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    • May 21, 0685 Battle at Nechtansmere: Picten beat Northumbrians

    • May 21, 0878 Syracuse is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily.

    • May 21, 0879 "Pope John VIII gives blessings to duke Branimir and to Croatian people, considered to be international recognition of Croatian state"

    • May 21, 0996 "Otto the Great's Saxon grandson, now 16, is crowned Otto III May 21 at Rome"

    • May 21, 0996 Pope Gregory V crowns his cousin Otto III German emperor

    • May 21, 0996 Sixteen-year-old Otto III is crowned Holy Roman Emperor.

    • May 21, 1040 King Henry III gives Utrecht the Groninger currency

    • May 21, 1216 French crown prince Louis enters England

    • May 21, 1260 "Kublai Khan of the Mongol Empire sends his envoy Hao Jing and two other advisors to the Chinese Song Dynasty court of Emperor Lizong of Song; while attempting to negotiate with the Song in order to resolve their conflict, Hao Jing and his fellow emissaries were imprisoned by order of the high Chinese chancellor, Jia Sidao."

    • May 21, 1420 Treaty of Troyes-French King Charles VI gives France to English

    • May 21, 1471 King Edwards IV enters London

    • May 21, 1502 Portuguese Admiral Da Nova discovers St Helena

    • May 21, 1502 The island of Saint Helena is discovered by the Portuguese navigator Joo da Nova.

    • May 21, 1526 "Sermon of Bathe, Aargau: TC evangelical theology"

    • May 21, 1553 English Lady Jane Grey marries Guildford Dudley

    • May 21, 1554 "Royal Charter of Derby School at Derby, England"

    • May 21, 1602 Martha's Vineyard first sighted (Captain Bartholomew Gosnold)

    • May 21, 1674 General John Sobieski chosen King of Poland

    • May 21, 1674 the nobility elects John Sobieski King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.

    • May 21, 1683 West Indian Company sells 1/3 of Suriname

    • May 21, 1725 The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky was instituted in Russia by the empress Catherine I. It would later be discontinued and then reinstated by the Soviet government in 1942 as the Order of Alexander Nevsky.

    • May 21, 1758 Mary Campbell is abducted from her home in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War.

    • May 21, 1793 Cura‡ao Island Council forbids criticism on House of Orange

    • May 21, 1804 Lewis & Clark Expedition begins

    • May 21, 1809 Battle at Aspern-Essling: Austrian arch duke Karl beats Napoleon

    • May 21, 1819 The first bicycles (swift walkers) in US introduced in NYC

    • May 21, 1825 Prince Willem FK marries Louise AWA of Prussia

    • May 21, 1832 The first Democratic National Convention (Baltimore)

    • May 21, 1840 New Zealand became a British colony

    • May 21, 1846 The first steamship arrives in Hawaii

    • May 21, 1850 Washington Navy Yard begins work on first castings for the Dahlgren guns

    • May 21, 1851 "Abolition of slavery in Colombia, South America."

    • May 21, 1856 "Lawrence KS captured, sacked by pro-slavery forces"

    • May 21, 1856 "Lawrence, Kansas is captured and burned by pro-slavery forces."

    • May 21, 1861 North Carolina is 10th state to secede from Union

    • May 21, 1861 Richmond VA is designated Confederate Capital

    • May 21, 1863 "Siege on Port Hudson, Louisiana begins"

    • May 21, 1864 GEN David Hunter takes command of Department of West Virginia

    • May 21, 1871 "French Government 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."

    • May 21, 1871 "French regular troops attack Commune of Paris; 17,000 die"

    • May 21, 1879 Battle of Iquiquw

    • May 21, 1879 "War of the Pacific: Two Chilean ships blocking the harbor of Iquique (then belonging to Peru), battle two Peruvian vessels in the Battle of Iquique."

    • May 21, 1881 American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton

    • May 21, 1881 The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton.

    • May 21, 1881 US Nation Lawn Tennis Association is formed

    • May 21, 1891 Boxers Peter Jackson & Jim Corbett fight to a draw in 61 rounds

    • May 21, 1894 22-year-old French Anarchist mile Henry is executed by guillotine.

