971 National Guard mobilizes to quell riot in Chattanooga, Tennessee
1970 National Guard mobilizes to quell disturbances at Ohio State U
1970 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1969 Robert Kennedy's murderer Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death
1969 Slovan Bratislava wins 9th Europe Cup II in Basel
1969 After 9,015 at bats Hank Aaron is lifted for a pinch hitter, Mike Lum, who doubled in a 15-3 victory over New York Mets
1968 Cubs Billy Williams sets outfielder record of 695 straight game
1968 Paul McCartney and Jane Asher attend an Andy Williams concert
1968 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test (underground)
1968 WEKW TV channel 52 in Keene, New Hampshire (PBS) begins broadcasting
1968 Nuclear-powered sub Scorpion, with 99 men, reported missing and is later found at the bottom of the ocean off Azores
1967 "Sing, Israel Sing" closes at Brooks Atkinson New York City after 14 performances
1967 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Open
1966 "Downtown" by Mrs. Miller hits #82
1966 "Time for Singing" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 41 performances
1966 92nd Preakness: Don Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 1:55.4
1966 Heavyweight Cassius Clay KOs Henry Cooper in London
1966 Louie Louie by The Kingsmen reentered the chart and hits #97
1966 Muhammad Ali TKOs Henry Cooper in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
1964 1st nuclear-powered lighthouse begins operations (Chesapeake Bay)
1964 Fire in Wegimond Belgium resort, kills 19
1964 U.S. begin intelligence flights above Laos
1962 3 more Cleveland home run set AL record for most home runs (26) over 8 games
1961 Governor Patterson declares martial law in Montgomery
1960 86th Preakness: Bobby Ussery aboard Bally Ache wins in 1:57.6
1959 "Gypsy" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 702 performances
1959 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Children's Petting Farm opens
1958 Indonesian paratroopers reconquers Morotai Island
1958 U.S. performs nuclear test at Bikini Island (atmospheric tests)
1957 French government of Mollet resigns
1956 Jordan government of Said el-Mufti forms
1956 U.S. explodes 1st airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll
1956 WITI TV channel 6 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
1955 "House of Flowers" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 165 performances
1955 1st transcontinental round-trip solo flight-sunrise to sunset
1955 WFRV TV channel 5 in Green Bay, Wisconsin (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
1954 Amendment to give 18-year-olds right to vote is defeated
1953 French government of Mayer resigns
1952 Brooklyn Dodgers score 15 runs in 1st inning and beat Cincinnati Reds, 19-1
1952 Dutch Queen Juliana opens Amsterdam-Rhine Canal
1950 Vietnamese troops of Ho Chi-Minh attack Cambodia
1948 New York Yankees Joe Dimaggio hits for cycle (single, double, triple, home run)
1945 Australia Services win 1st Victory Test Cricket at Lord's by 6 wickets
1945 German war criminal Heinrich Himmler captured
1945 Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart wed
1944 Hitler begins attack on English/U.S. "terror pilots"
1943 Fastest 9 inning AL baseball game (89 minutes), White Sox beat Senators
1942 Great Britain convoy PQ16 departs to Russia
1941 1st U.S. ship sunk by a U-boat (SS Robin Moore)
1941 German airforce occupies airport at Maleme Kreta
1941 Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau concentration camp
1940 AVRO-chairman Willem Vogt fires all Jewish employees
1940 Allied counter attack at Atrecht North-France
1940 Reynaud forms French government
1938 Bradman scores 143 Australia vs. Surrey, 198 minutes, 11 fours
1934 Oskaloosa Iowa, becomes 1st U.S. city to fingerprint its citizens
1933 Mount Davidson Cross lit by Franklin D. Roosevelt via telegraph
1932 1st Curtis Cup: U.S., 5 -3
1932 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman, Amelia Earhart, lands
1931 Belgian government of Jaspar falls
1930 Max Bishop draws 8 walks in a doubleheader
1930 New York Yankee Babe Ruth hits 3 consecutive homers
1929 Automatic electric stock quotation board installed, New York City
1929 Sergei Prokoviev's ballet "Prodigal Son," premieres in Paris
1927 Lindburgh lands in Paris, after 1st solo air crossing of Atlantic
1926 White Sox Earl Sheely hits a record 6th consecutive double
1925 Canadians allow to sell beer
1925 George Lloyd of Dolobran becomes British High Director of Egypt
1925 Roald Amundsun leaves Spitsbergen with 2 seaplanes to North Pole
1924 Leopold and Loeb kidnap Bobby Franks for fun
1922 "On the Road to Moscow" is 1st cartoon to receive a Pulitzer Prize
1922 Pulitzer prize awarded to Eugene O'Neill (Anna Christie)
1921 Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed in Greeley Co
1918 House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote
1917 Leo Pinckney, 1st American drafted during WW I
1916 Britain begins "Summer Time" (Daylight Savings Time)
1914 39th Preakness: Andy Schuttinger aboard Holiday wins in 1:53.8
1914 Greyhound Bus Co begins in Minnesota
1908 1st horror movie (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) premieres in Chicago
1908 Bill Burns has no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in 9th
1907 32nd Preakness: G Mountain aboard Don Enrique wins in 1:45.4
1906 Louis H. Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars
1904 Federation Internationale de Football Association (Soccer) forms in Paris
1898 U.S. Assay Office in Seattle, Washington authorized
1897 Yerkes Observatory 40" (1m) refractor used for 1st time
1892 Ruggiero Leoncavallo's opera "Pagliacci," premieres in Milan
1891 Boxers Peter Jackson and Jim Corbett fight to a draw in 61 rounds
1886 14th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Bard wins in 2:45
1881 American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton
1881 U.S. Nation Lawn Tennis Association forms
1879 Battle of Iquiquw
1878 4th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Carter aboard Day Star wins in 2:37
1866 1st-class debut of G F Grace aged 15 years 159 days
1864 General David Hunter takes command of Department of West Virginia
1863 Siege on Port Hudson, Louisiana begins
1861 Richmond, Virginia is designated Confederate Capital
1856 Lawrence Kansas captured, sacked by pro-slavery forces
1846 1st steamship arrives in Hawaii
1840 New Zealand became a British colony
1832 1st Democratic National Convention (Baltimore)
1825 Prince Willem FK marries Louise AWA of Prussia
1819 1st bicycles (swift walkers) in U.S. introduced in New York City
1809 Battle at Aspern-Essling: Austrian arch duke Karl beats Napoleon
1804 Lewis and Clark Expedition begins
1793 Curacao Island Council forbids criticism on House of Orange
1683 West Indian Company sells 1/3 of Suriname
1674 General John Sobieski chosen King of Poland
1602 Martha's Vineyard 1st sighted (Captain Bartholomew Gosnold)
1553 English Lady Jane Grey marries Guildford Dudley
1502 Portuguese Admiral Da Nova discovers St. Helena
1471 King Edwards IV enters London
1420 Treaty of Troyes-French King Charles VI gives France to English
1216 French crown prince Louis enters England
1040 King Henry III gives Utrecht the Groninger currency
996 Pope Gregory V crowns his cousin Otto III German emperor
685 Battle at Nechtansmere: Picten beat Northumbrians
143 Earliest known date in Amer-pre Mayan king Harvest-Bergvorst installed











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