    • May 21, 1897 "Yerkes Observatory 40"" (1 meter) refractor used for first time"

    • May 21, 1900 Russia annexes Manchuria

    • May 21, 1904 Fdration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) founded in Paris.

    • May 21, 1904 Federation Internationale de Football Association (Soccer) forms in Paris France

    • May 21, 1906 Louis H Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars

    • May 21, 1908 The first horror movie (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde) premieres in Chicago

    • May 21, 1914 Greyhound Bus Company begins in Minnesota

    • May 21, 1916 "Britain begins ""Summer Time"" (Daylight Savings Time)"

    • May 21, 1917 Great Atlanta fire of 1917.

    • May 21, 1917 "Leo Pinckney, first American drafted during WWI"

    • May 21, 1917 "SS City of Corinth, sunk by torpedo by the german submarine UB31 in the English Channel 12 miles SW of the Lizard penisular, Cornwall while en-route from Singapore to London with a general cargo"

    • May 21, 1917 USS Ericsson fires first torpedo of war

    • May 21, 1921 Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed in Greeley CO

    • May 21, 1922 """On the Road to Moscow"" is first cartoon to receive a Pulitzer Prize"

    • May 21, 1924 Leopold and Loeb kidnap Bobby Franks for fun

    • May 21, 1924 "University of Chicago students Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, Jr. murder 14-year-old Bobby Franks in a ""thrill killing."""

    • May 21, 1925 Canadians allow to beer sales

    • May 21, 1925 George Lloyd of Dolobran becomes British High Director of Egypt

    • May 21, 1925 Roald Amundsun leaves Spitsbergen with 2 seaplanes to North Pole

    • May 21, 1927 "Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean."

    • May 21, 1927 "Lindbergh lands in Paris France, after first solo air crossing of Atlantic"

    • May 21, 1929 "Automatic electric stock quotation board installed, NYC"

    • May 21, 1930 New York Yankee Babe Ruth hits 3 consecutive homers

    • May 21, 1932 "Amelia Earhart, because of bad weather, lands in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean."

    • May 21, 1933 Mount Davidson Cross lit by FDR via telegraph

    • May 21, 1934 "Oskaloosa IA, becomes first US city to fingerprint its citizens"

    • May 21, 1934 "Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint each of its citizens."

    • May 21, 1936 Sada Abe is arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lover's severed genitals in her hand. Her story soon became one of Japan's most notorious scandals.

    • May 21, 1937 a Soviet station becomes the first scientific research settlement to operate on the drift ice of the Arctic Ocean.

    • May 21, 1938 "Bradman scores 143 Australia vs Surrey, 198 minutes, 11 fours"

    • May 21, 1940 Allied counter attack at Atrecht North-France

    • May 21, 1940 AVRO-chairman Willem Vogt fires all Jewish employees

    • May 21, 1940 Reynaud forms French Government

    • May 21, 1941 German airforce occupies airport at Maleme Kreta

    • May 21, 1941 Singer Johan Heesters visits Dachau concentration camp

    • May 21, 1941 "World War II: 950 miles off the coast of Brazil, the freighter SS Robin Moor becomes the first United States ship sunk by a German U-boat."

    • May 21, 1942 Great-Britain convoy PQ16 departs to Russia

    • May 21, 1944 "Accidental explosion on board a LST unloading ammunition in West Loch, Pearl Harbor and the resulting fire and other explosions sink 5 LSTs and 1 other LST."

    • May 21, 1944 "Hitler begins attack on English/US ""terror pilots"""

    • May 21, 1945 Australia Services win first Victory Test Cricket at Lord's by 6 wickets

    • May 21, 1945 German war criminal Heinrich Himmler captured

    • May 21, 1945 Lauren Bacall & Humphrey Bogart wed

    • May 21, 1945 United States screen legend Humphrey Bogart marries actress Lauren Bacall.

    • May 21, 1950 Vietnamese troops of Ho Chi-Minh attack Cambodia

    • May 21, 1951 Chinese offensive in Korea collapses

    • May 21, 1951 "opening of the Ninth Street Show otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition was a gathering of a number of notable artists, and it was the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively know as the New York School."

    • May 21, 1953 French Government of Mayer resigns

    • May 21, 1954 Amendment to give 18-year-olds right to vote is defeated

    • May 21, 1956 "Nuclear testing: Shot Redwing-Cherokee is successfully detonated at Bikini Atoll at the Pacific Proving Grounds in the Marshall Islands. With a yield of 3.8 megatons, it is the first aircraft deliverable hydrogen bomb tested by the United States."

    • May 21, 1956 US explodes first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll

    • May 21, 1958 "United Kingdom Postmaster General Ernest Marples announces that from December, Subscriber Trunk Dialling will be introduced in the Bristol area."

    • May 21, 1961 Governor Patterson declares martial law in Montgomery

    • May 21, 1964 "Fire in W‚gimond Belgium resort, kills 19"

    • May 21, 1964 Number one hit on UK music charts - Four Pennies - Juliet

    • May 21, 1964 The first nuclear-powered lighthouse begins operations (Chesapeake Bay)

    • May 21, 1964 The initiation of the standing carrier presence at Yankee Station in the South China Sea.

    • May 21, 1964 US begin intelligence flights above Laos

    • May 21, 1966 """Louie Louie"" by The Kingsmen reentered the chart & hits #97"

    • May 21, 1966 Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) TKOs Henry Cooper in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in London

    • May 21, 1968 Paul McCartney & Jane Asher attend an Andy Williams concert

    • May 21, 1968 "The nuclear-powered submarine Scorpion, with a crew of 99, is reported missing It is later found on the ocean floor off the coast of Azores"

    • May 21, 1968 "US nuclear-powered sub (Scorpion), with 99 men, reported missing & is later found at the bottom of the ocean off Azores"

    • May 21, 1969 Robert Kennedy's murderer Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death

    • May 21, 1969 Slovan Bratislava wins 9th Europe Cup II in Basel

    • May 21, 1971 Chelsea wins 11th Europe Cup II in Athens

    • May 21, 1972 "Michelangelo's Piet, in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, is damaged by a vandal."

    • May 21, 1975 Borussia M”nchengladbach wins 4th UEFA Cup at Enschede

    • May 21, 1975 Lowell W Perry confirmed as chairman of the Equal Opportunity Commission

    • May 21, 1975 Trial against Baader-Meinhof-group begins in Stuttgart

    • May 21, 1977 """Fiddler on the Roof"" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 167 performances"

    • May 21, 1977 "Albert Innaurato's ""Gemini"" premieres in NYC"

    • May 21, 1977 "Fire in hotel Duc de Brabant Brussels, kills 19"

    • May 21, 1977 Number one hit on UK music charts - Rod Stewart - I Don't Want To Talk About It / First Cut Is The Deepest

    • May 21, 1978 118 Unification church couples wed in England

    • May 21, 1978 Yamada Mumon Roshi appointed head of Zen Rinzai Sect

    • May 21, 1979 Dan White convicted of manslaughter death of San Fransisco mayor Moscone

    • May 21, 1979 Elton John becomes the first western rock 'n roll artist to perform live in USSR

    • May 21, 1979 National Volksraad installed in Namibia

    • May 21, 1979 White Night riots in San Francisco following the manslaughter conviction of Dan White for the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk.

    • May 21, 1980 """Empire Strikes Back"" premiers"

    • May 21, 1980 Eintracht Frankfurt wins 9th UEFA Cup at Frankfurt

    • May 21, 1980 Ensign Jean Marie Butler is first woman to graduate from US service academy

    • May 21, 1980 "Star Wars movie ""The Empire Strikes Back"" premieres"

    • May 21, 1980 The Empire Strikes Back premieres.

    • May 21, 1981 Fran‡ois Mitterrand becomes President of France

    • May 21, 1981 "Kim Seelbrede, (Ohio), crowned 30th Miss USA"

    • May 21, 1981 Pierre Mauroy becomes Prime Minister of France.

    • May 21, 1982 British troops lands on Falkland Islands

    • May 21, 1983 """Bang The Drum All Day"" by Todd Rundgren hits #63"

    • May 21, 1983 "David Bowie's ""Let's Dance"" single goes #1"

    • May 21, 1987 Military coup in Fiji Islands under Lieutenant Colonel Sitivani Rabuka

    • May 21, 1987 Xignals PC Board BBS begins in Alabama

    • May 21, 1988 """Da'Butt"" by EU hits #35"

    • May 21, 1988 """Fat"" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #99"

    • May 21, 1988 "Dedication of the Australian-Hellenic Memorial on Anzac Parade by the Prime Minister, the Hon Bob Hawke, and the Deputy Prime Minister of Greece, Mr Yannis Haralambopoulos"

    • May 21, 1988 Jane Powell weds Dickie Moore

    • May 21, 1988 Number one hit on UK music charts - Wet Wet Wet / Billy Bragg - With A Little Help From My Friends

    • May 21, 1990 "Last episode of ""Newhart"" airs on CBS-TV; It was all a dream"

    • May 21, 1991 Ethiopia's Marxist president (Mengistu Haile Mariam) resigns

    • May 21, 1991 Former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated by a female suicide bomber near Madras.

    • May 21, 1991 "Mengistu Haile Mariam, president of the People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, flees Ethiopia, effectively bringing the Ethiopian Civil War to an end."

    • May 21, 1992 New Jersey senate overrides Governor Florio's veto & lowers sales tax to 6%

    • May 21, 1993 "Dayanara Torres, 18, of Puerto Rico, crowned 42nd Miss Universe"

    • May 21, 1993 Opposition leader Xanana Gusmao of East-Timor sentenced to life

    • May 21, 1993 Robin Smith scores 167 in England Texaco Trophy loss vs Australia

    • May 21, 1993 Venezuela president Carlos Andr‚s P‚rez fired

    • May 21, 1994 Burger King spokesman Dan Cortese (26) weds Dee Dee Hemby (26)

    • May 21, 1994 Country singer Trisha Yearwood (29) weds Robert Reynolds (32)

    • May 21, 1994 South Yemen secedes from Yemen

    • May 21, 1994 "Sushmita Sen, 18, of India, crowned 43rd Miss Universe"

    • May 21, 1994 The Democratic Republic of Yemen secedes from the Republic of Yemen.

    • May 21, 1996 Blackout in many areas of Queens NY

    • May 21, 1996 "The MV Bukoba sinks in Tanzanian waters on Lake Victoria, killing nearly 1000."

    • May 21, 1996 The Trappist Martyrs of Atlas are executed.

    • May 21, 1998 "At Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, Kipland Kinkel, suspended for bringing a gun to school, shoots a semi-automatic rifle into a room filled with students, killing 2 wounding 25 others after killing his parents at home."

    • May 21, 1998 "In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker."

    • May 21, 1998 "Soeharto, Indonesian dictator who had been ruling for 32 years, resigned."

    • May 21, 2000 "A chartered British Aerospace Jetstream 31 crashes near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, killing 19."

    • May 21, 2001 French Taubira law which officially recognize the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.

    • May 21, 2003 "An earthquake hits northern Algeria, killing more than 2,000 people."

    • May 21, 2004 "Sherpa Pemba Dorjie climbs Mount Everest in 8 hours 10 minutes, breaking his rival Sherpa Lakpa Gelu's record from the previous year."

    • May 21, 2004 Stanislav Petrov is awarded the World Citizen Award for averting a potential World War III in 1983.

    • May 21, 2005 "In Kiev, Ukraine, Greece wins the fiftieth Eurovision Song Contest with ""My Number One"" performed by Elena Paparizou."

    • May 21, 2006 "The Swedish ice hockey team Tre Kronor takes gold in the World Championship, becoming the first nation to hold both the World and Olympic titles separately in the same year."

    • May 21, 2007 "One of the best-preserved clippers in existence, the Cutty Sark, while preserved in Greenwich, is severely damaged by fire."

    • May 21, 2010 "Florida woman sent the required $48 renewal fee to the state's DMV, but received a driver's license that included the words ""Eat Ass"" where her street address should have been. But to add insult to insult, when she complained about the error, she was told that the DMV would be happy to replace the offending card, if she were willing to pay another fee. - USA"

    • May 21, 2011 "End of World prediction - Judgment Day will begin and the rapture (the taking up into heaven of God's elect people) will occur at the end of the 23-year great tribulation. On October 21st, the world will be destroyed by fire (7000 years from the flood; 13,023 years from creation)."







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